just over a week left to enter into Bayfield Community fair
The bounty and the beauty of the harvest was on display in the Bayfield Arena during the 163rd community fair held in 2019. Although most of the categories for fair exhibition this year are for virtual (photo) submissions some in the vegetable category must be submitted in person on Aug. 20. Check out the fair book online for details. (Photo by Jack Pal)
The days are quickly going by as the time for the Bayfield Community Fair approaches. Posters and signs are up announcing this year’s version of the fair. The 165th fair in the Bayfield community will not be the full experience that people are accustomed to but with visitor safety always in mind a hybrid fair will emerge.
A community meal is always a favorite of many people. A quarter barbecued chicken meal will be available on the opening night, Aug. 20. Advance tickets are essential and can be ordered through email@example.com. The deadline is Aug. 5. It can be a take-out dinner or eaten on the fairgrounds with the meal being served from 5-7 p.m. Choose a picnic table or bring a lawn chair to listen to the live music provided by Adam Lang. The opening with Senator Rob Black and local politicians will take place at 7 p.m. and an extended fireworks display will start at 9 p.m. Lawn chairs could be used for watching the fireworks or with distancing-maintained people can use the bleachers.
One feature of every fair is the competition. This year most of the competition will be virtual. Go to the fair website, bayfieldfair.ca and click on the link to the virtual entering zone. The fair book can be found under "Fair Events". All participants need is a photo image of their entry that they can send. If someone wants to send their entries over a few days, and not all at one time, that is easy to do. Anyone who has any questions about the process, can ask any Director. For those who lack the availability of a computer, contact firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance or use the computers at the Bayfield Public Library. Some new exhibitors have already submitted entries as well as regular exhibitors. Entries must be completed by Aug. 13 so the judging can be completed online. Some other classes, like vegetable entries, must be entered in-person on the morning of Aug. 20.
Volunteers are needed! Help to assist with set up and take down would be most welcome. Also, volunteers will be needed to assist with ensuring visitors have a safe experience at the fair. Contact Pamela Stanley via email at email@example.com to volunteer.
“A positive achievement for fairs is when the community participates in its activities. Do consider meeting your neighbors and friends at the community meal and also entering one class in the competitions,” said Doug Yeo, on behalf of the Bayfield Agricultural Society. “What a great conversation at the kitchen table to announce you won first prize in a class you have been entering for some time!”
BAS members invite everyone to celebrate responsibly the opportunity to finally attend a community event and are pleased to share that for this special year there will be no admission fee at the gates.
Poetic prose a highlight of novel "Coming up for Air"
During the COVID-19 pandemic, people may find themselves with more time to turn the pages of a good book. But what books to read and what books to leave on the shelf?
In case Bayfield Breeze readers are looking for a little guidance in this department the folks at The Village Bookshop on Main Street will be providing a monthly suggestion via their customers who have agreed to pen a book review to share with our readers
August’s submission is a review written by Carol Braun, who regularly visits Bayfield from Burlington, ON, of the novel, “Coming Up for Air” by Sarah Leipciger. The book was published in 2020 by House of Anansi and is 303 pages long.
Leipciger, who was born in Peterborough and lived in Toronto during her teenage years, studied Creative Writing at the University of Victoria, earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. After travelling through southeast Asia, she settled in London, England with her British husband and her three children. She earned a Masters in Creative and Life Writing from Goldsmith University and when this book was published was working on her PhD in Creative Writing. Currently, she teaches creative writing in prisons.
The theme of Coming up for Air is the fascination with water and breathing underwater to survive. It is also a metaphor for coping with our struggles in life. The author states the story was inspired by true events. She writes three stories and the main character of each story comes from a different time period.
The main character in the first story is not named but was called L'Inconnue which means The Unknown Woman. In the late nineteenth century, she drowned in the River Seine in Paris and relates her life after death. Her life was sad, and she became obsessed with being in the Seine after unrequited love and blackmail made her living unbearable. After her death, a moleur (molder) takes a mold of her face to make a death mask, a popular form of art at the time. The L'Inconnue mask was so beautiful that many copies were made and displayed all over Europe. Little does she know that her decision to end her life would set off an astonishing chain of events.
Flash forward to the second story set in the 1950s. As a child, Pieter also has an affinity for the freezing water of the North Sea. He recounts his life as a toymaker to his son, Bear. Because of his expertise in developing soft plastics for toys and empowered by his own grief, he designs a model for the medical community that will become world renowned.
The last story takes place in present day Ontario. Here Anouk relates her struggle with Cystic Fibrosis and the impact this chronic disease has not only on her, but also her parents as they face life and death episodes of illness. As a child, her refuge and passion were swimming in the Ottawa River to strengthen her lungs. As an adult she becomes a writer and continues to struggle with failing health, hoping for a miracle.
The author is a great storyteller, and her descriptions are very vivid. I was drawn to the characters and their lives but initially unable to see how the stories of these three protagonists were connected to each other. Leipciger continues the intrigue until the last chapter when we are introduced to a fourth character and an unexpected ending. I highly recommend this book - the author's prose is poetic and easy to read and she captures the essence of the characters as well as the historic era in which they lived.
survey regarding space for dogs now open for comment
The Bayfield People and Canine Community (PACC) is a volunteer group working to create a shared space for dogs, residents and visitors alike. Their goal is to promote responsible dog ownership through educational and recreational activities. To this end, they need people to provide input via their on-line survey which will be available on their website up to Sept. 26.
“Since this is a community driven endeavor, it is vital that your thoughts and opinions are considered. You do not need to be a resident of Bayfield, nor do you necessarily have to currently own a dog to participate. The survey has been artfully designed to facilitate a user-friendly format which will take only a few minutes to complete,” said Suzan Johnson, representing Bayfield PACC.
Johnson noted that the group currently has almost 250 Facebook members and they would encourage as many of this group as possible to share their thoughts and viewpoints.
“Our Instagram account is now active as well and has a growing number of followers. Please share the survey link with anyone else that you believe would be interested in providing their opinions. Thank you for taking the time to assist us in the gathering of this information,” said Johnson.
The link for the survey can be found at the following on-line sites: Facebook at Bayfield P.A.C.C; Instagram at Bayfield_PACC; or on their website at bayfieldpacc.com.
Deadline extended to Register for Bayfield Talent Search
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.
The deadline for video submissions has now been extended until Aug. 6 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.
prints over sixty per cent 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)
“As we carry through the second half of the summer, delighted by the beautiful views and spacious grounds of Pioneer Park, it’s worth taking a moment to admire the wisdom and foresight of those who thought to preserve this natural wonder. It is here for us all today, because of the dedication of those who went before us,” said Catherine Tillmann, representing the Pioneer Park Association.
“No where is this more evident in the lasting beauty of Brad Turner’s photography. The limited addition set of images, created by Brad, and donated for the benefit of the park are available for purchase at The Village Bookshop. They are over two-thirds sold out already and once they are gone, well there simply won’t be any more. This is your opportunity to own a timeless piece of the heart of Bayfield, Pioneer Park.”
There are 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 are 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.
feline ricardos Could provide hours of entertainment
Etoile and Cashmere (Submitted photo)
Bayfield's Forgotten Felines (BFF) has helped hundreds of feral and abandoned cats find their forever homes but many are still waiting.
Cashmere and Etoile are the Adopt-A-BFF cats of the week.
Cashmere and Etoile have become the Lucy and Ricky Ricardo of the Rescue. They are comical, cuddle buddies, regularly offering each other emotional support with a little dust-up now and again.
Etoile is a petite, dilute Calico with the saucy temperament of a Calico. She is estimated to be about 18 months-old. She can be very loving on her own terms and seeks out Cashmere for comfort and companionship. She was a very young Mama who had two kittens and seemed to mourn for them when they were adopted. She does love when kittens come into the Rescue. She will regularly check them out and give them motherly direction.
When Cashmere arrived on the scene he was skin and bones. He was very timid but hunger one out over nervousness and volunteers were able to trap him and bring him to the Rescue. In very short order, he has become a big guy. Volunteers believe he may have some Maine Coon in his lineage. He is very handsome and has a fairly chill demeanor although he occasionally tries to be king of the kennel and that is when Etoile puts him in his place.
Volunteers would idealy love to see these two adopted together, although it is not 100 per cent necessary. However, they note, that if the two do find a home together, they can guarantee their new family will find watching them far more enjoyable than any sitcom that is currently on television.
Could you be Cashmere’s and Etoile’s forever family? Anyone interested in adopting the pair (together or separately) are encouraged to contact Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines at email@example.com. 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.
Knox Presbyterian Church is reopening soon! They will open for in-person services on Sunday, Sept. 12th at 11 a.m. The service will also be available on YouTube and ZOOM, for anyone unable to attend. Church members are looking forward to seeing everyone again.
Rev Lisa Dolson will be hosting three book studies this Fall and they will be held in-person and over ZOOM at the same time. All are welcome. "Black Water: Family, Legacy, and Blood Memory" by David A. Robertson, will kick things off. This book will be examined on Tuesdays starting at 2 p.m., from Sept. 28 to Oct. 25. A study of "The Difficult Words of Jesus: A Beginner's Guide to his Most Perplexing Teachings" by Amy Jill Levine will be held on Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m. from Oct. 3 to Nov. 21. And rounding out 2021, will be "The Women of the Bible Speak; The Wisdom of 16 Women and Their Lessons for Today" by Shannon Bream. This book will be discussed on Tuesdays at 2 p.m. from Nov. 2-30.
choir director needed
The congregation of St. Andrew’s United Church appreciates music as an integral part of their worship.
They are currently looking for someone to fill the role of choir director for Sunday mornings once COVID-19 protocols allow them to sing again. St. Andrew’s will be reopening for in-person services on Sunday, Sept. 5 at 11 a.m. following COVID protocols.
Anyone interested in assisting the membership make a joyful noise is asked to contact Sue by calling 519 902-1950 for more information.
The Bayfield Ukulele Society (aka BUS) is now meeting 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 are now meeting at the gazebo in Clan Gregor Square every Saturday morning (weather permitting) from 10-11:30 a.m. 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 Aug. 1 at 8 a.m. until today, Aug. 4 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. The first talk was held on July 23 so just two sessions remain.
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: 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.
The Bayfield River Valley Trail Association's (BRVTA) 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 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! And those who attend can enjoy coffee together in the great outdoors following the 11 a.m. Sunday service.
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 Church Warden Godfrey Heathcote in advance by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 519 565-5824.
Rev. Mary Farmer will be on holidays from Aug. 9 to Sept. 6 during that time period Rev. Gary Alcock will be officiating the Sunday and Wednesday services.
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 one more event planned for for 2021. On
Aug. 21, the Given’s Memorial Race will be held. A Skippers' Meeting, is set for 9 a.m. followed by the race at 10 a.m.
To sign up for any of these events, or for more details, please contact the BYC at email@example.com.
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 an estimated hundreds of thousands of helium balloons are ending up in the Great Lakes? A postdoc student at McMaster University picked up about 380 helium balloons along 7 km of the Lake Erie shoreline in just under two weeks. And according to the Detroit Free Press, more than 18,000 balloon pieces were discovered in the Great Lakes between 2016 and 2018. Wildlife mistakenly eat pieces of balloons. These pieces can block or become stuck in the animals' intestinal tracts, causing slow starvation. Birds and turtles can become entangled in the strings and streamers that accompany balloons, making them unable to move to find food. A Canadian woman has initiated a petition to the House of Commons requesting a ban on balloon releases, while in the US, California and Florida have already banned their release.
What You Can Do…Instead of celebrating life events with balloons, get creative! Honor your loved ones by planting native trees or flowers. Display lights or candles, write a song to sing or a skit to perform, make a card, cook a special meal, paint a picture or even blow bubbles! Send an email to your politicians. It’s too late to sign the petition (signatures were due July 17), but if you want to take a look, go to: petitions.ourcommons.ca/en/Petition/Details?Petition=e-3311