CHANGE OF ADDRESS
Friday, Apr. 27 was a big day for mail delivery in the village. All mail from the central postbox location on Main Street was moved to these temporary boxes situated behind the Bayfield Arena and Community Centre. According to Tom Creech with Delivery Operations Communications for Canada Post in London, ON, eight community mailbox sites with a total of 304 compartments have been established. They will be the mode of delivery for customers until the new postal box centre/library is completed. Creech stated that the timeframe given to Canada Post for the completion of this project was about a year. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)
variety of talent needed for 10th annual festival
BY MELODY FALCONER-POUNDER
The Bayfield and Area Chamber of Commerce’s Sail and Canvas Festival will celebrate its 10th anniversary on the weekend of June 16-17. To celebrate this milestone the Sail and Canvas Committee is looking for some talented new artists to take to the streets and for the first time digital artists will be added to the mix. They are also looking for unique street performers or groups who would be interested in busking over the course of the weekend.
Potential buskers should contact Mary Ann Rowat at 519 482-8180 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with a short bio and a website address (if one is available).
Artists, artisans and digital artists who would like to participate should email a short bio and website address to email@example.com. If potential participants do not have a website they should email seven to 10 jpeg images of their work instead. Please put Sail and Canvas Application in the subject line. The deadline to apply is May 15.
A committee will determine an artist’s acceptance in the festival. Artists not affiliated with a Bayfield art gallery must pay a $30 registration fee. This fee confirms their participation in the festival, help advertise the weekend, ensures artists have a volunteer to watch over their set-up during breaks, an artist reception and coffee from the Bayfield cafes.
Artists are responsible for their own set-up. This involves a tent or umbrella structure, a way to hang work, a table, a chair and working materials. On Saturday, set-up would begin at 9 a.m. with artists working from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. An artist reception would follow at 5:30 p.m. On Sunday, artists are expected to work from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Art may be the primary focus of the weekend but that isn’t all that is going on. The Sail and Canvas Festival is currently scheduled to include a book sale, carriage rides, a barbecue, nail art, a visit by the Coast Guard ship and a concert by a legendary singer/songwriter at the Bayfield Town Hall.
Plus visitors can join in the creative fun. Create and wear a decorated hat to show your pride in Bayfield's 10th Anniversary Sail & Canvas Festival. Folks are encouraged to make it totally unique, using a marine, artsy, or heritage theme. The Maddest Hat Contest will be held on both Saturday and Sunday at 4 p.m. at the Rhumba Stage on Main Street. Celebrity judges will award prizes based on creativity, uniqueness and theme.
"Pennies for Trees" and "Guides Need Shade" Tree project initiatives
According to the latest government news Canada will soon be phasing out the penny. In response to this the Bayfield Tree Project (BTP) would like to encourage everyone to donate their pennies to support the group’s tree planting endeavors.
Anyone who has accumulated over time a jar, bag or box of pennies please consider donating them to the BTP for the purchase of trees to provide shade for the village’s streets.
Just call 519 565-2518 and a BTP committee member will pick up your pennies.
The Bayfield Tree Project has enlisted the support of some of our local businesses to assist in gathering “Pennies for Trees”. At the check-out counters in Bayfield Convenience, Pharmasave Michael's Pharmacy and the Nip N’ Tuck people will notice a green bucket labeled “Pennies for Trees”. Shoppers can help purchase trees for the village simply by placing the pennies from their change in the bucket.
Anyone interested in placing a donation bucket in their establishment should contact the number listed above.
Wanting to join in the work of the Bayfield Tree Project the members of Bayfield Guiding successfully applied for a tree-planting grant through TD Friends of the Environment Foundation as part of a program offered by Girl Guides of Canada (GGC). This spring in communities across the country Guiding members will take part in 70 tree planting and habitat restoration projects. The Sparks, Brownies, Guides, Pathfinders and Rangers who comprise Bayfield Guiding are among the participants.
Their project proposal, “Guides Need Shade” earned them a $500 grant. Four trees will be planted with these funds. Weather permitting they will be planted on Jane Street in the village at 5:15 p.m. on May 4. All are welcome to come out and support the girls as they officially dig in to help make their community a greener space.
The GGC Tree Planting Program was established in 2008. To date the program has funded over 160 tree planting or habitat restoration projects.
Garden Club "pumped-up" for spring projects
Those who attended the Bayfield Garden Club (BGC) meeting on Apr. 26 learned first hand how easy orchids really are thanks to the expertise of Huron Master Gardeners and local garden club members Leigh Selk and Susan Beatty.
Nancy Kale chaired the meeting that was held at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building.
The pair introduced different types of orchids, where they come from, and how to care for them. Watering, fertilizing, clipping and 12 orchid arrangements in 12 minutes highlighted the evening.
According to Sue van Baardwyk, club secretary, “The enthusiastic group loved the presentation, the obvious expertise and the love of orchids shown by Susan and Leigh. The evening was a wonderful start for our Bayfield Garden club and our 2012 gardening season. Everyone felt so pumped-up.”
Beatty also informed those present about Bluewater Blooms 2012. Bayfield colors for floral plantings and displays this year are red, deep rose, dark blue and a touch of white.
The BCG needs volunteers to continue to help as part of their work crew. Beatty heads this group. They meet to keep the gardens and planters that the club has tended for many years in Bayfield looking so good. Any help would be appreciated as “many hands make light work.” Call Beatty at 519 565-2875 if you are interested in learning more.
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 BGC. 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.
Kale is collecting the plant donations. All plants should be properly potted and labeled. They can be dropped off to her home at 55 Victoria St. in Bayfield on May 11.
The BCG is organizing a trip to Hosta Choice Gardens in Appin, ON on June 10 via carpool. For more information call Penny Overboe at 519 565-5786.
ABCF offering student award for third consecutive year
For the third consecutive year, the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation (ABCF) has announced it will present a Student Environmental Award of $1,000 to a local student towards their post-secondary studies in a field related to the environment or conservation.
Last year the award was presented to Raina Vingerhoeds. The winner of the inaugural award was Ryan Finnie.
Eligible students must apply by June 1, 4 p.m. local time. For more information and application, visit the Ausable Bayfield Conservation website at abca.on.ca or download the application form at:
Eligible students must be between the ages of 17-25 years and have a permanent address in one of the 12 member municipalities of the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority watershed. They must be currently enrolled in university or college, or graduating from secondary school and pursuing a post-secondary education in a conservation or environment related course of study. Examples include: biology, ecology, geography, forestry, outdoor education, or fish and wildlife.
“Our Foundation is very proud of this award and we appreciate the chance to assist a local student each year in their post-secondary studies in the conservation or environment fields,” said Ernie Miatello, chair of the ABCF Board of Directors.
Ausable Bayfield watersheds include parts of the following municipalities: Adelaide Metcalfe, Bluewater, Central Huron, Huron East, Lambton Shores, Lucan Biddulph, Perth South, Middlesex Centre, North Middlesex, South Huron, Warwick, and West Perth.
Students are asked to submit a creative two-page essay on their personal involvement and meaningful experiences gained while working with an environmental or conservation-based project and/or organization.
The application form and complete award criteria are available online at abca.on.ca. To learn more call 519 235-2610 or toll-free at 1-888-286-2610.
"The Way" featured topic at movie presentation
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.
WWI Nurse and Bayfield Native topic of new play
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 a heroine. She was so brave that when the Zeppelins were hovering overhead and the bombs were falling, she stayed staunchly with her patients. Maud actually risked her own life by refusing to go to shelter because she did not want to desert the wounded boys who were unable to walk to safety. All this happened in Salonika where she was posted. She and her fellow nurses suffered tremendously in dreadful conditions. She 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 or Carol Thornley-Hall 519 565-5532.
Ratepayers seeking volunteers for board of directors
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/.
On behalf of the Bayfield and Area Chamber of Commerce, the Photography Club of Bayfield (PCoB) has been collecting photographic submissions for the 2013 Bayfield Calendar over the past several months. The theme for the upcoming calendar is "Bayfield through the Four Seasons" and although the PCoB already has a good selection, they are looking for more.
If you, or your friends or family, have a digital photograph(s) that you would like to be considered for inclusion, you are encouraged to submit to the dedicated site at http://flickr.com/groups/bayfield-calendar-2013. Alternatively, you can email your photographs to either Gary Lloyd-Rees (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Jack Pal (email@example.com). The cut-off for submissions is May 17th.
The final selection of photographs will be made by the end of May, with a special event being planned to launch the calendar shortly thereafter. Be sure to check the Bayfield Breeze for more details regarding the calendar launch in the coming weeks.
Carol Ann Hoy, of Bayfield, was the lucky winner of the Bayfield Town Hall draw at the recent Bayfield Lions’ Club’s Home and Garden Show. Hoy had the choice of two tickets to any of the 2012 Town Hall Music Series concerts and she has chosen tickets for the Celtic Roots in Bayfield concert on Aug. 6, where the headline band will be the UK group "Cupola".
Other concerts in this series include Bob Milne, well-known raconteur and pianist, Sept. 15; The Festival City Big Band Dance, Oct. 13 and the London Citadel Salvation Army Christmas Concert, Nov. 30.
For tickets or more information on any of these upcoming performances please call Kate Lloyd-Rees at 519 565-4515.
There is just one more week before the Seventh Annual Spaghetti Supper and Silent Auction to be held on May 9th at the Bayfield Village Inn. This year Bayfield and Clinton Guiding are teaming up for this fundraising event to cover the costs of their year-end adventure - a Guiding sleepover at the Ontario Science Centre in Toronto.
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, potted flowers, children’s games, MAC makeup sets and household items. To reserve tickets please call 519 565-2443.
Artist Paula Letheren, of Bayfield, is one of the featured talents at the South Huron Community Juried Art Show and Sale, May 4-6.
This event will be held at the Lions’ Youth Centre in Exeter. It will feature paintings, photography, an open art category and poetry readings.
Admission is $5 to the show that will be held on Friday, 5-9 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The members of the Exeter Community Arts and Culture Committee are producing the show in cooperation with ArtaRound Town and the South Huron Heritage Advisory Committee.
bayfield concert series
Singer/songwriter Andy Kim is the next music icon to grace the Bayfield Town Hall stage as part of the Bayfield Concert Series, a Meades Bros. Production.
Tickets are now on sale for the June 16th show entitled, “Songs and Stories”. The cost is $30. The hall doors will open at 8 p.m. with the performance scheduled for 8:30 p.m.
Tickets may be purchased at The Black Dog Pub and Bistro in Bayfield, Ernie King Music in Goderich or from ticketscene.ca.
To learn more about all the stellar acts scheduled to come to the village in the coming months visit bayfieldconcertseries.com.
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 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.
The RCMP Musical Ride is coming to the county thanks to the efforts of the Bayfield Agricultural Society 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.
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.
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. There will be new Pole Walking times after May 19.
Please register on May 4 by calling 519 565-2202 or 519 565-5638 for an introduction to Pole Walking with individualized instruction. There is no charge for this and poles can be provided.
Special Pole Walking opportunities will be held on May 20 and 27 starting at 9:30 a.m. A new class, “Gentle Jaunters”, will also be starting this month. On May 22 and 29, the group will gather at 9:30 a.m. and on May 30 they will meet at 4:30 p.m.
Besides Pole Walking, One Care continues to sponsor several programs for both men and women to keep up with their desire to stay fit. Please note all classes are cancelled for May 21. Register now for four months of classes for $50 excluding yoga.
Dancefit and Toning classes are held on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 9 a.m. The cost is $50 for four months or $4 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 $2 per class.
A Yoga Class will be held at the Bayfield Town Hall starting at 10 a.m. on Tuesdays. The cost for is $4 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.
Call 519 565-2202 for more information on the above exercise opportunities.