anglers come to town for joe brandon memorial trout derby
In 2018, fall colors reflected on the Bayfield River as contestants in the Bayfield Lions' Club's 40th annual Rainbow Trout Derby cast their lines on Saturday morning. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)
The Joe Brandon Memorial Trout Derby is back for 2019 and anglers of all ages will be in the village from Friday, Oct. 18 with a start time of 6 a.m. to Sunday, Oct. 20 when the contest closes at noon.
Rainbow Valley Campground is the base for the event. Tickets are available now at Brandon Hardware, Bayfield Convenience and Goderich Bait & Tackle. London fishermen/ladies, tickets are available at Angling Sports in London at the corner of Highbury Ave and Dundas St. Organizers note that they are also a major contributor to the prize table and a welcome addition to the event.
Prizes consist of $800, 1st prize; $400, 2nd prize; and $300, 3rd prize. Tickets are $25 and the registration includes free camping at Rainbow Valley Campground. People are reminded to purchase their tickets early as only 250 go on sale.
Please contact Lion Tom Grasby at 519 565-5142 for more info.
La Dolce Vita attendees can bid on some bella items
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 (HRH) on Nov. 9.
Are you attending the now sold out event at Renegades? There will be games and prizes, and both a Silent and a Live Auction. Come prepared to bid on some amazing Live Auction items...
1. “Parla italiano?” Are you thinking of visiting Italy? Would you like to learn basic Italian? A local “professoressa “of Italian history and language is offering five Italian lessons for up to six people in our Live Auction on the night. Get your group together and bid on this amazing, never to be repeated, offer!
2. “Spring Clean-Up!” Let an energized crew of joyful volunteers jump in to get your yard in tip top shape for spring. We'll rake, blow, pick up and haul away brush all with a "spring" in our step! Just bid for Hospice and be ready to sit back and enjoy your beautiful yard next spring.
3. “Italian Cooking Class” Gather six people together in your home and learn how to make the perfect Italian meal. Enjoy this amazing opportunity offered by Bayfield’s very own Sicilian cook!
The event is hosted by the Bayfield Committee for the HRH in support of the Bayfield Children’s Room at the Hospice.
irish ballads 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
Lit on Tour coming to Bayfield
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.
The Hovey’s: The rummage sale and the Pink Elephant
Doug Willock was inspired by the Take a Look series of articles that were run in this publication in the weeks leading up to the 2019 Ontario Heritage Conference (OHC) held in early June, to write a few of his own recollections of people who have been a part of the village tapestry over the years. This week he remembers Dorothy and Ernie Hovey.
Dorothy and Ernie Hovey were two of the nicest people you could ever hope to meet. For years they ran Hovey’s General Store and the Post Office, located directly across from the Little Inn. You could go into their General Store and see both of them trying to deal with all the requests of their customers plus the staff. At that time, to buy cigarettes for my mother, I had to produce a note addressed from her to them. This was the 1960s and it was a different world.
If you wanted to collect the mail, you went next door and Ernie Hovey would pop in from the General Store through a door opening and produce your mail. There were also private mail boxes for the year-round residents who had the keys to open them individually. Stamps were also sold there.
One year, the Hovey’s graciously agreed to let the Rummage Sale put a mascot outside the store to advertise the coming event. Ollie Chapman and my mother Peg Willock were the organizers that year and determined to do their best. The big worry each year was could you generate more revenue than the year before? You didn’t want to be the one to disappoint!
Ollie Chapman agreed to let the mascot be built in the garage of their cottage on the west side of Tuyll Street. Mrs. Chapman and my mother thought an elephant would be just the ticket – because elephants have a long memory and apparently, they never forget, or so the thinking was at the time. To make a splash, it was decided pink would be the right color! It was guaranteed to attract attention outside Hovey’s store. The elephant was made out of chicken wire and papier-maché. It took a long time to make the elephant as elephants are big with flappy ears. Our elephant probably stood about four feet at the head and had an elongated trunk – the better not to forget. It was no African elephant look alike in the end, more like a caricature of Dumbo the flying elephant.
The turnout that year was a record and thankfully sales were higher than the year before, so Pioneer Park was financed for another year.
The Hovey’s eventually sold their General Store and Ernie ran the new brick Post Office. Canada Post’s Head Office in Ottawa dictated the new building’s specifications on Main Street and thankfully the Bayfield Public Library which eventually replaced it is much more sympathetic to the village’s architecture.
When the Hoveys retired, they bought a lot from Mrs. Gairdner’s off Main Street (which later housed the Wardrobe and now Fab) and built a comfortable bungalow. The last time I saw Ernie was at Pioneer Park looking at B-52’s flying overhead in the 1990s. He mentioned they were from a big air base across Lake Huron in Michigan. Ernie knew everything and everyone.
A change of scenery for the Editor is occurring and as a result, readers are now being offered some Hiatus Issues. Enjoy!
Live issues of the Bayfield Breeze will resume on Nov. 6.
HOWLING HAUNTERS NEEDED
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)
Bayfield Travel Club
The first meeting of the Bayfield Travel Club will be held on Saturday, Oct. 19.
It’s a place where local residents can meet other people that have the same passion for travel, share their own travel experiences, learn about new exciting destinations and to just have some fun.
The club will meet from 1-2 p.m. at the Bayfield Public Library.
Cookie Day in Canada
Members of Bayfield Guiding are now selling the Chocolatey Mint Girl Guide Cookies for $5 a box.
The girls will also be selling cookies during Cookie Day in Canada, Saturday, Oct. 19 with tables at the Bayfield Foodland and at the Walmart in Goderich from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Profits from sales help with program activities and field trips
“(Barbara Brown) Taylor writes with consistent charm and an unobtrusive faith in God; her
work is certain to appeal to…fans of Annie Dillard and Anne Lamott.” - Library Journal
Members of the community are invited to join in the Knox Bayfield Spiritual Study to begin Sunday, Oct. 20. The fall study will focus on “Learning to Walk in the Dark” from the bestselling author Barbara Brown Taylor.
All are welcome to join in the conversation that will be held on Sundays starting at 2 p.m. until Dec. 22, excluding Nov. 3 and Nov. 29, at Knox Presbyterian Church, 2 Main St. N., Bayfield. For more information call 519 572-8529 or email email@example.com
The book can be ordered locally at The Village Book Shop, 24 Main Street North, or by calling 519 565-5600.
The Bayfield Garden Club members are pleased to have Zelda Woods as their guest speaker on Monday, Oct. 21.
Woods is an herbal practitioner. She is an enthusiastic supporter of using local herbs to increase well-being and will share these ideas and do a demonstration of how to make salves and balms.
The meeting will be held at the Bayfield Lions Community Building (beside the fire hall) starting at 7:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend. Refreshments and a raffle will follow the speaker.
Knox Presbyterian Church will be hosting a Spaghetti Dinner on Thursday, Oct. 24 at the Bayfield Town Hall.
Dinner will be served from 4:30-7:30 p.m. The menu includes a selection of homemade sauces, caesar salad and garlic toast along with assorted desserts, tea, coffee and juice. Beer and wine will also be available for purchase.
Tickets are adults, $15; children four to 12, $7.50; under four free. Takeout will be available. Tickets are available in the village at The Bayberry Shoppe, Xclusive Elements or any church member. People may also call 519 565-2913 and leave a message for tickets.
The Board of Directors for the Bayfield Agricultural Society (BAS) has a vacancy for the important role of Secretary/Administrative support.
This a volunteer position. Looking for an individual who is interested in preserving 164 years of agricultural/rural history while enjoying time with like-minded people. Previous experience would be helpful but not necessary. Basic computer experience would be an asset working with Word and Outlook. Attention to detail important.
Duties would include: preparing meeting agendas, meeting minutes, correspondence, membership and helping with event planning. General meeting attendance would be two hours per month (March thru November). Director meetings four times per year or as needed. The Directors are looking for a two to four-year commitment. Training and support will be provided for all duties.
For more information please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or Lorraine Sheilds at 519 653-7039.
The Bayfield Agricultural Society (BAS) is also looking for local support, be part of the community’s future by becoming a society or board member. Share your skills, experience and assets by becoming a part of 165 years of history and celebrate special community events with likeminded members.
Contact: Jentje Steenbeek, 519 440-6639; Doug Yeo, 519 482-9296; and Lorraine Shields, 519 653-7039.
“Your Community, Your Heritage, Your Roots - Be Part of Something Everlasting”
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.
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.