GINGERBREAD PIRATES SING WITH GLEE
The attendance at “The Gingerbread Pirates in Story and Song” was incredible. The event featured a reading of Kristin Kladstrup’s book, "The Gingerbread Pirates " combined with music by The Glee Sisters. Music was adapted from Gilbert and Sullivan's "Pirates of Penzance", along with familiar songs of the season. There will be more coverage of this fundraiser for local food banks in next week's issue of the Bayfield Breeze. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)
several ways to become involved with county bureau
Christmas is fast approaching and most families are starting to prepare for the holidays. The Huron County Christmas Bureau (HCCB) is again gearing up to ensure that no child is forgotten at Christmas. With the support of the Huron-Perth Children’s Aid Society, volunteers are working hard to provide over 1,000 children with a Christmas made merry through the generosity of the community.
The HCCB is a county-wide volunteer group that organizes five gift bureaus that distribute toys, clothing, food and food vouchers to families in need.
“There are a number of ways that you can participate in the 2012 Christmas Bureau campaign,” said Dixie Amerongen, on behalf of the HCCB Publicity Committee. “Open your heart and open your wallet. Please donate new toys and clothing, non-perishable food items or a financial gift to the local bureau in your community starting the week of Dec. 3rd. Drop boxes are also located throughout your community to help you make your donation. Many schools, churches, businesses, service groups and social clubs organize fundraising events that help in collecting donations so let’s get creative this year.”
Amerongen also noted that the gift bureaus are located in local churches and the members of these churches volunteer many hours collecting, sorting, organizing, displaying and then helping the families choose their children’s gifts. Perhaps some individuals could give the gift of time to help these local church groups.
“You could consider organizing your neighbors, your co-workers, your sports team, your club to work together as a “Santa group” and pitch in some time to help out,” she said.
Custodial parents who live in Huron County and need help to make Christmas merry this year are asked to call “Christmas Central” at 519 524-7356 Ext. 3271 or 1-800-265-5198 Ext. 3271 from Nov.19 to Dec. 7.
“When you call, be sure to have ready the ages and clothing sizes of your children. You will be given an appointment during the week of Dec. 10 when you can privately choose suitable gifts for your family at the gift bureau closest to your home,” said Amerongen.
She added, “Our community’s needs are great but the rewards are even greater – the opportunity to share the true meaning of Christmas by sharing the joy of the season. A gift to a child is a gift to yourself.”
The locations of the 2012 Gift Bureaus are: Clinton Christian Reformed Church, 243 Princess St; Precious Blood Catholic Church in Exeter, 200 Sanders St. W.; Knox Presbyterian Church in Goderich, 9 Victoria St. N.; The Agriplex in Seaforth, 140 Duke St. (hosted by Bethel Bible Church); and St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Wingham, 281 Josephine Church.
Give the gift of good food to someone in need this holiday
The Huron Good Food Box (HGFB) is once again teaming up with the Huron County Christmas Bureau (HCCB) this holiday season to provide fresh, healthy food to those in need.
“Huron County is one of the largest agriculturally productive counties in Ontario, but many individuals and families in the County go without food on a daily basis,” said Brittany Fry, Huron Good Food Box coordinator. “One in 11 Huron County residents, 50 per cent of which are children, live below the poverty level.”
She added that many low-income families have limited access to fresh, healthy foods due to the high cost of those items.
The HGFB is a volunteer-based program that provides a monthly box of healthy food items to Huron County residents for $15. One of the goals of the program is to increase access to fresh, healthy and locally grown foods.
“The Christmas Bureau is very excited about the continued partnership with the Huron Good Food Box,” said Barb Hogan of the HCCB. “Providing fresh food through the Good Food Box is an excellent way to support families in need this holiday season.”
Anyone interested in donating a Good Food Box to a family in need is asked to visit their neighborhood host site and provide a cash donation for a single box ($15) or more. Good Food Box donations for the Christmas Bureau will be due on Nov. 30 (one week before regular box orders) - all donors will receive a tax receipt for their contribution. Donations will be provided to families in the form of a gift certificate to be redeemed when they need it most. Donations will be kept within each community or to the closest Christmas Bureau location.
The program encourages individuals and groups (churches, schools, service clubs, etc.) to donate funds for one month or more to provide families in need with a variety of nutritious foods that they may not have access to otherwise.
The program also encourages all Huron County residents to get involved in the program, not only because it increases fruit and vegetable intake, but also because the larger the customer base, the more self-sustaining the program becomes.
The Good Food Box program has distribution sites throughout Huron County including: Bayfield, Blyth, Clinton, Ethel, Exeter, Goderich, Grand Bend, Hensall, Seaforth, Wingham, and Zurich. Details on ordering and pick-up information can be found by searching the Good Food Box at www.huroncounty.ca/health or calling 519 482-3416 ext. 2244.
Standard December box orders are due Dec. 7 and can be picked up Dec. 20. There is no obligation to order every month, but organizers encourage customers to try boxes over a two to three month period because box contents vary according to season and local availability. To make things more convenient, the Good Food Box program is now allowing people to pre-pay (with cash or certified cheque) for three, six or 12 month periods.
In addition, the Huron Good Food Box has a Facebook page to help spread the word about the program.
“The page will remind people of order and pick-up dates, item updates, recipes, food preparation techniques and more,” said Fry.
Good Food Box gift certificates are also available for those who want a unique gift idea this Christmas. Fry explains that gift certificates can be purchased at neighborhood host sites one month in advance and will be mailed to that host site for pick-up in mid-December.
For more information, please like the Huron Good Food Box on Facebook or contact Fry at the number listed above or email her at email@example.com.
Society sells out of wreaths calls in elves to make more
The making and selling of Christmas wreaths has been a huge success for the Bayfield Agricultural Society (BAS).
Many volunteers were called to create more this past Monday since all the wreaths were sold during the Christmas in Bayfield sales outside St. Andrew’s United Church on Nov. 10.
This coming weekend freshly created wreaths will be for sale at Riverline Nature Company in Goderich. Don Brodie is also taking orders, he can be contacted at 519 263-2404.
“Gratitude goes to those who allowed evergreen boughs to be cut from their property, made grapevine wreaths, made bows, made the bundles, created the wreaths, and did sales throughout Bayfield and Goderich,” said Doug Yeo, BAS president. “The society has its own little group of elves who enjoy making them at Stonefield Garden Centre.”
The Annual General Meeting of the BAS will take place on Nov. 16. A potluck meal will begin at 6 p.m. at St. Andrew’s United Church.
Following the meal at about 7:30 p.m., Field Marketer at the Hensall Co-op, Rick Vanderwalle, will speak about the types of beans grown in the area, the history of the co-op, and where local beans are consumed.
“The upcoming fair’s theme is “The Bean is Supreme” so Rick will expand everyone’s knowledge of the tiny bean,” said Yeo.
The Annual Meeting of the BAS will begin at 8 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend and meet some of the folks who put together the 156th fair for the Bayfield community.
Tree lighting draws one of the biggest crowds ever
PHOTOS AND STORY BY MELODY FALCONER-POUNDER
In Clan Gregor Square on the evening of Nov. 9 the air was calm and the surroundings soon to be bright but it was far from a silent night when one of the largest crowds ever gathered in the park for the annual lighting of the lights.
Gayle Waters, owner of The Little Inn of Bayfield, was given the delightful task of leading the crowd in a countdown to the switching on of the lights. Families filled the park several minutes before 7 p.m. to enjoy the holiday music provided by the Holmesville Public School Band and Choir. They also indulged in hotdogs and hot cider sold by the Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society in support of the Bayfield Town Hall.
Once the lights were shining it was time for Santa Claus to make his grand entrance off a Bayfield Fire Truck. He was greeted by a huge number of children waiting for their special moment on his knee. After time with Santa many families drifted off toward Main Street to check out the shops and restaurants on Main Street that were open late to mark the start of the holiday season.
Jack Hobor shared a moment with Santa Claus at the 2012 Christmas in Bayfield Lighting of the Lights event on the evening of Nov. 9.
Students from Holmesville Public School sang several favorite Christmas Carols for the large crowd that gathered to see the lights come on at the stroke of seven.
Members of the Holmesville Public School Band, under the direction of Carolyn Regier, performed for those people gathered in Clan Gregor Square awaiting the lighting of the lights.
In his remarks, Mayor of Bluewater, Bill Dowson, thanked Janet Snider (seated right) and others on the committee for working hard to organize the Bayfield and Area Chamber of Commerce Christmas In Bayfield weekend events.
One of the largest crowds ever came out for the Lighting of the Lights on Nov. 9.
After the park trees flooded the grounds with light people gently jostled for a good spot to be near the first to greet Santa Claus.
Willa Psutka was the first child to sit on Santa's knee at Christmas in Bayfield 2012.
Santa was kept very busy on Friday night as a long line of children showed up to greet him at his first village appearance of the season.
A moment with Santa Claus added to the magic of Christmas in Bayfield 2012.
Santa's appearance on Friday night caused quite a flurry of excitement among the youngsters in attendance and their parents seemed to be quite delighted too.
The view of the crowd from Santa Claus' perspective.
making a splash
The Bayfield Optimist Club’s “Making a Splash” campaign” is heading out into the community starting Nov. 15.
Club members and “Friends of Optimists” will be going door-to-door in the village to talk to people about the Splash Pad project and provide them with a letter explaining how they can contribute. The Municipality of Bluewater will provide tax receipts for donations over $25.
This letter will offer details on how people can purchase an engraved brick or park bench to aid in the fundraising.
Canvassers will be wearing “name tags” identifying themselves as being part of the campaign.
Brick walkways similar in design to the existing Bayfield Town Hall and the Clan Gregor Square walkways will be installed around the Splash Pad giving the project a timeless and cohesive look.
If all goes according to plan, the club hopes to have the sprinklers spraying in the park by Canada Day 2013.
aviva voting competition
The Optimist Club of Bayfield would like to encourage everyone in the community to vote for the Bayfield Splash Pad project in the third round of voting in the AVIVA Community Fund Competition from now until Nov. 26.
This is the club’s last chance to make it to the semi-final round of voting and need everyone in the municipality and beyond to get involved and remembering to vote everyday.
If the club makes it to the finals they could share in a portion of one million dollars in grant money being offered by AVIVA insurance. Any amount granted would be a great help in raising the approximately $150,000 needed to construct a Splash Pad in Clan Gregor Square.
All people need to vote is an email address, they can vote once a day per address, it is important to remember to vote everyday and to spread the word to others. To register and vote go to: www.avivacommunityfund.org/ideas/acf13861.
People who are AVIVA Insurance customers can also encourage their brokers to become supporters of the project to generate even more votes. P.A. Roy Insurance Brokers of Clinton and Wingham, Van Allen Insurance in Listowel and Omni Insurance in London are currently supporting the Splash Pad project.
The next meeting of the Bayfield Garden Club will be a field trip on Nov. 19. Please note that both the program and start time has been changed.
Club members are asked to meet at 6:30 p.m. at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building. From there they will carpool to Westland Greenhouse, south of Grand Bend.
There will be a short business meeting in their coffee corner. After the business is completed those present will enjoy a demonstration on how to make those fancy big bows used to decorate for Christmas and special events. After the demonstration club members will tour the beautiful green houses decorated for the season as well as avail themselves of shopping if they so desire. Coffee and treats will also be served. All are invited to join in.
On Nov. 30 the Bayfield Town Hall will welcome back the London Citadel Salvation Army Band for their seventeenth annual Christmas Concert. Their appearance on the town hall stage is a holiday tradition for many and should not be missed. In case of inclement weather the concert will be held on Dec. 7.
The London Citadel Band got its start in 1883. By the early 1900s the band was in demand and performed in such cities as Windsor and Detroit. In the last 129 years the groups’ horizons have broadened considerably and they have traveled to England twice as well as the west coast of Canada and parts of the USA.
Bandmaster John Lam, a native of Owen Sound, joined the band in 1985. Ten years later he became Bandmaster and that year he brought the band to the town hall. Since then they have returned annually except for one year when they were “snowed out”.
Show time is 8 p.m. and tickets are selling for $10 per person.
For tickets call Charles Kalbfleisch at 519 565-2244 or Patricia McDougall at 519 565-2894 or online at ticketscene.ca.
Coincidentally, the Salvation Army began in Canada in 1882, the same year that the Bayfield Town Hall was built. All proceeds from the concert will go to The Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society for the maintenance of the hall.
For many Bayfield residents Clinton Public Hospital (CPH) is their choice for healthcare and therefore an annual event organized by the Auxiliary to the CPH should be of interest.
People are encouraged to give the “Gift of Light” this upcoming holiday season. They can purchase a light for the CPH Gift of Light Tree as a present or in memory of someone special. Tickets for a light are available now for $5 each and are available from CPH Auxiliary members, at the CPH Gift Shop, CPH Admitting or from Shirley Carter at 519 482-7776.
The money raised is used to purchase needed hospital equipment.
The Tree Lighting Ceremony will be held at the entrance to the hospital on Nov. 30 at 6:30 p.m. Entertainment, refreshments and draws follow the lighting of the lights.
The Bayfield and Area Chamber of Commerce would like to make folks aware that some of the dates in their 2013 calendar are incorrect. Anyone who has already purchased a calendar may pick up correction stickers at The Village Bookshop, Bayfield Archives Room, Outside Projects, Bayfield Library, Main Street Optometric, Brandon’s Hardware, This N’ That and Inspirations.
The incorrect dates are:
* Good Friday - March 29 not Apr. 5
* Easter Sunday - March 31 not Apr. 7
* Easter Monday - April 1 not Apr. 8
* Labor Day - Sept. 2 not Sept. 9
* Thanksgiving Day – Oct. 14 not Oct. 7
watershed management plan
A committee including landowners and residents of Bayfield and area want to ensure that there is a Management Plan in place for the Bayfield River Watershed. In late September they invited community groups and people from the Bayfield River watershed to attend a documentary film and learn how they could be involved in the creation of a watershed plan.
Now they are offering a follow-up to this September event with an informal round table discussion on Nov. 20 at 7 p.m. at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building.
The committee is hoping that organizations have taken their request for three actions or commitments on watershed improvements back to their groups to garner support and ideas on what their members can do to improve water quality within the Bayfield River Watershed. From there organizations are asked to a send a representative to this meeting to share their ideas or actions. Interested individuals are also welcome as everyone’s input is important.
“This is an opportunity to share with us your actions, sit down to discuss watershed issues, share opinions, strategies or just to brainstorm. Everyone’s input is important,” said Healthy Watersheds Technician, Jessica Schnaithmann, from the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA)
Anyone who would like more information is asked to contact Roger Lewington at 519 565-2202 or Ainslie Willock at 519 565-2469 both are Community Advisory Committee members or Schnaithmann at 519 235-2610.
Author, food critic and local restaurateur, Kathleen Sloan-McIntosh is the featured speaker at the next Speaker’s Series evening hosted by the Bayfield Historical Society on Nov. 26.
The evening will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building.
Sloan-McIntosh is one of Canada’s great food writers. She has been writing about food, wine and travel for over 20 years. Her work has appeared in The Globe and Mail, Saturday Night, Homemaker’s, Wine Tidings, and many other publications. In addition, she is the author of many cook and travel books including two that won the Cuisine Canada Silver Award, “The Sticks & Stones Cookbook” and “A Year In Niagara”. She co-authored the “Wine Lover Cooks” and “Great Potatoes”. Her latest book published since she has been in Bayfield is “300 Best Potato Recipes”.
She is co-owner of Bayfield’s The Black Dog Village Pub and Bistro, a popular local eatery with an innovative menu and an extraordinary selection of beers and scotches. Under Sloan-McIntosh’s direction, The Black Dog takes its “think globally, eat locally” mandate seriously with seasonal menus that feature as many local foods as they are able to source. Anyone who has tried her soda bread using Arva milled flour knows that she is also a superb baker. Most recently she won the People’s Choice Award at the Grand Bend Chowder Cook-off with her Thai Fish Chowder using pickerel.
There is no charge to hear Sloan-McIntosh speak and all are welcome to attend.
Bayfield Archives Room invites all to do a little historical shopping
The Bayfield Archives Room is expanding not only in size but in materials that they offer for sale. This is all round good news for local history buffs.
"The Bayfield Archives plans to expand back into the old library space early next year when the library moves to the new building. In its efforts to raise funds for the expansion, the Bayfield Historical Society (BHS) is promoting a number of unique historical products,” said Bill Rowat, president of the BHS.
Artist Elaine Dowler, now residing in Goderich, has over the years captured many Main Street scenes in her distinctive watercolors. Twenty-four limited edition prints of two of Dowler’s depictions of Main Street completed in the 1970s are now available exclusively through the BHS. Prints of “Maggie’s Wardrobe” and “Sinnamon’s Market” were developed from the originals and donated by Helen and Terry Lazaravitch. Dowler has signed each of the 24 prints. They are selling for $200 each and are available at Marten Arts Gallery and the archives room.
In addition, new seasonal greeting cards featuring winter scenes of stores on Main Street from the 1970s Riordon water color series for sale. A bundle of 10 cards with envelopes are available for $15. Plus there are still copies of “For the Love of Bayfield” by Dave Gillians, published this past spring, available for sale for $35. Both cards and books can be purchased not only at the archives room but also at The Village Bookshop.
The sale of the prints, cards and books will help defray the costs of the 2013 Bayfield Archives Room expansion. The archives room is open on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 1-4 p.m.
st. james', middleton
The congregation of St. James’, Middleton believe that as Sunday is a day of rest, why cook? With this in mind they will be hosting their annual soup luncheon on Nov. 18 starting at noon.
The St. James’ Soup and Sweets Luncheon will benefit the Huron County Christmas Bureau by way of a free will offering. The luncheon will be held at the church located at the corner of Bayfield Road and Tipperary Line.
Church musician and composer, Ron Klusmeier’s “Canada Wide Tour of a Lifetime” is coming to Bayfield’s St. Andrew’s United Church on Nov. 25.
After 40 years of traveling across the country offering concerts, workshops and worship leading Klusmeier is retiring at of this 200-community tour that will wrap up in June of 2013.
The concert is being held in partnership with the Canadian Foodgrains Bank (CFB) and The United Church Observer and 25 per cent of sales will be donated directly to the CFB.
The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale now $20 for adults and $5 for children 16 years and under.
During the day, the composer himself will lead a free workshop, entitled, “The Music of Ron Klusmeier. The workshop will run from 2-4:30 p.m. Participants are asked to register in advance.
A second workshop will be offered on the subject of “Projection and Technology” with Christina Bogucki. Those who take part will “learn how to effectively use projection and other technology tools in the contest of worship”. The cost for this workshop is $30 per person.
To register and/or for tickets call 519 565-2854 or 519 565-2479.
The autumn leaves are falling and Bluewater residents are raking.
The Municipality of Bluewater will be providing pickup of these bagged leaves from now to Nov. 23.
The members of the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association would like to remind everyone that the Woodland Trail, is closed for deer hunting season from now until Nov. 18. The Sawmill and Varna trails remain open.
Hilarity ensues for the third of four Toronto Film Circuit films to be shown as part of the Bayfield Film Society’s Fall Series. The comedy Moonrise Kingdom is scheduled for Nov. 15 at the Bayfield Town Hall.
Moonrise Kingdom takes place on an island off the coast of New England in the summer of 1965. It tells the story of two twelve year-olds who fall in love, make a secret pact, and run away together into the wilderness. As various authorities try to hunt them down, a violent storm is brewing off-shore and the peaceful island community is turned upside down.
The final film of the series will be shown on Dec. 13 and is titled, “Beasts of the Southern Wild”.
The films start 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: firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 519 565-5838.