COMMUNITY LUNCH CELEBRATES TOWN HALL ACCOMPLISHMENTS
PHOTOS BY JACK PAL
Peter Keightley, owner of Drift Restaurant, (left) was joined by volunteers in getting the lunch ready to serve. (Photos by Jack Pal)
Speaking on behalf of President Sandy Scotchmer, Patricia Baker thanked sponsors, board members both past and present, and the many individuals who contribute in so many ways to the success of the Bayfield Town Hall.
Each year the Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society hosts a Community Lunch.
This year was the fifth annual event was held on May 29. It was a wonderful opportunity for the community to come together and hear about what's been accomplished at the Town Hall, and to find out about all the events planned for 2017.
Board Member Mark Edmunds outlined all the exciting upcoming concerts, and Paul Hill showed a video from the 2017 Cabaret and talked about plans for 2018 Cabaret.
The Community Lunch also offers an opportunity to thank the community for all the help the Board of Directors receive.
Speaking on behalf of President Sandy Scotchmer, Patricia Baker thanked sponsors, board members both past and present, and the many individuals who contribute in so many ways to the success of the Bayfield Town Hall.
The Bayfield Town Hall Community Lunch was a wonderful opportunity for residents to come together and hear about what's been accomplished at the Town Hall, and to find out about all the events planned for 2017.
The McCartney years is coming to the Bayfield Town Hall
There appears to be a real appetite for good quality tribute bands these days and therefore the Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society (BTHHS) is thrilled to announce that “The McCartney Years” will be taking to the stage to perform at the hall on June 24.
There are many Beatles tributes. But there’s only one show that celebrates the genius of Paul McCartney at the height of his career in the mid-1970s. And this is it. Praised by Beatles promoter Sid Bernstein, the man who brought the original Beatles to North America, as “the best on the scene today”, The McCartney Years is a note-for-note faithful recreation of a mid-1970s McCartney concert.
Led by perfectionist Yuri Pool as Sir Paul, the band has a commitment to 100 per cent live and accurate reproductions of McCartney’s concert experience. The show is period true, technically stunning and sonically explosive. Every note is live and played true to its original arrangement. It has set the standard for all who might follow in this significant body of work. And in addition fans report that it is a blast to watch and listen to.
In addition to Pool the cast includes: Laura Gagnon as Linda McCartney; David Usselman as Denny Laine; Braden DeCooman as Jimmy McCullough; Dean McKey as Joe English and Hubert Orlowski - backing vocals, keyboards.
These amazing musicians will be performing songs written by McCartney, according to the band’s website they perform “note for note, harmonies and riffs - every song is played with nothing pre-recorded and to the standard set by McCartney himself in the early 1970's."
Fans are encouraged to relive their passion for McCartney with a band that has opened for Mariah Carey, performed sold-out shows across Canada and been featured on CNN. Visit their website at themccartneyyears.net.
Tickets are expected to sell out so be sure to get them soon. Tickets are $30 ($35 at the door, if any are left). Doors open at 7 p.m. and the concert starts at 7:30 p.m.
For tickets, call Nick at 519 565-2556 or Sue at 519 565-2551, or go to Ernie King Music, 37 West Street, Goderich, or www.ticketscene.ca.
The BTHHS thanks OLG for their sponsorship of this event.
Glees get creative in the fight against World Hunger
Glee Sister Arlene Timmins smiles during the creative process. (Submitted photos)
“Empty Bowls 2017” is an international co-operative project to help fight hunger. On a community level, artists and art organizations personalize the project.
When given the opportunity to volunteer, ten Glee Sisters from Bayfield took on the challenge. With Ruth Anne Merner at the helm, in her pottery studio in Dashwood, each Glee sister created two unique soup bowls using slab techniques. Other community volunteers will finish their bowls since the final product takes several weeks to complete.
The actual “Empty Bowls 2017” event happens on Thursday, Sept. 14th in Exeter. Guests attending purchase a ticket, which allows them to choose a bowl. In exchange, soup is served. All proceeds help support the Huron County Food Bank Distribution Centre.
For more information contact: huroncountyfoodbank.org or artaroundtown.net.
Glee Sister Helen Varekamp works on shaping a bowl.
Ten Glee Sisters from Bayfield took part in the "Empty Bowls" project for 2017 recently.
Scavenger hunt hike to be held
Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) hike leaders are planning a not so ordinary hike. According to hike leaders this scavenger hunt/hike "... will contrive to exercise, entertain and amuse those who will to flock for this exciting adventure.”
Mavis’ Trail will be the setting for the event. For those not familiar with Mavis’ Trail, it begins in a quiet pine meadow and after crossing a 65-foot bridge meanders along a heavily wooded path that eventually leads to a lovely, tranquil lookout over the charming Bayfield River. Mavis’ Trail is 2.5 KMs long, with a level 3 difficulty. Hike leaders (aka Scavenger Hunt organizers) will meet participants at the Stanley Recreation Complex, 1.6 KMs west of the village of Varna on County Rd 3.The scavenger hunt will take most participants 1.5 hours to complete. All are welcome to join the adventure!
The hike leaders will be Peter Jeffers, 519 933-4555; Jack Pal, 519 565-5340; and Adriaan Schreuder 519 565-2382.
Love your Greats Beach Clean up collects 400 pieces of plastic
“Love Your Greats Beach Clean Up” was held on May 18. In total participants collected 400 pieces of plastic. (Photos by Jack Pal)
“Love Your Greats Beach Clean Up” was held on May 18. It was planned and organized by a group of students from St. Anne's Catholic Secondary School in Clinton for their end of the semester assignment in religion class.
“Myself, and five others, came up with the idea of a beach cleanup for our final project in our religion class, which was to organize a social event bringing awareness to an important cause,” explained Naomi Pal, an event organizer. “Our group all had a common interest in the environment and we believe plastics are a big issue in today's consumerist society.”
The youth partnered with Jen Pate and Shaun Henry the individuals behind the "Love your Greats" campaign.
“The day of the cleanup we met in Clan Gregor Square, and made our way to the beach, picking up plastic and garbage along the way,” said Pal. “After walking along the beach our group. and other individuals, including the mayor, managed to fill many bags of plastics and garbage. We returned to the park and sorted the garbage, so some of the plastic could be recycled. In total we collected 400 pieces of plastic!”
Bayfield Foodland, Red Cat Farm and Drift sponsored a BBQ that was held for volunteers following the clean up.
“All in all, the cleanup brought great awareness about the issue of plastics polluting the lakes, and we cleaned a good portion of Bayfield's beautiful beach!” concluded Pal.
Naomi Pal (left) and five others, came up with idea of a beach cleanup for their final project in their religion class at St. Anne's Catholic Secondary School.
Canada's 150th birthday to be celebrated at annual BBQ
Fun, flags and food! In celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday, a family-friendly community event for local residents and visitors is being planned for Saturday, July 1st at the Bayfield Arena. Everyone is invited to dress in red and white and drop in between 4-8 p.m. to enjoy music, a great BBQ beef and ham supper and entertainment for all ages.
Snippitty The Clown will kick off the party for the young and the young at heart with face-painting, tricks and balloons. Children will also enjoy Canada flags and tattoo giveaways plus some other surprises! Entertainment continues with the Bayfield Ukulele Society taking the stage at 5:15 p.m. to perform a coast-to-coast set of Canadian folksongs and favorites that will be sure to have the audience singing along. At 6:30 p.m. London songbird Nicole Coward follows with her all-Canadian set featuring songs ranging from Joni Mitchell and Sarah McLachlan to Great Big Sea. Feel free to bring a lawn chair to enjoy the music after supper.
The traditional July 1st BBQ Beef and Ham supper served up by St. Andrew’s United Church will provide the usual delicious meal that has been enjoyed on July 1st in Bayfield for over 40 years. The buffet line begins at 4 p.m. and of course features a selection of homemade pies. This year additional desserts will include assorted cakes along with festive red and white cupcakes in celebration of this special national birthday party.
Bayfield Brewing Co., the area’s newest craft brewery, will also be on hand for those who wish to toast the occasion with a pint.
Other beverages will include lemonade and fresh Bayfield tap water off “The Blue Bayfield” water cart. In keeping with a ‘green’ environmental mandate, the organizers are also reducing waste by ensuring all paper plates, cutlery and cups are recyclable or compostable.
Admission to this event, that includes the supper, is $20 for adults, $5 for children under 12, with free entry for preschoolers. Advance tickets are available at The Spotted Cow on Main Street in Bayfield, at ticketscene.ca or call St. Andrew’s United Church and leave a message at 519 565-2854.
Tickets will also be sold at the Bayfield Farmers Market on Friday afternoons from 3-5 p.m. Capacity is limited and as this is the only local community event celebrating Canada’s 150th Birthday on July 1st organizers suggest buying tickets early as a crowd is expected. A small number of tickets will be available at the door and take out meals will be available.
SUCCESSFUL YARD SALE
Team Knox celebrated at the end of their successful annual yard sale held on Saturday, June 3. There were treasures to be had, books for summer reading, hot dogs and hamburgers for the lunch crowd and a bake table to satisfy everyone’s sweet tooth. All monies realized will go towards Kintail on the Road, a little chapter of the larger Camp Kintail. The fun begins on July 6 and runs every Wednesday until Aug. 24. To register campers please call the Knox Presbyterian Church office and leave a message, 519 565-2913. (Submitted photo)
clan gregor trees
On Wednesday, May 31st, the Bayfield Lions’ Club presented the Clan Gregor Square Tree Analysis Report to Kevin Jeffrey from the Municipality of Bluewater.
Present at the meeting were Kevin Jeffrey; Lions Don Vance and Dave Nearingburg; Bryan Kaastra, the certified arborist; Sondra Buchner of the Bayfield Tree Project group and Roma Harris, chair of Bluewater's Heritage Committee of Council.
In 1882, twenty shade trees were planted on the cleared ground that was designated to be a park. Some of these original trees remain along with many others that are over 100 years old. A certified arborist's analysis of the 94 trees in the Square has provided a 203-page report that details the health of every tree and also gives recommendations as to the most critical actions to help sustain the park's beauty and character.
“It's remarkable that, given the age of the majority of the trees, only six have been earmarked for speedy removal in the interests of public safety. You can expect to see crews in the park in the coming days, but rest assured that any cutting is purely out of necessity,” wrote Lion Kathy Gray in a press release.
The Bayfield Lions’ Club members wanted to ensure that the tree cover is protected in the park for generations to come. As well as paying for the arborist's inspection and report, the Lions have committed $9,000 over the next two years to fund tree replacements.
This was chosen as a fitting Legacy Project for the members in this, the year celebrating the Bayfield Lions' 70th Anniversary, Lions International's 100th Anniversary, Canada's 150th Birthday and also the 185th Anniversary of the Founding of Bayfield.
The storage unit north of the village will be open to accept donation for the Pioneer Park Rummage Sale this Saturday, June 10 from 10 a.m. to noon.
Organizers ask that items not be left at the door and only dropped off when volunteers from the Rummage Sale are in attendance.
BHS - Treasurer needed
The Bayfield Historical Society (BHS) is seeking to fill the vacant Treasurer position on its board of directors. The Society’s mission is to promote the education of Bayfield area residents and others through the discovery, collection, classification and preservation of material about the history of Bayfield and its people. The BHS has two part time voluntary archivists who carry out directly this objective and a board that guides and supports their work.
Over the past several years, the Board including our archivist has assumed a long term lease for the building; overseen significant capital upgrades to it; designed and renovated the Heritage Centre; continued to collect and index historical materials; obtain grants/donations to hire part-time staff to help with this work and carry out projects; served thousands of visitors and people doing research; and, fundraised for the restoration of the Helen MacLeod II. Currently the BHS’s goals include contracting out the restoration of the Helen MacLeod II, continuing the valuable project work, categorizing and digitizing historical materials, increasing the visibility and profile of the BHS and being available as much as possible to visitors and researchers.
It is a fun board that is responsible for important historical work in the community. The board meets once a month in the archives building. For more information call Doug Brown at 519 565-5187 or call 519 441-3224 and leave a message.
Bluewater Councilors recently rejected Mayor Tyler Hessel’s idea to change the structure of Bluewater Council from a basic ward system and replace it with a system of councilors elected at large within the entire municipality.
His idea didn’t appeal to the majority of council. A motion to review council’s composition couldn’t get any support and motion the failed.
Hessel’s second suggestion didn’t gain traction with council either. He thinks the size of council could be smaller.
The Ontario Government has set a deadline for making changes to the format of council compositions prior to the next election. The deadline is Dec. 31, 2017.
*With fies from Ken Larone
Father’s Day is always a great day to do something with the whole family.
This year consider taking the family on Father’s Day Farm Tours, June 18 from 1- 4 p.m. This event is organized by the Huron-Perth branch of the Ontario Association of Agricultural Societies to raise money to have an information booth at the International Plowing Match this fall.
There will be over six local farms to visit in the Clinton and Seaforth areas. Those who take part will get to drive along some of the back roads and see the farm operations and visit with the owners. Some of the farms include: a switchgrass operation, a wine/grape growing farm, two horse farms, longhorn cattle farm, and a tree growing farm. This unique opportunity allows people to speak with the owners about their farming businesses and see close hand what they are growing or raising.
Also on that date from noon to 2 p.m. there will be booths set up at the Agri-Plex in Seaforth near the arena; and at Huron Tirecraft, just south of the river on Hwy 4, in Clinton. Participants are asked to go to one of these booth locations and pick up a map to direct them to the farms in the tour.
For a tour pass, the cost is a minimum donation of $10 a car. For further information call Doug Yeo at 519 482-9296.
This is a great chance to have a family experience, drive along several country roads, and turn in some farm lanes to gain some understanding of their agricultural businesses.
Naftel’s Creek Conservation Area will be the location for a Bayfield River Valley Trail Association hike on June 22.
Starting at 9 a.m. join hike leaders for an early summer hike at Naftel's Creek Conservation Area. The Naftel’s Creek trail leads through mixed conifer plantations, hardwood and wetland areas. Boardwalks allow hikers to enjoy the wetland. Hikers can watch for trout as they cross the Naftel’s Creek bridge. The trail is 3 KMs long, difficulty is level 2 and the hike will take approximately 1.5 hours. Located 7 KMs south of Goderich at 79152 Bluewater Hwy between Union and Kitchigami Roads. Parking is available and all are welcome.
The hike leaders will be Chris and Pam Bowers, 519 565-4605; and Dave Gillians, 519 565-5884.
Are you interested in the night sky? Then attending a Star Party hosted by the West Coast Astronomers may be right for you.
A star party is a gathering of amateur astronomers and interested participants to contemplate and observe our night skies. Huron County is a good dark sky area with less light pollution and in turn, allows for better viewing.
Participants are encouraged to bring telescopes and binoculars, but this is not mandatory. The night sky viewings may include planets and stars; deep sky objects such as galaxies, nebulae and star clusters.
There is no charge and no age limit. Children must be supervised and accompanied by an adult.
Upcoming dates for viewing in the Bayfield area are June 22, July 24 and Aug. 15.
Please visit www.westcoastastronomers.info for more details, locations and times. Each party is limited in the number of participants the group can accommodate. Please use the RSVP button on the 'Star Party' page to reserve a spot. If the sky is not clear on the designated night, the event will be cancelled and no one will show up. If you have doubt on the status of the event please call 519 868-6691.
If you are an amateur astronomer, willing to bring your telescope, and share your knowledge with others, please contact the number listed above in advance.
Knit 1-2-3 is a local knitting group that meets weekly on Thursdays at the Bayfield Public Library.
The local group will take part in Worldwide Knit in Public Day on the lawn of the library on Main Street on June 10 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. It is the largest knitter run event in the world with 57 countries participating.
In 2005, Danielle Landes started World Wide Knit in Public Day as a way for knitters to come together and enjoy each other’s company’. Knitting in public as a process also encourages people to linger, ask questions and share their own knitting stories.
If you are a knitter with any level of experience (or lack thereof) you are warmly invited to drop in and join the group on any Thursday from 1-3 p.m.
The Bayfield Optimist Club, along with sponsor Nahuel Painting, will hold their 12th annual Golf Tournament on June 10 at the Bayview Golf Course in St. Joseph.
The cost is $90 per player and includes 18-holes of golf, cart and dinner and will feature prizes and contests as well as hot dogs at the turn!
The day will conclude with a BBQ Chicken Dinner with all the trimmings and dessert.
All proceeds from the event will go to supporting children and youth projects in the community.
To register call Wayne McKaig at 519 440-7120 or Jay Fisher at 519 482-5557.
Lauri and Kim Ladd
Josh Geddis, Kim and Lauri Ladd and Celtae Baxter will be performing at “Campfire Experience at Klahanie” on the night of Saturday, June 17.
Campfires are fun for grownups too and this fundraiser for the youth camp on Black’s Point Road will be sure to prove this fact. The event hosted by the Camp Klahanie Board of Directors will run from 7 p.m. until midnight.
The Bayfield Brewing Company is the craft beer company on board to provide adult beverages and wine will also be served at this licensed event. Participants can nosh on a sampling of campfire themed food delights catered by Sweet Love Eats as well as bid on a selection of silent auction items including a $500 travel voucher from VIA Rail.
“It should be a terrific evening to take in some great live music and partake in some food and drink while enjoying the magical atmosphere that only Camp Klahanie can provide,” said Genelle Reid, an event organizer.
Those who attend are encouraged to bring their own lawn chair.
Tickets for the campfire experience are available now for $30 each by calling Reid at 519 639-5742, Melody Falconer-Pounder 519 525-3830 or Mike Alcock at 519 357-6332.
KLAHANIE GRAND OPENING
It has been a celebration four years in the making! The Board of Directors for Goderich Lions Club’s Camp Klahanie will be hosting a Grand Opening Celebration at the camp on Black Point’s Road to unveil the revitalized property on June 17.
“This day is being organized to thank all of the donors and volunteers that have helped to make our vision of Camp Klahanie come true. In 2013 we had a couple of buildings with roofs that were leaking and foundations that were shifted from cold weather because the camp had been closed for four years and no one local was allowed to maintain the buildings,” said Genelle Reid, secretary for the Board of Directors and an event organizer. “Now the camp is alive again. With about $400,000 in improvements it is probably one of the best facilities for youth to camp at around.”
Reid explained that everyone in the community is invited to come and see the improvements to the camp property and join in the celebration. Guided tours will run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be a ribbon cutting at 1 p.m. of the new Comfort Station and three newly constructed bunkhouses with the main corporate and service club donors in attendance: Libro, AVIVA, Goderich Lioness and the Goderich Kinettes.
Families are encouraged to come out and enjoy children’s performer Richard Knectel (aka Dickie Bird) who will be acting as a strolling minstrel and performing pocket magic as the event progresses. He will also be putting on three stage shows at approximately 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Children will also be able to get a Glitter Tattoo and spend some time in the Jurassic Adventureland Inflatable.
A hotdog barbecue will begin at 11 a.m. and the first 150 visitors to the food booth will receive a celebratory cupcake!
The day is free for everyone but goodwill donations are always appreciated or people are welcome to bid on some silent auction items that will be offered.
Bayfield Hearing Clinic, Bayfield and Clinton Optimist Clubs, Doug Culbert Land Surveyor, Edward Fuels, Lake Huron Realty, Remax Reliable Realty – Brian Coombs, and Wade Berard Plumbing are all sponsors for this grand opening event and organizers are thankful for their support.
SATURDAYS AT THE LIBRARY
The Friends of the Bayfield Library (FOBL) will host their next installment of “Saturdays at the Library” on June 24.
Leslee Squirrel, hobby artist, will be back at the Bayfield Public Library to lead a workshop on how to “Paint the Bayfield Sunset in Acrylics”.
Squirrel is an award winning interior designer, a college professor and a long time cottager in the village. She was also a founding member of the Bayfield Artist Guild.
Those who wish to pick up a brush are asked to pre-register for the program, as space is limited. The session will run from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Please call the library at 519 565-2886 and leave your name and phone number. Anyone who just wants to watch the artists at work is welcome!
Members of Bayfield Guiding are now selling some cheery and festive bows in celebration of the International Plowing Match (IPM) being held in Walton, ON this September.
Volunteers with the IPM Beautification Committee recently made these bows in the theme colors of the Huron County event and they are available now to brighten porches, front doors, planters and mailboxes. The committee hopes many in the county will show their pride of hosting the IPM by purchasing these bows. T
They are available from Bayfield Guiding members or by calling Melody at 519 525-3830.The price has been set at $10 each.