Bookmark and Share   March 18, 2020   Vol. 11 Week 12 Issue 558

 news evolving on the half hour 

A note from the Editor:

The world can certainly change in one week. Putting Issue 558 together has been a challenge as I want to both help inform our community as well as maintain our positive approach to news as has been our mandate for the last decade. Articles have literally been evolving on the half hour and may very well be out-of-date by the time they are published this morning (March 18) and for that I sincerely apologize. I have been in touch with residents of Bayfield and area, who have been travelling, or are currently in other countries for them to share their stories with us here. A couple appear this week and I hope you find them enlightening.

With most everything closed and no events occurring it may be a challenge to fill the Bayfield Breeze in the coming weeks, however, we have always been the voice of the village, so anyone who would like to share their stories and photos of how they are passing the time – photos of family board game night, teaching the youngsters how to make pasta from scratch etc. would be welcomed. Also, stories of how we are helping and looking out for each other during this crisis would be appreciated.

No one should be taking this situation lightly, it is only together we can slow the curve for the benefit of our health care providers and our community. Take care  – Melody

A letter from lockdown in Soller, Mallorca, Spain 

49661612697_b7f8627b60_kThe central square in Soller, Mallorca, Spain as it looked just prior to the lockdown coming into effect on March 15. (Photos by Gary Lloyd-Rees) 

Bayfield residents Gary and Kate Lloyd-Rees are currently in Spain, under a government decreed COVID-19 lockdown, from where they sent this update on March 16.

So here we are in a 15-day lockdown that came into effect across mainland Spain and the Canary & Balearic Islands on March 15th.

We have vacationed in the small town of Soller in Mallorca – an island in the Mediterranean about the size of Huron County - for the past 9 years. Over the last 4 years, we have stayed for increasingly longer periods during the winter months until it now feels like our second home. Not unlike Bayfield, Soller has a certain unique feel to it – surrounded on three sides by the UNESCO World Heritage Tramuntana mountains rising to almost 5,000 feet, the fourth side leads down via a 100-year old tram to a picturesque port with a classic palm tree lined horseshoe shaped bay and sandy beaches. Like Bayfield, the population explodes in the Summer months, but it always keeps its beauty and grace.

When we arrived in Soller, COVID-19 (the Coronavirus virus) was a distant thing - on Jan. 31st there were only 106 confirmed cases outside of China including three in Canada, two in Italy and none in Spain. A month later the talk of it in town was more to do with Italian cruise passengers visiting Palma (Mallorca’s cruise port) - on Feb. 29th there were 888 confirmed cases in Italy, 32 in Spain, and 14 in Canada.

The month of March has been markedly different. The declaration of a pandemic, the cruising industry halted, border restrictions implemented, flights cancelled and an exponential increase in the levels of public awareness and concern. So, what did that mean in Soller?

Solleric’s lives started to be impacted. Residents with their own foreign travel plans had to cancel, all the facemasks in the town were sold over a weekend (although we’ve only seen one person wearing one), and there was the usual panic buying of toilet paper (why?) in the large island supermarkets. On Thursday last week, the same day as Canada, school closures were announced.

And then lockdown… On the evening of March 14th, the Prime Minister of Spain announced a “State of Alert” for the whole of Spain commencing the following morning:

“All restaurants and bars, and all premises and establishments that carry out public facing activity other than those distributing foodstuffs or essential items are to be closed:

Freedom of movement is to be restricted, the order having established eight justifications for leaving home:

1. The purchase of food, pharmaceuticals and basic necessities.
2. Attendance at health centres.
3. Travel to places of work.
4. Return to places of habitual residence.
5. Assistance and care for the elderly, minors, dependents, people with disabilities or especially vulnerable people.
6. To go to financial entities (e.g. banks).
7. Due to force majeure or situations of necessity.
8. Any other activity of a justified analogous (comparable) nature.

Expressly prohibited is any outing for a "leisure" purpose.”

49661619782_ffe492511a_kOn the evening of March 14th, the Prime Minister of Spain announced a “State of Alert” for the whole of Spain commencing the following morning. 

In practice, the rules of the lockdown are still being clarified - for example, only one person can go out of their house for a permitted reason at any one time (a real problem for single parents with children off school), you cannot walk your dog other than a quick “out and in” to do their business, you have to stay at least 1 metre away from other persons outside the home at all times (so shops are limiting the number of customers inside at any one time) - and the rules are being enforced under threat of large fines or imprisonment.

Following the lockdown announcement, extra measures are being introduced daily – all private healthcare providers are being taken over by the Government, and all public and private areas are to be available for conversion to healthcare facilities if required.

What comes next in the short-term is uncertain – an extension to the lockdown period, a full curfew, mandatory isolation for the elderly (as is being mooted in the UK), military on the streets, or even deportation of foreigners (as put forward by the President of the Balearic Islands)? In the longer-term the impact on the local and national economy, particularly the tourist sector, and on individuals own financial security can only be guessed at. In the meantime, we feel well and safe ‘- we have good accommodation, sufficient supplies, access to fresh produce, and a local support structure together with the best wishes of all our friends back home.

Our journey back to Bayfield is not scheduled until after the end of the current Spanish lockdown period; however, travel logistics are somewhat dynamic for the foreseeable future based upon flights being operated and the UK (where we transit) and Canada’s entry policies. We are making contingency plans for an extended stay here. We know that when we do eventually arrive home, at the very least, a minimum of 14 days self-isolation awaits – we should be fairly well practised by then.

An Update from Soller (morning of March 17):

Following the announcement yesterday that all Canadians abroad should immediately return home, we began the search for available flights.

We are staying in the North West of the island of Mallorca, in the town of Soller - a natural valley surrounded by mountains on three sides and the sea on the other. The whole of Spain is on lockdown, with only food stores and pharmacies open and only one person allowed to leave their homes at any one time. As far as we are aware there have been no recorded cases of the virus in the town. We can buy the freshest fruit and veg - all grown locally - as well as locally sourced meats and dairy products. There are no shortages. We have good local connections and we know there are people we could count on if we had a problem - and in turn we hope they know they can count on us.

For us to return home now would mean travelling either by Madrid or London - and there is always the possibility that we would get stranded in one of those. The risk of us catching the virus by trying to get home is far higher than if we stayed here - so that is the decision we have made, both for our own safety and also for the safety of friends and family back home.

We hope everyone understands our decision ... stay well everyone.

A Further Update from Soller (afternoon of March 17): 

Things move pretty quickly - the President of the Balearic Islands (Mallorca, Menorca and Ibiza) has just announced restrictions that basically mean that Balearic air and maritime space is now closed with a few exceptions for medical treatment, essential service work, the departure of foreign tourists and the return of Mallorcans who are overseas. The ban also includes private charters and air taxis. All flights can only be 1/3 full... The really interesting thing is that the arrival ban/repatriation includes Spanish persons from mainland Spain - it is basically putting the Islands into quarantine - akin to Newfoundland banning entry to fellow Canadians and repatriating those who are there.

A letter from home isolation  

Gary Alcock, and his wife, Hattie, arrived back in Bayfield early on Monday, March 16, when their cruise holiday ended on Saturday, March 15, in Los Angeles, CA.

“We were fortunate to get back,” said Gary.

They are now in self-isolation at home. They are checking their temperatures twice daily and washing their hands thoroughly many times during the day. Alcock noted that they feel very fortunate to be back and that self-isolation is a “necessity for absolute caution” especially after their return travel experience.

“…after the potential exposure to Coronavirus standing in the lineups with literally hundreds of other passengers from many different countries getting off the ship, staying at a hotel in Los Angeles in an area where cases had been reported, flying from LA to Toronto Pearson and standing in the lineup with other passengers from different countries taking over two hours to get through,” concluded Alcock.

we have always been here sweeps Bayfield Reads 

IMG_2160This year’s Bayfield Reads contestants took sanctuary in The Village Bookshop to defend their books via live-streaming to the public. From l-r were: Don Keillor; Greg Stewart; Kathy Wilson, Margot Robeson, and Jayne Dietrich  

IMG_2161After a lengthy deliberation, the winner of Bayfield Reads 2020 was determined to be “We Have Always Been Here” by Samra Habib, defended by Kathy Wilson, who also took home the People’s Choice Award! (Photos by Jocelyn Pierce)

On March 15, the new owners of The Village Bookshop hosted Bayfield Reads at the store on Main Street instead of at the Bayfield Town Hall in a self-imposed, self-isolation.

“The tradition of holding the annual Bayfield Reads event continued even though we couldn’t all gather in person,” said Nonie Brennan, on behalf of the store owners. “Thank you to everyone who tuned into our livestream. Our judges and defenders really appreciated the community’s support - and all the digital votes for the People’s Choice Award!”

This year’s Bayfield Reads contestants were: “Small Game Hunting at the Local Coward Gun Club” by Megan Gail Coles, defended by Margot Robeson (filling in for Ruth Gibson); “Son of a Trickster” by Eden Robinson, defended by Jayne Dietrich; “We Have Always Been Here” by Samra Habib, defended by Kathy Wilson; “Radicalized by Cory Doctorow”, defended by Greg Stewart; and “From the Ashes” by Jesse Thistle, defended by Don Keillor.

After a lengthy deliberation, the winner of Bayfield Reads 2020 was determined to be “We Have Always Been Here” by Samra Habib, defended by Kathy Wilson, who also took home the People’s Choice Award! All of the defenders did a fantastic job defending their excellent books, and both the winner and the People’s Choice Award were close races.

The Village Bookshop re-opens on Thursday, March 19 at 11 a.m.

“For those of you who are self-isolating, we will be offering free same-day delivery for phone or online orders within Huron County,” said Brennan.


 Bluewater News  

In concert with their municipal partners, all Bluewater Community Centres were closed as of midnight Friday, March 13, in order to promote a coordinated response to the developing situation regarding the Coronavirus COVID-19.

The Municipality of Bluewater will continue to monitor and follow the advice of public health authorities to reassess this decision and, if appropriate, will reopen the facilities on Monday, Apr. 6.

All facility renters are being notified.

They ask for the public’s understanding and patience as they work to limit exposure to the COVID-19 virus and safeguard the safety of residents.

Councilor's Corner

A message from Bayfield Ward Councilor Bill Whetstone:

"Based on just having February’s meeting last week (due to cancellations, events, etc) and as Bluewater, as well as many other Municipalities have closed their recreation and community centres until April 6 in order to help contain the Covid-19 virus, I am therefore cancelling the March session.

"Should you have any questions / concerns that can’t wait until the April session feel free to give me a call or send me an email. Let’s stay safe and look out for one another."

Historical Society 

The Bayfield Historical Society, out of concern for public health and wellbeing connected to the Covid-19, will be cancelling their March 30th public speakers meeting at the Bayfield Lions' Community Building in Bayfield. Their featured speaker Dave Pullen will be rescheduled in the future.

secretary and treasurer needed  

The Board of the Bayfield Historical Society (BHS) requires two positions to be filled, those of Secretary and Treasurer. The Board of Directors consists of volunteers from the community who are interested in promoting and preserving the heritage of the village and area.

The Secretary is responsible for recording the minutes for the Board Meetings, the General (aka Speakers) Meetings and any special meetings that may be necessary. Board Meetings are held once a month, and General Meetings are also held once a month except for July, August and December. The Secretary also prepares a summary report of the General meetings for the annual newsletter distributed at the Annual General Meeting (AGM).

The Treasurer is responsible for the safe keeping of the funds of the BHS and to maintain adequate financial records. The Treasurer also prepares the accounts for audit and renders an annual report based on the calendar year; which will be given at the AGM.

Anyone interested in either of these positions is asked to please contact President Ruth Gibson at 905 518 4646, or any of the Directors.

Lions' Club

Due to the heightened concerns surrounding the Corona virus/Covid-19, the Bayfield Lions have shut down the Community Building on Municipal Road until further notice. This move is in the interest of safety for the public as well as the members. Any groups needing to cancel their bookings can contact us for more information.

The Bayfield Lions would also like to thank returning travellers who are self-isolating. This type of public-minded behaviour helps to keep everyone safe.

Friends of the Bayfield Library 

The Huron County Library (HCL) has cancelled all programs, events, activities, and group visits at all of its branch locations in response to the Health Canada recommendations regarding the COVID-19 situation. In keeping with HCL’s response, Friends of Bayfield Library has cancelled the March 28th “Saturdays at the Library” speaker program. They hope to re-book the speaker at another time.

The Coffee Club that meets on Wednesdays at the Bayfield Public Library will be suspended until Wednesday, Apr. 8th.

Friends of Bayfield Library will continue to monitor this situation and make changes as needed.

soup and a movie 

Trinity St. James Anglican Church is sorry to announce that the decision has been made to cancel the remaining Soup and a Movie events. Thank you so much to everyone who volunteered, donated soup and attended the first two. Proactive measures such as these will hopefully ensure the continued good health of our community. 

Bayfield Trails 

The Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) hikes scheduled for March 21 and Apr. 3rd are cancelled due to the COVID-19 health recommendations against group activities.

The BRVTA are still hoping to hold the Apr. 22 Litter Walk in the Village of Bayfield, and will announce that decision in the Apr. 15 edition of Bayfield Breeze. Hiking is a great activity in these times of social distancing, so the BRVTA still encourage people to enjoy their trails on their own.

Visit for maps and info.

gift cards for kintail on the road 

Knox Presbyterian Church, Bayfield Fundraiser with Huron Ridge Greenhouses is now underway.

“This is our once a year event in support of the ‘Camp Kintail on the Road’ program run every summer at our Church,” said Grasby. “In 2019 the once weekly day camp was attended by over 100 children who enjoyed the leadership of counsellors from Camp Kintail.”

As of 2020 the Huron Ridge Spring Fundraising Program is exclusively for Gift Cards with no expiry date which can be redeemed at the Greenhouse for plants or any product they sell.

Denominations are now available in $10, $25, $50 or $100 values. All but the $10 cards can be used in partial amounts. This new declining balance means people can spread the value over multiple purchases and dates. The $10 cards have been popular to be given as hostess and thank you gifts.

“We think the new format will appeal to all of us who enjoy browsing and picking out our plants and flowers while having helpful staff on hand to answer questions and offer suggestions. Win-Win!” said Grasby.

Please call Deb Grasby at 519 524-0224 or any member of the Knox Congregation to order cards.


Many in the village will know doubt be saddened to learn of the recent deaths of two men who thought Bayfield a special place - one a long-time resident and another a long-time village cottager.

Harold Coombs Harold Coombs

Harold Richard Coombs, 94, of Bayfield, ON died peacefully on Friday, March 13.

Harold is survived by his loving wife Elsie of 64 years, children Richard and Pamela (Chris) Bowers, grandchildren Sarah (Devon), Adam, Nicole (Garmamie) and Robyn (Jesse) and five loving great grandchildren.

Harold immigrated from Upper Island Cove, Newfoundland to Canada in 1947 at the age of 21. He worked on tugboats in New Brunswick before settling in Ontario where he worked on countless construction sites.

In his retirement, he moved to the small village of Bayfield on Lake Huron. He enjoyed many euchre games and volunteering with the Bayfield Lion’s Club and Trinity Anglican Church.

Harold enjoyed more trips to his birthplace than all others combined. He was a true Newfoundlander and will make one more trip home to his final resting place.

Donations in his memory can be made to Huronview Home for the Aged in Clinton.


img013 (1)Herb Kirkham

Herbert (Herb) Levi Kirkham (1928-2020) died at University Hospital in London, ON, on March 15. Beloved husband of Elizabeth (Betty) for 67 years. Dear brother to Sherman. Predeceased by his parents Eber and Mabel Kirkham, two sisters Evaline (Lloyd Baird) and Ruth Rossi (Tom) and brother-in-law to George and Phyllis Heard and Gordon and Juen Heard. He was adored by his God children and a special Uncle to nieces and nephews.

Herb retired from the London Transit Commission in 1989. He had a great retirement enjoying the cottage, boating and travelling with friends and family. Herb loved to chat and relate many of the conversations to a joke resulting in a chuckle or smile to make your day. A private funeral service will be held at Harris Funeral Home, London followed by the burial at Bayfield Cemetery.  



   Gateway hosts international women's Day event  

On Sunday, March 8, International Women’s Day, Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health (Gateway) hosted their first fundraising Speaker Series Event of 2020 at the Huron County Museum. This sold-out event featured a presentation by author Bonnie Sitter about the Farmerettes, the girls aged 16-18 who worked on market garden farms and orchards during the farm labor shortage caused by WWII.

P1040433Farmerettes who are now in their 80s or 90s were in the audience for the presentation at the museum. Left to right: Isobel and Joe Gibson, Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson and Gateway CERH President, Gwen Devereaux. Isobel was a Farmerette in 1947 in Vineland. Joe is wearing the motorcycle cap he wore when he rode his Harley from Huron County to Vineland to visit Isobel.  

Like many people in the audience, Sitter had never heard of the Farmerettes until she found a photo from 1946 in a collection of her late husband’s things. This started an incredible journey of research and connecting with now elderly Farmerettes to conduct interviews and learn more about these young women. In time, she co-wrote, “Onion Skins and Peach Fuzz: Memories of Ontario Farmerettes” with Shirleyan English.

P1040441Author Bonnie Sitter presents her research about the Farmerettes during an event held at the Huron County Museum on International Women's Day, March 8. (Submitted photos)  

Miss Marcie was a fantastic MC who introduced the guest speaker. Sitter’s presentation was very interesting and entertaining. She described how the intriguing title of her book came to be. The many wonderful old photographs included in her talk documented the girls’ stories, experiences and friendships. How fortunate that a few Farmerettes who are now in the 80s or 90s were in the audience for the presentation!

The beautiful voices of a local women’s band, “Dames Rocket” entertained during the social part of the event. Guests browsed display booths set up by representatives of the following local women’s Not For Profit organizations showcasing their great work in supporting the community, as well as other communities in need. These organizations were: Legion Ladies Auxiliary, St. George’s Church Mission Group, IODE Maple Leaf Chapter, Kinette Club, Berea Lutheran Mat and Hats Project, Alexandra Marine and General Hospital Ladies Auxiliary and Days for Girls.

Patient with COVID-19 in Stratford General Hospital 

On the afternoon of March 16, Dr. Miriam Klassen, Medical Officer of Health for Huron Perth Public Health (HPPH), would like to provide an update to the COVID-19 situation and response in Huron and Perth.

According to the Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance (HPHA), the patient with COVID-19 remains in serious condition at Stratford General Hospital.

“I am urging everyone to please respect the privacy of the family involved during this difficult time and to continue to follow credible sources before sharing information,” said Dr. Klassen, Medical Officer of Health.

“From what we know, the patient did exactly what they should have done during this time – he self-isolated at home when he became sick with gastrointestinal and chronic illness issues unrelated to COVID-19. Once his symptoms changed and were aligned with COVID-19, the appropriate precautions were taken and he was tested.”

HPPH staff are conducting thorough contact tracing related to this case.

“Please be assured that public health is following all necessary contact tracing to ensure that anyone who may have been exposed or at risk is contacted and receiving instructions from us. We also provide guidance if there are any environmental considerations and recommendations needed to be taken. If there were a greater community exposure, we would be sure to let everyone know.”

What we know about how COVID-19 spreads:

Coronaviruses are spread mainly from person-to-person through close contact, such as through respiratory droplets when a person coughs or sneezes or a person comes into direct contact with infectious body fluids of a person with COVID-19.

“Public health experts are currently investigating if the virus can be transmitted to others if someone is not showing symptoms. While experts believe that it may be possible, it is considered to be rare,” explained Dr. Klassen.

Everyday actions can help prevent the spread of germs and viruses like COVID-19:
• Wash your hands often with warm water and soap or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
• Avoid contact with people who are sick
• Stay home when you are sick
• Sneeze and cough into your sleeve
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

Face masks are not recommended for the general public, except for people experiencing symptoms and who have been advised to wear a mask by a healthcare provider.

“I understand that these are uncertain times in our community and in the world around us. However, we are all in this together and are working at every level in our community – on a personal level, organizational level, and community level - to stop or slow down the spread of COVID-19 in our community,” said Dr. Klassen.  




Volunteers from Huron and Area Search and Rescue (HASAR) will soon begin delivering food and vital medicines to critical patients of One Care Home and Community Support Services, to assist in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“For our volunteers, this is the same as a call to help during the floods in Ottawa or Bracebridge last year. They are trained to respond in disaster. They are trained to use personal protective equipment, they have been pre-screened as volunteers, and they are keen to help in their communities,” said Patrick Armstrong, who is deputy commander – marine, and co-founder of HASAR.

In the first few hours, six volunteers signed up to make deliveries to clients’ doorsteps and the list is growing, drawing from among its 60 volunteers. In a procedure developed by HASAR’s safety/training and medical officers, volunteers will ring the doorbell and stand back while the clients retrieve their package. They will ensure the client is safe and has received food or medicine, but they will also avoid contact.

One Care provides a range of supportive care services that enable seniors and people with disabilities to enjoy better quality of life as they age at home. Just one of its services, Meals on Wheels, relies on volunteers to deliver more than 30,000 meals to seniors in Huron and Perth.

Huron Perth Health 

On the afternoon of March 16, the Ontario Ministry of Health strengthened its recommendations to stop the spread of COVID-19 in the province. The province is strongly recommending these additional closures across Ontario:
· Recreational programs and libraries
· Churches and other faith settings
· Daycares
· Private schools
· All bars and restaurants - unless restaurants can do take-out and delivery.

“These recommendations to further encourage residents to undertake social distancing at this time, will help protect the health of Huron and Perth residents,” said Dr. Miriam Klassen, Medical Officer of Health for Huron and Perth. “This is a critical time to flatten the growth curve of COVID-19 in our province and in our country. Taking these steps will help protect vulnerable residents, including seniors and people with pre-existing health conditions.”

All residents of Ontario are being encouraged to stay home unless necessary and reduce their interactions with other people. Residents who have travelled outside of Canada, including to the United States, are strongly encouraged to self-quarantine for 14 days.

The Public Health Agency of Canada also updated its recommendations today to advise that people postpone, cancel, or decrease the size of mass gatherings of 50 or more.
Many other businesses are taking measures to reduce the risk to their staff members and customers, such as using active screening protocols for visitors and clients, and others may decide to close voluntarily.

“The public health measures being taken are to delay and decrease the number of cases of COVID-19 over time so as not to overwhelm our healthcare system,” said Dr. Klassen. “We appreciate that these measures pose difficulties and inconveniences for many of our residents. Thank you for your cooperation and patience during this difficult time.”

For the most up-to-date information related to COVID-19 in Huron and Perth, visit If you can’t find the answer to your question on our website, residents can also call our Health Line at 1-888-221-2133 Ext 3267; however, we are experiencing high call volumes and will respond to calls and voice mails as possible. Follow us at and


March 26 is Fantastic Fungi Day and to celebrate 500 theatres in 30 countries will be showcasing the film, “Fantastic Fungi”. Due to the efforts of Seeds Rooted in Youth (Seeds), The Livery in Goderich will be one of those locations.

The viewing of the film will also be a fundraiser for Seeds through which Ontario Certified Teacher Janneke Vorsteveld offers week long summer programs in the outdoors. Vorsteveld is expanding to provide a variety of day programs to individual families in the Municipality of Bluewater and surrounding area.








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, we feature a photo of the Bayfield Figure Skating Club members in the 1993-94 season. How many of these faces can you recognize? Thank you to Tara Heard for providing this image from her personal collection.  

 Bayfield Skating Club

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


 ISSUE 556

PB10052 PC Dan McGinnis and Miss Cox Leaihu c1930 

In Issue 556, another image from the Lucy Woods-Diehl collection. Notes with this photograph indicate that this is Dan McGinnis and Miss Cox Leaihu circa 1930. Does anyone remember them? (Archives Code: PB10052 PC)

Issue 557


In Issue 557, we explore the Editor's own collection of newspaper clippings relevant to Bayfield history with this image taken in December of 2004. Two members of the Bayfield Optimist Club Paul Mulligan and President Dick Walker (right) are shown with Bluewater Mayor Bill Dowson (left) drawing the name of the winner of the club's Holiday Raffle. The prize was a two-minute shopping spree at Bayfield Foodland. The winner of the draw was Elaine Sturgeon.



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Bayfield Town Hall - Part I   

cabaret showcases talents of area residents 

IMG_0604Shannon Pitre looks at her reflection with help from Leanne Kavanagh. Janet Nelson also appears in the mirror's reflection.

IMG_0610Emma Kavanagh and Nat Tarnawski in the opening scene of Cabaret.  

IMG_0637Mike Graham and Ian Rutherford were both amused and amusing.  

IMG_0655Jonathan Gemmell, Angela Keeley and Ian Rutherford perform to the song, "Come and Get Your Love".  

IMG_0661Paul Tarnawski takes his turn in the spotlight with encouragement from Jonathan Gemmell, Angela Keeley, Cam Oates, Ian Rutherford and Mike Graham (not shown).  

IMG_0664Ian Rutherford, Jonathon Gemmell and Paul Tarnawski hoist Cam Oates into the air during the "Come and Get Your Love" number.  

IMG_0681Dancing the "Can Can" were Jenny Shanahan, Emma Kavanagh, Desiree Small and Daniella Comacchio  

IMG_0720Darryl McLeod and Nat Tarnawski feel the affects of "Love Potion #9".  

IMG_0724Jamie Thomas, Lauren McKinnon and Kara Sloetjes dance to "Love Potion #9".  

IMG_0749Callie Berry performs "I Want to be Loved by You".  

IMG_0809Cabaret offered many aspects of entertainment including Cam Oates as a Mime.  

IMG_0820The mime routine by Cam Oates and Ian Rutherford (right) was cleverly executed.  



After a one-year hiatus, the Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society hosted two sold out shows, March 13 and 14, of their cherished fundraiser, “CABARET”. They also opened up the show’s dress rehearsal for people to come watch for a donation. And on Friday night they live-streamed the performance on the Bayfield Ontario Facebook page.

The society would like to extends many thanks to returning cast members Natalie Tarnawski and Leanne Kavanagh along with newcomer Camille Oates as directors and newcomer Big Mac as artistic director.

Cast members joining Kavanagh, Tarnawski and Oates on stage were Paul Tarnawski, Keet Tarnawski, Mike Graham, Jonathan Gemmell, Angela Keeley, Ian Rutherford, Dwight and Janice Nelson, Daniella Comacchio, Jamie Thomas, Darryl McLeod, Clare Day, Colleen Caesar, Jenny Shanahan, Erin Elliott, Emma Kavanagh, Lauren McKinnon, Shannon Pitre, Kara Sloetjes, Callie Berry and Desiree Small. Jen Pate acted as stage manager.

The photos included here were taken at the dress rehearsal. This week we are sharing pictures from Act 1. Stay tuned for the next issue of the Bayfield Breeze for pics from Act 2!

IMG_0615 The women cast members of Cabaret, like Nat Tarnawski, opened the 2020 production.

IMG_0641Keet Tarnawski acted as maintenance at the Cabaret.

IMG_0621Jonathan Gemmell and Mike Graham prepare to dance.

IMG_0691Shannon Pitre sings, "Why Don't You Do Right".  

IMG_0787Desiree Small danced to an Elton John song and also performed the number, "Put the Blame on Mame".

IMG_0713Jamie Thomas performs in the number, "Love Potion #9" along with Darryl McLeod and Nat Tarnawski.

IMG_0793 Callie Berry had some fun dancing to the "Bitch is Back".

IMG_0780Angela Keeley made a quick costume change during a number inspired by the music of Elton John.  

IMG_0760Shannon Pitre took the lead on the number, "Diamonds are a Girls Bestfriend".  

IMG_0772Daniella Comacchio danced in "Diamonds are a Girls Bestfriend".  

IMG_0842Dwight Nelson tackled a Leonard Cohen song, "A Thousand Kisses Deep".

IMG_0840Janet Nelson accompanied her husband, Dwight, during his performance of a Leonard Cohen song.  




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Social Distancing at the Beach...By Steve Rock

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Our grandchildren have come for their March Break visit. It definitely isn't their usual time with us.

We have hunkered down with them here on the farm. We are very thankful we have 80 acres for them to roam. On Monday morning, granddaughter Noelle posted a video for her parents who are working from home in Toronto.

She opened with: “Day 1 - I don’t know what we are going to do today - but it is going to be amazing!”

If only we all could maintain the resilient spirit of a five year-old in the face of adversity, humankind would be all the better for it.  - Melody






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 519-525-3830.


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Founding Members
Goderich Honda
Tuckersmith Communications Co-operative Ltd.
Bayfield Foodland
Outside Projects
Brad's Automotive
Bayfield Garage
Pharmasave Michael's Pharmacy
The Dock's Restaurant
Ian Mathew CA
Royal LePage Heartland Realty Brokerge


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:Mike Dixon, John Pounder, Dennis Pal, Melody Falconer-Pounder