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Best Overall winner – 891 Bannockburn Road

Thank you to all who participated in this year’s “Let’s Light it Up” Christmas Decorating Contest. Clyde River and Dunedin residents outdid themselves with holiday cheer. There were many beautiful displays, so it was challenging to choose winners. We certainly recommend that you take time to drive around the community to take in the sights. The following are our 2020 winners:

  • Best Overall: 891 Bannockburn Road – home of Joel and Cathy Mills
  • Most Creative: 15 Gass Lane – home of Dane and Beth Woodford
  • Children’s Favourite: 6 Circle M – home of Duane Curtis

Season’s Greetings and all the best for 2021, from the Council of the Rural Municipality of Clyde River.

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Christmas Decorating Contest

2020 will be a year to remember. Let’s do our best to celebrate this holiday season and spread some cheer. We are inviting all residents of Clyde River and Dunedin to light up the community. The Christmas Decorating Contest will take place on Wednesday, December 16th. Just make sure to have your outdoor light display on between 6:30 and 9:00 pm to be judged for the competition. Prizes will be awarded for the “Best Overall”, “Most Creative” and “Most Outlandish”. No entry form is required.

The winners will be posted on this website. If you have any questions, please contact Carolyn Wood at clydesheep95@gmail.com

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The Clyde River Baptist Church is hosting a Christmas Eve Service on Tuesday evening, December 24th at 7:00 p.m.

All are warmly welcome.

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Clyde River Baptist Church

All are welcome to attend upcoming Christmas season events in Clyde River:

Thursday, Dec. 6th, 7:00-9:00 p.m.  – The Clyde River Baptist Church will host a Community Christmas Party at the Riverview Community Center. There will be carol singing, a few games, a light snack and a visit from Santa. Come visit with your friends and neighbours. There will be no gift exchange this year. Storm date is Friday, Dec. 7th.

Sunday, Dec. 16th, 7:00 p.m. – Special service at the Clyde River Baptist Church, “The Carols We Love,” a night of song and fellowship. Cookies and cider will be served afterwards.

Monday, Dec. 24th, 6:30 p.m. – Christmas Eve by Candlelight Service at the Clyde River Baptist Church.

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The Clyde River Baptist Church is hosting two special services this Christmas season:

Sunday, December 17th, 7:00 p.m. – An Evening in December – An inspirational evening of Christmas music and readings featuring Jason Cormier and Wilma Hanscome.

Sunday, December 24th, 6:30 p.m. – Christmas Eve Family Gathering

All are warmly welcome.

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img_5223“We don’t really have much of a winter before January.” Newcomers from other provinces and countries say we told them this when they moved here. As they confront us this week, we look a little sheepish and our lips are pursed ever so slightly.

What they don’t know is we Islanders can be in some amount of denial about the weather ourselves, like it’s actually part of our identity. We brag about the sunny days and downplay the squalls. We even deflect the discussion to storms occurring in other places. “Yes, but did you see the weather they are having in Vancouver?”

We only really discuss it truthfully among ourselves. In fact, we don’t even have to discuss it. It’s communal knowledge that can be conveyed with a glance. It’s almost part of our DNA.

Those new to PEI can find our weather confusing and will not fully understand the ocean effect. Islanders have a more innate sense of predicting weather and will adjust our behaviour as easily as the local wildlife, squirreling away food and water and hunkering down, hoping the power doesn’t go out with yet another gust of wind. Rural folks with farms are operating in full gear protecting their herds and flocks. The survivalist instinct kicks in, no explanation necessary.

However, we will say to those from away, “Yes, it’s bad, but this is an unusual year, maybe the worst since the 1970s.” It’s our way of putting them off, knowing we don’t have to come up with another excuse until next winter. And with any luck, there will be a bad winter in Texas.

Heck, maybe we aren’t that different from other Canadians or even those from the New England States and northern Midwest. And who knows, it could still be raining on Christmas Day.

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Screen Shot 2013-11-23 at 4.05.22 PMOver the next weeks, we will be checking closets, attics and under beds for boxes of Christmas ornaments to decorate our trees. My favourite Christmas trees are those decorated with decades of ornaments where each of them recalls a story or a milestone. Special ornaments are passed down through generations along with their stories. We have started our photo collection of Christmas ornaments, and we encourage you to let us know if you have any treasured ornaments that you would like us to add to our gallery. We would like to cover a century, if possible. We have already identified decorations from 80 years ago. Enjoy.

Click here to view our gallery and check back as we add more photos. This album is featured on our photo page along with our other albums.

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Clyde River has a line-up of events this Fall and that other season that we don’t mention until we have to. Mark your calendars.

Saturday, October 19th: Murchison Place Park Close Up – 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Anyone who has participated in this event knows that working together in the park is great fun and good exercise. It is a wonderful chance to enjoy our beautiful park at the end of the season. Refreshments will be provided.

Sunday, November 17th: Pancake Breakfast – Riverview Community Centre. More details to follow. Partial proceeds will go to support Murchison Place Park.

Tuesday, December 3rd, 7:30 p.m. – Adult Community Christmas Party – Don’t miss this popular and entertaining event of games, skits, a visit from Santa and lunch. Good laughs are guaranteed.

Mondays and Wednesdays, 6:15 to 7:00 a.m. – JoyFit exercise classes  – Riverview Community Centre

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I had the opportunity to spend this Christmas in Southern Austria with a family from Pichla, a community with a population of 130 people. I host Austrian students each fall who attend Holland College to study tourism. One of my former students invited me to spend Christmas with her family which included her parents, sister, brother/future sister-in-law, and nephew who is almost one year old. They are a farming family within a close-knit community in the southern province of Styria referred to as the “green heart” of Austria for its ideal farming region. It is best known for its wine, apples and pumpkin seed oil.

Like our own rural communities, they are also seeing a decline in farming. My host family runs a pig farm where they prepare and smoke their own meat and sell to long-time customers within their own and neighbouring communities. On December 24th morning, 60 customers dropped by to pick up plates of cold cuts prepared by Marion, her sister and parents. It was a chance for each of the visitors to sit at the kitchen table for a chat and wish each other the best of the season.

Their celebration is on Christmas Eve which began with visiting Marion’s brother and his family. We waited outside the door until we heard the bell ring to announce that Christkind had been there. We entered and sang Christmas carols that featured Silent Night (Stille Nacht), a song composed in Austria. As the story goes, just hours before Christmas mass on December 24th, 1818, Joseph Mohr asked his organist Franz Xavier Gruber to compose music for a poem he had written two years earlier. It is believed that the organ was broken, so that evening, Joseph Mohr sang the tenor part and played the guitar and Franz Gruber sang bass. The song was well received by the audience of working people in Oberndorf who were facing economic hardship after the Napoleonic Wars (1792-1815) when their community had been split between Bavaria and Austria further to the Congress of Vienna. In 1866, this carol was first published in a songbook for the churches in Salzburg. Christian missionaries introduced the song to other countries and now it has been translated in over 300 languages and dialects. Knowing this story and having heard this song so beautifully sung three times during the Christmas season, the original German version is now my favourite.

After our carol singing, we exchanged presents and had our first light meal before going to her aunt and uncle’s home where we enjoyed a delicious meal featuring typical food from Styria…local wine, cream of chestnut schilcher soup, schnitzel, vegetables, polenta and, for dessert, roast apple and ice cream. After dinner, the extended family once again sang Silent Night (Stille Nacht) around their Christmas tree decorated with lit candles. Christkind must have known I would be in Austria, as I received gifts featuring local food products from the region. Included in my gifts to them were copies of Clyde River’s Landscape of Memories book. We now have six of our books in Austria. These farming families were delighted to look at the photos and understand more about rural life in our community.

A couple of days after Christmas, we attended a mass at their local church and, after the service, we visited graves of their family members. I was struck by the beautiful designs and landscaping. Many of the grave sites were decorated with Christmas trees.

For lunch, the extended family attended a meal featuring venison at my host’s home. Marion’s aunt and uncle had visited Austrian cousins in western Canada, so they brought along their photo album from the trip. It turns out their cousins live on the same street as my brother Blois in Spruce Grove, Alberta.

Spending Christmas in a different culture introduced me to the many different rituals and foods that are part of their tradition. I didn’t understand all the German conversation that surrounded me each day, but I knew in my heart that these people with their warmth of hospitality shared many of the values of the people from my own community. And now that these people know about Clyde River, Prince Edward Island, it is only appropriate that the people of Clyde River know about Pichla, Austria.

So as we wish them a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, they would wish us a Frohe Weihnachten und win gluckliches neues Jahr!

The following are the original german lyrics of Silent Night along with the English translation:

Stille Nacht! Heilige Nacht! (Silent Night! Holy Night!)

Verse One:

Stille Nacht! Heilige Nacht!
Alles schläft; einsam wacht
Nur das traute heilige Paar.
Holder Knab im lockigten Haar,
Schlafe in himmlischer Ruh!
Schlafe in himmlischer Ruh!

Silent night! Holy Night!
All are sleeping, alone and awake
Only the intimate holy pair,
Lovely boy with curly hair,
Sleep in heavenly peace!
Sleep in heavenly peace!

Verse Two:

Stille Nacht! Heilige Nacht!
Gottes Sohn! O wie lacht
Lieb’ aus deinem göttlichen Mund,
Da schlägt uns die rettende Stund’.
Jesus in deiner Geburt!
Jesus in deiner Geburt!

Silent night! Holy night!
Son of God, O how he laughs
Love from your divine mouth,
Then it hits – the hour of salvation.
Jesus at your birth!
Jesus at your birth!

Verse Three:

Stille Nacht! Heilige Nacht!
Die der Welt Heil gebracht,
Aus des Himmels goldenen Höhn
Uns der Gnaden Fülle läßt seh’n
Jesum in Menschengestalt,
Jesum in Menschengestalt.

Silent night! Holy night!
Which brought salvation to the world,
From Heaven’s golden heights,
Mercy’s abundance was made visible to us;
Jesus in human form,
Jesus in human form.

Verse Four:

Stille Nacht! Heilige Nacht!
Wo sich heut alle Macht
Väterlicher Liebe ergoß
Und als Bruder huldvoll umschloß
Jesus die Völker der Welt,
Jesus die Völker der Welt.

Silent night! Holy night!
Where on this day all power
of fatherly love poured forth
And like a brother lovingly embraced
Jesus the peoples of the world,
Jesus the peoples of the world.

Verse Five:

Stille Nacht! Heilige Nacht!
Lange schon uns bedacht,
Als der Herr vom Grimme befreit,
In der Väter urgrauer Zeit
Aller Welt Schonung verhiess,
Aller Welt Schonung verhiess.

Silent night! Holy night!
Already long ago planned for us,
When the Lord frees from wrath
Since the beginning of ancient times
A salvation promised for the whole world.
A salvation promised for the whole world.

Verse Six:

Stille Nacht! Heilige Nacht!
Hirten erst kundgemacht
Durch der Engel Alleluja,
Tönt es laut bei Ferne und Nah:
Jesus der Retter ist da!
Jesus der Retter ist da!

Silent night! Holy night!
To shepherds it was first made known
By the angel, Hallelujah;
Sounding forth loudly far and near:
Jesus the Savior is here!
Jesus the Savior is here!

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Vienna Boys Choir performing Stille Nacht:

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What a wonderful Fall we had here in PEI and still not any arrival of snow but maybe tomorrow, as the chilly Northwest winds have arrived. The month of December will soon be upon us and in PEI that means the beginning of the Christmas party season. Clyde River will have their community Christmas Party on Tuesday, December 4th at 7:30 pm at the Riverview Community Centre.

Whether you live in or love going to Clyde River events, you are welcome to enjoy the warmth of our hospitality. Other than bringing along your Christmas spirit, you can choose to bring along a gift (value of $5) for an exchange. Men are to take gifts for men; women take gifts for women. There will be music, carol singing, skits, games, some tasty food and overall a grand time.

The Women’s Institute are participating this year in the White Cross Christmas Gift Campaign. This campaign was established in the early 1960s by the Canadian Mental Health Association, PEI Division. If you wish, you can bring along a small, new, unwrapped gift of a personal item e.g. shampoo, cosmetics, socks or gloves. The Clyde River W.I. will arrange to drop off theses gifts at the White Cross Program office in Charlottetown. Gifts will be given to those who may not otherwise receive one this season.

On the evening of our Christmas Party, we will be selling tickets to win a 3′ x 2′ gallery photo of Clyde River featured on the front cover of the newly launched photo book, Landscape of Memories. Tickets are $5 each. Also, if you have not yet had a chance to purchase the book with 170+ full-colour photos of our community and you wish to give it as gifts this season, there will be books available for sale at $25.

So find a touch of red in your wardrobe and come on out to celebrate the Christmas season with your friends and neighbours.

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