MAIN STREET piazza created to honor admiral BAYFIELD
STORY AND PHOTOS BY MELODY FALCONER-POUNDER
A small piazza has been created in the area between the Bayfield Heritage Centre and Archives and the Bayfeild Public Library on the village's Main Street in honor of Admiral H.W. Bayfield - the navigator from which the community got its name.
In 2019, the Bayfield and Area Chamber of Commerce (BACC) together with the Bayfield Historical Society (BHS) began to celebrate the life and achievements of Admiral H.W. Bayfield. Both a play and a concert were held in 2019 with plans to continue the celebrations in 2020 to mark the 200th anniversary of Admiral Bayfield surveying Lake Huron. The pandemic may have shelved plans to continue such festivities but the man who the village was named for is still being honored with a permanent display on Main Street.
A small piazza has been created in the area between the Bayfield Heritage Centre and Archives and the Bayfeild Public Library. To date the completed design includes, plants and paving stones, a compass rose, and Maritime bollards. A plaque and two panels celebrating and informing the public of Admiral Bayfield’s contributions to charting the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway, as well as the naming of the village, is still to come.
“The plaque is being manufactured and the panels are still on the drawing board. We hope to finish by late fall and have the unveiling in late Spring 2021,” explained Doug Brown, past-president of the BHS and a member of the project committee.
To date the completed design includes, plants and paving stones, a compass rose, and Maritime bollards with more to be added in the months to come.
In addition to Brown, Roger Lewington, Dave MacLaren, David Yates, Rick Sickinger and Kim McCabe comprise the committee that began overseeing the project in the fall of 2019 after they received funding for the project from the Department of Canadian Heritage. They also received a Vibrancy Fund grant from the Municipality of Bluewater. The project has support from both Municipal Council as well as the Bluewater Heritage Advisory Committee.
“Admiral Bayfield at age 15 began making navigational charts of the Great Lakes, St. Lawrence River, Gaspe Penninsula and Laborador coastline. These charts have been recognized for the increased safety they gave ships navigating these bodies of water. He retired to and lived in Charlottetown, PEI where he died in 1885 which makes him in a colloquial way – Canadian,” said Brown. “The person who made it possible for ships to navigate these waters is our village’s name sake. This is what makes this project so important for our committee and why we want people, both locals and tourists, to read and learn about Admiral Bayfield's contributions.”
Brown noted that locating the piazza next to the Bayfield Heritage Centre and Archives will allow anyone who wants more information to easily access it.
registration underway for back packs for kids program
Bayfield Area Food Bank (BAFB) continues to be overwhelmed by the generousity of the community in supporting the organization as the pandemic evolves.
“We would again like to extend our sincere thanks to the generous Bayfield and surrounding community, for their continued support of our Food Bank, through kind donations, and the giving of volunteer hours,” said Terry Henderson, president of the BAFB. “We would especially like to thank at this time, the three very talented women that have donated countless hours at their sewing machines, creating face masks for both “pay it forward” donations, and masks for the use of our food bank clients as well. Now that we are having to wear masks on a regular basis, having the cloth masks to give to our clients and their children, has been so very much appreciated.”
In addition, BAFB volunteers would like to remind the community of the Huron County Back Packs for Kids program. To receive a back pack filled with school supplies, families must first register their school age children. Registration is open until Aug. 21. Children can be registered to receive a back pack by calling Salvation Army branches in Clinton, 519 482-8586; Goderich, 519 524-2950; or Wingham, 519 357-1387. People will be asked to choose a pick-up location in Clinton, Exeter, Goderich, Wingham, or Zurich.
“This is an awesome program, but does require pre-registration by the families that would like to take part,” said Henderson.
BAFB can be reached for assistance by calling or texting 519 955-7444, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. All enquiries will be handled with the utmost confidentiality.
Just two days remaining for children to enter contests
There are just a couple of days left for children to enter the Virtual Bayfield Community Fair contests. The 164th fair’s contests include: dressing up a farm animal or pet in a costume; making a homemade Mr. (Miss) Potato Head using a real spud; or designing a dream mini parade float in a shoe box. (Submitted photo)
A large portion of the Bayfield Community Fair, Aug. 14-16 will be experienced virtually this year but the food will be real and tasty too!
“Food is always linked with being at a fair,” said Doug Yeo, representing the Bayfield Agricultural Society (BAS). “One of the only activities bringing people into the fairgrounds this year during the fair weekend will be picking up a drive-thru chicken dinner on Friday, Aug. 14.”
Pre-sold meals of a quarter chicken, roasted mini-potatoes and creamy cole slaw will be picked up just inside the Agricultural Park gates. Following pick-up, cars will then be driven through the park departing via the John Street exit. The $20 tickets for the dinner can be purchased online from the BAS website or by following the links from the social media sites. For those who want to pay cash, they can purchase the tickets from Culbert Surveyor’s Office on North Street in Goderich. The meal will be prepared and packaged by Pineridge Catering Co.
“Start your fair weekend by picking up a great meal from 5-7 p.m. and then follow the videos that will be downloaded for the evening,” said Yeo.
Throughout the weekend people can visit the BAS website or Facebook Page to watch Homecraft demonstrations and competitions, virtual farm visits and agricultural videos by local farmers. There are even plans for virtual fireworks.
There has been a youth talent competition for many years at the fair. This year organizers are asking individuals or groups (even the whole family) to send a video of two to three minutes sharing their talent. It does not matter what age participants are, organizers just want to see the talent in this region. The videos will be seen on the Sunday of the fair weekend with a random set of acts chosen and others shared on the BAS’ social media.
The BAS has several prize books which won’t be used this year. People are invited to pick one up at the Bayfield Convenience Store and send in a picture of themselves or someone else reading it with a local site in the background. People are also asked to share in a photo an interesting new use for one of these prize books. Organizers encourage people to be imaginative!
Send both videos and photos to email@example.com by July 31 with the names of those featured and also indicate permission to use on the BAS’ sites if there are children included.
The Bayfield Community Fair theme is “Blossoms, Butterflies and Bees”. People are invited to spend some time creatively and construct a large blossom, butterfly or bee that can be displayed in the fairgrounds during the fair weekend. More than one creation is encouraged and the bigger the creation the better. Jumbo sizes are encouraged. All finished projects can be dropped off at the fairgrounds on Saturday, Aug. 8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. They will be displayed outside so take that into consideration in choosing materials. They can be picked up on Sunday, Aug. 16 from 3-4 p.m.
Youngsters are also being invited to create posters for the 2021 fair with its theme, "Harvesting Memories, Planting the Future". It should include the date of “August 20-22” and the fair name, "Bayfield Community Fair" or "Bayfield Fair". Winning posters will be on the cover and back cover of next year's prize book. These posters may also be submitted at the fairgrounds on Aug. 8 (times listed above) or a photo of the poster may be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org (on or before Aug. 8).
Plus, there are just a couple of days left for children to enter the Virtual Bayfield Community Fair contests! The 164th fair’s contests include: dressing up a farm animal or pet in a costume; making a homemade Mr. (Miss) Potato Head using a real spud; or designing a dream mini parade float in a shoe box.
Photos of these creations can be emailed to email@example.com along with the completed and signed contest entry form attached. Submissions will be judged separately by age group (five to seven years, eight to 10 years, and 11-13 years). The deadline for submissions is July 31 with winners being announced the weekend of the fair. Winners will have their creations featured in the online fair coverage and will receive ribbons. For more details visit bayfieldfair.ca and click on “Contest Downloads” to find a link to the applicable entry form.
People are also encouraged to be on the look for some colored rocks along the fence at Agriculture Park over the fair weekend – visitors to the fence are invited to take one of these fun rocks home as a keepsake from the year the fair went virtual.
bayfield Centre for the Arts conceptualized
For some time now residents and visitors alike have been hearing about a possible Bayfield Centre for the Arts (BCA). Due to COVID-19, plans to further inform the community about the project in a public forum have been put on hold. Instead, a series of articles explaining the project’s concept will be published in the Bayfield Breeze. These articles have been written by Leslee Squirrell, a driving force behind the BCA.
What programs will the Bayfield Centre for the Arts offer?
The Bayfield Centre for the Arts (BCA) will operate as a visual art centre, gallery and cultural hub focusing on the offering of classes and workshops that utilize studio spaces outfitted with necessary equipment and furnishings. Categories of practice include, but are not limited to: oil, acrylic, water-color and encaustic painting, sketching and drawing, mixed media, photography, ceramics and pottery, sculpture, design and crafts, printmaking, inks, calligraphy, collage, fibre and textile arts, wood and metal working, culinary arts, literary arts, film/video and digital media, installation art, graphic and poster art, illustration art, mosaics, stained glass and decorative and fine crafts.
Lectures, festivals, sales, and community gatherings will be a big part of the centre.
The art gallery will operate as an education centre, hosting travelling exhibitions from such renowned art centres as the National Gallery in Ottawa, the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) and others. The gallery will afford access to art exhibitions and installations of a calibre not seen without travel involved, making it easy for Huron County schools and families to visit on a local field trip. This space will also function as a rental space and be used for info sessions, gatherings, meetings, lectures, shows and events of all kinds.
BCA is also planning to provide an Open Studio Rental and Drop-In service. Many Huron County artists and practitioners have a difficult time finding studio space and equipment to practice their craft. When the studios are not in use by workshops, the larger community will be able to pay a user fee to access these facilities and equipment.
An on-site café will allow art centre participants an opportunity to acquire light refreshments and utilize some seating for any “packed lunch” that is brought to class. This café will also function as a “prep kitchen” for gallery or space rentals that require catering.
What types of classes will be offered and what will be the cost?
Adult classes will be offered by instructors and practitioners who can travel to the centre for the day or short stays. These classes or workshops will last one or two days or can also be a series of day/evening classes over the course of six or eight weeks. This type of class allows for beginners to learn basics in their chosen medium as well as intermediate practitioners to grow in their field while being affordable and cost effective. A BCA membership will allow for discounts.
Master Workshops will be offered by renowned and celebrated artist/practitioners in their field. These artists/instructors often have followers who will travel for workshops that take place in interesting or idealic locations as “holiday” or “retreat” instruction. The cost of these three to five-day Master classes reflect the instructors professional fee, who are often paid an allowance for travel and accommodation as well as instruction time.
Sponsored or reduced fee classes will be offered when local community members and businesses sponsor a specific class or event allowing the participants an affordable or gratuitous option.
Children’s classes and camps, for ages four to 12 years, will be offered in age appropriate categories. These will be scheduled to take place on weekends, after school and as March Break and Summer camps, allowing the families of Huron County an opportunity to plan these school breaks and grandparents to sign up for their grandchildren’s visits. Youth classes, for ages 12-19, will be offered on weekends or March Break and summer camps while reflecting the survey results of the BCAs most recent youth survey at local high schools. At both age levels, membership will allow for discounts.
The Village of Bayfield was home to KryArt Studios. When owner/artist Kristyn Watterworth shifted focus and moved away in the autumn of 2018, Bayfield and area felt the void. With Watterworth’s consultation, BCA plans to expand her early vision and create a mobile art program.
A mobile art studio allows BCA to deliver fun, educational outreach by providing a variety of artistic opportunities to everyone in the community. With paid instructors and volunteers providing support, BCA plans to bring its mobile art studio stocked with supplies to Huron County locations where it can unload tables and tents and supplies and set up the truck as its own mobile art room. BCAs mission will be to continue the mobile art program as a staple of its community outreach plan and as a compliment to the permanent space as it develops. It is the hope that this summer mobile art program will be sponsored, making it affordable and cost effective to run.
BCA will be on the lookout for interesting lectures, speakers, activities and partnerships with other cultural organizations in Huron County and beyond, that will enhance the offerings year-round in Huron County in the form of lectures, festivals and all variety of shows.
All of the BCA programming and offerings, schedules, events, ability to sign up and pay will be made available on the BCA website which is currently under construction.
Programming for any art centre is a fluid and everchanging formula of offerings, with ongoing conversation and input with the community to offer workshops that are interesting and reflect changes in technology, trends and local or cultural needs.
For more information about the BCA contact Leslee Squirrell via email at Hello@bayfieldarts.ca. Anyone who missed last week's article, "What is an Art Centre?" is invited to check out Bayfield Breeze Issue 576 to learn more.
The Bayfield Farmers' Market will hold their tenth market of the season on Friday, July 31.
The market store is fully stocked with amazing locally grown and produced products. This week, shoppers will find: spicy mesculan, cherry tomatoes and cucumbers from Firmly Rooted; craft beer, cheddar and potato pierogis and vegan dips from J.Bogal Foods; black currants, blueberries and gooseberries from Bayfield Berry Farm; bacon, pepperettes and roasts from Cedarvilla Angus Farms; chocolate buns, baguettes and breakfast pastries from Red Cat Bakery; burgers, peanut sauce, and curries from Petojo Food; locally roasted coffee and granola from Shopbike Coffee Roasters; and lots more.
Orders can be placed on the market's new online marketplace openfoodnetwork.ca/bayfield-farmers-market/shop. All orders must be placed by 11 p.m. on Wednesday. Customers of Firmly Rooted Farm are asked to place orders directly on their online store, www.localline.ca/firmly-rooted, by Tuesdays at 8 p.m.
Market pick-up hours are 3-5 p.m. every Friday. The pick-up location is the parking area on the north side of Clan Gregor Square.
Customers with a last name beginning with initials A-M are asked to pick up in the first hour (3-4 p.m.) and N-Z in the second hour (4-5 p.m.).
Delivery within 15 KMs of Bayfield is available for a flat fee of $5.
Should anyone have a question about a specific product, please contact the vendor directly. Their contact information can be found on their profile page on the online market store.
The Village Bookshop and Bayfield Centre for the Arts (BCA) are partnering in an “en plein air” painting demonstration as well as an art and arts and crafts book sale on Friday, July 31.
The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the side lawn of The Village Bookshop on Bayfield’s Main Street.
Four accomplished local artists will be painting for all to watch and chat with. The participating artists are: Debra MacArthur and Leslee Squirrell, both of Bayfield; Martina Bruggeman, of Strathroy; and Laura Dirk, of London. Please note that COVID-19 protocols and distancing will be in place.
Visitors are invited to watch artists transform a white canvas as well as browse through the bookshop. The artists’ paintings will be for sale and the shop also will have artists’ supplies and BCA journals available for purchase.
After postponing the Bayfield Lions’ Club Home and Garden Show this spring because of the COVID-19 restrictions, the club members have decided that they have no reasonable chance of producing a successful event in the near future.
Therefore, they are announcing the cancellation of the show for 2020 and hopefully they will be back with a “roar” in 20121.
The club members wish to thank the vendors for their patience and look forward to seeing everyone next year.
With community events and public gatherings put on hold during these uncertain times, the Friends of Bayfield Library (FOBL) has made the difficult decision to postpone this year’s book sale at the Bayfield Public Library until 2021.
While FOBL recognizes this news is a disappointment for everyone who looks forward to this annual event, there just isn’t any safe way to hold a used book sale at present. FOBL looks forward to planning and hosting the book sale again in 2021. Anyone who has been saving books, CDs, DVDs, puzzles, and games to donate to the book sale, please hold onto them until next year when these donations will be more than welcome!
The Bayfield Garden Club (BGC) executive have decided to cancel the garden tour planned for July and the August summer potluck and tour due to COVID-19 and the need to limit group activities and continue physical distancing.
They had a great line-up of speakers and events planned for this year and they will keep people informed of future events later in the season.
The BGC executive will keep people informed as to when they can resume their regular meetings.
The Bayfield Historical Society (BHS) is hosting an online Art Auction from today (July 1st) to Aug. 29. Up for bids is an orginal painting of the historic schooner, Helen McLeod II, by artist Doug Darnbrough.
This painting by artist Doug Darnbrough of the Helen MacLeod II is being auctioned off as a fundraiser for the Bayfield Heritage Centre & Archives. (Submitted photo)
According to the BHS website, “The Helen MacLeod II, a Lake Huron fishing schooner, was built in 1925 by Louie MacLeod (1888-1961) in Bayfield. It had an overall length of 36 feet, a beam of 10 feet, and a 3-foot-6-inch draft.
The first Helen MacLeod was built in 1890 by Louie's father, Hugh MacLeod (1834-1908), an immigrant from the Isle of Lewis, Scotland, who settled in Bayfield. Hugh named the vessel after his daughter Helen. Wooden boats at the time had a life span of about 25 years.”
The Helen MacLeod II is currently stored in Bayfield, with plans to eventually display the schooner for public viewing but the lucky bidder can have their own artist’s representation to hang in a place of honor in their home by summer’s end.
“We are delighted to present this opportunity to local historians and residents who can own a piece of our history preserved in this beautiful painting,” said President of the BHS, Ruth Gibson.
This framed work, done in acrylic medium on gesso over hardboard, measures 18 x 24 inches, framed 22 x 29 inches. A color poster of the original is on display in the window of the Bayfield Heritage Centre & Archives on Main Street in the village. Viewing of the original painting can be arranged by appointment; email firstname.lastname@example.org.
How to Bid: Anyone wishing to bid is asked to email their bid amount to the above addres with their bid amount, name, address and phone number. People must bid at least $25 above the latest high bid posted online. This high bid will be updated weekly on the BHS website and on their Facebook Page. Due to the value of this historical painting, a reserve bid has been placed. If final bids result in a tie, there will be a draw. The winner must pay by cash or e-transfer and will be announced on the BHS website and Facebook Page on Aug. 31.
To learn more or to check on the bids visit: www.bayfieldhistorical.ca.
Darnbrough attended the University of Windsor and the University of Guelph, graduating in 1973 with an Honors BA, majoring in Fine Art Studies.His works have been exhibited and sold across the province of Ontario and in New York state. His work is also part of the collection at the Canadian consulate in London, England, and in the following corporate collections: Canadian National Railway; Torwest Properties, Commerce Court, Toronto; and CIBC, Toronto. He considers artist and educator Eric Cameron and photorealist artist Ken Danby to be two of his biggest influences.
Proceeds from the auction will go towards the restoration of the Bayfield Heritage Centre & Archives on Main Street.
Adopt-a-BFF is a recurring feature aimed at helping Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines find homes for the many rescue cats and kittens that have come into their care in recent months. This week our featured cat is: Whitney.
Whitney (Submitted photo)
This super sleek, beautiful girl had a rough start and is a little shy at first meeting. She has a bit of a saucey attitude and can seem stand-offish until she feels comfortable with you but once she is she will stick like glue.
As she would prefer your undivided attention, being an only cat in an adult house might be the best environment for Whitney. She just wants to give and receive love from her humans as part of a forever family.
Interested in providing Whitney with her forever home? Reach out to Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines at email@example.com.
Anyone who might wish to adopt but circumstances don’t allow for it, can virtually adopt a kitten or cat, receive updates and photos and even choose a name, and know that their generosity helped this creature find a forever home.
The cost of a vet visit is $125 per feline, of course, any financial amount whether it be large or small would be most appreciated. E-transfers can be sent to the email above 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.