Winners announced just in time for Christmas

The names of two lucky winners were picked from hundreds of tickets at a draw during the Dec 10 monthly meeting of the Stanley Bridge Memorial Society (SBMS). The meeting was held at the Kensington home of vice-president Helen MacEwen. St John’s NFLD resident Chris Pearsey won a beautiful painting of the Stanley Bridge wharf by acclaimed Margate artist Karen Slater. Stanley Bridge area resident Marilyn Simpson won a stunning mural sized photo of the Confederation Bridge, shot by North Granville photographer Clayton Smith, who is also the SBMS’s president. The Stanley Bridge Memorial Society would like to express its gratitude to everyone who bought a ticket for this important fundraiser.

MacCaull and friends light up the stage

Acclaimed Island musicians Roy MacCaull, Marcella Richard and Larry Campbell took to the Stanley Bridge Centre stage on Aug 19 to deliver another rousing performance. Mixing popular original tunes with country, gospel and folk favorites and a salty splash of homespun humor, the talented trio provided a memorable evening’s worth of entertainment. Don’t worry fans, you will see them (and Roy’s magic mandolin) at the SBC many more times!
Photos by Jim Brown

Andrea Shaw claims Centennial Quilt just in time for Christmas

Andrea Shaw with her new Centennial Quilt.

We have a winner!
The Stanley Bridge Centre’s (SBC) Centennial Quilt, designed and crafted by a talented group of quilters in Charlottetown in honour of Canada’s 150th anniversary, was won by Andrea Shaw of Covehead.
Shaw was joined by her husband David and one of their two daughters, 11-year-old Ashlyn, at the Stanley Bridge Centre on Saturday, Dec 16, to claim her prize.
“I never win anything,” said a delighted Andrea.
Her lucky ticket was one of approximately 700 purchased during the spring and summer months at the SBC’s farmer’s market. Money from ticket sales will go towards renovations at the SBC.
Quilt tickets, at five dollars each and three for $10, drew an enthusiastic response, with many purchased by visitors travelling to Stanley Bridge from as far away as the United States, China, the United Kingdom, several European countries, Japan and Australia.

From left Eliza MacEwen, a member of the Stanley Bridge Centre’s board of directors and Helen MacEwen, the SBC’s president, presented the Centennial Quilt to Covehead resident Andrea Shaw, right. One side of the quilt is filled with cascading maple leaves while the reverse side features a giant maple leaf.

Jim Brown Photos

Stanley Bridge Centre hosts Party Mix Band

Brad Trivers and the family-friendly Party Mix Band, featuring Betty Pound, Charles Reid, Matthew MacLaine and Malcolm Lane, rocked it at the Stanley Bridge Centre Sunday, June 25. They played less than two weeks before the start of this season’s farmers market (July 5). Even infants got into the partying mood. Jim Brown Photos..



Volunteers working behind the scenes at pancake breakfast

The Saturday Oct 15 blueberry pancake breakfast fundraiser at the Stanley Bridge Hall was another rousing success for the Stanley Bridge Centre. But it wouldn’t have been possible without the hard work of more than a dozen volunteers greeting customers at the door, waiting and clearing tables, serving food, preparing the pancakes, and cooking many of the delicious muffins, baked beans and other items consumeddsc_0001 dsc_0003-1 dsc_0005a during the morning. Thanks again to everyone in the community for stopping by and helping us raise funds to help with future renovations and improvements at the SBC.

Farmers Market a Great Success

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The Stanley Bridge Centre’s Farmer’s Market has been open for three weeks (Wednesdays, 9 am to 1 pm) to great success. During that span the number of participating vendors has grown from five to nine and organizers have decided to add a second market, an artisans market, on Saturdays, beginning July 19. That market will run from 9 am to 1 pm. Visitors have come from all age groups, including a pair of Ontario youngsters, Stella and Graham, who are holding a basket of fresh strawberries their parents purchased at the market. Also featured is a volunteer with the Stanley Bridge Memorial Society, who was selling tickets on a beautiful quilt to help pay for renovations to the Stanley Bridge Centre.

Stan Carew/John Campbelljohn Concert

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Acclaimed musicians and storytellers Stan Carew (white shirt) and John Campbelljohn rocked the house at the Stanley Bridge Centre (SBC) Sunday evening, July 13, for the Stanley Bridge Memorial Society’s (SBMS) first major entertainment event at the SBC. Parking was at a premium, with nearly every one of the 120 seats filled. More than 20 chairs had to be rushed over at the last minute to accommodate the demand for tickets at the door.
The magical evening featured more than two hours of blues, Celtic, country, honky-tonk and Maritime music, with the audience singing along to their favorite tunes. Thanks are extended to everyone who bought a ticket to this concert and the SBMS is planning to host similar events in the near future.

Taking a Break

Stanley Bridge Memorial Society volunteers took a break from their work on May 2. They were preparing for the May 3 pancake breakfast fundraiser at the Stanley Bridge WI. The lavish meal also included sausages, homemade baked beans, cheese, fruit, jam, cinnamon rolls, juice, tea and coffee.