hilda gerger honored with bench at agricultural park
The late Hilda Gerger was recently honored by members of the Bayfield Agricultural Society (BAS) for her long and dedicated service to the organization. A memorial bench was crafted in her memory by Don Brodie. Testing the bench out for the first time were Hilda Gerger’s daughters (l-r): Donna Gerger, Barb Gronau and Betty Smallwood. Joining in the photo were: President of the BAS, Pamela Stanley (far left); and Don Brodie, director and bench maker; and BAS Homecraft President, Jean Dunn (far right). (Submitted photo)
A small gathering of family members, friends and Directors of the Bayfield Agricultural Society (BAS) met by the BAS office in Agricultural Park on July 5th to honor treasured Board member, the late Hilda Gerger.
Gerger’s death in February of this year was deeply felt but could not be expressed to her family because of the restrictions at the time.
She was a Director of the BAS for many years but was known for always being there to serve a hot beverage or snacks. Her service to people was always generous and was also seen in several other organizations in Bayfield. To honor her memory, the BAS Board felt something that would serve others in Agricultural Park would be ideal and so the idea of creating a bench was the decision. Don Brodie, a Director, said at the gathering that it was an honor to be asked to create the bench and have it installed in her memory.
At the gathering, BAS President Pamela Stanley paid tribute to the work that Gerger had done over the years and how her spirit will be in the park. The gathering was especially significant in that 165 years before on that date the first meeting of the members of the Agricultural Society met in Bayfield to form an organization.
As the Bayfield community comes to Agricultural Park as they regularly do, they now have a commemorative bench to rest on and the BAS Society, and her family, have a way to honor a very special lady.
Summer programming has begun at Bayfield centre for the arts
Connor Withers, and his father, Tim, the duo behind “The Cracked Knot – The Birdhouse Foundation” were back in the village on Saturday, July 3rd to sell their fabulous birdhouses this time in support of the Bayfield Centre for the Arts (BCA).
By the end of the day more than 50 birdhouses had been sold and the BCA was the recipient of $1,650. What wonderful timing it was for this fundraiser as it coincided with the start of summer programming in the “barn-yard”!
Visitors and residents will no doubt have several opportunities to get creative at the Bayfield Centre for the Arts location, on the village’s Main Street at the barn behind The Village Bookshop, this summer.
Here is the schedule so far:
• Drop-In-Sundays - Pick a project to work on with help from the staff.
• Create Together Tuesdays – It’s an open studio and people are invited to come with their own project to work on.
• Kids Thursdays: Children aged four to 11 years are welcome from 10 a.m. to noon. Please note they need to attend with a parent or supervisor over the age of 12 years. Time for youth, aged 12-17 years, to attend has been set from 1-4 p.m.
Saturday, July 3, was a beautiful day for The Cracked Knot-The Birdhouse Foundation to hold their sale at Clan Gregor Square. More than 50 birdhouses were sold with proceeds being donated to the Bayfield Centre for the Arts (BCA). Accepting the cheque, on behalf of the BCA, from craftsmen Connor Withers, and his father, Tim Withers, were (far left) Deb MacArthur and Leslee Squirrell and John Rishworth (far right). (Photos by Jack Pal)
The Cracked Knot also makes wooden spoons, charcuterie boards, and for this art-related event, special holders for creative tools!
Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays there will be painting workshops and special events such as, Sign Painting on July 10 and Needle Felting on July 19. Other events in the works include: flower arranging, charcuterie board styling, t-shirt painting and Pizza & Paint Nights.
Art enthusiasts should mark Aug. 20-21 on their calendars as the BCA, along with The Village Bookshop, will be hosting a special event, the “Year of the Barn Show and Sale”. Barn paintings by Ontario artists will be showcased and there will be farm vendors on hand too.
And it is time to rent the Art Truck! People can now arrange to have the Art Truck come to their backyard, office parking lot, park, arena, pavilion…anywhere outside! BCA staff will drive to the location and set up a mobile art studio with instructors, art supplies, tables and easels and give participants (limit is 10 for now) an art experience outdoors that should make the COVID-19 blues disappear. To learn more about renting the Art Truck please email Bookme@bayfieldarts.ca
For opportunities to sign up for these, as well as upcoming events, please visit bayfieldarts.ca or follow on Facebook @Bayfieldart. Spaces are limited due to COVID-19 capacity restrictions.
Although these birdhouses shown are in the traditional bright colors generally offered by The Birdhouse Foundation, members of the Bayfield Centre for the Arts also custom painted a few that were for sale.
bayfield tree hike first in july
Guided hikes are back! The Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) is pleased to announce the reactivation of their guided hike schedule, hikes are now set for July 10, July 18 and Aug. 9.
The Bayfield Tree Hike will be held on Saturday, July 10 at 11 a.m. A leisurely walk through the Village of Bayfield will highlight the dedicated work of the Bayfield Tree Project over the past ten years. Over 500 trees of different species have been planted and maintained by volunteers during that time. Sondra Buchner will point out significant trees and species while celebrating the success of this grassroots community project. The walk is on pavement and is suitable for everyone: wheelchairs, strollers, leashed dogs welcome! Participants are asked to meet at the gazebo in Clan Gregor Square. The hike will be about 1.5 km and will last about 90 minutes.
National Ice Cream Day is Sunday, July 18. To help earn that cone, the BRVTA will lead a hike on the Woodland Trail starting at 2 p.m. Participants are asked to meet/park at the David Street trail head: at the south end of town, to access take Sarnia Street to McTavish Crescent to David Street. The Woodland Trail is a 3.5 km natural trail that traverses trickling streams, wide ravines, meadows, and glacial hills. There are some steep inclines and rough areas; the hike duration will be about 90 minutes. Please check the weather and wear appropriate clothing. Dogs on leash welcome.
Monday, Aug. 9th is World Indigenous Peoples Day. Join special guest David D. Plain, a member of the Aamjiwnaang First Nation and author of five books on regional Indigenous history, for an engaging hike on the Sawmill Trail starting at 11 a.m. The Aamjiwnaang region covered all of the southern section of Lake Huron, from the Maitland River in the east to the Flint River (Michigan) in the west. This was the traditional territory of the Anishnaabek First Nation, also called the Ojibwe and the Chippewa. Learn about Indigenous life on southern Lake Huron while walking the land. Recommended reading is Plain's book entitled, “Ways of our Grandfathers”, available from the Huron County Public Library or by special order at The Village Bookshop (www.villagebookshop.ca). Those who wish to take part are asked to meet at the Sawmill Trial head on Old River Road. The hike is a natural trail 2 km long, and the walk will last about an hour.
For more information on any of the hikes visit www.bayfieldtrails.com or contact Ralph Blasting at 519 525-3205. Please note that the BRVTA continues to follow all Provincial COVID-19 protocols. People should not attend if they have any COVID-19 symptoms, or if in the past 14 days they have traveled outside of Canada or have been in contact with anyone who has tested positive. Masks are required during sign-in and on the hike when distancing is not possible.
Bayfield Talent Search only County competition for Fair
Anyone who sings, dances, plays an instrument, executes magic tricks or performs in other ways, and is between the ages of six and 21, may be interested in the upcoming “Rise2Fame Youth Talent Search”. It’s not too early to start practicing and perfecting a performance.
After a year’s hiatus the Bayfield preliminary competition to the Western Fair Talent Search will go ahead on a virtual platform. This is one of only three preliminary competitions taking place in Ontario and the only Huron County competition.
Video submissions can be submitted anytime between now and Aug. 1 at www.westernfairdistrict.com/western-fair/rise2fame-online
Videos will be forwarded by the Western Fair District to a panel of three local judges who will determine the winners.
On Saturday, Aug. 21 at the Bayfield Community Fair, the virtual competition will be followed by a live showcase of selected acts and an awards night. Winners of the virtual competition will be announced and given an opportunity to strut their stuff onstage. COVID-19 protocols will be in place. The live showcase will begin at 7 p.m. on the outdoor stage at the Bayfield Community Centre. Beth Sayler, from the Western Fair, will also be recording videos of the performances and winners will have the option of using her videos for submission to the Western Fair if they so choose. We are hoping this combination of virtual competition and live performance will provide a meaningful opportunity for young performers to celebrate and demonstrate their talent.
The Western Fair Rise2Fame Youth Talent Search is a 40-year tradition which has touched the lives of thousands of talented youngsters from across the province. The Western Fair competition, along with the preliminaries, has been the start to many careers in the arts and continues to encourage young people to showcase and pursue their talents.
Categories of competition are: Vocal Solo; Instrumental Solo; Dance Solo; Dance Group; Vocal and/or Instrumental Group, including, bands; Variety Solo; and Variety Group. Individuals can compete more than once in different categories.
Participants are asked to read the rules very carefully online before registering by visiting the website at: www.westernfairdistrict.com/western-fair/rise-2-fame.
By Wednesday, Sept. 8 all winners’ videos from the three preliminary competitions in Ontario will be featured on the Western Fair website and submitted to a judge’s panel.
On Sunday, Sept. 19 at 6 p.m. the final winners of the Western Fair Rise2Fame Talent Search will be announced. At the Western Fair level there are big cash prizes and trophies for final winners. Huron County has produced Western Fair winners and many local acts have made it to the finals over the years. A number of local youths, who have performed in this competition in the past, have gone on to careers in music and the arts.
But young people can’t win if they don’t enter the preliminary online competition in Bayfield, so, start practising, then get registered and send in videos before Aug. 1.
Anyone who may have questions is asked to contact Charles Kalbfleisch at 519 565-2244 or Willi Laurie by email email@example.com or by calling 519 482-9265 for more information.
Pioneer Park's raffle could sell out this weekend
The Pioneer Park Association (PPA) is looking to the community for support of two alternative fundraisers as their largest annual event the Pioneer Park Rummage Sale has been postponed for the second consecutive year due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. People can support the PPA by purchasing limited edition prints and/or trying their luck by buying some raffle tickets.
“Our long treasured, annual fundraiser needs to be postponed again this year. Not only is this our most important course of funds, it's our biggest community get-together,” said Catherine Tillmann, representing the PPA. “We'll miss both the fun and the funds. But perhaps, no. After all, the park is still giving us much enjoyment and we have two ways that all of us can play a part in that.”
One fundraising option being presented is the purchase of limited-edition photographs donated by Bayfield’s own Brad Turner.
Photographer Brad Turner shows in these photographs that Pioneer Park has an intimate personal impact on everyone. It is right there in those moments of reflection, celebration and wonder. The park has been, and will be, where we, The Keepers, bear witness to nature’s transitory permanence, held within these stunning and timeless images is our promise to protect the future of the park. A limited number of the prints are available now in support of the Pioneer Park Association. (Submitted photo)
“Internationally acclaimed filmmaker Brad Turner has brought his tremendous talent to us in many ways. This time, to offset the loss of funds from the Rummage Sale, Brad is generously donating a limited edition of images that capture a lifetime of memories. They are Brad’s homage to the stretching lawns, sheltering trees and majestic vistas. It is a part of his own dedication to our community’s healthy and vital future,” said Tillmann.
There will be a limited edition of 50 prints available for each image. These 8” X 10” photographs have been handprinted, by Turner, on archival paper, hand signed “in composition”, and authenticated on the reverse. Individual prints are available for $125 each, or a full set can be purchased for $400. All proceeds go to the PPA.
Prints will be on display, and available for sale, at The Village Bookshop, located at 24 Main Street in Bayfield. They can also be purchased online at firstname.lastname@example.org or through The Village Bookshop at email@example.com. Reports are that these prints are flying out the door so anyone who was planning to purchase one (or four) should do so very soon.
Another fundraising option is the purchase of raffle tickets.
The PPA has given people a new way to play this summer by holding a 50/50 Cash Draw. Proceeds will be used to repair the Pioneer Park stairs down to the beach that are currently closed for safety reasons.
“A hard winter may have taken away the bottom of our stairs, but we are going to build them back. With our 50/50 cash draw, you could win up to $12,500! We will also strengthen the stairs and once again race up and down them to the beach,” said Tillmann.
Organizers report that the raffle tickets are selling at a brisk pace and they anticipate being sold out by the end of this coming weekend. So anyone who has been thinking about getting tickets time is running out to do so.
Tickets are for sale every night at sunset at Pioneer Park and every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in front of The Village Bookshop on Main Street. Stubs from sold tickets are then placed in the Bayfield Lions’ Bingo Drum to await the draw. The winning ticket will be drawn at sunset (8 p.m.), at Pioneer Park on Aug. 13.
Every single ticket will give people a chance to win a cash prize that has a maximum value of $12,500. A single ticket is $5 or buy a book of 10 tickets for $40. There is a limit of 5,000 tickets available.
Anyone who would like to purchase a book of tickets can also do so by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets purchases can be made using cash; debit or credit card, using the PPA’s secure Square Reader.
hector is bayfield's forgotten felines kitten of the week
Hector (Submitted photo)
Bayfield's Forgotten Felines (BFF) has helped hundreds of feral and abandoned cats find their forever homes but many are still waiting.
Hector is the Adopt-A-BFF kitten of the week.
This sweet tiny baby is approximately five to six weeks-old. He was found wandering around by himself. He proved hard to catch at first because he was pretty scared yet feisty. Since he has been at the shelter he has been dewormed and given lots of healthy food.
Rescue volunteers describe Hector as being “a little pistol who is full of ‘PNV’.” They note that he loves to play but wants you to know that he is the boss. In a short period of time, he has become quite well adjusted and is quite social. Volunteers say that he is watchful of the other cats and wants to get out and play with them but this isn’t allowed yet.
“Until he can get his shots and has been checked by the vet, he has to stay contained,” said Deb Penhale, representing the BFF.
But no worries, volunteers are sure Hector gets out for lots of one-on-one love and cuddles. Once he’s been to the vet and is big enough to be neutered he will be ready to find his own domain and people.
Could you be Hector’s "people"? Anyone interested in adopting Hector is encouraged to contact Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines at email@example.com. The adoption fee is now $200. Adopted cats are vetted, shots are up-to-date and they are also spayed or neutered. Donations are also always appreciated. E-transfers can be sent to the Rescue's email or email to arrange for a drop off or pick up of donations. Cheques can be mailed to Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines, P.O. Box 33, Bayfield, ON, N0M 1G0.
Slow but steady progress is being made on the Bayfield Secondary Plan, an initiative known as “Planned Bayfield”. The requirements of COVID-19 have certainly changed how this Plan is being developed but the Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC) is committed to taking the time to “get it right”.
Planning staff have met with various groups including the Bluewater Heritage Committee and the Bayfield People and Canine Community (PACC) group and will be reaching out to other community groups to consult. Interested in having a group session? Please email Senior Planner Denise Van Amersfoort at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 519 524-8394, Ext. 3.
Rather than holding an online public meeting (which the CAC appreciate some people are rather tired of), they opted to post a video on their consultation site with a follow up survey. This survey is still open and the CAC really encourage residents to take an hour to watch the video and fill out the survey - feedback is critical to ensuring this Plan reflects the vision of the residents of Bayfield! Please visit connectedcountyofhuron.ca and click on the "Planned Bayfield" icon.
The CAC and staff plan to host in-person consultation sessions once the first draft has been released and public health protocols allow.
Do you have other thoughts or questions? Please email Van Amersfoort at the address above or speak to any member of the CAC. Committee members are: Bluewater Councilor Bill Whetstone, chair; Leanne Kavanagh, vice-chair; Andre Mech, Councilor George Irving, Dave Gillians, Dave MacLaren, Elaine Coombs, Gary Davidson, Jean Anne Hamilton, Jeff Graham, John Van Ogtrop, Kim Loebach and Roger Lewington.
The CAC members thank those who have shown an interest in this very important project for Bayfield's future.
The summer market season is underway!
The market is open online every week starting Sunday until Wednesday for delivery and pick-up at Clan Gregor Square. Organizers are pleased to announce that they have new vendors, returning vendors and lots of delicious local foods!
People can place their orders by visiting openfoodnetwork.ca/bayfield-farmers-market/
from July 4 at 8 a.m. until today, July 7, at 8 p.m. Shoppers will be directed to pick up their items up on July 9 sometime between 3-5 p.m. in Clan Gregor Square. They will receive an email confirmation (Thursday) with the approximate time of delivery on Friday afternoon.
Orders can be paid online with credit card or email transfer. Organizers are pleased to offer delivery within 15 KMs of Bayfield for a flat fee of $5. Shoppers can select their preference at checkout.\
While St. Andrew’s United Church in Bayfield remains closed due to the pandemic, the business of the Church goes on. The Finance & Property Committee and the Council are both working hard to take care of the daily needs of the church. As Ontario moves to Step 1 of the reopening plan and more people are getting their second vaccine the St Andrew’s Council made the decision last week to set the date of Sunday, Sept. 5 as the goal to hold the first in-person church service since the beginning of the COVID-19 lockdown.
Trinity St. James Anglican Church, located at 10 Keith Cresent in the village, has reopened!
Regular in-person services are now being offered on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. and Sundays at 11 a.m. Due to on-going pandemic restrictions, persons wishing to attend are asked to notify the Church Warden Godfrey Heathcote in advance by e-mail at email@example.com or by phone at 519 565-5824.
Knox Presbyterian Church in Bayfield invites people to join their weekly church services, available anytime, online with YouTube and Facebook. The online links are available on the Knox, Bayfield website: pccweb.ca/knoxbayfieldpc/
Members of the community may be interested to know that although Camp Kintail won't be offering overnight camps or “Kintail on the Road” this summer, they have opened for Day Camps this summer as well as cabin rentals. To learn more about what is offered at the camp, located north of Goderich, please visit: www.campkintail.ca.
Bayfield Yacht Club
Founded in 1971 the Bayfield Yacht Club’s (BYC) goal is to bring together sailors to provide boating related activities and events both locally and abroad. BYC is member driven and always seeking new members to participate in sailing regattas, day races, after parties and fun!
The BYC Executive Board is pleased to announce that three Saturday events comprise their preliminary 2021 summer schedule. The dates and events are as follows:
• July 10 - Boat Parade, commencing at dusk
• July 31 – Regatta, 1 p.m. start
• Aug. 21 – Given’s Memorial Race, 1 p.m. start
To sign up for any of these events, or for more details, please contact the BYC at firstname.lastname@example.org.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, 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 submission is a review written by village resident, Kate Lloyd-Rees of the novel, “The Midnight Library” by Matt Haig.
“Between life and death there is a library” she said. “And within that library, the shelves go on forever. Every book provides a chance to try another life you could have lived...”
Nora Seed has led a life full of disappointments and regrets. One night, in a deep depression she decides to take her own life – but somehow something happens before her life is ended. She awakens into a “nether world” where she is surrounded by endless shelves of books – and there sat in front of her is the librarian from her old school. “Nora”, says the librarian, “every one of these books is the story of another life you could have lived if you had made a different decision at critical times…”
She is then told that she can take down any book she chooses and that she can step into that life and see where it would have taken her.
Nora is given the chance to remain in any of the lives, or to return to the library and try another one. These different “life books” give the story a wide and varied look at not only the many different lives that Nora could have lived, on many different continents and with many different people, but in this hiatus between life and death, each other life brings her face to face with many other joys and equal heartaches.
Matt Haig takes us on this journey and makes us think of our own lives. What would any of us do faced with a choice like that? Would we want to know what life could have held for us if we had made different decisions at key times in our lives? Would that lead to further regrets? How would the people in our lives be affected by the different choices that we might have made?
A quick read, a serious subject, well written and definitely thought provoking.
Alice Brandon (Photo by Dianne Brandon)
The community will no doubt be saddened to learn of the death of longtime resident in her 94th year.
Alice Muriel Brandon passed away peacefully on Monday, June 21, with her children by her side. The day before her passing she was blessed to have a visit with each of her grandchildren, and was able to tell each of them how proud she was and how much she loved them.
She was predeceased by the love of her life Harold Keith (Joe) Brandon. Her sisters Thelma Bye, Clara Scott, Nora Heard, and Beulah Keys. Survived by her children Gary Brandon, Brian and Dianne Brandon, Shirley and Fred Schilbe. Her grandchildren, Cerinia and Cory Giordani, Colleen Brandon, Joey Brandon and Kaylan Symes, Ryan Brandon, Christopher and Lisa Brandon, Jim and Jessica Brandon, Cathy and Thomas Genoch, Tanya and Berton Dykstra, Katie and Mike Ansley, Jake and Alisha Schilbe, Jenna and Jonathan Coburn. Great grandchildren, Brayden, Danika, and Koen Dykstra, Mikayla, Rodney, and Alexis Ansley, Scarlett and Emilia Schilbe, Findlay and Milo Brandon, Ethan and Cole Brandon, Joe, Sebastian, Charlotte and Alice Genoch, Mackenzie, Macaulay, Macisaac, and Macallum Giordani. Also survived by her sister Louise Presber, brother in law and sister in law Ray and Shirley Wachhaus.
A private funeral service was held at Trinity St. James Anglican Church, Bayfield. Expressions of sympathy to Trinity St. James Anglican Church or Ronald MacDonald House would be greatly appreciated. Messages of Condolence for the Brandon Family are welcome at www.falconerfuneralhomes.
Editor’s Note: This is a semi-regular feature from Blue Bayfield highlighting simple ways people can make a difference in their community to create a healthier environment.
Did You Know…that we are in the midst of an insect apocalypse? I know, some of you may be thinking, “Hmm, what’s so bad about that; I hate bugs,” but insects are absolutely crucial for the world’s ecosystems to function. They pollinate plants, disperse seeds, break down and dispose of wastes, maintain soil structure, and provide a major food source to other animals. They form the foundation of the food web, and as Harvard professor E.O. Wilson says, “if insects were to vanish, the environment would collapse into chaos.”
What You Can Do…Convert part of your lawn into natural habitat, grow native plants, reduce or stop using pesticides, limit exterior lighting, reduce soap runoff from washing cars, reduce use of de-icing salts and coal-tar-based driveway sealants (try alternative soy-based sealants instead), learn about the benefits of insects and spread your knowledge to others; be an ambassador for insect conservation!
For more details, go to www.pnas.org/content/118/2/e2002547117 or check out Doug Tallamy and his ideas for a Homegrown National Park at www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/meet-ecologist-who-wants-unleash-wild-backyard-180974372/