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Dancing Queen for Hospice PEI

Join Playing with Choir at Memorial Hall on September 21 from 6–9:30 pm for a fundraiser for Hospi [ ... ]

Speak–Easy Toastmasters

Speak–Easy Toastmasters meet the first and third Wednesday of the month from 6:00–8:15 pm a [ ... ]

Sociable Singles

by H. Shirley Horne

Sociable Singles members Jean Kowalski and Geoff Irvine at Dooley's on pool night.The Sociable Singles, a non-denominational, non-profit social group, has been providing the widowed, divorced, separated and unmarried with an opportunity to socialize since its formation in 2000. The group, which has grown from 15 to 83 members, includes people in their 40s to those in their 70s.

Social activities are planned on the first Saturday of each month when the group meets at 7:30 pm in the Community Room of the Atlantic Superstore on Belvedere Avenue. Activities decided upon are recorded and later compiled into a newsletter which is sent to all members either by mail or email. Each activity listed has a contact name and number so members can call if they plan to take part in a particular activity. All singles are welcome to attend the planning meetings. New ideas are welcomed. Annual membership fee in the Sociable Singles is $15, mainly to cover the cost of the newsletter.

Many activities are offered—dancing, pool, mini golf, bowling, skating, barbecues, potlucks—and some members had a good time last winter getting together to play cards and going to hockey games. Obviously all of the Sociable Singles more than 80 members do not choose to participate in every activity. There are groups within the group that like to play pool and dance. These being the most popular activities, often 20 or 30 people will turn up. "I can't play pool but I love to go for the sociability," says member, Reg Gay. "But it's amazing how some have improved." And there are smaller groups who like to bowl, skate or play mini-golf. Others get together for theatrical productions, movies and restaurant meals. As another member, Edith Creighan, says, "It's much more fun than going out by yourself."

The Sociable Singles have been talking about having a singles dance for some time. It's finally going to happen on September 13. Singles 40 and over, are welcome to the group's first dance party which will take place in the Canada Room at the Charlottetown Legion. Dino Dunsford's popular band will provide a variety of dance music and there'll be mixer dances like Paul Jones to make sure everyone has a great time.

Memorable Songs


Review by H. Shirley Horne

Meet the Praise Team of Hampton Wesleyan ChurchThe 15 member Praise Team of the Hampton Wesleyan Church is a joy to behold. Their rousing gospel songs are reminiscent of the spirituals of the deep south and almost make you want to join in and dance with joy. Perhaps it's a result of the soul searching they do in preparation. They strive to understand the meaning behind their songs and why they sing them. They sing from the heart.

The praise team doesn't think of itself as mainly "an up-front group." Explains Pastor Dwight Ingersoll, "We're just as happy singing in the congregation as with the team. In fact only half of the team sings as a choir each Sunday." He thinks that "as soon as you start performing (exclusively) you tend to forget we're all one family. We're worshiping God." Says Pastor Ingersoll, "There's a genuine family atmosphere in our church. We care for one another."

But what's really surprising is that this large talented group was recruited from Hampton Wesleyan Church with its tiny congregation of 75. Included are instrumentalists as well: Pastor Dwight Ingersoll beating on his Djembe (African drum) and his wife Shelley having a wonderful time on keyboard. (She has a rather extensive musical background and has begun writing some of their songs); Cora Gilroy and Emily Inman on flute, Ruth Boulter on saxophone, Janet Lake on guitar, Ben Boulter on bass guitar and Nathan Visser on drums. All singers use professional microphones so you never miss a word.

Pastor Ingersoll says, "Though our music has a Celtic influence-some Irish and UK-I would say the style of music that I came with would probably be southern gospel." The praise team has a repertoire of about 300 songs. Members often contribute songs and ideas. Several, though not all, have sung in choirs previously and are from varied backgrounds: there's a truck driver, a beef farmer, and several office workers. So far their voices ring out mainly in unison. They may try some harmonizing soon. Meanwhile rehearsals on Monday nights and before church services on Sunday are rarely missed.

How about adding the rousing strains of a fiddle? "We d love to have a fiddle," they all chorus.

Pastor Ingersoll, a preacher's son from Lunenburg, NS, his wife Shelley from Fredericton, NB, and their two sons, have lived in Crapaud since they came to PEI three years ago. They say, "We love it here. This church seems the right place for us to be."

Next summer the Hampton Wesleyan Church Praise Team plans to take their songs of praise outdoors into the churchyard.

Praise and Joy

by H. Shirley Horne

Meet the Praise Team of Hampton Wesleyan Church

The 15 member Praise Team of the Hampton Wesleyan Church is a joy to behold. Their rousing gospel songs are reminiscent of the spirituals of the deep south and almost make you want to join in and dance with joy. Perhaps it's a result of the soul searching they do in preparation. They strive to understand the meaning behind their songs and why they sing them. They sing from the heart.

The praise team doesn't think of itself as mainly "an up-front group." Explains Pastor Dwight Ingersoll, "We're just as happy singing in the congregation as with the team. In fact only half of the team sings as a choir each Sunday." He thinks that "as soon as you start performing (exclusively) you tend to forget we're all one family. We're worshiping God." Says Pastor Ingersoll, "There's a genuine family atmosphere in our church. We care for one another."

But what's really surprising is that this large talented group was recruited from Hampton Wesleyan Church with its tiny congregation of 75. Included are instrumentalists as well: Pastor Dwight Ingersoll beating on his Djembe (African drum) and his wife Shelley having a wonderful time on keyboard. (She has a rather extensive musical background and has begun writing some of their songs); Cora Gilroy and Emily Inman on flute, Ruth Boulter on saxophone, Janet Lake on guitar, Ben Boulter on bass guitar and Nathan Visser on drums. All singers use professional microphones so you never miss a word.

Pastor Ingersoll says, "Though our music has a Celtic influence-some Irish and UK-I would say the style of music that I came with would probably be southern gospel." The praise team has a repertoire of about 300 songs. Members often contribute songs and ideas. Several, though not all, have sung in choirs previously and are from varied backgrounds: there's a truck driver, a beef farmer, and several office workers. So far their voices ring out mainly in unison. They may try some harmonizing soon. Meanwhile rehearsals on Monday nights and before church services on Sunday are rarely missed.

How about adding the rousing strains of a fiddle? "We d love to have a fiddle," they all chorus.

Pastor Ingersoll, a preacher's son from Lunenburg, NS, his wife Shelley from Fredericton, NB, and their two sons, have lived in Crapaud since they came to PEI three years ago. They say, "We love it here. This church seems the right place for us to be."

Next summer the Hampton Wesleyan Church Praise Team plans to take their songs of praise outdoors into the churchyard.

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Some Upcoming Events

9th Grand Ruisseau Song Festival

September 28–30
Mont-Carmel Parish Hall The Coopérative de développement culturel et patrimonial [ ... ]

DMayne Event returns

With guests Jerry–Faye, Jamie Comeau and the Crooked Teeth, and Math Class October 12 at Spo [ ... ]

The Children Act

September 27–October 4
City Cinema PG, language warning
Dir: Richard Eyre, UK, 105 min. Emma Thomps [ ... ]

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Charlottetown’s Historic Squares exhibit...

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