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What’s Growing at Acadia: Corophium: A Tasty Feast for Sandpipers

What’s Growing at Acadia: Corophium: A Tasty Feast for SandpipersBy Sarah Lavallée (Class of 2022) This past summer was a busy one for student and Arthur Irving Scholar Sydney Scholten. Now in her final year at Acadia, Scholten spent the summer in the laboratories of the K.C. Irving Environmental Science Centre and at Avonport Beach conducting research for her honours degree. Scholten’s honours research concerns what are commonly referred to as “mud shrimp” in the Bay of Fundy. Scientifically known as Corophium volutator, they are a member of a suborder of crustaceans called amphipods. Corophium is actually considered a keystone…
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What is a Mushroom Foray?

What is a Mushroom Foray?By Philicity Byers This past weekend was the 11th annual fall mushroom foray organized by the Nova Scotia Mycological Society, held at Ross Creek Centre for the Arts, near Canning. Upon my return from the event, my roommate asked me what a mushroom foray was, so, to my roommate and anyone else who is wondering: Most simply, a mushroom foray is an expedition for the purpose of collecting mushrooms, but it’s a lot more than just that. It’s a gathering of people who are interested in unearthing – literally and figuratively – the world of fungi….
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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 ValleyBy Lindsey Reddin Boates Farm432 Bligh Road, Woodville9am-5pm902-678-7301 or boatesfarm.caCertified organic apples. Daniels U-Pick4499 Highway 14 Windsor Forks11am-5pm902-798-5432Pears, apples. Dempsey Corner Orchards2717 Highway 221 Aylesford10am-5pm, closed Sunday902-847-1855 or FacebookPears, grapes, apples, pumpkins.$2 farm admission Elderkin’s Farm Market10362 Highway 1 Greenwich8am-9pm, Sundays 9am-9pm902-542-7198 or FacebookBlackberries, apples. Foote Family Farm1972 Woodville Road Woodville8am-5pm, closed Sunday902-678-4371 or FacebookApples. Gates U-Pick1269 Starrs Point Rd, Port Williams,10am-6pm902-542-9340Apples, pears, pumpkins. Noggins Corner Farm Corn Maze & U-Pick10009 Highway 1 Greenwich,Monday-Friday 3pm-5pm, weekends 10am-5pm902-542-5515 or FacebookApples, pumpkins. Stirling’s Farm Market10328 Highway 1 Greenwich9am-6pm902-542-2789 or FacebookPumpkins, wagon-ride apple u-pick…
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In With the New

In With the NewBy Genevieve Allen Hearn As the leaves fall, some amazing new businesses around the Annapolis Valley are in bloom! LilyPond Vintage Furniture & Home Décor – Kentville Shirley Whiteway-Matheson opened a second location of her retail business in Kentville at the beginning of the month. The original LilyPond shop is located in Elmsdale. Shirley has been refinishing furniture and decorating on a budget for over twenty years. Her specialty is making old things new and seeing the potential in outdated furniture. She offers painting workshops where she teaches others how to affordably re-love their old furniture again,…
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Who’s Who: Laura Churchill Duke

Who’s Who: Laura Churchill DukeBy Mike Butler Laura Churchill Duke is a powerhouse woman! There’s not too many times I get to sit down in the run of my day, but when I do, I take in how much I do and I think to myself, Laura Churchill Duke does twice as much as I do! I am so honoured to finally feature her in my column. Laura was born and bred in the Annapolis Valley, having grown up in Port Williams. She attended the original Horton High School and went to Acadia and earned a degree focusing on the…
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Soldier’s Social 1940s Dance

Soldier’s Social 1940s Dance The Kings Historical Society and CentreStage Theatre are hosting a night of wartime camaraderie with a touch of the poignant. Guests will enjoy a night of live 1940s-era music (with Rewind), light fare, theatre, and dancing. Ken Bezanson, pianist, will make a special appearance in the lobby and 1944 singing sensations Wendy and Donna will perform on the main stage. There will be a cash bar serving refreshments and “cigarette girls” will stroll the ballroom of Main Street Station. We look forward to welcoming you to our event as we rewind the clocks to 1944! Friday…
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West Kings Hungry Bowls Fundraiser: Youth Raising Awareness of Food Security Issues

West Kings Hungry Bowls Fundraiser: Youth Raising Awareness of Food Security IssuesSubmitted West Kings District High School’s first Hungry Bowls fundraising dinner is taking place in the cafeteria on Tuesday, October 22 from 5:30-7:00pm as a drop-in meal. Tickets are $25 at the door in support of local food banks, and include a meal of soups, rolls, and desserts, and a handcrafted, one-of-a-kind bowl. A free will offering at the suggested minimum of $5 allows the event to be accessible to children and families. Artwork in both traditional and electronic media will be on display to raise awareness of hunger….
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Dinner Out: Scott’s Devour Picks!

Dinner Out: Scott’s Devour Picks! By Scott Campbell Each year I’m asked to give my recommendations for the Devour Food Film Festival movies that I think would be the most interesting and entertaining. Admittedly, my selection process is less than scientific. I read the descriptions of the films just like everyone else and try to decide if they’d make my list. So, with that in mind, here goes: My first selection is Big Night. This is the film that celebrity Chef Lidia Bastianich curated. I’ve eaten at several of her restaurants and I enjoy her cooking shows so it seemed…
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Farm to Fork: Fostering Connections with WFM2Go

Farm to Fork: Fostering Connections with WFM2GoBy Avery Peters Like many who live in Wolfville, the Farmers’ Market was a place where I immediately found community when I moved here over 5 years ago. A farmers’ market can seem intimidating to some who do not like big crowds or crowded places. I am an introvert, and admit, despite my wholehearted support of small farmers and the market, to not always feeling like putting out the social energy required to go to the market. However, other days I am totally energized and soak up every minute of running into friends and…
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Featurepreneur: The Giving Vegetable

Featurepreneur: The Giving VegetableGenevieve Allen Hearn The luffa gourd is native to the Asian tropics, but for three years now, Cindy Lou Oulton has managed to keep her plants prospering inside a garden tunnel on the grounds of TapRoot Farm in Port Williams. After harvesting, drying, and peeling the luffa, it is then sold as a bath sponge or dish scrubber. As far as she knows, she is the only one selling commercially-grown luffas in Canada. We wanted to know more about this versatile vegetable crop! The Grapevine (GV): For those readers who don’t know about luffa, tell us about…
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