BFIt to present business plan for arena at public meeting
The Bayfield Facilities Initiative Team (BFIT), has just completed a comprehensive business plan for the community to take over the management and operation of the Bayfield Arena and Community Centre. During this period a longer-range plan for the repurposing of the current building or possibly a new facility would be developed in consultation within the community. The business plan was recently presented to the consultant, Monteith and Brown, hired by the Municipality of Bluewater to investigate the future role of the centre.
BFIT is holding a public meeting to present the business plan to the residents of Bayfield and catchment area on Saturday, Oct. 6, 10 a.m. to noon, at the Bayfield Town Hall. All residents, Bluewater Councilors, and other interested parties are invited to attend and comment on the Bayfield Complex Public-Private Partnership Business Plan.
The community based governance structure for operating the centre would be similar to the way other groups in the village operate their independent physical assets, for example, Bayfield Town Hall, Bayfield Lions’ Municipal Building, Pioneer Park, Bayfield International Croquet Club’s Courts, Bayfield Archives’ building, Bayfield River Valley Trail Association trails and the Bayfield Agricultural Society grounds.
The business plan is based on detailed financial, operating, marketing and sales components.
"Our team is made up of individuals with a broad array of skills and experience in all these areas," said Steve Baker, who co-chaired the Business Plan Working Group, "We have virtually all the major volunteer agencies, interest groups and community centre users signed on as a broader advisory council."
Sandy Scotchmer, the other co-chair of the working group, noted that, "We have visited a number of other community centres in Ontario, the most interesting of which is Belmore a small community of 200 people north of Wingham. Belmore has operated its own community centre, that includes skating and curling rinks, for decades. This is a model we relied on heavily to inform our business plan."
Following the public consultation on Oct. 6, BFIT will present the business plan to Bluewater Council in the very near future.
Scotchmer noted that, "The timing is somewhat complicated by the pending municipal election, but on the positive side it gives aspiring Councilors an opportunity to express their views on the proposal during election debates."
Artist Guild in residence at Co-Op Gallery in October
Members of the Bayfield Artist Guild (BAG) will have their works of art and sculpture on display at the Goderich Co-Op Gallery for the month of October. (Submitted photo)
Members of the Bayfield Artist Guild (BAG) are the “Guest Artist” at Goderich Co-Op Gallery for the month of October.
Eleven painters, and one potter, from the BAG, will display their artistic endeavors at the gallery for the entire month. All paintings and ceramics are for sale at very reasonable prices. Visitors will find short bios of each artist that will give a small understanding of the artist’s philosophy.
Everyone is invited to a reception at the Co-Op Gallery on Oct. 13 from 2-4 p.m. The gallery is located on The Square.
BAG encourages everyone in Bayfield, and beyond, to visit the gallery and support local artists. Its regular hours are Monday to Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Local Rise2Fame winners finish well at Western Fair
Emily Plumsteel, of Clinton, proudly holds her runner-up trophy at the Junior Western Fair Rise2Fame Finals held on Sept. 16. Paige Woodburn and Julia Withers also were runners up in the Youth Finals. Both acts were selected to compete at the Western Fair from the Bayfield Community Fair Preliminary Rise2Fame Competition held in August. (Submitted photo)
Of the eight acts that judges deemed ready for the Western Fair Rise2Fame Competition at the Bayfield Community Fair, a high number went on to compete in the finals in London, ON.
In the Youth Category, five acts proceeded to the Western Fair, with a total of six talented youth competing. Irelyn and Mary Paige St. Onge, with their singing duet “Diane”, Paige Woodburn and Julia Withers with their acrobatic dance performance, “Redefined” and Hannah Thomas, singing “Secret Love”, all proceeded through the quarter and semi-finals to the Youth category finals on Sept. 16, with Paige and Julia earning the runner-up position in this very challenging competition.
In the Junior Category, four young people went on to the Western Fair, in three different acts. Of these, Cameron Landsborough-Mullin and Kinzie Bajtos performing a dance duet to “Beauty and the Beast”, and Emily Plumsteel, with her dance “Hot Note”, all continued to the finals, with Emily, 2016 Junior Western Fair winner, also taking second place.
The success of these young people reflects the high calibre of talent that competes every year at the Bayfield Rise2Fame Competition – the only preliminary contest in Huron County - which takes place every August at the Bayfield Community Fair.
Photography Hike at Hullett Bush coming up mid-October
The Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) will host a Photography Hike at the Hullett Sugar Bush in the Hullett Provincial Wildlife Area on Sunday, Oct. 14.
The event will begin at 2 p.m. and the bush is accessible from the parking lot at 80602 Wildlife Line (just north of Telephone Line)
This hike is ranked as a Level 3 difficulty. It includes some hilly sections and some areas can be slippery when wet. The distance is 4-5 KMs depending on the route chosen and the time for the hike should be 2-2.5 hours, giving us plenty of time to make numerous stops for nature photography. Members of the Photography Club of Bayfield will be there to assist you with any photographic questions.
The Blue Trail, which is the main trail in the Sugar Bush, is one of the most common trails at Hullett and meanders through both woodland and meadow and links to numerous other trails. From stands dominated by sugar maple, white ash and American beech to meadows of grasses, flowers and hawthorns, woodpeckers, flickers and nuthatches abound. Hikers may even catch a glimpse of the pileated woodpecker or rare loggerhead shrike! Hullett is a bird lovers paradise.
The Green Trail, which is also on the hike has woodlands providing good shade for walking and has good opportunities for wildlife viewing. On this trail hikers can see raptor nests and wood duck boxes. This trail not only runs through the eastern portion of the Sugar Bush, but also travels through fallow field and meadow making this a good place to find a wide variety of wildlife.
Another trail hikers will take within the Sugar Bush, the Yellow Trail, cuts through the maple and ash dominant forest of the Sugar Bush. Because of this, it has been hit hard by the invasion of Emerald Ash Borer. This makes it a very interesting habitat to watch as other species of trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants are beginning to flourish. As old ash trees fall, nutrients return to the soil and shelter is created for animals. This is also prime habitat for viewing white-tailed deer.
The whole Sugar Bush is a fantastic venue for autumn photography. Everyone welcome!
The hike leaders will be Jack Pal, 519 565-5340; Conrad Kuiper, 519 482-9724; and Dave MacLaren.
unique silent auction items available at Harvest Dinner
The annual Bayfield River Valley Trail Association’s (BRVTA) Harvest Dinner and Dance is an opportunity to celebrate the trails and express thanks to the trails’ landowners.
The Bayfield Trails are a wonderful asset to the community and are enjoyed by many individuals, families and groups on a regular basis. Even though the volunteers work very hard to keep the trails in good shape and provide programming for the community, the trails would not exist if it wasn’t for the generosity and cooperation of the landowners. They allow us to use the trails free of charge. In return, they get invited once a year for a lovely meal, so everyone can give them a round of applause.
The Harvest Dinner, set for Saturday, Oct. 13 at Renegades Diner, is also the only fundraiser the BRVTA organize and through community support for this event, the association is able to maintain the trails and keep them open for public use.
The evening will begin with a reception at 6 p.m. during which wine and appetizers will be shared. Dinner will be served at 7 p.m. followed by live music.
Organizers are glad that the local band The Cheap Shirts are able to perform again this year, this gives attendees an opportunity to stretch their legs and have a little fun after a great dinner.
The BRVTA would like to thank their event sponsors: Virtual High School, Edward Fuels and TCC. Their support is very much appreciated.
They are also happy to announce that they have seven wonderful and unique silent auction items: introduction to fly fishing, by Doug Zavitz; a musical performance at your house, by Then There’s Three; handmade charcuterie board, by Sonny Kumpf; unique wine label board - a must for any wine cellar, by Roger and Pat Lewington; hand knit scarf, by Jan Jamula; original painting, by local artist Anita VanderHaar; and a hand-made glass mosaic, by Roberta Stemp.
Tickets are $40.00 each. Anyone who has not purchased a ticket yet is encouraged to talk to their friends and book a table for a great evening of fun and wonderful door prizes. Please call Roger Lewington at 519 565-2202 or Scott Robeson at 519 565-2827 for tickets.
The Bayfield Farmers' Market popular fall fundraiser, “Souper Duper Friday” had to be rescheduled to this Friday (Sept. 28). Serious weather warnings last week prompted organizers to postpone.
Delicious homemade soups created from the freshest market ingredients will be available in Clan Gregor Square from 3-7 p.m. or until it's sold out! This year's soups will feature beef and ham from CedarVilla Angus Farms and produce from Firmly Rooted Farm. Each bowl of soup will be served with a slice of Red Cat Farm's bread. Vegan soup and wheat free bread will be available. The price is just $5 per bowl, with all proceeds supporting ongoing market operations.
The Bayfield Farmers’ Market runs until Oct. 5, Thanksgiving weekend, 3-7 p.m. in Clan Gregor Square.
A weekend celebration of Vintage Volkswagen Vans, Campers, Beetles and good vibes is happening this Sunday, Sept. 30 in Clan Gregor Square for the fourth annual "Volkfest"
“VWs” will be on display in the park along with live music, craft vendors and food trucks from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Artist scheduled to perform are Josh Geddis, Jay Kipps Band, Ryan Malcolm, John Powers, The Honey Sweethearts and the Bayfield Ukulele Society.
On Sunday morning a VW Brunch will be held at Smackwater Jack's in Grand Bend starting at 9:30 a.m. and then a caravan of the vehicles will make their way from Grand Bend to Bayfield around 10:30 a.m.
Are you unable to make daytime fitness classes? Are you too tired to travel to Clinton or Goderich after work to work out, even though you know a fitness class will help alleviate stress and optimize health? There is an answer, come out to fitness classes at the Bayfield Community Centre.
Sandy Scotchmer is once again running fitness classes that will be held on Tuesday evenings at 6.15 p.m. and Saturday mornings at 9.15 am. Tuesday classes will resume Oct. 2 and the first session will be free while Saturday classes will begin on Oct. 6.
Classes are designed to achieve better overall body fitness, including cardio training and muscle strengthening of arms, legs, abs and back, as well as balance — all while accompanied by fantastic music to help inspire you and keep things fun.
Scotchmer has 40 years fitness training experience and currently teaches fitness programs available during the day and would like to offer fitness classes to working gals and guys and to those not able to attend classes through the day for many reasons. The classes are designed to improve your fitness levels, and to get you into better physical shape to enhance good health and less day-to-day stress.
All weight training equipment will be provided, along with mats for floor work. Please wear appropriate footwear, plus bring a refillable Eco bottle - there is a water refilling station on the same floor as the classes.
To attend both classes per week the cost will be $70 per month. For participants who can only make one class a week, the cost will be $40 per month. People are encouraged to sign up for two sessions per week for maximum results.
In order to cover all costs for the room rental, the minimum number of participants required to run the classes will be six. Do bring out friends to participate too!
For more information about the classes please call Scotchmer at 519 565-2830.
“Audibly Awesome” will be performing at St. Andrew’s United Church on Oct. 10.
This special evening of music, featuring the Lobb brothers, will begin at 7:30 p.m. Admission is by donation.
WORLD SINGING DAY
World Singing Day is a global, public, sing-a-long that happens on the third weekend in October, on seven continents.
The Glee Sisters and the Bayfield Ukulele Society will be leading their favorite sing-a-long songs at the Bayfield Town Hall on Oct. 20 for one hour starting at 1:30 p.m.
Anyone who loves singing along to songs in the car, in the shower, at home, with a choir or with their children this is the event to attend! No experience necessary; just the desire to join in song to help celebrate our common humanity. All are welcome for a joyful hour of music and song in hopes of bringing the community closer together!
Want to learn more about WSD? Visit www.worldsingingday.org
BAYFIELD UKULELE SOCIETY
Anyone who has always wanted to try the ukulele can give it a try at some upcoming workshops hosted by the Bayfield Ukulele Society (BUS).
Beginner workshops with loaner instruments will be held at the Bayfield Public Library on the following Saturday mornings: Oct. 6 and 20 for one hour starting at 9 a.m. Experienced players from the BUS will work one-on-one with beginners, to teach a few simple chords and strumming patterns, and then learn a few easy favorite songs to play together as a group. Absolute beginners welcome - no experience necessary.
Anyone interested in staying afterwards can listen (and sing along!) during the regular Saturday morning practise that will follow at 10 a.m. Check out the Bayfield Ukulele Society Facebook page for more information or to contact the group.
The Fourth annual Witches' Walk to be held at The Ashwood Inn will be held on Oct. 27. (Submitted photo)
Uh, oh…it’s happening again.
Yes, the fourth annual Bayfield Witches’ Walk through the haunted forest at The Ashwood Inn is set for Oct. 27.
Last year 700 souls of all ages braved the woods and this year organizers are hoping to scare over 1,000! Entering the woods between 6-8 p.m. is by donation with 100 per cent of the proceeds being gifted to the Big Brothers and Big Sisters of North Huron.
Volunteers are now being sought to set up or man one of the scary stations. It’s so much fun and all are welcome. For more information call The Ashwood Inn at 519 565-4444.
The Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) will host an Autumn Hike in Naftel’s Creek Conservation Area on Oct. 28.
People are invited to join for this enjoyable afternoon hike that will begin at 2 p.m.
Hikers will experience a mix of conifer plantations, hardwood and wetland areas. Boardwalks allow visitors to enjoy the wetland. A highlight of the area is the opportunity to watch for trout when crossing over Naftel’s Creek. The trail is 3 KMs long and is a Level 2 difficulty. The hike will take about 1.5 hours.
Naftel’s Creek Conservation Area is located 7 KMs south of Goderich on Hwy 21, #79152 between Union Rd and Kitchigami Rd. Parking available.
Everyone is welcome to join hike leaders, Chris and Pam Bowers, 519 525-8850; Gary Mayell, 519 441-0141; and Peter Jeffers, 519 933-4555.