Bookmark and Share   July 10, 2012   Vol. 3 Week 29 Issue 158

vettefest at the heart of summer in bayfield

There were Corvettes a plenty in Clan Gregor Square on Saturday when the annual Bayfield Vettefest was held. Visitors to the park had the opportunity to admire 225 different Corvettes in a variety of colors from vintage to contemporary.

Aberg Desjardins' 2005 Corvette made for a striking display. (Photos by Melody Falconer-Pounder)

Rob Longo rests on the '88 Corvette owned by his father, Lou, as they chat with Norm Woods, of Forest, ON, during Vettefest held on July 7 in Clan Gregor Square. 

One of the advantages of having Vettefest in Clan Gregor Square is there are plenty of shady spots to park the cars.

Cathy Seip, of Exeter, soaked up some sunshine during Vettefest.

The weather on July 7 couldn't have been more accommodating for both Vettefest participants and spectators. Two hundred and twenty-five cars were registered for the show and 80 vehicles took part in the evening cruise held the night before.

A unique hood detail on the 2009 Supercharger ZR1 owned by Wayne Yundt, of Stratford, ON.

The owners of this 1964 Corvette Sting Ray came to the show from Barrie, ON.

And as has become Vettefest tradition, about 80 Corvettes took part in the Summer Night Cruise the evening prior to the show.

 array of items to be auctioned for Pioneer Park

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

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

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

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

The Silent Auction this year has a wonderful array of items open for bids from 7-8 p.m.

Among the 125 items, there are over 30 gift certificates donated by local merchants. Artwork includes historic water colors of the village, beautiful prints, and photographs – featuring one of Pioneer Park from the new 2013 Bayfield Calendar. An eclectic array of other items include: a Samsung digital camera, cordless drill, Middle-Eastern rug, child’s inflatable dingy, designer sun glasses, electric guitar, tickets to a Stratford play doll-house kits and a candlelight dinner for four. One of the most interesting items this year is a $1,000 subscription to the highly lauded, daily, on-line financial advice column, “Breakfast with Dave” donated by Gluskin, Sheff & Assoc.

Great escapes are covered too with a weekend at a charming village cottage, a night at the Little Inn or a stay at Deer Park Lodge. Items perfect for enhancing outdoor lifestyles are also up for bid such as, nursery trees and shrubs, a gorgeous ceramic firepot, a wooden Martin bird house, a stunning metal plant stand by Sharps Creek forge, and a metal frame picnic table.

There is something for everyone in the family as well as numerous items that will appeal to the kids.

According to one of the event’s organizers, Catherine Tillmann, “Pioneer Park is facing some big expenses in the next few years to stabilize the cliff from erosion. So we encourage every one to bid high and bid often. The Rummage Sale and Silent auction are our biggest source of revenue.”

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

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

Funds available for facilities 

Member of Parliament for Huron-Bruce (MP), Ben Lobb celebrated the launch of the new Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund (CIIF) in Ontario, which was announced by the Honorable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario), on July 5. Community and recreational facilities are now eligible for repairs and upgrades through the fund.

“Our government is committed to creating jobs, growth and long-term prosperity in our communities,” said MP Lobb. “The Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund will boost economic activity in communities and help support job creation in Huron-Bruce. By improving the quality of our community facilities, we are also contributing to building prosperous communities for Canadian families for years to come.”

FedDev Ontario is delivering the CIIF in Ontario with an allocation of $49.6 million over two years.

Through the CIIF, FedDev Ontario will support, on a cost-shared basis, repairs and improvements to existing community infrastructure that is accessible for use by the public. Local, regional and First Nation governments, as well as not-for-profit organizations with projects that can be completed before March 31, 2014 are invited to apply for funding.

Eligible recipients may receive contributions of up to $1 million and must leverage a minimum of 50 per cent of funding from other sources. In Ontario, priority may be given to projects that require a federal contribution of just 33.3 per cent of total project costs.

Applications for projects in Ontario must be submitted by 5 p.m. EDT on Aug. 24. For detailed program guidelines and information on how to apply, please refer to<>.

This national program will provide $150 million over two years to be delivered by regional development agencies across the country.

tree project launches website

All in the community are invited to visit

This is the new website for the Bayfield Tree Project (BTP).

Visitors to the site will have the opportunity to see the names of the BTP Friends and Donors, Partners, Sponsors and Tree Committee Members.

“We've been successful planting trees in the village, because we're truly a community effort,” said Ainslie Willock, of the BTP. “A big thank you to all our Friends.”

Willock noted that it is easy to become a "Friend". Donations of $20 or more will receive a charitable tax receipt and the donor’s name will be listed on the web page.

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

Those who wish to participate in this fundraising initiative can call 519 565-2518 and a BTP committee member will pick up your pennies. The volunteers will count the pennies and provide a tax receipt to the donor if the total is over $20.

Also buckets, labeled “Pennies for Trees”, can be found at the check-out counters in Bayfield Convenience, Pharmasave Michael's Pharmacy, and the Nip N’ Tuck. Shoppers can help purchase trees for the village simply by placing the pennies from their change in the bucket.

The BTP’s first focus, was planting along the Heritage Trail within the village. This is now complete and residents will start to see trees planted more widely throughout the village. Anyone who would like to plant a tree as a memorial for a person or event; should note that BTP is now able to plant "Memorial Trees" in a specific location on municipal property. Please contact Sondra Buchner at 519 565-2518 to learn more. The BTP’s next tree planting will be this fall.

But of course if local residents don’t take care of the trees that have already been planted all of these fundraising efforts will be for naught. Our area trees are thirsty, especially those new trees planted both last year and this spring as part of the BTP. Residents are encouraged to keep watering these trees.

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


L to r: Spencer Salter, Reid Kinnear, Anne Salter and Brenda Kinnear celebrate a well placed shot during the Optimist Club of Bayfield's Golf Tournament held on June 23 at the Bluewater Golf Course. (Photo by Gary Lloyd-Reese)

Over 70 people took to the links at Bluewater Golf Course on June 23 to take part in a golf tournament organized by the Optimist Club of Bayfield.

The top three teams were as follows: first at 12 under par were Andy Cairns, Brian Dupuis, Bob McMahon and Grey West; second at 10 under, Tracey Johnston, Josh Johnston, Austin Elkin and Bret Pitblado; and third at nine under: Doug Riehl, Jon Riehl, Bob Hart and Ben Toner

“We need to congratulate the winners and thank the sponsors, donors, volunteers and players for helping to make the tournament a success. A good time was had by all!” said Optimist Jane Gillman, golf tournament committee member.

The Optimists are pleased and grateful to announce that $1,600 profit from this fundraising event will be used for local youth projects.


For Hudson Hessel-Cairns and Colton Van Douma the firetrucks on display may have been even more of an attraction then the pancakes with real maple syrup and other breakfast favorites served at the Firemen's Breakfast hosted by the Bayfield Firefighters at the fire hall on the morning of July 7. (Photo by Dianne Brandon)



The Bayfield and Area Chamber of Commerce recently unveiled the result of their third calendar project created to not only raise funds for the chamber but community groups and merchants as well.

For the creation of the 2013 calendar the BACC teamed up with the Photography Club of Bayfield to aid in the collecting and selecting of the images used in the calendar.

The 2013 Bayfield Calendar features photography by Jack Pal, Cate Cuerden, Dianne Brandon, Gary Lloyd-Rees, Conrad Kuiper, Dennis Pal, Janette Bailie and Melody Falconer-Pounder.
The calendar is now available for purchase for $10 at Brandon’s Hardware and The Village Bookshop.


Whether people are just visiting or have taken up residence in the village all can appreciate the town’s history better after taken a Historic Walking Tour with a knowledgeable guide

From now until the end of August, on Saturdays at 1p.m. members of the Bayfield Historical Society lead informative and leisurely walking tours through the village's heritage district.

Participants will learn about the history of the area, the ghosts, the fires and the fascinating characters who helped shape this village.

There is a $10 fee per person for the walking tour. This money is used to support The Bayfield Archives. Walks can also be arranged by appointment by calling 519 440-6206.

town hall 

The Goderich Celtic Roots Festival and the Bayfield Town Hall are teaming up to bring traditional and contemporary music to the village in the form of a three piece Celtic Band from the United Kingdom on Aug. 6.

Now in its fourth year, the Rural Roots Concert Series is designed to bring world-class Celtic music into rural venues across Huron County. According to the Goderich Celtic Roots Festival website, this allows festival organizers to
“maximize the benefit of the caliber of musicians visiting Huron County during the week of the Celtic Roots Festival.”

The band, known as Cupola, will perform in both music and song. In addition, Goderich youth, Kieran Melady will perform as opening act.

Cupola is comprised of Sarah Matthews, Doug Eunson and Oli Matthews. They play English and European dance music, and sing English songs in three-part harmony. The trio, also, make fine use of melodeons, fiddles, viola, soprano saxophone, clarinet and hurdy-gurdy.

Tickets are now available for the 7:30 p.m. concert at the Bayfield Town Hall. They are selling for $20 per person. Please call 519 565-4404 or 519 565-2572 for tickets or more information. Tickets may also be purchased at

garden club

Members of the Bayfield Garden Club and their invited guests are reminded that the club’s annual Summer Potluck is set for July 16th.

The home of John and Kathleen Siertsema will be the location for the gathering that will begin at 6:30 p.m. Those who attend should bring a dish to share plus their own plate, cutlery and lawn chair. The evening will be held rain or shine.

Following the meal, participants are invited across the street to Coventree Gardens for a tour.

Bluewater blooms

The communities of Bluewater are set to welcome the provincial Communities in Blooms judges from July 11-13.

Judges Angela Vieth and Susan Cheetham McNeil will be given a personal tour that will enable them to assess the community in eight categories and award Blooms ratings.

The local planning committee will also be armed with lots of local information to add between tour stops.

This being the third year of participation, Bluewater is striving for Five Blooms, and has put their best foot forward! Bluewater achieved Four Blooms in both 2010 and 2011.

The tour will proceed through Bayfield, Hensall, St. Joseph and Zurich. Bronson and Goshen Lines will also be shown so that both urban and agricultural properties are featured.

Garden tour

In April, a small group of dedicated gardeners united to develop a map highlighting gardens in Huron and Perth Counties open to the public for tours. Plans were to feature garden businesses with display gardens as well as businesses selling garden based merchandised.

It was hoped that for this year a one-day garden tour could be organized as a trial run with full season garden tours to begin next year.

So far the group appears to be right on target with the “Undiscovered Gardens Huron-Perth Tour” set for July 14. The first tour boasts 15 gardens on display in both town and country in the areas of Wingham, Gowanstown, Gorrie, Wroxeter, Walton, Blyth, Auburn, Goderich, Bayfield, Zurich and St. Joseph.

Nearby CovenTree Gardens, Huron Ridge Acres and Brentwood on the Beach are all featured on the tour. This day will give visitors a chance to see the private gardens of Carol and Dave Steckle at Huron Ridge Acres as well as the tranquil oasis created at Brentwood on the Beach, the lakeside bed and breakfast owned by Joan and Peter Karstens. Visitors may also see blue bird babies on the Blue Bird Trail a highlight of CovenTree Gardens created by Pat McDougall and Shelagh Sully.

The tour will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and donations to Huron Perth Garden Tours would be appreciated. Tour maps will be available at every garden on the tour plus libraries and tourist booths. The tour map is also available to download or view on Facebook at Undiscovered Gardens of Huron-Perth. You may also call CovenTree Gardens at 519 565-2572 for more information.

ratepayers' association

The Bayfield Ratepayers’ Association (BRA) represents the interests of village residents to the Municipality of Bluewater Council.

In addition, the Annual General Meeting has been scheduled for Aug. 4th at 10 a.m. at the Bayfield Community Centre. All citizens are invited to attend for updates on village issues as well as to share their own concerns.

Meeting dates can be found on the notice board by the new Library Complex construction site and on the BRA website at


After the sun goes down the stars will come out both in the sky and on the movie screen as the Pioneer Park Association will host a summer series of films in the park.

The next movie will be shown on July 14 and is the thriller, When a Stranger Calls.

Other films in the line-up are all family friendly titles: Daddy Day Care, July 28; Cheaper by the Dozen, Aug. 11; and UP, Aug. 25.

Bring lawn chairs or a blanket to get comfortable and enjoy the show!


The “Music at the Barn” concert series got underway recently at the landmark barn at Kryart Studio.

Four more concerts are scheduled from now to September on Sunday afternoons starting at 2 p.m. at Kryart Studio. The line up is as follows: Benson Brown and Katy Johnston opening for The Marrieds, July 15; Danielle Durand and Ben Hermann (tentative), July 29; Graham Nicholas, Alanna Gurr and Lowlands, Aug. 26; and Josh Geddis and Jenny Omnichord, Sept. 16.

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

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


The Fish Fry hosted by Knox Presbyterian Church in Bayfield was such a success last year the congregation has decided to do it again!

The 2nd annual Fish Fry will be held on July 28 at the Bayfield Community Centre from 4:30-7 p.m.

Advance tickets are available now and cost $17 for adults and $10 for children. They can be purchased by calling Deb at 519 565-5238 or Brenda at 519 565-5404. Organizers note that the tickets sold out quickly last year so people are best advised to get their tickets early.


The congregation of St. James’ Church, Middleton always put up a fantastic meal no matter what event they are hosting and this time around it will be a fundraising barbeque on July 14.

The event will be held at the church from 4-7:00 p.m. On the menu will be bratwurst on a bun or a hamburger both will be accompanied by coleslaw, baked beans, dessert and a beverage.

The cost will be $10, adults; $5, kids 10 and under; and preschoolers free.


The St. Joseph and Area Historical Society, recipients of the 2011 Governor General's History Award for Excellence in Community Programming, are currently preparing their next presentation as part of their Lakeshore Festival Summer Fundraiser, July 21-22.

This time their stage will be the St. Peter’s Catholic Church Cemetery.

"Grave Matters" will feature dramatized Cemetery Tours, highlighting short stories of the history of the French families that settled historic St. Joseph. Their stories will come to life as participants are taken through the cemetery. Tours will begin at 1 p.m. and continue at 30-minute intervals with the last tour departing at 4 p.m.

St. Peter's Catholic Church Cemetery is located at 73334 Bluewater Hwy. 21, St. Joseph.

To order tickets contact Dianne Tucker at 519 236-4925. Tickets are $10 for adults; $7.50 for children 12 years and under; or $25 for a family (two adults and up to four children). Payment accepted by cash or cheque payable to the St. Joseph Historical Society. This event will run rain or shine, no refunds. Please note that pets are not allowed in the cemetery. Light refreshments will also be available for purchase at the event.

camp kintail

Camp Kintail has returned to Bayfield for the third consecutive summer.
Knox Presbyterian Church is partnering with Camp Kintail, the area Presbyterian Church camp, to offer a Christian based Day Camp every Wednesday at the church during July and August.

This Day Camp will run from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The very capable and well-trained young adult staff of Camp Kintail will lead the program and activities. The camp will be for children who have completed JK up to Grade 6. The children are welcome to attend as many sessions as they’d like or even just one or two.

The program will conclude on Aug. 22. Lunch and snacks are provided.

hearing clinic

Registration for each session is held at 8:30 a.m. on the day but participants may also pre-register by calling Brenda McLean at 519 524-8645 or by calling the church 519 565-2913 and leaving a message.

Have you heard the news? A monthly hearing clinic has been established in the village at Pharmasave Michael’s Pharmacy. The next date for the clinic is July 17.

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. Please call The Kincardine Hearing Clinic at 1-855-396-6026 to book an appointment.






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, there were a number of equestrian entries in the Fall Fair parade held in 1960.

Remember Me 158

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



Remember Me 156

In Issue 156, we featured a photo of Fred Motes driving his steamer down Sarnia Street in July of 1962.


Remember Me 157

In Issue 157, the scene was set for Bayfield Lions’ Bingo during a carnival held in 1955.




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optimist club of bayfield

it was all child's play thanks to local club and kryart studio

Arielle Sturgeon, of Erin, ON tried out all aspects of Play Day, singing to the music that was playing as she created her masterpiece. Arts and crafts were an integral part of this year's Play Day as the Optimist Club teamed up with Kryart Studio and held the event in the studio's garden on Main Street.

It is estimated that about 100 people, the majority of them under four feet tall, took advantage of the two hours of fun offered up by the Optimist Club of Bayfield at their annual Play Day.

Ella Roat, of North Bay, keeps very still as Jennifer Black works her face painting magic.

IMG_5836Magician Daniel Steep shared his talent for making incredible balloon creations with Elliott Langley and his mom, Deborah. The Langley's hail from London but also cottage in Bayfield.

Six year-old Gregory Leitch, visiting from Singapore, volunteered to assist in Daniel Steep with a magic trick.

Gregory Leitch made the perfect magician's assistant playing up to the crowd like an old pro.


The Bayfield Optimists have found a new friend to play with. Play Day moved to the gardens at Kryart Studio for this year’s event held on July 7.

The move from the lawns at the Bayfield Town Hall to the gardens at 24 Main Street proved quite successful, while difficult to estimate exactly, it is estimated that about 100 children and parents took part in the two hour "come and go" event. The Optimists are very appreciative of the support of Kristyn Watterworth and her staff, who made arts and crafts a highlight of the morning.

Although the venue was new, traditional favorite activities like face painting and balloon creations were continued. The very talented Jennifer Black and Snippity the Clown were kept busy as youngsters waited patiently for their turns in the make-up chairs. At the stroke of noon, Magician Daniel Steep, of Clinton, mystified the audience with his slight-of-hand and humor. Following the show, he shared his talents for balloon making delighting many youngsters with their hearts’ desire.

Summer appetites were sated too with hotdogs and watermelon served to all who wished to partake.

Play Day is a free event brought to the community by the members of the Bayfield Optimist Club, who are proud to have the mandate, Friends of Youth.

The shady garden at Kryart Studio on Main Street was a buzz with activity on the morning of July 7 when the Optimist Club of Bayfield adapted their annual Play Day to this new location.


The possibilities at the Painting Station were as limitless as the color combinations that could be created.


Claire Schuneman, of Minneapolis, Minnesota, was one of the numerous youngsters that took part in Play Day.


Michella Tortelli, of Novi, Michigan, enjoyed helping Daniel Steep with a magic trick, however, she had plenty of trouble with the magic wand.


Madilynn Steadman, a Bayfield summer resident, seemed rather delighted with the balloon giraffe that Daniel Steep designed for her.


Many budding artists picked up a brush and added their ideas to the canvas during Play Day held in the gardens of Kryart Studio.



PIXILATED — image of the week

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Front Row Seats...By Janette Baillie

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


In the summer months Bayfield literally becomes a global village. I am often awed at just how far people come to enjoy our hospitality. On Saturday, when covering Play Day (see Photo Story) I met people visiting not only from London, Toronto and Kitchener but Michigan and Minnesota as well. I was at first a little startled when I met a family taking in the magic show that were visiting from Singapore, and then I thought to myself, how marvelous!

I guess the question I should of asked is if they read about the event in the Bayfield Breeze? After all, we have regular subscribers from around the world who use this publication as a touchstone to the village they adore.

So if you’re visiting Bayfield for the first time, welcome! Or if a trip to the village is a regular pilgrimage for generations of your family, welcome back! It really is marvelous to have you drop by. - Melody


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 519-565-2443.
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