fourth annual sunset on summer set for saturday
No one could complain about the portion sizes at the 2016 Sunset on Summer event. Those were some big chickens served up by Gordon Fraser, Dorothy Griffith and Mary-Beth Larone.(Photo by Gary Lloyd-Rees)
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 with a variety of fun items.
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.
The organizers are hoping that people will purchase their tickets early to ensure that sufficient quantities of food are ordered. 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. The Bayfield 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.
Bayfield Calendar Photos on sale at sunset on summer
The new 2018 Bayfield Calendar, a joint project of the Bayfield Lions Club and the Photography Club of Bayfield (PCoB), is now on sale. This year’s theme, “Blue is the New Green”, is well reflected in the photos most of which involve water in some state.
Selling for $10 these calendars are available from Main Street locations: Shopbike Coffee Roasters and the Bayfield Archives and Heritage Centre, as well as Bayfield Foodland, Dublin Mercantile in Bayfield and from Justyna Chojnacki as well as a number of local clubs and organizations including the PCoB and Lions.
The 13 images have been enlarged and professionally double-matted, at Baillie’s Picture Framing in Grand Bend. The images are matted to a 16x20 inch size ready for framing and are being offered for sale to the public on Sept. 2 from 4:30-7 p.m. at the Sunset on Summer BBQ taking place at the Bayfield Town Hall. The matted prints will be sold for $40 each, and include a free calendar.
For a look at all the photos in the calendar see the collage in the display window at the Bayfield Archives and Heritage Centre.
Organizers note that the calendars make wonderful gifts and mementos of Bayfield. All proceeds from calendar sales go towards supporting Lions’ activities throughout the community. Revenues from the print sale will be shared with the Bayfield Town Hall.
Help make a wish come true at fifth annual Run4Kids
Fourteen year-old Aiden is living with a serious cardiac condition. His wish is to be the Prime Minister of Canada for a day and through the Make-A Wish-Foundation the community can make his wish come true. (Submitted photo)
The 5th Annual Run4Kids event will be held on Labour Day weekend, Sunday Sept. 3. The 5 KM Run/Walk will be raising funds to grant a very special wish for a Make-A-Wish child – 14 year-old Aiden is living with a serious cardiac condition. His wish is to be the Prime Minister of Canada for a day and through the Make-A Wish-Foundation the community can make his wish come true.
So before heading back to school and a regular work schedule consider supporting Aiden by running or walking around Bayfield in all of its “end of summer” glory.
Once again the Virtual High School (VHS) and the Bayfield Optimist Club are teaming up to raise enough funds for Aiden’s wish to be granted. The run/walk starts and finishes at the VHS building on Main Street South in the village.
The Make-A-Wish Foundation grants the wishes of children living with a life threatening condition. Wishes come in all shapes and sizes, whether it’s going to Walt Disney World, playing golf at the Masters, a new computer or even being the Prime Minister of Canada.
“Even though this is a competitive race it is open to teams and families to enter and have some fun,” said Cathy Fisher, a member of the Bayfield Optimist Club.
The first Virtual High School Run4Kids was held in 2012. VHS was originally inspired to organize the first run by one of their very own students who was battling brain cancer. Will Frassinelli.
At the VHS Run4Kids in 2015 it was an exciting day for Reiko and his mother as so many people ran or walked enthusiastically to raise money for his wish. (Photo by Dennis Pal)
Since 2015 the focus of the event has been on supporting the Make-A-Wish of South Western Ontario. That year $6,000 was raised to grant the wish of a Huron County child – Reiko, who at the time was five years old. He has an inherited skeletal disorder. His wish was to take a trip to his favorite theme park in Orlando, Florida. And with the help of the community, his wish came true. Reiko and his family will in attendance at the 2017 event to help Aiden’s wish come true.
On the day of the event, site registration will open at 7:30 a.m. The race will begin promptly at 9 a.m. with awards to follow at 10:15 a.m. to the top two male and female finishers in each age category. Twenty-five dollars will be given to first place in each category and $50 to first place overall in each gender group.
To learn more about registration fees and to register visit: http://vhsrun4kids.com/register.php. There are registration categories for individuals, youth, families and teams.
“One hundred per cent of your donation will go toward Aiden’s trip to Ottawa to perhaps run our country for a day. With your help we can make this happen,” said Fisher.
Anyone who can’t participate but would still like to donate to Make-A-Wish to help grant the can visit www.vhsrun4kids.com or call Fisher at 519 482-5557. She will collect the donation and send personal info in for a tax receipt for any donation over $20.
To learn more visit the VHS Run4Kids website listed above or go to www.makeawishswo.ca.
And to get runners in the right mindset for this event here is a little more information on Aiden. He enjoys playing video games and country music. His favorite foods are steak and hamburgers and he loves The Keg Restaurant. His favorite memory occurred when he got his dog Lulu.
Book launch to be held in support of Alzheimers Society
Don Martel’s book “Loaves and Fishes” is based on his epic solo bicycle trip of 8,200 KM across Canada.
On Sept. 7, at the Bayfield Town Hall starting at 7:30 p.m. all are invited to join Martel for the launch of his book. This event, sponsored by the Photography Club of Bayfield (PCoB), is open to the general public and admission is by donation to the Alzheimer’s Society of Canada. No pre-registration is required.
As a master photographer and great storyteller, Martel will share some of the experiences of his ride across Canada in words and photos. It was the inspiration he received from his encounters with hundreds of fellow Canadians that resulted in this book. All net proceeds from the evening go to the Alzheimer’s Society.
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’ Municipal Building on Friday, Sept. 8 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 them understand how the camera sees the world. Martel will explain how and why the camera sometimes does not appear to see things the way a person’s eyes see them and then provide practical simple approaches to use this knowledge when making photos.
The second workshop to be held the following day, called “Land and Water” will also be in the Lions’ building and take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. At this moment, there is only one spot remaining for this workshop in which participants will pick up tips, starting points and approaches to making great Landscapes and Waterscapes. They will learn about light, landscapes, waterfalls, reflections, motion and even spend some time with some useful post processing techniques. An evening sunset photoshoot will round out the day.
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 his website at www.donmartel.com.
registration open for Fall Foto fest
Photo Tour Trekkers and the Photography Club of Bayfield (PCoB) are pleased to announce the Fifth Annual Bayfield Foto Fest on Sept. 30-Oct. 1.
In celebration of this fifth annual event year when participants register for FFF2017 their name will be entered in a draw to win a 2018 Photo Tour Trekkers Franklin Island four-day workshop.
As in the past, Fall Foto Fest weekend will feature a series of workshops that will help to hone photographic skills and techniques. This year the offerings include a choice of six two-hour workshops. New this year, three, three-hour master class workshops will also be held.
Click on the link for complete information about the workshops and registration: http://phototourtrekkers.com/tours/bayfield-fall-foto-fest-2017/foto-fest-registration-2017/
“Join us for one day or take advantage of our two-day event options,” said Jack Pal, FFF 2017 Committee Member. “The cost of the event is $55 for one day or $80 for two days. For full-time high school, college or university students, the fee is $35 for one day or $55 for two days…a true bargain.”
For Raptors & Birds of Prey, Adobe Lightroom Master Class and World of Macro Master Class workshop there is an additional fee of $30 for both adults and students. Please note Raptors and Master Class workshops are three hours and include hand out material. Adobe Lightroom and Macro are limited to ten people per workshop session allowing for plenty of one on one time and photography.
At the time of registration, pariticipants can also book a Saturday evening Fall Foto Fest Buffet dinner at Renegades for $25. Dinner and workshop reservations close at 5 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 25.
“We encourage you to take part in our annual Fall Foto Fest Photo contest as well. There is no entry fee and you do not need to register for FFF to participate,” said Pal. “The photos will be on display at the Town Hall during the whole weekend and the public are welcome to view them.”
Grand Prize is a tour package for one photographer to join Photo Tour Trekkers on their May 2018 Italy Photo Tour. There is also a “People’s Choice” award sponsored by The Ashwood Inn (a weekend for two at the Ashwood). All winners will be announced at the Sunday Wine and Cheese event at 5 p.m. Submission deadline for photos is September 15. For details click on the link below: http://phototourtrekkers.com/tours/fall-foto-fest-photography-contest/.
The exhibition is open all weekend, but voting by the general public for the People’s Choice Award will take place on Sept. 30 from noon to 2 p.m. and on Oct. 1 from 8:30-9:30 a.m. and noon-2 p.m. so come out, enjoy the photos and help select the winner.
“We would like to thank our major sponsors without whom this event, which has grown over the years, would not be possible,” said Pal. “Specifically a major shout out to Photo Tour Trekkers, our event sponsor. Other major sponsors include: The Ashwood Inn, Turner Gallery, Renegades and Blyth Printing.”
Barlow returning to village for Sustainability Summit
Maude Barlow (Photo by Gary Lloyd-Rees)
Canadian best selling author and international activist Maude Barlow is the keynote speaker at the Bayfield Sustainability Summit, taking place at the Bayfield Town Hall on Sept. 23. Titled ‘Big Solutions for Small Communities,’ the Summit will bring together experts in various aspects of environmental sustainability with a particular focus on how rural villages can make meaningful change in the fight against Climate Change.
The National Honorary Chairperson of the Council of Canadians, a citizens’ advocacy organization with members and chapters across Canada, Maude Barlow is also the co-founder of the Blue Planet Project, which works internationally for the human right to water. She chairs the board of Washington-based Food & Water Watch, is a founding member of the San Francisco–based International Forum on Globalization, and a Councilor with the Hamburg-based World Future Council. In 2008-2009, she served as Senior Advisor on Water to the 63rd President of the United Nations General Assembly and was a leader in the campaign to have water recognized as a human right by the United Nations.
Barlow is a prolific author; her most recent book, “Boiling Point: Government Neglect, Corporate Abuse, and Canada’s Water Crisis”, builds on a trilogy of treatises on global water issues: Blue Future, Blue Gold and Blue Covenant.
In her keynote address, Barlow will lay bare the defining issue of our coming decade: the vulnerability of Canada’s water reserves. According to the Globe & Mail, she delivers, “the most eloquent call to arms we’re likely to hear about the politics of water.”
Joining Barlow at the podium and around the discussion table will be: Tom Davis, a Professor in the Donald J. Smith School of Building and Technology; Detroit Zoo CEO Ron Kagan; Bayfield’s own Jennifer Pate, a geographer, filmmaker and adventurer; Mari Veliz, the Healthy Watersheds Supervisor at the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA); and Philip Keightley, M. Sc., P. Eng, of Bayfield, a professional engineer with more than 40 years of experience specializing in water and sewage projects.
Blue Bayfield is an organization of concerned citizens who reside in the Bayfield area. Its mission is to reduce the use of disposable plastics and prevent plastic and pollutants from entering the Great Lakes and waterways.
Blue Bayfield is responsible for installing multiple water bottle refilling stations throughout the village, providing a mobile water unit at events and locations where no potable water is available, hosting and participating in beach and park clean ups, educating the local community on this important topic and encouraging action. It works alongside many other local community groups, businesses and government to help create a sustainable environment from land to lake.
The Bayfield Sustainability Summit: Big Solutions for Small Communities will be held from 9 a.m.to 5 p.m. at the Bayfield Town Hall. The cost to attend is $50 per person; save $5 by registering before Aug. 31. Register at eventbrite.ca. Also enjoy the Bayfield Town Hall concert by Trent Severn that evening and save $5 off the price of your concert ticket. Order now to avoid sellout at eventbrite.ca.
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 621 signatures.
For anyone interested in viewing the petition please visit: www.change.org.
As the Bayfield Community Fair conflicted with the third Thursday of the month Councilor’s Corner has been rescheduled to Aug. 31.
Bill Whetstone, Bayfield Ward councilor, encourages all to come hear what council has been up to and voice their opinions. The topic will be "Bayfield Arena". The evening will be held in the Bayfield Community Centre starting at 7 p.m.
Members of the Lakeview Mennonite Church plan to sing in the Bayfield Pioneer Park on the evening of Sept. 2, weather permitting.
The concert will begin at approximately 7:30 p.m. and all in the community are invited to enjoy their performance while waiting for the sun to set over Lake Huron.
TIME FOR BLOCKS
Bayfield Optimist club members Mike Dixon and Joyce Mcllwain recently made a visit to the Bayfield Public Library to acknowledge the donations made this year to the children's area. Librarian, Jamie Thomas gratefully accepted the Read clock and wooden blocks on behalf of the library. “We also appreciate all the craft supplies donated to our Tuesday Morning Playgroup from the Optimist Club, one of our great community partners!” Thomas noted. (Submitted photo)
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
SEPTEMBER STAR PARTY
The West Coast Astronomers (WCA) had an out of this world observing night on Aug. 15th at the Agricultural Park in the village. Those in attendance viewed Saturn, Jupiter, M3, M31, an Iridium flare and meteors. Everyone is welcome to join the WCA, with or without a telescope. Their next Star Party is Wednesday, Sept. 20 at the Agricultural Park in Bayfield. Each party is limited in the number of participants the group can accommodate. Please use the RSVP button on the 'Star Party' page to reserve a spot. If the sky is not clear on the designated night, the event will be cancelled and no one will show up. If you have doubt on the status of the event please call 519 868-6691. If you are an amateur astronomer, willing to bring your telescope, and share your knowledge with others, please contact the number listed above in advance. Visit www.westcoastastronomers.info for more details, locations and times. (Submitted photo)
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.
The Municipality of Bluewater reports that Jeff Newell has been hired as the new Manager of Facilities.
Newell is a Huron County native who has been working in the recreation and facilities field for more than 25 years. With a degree in Recreation and Leisure Studies from the University of Waterloo, Newell has a strong background in facilities management. He has worked as the Operations Manager at Bingemans Conference and Recreation Centre, in the Community Services Department at the City of Mississauga, and most recently was employed with the University of Waterloo.
Newell will commence his duties with the Municipality effective Sept. 5.
Join the 5,000,000 Step Challenge and show your support for people with Parkinson’s and their families by registering for Parkinson Society Southwestern Ontario’s (PSSO) WALK-IT for Parkinson’s taking place in Goderich on Sept. 9 at the Rotary Cove Pavilion.
WALK-IT for Parkinson’s is a fun, family-friendly event that helps keep the Parkinson’s community active and raises funds for support services and research right here in Southwestern Ontario.
Participants have the option of walking a 2 KM or 5 KM route (or not walk at all) and will be entertained by music and provided with snacks and refreshments.
PSSO awarded funds to three graduate students totaling $50,000 this past April at the Parkinson’s Medical Reception. The Graduate Student Research Program is part of a strategic initiative to encourage young scientists to enter the field of Parkinson’s research and to invest in research and training that offers promise for future work in the area of Parkinson’s. PSSO members were excited to award this year’s recipients: Thea Knowles, Olivia Samotus and Andrew Vo.
Registration at WALK-IT for Parkinson’s opens at 10 a.m. with the walk starting at 11 a.m. Bring your friends, bring your family, and even bring your dog! Every step counts.
Shannon Gould, of the Bayfield Hearing Clinic, is now offering her services out of Michael’s Home Healthcare offices just a couple doors down from the pharmacy – two times a month.
Sept. 7 and 19 are dates that can be booked this summer.The Bayfield Hearing Clinic offers appointments from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The clinic offers: hearing aid adjustments and repairs to all makes and models, no cost hearing tests, new prescription of hearing aids, wax removal, hearing aid battery sales as well as hard of hearing assistive devices.Please call Gould at the Bayfield Hearing Clinic, 1-855-396-6026 to book an appointment.
MAIN STREET OPTOMETRIC
Dr. Rich Samuell at Main Street Optometric wants to let Bayfield residents know that full eye health examinations are available at his Bayfield office.
Examinations are fully covered by OHIP for children and teens, seniors, and those with diabetes. Main Street Optometric uses current technology including a "no-puff" eye pressure check, as well as digital retinal photography to monitor for eye conditions like glaucoma, macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy.
Please call 519 565-2300 to schedule an appointment.
Members of the community will be saddened to learn of the recent death of a former village resident.
Douglas Grant (1926-2017) died on Aug. 27. His wife of 61 years, Gail; their three children and their spouses as well as four grandchildren and one great-grandchild survive him.
Born in Chatham in 1926, Grant graduated from Western University (then UWO) medical school. He practiced dermatology in Kitchener while also maintaining an interest in his community and broader medical issues: as President of the K-W Academy of Medicine and the Waterloo Rotary Club, and as a delegate to the Ontario Medical Association and the College of Physicians and Surgeons, becoming president of the College in 1974. After he closed his practice in 1985, he and Gail moved to Bayfield where he worked as a consulting dermatologist for a number of hospitals. He continued his interest in community by serving on the Architectural Conservancy Board and acting as Councilor, then Reeve, of the Village of Bayfield before fully retiring.
Cremation has taken place. Family, and friends are welcome to attend an informal gathering at the Kennedy Funeral Home Ltd. (519-776-7378) 128 Talbot St. N, Essex on Thursday, Aug. 31 from 1-3 p.m.
Anyone who wishes is invited to make donations to the Pioneer Park Association in Bayfield. Condolences can be sent online at www.kennedy.com.