rise2fame winners announced
Winners of the Bayfield Rise2Fame virtual competition strutted their stuff at a live showcase at the Bayfield Community Fair on Aug. 21. They included: Junior Talent Contest winners Alexa Yeo, first place; Johnny Ballard, second place and Youth Talent Contest winners Vanessa Viselli, second, and Ava Dawe, first place (pictured). (Submitted photos)
The beautiful harp stylings of Alexa Yeo won her first place in the Rise2Fame Junior Talent Contest.
Bayfield's Rise2Fame competition was held virtually, but that didn't stop the Bayfield Community Fair organized by the Bayfield Agricultural Society (BAS) from hosting an open-air, live showcase of the amazing winners onstage on Aug. 21. Four young aspiring musicians will be going on to the Western Fair Quarter Finals in September. The evening was capped off by special entertainment by Irelyne and Mary Paige Ste Onge, who themselves have many times competed and gone on to the finals in the Rise2Fame competition.
The Bayfield Community Fair is one of the longest running small fairs in Southwestern Ontario, celebrating 165 years this year, and one of the few fairs thus far to have live as well as virtual events. For over ten years, spearheaded by Charlie Kalbfleisch, the fair has hosted the Rise2Fame preliminary competition for the Western Fair, which is now the only such competition in Huron County.
The event did not take place in 2020 due to COVID-19 restrictions. This year, with some light at the end of the tunnel, but still not sure of whether a live performance would be possible, a hybrid compromise was decided upon – a virtual talent search – with hopes of a live showcase of winners at the actual fair.
All the performers submitted a video performance on which they would be judged and submitted it to the Western Fair. Judges reviewed the submitted videos from home and together made a collaborative decision to decide the winners. This year’s judges were Kendra Pearson, of Stratford, and a music teacher with the Avon Maitland District School Board; Sarah Noakes, musician and teacher with Huron Perth Catholic District School Board and Cappy Onn, of Blyth, independent voice and violin teacher.
Last weekend, during the fair, the winners were given a chance to strut their stuff for a live audience in a live showcase. Each one performed two numbers, their entry piece and another of their choice. At the end of the performances the winners were announced.
In the Junior Talent Search, for contestants between the ages of six and 12 years, the performers were Alexa Yeo, of Central Huron and Johnny Ballard, of Port Elgin.
Alexa has been playing the harp for five years and has even written her own pieces. Alexa performs in the area and is sometimes known as the “Hometown Harpist.” She has previously performed live in the Rise2Fame competition and has moved on to the next level of competition at the Western Fair. She played her competition number, “River Flows in You” and “The Nightingale” by Deborah Henson Conant.
Because his regular activities were disrupted by COVID last year, Johnny decided to take up the guitar instead and worked hard to hone his skills on his own. He is truly a fun entertainer. This was his first time competing in the Rise2Fame competition. Johnny performed “Just Got Paid” which was his competition piece, and also an original called “All Right, Dynamite!”
The Youth Talent Contest is for performers between the age of 13 and 21 years. Vanessa Viselli, of Windsor and Ava Dawe, of Clinton, were the featured performers from this category.
Vanessa is a nursing student from Windsor, with Bayfield connections. She took up the guitar and started writing songs a year ago. She performed two original numbers, “The World Around You” and the tearful “The Final Hours” about how it feels to lose a loved one.
Thirteen-year-old, Ava has not competed in Rise2Fame since she was seven. This was her first time competing in Bayfield. Ava has been the lead singer of the family band, “The Honey Sweethearts” for about eight years and people may see her busking at local farmers’ markets or on the streets of Blyth or Bayfield. She performed Katy Perry’s “The One That Got Away” and Taylor Swift’s “Ours”.
After four stellar performances the winners were announced. In the Junior Category Alexa won first place and Johnny came in second. In the Youth Category. the winners were Ava in first place and Vanessa in second. All of the showcased winners will be moving on to the Western Fair quarter finals which will once again be virtual.
After a beautiful evening of showcase entertainment, Mary Paige and Irelyn Ste Onge, long-time participants of the Rise2Fame competition rounded out the evening with a concert of their own.
Thanks to the Bayfield Community Fair and the BAS for hosting and sponsoring this event.
Canine smiles galore at Fair
Bayfield PACC were actively present at the Bayfield Community Fair last weekend, offering up contests and a photo booth for dogs and their humans! (Photo by John Pounder)
The Bayfield People and Canine Community (PACC) was pleased to be able to take part in the 2021 version of the Bayfield Community Fair hosted by the Bayfield Agricultural Society (BAS). Their information booth played host to a number of junior artists who participated in the coloring contest.
“We would like to extend a big thank you to Shopbike Coffee Roasters for providing gift certificates to the five lucky winners. There is no doubt that Bayfield and the surrounding area is home to a new generation of creative talents,” said Suzan Johnson, representing Bayfield PACC.
As well, there were two very lucky dogs whose owners successfully guessed the number of dog cookies in the jar. Organizers would like thank Pet Valu in Goderich for their contribution.
“Our Pet Photo Booth also proved to be a popular attraction. Even with the extreme heat and humidity, we managed to photograph well over thirty beautiful canines and their equally beautiful humans,” said Johnson.
Turning toward future events, Bayfield PACC would like to announce that they will be supporting the 2021 Terry Fox Run and they invite everyone to join their team. Run, walk, or walk a dog in support of this worthy cause.
Johnson noted that people can join their virtual team at www.terryfox.ca/bayfieldpacc.
“In 1979, Terry said, ‘Anything is possible if you try’. Inspired by his amazing example, our team is proudly taking part in the event this year. Please consider supporting us in our “try” and help us raise much needed funds for cancer research. Thank you to the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association for organizing this event,” she said.
Anyone who has yet to do so is asked to please take a moment or two to complete the PACC survey which can be found at their website: www.bayfieldpacc.com
Youngsters were invited to color a special page at the Bayfield PACC booth. (Photo by Suzan Johnson )
Kevin Burton and Bean participated in the photo booth opportunity offered at the Bayfield Community Fair by the Bayfield PACC. (Photo by Suzan Johnson)
Kiska, a 16 year-old Sheltie, appears to have enjoyed his time in the spotlight (Photo by Jane Seifried)
Lane Winslow Mystery Series an escape from pandemic woes
During the COVID-19 pandemic, 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 submission is a review written by Dawn Brennan, sister of Nonie Brennan, a co-owner of The Village Bookshop, of the Lane Winslow Mystery Series written by Iona Wishaw.
For Christmas 2020, I was given a copy of Iona Wishaw’s first Lane Winslow mystery, “A Killer in King’s Cove”. Within weeks I had read her first seven books and was waiting anxiously for the publication of her eighth book, which came out in the spring of 2021.
Her books reminded me of the tender joy I felt when I first read Alexander McCall Smith. The mysteries are captivating. The lead character, Lane Winslow, is a former British Intelligence officer who decides to relocate to a quiet life in B.C.’s Kootenay region after World War Two. She falls in love with a house in tiny King’s Cove. And reading the books, we fall in love with Lane, her delightful neighbors, and the handsome, somewhat curt, Inspector Darling.
Lane’s desire for a peaceful life in a quiet village is continually derailed as she becomes involved in solving murders which seem to happen with surprising regularity in such an isolated location. Often the story takes us back to Europe, and there is frequently a link with recent World War Two activity. I have never been a fan of historical fiction, but I found the historical sections of the novels fascinating.
The books are clever and gentle. Wishaw is a good writer and an excellent storyteller. As the pandemic continued and my stress level increased, I was carried away by Lane Winslow and her life in King’s Cove.
Wishaw herself has said, “I think it is quite a relief to read books in which you’re secure and comfortable that the [characters] are kind, ethical people. It’s an old-fashioned decency.”
And maybe that is what is at the centre of my affection for these books. Sometimes all we really need to get through the day is kindness, a cup of tea, and a freshly baked fluffy bun passed along with the daily mail by the King’s Cove Post Mistress.
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 seventy-five per cent sold
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 now 75 per cent sold 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.
PICTURE PERFECT DAY
The Bayfield Artists Guild (BAG) had a perfect day for their Show and Sale on Aug. 21. The beautiful gardens at the Lighthouse, at 52 Colina Street, across from Pioneer Park, were a delightful setting to display the various styles by several talented artists. About 120 people braved the heat and meandered about the grounds viewing the works and meeting such artists as, Catherine Tillmann (left) and Karen Potter. (Submitted photo)
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 Bayfield Library Facebook page or website at www.fobl.ca where the ZOOM link is shared.
Registrants will receive a confirmation email that contains information about joining the meeting. All are welcome!
Glee Sisters Choir is now organizing for their 2021-22 season.
Women who love to sing are invited to attend the opening rehearsal of the Glee Sisters on Friday, Sept. 10 from 2-3:30 p.m. at St. Andrew’s United Church in Bayfield. Rehearsals are held at this time and location weekly until mid-May with a holiday break in December.
COVID-19 protocols will be followed – masks are mandatory and double vaccinations are required.
This non-auditioned choir has been performing throughout the community and in surrounding areas since 2006. The choir is directed by Lisa Stewart and accompanied by Mary McGoldrick.
For further information, please consult their Facebook page, “Glee Sisters Choir” or email Lisa Stewart at email@example.com
Volunteer staff with the Bayfield Area Food Bank (BAFB) are pleased to report that the collection bin for non-perishable donations has been returned to the foyer of the Bayfield Public Library.
“The bins will also remain on the porches of Trinity St James’ Parish Hall, (10 Keith Cres) but for many Bayfield residents the library is a handy spot, and having an indoor collection location is especially appreciated over the winter months,” said President of the BAFB Board, Terry Henderson.
All donations whether of non-perishable products, personal care items, or monetary donations, are very much appreciated by both volunteer staff and clients.
With back-to-school approaching, healthy snack or lunch items are being requested as donations at this time, examples of what would be appreciated are: pudding or fruit cups, juice boxes, granola bars, small cereal boxes, crackers and peanut butter.
Anyone in need of assistance at this time, is asked to please reach out through either an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or phone/text 519 955-7444. All enquiries are handled with complete confidentiality.
For anyone who would like to support BAFB with a monetary gift, there are a few options available. Cheques can be mailed to: Bayfield Area Food Bank, 10 Keith Cres., Bayfield, ON, N0M 1G0. An e-transfer can be made through BAFB’s gmail account: email@example.com or a donation can be received on-line through the www.canadahelps.org website.
All donations of $20 or more will be receipted for tax purposes. BAFB is a registered charity with CRA. Anyone who would like a receipt, is asked to ensure that their name and address are clearly provided along with the donation.
Swagger are l-r: Gary, drums and vocals: Mo, bass, keyboards and vocals; Darla, vocals; and Dwayne, guitar and vocals. They will be performing on the grounds of the Bayfield Town Hall on Sept. 5. (Submitted photo)
“Swagger” will be performing on the grounds of the Bayfield Town Hall ithis coming weekend on Sunday, Sept. 5. n
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 is $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 concert will begin at 7 p.m. As this is an outdoor events people are asked to bring their own blanket or lawn chair.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 winding down! The final in-person Bayfield Farmers' Market of the season has been extended to this Friday, Sept. 3, in Clan Gregor Square 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. 29 at 8 a.m. until today, Sept. 1 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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com 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.
Rogue (Submitted photo)
Bayfield's Forgotten Felines (BFF) has helped hundreds of feral and abandoned cats find their forever homes but many are still waiting.
Rogue is the Adopt-A-BFF cat of the week.
This beautiful green-eyed girl was brought in off the streets with a group of kittens. Rescue volunteers first thought that these kittens were her brood but it turned out they were not. She was not the Mama, she had not had kittens, and for obvious reason had no interest in them.
Volunteers say that she skipped school the day felines were being taught etiquette and was at first swatting at anyone who tried to pet her. However, she has come a long way and now only occasionally gives a little hiss upon approach. Volunteers have learnt that this is actually an invitation to pet her.
Anyone who thinks Rogue’s little quirks might be perfectly suited to their home 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.