Friday, May 24, 2013


We had a great turnout of Smuggers today when the tulips were in full bloom, and SMUG tip-toed thru them along with a full auditorium at the Garden Nursing Home today. We hadn't been back to the Garden Home since Christmas and the residents were genuinely glad to have us in for an afternoon performance, followed by the usual treats provided by the kitchen. Linda Harding, the activity director, welcomed us and had very nice words for SMUG that made us feel at home in the presence of so many residents that many of us recognized. We were treated to a yodelling solo by one of the residents and serenaded on ukulele by another. Some of the residents were quick to invite us to return following our performance which we managed to extend to an hour thanks to the help from participating residents.

Sunday, May 5, 2013


Everett MacDougall, surrounded by his family, celebrated his 100th birthday yesterday at Andrews of Stratford. WineSing were privileged to play for a brief period while Everett danced with two of his close friends. Messages were on display from the Queen, the Prime Minister, and the Mayor of Stratford, while local members of the legislature, Alan McIsaac, Bush Dumville and James Aylward were present for the occasion. As was expected a large gathering took place between 2 and 4 o'clock as throngs of well-wishers lined up to congratulate Everett and join in with birthday cake to celebrate the occasion. Everett, who was still curling at the end of the 2013 season, is in excellent health and no one would expect he has reached the wonderful age, nor that he is even close to it, a tribute to hard work and activity all of his life. WineSing would like to thank Everett's son, Noel, and the rest of his family for allowing us to be a part the this great day we will all remember.