BLUEWATER TO CELEBRATE HERITAGE WEEK
The Bluewater Heritage Committee and the Mayor will honor Patricia and Steve Baker, for their renovation of the Virtual High School (built as the Martha Ritz in 1948) at a public event on Feb. 26. (Photos by Melody Falconer-Pounder)
BY MELODY FALCONER-POUNDER
Ontario Heritage Week runs from Feb. 20 to 26. The Bluewater Heritage Committee, along with Mayor of Bluewater Bill Dowson, is recognizing this fact by honoring local heritage volunteers and their achievements on Feb. 26.
All in the community are invited to join in this celebration of some extraordinary volunteers. The event will be held at the Bayfield Town Hall from 2-3 p.m. The provision of hot mulled cider and squares will add to the festivities.
Recognition will be given in three categories: volunteers, heritage buildings and historical activities.
Melissa and Henry Silva had this structure rebuilt and it is now home to JMR Art Gallery and Avalon. All of the buildings being recognized are located on Bayfield's Main Street, a heritage conservation district.
The volunteers being recognized are: Ruth Brown, winner of the Lieutenant Governor’s Ontario Heritage Award for Lifetime Achievement; Douglas Grant, for over a decade of volunteering for heritage; Dave Johnston Sr., for professional and voluntary heritage service; and Ian Marr and Wayne Reid for voluntary heritage service.
The owners of newly renovated or rebuilt heritage buildings receiving recognition are: Patricia and Steve Baker, for the Virtual High School (built as the Martha Ritz in 1948); Patricia and Roger Lewington, for restoring Rutledge House; Melissa and Henry Silva for JMR Art Gallery (first established as Tippet’s Harness Shop). All of these building are located on Bayfield's Main Street, a heritage conservation district.
Patricia and Roger Lewington are being recognized for restoring Rutledge House.
People involved in historical activities being recognized are: Joan Karstens, representing the St. Joseph Historical Society, recipient of the Governor General's History Award for Excellence in Community Programming with the production of the play "Narcisse". Judy Keightley, on behalf of the Bayfield Historical Society, for writing and presenting historical plays. Heather Klopp, representing Zurich's Friends of Hay Township Hall, for saving the aforementioned building. Alma Westlake, of St. Peters Lutheran Church, for the resurrection of tombstones in Zurich's Pioneer Cemetery. Raili Vanderwiel, for preserving Zurich's Dominion Hotel (now Smiley'Z Restaurant).
The Bluewater Heritage Committee believes that it is people donating their time and talents that create vibrant communities honoring the past and looking to the future. The number of individuals being honored is testament to that.
COMMUNITY ENCOURAGED TO "LIGHT THE NIGHT" ON SATURDAY
Family Day Weekend in Bayfield is going to the dogs and the excitement is building.
Weekend events from Feb. 18-20 are centered on Danny the Dog and his adventures. But just who is Danny anyway? Many people will know him as the “canine-in-residence” at the Black Dog Village Pub and Bistro on Main Street. He can often be spotted napping out front of the establishment or going for strolls in Clan Gregor Square. He has been gracious enough to lend his likeness to represent this weekend of fun for the whole family.
Those who visit the village over the course of the three days will be able to pick up a passport to Bayfield between 3-5 p.m. each day at the Little Inn. Then they can help Danny get this passport stamped around the village.
The more scheduled events will begin Saturday at 1 p.m. when the Bayfield Public Library will be the site for “Dr. Seuss on the Loose, Again!” Held originally in recognition of Family Literacy Day on Jan. 26 the Friends of the Bayfield Library are offering an opportunity for even more youngsters and their parents to celebrate all things Seuss, with a reading, games, coloring, mazes and more.
Following the mayhem that only Dr. Seuss can offer, families should head to the Little Inn Guest Cottage for 2 p.m. as The Other Hand Puppet Troupe will be featured and John and Melina Powers will perform some music to the delight of all ages. Tickets are going fast and are available now for $10 at www.ticketscene.ca.
Then a good friend of Danny’s will be on hand at The Village Bookshop to read an adventure with his many fans. Yes, Clifford the Big Red Dog is coming to town. He will read a story at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday and then again on Sunday.
From 4-7 p.m. on Saturday folks are invited back to the Little Inn Guest Cottage to craft their very own lantern to be used on an illumination walk down Main Street starting at 7 p.m. Those who wish join in “Light the Night” should gather at the Little Inn Guest Cottage and dress for the weather. Main Street Optometric and the Little Inn of Bayfield are the sponsors of this walk. Rumor has it, okay well it is actually more fact than fiction, there will be sparklers provided as well as hot chocolate and cookies!
Unfortunately mild temperatures and a lack of the white stuff has caused the cancellation of the Snow Sculpture Competition on Sunday afternoon. However, families are invited to still come to the park at 1:30 p.m. to have some old fashioned fun at the playground.
If this outdoor activity makes participants a little chilly they can wander over to the Bayfield Town Hall for some comfort food to warm them.
Now in its second year, “Soup’s On, Bayfield” is a fundraising event for the Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society. Those who attend can sample favorite soups prepared by local restaurants, church and community groups.
The tasting will be held from 2-4 p.m. Tickets for this event will be available at the door; participants can sample four soups for $5. Those who attend can vote for their favorite soup as part of the People’s Choice Award, in addition, the soups will be judged by Bayfield Chef Richard Fitoussi.
On Monday afternoon people are encouraged to lace up their ice skates and head to the Bayfield Arena for a turn or two around the ice surface. The arena is open from 1-3 p.m. and there is no admission fee. (Please note the free skate has been moved from Sunday to make way for The Bayfield Skating Club’s annual carnival – another great Family Day Weekend event on ice.)
And then at 2 p.m., families are invited to return to the town hall for a family friendly movie and some popcorn. The film will begin at 2 p.m. The Optimist Club of Bayfield is sponsoring this free event.
Families are encouraged to stick around after the movie because from 3:30-5 p.m. children will get to learn the art of baking and decorating with Barb the Baker.
In addition to these fun family events, local restaurants, spas and shops are offering special menus, packages and opportunities for families to indulge and have fun. Plus more activities may be added to the schedule as Family Day Weekend approaches so please visit www.villageofbayfield.com or www.my-bayfield.com to keep up-to-date.
CPH AUxiliary learns how Carescape Monitor works
For many Bayfield residents Clinton Public Hospital (CPH) is their choice for healthcare and therefore the work of the Auxiliary to the CPH should be of interest.
Twenty-six members and one guest were in attendance when the CPH Auxiliary held their monthly meeting in the CPH Conference Room on Feb. 6.
President Ann MacLean welcomed everyone present. She then read a poem, “Making A Difference”.
Those present were given a demonstration of the new Carescape Monitor by a staff member from the hospital’s Day Surgery. The CPH Auxiliary donated this monitor.
Reports from the Nov. 2011 Conference were given by Mary Gibbings, Linda Dunford and Ann MacLean.
The next meeting of the CPH Auxiliary will be held on March 5 in the CPH Conference Room starting at 9:30 a.m. All are welcome to attend.
The men of Trinity Anglican Church will have their flippers at the ready on the evening of Feb. 21 when they descend on the Parish Hall kitchen to prepare their annual Shrove Tuesday Supper.
On the menu will be pancakes with Bayfield’s own maple syrup and sausage too. The meal will be served from 5-7 p.m.
Tickets will be available at the door. The cost is: adults, $6; children under 12 years, $3; preschoolers, free; families, $15. Requests will be accepted for take-out meals. For more information call 519 565-2790.
And then the next morning, Feb. 22, Trinity will hold an Ash Wednesday Service starting at 10:30 a.m.
Did you know that the Bayfield Library offers an opportunity to learn more about your computer and it’s free?
Free computer training is offered at the Bayfield branch of the Huron County Library through the Community Access Program (CAP).
CAP is an initiative created through the federal government that aims to connect Canadians through technology; as part of the program, free internet and computer lessons are available to library patrons.
Appointments need to be made to have a lesson. Classes are available on Mondays, 1-5 p.m.; Wednesdays: 6-8 p.m.; and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The music of Michael Jackson will be featured at the 2012 edition of the Bayfield Skating Club’s annual carnival.
The club members will present “Michael Jackson King of Skate” on Feb. 19 starting at 2:30 p.m. in the Bayfield Arena. Admission to the show will be $5 per person; children five years and under are admitted free.
Following the performance, people are invited upstairs to the community centre for a Spaghetti Dinner The tickets for this club fundraiser will be available at the door. The cost will be $10 per person and once again children five and under are free.
Prepare yourself for another exciting series of Toronto Film Circuit films brought to you by the Bayfield Film Society at the Bayfield Town Hall. The films will be shown on the second Thursdays of the month at 7:30 pm.
Subscriptions for the four movies are $35; or tickets can be purchased at the door for $10 per film. Seating is limited so it is suggested that those who wish to attend should get their subscription early.
The spring schedule of films include: The First Grader, March 8; Margin Call, Apr. 12; Sarah’s Key, May 10; and The Guard, June 14. The final film will begin with a wine and cheese celebration at 6:30 p.m.
Tickets can be ordered from: Lynn Gillians, 519 565-5884 or by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org; Brian Carrier, 519 565-2835 or e-mail email@example.com; Larry Dalton, 519 565-5737 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org; or Margo Robeson, 519 565-2827 or e-mail Margo10510@comcast.net.
One of the first harbingers of spring is the return of the Bayfield Diners’ Club luncheons. The program is scheduled to start on March 1 at noon in the Bayfield Community Centre.
Anyone who is 55+ years of age is invited to join the club members for their weekly Thursday lunches. Newcomers are most welcome to join in the meal.
The club cook is Peggy Cunningham; several volunteers capably assist her. Anyone who can donate two hours of their Thursday to help prepare or serve the lunch would be most welcome and should contact Dianne Argyle at 519 565-2800.
Participants should call Betty Young at 519 565-2502 no later than 10 a.m. on the Monday prior to the Thursday lunch to inform organizers of their intention to attend or not to attend the luncheon. Or if Young is not available please contact Jane Davidson McKee at 519 565-2653
The cost for the lunch is $8 per person. Anyone who wishes to enjoy the meal but cannot make it to the community centre is invited to order a take-out lunch.
One Care is sponsoring several programs for both men and women to keep up with their desire to stay fit.
Dancefit and Toning classes are held on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 9 a.m. The cost is $40 for four months or $3 per class. The classes are held at the Bayfield Community Centre.
The Sit and Get Fit classes are offered on Mondays and Wednesdays at 10:15 a.m. On Fridays a Stretching Class is offered at 10:15 a.m. for approx. 45 minutes. This class is suitable for everyone. Both of these fitness opportunities are held at the Bayfield Community Centre and cost a $1 per class.
For the more adventurous among us, there is Pole Walking. Walks for women are scheduled for Tuesdays and Thursdays while walks for men are held on Monday and Friday mornings All walks begin from 6 Main Street and begin at 8:30 a.m. Poles are provided free for those who require them.
A Yoga Class will be held at the Bayfield Town Hall starting at 10 a.m. on Tuesdays. The cost for is $3 per class and participants are asked to bring a yoga mat. A time of quiet reflection and meditation follows the yoga class starting at 11:15 a.m. All in the community are invited to take part.
Indoor badminton is played on Monday evenings at 7 p.m. at the Varna Complex The cost is $3 each and no experience or equipment is required to play.
Call 519 565-2202 for more information on the above exercise opportunities.
For those people looking to exercise their minds, Women’s Bridge is played every Wednesday at 1 p.m. No partner needed to play the cost is $1.50 per game. For more information call Brenda Blair 519 565-2881.
Mah Jongg games are also offered on the first and third Thursdays of the month starting at 1 p.m. Call 519 565-2468 for more information.
Both Bridge and Mah Jongg are played at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building.
Huron Ridge Acres would like to invite all in the community to participate in their Winter Walking Program - a terrific way to escape those winter “blahs”. On Tuesdays and Fridays during January, February and March the owners open the greenhouse from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for people to come and walk on the ice-free, snow-free sidewalks. Those who take part can enjoy the smell of things growing, and the sunshine on days when it shines, along with some relaxing background music. There is no charge – it is the Steckle’s way of saying thanks to the community for their support of Huron Ridge.
Zumba Bayfield! Curious as to what Zumba is all about? A free class will be offered Feb. 15 and all are welcome to participate. Come out and join Jamie for this energized Latin based fitness class starting at 7 p.m. at the Bayfield Community Centre. Regular classes are held every Wednesday evening and the cost is $10 per class. Join the Zumba Bayfield Facebook group page for updates. To learn more contact instructor, Jamie Thomas via email at email@example.com.
Have you heard the news? A new monthly hearing clinic is being established in the village at Pharmasave Michael’s Pharmacy.
The next date for the clinic is Feb. 28 (due to holiday week prior).
The Kincardine Hearing Clinic will be offering their services on the third Tuesday of every month from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The clinic will offer: hearing aid adjustments and repairs to all makes and models, no cost hearing tests, new prescription of hearing aids, wax removal, hearing aid battery sales as well as hard of hearing assistive devices.
To book an appointment please call The Kincardine Hearing Clinic at 1-855-396-6026.