SAIL AND CANVAS REGATTA
The weather cooperated for the third annual Sail and Canvas Regatta and a number of sailors took part in the races held on June 18 and 19. This "fun" regatta was held in celebration of the festival and was hosted by the Bayfield Yacht Club (BYC). The A Division winners of the event were: first, Mike Gozzard of BYC, aboard Rush; second, Ian Schofield, of BYC, Suyaema; and third, Don Monro, of Bayfield, Quickness.The B Division winners were: first, Hugh MacLaren, of Bayfield, aboard Harmony; second, Matt MacLaren, of Bayfield, Eridu; and third, Peter Carson, of Sarnia, Dot.Calm. The C Division winners were: first, Terry Brown, of Bayfield, aboard Impulse; second, Mike Bondy, of BYC, Bedlam; and third, John Cowling, of BYC, Hard Tack. (Photo by Gary Lloyd-Rees)
EVENING OUT CAN HELP RED CROSS MAKE A DIFFERENCE
STORY BY MELODY FALCONER-POUNDER
It has been a few weeks now since fire ravaged the town of Slave Lake, Alberta; in its wake 300 homes were destroyed. Life is far from being back to normal for those who call it home. Many are now living in temporary housing and relying on the gifts of the Red Cross to help them.
Bayfield residents will have an opportunity to help people rebuild their lives by supporting the Canadian Red Cross Appeal for Slave Lake Fire Victims.
An evening of dining and dancing has been planned at The Docks Restaurant on June 22 from 7-10 p.m. Music will be provided by Cactus Jam.
All donations will be sent to the appeal and official tax receipts will be issued.
Regional Director for the Western Zone of the Canadian Red Cross, Steve Armstrong, himself a native of Zurich, was pleased to learn that members of Trinity Anglican Church have organized this event as part of their ongoing commitment to outreach in their community and beyond.
“The Red Cross has been working with those who were forced to leave their homes since that terrible and horrible night of May 15. We have helped to provide them shelter, clothing, toys for children and mostly a listening ear and a chance to find their own dignity,” Armstrong said. “We were able to do this because people right across Canada supported us with their time, talent and treasure. Gifts of financial assistance from the event tonight in Bayfield will help support our work with these people.”
In the first two weeks of the disaster Red Cross partnered with provincial and municipal governments to meet the immediate and basic needs of the Slave Lake residents. Volunteers handed out 68 cases of diapers and 500 teddy bears, coloring books, hygiene kits and clean-up kits. Refrigerators were also distributed to people in undamaged homes whose fridges were no longer deemed usable. People who found themselves not eligible for assistance through insurance or government programs were aided with these appliances. Elementary, secondary and post-secondary students were given monetary vouchers to aid them in the purchase of replacement school supplies.
“Volunteers from Windsor to Whitehorse and from St John’s to Victoria have selflessly given up their time and talents to come and help. Why? Because if the people of Slave Lake who have lost everything under the sun to fire can find hope, faith and dignity to rebuild and recover, we can do the best we can to support them along that road,” said Armstrong, who has committed the Red Cross to be in Slave Lake for at least the next two years.
With regards to the Bayfield fundraiser, Armstrong said, “On behalf of the volunteers and staff of the Canadian Red Cross and the people of Slave Lake I can only say one thing. Thank you!”
tenth annual writers' festival weekend arrives
The 10th Annual Bayfield Writers’ Festival is always a highly anticipated village event that brings top Canadian authors to town and enhances Huron County’s flourishing cultural landscape.
The festival, sponsored by The Village Bookshop in Bayfield, is set for June 25 starting at 1 p.m. at the Bayfield Town Hall.
Authors will discuss and read excerpts from his/her work during the Writers’ Festival, and will be on hand to sign books. Their books will be available for sale at the festival and are in stock now at The Village Bookshop. The Huron Harp School will create a lovely ambience providing live music for the event.
This year the festival welcomes the following authors:
• Terry Fallis, author of “Best Laid Plans”, was the winner of Canada Reads 2011 as well as the Stephen Leacock Award for humor.
• Huron County’s Hilary Gillespie, is the author of “Under a Sunflower Sun”, a collection of beautifully simple poetry for young children. Lynn Smith’s watercolor illustrations add to the charm of this book.
• Sarita Mandanna, author of “Tiger Hills”, which was long-listed for the 2010 Man Asian Literary Prize. Set in the author’s native India, this debut novel tells the story of a classic, star-crossed love triangle.
• Anne Perdue, author of “I’m a Registered Nurse, Not a Whore”, a collection of short stories described as “a wickedly funny representation of bad things happening to decent people”.
• Emma Ruby-Sachs, is the author of the novel, “The Water Man’s Daughter”. Set in South Africa, her “accomplished, hard-hitting debut novel marries a page-turning plot with the stories of three women, each of whom is struggling with decisions that will change the course of her life.” She is a lawyer and writer whose political commentary appears regularly in The Huffington Post.
Tickets for the Bayfield Writers’ Festival are $15 each. They can be purchased at The Village Bookshop, 20 Catherine St. or by calling 519 565-5600 or emailing email@example.com
The day after the Writers’ Festival, on June 26, a Books and Brunch will be held with Canada’s best selling author, Terry Fallis. This sold-out event will take place at Brentwood on the Beach.
Book lovers will also want to mark the following dates on their calendars so as not to miss every chance to meet and greet several talented authors.
A book signing with a Huron County author is set for July 9 from 1-3 p.m. at the store. Kim Burgsma, author of “Almost Eden” will be on hand to sign copies of her book.
Midsummer Night’s Readings at the bookshop will return on July 3 with Dawn Promislow doing the reading. A second event will be held on July 31 featuring Ian Hamilton. Both readings are free of charge and begin at 7 p.m.
And finally, on Aug. 21 The Little Inn of Bayfield will play host to a Books and Brunch with Alissa York starting at 12:30 p.m. Tickets for this event are $30.
Pioneer Park Rummage Sale Just over two weeks away
The annual Pioneer Park Rummage Sale doesn’t happen over night, organizing this large fundraiser which benefits beautiful Pioneer Park takes a lot of time and planning, as well as the generosity of the community in donating gently used items to sell.
The organizers are looking for unique, nearly new, antique or quality cast offs for the 64th annual sale to be held on July 8 from 7-9 p.m. in the Bayfield Arena.
Anyone requiring an early drop off of items can contact Terry at 519 565-2972 or Bud at 519 565-5322, otherwise items can be dropped off at the arena on July 7-8 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The following items cannot be accepted: clothing, shoes, magazines, encyclopedias, large appliances, building materials, mattresses, soiled or broken items. Please note that baby furniture, sports equipment and electrical items must be approved by the CSA.
Items are also being sought for the Silent Auction. If you would like to provide an article or service to be bid upon please contact Bud at the number listed above.
General inquiries about the event, including, volunteer information can be directed to Julie at 519 824-0141.
Bayfield residents were out in full force to support the Bayfield Believers Relay for Life team that participated in the Huron County Relay for Life in Goderich on June 17-18. The Huron County event raised close to $31,000 for cancer research. The Bayfield Believers were the top fundraising team at the relay raising close to $5,900 in the fight against cancer. The top individual fundraiser at the event was also a Bayfield Believer and cancer survivor. Lori Baker collected $2,030 in pledges for her team. (Photos by Dianne Brandon)
meeting to take flight
The next meeting of the Bayfield Historical Society (BHS) will literally take flight, as members of the Sky Harbour Modelers Club (SHMC), of Goderich, will give a demonstration of their most fascinating hobby.
The meeting, which will also feature a presentation by SHMC members, will be held on June 27 at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building. The event will begin at 7:30 p.m. as part of the BHS monthly speakers series.
Jim Vogel, president of the SHMC, and members will share their knowledge of the radio-controlled model airplanes and helicopters that they have built over the years. Some of the models are electric powered, others run on a gas mix.
The SHMC, established in 1971, has 17 members from Goderich and area. They are always hoping to attract new members to join them.
TREASURE FOR TRIMMING
The Bayfield and Area Chamber of Commerce held a contest encouraging business owners to decorate their storefronts in the spirit of the Sail and Canvas Festival. The owners of Rhumba, Janet and Michael Hutchinson, were presented with first place honors by Caroline Harrett, of the Sail and Canvas Committee (centre). The Hutchinsons earned a $100 gas card for their nautical display. (Photo by Rob McVean)
Caroline Harrett, of the Sail and Canvas Committee (right), presented Jan Wallace, of REMAX Land Exchange Ltd., with a $50 gas card for placing second in the decorating contest sponsored by the Bayfield and Area Chamber of Commerce for the Sail and Canvas Festival. A beautifully handmade boat displayed in front of the store caught the judge's eye. (Photo by Rob McVean)
AND THE WINNERS ARE...
Carol and Bill Stephenson, of Varna, were the winners of the Bayfield Breeze 100th Issue Celebration Contest. Editor, Melody Falconer-Pounder (left) was happy to present them with their limited edition photograph of the Bayfield Harbour in winter. The Stephenson's noted that they enjoyed strolling, biking and driving around the village to find the buildings and houses belonging to the fancy trim, windows and doors that were featured in the contest. The correct answers to the contest will be shared with subscribers in our next issue. (Photo by John Pounder)
The quest is now on to discover the great trees of Bluewater. As part of the Bluewater Blooms, Communities in Bloom, initiative people are being encouraged to join in the Great Tree Hunt and nominate a heritage or native tree in the municipality for recognition.
A Heritage Tree is considered to be a specimen of note, a part of a generation of photographs or associated with an historic person or community landmark. Or nominate a Native Tree, remarkable specimens of the Tulip Tree, Silver Maple or Red Oak varieties are but examples.
The Great Tree Hunt is running from now until Aug. 12. The winning trees will be researched and recognized in a future publication.
For entry forms, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or click here.
For the second consecutive year, the Municipality of Bluewater is proud to be a part of the Communities in Bloom competition. The color scheme for this year’s “Bluewater Blooms” is red, purple, pink and blue. People will notice these colors in planters on the streets of Hensall, Zurich and Bayfield. The judges are coming to Bluewater July 11-13. More information will follow as the days draw near.
Many factors can contribute to the inspiration of an artist’s work. Starting on June 24, the JMR Art Gallery on Main Street, will display pieces that have been inspired by music as a new exhibit entitled, “See the Music” is opened.
All are invited to the evening reception that will be held from 6-9 p.m. to showcase these original works by Ontario artists. Those who attend will be treated to refreshments while they check out the art; each piece has been inspired by a song and range from Glen Miller to CCR.
Gallery owners, Ken and Judy Roth, invite all to this show until July 6.
Summer is here and there is no better time to kick back and enjoy the music.
The Bayfield Concert Series has the perfect performers to enhance the holiday mood created on a fine summer’s evening.
First on the docket is Meaghan Smith with opening act Brad Cassel on June 25. Jenn Grant with opening act Wsg will keep the excitement alive on July 14.
Both concerts will be held in the Bayfield Town Hall with the doors opening at 8 p.m. and the show starting at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $30 each and are available now at www.ticketscene.ca
Sadly for those yet to get tickets, Ron Sexsmith’s Summer Show to be held on July 22 is now sold out.
Unquestionably, the community is filled with some very skilled performers and many of them will be showcased in an evening of music and comedy entitled, “Bayfield’s Got Talent”.
The event will be held at St. Andrew’s United Church on June 26 starting at 7:30 p.m. A free will offering will be collected.
Pioneer park movies
Long-time residents have often talked fondly of going to Pioneer Park for a movie night on a warm summer’s eve and this year the tradition is returning.
For three Saturdays in July as dusk settles over this lakeside park a film will be shown under the stars. Families are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets to cuddle up and watch Tangled, on July 16 and Despicable Me on July 30.
Things may be a little livelier for the July 2 presentation as the movie scheduled is Mama Mia. The sing-along version will be offered for the crowd’s enjoyment.
Children and youth are encouraged to take their bicycles for a spin around the Bayfield Arena on July 2 as part of the Bayfield Optimist Club’s Bike Rodeo.
This event is being held in conjunction with the Ontario Provincial Police. All participants must register and take part in a bike and helmet inspection prior to taking to the course.
Registration will begin at 10:30 a.m. The rodeo events will start at 11 a.m. with various skill stations set up to practice bike safety for the summer.
All participants will be entered into a draw for a chance to win a reserved spot in an Outdoor Adventure Camp this summer with Outdoor Projects.
Participants will also watch cycling themed videos and receive a free gift.
United church barbecue
The congregation of St. Andrew’s United Church is inviting all in the community to come celebrate Canada Day with them. The church will make supper planning on this statutory holiday very easy as they are holding their annual Beef Barbecue on July 1.
The meal will be served starting at 4:30 p.m. in the Bayfield Community Centre.
Tickets cost $15 for adults and children six to 12 years are $6; youngsters five and under are free. Tickets are available by calling Janet Webster at 519 565-2353 or Marilyn Haw at 519 565-2716.
The fish will be frying on July 30th when the congregation of Knox Presbyterian Church holds their first annual Fish Fry at the Bayfield Community Centre.
The meal will be served from 4:30-7 p.m. Two salads, tomatoes, rolls, and a baked potato are sure to compliment the Lake Huron white fish. Delectable homemade desserts will finish things off nicely.
Tickets are $17 for adults; and $10 for children 11 years and under. Take-out will also be available. For tickets please call 519 565-2435, or email email@example.com, or consult any member of the Knox Church congregation.
Summer is officially here and now that all those good fitness habits have been established it is time to get out and enjoy not only the weather but a variety of opportunities to keep fit as well.
One Care is sponsoring several programs for both men and women to stay fit over the summer months. The following activities are scheduled to run from now until August.
Dancefit and Toning classes are held on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 9 a.m. The cost is $40 for four months or $3 per class. The Sit and Get Fit classes are offered on Mondays and Wednesdays at 10:15 a.m. The cost is $1 per class.
Both of these fitness opportunities are held at the Bayfield Community Centre.
For the more adventurous among us, there is Pole Walking. Walks for women will start at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, while the men can venture out on Mondays and Fridays at 8:30 a.m. All walks begin from 6 Main Street and poles are provided free for those who require them.
A Yoga Class will be held at the Bayfield Town Hall starting at 10 a.m. on Tuesdays. The cost is $3 per class and participants are asked to bring a yoga mat. Please note the June 28 class is cancelled.
Call 519 565-2202 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 519 565-2881.
Mah Jongg games and lessons are also offered on the first and third Mondays of the month starting at 1 p.m. Call 519 565-2468 for more information.
Both Bridge and Mah Jongg are played at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building.
Bridge lessons and Duplicate Bridge games are offered in Goderich. Tom Rajnovich is the Goderich bridge contact 519 524-6374.
Outside the realm of One Care, Bayfield residents can join the Zumba craze as classes are held in the village. Zumba is a dance fitness class that combines Latin rhythms and easy to follow moves, creating a calorie burning dance party suitable for all ages.
Instructors, Alison de Groot and Lorraine Dietz offer one-hour classes on Monday mornings starting at 9:30 a.m. at the Bayfield Town Hall. They also lead evening classes at the Bayfield Community Centre on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. For more information contact de Groot at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please be advised that the Wednesday Evening Bridge Club will meet next on June 22 at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building. The cards will be dealt starting at 7 p.m. All are welcome to attend.