PIONEER PARK FUN RACE RETURNS MONDAY
The Annual Pioneer Park 5 KM Fun Race is back for 2022. In 2019 a large contingent of people chose to walk the course and organizers are hoping they are are ready to do so again! (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)
Get those bike tires pumped and dust off those sneakers – the Annual Pioneer Park Association 5 km Fun Race is coming back! After a hiatus of two years, Monday, Aug. 1st is the date set for the race and the organizers hope people of all ages will want to take part.
“It will mark over 30 years we’ve had this race and we are looking forward to seeing everyone,” said Ann Laudenbach, one of the event organizers.
Laudenbach noted that due to the construction conditions on Main Street – no inline skating or skateboarding categories will be offered this year.
Registration will be held in the park from 8:45-9:30 a.m. Walkers will depart at 9:30 p.m. Dogs on leash are welcome. Cyclists and runners will leave within a space of five minutes starting at 10 a.m. Please remember that helmets for cyclists under the age of 18 years is an Ontario legal requirement.
The entry fee remains at $5 per participant. Donations will also be very much appreciated with all proceeds going to help with the general maintenance of Pioneer Park.
HESSENLAND LOCATION FOR SECOND OFF THE WALL EVENT
The Second Annual Off the Wall fundraising event has been set for Aug. 20!
Bayfield Centre for the Arts (BCA) is hosting the event at the Coach House and Gardens at Hessenland Inn and Schatz Winery from 4-7:30 p.m. and all who purchase tickets are welcome to take in the art of more than 40 artists exploring the theme of “Year of Land or Lakes”.
Tickets include delicious hor d’oeuvres and wine or beer to enjoy while waiting for an opportunity to choose a painting – Off the Wall – all while listening to live jazz music by School Daze Quartette. Dress is Garden Party chic.
“We invite you to light up your Saturday and be a part of this delightful summer art event!” said Leslee Squirrell, president of the BCA.
There are three ticket types. With the exception of the Golden Ticket, tickets are drawn at random for the ticket holder’s chance to take art – Off the Wall. There is only one Golden Ticket. This gives the holder the “front of the line” experience to choose any of the available artwork first.
There are 40 Off the Wall tickets. The ticket holder, and their guest, have an opportunity to choose their favorite painting (one per ticket) when their ticket is drawn.
New this year are Social Butterfly tickets. Fifty of these tickets are available. Holders get all the enjoyment of attending the event but no art – Off the Wall.
All ticket holders will have the opportunity to bid on Silent Auction items.
To purchase tickets click here: Off the Wall tickets.
AUGUST HIKES ON THE HORIZON
August hikes with the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) are on the horizon and topics include trees, ice cream and village history!
On Wednesday, Aug. 10, participants are invited to enjoy a leisurely hike through the village along the Heritage Trail on the Bayfield Tree Walk.
Sondra Buchner will lead this hike and will reveal the dedicated work of the Bayfield Tree Project over the past ten years. Over 500 trees of different species have been planted, watered and maintained by volunteers during that time. This walk will meander through the streets and rights-of-way around town, identifying the areas where trees have been planted, and celebrating the success of this local, grassroots community project.
This hike that will begin at 11 a.m. from the Clan Gregor Square gazebo is suitable for everyone, people with strollers and leashed dogs are welcome. The length of the walk is 1.5 km and should last about one-and-a-half hours. Participants are asked to dress for the weather.
An Ice Cream Hike is set for the Woodland Trail on Sunday, Aug. 14 starting at 11 a.m.
Summer means ice cream, and lots of it! Participants are asked to meet at the David Street Trailhead where a free ice cream treat will be made available. The trail takes participants past trickling streams, over bridges, and through a beautifully mixed forest. People might need another treat after the hike, and there are plenty of places in Bayfield to get one.
This moderately difficult hike will be 3.5 km and should last about one-and-a-half hours. The trail is well marked but has some steep inclines, rough spots and obstacles.
Participants should wear sturdy shoes, bring water and dress for the weather. Dogs on leash are welcome
A map of the Woodland Trail is available at: www.bayfieldtrails.com/woodland-trail.
On Sunday, Aug. 21, BRVTA members only are in for a special afternoon as local author and resident local historian, Dave Gillians will take people on a Historic Cemetery Tour of the Bayfield Cemetery.
Gillians, author of “For the Love of Bayfield” will begin the walk at 2 p.m.
Much of Bayfield’s history is reflected through the headstones in this sacred place and during this walk, stories about some of Bayfield’s most fascinating people will be respectfully told.
The one-and-a half hour walk is limited to 20 members. No dogs, please. Members are asked to meet at the cemetery on the north side of Mill Road (County Rd. 3), located 1 km east of Hwy. 21.
For more information on all three hikes or to register for the Historic Cemetery tour please contact Ralph Blasting at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 519 525-3205. Not a member yet? Go to the BRVTA website at: www.bayfieldtrails.com and click “Memberships.” Dues are $20 a year for individuals or $30 per family.
THREE EASY STEPS TO ENTER FAIR EXHIBITS
The Bayfield Community Fair is 166 years young and organizers invite everyone to “put the Fair in your summer plans”! (Photo courtesy Pixabay)
People are invited to share the crafts they made during the pandemic at the 166th Bayfield Community Fair. The countdown is on to the fair with just four weeks left until the weekend of Aug. 19-21.
During the pandemic, many people took up arts and crafts, honed their culinary skills, and expanded their gardens to pass the time. For some, it was returning to something they loved; for others, it was learning something new. The Bayfield Agricultural Society (BAS) welcomes the results for display at this year’s Fair.
Click here to access the Fair Book that contains many categories and creative arts competition opportunities for all ages. There are more than 400 categories in all! Everyone is encouraged to check out the competition categories and find one or more they can enter to showcase their talents and hobbies. The categories in the homecraft division range from fruits and vegetables, farm products (including the new categories of Maple syrup and honey), baking and canning, flowers and plants, to art and photography, handcrafts, and woodworking. Fair organizers are eager to welcome new as well as seasoned exhibitors!
Hard copies of the Fair Book are available at the Bayfield Public Library, the Bayfield Convenience Store, craft and quilt shops in the area, and the Goderich Public Library, as well as Elizabeth’s Art Gallery and Peavey Mart in Goderich.
Pandemic gardeners are invited to enter their prized veggies in the Bayfield Community Fair. (Submitted photo)
There are three simple steps to enter homecraft exhibits:
Step 1 – Pick up or access online the Fair Book as instructed above and select from the categories of interest.
Step 2 – Fill out the Entry Form in the centre of the Fair Book. To save time, homecraft entries can be submitted online until Thursday, Aug. 18 at midnight. Click here for the: Online Entry Submission.
Step 3 – Bring the completed Entry Form along with the exhibit(s) to the Bayfield Arena on Thursday, Aug. 18 between 7-9 p.m. or Friday, Aug. 19 between 8:30-11:45 a.m.
Please email email@example.com with any questions.
The BAS challenges everyone in the community to “make competing at the Fair part of their goals this year”!
DONATION DATES FOR BOOK SALE ANNOUNCED
The Friends of Bayfield Library (FOBL) annual book sale at the Bayfield Public Library is a “Go” this year! Aug. 18-20 are the dates for one of the largest and best curated book sales in Huron County, offering books for all age groups and reading preferences, ensuring something for everyone!
The book sale dates and times are as follows: Thursday, Aug. 18, 4-6:30 p.m.; Friday, Aug. 19 and Saturday, Aug. 20, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. both days.
Weather permitting, some of the tables will be outside to help relieve any congestion inside the library. Social distancing measures will be in effect during the sale.
As in past years, FOBL depends on the generous donations of gently used books, games, puzzles, DVDs, and CDs from the community to make the sale a success. The donation drop-off dates and times are listed below. Please note, 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.
The donation drop-off dates and times are: Saturday, Aug. 13, Monday, Aug. 15 and Wednesday, Aug. 17, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; and Tuesday, Aug. 16, 4-7 p.m.
People are kindly asked to store books and other donation items at home until the drop-off dates. Please do not drop off or leave boxes of donation items outside the library as there is no space to store them.
Volunteers are needed! Anyone with an hour or two available to help with receiving and sorting books before the book sale or on the book sale dates is most welcome. Please email FOBL at firstname.lastname@example.org.
FOBL looks forward to welcoming everyone back to the book sale after a two-year absence!
ROCK REVIVAL COMING TO FAIRGROUNDS
The Stones Tribute Show (Submitted photo)
The Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society has two more concerts remaining this summer sure to ignite some excitement among music lovers of all genres!
Lazo will take to the outdoor stage at the Bayfield Town Hall this Saturday, July 30. This Juno award winning artist exudes a “feel-good” Reggae vibe whenever he hits the stage with his “Exodus Show tribute to Bob Marley”. With his combination of reggae rhythms, beautiful melodies, and conscious lyrics, audience goers say he has the uncanny ability to connect with any crowd.
The Bayfield Town Hall 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 both 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. Please note Lazo is performing at the town hall while the tribute bands will play in Agricultural Park.
There will be a cash bar at both of the shows and tickets for both are available now online at www.bayfieldtownhall.com. Please note there are no additional surcharges.
SHORT TERM FOSTERS NEEDED
Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines (BFF) has helped hundreds and hundreds of feral and abandoned cats find their forever homes but many are still waiting.
Snow and the Seven Dwarfs are actually a coalition of several litters of kittens born to feral moms or possibly even drop offs that comprise the Adopt a BFF kittens of the week.
Deb Penhale, representing BFF explains, “All eight of these kittens showed up at a home hidden down a country lane. Cats and kittens are often dumped in this area and the kind couple who live there do what they can to feed them and find them homes. However, this year things got even crazier. The feral mom’s weren’t easy to catch. They are still being fed by the homeowners. So as the babies came to the door they brought them in and kept them in a large playpen.”
The homeowners believe there may be up to four litters. Snow and the Seven Dwarfs were old enough to head to the shelter but there are still four younger ones being cared for by the homeowners. They will continue to care for them until they are of an age to be moved or when space at the Rescue becomes available.
This fabulous eight are very well socialized and good natured. They were all raised together so they get along super well. In fact, the older ones have taken on some parenting duties and will often be seen grooming and playing with the younger ones. Once they have been vetted this merry gang of fur babies will be looking for homes.
“As always we are looking for short term fosters and volunteers to help in the shelter. Fostering is not only super rewarding and fun – it also saves lives!” concluded Penhale.
Anyone who would like to meet Snow, Happy, Sneezy, Dopey, Bashful, Sleepy, Grumpy and Doc is asked to please email email@example.com 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.
Six of the kittens known as the Seven Dwarfs. (Submitted photo)