bayfield pier bench project Reminds all of community
Ward Councilor for Bayfield, Bill Whetstone has been kind enough to provide an update on the pier bench project for our readers. His comments follow:
Pam Langan purchased one of the new benches along the Bayfield Pier in memory of her late husband Larry. This is now a very special spot for their six grandchildren Abby, Devon and Myles Langan, children of Christine and the late Brent Langan; and Nolan, Jordyn and Kyle Geddis (pictured) children of Jess and Josh Geddis. (Submitted photo)
The idea of benches on the pier was brought to my attention from a great couple in Bayfield who love to walk the pier but needed a place to rest part way. What a great idea.
This project was so great to coordinate and became much more than just benches on a pier. Not only did the residents in a matter of a week step forward, (thanks to the help of the Bayfield Breeze), with donations for memorial benches but the stories that were told to me to why they were donating the benches were very touching and I thank you for sharing. These included people who were sun and beach lovers, pier jumpers, lost sailors, and people whose loved ones passed way to soon and simply loved summering in Bayfield.
Bluewater staff made short work of getting these ordered and installed and they have been used every day at all times of the day. You can find people, reading, resting, occasionally napping or just enjoying the sun and sounds of the water and kids playing on the beach all the while thinking of loved ones that have passed.
The comments, and thanks, that I continually get regarding how great they look is very satisfying, however, it’s true Bayfielders that make such projects gratifying and easy to accomplish. We live in such a great community.
There are some other ideas that are being explored for next spring to add to the beatification of the pier…stay tuned!
language lessons up for bid at "La Dolce Vita"
The Italian Night for the Huron Residential Hospice sold out in under a week! (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.
walter Westlake and a Big Bang
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.
The Westlakes lived at 2 Louisa Street in Bayfield. (Google Maps photo)
Walter Westlake was an unforgettable character of the Bayfield community.
For many years he owned and operated the gas station located on the east side of Hwy 21, across from Clan Gregor Square. Many years later Foodland operated a grocery store at the same site. As you drove north on Hwy 21, you couldn’t miss Walter’s gas station, in part because he parked a huge tow truck by the highway that he had bought from army surplus after World War II. There was no job too big for Walter and he had the truck to prove it!
The Westlakes lived at 2 Louisa Street. To the north of them was a pretty white picket fence on the border while on the south side there a big open corner lot which overlooked Clan Gregor Square beyond. The house is still there remarkably unchanged over the passing decades. I remember their backyard had a big cherry tree in it. Mrs. Westlake baked very fine pies every year just before summer arrived. She must have given me a slice once because I never forgot it. In any case, Walter did not have to commute far each day and could come home for lunch.
We visited Walter often as my mother had an old Dodge that my grandfather had left her. It needed constant attention to ensure we would have local transportation during the summer months. As the car dated from the early 1950s and this would have been in the mid-1960s, Detroit’s finest needed a lot of attention. A typical visit would find Walter in his blue overalls with a car jacked up. He would walk out and wipe his hands on a cloth and give you his diagnosis. He had a wonderful smile and a sense of humor delivered with a straight face. When he finally told my mother and father that the car had finally come to the end of the road, his verdict was accepted. He also said he wouldn’t work on it anymore because it was a waste of our money.
My bicycle also needed attention from time to time. When I pointed out a flat tire, Walter said I was free to use the air pump located on the north side of the building. As I filled the tire up, without a pressure gauge on the pump or in my hand, the tire did more than fill up. It blew up with a loud bang. When I walked inside to see Walter he was laughing as he knew what had happened and thought it was hilarious. Walter also took my bike in and fixed the tire. I don’t ever remember him charging for the tire repair.
THREE MORE SLEEPS
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 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.
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.
It is almost the most wonderful time of year! Yes, the annual Gingerbread Cookie Decorating event brought to the community by the Friends of the Bayfield Library (FOBL) will be held on Saturday, Nov. 16.
All are invited to visit the Bayfield Public Library and join in this wonderful pre-Christmas celebration after the Bayfield Santa Claus Parade, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
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: email@example.com 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”
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 firstname.lastname@example.org ,” said Thomas. “Thank you and keep reading Bayfield!”
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.
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 email@example.com.
Lewington and Downie
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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”.