EAGER YOUNGSTERS GREET SANTa AT LIGHTING OF THE LIGHTS
PHOTOS AND STORY BY MELODY FALCONER-POUNDER
Perhaps a record number of youngsters couldn't wait for their first glimpse of Santa Claus as the holiday season began in Bayfield on Friday, Nov. 16.
As November evenings go it was reasonably pleasant for the Lighting of the Lights in Clan Gregor Square drawing one of the largest crowds to grace the park in recent years. In fact, the number of young families pressed up close to the gazebo entrance made it hard to move about.
The Bayfield and Area Chamber of Commerce (BACC) hosted their 27th annual ceremony on Nov. 16.
Singer-songwriters, Ryan Malcolm and Justin Evans teamed up to entertain the crowd prior to the lighting. Bluewater Ward Councilor Bill Whetstone acted as MC for the evening and the Mayor of Bluewater, Tyler Hessel, along with his daughter, led the countdown.
Once the switches were thrown the lights twinkled across the park. They seemed even more vibrant as extra attention had been paid both to the gazebo and the park’s regal Blue Spruce. Within minutes the Bayfield fire truck arrived carrying a very special guest and the excitement generating from the crowd of eager youngsters grew even stronger. Santa Claus had arrived to make his first appearance in the village for 2018. He and Mrs. Claus spent a lot of time visiting with youngsters and posing for pictures.
The Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society members did a brisk business serving up hot dogs while the Bayfield Skating Club offered hot chocolate and candy cane glow sticks to those who attended the event. An appearance by the Living Snow Globe also added to the evening’s merriment.
The lights in Clan Gregor shone brightly on a very dark November evening.
Extra special attention was paid to the gazebo decorations this year adding to the holiday magic for visitors.
People of all ages were excited to catch their first glimpse of Santa for 2018.
Kyle and Nolan Geddis were the first youngsters to bend Santa's ear at the Lighting of the Lights on Nov. 16.
The lineup of families waiting to visit with Santa reached from the gazebo passed the cenotaph in Clan Gregor Square.
Santa, with assistance from Mrs. Claus, spent some time with the children who lined up to greet him after the lights came on.
People indulged in a hot dog served up by members of the Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society.
Marlene Beyerlein, Sierra and Jody Whetstone provided hot chocolate to attendees at the Lighting of the Lights. They also handed out candy cane colored glow sticks!
The living snow globe made a special appearance at the tree lighting.
After a one year hiatus from being the village Christmas tree the Blue Spruce in Clan Gregor Square was decorated and made for a truly magnificent sight!
Extra attention was given to the gazebo in Clan Gregor Square this holiday season and it made for a delightful backdrop for Santa's first visit to the village in 2018.
The village Nativity scene drew the attention of youngsters who were waiting in line to visit with Santa.
life at the rink
The Bayfield Relics have home ice advantage against the Zurich Hasbeans tonight (Nov. 21) starting at 8:30 p.m.
The Bayfield Relics are an Oldtimers Hockey Team that was founded in 1987. Their home ice is the Bayfield Arena. The Relics play their season schedule versus teams from Huron and Middlesex Counties.
GIRL GUIDE COOKIES
Have you got your Chocolatey Mint Girl Guide Cookies yet? At $5 a box they make terrific hostess gifts and stocking stuffers!
They can also be purchased now from members or by calling Melody Falconer-Pounder at 519 525-3830.
Profits from sales help with program activities, field trips and camps.
Gobble up some fun at the Bayfield Lions’ Turkey Bingo on Dec. 3
The doors to the Bayfield Community Centre will open at 6:30 p.m. with the Bingo starting at 7 p.m.
There will be an opportunity to win 14 Turkeys as well as five Share the Wealth games. In addition, there will be draws for two Turkey door prizes.
Breakfast with Santa
On Sunday, Dec. 9 at the Bayfield Optimist Club’s 13th annual Breakfast with Santa will be held at The Ashwood Inn starting at 11 a.m. and concluding at 1 p.m.
The breakfast will cost $7 for adults and $3 for children; three and under are free.
SONGS OF CHRISTMAS
The St. Andrew’s United Church Choir and the Goderich Harbouraires are teaming up to host a concert entitled, “Songs of Christmas” on Dec. 9.
St. Andrew’s United Church will host the afternoon of music starting at 3 p.m.
Admission is $10 and tickets can be purchased from John Davies by calling 519 565-2813 or from members of both choirs.
food drive thanks
On Nov. 17, the members of the Bayfield and Area Fire Department once again hosted their annual Food Drive at Bayfield Foodland starting things off by collecting donations along the route of the Santa Claus Parade to be given to the Bayfield Food Bank (Feed My Sheep). Both the fire fighters and the local food bank are most appreciative to the community for all of their support and generous donations.
“Wow, what a wonderfully magical Christmas in Bayfield weekend! Heartfelt thanks on behalf of the clients and volunteers at Feed My Sheep for your generous donations of both food and financial support,” said Terry Henderson with the local food bank. “The continued generosity of the Bayfield community is very much appreciated. Thank you for helping make Christmas even merrier for all!”
LETTERS TO SANTA
Bayfield residents will be pleased to know that Santa Claus will once again be receiving mail in his special mailbox at Bayfield Foodland.
Santa’s elves delight in hearing from area youngsters and learning what is on their wish lists every year. Be sure to include a return address so that the children can be sure of a note in return from the jolly old elf himself. The last day to drop a letter
in the box will be Dec. 14 to ensure that the elves can send out a response before Santa begins his annual journey.
A Christmas tradition for many in Bayfield is choosing a fresh evergreen wreath made by the BAS. A lot of local trees were trimmed of their boughs to make dozens and dozens of wreaths and swags/tails. This past weekend the bulk of them were sold; however, there are a couple of swags left and some regular sized wreaths longing for homes.
They can be sold with a bow or without. If anyone missed picking up their wreaths, they can be ordered from Stephen at 226 441-2016 until they are sold out. There are also some lighted evergreen stars available and a few bare grapevine wreath frames.
All the money goes to assist with the costs of hiring children’s entertainment during the Bayfield Community Fair. Each year different entertainers are brought into the village to add novelty to the fair experience. Last year’s money from the wreaths helped with the expenses of bringing in Miss T the Bubble Queen.
STAGING OUR HISTORIES
New Histories, Old Roots logo designed and beaded by artist Meagan Barnhart. (Submitted photo)
Does your hometown have an unheard history? Do you have a story to share about a home or homeland left behind? A reflection on building a new or temporary home? Staging Our Histories is seeking to bring little known histories with connections to Huron County and its residents to a wider audience via the stage, and the theme of its 2019 New Histories/Old Roots edition is histories of home. Local writers, actors, musicians, storytellers, dancers, filmmakers and poets are invited to submit their proposals for a night of live performance at the Livery Theatre in Goderich in Spring 2019.
Submitting artists are encouraged to present lesser-known stories from the past or fresh perspectives on how history impacts our experiences in the present day. The organizers welcome stories from groups, backgrounds and perspectives that are not prominently featured in current written histories or public commemorations in southwestern rural Ontario: including LGBTQ, Indigenous, newcomer, women’s, minority communities’ and workers’ histories.
Staging Our Histories is a non-profit organization that sets out to provide a platform for diverse and underrepresented histories; co-directors Arpita Bajpeyi and Sinead Cox strive to challenge assumptions about whose histories we accept and whose we dismiss because of the way they are told. Staging Our Histories debuted in 2015 at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, and has since organized and participated in history events with performers around the world, including “Some Pages are Missing” in Bangalore, India and “Unharvested Histories” in Goderich in 2016.
Cox says that shared conversations often emerge when very different performers and histories share one stage.
“Live performance has the power to start discussions between the artists and the audience that can widen our understanding and our empathy. The theme of ‘home’ intertwines with history, as these are two concepts that immensely impact our sense of self and sense of community; it can be devastating when we are disconnected, alienated, or feel unrepresented in the histories we see or the homes we claim,” Cox said.
For both Cox and Bajpeyi, the project has personal roots.
“Sinead and I share experiences of not seeing our communities (rural and South Asian, respectively) well-represented - or represented at all - in Canadian history. Staging Our Histories, and especially New Histories/Old Roots, highlights voices that have long histories here…just ones that haven’t been told until now,” said Bajpeyi.
Professional, emerging and student artists are welcome to submit their proposals for New Histories, Old Roots to firstname.lastname@example.org by Dec. 4th at midnight. Pieces can be live, filmed or a combination of both. Detailed submission guidelines for proposals and details on past featured artists are available on Staging Our Histories’ website: https://stagingourhistories.com/. New Histories, Old Roots will take history off the page and on the stage at the Livery Theatre in Goderich on Saturday, March 23, 2019. Look for announcements regarding the selected performances and tickets to go on sale this winter.
Cowbell Brewing Co., is proud to announce that Team Cowbell cycle team was recognized by the Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society of Canada at their annual Celebration of Champions dinner in Toronto on Saturday, Nov. 17. Team Cowbell is the first MS Bike team in Ontario to raise over $150,000 in one season and was the second highest fundraising team in Canada in 2018.
On the weekend of July 28-29, Team Cowbell, along with approximately 1,500 other cyclists, biked 150 KMs from Grand Bend to London and back. The two-day ride raised $1.4 million for the MS Society, with Team Cowbell contributing $157,589.05.
“Team Cowbell is a family that continues to grow and raises much needed funds for the MS Society of Canada,” said Anita Trusler, captain of the Cowbell bike team. “I love to bike and it’s heartwarming that something I am so passionate about can create such a positive impact. One of our team members will tell you the toughest part of the ride is having to wait a year for the next one. We are committed and are looking forward to the 2019 ride.”
Canada has one of the highest rates of MS in the world with 11 Canadians diagnosed with the disease every day. MS is a chronic, often disabling, disease of the central nervous system comprising the brain, spinal cord and optic nerve. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 15 and 40 and the unpredictable effects of the disease last for the rest of their lives. The MS Society provides programs and services for people with MS and their families, advocates for those living with MS, and funds research to help improve the quality of life for people living with MS and to ultimately find a cure for this disease.
Cowbell Brewing is a proud supporter of the MS Society and the community. For those interested in joining the 2019 Team Cowbell roster please email Trusler directly at email@example.com or visit the Team Cowbell fundraising page for more details.
MAGICAL MUSICAL TRADITION
The London Citadel Salvation Army Band is coming to town! On Friday, Nov. 23, they will provide a “Magical Evening of Christmas Music” at the Bayfield Town Hall. For over 20 years this wonderful group has provided Bayfield with an opportunity to come together as a community while getting into the holiday mood. Anyone who has not yet heard them is in for a treat. Come and enjoy fabulous musicians filling the hall with a big brass sound. Tickets are $15 and are available from Patricia Baker at 519 955-1456 or Sandy Scotchmer at 519 565-2830. Doors will open at 7:30 p.m. and the concert will begin at 8 p.m. (Photo by Jack Pal)