contest to determine who starts the water flowing
The Bayfield Breeze is pleased to announce a coloring contest to determine the young person that will be given the honor of pushing the button to start the water flowing at the opening ceremonies for the Clan Gregor Square Splash Pad. Download PDF file and print it out! See full contest details in the article.
BY MELODY FALCONER-POUNDER
Ground is scheduled to break on the construction of the Clan Gregor Square Splash Pad on June 3 and the Bayfield Optimist Club is planning a Grand Opening Celebration on June 30.
With regards to fundraising, Mike Dixon, Optimist chair of the project said, “We are very nearly there, every little bit of support that comes in now will surely help us reach our goal for the project.”
In fact the red on the thermometer placed in Clan Gregor Square close to the Splash Pad’s location grows ever nearer the top.
A committee has been established to create a celebration reflective of the overwhelming support the project has received from the community and beyond. Juno Award nominated and Parent’s Choice Award Winner, “Music with Brian” has been booked to perform in the park prior to all of the splashing.
And this week the Bayfield Breeze is pleased to announce a coloring contest to determine the young person that will be given the honor of pushing the button to start the water flowing at the opening ceremonies. Children aged eight years and under are invited to enter by printing off and coloring this page and handing it in at either JMR Art Gallery or Brandons Hardware, both in Bayfield, or scanning and emailing it to email@example.com on or before June 16. A limited number of hard copies will also be available at the gallery and the hardware store. All colored entries will be placed in a random draw. The winner will be announced in the June 19 issue of the Bayfield Breeze. The opening ceremonies will take place on June 30 at 1 p.m.
Katerina Mertikas, of Ottawa, a regular contributor to the gallery walls at JMR Art Gallery, was the artist behind the coloring page. Favorite subjects for Mertikas are children at play so she was the perfect choice for the project. The coloring page proved to be a challenge for her as she is used to bringing her very fluid and spontanteous style to life using bright, bold acrylics.
“I love vivid colors. I love the feeling that painting creates within me, especially when I’m bringing to life the joy and excitement of children. I try to capture life’s happiest and most special moments on every canvas I paint,” she said.
The Optimist Club of Bayfield is very excited to bring "Music with Brian" to the village as entertainment for the opening celebrations for the Clan Gregor Square Splash Pad on June 30. (Submitted photo)
In fact Mertikas couldn’t resist adding color to the image so the children won’t be the only ones getting creative. She is planning to create an original painting from the coloring page. Once completed this piece will be on display at JMR Gallery and everyone who wishes to do so will have the chance to place a silent bid on it with proceeds from the winning (highest) bid going to the “Making A Splash” Campaign. The silent auction will take place over the summer months and Mertikas herself would like to visit Bayfield to present the painting to the winner in September. A show of her work will be held as part of the gallery’s Featured Artists series from Sept. 5 to 22.
Mertikas is passionate about giving back and is thrilled when her work can be used toward helping important causes. UNICEF, the Canadian Lung Association, Juvenile Diabetes Association and many other Canadian companies have used her art to be printed on cards, stamps, and calendars to raise funds for their charities.
The Municipality of Bluewater approved the Optimist Club’s proposal for creating a Splash Pad in Clan Gregor Square in September of 2012. At their Apr. 15 meeting council gave the final go ahead for the Splash Pad. It was also announced at the council meeting that Openspace Solutions Inc., of Waterloo, ON had been selected to oversee the project.
Groups network over the most important meal of day
After the Mayor's Breakfast several participants posed for a picture. L-r: MPP Lisa Thompson (holding the new Bayfield pillow), Mayor Bill Dowson, Philip Keightley (with the monetary donations for the Bayfield Food Bank), Ian Matthew, of the BACC; Dave Jewitt, of OLG, Dave MacLaren, of Bluewater Heritage Committee; MP Ben Lobb, Jenna Ujiye, of HTA, Rick Sickinger, of HCCSD; and Roger Lewington, of BACC. (Photos by Deb Grasby)
The Bayfield and Area Chamber of Commerce (BACC) held their Annual Mayor's Breakfast on May 17 at the Bayfield Town Hall.
Rick Sickinger, cultural development officer, from the Huron County Cultural Services Department, was the guest speaker. He spoke on the development of a cultural plan in Huron County, and the value of the many cultural assets in Bayfield and area that were revealed through the mapping process that was completed last year.
Mark Cassidy, business development officer for Bluewater added some comments and also talked about the value of cultural events to the community, offering the Bach Music Festival as an example. Huron Tourism Marketer, Jenna Ujiye gave an update on the current Huron Tourism Association season.
In attendance were: Mayor Bill Dowson, Bluewater Council members, MP Ben Lobb, MPP Lisa Thompson, Central Huron Reeve Jim Ginn as well as BACC, community group and service club members. The event was sponsored by OLG. Dave Jewitt brought greetings from OLG. He attended along with other OLG representatives, Julie Shannon, Jason Kerr, Leigh Bradley, Peggy VanMierlo West and Genny Smith.
Lobb and Thompson both brought greetings to the breakfast. Dave MacLaren chair of the Bluewater Heritage committee gave an overview of the committee’s work and priorities for the coming year.
Roger Lewington, of the BACC, provided an update on the chamber’s activities as well as a run down on a number of the events that are sponsored by local community groups.
Lewington also talked about the BR+E study that was done several years ago and the three key outcomes, which the BACC continues to work on, including: Main Street revitalization, developing tourism opportunities, and developing the creative economy. He shared the chamber’s ongoing progress with these keys and in particular noted the value of the creative economy by giving the Virtual Highschool as an example that now has 22 administrative staff and 83 teachers with an overall growth rate of almost 26 per cent.
The Mayors Breakfast, held on May 17, coincided with the launch of the BACC Bayfield Pillow, which will be sold at upcoming events including the Sail and Canvas Festival. Jenna Ujiye, with the Huron Tourism Association, tested the pillow's "hugablity" at the event.
DaVinci Ristorante and Art Gallery provided the breakfast. The newest additions to Main Street, The Pink Flamingo Bakery and Boutique, and the Charles Street Market provided some special treats as well. Clay and Gourmet also provided local culinary items for the event.
Ian Matthew, of the BACC, introduced Dowson and noted he was nominated for and awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) for his work in local government. Mayor Dowson responded that he was pleased to attend the event. He also commented on the value of the work that is done by community groups and the BACC in the area.
Five hundred dollars, and some food items, were collected for the Bayfield Food Bank (Feed My Sheep) at the event.
Those who attended the Mayor’s Breakfast also got a first hand look at the Bayfield pillow as its sale was 'launched' at the event.
What do the numbers 43-33-81-47 have in common? Well, they are the figures for the village’s longitude and latitude. These coordinates are screen printed on a 100 per cent linen pillow with feather filler. The pillows measure 12” X 20” and have a zipper.
This project was the vision of the Sail and Canvas Committee with a view to putting the village name in the hands and homes of visitors and residents alike.
Inspirations on Main Street has pillows available for purchase. They will be sold for $40 (cash only). It will also be available at the BACC booth on Main Street during the Sail and Canvas Festival, June 15-16.
Deb Grasby will also be happy to make arrangements for pick up and/or local delivery of the Bayfield pillow. She can be reached by phone at 519 565-5142 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tree Project completes first phase of planting this spring
The Bayfield Tree Project (BTP) began their spring planting on the morning of May 14. A total of 14 trees were planted including: five Red Oaks, three Autumn Blaze Maples, four Sycamores, a Kentucky Coffee and a Hawthorne.
Trees were planted on William Street, located on the east side of Hwy 21 between Euphemia Street to the north and Elizabeth Street to the South. Plus, an "infill" tree was planted on Louisa Street and one on Howard Street.
“A big thank you to everyone who has donated money or services to the tree planting including: the Municipality of Bluewater, Bayfield River Valley Trail Association, Tuckersmith Communication Co-operative and the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority,” said Ainslie Willock, a BTP member.
The Bayfield Tree Project's further goals for 2013 are to plant several large shade trees behind the old library building, as part of the Bayfield Library Reading Garden Project, once the initial landscaping has been completed.
“We'll also be contacting Villagers on Tuyll Street to consult on planting trees there this fall,” said Willock. “This will also include, planting nine trees, donated by the Pioneer Park Association, on the east side of Pioneer Park. We also hope to consult with residents on Hamilton Street (south of Cameron) to plant trees there.”
Spring planting by the Bayfield Tree Project began in earnest on the morning of May 14. L-r: Ryan Watterworth, of Verbeek's; Roma Harris, Susan Drew, Bill Aberhart, all Bayfield Tree Project (BTP) members and Mark Falconer, of Verbeek's Farm and Garden Centre, of Clinton, gathered to celebrate the first planting of the year on a cold and wet day on William Street in the village. (Photo by Ainslie Willock)
Willock added that the BTP is exited to be planting trees on the north-east corner of Hwy 21 and Mill Road, once the work along the highway has been completed.
“This will help make the village’s south entrance very welcoming,” she said.
The BTP committee encourages everyone to take a moment and walk the Heritage Trail as they will be sure to notice the gorgeous young trees planted in previous seasons that are now thriving, many with blossoms.
“The first phase of our tree plantings is now completed. Enjoy!” said Willock.
A reminder to homeowners with new trees on their boulevards, once the spring rains end, trees need to be watered slowly and deeply once a week, for their first two years.
The Bayfield Tree Project committee is continuing their “Pennies for Trees” campaign and is happy to accept any spare change people wish to donate, including pennies that the government is phasing out of circulation. Just call 519 565-2518 and a members will be pleased to pick up your "change" to help plant trees in the village. All donations welcomed (donations over $20 receive a charitable receipt for tax purposes) visit: http://www.bayfieldtreeproject.com/donate.
iconic Women had roles in preparing for the fenians
Helen Latimer portrays, Mrs. Gemeinhardt, who was prepared for battle with, "Schnapps for everyone and apples from the farm!" (Submitted photos)
The Bloodless Battle of Bayfield is the next theatrical undertaking of the village’s merry band of thespians.
The production is a fundraiser for the Bayfield Historical Society and a new play written by Judy Keightley and Dave Gillians.
This next installment in the history of Bayfield will draw audiences in to a time when local men and women were preparing to rage battle against the dreaded Fenians.
Local talents will take on the roles of some historical figures and community icons including, Helen Latimer as Mrs. Gemeinhardt and Carol Thornley-Hall as Mrs. Woods.
The character of Mrs. Woods, played by Carol Thornley-Hall is quoted as saying, "Of course, we hid our portrait of Queen Victoria!"
Performances of The Bloodless Battle of Bayfield are set for May 24 and 25 at 7:30 p.m. and May 26 at 2 p.m. at the Bayfield Town Hall. Tickets cost $15 and are available from Sandy Scotchmer, at 519 565-2830 and Barbara Brown, at 519 565-5187. In addition, tickets are available at the Bayfield Archives Building on Main Street on May 22 and 23 from 1-4 p.m. Refreshments will also be available at the performances.
society to learn about repository of Blyth history
Janis and Brock Vodden will be the featured speakers at the regular monthly meeting of the Bayfield Historical Society (BHS) on May 27.
The Voddens run the Repository of Blyth History and will talk about the repository as a means for collecting and storing important historical information. They began this venture out of personal interest 12 years ago and since then it has become a recognized and valuable repository of not only family histories but also of events, businesses, churches and organizations with roots in the Blyth community. They have assembled approximately 300 binders related to Blyth’s history.
The couple has many experiences and personal stories to share about their work. They research family histories in order to help answer questions. Individuals have provided them with valuable information about Blyth families and businesses.
The reach of the Repository is worldwide. Brock claims the reward for his work comes from many sources but especially from the fact that ordinary families not mentioned in any formal historical information can find something about their roots in the Repository of Blyth History.
The BHS regular meeting will be held at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building starting at 7:30 p.m.
The Bluewater Area Family Health Team (BAFHT) is community sponsored and currently has openings on their board to serve a three-year term.
To be a board member candidates must reside in or work in the Municipality of Bluewater. This volunteer board meets once a month. As the BAFHT grows to meet the Ministry of Health requirements, the board will play an important role in strategic planning.
Interested individuals should have a background in health care, business, finance, human resources or law. Anyone with an interest in giving back to the community in this capacity should submit a letter of interest to Geoff Douglas, chair of the BAFHT, PO Box 98, 43 Main Street, Zurich, ON N0M 2T0 by June 7.
The Friends of the Bayfield Library (FOBL) has been created to promote the library as essential to the community’s quality of life.
Anyone wishing to learn more about what the FOBL is doing should plan to attend their Annual General Meeting on June 8 in the Library Community Room. The meeting shall begin at 10 a.m.
The membership fee for the FOBL is $10, to join please email email@example.com.
The First Annual Bayfield Town Hall Community Lunch on May 27 promises participants great food and good fun.
Community members are invited to attend, share a meal with their neighbors, and watch a presentation about what the Bayfield Town Hall contributes to the village lifestyle.
The luncheon will begin at 11:30 a.m. at the town hall. Tickets are $10 a person and are available by calling Pat McDougall at 519 565-2572.
words of wellness
Pharmacist Michael Ibrahim, of Bayfield, will be one of the featured presenters at the next in the Alexandra Marine and General Hospital Foundation’s (AMGHF) “Words of Wellness Lecture Series on May 23.
Ibrahim, along with Pharmacists Mark Aitken and Shelley Van Aaken will speak on the topic, “Rx for Your Health” – optimizing medication use in the community.
This evening will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Huron County Museum in Goderich. Tickets are available at Pharmasave Michael’s Pharmacy in Bayfield or from the AMGHF office, 519 524-8508. The cost is $20 per person.
chamber of commerce
Calling all ladies! The Bayfield and Area Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring its first ever Girls' Getaway Weekend, May 31-June 2.
Ladies have the choice of accommodation/meal packages at The Red Pump Inn, The Little Inn of Bayfield and Deer Park Lodge Resort. The weekend includes a Friday evening "welcome" cocktail party. Shop, relax on the beach or take in one of the optional Saturday morning activities - hiking, cycling, yoga, historic walking tour and an art workshop.
Local businesses are looking forward to welcoming ladies to Bayfield for the weekend and many will be offering special discounts and perks.
Already have your own home or cottage, but would still like to get in on the fun? No problem! “Local” women are invited to register for the Friday night cocktail party, Saturday morning activities and Saturday evening dinners. Also, The Red Pump and The Little Inn are offering special Friday evening dinners anyone who wishes to attend a Friday evening dinners should contact them directly to make a reservation.
Register online at bayfieldgetaway.ca. And be sure to check out the Girls Getaway Weekend in Bayfield Facebook page!
blyth festival singers
The Blyth Festival Singers have sung their way round the world this year and are returning home in their latest performance to be held June 1.
The singers’ popular Dinner Cabaret and Silent Auction will once again be held at the Varna Complex. The choir will explore their “Canadian Connections” during the evening.
The doors of the complex will open at 6 p.m. with an open bar and a chance for attendees to get their auction bids in early. The renowned meal will be served by 6:30 p.m. followed by music, fun and merriment in a lively cabaret concert, ably emceed by veteran Duncan McGregor.
All the music will be Canadian and what a wonderful line-up of music is scheduled, everything from traditional ballads to rollicking and humorous songs from Ontario and across the country.
The singers swell with Canadian pride as they welcome David Archibald to their lineup. Archibald is a singer, songwriter, music producer and playwright in addition to being the cabaret’s guest performer this year.
Tickets are available at the Blyth Festival Box Office at 519 523-9300, The Dutch Store in Clinton, Finchers in Goderich and the Brussels’ Citizen Office or from any member of the Blyth Festival Singers. A limited number of tickets may even be available at the door, tickets for the evening are $25 for adults; $12, for children under 12.
The Blyth Festival Singers is a non-auditioned, community choir under the professional direction of Robert Blackwell. Averaging between 40-50 singers, the choir began in 1980, under the umbrella of the Blyth Centre for the Arts. Since then the singers have performed in Huron County and beyond, striving to present a high standard of choral singing. The Blyth Festival Singers are proud to have 104.9 The Beach as their media sponsor.
To some people, their Dog Guides are their eyes, to others, their means to live independently.
On Sunday, June 2, the Bayfield Lions’ Club will once again be hosting the annual local “Purina Walk for Dog Guides” to raise funds so that more Canadians with disabilities may have a Dog Guide. Although Dog Guides cost approximately $25,000 each to raise and train they are provided at no cost to eligible program participants. This walk takes place in 250 communities across Canada.
Canines and their humans are invited to dedicate one hour to take part in the walk.
Dogs are now being trained to offer six different kinds of support: Canine Vision, for people who are blind or visually impaired; Hearing Ear, for people who are deaf or hard of hearing; Special Skills, for people with a medical or physical disability; Seizure Response, for people with Epilepsy; Autism Assistance, for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder; and Diabetic Alert, a new Dog Guide offering as of this year.
The walk will start from behind the Bayfield Arena at 9 a.m. Registration and check-in starts at 8:30 a.m. Participants can also register and obtain pledge forms on-line at www.purinawalkfordogguides.com or by calling Lion Jerry Stirling at 519 482-7625 or Pal at 519 565-5340.
People do not have to have a dog to take part in the walk. Anyone who would like to make a pledge toward the overall Bayfield total can do so. Donations over $20 will receive a receipt for tax purposes.
After the walk, the human participants will be treated to free hot dogs, cookies and coffee while the canines have an opportunity to compete for prizes that have been donated by Purina.
sail and canvas festival
The Bayfield and Area Chamber of Commerce’s Sail and Canvas Festival will celebrate its 11th anniversary on the weekend of June 15-16. The Sail and Canvas Committee is looking for exciting, fresh talent to showcase their work.
Artists, artisans and digital artists who would like to participate should email a short bio and website address to firstname.lastname@example.org. If potential participants do not have a website they should email seven to 10 jpeg images of their work instead. Please put Sail and Canvas Committee/ Artist Participation in the subject line. The deadline to apply is May 31.
A committee will determine an artist’s acceptance in the festival. Artists not affiliated with a Bayfield art gallery must pay a $50 registration fee. This fee confirms their participation in the festival, helps advertise the weekend, ensures artists have a volunteer to watch over their set-up during breaks, an artist reception and coffee from the Bayfield cafes. The fee is non-refundable.
Artists are responsible for their own set-up. This involves a tent or umbrella structure, a way to hang work, a table, a chair and working materials. On Saturday, set-up would begin between 8-9 a.m. with artists working from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. An artist reception would follow at 5:30 p.m. On Sunday, artists are expected to work from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Some fun family friendly activities are also in the works for the festival and the Sail and Canvas Committee could use some help in preparing for one of these – a craft that will transform pop can tabs into jewelry!
But first they need the pop can tabs – lots of them. If our subscribers would be so kind as to start saving these, colored ones in addition to the regular silver tabs, it would be very appreciated. They can be dropped off at Inspirations on Main Street or South Shore Marina during regular business hours from now until festival weekend.
Trinity Anglican Church is hosting a special performance by the St. Paul’s Cathedral Choir from London, ON, June 9. They will perform as part of a Book of Common Prayer Choir Evensong beginning at 5 p.m.
“We are delighted to have them so generously offer their time to us to perform this unique and elegant piece,” said Rev. Wayne Malott, Bishop’s Vicar at Trinity Anglican. “A talented ensemble, they recently completed a Choral Festival with the choirs of St. Paul's Cathedrals of Detroit and Buffalo.”
The choir shares its musical ministry outside the cathedral when it travels, on some ten or so Sunday afternoons each year. At those times, they sing evensong or present a concert in the parish churches of the Huron Diocese – parishes which may be celebrating significant milestones in their history or perhaps just enjoying the opportunity to attend choral evensong in the Book of Common Prayer tradition.
“This evening is open to all who would enjoy this beautiful and spirit filled Anglican service,” said Rev. Malott.
A good will offering will be taken during the evening.
The Stewards of St. Andrew’s United Church would like to remind people of their upcoming Yard Sale on June 15 and to ask them to consider donating items to the sale as they empty closets and cupboards as part of the spring-cleaning ritual.
The Glee Sisters have almost wrapped up singing for the season but there is one more opportunity left to see and hear them.
Their last performance of the season will be May 24, at 2:30 p.m. at the Bluewater Rest Home in Zurich. There will be space for visitors and a social time will follow.
The executive of the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association would like to remind everyone that in accordance with their agreement with their trail landowner partners, the Woodland Trail will be closed from now until May 31 as a precaution during the spring Wild Turkey Hunt.
Other local trails such as the Sawmill Trail, the Varna Nature Trails, Bannockburn and Naftel’s Creek Conservation Areas will remain open; all offer wonderful opportunities for walking.
Friday, July 12 is the date set for the Pioneer Park Association’s Annual Rummage Sale and Silent Auction. But the event doesn’t happen overnight; in fact it is only a success if people remember the event when they are Spring cleaning. Organizers are now asking people to set aside their unique, nearly new, antique and quality castoffs for the sale that provides funds for the ongoing maintenance of Pioneer Park in addition to the lake bank restoration project.
Donors should be aware that clothing, magazines, encyclopedias, shoes, large appliances, televisions, building materials, mattresses, soiled or broken items, and baby furniture cannot be accepted. Sports equipment and electrical appliances must be CSA approved.
Pick up of large items will start in June. Donors can also drop off their contributions at the Bayfield Arena on July 11 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. or July 12 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
New volunteers are welcome to take part in this great community event. Organizers report that it is an excellent way to meet people!
Anyone wishing to volunteer, or for more information should contact the sale convenors: Claire Trepanier by email at email@example.com or Sandy Scotchmer at firstname.lastname@example.org.