VHS DONATES TO OPTIMIST CLUB
Kerri Catalan, Executive assistant to Virtual High School President and CEO Steve Baker, presented a cheque for $1,000 to members of the Bayfield Optimist Club on March 17. Club members (l-r): John Pounder, Mike Dixon and Kevin Burton accepted the cheque in support of youth projects with appreciation as the club's ability to fundraise has been hampered by the ongoing pandemic. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)
art centre mobile art truck dream becoming reality
In the fall of 2019, no one saw what was coming…not the least of which was the group of community members developing the Bayfield Centre for the Arts (BCA). The group had invited artist Kristyn Watterworth, who ran Kryart Studio out of the barn on the village’s Main Street for many years, back to the village for an exploratory conversation. The group was excited to hear her idea of taking art on the road...in a truck!
The BCA quickly adopted the concept and began work to make it a reality. More than a year after that initial conversation, the Mobile Art Program by the BCA is about to launch in Huron County.
Taking “Art on the Road” is all about visual art practices being offered to organizations, institutions, groups and families in the form of a Pop-up Studio. Tents, tables, chairs, easels, and bins of supplies along with a driver and an instructor arrive at a predetermined destination through a booking system on Eventbrite. A minimum of three hours is required, and a choice of art event is chosen at booking, among the choices are: painting, crafts, and photography classes.
The participants have individual, safely-distanced work stations and supplies are left behind for the “artists”, eliminating sharing of equipment and making the whole event COVID-19 safe.
The BCA also hopes the truck will regularly attend the many Mental Health organizations in Huron County with a custom designed program called “Primary Colours in Art Therapy” by BCA volunteer and Registered Psychotherapist and Art Therapist Margot Sippel.
The BCA has applied for funding and needs sponsors for this outreach.
Retrofitting a generously donated Chrysler Sprinter van from Lake Huron Chrysler in Goderich is the responsibility of volunteer Mike Dietrich, a wood worker by hobby. Directing a team of volunteers, work will shortly commence to allow the van to safely store and transport the equipment.
Through grants from Huron County Economic Development SLED funding, Bluewater Municipality and RTO4, some of the supplies needed such as easels and outdoor heaters have already arrived.
BCA President Leslee Squirrell and fellow Director Debra MacArthur have been working full-time on this, and many other offerings, for the summer of 2021 in Huron County.
“We find we work on an idea, and then monitor COVID-19 Health and Safety changes constantly, while being ready to both launch and delay at any moment. It is both emotionally exhausting and at the same time very exciting,” said Squirrell. “The art truck is made for the pandemic, even though we didn’t realize it initially, but outdoor events are healthier and safer and it is also inspiring to participate in an art workshop while amongst nature.”
The Mobile Art Truck can also unload and operate in a building that has its own tables and chairs. Examples of such spaces would include, a pavilion, recreation centre or an arena.
“We need additional funding and sponsors to help us offer the studio program to hospitals and children’s groups and expand our operations to be all-year long. We also need sponsors, instructors, drivers and operational help,” said Squirrel. “The BCA is dedicated to the success of this endeavor. It resonates in a time when all of us need some relief from stress and worry and getting us outdoors this spring.”
To help with funding and sponsorships of the Mobile Art Truck program contact Leslee Squirrell via email at firstname.lastname@example.org To connect about having the Mobile Art Truck come visit contact Hello@bayfieldarts.ca Please note that the reservation system is not yet operational.
wood craftsmen returning to support Bayfield art centre
The duo behind The Cracked Knot – The Birdhouse Foundation are bringing a collection of their handcrafted, brightly colored birdhouses to the village to sell in support of the Bayfield Centre for the Arts on Saturday, Apr. 10. (Submitted photos)
Connor Withers, and his father, Tim, are returning to Bayfield this spring to help another great community organization with their fundraising efforts. The duo behind The Cracked Knot – The Birdhouse Foundation are bringing a collection of their handcrafted, brightly colored birdhouses to sell in support of the Bayfield Centre for the Arts on Saturday, Apr. 10.
Volunteers with the Bayfield Centre for the Arts report that “early birds” to the sale will find a few special birdhouses that will have been hand decorated by local artists.
Connor began making birdhouses in 2013 at just eight years-old. His dad, Tim, encouraged his carpentry skills and collaborates with him on both marketing ideas and growth opportunities. His whole family gets involved with promotion and sales. In the last eight years, Connor has raised more than $40,000 for the Joseph Brant Hospital Foundation. In 2013 he was named Junior Citizen of the Year by the Ontario Community Newspapers Assocation. He has also been recognized by the City of Burlington and the Province of Ontario for his efforts. The Cracked Knot - The Birdhouse Foundation has also achieved global recognition with birdhouses being installed in Tanzania and Hong Kong. Over 2,000 birdhouses in support of great causes have now been made by this father-son team.
The Cracked Knot - The Birdhouse Foundation team are also becoming known for their other beautiful wood products such as, wood spoons, boxes, frames, charcuterie boards, and seasonal décor.
Volunteers with the BCA report that “early birds” to the sale will find a few special birdhouses that will have been hand decorated by local artists. The sale will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will be held in Clan Gregor Square in the area that has traditionally been the location of the Bayfield Farmers’ Market during the summer months.
Last year, The Cracked Knot – The Birdhouse Foundation made two visits to Bayfield, the first in aid of the Bayfield and Area Fire Department while the second was in support of the Bayfield Breeze.
historical society preparing first nations' exhibit
Bayfield Historical Society (BHS) recently received a donation from Doug Darnbrough of First Nation stone tools found in Bayfield.
The rock and large spear head were found in the Bayfield River Flats while the smaller arrowhead was found in a field in south Bayfield. The rock has a chiseled ridge completely around with one side flat with a chunk shorn off and a lighter color. University of Waterloo student, Ben Woodward, who works at the Bayfield Archives, identified the rock as a fishing net anchor. The stone may be indigenous or it may be of European origin.
BHS also contacted the First Nations of Kettle Point. They have an elder in mind who is willing to examine the objects but this will need to wait until after COVID-19 vaccinations are completed.
“We will make an exhibit over the summer of these (and three other axe heads already in the Archives) to identify the First Nations' contribution to our history,” said BHS President Ruth Gibson. “If you have anything to contribute to this exhibit please let us know.”
BHS can be contacted via email at: email@example.com.
walking day, Earth Day and Amphibians focus of April Hikes
The Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) has three events scheduled for April. Two recognize special dates, National Walking Day and Earth Day, while the third celebrates “Frogs, Toads, and Salamanders with the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority” (ABCA).
Volunteers with BRVTA would like participants to please note that they follow all provincial COVID-19 protocols. They ask people not to attend if they have any COVID-19 symptoms, or if in the past 14 days they have traveled outside of Canada or have been in contact with anyone who has tested positive. Masks are required during sign-in and on the hike when distancing is not possible.
Naftel’s Creek Conservation Area will be the location of the hike on National Walking Day, Wednesday, Apr. 7 starting at 11 a.m. Celebrate the day on the trails of Naftel’s Creek, a scenic retreat that features terrific walking trails through a variety of habitats. Participants will explore plantations, mixed deciduous forests, and cedar lowlands.
Those who take part are asked to meet at Naftels Creek Conservation Area, off Hwy 21 just north of Kitchigami Road. A map can be found at: ontarioconservationareas.ca/component/mtree/conservation-authorities-of-ontario/maitland-valley/naftel-s-creek-conservation-area
The hike is approximately 4 KMs and should take about two hours. The trail difficulty level is easy. It consists of natural paths with some bridges and boardwalks.
Those who attend should come prepared with water and wear sturdy shoes. They are also reminded to check the weather report and dress accordingly. Dogs on leash are welcome.
Hike leaders will be Roger Lewington and Peter Karl.
A raffle has been added to the Seventh Annual Earth Day Village Litter Walk to be held on Wednesday, Apr. 22 from 2-4 p.m. People can purchase $5 raffle tickets for a chance to win a one-of-a-kind, hand-painted rain barrel created by local artist Leslee Squirrell, with proceeds supporting the trail association. (Submitted photo)
A raffle has been added to the Seventh Annual Earth Day Village Litter Walk to be held on Wednesday, Apr. 22 from 2-4 p.m. People can purchase $5 raffle tickets for a chance to win a one-of-a-kind, hand-painted rain barrel created by local artist Leslee Squirrell, with proceeds supporting the trail association.
The main focus of the Litter Walk, sponsored by the BRVTA, is to have people come together to keep the village streets clean, protect the environment from harmful plastics and household waste, and enjoy an afternoon in the great outdoors.
Bayfield businesses, visitors and residents of all ages are invited to join the BRVTA members in this annual spring clean-up event. Wear gloves and brightly colored clothing or borrow one of the BRVTA’s safety vests. Association members will provide participants with a garbage bag and they can choose the area in the village where they want to pick up litter. Registration will be held between 2- 3 p.m. in Clan Gregor Square with garbage to be returned by 4 p.m. Those who take part are asked to please follow COVID-19 distancing protocols and wear a mask at sign-in.
On Friday, Apr. 30, the BRVTA Executive are encouraging a road trip for families because it is spring and the amphibians are active!
“Frogs, Toads, and Salamanders with the ABCA” will be held at the Morrison Dam Conservation Area. Starting at 7 p.m., ABCA Education Specialist, Nina Sampson will offer an educational introduction to the creatures who make the night music at the Morrison Reservoir and their silent cousins, the salamanders. Families and youth are especially welcome at this event but the family dog should stay at home
Participants are asked to meet at 71042 Morrison Line, at the pavilion, a map can be found by visiting: abca.ca/conservationareas/morrisondam/
The hike is approximately 2.5 KMs and should take about 1.5 hours. The trail difficulty level is moderate on an easy 2M wide trail on chipped gravel with moderate slopes.
Poison Ivy is present in the area and identification will be part of the introductory safety talk.
Those who attend should come prepared with water and wear sturdy shoes. They are also reminded to check the weather report and dress accordingly.
Hike Leaders will be Peter Jeffers, Ralph Blasting and ABCA guest expert, Nina Sampson.
For more information regarding all of April’s activities please contact Ralph Blasting by calling 519 525-3205.
Letting go and organizing topic of first virtual speaker
Pauline Hoffman (Submitted photo)
The Saturdays at the Library speaker series is back – virtually by ZOOM! Friends of Bayfield Library (FOBL) and the Huron County Library have partnered to bring the popular speaker series online until the time when it is safe to gather again.
All are welcome to join the ZOOM meeting on Saturday, March 27 at 10:30 a.m. for the first speaker of the 2021 season. Pauline Hoffman’s topic is “It’s Time to Let it Go” – reducing the stress of going through the belongings of a deceased loved one and organizing your own belongings to make this process easier for your children and friends after you’re gone.
Hoffman is a Certified Professional Organizer, experienced speaker, and the founder of Just In Time Solutions.
Those who wish to attend are asked to please pre-register for the Zoom meeting:
People may not be aware but the Bayfield Farmers’ Market didn’t close up shop at the end of Thanksgiving – the online store is still operating with bi-weekly pickups or contactless delivery. The next market pick-up day is scheduled for Friday, March 26.
People can place their orders by visiting openfoodnetwork.ca/bayfield-farmers-market/
from March 21 at 8 a.m. to March 24 at 8 p.m. Shoppers will be directed to pick up their items up on March 26 sometime between 3-5 p.m. at Shopbike Coffee Roasters on Bayfield’s Main Street. They will receive an email confirmation (Thursday) with the approximate time of delivery on Friday afternoon.
Orders can be paid online with credit card or email transfer. Organizers are pleased to offer delivery within 15 KMs of Bayfield for a flat fee of $5. Shoppers can select their preference at checkout.
Anyone who would like to receive a reminder to shop the market when it opens is invited to join the Bayfield Farmers’ Market email list. People can do so by visiting: eepurl.com/g1lpZ5
Blue Bayfield’s beloved three-wheeler is up for adoption.
Blue Betty is looking for a new organization to assist. (Submitted photo)
After years of delivering water to the Farmer’s Market and other local events such as, parades, Blue Betty is looking for a new home. For those unfamiliar with her, she is a modified “Florida” trike designed to carry a 20 L water tank. She could easily be further modified to suit the needs of any community group or to serve more than one organization.
Why would an organization benefit from Blue Betty? She can be a visible representative of the organization. She can be modified to advertise any Mission Statement. She is a simple reminder of a community or business endeavor. A tricycle carries fun memories for most people. This is an opportunity to develop a Mascot that is fun to ride while informing the public of the organization’s hopes and dreams.
She is in perfect condition and the price is right – free!
Please contact Ray Letheren for more information firstname.lastname@example.org
Bayfield Area Food Bank will be hosting their Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, March 31 at 1 p.m. The meeting will be held virtually.
Members will be notified by email, however, if there are others interested in attending from the community, they can send an email request to email@example.com and the ZOOM link for the meeting will be sent to them as well.
TRINITY ST. JAMES
The Board of Trinity St. James Anglican Church has announced that in-person services will resume today (March 17). Book of Common Prayer services will continue on subsequent Wednesdays starting at 10:30 a.m.
People must be pre-register to attend by calling Godfrey Heathcote at 519 565-5824 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Seating is limited and COVID-19 protocols will be followed.
Sunday services at 11 a.m. will continue to be provided virtually over ZOOM. All are welcome.
The congregation would also like to invite people to join in their relaxed Coffee and Conversation hour also held over ZOOM every Thursday and Friday starting at 11 a.m.
To join any of these ZOOM sessions please contact Rev’d Mary Farmer at email@example.com.
Knox Presbyterian Church, Bayfield invites people to join their weekly church services, available anytime, online with YouTube and Facebook. The online links are available on the Knox, Bayfield website: pccweb.ca/knoxbayfieldpc/
Rev. Lisa Dolson, hosts a Book Study on ZOOM every Tuesday at 2 p.m. The book currently being discussed is “Entering the Passion of Jesus” by Amy-Jill Levine. All are welcome to join the discussion. Please contact Rev. Dolson at 519 572-8529 for more information.
Due to the pandemic, Camp Kintail has cancelled their summer program of "Kintail on the Road" for 2021. In past years, Knox, Bayfield hosted the camp at the church on Wednesdays during July and August. The congregation looks forward to offering the program in 2022.
Phoenix (Submitted photo)
Bayfield Forgotten Felines (BFF) has helped hundreds of feral and abandoned cats find their forever homes but many are still waiting.
Phoenix is the Adopt-A-BFF featured cat of the week.
Phoenix came to the Rescue several months ago. He had a cloudy eye which volunteers have been treating since his arrival but unfortunately it can not be saved and he is slated to have it removed at the end of March.
The fact he is soon to be a one-eyed cat shouldn’t deter people from the idea of adopting him. He is an energetic, active, wiggly, little love bug and he wants nothing more than to play and be loved. He also really likes to eat and has a very healthy appetite.
Since he’s very playful, and technically still a kitten, he could fit into almost any family configuration and be a welcome addition. Anywhere he goes he would make himself at home! Anyone who thinks this playful and joyful creature could be “the one” should please reach out to Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines at firstname.lastname@example.org
Phoenix will likely be available to go to his forever home by mid-April.
The cost of a vet visit is $150 per feline, a lot more for cats with special needs. Donations are always appreciated. E-transfers can be sent to the email above or email to arrange for a drop off or pick up of donations. Cheques can be mailed to Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines, P.O. Box 33, Bayfield, ON, N0M 1G0.
Life at the rink
The management team of the Bayfield Community Centre and Arena has decided to extend ice hours to 9 p.m. each day, as well as further extending the ice season to March 31st.
The free public skating schedule continues: every Sunday from 1-3 p.m., recreational skating open to all residents of Bayfield and surrounding area; every Monday for one hour starting at 10:30 a.m., recreational skating open to just Moms & Tots and Seniors and their Caregivers; every Monday for one hour starting at 7 p.m., Kids Shinny, a fun time to get youth involved in hockey.
For more information call 519 565-2121 or visit www.bayfieldcommunitycentre.ca.
Masks are required when entering the Bayfield Community Centre and can be taken off once on the ice. Other COVID-19 protocols are in effect and posted, people are asked to please abide by the rules.
People often ask if they can add an engraved brick to the path around the Splash Pad in Clan Gregor Square and members of the Optimist Club of Bayfield are pleased to announce that there is further opportunity to have a name added to the circle in 2021.
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.
“In Memoriam” stones for loved ones as well as “just because” stones can be ordered with the work being done on site later in 2021 using the same two brick sizes that are already installed around the Splash Pad. The cost of these engraved bricks will be medium, $70; and large, $90. 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 email@example.com or by calling 519 955-5254 for further information.