WATER TOWER REFRESHED
The Bayfield Water Tower received a fresh new look recently as a crew from Landmark Municipal Services painted the tank. The distinctive blue and white colors (with the addition of some grey) have been restored with the latest iteration of the Municipality of Bluewater logo. The Bayfield water tower recoating project commenced in late June and was anticipated to be completed in July. Activities included overcoating the full exterior of the existing 22.6 m diameter and 4,000 m3 volume elevated water storage tank as well as painting of the logo. This is the first time since the tower was erected almost 14 years ago that the tank has been repainted. To revisit the day the tank was lifted onto the tower by Landmark Structures readers are invited to view Issue 18 Week 45 (Nov. 4, 2009) in the Bayfield Breeze’s Archives section. To see a before and after picture of this most recent painting visit Issue 731 Week 29 (July 12, 2023). (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder
FALL FOTO FEST
Registration for Bayfield Fall Foto Fest (FFF) launched on Aug. 1st!
The 10th annual FFF, presented by the Photography Club of Bayfield, takes place this year on Friday evening, Sept. 29 and all-day Saturday, Sept. 30. The theme this year is “Travel: Near and Far”. All the presenters are eager to provide people with great learning opportunities to expand their photographic horizons regardless of their current skill level.
It all starts with an opening Keynote on Friday followed by a series of workshops throughout Saturday and into the evening. The workshops are each limited to 15 registrants to ensure the maximum interaction and learning. Given the limited number of registration spots available, interested individuals are therefore encouraged to register early so that they can guarantee getting the workshop of their choice.
Follow the link to: Fall Foto Fest to learn more details about presenters and instructions on how to register. See you in September.
August hikes offered by the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) include river clean-ups, a scavenger hunt, and an evening hike.
On Saturday, Aug. 12 at 10 a.m. join the BRVTA team for “Love Your Greats Day” at the Bayfield River Flats. Two events will start from the River Flats parking lot, just below the Bayfield Bridge on the east side. The Love Your Greats clean-up of the Flats will include a Scavenger Hunt for natural items found in this popular riverside area. For those looking for a longer tour, a group will walk from the Flats across the bridge to the Sawmill Trail and down to the river on the opposite side, picking up litter along the way. The River Flats cleanup will cover about a kilometer. The Sawmill Trail walk will be about 5 km round-trip. For the clean-up, please bring a bucket or older reusable shopping bag (some buckets will be provided on site) and wear gloves and sturdy shoes. After the river clean-up, all participants are invited to River Road Brewing & Hops for sorting, a vendors market and live music. All collected materials will be sorted and recycled through TerraCycle.
On Saturday, Aug. 26, enjoy a late-summer evening hike at 7 p.m. on the Woodland Trail. This will be a 3.5 km walk through the woods as the day ends, returning to the parking lot by sunset at 8:20 p.m. Participants are asked to meet at the David Street trailhead: from the Mill Road/Hwy 21 intersection, take Sarnia Street to Mactavish Crescent, then right onto David Street. Follow the signs to trail parking.
These 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 or contact the hike coordinator, Ralph Blasting, by calling 519 525-3205 or emailing email@example.com.
PIONEER PARK AGM
Saturday, Aug. 12 is the date set for the Pioneer Park Association’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) for 2023.
The AGM will be held from 10 a.m. to noon in Pioneer Park (rain location Bayfield Community Centre, 4 Jane Street). Participants are encouraged to bring a lawn chair.
For further information please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
WILD WEST FEST
Howdy Partners! Today (Aug. 2nd) is the final day to Saddle up and ride into Michael’s Pharmasave in Bayfield for their Wild West Fest which will feature a Silent Auction in support of the Clinton Public Hospital Foundation, as well as loot bags available by donation!
This western-themed extravaganza will run from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. It will also feature a savings stampede of 20 per cent off almost all over-the-counter purchases! Those who attend can even enjoy free coffee at the pharmacy’s Starbucks Coffee Saloon and sample their flavored coffee syrups to boot!
So round-up friends and family and come into the pharmacy to lasso some great savings and have some fun, y’all!
Michael’s Pharmasave in Bayfield is located at 2 Main Street South.
DARK SKY PARTY
The night sky is an infinite canvas of intrigue.
The Perseids Meteor shower will grace the night skies across Canada with ideal seeing conditions Aug. 11-13. People can take advantage of the celestial event by attending a “Dark Sky Party” at the Bayfield South Pier on Friday, Aug. 11 hosted by the Westcoast Astronomers and Municipality of Bluewater.
The event is free, and will run from after dusk until late, with ideal viewing conditions between 10-11:50 p.m. Everyone is welcome to join, with or without a telescope, amateur astronomers are asked to bring their telescopes at sundown to take advantage of the daylight to set-up their gear.
Refreshments will also be available.
People may register in advance online at: Dark Sky Party. In the event of poor weather the rain date will be Aug. 12, please check the Westcoast Astronomer’s and municipality website and socials for updates.
“Dark skies are one of the many beautiful natural features Bluewater offers, I hope this event will raise awareness of the importance of dark skies and inspire people to act to prevent light pollution. One way the Village of Bayfield Marina and the municipality have taken action is by successfully converting the marina dock lights to dark sky compliant lights,” said Lindsay Whalen, Planning coordinator with the Municipality of Bluewater.
This event is the final community outreach event of the 2023 Blue Flag program being offered by the municipality. For full details on the Blue Flag community events, please check the Municipality of Bluewater’s website and social media or contact Lindsay Whalen by calling 519 236-4351 Ext. 235 or by emailing email@example.com.
This program is a part of the Blue Flag Canada Program operated by Swim Drink Fish.
Gardeners or farmers are requested to share their bounty with the Bayfield Area Food Bank. A drop off day has been organized for Aug. 8. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)
Bayfield Area Food Bank (BAFB) is asking for local gardeners to share their bounty.
“This week we would like to put a call out to anyone that has extra produce to share that they have grown in their gardens or on their farms, such as, zucchini, beans, cucumbers, tomatoes, etc.,” said Claire Trepanier, president of the BAFB Board of Directors. “We will be at the church (Trinity St James Anglican) from 3-6 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 9 to accept donations or can pick up if there is an abundance.”
In addition, the BAFB pantry is in dire need of soup, crackers, peanut butter and jam.
The BAFB phone number is 519 525-8286. People can also contact the food bank via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Trinity St James Anglican Church is located at 10 Keith Cres. in the village.
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.
Aug. 12 is the next date for a meeting of the Bayfield Lego Club. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)
Bayfield Lego Club will move to the second Saturday of the month for August – so the next meeting will be held on Aug. 12. Families with an interest in Lego design and creativity are invited to come and further “their love for the brick”!
The club’s sixth 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. 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. Please note there will be no Wednesday services from Aug. 9 to Sept. 7. Wednesday services will resume on Sept. 13.
Those who attend the Sunday service on Aug. 6 will be treated to some beautiful harp music provided by local harpist, Martha Lawrance.
The next Men’s Breakfast at Trinity St. James will be held on Saturday, Aug. 5 and men in the community are invited to attend. Coffee will be served at 9 a.m. with breakfast following at about 9:30 a.m. This is a pay what you are able event. To ensure enough food is available anyone planning to attend is asked to please email John Pounder at email@example.com prior to Aug. 3.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org by the end of 2023.
Summer is here and the EarlyON Child and Family Centre is now hosting the Bayfield Playgroup outdoors!
The group meets in Clan Gregor Square every Thursday morning 10-11:30 a.m. Please note that on those days when the weather proves unfavorable the group will return to the Bayfield Community Centre.
The sessions 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 email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Anyone who would like to make a purchase is asked to contact Melody Falconer-Pounder at 519 525-3830 or email email@example.com.
Looking for what is happening now in the village? Look no further than the Bayfield Activities Calendar . People are invited to refer to this website to learn what activities, from Pickleball to Mahjong, are happening and when.