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The Best Turkey (and Unbelievable Brussels Sprouts)

The Best Turkey (and Unbelievable Brussels Sprouts) By Jenny Osburn | The Union Street Cafe Cookbook | jennyosburn.com It took me twenty years to really figure out how to make flavourful, tender, reheat-able turkey. At least once a week we’d cook a turkey at the restaurant for buffet dinners, clubhouse sandwiches, and pasta dishes. Here’s what I’ve learned. You’ll need to start this the day before the feast! The turkey can cook overnight in your oven to save room on the big day. Turkey and Gravy 1 fresh or defrosted turkey (12 to 20 lbs), local and free-range if at…
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Who’s Who: Steve Roe: A Shrek-tacular Actor

Who’s Who: Steve Roe: A Shrek-tacular Actor By Mike Butler Shrek, the loveable ogre that kids and adults have adored since he first appeared on the big screen in 2001, is not only a star of the big screen, but also the big stage! Shrek the film was turned into Shrek: The Musical a few years ago and Valley audiences are about to get the chance to see this production in all its colourful glory, with a local actor taking the helm in the role of the title character. If you’ve been to a few Quick As A Wink or…
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A Bountiful Harvest is A Reason To Celebrate at the Kings County Museum

A Bountiful Harvest is A Reason To Celebrate at the Kings County Museum Submitted As the fall season approaches and the fruit and vegetables of the bountiful Annapolis Valley appear in abundance in roadside stalls, we are reminded of the reasons we have to be thankful for living in such a special place. A celebration of the harvest in the fall began among Indigenous peoples long before the arrival of European settlers. Indeed a history of the history of the celebration of “Thanksgiving” can fill pages! Now a national civic holiday, generally celebrated on the second Monday of October, it…
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Back from Florence for Sunday Music in the Garden Room

Back from Florence for Sunday Music in the Garden Room By Janet Kirkconnell In the past, Acadia had a fall convocation, with all the trappings. The remnant of this is what is called Homecoming Weekend, when alumni are welcomed back to campus, this year from October 12 to 14. Football is often the drawing card of this weekend, but since the K.C. Irving Environmental Science Centre was erected on University Avenue, and the Steinway grand piano set in place, a Sunday concert has become a tradition, if possible with alumni artists performing. Two Acadia School of Music graduates will give…
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Valley Family Fun: Share Thanksgiving

Valley Family Fun: Share Thanksgiving By Laura Churchill Duke This year, why don’t you consider sharing Thanksgiving with a newcomer family? Our family has participated in this program for the past four years and can’t wait to do it again this year! Engage Nova Scotia has put together this wonderful program where your family is paired with a newcomer who joins you for your Thanksgiving dinner. Simply go to the website and indicate when you are having your meal (Sunday or Monday) and then who else will be at your table. Then, the organization will match you and connect you…
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Mike Uncorked: Four Seasons Community Orchestra

Mike Uncorked: Four Seasons Community Orchestra By Mike Butler Do you play an instrument? Have you been practising but were unable to find an ensemble to be a part of? Well, look no further! Formed in 2002, the Four Seasons Community Orchestra (FSCO) is composed of members of all ages, ranging from teenagers to 80+, representing all four seasons of life. FSCO provides a focal point and opportunity for all the talented musicians in the Valley to play in a full symphonic ensemble. FSCO players come from most Valley communities from Windsor to Middleton and beyond, and FSCO even has…
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Acadia Performing Arts Series Presents Ambitious Multimedia Collaboration between Montreal’s collectif9 and Architek Percussion.

Acadia Performing Arts Series Presents Ambitious Multimedia Collaboration between Montreal’s collectif9 and Architek Percussion. By François Côté In a true pan-Canadian collaboration, Montreal’s collectif9 and Architek Percussion come together to present a multimedia performance of music for amplified strings and percussion, video, and spoken words. My Backyard, Somewhere is a reflection of our malleable sense of belonging in a vast country; an exploration of boundaries and locations, of our displaced sense of home. With music by five multi-genre composers from across Canada, videography by Nicole Lizée, and the words of poet Kaie Kellough providing a narrative thread, My Backyard, Somewhere…
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Mi’kmaq History Month Events: Treaty Day & Sisters in Spirit Vigil

Mi’kmaq History Month Events: Treaty Day & Sisters in Spirit Vigil By Genevieve Allen Hearn October is an important month for raising consciousness about Mi’kmaq history, culture, and the current issues facing Indigenous communities today. September 30 was Orange Shirt Day, an initiative designed to promote awareness about the residential school system and the impact this system has had on Indigenous communities in Canada. October 1 was Treaty Day, celebrated in Nova Scotia to recognize the treaties signed between the British Empire and the Mi’kmaq people. These treaties state that the Mi’kmaq never gave up their land title, and outline…
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Mural Inspired by Wolfville History and Nature

Mural Inspired by Wolfville History and Nature By Wendy Elliott A one-of-a-kind mural now marks Wolfville’s 125th anniversary as a town. To honour the past, brothers Michael and Dan Burt painted, wielding spray cans for four days on the brick wall to the east of Herbin Jewellers. The Halifax duo used elements from Wolfville history and nature for inspiration. A line of poetry from John Frederic Herbin’s book Marshlands added a focus: “The tide flows out as the day expands.” Once mayor of Wolfville, Herbin started selling clocks on Main Street in 1885. He was also the founder of the…
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Recipe: Pa Amb Tomàquet

Recipe: Pa Amb Tomàquet Jenny Osburn | The Union Street Cafe Cookbook | jennyosburn.com My two-year-old and I wandered into a little coffee bar one morning in Granada a few years ago. It had snowed lightly the night before and the air was chilly and damp. The bar was warm and smelled soothingly of coffee and oranges. I balanced my daughter on a barstool and ordered, cafe con leche for me and freshly squeezed orange juice for her. Next to me, a woman was preparing her breakfast. She poured a thin stream of olive oil over toasted bread that had…
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