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First Annual Harvest Dinner on October 24 at Tattingstone Inn

First Annual Harvest Dinner on October 24 at Tattingstone Inn “This is the First Annual Harvest Dinner and we are excited to partner with chef Nelson Penner to honour the many local farms, orchards, and vineyards,” says Erika Banting of the Tattingstone Inn. The dinner will feature eight dishes, each created to highlight the many diverse products grown in the Annapolis Valley. The event promise to be an extraordinary evening of exquisite flavours. “We have invited eight local vineyards to provide a vintage wine from their cellar,” says Banting. “Nelson will create a dish to compliment each wine thereby creating…
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Who’s Who: Melanie Besemer: Homes Are Where Her Heart Is!

Who’s Who: Melanie Besemer Homes Are Where Her Heart Is! By Mike Butler Melanie Besemer: The lady on the poster on the bike with the flower basket! Clearly you know who I’m talking about right? Well, one day I passed a very cute bicycle on Main Street, Wolfville, complete with a basket full of fresh flowers with Melanie’s photo attached to it, and I knew immediately that I wanted to include her in my Who’s Who column. Let’s go on a ride and learn more about this very busy member of our community! Melanie was born and raised in a…
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Valley Harvest Feast for School Food

Valley Harvest Feast for School Food Jenny Osburn | The Union Street Cafe Cookbook | jennyosburn.com Chefs and restaurateurs from all over the Annapolis Valley will band together at the Berwick and District Lions Hall on October 19 to cook a Valley harvest feast and change school food for the better. Chefs Jason Lynch, Chantelle Webb, and Nelson Penner are part of the culinary team tying on their aprons to support Berwick School’s Pay-What-You-Can Healthy Lunch Program. The Union Street will start off the party with their famous grazing table, loaded with tasty appetizers, while the Lions open the bar….
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Ten Valley Businesses Join Together to Host Retreat

Ten Valley Businesses Join Together to Host Retreat By Christa Bedwin A Valley business owner put together an extraordinary retreat this summer, and the participants were so delighted with it that I feel excited to tell other local business owners so maybe we all can get inspired to do something similar. The Valley has plenty of potential to become a real retreat destination! Kayla Cotton of Lahara Yoga in Wolfville put together a retreat with 10 compatible businesses from the Valley. Retreat participants were delighted, mentioning that they loved the experience of coming to the Valley and trusting that all…
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The Wildlife Illustrations of Kaitlin Bauer

The Wildlife Illustrations of Kaitlin Bauer By Anna Horsnell We are not alone. Humans share planet Earth with a tremendous variety of other life forms. The animals around us look back at us, aware, holding us to account perhaps. Kaitlin Bauer is one who sees and pays homage through her fine wildlife drawings. The connection between animal and human is so often through the eyes, and Bauer understands that bond. Whether her subject is a great horned owl or a grizzly bear, she captures the direct stare or coy expression of the seemingly inattentive. She aims for the candid moment,…
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ArtCan News

ArtCan News As the summer season comes to a close we’re reflecting on all the exciting events we had the privilege of hosting at ArtCan: many of the Kitchen Parties with Kim Barlow – a lovely variety of musicians, poets and writers; 5 abstract artists from Annapolis Royal presented a beautiful show during the month of August, and many students have also been making great work in the studio. Thank you to all the fantastic artists for making such a memorable summer! ArtCan Café will continue to serve coffee and desserts throughout the fall, but the lunch service will end…
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Berries & Friends: What’s Growing at U-Picks Around the Valley

Berries & Friends: What’s Growing at U-Picks Around the Valley Lindsey Reddin Boates Farm 432 Bligh Road, Woodville 9am-5pm 902-678-7301 or boatesfarm.ca Certified organic apples & pears. Daniels U-Pick 4499 Highway 14 Windsor Forks 11am-5pm 902-798-5432 Plums, pears, apples. Dempsey Corner Orchards 2717 Highway 221 Aylesford 10am-5pm, closed Sunday 902-847-1855 or Facebook Garden veggies, pears, grapes, apples, pumpkins. $2 farm admission Elderkin’s Farm Market 10362 Highway 1 Greenwich 8am-9pm, Sundays 9am-9pm 902-542-7198 or Facebook Blackberries, garden veg & herbs, pears, apples. Foote Family Farm 1972 Woodville Road Woodville 8am-5pm, closed Sunday 902-678-4371 or Facebook Apples. Gates U-Pick 1269 Starrs Point…
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Newest Jan Coates Novel to Benefit Feed Nova Scotia

Newest Jan Coates Novel to Benefit Feed Nova Scotia Submitted With the release of Jan L. Coates’ new children’s book, Say What You Mean, Mean What You Say, Nevermore Press in Lunenburg will be donating one dollar from the sale of each book to Feed Nova Scotia from now through October 14, Thanksgiving Day. Say What You Mean is the second middle-grade novel published under Nevermore’s Trap Door Books imprint. In Say What You Mean, twelve-year-old Jake MacKinnon rescues an old hound dog from the pound. Sandy turns out to be a fairy dogmother, who grants Jake’s greatest wish—to be…
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Gallery Round-Up

Gallery Round-Up A decidedly incomplete collection of local artistic destinations in alphabetical order 7Arts 619 Central Ave, Greenwood facebook.com/7Arts2/ Acadia University Art Gallery 10 Highland Ave, Wolfville gallery.acadiau.ca ArtCan Gallery & Cafe 9850 Main St. Canning artcan.com Artists Landing Gallery Avon River Heritage Society Museum 17 Belmont Road, Newport Landing avonriverheritage.com ARTsPLACE Gallery 396 St. George Street, Annapolis Royal arcac-artsplace.weebly.com Bear River Artworks 1913 Clementsvale Rd, Bear River bearriverartworks.com Blue Mind Gallery 1888 Clementsvale Road, Bear River bluemindgallery.com The Bread Gallery 7778 Highway #14, Newport facebook.com/TheBreadGallery David Lacey Gallery 11 Cove Rd, Centreville davidlaceygallery.com Far-Fetched Gallery 218 St. George Street,…
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“Fugitives and Heroes” at Hardware Gallery for September

“Fugitives and Heroes” at Hardware Gallery for September Submitted Hardware Gallery is pleased to present “Fugitives and Heroes,” featuring the work of artists Echo Nara and Michael Greer. The exhibit runs from August 30 to September 25. An opening reception, with the artists in attendance, will be held at the gallery, 36 Cornwallis Street, 7:00pm-9:00pm, Thursday, September 12. All are welcome. Raised in Italy, Spain, and Belgium, Michael Greer was exposed to centuries of European artistic tradition from a young age. He studied fine arts at the University of Guelph, OCAD University, and the Academie des Beaux-Arts de Watermael-Boitsfort in…
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