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Thursday, August 16, 2012

Bayfield's history will come to life Aug. 26 in the shade at Clan Gregor

News Release

BAYFIELD -- Anyone who passes by Clan Gregor Square on the afternoon of Aug. 26 may think they have travelled into another era. Temperance Ladies will be causing a stir, all the while pioneer children will be playing period games and pie ladies will sell their apple filled pastries.

A brand new version of “Yesterday’s Bayfield”, a guided heritage stroll through time will be held in the park starting promptly at 2 p.m. with a cast of local “actors”.

Tickets are available now from Dave Gillians by calling 519 565-5884. They are also available at the Bayfield Archives room on Main Street. Only 160 tickets will be sold at $10 each for this entertaining Bayfield Historical Society (BHS) production. All proceeds for the event will be used to protect and display Bayfield’s most precious historical documents.

Historical Bayfield characters will be stationed at various spots in the park where they will tell their stories, or at least defend their actions. This arrangement will minimize walking and ensure that there will be shade for the actors and the audience. Judy Keightley is the creator and director of this entirely new production. Ticket holders will be surprised and fascinated by what they learn about these historical characters and the events that shaped this community.

Timing is tight and the eight tour guides will be making certain their groups of 20 don’t interfere with other groups and that audience members can hear and see each performance. Ticket holders should be at Clan Gregor Square and prepared to start at 2 p.m. The walk should take about an hour.

Local residents comprise the cast who are busy memorizing their lines and practicing their presentations. As they are representing important characters in the village’s history, the cast is feeling the pressure to get the stories just right.

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