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Dealing with Kids and Clutter at Christmas

Dealing with Kids and Clutter at Christmas By Laura Churchill Duke Looking around our house I see how much stuff our kids have, and with Christmas coming, they really don’t need anything else. Lately, because they are outgrowing so many clothes and toys, we have been doing a lot of de-cluttering. I know a lot of other families who are in the same situation and just do not want more things brought into the house. Here are a few suggestions for dealing with kid clutter at Christmas time: Reverse advent calendar There are a few ideas circulating around social media…
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Featurepreneur: A Décor Duo

Featurepreneur: A Décor Duo By Genevieve Allen Hearn It’s hard not to get excited about decorating for the holidays. For Micah and Noelle McGough, making things beautiful is not just a hobby: they turned it into a career. They have a Valley-based Interiors business called Monk & Nun Interiors, and recently opened an online home décor shop. Their home décor collection features Canadian makers, mostly from Nova Scotia. We contacted Micah and Noelle to find out more about their business, and what we could do to get our homes holiday-ready. The Grapevine (GV): Tell us about your business venture. What…
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Lee’s Shop: The Little Business with a Big Heart Selling Products with a Story

Lee’s Shop: The Little Business with a Big Heart Selling Products with a Story By Lee & Francis The proud owner of Lee’s Shop in Canning is Lee Van Amerongen. Lee is a young man who loves his church, likes fast food, music, and books. Lee is proud to be called “Uncle Lee” by his niece and nephew, and treasures the time he spends with family and friends. Lee is also a young man with autism and significant seizure disorder. He is non-verbal, communicates with an ipad and alphabet board, and needs support for most aspects of his life. Lee…
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Featurepreneur: Big Dreams, Tiny Art

Featurepreneur: Big Dreams, Tiny Art By Genevieve Allen Hearn Shelley Acker has started a new business that crosses boundaries between studio and retail space. In her window is a tiny life-like diorama of a bakery. Her sign reads Freedom Miniatures. The space is a combination of retail shelves on the right, and shelves showcasing tiny but shockingly realistic creations on the left. Behind the counter is a studio, where Shelley creates her miniature worlds. Shelley describes herself as an “artist in residence,” and puts a tremendous amount of imagination and personal experience into her work. As an example, the image…
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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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