Bookmark and Share   Jan. 25, 2012   Vol. 3 Week 5 Issue 134

excitement builds as family day approaches


Family Day Weekend in Bayfield is going to the dogs and the excitement is building.

Weekend events from Feb. 18-20 are centered on Danny the Dog and his adventures. But just who is Danny anyway? Many people will know him as the “canine-in-residence” at the Black Dog Village Pub and Bistro on Main Street. He can often be spotted napping out front of the establishment or going for strolls in Clan Gregor Square. He has been gracious enough to lend his likeness to represent this weekend of fun for the whole family.


Those who visit the village over the course of the three days will be able to pick up a passport to Bayfield between 3-5 p.m. each day at the Little Inn. Then they can help Danny get this passport stamped around the village.

The more scheduled events will begin Saturday at 2 p.m. when the talented John Powers will put on a show incorporating puppets and music to the delight of all ages. The show will take place in the Little Inn Guest Cottage. Tickets will be available soon at

Then a good friend of Danny’s will be on hand at The Village Bookshop to read an adventure with his many fans. Yes, Clifford the Big Red Dog is coming to town. He will read a story at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday and then again on Sunday.

From 4-7 p.m. on Saturday folks are invited back to the Little Inn Guest Cottage to craft their very own lantern to be used on an illumination walk down Main Street starting at 7 p.m. Those who wish to take part in the walk should gather at the Little Inn Guest Cottage and dress for the weather. Main Street Optometric and the Little Inn of Bayfield are the sponsors of this walk.

On Sunday afternoon people are encouraged to lace up their ice skates and head to the Bayfield Arena for a turn or two around the ice surface. The arena is open from 1-3 p.m. and there is no admission fee.

Starting at 1:30 p.m. in Clan Gregor Square there will be a Snow Sculpture Competition. Edward Jones is the sponsor of this event.

If skating and sculpting makes participants a little chilly they can wander over to the Bayfield Town Hall for some comfort food to warm them.
Now in its second year, “Soup’s On, Bayfield” is a fundraising event for the Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society. Those who attend can sample favorite soups prepared by local restaurants, church and community groups.

The tasting will be held from 2-4 p.m. Tickets for this event will be available at the door; participants can sample four soups for $5. Those who attend can vote for their favorite soup as part of the People’s Choice Award, in addition, the soups will be judged by Bayfield Chef Richard Fitoussi.

Monday afternoon, families are invited to return to the town hall for a family friendly movie and some popcorn. The film will begin at 2 p.m. The Optimist Club of Bayfield is sponsoring this free event.

Families are encouraged to stick around after the movie because from 3:30-5 p.m. children will get to learn the art of baking and decorating with Barb the Baker.

In addition to these fun family events, local restaurants, spas and shops are offering special menus, packages and opportunities for families to indulge and have fun. Plus more activities may be added to the schedule as Family Day Weekend approaches so please visit or to keep up-to-date.

New agricultural society secretary introduced 

Denise Castelmezzano

The Bayfield Agricultural Society (BAS) has been searching for a secretary following the sudden passing of Emma VanderWouden, who had been its secretary for ten years. The BAS is pleased to announce its appointment of Denise Castelmezzano as secretary.

Castelmezzano was born, raised, and educated in Brazil. She grew up on a farm with a zoo-like collection of animals. The family grew sugar cane, coffee beans and beans. Later she taught in Brazil for many years.

Since coming to Canada, she has worked for companies in the plastic mould industry. She has been a technical sales manager involved with sales and organizing international trade shows. She has also maintained accounts, worked in customer relations and served as an interpreter in meetings. Through these experiences she has become knowledgeable about commodities for companies. Customer service has been part of her role in many positions.

Outside of work she has volunteered in a long-term care facility and has an interest in learning more in the health care field.

Castelmezzano has lived in the area for a few years and this fall moved into a home near Bayfield. She wants to get to know the community better and play a role in this region with her skills. She will be setting aside time for the BAS as she seeks full time employment.

She will be introduced to the members of the BAS at its first meeting this year, March 12. The members of the BAS Board would like to welcome her into the fabric of the Bayfield area.

The BAS Board does hope that the community will welcome her also as she transitions into this new role. If anyone wishes to reach her about renewing memberships, has questions about the fair, or would just like to send a word of greeting, she can be reached by emailing

home focus of next take time

Helen VareKamp

January and February days often seem longer than they are short so once again the congregations of the village’s four local churches have joined together to offer an interesting series of programs designed to combat the winter blahs.

The fourth year of the “Take Time in 2012” programs will run from now to Feb. 6. They are a perfect opportunity for friends and neighbors to learn and share with one another.

The programs will be held on Mondays from 1:30-3 p.m. Each participating church will host one event. The cost will be $3 per session.

Want to attend but don’t have the transportation needed to get to the location of the presentation? Rides can be provided, just call the coordinator of that session.

On Jan. 30, thoughts will turn to spring rejuvenation when Helen Varekamp of Huron, Hearth and Home, presents the topic, “Spruce Up for Spring” – a new look for your home. This session will be held at St. Andrew’s United Church and Flo Keillor is the contact. For more information she can be reached at 519 565-2640.

The final session will be held on Feb. 6 at Trinity Anglican Church with Kate Lloyd-Rees and Judy Keightley. The duo will share their knowledge on the creation of quick and tasty appetizers. “Small Plates for Sharing” is the topic of this presentation. To learn more contact the session coordinator, Helen Latimer, at 519 565-2792.


library friends


Dr. Seuss is reportedly on the loose! All preschoolers are invited to help find Dr. Seuss as part of Family Literacy Day at the Bayfield Library on Main Street.

Moms, Dads, grandparents or caregivers can bring their preschoolers to the library on the afternoon of Jan. 26 and help them find the good doctor. Friends of the Bayfield Library (FOBL) will be on hand from 3-4 p.m. to help the librarian with readings and activities involving Dr Seuss. Children are encouraged to wear something red and bring a red marker or crayon. Cupcakes will be served and there is no need to register.

The FOBL has been created to promote the library as essential to the community’s quality of life. As enthusiastic supporters, FOBL intends to enhance the profile of the Bayfield Library and to advocate for library services and programs. To become a member of the FOBL, please send an email to or call Clair at 519-565-2135.

Cph Auxiliary

For many Bayfield residents Clinton Public Hospital (CPH) is their choice for healthcare and therefore the work of the Auxiliary to the CPH should be of interest.

The January meeting of the CPH Auxiliary was held on Jan. 9 in the CPH Conference Room with 27 auxiliary members and two guests attending. President Ann MacLean welcomed everyone present and wished all a happy New Year. She read poems entitled, "New Year Resolutions" and "This Year". Two members, Jane Postma and Mary Buffinga reported from the sessions they attended at the Toronto Conference in Nov. 2011.

The next meeting of the CPH Auxiliary will be held Feb. 6 in the CPH Conference Room at 9:30 a.m. All are invited to attend and encouraged to bring a friend.

town hall 

All those who attend the next most anticipated event at the Bayfield Town Hall will be transported back to the era of the big band when a 1940's style cabaret will be held Feb.11 at 8 p.m.

Tickets are $10. There will be live music and dancing and a cash bar.

For more information and for tickets please call Judy Keightley at 519 565-4515 or Kate Lloyd-Rees at 519 565-4404.

bayfield reads 2012

The very popular Bayfield Reads, held in conjunction with CBC’s Canada Reads, is back for 2012. Those who never miss this event should mark their calendars for Feb. 5 and encourage others to join in the fun. The debate, hosted by The Village Bookshop, will be held at the Bayfield Town Hall starting at 2 p.m. The cost to attend is $5 and tickets can be reserved at the bookshop after Jan. 18.

ratepayers association

Ainslie Willock is the new president of the Bayfield Ratepayers Association (BRA) and she would like to encourage village residents to come and observe the monthly BRA meetings.

“I'll make time on the agenda for visitors to bring up any issues they would like us to comment on,” she said recently.

The BRA meets on the first Saturday of the month at 9 a.m. at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building.

The BRA does not meet in January. So their first meeting of 2012 will be held on Feb. 4.

Reminders of the monthly meetings can be found on the Post Office Notice Board and on the BRA website:

fitness fun

One Care is sponsoring several programs for both men and women to keep up with their desire to stay fit.

Dancefit and Toning classes are held on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 9 a.m. The cost is $40 for four months or $3 per class. The Sit and Get Fit classes are offered on Mondays and Wednesdays at 10:15 a.m. The cost is $1 per class.
Starting on Jan. 20, a new Friday Stretching Class will be offered at 10:15 a.m. for approx. 45 minutes. This class is suitable for everyone and will cost $1. Both of these fitness opportunities are held at the Bayfield Community Centre.

For the more adventurous among us, there is Pole Walking. Walks for women are scheduled for Tuesdays and Thursdays while walks for men are held on Monday and Friday mornings All walks begin from 6 Main Street and begin at 8:30 a.m. Poles are provided free for those who require them.

A Yoga Class will be held at the Bayfield Town Hall starting at 10 a.m. on Tuesdays. The cost for is $3 per class and participants are asked to bring a yoga mat. A time of quiet reflection and meditation follows the yoga class starting at 11:15 a.m. All in the community are invited to take part.

Indoor badminton is played on Monday evenings at 7 p.m. at the Varna Complex The cost is $3 each and no experience or equipment is required to play.

Call 519 565-2202 for more information on the above exercise opportunities.

Zumba Bayfield! Your time to dance and smile 2012 style! Come out and join Jamie for this energized Latin based fitness class on Wednesdays starting at 7 p.m. at the Bayfield Community Centre. The cost is $10 per class. Join the Zumba Bayfield Facebook group page for updates. To learn more contact instructor, Jamie Thomas via email at





There are countless photographs of people in the Bayfield Historical Society’s Archives collection, but sadly their names were never recorded. In this section we will showcase an image with the hopes that one of our subscribers might be able to identify the individual(s) in the photo. Please email your information to the Editor’s attention at the address listed near the bottom of the page in “Submissions” or you can email the archivist directly at or click on the image and make a comment on Flickr. You can view the entire Collection of Remember Me Photos: Volume 2 on Flickr as well.

This week, the Bayfield Fall Fair may still be seven months away but we are able to take a look back at how the fairgrounds looked in 1956. Quite the crowd has gathered!

Remember 134

Make your on any image and it will take you to Flickr.



Remember 132

In Issue 132, an image taken in Sept. 1956 was highlighted. Records indicate that Billy Williams and Mrs. John Sturgeon are riding in the buggy.


Remember 133

In Issue 133, according to records when this photo was taken in June of 1955 this house was the MacKenzie residence – it would later become known as Clifton Manor.




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Photography club of bayfield 

out of the ice and through the lens 

Anyone who toured down to the Main Beach after 3 p.m. on Sunday afternoon may have thought that the paparazzi had descended on the village - their subject winter shapes and textures. In reality, it was some of the members of the Photography Club of Bayfield sharing their love of their craft on their first outing as a club. (Photo by Dennis Pal)

PCoB Beach walkabout - Angela on the beach
Angela Kaptein moves in for a closer image. (Photo by Gary Lloyd-Rees)

PCoB Beach walkabout - Dennis on the beach
Dennis Pal uses a tripod to shoot a series of icicle images. (Photo by Gary Lloyd-Rees)


On Jan. 22, members of the recently formed Photography Club of Bayfield (PCoB) held their first photographic excursion. They met at Bayfield’s Main Beach for a “walkabout”.

The walkabout was the first occasion for the PCOB members to go on a photoshoot together. Up until now, members have worked on a monthly assignment individually and submitted their photos for comment and critique at their monthly meetings.

The topic for this month’s assignment is “Winter - Shapes and Texture”, so the walkabout was a great opportunity for members to work on their assignment and at the same time swap tips and techniques with their fellow members.

“Although the afternoon was cold and overcast, it did not deter eight intrepid club members in spending over an hour scrambling over snow and ice to get that perfect shot,” said Gary Lloyd-Rees, a club member.

Anyone who has ever considered learning more about digital photography and are inspired by the photos shown, are invited to come to a club meeting. Meetings are held on the first Thursday of the month at 7p.m. at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building.

Tripods and macro settings were beloved pieces of photo equimpment at the Jan. 22 shoot. (Photo by Erin Steer)


Sometimes the photographer is his own best tripod as made evident  by the stance taken by Gary Lloyd-Rees in this photo. (Photo by Erin Steer)

So what were all these camera lenses pointed to? Click on the slide show at left to view the images taken by Dennis Pal, Janet Baillie, Angela Kaptein, Erin Steer and Gary Lloyd-Rees.



PIXILATED — image of the week

Bayfield Pier

Bayfield Pier January 22...By Janette Baillie

Email your photo in Jpeg format to with the subject line Subscriber Photo of the Week. or...Upload your photo to Flickr.

I am looking for the Bayfield that is a delight to the eye – please share photos with a touch of whimsy, beauty, humor or a sense of fun. If you are to include people in your photos be sure to have their permission to publish their picture on-line and also send in their names and where they are from. And don’t forget to tell me who took the photo for proper credit to be issued







Melody Falconer-Pounder


 A friend of mine from my Signal-Star days dropped me a word after last week’s Submissions. George Zoethout noted that I had published both an article and a note of congratulations as to the success of Goderich’s fundraising campaign for tornado relief and he wondered if I might like to share more with our Subscribers.

He is now working part-time for the Town of Goderich as a videographer and will be preparing videos that show the gradual rebuilding progress in there.

I am always delighted to share positive news, especially from this natural disaster, so here is the link for the most recent video update for all who would like to view it: GODERICH: Restore, Rebuild, Renew Canada's Prettiest Town


Ideas and contributions to the Bayfield Breeze are always welcome.
Deadlines for submissions are Sundays at 4 p.m.

Please email me at or call 519-565-2443.
Hope to see you online soon at 


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Writer, editor, photographer: Melody Falconer-Pounder
Web publisher/Graphic Designer: Dennis Pal
Advertising Sales: Mike Dixon
Logo Design: Kyle Vanderburgh, Goderich Print Shop
Special thanks to the Bayfield and Area Chamber of Commerce
Breeze Committee: Ian Matthew, Roger Lewington, Mike Dixon, John Pounder, Dennis Pal, Melody Falconer-Pounder