CELEBRATION OF LIFE
This is a reminder to friends and family in the community that they are invited to a Celebration of Life in memory of Dr. Charles James Wallace which will be held this Saturday, June 17.
Dr. Wallace died at the South Huron Hospital, Exeter on Saturday, March 18 at the age of 93. He was a long-time resident of Bayfield and formerly of Zurich and Grand Bend.
The celebration will be held at the Coach House at Hessenland Inn, 72981 Bluewater Highway, Zurich from 2-5 p.m. To RSVP please send an email to email@example.com.
Tuesday, June 20 is the date set for the next Councilor’s Corner hosted by Municipality of Bluewater’s Bayfield Ward Council Bill Whetstone.
Two very important topics will be on the agenda – the Bedrock Energy Compressed Air Project and the passing and implementation of the Short Term Rental Bylaw.
The two-hour session will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will be held at the Bayfield Community Centre located at 4 Jane Street in the village. All are welcome to attend.
The Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) would like to thank those people who came out to the BRVTA’s First Annual Pride Hike this past Saturday, June 10.
All are welcome to join the BRVTA for the annual National Indigenous Peoples Day Hike this Saturday, June 17 at 10 a.m. at the Varna Nature Trails on Mill Road, 1 km west of Varna. Dogs on leashes are welcome to join in.
Organizers will welcome Jordan George as the special guest. George is a Kettle and Stony Point member who specializes in Indigenous research. He will share the history of Indigenous peoples in the Bayfield area. He has recently collaborated with the Bayfield Historical Society. To learn more about the First Nations on the Huron Tract as well as George, please visit Bayfield Historical Society.
For the month of July, there are two hikes planned.
On July 8, learn more about the history of Bayfield on the “Admiral Bayfield Walk”. This will be along the Heritage Trail through the town. Participants are asked to meet at the Clan Gregor Square playground at 10 a.m.
On July 22, there will be a guided tour of Hullett Marsh at the Hullett Provincial Wildlife Area, east of Clinton. This is a major wetland habitat with a variety of unique flora and fauna. The meeting point is to be determined. Stay tuned!
The schedule is subject to change, so always check for updates in the Bayfield Breeze, the BRVTA Facebook page and the Municipality of Bluewater events calendar, or contact the hike coordinator Ralph Blasting by calling 519 525-3205 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
BAYFIELD LAVENDER FARM
A local small-scale lavender operation will soon be welcoming visitors for the first time.
The Bayfield Lavender Farm will be open to visitors beginning on June 15 through the end of August.
Located on Porter’s Hill Line, slightly North of Telephone Road, the farm has been producing small-batch handcrafted lavender products on site since 2018. The French and English lavenders are sustainably grown without the use of sprays and each plant is harvested, cleaned, and steam distilled for essential oil by hand. The farm offers a peaceful vibe where visitors will be able to see a number of lavender varieties in bloom or being processed, say hello to the colorful chickens and soap-making goats, as well as grab some lavender goodies, and more, at the farm’s rustic gift shop.
Open Thursdays to Sundays, there may be adjustments to operating hours throughout the season so visitors are encouraged to check the website for updates and details: bayfieldlavenderfarm.ca or follow along on the socials with @bayfieldlavender.
Bayfield Lavender Farm is located at 77881 Porter’s Hill Line, Bayfield.
DINING FOR SENIORS
The Bayfield Dining for Seniors Program is now up and running after a three year hiatus and organizers couldn’t be more thrilled.
This dining program offers the opportunity for seniors, 60 years and older, to partake in a social gathering with their peers and enjoy a delicious full course meal.
The program will be held at the Bayfield Community Centre starting at noon on the first and third Thursday of each month at a cost of $12 per person.
Diners will need to register with Leslie Bald at 519 565-5637 by noon on the Monday prior to the Thursday meal, so there is an accurate count on the number of participants.
Volunteers for preparation and serving are always needed. This can be a very satisfying volunteer activity. Please contact Bud Robinson at 519 440-8189 to become a volunteer.
Friends of Bayfield Library (FOBL) is pleased to announce a “Red Table Book Sale” at the Bayfield Public Library starting on June 28.
This “book sale reimagined” will replace the regular August book sale at the library for this year. The Red Table Book Sale will be held inside the library during regular library hours from June 28 to Aug. 31.
All books displayed on the Red Table will be available for purchase with a financial donation. The table will be regularly stocked with books while supplies last. With two full months of book browsing, this will be a great opportunity for everyone to stock up on summer and autumn reading!
To make this book sale a success, FOBL is asking for donations of used books in very good condition. Fiction, non-fiction, and children’s books are welcome. Due to limited space on the Red Table, the following items will no longer be accepted: cookbooks, coffee table books, travel books, CDs, DVDs, puzzles, and games.
Book donation drop-off dates are Thursday, June 22 from noon to 5 p.m. and Friday, June 23 from 9 a.m. to noon at the library.
The Virtual High School’s (VHS) Run4Kids is back!
All are invited to join in the event to be held in Bayfield this Saturday, June 17. Runners and walkers will set off at 9 a.m. for a 5 km run or 3 km walk in support of Rural Response for Healthy Children. Registration opens at 8 a.m.
There are many prizes to be won, and swag bags and t-shirts will be available on a first come, first served basis. This event is for runners of all ages, and is a great activity for families to enjoy together. Participants can also enjoy on-site activities at the Registration Centre located at the Virtual High School, 27 Bayfield Main Street N, in Bayfield. Activities will include: face painting, bubbles, snacks and more!
To learn more or to register visit www.VHSrun4kids.com.
BAYFIELD FAIR PARADE
Join in the fun – be part of the parade – just like this member of the Stratford Police Band was in 2019! (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)
The Bayfield Agricultural Society (BAS) is very pleased to announce that several people from the community have come forward to plan and coordinate a parade for the Bayfield Community Fair this year. What this means is that the BAS will be able to put on a full community parade for the first time since 2019!
The dates for this year’s Fair are Aug. 18-20 with the parade taking place on Main Street on Saturday, Aug 19 at 11 a.m.
The parade organizers are eager to get started on the parade planning. The first order of business is getting all the parade entries lined up.
Members of the community are encouraged to enter a float or group to represent their organization, business, community group, or neighborhood. This is a great opportunity to get exposure for a business or organization. Musicians, dance groups, classic cars, vintage tractors, campgrounds – all are welcome! This year’s Fair theme is “A Tractor Life for me in 2023”. Organizers are hoping that it is easy to have some fun with this year’s theme.
Parade organizer Jenny Shanahan added, “We look forward to coming together with this year’s Bayfield Fair parade after a long break and celebrating all that’s special about our community.”
Anyone interested in entering a float or being part of the parade is asked to email email@example.com with a few details. The parade organizers are also looking for extra volunteers to help out on the day of the parade. Anyone who can spare a few hours on the morning of Aug. 19 is asked to send an email to the address above.
Over the coming weeks leading up to the Fair, there will be regular announcements made through the Bayfield Breeze and on social media. Lots of fun events and activities are in the works, so check back often and stay tuned! To learn more please visit: www.BayfieldFair.ca; www.facebook.com/BayfieldFair; www.instagram.com/bayfieldagsociety
Talented Lego builders showcased their story telling abilities at the April meeting of the Bayfield Lego Club. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)
Families with an interest in Lego design and creativity are invited to come and further “their love for the brick” again this month when the fourth meeting of the Bayfield Lego Club will be held Saturday, June 17.
The club’s fourth session will take place from 10-11:30 a.m. in the Parish Hall at Trinity St James Anglican Church and will be sponsored by the Optimist Club of Bayfield.
Bayfield Lego Club is open to all children ages four and up accompanied by an adult. Bricks will be provided for use at the meetings and participants will be encouraged to build a creation of their own accord or based on a monthly theme. Following a time on display in the Parish Hall the projects will be broken down by volunteers to make the bricks available for use at the next meeting.
Trinity St James Anglican Church is located at 10 Keith Crescent in Bayfield.
SUMMER SOLSTICE TRIVIA
The Bayfield Area Food Bank (BAFB) is planning an evening for trivia buffs in support of their cause! “Summer Solstice Trivia” is set for June 21.
The venue chosen for Summer Solstice Trivia is the large pavilion at the Bayfield International Croquet Club located at 100 David Street in the village. This event presents a great opportunity to support people in the community currently facing food insecurity. BAFB now reportedly has over 80 users.
Celebrate the longest day of the year at what promises to be a fun-filled evening running from 7-10 p.m.
All proceeds from this event will go to the BAFB. Teams of six may be entered for $600. Solo players are most welcome and may participate for $100 and organizers will arrange a team for them! Entry fees represent a charitable contribution and will be tax deductible.
Wine and beer will be available at cost – sorry, but that’s not deductible!
To enter, please contact Dave MacLaren via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 519 565-5480.
Come and get creative with a variety of fun craft supplies on Tuesday afternoons at the Bayfield Branch Library.
“Crafternoons” will be held for one hour starting at 4:30 p.m.
This is a drop-in program with no registration required – just show up and start crafting!
SOUND BATH SESSIONS
Harp Therapist Martha Lawrance, will be offering one more Harp Therapy and Guided Imagery Spring Sound Bath Sessions on June 29 at Trinity St. James Anglican Church in Bayfield.
The final one-hour session until September will be held starting at 3:30 p.m. and will be dedicated to the sixth chakra (area of the third eye) in a listening and resonance space. Participants will use imagination and visualization to achieve a state of deep relaxation.
Those who attend are asked to bring a mat or chair and a pillow. The cost to participate is $20 per session. To learn more visit www.myharpheals.com and to register please email email@example.com.
Trinity St. James Anglican Church is located at 10 Keith Crescent in the village.
SUMMER JOB WITH BHS
The Bayfield Historical Society (BHS) is now accepting applications from highschool students, 15 years and older, for July and August.
Thanks to a Youth Employment Grant the BHS is looking to fill a summer staff position with a person between the ages of 15 to 30 to work at the Archives & Heritage Centre.
The successful applicant must be comfortable welcoming visitors as well as opening and closing the facility. They will be in charge of renting quadricycles; selling merchandise; recording money received; and assisting with in-house projects. Direction and training will be provided.
This is an opportunity to learn local history and have first hand experience of how museums and archives work.
The position offers a 30-hour week minimum – Wednesday to Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. with 30 minutes for lunch. The rate of pay is $16 per hour with Mondays and Tuesdays off. The preference would be for the successful candidate to begin on June 7 but this is negotiable. The position will end on Sept. 3.
The Archives & Heritage Centre is located at 20 Main St. N. in Bayfield.
Interested persons are asked to contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Throughout the month of June, Knox Presbyterian Church, Bayfield will be collecting children’s books and school supplies to support the efforts of the Rotary Club of Grand Bend Education and Youth Services Committee.
Since 2010, Southwestern Ontario Rotary Clubs have shipped almost 100, 40-foot shipping containers loaded with school furniture, blackboards, books and school supplies to developing countries such as South Africa and Eswatini. The containers are then received by Rotary Clubs in those countries, and are unloaded and distributed to rural schools. There is a big need for basic supplies, such as: pencils, pens, crayons, pencil crayons, sharpeners, rulers, scissors, markers, paper, scribblers or exercise notebooks, erasers, glue or glue sticks, construction paper, and art supplies. Also requested are teacher aids such as: flash cards, stickers, learning games, tape, and used and new books to assist the children with their reading skills. Toothpaste and toothbrushes gladly welcomed as well.
Donations can be dropped off at Knox Presbyterian Church located at 2 Bayfield Main Street North on Sundays and Mondays, 10 a.m. -1:30 p.m.; or Thursdays 1-3 p.m.
Additionally, all are welcome to join Sunday worship service which begins at 11 a.m. People are welcome to speak with Rev Lisa Dolson at 519 955-2158 for more details.
And on Thursdays from 1-3 p.m. church members are hosting the “Knox Café”. It will be held downstairs in their Church basement.
Trinity St. James Anglican Church hosts two services a week that members of the community are most welcome to attend.
Services are held on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. and Sundays at 11 a.m.
The Rotary Club of Grand Bend has been sending school supplies to Rotary Clubs in South Africa who distribute the supplies to rural schools who have almost no supplies or teaching resources. Trinity St. James is currently collecting basic school supplies as well as children’s books in new condition in support of the club. This collection will run until July 30.
YOUTH READING CHALLENGE
Calling all Bayfield area tweens and teens! The Bayfield Public Library (Bayfield Branch) is challenging youth ages 12 to 18 to read at least one book a month from January to December 2023 for a chance to win some amazing prizes. Are you up for the challenge?
For every book a youth reads, their name will be entered to win one of the prizes listed below. Early bird draws will take place at the end of each month, and all entries will be entered into a grand prize draw at the end of the program. The Bayfield Branch has a tracking form which can be picked up from the branch during regular hours, or can be completed by downloading a form at: Bayfield Teen Reading Challenge Form.
Looking for ideas of what to read? Explore the Huron County Library’s online catalogue or speak with branch staff who are eager to offer reading recommendations.
Prizes for the Bayfield Branch reading challenge include, but are not limited to: $250 gift card from Forever Furniture; $25 gift card from The Village Bookshop; four, $25 gift cards to The Village Bookshop from Pioneer Park; four, Kids Kraft Workshop gift cards from Crichet Handmade Designs; a selection of graphic novels from Friends of Bayfield Library; selection of gift cards from the Bayfield Optimist Club; Hyacinth Bulb kit from Huron Ridge Greenhouses; Sherpa blanket from the Little Inn of Bayfield; selection of books from the Bayfield Agricultural Society; handmade products from the Bayfield Lavender Farm; Bayfield booklets from the Bayfield Historical Society; and swag from the Virtual High School & Bruce Power.
All completed entries must be returned to the Bayfield Branch or emailed to email@example.com by the end of 2023.
WESTERN HURON COUNTY ALUMNI
The Dean of Education at Western University is putting the call out to all UWO alum in hopes of starting a Western University Huron County Alumni Chapter. In addition to her full-time position as Dean, Bayfield resident, Donna Kotsopoulos, is herself a UWO alum (M.Ed.’04, Ph.D.’07).
“Last year, I had the opportunity to attend the Elgin County Alumni Chapter event, this group of alumni host events to raise funds for Western scholarships for Elgin County students,” said Kotsopoulos. “I wonder if there is interest in starting a similar group for Huron County?”
Anyone who may have an interest in establishing such a group is invited to fill out this form: Expression of Interest Huron County Alumni Chapter.
The EarlyON Child and Family Centre is hosting the Bayfield Playgroup at the Bayfield Arena and Community Centre, 4 Jane Street, on Thursday mornings.
The sessions are held from 10-11:30 a.m. and are free to all families/caregivers with infants to children aged six years.
The Playgroup offers indoor, outdoor and virtual program options as well as telephone and email support for parents and caregivers. In addition to the program being welcoming, fun and interactive, they provide parents with ideas of activities to do at home to enhance their child’s development.
Pre-registration is recommended by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com or calling 519 524-9999. To learn more visit www.keyon.ca or follow them on Instagram and Facebook at @HuronEarlyON.
The Bayfield Bridge Club is inviting new people to come out for a few friendly games of Bridge on Wednesday afternoons at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building.
The cards are shuffled at 1 p.m. Players do not need a partner to participate in these “drop-in” sessions. The cost to join in the fun is $4.
All levels of players are welcome to take part in the games that are played year-round at the building located at 6 Municipal Road in the village.
GIRL GUIDE COOKIES
Bayfield Guiding members are pleased to report that there are a very limited number of Classic Chocolate and Vanilla Cream Sandwich Cookies remaining.
Members of Bayfield Guiding are currently selling these cookies for $6 a box.
Profits from this campaign will go toward helping with the cost of bussing for an overnight adventure at the Toronto Zoo’s Serengeti Bush Camp. Anyone who would like to make a purchase is asked to contact Melody Falconer-Pounder at 519 525-3830 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.