Bookmark and Share   March 20, 2019   Vol. 10 Week 12 Issue 506

 revitalization of yacht club begins with a comedy show 

53556654_2116622381753646_8442736124211757056_nComedian Rob Bebenek is performing at the Bayfield Town Hall on March 30 as a fundraiser for the Bayfield Yacht Club. (Submitted photo)  

Peter Keightley, owner of Drift, is working to revitalize the Bayfield Yacht Club (BYC) and is using humour to raise some funds.

Drift in partnership with the BYC will bring comedian Rob Bebenek to town for one evening March 30.

Bebenek was a finalist in SiriusXM Canada's Next Top Comic competition in 2013. He's appeared on MTV, SiriusXM radio and CBC's Laugh Out Loud. He's performed at the Halifax Comedy Festival, Hubcap Comedy Festival, Cottage Country Comedy Festival, the NXNE Festival and the Waterloo Comedy Festival, as well as opening for Charlie Murphy, Steve-O, Gerry Dee, Tim Meadows and more!

The doors of the Bayfield Town Hall will open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 and are available now by contacting Drift at or on Please note this show is rated 19+.

Founded in 1971 the BYC’s intent is to bring together sailors of all ages to provide boating related activities and events both locally and abroad. BYC is currently looking for new members who want to participate in sailing regattas, day races, workshops, youth training and parties. The ultimate goal of the BYC is to make sailing fun and accessible to all people in the community.

Long term objectives for the revitalization of the yacht club include the incorporation of a permanent yacht club location as well as the launching of a youth sailing mentorship program. Keightley notes that this summer they will be using Harbour Lights Marina, Bayfield Town Hall and Drift as locations to host meetings and parties.

bicentennial concert to be flavored by celtic influences  

The Bayfield and Area Chamber of Commerce (BACC) is working with the Bayfield Historical Society (BAS) to celebrate the life and achievements of Admiral H.W. Bayfield. It is nearly the 200th anniversary of Admiral Bayfield surveying Lake Huron. His work is an amazing achievement of perseverance and dedication. He went on to survey the other Great Lakes, the St. Lawrence River, and the coastlines of the Atlantic and Newfoundland. Events are being planned for 2019 and 2020.

To kick off the celebrations the Ennis Sisters will be performing at the Bayfield Town Hall on Friday, Apr. 5. According to organizers, these amazingly talented musicians and will be a fitting start to April events.

1R7A3984 The Ennis Sisters will be performing at the Bayfield Town Hall on Friday, Apr. 5 to kick off the 2019-20 celebrations of Admiral Bayfield's surveying Lake Huron. (Submitted photo)

The Ennis Sisters stepped into the spotlight in 1997 with the release of their debut album, “Red is the Rose”. Twenty years later, with 12 albums, a Juno award and multiple music awards to their credit, Maureen, Karen and Teresa have toured all over the world, performing on some of the most prestigious stages and festivals. Flavored by Celtic and traditional Newfoundland influences, the Ennis Sisters are known for their captivating sibling harmonies and their powerful, often humorous, storytelling.

Their 2018 release, “Keeping Time”, is reflective yet uplifting, about keeping time in both life and music. Produced by Alan Doyle, the album was inspired by the unraveling and tethering of memory, and is part homage, part celebration of life, as the album honors their father, whom they recently lost to dementia.

Tickets are $40 and are available on  There will be a cash bar. The town hall doors will open at 7 p.m. with the concert at 7:30 p.m.

The BACC would like to thank the concert sponsors: Scotiabank, the Lake House of Bayfield and the Little Inn for their support.

support available for those in need of free tax help 

Once again, this year, the Bayfield Food Bank (Feed My Sheep) is sponsoring the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program (CVITP). This program is approved and registered by the Canada Revenue Agency and provides free tax preparation to eligible individuals.

These sessions will be held at the Bayfield Public Library from 6-8 p.m. today (March 20), Apr. 3 and Apr. 17

People may be eligible for this service if they have a modest income and a simple tax situation. In general, a tax situation is simple if people have no income or if their income comes from the following sources: employment, pension, interest under $1,000, registered retirement savings plans (RRSPs), registered retirement income plans (RRIFs), support payments, scholarships, fellowships, bursaries or grants and benefits such as Canada Pension Plan disability, employment insurance and social assistance.

Family income levels suggested are: one person, $30,000; two persons, $40,000; plus $2,500 for each additional person.

A tax situation is not simple if people are self-employed or have employment expenses, business or rental income and expenses, capital gains or losses, filed for bankruptcy or are completing a tax return for a deceased person.

Please bring the following to the tax clinic: personal photo ID, 2017 Income Tax Return, 2017 Tax Notice of Assessment, 2018 Income Slips - T4, T4A, T4A(OAS), T4A(P), T3, T5007 etc., 2018 Rent Receipts or Statement from Landlord, 2018 Final Municipal Land Tax Statement, 2018 Medical Receipts and Statements, and 2018 Charitable Donations Receipts.

Tenth annual Pancake Brunch and Sugar Bush Tour upcoming 

39540328840_9831a04132_kAll in the community are invited to join the congregation of Trinity St. James' Anglican Church as they host the tenth annual Pancake Brunch and Sugar Bush Tour at Pine Lake Camp on Apr. 6. Over 300 people attended the event in 2018. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)  

The sweet taste of maple syrup poured over a stack of freshly flipped pancakes is a spring ritual for many Canadians. All in the community are invited to join the congregation of Trinity St. James' Anglican Church as they host the tenth annual Pancake Brunch and Sugar Bush Tour on Apr. 6.

Pancakes and sausage with Rick and Rusty Schilbe's fresh maple syrup, coffee, juice and dessert will be served at the Pine Lake Campground Recreational Hall, 77794 Orchard Line, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

In addition to brunch, participants will be able to go on a hayride and once they reach their destination see first-hand how maple syrup is made at the Rick Schilbe Farm. Wagon rides will leave from the recreation hall for the short ride across the road to the sugar bush and shanty.

The cost for the brunch is $10, adults; $5, children 12 to 6 years; and youngsters aged five and under are free. Proceeds to Trinity St. James' Anglican Church and outreach.

Abra Cadabra - the science of magic explored


IMG_0152Mad Scientist Lee directed a magic trick with a very brave assistant. She did not get wet because a super-absorbent polymer found in disposable baby diapers was used in this "disappearing water" trick. Sodium Polyacrylate is a fine white powder that instantly turns liquid water into a slush-like solid substance. Technically speaking, the polymer can absorb from 500 to 1,000 times its own weight in water.  

As part of the Huron County Library March Break Programs the Bayfield Public Library held a Mad Science Show at the branch on the afternoon of March 15.

Mad Scientist, Lee, from Mad Science based out of London, ON, literally made science magic for the approximately two-dozen youngsters and parents or grandparents that preregistered for the show.

The theme of the afternoon was the “Science of Magic” with flash paper, prosthetic appendages, superabsorbent polymers stealing the show! The children learned how to escape from rope handcuffs and they also got a sweet take away gift – a magic box so that they could show off their skills at creating an illusion to friends and family.

IMG_0160Harry Houdini was a Hungarian-born American illusionist and stunt performer, noted for his sensational escape acts. The children were given the opportunity to try and escape from their own rope handcuffs just like Houdini.  

IMG_0157The Mad Scientist later showed the youngster how best to achieve their release from these rope handcuffs just like Harry Houdini might.

IMG_0167Mad Scientist Lee closed the show with a quick trick using flash paper!



vacation deadlines

A change of scenery for the Editor is upcoming and as a result, readers can soon look forward to some Hiatus Issues.

Please note that anyone who would like an article published in the Bayfield Breeze issues to be dated March 27, Apr. 3 and Apr. 10 should submit their information by Thursday, March 21 at 4 p.m.

Live issues of the Bayfield Breeze will resume on Apr. 17.

Bayfield Reads 

A long-standing Spring tradition in the community organized for book lovers is not occurring this year but organizers are already looking forward to hosting a Bayfield Reads in 2020.

Martha Beechie, owner of The Village Bookshop on Main Street, has had to cancel this year’s event due to personal scheduling issues. She would also like people to know that the book shop itself may see a reduction of hours in the coming weeks but will be open as much as possible. Please visit her Facebook page for the store opening times.

Historical Society

The March instalment of the Bayfield Historical Society’s (BHS) Speakers Series will feature local Archivist and Historian Joy Yates. The evening will be held on March 25 at the Bayfield Lions Building.

Yates will talk about Admiral Henry Wolsey Bayfield. As village Archivist Yates has lots of access to historical papers and she will read from a speech given to the BHS by Ethel Poth, local archivist over 40 years ago! This speech recounts the life of the village namesake.

This informative evening will begin at 7:30 p.m. and all are welcome.

In other news, the BHS is looking to hire a couple of summer students to assist with collections management and village outreach. Anyone who loves history, is detail oriented, has computer skills and can work independently is asked to please forward their resume to Yates via email to Please note being able to work weekends is a must!



 “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 began on March 12 and will be held on the four subsequent Tuesdays after that from 6-9 p.m. Those who attend will enjoy a choice of soup, bread and a beverage all for a free will donation followed by a movie.

This remaining movie schedule is: Battle of the Sexes, March 26; Breathe, Apr. 2; and The Zoo Keeper’s Wife, Apr. 9.

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.

Saturdays at the Library 

JITSteamprofilepics-15Pauline Hoffman (Submitted photo)

Pauline Hoffman, of Just in Time Solutions, will be the next speaker at “Saturdays at the Library” hosted by the Friends of the Bayfield Library (FOBL) on March 23.

Hoffman will present on “Everyday Organization or Downsizing” starting at 10:30 a.m. at the Bayfield Public Library.

She is an expert in providing solutions so that people can live and work in flow, transforming chaos into clarity and calm by aligning their internal and external environments. She will provide ideas to transform living spaces into welcoming functional spaces within a calm stress-free environment.


The Fifth Annual Earth Day Litter Walk, sponsored by the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA), will be held on Monday afternoon, Apr. 22.

Starting at 2 p.m., local groups and individuals of all ages are invited to join in this annual spring clean-up event. Everyone is asked to meet at the gazebo in Clan Gregor Square, where participants will be provided with safety vests and garbage bags. Then volunteers can choose their own route to walk, picking up litter and recyclables throughout the village, parks and surrounding areas.

Garbage bags can be dropped back at Clan Gregor Square for disposal.

Hike Leader Course 

Anyone interested in learning to lead safe and enjoyable hikes is invited to register for a Hike Leader Course, certified by Hike Ontario on Apr. 27

This one-day certification course will cover things such as preparation for leading a hike, backpack recommendations, risk management, advertising, monitoring, and trail etiquette to name only a few aspects of the day.

Successful participants receive a manual, wallet card and badge. Graduates will relate to experienced hike leaders to mentor their first experiences as leaders.

The course will be held at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The instructor will be Tom Friesen and the cost to participate is $60.

To register and for more details visit the Hike Ontario website at Click on “Take a course”, “Course Calendar” and select “Bayfield” location

This course is open to interested adults and is sponsored by the Bayfield River Valley Trails Association.

optimist club 

The Bayfield Optimist Club is looking for folks that would be willing to have a sign on their lawn announcing when Rubber Duck Race tickets are on sale.
As an incentive, anyone who helps out in this regard will have a chance to win a 32 Gig Kindle Fire HD Tablet which has been donated by Lighthouse Money Management of Goderich. A random draw will be made just prior to the start of the race on May 19 to announce the winner.

If interested, please email your name, address and phone number to The club will place the sign on your lawn at the beginning of April and then come back to remove it in mid-May.

All proceeds from ticket sales go into local community projects. The club reserves the right to select which lawns will receive a sign, based on location and number of applicants.


Two hundred years ago Admiral Bayfield as a young man surveyed the Great Lakes, in particular, Lake Huron. In celebration of his accomplishments, Judy Keightley, playwright and author has written a play called: “Admiral Bayfield”.

This play will be performed on the Bayfield Town Hall stage on Apr. 26 and 27. There will be a wine and cheese gala following both performances.

Tickets are available by calling Jayne Dietrich, 519 525-3169; Judy Keightley, 519 565-4515; or at Shopbike Coffee Roasters on Main Street in the village.

Bayfield Activities 

Wondering where the Pole Walkers are meeting or when The Glee Sisters have their next practice? A newly launched website,, is the place to visit to view current calendars of events for all of the village activities.


Communities around the world will demand action on climate change by marking Earth Hour on March 30. All are encouraged to turn their lights off for 60 minutes starting at 8:30 p.m.

To celebrate Earth Hour in Bayfield everyone is invited to turn off lights at home and head to St Andrew’s United Church to join in a one-hour sing-along of songs from all over the world with the Glee Sisters.

The program will launch the Bayfield Tree Project’s 2019 season. There is no admission fee to this event but a free will offering will be collected for the work of the Bayfield Tree Project Committee.

The church lights will be turned off at the appointed time so those who attend are asked to bring a flashlight so they might see the words for the sing-along portion of the evening.


Wednesday afternoons at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building people gather to enjoy some friendly games of bridge.

The group welcomes new players to join. The cards will be dealt starting at 1 p.m.


The Bayfield Farmers’ Market invites vendor applications for the 2019 season.

The market is held in Bayfield’s Clan Gregor Square every Friday, 3-7 p.m. from May 17 to Oct. 11.

Vendors must live within 75 KM of Bayfield. They also need to grow, produce or create the products they sell at the market. Deadline for applications is March 15.

Application forms can be obtained by emailing market manager Mary Brown at or contacting her through the market’s Facebook page. All applications will be reviewed by the Bayfield Farmers’ Market board of directors.




Staging our histories to present a night of diversity 

Staging Our Histories presents “New Histories/Old Roots”, a night of diverse live performances that present histories both close-to-home and a world away live at The Livery in Goderich on March 23.

New Histories Old Roots Artist CompositeArtists composite for New Histories/Old Roots with logo designed and beaded by artist Meagan Barnhart. (Submitted photos)  

The featured artists are:

• Donna Penrose and Ted McGee will tell the story of a First World War soldier through his letters from the front to his sweetheart at home near Whitechurch, ON in “The Tom and Gertie Letters Project”
• The London Ontario based Warrior Womyn of Positive Drum will represent “different Nations, paths and ages” brought together by song
• Artist Smriti Mehra, of Bangalore, India will remember her grandmother and “the deep imprints of those closest to her” in the short film “like Dadima”
• Prof. Hank Greenspan, of Michigan, will share powerful theatre based on his decades of interviews with Holocaust survivors in “REMNANTS”

This unique night of performances will be hosted by local historian David Yates starting at 6:30 p.m. It will feature audience talk-backs with the artists. Tickets are available on Eventbrite or at The Livery box office.

#4.Tom.1917.WWI (1)Soldier Tom Penhale, of near Whitechurch, circa 1917.

Volunteer Co-directors Arpita Bajpeyi and Sinead Cox began Staging Our Histories with co-founder Marie Anne Gagnon upon graduation from Carleton’s Public History Master’s program in 2015, seeking to create a platform for the kinds of stories they didn’t see in prominent written narratives. Bajpeyi and Cox both now have day jobs in the history field and live in different communities but continue to believe in Staging Our Histories’ mandate. The non-profit’s mission is to provide a platform for alternative, respectful, non-appropriative ways of knowing and sharing diverse histories to change assumptions about whose histories we accept and whose we dismiss because of the way they are told. In partnership with artists, they have organized previous performances and workshops in Ottawa and Goderich, Canada, as well as Bangalore and Ahmedabad, India.

New Histories/Old Roots is supported by the Huron Arts and Heritage Fund, and the Carleton Centre for Public History. Find out more at

Conservation dinner celebrating 30 years with art 

The Conservation Dinner is celebrating 30 successful years of support for projects in local communities. This charity auction event includes travel packages and sports memorabilia and general and special raffles and live and special auctions with items of many kinds – but art in many media has always been one of the attractions of this charitable fundraiser.

The Conservation Dinner Committee has selected a feature artist each year – in media ranging from painting to ice sculpture to culinary art to metal art to wooden art and carving and more. This year, to celebrate the 30th Conservation Dinner, the Dinner Committee is inviting past feature artists to attend. Some of the former featured artists are not able to attend but many of them plan to do so to take part in this important benchmark anniversary year.

“Reaching 30 years of Conservation Dinners is a milestone for the community and we wanted to do something special,” said Co-Chair of the Conservation Dinner Committee, Jim Beckett. “We felt that inviting former feature artists to return for this special Dinner in 2019 was an appropriate way to recognize this milestone.”

Art from a number of the feature artists will be included in this year’s auction.

There have been 22 different feature artists over the history of this successful community fundraiser which has raised more than $1.1 million for projects in local communities, thanks to artists, donors, patrons and guests and volunteers. The Conservation Dinner Committee 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 to other creative disciplines. This year’s Dinner will feature works of art by many of these artists chosen in previous years.

Former feature artists include: David Bannister, the late Tim Clark, Jim Dawe, Murals in Metal; Flora Doerr, Iceculture, Inc., James Eddington, culinary feature artist; the late Peter Etril Snyder, Ken Jackson, Randy Jones, Rae Ann Ladouceur, Tammy Laye, David Loerchner, of D. L. Creations; Teresa Marie, Fred Negrijn, Bill Nieuwland, Barry Richman, Fran Roelands, Madeleine Roske, the late Elisabeth Tonner-Keats, Catherine Weber, Kent Wilkens and Martin Zimmer.

To find out more about the feature artists over 30 years of Conservation Dinners visit the website at this web page link:

Net profits of the Conservation Dinner are split evenly between community conservation projects of the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation and community conservation projects of the Exeter Lions Club. This charity event supports projects in local communities such as accessible nature trails in Bayfield, Clinton, Parkhill, Lucan, Arkona, Exeter, and Varna; turtle monitoring and events in Port Franks and Ailsa Craig; aquatic habitat studies in Old Ausable Channel at Grand Bend; nature day camps, fishing derby and Owl Prowl; parks and conservation areas busing for students to experience outdoor nature education programs; a $1,000 student environmental bursary benefitting students in local communities; a summer job at Ausable Bayfield Conservation for a senior secondary school student; and more.

The Conservation Dinner will take place on Thursday, Apr. 11 at the South Huron Recreation Centre at 94 Victoria Street East in Exeter. To donate to this event or to buy tickets (or to get your name on a waiting list for tickets once all tickets have been sold) please phone 519 235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610. To find out more visit or


horticultural society - clinton

 It may still be rather wintery outside but spring will be here soon so it is appropriate that the Clinton Horticultural Society will present "Attracting Song Birds to Your Backyard" with guest speaker Steve Jenkins, of Porter’s Hill Birdseed Co. in Bayfield, at their meeting tonight (March 20).

The meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Clinton OMAFRA office, rear entrance, 100 Don Street Clinton. Everyone is welcome to attend.


Back by popular demand! Celebrate our community's youth and women in business at an event designed to inspire and empower.

Stop by The Livery Theatre in Goderich on March 21st to enjoy savory, artisanal soup provided by Sweet Love Eats, and hear community participants in two great pitch events!

First, watch young entrepreneurs, in Grades 4 to 8, present one-minute pitches on their big business idea, from dog-walking services to creating world peace. Next up, listen to local women entrepreneurs present their pitch ideas at S.O.U.P. (Shout Out Your Unique Pitch). Vote for your favorite pitches to help them win funds to start or grow their business.

The timeline for the evening is as follows: 6 p.m., enjoy artisanal soup and networking;
7 p.m., Be Your Own Boss, Kids' Pitch Competition; and 8 p.m., S.O.U.P., Women's Pitch Competition.

Tickets are $7 at the door or $6 if you bring your own mug!

For more information, email

Heritage Fund 

May 1st is the next deadline for individuals and organizations to submit applications for the Huron Heritage Fund. Established in 2007, the purpose of the Huron Heritage Fund is to encourage the preservation of heritage assets and activities of heritage importance to the County of Huron and its residents.

Many initiatives from throughout Huron County have been supported by the Huron Heritage Fund since its inception. In recent years, projects have included support for Ashfield historians with their book “East Ashfield, 1842-2017”, upgrades to Elimville Community Park, renovations to Hensall Heritage Hall and recording oral histories of Huron Tract Land Trust Conservancy donors.

“The County will contribute up to 50 per cent of the costs of a project to a maximum of $5,000,” according to Beth Rumble, director of Cultural Services. This investment leverages other groups or individuals to invest in Huron County’s heritage also.

Projects will assist in the preservation and restoration of heritage landmarks, historic buildings, and objects of historical significance not owned by the County of Huron. Heritage publications and events also qualify for support under this program.

More information about the application process can be found on the Huron County Museum’s website at


Life Long Learners is coming to Bayfield and to create a chapter experts, teachers, instructors, professors or people with PHDs on interesting or academic subjects are now being sought.

People who are retired, or semi-retired, and would love to continue to teach/share their expertise with others are needed.

Professionals interested in sharing their knowledge, in lecture form, with other retired or curious people would be perfect for the program. This series is not intended to be a “hands on” or “learn to” experience, but rather a stimulating classroom/academic “lecture-with-discussion” style with an accompanying Power Point Presentation.

Anyone with experience in teaching Arts, Architecture, Business, Science, Design, Psychology, Medicine, Climate/Nature, Technology, History, Travel, Music, Literature, Politics, Archaeology, Photography, Oceanography, Engineering, Animals, Law, or any other subject that may be of interest to others is asked to contact Leslee Squirrell, Designer/ Professor/Entrepreneur/Artist at

She will facilitate a meeting to discuss the concept, use of the Bayfield Town Hall, subject matter, fees and execution in early Spring, with the six-week series to commence this summer.



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Volume 10

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, we look ahead to summer while looking back to the Bayfield Fair in 1956 when some junior riders took to the agricultural field. Does anyone remember them? (RF1080 720A)

RF1080 720A Jr Riders at the Fair 1956

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



 PB17 11A Photo of classmates Sr. room 1938 Brenton Hellyer

In Issue 504, we highlight a photo of classmates in the Senior class at Bayfield Public School from 1938 with their teacher Brenton Hellyer. Does anyone remember them? Their names can be found in the Remember Me section of the Bayfield Breeze dated March 13, 2019 Vol.10 Week 11 Issue 504. (Archives Code: PB17 11A)



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In Issue 505, we highlight an image of Bayfield school children in 1950. Does anyone look familiar to you? An image listing the students' names can be found at left. (Archives Code: GB22-1-w)





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vote online for favorite cultural awards recipients from the last decade  


The Huron County Cultural Awards are turning ten this year and in recognition of that organizers are doing things a little differently. Since 2010, when the Cultural Awards were first handed out, 46 individuals, organizations and businesses have been recognized from the arts, culture and heritage sector of Huron County. Normally the finalists and winners for the awards are selected from nominations sent in by members of the public but this year rather than asking for nominations they are asking the public to go online and vote for their favorites.

Organizers encourage everyone to go online at between now and Apr. 7 and vote for their top ten from the list of previous winners. If people don’t see someone that they think should have been recognized with an award by now, no worries, they also have the opportunity to place one write-in vote for a person, organization, event or business who hasn’t previously won a Cultural Award.

The Top Ten list of exceptional cultural events, creative people and inspired organizations will be revealed at the Cultural Awards Gala on Friday, Apr. 26 at the Goderich Legion. The top ten vote getters will receive a framed photograph from one of two local photographers: Bonnie Sitter or Devin Sturgeon.

The Awards Gala will begin at 6 p.m. with a locally sourced dinner prepared by Bon Vivant Catering. The evening also includes entertainment by a variety of local artists and a silent auction of unique items and a cash bar is available. The Huron County Cultural Awards celebrate the best in arts, culture and heritage in Huron County and are co-produced by Huron Arts & Heritage Network and the County of Huron. For more information about the Awards Gala, including how to order tickets, please visit or Huron Arts & Heritage Network’s Facebook page.


Cultural Event or Organization:

Huron Pioneer Threshers and Hobby Association (2010): Community organization that has produced the annual Blyth Threshers Reunion event since 1962

Bayfield Festival of Song (2011): Annual music festival from 2007-2013 organized by Stephen Ralls & Bruce Ubukata

Goderich Celtic Roots Festival (2012): Annual three-day music festival in Goderich Harbour Park since 1992

Blyth Festival Art Gallery Committee (2013): Volunteer-run art gallery at the Blyth Centre for the Arts sine 1976

Bach Music Festival of Canada (2014): Bi-annual music festival in South Huron. Begun in 2011 and recently re-branded as Huron Waves Music Festival

Fare on 4 (2015): A sit down meal for 1,419 people on Queen Street (County Rd #4) Blyth organized by Blyth 14/19 Cultural Initiative

Blyth Festival (2016): Professional Theatre Company that has put farmers and rural Canadians centre stage for 44 years

The Cultural Collective (2017): Youth-run cultural network based in South Huron centred on providing creative opportunities and enriching our local communities through arts and culture

Kingsbridge Centre (2018): Collaborative community driven initiative that repurposed a closed church into a new cultural centre with a community based agenda

Individual Artist:

Robert Tetu (2010): Potter and owner of Beechwood Pottery, Huron East

Elizabeth Van Den Broeck (2011): Visual artist and owner of Elizabeth’s Art Gallery, Goderich

Greg Sherwood (2012): Visual artist, organizer of the annual Blyth Festival Art Gallery Student Show

John Soules (2013): Haiku Poet, Wingham

Susan Hay (2014): Visual artist, formerly of Benmiller

Kelly Stevenson (2015): Visual artist, Blyth

Lyndon John X (2016): Juno nominated Reggae musician, Brussels

Dr. Richard Heinzle (2017): Director South Huron Community Choir

Gil Garratt (2018): Dora-Award winning actor, playwright, dramaturge and Artistic Director of the Blyth Festival

Heritage Individual or Contribution:

Ken Cardno (2010): Former owner and conservationist of Cardno Block (Cardno Music Hall)

Joanne Bowen (2011): Heritage champion and member of South Huron Heritage Committee

Narcisse, The Play (2012): Community theatre project organized by St. Joseph and Area Historical Society Recipient of the 2011 Governor General’s History Award for Excellence in Community Programming

Van Egmond House (2013): Built in 1846 by the son of Colonel Anthony Van Egmond. The house was bought on 1970 and restored and operates as a historic site by community volunteers.

A Remembrance: The Great Lakes Storm of 1913 (2014): Series of programs marking the 100th anniversary of the Great Storm of 1913. Recipient of the 2014 Governor General’s History Award for Excellence in Community Programming

David Yates (2015): Local history author (Huron History newspaper column) and heritage champion

Bayfield Historical Society & Archives Room (2016): Established in 1977 the Archives houses the collection of the Bayfield Historical Society

Reginald Thompson (2017): Heritage Researcher, genealogist, author and former executive member of the Huron County Historical Society and Huron Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society

Colleen Maguire (2018): Key organizer for annual Knox Presbyterian Church Mariner Service, Behind the Bars volunteer and heritage champion



Community Contribution:

Pamela Stanley (2010): Community volunteer, local history enthusiast and supporter of The School Car on Wheels Museum

Rhea Hamilton Seeger (2011): Local history author/researcher, editor and layout designer for several local history books and Past President of the Huron County Historical Society

Friedhelm Hoffman (2012): One of the driving forces behind the founding of the Bach Music Festival of Canada and a key organizer in the annual Community Thanksgiving celebrations in Exeter

Cathy and David Armour (2013): Volunteers and community theatre champions who have created, directed and produced work in Goderich

Gail Lear (2014): Organist and music director at Londesborough United Church for over 30 years, taught piano from 1960’s to 2012

Alison Lobb (2015): Volunteer who has served on the Board of Directors for: Blyth Centre for the Arts, Reuben R. Sallows Gallery, Alice Munro Festival of the Short Story and The Lake Huron Centre for Coastal Conservation

Keith Roulston (2016): Founder of The Citizen newspaper, publisher of The Rural Voice and one of the founders of the Blyth Centre for the Arts

Deborah Bailey (2017): Director of HuronSong Chorus and organizer of annual Christmas fundraiser in support of the Huron Women’s Shelter

Bryan Morton (2018): Philanthropist who moved a 156 old barn to Brussels that is now the Four Winds Wedding and Event Barn.

Innovator’s Award:

Leigh Cassel (2015): Developed the Digital Human Library (dHL) in 2011 to address the urban and rural gap in education by leveraging digital technologies to broaden the K-12 student experience by allowing them to connect virtually with people, places, and ideas from around the world.

FauxPop Media (2016): Founded and operated by Mark Hussey and Randall Lobb in Goderich, FauxPop is best known for their documentary, "The Definitive History of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles". FauxPop Media has managed projects for clients including: Discovery Channel, Wild TV, and UN Refugee Agency.

IceCulture Inc. (2017): Thirty years of technical and creative design has led to Iceculture becoming a recognized leader in both the ice and special events industries worldwide. Many of the products and systems developed by the company are now used by carvers everywhere. Their customers come from across Canada, United States, India, Thailand, Dubai, Spain and Portugal.

Huron County Warden’s Award

Catherine Weber (2013): Visual artist, co-founder of Sunset Art Gallery and former Chairperson of Art aRound Town, South Huron

Duncan McGregor (2014): Director of community plays Narcisse and White Hurricane, Former Board Member of the Bach Music Festival of Canada and producer/director of theatre for children in Blyth.

Verna Steffler (2015): Founder of the Alice Munro Festival, Alice Munro Literary Gardens, Past Chair of the Wingham Horticultural Society and member of the Fiends of the North Huron Museum.

Gerry Smith (2016): Fiddle player, winner of 13 National Fiddle Contest Titles, toured with Johnny Cash, Hank Snow and Tex Ritter and played on Circle 8 Ranch on CKNX.

Ruth Anne Merner (2017): Ceramic artists who lead the making of 551 ceramic poppies to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the 161st Battalion deployment in WWI. Chair of Empty Bowls, a fundraiser for Huron County Food Distribution Centre.

Jacquie Bishop (2018): Chair of the 2017 Huron County International Plowing Match Committee.


Alice Munro (Honorary 2014): Author, 2013 Nobel Prize Laureate in Literature



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Double Rainbow - Promise of Spring...By Dawn Cumming

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Melody Falconer-Pounder


Our granddaughter, Noelle, came with her big brother for her first vacation at the farm without Mom and Dad for March Break. At four-and-a-half she did very well, no signs of homesickness and she exclaimed often that she liked, “living in the farmhouse.”

She and I are two peas in a pod. She loves to craft and paint and is already displaying “leadership skills”. The highlight of her week, and mine as well, was having her as a guest at a special double meeting of Bayfield Guiding scheduled to make up for a couple of those Wild Weather Wednesdays we experienced over the winter months. Having the “third generation” experience the Bayfield Guiding life was pretty darn special and any concerns I had about her being apprehensive about joining in the game with 25 older girls she had never met before vanished within seconds of her walking in the door. She joined right in and kept right up and made some friends in the process. At the end of the meeting, while I was fastening her into her car seat she exclaimed without any prompting, “That was the most fun ever!” A memory I shall treasure all the days of my life…

On Saturday, the parents arrived and were greeted with big smiles and hugs and extolled with stories of the busy week just past. At bedtime Noelle and I were all cozied up in bed for our usual Dr. Seuss story time when Mom popped her head in for a kiss goodnight. On her way back out of the room she said over her shoulder, “Enjoy your last night with Gramel.” Noelle froze for a moment and repeated her Mom’s words with a question mark on the end. “Last night with Gramel?” The realization that she wasn’t actual a permanent farmhouse resident and was actually going home the next day dawned in her wee head. Tears ensued. Mom felt horrible and I too fought back some tears somewhat unsuccessfully. After she had recovered her composure we pressed on with our cheery story time routine, when she asked me, “Gramel why is there a tear rolling down your cheek?” “Well, I guess you are not the only one a bit sad that you are going home tomorrow,” I responded.

Sometimes in the form or tears, gratitude overflows. – Melody




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