Bookmark and Share   June 13, 2018   Vol. 9 Week 26 Issue 466

community consultation on arena future begins tonight


The Municipality of Bluewater has contracted Monteith & Brown Planning Consultants to conduct a feasibility study on the future uses of the Bayfield Arena and Community Centre.

Bluewater’s Manager of Facilities, Jeff Newell, worked with members of the Bayfield Facility Initiative Team and the Bayfield and Area Chamber of Commerce, as well as Mayor Tyler Hessel and Councilor John Gillespie, to set the “Terms of Reference” for the study.

“The Consulting firm will be collecting demographic data, reviewing the aging infrastructure of the Bayfield complex and gathering feedback on the recreational needs of the residents of Bayfield and surrounding area,” explained Newell.

Community consultation is an important part of the study, and Bluewater residents and users of the current facility are invited to contribute their opinion on this issue in any one of the following ways:

• Interested parties are invited to a ‘drop-in’ Open House being held tonight (June 13) from 6:30- 8:30 pm in the Bayfield Community Centre.

• An Online Community Survey will be collecting data until June 29th at

• Written comments may be submitted at any municipal facility, or by email to More information on the feasibility study may be found on the municipal website at

Quonset hut open saturdays for rummage sale donations 

The Pioneer Park Association (PPA) Rummage Sale organizers are pleased to announce that they are accepting drop off donations for the 71st annual event at the Quonset hut located just north of Bayfield (76614 Hwy 21) starting Saturday, June 16th.

Hours of operation will be Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. until the sale. They will also be open Monday, June 18 from 10 a.m. to Noon. Please do not drop anything off unless volunteers are there to receive donations. Future dates during the week will be posted in The Breeze.

The PPA wishes to thank Pat and Ron Reder, of Bayfield Marine Services, for their ongoing support of the park through this very generous donation of storage space.

Funds raised from the rummage sale that will be held on Friday, July 13 are used to maintain the park on a year-round basis for such things as lawn cutting, tree planting and general maintenance. Hopefully in the fall of 2018 the PPA will begin a long awaited and very necessary bank revetment project.

The Zamboni doors will open on the arena sale at 7 p.m. but eager shoppers can check out the bargains in the outside sales area at 6:30 p.m.

The following items will not be accepted: large appliances, televisions, children’s furniture and strollers, shoes, clothing and certain electronics.

Organizers will happily accept: linens/draperies, furniture/furnishings, antiques, boutique items, gardening tools and accessories, housewares, china, Christmas decorations, books that are newish and in good condition and record albums.

With the Rummage Sale approaching, coming too is a call for bakers to help fill the tables with homemade yummies. Anyone wishing to contribute is asked to email Lynne Price at Anyone wishing to have their name removed or added from the annual call list is also asked to contact Price.

“Your contribution of time and goodies to this part of the Rummage Sale is greatly appreciated,” said Price.

“If you are looking for a fun volunteer activity please join us July 12th and 13th as we sort and price our wonderful donated items. We can always use an extra pair of hands at the Bayfield Arena in aid of Pioneer Park,” added Patti MacDonald a Rummage Sale organizer.

For more information please call Nick at 519 565-2551 or email:

bayfield library to get Electric vehicle Charger

Drivers of electric vehicles will soon have another place to re-charge in Bluewater.

Thanks to a grant from Workplace Electric Vehicle Charging Incentive Program (WEVCIP) through the Government of Ontario, a Level 2 dual Electric Vehicle Charger will shortly be installed behind the Bayfield Public Library.

The WEVCIP is specifically intended for use by the staff of the owner and tenants of a building, but municipal residents and visitors will also have access to the charger. Electric Vehicles (EV) Chargers tend to increase ‘dwell times’ in a village, providing an economic benefit to their location.

Industry data shows that ownership of EV is growing steadily, fuelled by environmental concerns and the rising cost of gasoline. According to a recent report, electric plug-in and hybrid vehicle sales in the US have risen by 45 per cent in the past 12 months compared to the year prior. This trend should continue as a lowered cost and increased efficiency of batteries and the higher availability of EV Chargers make EV ownership more viable.

The grant received comprises 80 per cent of the complete cost of installation of the EV Charger; the remaining 20 per cent will be funded by $3,722 from the Northland Power Grand Bend Wind LP Community Fund. Fees for use of the charger will offset associated costs such as hydro and maintenance, making the unit expense neutral after installation.

The unit should be installed and operational by the end of July.

The Young Novelists to perform at Bayfield Town Hall 

TheYoungNovelists_490-300x225The Young Novelists (Submitted photo)  

On Friday, June 22, the Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society will welcome “The Young Novelists”.

Since the band’s inception in 2009, The Young Novelists’ effortless harmonies have been heard across stages in the U.S. and Canada and have been compared to everyone from “The Band” to “Wilco”. The Town Hall performance follows the recent release of their new album, “In City & Country”, produced by Juno-winning producer Howard Bilerman who has also worked with “Arcade Fire” and “Leonard Cohen”.

When they first met, band members, Graydon James and Laura Spink had no idea that they would be married one day - much less touring the world together as The Young Novelists. They have released three full-length albums, won numerous awards and continuous praise for their unmatched, effortless harmonies. But for their new album. the Toronto-based band decided to travel out of the city and in to small-town Ontario in order to connect the two places.

After years of firsthand experience combined with historical research, James and Spink wrote over 30 songs inspired by a dozen Canadian towns. From that set, “In City & Country” was born, a collection of ten songs that tell the universal stories of both parallels while highlighting the differences, similarities and everything in-between. One of the songs, “Two of a Kind”, was inspired by a visit to Goderich!

They both grew up in Ontario; Spink in Peterborough and James in Verona, a small eastern town with a population of a mere 1,800. They both moved to Waterloo for university, where they met via community theatre, but it wasn’t until James decided to refocus his career from drummer to front man that they combined their talent musically.

“I had written a bunch of songs and recorded them in my basement, mostly for posterity,” said James, “I asked Laura to sing harmony on some of the songs and it instantly had this magical vibe.”

Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. There is a cash bar. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the concert will begin at 7:30 p.m.

For tickets call Mark Edmunds 519 521-2994 or Sandy Scotchmer at 519 565-2830 or purchase online at

Audiences sure to swoon over The Dreamboats return 

image1The Dreamboats with their MARTY Award for Best Emerging Music Group in Mississauga. (Submitted photo)  

Back by popular demand, “The Dreamboats” will be performing at the Bayfield Town Hall on Thursday, June 28. They were here last July to help Michael’s Pharmacy celebrate their 10th anniversary in Bayfield. Kelsey Johnston, a Michael’s Pharmacy employee, organized the sold-out concert as a fundraiser for the Bayfield Town Hall. This year, Johnston also assisted the Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society with the arrangements for the return of this amazing, high energy Rock N’ Roll group.

The Dreamboats hail from Mississauga, where they were recently presented with the MARTY Award for Best Emerging Music Group from the Mississauga Arts Council. In keeping with the era in which they have musically immersed themselves, the majority go by stage names: Sir Ritchie Hummins, lead vocals, guitar; Fliggers B. Lewis, lead vocals, bass guitar; Matt Best, lead guitar, vocals; and Johnny G. Wiz, drums and vocals.

The Dreamboats specialize in cover music from 1955-65 but also write and perform their own music created in the style of these early decades. These high energy musicians delight audiences with great toe tappin’, hand clappin’, sing-a-long tunes touching on many of the eras favorites including, Roy Orbinson, The Beach Boys, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, Elvis, and, of course, The Beatles.

The doors will open at 7 p.m. and the concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $40, with a cash bar. For tickets visit Kelsey at Michael’s Pharmasave or call Sandy Scotchmer at 519 565-2830 or purchase them online at Note that last year, tickets sold out very quickly!

twenty-three trees added to village canopy - just add water 

fullsizeoutput_15b9The 2018 spring planting by the Bayfield Tree Project will bring the total to 475 trees planted in the village over the last several years. (Submitted photos)

Last week the Bayfield Tree Project (BTP) planted another 23 trees in the village. Maples, Sycamores, Oaks, Tulips, and Lindens now will grace our streets and Right of Way walkways providing beauty and shade for all.

This planting will bring the total to 475 trees planted in the village by the BTP over the last several years.

“Thanks to the work of our volunteers and the donations by residents this endeavor continues to beautify our streets and walkways,” said Sondra Buchner, with the BTP. “Your donation would be greatly appreciated to keep this initiative alive until our village once again has a full tree canopy throughout.”

Each tree planted, mulched, fertilized and staked costs approximately $150 and all donations over $20.00 will receive a tax receipt. Donations can be sent to: ABCA Foundation: Bayfield Tree Project, c/o PO Box 164,
Bayfield, ON, N0M 1G0.

IMG_2200Now that the warm, dry weather is here these newly planted trees are in dire need of watering each and every week.

And now that the warm, dry weather is here these trees are in dire need of watering each and every week. Particularly the 475 relatively new trees that have been planted by the BTP over the last few years including those planted as recently as last week.

The best and most efficient watering practices are those that provide the tree with a steady trickle of water rather than an over powering gush which just ends up as run off not helping the tree at all.

“You can provide this steady flow by placing the garden hose to low water pressure and leave it to trickle away for an hour or so, this way the tree roots will receive the required moisture and it will flourish. It is advisable to do this once a week during the growing season particularly if there is little to no rain fall. Your attention to this watering is greatly appreciated,” concluded Buchner.


beef bbq

St. Andrew’s United Church will host their Annual Beef BBQ and Sweet Pickled Ham Dinner on July 1st starting at 4:30 p.m. at the Bayfield Community Centre.

The menu will feature the aforementioned meats plus baked potato, salads, and homemade pies.

The cost is $18 for adults in advance or $20 at the door and $8 for children aged six to 12 years. Take-outs are also available. For more information please call John at 519 565-2479 or Kevin at 519 565-4018 or Marilyn at 519 565-2716.

open hearts of bayfield 

Anyone who would like to connect with the human spirit; be inspired or inspire others through kindness, are invited to join “Open Hearts of Bayfield”. The group’s next meeting will be held on Saturday, June 16.

The Bayfield Public Library will host the group from 12:30-3 p.m. Age is no limit; however, organizers ask that children under the age of 12 are accompanied by an adult.

The group will be joining by creating inspirational messages painted on rocks! Supplies will be provided, however, personal permanent Sharpies, acrylic craft paints and brushes are welcomed. Please bring an apron and ideas for future kindness projects.

It is hoped that these Huron Energy Rocks will inspire unsuspecting locals and visitors this summer. One message can make a difference in someone's life. Be the Change. Let's put Bayfield on the map for kindness!

For more information search Facebook for @OHBayfield or contact Reeka at

Garden Club

On June 18, the Bayfield Garden Club will host a Rain Garden Tour in the village and all are welcome.

Participants are asked to meet at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building at 7:30 p.m. to car pool to two beautiful village rain gardens.

Special guests will be Hope Brock, who is a specialist in Healthy Watersheds, and Anna Dalton-Needles, who is a Landscape Designer, leading participants through the advantages of Rain Gardens. In case of rain a presentation will be held at the Lions’ Building.


The Bayfield Heritage Centre and Archives is hiring for the summer! If you love Bayfield, are social media savvy and want to help promote Bayfield’s history, we want to hear from you.

On-the-job training supplied for planning and participating in summer events, assisting with Facebook maintenance and providing customer service to our visitors.

Interested applicants can email their resume and cover letter with their interview availability to Further information, if required is available by email, or messaging through Facebook.


Now through July, the planets Jupiter, Saturn, and Mars make their best apparitions in many years and reveal fascinating detail through a telescope. Venus and Mercury are also visible as is Vesta, a big asteroid. The best part of the Milky Way returns with its hundreds of star clusters, nebulae, and star forming regions.

The West Coast Astronomers will aim for these and more, at their next Star Party, to be held at 9:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 14 at the Agricultural Park in Bayfield, weather and sky conditions permitting. Look for the flashing light.

Visit for more details, locations and other times. Please reserve a spot on the Star Party page, so we can communicate with you in case the conditions are unfavorable. If you have doubt on the status of the event or have questions please call Guy at 519 868-6691 before the event. Everyone is welcome to join us, with or without a telescope. There is no fee. If you are an amateur astronomer, please feel free to join in with your telescope at sundown.

Rogers Concert 

The Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society is delighted to have renowned performer, Garnet Rogers grace the stage on Friday, June 15.

The Bayfield Town Hall doors will open at 7 p.m. with the concert starting at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $30 in advance or $35 at the door. There will be a cash bar.

For tickets call Mike at 519 565-5489 or Sandy at 519 565-2830 or purchase them online at

Note also that Rogers encourages that when possible, audience members bring non-perishable donations of food, and items of personal care such as, shampoo, toothpaste or soap to help the less fortunate in the community. The BTHHS Board will ensure that all donations go directly to the Bayfield Foodbank (Feed My Sheep).


On Sunday June 24, the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) will host a “Land Management Experience” at the Linfield Wildlife Area.

Starting at 2 p.m., join members of the BRVTA for a walk with Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) Land Management Supervisor Kate Monk to learn how water and soil resources and wildlife habitat will be preserved at the Linfield Wildlife Area, one of the newest conservation lands in the ABCA watersheds.

This property was in the Linfield family for several generations and lovingly cared for and enhanced during this time by the family. Since the donation of the property, Monk has been the lead manager to continue to manage the property in an environmentally responsible way. The property is about 95 acres in size, including 70 acres of active farm land and 25 acres of natural areas. Hiking, bird-watching, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and fishing are permitted activities in the wildlife area. ABCA intends to develop additional windbreaks, grassed waterways and tree planting in the coming years.

The hike will be approximately 2 KMs on a primitive, natural surface, trail through mature woodlot and wind breaks. The trail can be quite wet, depending on weather conditions and there may possibly be some poison ivy. The Difficulty Level is Level 2 with uneven trail. The trail is used all year for walking, bird watching and snow shoeing. Pets are requested to be kept on leash.

It is suggested that participants wear sturdy walking or hiking shoes, long pants and insect repellant. They are encouraged to bring a refillable water container plus a tree or birding identification book.

The Linfield Wildlife Area is located west of the Pavilion Road and Goshen Line intersection, southwest of Varna and north of Zurich.

Participants are asked to meet at the parking area and Linfield Trailhead sign at 2 p.m. The walk will take approximately 2 hours. All are welcome to be part of this great hiking opportunity!


Clare Day is offering “Sunset Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga” at Deer Park Lodge on Tuesday evenings in the summer months.

During July, August and September classes will be held from 7-8:30 p.m. Space is limited for these classes that will be $20 for those with their own board or $45 with a board rental.

If Lake Huron proves too rough for classes they will be moved to Windmill Lake and Eco Park. In the event of stormy weather classes will be cancelled. To register please email

In addition, Deer Park Lodge will also be another venue to take in an outdoor yoga class when “Yoga on the Beach” will be offered on Thursdays and Sundays from July 5 to Aug. 30. These one-hour classes will begin at 10 a.m. Participants can bring their own mat or beach towel or borrow a yoga mat from the instructor. Yoga is free or “pay what you can”.


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

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

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


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

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

garden tour for hospice 

Six of Bayfield’s most outstanding gardens are being opened to tour on Saturday, July 7 in support of the Huron Residential Hospice.

Visitors can take in the gardens while enjoying local music and art displays. A wide variety of garden styles and plant products are featured on this garden tour, which also includes two bonus projects, as well as refreshments.

The tour will run rain or shine from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Tickets and maps will be available at St. Andrews United Church on Hwy 21, across from Clan Gregor Square on the day of the tour. The cost will be $15 per person. Everyone is welcome, so bring the whole family!


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

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


The Bayfield Community Fair may be the perfect event at which to sell food, crafts or fundraising tickets or promote your business.

The fair will be held Aug. 17-19 and both indoor and outdoor space is available. A 8’X10’ foot space rents for $40 with an extra $1 per square foot plus $10 a day for hydro if needed.

To learn more or to rent a space call Anna Needles at 519 524-7455 or email or Joyce McIlwain at 519 482-3376 or email




Bayfield artist guild grows into third season  


fullsizeoutput_15b5Leslee Squirrell has her own studio to paint in, on her cottage property, and is planning to host acrylic painting lessons for beginners and intermediate painters in June, July and August. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)  

In early spring of 2016 a notice was posted in the Bayfield Breeze asking if anyone was interested in forming an artist association in Bayfield. Rev. Elise Feltrin saw the article in the online paper and offered the group the lower hall at the church to hold their meeting.
Six people answered the notice and over coffee the Bayfield Artist Guild (BAG) was born.

Now entering its third summer, BAG boasts 29 registered members. This diverse group of visual artists meet during the summer months on Fridays from 9 a.m. to noon every two weeks to paint “en plein air” in Clan Gregor Square and Pioneer Park or other prearranged locations They held their first meeting of the new season on May 17 and will meet into September.

BAG Founder, Leslee Squirrell notes that there is a comfortable proportion between experienced and novice artists and people of all talent levels are welcome to take advantage of the opportunity to learn from others.

A hobby artist, Squirrell has been painting since she was 11 years-old, with a 25-year hiatus while she raised her family and conducted an award-winning career in Interior Design. Now
she has her own studio to paint in, on her cottage property, and is planning to host acrylic painting lessons for beginners and intermediate painters in June, July and August.

“People want to paint,” said Squirrell. “I was invited by the Friends of the Bayfield Library (FOBL) to run a painting session and 22 people signed up and we had a waiting list, from that experience I decided I would be happy to share my knowledge with others.”

Squirrell describes the classes as informal; painting and hanging out in the backyard at the cottage. Students can choose from a variety of subjects. Flowers, sunsets or still-life are but examples. Lessons will be given in painting with acrylics and will run rain or shine. Private and semi-private lessons can be arranged.

Full day and half day sessions can be arranged and will include lunch. A sample schedule is as follows: 9 a.m., coffee and discussion; 9:30 a.m. to noon, painting instruction; 12:15 p.m. lunch on the covered deck; 1:30-4 p.m. painting “en plein air”, in the garden; 4-5 p.m. cocktail and wrap up.

To reserve a date or to learn about fees, call the artist at 519 588-2078 or email

Squirrel finds Bayfield a place that inspires creative energy – using such words as “calming”, “super-positive” and “healthy” to explain her feelings behind this thought.

“Even the drive here is calming,” she laughed. “We live in Waterloo and plan to retire here. I have been coming here since I was in my 20s – it was a convenient place for a day trip with the girlfriends to go shopping and have lunch. Then later on we started bringing the kids and decided to purchase a cottage here.”

In the short time that BAG has been formed Squirrell has been delighted with how it is evolving, even the locations at which they paint has helped with member recruitment.

“Just by painting in Pioneer Park we have attracted more members. People will come up to you and ask what you are doing and often they decide to participate too,” she said.

BAG members are full and part-time residents from Bayfield and surrounding area all the way to London, as well as across Huron County. Their activities are also growing. In addition to the painting out of doors they held a show and sale in the summer of 2017 at the village “lighthouse” owned by Tom and Deb Grasby. They hope to have another show this year.

They also took part in the door painting project that the International Plowing Match and Rural Expo hosted in Walton, ON last fall. BAG contributed eight doors to the IPM that were used as décor around the grounds. BAG members displayed these works of art in front of the Bayfield Public Library prior to the plowing match. This event was so successful that BAG members are considering the possibility of doing their own version culminating with a door auction to raise some funds.

In addition, they are pondering the idea of doing some indoor painting possibly in an old empty barn if the owner wouldn’t mind it being whitewashed on the inside. Anyone with a barn that might be interested in this project is asked to contact Squirrell using the information listed above.

So as the group enters its third season, Squirrell concluded, “The Bayfield Artist Guild has gotten some great legs with many opportunities for growth…it is a very exciting time to be a member.”

Membership benefits include discounts for supplies, resource list, peer support and lessons, encouragement and camaraderie and new friends. Visit the group on Facebook at “Bayfield Artists Guild” or email to learn more.

Carroll recognized as county HIstorian of the Year 

4616825091_61f8b60825Paul Carroll (Submitted photo)  

Paul Carroll will be award the Huron County Historical Society (HCHS) Historian of the year for 2018 posthumously. He was an energetic, inspiring and dedicated citizen of Huron and an effective advocate for both saving and promoting our history.

A tree will be planted June 20 on the grounds of the historic Van Egmond House in Egmondville, ON in his honor. Everyone is invited for the event at 6:30 p.m. with light refreshments to follow.

Carroll worked as an activist for heritage preservation. In the 1970s, and into the 80s, he was a visionary who always diligently worked to gain input and partnership from various sectors within the community to create successful outcomes. For decades, as an educator, historian, politician, writer and active community member, he effectively used a multi-faceted and outward approach.

Life Member, Paul Carroll played an active role in the HCHS. He served as Second Vice President 1987-90; 1st Vice President 19-93; President 1993-95 and as Past President 1995-2000.

Over the years, Carroll acted as Editor for several issues of the Huron Historical Notes. In 1997, as the current Director of the Huron County Board of Education he was editor for Volume XXXIII Local School System Histories 1832-1997. With the supervision of Executive Secretary Janet O’ Rourke and Summer Experience Grant Program funding, two students were hired to compile information for use in this issue. It provided a written record of Huron education prior to the new ‘regional era’ that began in 1998.

In 2001-02, Carroll shared his passion for and vast knowledge of Marine Heritage as Editor of Volume XXXVII Celebrating Our Marine Heritage and Volume XXXVIII The Proceedings of the Marine Heritage Festival 2002. He was editor again in 2003 for Volume XXXIX Celebrating Our Local History “A Potpourri of Miscellania”.

Carroll was a frequent guest speaker at HCHS meetings. He continued to passionately encourage the organization to be active in community heritage events such as the 100th Anniversary Commemorations of the Great Storm of 1913.

In 1972, the Huron County Gaol was slated for closure in March 1973. Carroll was Reeve for the Town of Goderich and a Member of Huron County Council as the deliberations for the future use of the Gaol were underway. He was part of the group that spearheaded the saving of the Gaol. In 2010, as Founding Chair of the Huron Historic Gaol Board, he spoke at the 35th anniversary celebration to commemorate the designation of the Gaol as a National Historic Site in 1975. He enthusiastically presented the historical perspective of the Huron Historic Gaol National Historic Site and commended the 2010 Conservation Project that was underway.

Among his many initiatives was the designation of a special room constructed within the restored wing of Central Huron Secondary School in Clinton to establish an archives for the Huron Public Education System and also a home for the inventory of belongings of the Huron County Historical Society that were being housed in the homes of executive members. For several years in the mid-1990s, HCHS Members, retired teachers, together with Board of Education and Huron County Museum staff members, sorted and inventoried materials and memorabilia. Materials of archival significance were transferred to the Huron County Museum Archives in Goderich for environmentally controlled storage.

As an educator Carroll worked diligently to assist staff at the Huron County Museum and Historic Gaol to attract and engage school audiences. School principals were encouraged to hold meetings at the Museum site to gain awareness of the services available for teachers and their students.

He was ever vigilant in the pursuit of Huron County artifacts and archival documents, whether owned locally or in need of repatriation. He personally encouraged donations to be made into the collection of the Huron County Museum and Historic Gaol to safeguard the stories they tell.

Following the tree planting on June 20, the HCHS will be holding a meeting featuring guest speaker, Charles Wilkins, author of “Great Lengths, A History of Surveying in Ontario”.


huronsong chorus

The Huronsong Chorus will present their spring concerts on Monday, June 18 at Northside United Church, Seaforth and Wednesday, June 20th at Knox Presbyterian Church, Goderich.

Both concerts will begin at 7:30 p.m. and will feature guest flautist, Jan Searle, of Stratford. A free will donation will be collected with all proceeds going to the Huron Women’s Shelter.

Antique Show

June 17th is the date set for the fifth annual Ontario’s West Coast Antique Show to be held out-of-doors on the Bisback Farm near Hensall.

Located at 72040 London Road (Hwy. 4) the farm will be the setting for antique dealers to display their wares

The show will run from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. As it is Father’s Fay Sunday, Dads might enjoy a walkabout checking the booths and chatting with dealers about their offerings.

Admission is by donation to Sick Kids Hospital.

For more information please contact Janis or Peter Bisback at 519 263-3505.

Hensall Hall 

James Alan, popular magician and sleight of hand artist, will be the next performer to grace the Hensall Heritage Hall stage in celebration of the building’s anniversary.

June 26 is the date for Alan’s appearance. He is well-known for creating unforgettable events that are thought-provoking, funny, astonishing and thoroughly entertaining. Alan’s one man shows have been featured at the Summerworks Performance Festival in Toronto, The Hamilton Fringe Festival, and The Lychwood Theatre. He is also a popular guest on CP24.

The show will begin at 7 p.m. This event is licensed and light refreshments will be offered. Tickets are $25 and are available from, D&D Variety in Hensall or by contacting Kay at 519 262-2050.

Youth Workshop 

On Sept. 15, youth aged 10 to 18 years are invited to attend the Huron Country Playhouse for a one-day workshop for youth that offers 30 lucky students the opportunity to learn from cast members of Irving Berlin's Holiday Inn. The day will consist of workshops in the morning, followed by lunch, a matinee performance of the Canadian premiere musical, and a private Q&A with cast members after the show.

The cost for this workshop to be held at the Huron Country Playhouse in Grand Bend is $40 plus tax. The day will begin at 10 a.m. and conclude at 5 p.m.

No audition is required! Admission is based on a first come, first served basis through online registration. Sign up now to secure a spot at this exclusive one-day training event. The schedule will include both a dance and an acting/theatre workshop as well as a supervised lunch.

Yoga in Clinton 

The upper room at the Clinton Town Hall will be the location for two yoga sessions with Cindy de Jong this summer.

These gentle-beginner classes are suitable for all ages and will be held on Tuesdays in July and August for three consecutive weeks. The first session will begin on July 3. The second session will commence on Aug. 7. The cost per session is $40 or sign up for both at a cost of $60.

For more information or to reserve a spot call or text 519 440-6144 or email 

Decoration Day 

The annual Bayfield Cemetery Decoration Day Service led by Emily Webb from Knox Presbyterian Church, Bayfield will be held on Sunday, June 24.

Weather permitting the service will be outdoors beginning at 2 p.m. It will be held near the chapel so please bring a lawn chair. In the event of rain, the service will move inside the chapel.

Ride to end hunger 

On Saturday, June 16, the Huron County Food Bank Distribution Centre (HCFBDC) is hosting the third Annual “Better Together” Ride to End Hunger.

Registration and pledge forms, the schedule and additional information are available at

Bicycle Enthusiasts from Huron County and area can register at 7:30 a.m. on the day of the race.
Departure times for rides will be between 8:30-10 a.m. The BBQ lunch will be served between 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Summer Reading Program

Are you looking for a summer program that exhilarates, engages, and educates your children over the summer months? The Huron County Library has the perfect program for you: The TD Summer Reading Club (TDSRC)!

The TDSRC is a program for youth between the ages of four and 12 that encourages readers to have fun while learning through exciting crafts, activities, games, and of course, reading! Through the TDSRC, children improve their listening skills, share with others in a team environment, and stimulate their creative capacity through arts and crafts, active play and reading. Programs such as this introduce children to the library as a source of pleasure and information which encourages them to use the library as a lifelong resource for learning.

The reading club will meet once a week at each of the 12 Huron County Library branches starting on Tuesday, July 3 and will run until Friday, Aug. 24.

All participants will receive a reading club notebook, a pack of 12 stickers, a top summer reads list, as well as a bookmark with a web-access code that can be used on the website to track reading progress and receive additional club benefits! This year’s theme is “Feed Your Passions” so get ready to enjoy all things you love and discover new hobbies and interests!

Registration is now open so call or visit your local library branch for more information and to reserve your place in the program as space is limited.

This local program is sponsored by the Toronto Dominion Financial Group and partially funded by Young Canada Works in Heritage Organizations, Department of Canadian Heritage.

Contact Faith Sebastian or Zoey Pulles, Summer Literacy coordinators for the Huron County Library, at 519 482-5457 or for more information.


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

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

Sundays are a great day to go treasure hunting as Agriculture Park isn’t the only spot a Flea Market can be found. People can also visit the Pinery Antique and Flea Market in Grand Bend, the Bayfield North Antiques and Collectibles Flea Market and the Goderich BIA Flea Market. 







Volume 8 

There are countless photographs of people in the Bayfield Historical Society’s Archives collection, but sadly their names were never recorded. In this section we will showcase an image with the hopes that one of our subscribers might be able to identify the individual(s) in the photo. Please email your information to the Editor’s attention at the address listed near the bottom of the page in “Submissions” or you can email the archivist directly at or click on the image and make a comment on Flickr. 

Editor's Note: We are now adding the archive's code to the information supplied with the photographs so that if anyone would like to learn more from the Bayfield Archives about certain pictures they can use the code to make the process easier. 

This week, in honor of Father's Day we share a picture of Dr. WF Metcalf and his daughter, Jessie taken in 1899. Does anyone remember them? (Archives Code: PB10064 PC)

PB10064 PC 

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PB12 14a Dianne Bisson Mr Townsend Canon Paull June1960 

In Issue 464, we highlight an image recorded to be of Mr. Townsend, Dianne Bisson and Canon Paull taken in June 1960. Does anyone remember them? (Archives Code: PB 12 14a)


PB12 14a Mrs Paull Lucy Diehl Mrs Woods Canon Paull undated 

In Issue 465, we feature a summery, undated photo of Mrs. Paull. Lucy Diehl, Mrs. Woods and Canon Paull. Does anyone remember them? (Archives Code: PB 12 14a)



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bayfield international croquet club

premier croquet event in canada held locally

41782075595_b5b1810cc3_kAccording to event organizers, the BICC’s event has been deemed the preferred international tournament by the players and the local club is thrilled to host it.

42653741931_d8dd4daf4c_kChris Percival-Smith, Victoria, B.C  

28808373428_da7114265d_kMary Rodeberg, Rancho Mirage, California.  

 41979032354_82fbf34a61_kSteve Mossbrook, Rancho Mirage, California

27828628827_358c2402d2_hBrian Cumming, Elora, ON

40887865420_1118a20250_kPierre Dunn, of B.C.  

42648425292_5e997de72a_kRich Lamm, Rancho Mirage, California; and David Wise, of Australia  

28825299468_82a36fd518_kCal Scotchmer, of Bayfield, on the Seaforth court.  

A Flight Players were l-r: Cal Scotchmer, John Easton, Laurien Trowell and Peter Jeffers, all of Bayfield; Judy Dahlstrom, Rancho Mirage, California; and Nick Howell, Bayfield. FR: Mary Rodeberg, Rancho Mirage, California.  

40909824710_b2342fdba0_zChampionship Players BR l-r: Nick Mitchell, Elora, ON; Rich Lamm, Rancho Mirage, California; MR: David Wise, Australia; Brian Wasylyk, Campbell River, B.C.; Chris Percival-Smith, Victoria, B.C.; Lou Schenck Bayfield; Brian Cumming, Elora, ON; and Steve Mossbrook, Rancho Mirage, California. FR: Pierre Dunn, B.C.; and Jane Baharriell, Toronto, ON.


Some of the world’s best croquet players gathered in Bayfield from June 7-10 to compete in the Bayfield Open Croquet Tournament hosted by the members of the Bayfield International Croquet Club (BICC) in both Bayfield and Seaforth.

The Bayfield Open is considered to be the premier croquet event in Canada and, over the past few years, it has secured a reputation on the global circuit of international tournaments.

The tourney had 20 competitors playing in two tiers over four days on four courts (two in Bayfield and two in Seaforth). There were cash prizes for first place in both tiers. The event was sponsored by Steam Whistle Brewery, The Virtual High School, and Deb Penhale from Lake Huron Real Estate.

In the Championship Flight Semi-Finals, American Rich Lamm, of Rancho Mirage, CA, defeated Bayfield’s Lou Schenck while Brian Cumming from Elora, ON emerged victorious over Chris Percival-Smith from Victoria, BC. Lamm then squared off against Cumming winning the best two out of three to win the Championship Flight. Cumming was the skip for Team Canada last July in Brighton, England, where Canada and Sweden tied for first.

In the A Flight Semi-Finals, American Mary Rodeberg of Rancho Mirage, CA defeated Bayfield’s Cal Scotchmer while village players Nick Howell and Jerry Selk went head to head and it was Howell for the win. In the final match, Howell defeated Rodeberg.

According to event organizers, the BICC’s event has been deemed the preferred international tournament by the players and the local club is thrilled to host it.

28823106278_324b1bb5b4_kPierre Dunn, of B.C.

27830227747_f980d3eb09_kThe tourney had 20 competitors playing in two tiers over four days on four courts (two in Bayfield and two in Seaforth). There were cash prizes for first place in both tiers.

42671209592_01ffed9801_k Some of the world’s best croquet players gathered in Bayfield in for the Bayfield Open Croquet Tournament this past weekend. The Bayfield International Croquet Club invited residents to come out and watch the games.

27850736387_4a0494327c_kLou Schenck, of Bayfield  

28845926938_c6f06dfe08_kChris Percival-Smith, Victoria, B.C.  

42001473074_23cd941a57_kJerry Selk, of Bayfield and Mary Rodeberg, of Rancho Mirage, California.

41819892125_e911abc03a_kCal Scotchmer and Jerry Selk, both of Bayfield.  

42001853774_69ddaa8de0_kBrian Cumming, Elora, ON  

27830406537_ca000d70d2_k The event was sponsored by Steam Whistle Brewery, The Virtual High School, and Deb Penhale from Lake Huron Real Estate.





Melody Falconer-Pounder


As a youth in the 80s I was an avid reader of the "teen mag" I had a subscription to the UK's "Smash Hits" and their American equivalent "Star Hits" so when invited to interview both Ryan Malcolm, Bayfield's adopted son and Canada's first Idol (2003) and Richard Hadfield, winner of Britain's Got Talent 2014 (with the group Collabro), to promote their upcoming show at the Bayfield Town Hall on June 21 I decided it might be fun to do a little Q&A Smash HIts style. Thanks to Ryan and Richard for being so accommodating. Their answers are below. - Melody

How do you feel your TV talent competition experience differs from each other? 

RYAN: I feel that because Idol was so early on in the “reality TV” genre that the current and new generations of these types of shows have narrowed it in so much better in terms of talent and production. And what to do with the new generation of “winners”.

fullsizeoutput_15c9Ryan Malcolm (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)

RICHARD: I agree with Ryan but there are also some downsides to being in the later series of the programmes. The show can become predictable.

For example, X Factor in the UK continues to have less viewership year in year out and struggles to get the #1 Christmas single. These are huge things that lead to the success of an artist off the earlier series which the most recent winners are much less likely to accomplish. I was lucky to be coming off the back of a particularly good year of BGT (Britain’s Got Talent Series 8) where they had really nailed the new formatting of the programme.

How did the two of you connect?

RYAN: Richard and I have actually never met, we share a mutual friend in Wales, Huw Bates, who I met while filming Idol in Toronto. I would always go to the Loose Moose for drinks and Huw was there one night.

Most memorable Simon Cowell experience.

RYAN: Simon and I had to share a dressing room at World Idol, lets just say those shirts hold a lot in 😉 I also had the privilege of being judged by Simon later that day, he was his usual nasty self. But the whole time I was on stage all I could think about were his man boobs…

RICHARD: I think it’s got to be singing at his birthday party after we won. We were in this tiny Italian restaurant in London with all these famous faces at the tables. We went to sing, "Bring Him Home" and Amanda Holden (who sat behind me) pinched my bum for the starting high note!

Most surreal moment in your career thus far. 

RICHARD: I had just finished a gig at the O2 Arena in London and was heading over to the Syco label party at Kensington Palace. The party was brilliant but round midnight we had to turn down the music because Wills and Kates’ son, Prince George, couldn’t get to sleep!

Name one pre-performance ritual that you do. 

RYAN: Jack Daniels, I have to have a few to get me nice and loose. I remember having some while back stage at Idol, I was a lot older than the other kids on the show so it was allowed!

How has social media, You Tube etc changed the way people digest music? 

RICHARD: Well Collabro actually found me on YouTube so I’d say it’s changed the music scene a lot! Obviously it’s fantastic for finding new artists or auditioning people before you even chat but it’s massively effected the sales of music, especially originals. The touring industry has never been so big. Lucky we both love singing live!

What was the subject of the last photo you took?

Richard Hadfield (Submitted photo)

RICHARD: On the Horn Blower at Niagara Falls! Taking in all the sights while I’m out here!

If someone narrated your life who would you want to be the narrator? 

RYAN: David Attenborough

What are you interested in that most people aren't? 

RICHARD: Jazz! People actually love it but when you say Jazz they don’t release that embodies so many sub-genres like Latin, Blues, Swing, musical theatre even...the list goes on and on.

What movie quotes do you use on a regular basis?

RYAN: "No Country for Old Men" - the actor Javier Bardem is so creepy in that movie. I love the line “What business is it of yours where I'm from, friendo?” 

What was cool when you were young that isn't cool now? 

RYAN: Pretty much every piece of clothing that I owned, come to think of it, they weren’t cool then either!

"Britain's Got Talent" VS "Canadian Idol", with special guest Justin Evans, is a concert experience brought to the village as part of the Bayfield Concert Series. It will be held on June 21 at the town hall. Tickets are selling for $30 and are available at Ernie King Music in Goderich, Shop Bike Coffee Roasters in Bayfield and through  Doors open at 7:30 p.m. with the show commencing at 8 p.m. 

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

Please email me at or call 519-525-3830.



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