Over the weekend, sixty people took part in the “Mower Tournament” at the Bayfield International Croquet Club’s courts to raise funds to purchase a new mower for the club. Teams of varying ability took part in fun games of “Snake Croquet”, followed by dinner at the courts. Organizers note that croquet is a wonderful game for all ages and new members are always welcome. Those who wish to learn more are invited to contact Shelagh Sully by phone at 519 441-2974 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. (Photo by Jack Pal)
THREE MUSICAL ACTS OFFERED AT SUNSET ON SUMMER REVISITED
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 on Saturday, Sept. 3.
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.
TERRY FOX RUN IN PERSON ONCE MORE
“Nobody is ever going to call me a quitter.” – Terry Fox
At 18 years-old Terry Fox was diagnosed with cancer and lost his leg. Two years later Terry started training to run across Canada. In 1980 he started his Marathon of Hope, raising funds and hoping for a cure for all cancers. Terry ran over 5,000 km – covering six provinces – to raise funds and share his message. Unfortunately, Terry’s health deteriorated, forcing him to abandon the Marathon. People all across Canada have since run every year in memory of Terry; over 850 million dollars have been raised for cancer research.
Members of the community are invited to run, walk or bike and raise funds to keep Terry’s dream alive. Bayfield has raised over $50,000 through Terry Fox Runs, and for this support organizers truly are very grateful. They are excited to announce that this year the Run will be held in person. Three guided group hikes will leave from the Clan Gregor Gazebo at 10 a.m.; participants can choose to walk the 1 km, 3 km or 5 km route.
Anyone who wants to run, bike or rollerblade, should feel free to choose their own route and time. Participants may register online as an individual, family or team and start collecting pledges. The process is extremely simple, visit: Terry Fox Run Bayfield to register at the Bayfield site.
Donations can be made on the same site; people can sponsor a registrant or make a general donation. They can also scan the QR Codes on all signs, which will bring them directly to the Bayfield site, enabling them to make a donation through their phone.
Those who prefer to donate to the Terry Fox Foundation by cash or cheque are invited to meet the organizers on Sunday, Sept. 18 between 9-10 a.m. at the pavilion in Clan Gregor Square. They will also be selling 2022 Terry Fox T-shirts at $25 each and have 2022 participation seals available. Also, for those interested, selfies can be taken during this time in front of a large Terry Fox poster!
The Bayfield Terry Fox Run is organized by volunteers of the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association. Anyone with questions is asked to please email email@example.com.
For further information regarding the Terry Fox Foundation, please visit www.terryfox.org.
ONLINE ART AUCTION ENDS TODAY
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 ending today (Aug. 24) at approximately 6 p.m.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com.
BAYFIELD’S FORGOTTEN FELINES LOOKING FOR FOSTER FAMILIES
Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines (BFF) 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.
BFF has temporarily closed their doors to intakes.
“We receive calls every day but being able to take in more cats is directly linked to the number that can be adopted or fostered,” she said. “We currently have three mamas with very young or newborn babies waiting for foster homes. Anyone who thinks this might be something they would be interested in doing are welcome to reach out to us for details on how the foster program works.”
Dom and the Danbies are the Adopt a BFF cats of the week.
Who doesn’t love a fluffy black cat with a big plume for a tail?
Well, BFF has three of these gorgeous cats right now. The Danbies are twins. According to volunteers when they were younger they could tell these two cats apart because one had a white whisker, however, he lost said whisker! Dom looks like he could be their triplet. He is the most chill, gentle and friendly fellow. All three of them would look fabulous curled up on someone’s sofa, bed or lap. Dom was brought in with the beautiful Calico, Penelope, that was featured in Issue 684. Volunteers believe her to be his girlfriend. The Danbies came to the Rescue with their mother, a beautiful, long-haired, grey cat with amazing gold eyes – still working on her people skills she isn’t yet ready for adoption.
“We have such a plethora of gorgeous cats and kittens, all different ages, looks and temperaments waiting for their forever homes right now,” said Deb Penhale, representing BFF. “They are all deserving and are just waiting for their families to find them.”
BFF is now accepting applications for adoption. If someone thinks Dom and/or the Danbies would be a great fit for their household they are invited to contact BFF.
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 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.
Dom (Submitted photos)