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Mike Uncorked: Sweeney Todd and Charley’s Aunt: Demonic Barber and Classic Romp Hit Valley Stages

Mike Uncorked: Sweeney Todd and Charley’s Aunt: Demonic Barber and Classic Romp Hit Valley Stages By Mike Butler So, there’s back to school stuff going on and the general autumn prep, which means we all need a little break with something to do, right? This September the Valley theatre scene is exploding with two terrific productions covering all genres and you should mark your calendars to catch both! Up first, for all you devilish musical fans, the Valley premiere of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street comes to the Al Whittle Theatre and it’s going to be a…
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Mike Uncorked: ALL for one and one for ALL!

Mike Uncorked: ALL for one and one for ALL! Acadia Lifelong Learning Program 2018-2019 By Mike Butler Last year, I was so proud to have had the opportunity to write about the Acadia Lifelong Learning program (ALL) that’s offered here in Wolfville, through Acadia University. The response was terrific for the organization so I wanted to make sure I included some promotion for this year’s ALL program for those who are interested in some extraordinary learning opportunities. It’s very important to mark your calendars for this Thursday, September 6 for for the 2018-2019 ALL program picnic. It’s not mandatory to…
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Mike Uncorked: Summer Reads 2018

Mike Uncorked: Summer Reads 2018 By Mike Butler Do you know when my favourite time of the year to read is? Well, if you know me then you know the answer is ANY TIME! I love to read! I love to get engrossed by a piece of literature and I love recommending books to other avid readers. We have so many wonderful booksellers in this province and the summer is a perfect time to gather up some cheap reads at yard sales too. Here’s a little list to use when selecting some choice summer reads: New to the bestseller lists…
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The 39 Steps: I Spy: A Very Fun Show!

The 39 Steps: I Spy: A Very Fun Show!! By Mike Butler Mix a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel, add a dash of Monty Python, and you have The 39 Steps, a fast-paced comedy thriller for anyone who loves the magic of theatre! This two-time Tony and Drama Deck Award-winning treat is packed with nonstop laughs and a talented cast of 7 local actors. The play is based on the book by John Buchan, adapted by Patrick Barlow, and directed by Chérie Zinck. The cast in order of appearance includes Mike Butler (ME!), Candy O’Brien, Alan Tupper, Emily…
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Mike Uncorked: The Wedding!!!

Mike Uncorked: The Wedding!!! By Mike Butler On July 14, 2018 at 2:00 in the afternoon, I married the most wonderful man on the planet! It was a day (and a process) that was beyond perfect. The support Ian and I have received since day one of our relationship leading up to the wedding day is so profound and overwhelming and I thought I would dedicate this Mike Uncorked to our special day for everyone to read about and be a part of. How it all began … I’m a sappy romantic at heart and I believe in time and…
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Mike Uncorked: International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia

Mike Uncorked: International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia By Mike Butler The beautiful Wolfville Waterfront Park is beginning to blossom as the weather gets warmer and the tourists start arriving. When I was down there for a coffee the other day the picnic tables were full and the trail was alive with walkers and their dogs. It’s such a nice place to take a minute to unwind. The waterfront is going to get a lot brighter on May 16 at 6pm when the Town of Wolfville will raise the pride flag for International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT). This…
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Uncorked: The Elf Child Book Launch

Uncorked: The Elf Child Book Launch By Mike Butler Recently, I was quite fortunate to meet up with dynamic storytelling duo Kenneth Michael Davidson and Donna Louise Moore, author and illustrator of the dazzling new book The Elf Child. They’ll be celebrating its publication with a book launch on Saturday April 28 at The Box of Delights Bookshop in Wolfville. The Elf Child was first conceived as a whimsical lullaby before it became a book. “While in Manitoba working as a music teacher,” author Davidson says, “I had the happy chance of meeting a young girl named Monique, and her…
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Mike Uncorked: Garrett Mason Concert Hits the Valley

Mike Uncorked: Garrett Mason Concert Hits the Valley By Mike Butler Folks, there’s a show coming to Wolfville that needs to be on everyone’s must-see list! Are you in the market for a great night of entertainment? Well, all you have to do is literally get into the market, the Wolfville Farmers’ Market that is! On Saturday April 7 at the Wolfville Farmers’ Market you can treat your ears to the magnificent sounds of Garrett Mason and his special guests Mike and Maggie of Chasing Blue. This is going to be an epic show, sponsored by Festiville and The Union…
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Mike Uncorked: Spring into Reading!

Mike Uncorked: Spring into Reading! By Mike Butler This is one of my favourite times of the year. Yes, spring, but mostly the Canadian Federation of University Women’s Annual Book Sale is happening now, and it’s the ultimate go-to place for inexpensive reading material to get me through the spring and summer months. I love to read and this book sale is always a busy triumph for book lovers.Take a minute to pop down to the sale and gather some new reading material. Take a friend and introduce them to this wonderful event which raises tons of money for various…
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Uncorked: Neil Simons’ Rumors Hits The Valley!

Uncorked: Neil Simons’ Rumors Hits The Valley! By Mike Butler I was walking down the street the other day and I noticed that no one was smiling. No one was smirking, grinning, or even wincing…nothing! I think everyone needs a good laugh in their life. I guarantee a way to scrape away the winter blues is to come to CentreStage and see their latest production: Neil Simon’s Rumors! Written by Neil Simon, famous for brilliant comedies like The Odd Couple, The Sunshine Boys, Lost in Yonkers, and Last of the Red Hot Lovers, Rumors was first performed on Broadway in…
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