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A sampling of the some of the templates created by our members for  the Christmas tree at the MMFA. Setup is scheduled for November 28. Our WASM tree along with many others from organizations all over the city will be on display from early December until January 5, 2014 following a long-standing tradition at the Museum.

We hope that you will make a special trip to visit and admire the art-work of our members during this holiday season.

Here are some of the artists who contributed:  Judith Blin, Merlyn Bobbitt, Cheryl Braganza, Carol Bulow, Diane Cannuli, Matilda Cheung, Shirley Cohen, Linda Denis, Bonnie Frankel, Sharron Gallagher, Janet Goldstein, Diane Habeeb, Ines uguarte, Mary Lennon, Ann Mallette, Catherine Maclaren, Meta MacLean, Donna McGee, Maura McKeon, Nazik Zaroukian,  Sylvia Ruby,  Joan Salter Kirton, Carol Saykaly, Pauline Shapiro, Barbara Silverman, Michel Tougas, Hohn Vasalinskas, Stan Wasilenski, Josette Wecsu, Annette Wolfstein-Joseph and Jackie Wloski.

MMFA templates 2013




Decorating the Tree at the MMFA

Decorating the Tree at the MMFA


The finished product !


November 12 – Doreen Lindsay – J’existe – my life in images

Doreen Lindsay’s talk was very well received and we had enthusiastic questions later . Many people lingered to talk to her afterwards. She was a very interesting speaker who made her career of photography sound like it was so simple. She had some stunning pictures; the one with wind blowing grass in California was particularly memorable. Her mother daughter pictures were also lovely.



West Island Sweet Adelines – October 29, 2013

On October 29, 30 singers from the West Island Sweet Adelines came out in full force to entertain us, barbershop style, with beautiful melodies and harmonies, some even arranged by their director Tracy Larder.  We learned that the “Sweet Adelines” were born in Oklahoma and branched out into Canada in the 50′s and 60′s.  They go through rigorous training, every Thursday in the West Island, and enter competitions all over the US, this year going to Honolulu in the middle of our winter!  They sang haunting renditions of La Vie en Rose, Autumn Leaves, Climb every Mountain, There goes my Heart,  etc. and even taught us “a tag”.   Their oldest singer at 82 years old had been in the choir for 35 years.  For everyone’s information, they are recruiting so check their website if you would like to join.

“It was an afternoon spent wonderfully. I had never even heard of the barbershop style of singing much less hear it in person. It was an eye opener. ”  “Took me back to lovely memories”  “Some of those songs brought tears to my eyes”  “I just opened up my heart and let them fill it”  “Why can’t I sing like that ?”   are some of the remarks from those present.

Thank you again Sweet Adelines !

After, Sanaya and Dan from Davids Teas (pictured here) were there to serve free cups of their Buddha’s Delight  Tea to everyone.

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October 8, 2013 – CULTURAL OUTING – Mount Royal Cemetery

See the blog for more photos.

From Co-ordinator Suzy Charto:

“A group of 34 women and 1 man had a wonderful tour of the Mount Royal cemetery. It was a beautiful day – the sun was shining and the leaves were colourful. Myriam Cloutier is the Director of Heritage Programs at the Mount Royal Cemetery and she  walked us up and down the mountain for 2 hours.  We learnt about artists, benefactors, the golden mile, and a lot about the history of art in Montreal. Myriam even showed us some artistic head stones.  It was a wonderful, educational day and we are grateful to Myriam for the large amount of research that she did.”

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