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Gold Poetry And Golden Wine At The Box Of Delights Bookshop

Ben Bush Anderson “A book must be the axe for the frozen sea within us”, said one of our favourite authors, Franz Kafka. The Czech writer has long entranced readers with his searing wit, sensitivity, and impeccable storytelling. We believe that it is never too early to start on Kafka, so in celebration of his 133rd birthday this July 3 we recommend Matthue Roth’s brilliant retelling of The Metamorphosis for children, *My First Kafka: Runaways, Rodents, and Giant Bugs*. Summer in Nova Scotia presents us with one vital question: which local book pairs best with which local wine? With a…
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Celebrating Dr. Heather Wellwood

By Lee-Ann Cudmore. Registered Acupuncturist, Call/text: 902-300-5100 valleyacu.ca It’s a Thursday around 9pm, and I am sitting around the kitchen table with Sarah and Alison Wellwood contemplating how to present this article. We are thirty-somethings (actually let’s be honest, we are in our mid-thirties), and we are friends and full-time working Mamas with a handful of kids between the three of us. We are perplexed, and the words “How did she do it?” come up a number of times. Their mother, Dr. Heather Wellwood, pulled off the glorious feat that we women often struggle with. “She focused on two very…
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Dr. Wayne Phillips: Words that Paint a Beautiful Picture

By Lee-Ann Cudmore. Registered Acupuncturist, Call/text: 902-300-5100 valleyacu.ca In case you have not had the pleasure, I would like to introduce you to Dr. Wayne Phillips. Dr. Phillips graduated from Dalhousie Medical School in 1974. He and his family moved to Wolfville in 1977 and he has practiced Family Medicine for 42 years, which up until 2010 included: office practice at the Wolfville Professional Centre, hospital medicine at EKM and VRH, obstetrics, nursing home care, and Acadia University student health centre. Dr. Phillips is the medical director of the Wolfville Nursing Home and the Wolfville Elms, and he has a…
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Grapevine Questionnaire: Gabrielle Papillon

by Susan Wedlock Hailed as “one of the finest new songwriters in Canada” (Tom Power, CBC), singer-songwriter Gabrielle Papillon sings stories real and imagined. Her latest album was voted 2015 Music Nova Scotia Awards’ Recording of the Year. Gabrielle recently played at the Evergreen Theatre in Margaretsville. What are you most proud of? That’s a tricky one, actually. Personally, there are two moments I can think of offhand which make me proud. The first is the moment my thesis advisor came out of the room, minutes after the panel deliberated, to tell me my Master’s thesis (in American History) had…
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Who’s Who: Ian Kaye, The Ultimate Valley Winer!

By Mike Butler Ian Kaye is heavily involved with Wine. Let me clarify… heavily involved as a JOB, not involved like I am, where I need a glass of Phone Box White just to go get the mail. Ian’s involvement is more hands on, nitty gritty, communing-with-the-vines kind of work that makes my job of buying the beautiful bottles of liquid gold so much easier! I have a great appreciation for high quality coffee (which is what I serve to Ian most mornings at TAN) and an even greater appreciation for amazing wine (which Ian so graciously handles), so I…
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Nova Scotia Icewine Festival

Top 10 Tips for an Icewine Lover by Sophia Luckett, sophiawinelover.com Not many people know this, but the benefits from drinking Icewine include glossy hair, increased endorphins, a good sense of humour, endurance, being 24% bullet proof, rhythm, power of persuasion, and an uncanny knack for foreign languages. Or, at least, I always have a sneaky suspicion this is the case when I’m drinking it. Note the one word and capital letter of Icewine.  This signifies it is a Canadian product and made to the very strict standards of the VQA (Vintners Quality Alliance).  Labelled in other countries, such as…
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IN REVIEW: Recent Events, Happenings and News

By Emily Leeson On January 10, Jim Henman, a founding member of April Wine, performed at Moe’s Place Music in Windsor. Wayne Walker saw that show, as well as Henman’s concert at Soundmarket Studio in Wolfville and commented, “I grew up listening to April Wine and it was nice to hear and meet a founding member of the band. Jim is a down-to-earth, nice person.”     Effective immediately, the parking lot in front of Shoppers Drugmart in Wolfville is now subject to the same rules as other Wolfville town parking lots. The Town is allowing for a grace period…
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ORO! Orkestra:Banding Together

By Mike Butler I love challenges and over the years I have challenged myself greatly with this column by writing about people from all walks of life, including couples, families, and even characters from history.  But this profile will be a true test to my skills because it’s about a GROUP of amazing people. I am thrilled to tell you all about the ORO! ORKESTRA! ORO! ORKESTRA is a Wolfville–based Turko-Balkan party dance band made up of community members and Acadia students and faculty.  Now heading into their third season, the band came about as a way to enjoy great…
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A Quick Chat with Jake & Miranda

What do you specialize In? Toys, games, and puzzles for kids of all ages and abilities. Helping young minds develop through creative play. Are you participating in the Icewine Festival and what’s your favourite Icewine? We’ll be attending as participants for the first time this year. We love being tourists in our own town and taking in these special events. As for a favourite…we’ll let you know! What’s Inquisitive’s best current deal or offer? Puzzles, puzzles, and more puzzles! We have lots in stock and more on the way for those cold winter nights. Also, we have some fun overstock…
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HERE AND AWAY: Wine Sales

By Pamela Swanigan Canadian figures are from 2011. North America calculates volume in case sales (a case being equivalent to 9L of wine), Europe in hectolitres (a hectolitre being 100 litres). I have converted both of these metrics to litres. Nova Scotia: Winery revenue: $2.9 million. Litres sold: 5.9 million British Columbia: Winery revenue: $333 million. Litres sold: 35.1 million Quebec: Winery revenue: $160 million. Litres sold: 41.4 million Ontario: Winery revenue: $531 million. Litres sold: 63 million Canada: Winery revenue: $1.2 billion. Litres sold: 164.7 million Washington State: Winery revenue: $1 billion. Litres sold: 112.5 million California: Winery revenue:…
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