Bookmark and Share   May 16, 2018   Vol. 9 Week 20 Issue 462

Bayfield Optimists offering up a trifactor of fun

fullsizeoutput_d0cPurchased a duck yet? Better hurry, the race is Sunday near mid-day at the Bayfield Harbour and these little "quackers" always sell out. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)  

The Bayfield Optimist Club is offering a trifactor of fun over the next three months!

They are currently getting all 1,250 of their ducks in a row for their annual Rubber Duck Race to be held on May 20.

The race can be best viewed at the South Pier of the Bayfield Harbor – the plastic waterfowl will be set free at 12:45 p.m.

Tickets are now available from club members, on their website or at Eventbrite. Tickets are selling for $5 each or five chances for $20.

This year the first five ducks that cross the finish line will win prizes. First prize is a patio set, valued at $600 and donated by Lake Huron Realty. Second and third prizes are electric race cars valued at $285 and donated by the Bayfield Garage. Fourth prize is a 32-inch television valued at $250 and donated by Remax Reliable. Fifth prize is an overnight at The Albion Hotel donated by the Graham family, owners of The Albion Hotel.

Money raised from the race will go toward the Optimist Club’s many “friends of youth” projects.

Then just a few weeks later Optimists and friends will take to the links at the Bayview Golf Club in St. Joseph for their 13th annual Bayfield Optimist Club Golf Tournament on June 9.

Tickets are available now for $90 for 18-holes of golf, cart and BBQ chicken dinner with all the trimmings and dessert. There will be prizes and contests including, for a Hole-In-One, plus Hot Dogs at the turn

The format is a four-person scramble with a shotgun start tee-off at 11 a.m. Registration opens at 10 a.m.

All proceeds go to support children and youth in the community. Want to play? Call Wayne McKaig, 519 440-7120 or Mike Dixon, 519 955-5254.

Organizers are now seeking prizes and silent auction items if anyone would like to make a donation please call Jay Fisher at 519 524-3511.

And then on Saturday, July 14, the Bayfield Optimist’s invite people to “get their cowboy boots on” for an evening with The River Junction Band at the Bayfield Arena.

The event will run from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. and lunch will be provided.

Tickets are selling for $30 and are available now at Brandon Hardware or any Optimist member For more information contact Kevin Burton at 519 871-4855.

Blue Bayfield to seek resolution from council 


The Village of Bayfield has established itself as a community with an environmental conscience. As a result of the work done to reduce plastic waste and since being recognized internationally as a Blue Community, Blue Bayfield has been invited to seek application as a “Plastic Free Community”. This is a project developed by Surfers Against Sewage in the United Kingdom (UK). Over 100 towns large and small in the UK and Portugal have committed to engage in the elimination of non-essential plastics such as single use water bottles and straws.

Bayfield is one of the first North American communities to be invited to participate. There are five criteria for participation and acceptance into this international body. Ongoing work includes: working to reduce plastics in your community, encouraging other communities to do likewise, reporting to and engaging your community, and annually engaging in a shoreline cleanup. The fifth item is to seek a resolution from your municipal council supporting this initiative. Blue Bayfield will be making a presentation to Bluewater Council on May 22nd in an effort to achieve this. 

Members of Blue Bayfield shake their collective heads at headlines that read:

• People are often surprised to learn that tea bags contain up to 25 per cent plastic.

• Predictions suggest a build-up of about 80,000 tons of plastic in the "Great Pacific Garbage Patch" between California and Hawaii.

• U.S. and Canada together discard 22 million pounds of plastic into the waters of the Great Lakes each year.

• The 500 million plastic straws used daily in the U.S. could fill Yankee Stadium nine times a day. That is enough straw waste to wrap the circumference of the earth 2.5 times.

• The floods in Bangladesh 20 years ago were partially attributed to blockages in drainage systems from plastic shopping bags.

• Plastic shopping bags also pose health risks to human populations over the years as they leach toxins into water supplies.

• The U.S. goes through 100 billion plastic shopping bags annually. An estimated 12 million barrels of oil is required to make that many plastic bags. Plastic bags cause over 100,000 sea turtle and other marine animal deaths every year when animals mistake them for food.

• In a global study, micro plastics were found in 93 per cent of the water contained in bottled water.

After years, if not decades, of environmentalists warning of potential environmental threats to waters, land and living species and the environment in general, the main-stream media has become engaged as have political entities. Voices around the globe have cautioned that the production of oil required to make most plastics contributes to global warming. Even the oil industry is cognitive of the global move to rid the planet of single use plastic products.

Spencer Dale, the group’s chief economist of BP oil, said, “Just around the world you see increasing awareness of the environmental damage associated with plastics and different types of packaging of one form of another. If you live in the UK that’s clearly been an issue, but it’s not just a UK-specific thing; you see it worldwide, for example China has changed some of its policies.”

British Prime Minister Theresa May has branded plastic waste an environmental scourge, and MPs have called for charges on plastic bags to be extended to disposable coffee cups and the end to plastic straws. In Canada, the federal Environment Minister has asked Canadians their views on the plastic pollution issue. Canada will add the matter to the G7 agenda to be held in Toronto in June.

According to Blue Bayfield member, Sondra Buchner, “We cannot solve the global problem of plastic waste, but we can be part of the solution rather than part of the problem.”

“Water please, no straw, thank you - this call is the mantra of Blue Bayfield and we, with your help, anticipate that it will become the norm in our village eateries and homes. It is also our hope that visitors to Bayfield will share our commitment to reduce plastic waste,” explained Buchner.

The village is recognized internationally for reducing the use of single use bottled water. In fact, thanks in no small part to Bayfield resident, John Erb, the Detroit Zoo modeled its water protection policy on the Bayfield experience. The Zoo has since this humble beginning, taken its environmental protection program to a level second to none in North America.

“We also are encouraging eateries to provide compostable take-away units rather than polystyrene containers. The Bayfield Town Hall and Shop Bike Coffee have gone plastic free and the Lions Club and others are following their lead,” said Buchner. “We encourage everyone to continue to support these environmental endeavors.”

Police Dogs, Hearing Ear Dogs and Agile Dogs - time to  walk 

2018 Dog Guide Coroplast

The 33rd Annual Bayfield Lions’ Dog Guide Walk will take place on June 3.

The walk will begin at 10 a.m. at Clan Gregor Square. Registration will start at 9:30 a.m.

“We are once again holding a post-walk dog event starting at 11 a.m. from the Lions portable stage in the middle of Clan Gregor Square. Even if you cannot make the walk, join us for this informative program for dog lovers,” explained Lion Jack Pal, event organizer. “We are especially blessed this year to have Elizabeth Jaremko and her Hearing Ear Dog, Heart, join us again. Her experience with her life partner and best friend is clearly what this program is all about.”

Those who attend will also be able to greet Bayfield’s former Dog-Guide-in-Training, Essex, who will be back in town for a visit with his owner, Sylvie Tafts. She will share with attendees that there is a wonderful life for a dog after Dog Guide School even if it does not include being a Dog Guide.

In addition, there will be numerous activities and presentations all to do with dogs including: presentations on St, John’s Ambulance Therapy Dogs, the London Police K9 unit, dog health, nutrition, grooming and a full-scale demonstration presented by Greenacre Dog Agility and Training…along with hot dogs. There will also be another dog health quiz with prizes. This should be an entertaining, educational and fun event for the whole family.

New this year will be dog portraits. Members from the Photography Club of Bayfield have offered to take a portrait of your dog with or without family members. For just $20, all of which goes to the Lions Foundation, participants will get three photos mailed electronically.

The mission of the Lions Foundation of Canada, which thanks all local Lions Clubs for their annual participation, is to provide Dog Guides, at no cost, to Canadians with a medical and/or physical disability. The annual Walk for Dog Guides is its single largest annual fundraising event that raises funds to help breed, train and match Dog Guides with Canadians with disabilities, at no cost to them. It can cost upwards of $25K to raise and train a single dog.

“Thanks to sponsors like our generous donors in Bayfield, 100 per cent of all funds raised go directly toward raising, training and providing Dog Guides. More than 200 walks take place each year across Canada raising more than $1 million annually. Bayfield has been taking part from the inception of the walk 32 years ago,” Pal said.

The Foundation trains six distinct types of Dog Guides:
• Canine Vision Dog Guides for people who are blind or visually impaired.
• Hearing Ear Dog Guides for people who are deaf or hard of hearing.
• Service Dog Guides for people with physical disabilities.
• Seizure Response Dog Guides for people with epilepsy.
• Autism Assistance Dog Guides for children three to 12 years of age with autism spectrum disorder.
• Diabetic Alert Dog Guides for individuals with Type 1 Diabetes with hypoglycemic unawareness.

“Mark June 3 on your calendar, come to the Square and be sure to donate generously to this worthy cause and help maintain Bayfield’s reputation as one of the most generous communities in Canada,” said Pal.

Pledge forms are available from many merchants and restaurants in Bayfield and any Lion. Local Bayfield donations can also be made online for individuals or teams by going to: or call Jack Pal at 519 565-5340 for more information. Tax receipts are issued for all donations of $20 or more.



councilor's corner

This month’s Councilor’s Corner will be held on Thursday, May 17 at 7 p.m. at the Bayfield Community Centre.

Bill Whetstone, Bayfield Ward councilor, encourages all to come hear what council has been up to and voice their opinions. 

Community Breakfast 

It was the spring of Canada’s Centennial; Expo 67 would soon open and Bobby Gimby was leading kids around to the tune of “CA-NA-DA!” On that Victoria Day weekend, the Bayfield Lions celebrated Canada’s Centennial with a pancake and sausage breakfast. This upcoming Sunday May 20th, the Lions will host their 51st consecutive Community Breakfast. It really is part of the Bayfield fabric and the start of the summer season.

The Bayfield Arena is transformed into an eatery with Lions serving up over-easy eggs, pancakes with local Maple syrup, toast, sausage and fried potatoes, juice and coffee to the multitudes that attend.

The meals are served from 8 a.m. to noon with children under six eating for free! Adults can fill their plates for $8 while youngsters under 11 are $5. 

Village Yard Sales

Treasure seekers should mark June 2 on their calendars as the Bayfield and Area Chamber of Commerce (BACC) is promoting their fourth Town Wide Yard Sale and Village Side Walk Sale on that date.

Residents in the community are encouraged to hold a yard sale at their home on that date and local merchants will be offering up some side walk sales that day as well.

Are you hosting a yard sale on June 2? Share the location details and times with the Bayfield Breeze! We will publish a list of locations in our May 30th issue. Please submit by Sunday, May 27 at 4 p.m. to be included.


The gardens at Trinity Anglican Church, 10 Keith Cres., in Bayfield are a wonder to behold due to the efforts of some parishioners with very green thumbs. But one cannot garden on talent alone some money helps too. For this reason, the congregation of Trinity Church will be holding their annual plant sale on Friday, May 18 and Saturday, May 19.

Organizers are currently looking to the community for donations of potted plants or garden supplies. These donations may be left behind the garden shed (just off the parking lot) at the church. Those who donate are asked to please include the name and the color of the plant with the potted donation.

The sale will run on Friday, noon to 5 p.m. and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

London Symphonia 

For those with an interest in classical music, the BTHHS will also host an “Evening with Beethoven”, performed by members of the London Symphonia on Thursday, May 24.

At its core, the London Symphonia is a professional symphony committed to performing vibrant and bold musical experiences for London and the region. It was officially named in January 2017, replacing the #WePlayOn identity, chosen on a temporary basis, months after the old Orchestra London collapsed. It is now London’s foremost orchestra, celebrated as one of the best in Canada.

Performers will include: Christine Newland, Cello; Joseph Lanza, Concertmaster; Andrew Chung, Violinist; and Jennifer Short, Second Oboe/English Horn.

Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door if any remain. For tickets please contact Mike van Baardwyk, 519 565-5489, Pat Baker, 519 955-1456, or Shelagh Sully, 519 565-2572, or purchase online at Doors will open at 7 p.m. and the concert will start at 7:30 p.m.

Please note tickets for the May 18th concert featureing the Bruce Springsteen tribute band is now completely sold-out!


All are invited by the Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society (BTHHS) Board of Directors for their Sixth Annual Community Luncheon on Monday, May 28.

The luncheon is a wonderful opportunity for the community to come together and hear about the Town Hall accomplishments in 2017, as well as find out about all the great events and projects planned for 2018.

The event will begin at 11:30 a.m. Attendees will enjoy delicious lasagna and salad followed by coffee and dessert.

Space is limited so people shouldn’t wait to get their tickets. Tickets are $10 and are available by calling Sandy Scotchmer at 519 565-2830 or Patricia Baker at 519 955-1456.


There are two new opportunities for people to exercise in Bayfield.

On two Tuesdays and two Thursdays in May an introduction to Nordic Pole Walking will take place. Interested individuals are asked to meet at the Hive of Bayfield (next to Shop Bike Coffee) at 10:15 a.m. A short period of instruction will be followed by a 10 to 20-minute walk. The dates are May 22, 24, 29 and 31.

An “Introduction to Yoga” will be offered on Tuesdays in June. Classes will be held at The Lake House of Bayfield (formerly The Red Pump). Chair Yoga will start at 10 a.m. and Restorative Yoga will start at 5 p.m. The four classes will be available for the low price of $20 all inclusive. The dates are June 5, 12, 19 and 26.

Outdoor Flea-Produce Market

A long-standing Bayfield tradition is ready once again. The Outdoor Flea-Produce Market is preparing to open in Agricultural Park starting on Sunday, May 20. Vendors include antique dealers, arts and crafts, farm produce in season and collectables.

The Market, in good weather, opens every Sunday from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. from Victoria Day Weekend to Thanksgiving. Anyone interested in being a vendor should contact Jack at 519 482-7921 or if there are any questions about the Market, contact Jim at 519 565-2328. The vendors are all from the local community.

The Market has always been a place of business but many of the people attending enjoy it as a social gathering place. Many people are huddled in conversation as they catch up with their lives. It becomes the place to see neighbors or friends.

Sundays are a great day to go treasure hunting as Agriculture Park isn’t the only spot a Flea Market can be found. People can also visit the Pinery Antique and Flea Market in Grand Bend, the Bayfield North Antiques and Collectibles Flea Market and the Goderich BIA Flea Market. A day of searching should conclude with a dinner at any one of the numerous restaurants in the Bayfield area. Here’s to another summer of collecting those special items.

Clarinet at Large 

Leslie Bella will be the featured musician at the next “Saturdays at the Library” hosted by the Friends of the Bayfield Library (FOBL) on May 26.

Bella will be busking Jazz standards on her Clarinet from 10:30 a.m. to noon in the Reading Garden at the Bayfield Public Library.

Rockin' Rhythms

John and Melina Powers will be offering up some “Rockin’ Rhythms” on June 30 at the Bayfield Public Library.

The duo will share their talents for music and puppetry during an interactive musical extravaganza from 10:30 a.m. to noon.

Lost Purse

Anyone discover a small black fabric purse, sporting a couple of zippers and a shoulder strap, at the Bayfield Beer and Wine Festival? A local lady lost one as described and it had no identification in it making it difficult to return. She can identify its contents. If found please call Joan at 519 565-2974.



walk to support one care 

The Grand Parade (Pantones) AICC - Jan22-18

June is Seniors Month and One Care Home and Community Support Services is kicking off the month with a fundraising and awareness walk in Stratford on Saturday, June 2.

One Care is a local, charitable, non-profit organization delivering home and community support services to 6,000 seniors and people with disabilities in Huron and Perth. Programs include Home Care, Meals on Wheels, Dining for Seniors, Transportation and Exercise and Wellness. These and other programs help people to live in their own homes and be involved in their communities.

The Grand Parade is a family-friendly 2 or 5 KM walk along the Avon River in Stratford. The Grand Parade is about local people walking to support local seniors and frail elderly and to celebrate older adults. For One Care it is an opportunity to raise awareness and funds to support people who use the services.

Board members, staff, volunteers, local businesses and many individuals are all working to support The Grand Parade fundraising event to celebrate our seniors.

“Cost should not be a barrier to receiving the care that our seniors need. For programs like Meals on Wheels, Adult Day Programs, Transportation and Home Help, we offer subsidies for clients who have significant financial challenges. By raising money for One Care’s Subsidy Program, you can support some of our most vulnerable neighbors when they need it most,” said Kathy Scanlon, One Care’s Executive director.

“As well, we need to replace our aging accessible vans and buses. These vehicles accommodate wheelchairs, walkers and other mobility aids and are essential for the One Care transportation program which provides rides to clients who are not able to travel in regular vehicles. One Care staff drive thousands of individuals to adult day programs, medical appointments, grocery store and to other social outings and errands,” said Gary Lloyd-Rees, Bayfield resident and One Care board member.

Lloyd-Rees added, “We have at least one local team participating in The Grand Parade - “The Bayfield Amblers”. Anybody wishing to join or support this, or any other, team can do so through The Grand Parade website or by contacting myself directly.”

The Grand Parade will be held from 9 a.m. to noon starting at Knox Presbyterian Church in Stratford and with a walk along the Avon River. The event will include opening ceremonies, The Grand Parade walk and a light lunch.

Walkers, donors and volunteers are welcome to get involved. Registration is now open at the Grand Parade website or at the One Care website or by calling 1-877-502-8277.

Rumble named Director of Cultural Services for Huron  

Beth Rumble 2Beth Rumble (Submitted photo)

The County of Huron, along with the Huron County Library Board is pleased to announce Beth Rumble as the new Director of Cultural Services. Rumble has been working at the County of Huron for over six years and has most recently been the Branch Services Librarian. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from York University and a Master of Library and Information Science from Western University.

“The Library board is happy to announce the new Chief Executive Officer of the Library Board, along with Director of Cultural Services, Beth Rumble. Beth has been a valued member of the library system for many years. We congratulate Beth on her new position and are looking forward to seeing what her vision brings into the future,” said Councillor Bernie MacLellan, Huron County Library Board chair.

The Cultural Services Department covers services including the County of Huron’s libraries, museums, and other cultural activities.

“A main objective for the department is to be adaptive to change. I want to give staff the power and tools to fully utilize their strengths,” said Rumble. “This includes looking ahead to new developments and opportunities in the field as well as working with our community to determine present needs.”

Rumble is currently on maternity leave until August, 2018. She looks forward to continuing the work that has already been started and working more closely with the communities to serve their needs.

Huron and Perth Health Units to amalgamate 

The Perth District Health Unit and the Huron County Health Unit are proceeding with amalgamation, after a funding request for amalgamation support was approved by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.

“This is a significant undertaking and represents an opportunity to better serve our communities together,” said Dr. Miriam Klassen, Perth County Medical officer of Health. “It is full steam ahead with the approval of both boards and the ministry and with a plan and funding in place.”

“The ultimate goal is to improve the delivery of service in both Huron and Perth,” said Tyler Hessel, chair of the Huron County Board of Health.

A transition team, consisting of staff and board members from both boards of health, will now lead the work of amalgamation.

The transition has a completion date of Jan. 1, 2020. The two boards will remain operational until such time as a new amalgamated board is appointed.


walk for alzeimers


Three out of four Canadians know someone with dementia. It touches so many homes in every community. But four out four Canadians can take action. The Alzheimer Society of Huron County is pleased to welcome Investors Group as its title sponsor for the Walk for Alzheimer’s, the Society’s annual nation-wide fundraiser to support people living with dementia and their caregivers and raise funds for local programs and services.

This year’s newly branded Investors Group Walk for Alzheimer’s will take place on Saturday, May 26. Walks will begin from the Betty Cardno Memorial Centre in Clinton; South Huron District High School in Exeter; and the Maitland River Community Church, in Wingham. The three walks will begin at 10 a.m. with registration beginning at 9 a.m. This is an event for all ages, with routes of varying lengths, participants can select their own personal goal; no walk is too short to show support.

More than 1,300 people in Huron County are living with dementia and this number continues to grow. Currently, there are no cures or effective treatments to delay or stop the disease. That’s why it’s imperative to ensure funding for programs, services and other resources to help those affected live as independently as possible and with the best possible quality of life.

Families who have been faced with the challenges of dementia will be honored at each location: the Feltz family in Clinton, the Carroll family in Exeter and the Eadie family in Wingham.

“It’s all about community and bringing people together who are affected by this hard reality. No one’s alone through this journey and the Walk for Alzheimer’s is the perfect venue to voice that out loud,” said Cathy Ritsema, Executive director Alzheimer Society Huron County. “We are appealing for the whole community to come together as we take our next steps forward to tackle dementia.”

“Investors Group is proud to support the Alzheimer Society and their outstanding efforts to improve the quality of life for Canadian families living with dementia,” said Jeff Carney, president and CEO of Investors Group and IGM Financial. “We all know someone touched by this disease. Through our clients, we see first-hand the emotional and financial challenges this critical health issue presents for families. I know our employees and financial advisors across the country look forward to making these walks a success, delivering funds and advice to Canadians in need.”

To register for an Investors Group Walk for Alzheimer’s or to donate online, get started at Click Ontario in the first drop down menu and then select Clinton, Exeter or Wingham, on the following page. Individuals can register, start or join a team, pledge someone or make a donation towards one of the events. Participants that raise $100 or more will receive a t-shirt at the walk. The Society is looking for volunteers to assist with the Walk. Anyone who would like to get involved in this event or are interested in other volunteer opportunities that are available, please call 519 482-1482 or email

Last year, many enthusiastic walkers raised over $50 thousand across Huron County. This year, orgnaizers want to beat that goal and hit $60 thousand. Get involved or pledge a walker and help make memories matter!

The Alzheimer Society of Huron County was founded by a group of family caregivers and incorporated in 1993. It is a non-profit corporation and a registered charity, governed by a volunteer board of directors. The Society is supported by individual and community service sector donations, special events fundraising and also receives funding from the Southwest Local Health Integrated Network.

The Alzheimer Society of Huron County is affiliated with the Alzheimer Society of Ontario and the Alzheimer Society of Canada. As a local Society, it provides programs, services and education to persons with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias and their care partners.  


Believe it or not the new Bayfield Public Library building will celebrate its fifth anniversary on June 23.

To mark the occasion cake will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. plus visitors will have an opportunity to have their picture taken with “Bob the Book” and receive a keepsake photo. A “We Love Books” memory quilt is also being made and people will have a chance to add their signature to it.






Volume 8 

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 picture of Douglas Fraser. Does anyone remember him? (Archives Code: PB12 2b) 

PB12 2b Douglas Fraser undated 

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



PB12 7b Mrs Weir and son Fred realted to Higgins c1900s 

In Issue 460, as we approach Mother's Day we share a picture of Mrs. Weir and her son, Fred, taken around 1900. The records note that they were related to Higgins? Does anyone remember them? (Archive's Code: PB12 7b)


PB10080 PC Daughter and baby of Mrs Howe c1920 

In Issue 461, in honor of Mother's Day we feature a picture from the 1920s of this mother and child. Records indicate that Mrs. Howe is the mother and grandmother of the pair. Does anyone remember them? (Archive's Code: PB10080 PC) 



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bayfield Arena community partners association

Food Glorious Food and plenty of drink too 

fullsizeoutput_ce5The Bayfield Arena was transformed from rink to a charming, albeit large, bistro for the third annual Bayfield Beer and Food Festival.  

fullsizeoutput_cb6The festival has become very popular and once again the approximately 1,000 tickets available were sold out in advance with no tickets available at the door.  

fullsizeoutput_ce2Chicken Chipotle or Smoked Whitefish Tacos? Which to choose? The staff at the Copenhagens' booth served up 1,012! Some folks may have chosen both!  

fullsizeoutput_cf1Located in Vanleek Hill, ON, Beaus All Natural Brewery Company came the furthest to offer up samples of their brew.  

fullsizeoutput_d00Chocolate Stout Cake was a yummy treat served at the Black Dog Pub and Bistro's booth. It was made using Blind Descent a brew from River Road Brewing and Hops of Bayfield.  

fullsizeoutput_d01The folks from Bad Apple Brewing Company Ltd, Zurich, shared their knowledge of their products to visitors to their booth.  

fullsizeoutput_d09The Black Donnelly Brewing Co., of Lucan, ON, offered patrons at their booth an Ale or a Lager to try.  

fullsizeoutput_d12 Drift Restaurant always offers up adventurous cuisine and their booth at the festival was no different with a Japa-Dog on the menu. And what is a Japa- Dog? A Metzgers Weiner on a Red Cat Bakery Bun topped with Tempura crisps, spicy mayo, green onions and dried Nori (seaweed). Yum! (Photo by John Pounder)

fullsizeoutput_d15Nikki Andrew, of Bayfield, served samples from her family brewing company - River Road Brewing and Hops at the event held on May 12.  


fullsizeoutput_d05The rink in the Bayfield Arena was the place to be on Saturday, May 12 for the third annual Bayfield Beer and Food Festival.  




The Bayfield Arena Community Partners Association (BACPA) held their third Annual Bayfield Beer and Food Festival on Saturday, May 12th at the Bayfield Arena.

The festival has become very popular and once again the approximately 1,000 tickets available were sold out in advance with no tickets available at the door. While many locals attended the festival; there were also visitors from neighboring communities as well as the GTA.

People have said this event kick-starts the summer traffic in the village one week earlier, because the event takes place the weekend before the Victoria Day holiday.

Patrons were given the opportunity to sample food and drink from 21 vendors while enjoying continuous live music from three different acts.

Beverages were provided by nine area Craft Breweries: Bayfield Brewing, Bayfield; Stonehouse Brewing, Varna; Railway City, St. Thomas; Forked River, London; Upper Thames, London; River Road Brewing, Bayfield; Black Donnelley’s, Lucan; Beaus Brewery, Ottawa; Bad Apple, Zurich; and MacLean’s, Hanover. Attendees had the chance to sample a variety of different beers from IPA to Blueberry flavored, to Czech Pilsners to a chipotle, citrus, habanero infused beer.

The festival also had something for those whose favorite libation isn’t necessarily a brew. Two wineries, Maelstrom, Seaforth; and Alton, Plympton, provided samples as did one distillery, Junction 56, Stratford, offering up moonshine, vodka and gin in various flavors. And for those who don’t choose to imbibe Shop Bike Coffee Roasters were present with coffee and some health-filled juice beverages.

Eight area restaurants offered up food samples although some of these samples seemed more like a meal – all were fab – imagine: tacos, pulled BBQ Chicken, Japanese style hot dogs, slices of pie fresh out of the pizza oven, a deli sandwich as well as desserts infused with local beer! Those who attended don’t have to image because these were just some of the things on the menus at the booths provided by The Albion Hotel, The Bayfield Public House, Black Dog Pub and Bistro, Highway Robbery, Drift Restaurant, Renegades Diner, Copenhagens, all of Bayfield; and Hessenland Country Inn, St. Joseph.

And to top off the great food, drink and social atmosphere, the John Powers Band, The Empty Threats and The Cheap Shirts, played nonstop classic and current songs from 2-9 p.m.

All revenues from the event go to programs for all ages at for the Bayfield Arena and Community Center.

fullsizeoutput_ce3 The Bayfield Public House is new to the village's Main Street in the former home of Davinci Ristorante. The site is also home to the Bayfield Brewing Co. so the businesses were both on hand to offer up samples of their food and drink offerings.

fullsizeoutput_cf4The Empty Threats shared their talent for country, bluegrass and rock n' roll during the festival.  

fullsizeoutput_cf5Pulled BBQ Chicken, beans and coleslaw were on the menu at The Albion Hotel booth served up by owner Jeff Graham, manager Kelly Egbers (left) and staff.  

fullsizeoutput_cfcLinda Cox, of Bayfield, reviewed the wine menu at the Alton Farms Estate Winery booth.  

fullsizeoutput_cfeThe Bayfield Brewing Co. was serving up their Canadian Pale Ale at the third annual festival.  

fullsizeoutput_d0fWayne McDougall, from Renegades Diner, planned on serving up 800 slices of pizza but he surpassed that and every slice got rave reviews! (Photo by John Pounder)  



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A tumult of Trilliums...

A tumult of Trilliums...By Gary Lloyd-Rees

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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


2018 marks the 91st 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 are selling this spring.  

Tonight (May 16) members will be going door to door in Goderich between 5:30 and 7 p.m.

And then on Friday, May 18 we will be at the community booth at the first Bayfield Farmer's Market of the season, from 3-7 p.m. 

Profits from sales help with program activities and field trips.

We had 1,680 boxes to sell this campaign and we have under 200 boxes left to go so if you haven't got your cookies yet please call me at 519 525-3830 or drop me an email before there is only a trail of crumbs! - 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