VILLAGE OF BAYFIELD MARINA EARNS BLUE FLAG AWARD FOR 15TH YEAR
This 2022 version of the Blue Flag flew at the Bayfield Marina last summer. It was recently replaced with the 2023 version – marking 15 years of Blue Flag status for the marina. (Photo courtesy the Municipality of Bluewater)
The Village of Bayfield Marina Earns Prestigious Blue Flag Award
Swim Drink Fish Canada has announced the Blue Flag 2023 awards naming The Village of Bayfield Marina (Bluewater Marina) as a Blue Flag recipient!
The Village of Bayfield Marina is proud to fly the Blue Flag, an internationally recognized and respected award for marinas that meet the strict criteria under four categories: Environmental Education and Information, Safety and Services, Water Quality, and Environmental Management. This is the 15th year the Marina has been awarded this prestigious title.
The Blue Flag is awarded annually based on the program’s strict criteria.
Blue Flag Canada is operated by Swim Drink Fish, a national environmental charity on behalf of Blue Flag International and the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE), a non-government organization based in Denmark.
The heart of the Blue Flag program is to recognize communities working to promote swimmable, drinkable, fishable water. When people see the Blue Flag flying they can be assured the marina is clean, sustainable, meets safety requirements and promotes environmentally friendly practices to boaters. The Blue Flag program fosters public awareness through community outreach activities and environmental goals. The 2023 environmental initiatives include distributing pollution prevention kits to boaters out of the marina office located at 33 Longhill Rd. which are available while supplies last. As well, Marina staff will focus on the capture and clean up of litter and debris along the river’s edge within the marina.
The 2023 Blue Flag community outreach programs include a Litter Clean Up Event on July 22 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; a DIY kids recycling activity “Playful Plastics” in partnership with the Huron County Library, Bayfield Branch on July 27, 1:30 p.m.-3 p.m. and a Dark Sky Party in partnership with the West Coast Astronomers hosted at the Bayfield Pier on Aug. 11 after sunset. For full details on the Blue Flag community events, please check the Municipality of Bluewater’s website and social media or contact Lindsay Whalen, Planning coordinator, by calling 519 236-4351 Ext. 235, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Over the years, the Blue Flag Program has supported community outreach initiatives in partnership with the Village of Bayfield Marina, the Municipality of Bluewater, and local organizations.
- Some of the past initiatives and programs include: upgrades to marina facilities like showers, toilets, and lighting to conserve water and energy.
- Implementation of fuel bibs, fuel/air separator to prevent and eliminate fuel spills.
- Distribution of hundreds of pollution prevention kits to boaters since 2015.
- Replacement of approximately 40 dock lights to be dark sky compliant to reduce light pollution.
- Sail drive recycling, reclaiming, and upcycling 10 sails in 2022 in partnership with Sea Bags in efforts to reduce waste in landfills.
- Flare return day in partnership with Goderich Power & Sail Squadron which collected 280 flares in 2022
- Community events and activities to raise environmental awareness like Earth Day wetland planting events in partnership with the conservation authority; kids environment and learning activities in partnership with Huron County Library, Bayfield Branch.
- Educational materials including brochures for best boater practices, and plastic pollution prevention.
The program wouldn’t be possible without valuable efforts made by individuals and organizations who have teamed up and contributed towards earning and maintaining this prestigious award.
Check out the complete list of nationally awarded 2023 Blue Flag marinas and beaches visit: Swim Drink Fish.
VILLAGE AS AN ART DESTINATION HIGHLIGHTED IN EXHIBITION AND WORKSHOP
The Bayfield Centre for the Arts (BCA) will be hosting a fantastic art exhibition of images painted of Bayfield as featured in the book published in 2015 titled, “Reflections of Bayfield – Images Across the Decades” compiled by Barbara Brown and Joyce Lambert. (Submitted photo)
The “Reflections of Bayfield” Art Exhibition presented by the Bayfield Centre For The Arts (BCA) and the Bayfield Historical Society (BHS) and Archives is a celebration of the creative essence and beauty found in this village that has made it a destination for artists and art-lovers over many years.
The Art Exhibition will be showcased at the Bayfield Town Hall on June 10-11 – Saturday, 2-7 p.m. and Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. Admission is free but donations at the door would be appreciated.
This is a one time only, innovative Art Exhibition of sketches and paintings found in the book of the same name…all images are of Bayfield painted by past artists! Included will be important paintings of Bayfield by JW (Jack) McLaren, who was once invited to become a member of the Group of Seven.
Because an amazing exhibition wouldn’t be complete without an opportunity for people to actually pick up a brush…an additional component of the project is a two-day en plein air painting workshop called, “The Tradition Continues”. To be held on June 7 and 8, this workshop will teach artists to paint Main St and the Bayfield Harbour. And some art will be for sale!
The book that is the inspiration for this show is available for purchase at The Village Bookshop for $35 with all proceeds going to the BHS. The Village Bookshop is located at 24 Main Street North.
TIME TO PREPARE ENTRIES FOR BAYFIELD COMMUNITY FAIR IS NOW
The warm weather has finally arrived, which means that summer is just around the corner. And that means it will be no time at all until the annual Bayfield Community Fair – always on the third weekend of August. The Bayfield Agricultural Society (BAS) would like to remind everyone that the Fair will be held at the Bayfield Arena and Agricultural Park on Aug. 18-20. This year’s theme is “A Tractor Life for Me in 2023”.
Now is a perfect time to start getting entries ready for the Bayfield Fair. The opportunities for all ages to enter art and photography, baking and canning, flowers and plants, fruits and vegetables, as well as handcrafted quilting, sewing, knitting, crocheting, and woodworking are at the heart of the indoor Homecraft show. All entries are welcome and add to the wealth of exhibits that fairgoers have come to appreciate each year.
A new vegetable category has been added this year for Best Quad of Baking Potatoes (four shown on a plate) with a first prize of $50. This new category is expected to generate some serious interest. In 2022, two new “sweet” categories were added for Maple syrup and honey, with three classes each. Fair organizers encourage local producers to get their Maple syrup and honey entries ready for some friendly competition!
All of the entry categories and requirements can be viewed online in the 2023 Fair Book. Entries can be completed online. A print version of the 2023 Fair Book is currently being published and will be available by mid-June. A digital copy can be viewed now by visiting: Fair Book Online.
The BAS is pleased to announce the return of the Poultry Show and competition on Saturday, Aug. 19 featuring more than 100 categories. The exhibits will include large fowl, bantams, waterfowl, turkeys, pigeons, and a full section for junior exhibitors to enter. This is sure to be a hit with breeders and everyone attending the Fair, both young and old. For more information on entering the Poultry Show, please visit: Fair Book – Poultry Section.
Vendors who wish to have an indoor or outdoor booth to sell crafts or promote a business are asked to go to the BAS website to learn more about: Concessions as well as rates and contact information. Booth spaces are filling up quickly. Anyone interested should secure their space soon.
Volunteers from the community are needed to help make the Bayfield Fair a success. Whether it’s a few hours or a few days, volunteer help is always appreciated. High school students who need extra hours to complete their volunteer service requirements for graduation are most welcome. Anyone interested in volunteering can email: email@example.com.
Be sure to join in the fun and start getting those entries ready!
First-prize winner and recipient of Best in Show “Collection of Vegetables in Basket” at the 2022 Bayfield Community Fair. (Photo by Janet Vogelsang)
This colorful knitted tea cozy won first prize at the 2022 Bayfield Community Fair. (Photo by Doug Yeo)
FENG SHUI WORKSHOP UNIQUE FUNDRAISER
Participants in a workshop scheduled for September can learn how to apply Feng Shui and easily create a home or workplace of beauty, harmony and comfort, which feels as good as it looks! (Submitted photo)
This fall, individuals have the opportunity to join a fun and interactive two-day Feng Shui workshop in Bayfield. The workshop will be of interest to professionals who would like to add Feng Shui to their skill set or anyone who is interested in applying Feng Shui to their home and/or personal life.
Participants will uncover the myths and discover the common-sense principles of Feng Shui! They will learn how to bring harmony and balance to their home and workplace, garden and health, with the aim of reducing stress and improving overall wellbeing. Registrants may bring a floor plan of their home or office, which can be evaluated during the workshop.
The workshop will be held on Thursday, Sept. 21 and Friday, Sept. 22 at the Bayfield Town Hall, 11 The Square, Bayfield. The event will run each day from 9-4:30 p.m.
A lovely lunch as well as snacks and beverages will be served on both days. Participants will receive a binder with course information, a Feng Shui book, and a certificate of achievement.
Helen Varekamp will be facilitating the workshop. Varekamp was an instructor for QC Design College, teaching Feng Shui workshops, and had a consulting business in interior design and Feng Shui design. Now retired, she volunteers for several community organizations, and is dedicating her time and knowledge to this event, with all proceeds going to Huron Hospice.
“There are so many great fundraising events, but I felt like doing something a bit different,” said Varekamp. “I enjoy Feng Shui and love sharing the subject with others. I feel everyone can benefit from learning how to create a space that feels as good as it looks. Feng Shui workshops have rarely been offered this side of Toronto – I really want to give residents in this area an opportunity to attend a local and affordable workshop, while supporting a great cause.”
The early bird registration fee is $675 which is HST exempt; after Sept. 1 the fee will be $750. Participants will receive a $500 charitable tax receipt from Huron Hospice. Early registration is recommended, as limited seating is available!
For more information and registration, visit the Event page of the Huron Hospice website at Feng Shui Workshop.
This is a scent-free event.
Participants can learn how to apply Feng Shui and easily create a home or workplace of beauty, harmony and comfort, which feels as good as it looks!
FOUR TRIBUTE BANDS OFFERING SOUNDS OF SUMMER
The Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society (BTHHS) will be hosting several concerts this year to raise funds to continue in their efforts to maintain and enjoy the Bayfield Town Hall. Music lovers can look forward to three concerts this summer with three tribute bands sharing their talents from Canada Day to Bayfield Community Fair weekend.
“The Groove”, a nine-piece disco band based in London, ON, will perform on the outdoor stage at the Bayfield Town Hall on Saturday, July 1st. They are sure to perform people’s favorite hits from the disco era including the “Bee Gees”, “Donna Summer”, “KC and the Sunshine Band”, and more! Attendees are encouraged to represent the 1970s by dressing in their disco finest and to head on up to the “dance floor”.
The gates for this concert open at 6 p.m. with the band getting their groove on starting at 7 p.m. Tickets are available now for $25 per person.
Civic Holiday weekend will bring “Crazy Diamonds”, a Pink Floyd Tribute Band from Kitchener, ON to the outdoor stage at the town hall. This is a great opportunity for Pink Floyd fans to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the release of Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side Of The Moon” album and hear it in its entirety. The band will also perform other Pink Floyd classics.
The gates for this outdoor concert open at 7 p.m. with the tribute beginning at 8 p.m. Tickets are selling for $40.
For both of these concerts a cash bar selling beer and wine will be available. Those who attend are asked to bring their own chair.
And then on the third weekend in August, the BTHHS and the Bayfield Agricultural Society are joining forces to bring a “Rock Revival” to the Bayfield Community Fair! Two bands – “ZED” and “Southern Fried” – will take over the Bayfield Fairgrounds at Agricultural Park on Saturday, Aug. 19.
ZED will bring Led Zeppelin’s rock to life as this band faithfully recreates the sound of Led Zeppelin’s studio albums to an astonishing level of accuracy while also capturing the magical aura of the Led Zeppelin live experience.
Established in 2003, Southern Fried has been stunning audiences with a true experience of Southern rock music. They have been hailed as simply the most authentic-sounding Lynyrd Skynyrd tribute anywhere!
Tickets are $30. Fairground gates for this Rock Revival will open at 6:30 p.m. while the concert will start at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available now for $30. There will be a cash bar. Attendees are asked to bring their own chair.
Tickets for all the concerts listed in this summer line-up can be purchased online by visiting: www.bayfieldtownhall.com.
BAYFIELD INDIE FILM SERIES MAKES TRIGGER POINT VIEWING VILLAGE EVENT
The final movie for the Bayfield Indie Film Series sold out well in advance of June 7. (Submitted photos)
Bayfield Indie Film Series is thrilled to offer the first public showing of “Trigger Point” in the village to a sold-out crowd tonight (June 7) at the Bayfield Town Hall.
Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and showtime is 7 p.m.
There will be an introduction and a possibility to ask a question or two with Trigger Point Director Brad Turner and Executive Producer Jessica Petelle before the film begins. To show support and community spirit, the audience is encouraged to wear their Bayfield t-shirts, sweatshirts and caps!
Following the film, all are welcome to join Turner, Petelle and the folks behind Bayfield Indie Film Series at the Bayfield Brewery, located at 14 Main Street, an easy walk from the Town Hall. Thank you to the owners for staying open late for this special occasion.
Trigger Point Director Brad Turner and Executive Producer Jessica Petelle will be available to answer questions before the film begins.
For anyone who has purchased a Season Pass and is unable to attend, organizers suggest that they please “pass the pass” to a favorite friend or neighbor so they may enjoy the experience.
“A huge thank you to the Bayfield community for supporting the first series presentation,” said Pat Heffernan, representing the Bayfield Indie Film Series. “And now, a favor: Bayfield Indie Film Series would like to know what you think. Did you enjoy the film series? Would you like to see a fall series in Bayfield? What films would you be interested in—more independent films, foreign films, Canadian content, oldies, classics, documentaries, others? Was the selection of snacks adequate? Do you have any suggestions of ways to improve the film experience?”
The organizers behind Bayfield Indie Film Series would like to thank everyone for sharing this opportunity to show films in Bayfield. Please send any comments or suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
FIRST OF THREE DROP OFF DATES FOR RUMMAGE SALE THIS SATURDAY
Honk! Honk! The fun is about to begin!
The Quonset Hut is all set-up to receive the first batch of donations this Saturday, June 10.
The location will be accepting donations from 9 a.m. to noon. If required, it will be possible to drive right in to unload furniture items. Otherwise the trusty group of volunteers will assist drivers to unload their vehicles. Please advise the team if there are items of special value, anything especially noteworthy or fragile items so they may take extra care. Team Rummage also asks donors to please be mindful of the items that cannot be accepted.
To donate something specific for the Silent Auction tables, please contact email@example.com and include “Silent Auction” in the subject line. These items are safely stored and registered in a different location.
Reminder, the date for the 74th Annual Rummage Sale and Silent Auction is Friday, July 14 starting at 6 p.m. The sale takes place at the Bayfield Arena and Community Centre located at 4 Jane Street in the village.
Additional donation drop-off dates are June 17 and June 24.
The Quonset Hut is located on Highway 21, just north of Bayfield at 76614 Bluewater Hwy.
The following items are always very popular and in great demand: indoor and outdoor furniture (nothing too heavy); tables and chairs; linens, towels, draperies; antiques and collectibles; housewares including, dishes, glasses, pots and pans; baskets; purses and jewellery; garden decor and garden tools; tools of all sorts; decorative items including figurines, vases, framed mirrors and art prints; festive decorations; adult and children’s games, books and puzzles; DVD’s, record albums and stereo equipment; floor lamps and table lamps; sporting goods are very popular; all recreational items including bicycles; home electronics and small appliances.
The following items are not acceptable: mattresses of any size; sofas and sofa beds along with any large, heavy furniture; children’s furniture, strollers, damaged or soiled toys; no large appliances or televisions; monitors, printers or fax machines; Christmas trees, strings of lights; clothing, shoes or hats; Tupperware, plastic utensils, water bottles, lone coffee mugs; plastic garden pots; life jackets or bike helmets; window blinds with pull strings; unframed mirrors and no used candles.
FUNDS REQUIRED TO KEEP UP WITH MEDICAL SERVICES FOR NEW ARRIVALS
Spencer and Whopper (Submitted photos)
According to volunteers with Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines (BFF) they know Spring has truly arrived when kitten season hits.
Spencer and Whopper are the Adopt a BFF kittens of the week.
Spencer, the grey kitten, and Whopper, the black kitten, are brothers who arrived at the Rescue just a few days ago.
They are just starting to settle into their new surroundings but have a good appetite. Spencer is still a little shy, but is starting to come forward for a little attention.
The pair are just two of the growing count that will need vetting, shots and spayed or neutered.
“BFF currently has 58 kittens. They will all need these services in order to be adoptable,” said Deb Penhale, representing BFF. “The cost to have all of these kittens provided with the proper basic medical care is upwards of $16,000.”
The Rescue is also in need of kitten milk replacement (KMR) for babies without mothers to provide them with proper nutrition as well as wet kitten food. They could also use soft baby blankets and stuffed animals both used to comfort orphaned kittens.
The adoption fee is now $250. Adopted cats are vetted, shots are up-to-date and they are also spayed or neutered. Monetary donations are always appreciated. E-transferred donations and inquiries for adoptions can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
Currently, there is a Go Fund Me campaign being run to encourage more donations for BFF. For more information visit: Go Fund Me – BFF.
WALK FOR DOG GUIDES ATTENDANCE QUADRUPLED
PHOTOS BY JACK PAL
Once again, thanks to this great community, the Bayfield Lion’s Walk for Dog Guides was a huge success.
The weather could not have been better for the walk that started and ended at Clan Gregor Square, where walkers could enjoy refreshments, and the dogs could participate in fun-filled contests.
The event proved to be even more interesting thanks to the guest speakers and their canines.
Marta Rosman, attending with her seventh foster pup, Poplar, explained the first step in preparing a dog for its life of service. Hopefully her talk was an incentive for others to foster.
She was followed by Linda Baker, with her vision service dog, Yakira. Baker helped those in attendance to understand how invaluable a service dog is – how much more she is able to do, and how much more independent she has become since Yakira entered her life.
“We would like to express our gratitude to all the walkers, their dogs, and the pledgers. These are the ones who make this event successful year after year,” said Karen Scott, representing the Bayfield Lions Club’s Walk for Dog Guides. “Thanks to all volunteers and especially Deb Grasby for recruiting Marta to speak, and for all the other things she did to help make the event successful.”
The club would also like to thank their sponsor, Pet Valu of Goderich, for providing a booth with information and dog treats, as well as several door prizes. Bayfield’s Tim Hortons also provided coffee for the humans for which the organizers are thankful.
“Thank you as well to Clinton Veterinary Services, South Huron Veterinary Clinic in Zurich, and Huebner-Ridder Veterinary Hospital in Goderich for the other door prizes,” she said.
According to the Lions representative, there will be a final tally in a further edition of the Bayfield Breeze, but she truly believes this year was another record breaker.
“Last year we had seven walkers, and this year we had four times that amount. Bayfield, you make us proud!” she concluded.
Justyna Chojnacka and Sue Weston participated in the walk with a couple of furry friends.
Lions Karen Scott and Lorena Toole welcomed participants to the reception desk at the Bayfield Lions Club's Walk for Dog Guides on the morning of June 4th.
Lions members Rolly Scott and Tom Grasby (foreground) offered a hot dog lunch to participants.
The club would also like to thank their sponsor, Pet Valu of Goderich, for providing a booth with information and dog treats, as well as several door prizes.
Lion Karen Scott (left) along with volunteer Deb Grasby (right) and puppy foster mom Miranda Rosman, introduced Poplar, a Dog Guide in Training, to the crowd.
Guide Dog in Training, Poplar is shown here in rapt attention training mode.
Linda Blake, with her vision service dog, Yakira, spoke to the crowd.