amazing grace PIPED round the world on easter sunday
PHOTOS BY SUZAN JOHNSON
Young Harvey Boyer also joined in the music making at noon on Easter Sunday when bagpipers across the globe united to perform, "Amazing Grace".
Physical distancing was practised during a special performance at Bayfield Meadows on Easter Sunday. (Submitted photo)
The Bayfield Meadows Homeowners' Association (BMHA) in the village consisting of over 80 residents were delighted to have neighbors Peter Mason and Cameron Harper, members of the Clinton Branch 140 Legion Pipe Band, put on a little show for them on Apr. 2.
On Easter Sunday, Apr. 12, at noon, the musical duo was back joining pipers around the world in playing “Amazing Grace”, from wherever they were, in solidarity with those struggling through the COVID-19 pandemic.
This time bagpiper Harper was joined by Mark McLeod and base drummer Mason was joined by Chelsea Boyer on the snare drum. Young Harvey Boyer also joined in the music making. Residents once again stood on their porches or front lawns to listen to the performance - keeping the appropriate two meters (6 ft.) distance.
Bagpipers Cameron Harper and Mark McLeod; Base Drummer, Peter Mason; Snare Drummer, Chelsea Boyer; and young Harvey Boyer performed at Bayfield Meadows at noon on Easter Sunday.
Young Harvey Boyer delighted residents of Bayfield Meadows during a special performance on Sunday, Apr. 12.
FARMERS' MARKET MOVING ONLINE
The Bayfield Farmers’ Market is working on a plan to open for the 2020 season.
It definitely won’t be business as usual. Current provincial regulations allow only food and beverage vendors to participate. And with Clan Gregor Square currently closed to the public, the market is unable to set up in its usual location.
In response, the market is moving to online, prepaid orders that will be brought to Bayfield for curbside pickup. Delivery to Bayfield residents may also be possible. More details on this new model will be made public soon. Regular updates will be posted on the market's Facebook page and in the Bayfield Breeze.
The Bayfield Farmers’ Market vendors are eager to provide a way for their customers to access fresh, local food products.
“Now more than ever, it is important to support our local vendors!” concluded Market Manager, Mary Brown.
world wonders cruise ends in Gibraltar for Bayfield couple
BY MELODY FALCONER-POUNDER
Justyne Chojnacka and Wally Racicot disembarked the Viking Sun at Gilbraltar on Apr. 10 to begin their journey home. The couple would like to say a special thank you to all that had kept them in their prayers for a safe return home. They would also like to thank their travel agent, Chris Stilwell, for bringing them home.
They are also thankful to Donna, Walter and Miss Daisy for providing care and flowers upon their return home. They are also most appreciative of the Easter dinner they were provided with on Sunday by Nancy and Dave Wilson. (Photos courtesy Justyne Chojnacka)
Last week, in Issue 561**, we shared the story of Bayfield residents, Justyne Chojnacka and Wally Racicot, who set sail from Los Angeles on Jan. 4th for a 119-night World Wonders Cruise. The growing COVID-19 pandemic created a rather uncertain itinerary amd many passengers were disembarked early. However, struggling to find a country that would allow them entry, Chojnacka and Racicot, along with six other Canadians, soon found themselves to be the only remaining passengers aboard the cruise ship Viking Sun.
By Day 82 of the cruise, there were 460 crew onboard along with the eight passengers. A fellow Canadian from Vancouver, Andy, who kept an online blog of their cruise, noted that this provided each passenger with 57.5 amazing crew members who tended to their every need.
At this point in the cruise, the Canadians were allowed to move to suites of their own choosing. They picked the four forward facing suites on Decks 4 and 5 and their cabin steward assignments were rearranged so that they could keep their same steward for the duration of the trip.
The passengers were advised that it is Viking Ocean policy to continue the full operation of guest services, even for only eight guests. Collectively, the Canadians felt that this was rather extravagant and they suggested what services they would like to have remain open, paring down eateries and organizing more structured meal times. They also requested that crew members be allowed to join them in the theatre for the live production shows so that the entertainers could perform for a larger audience. The eight passengers dined together at a table set for 10 allowing for ship’s officers and favorite crew members to be invited to share in a meal.
On Apr. 10, the Viking Sun anchored to the West side of the Rock of Gibraltar to begin the disembarkation of eight Canadians using a tender, which turned out to be a small local vessel.
This, according to the blogger, ensured that the Viking standard was maintained, but the Canadians were cognisant of the crew not standing around waiting for one of them to show up.
The next 15 days aboard the Viking Sun were filled with fine meals, including cooking classes with Chef Roberto. The Canadians helped the crew organize the ship’s extensive library inventory and both crew and guests took part in a rather thrilling and competitive Baggo Tournament. Ship tours became routine with the Canadians being invited to explore such places as, the laundry, backstage at the theatre, galley, medical centre, Bridge, Engine Control Room and the Owner’s Suite. They were also treated to some first-time productions as the onboard entertainers and musicians developed and produced new material on this sailing. And they were made honorary crew members having taken part in some of the trainings required by the crew.
But all good things must come to an end including sailing the world during a pandemic. On Apr. 10, Day 94 of the cruise, the eight Canadians disembarked at Gibraltar and so began another kind of adventure where the reality of the new world situation became apparent to the travelers.
The Viking Sun anchored to the West side of the Rock to begin the disembarkation process using a tender. The eight passengers were accompanied by a Viking Cruise Consultant. The passengers were given their PPE packages, with an abundant supply of masks, gloves, wipes and a bottle of hand gel. When the tender was ready they were advised to put on their PPE and then after lots of hugs and a few tears, they were led to the tender platform. It wasn’t, however, a ship’s tender that awaited them but a local boat. Disembarking became part of the adventure as guests launched themselves over a one-foot gap between vessels with crew members assisting them.
The blogger reported that most of the Viking Sun crew were lining the Promenade Deck railing, and as it was an open deck tender, the Canadians got to wave goodbye to them, even the Captain was out on the Bridge Wing waving.
After a 15-minute journey the group arrived at the port with an equally challenging disembarkation from the small vessel. From there they were boarded onto a bus and driven to a crane across the harbor, where their luggage was brought up in a cargo net, which they unloaded once it landed. From there it was a short drive to the airport, where the bus drove across the runway as the main road into Gilbraltar crosses it.
Once on land the Canadians retrieved their luggage from a cargo net where it was placed by a crane onto the dock in Gibraltar.
The Canadians considered the situation rather surreal. Within a span of thirty minutes they went from hugging everyone to experiencing physical distancing.
“I thought we embarked the Viking Sun for a World Cruise, not a cruise to another world. If you approached an employee, they immediately raised their hands in a blocking action, requesting you step back,” Andy wrote. “On arrival at the airport, we only saw one or two others. It remained that way until boarding the plane – no queue at check-in or security, so within a few minutes, we were in the departure lounge, which was also almost empty. No Business Lounges were open.”
From Gibraltar, the group of nine took a three-hour flight to London’s Heathrow Airport. There were only about 30 passengers on the plane with water and pretzels the sole offerings on the journey.
At Heathrow, as soon as they cleared the jetway, the group was met by three people who escorted them through the airport, where three vans were waiting to drive them to their hotel. Only three to a nine-seat van for physical distancing. This service was arranged by Viking and was very appreciated by the travellers. They were advised that a van would also pick them up in the morning to take them back to the airport for their flights to Canada. The hotel was actually closed, except for key workers and those with government approval, which Viking had obtained for the travellers.
On Saturday, Apr. 11, the Viking Sun alumni from the World Wonders Cruise flew home – six flying to Toronto and two to Vancouver – all to start their 14 days of self-isolation – unfortunately, no Baggo tourneys or cooking classes were scheduled.
**To view last week's story: http://cc.villageofbayfield.com
Anyone who would like to explore the World Wonders Cruise more closely is welcome to view Andy's blog at andyandjudi.com
A letter from lockdown in Soller, Mallorca, Spain
Bayfield residents Gary and Kate Lloyd-Rees are currently in Soller, Mallorca one of the Balearic Islands (which are part of Spain), under a government decreed COVID-19 lockdown, from where they sent this update on Apr. 13.
Today, Monday, is our 30th day of lockdown that came into effect across mainland Spain and the Canary and Balearic Islands on March 15. The lockdown period extends to, at least, Apr. 26 and the Spanish Prime Minister, Pedro Sanchez, has indicated that the lockdown is likely to be further extended until May 10th – by then we will have had a total of 57 days of lockdown. The Spanish lockdown means that freedom of movement is severely restricted with only a few specific justifications for leaving home – going out for any “leisure” activity is strictly prohibited.
Today the “economic hibernation” measures that were put in place across Spain two-weeks ago expire and are not being extended. That means that certain non-essential activities can recommence – in particular, manufacturing and construction. For those workers recommencing activities there are strict protocols to adhere to – for example, masks must be worn (the government is in the process of making masks available to everyone) and temperatures must be taken daily before going to work. If businesses cannot adhere to the required protocols, they must remain closed. Any business involving customer contact (unless in the essential category) remains closed. The Government is acutely aware of the risks involved in increasing economic activity and the impacts will be closely monitored.
Day 30 of lockdown in Soller, Mallorca, Spain, afforded this breathtaking image. (Photo by Gary Lloyd-Rees)
There has been a lot of talk, and hope, that the restrictions on people’s movements would be relaxed - to a “lockdown light” - allowing individuals to get out of their homes for a walk as in other European countries. This has not happened which means that many children who live in apartment blocks (which is the norm in cities) have now not been outside for 30 days.
So, are the lockdown measures working?
The numbers are truly tragic - especially given that the official statistics exclude the many thousands who have died outside of hospitals. Furthermore, the official view is that the true number of infections is between five and 15 times the reported number. The trends in the figures for Spain overall indicate that the country is over the peak and to try and get a true sense of the infection/acquired immunity rate, the Government has started a large-scale random testing program – the results of this exercise will help formulate the strategy to de-escalate the lockdown.
How are things in Mallorca?
Government statistics are available by region, so Gary and Kate Lloyd-Rees can track things at the Balearic Islands level. (Submitted photo)
Government statistics are available by region, so we can track things at the Balearic Islands level. The graph attached is how we personally monitor the situation - the numbers are gleaned from the official statistics. The graph shows the number of “active cases” for example, persons who have tested positive and have not yet recovered nor (tragically) died. As of today, there have been 1,550 positives, 862 have recovered and 117 have died leaving 571 active cases. Active cases peaked on lockdown day #17 (March 31st) and have steadily fallen since. The graph does not display the symmetrical picture seen in all the “flattening the curve” images as there can be a significant time-lag between being found positive and “resolution”.
As lockdown de-escalation does eventually happen, it is almost certain that the last thing to be relaxed here on the islands are the entry/exit restrictions at the airport and ports. We fully anticipate that we will be here for several weeks to come and have planned accordingly.
We continue to be grateful to our friends back home in Bayfield for your best wishes and your words of support. We stay in frequent touch with Peter and Erika Keightley and exchanged emails with Justyne Chojnacka and Wally Racicot as they sailed past us on their way to Gibraltar and home.
See you back in Bayfield. Stay safe and well everybody.
YELLOW QUARANTINE FLAG HAS BEEN RAISED
Peter Keightley and Erika Smith were married on Aug. 24, 2019 in Bayfield. In early September, they embarked on a working honeymoon travelling the world aboard Super Yachts, as chef and stewardess respectively. Stories by Peter about their journey have recently been appearing in the Bayfield Breeze. Readers will no doubt be relieved to learn that the boat they are currently on found sanctuary on Apr. 9 and is now docked in Cyprus, Greece. The couple will now remain in quarantine aboard the vessel for the next three weeks. Stay tuned! (Photo courtesy Peter Keightley)
Jana Clayton, who works in the hospitality industry in Bayfield, was the first recipient of a Bayfield Foodland gift card as part of the fundraising efforts of "Bayfield Eats for Hospitality Relief". She passed along a huge thank you to the anonymous person who nominated her and commented, "I love being part of this wonderful community!" (Submitted photo)
Bayfield Eats for Hospitality Relief (Bayfield Eats) is a new weekly meal service created by Brian Clarke, chef of the Black Dog, in partnership with Trevor Sawchuk, of Drift Bayfield; River Road Brewing and Maelstrom Winery.
Every week Clarke will premiere a new restaurant concept and a unique menu will be offered online that will be available for contactless pickup outside of Drift Bayfield every Friday evening with all profits going to purchase much needed supplies and food for Bayfield's hospitality workers who have been laid off due to COVID-19.
Meals will be $25 per person and $15 dollars for children under 12 years of age. Bayfield Eats will be accepting email transfers for payment of orders from Monday to Thursday which can be placed via their Instagram page @bayfieldeats or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
People can follow Bayfield Eats on their Instagram page, or on Facebook at “Bayfield Eats For Hospitality Relief”, to find out about upcoming menus.
Bayfield Eats is very happy to announce that they raised $700 for hospitality workers in their first week of operation. The team was completely humbled by the generosity and support from the community and can't wait to offer this week’s menu
A Mexican inspired meal is on tap for Friday, Apr. 17 which includes, a pulled pork and pineapple burrito, Mexican street corn, Baja shrimp slaw and churro cheesecake. Unfortunately, for those who hesitated to order, this week's menu sold-out in four hours when it was launched on Monday. Sixty-two lucky souls will enjoy it on Friday night.
Bayfield Eats is also offering to add a bottle of Maelstrom Wine or cans of River Road Brewing Beer to orders.
Organizers note that their only goal is to help with assistance for the town’s hospitality workers during this trying time and they appreciate the support of the community.
The team would like to remind local hospitality workers to reach out confidentially on Instagram if they would like to receive a gift card to Bayfield Foodland to help purchase supplies during these trying times. Bayfield locals can also confidentially nominate any hospitality worker they feel could use a helping hand.
The community continues to come together to serve each other during this time of crisis.
Lake Huron Chrysler in Goderich, in conjunction with The Little Inn of Bayfield, is putting a van on the road with a driver to pick up and deliver groceries to people from Bayfield Foodland and Pharmasave Michael’s Pharmacy’s Bayfield location.
There will be no charge for this service. Please contact Dean O’Brien at 519 525-0420 or email email@example.com for more information.
Today (Apr. 15), is delivery day for regular clients of the Bayfield Area Food Bank (BAFB).
The organizers behind the BAFB want the community to know that they are available to help people with their emergency food needs during this time of pandemic.
And they deliver…both the food and the delivery are free of charge.
“We will continue to support our regular clientele but people who have never struggled to put food on the table may find themselves in a very stressful situation,” said Terry Boa-Youmatoff, representing the BAFB.
BAFB has prepackaged boxes for emergency purposes. Anyone in need of an emergency delivery can phone 519 955-7444 to make arrangement.
“The concern and generosity shown by the community has been very heart-warming,” said Boa-Youmatoff.
She went on to offer thanks to the many individuals for their very generous response in these trying days. She also noted the additional support from the Bayfield Lions’ Club, Bayfield Guiding, TCC and The Lake House of Bayfield.
“We are also most grateful for the ongoing support that sustains us on a monthly basis from the Huron County Food Bank Distribution Centre, Virtual High School, Bayfield Foodland, Church On The Way and Knox Presbyterian Church (Knox Women). I would be remiss if I didn’t thank Trinity St. James Anglican Church for their endless help as well as our amazing volunteers and our Food Manager, Terry Henderson.”
Anyone able to make food donations can drop items at the church located at 10 Keith Cresent in the village. Please leave donations on the veranda at the South side entrance of the church hall as it has a covered roof. Please do not leave items at the hall door accessible from the parking lot or at the main door to the church.
Alternatively, financial donations by cheque so that food or personal items can be purchased for those in need can be dropped off at the Bayfield Garage (Esso) on Hwy. 21. or Bayfield Convenience (next to Renegades Diner). Cheques may also be mailed to Bayfield Area Food Bank c/o Trinity St. James Church, 10 Keith Crescent, Bayfield, ON, N0M 1G0.
BAFB is also registered with CanadaHelps. End of year income-tax receipts will be issued for amounts of $20 or more.
After considerable discussion, the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) has reluctantly decided to close all of its trails to the public until such time as physical distancing restrictions begin to ease.
“The decision was not made lightly, as we understand and appreciate the importance of fresh air and exercise, especially during a time of increasing restrictions on leisure activity,” said Conrad Kuiper, president of the BRVTA.
“However, with stronger messages coming from both the provincial government, as well as the OPP, we felt it was important that our message be consistent with other jurisdictions.”
The Apr. 22nd BRVTA Village Litter Walk is cancelled, as are all scheduled group hikes until restrictions are lifted.
The executive members of the BRVTA wish everyone well during these challenging times.
beer and food festival
Bayfield Beer and Food Festival, organized by the Bayfield Arena Community Partners Association (BACPS) for the benefit of the Bayfield Arena and Community Centre has been rescheduled for Sept. 12.
Tickets dated for the original festival date of May 9 will be honored so there is no need to exchange. Hopefully everyone who has tickets can attend, but if this is not the case a ticket refund day will be held sometime in the future. Organizers ask that people do not try to get a refund where they purchased their tickets.
The Pet Valu Walk for Dog Guides is a national fundraising walk held in approximately 300 communities across Canada, including Bayfield. It raises funds to help train Dog Guides for Canadians with visual, hearing, medical or physical disabilities. The local walk is organized by members of the Bayfield Lions’ Club with support from the Lions Foundation of Canada.
The 2020 walk in the village was scheduled for June 7. With the guidelines set out by the Public Health Agency of Canada during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Foundation has cancelled the physical walks planned for this spring and are now in the process of planning opportunities to host a virtual walk.
More details will follow as they become available. Direct donations in support of Dog Guides may be made online at The Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides website, www.dogguides.com/walk.html Anyone with questions regarding the Bayfield event can e-mail Karen Scott firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 226 441-2042.
trinity st. james
A note from Geordie Palmer, warden at Trinity St. James Anglican Church in Bayfield, with regards to the recent celebration of Easter.
Amid the COVID-19 crisis, Trinity St. James Anglican Church attempted to keep Easter as visible as possible illuminating the cross at the front of the church. (Submitted photo)
Easter in Bayfield this year is definitely unusual. With the Coronavirus pandemic invasion on a world scale, we have to make do, with whatever prayerful options we have at hand, in order to be able to celebrate Easter. Trinity St. James is not any different than other religious organization when dealing with the new norm and reality.
This year we decided to at least attempt to keep Easter as visible as possible, starting with the Trinity St. James Cross in front of our Church. This year the site for the cross, included a flood light to illuminate it at night, so that passersby might reflect and appreciate what the season is all about.
On Easter Sunday at 9 a.m., at the request of our Bishop of Huron, Very Rev. Todd Townsend, Ethan Mackenzie rang our Church bell fourteen times, to commemorate the Way of the Cross, and the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Although this is probably one of the most unusual Easters, we have somehow been able to communicate with each other with various means of electronic devices. In some ways it forces us to open ourselves up to new technology, in order to keep in touch with each other, and hopefully maintain our sanity. Zoom meetings have become the new norm for the congregation of Trinity St. James.
Stay safe everyone, stay at home as much as possible, and keep the faith.
When a London midwife called her mother-in-law describing a desperate need for masks for frontline health workers in London, ON, she didn’t expect Bayfield’s master seamstresses to spring into action.
Jane MacLaren, Lynne Gillians, Pam Bowers and Judy Mayell have assembled 50 cotton masks that can be laundered and used repeatedly. If any Bayfield resident is willing to assemble cotton masks, please contact Pat Lewington at 519 565-2202 or email email@example.com. A pattern and materials will be provided.
Due to concerns over COVID-19 and the need to practice physical distancing, the Bayfield Garden Club (BGC) meeting scheduled for Apr. 20 has been cancelled.
Their Annual Plant Sale, planned for Saturday, May 9 at 9 a.m. in Clan Gregor Square, may have to be rescheduled to a later date or cancelled. Stay tuned for updates.
Memberships are important to the BGC – the cancellation of the Bayfield Lions’ Home and Garden Show where many people renewed their memberships makes renewal more difficult this year. Membership fees go a long way in helping the BGC beautify the village as well as cover their meeting expenses. Again – stay tuned on how to get memberships.
There’s a great line-up of events and speakers prepared for the year and the BGC is hoping that they can resume their regular program when safe to do so.
Gardeners are no doubt all anxious to get out there and enjoy the outdoors while they plant, trim and look for those early bulbs which bloom in spring. The BGC hope that enthusiasts stay healthy as they work in the garden, pamper houseplants and plant seeds.
Out of concern for public health and safety, and in compliance with the government restrictions surrounding COVID-19 Virus, the Bayfield Historical Society have cancelled its Apr. 27 monthly speakers meeting at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building in Bayfield.
Please note that the Bayfield Travel Club has cancelled their April and May meetings.
The Bayfield Travel Club provides a place where local residents can meet other people that have the same passion for travel, share their own travel experiences, learn about new exciting destinations and to just have some fun.
Youngsters are unleashing their creativity in a variety of ways while staying at home during the pandemic. And a local group would like to capture this creativity for posterity. Especially the stories and artwork that the children, ages 12 and under, are producing right now while they are truly living through history.
The Bayfield Historical Society (BHS) wants to help preserve these memories of what life during the pandemic was like for children.
According to Barb Durand, “The Bayfield Historical Society is asking children in Bayfield and surrounding area to submit written stories and or their artwork for a future collection. We will display this collection in our windows (at the Archives on Main Street) when we are allowed back on the street. Either a scanned copy or their original artwork will be kept at the archives for a future collection. We may also use the material to create a printed book.”
Durand, who looks after publications for the BHS, notes that, this is not a contest but a collection that will document the children’s stories. She asks that the children sign their artwork or story on their cover page and on the back cover list their age and school.
“We will ask for the submissions when the time comes for us to re-open. We are documenting history. Thank-you and wishing all families to stay safe and healthy,” Durand concluded.
For more information on this BHS project please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
May 1st is the next deadline for individuals and organizations to submit applications for the Huron Heritage Fund (HHF). Established in 2007, the purpose of the Huron Heritage Fund is to encourage the preservation of heritage assets and activities of heritage importance to the County of Huron and its residents.
Many initiatives from throughout Huron County have been supported by the HHF since its inception. In recent years, projects have included support for the Reuben Sallows Gallery, Bayfield Historical Society, printing of the book, “Onion Skins and Peach Fuzz”, and upgrades to Elimville Community Park.
“The County will contribute up to 50 per cent of the costs of a project to a maximum of $5,000,” according to Beth Rumble, director of Cultural Services. This investment leverages other groups or individuals to invest in Huron County’s heritage also.
Projects will assist in the preservation and restoration of heritage landmarks, historic buildings, and objects of historical significance not owned by the County of Huron. Heritage publications and events also qualify for support under this program.
More information about the application process can be found on the Huron County Museum’s website at www.huroncountymuseum.ca/huron-heritage-fund/.
The Board of the Bayfield Historical Society (BHS) requires a volunteer Secretary.
The Secretary is responsible for recording the minutes for the Board Meetings, the General (aka Speakers) Meetings and any special meetings that may be necessary. Board Meetings are held once a month, and General Meetings are also held once a month except for July, August and December. There are a group of volunteers who can step in if the Secretary is unable to attend every month. The group is involved in many other interesting projects and activities in the village so this is an opportunity to be an important part of one of the groups in Bayfield making a difference.
Anyone interested in either of this position is asked to please contact President Ruth Gibson at 905 518-4646, or any of the Directors.