ONtario Senator Rob Black will officially open Bayfield Fair
The Honourable Rob Black, Senator for Ontario will officially open the 165th Bayfield Community Fair on the evening of Aug. 20.
Senator Rob Black (Submitted photo)
Black has worked in the rural, agricultural, and leadership arenas for much of his working career.
He has had close involvement in 4-H and other leadership programs, such as Junior Farmers and the Advanced Agricultural Leadership Program (AALP). He credits his involvement in these programs with allowing him to develop the skills that would lead him to apply to be a senator. He has been involved in 4-H for almost 50 years in all aspects of the program, at the local, provincial and national levels and is a Past President of the Canadian 4-H Council.
Black was Ward 5 Representative on Wellington County Council. He has also been Manager of the Ontario Research and Development Challenge Fund, and President of the Ontario Agricultural Hall of Fame Association and the Wellington County Historical Society.
He worked with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) for 15 years. Following his time at OMAFRA, he spent five years as the Executive Director of 4-H Ontario. Black then accepted the role of Executive Director of The Centre for Rural Leadership, which morphed in to the Rural Ontario Institute (ROI).
On Feb. 27, 2018, Black was sworn in as a senator representing the province of Ontario. Since then, he has been working on several issues of importance to Canadians through his role, and is a member of the Standing Committees on Agriculture and Forestry; Social Affairs, Science and Technology; Rules, Procedures and the Rights of Parliament; and, the Joint Committee on the Library of Parliament. He is currently the Chair of the Canadian Senators Group (CSG).
Black and his wife, Julie, live north of Fergus, ON and have four grown children and two grandsons.
The opening with 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.
The 165th fair will not be the full experience that people are accustomed to but with visitor safety always in mind a hybrid fair will emerge.
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.
concerts returning to the Bayfield Town Hall grounds
Swagger are l-r: Gary, drums and vocals: Mo, bass, keyboards and vocals; Darla, vocals; and Dwayne, guitar and vocals. They will be performing on the grounds of the Bayfield Town Hall on Sept. 5. (Submitted photo)
The bands, “Beatles and Blue” and “Swagger” will be performing on the grounds of the Bayfield Town Hall in the coming weeks and tickets are available now.
Beatles in Blue will take to the stage on Saturday, Aug. 28, followed by Swagger on Sunday, Sept. 5.
Beatles in Blue will offer attendees a Blues Rock tribute to the boys from Liverpool. The Fab Four’s songs are mixed with Blues grooves giving the Beatles songbook a whole new spin. This multi-dimensional trio serve up the Beatles in fresh styles like Texas Boogie, Chicago Schuffle and New Orleans funk.
Swagger is known as London, Ontario’s favorite party band. They have been packing dance floors since 2013 with their mix of pop, rock and country from the 70s, 80s, and 90s to present day. Great songs combined with a high-energy show and fun crowd atmosphere has earned the band London Music Awards for Fan Favorite and Best Cover Band.
The cost of tickets for either concert are $20 per person. Tickets can be purchased online with no extra handling fee at www.bayfieldtownhall.com. There will be a cash bar. The gates and bar will open at 6 p.m. The concerts will begin at 7 p.m. As these are both outdoor events people are asked to bring their own blanket or lawn chair.
Bayfield PACC will have a presence at the Community Fair
The Bayfield People and Canine Community (PACC) is pleased to announce that they will have a presence at the Bayfield Community Fair scheduled for the third weekend in August. The Bayfield Agricultural Society (BAS) has graciously provided them with space to set up a booth which will give them an opportunity to publicly engage with citizens and visitors alike.
“We have some fun, kid-friendly, activities planned so make sure to bring the youngsters by for a visit. Look for a future announcement outlining the events we have in store. Prizes will be available! In the meantime, here is a hint…sharpen your crayons! Look for a link on our webpage to download a special image which you can bring to the fair,” said Suzan Johnson, representing Bayfield PACC.
The Bayfield 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.
“We would like to thank everyone who has taken the time to complete our survey. Your input is vital and will help shape our future goals. If you have not yet had the opportunity to complete the on-line survey, please visit our web page. The survey will take only a few minutes of your time and is incredibly user-friendly,” said Johnson. “For those who wish to put pen to paper, we will also provide “hard copy” forms at our booth at the fair. See you there!”
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.
Year of the Barn event features works by ontario artists
One of 50 art pieces that comprise the Year of the Barn Exhibition and Sale. (Submitted photo)
Volunteers with the Bayfield Centre for the Arts (BCA) are gearing up for a one-of-a-kind summer event, their “Year of the Barn” Exhibition and Sale has been set for Aug. 20-21.
This “off the wall” style event will take place at the Barn behind The Village Bookshop located at 24 Main Street North. The public will have an opportunity to view the 50 barn paintings that were donated by artists from all over Ontario, and even one from China, on Friday, Aug. 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There is no admission fee! Adding to the fun atmosphere will be booths set up by boutique- style, local farm vendors where visitors can shop for regional goodies. The Village Bookshop will also have art supplies and unique farm and animal books for sale.
After the public viewing of the exhibition, the “sale” will begin with ticket holders given special access to come and pick a painting.
“We have opened our ticket sales for this new and creative event happening in Bayfield!” said Leslee Squirrell, representing the BCA. “The ticket price you choose will determine your time slot to pick your painting…off the wall!”
There are 15 tickets available for the private, evening reception to be held on Friday from 5-7:30 p.m. but just like in Willy Wonka there is only one Golden Ticket! Three hundred dollars is the price that has been set to purchase the Golden Ticket thus earning first choice of all 50 paintings offered for sale. The fourteen remaining Silver tickets are available for $200 each.
“The top 15 ticket categories will allow you and your spouse/guest to choose your painting. It also includes an exclusive evening reception at the barn with refreshments and a light nosh served in a personal charcuterie box for two along with music provided by local harpist Martha Lawrence,” said Squirrell.
The following day, those people who purchased the remaining 35 tickets in the Bronze and Copper categories will be able to pick their paintings. Holders of Bronze and Copper tickets will be offered a first-come first-served time slot of morning or afternoon to choose from the remaining paintings. Bronze tickets are available for $125 each and those ticket holders can choose their paintings from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday followed by the Copper ticket holders from noon until 2 p.m. Copper tickets are selling for $75 each.
Tickets are availalbe now on Eventbrite by visiting www.eventbrite.ca/d/canada--huron/bayfield-centre-for-the-arts/
It should be noted that although paintings are referred to in the explanation of the event not all of the donated art was painted. There is also photography, needlepoint, wood block and stained glass to choose from.
prints support Pioneer Park
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or through The Village Bookshop at email@example.com.
hector and buttons need a home
Buttons and Hector(Submitted photo)
Bayfield's Forgotten Felines (BFF) has helped hundreds of feral and abandoned cats find their forever homes but many are still waiting.
Hector and Buttons are the Adopt-A-BFF cats of the week.
Hector and Buttons aren’t blood siblings but they certainly have bonded like they were. They came to the Rescue from two entirely different litters a week apart, both were very scared and alone. Volunteers put them together for company and they quickly became a bonded pair. Hector is a little more outgoing so Buttons simply follows his lead.
Could you be Hector and Buttons forever family? Anyone interested in adopting them are encouraged to contact Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
josh geddis concert
Josh Geddis (Submitted photo)
The Bayfield Concert Series is back entertaining folks with some pretty stellar acts at a new outdoor venue this summer – River Road Brewing.
Local musical talent Josh Geddis, with special guest Ivan Rivers, will be unveiling his latest four-song EP entitled, “The Quiet I Never Knew” during a special free show, Thursday, Aug. 19.
The “doors” will open at 7 p.m. with the performance beginning at 7:30 p.m. This show is sponsored by Lake Huron Chrysler. Those who attend are asked to bring a blanket or a lawn chair.
River Road Brewing is located just north of the village along Bayfield River Road.
Repair the Stairs
“Congratulations to all! Thanks to your participation in our 50/50 cash draw: “Repair the Stairs Campaign, we will once again be able to reach the beach,” said Catherine Tillmann, representing the Pioneer Park Association. “Participation in this event was wonderful. Our volunteers enthusiastically staffed the sales stations and encouraged all comers to take a chance on winning a prize, and most importantly play a continuing role in the health of our irreplaceable lakefront park.
She went on to say that not only did the local community step up and participate with enthusiasm, they also had many first timers to Bayfield join in.
“It was a wonderful community event, and a great awareness builder for Pioneer Park,” said Tillmann.
This Friday, Aug. 13 at Pioneer Park at sunset (8 p.m.), Mayor Paul Klopp will draw the winning ticket for the 50/50 cash prize. All are welcome to celebrate the event.
“Rest assured, if you’re the winner, and you can’t be there, we will be contacting you immediately after. Good luck to all. And thank you for participating in this wonderful fundraising event,” concluded Tillmann.
Adding to the excitment of the raffle announcement, Ryan O’Reilly is going to join Mayor Klopp for the draw in the park.
In addition, O'Reilly is going to have photos available of him as Captain of the Stanley Cup winning St. Louis Blues. He will autograph photographs for fans. He has asked that for fans wanting a signed autographed photo that they please make a donation to Pioneer Park.
Pioneer Park AGM
The Pioneer Park Association (PPA) will be holding their annual general meeting (AGM) on Saturday, Aug. 14.
This meeting is scheduled to take place in the park (weather permitting) starting at 10 a.m. The rain location will be the Bayfield Community Center. Covid protocols will be followed. Participants must be a member of the PPA to attend and vote at the meeting. Attendance by non-members will be at the discretion of the Chair.
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 always welcoming new members and those spending a week or two in the area. 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. 8 at 8 a.m. until today, Aug. 11 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 one session remains.
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 final topic of the series, 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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.