Bookmark and Share   May 16, 2012   Vol. 3 Week 21 Issue 150


celtic choir to perform while the sun sets on pioneer park

The Canadian Celtic Choir will hold an open air concert in Pioneer Park on the evening of June 16. (Submitted photo)

Live music streaming from Pioneer Park will be a welcome addition to the Bayfield Sail and Canvas Festival Weekend as Pioneer Park Entertainment presents a performance by the Canadian Celtic Choir on June 16.

The choir will unite their voices in song starting at 8 p.m. in the park. The group, founded in 1996, sings and promotes Celtic choral music and culture in Southwestern Ontario.

They have performed at summer festivals, black tie benefits, and special celebrations. They also host their own self-produced concerts including two productions of John Rutter's Wind in the Willows and CD releases Here's To Song (2001) and Christmas Remembered (2004). The choir’s third CD, We Rise Again, was released in November 2006 and officially launched in January 2007 as part of our their anniversary celebrations.

In March 2007, they were the first choir selected from outside Ottawa to sing at a National Ceremony of Remembrance at the National War Memorial, performing at the 90th Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge at the National War Memorial.

The next year, they were excited to be invited to perform in Maui, Hawaii. This tour, their first international event, included three concerts and two church services.

The choir has also won the Best Classical Vocal Group category of the London Music Awards in both 2008 and 2009.

Their new repertoire features songs from Ireland, Scotland, England, Wales and the Canadian Maritimes ranging from the traditional, including those sung in Irish and Welsh, to modern music of the 20th and 21st Century.

William Zadorsky was appointed conductor of the Canadian Celtic Choir on April 1, 2010. Their accompanist is Jean Willadsen. The group has approximately 50 members and is based out of London, ON.

festival of song pays tribute to diamond jubilee 

Artistic Directors, Stephen Ralls and Bruce Ubukata host their sixth annual Bayfield Festival of Song over the first two weekends in June at the Bayfield Town Hall. (Submitted photo)

The exciting world of classical song comes to Bayfield June 2-10 when Artistic Directors Stephen Ralls and Bruce Ubukata host the sixth annual Bayfield Festival of Song showcasing an exciting roster of artists who have performed around the globe.

The 2012 festival, that will take patrons on a journey from 1900 through the Great War and into the Roaring Twenties, will feature 10 vocalists including Canada’s leading operatic soprano, Adrianne Pieczonka and dedicated concert and recital artist Alexander Dobson. Another highlight of the event will be a special program in honor of Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee. Those who attend should watch out for some surprising historical notes and stories, with rarely heard songs as well as more familiar music.

The popular Saturday morning Coffee Concerts will feature the music of one of the world’s best-loved composers, Franz Peter Schubert. Piano duets by Ralls & Ubukata will pay tribute to this prolific Austrian composer. “Schubert in the Morning” will be performed on June 2. “Wish you were Here” will feature a collection of musical picture-postcards from around the world and will be staged on June 9. Both shows begin at 11 a.m.

Celebrity recitals will feature two phenomenal evenings of songs, duets and operatic favorites. Canada’s superstar soprano Pieczonka along with her partner mezzo-soprano Laura Tucker will perform with Ralls on the piano on June 8. And then on June 9, Dobson will present a delightful program for a summer night. Both shows start at 8 p.m. Praised for riveting performances across North American and Europe these stars will no doubt entirely seduce the audience with their vocal art!

Making welcome returns to the Festival are soprano Virginia Hatfield, mezzo Megan Latham and baritone Geoffrey Sirett. They will perform “Upstairs/Downstairs” on June 2 at 8 p.m. This production pays tribute to the long-time favorite TV show and will present a contrast of the art-songs and ballads performed in an English drawing-room with the rollicking entertainment of music-hall and ragtime which found favor below the stairs.

“Diamonds for a Queen” will be presented on June 3 and June 10 at 2:30 p.m. Her Majesty the Queen will be saluted in two dazzling performances by four young talented artists: Andrea Cerswell, soprano; Alexandra Beley, mezzo; Andrew Haji, tenor; and David Roth, baritone. Ralls and Ubukata will accompany on the piano.

All concerts will be held at the Bayfield Town Hall. For complete 2012 concert information visit the “Bayfield Festival” link at: Tickets are available online or locally at The Village Bookshop, 519 565-5600.

RBC Foundation and the Ontario Arts Council are generous supports of the 2012 Bayfield Festival of Song.

TASTE huron all summer long

Taste of Huron is back in 2012 and this year, the festival is being organized a little bit differently. In fact people will be able to “taste” Huron all summer long instead of just during the usual more concentrated week or two of past years.

Things will begin with a “Food A-Fare” on June 7 at the Hessenland Country Inn in St. Joseph. For $55 per person, participants will enjoy a tapas-style menu featuring locally grown items prepared by Chef Frank Ihrig of Hessenland Country Inn. Guests will also have the chance to bid on some great culinary experiences in Huron County at the "Incredible Edible Auction".

Food for Thought dinners will be brought to you all summer long. Dinners will happen every two weeks from June to October. Meals will be held across the county at favorite restaurants including: Benmiller Inn & Spa (Benmiller), Black Dog Pub & Bistro (Bayfield), Eddington's of Exeter (Exeter), Hessenland Country Inn (St. Joseph), The Little Inn (Bayfield) and more! The cost will be $40 per person not including beverages, tax or gratuity.

Goderich will be the locale for the Village Marketplace on Sept. 1 The Goderich Farmer’s Market will be a buzz with some exciting food activities. Taste of Huron will be enhancing the market with more vendors, a Chef Challenge, music and more. And then on Sept. 2 The Livery in Goderich will host Locavore Brunch N’Blues. Traditional Sunday brunch with a twist; including locally grown ingredients prepared by local chefs. Participants will enjoy delicious food while being entertained by a special musical guest.

To learn more about these events visit the Taste of Huron website at

Maud Stirling's story to be told on town hall stage

Bayfield’s own “Aunt Maud” had another identity. Before she settled into the role of the quiet woman who resided with her sister at the corner of Victoria Place and Ann Street, she had been a courageous nursing sister during WWI.

Tyler Hessel portrays Private “Punch” Toms. (Submitted photos)

Judy Keightley, Bayfield’s own playwright, has developed characters for the play “A Woman at War – The Maud Stirling Story”, from the pages of Stirling's journal and letters home. One such person is Private “Punch” Toms. He was a Bayfield boy who enlisted in a regiment that suffered many casualties during World War I. He, himself, was severely wounded and coincidently met up with Stirling, a woman from his own home-town, while in hospital.

Another of Keightley’s "characters" is Orderly "Mikey" Pearson. This young baseball enthusiast had hoped to be posted to the Western Front but ended up in Salonika, tending to the wounded.

Maude Stirling Play 143
Ian Rutherford as Mikey Pearson.

Theatre-goers will have the opportunity to see how these characters interact and how the tale unfolds by purchasing tickets to one of four upcoming performances from May 24-27 at the Bayfield Town Hall.

All performances will start at 8 p.m. with the exception of the Sunday on which there will be a 2 p.m. matinee performance.

Tickets are selling for $12 per person. There will be a cash bar. For tickets, please call Margaret Clydesdale at 519 236-7590 or Carol Thornley-Hall 519 565-5532. Tickets are also available at the Archives on Main Street between 1-3 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday or at Cammie's of Bayfield, 14 Main Street, between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. every day.

 barn inspiration for new concert series locale 

Danielle Durand is not only a very capable optometric assistant she is also a musician. Plus she has the good fortune to work from an office with an inspiring view.

“I'm organizing a new concert series at Kryart Studio this summer called Music at the Barn. I'm a musician and found that there are limited venues in this area to play. The idea for the concert series came to me while I was sitting at my desk (at Main Street Optometric) peering across the street,” said Durand.

The landmark barn at Kryart Studio not only provided Durand with a “lightbulb moment” but a location for the concert series as well.

There are five performances scheduled from June to September on Sunday afternoons starting at 2 p.m. at Kryart Studio. The line up is as follows: Adrian Jones and Kim Régimbal and DNSQ3, June 24; Opening: Benson Brown and Katy Johnston, The Marrieds, July 15; Danielle Durand and Ben Hermann (tentative), July 29; Graham Nicholas, Alanna Gurr and Lowlands, Aug. 26; and Josh Geddis and Jenny Omnichord, Sept. 16.

Tickets are $10 in advance and $14 at the door for the first show. All other shows are $14 in advance and $16 at the door. Or a season pass can be purchased for $50 for all five shows. People are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets, as there is limited seating.

For more information or tickets contact Durand at 519 993-3154. Or visit the following Facebook page: Tickets can also be purchased at

Broadway, brass and blues coming to stanley complex

“Broadway, Brass and Blues” is the theme of this year’s annual presentation by the Blyth Festival Singers to be held at the Stanley Complex in Varna on May 26.
All in the community are invited to join in the fun of this cabaret dinner and concert as the group highlights some of Broadway’s greatest show tunes.

Anne Potter, 20, will be the featured vocalist. Potter hails from Goderich, where she grew up with interests in theatre and music. She has performed in many competitions for both acting and singing, and is now in her second year at Sheridan College, where she studies Musical Theatre Performance. She is delighted to be able to share her music with those who attend.

Rounding out the evening’s entertainment is the Goderich-based Suncoast Brass. After some urgings by trombonist Jim Hamilton to “get something going”, the group was formed in the fall of 2010. Hugh McGregor, Al Mullin and Shelly Johnson took up his challenge and the group started weekly rehearsals. For many years Hamilton has been acquiring and arranging a lot of brass quartet and quintet music and every rehearsal brought forth more arrangements. Soon the "book" had almost 100 pieces. The quartet has played Goderich’s Harbour Park, and Goderich’s Court House Park and has twice participated as part of the Stratford Concert Band's summer concerts. There have also been two concerts at Maitland Manor. Both Mullin and McGregor are retired GDCI music teachers and Johnson is the current music teacher there. Nancy Ross, who replaced Jim Hamilton this year, teaches music in Wingham.

Mullin said of the group, with tongue firmly in cheek, “We all like the color blue, long walks on the beach in the moonlight, but not together, and taking ourselves very seriously.”

In addition to the Blyth Festival Singers’ dinner and cabaret concert, a fabulous silent auction is also on offer.

Tickets for this wonderful, fun-filled event are $25 and children, 12 and under, can get in for only $12. Tickets are available at The Blyth Festival Box Office at 519 523-9300, at The Dutch Store, Clinton, The Village Bookshop, Bayfield, the Brussels Citizen Office and at The Livery in Goderich, or from any Blyth Festival Singer. Get your tickets early as this is often a sold-out performance.

The Blyth Festival Singers are pleased to have 104.9 The Beach as our media sponsor.

Area women "lit up the night" at ladies only event 

Tanya Dykstra, of Curves in Clinton, led the ladies and one brave male bartender in a demonstration of Zumba. Those who attended were encouraged to wear their brightest colors to join in the fun of "Lite the Nite" . (Photos by Dianne Brandon)

Area women were invited to “Lite the Nite” at the Optimist Club of Bayfield’s annual Ladies Night held on May 12. Those who attended were encouraged to wear their brightest clothing – think neon – and to come with their purses filled with toonies and loonies.

The evening featured prizes, games, music by Danielle Durand, a silent auction and a Zumba demonstration.

The event was held at the Bayfield Community Centre with profits from the evening benefitting youth projects in the community.

Musician Danielle Durand performed several songs to the intimate group that gathered at the Bayfield Community Centre on Saturday night.


In the council chambers

Members of the public may wish to attend a special Municipality of Bluewater Council Meeting regarding the Commercial Wind Energy Approval Process. It will be held on May 17 at 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers at the Stanley Complex in Varna, 38594A Mill Rd.

The agenda for the evening states, the purpose of the meeting is to receive delegations, to finalize By-laws and policies and to finalize the Municipal Consultation Form for submission to Nextera Energy for the Bluewater project only, by the regulated deadline at the end of May.

Delegations scheduled to appear are: Nextera Energy, Northland Power, Bluewater Against Turbines and the Zurich Chamber of Commerce.

Lions' Club

The smell of crisp bacon will permeate the air around the Bayfield Arena on Sunday morning when the Bayfield Lions’ Club holds their Annual Community Breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon.

Adults can enjoy this most important meal of the day for $7 while children aged six to 10 years can eat for the bargain price of $3.

Anglican Church

The congregation of Trinity Anglican Church will host their annual Yard Sale on May 18-19.

Unique treasures and house wares are but highlights of this sale that also includes a tremendous selection of garden plants and a variety of books for potential summer reading. On the Saturday morning fresh baked goods will also be available for purchasing while supplies last.

The sale will run Friday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Those who take in the sale held at the church at 10 Keith Crescent in the village are sure to leave with bags brimming and in the process help the church raise funds for outreach and their beautiful memorial garden.


Members of the Bayfield Optimist Club are hoping that a whole river full of rubber ducks will be sold for their third annual Rubber Duck Race on May 20.

The race will be held between the piers at the harbor’s mouth at 1 p.m. on the Sunday of the Victoria Day weekend.

Only 500 ducks are available and tickets are on sale now from club members. This year they will cost $5 each or five tickets for $20.

Three lucky people will earn bragging rights and fabulous prizes when their ducks are the first to cross the finish line. The following prizes will be awarded to the three fastest ducks: 1st place, BBQ, donated by Bayfield Garage-Auto Pro; 2nd place, $200 gift certificate for Walmart, donated by Brian Coombs Remax Bluewater Realty Inc.; 3rd place, 18 holes of golf for two people and a cart donated by Bluewater Golf Course.

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

BAYFIELD concert series

Singer/songwriter Andy Kim is the next music icon to grace the Bayfield Town Hall stage as part of the Bayfield Concert Series, a Meades Bros. Production.

Tickets are now on sale for the June 16th show entitled, “Songs and Stories”. The cost is $30. The hall doors will open at 8 p.m. with the performance scheduled for 8:30 p.m.

Tickets may be purchased at The Black Dog Pub and Bistro in Bayfield, Ernie King Music in Goderich or from

To learn more about all the stellar acts scheduled to come to the village in the coming months visit

WRiters' festival 

Five authors will be coming to the village for the 2012 Bayfield Writers' Festival hosted by The Village Bookshop on June 23-24.

This year the main event will be held at St. Andrew’s United Church starting at 1 p.m. The authors and their works featured will be: Hugh Brewster, RMS Titanic: Gilded Lives, Fatal Voyage; Cathy Buchanan, The Day the Falls Stood Still; Stephen Marche, How Shakespeare Changed Everything; John Lawrence Reynolds, Beach Strip; and Andrew Westoll, The Chimps of Fauna Sanctuary.

Tickets are selling now for $15 and are available at The Village Bookshop

On Sunday at 12:30 p.m. there is the added bonus of a First Class Luncheon with Hugh Brewster starting at 12:30 p.m. at The Little Inn.

History lovers will no doubt enjoy the opportunity to hear this celebrated Titanic expert and author speak at this event held in the 100th year since the great ship went down.

Tickets are available now for $35 per person. For more information call the bookshop at 519 565-5600.

CPH Foundation 

The Clinton Public Hospital is the health care provider of choice for many Bayfield and area residents. These individuals may be interested to note that the Clinton Public Hospital Foundation will be holding its annual fundraising Enchanted Dinner and Dance on June 23.

The evening will feature both a live and silent auction. Tickets are available now for $75 a person (this includes a $45 tax receipt). Here in Bayfield tickets are available by contacting Tyler Hessel, 519 565-4034.

film society

Another exciting series of Toronto Film Circuit films brought to you by the Bayfield Film Society is nearly at an end.

Those without a subscription can still attend as a limited number of tickets can be purchased at the door for $10 per film.

The spring schedule of films concludes with The Guard on June 14. This final film will begin with a wine and cheese celebration at 6:30 p.m. at the Bayfield Town Hall (the movie begins at 7:30 p.m.)

For more information contact: Lynn Gillians, 519 565-5884 or by e-mail; or Margo Robeson, 519 565-2827 or e-mail

fundraising book 

The book “Not Like Any Other Sunday” is now available in Bayfield at The Village Bookshop.

The book is described as “a collection of personal stories from the day an F3 tornado struck Goderich on Aug. 21, 2011.

With the fifth printing of the book, co-editors Cathy Cove and Elizabeth Bundy-Cooper have announced they will be donating a portion of the sales from this printing to purchasing trees and shrubs to be planted at the edge of the Goderich Cemetery where so many trees were lost when the tornado hit.

With the assistance of Martin Quinn, from the Goderich Parks Department, a “Not Like Any Other Sunday” grove of mixed trees and shrubs will be planted on the lands between the Goderich Cemetery and the Maitland Trail that will stand as a legacy to the contributors to the book.

A portion of the proceeds from the first four book printings went to Victim Services of Huron County totaling almost $19,000.

“Not Like Any Other Sunday” is a compilation of more than 50 stories that came out of the F3 Tornado that ripped through the town destroying many homes and businesses and taking the life of one.

The book sells for $20. Mail orders are also available via

fitness fun

Pickle Ball is the fastest growing sport for seniors and is gaining in popularity here in Bayfield. It can be described as a combination of badminton, tennis and ping-pong.

Ann and Rick LeBeau, of Bayfield, are pickle ball enthusiasts and would like to teach Pickle Ball to beginners. They have been playing the sport themselves for many years and will be playing in the Summer Games in London, ON. Anyone who would like a lesson are invited to call them at 519 440-2120.

One Care sponsored Pole Walking is really hitting its stride in Bayfield. Anyone wishing an introductory lesson or other info should call 519 565-2202 or 519 565-5638. There is no charge for this and poles can be provided.

New additions to the current Pole Walking schedule include: May 20 and 27, Co-ed Pole Walking, 9:30 a.m.; May 22 and 29, Gentle Jaunt, 9:30 a.m.; May 30, Gentle Jaunt, 4:30 p.m.; and Power Pole Walking, 5:15 p.m.

The above is in addition to the usual walks for women are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays and walks for men Mondays and Fridays. The start time is 8:30 a.m.

All walks begin from 6 Main Street.

Besides Pole Walking, One Care continues to sponsor several programs for both men and women to keep up with their desire to stay fit. Register now for four months of classes for $50 excluding yoga.

Dancefit and Toning classes are held on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 9 a.m. The classes are held at the Bayfield Community Centre. The cost is $4 per class.

The Sit and Get Fit classes are offered on Mondays and Wednesdays at 10:15 a.m. On Fridays a Gentle Stretch Class is offered at 10:15 a.m. Both of these fitness opportunities are held at the Bayfield Community Centre and cost a $2 per class.

Please note all classes are cancelled for May 21. On May 16 and 18 all classes will be held at the Stanley Complex on Mill Road just west of Varna. Please bring a mat if you would like to attend the Stretch Class on May 18. This change is occurring because the community centre room is being painted. Classes return to the Bayfield Community Centre on May 23.

A Gentle Yoga Class is held at the Bayfield Town Hall starting at 10 a.m. on Tuesdays. The cost for is $4 per class and participants are asked to bring a yoga mat.

Call the numbers listed above for more information on the above exercise opportunities.

For those people looking to exercise their minds, Women’s Bridge is played every Wednesday at 1 p.m. No partner needed to play the cost is $1.50 per game. For more information call Brenda Blair at 519 565-2881. Mah Jongg games are also offered on the first and third Thursdays of the month starting at 1 p.m. Call 519 565-2468 for more information. Mah Jongg will conclude for the summer May 17.

Both Bridge and Mah Jongg are played at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building.

All are invited to join Zumba Bayfield! The group meets every Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. in the Bayfield Community Center. The cost is $10 per class. Zumba is a Latin inspired, easy to follow and calorie burning dance fitness party. For more information contact Jamie Thomas via email at or join the Facebook Group:

Boot Camp is coming to Bayfield due to the efforts of fitness enthusiast, Kaylie Ginn. She plans to offer a large variety of exercises to keep things interesting and challenging. She will be incorporating strength training, cardio, yoga, plyometrics, kick-boxing, interval training and more. One-hour sessions will be held Monday to Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at Pioneer Park. Bayfield Boot Camp started on May 14th but people can still join in.

Each session will cost $10, or a weekly pass can be purchased for $30. First sessions will be free. Participants should wear proper foot wear, bring a bottle of water and a yoga mat or towel. Participants should arrive 15 minutes before their first session so that Ginn can learn their workout history. For information contact Ginn at 519 525-1959.






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, we feature a photo of one of the booths selling goods at the Bayfield Fall Fair in 1962. Does anyone recognize the young vendors? Does anyone still have one of those fun Bayfield pennants?

Remember Me 150

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Remember Me 148

In Issue 148, we return to the 1956 Fall Fair with a picture of the Speaker’s Platform at the parade. Records would indicate the following people are on the platform: Carl Houston, Russell Grainger, John Deeves, _____ Montgomery, _____ McLuskley, Harv Coleman and H. Penhale. Can anyone help fill in the blanks and help determine who is who?

                 ISSUE 149

Remember Me 149

In Issue 149, we share an image of folks enjoying themselves at the Turtle Races held at the Bayfield Fall Fair in 1957. Do any of our race enthusiasts look familiar?




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New venture

Flowers are blooming at Stonefield

Jentje Steenbeek is ready to welcome the community to his Open House on Victoria Day Weekend as he officially opens Stonefield Garden Centre and Market Ltd.


Jentje Steenbeek is beaming. The flowers in his greenhouses are blooming. The asparagus is ready and the rhubarb is coming along nicely. The strawberry plants are tucked safely in the fridge and should be planted in the ground next week.

Steenbeek is the new owner of the former TEEM Farms at 77688 Orchard Line. The business has been given a new life as Stonefield Garden Centre and Market Ltd.

The young man took ownership of the property, previously owned for thirty years by Ted and the late Emma VanderWouden, in November 2011. It may be a new business but it is a business that is not new to him.

“I worked with Ted for five summers. I dealt mainly with the wholesale customers and did yard work and maintenance. The longer I worked here the more I liked it. I enjoyed the interaction with people and really enjoyed the market end of the business…the growing things,” recalled Steenbeek.

Steenbeek enjoyed a little detour on the way to owning the property on Orchard Line attending university in Toronto and studying Political Science.

“After graduation I couldn’t find work in my area of study. I worked in electronics and video for a while and discovered there that I really liked interacting with people - customer service” he said. “I have an entrepreneurial spirit and decided I should start this business now while I have the energy and can put into it what it needs rather than wait until I’m 50.”

He credits the VanderWoudens with presenting him with a good foundation.

Stonefield Garden Centre and Market Ltd. is now open on Orchard Line. It was formerly known as TEEM Farm.

Flowers are the focus of the greenhouse business during the month of May but Steenbeek is looking forward to developing the market side of the business. He stated that the asparagus is ready, rhubarb is coming along and the strawberries will be planted soon.


“It was a well-established business and is something to build on. I am fairly open to expand into other areas, I just need to wait and see what the community is after.

“I want to get people excited about coming here,” he said.

He plans to do this by making small changes, introducing new, modern products such as, a larger and varied selection of pots and containers and by introducing new flowers.

One big change to the property has been the building of the new store and entrance to the greenhouses. It is an energy efficient building geared toward serving customers better. It offers washrooms and an indoor space to store and sell soils, mulches etc. Music is also now piping through the greenhouses creating a relaxing atmosphere for customers to shop in. It also provides an outlet for Steenbeek to announce what is new at the garden centre and market.

“The new store shows that I’m here for the long term,” said Steenbeek.

Steenbeek is also excited about the prospect of developing the market side of the business.

“Forty years ago this was basically a vegetable farm. I would like to concentrate on the vegetable aspect of the business and watch it grow. That is why we made “market” part of the name as it opens the door to fresh produce.

“The local food experience is very popular – being able to go out and pick your own strawberries – people value fresh food. They will come up to the cottage or the trailer for the weekend and then pick up food to take back to the city for the week.

“We could offer fresh local food at anytime of the year. I could grow rhubarb in the greenhouse, for example, we just have to see if people would be open to that,” said Steenbeek.

Steenbeek notes that the community has been really supportive with local businesses and neighboring greenhouse owners coming out to visit, providing tips and advice on how to succeed. Former owner, Ted VanderWouden has also been very supportive.

“Ted’s been more than helpful. He comes out about once a week. He is looking out for me and wants the business to continue,” he said.

His family has also been very supportive. Steenbeek has been in Canada for 15 years moving from Holland at nearly 10 years of age. His family has always believed that it was important to contribute to Canada. His parents established a dairy farm near Varna.

He and his three brothers all went away to school but have all since returned to the community. One brother now operates the dairy farm while another has a broiler farm and a third brother is in the process of rebuilding a broiler farm also near Varna.

They all gathered around the family table to enjoy a Mother’s Day meal this past weekend.

“During the meal we started talking about all the things on the table we had made ourselves and how satisfying that was – chicken, eggs, asparagus – each brother contributed something…now that tasted good.”

And with Stonefield Garden Centre and Market Ltd. holding their Open House this coming Victoria Day Weekend others will be able to share in Steenbeek’s enthusiasm. He will be open for business from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday through Monday.

 To learn more visit his website: 




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Mother's Day on the Sawmill Melody Falconer-Pounder

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Things were put a little more right in this world at 8 a.m. on Friday, May 11 – yes, it was in that hour when the home of the tasty pastry reopened its doors.

“Culbert’s is open!” was the call heard round Goderich, neighboring towns and the Facebook Social Network. Yes, Culbert’s Bakery a county landmark of sorts, was back in business after that darn tornado threw everything that most folks around here took for granted way up in the air.

Deprived of their trademark crème puff for almost nine months, pastry fans lined up two hours prior to opening to be the first individuals to grab a number. The crème puffs and donuts went fast in fact when I walked through the doors just prior to 11 a.m. there were mere crumbs left on the trays. But that didn’t matter to me, I was very happy to see business had been brisk. No, I just wanted to be on the inside, smell the familiar scent of baking, feel the wood floors beneath my feet, see the smiling faces of long time staff and I wanted to buy something…anything…in the excitement I purchased a Chelsea bun jammed packed with raisins…not my usual purchase but one I have savored with a cup of hot morning tea every day since.

No, Culbert’s, I vow from this moment forth never to take you for granted again. Thanks, Darin, for persevering and reopening. In doing so, you’ve done more for the spirit of this community than you will ever know! — Melody

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