Wednesday, March 12, 2014


Our host and hostesses for "NEW BEGINNINGS" Concert SARAH,CAROLYN,KEITH and SHARON
The ANDREWS STRUMMERS were privileged yesterday to play for an official opening of the beautiful new building at ANDREWS OF CHARLOTTETOWN. The "NEW BEGINNINGS" concert featured the group along with what we will call"Ukulele Friends" who like to come and support this wonderful ensemble of devoted members of ANDREWS OF STRATFORD. We were hosted for the afternoon by the owners, Keith and Carolyn O'Neill, along with Sarah and Sharon, who are most familiar to those of us from Stratford. Keith officially welcomed us before we began our concert, and he and David joined us for some selections on the ukulele. MARTINA interspersed the program with her wonderful readings and stories, and we finished up with a SPECIAL CAKE for the occasion ans well as the traditional afternoon tea. The concert was very well attended by the residents in the new dining room, who joined us in singing along to most of our selections. Kind words of praise for the group were enjoyed following, as many made their way to congratulate the STRUMMERS for their wonderful concert. Many of the residents were known to many of us, and one long-time resident, AMBIE GAUTHIER, would have loved to be playing with us. AMBIE was waiting at the door to say goodbye as we left the residence later in the afternoon, to tell us how much he enjoyed us being there.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

A FOND FAREWELL to our good friend RON TALLON

SMUG gathered at The TOP OF THE PARK restaurant at Red Shores Driving Park yesterday to say a farewell to Ron Tallon. Ron has purchased a home in Mineville, Nova Scotia to where he is moving later this month to be with his only family. He was a faithful member of SMUG since January 2008 when he was one of our founders. There were 27 friends connected to SMUG at the gala yesterday, to enjoy a wonderful lunch and opportunity to spread our goodbyes to Ron. He gave us one of his traditional "talks" where he told us all how much he would miss both the Island as well as SMUG. Ron and his wife Marguerite came to the Island over 25 years ago when he retired from the Ontario Dept of Education system, where he had been teacher, principal and school board executive. Unfortunately Marguerite passed away a little over a year ago which left Ron with his only family then in Nova Scotia.Not only will SMUG miss his presence, but the many Masonic organizations he has been tirelessly involved with on the Island.We all wish him good health and happiness in his new found home.
The sad faces at Ron's last PEI performance(PROBUS VALENTINES LUNCHEON)
The Lodge
Marie helping Ron cut the cake at his birthday celebraion

Photo of the group gathered to honour Ron taken by Martin Caird of Sandpiper Studio and a member of SMUG

Dennis and Kathleen

Carol and Everett

Sonja and Gloria



Leah and our newest SMUGGER...HENRY

Marie, Maurice and Barry

Leah and Jane

Ron talking to Hazel

Martin, Leah and Henry

Gloria,Audrey, Norma and Mary