VIDEO RELEASED IN CELEBRATION OF WORLD SINGING DAY
Organizers were pleased with the turn out for “The Bayfield Sing-A-Long” with about 60 people taking part. The event was held at the Bayfield Town Hall on World Singing Day, Oct. 20 (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)
On Saturday, Oct. 20, the Bayfield Town Hall doors were left open so that the delightful sounds of voices united in song could be carried out the door and out onto the Square…World Singing Day (WSD) had arrived.
WSD is a global sing-a-long, celebrating our common humanity on the third Saturday in October. This year 46 countries registered and 219 cities hosted this event. The global goal for 2018 was to create a montage video with each continent represented. Bayfield added their special mark on the globe by launching a video featuring The Glee Sisters and the Bayfield Ukulele Society (BUS) singing in and around the village during the opening of "The Bayfield Sing-A-Long". This locally created video shows members of both the Bayfield Ukulele Society and the Glee Sisters singing the song of the year in various locations around the village.
Anyone who missed the event and would like to watch the video can view it here:
PURA VIDA BOUND
On the morning of Sept. 2, Make-A-Wish Child Jesse, an 11 year-old boy from Middlesex County who has been battling cancer, had his wish granted at the 2018 VHS Run4Kids. On Oct. 22, Lori Quick, CEO of Make-A-Wish South Western Ontario, visited the Virtual Highschool in Bayfield to accept a cheque from the run in the amount of $12,653. Organizers would like to thank the Bayfield Optimist Club, run sponsors, the community, VHS staff, participants, volunteers, donors and supporters for making this final tally possible. VHS staffers who presented the cheque to Quick (second from right) were l-r: Amanda Zehr, Denis Lalonde, Jackie Loebach, Samantha Gowanlock and Kaylin Smith. Jesse and his family will be going to Costa Rica in November to fulfill his dreams of zip-lining, seeing monkeys and sloths and visiting the country’s beautiful waterfalls and hot springs! (Submitted photo)
blue bayfield hosts discussions in support of zero waste
PHOTOS BY JACK PAL AND STORY BY RAY LETHEREN
Guest speakers Jen Pate and Tippi Thole.
Is Zero Waste attainable? What is the plight of the planet if we don’t come to grips with our abundant and inappropriate use of plastics? On Saturday, Oct. 27, a capacity audience of approximately 100 concerned citizens from Bayfield, Goderich and communities around Ontario gathered to hear these issues addressed by three speakers. This event was hosted by Blue Bayfield.
Local environmentalist Jen Pate took those in attendance on a journey across the ocean and around the Great Lakes. We know the oceans are awash in plastics but the graphic pictures of turtles trapped in fish nets, of beaches and harbors strewn with mounds of plastic no matter where one goes on the planet were still startling. What is shocking information from Pate’s presentation is that the Great Lakes contain more plastic than the ocean, in some areas nearly double the 220,000 pieces per square kilometre found in the ocean. What was inspiring, however, was the desire of thousands to share time with Pate in developing research on the lakes and having a commitment to be the guardian of these waters.
Guest speaker Rachel Handbury.
The Detroit Zoo is regarded as a model for zoos around North America. Not just for its magnificent animals but its environmental consciousness. Rachel Handsbury took attendees on a tour of the projects that make the zoo a very special place. It is plastic free in every respect. Animal waste is an energy source. Not only does the Zoo engage the community in the protection on site, but it has developed an outreach program that reaches far beyond it’s boundaries. It is a model environmental community for both animals and visitors alike.
Tippi Thole knows no waste. The Montreal resident enlightened the audience with her journey from being a producer of waste as most are, to being able to put a month’s waste in a jar. She rejects all packaging, not only taking the reusable bag but also demands of retailers that they permit her to put her purchases in her reusable containers. She encouraged listeners to review their home practices of shopping including ignoring shops that do not offer consumers sustainable products and practices. Paramount in her philosophy is that recycling is an unacceptable alternative; we should be seeking to generate no waste and not be the victims of corporate irresponsibility when it comes to packaging.
The Eco Squad from Mitchell District High School reminded those present of our collective responsibility to end the use of non-essential plastics.
A special treat was a presentation by the Eco Squad from Mitchell District High School. This enthusiastic group of young performers received a standing ovation for their presentation that focused on taking responsibility for protecting the planet. They too reminded those present of our collective responsibility to end the use of non-essential plastics.
Blue Bayfield was honored to be able to offer this forum and expresses its gratitude to our sponsors: The Lake House, Goderich Hyundai, Cowbell Brewery, The Erb Family Foundation, Bayfield Boutique B & B, The Municipality of Bluewater, Bayfield Area Chamber of Commerce and Windmill Lake Eco Park.
SCHOOL DAZE PERFORM
On Friday, Oct. 26, the Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society were pleased to present a jazz concert by the School Daze Jazz Quartet. Based in London, ON, the quartet has played together for several years. The group plays many jazz standards from the 1950s-60s but also enjoys journeys into the early days of jazz and the Brazilian sounds of the Bossa Nova. This group of multi-talented musicians is made up of: Steve Harris, Bass; Randy Bayley, Sax; Paul Adams, Drums; and David Lee, Keyboards. (Photos by Jack Pal)
bayfield complex feasibility Study
Thursday, Nov. 1 is the date set for a public meeting so that interested individuals can learn about the findings of the Bayfield Complex Feasibility Study, and future options for the facility, as a draft of the study is now complete.
The public meeting will begin at 6:30 and will be held at the Bayfield Community Cenre. A presentation will commence at 6:45 p.m. with a question and answer period to follow.
To submit feedback, send an email to bayfieldcomplexstudy
For questions or comments, please contact Jeff Newell Manager of Facilities, Jeff Newell by calling, 519 236-4351 Ext. 240 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Remembrance Day 2018 will mark the 100th anniversary of the ceasefire that brought an end to the First World War. This is just one reason 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. 4 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, clergy and legion members can avail themselves to the smaller centres. The ceremony will begin with a parade of veterans, legion representatives, and local members of Guiding 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. 10. All are welcome to visit the St. Joseph, ON community for this service starting at 11 a.m.
At sundown on Nov. 11 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI three of the churches in the community, Trinity Anglican, St. Andrew's United and Knox Presbyterian will be joining together to ring their church bells 100 times. It is hoped that those hearing the bells will pause and remember.
Over the last couple of months anyone who has always wanted to try the ukulele were invited to give it a try at workshops hosted by the Bayfield Ukulele Society (BUS).
There has been one more workshop added and it will be held at the Bayfield Public Library on Saturday, Nov. 3 for one hour starting at 9 a.m. Experienced players from the BUS will work one-on-one with beginners, to teach a few simple chords and strumming patterns and then learn a few easy, favorite songs to play together as a group. This workshop will be for anyone that has attended at least one of the beginner classes.
Anyone interested in staying afterwards can listen (and sing along!) during the regular Saturday morning practise that will follow at 10 a.m. Check out the Bayfield Ukulele Society Facebook page for more information or to contact the group.
The cookies are ordered and the decorations are coming!
Volunteers with the Friends of the Bayfield Library (FOBL) are already preparing for their most popular children’s event of the year. The annual “Decorate Your Own Gingerbread” will be held after the Santa Claus Parade, Nov. 17, at the Bayfield Public Library until only the crumbs are left!
To keep up to date with other FOBL events visit www.fobl.ca.
“Muppet Merriment” is the theme of the special children’s concert to be performed by the Glee Sisters, on Saturday, Nov. 17 at the Bayfield Town Hall as part of the Christmas in Bayfield weekend celebrations.
The program will begin at 2 p.m. and is geared to children aged seven and under, therefore, it has also been shortened and simplified (compared to recent years) to cater to the attention span of little ones. It will include a screened picture story narrated by “Grandma” and supported musically by the Glee Sisters. There will be some interactive puppet numbers as well as gifts of safety-approved, rhythm instruments for the children to play in the show’s finale.
Hot chocolate and cookies will be provided by the Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society after the show. No tickets are needed and the only price for admission is a donation to the Bayfield Food Bank – Feed My Sheep.
Rev. Lisa Doldon (left), of Knox Church, Bayfield and Judy Pettey pose with just a small fraction of the 700 items collected for the homeless in the region. (Submitted photo)
The Women of Knox recently collected items for the “Anything to Keep Warm” Campaign.
Co-conveners Judy Pettey and Jan Sloane received and sorted over seven hundred pieces of warmth: socks, hats, mitts, gloves, scarves, boots, underwear, sweaters, coats, vests, blankets and sleeping bags.
Congregants, friends, neighbors and community members came together to exceed last year’s achievement of 600 items.
Many items were new and a substantial number were crafted by generous knitters.
Pettey and Sloane will be delivering this bounty in the next week to the Salvation Army in Goderich and Clinton and the London Mission Services which encompasses the Roth Home Family Shelter, the Men’s Mission, the Gathering Place and Streetscapes.
Conveners acknowledged that London, as a community, has a great need for these items as so many more people experience either homelessness or temporary but severe setbacks meaning they are unable to independently provide cold weather items for themselves and/or their family.
The response has been heartwarming. Thank you to all who have shared so generously.
FIBRE ARTS EXHIBITION
Members of The Huron Tract Spinners and Weavers and the Goderich Quilters' Guild are always busy creating beautiful textile items. Many of these quilted, woven, and handcrafted creations will be for purchase at a joint show and sale at the Huron County Museum, Nov. 3-4.
Spear-headed by Evelyn Hardy and Ruth Knight, The Huron Tract Spinners and Weavers Guild began in the spring of 1978. The Goderich Quilters' Guild was formed in 1992.
The joint exhibition will take place on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. Admission is free. On site demonstrations will also be taking place.
For more information contact Betty Thomasson, of the Quilters' Guild, at 519 524-4695 or Karen Blackwell, of the Huron Tract Spinners and Weavers, at 519-524-4497.