HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY VALUABLE PART OF COMMUNITY LANDSCAPE
BY MELODY FALCONER-POUNDER
The Bayfield and Area Horticultural Society (BAHS) is a very valuable volunteer component in our community landscape.
The flourishing flowers in the planter boxes on Main Street in the village are just one example of the beautiful work that the volunteers with the Bayfield and Area Horticultural Society do.
They are a garden society with over 150 members under the umbrella of the Ontario Horticultural Association. For 30 years, they have been working throughout the village creating and maintaining the beautiful public gardens. Their green thumbs are evident at Clan Gregor Square, the Main Street triangle, the Library, Post Office, Bayfield Lions’ Community Building, the south entrance to the village and at the Mara Street Walkway.
In addition, the membership enjoys regular meetings which feature guest speakers who share their knowledge in all aspects of gardening from Design Elements to Viticulture. These social times are often enhanced by pot luck suppers and plant sales.
The society has many valuable volunteers who are dedicated to the organization. They provide donations of plants, materials and labor; they prune and tidy, and plant both flowers and bulbs. They provide refreshments at meetings, work at plant sales, participate at workshops and review books. They are essential ingredients in keeping the society tradition vital and strong.
Some of these volunteers also take on the positions of officers and directors who work together to provide activities and functions for the year. One such volunteer is now being sought to take the helm of the BAHS as the term of the current president has now ended and the vice-president has moved.
The president is the team leader who chairs meetings, as well as manages and directs the group; guaranteeing its continuity in the community. The officers and directors of the BAHS will be available to provide support and guidance for anyone stepping into the role.
Anyone interested in learning more about the position should contact, Marg Delaney at 519 236-7551 519 236-7551 519 236-7551 519 236-7551 .
The BAHS will host their annual Fall Pot Luck on Oct. 19. The event for society members and invited guests will be held at St. Andrew’s United Church starting at 6:30 p.m. Those who attend should bring a dish to share plus their own cutlery and plates. Following the meal, Shannon Ryan from The Garden Gate Gifts and Florals of Grand Bend will by the guest speaker. Her topic will be Trends in Floral Design.
Nov. 16 is the date set for the BAHS Annual General Meeting. It will be held at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building starting at 7:30 p.m. The guest speakers will be Leigh and Jerry Selk who will share their knowledge of Viticulture.
IT'S WREATH MAKING SEASON FOR AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY MEMBERS
The members of the Bayfield Agricultural Society are preparing for their annual fundraiser: the making of wreaths for the Christmas season.
Anyone who might have greens including, cedar, pine and juniper that they would like to donate for wreath making material would be welcome to do so.
The wreaths created by the members of the Bayfield Agricultural Society for their annual fundraiser can last the whole winter long
“We always have a good time, there is lots of food in the form of pot-luck lunches and it has been known to be warm enough in the greenhouses that participants can wear shorts.”
The wreaths are hand made from at least four different greens collected and donated from the surrounding area. These wreaths are made by society volunteers, and anyone else who would like to join in, during the weeks leading up to, and after (depending on orders), Christmas in Bayfield. Tails or swags are also made. The wreath making sessions will take place at Te-Em Farms.
“We always have a good time, there is lots of food in the form of pot-luck lunches and it has been known to be warm enough in the greenhouses that participants can wear shorts,” said Emma VanderWouden of Te-Em Farms and society secretary.
Wreaths and tails include red bows. Extra bows are available for $3 each. The wreaths sell for: regular size, approx. 18 inches wide, $25; large size, up to 24 inches wide, $35; tails or swags starting at 24”, $20 and up. Custom sizes can also be created and are priced accordingly.
Anyone wishing to donate greens, volunteer to help or place an order should contact VanderWouden by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 519 482-3020 519 482-3020 519 482-3020 . Wreaths will also be for sale in front of St. Andrew’s United Church during the Christmas in Bayfield Weekend.
OPPORTUNITY TO JUMP, JIVE AND SWING AS BIG BAND VISITS HALL
The Bayfield Town Hall will once again welcome to its stage The Festival City Big Band on Nov. 7.
“We, in Bayfield, are very fortunate that this superb band comes to our hall annually,” said Pat Langley, for The Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society. “Come on out to the hall - jump and jive, swing and sway and cut a rug - or just enjoy listening to the band and watching talented dancers from our area.”
Based in Stratford, this 17 piece band is directed by Laurence Gauci. The band has been entertaining audiences since 1995. They perform a wide range of music including, swing-era standards, contemporary jazz and Latin. The band has released two CD’s showcasing their talents. They are entitled, “For the Love of It” and “Easy to Love”.
The vocal stylings of Cathy Whalen and Chris Adair enhance the group's sound.
The Festival City Big Band will provide dancing from 9 p.m. to midnight on Nov. 7. A light lunch will be served at this licensed event.
Tickets are available now by calling Charles Kalbfleisch at 519 565-2244 519 565-2244 519 565-2244 519 565-2244 or Pat Langley at 519 565-2894 519 565-2894 519 565-2894 519 565-2894 . Tickets are also available at Ernie King Music and The Casablanca Ballroom and Dance Studio, both in Goderich.
The Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society appreciates the generous sponsorship of this event by OLG.
VOLUNTEERS INSTRUMENTAL IN CLEANING UP AND PROTECTING CREEKS
Rainy weather didn’t dampen the spirits of more than 30 people who were active cleaning up and protecting local creeks on Oct. 3.
Goderich Scouts, with help from the Bayfield Anglers, were building up the shores of Gully Creek at Porter’s Hill Line between Goderich and Bayfield. And at another creek, near the Lane of Pines subdivision, volunteers participated in the TD Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup.
Heavy rains in December 2008 and February 2009 had caused extensive stream bank erosion in Gully Creek. The Scouts and anglers used shrub cuttings to help protect the banks. These volunteers also learned the importance of holding water further upstream to reduce stream bank erosion downstream.
Goderich Scouts, with help from the Bayfield Anglers, were building up the shores of Gully Creek at Porter’s Hill Line between Goderich and Bayfield on Saturday.
Sixteen bags of garbage were pulled from the creek near Lane of Pines. Ten volunteers joined nearly 57,000 fellow Canadians that have been cleaning up their local shorelines during September as part of the TD Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup.
Both the shoreline clean-up and the stream bank restoration are projects that have been initiated by the Bayfield North Watershed Planning Committee.
For more information about the Bayfield North Watershed Plan or about what you can do to help protect and improve your local creek, please contact Hope Brock, at the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA), toll-free at 1-888-286-2610 1-888-286-2610 1-888-286-2610 or e-mail email@example.com
Organizers appreciate the Friends of Hullett Marsh for the shrub material and TD Canada for their support of the shoreline cleanup.
The Bayfield Breeze is pleased to announce the start of a regular feature entitled, REMEMBER ME?
There are countless photographs of people in the Bayfield Historical Society’s Archives collection, but sadly in a number of cases their names were never recorded. In this section, we will routinely showcase an image with the hopes that one of our subscribers might be able to identify the individual(s) in the photo. Please email your information to the Editor’s attention at the address listed near the bottom of the page in “Submissions”.
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