Sunday, January 1, 2017

ANDREWS STRUMMERS EXCEL AT ANDREWS 2017 LEVEE


ANDREWS OWNERS JEFF AND RAY  WITH JAMES AYLWARD MLA
SHARON,CRYSTAL AND CAROLYN
Today the City Of Charlottetown and the Town of Stratford held their annual New Year's Levee along with dozens of other organizartions, but this was our very special Levee at Andrews of Stratford where we have fun to go with the traditional formality experienced at most Levees. We, the Andrews Strummers certainly had fun anyway. and were told so by many who took the time to drop by and congratulate us all on a fine performance. The house was pleased to also have Joan Woods who played the piano and shared sets with us. Terry came up with the great food as he always does and the day was heightened by a glass or two of bubbly. We are most  grateful to those "extras", friends of the ukulele who joined to help make us heard over the crowd assembled for the two hours. Dancing was often seen in the background, something usually not seen at levees, but often reserved for such times as New Year's Eve.




Terry and Staff in the Kitchen.......thanks everyone for your help












Saturday, December 17, 2016

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR SMUG 2016

President Maurice and Vice President Leah present annual documents to director


There it was, SMUG's 9th annual Christmas party and for the fourth time held at wonderful Razzy's Roadhouse. We began the morning by catching up on the up-coming birthdays for the remainder of December. Elizabeth Dec 23, Gloria Dec 25, Marina Dec 27 and Peggy wasn't with us this morning but we sang to her as well, Dec 31.

Everyone was in great singing form and couldn't wait to get at it and we did almost all of Ron Tallon's Christmas Book, led by Kendal. President Maurice arrived after being caught up in traffic for almost an hour and he conducted the annual meeting, appointing Leah as Vice President and getting everyone in the room to say nice things about your director, which were more appreciated than any of you will ever know. Then Leah and Maurice presented the annual document to the director which again was loaded with great comments from all. Leah did a Robert Service thing and wrote a wonderful poem for the occasion which was read by our President. Thank you both for that and thank you all for the thoughtful gift which Diane and I will get to enjoy soon. I hear James Hill is returning to PEI to play at the Confederation Center in March. Looking forward to that.

We had a splendid lunch too, laid on by Razzy's great cooks, and served by Jessica who said it was awesome to come into the room of such wonderful singing. Something that I gather doesn't happen there very often. Razzy's cooks sure know how to cook a steak right.

I wish you all, and your families the best Christmas ever and look forward to getting back together the first Saturday in January 2017 to do a stint "In The Circle" (which was passed by motion at the meeting).
HAPPY NEW YEAR

              ODE TO SMUG


Seems like many years have passed
When you took on the fearless task
A few of your friends met in Al’s shop
And a musical group began to pop!

Of musical interest, this group of men
Could sing and play with any great band
But the ukulele was the number one choice
After all, it didn’t make a very loud noise!

Wasn’t long before the word got around
And many new members were quickly found
From four members then, to now twenty nine
David leads our SMUG team, with pleasure divine!

We play Saturday mornings at The Lodge downstairs
David goes early to open and set up the chairs
The camaraderie is wonderful, the music a delight
The treats on the break are a much loved sight.

Sometimes we forget all the work that is involved
To keep us in music, and to keep issues resolved
To organize gigs, from spring to fall
David relentlessly manages it all.

We thank you dearly, from here to the moon
For the time that you give freely  to make us croon
This appreciation comes from us all so sincere
Merry Christmas David and family, and a Happy New Year!

Hugs from your SMUG family

Author   Unknown (A.K.A.Cousin Leah)


SCROLL DOWN TO SEE PHOTOS FROM PREVIOUS 8 YEARS AND OBSERVE HOW MUCH MORE SOPHISTICATED SMUG HAS BECOME IN 10 YEARS(since 2007)  DON'T FORGET TO DOUBLE CLICK TO SEE A CLEARER PICTURE OF THE SMUGGERS.

Everybody but the Bass Player who took the photo

Everybody but the director who took the photo


LEFT BATCH
CENTER BATCH
RIGHT BATCH
SMUG CHRISTMAS 2015

SMUG CHRISTMAS 2014

SMUG CHRISTMAS 2013


SMUG CHRISTMAS  2012

SMUG CHRISTMAS 2011

SMUG CHRISTMAS 2010
CHRISTMAS 2009 THE DIRECTOR FORGOT TO BRING THE CAMERA
SMUG CHRISTMAS 2008





Thursday, December 8, 2016

SMUG's LAST PERFORMANCE 2016 AT 501 QUEEN MERRY CHRISTMAS

Well here we are at 501 Queen where we have performed so many times before. A great audience of full of fun types who seemed to enjoy our Christmas program. I think there were 20 in the audience for this evening performance, but there were 25 SMUGGERS out for the first time ever. Kathleen Wells said we were awesome and that's what we want to hear.Shirley Jorgenson, who coordinates the various entertainment for the home introduced us at 7 o'clock and we never looked back until we finished the program at 8 o'clock. At that time we all sang Happy Birthday to Kelly who will become a bit older in January, but Mom and Dad are going to be in Florida then so we did a very special celebration tonight. Kelly was surprised for sure. Many great comments after the performance from the residents were very well appreciated by us all.
May I say how heart-warming it was for me to have such a great turnout of SMUGGERS for this final event. Only sorry there wasn't adequate room for all to properly participate.Having said thet, the singing was beautiful.....congratulations on a wonderful effort by everyone.










Thursday, December 1, 2016

SMUG'S CHRISTMAS PERFORMANCE AT THE MOUNT

Sister Mary Deighan and Kendal  harmonizing

Today SMUG was proud to be invited back to The Mount to offer the residents a taste of Christmas on this the first day of December.A good turn out of residents sang and clapped for us for an hour. Many residents dropped by following the performance to thank us for coming on this,another day of terrible weather on PEI. Sister Mary was in her usual form and made us all feel at home with her genuine charm. Sister Mary and I grew up on the same street in Summerside and indeed one of her brothers and I went to school together and were Air Cadets for several years at Summerside Air Base. It was our pleasure to bring a bit of Christmas music to these appreciative residents.