art auction to raise funds for Heritage centre and archives
The Bayfield Historical Society (BHS) is hosting an online Art Auction from today (July 1st) to Aug. 29. Up for bids is an orginal painting of the historic schooner, Helen McLeod II, by artist Doug Darnbrough.
This painting by artist Doug Darnbrough of the Helen MacLeod II is being auctioned off as a fundraiser for the Bayfield Heritage Centre & Archives. (Submitted photo)
According to the BHS website, “The Helen MacLeod II, a Lake Huron fishing schooner, was built in 1925 by Louie MacLeod (1888-1961) in Bayfield. It had an overall length of 36 feet, a beam of 10 feet, and a 3-foot-6-inch draft. For good luck, Louie used a piece of the Malta, which had been shipwrecked near the Bayfield shoreline in 1882. Cypress wood was ordered from Louisiana, and local Red Beech wood was used in the “boxed heart” keel. The Bayfield hardware store ordered a barrel of nails for the construction.
The first Helen MacLeod was built in 1890 by Louie's father, Hugh MacLeod (1834-1908), an immigrant from the Isle of Lewis, Scotland, who settled in Bayfield. Hugh named the vessel after his daughter Helen. Wooden boats at the time had a life span of about 25 years.”
The Helen MacLeod II is currently stored in Bayfield, with plans to eventually display the schooner for public viewing but the lucky bidder can have their own artist’s representation to hang in a place of honor in their home by summer’s end.
“We are delighted to present this opportunity to local historians and residents who can own a piece of our history preserved in this beautiful painting,” said President of the BHS, Ruth Gibson.
This framed work, done in acrylic medium on gesso over hardboard, measures 18 x 24 inches, framed 22 x 29 inches. A color poster of the original is on display in the window of the Bayfield Heritage Centre & Archives on Main Street in the village. Viewing of the original painting can be arranged by appointment; email email@example.com.
How to Bid: Anyone wishing to bid is asked to email their bid amount to the above addres with their bid amount, name, address and phone number. People must bid at least $25 above the latest high bid posted online. This high bid will be updated weekly on the BHS website and on their Facebook Page. Due to the value of this historical painting, a reserve bid has been placed. If final bids result in a tie, there will be a draw. The winner must pay by cash or e-transfer and will be announced on the BHS website and Facebook Page on Aug. 31.
To learn more or to check on the bids visit: www.bayfieldhistorical.ca/online_art_auction.html.
Darnbrough attended the University of Windsor and the University of Guelph, graduating in 1973 with an Honors BA, majoring in Fine Art Studies. His works have been exhibited and sold across the province of Ontario and in New York state. His work is also part of the collection at the Canadian consulate in London, England, and in the following corporate collections: Canadian National Railway; Torwest Properties, Commerce Court, Toronto; and CIBC, Toronto. He considers artist and educator Eric Cameron and photorealist artist Ken Danby to be two of his biggest influences.
Proceeds from the auction will go towards the restoration of the Bayfield Heritage Centre & Archives on Main Street.
Pandemic offers opportunity to reconnect with agriculture
The bounty and the beauty of the harvest was on display in the Bayfield Arena during the 163rd community fair held in 2019. Sadly, the Bayfield Community Fair won't be taking place in its traditional form in 2020 but with some imagination, volunteer support and tech savviness, the Fair Board is hoping to offer a few virtual agricultural experiences this August. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)
Agricultural Societies across Ontario and right across Canada celebrate a rural way of life. They have been doing that for years; infact some current fairs have been in their communities over 200 years. These organizations are part of the cultural fabric which have endured and continue to evolve.
The Bayfield Agricultural Society (BAS) has only been around for 164 years but continues to treasure its volunteers and supporters. When members met virtually recently, as part of its planning of the 164th fair in the Bayfield community, it seriously discussed the safety and protection of its volunteers. They made the decision not to host a traditional fair where everyone is on the fairgrounds. They did support hosting an “alternative fair.”
Many virtual experiences will be planned such as being on a combine harvesting wheat or riding a horse during barrel racing. Find out how the judge chooses the best cake or how to make prize winning flower arrangements. The alternative fair has opened a whole new creative set of opportunities for celebrating agriculture in the community while keeping fairgoers and volunteers safe.
The smell of food cooking on the Friday night of the fair, the taste of cotton candy, the friendly competitions within the arena, the dust flying as the heavy horses trot by, touching the soft fleece of the small lambs, the image of crowds of people surrounding the entertainers or the noise of fireworks are all images of past fairs people have attended. Maybe…just maybe…there is another way to celebrate, maybe even with fireworks.
Anyone who would like to promote agriculture and/or local foods, or people who like to make things with their hands, should consider contacting a Director or email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 519 482-9296 and become part of a planning team. Ideas are valued, cellphones are greatly useful, cameras are definitely an advantage, passion is essential and a feeling that people need to know more about food are all qualities for volunteers. Anyone who can edit video footage, would also be helpful. Students, parents, grandparents can all have a role in volunteering. There are only a few weeks left to put an exciting virtual fair together.
At a meeting of Ag Societies in Eastern Ontario, one member said she was new to being an Ag Society member but felt people were reconnecting with their agricultural past. She acknowledged that many people were planting gardens for the first in a long time. Seed companies have seen their sales soar. She was aware that since flour and yeast are a rare commodity in grocery stores there must be hordes of people making fresh food from scratch. She also had noticed many handmade masks throughout her area. She concluded that now so many people are having a closer link with agriculture firsthand in growing their food, making food, or completing handcrafts. This had been lost by many for a long time.
“This pandemic certainly has made all of us concerned about our health and in many ways has changed how we do things but should never stop us from living, eating, learning, sharing or exploring things about us and the world around us,” said Doug Yeo, past president of the BAS. “The Bayfield Ag Society would like to provide an opportunity as it does every year to celebrate this rural way of life we are surrounded by. Stay tuned and be part of it as well.”
food bank board grateful for outgoing president's guidance
In Issue 572, Terry Boa-Youmatoff, now past-president of the Bayfield Area Food Bank (BAFB) thanked all those in the community that were involved with the project during her nearly two-decade tenure with the group. This week new President, Terry Henderson, would like to offer her thanks to Boa-Youmatoff.
Henderson said, “A heartfelt thank you to Terry Boa-Youmatoff for her years of dedicated service to Feed My Sheep (which evolved into) Bayfield Area Food Bank, and for her major role in transitioning our food bank from the church outreach project it had grown from, to the community driven registered charity it is today.
“I for one am most grateful to Terry Boa-Youmatoff for guiding us through these first challenging months as we navigated the various processes in setting up a board of directors and applying for charitable status - with a global pandemic thrown in for good measure!”
She also offered sincere thanks to their fellow board members, their hard-working team of volunteers, to Trinity St James Church, and to the generous, supportive Bayfield area community for seeing them successfully through their first year as BAFB.
Henderson went on to say that they are looking forward to continuing to serve the broader Bayfield area, and remind the community that they can be reached by calling 519 955-7444, or by email at email@example.com.
Henderson also stressed, “an important assurance to prospective food bank clients is that all enquiries to the BAFB, as well as all client correspondence, are handled with the utmost confidentiality.”
A letter from Quarantine in Bayfield, Ontario, Canada
On the evening of June 27, Gary and Kate Lloyd-Rees, and their luggage, arrived safely back in Bayfield. The couple then began their 14 day quarantine. They are veterans of the routine having spent 100 days in lockdown in Soller, Mallorca, Spain. (Photos courtesy Gary Lloyd-Rees)
On the morning of June 26, after 153 days away Kate Lloyd-Rees (pictured) and husband, Gary, successfully checked in for their flight to Frankfurt at the Mallorca Airport and had their bags checked all the way to Toronto.
Bayfield residents Gary and Kate Lloyd-Rees were under lockdown for 99 days in Soller, Mallorca, the largest of the Balearic Islands (which are part of Spain), and are now back home in Bayfield from where they sent this final update on June 28.
We are safely back home! Today, Sunday, is our first full day at home, in quarantine, after 154 days away – almost three months longer than we had planned.
As mentioned in previous “letters home”, the German tourist pilot scheme started on June 15th and in its first 10 days some 2,200 Germans arrived in Mallorca across the “air bridge”. The success of this scheme, together with the end of the “State of Alarm”, and the opening of Spain’s borders with most other EU and Shengen area countries (plus the UK) on June 21st, has led to an increase in the number of flights into and out of Mallorca. Most of these flights are from, and to, five main German cities including Frankfurt, from which a regularly scheduled Air Canada flight has been operating for some time and which became our route back home. Most importantly, other EU countries (but not the UK) dropped their 14-day quarantine requirement for travellers from Spain.
Social distancing at the Mallorca Airport wasn't too much of a strain on the morning of June 26.
We had been originally scheduled to fly home with British Airways via the UK at the end of March: we have had eight confirmed flights which have all been cancelled by BA - some within minutes of being confirmed – the latest (and last) to be confirmed and then cancelled by BA being for July 4th. We have spent many hours on the phone with BA customer service... Given the unlikely prospect of an early return via the UK together with the risk of being quarantined there, we managed to book (by phone call with Lufthansa in the US) a Lufthansa flight to Frankfurt connecting the following day with an Air Canada flight (code sharing with Lufthansa) to Toronto.
After many days expecting the flights to be cancelled, last Friday, we loaded up the rental car and dropped it off at a pre-arranged spot in the airport car park surrounded by many cars which, by the amount of dust on them, probably have owners who have been stranded somewhere else around the globe. Entry to the terminal at Palma was restricted to passengers, and masks needed to be worn at all times (other than when eating or drinking) - when we arrived, the check-in desks and the terminal itself were pretty deserted. Thankfully, as the Air Canada flight was a code-share and despite our connecting flight being the following day, we were able to check our bags all the way through to Toronto - for the first time, it felt as if we would actually get back home. Although there were few potential customers, the Duty-Free shop was optimistically open together with one coffee shop and a store selling large ensaïmadas (the specialty Mallorcan pastry - the size of a pizza).
As most of the rest of the EU opened their borders a week before Spain, most of the repatriating Canadians flew back from Europe a week or two ago, so the flight from Frankfurt, Germany to Toronto was pretty empty on June 27 with a grand total of 46 passengers.
The flight itself to Frankfurt was fairly busy but uneventful. There were no pre-flight temperature checks but everybody on the flight (and throughout the terminal) wore their masks assiduously. Arriving in Frankfurt was a bit of a shock to the system, all international and domestic flights have been moved to Terminal 1 which consequently felt as busy as for a “normal” arrival. With no checked bags to collect and no immigration checks (as Spain and Germany are both in the European Shengen area) we made our way on foot to an airport hotel. As for our departure, there were no health checks upon arrival and, critically for us, no quarantine requirement.
The hotel experience was a bit surreal - hotels cannot have been open long in Germany - all bars and restaurants were closed although we could buy snacks at reception and all extraneous items had been removed from the hotel room. As the incoming Air Canada flight operates overnight, we were able to go to sleep knowing that the flight had left Toronto and wake up to see that it had just landed - breakfast was delivered to our door followed by a phone call informing us it was there.
Checking in on Saturday morning was similar to Palma, there were few planes and passengers in the international section of the terminal and there was nobody waiting for the security check. As we were leaving the Shengen area, we did have to have a passport check - thankfully, we had entered the EU on our British passports (we have both Canadian and British citizenship) so we were within the six-month stay limit. Under our Canadian passport (and our UK one from next year when the Brexit transition period has ended) we are limited to a 90-day visa-free stay in a rolling 180 days. As at Palma airport, not much was open – the Duty-Free shop (again), a McCafé and the Hermès store.
Our final “hurdle”, which we successfully cleared before getting on the plane, was a temperature check – rather late in the process we thought. On board, we were given our amenity pack containing water, antiseptic wipes, a spare mask, gloves, and some hand sanitizer. Again, the flight was uneventful, meal service consisting of a sealed pack of cold snacks and water. As most of the rest of the EU opened their borders a week before Spain, most of the repatriating Canadians flew back from Europe a week or two ago, so our flight was pretty empty – a grand total of 46 passengers.
Arrival at Toronto was a bit eery – our plane appeared to be the only international arrival, so we had the full and complete attention of the numerous officials (there were more officials than passengers) with their checks and questions. (Where had we been? What did we have with us? What were our quarantine plans? Etc. etc.) The upside of there being so few passengers, was that we got through the whole process without having to queue once. A good friend had brought our car to the airport so we were on our way back to Bayfield in no time at all. And then home – welcomed by our good friends and neighbors who had done shopping and cooking for us, as well as decorating our porch - to enter into our 14-day quarantine period.
In closing this final letter, we would like to send a huge “Thank You” to the many friends in Bayfield for your best wishes and your words and actions of support whilst we were away. And to those people that we don’t know – but who have been following our story - we now feel connected to you through the Bayfield Breeze. Finally, to our friends (both old and new) in Soller – thank you for your companionship through some interesting times - we miss you already and look forward to seeing you all soon.
Stay safe and well everybody.
The Bayfield Farmers' Market will hold their sixth market of the season on Friday, June 26.
This week the Bayfield Farmers’ Market’s got breakfast covered… start with coffee, both whole bean and ground, available from Shop Bike Coffee Roasters. Plus, market organizers are excited to offer everyone's favorite granola varieties from Bayfield Provisions plus delicious sourdough breads from Red Cat Bakery. Organizers suggest slathering the bread with Damsma's raw honey or delicious jams from Bayfield Berry Farm. Now that's a great local way to enjoy the most important meal of the day!
Orders can be placed on the market's new online marketplace openfoodnetwork.ca/bayfield-farmers-market/shop. All orders must be placed by 11 p.m. on Wednesday. Customers of Firmly Rooted Farm are asked to place orders directly on their online store, www.localline.ca/firmly-rooted, by Tuesdays at 8 p.m.
Market pick-up hours are 3-5 p.m. every Friday. The pick-up location is the parking area on the north side of Clan Gregor Square.
Customers with a last name beginning with initials A-M are asked to pick up in the first hour (3-4 p.m.) and N-Z in the second hour (4-5 p.m.).
Delivery within 15 KMs of Bayfield is available for a flat fee of $5.
Should anyone have a question about a specific product, please contact the vendor directly. Their contact information can be found on their profile page on the online market store.
Virtual Beef BBQ
Due to recent global events so many local happenings have had to take on a new look. The "57th" Annual St. Andrew’s United Church Beef BBQ is no exception. The annual Canada Day event, a vital fundraiser for St. Andrew’s, has been re-imagined as an “Isolation Celebration”.
“We invite you to celebrate "Canada Day" with us in the beauty of your own backyards. Prepare your own specialties and don your best red and white outfits, wave your flags and know it is good to live in our beautiful Canada,” said Elda Tindall, representing St. Andrew’s United.
She added, “Please take pictures of all your good times and share the frolicking with us so we can share your fun on our Facebook page and in our newsletter.”
Pictures can be submitted to: firstname.lastname@example.org or posted on their Facebook page: St. Andrews United Church, Bayfield.
“As we enjoy ourselves, and each others company let us not forget that this "Isolation Celebration" is a fundraiser for St. Andrew's,” said Tindall.
According to Tindall, the ministry at St. Andrew's doesn't end after the Sunday service but reaches and touches many levels of the community - lives are touched both locally and abroad.
Examples of this ministry include: assisting with food and clothing drives, youth and camp groups, food grain initiatives, supporting local endeavors and helping groups and services to function and practice.
“This only touches on the spirit that abounds at St. Andrew's, and the many ways in which our building is shared with the community,” said Tindall. “We would like to thank everyone for their generosity and support.”
People are encouraged to be generous with their thoughtful donations to St. Andrew's, which are fully tax deductible. There are three ways to support the church by providing a cheque, donating online directly or through “CanadaHelps”. Cheques (please mark BBQ on the cheque) may be mailed to P.O. Box 202, Bayfield, N0M1G0 or dropped off at 40 Bayfield Mews Lane. To donate directly visit: www.bayfieldunited.church and click on “Donate” or go to canadahelps.org and search Bayfield United Church (immediate tax receipts issued for the latter option).
KINTAIL ON THE ROAD
Due to ongoing Covid-19 restrictions and for the health and safety of staff and campers, Knox Presbyterian Church Bayfield has cancelled the 2020 summer session of Kintail on the Road.
The usual program ran Wednesdays during July and August and organizers regret the loss, for this year, of being able to offer such a dynamic day camp experience for local kids.
Organizers hope for better days ahead and the opportunity to see campers again in 2021.
centre for the arts
In an effort to stay in touch with the community and offer creative experiences to its followers, Bayfield Centre for the Arts (BCA) is posting carefully curated links to a variety of artistic organizations on their Facebook page Bayfield Centre for the Arts (@ bayfieldarts). To date, painting tutorials, photography workshops and performances have been popular.
To support the continued growth of the BCA, the organization is now selling custom designed journals with three different custom covers. The creatives behind the covers are Debra Macarthur, Leslee Squirrell and Jack Pal. Each journal measures 6” x 9” and has 200 acid free, archival pages of 28 lb paper, lined or unlined. The journals are selling for $15 each.
These journals could be used as diaries, sketchbooks and travel logs. They are also perfect notebooks for gardening records, meetings or workshops. The journals are available on the BCA Facebook Page. Details can be found by clicking on the “Shop” button. At the moment those who purchase journals are asked to pick them up from the front porch of 15 Dow St in Bayfield.
Or they can also be found at The Village Bookshop on Main Street in Bayfield. In addition to the great selection of books they are known for, the bookshop is now carrying artist supplies, including the beautiful, creamy Chroma acrylic paints which some members of the BCA are fans of.
The purchase of these journals will help the BCA provide workshops, studios, mobile art programs and exhibitions in the visual arts for all ages and abilities.
For more information email Hello@bayfieldarts.ca.
Throughout the COVID-19 crisis, Grand Bend and Area Chamber of Commerce has undertaken various efforts to support local business, this latest effort, “Shoreline ToGo”, crosses all local municipal and county “borders” to support local food and beverage providers with a single online hub of delivery and takeout options open to residents.
Launched Apr. 20, Shorelinetogo.ca already has 32 food and beverage businesses listed, a number that grows daily. Published with address, phone number, takeout-delivery menu and hours of operation, restaurants, farm-gate operations and craft beer, wine and cider producers are ready and open to serve. Residents in Lambton Shores, South Huron, Bluewater and North Middlesex can check out the offerings online, order takeout or delivery, and help support the same businesses who have contributed so much to these communities over the years through donations and sponsorship.
Restaurants, farm-gate and beverage producers throughout the market area – Bluewater - Lambton Shores, South Huron, North Middlesex - are encouraged to visit ShorelineToGo.ca to register and showcase their delivery or takeout options. There is no cost to any business to participate and the process is the completion of a simple online form. Any business needing resources or assistance can contact Chamber Manager Susan Mills at email@example.com.
Throughout this area, restaurants, farm-gate and craft beverage providers have contributed hugely to the local economy and the livability of towns and villages. Recovery from the Covid-19 crisis will be in large part energized restaurant owners, chefs, kitchen staff and servers, and the support of local customers.
Youngsters are unleashing their creativity in a variety of ways while staying at home during the pandemic. And a local group would like to capture this creativity for posterity. Especially the stories and artwork that the children, ages 12 and under, are producing right now while they are truly living through history.
The Bayfield Historical Society (BHS) wants to help preserve these memories of what life during the pandemic was like for children.
According to Barb Durand, “The Bayfield Historical Society is asking children in Bayfield and surrounding area to submit written stories and or their artwork for a future collection. We will display this collection in our windows (at the Archives on Main Street) when we are allowed back on the street. Either a scanned copy or their original artwork will be kept at the archives for a future collection. We may also use the material to create a printed book.”
Durand, who looks after publications for the BHS, notes that, this is not a contest but a collection that will document the children’s stories. She asks that the children sign their artwork or story on their cover page and on the back cover list their age and school.
“We will ask for the submissions when the time comes for us to re-open. We are documenting history. Thank-you and wishing all families to stay safe and healthy,” Durand concluded.
For more information on this BHS project please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
During the COVID-19 crisis, people may find themselves with more time to turn the pages of a good book. But what books to read and what books to leave on the shelf?
In case Bayfield Breeze readers are looking for a little guidance in this department the folks at The Village Bookshop on Main Street will be providing a monthly suggestion via their customers who have agreed to pen a book review to share with our readers.
July’s book is the recently published “Camino Winds”**, written by John Grisham and reviewed by Brad McLellan.
“Camino Winds” follows-up on Grisham’s earlier book entitled, “Camino Island”. The plot involves the murder of a writer on Camino Island, in Florida, during a hurricane, and the subsequent efforts of some local residents to solve the murder.
As was the case in the first book, the lead character is Bruce Cable, who owns Bay Books, a local bookstore. Mercer Mann, the other lead character in the first book, only briefly appears in Camino Winds.
The book begins with one of Bruce’s famous dinner parties for writers. One of the dinner guests is Nelson Kerr, a former lawyer and now author of fiction thrillers. Other dinner guests include Mercer, Bob Cobb, an ex-convict; and Nick Sutton, a college student who works part-time at Bay Books. The dinner party ends as the hurricane is about to hit the island.
After the hurricane, Bruce and Bob discover Nelson’s body on the back patio of his Camino Island home. Bruce, Bob and Nick are convinced Nelson was murdered. They also suspect his murder might be tied to a book he had just finished writing. The balance of Camino Winds involves the investigation by Bruce, Bob and Nick to determine who might have wanted Nelson murdered and who the killer was. One of the issues the investigation reveals relates to the use of unapproved drugs in nursing homes/long-term care facilities.
The book begins slowly, but the second half of the book is compelling reading. Readers of the first book will find Camino Winds to be a much different book. Although not required, it is helpful to have read Camino Island first.
Camino Winds is a really good summer read and I enjoyed it. It is also a very topical book, with nursing home/long-term care facility issues. I would give the first book five stars and I would give Camino Winds four stars.
**This book is 292 pages in length.
MAKE A NEIGHBORLY FASHION STATEMENT
Volunteers with Home4Good say, “When you wear a mask, you protect me. I wear a mask to protect you. Be a good neighbor.” When physical distancing is a challenge (in a grocery store, bank, salon, hospital, nursing home or retail setting), people are strongly encouraged to wear a mask. Don’t have one or two? Home4Good volunteers, who now have new fabric and plenty of elastic, are making more all the time. They are available free courtesy Michael’s Pharmacy in Bayfield. (Submitted photo)