bayfield fair seeking exhibits, entries and Volunteers
Charlotte Williamson's creation entered in the 2017 Bayfield Community Fair appeared too cute to think about eating. She made "a beaver using Rice Krispies and decorated it with edible materials". Now is the time to start thinking about those fair entires for 2018! (Photos by Melody Falconer-Pounder)
Those who regularly exhibit at the Bayfield Community Fair are already checking the prize book to see what they can enter this year. With less than a month to go almost all the prize books have been picked up. The books left at Nip ‘N Tuck disappear as soon as new stock is dropped off.
New exhibitors are encouraged to find a book or go on line www.bayfieldfair.ca and look at the copy there. The staff at the library can help those less technologically savvy find it online.
Anyone with a garden is being welcomed with open arms to bring in vegetables, fruit and flowers. With this drought there likely should have been a smallest vegetable section not the biggest. The convenors that are listed in the book are all willing to assist any exhibitor if there is uncertainty in how to exhibit the produce. Warning: Exhibiting tends to become addictive. You meet some great people whose real love is just growing things and sharing that with others.
It is also a great time to get the photographs needed to fit into the categories listed. Picture taking is encouraged during the fair and any pictures which fit the categories identified in the Ontario Association of Agricultural Societies (OAAS) Photo Contest need to be submitted before Sept. 1 for judging. The winners there go to a provincial competition and Bayfield has sent entries and come back with winners for the last two years.
Linda Dixon's entry in the "Biggest Carrot" category took third prize at the 2017 Bayfield Community Fair. With the early summer drought there likely should be a smallest vegetable section at the 2018 fair coming up on Aug. 17-19.
There are many categories for youth. It becomes a great activity for them to work on when life seems a little boring. It’s an added bonus when they get to take home some money when they pick up their items on the Sunday of the fair. Winners of the poster and chocolate chip competitions have further competitions at the District and if they win there at the provincial competition. The winning posters are also used on the cover of the next year’s prize book with names attached.
The fair also has competition in culinary arts, field crops, handcrafts, art and woodworking. There are lots of opportunities for someone to show their particular talents and skills. If there is a class of something that is missing, bring it to the fair just to exhibit and that will encourage it being added the following year.
The Bayfield Fair indoor exhibits are truly great thanks to the number of people who make a commitment to bringing at least one item to show. The cost to enter is $10 which includes a free pass for the whole weekend except for the Sunday jamboree and Saturday night music.
On Saturday, Aug. 18 there will a live music event in the evening when 21 Gun Salute takes to the stage. This high voltage AC/DC tribute band is sure to rock Agricultural Park. The gates will open at 7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.ticketscene.ca/events/21583.
Items to exhibit may be brought to the Bayfield Arena on Thursday night, Aug. 16 or Friday morning, Aug. 17 before the fair opens.
For further information or if anyone would like to volunteer in some capacity email email@example.com or contact Jean Dunn at 519 565-5316.
Lots of volunteer help is always needed at a special event that is the size and scope of the Bayfield Community Fair and for that reason Lorraine Sheilds is holding a Volunteer Information Session on Aug 2 at 7 p.m. at the Bayfield Community Centre.
“This session is important for all committee chairs, directors, exhibit and event entries and of course volunteers, to attend,” said Sheilds. “In addition to our regular volunteers we have new people this year offering to help. All volunteers will need to know who, what, when and how they are to help with the events and exhibits.”
Shields added, those who need volunteers should have all their information ready to share on Aug. 2 to help make the process of finding help smoother.
“If you know of other people who are willing to volunteer at the Fair, please bring them along,” she said. “Many hands will make for less work for everyone.”
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to call or text Lorraine Shields at 519 653-7039 or email, Rainy13@tcc.on.ca.
two acts for the price of one at celtic roots concert
Rant Maggie Rant (Submitted photos)
Not only is “Rant Maggie Rant” performing live at the Bayfield Town Hall, courtesy of the Celtic Festival in Goderich, another incredible act has been added to the evening as “The Fitzgeralds” will also take the stage. Anyone who enjoys powerful Celtic music and championship step dancing are sure to enjoy this show to be held on Aug. 6.
The Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society Board of Directors is thrilled to announce this fabulous double billing after exciting discussions with our friends at the Celtic Festival. What a scoop for both the village and the patrons of the Celtic Festival!
“And, better still, you don’t have to pay any more than the $35 ticket price already listed for one band. Can you imagine the fun on stage if these two bands performed a melody or two together? The Town Hall will be rocking!” said Sandy Scotchmer, representing the town hall board.
Rant Maggie Rant embraces the time-honored styles of the music from seven Celtic Nations: Ireland, Scotland, Cornwall, Wales and the lesser known Isle of Mann, and the Celtic regions of Galicia in Spain and Brittany in France, as well as Quebec and Canada’s East Coast, with each member bringing their individually unique influences to create an uplifting, infectious sound. They were the 2018 Jack Richardson Music Awards Winners for Traditional Folk/Roots.
The Fitzgeralds are a family group consisting of fiddling and step dancing siblings: Tom, Kerry and Julie Fitzgerald. These siblings from outside of Canada’s renowned Ottawa Valley have come a long way from their small-town roots. Featuring 3-time Canadian Grandmaster Fiddle Champions and Ontario Open Step Dance Champions, this is a unique act features high-energy fiddling and mind-blowing step dancing!
For tickets please contact: Sandy Scotchmer at 519 565-2830 or Mark Edmunds at 519 521-2994. Tickets are $35 or $40 at the door.
Bayfield youngster member of chorus in Little Mermaid
Anthony MacPherson, Kelly Holiff and Brent Thiessen in Disney's The Little Mermaid, willl take to the stage at the Huron Country Playhouse from Aug. 9 to Sept. 2 (Submitted photo)
Dive into an underwater adventure this summer! Grab your “dinglehoppers” and “snarfblats” as a splash-tacular Broadway musical washes up on stage at Huron Country Playhouse in Grand Bend. Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” takes audiences “under the sea” for four weeks only from Aug. 9 to Sept. 2.
“Twenty-nine years after the original film was released, Disney’s The Little Mermaid continues to capture the hearts of children and parents alike,” said Alex Mustakas, Artistic director of Drayton Entertainment. “Summer is the perfect time for families to escape the heat and enjoy this blockbuster musical together. But, parents should act fast – Disney’s Beauty and the Beast sold out in record time last year and Disney’s The Little Mermaid is poised to repeat that high demand for tickets.”
Based on the enchanting 1989 Disney animated film, and one of Hans Christian Andersen's most popular stories, Disney’s The Little Mermaid is a dazzling and fun-filled adventure for the young, and young at heart. The famous score by eight-time Academy Award-winner Alan Menken, and his long-time collaborator, the late Howard Ashman, features classic songs like "Part of Your World," "Kiss the Girl" and the Oscar-winning Best Original Song, "Under the Sea". The stage adaptation also includes new songs by Menken and lyricist Glenn Slater. The book for the musical is by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning playwright Doug Wright.
Director Jayme Armstrong takes the helm of this much-loved underwater fairy tale following the wildly successful run of Disney’s Beauty and The Beast last season. Armstrong brings an insider’s view to the Director’s chair, having previously played the role of Ariel, among other Disney heroines.
Choreographer Robin Calvert creates elegant underwater ballets and exuberant ballroom dances that perfectly capture the two worlds in the story, while Music Director Steve Thomas leads a superb orchestra through the memorable score. Set Designer David Boechler fashions an ambitious set that beautifully conveys the majesty of the beloved story, including everything from King Triton's underwater palace to Prince Eric's castle ballroom. Costume designs by Vincent Scassellati and Kenneth Burrell ensure every character is fit for a fairy tale. Kevin Fraser’s bright and iridescent lighting design complements the set and evokes the magical deep-sea setting.
A stellar cast has been assembled for this impressive production including Jessica Gallant as the curious and willful young mermaid Ariel, who dreams of living in the human world above. Making her Drayton Entertainment debut in this production, Gallant has played a diverse range of roles at theatres across the country from Anne in Anne of Green Gables at the Charlottetown Festival to Marty in Grease at the Elgin and Winter Garden Theatres in Toronto.
Al Braatz is the sweet and dashing Prince Eric, while Kelly Holiff brings her powerful voice to the role of the tentacley-malevolent sea witch Ursula. Both Braatz and Holiff recently appeared in the popular production Kings & Queens of Country earlier this season.
Keith Savage brings his signature enthusiasm and pizzazz to the role of Ariel’s goofy seagull friend, Scuttle. Savage is no stranger to Disney musicals having played Lumière in Beauty and the Beast last season.
Aadin Church radiates charisma as Sebastian, the crusty Caribbean crab who is constantly scurrying after Ariel to keep a watchful eye on her. Twelve-year-old Oliver Neudorf from Aylmer, ON also makes his Drayton Entertainment debut as Ariel’s best friend and faithful fishy sidekick, Flounder.
Anthony MacPherson and Brent Thiessen are Ursula's delightfully wicked electric-eel minions Flotsam and Jetsam, with Aaron Walpole as the comedic Chef Louis. J. Sean Elliott is Prince Eric’s royal confidante Grimsby, while Kevin Aichele is the mighty King Triton, ruler of the sea-people and Ariel’s father.
Graeme Goodhall, Kayla James, Shelley Kenney, Gray Monczka, Luke Opdahl, Amanda Struthmann, Brett Taylor, Jennifer Thiessen, Margaret Thompson and Christine Watson round out this exceptional cast, appearing as various underwater creatures. This production also features 28 young local children who perform on a rotating schedule in two groups throughout the run, alongside the professional cast.
Drayton Entertainment is pleased to announce the Children’s Chorus for Disney’s The Little Mermaid in Grand Bend: Louisa and Sophie Neudorf, Aylmer; Preslee Candy, of Bayfield; Molly Colborne, of Camlachie; Carney Brecevic, of Chatham; Samantha Guzzo, of Delaware; Isabelle Hazel, of Denfield; Claire Stecho, of Exeter; Julia and Emily Green. of Grand Bend; Marissa Gosse and Rachel McClymont, of Ilderton; Jaiden Lehman, of Komoka; Claire Allen-Curry, Maggie Busch, Leah Gliddon, Ava Polcz, Emma Rosborough, Jaylynn and Kayleigh Sheeller, all of London; Amy and April West, of Oakville; Lauren Gracey, of St. Marys; Jasmine Melo, Erica Mota, Skylar Serafim and Jennifer Weeks, all of Strathroy.
Disney’s The Little Mermaid is proudly sponsored by Commercial Print Craft Ltd. Media Sponsors are Classic Rock 98.1 in London and The London Free Press. The Design Sponsor is Darlene O`Rourke Photography. The 2018 Season Media Sponsor is CTV.
Regular performance tickets are $46 for adults, $27 for youth under 20 years of age, and $37 for groups of 20 or more and select discount dates. HST is applicable to all ticket prices.
Tickets may be purchased in person at the Huron Country Playhouse, online at www.draytonentertainment.com/little-mermaid, or by calling the Box Office at 519 238-6000 or toll free 1-855-372-9866.
Summer means barbecue and the Bayfield Farmers’ Market is the best place to find locally grown beef, pork and lamb for the grill. Visit Jocelyn and Diane Klopp at CedarVilla Angus Farm and Matt Eagleson at Eagleson Farms for the best patties, sausages and cuts of all kinds.
Bruschetta on your menu? Pick up a fresh loaf from Sophie Burdan at the famous Red Cat Farm bread truck (come early for best selection).
“We’re pleased to welcome Huron Ridge Acres back to the market this week. Their stall will feature local produce, sunflower bouquets and fresh-popped popcorn to enjoy while you shop! Their peaches will be ready soon, so be sure to check back in with them in a week or two,” said Mary Brown, market coordinator.
July 27 will feature the usual lineup of outstanding vendors, offering the best of locally produced veggies, fruit, meat, bread, granola, wine, cider, artisan crafts and so much more! Don’t forget to enter the free draw for a chance to win a market bag filled with products from these generous vendors.
The Bayfield Farmers’ Market is held every Friday until Thanksgiving, 3-7 p.m. in Clan Gregor Square.
Tommy Youngsteen and his band were a huge hit when they performed their tribute to Bruce Springsteen at the Bayfield Town Hall in May. Now they are coming back with their tribute to Tom Petty on Saturday, Aug. 4.
Tom Petty was an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer and actor. He was the lead singer of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, formed in 1976. He was also a co-founder of the late 1980s supergroup the Traveling Wilburys. Petty recorded a number of hit singles with the Heartbreakers and as a solo artist. In his career, he sold more than 80 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling music artists of all time. He and the Heartbreakers were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002.
Tom Petty and Tommy Youngsteen fans will want to be sure to catch this concert! The doors open at 7 p.m. and the concert starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $30 in advance or $35 at the door. There will be a cash bar.
For tickets call Mark Edmunds at 519 521-2994, Sue Howell at 519.565-2551, or Pat Pal at 519 565-5340, or purchase them online at www.ticketscene.ca.
PIONEER PARK AGM
Aug. 11 is the date set for the 2018 Pioneer Park Association (PPA) Annual General Meeting (AGM) to be held in Pioneer Park starting at 10 a.m.
In case of rain the meeting will move to the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building on Municipal Road.
The draft minutes of the 2017 AGM are available to read at the Bayfield Public Library on Main Street North. They will also be available at the meeting.
People are reminded that they must a member of the PPA to vote at the AGM. For membership information, please contact Secretary Pattie MacDonald, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 33rd annual Bayfield Antique & Vintage Show will be held on Friday and Saturday only, Aug. 10-11. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)
Progress is a part of everything in life even a more than three decades old antique show! The 33rd annual show hosted by the members and friends of Trinity Anglican Church has a new name: the Bayfield Antique and Vintage Show and will be one day shorter this year.
Due to requests from vendors the show will be held on Friday and Saturday only, Aug. 10-11, at the Bayfield Arena.
Every newly monikered show deserves an Opening Night and one will be held on Friday from 6-9 p.m. This is the perfect time to mingle with dealers and enjoy some refreshments. Tickets for Opening Night purchased prior to Aug. 9 are $10 ($12 at the door). They are on sale now and can be reserved by calling 519 565-4102.Tickets are available at Brandon Hardware and JMR Collections on Main Street North.
In addition, visitors to the Opening Night should be on the lookout for models dressed in fashions of yesterday as part of a Vintage Clothing and Accessories Fashion Parade sponsored by JMR Collections on Main Street.
The fun of exploring through the antique and vintage items will continue into Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission will be $5.
As always, the fabulous Cafe will be open during show hours on Saturday when visitors can enjoy very reasonably priced sandwiches, sweets and cold beverages or coffee.
Proceeds from this event go toward Trinity Anglican Church’s needs and outreach.
SAWMILL TRAIL HIKE
On Aug. 12, the Sawmill Trail will be the location for a Foresters Walk.
All are welcome to join the BRVTA for a walk with ABCA Forester Ian Jean starting at 2 p.m. Jean is very knowledgeable about forestry and is an avid naturalist. People are encouraged to bring their tree and birding identification books along.
There will be a number of stops on the way as Jean shares his knowledge of nature on the Sawmill Trail, one of the BRVTA’s original trails. This is a Carolinian forest with interesting flora and fauna as well as having a rich historical component. The Sawmill Trail also faces the Bayfield River Flats Natural Area, offering a unique perspective.
This walk will take about two hours over 2 KMS at a Level 2 difficulty with one steep hill at the beginning and end.
Those who wish to take part are asked to meet at the Sawmill Trail head at 1:45 p.m. The hike leaders will be Roger Lewington, 519 565-2202; Chris and Pam Bowers, 519 525-8850.
FOBL Book SALE
The Friends of the Bayfield Library (FOBL) will be holding their annual Book Sale at the Bayfield Public Library on the third weekend in August.
The times for the sale are: Saturday, Aug. 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 19 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Donations will be accepted of gently used, recent books, CDs, DVDs, games and puzzles for children and adults at the library on Aug. 13-16 from 1-5 p.m. only.
Please note that encyclopedias, manuals, magazines and textbooks will not be accepted. Books that are moldy or have torn pages will also be declined.
FOBL will also be selling their new canvas Book Bag to carry home book purchases.
All monies raised from the sale of the books and book bag go towards supporting the library and community programs.
Commercial Book Dealers are asked not to make their purchases until Sunday at 1 p.m.
TRUTH TO POWER
The powerful new movie “Truth to Power” by Al Gore is coming to the Bayfield Town Hall on Thursday, Aug. 9. starting at 7:30.
Ten years after the” Inconvenient Truth” movie brought climate change into the forefront of mainstream culture, Nobel Prize winner Al Gore has created a sequel, “Truth to Power”, in which he continues the tireless fight to educate the next generation of climate champions. Eye-opening and alarming, this movie shows that while the stakes have never been higher, the solutions to the climate crisis are still within our reach.
Introducing the movie and facilitating the discussion afterwards will be Professor Tom Davis, of Fanshawe College. Davis was one of the keynote presenters last year in the successful Blue Bayfield Summit environmental conference. He has over 35 years of consulting, developing, project management and teaching experience in the environmental arena and is a LEED accredited professional with the Canadian Green Building Council. He was also personally trained by Al Gore and therefore is part of the Climate Reality Program Leadership Corps. This makes him the ideal person to help us understand the importance of the statements this movie makes about the looming climate crisis.
Be sure to mark your calendar and come to the once-only screening of this important movie. The film will commence at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free. However, your donations at the door will help the co-sponsors, Blue Bayfield and Bayfield River Valley Trail Association, offset the costs of the event. Surplus funds will be used to further the objectives of Blue Bayfield, BRVTA and other local organizations supporting environmental initiatives.
Knox Presbyterian Church will be the location for the ninth annual Kintail on the Road – Vacation Day Camp every Wednesday at the church during July and August.
Camp Kintail, the area Presbyterian Church camp, will offer a Christian based Day Camp from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The very capable and well-trained young adult staff of Camp Kintail will lead the children in days of games, songs and faith. The camp will be for children who have completed JK up to Grade 6. The children are welcome to attend all the sessions or just one or two.
The camp will run from now until Aug. 22. The cost is $5 per child per day or $7 for two or more children. Lunch and snacks are provided.
For more information please call the church at 519 565-2913 and leave a message.
The Knox Summer Concert Series returns to Knox Presbyterian Church in Goderich this month with a free noon-hour concert followed by lunch.
Vocalist Christina Bell will perform today (July 25) accompanied by Knox organist Cedric Abday.
There is a $10 fee for lunch. To learn more contact the church at 519 524-7512 or email email@example.com.