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Uncorked: Cinderella! Cinderella! Family Show Casts a Spell at CentreStage Theatre!

Uncorked: Cinderella! Cinderella! Family Show Casts a Spell at CentreStage Theatre! By Mike Butler Picture it, July 2010, a 30-year-old man steps onto the CentreStage Theatre stage for the very first time dressed as an adorable cat named Tom in the production Cinderella! Cinderella! That very timid (at the time) actor was me, and the role was too much fun to pass up when CentreStage recently decided to remount this wonderful, enchanting family production. I am back as the cat and having just as much fun with an all-new cast of incredible actors. Cinderella! Cinderella! by Edith Weiss is the…
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Amanda Dainow & the Singing Nettles Herbal Clinic

Amanda Dainow & the Singing Nettles Herbal Clinic By Mike Butler   Some of my favourite articles that I write are about people, places, and businesses that I didn’t know about prior to writing about them. These articles put me in touch with the most interesting people — just like Amanda Dainow!   Amanda is a clinical herbalist and founded Singing Nettles Herbal Clinic in Kings County in 2011. She is a co-founder and the president of North Mountain Animal Sanctuary and has facilitated the Wolfville Plant Walks as a fundraiser for North Mountain Animal Sanctuary for five years. Amanda…
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Mike Uncorked: Al Stewart and The Horton Ridge Malt & Grain Company!

Mike Uncorked: Al Stewart and The Horton Ridge Malt & Grain Company! By Mike Butler   Driving along the highway, everyone knows and loves the view! Coming over the mountain to see Blomidon, heading into Halifax and seeing the smoke from the Sackville Lumber Mill, and all of the greenery and the waterways of Windsor, make the drive so much more enjoyable. Over the last year, there’s been a new piece of the landscape added and it’s a wonderful addition between exits 9 and 10: The Horton Ridge Malt & Grain Company!   Alan Stewart, the sixth generation farmer from…
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Mike Uncorked: The Rink Faces Off in Wolfville

Mike Uncorked: The Rink Faces Off in Wolfville By Mike Butler If you’ve read my columns, you’ll notice that I promote a lot of community theatre projects, and why wouldn’t I? The talent in this beautiful valley is overwhelming and I love being not only a member of the local community theatre scene, but also a supporter and marketer! I know how many hundreds of hours it takes to put on a two-hour, four-performance run of a show and I want people to see it! I’ve had the pleasure of doing comedies, musicals, dramas, and childrens’ theatre, and I’ve worked…
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Mike Uncorked: Jon Foster & The New Motiv Experience

Mike Uncorked: Jon Foster & The New Motiv Experience By Mike Butler   A few years back I made the decision to become a healthier person. I wasn’t completely unhealthy: a little excess weight, poor cardio, no sense of my fitness abilities. I was a person who was very active, just not fit. Anyone can *want* to get healthy, or quit smoking, or watch what they eat etc. but you have to be *mentally* ready to make that commitment before your body can do it. Friends, family, personal trainers, and even strangers can be great motivators, but *you* have to…
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Mike Uncorked: High Definition Landscaping

Mike Uncorked: High Definition Landscaping By Mike Butler   Just a month has passed since I first met Dustin Rines and Charles Harvey, owners and operators of High Definition Landscaping, but we’ve become fast friends. I have to say, I’m pretty crazy about what they do for their day jobs, and I am very excited to share their story with you!   Before I became a full-time barista/local cafe entertainment mogul, I was a full-time lighting consultant with a special certificate in landscape lighting design, and it was one of the most rewarding and enjoyable aspects of the lighting world…
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Mike Uncorked: Nova Scotia Works and So Can You!

Mike Uncorked: Nova Scotia Works and So Can You! By Mike Butler At the age of 38 I am proud to say I’ve only had four jobs in my life. I’ve been very fortunate to remain at my jobs for long periods of time before needing to make the change to something else. I started working when I was 16 years old in the retail field and haven’t looked back; it’s definitely the area I fit into best. While I’ve had only four jobs, by this age, some people have had over a dozen with a mixture of full- and…
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Mike Uncorked: The Li’s Wok and Grill Experience

Mike Uncorked: The Li’s Wok and Grill Experience By Mike Butler There are some very positive perks to being kind of known here in Wolfville. Yes, I dabble in some theatre and work in a very busy café where I schmooze with lots of people, but I think it’s my Grapevine work that puts me on the map here in the valley. This “little” community paper has taken me to wonderful places and introduced me to amazing people, and most times with no effort on my part: those places and people have come to me. There was many a time…
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Mike Uncorked: Peggy & Grace Ride Again!

Mike Uncorked: Peggy & Grace Ride Again! By Mike Butler In 1991, Thelma & Louise took the cinema world by storm with their no holds barred, take no prisoners, estrogen-fuelled, girl power, rule breaking car jaunt across the United States. The dynamic duo, played by Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon, inspired countless female buddy comedies and dramas for years to come and that film is always worth another viewing. Before you track down the hit film, I highly recommend taking a jaunt over to CentreStage Theatre in Kentville, at 61 River Street, to see the “Thelma & Louise of the stage”,…
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Mike Uncorked: John Smith Rides for Education!

Mike Uncorked: John Smith Rides for Education! By Mike Butler John Smith is a pretty familiar face to the Valley. I’ve known John for a few years and I’m so proud to have shared the stage with him about half a dozen times. He’s friendly, outgoing, family and community-minded, and a great friend (and co-star!) and John is part of a pretty awesome project that I want to share with you. But first a little bit about the man behind it: John Howard Smith, proudly named for his two grandfathers, was born and raised in Nova Scotia. John joined the…
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