Bookmark and Share   Apr. 3, 2019   Vol. 10 Week 14 Issue 508

Tenth annual Pancake brunch and sugar bush tour saturday

IMG_2649Snowflakes were in the air when people boarded the hay wagon bound for the Schilbe Sugar Bush on a tractor capably driven by Paul Aldwinkle at the 2018 event. Let's hope for nothing but sunshine on Apr. 6 this year! (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.

Photo hike contest on Mavis' Trail Easter Weekend 


The Bayfield River Trail Association (BRVTA) invites you to enjoy a hike with a difference on Saturday, Apr. 20.

Participants should check in at the Stanley Recreation Complex (0.5 KMs west of Varna) at 2 p.m., bringing with them a mobile phone or camera. Ten pictures of sites/items found on Mavis' Trail will be on display.

Participants will be able to photograph (or memorize) the pictures before setting off to search for and take their own photographs of the subject matter. Prizes will be awarded to the individual or team that finds and is the first to submit photographic proof of the most targets. Photographic proof should aim to recognizably duplicate the target photo and can be submitted to Peter Jeffers at

First prize is $50 and second is $25, but the real prizes are available to all - the fresh air, the exercise, the wonderful company and the opportunity to support and make use of well-kept trails.

For anyone unfamiliar with the trails, Mavis' Trail is a delightful route through woodland with occasional views of the Bayfield River. It is about 2.5 KMs long with a difficulty level of 3 and natural trail surfaces. At this time of year, it is advisable to wear good treads or cleats as the trails can be slippery at times.

The hike leaders will be: Peter Jeffers, 519 933-4555 and George Ebers 519482-7572. Everyone welcome!

   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 (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.

First Star Party of the season tomorrow night 

The West Coast Astronomers’ first Star Party for 2019 will be held at 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Apr. 4 at the Agricultural Park in Bayfield, weather and sky conditions permitting.

Participants can look forward to observing Mars, the Pleiades, double, open and globular clusters and a selection of nebulae as well as other deep sky objects.

Visit the Star Party page at to reserve a spot. This allows organizers to communicate with participants in case the conditions are unfavorable or rescheduled. Dress appropriately. If the sky is not clear on the designated night, the event will be cancelled.

Anyone who has doubt on the status of the event or has questions should please call Guy Spence at 519 868-6691 before the event.

Everyone is welcome to join, with or without a telescope. There is no cost. Amateur astronomers are invited to bring their telescopes at sundown.

Woodward to present at Saturday Library session 

safe_imageBen Woodward (centre) at the 2017 Canadian Geographic Challenge. (Submitted photo)  

April boasts not one, but two, Saturdays at the Library sessions hosted by the Friends of the Bayfield Library (FOBL).

Estate Planning with Janet E. Stewart is the first session to be offered on Apr. 13.

Stewart is a partner at Lerners Lawyers in London. She also has a home and Bayfield and a long-time connection to the community.

She will lead a discussion and question and answer period about estate planning including, wills and power of attorney.

Then on Apr. 27 Ben Woodward will be the featured speaker.

Woodward, a seasonal resident of Bayfield and the 2017 Canadian Geographic Challenge National Champion, will give a presentation about his experiences including how winning Canada’s largest student geography competition changed his life.

Both of these sessions are 1.5 hours in length and will start at 10:30 a.m. at the Bayfield Public Library.






vacation deadlines

Editor's note: The Bayfield Breeze will be publishing hiatus issues from now until Apr. 10.

Thank you to all who met the earlier deadline so that these upcoming editions would be possible. The Bayfield Breeze will be back live on Wednesday, Apr. 17.

Deadline for submissions for that issue will be Apr. 14 at 4 p.m.

Councilor's Corner 

The third Councilor’s Corner of 2019 will be held one week later than usual at the Bayfield Community Centre Apr. 4.

Bayfield Ward Councilor Bill Whetstone welcomes all area citizens to join in these monthly sessions starting at 7 p.m.

An update on the budget and bridge will be the focus of discussion.

Historical Society

"For the Love of Bayfield", the revised and updated version soon to be published, will be the topic of discussion at the Bayfield Historical Society (BHS) meeting on Apr. 29. 

The meeting will be held at the Bayfield Lions' Community Building starting at 7:30 p.m. and all are welcome. 

The Bayfield Historical Society 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 Archivist Joy 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.

One last movie remains and it is The Zoo Keeper’s Wife to be shown on 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.


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.



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 Guiding 

2019 marks the 92nd year for the Girl Guide Cookie. The first generation of these treats took the form of a sugar cookie. These evolved into the now classic chocolate and vanilla crème sandwich cookies that members of Bayfield Guiding will have available for a $5 donation at the Bayfield Lions' Club's Home and Garden Show Apr. 26-28.

They will also be selling on Apr. 6 as part of Cookie Days in Canada at the Walmart in Goderich from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and in the village at Bayfield Foodland from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Profits from sales help with program activities and field trips.

Anyone wishing cookies should contact Kathleen Greer-Armour at (519) 524-0916.




blyth  singers unite with renowned canadian organist 

Lovers of music will be treated to the performance of a rare musical gem during this Lenten season, as the Blyth Festival Singers, under the direction of Sharon Poelstra, present the Fauré Requiem. In the French composer’s own words, the hauntingly beautiful Fauré Requiem “is dominated from beginning to end by a very human feeling of faith in eternal rest.” The concert will be performed on Sunday, Apr. 7, at Knox Presbyterian Church, Goderich.

Gabriel Fauré likely wrote his contemplative Requiem in response to the death of his parents and it was performed regularly at his home church. However, it was revised over several rewritings between 1887 and 1900 to accommodate larger venues, grander occasions and more instrumentation. Like the “Messiah” there is no truly definitive edition still in existence. The Singers will be performing the John Rutter edition, which attempts to be as true in form to Fauré’s original, more intimate concept of the work. Not a complete liturgical requiem, it is written in nine parts, and embraces some later additions to the work. Some of Fauré’s most memorable movements include: “Pie Jesu”, “Agnus Dei” and “In Paradisum”.

For such a magnificent work, who better than Ian Sadler, one of Canada’s foremost organists, to accompany the choir? With Sadler at Knox’s grand pipe organ, the church will surely be flooded with the strains of Fauré’s beautiful opus.

Juno award-winning Sadler’s extensive musical career began as a boy chorister at St. Paul’s Cathedral, in London, England, with studies at The King’s School, Canterbury and Bristol University, and postgraduate study at London University. Sadler holds degrees in musicology and education, with organ diplomas from Trinity College of Music and The Royal College of Organists. He has represented Canada internationally as an organist and recitalist in tours around the world. Annually, he plays for many Canadian choirs in works such as Bach’s “Christmas Oratorio”, the “St. Matthew Passion”, “St. John Passion” and Handel’s “Messiah.” We are pleased that Sadler has also consented to perform solo selections as part of the concert offerings.

Brittany Lyons 

Also performing on the program will be Soprano, Brittany Lyon and Baritone, Daniel Van Winden.

Lyon is a Clinton area talent who has been teaching voice for the past 12 years. A graduate of Queen’s University, Lyon earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Music, Vocal Performance where she took Masterclasses with the renowned Measha Brueggergosman. She has performed a variety of roles at The London Grand Theatre, Stratford Avon Theatre, and with Stratford Community Players and has performed as a guest soloist in Stratford, Blyth, Kingston and the surrounding area.

39390230_1790567240998805_8785293666244624384_o Daniel Van Winden (Submitted photo)

Van Winden is Woodstock raised and currently resides in Stratford. He pursued an Honors Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance at Western University, and a Masters of Vocal Performance and Literature. He teaches private voice lessons in Woodstock and Innerkip. He is Director of Music Ministry at Innerkip and Eastwood United Churches. This year he has performed with the Stratford Concert Choir, at the Palace Theatre in London and in a Broadway concert at Theatre Woodstock. In late April he will perform in Haydn’s Creation with the Oxford Collegium Singers.

Along with the Blyth Festival Singers, Lyon and Van Winden will also share musical offerings in the second half of the program.
The Fauré Requiem will be presented at Knox Presbyterian Church, 9 Victoria St. N., Goderich at 3 p.m.

Tickets are only $15 dollars for adults and $6 for children. Call 519 523-9300 to purchase tickets from the Blyth Festival Box Office or go online at Tickets can also be purchased from any Blyth Festival Singer – or take a chance at the door.

The Blyth Festival Singers are a community-based choir operating under the direction of Sharon Poelstra and the umbrella of the Blyth Centre for the Arts.


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


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.


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.






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, Queen Elizabeth II was a special guest at the Bayfield Fall Fair in 2007. Does anyone remember her visit? (Archive's Code: GB15-ac)

 GB15-ac Queen's visit_2007-006

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



RF1080 720A Jr Riders at the Fair 1956 

In Issue 506, 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)



RF1056 153 Bayf Junior Class Vina Parker on Parade 1956 

In Issue 507, we feature an image of the Bayfield Junior Class with teacher Vina Parker on Parade in 1956. Does anyone recognize anyone? (Archives Code: RF1-56 153)



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village heritage management began in seventies   


The 2019 Ontario Heritage Conference (OHC) will be held in beautiful Bluewater and Goderich in just 65 days.

It is noted on the OHC website that, “The conference theme is heritage economics and features an exciting program focused on how the agricultural, marine, industrial and tourist economies in Bluewater and Goderich have shaped the built and natural heritage of these communities and, more recently, the interplay between heritage and tourism.”

Bayfield is going to be an important presence at the annual Ontario Heritage Conference which will be coming to Ontario’s West Coast May 30 to June 1. To generate some excitement and to allow area residents to reflect on their heritage several local history buffs have come together to create a feature called, “Take a Look”. They will be providing village anecdotes in the weeks leading up to the conference. This week’s history is provided by Ainslie Willock.

hillock 001Peg Willock (left) was one of the women instrumental in establishing Bayfield's heritage area.  

It was 1974 and my parents, Peg and Jack Willock, had retired to the family cottage on Bayfield Terrace. Mom had spent all her summers there. She knew Bayfield as a charming "unfinished" village with mud paths. She knew the names of the Village cows that wandered about with bells around their necks. She loved the street canopy with branches almost touching in the middle. And, the majestic Slippery Elm was one of two trees protected from chain saws by Sarah Dick of the Village Guild. Mom knew Bayfield would change. But, could it be managed to preserve what was unique? Was it even possible?

One day that year, Gwen Pemberton, a good friend on Howard Street, told Mom that the government had proclaimed the Ontario Heritage Act allowing municipalities and governments to designate individual properties and districts as having cultural heritage value or interest. Mom knew the Villagers and Gwen had the political expertise. The reality is that it was a number of women that led the charge to protect Main Street.

In 1976, the Bayfield Historical Society (BHS) successfully advocated that Council form a Local Architectural Conservation Advisory Committee, known as LACAC, to maintain the architectural features of the Village. The original members were: Gwen Pemberton, Kay Reid, Doris Hunter, Ruth Wallace, Pat Graham, Frank McFadden, Doug Sinnamon, Milvena Ericsson, Ed Oddleifson and Mrs. Gordon J. Graham.

That same year, the BHS commissioned Architect Nick Hill to prepare a Heritage District Plan. It was the BHS that pioneered the idea of designating a district including historic buildings, wide streetscape, footpaths, profuse tree-scape, gardens, sight lines and a square rather than just designating individual buildings. As there was opposition to the plan, it was decided that some homes would be "in" and others "out". It was the only way to designate Elgin Place, north end of Main Street before Mara Street; Main Street and Clan Gregor Square as a Heritage District with the hope that homes would opt in later, which has happened. It was a good plan. A made-in- Bayfield plan.

As pointed out on Page 210 in the BHS’s book edited by Ed Oddleifson, “The Village of Bayfield History 1876-1985”: "The Plan draws particular attention to the wide Main Street with its generous grass verge with trees and a footpath. It emphasizes the latter feature as especially interesting. It consists basically of a meandering path between trees and stores. The soft edge of the path enhances the natural character of the Main Street."

Anyone who is interested in learning more can read: "Bayfield: A Heritage Conservation District Plan, by Hills & Boreal, Feb. 1983" by visiting

When Bayfield amalgamated as part of the Municipality of Bluewater in 2001, LACAC became the Bluewater Heritage Advisory Committee (BHAC), a committee of Council. As of autumn 2018 BHACs members were: Lynn Girard, Heather Klopp, Laurien Trowell, Roma Harris, Bill Dowson, Alma Westlake, Janice Zimmerman (council) and Jane Rowat.

Bayfield's was the fourth heritage district to be approved. It is referenced in heritage district proposals and featured in the report "Heritage Districts Work: Heritage Conservation Study Bayfield - Municipality of Bluewater 2009" that can be viewed by visiting:

It was the women of Bayfield who had the foresight to make history but let us celebrate all of the people both past and present who continue to keep Bayfield's Heritage Conservation District unique and charmingly unfinished.


heritage found in the architecture 

Architect John Rutledge, a resident of Blyth, ON, takes people for a stroll down Main Street to explain some of the designs on what he refers to as the “architectural originals” in this area of the village.

The Bayfield Archives, The Little Inn, The Black Dog, and The Gordon House are examples of how Bayfield originally built the aesthetically plain, well proportioned, formally ordered, well balanced Georgian Style during the mid-1800s with classical influences, six over six double hung windows, wood siding or exclusive use of yellow brick.

The Italianate Style became fashionable during the mid-to-late 1800s. Bayfield continued to build using the Georgian Style adding decorative brick cornices, wood trim and small wood brackets inspired by the Italianate Style. The Purple Peony, Fab, and the central part of the Bayfield Public House are examples of how the Georgian Style was embellished in Bayfield.

During the 1800s Bayfield’s Original Architecture consisted of two styles. A pure Georgian Style with Classical Influences and a hybrid Georgian Style embellished with restrained Italianate Details.

Elva's house The Gordon House, located at 17 The Square, is an example of the Georgian Style buildings constructed in the mid-1800s in Bayfield. (Submitted photo)  

7930622592_1532e67fdc_bThe Little Inn is shown in this photo taken in 1969.

Bayfield_Archives_Edwards_Store_PhotoThis photograph shows Frank Edward's store and residence, circa 1900. Home of the The Black Dog Pub and Bistro today.  

18223174043_36e130d694_kThe Bayfield Archives and Welcome Centre as it looked in the summer of 2015. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)





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Good bye to the Ice...By Ruth Percy

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

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







Melody Falconer-Pounder


I am sitting in the sun on the balcony of our cruise ship stateroom as we sail past Messina, Scilly. It is jacket weather but the sun is warming as is the mug of tea beside me. Today (Apr. 1) is our only sea day on this 11-day journey along the Mediterranean and so I am using it to do a bit of journaling and uploading of photographs.

We arrived in Barcelona, Spain on March 26 and found it to be a most welcoming and beautiful city. Standing on the roof top deck of our hotel looking at the sites was somewhat surreal but now with Mallorca, Spain, Cannes, France and Cinque Terre, Italy stamped on our passports we have adapted like the tides to the pace of an explorative vacation.

A memorable moment occurred when we walked into the village square in Soller, Mallorca and recognized two friends and Bayfield residents sitting outside the cathedral. The definition of an “it’s a small world” moment, right? Well, the meeting wasn’t exactly by chance. I knew that Gary and Kate Lloyd-Rees enjoyed spending a couple months of the winter on the island of Mallorca, Spain and when the village of Soller popped up in a shore excursion option for us it sounded very familiar. I checked with Kate and it was indeed the place the couple have called their second home for eight years and we agreed it might be fun to try and meet up if only for a brief time. We had an hour free from our excursion group and so benefited from a bonus tour with the couple.

Soller has a very distinct Bayfield sensibility and we saw very quickly its appeal to Gary and Kate – so much so that there is talk of twinning villages!

- Melody



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