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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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Mike Uncorked: SPREADING RUMORS AROUND THE THEATRE!

Mike Uncorked: SPREADING RUMORS AROUND THE THEATRE! By Mike Butler First, I want to thank Edalene Theatre and CentreStage Theatre for putting on two shows with very catchy titles… it made my job of thinking up a title for this article that much easier. The wonderful world of Valley community theatre is alive and well with so many shows coming your way. Check out the ValleyEvents.ca website for all the theatre and music shows going on and certainly the theatre listings in your Grapevine is a good place to check as well. I want to tell you about two exceptional…
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Uncorked: Banker’s Hollow, A Real Treasure!

Uncorked: Banker’s Hollow, A Real Treasure! By Mike Butler I just moved! Not in my spot while writing this article but actually MOVED from my old apartment of 14 years to a new dwelling in Wolfville. The process of moving, for me, was actually quite entertaining, fun, and interesting. I had a few weeks to organize, pack up, and make the transition smoothly, unlike those who have the usual three-to-four days to pack up their entire lives and make the move. I am blessed to have had friends to help, flexibility with space and movement, and some time off from…
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Uncorked: Denise and Kerry Lees, on a roll!

Uncorked: Denise and Kerry Lees, on a roll! By Mike Butler Denise and Kerry Lees are, literally, on a roll with their new business. The Lees are the proud owners and operators of AROLLCO (Atlantic Roll Converting) located in Berwick. People may remember Denise from the Mahone Bay Quality Footwear Co. in Wolfville. I had the pleasure of being teamed with Denise there for a while, and it was a very rewarding work experience with her. Denise loved the retail environment, the customer interaction, and the close-knit community and local support of the businesses, but a new chapter needed to…
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Mike Uncorked: SHOW ME THE SHOWS!!!!

Mike Uncorked: SHOW ME THE SHOWS!!!! By Mike Butler You know, if I had a nickel for every hour I spent on stage performing in a show or sitting in a theatre as an audience member watching a show; I would be a very rich man! The reason I practically drown myself in live theatre is because I love it! I love everything about rehearsing, fine-tuning, gathering props and costumes, developing characters, and presenting all that hard work to an enthusiastic audience. On the flip side, I love seeing all that come together in front of me! There’s a lot…
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Mike Uncorked: To Learn or Not to Learn

Mike Uncorked: To Learn or Not to Learn By Mike Butler It’s October and school is officially underway. I hope everyone had a summer filled with terrific adventures and experiences. Acadia University and the town of Wolfville are buzzing with the returning students asking directions; chatting at the coffee shops; forming lines at the liquor store, drug store, grocery store, and the bank; and hopefully embracing this wonderful town and what it has to offer – including their education! I follow many guidelines in my life, like: always be polite, think positive thoughts, give of yourself when you can, make…
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Mike Uncorked: Go As You Grow! By Mike Butler

Mike Uncorked: Go As You Grow! Mike Butler I have four nephews and a niece who are my world! They are my “kids” and anyone who knows me is aware that I would lay down my life for them. They’re growing up very fast, a lot faster than I want, but such is life. Their safety, protection, well-being, and a positive life environment have been my top priority since the second I first held each of them. I am not the parent but I am a very loving uncle who wishes nothing but the best for them. My mindset is…
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Mike Uncorked: Willy Loman and the Girls

Mike Uncorked: Willy Loman and the Girls By Mike Butler It’s a very exciting time for live theatre in the Valley, as two unique productions get ready to take the stage. I want to tell you about them so you can mark your calendars and treat yourselves to these theatrical presentations.    First up, CentreStage Theatre in Kentville, is presenting Calendar Girls, written by Tim Firth, and based on the worldwide smash hit film starring Helen Mirren and Julie Walters. When Annie’s husband John dies of leukemia, she and best friend Chris resolve to raise money for a new settee…
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Mike Uncorked: Summer Time Reads and Needs!

Mike Uncorked: Summer Time Reads and Needs! By Mike Butler READS: Summertime is one of my favourite times of the year to catch up on my reading. Now, granted, I read all the time but when the days are sunny and you’re on vacation, lounging by the pool, sipping iced tea, or swinging in the hammock, there’s nothing better to pass the time than writing (in a journal or letters to a friend), or reading a terrific book. Here are some reading selections to seek out for the summer months. New in paperback and worth checking out are Stephanie Coontz’s…
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Uncorked: Your Rainbow Connection

Uncorked: Your Rainbow Connection By Mike Butler What a year it has been so far for the LGBTI Communities of the world. There have been many wonderful, positive, and uplifting moments throughout the world, including the recent historical march of our Prime Minister in Toronto’s Pride Parade. But there have also been moments of extreme sadness and heartbreak, with so many lost lives in Orlando and other locations not covered by the media. No matter the event, as a community, Wolfville has always shown its support of Pride Week, Pride events, and the LGBTI community, and I am proud to…
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