THANK YOU, LOUISE!
The Play Group that meets on Tuesdays at the Bayfield Public Library from autumn to spring recently wrapped up for the summer by paying tribute to their volunteer teacher of two years, Louise Sygrove, who has decided to retire from her role. She is shown here with parents and children who regularly attend the Play Group. From top left: Shauna Born, Jenny Allan, Ulrike Stoye, Sarah Hessel, Bonnie Hancox, and Janelle Barton with Fiona Barton. MR: Greyson Ross, Elliot Beattie, Louise Sygrove, Benjamin Stoye, Charlie Curtis, Harm Purser, Charles Barton, and Gen Salapungol. Front row: Nathan McBride holding Jack McBride, Tara Hessel holding Harvey Heard, Georgia Born, Shannon Beattie holding Arlo Beattie, Bridget Shanahan, Olive Saunders, Matthew Curtis and Karlene Ryan holding Mikeala Ryan. Other volunteers and organizations who have made this play group happen include, Karlene Ryan, who provided arts and crafts for the children as was as Jill Bazinet from Rural Response for Healthy Children and the Optimist Club of Bayfield for their financial aid. Participants are hopeful that Early Years Ontario will take over this play group in the fall as there is a need. Some weeks there are over 25 children attending the group under the age of five. (Photo by Dianne Brandon)
hold on to those treasures for pioneer park rummage sale
The Pioneer Park Association (PPA) is gearing up for the 71st Annual Rummage Sale which will be held Friday, July 13th.
Funds raised from the rummage sale are used to maintain the park on a year round Basis for such things as lawn cutting, tree planting and general maintenance. Hopefully in the fall of 2018 the PPA will begin a long awaited and very necessary bank revetment project. Thanks to the fine carpentry work of Mike Graham we have recently completed the third and final phase of replacing the stairs to the beach.
The Zamboni doors will open on the arena sale at 7 p.m. but eager shoppers can check out the bargains in the outside sales area at 6:30 p.m.
Rummage sale organizer, Pattie MacDonald noted, “We will not have access to our storage facility until mid-June so please bear with us and store your items until you hear via the Bayfield Breeze that we are operational. Items can also be dropped off at the arena on Thursday, July 12 or on Friday morning. Please do not drop off items at the Quonset Hut now as boats are still being removed and we do not have permission to use the space at this time.”
The following items will not be accepted: large appliances, televisions, children’s furniture and strollers,
shoes, clothing and certain electronics.
Organizers will happily accept: linens/draperies, furniture/furnishings, antiques, boutique items, gardening tools and accessories, housewares, china, Christmas decorations, books that are newish and in good condition and record albums.
On the day of the sale baking will be gratefully accepted for the bake table.
“If you are looking for a fun volunteer activity please join us July 12th and 13th as we sort and price our wonderful donated items. We can always use an extra pair of hands at the Bayfield Arena in aid of Pioneer Park,” said MacDonald.
For more information please call 519 525-8836 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Bayfield Amblers raised six hundred dollars for One Care
“The Bayfield Amblers”, comprising Gary Lloyd-Rees, a One Care Board Member, and his wife, Kate, took part in the walk raising over $600 out of a total of over $20,000. (Submitted photo)
June is Seniors Month and One Care Home and Community Support Services kicked off the month with a fundraising and awareness walk, “The Grand Parade”, in Stratford on Saturday, June 2.
One Care is a local, charitable, non-profit organization delivering home and community support services to 6,000 seniors and people with disabilities in Huron and Perth. Programs include: Home Care, Meals on Wheels, Dining for Seniors, Transportation and Exercise and Wellness. These and other programs help people to live in their own homes and be involved in their communities.
“The Bayfield Amblers”, comprising Gary Lloyd-Rees, a One Care Board Member, and his wife, Kate, took part in the walk raising over $600 out of a total of over $20,000.
Gary Lloyd-Rees said, “Funds raised from this event will subsidize clients who cannot afford fees for services like Meals on Wheels, Transportation and Home Help as well as replacing aging accessible vans that are essential to give people transportation to enable them to be active in our community.”
He added, “I would like to thank all local residents and businesses who supported the walk by participating, sponsoring or donating. We would also like to invite Bayfield residents, young and old, to join us as part of the Bayfield Amblers team next year.”
Top international players visit village for Croquet Tourney
Some of the world’s best croquet players will be gathering in Bayfield in early June for the Bayfield Open Croquet Tournament. And the Bayfield International Croquet Club invites residents in both Bayfield and Seaforth to come out and watch the games.
The Bayfield Open will run from June 7-10. It is considered to be the premier croquet event in Canada and, over the past few years, it has secured a reputation on the global circuit of international tournaments.
The tourney will have 20 competitors playing in two tiers over four days on four courts (two in Bayfield and two in Seaforth). There are cash prizes for first place in both tiers. The event is sponsored by Steam Whistle Brewery, The Virtual High School, and Deb Penhale from Lake Huron Real Estate.
David Wise, one of Australia’s top croquet players, also an opera singer and competitive sailor, is returning this year.
Last year he was quoted as saying, “Of the hundreds of tournaments I have played in worldwide over the years, Bayfield is by far and away the best.”
Rich Lamm, a top US player has also confirmed a spot in the Open, “I’ve heard so much about this charming, hospitable little village and its internationally recognized tournament, that I have to come and see for myself.”
Brian Cumming, Canada’s top ranked player from Elora, ON, is also returning after spending the year on the global circuit.
“I’d never miss Bayfield - top caliber play and fun social events,” he said.
Cumming was the skip for Team Canada last July in Brighton, England, where Canada and Sweden tied for first. The other three players on Team Canada, Bill Rowat, of Bayfield; Nick Mitchell, of Salem, ON; and Jim Wright, of Toronto, ON, have also entered the Bayfield tournament.
Donations to Food Bank welcome at Rogers' concert
Garnet Rogers (Photo by Bruce Dienes)
The Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society is delighted to have renowned performer, Garnet Rogers grace the stage on Friday, June 15.
When he was barely out of high school, Rogers was on the road as a full-time working musician with his older brother, Stan. Together they formed what has come to be accepted as one of the most influential acts in North American folk music.
Since then, Rogers has established himself as a major talent, hailed by the Boston Globe as a “charismatic performer and singer”. He is also a man with a powerful physical presence, close to six and a half feet tall with a voice to match. The Washington Post refers to him as a “smooth, dark baritone” with incredible range, and thoughtful, dramatic phrasing. Rogers is widely considered by fans and critics alike to be one of the finest singers anywhere.
His music, like the man himself, is literate, passionate, highly sensitive, and deeply purposeful. Cinematic in detail, his songs according to the Kitchener Waterloo Record, “give expression to the unspoken vocabulary of the heart”.
An optimist, he sings extraordinary songs about people who are not obvious heroes and of the small victories of the everyday. As memorable as his songs, his over-the-top humor and lightning-quick wit can move his audience from tears to laughter and back again.
In 2016, Rogers released his book, “Night Drive – Travels with My Brother”.
According to Rogers, the work contains “stories about how Stan and I grew up together, discovered music together, and learned to play in a band and travel together. How the songs got written and recorded. What life was like on the road before there was an independent music scene. And nearly every stupid, inexplicable and bizarre thing that could happen to a pair of young idiots who were naive enough to think they could play folk music for a living back in the mid-70s and early 80s.”
Resolutely independent, Rogers has turned down offers from major labels to do his music his own way.
The Bayfield Town Hall doors will open at 7 p.m. with the concert starting at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $30 in advance or $35 at the door. There will be a cash bar.
For tickets call Mike at 519 565-5489 or Sandy at 519 565-2830 or purchase them online at www.ticketscene.ca.
Note also that Rogers encourages that when possible, audience members bring non-perishable donations of food, and items of personal care such as, shampoo, toothpaste or soap to help the less fortunate in the community. The BTHHS Board will ensure that all donations go directly to the Bayfield Foodbank (Feed My Sheep).
FOURTH ANNUAL VILLAGE YARD SALE ATTRACTS A CROWD
PHOTOS AND STORY BY MELODY FALCONER-POUNDER
Paul Hill was hoping someone might stop in who was in a real festive mood as he had an 18 foot Christmas tree up for sale at his house on Jowett's Grove Road.
For the first time in the four-year history of the Village Yard Sale I wasn’t volunteering at one so armed with my camera and a pocket full of coin, my husband and I headed out and about.
Our mission was to try and find some outdoor furniture to grace our newly minted campfire area but alas nothing quite suited, despite seeing a couple very nice options. We didn’t come home empty handed though. I did purchase a snow globe and a countertop composter.
Many other locals and visitors to town did much better as a lot of folks were seen carrying off lots of treasures and all seemed quite pleased – both purchasers and sellers!
One yard sale host on Tuyll Street had an interesting way of displaying books for sale.
Crowds were drawn to this four family yard sale set up at a house on Cameron Street.
The weather was picture-perfect for the fourth annual Village Yard Sale held in Bayfield on June 2.
Several yard sales, like this one set up on Cameron Street, kept locals and visitors busy on Saturday morning.
open hearts of bayfield
Anyone who would like to connect with the human spirit; be inspired or inspire others through kindness, are invited to join “Open Hearts of Bayfield”. The group’s first two meetings will be held on Saturdays in June.
The Bayfield Public Library will host the group from 12:30-3 p.m. on June 9 and 16. Age is no limit; however, organizers ask that children under the age of 12 are accompanied by an adult.
The group will be joining www.thekindnessrockproject.com by creating inspirational messages painted on rocks! Supplies will be provided, however, personal permanent Sharpies, acrylic craft paints and brushes are welcomed. Please bring an apron and ideas for future kindness projects.
It is hoped that these Huron Energy Rocks will inspire unsuspecting locals and visitors this summer. One message can make a difference in someone's life. Be the Change. Let's put Bayfield on the map for kindness!
For more information search Facebook for @OHBayfield or contact Reeka at email@example.com
The Bayfield Heritage Centre and Archives is hiring for the summer! If you love Bayfield, are social media savvy and want to help promote Bayfield’s history, we want to hear from you.
On-the-job training supplied for planning and participating in summer events, assisting with Facebook maintenance and providing customer service to our visitors.
Interested applicants can email their resume and cover letter with their interview availability to firstname.lastname@example.org. Further information, if required is available by email, or messaging through Facebook.
West Coast Astronomers
Now through July, the planets Jupiter, Saturn, and Mars make their best apparitions in many years and reveal fascinating detail through a telescope. Venus and Mercury are also visible as is Vesta, a big asteroid. The best part of the Milky Way returns with its hundreds of star clusters, nebulae, and star forming regions.
The West Coast Astronomers will aim for these and more, at their next Star Party, to be held at 9:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 14 at the Agricultural Park in Bayfield, weather and sky conditions permitting. Look for the flashing light.
Visit www.westcoastastronomers.info for more details, locations and other times. Please reserve a spot on the Star Party page, so we can communicate with you in case the conditions are unfavorable. If you have doubt on the status of the event or have questions please call Guy at 519 868-6691 before the event. Everyone is welcome to join us, with or without a telescope. There is no fee. If you are an amateur astronomer, please feel free to join in with your telescope at sundown.
On Sunday June 24, the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) will host a “Land Management Experience” at the Linfield Wildlife Area.
Starting at 2 p.m., join members of the BRVTA for a walk with Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) Land Management Supervisor Kate Monk to learn how water and soil resources and wildlife habitat will be preserved at the Linfield Wildlife Area, one of the newest conservation lands in the ABCA watersheds.
This property was in the Linfield family for several generations and lovingly cared for and enhanced during this time by the family. Since the donation of the property, Monk has been the lead manager to continue to manage the property in an environmentally responsible way. The property is about 95 acres in size, including 70 acres of active farm land and 25 acres of natural areas. Hiking, bird-watching, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and fishing are permitted activities in the wildlife area. ABCA intends to develop additional windbreaks, grassed waterways and tree planting in the coming years.
The hike will be approximately 2 KMs on a primitive, natural surface, trail through mature woodlot and wind breaks. The trail can be quite wet, depending on weather conditions and there may possibly be some poison ivy. The Difficulty Level is Level 2 with uneven trail. The trail is used all year for walking, bird watching and snow shoeing. Pets are requested to be kept on leash.
It is suggested that participants wear sturdy walking or hiking shoes, long pants and insect repellant. They are encouraged to bring a refillable water container plus a tree or birding identification book.
The Linfield Wildlife Area is located west of the Pavilion Road and Goshen Line intersection, southwest of Varna and north of Zurich.
Participants are asked to meet at the parking area and Linfield Trailhead sign at 2 p.m. The walk will take approximately 2 hours. All are welcome to be part of this great hiking opportunity!
The YOung Novelists
The Young Novelists (Submitted photo)
On Friday, June 22, the Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society will welcome “The Young Novelists”.
Since the band’s inception in 2009, The Young Novelists’ effortless harmonies have been heard across stages in the U.S. and Canada and have been compared to everyone from “The Band” to “Wilco”. The Town Hall performance follows the recent release of their new album, “In City & Country”, produced by Juno-winning producer Howard Bilerman who has also worked with “Arcade Fire” and “Leonard Cohen”.
When they first met, band members, Graydon James and Laura Spink had no idea that they would be married one day - much less touring the world together as The Young Novelists. They have released three full-length albums, won numerous awards and continuous praise for their unmatched, effortless harmonies. But for their new album. the Toronto-based band decided to travel out of the city and in to small-town Ontario in order to connect the two places.
After years of firsthand experience combined with historical research, James and Spink wrote over 30 songs inspired by a dozen Canadian towns. From that set, “In City & Country” was born, a collection of ten songs that tell the universal stories of both parallels while highlighting the differences, similarities and everything in-between. One of the songs, “Two of a Kind”, was inspired by a visit to Goderich!
They both grew up in Ontario; Spink in Peterborough and James in Verona, a small eastern town with a population of a mere 1,800. They both moved to Waterloo for university, where they met via community theatre, but it wasn’t until James decided to refocus his career from drummer to front man that they combined their talent musically.
“I had written a bunch of songs and recorded them in my basement, mostly for posterity,” said James, “I asked Laura to sing harmony on some of the songs and it instantly had this magical vibe.”
Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. There is a cash bar. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the concert will begin at 7:30 p.m.
For tickets call Mark Edmunds 519 521-2994 or Sandy Scotchmer at 519 565-2830 or purchase online at www.ticketscene.ca.
St. Andrew’s United Church will host their Annual Beef BBQ and Sweet Pickled Ham Dinner on July 1st starting at 4:30 p.m. at the Bayfield Community Centre.
The menu will feature the aforementioned meats plus baked potato, salads, and homemade pies.
The cost is $18 for adults in advance or $20 at the door and $8 for children aged six to 12 years. Take-outs are also available. For more information please call John at 519 565-2479 or Kevin at 519 565-4018 or Marilyn at 519 565-2716.
Yoga at Deer Park
Clare Day is offering “Sunset Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga” at Deer Park Lodge on Tuesday evenings in the summer months.
During July, August and September classes will be held from 7-8:30 p.m. Space is limited for these classes that will be $20 for those with their own board or $45 with a board rental.
If Lake Huron proves too rough for classes they will be moved to Windmill Lake and Eco Park. In the event of stormy weather classes will be cancelled. To register please email email@example.com.
In addition, Deer Park Lodge will also be another venue to take in an outdoor yoga class when “Yoga on the Beach” will be offered on Thursdays and Sundays from July 5 to Aug. 30. These one-hour classes will begin at 10 a.m. Participants can bring their own mat or beach towel or borrow a yoga mat from the instructor. Yoga is free or “pay what you can”.
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.
Believe it or not the new Bayfield Public Library building will celebrate its fifth anniversary on June 23.
To mark the occasion cake will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. plus visitors will have an opportunity to have their picture taken with “Bob the Book” and receive a keepsake photo. A “We Love Books” memory quilt is also being made and people will have a chance to add their signature to it.
GARDEN TOUR FOR HOSPICE
Six of Bayfield’s most outstanding gardens are being opened to tour on Saturday, July 7 in support of the Huron Residential Hospice.
Visitors can take in the gardens while enjoying local music and art displays. A wide variety of garden styles and plant products are featured on this garden tour, which also includes two bonus projects, as well as refreshments.
The tour will run rain or shine from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Tickets and maps will be available at St. Andrews United Church on Hwy 21, across from Clan Gregor Square on the day of the tour. The cost will be $15 per person. Everyone is welcome, so bring the whole family!