Friday, March 17, 2017

HAPPY ST.PATRICK'S DAY FROM SMUG


Leah on her Birthday

Now didn't we have a time yesterday. A repeat from a year ago of Audrey's St. Patrick's program. Only sorry to see no one up dancing yesterday, as I know last year we had some "cuttin' a rug". Many of the residents came out for the celebration, the largest crowd we have ever seen at The Mount, and so many faces we recognized. As always, there are never enough photos taken to add to the interest on this blog. The residents sang and clapped for a whole hour and then reported they were hoping we would return again. Always nice to hear. We even had owner Paul Jenkins drop by to thank us. Thanks to activity director Charmaine for laying out the chairs and lots of water which was appreciated by all.All you Irish enjoy the day today.





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)


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Everybody but the Bass Player who took the photo

Everybody but the director who took the photo


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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