Oct. 7, 2009

Week 41 Issue 14

See Photo Story - DRUM BEAT HERALDED CELEBRATION OF FIRST NATIONS

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.
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
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 evanderwouden@tcc.on.ca 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.
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 hbrock@abca.on.ca

Organizers appreciate the Friends of Hullett Marsh for the shrub material and TD Canada for their support of the shoreline cleanup.

REMEMBER ME?

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”.

you recognize this young lady, please share your knowledge by emailing The Bayfield Breeze!
If you recognize this young lady c1930, please share your knowledge by emailing The Bayfield Breeze! Click image to view larger version.

LIONS' CLUB

The quest for the heaviest Rainbow Trout will once again take centre stage on the weekend of Oct. 16-18 as part of the Bayfield Lions’ Club’s 31st Annual Rainbow Trout Derby.

Fish may be caught from the Bayfield River only from 6 a.m. on Friday to noon on Sunday. The weigh station will be set up at Rainbow Valley Campground.  

The top three prizes are: first, $800; second, $400 and third, $300. The Eric Earle Memorial will be awarded to a contestant age 15 years or under. It consists of a cash award of $100 and a plaque. The Bill Thorpe Memorial will go to a person aged from 16-18 years. It is also a $100 cash prize and a plaque.

All participants will have a chance to win a variety of other prizes graciously donated by local merchants.

Tickets for the derby are available now at the following Bayfield locations: Nip N’ Tuck, Brandon Hardware, Bayfield Convenience and Gary Brandon at Rainbow Valley Campground. They are also available at Goderich Bait and Tackle. Until Oct. 11 tickets may be purchased for $20, after that date they will cost $25.

For more information please call Lion Rusty Brandon at  519 233-3158  519 233-3158 .

TRAIL ASSOCIATION

A local art gallery and a renowned artist are offering their resources to support one of our areas greatest natural resources: the Bayfield River Valley Trail Systems.


Helen Varekamp, Bayfield River Valley Trail Association Fundraising and Membership Chair, and Dennis Pal of Marten Arts are pictured with valuable signed publishers print by Robert Bateman to be raffled off as a fundraiser for the BRVTA. (Submitted photo)

During the month of October, “Wild by Nature” an exhibition by artist, Robert Bateman, will be held at the Marten Arts Gallery on Main Street in the village.

From now until Nov. 13, raffle tickets will be sold at Marten Arts, Plover's, Outside Projects and Brandon Hardware, giving people the opportunity to win a valuable, signed publisher's proof Bateman print entitled, “First Arrival – Killdeer.” There are only 20 of these prints in existence. The proceeds from the raffle will go to the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) for trail development. Tickets are $10 each or three for $25. 

The draw will be made at the "Lighting of the Lights" ceremony in Clan Gregor Square on the Friday night of the Christmas in Bayfield weekend.

Members of the BRVTA will automatically be entered in the draw if they renew their Trail Association Membership and fill out the required forms before Oct. 31.

“The support of local businesses like Marten Arts ensures that our local trail system will grow and make Bayfield a better place to live and visit now and in the future,” said Dave Gillians, of the BRVTA.

FILM SOCIETY

The Great Debaters is the second of four films brought to the village for the fall series by The Bayfield Film Society. It will be shown at the Bayfield Town Hall on Oct. 15 at 7 p.m.

The other theatrical offerings for the season are Paschendale, Nov. 12; and Stone of Destiny, Dec. 10.

Individual show tickets may be purchased at the door for $10 each.

For ticket inquiries please contact Lynne Gillians at  519 565-5884  519 565-5884 or email lynnegillians@hotmail.com

Please note that the films on the schedule have been changed or dates adjusted from the original announcement.

BAYFIELD GUIDING

Chocolatey Mint Girl Guide Cookies have arrived in Bayfield just in time to find a place of honor on the Thanksgiving dessert table.

These cookies are now available for $4 a box from members of Bayfield Guiding or the Bayfield Village Inn.

The Centenary Celebration Calendar 1910-2010, created by members of Bayfield and Clinton Guiding, and for sale across Mid-Western Ontario, is also available.

The calendars are selling for $10 each. The sale of these calendars will help members of Guiding from across Mid-Western Ontario attend such special anniversary events as National Rally Day on May 15. Local girls hope to attend the rally closest to them, to be held at Ontario Place in Toronto.

Locally, calendars are available for sale from members of Bayfield and Clinton Guiding as well as The Village Book Shop, Bayfield Village Inn, Interior Trends and Drs. Haney and Van Maanen’s Dental Office in Clinton.

ANGLICAN CHURCH

The Anglican Church Women (ACW) will hold their annual meeting on Oct. 13. All parish women are invited to attend and help decide the group’s future directions. For a time and location for this meeting please call the church after Oct. 11.

The first Sundays at Eleven Program for the fall season is scheduled for Oct. 18. The guest speaker will be Janet Snider. Her topic will be Enlivening Canadian History.

PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

The members of Knox Presbyterian Church are currently collecting old eye glasses for distribution in such countries as Haiti, Honduras and Guatemala through Raylon Share Care Inc. Spectacles can be dropped off at Knox on Thursday mornings during October. These donations will make a tremendous difference in the quality of life for people in need.

BRIDGE CLUB

Jean Bowman and John Kuntz were the high scorers when the Wednesday Evening Bridge Club gathered to play cards on Sept. 30 at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building.

The club will meet next on Oct. 14. The cards will be dealt at 7 p.m. and new members are always welcome to join.  

EUCHRE CLUB

As the leaves turn color, thoughts return to winter pastimes. With this in mind, the Bayfield Euchre Club has now begun their fall sessions.

The club meets on alternate Wednesdays at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building at 7:30 p.m. They will meet next on Oct. 7.

New players are invited to come and join returning regulars. The cost is only $1.50 per person. For more information contact Lee at  519 565-2765  519 565-2765 in the evenings.

FITNESS AND FUN

Fitness and Fun for both the mind and body is the focus of activities being offered in the village for the more mature among us.

Several of these programs are made possible by Town and Country Support Services (TCSS), while others are simply organized by community minded individuals and groups.

The TCSS are encouraging many avenues of fitness for people to explore this fall including: Dance Fit and Toning; Sit and Get Fit – Gentle Seated Exercises; Indoor Walking; Badminton.

Women’s Dance Fit and Toning is held on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9-10 a.m. There is a pay as you go option - $3 per visit.

Sit and Get Fit – Gentle Seated Exercises will begin on Oct. 14. The classes will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays starting at 10 a.m. It is a gentle, mostly seated half hour class. The cost is $1 per class.

Indoor Walking will also begin on Oct. 14 and will take place on Mondays and Wednesdays. There is no charge to participate in this exercise which will be held from 10:15 a.m. to noon.

The above classes will be held in the Bayfield Community Centre.

Huron Centennial School in Brucefield will be the location for Badminton. There will be no charge to participate in this sport offered on Tuesdays from 7-9 p.m. starting on Oct. 13. Please call  519 565-2202  519 565-2202 for more information.

Advanced Nordic Pole Walkers will meet for a brisk hour walk on Tuesdays at 8 a.m. and Fridays at 10:30 a.m. Participants are asked to meet at 6 Main Street. 

DRUM BEAT HERALDED CELEBRATION OF FIRST NATIONS

 A large crowd gathered in Clan Gregor Square on the afternoon of Oct. 4 to watch a performance by a drumming group and dancers from Saugeen First Nation and the White Pine Dancers from Six Nations of the Grand River.
A large crowd gathered in Clan Gregor Square on the afternoon of Oct. 4 to watch a performance by a drumming group and dancers from Saugeen First Nation and the White Pine Dancers from Six Nations of the Grand River.

 

 

In addition to drumming, Perry Stevens, of Saugeen First Nation, also explained to the audience the meaning behind different dances.
In addition to drumming, Perry Stevens, of Saugeen First Nation, also explained to the audience the meaning behind different dances.

 

 

This free family event featured a special 
one hour 
“Spirit of the People” show by Shannon Thunderbird and guests.

 

Brothers Perry (left) and Scott Stevens (right), and Adam (middle) created a strong drum beat that resonated throughout the park.
Brothers Perry (left) and Scott Stevens (right), and Adam (middle) created a strong drum beat that resonated throughout the park.

Pictured here are two members of the White Pine Dancers from Six Nations of the Grand River waiting to perform
Pictured here are two members of the White Pine Dancers from Six Nations of the Grand River waiting to perform.

A very appreciative crowd gathered in Clan Gregor Square on Sunday afternoon to take part in Huron County’s second annual Celebration of First Nations.
A very appreciative crowd gathered in Clan Gregor Square on Sunday afternoon to take part in Huron County’s second annual Celebration of First Nations.

Audience member, Kerri Jerome was invited by Laureen Cote to take part in the dancing.
Audience member, Kerri Jerome was invited by Laureen Cote to take part in the dancing. 

Cole, Quinn and Maddie Jerome enjoyed watching their mother, Kerri, join in the dancing during audience participation time.
Cole, Quinn and Maddie Jerome enjoyed watching their mother, Kerri, join in the dancing during audience participation time.

Brenda Kahgee, of Saugeen First Nation, instructed Melanie Wilson, 7.5, and Helen Latimer, both of Bayfield, in the art of the dance.
Brenda Kahgee, of Saugeen First Nation, instructed Melanie Wilson, 7.5, and Helen Latimer, both of Bayfield, in the art of the dance.

A number of audience members took part in both dancing and drumming during the Celebration of First Nations. There was even a dance off!
A number of audience members took part in both dancing and drumming during the Celebration of First Nations. There was even a dance off! 

Laureen Cote from Saugeen First Nation performed a dance wearing a costume called the “jingle dress”.
Laureen Cote from Saugeen First Nation performed a dance wearing a costume called the “jingle dress”.

 

PHOTOS AND STORY BY MELODY FALCONER-POUNDER

The sound of a steady drum beat echoed across Clan Gregor Square in Bayfield on the afternoon of Oct. 4 as a crowd gathered to share in Huron County’s Celebration of First Nations.

This free family event featured a special one hour “Spirit of the People” show by Shannon Thunderbird and guests. This show featured contemporary and traditional songs, as well as stories that were both narrated and acted.

Also performing were a drumming group and dancers from Saugeen First Nation and the White Pine Dancers from Six Nations of the Grand River. The drummers and dancers also encouraged lots of audience participation making it the perfect afternoon to celebrate the culture of Canadian Aboriginals.

This was the second year for the initiative. Two other communities participated in the event.

On Oct. 3, the legendary Buffy Sainte-Marie performed a concert at the Blyth Festival Theatre. She was preceded by author Lee Maracle who read from her body of work and discussed her career as a First Nations writer and educator.

And at the Goderich Library, also on Oct. 3, graphic novelist Chad Soloman shared the stories and illustration techniques behind his successful series of graphic novels “Rabbit and Bear Paws”.

Huron County’s Celebration of First Nations was jointly produced by Heritage and Culture Partnership, Blyth Festival, Huron County Library and The Village Bookshop in Bayfield with financial assistance from Heritage Canada, Huron Economic Development Matters, and Capital Power Corporation.

 

Brennan Erb, 2.5 years, really enjoyed clapping to the drum beat. He is shown here with his mom, Shannon Brennan and his aunt, Maggie Brennan, all of Bayfield.
Brennan Erb, 2.5 years, really enjoyed clapping to the drum beat. He is shown here with his mom, Shannon Brennan and his aunt, Maggie Brennan, all of Bayfield.

Kaylyn Kewageshig, of Saugeen First Nation, displayed a dance for the crowd.
Kaylyn Kewageshig, of Saugeen First Nation, displayed a dance for the crowd.

Two young members of the Saugeen First Nation dancers, including, Tiffany Kewageshig (foreground), were delighted by the efforts of the audience who joined in the dancing.
Two young members of the Saugeen First Nation dancers, including, Tiffany Kewageshig (foreground), were delighted by the efforts of the audience who joined in the dancing.

Kerri Jerome kept the rhythm.
Kerri Jerome kept the rhythm.

 

SUBMISSIONS

 

Thanksgiving weekend offers us all a time for reflection. Many young people in our community are returning home from their first foray into post-secondary education to visit with family and attend their high school commencements.  It is a time to recognize past achievements and a time to embrace the future. Congratulations to all.

For the rest of us, years away from our own high school achievements, it is a time for family and feasts, celebrating the bounty that we are so blessed to have growing right in this backyard that we like to call Huron County. Second helping of broccoli casserole anyone? Happy Thanksgiving!

Ideas and contributions to the Bayfield Breeze are always welcome. Deadlines for submissions are Sundays at 4 p.m. Please email me at bayfield.breeze@villageofbayfield.com or call 519-565-2443. Hope to see you online soon at www.villageofbayfield.com - Melody

 

 

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Credits:

Writer, editor, photographer: Melody Falconer-Pounder

Web publisher/Graphic Designer: Dennis Pal

Advertising Sales: Mike Dixon

Logo Design: Kyle Vanderburgh, Goderich Print Shop

Special thanks to the Bayfield and Area Chamber of Commerce

Breeze Committee: Ian Matthew, Roger Lewington, Mike Dixon, John Pounder, Dennis Pal, Melody Falconer-Pounder