Youth represents fair at provincial level
One of the images from the 2017 Bayfield Community Fair taken by Patrick Dunn that won a first place at the Ontario Association of Agricultural Societies photography competition. (Photo by Patrick Dunn)
Members attending the March meeting for the Bayfield Agricultural Society (BAS) were given some good news from the Convention held for the Ontario Association of Agricultural Societies (OAAS).
Following the annual fair there is a separate photography competition to submit pictures taken at the Bayfield Fair best exemplifying 21 different categories. The convenor of the photography section, Colleen Jacob, was thrilled to learn that Bayfield won five firsts and some thirds and fifths in the provincial competition. At the meeting the members learned that one person who won many of the winning pictures was Patrick Dunn, grandson of Jean and Ted. He spent a lot of the fair weekend taking hundreds of pictures and submitted a picture for each of the categories and when judged his were several of the Bayfield submissions. Patrick is another example of youth making us so proud and having Bayfield represented at the provincial level.
For those who love a midway, it was confirmed that Townsend Amusements will be at the fair with some special rates on the Sunday of the fair.
The BAS has been hearing regular reports of the building plans of a new farm animal display building for Agricultural Park. The current Pet Display building is in poor shape and will need to be replaced. A motion was passed to give the building committee approval to build this fall or winter. Following the motion, it was stated that with a donation announced at the meeting that over half of the building expenses of $85,000 have now been covered through private, corporate, or donated labor sources. The fundraising committee is considering a few new activities for the Bayfield community. If anyone is interesting in ensuring the infrastructure at Agricultural Park is safe and wants to continue the historical goal of introducing the public to farm animals, they can contact the BAS through firstname.lastname@example.org. All donations of $500 or more will be recognized on the building through engraved bricks which will be part of a donation wall.
For those wanting to be part of a vibrant and energetic organization, let us know through email@example.com. Our goal is to help educate the public about where their food comes from and have some friendly competition within the community. The next meeting for the organization is Apr. 9 in the basement of St. Andrew’s United Church at 7 p.m. It will be a Directors’ Meeting but all are welcome to attend.
Bedside Singing Group to be coordinated for Hospice
The Huron Residential Hospice is endeavoring to start a new singing group for men and women to bring comfort, love and peace to life’s final journey through the gift of song.
“We are hoping to start a local group of bedside singers. As the title suggests, the participants will prepare themselves to engage in ‘sings’ at the bedsides of individuals who are dying,” said Deb Shelley. “Our presence will be by invitation. Our goal is to offer comfort, solace, joy and strength to those for whom we sing. Our music will be a gift, no strings or payments attached.”
“This will be a challenging and fulfilling opportunity,” Shelley added. “Although we are the first to implement a bedside singing group locally, the idea has been around for a long time, and singers have been engaged in their communities in many places. A bit of research leads to a grassroots movement called Threshold Singers, and to Hallowell, both commenced in the U.S.”
On Apr. 7, at 9:30 a.m., interested people are invited to attend an information session at the site of the new Huron Residential Hospice on Hwy 8 near Clinton. A good voice for a variety of song styles and maturity to handle end of life environments are the first two requirements of joining the group.
“We’ll have ‘coffee and calories’, a brief presentation by Constance Russo concerning what to expect when entering the room of a palliative individual and time to learn more about each other and about bedside singing. We will also sing all together for the first time!” said Shelley.
For more information call or text Deb Shelley 519 270-9146 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
American War and Forgiveness find favor at Bayfield Reads
A generous crowd gathered for the 2018 Bayfield Reads event hosted by The Village Bookshop and held at the Bayfield Town Hall on Sunday afternoon. (Photos by David Latour)
Bayfield Reads was a close call this year with the judges favoring one defender and the audience another.
The Audience Choice went to Mary Pounder defending with American War and relating it to real and apparent threats in present day politics. The Judges Choice went to Nick Howell for Forgiveness, as he aptly described the various levels of passage in forgiveness itself and how the book related to that through various tiers and characters.
Arlene Timmins put up a strong defence for Precious Cargo and differently abled students whose abilities are eye opening. Frank Leahy fought for Marrow Thieves and the indigenous peoples place in Canada’s past, present and future. Sue Nicholson was very relatable in her defence of Boat People and injustices preying on our fears, and limited information over the treatment of Tamil Refugees.
Michael Pierce won the advance ticket draw for tickets for two to the Fall-Winter 2018 Bayfield Concert Series.
“Thank you to all who attended for their support, to Friends of the Bayfield Library (FOBL) for their assistance, to Shop Bike Coffee Roasters for coffee, to past defenders for their judging expertise, for Frank Leahy’s stories and fiddling, and finally to this year’s great line-up of speakers, we cannot do this without you!” concluded Martha Beechie, owner of The Village Bookshop, who hosted the event.
Easter egg hunt
Forty-five 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 Apr. 1.
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.
The Anglican congregations in the community are preparing for the arrival of the Easter season and invite all to join them.
On March 29, Maundy Thursday will be held at St. James’, Middleton at 7:30 p.m.
Good Friday follows on March 30 with a service at Trinity Anglican in Bayfield starting at 10:30 a.m.
And then on Apr. 1, the congregation of Trinity will mark Easter Sunday with a Holy Eucharist service at 9:15 a.m. while St. James’, Middleton will celebrate at 11 a.m
Come and join the Bayfield Bridge Group for a friendly afternoon of bridge every Wednesday from 1-4 p.m. at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building. No partner is required. The cost is $2.
The Bayfield Farmers’ Market is gearing up for its fifth season!
Opening Day is set for Friday, May 18. The season will run until Thanksgiving weekend, with markets every Friday afternoon from 3-7 p.m. in Clan Gregor Square.
Vendors interested in joining the market may contact Market Coordinator Mary Brown at email@example.com for information and an application form.
A reminder to local community groups: a community stall space is available to charity and non-profit organizations, at no cost, for fundraising, promotional and educational purposes by applying to the Market Coordinator at least one week in advance.
A board meeting is planned for Thursday, Apr. 5, starting at 6 p.m. at the Bayfield Public Library. This meeting is open to the public. Come on out and learn more about how your market works and how you can become involved. We're looking for people interested in seeing our market continue to flourish. Volunteers are needed to help out on market days and at special events. No experience is necessary, and we won’t ask for a big, time commitment. For more information please contact Brown at the email listed above.
The office of the Municipality of Bluewater Council has submitted the following to the Bayfield Breeze as highlights of their regular meeting of council held on March 19.
• Received the draft Request for Proposal (RFP) for the Bayfield Complex Feasibility Study and directed staff to issue the RFP.
• Directed that correspondence dated Aug. 29, 2017 from the Bayfield Facility Initiative Team and Bayfield Arena Community Partners Association, expressing their interest in the operation of the Bayfield Community Centre, be included for consideration in the feasibility study.
• Received the report entitled Status Update – 2017 Strategic Goal Action Plans for information.
• Directed staff to enter into the agreement with NextEra as presented.
• No longer lease the South Shore Marina from the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario due to costs, and no interest by a third-party operator.
Home4Good Info Hub supplies information on services and supports for seniors in the Bayfield area.
A volunteer will be at the Bayfield Public Library to answer questions on the first Monday of each month from 1-3 p.m.
In between times, people are invited to write down any questions they may have and leave them with the Librarian.
Starting on Apr. 10, Ruth Percy, a Nia Brown Belt, from Goderich, will be offering Nia classes on Tuesdays at the Bayfield Town Hall beginning at 5:30 p.m.
The cost will be $40 for five weeks. Drop-ins are welcome at $10 a class. To register or for more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nia (pronounced nee-ah) combines dance moves, martial art moves and mindful moves all to great music. Nia is for all ages and stages. Move with enjoyment!
Taoist Tai Chi
People from all walks of life and across the world tell how the practice of Taoist Tai Chi® arts has relieved stress, provided deep relaxation, given their bodies balance and strength, helped with pain, lifted spirits and even changed their outlook on life.
Continuing and Beginner Classes are being offered in Bayfield 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 Tuesday, Apr. 10, from 7-9 p.m. at the Bayfield Town Hall. Classes will continue on Tuesdays from 7-9 p.m. at the Town Hall.
For more information call Doug Brown at 519 565-5187.
The sweet taste of maple syrup poured over a stack of freshly flipped pancakes is a spring ritual for many Canadians. It definitely is for the congregation of St. James', Middleton as they host their ninth annual Pancake Brunch and Sugar Bush Tour on Apr. 7. All in the community are invited to join in the festivities.
Pancakes and sausage with Rick and Rusty Schilbe's fresh maple syrup, coffee, juice and dessert will be served at the Pine Lake Campground Recreational Hall, 77794 Orchard Line, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
In addition to brunch participants will be able to go on a hayride and once they reach their destination see first-hand how maple syrup is made at the Rick Schilbe Farm. Wagon rides will leave from the recreation hall for the short ride across the road to the sugar bush and shanty.
The cost for the brunch is $10, adults; $5, children 12 to 6 years; and youngsters aged five and under are free. Proceeds to St. James', Middleton Anglican Church and world outreach.