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Mike Uncorked: CentreStage Rings in 2020 with New Comedy

Mike Uncorked: CentreStage Rings in 2020 with New ComedyBy Mike Butler 2020 is upon us and CentreStage Theatre in Kentville is gearing up for another fantastic twelve months of entertaining the Valley (and beyond) with top notch productions. This little theatre with the big heart has a stellar lineup of plays, including comedies, dramas, children’s shows, mysteries, and a dinner theatre, so keep on top of their offerings and don’t miss out! Centrestage is kicking off the year with The Wild Women of Winedale, a joyful and exuberant, yet ultimately touching comedy focusing on three women at crossroads in their…
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Mike Uncorked: My Ten Years of Community Theatre

Mike Uncorked: My Ten Years of Community TheatreBy Mike Butler Picture it: December 2009. I’d only been in Wolfville for a few years. I was still getting my feet wet and looking for ways to get involved in this community. I was so young! I’d just started writing for The Grapevine, I was working full time at Atlantic Lighting Studio, and I’d met so many folks there. One day, Marion Leier was in the shop and mentioned her daughter Kerri was in need of an actor for a play she was directing. An actor had just backed out and she…
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Mike’s Guide to Gifting: A Few Of My Favourite Things!

Mike’s Guide to Gifting: A Few Of My Favourite Things!By Mike Butler As I am writing this article (twinkly-eyed and giddy), it’s exactly one month until Christmas Day. Out of common sense and respect, I start my holiday cheer after November 11, and music and decorating after December 1, but I never shy away from thinking about the gifts and treats I’m going to pick up for my friends and family. If you know me, then you know Christmas is my favourite time of year! With so much at our disposal here in the Valley, I’ve compiled a little list…
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Mike Uncorked: I Love Lucy: My Dream Vacation to Jamestown, New York!

Mike Uncorked: I Love Lucy: My Dream Vacation to Jamestown, New York! By Mike Butler I was ten years old when Lucille Ball passed away. It’s one of my first recollections of a celebrity who meant something special to me dying and I remember having to process her death and learn the ability to look back on someone’s life and career and find great appreciation in their legacy! After Lucille Ball, artists like John Candy, John Ritter, Phyllis Diller, Mary Tyler Moore, Harvey Korman, Gene Wilder, and so many more have passed on and left an indelible and inspiring gift…
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Mike Uncorked: Poignant Dramedy Takes CentreStage

Mike Uncorked: Poignant Dramedy Takes CentreStage By Mike Butler As the summer starts winding down and the hustle and bustle of back to school takes over, on the weekends when you need a break, why not take in the latest show being produced by CentreStage Theatre in Kentville? You will not be disappointed in this crowd favourite that was produced many years ago but never fails to entertain over the years. The Cemetery Club by Ivan Menchell, is a poignant drama with wonderful comedic elements and if you liked The Golden Girls, then you’ll love Ida, Lucille, and Doris! They’re…
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Mike Uncorked: Inner Sun Yoga Special!

Mike Uncorked: Inner Sun Yoga Special! By Mike Butler Have you always wanted to try yoga? Here in Wolfville, there are many outlets to give it a whirl. It might be a stretch for you to commit, but what a stretch! Inner Sun Yoga has been offering classes in Wolfville for over 10 years, and yet, there are still residents who don’t know it exists. Two years after Inner Sun opened they began to offer teacher training to ensure there were teachers with a focus on injury prevention and healing. They have a strong focus on ahimsa, a principle of…
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Mike Uncorked: New Comedy Hits CentreStage In Style!

Mike Uncorked: New Comedy Hits CentreStage In Style! By Mike Butler Following last month’s successful run of Canadian playwright Norm Foster’s Looking, CentreStage has chosen another Canadian playwright to feature this month with Michael Wilmot’s hilarious piece about retirement and relationships: A Red Plaid Shirt! There is something funny about retirement, has anyone noticed? Marty certainly has and isn’t sure of how to fill the void. Along with his pal Fred, Marty decides to try a new “skill.” Their wives, on the other hand, are not too thrilled with this new venture! With a little “subtle redirection” from their wives…
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Mike Uncorked: Zach Attack! A Van-tastic Cause

Mike Uncorked: Zach Attack! A Van-tastic Cause By Mike Butler Wolfville has some incredible people in it! You must agree that when someone refers to another local here in town, it usually doesn’t take too much description before you say “oh yes, I know them.” Personality, community spirit, and charm all add up to make some people stand out. I made a new friend this week named Zach, and if I thought I was popular and loved within the community, I got nothing on this cool character! Zach is one of those wonderful people that makes Wolfville special, and Zach…
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Queen Flash Will Rock You in Berwick Canada Day Weekend

Queen Flash Will Rock You in Berwick Canada Day Weekend By Mike Butler Did you know music royalty is coming to Berwick at the end of June? That’s right everyone, Queen Flash, the ultimate Queen tribute band, is coming to the Kings Mutual Century Centre, better known as The Appledome in Berwick, and it’s a show you don’t want to miss! Queen Flash is the latest in a string of hit tribute bands to come to Berwick through the Berwick & District Lions Club and, like the others before, this one is sure to be a huge hit across the…
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Mike Uncorked: Ashley Hancock and the GLA:D Program

Mike Uncorked: Ashley Hancock and the GLA:D Program By Mike Butler Ashley Hancock grew up in Halifax, but has ties to the Valley through her mom and dad, and she spent a lot of her childhood here. She was tickled pink to move back here five years ago. “I went to Dalhousie as both an undergraduate (Kinesiology) and graduate student (MSc. in Physiotherapy),” Ashley says, “so I spent lots of time there before living in Northern Alberta for a year with my now-wife. When we decided to move home we knew we didn’t want to live in a city. The…
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