bella to retire as director of Glee Sisters in December
Leslie Bella in a performance of "The Polar Express" by the Glee Sisters at the Bayfield Town Hall on Nov. 14, 2015. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)
After 11 years at the helm of the Glee Sisters Choir, Leslie Bella is hanging up her baton.
Since she arrived in Huron County in 2005, Bella has been helping area residents to find their musical voices. She moved to Bayfield from St. John’s, Newfoundland after retiring from Memorial University where she was a Professor of Social Work. A talented musician who plays several instruments, Bella has always had a love of choral music. As she got to know people in her new home, she encountered many women who shared her love of music, but didn’t feel they had the talent or confidence to ‘sing out loud’. So, 11 years ago, she began inviting women to come together to sing. They started in each other’s living rooms but as more and more women joined a move was made to a local church which allows the Glees to use the space on Friday afternoons.
The Glees remain a choir that doesn’t how auditions - in other words, no one who wishes to participate has to ‘prove’ their singing skills. All who wish to take part are welcome to join. Through her organizational skills, Bella has developed a musical sisterhood in which members not only support the community but freely support each other through joyful, creative self-expression. Choir members have been encouraged to expand their musical abilities by participating in arranging and directing pieces, adding various instruments and percussion and singing solos.
As well as providing encouragement and leadership to fledgling choir members, the Glees have been ‘paying it forward’ by entertaining audiences around the county. In 2016, under her guidance, the Glees performed at the Goderich Day Center, Goderich Place and Harbour Hills Retirement Community. Also, in 2016, the Glees held their fifth annual Earth Hour concert in Bayfield. The Earth Hour concerts not only highlighted the need to look after Mother Earth but raise thousands of dollars to plant trees in Bayfield.
The Glee Sisters have also delighted dozens of area children and the young at heart with their annual musical Christmas plays featuring popular children’s books, such as “Charlie Brown’s Christmas” and “The Polar Express”. Bella is currently working on “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” for 2017. Last year, holiday performances were held in Bayfield and Goderich with admission being a donation of food or money for the local food bank. The Glees also sang in the Ritual of Remembrance of the Dec. 6 Montreal Massacre in Goderich for the eighth year in a row.
In addition to her work with the Glee Sisters, Bella performed for several years with the Goderich Laketown Band. She has also reached out to people who wanted to play together in a musical ensemble but, as with the Glee singers, weren’t necessarily confident about their abilities. She formed the ‘Elliotts Liquidation Band’ (named because some of the participants purchased their instruments at the store in Clinton) and encouraged the members to try their hands at music ranging from folk tunes to classical pieces from the Baroque period. Elliotts’ has morphed into a new group called ‘And then there were Three’. These ensembles have hosted backyard picnic concerts and in-house Christmas concerts in 2016.
Bella has contributed to the community by creating spaces that include people of varying abilities and encouraging them to explore their musical interests and talents, which has ultimately enriched the cultural ethos of Huron County.
Since Bella is saying goodbye to the Glees in December of this year, the choir members are now on the hunt for a new director for this voluntary position.
The requirements are someone who is strong musically and a patient, strong leader of a group of mature women of various skill levels. The Glees are an all women choir that meets Friday afternoons for 1.5 hours.
For more information or to discuss this please call Arlene Timmins at 519-565-2777.
Bluewater Blooms to host family film night in varna
The Bluewater Communities in Bloom Committee invites Bluewater residents to celebrate Canada 150 with a Family Film Night, complete with carnival-style food (hot dogs, candy floss and popcorn) and a variety of fun activities for the whole family.
The event will take place on Saturday, Aug. 12 from 7-11 p.m. at the Stanley Recreation Complex, 38594B Mill Road in Varna (east of Bayfield). Admission is free.
The event will start with great activities for the kids, including face painting and an appearance by Snippity the Clown and a friend! A surprise Family Film will be shown on a huge outdoor screen starting at sunset (approximately 9 p.m.) lasting until about 11 p.m.
Attendees will have a chance to sign a specially adapted Canadian flag, which will then be placed in a ‘legacy time capsule,’ to be opened on Canada’s 200th birthday. There will also be a ‘group photo’ celebrating Canada’s sesquicentennial.
Families are requested to bring blankets or lawn chairs to sit on, and to dress in red and white.
In case of rain, the event will be re-scheduled for Friday, Sept. 1st from 7-11 p.m. at the Bayfield Arena.
For further information, contact Nellie Evans, secretary of the Bluewater Communities in Bloom Committee at 519 236-4351 Ext. 236.
Fashions, appraisals and antiques galore at show
Tara Kleuskens is one of the models preparing to show off some vintage fashions at the Gala Opening of the Bayfield Antique and Collectibles Show and Sale on Aug. 11. Tickets are available now at Brandons Hardware or JMR Collections on Bayfield's Main Street North. (Photo by Judy Roth)
Everything old really is new again at the 32nd Annual Bayfield Antique and Collectibles Show to be held Aug. 11-13.
New this year, admission to the Gala includes free admisstion to the show on Saturday and Sunday! Tickets for the Gala are on sale now at Brandon Hardware and JMR Collections both in Bayfield or by calling 519 565-4102.
The Friday Gala is the perfect time to mingle with dealers and enjoy some wine and cheese from 6-9 p.m. Attendees will also get a head start on the stamping of their “Your Passport to Future Treasures” to be entered into a raffle for three awesome prize packages. In addition, visitors to the Gala should be on the look out for models dressed in fashions of yesterday. These gals will provide a sneak peak at what will be shared during a Vintage Clothing and Accessories Fashion Parade to be held on Sunday afternoon from 1-2 p.m. and sponsored by JMR Collections on Main Street.
The Show will be open on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission on these two days is $5.
Another new feature of the 2017 show is an opportunity to have family heirlooms or special finds appraised by Tim Saunders, of Three Squirrels Antiques in Bayfield. There is three-item limit and donations are appreciated.
As always the fabulous Cafe will be open during show hours on Saturdays and Sundays when visitors can enjoy a very reasonably priced sandwiches, sweets and cold beverages or coffee.
Proceeds from this event go toward Trinity Anglican Church’s needs and outreach.
deadline to register for Rise2Fame approaches
The only Huron County preliminary competition to the Western Fair Talent Search takes place on Friday, Aug. 18 at the Bayfield Community Fair, upstairs in the Bayfield Community Centre. Junior competitions begin first at 7 p.m. with Youth competitions to follow. Check-in is at 6 p.m. This ensures that all registration documents are complete and that music can be lined up for the show.
Be sure to read the rules very carefully online by visiting the website at http://www.westernfairdistrict.com/western-fair/rise-2-fame. Registration must be completed online on the Western Fair site before Aug. 7. There is also another option for an online video submission on the same site.
Winners go on to perform at the Western Fair – a 35-year tradition that has touched the lives of thousands of talented youngsters from across the province. The Western Fair Rise2Fame Youth Talent Search, along with the preliminaries, has been the start to many careers in the arts and continues to encourage young people to pursue their talents, by giving them a chance to perform in front of a live audience.
Remember, Bayfield’s preliminary contest is the only one in Huron County and one of the last before this year’s Western Fair. Categories of competition are (1) Vocal Solo; (2) Instrumental Solo; (3) Dance Solo; (4) Dance Group; (5) Vocal and/or Instrumental Group including bands; (6) Variety Solo and (7) Variety Group. Individuals can compete more than once in different categories.
Winners of the Bayfield preliminary Rise2Fame 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. The top prize includes a trophy and $1,500 in cash. In 2015, the Junior Winner at the Western Fair was a Huron County dancer and that was not the first time that Huron County kids have made it to the finals!
But you can’t win if you don’t enter the preliminary in Bayfield. And Rise2Fame contestants, along with one adult get free admission to the fair. So get registered, bring your dancing shoes, instrument or vocals and come showcase your talent at the Fair.
Entries for all preliminaries can be made on-line at http://www.westernfairdistrict.com/western-fair/rise-2-fame.
Please contact Charles Kalbfleisch at 519 565-2244 or Willi Laurie firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 519 482-9265 for more information.
Fish Fry recipe for success for Knox Presbyterian Church
PHOTOS BY MELODY FALCONER-POUNDER
Knox Presbyterian Church in Byafield held their annual Fish Fry this past Saturday at the Bayfield Community Centre.
The Georgian Bay Whitefish was tasty, the wedge potatoes seasoned just right and the desserts amazing.
A recipe for success once again and enjoyed by all who attended. Organizers would like to pass on their thanks to this amazing community for their continued support.
Diners that came to partake in the Fish Fry were greeted by two convivial folks, Jan Sloane and Conrad Barth, at the front entrance to the Bayfield Community Centre.
Tom Grasby enthusiastically served up Whitefish to those who attended the Knox Church Fish Fry at the Bayfield Community Centre on July 29.
Bob Cosford asked the eternally burning question, "Do you want (wedge) fries with that?"
Julianna Havdeman, 6, of Dorchester, ON, enjoyed the Whitefish but ate all her wedge fries first!
Blue Mountain Catering's Dave Hockley brought hearty portions of Georgian Bay Whitefish for diners to enjoy at the Knox Church Fish Fry on Saturday.
Betty Lou Norris served dessert with a smile.
An online petition has been created regarding the proposed development at 89 Main Street South in the village. The petition entitled, “Preserve Bayfield, Ontario's heritage culture - say "NO" to corporate encroachment” that will be sent to the CAO of the Municipality of Bluewater Kyle Pratt. It was launched midday on July 11 and as of publishing time had generated 503 signatures.
For anyone interested in viewing the petition please visit: www.change.org.
The Bayfield Arena Community Partners Association (BACPA) will be holding their Annual General Meeting on Aug. 5.
All are welcome to come hear the 2016 results of how the BACPA are doing regarding their mandate to increase usage and revenue of the Bayfield Community Complex.
The meeting will begin at 10:30 a.m. in the Bayfield Community Centre.
Pioneer Park Fun RAce
The 31st annual Pioneer Park 5 KM Fun Race is approaching fast with the date set for Monday, Aug. 7. Participants can run, walk or wheel.
The entry fee remains at $5 per person. Spectators are always welcome to come out and cheer on the participants and this is also a dog friendly event.
All proceeds from the event go to Pioneer Park to help with its yearly upkeep.
Registration takes place in Pioneer Park for one hour starting at 8:30 a.m. Walkers depart at 9:30 a.m. and everyone else goes at 10 a.m. or shortly after.
Please be aware that Provincial law dictates that a helmet is required for all bikers under the age of 18 years.
“So please come out for a coffee, a visit with some old friends, meet some new ones and cheer on the racers,” said Anne Laudenbach, event organizer. “This is truly a cherished community tradition - thanks to all the racers who participate and the race crew in particular who make this event happen!”
If you have any questions, comments or suggestions please reach out to Laudenbach at 416 527-5898. And don’t forget to start stretching!
Due to a special arrangement with the Goderich Celtic Roots Festival, we are able to see one of their award winning acts here in Bayfield each year, hosted by the Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society. This year, this Celtic Concert will take place on Aug. 7, the Civic Holiday Monday, and will feature Matthew Byrne.
The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Bayfield Town Hall.
Born into a family of Newfoundland music makers, Byrne’s repertoire is heavily influenced by that unique musical lineage – the weaving of a great story with a beautiful melody – and he supports this tradition with powerful vocals, polished guitar work and a presence that fills the room. His repertoire transcends time and place and his live performance reminds listeners how satisfying traditional songs can be when stripped down to their basic elements.
“Matt’s interpretation of traditional songs is somehow fresh and ancient at the same time. And his voice is friggin’ perfect,” said Alan Doyle, the lead singer of Canadian folk rock band Great Big Sea.
Byrne will release his highly anticipated third album, “Horizon Lines” on Aug. 11. This newest collection of traditional material explores a unique repertoire of songs from both sides of the Atlantic and continues Byrne’s journey through his own unique musical lineage. Check out his music atwww.matthewbyrne.net, or on YouTube.
Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. For tickets call Sue at 519 565-2551 or Sandy at 519 565-2830, visit www.ticketscene.ca.
OUR Nature, OUr canada
Young people in this area are learning about Canada’s water, plants, and animals through a one-hour program at local libraries.
The Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) hosted the Our Nature, Our Canada program at Clinton and Zurich libraries on July 18, 2017. Conservation educators will continue the program at the Seaforth library on Aug. 8, at 2 p.m.; at the libraries in Bayfield and Goderich on Thursday, Aug. 10 (Goderich at 11:30 a.m. and Bayfield at 2 p.m.); and at the Hensall Library on Aug. 15 at 2 p.m. The Our Nature, Our Canada program is for young people age five to 12 and registration is required.
This new nature education program encourages children and youth to celebrate Canada during the 150th anniversary year of Canadian Confederation. ABCA Staff will bring special guest Morris the Beaver (a taxidermied beaver) and other iconic symbols of Canada’s nature.
“Those who attend find out about the magnificent and abundant natural resources found in Canada including water, plants and animals,” said Denise Iszczuk with ABCA.
Those taking part get to make a Maple Leaf window decal that helps to prevent birds from striking windows.
Community donations to the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation have supported several of these library visits as well as other nature education programs.
To find out more visit this Huron County Library link:www.huroncounty.ca
PIONEER PARK AGM
Aug. 12 is the date set for the 2017 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.
The draft minutes of the 2016 AGM are available to read at the Archives Building and Bayfield Public Library both 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.
The Friends of the Bayfield Library (FOBL) will be hosting their annual Book Sale at the library. FOBL Members will be treated to a special preview sale on Friday, Aug. 18 from 1-5 p.m. Membership has its privileges.
The public sale will be held on Aug. 19, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Aug. 20 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Proceeds from the sale will go to FOBL projects and programs.
People can help the FOBL by donating gently used recent books, puzzles and games. Drop off times are between 1-5 p.m. only on Aug. 11, Aug. 15-16 due to space restrictions.
Organizers ask that commercial book dealers come on Sunday only after 1 p.m. to get deals!
How many among us take notice of certain symbols that remind us of someone special who no longer walks the earth? Hearing the striking lilt of a birdcall, sighting a butterfly flitting by or spotting a feather on the ground are all fine examples of these signs.
In recognition of these the Huron Hospice is holding an event in Pioneer Park on Aug. 27 that will allow community members to honor the memory of loved ones or beloved pets in a symbolic way at a Butterfly Release.
The event will be held from 7-8 p.m. and will include a memorial service officiated by Eugene Dufour and the release of butterflies while a few pipers from the Celtic Blue Highlanders pipe.
Please call Michelle at 519 482-3440 Ext. 6301 or firstname.lastname@example.org to purchase a butterfly in memory of a loved one or beloved pet, Monarch butterflies are $25 each while Painted Lady butterflies are $20. Their flight orders must be received before Aug. 8.
Kintail on the Road
Knox Presbyterian Church, Bayfield is once again hosting, “Kintail on the Road” bringing a Christian day camp to the village.
The fun has already begun so call to register campers from JK to Grade 6 by calling 519 565-2913 and leaving a message.
Camp takes place every Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. until Aug. 24th. The cost to attend is $5 per child each week or $7 for two or more children. All snacks and lunch are included in the price.
Qualified counselors along with Leaders-in-Training lead the campers in songs, games, outdoor activities and crafts for a fun filled day.
The Bayfield Community Fair has something for everyone and it is scheduled for Aug. 18-20.
The Midway by Townsend Amusements is sure to excite the thrill seeker.
The Pet display building, the pedal tractors and the grain box are all great places to let the little ones explore and learn more about their rural surroundings
The hot air balloon, fireworks, acrobats and entertainers will keep the teenagers entertained. They might even be able to see some of their friends perform in the talent show!
The 4-H and horse shows and competitions, along with the indoor exhibits, featuring, quilts, baking, gardening, photography and childrens crafts, remind people what a small town fair used to be.
There is something to learn, something to see, and something to entertain people of all ages at the fair and organizers are looking forward to having folks attend.
Anyone who would like to be part of creating all of this fun for the community as a volunteer or member of the Bayfield Agricultural Society should email email@example.com. Positions are also available on the Board of Directors; interested parties should email the address given.
The Wednesday afternoon Bridge group would like to invite people to come and join them in some friendly card games at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building starting at 1 p.m.
Join in the fun with congenial players with snacks at a cost of $1.50 per person.
Shannon Gould, of the Bayfield Hearing Clinic, is now offering her services out of Michael’s Home Healthcare offices just a couple doors down from the pharmacy – two times a month.
Aug. 3 and 15; Sept. 7 and 19 are dates that can be booked this summer.
The Bayfield Hearing Clinic offers appointments from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The clinic offers: hearing aid adjustments and repairs to all makes and models, no cost hearing tests, new prescription of hearing aids, wax removal, hearing aid battery sales as well as hard of hearing assistive devices.
Please call Gould at the Bayfield Hearing Clinic, 1-855-396-6026 to book an appointment.
MAIN STREET OPTOMETRIC
Dr. Rich Samuell at Main Street Optometric wants to let Bayfield residents know that full eye health examinations are available at his Bayfield office.
Examinations are fully covered by OHIP for children and teens, seniors, and those with diabetes. Main Street Optometric uses current technology including a "no-puff" eye pressure check, as well as digital retinal photography to monitor for eye conditions like glaucoma, macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy.
Please call 519 565-2300 to schedule an appointment.
BACK PACKS FOR KIDS
Once again The Huron County Food Bank Distribution Centre will sponsor The Back Pack for Kids Program for the 2017-18 school year. Registration for families has begun and will conclude on Aug. 18.
This year the Salvation Army has volunteered to register the recipients and then prepare the backpacks. Anyone who could benefit from this program should contact 519 524-2950 or 519 482-8586 to register.
The backpacks will be distributed during the last week of August. Back packs for children registered from Bayfield will be distributed by the Bayfield Foodbank (Feed My Sheep).