BAYFIELD COMMUNITY FAIR THIS WEEKEND
In a throwback to the1950s and 60s when school children paraded to Agriculture Park during the fair, children and their families will process to the fairgrounds from Clan Gregor Square on Saturday morning. (Photo courtesy Bayiled Historical Society)
On Friday from 5-7 p.m., a meal of pulled pork on a bun, homemade baked beans and coleslaw will be served up – advance tickets available now. (Submitted photo)
With only two more days to go until the opening night of the 166th Bayfield Community Fair, the Bayfield Agricultural Society (BAS) is excited to once again be holding a fully in-person Fair for all to enjoy, Aug. 19-21. This year’s Fair promises to be a truly family-oriented community event.
The BAS has some important reminders for residents and visitors to the community:
Procession – The “parade reimagined” this year will form up at Clan Gregor Square by 10:45 a.m. on Saturday. Children with their parents and grandparents are invited to join the walking procession led by pipers as they make their way to the fairgrounds at 11 a.m. The BAS encourages children, and those young at heart, to dress up in costumes. Strollers and wagons can be decorated for the occasion too. The “Blossoms, Butterflies & Bees” theme of this year’s Fair should provide lots of ideas for costumes and decorations. This is a great opportunity for the community to get out and have some fun with the occasion
Exhibit Entries – There is still time to enter exhibits in the Fair. Just choose the category of interest and fill out the entry form in the centre of the Fair Book. To save time, homecraft entries can be submitted online until tomorrow (Aug. 18) at midnight. Click here to go to the form: Online Entry Submission. Exhibits must be dropped off at the Bayfield Arena tomorrow between 7-9 p.m. or Friday between 8:30-11:45 a.m. to be eligible for judging. Fair Books are still 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.
Pulled Pork Dinner – On Friday from 5-7 p.m., enjoy a meal of pulled pork on a bun, homemade baked beans and coleslaw, while listening to the talented Adam Lang on stage, all in a lead-up to a spectacular fireworks show starting at 9 p.m. For $20 advance dinner tickets, please contact email@example.com. If there are any tickets left at dinner time they will be $23 at the gate.
The Bayfield Fair will offer displays, demonstrations, exhibits, and attractions for all ages. For the fairgoers who appreciate the time-honored traditions of the Fair, there will be plenty to see including: 4-H Dairy Achievement and 4-H Sheep Club competitions, Friesian and Heavy Horse competitions, farm animals in the Animal Display Barn, homecraft displays and exhibits inside the arena, and so much more. Enhancing these traditional attractions are exciting new displays such as a Poultry Show featuring more than 100 classes of poultry, a presentation about Newfoundland Ponies, an interactive reptiles “Jurassic Adventure” show, and demonstrations of how alpaca fleece is turned into saleable products as well as the upcycling of scrap cloth into braided rugs. New to the Fair this year are the maple syrup and honey categories in the Farm Products exhibits. Fair organizers expect that these new categories will stimulate some friendly competition among local producers.
There will be plenty going on at all times during the Fair. The BAS reminds fairgoers to check the Bayfield Fair Schedule for times and locations of all events and attractions.
Volunteers are still needed for setup on Wednesday, Aug. 17 and take down on Monday, Aug. 22 or any time in between to help with the smooth running of the Fair. Anyone who can spare a few hours to help out is kindly asked to email firstname.lastname@example.org.
TRUE CRIME AUTHOR TO BE INTERVIEWED IN BOOKSHOP GARDEN
Calling all True Crime fans! Join the folks at The Village Bookshop in the Bookshop Garden, on Thursday, Aug. 18th as they welcome Founder and President of Big Coat Media, Television Producer, Storyteller and Author Catherine Fogarty. She will be discussing her book, “Murder on the Inside: The True Story of the Deadly Riot at Kingston Penetentiary”.
Starting at 4 p.m. Bayfield’s own Jennifer Campell will conduct the interview. Campbell’s background as a Reporter with “Fifth Estate” and a “W5” Producer and her three Gemini awards position her perfectly for this role. Following the interview there will be an opportunity for audience questions and Fogarty will be signing books.
Murder on the Inside has been shortlisted for the Speaker’s Book Award and for The Brass Knuckles Award for Best Nonfiction Crime Book.
On Apr. 14, 1971, a handful of prisoners attacked the guards at Kingston Penitentiary and seized control, making headlines around the world. For four intense days, the prisoners held the guards hostage while their leaders negotiated with a citizens’ committee of journalists and lawyers, drawing attention to the dehumanizing realities of their incarceration, including overcrowding, harsh punishment and extreme isolation. But when another group of convicts turned their pent-up rage towards some of the weakest prisoners, tensions inside the old stone walls erupted, with tragic consequences. As heavily armed soldiers prepared to regain control of the prison through a full military assault, the inmates were finally forced to surrender.
Murder on the Inside tells the harrowing story of a prison in crisis against the backdrop of a pivotal moment in the history of human rights. Occurring just months before the uprising at Attica Prison, the Kingston riot has remained largely undocumented, and few have known the details—yet the tense drama chronicled here is more relevant today than ever. A gripping account of the standoff and the efforts for justice and reform it inspired, Murder on the Inside is essential reading for today’s times.
Admission to the event is free. The Village Bookshop is located at 24 Main St. N.
BOOK SALE BEGINS TOMORROW
Friends of the Bayfield Library volunteers look forward to welcoming everyone back to the book sale after a two-year absence! (Submitted photo)
The Friends of Bayfield Library (FOBL) book sale starts tomorrow!
Donated books, puzzles, and games have been received, sorted and set up over the past week. FOBL sincerely thanks all who dropped off their generous donations, ensuring that there will be books for all age groups and reading preferences. Organizers are now ready to welcome everyone to the long-awaited book sale, which promises to be the largest yet!
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.
The payment for books is by donation only. Books will not be priced individually. All funds raised at the book sale will support the Bayfield Public Library and community programs.
FOBL is offering a special Book Sale Promo. A limited quantity of attractive FOBL tote bags will be available for purchase at $15 per bag. Anyone who purchases one of these bags at the sale (or brings their previously purchased bag) can fill the bag for free during the last hour of the book sale on Saturday, Aug. 20.
SIMPLER VERSION OF SUNSET ON SUMMER PLANNED
The Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society will be celebrating the Labour Day Weekend with “Sunset On Summer Revisited”. According to organizers, things will be a little simpler this year with three bands taking the stage.
Set to perform are Myrtle Earle, Jesse Webber and Carry On. Music will be offered from 3- 7 p.m.
Myrtle Earle will get things started. This Alternative Country Trio have been playing in and around London, ON for more than 10 years covering favorites like: Steve Earle, Lucinda Williams, John Prine, the Beatles and much more.
Jesse Webber was raised on a steady diet of The Beatles and Pink Floyd. He started playing and singing professionally while still in his teens. Now averaging well over 200 shows a year, Webber wins over audiences of all ages with his soulful, soaring vocals, amazing guitar chops, and all-around musicianship. He has performed in the UK, New York City, at the Kitchener and Ottawa Blues Festival, and at hundreds of other venues in Ontario.
Carry On will be performing the classics from Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. Spanning performances from the legends second appearance at Woodstock right up to the early 90s with songs that include “Deja Vu”, “Helpless”, “Carry On”, and of course, “Suite Judy: Blue Eyes”.
This “revisited” version of Sunset On Summer is about keeping things simple with people being able to just come, relax and soak in the summer weather and enjoy the music. Attendees are asked to bring their own chair.
As always, there will be a cash bar (beer and wine) plus there will be food for purchase on-site and children under the age of 12 will be treated to a free hot dog and pop!
Tickets are $25 and are available now at www.bayfieldtownhall.com.
Jesse Webber (Submitted photos)
TOM CASTLE INSPIRES ART TO RAISE FUNDS FOR HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Doug Darnbrough’s work entitled, “Lighting the Lantern on the Bayfield wharf” featuring lamplighter Tom Castle, is currently being auctioned online to raise funds for the Bayfield Historical Society. The initial pencil sketch of the painting (on right) is also being auctioned. (Photos courtesy Bayfield Historical Society)
In 2020, an original painting of the historic Helen MacLeod II fishing boat, by local artist Doug Darnbrough, was auctioned online to raise funds for the Bayfield Historical Society (BHS).
Now in 2022, Darnbrough has created another original, historical painting that will also be auctioned online to help the BHS raise funds for their ongoing Digitization Project. The auction will end on Aug. 24.
Darnbrough’s work is entitled, “Lighting the Lantern on the Bayfield wharf” featuring lamplighter Tom Castle, an integral character in the village’s fishing and farming history.
Also being auctioned is the initial pencil sketch of the finished painting created by Darnbrough. A sketch is done prior to painting to plan positions and proportions. These are often altered in the final painting.
Both the original painting and pencil sketch are framed and measure 18”X24”. For anyone wishing a closer look both the painting and the sketch are currently on display inside the Bayfield Archives and Heritage Centre on Main Street. The Archives is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday to Sunday or by special appointment.
Interested bidders are asked to register for the auction by emailing: email@example.com or they can visit the website: Bayfield Historical Society for more information.
Bidders should note that part of this fundraiser will be considered a donation, making it tax-deductible.
Here is some family history behind the subject for this piece: Thomas William Castle was born in Bayfield in 1892. The Castle family fished on Lake Huron and were farmers.
George Castle, Tom’s great-grandfather was born in 1829 in Weedon Flore, Northamptonshire. George and his wife, Mary Lamb, had three sons, all born in Weedon Flore: James (b.1823), Elijah (b. 1826), and George H. (b. 1829).
The first record of this family in Stanley Township, Canada is from 1855.
Sometime between 1851 (record in England) and 1855, George Castle (60) came to Bayfield with his wife; his son James (30), who never married; son Elijah (33), who married in Bayfield at the age of 76; and son George Henry (25), already married, with his wife, Jane. George Henry and Jane had two children in Bayfield.
George Henry’s son George Sidney was Tom’s father. Tom was a third-generation member of the Castle family from Weedon Flore. The death certificate for Tom’s grandfather, George Henry, aged 67, gives the cause of death as “general exhaustion.” It was a hard life. These immigrants started with nothing – striving to feed, house, and clothe their families in another country. They are all buried in Bayfield Cemetery.
REGISTRATION OPEN FOR FALL FOTO FEST
Registration is open for Bayfield Fall Foto Fest (FFF) which is back in a brand new incarnation taking place the evening of Sept. 23 and all day Sept. 24. The Photography Club of Bayfield (PCOB) and the Bayfield Centre for the Arts (BCA) have teamed up in a new partnership to bring an exciting program of presentations and a selection of familiar hands-on workshops.
FFF has a very exciting keynote presenter for Friday, Sept 23: Robert Burley. Burley, currently Professor Emeritus at Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson), is a Canadian artist who has lectured extensively across the globe and whose photographs of the visual landscape have been celebrated internationally. He sees the camera as a means to document and promote social change. His photographs can be found in numerous museum collections around the world.
Burley was named a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 2018 and a Senior Mellon Fellow (Canadian Centre for Architecture) in 2010.
His presentation will explore with stunning visuals the connections between nature and the city in relation to the overall impact people have on the environment both positive and negative. The Great Lakes feature strongly in his interests. He will include a discussion of several of his books.
Because of the broader appeal of the subject matter, the presentation will be open to the general public as well as FFF registrants. Visit the Robert Burley website to see more of this Keynote Speaker’s work.
The Saturday morning FFF program will consist of a keynote seminar by Andrew McLachlan. His extensive travels have resulted in a large, diverse collection of images that feature landscapes and the flora and fauna. His eBook: A Photographer’s Guide to the Ontario Landscape is the first ever-comprehensive guide to photographing Ontario’s vast and varied landscape. McLachlan’s presentation will focus primarily on his own Macro techniques for photographing flowers and insects.
McLachlan will be holding two Macro workshops in the afternoon on those two subjects. To learn more about this photographer visit the Andrew McLachlan website.
Other workshops in the afternoon and evening will include the following facilitators: Conrad Kuiper, Elizabeth van den Broeck, BD Colen, Debra Friedman and Stuart Heggie.
Registration is now open at: Fall Foto Fest. Those interested can register on-line, and follow with payment using Eventbrite through the BCA account.
For more information about FFF please contact Jack Pal at 519 440-9542 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
BAYFIELD’S FORGOTTEN FELINES IN NEED
Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines has so many wonderful cats and kittens looking for their forever families right now. They currently have sixty plus kittens waiting for vetting and homes to go to.
“And the timing couldn’t be worse because we are just going into the fall kitten season. We already have had so many calls from people with cats and kittens but we just cannot take on anymore at this point in time,” said Deb Penhale, representing BFF.
Finances, manpower and space are all ongoing issues.
“We are bursting at the seams, just as all rescues are right now, and as much as we hate to say it we may need to close our doors temporarily until we can get caught up. Without more foster homes and ways of raising funds we are at a standstill,” she said.
Despite this setback Penhale would like to wholeheartedly thank everyone who has stepped up to help out.
“Thank you to those who have helped in whatever capacity – be it by donating food which is always more than welcome, especially canned food as it seems to be difficult to come across at this time.”
She would also like to thank Pet Value in Goderich for their ongoing support.
“They have been a Godsend to us over the years, not just with their generosity in doing fundraisers for us, but also in the day-to-day help they provide. They help us and other rescues too. For the day-to-day kindness they show to everyone who goes into their store they certainly do deserve a tremendous thank you.
BFF is now accepting applications for adoption. Although BFF prefers kittens to be adopted in pairs, they will consider applications for singles.
Anyone who can help financially or by donating food, applying to become a foster home, volunteering at the Rescue or adopting a cat or kitten 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.
This merry little band are just some of the 60 plus cats and kittens that Bayfield's Forgotten Felines need to have vetted and adopted. Help is needed or BFF will have to temporarily close to intakes. (Submitted photos)
This beautiful young Calico named Penelope is the Adopt-a-BFF cat of the week. She wants nothing more than her own lap to sit on. She loves pets and cuddling. She gets along great with all the other cats at the shelter so a multi-cat household should be no issue for her. Contact Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines at firstname.lastname@example.org if adopting Penelope just feels right.