Only farmer’s market of the season at SBC on Saturday, Aug 24

Come on in! See what $80,000 worth of renovations over the summer have accomplished at the Stanley Bridge Centre (former century-old United Church).

This Saturday, Aug 24, from 10 am to 2 pm, as many as 15 vendors will be showing off their crafts, food and other wares at the Stanley Bridge Centre’s only farmer’s market of the season.

Visitors will have a chance to inspect two new washrooms, a new accessible entrance, a gleaming new kitchen with brand new equipment and much, much more. And don’t forget your appetite for fresh produce and baked goods.

Previous Farmers Markets at Stanley Bridge Centre. Click any image for Lightbox viewing of full images.

The strawberries have arrived!
Photo by Jim Brown

A Thunder Bay family dropped by the Stanley Bridge Centre on July 18, 2018 looking for something fresh and delicious to munch on and they were in luck. The strawberries were in! Holding a basket of strawberries were Matilda Picard, 11, and Lila Picard, 8. They were joined by grandmother Cheryl Picard, who lives in the area.


For the birds

Tyler Bell and Fawn Maika, with the Trout River Environmental Association (TREC), were at the Stanley Bridge Centre on July 11. They brought plenty of promotional information with them about the organization’s watershed projects as well as these durable bird boxes made by TREC workers, which were available for free.

Jim Brown photo

Christmas cheer during an early July heat wave
Photo by Jim Brown

Red Isle Handcrafts of New Glasgow, one of several vendors at the Stanley Bridge Centre on July 4, had plenty of Christmas cheer on display along with a broad variety of enticing handmade items, even as sweltering temperatures outdoors had many Islanders rushing to beaches.

Painting lupins with style
Story and photos by Jim Brown

The lupins are in full bloom across PEI and they were also blooming in vases on a beautifully decorated table at the Stanley Bridge Centre on July 3.

Artist Geraldine Ijsselstein was the instructor in a 90-minute tutorial on how to paint lupins, using watercolours.

Seven participants were at the session – Pauline Pineau, Mary Gemmell, Theresa Corcoran, Diane Murphy, Angela Dingwell, Deborah Montgomery and Margaret Gladstone.
The fun, absorbing class gave everyone a deeper appreciation for landscape art and for the wonder of all of nature’s wildflowers.

Geraldine is a co-owner of White Gables at Hope River with her husband Pieter. White Gables at Hope River are the Stanley Bridge Centre’s operator this summer. They are offering a wide range of activities, organically grown food and crafts. Earlier sessions included wool spinning demonstrations.

Seven participants signed up for a lupin painting class led by artist Geraldine Ijsselstein (back, fourth from the left, behind the easel) at the Stanley Bridge Centre on July 3. All had plenty to smile about during the fun class.

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For more information on events and activities at the SBC please contact Geraldine at or call 902-621-0280.

The greens are in!

Worried it may be too early to get your fill of greens at the Stanley Bridge Centre? Don’t worry, Little Victory Microfarms of New Glasgow, one of several vendors this summer, has a broad selection of organic veggies available including Cilantro, Mesculin Mix, Bok Choy, baby beets, salad turnips, spinach and salad mixes. Eggs and home made bread are also available.

Lucky ticket wins this beautiful painting

Connie Morrison, a member of the Stanley Bridge Memorial Society’s (SBMS) board of directors, holds a beautiful painting of the Stanley Bridge wharf by acclaimed Margate artist and author Karen Slater. The SBMS is raffling off the painting, with tickets selling for $5 each or three for $10. They can be purchased on Wednesdays and Saturdays, from 9 am to 1 pm, beginning in July at the Stanley Bridge Centre. Money from the ticket sales will go towards needed renovations at the SBC.

Artist leading class to paint the Island’s colours Tuesday, July 3

Enthralled by the sight of vibrant lupins springing up from ditches and fields? Want to take brush to pallet to capture the wondrous colours of PEI’s wildflowers? Here’s your opportunity.
Why not attend a class at the Stanley Bridge Centre (SBC), in Stanley Bridge on Tuesday, July 3, 10 am to 11:30 am?
The class will be led by an artist and co-owner of White Gables at Hope River, which is operating the SBC this summer.
Artist Geraldine Ijsselstein will take budding painters through a three step process using three colours in watercolour paint. Participants will be asked to paint lupins.
The cost is $30, with all materials included.
Coffee, tea, water and juice are available for $1.50 or bring your own snack.
The class is limited to eight adults and no experience is required.
If interested, please contact the organizers at or call 902-621-0280.

You don’t want to miss these events at the Stanley Bridge Centre

Thursday, June 28, is Spinners Day, at the Stanley Bridge Centre (White Gables), starting at 10 am. Why not drop by and watch these talented artisans at work spinning wool?
Two days later, on Saturday, June 30, the Stanley Bridge Centre will host its first Island Market Day. The market runs from 9 am to 1 pm. Any one interested in participating, crafts person or food producer, is invited to contact Pieter Ijsselstein at 902-621-0280. Hope to see you there!

Stanley Bridge Centre’s summer concert series
Get ready for another rousing season of musical entertainment at the Stanley Bridge Centre! Included in this summer’s impressive lineup is a tribute to Father Bulger.

The season kicks off on June 10 with a Bill and Gertie Campbell show, followed by a Tribute to Father Bulger on June 28. On July 15 Brad Trivers drops by, joined by Fenton McSwain. On Aug 19 Larry Campbell and Roy MacCaull are teaming up for another top-tapping performance with the North Milton Band and Choir performing on Sept 23. Other performances will be announced later.

The curtain rises for all shows at 7 pm, with tickets priced at $15 each.

Stanley Bridge Centre open for business
The Stanley Bridge Centre, operated by White Gables at Hope River, opened its doors for the summer season on June 16, with pottery, paintings, weavings, potato soap and cream and various other products available. On Wednesdays and Saturdays throughout July and August Island Market Days will be held at the SBC.