Bookmark and Share   June 8, 2011    Vol. 2 Week 24 Issue 101


For the second year in a row, members of the Sarnia Section of the Canadian Vintage Motorcycle Groups rode to Bayfield on June 5 for their out of town Vintage Motorcycle Rally. The club is a non-profit organization aimed at promoting the use, restoration and interest in older motorcycles and those of historic interest. The event was hosted by Bayfield bike enthusiast and owner of the Albion Hotel, Kim Muszynski. The bikes could be found parked near the Albion on both sides of Main Street. There were also a number of visitors who arrived on cruisers and touring bikes to check out the display. (Photos by Melody Falconer-Pounder)

Thirty plus bikes were on display, including, such vintage bike brands as the British classics Ariel, BSA, Norton and Triumph; German icons BMW and Hercules; Italian Ducati, Moto Guzzi and Moto Morini; Japanese Honda, Bridgestone and Hodaka; as well as early American Indians, Harley and Henderson. 

canadian authors coming to village for writers' festival

The 10th Annual Bayfield Writers’ Festival is always a highly anticipated village event that brings top Canadian authors to town and enhances Huron County’s flourishing cultural landscape.

The festival, sponsored by The Village Bookshop in Bayfield, is set for June 25 starting at 1 p.m. at the Bayfield Town Hall.

Authors will discuss and read excerpts from his/her work during the Writers’ Festival, and will be on hand to sign books. Their books will be available for sale at the festival and are in stock now at The Village Bookshop. The Huron Harp School will create a lovely ambience providing live music for the event.

This year the festival welcomes the following authors:

  • Terry Fallis, author of “Best Laid Plans”, was the winner of Canada Reads 2011 as well as the Stephen Leacock Award for humor.
  • Huron County’s Hilary Gillespie, is the author of “Under a Sunflower Sun”, a collection of beautifully simple poetry for young children. Lynn Smith’s watercolor illustrations add to the charm of this book.
  • Sarita Mandanna, author of “Tiger Hills”, which was long-listed for the 2010 Man Asian Literary Prize. Set in the author’s native India, this debut novel tells the story of a classic, star-crossed love triangle.
  • Anne Perdue, author of “I’m a Registered Nurse, Not a Whore”, a collection of short stories described as “a wickedly funny representation of bad things happening to decent people”.
    Emma Ruby-Sachs, is the author of the novel, “The Water Man’s Daughter”. Set in South Africa, her “accomplished, hard-hitting debut novel marries a page-turning plot with the stories of three women, each of whom is struggling with decisions that will change the course of her life.” She is a lawyer and writer whose political commentary appears regularly in The Huffington Post.

Tickets for the Bayfield Writers’ Festival are $15 each. They can be purchased at The Village Bookshop, 20 Catherine St. or by calling 519 565-5600 or emailing

The day after the Writers’ Festival, on June 26, a Books and Brunch will be held with Canada’s best selling author, Terry Fallis. This event will take place at Brentwood on the Beach, 33937 Moore Court, St. Joseph. Tickets are $30 inclusive and can be purchased using the information listed above.

Book lovers will also want to mark the following dates on their calendars so as not to miss every chance to meet and greet several talented authors.

A book signing with cookbook author, Erin Bolger, who hails from Huron County, will be held on June 18 from 1-3 p.m. Drop around to the bookshop to have a copy of her work, “The Happy Baker” personalized.

Another book signing with another Huron County author is set for July 9 from 1-3 p.m. at the store. Kim Burgsma, author of “Almost Eden” will be on hand to sign copies of her book.

Midsummer Night’s Readings at the bookshop will return on July 3 with Dawn Promislow doing the reading. A second event will be held on July 31 featuring Ian Hamilton. Both readings are free of charge and begin at 7 p.m.

And finally, on Aug. 21 The Little Inn of Bayfield will play host to a Books and Brunch with Alissa York starting at 12:30 p.m. Tickets for this event are $30.

horticultural society has busy summer schedule 

Members of the Bayfield & Area Horticultural Society (BAHS) visited Cuddy Gardens in Strathroy this past weekend for the Fanshawe College A. M. Cuddy Garden Open Garden.

Students from Fanshawe’s Horticulture Program enthusiastically greeted the guests. Program Coordinator, Michael Pascoe and Cuddy Garden Horticulture Technician, Lucus Michielsen gave tours. They shared information about the history of the gardens, the collection of Carolinian trees, hardy Canadian bred roses and extensive perennial beds.

The Art in the Garden event mentioned in the society brochure has been cancelled but BAHS members and invited guests should mark their calendars for the July 18th Summer Pot Luck. This will be held at the home of John and Kathleen Siertsema at 6:30 p.m. All who attend should bring their favorite recipe to share as well as dishes, cutlery and a lawn chair.

Members of the BAHS have been busy around Bayfield mulching the beds and planting the containers at Clan Gregor Square and Mara Street. Bluewater is participating again this year in the Community in Bloom contest. The color scheme for this year’s “Bluewater Blooms” is red, purple, pink and blue. People will notice these colors in planters on the streets of Hensall, Zurich and Bayfield. The judges are coming to Bluewater July 11-13. More information will follow as the days draw near.

More than 60 people view award winning film 

Residents of Bayfield and area filled Bayfield Town Hall on June 2 to see the award-winning film about the Great Lakes, entitled, “Waterlife”.

More than 60 people attended the screening that was hosted by the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA), in partnership with Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) and the Healthy Headwaters Wetlands Initiative.
Moviegoers also heard short presentations about what individuals can do to protect the Great Lakes and other watercourses through actions such as wetland creation, well decommissioning, best management practices, and phragmites removal.

Ray Letheren, of Bayfield, introduced the film along with a call to action.

After viewing the film’s lyrical look at the beauty of the Great Lakes and the ecological problems these bodies of water face, Jim Fergusson spoke to his experience with control of the invasive plant phragmites as former area weed inspector for Oxford County. He spoke about successful ditch cleaning programs that were effective.

Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority’s Tim Cumming spoke on the topic protecting the Great Lakes is a challenge but there are small changes individuals can begin today to make big improvements for tomorrow. He gave residents ideas of what they could do to help the Great Lakes, from finding out how to restore wetlands through the Healthy Headwaters Wetlands Initiative to signing the Great Lakes Charter or even something as simple as planting a tree.

The film featured narration by Gord Downie, of hit musical group, The Tragically Hip. There were also views from scientists, First Nations people, anglers and other people who have an interest in the future of “the last great supply of fresh drinking water on earth.”

“I thank you for your support tonight,” said Dave Gillians, president of the BRVTA. “For the past four years, trail association members have been working hard on our local hiking trails initiative that we hope will make a positive difference for future generations.

“Waterlife is thought-provoking and gives us a better understanding about what is happening to humanity’s greatest fresh-water resource.”

He stressed the importance of working together to protect the Great Lakes from pollution.

“Unless we learn from our past mistakes, our lasting legacy may be the unintended consequences of pollution.”

Second weekend for festival of song fast approaching

The Bayfield Festival of Song began this past weekend and continues with several more concerts scheduled for June 10-12. Many of the shows feature these young singing talents (l-r): Rebecca Collett, Julia Barber, Graham Thomson and Geoffrey Sirett. (Photo by Joseph Rapai)

The Bayfield Festival of Song got off to an excellent start this past weekend and concert-goers can look forward to more tremendous entertainment in the Bayfield Town Hall as the program carries over into the second weekend of June.

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

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!

The Aldeburgh Connection Artistic Directors Stephen Ralls and Bruce Ubukata are offering up a variety of unique experiences for music lovers this coming weekend at the Bayfield Town Hall. (Photo by Joseph Rapai)

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.

“Embraceable you!” is the title of the concert set for June 12 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.

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. 

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.




Dora Warwick and Morrie (Doris) Morrison were friends for well over six decades. These two women were integral parts of our community and both died this year, Dora in January and Morrie in May.

Although their families are unable to organize a formal celebration of their lives at this time they wanted to extend an invitation to all in the community who would like to attend a brief service at the Bayfield Cemetery to be held in their honor. They will be laid to rest on June 10 at 11:30 a.m.

safe harbour run

Clan Gregor Square will be a very busy place in the early morning hours of June 12 as participants gather for the third annual Safe Harbour Run held in support of the Women’s Shelter of Huron.

There are three races scheduled. The Kiddy Trot for ages two to eight will be held at 8:50 a.m. The 2K Fun Run/Walk sets off at 9 a.m., followed by the 5K Competitive Run at 9:30 a.m.

Participants can register on race day in Bayfield or visit for online registration.

The first 250 registrants will receive a Brooks short sleeve technical running shirt. There is also a chance to win some great door prizes.

agricultural society

The members of the Bayfield Agricultural Society would like to remind everyone that the Country Flea Market has returned to the Bayfield Agriculture Park. It is held on Sundays from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. There are all kinds of unique times for sale such as antiques, furniture, books, tools, and sports collectibles. The market is also a good spot to pick up fresh produce and plants.

New vendors are welcome and there are no contracts to sign. For further information please call Jim Erwin at 519 565-2328.

film society

Incendies poster

The last film in the spring series by The Bayfield Film Society is “Incendies”. It is an academy award nominated film that people won’t be able to see in local theatres. So all are encourage togo to the Bayfield Town Hall on June 16 for the 7:30 p.m. viewing of this Canadian drama.

Film Society members are invited to come early for a wine and cheese celebration prior to the movie at 6:30 p.m. Not a member? Tickets may still be purchased for the movie at the door for $10.

slave lake appeal

The recent disaster in Slave Lake, AB has completely destroyed hundreds of homes, along with the library, school and town hall.

Bayfield residents will have an opportunity to help people rebuild their lives by supporting the Canadian Red Cross Appeal for Slave Lake Fire Victims.

An evening of dining and dancing has been planned at The Docks Restaurant on June 22 from 7-10 p.m. Music will be provided by Cactus Jam.

All donations will be sent to the appeal and official tax receipts will be issued.

optimist club

Looking for something fun to do with Dad over the Father’s Day weekend? Why not treat him to a round of golf and help out the local kids in the process.

The 5th Annual Albion Hotel and Bayfield Optimist Golf Classic - Texas Scramble is set for June 18th at the Bluewater Golf Course.

The day will include 18 holes of golf and dinner. There will be a shotgun start at noon and dinner will be served at 6 p.m. Participants will try for hole in one and closest to the pin prizes. Tickets are $40, members; and $55, non-members.

For tickets call Kim Muszynski at 519 565-2641. To reserve a cart call the Bluewater Golf Course 519 482-7197. Profits from the event will go toward friends of youth oriented events conducted by the Bayfield Optimist Club.

Varna Barbecue

Varna United Church will host their annual Pork Barbecue on June 15 at the Stanley Complex in Varna. It is not unusual to serve 1,000 meals at this event that has on the menu baked potato, Metzger’s smoked pork chops, baked beans and homemade pies.

The meal will be served from 4:30-7 p.m. Tickets cost: $14, adult and $6 child. Take-out is also available. Tickets are available from Willi Laurie, 519 482-9265 or drop by the Bayfield Garage and ask for Jim Kirton.

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 June 21.

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.

Anglican church

The congregation of Trinity Anglican Church hosts the Bayfield Antique Show and Sale each August. The event coordinators are hoping people will consider volunteering at the event to be held Aug. 5-7 at the Bayfield Community Centre.

The Antique Show and Sale now in its 26th season is a wonderful boon to the village and help from both residents and summer folk is needed to make it a continued success. There are a variety of tasks to choose from when volunteering, helping with set up, serving in the tearoom, security and front door admission sales are but a few examples.

High school students in need of some community service hours are also most welcome to volunteer.

To learn more about this great community event please call Joan Cluff at 519 565-2974 or email her at

fitness fun

Spring is here and there is still time to resolve to get fit for Summer!

Bayfield residents can join the Zumba craze as classes are now being held in the village. Zumba is a dance fitness class that combines Latin rhythms and easy to follow moves, creating a calorie burning dance party suitable for all ages.

ZUMBA classes continue in the village with Instructors, Alison de Groot and Lorraine Dietz. One-hour classes are held Monday mornings starting at 9:30 a.m. at the Bayfield Town Hall and starting on June 15th, the evening classes held at the Bayfield Community Centre will move to Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. For more information contact de Groot at

The following activities are scheduled to run from now until August.

Dancefit and Toning classes are held on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 9 a.m. The cost is $40 for four months or $3 per class. The Sit and Get Fit classes are offered on Mondays and Wednesdays at 10:15 a.m. The cost is $1 per class.
Both of these fitness opportunities are held at the Bayfield Community Centre.

For the more adventurous among us, there is Pole Walking. Walks for women will start at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, while the men can venture out on Mondays and Fridays at 8:30 a.m. All walks begin from 6 Main Street and poles are provided free for those who require them.

Beginning on May 10, a Yoga Class will be held at the Bayfield Town Hall starting at 10 a.m. on Tuesdays. The cost is $3 per class and participants are asked to bring a beach towel.

Call 519 565-2202 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 519 565-2881.

Mah Jongg games and lessons are also offered on the first and third Mondays of the month starting at 1 p.m. Call 519 565-2468 for more information.

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

Bridge lessons and Duplicate Bridge games are offered in Goderich. Tom Rajnovich is the Goderich bridge contact 519 524-6374.

bridge club

Please be advised that the Wednesday Evening Bridge Club will meet next on June 8 at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building. The cards will be dealt starting at 7 p.m. All are welcome to attend.




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, a photo taken at a Bayfield Historical Society meeting held in what is now the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building is shown from July 1971. Does anyone remember these ladies?

Remember 101

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Remember 99

In Issue 99, Wendy Latimer recognized two of the three women photographed at a Huron County Historical Society meeting. She enlisted the help of her father, Gil, to name the third. The meeting was held in the parish hall at Trinity Anglican Church in 1972. The ladies are (l-r): Evelyn Sturgeon (nee Gemeinhardt), Ethel Knight (nee Gemeinhardt) and Melvina Ericson.


Remember Me 100

In Issue 100, we featured another photo taken at the Huron County Historical Society meeting held at Trinity Anglican Church in 1972. Ed Oddleifson is stated to be in the photo does anyone recognize him or any of the other folks in this photograph?


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Bayfield Lions' Club

dogs and their humans walk for a good cause

Havik, owned by Peter and Roz Westwood, of Bayfield, relaxes after completing the Walk for Dog Guides.

Members of the Palacios family, Brenda, Johanna, Harmony and Fatima stroll down Louisa Street as part of the Walk for Dog Guides held on June 5.

Molly, a Golden Lab owned by Wayne McKaig, of Bayfield, enjoyed socializing with a number of her fellow canines following the walk.

Bayfield Lions Bob Merriman (left) and Ron Harris provided sustenance for those walkers who worked up an appetite while on the route. Hotdogs with fried onions and a pop were a mid-morning treat for many.

The weather cooperated with the event this year providing comfortable temperatures for walking.



To some people, their Dog Guides are their eyes, to others, their means to live independently. On June 5, the Bayfield Lions’ Club hosted the local “Purina Walk for Dog Guides” to raise funds so that more Canadians with disabilities may have a dog guide.

After the walk, the human participants were treated to free hot dogs, pop, cookies and coffee while the canines had an opportunity to compete for prizes that were donated by Purina.

Raising and training a puppy to become a Dog Guide takes a lot of time and costs about $20,000. The “Purina Walk for Dog Guides” is occurring in communities across Canada and all of the money raised goes directly to the work of training and providing Dog Guides. The Lions Foundation of Canada ensures that Dog Guides are provided free to each individual recipient. Since 1983, the Lions Foundation of Canada has provided more than 1,600 specially trained dogs to men, women and children across the country.


Sara Gillians and Emma posed for a photo following their participation in the annual walk that raises funds for Dog Guide training.



Jackson, a Pomeranian, owned by Amy Sturgeon, of Bayfield, waits patiently for a treat earned by participating in the Purina Walk for Dog Guides organized by the Bayfield Lions' Club.



Margo Robeson was one of the people who participated in the walk.



Heather DeJong, of Clinton, and her Labradoodle, Sadie, took a break after the walk.



PIXILATED — image of the week

seagull in flight

In Flight by Cate Cuerden

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


So a few years back when my step-son was all of about 12 years old he announced that I should be called Grandmel when he had children of his own. At the time I thought that was a very sweet sentiment and now we’ll see if it rings true. For on the sixth day of the sixth month at 6:06 a.m. my step-son and his wife brought into this world a little boy – Graham Eric Pounder. He weighed an impressive 8 lbs 6 oz.

And with all those sixes in his life I just had to Google a little on Numerology and I discovered that the number six represents harmony, balance, sincerity, love, and truth. What more could you wish for a child who arrived with his very own lucky number?

Welcome to the family, Graham. I can’t wait to spoil you just a little bit…after all it is a Grandmel’s prerogative. - Melody

P.S. I hope everyone is seeking out architectural details in our 100th Issue Celebration Contest that was posted last week. The deadline for entries is June 19th at 4 p.m.

Don't know what I'm talking about? Visit Issue 100 for more details by scrolling down to the section usually reserved for Pixilated. 


Ideas and contributions to the Bayfield Breeze are always welcome.
Deadlines for submissions are Sundays at 4 p.m.

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