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

Saturday, January 25, 2014


And there we were, all 22 of us In The Great Big Circle and playing songs from our Great Big Songbook that we started to put together early in 2008. We don't have many opportunities to sing from the old book anymore as we always seem to be rehearsing for a gig somewhere, but for the next several weeks we are going to do the "Circle" thing and make use of the Regular Songbook and the two Ukulele Daily books we have. It was disappointing this morning that our expected guest, HENRY, didn't make it, but we will look forward to meeting him sometime soon.

The Group from the West
The Group from the East
One Part
Another Part
And some more
The Last Part

Ray and Ralph

Sonja, Elizabeth and Dennis

Chef Bobby produces the good stuff

Our Two Past Grand Masters

Sunday, January 19, 2014


Sunday, January 19th and the long awaited PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH SERVICE AT ST MARK'S. The group was well rehearsed and flawless as we performed the attached program put together by Rev. Paula Hamilton and Ron Tallon.We were accompanied on the piano by the Church's Organist, Jacqueline Sorensen Young. Both the congregation and the clergy were more than welcoming to us as we ploughed through a fairly involved program. Unfortunately this will be the last appearance of Ron Tallon with SMUG, as Ron takes off to live in Nova Scotia the middle of March. How fitting though, that we should perform at his beloved church on his final appearance. Ron was one of the charter members of SMUG when we really began in the spring of 2008.  Rev. Tom suggested that we might return to St. Mark's down the road if Ron would agree to come along and join us. Let's hope that will happen. It was great to see so many old friends in this congregation as well.

My personal apologies to both of the clergy for taking photos from behind, but that is where I was sitting and it couldn't be helped, unless we take along a professional photographer with us! Rev. Tom spoke very warmly about SMUG, and Ron, on this our second appearance at St Mark's. When he was explaining the SATURDAY MORNING UKULELE GROUP (SMUG) to the congregation I couldn't help but think we might consider SUNDAY MORNING UKULELE GROUP as we have done so many Sunday morning services this past year. Thanks to everyone for their great effort. It's great when you get it right!~

Troupe facing West
A Little Bit Of The Old Soft Shoe....A BLACK ONE AND A BROWN ONE

Almost the whole troupe
Rev. Paula tells the Children's Story
Rev. Paula Hamilton delivering the message
Franklin Sanderson and Allison
Rev. Dr. Tom Hamilton
Darlene, Leah and Errol
Ralph,Maurice, Jane and Vera
Darlene Bobby and Allison
Ralph and Vera