Mike Uncorked

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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Winter Reading Choices

Well, despite the fluctuating weather conditions this past week, one cannot argue that winter is upon us. The cold air, the snow, the smell of wood fires, the complaining – oh yes, all the elements are there to indicate that the chilly season is here!  I am not going to sugar coat it folks, there are many things about winter that I am not fond of (shovelling, scraping, poor driving conditions, crazy Christmas shoppers, etc.) but one thing I do love is reading during these cold winter days. There’s nothing like curling up in front of a roaring fire with…
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Wants & Needs

Do you know the difference between WANTS and NEEDS?  We all use these terms in our everyday life but do we really understand them. Do I really NEED a coffee or do I just WANT one? I know for sure that every day I NEED smiles, hugs and laughter. I know that every day I WANT breakfast, lunch and dinner. But…. well, just read on. Well over a year ago, maybe Summer 2013, I was walking down Central Avenue in Wolfville, just another ordinary day in my life, skipping back from the post office, and on the telephone pole was…
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Il Dolce Far Niente – One Sweet Year

Sometimes we need a change. Sometimes we need to try something different. Sometimes we need to grab a hold of what’s good and enjoy it for all it’s worth. Over a year ago, I needed a change. I needed a different job and a new path for myself. I needed a place of employment that didn’t feel like work, but instead was fun and enjoyable and a benefit to my psyche. I found all those things and more at IL Dolce Far Niente Espresso Bar in Wolfville.  On October 28th, IL Dolce Far Niente celebrates its One Year Birthday and…
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War and Remembrance: Part Two

A few issues back, I wrote an article about World War I and some of the events taking place in the Valley (theatre and film wise) that were being presented to commemorate the 100th anniversary. Well, with Remembrance Day just around the corner, I felt it best to do an article about some of the events happening in the valley commemorating World War II. I have just finished the CentreStage production of “My Boy Jack”, a gripping drama that received stellar reviews; mostly for its cast and the play’s no-holds-barred depiction of the First World War. I was greatly tested…
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OMG–GMO!

Well, this is a bit of a different kind of Mike Uncorked. Megan Brown, the smiling face behind the counter at Eos, emailed me about a bunch of fun events taking place in October, in support of Non-GMO month. This was all very new for me, it sparked my interest and I want to share it all with you. A bit of background first. Eos Natural Foods is located on Front Street in Wolfville and it is a magnificent shop filled with unique products (too many to list) and all things natural. The staff is very helpful, the atmosphere reeks…
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Some Novel Ideas for the Months Ahead!

Faithful readers of my column, as well as friends and family, all know that this is my favourite time of the year.  I love the autumn – its colors, its general feel, and its journey into the winter months where we get to have toasty fires, hot beverages, and snowy afternoons filled with long movies and great books.  I love literature and promoting stellar reading material.  For as long as I am on this planet, reading will not become a forgotten pastime. This article might seem seasonally early but you have to admit, that on these cold mornings, it’s beginning…
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Parks and Mikereation

This has been a week filled with amazing highs and buckets of nostalgia. What has happened since the last Mike Uncorked? Well, I was part of the Grapely Ghost Walk tour last Friday and two of my oldest and dearest friends were in the crowd. Seeing them and hearing their laughter brought back so many memories of the three of us in high school, acting like fools – except this time it was just me acting the fool. One of those friends has been in my life for 30 years and I love her to bits! I met her the…
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