Providence Bay News and Notes

We’ve sure been getting a lot of rain and cooler than average temperatures but some elders say that now that we’ve had our first thunder and lightning storm that we can expect warmer weather to follow. Let’s hope they’re right. 

The rain has sure been helping everything to turn green though and the grass is growing and the buds on the trees have turned into leaves and the growth is wonderful to see. It’s also a beautiful time to drive around our amazing island and see all the trilliums and marsh marigolds in full bloom. 

Happy belated birthday wishes go out to Mary Eadie and to Bridget from the Peace Café who both celebrated on May 28. 

Happy birthday wishes to Jamie McDermid who will be celebrating on May 31. Laura Kernahan will be celebrating her special day on June 2. 

Keep coming out to the Providence Bay Farmers’ Market every Saturday morning to check out new deals. It’s held outside at the Harbour Centre near the beach. 

Everyone is invited to participate in a community work bee at the Village Square on Saturday May 1 to weed and clean up the gardens and do some planting of newly donated perennials and shrubs. Come anytime between 10 am and 4 pm with your garden tools and help out for as long or short a time as you can. If you have perennial offerings from your own garden to donate, please drop those off at the Square on Saturday. All donations of time, energy and materials are much appreciated. Rain date will be Saturday, May 8. Contact MJ or Alex at 705-377-4755 if you need more details. 

Keep an eye out on our highways this weekend since the Manitoulin Passage Ride will be hosting their annual event. The Mutchmor Gallery will be one of their support stations on Saturday so we may see some cyclists in our village. Remember to use caution when you see them and that you are required by law to leave a minimum one-metre distance when passing them. We all have to share the road safely. 

The Bluegrass in the Country Music Festival will be hosting their annual gathering at the Providence Bay Fairgrounds on June 6 – 9. Don’t forget to get your tickets for some great entertainment. 

Did you know that a cord of wood in 1956 cost $5 and it cost $2 for a deer licence. The private property permission slips started in 1972. Thanks to Lyle Dewar for our new “Did You Know” section of our column. 

If you have something that you would like to contribute to the Providence Bay News and Notes, please let us know. We know the amazing people and things that happen in our community but let’s allow everyone to know. If there is an upcoming birthday, anniversary, fundraiser or celebration, please let us know. If there is someone that you would love to give a shout-out to because of the things they do for, in or around our community let us know. You can email Cheryl at or call her at 705-862-1613. Submissions must be received by each Sunday at 3 pm for submission in the following Wednesday publication of the paper. We look forward to hearing from you.