Wolfville’s mascot, Mudley, has a birthday this summer. He is 35 years old.
When Nicolle Muir was 10 years old she won a contest at Wolfville Elementary School to create a mascot for Mud Creek days.The Grade 4 student entered the competition, she recalled, at the last minute. Her Mudley concept was based on her experience mud sliding and a whitish Al Capp cartoon character she was obsessed with at the time.
“Shmoo was cute and kind of rolly polly,” Muir recalled about her inspiration. She drew a unique chocolate colored image and came up with the name.
Her prize was cutting an official Mudley cake, a photo in the Advertiser and local America, Muir chuckles. “It was awesome,” she recalled.
Born Nicolle Francis, she grew up on Orchard Avenue and can describe the not entirely pleasant sensation of thick, dark mud drying on her limbs. Muir grew up and spent many years away, in New York City and Scotland.
Three years ago, she and her husband Grant moved back to the Wolfville area to raise their daughter, who is 13 now.
“My family is here and I wanted my daughter to live in a small town where everybody knows your name. Wolfville is a great town.”
Muir’s late father used his wood working kills to create little wooden carvings of Mudley. His talent adorns a town trophy or two.
Of the mascot she invented, Muir says, “I love that he’s still going strong.”
Wolfville steamstress Audrey Deal created the first Mudley costume. Retired town staff member Pat Stewart, who is the Fezziwig Society costume maker, got her start fabricating the second and third editions.
“I think we’re on the fourth now,” Stewart notes with a grin. “My kids all did it. They were not happy. (It was hot inside). There were even summer and winter versions.”
Generally the town’s summer staff have the honor of climbing into the mud creature’s costumes. A fund in Mudley’s name now collects monies toward recreational fees for those needing support.
-Contributed by Wendy Elliott, Wolfville Town Councillor
Teams compete in the annual Mud Challenge during Mud Creek Days for the prized Mudley Cup.
The entrance fees for the contest ($100 per team) go directly to the Mudley Fund, which helps Wolfville kids access recreation programs.
Mudley circa 2011
Mudley circa 2015
Mudley circa 2018
The classic Tom Hanks film from 1988 returns to the Big Screen!
After wishing to be made big, a teenage boy wakes the next morning to find himself mysteriously in the body of an adult.
FREE Admission and FREE Popcorn!
Doors open at 6:15pm for Pre-show Trivia and Games.
Join us for the Official Opening of Mud Creek Days 2018 as we kick off the celebration of Wolfville's 125th birthday!
The Sundries will perform an outdoor show, right on Main Street!
Watch from one of the patios on Main Street or join the party and dance in the street.
Official Mud Creek Days Opening at 6pm.
The Sundries will play from 6:30 - 8:30pm.
Chalk Art, Games and More! Fun for the Whole Family.
Celebrate the 200th Anniversary of St. John's Anglican Church with a family-friendly, guided cemetery tour with Jerome the GraveKeeper.
Tickets are $20 or $15 for students/seniors, available at Ticketpro.ca and all of their locations, or at www.valleyghostwalks.com
This walk is made possible by support from the Anglican Diocese of NS and PEI and the Sacred Arts Trust of the Anglican Foundation.
The Town of Wolfville will once again be hosting Mudley's Movie Night as part of the Mud Creek Days Celebration.
After Ferdinand, a bull with a big heart, is mistaken for a dangerous beast, he is captured and torn from his home. Determined to return to his family, he rallies a misfit team on the ultimate adventure.
Join us for some pre-show trivia, starting at 9pm.
Movie starts at dusk - approximately 9:30pm.
This is an outdoor movie showing. Limited bleacher seating available.
Please bring your own chair or a blanket to sit on.
Rain location: Al Whittle Theatre.
Start your Saturday right with a delicious breakfast served up by our local Lions Club!
Free will offering to support the Lions.
Mud Creek's mascot, Mudley, turns 125 this year, and he wants to celebrate!
Fun for the whole family, including Face Painting, Balloon Twisting, Music, Bouncy Tent, FREE Cake, and More!
Cash BBQ on site in support of the Wolfville Historical Society.
The messiest and most fun tradition in the Valley, with over $400 in prizes up for grabs!
Teams compete to race through muddy challenges. As fun to watch as it is to compete! Come cheer on your favourite team, or register your own!
$100 Entry Fee. Proceeds go to the Mudley Fund.
Top Prize worth $250.
2nd Place: $100
Prizes for Best Costumes ($50) and Best Team Spirit ($50)
Food Trucks, Local Beverage Tasting, Music and Beautiful Scenery!
Curry Express - Taste of India
Miller's Gourmet to Go
Cotton Candy 4 U
Draught Pro Ltd. - Let's Eat Beer
Nippers' British Fish & Chips
Annapolis Cider Company
Lightfoot & Wolfville Vineyards
Wayfarers' Ale Society
Barrelling Tide Distillery
The Jill Boudreau Band kicks things off at 5:30pm....
and multiple Nova Scotia music award winner Charlie A'Court brings us home!
We can't wait to see what FireworksFX have in store for this year's show in celebration of 125 years of the Town of Wolfville.
Show starts at 10pm on Saturday, July 28th, and is best viewed from the Wolfville Waterfront. See you there!
Back by popular demand!
Team up with a friend and take part in a variety of challenges that will take you all around the Town of Wolfville, solving puzzles and completing tasks along the way in a race against time!
Top Prize worth $250.
2nd Place: $100
Prizes for Best Costumes ($50) and Best Team Spirit ($50).
Come see Swig play in the Gazebo on the Waterfront while we wait for Wolfville's Amazing Racers to return for the spectator-friendly Finale!
The band will entertain while the Race is on, as well as after it's over, approximately 1-3pm.
Shrek the Musical is a movie starring Brian d'Arcy James, Sutton Foster, and Christopher Sieber. Make room for ogre-sized family fun as the greatest fairy tale never told comes to life in a whole new way in this breathtaking Broadway musical adaptation of the hit movie Shrek!
Another chance to catch this special production by Valley Ghost Walks in celebration of the 200th Anniversary of St. John's Anglican Church.