More Santa Claus Parade Pics

Aloha! More pics come in every day and I just want to let anyone else know who still has pics of the parade and float, not to be shy! Email them all over to us! LOL

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Santa Claus Parade a Winner Every Year

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Every year the Port Dover Board of Trade organizes the Port Dover Santa Claus Parade. Santa arrives down at the pier by tugboat, and rides in the parade in a sleigh on a float, usually drawn by horses. There is the famed Santa Moose, the United Drum and Bugle Corps, the Gentlemen of Harmony, Port Dover Scouting, Llamas!, Len’s Mill Store among others, and lots of parade walkers dressed as presents and elves. Oh, yeah and there’s us! The Dover Uke Heads. For four years in a row we have participated, singing such children’s fave’s as Jingle Bells, Here Comes Santa Claus and Rudolph. We always have a blast.

This year we have a whole lot of people to thank:

A big thank you to Ken Young for providing us with his float, and also the use of his truck to tow it.

Thanks to Mike Shebib for picking up the bench, transporting it out to Ken’s and installing it on the float, and then taking it off and returning it. Mike also drove Ken’s truck to tow us on the float during the parade. Job well done, Mike!

We also have to thank Gerrie Randall for meeting Peter and Bill down at the pier with the float at 10 a.m. and acting as the Decorating Director. She is trying to pass the torch on for next year, so please let us know if anyone reading this is willing to take a turn directing decorating next year. At any rate, thanks for all your help, Gerrie!

Thank you to the Port Dover Board of Trade for awarding us $100 Dover Dollars for Best Club in the parade! Yay!

Thanks also to Jan Overend for allowing us to use her bench on our float. It really helped a lot!

Thanks also to Ian Evans for providing chairs and cutting music blocks for us to pin songs to!

Thank you, Ron Abbey, for making “cheat sheet” stickers of the chord changes for players to put on their ukes or their pant legs.

And a big special thank you goes out to Lydia Harrison, who had the kindness of foresight to bring two big party cartons of Tim Horton’s coffee, complete with sugars, creamers, milks, cups and stir sticks. It was a bitter wind down there at a temperature of 1 degree C, and even though it was sunny, it was still cold! So a nice hot cup of coffee in our hands was much appreciated!

I really do have to thank everyone who brought their decorations for the float, and those who showed up to staple and climb up ladders. Also many people showed up to sit on the float from noon to 1 before the parade started, and this is a very important time because that is when the parade marshall puts us into the line-up and when the judges come by to judge us. The judges came by 3 separate times before awarding us a prize, and during all of that time we had to make sure our microphones and speakers were working and that everyone could hear the lead singers and Peter. We have to play our songs all during that time, too, even though we are not parading yet. And it was cold and windy, and my feet were not warm enough, and many of us had cold, stiff fingers while playing. This year we had 24 people on the float, plus Lisa and Mike in the truck.

Peter and I want to thank everyone who came out for the parade, those who helped and those who helped to make the float possible. We had a great time then and a little bit of a visit back at the Norfolk Tavern afterwards, and we are looking forward to doing to all again next year.

Enjoy the slide show.

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Songs for Santa Claus Parade Tomorrow

It’s that time of year again! Time to play Christmas songs in the Port Dover Santa Claus Parade on Saturday, November 15th!

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We have a few reminders for everyone who wants to join in on the float in the parade.

Don’t worry if you haven’t been out lately on Tuesday nights: THE MORE THE MERRIER!!!! No need to worry if you don’t have the songs, or haven’t been out to practice on Tuesday nights. They will be posted in small form at strategic spots all over the float. ( Besides, we usually head over to the Norfolk Tavern afterwards for some warm food, to warm up and have a cuppa cheer.)

Peter and I have talked over what will be involved for decorating the float tomorrow and below is a short list.
Anyone who can come out to help put up garland, etc, should try to meet us at 10 a.m. across from Willie’s on St. George St. near the pier. There is a big beach parking lot right there, they call it the Knechtel’s parking lot.
If you can’t help dec, that’s fine, just turn out with your uke any time before 12 noon. We will be getting lined up in the parade at that time and also that is when judging takes place.
Parade starts a few minutes after 1 p.m. after Santa arrives at the pier by tugboat.
*Authorities will be closing the streets after 12 noon, so you want to be in town and parked before that.
What to bring and/or suggestions:
    – DRESS WARMLY – the winds have been known to chill you to the bone in past years
    – Gloves/Mitts – those who have worn fingerless gloves in the past say they worked really well.
    – Christmassy outfits – bring Santa hats, or reindeer antlers, etc.
      – blanket to sit on
     – staple gun, staples
     – tacks, hooks, anything that might help put up bows and santa stockings
     – wiring? Anything that could help with attaching decorations and hanging the long yellow signs along the side or up above from the wood frame.
    – other tools, like pliers (for removing staples afterwards), hammers, etc.
     – any decorations you can spare
Last year we had green and red balloons, a big red wreath, some evergreen branches at the back, a lawn reindeer, wrapped packages and gift bags, lots of garland and Peter had these big red bows that he bought the year before.
Don’t worry about bringing chairs or stools.
Peter and Bill are going to borrow the bench from the Board of Trade again, and Ian is going to bring stable chairs. We don’t want to risk anyone tipping over during the route.
Our float director this year will be Gerrie. She will be able to direct you for decorating, climbing up ladders and to the public washrooms! Ha ha!
And lastly, bring some good cheer! It’s always a lot of fun doing this parade – you don’t want to miss it!


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Pictures From Jenny

Hi Gang, here are a few more good ones from the DUH Halloween party, this time from Uke Head Jenny!

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More Hallowe’en Party Photos

Aloha everyone! These were sent to me from Gerrie. You know, the Ninja Witch? Apparently Ninja Witches are quite common in this area. ;-)

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Happy Halloween Party

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We just celebrated our 4th Halloween together since starting the uke group in 2011. We had an excellent turn-out, and as usual, we had a great assortment of potluck snacks, from graveyard cupcakes to shortbread witches fingers.

Famous ghouls who made an appearance included: Joan as “the ghost of” Bob Marley, the Blues Brothers (Yvonne and Earl), Mary Poppins and the chimney sweep (Mandy and Ian), the Grim Reaper (aka Grim Ron Abbey), and Seargent Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Band leader (Peter).

We also saw a gruesome “horney” seaman, a ninja witch (yes, a “ninja witch”), a couple of ladies sporting New Orleans masks, a couple of witches, a ghost rider or bandito , and one ogre.

Thank you also to pics sent in from Gerrie and Evelyn. Enjoy the slide show!

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Family Fun Night at Norfolk General Nursing Home

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Dover Uke Heads entertained residents at the Norfolk General Nursing Home on Thursday, October 23rd as part of their Family Fun Night. What a riot! The residents dressed up and sported costumes, wigs, illuminated glasses and big happy smiles!

On Family Fun Night at the nursing home, residents’s family members come in and bring special treats (such as beer). Both Sandy and Audrey solo’d, both Rick and Ian were on U-basses, and Peter lead the group with his special blend of song introduction jokes. Peter did a song with Evelyn who sang Waltz Across Texas. A number of the residents got up and danced. They were all, including their family members, a lively bunch. The lady who heads up the entertainment told us we were different from most groups: we were a lot of fun! Peter also made a reference to Mandy actually working at NGH as the head of food services, since we were having a party you would think she could have pulled some strings to get us a tray of green jello. The patients liked that! They also liked it when Peter told them if they could bust out some Tuesday night and come on up to Grace United church and join us.

A great time was had by all, uke players and residents alike, and Peter and the group are saying this was the best outing EVER!

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The Uke Stars Came Out

The Uke Stars came out for DUH’s fall Ukulele Night start up on September 16th.

All of the ‘who’s who” of Dover Uke Heads came up the walkway by the Grace United Church on Chapman Street in Port Dover. Even though we didn’t have the red carpet out, there was definitely a feeling excitement in the air, with many Uke Stars showing off some Ukulele glamour and glitz. We also saw Uke Stars who had returned on Tuesday night for a long overdue visit, and also some who had graduated from Beginners in the spring. We had a great night and played a lot of fun songs, and everyone who came left looking forward to the next Ukulele Night. Rock On!

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Ukulele Night Returns

We are back at the Grace United Church for Tuesday, September 16th. Beginners class starts at 6 pm while the main group starts 7 p.m. til 9.

Uke Night

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July Update

Aloha Uke Heads!

A busy time of appearances in May, June,  and July has come to an end. Below is a letter of thanks from the Port Dover Yacht Club and an article from the Norfolk News.

From our new friends at the PDYC

From our new friends at the PDYC

July 10, 2014

July 10, 2014

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