Sunday, July 10, 2016

SMUG MAKES 7TH APPEARANCE AT CENTRAL QUEENS UNITED CHURCH




SMUG was honoured this morning by being invited back to Central Queens United Church for the 7th time in as many years to perform for their morning service. In the absence of their regular minister, the Reverend Barbara Wagner, Roland Easter took the service; and indeed was with us in 2010 when we made our first appearance at Central Queens. Roland was warm in his praise for SMUG and one wondered if the very large congregation came to hear Roland or SMUG.......we hope
maybe both?

There was discussion following the service this morning, of past summer picnics held by SMUG, so I thought I should catalog them for your interest:

2015 July 25th Andrews Of Stratford
2014 July 26th Cottage in Stanhope
2013 July 20th Andrews of Stratford
2012 July 16th Cottage in Stanhope
2012 Aug 11 Allison's Back Field
2011 Aug 6 Allison's Back Field
2011 Aug 20 Cottage in Stanhope Entertaining Dianne Sutton from Yesterukes in South Carolina and her daughter Jessica.
2010 July 10 Leah and Barry's
2009 July Lodge, a guess as I don't have it recorded in 2009

This year I am hoping to have you all come to our front yard in Kinlock on Saturday July 30th for a bit of music and some KFC. I will ask some to bring potato salad and a salad or two and Diane and I will provide the KFC and refreshments. This will all depend on the mosquito situation as well as the weather, as there is no way there is room in our little log house for such a number. If weather and mosquitos pose a problem maybe Razzy's can help or perhaps someone may have another suggestion.

As this will no doubt be the last blog for some time I will keep you up to date on the Home Page of the Blog. I am disturbed that some of you did not receive my last note to you regarding the performance today.

In closing this let's all wish the best to Kendal who has gone to Halifax today for possible heart surgery.







Ann Fraser Burke, wonderful on the organ



George reading AMOZ scripture





Lunch thereafter

Thursday, June 30, 2016

HAPPY CANADA DAY BEACH GROVE


A packed house as Beach Grove celebrated CANADA DAY today complete with great music by SMUG and a beautiful cake which I failed to get a picture of or a piece of. The activity room couldn't have held more and everyone was in great singing form. This was our second Canada Day Celebration at Beach Grove, which saw everyone seated for O Canada. Who knows, maybe next year too!







Wednesday, June 29, 2016

The 2016 TRINITY UNITED CHURCH SENIORS SERVICE AND COMMUNION

STRUMMERS at the Ready
Rev. Greg and Rev Gail offering up Communion


Once again The Andrews Strummers were invited to play at the Annual Trinity Seniors' Service and Communion. A much larger turnout this year enjoyed The Rev. Greg Davis as he told us a Newfoundland story about a mother's light that saved her son's life. Communion was conducted by Rev. Davis and Rev.Gail Hopkirk. All in attendance were treated to a wonderful lunch following the service which confirms the old adage "Feed Then and They Will Come" Thanks to Trinity and the Pastoral Charge Committee for making this wonderful event happen.


Reverend Greg Davis Welcoming the Seniors

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Errol Andrews thanking the Strummers and everyone for coming


All The Fed -Up Strummers

Friday, June 17, 2016

WINESING DOES FATHERS DAY AT ANDREWS of STRATFORD


WineSing honoured Fathers Day this afternoon at Andrews of Stratford. Through an hour of rousing "oldies" the residents sang and clapped for us up until the traditional "Wine Time", complete with oysters in the half shell, lobster tarts, chicken legs and cabbage rolls, then finishing off with cakes, cookies and glorious butter tarts that Terry and his kitchen staff are so good at putting together. Sharon joined us too as our special guest, Nancy Rackham, made her debut with the Ron Tallon WineSingers. Ron would like to have been with us as well, and we hope he will before the summer ends. If not, WineSing may have to make a trip to Mineville NS.to provide an addition to his new Nova Scotia Singers and ukulele players

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SPECIAL GUEST NANCY RACKHAM

Thursday, June 9, 2016

SMUG DOES "SPRING PROGRAM" AT THE MOUNT



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Here we are back again at "The Mount" for a rousing afternoon of old and very familiar tunes to please those who enjoy so much singing along.We did Marty Robbins, Pat Boone, Israel Kamakawiwo'ole (I had help from Kelly on that one) and Burl Ives, to name a few. Charmaine, the activity director, had chairs set up, water jug out, with ice cold water, and hot biscuits laid on for us. A special thanks Charmaine. Many great compliments came along following the performance, and one gentleman wanted to know where the bucket was to put the money in. I told him we didn't need any money, we all had lots! The fill-in photographer didn't get photos of the large crowd, but the dining room was filled and I saw George Olscamp dancing at one point.


Our supporters
Getting ready

Maurice, Darlene and Sandra
Sandra and Ted
Ann and Mary
Smiles all around
Sonja and Jill



IN MEMORIUM - HARLEY C. INGS-1932-2016

Our Friend Harley passed away yesterday, June 8, 2016. A long time member of SMUG who joined the group shortly after we began in 2008.
Harley's passion for singing was an inspiration to us all, as he loved to break out in song any time it was possible. I recall years ago he would often lead sing songs at Masonic Lodge meetings. He belonged to many choirs over the years and will be greatly missed by those who he rubbed shoulders with. The past few years he was not able to get out to SMUG as the stairs at the lodge proved too much. Harley did attend the SMUG summer picnic in 2014 at Andrews of Stratford and sang up a storm.
CHRISTMAS 2011

SMUG's Second performance at Park Royal United Church Nov. 2009






Wednesday, May 18, 2016

WINESING DOES THE GARDEN HOME


WineSing did a performance on this beautiful May day at The Garden Home. An hour performance of the golden oldies saw everyone joining in song as we went though 30 or 40 older selections. A good time was had by all and we are most appreciative to Andrea Boudreau, the Activity Director for her kind invitation. WineSing was under the direction of Ann Campbell who lent her charm to the warm audience as the hour progressed.