TREPANIER NEW PRESIDENT OF FOOD BANK
Claire Trepanier (right) was recently installed as President of the Bayfield Area Food Bank Board In the fall of 2021 she had the honor of presenting long-time volunteer Audrey Albiston (left) with a token thanks. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)
The Board of Directors for Bayfield Area Food Bank (BAFB) are pleased to announce that as of May 17 Claire Trepanier has taken on the position of President of the organization.
Trepanier has been serving as Vice President of BAFB and is also Chair of the Distribution Management Committee. In both those roles, she has brought much energy and initiative while demonstrating a genuine care and concern for clients and the service that BAFB strives to provide for them.
The new President brings with her an interesting and relevant background in charitable work, having worked with at-risk children in the city of Toronto, including reading programs with the Children’s Aid Society, and teaching gardens with an organization based in Regent Park called “Green Thumbs Growing Kids”.
Locally, she has served as Secretary for the Pioneer Park Association and assisted as Rummage Sale Convenor, a major fundraiser for Pioneer Park held in July.
“Our Board members are grateful to Claire for taking on the position of President of Bayfield Area Food Bank, and for planning as well to continue to manage our monthly distribution,” said Terry Henderson, past-president of BAFB. “Personally, I have enjoyed serving BAFB for over eleven years now, three of those years on the Board, and will continue as a Board member in the role of Past President for a further year. I will also be continuing to serve our food bank as Chair of the Client Liaison Committee. I am greatly looking forward to having more time to devote to the work of this committee.”
BAFB has had a busy number of years since its inception in 2019, however, many of the volunteers have been involved with the food bank for years prior, through the work of Trinity St. James’ Outreach Program known as “Feed My Sheep”.
“It has been exciting and humbling, to have witnessed the growth of this food bank from food cupboard, through the early days as a small food bank, to the busier registered charity BAFB has become,” said Henderson. “May I offer a sincere thank you for the privilege of having served as President these past two years, and with a heartfelt welcome to Claire.”
WALK FOR ALZHEIMER SOCIETY SATURDAY
On Saturday afternoon, Gayle Detenbeck, and her dog, Maggie, will be leading the “BarryStrong” team on a village walk in support of the Alzheimer Society and invite others to join them. (Submitted photo)
With spring now underway, the Alzheimer Society Huron Perth is once again urging the community to support the annual IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer’s, which will take place on May 28.
The Walk raises crucial funds that allow the Alzheimer Society Huron Perth to offer programs and services to meet the needs of people living with dementia and their caregivers in Huron and Perth County. But with the number of people living with dementia rising each year and projected to reach more than 900,000 across Canada by 2030, the need for more support for research projects into the causes of dementia and to advocate on behalf of those living with dementia and their caregivers is greater than ever.
“On May 28, we’re calling on you to show your support by walking your way,” said Cathy Ritsema, Executive director, Alzheimer Society Huron Perth. “Each year, 25,000 more Canadians hear, ‘You have dementia.’ It’s critical that we all get behind this cause and raise as much as possible so the Alzheimer Society can continue to help those affected overcome the challenges of dementia and live to their fullest.”
Barry Detenbeck is a Bayfielder now living with Alzheimer’s Disease. His wife Gayle is organizing a local walk and is inviting others to join her or sponsor her team known as “BarryStrong”.
“BarryStrong Walk for Alzheimer’s” will be held on Saturday, May 28 at 1 p.m. with participants departing from the Clan Gregor Square gazebo for a walk around the village.
“We will do a leisurely walk-through our wonderful village. Please join us on the walk to help support the BarryStrong team and the Alzheimer Society to end Alzheimer’s,” said Gayle.
People can donate to “BarryStrong” here. Anyone who would like to learn more about the Bayfield IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer’s is invited to contact Gayle at 519 565-2468 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition to supporting the Bayfield walk, there are a number of ways the Huron Perth community can take part in the IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer’s and make a positive difference in the lives of people living with dementia and their families. They can sign up individually or with family, or create a team at WalkForAlzheimers.ca. Organized in-person walks are being held in Clinton, Exeter, Listowel, Stratford and Wingham. People can also walk their own way if they so choose. Those who sign up can choose from the following communities to pledge their support: Clinton, Exeter, Goderich, Grand Bend, Listowel, St. Marys, Stratford, or Wingham. During the walk take a photo or video, upload it to social media and include the hashtag #IGWalkForAlz. And perhaps most important of all, have fun raising money for a fantastic cause!
Every move walkers’ make will show the 3,047 Huron and Perth residents living with dementia, and those that care for them, that they do not walk on their journey alone but that they are supported one step at a time.
PATIO GARDEN PROJECT FIRST FOR BAFB
Food seed packages are a new project for the Bayfield Area Food Bank that was co-ordinated by a local avid gardener. These kits came in three parts with most of the gardening elements required to grow a patio garden, with the main part packaged as an attractive gift basket. (Submitted photo)
On May 18, the Bayfield Area Food Bank (BAFB) was able to distribute many donated food seed packages to interested food bank clients.
These food seed packages are a new project that was co-ordinated by a local avid gardener. These kits came in three parts with most of the gardening elements required to grow a patio garden, with the main part packaged as an attractive gift basket.
Some of the gardening elements included about 25 packages of vegetables, edible flower and herb seeds, onions and garlic bulbs, potted garlic and onion starts, sprouted seed potatoes, pots of various sizes, bagged potting soil, quality garden gloves, a trowel, plant markers and felt pen, flower pot charms, a nice galvanized “Flowers and Garden” container, various gardening printouts and a greeting card of encouragement.
A number of individuals from the Bayfield area helped fill out the baskets with a range of useful items with the Huron County Seed Library and Verbeek’s Farm and Garden Centre in Clinton making significant contributions.
The Seed Library donated a neatly prepared seed kit (10 seed packages) for each interested household. The BAFB would like to thank Tanis VanderMolen from the Huron County Library for her support.
Verbeek’s Farm and Garden Centre was also approached and owner Mark Falconer said that he liked the idea and would support it with some products. The Garden Centre followed through with bulk seed packages of a range of vegetables, a range of pots and peat moss for the potted plants.
Due to the kindness of the community, and one keen local gardener, a number of food bank clients will have the opportunity to eat the food they cultivate for themselves this growing season.
SAVE TREASURES FOR RUMMAGE SALE
The Pioneer Park Association is very excited to announce that Friday, July 8th is the date for their 73rd Annual Pioneer Park Rummage Sale and Silent Auction.
“That’s right! We’re back! We’re bigger and we’re better than ever! Let’s get this summer started and keep the park going,” said Catherine Tillmann, a Rummage Sale Convenor. “The Annual Rummage Sale at the Bayfield Arena is the highlight to start your summer fun. If this is your first visit or you are a seasoned Rummage shopper, you know you are sure to find something special – from tables to towels, lamps to linens, carpets to cutlery and everything in between!”
TIllmannn wished to convey her thanks to everyone for their continued support of the park over the past two years.
“Because of you, we made it through a two-year hiatus. Now we can all look forward to the return of our traditional fundraising sale. One hundred percent of the proceeds from our sale goes directly to supporting Pioneer Park,” Tillmann said.
The Rummage Sale can only succeed with donations. It is time to empty out the garages, sheds, attics and crawl spaces. All those items people have been thoughtfully saving for the return of the sale can soon be dropped off. Please watch the Bayfield Breeze for drop off dates and locations.
“If you are proud to give it, we are proud to sell it!” said Tillmann. “We will happily accept indoor and outdoor furniture, tables and chairs, linens, draperies, antiques, dishware, housewares, gardening tools, tools of all sorts, decorative items, festive decor, games and books, DVDs and record albums, lamps and lighting, sports and recreational items, home electronics and small appliances if they are CSA approved.”
As in the past, unfortunately they cannot accept the following items: mattresses of any size, children’s furniture or strollers, large appliances, televisions and monitors, stereo equipment, clothing and shoes.
For questions about donations, please contact email@example.com and be sure to follow them on Facebook and Instagram for regular updates and sale teasers.
WRITING WORKSHOP THIS THURSDAY
Bayfield Centre for the Arts is inviting people to get creative this summer with four workshops exploring the world of writing, painting and the culinary arts.
Have you always wanted to write better and know how to publish your work?
The Village Bookshop and the Bayfield Centre for the Arts (BCA) are coming together to host a premier workshop offering on May 26 for writing enthusiasts, students and semi-professionals. Anyone who loves to write poetry, fiction, non-fiction, family stories, children’s stories, histories, biographies, adventures – whether these stories be long or short…all are welcome!
Guest writers, Kevin Heslop and Aaron Schneider will review participants’ written work and make suggestions, followed by a reading from their own work, then a light lunch will be served and the day will end with a discussion on all options of publishing.
This event will be held at the Bayfield Town Hall from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Registration is required as attendance is limited. The workshop is $25 per person.
To learn more about the featured writers visit: Kevin Heslop and Aaron Schneider.
To sign up now for this fun and interesting event go to: Writers Workshop Registration
Learning how to paint with more impressionistic strokes will be a highlight of the “Paint Better Reflections in Water” workshop to be offered by John David Anderson on Thursday, June 9.
Anderson enjoys passing the joy of painting on to others. This has led him to teaching summer courses for Fleming College, Southampton Art School and a number of other arts organizations around the province over the last 20 plus years.
This workshop will be held at the Bayfield Community Centre from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The cost is $120 per person.
To learn more about Anderson and to register visit: Better Reflection in the Water Workshop.
“Anatomy of the Charcuterie Board” will see participants learning how to create an appetizing and beautiful charcuterie board composed of local food under the direction of Chef Frank Ihrig of Hessenland Inn and Winery on Thursday, June 23.
In addition to learning how to create an attractive food presentation, participants will go home with a live edge charcuterie board created by Hunters Charcuterie Boards, they will also have the opportunity to sample two of Hessenland’s wines during the two-hour session to be held in the Inn’s Garden Room.
The cost for the workshop is $150. Participants may bring one guest for an additional $15 charge to help them build the board, wine sampling included.
Hessenland Inn and Winery is located at 72981 Bluewater Hwy., Zurich, ON.
For more info about the BCA’s first culinary event and to register visit: Anatomy of the Charcuterie Board.
After a sold-out session in 2021, Carol Finkbeiner Thomas is returning to the village to offer a “Paint the Abstracted Landscape” workshop on Thursday, July 7.
Participants will learn to paint with loose brushstrokes in oil or acrylic with this artist who was the Paint Ontario First Place winner in 2019.
This workshop will be held from 9:30 am to 4 p.m. at the Bayfield Community Centre. The cost is $160.
For more information about the artist visit and to register visit: Paint the Abstracted Landscape.
TOWN HALL HOSTS SUMMER CONCERTS
After a long hiatus and depleted resources, the Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society will be hosting several concerts this year to raise funds to continue in their efforts to maintain and enjoy the Bayfield Town Hall. Music lovers can look forward to concerts from June to December with the first event featuring folk music sensations Ken Yates and Jadea Kelly on June 18.
Yates, who was born and raised in London, ON, has gained a reputation as one of this country’s brightest rising singer-songwriters. The winner of two Canadian Folk Music Awards for Songwriter of the Year and New Artist of the Year, Yates has spent recent years expanding his sound and touring North America and Europe. The Bayfield Town Hall concert occurs days before the launch of his upcoming album “Cerulean”.
Kelly, described by CBC’s Tom Power as “one of the shining jewels in the crown of Canadian songwriters”, has performed and showcased her music across the United States and Europe and in Canada at the Winnipeg Folk Festival, Calgary Folk Festival, Edmonton’s Interstellar Rodeo, Metal Toronto and Peterborough Folk Festival. Kelly was also a recipient of the Contemporary Singer of the Year award at the Canadian Folk Music Awards.
The concert, which will feature Yates and Kelly performing separately, will begin at 7:30 p.m. with the doors opening at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $25.
As summer arrives so do more music filled evenings with performers taking to an outdoor stage. On the schedule are The She Wolves, July 2nd and Lazo, July 30.
In August, the Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society and the Bayfield Agricultural Society are joining forces to host a Rock Revival at the Bayfield Fairgrounds during the Bayfield Community Fair on Saturday, Aug. 20th. This concert will feature two bands. The Stones Tribute Show will bring to life favorite Rolling Stones songs and Thunderstruck will take the stage in tribute to AC/DC.
For all three of these outdoor shows, tickets cost $30 and participants are asked to bring their own chair. The gates will open at 6 pm. and the performers will take to the stage at 7 p.m.
There will be a cash bar at all of the shows. Tickets for all four of these concerts are available now (or coming soon) online at www.bayfieldtownhall.com. Please note there are no additional surcharges.
GINGER BROTHERS READY TO GO
Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines (BFF) has helped hundreds of feral and abandoned cats find their forever homes but many are still waiting.
Moonpie (Submitted photos)
Ginger brothers, Moonpie and Sam-I-Am are the Adopt-A-BFF cats of the week.
How best to tell them apart? Well, Sam has full white cheeks and Moonpie has half white cheeks. They are approximately 11-months-old and have been raised with children, dogs and other cats. These boys are very affectionate and playful. If they aren’t exploring, playing or sunbathing, they can be found in a lap.
Moonpie and Sam-I-Am are neutered, vaccinated and ready to go to their forever home. This pair would be a perfect addition to anyone’s family, especially a family with children.
Anyone who would like to meet this duo in-person are asked to please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The adoption fee is now $200. Adopted cats are vetted, shots are up-to-date and they are also spayed or neutered. Donations are also always appreciated. E-transfers can be sent to the Rescue’s email or email to arrange for a drop off or pick up of donations. Cheques can be mailed to Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines, P.O. Box 33, Bayfield, ON, N0M 1G0.