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.
LOVE YOUR GREATS DAY
Did you know that a day to celebrate and protect our Great Lakes, called “Love Your Greats Day”, is held the second Saturday of every August? That means that this special day, now in its eighth year, is happening this coming Saturday, Aug. 12 and there is a whole weekend of events planned locally.
The weekend begins with a cover crop bus tour on Friday, Aug. 11, hosted by Huron County Soil and Crop Improvement Association (HSCIA). To participate please: Register Here.
The “Land to Lake Cleanup” will take place in Bayfield from 10 a.m. to noon on Aug. 12. There are five cleanup teams at five meeting points: Beach Team, Bayfield Main Beach; Trails Team, Bayfield River Flats; River Team, Bayfield Main Beach; Marina Team, Bayfield Marine Store; and Dive Team, Bayfield Main Beach). Each team will be led by a different community leader. To find out more visit: Love Your Greats Day.
Following the clean up an afternoon of sorting and celebrating will be held at River Road Brewing and Hops from 1- 6 p.m. More information is available at: River Road Brewing.
The weekend will end with a guided walk on Sunday, Aug. 13. To find out more visit: Stormwater Stroll. More information on this event can also be found under August Hikes in this week’s briefs above.
Please also see the news brief posted below entitled, “August Hikes”, for more information on how the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association is recognizing this special day.
August hikes offered by the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) include river clean-ups, a scavenger hunt, a stormwater stroll and an evening hike.
On Saturday, Aug. 12 at 10 a.m. join the BRVTA team for “Love Your Greats” weekend 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.
Ever wonder about those new rain gardens on Main Street? The Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) invites both residents and visitors to take a guided walk through Bayfield and learn how to slow water down and soak it up to help protect Lake Huron during their “Stormwater Stroll through the Village” on Sunday, Aug. 13. This event is part of the Love Your Greats weekend, presented in partnership with Love Your Greats and the BRVTA. Participants are asked to meet at the Gazebo in Clan Gregor Square, at 10 a.m, rain or shine. For more information contact Hope Brock at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 519 235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610, Ext. 246.
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.
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. 9. (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!
The upcoming Summer services at Trinity St. James Anglican Church will continue with guests presiding on Sundays as their minister takes some holiday time.
The upcoming Sundays at 11 a.m. services are as follows: Aug. 13, Holy Eucharist with Paul McLean; Aug. 27 and Sept. 3, Morning Prayer with Lisa Currah.
On Aug. 20, starting at 10:30 a.m., the congregation is encouraged to attend the Interdenominational Service being held at Agricultural Park as part of the Bayfield Community Fair.
Rev. Mary Farmer will return for the Holy Eucharist service on Sept. 10.
Please note there will be no Wednesday services from Aug. 9 to Sept. 7. Wednesday services will resume on Sept. 13.
Trinity St. James Anglican church is located at 10 Keith Crescent in Bayfield.
Knox Presbyterian Church in Bayfield will celebrate their 166th anniversary on Sunday, Aug. 20. The Rev Dr. Stephen Farris, guest preacher, will join Rev Lisa Dolson with harpist Martha Lawrance and her ensemble.
Members of the congregation are currently gathering items for re-use and upcycling. Upcycling takes something no longer in use and gives it a second life with new functions. For example the outer milk bag can be upcycled into sleeping mats? The mats are distributed to people in need throughout the world. Knox Bayfield gathers used stamps, empty egg cartons, outer milk bags and eyeglasses. People can contribute by bringing their items to the church between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Sundays and Mondays (excluding holidays).
People are also invited to join in a book discussion. Participants meet on the lower level of the church at noon on Mondays (excluding holidays). The reading is a launching point for discussions about life and faith. The current focus is “Shalom Sistas – Living Wholeheartedly in a Brokenhearted World” by Osheta Moore.
All are welcome to worship services on Sundays at 11 a.m.
Nestled behind the oldest Anglican Church building in Huron County can be found one of Bayfield’s best kept secrets – a garden that its caretakers would love to share with the community both as a tranquil place to meditate, sit and read, or enjoy lunch, as well as a place to learn new skills and take pleasure in the beauty of gardening.
With autumn approaching, Trinity St. James Anglican Church is in need of some volunteer gardeners to help with the upkeep of this most serene and beautiful spot.
“No gardening experience is needed,” said Barb Graham Scott, representing Trinity St James. “We are asking if people would be willing to spare one hour a week to help. You can choose to look after your own little spot on your own time or meet with others to garden together.”
Trinity St. James garden volunteers will meet regularly on Wednesdays starting at 8:30 a.m.
Please call Hattie Alcock at 519 955-6033 or Barb Graham Scott at 519 318-0708 for more information.
Trinity St James Anglican Church is located at 10 Keith Crescent in the village.
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.
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 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.
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.