diverse crowd turns out to hike in equally diverse area
Sept. 30 appeared to be family day at Bannockburn Conservation Area with many taking advantage of the perfect weather conditions and the educational stations set up during the 39th annual Fall Hike hosted by the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority.
PHOTOS AND STORY BY MELODY FALCONER-POUNDER
The Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) staff decided to hold their 39th annual Bannockburn Fall Hike one week earlier this year so as not to compete with the Thanksgiving holiday and organizers couldn’t be happier with the result.
The Bannockburn Conservation Area features six different types of natural communities. The Cathedral Forest is one of the most memorable sections with Maple and Beech being the dominant tree species.
Despite the warm temperatures on Sunday afternoon there were several signs along the trail that fall had arrived.
In autumn, Great False Solomon's Seal displays bright red berries adding some spots of color on the forest floor.
More than 265 people took part in the fall hike at Bannockburn on Sept. 30.
“It was a great day!” said Julie Stellingwerff, conservation education specialist with ABCA.
More than 265 hikers took part in the event and donated over $200 to conservation education programs.
ABCA staff members were stationed along the trail to share information about trees, plants, wildlife, water quality, and outdoor programs.
With some hills and natural paths the trail within the conservation area is considered to be a Level 3 for hiking difficulty but some sections are also wheelchair accessible due to a well placed boardwalk.
Bannockburn Conservation Area offers an opportunity for learning all year round. 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.
For almost 40 years, the annual hike has drawn people to this scenic conservation area and this year was no exception. Couples, seniors, parents and grandparents with young children, teens and even some dogs on leashes enjoyed the trek through Bannockburn enjoying the diversity that the area offers from forest to field.
According to ABCA staff, at 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. A smattering of fungus was also evident along the trail.
Bannockburn Conservation Area offers diverse species, and six different types of natural communities including a wet meadow, river systems, field, marsh, and forest.
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.
SAwmill Trail guided tour part of "doors open huron"
Of course, the Sawmill Trail is always open but it isn’t every day you can get a guided tour, such is the case on Oct. 14 when the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) will host "Trails Open". A hike held in conjunction with “Doors Open Huron”. It should be the perfect opportunity to view the trails fall colors at their most splendid.
Participants are asked to meet at the start of the Sawmill Trail located just off Old River Road at 2 p.m. The hike will take about 45 minutes to an hour. Dave MacLaren and Bill Rowat will be the hike leaders.
“The Sawmill Trail meanders along the Bayfield River and is stunningly beautiful this time of year. Join us for this fun event and see it for yourself," concluded Rowat.
It should be noted that in the autumn, the Woodland Trail, also the responsibility of the BRVTA, 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.
Lions' Club awards cash prizes for heaviest rainbows
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.
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.
In recognition of “Community Health Week”, the Bluewater Area Family Health Team will be hosting a free, public information session in Bayfield on Oct. 4.
Dr. Lori Teeple will present, “Seniors Wellness and Health Tips”. The one-hour session will be held at Trinity Anglican Church in Bayfield starting at 6:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.
In the dead of night, a group of men, including, a police commissioner, a prosecutor, a doctor and a murder suspect, drive through the Anatolian countryside, the serpentine roads and rolling hills lit only by the headlights of their cars. They are searching for a corpse, the victim of a brutal murder. The suspect, who claims he was drunk, can't remember where he buried the body.
Intrigued? Then plan to attend, “Once Upon a Time in Anatolia” the second of four Toronto Film Circuit films to be shown as part of the Bayfield Film Society’s Fall Series. It will be shown at the Bayfield Town Hall on Oct. 11.
Also scheduled for viewing are: Moonrise Kingdom, Nov. 15; and The Exotic Marigold Hotel, Dec. 13.
The films will be shown starting at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available 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.
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.
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.
Get your tickets soon for “An Evening With Terry Fallis” on Oct. 25 at the Bayfield Town Hall. The event will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available for $30 from The Village Bookshop and includes a signed copy of Fallis’ new book "Up and Down".
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.
"In response to many villager requests, we now have a supply of a full-size copy of the Cameron Plan of the Town of Bayfield dated 1856 for sale,” said Bill Rowat, president of the Bayfield Historical Society (BHS). “It measures 24 in. by 33 in. and shows the original cracklature (old paper marks) of the copy the Bayfield Archives has.”
According the BHS, the Honorable Malcolm Cameron had the map commissioned. He had purchased all the outstanding unsold lots from Baron Van Tuyll in 1854 and did a new survey after reducing the lot sizes from Van Tuyll's plan.
“For residents and cottagers looking for a record of the ownership of their properties, the lot numbers that are on this map are those registered in Ontario Registry Office records,” said Rowat.
The copies are selling for $50 each. This covers the cost of scanning, some minor touch-up, and printing. A smaller version of the map measuring 12 in. by 18 in. is also available for $15 each.
The Bayfield Archives on Main Street is open Wednesday and Saturday afternoons from 1-4 p.m. Please contact Archivist Ralph Laviolette at 519 440-6206 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anyone who likes to "dance to the music" may like to join a Line Dancing class held on Thursdays at 7 p.m. at the Northwood Beach Clubhouse. The park is located just minutes north of Bayfield off Hwy. 21. For more information contact Jan Ellah at 519 482-8644.
Fung Loy Kok Taoist Tai Chi™ is pleased to be offering Taoist Tai Chi™ classes on Thursdays at the Bayfield Town Hall from 9-11 a.m. 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 the new time of 8:55 a.m. Cycling will begin from 6 Main Street.
One Care continues to sponsor several programs for both men and women to keep up with their desire to stay fit. Please note there will no fitness classes on Oct. 8.
Total Body Fit classes are held on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 9 a.m. The classes are held at the Bayfield Community Centre. The cost is $4 per class.
Stronger Seniors classes are offered on Mondays and Wednesdays at 10:15 a.m. On Fridays a Gentle Stretch Class is offered at 10:15 a.m. Both of these fitness opportunities are held at the Bayfield Community Centre and cost $2 per class.
A Gentle Yoga Class is held at the Bayfield Town Hall starting at 10 a.m. on Tuesdays. The cost is $4 per class and participants are asked to bring a yoga mat.
For more information on the above exercise opportunities call 519 565-2202 or 519 565-5638
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.