HISTORICAL SOCIETY EXPLORES LIFE "OFF OF THE GRID"
PHOTOS AND STORY BY TRACY SAUNDERS
More than 40 members of the Bayfield Historical Society enjoyed a tour of Trick's historic water-powered Grist Mill on the evening of July 23.
On the evening of July 23, more than 40 people attended the Bayfield Historical Society's (BHS) meeting that took the form of a field trip to see one of the areas true historical treasures, Trick's water-powered Grist Mill, located between Bayfield and Clinton.
The meeting was hosted by three generations of Trick's: Bill, and his wife, Thea; their son Tom, and his wife, Cheryl-Lynn; and their three children.
The mill is situated on Trick's Creek, the mill pond and dam as well as the three storey building with a top floor lookout create a tranquil and picturesque setting.
Bill Trick shared the history of the Grist Mill with society members. Here, he is shown standing beside the Govenor Machine.
The meeting was held on the main floor of the Grist Mill. Host Bill Trick recounted the history of his family and the mills. The property was purchased by a Trick in 1873 and has been owned by a Trick ever since. Two mills were operational on the property, the Grist Mill and a Saw Mill, record books for both these mills are still in family hands.
Bill explained that in horse and buggy days the only way through the swamp between Bayfield and Clinton was on the road to the mills and over the mill dam. The original saw mill was an "up and down" type saw, which years back was sold to some museum people; the mill now resides at the Ford Museum in the US.
Today the mill is used as a "Power Plant" so that the Trick family can live "off the grid". However, they do have a spare set of Grist Mill grinding stones on hand.
Once the need for the Grist Mill passed the Trick's turned the mill into a power plant. For several generations now they have been capable of generating their own electricity. The current power plant was installed in 2001 and with the right conditions is capable of running 24/7 and covering all of their power requirements. However, this year Bill says, the water levels are "the lowest I have ever seen in my lifetime". So without the strength of the water going over the dam they have been forced to only run the mill about half of the time they normally do. Fortunately they have a back up system. A propane-fuelled generator is able to fill in when the mill is not operating - meaning the Trick's truly are living "off the grid".
The meeting continued with Tom presenting a short video created by his daughter for a school project. The entertaining and informative video highlighted the mill and its workings and was enjoyed by all. The meeting concluded with Bill extending an invitation for all to explore the mill building and it's site. BHS President Bill Rowat thanked the Trick family for hosting a most enjoyable evening.
antique show needs some youthful volunteers
The Bayfield Antique Show and Sale is now 27 years young!
In 1985, the event was first organized as the Bayfield Antique Fair and Sale. It was, and remains, a fundraiser for Trinity Anglican Church in Bayfield.
In 2012, the show will be held at the Bayfield Arena, Aug. 10-12.
Organizers note that the dealers love the show and bring beautiful antiques and collectibles, big and small, to suit every taste and pocketbook. The arena will be filled with an impressive array of quality antiques and collectibles including: Canadiana furniture, books, porcelain, ironstone, silver, estate and costume jewelry and antique toys.
The Gala Evening Opening Celebration is set for Friday from 7-9 p.m. This evening includes refreshments as well as entertainment. Guests can meet the vendors, chat, browse, and buy a unique item for their collection. Tickets are $10 in advance until Aug. 9 at 5 p.m. and $12 at the door.
The show will then run Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. During these times the church runs a café offering sandwiches, tea, coffee and delicious homemade sweets – so visitors never have to worry about going hungry while shopping. Admission for Saturday and Sunday is $5 per person.
Organizers of the show need assistance from the community to make it a success. Several strong, young or able-bodied people are needed to help off load the dealers' vehicles for their booth set up on the morning of Aug. 10.
Young people, or those with a strong set of legs, are needed to act as runners behind the scenes at the show’s café. Help is needed for both Saturday and Sunday mornings and afternoons and shifts could be organized.
Youth helpers would qualify for community service hours for school. For more information or to volunteer contact Joan Cluff at 519 565-2974.
Story illustrated through hand hooked rugs
Newfoundland inspired art is coming to the Bayfield Town Hall. On Aug. 19th, Port Albert artist, Kaaren Batten will show her 20-piece collection of Hand Hooked Rugs that depicts the life of a Newfoundlander named “Emily”.
"Emily" is a published lyrical story written in verse and song by Newfoundland resident Denise Batten. It tells the story of Emily, Denise’s maternal grandmother, who was born in coastal Newfoundland in 1900. The book uses photos of Kaaren’s rugs to illustrate the story.
The 20 hand hooked rugs are made from recycled wool garments. Color and texture provide dimension and a painterly touch. Adding to the story, wool from old fisherman's pants from Nova Scotia, clothing from family members and friends was used. This medium was appropriate to depict Emily as most women of the time hooking rugs for utilitarian reasons, keeping winter drafts away from doors and floors. These “stories from the floor” reveal the important role of family members, including children, sharing secrets and stories along the shoreline of coastal towns.
The collection was first shown in St John’s, NL in June at the book launch. The complete rug collection and the book will be on public display at a reception in Bayfield on Aug. 19 at the historic Bayfield Town Hall from 2-4 p.m.
Denise and Kaaren have been invited to attend and display both the book and rugs at “Word on the Street” in Halifax in September. In addition, they will be featured on CTV A.M. along with a display of the rugs. Creative Book Publishing, of St John’s, NL, is the book’s publisher.
camp focus on art and the outdoors equals extreme fun
Safety is a main focus during the camp and the counselors covered everything from balance on a skateboard to bicycle hand signals. (Submitted photos)
The village skateboard park on the Bayfield Agricultural Society grounds was a well used spot during the camp. The maintenance of the area is sponsored by the Bayfield Optimist Club.
Visitors to Outside Projects this past week would have noticed a lot of youthful exuberance around and about the store at 6 Main Street North as it was one of the locations for the first week of Extreme Art and Adventure Camp organized by both Outside Projects and Kryart Studio.
Participants had a chance to design their own personal brand, which they then painted on a skateboard, hat, and t-shirt. Kristyn Watterworth, of Kryart Studio, led the art portion of the camp and, much of the painting and drawing was done at the studio on 24 Main Street North.
When they weren’t exercising their creativity they were getting exercise. The campers were kept busy in the great outdoors - hiking, trail riding, learning tricks on their bikes and skateboards and even playing spontaneous games of soccer.
The campers were kept busy in the great outdoors - hiking and trail riding.
Organizers note that the camp is a favorite of both boys and girls because it gives then a chance to build skills they might not otherwise have a chance to learn. Safety is a main focus during the camp and the counselors cover everything from balance on a skateboard to bicycle hand signals. Plus they always stress to campers the importance of taking things at their own pace and only doing tricks they feel that they can do safely.
At the end of a successful week, the campers each left with their own individually decorated skateboards, hats and t-shirts, as well as a canvas painting of their favorite memory from the week.
At the end of a successful first week, the campers each left with their own individually decorated skateboards, hats and t-shirts, a canvas painting of their favorite memory from the week, new skills, and lots of new friends. The second session of the camp will run from Aug. 13-17 and spots are filling up fast. For more information contact Outside Projects at 519 565-4034 or Kryart Studio 519 525-2515.
"mad hats and mermaids" subjects of sculptural exhibit
“Mad Hats and Mermaids" is the title of the upcoming exhibit created by artist, Diane Black, to be shown at Marten Arts Gallery on Main Street. The show will run from Aug. 3-23.
“Mad Hats and Mermaids" is the title of the upcoming exhibit created by artist, Diane Black, to be shown at Marten Arts Gallery on Main Street. The show will run from Aug. 3-23.
Black, a resident of Westport, ON, began her fine arts training in London, ON. She then went on to graduate from Sheridan College's Illustration program, majoring in Book Illustration. Here she embraced her love of character development and the creation of visual narratives. She enjoyed a career in illustration and design for many years.
Black believes that interaction with others is integral to survival and this communication is even more poignant when it happens on a non-verbal level - with facial and body expressions.
“The beauty and subtlety of these interactions are amazing and the stories they tell are captivating. To be a part of that process is seductive but to be able to invent opportunities for such interactions is humbling,” she said in a press release.
Over time Black began to realize an appreciation for clay and work in three dimensions. More recently she has been developing her blacksmithing skills and is incorporating hand forged ironwork as well as other mixed media into her figurative sculptures.
Dianne Black incorporates hand forged ironwork as well as other mixed media into her figurative sculptures.
“The human figure provides a never-ending source of inspiration and fascination. My sculptures are a result of a collaboration with the clay as expressions break through to the surface and gestures emerge with encouragement rather than imposition,” she said.
Each one of a kind sculpture is built using traditional hand building methods, either pinching the clay or coil building to gain height and volume. After the piece has been fired once, the surface is treated with stains, glazes and glaze pencils. It is fired again and then finished with paints and/or encaustic. Found objects are often added to finish the composition.
Black added, “The piece may then accompany me into the blacksmith shop where hand forged iron becomes part of the assemblage. Throughout the process, I try to listen to what the sculpture is telling me, taking direction from it and allowing for the end result to be very different from the original intention.”
Picnickers embrace silly side
Even the wee folk got caught up in the silliness during the Lake Huron Shoreline Festival's Silly Summer Picnic held in Clan Gregor Square on July 22. Alexander Curtis was just eight days old when he joined Carmen Schmitz, Mike Curtis, and Lara Schmitz for some al fresco dining. (Submitted photos)
The Huron Arts and Heritage Network hosted the Lake Huron Shoreline Festival in coastal communities along the lake, from Port Albert to Port Blake on July 20-22. As part of the festival a Silly Summer Picnic was planned for Clan Gregor Square in Bayfield on July 22.
A number of very enthusiastic picnickers took part in the glorious afternoon, and enjoyed the opportunity to learn from the members of the Bayfield International Croquet Club (BICC) who helped anyone who wished to wind their way through the wickets.
This was a Huron Arts and Heritage Network event presented in partnership with the BICC and the support of the Municipality of Bluewater.
Members of the Bayfield International Croquet Club (BICC) were on hand at the park to demonstrate the sport. Samantha Regier, Gracie and Joel Gilbert gave it a try under the watchful eye of BICC member Roger Lewington.
These participants in the Silly Summer Picnic scooped up the prizes. From l-r are: Samantha Regier, 8; and the Gilberts, Gracie, aged 7; Cary, Connor, 3; Joel and Alister, 1.
5 KM fun run, walk and roll
Dust off your sneakers. Oil your bike chain. Lace-up your in-line skates. It’s that time of year again. Time for the Pioneer Park 5km Fun Run, Walk and Roll, now in its 26th year!
Participants can walk (with or without poles), run, bike, in-line skate or use any other creative method they can think of to tackle the original 5km route.
The event will be held Aug. 6th in Pioneer Park. Registration will be held from 8:30-9:30 a.m., with walkers departing at 9:30 a.m. and the remaining groups at 10 a.m. There is a $5 entry fee and all proceeds go to the park.
Folks are encouraged to come out and cheer on the participants, even just come for a coffee and to say hello to some familiar faces. For more information contact Ann Laudenbach at 519 565-2733.
The Goderich Celtic Roots Festival and the Bayfield Town Hall are teaming up to bring traditional and contemporary music to the village in the form of a three piece Celtic Band from the United Kingdom on Aug. 6.
Now in its fourth year, the Rural Roots Concert Series is designed to bring world-class Celtic music into rural venues across Huron County. According to the Goderich Celtic Roots Festival website, this allows festival organizers to
“maximize the benefit of the caliber of musicians visiting Huron County during the week of the Celtic Roots Festival.”
The band, known as Cupola, will perform in both music and song. In addition, Goderich youth, Kieran Melady will perform as opening act.
Cupola is comprised of Sarah Matthews, Doug Eunson and Oli Matthews. They play English and European dance music, and sing English songs in three-part harmony. The trio, also, make fine use of melodeons, fiddles, viola, soprano saxophone, clarinet and hurdy-gurdy.
Tickets are now available for the 7:30 p.m. concert at the Bayfield Town Hall. They are selling for $20 per person. Please call 519 565-4404 or 519 565-2572 for tickets or more information. Tickets may also be purchased at www.ticketscene.ca.
The Bayfield Ratepayers’ Association (BRA) represents the interests of village residents to the Municipality of Bluewater Council.
The Annual General Meeting has been scheduled for Aug. 4th at 10 a.m. at the Bayfield Community Centre. All citizens are invited to attend for updates on Main Street and other village issues as well as to share their own concerns.
Those people who attend this meeting are reminded to bring payment to update their memberships. Also anyone who would like to contribute to Pennies for Trees organized by the Bayfield Tree Project are invited to bring along their pennies.
BRA meeting dates can be found on the notice board by the new Library Complex construction site and on the BRA website at bra.camp8.org.
At the last meeting of the Bayfield Agricultural Society there was confidence that almost everything is in place for putting on the 156th Bayfield Fall Fair on Aug. 17-19.
The Baby Show will return this year after its inaugural presentation in 2011. It was well attended with even a set of twins making an appearance. Anyone wishing to enter the Baby Show should email firstname.lastname@example.org. Every baby entered will be a winner and by entering the community can be introduced to its newest members.
Food is always a fun part of the fair. This year a chicken barbecue will be held on the Saturday evening the perfect chance to relax after a busy day at the fair. On the Sunday morning a breakfast will be served. This should be an excellent way to meet with neighbors, visitors, and family.
Anyone wishing to volunteer at the fair could phone 519-482-9296. Extra hands are always welcome.
The next meeting for the Society is Aug. 1 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Andrew’s United Church. Door prizes will be available to some of the lucky people attending.
Talented area youth who want to share their skills with the world are invited to start local by signing up for the “Rise 2 Fame” Talent Search.
On Aug. 17, the Bayfield Fall Fair will once more host the Youth Talent Search for Junior Talent ages six to 12 and for Youth ages 13-21. Winners go on to perform at the Western Fair – a 31-year tradition that has touched the lives of thousands of talented youngsters from across the province. The Western Fair Youth Talent Search, along with the preliminaries, has been the start to many careers, and the new “Rise 2 Fame” moniker reflects that.
Several other changes have been made to the program, including a preliminary video contest. But the centerpiece of the program, the Youth Talent Search that gives kids a chance to perform in front of a live audience, remains essentially the same. Bayfield’s preliminary contest takes place upstairs in the Bayfield Community Centre at 7 p.m. Those individuals in the Junior Division will perform first. Check-in will be held from 6-6:45 p.m. This ensures that all registration documents are complete and that music can be lined up for the show.
Registration can be done online and emailed to email@example.com or by calling Charlie Kalbfleisch at 519 565-2244 before Aug. 3rd. Be sure to read the rules very carefully online by visiting the website at westernfairdistrict.com/Music/Rise2Fame or catch the link on the Bayfield Fair website at http://www.bayfieldfallfair.ca/talent.html
Winners of the Bayfield preliminary “Rise 2 Fame” contest will perform again at the Western Fair on the Anne Eadie Stage during the first two weeks of September. At the Western Fair competition there are big cash prizes and trophies for final winners. And one act from the Youth Division will be chosen to compete in the national championship held in Winnipeg in November. This prize includes a trophy, $1,500 in cash and an all expense paid trip to Winnipeg for the competition.
Talented youth can’t win if they don’t enter and it all starts with the preliminary in Bayfield. So young people are encouraged to get registered, bring their dancing shoes, instrument or vocals and come showcase their talent at the Bayfield Fall Fair.
Whether people are just visiting or have taken up residence in the village all can appreciate the town’s history better after taken a Historic Walking Tour with a knowledgeable guide
From now until the end of August, on Saturdays at 1p.m. members of the Bayfield Historical Society lead informative and leisurely walking tours through the village's heritage district.
Participants will learn about the history of the area, the ghosts, the fires and the fascinating characters who helped shape this village.
There is a $10 fee per person for the walking tour. This money is used to support The Bayfield Archives. Walks can also be arranged by appointment, by calling 519 440-6206.
After the sun goes down the stars will come out both in the sky and on the movie screen as the Pioneer Park Association will host a summer series of films in the park.
The upcoming films in the line-up are all family friendly titles and this should draw viewers eager to stay up past their bedtime. The movies are: Cheaper by the Dozen, Aug. 11; and UP, Aug. 25.
Bring lawn chairs or a blanket to get comfortable and enjoy the show!
taste of huron
Taste of Huron is back in 2012 and this year, the festival is being organized a little bit differently. In fact people will be able to “taste” Huron all summer long instead of just during the usual more concentrated week or two of past years.
Food for Thought dinners will be held throughout the summer and into the fall – happening at different county location every two weeks. Diners will enjoy presentations and lively discussions on various food-related topics. Special menus will be presented to compliment these specific topics.
Participating restaurants include: Hessenland Country Inn of St. Joseph, Aug. 14, “It’s the Schnitz!”; The Little Inn, Aug. 20, “Sushi Night in Bayfield”; Eddington’s of Exeter, Sept. 11, “Find Your Fit – Learn to Live a Balanced Lifestyle”; The Black Dog Village Pub and Bistro, Oct. 9, “Little Italy comes to Bayfield!”
The cost will be $40 per person not including beverages, tax or gratuity. The evenings begin at 7 p.m. Please call individual restaurants to make reservations.
Goderich will be the locale for the Village Marketplace on Sept. 1 The Goderich Farmer’s Market will be a buzz with some exciting food activities. Taste of Huron will be enhancing the market with more vendors, a Chef Challenge, music and more. And then on Sept. 2 The Livery in Goderich will host Locavore Brunch N’Blues, a traditional Sunday brunch with a twist; including locally grown ingredients prepared by local chefs. Participants will enjoy delicious food while being entertained by a special musical guest.
To learn more about these events visit the Taste of Huron website at www.tasteofhuron.ca.
The Bayfield and Area Chamber of Commerce recently unveiled the result of their third calendar project created to not only raise funds for the chamber but community groups and merchants as well.
For the creation of the 2013 calendar the BACC teamed up with the Photography Club of Bayfield to aid in the collecting and selecting of the images used in the calendar.
The 2013 Bayfield Calendar features photography by Jack Pal, Cate Cuerden, Dianne Brandon, Gary Lloyd-Rees, Conrad Kuiper, Dennis Pal, Janette Bailie and Melody Falconer-Pounder.
The calendar is now available for purchase for $10 at Brandon’s Hardware, Pharmasave, Michael’s Pharmacy and The Village Bookshop.
Camp Kintail has returned to Bayfield for the third consecutive summer.
Knox Presbyterian Church is partnering with Camp Kintail, the area Presbyterian Church camp, to offer a Christian based Day Camp every Wednesday at the church during August.
This Day Camp will run from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The very capable and well-trained young adult staff of Camp Kintail will lead the program and activities. The camp will be for children who have completed JK up to Grade 6. The children are welcome to attend as many sessions as they’d like or even just one or two.
The program will conclude on Aug. 22. Lunch and snacks are provided.
Registration for each session is held at 8:30 a.m. on the day but participants may also pre-register by calling Brenda McLean at 519 524-8645 or by calling the church 519 565-2913 and leaving a message.
Pickle Ball is the fastest growing sport for seniors and is gaining in popularity here in Bayfield. It can be described as a combination of badminton, tennis and ping-pong.
Ann and Rick LeBeau, of Bayfield, are pickle ball enthusiasts and would like to teach Pickle Ball to beginners. They have been playing the sport themselves for many years and will be playing in the Summer Games in London, ON. "Learn to Play" Pickle Ball is set for Aug. 6 and 13 at the Stanley Complex in Varna at 7 p.m. As of Aug. 30, Pickle Ball will move to Thursdays, same time, same place. There is no experience necessary and the cost is $3 per evening. For more information call 519 440-2120.
One Care sponsored Pole Walking is a popular fitness opportunity in Bayfield. Anyone wishing an introductory lesson or other info should call 519 565-2202 or 519 565-5638. There is no charge for this and poles can be provided.
Sundays, Co-ed Pole Walking, at 9 a.m. continues during July and August; but the Tuesday mornings Gentle Jaunt at 9:30 a.m. has been discontinued.
The above is in addition to the usual walks for women that are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays and walks for men Mondays and Fridays. The start time is 8:30 a.m. Virtual Pole Walking is the newest activity being offered. People are welcome to join the Pole Walking group on Tuesday and Thursday morning at 8:30 a .m. and don't need to use poles. Those who attend will be broken up into several groups so everyone can walk at a pace they enjoy. After walking 10 minutes of stretches are conducted in beautiful Clan Gregor Square.
Pole Walkers might like to mark Aug. 6 and Sept. 16 on their calendars as days they might like to join in the “Pioneer Park Fun Run, Walk and Roll” and the Terry Fox Run.
Coming soon is Wednesday Wheels where folks can enjoy a 20 KM casual bike ride.
All walks and cycling will begin from 6 Main Street.
One Care continues to sponsor several programs for both men and women to keep up with their desire to stay fit.
Dancefit and Toning classes are held on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 9 a.m. The classes are held at the Bayfield Community Centre. The cost is $4 per class.
The Sit and Get Fit classes are offered on Mondays and Wednesdays at 10:15 a.m. On Fridays a Gentle Stretch Class is offered at 10:15 a.m. Both of these fitness opportunities are held at the Bayfield Community Centre and cost $2 per class.
Please note that there will be no fitness classes on Monday, Aug. 6.
A Gentle Yoga Class is held at the Bayfield Town Hall starting at 10 a.m. on Tuesdays. The cost is $4 per class and participants are asked to bring a yoga mat.
Summer Outdoor Yoga, sponsored by the Pioneer Park Association, is held on Thursdays in Pioneer Park at 8:30 a.m. The sessions are free of charge and open to people 13 years of age and up. An adult must accompany any minors that attend. There is a limit of 20 people per class and it is proving to be very popular so it is best to arrive early. In fact, all participants are asked to arrive 10 minutes early for every class to register and sign a waiver.
For more information on the above exercise opportunities call 519 565-2202 or 519 565-5638