Providence Bay News and Notes

We had some young entrepreneurs who opened a lemonade stand to make some spending money on Saturday, May 28. The youngsters, who ranged in age from six to eight years old, were Ava and Sophie Bertrand, Ryan Spencer and Autumn Davy. They appeared to have a great time attracting and interacting with their customers.  At $0.25 a glass of lemonade it was delicious and a real bargain.

They hope to do it again soon.

The Hydro One power outage on Sunday, May 29, 2016 was not much of a hardship for people since the weather turned out to be so nice. Many outdoor activities were enjoyed while waiting for the power to return. The power came on early; this time by 1 pm.

There have been very large numbers of Canada geese spotted migrating through our area in their distinctive V-shaped pattern. They usually fly at a migration altitude of 1 km. The goose populations have increased significantly since the 1950s when they were thought to be extinct. In fact, their numbers have increase so dramatically that many people now consider them to be pests for their droppings, the bacteria they spread, noise, and their confrontational behaviour. Like them or not, their migrations signals our transition to spring and then again in autumn.

There has been a continuous influx of visitors to our community to take a look at the mural on the Mutchmor Galleries anticipating the opening which is planned for Friday, June 3. Congratulations go out to Matthew Garniss and girlfriend Bridgette Sarpong and all of their helpers. A lot of hard work has gone into this new endeavor and we wish you all the best of luck on its’ prosperity.

The May 14 beach cleanup was so successful that there was more debris piled up than was able to be collected. The area to the east of the Mindemoya River has not been collected yet. Another beach work day will be held on Saturday, June 4 from 10 am to 1 pm (rain date Sunday, June 5). Volunteers will meet at the end of the boardwalk in front of the trailer park where we will then focus on the beach area east of the river and finish taking the rest of the debris away. We hear that several seasonal residents expressed a desire to help with the beach cleanup and we look forward to them joining the effort on June 4.

The monthly Providence Bay Curling Club breakfast will be held on Thursday, June 2. This is an amazing breakfast buffet that runs from 7 to 9:30 am. The cost is $10 and for that you will get scrambled eggs, pancakes, hash browns, sausage, bacon, toast, fruit salad and coffee or tea. Come on out and help support the curling club.

We will be seeing an increased number of cyclists next weekend as the Manitoulin Island Cycling Advocates (MICA) will be hosting the 6th annual 2016 Manitoulin Passage Ride. They have arranged a two day cycling tour of our beautiful island which includes free passage on the MS Chi-Cheemaun and detailed maps that include passing through our village on Saturday, June 4. Make sure to slow down on the highways when you see the cyclists and leave plenty of room when you pass them. Don’t forget to smile and wave and show them some of that friendly Haweater charm.

Ingrid Blay has picked up the flowers for the beautification of Providence Bay that are provided by the Township of Central Manitoulin but requires assistance with weeding and prepping flower beds. The areas where she requires help are at the Discovery Centre, the arena, and the cemetery. Give her a call at 705-377-7800 if you are able to help out with this.

The Manitoulin Special Olympics in partnership with CTV and 100.7 The Island will be presenting their annual Bluegrass in the Country music festival on the weekend beginning Friday, June 10, 2016. Featured artists are The Abrams and Marie Bottrell. Also including Sweetgrass, Canucky Boys, the Nelson Family & Ryme ‘n’ Reason, Jim Beech, Ben Lentir, and Robbie Shawana. Tickets for the whole weekend are $45 until June 4 and will be $50 at the gate. Friday night only is $25. For ticket information call 705-282-8158 or 705-282-0368. Camping is also available.

If you have anything that you would like to contribute to the Providence Bay News and Notes, please give us a call. We have such a wonderful and bustling little village that it’s nice if everyone can hear what is going on. You can contact Cheryl at 705-377-7511 or by email at  It makes the column much more interesting when we have input from other community members. All submissions must be made by Sunday at 3 pm for inclusion in the following Wednesday paper.