Zurich's St. Boniface School production of the musical, "Annie Jr." is being staged not just tomorrow but today and Friday as well. Annie, played by Courtney Groot and Sandy the Dog, portrayed by Emily Corbett, would like to invite all in the community to attend the three 7 p.m. performances on Apr. 18-20 at the school. Tickets are $6, for adults; $3, for high school and post secondary students; and $2 for elementary school students. (Submitted photo)
all anyone needs for the home and garden at Lions' show
BY MELODY FALCONER-POUNDER
The Bayfield Lions’ Club’s Home and Garden Show, now in its 15th year, will bring together talents specializing in everything for your home both inside and out, Apr. 27-29.
“It really is one stop shopping,” said Charles Kalbfleisch, chair of the Bayfield Lions’ Club Home and Garden Show Committee, when speaking of the show’s organization. “There are exhibitors from all over Ontario trying to get in but we like to stress local Huron County people.”
There are 70 exhibitors registered for the show from across Huron County. The only time the Huron County mandate is relaxed is if the product the exhibitor is specializing in can’t be obtained in the local area.
The show, which takes over the Bayfield Community Centre and Arena, also features interior decorators, renovation specialists, hot tub and pool dealers, and a cross section of household necessities from furnishings to lawn mowers. Plus the growing trend to enhance a homes value through curb appeal will be highlighted by the landscape designers and garden specialists who will take part in the show.
Attendance at the show ranges from 2,500 to 4,000 visitors the fluctuation in numbers very often being weather and gas price dependent. Aside from Huron County residents, people from such locales as Sarnia, Stratford, London and Woodstock often attend the show.
“People say they enjoy coming to our show because it is smaller than the big city shows and they get an opportunity to talk to the professionals directly. The exhibitors like it because it often generates work for them,” he said.
There is no admission fee and those who attend and fill out a ballot will have a chance at two great door prizes. Bayfield Foodland has generously donated a $500 food voucher and the Bayfield Garage a propane gas barbecue.
For those who work up an appetite touring the exhibits a lunch counter is provided upstairs featuring home style cooking and pies. There will also be entertainment for the children with a clown offering face painting and balloon animals at unscheduled times throughout the weekend.
According to Kalbfleisch, the show is the Bayfield Lions’ Club’s major fundraiser of the year.
“All the money generated from the show is given locally for example we donated $5,000 to the Goderich and Area Disaster Relief Fund,” he said.
The show hours are Friday, 5-9 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
BHS hopes to surpass last year's record breaking exhibition
Organizers of the Bayfield Historical Society’s (BHS) Collector Show and Exhibition, now in its 12th year, are hoping that history will repeat itself on Apr. 21 and 22.
The society hosted a record-breaking show in 2011 with regards to attendance and revenue raised.
The Bayfield show is now Southwestern Ontario’s largest collectors’ exhibition as well as the BHS’s biggest fundraiser of the year. Exhibits are chosen because they are unique, unusual, interesting and eclectic.
Area merchants and friends of the BHS are once again busy donating valuable items for the Silent Auction. As the silent auction item list evolves so will the display of items shown in the Bayfield Archives window on Main Street. The bidding on all donated items will end at 4 p.m. on the Sunday of the show.
Another favorite aspect of the annual show is the Antique Appraisal Service. People bring in their treasures to have their provenance and value assessed. Tim Saunders, owner of Three Squirrels Antiques, and a past president of the BHS, has over 20 years experience in antiques and collectibles and is a recognized specialist in the area. For a voluntary donation, he appraises up to three items for each individual.
The show will be held at the Bayfield Community Center both days from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The official opening ceremonies will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday.
BHS volunteers will also be operating a food booth for the convenience of visitors during the show.
For exhibitor or show information please contact: Phil Gemeinhardt at 519 482- 9230 or Binnie Sturgeon at 519 565-2376.
Guiding members offer mostly books for sale this saturday
Members of Bayfield and Clinton Guiding are busy preparing for their Mostly Book Sale this Saturday at Trinity Anglican Church, 10 Keith Cres. in Bayfield. Books, CDs, DVDs and VHS tapes will be available for purchase at the sale with proceeds going to their upcoming overnight at the Ontario Science Centre. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)
Bayfield and Clinton Guiding are teaming up to host a “Mostly Books Sale” on Apr. 21 in the Trinity Anglican Church Parish Hall from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
To make the sale a success the girls are now accepting gently used books of all genres with the exception of textbooks, encyclopedias and magazines. They are also collecting music CDs, VHS or DVD movies in good condition. Please no cassettes, records or older forms of media.
Books etc. can be given to members of Bayfield and Clinton Guiding or dropped of at the Bayfield Village Inn or Drs. Haney and Van Maanen’s Dental Office in Clinton from now until Apr. 20. For more information call 519 565-2443.
In addition on June 2, Clinton Guiding will host their 2nd annual “Family to Family Sale” from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Clinton Legion. Anyone wishing to purchase a table can learn more by contacting Kathy Kelly-Ingram at email@example.com. Tables are $15. There is no admission fee for shoppers.
Tickets are now available for the Seventh Annual Spaghetti Supper and Silent Auction this year hosted by Bayfield and Clinton Guiding. It will be held on May 9th at the Bayfield Village Inn. Tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for children 10 and under. This event is almost always a sell out so get your tickets early. Silent Auction donations are also greatly appreciated. Some fabulous stuff has already been donated including brunch for two at an area resort, framed photography and household items. To reserve tickets please call 519 565-2443.
The money raised from all of these events will go toward their combined year end adventure to the Ontario Science Centre in Toronto to take part in a Guiding sleepover.
NOMINATIONS OPEN FOR DIAMOND JUBILEE MEDAL
On Feb. 6, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II marked the 60th anniversary of her accession to the throne as Queen of Canada - an occasion marked only once before by her great-great grandmother, Queen Victoria, in 1897. In celebration of this event, a commemorative medal, the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, was created to recognize 60,000 outstanding Canadians of all ages and from all walks of life.
In honor of the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II accession to the throne, the Government announced the creation of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal to recognize outstanding Canadians.
“These medals provide an opportunity for Canadians to nominate and honor extraordinary citizens who have exemplified the true meaning of public service,” said MP for Huron-Bruce Ben Lobb, in a recent press release.
Nominations submitted to MP Lobb’s office must recognize the contributions of individuals residing in the Huron-Bruce electoral district.
To be eligible for this honor, a person:
- Must be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada, but need not necessarily reside in Canada
- Must have made a significant contribution to a particular province, territory, region or community within Canada, or an achievement abroad that brings credit to Canada
- Must have been alive on Feb. 6, 2012. The medal can be awarded posthumously, as long as the recipient was alive on that date.
Nominations (along with the nominator’s full name and a contact number) can be mailed care of:
Ben Lobb, MP Huron-Bruce, 30 Victoria Street North, Goderich, ON N7A 2R6
Nomination forms can be found by visiting the website. Please include the nominee’s full name, rank and title, home address, telephone number and a short statement explaining the reason for the nomination (40 words), inclusion of a photo is optional.
The deadline for submitting all nominations is June 15. Details on presentation ceremonies will be provided at a future date.
CPH AUXILIARY donates $15,000
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.
On Apr. 2, it was announced at the Annual General Meeting of the Auxiliary to CPH that the hospital benefited from 10,659 volunteer hours generously donated by dedicated auxiliary members during the past year.
Also at the AGM, Peggy Menzies installed the CPH Auxiliary including, Ann MacLean as president and Linda Dunford, as past president. In addition, there are 22 committee chairs.
A highlight of the meeting was the presentation to Darren Stevenson, representing the CPH Foundation, in the amount of $15,000.
It was noted that the auxiliary is proud to assist in enhancing care at CPH.
The regular meeting of the CPH Auxiliary followed the AGM. Details of upcoming events included, the Card Cavalcades in Blyth, Londesborough and Bayfield; Volunteer Appreciation Day, April 16; Hospital Auxiliaries Association of Ontario – South Central Region to be held at the Seaforth Legion in Seaforth, Apr. 30; Tag Day, May 4; Yard Sale, May 12; and Hot Dog Sale, June 15-16.
The CPH Auxiliary will meet next on May 7 at 9:30 a.m. in the CPH Conference Room. All are encouraged to attend and are welcome to bring a friend.
New play serious look at local woman's role in wWI
When locals speak of Bayfield’s contributions to the first and second world wars the boys who left to become men on the battlefield are often recalled. But one of the villagers who served with distinction was a woman and she is now the focus of a new play being presented by the Bayfield Historical Society (BHS).
Nursing Sister, A. Maude Stirling, served with the #4 University Base Hospital from Toronto during World War I. She was awarded the Royal Red Cross by King George V at Buckingham Palace.
The play, “A Woman at War – The Maud Stirling Story” is the latest work by Judy Keightley of Bayfield.
“This is a serious drama unlike my previous plays that have tended to be very light hearted. It is a story about remarkable bravery under extreme conditions,” said Keightley.
The play will run from May 24-27 at the Bayfield Town Hall. All performances will start at 8 p.m. with the exception of the Sunday on which there will be a 2 p.m. matinee performance.
Tickets are selling for $12 per person. There will be a cash bar.
“Rehearsals have already started. We have a superb and enthusiastic cast and everyone is very excited about the play. Once again the community has risen to the challenge,” Keightley concluded.
truth in the old adage "laughter is the best medicine"
Dr. Ken Shonk, Canada’s leading authority on laughter will be in Bayfield on Apr. 26 to present the topic, “Laughter is the Best Medicine”.
This is the first of three lectures in the series “Words of Wellness” sponsored by the Alexandra Marine and General Hospital Foundation (AMGHF).
Dr. Shonk has had a family practice in Kitchener, ON since 1972 and has a special interest in Pediatrics and Palliative Care. He writes a monthly health column and has completed over 700 speaking engagements in the last 15 years, including everything from 30-minute talks to half-day seminars for 50 to 2,000 people at a time. He concentrates on, and looks at the history, physiology and biochemistry uses of humor in medicine and everyday life.
He also looks at the application and uses of humor in stress management, relationships, parenting and the aging process.
The lecture will be held at the Bayfield Town Hall. Admission is $20. Refreshments will be served at 7:30 p.m. followed by Dr. Shonk’s presentation at 8 p.m.
As an added treat, four local artists will show their work at this event. The featured artists will be Kaaren Batten, Michele Miller, Bethany Davidson and Paula Letheren.
All proceeds from the lecture series will assist in purchasing equipment for the Alexandra Marine and General Hospital.
Tickets are available by contacting the AMGHF at 519 524-8689 ext. 5349 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. or Ray Letheren at email@example.com.
The Auxiliary for the Clinton Public Hospital will be rolling into the village on Apr. 20 for their annual fundraising Card Cavalcade.
The day will begin at 1 p.m. with a Bridge Party followed by Euchre and Games at 7 p.m. Both events will be held at St. Andrew’s United Church and will include dessert and coffee for $5 a person.
Looking for a great selection of perennials, annuals, bulbs and even house- plants? Then look no further than the Spring Plant Sale hosted by the Bayfield Garden Club.
This sale is scheduled for May 12 from 9-11 a.m. Club members will set up shop in Clan Gregor Square across from the Bayfield Town Hall. It is suggested to come early to choose from the best variety available.
The members of Knox Presbyterian Church in Bayfield are pleased to announce that Camp Kintail is returning to the village for a third summer of day camp fun!
The local church partners with the area Presbyterian Church Camp and offers a Christian based Day Camp every Wednesday at the church during July and August.
To fund this community outreach program, the Women of Knox are currently holding their annual Mother’s Day plant fundraiser to help cover the costs for the upcoming summer Wednesday Day Camps.
Available to purchase from members of the congregation are 12 inch” Pansy Urns, $17; 10 inch Patio Planters, $17; 10 inch Hanging Baskets of multi-colored Mission Bells, $18; six packs of 4 ½ inch Geraniums, $19.50; and $10 gift cards for those who wish to create their own baskets and planters. These beautiful plants are provided through Huron Ridge Acres.
The deadline to order is Apr. 22 and delivery to your home is on May 11 just in time for Mother’s Day.
To order please contact any member of the Knox congregation or leave a message at the church (519) 565-2913 and someone will return your call as soon as possible.
Members of the Bayfield Optimist Club are hoping that a whole river full of rubber ducks will be sold for their third annual Rubber Duck Race on May 20.
The race will be held between the piers at the harbor’s mouth at 1 p.m. on the Sunday of the Victoria Day weekend.
Only 500 ducks are available and tickets are on sale now from club members. This year they will cost $5 each or five tickets for $20.
Three lucky people will earn bragging rights and fabulous prizes when their ducks are the first to cross the finish line. The following prizes will be awarded to the three fastest ducks: 1st place, BBQ, donated by Bayfield Garage-Auto Pro; 2nd place, $200 gift certificate for Walmart, donated by Brian Coombs Remax Bluewater Realty Inc.; 3rd place, 18 holes of golf for two people and a cart donated by Bluewater Golf Course.
Proceeds from the event will be used for youth related community projects.
Authors and more
Music fans and history lovers will be excited to learn about a couple of events being organized by The Village Bookshop.
Musician and author, Dave Bidini will make two appearances in the village on Apr. 20. As part of the Bayfield Concert Series, The Bidiniband will play the Bayfield Town Hall at 8:30 p.m. that night but fans can catch him at The Village Bookshop prior to the concert, as he will hold a book signing there at 6 p.m. Bidini’s book entitled, “On a Cold Road” was a 2012 Canada Reads finalist. It has been described as a memoir and a celebration of the Canadian music scene. Tickets to the concert are now available through ticketscene.ca and are selling for $30 per person.
Then on June 24, The Village Bookshop’s Books and Brunch will return as Hugh Brewster, celebrated Titanic expert and author of “RMS Titanic: Gilded Lives Fatal Voyage” will be the featured speaker for a luncheon. This very special event held in the 100th year since the great ship went down will begin at 12:30 p.m. at The Little Inn of Bayfield. Tickets are available now for $35 per person. For more information call the bookshop at 519 565-5600.
If quitting smoking is on your to do list the Bluewater Area Family Health Team (BAFHT) can help. They have information about products and strategies to help people quit.
BAFHT Nurse Practitioner, Joanne King and Huron County Health Unit Public Health Nurse, Maryanne Turner will host a free Quit Smoking Workshop starting on Apr. 23.
The workshop will provide tips and tools to quit smoking. It will run for four weeks on Mondays from 7-8:30 p.m. It will be held at the office of the BAFHT, 43 Main Street in Zurich. Please call 519 236-4314 to register.
Another exciting series of Toronto Film Circuit films brought to you by the Bayfield Film Society at the Bayfield Town Hall have begun. The films will be shown on the second Thursdays of the month at 7:30 pm.
Those without a subscription can still attend as a limited number of tickets can be purchased at the door for $10 per film.
The spring schedule of films includes: 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.
For more information contact: Lynn Gillians, 519 565-5884 or by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org; or Margo Robeson, 519 565-2827 or e-mail Margo10510@comcast.net.
The Bayfield Ratepayers Association (BRA) exists to: represent the interests of permanent and summer residents; maintain the desirable residential features of the village; keep members informed of matters that affect them as ratepayers/tenants; and to foster projects in the interest of the municipality as a whole.
The BRA is currently looking for three volunteers to join the board of directors. Candidates do not need to be a full time resident to be a member of the BRA Board. Anyone who would like to learn more about becoming a director should contact Ainslie Willock at email@example.com or 519 565-2469.
It is also time for BRA membership renewals, new members are also always welcome, to join or renew please contact Sondra Buchner at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The BRA Executive would like to remind everyone that their monthly meetings are held for all to attend. The next Board meeting will be May 5th at 9 a.m. In addition the Spring General Meeting has been scheduled for May 19 at 10 a.m. Both of these meetings will be held at the Bayfield Lions' Community Building. Those who attend will learn the latest about the Library Complex, Post Office, the Blue Flag Program and water quality in the Bayfield watershed.
Reminders of the monthly meetings can be found on the Post Office Notice Board and on the BRA website: http://bra.camp8.org/.
festival of song
The Bayfield Town Hall will once again be filled with the sound of world-renowned musical talents when the sixth annual Bayfield Festival of Song returns to the village for concerts on the first two weekends of June.
The Aldeburgh Connection Artistic Directors Stephen Ralls and Bruce Ubukata are offering up a variety of unique experiences for music lovers.
Tickets for the festival are now available at The Village Bookshop. For those planning their summer social calendar here are the dates of note: on the first festival weekend, June 2-3, three concerts will be held; the popular Master's Class followed by a Bistro Night at the Little Inn is set for June 7; the second week-end, June 8-10, will feature four concerts.
During the Festival week, Ralls and Ubukata will again tour area schools with their "troupe." The school program has proven very popular.
Look for details on the exciting performers in the Bayfield Breeze as the dates for the festival draw closer.
One Care continues to sponsor 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.
Please note that on Friday, Apr. 27, the Dancefit and Toning Classes will be temporarily moved to the Stanley Complex in Varna. The Stretching Class will be cancelled. Also there will be no classes on Apr. 30.
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 at 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.
All are invited to join Zumba Bayfield! The group meets every Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. in the Bayfield Community Center. The cost is $10 per class. Zumba is a Latin inspired, easy to follow and calorie burning dance fitness party. For more information contact Jamie Thomas via email at email@example.com or join the Facebook Group