Saturday, January 31, 2015

SMUG CELEBRATES 4th WORLD UKULELE DAY 2015

Well done, Buns and Things
Mary at the ready to slice
Today SMUG celebrated World Ukulele Day, a very special time when all ukulele players should gather and play their ukulele. That we all did and in spite of the snow storm(second one this week) that left about 10 centimeters of snow in our yard, many were able to join us at Razzy's Road House for a fine time of dining with their great fare along with a very special cake prepared for us by our friends at Buns and Things. The party got under way around 10:30 and after coffee and tea Dennis treated us to a glorious sing-song consisting of 10 songs completed by the whole group without the aid of music to follow. This is a first and the idea we are sure will catch on, especially at Christmas when we can go up and down the streets caroling to residents in various locations of our city. We were pleased to have two special guests today who came to help us eat up the cake, Marjorie and Diane......thanks girls. World Ukulele Day is the brainchild of our friend, Ukulele Michael Lynch, whom we all know is from Seattle, Washington. I haven't exactly been able to determine if this is the fourth or fifth, but regardless it's a great idea and excuse for a ukulele party. I think there may also be a National Ukulele Day in May, and I'm sure if there is I will hear about it. Our thanks to the many who made the effort to come and celebrate with us.....it was a lot of fun. Our thanks to Celise at Razzy's for the wonderful service, and also to Darin for allowing us to use their facility.
Mary and David Cut the World Ukulele Day Cake

Who made the cake?
Celise: "May I take your order?"
Love those steaks
Love those steaks
Music with no music?
Dennis prepares to begin the sing-song
"Yes, I have ukuleles for sale"


Diane sits in with the group
Marj,Mary and Diane having a coffee
Good Cake...."you make it David?"

UM-UM-Good

Kendal Back From Florida

First there is Coffee

Diane and Joanne share a story

Gloria and Audrey ready to begin the celebration

Sonja and Brenda an early start

Dennis and Kendal tune up

Bob and Darlene all the way from Stanhope

Saturday, December 20, 2014

SMUG'S 7TH CHRISTMAS PARTY WAS A HUGE SUCCESS

SMUG 2014
SMUG CHRISTMAS PARTY   DECEMBER 20, 2008
TODAY WE HAD OUR 7TH ANNUAL CHRISTMAS PARTY AT RAZZY'S ROAD HOUSE WITH A RECORD ATTENDANCE. THE MUSIC WAS GRAND AS WE SANG FROM OUR CHRISTMAS PERFORMING BOOK TO THE DELIGHT OF THE STAFF AND PATRONS IN THE RESTAURANT. WE FINISHED UP WITH A WONDERFUL MEAL AT 11:30, AND RAZZY'S GREAT FOOD WAS ENJOYED BY ALL, COMPLIMENTS OF THE "TOONIE BIN" WHICH HAD A BIT LEFT OVER AFTER WE PAID THE 2014 RENT TO THE TEMPLE COMPANY. THIS IS THE SECOND YEAR THAT SMUG HAS TRAVELED TO RAZZY'S FOR A CHRISTMAS HOOPLA AND PROMISES TO BE A FUTURE LOCATION FOR SOME SATURDAY MORNING GATHERINGS. MAURICE, OUR NEW PRESIDENT(elected this morning) HAD SOME CLOSING REMARKS ALONG WITH A WELL DELIVERED POEM ABOUT "HUGS" WHICH MAY HAVE BEEN DIRECTED TO THE "STARTER AND STOPPER" IN THE GROUP, ALONG WITH KIND AND THOUGHTFUL WORDS. CONSEQUENTLY THE "STARTER AND STOPPER" TOOK ADVANTAGE OF THE OPPORTUNITY AND WAITED AT THE DOOR FOR GOODBYE HUGS FROM EVERYONE AS THEY LEFT. OUR CHERISHED GROUP HAS MORE THAN DOUBLED IN SIZE SINCE OUR 2007 INCEPTION, BUT SO SORRY A FEW WERE NOT ABLE TO MAKE IT TODAY FOR OUR YEARLY CLOSING BASH. CONGRATULATIONS TO ELIZABETH AND GLORIA FOR THEIR UPCOMING BIRTHDAYS NEXT WEEK, TO WHOM WE APPROPRIATELY SANG. LOOKING FORWARD TO NEW BEGINNINGS IN 2015.

Friday, December 19, 2014

BIG TURN-OUT AT 501 QUEEN..STANDING OVATION

Once again Grace called from 501 Queen Street, a seniors' apartment complex across from Superstore. That would be Grace MacIntosh, who is and has been responsible for entertainment since our beginning performance there in 2009. Grace even had the neighbours out last night for the largest gathering we have ever seen at 501. They welcomed us, sang with us, gave a rousing hand after every song and added a standing ovation as we stood for the final bow, ukuleles waving. Grace made sure that we knew that we would be asked to return next year.
Barry and Mary
ALLISON and JOAN
ELIZABETH and BARRY
GRACE MACINTOSH

Saturday, December 13, 2014

SMUG DOES A CHRISTMAS PROGRAM AT GILLIS LODGE

Lynda playing piano with SMUG
SMUG made a third journey to The Dr. John Gillis Memorial Lodge today for a fine performance by 20 SMUGGERS. We were excited to have Lynda Sharpe join us again on the piano, a great thrill for us as we don't often have the opportunity to have such a skilled pianist play along with us. Doug MacKenzie, the Administrator, welcomed us at 10 a.m. and served us all a great lunch following the one hour performance of upbeat Christmas Songs and Carols. The residents were warm and supportive and sang along with us on many songs. One lady told us that we made her Christmas; guess that's some of what makes ours as well!
Doug MacKenzie welcoming SMUG
My neighbour of 40 years, Pat Johnston



Friday, December 5, 2014

2014 SMUG CHRISTMAS PERFORMANCE AT ANDREWS OF STRATFORD

Lots of photos taken today as we had the expertise of Sharon Woods-Bryenton both as a singer and photographer.Sharon is the activity director at Andrews of Stratford and an often performer with SMUG, as well as WineSing and The Retrofrets. We all had a wonderful afternoon of Christmas songs with complete audience participation. SMUG were in good form after their supper/dinner on Sunday evening at First Baptist.