Bookmark and Share   June 20, 2018   Vol. 9 Week 25 Issue 467

Residents and arena users asked to complete online survey

fullsizeoutput_188fThe Bayfield Community Centre was alive with opinions on the future of the Bayfield Arena, and the ice surface in particular, on the evening of June 13 when a ‘drop-in’ Open House was held as part of the feasibility study being conducted on the facility. (Photos by Melody Falconer-Pounder)  

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.

fullsizeoutput_188e People who attended the 'drop in' Open House were invited to answer questions regarding the future of the Bayfield Arena via Post-it notes. Those people unable to attend the Open House can still have their say by taking part in a survey or sending written comments to the municipality.

An Open House was held in the Bayfield Commuinty Centre on June 13 and people were invited to leave comments as community consultation is an important part of the study. Bluewater residents and users of the current facility who were unable to attend the Open House are stil able to  contribute their opinion on this issue via:

• 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

youth sought to take part in Fair RISE2Fame talent show 

rise 2 fame

If you sing, dance, play an instrument or perform in other ways, and are between the ages of six and 21 then the Rise2Fame Youth Talent Search is looking for you. It’s not too early to start practicing and perfecting your performance.

The Bayfield preliminary competition to the Western Fair Talent Search takes place on Friday, Aug. 17 at the Bayfield Community Fair, upstairs in the Bayfield Community Centre.

Junior competitions begin first at 7 p.m. with Youth competitions to follow. Check-in is at 6 p.m. This ensures that all registration documents are complete and that music can be lined up for the show. Be sure to read the rules very carefully online by visiting the website at Registration must be completed online on the Western Fair site before Aug. 8.

Winners go on to perform at the Western Fair – a 37-year tradition that has touched the lives of thousands of talented youngsters from across the province. The Western Fair Rise2Fame Youth Talent Search, along with the preliminaries, has been the start to many careers in the arts and continues to encourage young people to pursue their talents, by giving them a chance to perform in front of a live audience.

Remember, Bayfield’s preliminary contest is one of the last before this year’s Western Fair. Categories of competition are (1) Vocal Solo; (2) Instrumental Solo; (3) Dance Solo; (4) Dance Group; (5) Vocal and/or Instrumental Group including bands; (6) Variety Solo and (7) Variety Group. Individuals can compete more than once in different categories.

Winners of the Bayfield preliminary Rise2Fame contest will perform again at the Western Fair on the Anne Eadie Stage during the first two weeks of September. At the Western Fair competition there are big cash prizes and trophies for final winners. The Junior Winner in 2015 at the Western Fair was a Huron County dancer and that was not the first time that Huron County kids have made it to the finals! A number of local youth who have performed in this competition in the past have gone on to careers in music and the arts.

But you can’t win if you don’t enter the preliminary in Bayfield. Rise2Fame contestants, along with one adult, get free admission to the fair. So get registered and start practicing! Then bring your dancing shoes, instrument or vocals and come showcase your talent at the Fair!

Entries for all preliminaries can be made on-line at

Contact Charles Kalbfleisch at 519 565-2244 or Willi Laurie via email or phone at 519 482-9265 for more information.


IMG_1344 Donations to the 71st Bayfield Pioneer Park Association (PPA) Rummage Sale are off to a great start this year. The first donation drop off day was Saturday, June 16 and organizers note that they got lots of fabulous donations. The drop off centre is at the Quonset Huts off Hwy 21 immediately north of Bayfield. The following Saturdays will also be drop off dates: June 23, June 30 and July 7. Drop off hours are from 10 a.m. until noon, on the dates noted. Please be advised that while organizers are delighted with donations, there are some items that they cannot accept. These include: appliances including microwave ovens, children’s furnishings, clothing, shoes, computers, faxes, printers, large kitchen appliances and any electricals that are not CSA approved. For more information please consult the Bayfield Pioneer Park Facebook Page, or the PPA website.

Land management hike to be held at Linfield Wildlife Area 

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!


BHS-Cheque 2Doug Brown (left) president of the Bayfield Historical Society, recently accepted a cheque from the Virtual High School in the amount of $2,500 to assist with the cost of hiring helpers at the Bayfield Archives and Welcome Centre during the summer months. Kimberley Loebach made the presentation on behalf of VHS. (Submitted photo)


Bayfield is officially on the map for kindness. On June 9 and 16th, area residents and summer cottagers came to paint messages on rocks, some with their children and grandchildren. Over 70 colorful rocks were adorned with inspiring, heartfelt messages. Some of the rocks were taken home to be given away or hidden in the area and some were placed around the front of the library to be found by visitors and pedestrians. Organizers would like to send a special shout out to the Bayfield Public Library who provided the space for this activity. This project reminds us that even one small kind word can change a person’s life. Be the Change. Stay tuned for more kindness projects by Open Hearts of Bayfield. (Submitted photo)  


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.


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.


The history of the Jowett family and their contributions to Bayfield history will be the topic of discussion at the next Bayfield Historical Society’s meeting to be held on June 25.

The guest speaker will be John Kendal.

The meeting will be held in the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building starting at 7:30 p.m.

Camp Kintail

Knox Presbyterian Church will be the location for the ninth annual Kintail on the Road – Vacation Day Camp every Wednesday at the church during July and August.

Camp Kintail, the area Presbyterian Church camp, will offer a Christian based Day Camp from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The very capable and well-trained young adult staff of Camp Kintail will lead the children in days of games, songs and faith. The camp will be for children who have completed JK up to Grade 6. The children are welcome to attend all the sessions or just one or two.
The camp will run from July 4 until Aug. 22. The cost is $5 per child per day or $7 for two or more children. Lunch and snacks are provided.

For more information please call the church at 519 565-2913 and leave a message.


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, July 12 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.


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.


Smith1 A sample of the gardens to be open for tour. (Submitted photo)

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


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.





The Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society was delighted to have renowned performer, Garnet Rogers grace the stage on Friday, June 15. In 2016, he released his book, “Night Drive – Travels with My Brother”, sections of which he also shared with the audience during the evening. (Photos by Jack Pal)


Jazz cubed to launch cD

St. Anne's Jazz PhotoJazz Cubed recently went into the studio to record a full-length album while on a school music trip to Chicago. The trio got to record in the main studio at The Chicago Recording Company. TL-R: Liam Morley, Jazz Cubed A/V Assistant; Ben Luelo, Saxophone; Joshua LeBlanc-Demers, Drums; Mat Lejeune, Audio engineer; Karsten Stryker, Guitar; and Josh Geddis, Music teacher. (Submitted photo)  

Karsten Stryker, Joshua LeBlanc-Demers and Ben Luelo are senior students at St. Anne’s Catholic Secondary School and they love Jazz. In September of 2017 they kicked off the school year by opening the International Plowing Match that brought a ton of opportunities their way.

The group began practicing together for around five hours a week and built a solid two -hour set. “Jazz Cubed” has since become an in-demand group on the Huron-County music scene having performed at everything from the Fanshawe College North Graduation to a variety of restaurants and concerts over the past year. In addition to their public performances in the area, the band also received Gold Standing at Music Fest Regionals and a Silver Standing at MusicFest Nationals at the University of Toronto in May. They also performed an invite-only set at The Rex Jazz Bar in Toronto as part of the National Youth Jazz Series. This series featured the best student jazz bands from across the country.

“A group trio of this calibre does not come around very often - success in music is all about commitment, practice and hard work - these guys have definitely put in the time, they’ve formed a band, learned about playing live and have listened to the feedback that they have got from other professionals along the way. This is a special group of students,” said Josh Geddis, music teacher at St. Anne’s.

The group recently went into the studio to record a full-length album while on a school music trip to Chicago. The band recorded eight songs at the Legendary Chicago Recording Company with Grammy winning engineer Mat Lejeune. The CRC (Chicago Recording Company) is responsible for recording albums by artist like Coldplay, Lady Gaga and Buddy Guy. The students were very excited for this amazing opportunity.

“This was a unique project because recording with a Grammy winning engineer at a legendary studio and putting out a professionally made CD is not cheap. It has been really fun to work with these students and show them methods to promote themselves in the music industry. They have learned about scheduling, booking, sound, contracts, negotiating, budgeting and everything that goes into being a working band. The recording portion of the album was entirely funded through money earned from gigs. There were no shortcuts taken on this project - we tried to make it as ‘real’ of an experience as we could within the confines of it being a school project. All three of these guys are likely to continue working in the music industry and I wanted this experience to be a bit of a primer as they transition into the post-secondary music world,” said Geddis.

When the band and Geddis found out that they had an opportunity to record at the
Chicago Recording Company by a Grammy winning engineer, they were very excited. They became even more excited when Lejeune offered to mix the album. The band went on a search for a local sponsor to cover their mixing costs and found a great partner in Libro, Clinton who became the executive producer of the CD.

Libro, Clinton made a donation to the Jazz Band to cover the mixing costs and in exchange, “Jazz Cubed” has been the “house band” a few times each month over the spring at Libro.

“We are extremely grateful to have a local community partner like Libro, they have been great - without them, this album might not have happened! It is amazing to see such a big company take an interest in what we are trying to do and help us out,” said saxophonist Luelo.

After recording the album they worked with local artist Liv Hussey to design the album cover and used graphic designer Steve Dawe to put together the layout. The band will be releasing their CD, which was professionally printed and packaged by one of Canada’s biggest CD manufacturers, at Cait’s Cafe in Goderich on Friday, June 22. The doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show will start at 7 p.m.. Admission is $20 at the door and CD’s will be on sale for $10.

After a summer full of playing Jazz, Luelo will head to The University of Western Ontario to study Alto Saxophone and Composition. LeBlanc-Demers will head to McGill University in Montreal to study Jazz Drumming. Stryker will return to St. Anne’s next year. He is currently studying guitar with local guitar teacher Michael Crocker and Ariel Kasler who teaches at Bowling Green State University in Ohio.

charity hockey game receives boost from contractor  

larry ottenLarry Otten (second from right), president of Larry Otten Contracting Inc, donated $2,000 to the 2018 edition of the Hometown Heroes, “Raise a Little Health” Charity Hockey Game, recently. Accepting the cheque was l-r: Jessie Payne, Gateway summer student, Jay McFarlan, president of the Gateway Board of Directors, and Grace Bonnett, Gateway summer student. (Submitted photo)  

Larry Otten, president of Larry Otten Contracting Inc, donated $2,000 to the 2018 edition of the Hometown Heroes, “Raise a Little Health” Charity Hockey Game, recently.

The fifth annual game will take place July 19 at the Goderich-Huron YMCA Maitland Recreation Centre. The puck will drop at 7 p.m.

Otten commented that he saw the hockey game as a very worthwhile charitable activity and wanted to support the three organizations that benefit from the game. He indicated that he appreciated the opportunity to be part of the game and its benefits to the community.

The Alexandra Marine and General Hospital (AMGH) Foundation, Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health and the YMCA Strong Kids Program are all beneficiaries of the funds raised from the game.

This year’s edition of the Hometown Heroes game will see another exciting exhibition of professional hockey skill. This year Ryan and Cal O’Reilly, and their father, Brian, will be playing and coaching and it has been confirmed that Peter DeBoer, of the San Jose Sharks will coach one of the teams.

Otten has been very active in construction in Goderich over the past six years. By the end of 2018 his company will have completed over 85 freestanding homes, condos and townhouse units. These homes are giving a modern profile to the residential housing inventory of Goderich and create a significant boost to the property tax base of the town.

Tickets to the charity game can be purchased at Ben Lobb’s offices in Goderich and Port Elgin, Gateway Centre in Seaforth, the AMGH and the Goderich-Huron YMCA. Tickets are $10, adults; and $5, children.


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.

This workshop filled up so quickly that organizers have decided to offer a second on Sept. 22. 

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 second exclusive one-day training event. The schedule will include both a dance and an acting/theatre workshop as well as a supervised lunch.

Bayfield concert series 

"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.

The concert will feature Bayfield's adopted son and Canada's first Idol (2003) Ryan Malcolm and Richard Hadfield, winner of Britain's Got Talent 2014 (with the group Collabro).  

This intimate evening with two internatinally renowned entertainers 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.

The Young Novelists 

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”.

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

the Dreamboats 

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!


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.


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

County Museum 

The Huron County Museum will be hosting a STEAM Power Camp for kids aged five to 11, the week of August 13-17.

The cost is $130 per camper for the week (or $115 for Museum Members). Camper drop off is between 8:30-9 a.m. and camper pick up is between 4-4:30 p.m.

Full STEAM ahead - campers will enjoy hands-on science, technology, engineering, arts and math activities with an interactive focus on local stories and heritage.

Monday will be Farmtastic: Fun with technology, animals and caring for the land on the farm -not to mention the food - in celebration of the museum’s summer exhibit dedicated to local agriculture.

On Tuesday campers will explore reinventions: This day is inspired by the past creations of J. H. Neill, the Museum’s founding curator, tinkerer, collector, inventor. Campers will go behind the scenes at the museum and make something old new again through innovation, upcycling and creativity.

On Wednesday campers will unlock History: Participants will exercise their brain cells in jail cells! Campers will explore the Huron Historic Gaol and perhaps investigate unsolved historical mysteries, misdemeanors and jailbreaks.

On Thursday campers will explore planes, trains and automobiles: Youth will find out what moves Huron’s vehicles and mighty machines past and present, from boats in the harbor, to tractors in the field, to planes at the air flight training schools as well as the museum’s famous indoor locomotive.

On Friday campers will get animated: Children will animate moving pictures using techniques from 19th century optical illusions to a demonstration of modern 3D modelling.

Campers can test their Victorian manners at an (iced) tea party to end the week!

For more information or to register please contact the Huron County Museum by phone at
519 524-2686 or email







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 all those June weddings, we feature an image of Doug and Jean on their big day in these undated images. Anyone know more about them? (Archives Code: PB12 2b)

PB12 2b Wedding Doug and Jean undated 2 pix 

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



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)


 PB10064 PC

In Issue 466, 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)



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taste of Huron part i

sample all that the county has to offer this summer on a self-guided tour

fullsizeoutput_1876Guests were driven around the county in style by Brad Oke, and his staff from “Tour the Shore” making it the perfect time to network and share with others what they love most about Ontario’s West Coast. An early morning stop for many on the tour was The Port Albert General Store.  

fullsizeoutput_1872On May 25, Taste of Huron organizers invited the traditional media as well as social media influencers, municipal staff, politicians, local tourism operators and representatives of the Ontario Culinary Tourism Alliance in Toronto on a day of soaking up and drinking in all aspects of the new "Taste Your Own Adventure" experience. Participants included, Bluewater's Community Development Coordinator, Karen Rickers (left) and Bluewater's Deputy Mayor, Jim Fergusson (right).

 fullsizeoutput_1871Blyth’s Part II Bistro served visitors an amazing breakfast treat - delightfully seasoned potatoes, salsa and more all topped with a perfectly cooked egg!

fullsizeoutput_186eStaff at The Queen's Bakery and Accommodations in Blyth welcomed participants on the May 25th, "Taste You Own Adventure" information day with a smile. The visitors smiled back when invited to pick out a treat from the fresh baked goodies in the display case!  

fullsizeoutput_1870The $5 Taste of Huron sample purchase will garner the visitor a Dessert Square at The Queen's Bakery and Accommodation in Blyth.  

fullsizeoutput_10c2Blyth Cowbell Brewing Co. has been in the forefront of county media since its grand opening almost one year ago.  

fullsizeoutput_10aeThe Taste of Huron sample proof of purchase will earn the bearer a 7 oz. beer tasting from the ever growing selection at The Cowbell Brewery. Visitors on the May 25th information day tour got to sample a taste of their newest variety, Shindig.  



Editor’s Note: This is a periodic series on the newly minted "Taste Your Own Adventure" samplers being offered through Taste of Huron this summer. To learn more visit

Remember those “choose your own adventure” novels that were so much fun to read as a kid? Well, the folks behind Taste of Huron have come up with a similar plot line but with a culinary twist offering people the opportunity to taste their own adventure at locations throughout Huron County from now until Sept. 1.

Visit and choose from the 28 places you would like to visit on a self-guided tour through the countryside and coastline. Tickets are $5 and should be purchased online. Participants must bring their proof of purchase to each location without it a “taste” will not be provided. Please make sure to check the locations hours prior to visiting.

On May 25, Taste of Huron organizers invited the traditional media as well as social media influencers, municipal staff, politicians, local tourism operators and representatives of the Ontario Culinary Tourism Alliance in Toronto on a day of soaking up and drinking in all aspects of the new "Taste Your Own Adventure" experience. There were eleven stops on the tour where guests had the opportunity to interact with both food producers as well as business owners and sample from what these individuals are most proud of.

fullsizeoutput_1879 Steve Buchanan shared his enthusiasm for life in Port Albert as well as his entrepreneurial spirit offering a tour of his soon to be opened pub in behind the general merchandise area.

Guests were driven around the county in style by Brad Oke, and his staff from “Tour the Shore”, making it the perfect time to network and share with others what they love most about Ontario’s West Coast.

An early morning stop for many on the tour was “The Port Albert General Store” and a visit with owner Steve Buchanan.

Although unable to commit to the sample adventures this year the Port Albert General Store is a fine example of a Taste of Huron member business that visitors can check out along their self-guided tour.

fullsizeoutput_1000Folks who visit the Part II Bistro in Blyth on the "Taste Your Own Adventure" tour will get to determine what they would like to try the most from their menu as a $5 sample purchase will get them a $5 gift certificate to use in the Bistro.  

He shared his enthusiasm for life in Port Albert as well as his entrepreneurial spirit offering a tour of his soon to be opened pub in behind the general merchandise area. Guests enjoyed time in the shade, on an attractive outdoor patio discreetly hidden behind the store. Buchanan, and his talented kitchen staff, served a pasta dish to those in attendance featuring hand foraged morels - not your usual breakfast fare but a great sample of things to come for foodies who make the trek to Port Albert!

Next the limo turned inland and soon it became evident that Blyth was the next destination on the tour. Here guests could pop into the Queens Bakery and the Part II Bistro before heading to the Cowbell Brewery.

The Queens Bakery and Accommodation can be found across the street from the Blyth Festival Theatre at 420 Queen Street. According to their listing on the Taste of Huron website, they feature fresh on-site baking of delectable treats ranging from scones to cheesecakes. They also serve light lunches and offer up a variety of espresso and coffee selections as well as loose leaf tea. They are also licensed and have available a selection of Ontario Wines and Craft Beers. A $5 Taste of Huron sample purchase will garner the visitor a Dessert Square. One of the guests on the May 25th tour tried a date square and exclaimed that it was the best she’d ever had!

Blyth’s Part II Bistro served visitors an amazing breakfast treat - delightfully seasoned potatoes, salsa and more all topped with a perfectly cooked egg! But folks who visit here on the Taste Your Own Adventure tour will get to determine what they would like to try the most from their menu as a $5 sample purchase will get them a $5 gift certificate to use in the Bistro.

Blyth Cowbell Brewing Co. has been in the forefront of county media since its grand opening almost one year ago. The business describes itself a a unique Canadian destination craft brewery and anyone who visits will agree it lives up to its name. A $5 Taste of Huron sample proof of purchase will earn the bearer a 7 oz. beer tasting from their ever growing selection.

So where did the guests on the May 25th tour head next? Back to the coast, of course! For the next instalment of "Taste Your Own Adventure" we will be sharing some highlights at the participating merchants in Canada’s Prettiest Town. Goderich here we come!



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Melody Falconer-Pounder


For as long as I can remember I have wanted to either build a house or renovate an existing one. When I was a kid one of my favorite free time activities was designing floor plans. Fast forward to present day and pretty much the only channel I watch is HGTV. So the prospect of returning to my childhood home to give it some upgrades has been on my radar pretty much since the day I moved out about 30 years ago. Finally this March we took the first steps, starting on an electrical upgrade, and now probably the biggest job is well underway - we’re having a kitchen put in.

We have been so fortunate to find some excellent trades that have all shared in our vision of modernizing while maintaining the integrity and character of our 123 year old Victorian home. They say she’s got very good bones! I have learned that she is a three brick house. Built by my Scottish ancestors in 1895-96 they obviously hailed from some very strong stock as they didn’t fuss about things like insulation. Hopefully winter 2018 will be the last that I can see my breath as I work away on a puzzle at the kitchen table!

Construction isn’t all about the pretty stuff - a lot goes on behind the walls that is more important (Bryan Baeumler taught me that) so I am revelling in each step - from demo - to electrical and plumbing - to drywall and mudding but I am looking forward to the pretty stuff enjoying shopping for everything from drawer handles to the farmhouse sink!

To date I feel like I have stepped out of reality and entered one of my beloved home renovation programs. The whole process is a bit surreal and I have to keep reminding myself that this is actually happening. If all goes as planned we should have a finished kitchen by Labour Day when I fully intend to host a one woman reveal where I walk into the room and say OH MY GOSH repeatedly as I look around - just like they do on TV! - Melody


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