Little inn receives tourism development award
The owners of The Little Inn of Bayfield, Gayle and Pat Waters along with the resort's General Manager, Darren Erb (centre), were the recent recipients of the Huron Tourism Association's 2012 Tourism Development Award.
The Little Inn of Bayfield was the recent recipient of the Huron Tourism Association’s Annual Tourism Development Award.
Little Inn Owners, Gayle and Pat Waters, as well as their General Manager, Darren Erb accepted the award that was initiated by the Blyth Festival in 1993.
The award is presented to a tourism-related business or organization that demonstrates leadership, creative invention, partnership initiatives, community impact and excellence in the tourism industry.
The following was noted at the presentation:
This world class Inn, established in 1832, has been welcoming visitors to Bayfield and Huron County for a very long time. Through their leadership and vision, The Little Inn has defined and maintained the warmth of heritage and charm that has been a blueprint for the Village of Bayfield. Stellar hospitality has been their trademark. They have also promoted the wider Huron County experience by encouraging and promoting theatre packages, guided hiking and fly-fishing, theatre and a number of other unique county experiences.
They were early off the mark in creating and delivering themed dining experiences, sourcing and promoting local foods, wine pairings and creating seasonal and special events packages. They excel in customizing “get away packages” in the county’s target markets. The Little Inn also fills the need for a conference and group tour destination.
The Inn has been Four Diamond CAA rated for over 20 years in dining and accommodations.
The owners and staff of the Little Inn have also been very supportive of the community over the years, with the commitment of volunteer time for: the establishment and growth of the Heritage District in Bayfield, the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association, the Blyth Festival and the revitalization of the Bayfield Town Hall.
The Little Inn states the truth in their branding of “A real Country Inn…In a Heritage Village…on a Great lake”.
Movie and local perspective on "The Way" offered by BRVTA
A number of village residents have walked the Way of St. James or El Camino de Santiago as it is known in Spanish. They will share their stories and slides at a special movie night hosted by the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) on May 11.
Their presentation will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Bayfield Town Hall followed by an 8 p.m. presentation of the film, “The Way”.
The movie has been described as a powerful and inspirational story about family, friends, and the challenges people face while navigating this ever-changing and complicated world. Martin Sheen plays Tom, an American doctor, who comes to St. Jean Pied de Port in France to collect the remains of his adult son (played by Emilio Estevez), killed in the Pyrenees in a storm while walking The Way of Saint James. Rather than return home, Tom decides to embark on the historical pilgrimage to honor his son's desire to finish the journey.
The Way of St. James is the pilgrimage to the cathedral, where legend has it that the remains of the apostle, Saint James the Great, are buried. St. James’ Way has existed for over 1,000 years. It was one of the most important Christian pilgrimages during medieval times. It is believed that his remains were carried by boat from Jerusalem to northern Spain where they were buried on the site of what is now the city of Santiago de Compostela.
There is no single route; the Way can take one of any number of pilgrimage routes to the cathedral including through Portugal, Spain, England, France and Switzerland. The distances vary widely from a couple of hundred kilometers to over a thousand kilometers.
During the Middle Ages, the route was highly traveled. However, the Black Plague, the Protestant Reformation and political unrest in 16th-century Europe resulted in its decline. By the 1980s, only a few pilgrims arrived in Santiago annually. However, since then, the route has attracted a growing number of modern-day pilgrims from around the globe.
Bayfield Lions' Home and Garden Show this weekend
The Bayfield Lions’ Club’s Home and Garden Show, now in its 15th year, will bring together talents specializing in everything for your home both inside and out, Apr. 27-29.
“It really is one stop shopping,” said Charles Kalbfleisch, chair of the Bayfield Lions’ Club Home and Garden Show Committee, when speaking of the show’s organization. “There are exhibitors from all over Ontario trying to get in but we like to stress local Huron County people.”
There are 70 exhibitors registered for the show from across Huron County. The only time the Huron County mandate is relaxed is if the product the exhibitor is specializing in can’t be obtained in the local area.
The show, which takes over the Bayfield Community Centre and Arena, also features interior decorators, renovation specialists, hot tub and pool dealers, and a cross section of household necessities from furnishings to lawn mowers. Plus the growing trend to enhance a homes value through curb appeal will be highlighted by the landscape designers and garden specialists who will take part in the show.
Attendance at the show ranges from 2,500 to 4,000 visitors the fluctuation in numbers very often being weather and gas price dependent. Aside from Huron County residents, people from such locales as Sarnia, Stratford, London and Woodstock often attend the show.
“People say they enjoy coming to our show because it is smaller than the big city shows and they get an opportunity to talk to the professionals directly. The exhibitors like it because it often generates work for them,” he said.
There is no admission fee and those who attend and fill out a ballot will have a chance at two great door prizes. Bayfield Foodland has generously donated a $500 food voucher and the Bayfield Garage a propane gas barbecue.
For those who work up an appetite touring the exhibits a lunch counter is provided upstairs featuring home style cooking and pies. There will also be entertainment for the children with a clown offering face painting and balloon animals at unscheduled times throughout the weekend.
According to Kalbfleisch, the show is the Bayfield Lions’ Club’s major fundraiser of the year.
“All the money generated from the show is given locally for example we donated $5,000 to the Goderich and Area Disaster Relief Fund,” he said.
The show hours are Friday, 5-9 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
how humor helps health focus of first lecture
Dr. Ken Shonk, Canada’s leading authority on laughter will be in Bayfield on Apr. 26 to present the topic, “Laughter is the Best Medicine”.
This is the first of three lectures in the series “Words of Wellness” sponsored by the Alexandra Marine and General Hospital Foundation (AMGHF).
Dr. Shonk has had a family practice in Kitchener, ON since 1972 and has a special interest in Pediatrics and Palliative Care. He writes a monthly health column and has completed over 700 speaking engagements in the last 15 years, including everything from 30-minute talks to half-day seminars for 50 to 2,000 people at a time. He concentrates on, and looks at the history, physiology and biochemistry uses of humor in medicine and everyday life.
He also looks at the application and uses of humor in stress management, relationships, parenting and the aging process.
The lecture will be held at the Bayfield Town Hall. Admission is $20. Refreshments will be served at 7:30 p.m. followed by Dr. Shonk’s presentation at 8 p.m.
As an added treat, four local artists will show their work at this event. The featured artists will be Kaaren Batten, Michele Miller, Bethany Davidson and Paula Letheren.
All proceeds from the lecture series will assist in purchasing equipment for the Alexandra Marine and General Hospital.
Tickets are available by contacting the AMGHF at 519 524-8689 ext. 5349 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. or Ray Letheren at email@example.com.
The mandate of the Bluewater Heritage Committee (BHC) is to promote the preservation and maintenance of architectural and/or historic buildings, cultural landscapes and natural heritage features. It is an advisory committee of the Municipality of Bluewater.
Lamont Heritage Farm boasts rich family history
The Lamont Heritage Farm is located at 73946 Goshen Line in the former Stanley Twp. (Submitted photo)
The BHC offers April’s “Heritage Feature of the Month”, the house at Lamont Heritage Farm.
In 1846, William Lamond came to Huron with his aunt and uncle, Mr. and Mrs. William Duke, as he was an orphan. They built their first log cabin near the present road, but it burned to the ground. Sadly the original deed was also destroyed in the fire. At this point another log cabin was erected. Around this time William Lamond married Jein Campbell of Hamilton. A second log cabin was built for William and his bride. The couple had four boys and two girls. She was left on her own with these children as William died suddenly of galloping consumption. Thankfully the couple had been saving lumber for a home prior to his death so Jein was able to have a frame house constructed in 1867. After its construction she married her hired hand and six more children, four girls and two boys, were born.
The new house was a vast improvement over the log cabin and certainly much roomier for the twelve children while they all still resided there. The boys had the south rooms upstairs and the girls the north side. There were two bedrooms in the south side downstairs as well.
The old house has seen many changes. In 1912, William Lamont the Second (note the spelling of the surname changed) added an upstairs to the back kitchen. Sadly he lost his dear wife Agnes McKinley Lamont when she fell through the floor and hit her head on the kitchen stove.
In the late 1920s, after the death of their daughter, the third generation of the family to live there, William (Roy) and Jessie Lamont, removed the drafty hall downstairs by changing the stairs around. They rearranged the rooms downstairs and made a bathroom upstairs. Electricity was added to the home in 1939.
The fourth generation residents, Margaret Lamont and Melvin Elliott, dug out under the kitchen, installed a furnace and insulated the home.
Joan Elliott and Evert Van Sligtenhorst are fifth generation occupants. They completely reinsulated the house and added an addition to the front. They now wait for the sixth generation to love the home as much as they do.
Guiding girls to serve up seventh annual pasta supper
Bayfield Guiding held a "Mostly Books Sale" midday on Apr. 21. This year they teamed up with the Guiding girls from Clinton to raise funds for their joint year end adventure. Every time these ladies host a sale they start fresh so the many donations that came in for the sale are greatly appreciated. They realized $500 at the event. Keeping things organized were: BR l-r: Beth Olley, Helen Latimer and Kathy Kelly-Ingram. FR: Alexis Harney, Jocelyn Smith, Diedre Gerritts and MacKenzie Kelly-Ingam. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)
After a successful book sale, Bayfield and Clinton Guiding members can now focus on their biggest fundraiser of the year.
Tickets are now available for the Seventh Annual Spaghetti Supper and Silent Auction to be held on May 9th at the Bayfield Village Inn.
Tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for children 10 and under. This event is almost always a sell out so get your tickets early. Silent Auction donations are also greatly appreciated. Some fabulous stuff has already been donated including brunch for two at an area resort, framed photography and household items. To reserve tickets please call 519 565-2443.
The money raised from this event will go toward their combined year-end adventure to the Ontario Science Centre in Toronto to take part in a Guiding sleepover.
residents to reap the health benefits of pole walking
Pam Bower, Margo Robeson, Lynne Gillians and Rita Paakkunainen enjoy the benefits that Pole Walking offers. It is known to improve posture and reduce stress on knees and other joints as well as increasing the cardiovascular effectiveness of a walking workout.
For a couple years now Pole Walking has been promoted in the village as a great fitness opportunity. Currently, walks for women are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays while walks for men are held on Monday and Friday mornings. All walks begin from 6 Main Street and begin at 8:30 a.m. Poles are provided free for those who require them.
A new class, “Gentle Jaunters”, will be starting in May, a time will be announced soon but it should be noted that it wouldn’t be too early in the day.
Also starting in May, an introduction to Pole Walking will be offered with individualized instruction. There is no charge for this and poles can be provided.
ges“We will be happy to offer one on one Pole Walking instruction in early May. We are trying to get as many people as we can to try this great activity,” said Pat Lewington of Bayfield, a Pole Walking enthusiast. “They can call 519 565-2202 or 519 565-5638 and leave their name and number and we will set up some training times. It is best if people get some individual training before they start Pole Walking.”
In addition, an afternoon, leisurely Pole Walking session will begin in May. It will be held after 5 p.m. so that people who work during the day can participate. More information will follow, as the month grows closer.
Pole Walking combines the aerobic and strength-building benefits of cross-country skiing with the convenience of walking in your own neighborhood. It is known to improve posture and reduce stress on knees and other joints as well as increasing the cardiovascular effectiveness of a walking workout.
Check out http://www.urbanpoling.com/ or "urban poling 1 - youtube" for more information about this great fitness activity.
Willow Lake Sign and Graphic Design, of Bayfield, were one of the sponsors involved in the transformation of Bingham Park in Goderich last July as part of the TVO “Giver” program.
Now the public has an opportunity to view the episode before it airs on television.
The Town of Goderich along with Goderich Communities in Bloom and St. Mary’s Catholic Elementary School are delighted to honor Earth Day and Pitch-In Week by having a special screening of the program. Bingham Park was transformed into Butterfly Park on July 27, 2011. The result of this makeover has become a source of pride and delight for the community. It also greatly enhanced the environment for Monarch Butterflies. Local students participated in the project along with many community volunteers, Town of Goderich Staff and corporate sponsors.
In addition to Goderich’s Butterfly Park, the Water Park in Niagara Falls will also be featured at the screening.
All are welcome to this free event on Apr. 25 at 7 p.m. at St. Mary’s School, 70 Bennett St. East in Goderich.
Area women are invited to “Lite the Nite” at the Optimist Club of Bayfield’s annual Ladies Night. Those who attend are encouraged to wear their brightest clothing – think neon – and to come with their purses filled with toonies and loonies.
The evening will feature prizes, games, music and fun! The doors to the Bayfield Community Centre will open at 8 p.m. on May 12.
Tickets are selling for $15 each and are available now at Brandons Hardware. The profit from the evening will go to supporting youth projects in the community.
Avid Bayfield fishing enthusiasts may be intrigued to learn that Ian James, fly fishing guide and best selling author, will be speaking at the Goderich Library Branch on May 11.
James recently shared that he has been fishing on the Bayfield River every Spring and Fall since 1981. And in fact he developed his “Muncher Nymph” specifically for fishing for steelhead on the Bayfield and the Maitland Rivers.
The talk, with plenty of time set aside for questions, will begin at 6 p.m. at the Goderich Library, 52 Montreal St. in Goderich. For more information please call the Goderich Library Branch at 519 524-9261.
A lot of time at the last meeting of the Bayfield Agricultural Society (BAS) was spent on confirming entertainment for the Bayfield Fall Fair that it will host on Aug. 17-19.
Regular favorites like Juggler Craig Douglas and the raptor exhibit and presentation will be returning for “We’ll be Horsin’ Around in 2012”.
One new activity is planned for the Friday night of the fair. It will be a two-person race through an obstacle course on a vehicle still to be determined. The challenge will be that only one person can see and that person won’t be driving. Pairs who would like to enter and attempt to be the fastest moving through the course should contact the BAS at the contact information listed below.
The King Lynn Precision Team will also be performing several drills with their horses.
The RCMP Musical Ride is coming to the county thanks to the efforts of the BAS and REACH Huron. The shows will be held at the outdoor ring at the REACH Huron site in Clinton on June 21.
Tickets can be obtained at Nip 'N Tuck, Bayfield; Riverline Nature Company, Goderich; Clinton Convenience, or from members of the BAS. Over 1,500 students from area schools have booked seats for the morning show. Tickets for the evening show are also selling quickly.
Volunteers are needed and welcome at the 11 a.m. student show and at the 7 p.m. public show. Volunteers will get the opportunity to see the horses and riders up close. Anyone wishing to volunteer to direct traffic, direct people to the performance site, sell memorabilia materials, or stay overnight with the horses and an RCMP officer, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 519 482-9296.
Looking for a great selection of perennials, annuals, bulbs and even house- plants? Then look no further than the Spring Plant Sale hosted by the Bayfield Garden Club.
This sale is scheduled for May 12 from 9-11 a.m. Club members will set up shop in Clan Gregor Square across from the Bayfield Town Hall. It is suggested to come early to choose from the best variety available.
“A Woman at War – The Maud Stirling Story” is an upcoming production by the Bayfield Historical Society. The play will run from May 24-27 at the Bayfield Town Hall. In anticipation of the show, pieces of Stirling's uniform were on exhibit from the Huron County Museum this past weekend at the BHS Collector's Show and Exhibition. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)
Bayfield’s own “Aunt Maud” had another identity. Before she settled into the role of the quiet woman who resided with her sister at the corner of Victoria Place and Ann Street, she had been a courageous nursing sister during WWI.
Maud Stirling was awarded the Royal Red Cross for performing exceptional acts of bravery and devotion at her post of duty during the war.
Soon her story will be told.
Judith Keightley, Bayfield’s own playwright, has written the story of Maud’s wartime achievements in the new play, “A Woman at War – The Maud Stirling Story”.
The play will run from May 24-27 at the Bayfield Town Hall. All performances will start at 8 p.m. with the exception of the Sunday on which there will be a 2 p.m. matinee performance.
Tickets are selling for $12 per person. There will be a cash bar.
For tickets, please call Margaret Clydesdale at 519 236-7590.
rubber duck race
Members of the Bayfield Optimist Club are hoping that a whole river full of rubber ducks will be sold for their third annual Rubber Duck Race on May 20.
The race will be held between the piers at the harbor’s mouth at 1 p.m. on the Sunday of the Victoria Day weekend.
Only 500 ducks are available and tickets are on sale now from club members. This year they will cost $5 each or five tickets for $20.
Three lucky people will earn bragging rights and fabulous prizes when their ducks are the first to cross the finish line. The following prizes will be awarded to the three fastest ducks: 1st place, BBQ, donated by Bayfield Garage-Auto Pro; 2nd place, $200 gift certificate for Walmart, donated by Brian Coombs Remax Bluewater Realty Inc.; 3rd place, 18 holes of golf for two people and a cart donated by Bluewater Golf Course.
Proceeds from the event will be used for youth related community projects.
books and brunch
History lovers will be excited to learn about a couple of events being organized by The Village Bookshop.
On June 24, The Village Bookshop’s Books and Brunch will return as Hugh Brewster, celebrated Titanic expert and author of “RMS Titanic: Gilded Lives Fatal Voyage” will be the featured speaker for a luncheon.
This very special event held in the 100th year since the great ship went down will begin at 12:30 p.m. at The Little Inn of Bayfield. Tickets are available now for $35 per person. For more information call the bookshop at 519 565-5600.
Another exciting series of Toronto Film Circuit films brought to you by the Bayfield Film Society at the Bayfield Town Hall have begun. The films will be shown on the second Thursdays of the month at 7:30 pm.
Those without a subscription can still attend as a limited number of tickets can be purchased at the door for $10 per film.
The spring schedule of films includes: Sarah’s Key, May 10; and The Guard, June 14. The final film will begin with a wine and cheese celebration at 6:30 p.m.
For more information contact: Lynn Gillians, 519 565-5884 or by e-mail email@example.com; or Margo Robeson, 519 565-2827 or e-mail Margo10510@comcast.net.
The Bayfield Ratepayers Association (BRA) exists to: represent the interests of permanent and summer residents; maintain the desirable residential features of the village; keep members informed of matters that affect them as ratepayers/tenants; and to foster projects in the interest of the municipality as a whole.
The BRA is currently looking for three volunteers to join the board of directors. Candidates do not need to be a full time resident to be a member of the BRA Board. Anyone who would like to learn more about becoming a director should contact Ainslie Willock at firstname.lastname@example.org or 519 565-2469.
It is also time for BRA membership renewals, new members are also always welcome, to join or renew please contact Sondra Buchner at email@example.com.
The BRA Executive would like to remind everyone that their monthly meetings are held for all to attend. The next Board meeting will be May 5th at 9 a.m. In addition the Spring General Meeting has been scheduled for May 19 at 10 a.m. Both of these meetings will be held at the Bayfield Lions' Community Building. Those who attend will learn the latest about the Library Complex, Post Office, the Blue Flag Program and water quality in the Bayfield watershed.
Reminders of the monthly meetings can be found on the Post Office Notice Board and on the BRA website: http://bra.camp8.org/.
One Care continues to sponsor several programs for both men and women to keep up with their desire to stay fit.
Dancefit and Toning classes are held on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 9 a.m. The cost is $40 for four months or $3 per class. The classes are held at the Bayfield Community Centre.
The Sit and Get Fit classes are offered on Mondays and Wednesdays at 10:15 a.m. On Fridays a Stretching Class is offered at 10:15 a.m. for approx. 45 minutes. This class is suitable for everyone. Both of these fitness opportunities are held at the Bayfield Community Centre and cost a $1 per class.
Please note that on Friday, Apr. 27, the Dancefit and Toning Classes will be temporarily moved to the Stanley Complex in Varna. The Stretching Class will be cancelled. Also there will be no classes on Apr. 30.
A Yoga Class will be held at the Bayfield Town Hall starting at 10 a.m. on Tuesdays. The cost for is $3 per class and participants are asked to bring a yoga mat. A time of quiet reflection and meditation follows the yoga class starting at 11:15 a.m. All in the community are invited to take part.
Indoor badminton is played on Monday evenings at 7 p.m. at the Varna Complex The cost is $3 each and no experience or equipment is required to play.
Call 519 565-2202 for more information on the above exercise opportunities.
For those people looking to exercise their minds, Women’s Bridge is played every Wednesday at 1 p.m. No partner needed to play the cost is $1.50 per game. For more information call Brenda Blair at 519 565-2881.
Mah Jongg games are also offered on the first and third Thursdays of the month starting at 1 p.m. Call 519 565-2468 for more information.
Both Bridge and Mah Jongg are played at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building.
All are invited to join Zumba Bayfield! The group meets every Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. in the Bayfield Community Center. The cost is $10 per class. Zumba is a Latin inspired, easy to follow and calorie burning dance fitness party. For more information contact Jamie Thomas via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or join the Facebook Group: