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Riverview Community Centre before latest renovation

Many of you are aware of the latest renovation of the old Clyde River School House, but the previous renovation was in 1986. The following is the story that was featured in The Guardian 31 years ago (news clipping from Hazel Beer’s scrapbooks):

W.I. Renovate Old School House Into Centre of Community Activity, by Kathy Jorgensen

In 1972 the Clyde River Women’s Institute purchased the 152-year-old school house in that community and began the long task of renovating it into a community centre.

The original school house had only one room, and in 1964 a second room was added. The goal of the W.I. members was to upgrade and maintain these two rooms and have the building serve the community in many capacities.

Jean MacLean and Neila MacKinnon, both W.I. members, were involved with the renovations over the years. They talked about the work and the many needs it has filled in the community.

The two women, obviously proud of the fresh, new look that the W.I. has given the building, noted they lowered the ceiling in the old section and took out a hatch that led to a clay basement.

“We then had a cement basement poured.” said Mrs. MacKinnon.

The cloak room for the girls was renovated into a small kitchen, and later a large addition to that kitchen was constructed. Recessed lighting, paper, paint, curtains and pieces of furniture were all part of the many additions that made Clyde River Community Centre the central gathering place for special events.

The old “Clyde River School” sign has been left on the building as a matter of heritage. There renovated building was aptly named Riverview Community Centre. Behind it flows the Clyde River and a picturesque view of the river can be seen from the grounds and most windows inside the building.

Mrs. MacLean explained that there had been a hall in the community, but noted it was too run-down to be bothered with. It had been torn down and moved piece by piece to another location and used for a barn. Furniture in the old hall, which had been purchased by the W.I. was moved to the new community centre.

Fixing the grounds was also part of the W.I. project and much landscaping and planting had to be done. Shrubs and flowers were planted, a flag raised and the centre was ready for operation. Now with the community using the facility for teas, anniversaries, picnics, Christmas parties, children’s functions, and community showers, the W.I. feels its work has been worthwhile.

They are still in the process of paying for the many renovations and will hold an auction sale on September 10th beginning at 6 p.m. Both women noted that donations are needed for the auction and they will take almost anything.

Future plans for the centre will mean finishing the basement so it can be used as gym area. The W.I. of Clyde River will be working on that over the next year or two and looking forward to seeing the completion of this project.

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Screen Shot 2014-01-20 at 12.38.39 PMThe Clyde River Lecture Series continues this Saturday, February 15th, with “Renovating the Shaw Family Homestead” presented by Judy Shaw at the Riverview Community Centre at 1:30 pm. Judy is the granddaughter of Walter Shaw, former premier of PEI from 1959-66, and is now living in the family homestead in St. Catherine’s where she had spent summer vacations with her grandparents.

Judy will speak about coming back to live in the family homestead that her grandparents built and managing renovations over this past year. The home is a modified Cape Cod style similar to homes built in the 1860s and particularly to a home that her grandmother lived in while she was nursing in Boston. The home was built in 1923 on a farm settled by the Shaw’s in 1808. Judy will speak about the interesting things she found during the renovation, what is unique about renovating an old family home and gardens of a place with so many memories, what to consider, what to keep and what to change. She will bring along some old photos as well as some before and after shots.

The third in the series will continue the following Saturday, February 22nd with Jack Sorensen from the Tryon and Area Historical Society talking about “Capturing the History of a Community for Future Generations”. For more details, click here. The lectures run from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. followed by refreshments.

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Amanda at her 2013 placement in Korea

Amanda with her kindergarten students in South Korea

Come warm up with Thelma Gillespie’s famous homemade soups and sandwiches, made to order, and delicious desserts on Sunday, February 2nd between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Gluten-free and vegetarian options available. This delicious lunch will be accompanied with a perfect cup of tea or coffee.

Your support will go towards assisting her daughter Amanda Gillespie with her six-week practicum placement in Stratford, New Zealand. There, Amanda will be volunteer teaching in a Maori community. She is currently completing her Education degree, with a specialization in Indigenous Education. As a requirement to graduate, she is to teach in an Indigenous community.

Amanda received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at St. Thomas University and then travelled to Seoul, South Korea, where she spent 3 1/2 years teaching English as an Alternative Language in South Korea. It was in Korea where she discovered her passion for teaching.

The fundraising lunch is $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12 years old. All your support will be greatly appreciated as it brings Amanda one step closer to following her dreams!

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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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The Burnside Women’s Morning Out Group will be holding an indoor “New to You” Yard Sale on Saturday, October 5th, from 8:30 a.m. until 12:00 noon at Clyde River’s Riverview Community Centre.  Some of the proceeds will be going to Burnside Presbyterian Church and the Riverview Community Centre. The event will happen rain or shine.

For more information about the sale, please contact Millie Kikkert at 675-3061.

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Park Painting

Painting by Millie Kikkert

Local artist Millie Kikkert is selling tickets on her painting of Murchison Place Park. The proceeds will be split evenly between Burnside Presbyterian Church and the Clyde River Community Centre.

Tickets are $2 each and the draw will be October 19th, 2013. To purchase a ticket/tickets, please contact Millie at 675-3061.

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Strawberry Social

I scream for ice cream (and strawberries)

It’s Strawberry Season! Some of the sweetest strawberries to be found are in Prince Edward Island, and you can try them crushed over ice cream next week along with some homemade cookies and cakes.

The Clyde River Women’s Institute will host their annual social on Wednesday, July 10th, 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Riverview Community Centre. For those of you heading out from Charlottetown, the centre is just a short distance off the Trans Canada Highway on the Clyde River Road.

People come from far and wide for this occasion, so it is not only a flavourful event; it is a great time to see old friends from our own and other communities, make new friends and see those home from away. View photos and story from last year’s social by clicking here.

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Well, it is our hope that Winter has taken the hint and is on its way to leave room for the arrival of Spring. Not sure about you, but when I was younger, I couldn’t wait until Summer, but now it’s Spring I love. The landscape with its new grasses looks freshly mowed, the sky yet to be filled with the haze of summer brings the heavens a little closer and cool running waters show us what sapphire blue really looks like. Early mornings are filled with the busy songs of birds and it does one good to take a walk and smell earth in the air.

It is soon May and plans will be made for spring tasks and summer family times, vacations and visitors coming home from away. Well, while you are filling in your calendar, we have some events we would like you to add in, and make sure to take along your visitors if they are around. Show them what an active community we have and the fun we enjoy when we get together.

Murchison Place Park Cleanup: Saturday, May 18th, 9:00 a.m. Let’s beautify the park for this summer’s events! Bring your own garden and cleanup tools. Food, refreshments and camaraderie included. If it rains on that day, the cleanup will take place on Monday, May 20th at 9:00 a.m.

Canada Day Celebrations: Monday, July 1st, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Riverview Community Centre. Be a kid again or still. Enjoy hotdogs, cake and ice cream. The games for kids are not unlike those played a century ago, but they are still popular, and it’s great to hear and see their youthful enthusiasm and laughter as they cross the finish line and claim their prize. You can view photos and the story from last year’s event by clicking here.

Strawberry Social: Wednesday, July 10th, 6:00-8:00 p.m., Riverview Community Centre. The Clyde River Women’s Institute will be back to host their ever popular Island strawberries and ice cream. People come from far and wide for this occasion, so it is not only a flavourful event; it is a great time to see old friends from other communities and those home from away. View photos and story from last year’s social by clicking here.

Concerts in the Park: There will be another concert in the park this year at Murchison Place Park! It will be held Sunday, July 14th at 6:30 p.m. If any of you have attended one of our concerts in the park before, you know the variety of entertainment you can enjoy. The organizer is Lisa McQuaid-Ross at 675-4273 or email kjross@pei.sympatico.ca. Read about the 2011 Concert in the Park by clicking here.

Art in the Park: Saturday, August 10th, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Murchison Place Park. Bring along your artistic talent or just your love of art and take in the spirit of inspiration within our beautiful canopied park. We will serenade you with classical music and refresh you with beverages and a few homemade treats to complement your lunch. We are still finalizing our program, but this year, we may be featuring two artist demonstrations. We will have raffle prizes from local businesses that are far beyond your average door prize which will please your palate and your eye for beauty. Take along your own chair, lunch and any artistic supplies to enjoy your art or hobby. If the weather is rainy, we will move the event to the Riverview Community Centre which is walking distance from the park along the Clyde River Road. This Centre has hosted many artistic events and offers views of the hills and river that will equally inspire art. Please come along and experience for yourself what it is like to relax and be inspired. Read about Art in the Park 2012 here and 2011, here.

There now, that is quite a Spring and Summer to look forward to. And, no, Winter, you can’t come; we’ll tell you all about it next January.

With hills sloping down to the river, we have our own natural amphitheatre of beauty and sound. Enjoy arts and culture in the countryside this summer in Clyde River.

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Central Parish Soup Kitchen Ministry offers a heartfelt “Thank You” to the approximately 100 people who came out today to support their ongoing work. Just over $500 in donations were received which shows what a caring and active community we have in and around Clyde River.

They had some chili left over as well as some biscuits and cake. When they were cleaning up, a Dunedin family dropped by to ask if they could purchase some leftovers, so they went home with a full meal.

Coordinator of the Soup Kitchen Ministry Kerrilee York said, “We had many great volunteers who made the event possible, including those who worked at the event and those who baked, and some did both! These volunteers see what needs to be done without asking and go to work.”

If any of you who did not have a chance to attend would like to support this important work, please contact Kerrilee York at kerrileeyork@gmail.com.

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Volunteers at Soup Kitchen

All are welcome to attend a special lunch of chili, biscuits, cake and ice cream at the Riverview Community Centre on Sunday, April 7th from 11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., hosted by the Central Parish volunteers of the Soup Kitchen Ministry. This is the same delicious meal that the volunteers serve at the Soup Kitchen on the third Sunday of each month from September to June.

As part of the Soup Kitchen Ministry, five teams of volunteers typically prepare and serve 75-120+ people. Their delicious Chili recipe has become a favourite and features lots of lean-ground meat, fresh green and red peppers and onions. They have a standing grocery order at Danny Gass’ Store in New Haven; Marion has their order ready and waiting for them each time. Others drop off fresh-baked biscuits at the store to include with the order. Typically, 15 dozen biscuits are baked, and sometimes cheese biscuits if the Wood girls have baked them! Desserts include a variety of cakes with ice cream.

The Soup Kitchen Ministry wants to show you and have you enjoy the beautiful meal that they serve. There will be lots for everyone. A free will offering is welcomed which will go towards their ongoing work.

Let’s make a point of getting out to support this wonderful work!

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