mayor's breakfast a showcase for chamber successes
At the conclusion of the BACC Mayor's Breakfast, Rev. Dr. Wayne Malott, vicar at Trinity Anglican Church (third from right), was pleased to accept donations collected from those who attended the event to go to the Bayfield Food Bank, formerly known as “Feed My Sheep”. A total of $400 was collected for this local organization. Joining in on the official presentation were l-r: MP Ben Lobb, BACC Treasurer, Ian Matthew, BACC Vice-President, Kristyn Watterworth, BACC President Roger Lewington and Mayor of Bluewater, Bill Dowson. (Photo by Mike Dixon)
BY MELODY FALCONER-POUNDER
The Bayfield and Area Chamber of Commerce held their annual Mayor’s Breakfast on the morning of May 19th at the Bayfield Town Hall. The event was the perfect venue to share many of the chamber’s successes over the past year as well as to recognize individuals for their commitment in both promoting and improving village life.
Mayor of the Municipality of Bluewater, Bill Dowson brought welcome and greetings from council, as well as introducing councilors in attendance. He gave an update on several projects including the Bayfield Library. MP Ben Lobb addressed those present and gave an update of federal government initiatives. Tammy Dowdall, general manager of OLG Slots at Clinton Raceway, brought greetings from OLG, the event sponsor.
Approximately 90 people attended the breakfast including area politicians, BACC members, service club and community group leaders.
Three strategies developed from the Business Retention and Expansion Report of 2010 were noted. These strategies are: Main Street Revitalization, Tourism Priorities and Attracting New Residents by Emphasizing the Creative Economy.
Two big BACC events were mentioned at the breakfast, the tenth anniversary of one of these calendar staples is in fact just around the corner, Sail and Canvas will be held on June16-17. Christmas in Bayfield is the other very popular event set for Nov. 9-11. The parade will be held on Saturday, Nov. 10 at 11 a.m.
Core projects of the BACC were also recognized. One being the chamber website: www.villageofbayfield.com The BACC is indebted to Tuckersmith Telecommunications Cooperative (TCC) for their support of this website. They also acknowledged BACC member, Erin Samuell for her work on the website, mybayfield.ca. It is an informative link to the chamber site.
The ongoing successes of the Bayfield Breeze, the village’s weekly online news publication; and the Bayfield Calendar project, both a vehicle for promotion and fundraising, were also mentioned.
Another HEDP supported project, My Bayfield Business Event, being created by Brittany Fry, was also highlighted at the breakfast. The project is being designed to promote the village as an unique destination for business seminars, meetings and sales meetings during the Spring and Fall seasons. A new page to the chamber website will be added soon to support this project.
The breakfast featured two guest speakers. The first being Jenna Ujiye, Huron County Tourism marketer. Ujiye spoke on “Packaging Bayfield and Area”. The second speaker was Napier Simpson, director of Marketing and Operations for Regional Tourism Association #4, Huron, Perth, Wellington and Waterloo counties.
Two long-time contributors to the village who will soon be moving away were given much deserved recognition at the breakfast. Doug and Gail Grant were honored for their contributions to the community, both tireless volunteers, and Doug himself once served as Reeve of the village. The entire community will miss the couple and all those who attended the event expressed this.
The BACC Executive also acknowledged the councilors and staff at the Municipality of Bluewater for their ongoing support as well as that of the BACC membership, Huron County and TCC. They also noted that area service clubs, the Bayfield Ratepayers’ Association, Bluewater Heritage Committee and other volunteer groups within the community go along way in making the village a tremendous place in which to live.
At the conclusion of the event, Rev. Dr. Wayne Malott, vicar at Trinity Anglican Church was pleased to accept donations collected from those who attended the event to go to the Bayfield Food Bank, formerly known as “Feed My Sheep”. A total of $400 was collected for this local organization.
Louise Sygrove was commended for organizing the breakfast as well as those BACC members who helped prepare the meal.
the maud stirling story to premiere this week
Janice Nelson as Maude Stirling. (Submitted photo)
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 (for about 40 years), she had been a courageous nursing sister during WWI.
Very few knew of the dreadful time she experienced while stationed in Salonika. Conditions were so appalling that many of the Canadian nurses posted at the military hospital where Stirling worked became sick and exhausted themselves.
When the sirens wailed and the bombs began to fall, the medical staff would hurry to the shelters with the walking wounded. However, Stirling held her ground, she stayed bravely at the bedsides of the injured soldiers who could not be moved, doing her best to shield them from almost certain death. For her incredible courage she was presented with the Royal Red Cross at the end of WWI becoming the most decorated nurse in that terrible war.
Judy Keightley, Bayfield’s own playwright, has created the play “A Woman at War – The Maud Stirling Story”, and theatre-goers will have the opportunity to see how the tale unfolds by purchasing tickets to one of four upcoming performances 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. It is reported that some tickets are still available for all performances with the exception of Saturday - it is a near sell-out.
Tickets are selling for $12 per person. There will be a cash bar. For tickets, please call Carol Thornley-Hall 519 565-5532. Tickets are also available at Cammie's of Bayfield, 14 Main Street, between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. every day.
watershed experiences record low stream flows
Prolonged dry weather and no spring snow melt contributed to record low stream flows for April as a result the Ausable Bayfield Water Response Team (WRT) has issued a Level 1 Low Water Advisory for the entire Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) watershed area.
The team made their determination based on record low stream flows and continuing dry weather.
April rainfall amounts across the watershed ranged from 20 to 40 millimetres, at the top end of the scale that’s not much more than 1.5 inches, less than half of the amount which can typically be expected for the month. Drier than normal weather in April was a continuation of a warm and dry March.
In addition to a lack of rainfall, the absence of a spring snow-melt has had significant impacts on local stream flows, according to ABCA. The spring freshet is extremely important to sustain stream flows throughout the spring. This year, the snowpack was gone by the first of March and did not provide enough snow- melt runoff to support flows. Stream flows in April were only 10-15 per cent of the monthly normal.
April flows were the lowest on record for the Exeter and Varna stream gauges.
“We have to go back to 1946 to find April flows at Springbank lower than that of 2012,” said ABCA Lands and Water Technologist, Davin Heinbuck.
Stream flows as of mid-May have already fallen below what would be expected during late summer. Summer-like flows in the early spring can have a significant impact on a variety of aquatic species that depend on stream flows for migration and reproduction.
If dry weather continues, recovery of the already stressed watershed will become more difficult. Even if normal precipitation patterns return, the watershed’s ability to rebound has been reduced. Plant and crop cover, combined with temperature increases through the summer, means that less rainfall will become available to stream flows.
Water Response Team Chair Mike Tam said that conservation of water is extremely important at this time to prevent further reduction in water levels and availability through the summer months.
“We encourage water users to voluntarily reduce their water use by 10 per cent based on current Level 1 conditions,” he said.
The WRT will review conditions in early June and make condition updates as necessary. If weather patterns do not change significantly, the team could meet to discuss the possibility of moving to a Level 2 Advisory at that time.
ABCA staff will continue to monitor rainfall and stream flow data and keep the public informed of any changes in watershed conditions. Visit www.ontario.ca/lowwater for further resources on the Ontario low water response program or ABCA website at abca.on.ca and view the dynamic low-water advisory tool which alerts people to low-water advisories in effect in the watershed.
"For the Love of Bayfield" available as of monday
The long anticipated book by Dave Gillians entitled, “For the Love of Bayfield” will go on sale for the first time on May 28th at the Bayfield Historical Society’s monthly “Speaker’s Series” event.
Copies of this limited first edition will be available at the meeting to be held at the Bayfield Lions’ Community building at 7:30 p.m.
Gillians will also be the guest speaker at the meeting. He will talk about some of his most exciting discoveries about the history of the village. He will also discuss stories that have never before been told and important events that have been long forgotten.
According to Bayfield resident, Bill Carradine, one of the book's editors, "David Gillians' book has delightfully taken us back, on a joyride of memories, to the earliest days of Bayfield. He has introduced us to a pot-pouri of true and fascinating personalities all of whom contributed to the unique character and special ambiance of this village."
The book will sell for $35 a copy and the first edition will only be available from the Bayfield Archives on Main Street. All of the net proceeds for book sales will go to the Bayfield Historical Society to assist them with their various projects.
Calendar photos for 2013 to be unveiled at special launch
Many area residents will no doubt have the Bayfield and Area Chamber of Commerce (BACC) 2012 calendar hanging on their wall – they may like to circle June 15th on it as it is all set to become a very important date on the village social calendar. On that Friday evening the photographs selected for the 2013 calendar will be exhibited during a wine and cheese event hosted by the BACC.
The advertisers for this new calendar will also be announced. The calendar itself will be unveiled and the 2013 campaign launched. The BACC is very pleased to advise that once again the advertising space in the calendar has been sold out and the BACC Executive thanks the advertisers for their ongoing support of this initiative.
The evening will be held at the Bayfield Town Hall from 7-9 p.m.
This year the recently formed Photography Club of Bayfield was enlisted to assemble a wonderful mix of photos of the many beautiful village landscapes and historical sites to provide the images for the calendar. The photos selected to represent each calendar month will be available at the launch as a onetime opportunity to purchase a framed keepsake. No other framed enlargements will be sold. The photo used for the calendar’s cover will be auctioned off that evening.
There is no admission fee for the evening and all are welcome to attend, however, it is requested that those who wish to attend RSVP to email@example.com.
canada's leading operatic soprano to perform
The exciting world of classical song comes to Bayfield June 2-10 when Artistic Directors Stephen Ralls and Bruce Ubukata host the sixth annual Bayfield Festival of Song showcasing an exciting roster of artists who have performed around the globe.
The 2012 festival, that will take patrons on a journey from 1900 through the Great War and into the Roaring Twenties, will feature 10 vocalists including Canada’s leading operatic soprano, Adrianne Pieczonka and dedicated concert and recital artist Alexander Dobson. Another highlight of the event will be a special program in honor of Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee. Those who attend should watch out for some surprising historical notes and stories, with rarely heard songs as well as more familiar music.
The popular Saturday morning Coffee Concerts will feature the music of one of the world’s best-loved composers, Franz Peter Schubert. Piano duets by Ralls & Ubukata will pay tribute to this prolific Austrian composer. “Schubert in the Morning” will be performed on June 2. “Wish you were Here” will feature a collection of musical picture-postcards from around the world and will be staged on June 9. Both shows begin at 11 a.m.
Celebrity recitals will feature two phenomenal evenings of songs, duets and operatic favorites. Canada’s superstar soprano Pieczonka along with her partner mezzo-soprano Laura Tucker will perform with Ralls on the piano on June 8. And then on June 9, Dobson will present a delightful program for a summer night. Both shows start at 8 p.m. Praised for riveting performances across North American and Europe these stars will no doubt entirely seduce the audience with their vocal art!
Making welcome returns to the Festival are soprano Virginia Hatfield, mezzo Megan Latham and baritone Geoffrey Sirett. They will perform “Upstairs/Downstairs” on June 2 at 8 p.m. This production pays tribute to the long-time favorite TV show and will present a contrast of the art-songs and ballads performed in an English drawing-room with the rollicking entertainment of music-hall and ragtime which found favor below the stairs.
“Diamonds for a Queen” will be presented on June 3 and June 10 at 2:30 p.m. Her Majesty the Queen will be saluted in two dazzling performances by four young talented artists: Andrea Cerswell, soprano; Alexandra Beley, mezzo; Andrew Haji, tenor; and David Roth, baritone. Ralls and Ubukata will accompany on the piano.
All concerts will be held at the Bayfield Town Hall. For complete 2012 concert information visit the “Bayfield Festival” link at: aldeburghconnection.org. Tickets are available online or locally at The Village Bookshop, 519 565-5600.
RBC Foundation and the Ontario Arts Council are generous supports of the 2012 Bayfield Festival of Song.
DOOR PRIZE WINNER
Janet Maidment (left) and her son Brad, presented Mary Lou Erb with a $500 gift certificate for Bayfield Foodland recently. Erb was the lucky winner of the door prize donated to the Bayfield Lions' Annual Home and Garden Show held on Apr. 27-29. (Submitted photo)
Taste of huron
Taste of Huron is back in 2012 and this year, the festival is being organized a little bit differently. In fact people will be able to “taste” Huron all summer long instead of just during the usual more concentrated week or two of past years.
Things will begin with a “Food A-Fare” on June 7 at the Hessenland Country Inn in St. Joseph. For $55 per person, participants will enjoy a tapas-style menu featuring locally grown items prepared by Chef Frank Ihrig of Hessenland Country Inn. Guests will also have the chance to bid on some great culinary experiences in Huron County at the "Incredible Edible Auction".
To learn more about these events visit the Taste of Huron website at www.tasteofhuron.ca.
Live music streaming from Pioneer Park will be a welcome addition to the Bayfield Sail and Canvas Festival Weekend as Pioneer Park Entertainment presents a performance by the Canadian Celtic Choir on June 16.
The choir will unite their voices in song starting at 8 p.m. in the park. The group, founded in 1996, sings and promotes Celtic choral music and culture in Southwestern Ontario.
Their current repertoire features songs from Ireland, Scotland, England, Wales and the Canadian Maritimes ranging from the traditional, including those sung in Irish and Welsh, to modern music of the 20th and 21st Century.
William Zadorsky was appointed conductor of the Canadian Celtic Choir on April 1, 2010. Their accompanist is Jean Willadsen. The group has approximately 50 members and is based out of London, ON.
The Clinton Public Hospital is the health care provider of choice for many Bayfield and area residents. These individuals may be interested to note that the Clinton Public Hospital Foundation will be holding its annual fundraising Enchanted Dinner and Dance on June 23.
The evening will feature both a live and silent auction. Tickets are available now for $75 a person (this includes a $45 tax receipt). Here in Bayfield tickets are available by contacting Tyler Hessel, 519 565-4034.
music at the barn
The landmark barn at Kryart Studio should prove to be the perfect location for a new summer concert series.
“Music at the Barn” will be comprised of five performances scheduled from June to September on Sunday afternoons starting at 2 p.m. at Kryart Studio. The line up is as follows: Adrian Jones and Kim Régimbal and DNSQ3, June 24; Opening: Benson Brown and Katy Johnston, The Marrieds, July 15; Danielle Durand and Ben Hermann (tentative), July 29; Graham Nicholas, Alanna Gurr and Lowlands, Aug. 26; and Josh Geddis and Jenny Omnichord, Sept. 16.
Tickets are $10 in advance and $14 at the door for the first show. All other shows are $14 in advance and $16 at the door. Or a season pass can be purchased for $50 for all five shows. People are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets, as there is limited seating.
For more information or tickets contact Durand at 519 993-3154. Or visit the following Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Music-at-the-Barn-Series/127016440764513 Tickets can also be purchased at ticketscene.ca.
blyth festival singers
“Broadway, Brass and Blues” is the theme of this year’s annual presentation by the Blyth Festival Singers to be held at the Stanley Complex in Varna on May 26.
All in the community are invited to join in the fun of this cabaret dinner and concert as the group highlights some of Broadway’s greatest show tunes.
Anne Potter, 20, will be the featured vocalist. She hails from Goderich, where she grew up with interests in theatre and music. Rounding out the evening’s entertainment is the Goderich-based Suncoast Brass. Hugh McGregor, Al Mullin, Nancy Ross and Shelly Johnson comprise the quartet.
In addition to the Blyth Festival Singers’ dinner and cabaret concert, a fabulous silent auction is also on offer.
Tickets for this wonderful, fun-filled event are $25 and children, 12 and under, can get in for only $12. Tickets are available at The Blyth Festival Box Office at 519 523-9300, or The Village Bookshop in Bayfield.
The Blyth Festival Singers are pleased to have 104.9 The Beach as their media sponsor.
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.
Five authors will be coming to the village for the 2012 Bayfield Writers' Festival hosted by The Village Bookshop on June 23-24.
This year the main event will be held at St. Andrew’s United Church starting at 1 p.m. The authors and their works featured will be: Hugh Brewster, RMS Titanic: Gilded Lives, Fatal Voyage; Cathy Buchanan, The Day the Falls Stood Still; Stephen Marche, How Shakespeare Changed Everything; John Lawrence Reynolds, Beach Strip; and Andrew Westoll, The Chimps of Fauna Sanctuary.
Tickets are selling now for $15 and are available at The Village Bookshop
On Sunday at 12:30 p.m. there is the added bonus of a First Class Luncheon with Hugh Brewster starting at 12:30 p.m. at The Little Inn.
History lovers will no doubt enjoy the opportunity to hear this celebrated Titanic expert and author speak at this event held in the 100th year since the great ship went down.
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 is nearly at an end.
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 concludes with The Guard on June 14. This final film will begin with a wine and cheese celebration at 6:30 p.m. at the Bayfield Town Hall (the movie begins at 7:30 p.m.)
For more information contact: Lynn Gillians, 519 565-5884 or by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org; or Margo Robeson, 519 565-2827 or e-mail Margo10510@comcast.net.
Pickle Ball is the fastest growing sport for seniors and is gaining in popularity here in Bayfield. It can be described as a combination of badminton, tennis and ping-pong.
Ann and Rick LeBeau, of Bayfield, are pickle ball enthusiasts and would like to teach Pickle Ball to beginners. They have been playing the sport themselves for many years and will be playing in the Summer Games in London, ON. Anyone who would like a lesson are invited to call them at 519 440-2120.
One Care sponsored Pole Walking is really hitting its stride in Bayfield. Anyone wishing an introductory lesson or other info should call 519 565-2202 or 519 565-5638. There is no charge for this and poles can be provided.
New additions to the current Pole Walking schedule include: starting May 27, Co-ed Pole Walking, 9:30 a.m.; as of May 22, Tuesday mornings Gentle Jaunt, 9:30 a.m.; starting May 30, Gentle Jaunt, 4:30 p.m. and Power Pole Walking, 5:15 p.m.
The above is in addition to the usual walks for women are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays and walks for men Mondays and Fridays. The start time is 8:30 a.m.
All walks begin from 6 Main Street.
Besides Pole Walking, One Care continues to sponsor several programs for both men and women to keep up with their desire to stay fit. 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 classes are held at the Bayfield Community Centre. The cost is $4 per class.
The Sit and Get Fit classes are offered on Mondays and Wednesdays at 10:15 a.m. On Fridays a Gentle Stretch Class is offered at 10:15 a.m. Both of these fitness opportunities are held at the Bayfield Community Centre and cost a $2 per class.
A Gentle Yoga Class is 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.
Summer Outdoor Yoga will start July 5 in Pioneer Park at 8:30 a.m. and continue on subsequent Thursdays. The cost is $3 per session.
Call the numbers listed above 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. Bridge is played at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building.
Zumba Bayfield is now taking a break for the summer – be sure to check Fitness Fun in the fall to see when this spirited Latin inspired dance fitness party will return.
Boot Camp has come to Bayfield due to the efforts of fitness enthusiast, Kaylie Ginn. She plans to offer a large variety of exercises to keep things interesting and challenging. She will be incorporating strength training, cardio, yoga, plyometrics, kick-boxing, interval training and more. One-hour sessions will be held Monday to Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at Pioneer Park.
Each session of the Bayfield Boot Camp will cost $10, or a weekly pass can be purchased for $30. First sessions will be free. Participants should wear proper footwear, bring a bottle of water and a yoga mat or towel. Participants should arrive 15 minutes before their first session so that Ginn can learn their workout history. For information contact Ginn at 519 525-1959.
Have you heard the news? A monthly hearing clinic has been established in the village at Pharmasave Michael’s Pharmacy. The next date for the clinic is June 19.
The Kincardine Hearing Clinic will be offering their services on the third Tuesday of every month from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The clinic will offer: hearing aid adjustments and repairs to all makes and models, no cost hearing tests, new prescription of hearing aids, wax removal, hearing aid battery sales as well as hard of hearing assistive devices.
Please call The Kincardine Hearing Clinic at 1-855-396-6026 to book an appointment.
Did you know that the Bayfield Library offers an opportunity to learn more about your computer and it’s free?
Free computer training is offered at the Bayfield branch of the Huron County Library through the Community Access Program (CAP).
CAP is an initiative created through the federal government that aims to connect Canadians through technology; as part of the program, free internet and computer lessons are available to library patrons.
Appointments need to be made to have a lesson. Classes are available on Mondays, 1-5 p.m.; Wednesdays: 6-8 p.m.; and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.