A Bayfield Community Fair timeline of events
“Remembering Canadian Country Dreams” is the theme of the 161st Bayfield Community Fair to be held this weekend, Aug. 18-20.
There is so much being jammed packed into two and half days that it is really difficult to know where to begin and what to include but the following is an overview of what visitors can expect. We recommend printing off this section of the Bayfield Breeze and taking it with you to the fair!
Admission prices: $10, weekend pass; $5 daily admission; free, children 12 and under; donation to Ag Society - Carnival Music Festival.
Friday, Aug. 18
4:30 p.m. – The fair gates open and the midway fires up.
5 p.m. – Exhibits and concessions open so folks can see if they’ve won a ribbon or do some shopping. Ribs Fest begins and people can wash the meal down with a cool beverage as the Beer Garden opens. Hot Air Balloon Rides will be offered but maybe eat first!
6 p.m. – For those who prefer to keep their feet on the ground, train rides will be available starting behind the tent.
6:30 p.m. – The Odd Soul Collective will provide music at the Youth Talent Stage.
7 p.m. - The Fair is officially declared open and after that the dignitaries will be faced with a challenge! Upstairs in the Community Centre area youth will also face a challenge as they compete in the Rise 2 Fame Youth Talent Show.
9 p.m. – The evening will end with a bang, as a Fireworks Display will be held in Agriculture Park.
Saturday, Aug. 19
9 a.m. – The day dawns on the fair with a Western (Light) Horse Show in the Main Show Ring.
10 a.m. - Exhibits and concessions open for viewing and the Midway ramps back up.
11 a.m. – The Bayfield Community Parade will roll down Main Street along Clan Gregor Square and down John Street to Agriculture Park, as is tradition the spectators will follow to the fairgrounds.
Noon – The festivities really get going with Joey the Acrobat Guy performing in the arena and pipe bands filling the air with music on the grounds. The Discovery Tent will open with a display of “Reptiles in Huron County”. Wiggle cars, face painting, balloon animals and train rides should keep the youngsters occupied. The agricultural side of the fair will be enhanced by the 4H Dairy Achievement Day and the 4H Sheep Club Competition and the Friesian Horse Show all taking place on the grounds.
12:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.- The afternoon is filled with all kinds of activity, be one the look out for the dunk tank, pedal mini-tractor pull, Trulee Odd performing, Joey The Acobat Guy and pig demonstrations.
6:30 p.m. - Carnival Music Festival begins with performances by "Boy in December” and “The Blacklist Social”. Due to circumstances beyond the control of organizers the headliner, “I Mother Earth” will no longer be performing at the fair. Advmission to the event will be by donation to the Agricultural Society. This evening of free music is sponsored by Lake Huron Chrysler and Dale Group Realty. The Beer Garden and Midway will still be running.
9 p.m. The Midway will close but the music will continue until around 11 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 20
9 a.m. The final day of the fair begins with a Miniature Horse Show in the sideshow ring and the Outdoor Flea Market to be held in the ball diamond area.
10:30 a.m. “Prayers and Praise Under the Big Top” will be held when the four local churches come together for an interdenominational community church service. All are welcome.
11 a.m. The Heavy Horse Show will start in the main show ring and the reptile display is back in the Discovery Tent.
11:30 a.m. Midway opens for a final day of fun!
Noon until 5 p.m. Many of the Saturday children’s activities will be offered again along with events for all ages such as, Rise2Fame contestants from Friday night will be performing under the tent, a Jamboree will be held in the community centre, Adopt-a-pet Pet Rescue will be on hand with some furry friends in need of homes and there will be a Watermelon Challenge.
Hope to see you at the Fair!
Municipality releases press release about Arena Ice
Editor's Note: The following is a press release issued by the Municipality of Bluewater on Aug. 13:
On Aug. 8, Bluewater Council's Commitee of the Whole passed a motion to recommend to Council at their Aug. 21st meeting that the ice be removed at the Bayfield Arena.
The issue of whether the ice at the Bayfield Arena should remain or be removed dates back to Feb. 28, 2009 when a report called ‘Facility Review Report – Planning for the Future Today’ was presented for Council’s consideration. This report recommended that consideration be given to reconditioning the Bayfield rink surface. The reasons provided note that revenues do not justify the long-term capital required to continue operation as an ice surface facility and that, in the long term, it would take significantly less capital to renovate for more general use.
The report also noted: deficiencies in the general spatial layout; building envelope; structural system; roof design; mechanical systems; and size.
In 2013, staff updated the Facility Review Report and provided it to Council for consideration. The 2013 Facility Review Report noted: low ice utilization; repairs required to continue to provide long term ice; the opportunity to use the surface area without ice year around; the operating deficit, and that major ice tenants could be accommodated in other Bluewater facilities. (The Municipality of Bluewater currently operates three arenas.)
In 2013, a Commitee of Council was formed to discuss future uses of the Bayfield Arena and three public meetings took place, where input from the community was sought.
After this, the Bayfield Arena Community Partners Association's (BACPA) proposal to decrease the deficit by increasing revenues while reducing staff costs was accepted, meaning that Council agreed to provide ice surface at the Arena for another three years. This mandate is now up, and unfortunately, despite the BACPA’s best efforts, they did not meet their proposed goals, and the necessary increases in revenues and ice usage weren’t achieved.
On Aug. 4, both the BACPA and BFIT (Bayfield Facility Initiative Team) were given notice that a staff report on the issue was going to the Commitee of the Whole meeting on Aug. 8, and the report ‘Bayfield Arena — Ice Surface’ was made public on the municipal website as part of the Aug. 8, Commitee of the Whole agenda.
Meetings of the Commitee of the Whole are held prior to Council meetings specifically to ensure both transparency and accountability, and to allow members of the public to attend. Agenda items are always published on the Bluewater website the Friday before the meeting.
The report ‘Bayfield Arena — Ice Surface’ notes: the current deficit associated with the building; low ice usage; and the short-term capital costs associated to the building related to ice.
The vote at the Aug. 8 Commitee of the Whole meeting recommending that ice be removed from the Bayfield Arena effective April 2018 is one step in a long process which has allowed Bluewater residents to have their say along the way. A feasibility study on how the facility might be best used in the future has been recommended, and this would also need input from the community.
It is recognized that this issue raises strong feelings in the community. Bluewater Council works on behalf of its citizens with the aim of providing an excellent quality of life while keeping the tax burden low, and this balancing act is neither perfect nor easy.
Should Council make the decision on Aug. 21st to remove the ice from the Bayfield Arena, it will certainly not be an easy one.
Arena Partners respond to the ice removal recommendation
The members of the Bayfield Arena Community Partner’s Association (BACPA) has always believed that ice usage success should always be determined by the community or by the smiles on the kids faces playing pickup hockey on the BACPA sponsored ice.
Initially the BACPA was formed to have a united voice to challenge the Municipality of Bluewater’s decision to cancel ice in the Village of Bayfield and surrounding area. We were informed by the Municipality that the facility was not being used enough and had a large deficit.
In 2014, BACPA put forward a Business Plan to increase all usage at the Bayfield Arena and Community Centre. This was projected long before they had any access to Bluewater financial records or operational standards.
In their investigation to change minds the BACPA discovered two important facts. First, they found that the actual cost to maintain ice in the Bayfield Arena is only $40,000 per year and that the balance of the deficit are overhead costs associated with the building’s other uses regardless of ice. Second, the BACPA discovered the building is virtually never used in the seven months outside of hockey season. Rentals were actually one per month.
“Our group felt that with improved marketing and our enthusiasm to see this succeed we could increase usage and reduce the deficit,” said Ron Keys, chair of the BACPA.
“In our third year we set our goal at 35 hours per week average usage. What we didn't know at that time was how Bluewater calculates usage, for some reason they will only count contracted ice,” said Keys. “This method calculates ice to be at 28.36 hrs/week. Our calculations show it is actually 29.42 hrs/week. On the financial side as usage continued to increase so did the deficit, this while Bluewater subsidized certain rentals to approximately $16,000 per year.”
According to Keys, over the past three years on no occasion did Bluewater Council discuss or pass any motion to set goals for BACPA and now they are using a three year- old projection as one reason for failure.
BACPA was notified on Friday, Aug. 4 about the pending report to be given on Aug. 8.
“The Community deserves more opportunity through public meetings. This definitely has been rushed. First, there was no request from Council for a staff recommendation. If the final motion is passed to end ice, this will be the final step to solidifying Bayfield as a retirement village. It is likely that young families will no longer want to live here and this will greatly affect property values and tax revenue for the Municipality.
“With very little discussion after Bayfield Ward Councilor Bill Whetstone reported to Council what was missing in the report, the motion passed quickly.”
Keys also noted that this report was expected, but was only meant to be a projection of ice cost over the next 2-3 years.
While there is always the risk of equipment failures, the operational cost of ice in Bayfield is $40,000 per year according to BACPA. Keys also stated that Bluewater to date has not reported the actual annual cost of ice, but does have $11,000 in reserve for a condenser at the present time, with another $10,000 set aside for radiant heat in reserve for the re-purposing.
BFIT members feel public meetings should take place
Although the agenda for the Bluewater Council's Commitee of the Whole meeting was published on Friday, Aug. 4, as per process, the report was a huge surprise to the members of the Bayfield Facility Initiative Team (BFIT), as never has there been a motion from council to bring forward a recommendation on removing the ice, only a report for information.
No thought was given to the revamp costs of the facility, or the mission of BFIT, which could save taxpayers millions while providing a new facility for all ages - with, or without ice.
When dealing with such a sensitive issue that will have a permanent impact on the residents of Bayfield and the surrounding area, it would have been more respectful to meet with BFIT ahead of the release of the report to review and discuss options before taking this drastic step of ice removal.
BFIT feels strongly that a public meeting should take place so that residents can provide input before removing the ice and ask questions of the report released by the Municipality of Bluewater. The public should be allowed to discuss all pertinent information regarding costs presented in the report, plus discuss the effects ice removal will have on the economic development of the village.
BFIT is independently dedicated to bringing together residents of all ages by providing an environmentally sound facility for education, recreation and celebration to sustain and grow the community of Bayfield.
BFIT's vision is to "create a privately funded, multi-generational facility to promote, celebrate, and sustain health, wellness, and pride of individuals and families that make up Bayfield. The benefactors of the facility's educational, social, health, and recreational programs are of all ages, including residents, local business, service groups, and visitors. Your facility will be managed by a representative Board of local residents."
Martel book launch and photography workshops
As mentioned in last week’s Bayfield Breeze, The Photography Club of Bayfield (PCoB) is pleased to sponsor the launch of Don Martel’s book, “Loaves and Fishes” on Sept. 7.
The launch will be held from 7:30-9 p.m. at the Bayfield Town Hall and is open to the general public. Admission is by donation to the Alzheimers Society.
As a master photographer and great storyteller, Martel will share some of his experiences from his 8,200 KM solo bike ride across Canada in support of Alzheimers in words and photos. It was the inspiration he received from his encounters with hundreds of fellow Canadians that resulted in the book “Loaves and Fishes” All net sales proceeds of the book will also go to the Alzheimer’s Society of Canada.
In addition, Martel has also agreed to hold two photo workshops on Friday, Sept. 8 and Saturday, Sept. 9.
The first of these is called: “Introduction to Digital Photography” and will take place at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building on the Friday from 7-8:30 p.m.
This class, limited to 20 participants, is for anyone with a camera, from a smart phone to the latest digital SLR, who is not fully comfortable with the technology. The class will help you understand how your camera sees the world. Martel will explain how and why your camera sometimes does not appear to see things the way your eyes see them and then provide you with practical simple approaches to use this knowledge to your advantage when making photos.
The second workshop, called “Land and Water”, will also be in the Lions building and take place on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. After a break there will be an evening beach shoot starting at 7 p.m. In this workshop, restricted to a maximum of 12 people, you will learn tips, starting points and approaches to making great Landscapes and Waterscapes. You will learn about light, motion, landscapes, waterfalls, reflections and even spend some time with some useful post processing techniques.
The Friday workshop costs $10 and the all-day Saturday workshop costs $85. For any further questions or registration please contact Martel at 519 984-6329 or email email@example.com. You can also visit www.donmartel.com.
Calendar launch this Friday
On Aug. 18, the Bayfield Lions’ Club and the Photography Club of Bayfield (PCoB) will be launching the 2018 Bayfield Calendar. The calendar is a joint project of the Lions and the PCoB.
“This year our theme was ‘Blue is the new Green’ and as a result, most of the submitted and ultimately selected photos emphasized water in all its forms,” said Jack Pal, chair of the Calendar Committee. “We continue to challenge our photographers and make changes which we hope the public will like.”
A short list of 18 was selected from over 265 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 16x20 size ready for framing. The unveiling of these photos will take place in the Farmer’s Market at 4 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 18. The enlarged prints will be available for immediate sale at a price of $40 and will include a free copy of the new calendar. The new calendar will also be offered for sale at a price of $10 and will be available at Shopbike Coffee Roasters, Bayfield Foodland and Dublin Mercantile in Bayfield 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. 2 when the prints and calendars will once again be displayed and offered for sale from 4:30-7 p.m. Net proceeds from that event to be shared between the Lions and town hall.
Anyone interested in submitting photos for next year, the theme will be “Architecture of the Bayfield Area”. Photographers will be encouraged to interpret the theme broadly and creatively. More submission details will be released in the near future.
Sunset on Summer will see return of silent auction
The Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society (BTHHS) is hosting its fourth annual “Sunset on Summer” (SOS) family picnic on Saturday, Sept. 2 on the grounds of the Bayfield Town Hall.
The event will run from 4:30-8 p.m. and will feature BBQ chicken cooked during the picnic, along with baked beans, coleslaw, a roll and dessert. Bring your guests or you can enjoy take-out. “The Cosmic Cowboys”, from London, ON will provide the entertainment. They were 2017 Jack Richardson Music Awards nominees in the Folk/Roots category.
Activities at SOS will include, a Kiddy Korner, with help from The Purple Peony, located on Bayfield’s Main Street, as well as a return of the Thomas the Train table, sponsored by the CNR School Car in Clinton. As always, there will be a cash bar for adults.
Once again, the event will include a raffle/silent auction. Stay tuned for details. Also, the Bayfield Lions’ Club will be selling prints of the photos chosen for the 2018 Bayfield calendar (as opposed to the silent auction of previous years). The sale will take place from 4:30-7 p.m. with net proceeds being shared between the town hall and the Bayfield Lions’ Club.
The adult ticket price is $20 and children 12 years and younger are $10. In case of rain the event will move to the Bayfield Arena.
The proceeds from this event will go towards replenishing the town hall reserve funds necessary to maintain and preserve the 135-year-old Bayfield Town Hall. These funds were depleted by the expense of the beautiful new roof and new furnace installations in 2016.
Call the Bayfield Town Hall at 519 565-5788 or visit Ticketscene.ca to purchase tickets. Anyone who calls the town hall is asked to leave a message and someone will return the call. Organizers are trying a new system with this event to ease the ticket-selling burden on the volunteer Board members. The Town Hall Box Office will be open from 1:30-3 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays to buy or pick up tickets. Volunteers will also have tickets available at the Farmers’ Market during market hours on Friday, Aug. 18 and 25 as well as Sept. 1. Tickets will also be available Fitness Classes held in the Bayfield Arena and Community Centre.
As was done last year, the town hall, as an active member of Bayfield’s Blue Community initiative, has purchased non-toxic, biodegradable, cups, plates, bowls, and cutlery. SOS will leave a smaller footprint on our environment.
The committee overseeing this BBQ is looking for volunteers to help with the event. There are several categories of volunteering, such as serving food, set up, clean up, handling tickets sales for the beer/wine tent and clearing tables. Anyone interested is asked to please call Sandy at 519 565-2830 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Funding for village video Series
Last year, Regional Tourism Organization 4 Inc (RTO4) in partnership with Drift and the Bayfield Area Chamber of Commerce (BACC) launched a video storytelling series with the purpose of highlighting and amplifying the unique DNA draw of Bayfield - an artistic and heritage village, set on the shores of Lake Huron with an underlying theme of sustainability.
Building on its success RTO4 is pleased to be able to offer some seed funding for the continuation of the video storytelling series provided we find the right partner/story to feature on screen this year.
RTO4 will cover the cost of video production, estimated value $3,500. The partner will be responsible for $400 towards social media promotion and distribution on various agreed-upon channels.
Anyone interested in putting forward a nomination for this opportunity please email email@example.com or call 519 271-7000 Ext. 205 by Aug. 25th. Please detail what the business or organization is and what you would like to highlight about Bayfield.
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 605 signatures.
For anyone interested in viewing the petition please visit: www.change.org.
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!
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. 23rd. 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 Friends of the Bayfield Library (FOBL) would like to invite everyone to their annual general meeting that will take place in the Bayfield Branch of the Huron County Library on Sept. 9, at 10 a.m.
Anyone who is interested in volunteering with the FOBL as a board member or in other capacities, please contact the friends via firstname.lastname@example.org
SAFE HARBOUR RUN
Safe Harbour Run in support of the Huron Women’s Shelter is fast approaching.
Early registration for the Safe Harbour Run to be held on Aug. 20 will close Thursday, Aug. 17 at midnight. Entry is limited to 250 people. Should there be fewer than 250 registered at that time, same day registration will take place at 7:30 a.m. on day of the race. Please note, however, that “day of” fees are higher than advanced registration fees.
The event is open to all ages. It is part of the competitive Runpikers Series sponsored by Runners’ Choice but is also a popular recreational run.
Cash prizes are awarded for all winners of all age categories in the 5 KM and 10 KM events.
Because Bayfield is a centre for pole walking and walking, this year’s event also features a 5 KM walk for these enthusiasts. The 2 KM walk/run event is open to folks of any age with a special welcome to para-athletes.
Every participant will receive a gift package that exceeds a $12 in value.
All participants are asked to sign in at Clan Gregor Square near the Bayfield Town Hall beginning at 7:30 a.m. Coffee will be available.
Organizers would like to thank the 62 sponsors that provide the funding to operate this event so that the Huron Women’s Shelter will receive 80 per cent while Blue Bayfield will accept the remainder and both groups can use the money from registration to help with their work.
To register visit www.safeharbourrun.ca.
Fair Church Service
In what is becoming an important part of the Bayfield Community Fair, local churches will gather together for a community worship service at the fairgrounds on Sunday, Aug. 20.
Starting at 10:30 a.m., “Prayer and Praise Under the Big Top” will commence. This year rather than having a guest speaker, there will be an old-fashioned gospel hymn sing with many favorite tunes. Special guest musicians will be featured, along with a choir amassed from the five local churches involved.
A special offering will go towards the Red Cross appeal to help victims of British Columbia’s wildfires. Regular church offering envelopes will also be collected and returned to individual churches.
The service is organized with leadership from St. Andrews United, Knox Presbyterian, Trinity and St. James Middleton Anglican churches and The Church on the Way. Everyone is welcome to attend, rain or shine, under the fairgrounds tent.
You have heard of an old fashion ‘barn raising’, well, the Bayfield Historical Society (BHS) is having a ‘building painting’ and they are looking for volunteers to help. All that is needed is a paintbrush, scraper, some clothes to wear while painting and a positive attitude. Anyone who doesn’t have a paintbrush or scraper should then just bring the positive attitude. Supervision will be provided if requested.
Volunteers will be painting the exterior of the Archives Building and Heritage Centre on Saturday, Sept. 9 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Coffee and muffins will be available. A small crew is needed for Friday, Sept. 8 from 10 a.m. to noon to scrape, sand and prime a few areas on the south and west sides as well as caulk some of the window frames.
Anyone who is able to help then should please call the BHS at 519 441-3224 and leave a message indicating when they can help - Friday, Saturday or both days. Anyone who can bring a step or extension ladder should indicate that as well. Please note that the painting event will be rescheduled if it rains.
People from all walks of life and across the world tell how the practice of Taoist Tai Chi® arts has relieved stress, provided deep relaxation, given their bodies balance and strength, helped with pain, lifted spirits and even changed their outlook on life.
Beginner classes are being offered in Bayfield starting in September. All are welcome to attend these classes taught by an accredited, volunteer instructor.
An Open House and free class will be held on Thursday, Sept. 7, from 9–10:30 a.m. at the Bayfield Town Hall. Beginner classes will continue on Thursdays from 9-11 a.m. AM at the town hall.
For more information call Doug Brown at 519 565-5187.
The Bayfield Artist Guild is hosting an Art Show and Sale and Learn to Paint event on Aug 19.
The location of the event will be the lawn of the Lighthouse Cottage, on the corner of Tuyll, Chiniquy and Colina Streets, across from Pioneer Park. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. come out to see artists at work, buy a piece for the cottage, or sit down to paint one of your own! The rain date for this event is Aug. 26.
The Bayfield Artist Guild meets every two weeks (June through Sept.) on Friday mornings, to paint in various locations around town. If you would like to join us whether abeginner, intermediate, or experienced artist please email Bayfieldartistguild@gmail.com for more information.
BUS ATTENDs BHS
The Bayfield Historical Society (BHS) is delighted to announce that the speakers for the August meeting will be members of the fun loving and locally famous Bayfield Ukulele Society (BUS).
This fast growing group has grown from two members to 16 in just two years; they get together at the library, generate some great music and have a great time.
If you want to learn their story, if you are searching for a fun social activity to join or are simply curious about this group please plan to attend the BHS evening. It will be held on Monday, Aug. 28 commencing at 7:30 p.m. at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building.
Refreshments will be served at the conclusion of the meeting, memberships are available and all are welcome to attend.
In celebration of the upcoming 100th International Plowing Match, the Bayfield Historical Society would like people to share their favorite memories, places, and things about Bayfield by writing on a “piece” of this quilt block. This quilt block will be on display at the society’s booth in the IPM Heritage Tent. (Submitted photo)
In celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday and the upcoming 100th International Plowing Match, the Bayfield Historical Society (BHS) has initiated a small project to share memories of Bayfield.
Organizers would like to make the project a community one and ask that people share their favorite memories, places, and things about Bayfield by using permanent markers to write on a “piece” of the quilt block. This quilt block will be on display at the society’s booth in the IPM Heritage Tent.
People can participate in this project and share a memory by visiting the Bayfield Heritage Centre and Archives at 20 Main St. N during their hours of operation (Wednesday-Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.). A donation to participate would be appreciated. Sharing a memory on the quilt block will be based on a first come basis.
One Care will continue to offer morning fitness classes at the arena on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings starting Sept. 6. The schedule will be posted on the arena door and outdoor bulletin board at the library. Some exciting new classes will be added to the line-up.
Bayfield has been fortunate to receive funding through the provincial government’s Seniors Community Grant Program. Some of this funding will be used to provide new fitness opportunities for seniors that emphasize mindfulness and relaxation.
These classes will be offered later in the day so people who still work might be able to fit them into their schedules.
“NIA” will begin on Sept. 12 at 5:30 p.m. in the Bayfield Community Centre. NIA classes combine dance, martial arts and mindfulness techniques. According to practioners, flexibility, mobility, agility, strength and stability will all be enhanced. The goal is to leave the class energized and relaxed. Participants may do the class in bare feet or soft flexible sneakers that will bend with your movements.
According to Wikepedia, the NIA technique is a mind/body physical conditioning program that initially stood for Non-Impact Aerobics, a health and fitness alternative that emerged in the 1980s and evolved to include neurological integrative practices and teachings.
The first Total Body Relax class will be held on Sept. 28, also at 5:30 p.m. at the community centre. Total Body Relax offers a gentle approach to stretching, toning and relaxing muscles. Participants are asked to bring a yoga mat, towel or blanket and a small pillow. Note some Total Body Relax classes will be held at the arena and some at the Bayfield Town Hall.
All are invited to come out and give one of these classes a try. There is no charge for either class. Please email plewington @tcc.on.ca for more information.
Morning along the Sawmill Trail. (Photo by Jack Pal)
On Aug. 24, the Bayfield River Valley Trail Assocition will be hosting a hike along the Sawmill Trail.
This walk features a range of historical and natural points of interest. Naturalists will enjoy the changing terrain, varied plant life and the telltale signs of abundant wildlife. The trail is 2 KM long with a Level 2 difficulty although there is one large hill, and will take approximately 1 hour. The hike will begin at 9 a.m.
To access the trail turn east on Old River Road, proceed .5 KM and turn right at Sawmill Road. Parking is available. All are welcome to join the hike!
The hike leaders will be Chris Bowers and Elise Feltrin, 519 565-5852.
The residents of the Bayfield Mews are happy to announce that the development is now on it’s final phase as Phase Two residences are now being sold and the 39 homes in the first phase of the project are now sold out!
As “it’s all about community” at the Bayfield Mews the residents are opening their doors for people to come out and tour three of the beautiful townhome styles available in this 55 plus adult lifestyle community.
At this event to be held on Sept. 2 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in addition to the tour people will be treated to a hotdog BBQ and refreshments will also be served.
The Bayfield Mews homes can be found along Bayfield Mews Lane just south of the village.