PORCH PICS FOR PARK
As the sun sets on 2020, Photographer Dianne Brandon will be taking another round of “front porch pictures” in the Village of Bayfield only. This time the images she captures will raise funds for Pioneer Park. She is now booking 10-minute, daylight only sessions from Dec. 20 to Jan. 3. The fee is $50 and $25 of that will go directly to the Pioneer Park Association. For more information or to schedule an appointment please email Dianne Brandon at email@example.com or call 519 525-8884. (Photo by Dianne Brandon)
Order today for friday delivery Bayfield Farmers' Market online
People may not be aware but the Bayfield Farmers’ Market didn’t close up shop at the end of Thanksgiving – the online store is still operating with bi-weekly pickups or contactless delivery.
The next pick-up day for the Market is Friday, Dec. 18 from 3-5 p.m. at Shopbike Coffee Roasters on Bayfield’s Main Street. All orders must be placed and paid for by 8 p.m. today (Dec. 16).
Orders can be paid online with credit card or email transfer. Organizers are pleased to offer delivery within 15 KMs of Bayfield for a flat fee of $5. Shoppers can select their preference at checkout. They will receive an email confirmation (Thursday) with the approximate time of delivery on Friday afternoon.
In addition to the regular produce, baked goods, cheeses, meats and more, found on the website there is also a specially curated Bayfield Farmers’ Market Holiday Gift Box featuring a delicious selection of products from beloved food vendors. The gift box has a value of $50 and retails for $44.50. Very limited quantities available.
To learn more or to place an order visit: openfoodnetwork.ca/bayfield-farmers-market/
open studio program coming for winter and spring
In anticipation of brighter days ahead, the Bayfield Centre for the Arts (BCA) is hard at work envisioning a safe environment for community members and area residents to engage in creative activity from January to April of 2021.
Taking place upstairs at the Bayfield Arena and Community Centre, with thanks to financial support from the Bruce Power “Winter Events Sponsorship” program, the BCA will be moving ahead with their winter Open Studio Program.
“Create Together” is an opportunity for creatives, artists and crafters to gather in an informal, physically distanced, safe setting. Participants are welcome to bring their own supplies, projects and creative energy and meet weekly at a provided, socially distanced, personal 6 ft. table.
Registration will be required online and is limited to a maximum of up to 25 participants, as determined by changing provincial, municipal and county health guidelines. (Capacity limits for recreational/sports facilities and all guidelines and health protocols will be stringently enforced.)
Weekly programming will start the week of January 17th and run until the end of April. Artists, artisans, knitters, writers, crafters, photographers, etc in any medium at any level are welcome! Occasional instructor led classes are in development.
Stay tuned for upcoming details of weekly day and time.
Registration for this program will be posted on the BCA website, bayfieldarts.ca or follow them on their Facebook page www.facebook.com/bayfieldart/
In addition, the BCA is planning a future fundraiser by paying homage to their temporary location – The Barn at 24 Main Street North in the village, the former home of Kryart Studio behind The Village Bookshop.
Artists are invited to donate an original 12” X 12” art piece depicting an Ontario barn in any medium and captured from any angle. These donated barn paintings will be hung and displayed for sale in The Barn in the Spring of 2021. All proceeds will go toward education and appreciation of the arts.
Please email at the address above to let organizers know of intent to participate and to receive an information package.
proceeds from cookie sales go to bayfield's forgotten felines
Jude (Submitted photo)
Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines (BFF) has helped hundreds of feral and abandoned cats find their forever homes but many are still waiting.
The Pink Flamingo Bakery and Boutique on the village's Main Street has come up with a fun way to support the Rescue this holiday season. The Bakery is currently selling cookie kits and paint-your-own cookies for $5 each with all proceeds from these sales going to BFF.
Jude is the Adopt-A-BFF featured cat of the week.
This gorgeous feline’s story begins with some kind humans feeding it when it took up residence in their garden. They named the cat Judy and tried to find out if it had a home. No home was located so they called the Rescue, allergies prevented them from adopting this stray themselves.
Judy was taken to the vet who promptly discovered that “Judy is actually a dude” and thus he has been renamed Jude. It was also discovered that he will require some dental work in the future.
Jude love pets, cuddles, pets, being brushed, pets, treats, pets, food, and, of yes, pets. He is a rather large guy with lots of love to give. He is looking forward to finding someone who has lots of “pets” to give in exchange. He gets along fine at the shelter with all the other kitties so he doesn’t need to be the only cat in the home.
Anyone interested in adopting Jude is asked to reach out to Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Donations are always welcome as the cost of a vet visit is $125 per feline, a lot more for cats with special needs. Any financial amount whether it be large or small would be most appreciated. E-transfers can be sent to the email above or email to arrange for a drop off or pick up of donations. Cheques can be mailed to Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines, P.O. Box 33, Bayfield, ON, N0M 1G0.
The Pink Flamingo Bakery and Boutique is currently selling paint-your-own cookies and cookie kits to benefit Bayfield's Forgotten Felines. (Submitted photo)
Nonagenarian honored with Bc Lions' Heart of A Lion Award
Ken Arkell, may have moved away from the Bayfield area in the 1950s but he has returned to visit often and still has relatives residing here so many people may be interested to learn that he was recently bestowed with a special honor which just happened to coincide with the celebration of his 90th birthday on Dec. 6.
Arkell. who now resides in Kelowna, British Columbia, with his wife of 60 years, Olivia, was honored by the Canadian Football League (CFL) BC Lions with their Heart of a Lion Award.
According to an article published on Dec. 7 in the Vernon Morning Star newspaper, the Heart of a Lion program recognizes British Columbians whose notable efforts make a positive impact.
Arkell played with the Lions for two seasons in 1956 and 1957. Football was but one of his passions as he also served as a Mountie with the RCMP and studied to become a lawyer. He later served as a judge on a variety of courts finishing up his career with the Supreme Court of British Columbia in the 1990s.
Dec. 6 saw Arkell celebrate his birthday with family over ZOOM accepting delivery of both festive balloons and an extra special cake, depicting key roles in his life. The courts, the RCMP and football were all edibly represented.
To read the whole story please visit: www.vernonmorningstar.com
Former B.C. Supreme Court Justice Ken Arkell, with ties to Bayfield, was named the BC Lions latest winner of the CFL club’s Heart of a Lion award. He was given the honor on Sunday, Dec. 6 which just happened to coincide with his 90th birthday. (B.C. Lions photo - Courtesy Vernon Morning Star)
Ken Arkell, accepted delivery of festive balloons and a special birthday cake in honor of entering his ninth decade on Dec. 6. (Submitted photo)
The birthday cake resembled the morning paper and featured special attributes of Ken Arkell's life and careers. (Submitted photo)
life at the rink
“We just received a cheque from Don McIlwain owner of the Bayfield Garage to cover the cost of 12 hours of free public skating between Christmas Day and New Year’s Day for the residence of Bayfield,” said Bill Whetstone, chair of the Bayfield Community Centre. “We are incredibly pleased with the donation Don has extended to our community, as well as the continuing support from the entire community towards the Centre and its importance for our community.”
Due to the generosity of the Bayfield Garage free skating will be offered from 1-3 p.m. from Dec. 27 through to and including Dec. 31 and then again on Jan. 2.
“This is an open invitation to everyone in Bayfield to spend quality, fun time with friends and a family on the ice - a truly Canadian thing to do over the holidays. See you on the ice!” said Whetstone.
Please note the facility will be closed Dec. 25-26 and Jan. 1.
Regular free public skating continues Sundays from 1-3 p.m., recreational skating open to all residents of Bayfield and surrounding area; Mondays from 10:30-11:30 a.m., recreational skating open to just Moms and tots and seniors and their care givers; Mondays, from 7-8 p.m., Kids Shinny, a fun time to get area youth involved in hockey.
Masks are required when entering the Bayfield Community Centre and can be taken off once on the ice. Other COVID-19 protocols are in effect and posted – please abide by the rules.
To learn more about volunteering or to view the schedule for available public open ice times visit: www.bayfieldcommunitycentre.ca; or call at 519 565-2121.
Just because the congregation of St. Andrew’s United Church couldn’t hold their annual Christmas Bazaar this past November doesn’t mean they haven’t been working on their usual crafting and quilting projects.
They know that people look forward to purchasing handmade, one-of-a-kind gifts during the holiday season and for that reason the congregation has created a place where people can buy the gifts they might have purchased at the Bazaar online.
Home baking is also available – however, supplies are limited and orders must be received by Friday, Dec. 18!
People can browse through this online Bazaar by visiting: www.bayfieldunited.church
Bayfield residents will be pleased to know that Santa Claus will once again be receiving letters from area youngsters this holiday season but he won’t be using his usual special mailbox at Bayfield Foodland. This year, in an effort to keep everyone safe Santa’s going digital and he will be accepting wish lists via email.
Santa’s elves delight in hearing from area youngsters and these children can inturn expect an emailed letter in return.
Email the jolly old elf at SantasLittleWorkshopNP@gmail.com
Trinity St. James Anglican Church is now offering an in-church Communion Service every Wednesday morning, however, people wishing to attend must register in advance.
To attend this service, that begins at 10:30 a.m., participants are asked to call Church Warden Paul Spittal at 519 441-2946 to register. Once registered people will then be added to the contact list. All COVID-19 procedures are in place for the services and space is limited.
Sunday services are held at 11 a.m. and are provided virtually over ZOOM. All are welcome. The congregation would also like to invite people to join in their relaxed Coffee and Conversation hour also held over ZOOM every Thursday and Friday starting at 11 a.m. To join any of these ZOOM sessions please contact Rev’d Mary Farmer at email@example.com.
Trinity St James Anglican Church will host a ZOOM Christmas Eve service starting at 6 p.m. For a direct link to the ZOOM service iinformation visit: www.trinitychurch.bayfield.on.ca.
Knox Presbyterian Church, Bayfield is pleased to invite the community to participate in their Church Services remotely.
Each week Reverend Lisa Dolson shares scripture readings and the week’s message. Hymns and anthems are provided by organist Jean Walker.
Church access can be enjoyed anytime by following this link pccweb.ca/knoxbayfieldpc/weekly-sermon/.
Bayfield Area Food Bank (BAFB) would like to thank the residents of Pine Lake Camp, Northwood Beach and Wildwood by the River for their generosity as each organized their own food drive recently.
BAFB would also like to offer a huge thank you to Bayfield Foodland for their annual Brown Bag program to help to stock the shelves and to the Bayfield Firefighters for their assistance collecting at the grocery store this past weekend.
“The outpouring of support has been amazing,” said Terry Henderson, chair of the BAFB.
Anyone in need of assistance at this time, is asked to please reach out through either an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or phone/text 519 955-7444. All enquiries are handled with complete confidentiality.
For anyone wanting to drop off a non-perishable food donation, the outdoor bin located at Trinity St. James Church on Keith Crescent, has been moved to the north entrance of the parish hall. This red bin is sitting next to the recycling container at that doorway facing the parking lot, and is emptied frequently, especially with the freezing temperatures to come.
Please note, monetary donations are always a very welcome gift as well, as this allows BAFB to purchase needed items that aren’t otherwise available, such as specific diaper sizes for young children, or a particular brand of infant formula a young one has been prescribed; dietary products for Celiac clients (gluten free essential); special needs for diabetics, and for the very elderly, or for those recovering from surgery or cancer treatment and so on.
For anyone who would like to support BAFB with a monetary gift this Christmas season, there are a few options available. Cheques can be mailed to: Bayfield Area Food Bank, 10 Keith Cres., Bayfield, ON, N0M 1G0. A collection container for cash donations is located at The Bayfield Garage at the corner of Hwy. 21 and Jane St. An e-transfer can be made through BAFB’s gmail account: email@example.com or a donation can be received on-line through the www.canadahelps.org website.
All donations of $20 or more will be receipted for tax purposes. BAFB is a registered charity with CRA. Anyone who would like a receipt, is asked to ensure that their name and address are clearly provided along with the donation.
Why not fight the winter blues by bundling up and getting outside for a walk in the woods? The Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) is happy to announce guided hikes every Saturday with the exception of Dec. 26.
These hikes will begin at 10 a.m. through to Feb. 27 at the Varna Nature Trails. Participants are asked to meet at the Stanley Community Complex, Mill Road, just west of Varna.
Each Saturday, two hike leaders will guide a one-hour hike (2.5km) on the Mavis/Taylor nature trails. All are welcome, including dogs on leash. Participants will follow social distancing protocols, so please bring a mask. Sign-in will be in the lobby of the Stanley Complex and washrooms will be open. Hikers will need to sign both a COVID screening checklist and a liability waiver to participate in the hike. During the hike, participants may remove their mask as long as they keep 2 Ms (6ft) distance from other hikers. Groups will be limited to 25, first come first served.
Organizers note that they will hike in any weather as long as the trail is safe, so please dress appropriately. If the hike is cancelled, the BRVTA will post that information by 8 a.m. the day of the hike on their Facebook page “Bayfield Trails” and website bayfieldtrails.com.
Of course, these hikes are subject to Provincial restrictions on public gatherings, which may change.
For questions or more information, contact BRVTA Hike Coordinator Ralph Blasting at firstname.lastname@example.org or 519 525-3205.
It's cookie season
Bayfield Guiding is pleased to announce that it is Chocolatey Mint Cookie season. For the first time ever, people can order their cookies online and have them shipped right to their door anywhere in Canada! Bayfield Guiding has a limited number of cookies to sell in this format and the profits support the local membership directly. Please note there is a minimum cookie order and a shipping fee.
Here is the link: online cookie portal.
A limited number of cookies have been distributed to the Bayfield membership for in person selling at $5 a box. They will be following COVID-19 protocols. Girl Guides Ontario determined selling limits and Bayfield only received about one-third of what they normally sell. So don’t miss out on supporting Bayfield Guiding directly by emailing email@example.com to make arrangements for cookie delivery.
The Board of Directors for the Bayfield Agricultural Society (BAS) also have a vacancy for the role of Secretary-Administrative Support. This is a volunteer position with a possible stipend provided annually.
The BAS Board members are seeking an individual who is interested in the preservation of 164 years of agricultural and rural history while enjoying time with a group of like-minded people. Attention to detail, basic computer skills and experience in Word and Outlook would be assets. Duties will include: preparing meeting agendas, meeting minutes, correspondence and membership. Training and support will be provided for all duties.
Attendance would be expected at general meetings two hours per month (March-November) plus director meetings four times per year (or as needed). Meetings will be electronic (Zoom) or in-person.
For more information, please contact: Doug Yeo at firstname.lastname@example.org.