Helen mcLeod II painting raises thousands for village archives
This painting by artist Doug Darnbrough of the Helen MacLeod II was auctioned off as a fundraiser for the Bayfield Heritage Centre & Archives. (Submitted photo)
The online auction of the painting by Doug Darnbrough of the historic Helen MacLeod II schooner ended on Aug. 29 with people bidding right up to the 6 p.m. deadline. The winning bid was $4,700.
Proceeds from the auction will go towards the restoration of the Bayfield Heritage Centre & Archives on Main Street by the Bayfield Historical Society (BHS).
“We are extremely grateful for the amount raised on this fundraiser and the interest from as far away as Stratford and London,” said President of the BHS, Ruth Gibson. “We are now confident with completely funding our restoration project on the Archives.”
Gibson went on to note that a generous Bayfield resident who withdrew earlier in the bidding war donated $500 to the Archives project.
The successful bidders were Michael and Stephanie McDonald.
“As a very young boy my parents would rent a cottage south of Bayfield and some of my earliest memories are coming into the village to do the laundry which was located at what is now Renegades Diner and my parents would give us five cents to go to the general store which was on Main Street for candy,” said Michael McDonald. “A little bit later I would come up to crew for some of the weekend morning sailing races. Fast forward many, many years and Stephanie and I stumbled across our “new” cottage in 2016 which had been continuously owned by the Orr/Willock family. We are delighted to support the Bayfield Historical Society and all the great work they continue to do. Without history we have nothing.”
Gibson said the Board of the BHS would like to thank the community and visitors for an excellent summer and remind everyone that the Bayfield Heritage Centre & Archives is open Wednesday to Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. until Labor Day.
southern huron Business allowed to re-open
After completing a public health investigation, Huron Perth Public Health (HPPH) is permitting Zehr’s Country Market, located in Dashwood and Bayfield, to re-open as of Aug. 28.
On Aug. 12, the owner of Zehr’s Country Market contacted HPPH and indicated that he was closing his premises due to illness. An investigation by HPPH was conducted and determined that both the Dashwood and Bayfield locations of Zehr’s Country Market were linked to COVID-19 cases. The locations were subsequently closed temporarily on Aug. 14. Information at the time indicated that the risk to the public was low.
The operator has been working closely with HPPH to implement and improve COVID-19 control and prevention requirements. The operator has met criteria for re-opening and is now permitted to do so.
“We appreciate the continued support of the operator during our investigation,” said Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Miriam Klassen.
“Opening our stores safely was extremely important to us. Keeping our customers and staff healthy is our top priority,” said Paul Zehr, owner of the locations. “We saw the importance of working with public health during our closure and are pleased to be able to welcome our customers back to both of our stores.”
Those who visited the market prior to its temporary closure do not need to take any action.
VIRTUAL PUBLIC MEETING FOR MAIN STREET REVITALIZATION PROJECT
The Municipality of Bluewater is planning to move forward with implementation of the Bayfield Main Street Revitilization project with an electronic Public Meeting scheduled for today (Sept. 2).
The project will include the installation of storm water drainage improvements along the Main Street corridor which will require reconstruction of the road surface in order to facilitate the improved drainage infrastructure. The Main Street boulevard will also be reconstructed to provide a more cohesive design along the entire corridor. The concept plan provides for upgraded sidewalks, reconfigured parking, enhanced lighting and storm water infiltration basins. Some of the details related to lighting and hydro servicing remain to be finalized.
This virtual Public Meeting will begin at 6 p.m. and is being organized to present details of the proposed concept plan to residents of the community and to obtain feedback on the various design elements before Council finalizes the design and moves forward with implementation. Representatives of the Municipality and the Project Engineers will be in attendance.
Presentation material for the meeting is available for public review on the Bluewater website: www.municipalityofbluewater.ca. Individuals wanting to provide input on the project are encouraged to send their feedback via email to Environmental Planner, Kelly Vader at email@example.com. Feedback on the project will be accepted until 9 p.m. on Sept. 3.
BEST SELLING AUTHOR VIRTUAL EVENT AT THE VILLAGE BOOKSHOP
Bryn Turnbull, a Canadian author whose first book, “The Woman Before Wallis: A Novel of Windsors, Vanderbilts, and Royal Scandal” has already joined the best seller list, is coming to The Village Bookshop in Bayfield via Zoom on Friday, Sept. 11.
Turnbull tells the true story of Thelma Furness who captured Prince Edward’s heart before he abdicated his throne for Wallis Simpson. Furness had asked Simpson to take care of the Prince while she was away in New York to be with her twin sister, Gloria Vanderbilt, who was involved in a sensational custody battle. Starting at 5:30 p.m. join The Village Bookshop for an hour of reading and conversation as Turnbull discusses her story of love, loyalty and betrayal.
How do you participate in this virtual event? Simply purchase a copy of The Woman Before Wallis from The Village Bookshop either in person or over the phone at 519 565-5600. Eligible participants will be emailed the link to the Zoom call for use on Sept. 11 at 5:30 p.m. Turnbull is also signing her book and further information will be provided when the book is purchased.
united church minister moving to british columbia
During her time in Bayfield, Elise Feltirin has been dedicated to outreach, and has been an energetic contributor to the community, lending her positive energy and creative talents to such groups as the Glee Sisters. She is shown here (middle) during a children's Christmas concert held in November 2017. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)
Reverend Elise Feltrin has been the minister at St. Andrew’s United Church in Bayfield for more than seven years, but she is leaving the community in September for a new ministry at Chemainus United Church on Vancouver Island, British Columbia.
During her time with in Bayfield, Elise has been dedicated to outreach, and has been an energetic contributor to the community, lending her positive energy and creative talents to the Bayfield River Valley Trails Association, Bayfield Area Food Bank, Huron Hospice, the Glee Sisters, the Bayfield Ukulele Society, Home4Good as well as nurturing the renewal of the St. Andrew’s congregation.
Under her leadership, Bayfield residents and visitors have enjoyed a big tent ecumenical service in the agricultural grounds the Sunday of fair week. It is therefore appropriate that the community have the opportunity to say “farewell” to Rev. Feltrin at a service at the agricultural grounds on Sunday, Sept. 6. A rain date has been set for Sept. 13. Please check the St. Andrew’s Facebook page, “St Andrews United Church, Bayfield”; and website, www.bayfieldunited.church/.
The service will begin at 11a.m. in the agricultural ground, including Holy Communion. To protect each other during this COVID-19 pandemic those who attend are asked to please bring their own bread/bun/cracker and wine/juice/grapes, which will be blessed so that communion can be “shared” together. Please arrive by car. Those who attend can either stay in their car or bring a lawn chair and sit suitably distanced from others. In the true St. Andrew’s tradition, everyone is welcome, but please bring a mask.
After the service at noon there will be a tailgate picnic, with everyone bringing their own picnic. There will be no sharing of food. This will allow Rev. Feltrin to visit everyone and begin her goodbyes.
At 1:30 p.m. community members are invited to join in a “drive by” farewell, beginning at the main gate to the agricultural grounds, and leaving by the west gate. People may bring “farewell” cards to share with Rev. Feltrin if they wish to do so.
September date set for Telethon in aid of hospice
Huron Hospice has launched a new fundraising event – “There’s No Place Like Home” for Sept. 17 and there will be Ruby Slippers!
"We had to postpone our Handbags for Huron Hospice live event because of COVID-19," said Dr. Agnes Kluz, Hospice Medical director and event volunteer. "We hoped to be able to reschedule the event, but with so many restrictions in place, this was just not possible. Our wonderful volunteer committee has totally reimagined the event as a virtual one.”
For one night only, Huron Hospice will present a retro-style telethon. The event will celebrate the best of Huron County. It will also recognize that Huron Hospice provides a home-like environment for families on their end of life journeys. The event will be a magical, all-new, never-been-done-before, virtual telethon.
COVID-19 has dictated people's lives for far too long and will do so for the rest of this year. Huron Hospice is working with the creative team at Faux Pop in Goderich to put together an entertaining 90-minute telethon that shows that COVID-19 cannot stop the people of Huron County.
“Many people have been forced to stay at home or work from home. For our children, this has been the longest March Break they will ever experience,” said Dr. Kluz. “With so many people having been forced to stay at home, we thought it would be fun to celebrate home.”
While the details are still being worked out, Huron Hospice will present a high-profile host, fantastic entertainment including, Bayfield pianists Bruce Ubukata and Stephen Ralls and others from across Huron County.
Dr. Kluz added, "We welcome more performers. If you are a talented Huron County resident and entertainer, we would like to talk with you about performing at the event."
Willy Van Klooster, Executive Director of Huron Hospice announced today, “There is no ticket price to participate in the event this year. We want everyone to join in the celebration. However, it is a fundraiser telethon, and we are inviting everyone in Huron County to consider donating to support Huron Hospice. When you donate, your name will light up the telethon event!"
The community provides half of the revenue Huron Hospice needs to provide the services that it has become well known for providing, palliative care in residence and the community, grief recovery and bereavement support and counselling.
2021 Lions' Calendar available via farmers' market website
The 2021 version of the Bayfield Lions' Club's calendar will be for sale starting this Friday, Aug. 14. In addition to online purchases calendars will be available at Bayfield Convenience, Bayfield Foodland, Shopbike Coffee Roasters or The Village Bookshop. (Submitted photo)
The Bayfield Lions’ Club is proud to announce the release of its 2021 Bayfield Calendar. This eighth edition of the Club’s Calendar project is still only $10!
Calendars are now available for purchase via the Bayfield Farmers’ Market website: bayfieldfarmersmarket.com or the Bayfield Lions’ Club website: bayfieldlions.ca. They can be picked up at Clan Gregor Square on Friday, Aug. 21 during the Bayfield Farmers’ Market pick up times. Market pick-up hours are 3-5 p.m. The pick-up location is the parking area on the north side of Clan Gregor Square. Customers with a last name beginning with initials A-M are asked to pick up in the first hour (3-4 p.m.) and N-Z in the second hour (4-5 p.m.).
These beautiful Calendars would make an ideal Christmas gift or souvenir and can also be purchased from any Lions member. The Calendars are also available for purchase at Bayfield Convenience, Bayfield Foodland, Shopbike Coffee Roasters or The Village Bookshop.
Terry Fox Run participants will unite in spirit, not in person
The Terry Fox Foundation is excited to announce that Canadians will continue to support cancer research through virtual runs from coast to coast to coast this September.
Fox once said, “Anything is possible if you try.” Today, 40 years later, organizers will have to innovate as well and they can’t think of anything that Fox would appreciate more. Help celebrate the 40th anniversary of Terry’s Marathon of Hope by joining in a virtual run.
Registration is now open at terryfox.org/run/.
Organizers note that the run will be “one day – your way” as participants “will unite in spirit, not in person”.
This “run” can take place wherever participants are on Sunday, Sept. 20: walk, run or ride around the neighborhood, backyard, down the street or around the block. Register as an individual, family or a virtual team and then start fundraising because cancer research cannot wait for COVID-19 to be over and because Fox asked everyone to try and because its the 40th anniversary of Terry’s Marathon of Hope!
For a 2020 special anniversary merchandise order form please email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Bayfield Virtual Terry Fox Run is being coordinated for the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association by co-coordinators Heather Hamilton and Colleen Zrini. To learn more contact Zrini at 519 697-9631
The Bayfield Farmers' Market will hold their 15th market of the season on Friday, Sept. 4.
The market store is fully stocked with amazing locally grown and produced products to make the most of the Labour Day long weekend! This week, be on the look out for: fresh vegetables from from Firmly Rooted and Faro Farms; fresh breads and pastries from Red Cat Bakery; delicious local wines from Alton Farms Estate Winery; satays, marinades and burgers from Petojo Food & Catering; locally roasted coffee from Shopbike Coffee Roasters; bacon, burgers and roasts from Cedarvilla Angus Farms; vegan dips and a variety of homemade pierogi from J.Bogal Foods and lots more.
In addition, the market is partnering with the Bayfield Lions’ Club to launch their 2021 Bayfield calendar. These calendars can be purchased for $10 each through the online store.
Orders can be placed on the market's new online marketplace openfoodnetwork.ca/bayfield-farmers-market/shop. All orders must be placed by 11 p.m. on Wednesday. Customers of Firmly Rooted Farm are asked to place orders directly on their online store, www.localline.ca/firmly-rooted, by Tuesdays at 8 p.m.
Market pick-up hours are 3-5 p.m. every Friday. The pick-up location is the parking area on the north side of Clan Gregor Square.
Customers with a last name beginning with initials A-M are asked to pick up in the first hour (3-4 p.m.) and N-Z in the second hour (4-5 p.m.).
Delivery within 15 KMs of Bayfield is available for a flat fee of $5.
Should anyone have a question about a specific product, please contact the vendor directly. Their contact information can be found on their profile page on the online market store.
During the COVID-19 crisis, people may find themselves with more time to turn the pages of a good book. But what books to read and what books to leave on the shelf?
In case Bayfield Breeze readers are looking for a little guidance in this department the folks at The Village Bookshop on Main Street will be providing a monthly suggestion via their customers who have agreed to pen a book review to share with our readers.
September’s book is “Clap When You Land”, written by Elizabeth Acevedo and reviewed by Bronte Cronsberry, a summer student at The Village Bookshop.
Clap When You Land is a testament to the power of poetry to tell a story. This 417-page stand-alone book is marketed to teens but anyone interested in human stories and good writing would enjoy the book. It follows two sisters, one in the USA and one in the Dominican Republic, who learn of each other’s existence following their father’s death in a plane crash.
Aside from being a moving portrait of grief, this book explores questions about how you learn to keep loving someone even if they were not who you thought they were.
Many of the poignant moments of the story are made vivid by Acevedo’s command of poetry which is clear right from the beginning. The opening chapters of the book establish not just the daily lives of the two sisters before tragedy strikes, but effortlessly expose the difficulties of living in a developing country: “I love my home. But it might be a sinkhole/ trying to feast quicksand/ mouth pried open; I hunger for stable ground,/ somewhere else” (2).
I found reading this book to be a unique experience as the verse offers flow and style that is absent in much more common prose writing. Having finished it though, I wonder if it is best suited to an audio format because of the way the poetry moves and was pleased to find several clips of the author reading aloud from the book (further searching indicates that it is available as an audiobook from Libro.fm).
In conclusion, Clap When You Land is a book with a strong message and a unique delivery that is well worth the extra effort to get into the mindset for reading poetry.
Knox Presbyterian Church, Bayfield is pleased to invite the community to participate in their Church Services remotely.
Each week Reverend Lisa Dolson shares scripture readings and the week’s message. Hymns and anthems are provided by organist Jean Walker.
Church access can be enjoyed anytime by following this link pccweb.ca/knoxbayfieldpc/weekly-sermon/.
Bayfield beer and food festival
Back in April, the Bayfield Beer and Food Festival, originally scheduled for May 9, was delayed due to the COVID-19 crisis until Sept. 12. Organizers have now decided that they cannot proceed with the festival on that new date and have postponed it until May 15, 2021.
Organizers note that the original tickets will still be valid for the 2021 festival, however, if anyone would prefer a cash refund an opportunity to obtain one will be held on Refund Day, Saturday, Sept. 12 at the Bayfield Arena from 9-11 a.m.
The Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) will offer guided hikes on Oct. 25th and Nov. 17th. Participants will follow outdoor social distancing protocols, and masks will be optional.
The Fall Colors Hike will be held on Sunday, Oct. 25th at 2 p.m. at the Naftels Creek Conservation Area. Hikers will see a mix of conifer plantations, hardwood and wetland areas at the peak beauty of the fall season.
Participants are asked to meet and park at 79152 Hwy 21, 7 km south of Goderich between Union Rd and Kitchigami Rd. A map can be viewed at www.ontariotrails.on.cal. The hike is 3 KM, moderate difficulty with some steep inclines, rough spots or obstacles, and will last about 90 minutes. Please wear sturdy shoes, check the weather report, and dress accordingly.
For more information, contact hike leader Pam Bowers at 519 565-4605.
National Take a Hike Day is Tuesday, Nov. 17 to celebrate the BRVTA will lead a hike on the Mavis and Taylor trails starting at 2 p.m. National Take a Hike Day is observed each year on this date in Canada and the U.S. There are over 90,000 KMs of non-motorized, managed trails in Canada. The Mavis and Taylor Trails offer relatively easy walking in a beautiful woodland leading down to the Bayfield River.
Hikers are asked to meet and park at the Stanley Complex in Varna, 5 KMs east of Bayfield on the Mill Road. A map can be found at www.bayfieldtrails.com/mavis-taylor-trail. The hike is a relatively easy 3.5 KMs with well-defined trails and gentle inclines; it will last less than two hours. Please wear sturdy shoes, check the weather report, and dress accordingly.
For more information, contact hike leader Gary Mayell at 519 441-0141.
The members of the Bayfield Agricultural Society (BAS) are inviting people to consider joining them in the year leading up to their 165th anniversary by becoming a member of the society, the board, or both!
“What a perfect time to consider becoming a member,” said BAS President Lorraine Shields. “Be part of something unique and everlasting, a part of the community’s future while maintaining and celebrating its heritage and roots.”
People are encouraged to share their skills, experiences and assets with the BAS. For more information contact Doug Yeo at 519 482-9296 or email email@example.com or Lorraine Shields at 519 653-7039 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Board of Directors for the BAS also have a vacancy for the role of Secretary-Administrative Support. This is a volunteer position with a possible stipend provided annually.
The BAS Board members are seeking an individual who is interested in the preservation of 164 years of agricultural and rural history while enjoying time with a group of like-minded people. Attention to detail, basic computer skills and experience in Word and Outlook would be assets. Duties will include: preparing meeting agendas, meeting minutes, correspondence and membership. Training and support will be provided for all duties.
Attendance would be expected at general meetings two hours per month (March-November) plus director meetings four times per year (or as needed). Meetings will be electronic (Zoom) or in-person.
Adopt-a-BFF is a recurring feature aimed at helping Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines find homes for the many rescue cats and kittens that have come into their care in recent months. This week we feature the "Group of Seven".
The Group of Seven (Submitted photo)
This little gang of seven adorable siblings have mastered the art of stealing hearts! They are just starting to develop their own personalities and quirks. Their Momma is barely more than a kitten herself and is the sweetest girl - if they inherit her disposition they will be perfectly adorable members to any family.
Interested in providing a member of this group or their Momma with their forever homes? Reach out to Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines at email@example.com.
Anyone who might wish to adopt but circumstances don’t allow for it, can virtually adopt a kitten or cat, receive updates and photos and even choose a name, and know that their generosity helped this creature find a forever home.
The cost of a vet visit is $125 per feline, of course, any financial amount whether it be large or small would be most appreciated. E-transfers can be sent to the email above 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.
And for those looking for another way to help out, on Sept. 12, starting at 8 a.m. a joint fundraiser for three area cat rescues will be held in Varna at 38572 Mill Rd. A Rummage Sale and BBQ will be held for Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines, Off the Streets (Vanastra) and Stray Cats of Varna. Anyone wishing to contribute gently used items should email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on how to contribute.