QUILTING CLUBS STITCH FOR A VARIETY OF CAUSES
The St. Andrew's Quilter's Group usually has two quilts on the go. Clockwise from back right: Joyce Armstrong, Marg Bowers, Joan Merner and Gail Turner were working on "Aurelia's Journey Quilt" at the Tuesday morning session. Most quilts take on average two months to complete. (Photos by Melody Falconer-Pounder)
BY MELODY FALCONER-POUNDER
The social aspect of the St. Andrew's Quilter's Group is just as important as the quilting. Kathleen Siertsema pours coffee for Grace Koehler as Eleanor Coutts looks on during Coffee Break on Feb. 7.
Tuesdays are a very busy time at St. Andrew’s United Church with two quilting groups taking up residence in the church basement. The folks who gather there are often stitching for a good cause or two. But it is even more than just putting a needle and thread to cloth there is a strong social aspect to it too.
The St. Andrew’s Quilter’s Group gathers together every Tuesday morning. Around 10 a.m. they take a break for coffee.
“We often have as many as 30 plus and it is a wonderful social time for everyone,” said Kathleen Siertsema, a club member.
Quilters must keep up their strength and the St. Andrew’s group is very fortunate to have four women who keep them well fed.
“Lunch time is never planned and is always a surprise, but we always have lots to eat,” said Siertsema. “We extend a very big thank you to Hilda Gerger, and her helpers, Joyce Scotchmer, Elaine Dunn-Rivett and Grace Koehler as they continue to spoil us by looking after making the coffee, making soup, serving the lunch and washing dishes.”
Siertsema went on to explain that they always have two quilts set up and often both are surrounded by busy quilters. In the winter there are usually some away in the sunny south but the club is happy to welcome them back with their new ideas.
Kathleen Siertsema works on a quilt.
“We quilt many large beautiful quilts, some pieced, some embroidered, some whole cloth, all very different and all very beautiful when done,” she said.
Sometimes they get extra help from quilters outside the area who come to help them quilt if the project is designated for a particular cause.
“Everyone always loves to come to Bayfield because they get so spoiled here. They make us realize how lucky we are to have such a wonderful place to quilt. The church hall is a very busy spot and we are happy that the revenue that is generated from the quilting group helps the UCW,” she said.
Then on the third Tuesday afternoon of each month the members of the Sunshine Coast Quilters Guild take over the church basement. This guild has over 34 very talented members from Bayfield, Clinton, Seaforth, Kippen, Zurich, London and even Michigan. The membership is always evolving with new people regularly asking to join.
The guild makes care quilts to donate as love gifts for those in need and to those suffering serious illness or trauma in their life. This year the guild helped a young Bayfield family with quilts for each of the children and a Christmas gift card for the family. If anyone knows of someone who would appreciate receiving one of these blankets just speak to one of the quilters.
“The guild is very fortunate that the church is so generous in allowing us to use the church hall for our monthly meetings and workshop days. Each Guild member makes quilted items for the church bazaar (in November) and this is very helpful and makes the bazaar a very successful event,” said Siertsema.
In 2011, the guild held their 5th weekend retreat at Camp Menesetung, near Goderich and everyone had a wonderful time.
Kathleen Siertsema and Grace Koehler (left) assist Dorothy Talbot (seated) during a quilting session on the morning of Feb. 7.
Also many quilts were sent to the Congo. A medical team from California delivers them. This year one guild member from Clinton, along with her daughter, went with them.
“We look forward to hearing all her stories when she gets back. They were overwhelmed by our generosity,” said Siertsema.
FREE SKATE MOVED TO MONDAY OF FAMILY DAY WEEKEND
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 1 p.m. when the Bayfield Public Library will be the site for “Dr. Seuss on the Loose, Again!” Held originally in recognition of Family Literacy Day on Jan. 26 the Friends of the Bayfield Library are offering an opportunity for even more youngsters and their parents to celebrate all things Seuss, with a reading, games, coloring, mazes and more.
Following the mayhem that only Dr. Seuss can offer, families should head to the Little Inn Guest Cottage for 2 p.m. as The Other Hand Puppet Troupe will be featured and John and Melina Powers will perform some music to the delight of all ages. Tickets are available now for $10 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.
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 that will be held if the weather allows.
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.
On Monday 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. (Please note the free skate has been moved from Sunday to make way for The Bayfield Skating Club’s annual carnival – another great Family Day Weekend event on ice.)
And then at 2 p.m., 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.
Old Bike day seeking breakfast
On June 5, 2011, the Sarnia Section of the Canadian Vintage Motorcycle Groups drew a large contingent of motorcycles to the village’s Main Street. In fact “Bayfield Old Bike Day” now in its third year has become so successful that the cycles will be parking in Clan Gregor Square in 2012 so that visitors can better enjoy the sights and sounds of these classic steel beauties.
All makes and models of older motorcycles are most welcome to the park on June 3rd from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The “Bayfield Old Bike Day” Committee is looking for a club or association willing to put on a public breakfast for the morning of June 3rd in conjunction with their event.
“We would expect around 100 participants in our Show and Shine,” said Jerry Baljeu, spokesperson for the event. “Heavy promotion should also bring in a lot of road riders and motorcycle groups who would all be looking for some food on arrival. The breakfast itself could, of course, also be a public event, raising money for a charity.”
Baljeu is also seeking business owners who might like to participate by way of additional sponsorships.
“With the June date, Bayfield shop and restaurant owners will no doubt enjoy the many benefits this event will bring to the village…” he said.
For more information on the show itself or the breakfast or sponsorship opportunity, contact Baljeu by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
EMPTIES FOR ALZHEIMERS: THE RESULTS
Dianne Brandon (left) and Carrie Courtney (right) continued an unique initiative to raise money for their participation in the Walk for Memories that raises funds for the Alzheimer Society. They collected empty beer cans and bottles, pop cans, wine and liquor bottles raising $700 for their team “For the Love of Elane and Doris”. The ladies being honored are currently living with Alzheimer Disease, Elane Brandon, Courtney’s grandmother, and Doris Schilbe, Dianne’s mother. Joining them this year was Leigh Anne Van Aaken (centre) walking in memory of her mother, Rose. The team raised over $2,000 for the fundraiser. They participated in the Goderich event on Jan. 28. (Submitted photo)
"We'll Meet Again" is a cabaret evening of 1940s music and song.
It will feature Lisa Stewart, and the Bayfield "Andrews Sisters". They will transport all who attend this event to be held at the Bayfield Town Hall back to the era of the big band on Feb. 11 at 8 p.m.
Tickets are $10. In addition to the live music there will be 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.
The men of Trinity Anglican Church will have their flippers at the ready on the evening of Feb. 21 when they descend on the Parish Hall kitchen to prepare their annual Shrove Tuesday Supper.
On the menu will be pancakes with Bayfield’s own maple syrup and sausage too.
The meal will be served from 5-7 p.m.
Tickets will be available at the door. The cost is: adults, $6; children under 12 years, $3; preschoolers, free; families, $15. Requests will be accepted for take-out meals. For more information call 519 565-2790.
And then the next morning, Feb. 22, Trinity will hold an Ash Wednesday Service starting at 10:30 a.m.
Did you know that the Bayfield Library offers an opportunity to learn more about your computer and it’s free?
Free computer training is offered at the Bayfield branch of the Huron County Library through the Community Access Program (CAP).
CAP is an initiative created through the federal government that aims to connect Canadians through technology; as part of the program, free internet and computer lessons are available to library patrons.
Appointments need to be made to have a lesson. Classes are available on Mondays, 1-5 p.m.; Wednesdays: 6-8 p.m.; and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The music of Michael Jackson will be featured at the 2012 edition of the Bayfield Skating Club’s annual carnival.
The club members will present “Michael Jackson King of Skate” on Feb. 19 starting at 2:30 p.m. in the Bayfield Arena. Admission to the show will be $5 per person; children five years and under are admitted free.
Following the performance, people are invited upstairs to the community centre for a Spaghetti Dinner The tickets for this club fundraiser will be available at the door. The cost will be $10 per person and once again children five and under are free.
Prepare yourself for another exciting series of Toronto Film Circuit films brought to you by the Bayfield Film Society at the Bayfield Town Hall.
The films will be shown on the second Thursdays of the month at 7:30 pm.
Subscriptions for the four movies are $35; or tickets can be purchased at the door for $10 per film. Seating is limited so it is suggested that those who wish to attend should get their subscription early.
The spring schedule of films include: The First Grader, March 8; Margin Call, Apr. 12; Sarah’s Key, May 10; and The Guard, June 14. The final film will begin with a wine and cheese celebration at 6:30 p.m.
Tickets can be ordered from: Lynn Gillians, 519 565-5884 or by e-mail email@example.com; Brian Carrier, 519 565-2835 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org; Larry Dalton, 519 565-5737 or e-mail email@example.com; or Margo Robeson, 519 565-2827 or e-mail Margo10510@comcast.net.
Have you heard the news? A new monthly hearing clinic is being established in the village at Pharmasave Michael’s Pharmacy. The next date for the clinic is Feb. 28 (due to holiday week prior).
The Kincardine Hearing Clinic will be offering their services on the third Tuesday of every month from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The clinic will offer: hearing aid adjustments and repairs to all makes and models, no cost hearing tests, new prescription of hearing aids, wax removal, hearing aid battery sales as well as hard of hearing assistive devices.
To book an appointment please call The Kincardine Hearing Clinic at 1-855-396-6026.
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.
For those people looking to exercise their minds, Women’s Bridge is played every Wednesday at 1 p.m. No partner needed to play the cost is $1.50 per game. For more information call Brenda Blair 519 565-2881.
Mah Jongg games are also offered on the first and third Thursdays of the month starting at 1 p.m. Call 519 565-2468 for more information.
Both Bridge and Mah Jongg are played at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building.
Huron Ridge Acres would like to invite all in the community to participate in their Winter Walking Program - a terrific way to escape those winter “blahs”. On Tuesdays and Fridays during January, February and March the owners open the greenhouse from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for people to come and walk on the ice-free, snow-free sidewalks. Those who take part can enjoy the smell of things growing, and the sunshine on days when it shines, along with some relaxing background music. There is no charge – it is the Steckle’s way of saying thanks to the community for their support of Huron Ridge.
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.
Cold temperatures and gray skies don’t exactly conjure up images of the Bayfield Antique Show and Sale hosted each August by the congregation of Trinity Anglican Church. However, the event coordinators are hoping to get people thinking about it and maybe even considering volunteering at the event to be held Aug. 10-12 at the Bayfield Community Centre.
The Antique Show and Sale now in its 27th season is a wonderful boon to the village and help from both residents and summer folk is needed to make it a continued success. There are a variety of tasks to choose from when volunteering, helping with set up, serving in the tearoom, security and front door admission sales are but a few examples.
To learn more about this great community event please call Joan Cluff at 519 565-2974 or email her at email@example.com