fifteen hikes to look forward to with bayfield trails in 2020
The Bayfield River Valley Trail Association has planned 15 hikes for the upcoming year. Hikes for March include a walk on the Woodland Trail to celebrate International Women’s Day (IWD) and a Spring Hike on the Mavis Trail shown here during a Winter Hike in 2019. (Photo by Gary Lloyd-Rees)
The Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) will host 15 guided hikes for 2020 and will again sponsor the Earth Day Litter Walk and the Terry Fox Run in Bayfield and all in the community are invited!
Each hike will be guided by Hike Ontario certified hike leaders. Unless otherwise noted, all hikes are free and open to the public, with leashed dogs welcome. For more information please visit www.bayfieldtrails.com or call Asst. Hike Coordinator Ralph Blasting at 519-525-3205.
The BRVTA is a non-profit, fully volunteer organization that plans, builds, and maintains walking trails in Bayfield and the surrounding area. They offer guided hikes on these and other local trails. The BRVTA is a registered member of Hike Ontario. The BRVTA encourages everyone to experience joy and good health in the natural beauty of Huron County. People are invited to become a member ($20 individual/$30 Family) by visiting www.bayfieldtrails.com or subscribe to their free newsletter by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hikes upcoming in March include a walk on the Woodland Trail to celebrate International Women’s Day (IWD) and a Spring Hike on the Mavis Trail.
Celebrate IWD by joining BRVTA members for a stress-free, beautiful hike on Bayfield’s Woodland Trail. IWD celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. This year’s theme is “an equal world is an enabled world”. Friends, partners, families, and individuals of all sizes, shapes and gender identities are welcome to hike. Two lucky hikers will win a door prize! The Woodland Trail meanders past trickling streams, wide ravines, meadows and glacial hills. Located within the village’s boundaries, the diversity of natural environment is surprising.
Participants are invited to meet/park at the David Street trail head. For more info see the map at: www.bayfieldtrails.com/woodland-trail. The hike will be approximately two hours over a distance of 3.5 KMs. The trail difficulty is listed as moderate. It is well marked but with some steep inclines, rough spots or obstacles. It has a natural trail surface with some bridges and boardwalks. Those who take part are encouraged to dress for the weather, wear sturdy shoes and bring water.
The hike leaders are: Pam Bowers, Annerieke VanBeets and Ralph Blasting, 519 525-3205.
A Spring Hike along the Mavis Trail will be held on March 21 at 11 a.m. The BRVTA invites people to get out of the house because Spring is here! The Mavis Trail is named after area the late community activist, Mavis Govier and offers a walk to the Bayfield River and back. Its terrain varies greatly at each turn. This is a four seasons trail with such a wide variety of landscapes that it will delight visitors at all times of the year. As hikers make their way to the scenic lookout at the river, they will pass through groves of pine trees and a steep ravine with a wonderful bridge.
Participants are invited to meet/park at the Stanley Complex in Varna, 5 KM east of Bayfield on the Mill Road. A map can be found at http://www.bayfieldtrails.com/mavis-taylor-trail.
The hike will be approximately 1.5 hours over a distance of 2.5 KMs. The trail difficulty is listed as an easy, well-defined trail with some gentle inclines. It has a natural trail surface with some bridges and boardwalks. Those who take part are encouraged to dress for the weather, wear sturdy shoes and bring water.
The hike leader will be Dave MacLaren, 519 565-5480.
A list of upcoming hikes & BRVTA activities for 2020:
Apr. 3: National Walking Day, 1 a.m., Bannockburn Trail
Apr. 22: 6th Annual Earth Day Village Litter Walk, 2 p.m., Village of Bayfield
May 16: Bayfield Bird Day, 9 a.m., Windmill Lake Wake and Eco Park
May 24: Wildflower Hike, Sunday, 2 p.m., Woodland Trail
June 5: World Environment Day Hike, 7:30 p.m., Sawmill Trail
June 21: Father’s Day Photo Hunt, 2 p.m., Woodland Trail
July 18: Bayfield Tree Hike, 10 a.m., Village of Bayfield
Aug. 23: Cemetery Historical Hike, 7 p.m., Bayfield Cemetery. BRVTA members only.
Sept. 9: Trail Blazers Hike, 2 p.m., Woodland Trail
Sept. 20: Terry Fox 40th Anniversary Run, 9 a.m., Village of Bayfield
Sept. 27: Mushroom Hike, 2 p.m., Lobb Trail. BRVTA members only.
Oct. 2: Full Moon Hike. 8 p.m., Sawmill Trail
Oct. 25: Fall Colors Hike, Sunday, 2 p.m., Naftels Creek Conservation Area
Nov. 17: National Take a Hike Day, 2 p.m. Mavis/Taylor Trails
Jan. 9, 2021: Annual Winter Hike and Lunch. 11 a.m., Mavis/Taylor Trails
St. Andrew's United to host World day of Prayer service
The official artwork of the 2020 World Day of Prayer was created by artist Nonhlanhla Mathe of Zimbabwe. (Submitted photo)
The invitation is out for everyone - men, women and children of all ages - to join the 2020 World Day of Prayer on Friday, March 6 as the theme: “Rise! Take Your Mat and Walk” is celebrated.
Zimbabwe, one of the more southern countries in Africa, has prepared the service this year. Participants are encouraged to reflect on the challenges this republic has encountered during independence steps over the last sixty years. The writing team has shared the injustice obstacles that the women of Zimbabwe have met, and the hopes they have for the future. These experiences unite everyone in prayer and solidarity.
The preparation for the day is vast. An international committee is based in New York and there are national committees and organizations in each participating country. In Canada, the World Day of Prayer (WDP) is coordinated by the Women’s Inter-Church Council of Canada (WICC), one of the original founders of this prayer movement. WICC invites people to join a service being held in over 1,150 Canadian communities.
In Bayfield, St. Andrew’s United Church will host this interdenominational service starting at 1 p.m. with refreshments to follow.
World Day of Prayer is an international, inter-church event that began 98 years ago bridging social, geographic and political barriers in over 170 countries. The weekend of prayer begins in Samoa and prayer in native languages travels throughout the world --- through Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Europe, Australia and the Americas. Together people pursue justice, peace and reconciliation by standing together in prayer and action.
Offerings received through the World Day of Prayer transform prayers into action in the form of project grants empowering women and children in Canada and throughout the world. All regions share in the grants, with consideration given to greatest need. Through WDP offerings, WICC has distributed over 2.5 million dollars in the past 35 years. The vision is to restore hope to women and children touched by injustice.
radicalized defended by greg stewart at bayfield reads
The Village Bookshop presents Bayfield Reads 2020 on Sunday, March 15. Join the new owners of the Bookshop for this year’s edition of Bayfield Reads, a chance for local personalities to defend this year’s Canada Reads finalists.
Last week, Canada Reads defender, Jayne Dietrich was profiled. This week, Greg Stewart is featured. Stewart is a practicing lawyer with 19 years-experience. Though he is an avid reader of histories and biographies, his favorite author is Governor General Award-winning, mystery writer, John Buchan.
“His stories invite you to enter and live for a time in mystery and adventure, often in exotic and unusual places,” explained Stewart.
Stewart will be defending Cory Doctorow’s “Radicalized”, a collection of four speculative fiction novellas dealing with the implications of technology on human life.
“Radicalized is a commentary bringing into play social, technological and economic elements of our society which leads us to question their applications for our future,” said Stewart.
In addition to Stewart, this year’s contenders and defenders are: “Small Game Hunting at the Local Coward Gun Club” by Megan Gail Coles, defended by Ruth Gibson; “We Have Always Been Here” by Samra Habib, defended by Kathy Wilson; “Son of a Trickster” by Eden Robinson, defended by Jayne Dietrich; and “From the Ashes” by Jesse Thistle, defended by Don Keillor.
Bayfield Reads will be held at the Bayfield Town Hall starting at 2 p.m. Admission is $5 at the door.
The Village Bookshop is currently closed and will reopen on Thursday, March 19 at 10 a.m.
imagine a world without the lads from liverpool
“Soup and a Movie at Trinity St. James” will be held on Tuesdays during the upcoming Lenten season!
The congregation of Trinity St. James Anglican Church welcomes the community to join in fellowship over a hearty bowl of soup while delighting in a great cinematic work.
This extremely popular community event will begin on Tuesday, March 3 and will be held on the four subsequent Tuesdays after that from 6-9 p.m. Those who attend will enjoy sampling a variety of soup, bread and a beverage all for a free will donation followed by a movie.
The first movie to be shown is "Yesterday". It tells the story of Jack Malik, a struggling singer-songwriter whose dreams of fame are rapidly fading. After a freak bus accident during a mysterious global blackout, Malik wakes up to discover that "The Beatles" have never existed. Imagine a world without the lads from Liverpool? It isn't hard to do...or is it?
This year’s movie schedule also includes: On the Basis of Sex, March 10; Christopher Robin, March 17; Green Book, March 24; and Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, March 31.
Anyone who has yet to come out to a movie night should consider doing so as the church hall boasts surround sound as well as a terrific big screen plus it is a fabulous evening to socialize and escape the winter blahs. Participants are asked to reserve a spot by calling 519 565-2790. All in the community are welcome to attend.
Please be advised that the Councilor’s Corner for this month has been rescheduled to Feb. 27 to accommodate a family commitment
Bayfield Ward Councilor Bill Whetstone welcomes all area citizens to join in these monthly sessions starting at 7 p.m. Topics will be provided for the next issue of the Bayfield Breeze.
Reverend Joe Gray will be presenting a photographic travelogue on the history and the land of Israel at the next meeting of the Bayfield Historical Society (BHS) on Monday, Feb. 24.
Part of the BHS’s monthly Speakers’ Series, the evening will be held at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building starting at 7:30 p.m.
Rev. Joe and his wife, Beth, moved to Bayfield in 2018. He retired after over 30 years of ministry in the United States and Canada and remains active, preaching, teaching and writing. The couple have led numerous tours to Israel and enjoy sharing the wonder and history of this beautiful land with others.
Members and friends of Trinity St. James Anglican Church will once again be hosting their annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper. This year the event falls on Feb. 25.
Pancakes and sausages are turned into tasty delights with the simple addition of locally crafted Maple Syrup! Also, on the menu are juice, tea or coffee and dessert.
All are invited to enjoy food and fellowship while supporting Trinity St James’ ministry in the community. The event will be held in the Trinity St. James Parish Hall, 10 Keith Cres, from 5-7 p.m. Admission at the door will be adults, $10; children under 12 years, $5; pre-schoolers free. There is a family rate of $20.
Take out is available by calling 519 565-2790 on the day of the event.
“What good is sitting, alone in your room?
come hear the music play!
Life is a cabaret, old chum!
Come to the cabaret!”
After a one-year hiatus, the Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society is thrilled to announce the return of their cherished fundraiser, “CABARET”.
Two performances will be held on March 13 and 14 starting at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. There will be a cash bar.
The society extends many thanks to returning cast members Natalie Tarnawski and Leanne Kavanagh along with newcomers Camille Oates and Big Mac are stepping in as this year’s stellar artistic directing team. They promise that attendees will see many familiar faces on stage for this upcoming production.
Tickets are currently available for $20 online at www.bayfieldtownhall.com and in person at Shopbike Coffee Roasters in Bayfield.
Life at the Rink
Goderich 1 will take on Bayfield 50+ at the Bayfield Arena on Thursday, Feb. 20 at 8 p.m.
The Bayfield Relics are off this week.
The Bayfield Relics are an Oldtimers Hockey Team that was founded in 1987. Their home ice is the Bayfield Arena. The Relics play their season schedule versus teams from Huron and Middlesex Counties.
The Bayfield Farmers’ Market invites vendor applications for the 2020 season.
The market is held in Bayfield’s Clan Gregor Square every Friday, 3-7 p.m., Victoria Day weekend to Thanksgiving weekend. Vendors must live within 75 KM of Bayfield and grow, produce or create the products they sell at the market.
Deadline for applications is March 1st. Applications can be submitted at https://bayfield.wufoo.com. All applications will be reviewed by the Bayfield Farmers’ Market Board of Directors.
Applicants may address questions to Mary Brown, Market manager, at email@example.com or www.facebook.com/bayfieldfarmersmarket
friends of the bayfield Library
Friends of the Bayfield Library's “Saturdays at the Library” speaker program continues. Next up in the series is “Bringing Stories to Life on Stage or In Print”, presented by local playwright David Scott on Saturday, Feb. 22. Three of Scott’s plays have been produced by the Blyth Festival, including the popular, “The Ballad of Stompin’ Tom.” All are welcome to attend this session to be held at the Bayfield Library in the Community Room starting at 10:30 a.m. Refreshments will be served. Participants are asked to bring their own coffee mug.
Upcoming “Saturdays at the Library” programs include: March 28, learn how to put order into closet chaos, presented by Pauline Hoffman, Just in Time Solutions; and Apr. 18, hear all about local area food bank initiatives presented by Mary Ellen Zielman, Executive director of the Huron County Food Bank Distribution Centre, and Terry Henderson of the Bayfield Area Food Bank.
Splash Pad Pavers
People may have noticed that the Splash Pad in Clan Gregor Square is looking like a bit of construction zone these days but never fear it will be undergoing a refurbishment in the spring and should be better than new for those hot, hazy days of summer!
This is the perfect opportunity for anyone who missed out on purchasing an engraved paver to grace the Splash Pad surround. The engraved pavers in Clan Gregor Square are a reminder of how great area residents and visitors are when it comes to supporting such projects as the Playground and the Splash Pad. People often ask if they can add an engraved brick to the path. Members of the Bayfield Optimist Club are once again providing this opportunity.
“In Memoriam” stones for loved ones as well as “just because” stones can be ordered with the work being done on site later in 2020 using the same two brick sizes that are already installed around the Splash Pad. The cost of these engraved bricks will vary depending on the size, printing and quantity of bricks to be engraved at that time. The plan is to have the bricks engraved in late May and/or early June.
Anyone with an interest in adding a brick can contact Mike Dixon via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 519 955-5254 for further information.
The Open Hearts Kindness Group will hold their next workshop at the Bayfield Library on Saturday, Apr. 11. The focus will be on ways to reduce eco-anxiety via discussion and the creation of an Earth Alter.
The other workshops planned are: Kindness Rocks, June 13; Hospice Rocks, Aug. 8; Woolly Lambs, Oct. 24; and Nursing Home Cards, Nov. 28. More details will appear in the Bayfield Breeze as the date for each workshop grows closer.
Bi-monthly explorations with different art media will be facilitated. All supplies are included. Most workshops are “drop-in” however, some workshops may require registration. The workshops are free, however, a $5 donation to Huron Hospice is suggested. All ages are welcome but children under 10 years need to be accompanied by an adult.
More info also available at bayfieldactivities.info.