OPTIMISTS BREAKFAST WITH SANTA MOVES TO THIS SATURDAY
Danika Dykstra shared her Christmas wish list with the man himself at the Bayfield Optimist Club's Annual Breakfast with Santa held in Dec. 2016 at The Ashwood Bourbon Bar. This year the breakfast is moving to this Saturday, Dec. 9 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)
The Bayfield Optimist Club is once again selling tickets on a fabulous hand made toy chest filled with toys for children of all ages.
Raffle tickets are available now from Optimist members. Toy chest tickets are $2 each or three for $5.
The draw will be made at 1 p.m. on Dec. 9 at the club’s 12th annual Breakfast with Santa this year being held at The Ashwood Inn starting at 11 a.m. and concluding at 1 p.m.
Please note that the breakfast has moved to Saturday to accommodate The Ashwood Bourbon Bar’s dining schedule.
The breakfast will cost $7 for adults and $3 for children; three and under are free.
transformative tale to support Residential Hospice
“A Christmas Carol” the classic tale of Ebenezer Scrooge and his ghostly and transformative Christmas Eve encounters, will be presented as a fundraiser for the Huron Residential Hospice in the form of a dramatic reading interspersed with seasonal music on Dec. 16-17.
Harp and flute duo “Ninn’s Folly”, comprised of brother/sister musicians John Webber and Beth MacKenzie will entertain with Victorian Christmas classics while members of local choirs The Glee Sisters and St. Andrew’s United Church will join together to perform carols and lead the audience singalong.
Retired drama teacher John Lalor will be directing the performance and will also take on a reading part. Other dramatic narrators include Bayfield author and thespian Judy Keightley, and local ministers Dwight Nelson and Elise Feltrin. Pianist and music teacher Mary McGoldrick, who has recently retired to Bayfield, will provide musical accompaniment. Rob Bundy will host the event that will take place in the seasonally decorated sanctuary of St. Andrew’s United Church.
Organizers hope to fill the audience for the two performances: Saturday at 7:15 p.m. and again on Sunday at 2:30 p.m.
Thanks to the generosity of local sponsors Pharmasave Michael’s Pharmacy, Bayfield Autopro Garage and Precision Print in Goderich, the entire proceeds will go to the Huron Residential Hospice with particular focus towards the Bayfield project of creating a welcoming and well-equipped children’s playroom.
Tickets are $15, now available at Michael’s Pharmacy and Shop Bike Coffee in Bayfield, or by calling Arlene at 519 565-2777.
Following each performance, and again with appreciation to the sponsors, cider and shortbread will be served.
A visit to poinsettia festival a decades old tradition
PHOTOS AND STORY BY MELODY FALCONER-POUNDER
Dave Steckle, of Huron Ridge Greenhouses, welcomed visitors to their annual Poinsettia Candlelight Festival to sit at the cozy fire with him and have a chat. This annual tradition concluded over the weekend but once again delighted many, many visitors preparing for the festive season.
For about 11 years, the Steckle family has transformed their main greenhouse at Huron Ridge Greenhouses into a holiday delight. Twinkle lights and candles provide a soft glow while the myriads of poinsettias provide dramatic flashes of color. Surrounding the benches of plants are a few inspiring ideas for holiday decorating from an exhuberant Snowman tree to vintage, rustic country touches.
Visitors to the festival may have been surprised to learn that Huron Ridge carries 16 different varieties of Poinsettias including such exotic kinds as Northern Lights.
For these Poinsettias the adventure began back in July when one-inch tall cuttings were shipped to the Huron Ridge greenhouses from Central America. The little cuttings were put into soil and then placed on a misting bench in the greenhouse until they took root.
At that point they were planted into the containers they will be purchased in. But the work was not over, the centre of each plant was then “pinched” out by hand to force it to branch out and grow multiple blooms. They were lovingly minded through summer and fall in anticipation of the wonderful colorful display they would offer in late November.
These locally grown plants are then sold in Southern Ontario. Huron Ridge is the only greenhouse in Huron County that grows these plants.
The benches at Huron Ridge are never empty because once Poinsettia season is over they will be replaced by early spring Pansies already seeded and growing in anticipation of longer days and sunnier skies.
And although the Poinsettia Festival is over for this year even a visit to the greenhouse in the daytime can fill visitors with the holiday spirit. They are currently open until Dec. 22 - Monday to Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Twinkle lights and candles provide a soft glow while the myriads of poinsettias provide dramatic flashes of color at Huron Ridge Greenhouses on the evening of Nov. 30.
Over the three weekends the festival is held staff at Huron Ridge start lighting the candles at about 5 p.m. so that visitors might enjoy the displays of plants by shimmering candlelight as darkness falls.
Visitors to the festival may have been surprised to learn that Huron Ridge carries 16 different varieties of Poinsettias including such exotic kinds as Northern Lights (pictured).
A visit to Huron Ridge Greenhouses wouldn't be complete without spotting a feline friend. This wee cat found the coziest spot of all to sleep during the third weekend of the festival.
Surrounding the benches of plants are a few inspiring ideas for holiday decorating from an exhuberant Snowman tree to vintage, rustic country touches.
In addition to poinsettias visitors to the festival could purchase other decorations for their holiday decor.
Life at the rink
People are never too old to lace up their skates and take to the ice for “Canada’s Game” and members of the community are invited to come out and watch two games at the Bayfield Arena this week.
The Bayfield Relics have home ice advantage against the Huron Park Stephen Firemen tonight (Dec. 6) 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.
Then tomorrow night (Dec. 7) it is time for some over 50 hockey as the Exeter 50+ visit Bayfield at 8 p.m. to take on their rivals, the Bayfield 50+ hockey team.
“While the economic impact is uncalculated, it is well known these visiting players often return to Bayfield with their families throughout the year,” said Ron Keys, chair of the Bayfield Arena Community Partners Association (BACPA).
For too many years to count the Bayfield Lions’ Club, with the assistance of Santa, have had a Christmas tradition of visiting residents in the community who have achieved the age of 80 plus, as well as anyone who is homebound.
This year the event is planned for Dec. 9 if you know of anyone that would appreciate a Christmas visit from the Lions’ Club members please call Lion Penny Overboe at 519 565-5786 with their name address and phone number before Dec. 8.
All residents will receive a confirmation call prior to the visit.
Knox Presbyterian Church in Bayfield will once again host their "The Longest Night" Service on Dec. 21.
Anyone struggling with Christmas is invited to attend a gentle, hopeful Christmas service for all those who want to cope better with the holidays and have an opportunity to light a candle of hope.
Whatever their reason for coming those who do will find a warm welcome from a supportive community starting at 7 p.m.
All are welcome Christmas Eve at 7 p.m. to a Candlelight Service to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. And all in the community are invited to the Advent Services leading up to the Christmas that are scheduled for Dec. 10, 17 and 24th all at 11 a.m.
DINING FOR SENIORS
Where can you get roast beef with horseradish, mashed potatoes with gravy, hot vegetables, juice and cabbage salad followed by fruit crisp and ice cream for $9?
At Bayfield Dining for Seniors that’s where! The only stipulation is that you must be 55 years or over to partake in delicious menus like the example listed above. The social interaction that is served up with the meal is free.
Chef Dawne Erb from One Care will be preparing the holiday feast for service on Dec. 14 and it will be a traditional Christmas meal. Anyone who would like to join in a Thursday lunch served at the Bayfield Community Centre is asked to please contact Leslie Bald at 519 565-5637 by noon Monday the week of the meal.
Volunteers are always needed to help setup as well as serving, if you are interested please contact Bud Robinson at 519 440-8189.
Trip a Month
Doug and Joyce McBeath
Bluewater Area Family Health Team (BAFHT) is pleased to announce that Joyce and Doug McBeath of Thedford, ON are the winners of the twelfth and final draw in BAFHT’s Trip A Month lottery. The December prize is a $2,000 travel voucher package.
BAFHT wants to thank everyone who purchased a ticket in their travel lottery as well as all the generous donors who have contributed to the expansion project so far.
The Trip A Month lottery has been part of BAFHT’s ongoing fundraising campaign to raise over $600,000 for its building expansion and renovation project. Just over half of our goal has been raised to date and we are looking for the community’s continued support. BAFHT is a registered charity and tax receipts will be issued for donations.
For further details on the project or to join our patient roster or to donate, kindly contact Paula at email@example.com or 519 236-4413.
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.
SAVE OUR ICE
Petitions are now available to sign as part of the “One Vision One Plan” campaign.
The petition requests that Bluewater Council keep the ice in the Bayfield Arena past Spring 2018 while groups work together to determine the future needs of the community with regards to a new facility for all to enjoy. The petition can be found at The Spotted Cow, on Bayfield's Main Street North; at the Bayfield Arena and at the Bayfield Public Library.
The Bayfield Facilities Initiative Team (BFIT) and the Bayfield Arena Community Partners Association (BACPA) are jointly organizing the venture with the support of the Bayfield Optimist Club.
GIRL GUIDE COOKIES
Looking for a sweet stocking stuffer or hostess gift? Look no further than Bayfield Guiding. Members are now selling the Chocolatey Mint Girl Guide Cookies for $5 a box.
They can be purchased from members, by calling Melody Falconer-Pounder at 519 525-3830, or from The Pink Flamingo Bakery and Boutique on Bayfield’s Main Street.
Cookies will also be for sale at the Maker's Outdoor Market on The Square in Goderich on Dec. 7 from 4:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Profits from sales help with program activities and field trips.
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.
The Home4Good Info Hub operates on Monday afternoons at the Bayfield Public Library from 1-3 p.m.
The Hub helps seniors in the Bayfield area find local community services, resources and supports. Volunteers will assist in finding relevant information for daily living, overall health and wellbeing. To learn more visit: www.home4goodbayfield.ca.
At the Hensall Horticultural Society annual Christmas Potluck held recently, guest speaker Jaela, owner of Earthen Elegance Floral in Exeter and Lucan, demonstrated the techniques of making a fresh seasonal wreath. Shown with the florist is Nancy Brandie (left) who was thrilled when her name was chosen to take the wreath home. (Photo by Bonnie Sitter)