mitchell students descend on main beach and clean it up
Forty students and three adults from Mitchell District High School (MDHS) descended onto the Bayfield Beach on May 25. Armed with shovels and youthful enthusiasm, they were welcomed by Blue Bayfield to participate in a beach clean up. (Submitted photos)
The students focused their attention on man-made litter, cigarette butts, tires, plastic debris, coffee cups etc. Restricted to the Main Beach due to high water levels, they still managed to collect three bags of waste and three bags of recyclable products as well as three massive tires.
From the Bayfield River and south for 2 KMs, the beach is experiencing the consequences of two natural phenomena: extremely high water levels and a harsh winter. Forty students and three adults from Mitchell District High School (MDHS) saw this first hand on Friday, May 25. The students were the comprised of three different groups that run out of Mitchell: the Eco Squad the Environthon Team and the Eco Team.
Armed with shovels and youthful enthusiasm, they were welcomed by Blue Bayfield. The local organization explained that the village is committed to reducing non-essential single use plastic: water bottles, bags, straws, polystyrene containers etc., in the interest of protecting rivers and lakes. It was noted that while the oceans are awash in plastic garbage (220,000 pieces per square kilometre) the Great Lakes contain 450,000 pieces of plastic per square kilometre.
Before embarking on the cleanup, Coastal Technologist, Tineasha Brenot, of the Lake Huron Centre for Coastal Conservation, talked to the students about the differences between this beach and those of the vacation islands. While our first instinct is to gather up branches, pull plants, etc., this is contrary to the principles of beach maintenance along the Great Lakes coastline.
Natural debris, such as driftwood, algae and plant matter will land on the shores of Lake Huron after being carried by the wind and waves. This material will decompose and return nutrients back to the sand, nourishing many coastal plants such as Marram Grass, Wormwood and a number of Willow species. The debris also creates an ideal habitat for a number of insects, making the strandlines on a beach a buffet of opportunities for hungry foraging birds and mammals.
Equipped with this knowledge, the students focused their attention on man-made litter, cigarette butts, tires, plastic debris, coffee cups etc. Restricted to the Main Beach due to high water levels, they still managed to collect three bags of waste and three bags of recyclable products as well as three massive tires.
Blue Bayfield expresses its gratitude to the team from MDHS for their commitment to this task and to recognizing the potential threat this waste has to the quality of lake water, water people drink, play in and depend on for economic sustainability.
Students from MDHS will return to Bayfield at the end of this week for a theatrical event.
MDHS teacher Cam Oates is hosting another event in Bayfield, at Pioneer Park this Friday, June 1st. This time, a variety of schools from across the board will be meeting to take part in workshops by professional artists and performances that are “All Things Shakespeare”. It is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Bayfield Ukulele Society will also be performing.
BAYFIELD OPEN CROQUET TOURNEY WELCOMES SPECTATORS
Some of the world’s best croquet players will be gathering in Bayfield in early June for the Bayfield Open Croquet Tournament. And the Bayfield International Croquet Club invites residents in both Bayfield and Seaforth to come out and watch the games.
The Bayfield Open will run from June 7-10. It is considered to be the premier croquet event in Canada and, over the past few years, it has secured a reputation on the global circuit of international tournaments.
The tourney will have 20 competitors playing in two tiers over four days on four courts (two in Bayfield and two in Seaforth). There are cash prizes for first place in both tiers. The event is sponsored by Steam Whistle Brewery, The Virtual High School, and Deb Penhale from Lake Huron Real Estate.
David Wise, one of Australia’s top croquet players, also an opera singer and competitive sailor, is returning this year.
Last year he was quoted as saying, “Of the hundreds of tournaments I have played in worldwide over the years, Bayfield is by far and away the best.”
Rich Lamm, a top US player has also confirmed a spot in the Open, “I’ve heard so much about this charming, hospitable little village and its internationally recognized tournament, that I have to come and see for myself.”
Brian Cumming, Canada’s top ranked player from Elora, ON, is also returning after spending the year on the global circuit.
“I’d never miss Bayfield - top caliber play and fun social events,” he said.
Cumming was the skip for Team Canada last July in Brighton, England, where Canada and Sweden tied for first. The other three players on Team Canada, Bill Rowat, of Bayfield; Nick Mitchell, of Salem, ON; and Jim Wright, of Toronto, ON, have also entered the Bayfield tournament.
INFLUENTIAL NORTH AMERICAN FOLK ARTIST TO PERFORM
Garnet Rogers (Photo by Bruce Dienes)
The Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society is delighted to have renowned performer, Garnet Rogers grace the stage on Friday, June 15.
When he was barely out of high school, Rogers was on the road as a full-time working musician with his older brother, Stan. Together they formed what has come to be accepted as one of the most influential acts in North American folk music.
Since then, Rogers has established himself as a major talent, hailed by the Boston Globe as a “charismatic performer and singer”. He is also a man with a powerful physical presence, close to six and a half feet tall with a voice to match. The Washington Post refers to him as a “smooth, dark baritone” with incredible range, and thoughtful, dramatic phrasing. Rogers is widely considered by fans and critics alike to be one of the finest singers anywhere.
His music, like the man himself, is literate, passionate, highly sensitive, and deeply purposeful. Cinematic in detail, his songs according to the Kitchener Waterloo Record, “give expression to the unspoken vocabulary of the heart”.
An optimist, he sings extraordinary songs about people who are not obvious heroes and of the small victories of the everyday. As memorable as his songs, his over-the-top humor and lightning-quick wit can move his audience from tears to laughter and back again.
In 2016, Rogers released his book, “Night Drive – Travels with My Brother”.
According to Rogers, the work contains “stories about how Stan and I grew up together, discovered music together, and learned to play in a band and travel together. How the songs got written and recorded. What life was like on the road before there was an independent music scene. And nearly every stupid, inexplicable and bizarre thing that could happen to a pair of young idiots who were naive enough to think they could play folk music for a living back in the mid-70s and early 80s.”
Resolutely independent, Rogers has turned down offers from major labels to do his music his own way.
The Bayfield Town Hall doors will open at 7 p.m. with the concert starting at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $30 in advance or $35 at the door. There will be a cash bar.
For tickets call Mike at 519 565-5489 or Sandy at 519 565-2830 or purchase them online at www.ticketscene.ca.
Note also that Rogers encourages that when possible, audience members bring non-perishable donations of food, and items of personal care such as, shampoo, toothpaste or soap to help the less fortunate in the community. The BTHHS Board will ensure that all donations go directly to the Bayfield Foodbank (Feed My Sheep).
list for delivery developed
Home4Good launched the 2018 issue of their “Bayfield without Wheels” brochure at the end of April. The brochure is intended to help those who live in the area but are unable to drive, or whose driving is limited for any reason. Home4Good introduced a number of new options in this issue.
For those who want help shopping for groceries, a grocery delivery service has been started by the Nip ‘N Tuck. People can phone in orders Monday to Thursday at 519 565-2655, for delivery between 3-5 p.m. on Fridays, for a fixed delivery fee of $5 within Bayfield.
By popular request the Nip ‘N Tuck has worked with Home4Good to list some of the products available. In addition to dairy, bread and canned food, the variety store’s list also includes products from Metzger's Meat Products, of Hensall and Jerry Rader's Homestyle Catering & Market, of Zurich.
The list is also available on Home4Good's Facebook page, Home4GoodinBayfield.
GARDENING ON THE SLY
Stealthy volunteer gardeners were caught on camera in the early morning hours of May 23 cleaning up the entrance to the Mara Street footpath. Next stop for John and Elaine Arthur and Roma Harris was the Friends of the Bayfield Library Reading Garden. (Submitted photo)
village yard sales
Attention treasure seekers! The fourth annual Town Wide Yard Sale and Village Side Walk Sale is this coming Saturday, June 2. The Bayfield and Area Chamber of Commerce (BACC) are promoting the big day.
Recently, the Bayfield Breeze invited folks to share their sales with us and we are pleased to report we've compiled a pretty impressive list!
Scroll down to our “Pixilated” section to view the compiled listing – commit it to memory, print it off or save it to your phone and take it with you on your hunt for bargains – you won’t want to miss a single, solitary sale.
BACPA Golf Tourney
This Saturday, June 2 is the date for the annual Bayfield Arena Community Partners Fun Golf Tournament at the Bluewater Golf Course.
Anyone wishing to sign up individually or put a team in is invited to call Bill Whetstone at 519 955-0682.
This nine-hole best ball game will have a shot gun start at 11 a.m. and lunch is included for the cost of $50 per person. t the
All proceeds go to new programs for youth, families and seniors at the Bayfield Arena.
Walk for Dog Guides
The Bayfield Lions’ Club’s Walk for Dog Guides is set for this Sunday starting in Clan Gregor Square.
Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m. with the walk to follow at 10 a.m. Anyone unable to attend on June 3 can still learn more about the program, give pledges or make a donation toward this very important project by dropping by the booth set up at the Bayfield Farmer’s Market on June 1 at 3 p.m. or in front of the Bayfield Public Library on June 2 at 2 p.m.
“Our post-walk dog event on Sunday will start at 11 a.m. from the Lions’ portable stage in the middle of Clan Gregor Square. Even if you cannot make the walk, join us for this informative program for dog lovers. Elizabeth Jaremko and her Hearing Ear Dog, Heart, will be in attendance again. Jaremko was a big hit last year. Her experience with her life partner and best friend is clearly what this program is all about,” said Jack Pal, event organizing chair.
Also in attendance at the post-walk event will be 2016s locally adored, former Dog Guide Pup in Training, Essex, now fully grown, who will be back in town for a visit with his owner Sylvie Tafts.
Newly added, Amber Kunz will be bringing two of her gorgeous, Kuvasz dogs and will explain their role as working dogs.
In addition, there will be numerous activities and presentations all to do with dogs including: presentations on Therapy Dogs, Police Dogs, dog health, training and grooming. For the family, Melissa Brighton will also be back with her fun quiz about dog health with prizes donated by PetValu. And to top it off there will be a Dog Agility demonstration presented by Bonnie Hirst, of Greenacre Dog Agility and Training.
It is hoped that dog portraits will be a big hit this year. The Photography Club of Bayfield is providing portrait sittings for the family dog with or without family members. For just $20, all of which goes to the Lions Foundation, participants will receive three high definition photos via email.
Plus no event dedicated to dogs would be complete without hot dogs.
“All, in all, this will be an entertaining, educational and fun event for everyone!” said Pal.
The mission of the Lions Foundation of Canada is to provide Dog Guides, at no cost, to Canadians with a medical and/or physical disability. The annual Walk for Dog Guides is its single largest annual fundraising event that collects funds to help breed, train and match Dog Guides with Canadians with disabilities, at no cost to them. It can cost upwards of $25K to raise and train a single dog.
“Thanks to sponsors like the generous donors in Bayfield, 100 per cent of all funds raised go directly toward raising, training and providing Dog Guides. More than 200 walks take place each year across Canada raising more than $1 million annually,” explained Pal.
The Foundation trains six distinct types of Dog Guides:
• Canine Vision Dog Guides for people who are blind or visually impaired
• Hearing Ear Dog Guides for people who are deaf or hard of hearing
• Service Dog Guides for people with physical disabilities
• Seizure Response Dog Guides for people with epilepsy
• Autism Assistance Dog Guides for children three to 12 years of age with autism spectrum disorder
• Diabetic Alert Dog Guides for individuals with Type 1 Diabetes with hypoglycemic unawareness
“Mark June 3 on your calendar, come to the Square and be sure to donate generously to this worthy cause. Bayfield has been there from the inception of the Walk 32 years ago and its fundraising on a per capita basis ranks near the top in Canada. Let’s keep with that tradition!” concluded Pal.
Pledge forms are available from many merchants and restaurants in Bayfield and any Lion. Anyone can also make a local Bayfield donation online as an individual or as a team by going to: www.walkfordogguides.com or call Pal at 519 565-5340 for more information. Tax receipts are issued for all donations of $20 or more.
Optimists and friends will take to the links at the Bayview Golf Club in St. Joseph for their 13th annual Bayfield Optimist Club Golf Tournament on June 9.
Tickets are available now for $90 for 18-holes of golf, cart and BBQ chicken dinner with all the trimmings and dessert. There will be prizes and contests including, for a Hole-In-One, plus Hot Dogs at the turn
The format is a four-person scramble with a shotgun start tee-off at 11 a.m. Registration opens at 10 a.m.
All proceeds go to support children and youth in the community. Want to play? Call Wayne McKaig, 519 440-7120 or Mike Dixon, 519 955-5254.
Organizers are now seeking prizes and silent auction items if anyone would like to make a donation please call Jay Fisher at 519 524-3511.
And then on Saturday, July 14, the Bayfield Optimist’s invite people to “get their cowboy boots on” for an evening with The River Junction Band at the Bayfield Arena.
The event will run from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. and lunch will be provided.
Tickets are selling for $30 and are available now at Brandon Hardware or any Optimist member For more information contact Kevin Burton at 519 871-4855.
One CAre Fitness
There are two new opportunities for people to exercise in Bayfield.
An introduction to Nordic Pole Walking is currently taking place. Interested individuals are asked to meet at the Hive of Bayfield (next to Shop Bike Coffee) at 10:15 a.m. A short period of instruction will be followed by a 10 to 20-minute walk. The final session wil be held on May 31.
An “Introduction to Yoga” will be offered on Tuesdays in June. Classes will be held at The Lake House of Bayfield (formerly The Red Pump). Chair Yoga will start at 10 a.m. and Restorative Yoga will start at 5 p.m. The four classes will be available for the low price of $20 all inclusive. The dates are June 5, 12, 19 and 26.
Believe it or not the new Bayfield Public Library building will celebrate its fifth anniversary on June 23.
To mark the occasion cake will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. plus visitors will have an opportunity to have their picture taken with “Bob the Book” and receive a keepsake photo. A “We Love Books” memory quilt is also being made and people will have a chance to add their signature to it.
Garden tour for hospice
Six of Bayfield’s most outstanding gardens are being opened to tour on Saturday, July 7 in support of the Huron Residential Hospice.
Visitors can take in the gardens while enjoying local music and art displays. A wide variety of garden styles and plant products are featured on this garden tour, which also includes two bonus projects, as well as refreshments.
The tour will run rain or shine from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Tickets and maps will be available at St. Andrews United Church on Hwy 21, across from Clan Gregor Square on the day of the tour. The cost will be $15 per person. Everyone is welcome, so bring the whole family!