Bookmark and Share   May 11, 2011    Vol. 2 Week 20 Issue 97

principal shaves head for more than just pennies 

To the cheers and roars of the student body, the village “shearer” worked his magic. 


On May 2, Mike Bruneel experienced a close shave.

Bruneel is principal at St. Boniface School in Zurich. One of his students is currently fighting Leukemia and in a show of support he made the offer of shaving “his mane” if the staff and students at the school raised $1,000 for “Pennies for Patients” part of The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s School and Youth Program.

At the end of the three-week fundraising campaign, the staff and students at St. Boniface actually doubled their goal raising $2,000 for “Pennies for Patients”.

St. Boniface School’s principal Mike Bruneel sacrificed his hair for a good cause. 

Now the principal has a new look and The Luekemia and Lymphoma Research Society has $2,000. (Submitted photos)

“Pennies for Patients” is now in its seventh year. It raises money for finding cures for blood cancers and improving the quality of life for patients and their families.

Play loosely based on century old local tragedy

Theatre-goers will have the opportunity to possibly exonerate a Bayfield boy of a murder committed 114 years ago.

“Murder at the Albion Hotel: The Retrial of Fred Elliott” is an original production being staged by the Bayfield Historical Society.

In 1897, young Harvey Elliott was murdered outside the Albion Hotel after a drunken argument with his brother Fred.

Jane Rowat portrays Delia Delightful.

Local playwright/director, Judy Keightley has created an entertaining production that is loosely based on this very tragic event. The premise is that two local ladies of dubious character come forward with new evidence, after Fred Elliott, portrayed by Travis Corben, has already served two years in penitentiary for the murder of his brother Harvey.

Jane Rowat takes on the role of Delia Delightful, an outrageous lady of dubious character. Many men in the village are very nervous about what she is going to say on the witness stand. She says she has new evidence but is she telling the truth? Why did she wait so long to tell her story?

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Jamie Thomas as Maisie Smith.

Jamie Thomas portrays Maisie Smith, a Chambermaid at the Albion Hotel.
Two years after Fred Elliott’s conviction for murdering his brother Harvey, Maisie steps forward with new evidence. Maisie is not as innocent as she appears and it will be up to the jury to decide whether she is telling the truth.

Keightley’s twist – the audience is the jury and will decide Fred’s fate.

Two shows will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Bayfield Town Hall on May 27 and 28. A matinee will also be staged in the hall at 2 p.m. on May 29.

Tickets cost $15 each and are available at the Bayfield Archives Room or by calling Dave Gillians at 519 565-5884.

schubert a featured composer at bayfield festival of song

The Bayfield Town Hall will once again be filled with the sound of world-renowned musical talents when the fifth annual Bayfield Festival of Song returns to the village for concerts on the first two weekends of June.

The Aldeburgh Connection Artistic Directors Stephen Ralls and Bruce Ubukata are offering up a variety of unique experiences for music lovers.

The celebrations begin with Schubert on June 3 at 8 p.m. The concert entitled, “Schubert: The Miller’s Lovely Daughter” features Tenor, Colin Ainsworth, accompanied by Ralls on piano. Ainsworth has been described as one of Canada’s finest tenors. This is an opportunity to hear a masterpiece by possibly the world’s greatest song-writer.

The ever-popular Coffee Concerts featuring piano duets by Ralls and Ubukata will kick-off with “AN ENGLISH MORNING” highlighting music from the homeland of the Aldeburgh Connection. Visiting artists will also perform at this concert to be held at 11 a.m. on June 4.

The Celebrity Recital scheduled for June 4 at 8 p.m. is sure to be a treat for all who attend. Soprano Lucia Cesaroni and Ainsworth will be featured with Ralls and Ubukata at the piano. These two dazzling singers, after conquering audiences on both sides of the Atlantic, will be performing their favorite songs, arias and duets in this concert, before preparing for their lead roles in Vancouver Opera’s new West Side Story.

“Embraceable you!” is the title of the concert set for June 5 at 2:30 p.m. Young performers: Rebecca Collett, soprano; Julia Barber, mezzo; Graham Thomson, tenor; and Geoffrey Sirett, baritone will be accompanied on piano by Ralls and Ubukata. They will sing songs of love. The audience is sure to enjoy a party with the performers following the show. Enthusiasts who are unable to attend the June 5 concert will have a second opportunity to do so as a repeat performance will be held on June 12 at 2:30 p.m.

The very real educational side of the festival includes the June 9 Masterclass, an event introduced at last year’s festival. This event brings the audience into close contact with the creative act. Four singing students preparing for their careers will perform, then benefit from the wisdom, expertise and encouragement of one of Canada’s leading singers, Catherine Robbin. The Masterclass will be held at 4 p.m. on June 9. Following the lesson, the audience is invited to join in a special three course menu prepared by the chef at The Little Inn of Bayfield. The Bistro Night will begin at 7 p.m. and is $35 per person (exclusive of beverages and gratuity). Space is limited, to make reservations please call the Inn at 519 565-2611, or contact

Also, between the two festival weekends, Ralls and Ubukata will tour with the four young artists, Collett, Barber, Thomson and Sirett, to schools across Huron and Perth Counties, performing for some 2,000 students under the auspices of the Foundation for Education. For the performers, this is one of the most enjoyable aspects of the Festival and they are delighted to be able to visit so many smaller communities across the countryside.

Allyson McHardy, mezzo, is fresh from triumphs as Rossini’s Cinderella with Glyndebourne Opera. The audience will enjoy her “sumptuous mezzo tone” during the Celebrity Recital to be held on June 10 at 8 p.m. McHardy’s “radiant sensitivity” has been praised across North America and Europe. She is to be accompanied by Ralls on piano creating an evening to remember!

Visiting artists will join Ralls and Ubukata in celebration of “Schubert in the Morning”. One of their favorite composers, Schubert will be saluted during a second Coffee Concert on June 11 at 11 a.m.

Also on June 11, Glamorous Night will feature the music of Ivor Novello and Noel Coward. Lindsay Barrett, soprano, and Peter Barrett, baritone, a talented young couple, both rapidly rising stars, perform some of the best-loved and most effervescent songs of the last century. Accompaniment for this concert, set to begin at 8 p.m., will be by Ralls and Ubukata.

Tickets are available locally by calling Gail Grant at 519 565-2435. They cost $25, Saturday mornings; and $35, Saturday evenings, Friday evenings, Sunday afternoons. The Masterclass on June 9 will cost $15. There is also a subscription price: if buying tickets for more than one concert, please deduct $5 from each ticket.

The Bayfield Festival of Song is proud to have as its honorary patron the distinguished writer, Alice Munro. The Festival was inaugurated in June 2007 with a weekend consisting of four concerts at the town hall. It now spans ten days and is presented by the Aldeburgh Connection, a concert organization based in Toronto, which Ralls and Ubukata founded in 1982.

The Aldeburgh Connection gratefully acknowledges the support of The Ontario Arts Council, Foundation for Education, RBC Foundation, Bayfield and Area Chamber of Commerce and many individual donors.


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A chance to win some door prizes is always a highlight of The Bayfield Lions' Club's annual Home and Garden Show. Sue Guetter was the lucky winner of a $100 donated by Lake Huron Real Estate. Lion Charles Kalbfleisch (right) made the presentation recently. (Submitted photo)

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Those who attended the recent Bayfield Lions' Club's Home and Garden show had an opportunity to win some fabulous door prizes including a $500 gift certificate from Bayfield Foodland. Martin VanBeek was the lucky winner. He is pictured here with his son, Josh VanBeek. Presenting the certificate were Janet and Brad Maidment from Bayfield Foodland, along with Charles Kalbfleisch, representing the Bayfield Lions' Club. (Submitted photo)



The congregation of St. Andrew’s United Church would like to invite all in the community to their Spring May Pole Luncheon to be held on May 18.

All in the community are invited to take part in the meal that will offer continuous sittings starting at 11 a.m. The cost is $10 a person.


The congregation of Trinity Anglican Church is now gearing up for their annual sale to be held on the Victoria Day Weekend.

They are accepting donations by appointment on Wednesday afternoons from now until the sale weekend. Please call Gayle King at 519 565-5664 to arrange to drop gently used items off at the Parish Hall.

A highlight of the sale is always the vast variety of perennials donated by parishioners. The plant portion of the sale will begin at 8 a.m. on May 20th. The other goods, including a large selection of books collected by Bayfield Guiding, will be available for purchase from noon to 7 p.m. Other sale times are 8 a.m. to mid-afternoon, May 21 and 11 a.m. to mid-afternoon, May 22.

arts and heritage

The Bayfield Town Hall will be the location for the Second Annual Huron Cultural Awards presented by the Huron Arts and Heritage Network on May 14.

This event that will begin at 7:30 p.m. will feature a sneak peek at some of this summer's Huron County cultural events including, the Bayfield Festival of Song, The Blyth Festival, St. Joseph and Area Historical Society's production of "Narcisse" and the South Huron Bach Music Festival.

Hors d'oeuvres will be served and bar service is available.

If you would like to attend please RSVP to Rick Sickinger at

town hall

The Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society would like to announce that they will be holding their Annual General Meeting on May 16 starting at 4 p.m. at the town hall. All in the community that have a vested interested in this heritage building are welcome to attend.


Wild Turkeys and hikers beware it’s hunting season again.

The Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) would like to let the community know that the Woodland Trail will be closed from now until May 31 for the Wild Turkey Hunt.

The other two BRVTA trails remain open, the Heritage Trail, through the village, as well as the Sawmill Trail, on the north side of the Bayfield River. Other local trails, such as, Bannockburn and Naftel’s Creek do not permit hunting and are available to walkers throughout the year.

optimist club

Rubber Duckie, you’re so fine
And I’m lucky that you’re mine
Rubber Duckie, I’m awfully fond of –
Rubber Duckie, I’d like a whole pond of –
Rubber Duckie I’m awfully fond of you!”

Well, there might not be a pond but members of the Bayfield Optimist Club are hoping that a whole river full of rubber ducks will be sold for their upcoming second annual Rubber Duck Race on May 22.

The race will be held between the piers at the harbor’s mouth at 11 a.m. on the Sunday of the Victoria Day weekend.

Only 500 ducks are available and tickets are on sale now for $5 each at Brandon’s Hardware and from club members.

Three lucky people will be singing the old Sesame Street classic when their rubber ducks are the first to cross the finish line. The following prizes will be awarded to the three fastest ducks: 1st place, a 2011 Norco Hybrid Bicycle, donated by Outside Projects; 2nd place, a water cooler, donated by Bayfield Garage-Auto Pro; 3rd place, a $100 gift certificate for the Black Dog Village Pub and Bistro.

Proceeds from the event will be used youth related community projects.

horticultural society

Gardeners who would like to attract more butterflies to their gardens should plan to attend the next meeting of the Bayfield and Area Horticultural Society on May 16.

Master Gardener Ron Rossini will give a presentation on “Butterflies in the Garden”. He will offer tips for food sources, water, environmental needs and the best plants to plant.

All are most welcome to attend. The meetings are a great opportunity for people to chat with other gardening enthusiasts. Refreshments and door prizes are also highlights of the meetings held at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building starting at 7:30 p.m.

books and brunch

Antanas Sileika, author of Underground, will be the next featured writer in the Books and Brunch series presented by The Village Bookshop.

The event will be held on May 15 at 12:30 p.m. at The Little Inn of Bayfield.

An article published in the Vancouver Sun said, "Underground might be described as a historical love story, but it is also a political military/spy thriller. Sileika writes with a spare style that suits the action sequences as well as the rare moments of tenderness or humor. Entertaining and sometimes shocking, the book describes a little-known period of European history that has been kept underground far too long."

Tickets cost $30 each and are available by calling 519 565-5600 or email

HEaring clinic

Have you heard the news? A new monthly hearing clinic is being established in the village at Pharmasave Michael’s Pharmacy. The next date for the clinic is May 17.

The Kincardine Hearing Clinic will be offering their services on the third Tuesday of every month from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The clinic will offer: hearing aid adjustments and repairs to all makes and models, no cost hearing tests, new prescription of hearing aids, wax removal, hearing aid battery sales as well as hard of hearing assistive devices.

To book an appointment please call The Kincardine Hearing Clinic at 1-855-396-6026.

concert series

Organizers are are pleased to announce that Ron Sexsmith will be retuning this summer for another unique and intimate show on July 22.

Tickets for Ron Sexsmith's annual Summer Show at The Bayfield Town Hall are available now at

Tickets cost $35 each for the show that will begin at 8:30 p.m. (doors open 8 p.m.)

Ron Sexsmith is a Canadian singer-songwriter from St. Catharines, ON, currently based in Toronto. He started his own band when he was 14 years old and released the first recordings of his own material seven years later, in 1985. Some of the same artists who inspired Sexsmith—Paul McCartney, Elvis Costello, Ray Davies and John Hiatt are now people whose praise he has won.

Film Society

There are two shows remaining in the Bayfield Film Society’s spring series. Next on the docket is "The Trotsky", May 12.

“Incendies” will close out the series on June 16.
The films are shown at the Bayfield Town Hall starting at 7:30 p.m.

To learn more about tickets for these productions please contact Jane Rowat 519 565-5838 or Lynne Gillians 519 565-5884.

agricultural society

“Our Fair will be Revvin’ in 2011” is the theme of the upcoming Bayfield Fall Fair to be held Aug. 19-21. Volunteers are currently warming up their engines for the festivities but more help is always welcome.

To learn more plan to attend the next meeting of the Bayfield Agricultural Society on May 17 starting at 7:30 p.m. at St. Andrew’s United Church.


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. You can view the entire Collection of Remember Me Photos: Volume 2 on Flickr as well.

This week, does anyone remember this couple who were celebrating a special wedding anniversary?

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Remember 95

In Issue 95, Jackie Thompson has been able to identify some of the people who were photographed outside of the Albion Hotel on Main Street. They are l-r: Ruby Fitzsimmons (wearing a blue scarf), Roy Fitzsimmons (brown shirt), Mrs. Ed (Nina) Weston (red hat) and Beulah and Len Smith (Scott).


Remember Me 96

In Issue 96, we featured a photograph taken in May of 1940. Helen Latimer identified the woman displaying some spring flowers to be Mary Gemeinhardt.

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ladies turn bed sheets into haute couture at almost heaven in 2011

Lorraine Dietz and Alison de Groot led members of the crowd in a lively Zumba demonstration. Kelly Gerger (centre) kept up the pace.


Lori Baker, Judy Sparks and Sherrie Garton toasted to a fun night out with the ladies.


A Ladies' Night with a Greek Toga theme wouldn't be complete without a few Greek Gods. L-R: Jeff Graham, Dean O'Brien, Kurt Pitblado, Kris Jensen and Brett Pitblado proved to be great sports.


The Bayfield Optimist Club hosted a Ladies' Night on May. 7. Almost Heaven in 2011 was the theme of this Greek Toga party and many of the women who attended did their best to create haute couture from their bedsheets.


Greek Gods, Jeff Graham and Dean O'Brien were kept busy tending bar.


Those who attended the Bayfield Optimist Club’s Ladies’ Night on May 7 were transported to Greece as the Bayfield Community Centre was beautifully decorated with murals of that country’s coastline, greenery and Grecian columns.

Desiree Small was the artist behind these gorgeous hand-painted murals.

Approx. 135 women took part in the evening, many of them garbed in togas fitting the evening’s toga party theme. During “Almost Heaven in 2011” the women were serenaded by crooner Brett Pitblado and amused by comedienne Elvira Kurt.

A few of the women chose to try the latest exercise craze as a ZUMBA demonstration was held. Instructors, Lorraine Dietz and Alison de Groot, kept the ladies moving to some hot Latin dance tunes.

Six toga-clad men served up Greek food and drinks for the ladies including, a specialty drink, the Apollo Martini, which was as blue as the Greek coastline. The brave gentlemen were Jeff Graham, Kris Jensen, Dean O’Brien, Brett, Kurt and Scot Pitblado.

The women were also kept busy bidding on the 50 plus silent auction items and services generously donated to the event by local individuals and businesses. They also enjoyed a new twist on the 50/50 draw. Janneke Vorsteveld graciously donated door prizes in memory of her mother, “Jungle Jane”.

Money raised will go toward projects for youth in the community. The Optimists report that next year's theme is Hawaiian. So, before you know it, it will be time to dust off your grass skirts, leis and coconut bras!

Lori Bagot took part in the Zumba demonstration.


Comedienne Elvira Kurt was the main attraction for the evening and she kept the ladies laughing during her performance. Before she took to the stage she posed for a picture with Shirley Schilbe, Bayfield Optimist Club president.


Brett Pitblado entertained the crowd with some special dedications.


Numerous businesses and individuals donated items and services to the Silent Auction portion of the evening. The profits raised from the Ladies' Night will go toward youth related projects in the community.




PIXILATED — image of the week


Mellow Marigolds — by Melody Falconer-Pounder

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

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




Melody Falconer-Pounder


 My favorite spring flower is the Marsh Marigold. There was a spot on the farm I grew up on where they flourished. It was a springtime tradition of mine to go on a wildflower hunt. I would take a walk through a small forest along a very worn path. It was at the end of this path that I would find nestled in a clearing, a grove of these stunning yellow flowers. They emerged as a beacon of brightness in an otherwise dark forest. Their mere existence seemed magical.

So you can imagine my delight when I discovered that just on the edge of the property where I now live a marshy area existed. And sure enough every year a crop of Marsh Marigolds bursts forward. In fact, the very wet spring we are experiencing has produced the most glorious crop I have ever seen. This week, I couldn’t resist their beauty. I had to photograph and share them with our subscribers (See Pixilated). To do them justice I pulled on my Wellingtons and waded right in with my camera and it was while I was stooped down to get the best angle that I discovered they also give off a very lovely fragrance. How wonderful to experience a moment of magic again as an adult!

I do hope everyone takes some time this week to drink in the beauty of spring – it has been slow arriving but it has been worth the wait.  - Melody


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