DRUM ROLL PLEASE!
The final tally for the Bayfield Lion’s Walk for Dog Guides is in. The event held on June 4 raised $11,894.75. Lion Karen Scott, one of the Walk organizers, extended her thanks to everyone who helped in any way to make 2023 their most successful year to date. (Photo by Jack Pal)
Bayfield Artist Guild members from l-r:: Laura Browne, Reid Kinnear and Trisch Pemberton working en plein air in The Village Bookshop garden. (Submitted photo)
The Bayfield Artist Guild members will be hosting an Art Exhibit and Sale of their works inspired by The Village Bookshop on Saturday, July 8.
The iconic Main Street building and grounds are captured in beautiful impressions by these local artists’ visions. The event will be held at 24 Main Street North, home to the bookshop, the artists’ works will be on display and for sale in the garden from noon to 4 p.m.
In the event of inclement weather, the artists will move their exhibit to the Community Room at 1851 Bayfield Landing located across the street at 21 Main Street North.
Bayfield Vettefest is back for its 15th year this coming weekend!
Things kick off in Clan Gregor Square on Friday, July 7, when vette enthusiasts are invited to gather for a cruise – vehicles will depart the park at 7 p.m. They will return to the park on the morning of July 8, for the car show where visitors can get a closer look at what is under the hood starting at 8 a.m. until 2 or 3 p.m.
Firefighters with the Bayfield Department will be up bright and early on the morning of Saturday, July 8 to prepare for their first Firemen’s Breakfast since 2019.
People are sure to be lining up in advance of the 7 a.m. start in anticipation of pancakes with real Bayfield Maple Syrup, Metzger’s bacon, Bayfield Foodland’s own sausages, potatoes, toast, juice, coffee provided by Shopbike Coffee Roasters and chocolate milk donated by the Dairy Farmers of Huron County.
Breakfast will be served until noon at the Bayfield Fire Hall, located at 4 Municipal Road in the village.
The cost for the breakfast is adults, $15; and children under 12, $5.
The Bayfield Branch Library is looking for the fastest team of puzzle makers around as a Jigsaw Puzzle Competition will be held there on Saturday, July 15.
People are invited to assemble a team of two to four members ready to go head-to-head against other teams to see who can assemble a 300-piece puzzle the quickest! Registration is required and there will be a limit of eight teams allowed. The competition will run from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Puzzles generously donated by the Rotary Club of Goderich.
Please call 519 565-2886 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
The Bayfield Branch Library is located at 18 Main Street North in the village.
ENTER THE HAGGIS
“Enter the Haggis” are l-r: Rose Baldino, Brian Buchanan, Trevor Lewington, Caroline Browning, Bruce McCarthy and Craig Downie. (Submitted photo)
“Enter the Haggis” will be performing a rare Canadian date at the Bayfield Town Hall on July 19.
Tickets to the performance by Enter the Haggis are selling for $40 and are available now via Ticketscene: Get Tickets. The doors of the town hall will open at 7 p.m. with the concert commencing at 7:30 p.m.
The evening is sponsored by 1851 Bayfield Landing, Stone House Brewery, MacEwan & Feagan Insurance Brokers and Firebrand Entertainment.
CELEBRATION OF LIFE
Melisse T. Kurtz (Submitted photo)
The time has arrived for the family of a former village resident to host her celebration of life and a long-distance invitation is sent to those who knew her.
Melisse T. Kurtz, 96, formerly of Lewisburg, Pennsylvania (PA), entered into rest on Thursday, Feb. 23, at Heather Court Assisted Living, Northumberland, PA.
A service for Melisse will be held on Saturday, July 15 (what would have been her 97th birthday) at the last pastorate of her late husband Rev. Gordon F. Kurtz – First Baptist Church, 51 S 3rd St, Lewisburg, PA. The service will begin at 11 a.m. followed by a reception.
For those who have an interest but are unable to attend the service it will be recorded and made available for viewing on the First Baptist Lewisburg YouTube channel at a later date.
The numbers of people reaching out for assistance from the Bayfield Area Food Bank (BAFB) continues to grow with 83 clients receiving help during the month of June. The BAFB is only able to help their clients due to the continued generosity of the community providing donations and financial support.
At this time the BAFB inventory is low on such items as soup, crackers and gluten free products.
The BAFB phone number is 519 525-8286. People can also contact the food bank via email at email@example.com.
Collection boxes for donations can be found at the Bayfield Branch Library on Main Street as well as Trinity St. James Anglican Church (outside the entrance to the Parish Hall off the parking lot). There is also a special grocery cart at Bayfield Foodland to welcome donations.
For anyone who would like to support BAFB with a monetary gift, there are a few options available. Cheques can be mailed to: Bayfield Area Food Bank, 10 Keith Cres., Bayfield, ON, N0M 1G0. An e-transfer can be made through BAFB’s gmail account listed above or a donation can be received on-line through the www.canadahelps.org website.
For the month of July, the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) have planned two hikes.
On July 8, learn more about the history of Bayfield on the “Admiral Bayfield Walk,” led by local historian David Yates. The author has written five books on Bayfield history, including “Admiral Henry Wolsey Bayfield, Master Chart Maker of the Great Lakes and St Lawrence River”. Participants will walk the Heritage Trail which makes its way along the village streets. Participants are asked to meet at Clan Gregor Square by the playground at 10 a.m. The walk will last approximately 90 minutes.
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 hike will begin at 10 a.m. Participants are asked to meet at 80602 Wildlife Line, in the parking lot at the start of the Blue Trail. This is the first parking lot on Wildlife Line going north from Clinton. Hikers are encouraged to bring bug spray, sunscreen and to wear long pants (due to ticks).
The 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, the BRVTA Facebook page or the Municipality of Bluewater events calendar. People can also contact the hike coordinator, Ralph Blasting, by calling 519 525-3205 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Red Table Book Sale offers a good variety of adult fiction and non-fiction books as well as children’s books. Payment is by donation. (Photo by Janet Vogelsang)
The Friends of Bayfield Library (FOBL) Red Table Book Sale is now underway at the Bayfield Branch Library. Visitors to the library will find the Red Table inside the library just in front of the window. Book sale times are during normal library hours from now to Aug. 31.
Unlike the two-day book sales held in previous years, this one will be running continuously until the end of August. That means two whole months of book browsing and lots of great reading!
The Red Table will be regularly stocked with books while supplies last. Payment is by donation. All funds raised through the Book Sale will help to support the Bayfield Library and community programs such as “Saturdays at the Library” speaker series, “Coffee & Chat” groups, and Gingerbread Decorating as well as other fun events throughout the year. The generous support of the community is so appreciated!
FOBL sincerely thanks everyone who answered the call for book donations to make this special book sale possible.
Talented Lego builders showcased their story telling abilities at the June 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 next on Saturday, July 15.
The club’s fifth 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.
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!
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.
Trinity St. James Anglican church is located at 10 Keith Crescent in Bayfield.
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.