GLOBAL PHENOMENON REACHES DOW STREET IN VILLAGE
BY MELODY FALCONER-POUNDER
Something that started as a simple tribute has escalated into a growing global phenomenon. And now it has even reached Dow Street in Bayfield.
The front lawn of Leslee Squirrell’s cottage at 15 Dow Street is the new home of a Little Free Library.
This Little Free Library at 15 Dow Street in Bayfield is open to anyone who would like to enjoy a summer read! It is just one of many little libraries popping up on front lawns around the world. (Submitted photo)
As the story goes, Todd Bol built the very first little library to place in front of his home in Hudson, Wisconsin three years ago. He built a little waterproof box in the shape of a one-room schoolhouse in honor of his deceased mother. She was a teacher who had loved books and had always encouraged people to read. He erected it with a sign underneath that read, “Free Book Exchange” and invited neighbors to take a book and return a book.
From there a good friend of Bol’s picked up on the idea and several others joined in the project. Folks can build their own library or purchase a kit through the non-profit organization.
Participants are invited to send a photo of their library creation for posting on the organization’s website. In return they get a "Little Free Library. Take a Book, Return a Book" sign to post on what they've built, as well as a Little Free Library Charter number. This past spring Bol made his 800th sign.
According to their website, the mission of Little Free Library is to promote literacy and the love of reading by building free book exchanges worldwide. In doing so they are building a sense of community by sharing skills, creativity, and wisdom across generations. They also hope to build more than 2,510 libraries around the world - more than Andrew Carnegie! And with little libraries popping up in such places as Australia, India, Ghana, the Congo and many European countries in addition to the United States and Canada they are well on their way!
Squirrell would like to encourage others in the surrounding community to erect their own Little Free Library or drop by and check out a book at her location on Dow Street.
To learn more about Little Free Library visit Littlefreelibrary.org.
OPTIMIST PLAY DAY IS MOVING TO KRYART STUDIO ON MAIN STREET
The Bayfield Optimists have found a new friend to play with. Play Day is moving to the gardens at Kryart Studio for July 7, 2012!
Traditionally Play Day was held in Clan Gregor Square but in more recent years an incredibly successful Vettefest necessitated the move to the Bayfield Town Hall lawn. This year the lawn will be the site of a beautiful wedding reception on Saturday so to accommodate this Play Day has found a new home at 24 Main Street and a new partner in Kristyn Watterworth and her staff.
Arts and crafts will no doubt be a highlight of the event to be held from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Favorites such as Magician Daniel Steep, of Clinton, will return. He is scheduled to perform at noon. Plus a talented face-painting clown will also offer her skills to shiny-faced youngsters.
Oh, and there will be hotdogs too!
This is a free event brought to the community by the members of the Bayfield Optimist Club, who are proud to have the mandate, Friends of Youth.
bluewater strives for five blooms as judges set to arrive
Here come the judges!
The communities of Bluewater are set to welcome the provincial Communities in Blooms judges from July 11-13.
Judges Angela Vieth and Susan Cheetham McNeil will be given a personal tour that will enable them to assess the community in eight categories and award Blooms ratings.
Points of interest have been identified in each community that fit into the following categories:
- Environmental Action
- Heritage Conservation
- Urban Forestry
- Landscape Turf and Groundcovers
- Floral Displays
- Community Involvement
The local planning committee will also be armed with lots of local information to add between tour stops.
This being the third year of participation, Bluewater is striving for Five Blooms, and according to the committee has put their best foot forward. Bluewater achieved Four Blooms in both 2010 and 2011.
According to Kay Wise, chair of the Bluewater Blooms Committee, “The Communities in Bloom program is not just about flowers; it’s about preserving our natural environment through recycling and tree planting programs; it’s about community groups showing off our heritage and it’s about municipal staff doing their part in the Blue Flag marina program, landfill and roadside maintenance. Many Bluewater citizens of all ages are achieving these goals in spades and some have won awards!”
Local projects that have been recognized include: Bayfield Tree Project, Bayfield River Valley Trail Association, St. Joseph and Bayfield Historical Societies, Zurich and Bayfield Lions’ Clubs, Bayfield Garden Club and the Hensall and Community Horticultural Society.
The tour will proceed through Bayfield, Hensall, St. Joseph and Zurich. Bronson and Goshen Lines will also be shown so that both urban and agricultural properties are featured.
marten arts hosts two exhibitions until mid-July
The work of Matthew Coles is on display at the Marten Arts Gallery on Main Street until July 12. (Submitted photo)
Marten Arts Gallery on Main Street is currently offering two exhibitions: the New Works of Matthew Coles and Tsunami Glassworks Black and White. Both exhibitions are on now until July 12.
Oakville native, Matthew Coles, 37, was raised in the art industry so it wasn’t surprising when he displayed both an interest and a talent for a variety of artistic mediums. Coles was intrigued by all the artistic possibilities the world had to offer, having interests in, not only, the arts but music, improvisation and acting as well.
“During college I was determined to find a medium that I could call my own. The art establishment was fiercely active in defining a style that was to be the artist. I wasn’t thrilled with the ideology that I could only pursue one theme. I needed the freedom to explore the paths that the art world would offer to me,” he said in a recent press release.
After a home renovation, Coles decided to paint some large canvas for the walls and found he couldn’t stop, having amassed a large number of works it became obvious they would need homes, and that was when he states he found his calling.
Coles had this to say about his current exhibit of work, “At the heart of creativity is adventure. The spirit yearns to play, seek and learn. The stage is the abundance of knowledge and courage. The world is the fountain of love, power and gratitude. What we choose to project into the world is the power and light that resides in all our souls. Play your hearts out, bring joy to those around you and speak to the back row.”
Undiscovered Gardens right in our own backyard
In April, a small group of dedicated gardeners united to develop a map highlighting gardens in Huron and Perth Counties open to the public for tours. Plans were to feature garden businesses with display gardens as well as businesses selling garden based merchandised.
It was hoped that for this year a one-day garden tour could be organized as a trial run with full season garden tours to begin next year.
So far the group appears to be right on target with the “Undiscovered Gardens Huron-Perth Tour” set for July 14. The first tour boasts 15 gardens on display in both town and country in the areas of Wingham, Gowanstown, Gorrie, Wroxeter, Walton, Blyth, Auburn, Goderich, Bayfield, Zurich and St. Joseph.
Nearby CovenTree Gardens, Huron Ridge Acres and Brentwood on the Beach are all featured on the tour. This day will give visitors a chance to see the private gardens of Carol and Dave Steckle at Huron Ridge Acres as well as the tranquil oasis created at Brentwood on the Beach, the lakeside bed and breakfast owned by Joan and Peter Karstens. Visitors may also see blue bird babies on the Blue Bird Trail a highlight of CovenTree Gardens created by Pat McDougall and Shelagh Sully.
“Garden tours are becoming a favorite pastime for tourists, said Sully, of CovenTree Gardens in Bayfield. “This is the first tour and it is hoped that many more gardens will be on display in future years…perhaps yours!”
The tour will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and donations to Huron Perth Garden Tours would be appreciated. Tour maps will be available at every garden on the tour plus libraries and tourist booths. The tour map is also available to download or view on Facebook at Undiscovered Gardens of Huron-Perth. You may also call CovenTree Gardens at 519 565-2572 for more information.
cupola to entertain as part of rural Roots concert series
The Goderich Celtic Roots Festival and the Bayfield Town Hall are teaming up to bring traditional and contemporary music to the village in the form of a three piece Celtic Band from the United Kingdom on Aug. 6.
Now in its fourth year, the Rural Roots Concert Series is designed to bring world-class Celtic music into rural venues across Huron County. According to the Goderich Celtic Roots Festival website, this allows festival organizers to “maximize the benefit of the caliber of musicians visiting Huron County during the week of the Celtic Roots Festival.”
The band, known as Cupola, will perform in both music and song. In addition, Goderich youth, Kieran Melady will perform as opening act.
Cupola is comprised of Sarah Matthews, Doug Eunson and Oli Matthews. They play English and European dance music, and sing English songs in three-part harmony. The trio, also, make fine use of melodeons, fiddles, viola, soprano saxophone, clarinet and hurdy-gurdy.
Tickets are now available for the 7:30 p.m. concert at the Bayfield Town Hall. They are selling for $20 per person. Please call 519 565-4404 or 519 565-2572 for tickets or more information. Tickets may also be purchased at www.ticketscene.ca.
Pioneer Park rummage sale fast approaching
For 65 years, crowds of people have been coming to the Pioneer Park’s Annual Rummage Sale and snapping up all kinds of bargains and treasures. This year the event will be held on Friday, July 13th from 7-9 p.m. at the Bayfield Arena.
The sale, along with a silent auction, provides much needed funding for the maintenance and upkeep of Bayfield’s beautiful lakefront parkland that offers visitors fresh lake breezes and world-renowned sunsets 365 days of the year!
Rummage Sale items may be dropped off at the arena after 11 a.m. on July 12th until 2 p.m. as well as on July 13th. Anyone who is unable to drop items off on these days, can contact Bud Robinson at 519 565-5322 or Claire Trepanier at 519 565-2745 and they will arrange for the items to be picked up prior to the sale.
Please note when donating that baby furniture, sports equipment, and electrical items must be CSA approved. It should also be noted that the following items will not be accepted: clothing, shoes, magazines, textbooks, televisions, large appliances, building materials, mattresses, soiled or broken items.
Bill Rowat is the person to contact if anyone wishes to donate an item or service to the silent auction. He can be reached at 519 565-5838.
This event could not happen without the assistance of over 120 volunteers. Anyone wishing to volunteer can contact Sandy Scotchmer at 519 565-2830 or call Trepanier at the number listed above.
A new addition to the Rummage Sale this year will be “TasTee Queen”. They will be set up outside on the fairgrounds selling their famous hand cut fries, hot dogs and other goodies.
On the evening of June 30, people gathered in Pioneer Park to listen to music provided by Elliott’s Liquidation Band. Three adorable youngsters who had the best seats in the park (at right) also proved very entertaining according to those in attendance. (Photo by Pat McDougall)
If everywhere you look this weekend you think you see a Corvette, don’t worry you’re not experiencing delusions – it’s Bayfield Vettefest and Corvette enthusiasts from far and near will be descending on the village starting on July 6th for a Summer Night Cruise.
Participants in the Summer Night Cruise are asked to gather at Clan Gregor Square at 7 p.m. to head out on a little road trip.
Registration for the car show to be held in Clan Gregor Square on July 7th will begin at 8 a.m. in the park. The cost is $10 per vehicle. Those who take part are invited to park their cars for display in the square.
The firefighters in our village will be up bright and early on July 7th to prepare for their annual Firemen’s Breakfast that will have people lining up for the 7 a.m. start of food service at the Bayfield Fire Hall.
And who wouldn’t line up for pancakes with real maple syrup, eggs, bacon, sausage, potatoes, toast and juice, plus let’s not forget the Tim Horton’s coffee, generously donated by the Tim Horton’s of Exeter.
The cost for the breakfast is adults, $7; and children, $4. The event will conclude at 11 a.m.
The Bayfield Ratepayers’ Association (BRA) represents the interests of village residents to the Municipality of Bluewater Council.
The BRA will hold their next monthly Board meeting on July 7th at 9 a.m. in the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building.
In addition, the Annual General Meeting has been scheduled for Aug. 4th at 10 a.m. at the Bayfield Community Centre. All citizens are invited to attend for updates on village issues as well as to share their own concerns.
Meeting dates can be found on the notice board by the new Library Complex construction site and on the BRA website at bra.camp8.org.
municipality of bluewater
The Municipality of Bluewater will be hosting an information session for residents on Phase Four of the municipal water distribution system on July 7.
Phase Three of the watermain project has now been completed and the next stage, Phase Four, will be starting soon.
Those who attend the session to be held at the Bayfield Community Centre will learn about the project’s background as well as how to get connected to the system, what permits are required, how to decommission old wells and the expected costs and timing of the project.
Representatives from the Municipality of Bluewater, the consulting engineers and the Huron County Health Unit will be in attendance. A presentation will be made at 10:30 a.m. The information session will be open from 10 a.m. to noon.
After the sun goes down the stars will come out both in the sky and on the movie screen as the Pioneer Park Association will host a summer series of films in the park.
The next movie will be shown on July 14 and is the thriller, When a Stranger Calls.
Other films in the line-up are all family friendly titles: Daddy Day Care, July 28; Cheaper by the Dozen, Aug. 11; and UP, Aug. 25.
Bring lawn chairs or a blanket to get comfortable and enjoy the show!
Members of the Bayfield Garden Club and their invited guests are reminded that the club’s annual Summer Potluck is set for July 16th.
The home of John and Kathleen Siertsema will be the location for the gathering that will begin at 6:30 p.m. Those who attend should bring a dish to share plus their own plate, cutlery and lawn chair. The evening will be held rain or shine.
Following the meal, participants are invited across the street to CovenTree Gardens for a tour.
st. joseph historical society
The St. Joseph and Area Historical Society, recipients of the 2011 Governor General's History Award for Excellence in Community Programming, are currently preparing their next presentation as part of their Lakeshore Festival Summer Fundraiser, July 21-22.
This time their stage will be the St. Peter’s Catholic Church Cemetery.
"Grave Matters" will feature dramatized Cemetery Tours, highlighting short stories of the history of the French families that settled historic St. Joseph. Their stories will come to life as participants are taken through the cemetery. Tours will begin at 1 p.m. and continue at 30-minute intervals with the last tour departing at 4 p.m.
St. Peter's Catholic Church Cemetery is located at 73334 Bluewater Hwy. 21, St. Joseph.
To order tickets contact Dianne Tucker at 519 236-4925. Tickets are $10 for adults; $7.50 for children 12 years and under; or $25 for a family (two adults and up to four children). Payment accepted by cash or cheque payable to the St. Joseph Historical Society. This event will run rain or shine, no refunds. Please note that pets are not allowed in the cemetery. Light refreshments will also be available for purchase at the event.
Camp Kintail is returning to Bayfield for the third consecutive summer.
Knox Presbyterian Church is partnering with Camp Kintail, the area Presbyterian Church camp, to offer a Christian based Day Camp every Wednesday at the church during July and August.
This Day Camp will run from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The very capable and well-trained young adult staff of Camp Kintail will lead the program and activities. The camp will be for children who have completed JK up to Grade 6. The children are welcome to attend all eight sessions or just one or two.
The first camp will begin on July 4. The program will conclude on Aug. 22. Lunch and snacks are provided.
Registration for each session is held at 8:30 a.m. on the day but participants may also pre-register by calling Brenda McLean at 519 524-8645 or by calling the church 519 565-2913 and leaving a message.
st. james', Middleton
The congregation of St. James’ Church, Middleton always put up a fantastic meal no matter what event they are hosting and this time around it will be a fundraising barbeque on July 14.
The event will be held at the church from 4-7:00 p.m. On the menu will be bratwurst on a bun or a hamburger both will be accompanied by coleslaw, baked beans, dessert and a beverage.
The cost will be $10, adults; $5, kids 10 and under; and preschoolers free.
bayfield tree project
Our area trees are thirsty, especially those new trees planted both last year and this spring as part of the Bayfield Tree Project (BTP). Residents are encouraged to keep watering these trees.
New trees need one inch (2.5 cm) of water per week to survive. A slow trickle of water over several hours is the best method. Trees planted by the BTP can be found on Louisa, Anne, Charles, Howard, Colina and Jane Streets as well as on Bayfield Terrace and Victoria Place.
music at the barn
The “Music at the Barn” concert series got underway recently at the landmark barn at Kryart Studio.
Four more concerts are scheduled from now to September on Sunday afternoons starting at 2 p.m. at Kryart Studio. The line up is as follows: Benson Brown and Katy Johnston opening for 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 Danielle 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.
The Fish Fry hosted by Knox Presbyterian Church in Bayfield was such a success last year the congregation has decided to do it again!
The 2nd annual Fish Fry will be held on July 28 at the Bayfield Community Centre from 4:30-7 p.m.
Advance tickets are available now and cost $17 for adults and $10 for children. They can be purchased by calling Deb at 519 565-5238 or Brenda at 519 565-5404. Organizers note that the tickets sold out quickly last year so people are best advised to get their tickets early.
The Bluewater Area Family Health Team (BAFHT) has openings on its Board of Directors for the up coming year. The BAFHT is a community sponsored family health team.
Board Members must reside or work in the Municipality of Bluewater. The volunteer board meets once a month and the position is for a three-year term. Interested individuals should have a background in health care, human resources or law.
Anyone interested in volunteering within the community in this fashion should submit a letter of interest to Joyce Lambert, chair, PO Box 98, 43 Main Street, Zurich, ON N0M 2T0 by July 9.
A Gentle Yoga Class is held at the Bayfield Town Hall starting at 10 a.m. on Tuesdays. The cost is $4 per class and participants are asked to bring a yoga mat. Please note on July 10 the class will have an earlier start time of 8:30 a.m. to accommodate the drama camp being held at the hall that week.
Summer Outdoor Yoga will start July 5 in Pioneer Park at 8:30 a.m. and continue on subsequent Thursdays. The sessions will be free of charge and open to people 13 years of age and up. An adult must accompany any minors that attend. There is a limit of 20 people per class. Participants are asked to arrive 10 minutes early for their first class to register and sign a waiver.
For more information call 519 565-2202 or 519 565-5638.