Thursday, November 20, 2014

FIRST CHRISTMAS PROGRAM OF 2014 AT BEACH GROVE

A few shots of SMUG's first Christmas Program of the 2014 season. Always good to sing Christmas Music to the residents of our nursing homes. The Activity room was filled with Christmas cheer as we all sang for an hour, the many familiar songs and carols that are a part of Christmas. We were introduced at 1:30 by Jenna LaMantia and the constant singing by the residents as well as appreciated applause indicated their enthusiasm.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

ST. JOHN'S LODGE 1ST ANNUAL WIDOWS' LUNCHEON and AWARDS PRESENTATIONS

The Retrofrets in CONCERT
DOUBLE CLICKING ON THE PHOTOS ENLARGES THE PICTURE About a month ago, Worshipful Master Michael Learie of St. John's Lodge contacted me to ask if SMUG would be willing to participate as entertainment at a widows' luncheon he was planning. I suggested that 25 SMUGGERS might be a bit large for the venue and maybe our gospel group, WineSing, might be more appropriate. He agreed and in issuing the invitation I found that their two sopranos and bass player would be out of town. So I contacted our much younger group, The Retrofrets, who were more than willing to be a part of this elegant day that was being planned. They also suggested it might be good if the WineSingers that were available would join them. And so it came to pass, and it happened yesterday in a very warm and well planned event at Holland College Centre for Applied Science & Technology. The Retrofrets arrived at 3 p.m. and did a 15-20 minute presentation that seemend to be enjoyed by all present,and which ended in a very welcome standing ovation. ___________________________________________________________________ During the program prior to our arrival, the Grand Master, Most Worshipful Brother Paul Montgomery had an opportunity to visit with the widows, an annual custom that St John's made a change in this year to make a more social event for all. The Grand Master and Wor.Bro Learie also made presentations to Most Wor. Bro. Harley Ings,PGM, a 50 year pin and certificate, and Wor.Bro.(h) Lorne Keizer with a 60 year pin and certificate. Brother Ings is a long-time member of SMUG and it was great to see him out and on the go again.
___________________________________________________________________ Our thanks to the Grand Master for offering to be our personal photographer during our presentation, and to Mrs. Learie for presenting us with bags of special treats for our after dinner enjoyment. And last, but certainly not least, to Brother Learie for coming up with this special event and inviting the Retrofrets to participate.....we had fun.
Wor.Bro(h) Lorne Keizer and Past Grand Master David Mosher displaying Brother Keizers 60 year certificate


Bro.Mark  Crowther, VWB Douglas Morton, MWB Kendal Godkin

Worshipful Master Learie presenting 60 year pin to Worshipful Brother Zeizer

Most Worshipful Grand Master Montgomery presenting certificate to Wor.Bro.Keizer

Entertainment The Retrofrets

Most Worshipful Brother Ings receives 50 year Certificate from The Grand Master

Brother Charlie Carr congratulates MWB Ings


Monday, August 4, 2014

Trinity United Seniors' Service and St.David's United Church 177th Anniversary Service

Reverend Dawson and Barbara Cairns
Last night SMUG participated in the 177th Anniversary Service at St. David's United Church in Georgetown. Unfortunately the batteries ran out in the camera early in the evening and a complete record of the evening cannot be displayed. A beautiful evening service was conducted by the church minister, Barbara Cairns, and a good turnout for the special service at the historic church and a most interesting sermon by the Reverend Martin Dawson, minister of Hillcrest United Church in Montague, about how music in churches has evolved through the years. The very talented Rev. Dawson gave several demonstrations on his harmonica and dulcimer and played his concertina as the congregation sang along with him for several rousing numbers. A well attended lunch was provided in the church hall following the service. ________________ On Monday morning the Andrews Strummers attended and performed at the annual seniors' service at Trinity United Church. The Reverend John Moses conducted the service and invited all present to share in communion during the service. A wonderful lunch was served following the service which was provided and served by the pastoral care committee.






.TRINITY UNITED CHURCH ANNUAL SENIORS'SERVICE

Sunday, July 27, 2014

6th ANNUAL SMUG PICNIC IN STANHOPE

SMUG had their 6th Annual Summer Picnic yesterday in Stanhope. Everyone brought a ton of food as expected, and Barry cooked up the sausages at noon, just before the desserts. It was great and unexpected to have Ron drop in to be with us for the day all the way from Halifax, actually, Mineville. We spent an hour or so singing up a storm, the weather played ball, and I guess the mosquitoes must have left around noon as many enjoyed eating on the decks which freed up a little elbow room. Many thanks to all who brought so much wonderful food, but a lot of it got carried back home. Thanks too for all of your well wishes. Have a great summer.......

RON MAURICE BARRY
video
A Minute In SONG

ELIZABETH
DIANNE AND ALLISON
JOANNE
DENNIS SONJA KENDAL
VERA AND RALPH
BOBBY AND DARLENE
LEAH AND BARRY
MARY,ANN,MAURICE,JOAN
RON FROM MINEVILLE
NORMA  AND GLORIA 

Sunday, July 20, 2014

CENTRAL QUEENS UNITED AND ST.ANDREWS UNITED

SMUG performed at Central Queens United Church in Hunter River last Sunday the 13th of July and this Sunday, the 20th of July, at St. Andrews United Church in Vernon Bridge. The Reverend Barbara Wagner gave us a hearty welcome in Hunter River, as did the Reverend Boyd Drake in Vernon Bridge. Unfortunately we learned today at St. Andrews that Rev. Boyd is transferring to the province of Quebec in November of this year. He will be greatly missed by this very warm congregation in Vernon Bridge. One of the pleasures of playing at St. Andrews is the participation of their wonderful organist, Lynda Sharpe, as she has always accompanied us on the grand piano.....a rare talent that makes SMUG come across pretty good.
Church Organist and Choir Director Lynda Sharpe
Lynda on The Grand Piano
Rev. Boyd Drake delivers the sermon
Rehearsal on Saturday
Rev. Barbara Wagner tells the Children's Story