"Harvesting memories, planting the future" this weekend
The train on loan from the Parkhill Agricultural Society is always a fair highlight for youngsters and it will be back for the 165th community fair this weekend! (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)
Following a year of planning, the 165th Bayfield Community Fair will soon be a weekend of gathering together and celebrating this rural community. It will be a hybrid fair so gathering can be safe but still have the essence of competitions, entertainment, and seeing one another again - socially distanced.
On Friday, Aug. 20, a chicken barbecue dinner (advance meal orders only) will be enjoyed followed by the 165th fair opening. The opening will feature Senator Rob Black who is a strong advocate for agriculture in Canada. He will deliver a few comments before officially opening the fair. Musician Adam Lang will be performing on the entertainment stage and an expanded fireworks show will conclude the evening.
Saturday morning, Aug. 21, people will be treated to a demonstration featuring Arabian horses and the 4H shows will return.
“The 4H shows highlight the work that many young people have been doing all summer looking after and preparing their sheep and dairy calves to show them at our fair,” said Doug Yeo, on behalf of the Bayfield Agricultural Society (BAS). “The Friesian horse show will be in the afternoon with a couple of timed events where horses and driver are tested to see how fast they can manoeuvre through a course.”
Yeo also noted that there will be several children’s activity centres including, the Discovery Tent and a “What is it?” tent. Snippity the Clown will be making balloon animals for the children and Tex Rexman will be performing his comedy cowboy entertainment.
“It is a pleasure to be able to have Tex Rexman attend this year’s fair since he was originally booked for 2020 until COVID-19 changed everyone’s plans. The evening is also busy with a showcase by the Rise2Fame contestants. Mary Paige and Irelyn St. Onge will also entertain with their versatile talent,” said Yeo.
Sunday will feature the heavy horses and community music on the entertainment stage plus a local dog agility show will amuse everyone.
“Check out the antics of these dogs who are eager to have people cheer them on,” said Yeo.
There will be a train ride for the children all weekend and the animal display barn will be open. Plus, there will be a tractor display for visitors to check out.
Several community groups will have booths that people are encouraged to visit. Homecraft demonstrations will be in the arena as well as a display of “giant” vegetables (giant, depends on the weather). Visitors should be on the look out for a location with a screen that will feature some interviews of people with their memories of past fairs as well as the winners of the virtual fair competitions.
The Bayfield and Area Food Bank will be setting up a booth to accept any food donations that people bring in.
“If there is anything we have learned from our past year and a half is to look out for those less fortunate,” said Yeo.
Yeo noted that “Harvesting Memories, Planting the Future” is an appropriate theme for the 165th fair.
“What memories do you hold of fairs in Bayfield? How can we ensure fairs will be part of the future for Bayfield? Check out the signage showing who the supporters are for this year’s fair. Even with very uncertain times, our supporters continued their commitment to the fair. Their commitment is so appreciated,” he concluded.
People who attend the fair are encouraged to bring lawn chairs so that they can watch the various shows as seating will be limited on the bleachers. They may also wish to bring an umbrella for shade if the weekend proves to be sunny and hopefully it will!
To see the full schedule with event times visit: bayfieldfair.ca/?page_id=1977
concerts returning to the Bayfield Town Hall grounds
Paul Loeffelholz is a member of "Beatles in Blue" who will be performing on the grounds of the Bayfield Town Hall on Aug. 28. (Submitted photo)
The bands, “Beatles in 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 offering fun activites at the Community Fair
The Bayfield People and Canine Community (PACC) is excited to be able to participate in the 165th edition of the Bayfield Community Fair. Look for their booth at the Agricultural Park and meet the folks behind the scenes this coming weekend. Their booth will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. They have a number of kid-friendly activities planned so please be sure to bring the little ones their way.
Coloring contests are always popular with the younger crowd. A local citizen has created a great template depicting the spirit of the event and it is ready to come to life with creative touches by junior artists.
Participants can download and print the page from the Bayfield PACC website or pick up a copy at Shop Bike Coffee Roasters, The Village Bookshop, or from the Bayfield Public Library. (Submitted photo)
“You can download and print the page from our website at bayfieldpacc.com or pick up a copy at Shop Bike Coffee Roasters, The Village Bookshop, or from the Bayfield Public Library. Prizes will be available!” explained Suzan Johnson, representing Bayfield PACC.
“Another activity will test your powers of observation? Do you have any math skills? If so, you would likely do well in “guessing the number of dog cookies in the jar”. Just kidding, of course, you certainly do not need any special talents to take a wild guess and you could make your dog very happy,” added Johnson.
If the weather permits, Bayfield PACC will also be offering “Pups and People Portraits” at the PACC Photo Booth. Local photographers will be available on both Saturday and Sunday from noon to 3 p.m. People can bring their canine companions and these photographers will endeavor to capture some memorable moments.
“We would also like to mention that Bonnie Hirst of Greenacre Dog Training and Agility will be providing a demonstration of agility events on Sunday at noon and 1:30 pm. Perhaps we have some future canine athletes in the crowd who could be inspired by this event. Be sure to check it out.,” said Johnson.
She went on to say that Bayfield PACC would like to extend a sincere thank you to all those who have already completed their survey. For those who have not, or who do not have access to the on-line survey, they will have hard copies available at the PACC booth.
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 tickets remaining for saturday only
This framed photograph, printed on metallic paper, is just one of the art pieces available at the "Year of the Barn" event. (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!”
The 15 tickets available for the private, evening reception to be held on Friday is now sold out. Tickets are still available for the following day when those people who purchase from 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.
Virtual Terry Fox Run set for third Sunday in September
At 18 years-old Terry Fox was diagnosed with cancer and lost his leg. Two years later Fox started training to run across Canada. In 1980, he started his Marathon of Hope, raising funds and hoping for a cure for all cancers. Terry ran over 5,000 km - covering six provinces - to raise funds and share his message. Unfortunately, his health deteriorated, forcing him to abandon the Marathon. People all across Canada have since run every year in memory of Fox and as a result $850 million have been raised for cancer research.
Locally people can run, walk or bike and raise funds to keep his dream alive. Bayfield has raised over $41,000 through Terry Fox Runs, and for this support organizers truly are very grateful. This year the Run will be held virtually again, meaning participants can choose the route and the time when they want to participate. Register as an individual, family or team and start collecting pledges. The process is extremely simple; visit www.terryfox.ca/terryfoxrun/bayfield to register at the Bayfield site.
Donations can be made on the same site or people can sponsor a registrant or make a general donation. People can also scan the QR Codes on all posters and signs, which will bring them directly to the Bayfield site, enabling them to donate via their phone.
Those who prefer to donate to the Terry Fox Foundation by cash or cheque are invited to meet the organizers on Sunday, Sept. 19 between 9-10:30 a.m. at the pavilion in Clan Gregor Square. Organizers will also be selling 2021 Terry Fox t-shirts at $20 each. They will also have 2021 participation seals available. In addition, people will have the opportunity to take a selfie during this time in front of a large Terry Fox poster!
The Bayfield Terry Fox Run is organized by volunteers of the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA). Anyone who may have questions is asked to please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For further information regarding the Terry Fox Foundation, please visit www.terryfox.org
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 email@example.com or through The Village Bookshop at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Library Friends AGM
The Friends of Bayfield Library (FOBL) Annual General Meeting (AGM) is scheduled for Saturday, Sept.11 via ZOOM.
The meeting will begin at 10 a.m. and cover FOBL’s progress over the past year, including special events and projects undertaken.
The AGM is open to the public. Anyone interested in attending is kindly asked to register in advance for the ZOOM meeting. To do so please visit the Friends of the Bayfield Library Facebook page where the ZOOM link is shared.
Registrants will receive a confirmation email that contains information about joining the meeting. All are welcome!
Mary Hurley presented her art for sale at a previous event hosted by the Bayfield Artist Guild. The next show and sale is set for Aug. 21. (Submitted photo)
The Bayfield Artist Guild is holding an Art Show and Sale this Saturday, Aug. 21.
People are invited to shop for paintings, drawings, handmade cards and photography from noon to 3 p.m. at 52 Colina Street across from Pioneer Park. Current COVID-19 protocols will be followed.
Perferred payment for purchases will be cash or an E-transfer.
Lions' Calendar 2022
The Bayfield Lions’ Club is proud to announce the release of its 2022 Bayfield Calendar. This twelfth edition of the calendar (tenth as a joint project of the Lions and the Photography Club of Bayfield) was launched on Aug. 14. The paper quality has been improved so that the calendar is now more vibrant than ever.
These beautiful calendars would make an ideal Christmas gift or souvenir and can be purchased for $20 from any Lions’ member. The calendars are also available for purchase at Bayfield Convenience, Bayfield Foodland, Shopbike Coffee Roasters, Bayfield Archives and Heritage Centre or The Village Bookshop or by going directly to the Bayfield Lions’ website www.bayfieldlions.ca/753-2/ and following the instructions there.
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.
Meditation and Mindfulness
In the fall of 2020, Bayfield resident Christine Lang organized a day-long “Meditation and Mindfulness” event at the Bayfield Community Centre. Following COVID-19 guidelines, Instructor Amanda Ingall led the participants on a journey of peace and inner reflection. Lang would like to organize another event in the Spring of 2022 and is reaching out to the community to see if there is interest in participation.
Please email Lang at email@example.com for more information. To learn more about Ingall visit, www.amandaingall.ca. To learn more about Vicky Morrison, the proposed second meditation instructor, visit, vickymorrison.ca.
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 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. 15 at 8 a.m. until today, Aug. 18 at 8 p.m.
Orders can be paid online with credit card or email transfer.
“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 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 now 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 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.
Miranda (Submitted photo)
Bayfield's Forgotten Felines (BFF) has helped hundreds of feral and abandoned cats find their forever homes but many are still waiting.
Miranda isthe Adopt-A-BFF cat of the week.
Miranda is a very tiny, silver Tabbi. When she came to the Rescue she was very, very ill. According to volunteers, it has taken a long time to get her back to health but she is there now! She also lost part of her tail due to some trauma that occurred before she was taken in by a kind person. She is very affectionate but a little cautious when she first meets people. It takes her a little bit to warm up but she loves to be loved and has lots of love to give in return. Miranda may be a perpetual kitten which is surprising because she has a very, very healthy appetite. She regularly looks at volunteers with her soulful eyes and expects to get a treat and for putting those big golden eyes to work she is regulary rewarded.
Could you be Miranda's forever family? Anyone interested in adopting her is 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.