Hockey Day in Canada comes to Crapaud

Marion MacDonald
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Scotia Bank Hockey Day in Crapaud began at the South Shore Actiplex early on Wednesday morning, Feb. 8, with a crowd of over 200 gathering to see the famous Stanley Cup.

On Thursday, Feb. 9, Englewood School, which was the place for everything hockey that week, staff and students spent the week colouring, making banners and displays and even singing as they prepared for a great assembly honouring Hockey Day in Canada.

There were hockey jerseys everywhere as each person sported and supported his/her favourite team as they waited to be visited by Hockey Hall of Fame inductee Bryan Trottier, former Maple Leaf general manager Gord Stellick and former NHL player Mark Napier

The staff and students were treated to some fantastic stories as both Trottier and Napier shared some highlights of their careers.

Jill MacCormack played host to a game of friendly feud where some Englewood students were separated into two teams, team Trottier and team Napier. There was also a question-and-answer session where both NHL guests answered questions posed by some of the students.

The assembly ended with the entire population singing Stomping Tom's The Good Old Hockey Game.

Upcoming events in the area include a pancake breakfast and flea market today, 8-11 a.m., at Englewood School in Crapaud put on by the Grade 9 students This event will be in support of the end-of-the-year Grade 9 trip. All donations will be gratefully accepted for the breakfast. Come out and get a bargain and at the same time enjoy a delicious breakfast.

Kelly's Cross ceilidh is set for Sunday, Feb. 19, 7 p.m. This month's ceilidh promises another great lineup of guest entertainers as well as all the regulars and the centre house band that consists of Gordie Myers, Florence Larkin, Elmer Doiron, Mildred Dover, David Moore, Joe Penny and Ralph McQuaid.

Fiddler Buddy Longaphie will join the house band to open the show and provide backup for guest dancers Shelby Lynne and Alanna Lee Dalziel. Regulars Theresa Hudson, Gerald Tierney and Pat Molyneaux will be here again for this show. Other guests include Mary Smith and Mary Cousins, who will supply some fast fiddle tunes and offer backup for the Dalziel sisters' second performance. Popular country singers Peggy Dollar and Fraser Squires will be joined by members of the house band for some great songs.

The guest band for this ceilidh will be the Wheatley River Band. This group plays and sings some great bluegrass with country flavoured songs and music.

Admission is $5, which includes muffins, tea and coffee. There will also be a 50/50 draw. The centre is wheelchair accessible. Doors open at 6 p.m. Come join in the fun and great entertainment

A supper of pancakes, sausages and muffins will be served at St. John's Anglican Church in Crapaud on Monday, Feb. 20, 4:30-6:30 p.m. Admission is a donation at the door. The snow date is Feb. 21.

The Westmoreland River Watershed Group is hosting a public meeting on Thursday, Feb. 23, 7-9 p.m., at the Crapaud Community Hall. Residents are encouraged to attend to discuss issues and concerns within the watershed. Guest speaker will be Sean Ledgerwood, watershed specialist with the P.E.I. Department of Environment, Labour and Justice. All are welcome to attend; refreshments will be served. For further information, contact Kelley Arnold at 628-7522 or at

The Sky Family will present Celtic Revival, The Gospel in Blazing Irish Dance and Fiddles, at the Crapaud Community Hall, Saturday, Feb. 25, starting at 7 p.m. The snow date is Feb. 26.

The production consists of Irish dance combined with rollicking fiddle music and songs rich in harmonies, woven throughout with hilarious stories and inspirational testimonies. It is great fun for the whole family. Little ones to grandparents and all ages in between are equally engaged in the high-stepping dance and humorous antics. A suggested donation at the door is adults, $10, children, $5.

Those who have questions about the changes to the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) retirement benefit and post retirement benefit are invited to come to the Crapaud Community Hall on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 7:30 p.m.

Monique from Service Canada will be here to provide information on these changes. The event is sponsored by the South Shore Chamber of Commerce.

The Lenten Luncheon Series at South Shore United, #85 Route 10 at Tryon is set to get underway. Come share a bowl of soup, biscuit and a sweet in the fellowship of a meal together. Various leaders from the ecumenical community will take turns in a 20-minute worship time. Lunch begins at noon, with a suggested donation of $5, and will be held on five successive Wednesdays from Feb. 29 through to March 28.

To contact Marion MacDonald regarding upcoming events or column suggestions for Crapaud Tidings, write P.O. Box 115, Crapaud, COA 1J0, call her at 658-2028 or email Material for her column must be submitted by Monday at noon of the week prior to publication.


Organizations: Englewood School, NHL, Scotia Bank Hockey Hall of Fame Crapaud Community Hall Wheatley River Band Anglican Church Westmoreland River Watershed Group PEI Department Service Canada South Shore Chamber of Commerce.The Lenten Luncheon Series

Geographic location: Crapaud, Canada, Maple Leaf Englewood St. John's

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