Mike Uncorked

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…
Read more

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…
Read more

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…
Read more

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…
Read more

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…
Read more

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…
Read more

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…
Read more

Mike Uncorked: OSCAR GOLD PICKS 2019

Mike Uncorked: OSCAR GOLD PICKS 2019 By Mike Butler Hi Everyone! Is it Academy Awards time already? It seems like just yesterday that I wrote my 2018 Oscar Fever Uncorked article and predicted my Oscar picks. Last year, my picks did very well, and this year I have seen practically all the films in the running so I’m excited to see how I perform. The Academy Awards ceremony airs on Sunday February 24. Here are my predictions for this year’s Oscars. Best Supporting Actress: What a wonderful year for strong female roles. This category is always one of the most…
Read more

Mike Uncorked: Travelling Trunk Stories and Murdered to Death at Centrestage

Mike Uncorked: Travelling Trunk Stories and Murdered to Death at Centrestage By Mike Butler CentreStage Theatre in Kentville is always busy! Between rehearsals for multiple shows, renovations, productions, and planning sessions, it’s a non-stop, full-throttle experience at 61 River Street. Just off the heels of a successful run of The Fox on the Fairway, CentreStage currently has two offerings for its audiences and I recommend you smile away the winter blues with both. Because the theatre boasts both an upper performance centre and a main stage area, CentreStage can offer more than one show at a time and that’s very…
Read more

Mike Uncorked: Fox on the Fairway Tees Off at CentreStage

Mike Uncorked: Fox on the Fairway Tees Off at CentreStage By Mike Butler Happy New Year everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful, happy, healthy, and successful holiday break and, of course, here’s to a prosperous 2019! In this Best of the Bunch celebratory issue I’m pleased to be writing about what I think is one of the best entertainment venues in the Valley (and province): CentreStage Theatre on River Street in Kentville. They have a new show opening and a legacy worth mentioning, because even with decades in business, there’s still people who haven’t experienced this little theatre…
Read more