Take a walk in the ashwood woods but beware of witches
Genelle Reid, and other members of Bayfield Guiding, offered up some spooky fun at their Doll Cemetery at the 2016 version of the Witches Walk. The girls and women will be back this year with an expanded exhibit to scare those who dare walk the trail. (Photo by Jack Pal)
The Third Annual Witches Walk in the woods behind The Ashwood Inn is set for Oct. 28.
Those who dare can take part in a spooky walk along the trails from 6-8 p.m.
With 10 groups already signed up and planning their scary stations along the trails, this year's event is set to be the biggest and best yet! There are still spaces available so if a local business, community group or just someone who loves Halloween would like to take part they can contact the The Ashwood through Facebook messenger, email email@example.com or phone 519 565-4444 to reserve their scary station location along the trail.
Entrance is by donation with this year's proceeds going to support Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Huron and Huron Residential Hospice. Free goody bags will be provided again this year thank you to The Bayfield Optimist Club.
In honor of this special event, The Ashwood Bourbon Bar will be serving up Butter Beer ala Harry Potter!
Three Large scale trees planted in Clan Gregor Square
Some of the youngest members of the Bayfield community watched Brodie's Tree Service plant three large trees in Clan Gregor Square recently. (Submitted photos)
It is a true trifecta for the Bayfield Lions’ Club as they mark the 150th birthday of Canada, the 100th anniversary of Lions’ International and the 70th anniversary of the local Lions’ Club.
To celebrate these events, the Bayfield Lions’ Club commissioned a detailed tree analysis by a certified arborist of the nearly 100 trees in Clan Gregor Square. They then pledged $9,000 to replace trees determined to be a danger to the public.
Last week, with the generous support of the Bayfield Garden Club, the Lions made good on the first half of their commitment to that pledge with the planting of a 10-foot Catalpa, an 8-foot Oak and an 8-foot Maple.
Next year will see an additional three or four full size trees planted in the Square.
Brodie's Tree Service planted a 10-foot Catalpa, an 8-foot Oak and an 8-foot Maple with the generous support of the Bayfield Lions' Club and the Bayfield Garden Club.
Next year the Bayfield Lions' Club plans to plant an additional three or four full size trees in the Square.
Bluewater and goderich to host provincial conference
The municipalities of Bluewater and Goderich have been chosen to co-host the 2019 Ontario Heritage Conference. Held annually in different regions of the province, the conference is expected to attract more than 200 delegates.
The successful bid for the Conference, prepared by the Bluewater Heritage
Advisory and Goderich Municipal and Marine Heritage Committees, was selected by Community Heritage Ontario, the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario and the Ontario Association of Heritage Professionals.
The Conference program, which will take place from May 30 to June 1, 2019 will include visits to important heritage sites in the region including the Huron Historic Gaol in Goderich, the newly restored Hensall Heritage Hall and the beautiful Heritage Conservation District in the Village of Bayfield.
Touring the rural landscapes and picturesque villages of Bluewater will offer conference delegates a glimpse into how an economy heavily based on agriculture can co-exist with a tourism region in which heritage is a significant feature. They will also have an opportunity to see how Goderich, ‘Canada’s
Prettiest Town,’ has worked to save its unique octagonal streetscape following the devastating tornado that swept through its centre in 2011.
“We’re very grateful that Community Heritage Ontario has selected Bluewater and Goderich for the 2019 Ontario Heritage Conference,” said Bluewater Mayor Tyler Hessel. “We look forward to working with our partners in Goderich and showing the people of Ontario all the heritage attributes in this area.”
“Goderich’s heritage is a vital part of our community identity, and gives our town its unique character,” said Goderich Mayor Kevin Morrison. “Goderich is excited to welcome the Ontario Heritage Conference and share our experiences.”
Local woman joins in gold medal win for Metro Chorus
The North Metro Chorus, of which Bayfield resident Kathryn Gray is a member, back on stage after going up to receive their gold medals. This was their fifth win on the world stage. Their former director June Dale (in black) was invited up to direct the entire MGM Garden Arena audience in "Can You Feel The Love Tonight", one of her most well known arrangements. The Sweet Adelines International Compeition was held recently in Las Vegas, NV.
The North Metro Chorus from Toronto competed in the Sweet Adelines International Competition in Las Vegas, NV last week, placing first overall, becoming the 2018 International Champions. Thirty-three choruses from several countries were involved including, Australia, the United States, New Zealand, Scotland and Sweden.
Bayfield resident Kathryn Gray is a member of the North Metro Chorus.
Kathryn Gray (back center) is pictured with a few of her chorus friends from Aurora, Thornhill and Toronto. The women were in Las Vegas, NV recently to take part in the Sweet Adelines International Competition. Gray belongs to the North Metro Chorus based out of Toronto. (Submitted photos)
North Metro is one of the largest Sweet Adelines International choruses in the world, made up of 140 women who hail from all over Ontario. The chorus has had several breakthroughs during their illustrious history, including the first chorus outside of the U.S. to win “gold” and the first chorus to present character-driven “packages” at the international level that tell a story in song and dance. Their most well known numbers include: “Newsies”, “Toy Soldier”, “Anchors Aweigh”, “Mary Poppins”, “Oliver”, the Irish set, and “Paint Your Wagon”.
Certified Director Erin Howden, a renowned choreographer with the organization, led the chorus to their gold medal win through two competitions. In the first round semi-finals on Oct. 12, North Metro performed two songs against 32 other choruses who each qualified to compete by being top scorers in their own region. North Metro was Region 16s highest scoring chorus. This region comprises choruses from Ontario and New York State.
North Metro qualified from their semi-final performance with one of the top ten highest scores, thereby putting them into the final competition. On Saturday, Oct. 14 each top ten chorus presented a performance package of up to 15 minutes in length. North Metro emerged with the highest score, winning their gold medal. Sound, Music, Expression and Showmanship are the four different categories that choruses are judged on. There were eight judges.
Amazingly, this was Howden’s first international competition as director, having taken over from her mother, esteemed Master Director June Dale last year when Dale injured her leg and was unable to direct. Howden upset other choruses in this division who are long-time gold medalists. There were 120 members on stage, each participant singing in one of four parts: tenor, lead, baritone or bass.
Under the direction of Dale North Metro were gold medal champions for the years 2013, 2003, 2000 and 1997.
Also happening during the week in Las Vegas were other competitions including the quartet competition and Harmony Classic Division A and AA for smaller choruses. North Metro’s own quartet Spritzer, with three of their members from the larger chorus, won fourth place in the quartet contest.
Want to view the performances?
Finals Package: https://youtu.be/ETr--7vImBo
Boy from Bayfield shares passion for home through photos
In his presentation, Brad Turner noted that when he takes a picture he looks for subjects that are part of the present but may not be part of the future, an example would be an insulator on a hydro pole or a service truck parked in front of a garage. (Photos by Jack Pal)
The Photography Club of Bayfield PCoB) was proud to sponsor an “Evening with Brad Turner” to a capacity crowd on Oct. 19 at the Bayfield Town Hall.
Admission was free to all with a suggested donation at the door to the Bayfield Foodbank (Feed my Sheep). Those who made a cash donation to the Foodbank were given a draw ticket for a chance to win one of two photographic prints by Turner in his favored black and white style.
Born and raised in Bayfield, Turner attended high school at H.B. Beal Secondary School in London, ON to pursue radio and television production. While there, he borrowed the money from his mother and beloved local teacher, Ede Turner, to buy his first camera – a Pentax film camera.
He began taking pictures of his childhood home of Bayfield and taught himself how to process the film. What began as a creative exploration of his unique point of view of Bayfield has led to an award-winning career as a producer and director in television and film.
Over the past few years, Turner and his wife, Jessica Petelle, have worked in New Zealand producing the fantasy series, ‘The Shannara Chronicles’. The second season begins premiering this fall on SpikeTV and Netflix.
From Los Angeles to New York and Vancouver, Paris to Auckland and Capetown, Turner has maintained a passion for photography.
Admission to "An Evening with Brad Turner" was free to all with a suggested donation at the door to the Bayfield Foodbank (Feed my Sheep). Those who made a cash donation to the Foodbank were given a draw ticket for a chance to win one of two photographic prints by Turner in his favored black and white style. Here an unidentified women is shown with Brad Turner and Jessica Petelle (left) after her ticket was drawn. Also winning a print was John Lawlor of Bayfield.
“Over my career I’ve seen camera formats change from film to digital with a wide variety of technology available, but one thing that has remained constant is the narrative power of good composition,” he said.
In his presentation, Turner shared his journey through the various camera formats he has utilized in his highly successful career – starting with his early photographs from Bayfield, work from his travels in production - and video work, including drone footage from this past summer in Bayfield that has been adapted into a short film written and directed by Petelle with Turner acting as Cinematographer.
An online petition has been created regarding the proposed development at 89 Main Street South in the village. The petition entitled, “Preserve Bayfield, Ontario's heritage culture - say "NO" to corporate encroachment” that will be sent to the CAO of the Municipality of Bluewater Kyle Pratt. It was launched midday on July 11 and as of publishing time had generated 714 signatures.
For anyone interested in viewing the petition please visit: www.change.org.
FREE PICK UP HOCKEY
John Robinson, a long-time Bayfield resident, died on Sept. 27 at the age of 88. His family noted that he wanted to see ice remain in the Bayfield Arena in the future. So at the time of his passing his family decided that in lieu of flowers donations could be made in support of the Bayfield Arena Community Partners Association (BACPA).
Robinson’s family, together with the BACPA, have decided that the donated funds will be applied directly to the cost for ice for children to play shinny hockey this winter.
The BACPA will be running this free program on Monday nights. It will be known as the John Robinson Memorial Youth Pickup Hockey. The puck hit the ice for the first time this season at 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 23.
Knox Bayfield recently concluded their ‘Sock Drive’. Two hundred and four pairs of socks were collected. These will be forwarded to Evangel Hall in Toronto, ON for distribution to the marginalized and homeless in that city. Pictured here are the Rev. John Henderson and Women of Knox member Jan Sloane following the blessing of these gifts on Oct. 22. (Submitted photo)
West Coast Astronomers
The West Coast Astronomers (WCA) enjoyed a warmer than expected observing night on Oct. 18 at the Bayfield Agricultural Park. They wondered at many deep sky objects and neighboring galaxies to our very own Milky Way, Saturn, Arcturus and M8: the Lagoon Nebula were particularly spectacular.
Everyone is welcome to join the WCA, with or without a telescope. The last Star Party for this year will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 16 at the Agricultural Park in Bayfield. The first Star Party for 2018 is scheduled for mid- March.
Visit www.westcoastastronomers.info for more details, locations and times. Each party is limited in the number of participants that can be accommodated. Please use the 'Register Now' button on the 'Star Party' page to reserve a spot. If the sky is not clear on the designated night, the event will be cancelled. If you have doubt on the status of the event please call 519 868-6691. If you are an amateur astronomer, bring your telescope and join the party!
Remembrance Day 2017 will mark 100 years since the Battle of Vimy Ridge and also the 150th birthday of Canada. These are just two reasons the community is encouraged to honor all those who have endeavored to keep the citizens of this country safe for decades as well as those who continue to do so on a daily basis.
The Village of Bayfield will observe Remembrance Day on Nov. 5 starting at 10:45 a.m. at the cenotaph in Clan Gregor Square.
Bayfield’s services are held on the Sunday prior to Nov. 11, when musicians and clergy can avail themselves to the smaller centres. The ceremony will begin with a parade of veterans, legion representatives, and local members of Guiding and Scouting marching along Main Street to the cenotaph.
The St. Joseph and Area Historical Society will be hosting a Remembrance Day Service at St. Joseph Memorial Park on Saturday, Nov. 11. All are welcome to visit the St. Joseph, ON community for this service starting at 11 a.m.
Leaf Pick Up
From now until Nov. 17 the Municipality of Bluewater will be conducting their Fall Leaf Pick Up.
All bags must be placed at the curb for pick up. All leaves must be in brown paper bags. Brush and garbage will not be picked up.
Bayfield, Hensall and Zurich have daily pick up routes while Brucefield, Dashwood and Varna have weekly routes.
Resident should also note that leaves and brush could also be taken to the Stanley Landfill during regular hours free of charge. They can also be disposed of at the Green Waste Facility in Hensall located at the West end of Richmond Street SW.
Saturday, Oct. 28 is the date set for the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Bayfield River Valley Trails Assciation (BRVTA) and all are welcome to attend.
The AGM will begin at 10 a.m. at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building. Anyone who is interested in a volunteer or Board position is invited to attend and receive more information.
Friends of Bayfield Library (FOBL) are embarking on a new method of entertaining children at the Bayfield Public Library. They hope that the "Games" event planned for Saturday, Oct. 28 will be a fun opportunity to learn a new game or play a familiar game with others: parents, sisters, brothers or friends.
For Settlers of Catan FOBL members request players to sign up at the Library Circulation Desk.
The event will run from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and children aged six and up are welcome to take part in new games, old games, long games, short games – board games!
NAFTEL'S CREEK HIKE
Join the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) Hike Leaders for a fall hike and discover the beautiful trail through Naftel’s Creek Conservation Area on Oct. 26.
The Naftel's Creek trail leads through mixed conifer plantations, hardwood and wetland areas. Boardwalks allow visitors to enjoy the wetland and an opportunity to watch for Trout as they cross the creek.
The trail is 3 KM long, difficulty is Level 2 and the hike will take approximately one and half hours. The conservation area is located 7 KM South of Goderich on Hwy 21, between Union and Kitchigami Sideroads (911 #: 79152).
All are welcome and there is plenty of parking available for the hike that will begin at 9 a.m.
The hike leaders will be Elise Feltrin, 519 565-5852; and Dave MacLaren 519 565-5480.
COFFEE & CONVERSATION
The Friends of the Bayfield Library (FOBL) would like to invite all in the community to join them in some inclusive, neutral conversation over a cup of a hot brew.
“Coffee & Conversation” will be held at the Bayfield Public Library every Wednesday until March from 2-3:30 p.m.
This is a great opportunity for people to meet their neighbors, learn about the village and share their know how with others.
A group of Bayfield residents have come together to add their support to the “Moments Matter” fundraising campaign for Huron Residential Hospice. As part of this initiative, they are holding a series of unique social fundraising events – the “Coffee Tree for Hospice”!
The idea is based on a “pyramid scheme” but the end result being a very large financial donation to the residential hospice. Seven people (one each from various towns in Huron County) become individual hosts for a coffee morning (or afternoon tea, cocktail party, etc). The guests will be given information on the new Hospice and what the fundraising aims are. These seven people will then go on to be hosts themselves and they will each invite six guests (making a total of 42 people). Over the course of five rounds, the number of guests at each coffee morning goes down from seven to three, but the number of total guests grows exponentially, with the final round amassing 840 coffee events, hosting 2,520 guests, and the total number from the whole tree is 3,619. (In Bayfield the total number would be 516).
Each invitee will be asked to donate a minimum of $10 to Huron Residential Hospice. Any donation of $20 or over will receive a tax receipt. This means that the minimum amount raised would be $36,190! All coffee events will be concluded by mid-December.
If you are interested in becoming a part of this special (and fun!) initiative, please contact Kate Lloyd-Rees at firstname.lastname@example.org and your name will be passed on to the existing local hosts.
GIRL GUIDE COOKIES
Got milk? Bayfield Guiding has the cookies to go with it.
The chocolatey mint Girl Guide Cookies are back for a limited time this autumn. They are selling now for $5 a box and are available from Bayfield Guiding members.
Profits from the cookies are used to support the girls in their varied activities and to subsidize outings. Want to reserve a box or two? Please call Melody Falconer-Pounder at 519 525-3830.
The community will no doubt be saddened to learn of the death of a local resident.
Shirley Jacqueline (Noble) Marr died peacefully at her home in Bayfield on Sunday, Oct. 22. She had an energy for life that will always be remembered and cherished by all.
She was predeceased by her beloved husband of 60 years, Ian and her parents Herb and Mabel Noble. She will be deeply missed by her son, Robert Bruce Marr and his wife, Sharon, of Burlington and their daughters, Caroline and Emiko; her daughter, Patricia Louise Marr Parent and husband, Marc, of Stanstead, Quebec. Marr will be missed by her extended family and close friends and by Joey, her constant animal companion.
Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held at Trinity Anglican Church, 10 Keith Cres. Bayfield on today (Oct. 25) at 2 p.m. with Reverend Dr. Wayne Malott officiating. There will be a private internment of her ashes at Bayfield Cemetery.
The family appreciates the care given at the Goderich Hospital and the palliative care team from St. Elizabeth’s. Memorial donations to the Saint Elizabeth Foundation, Bayfield Trinity Anglican Church Memorial Fund, Huron Women’s Shelter or a charity of your choice would be greatly appreciated as expressions of sympathy.
Arrangements entrusted to the Falconer Funeral Homes, Clinton and condolences may be placed through www.falconerfuneralhomes.com