Laura Green


A photo shoot at the end of play practice for the Thistle Theatre fall production of “Queen Milli of Galt” by Gary Kirkham is one of the garden scene where Millicent Milroy played by Tracey Price plants the rose bush given to her by Prince Edward VIII (Steve Gauthier). Also in the play are Christina Shelly (Mona the actress), Betty Bartram (Mrs. Milroy), John Butcher (Sir Godfrey, the equerry) and Alexander Innes (press reporter). The play will be performed at the Embro Town Hall, home of Thistle Theatre on Huron St. in Embro. Performance dates are Nov., 17, 18, 23, 24 and 25 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 19 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20 per person or $18 per member. For tickets call Nancy Cockle at 519-475-4201 or online at

'Queen Milli of Galt' - fact or fiction on stage at Thistle Theatre in Embro

Did a school teacher by the name of Millicent Milroy from the community of Galt really meet, fall in love, and have a morganatic marriage with Edward VIII, Duke of Windsor? You will have to be the judge after viewing the historical romantic comedy by Gary Kirkham. His story proves that some love can last forever.

The new Ambassador for the Embro Fair, Kaitlyn McKay already has a fan club besides her three younger siblings – her sponsor, the Braemar Women’s Institute. From left are Jane McKay, Bernice Marsland, Anya Donaldson, Ambassador Kaitlyn McKay, Mary Walton and Linda Howe.

New ambassador crowned at Embro Fall Fair

“Canada Rocks – 150” Embro Fair theme’s décor greeted visitors as they arrived at the event Sept. 15 to 17 with a huge Canada flag painted on a pile of large square bales.

The Nerd” by American actor/playwright Larry Shue is the next production for Thistle Theatre and will be performed in the Embro Town Hall. Show dates are Nov. 18, 19 and Sunday, Nov. 20 matinee at 2 p.m., Nov. 24, 25 and 26 at 7:30 p.m. Call Nancy Cockle at 519-475-4201 or email at or on line In the front row are Betty Bartram, Alec Bish, and Ann Jackson. In the back are Peter Johnson, Lanny Hoare, Doug Turvey and “The Nerd” - Rob Hargreaves.

'The Nerd' on stage at Thistle Theatre

It is “a roller coaster of humorous insanity” “a character based comedy” is how director Terry Todd describes “The Nerd” - a two-act comedy written by American actor/playwright Larry Shue.

Chris Cockle and his wife Nancy were presented the 2016 Ontario Association of Agricultural Societies’ Agricultural Service Diploma for community service given to the fair and the community. The presentation was made after the final curtain call of “Bedtime Stories” at the Embro Dinner Theatre. Chris and Doug Turvey, who presented the award, were the amateur thieves in one of the scenes.

Ag society honours couple for years of service

If you are a patron of local theatre, you would have seen Chris Cockle on stage at many productions by Thistle Theatre, ITOPA and Embro Fair’s Dinner Theatre.

 Two talented past Oxford 4-H members are participating in the Embro Fair Ambassador Leadership program which will be held opening night – Friday, Sept. 18 at 7:30 p.m. at the Embro Community Centre. Katelyn MacKay, left, is a 2015 University of Guelph graduate and Jillian Ross is a fourth-year student in the Honours Specialization in Interdisciplinary Medical Sciences at the University of Western Ontario. 2014-2015 Embro Fair Ambassador Jenna Chalkley who just returned from the CNE competition gave the girls lots of advice at the “Meet and Greet” session held at the home of the committee chairperson Marian Sterk.

Embro Fair Sept. 18-20 is family affair with country flair

“Explore 4-H” Celebrating 100 years of 4-H in Ontario is the chosen theme for the 157th Annual Embro & Zorra Agricultural Society’s Fall Fair. Fair dates are Sept. 18, 19 and 20 and all events are held at the Embro Community Centre.

Embro teen Marleena Coull with paddle in hand, and wearing her Team Canada uniform is ready for her dream to come true – competing at the world championships for Dragon Boat Racing on Canada’s National Junior Team at the Welland International Flatwater Centre Aug. 19 to 23. Her team mates come from across Canada and the closest one, Megan Finnessy, lives in Woodstock.

Embro teen paddles to world championships

Sitting at back deck of her Embro home, a bubbly teen was having a difficult time containing her enthusiasm about the next two important weeks of her dragon boat racing career during the interview.

This year’s valedictorians at Zorra Highland Park School were Liam Fraser and Ashleigh De Boer. Both students have attended Zorra Highland Park School for the past 10 years.

Zorra Highland Park recognizes graduates

Traditional bagpipe music filled the Embro Community Centre as piper Fraser Nagle piped the procession of graduates, staff and presenters into the hall for the Zorra Highland Park School Grade 8 recognition ceremony June 24.

Julie McIntosh, right, receives the 2015 Community Service Award from Natalie Hazeleger, past president of the Embro and Zorra Agricultural Society at the annual meeting Jan. 19.

McIntosh receives Community Service Award

It was a complete surprise to Julie McIntosh when Natalie Hazeleger announced her name as the 2015 Community Service Award recipient at the annual meeting of the Embro and Zorra Agricultural Society Jan. 19.

The family feud has a moment of happiness with the birth of the Hope. This three dysfunctional generation family appears on the Thistle Theatre stage in Embro in the fall production of “Having Hope at Home”. The cast includes, in the back, Jolanda van der Eijk, Betty Bartram and Chris Cockle. In the front are Jeff Harmer, Meagan Hargreaves and Ron Marshall.

'Having Hope at Home' a comedy with heart

“Having Hope at Home” written by Canadian playwright David S. Craig, is the fall production of Thistle Theatre. This comedy with heart was first produced in 2003 at the Blyth Festival.

At the opening night of the 156th Embro Fair, Anya Donaldson (center) received the Woman of Excellence Fair Award presented by Oxford District Women’s Institute president Anne Innes. This award is presented at the District level of FWIO (Federated Women’s Institute of Ontario) and recognizes the significant contributions made by WI members working at local fairs. Bernice Marsland, a member of the Braemar W.I. presents Anya with flowers.

Donaldson named Woman of Excellence

On Thursday night, Sept. 11 when exhibitors for the Embro Fair started to bring their prize entries, I watched one lady along with the help of her husband bring in beautiful flowers, vegetables, baking and preserves, sewing and other crafts.

A stage is a second home for these two Zorra Highland Park students who were chosen by their peers to be the 2014 valedictorians. Isabel Cockle has had a role in three ITOPA productions plus Thistle Theatre Dramarama summer program and was a member of the Thistle Theatre tech crew. She has been involved in school productions too. Fraser Nagle is a Premier Highland Dancer and a member of the Ingersoll Pipe Band (playing the bagpipes). He also was member of the Thistle Theatre tech crew and volunteers at the school as a back stage crew member. Both students will be future students of Woodstock Collegiate Institute in the fall.

Zorra Highland Park recognizes 2014 graduates

The 2014 graduating class from Zorra Highland Park School was piped into the Embro Community Centre on June 25 by their own Grade 8 classmate Fraser Nagle who is member of the Ingersoll Pipe Band.

John Bellia, 18, was one of many bagpipers playing at the annual Highland Games in Embro on Monday. CODI WILSON/Sentinel-Review

Come one, come all to the Embro Highland Games

One doesn’t need to travel across the ocean to experience Scottish culture, just come to 77th annual Embro Highland Games – Ontario’s oldest highland games on Tuesday, July 1, at the Embro and Zorra Community Centre - 355644 35th Line in Embro.