Bayfield Optimists offering up a trifactor of fun
Purchased a duck yet? Better hurry, the race is Sunday near mid-day at the Bayfield Harbour and these little "quackers" always sell out. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)
The Bayfield Optimist Club is offering a trifactor of fun over the next three months!
They are currently getting all 1,250 of their ducks in a row for their annual Rubber Duck Race to be held on May 20.
The race can be best viewed at the South Pier of the Bayfield Harbor – the plastic waterfowl will be set free at 12:45 p.m.
Tickets are now available from club members, on their website www.bayfieldoptimist.ca or at Eventbrite. Tickets are selling for $5 each or five chances for $20.
This year the first five ducks that cross the finish line will win prizes. First prize is a patio set, valued at $600 and donated by Lake Huron Realty. Second and third prizes are electric race cars valued at $285 and donated by the Bayfield Garage. Fourth prize is a 32-inch television valued at $250 and donated by Remax Reliable. Fifth prize is an overnight at The Albion Hotel donated by the Graham family, owners of The Albion Hotel.
Money raised from the race will go toward the Optimist Club’s many “friends of youth” projects.
Then just a few weeks later Optimists and friends will take to the links at the Bayview Golf Club in St. Joseph for their 13th annual Bayfield Optimist Club Golf Tournament on June 9.
Tickets are available now for $90 for 18-holes of golf, cart and BBQ chicken dinner with all the trimmings and dessert. There will be prizes and contests including, for a Hole-In-One, plus Hot Dogs at the turn
The format is a four-person scramble with a shotgun start tee-off at 11 a.m. Registration opens at 10 a.m.
All proceeds go to support children and youth in the community. Want to play? Call Wayne McKaig, 519 440-7120 or Mike Dixon, 519 955-5254.
Organizers are now seeking prizes and silent auction items if anyone would like to make a donation please call Jay Fisher at 519 524-3511.
And then on Saturday, July 14, the Bayfield Optimist’s invite people to “get their cowboy boots on” for an evening with The River Junction Band at the Bayfield Arena.
The event will run from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. and lunch will be provided.
Tickets are selling for $30 and are available now at Brandon Hardware or any Optimist member For more information contact Kevin Burton at 519 871-4855.
Blue Bayfield to seek resolution from council
The Village of Bayfield has established itself as a community with an environmental conscience. As a result of the work done to reduce plastic waste and since being recognized internationally as a Blue Community, Blue Bayfield has been invited to seek application as a “Plastic Free Community”. This is a project developed by Surfers Against Sewage in the United Kingdom (UK). Over 100 towns large and small in the UK and Portugal have committed to engage in the elimination of non-essential plastics such as single use water bottles and straws.
Bayfield is one of the first North American communities to be invited to participate. There are five criteria for participation and acceptance into this international body. Ongoing work includes: working to reduce plastics in your community, encouraging other communities to do likewise, reporting to and engaging your community, and annually engaging in a shoreline cleanup. The fifth item is to seek a resolution from your municipal council supporting this initiative. Blue Bayfield will be making a presentation to Bluewater Council on May 22nd in an effort to achieve this.
Members of Blue Bayfield shake their collective heads at headlines that read:
• People are often surprised to learn that tea bags contain up to 25 per cent plastic.
• Predictions suggest a build-up of about 80,000 tons of plastic in the "Great Pacific Garbage Patch" between California and Hawaii.
• U.S. and Canada together discard 22 million pounds of plastic into the waters of the Great Lakes each year.
• The 500 million plastic straws used daily in the U.S. could fill Yankee Stadium nine times a day. That is enough straw waste to wrap the circumference of the earth 2.5 times.
• The floods in Bangladesh 20 years ago were partially attributed to blockages in drainage systems from plastic shopping bags.
• Plastic shopping bags also pose health risks to human populations over the years as they leach toxins into water supplies.
• The U.S. goes through 100 billion plastic shopping bags annually. An estimated 12 million barrels of oil is required to make that many plastic bags. Plastic bags cause over 100,000 sea turtle and other marine animal deaths every year when animals mistake them for food.
• In a global study, micro plastics were found in 93 per cent of the water contained in bottled water.
After years, if not decades, of environmentalists warning of potential environmental threats to waters, land and living species and the environment in general, the main-stream media has become engaged as have political entities. Voices around the globe have cautioned that the production of oil required to make most plastics contributes to global warming. Even the oil industry is cognitive of the global move to rid the planet of single use plastic products.
Spencer Dale, the group’s chief economist of BP oil, said, “Just around the world you see increasing awareness of the environmental damage associated with plastics and different types of packaging of one form of another. If you live in the UK that’s clearly been an issue, but it’s not just a UK-specific thing; you see it worldwide, for example China has changed some of its policies.”
British Prime Minister Theresa May has branded plastic waste an environmental scourge, and MPs have called for charges on plastic bags to be extended to disposable coffee cups and the end to plastic straws. In Canada, the federal Environment Minister has asked Canadians their views on the plastic pollution issue. Canada will add the matter to the G7 agenda to be held in Toronto in June.
According to Blue Bayfield member, Sondra Buchner, “We cannot solve the global problem of plastic waste, but we can be part of the solution rather than part of the problem.”
“Water please, no straw, thank you - this call is the mantra of Blue Bayfield and we, with your help, anticipate that it will become the norm in our village eateries and homes. It is also our hope that visitors to Bayfield will share our commitment to reduce plastic waste,” explained Buchner.
The village is recognized internationally for reducing the use of single use bottled water. In fact, thanks in no small part to Bayfield resident, John Erb, the Detroit Zoo modeled its water protection policy on the Bayfield experience. The Zoo has since this humble beginning, taken its environmental protection program to a level second to none in North America.
“We also are encouraging eateries to provide compostable take-away units rather than polystyrene containers. The Bayfield Town Hall and Shop Bike Coffee have gone plastic free and the Lions Club and others are following their lead,” said Buchner. “We encourage everyone to continue to support these environmental endeavors.”
Police Dogs, Hearing Ear Dogs and Agile Dogs - time to walk
The 33rd Annual Bayfield Lions’ Dog Guide Walk will take place on June 3.
The walk will begin at 10 a.m. at Clan Gregor Square. Registration will start at 9:30 a.m.
“We are once again holding a post-walk dog event starting at 11 a.m. from the Lions portable stage in the middle of Clan Gregor Square. Even if you cannot make the walk, join us for this informative program for dog lovers,” explained Lion Jack Pal, event organizer. “We are especially blessed this year to have Elizabeth Jaremko and her Hearing Ear Dog, Heart, join us again. Her experience with her life partner and best friend is clearly what this program is all about.”
Those who attend will also be able to greet Bayfield’s former Dog-Guide-in-Training, Essex, who will be back in town for a visit with his owner, Sylvie Tafts. She will share with attendees that there is a wonderful life for a dog after Dog Guide School even if it does not include being a Dog Guide.
In addition, there will be numerous activities and presentations all to do with dogs including: presentations on St, John’s Ambulance Therapy Dogs, the London Police K9 unit, dog health, nutrition, grooming and a full-scale demonstration presented by Greenacre Dog Agility and Training…along with hot dogs. There will also be another dog health quiz with prizes. This should be an entertaining, educational and fun event for the whole family.
New this year will be dog portraits. Members from the Photography Club of Bayfield have offered to take a portrait of your dog with or without family members. For just $20, all of which goes to the Lions Foundation, participants will get three photos mailed electronically.
The mission of the Lions Foundation of Canada, which thanks all local Lions Clubs for their annual participation, is to provide Dog Guides, at no cost, to Canadians with a medical and/or physical disability. The annual Walk for Dog Guides is its single largest annual fundraising event that raises funds to help breed, train and match Dog Guides with Canadians with disabilities, at no cost to them. It can cost upwards of $25K to raise and train a single dog.
“Thanks to sponsors like our generous donors in Bayfield, 100 per cent of all funds raised go directly toward raising, training and providing Dog Guides. More than 200 walks take place each year across Canada raising more than $1 million annually. Bayfield has been taking part from the inception of the walk 32 years ago,” Pal said.
The Foundation trains six distinct types of Dog Guides:
• Canine Vision Dog Guides for people who are blind or visually impaired.
• Hearing Ear Dog Guides for people who are deaf or hard of hearing.
• Service Dog Guides for people with physical disabilities.
• Seizure Response Dog Guides for people with epilepsy.
• Autism Assistance Dog Guides for children three to 12 years of age with autism spectrum disorder.
• Diabetic Alert Dog Guides for individuals with Type 1 Diabetes with hypoglycemic unawareness.
“Mark June 3 on your calendar, come to the Square and be sure to donate generously to this worthy cause and help maintain Bayfield’s reputation as one of the most generous communities in Canada,” said Pal.
Pledge forms are available from many merchants and restaurants in Bayfield and any Lion. Local Bayfield donations can also be made online for individuals or teams by going to: https://www.walkfordogguides.com/locations/walk.cfm?ID=1025 or call Jack Pal at 519 565-5340 for more information. Tax receipts are issued for all donations of $20 or more.
This month’s Councilor’s Corner will be held on Thursday, May 17 at 7 p.m. at the Bayfield Community Centre.
Bill Whetstone, Bayfield Ward councilor, encourages all to come hear what council has been up to and voice their opinions.
It was the spring of Canada’s Centennial; Expo 67 would soon open and Bobby Gimby was leading kids around to the tune of “CA-NA-DA!” On that Victoria Day weekend, the Bayfield Lions celebrated Canada’s Centennial with a pancake and sausage breakfast. This upcoming Sunday May 20th, the Lions will host their 51st consecutive Community Breakfast. It really is part of the Bayfield fabric and the start of the summer season.
The Bayfield Arena is transformed into an eatery with Lions serving up over-easy eggs, pancakes with local Maple syrup, toast, sausage and fried potatoes, juice and coffee to the multitudes that attend.
The meals are served from 8 a.m. to noon with children under six eating for free! Adults can fill their plates for $8 while youngsters under 11 are $5.
Village Yard Sales
Treasure seekers should mark June 2 on their calendars as the Bayfield and Area Chamber of Commerce (BACC) is promoting their fourth Town Wide Yard Sale and Village Side Walk Sale on that date.
Residents in the community are encouraged to hold a yard sale at their home on that date and local merchants will be offering up some side walk sales that day as well.
Are you hosting a yard sale on June 2? Share the location details and times with the Bayfield Breeze! We will publish a list of locations in our May 30th issue. Please submit by Sunday, May 27 at 4 p.m. to be included.
TRINITY PLANT SALE
The gardens at Trinity Anglican Church, 10 Keith Cres., in Bayfield are a wonder to behold due to the efforts of some parishioners with very green thumbs. But one cannot garden on talent alone some money helps too. For this reason, the congregation of Trinity Church will be holding their annual plant sale on Friday, May 18 and Saturday, May 19.
Organizers are currently looking to the community for donations of potted plants or garden supplies. These donations may be left behind the garden shed (just off the parking lot) at the church. Those who donate are asked to please include the name and the color of the plant with the potted donation.
The sale will run on Friday, noon to 5 p.m. and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
For those with an interest in classical music, the BTHHS will also host an “Evening with Beethoven”, performed by members of the London Symphonia on Thursday, May 24.
At its core, the London Symphonia is a professional symphony committed to performing vibrant and bold musical experiences for London and the region. It was officially named in January 2017, replacing the #WePlayOn identity, chosen on a temporary basis, months after the old Orchestra London collapsed. It is now London’s foremost orchestra, celebrated as one of the best in Canada.
Performers will include: Christine Newland, Cello; Joseph Lanza, Concertmaster; Andrew Chung, Violinist; and Jennifer Short, Second Oboe/English Horn.
Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door if any remain. For tickets please contact Mike van Baardwyk, 519 565-5489, Pat Baker, 519 955-1456, or Shelagh Sully, 519 565-2572, or purchase online at www.ticketscene.ca. Doors will open at 7 p.m. and the concert will start at 7:30 p.m.
Please note tickets for the May 18th concert featureing the Bruce Springsteen tribute band is now completely sold-out!
All are invited by the Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society (BTHHS) Board of Directors for their Sixth Annual Community Luncheon on Monday, May 28.
The luncheon is a wonderful opportunity for the community to come together and hear about the Town Hall accomplishments in 2017, as well as find out about all the great events and projects planned for 2018.
The event will begin at 11:30 a.m. Attendees will enjoy delicious lasagna and salad followed by coffee and dessert.
Space is limited so people shouldn’t wait to get their tickets. Tickets are $10 and are available by calling Sandy Scotchmer at 519 565-2830 or Patricia Baker at 519 955-1456.
ONE CARE FITNESS
There are two new opportunities for people to exercise in Bayfield.
On two Tuesdays and two Thursdays in May an introduction to Nordic Pole Walking will take place. Interested individuals are asked to meet at the Hive of Bayfield (next to Shop Bike Coffee) at 10:15 a.m. A short period of instruction will be followed by a 10 to 20-minute walk. The dates are May 22, 24, 29 and 31.
An “Introduction to Yoga” will be offered on Tuesdays in June. Classes will be held at The Lake House of Bayfield (formerly The Red Pump). Chair Yoga will start at 10 a.m. and Restorative Yoga will start at 5 p.m. The four classes will be available for the low price of $20 all inclusive. The dates are June 5, 12, 19 and 26.
Outdoor Flea-Produce Market
A long-standing Bayfield tradition is ready once again. The Outdoor Flea-Produce Market is preparing to open in Agricultural Park starting on Sunday, May 20. Vendors include antique dealers, arts and crafts, farm produce in season and collectables.
The Market, in good weather, opens every Sunday from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. from Victoria Day Weekend to Thanksgiving. Anyone interested in being a vendor should contact Jack at 519 482-7921 or if there are any questions about the Market, contact Jim at 519 565-2328. The vendors are all from the local community.
The Market has always been a place of business but many of the people attending enjoy it as a social gathering place. Many people are huddled in conversation as they catch up with their lives. It becomes the place to see neighbors or friends.
Sundays are a great day to go treasure hunting as Agriculture Park isn’t the only spot a Flea Market can be found. People can also visit the Pinery Antique and Flea Market in Grand Bend, the Bayfield North Antiques and Collectibles Flea Market and the Goderich BIA Flea Market. A day of searching should conclude with a dinner at any one of the numerous restaurants in the Bayfield area. Here’s to another summer of collecting those special items.
Clarinet at Large
Leslie Bella will be the featured musician at the next “Saturdays at the Library” hosted by the Friends of the Bayfield Library (FOBL) on May 26.
Bella will be busking Jazz standards on her Clarinet from 10:30 a.m. to noon in the Reading Garden at the Bayfield Public Library.
John and Melina Powers will be offering up some “Rockin’ Rhythms” on June 30 at the Bayfield Public Library.
The duo will share their talents for music and puppetry during an interactive musical extravaganza from 10:30 a.m. to noon.
Anyone discover a small black fabric purse, sporting a couple of zippers and a shoulder strap, at the Bayfield Beer and Wine Festival? A local lady lost one as described and it had no identification in it making it difficult to return. She can identify its contents. If found please call Joan at 519 565-2974.