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Clyde River Baptist Church, Clyde River Road

The Clyde River Baptist Church will be hosting an Easter Sunday Gospel Concert on April 16, at 7:00 p.m. Garth and Liane MacKay will be hosting a Gaither-style concert featuring special music by Grace Times Three. Everyone warmly welcomed!

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You are never too old to enjoy a tasty hamburger, so the residents at Burnside Community Care are pleased to be joining in on the Burger Love celebration and entertaining their guest Hon. Wayne Easter. Chef G.V. created a classic style burger featuring local hamburger from MacPhee’s Meats in Clyde River topped with generous amounts of sautéed onions, mushrooms, bacon, and cheddar cheese. A chicken wing tops off the bun and a cucumber and carrot sculpted into a flower and leaf motif decorates the plate. Owner Alan MacPhee says, “The residents are having fun with the occasion. A delicious burger is great to enjoy at any age.” They wrapped up the meal with Burger Love trivia along with some fun prizes.

Editor’s Note: I had the opportunity to enjoy a Burnside Burger and it was as tasty as it looks.

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This Saturday is our third and final 2017 History Lecture and you won’t want to miss it. It takes a good dose of humour to get through an Island winter and Alan knows just how to make us laugh.

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Inevitably a photo with the Boston relatives over by the car. John Darrach, happy to have his son John with wife Beatrice and children Mary and Ted home from Boston.

Excerpt from Mary Ann Darrach’s letter to her son John and his wife Beatrice in Boston – 1907. 

This is Tuesday. Yesterday, we had a blinding snowstorm, the worst this winter, but today it is fine.

The boys are going to town with loads. The snow was about gone before this snow came, so there is not much sign of Spring here now. We are all fairly well. Hope these lines will find you all the same. Tell me when you are coming home.


Screen Shot 2017-01-02 at 10.27.33 PM.pngSaturday, February 18th, 1:30-3:30 p.m. – Alan Buchanan, Storyteller – “Home from Boston: Stories of Island Family Connections in the New England States”

Many Islanders, especially from large families, went to the Boston area in the early part of the 1900s to find work, but they would always return in summers to visit their Island siblings and cousins and enjoy their ancestral Island home. This will be an opportunity to hear Alan’s entertaining stories but also to share your own. For those Boston area cousins that follow us here on our website, we welcome you to email us your stories as well in advance of the event and we will make sure to share them.

Alan Buchanan was born and raised in Belfast, Prince Edward Island. He has had a varied career, but lately has become best known as a storyteller. His career on-stage began with the production, Belfast People, in the 1980’s. Since then, he has been a member of the award-winning group, Hedgerow, and has also been featured on local, regional, and national radio broadcasts, including the popular CBC comedy show “Madly Off in all Directions”. Several summers ago, he was a member of the cast of Story which played to sold-out audiences at the Guild in Charlottetown, and for the past two summers he has been a part of the fabulously popular Four Tellers at the King’s Playhouse in Georgetown. His hilarious stories centre on the colourful characters and cultural quirks he observed growing up in a rural community.

All are welcome to attend. Following the lectures, refreshments will be served. We invite you to take along any memorabilia or photos related to the topics. Tables will be set out to display your items. We welcome our audience to also take the time to visit our large collection of archives and heritage photos at the community centre. If you have any questions about the lectures, please contact Vivian at vivian@eastlink.ca.

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Our 5th Annual Clyde River Lecture Series is back after attracting record audiences in 2016. The series has become the place to be on Saturday afternoons during an Island winter, where you can enjoy entertaining stories from the past along with warm hospitality and refreshments. All are welcome to attend. We invite you to take along any memorabilia or photos related to the topics. Tables will be set out to display your items. The lectures take place at the Riverview Community Centre on Clyde River Road.

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Photo credit: The Guardian

Saturday, January 21st, 1:30-3:30 p.m. – Carol MacLellan – “The Attraction of Old Home Week” – depicting 125 years of the Provincial Exhibition

Everyone who grew up in PEI has great stories about Old Home Week. Carol says she had enough stories and photos for many books. This rich history covers an important part of Island culture where rural and city folks have come together since 1888 to celebrate at an agricultural fair in Charlottetown. Carol will introduce how the book came about as well as discuss the involvement of the Old Home Week Board and History Committee. She will talk about the interviews, research and how they organized and designed it to make sure they covered the many wonderful aspects of the exhibition. Books will be available for purchase at the event ($20).

Carol MacLellan is a retired teacher having taught all grades from 1-12, starting in a one room school to teaching English in High School.  She was Allied Youth Advisor to her students for 20 years and 4-H Leader including Overall Leader for 16 years with the Pleasant Valley 4-H Club. After retirement, she served for 14 years on the Provincial Board of Women’s Institute, the last three representing the National Board of the Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada. While she was Chair of the Women’s Institute handcrafts and Arts Show at the Provincial Exhibition, she was asked to become involved in writing the history of Old Home Week. “The Attraction of Old Home Week on Prince Edward Island,” depicting 125 years of the Provincial Exhibition.

Screen Shot 2017-01-02 at 10.20.09 PM.pngSaturday, February 4th – 1:30-3:30 p.m. – Author of Those Splendid Girls  “The Heroic Service of Island Nurses in the Great War”

In Those Splendid Girls, author Katherine Dewar combines her love of history and knowledge of nursing to redreScreen Shot 2017-01-02 at 10.24.28 PM.pngss a 100-year-old wrong: the absence in the historical narratives of both Prince Edward Island and of Canada, of nurses’ experiences in the real War. Told through the stories of Island nurses, their experiences of mud, blood and courage reflect those of women from all provinces who served amid the horrors of WW I. Dewar identifies at least 115 Island women who answered the call to war, many of whose names have not been known until now. Granted rare access to private diaries and fragile photo albums tucked away in dusty attics, she pieces together their stories of hospitals, bombings, fear and friendships to provide this powerful new account of the war. Katherine has received several heritage awards for research and writing, most recently The PEI Museum and Heritage Award of Honour, given for an outstanding contribution to the heritage of P.E.I. over a long period of time. More info at thosesplendidgirls.ca  Books will be available for purchase ($27.95).

Screen Shot 2017-01-02 at 10.27.33 PM.pngSaturday, February 18th, 1:30-3:30 p.m. – Alan Buchanan, Storyteller – “Home from Boston: Stories of Island Family Connections in the New England States”

Many Islanders, especially from large families, went to the Boston area in the early part of the 1900s to find work, but they would always return in summers to visit their Island siblings and cousins and enjoy their ancestral Island home. This will be an opportunity to hear Alan’s entertaining stories but also to share your own. For those Boston area cousins that follow us here on our website, we welcome you to email us your stories as well in advance of the event and we will make sure to share them.

Alan Buchanan was born and raised in Belfast, Prince Edward Island. He has had a varied career, but lately has become best known as a storyteller. His career on-stage began with the production, Belfast People, in the 1980’s. Since then, he has been a member of the award-winning group, Hedgerow, and has also been featured on local, regional, and national radio broadcasts, including the popular CBC comedy show “Madly Off in all Directions”. Several summers ago, he was a member of the cast of Story which played to sold-out audiences at the Guild in Charlottetown, and for the past two summers he has been a part of the fabulously popular Four Tellers at the King’s Playhouse in Georgetown. His hilarious stories centre on the colourful characters and cultural quirks he observed growing up in a rural community.

Following the lectures, refreshments will be served. We welcome our audience to also take the time to visit our large collection of archives and heritage photos at the community centre. If you have any questions about the lectures, please contact Vivian at vivian@eastlink.ca.

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At 7:00 PM on Monday, December 5th, Clyde River will hold a special election meeting. The intent is to fill two vacant positions on the community council. Residents at the meeting will elect a new Chairperson and a Councilor. The meeting is being held at the Riverview Community Centre – 718 Clyde River Rd. These two new members will join the current Council for the remainder of the current term which ends in two years.

All eligible residents are encouraged to consider offering to better their community by standing for one of these positions or to attend the meeting and participate in the election process. As the saying goes, “Decisions are made by those who show up”.

Candidates must be present at the meeting or submit a signed document stating they are willing to be nominated and stand for election. Candidates are nominated from the floor by eligible voters and voting takes place shortly afterwards. The election results are announced that evening following the vote count. The entire process takes about 2 hours.

To be eligible to run for municipal office, you must be:

• 18 years of age or older,
• a Canadian citizen, and
• a resident of Clyde River for no less than one year preceding the election date.

To vote in the election in your municipality, you must be:

• 18 years of age or older,
• a Canadian citizen, and
• a resident of Clyde River for no less than six months preceding the election date.

For more information contact: Administrator – Bruce Brine 675-4747 or clyderiver.cic@pei.sympatico.ca

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Guest speaker: Teresa Mellish, Farmers Helping Farmers

The Clyde River United Baptist Women’s Missionary Society is hosting their Annual Thank Offering Service on Sunday, September 18 at 7:00 pm. Special speaker Teresa Mellish will talk about her involvement with Farmers Helping Farmers in PEI Schools and in Kenya. Special music will be provided by Vans and Emily Bryant. The Church is located at 726 Clyde River Rd. All are welcome. The offering will go towards our missionary work. A light lunch will follow the service. For more information, you can contact Jo-Ann at 902-675-4335.

Teresa’s Bio:

Teresa is a founding member and coordinator of Farmers Helping Farmers. She is a farm partner in Kings County where they breed sport horses and has worked in PEI in small-farm development. Teresa has a M.Sc. Degree in Adult Education focused on soil conservation practices in potato production.

Farmers Helping Farmers, a small non-government organization based in Prince Edward Island, has helped groups of farm women in rural Kenya to grow food for their families. They have improved the lives of over 100,000 Kenyans through their work with groups of Kenyan dairy farmers and Kenyan women who grow crops.

Link to Farmers Helping Farmers website, click here.

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Strawberries

Strawberry Social

The Clyde River Women’s Institute will host their annual Strawberry and Ice Cream Social on Wednesday, July 13th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Riverview Community Centre, 728 Clyde River Rd. Come meet your friends, neighbours and, of course, those home from away, and enjoy a dish of ice cream with strawberries and sweets. Take out not available.

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