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Screen Shot 2014-09-29 at 11.28.08 AMThe Clyde River Women’s Institute is sponsoring a Bingo Night at APM Centre on Thursday, October 23rd at 7:00 p.m. All are welcome to attend, and they encourage families to come out to enjoy the evening. There are many great prizes! You can purchase tickets at the door or in advance from any W.I. member.

The tickets are $10 which includes a pad of 13 pages with 4 bingo cards per page. There will also be a 50/50 bingo card, dabbers for sale and a raffle draw.

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Screen Shot 2014-09-29 at 11.28.08 AMThe Clyde River Women’s Institute is sponsoring a Bingo Night at APM Centre on Thursday, October 23rd at 7:00 p.m. All are welcome to attend, and they encourage families to come out to enjoy the evening. There will be great prizes. You can purchase tickets at the door or in advance from any W.I. member.

The tickets are $10 which includes a pad of 13 pages with 4 bingo cards per page. There will also be a 50/50 bingo card, dabbers for sale and a raffle draw.

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It was a spectacular afternoon to be in Clyde River to celebrate the 2014 Garden Party and Concert in Murchison Place Park, hosted by the Clyde River Women’s Institute. The large audience ranged from a few months old to 95 years old. Along with community residents, there were guests with connections to Clyde River, those home from away, and others who had lived in Clyde River many years ago and saw this as a wonderful homecoming.

The afternoon program began with:

  • Piper Matthew MacLaine
  • O Canada
  • Introduction of Honoured Guests
  • Remarks from Clyde River Women’s Institute, Community Council and Friends of Clyde River

Entertainment included:

  • Step Dancing – Dalziel Sisters – Alana Lee and Shelby Lynn
  • Songs by Kevin and Friends – Kevin Jesso, Ken Clarke, Joyce Arsenault, Peggy Dollar – Medley of songs
  • Piper Matthew MacLaine – A highlight was Amazing Grace.
  • Patricia Murray played and sang both Gaelic and English songs.

The afternoon closed with everyone singing “This Land is your Land”. In the closing remarks, Doug Gillespie mentioned that it was also 150 years ago when Dog River was renamed Clyde River, so we had two reasons to celebrate today.

One special treat was a song called “Home” performed by Patricia Murray. Patricia adapted music to the lyrics of a poem written by her Great Great Uncle Frank Gillespie while he was in Hawaii in the late 1800s. The poem was discovered in the online Guardian archives earlier this year and passed onto to the family. This poem and song will be further featured in an upcoming story.

Some of the ladies, gentlemen and children of the community dressed in period costume which added to the charm of the event and made for lovely photos.

After the concert, guests were invited over to the Riverview Community Centre for fresh biscuits, jams, tarts and cookies prepared by Thelma Gillespie and served by community volunteers. There was a celebration cake decorated with the 2014 logo. Prizes were given out for the oldest (Hilda Beer) and longest married (Eric and Wanda MacPhail).

It was a wonderful way to spend an afternoon and many thanks to the organizing committee and other community volunteers for creating such a memorable and enjoyable event.

The event was made possible by the PEI 2014 Fund. The organizing committee included Carol Richards (chair), Thelma Gillespie, Jo-Ann MacPhail, Lisa Ross, Nancy FitzGerald and Hilda Colodey.

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Clyde River Women’s Institute welcomes you to attend their annual Strawberry Social is tonight (Wednesday), 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Riverview Community Centre. You can enjoy the flavour of strawberries and ice cream. There will also be a bake table where you can take home some Clyde River treats.

Enjoy the succulent sweet taste of the season and a stunning view of the river. You can un-wind and re-connect with friends, relatives and neighbours. There’s bound to be a few folks home from away.

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ChristmasThe snow is flying today, so we’re thinking of Christmas. Fun and frivolity will once again ensue at the Clyde River Adult Christmas Party on Tuesday, December 3rd, 7:30 p.m., Riverview Community Centre. This is a very popular event. It you haven’t had a chance to attend, please make a point of going this year and you will understand. It is an evening full of laughs from beginning to end.

The Women’s Institute organizers offer interactive games where you will get to meet others and skits where you can try out some improvised acting talents that maybe you didn’t know you had. Who would think your friends and neighbours could be so entertaining, but, believe me, they are. Don’t expect to sit back and be a wall flower. The evening is complemented by music, carol singing and some tasty homemade treats.

Later in the evening Santa will make a visit, and he seems to already know everyone by name along with a few of their foibles. Whether they have been naughty or nice, he is generous enough to give everyone a gift.

Whether you live in or love going to Clyde River events, you are welcome to enjoy the warmth of our hospitality. Bring along your Christmas spirit and a gift (value of $5) for an exchange. Men are to take gifts for men; women take gifts for women.

Come along and have a grand old time.

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Veterens Service Clyde RiverThere was a special service organized at the Riverview Community Centre in 1991 which was sponsored by the Clyde River Women’s Institute to honor the community’s veterans of past wars. Here is the story. (news clipping from Hazel Beer’s collection):

Service Honors War Sacrifices – Early service held at Riverview Community Centre

A special Remembrance Day service was held in the community centre here recently.

Union Jacks covered the pictures of the Clyde River veterans, since that was the flag of wartime, during the ceremony of honor.

They went forth to service their country in times of need not only in Canada, but in South Africa, England, France, Germany, Belgium, Bermuda, Burma, Italy and Holland.

From this small community there was one person in the Boer War, 16 in World War I, 22 in World War II, one in the Post War Peace Corps, and one in the Korean War, said local MLA Ron MacKinley.

Mac Lean Speaks:
Angus MacLean, a war veteran and former PEI MP and premier, told of his experiences in the war when he was shot down as a pilot in the R.C.A.F.

Mrs. Margaret Scott sang The White Cliffs of Dover and Comin’ in on a Wing and a Prayer – two popular pieces during the Second World War.

David Forsythe, representative for Veterans Affairs for this area, recited Though Poppies Blow in Flanders’ Field and The Unknown Soldier.

Mrs. A.J. Murchison, as the widow of one of the soldiers, unveiled the World War I picture, after which the Union Jack was placed in a stand beside the Canadian Maple Leaf.

Honor Roll
Warren MacKinnon presented an album containing the history of this war, after which Eric MacPhail read the honor roll. The last surviving veteran of the First World War died just a week ago.

Neil MacFadyen rendered a song and Gordon MacInnis, minister of transportation and public works, read The Silent Navy.

World War II pictures were unveiled by Mrs. Cassie MacPhee and the flag was placed in a stand on the other side of the Canadian Flag. Warren MacKinnon presented the corresponding histories.

The honor roll for these people was read by Rev. Robert Lyle, followed by a prayer and a one-minute silence for all wars.

Malpeque MP Catherine Callbeck read of some of the ways in which women served.

Hymns sung were Great Ruler of The Land and Sea, Eternal Father Strong to Save, and Onward Christian Soldiers.

Hon. Lloyd MacPhail was master of ceremonies; Mrs. Jane Morell, the pianist and Robert Lyle led the singing. Robert MacPhail did a video of the proceedings. This was compiled and presented by the husband and wife team of Warren and Neila MacKinnon.

Note: It would be great to get a copy of this video and update it to a digital version for our archives.

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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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