Fun Race time is here again
The 32nd annual Pioneer Park Fun Race is set to go on Monday morning. Time to lace up those sneakers and join in this fundraiser for Pioneer Park. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)
The Annual Pioneer Park 5 KM Fun Race is turning 32 and it's coming this Monday, Aug. 6. Participants can run, walk or wheel.
The entry fee remains at $5 per person. Canines are most welcome and encouraged. All proceeds go to Pioneer Park.
Registration will be held for one hour starting at 8:30 a.m. in the park.
Walkers depart at 9:30 a.m. and everyone else goes at 10 a.m. or shortly after.
Helmets are required by Provincial law for bikers under the age of 18 years.
Fans are also welcome and encouraged! Come for a coffee, see some old friends, meet some new ones and cheer on the racers.
The Fun Race has become a cherished community tradition - thanks to all the racers and the race crew who make this event happen every year. Time to start stretching!
Questions? Please contact Ann Laudenbach at 416 527-5898.
A little bit of farm and a whole lot of fun at the fair
4H events are a big part of Saturday at the fair. Participants at the South-Central Huron Dairy 4H Achievement Day start young in the judging circle and visitors to the fair on Aug. 16 will be able to see them in action. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)
The 162nd Bayfield Community Fair will take place on Aug. 17-19 and things will kick off opening night with a rib dinner, country music performer, youth talent show and fireworks.
Day two will dawn with a parade, 4-H shows, Light and Friesian horse shows, a “Bubbleology” show, a dunk tank, mini tractor pull, face painting, sheep herding demonstrations, and a pig demonstration. Saturday night will feature an AC/DC tribute band known as “21 Gun Salute”.
Sunday will begin with a community church service under the tent and continues with miniature and heavy horse shows, a watermelon competition, face painting, and more sheep herding demonstrations.
Throughout the weekend the farm animal display will be open, the arena will be packed with exhibits, the discovery tent will be available to the young people, and a modern tractor will be there for all to see.
It is sure to be weekend packed with activities! For more information about the Bayfield Fair visit www.bayfield fair.ca.
opening night tickets available for Antique and Vintage Show
Land & Ross Antiques, of Shakespeare, always have a very eye-catching display of furnishings at the Bayfield Antique and Vintage Show. This year visitors will be able to browse their offerings on Friday, Aug. 10 and Saturday, Aug. 11 only. (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.
Member of Al Gore's Corps to speak following film
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.
Celtic Week begins with concert in village
Rant Maggie Rant
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.
ANTIQUE TRACTORS SOUGHT
Volunteers with the Bayfield Arena Community Partners Association are busy putting the plans for the Bayfield Community Fair Parade in place. The annual event will be held on Aug. 18 commencing at 11 a.m. The parade assembles at the corner of Main and Catherine Streets and heads towards the fairgrounds. Participants are requested to line up between 10-10:30 a.m. Organizers are currently seeking out owners of cars of distinction and antique tractors to join in the fun. To confirm a spot contact Bill Whetstone via email at Hashtgskins@icloud.com or call 519 955-0682. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)
Start the holiday weekend off with a visit to the Bayfield Farmers’ Market where the vendors have the very best of fresh, local and hand crafted.
RW Sharpening and Repair Services, will be at the market this Friday. Suzy Lankin will be ready to sharpen up dull blades. While clients wait, they can visit the Alton Farms Estate Winery booth where owner Marc Alton will help choose the perfect wine for the weekend. Visitors can also sample several varieties of artisan goat cheese from Great Lakes Goat Dairy. Plus, Huron Ridge Greenhouse expects to have their peaches available this week. Come early to avoid disappointment!
Aug. 3 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 email@example.com.
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.
August brings us the Perseid Meteor Shower. We will be hosting our August Star Party on Sunday Aug. 12, the peak of the Perseid's!
As well, the Milky Way should be glorious with its hundreds of star clusters, nebulae, and star forming regions.
The Perseid Party will be held at 9 p.m. at the Agricultural Park in Bayfield, weather and sky conditions permitting. If the conditions are not favourable it will be rescheduled for Monday, Aug. 13.
Visit www.westcoastastronomers.info for more details, locations and other times. Please reserve a spot on the Star Party page, so we can communicate with you in case the conditions are unfavorable or rescheduled.
If you have doubt on the status of the event or have questions please call Guy Spence at 519 868-6691 before the event.
Everyone is welcome to join us, with or without a telescope. There is no fee. If you are an amateur astronomer, please feel free to join in with your telescope at sundown.
FOBL BOOK SALE
Friends of the Bayfield Library will be selling their new canvas Book Bag to carry home book purchases at the upcoming annual book sale. (Submitted photo)
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.
Full Moon Hike
Join members of the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) at the pavilion in Clan Gregor Square on Aug. 26 for a walk under the light of the full moon.
Starting at 8 p.m. hike through the village to the edge of the woods at Sarnia Street and the official start of the Woodland Trail.
Once in the woods hikers will enjoy the beauty of the ravines, old pastures and glacial hills as they walk along old gravel quarry roads, lumber paths and deer trails.
The trail is approximately 5 KMs long and the difficulty is level 3. The hike will take approximately two hours. Please bring a head lamp or flashlight in the event that the special guest, the full moon is hidden by clouds.
The hike leader will be Roberta Stemp, 519 565-2777.
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.
TRY HOCKEY PROGRAM
Ron Keys, representing the Bayfield Arena Community Partners Association (BACPA), recently accepted a cheque for $800 from Bonnie Baynham representing the Huron County Healthy Kids Program. The money will be put towards the Starter Hockey Equipment Packages Program for kids to be able to try hockey. (Submitted photo)