Artist Guild to unveil creative collaboration on saturday
Earlier this year the Goderich Co-op Gallery displayed a Mosaic Mural which was a collaborative effort of their painter and photographer members. In their words it was a fun and challenging project that kept them busy over the winter. The Bayfield Artist Guild (BAG) members decided that it was such a successful effort that they wanted to try something similar over the summer.
The BAG membership is composed of 25 active members who share a love of painting and Bayfield. During the summer of 2017 the group project was to participate in the International Ploughing Match by creating painted doors as entries into the Avenue of Art at the fair grounds. The BAG members had been on the look out for a suitable group project for this summer and the Goderich Co-op Mosaic seemed to be a perfect idea. Earlier this summer they approached the Photography Club of Bayfield (PCoB) and with the help of Angela Kaptein they came together to make this summer creative collaboration a reality.
A photograph, was selected by members of the PCoB. The image, not yet seen by guild members, was sized and divided into 16 equal parts. Sixteen of our members were given a 1/16th size numbered piece of the picture and a 16x20 inch canvas. Each artist was directed to interpret the image in whatever way that they chose using their own style with the only caveats being the importance of sizing the image so that when put together, the pieces of the mosaic would line up to meet the adjacent pieces and a suggested palette to ensure some visual consistency throughout the finished work.
As the BAG is a relatively young organization, there is a lot of enthusiasm and excitement about group projects and what started with some anxiety and uncertainty about participation by members, turned into a full-on desire to participate.
“While only 16 members were involved in painting the sections for the finished mosaic, we had overwhelming membership involvement in the planning and creating the finished piece and we know without a doubt that everyone will be keen to be creating paintings for our next shared effort!” said Mary Stephenson BAG member.
The image which has not yet been seen in its entirety will be a surprise to the BAG members, artists and community as it is unveiled at the Bayfield Public Library on the morning of Aug. 11.
“Everyone is invited to come out to see what our Bayfield Artist Guild was able to create in partnership with the Bayfield Photo Club!” said Stephenson.
This collaborative creation will be mounted and on display outside the Bayfield Library from Aug. 11–18.
“Many thanks to Goderich Co-op for the idea, the Bayfield Photography club for their participation, Photographer Jack Pal for use of his image, the Bayfield Artist Guild members for their support, artistic endeavors and making the project actually come together! As well our thanks to the Municipality of Bluewater for their support and the Bayfield Library for hosting our Creative Collaboration!” Stephenson concluded.
Forestry, fishing and fields theme of Community Fair
The popular Bayfield Community Fair returns this Aug. 17-19, with a Forestry, Fishing and Fields theme. Community volunteers and staff from Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) are leading engaging activities around this theme in the Discovery Tent on the Saturday and Sunday.
The hosts will facilitate forestry, fishing, and fields activities from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on the Saturday and from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the Sunday. There will also be static displays from noon to 4 p.m. on the Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the Sunday.
“This year’s theme of Forestry, Fishing, and Fields is important for our watershed community,” said Mari Veliz, Healthy Watersheds manager with ABCA. “From a watershed perspective, these three things are closely woven together. Feeding people, planting trees and creating habitat for fish and other species are all ways we work together to create a stronger economic and environmental future. The community’s direction to us is to protect and enhance water, soil and living things and the Forestry, Fishing and Fields theme fits well with that work.”
There will be activities and displays for all ages in the Discovery Tent, according to staff. There will be prizes too. Organizers say the activities in the tent will be fun and they will also be an active way to learn about trees, soil and fish in our watershed.
“On behalf of the Board of Directors, convenors, members and volunteers, I would like to welcome you to our 162nd Community Fair in Bayfield,” said Jentje Steenbeek, Bayfield Fair president. “We are blessed once again to host a traditional fair celebrating the achievements and success of our rural community in one of the most picturesque communities situated along Ontario’s West Coast.”
The Fair President said the theme of Forestry, Fishing and Fields will help to highlight some of the great Bayfield area attributes including thriving agricultural production, a beautiful location on the shores of Lake Huron, and local creative talents. Steenbeek added that the 2018 theme is sure to “give creative inspirations that inspire all residents and visitors as they create beautiful entries in the many categories offered at the fair this year.”
To learn more about the Bayfield Fair visit bayfieldfair.ca
Sunset on Summer on horizon
The Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society (BTHHS) is hosting its fifth annual “Sunset on Summer” family picnic on Saturday, Sept. 1 on the grounds of the Bayfield Town Hall (and in case of rain at the Bayfield Arena).
Music runs from 4-7 p.m. and food will be served from 4:30-7:30 p.m. This year roasted potatoes will be included with the traditional BBQ chicken, baked beans, coleslaw, a roll and dessert.
Bring your guests or you can enjoy take-out. Entertainment will be provided by “The Cosmic Cowboys”, from London, ON, 2017 Jack Richardson Music Awards nominee in the Folk/Roots category. Activities include a Kiddy Korner (with help from The Purple Peony) for the children. As always, there will be a cash bar for adults.
Once again, the event will include a silent auction with a variety of fun items. Also, the Bayfield Lions’ Club will be selling prints of the photos chosen for the 2019 Bayfield calendar. The sale will take place from 4:30-7 p.m. with net proceeds being shared between the Town Hall and the Bayfield Lions’ Club.
The adult ticket price is $20 and children 12 years and younger are $10. The proceeds from this event will go towards replenishing the reserve funds necessary to maintain and preserve the 135-year-old Bayfield Town Hall.
The organizers are hoping that people will purchase their tickets early to ensure that sufficient quantities of food are ordered. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Town Hall at 519 565-5788 as well as through Ticketscene.ca. If you call the Town Hall, just leave a message and someone will get back to you. The Town Hall Box Office will be open from 1:30-3 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays starting Aug. 14, to buy or pick up your tickets. Tickets will also be available at the Bayfield Farmers’ Market during market hours on Friday, Aug. 17, 24 and 31, and at Fitness Classes in the Bayfield Arena.
As was done last year, the Town Hall, as an active member of Bayfield’s Blue Community initiative, has purchased non-toxic, biodegradable, cups, plates, bowls, and cutlery. Sunset on Summer will leave a smaller footprint on our environment.
This is a community event and the committee is looking for volunteers to help with serving food, set up, clean up, handling tickets sales for the beer/wine tent and clearing tables. Anyone interested is asked to please email Diane at email@example.com.
update on bridge replacement
Editor's Note:The following is an update on the Bayfield River Bridge replacement sent to interested parties on July 31.
The Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO) has retained McIntosh Perry Consulting Engineers Ltd. (MP) to carry out the Detail Design and Class Environmental Assessment (Class EA) study for the replacement of the Bayfield River Bridge on Hwy 21 (Bluewater Highway) in the Village of Bayfield, Municipality of Bluewater and County of Huron. A key map showing the location of the study area is attached.
Constructed in 1949, the existing bridge has reached the end of its service life and will be replaced with a new structure on the existing highway alignment. The Detailed Design and Class EA study is a continuation of a Preliminary Design and Class EA study that was completed to address the aging infrastructure (November, 2016).
The approved project involves a complete replacement of all bridge components, improvement to the vertical alignment to meet hydraulic requirements, embankment widening, pavement reconstruction/rehabilitation, drainage improvements, and replacement of curb, gutter, and guide rail on approaches. The new bridge will be a single-span steel arch structure, which will include two lanes, paved shoulders and a sidewalk on the west side of the bridge.
Construction staging at the bridge will involve a full closure with on-site detour via a temporary modular bridge. The temporary modular bridge will permit two-lane traffic and pedestrian crossings throughout construction, with the exception of temporary short-term road closures during daytime hours.
This Detailed Design is following the approved planning process for a Group “C” project under the Class Environmental Assessment for Provincial Transportation Facilities (2000). Public consultation will continue throughout the study, which will be regularly updated on the Project Website at www.bayfieldriverbridges.ca.
Upon completion of the study, an Environmental Screening Document (ESD) will be completed and placed on file at MTO. If required, the MTO will take measures to reduce the duration of any night work; an exemption to the Municipality of Bluewater noise by-law may be required if it is determined that night-work is necessary. Subject to funding and approvals construction is anticipated to commence in the fall of 2019 and is expected to take approximately 2 years.
Anyone who has questions or concerns about this project is encouraged to contact the MTO or MP project team at anytime:
Ms. Laura Donaldson, P. Eng., Project Manager
McIntosh Perry Consulting Engineers Ltd. 1-1329 Gardiners Road
Kingston, ON K7P 0L8
Tel: 613-542-3788 Ext. 3117
Toll free: 1-888-348-8991
Ms. Natalia Bartos, P.Eng., Project Engineer
Ministry of Transportation - West Region 659 Exeter Road
London, ON N6E 1L3
Toll Free: 1-800-265-6072
Anyone without concerns should also please advise the team promptly as this information is important to as well.
antique and vintage show
Jamie Thomas looked like she was ready to walk the red carpet in this fun number from the 80s during the Vintage Fashion Parade held at the 2017 event. This year the fashion parade will be held during Opening Night festivities. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)
Progress is a part of everything in life even a more than three decades old antique show! The 33rd annual show hosted by the members and friends of Trinity Anglican Church has a new name: the Bayfield Antique and Vintage Show and will be one day shorter this year.
Due to requests from vendors the show will be held on Friday and Saturday only, Aug. 10-11, at the Bayfield Arena.
Every newly monikered show deserves an Opening Night and one will be held on Friday from 6-9 p.m. This is the perfect time to mingle with dealers and enjoy some refreshments. Tickets for Opening Night purchased prior to Aug. 9 are $10 ($12 at the door). They are on sale now and can be reserved by calling 519 565-4102.Tickets are available at Brandon Hardware and JMR Collections on Main Street North.
In addition, visitors to the Opening Night should be on the lookout for models dressed in fashions of yesterday as part of a Vintage Clothing and Accessories Fashion Parade sponsored by JMR Collections on Main Street.
The fun of exploring through the antique and vintage items will continue into Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission will be $5.
As always, the fabulous Cafe will be open during show hours on Saturday when visitors can enjoy very reasonably priced sandwiches, sweets and cold beverages or coffee.
Proceeds from this event go toward Trinity Anglican Church’s needs and outreach.
Truth to Power
The powerful new movie “Truth to Power” by Al Gore is coming to the Bayfield Town Hall on Thursday, Aug. 9. starting at 7:30.
Ten years after the” Inconvenient Truth” movie brought climate change into the forefront of mainstream culture, Nobel Prize winner Al Gore has created a sequel, “Truth to Power”, in which he continues the tireless fight to educate the next generation of climate champions. Eye-opening and alarming, this movie shows that while the stakes have never been higher, the solutions to the climate crisis are still within our reach.
Introducing the movie and facilitating the discussion afterwards will be Professor Tom Davis, of Fanshawe College.
Be sure to mark your calendar and come to the once-only screening of this important movie. The film will commence at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free. However, your donations at the door will help the co-sponsors, Blue Bayfield and Bayfield River Valley Trail Association, offset the costs of the event. Surplus funds will be used to further the objectives of Blue Bayfield, BRVTA and other local organizations supporting environmental initiatives.
FOBL BOOK SALE
The Friends of the Bayfield Library (FOBL) will be holding their annual Book Sale at the Bayfield Public Library on the third weekend in August.
The times for the sale are: Saturday, Aug. 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 19 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Donations will be accepted of gently used, recent books, CDs, DVDs, games and puzzles for children and adults at the library on Aug. 13-16 from 1-5 p.m. only.
Please note that encyclopedias, manuals, magazines and textbooks will not be accepted. Books that are moldy or have torn pages will also be declined.
FOBL will also be selling their new canvas Book Bag to carry home book purchases.
All monies raised from the sale of the books and book bag go towards supporting the library and community programs.
Commercial Book Dealers are asked not to make their purchases until Sunday at 1 p.m.
FULL MOON HIKE
Join members of the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) at the pavilion in Clan Gregor Square on Aug. 26 for a walk under the light of the full moon.
Starting at 8 p.m. hike through the village to the edge of the woods at Sarnia Street and the official start of the Woodland Trail.
Once in the woods hikers will enjoy the beauty of the ravines, old pastures and glacial hills as they walk along old gravel quarry roads, lumber paths and deer trails.
The trail is approximately 5 KMs long and the difficulty is level 3. The hike will take approximately two hours. Please bring a head lamp or flashlight in the event that the special guest, the full moon is hidden by clouds.
The hike leader will be Roberta Stemp, 519 565-2777.
The Bayfield Agricultural Society (BAS) will benefit from the bar proceeds of an upcoming concert organized by the folks at the Bayfield Concert Series, LP Productions. The money will go toward the fund for a new animal display and storage building at Agricultural Park.
Barney Bentall will be appearing live at the Bayfield Town Hall with guests Ryan Malcolm and Justin Evans on Aug. 16. The doors open at 7 p.m. with the music to start at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are available now for $40 from Shop Bike Coffee Roasters and River Road Brewing and Hops in Bayfield as well as Ernie King Music in Goderich or online at ticketscene.ca
First Aid Courses
Bayfield Guiding is organizing two community First Aid weekends.
Standard First Aid with CPR C and AED Courses will be held at Trinity Anglican Church in Bayfield on Aug. 25-26 or Sept. 22-23.
Saturdays will begin at 9 a.m. while Sundays will commence at 11 a.m. Cost is $129 plus HST
Must have a group of eight minimum for the course to happen. Cost of course decreases as attendance increases so please invite others to join. Courses are open to people 12 years of age and up.
Please contact Melody Falconer-Pounder at 519 525-3830 or firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a spot with preferred dates. Keep in mind that the course can be taken over the two weekends if that is more convenient. For example: Day 1 – Aug. 25 Day 3 - Sept. 23.
How many among us take notice of certain symbols that remind us of someone special who no longer walks the earth? Hearing the striking lilt of a birdcall, sighting a butterfly flitting by or spotting a feather on the ground are all fine examples of these signs.
In recognition of these the Huron Residential Hospice is holding an event in Pioneer Park on Sept. 9 that will allow community members to honor the memory of loved ones or beloved pets in a symbolic way at a Butterfly Release.
This second annual event will be held from 1:30-4 p.m. Those who attend should bring their own lawn chair or blanket to sit on.
Please go to www.eventbrite.ca to purchase your butterfly prior to Aug. 24. Monarch butterflies are $25 each.