Report on the Stanley Bridge Centre’s quilt show, Aug 21

012A large crowd was in attendance on Aug 21 at the Stanley Bridge Centre to view a wide range of hand crafted products made by many volunteers.
Quilts, both hand and machine-quilted, occupied the centre of the room. Hand-knitting, wood crafters, home baking, mat hooking and beautiful paintings covered most of the wall area. Our local painter, Karen Slater, was on hand to give demonstrations of her work.
On the raised platform Louise Lowther displayed her hand-painted dishware. What beautiful artwork! In the opposite corner were articles that brought us back to the 1800s.
We are currently celebrating the 150th anniversary of the naming of the village of Stanley. To help celebrate this occasion the Hon. Wayne Easter, Member of Parliament for Malpeque, brought greetings from the federal government. Also on hand were The Hon. Alex Campbell, who with Rev. Dr. F. Bolger, historian, Stanley Bridge Memorial Society President Steve Dimond, Gracie Findlay, from Arts PEI, Phyllis Carr, from the River Days committee and Chairperson Helen MacEwen, brought us back to what actually took place in 1865.
Gracie Findlay brought greetings from the arts community and read a poem which had been written by her grandmother, who had resided in Summerside, entitled ‘Stanley Bridge.’ Each described a small part of what Stanley Bridge looked like in its early history.
Lunch was served outside, as would be the early custom for a party. The remainder of the day was enjoyed by the volunteers at the tables as well as the shoppers. The successful event ended about 1:30 pm.
(Helen MacEwen).

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Guardian’s Sally Cole writes story on restored cemetery

Guardian reporter Sally Cole visited the Stanley Bridge Centre Sept 9 to interview volunteers involved with the restoration of the Stanley Bridge cemetery, across the road from the SBC. Many of the century-022old cemetery’s stones and grave markers had fallen into serious disrepair. Her article will appear in the Guardian shortly.

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Farmer’s market a real family affair

Chad Robinson, from Ottawa, brought his young daughter to the Stanley Bridge Centre’s farmer’s market on Wednesday, Aug 26. The market regularly draws many visitors, young and old, and all ages in between, from across the Island, the country and even as far away as Australia. 004The market runs 9 am to 1 pm, Wednesdays and Saturdays.

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Strange reflections

Calm waters proved the perfect mirror for reflecting cloud formations at the Stanley Bridge wharf on Aug 22, prior to the parade of boats, part of the Stanley Bridge River Days festivities081.

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Lighting up the night

Despite threatening weather, including streaks of lightning, five boats decked out in glowing decorations still managed to participate in the River Days parade of boats on Saturday, Aug 23, drawing quite a crowd of onlookers at the wharf. 097

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Making a big splash

070043Prizes were handed out to the best divers during Stanley Bridge River Days, on Aug 22. Spectators were treated to some amazing tricks by participating contestants who dove off the bridge at the harbor.

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150th anniversary to be celebrated this weekend

Join us at the Stanley Bridge Centre Friday to help celebrate the 150th anniversary of the naming of Stanley Bridge. The Stanley Bridge Centre is hosting a quilt, art and crafts show on Friday, Aug 21 as well as events tied to the opening of River Days (running Aug 21-23). A farmer’s market is also slated for Saturday. 009 010 011

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Stanley Bridge cemetery gets facelift

There’s been a remarkable transformation at the Stanley Bridge Cemetery, established in 1870. Volunteers with the Cavendish United Church, assisted by members of the Stanley Bridge Memorial Society, recently restored a graveyard that had fallen into major disrepair over the years, made worse by the brutal winter of 2014-2015. Many headstones that had fallen over were repaired and placed back on their proper footings. Headstones were also cleaned so the names would be more visible. Large amounts of topsoil and seed were also brought in to improve the cemetery’s appearance. Volunteers expressed their deep appreciation for the help of Gordon Toombs, a trustee with the Cavendish United Church. Organizers are hoping to contact the descendants of family members buried at the cemetery in a bid to create a directory.001 005 006

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Quilt, arts and craft show on Friday, Aug 21

One of the highlights of the summer season is almost here. The Stanley Bridge Centre is once again hosting a quilt, arts and crafts show, part of River Days. The show will be held on Friday, Aug 21, running 9 am to 2 pm . Anyone interested in participating, by displaying and, or selling their works, is welcome. Call Helen at 886-2524 or Eliza at 886-2591.

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Stanley Bridge Centre Annual General Meeting on Aug 20

You are invited to attend the Stanley Bridge Place Annual General Meeting on Thursday August 20, 2015.
Doors will be open at 6:30 PM and the meeting at 7 PM.
Membership will be available and coffee, tea, drinks and sandwiches served.
Everyone is welcome to attend.
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