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Vineyard Spotlight: Domaine de Grand Pré

Vineyard Spotlight: Domaine de Grand Pré 11611 Highway 1, Grand Pré Now family owned and operated, Domaine de Grand Pré winery is the oldest farm winery in Atlantic Canada. In the 1970s, the property was owned and operated by Roger Dial as the Grand Pré Winery. In 1994, Swiss-born Hanspeter Stutz established the business, Domaine de Grand Pré, on the site and started his family’s journey towards making their mark on the Nova Scotia wine industry. Along with his family, Hanspeter re-opened the doors of the renovated winery in 2000. Since then, the family has been working together to create…
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Tidal Bay Appellation Reflects Classic Nova Scotian Style

Tidal Bay Appellation Reflects Classic Nova Scotian Style Tidal Bay: it’s the signature wine of Nova Scotia and designed to pair perfectly with seafood and ocean views. Developed by Nova Scotia wineries and winemakers to reflect the terroir, coastal breezes, and cool climate of the area, Tidal Bay was launched in 2012 as the first appellation for Nova Scotia. A crisp, aromatic white wine, all Tidal Bay wines must follow the same set of standards, created by a committee of winemakers, sommeliers, and wine experts, and are strictly enforced throughout the winemaking process, from growing to bottling. All Tidal Bay…
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Shark Sighting in Grand Pré

Shark Sighting in Grand Pré By Anna Horsnell Doug Morse is an artist. He is perhaps skeptical of that statement, pointing first to his 35 year reputation as a wooden sign maker. His portfolio of work ranges from commercial, residential, and nautical signs to finely-detailed carvings. However, his most recent creation is quite simply a work of art. Within his sizeable Grand Pré workshop, surrounded by a clutter of tools and copious amounts of paper calculations, drawings, and photos, Morse is sculpting a creature both terrifying and beautiful, namely a great white shark. The attention to exacting detail is remarkable…
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An Obituary for a Beloved Dog

An Obituary for a Beloved Dog By Wendy Elliott Recently May the dog passed away peacefully in the Quiet Room at the Cornwallis Veterinarian Clinic. May’s owner, Judith Leidl, says she was part of the family. “She came to us from Thailand, through the Soi Dog Foundation,” Leidl said, “having been a street dog, and then a shelter dog. Her long journey to Nova Scotia was instigated by the caring people at the foundation.” The first days with May were not easy. She bolted early in her stay just seconds one day after her lead was removed. A slightly ajar…
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Windsor Senior Bus Society, Now CommUNITY Bus NS, Provides “A Window to the World”

Windsor Senior Bus Society, Now CommUNITY Bus NS, Provides “A Window to the World” By Ethan Lang The Windsor Senior Bus Society (WSBS) has had a renaissance of sorts over the past year. The non-profit service has offered accessible transport for residents of local senior homes in Kings and Hants since 1985, but the scope of the Society is now expanding. Late last month, they held an event in Windsor to announce plans for the coming year. The bus service offered by the WSBS is now registered under a new name, CommUNITY Bus NS, with license to provide service province-wide….
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What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens: Apple Blossom and the E.C. Smith Herbarium

What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens: Apple Blossom and the E.C. Smith Herbarium By Alain Belliveau, Collections Manager The history of the Apple Blossom Festival is long and rich, dating back all the way to 1933. One tidbit that I only recently learned was that even though the festival’s date is decided years in advance nowadays, for the first 30 or more years, a plant pathologist named Fred Hockey made this decision in order to schedule the festival at peak blossom. He was the officer-in-charge at the Dominion Laboratory of Plant Pathology (Kentville Experimental Station), and was clearly…
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The Apple Blossom Festival

The Apple Blossom Festival By Jennifer Gerrits Jennifer Gerrits was a summer student at the Kings County Museum in 1999 and 2000 working as an archivist/conservator organizing and indexing the administrative records of the Apple Blossom Festival (1933-1995), which were donated to the museum archives in 1999. She has continued to volunteer at the museum over the years. The Annapolis Valley Apple Blossom Festival finds its roots in the Kentville Carnival, first celebrated in the late 1920s. From this early festival, with the support of the Nova Scotia Fruit Growers Association and the fruit farmers of the Annapolis Valley, the…
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“Expressions of Nature: Quilts by the Town & Country Quilters’ Guild”

“Expressions of Nature: Quilts by the Town & Country Quilters’ Guild” May to August 2019, Kings County Museum, Kentville Since the establishment of the Guild in 2002, the 50 members of the Town & Country Quilters’ Guild have welcomed quilters of all ages and all skill sets. Monthly meetings provide the opportunity to learn new techniques, gain inspiration, and strengthen friendships through the shared love of quilting. The group holds workshops, brings in guest speakers, takes part in retreats and community outreach projects, and enjoys displaying members’ work in exhibits such as this one. This summer the museum has planted…
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Burger Wars Episode IV: The Conclusion

Burger Wars Episode IV: The Conclusion Submitted That’s a wrap, or maybe a bun. During the month of April 2019, Campaign for Kids is excited to announce that 20,000 burgers were sold during the annual Burger Wars event. “This figure is above and beyond what we ever imagined,” says event organizer Laura Churchill Duke, who noted that last year 12,300 burgers were sold across the Valley. Each year, Burger Wars keeps getting bigger and better, and this year 47 restaurants from Digby to Windsor were involved in Burger Wars. When the event started four years ago, 23 restaurants participated, and…
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Omigod! Harvard’s Beloved Blonde takes the Quick As A Wink Stage by Pink Storm

Omigod! Harvard’s Beloved Blonde takes the Quick As A Wink Stage by Pink Storm Submitted Quick As A Wink Theatre Society proudly presents Legally Blonde, book by Heather Hach, music and lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin. A fabulously fun award-winning musical based on the adored movie, Legally Blonde The Musical, follows the transformation of Elle Woods as she tackles stereotypes and scandal in pursuit of her dreams. Action-packed and exploding with memorable songs and dynamic dances – this musical is so much fun, it should be illegal! Elle Woods appears to have it all. Her life is turned…
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