PANCAKE BRUNCH AND SCHILBE SUGAR BUSH TOUR RETURNS
Last held in 2019, the Pancake ‘N Sausage Brunch and Schilbe Sugar Bush Tour will take place on Saturday, Apr. 1st. This image taken at the 2018 event shows folks preparing to go on a tractor ride to the Sugar Bush. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)
On Saturday, Apr. 1st, no fooling, it will be pancake breakfast time!
Volunteers, with the Bayfield Area Food Bank (BAFB) and Trinity St. James Anglican Church, are joining together to host the 11th Pancake ‘N Sausage Brunch and Schilbe Sugar Bush Tour from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Pine Lake Campground.
On the menu for brunch will be genuine Maple syrup poured over hot pancakes and sausage accompanied by coffee, tea and juice.
For those who can’t get enough of the sweet stuff Rick and Rusty Schilbe’s Maple Syrup will be available for purchase. Folks will also be able to purchase a box or two of Classic Girl Guide Cookies as members of Bayfield Guiding will be in attendance as well.
Before or after partaking in the brunch served in the Campground’s Recreation Hall, people can hop on a wagon for a short tractor ride from the campground through Rick and Rusty Schilbe’s Sugar Bush to the shanty. Once at their destination they will see first hand how Maple Syrup is produced.
Tickets will be sold at the door: $12 for adults, $6 for children under 12; and preschoolers free. All proceeds will be shared between BAFB and Trinity St James. Come and join in this celebration of community, springtime and food security.
Pine Lake Campground is located at 77794 Orchard Line, Bayfield.
SISTERS HARMONIES TO FILL TOWN HALL
Tickets are available now for the Ennis Sisters who will be performing at the Bayfield Town Hall on May 7. (Photo by David Howells)
For over 25 years, the Ennis Sisters, Maureen, Karen and Teresa, have been connecting to audiences across the world with a musical style flavored by Celtic and traditional Newfoundland influences.
Their most recent album, “On We Go”, is a collection of original songs produced by Alan Doyle and recorded in scenic Quidi Vidi Village, NL.
Known for their captivating sibling harmonies and powerful, often humorous, storytelling, their music offers a broad mix of original songs as well as uniquely interpreted tunes and ballads.
And they are returning to the Bayfield Town Hall on Sunday, May 7! The hall doors will open at 7 p.m. with the Ennis Sisters taking the stage at 7:30 p.m. There will be a cash bar.
Tickets are $50 and are currently available to purchase online with no extra charges at www.bayfieldtownhall.com. Those who purchase tickets should note that the email they receive as confirmation is their ticket. There will be a volunteer at the door with a list of ticket holders. All that is needed is the ticket number at the door for entry.
The Bayfield Town Hall is located in the village at 11 The Square.
FILM CIRCUIT MOVIES COMING TO VILLAGE
The Bayfield Indie Film Series will soon be making its debut!
“You know what Bayfield needs? It needs cool movies!”
So said a small group of Bayfield residents last summer and they decided to go for it. These residents thought there must be others like themselves who wanted to see independent Canadian and international films in Bayfield, so Bayfield Indie Film Series, a not-for-profit, community-spirited group was born! They talked to Film Circuit, the national film outreach program for the Toronto International Film Festival group (TIFF), and decided to become a part of the Film Circuit community.
Founded in 1989, Film Circuit has partnered with grassroots communities all across Canada to bring the best of Canadian and world cinema across the country. Film Circuit offers filmgoers an opportunity to see films that may not otherwise be available in their region.
The Bayfield Indie Film Series will be debuting three films at the Bayfield Town Hall all on Wednesdays: “Aftersun”, Apr. 12; “Decision to Leave”, May 10; and “Trigger Point”, June 7. The doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and showtime will be 7 p.m. With community at the heart of this venture, organizers plan to include some special additional features people won’t want to miss.
Film enthusiasts can purchase Spring Season Passes at The Village Bookshop, located at 24 Main Street North, for just $30, or tickets will be available to purchase at the door, on the night of the film, for $12 each. Snacks and beverages will be available for purchase, as well.
Bayfield Indie Film Series is excited and proud to begin this new venture and look forward to seeing community members at the films!
For regular updates, follow @bayfieldindiefilmseries on Instagram and FaceBook. For any additional information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Bayfield Town Hall is located at 11 The Square in the village.
COUNTDOWN NOW ON FOR BAYFIELD READS
The countdown is now on for Bayfield Reads! This tradition corresponds with CBC’s Canada Reads. Just as they will do on the National level, Bayfield will choose their winner for this annual event determining the results with the help of a slate of local defenders.
And for the first time since prior to the pandemic, Bayfield Reads will be live and in person. People are invited to attend the event to be held at the Bayfield Town Hall on Sunday, March 26 starting at 2 p.m.
Those who attend will be able to vote on the popular “People’s Choice Award” but the panel of local Judges including Abby Armstrong, Rachael Rishworth and Ralph Blasting will have the last word.
This year’s defenders are: Dave MacLaren, Judy Whittaker, Tina Bax, Kristin Strang and Tyler Hessel. In the weeks leading up to Bayfield Reads, these defenders and the books they are defending will be profiled in the Bayfield Breeze. This week Kristen Strang is the featured defender.
“Mexican Gothic” written by Silvia Moreno-Garcia is the book that Strang will be defending. Strang is an inquisitive person who has a deep and persistent desire to learn. She is passionate about travel and meeting and working with people from different cultures. She has found that one of the most significant benefits of reading is increasing empathy and developing understanding. When enthralled in a story, Strang often wonders how she would have lived during various times and circumstances. She has a home in Bayfield and works at The Village Bookshop.
Mexican Gothic is a gothic horror novel set in 1950s Mexico. It tells the story of a young woman named Noemí who is called by her cousin to save her from doom in her countryside home, the mysterious and alluring High Place. Noemí doesn’t know much about the house, the region or her cousin’s mysterious new husband, but she’s determined to do whatever it takes to solve this mystery and save her cousin.
This novel, as well as the other four Canada Reads Books for 2023, are available for purchase at The Village Bookshop located at 24 Main Street North in the village or online at villagebookshop.ca.
Tickets to Bayfield Reads will be $5 at the door and refreshments are included.
FRESH WATER CRISIS TOPIC OF FINAL VIRTUAL SATURDAYS AT THE LIBRARY SERIES
The Friends of Bayfield Library (FOBL) and Huron County Library are pleased to co-sponsor the final speaker event in the 2023 Virtual Saturdays at the Library Speaker Series.
All are welcome to join the ZOOM meeting on Saturday, March 25 at 10:30 a.m.
The topic will be: “The Fresh Water Crisis – Thinking Globally, Acting Locally” with guest speakers from Blue Bayfield: Ray Letheren, retired teacher, Bayfield resident, and co-founder of Blue Bayfield; and Betty Durst, retired nurse, health sciences teacher, community health promoter, and Blue Bayfield volunteer.
The health of citizens throughout the world is threatened by the diminishing access to clean water for consumption and sanitation. As an important resource, water is becoming increasingly precious and valuable. The water crisis is not restricted to developing countries; it also impacts the health of the 45 million people who are dependent on the Great Lakes for clean water. The Great Lakes represent the largest body of freshwater lakes on earth (by area) and contain 21 percent of the earth’s surface freshwater (by volume).
Participants will learn about Blue Bayfield’s recent initiatives to raise awareness about the global water crisis and the pressing need to protect and conserve the life-sustaining water resources closer to home – the Great Lakes.
Anyone wishing to participate in the ZOOM meeting is asked to pre-register by clicking on the link provided on the FOBL website: www.FOBL.ca
SPECIES AT RISK THEME OF NEXT HIKE
On Saturday, March 4th, International Women’s Day was celebrated with a snowy hike on the Woodland Trail. Throughout the hike, the work of inspiring Indigenous women was highlighted. Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) members thank all who participated.
The BRVTA invites all to join in their next hike on Saturday, March 18 at 10 a.m. This will be a “Species at Risk” hike at the Morrison trail in Exeter. Denise Iszczuk, the conservation educator from the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) will be leading the hike as participants learn about species at risk and actions that can be taken to protect these species. Hikers are asked to park and meet at the Pavilion at 71042 Morrison Line, Exeter. Those interested in carpooling to Exeter (as driver or rider) are asked to meet at the Clan Gregor Square Gazebo in Bayfield at 9:15 a.m.
BRVTA volunteers will be assisting Huron Hospice with the Second Annual Candlelight Memorial Walk on the Taylor Trail in Varna on Saturday, Apr. 1st. In case of inclement weather, the event will take place on Sunday, Apr. 2nd. For more information see the next article below. All are welcome but people are asked to please leave their canine friends at home for this event.
To celebrate Earth Day on Saturday, Apr. 22, the BRVTA is hosting their Ninth Annual Earth Day Hike and Village Cleanup. The theme of the hike is “What is a Watershed?” with special guest Michele Martin, an environmental consultant from Kitchener, ON. Hikers are asked to meet at the gazebo in Clan Gregor Square at 9 a.m. The Village Cleanup will begin at 10:30 a.m. following the hike. The clean up will also be organized from the gazebo. Local groups, businesses and individuals are invited to check in and choose a route from the Village map. The Bayfield Trails Team will provide garbage bags. Participants will then go for a walk in their assigned area picking up litter. Bags can be returned to the Square for disposal. Those who take part are asked to please wear bright colored clothing and bring gloves!
BRVTA hikes are free and open to the public without pre-registration. The schedule is subject to change, so always check for updates in the Bayfield Breeze, on the BRVTA Facebook page and the Municipality of Bluewater events calendar, or contact hike coordinator Ralph Blasting by calling 519 525-3205 or emailing email@example.com.
CANDLELIGHT MEMORIAL WALK WILL TAKE PLACE AT BEGINNING OF APRIL
Weather permitting on Apr. 1 along the Taylor Trail in Varna, volunteers will place hundreds of candle-lit lanterns, lighting the pine forest path for the Second Annual Candlelight Memorial Walk. (Submitted photo)
Members of the community are encouraged to keep the evening of Saturday, Apr. 1 open on their calendars so they might participate in the Second Annual Candlelight Memorial Walk on the Taylor Trail in Varna.
This event is being organized by volunteers from Huron Hospice and the Bayfield River Valley Trails Association (BRVTA) to raise funds for the hospice. The walk will begin at 7 p.m. In case of inclement weather, the event will be postponed until Apr. 2nd.
All along the Taylor Trail, volunteers from the BRVTA and Huron Hospice will have placed hundreds of candle-lit lanterns, lighting the pine forest path. This will create an enchanted setting, providing a thoughtful venue for participants to reflect on memories of loved ones during this peaceful 1 km self-guided walk.
Huron Hospice opened their residence in 2018, providing care to approximately 60 residents yearly, at no cost to the residents or their families. Unlike hospitals, hospices in Ontario receive only partial funding for operating expenses, creating a shortfall of approximately $1,000 a day. Events like this one will assist in raising the additional funds.
Participants can make a tax-deductible donation to light a candle in memory of a loved one. Memorial names will be read during the Dedication Ceremony at 8 p.m., while walkers warm up with a cup of hot chocolate.
For more information or to donate, visit Huron Hospice events or call Roger Mather at 905 630-3571.
FERAL CAT LEARNING BENEFIT OF CREATURE COMFORTS
Chip (Submitted photo)
BFF has so many wonderful cats and kittens looking for their forever families right now.
Chip is the Adopt a BFF cat of the week.
He doesn’t realize it yet but his life is about to get a whole lot better!
Chip was found going between several homes looking for food. Originally it was thought that Chip might be an expecting female. During a bout of very cold weather Chip developed a limp and as a result the feline was trapped by some concerned people and brought to the Rescue.
“It turns out Chip is a boy and likely about two years old,” said Deb Penhale, representing the Rescue. “Presently he isn’t the happiest but he has allowed some pets to take place and is very accepting of treats. He enjoys being nice and warm, but like many newcomers, he seems to enjoy the comfort of his litter pan (as Chip’s photo demonstrates) over a soft bed. They are not used to having such comforts offered to them and this can take some getting used to.”
Volunteers will be working with Chip to socialize him and he will be going for his shots and neuter as soon as an appointment can be secured.
“We look forward to working with him and keeping readers updated as to his progress. We are always happy to share the journey from feral to fabulous!” concluded Penhale.
To learn more about adopting Chip please contact BFF via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. The adoption fee is now $200. Adopted cats are vetted, shots are up-to-date and they are also spayed or neutered. Not able to adopt but still want to help? Donations are always gratefully accepted and can be e-transferred to the email above.