Saturday, December 7, 2013
Sunday, December 1, 2013
Saturday, October 26, 2013
A Special thank you to Soo Lee for providing photos and this video.
|10 a.m. Ready To Roll|
|Dennis thanking Julien and Soo Lee for coming|
|Yep, that's Emily all right, way at the back!|
|Our newest Smugger, Julien, flanked by Mary and Elizabeth|
Thursday, September 26, 2013
The monthly Andrews Birthdays were celebrated today with singing, much dancing and great Birthday Cakes and Cookies. Happy Birthday was sung to the four celebrants; Hilda, Sybil, Elsie and Margaret. We also discovered that Doug and Rosemary Hill are celebrating their 63rd Anniversary today, so Sharon led us all in a rousing rendition of Happy Anniversary which was a first for SMUG. Rosemary is a new resident in Andrews and we hope to see more of her in the activities that take place daily. The full house was most appreciative of SMUG and the program we brought to them today. As Andrews now has a large group of Andrews' Strummers, SMUG doesn't have that many opportunities to perform in that lovely setting. It's great to have Sharon join us when we are there too, and to see so many familiar faces that we all have come to know over the many years of taking part in some of these celebrations. Karen saw to it that SMUG were well supplied with treats and drinks.
Saturday, September 21, 2013
|Barry welcoming our new friends, Bob and Joan|
This morning we were privileged to have Bob and Joan Barrett join our rehearsal. They come from Montpelier, Vermont, where they are members of the Montpelier Ukulele Players, and Bob is the director and founder of the group. Coming together in 2010 after Bob and Joan had seen the film, "The Mighty Uke", Bob felt it was time to bring a group together in Montpelier to play on a regular basis. They have performed in all sorts of venues in the area and this summer took a group of 19 to Nashua NH for the first Ukulele Picnic on August 27th. They estimated 300 to 400 turned out to enjoy the program which ended up with maybe 100 ukulele players on the stage playing "This Land IS Your Land" Bob and Joan have been vacationing here in a cottage close to Souris for the past week and enjoying our good weather. Joan said it was a little cool in the mornings, but great fun for all. We sincerely hope Bob and Joan might return at some time in the future, or some of us may well venture in their direction. We were badly down in numbers this morning which found us a bit rusty, but we all had fun singing, playing and meeting our new-found friends.
|Joan and Bob chatting with Ron|
|Allright, back to work|
|Yes, those were good muffins, Jane|
|Gloria, Joanne and empty can!|
|Jane and Kendal discuss the muffins|
Thursday, August 22, 2013
MONDAY morning ANDREWS STRUMMERS all boarded cars, vans and even the Elephant to make it to Trinity United Church for their annual Seniors' Church Service. This was our first venture out of the "Home" and a fair task to move all the ukulele equipment and players to the Church. We were blessed to have some members of SMUG along to give us support as we played two sets of two spiritual pieces for the many who attended, and who were amazed at the ability of the well rehearsed Strummers. A return engagement may well be in the offing. After the service as well as Communion, conducted by The Reverend Dr. John Moses, all present were treated to a wonderful lunch in the gathering room. GOOD FOOD!
WEDNESDAY morning weekly ANDREWS STRUMMERS practise was a sort of special morning to enable the Strummers to give a Strumming Sendoff to Mable Carmichael who is moving to London Ontario next week to be closer to her family. Mable was one of the original ANDREWS STRUMMERS when the group first began three years ago. My, we have come a long way since then, and much thanks to Mabel for her loyalty through several ordeals in her life who was always there with new pieces and great advice to help us all along. Mabel, we will miss you so much. We hear you may be back to visit next summer.....we look forward. We all finished up the morning with tea,coffee AND SCONES.....WOW it's getting better all the time!
|THE MIDDLE GROUP AT THE READY|
|THE LEFT FLANK COMPARING NOTES|
|Guest of Honour|
|STRUMMERS FROM THE RIGHT|
|STRUMMERS FROM THE LEFT|
|Joe Adele and Joan|
|June, Eileen and Sadie|
|Mabel and Shirley|
|Margaret and Vera|
|Joe and Adele|
Friday, August 9, 2013
What a wonderful Day at Andrews of Stratford! All attended by family young and old and a fabulous lunch put on by Chef Terry and all of his special crew. The Andrews Strummers preceded the meal portion of the picnic, which featured six rousing numbers that brought the house down six times! Thanks too goes to Ann and Molly for the entertainment they provided after the meal. What great talent and looked forward to by so many of the residents. Thanks to Keith and his staff for their splendid hospitality as always....we hope they will continue this well received annual event for a long time to come. Attached here are some photos that Activity Director, Sharon, took of the many activities happening in and around the facility. DOUBLE-CLICK ON PHOTOS TO ENLARGE