market spreads holiday cheer between albion and Black Dog
PHOTOS BY MELODY FALCONER-POUNDER
Shortly after 5 p.m. The Black Dog Pub and Bistro was filled with holiday shoppers looking for unique, handcrafted gifts on Monday, Dec. 16 at the third annual Holiday Night Market.
On Monday, Dec.16, the Holiday Night Market was buzzing with people shortly after the doors opened at 5 p.m. at The Black Dog Pub and Bistro and this year shoppers could also tour through the dining room at The Albion Hotel as the third annual event expanded next door.
Approximately 21 makers shared their creativity and shoppers could choose from a variety of unique gifts such as hand-crafted ornaments, florals, self-care elixers, sausages, craft beer, jewellery, art and photography.
It was the perfect evening to pick up those last-minute gifts with the added bonus of being able to socialize with friends by the outdoor fire pit at The Black Dog.
Seven Sisters Ritual Apothecary, of London, offered her products for sale at the Holiday Night Market at The Black Dog Pub and Bistro.
Natalie Tarnawski (left) , the maker behind Runs with Deer Apothecary, organically grows 98 per cent of the herbs she uses in her products on her property north of Goderich.
Makers offered a variety of whimsical and charming ornaments to entice visitors to the Holiday Night Market.
Ornaments from Owligraphy Design, both custom and off the tree, offer a rustically elegant touch to holiday decor.
Bayfield's River Road Brewing and Hops offered up both festive beverages and swag at the Holiday Night Market.
The Holiday Night Market spilled out onto the porch at The Albion Hotel with some fabulously designed Santas and trees.
The Holiday Night Market expanded to The Albion Hotel in its third year.
Black Sombrero, of Denfield, was slicing up samples of their sausage and pepperoni for visitors to the Holiday Night Market at The Albion Hotel.
Susanne Carter, of Bayfield, spins all of her own yarn for her myriad of knitted creations.
Baby booties for the wee ones on the nice list created by Susanne Carter.
Out of the Blue book signing at The Village Book Shop tonight
David Yates (Submitted photo)
Local author, David Yates, will be at The Village Book Shop this Wednesday, Dec. 18 to sign copies of his new book entitled, “Out of the Blue”.
The book is a compilation of over 50 stories on Huron County history covering the period from 1884 to the 1939 Royal Visit. The book signing will be held from 4-6 p.m.
Yates said the book is called Out of the Blue because so many of the stories are surprise discoveries of the off-beat and bizarre occurrences that happened in the county's past that have been all but forgotten today. It is also the sequel to last year's book “Out of the Woods” which sold well in excess of 1,000 copies.
Many would be surprised to learn that Maggie Pollock of Morris Township was the last person in Canada convicted of witchcraft; that Bayfield born Lystra Eggert Gretter is credited with writing the Nightingale Oath and transforming nursing into a profession; or that the largest beer bust on the Great Lakes during Prohibition originated in Goderich.
Stories about the impact of the 1918 Spanish Influenza in Huron; strange cures for venereal diseases and the night Ku Klux Klan rode into Exeter will fascinate anyone with an interest in the county that they call home. Other stories of the battle field heroics of Huron County soldiers during the Great War make gripping reading about a bygone era.
Yates is no stranger to Bayfield having grown up north of the village and taught at Central Huron Secondary School in Clinton for most of his career. His book Out of the Blue is an idiosyncratic look at Huron County history that is an ideal Christmas gift.
cEntre for the arts
The Municipality of Bluewater Council endorsed the Bayfield Centre for the Arts (BCA) at their regular meeting on Dec. 2.
The BCA is intended to be a year-round, inclusive community space, promoting the visual arts such as, painting, photography, woodworking, digital media, etc.
As the individuals behind the concept continue their forward momentum, they ask that people consider filling out a short questionnaire (10 questions) so that they can better understand the artistic experiences and programs most desired by residents and visitors:
A Community Outreach Session will be scheduled for Spring 2020, please join the BCA mailing list at bayfieldarts.ca for updates on progress.
The last Councilor’s Corner of 2019 will be held at the Bayfield Community Centre on Dec. 19. Bayfield Ward Councilor Bill Whetstone welcomes all area citizens to join in these monthly sessions starting at 7 p.m.
Topics for this month will include: Secondary Plan, Wheelie Bins and the 2020 Budget.
Jesus' Birthday party
On Dec. 24, Trinity St. James Anglican Church will host a Happy Birthday Jesus Party for area children and their families. It will be held in the parish hall at 10 Keith Cres starting at 5:30 p.m. After the party and the mini-cupcakes, all are welcome to attend a Christmas Eve Family Service at 6 p.m.
Chocolatey mint campaign
Have you got your Chocolatey Mint Girl Guide Cookies yet? The local 2019 supply is almost gone! And 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.
Life at the Rink
The Bayfield Relics compete against the Lucan Leprechauns at the Bayfield Arena starting at 8 p.m. tonight (Dec. 18).
Then on Thursday, Dec. 19, Bayfield 50+ take on Goderich 2 over 50 starting at 8 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
Knox Church, Bayfield
Knox Presbyterian Church, Bayfield is celebrating the season all December long with lots of opportunity for the community to join.
Here is their schedule of upcoming events: Today (Dec. 18) at 1:30 p.m., Advent Reflections with soup; Dec. 19 at 1 p.m., fellowship, games and treats; Dec. 21 at 7 p.m., Longest Night Worship Service with Solace Singers; Dec. 22 at 11 a.m., fourth Sunday of Advent Service; Dec. 24 at 7 p.m., Christmas Eve Candlelight Service with Soloist Linda Street; Dec. 29 at 11 a.m., first Sunday after Christmas Day Service.
Longest Night Service
Knox Presbyterian Church will be hosting the “Longest Night Worship Service” on Dec. 21 and all who seek a time of reflection and spiritual worship in this season of advent are welcome.
Anyone grieving a loss or feeling down may find the special music and program beneficial. The Solace Choir will be a featured part of the program starting at 7 p.m.
“Solace” is a group of “bedside” singers who visit those who are ill to bring comfort with song, hence their name “solace”. In addition to the Saturday night service they are making themselves available to visit on that day.
To arrange a visit please contact their leader Deb Shelley at email@example.com or Leslie Bella at firstname.lastname@example.org or 519 955-1531.
The Bayfield Area Food Bank (BAFB) is presently seeking someone to serve as Secretary.
Computer skills required, and board experience an asset. The job would entail preparing the agenda and taking minutes for the monthly meeting, approximately five to six hours month. Volunteer Police Check required.
If you are interested, please contact Boa-Youmatoff by email: email@example.com
Bayfield Travel Club
The fourth meeting of the Bayfield Travel Club will be held on Saturday, Jan. 11.
It’s a place where local residents can meet other people that have the same passion for travel, share their own travel experiences, learn about new exciting destinations and to just have some fun.
The point of discussion will be culinary travel with a special guest from Collette Tours.
The club will meet from 1-2 p.m. at The Lake House of Bayfield in their conference room, at 21 Bayfield Main St. North.
The Lakeview Mennonite Church choir will be performing a Christmas concert at the Bayfield Town Hall at 8 p.m. on Dec. 22. The concert is free and all are invited to come and share in the joy of the holiday season through music.
ART FOR HOSPICE
In support of Huron Residential Hospice (HRH) near Clinton, local artist Tammy Hopper has graciously donated a wonderful piece of acrylic art depicting a typical Huron County scene, entitled, "After the Rain".
This piece measures 16"X20" and will be on display at the Bayfield Public Library from now until Dec. 23.
Anyone interested in taking this beautiful piece of art home, is invited to participate in the silent auction, being held at the library during this same time frame. The highest bidder will be contacted at the close of the auction.
The Bayfield River Valley Trails Association (BRVTA) allows all residents to enjoy the area’s natural beauty, including safe, historic and environmentally sensitive recreational trails, suitable for every fitness level.
Annual memberships allow them to keep the trails accessible, covering expenses such as liability insurance, maintenance, programming and training.
A new hiking schedule for the coming season is being developed and will soon be made public. The hikes touch on a wide variety of interests for all age groups and anyone who has not been on one of these hikes in the past are encourage to try one.
To make membership even more attractive, the BRVTA is pleased to announce that they have teamed up with the employee discount store of Columbia Sportswear, located at 1425 Max Brose Drive in London. By showing a current BRVTA membership card, people are allowed to shop at 40-50 per cent off regular retail pricing several times a year during a special invitation period. Members will be notified by email if they subscribe to the BRVTA monthly newsletter.
Membership is affordable! Annual membership fees are $20 or $30 for a family rate. The BRVTA will hold several membership drives, enabling people to get their membership card. Membership can also be activated through the website, bayfieldtrails.com. As a member people will also receive special privileges to select Bayfield Trail events.
Anyone who has paid online or by mail, membership cards will be available for pick-up at the following membership drives: Wednesday, Jan. 15 and Thursday, Jan. 30 at the Bayfield Public Library from 3-4 p.m. and 6-7 p.m. or at the Annual Varna Winter Hike and Lunch at the Stanley Complex on Saturday, Jan. 11 at 11 a.m. There will also be a membership drive at the Bayfield Lions’ Club’s Home and Garden Show held at the Bayfield Arena on Apr. 24-26.
For further information or questions, please do not hesitate to contact the BRVTA by e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org