autumn great time to explore Bayfield river valley trails
Mavis' Trail in Varna provides a great vantage point to view the Bayfield River at all times of the year but it is especially beautiful when the fall colors begin to appear. (Submitted photo)
Fall has started to cast its spell of color magic over the 14 kilometers of trail system known as the Bayfield River Valley Trails.
“We are so lucky to have the trails and Fall is a great time to enjoy them,” says Jane Davidson McKee, a hiker of many trails throughout Ontario. “The typography of the three trails (Sawmill, Woodland and Varna) are different and separately that makes each of them delightful.”
Davidson McKee is a life-long hiker who can handle 20 miles a day. When she walked the 285 KMs of the Bruce Trail she pushed herself to hike 40 KM a day. Once again the Bruce Trail is challenging her. This time she is reversing her hike from north to south.
“We are so lucky to have our own river trails here at home. They provide me with an ethereal feeling as well as vision of beauty.”
It should be noted that in the Fall, the Woodland Trail closes twice for hunting season - Oct. 9-21 for turkey hunting and Nov. 5-18 for deer hunting. The Sawmill and Varna trails remain open.
society announces theme for 157th Bayfield Fall Fair
The Bayfield Agricultural Society’s (BAS) 156th Bayfield Fall Fair is now entered in the history books the society membership is looking forward to the 157th.
Early in September, all BAS volunteers were invited to a potluck supper at Don and Joan Brodie’s home. About 40 people shared stories about things that happened at the fair and enjoyed filling their plate from the vast selection of food on the tables. The volunteers were thanked for all their efforts in making the fair successful.
Following the meal, the After Fair General Meeting was held. Several new volunteers attended and contributed their ideas. Reports from most of the committees were presented and a summary of the questionnaires used at the fair was provided.
“The Bean is Supreme in 2013” is the theme for next year’s fair. Already ideas for fair classes emerged and the energy is building.
The BAS will meet on Oct. 22 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Andrew’s United Church. A special guest speaker will be the newly appointed General Manager for the Ontario Association of Agricultural Societies (OAAS), Mark Beaven. He will present some of his observations of how fairs fit in their communities and what makes some fairs successful. Beaven, in this newly created OAAS position, represents the Ontario Agricultural Societies and their fairs. Everyone is invited to attend to hear his talk and encouraged to stay for the rest of the meeting.
Shortly volunteers will be needed to help put together Christmas wreaths. Crews cut evergreen boughs, make grapevine wreaths, add the greenery to the grapevine, create bows, and sell the finished product. Anyone wanting to join one of these crews and meet some great people in the process should contact Don Brodie at 519 263-2404.
bannockburn place to be on Sunday afternoon
The annual Bannockburn Fall Hike will not have to compete with Thanksgiving dinner and all the trimmings this year as the popular annual hike is taking place a week before the holiday weekend.
The 39th annual hike at Bannockburn Conservation Area will be held on Sept. 30 from 1-3 p.m.
“We are hoping for some great September weather for this year’s hike,” said Conservation Education Technician with the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA), Denise Iszczuk. “We hope the change of date will allow people with commitments over Thanksgiving to enjoy the hike, perhaps for the first time.”
ABCA staff members will be located along the trail to share information about trees, plants, wildlife, water quality, and outdoor programs.
For almost four decades, the annual hike usually draws between 100 and 300 local visitors to the scenic conservation area. There is no cost to take part in the hike but donations to conservation education will be gladly accepted, according to organizers. Hikers are asked to bring their own mugs, or ‘lug-a-mug,’ to enjoy cider. Apples will also be available.
Bannockburn Conservation Area has diverse species, and six different types of natural communities including a wet meadow, river systems, field, marsh, and forest.
“You can see diverse plants and wildlife when hiking through the conservation area,” said Iszczuk. “This time of year, it is common to see plants such as Goldenrod and asters in flower and see the fruits of Highbush Cranberry, and Wild Grape,” she said. “You may also see raccoons, turtles, white-tailed deer, woodpeckers or migrating birds.”
Nature lovers are invited to download, free of charge, a self-guided tour booklet and a professionally narrated audio file from the ABCA website at abca.on.ca. The guided audio tour interprets 13 points of interest throughout the 2 KMs of trails. The audio file and interpretive signs at Bannockburn Conservation Area were developed through a partnership effort initiated by the Friends of the Bayfield River, and funding partners, called the Walk a Mile Trail Information Project. The interpretive points-of-interest talk and digital audio player, pedometers for step counting, and GPS units may be borrowed anytime of the year from the ABCA Administration Centre near Exeter for use at Bannockburn Conservation Area.
Bannockburn Conservation Area is located at 76249 Bannockburn Line. It is located 2 KMs north of Huron County Road 3 and is located between Varna and Brucefield.
For more information on the hike visit abca.on.ca or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 519-235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610.
former village merchant remains avid historian at 95
Some folks may remember when Lance’s Antiques was located in the building that is now home to The Black Dog Pub and Bistro. Lois and Don Lance were the owners of the shop.
A subscriber forwarded an article that may be of interest to those who recall their shop. It was published in honor of Lois Lance’s recent 95th birthday. The original article appeared on Sept. 13 in the Daily Tribune, a newspaper serving Southeastern Oakland County in Michigan. Jeanne Towar was the author of the article.
In the story, Lance is said to be one of Royal Oak’s most prominent citizens. Her party was held at the historic Orson Starr House Museum and many attended the celebration on Sept. 9.
Lance noted that she feels that history is important to the community and that has been her focus. The groups she has worked with include: Royal Oak Historical Commission, Friends of the Almon Starr Historic House, Royal Oak Historical Society and Ezra Park Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution. Her volunteer career included chairing the Royal Oak Cemetery Board and being a founding member of the Orson Starr House Historical Guild in 1976. She is also the longest living member of the First Baptist Church of Royal Oak.
Lance, who was born in 1917, moved to Royal Oak in 1924, where she attended school. She lived in Troy from 1946 to 1976, where she served on the Troy Historical Commission.
Her husband of 64 years, Don Lance, passed away in 2000, fittingly on Constitution Day, Sept. 17. He was known to always carry a copy of the United States Constitution in his pocket to give away. The couple had three sons, 10 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
She is the co-author of several historical books and essays, including “Royal Oak Twigs & Acorns”, “Royal Oak Images from the 20th Century” and the most recent, “Mysteries at Starr Corners.” The books are available for purchase at Frentz Hardware, 1010 N. Main St. in Royal Oak.
Rainbow trout derby just over two weeks away
In this photo, a fisherman enjoys a moment of solitude along the Bayfield River, but for one weekend in October the river will be a buzz with fishing enthusiasts looking to catch the heaviest Rainbow Trout during the Bayfield Lions’ Club’s 34th Annual Joe Brandon Memorial Rainbow Trout Derby. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)
The quest for the heaviest Rainbow Trout will once again take centre stage from Oct. 12-14 when the Bayfield Lions’ Club’s 34th Annual Joe Brandon Memorial Rainbow Trout Derby is held.
Fish may be caught from the Bayfield River only from 6 a.m. on Friday to noon on Sunday. The weigh station will be set up at Rainbow Valley Campground.
The top three prizes are: first, $800, second, $400 and third, $300. The Eric Earle Memorial will be awarded to a contestant age 15 years or under. It consists of a cash award of $100 and a plaque. The Bill Thorpe Memorial will go to a person aged from 16-18 years. It is also a $100 cash prize and a plaque.
All participants will have a chance to win a variety of other prizes graciously donated by local merchants.
Tickets for the derby are available now at the following Bayfield locations: Nip N’ Tuck, Brandon Hardware, and Bayfield Convenience. They are also available at Goderich Bait and Tackle and Clinton Live Bait. Tickets are $25 with a limit of 250 available.
Two seemingly mismatched souls in a burgeoning relationship at a G-8 Summit. An unlikely premise perhaps but when the author is Richard Curtis of “Four Weddings and a Funeral” fame anything is possible. Intrigued? Then plan to join the Bayfield Film Society for their showing of “The Girl in the Café” on Sept. 27.
The film description notes that the key players in this British romantic comedy will find themselves having to make crucial decisions, about not only their own future, but the future of human kind.
This is the first of four Toronto Film Circuit films to be shown at the Bayfield Town Hall as part of the society’s Fall Film Series. Also planned for viewing are: Once upon a Time in Anatolia, Oct. 11; Moonrise Kingdom, Nov. 15; and The Exotic Marigold Hotel, Dec. 13.
The films will be shown starting at 7:30 p.m. Subscriptions for the four movies are $35 or tickets purchased at the door for $10. Seating is limited.
Tickets can be ordered from Jane Rowat by e-mail: email@example.com or by calling 519 565-5838.
cycle for health
Time to oil up the bike chains and put air in those tires as Outside Projects on Main Street is organizing a Bike Tour for Local Health Care on the morning of Sept. 29.
All proceeds from the day will go to the Clinton Community Hospital Foundation and participants can choose to cycle either a 40 KM or 60 KM route. Cyclists will depart from the Bayfield Arena on John Street. Those who choose the shorter route will leave at 10 a.m. while the longer route participants hit the road at 11:30 a.m.
The registration fee is $35. Cyclists can register prior to the date at Outside Projects or on the day of the race at the Bayfield Arena.
Concert for hospital
Lily Frost will be the headliner at a concert to be held at the Bayfield Town Hall on Sept. 29 in support of the Clinton Public Hospital.
Also on the docket are Josh Geddis, Mikey Chuck Rivers and Darren Eedens.
Tickets are available at the door for $25. The evening shall commence at 7:30 p.m.
For many Bayfield residents Clinton Public Hospital (CPH) is their choice for healthcare and therefore the work of the Auxiliary to the CPH should be of interest.
The CPH Auxiliary Penny Sale is on now until noon on Sept. 29. Many prizes are on display at St. Paul’s Anglican Church Parish Hall in Clinton. The draws will be held on Saturday afternoon. The committee reports there are lots of good prizes to be won.
A committee including landowners and residents of Bayfield and area want to ensure that the “green fire” is never extinguished in the Bayfield River Watershed. They are inviting community groups and people from the Bayfield River watershed to attend a documentary film and learn how they can be involved in the creation of a watershed plan.
The Main Bayfield Watershed Community Advisory Committee (MBWCAC) is bringing the highly praised film, “Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time” to the Bayfield Town Hall on Sept. 26, starting at 7 p.m.
Following the screening, community organizations and Bayfield-area residents will learn about the development of the plan to protect and improve the Main Bayfield River Watershed. They can find out about the current health of the watershed, how to help determine key actions in the plan, and start to choose actions they can take.
There is no admission charge for the film. Freewill donations are welcome, with proceeds to the Bayfield Tree Project.
Anyone interested in more information on this evening are invited to contact MBWCAC members, Lewington, at 519 565-2202, or Ainslie Willock, at 519 565-2469. They are also invited to visit abca.on.ca or phone Jessica Schnaithmann, Healthy Watersheds Technician, at Ausable Bayfield Conservation at 519 235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The MBWCAC would like to express thanks to the Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Family Foundation for the financial support that is making the Main Bayfield Watershed work possible.
Bayfield concert series
Canadian singer-song writers are the focus of the Bayfield Concert Series and the artists recently announced to appear at the Bayfield Town Hall over the next six months are all highly qualified.
Meades Bros. Productions will present four shows from now to Feb. 2013. The schedule includes: Basia Bulat, Oct. 18; Juno Award Winner, Meaghan Smith, Dec. 6; and multiple Juno Award Winner, Sarah Slean, Feb. 15.
Om Yoga Studio in Grand Bend is sponsoring the Smith concert, with London Life acting as sponsors for the Bulat and Slean shows. The first three concerts are priced at $30 a person while the Slean show is $40.
All shows begin at 8:30 p.m. with doors to the town hall opening at 8 p.m. Tickets are available now from ticketscene.ca. They can also be purchased in Bayfield at The Black Dog Pub and Bistro or Luxe Clothing Co.
Fung Loy Kok Taoist Tai Chi™ is pleased to be offering Taoist Tai Chi™ classes at the Bayfield Town Hall from 9-11 a.m. on Thursdays starting on Sept. 27.
Fung Loy Kok Taoist Tai Chi, drawing on a rich lineage of Taoist training, offers a variety of activities to help people with their physical, mental and spiritual health at all stages of their life. Practice of the Taoist arts can improve strength, flexibility, balance, and circulation and can help calm the mind and cultivate the heart, transforming one into a healthier and more harmonious person. All are welcome to attend these classes taught by accredited, volunteer instructors.
The program is offered for both the old and young and the moves can be adapted to suit a person’s physical conditioning. For more information please contact Doug Brown at 519 565-5187.
The Pickle Ball season will come to its conclusion in Bayfield on Oct. 18. The sport described as a combination of badminton, tennis and ping-pong has been offered on Thursdays at the Stanley Complex in Varna at 7 p.m. There is no experience necessary and the cost is $3 per evening. For more information call 519 440-2120.
Badminton starts at the Stanley Complex in Varna on Oct. 15 at 7 p.m. No equipment or experience needed.
Wednesday Wheels is now rolling! Folks can join others in a 20 KM casual bike ride starting at 8:25 a.m. Cycling will begin from 6 Main Street.
For those people looking to exercise their minds, Women’s Bridge is played every Wednesday at 1 p.m. No partner needed to play the cost is $1.50 per game. For more information call Brenda Blair at 519 565-2881. Bridge is played at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building.
Mah Jongg is played on the first and third Thursday of each month at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building starting at 1 p.m. All are welcome to attend. For more information contact Gayle at 519 565-2468.
The Bayfield Euchre Club will start its fall session on Oct. 3. The group meets on alternate Wednesdays at the Bayfield Lions' Community Building at 7 p.m. The cost is $1.50 and everyone is welcome. For more information call Lee at 519 565-2765.