seventh annual foto fest offers new twist for photographers
Photo Tour Trekkers and the Photography Club of Bayfield (PCoB) are pleased to announce the Seventh Annual Bayfield Fall Foto Fest (FFF) on Saturday, Oct. 5 and Sunday, Oct. 6.
“This year we have taken a leap into the past by inviting the 1812 Royal Scots Re-enactors and the 17th US Infantry Re-enactors to show us what life was like during the war of 1812 and to entertain us with a real live battle scene with vintage muskets,” said Jack Pal, a member of the organizing committee.
Two mock battles will take place on Saturday and Sunday at 11 a.m. Just the registered FFF participants will get the opportunity for an intimate photo encounter before, during and after the battle scenes. Others may view only from a distance on the bleachers in the Fairgrounds behind the Bayfield Arena and Community Centre so as not to impede the FFF photographers. Entry to the grounds is via the main gate only.
As in the past, FFF weekend will also feature a series of workshops that will help to hone registrants’ photographic skills and techniques. This year the offerings include a choice of five 2-hour workshops as well as two 3-hour master class workshops on each of Saturday and Sunday afternoon.
Members of the public are encouraged to visit the annual FFF Photo Exhibition and judged competition at the Bayfield Town Hall. The two categories this year are Wildlife and Landscape. Grand Prize is a tour package for one photographer to join Photo Tour Trekkers in 2020 on a Scotland Photo Tour. The first prize in each category is $150 and the People’s Choice Award is $100. This is where the general public gets a chance to vote on their favorite photo in the exhibition. All winners will be announced at the Sunday Reception at 5 p.m.
The exhibition is open all weekend but voting by the general public for the People’s Choice Award will take place on Oct. 5 from noon until 2 p.m. and on Oct. 6 from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. and noon to 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 James Cowie and Photo Tour Trekkers, our event sponsor. Other major sponsors include: Renegades, Blyth Printing, Brad Turner and the Bayfield Agricultural Society.”
Bannockburn Fall HIke to be hosted by Trail Association
For more than forty years, a guided hike has taken place annually on an October weekend at Bannockburn Conservation Area. This year the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association will play host with a guided hike beginning at 2 p.m. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)
The Bannockburn Fall Hike is a four-decade old tradition and this year the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association will play host with a hike set for Sunday, Oct. 6.
For more than forty years, a guided hike has taken place annually on an October weekend at Bannockburn Conservation Area, 76249 Bannockburn Line, 2 KM north of Huron County Road 3, near Varna, between Brucefield and Bayfield. The conservation area is owned and maintained by the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA).
People are invited to continue the tradition of enjoying this nature destination by hiking the trail starting at 2 p.m. with knowledgeable guides. Professionally-narrated audio and video tours are also available on the ABCA website at www.abca.on.ca/events/fallhike/.
Bannockburn Conservation Area is home to six different natural communities: wet meadow, eastern white cedar, deciduous forest, old field and mixed scrub and marsh.
The trail starts with a boardwalk that is wheelchair accessible. The full trail is approximately 4 KM long and includes several changes in elevation. It is considered medium difficulty.
The Hike Leaders will be Dave MacLaren, 519-565-5480; and George Ebers.
laviolette honored with first place at county art show
Anne Laviolette was awarded first place honors for her work entitled, “Stream in Deep Forest” at the Huron County Art Show and Sale on Friday evening, (Submitted photo)
Bayfield resident and artist, Anne Laviolette was awarded first place honors for her work entitled, “Stream in Deep Forest” at the Huron County Art Show and Sale on Friday evening, Sept. 27. This was Laviolette’s fifth award at the annual show, in 2018 she took second place.
The 2019 show features 35 works of art by artists from across Huron County. The art is on display at the Huron County Museum in Goderich from now until Dec. 8. The Show has been an annual event for Huron County residents since 2005-2006.
Visitors to the current exhibit are invited to submit their vote for their favorite artwork with a special ballot available at the Huron County Museum.
Madeleine Roske, of Goderich, took second place for her work entitled, “McKnight's Milk House”. The two winning artworks will become part of the Huron County Art Bank with a purchase award from the County of Huron. Artworks in the Art Bank remain on display in various County buildings.
celebrate italy in support of the Bayfield Children's Room
Renegades Diner in the village will become Italy for one magical evening, Nov. 9. (Photo by Gary Lloyd-Rees)
Italy is coming to Bayfield as “La Dolce Vita” is the theme of an evening celebrating all things Italian in aid of the Huron Residential Hospice on Nov. 9.
Renegades Diner in the village will become Italy for one magical evening. The restaurant will open its doors at 6 p.m. with the dinner beginning at 6:30 p.m. Tables will be decorated and named for Italian villages, towns or cities. A three-course Italian dinner will be accompanied by a cash bar serving Italian wines. A talented musician/singer will serenade with favorite Italian songs. There will be games and prizes, and both a Silent and a Live Auction.
The event is hosted by the Bayfield Committee for the HRH in support of the Bayfield Children’s Room at the Hospice. Tickets are $45 per person.
For tickets please call Kevin Kale at 519 565-4018 or Kate Lloyd-Rees at 519 565-4404. Tickets can also be obtained through Eventbrite at www.eventbrite.ca.
Two thousand dollars derived from The Dreamboats concert
Two thousand dollars raised at The Dreamboats concert held in Clinton in August was presented to members of the Clinton Public Hospital Foundation recently. On hand were (l-r): Kelly Semple, Michael’s Pharmasave staff; Jane Groves and Bob Clark, CPH Foundation directors; Darren Stevenson, CPH Foundation chair; and Michael and Nevien Ibrahim, Pharmacy owners and General Manager of Michael's Pharmasave, Kelsey Johnston. (Photo by Darlene McCowan)
On Aug. 21st, Michael’s Pharmasave hosted The Dreamboats in concert at the Central Huron Community Complex Libro Hall, as a third-party fundraiser to raise funds for the Clinton Public Hospital (CPH). Tickets went on sale early in the summer and by the evening of the event 200 people were in attendance to witness the musical talents of this rock n’ roll quartet from Mississauga.
On Wednesday, Sept. 18, Michael’s Pharmasave presented the Clinton Public Hospital Foundation (CPHF) with the proceeds from the concert, in the amount of $2,000. The CPHF expressed their appreciation to Michael and his staff for their continued support of CPH.
The Dreamboats, consisting of Sir Ritchie Hummins, Bryan Lewis, Matt Best and Johnny G. Wiz, were not only amazing musicians, but also wonderful story-tellers and quite the entertainers with their dance moves and high energy. As the audience listened to The Dreamboats 50’s and 60’s inspired music, feet were tapping, hands were clapping and some were even dancing, while the band delivered well-known music from the era, along with some original songs of their own. It was an evening to remember and all for a good cause!
original folk songs featured in upcoming concert
Trevor Lewington and Craig Downie have been writing and performing music together for 20 years as members of Toronto’s “Enter The Haggis”.
Career highlights include performances on Live With Regis and Kelly, PBS’s Breakfast With The Arts, and at The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC. After Nov. 10 they will be able to add the Bayfield Town Hall to their list.
Lewington and Downie continue to headline festivals across Canada and the US and will be touring Ireland this October. In 2016, Lewington released his debut solo album, “Lion of Grace”, featuring several songs inspired by historic stories from the Bayfield area.
The community is encouraged to come out and join them for a great night of original folk songs, Irish ballads, bagpipe instrumentals and some fun covers. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. with the doors opening at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. There will be a cash bar.
Tickets are available online at www.ticketscene.ca or email Roger Lewington at email@example.com.
The fifth annual Bayfield Witches’ Walk through the haunted forest at The Ashwood Inn is set for Oct. 26. Last year 1,000 plus souls of all ages braved the woods. Entering the forest 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 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. (Photo by John Pounder)
A change of scenery for the Editor is upcoming and as a result, readers can soon look forward to some Hiatus Issues.
Please note that anyone who would like an article published in the Bayfield Breeze issues to be dated Oct. 16, Oct. 23, and Oct. 30 should submit their information by Friday, Oct. 4 at 4 p.m.
Live issues of the Bayfield Breeze will resume on Nov. 6.
Trinity Winter Clothing Drive
Trinity St. James Anglican Church in Bayfield is reaching out to the community in support of their annual Winter Clothing Drive.
Organizer Audrey Albiston is collecting gently used warm winter coats, blankets, and other articles that will help keep the homeless warm throughout the winter months. There is also a great need for warm socks, hats and gloves or mitts.
Items should be brought to the church as early as possible in October.
Book Club Query
Jamie Thomas, librarian with the Bayfield Public Library is posing the question, “Book Clubs in Bayfield: Just how many are there?”
She is currently doing some research on the book clubs in Bayfield, and to date the answer to her question is 15! She would like to know if there are others she is unaware of.
“Please provide the name of your book club so I can add it to my inventory. The information can be sent to email@example.com ,” said Thomas. “Thank you and keep reading Bayfield!”
Aging by the Book
“Aging by the Book: A Reading Circle” is an upcoming opportunity hosted by the Friends of the Bayfield Library (FOBL) starting in late October.
FOBL is offering a six-week group that uses selections by various writers to spark conversations about aging. It will be held on Tuesdays from 1:30-3 p.m. starting Oct. 22 to Nov. 26 in the Bayfield Public Library Community Room. Participants are asked to register at the Library. The group is limited to 12 people.
For more information please call Arlene Timmins at 519 565-2777 or Barbara Brown at 519 565-5187.
Summer may have unofficially ended, but the Bayfield Farmers’ Market continues until Thanksgiving weekend.
A list of vendors is posted every Thursday on the market’s Facebook page. The Bayfield Farmers’ Market runs every Friday until Thanksgiving weekend, 3-7 p.m. in Clan Gregor Square.
anything to keep warm collection
Knox Church, Bayfield is collecting items of warmth until Oct. 20. (Submitted photo)
Knox Presbyterian Church, Bayfield has launched their annual “Anything to Keep Warm Collection”. The congregation is asking people to clean out their closets, and to ask family and friends for their useful, but no longer used, items of warmth.
Hats, coats, sweaters, mitts, sleeping bags, blankets…anything with potential to provide warmth in the upcoming cold weather season(s).
They will be gratefully receiving donations through to Oct. 20. Items will be blessed during worship service on that date.
Organizers of the event will sort and deliver the items to London Mens’ Mission, Rotholme Womens’ and Family Shelter and Community Mental Health Programs including the Resource Centre and Streetscapes, a school outreach program. Articles will also be distributed locally.
Locally please call Deb at 519 524-0224 to request a pickup of items.
Myths about grief: "Time heals all wounds", "Replace the loss", "Grieve alone", "Be strong for others" and "Bury your feelings".
“The Grief Recovery Method” is a Grief Support Group that in eight weeks can change a person’s life. This Action Program is for moving beyond death, divorce and other losses. Whether a person is experiencing loss from death, divorce, loss of job or childhood issues (recent or in the past), recovery is possible.
This program will be held in Bayfield from Thursday, Oct. 3 to Nov. 28. It will be held at St. Andrew’s United Church from 1-3 p.m. The cost is $35 for the resource material. Participants must pre-register.
Please call Huron Hospice to register, 519 482-3440 Ext. 6301.
All Ages Line Dancing has returned to the Bayfield Town Hall for an autumn session.
Rural Response for Healthy Children invites everyone to come kick up their heels. Line dancing uses a variety of simple, repeating steps - making it accessible to the “choreographically challenged”.
The program will be offered Monday evenings for one hour starting at 6:30 p.m. concluding on Nov. 18. Please note there will not be a class on Oct. 14.
This program is free to people of all ages: babies in carriers, toddlers, adults, seniors and everyone in between! The dancing will be facilitated by Norma Preszcator. Free, healthy snacks and a group social time will follow each week
There is no registration required. Anyone who would like additional information should call
519 482-8777, 1-800-479-0716 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
lit on tour
An initiative of the Toronto International Festival of Authors (TIFA), “Lit on Tour” returns for its 13th edition this year. Lit On Tour partners with libraries, schools and other community organizations to connect readers province-wide with immersive literary activities. The unique touring event allows participants outside of Toronto the opportunity to take part in enriching activities that might not otherwise be available in their region. Events include book signings, readings, authors in conversation and Q&A sessions that ignite curiosity and enthusiasm for the written word.
"Lit On Tour provides a rare and unique opportunity for book lovers across Ontario to meet, hear and learn from world renowned writers right in their own backyard,” said Geoffrey E. Taylor, director, Toronto International Festival of Authors (TIFA). “Creating meaningful dialogue between readers and writers is a special — and often once in a lifetime — experience and we’re proud to extend this initiative for book enthusiasts outside of the Toronto community.”
“Lit On Tour Bayfield: In Conversation with Doyali Islam and Anna Maxymiw” will be held at the Bayfield Town Hall on Oct. 20 at 2 p.m. According to the Lit On Tour website, authors Doyali Islam and Anna Maxymiw will read from their latest works, “heft” and “Dirty Work: My Gruelling, Glorious, Life-Changing Summer in the Wilderness”, respectively. In conversation with author Andy McGuire, Islam and Maxymiw will discuss the themes of fortitude and resilience in their books and share their experiences with navigating Canadian publishing. Their books will be available for purchase with a book signing to follow the event. Admission is free but online registration is recommended.
The program runs on the dedication and enthusiasm of community partners across the province including the Cultural Services Department - County of Huron
For all locations and event details, visit litontour.com. Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased online or through the venues directly.
art for hospice
This lovely encaustic art is the October piece being auctioned silently for the Huron Residential Hospice. (Submitted photo)
In support of the Huron Residential Hospice (HRH), Bayfield artist Margot Sippel has graciously donated a wonderful piece of encaustic art, entitled, “Lake Huron in July”.
This piece will be on display at the Bayfield Public Library during the month of October. Anyone interested in taking this beautiful piece of art home, is invited to participate in the silent auction, being held at the library during this same time frame.
The silent auction will close on Oct. 31st at 2 p.m., during which time the highest bidder will be contacted. The piece measures 8” x 10”.
The Board of Directors for the Bayfield Historical Society (BHS) has a vacancy for the valued position of Archivist.
Experience would be an asset, but a necessity is a keen interest in preserving artifacts and a habit of accuracy and detail.
The BHS now has a museum grade of software called PastPerfect which has already been installed in 59 museums in Ontario, some smaller than Bayfield, and are in the process of converting the paper system to this computer program for easier access and to eventually make the system available online. The BHS has already hired an archival data entry person to start the process of entering documents and have other volunteers lined up to assist with the entry. Typing skills are needed but the BHS can provide instruction with the PastPerfect program.
Interested persons are asked to please call BHS at 519 441-3224 or email email@example.com and leave a message for "Archivist".