The 20th and final summer golf and curling classic, the Summer Spud, is being hosted at the Crapaud Curling Club this weekend.

It got underway Aug. 6. The number of teams participating has increased from 56 to 60 for the final year, with 40 of the teams coming from off-Island. They are mainly from the other three Atlantic provinces, but there are also teams from Quebec, Ontario, New York, Massachusetts and Illinois.
The Summer Spud includes separate curling and golf tournaments, although curling has been the main event.
The Texas scramble golf tournament is held at two separate golf courses:?the Rustico Golf and  Country Club and the Clyde River Golf Course. Play began at both courses on Aug. 6. Golf teams that consist of three members of the curling team compete for the Jim Fletcher Memorial Trophy. The golf awards were presented at the Charlottetown Curling Club Thursday evening.
The main event, the three-day curling bonspiel, began Friday morning and is continuing throughout the weekend with the championship game at 3:30 p.m. on Aug. 9. Each team’s first game was four ends only, with the remaining games all six ends. Each team is guaranteed a minimum of three games, with 24 teams receiving prizes. The winner and runner-up teams also receive unique Island-crafted trophies.
The team of Bill Hope, Sandy Hope, Tom Allore and Maureen Allore is returning to defend its curling championship from 2008.
The curse of the former champions continues as no team in the history of the Summer Spud has ever won the tournament a second time.
Karaoke night, now in its 10th year, remains as competitive as the golf and curling. This popular social event for curlers and their guests took place on Friday night at the Crapaud Curling Club. Teams are encouraged to participate in the fun as a good performance at the mike might make up for a bad performance on the ice.
Foe the sixth year running, Jerry McCarty and Steve Smith of Yonkers, N.Y., were to host a pool party at the Rodd Confederation Inn following the golf tournament on Thursday.
For the fourth year in a row, Eric Murray Memorial Volunteer Recognition Awards will be handed out by the Summer Spud committee to deserving, long-standing volunteers of the event this evening at the curling club. Throughout the weekend, teams are treated to a welcoming barbecue/golf awards night Thursday evening at the Charlottetown Curling Club, a beef on a bun supper Friday evening, a steak or lobster dinner Saturday evening, musical entertainment Friday afternoon, Saturday afternoon and Saturday night and Peter McCrady’s famous mussels on Sunday afternoon.
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The organizers of the Summer Spud recognize the value of the many volunteers, the members of the Crapaud Curling Club, the major sponsors (Mark’s Work Wearhouse and Moosehead Breweries) and all other Summer Spud sponsors without whom the event would not be possible.
Other upcoming events in the area include the Victoria Farmers’ Market, which is open every Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., weather permitting, by the lighthouse in Victoria, featuring organic produce and local crafts. Craftpersons wanting to set up can contact Connie at 566-2249.
A reminder of the annual MacPhail gathering, beginning today with the MacPhail race at the CDPEC starting at 7 p.m. On Sunday, Aug. 9, a church service and picnic will be held at the Elliot River school. Registration begins at 2 p.m. Please bring a picnic lunch to share. All are welcome. Contact Scott MacPhail at 659-2736.
The annual Westmoreland Baptist Cemetery service will be held outside on Sunday, Aug. 9, at 2 p.m. People are asked to bring chairs. Call 658-2822 or 658-2889 for more information.
The first concert of the Gather by the River series will be held at the Bonshaw Hall on Aug. 9, 2-4 p.m. Guests include Ellen Blair and Ben Gallant. The host is Scott Parsons.
The country gospel group, Dino Dunsford and the Harmonies, continues its concert series on Aug. 11 at the Crapaud Hall, 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for seniors and students. Advance tickets are available at Harvey’s store, 658-2776, and the South Shore Pharmacy, 658-2212, in Crapaud. This is the second last concert in the summer concert series. There will be a strawberry and ice cream social at the Long Creek Hall on Aug. 12, 6-8 p.m. There will be a pork chop barbecue dinner at the South Shore United Church, #85, Route 10, Tryon on Saturday, Aug. 22, serving 4-6:30 p.m. The dinner includes a barbecued pork chop, potatoes, vegetables, coleslaw, roll, dessert and hot and cold beverages. For tickets, call Marjorie at 855-2732, Ruth at 658-2148 or Jack at 658-2009.
The Tryon Baptist Church will be having a vacation Bible school for all children five to 12 years old. The theme is Kingdom of the Son, a prayer safari. The program will include skits, stories, crafts and snacks. Call 658-2822 for information and pre-registration.
There will be a watercolour workshop, Aug. 22, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., at #1433, Route 245 in Kellys Cross. The cost of  $70 includes painting supplies and a taste of lavender. It will be given by artist Kate Furler, who has lived and painted in Ireland for 10 years, and is currently teaching on Cape Cod.
For further information contact www fivesistersoflavender.
com or call 658-2203.
There will be a memorial service for the Clyde River Baptist Cemetery at the Clyde River Baptist church on Aug. 23, 2 p.m. An offering will be taken for the upkeep of the cemetery.
The winners of the recent Crapaud Exhibition parade include the following: best commercial – Borden Credit Union; best children’s – Merry Pop-Ins school; most humorous – Shaw’s JVI; best animal – pair of oxen; best theme – South Shore Computing; best overall – Shaw’s JVI.
The winners of Rising Stars Competition at the Crapaud Exhibition were grand star –  Kennedy Leard; 1st star – Meagan Ellands, 2nd star – Mikaella Taylor, 3rd stars – Bethany Pineau and Libby Smith.
The winners of the blueberry competition at the exhibition were: 1. Barbara Mayhew, 2. Catherine Ferguson, 3. Connie McCardle.
The South Shore Chamber of Commerce has received confirmation that members will have an opportunity to carry the Canada Games torch because of their involvement and interest shown for the Games. This will take place on Aug. 12, 1-3 p.m., beginning at the Desable Motel for a 12-km stretch. A call has gone out to the members for volunteers. The chamber hopes to see people come out along the route on the Trans-Canada Highway, which will be marked with flags, to show their support for the Games.
To contact Marion MacDonald regarding upcoming events or column suggestions for Crapaud Tidings, write P.O. Box 115, Crapaud, COA 1J0, or call her at 658-2028 or e-mail  Material for her column must be submitted by Monday at noon of the week prior to publication.
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