ENTRANCE IMPROVEMENTS TO HALL TO FEATURE ENGRAVED PAVESTONES
BY MELODY FALCONER-POUNDER
It has been 20 years since a committee was formed to save the Bayfield Town Hall from demolition. Since that time a number of fundraising efforts have been held in an effort to preserve it and make it a vital part of the community social scene.
The Bayfield Town Hall as painted by Josh McClinchey
Now The Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society is looking to improve the entrance to the building to make it more visibly appealing for weddings, festivals, concerts and business meetings.
The latest fundraiser will be the sale of commemorative bricks to be installed in the front walk, at the hall entrance and a new walk leading to the property’s “great lawn”.
The paving stones can be engraved to showcase a family name, honor loved ones or celebrate a special occasion such as a wedding or an anniversary. They could even make a unique family Christmas gift.
A sketch of plans for improvements to entrance of Bayfield Town Hall.
According to the fundraising brochure, “These stones will be placed along the walkway so that generations to come will enjoy this wonderful legacy left in honor of the revitalization of the town hall.”
There are three stone styles to purchase: a large stone, 8X12, with one line of engraving up to 12 characters, $250; a medium stone, 8X8, with one line of engraving up to 12 characters, $100; and a place holder, 4X8, no engraving, $50. Tax receipts will be provided. Cheques can be made payable to The Bayfield Town Hall and mailed to PO Box 2078, Bayfield ON, N0M 1G0.
Organizations, school classes, businesses and corporations are encouraged to be part of this worthwhile community project.
The society hopes to have the brickwork installed in the spring of next year.
MERCHANTS INVITED TO DECORATE
With less than two weeks remaining before the Christmas season begins in Bayfield – businesses and restaurants are being invited to take part in a decorating contest depicting the theme: The 12 Days of Christmas.
Upside down Christmas Tree at Marten Arts Gallery courtyard in 2006 (photo by Dennis Pal)
The judging criteria for the contest, sponsored by the Bayfield and Area Chamber of Commerce includes, the general effect of the presentation; the craftsmanship involved in the exterior decorations including, effective use of colors and materials used; how the theme is adapted and illustrated; and originality.
Each of the four judging categories, general effect in presentation, workmanship, theme and originality will be allotted five points and the winner will be based on the amount of points added from each category to a total of 20 points.
Then the village will be decked out in holiday splendor for the tree lighting ceremony which will be held in Clan Gregor Square at 7 p.m. on Nov. 13. The jolly old elf, himself will make his first appearance in the village for 2009 and the Hullett Public School Choristers will add to the flavor of the evening by serenading the crowd with Christmas carols. To cap things off festive treats will be served on Main Street.
The following morning at 11 a.m. the Santa Claus Parade will make its way along Main Street complete with pipe bands, floats, horses and the Shriner’s mini cars.
Then on Sunday, Nov. 15, the Main Street shopping experience will be enhanced by some festive music.
The Christmas in Bayfield Weekend is only just the beginning as The 12 Days of Christmas will continue on Main Street with special shopping events from Nov. 21 to Dec. 13.
SEASON OF GIVING NOW UNDERWAY
Operation Christmas Child is a tradition at Trinity Anglican Church and the latest campaign commenced on Oct. 25.
Participants are asked to take a box and fill it with gifts and necessities for either a boy or girl in one of three age categories: 2-4, 5-9 or 10-14. Instructions are provided as to what will and won’t be accepted in the box; a well-balanced selection of such items as, school supplies, hygiene items, small gifts and toys are acceptable. A donation of $7 per box is also appreciated as this helps with shipping costs.
This year boxes from Trinity and churches throughout Southwestern Ontario will go to Argentina, Equatorial Guinea, Guinea Bissua, Haiti, Cote d’Ivoire, Nicaragua, Senegal, Sierre Leone and Uruguay.
Filled boxes should be returned to Trinity on or before Nov. 15 as they will be blessed at the church service that morning. The congregation hopes to fill 100 shoeboxes as part of this Samaritan’s Purse project.
Trinity will also be helping those in need on a local level as well. Gifts of food, toys and clothing will be collected for the Huron County Christmas Bureau on White Gift Sunday, Nov. 29. In addition, there will also be a Children’s Clothing Tree set up in the parish hall on which people can attach mitts, hats, scarves and pajamas, all of which will be donated to the bureau.
The next Men’s Breakfast has been schedule for Nov. 14 at 8:30 a.m. at the church.
Looking ahead, the next Sundays at Eleven Program will be held in the parish hall on Nov. 29. A representative from Rural Response for Healthy Children will speak about the community action program they offer for youngsters in our area.
Lighten the Load for a Loonie-a-day is an initiative of Trinity’s Fundraising Committee. The congregation is encouraged to pick up a little paper bag from the basket in the parish hall and place a loonie in it each day until the return date of Dec. 6. This project was run successfully last year and it is hoped that this season’s venture will be just as lucrative in assisting with the parish finances.
HARVEST DINNER SERVED SATURDAY
The membership of St. Andrew’s United Church invites all in the community to celebrate the bounty of the season with them on Nov. 7. St. Andrew’s will be holding their annual Harvest Dinner at the Bayfield Community Centre starting at 4:30 p.m.
Tickets are available now for $13, adults; and $6 for children, aged six to 10 years. Please phone 519 565-2479 for tickets.
The St. Andrew’s United Church Women will hold their annual Christmas Holly Bazaar on the Christmas in Bayfield Weekend.
The event will be held at St. Andrew’s on Nov. 13 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Nov. 14 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Organizers report that there will be a wonderful selection of items available made and donated by the talented members of the Bayfield Sunshine Coast Quilters Guild. Items include dolls, pillows, table runners, scarves, quilts, and bags – certainly something for all on your shopping list.
It’s the time of year when local choirs dust off their Christmas carol books to prepare for the festive season.The choir at St. Andrew’s is now holding holiday practices for their Christmas Carol Service on Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. It is not too late to join the choir for the special candlelight service performance to be held on Dec. 13 at 7:30 p.m.
St. Andrew’s will host their annual Hanging of the Greens party on Dec. 5 starting at 4:30 p.m. At this event the 3Ms Group presides over the decorating of the church for the Christmas season. A potluck supper and sing-a-long of Christmas carols follows the decking of the halls.
White Gift Sunday will be held on Dec. 6 at St. Andrew’s. Financial gifts will be shared with the Bluewater Centre for Youth and the Huron County Christmas Bureau. Gifts may be brought in suitable bags but should be unwrapped.
REMEMBRANCE DAY SERVICES
On the morning of Nov. 8, all in the community are invited to gather at the cenotaph in Clan Gregor Square and take a moment to remember.
Bayfield’s Remembrance Day services are held on the Sunday prior to Nov. 11, when musicians and clergy can avail themselves to the smaller centers.
Local dignitaries, representatives from the Clinton Legion and members of Bayfield Guiding and Zurich Scouting will parade up to the square from the top of Main Street just prior to 11 a.m. for the service in the square.
Following the outdoor service, the parade participants will make their way to St. Andrew’s United Church to take part in the church service to be held there.
There are countless photographs of people in the Bayfield Historical Society’s Archives collection, but sadly their names were never recorded. In this section we will 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”.
In this week’s “REMEMBER ME?” we have a photo taken in front of Edwards Dry Good Store in the early 1900s. Some may by more familiar with the building as it stands now – The Black Dog Village Pub and Bistro. This photo will grace the cover of the soon-to-be published walking tour of Bayfield. Village Archivist, Ralph Laviolette reports that lots of folk ask if these men were residents or summer visitors. Anyone remember them?
Close up of men seen in front of Edwards Cash Store. Click image to see larger version pop-up.