Hometown Holiday Weekend: The spirit of the community

Friday, Nov. 2, 2018


Hometown Holiday Weekend: The spirit of the community

Music, dancing, parades, pets, crafts, cookies, fellowship and fun

Producer and Crooner Rick Kish in LINK Theatre’s A (Really) Retro Christmas, at Blyth Memorial Community Hall.

BLYTH – The Blyth BIA is pleased to announce a Hometown Holiday Weekend for residents and tourists living in and all around the Village, Nov. 30 to Dec. 2.

Festivities kick off on Friday, Nov. 30, with the traditional Lighting of the Lights ceremony. The community will also host an Artisans Night Market and an incredible concert to get the holidays humming: LINK Theatre’s A (Really) Retro Christmas, at Blyth Memorial Community Hall. Take a journey back to those ‘50s/’60s Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra style Christmas specials. This show brings together Crooners Rick Kish and Connor Boa, the fabulous Croonettes, and a three-piece band for an evening of surprises, great stories and swingin’ tunes. Starting at 8 p.m., the show features two hours of popular standards of the era as well as a whole lotta Christmas Music. Tickets are $35 for Adults, $20 for Youth, available at the Blyth Festival Box Office by calling 519-523-9300 or online at blythfestival.com. This show guarantees you will leave the theatre with the holidays humming on your lips. Bring your own mistletoe. 

On Saturday, residents are invited to dress up their canine friends and enter the Festive Dog/Christmas Canine Costume Contest where prizes will be awarded. The Santa Claus Parade features the pets, Clinton Legion pipe band, Celtic Blue Highlanders, and Seaforth Girls Marching Band as well as more than 40 other business, service club and family floats. Santa (AKA Kris Kringle, AKA Jolly Saint Nick) will be on hand for photos at Memorial Hall. A traditional Family Holiday Dinner and Dance to the sounds of Huron County’s own The Cultural Collective. As an added treat, award-winning dancers Les Cook and Julie Sawchuk, who took bronze at this year’s Dancing with the Stars in Goderich, will be performing their heralded routine.  Dancing in her wheelchair, accessibility advocate Sawchuk dazzled audiences at this year’s Victim Services fundraiser. This is a chance to see the routine that took the bronze medal.

Then, on Sunday, Dec. 2, the Firefighters host a breakfast, and a holiday movie provide lots more opportunities to celebrate the season. And, the weekend culminates with a community Advent Service at the Blyth United Church at 7 p.m.

Community group Friends of the Village of Blyth, which focuses on public gardens and green spaces and supports local community betterment projects, host an A-Door-Able Holiday Wreaths contest for all our member businesses. Everyone is invited to visit them all this holiday season to see the creativity on their doors and check all those special items off the shopping list. Shopping local is vital for a vibrant business community. 

Full details including parade and pet entry forms, times and locations of all activities are available at BlythNow.ca. Some events and activities are free.  

Concert and Dinner and Dance tickets are available through the Blyth Festival Box Office, at 519.523.9300, or blythfestival.com.



For more information, contact:
Gil Garratt, Secretary, Blyth BIA
Phone: 519.523.9300
Email: ggarratt@blythfestival.com

Hometown Holiday Weekend Schedule

Friday, November 30, 2018

Christmas Night Market – Free Event 6pm-11pm
Lighting of the Lights – Free Event 7pm
A (Really) Retro Crooner Christmas
by Link Theatre

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Free craft, demonstrations and fibre artist market in the Bainton Gallery – Hosted by FACTS 12-7pm
Festive Dog/Christmas Canine Costume Contest
Judging at Lion’s Park (Rules | Registration)
12 noon
Santa Claus Parade (Registration Form) – Free Event 2pm-3pm
Photos with Santa & Mrs.Claus
in the Lower Hall – Free Event
Traditional family dinner & dance with a live band, The Cultural Collective, from South Huron.  As an added treat, award-winning dancers Les Cook and Julie Sawchuk, who took bronze at this year’s Dancing with the Stars in Goderich, will be performing their heralded routine.   Dinner:
5:30pm-7pm Dance:

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Community Breakfast
Blyth Memorial Community Hall prepared by Blyth Firefighters
A Family Christmas Movie – Free Event
Screening in Blyth Memorial Community Hall
FACTS Holiday Handcrafting Weekend, in Bainton Gallery 12 – 4pm
Community Advent Service, Blyth United Church 7:30pm



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RFP June 2018: Online Presence


Blyth Business Improvement Area (BBIA)

REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL re:  Online Presence



The internet is indispensable for the travel and tourism industry as travellers utilize it to investigate travel options, compare prices and offers, make reservations, and find details about what is unique to a destination.  Travellers increasingly communicate directly with destinations to learn more about the stories and characters that make a destination different.   They bypass the middleman like travel agents and other service providers so making a modern and dynamic website is an even more integral component of our destination marketing strategy. Our website must act as the main gateway for not only listing tourism information and businesses but also suggest itineraries for engaging experiences and provide relevant regional history and geography through creative storytelling – techniques that show our distinctive characters and unique assets in engaging ways.    Links to services will promote local attractions, activities and our members, too, all leading to:

  • more foot traffic on the streets
  • increased retail, dining, accommodation and special event and attractions receipts.


Blyth Business Improvement Area (BBIA) is a membership-based organization created to:

  1. Plan and administer activities for the promotion of BBIA as an attractive business and shopping area and for the maintenance of the appearance of the Blyth Ward;
  2. Engage in strategic planning necessary to address BBIA issues;
  3. Advocate on behalf of the interests of BBIA;
  4. Manage a budget that includes revenue collected by the Township of North Huron from the required BIA levy, and grants from other sources pledged for these activities. 

We have 51 members and our levy for 2018 is $7,700.


The Village of Blyth has businesses and attractions that currently draw large numbers of visitors to town. Blyth Festival – an all-Canadian summer theatre festival now in it’s 44th season, and Cowbell Brewing Company – a new carbon-neutral craft brewery attract thousands to our community including craft beer lovers, foodies and culture vultures in pursuit of emotional experiences and impact.  Our goal is to keep them here longer, have them spend a little more and thereby become more invested in repeat visits and telling their friends and family to come visit too.


Our top priority is to increase the economic benefits that flow from tourism to the Village of Blyth.  Our secondary goals include

  • Engaging visitors by bringing Blyth’s unique human interest stories to light
       for visitors and for the community, and
  • making it easy to contact BBIA members through the website or through social
       media profiles.


We are looking to increase social engagement on Social Channels that translate into increased visitation and interaction with the website.

Blyth Business Improvement Area currently has a presence on two individual sites.  The blythbia.com website is an out-dated site that is owned by an independent contractor.  The second site is blythnow.com

Through this project we will work to:

  • consolidate our online networks; 
  • identify key elements for a successful “destination” web presence;
  • design and develop a modern, dynamic website;
  • utilize search engine optimization;
  • understand the components of social media and build a social media campaign on verified social channels. 


Our new site must be:

  • Easy to navigate with painless search or find functions.
  • User-friendly, offering the navigation a clear indication of where they are in the site.
  • Accessible on multiple browsers – Explorer, Firefox, Google Chrome, Safari
  • Consistent in its layout to maintain a theme and uniformity
  • Free of Clutter
  • Quick to download.

Further the site must have a URL that is easy to remember and easy to spell.

The website does not require e-commerce components.


$7,000 has been allocated to this project of which 1/2 is funded through a Destination Development Strategic Co–Investment Project. 

The payment schedule is

  • $2,000 on signing, proposed:  week of August 27, 2018;
  • $2,500 at mid-way of work plan, proposed September 21, 2018
  • $2,500 on completion; no later than November 30, 2018.


  • a clear defined schedule of activities outlining deadlines for meetings with the BBIA committee.
  • samples of other websites you or your Company have worked on.


  • RFP distributed:  July 9, 2018
  • Deadline for Response August 10, 2018
  • Project Awarded August 17, 2018

Karen Stewart, Chair of the Board of Management
Blyth & Area Business Improvement Area
Tele:  226-523-1419 email:     karen@blyth1419.ca