family zoomfit and Yoga begin
Kim Loebach (right) from the Bayfield Arena Community Partners Association recently accepted a cheque for $7,000 from Bonnie Baynham, project manager of the Healthy Kids Community Challenge.
The funds will support BACPA in offering three new programs at the Bayfield Community Centre for families and youth. (Submitted photo)
Kim Loebach from the Bayfield Arena Community Partners Association (BACPA) was happy to accept a cheque for $7,000 recently from Bonnie Baynham, project manager of the Healthy Kids Community Challenge.
A few weeks ago BACPA announced its accomplishment of receiving two generous grants from the Huron County Health Unit as a result of its application to the Healthy Kids Community Challenge. The funds will support BACPA in offering three new programs at the Bayfield Community Centre for families and youth, specifically Lacrosse, Family Zoomfit (Zumba) and Family Yoga.
The new programs officially started on March 22 with Family Yoga happening Tuesday nights from 7-8pm and Family Zoomfit happening Wednesday nights from 7- 8 p.m.
Lacrosse kicks off in June this year with a summer camp offered by Drew Candy from the Toronto Rock - specific dates and details to follow! At the conclusion of the camp, Lacrosse will be offered weekly in July and August with one or two month memberships available. Registration for Lacrosse starts Apr. 9 at the Bayfield Community Centre from 6-8 p.m.
For the latest updates, please visit BACPA on Facebook or go to www.bacp.ca.
Family Zoomfit was offered in the Bayfield Community Centre on March 15 to introduce everyone to a new free class that will begin tonight (March 23) and will continue on Wednesdays from 7-7:45 p.m. and will run until June. (Photos by Melody Falconer-Pounder)
The evenings are geared to getting children to move to music.Kids Yoga is also being held on Tuesdays from 7-7:45 p.m. in the community centre.
The program is sponsored by the Bayfield Arena Community Partners Association due to a generous grant from the Huron County Health Unit Healthy Kids Challenge.
bluewater budget wrestled to a 2.41 per cent increase
BY KEN LARONE
Council originally started budget discussions without its new Chief Administration Officer Kyle Pratt. The municipal department heads prepared the first draft for the 2016 budget which was more than 33.75 per cent higher than the 2015 budget. The expected increase by staff caught the Council by surprise.
Pratt’s arrival helped council and staff focus on tax payers’ ability to pay, particularly in the three retirement communities of Bayfield, Hensall and Zurich.
It looks like Bluewater council will let its taxpayers get away with 2.41 per cent increase in it’s share of the municipality’s 2016 budget. The Ontario imposed Ontario Provincial Police bill has been reduced from 4.5 per cent increase to 4.44. The Ontario government’s charges to the municipality for Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority’s assessment has been reduced from two per cent to .12 per cent.
A surprising $281,904 budget surplus in the 2015 budget added an unexpected windfall to the 2016 budget.
Council will use $164,316 in levy reductions to take immediate increases off tax payers. In total the municipal portion of the budget will be $7,071,693. The County of Huron is expected to make a 2.39 per cent reduction while school boards are expected to hold to their 2015 rate. Bluewater’s 2.41 increase and Huron County’s 2.39 reduction totals good news to Bluewater’s earlier bad dream.
Council talked more than four hours about the budget again last week before they arrived at a municipal rate their voters would accept. In total their budget meetings took more than 36 hours of discussions over the past 11 weeks. At the same time regular council meetings took 44 hours.
The biggest chop last week was to the Roads Department which took a cut of $105,000. The next largest cuts were Facilities with $34,450 and Environment at an additional $30,000.
A discussion about replacing the municipality’s sidewalk plow ignited a council discussion about contracting out the job to independent contractors in the three villages. One plow owned by the municipality is moved on a trailer and truck from village to village. Council believes contracting out the plowing would give the municipality a more efficient system. Within each village overnight snow would be removed earlier in the mornings helping children to safely walk to school.
Deputy-Mayor Jim Fergusson encouraged council to start contracting out more of it services to avoid the increases in capital cost for equipment. The idea had support from the majority of council with added verbal support from Councilors Bill Whetstone, Marnie Hill, John Gillespie and Dave Roy. Mayor Tyler Hessel thinks warmer winters may reduce snow fall and reduce plowing requirements.
Fergusson asked council to lease services for the next two years to test the notion of leasing services to save money. The council unanimously supported the idea.
Again, arena expenses were raised during the budget discussions. The mayor said he had a long-term concern about the three Bluewater arenas, particularly the cost of operating them. The upkeep of the two older arenas in Bayfield and Hensall are facing large restoration expenses. He feels council should be studying their life expectancy, operating cost and market appeal.
Fergusson said council should expect the cost keeping the Bayfield arena open in the next few years would include a new roof over the ice surface as well as sanding and painting inside beams. Higher hydro costs and possible marketing problems may add to the expenses. When he was at the Ontario Good Roads Conference this month he learned there were 60 communities the size of Bluewater facing the same problem with their arena.
Hessel said he would like staff to study the cost of Bluewater’s recreation facilities starting with the arenas. He told council one arena should be handled by staff and their report completed for council discussion before starting another.
CAO SUGGESTS COUNCIL CREATE TWO-YEAR BUDGET PLAN
BY KEN LARONE
Just after Bluewater Council finished its 2016 budget discussions, council was told it should start over again and do another two-year plan.
The suggestion came from new Chief Administration Officer Kyle Pratt, who has been baptized by fire trying to settle the 2016 budget.
Finishing a one-year budget that took four weeks to settle, Pratt’s plan sounded like suicide.
However, council did take some time to start discussing some ideas about how to handle its new strategic plan which is broken down into six sections. Councilor John Gillespie wanted to know if staff could develop the plans. Pratt told him staff should complete the details of the 2016 budget before starting to work on the strategic plan.
Councilor Marnie Hill said, “It’s too much to expect staff” to finish the budget and start strategic planning at the same time.
Pratt said it was important to develop a strategic plan both council and staff felt would work. Both Mayor Tyler Hessel and Deputy-Mayor Jim Fergusson suggested tackling the plan section by section.
Hill feels implementing the plan will be difficult yet knows the economic development portion is needed.
Fergusson recommended council should think about the plan and return to a meeting prepared to talk about it section by section.
Council didn’t decide if it would tackle a two-year budget before starting the six- section strategic plan.
MAKING CRAYONS RAIN
On March 14th, Melted Crayon Art was the focus of four 30-minute sessions at the Bayfield Library The free sessions were limited to three participants at a time and those who attended could choose from two styles of melted crayon art. Graham Pounder, 4.5 years, of Toronto, chose to make his crayons pour down rain. He was assisted by Library Staff Member, Rachel Garland. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)
Judging panel broke tie to determine Bayfield Reads 2016
On Sunday, the Bayfield Town Hall was the setting for a great turnout to judge who would hold the Bayfield Reads Title for 2016! This year the audience voted as well as an expert panel of non-biased judges consisting of four of last year's defenders: Leanne Kavanagh, John Lalor, David McLaren and Allan Thompson.
“As fun as it was to have them back their expert insight turned out to be crucial in breaking a tie,” said Martha Beechie, owner of The Village Bookshop, the event’s host.
Mary Ann Colihan defended with excellence 'The Illegal' by Lawrence Hill while Kathy Gray battled fiercely on behalf of Michael Winter's 'Minister Without Portfolio'. It came down to a tie between Michael Peirce's passionate defense of 'Hero's Walk' and Peter Keightley's spirited portrayal of Tracey Lindberg's 'Birdie'.
“The expert judges, without knowing the stakes, chose Peter Keightley's defense of 'Birdie' that broke the tie and give us a winner,” said Beechie.
Unfortunately, Genny Smith had the flu and her book was not defended.
“However, Leanne, one of our expert judges, gave a great defense on this brilliant books behalf,” added Beechie. “Thank you to Leanne! A big thanks also to Shop Bike for the coffee and to the Friends of Bayfield Library for staffing the event! As well I want to thank all of our defenders and our audience members for their participation in this annual event. Your enthusiasm, and opinion, is highly valued. Thank You!”
six hundred thousand needed for new health care Facility
The Bluewater Area Family Health Team (BAFHT) fundraising campaign is up and running and so far there has been a promising response to the call to support the building of a bigger and better BAFHT facility. Last week (March 10), the campaign received a boost when close to 100 attended the meeting at the Community Centre in Zurich to see and discuss plans for the new building. And many individuals and organizations in Bluewater, and beyond, came forward to pledge a commitment to the expansion project. Every donation, big and small, is much appreciated.
BAFHT is a Canadian recognized charity (#85021 0014 RR0001). A tax receipt will be issued for individual and corporate donations.
This project will help ensure that the dedicated health care professionals at the BAFHT can continue to deliver comprehensive healthcare to local communities. By building a comprehensive health care hub with significantly more rooms and resources, the BAFHT will be able to see more patients sooner, increase evening clinics, deliver more programs and enhance existing ones, and provide a rewarding environment to attract and retain quality health care professionals.
An expanded BAFHT facility means continued access to essential, high-quality primary care as local communities grow and as demand for health care services intensifies due to an aging population and a greater prevalence of chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and hypertension.
The BAFHT expansion is funded in part by a $1.48 million grant from the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. A further $600,000 more is needed to reach the goal.
There are several ways to contribute. Circle of Care donations ($1,000 to $25,000) will be recognized with a plaque at the clinic. There are also room sponsorships, in-kind donations, legacy gifts, and Friends of BAFHT gifts starting at $10. BAFHT can also customize a sponsorship plan that aligns with anyone’s philanthropic goals.
Please contact a member of the BAFHT fundraising team to discuss how you can contribute to this exciting project, which will protect the local communities’ health today and in the future. All are also encouraged to visit the BAFHT expansion project website at www.bluewaterareafht.ca. Anyone who would like to donate should please e-mail Ann Brabender, administrator BAFHT at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 519 236-4413.
ABCA volunteers honored with provincial service awards
Seven volunteers from Ausable Bayfield Conservation watersheds are among more than 11,000 volunteers to receive 2016 Ontario Volunteer Service Awards.
The following recipients were nominated by Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA): Sharon O’Toole; Carol Rideout; George Godbolt; and Raymond Letheren, 10 years of service; George Finch and Troy Stellingwerff, five years of service; Evan Krebs, youth nomination (two to four years).
Certificates and customized trillium pins are awarded to people with between five and 60 or more years of service. Youth are also recognized for two or more years of volunteer service. Award recipients are nominated by the organizations they serve. Ontario is hosting 54 Ontario Volunteer Service Awards ceremonies across the province from March to June.
Sharon O’Toole, Carol Rideout, and George Finch attended a ceremony in Stratford on March 15 to receive their awards. Local MPPs at the awards ceremony, for the presentation, included Lisa Thompson, MPP for Huron-Bruce; Randy Pettapiece, MPP for Perth-Wellington; and Ernie Hardeman, MPP for Oxford.
“I would like to congratulate all this year’s recipients of Ontario Volunteer Service Awards and I would especially like to thank the volunteers from our watersheds,” said General Manager and Secretary-Treasurer of ABCA, Brian Horner. “The help of volunteers makes it possible to accomplish more than we could ever hope to do on our own.”
The volunteers in this area help to build and maintain trails, enhance water quality monitoring, complete water-quality projects, organize and deliver community events, and support education and other programs to build healthier watersheds now and for the future, he said.
“We thank the Province of Ontario for this valuable opportunity to make special mention of some of our volunteers each year and, as National Volunteer Week approaches, I would like to thank all of our volunteers,” Horner said.
The awards recognize people across Ontario for volunteering their time with community organizations and helping out with community volunteer projects like planting trees; helping seniors stay active; organizing science fairs; and welcoming newcomers.
“The Ontario Volunteer Service Awards offer us a chance to recognize volunteers and the vital role that they play in our communities and organizations,” said Ontario Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade, Michael Chan. “These awards are our way of saying thank you for their significant contributions.”
Other Ontario volunteer recognition programs include the June Callwood Outstanding Achievement Award for Voluntarism and the Ontario Medal for Young Volunteers. For more information on Ontario’s Volunteer Action Plan and to find out how to nominate a volunteer visit: http://www.citizenship.gov.on.ca/english/citizenship/honours/vsa.shtml.
Apr. 10-16 is National Volunteer Week in Canada.
St. Patrick's day celebrated both on and off the ice
PHOTOS AND STORY BY MELODY FALCONER-POUNDER
St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, was a very busy one for youngsters who visited the Bayfield Arena and Community Centre. A lot of children took advantage of one of the last free skating days of the 2016 winter season spending time circling the ice before heading upstairs to celebrate the luck of the Irish!
And celebrate they did – decorating cupcakes and shamrock shaped cookies with lots of green icing and sprinkles. They also had the opportunity to play games, create with homemade dough and fashion their very own pot of gold complete with a pinecone Leprechaun. Faith and begorra!
The fun was brought to the village by the Bayfield Arena Community Partners Association (BACPA) in partnership with St. Andrew’s United Church and friends, Bayfield Agricultural Society, Bayfield Optimist Club and the Virtual High School.
Their faces say it all, Graham Pounder, of Toronto, and Jackson Hivert, of Waterloo, were a bit blissful about the opportunity to eat cookies and cupcakes on a Thursday afternoon.
The cupcake and cookie station at the St. Patrick's Day Party held in the Bayfield Community Centre on Thursday was quite popular. Volunteer Louise Sygrove (green hat) and others supervised the little decorators.(Photo by John Pounder)
Rikki Keys took a moment to admire the decorating job she did on her St. Patrick's Day cupcake before eating it.
Youngsters had the opportunity to make both a pot of gold and a Leprechaun to guard it during the party.
easter egg hunt
Sixty pounds of chocolate, molded into the shape of Easter eggs, will be worth its weight in gold to countless youngsters when it is tossed on the lawn in Clan Gregor Square for the annual Easter Egg Hunt.
Hosted by the Bayfield Optimist Club the hunt will begin precisely at 1 p.m. on March 27.
Those youngsters who participate in the event are reminded to bring a container to collect their chocolate treasures in and remember the hunt happens very quickly so be sure to be on time.
Tickets will also be sold for the raffle of a basket filled with Easter treats and toys. Tickets will be $2 each or 3 for $5. The sale of these tickets helps cover the hunt expenses and the ongoing work the Bayfield Optimist Club does for youth in the community.
Due to March Break Councilor’s Corner was rescheduled until March 24. So tomorrow night (Thursday) the focus of the meeting will be divided into several topics: “Budget Finalization”, “Bayfield Water Debenture Payment Options” and “Community Centre and Bridge Updates”
Bill Whetstone, Bayfield Ward councilor, hosts the evening on the third Thursday of every month. He provides an opportunity for people to hear what council has been up to and voice their opinions.
The evening will be held in the Bayfield Community Centre starting at 7:30 p.m.
Members of the community are invited to a family hike on a hidden gem of a trail on March 26.
Starting at 1 p.m. participants will explore the Front Road Trail near Clinton.
The easy, level 1, Front Road Trail is located on the west side of Front Road just off of Hwy. 8. It is just south of the bridge over the Bayfield River on the road to Vanastra. Hike leaders Adriaan Schreuder and Patrick Capper will lead a relatively easy 45-minute walk through a trail that the BRVTA has rarely used.
The Trail is flat and mostly through a Coniferous wood, where if they are lucky participants may see a deer or wild turkey.
Parking is limited, so the BRVTA members suggest ride sharing. Anyone who wishes to carpool from Bayfield is asked to meet at the Pavilion in Clan Gregor Square at 12:30 p.m. Please call Schreuder, hike leader, 519 565-2382 for more information.
Holy Week has arrived and Trinity Anglican Church and St. James’, Middleton will offer a variety of worship opportunities for those in the community.
Services begin at Trinity with one being held on March 23 at 10 a.m. St. James’, Middleton will host a Maundy Thursday (March 24) service at 7:30 p.m. A Good Friday service will be held at Trinity on March 25 starting at 10:30 a.m. Easter Sunday (March 27) services will be celebrated at Trinity at 9:15 a.m. and at St. James’ at 11 a.m.
The congregation of St. Andrew’s United Church is preparing for the arrival of the Easter season.
Holy Week has begun with a Good Friday Service on March 25 at 11 a.m. The celebration of Easter Sunday begins with a Sunrise Service at Pioneer Park on March 27 at 7 a.m. A potluck breakfast occurs afterwards in the church hall. An Easter communion celebration will take place during the regular worship service at 11 a.m.
On Sunday, Apr. 10 at 11 a.m. the St. Andrew’s congregation will welcome guest speaker Nancy Moore. The topic of her presentation will be “How I Donated a Kidney and Learned to Play the Ukulele.” Along with sharing her personal story of a life-giving gift, Moore will perform with members of the Bayfield Ukulele Society. This promises to be an uplifting and educational event, that all in the community is welcome to attend.
The Harvard Health Publication, the media division of the Harvard Medical School, reports that Tai Chi is one of the five best exercises you can ever do to get into shape and lower your risk for disease. Taoist Tai Chi® arts can improve strength, flexibility, balance, and circulation and can help calm the mind, transforming one into a healthier and more harmonious person.
Beginner classes are being offered in Bayfield starting in April. All are welcome to attend these classes taught by an accredited, volunteer instructor.
An Open House and free class will be held on Apr. 4 from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Bayfield Town Hall. Beginner classes will continue on Tuesdays from 7-9 p.m. at the Town Hall. For more information call Doug at 519 565-5187.
Friends of Hullett
Once again the Albion Hotel will be closing its doors on Sunday, May 1 to host the third annual Friends of Hullett (FOH) fundraising Dinner and Auction.
Local winery Alton Farms Estate from Plympton-Wyoming have kindly donated a wine tasting that will begin at a 4 p.m. reception with dinner at 5:30 p.m. and the auction at 7 pm.
For 2016 there will be three “Early Bird” prizes that include a one-night stay at The Albion Hotel for tickets purchased before Apr. 1. The 2015 dinner was sold out well before the event.
Albion Hotel owner Kim Muszynski along with Derek Jefferson, of Bluewater Golf Course, and Tim MacDonald, of Ideal Supply, are the key sponsors of this event. Last year’s event was a huge success and those who attended said that the gourmet meal provided by the Albion was amazing.
Following the gourmet dinner Richard Lobb will auction off the donated items that for the most part relate to the outdoors. Some of the items include local art, shotguns and a diamond necklace. All proceeds will go to FOH to help operate the 5,420 acre Hullett Provincial Wildlife Area in programs such as trail upgrades, pheasant release, research, environmental education and habitat enhancement.
Over $20,000 of profit were raised at the 2014 and 2015 Albion events combined.
This exclusive event has only 60 seats available. Anyone who would like to support the FOH are asked to please contact FOH manager Scott Austin at 519 525-2211 to secure their seats or donate an auction item. Tickets are $100 and include a membership to the Friends of Hullett and a few little surprises at the Albion.
To learn about Hullett Marsh and the “Friends” please visit www.hullettmarsh.com.
The Friends of the Bayfield Library are once again hosting their Saturdays at the Library series with one more presentation on the schedule.
Rounding out the series will be a one-hour program by the Elliot’s Quartet on Apr. 2 starting at 11 a.m.
trek to guelph
The Huron County Historical Society (HCHS) is hosting a bus tour, “Trek to Guelph – Gateway to the Huron Tract” on May 14.
The trek by bus is being organized by the HCHS and will travel the Huron Road back to Guelph. Bayfield Archivist Ralph Laviolette is putting together a running commentary booklet for the event. He is doing this from research contained in the Bayfield Archives about the Huron Tract and the development of Huron and Perth Counties.
“A group of Guelph volunteer walking-tour guides visited Huron County by bus last year,” said Laviolette. “This trek by bus returns the trip looking at historical cairns and points of interest along the Huron Road through Huron and Perth Counties to Guelph where John Galt set up headquarters when he began the development of the 1-million acres of Canada Company lands that became the Huron Tract. Van Tuyll bought the Bayfield town site from the Canada Company.”
The bus tour costs $69 for adults and $65 for students. The fee includes lunch at the historic Albion Hotel in Guelph.The Albion Hotel is a tradition in Guelph. It holds the second-oldest liquor license in Ontario.
Itinerary highlights include: Author Gil Stetleron on the subject of John Galt, tour of the Guelph Civic Museum, Market Square in Guelph, refreshments and a walking tour of historic downtown, tour of John McCrae House and refreshments beside the Speed River.
Those who wish to attend are asked to pre-book their tour by Apr. 1 by contacting David Armstrong at 519 524-1156 or by email at email@example.com.
The Huron County Economic Development Board (HCEDB) is actively recruiting a new member from the business community. People who believe that Huron County has a great story to tell, welcome investment and business development, and embrace our local heritage and quality of life are encouraged to apply.
“This volunteer position offers tremendous professional development opportunities as you work alongside an inspiring group of individuals,” said Jim Lynn, Board chair. “It’s an exciting time to join the Board as we begin to implement the county’s economic development strategic plan.”
Board meetings occur once a month in the evening. Ideal candidates for the position should be passionate about Huron County, want to see it positioned well for the future and support regional collaboration.
Interested applicants should submit a one-page letter explaining why they would like to be on the HCEDB to firstname.lastname@example.org or in person to the Huron County Administration Office at 1 Courthouse Square in Goderich. Applications must be received by 4 p.m. on Friday, Apr. 1st.
calling all artists
Art by Leslee Squirrell. (Submitted photo)
Bayfield has many creative people living here both full and part time. Many have studios built into their homes or on their property. But wouldn’t it be great if there was an association, of sorts, where they could share insights, studios, lesson’s learned, materials as well as invite instructors, host workshops, supply or sell materials and help motivate each other?
“If you are among the interested, I am prepared to host a gathering of the like-minded for an exploratory conversation to pursue this idea. I will endeavor to gather us together in early spring, ” said Leslee Squirrell, artist.
Please contact Squirrell by email at email@example.com.
fair vendors needed
Anyone looking for a great venue to sell their crafts, promote their business or sell fundraising tickets should look no further than the Bayfield Community Fair.
The Bayfield Fair organizers are looking for vendors for Aug. 19-21. An indoor or outdoor 8x10 space is only $40 ($1 per foot extra, $10 for hydro).
Food vendors are also sought to feed the hungry multitudes that often descend on the fairgrounds.
Please fill out the application that can be found at this link http://bayfieldfallfair.ca/?page_id=886 and forward it to Ted Dunn at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or call Dunn for more information at 519 565-5316.
Do you know of a group or an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to arts, culture or heritage in Huron County during 2015? It’s once again time to recognize them. The Huron Arts & Heritage Network (HAHN), in partnership with Cultural Services of the County of Huron, is accepting nominations for its seventh annual Cultural Awards celebration.
The awards recognize the exceptional achievements of Huron County residents, businesses and organizations in the following categories: Cultural Event/Organization, Individual Artist, Community Contribution, Heritage, and Innovation.
Nomination submissions require a nomination form and a short description (maximum of one page) explaining what the nominee accomplished in 2015 as it relates to the category they are being nominated in and why you think it is worthy of recognition. Nomination forms can be found at creativehuron.ca or at any Huron County Library branch. Deadline for submissions is Apr. 8.
A jury will select the finalists and winners in each category from the eligible nominations received. An original work of art by a local artist will be presented to winners in each category, in keeping with previous years.
The Cultural Awards Gala will be held May 6 at the White Carnation Banquet Hall in Holmesville. As well as recognizing the finalists and winners, this special evening also features entertainment by a variety of local artists. There is also a silent auction of unique items at the Awards Gala supporting the activities of the Huron Arts & Heritage Network. The event starts with a cocktail social at 7:30 p.m. followed by the awards presentations at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 each and can be purchased through the Blyth Festival box office at 519 523-9300 or toll free at 1-877-862-5984.
Drayton Entertainment is pleased to announce the launch of its brand new Youth Musical Theatre Program, which will offer six, week-long training programs for aspiring young artists throughout southern Ontario.
Sessions will be offered in Grand Bend, July 4-8; Penetanguishene, July 25-29; Kitchener-Waterloo, Aug. 15-19 and Drayton, Aug. 29 to Sept. 2. All sessions are for ages 13 to 18 years. Cambridge is the exception and is offering a session for ages 13-18 from July 18-22 and another for ages 9-12 from Aug. 22-26.
“There is a wealth of young talent in Canada and we feel it is our responsibility to help develop the artists of tomorrow,” said Alex Mustakas, artistic director of Drayton Entertainment. “Our new program will help cultivate young talent and give novice performers some insight about the expectations of the theatre industry while honing techniques for future success.”
The Youth Musical Theatre Program is designed to cultivate creativity, ignite imagination and boost confidence while providing aspiring young performers with the opportunity to learn from professional theatre artists and develop a deeper appreciation for live performance. The program requires an entrance audition, and has a maximum enrollment of 30 students per week in order to guarantee personal faculty-student attention.
Guided by passionate theatre professionals, participants will study aspects of singing, dancing, acting and technical theatre while meeting new friends with similar interests. Tuition for each program will include a ticket to a professional Drayton Entertainment production.
Hopefuls are required to submit video auditions conveying vocal and dance skills along with a photo and résumé outlining previous experience. The deadline for applications is Apr. 4. More information about the Youth Musical Theatre Program, including tuition costs and application requirements, is available at www.draytonentertainment.com
SINGING THEir PRAISES
Five Blyth Festival Singers received Ontario Volunteer Service Awards on March 15. Yvonne Martin, Brussels; Tom Hennessey, Bayfield;Dorothy Dietrich, Zurich and Jill Beardsley, Wingham each received certificates for 15 years of service. Brenda Radford of Londesboro, was presented with a 25 year award. The presentations were extra special as this year marks the 35th anniversary of the Blyth Festival Singers. (Submitted photo)