It Takes a Village…Coffeehouse

It Takes a Village…Coffeehouse By Genevieve Allen Hearn When you visit the location that Alice Hartling chose for a coffeehouse in Canning, it’s not hard to see the appeal. The storefront is nestled among other charming spots such as the seasonal ArtCan Gallery & Café, Crystany’s Brasserie, Aspinall Pottery, and Esmé, and it backs on to the Habitant River, providing a pastoral view. As we chat, June Grainger of i scream stops by to say hello. Meanwhile, tourists are outside on the benches devouring their ice cream cones before they melt in the late summer heat. Originally from Windsor, Alice…
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Review: Like Coming Home

Review: Like Coming Home By Andy Flinn Yeah, that’s what I feel like, right now: Like Coming Home. Kimberly Matheson, instigator, dropped by with a Rolled Oat lunch and a pre-release mix of the new Ruby-Throated Records album by Sarah McInnis, Kimberly Matheson, Ellen Torrie, and Rebecca Fairless. I just finished my first listen. Wow. Storytellers. Singers. Harmonizers. Musicians. Professionals. I can’t wait to see them at the Al Whittle Theatre on May 12 (8pm). I’m now going to listen to it a few more times, then maybe write some impartial things…Forget impartial. I’m not. I just got me my…
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Discover the Valley with TrailQuest this Spring

Discover the Valley with TrailQuest this Spring By Laura Churchill Duke With the better weather comes the chance to get outside and explore the Annapolis Valley with a new innovative game, TrailQuest. TrailQuest gets participants to follow a set of clues and answer questions to solve a puzzle, much like a self-guided treasure hunt. TrailQuest is a family effort between myself and my 11-year-old son, Daniel Duke. Together we write the stories, while Daniel and his brother Thomas, 10, create the storyboard and logo images. When we lived in the UK, these types of hunts were very popular, and we…
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A Worthy Education: Brewery 101 at Schoolhouse Brewery

A Worthy Education: Brewery 101 at Schoolhouse Brewery By Genevieve Allen Hearn Class is in session April 27 and 28. The lesson: Brewery 101. Eleven breweries spanning from Windsor to Yarmouth will be on tap at the event, showcasing what the Valley has to offer. Presented by Schoolhouse Brewery at their taproom in Windsor, the Highway 101 Tap Takeover is part of Nova Scotia’s Craft Beer Week. The idea was hatched at a Nova Scotia Craft Brewers Association conference, where discussions about Craft Beer Week were occurring. Cam Hartley, owner of Schoolhouse Brewery, added up all the breweries and brewpubs…
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Annapolis Hop Field Ale

Annapolis Hop Field Ale In early December, the Wolfville Farmers Market was transformed into the ‘Annapolis Winter Night Market’, a launch for Alexander Keith’s new Annapolis Hop Field Ale. Keith’s has teamed up with local farmers and artisans to launch the newest small-batch brew. The Grapevine caught up with Alexander Keith’s Brewmaster Stefan Gagliardi to talk about the local connections of their new ale. The Grapevine (GV): The new Alexander Keith’s Annapolis Hop Field Ale is designed to showcase the flavours of the Annapolis Valley – where are the hops currently being grown? Stefan Gagliardi (SG): We worked with three…
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Valley Family Fun: Local Gift Guide for Teachers

Valley Family Fun: Local Gift Guide for Teachers By Laura Churchill Duke   Students are under no obligation to get their teacher a present at Christmastime. Some like to wait until the end of the year for a present instead. However, if you do want to give something to your teacher, it is always appreciated, and sometimes even a card of thanks can go a long way.   I interviewed some teachers and parents to find out what they did for teacher Christmas presents. This is a summary of my findings (the full article can be read on the Valley…
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Christmas Business Fair at NSCC Kingstec Campus

Christmas Business Fair at NSCC Kingstec Campus By Amanda Pace   Amanda Pace is a Business Administration student at the Nova Scotia Community College, Kingstec Campus. She has organized a Christmas Business Fair for December 2 and we asked her to tell our readers a bit about organizing the event.   In January 2017, after 15 years of being out of school, I started my first year in the business administration program at NSCC Kingstec Campus. I wasn’t sure what I expected to get out of the program, I just knew I needed a change of pace in my career…
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Featurepreneur: Makers Gonna Make

Featurepreneur: Makers Gonna Make By Genevieve Allen Hearn We wanted to get a sense of what it is like being an entrepreneur with a home-based business versus opening a brick and mortar retail space. We connected with two makers: Erika Diehl creates beautiful macramé creations at home and sells them at craft fairs and by request, and Don Beamish is the general manager of the handmade ‘end grain’ cutting boards company Larch Wood Canada that has recently opened a storefront in Wolfville. Erika Diehl – Maritime Macramé The Grapevine (GV): Is Maritime Macramé a full-time endeavor, or do you have…
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Wolfville Historical Society and Acadia Art Gallery Present: Leo Deveau

Wolfville Historical Society and Acadia Art Gallery Present: Leo Deveau 400 Years in 365 Days: A Daily Calendar of Events from Nova Scotia’s History November 22 at 2 pm Acadia University Art Gallery, Wolfville For the 150th anniversary of Confederation, local historian Leo Deveau decided to update, revise, and extend the Nova Scotia Book of Days, originally published by Shirley Elliott in 1979. The result was 400 Years in 365 Days: a fun, trivia-filled record of the people and communities of Nova Scotia over the past 400 years. Leo has assembled over one thousand entries reflecting events in the histories…
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Congratulations to the Taste of Nova Scotia winners!

Congratulations to the Taste of Nova Scotia winners! The winners of The Taste of Nova Scotia Awards were announced at the Devour Film Food Festival on October 26. The Grapevine would like to extend a huge congratulations to Benjamin Bridge, recipient of the ‘Producer of the Year’ award, and Annapolis Cider Company, recipient of the ‘Product of the Year’ award for their Something Different ciders. Way to go!