excitement builds as family day approaches
BY MELODY FALCONER-POUNDER
Family Day Weekend in Bayfield is going to the dogs and the excitement is building.
Weekend events from Feb. 18-20 are centered on Danny the Dog and his adventures. But just who is Danny anyway? Many people will know him as the “canine-in-residence” at the Black Dog Village Pub and Bistro on Main Street. He can often be spotted napping out front of the establishment or going for strolls in Clan Gregor Square. He has been gracious enough to lend his likeness to represent this weekend of fun for the whole family.
Those who visit the village over the course of the three days will be able to pick up a passport to Bayfield between 3-5 p.m. each day at the Little Inn. Then they can help Danny get this passport stamped around the village.
The more scheduled events will begin Saturday at 2 p.m. when the talented John Powers will put on a show incorporating puppets and music to the delight of all ages. The show will take place in the Little Inn Guest Cottage. Tickets will be available soon at www.ticketscene.ca.
Then a good friend of Danny’s will be on hand at The Village Bookshop to read an adventure with his many fans. Yes, Clifford the Big Red Dog is coming to town. He will read a story at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday and then again on Sunday.
From 4-7 p.m. on Saturday folks are invited back to the Little Inn Guest Cottage to craft their very own lantern to be used on an illumination walk down Main Street starting at 7 p.m. Those who wish to take part in the walk should gather at the Little Inn Guest Cottage and dress for the weather. Main Street Optometric and the Little Inn of Bayfield are the sponsors of this walk.
On Sunday afternoon people are encouraged to lace up their ice skates and head to the Bayfield Arena for a turn or two around the ice surface. The arena is open from 1-3 p.m. and there is no admission fee.
Starting at 1:30 p.m. in Clan Gregor Square there will be a Snow Sculpture Competition. Edward Jones is the sponsor of this event.
If skating and sculpting makes participants a little chilly they can wander over to the Bayfield Town Hall for some comfort food to warm them.
Now in its second year, “Soup’s On, Bayfield” is a fundraising event for the Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society. Those who attend can sample favorite soups prepared by local restaurants, church and community groups.
The tasting will be held from 2-4 p.m. Tickets for this event will be available at the door; participants can sample four soups for $5. Those who attend can vote for their favorite soup as part of the People’s Choice Award, in addition, the soups will be judged by Bayfield Chef Richard Fitoussi.
Monday afternoon, families are invited to return to the town hall for a family friendly movie and some popcorn. The film will begin at 2 p.m. The Optimist Club of Bayfield is sponsoring this free event.
Families are encouraged to stick around after the movie because from 3:30-5 p.m. children will get to learn the art of baking and decorating with Barb the Baker.
In addition to these fun family events, local restaurants, spas and shops are offering special menus, packages and opportunities for families to indulge and have fun. Plus more activities may be added to the schedule as Family Day Weekend approaches so please visit www.villageofbayfield.com or www.my-bayfield.com to keep up-to-date.
New agricultural society secretary introduced
The Bayfield Agricultural Society (BAS) has been searching for a secretary following the sudden passing of Emma VanderWouden, who had been its secretary for ten years. The BAS is pleased to announce its appointment of Denise Castelmezzano as secretary.
Castelmezzano was born, raised, and educated in Brazil. She grew up on a farm with a zoo-like collection of animals. The family grew sugar cane, coffee beans and beans. Later she taught in Brazil for many years.
Since coming to Canada, she has worked for companies in the plastic mould industry. She has been a technical sales manager involved with sales and organizing international trade shows. She has also maintained accounts, worked in customer relations and served as an interpreter in meetings. Through these experiences she has become knowledgeable about commodities for companies. Customer service has been part of her role in many positions.
Outside of work she has volunteered in a long-term care facility and has an interest in learning more in the health care field.
Castelmezzano has lived in the area for a few years and this fall moved into a home near Bayfield. She wants to get to know the community better and play a role in this region with her skills. She will be setting aside time for the BAS as she seeks full time employment.
She will be introduced to the members of the BAS at its first meeting this year, March 12. The members of the BAS Board would like to welcome her into the fabric of the Bayfield area.
The BAS Board does hope that the community will welcome her also as she transitions into this new role. If anyone wishes to reach her about renewing memberships, has questions about the fair, or would just like to send a word of greeting, she can be reached by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
home focus of next take time
January and February days often seem longer than they are short so once again the congregations of the village’s four local churches have joined together to offer an interesting series of programs designed to combat the winter blahs.
The fourth year of the “Take Time in 2012” programs will run from now to Feb. 6. They are a perfect opportunity for friends and neighbors to learn and share with one another.
The programs will be held on Mondays from 1:30-3 p.m. Each participating church will host one event. The cost will be $3 per session.
Want to attend but don’t have the transportation needed to get to the location of the presentation? Rides can be provided, just call the coordinator of that session.
On Jan. 30, thoughts will turn to spring rejuvenation when Helen Varekamp of Huron, Hearth and Home, presents the topic, “Spruce Up for Spring” – a new look for your home. This session will be held at St. Andrew’s United Church and Flo Keillor is the contact. For more information she can be reached at 519 565-2640.
The final session will be held on Feb. 6 at Trinity Anglican Church with Kate Lloyd-Rees and Judy Keightley. The duo will share their knowledge on the creation of quick and tasty appetizers. “Small Plates for Sharing” is the topic of this presentation. To learn more contact the session coordinator, Helen Latimer, at 519 565-2792.
Dr. Seuss is reportedly on the loose! All preschoolers are invited to help find Dr. Seuss as part of Family Literacy Day at the Bayfield Library on Main Street.
Moms, Dads, grandparents or caregivers can bring their preschoolers to the library on the afternoon of Jan. 26 and help them find the good doctor. Friends of the Bayfield Library (FOBL) will be on hand from 3-4 p.m. to help the librarian with readings and activities involving Dr Seuss. Children are encouraged to wear something red and bring a red marker or crayon. Cupcakes will be served and there is no need to register.
The FOBL has been created to promote the library as essential to the community’s quality of life. As enthusiastic supporters, FOBL intends to enhance the profile of the Bayfield Library and to advocate for library services and programs. To become a member of the FOBL, please send an email to email@example.com or call Clair at 519-565-2135.
For many Bayfield residents Clinton Public Hospital (CPH) is their choice for healthcare and therefore the work of the Auxiliary to the CPH should be of interest.
The January meeting of the CPH Auxiliary was held on Jan. 9 in the CPH Conference Room with 27 auxiliary members and two guests attending. President Ann MacLean welcomed everyone present and wished all a happy New Year. She read poems entitled, "New Year Resolutions" and "This Year". Two members, Jane Postma and Mary Buffinga reported from the sessions they attended at the Toronto Conference in Nov. 2011.
The next meeting of the CPH Auxiliary will be held Feb. 6 in the CPH Conference Room at 9:30 a.m. All are invited to attend and encouraged to bring a friend.
All those who attend the next most anticipated event at the Bayfield Town Hall will be transported back to the era of the big band when a 1940's style cabaret will be held Feb.11 at 8 p.m.
Tickets are $10. There will be live music and dancing and a cash bar.
For more information and for tickets please call Judy Keightley at 519 565-4515 or Kate Lloyd-Rees at 519 565-4404.
bayfield reads 2012
The very popular Bayfield Reads, held in conjunction with CBC’s Canada Reads, is back for 2012. Those who never miss this event should mark their calendars for Feb. 5 and encourage others to join in the fun. The debate, hosted by The Village Bookshop, will be held at the Bayfield Town Hall starting at 2 p.m. The cost to attend is $5 and tickets can be reserved at the bookshop after Jan. 18.
Ainslie Willock is the new president of the Bayfield Ratepayers Association (BRA) and she would like to encourage village residents to come and observe the monthly BRA meetings.
“I'll make time on the agenda for visitors to bring up any issues they would like us to comment on,” she said recently.
The BRA meets on the first Saturday of the month at 9 a.m. at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building.
The BRA does not meet in January. So their first meeting of 2012 will be held on Feb. 4.
Reminders of the monthly meetings can be found on the Post Office Notice Board and on the BRA website: http://bra.camp8.org/.
One Care is sponsoring several programs for both men and women to keep up with their desire to stay fit.
Dancefit and Toning classes are held on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 9 a.m. The cost is $40 for four months or $3 per class. The Sit and Get Fit classes are offered on Mondays and Wednesdays at 10:15 a.m. The cost is $1 per class.
Starting on Jan. 20, a new Friday Stretching Class will be offered at 10:15 a.m. for approx. 45 minutes. This class is suitable for everyone and will cost $1. Both of these fitness opportunities are held at the Bayfield Community Centre.
For the more adventurous among us, there is Pole Walking. Walks for women are scheduled for Tuesdays and Thursdays while walks for men are held on Monday and Friday mornings All walks begin from 6 Main Street and begin at 8:30 a.m. Poles are provided free for those who require them.
A Yoga Class will be held at the Bayfield Town Hall starting at 10 a.m. on Tuesdays. The cost for is $3 per class and participants are asked to bring a yoga mat. A time of quiet reflection and meditation follows the yoga class starting at 11:15 a.m. All in the community are invited to take part.
Indoor badminton is played on Monday evenings at 7 p.m. at the Varna Complex The cost is $3 each and no experience or equipment is required to play.
Call 519 565-2202 for more information on the above exercise opportunities.
Zumba Bayfield! Your time to dance and smile 2012 style! Come out and join Jamie for this energized Latin based fitness class on Wednesdays starting at 7 p.m. at the Bayfield Community Centre. The cost is $10 per class. Join the Zumba Bayfield Facebook group page for updates. To learn more contact instructor, Jamie Thomas via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.