take a look at Orlagh
The 2019 Ontario Heritage Conference (OHC) will be held in beautiful Bluewater and Goderich in just 65 days.
It is noted on the OHC website that, “The conference theme is heritage economics and features an exciting program focused on how the agricultural, marine, industrial and tourist economies in Bluewater and Goderich have shaped the built and natural heritage of these communities and, more recently, the interplay between heritage and tourism.”
Bayfield is going to be an important presence at the annual Ontario Heritage Conference which will be coming to Ontario’s West Coast May 30 to June 1. To generate some excitement and to allow area residents to reflect on their heritage several local history buffs have come together to create a feature called, “Take a Look”. They will be providing village anecdotes in the weeks leading up to the conference. This week’s history is provided by Jane MacLaren.
Orlagh as it looked around 1870 with the Woods family posing on the porch steps. (Submitted photo)
As one of Bayfield’s oldest and most significant heritage properties, much has been written about “Orlagh”. This interpretation of what has been documented is based on the property records available. Much has also been written about Dr. Ninian Woods and his family – this article is limited to the property and the house. According to the folklore, the property is named after an historic residence overlooking Dublin, Ireland, Dr. Woods birthplace.
The earliest deed available is the sale of property from the Municipal Corporation of the Township of Stanley to Ninian Woods on Dec. 2, 1862, for five shillings. This property included parts of Fry Street and Victoria Street and Tom Thumb Street, approximately 3.5 acres. Woods also acquired additional lands surrounding this piece including several lots along Fry and Victoria Streets.
Dr. Woods began construction of the house in 1863, a two-storey structure with a kitchen/living area on the main floor, two small bedrooms on the second floor and a root cellar with inside trap door access from the kitchen. Subsequent additions included the main portion of the structure, including a main floor with large entry hall, dining room, living room, utility room and surgery, a second floor with a large hall brightly lit by two large dormers, four bedrooms and a large attic. A barn to the west connected to the original building by a walkway known as “The Tunnel”. The heating was provided initially by several fireplaces, then a coal furnace (there are still pieces of coal to be found on the dirt basement floor) and eventually a modern forced air gas furnace.
The property remained in the Woods family until 1976, when it passed to a developer G. E. Walter Construction. The developer sold off the majority of the property leaving a one-acre lot containing Orlagh.
In 1978 the property was purchased by Don and Flo Keillor, who undertook a major renovation of the house, including converting one of the upstairs bedrooms into a large bathroom and extensive redecorating of the entire house. They also added a two-car garage where the walkway to the old barn once stood.
Orlagh as seen from the street on Oct. 24, 2010. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)
In 1998 the property was purchased by Jane and David MacLaren. They added a couple of sleeping cabins, a multi-purpose sport court, a sunroom, deck and small pool. They also converted the attic to additional sleeping quarters.
The house remains today much as it was in the 1860s, a splendid three-story Georgian mansion with large rooms with high ceilings and elegant moldings as well as a gracious main stairway. The house was designated in 1985 under the Ontario Heritage Act.
Rob Bebenek comedy show benefits bayfield yacht club
Peter Keightley, owner of Drift, is working to revitalize the Bayfield Yacht Club (BYC) and is using humour to raise some funds.
Drift in partnership with the BYC will bring comedian Rob Bebenek to town for one evening March 30.
Bebenek was a finalist in SiriusXM Canada's Next Top Comic competition in 2013. He's appeared on MTV, SiriusXM radio and CBC's Laugh Out Loud. He's performed at the Halifax Comedy Festival, Hubcap Comedy Festival, Cottage Country Comedy Festival, the NXNE Festival and the Waterloo Comedy Festival, as well as opening for Charlie Murphy, Steve-O, Gerry Dee, Tim Meadows and more!
The doors of the Bayfield Town Hall will open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 and are available now by contacting Drift at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Eventbrite.ca. Please note this show is rated 19+.
Founded in 1971 the BYC’s intent is to bring together sailors of all ages to provide boating related activities and events both locally and abroad. BYC is currently looking for new members who want to participate in sailing regattas, day races, workshops, youth training and parties. The ultimate goal of the BYC is to make sailing fun and accessible to all people in the community.
Long term objectives for the revitalization of the yacht club include the incorporation of a permanent yacht club location as well as the launching of a youth sailing mentorship program. Keightley notes that this summer they will be using Harbour Lights Marina, Bayfield Town Hall and Drift as locations to host meetings and parties.
bicentennial concert to be flavored by celtic influences
The Bayfield and Area Chamber of Commerce (BACC) is working with the Bayfield Historical Society (BAS) to celebrate the life and achievements of Admiral H.W. Bayfield. It is nearly the 200th anniversary of Admiral Bayfield surveying Lake Huron. His work is an amazing achievement of perseverance and dedication. He went on to survey the other Great Lakes, the St. Lawrence River, and the coastlines of the Atlantic and Newfoundland. Events are being planned for 2019 and 2020.
To kick off the celebrations the Ennis Sisters will be performing at the Bayfield Town Hall on Friday, Apr. 5. According to organizers, these amazingly talented musicians and will be a fitting start to April events.
The Ennis Sisters will be performing at the Bayfield Town Hall on Friday, Apr. 5 to kick off the 2019-20 celebrations of Admiral Bayfield's surveying Lake Huron. (Submitted photo)
The Ennis Sisters stepped into the spotlight in 1997 with the release of their debut album, “Red is the Rose”. Twenty years later, with 12 albums, a Juno award and multiple music awards to their credit, Maureen, Karen and Teresa have toured all over the world, performing on some of the most prestigious stages and festivals. Flavored by Celtic and traditional Newfoundland influences, the Ennis Sisters are known for their captivating sibling harmonies and their powerful, often humorous, storytelling.
Their 2018 release, “Keeping Time”, is reflective yet uplifting, about keeping time in both life and music. Produced by Alan Doyle, the album was inspired by the unraveling and tethering of memory, and is part homage, part celebration of life, as the album honors their father, whom they recently lost to dementia.
Tickets are $40 and are available on www.ticketscene.ca. There will be a cash bar. The town hall doors will open at 7 p.m. with the concert at 7:30 p.m.
The BACC would like to thank the concert sponsors: Scotiabank, the Lake House of Bayfield and the Little Inn for their support.
support available for those in need of free tax help
Once again, this year, the Bayfield Food Bank (Feed My Sheep) is sponsoring the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program (CVITP). This program is approved and registered by the Canada Revenue Agency and provides free tax preparation to eligible individuals.
These sessions will be held at the Bayfield Public Library from 6-8 p.m. on Apr. 3 and Apr. 17
People may be eligible for this service if they have a modest income and a simple tax situation. In general, a tax situation is simple if people have no income or if their income comes from the following sources: employment, pension, interest under $1,000, registered retirement savings plans (RRSPs), registered retirement income plans (RRIFs), support payments, scholarships, fellowships, bursaries or grants and benefits such as Canada Pension Plan disability, employment insurance and social assistance.
Family income levels suggested are: one person, $30,000; two persons, $40,000; plus $2,500 for each additional person.
A tax situation is not simple if people are self-employed or have employment expenses, business or rental income and expenses, capital gains or losses, filed for bankruptcy or are completing a tax return for a deceased person.
Please bring the following to the tax clinic: personal photo ID, 2017 Income Tax Return, 2017 Tax Notice of Assessment, 2018 Income Slips - T4, T4A, T4A(OAS), T4A(P), T3, T5007 etc., 2018 Rent Receipts or Statement from Landlord, 2018 Final Municipal Land Tax Statement, 2018 Medical Receipts and Statements, and 2018 Charitable Donations Receipts.
Tenth annual Pancake Brunch and Sugar Bush Tour upcoming
The sweet taste of maple syrup poured over a stack of freshly flipped pancakes is a spring ritual for many Canadians. All in the community are invited to join the congregation of Trinity St. James' Anglican Church as they host the tenth annual Pancake Brunch and Sugar Bush Tour on Apr. 6.
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 Trinity St. James' Anglican Church and outreach.
Hike Leader course offered
Anyone interested in learning to lead safe and enjoyable hikes is invited to register for a Hike Leader Course, certified by Hike Ontario on Apr. 27
This one-day certification course will cover things such as preparation for leading a hike, backpack recommendations, risk management, advertising, monitoring, and trail etiquette to name only a few aspects of the day.
Successful participants receive a manual, wallet card and badge. Graduates will relate to experienced hike leaders to mentor their first experiences as leaders.
The course will be held at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The instructor will be Tom Friesen and the cost to participate is $60.
To register and for more details visit the Hike Ontario website at www.hikeontario.com.
Click on “Take a course”, “Course Calendar” and select “Bayfield” location
This course is open to interested adults and is sponsored by the Bayfield River Valley Trails Association.
Editor's note: The Bayfield Breeze will be publishing hiatus issues from now until Apr. 10.
Thank you to all who met the earlier deadline so that these upcoming editions would be possible. The Bayfield Breeze will be back live on Wednesday, Apr. 17.
Deadline for submissions for that issue will be Apr. 14 at 4 p.m.
The third Councilor’s Corner of 2019 will be held one week later than usual at the Bayfield Community Centre Apr. 4.
Bayfield Ward Councilor Bill Whetstone welcomes all area citizens to join in these monthly sessions starting at 7 p.m.
An update on the budget and bridge will be the focus of discussion.
The Bayfield Historical Society (BHS) is looking to hire a couple of summer students to assist with collections management and village outreach. Anyone who loves history, is detail oriented, has computer skills and can work independently is asked to please forward their resume to Archivist Joy Yates via email to email@example.com. Please note being able to work weekends is a must!
SOUP AND A MOVIE
“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 began on March 12 and will be held on the four subsequent Tuesdays after that from 6-9 p.m. Those who attend will enjoy a choice of soup, bread and a beverage all for a free will donation followed by a movie.
This remaining movie schedule is: Breathe, Apr. 2 and The Zoo Keeper’s Wife, Apr. 9.
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.
West Coast Astronomers
The West Coast Astronomers’ first Star Party for 2019 will be held at 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Apr. 4 at the Agricultural Park in Bayfield, weather and sky conditions permitting.
Participants can look forward to observing Mars, the Pleiades, double, open and globular clusters and a selection of nebulae as well as other deep sky objects.
Visit the Star Party page at www.westcoastastronomers.info to reserve a spot. This allows organizers to communicate with participants in case the conditions are unfavorable or rescheduled. Dress appropriately. If the sky is not clear on the designated night, the event will be cancelled.
Anyone who has doubt on the status of the event or has questions should please call Guy Spence at 519 868-6691 before the event.
Everyone is welcome to join, with or without a telescope. There is no cost. Amateur astronomers are invited to bring their telescopes at sundown.
Saturdays at the Library
April boasts not one, but two, Saturdays at the Library sessions hosted by the Friends of the Bayfield Library (FOBL).
Janet Stewart (Submitted photo)
Estate Planning with Janet E. Stewart is the first session to be offered on Apr. 13.
Stewart is a partner at Lerners Lawyers in London. She also has a home and Bayfield and a long-time connection to the community.
She will lead a discussion and question and answer period about estate planning including, wills and power of attorney.
Then on Apr. 27 Ben Woodward will be the featured speaker.
Woodward, a seasonal resident of Bayfield and the 2017 Canadian Geographic Challenge National Champion, will give a presentation about his experiences including how winning Canada’s largest student geography competition changed his life.
Both of these sessions are 1.5 hours in length and will start at 10:30 a.m. at the Bayfield Public Library.
The Fifth Annual Earth Day Litter Walk, sponsored by the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA), will be held on Monday afternoon, Apr. 22.
Starting at 2 p.m., local groups and individuals of all ages are invited to join in this annual spring clean-up event. Everyone is asked to meet at the gazebo in Clan Gregor Square, where participants will be provided with safety vests and garbage bags. Then volunteers can choose their own route to walk, picking up litter and recyclables throughout the village, parks and surrounding areas.
Garbage bags can be dropped back at Clan Gregor Square for disposal.
The Bayfield Optimist Club is looking for folks that would be willing to have a sign on their lawn announcing when Rubber Duck Race tickets are on sale.
As an incentive, anyone who helps out in this regard will have a chance to win a 32 Gig Kindle Fire HD Tablet which has been donated by Lighthouse Money Management of Goderich. A random draw will be made just prior to the start of the race on May 19 to announce the winner.
If interested, please email your name, address and phone number to firstname.lastname@example.org. The club will place the sign on your lawn at the beginning of April and then come back to remove it in mid-May.
All proceeds from ticket sales go into local community projects. The club reserves the right to select which lawns will receive a sign, based on location and number of applicants.
ADMIRAL BAYFIELD - THE PLAY
Admiral Henry Wolsey Bayfield (Submitted photo)
Two hundred years ago Admiral Bayfield as a young man surveyed the Great Lakes, in particular, Lake Huron. In celebration of his accomplishments, Judy Keightley, playwright and author has written a play called: “Admiral Bayfield”.
This play will be performed on the Bayfield Town Hall stage on Apr. 26 and 27. There will be a wine and cheese gala following both performances.
Tickets are available by calling Jayne Dietrich, 519 525-3169; Judy Keightley, 519 565-4515; or at Shopbike Coffee Roasters on Main Street in the village.
Wondering where the Pole Walkers are meeting or when The Glee Sisters have their next practice? A newly launched website, www.bayfieldactivities.info, is the place to visit to view current calendars of events for all of the village activities.