community fair time is here
It is tradition that Bayfield Community Fair Parade spectators follow along to the Agricultural Park to check out the exhibits, demonstrations, midway and more. And so it will be this Saturday, Aug. 18. The parade begins at 11 a.m. The fair will be held this weekend, Aug. 17-19. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)
In just a few days trucks pulling trailers of horses, cattle and sheep, transports laden with midway equipment, as well as cars loaded with flowers, vegetables, handcrafts, baked goods and children’s crafts will descend on Bayfield’s Agricultural Park. It is time for the Bayfield Community Fair, Aug. 17-19.
This annual fair is a celebration of rural life and has been a part of the Bayfield scene for 162 years. Fairs are a community festival where friendly competition occurs whether it is with animals or a variety of indoor classes; it is a source of a variety of ever changing entertainment and a chance to see some of the agricultural industry whether it is getting close to some of the animals, the machines, or products from the farm.
Townsend’s Amusements will have a midway available throughout the weekend and offers special rates on Saturday after 5 p.m. and all-day Sunday. And back by popular demand a “train” will be making regular circuits around the grounds carrying kids of all ages.
The farm animal display will be open every day and is always a popular spot for all ages. A modern tractor will be available for youngsters to imagine driving through the fields. The indoor displays which take up the bulk of the arena are filled with exhibits highlighting the talented, creative and green-thumbed members of the community. The arena also has an area where the young people can play in the grain with some farm toys.
Friday night people can have their hunger satisfied with a ribs meal prepared by Pineridge and enjoy music on the RBC stage by Graham Bedard. Youth compete at the Rise2Fame talent competition for a chance to compete at the Western Fair. Several previous winners have done very well in London. The beer gardens are available for a relaxing night before opening day climaxes with fireworks.
Saturday begins with a light horse show while many congregate along the main street of Bayfield for the parade at 11 a.m. The final float this year will feature an entertainer who will perform later in the day in the arena and also in the tent area. The fairgrounds have a host of activities taking place in every corner including two sheep herding demonstrations, “Bubbleology” performances, a dunk tank, a Friesian horse show, the 4-H dairy and sheep competitions, pig demonstrations, a mini tractor pull, and a Discovery Tent. The day concludes with 21 Gun Salute which is an AC/DC tribute band renowned for their performances.
On Sunday, people will gather under the tent for a community church service. The heavy horses and miniature horses compete in the two show rings throughout the day. The demonstrations of sheep herding and the Discovery Tent will again be held in the afternoon. A jamboree will be held in the air-conditioned community centre while the watermelon competition will be visible near the tent.
The Homecraft President, Jean Dunn, who coordinates all the indoor exhibits, said, “Meet old and new friends over coffee and pie.”
Fairs are a community event for mingling with your neighbors and it is the opportunity to bring your many generations of family to a gathering that has something for all ages. Further information can be obtained from the website BayfieldFair.ca.
Creative collaboration on display this week only
This image, created from a photograph by Jack Pal of the “Bayfield Lighthouse”, was unveiled at the Bayfield Public Library on the morning of Aug. 11. This collaborative creation will be on display outside the Bayfield Library from now until Aug. 18.
Earlier this year the Goderich Co-op Gallery displayed a Mosaic Mural which was a collaborative effort of their painter and photographer members. In their words it was a fun and challenging project that kept them busy over the winter. The Bayfield Artist Guild (BAG) members decided that it was such a successful effort that they wanted to try something similar over the summer.
Near the start of summer, they approached the Photography Club of Bayfield (PCoB) and with the help of Angela Kaptein they came together to make this summer creative collaboration a reality.
A photograph was selected by members of the PCoB. The image, unseen by BAG members, was sized and divided into 16 equal parts. Sixteen members were given a 1/16th size numbered piece of the picture and a 16 x 20 inch canvas. Each artist was directed to interpret the image in whatever way that they chose using their own style with the only caveats being the importance of sizing the image so that when put together, the pieces of the mosaic would line up to meet the adjacent pieces and a suggested palette to ensure some visual consistency throughout the finished work.
The participating artists that were able to attend the unveiling were (l-r): Mary Hurley, Lori Webb Thompson, Linda Kumpf, Trisch Pemberton, Leslee Squirrell, Mary Elizabeth Stephenson, Debra MacArthur and Deb Grasby. A complete list of the painters involved in this project is on display at the library. (Submitted photo)
The image, created from a photograph by Jack Pal of the “Bayfield Lighthouse”, was unveiled at the Bayfield Public Library on the morning of Aug. 11. The end result was a surprise to the BAG members, artists and community. This collaborative creation will be on display outside the Bayfield Library from now until Aug. 18.
Finishing out the week the BAG will host their annual “Art in the Garden Show and Sale" this Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. at the actual "Lighthouse Cottage" depicted in the mural. It can be found at the corners of Tuyll, Chiniquy and Colina Streets across from Pioneer Park. Local artists will be on hand offering for sale affordable works. There will also be demonstrations and an opportunity for children to try rock painting for free!
Calendar to be launched friday at Farmers' Market
What will the 2019 calendar cover look like? Visit the Bayfield Farmers' Market this Friday to find out. (Submitted photo)
On Aug. 17, the Bayfield Lions’ Club and the Photography Club of Bayfield (PCoB) will be launching the 2019 Bayfield Calendar. The calendar is a joint project of the Lions and the PCoB.
“The theme this year was: Bayfield and area architecture interpreted liberally...it could be a window or door, a barn, a birdhouse, a gable end or other architectural feature and, yes, even a building!” said Jack Pal, chair of the Calendar Committee. “We continue to challenge our photographers with new themes every year and make changes which we hope the public will like.”
A short list of 16 photos was selected from 217 entries this year. All members of the PCoB had a vote in selecting this final short list. The thirteen winners were determined by a vote by the members of the Lions’ Calendar Committee. Each of the selected photos has been enlarged and matted to a 16” x 20” size ready for framing. The unveiling of these photos will take place at the Bayfield Farmers’ Market at 4 p.m. on Friday. The enlarged prints will be available for immediate sale at a price of $40 and will include a free copy of the new calendar.
“Something new this year will be the sale of calendar photos printed 24” x 36” in size on canvas and mounted ready for hanging. We hope this will be a popular addition,” said Pal.
The new calendar will also be offered for sale at a price of $10 and will be available at Shop Bike Coffee Roasters and Bayfield Foodland as well as from Lions members, PCoB members, community organizations and volunteers. All calendar proceeds go towards Lions projects in the community. Organizers note that the calendars make wonderful gifts and mementos of Bayfield.
For those who miss the launch, there will be a display of all the calendar photos at the Bayfield Archives and Heritage Centre until the Bayfield Town Hall’s annual Sunset on Summer event on Sept. 1 when the prints and calendars will once again be displayed and offered for sale from 4:30-7 p.m. Net proceeds from items sold there will be shared between the Lions and Town Hall.
Anyone interested in submitting photos for next year, the new theme will be decided shortly and communicated via the Bayfield Breeze along with submission details. The calendar competition is open to the general public and people do not need to be a member of the PCoB to submit photos. Photographers are encouraged to interpret the theme broadly and creatively.
Celtic music and step dancing ignites at festival preview
PHOTOS BY JACK PAL
“Rant Maggie Rant”
“Rant Maggie Rant” and “The Fitzgeralds” performed live at the Bayfield Town Hall, courtesy of the Celtic Festival in Goderich, on Aug. 6. Powerful Celtic music and championship step dancing were enjoyed by all in attendance.
Rant Maggie Rant embraces the time-honored styles of the music from seven Celtic Nations: Ireland, Scotland, Cornwall, Wales and the lesser known Isle of Mann, and the Celtic regions of Galicia in Spain and Brittany in France, as well as Quebec and Canada’s East Coast, with each member bringing their individually unique influences to create an uplifting, infectious sound. They were the 2018 Jack Richardson Music Awards Winners for Traditional Folk/Roots.
The Fitzgeralds are a family group consisting of fiddling and step dancing siblings: Tom, Kerry and Julie Fitzgerald. These siblings from outside of Canada’s renowned Ottawa Valley have come a long way from their small-town roots. Featuring 3-time Canadian Grandmaster Fiddle Champions and Ontario Open Step Dance Champions, this is a unique act features high-energy fiddling and mind-blowing step dancing!
“Rant Maggie Rant”
“Rant Maggie Rant”
Follow the sounds of the pipes and drums to Clan Gregor Square on the evening of Aug. 16.
The Clinton Legion Pipes and Drum will be practising in the park for about 30 minutes tomorrow (Thursday), starting at 7 p.m., weather permitting, and all are welcome to come out and listen!
This Friday, the Bayfield Farmers’ Market welcome Grassroots Woodfired Pizza back to Clan Gregor Square. Roger and Vicky Morrison’s artisanal pizzas have gained a well-deserved reputation of excellence throughout Huron County and beyond. All are invited to come taste for themselves.
The market coordinator, Mary Brown, thanks everyone who came out on the long weekend and kept RW Sharpening and Repair Services literally humming for the entire afternoon. Sharpener Suzy Lankin will be back at the Aug. 31 market.
“Boaters, we’d love to see you at the market! We have a great little wagon you can borrow to transport your purchases back to the marina,” said Brown.
Aug. 17 will feature the usual lineup of outstanding vendors, offering the best in locally produced veggies, fruit, meat, bread, granola, wine, cider, artisan crafts and so much more!
The Bayfield Farmers’ Market is held every Friday until Thanksgiving, 3-7 p.m. in Clan Gregor Square.
FOBL BOOK SALE
Friends of the Bayfield Library will be selling their new canvas Book Bag to carry home book purchases at the upcoming annual book sale. (Submitted photo )
The Friends of the Bayfield Library (FOBL) will be holding their annual Book Sale at the Bayfield Public Library on the third weekend in August.
The times for the sale are: Saturday, Aug. 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 19 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Donations will be accepted of gently used, recent books, CDs, DVDs, games and puzzles for children and adults at the library on Aug. 13-16 from 1-5 p.m. only.
Please note that encyclopedias, manuals, magazines and textbooks will not be accepted. Books that are moldy or have torn pages will also be declined.
FOBL will also be selling their new canvas Book Bag to carry home book purchases.
All monies raised from the sale of the books and book bag go towards supporting the library and community programs.
Commercial Book Dealers are asked not to make their purchases until Sunday at 1 p.m.
The FOBL will host their Annual General Meeting on Sept. 22 at 11 a.m. at the Bayfield Public Library. The program committee will share their reports for the year at this event.
FULL MOON HIKE
Join members of the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) at the pavilion in Clan Gregor Square on Aug. 26 for a walk under the light of the full moon.
Starting at 8 p.m. hike through the village to the edge of the woods at Sarnia Street and the official start of the Woodland Trail.
Once in the woods hikers will enjoy the beauty of the ravines, old pastures and glacial hills as they walk along old gravel quarry roads, lumber paths and deer trails.
The trail is approximately 5 KMs long and the difficulty is level 3. The hike will take approximately two hours. Please bring a head lamp or flashlight in the event that the special guest, the full moon is hidden by clouds.
The hike leader will be Roberta Stemp, 519 565-2777.
The Bayfield Agricultural Society (BAS) will benefit from the bar proceeds of an upcoming concert organized by the folks at the Bayfield Concert Series, LP Productions. The money will go toward the fund for a new animal display and storage building at Agricultural Park.
Barney Bentall will be appearing live at the Bayfield Town Hall with guests Ryan Malcolm and Justin Evans on Aug. 16. The doors open at 7 p.m. with the music to start at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are available now for $40 from Shop Bike Coffee Roasters and River Road Brewing and Hops in Bayfield as well as Ernie King Music in Goderich or online at ticketscene.ca
FIRST AID COURSES
Bayfield Guiding is organizing two community First Aid weekends.
Standard First Aid with CPR C and AED Courses will be held at Trinity Anglican Church in Bayfield on Aug. 25-26 or Sept. 22-23.
Saturdays will begin at 9 a.m. while Sundays will commence at 11 a.m. Cost is $129 plus HST
Must have a group of eight minimum for the course to happen. Cost of course decreases as attendance increases so please invite others to join. Courses are open to people 12 years of age and up.
Please contact Melody Falconer-Pounder at 519 525-3830 or email@example.com to reserve a spot with preferred dates. Keep in mind that the course can be taken over the two weekends if that is more convenient. For example: Day 1 – Aug. 25 Day 3 - Sept. 23.
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 Residential Hospice is holding an event in Pioneer Park on Sept. 9 that will allow community members to honor the memory of loved ones or beloved pets in a symbolic way at a Butterfly Release.
This second annual event will be held from 1:30-4 p.m. Those who attend should bring their own lawn chair or blanket to sit on.
Please go to www.eventbrite.ca to purchase your butterfly prior to Aug. 24. Monarch butterflies are $25 each.
Fall foto fest
The members of the Photography Club of Bayfield are pleased to pass on an invitation for people to attend the 2018 Bayfield Fall Foto Fest (FFF) to be held on Sept. 29-30.
There will be a new series of workshops including the Lambton College show, "In the Photographer's Studio" highlighting the photo talents of photographer Richard Beland. His 25-year career in photography has seen him photograph music artists and groups all over the world including traveling several times with the “Tragically Hip” and again on their farewell tour.
Saturday night’s keynote presentation will be "Conversations with Brad Turner". Photography is his passion and the root of his creative eye. Turner is a Bayfield native whose career as a Hollywood director, producer and photographer will make for an inspiring evening. This presentation is no charge and is open to the first 100 guests registered for FFF. A limited number of seats are available for non- registrants by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
The two-hour workshop classes include: The Art of Flash Photography, Creating Photo Books, an Outdoor Photo Trek of Bayfield, Sunday Morning Photo Walk, Digital Printing, Wildlife Photography, Raptors Birds of Prey and Photography 101.
Organizers are also pleased to offer three – three-hour master classes: Adobe Photoshop the Art of Design with Stephen Slack, Macro Photography with Alayne Brisson, and Video Creations with Brad Turner.
Participants can also attend the FFF Dinner at Renegades Diner on Saturday night. The cost of the dinner is $25 including taxes and tip. Reservations for this dinner are available when registering for FFF.
Complete FFF details, information about the annual Photo Contest and registration is available by following this link: http://phototourtrekkers.com/tours/bayfield-fall-foto-fest-2018/
This is an invitation to attend the opening rehearsal of the Glee Sisters, on Friday, Sept. 7 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at St. Andrews United Church in Bayfield. Rehearsals are held at this time and location weekly until mid-May. There is a break in December for the holiday season.
This non-auditioned women’s choir has been performing throughout the community and in surrounding areas since 2006. The Glee Sisters will be carrying on the joy of singing established by our recently retired and talented founder, Leslie Bella, under the leadership of co-directors Lisa Stewart and Blanche Savage and accompanist Mary McGoldrick.
For further information please consult the Glee Sisters Facebook page or contact our Manager, Christy Lomax at email@example.com .