bayfield library turns five
PHOTOS AND STORY BY MELODY FALCONER-POUNDER
Guess who turned five on the weekend? The Bayfield Public Library that’s who!
On Saturday, current The Village Book Shop owner, Martha Beechie (third from left), was joined by Mary Brown (far left) and original owner, Mary Wolf, to make the presentation of a collection of plaques made from posters from the Bayfield Reads event and author readings that took place in the village from 2001 to 2012 all courtesy of the book shop. The collection was donated anonymously to the Huron County Library and accepted by Helen Gianoulis (far right).
Bob the Book, mascot of the Huron County Library system, was all set for some celebratory selfies!
The Friends of the Bayfield Library (FOBL) couldn’t let such a milestone occasion pass without a party! There was cake, a memory name quilt to sign and a visit from Bob the Book who posed for pictures with his fellow reading fans. Plus several members of the Bayfield Ukulele Society (BUS) set up on the library lawn to serenade visitors with some fabulous tunes!
A highlight of the day was a presentation by the trio of owners, past and present, of The Village Bookshop to the Huron County Library system. Current owner, Martha Beechie, was joined by Mary Brown and original owner, Mary Wolf, to make the presentation of a collection of plaques made from posters from the Bayfield Reads event and author readings that took place in the village from 2001 to 2012. Many of these plaques have been signed by the visiting authors. The collection was donated anonymously to the Huron County Library and are currently on display at the Bayfield Library.
FOBL member Louise Sygrove prepared a celebratory cake.
FOBL members invited everyone who visited the library on Saturday to put their name on a quilted wall hanging that will be displayed at the library. Volunteer Judith Higgs ironed on the names of several visitors as they watched.
Members of the Bayfield Ukulele Society performed at the birthday party. They set up on the library lawn to the delight of all the visitors not only to the library but to Main Street as well.
Uke Society celebrates three years of strumming along
The Bayfield Ukulele Society is now three years young! Members are looking forward to a string of engagements this summer like the one they played this past Saturday at the Bayfield Public Library. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)
The Bayfield Ukulele Society - or as they’re more commonly known: ‘BUS,’ celebrates three years of strumming this summer. What began as a handful of ukulele novices, has grown into a core group of 15-20 musicians of all levels who get together every Wednesday evening, and first and third Saturday mornings at the Bayfield library to strum, sing and laugh.
New members, or curious onlookers are always welcome. Music selections range from Beatles and other classics from the 60s, to Canadian folk tunes and pop favorites.
They recently played some medieval melodies at the Shakespeare Festival in Pioneer Park. As the group continues to evolve, members share their talents by adding percussion, harmonica, recorder and layered vocal harmonies. And the variety of ukuleles continues to grow too as members expand their instrument collections to include soprano, concert, tenor, banjo and bass ukuleles - each with their own unique sound. There are even a few authentic handmade Hawaiian ukes purchased directly on the island. The Ukulele Renaissance is in full swing here in Bayfield!
Upcoming gigs include an open jam night at The Albion Hotel tonight (June 27) beginning at 7 p.m. which the public is welcome to attend and sing along to their favorite requests. Friday June 29 BUS will busk at the Bayfield Farmers’ Market between 4-5 p.m. And small groups of ukulele players will be entertaining at three different venues on the Bayfield Garden Tour Saturday, July 7. No word as of yet if they’ll be playing "Tiptoe Through the Tulips".
more Pioneer park rummage sale drop off days added
Pioneer Park by artist Catherine Tillmann
A treasure we all share.
Preserved as a natural wonder for all, since 1947, Pioneer Park and beach has been and is a constant pleasure. It brings joy to all who live in, summer in and visit Bayfield. It holds open our access to the most beautiful sunsets in the country and stretches down to include our long natural beach for sunbathing, swimming and sailing.
Along with providing for the activities year-round, this glorious park is the reason for one of Bayfield’s most enduring and deeply anticipated community events: The Pioneer Park Rummage Sale. More than the primary fundraiser that supports the maintenance of the park, the Rummage Sale is the main kick-off community event of the summer season. This will be its 71st year.
This year the sale will be held on Friday, July 13 at the Bayfield Arena. The outdoor sales begin at 6:30 p.m. while the Zamboni doors will open to the arena promptly at 7 p.m.
Donations for the sale are piling up. Organizers are very pleased and happy to thank everyone who has visited the drop off centre to date. The Quonset Huts at the north end of the village just off Hwy 21 is the location. The upcoming drop off dates are Saturday, June 30 and July 6 plus Monday, July 2 and July 9. The open times are 10 a.m. to noon.
Please be advised that while organizers are delighted with donations, there are some items that they cannot accept. These include: appliances including microwave ovens, children’s furnishings, clothing, shoes, computers, faxes, printers, large kitchen appliances and any electricals that are not CSA approved.
Volunteers make this event run smoothly and new ones are always welcome. Please email email@example.com or text Mike Peirce at 312 618-5825. Veteran table team members are asked to contact their team captains now!
CCR Tribute Band next on Town Hall Concert schedule
Green River Revival, a Creedence Clearwater Revival tribute band, will perform at the town hall on July 12. (Submitted photo)
Green River Revival, will have the audience rocking in their seats at the Bayfield Town Hall on Thursday, July 12th! Creedence Clearwater Revival was an American rock band active in the late 1960s and early 70s and Green River Revival is North America’s most authentic sounding CCR Tribute band.
Their 2016 live CD sounds so much like Creedence Clearwater Revival that producers at the CD company thought it was the real CCR. The members of this band have played in CCR tributes across Canada, Scandinavia and the US for the past two decades and then joined together to bring audiences the ultimate Creedence Revival.
Most people don't realize just how many songs they actually know in the show that features hit after hit after hit. All of these greatest hits will come back to you during this amazing live concert.
The doors open at 7 p.m., and the concert starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $40 in advance or $45 at the door. Cash Bar.
For tickets call Mark at 519 521-2994 or Sue at 519 565-2551 or purchase them online at www.ticketscene.ca.
VHS completes project that created sixty new jobs
Virtual High School (VHS), Florida Virtual School (FLVS), and D2L have completed an 18-month course development project to write, design, and develop 36 elementary courses from Kindergarten to Grade 5. The project—which produced 34,903 pages of content—is one of the largest content development projects to take place in such a short timeframe in North America.
VHS joined forces with D2L to respond to a Request for Proposal (RFP) released by FLVS in 2016. FLVS released the RFP following a decision to build out its own elementary course content rather than leasing content from another provider. With 20 years of experience in course design and development for VHS’s own course offerings, VHS felt well-positioned for success. VHS responded to the RFP as a vendor for content development services and was ranked as the top vendor by FLVS after a rigorous review process. The announcement to award the entire project to VHS, in partnership with D2L, was posted by FLVS in August 2016.
The completion of the Elementary Course Development Project is a major milestone for VHS, D2L, and FLVS. VHS and FLVS both built large teams to write, develop and review course content in eight different subject areas (Math, Technology, Science, Physical Education, English, Spanish, Social Studies and Art). Ramping up for the project meant an increase in staffing of more than 150 percent at VHS, resulting in more than 60 new staff hires to work in Bayfield and live in the surrounding area. D2L supported VHS project management and assisted in the creation of custom interactives and graphic assets for use in the courses. The final product of this project is a suite of engaging, interactive and media-rich online courses to be used by FLVS in the United States and worldwide by any of its students or clients.
FLVS has reported that educational stakeholders are pleased with the outcome of the collaborative course development project and that students will have a positive experience in the online courses. FLVS, VHS and D2L are excited about the launch of the course suite for the 2018–2019 school year and eager for students to engage with the courses created over the past 18 months.
The Virtual High School is an online course development company based out of Bayfield that specializes in custom course development work. VHS has developed over 125 online courses ranging from Kindergarten to Grade 12, including its work with FLVS and plans to expand its course development services in the future.
VHS is also a fully online high school offering Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) credits to students worldwide. VHS was created when its founder saw a need for a different approach to education that would allow flexibility and a student-centered approach to learning. Today, VHS’s model supports learners of all types. Students are able to start any day of the year and complete courses at their own pace and on their own schedules. VHS has issued more than 50,000 OSSD credits since 2001 and expects 9,000 enrolments in 2018.
Florida Virtual School® (FLVS®) is a fully accredited, statewide public school district offering more than 150 courses to Kindergarten through Grade 12 students. Its certified teachers use a variety of personalized instructional programs to create individualized educational plans for every student. Since 1997, FLVS students have successfully completed more than 3.6 million semester enrollments. FLVS also provides its courseware and expertise to online and blended learning programs across the nation. Services include content licensing, FLVS Global School, District Virtual Schools, digital learning labs, and professional development. As a not-for-profit, FLVS reinvests revenue into the development of new educational technologies and the creation of the highest-quality courses, benefiting students in Florida and beyond. To learn more, visit www.flvs.net.
D2L believes learning is the foundation upon which all progress and achievement rests. Working closely with organizations globally, D2L has transformed the way millions of people learn online and in the classroom. Learn more about D2L for schools, higher education and businesses at www.D2L.com.
two more days
The Municipality of Bluewater has contracted Monteith & Brown Planning Consultants to conduct a feasibility study on the future uses of the Bayfield Arena and Community Centre.
Bluewater’s Manager of Facilities, Jeff Newell, worked with members of the Bayfield Facility Initiative Team and the Bayfield and Area Chamber of Commerce, as well as Mayor Tyler Hessel and Councilor John Gillespie, to set the “Terms of Reference” for the study.
“The Consulting firm will be collecting demographic data, reviewing the aging infrastructure of the Bayfield complex and gathering feedback on the recreational needs of the residents of Bayfield and surrounding area,” explained Newell.
An Open House was held in the Bayfield Commuinty Centre on June 13 and people were invited to leave comments as community consultation is an important part of the study. Bluewater residents and users of the current facility who were unable to attend the Open House are stil able to contribute their opinion on this issue via:
• An Online Community Survey will be collecting data until June 29th at www.surveymonkey.com
• Written comments may be submitted at any municipal facility, or by email to
firstname.lastname@example.org. More information on the feasibility study may be found on the municipal website at municipalityofbluewater.ca.
St. Andrew’s United Church will host their Annual Beef BBQ and Sweet Pickled Ham Dinner on July 1st starting at 4:30 p.m. at the Bayfield Community Centre.
The menu will feature the aforementioned meats plus baked potato, salads, and homemade pies.
The cost is $18 for adults in advance or $20 at the door and $8 for children aged six to 12 years. Take-outs are also available. For more information please call John at 519 565-2479 or Kevin at 519 565-4018 or Marilyn at 519 565-2716.
Knox Presbyterian Church will be the location for the ninth annual Kintail on the Road – Vacation Day Camp every Wednesday at the church during July and August.
Camp Kintail, the area Presbyterian Church camp, will offer a Christian based Day Camp from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The very capable and well-trained young adult staff of Camp Kintail will lead the children in days of games, songs and faith. The camp will be for children who have completed JK up to Grade 6. The children are welcome to attend all the sessions or just one or two.
The camp will run from July 4 until Aug. 22. The cost is $5 per child per day or $7 for two or more children. Lunch and snacks are provided.
For more information please call the church at 519 565-2913 and leave a message.
Garden Tour for Hospice
A sample of the gardens to be open for tour. (Submitted photo)
Six of Bayfield’s most outstanding gardens are being opened to tour on Saturday, July 7 in support of the Huron Residential Hospice.
Visitors can take in the gardens while enjoying local music and art displays. A wide variety of garden styles and plant products are featured on this garden tour, which also includes two bonus projects, as well as refreshments.
The tour will run rain or shine from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Tickets and maps will be available at St. Andrews United Church on Hwy 21, across from Clan Gregor Square on the day of the tour. The cost will be $15 per person. Everyone is welcome, so bring the whole family!
John and Melina Powers will be offering up some “Rockin’ Rhythms” on June 30 at the Bayfield Public Library.
The duo will share their talents for music and puppetry during an interactive musical extravaganza from 10:30 a.m. to noon.
Back by popular demand, “The Dreamboats” will be performing at the Bayfield Town Hall on Thursday, June 28. Very popular demand indeed - this concert is sold out!
Friday, June 29, is a great time to visit the Bayfield Farmers’ Market! They will be celebrating Canada Day Weekend in style with their annual Strawberry Social fundraiser.
Visitors can partake in made-on-the-spot strawberry shortcake, featuring berries and biscuits from the Bayfield Berry Farm. Thirst quenching homemade strawberry lemonade will also be available.
The cost will be $5 for a portion of Strawberry Shortcake and $3 for a glass of Strawberry Lemonade. Garden attire is encouraged.
Performances by the Bayfield Ukulele Society and Martin Gelinas. All proceeds support ongoing market operations.
The Farmers’ Market usual lineup of outstanding vendors will be on hand, offering you the best of locally produced veggies, fruit, meat, bread, granola, wine, cider, artisan crafts and so much more. Don’t forget to enter our free draw for a chance to win a market bag filled with products from our generous vendors.
The Bayfield Farmers’ Market is held every Friday until Thanksgiving, 3-7 p.m. in Clan Gregor Square. This is a Blue Market - no disposable plastics please!
July 14 is the date set for the annual Bayfield Boat Parade organized by the Bayfield and Area Chamber of Commerce.
This fourth annual event will take place starting in the Bayfield Marina. In case rain clouds dampen the first date a second date is set for July 21.
Anyone with a boat, be it a yacht or a canoe are encouraged to drape it with lights and decorations and set sail just before sunset!
Prizes will be awarded for best decorated, costumes and creativity!
Bill Whetstone, Bayfield Ward councilor for the Municipality of Bayfield, will be holding a special Councilor’s Corner this Saturday, June 30 at the Bayfield Community Centre.
“In the past I have scheduled a few Councilor’s Corners in the summer on Saturdays at the request of our extended Bayfield families, the summer cottagers. In keeping with my commitment, I have set one for 10:45 a.m. at the arena,” he said.
On the agenda for discussion will be: Bayfield Sewage Capacity, Bayfield Community Center Feasibility Study update and Heritage District concerns from residents.
The firefighters in our village will be up bright and early on July 7 to prepare for their annual Firemen’s Breakfast that will have people lining up for the 7 a.m. start of food service at the Bayfield Fire Hall.
And who wouldn’t line up for pancakes with real maple syrup, eggs, bacon, sausage, potatoes, toast and juice, plus let’s not forget the Tim Horton’s coffee, generously donated by the Tim Horton’s of Exeter.
The cost for the breakfast is adults, $8; and children, $5. The event will conclude at 11 a.m.
Youth Talent Search
If you sing, dance, play an instrument or perform in other ways, and are between the ages of six and 21 then the Rise2Fame Youth Talent Search is looking for you. It’s not too early to start practicing and perfecting your performance.
The Bayfield preliminary competition to the Western Fair Talent Search takes place on Friday, Aug. 17 at the Bayfield Community Fair, upstairs in the Bayfield Community Centre.
Junior competitions begin first at 7 p.m. with Youth competitions to follow. Check-in is at 6 p.m. This ensures that all registration documents are complete and that music can be lined up for the show. Be sure to read the rules very carefully online by visiting the website at https://www.westernfairdistrict.com/western-fair/rise-2-fame Registration must be completed online on the Western Fair site before Aug. 8.
Winners go on to perform at the Western Fair – a 37-year tradition that has touched the lives of thousands of talented youngsters from across the province. The Western Fair Rise2Fame Youth Talent Search, along with the preliminaries, has been the start to many careers in the arts and continues to encourage young people to pursue their talents, by giving them a chance to perform in front of a live audience.
Remember, Bayfield’s preliminary contest is one of the last before this year’s Western Fair. Categories of competition are (1) Vocal Solo; (2) Instrumental Solo; (3) Dance Solo; (4) Dance Group; (5) Vocal and/or Instrumental Group including bands; (6) Variety Solo and (7) Variety Group. Individuals can compete more than once in different categories.
Winners of the Bayfield preliminary Rise2Fame contest will perform again at the Western Fair on the Anne Eadie Stage during the first two weeks of September. At the Western Fair competition there are big cash prizes and trophies for final winners. The Junior Winner in 2015 at the Western Fair was a Huron County dancer and that was not the first time that Huron County kids have made it to the finals! A number of local youth who have performed in this competition in the past have gone on to careers in music and the arts.
But you can’t win if you don’t enter the preliminary in Bayfield. Rise2Fame contestants, along with one adult, get free admission to the fair. So get registered and start practicing! Then bring your dancing shoes, instrument or vocals and come showcase your talent at the Fair!
Entries for all preliminaries can be made on-line at http://www.westernfairdistrict.com/western-fair/rise-2-fame
Contact Charles Kalbfleisch at 519 565-2244 or Willi Laurie via email email@example.com or phone at 519 482-9265 for more information.
west coast astronomers
Now through July, the planets Jupiter, Saturn, and Mars make their best apparitions in many years and reveal fascinating detail through a telescope. Venus and Mercury are also visible as is Vesta, a big asteroid. The best part of the Milky Way returns with its hundreds of star clusters, nebulae, and star forming regions.
The West Coast Astronomers will aim for these and more, at their next Star Party, to be held at 9:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 12 at the Agricultural Park in Bayfield, weather and sky conditions permitting. Look for the flashing light.
Visit www.westcoastastronomers.info for more details, locations and other times. Please reserve a spot on the Star Party page, so we can communicate with you in case the conditions are unfavorable. If you have doubt on the status of the event or have questions please call Guy at 519 868-6691 before the event. Everyone is welcome to join us, with or without a telescope. There is no fee. If you are an amateur astronomer, please feel free to join in with your telescope at sundown.