hikers explore woodland trail
PHOTOS BY JACK PAL
A small but enthusiastic group enjoyed an afternoon hike on the Woodland Trail guided by members of the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association on July 18.
The Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) held a guided hike on National Ice Cream Day, Sunday, July 18. A small but enthusiastic group enjoyed an afternoon hike on the Woodland Trail.
The Woodland Trail is a 3.5 km natural trail that traverses trickling streams, wide ravines, meadows, and glacial hills.
BRVTAs first hike in August will coincide with World Indigenous Peoples Day on Monday, Aug. 9. 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 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.
The Trail Association members continue to follow all Provincial COVID-19 protocols.
Summer blooms were evident along the Woodland Trail.
The Woodland Trail traverses trickling streams, wide ravines, meadows, and glacial hills.
The Woodland Trail is a 3.5 km natural trail.
Bayfield Tandoori House offers authentic taste of Indian Grills
Adding a little more spice to summer, The Ashwood Inn’s Bayfield Tandoori House is the latest addition to an exciting list of bars and restaurants for visitors and residents to choose from. This new restaurant will introduce the authentic taste of Indian Grills to town.
Bayfield Tandoori House borrows its name from the word, “Tandoor”, defined as a clay oven originally used across Southern, Central and Western Asia as well as South Caucasus. At once a smoker, barbecue, griddle and convection oven, this ancient style oven is the secret behind smoky and flavorful Indian grills and breads. The Ashwood Inn owners, Hina and Mike Patel, have called upon Toronto-based Chef Sohail (Ali) of “Bombay on the Lake” and “Ramada” fame to recreate the unmatched Indian masala magic for the new restaurant.
In addition to the signature Tandoori delicacies that will include various assortments of Kebabs; Indian style roasted chicken, also known as, Tandoori Chicken; and Naan Breads, Bayfield Tandoori House’s summer menu will also feature some of the most loved snacks from different regions of India and a wide variety of Indian curries with both vegan and meat-based recipes.
Chef Ali and the Patels have co-created the summer menu keeping in mind the local flavors of Bayfield that pair perfectly with popular craft beers from this region all the while still offering an authentic Indian culinary experience with a wide range of choices.
To ensure everyone’s safety and compliance with the COVID-19 protocols, The Bayfield Tandoori House will be only offering take-out until patio dining arrangements are made. Pick-ups will be available from 4-8 p.m. with five per cent off on pre-orders for dinner before 2 p.m. People are asked to please visit their website, www.theashwood.com/indian-restaurant-bayfield or follow them on Instagram or Facebook for the latest updates on patio dining.
For ordering, or more information about the Bayfield Tandoori House, please call 519 565-4089.
KickstarteR campaign supports comic with local connection
REBURN Issue #2 cover by Elise McCall. (Submitted photo)
Some village residents may have heard of REBURN, a creator-owned, full color, comic book by an all female creative team that came out in print recently and is now available for purchase at The Village Bookshop in Bayfield. Film Producer and Director, Jessica Petelle, who is no stranger to the community, was the comic’s producer and editor. In fact, the project came to fruition during the pandemic while she was living in Bayfield and she conducted all the work for the first issue remotely. After the success of the Kickstarter for Issue #1, the team dove into the production of Issue #2, now available for its second round on Kickstarter, Petelle would like to invite the community to join in to help the creative team further the project.
The Kickstarter was just launched last week and by the weekend the project was fully funded but further pledges are appreciated to assist in the project’s “stretch goals”. As Petelle explains, “Since we’re asking people to pledge to purchase the actual issues, the sky is the limit as to what we can do and it will only make the project better!”
Here is the link to the Kickstarter so that people can learn more about the project and if they choose to make a pledge: www.kickstarter.com/projects/reburncomic/reburn-issue-2?ref=3zc5qx The campaign will end on Aug. 13th.
REBURN is a comic book series created by Award-Winning Filmmaker and Essayist Alyson Shelton with art from Elise McCall and Hilary Jenkins, and edited by Petelle.
The synopsis for the first issue, as shared on the REBURN website, is as follows:
“In the future, catastrophic floods hit our planet which leave behind massive destruction and a woman they name, May. Super-powered and ready to fight, she joins forces with a woman who calls herself Hope. Hope longs to create a place where differences no longer exist, where all people band together to become one, The Unity.
“Our story picks up years later. After fighting to help establish The Unity, people aren’t certain if May is dead or alive. Hope is well-established as the “servant and leader.” What was once a glorious ideal now controls all in the pursuit of power. Prism Industries and its CEO, Grey, provide Hope with the “protocols" -- a tranquilizer drug -- as well as a young army of soldiers bred from May’s super-powered DNA and any other tech necessary to keep the majority of its citizens peaceful and uncurious. Issue #1 sets off a series of events that gives the followers of the folk hero known as “Our Lady May” hope that the oppressive Unity can finally be destroyed.”
Due to the success of the first issue, REBURN Issue #2 has already been created and is all set for production upon completion of a successful Kickstarter. According to the website, fans will once again be able to follow their new heroine, May, as she steps forward to reclaim her life, find her daughters and begin to understand the scope of her legacy and powers. After being liberated by the Resistance, by Skye, Mercy and Forest, they take off on horseback to The Plains and into the lives of a whole new cast of allies, including the first appearance of Poppy, a character inspired by actress and filmmaker, Laura Vandervoort.
Those involved in the project have chosen to keep it independent for now, so without a publisher, the only way to purchase the second issue is through the Kickstarter. The first issue can also be purchased this way as well, in addition to at The Village Bookshop. This allows the team to use all of the funds raised to pay their artists fair wages, print at the most professional level, and start work on Issue #3. Stay tuned!
For even more about the project visit reburncomic.com.
Garden Club members keep village in bloom
Although the Bayfield Garden Club's regular program of speakers and garden tours was impacted by COVID-19, members kept busy in 2021 with their community plantings. They planted floral containers which are now in full bloom at the entrances to Clan Gregor Square, Bayfield Community Centre, Bayfield Lion's Community Building, Bayfield Archives and Welcome Centre, and the urns at the Bayfield Public Library. The community is no doubt indebted to Susan Beatty and the members of the Bayfield Garden Club for their ongoing efforts in keeping the village blooming!
Bayfield Community Centre (Submitted photos)
Bayfield Community Centre
Urn at Bayfield Public Library
Register for Bayfield Talent Search by August first
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 519 482-9265 for more information.
Park prints nearly Half sold
People can support the Pioneer Park Association by purchasing 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 email@example.com or through The Village Bookshop at firstname.lastname@example.org. Rumour has it they are more than 50 per cent sold so anyone who was planning to purchase one (or four) should do so very soon.
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 email@example.com 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 hills are alive, with the sound of music. Well, maybe...
The Bayfield Ukulele Society (aka BUS) is preparing to meet, in person again for the first time in 16 months. It’s an exciting time for the more than 80 members who have missed their weekly practices and frequent guest appearances at local events. But more than anything, it is the friendship and laughter that is missed.
The local group is always welcoming new members and those spending a week or two in the area. Although the ukuleles may be a little rusty, the energy will be electrifying. To come play, or just have a listen, members will begin meeting at the gazebo in Clan Gregor Square every Saturday morning (weather permitting) from 10-11:30 a.m. starting July 24th. Please come prepared with sunscreen and a chair as there is limited seating in the gazebo.
“As we prepare for the future, we realize that we have outgrown the St. Andrew’s United Church basement, and so we have booked the Community Centre in Bayfield starting on Wednesday, Sept. 29th. Thanks to St. Andrew’s for being such a welcoming home in the past,” said Nancy Moore, representing the BUS. “Once we move indoors, we’re committed to doing everything possible to keep us all safe and healthy so members must be fully vaccinated (that’s both shots) in order to attend. More details to follow as we firm up plans for the fall so members should watch your email!”
The summer market season is underway! From now to Aug. 27, the Bayfield Farmers' Market will host an in-person physical market in Clan Gregor Square on Fridays from 3-6 p.m. People can pick-up their online orders and browse both familiar and new vendors.
Shoppers should be aware that not all vendors will be available for both the online and in-person markets.
The market is open online every week starting Sunday until Wednesday for pick-up at the park.
People can place their orders by visiting openfoodnetwork.ca/bayfield-farmers-market/shop from July 18 at 8 a.m. until today, July 21, at 8 p.m.
Orders can be paid online with credit card or email transfer.
Brian O'Reilly (Submitted photo)
The Bayfield Lions’ Club would like to invite people to attend “4 Talks in the Park” on Fridays in Clan Gregor Square starting on July 23.
Brian O’Reilly, founder of Human Potential Plus, providing high performance internal psychology transformation coaching, with 35 years of private practice counselling, will be the guest speaker.
O’Reilly will tackle the following topics: Understanding Suicide, July 23; Creating Great Relationships, July 30; The Source of Unhappiness, Aug. 6; and The Secret of Staying in Love, Aug. 13.
Attendees are asked to bring their own lawn chairs to these evenings that will run from 7-8:30 p.m.
“Every youth in Huron County should have access to the supports they need to live a healthy fulfilling life.”
This is a quote on an informational pamphlet for the Tanner Steffler Foundation (TSF). Since the summer of 2017, John and Heather Steffler have been driven to make this idea a reality in memory of their son, Tanner, who died earlier that year after a battle with substance use disorder.
As part of their Mission Statement the TSF “aims to enhance, and improve mental health and addiction resources and support networks for youth between the ages of 12-24 within in Huron County."
The Optimist Club of Bayfield also supports the TSF Mission Statement and is currently collecting funds for the organization. Anyone interested in donating is asked to email Optimist Mike Dixon at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bayfield Guiding is organizing a First Aid Recertification Day on Sunday, Aug. 29 at Camp Klahanie, just south of Goderich.
Standard First Aid with CPR C and AED Courses will be offered for those who hold a current but soon to expire certificate. The day will run from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Cost for the course is $99 plus HST. There will also be a $10 charge to help with the cost of the camp rental.
Courses are open to people 12 years of age and up with a maximum of 10 participants.
Please contact Melody Falconer-Pounder at 519 525-3830 or email@example.com to reserve a spot.
The Bayfield Agricultural Society (BAS) Board of Directors has been meeting monthly and carefully following the updates from Huron Perth Public Health, OMAFRA and the province. They have determined that hosting the 165th annual summer fair is possible with the "post Step 3" guidelines under consideration. So, they are happy to advise the community that there is a 2021 Prize Fair Book on their Website (www.bayfieldfair.ca), and they will be adding to their schedule over the next five weeks as they prepare a variety of live and virtual events.
"Harvesting Memories and Planning the Future" is this year's theme for the Bayfield Community Fair weekend, Aug. 20-22.
“This year, we would like to invite non-profit community groups and service clubs to set up their own outdoor display tents as an opportunity to show community visitors how we are all working through COVID-times together,” said President of the BAS, Pam Stanley. “There will be no space rental charge, but we would ask that a "kid friendly" display be part of your information booth.”
Any group wishing an outdoor display space is asked to contact Stanley by phone at 519 482-9914 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Volunteers are also needed to help the fair run smoothly. Anyone who would like to give some time to the event is asked to contact Stanley using the information provided above.
The Bayfield Agricultural Society (BAS) is currently looking for a Secretary.
This position is a volunteer role and comes with an honorarium.
The Secretary will carry out a variety of general, year-round administrative duties on behalf of the BAS as well as prepare documents for monthly meetings. The Secretary receives and responds to the BAS correspondence and works as a liaison with the BAS Board of Directors.
Anyone who may be interested in taking on this role and becoming an integral part of the BAS is asked to please contact email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
BYC has two summer events remaining for 2021:
• 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 email@example.com.
Lane (Submitted photo)
Bayfield's Forgotten Felines (BFF) has helped hundreds of feral and abandoned cats find their forever homes but many are still waiting.
Lane is the Adopt-A-BFF cat of the week.
He is estimated to be between one year to 18 months old. He is a soft silver Tabbi. He is very handsome, with huge green eyes that are very expressive, making him a definite heartbreaker!
Lane got his name because he was found wandering in the Carriage Lane area of the village. He kept showing up around dinner time at a residence so the homeowners started feeding him. He kept hanging around and really wanted to come into the house but the family’s house cats were not impressed with that idea. The residents were, however, able to keep him in a kennel and looked after him until space opened at the Rescue.
Volunteers noted that upon arrival at the shelter, he was very shut down and very timid. He did not want to be touched and would cower in a corner of his kennel. He maintained a watchful eye and over time has become curious of his surroundings until one day he just started asking to be petted. Volunteers report that he is developing into a super sweet boy, who loves pets, head scratches, belly rubs and treats. He hasn’t had much exposure to the rest of the cats at the Rescue as volunteers are waiting for him to be less timid before he is introduced but he no longer appears to be overly afraid of his surroundings.
Could you be Lane's forever family? Anyone interested in adopting Lane is encouraged to contact Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
Editor’s Note: This is 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 it’s firefly season? For several weeks, usually between late June and early July, you can see bright yellow-green flashes of light in woodlands, fields and wetland areas. The light in the abdomen, caused by a chemical reaction, is used to attract a mate. Thousands of males fly around trying to impress the females. When the females choose their partner, she responds by twinkling at the male. After they mate, both adults die. Sadly, firefly populations are declining, probably due to habitat loss and pesticide use, and possibly due to light pollution.
What You Can Do…Avoid pesticides in your garden, consider adding a water feature (without fish) with lots of vegetation for fireflies to live, avoid cutting down trees and keep some areas of your garden unmowed—fireflies love tall grasses. Also, turn off as many lights as possible, as the darkness is what helps fireflies communicate with each other.