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 fifteen hikes to look forward to with bayfield trails in 2020   

32879033628_ba12980f64_kThe Bayfield River Valley Trail Association has planned 15 hikes for the upcoming year. Hikes for March include a walk on the Woodland Trail to celebrate International Women’s Day (IWD) and a Spring Hike on the Mavis Trail shown here during a Winter Hike in 2019. (Photo by Gary Lloyd-Rees)  

The Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) will host 15 guided hikes for 2020 and will again sponsor the Earth Day Litter Walk and the Terry Fox Run in Bayfield and all in the community are invited!

Each hike will be guided by Hike Ontario certified hike leaders. Unless otherwise noted, all hikes are free and open to the public, with leashed dogs welcome. For more information please visit or call Asst. Hike Coordinator Ralph Blasting at 519-525-3205.

The BRVTA is a non-profit, fully volunteer organization that plans, builds, and maintains walking trails in Bayfield and the surrounding area. They offer guided hikes on these and other local trails. The BRVTA is a registered member of Hike Ontario. The BRVTA encourages everyone to experience joy and good health in the natural beauty of Huron County. People are invited to become a member ($20 individual/$30 Family) by visiting or subscribe to their free newsletter by writing to

Hikes upcoming in March include a walk on the Woodland Trail to celebrate International Women’s Day (IWD) and a Spring Hike on the Mavis Trail.

Celebrate IWD by joining BRVTA members for a stress-free, beautiful hike on Bayfield’s Woodland Trail. IWD celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. This year’s theme is “an equal world is an enabled world”. Friends, partners, families, and individuals of all sizes, shapes and gender identities are welcome to hike. Two lucky hikers will win a door prize! The Woodland Trail meanders past trickling streams, wide ravines, meadows and glacial hills. Located within the village’s boundaries, the diversity of natural environment is surprising.

Participants are invited to meet/park at the David Street trail head. For more info see the map at: The hike will be approximately two hours over a distance of 3.5 KMs. The trail difficulty is listed as moderate. It is well marked but with some steep inclines, rough spots or obstacles. It has a natural trail surface with some bridges and boardwalks. Those who take part are encouraged to dress for the weather, wear sturdy shoes and bring water.

The hike leaders are: Pam Bowers, Annerieke VanBeets and Ralph Blasting, 519 525-3205.

A Spring Hike along the Mavis Trail will be held on March 21 at 11 a.m. The BRVTA invites people to get out of the house because Spring is here! The Mavis Trail is named after area the late community activist, Mavis Govier and offers a walk to the Bayfield River and back. Its terrain varies greatly at each turn. This is a four seasons trail with such a wide variety of landscapes that it will delight visitors at all times of the year. As hikers make their way to the scenic lookout at the river, they will pass through groves of pine trees and a steep ravine with a wonderful bridge.

Participants are invited to meet/park at the Stanley Complex in Varna, 5 KM east of Bayfield on the Mill Road. A map can be found at
The hike will be approximately 1.5 hours over a distance of 2.5 KMs. The trail difficulty is listed as an easy, well-defined trail with some gentle inclines. It has a natural trail surface with some bridges and boardwalks. Those who take part are encouraged to dress for the weather, wear sturdy shoes and bring water.

The hike leader will be Dave MacLaren, 519 565-5480.

A list of upcoming hikes & BRVTA activities for 2020:

Apr. 3: National Walking Day, 1 a.m., Bannockburn Trail
Apr. 22: 6th Annual Earth Day Village Litter Walk, 2 p.m., Village of Bayfield
May 16: Bayfield Bird Day, 9 a.m., Windmill Lake Wake and Eco Park
May 24: Wildflower Hike, Sunday, 2 p.m., Woodland Trail
June 5: World Environment Day Hike, 7:30 p.m., Sawmill Trail
June 21: Father’s Day Photo Hunt, 2 p.m., Woodland Trail
July 18: Bayfield Tree Hike, 10 a.m., Village of Bayfield
Aug. 23: Cemetery Historical Hike, 7 p.m., Bayfield Cemetery. BRVTA members only.
Sept. 9: Trail Blazers Hike, 2 p.m., Woodland Trail
Sept. 20: Terry Fox 40th Anniversary Run, 9 a.m., Village of Bayfield
Sept. 27: Mushroom Hike, 2 p.m., Lobb Trail. BRVTA members only.
Oct. 2: Full Moon Hike. 8 p.m., Sawmill Trail
Oct. 25: Fall Colors Hike, Sunday, 2 p.m., Naftels Creek Conservation Area
Nov. 17: National Take a Hike Day, 2 p.m. Mavis/Taylor Trails
Jan. 9, 2021: Annual Winter Hike and Lunch. 11 a.m., Mavis/Taylor Trails

St. Andrew's United to host World day of Prayer service 

ZimbabweArtThe official artwork of the 2020 World Day of Prayer was created by artist Nonhlanhla Mathe of Zimbabwe. (Submitted photo)  

The invitation is out for everyone - men, women and children of all ages - to join the 2020 World Day of Prayer on Friday, March 6 as the theme: “Rise! Take Your Mat and Walk” is celebrated.

Zimbabwe, one of the more southern countries in Africa, has prepared the service this year. Participants are encouraged to reflect on the challenges this republic has encountered during independence steps over the last sixty years. The writing team has shared the injustice obstacles that the women of Zimbabwe have met, and the hopes they have for the future. These experiences unite everyone in prayer and solidarity.

The preparation for the day is vast. An international committee is based in New York and there are national committees and organizations in each participating country. In Canada, the World Day of Prayer (WDP) is coordinated by the Women’s Inter-Church Council of Canada (WICC), one of the original founders of this prayer movement. WICC invites people to join a service being held in over 1,150 Canadian communities.

In Bayfield, St. Andrew’s United Church will host this interdenominational service starting at 1 p.m. with refreshments to follow.

World Day of Prayer is an international, inter-church event that began 98 years ago bridging social, geographic and political barriers in over 170 countries. The weekend of prayer begins in Samoa and prayer in native languages travels throughout the world --- through Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Europe, Australia and the Americas. Together people pursue justice, peace and reconciliation by standing together in prayer and action.

Offerings received through the World Day of Prayer transform prayers into action in the form of project grants empowering women and children in Canada and throughout the world. All regions share in the grants, with consideration given to greatest need. Through WDP offerings, WICC has distributed over 2.5 million dollars in the past 35 years. The vision is to restore hope to women and children touched by injustice.

 radicalized defended by greg stewart at bayfield reads 



The Village Bookshop presents Bayfield Reads 2020 on Sunday, March 15. Join the new owners of the Bookshop for this year’s edition of Bayfield Reads, a chance for local personalities to defend this year’s Canada Reads finalists.

Last week, Canada Reads defender, Jayne Dietrich was profiled. This week, Greg Stewart is featured. Stewart is a practicing lawyer with 19 years-experience. Though he is an avid reader of histories and biographies, his favorite author is Governor General Award-winning, mystery writer, John Buchan.

“His stories invite you to enter and live for a time in mystery and adventure, often in exotic and unusual places,” explained Stewart.

Stewart will be defending Cory Doctorow’s “Radicalized”, a collection of four speculative fiction novellas dealing with the implications of technology on human life.

“Radicalized is a commentary bringing into play social, technological and economic elements of our society which leads us to question their applications for our future,” said Stewart.

In addition to Stewart, this year’s contenders and defenders are: “Small Game Hunting at the Local Coward Gun Club” by Megan Gail Coles, defended by Ruth Gibson; “We Have Always Been Here” by Samra Habib, defended by Kathy Wilson; “Son of a Trickster” by Eden Robinson, defended by Jayne Dietrich; and “From the Ashes” by Jesse Thistle, defended by Don Keillor.

Bayfield Reads will be held at the Bayfield Town Hall starting at 2 p.m. Admission is $5 at the door.

The Village Bookshop is currently closed and will reopen on Thursday, March 19 at 10 a.m.

imagine a world  without the lads from liverpool  


“Soup and a Movie at Trinity St. James” will be held on Tuesdays during the upcoming Lenten season!

The congregation of Trinity St. James Anglican Church welcomes the community to join in fellowship over a hearty bowl of soup while delighting in a great cinematic work.

This extremely popular community event will begin on Tuesday, March 3 and will be held on the four subsequent Tuesdays after that from 6-9 p.m. Those who attend will enjoy sampling a variety of soup, bread and a beverage all for a free will donation followed by a movie.

The first movie to be shown is "Yesterday". It tells the story of Jack Malik, a struggling singer-songwriter whose dreams of fame are rapidly fading. After a freak bus accident during a mysterious global blackout, Malik wakes up to discover that "The Beatles" have never existed. Imagine a world without the lads from Liverpool? It isn't hard to do...or is it? 

This year’s movie schedule also includes: On the Basis of Sex, March 10; Christopher Robin, March 17; Green Book, March 24; and Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, March 31.

Anyone who has yet to come out to a movie night should consider doing so as the church hall boasts surround sound as well as a terrific big screen plus it is a fabulous evening to socialize and escape the winter blahs. Participants are asked to reserve a spot by calling 519 565-2790. All in the community are welcome to attend.


 councilor's corner   

Please be advised that the Councilor’s Corner for this month has been rescheduled to Feb. 27 to accommodate a family commitment

Bayfield Ward Councilor Bill Whetstone welcomes all area citizens to join in these monthly sessions starting at 7 p.m. Topics will be provided for the next issue of the Bayfield Breeze.

historical society 

Reverend Joe Gray will be presenting a photographic travelogue on the history and the land of Israel at the next meeting of the Bayfield Historical Society (BHS) on Monday, Feb. 24.

Part of the BHS’s monthly Speakers’ Series, the evening will be held at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building starting at 7:30 p.m.

Rev. Joe and his wife, Beth, moved to Bayfield in 2018. He retired after over 30 years of ministry in the United States and Canada and remains active, preaching, teaching and writing. The couple have led numerous tours to Israel and enjoy sharing the wonder and history of this beautiful land with others.

Pancake Supper 

Members and friends of Trinity St. James Anglican Church will once again be hosting their annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper. This year the event falls on Feb. 25.

Pancakes and sausages are turned into tasty delights with the simple addition of locally crafted Maple Syrup! Also, on the menu are juice, tea or coffee and dessert.

All are invited to enjoy food and fellowship while supporting Trinity St James’ ministry in the community. The event will be held in the Trinity St. James Parish Hall, 10 Keith Cres, from 5-7 p.m. Admission at the door will be adults, $10; children under 12 years, $5; pre-schoolers free. There is a family rate of $20.

Take out is available by calling 519 565-2790 on the day of the event.



“What good is sitting, alone in your room?
come hear the music play!
Life is a cabaret, old chum!
Come to the cabaret!”

After a one-year hiatus, the Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society is thrilled to announce the return of their cherished fundraiser, “CABARET”.

Two performances will be held on March 13 and 14 starting at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. There will be a cash bar.

The society extends many thanks to returning cast members Natalie Tarnawski and Leanne Kavanagh along with newcomers Camille Oates and Big Mac are stepping in as this year’s stellar artistic directing team. They promise that attendees will see many familiar faces on stage for this upcoming production.

Tickets are currently available for $20 online at and in person at Shopbike Coffee Roasters in Bayfield.

Life at the Rink

Goderich 1 will take on Bayfield 50+ at the Bayfield Arena on Thursday, Feb. 20 at 8 p.m.

The Bayfield Relics are off this week. 

The Bayfield Relics are an Oldtimers Hockey Team that was founded in 1987. Their home ice is the Bayfield Arena. The Relics play their season schedule versus teams from Huron and Middlesex Counties.

Farmers' Market 


The Bayfield Farmers’ Market invites vendor applications for the 2020 season.

The market is held in Bayfield’s Clan Gregor Square every Friday, 3-7 p.m., Victoria Day weekend to Thanksgiving weekend. Vendors must live within 75 KM of Bayfield and grow, produce or create the products they sell at the market.

Deadline for applications is March 1st. Applications can be submitted at All applications will be reviewed by the Bayfield Farmers’ Market Board of Directors.

Applicants may address questions to Mary Brown, Market manager, at or

friends of the bayfield Library 

Friends of the Bayfield Library's “Saturdays at the Library” speaker program continues. Next up in the series is “Bringing Stories to Life on Stage or In Print”, presented by local playwright David Scott on Saturday, Feb. 22. Three of Scott’s plays have been produced by the Blyth Festival, including the popular, “The Ballad of Stompin’ Tom.” All are welcome to attend this session to be held at the Bayfield Library in the Community Room starting at 10:30 a.m. Refreshments will be served. Participants are asked to bring their own coffee mug.

Upcoming “Saturdays at the Library” programs include: March 28, learn how to put order into closet chaos, presented by Pauline Hoffman, Just in Time Solutions; and Apr. 18, hear all about local area food bank initiatives presented by Mary Ellen Zielman, Executive director of the Huron County Food Bank Distribution Centre, and Terry Henderson of the Bayfield Area Food Bank.

Splash Pad Pavers 

People may have noticed that the Splash Pad in Clan Gregor Square is looking like a bit of construction zone these days but never fear it will be undergoing a refurbishment in the spring and should be better than new for those hot, hazy days of summer!

This is the perfect opportunity for anyone who missed out on purchasing an engraved paver to grace the Splash Pad surround. The engraved pavers in Clan Gregor Square are a reminder of how great area residents and visitors are when it comes to supporting such projects as the Playground and the Splash Pad. People often ask if they can add an engraved brick to the path. Members of the Bayfield Optimist Club are once again providing this opportunity.

“In Memoriam” stones for loved ones as well as “just because” stones can be ordered with the work being done on site later in 2020 using the same two brick sizes that are already installed around the Splash Pad. The cost of these engraved bricks will vary depending on the size, printing and quantity of bricks to be engraved at that time. The plan is to have the bricks engraved in late May and/or early June.

Anyone with an interest in adding a brick can contact Mike Dixon via email at or by calling 519 955-5254 for further information.

kindness workshops 

The Open Hearts Kindness Group will hold their next workshop at the Bayfield Library on Saturday, Apr. 11. The focus will be on ways to reduce eco-anxiety via discussion and the creation of an Earth Alter.

The other workshops planned are: Kindness Rocks, June 13; Hospice Rocks, Aug. 8; Woolly Lambs, Oct. 24; and Nursing Home Cards, Nov. 28. More details will appear in the Bayfield Breeze as the date for each workshop grows closer.

Bi-monthly explorations with different art media will be facilitated. All supplies are included. Most workshops are “drop-in” however, some workshops may require registration. The workshops are free, however, a $5 donation to Huron Hospice is suggested. All ages are welcome but children under 10 years need to be accompanied by an adult.

More info also available at



  conservation dinner successful partnership  for thirty years 

7_Lion_Paul_Anstett_at_Ice_Podium_Conservation_Dinner_File_NRExeter Lions Club members have served as Conservation Dinner chairpersons over the years including, Paul Anstett, who was chair of the Conservation Dinner in 2015 and 2016. (Submitted photo)  

The Conservation Dinner has raised more than $1.2 million for projects in local communities and it would never have been possible without the support of the Exeter Lions Club, according to the Conservation Dinner Committee.

The Conservation Dinner is Thursday, Apr. 16. This year’s charitable auction marks the 30th consecutive year that the Exeter Lions Club has been the major co-partner, with Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation (ABCF), on the event. Net proceeds are split evenly between community conservation projects of the ABCF and community conservation projects of the Exeter Lions Club. The Lions Club first joined the ABCF as co-partner in 1991.

Dave Frayne is chair of the ABCF. He is also this year’s Chair of the Conservation Dinner Committee. He says the community fundraising event would never have lasted 30 years if it were not for the tireless work and dedication of the Lions Club.

“The Conservation Dinner partnership with the Exeter Lions Club is really one of a kind,” according to the Frayne. “It would be incredible to see this kind of partnership last five or ten or 15 years, but 30 years – that’s really special.”

Local communities and local people, including youth, benefit from this event, Frayne said.

“It’s donors, guests, and volunteers who make it happen and the Exeter Lions Club volunteers are at the forefront each and every year,” Frayne said. “I would like to commend the Lions for their community spirit and their years of service to this cause.”

The Dinner has been a lot of hard work from everyone involved but it’s also been a lot of fun working with the Lions Club members, according to the Foundation Chair.

“The Lions Club volunteers work all year on this event and when the week of the Conservation Dinner comes they really kick it into high gear and it’s really amazing to see them at work,” he said. “I would like to thank President Craig, the current Lions members, and all the past Lions members who have been part of this successful event for the past 30 years.”

Craig Glavin is president of the Exeter Lions Club. He said working with the ABCF, and other community volunteers, has been enjoyable and has benefitted the community. Lions President Glavin thanks all the current and past Lions members who have helped the Conservation Dinner raise more than $1.2 million for projects in local communities.

“I would like to personally thank all the Exeter Lions Club members, past and present,” he said. “Lions Club members have spent thousands of hours organizing a great community event in support of needed community projects such as parks and trails and education, recreation, and job opportunities for young people. We enjoy working with the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation and the other community volunteers on the Dinner Committee. The volunteers should be very proud of what they have accomplished over the past three decades and I look forward to another successful evening in 2020. I would also like to thank our neighboring Lions Clubs that also support the work of this community event.”

Exeter Lions Club members have served as Conservation Dinner chairpersons over the years including: Tom Hartai and Mac MacDougall (1992); Peter Raymond (1994); George Godbolt (1996; 1998; 2000; 2002); Rob Reid (2005); Bob Gehan (2008; 2009; 2011); Bob Laye (2013); Paul Anstett (2015; 2016); and Jim Beckett and Larry Taylor (2018; 2019).

Projects made possible by the auction event include community parks and conservation areas; fishing derby, nature day camps, and Owl Prowl events; accessible nature trails in Bayfield, Clinton, Parkhill, Lucan, Arkona, Exeter, and Varna; busing for students to experience outdoor nature education; a $1,000 student environmental bursary benefitting students in local communities; a summer job in conservation for a senior secondary school student; turtle monitoring and events in Port Franks and Ailsa Craig; aquatic habitat studies in Old Ausable Channel, Grand Bend; and other community projects.

The annual charitable event features live and silent auctions of art and other distinctive items including, travel packages and sports and entertainment memorabilia. The Dinner includes special raffles, general raffles, appetizers, wine tasting, a wonderful meal, and a chance to visit with neighbors. The Dinner Committee thanks all the donors and sponsors, patrons and guests, and volunteers who make the event a success. The committee also thanks all the creative people who have been feature artists over the years in media ranging from paintings to ice sculptures to metal art to culinary arts.

The Conservation Dinner takes place at South Huron Recreation Centre at 94 Victoria Street East in Exeter. Tickets are $85 each. Patrons receive a charitable gift receipt, for income tax purposes, for a portion of that amount. To buy a ticket or to donate, visit the Ausable Bayfield Conservation office east of Exeter at 71108 Morrison Line (south of Highway 83) or phone 519 235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610 or email Find out more at and

County residents asked to take survey regarding safety 

Huron County is seeking public input. Local municipalities and police services boards are working on a plan to ensure community safety and well-being.

The Province has made legislative changes to the Police Services Act requiring communities develop and adopt Community Safety and Well Being Plans by Jan. 1, 2021.

The legislation was introduced in recognition of the changing nature of society and the evolution of policing services in providing a safe environment. The focus is on integrating the partnerships of the police within the community and between the community partners themselves.

Municipalities are mandated to work with police services and local service providers in health care, social services and education to develop a Community Safety and Well Being Plan that proactively addresses locally identified community risks.

“Huron County has some well-developed relationships between the existing service providers and is working to build on those relationships,” said Florence Witherspoon, member of the Working Group established to set up the Plan. “In creating the Plan, we will better be able to serve those who utilize these services, reduce duplication and ensure those who need the services have access to them in an efficient manner.”

The focus of the Community Safety and Well Being Plan will be to engage the community in taking direct action to make Huron County a safer and healthier community. In addition to connecting with the different service providers, community engagement is required to compliment the risk factors identified.

To do this the Working Group is asking residents of Huron County to participate in an online survey. The survey will help to identify key concerns that members of the community have about safety, health and well-being.

Residents of Huron County are asked to participate in this online Community Safety and Well-Being Survey by visiting the following link:

A paper copy of the survey can also be made available at local Municipal Offices.

huron wave music festival launch at White Squirrel 


Be part of the official launch of the Huron Waves Music Festival, and be among the first to hear the lineup for its inaugural season, which will run May 7-17.

The public is invited to the launch event on Tuesday, March 10 at the White Squirrel Golf Club and Restaurant, 72538 Bluewater Hwy. The doors will open at 5 p.m. with music starting at 5:30 p.m. followed by an official announcement at 5:45 p.m.

Come hear Artistic Director John Miller, who founded and ran for 18 years, the Stratford Summer Music Festival, announce a season that highlights musicians and music from across Canada and beyond. Mingle with friends and enjoy live entertainment in the restaurant at White Squirrel. RSVP for the free launch event here:

And since the launch is taking place in the late afternoon, those who attend are encouraged to make reservations for dinner in the dining room by calling the restaurant at 519 236-4030. (Please note dinner is not included in the event.)

The board and staff of Huron Waves Music Festival are hard at work putting together this first-year festival to highlight musicians and music from across Canada and beyond. As announced late last year, the festival will open with two performances by the dynamic Kingdom Choir, that amazing choir that sang “Stand By Me” at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Organizers are so pleased to welcome them into the community for two concerts at Goderich and Exeter venues.

CNR School on Wheels Museum seeking volunteers 

Screen Shot 2020-02-04 at 11.07.19 AMIndividuals, including retired teachers, are currently being sought to volunteer at the CNR School on Wheels Museum from May to September. (Submitted photo)

The CNR School on Wheels Museum is looking for friendly, enthusiastic retired teachers or individuals who demonstrate a continued passion for life-long learning and the desire to impart knowledge. The objective is to come together with one common goal: to facilitate and preserve knowledge about Public Education on CNR School Cars in Northern Ontario.

One of these school train cars have been converted into a living museum, in Clinton. From May to September, the public can explore and learn about this unique school and the Sloman family; who spent 39 years living and teaching in this mobile classroom. Visitors either choose to explore the train independently or participate in a guided tour.

Interested retired teachers or individuals who might like to join this social network are asked to come to the Bayfield Public Library on March 25 at 3:30 p.m. or Apr. 9 at 6:30 p.m. to learn more about this fun and interesting opportunity. A brief in-service training to learn historical content and interesting facts about the Sloman School on Wheels would be provided on site at a later date. A minimum of six volunteer days is expected for the season.

For more information please contact Carolyn Brophy at or Reeka Spence at


coldest night   

2020 02 12 Bernies Bunch GODERICH“Bernie’s Bunch” are the leading fundraisers for the Coldest Night Event being held in Goderich on Feb. 22. They have raised over $3,000 so far and are challenging other Goderich teams to match them. (Submitted photo)  

The Coldest Night of the Year (CNOY) is almost here.

CNOY will happen Saturday, Feb. 22 in 145 communities across Canada. In Huron County one event will be held in Goderich and another in Exeter.

The Goderich event currently has 27 teams, including, leading fundraisers “Bernie’s Bunch” who have raised over $3,000 so far and are challenging other Goderich teams to match them. There are 123 walkers registered to participate with a goal of raising $30,000 towards local homelessness initiatives.

Registration begins at 4 p.m. on the second floor of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 109 on Kingston Street in Goderich. Opening ceremonies are at 5 p.m. with the walk beginning at 5:15 p.m. A warm meal and refreshments will be available at the Legion starting at 6 p.m., as well as a CNOY-themed dance. To register, visit:

CNOY is part of a bigger action plan in Goderich and area. In addition to existing resources through Huron Safe Homes for Youth and the Huron Women’s Shelter, United Way Perth-Huron is working with local government and organizations on continuing emergency shelter during the cold months and a new Housing Advocate to find housing for those in need and provide ongoing support for successful tenancy.

Thursday Tunes 

“Thursday Tunes and Dancing” is back at the Libro Hall (arena upstairs) in Clinton from now until May 21.

Libro Hall is located at 239 Fleming Drive and the program runs from 1-3:30 p.m. All musicians, dancers and spectators are welcome. Admission is by donation.

For more information contact Angela Smith at 519 476-5922.

dixie demons 

The Dixie Demons will perform in Grand Bend on Feb. 22. (Submitted photo)

The Grand Bend Centre for the Living Arts will host the Dixie Demons in concert on Feb. 22 for a Mardi Gras evening.

The Dixie Demons have been dazzling audiences for the past 26 years. This prestigious Toronto-based performing group entertains with a catchy and exciting repertoire of traditional jazz. Anyone who has seen this stellar six-piece band on stage knows that the chemistry they share is what makes them tick. Their performances are a real treat of great music, amazing virtuosity and showmanship.

The doors to the centre located at 22 Main St. in Grand Bend will open at 6:30 p.m. with the performance to follow at 7:30 p.m. There will be a cash bar.

Tickets are $25 and are available now by calling Janice Sinker at 519 238-5436 or The Garden Gate at 519 238-5436 or visit

INfluenza outbreak 

The influenza outbreak which was announced on Feb. 10 at the Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance (HPHA) - Stratford General Hospital site on the Medicine Unit has been declared over.

With no new hospital-acquired influenza cases since declaring the outbreak, the status was lifted in consultation with Huron Perth Public Health (HPPH).

“Special thanks are extended to our team members, Huron Perth Public Health and to the community for the support during the outbreak,” said Larry Morrell, Infection Control practitioner. “Outbreaks are stressful for everyone involved and I commend our team for their hard work and dedication to patient safety. I also thank our patients, their families and caregivers for their cooperation during this time.”

Visitor restrictions have been lifted but visitors are reminded that if they aren’t feeling well, they should postpone their visit in any area of the hospital, unless for compassionate or palliative reasons. This is a guideline that should be followed year-round, not just in flu season.

“Another important thing to remember when visiting a loved one in the hospital is to always use the alcohol-based hand sanitizer provided to wash your hands when you enter and leave the hospital and upon entering and leaving the patient’s room,” added Morrell.

Caregiver Education 

Community Connections Outreach Services will be hosting a Caregiver Education Event at the West Huron Care Centre in Zurich on March 10. The afternoon session will provide information about services and support for Huron caregivers.

Caregivers are; a family member or friend who provides unpaid support, assistance and care
for someone in need.

Caregivers, or people who know one, are invited to the session to get helpful information to support their loved ones. The session will cover: caregiver programs and services, caregiver website, resources and events in the area and helpful tools and tips.

The one-hour event will begin at 2:30 p.m. in the Risi Room at the West Huron Care Centre, 37792 Zurich-Hensall Road.

For more information and to RSVP please call 519 236-4373 Ext. 632.

livery film fest 

On Thursdays during the winter and spring of 2020, the Livery Film Fest committee brings new, intriguing and delightful films from the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) Film Circuit to Goderich.

Two films remain: Feb. 27, Official Secrets; and Apr. 9, Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love.

Both films will be screened at 7 p.m. at the Park Theatre in Goderich. Please check the website before you come, as dates may be subject to change (

Summer Jobs 

Member of Parliament for Huron-Bruce, Ben Lobb invites local businesses and organizations to apply for funding under the Canada Summer Jobs program. Applications close on Feb. 24.

Those interested can apply online through Service Canada (

In 2019, 300 summer employment positions were created by 126 successful applicants in Huron-Bruce. 2020 applicants should receive word about their funding starting in May.


The Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance (HPHA), believes that patient, family and caregiver engagement is key to changing the healthcare system in a way that makes it truly person-focused. They encourage and support patients, families and caregivers as members of the health care team. They work together with care providers to shape and improve the way care is delivered today and tomorrow.

A Patient Partner is a community member that has been a patient, a patient’s family member or caregiver and has experienced care at any of the four hospital sites of the HPHA (Clinton Public Hospital, St. Marys Memorial Hospital, Seaforth Community Hospital and/or the Stratford General Hospital). Patient, family and caregiver engagement provides the HPHA an opportunity to listen and learn from lived experiences and interactions in the health care system.

There are many benefits to becoming a Patient Partner. Not only do people gain more knowledge about their local health care system, they can contribute in ways that match their interest, experience and availability. Several examples of Patient Partner engagement opportunities include: Patient Partnership Council, Program Councils, Hospital Committees, quality improvement projects, and Story Sharing where Patient Partners share their lived experiences and perceptions of care with staff, physicians, leaders and other patients.

“Patients, families and caregivers have valuable thoughts and ideas gained from their lived experiences that can provide insight for those working to improve the healthcare system,” said Vice President Partnerships & Chief Nursing Executive Anne Campbell. “Patient Partners help to change the conversation and shift the care experience to a more person-focused approach.”

Anyone interested in making a difference is invited to contact the Patient Experience Office by phone at 519 272-8210 Ext. 2737 or toll free 1-888-275-1102 Ext. 2737 or via email at Alternatively an online application is available by visiting






Volume 11

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.

Editor's Note: We are now adding the archive's code to the information supplied with the photographs so that if anyone would like to learn more from the Bayfield Archives about certain pictures they can use the code to make the process easier.

This week, the Bayfield Archives shares a painting of The Little Inn of Bayfield by recognized Canadian Painter, Jack McLaren, who studied with the Group of Seven. Born in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1896, he came to Canada in 1908 and lived in Benmiller, ON. This painting was donated to the Bayfield Historical Society (BHS) in memory of Ruth Hayman Elliott who was a previous owner of the Little Inn. The BHS is excited to share that the painting will be on loan and exhibited at the Huron County Museum in Goderich from Apr. 15 to Aug. 31 as part of the “Life and Works of Jack McLaren”. Art enthusiasts may also be interested to learn that the BHS also sells blank notecards with envelopes of this painting for $3.50 at the Archives.    

20200214_125947The Little Inn of Bayfield by artist Jack McLaren.

20200217_120726Notecards of this painting of The Little Inn by artist Jack McLaren are available for purchase at The Bayfield Archives.  

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 ISSUE 552

PB12 3b Alf Erwin from Mr Mrs Dick undated 

In Issue 552, this undated image of Alf Erwin was donated to the archives by the late Richard and Sarah Dick. Does anyone remember him? (Archives Code: PB12 3b) 


PB12 4a Bill Robinson in cameo undated donated by Alma Bassett 1976

In Issue 553, Bill Robinson is shown in this undated cameo donated to the Bayfield Archives by Alma Bassett in 1976. Does anyone remember Bill or Alma? (Archives Code: PB12 4a)



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IMG_0316Waiting for the crowds to descend at Soup's On held at the Bayfield Town Hall on Sunday, Feb. 16 were representatives from The Black Dog Pub and Bistro (left side) with their Parsnip and Celeriac Puree Soup and The Docks Restaurant with their Thai Coconut and Carrot Soup.  

IMG_0306Judge Guy Spence kept track of his scoring on his phone officially bringing Soup's On into the digital age.

IMG_0308One of the Soup's On plaques waiting for the winners to be announced.  

IMG_0297Volunteers with The Bayfield Mews provided samples of their EU Style Pea, Carrot and Dill soup for the judges.

IMG_0375Debbie Cosford adds some parmesan cheese to Knox Presbyterian Church's entry of Roasted Red Pepper and Pear Soup.  

IMG_0333Optimist Nora Dowler served up a sampling of Grandma's Chicken Pot Pie Soup. This soup was not only grandma approved but community and judge approved as well as it took first in both categories for organizations.  

IMG_0326Paul Egbers and Colin Corriveau provided samples of The Docks Restaurant entry, Thai Coconut and Carrot Soup. Their soup took first place honors in the restaurant category determined by the judges.  

IMG_0342Two hundred and ten people were given the opportunity to vote for their favorite soup in two categories: restaurants and organizations.  

IMG_0349The Little Inn of Bayfield's entry was good old Chicken Noodle Soup.  

IMG_0365Olio Too, new to the competition this year, was voted best restaurant in the People’s Choice category for their Beef Wellington Soup.

IMG_0370Seventy tickets for each of the three time slots were sold and there was ‘just the right amount of room’ for people to sample all the soups and enjoy some Family Day conversation.



The Bayfield Optimist Club took top honors at the Bayfield Town Hall’s Soup’s On event on Feb. 16 earning first place in both the People’s Choice and Judges’ category for soups created by organizations.

Grandma’s Chicken Pot Pie Soup, prepared by Optimists Kevin Burton and Nora Dowler, was not only grandma approved but community and judge approved as well.

The Docks Restaurant won over the taste buds of the judges, Judy Keightley and Guy Spence, with their Thai Coconut and Carrot Soup to take first place in the Judges’ Category for best restaurant soup. Olio Too, new to the competition this year, was voted best restaurant in the People’s Choice category for their Beef Wellington Soup.

“Soup’s On was a huge success this year and we were delighted with the turn-out,” said Dianne Snell, representing the Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society. “We sold 70 tickets for each of the three time slots and there was ‘just the right amount of room’ for people to sample all the soups and enjoy some Family Day conversation.”

The seven restaurants that participated were: The Docks Restaurant, The Albion Hotel, Olio Too, The Little Inn of Bayfield, The Black Dog Pub and Bistro, Renegades Diner and The Lake House of Bayfield.

The four participating organizations were: Bayfield Optimists, Knox Presbyterian Church, The Bayfield Lions and the Bayfield Mews.

IMG_0312Kim Kohler, a member of the Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society Board, was kept busy bringing the judges soups to sample to determine the winners of the judged portion of Soup's On.  

IMG_0303Judge Judy Keightley gave the soup tasting serious thought.  

IMG_0381Lions representatives ladle up a taste of their Carrot and Sweet Potato Lions Share Soup for attendees at the Soup's On held Sunday, Feb. 16 at the Bayfield Town Hall.

IMG_0345The Lake House of Bayfield offered up a Mexican inspired soup with several levels of flavor.

IMG_0355Participants were encouraged to bring their own mug and spoon for soup sampling, helping to make Soup's On a more environmentally friendly event.  

UntitledAshlyn Zimmer sampled the Chicken Noodle Soup offered by The Little Inn of Bayfield.

IMG_0352Wayne McDougall, from Renegades Diner, provided visitors with a soup dubbed, "The B. Sc." - broccoli, smoked cheddar, beer and bacon. The beer, "Rule the Pool Pale Ale", was from local brewery River Road Brewing Company.  

IMG_0360Split Pea and Ham was the soup found at The Albion Hotel booth.  




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Bailey Bridge Progress...By Melody Falconer-Pounder

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








Small town love is a magical thing and it manifests itself in many ways – whether it is a local business helping worthy causes or a resident beauty reaching for the stars – both scenarios are worth sharing with our readers in this space. 

Friday, Feb. 21 is another Strike Day and Drift, located at 9 Main Street in the village, is looking on the bright side of a difficult situation by holding two fundraisers for two very worthwhile local causes.

From 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. they will be serving up Hot Soup and a Biscuit for $6.50 with $1.50 from each sale going to the Huron Women’s Shelter. Later in the day, from 4:30-7 p.m., they will be hosting a Kids’ Disco. Admission to this dance party is a non-perishable food item for the Bayfield and Area Food Bank.


Last week I shared that Nat Tarnawski, stylist and owner of the Bayfield Beauty Shop, is in the running to be the next Inked Cover Girl, an American magazine devoted to the tattoo lifestyle and our subscribers can help her achieve her goal as the public is invited to vote daily for their favorite candidates. I just wanted to remind everyone that first round public voting continues until tomorrow (Feb. 20).

As of this writing (Feb. 18), Tarnawski is first in her category – let’s keep her momentum strong! To help Tarnawski with her goal of becoming the next Inked Cover Girl please visit:

I will keep you posted as to her progress and let you know when the second round begins if (when) she makes it through. - Melody




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