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Mike Uncorked: Harvest for Health

The Valley Regional Hospital Foundation has a tasty new fundraiserMike Butler Hillary Webb says “Jump” and I say “How High?”! For years, any project that Hillary has been involved in has been a huge success and I am always so honoured when she asks me to come aboard for her next adventure. Hillary, of ‘Hill’s Grills’ fame, is the new fund development coordinator for events and community giving with the Valley Regional Hospital Foundation; she is responsible for coordinating and creating events that support whichever fundraising efforts are being conducted at that point in time, and to build on pre-existing…
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Mike Uncorked: Burial Grounds Care Society: From the Ground Up!

By Mike Butler The Burial Grounds Care Society are the leaders in preserving history and legacy here in the Valley, and I am so excited to feature them here in The Grapevine. The five people who created the Burial Grounds Care Society, along with other helpers, saw a need for cemetery research and restoration in Kings County. They since have done just that. Now, with 15 sites under their belts, the research and preservation is in full swing, with no signs of stopping. Why is there such a Society here in the Valley? Well the members feel its important to respect…
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Mike Uncorked: Emily Burton and The Valley Drama School

By Mike Butler As a community theatre-goer, as well as an actor, 2020 has been a tough pill to swallow. So many shows, concerts, events, programs, and festivals have been Covid cancelled and postponed and it’s been very hard on the creative folks in our valley and beyond. Well, with Nova Scotia doing an amazing job at following the rules; we’ve been able to reopen many restaurants, cafes, and soon the schools and event sites will reopen as well. One NEW business in particular requires a little attention as it’s very near to my heart and passion: The Valley Drama…
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Mike Uncorked: Some Sweet Sweet Landscaping!

Mike Uncorked: Some Sweet Sweet Landscaping!Mike Butler Riley William Sweet is the young man behind R.W. Sweet Landscaping, a fresh new business starring a fresh new entrepreneur, and customers have been singing his praises since his business started a year ago. Riley is from Gaspereau Mountain. He graduated from Horton High School in 2016, and while he was a student, he worked summers on his grandfather’s beef farm learning what hard work really is. Riley decided to take a year off in 2017 to work full-time on a local dairy farm. “I thought I was going to be a farmer…
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Mike Uncorked: The Quarantine Diaries 2

Mike Uncorked: The Quarantine Diaries 2 By Mike Butler Like most fabulous things that happen in the world, a sequel was bound to come out of my previous Grapevine article. I imagine a bunch of sequels will stem from this and the Quarantine Diaries will have a great following. Besides the odd walk everyday, grocery store run, or sitting on my wee patio reading, I have been inside my apartment watching the days pass by and I’m trying to stay away from the social media blitz as much as possible. I use my computer for writing and to communicate with…
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Mike Uncorked: The Quarantine Diaries

Mike Uncorked: The Quarantine Diaries By Mike Butler We are living in very weird times. I am pretty optimistic, but I also work in retail and have the confused joy of listening to the opinions, tidbits, anecdotes and quandaries of my customers and it’s been fairly tough to stay at my usual sunshiney-rainbowy self, but I’m managing—I’ve got to! Being an ear to the process of this virus has been eye-opening to say the least, and now that I am home from work until further notice, in a space that I did not spend a lot of time in before….
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Don’t Dress for Dinner: Fast-Paced Farce Hits CentreStage

Don’t Dress for Dinner:Fast-Paced Farce Hits CentreStageMike Butler Laughter makes the winter blues disappear, it’s a well-known fact! If you are suffering from the cold, sleety, slushy downtime of the winter, it’s time to put some pep in your step and laugh until you hurt. Coming off the heels of their comedy Wild Women of Winedale, CentreStage Theatre in Kentville is jumping into another comedy. Don’t Dress for Dinner is a fast-paced, rapid-fire, laugh-fest that’s been keeping its cast and crew in stitches through months of rehearsals. I am proud member of the troupe and it’s been almost too much to handle in…
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Mike Uncorked: Oscar Gold Picks 2020

Mike Uncorked: Oscar Gold Picks 2020By Mike Butler Hi everyone! Is it Academy Awards time already? It seems like just yesterday that I wrote my 2019 Oscar Fever Uncorked article and predicted my Oscar picks. Last year, I did okay in my picks and this year I have seen ALL the films in the running so I’m excited to see how I perform. The Academy Awards ceremony airs on Sunday February 9. Here are my predictions for this year’s Oscars. The supporting actor and actress categories can throw a curve ball some years. This year, however, I am going to…
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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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