After four years of staying home, the Editor is taking a holiday and as a result readers can look forward to some Hiatus Issues.
Thank you to everyone who has submitted early already! This is the last call for anyone who would like information published in issues dated Sept. 20, Sept 27 and Oct. 4th. Material can be submitted no later than 4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 10th. Those with events occurring between Sept. 13 and Oct. 4th are encouraged to submit their own coverage of these happenings through photos and stories for publication at a later date.
Live issues of the Bayfield Breeze will resume on Oct. 11.
On a stormy night in November of 1882, the Malta, a three-masted wooden Schooner, was enroute to the Port of Goderich. The captain mistakenly took the lights of Bayfield as his destination and ran aground below Pioneer Park. Local residents rescued everyone onboard including nine men, one woman and a parrot.
In collaboration with the Pioneer Park Association, the Bayfield Lions Club undertook to repatriate Malta’s rudder as part of their 75th Anniversary celebrations. In late Summer 2022, the rudder was removed from its location at Gozzard Yachts in Goderich and following extensive restoration work, it was mounted on the grounds of Pioneer Park.
Pioneer Park has now memorialized the rescued Parrot with a metal representation fabricated by Jim Wallace and then the Bayfield Artist Guild brought his work to life. Bayfield Lion Tom Grasby together with Pioneer Park’s Bud Robinson, John Frezell and Scott Gregory recently installed the Parrot onto Malta’s rudder for all to enjoy.
Bud Robinson and Tom Grasby are pictured installing a parrot on the Malta rudder displayed on the grounds of Pioneer Park. (Photos by Scott Gregory)
The sign posted on the Malta Rudder exhibit explaining the reason behind the Parrot sculpture.
SURVEY FOR FAMILIES
As the school year is fast approaching, the Municipality of Bluewater is inviting families with young children in the community to fill out a survey with regards to the need for before and after school programs in the area.
They would like to hear from as many families as possible to see where the need is and work toward providing a solution. A link to the survey can be found by visiting: Before and After School Care.
Women who love to sing are invited to attend the 2023 opening rehearsal of the Glee Sisters on Friday, Sept. 8.
Weekly rehearsals are held on Fridays at St. Andrew’s United Church in Bayfield from 2-3:30 p.m. until Winter break – this date is still to be determined.
Those who attend are asked to enter the church through the front West door facing Hwy. 21.
This non-auditioned choir has been performing throughout the community and surrounding areas since 2006. The choir is directed by Lisa Stewart and accompanied by Mary McGoldrick.
Anyone who would like to take part is asked to RSVP as their sheet music will need to be prepared in advance. Please contact Lisa Stewart by email at email@example.com or phone 519 565-5443.
The Bayfield Skating Club is ready to glide into the fun of their 2023-2024 season at the Bayfield Community Centre and Arena!
Their programs suit a range of skating levels. From learning the basics in “Learn to Skate”, building skills for all ice sports in “CanSkate”, an introduction to figure skating in “Intro to STAR”, and fast-paced “Power Skills and Drills”, skaters will have fun staying active this winter. Programs are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
The Tuesday schedule is: Learn to Skate, 5-5:30 p.m.; CanSkate, 5:40-6:30 p.m.; and Intro to STAR, 6:30-7:20 p.m. Two sessions of Power Skills and Drills will be held on Thursdays from 5:30-6:20 p.m. and 6:30-7:20 p.m.
Registration opens Saturday, Sept. 9 at 10 a.m. and will be held online at: Bayfield Skating Club Registration.
Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
The Bayfield Garden Club will be hosting two guest speakers at their upcoming meeting in September and October.
On Sept. 11, the members will welcome Master Gardener Rhea Hamilton-Seeger who is also a contributing writer for The Rural Voice. She will be speaking on “How to Create a Pollinator Garden”.
And then on Oct. 16, Bonnie Sitter, co-author of the book “Onion Skins and Peach Fuzz – Memories of Ontario Farmerettes” will be speaking about the stories in and creation of this book.
All are welcome to attend one or both of these meetings that will be held at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building starting at 7 p.m. Refreshments and a draw table will also be highlights of the evening.
The Bayfield Lions’ Community Building is located at 6 Municipal Road in the village.
A Taoist Tai Chi Arts Open House and Introductory Session will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 12 at the Bayfield Community Centre.
The event will run from 1:30-3 p.m.
Develop a mind that is dynamic yet clear and calm and a spirit that is resilient yet light and peaceful. Taoist Tai Chi® practice is a moving meditation that reduces stress and helps participants find joy. Physically it will make them feel energetic, balanced, strong and supple.
Taoism teaches that health comes when body, mind and spirit work together in harmony. Taoist Tai Chi® arts grew from this tradition and are a powerfully beneficial path of ultimate transformation.
COFFEE & CHAT
“Coffee & Chat” will resume at the Bayfield Branch Library on Sept. 12. (Submitted photo)
The “Coffee & Chat” group at the Bayfield Branch Library resumes on Tuesday, Sept. 12. The Friends of Bayfield Library extend a warm welcome to all who would like to join in.
Participants can enjoy a hot cup of coffee while engaging in conversation with other community members. The conversation is neutral and inclusive with an endless list of interesting topics for discussion!
The “Coffee & Chat” group will meet in the Bayfield Library Meeting Room every Tuesday from 2-3:30 p.m. The program will extend until the end of June 2024.
This is a great way for newcomers to meet new people, learn about the village, and share ideas. Seasoned villagers are also very welcome. There is no need to register for this program. Just show up and be prepared for some lively discussion!
Mah Jongg will be played at the Bayfield Branch Library on the first and third Wednesday of the month starting Sept. 6.
Participants are asked to arrive at 12:45 p.m.
All are welcome to take part in this Rummy type game that is played with tiles instead of cards. Instructions are always available.
For more information please email Pat Lewington at email@example.com.
The front cover of the Bayfield Lions’ Calendar for 2024 features the mural painted on the side of the Bayfield Community Centre and Arena as photographed by Jack Pal. (Submitted photo)
The Bayfield Lions’ Club is proud to announce the launch of its 2024 Bayfield Calendar this past weekend This is the 14th edition of the calendar and the 12th as a joint project of the Bayfield Lions and the Photography Club of Bayfield.
These beautiful calendars would make an ideal Christmas gift or souvenir and can be purchased for $20 from any Lion member as well as from Bayfield’s premiere volunteer salesperson, Justyne Chojnacka. The calendars can also be purchased at Bayfield Convenience, Bayfield Foodland, or The Village Bookshop or by going directly to the Bayfield Lions’ website: Bayfield Lions’ Calendar and following the instructions there.
The Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) members are looking forward to an upcoming hike featuring a climate change educator.
Naftel’s Creek Conservation Area will be the location for a guided hike on Saturday, Sept. 9 at 10 a.m. The BRVTA members are pleased to have Michele Martin be their guide for this hike. Martin is a Climate Training Program Specialist at the University of Waterloo’s Climate Institute and has over thirty years’ experience in sustainability and climate change education and capacity building in Canada and internationally. Martin also holds a PhD in Environmental Studies from York University.
Naftel’s Creek Conservation Area is located at 79154 Bluewater Hwy, just north of Kitchigami Road.
The hike is 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 people can contact the hike coordinator, Ralph Blasting, by calling 519 525-3205 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
LIBRARY FRIENDS AGM
The Friends of Bayfield Library (FOBL) Annual General Meeting is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 23.
This one hour meeting shall begin at 11 a.m. in the Bayfield Branch Library Meeting Room. Anyone who wishes to join the meeting via ZOOM is welcome to do so. Please pre-register to receive the link at: ZOOM registration.
The meeting will cover FOBL’s progress over the past year, including special events and projects undertaken.
The Annual General Meeting is open to the public and all are welcome.
Bayfield Lego Club has moved to the second Saturday of the month – so the next meeting will be held on Sept. 9. Families with an interest in Lego design and creativity are invited to come and further “their love for the brick”!
The club’s seventh 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.
SOUND BATH SESSIONS
Harp Therapist Martha Lawrance, will be offering two Harp Therapy and Guided Imagery Autumn Sound Bath Sessions on Sept. 21 and Oct. 19 at Trinity St. James Anglican Church in Bayfield.
These one-hour sessions will be held starting at 3 p.m. and will be dedicated to the sixth chakra (area of the third eye) in a listening and resonance space. While listening to the harp, 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 for one session or $30 for both. 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.
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 congregation of Trinity St. James Anglican Church welcomes Rev. Mary Farmer back from her holidays. She will preside over the Holy Eucharist service on Sept. 10.
Wednesday services will resume on Sept. 13 at 10:30 a.m. Sunday services are held at 11 a.m.
Trinity St. James Anglican church is located at 10 Keith Crescent in Bayfield.
Members of Knox Presbyterian Church in Bayfield 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. For those who wish to take part, the book can be purchased at: The Village Bookshop.
The Presbyterian Connection newspaper unites Presbyterians across Canada through stories, reflections, interviews and articles that allow them to share and develop their faith. It is distributed four times per year, free of charge. Anyone interested in reading the publication online can visit: Presbyterian Connection or they can contact the National Church Office at 1-800-619-7301 Ext. 243 to set up a free paper subscription.
Health, social and economic wellbeing diminish when housing is unstable.There are steps people can take to advocate for cooperative or social housing initiatives to allow for housing equity for all. Everyone is welcome to join in the discussion held in the church basement most Mondays 1:15-2 p.m. (excluding holidays). What can individuals do? They can advocate that adequate housing is a human right. They can also get involved and support cooperative or social housing initiatives. Please speak with Rev Lisa Dolson to join in the letter campaigns to elected officials. More information can also be found at: Presbyterian Advocacy.
All are welcome to worship services on Sundays at 11 a.m. Prayer requests can be shared in several ways. Please contact the minister by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.