LIONS MEMORABILIA SOUGHT FOR ANNIVERSARY DISPLAY
Back in 2019, Bayfield resident Carolyn Snell shared this image of the Bayfield Lioness Club taken in November of 1975 with the Bayfield Breeze. The names of the Lioness pictured were written on the back and can be found in the photo below. Perhaps others in the community have similar Lions and Lioness memorabilia that they would like to share with the current Lions Club members as they prepare for their 75th anniversary. (Photos courtesy Carolyn Snell)
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Are there Lions in your attic?
This year the Bayfield Lions’ Club members are celebrating 75 years of service to the community. In addition to several big projects to commemorate the occasion, they are gathering items to display at an upcoming event. And the community is requested to help!
“Even a quick glance through our history shows many names that began with founding our club in 1947, helped with building the arena (twice), initiated different area programs, and supported community efforts in countless ways. The descendants of most of these people are still in the area,” said Kathy Gray, with the Bayfield Lions’ Club. “For that reason, if you have pictures, videos or stories of Lions or Lioness in your home, please share with me. I will be sure to return your property to you, or you could even scan photos and email with the description.”
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to share items.
SUPPORT THE BAYFIELD FAIR BY PURCHASING MEMBERSHIP
Five months from now the annual Bayfield Community Fair will be taking place in Bayfield’s Agricultural Park. The tent is booked, the midway will be arriving and entertainment is being arranged. The prize book will likely be ready and available in a month. According to Doug Yeo, representing the Bayfield Agricultural Society (BAS), “The planning is well on track.”
Yeo went on to say that many people ask how they can assist the BAS.
“The easiest way would be to take out a membership, which will amount to $5, to show your commitment to the Society. On the website, www.bayfieldfair.ca, there is a link labelled, “JOIN TODAY” at the top right-hand side. You can pay online. If you are uncomfortable using online links, contact any Board Member and they will look after you,” said Yeo. “If you want to get more involved, contact email@example.com and outline what your interests are. There are so many committees that there will be something that will interest you. If you like to organize, there are a few spots where your skills would be most welcome.”
According to Yeo, Agricultural Societies are community-based organizations that promote an awareness of agriculture whether it is the growing or eating portion, but they also pull the community together with a full weekend of activities.
There haven’t been many exhibits for the last two years, noted Yeo. He invited people to make a personal resolution to enter a section if they have never done so before.
“It’s a good time to look for your giant vegetable seeds to enjoy being part of the group of people who coddle one or two special plants to test whether they are the biggest. T & T Seeds in Winnipeg, Canadian Organic Seed Company in Ontario, or Ontario Seed Company are a few seed companies that carry winning seed. All it needs is to be planted and possibly a couple of other things!” said Yeo.
A new Sunday Market will be held on the grounds this year. The market will be held from May 22 to Sept. 4 and run by Kevin Morrison and Patrick Foster.
“They are proven business owners with great reputations to create successful enterprises. Their market concept will enhance the local businesses and will draw people into Bayfield. The Sunday Market will hopefully become a destination market for the region. Their goal is to include not only vendors but artisans, food trucks and entertainment to support the community culture, business and agri-business. We are excited that the market is now totally reinvented as we move away from the pandemic restrictions. Each Sunday will have a different theme and it will be an entertaining place to attend. The Ag Society wishes them well in their market,” explained Yeo.
Yeo noted that they are also requesting high school students who would like to volunteer to contact them. They would also like to hear about what high school aged youth would like to see at the fair. All ages are welcome to join the BAS team.
CANDLES WILL LIGHT THE TAYLOR TRAIL
What the Candlelight Memorial Walk might look like on March 26. (Photo by Conrad Kuiper)
Last autumn, organizers started planning the Candlelight Memorial Walk after the Ontario Government offered to match all funds raised for the capital campaign at Huron Hospice. The initial vision was to create a Covid-safe fundraising event that would provide an opportunity for residents of the area to enjoy a unique experience in a magical candlelit setting.
Each candle flame would poignantly evoke the memory of a loved one. However, Global events are having an impact. The contrast between the darkness of the nighttime forest and the flickering light can also be interpreted as a metaphor for despair and hope.
It doesn’t really matter how someone interprets the event, it is sure to be memorable. Participants are invited to a self-guided hike between 7-9 p.m. at the Candlelight Memorial Walk on the Taylor Trail at the Stanley Complex in Varna on March 26. A filmed, dedication ceremony will be held at 8 p.m. near the beginning of the trail, where memorial names of loved ones will be read out. The ceremony will be posted on the Huron Hospice website so that family members anywhere in the world can view it at a later date.
Each donation will be represented on the nighttime trail by a flickering candle. Participants are asked to make tax-deductible donations from $30, $50 or $100. To donate, please go to www.huronhospice.ca/events
For anyone who would like to donate in person, Helen Varekamp will be at Huron Hospice, 37857 Huron Road, Clinton, between 2-3 p.m., each Thursday in March.
All proceeds will go toward the future Children’s Room at Huron Hospice.
The organizers are fervently hoping for a great weather forecast. In case of inclement weather, however, the alternate date is March 27. Please check the Huron Hospice website and Facebook on the morning of March 26 if it appears that the event may need to be postponed. For everyone’s safety, please no pets.
For more information call Dave Gillians at 519 565-5884
The Taylor Trailhead can be found at the Varna (Stanley) Complex, 5 km east of Bayfield on Mill Road. Please, no pets at this event.
DUNCAN McGREGOR DEFENDS MEMOIR
The countdown continues as the date for Bayfield Reads grows closer. This tradition corresponds with CBC’s Canada Reads. Just as they will do on the National level, Bayfield will choose their winner for this annual event determining the results with the help of a slate of local defenders.
The Village Bookshop invites everyone to join them for Bayfield Reads on Sunday, March 27 starting at 3 p.m. on ZOOM.
This year’s books and defenders are: “Five Little Indians’ by Michelle Good, defended by Abby Armstrong; “Scarborough” by Catherine Hernandez, defended by Sally Leitch; “What Strange Paradise” by Omar El Akkad, defended by Rachel Rishworth; “Life in the City of Dirty Water” by Clayton Thomas-Müller, defended by Duncan McGregor; and “Washington Black” by Esi Edugyan, defended by Ralph Blasting.
On Feb. 23, Abby Armstrong was introduced as the defender for the book, Five Little Indians, review Issue 559 to learn more. On March 2, Sally Leitch was presented as the defender of the book, Scarborough, see Issue 600. On March 9, Rachel Rishworth was introduced as the defender behind What Strange Paradise.
The fourth book on this year’s slate is Life in the City of Dirty Water by Clayton Thomas-Müller. A memoir, the book tells the story of the Cree author’s journey from drugs and gang life to becoming an activist and Land Defendor, all the while staying rooted in his warrior spirituality.
Defending Life in the City of Dirty Water is Duncan McGregor, an educator and theatre producer who moved to Blyth in 1990. A long-time fan of Bayfield (and The Village Bookshop!), this is Duncan’s second turn as a Bayfield Reads defender. At the moment, McGregor is reading his way through this year’s entire Canada Reads shortlist. His favorite book is another Canada Reads finalist, Timothy Findlay’s Not Wanted On The Voyage.
More details can be found at www.villagebookshop.ca The ZOOM link for the event is: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/82474629412.
SPRING PLANTING TOPIC OF SERIES FINALE
Katrina McQuail (Submitted photo)
The Friends of Bayfield Library (FOBL) and Huron County Library are pleased to co-sponsor the final speaker event in the Winter 2022 Saturdays at the Library series on March 26.
All are welcome to join the ZOOM meeting at 10:30 a.m.
The March speaker will be Katrina McQuail, whose topic will be “Get a Jump on Your Spring Planting.” This will be a lively presentation about starting seedlings indoors to get a head start on the garden. McQuail will cover such topics as being ready for the date desired to plant outside, various tricks for maximizing indoor growing space, and tips for growing vegetables and flowers.
McQuail grew up in northern Huron County at Meeting Place Organic Farm, which she now owns and operates. She was part of the farm as a youth and returned to farming in her twenties. McQuail learned everything she knows from her mother, Fran McQuail, who is an expert gardener with over 20 years of market gardening experience and over 30 years of experience in growing commercial seedlings. The farm offers a seedling sale in May of each year.
Anyone wishing to participate in the ZOOM meeting is asked to pre-register by clicking on the link provided on the FOBL website: www.fobl.ca