The Bayfield Historical Society (BHS) extends an invitation to an official book launch they are hosting today (July 6).
The launch will feature the book “Admiral Henry Wolsey Bayfield: Master Chart Maker of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River”, written by historian David Yates and published by BHS. The event will be held in the Bayfield Town Hall.
Yates will present an illustrated talk about Bayfield’s fascinating career as a naval surveyor.
Admission is $20 and includes a copy of the book signed by the author. There will be a cash bar.
Tickets are available in person at the Bayfield Archives and Heritage Centre located at 20 Main St. N. or online here via: Eventbrite. For additional information visit www.bayfieldhistorical.ca.
After a COVID-related hiatus Bayfield Vettefest is back for its 14th year this coming weekend.
Things kick off in Clan Gregor Square on Friday, July 8, when vette enthusiasts are invited to gather for a cruise – vehicles will depart the park at 7 p.m. They will return to the park on the morning of July 9, for the car show where visitors can get a closer look at what is under the hood starting at 8 a.m. until 2 or 3 p.m.
As the village prepares to once again welcome the roar of Corvettes this weekend for Bayfield Vettefest, the Bayfield Lions Club members are getting ready to provide a yummy breakfast option to residents and visitors on Saturday, July 9.
Lions will be serving up peameal bacon on a bun, with coffee, tea or juice for $10 from 8-11 a.m.
This scrumptious fare can be found at the Lions Community Building, 6 Municipal Road, right next door to the Bayfield Fire Department and across the street from Clan Gregor Square.
Proceeds from the breakfast will go to community projects.
FAIR HELP WANTED
The Bayfield Community Fair is 166 years young and organizers invite everyone to “put the Fair in your summer plans”! (Photo courtesy Pixabay)
The Bayfield Agricultural Society is actively seeking volunteers from the community to help with the Bayfield Community Fair, Aug. 19-21.
Help is needed both in setting up the fairgrounds and arena for the fair as well as cleaning up after the event is over by taking down and storing away equipment. Wednesday, Aug. 17 is the date that set up help is required while Monday, Aug. 22 is scheduled for the clean up, 9 a.m. to finish is the time to help on both occasions.
Volunteers are needed to help with transferring exhibits from vehicles to the right tables in the arena on Thursday, Aug. 18 from 7-9 p.m. and Friday, Aug. 19 from 9 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
Help is requested with sorting exhibits, recording winners, and adding winners’ ribbons on Friday, Aug. 19 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
And once the fair begins volunteers are sought to help with the food and beverage aspects of the fair during Friday evening meal service; Saturday afternoon meal service; and Friday and Saturday evening bartending.
Over the course of the three day event volunteers are needed to assist with gate admissions and supervising booths or activities, such as the “What Is It?” table, dunk tank, animal display barn and surveying visitors.
Volunteer help is always much appreciated. Anyone who can spare a few hours to help out is kindly asked to email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include dates and times of availability. High school students who need extra hours to complete their volunteer service requirements for graduation are most welcome.
BAYFIELD YACHT CLUB
Bayfield Yacht Club welcomes new members. (Submitted photo)
Good day boaters! The Bayfield Yacht Club Committee are happy to announce that after a few years of pandemic driven restrictions the Bayfield Yacht Club (BYC) is back!
Jayne Dietrich, BYC commodore for the last four years, has made the tough decision to step-down from her post to pursue travelling and to spend more time with her fantastic grandchildren. The Committee wishes her well and still hopes to see her at BYC events when she is available.
One of the things that the Committee have loved the most about the BYC in the last few years is their diverse base of Members. They have been fortunate to have a wide range of skill sets, interests and both power and sail boaters. They have been very fortunate with having members who simply wish to crew and learn, to having seasoned boaters wanting to share their knowledge and experience with others. It is their hope that this year they will be able to reassemble an even more diverse collection of members. It is with that goal in mind that they would like to announce that the annual membership fee for the BYC has been lowered to $80 per household. The membership fee will cover the cost of the insurance that is required for the BYC to operate, an end of season BBQ and few other events throughout the summer. They will also be hosting a monthly regatta as well as the Given Race on Saturday, Aug. 13.
The BYC is down to only two volunteer Committee members. For the BYC to continue forward past this season they will need more people on the Committee. They are looking for individuals interested in joining (spouses welcome too). Anyone who is interested in becoming a Committee member or coming out to help out with regattas or events can reach out directly to email@example.com. Happy boating!
LAST LIGHT EXHIBIT
Christine Fitzgerald’s pieces are one-of-a-kind, hand printed photographs on the best quality archival cotton paper. Images for Last Light were captured using both digital and analog cameras. She created her pieces using historical photographic processes from the 19th century merged with modern technology. Her process is labor intensive, complex and prints take several days to create.
“Last Light” a new art series by photo-based artist Christine Fitzgerald, of Ottawa, ON is making its debut in Bayfield on July 9 at The Gallery House and the gallery owners couldn’t be more delighted to be able to share Fitzgerald’s work with the community.
Fitzgerald herself explained that “the images in the series present vulnerable places and species at risk along the majestic St. Lawrence River from Lake Ontario to the Atlantic coast.”
The American Eel, birds, plant life, fish and fossils have all been captured through Fitzgerald’s vision and meticulous eye for detail. In creating the series, she returned to what many consider to be obsolete photography techniques using wet plate collodion camera work first invented in the 1850s. She combined this process with specialized printing techniques such as cyanotype or pigmented gum bichromate impressions on platinotypes to create stunning monochromatic images in shades of blue.
“I have used blue as a tool to express how we are ultimately all connected with the health of the planet,” said Fitzgerald.
Sandra May, and her husband Rob, are the owners of The Gallery House, 16 The Square in Bayfield and they are delighted to be premiering Fitzgerald’s Last Light series at 11 a.m. on July 9.
“As a gallerist it is an exciting opportunity to show the work of such talented Canadian artists as Fitzgerald,” said Sandra.
Only a limited number of pieces from this series will be available for purchase at each gallery as the exhibition travels. Last Light will be showcased in an exhibition in Toronto and then Ottawa later this fall.
Fitzgerald’s passion for both photographic art and the environment translated on a global scale when she had the privilege of creating a portrait of Dr. Jane Goodall to commemorate the conservationist’s 85th birthday. She was recently a featured speaker during Ocean Week Canada. Fitzgerald’s work has been featured by the CBC, The Washington Post and National Geographic.
Last Light is The Gallery House’s first show of the season and the Mays welcome everyone to come view Fitzgerald’s series, as well as the work of other artists currently on display. The Gallery House is open seven days a week from noon to 5 p.m. Visit thegalleryhouse.ca or skwirl.ca to learn more.
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.
Quilting, the lifting of mandates and a food bank event are all happening at St. Andrew’s United Church.
On Sunday, July 17, St. Andrew’s will be hosting a special event in support of Blessings Community Store in Zurich: “Fill the Truck” for Blessings. They will have a truck parked out in front of the church ready to hold donated non-perishable items. Church members as well as anyone in the community who wishes to donate as part of St. Andrew’s outreach is welcome to participate.
The members of St. Andrew’s Council have made the decision that since many of the COVID restrictions have been lifted, they are now able to lift the mask mandate in the church. Individuals and families are asked to do what feels most comfortable for them to participate fully in worship. Attendees are welcome to wear a mask if that is what they require to feel safe. Council asks that people only come to worship in person or to other events at the church if they are healthy in order to continue to take care of each other and the wider community.
The Tuesday Morning Quilters are happy to be able to gather again for quilting/coffee time on Tuesday mornings at St. Andrew’s. All are welcome to join in quilting at 9 a.m. or just drop in for coffee at 10 a.m.
St. Andrew’s United Church is located at 6 The Square in Bayfield.
PIONEER PARK SUMMER EVENTS
Pioneer Park is the place to be in July and August. Yoga, music and art events are all planned for the lazy, hazy days of summer!
“Yoga in the Park” is happening on Mondays and Thursdays throughout the summer months starting at 9 a.m. The last session is set for Monday, Sept. 5. Please note that there will be no Yoga on Civic Holiday Monday, Aug. 1st.
Pre-sunset concerts have begun as part of “ Music in the Park”. The Lakeview Mennonite Choir will perform on two Fridays during the summer: July 29 and Sept. 2. The remaining performers will entertain park goers on Saturday evenings: Phil Cook will provide music on July 16 and Aug. 27; Dave G. will be the performer on July 30; and Adam David Lang will share his talents on Aug. 13.
A favorite of park goers is returning this summer with four dates scheduled for “Paint the Sunset” with Robin Ellis. Canvas and water colors are provided for budding artists of all ages to use. The dates for “Paint the Sunset” are: Saturday, July 9, Sunday, July 31, Saturday, Aug. 20 and Sunday, Sept. 4.
FOBL BOOK SALE
The annual book sale at the Bayfield Public Library is a “Go” this year! After a pandemic hiatus of two years, the Friends of Bayfield Library (FOBL) is delighted to announce that the book sale will be held Aug. 18-20, coinciding with the Bayfield Community Fair weekend.
As in the past, FOBL depends on donations of gently used books, games, puzzles, DVDs, and CDs to make the sale a success. This year, FOBL has new donation restrictions on what can and cannot be accepted. Anyone wishing to donate items for the sale should visit www.FOBL.ca to view or download the Donation Guidelines. Paper copies of the Donation Guidelines are also available at the library.
FOBL wishes to extend a huge “thank you” to everyone who has been saving books to donate over the past several years. People are kindly asked to continue storing books at home until the drop-off dates, which are listed in the Donation Guidelines. Please do not drop off or leave boxes of donation items outside the library as there is no space to store them.
ARCHIVES HELP WANTED
The Bayfield Historical Society (BHS) is offering employment at the Archives & Heritage Centre to a mature individual who will be able to work with limited supervision. Funding for this position specifies that applicants must be under 30 years of age but is not limited to students.
The successful applicant must be comfortable greeting visitors. They will be in charge of renting quadricycles; selling books and other items; and assisting with in-house projects. Direction and training will be provided.
The Archives & Heritage Centre is located at 20 Main St. N. in Bayfield and is open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday to Sunday. The position offers a 30-hour week at $16 per hour The individual should be able to start immediately until Sept. 3.
Interested persons are asked to contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
BAYFIELD AREA FOOD BANK
“Sometimes donations come inside a box,” said Claire Trepanier, president of the Bayfield Area Food Bank (BAFB). “Farm share produce was donated to the Food Bank by individuals that were away. We were happy to pass it to households in need. Also, this week a donation was provided by family members that were cleaning out their parent’s home.”
BAFB is currently looking to the community for donations of cereal and canned tuna – added to the list this week are canned vegetables and fruits.
Items are collected in the donation boxes provided by the entrance to the Parish Hall at Trinity St. James Anglican Church, 10 Keith Cres. in Bayfield and at the Bayfield Public Library.
For anyone who would like to support BAFB with a monetary gift, there are a few options available. Cheques can be mailed to: Bayfield Area Food Bank, 10 Keith Cres., Bayfield, ON, N0M 1G0. An e-transfer can be made through BAFB’s gmail account: email@example.com or a donation can be received on-line through the www.canadahelps.org website.
All donations of $20 or more will be given a receipt for tax purposes. BAFB is a registered charity with CRA. Anyone who would like a receipt, is asked to ensure that their name and address are clearly provided along with the donation.
All donations whether of non-perishable products, personal care items, or monetary donations, are very much appreciated by both volunteer staff and clients.
Anyone in need of assistance at this time, is asked to please reach out through either an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or phone/text 519 955-7444. All enquiries are handled with complete confidentiality.
Members of Knox Presbyterian Church in Bayfield have been busy during June collecting cereal and tuna for the Bayfield Area Food Bank (BAFB). Organizers note that the congregation did a super job and they have plenty of goods for the BAFB. Posing with the collected items on Sunday after the church service were l-r: Deb Cosford, coordinator; Jim Knox, church member and BAFB representative and Rev. Lisa Dolson. (Submitted photo)
Summer is finally here and Rev. Lisa Dolson, of Knox Presbyterian Church in Bayfield, is offering people an opportunity to explore the big questions in life virtually!
People are invited to explore faith in Alpha online. Alpha sessions explore the big questions of life. It’s an opportunity to discover more about the Christian faith in a friendly space. Watch an episode on a topic of faith. Ask questions, share thoughts, or simply listen.
Participants will meet online via ZOOM every Thursday at noon. Individuals can access the ZOOM link on the church’s website at: Knox, Bayfield , call/text Rev. Dolson at 519-955-2158, or email email@example.com, to be added to the weekly email reminder.
Knox is also hosting a new virtual book discussion. It started on July 5th but it isn’t too late to join. The book is entitled, “Wholehearted Faith” by Rachel Held Evans with Jeff Chu. The talks will be held on Tuesdays starting at 2 p.m. and everyone is welcome to join the conversation.
Books can be ordered from The Village Bookshop, be sure to mention you are part of the group at the time of ordering. Please contact the minister for more information at the contact information listed above.