Looking for the ideal location to hold a wedding reception, one that is steeped in history and is surrounded by beauty on every side?
Why not hold your reception at the Stanley Bridge Centre, the former ‘church on the hill’ in the enchanting village of Stanley Bridge, which still retains many of its century-old flourishes, including impressive stained glass windows featuring stunning religious iconography? The photos below were snapped last June 25. Anyone interested in early bookings should contact Helen MacEwen, president of the Stanley Bridge Centre, at 902-888-7448 or Joan Harding, the SBC’s treasurer, at 902-954-0077.
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 consumed 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.
It was a very busy day at Wednesday’s farmer’s market at the Stanley Bridge Centre. Among the vendors were four Young Millionaires getting their taste of entrepreneurship. In one of the photos a young vendor just sold one of several mats made from her dad’s lobster rope. The proud dad happens to be a lobster fisherman from the area.
The next farmer’s market is Saturday, running 9 am to 1 pm.
Buddy MacEwen, joined by moderator Joyce Phillips, regaled attendees at Stanley Bridge’s first ever history circle earlier today at the New London Community Complex. Buddy and others shared stories about two room schools and long walks to class every day, digging potatoes by hand, growing up in homes without running water and electricity, eating lobster sandwiches for lunch (and trading them whenever possible for more valuable peanut butter sandwiches), travelling vast distances across the Island in winter on horsedrawn sleighs and playing competitive hockey for the “Stanley Cup.” When Buddy was growing up Stanley Bridge boasted thriving shoemakers and blacksmith businesses as well as three general stores, a butter and cheese operation and a veterinarian. More history circles are planned in the months ahead featuring other guest speakers sharing their memories of the community’s early history. One event alone might focus on the story behind the discovery of the world-famous Marco Polo, which ran aground off Cavendish.
A 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.
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. The market runs 9 am to 1 pm, Wednesdays and Saturdays.
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.