JUST FORE FUN!
The Optimist Club of Bayfield held their Golf Tournament at the Bluewater Golf Course on Saturday, June 11 and the winning team with a score of 60 were l-r: Cody Symes, Andy Heard, Chris Jantzi and Mike McMann. A fine day of golf was followed by a wonderful meal at The Albion Hotel. The club members would like to thank all who contributed to make the day a success and a terrific fundraiser for their many Friends of Youth projects. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)
PUBLIC INVITED TO TAKE SURVEY ON SHORT TERM RENTALS
The Municipality of Bluewater staff and Council would like to create a short term rental policy that balances the economic benefits of short term rentals with the needs of the neighborhoods. A key part of this process is to work with the community toward this goal. The Municipality would like public feedback to draft a by-law to regulate short term rentals.
As part of the process, the Municipality of Bluewater invites the public across the municipality to provide feedback on short term rentals and the draft by-law. This includes feedback from short term rental operators, neighbors of short term rentals, other residents in the municipality, and visitors who use short term rentals. A variety of perspectives will help to develop a by-law that balances the needs of residents and short term rental operators.
The purpose of the proposed by-law is to ensure safety of all parties in and around all properties. It will include considerations for protection of renters and neighbours. Some items to be included in the by-law are:
- A parking management plan to ensure that people do not park on streets outside of permitted areas and to prohibit parking on private lots where damage to septic systems could happen.
- A maximum occupancy limit that reflects a maximum number of people per bedroom and/or per dwelling.
- A requirement that the owner must be able to attend the property within thirty minutes.
- A demerit point system is proposed to give negative points to rentals that do not comply with the licensing by-law or other municipal by-laws. If a maximum number of demerit points is reached, the license may be revoked. This will ensure that all municipal by-laws and requirements will be followed within the most vulnerable residential areas.
The Municipality welcomes individuals to complete the short term rental consultation survey by Aug. 31. It can be found by clicking here: Survey. This survey has different questions geared towards people’s role as either a neighbor, short term rental operator, visitor, etc. Any information collected may be included in a report to Council, but personal information will not be shared.
JULY HIKES INCLUDE ADMIRAL BAYFIELD STORIES
The Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) has two events organized for the month of July.
The BRVTA will be joining the celebrations in dedicated Admiral Bayfield Square with a walk through the village led by historian David Yates on Saturday, July 9.
Yates is the author of “Admiral Henry Wolsey Bayfield: Master Chart Maker of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River.”
Starting at Clan Gregor Square at 11 a.m. the walk will last about 90 minutes. It will follow the Heritage Trail through the Village to Pioneer Park and return to Main Street prior to the dedication of Admiral Bayfield Square at 1 p.m. Along the way, Yates will share some stories about the man after whom the Village is named. All are welcome.
On Saturday, July 23, the whole family is invited to a Scavenger Hunt on the Varna Nature Trails! The event will start early at 9 a.m. and participants will be sent off with a list of items to collect along the way. Can you find a snail shell? A feather? Something blue? Bring a bag to collect your treasures and everyone will gather at the end to see how participants did. This event will be great for kids, but people of all ages are welcome. The Varna Complex is 5 km east of Bayfield on the Mill Road and the trailhead is at the north end of the parking lot. A map can be found here: Mavis’ Trail – Taylor Trail .
For more information about any BRVTA hikes, please contact Hike Coordinator Ralph Blasting at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 519 525-3205.
Now is also a great time of year to utilize the BRVTA’s “Hiking Buddy Program”.
“We want to encourage you to use our beautiful trails year round for fitness and fun as much as you desire,” said Blasting, “The Hiking Buddy program is a membership benefit designed to help you meet other members of the BRVTA to organize a hiking time, with at least one other person, outside of the scheduled group hikes our association offers.”
Anyone interested in joining this program, is asked to please contact the coordinator, Laurie, by email at email@example.com.
“She will gladly answer any questions you may have. If you decide to join, Laurie will obtain your contact information to be distributed to the other buddies. Your contact information will be shared only with the other hiking buddies and our hiking coordinators. We do not allow your personal info to be shared for marketing purposes,” concluded Blasting.
JUST TWO MORE SATURDAYS TO DONATE
The Pioneer Park Association (PPA) is very excited to announce the return of the 73rd Annual Pioneer Park Rummage Sale on Friday, July 8 – their number one fundraising event of the year for the park and the unofficial kick-off to the summer season in Bayfield.
Organizers would like to thank everyone who dropped off donations on June 11 and 18, as part of the first collection day for the Rummage Sale.
All are encouraged to keep clearing out their garages, basements and attic spaces of all the treasures they’ve been saving for the Rummage Sale over the last couple of years. Now is the time to bring them to the Quonset Hut on Hwy 21 just North of the village at 76614 Bluewater Highway. Donation dates have been arranged for the next two Saturdays June 25 and July 2nd. On both of these dates drop off times are 9 a.m. to noon.
The following items are welcome for donation: indoor and outdoor furniture, tables and chairs, linens, draperies, antiques, dishware, housewares, tools of all sorts, gardening tools, decorative items, festive decor, games, books, DVDs, record albums and stereo equipment, lamps and lighting, sports and recreational items, home electronics and small appliances provided they are CSA approved and in good working order. These are just some of the items in great demand and always popular.
The following items cannot be accepted: mattresses of any size, sofa beds, children’s furniture or strollers, damaged or soiled toys, large appliances, televisions or monitors, printers or fax machines, no clothing or shoes, Tupperware or plastic kitchen utensils, water bottles, lone coffee mugs and no used candles please.
Organizers expect this year to be their best ever so be sure to save the date, gather friends and arrive early! The outdoor sales area will open at 6 p.m. with the arena door rising at 6:30 p.m.
There will also be a silent auction section featuring extra special items, gift certificates and/or gift bundles generously donated by the community and local businesses. In the coming weeks, members of the PPA will be dropping by local businesses to see if they would like to include a donation in this year’s Silent Auction.
But before the sale begins there is some work to be done. Volunteers are now being sought for donation sorting, for sale day set up, for during the sale and cleaning up afterward. Organizers encourage people to join the team of over 200 volunteers it takes to make this event happen. To lend a hand email firstname.lastname@example.org and join in the fun!
All sales proceeds go directly to Pioneer Park, a privately owned public space that all can enjoy. People will soon be able to drop by to see progress at the new addition to the park, a generous donation of neighboring land by the Thompson family.
If anyone has questions, please email email@example.com. Volunteers look forward to greeting people at the Quonset hut!
Remember to save Friday July 8th for the Annual 73rd Rummage Sale! And remember their motto: “If you are proud to give, they are proud to sell it!”
WORKSHOPS INSPIRE CREATIVITY
Bayfield Centre for the Arts is hosting two workshops this summer that invite people to play with paint or with their food!
“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.
To register for BCA’s first culinary event click on: 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 click on: Paint the Abstracted Landscape.
THE SHE WOLVES TO GRACE STAGE
Two of The She Wolves band members (l-r): Cheryl Lescom and Chuckee Zehr. (Submitted photo)
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. “The She Wolves” are next in the fabulous line-up of entertainers scheduled to perform and will take to the outdoor stage on Saturday, July 2nd.
The She Wolves is composed of some of the best female musicians in Southwestern Ontario and includes, singer-songwriter Sarah Smith, blues-rock singer Cheryl Lescom, keyboardist and Rhythm and Blues artist, Chuckee Zehr, singer-songwriter Laurie McColeman and drummer Dale Anne Brendon.
Each of these women have recorded their own albums, or recorded for other artists during the years and each has their own style. Be prepared for a mix of great original music and covers from artists including, Amy Winehouse, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Bonnie Rait, Aretha Franklin (Zehr’s specialty), Etta James, Melissa Ethridge and even a little Joe Cocker.
Tickets for The She Wolves concert are $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 these concerts are available now online at www.bayfieldtownhall.com. Please note there are no additional surcharges.
PIPPIN RESCUED FROM ROAD
Pippin (Submitted photo)
Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines (BFF) has helped hundreds of feral and abandoned cats find their forever homes but many are still waiting.
Pippen is the Adopt-A-BFF kitten of the week.
Pippin was found sitting in the middle of the road all by herself on the evening of June 17. A very kind driver stopped and picked her up. This person was unable to keep her and didn’t know what to do with a kitten so young so they brought her to the Rescue.
Volunteers believe that this kitten is about four to five weeks old and she seems to be in not too bad of condition. Although her road adventure is behind her, Pippin will need to be bottle-fed for a time. She will also need to be monitored to make sure that she has no underlying health issues and continues to thrive. Once deemed to be healthy by a vet, and when she is old enough, she will be spayed and given age appropriate vaccines. She will then be ready for adoption.
Anyone who would like to meet Pippin 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.
TOURNAMENTS DREW PLAYERS FROM CANADA, USA AND AUSTRALIA
Bayfield International Croquet Club (BICC) hosted the 2022 Golf Open Tournament from June 4-8 followed by the 2022 Croquet Canada AC Open Tournament from June 8-12.
Fourteen amazing golf croquet players entered the BICC Golf Open. The weather was variable throughout this four-day tournament.
Players came from Australia, from North Carolina, Colorado and Minnesota in the USA as well as Ontario. Players and club members got to know each other during the tournament and at social activities.
Twenty four players entered Croquet Canada’s 2022 Open Association Croquet. Players came from the Canadian provinces of Ontario and British Columbia; from North Carolina, Virginia, Colorado, Massachusetts, Minnesota in the USA as well as Australia. The lineup included the top five players in Canada and three of the top 20 players in the USA.
The weather ranged from hot and sunny to rain to cold and cloudy.
This four-day tournament included Championship Flight, First and Second Flights. The results were as follows: Doug Grimsley, of Virginia, beat Chris Percival-Smith, of British Columbia in the Championship Flight. Dave MacLaren, of Ontario, a BICC member and volunteer, beat Jim Wright, of Ontario in the First Flight. Peter Jeffers, of Ontario, also a BICC Member and volunteer, beat Mary Rodeberg, of Minnesota in the Second Flight.
Club volunteers ensured the tournaments and activities went smoothly and a fantastic time was had!
Brian Cumming (left), of Elora, ON beat Rich Lamm (right), of Colorado, USA in the 2022 BICC Golf Open Championship Flight. Tournament Manager Arlene Parker presented a cash and art award to the winner. (Submitted photos)
Dave MacLaren (right), of Bayfield, Ontario, BICC Member and volunteer, beat Jim Wright (left), of Ontario in the First Flight of Croquet Canada's 2022 Open Association Croquet. Arlene Parker, Tournament manager presented a cash and art award to the winner. MacLaren donated his cash award to BICC.
David Druiett (right), of Sarnia, ON beat John Davies (left), of Bayfield, ON in the First Flight of the 2022 BICC Golf Open. Tournament Manager Arlene Parker presented a cash and art award to the winner.
Peter Jeffers (right), of Bayfield, ON, a BICC Member and volunteer, beat Mary Rodeberg (left), of Minnesota, USA, in the Second Flight of Croquet Canada's 2022 Open Association Croquet. Arlene Parker, Tournament manager presented an art award to the winner.
Doug Grimsley (right), of Virginia, USA beat Chris Percival-Smith (middle), of British Columbia, in the Championship Flight of Croquet Canada's 2022 Open Association Croquet. Jim Wright (left), president of Croquet Canada presented a cash and art award to the winner. Grimsley donated his cash award to BICC.
CREATING AUTHENTIC NORTH INDIAN FLAVORS RELATABLE TO EVERYONE
PHOTOS AND STORY BY MELODY FALCONER-POUNDER
On June 7, Bobby’s Bayfield Tandoori House opened for dine-in at The Ashwood Inn. The owners of The Ashwood Inn, Hina and Mike Patel, have entered into a new partnership with entrepreneurs Pravin Khanna and Bobby Jaggi who are now working alongside the same chefs that shared their culinary skills with patrons in the summer of 2021 – Chef Pradeep Kumar and Sous Chef Balji.
This is Khanna and Jaggi’s second collaboration and Khanna’s second restaurant, his first in Canada. He opened his first Indian style establishment, “Khanna’s Desi Vibes, in Saint Louis, Missouri in the spring of 2020 – right before COVID-19 shut everything down.
Khanna was born in Bombay, India and became an Electrical Engineer by trade. He worked in that field for two decades. It provided him with opportunities to travel to different countries. He came to Canada in 2000 and then moved to Saint Louis in 2007.
“My passion was always to open a restaurant,” Khanna said. “When I traveled for work I would always try the local food. I was very interested in exploring fusion combining other countries’ foods with Indian spices. In 2019 I decided to pursue my dream.”
In opening his first restaurant, Khanna partnered with Jaggi, who lives in New Delhi and is an Interior Designer. She also operated a small home-based catering business offering modern Indian style cooking. She too has a passion for cooking, learning from her mother. She loves homestyle cooking using pure ingredients. On both the American and Canadian projects Jaggi has served as stylist guiding everything from decor, ambience and how the meals are presented.
As the pandemic wore on in 2020, Jaggi provided motivation for Khanna to keep going and to have faith although her helping out was restricted to Facetime calls from her home in India.
“We opened in early October 2020. We had a great team, great chefs, and although we were restricted to take-out and limited seat dining we consistently produced quality food and provided quality service. The feedback and support of the community was tremendous,” Khanna said.
So tremendous in fact that Khanna’s Desi Vibes was listed in the “Best 100 Restaurants of 2021 in Saint Louis” by Saint Louis Magazine.
With this success Khanna and Jaggi looked to Canada to open a second establishment.
“We have roots in Canada. We both have family here,” said Khanna.
Bayfield, Ontario wasn’t on Khanna’s list as locations to open his second restaurant. He had never heard of the village until earlier this spring when he was contacted by a friend who lives in Goderich. Khanna was familiar with Goderich having visited his friend in the town a couple of times previously.
“My friend suggested that I come have a look at the space in The Ashwood Inn. So I did. It was all ready to go. So I called Bobby and said, ‘I think I’ve found a place’ and asked her to come to have a look,” said Khanna.
Jaggi came in mid-April and together, along with Chef Kumar, they worked to create the vision of Bobby’s Bayfield Tandoori House. They’ve created a different menu and added Indian style serving dishes. Jaggi worked her magic setting the mood in the interior designing with traditional Indian art crafts from across various states of India.
The duo enjoy engaging with their guests introducing many of them to Indian cuisine and they in turn are finding their guests very interested in learning about the food and the dining experience. People can expect to partake in a wide variety of popular curries, like Lamb Rogan Josh, as well as a selection of Indian fusion recipes, such as Chicken Tikka Tacos. There are also a variety of vegetarian options.
Khanna’s goal at Bobby’s Bayfield Tandoori House “is to make authentic north Indian flavors relatable to everyone.”
To view their menu click here: Menu.
Bobby’s Bayfield Tandoori House is located at 34777 Bayfield River Road in The Ashwood Inn, just off Hwy. 21, north of the village. They are currently open Tuesday to Sunday noon to 9 p.m. for dine-in and take-out providing continuous service for lunch and dinner. In addition to the 50 seat restaurant there is also a patio that can accommodate 30 people. Since opening for in-person dining the restaurant has been very busy so reservations are recommended. For reservations call 519 565-4089.
L-r: Sous Chef Baljinder (Balji), Chef Pradeep Kumar, Pravin Khanna and Bobby Jaggi look forward to welcoming visitors for in-person and take-out dining this summer at Bobby's Bayfield Tandoori House located in The Ashwood Inn.
The interior of the restaurant features traditional Indian art crafts from across different states of India.
Bobby's Bayfield Tandoori House is now open for in-person dining or take-out Tuesday to Sunday for lunch and dinner.
At Bobby's Bayfield Tandoori House the dining experience is enhanced by the serving dishes - all beautifully designed in copper to replicate the clay pots of more traditional Indian food service. Featured here off the restaurant menu is: Garlic Naan, Palak (Spinach) Paneer, White Rice, Butter Chicken and Tandoori Chicken Tikka.