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Our Nightmare on Mainstreet contest is back! 

We're looking for spooky pictures of haunted looking homes, spider-web strewn yards, scary pumpkin carvings and other creepy accessories.You can enter your own creation, your kid's creation, or snap a shot of someone else's ghostly decor. 

Tweet your pictures to @mainstreethfx with this hashtag ​-- #NightmareonMain -- to be included in the contest. You can also upload photos of your decorations to public Instagram posts with #NightmareonMain. Or email them to us at mainhfx@cbc.ca,and put Nightmare on Main in the subject heading.

We're on the hunt for the best decorated Hallowe'en homes in Nova Scotia! Check out the entries so far...scope out the competition, or get inspired!

The deadline to get your photos to us is 6:00 PM Wednesday, Oct. 29. Our judges will pick the best one -- and a great prize pack is up for grabs.

Speaking Volumes best of 2013

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Our on air book club, Speaking Volumes, gathered for a pre-Christmas meeting, to talk about the best books they read this year -- and a few they hope to find under the tree.

Janice Comeau really liked Left Neglected by Lisa Genova and The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion. She hopes to receive The Massey Murders by Charlotte Gray and The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd.

Chris King really liked Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel and he's keen to read A History of the County of Pictou, by George Patterson.

David Fletcher loved the latest Inspector Gamache novel by Louise Penny. It's called The Beautiful Mystery. He recommends the whole series, but especially loved the latest. And he's itching to get his hands on those Hilary Mantel books Chris mentioned!

Speaking Volumes will meet again in January, when they'll discuss Chris's pick, Speaking from Among the Bones by Alan Bradley.

Happy reading!

Nightmare on Mainstreet!

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There's one on every block -- a haunted-looking house all dressed for the holiday. The holiday of Hallowe'en. If that's your house -- if you've been burning the midnight oil creepifying your abode for the terror and delight of all who pass by -- this is the contest for you!

Take a photo of your house of horrors, or your chilling jack o'lantern, or your spider-web strewn yard, or whatever other frightening scene you've dreamed up, and email it to us at mainhfx@cbc.ca

Put Nightmare on Mainstreet in the subject line.

And get it to us by midnight on Tuesday, October 29.

Our judges, steeped in spookiness themselves, will pick the best one -- and there'll be some sort of terrifying prize pack! Or maybe just a regular prize pack. 

Set Sail with Mainstreet!

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Ahoy, book clubs in Nova Scotia!

The Word on the Street literacy fair happens along the Halifax Waterfront on Sunday, September 22, and once again, Mainstreet has teamed up with the Tall Ship Silva for a cruise around the harbour with a bunch of writers -- and we're saving spots on board for book clubs from around the province.

All you have to do for your chance to win is tell us why you want to cruise with us... and which author's book you'd like to read.

There's lots of variety on the list...

Lorne Elliott - Beach Reading (comedic novel about tourists in PEI)

William Kowalski - The Hundred Hearts (novel that covers post-traumatic stress disorder after the war in Afghanistan)

Russell Wangersky - Whirl Away (compilation of 12 short stories)

Sue Goyette - Ocean (book of poetry)

Greg Malone - Don't Tell the Newfoundlanders (non-fiction)

And I'll be aboard as well.

All you have to do for your chance to win is email us at

mainhfx at cbc dot ca

Put Set Sail in the subject line

Tell us why your book club wants to cruise with us, and which book you'd like to read. Be sure to include the number of members in your group. Get your entry in to us before midnight on Sunday, September 8 -- we'll announce our winners in the ensuing week.

Looking forward to meeting you aboard the Silva! And thanks to Murphy's on the Water and the Waterfront Development Corporation for helping us to set sail!

--Stephanie

Free For All!

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We're launching today our annual fundraiser for Feed Nova Scotia. It's called Free For All, and it calls businesses and others to compete to raise the most food and funds for the cause. The winner gets a block of tickets to a taping of This Hour Has 22 Minutes...and a certified Stephanie Domet bobblehead! Tune in to hear all about it, and click here to participate.

Squash pie!

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Yesterday we had a great chat with Anita Stewart about thanksgiving dinners past and present, and she hipped us to this twist on pumpkin pie -- made with squash. After the show she emailed us the recipe. Here it is, in all its squashy glory!

 

Butternut Squash Pie

Credit Anne MacDonald

Simply steam or bake butternut or buttercup squash, scoop out the flesh and puree or mash it. Any leftover can be frozen for use as a vegetable or for another batch of this delicious pie.

1 ½ cups (375 mL) pureed squash

¾ cup (175 mL) granulated sugar

1 tsp (5 mL) cinnamon

½ tsp (2 mL) ground ginger

3 eggs

1 ½ cups (375 mL) homogenized (3%) milk

2 tbsps (30 mL) melted butter

One unbaked 9" (23 cm) pie shell

In a large bowl, whisk together the pumpkin, sugar, cinnamon, ginger and eggs till thoroughly combined. Whisk in milk and melted butter. Pour into the unbaked pie shell.

Bake in a preheated 350'F( 180'C) oven until centre is set, about 35 - 40 minutes.

Serve at room temperature with lightly sweetened whipped cream. Refrigerate any leftovers.

Serves 6

Win a sweet ride!

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It's Bike Week in Halifax! And we have it in mind to give you a chance to win a sweet new ride.

We have a brand new MEC Midtown Bicycle valued at $650 from the folks at Mountain Equipment Co-op and we want to give it away to a most-deserving bike enthusiast.

All you have to do to win ... show us your "Bicycle Beater".

Show us Nova Scotia's most used bike, and we'll replace it.

All you have to do to enter is send us a picture of your current bike and tell us, in a hundred words or fewer, how your bike got so beat up in the first place.

What we're not looking for: a story about how your dad backed over your bike with the family SUV.

No, we want to hear about bikes that have gone the distance on the trails and streets of this fair province.

We want to retire a bike that has done everything one can expect a bike to do.

You have until Thursday at noon to get your picture and hundred-word story to us.

We'll pick our top five entries, throw them up on our website and starting Thursday afternoon we'll let Mainstreet listeners vote on which bike deserves to go to its final resting place ... to be replaced by a shiny new MEC Midtown Bicycle.

Send your "Bicycle Beater" picture to MAINHFX@CBC.CA ... and remember, you have to have the picture and story to us by noon on Thursday ... no exceptions.

Memorable movie lines

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If you want to do the quiz our science guy Michael Bhardwaj talked about -- the one that tests your knowledge of memorable movie lines -- here's a link: http://memo.clr3.com/

Let us know how you scored!

Under the sea!

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Boris Worm kindly offered identification of some of the amazing fish I saw while in the Carribbean in early January. If you're heading south -- be sure to take along some snorkel gear. I totally fell in love with the underwater world. It's amazing to see what's going on under there. Check out these photos, and be sure to listen at 4:15 to hear Boris's identifications. Photos all courtesy of travel companion Aidan Brunn.

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Books for kids

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Can you tell we're constant readers here on Mainstreet? We're awash in book recommendations for the season. On Thursday's show, Suzy MacLean from Woozles Children's bookstore in Halifax and Darcy Johns from the Cole Harbour Library dropped by to bring our attention to these great books:
- Roadworks, by Sally Sutton and illustrated by Brian Lovelock
-Picture a Tree, by Barbara Reid
-I Want My Hat Back - by Jon Klassen
 -Binky the Space Cat, by Ashley Spires
-Weird But True: 300 Outrageous Facts, by National Geographic
-That Fatal Night: the Titanic Diary of Dorothy Wilton, by Sarah Ellis
-Blizzard of Glass, by Sally Warner
-Divergent, by Veronica Roth
 
I just started reading Divergent last night, and I am hooked!

 

Speaking Volumes recommends...

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Our on-air book club, Speaking Volumes, dropped by yesterday with some books to put on your list for giving -- or getting!

Among their recommendations:

The Sisters Brothers, by Patrick deWitt

Atlantic, by Simon Winchester (and in fact anything by Simon Winchester)

The Amazing Foot Race of 1921: Halifax to Vancouver in 134 Days, by Shirley Jean Roll Tucker

Grand Pursuit: The Story of Economic Genius, by Sylvia Nasar

The Last Colonial: Curious Adventures & Stories from a Vanishing World, by Christopher Ondaatje

Fireside Al's Treasury of Christmas Stories with CD, by Alan Maitland

God Never Blinks: 50 Lessons for Life's Little Detours, by Regina Brett

Be sure to tune in today to hear some great recommendations for the young readers on your list!