Bookmark and Share   May 30, 2012   Vol. 3 Week 23 Issue 152


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In the chapter, "Fisherman - A Breed Apart!" the life of a fisherman is examined. In this photo, the proud fishermen showing off their catch are Jack Castle, Norman Toms, Herbert Sturgeon, ? McLeod, Andy Sturgeon and Louis McLeod. The photo is from the 1930s taken just prior to the near exhaustion of the Lake Huron fishery. This photo is one of many depicting Bayfield's history in the new book "For the Love of Bayfield". 


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People and events that chronicle the history of Bayfield are delightfully unfolded in Dave Gillians’ new book, “For the Love of Bayfield”. Gillians’ love affair with his community has been a work in progress for six years. 

Gillians’ research of early settlers goes beyond the archives of Bayfield, Goderich and Toronto. Many of his facts are fresh and fascinating, directly taken from family notes.

Today village street signs are daily reminders of the early land speculators who lost fortunes in their attempts to make a fast buck. The real heroes of Gillians’ book are not the scheming aristocracy or the shifty politicians however, but the early settlers who struggled to build new lives in an inhospitable wilderness. The author brings all of these astonishing characters to life for us through old photographs and delightful stories.

The author brings to life the wonderful tale of the 1866 war that wasn’t. Our local heroes scrambled to defend Canada’s western frontier against the Fenians---a rebel group of Irish emigrants who were battle savvy from the American Civil War. It was a frightening time. Spies warned of war ships setting out from Chicago. Rumor of their landing on a farm just north of Bayfield sent the militia scurrying. In his book, Gillians declares it “Bayfield’s proudest day”.

Since then, many Americans have made their summer homes in Bayfield. Gillians points out that their love of Bayfield and their loyalty to the village, have made a significant contribution through the years.

Early Ice Cutting picture
"Putting up the Ice" is a chapter in Gillian's new book which shares the story of ice cutting on the Bayfield River as depicted in this photo taken during a February a few years back.

Bayfield faced war for a second time 1914 in the hell-hole trenches of Europe. Eight Bayfield boys paid with their lives. One of the war’s true heroines was Maud Stirling. A total of 2003 Canadian nurses enlisted to serve their country. In the end Stirling won the highest honor for all nursing in the war. King George V and Queen Mary awarded her the Florence Nightingale medal for her frontline bravery.

A young ‘Mike’ Pearson was one of Maud’s orderlies at age 18. After World War II young Mike became better known as the Hon. Lester B. Pearson, Prime Minister of Canada and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.

When Stirling returned to Canada she became Matron of Sunnybrook Hospital, one of Canada’s largest military hospitals. Here she cared for her boys from the front. After Sunnybook she moved to several other hospitals before retiring to Bayfield where she died in1964. Today she remains a Bayfield heroine. This past weekend a play written and directed by Judith Keightley ran four performances at the town hall. Dave Gillians’ book and Keightley’s play will keep Maud’s story a living legend for decades. (Editor’s note: Scroll down to this week’s photo story for more on this play.)

Fishermen and shipbuilding went hand-in-hand through Bayfield’s history at the turn of the century. The early fishermen used sailboats before turning to steel boats. Mert Merner and Les MacMillan built their steel boat in the village in 1954. Merner was an excellent welder who served on the Canadian Navy minesweeper “Bayfield” for four years in World War II.

Shipwrecks on Lake Huron added drama to early life in the village. Two ship wrecks occurred in 1856. Three fishermen were drowned in a late winter storm in 1863. This storm of the century sank a large ship called the Malta about a quarter of a mile south of Bayfield. Local fishermen formed a rescue crew to save the 10 person crew. After the storm almost 100 bodies were found on the beaches between Goderich and Bayfield.

Lucy Woods Diehl -Guardian Angel
Several local women are featured in the chapter, "Overlooked Bayfield Heroes." This chapter was compiled by Gail Grant. Lucy Woods Diehl (pictured) is one of the first women noted in this remarkable and humbling list.

One of Bayfield most treasured wooden boats still survives. The Helen MacLeod II and her story are written with loving care by the author, himself an avid sailor. In 1997 “Helen” retired to Bayfield after 50 years of commercial service. Today she is being restored by a dedicated group of Bayfield historians who want the legend to survive.

While the author recounts the stories of our local heroes, he also points out that we had our share of villains, scoundrels and murderers. Harvey Elliott’s murder at the Albion Hotel isn’t a tale of brotherly love. Eleanor Burns’ murder has never been solved. Local people who knew Rit McDool suspected foul play when his body was found on the beach. Arthur Kendall killed his wife Helen in 1952. Milt Van Patter was a quiet con man. There are more - but they will remain Gillians’ secret.

Lawrence Michael Maloney was one of the communities’ youngest heroes. He drowned trying to rescuing a fellow worker repairing the north pier in 1967. A few of today’s heroines are honored in the chapter “remarkable women”, written by Gail Grant.

On May 28, Gillians spoke to the Bayfield Historical Society about his six-year writing experience and thanked the many people who helped him with this endeavor. He is relieved his six years of research and writing have finally ended.

Starting this week the Bayfield Historical Society is selling “For the Love of Bayfield” for $35 a copy from The Bayfield Archives on Main Street. It is sure to become a local treasure.

motorcycles to park  in clan gregor square

Motorcycles are fast becoming the way for many folks to get out on the weekend and tour the countryside. The number of bikes that can be seen parked around or driving through the village is becoming increasingly evident, as the official start of summer grows closer.

And this Sunday, June 3rd vintage bikes will be very evident, as Bayfield Old Bike Day will be held in Clan Gregor Square from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

All makes and models of older motorcycles will be on display and separate show areas will be provided for British, European, Asian and North American motorcycles and scooters. The 1960s time period of the “Mods n Rockers” with their classic scooters and ‘ton-up’ Café Racers will be featured. These styles of machines will be showcased around the gazebo, café bikes on one side, vintage scooters on the opposite side.

Those cycling enthusiasts who take part will be eligible to win, The Albion Hotel “Best in Show” Award, this will be voted on by display participants.

Other highlights of the day will include some musical buskers and Goderich Shoreline Radio 99.7 FM will be broadcasting live from the show.

Participants should note there is no registration fee, no official judging, no vendors and it is not a swap-meet. Those who take part are also asked to bring something to cover their side and centre stands as the event is being held in a grass covered park.

To learn more contact Jerry Baljeu at

Precision Riding team a feature of Horsin' Around 2012

About 30 people attended the most recent meeting of the Bayfield Agricultural Society (BAS). The group is preparing for the Bayfield Fall Fair. This year the fair’s theme will be "Horsin' Around in 2012."

One of the groups booked to keep fairgoers entertained, and in keeping with this year’s theme, is the King-Lyn Stables Precision Riding Team. They will be performing on the Sunday. There will also be a lasso demonstration.

It was noted at the meeting that the dog agility show is not available this year so a chicken agility show will take its place. The membership seems quite eager to see the chickens strut their stuff!

It was decided at the meeting to have shirts, embroidered with the BAS’s name ordered for any member wishing them. These shirts will be worn at events associated with the BAS.

After several months of reflecting how to best honor the memory of Emma VanderWouden, it was decided to plant a “red” tree. This project will be completed in the fall and a plaque will be placed with the tree as well. VanderWouden was the society’s long serving secretary. She died in the late summer of 2011.

The photography conveners mentioned that most Agricultural Societies have a competition after the fair with several classes focusing on pictures taken at the most recent fair. It is hoped that this can be achieved and give people a chance to show off their photographic talent using the fair as the common theme.

The RCMP Musical Ride is coming to the county thanks to the efforts of the BAS and REACH Huron. The shows will be held at the outdoor ring at the REACH Huron site in Clinton on June 21.

It was announced that over 2,100 students will be attending the 11 a.m. performance. Tickets for the 7 p.m. show open to the general public are also selling well. In Bayfield tickets are available at the Nip 'N Tuck or from any BAS members.

Volunteers to help that day are still welcome. Interested people can call 519 482-9296 to volunteer. About 20 people have already made a commitment to help and the BAS is very appreciative of this.

new trees need one inch of water per week to survive

Even with the nice rain we experienced on Sunday our area trees will still be thirsty, especially those new trees planted both last year and this spring as part of the Bayfield Tree Project (BTP). Residents are encouraged to keep watering these trees.

New trees need one inch (2.5 cm) of water per week to survive. A slow trickle of water over several hours is the best method. Trees planted by the BTP can be found on Louisa, Anne, Charles, Howard, Colina and Jane Streets as well as on Bayfield Terrace and Victoria Place.

An ongoing fundraising initiative of the BTP is “Pennies for Trees”. Anyone who has accumulated over-time a jar, bag or box of pennies please consider donating them to the BTP for the purchase of trees to provide shade for the village’s streets.

Just call 519 565-2518 and a BTP committee member will pick up your pennies.

The BTP has enlisted the support of some of our local businesses to assist in gathering “Pennies for Trees”. At the check-out counters in Bayfield Convenience, Pharmasave Michael's Pharmacy and the Nip N’ Tuck people will notice a green bucket labeled “Pennies for Trees”. Shoppers can help purchase trees for the village simply by placing the pennies from their change in the bucket.

Anyone interested in placing a donation bucket in their establishment should contact the number listed above.

Financial contributions to the BTP are always welcome as well. Donations of $20 or more will receive an income tax receipt. Cheques should be made payable to the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority Foundation with Bayfield Tree Project written on the memo line. A donation of $150 to $200 will purchase a tree.

People who would like to participate in the BTP or would like to
make a financial contribution are asked to contact Sondra Buchner, 519 565-2518 or email or Harris, 519 565-2373 or email

The BTP is under the umbrella of the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association and they are under the umbrella of the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA).

Pioneer Park Association prepares to rummage 

For 65 years, crowds of people have been coming to the Pioneer Park’s Annual Rummage Sale and snapping up all kinds of bargains and treasures. This year the event will be held on Friday, July 13th from 7-9 p.m. at the Bayfield Arena.

The sale, along with a silent auction, provides much needed funding for the maintenance and upkeep of Bayfield’s beautiful lakefront parkland that offers visitors fresh lake breezes and world-renowned sunsets 365 days of the year!

Rummage Sale items may be dropped off at the arena after 11 a.m. on July 12th until 2 p.m. as well as on July 13th. Anyone who is unable to drop items off on these days, can contact Bud Robinson at 519 565-5322 or Claire Trepanier at 519 565-2745 and they will arrange for the items to be picked up prior to the sale.

Please note when donating that baby furniture, sports equipment, and electrical items must be CSA approved. It should also be noted that the following items will not be accepted: clothing, shoes, magazines, textbooks, televisions, large appliances, building materials, mattresses, soiled or broken items.

Bill Rowat is the person to contact if anyone wishes to donate an item or service to the silent auction. He can be reached at 519 565-5838.

This event could not happen without the assistance of over 120 volunteers. Anyone wishing to volunteer can contact Sandy Scotchmer at 519 565-2830 or call Trepanier at the number listed above.

A new addition to the Rummage Sale this year will be “TasTee Queen”. They will be set up outside on the fairgrounds selling their famous hand cut fries, hot dogs and other goodies.

source protection plans reach public meeting stage 

A local committee, that has been writing policies to protect municipal drinking water sources, invites people to inspect drafts of the proposed plans, attend meetings, ask questions, and provide written comments.

The Ausable Bayfield Maitland Valley Drinking Water Source Protection Committee (SPC) provided notice on May 23 that drafts of proposed source protection plans are ready for public inspection and comment.

“The source protection committee has been working hard for more than five years to set terms of reference, complete threats assessment, and to create practical and effective plans to protect drinking water sources,” said Larry Brown, SPC chair. “We look forward to your comments on the draft policies to ensure the policies are realistic and will protect your water.”

There is one plan for the Maitland Valley source protection area and one plan for the Ausable Bayfield source protection area. The plans, when approved, will protect community water supplies. It will do this through policies that take effect in wellhead protection areas around municipal wells. The committee can use tools such as prohibition of some new land uses in the most vulnerable wellhead protection areas or management plans for some existing land uses in those wellhead protection areas where some activities could pose significant threats to drinking water.

The committee invites people to three public meetings, and one web and telephone conference, to review the drafts, ask questions, and make written comments. Two of these public meetings will be held locally.

The first will be a public meeting allowing for delegations. It will be held on June 13, from 6:30-8 p.m. at the White Carnation Banquet Hall, 79867 Parr Line, Holmesville. Anyone wishing to present as a delegation should contact Jenna Allain, project assistant, at 1-888-286-2610 or to reserve your presentation time.

The second meeting will be held in an Open House format on June 15 from 2-4 p.m. at the Zurich Arena and Community Centre, 15 East Street in Zurich.

The public is also invited to connect by telephone and/or computer for a one-hour conference on June 16 starting at 10 a.m. To register go to Register for Draft Proposed Source Protection Plans . Once your request is approved, you will receive aconfirmation e-mail with instructions for joining the meeting.

The public can inspect the drafts of proposed source protection plans, during regular business hours, at the Maitland Valley and Ausable Bayfield source protection authority offices. Their offices are located at 1093 Marietta Street in Wroxeter and at 71108 Morrison Line, east of Exeter. Phone 519-335-3557 or 519-235-2610 or 1-888-286-2610 for business hours.

The public are invited to submit written comments, on drafts of the proposed source protection plans, to the source protection committee. Please send written comments to: Ausable Bayfield Maitland Valley Source Protection Committee, c/o ABCA, 71108 Morrison Line, RR 3 Exeter, ON, N0M 1S5, Attention: Cathie Brown, Project Manager. Comments must be received by June 27 at 4:00 p.m.

Individuals can find the committee’s drafts of proposed source protection plans online at:

The committee will revise drafts of proposed plans following the review of public comments in late June. The proposed plans would then be posted for further written comments in July. The committee expects the source protection plans to be submitted to the Province of Ontario in August. Planning policies would be implemented by next year, after approval from the Province of Ontario.

Landowners closest to municipal wells may be eligible now for funding incentives for their projects that protect drinking water, through the Ontario Drinking Water Stewardship Program (ODWSP) of the Clean Water Act. The stewardship program offers financial assistance for voluntary projects by eligible landowners to reduce threats to drinking water at their homes, businesses, farms, or other properties. Some funding is available to eligible landowners in the most vulnerable wellhead protection areas for projects that may include septic or well upgrades or decommissioning, agricultural best management practices, runoff and erosion protection, fuel storage (including home heating oil), manure storage, or chemical storage and containment. For more information on stewardship financial incentives visit or call 519-335-3557.

"Schubert in the morning" opens Festival of Song 

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.

Just announced! In support of Ralls and Ubukata dedication to introducing young people to the art of song, student tickets for the Saturday morning and Sunday concerts will only be $10 -- an adult accompanying them will not be charged!

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



Members of the community may wish to attend a public meeting being held by Goshen Wind Inc regarding a proposal to engage in a renewable Energy Project.

Goshen Wind Inc., is a wholly owned subsidiary of NextEra Energy Canada, ULC.

The meeting to be held May 30 will be conducted in an Open House format allowing attendees to visit anytime during 4-7 p.m. at the Stanley Complex, 38594A Mill Road in Varna.

A draft project description report will be available for public inspection. The report describes the project as consisting of 63 wind turbines but the Renewable Energy Approval Application will include 72 wind turbine locations.

Further information on this project can be found at under Proposed Projects.

virtual high school

One of Canada’s largest online high schools is now located at 27 Main St. N in Bayfield.

Over the last several months the former Martha Ritz building has undergone a major transformation and now the public will have an opportunity to see the results when the new home to the Virtual High School is officially opened with a ribbon cutting at 6 p.m. on June 1.

After the speeches an Open House will follow until 9 p.m. A Jazz Trio will provide musical entertainment. Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will also be served.

family to family 

In support of their joint overnight excursion with Bayfield Guiding to the Ontario Science Centre in Toronto, as well as other projects, the members of Clinton Guiding will be holding their second annual Family to Family Sale on June 2 at the Clinton Legion.

The event will run from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and there is no admission fee. Anyone wishing to rent a table is invited to contact Kathy Kelly-Ingram at Tables are $15 each.

lions' club

To some people, their Dog Guides are their eyes, to others, their means to live independently. On June 3, the Bayfield Lions’ Club will be hosting the local “Purina Walk for Dog Guides” to raise funds so that more Canadians with disabilities may have a dog guide.

The walk will start from behind the Bayfield Arena at 9 a.m. Registration and check-in starts at 8:30 a.m. Participants can also register and obtain pledge forms on-line at or by calling Lion Jerry Stirling at 519 482-7625. People do not have to have a dog to take part in the walk. Anyone who would like to make a pledge toward the overall Bayfield total can do so by contacting Westwood at the number listed above. Donations over $20 will receive a receipt for tax purposes.

After the walk, the human participants will be treated to free hot dogs, cookies and coffee while the canines have an opportunity to compete for prizes that have been donated by Purina.


The Friends of the Bayfield Library (FOBL) would like to help area youngsters get ready to celebrate Father’s Day. Children, supervised by a parent, are invited to come to the Bayfield Library located at 20 Main Street to create a Father’s Day Craft on the afternoon of June 9.

The craft making session will run for one hour starting at 1 p.m. There will also be readings and refreshments. No registration is required. The FOBL are now on Facebook and welcome people to check them out there!


Are you enthusiastic about conservation education, accessible trails and hiking, creating outdoor recreation and nature opportunities, and supporting water quality and local species monitoring? If so, the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation (ABCF) may be looking for you.

The ABCF are looking for volunteers to serve on the Board of Directors as well as in other capacities.

“This is a very rewarding volunteer position, contributing to conservation education, fishing, hiking, research and environmental monitoring,” said Ernie Miatello, ABCF chairman.

He added that the foundation is looking for “individuals with a passion for the local environment.” Directors make a positive difference for their watershed community, but they also “learn a lot, have a lot of fun, and work with a dynamic and diverse board.”

Information on the ABCF’s projects and the Board of Directors, is available at:

Someone with an interest or experience in helping with fundraising activities would also be a major asset on the volunteer board of the charity, according to the ABCF.

Other volunteer opportunities in Ausable Bayfield watersheds include work on the highly successful Conservation Dinner that is a community project of the Exeter Lions Club, ABCF, Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority, and local people, including artists, donors, patrons and volunteers.

Anyone who would like to find out about these, or other, volunteer opportunities can call the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority at 519 235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610 or e-mail


The Photography Club of Bayfield (PCoB) is going back to school for their next meeting, June 7.

The PCoB will be holding their meeting at Central Huron Secondary School (CHSS) in Clinton. This coincides with the school’s annual photographic exhibition, curated by Jacqui Vercruyssen, and coupled with a silent auction of the student works.

Members of PCoB, and other interested individuals, are invited to come to this event that will take place in advance of the PCoB meeting itself.

According to Jack Pal, a PCoB founding member, “This should provide a great backdrop for our meeting and at the same time satisfy many member interests. Since the silent auction ends at 7:15 p.m., interested parties are advised to come before 7 p.m. to take in the exhibit and to participate in the auction.”

The PCoB meeting will start at 7:30 p.m. Part of the meeting will be a workshop/demonstration by PCoB member, Conrad Kuiper, on Macrophotography. A comment and critique session on the club’s most recent assignment, Alphabet Photography, will also be held. Members are encouraged to post their assignment photos on the PCoB Flickr site.


On June 5th, starting at 9 a.m. volunteers from the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA), led by Ray Letheren, will be cleaning up the trash in the area beside the highway leading to the bridge. It's not a heavy job and shouldn't take too long if enough volunteers pitch in to help. Garbage bags will be provided and gloves are the only equipment that is necessary.

The roadside area and gullies are a mess and if Bayfield is to retain its coveted 'Blue Flag' status, somebody has to do this cleanup, the BRVTA membership has decided that when community pride is involved, let’s just do it!

calendar launch

Many area residents will no doubt have the Bayfield and Area Chamber of Commerce (BACC) 2012 calendar hanging on their wall – they may like to circle June 15th on it as it is all set to become a very important date on the village social calendar.

On that Friday evening the photographs selected for the 2013 calendar will be exhibited during a wine and cheese event hosted by the BACC. The advertisers for this new calendar will also be announced. The calendar itself will be unveiled and the 2013 campaign launched.

The BACC is very pleased to advise that once again the advertising space in the calendar has been sold out and the BACC Executive thanks the advertisers for their ongoing support of this initiative.

The evening will be held at the Bayfield Town Hall from 7-9 p.m.

This year the recently formed Photography Club of Bayfield was enlisted to assemble a wonderful mix of photos of the many beautiful village landscapes and historical sites to provide the images for the calendar. The photos selected to represent each calendar month will be available at the launch as a onetime opportunity to purchase a framed keepsake. No other framed enlargements will be sold. The photo used for the calendar’s cover will be auctioned off that evening.

There is no admission fee for the evening and all are welcome to attend, however, it is requested that those who wish to attend RSVP to

taste of huron

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".

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

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.

Music at the Barn 

The landmark barn at Kryart Studio should prove to be the perfect location for a new summer concert series.

“Music at the Barn” will be comprised of 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

pioneer Park 

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.

Their current 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.

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.

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






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, the shooting gallery at the 1956 Bayfield Fall Fair proved to be very popular with both men and boys as evidenced by the crowd gathered around the booth. Does anyone recognize any of the fellas in the picture?

Remember Me 152

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



Remember Me 150

In Issue 150, we featured a photo of one of the booths selling goods at the Bayfield Fall Fair in 1962. It is believed that the young vendors pictured are Janice and Lois Merner. Does anyone still have one of those fun Bayfield pennants?


Remember Me 151

In Issue 151, action at the lunch booth at the 1956 Bayfield Fall Fair was shown. Lucky Elephant Pink Candy Popcorn would appear to have been a staple at the booth. Anyone recognize those in the photograph?




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Maude Stirling's story told by an enthusiastic band of amateur thespians




For three evenings and one afternoon matinee last week the seats in the Bayfield Town Hall were filled to near overflowing with patrons wishing to learn about an ordinary Bayfield woman who led an extraordinary life. Her narrative was recently adapted to the stage by local playwright and director Judy Keightley for the Bayfield Historical Society.

Maude Stirling died in July of 1964 at the age of 87 years. Before she settled into the role of the quiet “Aunt” Maude who resided with her sister at the corner of Victoria Place and Ann Street (for about 40 years), she had been a courageous nursing sister during WWI.

Very few knew of the dreadful time she experienced while stationed in Salonika. Conditions were so appalling that many of the Canadian nurses posted at the military hospital where Stirling worked became sick and exhausted themselves.

When the sirens wailed and the bombs began to fall, the medical staff would hurry to the shelters with the walking wounded. However, Stirling held her ground, she stayed bravely at the bedsides of the injured soldiers who could not be moved, doing her best to shield them from almost certain death. This incredible courage did not go unnoticed. She was presented with the Royal Red Cross by King George V and Queen Mary at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace at the end of WWI. She became the most decorated nurse in that terrible war.

Her story was made all the more vivid using excerpts from the journal she kept and the letters she wrote to her Mother at home in Bayfield during her time of service as a Nursing Sister in WWI.

In her playbill notes, Keightley thanked local historian and author, Dave Gillians for providing her with “endless archival material and support.” She also appreciated the support of Carol Simons, Stirling’s great niece, for reading her first draft and giving her the thumbs up.

Interesting excerpts from Stirling’s tale included working on the hospital team in Salonika with Private Lester B. Pearson. “Mikey” was in his late teens at the time and would later credit the compassion he learned from the nursing sisters as part of his later success. Pearson would become the 14th Prime Minister of Canada (1963) and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1957 for organizing the United Nations Emergency Task Force to resolve the Suez Canal Crisis.

Even in wartime the world can be a small place as Stirling met up with another Bayfield resident during the war – encountering Private “Punch” Toms when he was admitted to hospital. In the dreariness of war they reminisced about life in Bayfield and fishing.

After the war, Stirling studied to become the 1st Canadian Massage Therapist and worked with soldiers recovery from battle.

“A Woman at War: The Maude Stirling Story” was told by a cast of enthusiastic amateur thespians. They included: Janice Nelson, as Maude Stirling; Jane Rowat, Nurse James; Dawn Cumming, Nurse Morgan; Tyler Hessel, in the roles of Captain Higgins and Private “Punch” Toms; Wayne Malott, Private Andrews; Greg Stewart, Dr. Clarke; Geordie Palmer, Dr. Ryan; Ian Rutherford, Orderly “Mikey” Pearson; Helen Latimer, Clairvoyant; Dave Gillians, King George V; Carol Thornley-Hall, Queen Mary; Bob Merrimen, Aide de Camp; and Judy Keightley, Narrator.

Working diligently behind-the-scenes were: Carol Thornley-Hall, producer; Philip Keightley, chief technician; Bronwyn Bechard, Helen Varekamp, and Lynne Gillians, costumes; Wayne Rutherford and David Bechard, technical assistance.

The sponsors for the production were Lerners, Donnelly and Murphy, Kate Thornley-Hall and the Virtual High School.




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May Magic on the Sawmill Trail...By Melody Falconer-Pounder

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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


History has always been a favorite subject of mine. Growing up under the shade of trees planted by my descendents, finding the signatures of the people who built my family home in 1895 scribed on the backside of our main staircase, discovering broken bits of china in newly turned soil in the old apple orchard, little things like that have always given me a thrill. Our history isn’t old compared to many folks in other countries around the world but that doesn’t make it any less interesting. Perhaps that is why I have had a kinship with Bayfield since my late teens. The people here appreciate their history. After all how many other diminutive communities have such a well-established archives and a plethora of volunteers to keep it running?

I was very excited to get a copy of “For the Love of Bayfield” a newly published village history written by Dave Gillians. It’s more than just a history book it is a tribute to so people that have added color to this community.

Near the end of the book Dave quotes Dr. Robert Hunter with saying, “Bayfield is not so much a place as it is a feeling.” I think this statement encapsulates what Dave was trying to achieve by writing this history. I know he has been working on this book for six years and was at times both exhilarated and exhausted by the research and the writing. I commend him for his perseverance as well as all those people who helped him complete it. The net proceeds from the sale of the book will go to the Bayfield Historical Society to help preserve the village’s history.

Maybe we could make bumper stickers out of Dr. Hunter’s statement – I may paint it on my foyer wall – it is a good reminder of why we’re here making history for the next village tome. - Melody


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