YOGA WITH A VIEW CONCLUDES
The Pioneer Park Association sponsored free summer yoga classes in the tranquil lakeside park on Thursday mornings at 8:30 a.m. The program will conclude for the season on Aug. 30. (Photos by Jack Pal)
BY MELODY FALCONER-POUNDER
Cynthia Forler, in conjunction with the Pioneer Park Association, has been offering outdoor yoga classes with an inspirational view on Thursday mornings throughout July and August.
The classes were held in Pioneer Park starting at 8:30 a.m., were free of charge, and open to 13 years of age and up. The program will conclude this Thursday, Aug. 30.
Forler noted that the classes were a mix of both men and women, although some morning’s females made up a higher percentage, as well as all levels of experience from seasoned to beginner.
Every Thursday morning for July and August, Cynthia Forler, has led groups of about 20 people in a yoga practice in Pioneer Park overlooking Lake Huron.
“We had wonderful feedback from the participants and certainly the most common was gratitude for the opportunity to start their morning with our practice in such an ideal setting,” said Forler.
This was the second year for yoga in the park.
“Some people told me that it was their first exposure to yoga last summer and they are now doing a regular practice in their home communities – this is very gratifying,” she said.
Forler went on to say that the average Thursday brought 20 plus participants. Although the class was to be limited to 20 anyone who came on time to register was allowed to participate.
“Many thanks to the Pioneer Park Association for their vision of bringing yoga to this beautiful space,” concluded Forler.
Anyone who would like to take part in the last class of the season is reminded to arrive 10 minutes early to register and sign a waiver. Please note that an adult must accompany any minors.
Two workshops added to fall photography club activities
The Photography Club of Bayfield (PCoB) will celebrate their first anniversary with a very special evening for photography enthusiasts of all skill levels when they host a presentation by photographer, Don Martel.
“Don has an incredible résumé that runs over decades including many collaborations with Freeman Patterson, one of Canada’s foremost photographers,” said Jack Pal, one of the PCoB’s founding members. “On a personal note, I can tell you that his presentation is awesome.”
According to Martel’s website, photography grabbed his attention while studying Business Administration in college. After working in and traveling for a computer- based career he made the switch to his true passion – photography. Over the years he devoted much time to attending photographic workshops as a student eventually evolving into the instructor.
He note’s on his website that his career highlight came in 1999 during a collaboration with Freeman Patterson for spring workshops in New Brunswick. This was followed by co-lectures with Marike Bruwer on multiple workshops on the west coast of South Africa in 2001. In the fall of that same year, he conducted two, one-week workshops at Singing Sands near Tobermory with Bruwer. Since then, he has held weeklong workshops every spring and fall with James Sidney on the Bruce Peninsula.
Martel’s Bayfield presentation will be entitled, “The Art of Seeing: Principles of Visual Design”. This approximately two-hour presentation will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 6. The doors to the Bayfield Town Hall will open to the public at 7:15 p.m. The cost to attend the evening will be $5 at the door for non-photography club members.
This lecture may peek the interest of photographers thirsty for more knowledge and will be a segue to a one-day workshop of the same title to be held in Bayfield on Sept. 15.
Workshop participants will gather at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building and then spread out across the village and surrounding area. The workshop will begin at 9 a.m. and run until sunset, please note lunch is not provided. The cost is $80 for PCoB members and $100 for non-members; a free membership to the PCoB for the remainder of 2012 is included, however.
The second workshop, Introductory Photography, to be led by George Zoethout, of Goderich, will take place on Oct. 13 at the Bayfield Lion’s Community Building from 10 a.m. to noon. The cost is $10 for members and $20 for non-members. This Zoethout instructed workshop is the first of a possible series of short workshops encompassing many different facets of photography.
“Both scheduled workshops are limited to eight participants in order to maximize the interactivity of the experience and to provide the optimum level of coaching. Should the workshops be oversubscribed, future dates will be arranged,” said Jack Pal.
For more information and to reserve a spot in either or both workshops please send a cheque to Jack Pal, P.O. Box 603, Bayfield N0M 1G0. Pal can also be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
playwright next speaker on guest list at "Adaptation"
People will have noticed posters around the village announcing that TEDx is coming to Bayfield perhaps these promotional materials have peeked the curiosity of individuals in learning what exactly TEDx is.
According to their website, TED is a non-profit organization devoted to their mission “Ideas Worth Spreading”. It began in 1984 as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment and Design. Over the years the scope of TED has broadened and become globally recognized.
The “x” indicates an independently orchestrated TED event. TEDx was created in the spirit of TED's mission. The program is designed to give communities, organizations and individuals the opportunity to stimulate dialogue through TED-like experiences at the local level.
The content and design of each TEDx event is unique and developed independently, but all TEDx events have several features in common. The events offer a number of short, carefully prepared live talks by presenters along with a minimum of two pre-recorded TEDTalks videos all offering bias-free programming.
TEDx Bayfield’s theme is “Adaptation” and will focus on agriculture, education, medicine, wellness and more. It will be held at the Bayfield Town Hall on Sept.13
The evening will begin at 7 p.m. with the doors of the hall opening one-hour prior.
Organizer Sarah Koopman’s notes that those who attend “should expect to hear from some of Southwestern Ontario's history-making people, watch some of the vast TED library of pre-recorded talks, have an opportunity to purchase our speakers' favorite books and interact with fellow community members.”
Tickets are selling for $25 each and are available at the following Bayfield businesses: Hive, The Village Bookshop and Outside Projects.
Each week until Sept. 13, TEDx Bayfield will announce a new guest speaker. The first speaker revealed was Laura Sygrove, co-founder and executive director of New Leaf Yoga Foundation. The second speaker will be Stephen Baker, principal of Virtual High School Ontario (VHS). The third speaker scheduled is Paul Ciufo, Canadian playwright.
Ciufo, of Grand Bend, works full time as a financial planner and is kept busy raising two daughters with wife, Julie. In recent years he has been compiling a body of work that is receiving national attention.
According to his website, Ciufo’s play “Reverend Jonah” was a finalist for the 2008 Governor General’s Literary Awards, Canada’s most prestigious literary prizes. When it premiered on the Blyth Festival stage “Reverend Jonah” was a big hit. His play “Narcisse” garnered a 2011 Governor General’s History Award for its producer, the St. Joseph and Area Historical Society. The playwright’s hit thriller “A Killing Snow” launched Blyth Festival’s 2010 season.
His radio drama “On Convoy” was produced and broadcast nationally by CBC Radio. It was originally a stage play produced by the Goderich Little Theatre Company.
Currently, Ciufo is working on a new play script, under the working title, “A Circle in the Field”.
“We asked each of our speakers to recommend a book to event-goers,” said Koopmans. “Paul's book recommendation for TEDxBayfield attendees is Time as History by Canadian philosopher George Grant.”
Ciufo’s choice is a collection of Grant's 1969 Massey Lectures in which he reviews the thought of Friedrich Nietzsche.
For more information about this event, email TEDxBayfield@gmail.com, follow on Twitter @TEDxBayfield, or check out the event page on the TED website: http://www.ted.com/tedx/events/4674.
Chamber keeps potential visitors virtually informed
The Bayfield and Area Chamber of Commerce (BACC) recently held their Annual General Meeting (AGM) at which they updated their membership on the many projects, activities and events they are involved in over the course of the year.
This week the Bayfield Breeze explores the ways the chamber aids virtually in encouraging people to visit the village.
The BACC’s main site is known as villageofbayfield.com. BACC President, Roger Lewington, reports that there may be an opportunity to upgrade the website, so the board is currently reviewing these opportunities.
The BACC is appreciative of the work of Erin Samuell, a chamber director, who has been developing along with the chamber, a second site, known as my-Bayfield.ca.
“We thank her for the work on this,” said Lewington. “When you have a look at it, it splits into three sites My Bayfield Wedding, promoting weddings in Bayfield; My Bayfield Weekend, promoting Bayfield getaway weekends and My Bayfield Business Event, promoting business seminars, meetings and events in Bayfield in the shoulder seasons. Erin has done a wonderful job and has also incorporated a Facebook page and Twitter.”
The BACC is currently developing a program to encourage business seminars, meetings and events in Bayfield in the spring and fall shoulder seasons.
“Known as My Bayfield Business Event, the program would add considerably to the local economy at slower times of the year. As part of this project, we are standardizing the logos and ad banners for the village; researching the facilities for business events including, Wi-Fi, accommodation, meeting space, restaurant facilities and events/activities that make a stay in Bayfield exceptional; and creating the My Bayfield Business Event website and links.
Huron County has provided support for this project and the final report has been produced.
“Now we need to implement the details of the report,” concluded Lewington.
pathways through nature influence on art
David Grieve, influenced by his mother and her oil painting group, created his first oil painting at the age of nine, eventually this lead to the study of Fine Arts at the University of Guelph.
According to his biography, the Brantford, ON, artist states his inspiration comes from walking along pathways through protected, natural areas.
The art of David Grieve is on display at the Marten Arts Gallery from now until Sept. 13. This work, titled, "New Horizons" is one of 14 in the exhibit called, "Trees, Leaves n' Other Things".
“The path itself is like a metaphor for life. It is a journey from beginning to end with ups and downs and twists along the way…” he noted.
His inspiration comes to life in the exhibit entitled, “Trees, Leaves N’ Other Things” on now at the Marten Arts Gallery on Bayfield’s Main Street until Sept. 13.
His landscape paintings often focus on one solitary tree. The use of rich, organic, fall colors represent the maturity of the tree in the cycle of life. The beauty found in aspects of time and change is the ever-present theme underlying in his work.
CHURCH ON THE WAY
Rev. Gabriel and Mary Schultz are on their way.
Their assignment as pastors at Bayfield’s Church on the Way has come to an end.
They would like to invite all in the community to come out and meet the new pastors of the church, Brian and Helen Harvey. This “meet and greet” will be held on Sept. 1 from 2-4 p.m. at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building.
Celebrate the Labour Day Weekend, we refuse to say the end of summer, with the Bayfield Optimist Club as they present, “Open Mic” in Clan Gregor Square on Sept. 2.
Musical performances, crafts for the kids and a barbecue will be offered from noon to 4 p.m. in the shade of the park. Donations will be gratefully accepted to help cover the cost of this family friendly event as well as future Optimist projects.
Those who attend will also, for a small fee, have a chance to get extra creative by adding their artistic touches to a soon to be “junked” F150 Truck. However, if the art turns out to be “too” fabulous the owner might just decide to keep it!
Some acts slated to perform are: “The Donnybrooks", "The Honey Sweethearts", "Aces High", Danielle Durand, Brett Pitblado, Gerard Creces, and Richard Gracious.
Plus according to Jeff Graham, who is organizing the music portion of the day, “Everyone, and anyone, is welcome to come and take the stage.”
For more information call Tara Hessel at 519 524-0310 or to sign up a musical act please contact Jeff Graham at 519 955-6144.
taste of huron
Bayfield’s own, Outside Projects, will be hosting an exhilarating Taste of Huron event on Sept. 2.
The Food Cycle Tour will depart from the Goderich Public Library, on Montreal Street early in the morning. Outside Projects will lead cyclists through the Huron County countryside to Bayfield. Following a tour of the village, cyclists will travel down Orchard Line to the Bayfield Berry Farm for a local food lunch.
After rejuvenating with good food and conversation at the farm, participants will cycle over to Benmiller. They will stop at the Benmiller Inn for light refreshments before returning to Goderich to complete the cycling tour of Huron County’s countryside and coastline.
The Food Cycle Tour will depart from the Goderich library at 8:25 a.m. and return at 3:30 p.m. The cost is $50 per person (including lunch and refreshments) or $70 (with bike rental). Call Outside Projects for reservations at 519 565-4034 or email email@example.com. The deadline for reservations is noon on Aug. 31.
To learn more about all the Labour Day events being offered during Taste of Huron visit their website at www.tasteofhuron.ca.
For many Bayfield residents Clinton Public Hospital (CPH) is their choice for healthcare and therefore the work of the Auxiliary to the CPH should be of interest.
The Auxiliary to the CPH will reconvene on Sept. 4th, at 9:30 a.m. at the new Clinton Fire Hall on Hwy. 4. Members are asked to note the change of day and location when organizing their calendars.
Six Canadian mystery authors from Western Ontario will be on hand for a Meet and Greet at The Village Bookshop on the afternoon of Aug. 29.
The authors scheduled to appear at this free event from 2-4 p.m. are: Catherine Astolfo, author of the Emily Taylor Mystery series centered on an elementary school principal who becomes a reluctant sleuth. Janet Bolin, author of the Threadville Mystery series. M. H. Callway, an award-winning mystery short story writer. Melodie Campbell, finalist for the Arthur Ellis Award for Best Short Story. Irene Gargantini who writes under the pen name Rene Natan and Nancy Lindquist, the award-winning author of the Manziuk and Ryan Mysteries, and the Circle of Friends coming-of-age series, among others.
And looking ahead, get your tickets soon for “An Evening With Terry Fallis” on Oct. 25 at the Bayfield Town Hall. The event will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available for $30 from The Village Bookshop and includes a signed copy of Fallis’ new book "Up and Down".
bayfield concert series
Canadian singer-song writers are the focus of the Bayfield Concert Series and the artists recently announced to appear at the Bayfield Town Hall over the next six months are all highly qualified.
Meades Bros. Productions will present four shows from Sept. 2012 to Feb. 2013. The schedule includes: Jeremy Fisher with Rose Cousins on Sept. 20; Basia Bulat, Oct. 18; Juno Award Winner, Meaghan Smith, Dec. 6; and multiple Juno Award Winner, Sarah Slean, Feb. 15.
Om Yoga Studio in Grand Bend is sponsoring the Fisher and Smith concerts, with London Life acting as sponsors for the Bulat and Slean shows. The first three concerts are priced at $30 a person while the Slean show is $40.
All shows begin at 8:30 p.m. with doors to the town hall opening at 8 p.m. Tickets are available now from ticketscene.ca. They can also be purchased in Bayfield at The Black Dog Pub and Bistro or Luxe Clothing Co.
Renowned ragtime pianist and raconteur, Bob Milne, will be returning to the Bayfield Town Hall for a performance on Sept. 15.
Milne is an outstanding pianist specializing in ragtime, boogie-woogie and the player piano styles of the turn-of-the-century. He is highly sought after not only as a performer but also as a lecturer and educator in the field of ragtime, improvisation, music theory and history.
For three days in 2004, Milne was filmed during a series of interviews at the United States Library of Congress, so that his knowledge and talent would be documented for future generations. At the conclusion, he was declared, “a national treasure”.
Milne will begin to tickle the ivories at 8 p.m. The doors will open at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are selling for $20 and are available now by calling Charlie Kalbfleisch at 519 565-2244 or ticketscene.ca.
All proceeds from the concert will go toward the maintenance of The Bayfield Town Hall. The Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society would like to thank OLG for their generous sponsorship of this event.
The Bayfield Ratepayers’ Association (BRA) represents the interests of village residents to the Municipality of Bluewater Council.
The next meeting of the BRA has been scheduled for Sept. 8 at 9 a.m. at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building. All citizens are invited to attend.
BRA meeting dates can be found on the notice board by the new Library Complex construction site and on the BRA website at bra.camp8.org.
music at the barn
There is just one more opportunity left for music lovers to experience a “Music at the Barn” Concert.
Geddis and Jenny Omnichord will bring the summer series to an end on Sept. 16.
Tickets are $14 in advance and $16 at the door. People are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets, as there is limited seating.
For more information or tickets contact Danielle Durand at 519 993-3154. Or visit the following Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Music-at-the-Barn-Series/127016440764513 Tickets can also be purchased at ticketscene.ca.
"In response to many villager requests, we now have a supply of a full-size copy of the Cameron Plan of the Town of Bayfield dated 1856 for sale,” said Bill Rowat, president of the Bayfield Historical Society (BHS). “It measures 24 in. by 33 in. and shows the original cracklature (old paper marks) of the copy the Bayfield Archives has.”
According the BHS, the Honorable Malcolm Cameron had the map commissioned. He had purchased all the outstanding unsold lots from Baron Van Tuyll in 1854 and did a new survey after reducing the lot sizes from Van Tuyll's plan.
“For residents and cottagers looking for a record of the ownership of their properties, the lot numbers that are on this map are those registered in Ontario Registry Office records,” said Rowat.
The copies are selling for $50 each. This covers the cost of scanning, some minor touch-up, and printing. A smaller version of the map measuring 12 in. by 18 in. will also be available shortly. Orders for this smaller version can be taken by using the contact info below.
The Bayfield Archives on Main Street is open Wednesday and Saturday afternoons from 1-4 p.m. Please contact Archivist Ralph Laviolette at 519 440-6206 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pickle Ball is the fastest growing sport for seniors and is gaining in popularity here in Bayfield. It can be described as a combination of badminton, tennis and ping-pong. As of Aug. 30, Pickle Ball will move to Thursdays at the Stanley Complex in Varna at 7 p.m. same time, same place. There is no experience necessary and the cost is $3 per evening. For more information call 519 440-2120.
Wednesday Wheels is now rolling! Folks can join others in a 20 KM casual bike ride starting at 8:25 a.m. Cycling will begin from 6 Main Street.
For those people looking to exercise their minds, Women’s Bridge is played every Wednesday at 1 p.m. No partner needed to play the cost is $1.50 per game. For more information call Brenda Blair at 519 565-2881. Bridge is played at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building.
Mah Jongg will be played again in the fall on the first and third Thursday of each month. It will commence on Sept. 6 at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building starting at 1 p.m. All are welcome to attend. Contact Gayle at 519 565-2468 for more information.
One Care continues to sponsor several programs for both men and women to keep up with their desire to stay fit. For more information on the above exercise opportunities call 519 565-2202 or 519 565-5638
Dancefit and Toning classes are held on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 9 a.m. The cost is $4 per class. The Sit and Get Fit classes are offered on Mondays and Wednesdays at 10:15 a.m. On Fridays a Gentle Stretch Class is offered at 10:15 a.m. The cost is $2 per class. All of these fitness opportunities are held at the Bayfield Community Centre.