Latest Posts

Acadia Performing Arts Series 2014-15

The Acadia Performing Arts Series is pleased to announce its 2014-’15 season.  The series opens in September with the twin pianos of the dynamic Duo Turgeon, followed in October by the Zodiac Trio with a beautiful program for clarinet, violin and piano. In November, the celebrated Elmer Iseler Singers will display their unique brand of choral excellence.Tafelmusik, Canada’s premier baroque orchestra, presents the Galileo Project with its stunning images accompanied by the music of the period. Measha Brueggergosman’s Christmas is a special series add-on in December. The Tom Regan Memorial Concert will open the second half of the season in…
Read more

Lost and Found

What once was lost…. now is found! It’s freezing rain outside, Patsy Cline is playing on my stereo, laundry is tumbling in the dryer, and I am snacking on roasted almonds and contemplating loss. Seems like a depressing topic for me, doesn’t it? Well, you’re incorrect. It’s actually a very positive thing to discuss. I’ll prove it. On three occasions this past week I was called “a light”. All three times I asked the person, “What do you mean?” and they’ve explained: “Mike, you are a positive, bright and happy presence in the world and you never exude anything but…
Read more

Gluten-Free Pecan-Date Loaf

What more can you ask for from a loaf? Gluten-free, no added sugar, full of nutrient-rich nuts, dates and flax—and most importantly, delicious! This loaf is quite dense, so it slices up nicely. It would be perfect for freezing and then toasting for breakfast. You could also turn it into a dozen muffins, but keep an eye on the time, as they will not need to cook as long. 1 1/3 c. pitted dates pinch of baking soda 3/4 c. water 1 free-range organic egg 1/3 c. butter 1 c. gluten-free baking mix 3/4 tsp guar gum 1 tsp baking…
Read more

Tanya Barnett: A Fine Balance!

Tanya Barnett: Wife, mother (of three), grandmother (of two). Those are the basics about this extraordinary woman, but Tanya is also a counselor, mediator, seeker of knowledge, and lover of all endeavours creative. To me, having just got to know Tanya through this profile, it is clear that she is a light for many, an inspiration to many more, and one of the bravest and strongest people I’ve ever written about. Tanya moved to this area from B.C. 17 years ago. She loves the generous community here that surrounds her and her family! Tanya came to my attention through simple…
Read more

Mary Ganong In Her Own Words

I come from good peasant genes – Eastern European – Romania, actually. We were poor. I remember my mother taking in boarders. My first job was in a candy store at the age of 10. Then I used to work in the schmata business, the rag trade, for $5 a week. I’ve seen signs: No Jews or dogs allowed. Coke bottle glasses, hand-me down clothes, terrible shyness. That was my teenage years. What saved me was politics and love…My grandma loved me. We shared a bed. She hugged me and she admired me and she made me laugh. I learned from…
Read more

The Fracking Issue

EDITOR’S UPDATE “I now have very little appetite to participate in such a discussion in the Grapevine, especially given the cartoon that was presented in the last issue. ‘Fracking’ is clearly not an issue that your newspaper is interested in dispassionately discussing (note that the cartoon in the last issue was not labelled as an editorial, which it clearly was, and so you failed your readership on that one).“   Of all the feedback from the February 6th issue, the statement above from an Acadia professor spoke to us the loudest. Our decision to run an anti-fracking cartoon strip from…
Read more

Lisa Boheme and Kevin Hernandez

Well, I’ve hooked another COUPLE for Who’s Who… these profiles are so much fun to write because I get to learn about TWO people, instead of just one, who have established themselves in our community. And this couple certainly has left their mark… well, a hole actually…. A Donut Hole! Lisa Boheme and her husband/partner Kevin Hernandez have become a sweet retreat at the Farmer’s Market lately, selling their Mortiscycle donuts. But before we get to that, let’s find out a bit more about each of them, shall we? Lisa is originally from La Jolla, California and lived in Victoria,…
Read more

Doug Lutz: A Lawyer With Appeal

It was December 2009 and I had this teeny tiny little part in a play called Brand New Year, directed by Kerri Leier. I was called in about two weeks before the show opened to fill in for someone, and I was terrified. I hadn’t been on stage in over 10 years, and the talented people at rehearsal were so intimidating I wanted to turn around and walk out of the room. The troupe was great to work with, but one adult in particular graciously welcomed me and made me feel right at home. I didn’t realize at the time that he was…
Read more

Tanya Owen: Pillow Talk

Shortly after the Il Dolce Far Niente Espresso Bar opened on Elm Avenue in Wolfville, a lady dropped off some beautiful decorative pillows to us. The pillows, one bearing the company insignia and the other showing our signature coffee mug and saucer plating, have been displayed on the comfy red couch since drop-off and have been a huge hit with patrons. They caught my eye instantly when I walked into work on the day they arrived. This lady’s gesture was a spur-of-the-moment way to welcome us to Wolfville and it was very much appreciated. The comments we receive about the…
Read more

Valley Photo-A-Day Challenge

Imagine yourself on a cold winter morning. Your hands are warming up because your favourite mug is steaming with some of the best coffee you’ve ever tasted. A subtle smile crosses your face as you look up to admire the super-cool, hand-letterpressed poster positioned perfectly on your wall… Well that could be you! Play along with our Daily Photo Challenge for your chance to win a freshly roasted bag of North Mountain Coffee + a beautiful letterpress poster designed by Laura MacDonald. Read on for the details. The Valley has finally embraced Instagram! Well, maybe not the whole Valley, but…
Read more