STRENGTHENING COMMUNITY CONNECTION FOCUS OF FUNDRAISER
A Bayfield based outdoor school is holding a fundraiser to help create and strengthen community connection.
“Seeds Rooted in Youth” presents “Growing Connections”, a fundraiser to be held on Sept. 30 at Bad Apple Brewery. The evening will be chock full of activity and local fare, from a vendor market featuring local artisans to live music, special guest speakers, food trucks, and a showing of the dazzling film “Fantastic Fungi”.
Janneke Vortesveld, founder of Seeds Rooted in Youth, and one of the speakers for the evening, is excited to see the community come together at this special event.
“Connection is something that we see as an important part of our educational practices and business model”, she explained. “Through our connections to those around us we have a greater sense of belonging and an overall better mental and physical health. We are hardwired for Connection.”
Voresteveld will be speaking about what Seeds Rooted in Youth does, as well as the importance of connection to land, community, and self.
Tickets are $20 and are available at: Growing Connections. The event kicks off with the market beginning at 4 p.m., with the film showing at 8:30 p.m.. A detailed schedule and list of participants can be found at Programs.
Bad Apple Brewery is located at 73463 Bluewater Hwy, Zurich, ON.
CASTLE descendants SECURE PAINTING AT AUCTION
Doug Darnbrough’s work entitled, “Lighting the Lantern on the Bayfield wharf” featuring lamplighter Tom Castle, was auctioned online to raise funds in August for the Bayfield Historical Society. The successful bidder was Robert Castle (left), of Toronto, who purchased the painting as a gift for his sister Mary Jean Castle (right). (Photo courtesy Bayfield Historical Society)
The Bayfield Historical Society (BHS) held an online art auction in August to raise funds for their ongoing digitization project.
Robert Castle, of Toronto, was the successful bidder on the beautiful painting of Tom Castle created by artist Doug Darnbrough. The painting was a surprise gift from Robert to his sister Mary Jean.
Tom was Robert and Mary Jean’s great uncle. The siblings recently made the trip together from Toronto to Bayfield; the first home in Canada of their ancestors, George and Mary Elizabeth Castle from Weedon Bec, Northamptonshire, UK circa 1850.
George and Jane Castle came to Bayfield with three sons and one daughter-in-law, all in their 20’s. Three generations of the Castle family made their home in Bayfield; were fishermen; and are buried in Bayfield Cemetery.
During their visit, BHS volunteers were very pleased to be able to show them original historical artifacts stored at the archives from their ancestors.
FINAL TWO HIKES OF THE YEAR ANNOUNCED
The Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) reminds hikers that the Woodland Trail will be closed for the month of October for turkey hunting season. Please abide by the posted signs.
There will be two guided fall hikes in the coming weeks: Climate Change on the Great Lakes and National Take a Hike Day.
On Saturday, Oct. 22 at 11 a.m., environmental educator Michele Martin will lead a walk through the village and down to the waterfront, pointing out how climate change is affecting the area and what people can do to help. Those interested are asked to meet at the Clan Gregor Square Gazebo for a walk lasting about 90 minutes.
The final guided hike of 2022 will be on Mavis’ Trail and the Taylor Trail on Thursday, Nov. 17 at 2 p.m. National Take a Hike Day celebrates the nearly 300,000 km of trails in Canada, 80,000 of which are in Ontario.
This little hike of 3.5 km will start at the Varna Complex parking lot and take participants through evergreen and deciduous forests, over small streams, and down to the Bayfield River. A map can be found at Mavis-Taylor Trail.
For questions or more information contact Ralph Blasting via email at email@example.com or call 519 525-3205.
SOUNDBATH EXPERIENCE HAPPENING TOMORROW
Ever wonder about the relaxing properties of a soundbath? Harp Therapist Martha Lawrance will be using guided imagery along with the sounds of the harp to introduce the process tomorrow afternoon (Sept. 29) at the Bayfield Community Centre.
This will be a free, hour-long, introductory session and everyone is welcome!” said Lawrance. “We are hoping to offer this session regularly and wish participants to experience it.”
The session will begin at 3:30 p.m. and those who attend are asked to bring their own mat. Me!
The session will offer a deep relaxation soundbath that combines the vibrational and resonating power of the harp with Guided Imagery (GIM) techniques and voice. Creative visualization and deep relaxation aims at enhancing our ability to reconnect with ourselves. It can be adapted to suit various therapeutic intervention needs such as stress management, PTSD treatment, sleeplessness, meditation or yoga and mindfulness practice.
Once deeply relaxed the listener is transported through a series of visualizations, guided with harp and voice prompts. Participants create their own journey and finish with peaceful images and feelings to keep with them to return to when needed.
Any questions? Please email Martha Lawrance at firstname.lastname@example.org.
AUTUMN JOY CONCERT THIS SUNDAY
For over 15 years the Glee Sisters women’s choir have enthusiastically entertained young and old alike with an eclectic and spirited assortment of music from various genres.
After a two-year hiatus, the Glee Sisters are ready and eager to perform once again. Their “Autumn Joy” Benefit Concert for Huron Hospice Bender House will be held on Sunday, Oct. 2nd at 2 p.m. at St. Andrews United Church in Bayfield. The concert will feature a joyful mix of folk, pop, swing, rock, novelty, classical, and spiritual songs. All proceeds will support the new Children’s Room at Bender House.
“Many choir members have a close connection to our local hospice and we are delighted to have this opportunity to show our support by doing what we love,” said Lisa Stewart, who is preparing the program.
There is no need to purchase tickets; people are invited to simply show up and enjoy the performance. Of course, they are welcome to show their appreciation with a donation to Huron Hospice. Tax receipts can be issued for all donations of $20 and over.
The Benefit Concert will be conducted by Stewart, accompanied by pianist Mary McGoldrick and Laurie Hazzard on guitar, bass and banjo ukulele.
Everyone is welcome to attend the concert, a delightful event not to be missed!
For further information, feel free to contact Helen Varekamp at email@example.com
EGRET HAS SUCCESSFUL SURGERY
Moreno (Submitted photo)
Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines (BFF) has so many wonderful cats and kittens looking for their forever families right now that they have 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,” said Deb Penhale, representing Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines (BFF). In very special cases BFF is allowing emergency intakes as was the case of last week’s (Issue 689) Adopt a BFF featured feline of the week – Egret.
BFF put out word that they were looking for the public to help with providing donations to go toward Egret’s upcoming surgery. Penhale and her fellow volunteers were overwhelmed by the outpouring of generosity.
“We would like to give a shout out and great big thank you to all of those who donated towards Egret’s surgery,” Penhale said. “He had his leg amputated on Friday and seems to be doing very well. He is adjusting quickly. He would not have been able to use this leg in its condition so it likely makes mobility a bit easier. Nothing seems to slow down his appetite which is also a good sign of recovery.”
This week’s featured Adopt a BFF is Moreno.
Moreno was a young stray who was found alone, hungry and scared. It took awhile to win his trust (food is always a great seducer for little kitties). He has become a long, lean, love machine who is ready for his people and a home. He loves attention and gentle affection from humans is pure bliss!
Volunteers note that Moreno can be timid when first approached but a few treats go a long way and once the petting starts the purring kicks in.
He has some friends at the Rescue but seems to be content with alone time. He is likely close to a year old now and is a quiet boy and ready to move in with a family to call his own.
Anyone who might be interested in adopting Moreno is asked to please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
“We currently have over 60 kittens and have many waiting to come in,” explained Penhale. “We will be doing an adoption event at Pet Valu in Goderich in October.”
The adoption event at the Pet Valu in Goderich will be held on Oct. 22-23 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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.