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Mike Uncorked: The Rink Faces Off in Wolfville

Mike Uncorked: The Rink Faces Off in Wolfville By Mike Butler If you’ve read my columns, you’ll notice that I promote a lot of community theatre projects, and why wouldn’t I? The talent in this beautiful valley is overwhelming and I love being not only a member of the local community theatre scene, but also a supporter and marketer! I know how many hundreds of hours it takes to put on a two-hour, four-performance run of a show and I want people to see it! I’ve had the pleasure of doing comedies, musicals, dramas, and childrens’ theatre, and I’ve worked…
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Mike Uncorked: Jon Foster & The New Motiv Experience

Mike Uncorked: Jon Foster & The New Motiv Experience By Mike Butler   A few years back I made the decision to become a healthier person. I wasn’t completely unhealthy: a little excess weight, poor cardio, no sense of my fitness abilities. I was a person who was very active, just not fit. Anyone can *want* to get healthy, or quit smoking, or watch what they eat etc. but you have to be *mentally* ready to make that commitment before your body can do it. Friends, family, personal trainers, and even strangers can be great motivators, but *you* have to…
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Mike Uncorked: High Definition Landscaping

Mike Uncorked: High Definition Landscaping By Mike Butler   Just a month has passed since I first met Dustin Rines and Charles Harvey, owners and operators of High Definition Landscaping, but we’ve become fast friends. I have to say, I’m pretty crazy about what they do for their day jobs, and I am very excited to share their story with you!   Before I became a full-time barista/local cafe entertainment mogul, I was a full-time lighting consultant with a special certificate in landscape lighting design, and it was one of the most rewarding and enjoyable aspects of the lighting world…
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Mike Uncorked: Nova Scotia Works and So Can You!

Mike Uncorked: Nova Scotia Works and So Can You! By Mike Butler At the age of 38 I am proud to say I’ve only had four jobs in my life. I’ve been very fortunate to remain at my jobs for long periods of time before needing to make the change to something else. I started working when I was 16 years old in the retail field and haven’t looked back; it’s definitely the area I fit into best. While I’ve had only four jobs, by this age, some people have had over a dozen with a mixture of full- and…
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Mike Uncorked: The Li’s Wok and Grill Experience

Mike Uncorked: The Li’s Wok and Grill Experience By Mike Butler There are some very positive perks to being kind of known here in Wolfville. Yes, I dabble in some theatre and work in a very busy café where I schmooze with lots of people, but I think it’s my Grapevine work that puts me on the map here in the valley. This “little” community paper has taken me to wonderful places and introduced me to amazing people, and most times with no effort on my part: those places and people have come to me. There was many a time…
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Mike Uncorked: Peggy & Grace Ride Again!

Mike Uncorked: Peggy & Grace Ride Again! By Mike Butler In 1991, Thelma & Louise took the cinema world by storm with their no holds barred, take no prisoners, estrogen-fuelled, girl power, rule breaking car jaunt across the United States. The dynamic duo, played by Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon, inspired countless female buddy comedies and dramas for years to come and that film is always worth another viewing. Before you track down the hit film, I highly recommend taking a jaunt over to CentreStage Theatre in Kentville, at 61 River Street, to see the “Thelma & Louise of the stage”,…
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Mike Uncorked: John Smith Rides for Education!

Mike Uncorked: John Smith Rides for Education! By Mike Butler John Smith is a pretty familiar face to the Valley. I’ve known John for a few years and I’m so proud to have shared the stage with him about half a dozen times. He’s friendly, outgoing, family and community-minded, and a great friend (and co-star!) and John is part of a pretty awesome project that I want to share with you. But first a little bit about the man behind it: John Howard Smith, proudly named for his two grandfathers, was born and raised in Nova Scotia. John joined the…
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Mike Uncorked: VALLEY CHEER ATHLETICS: Give me a “V”; Give me a “C”!

Mike Uncorked: VALLEY CHEER ATHLETICS: Give me a “V”; Give me a “C”! By Mike Butler I have a bit of a confession to make. Most of you know that I love to dance and sing and perform, and it’s true I am not a great singer or a skilled dancer or a trained performer, but I am not shy in front of a crowd and I always give 110% when I perform (either at work or on stage)! When I was in high school there wasn’t a big following with Cheerleading or a Cheer Squad for sporting events. Everyone…
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Mike Uncorked: Come to CENTRESTAGE for THE LONG WEEKEND

Mike Uncorked: Come to CENTRESTAGE for THE LONG WEEKEND   By Mike Butler It’s the summer, which means good times with friends and family sharing BBQ’s, time at the beach, hiking, swimming, or other outdoor activities. In the evenings, you have campfires, drinks and laughs on the patio, or maybe even a chance to attend an outdoor concert. Summer is also the time for young adult recreation camps at CentreStage Theatre in Kentville, as well as a hilarious production on their main stage. So why not pop over to CentreStage on a Friday or Saturday evening, sit in a nice…
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Uncorked: Marion Bridge Returns to the Valley

Uncorked: Marion Bridge Returns to the Valley By Mike Butler Marion Bridge, the place, might not be much to look at. It’s a Canadian rural community in Nova Scotia’s Cape Breton Regional Municipality. The community is named for the eponymous bridge that crosses the Mira River, Marion Bridge, being approximately midway between the river’s source in Grand Mira and its discharge point at Mira Gut. The current concrete highway bridge was constructed in 1982 as a replacement for an older bridge, which collapsed after an accident involving a snowplow. And that about sums it up! But in 1998, renowned local…
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