Smug made their first church appearance on July 26,2009, at Park Royal United Church . The program was made up of eight numbers which were performed before, during and after the service by 14 Smuggers to a fairly large congregation, considering it was in the summer.Many of the congregation are on holidays, including the minister and choir director. The former Park Royal choir director, now retired,Les Hiscott, invited Smug to help him with the music program, so some hymns were played and sung with organ accompaniment and some without. The service was conducted by the associate Barbara Cairns assisted with the reading of scripture by Marilyn Kennedy. Smug performed two selections for the anthem, Just a Closer Walk With Thee and I'll Fly away. The appreciative congregation gave wonderful applause which warmed the Smug hearts and left us a bit "smug" maybe.
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Smug performed at Andrews of Stratford, in Stratford Prince Edward Island on Saturday, July 18th, 2009, for many of the residents . Only our second public performance, we are still getting our "sea legs" as the seafarers say, but enthusiastic none the less. Smug performed a short program consisting of seven selections, then passed out songsheets so the residents could sing along with the ukuleles. We were all treated to coffee and muffins at coffee-break time and moved out to the deck for a few more selections before closing the program.
It would be the hope of Smug and the activity director of Andrews that some of the residents might show some interest in playing in a small ukulele group this fall for their own enjoyment. Smug has expressed a willingness to participate in helping to make this happen.