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A Bayfield Community Fair timeline of events


“Remembering Canadian Country Dreams” is the theme of the 161st Bayfield Community Fair to be held this weekend, Aug. 18-20.

There is so much being jammed packed into two and half days that it is really difficult to know where to begin and what to include but the following is an overview of what visitors can expect. We recommend printing off this section of the Bayfield Breeze and taking it with you to the fair!

Admission prices: $10, weekend pass; $5 daily admission; free, children 12 and under; donation to Ag Society - Carnival Music Festival. 

Friday, Aug. 18

4:30 p.m. – The fair gates open and the midway fires up.

5 p.m. – Exhibits and concessions open so folks can see if they’ve won a ribbon or do some shopping. Ribs Fest begins and people can wash the meal down with a cool beverage as the Beer Garden opens. Hot Air Balloon Rides will be offered but maybe eat first!

6 p.m. – For those who prefer to keep their feet on the ground, train rides will be available starting behind the tent.

6:30 p.m. – The Odd Soul Collective will provide music at the Youth Talent Stage.

7 p.m. - The Fair is officially declared open and after that the dignitaries will be faced with a challenge! Upstairs in the Community Centre area youth will also face a challenge as they compete in the Rise 2 Fame Youth Talent Show.

9 p.m. – The evening will end with a bang, as a Fireworks Display will be held in Agriculture Park.

Saturday, Aug. 19

9 a.m. – The day dawns on the fair with a Western (Light) Horse Show in the Main Show Ring.

10 a.m. - Exhibits and concessions open for viewing and the Midway ramps back up.

11 a.m. – The Bayfield Community Parade will roll down Main Street along Clan Gregor Square and down John Street to Agriculture Park, as is tradition the spectators will follow to the fairgrounds.

Noon – The festivities really get going with Joey the Acrobat Guy performing in the arena and pipe bands filling the air with music on the grounds. The Discovery Tent will open with a display of “Reptiles in Huron County”. Wiggle cars, face painting, balloon animals and train rides should keep the youngsters occupied. The agricultural side of the fair will be enhanced by the 4H Dairy Achievement Day and the 4H Sheep Club Competition and the Friesian Horse Show all taking place on the grounds.

12:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.-  The afternoon is filled with all kinds of activity, be one the look out for the dunk tank, pedal mini-tractor pull, Trulee Odd performing, Joey The Acobat Guy and pig demonstrations.

6:30 p.m. - Carnival Music Festival begins with performances by "Boy in December” and “The Blacklist Social”. Due to circumstances beyond the control of organizers the headliner, “I Mother Earth” will no longer be performing at the fair. Advmission to the event will be by donation to the Agricultural Society. This evening of free music is sponsored by Lake Huron Chrysler and Dale Group Realty. The Beer Garden and Midway will still be running. 

9 p.m. The Midway will close but the music will continue until around 11 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 20

9 a.m. The final day of the fair begins with a Miniature Horse Show in the sideshow ring and the Outdoor Flea Market to be held in the ball diamond area.

10:30 a.m. “Prayers and Praise Under the Big Top” will be held when the four local churches come together for an interdenominational community church service. All are welcome.

11 a.m. The Heavy Horse Show will start in the main show ring and the reptile display is back in the Discovery Tent.

11:30 a.m. Midway opens for a final day of fun!

Noon until 5 p.m. Many of the Saturday children’s activities will be offered again along with events for all ages such as, Rise2Fame contestants from Friday night will be performing under the tent, a Jamboree will be held in the community centre, Adopt-a-pet Pet Rescue will be on hand with some furry friends in need of homes and there will be a Watermelon Challenge.

Hope to see you at the Fair!

Municipality releases press release about Arena Ice 

Editor's Note: The following is a press release issued by the Municipality of Bluewater on Aug. 13: 

On Aug. 8, Bluewater Council's Commitee of the Whole passed a motion to recommend to Council at their Aug. 21st meeting that the ice be removed at the Bayfield Arena.

The issue of whether the ice at the Bayfield Arena should remain or be removed dates back to Feb. 28, 2009 when a report called ‘Facility Review Report – Planning for the Future Today’ was presented for Council’s consideration. This report recommended that consideration be given to reconditioning the Bayfield rink surface. The reasons provided note that revenues do not justify the long-term capital required to continue operation as an ice surface facility and that, in the long term, it would take significantly less capital to renovate for more general use.

The report also noted: deficiencies in the general spatial layout; building envelope; structural system; roof design; mechanical systems; and size.

In 2013, staff updated the Facility Review Report and provided it to Council for consideration. The 2013 Facility Review Report noted: low ice utilization; repairs required to continue to provide long term ice; the opportunity to use the surface area without ice year around; the operating deficit, and that major ice tenants could be accommodated in other Bluewater facilities. (The Municipality of Bluewater currently operates three arenas.)

In 2013, a Commitee of Council was formed to discuss future uses of the Bayfield Arena and three public meetings took place, where input from the community was sought.

After this, the Bayfield Arena Community Partners Association's (BACPA) proposal to decrease the deficit by increasing revenues while reducing staff costs was accepted, meaning that Council agreed to provide ice surface at the Arena for another three years. This mandate is now up, and unfortunately, despite the BACPA’s best efforts, they did not meet their proposed goals, and the necessary increases in revenues and ice usage weren’t achieved.

On Aug. 4, both the BACPA and BFIT (Bayfield Facility Initiative Team) were given notice that a staff report on the issue was going to the Commitee of the Whole meeting on Aug. 8, and the report ‘Bayfield Arena — Ice Surface’ was made public on the municipal website as part of the Aug. 8, Commitee of the Whole agenda.

Meetings of the Commitee of the Whole are held prior to Council meetings specifically to ensure both transparency and accountability, and to allow members of the public to attend. Agenda items are always published on the Bluewater website the Friday before the meeting.

The report ‘Bayfield Arena — Ice Surface’ notes: the current deficit associated with the building; low ice usage; and the short-term capital costs associated to the building related to ice.

The vote at the Aug. 8 Commitee of the Whole meeting recommending that ice be removed from the Bayfield Arena effective April 2018 is one step in a long process which has allowed Bluewater residents to have their say along the way. A feasibility study on how the facility might be best used in the future has been recommended, and this would also need input from the community.

It is recognized that this issue raises strong feelings in the community. Bluewater Council works on behalf of its citizens with the aim of providing an excellent quality of life while keeping the tax burden low, and this balancing act is neither perfect nor easy.

Should Council make the decision on Aug. 21st to remove the ice from the Bayfield Arena, it will certainly not be an easy one.

Arena Partners respond to the ice removal recommendation 

The members of the Bayfield Arena Community Partner’s Association (BACPA) has always believed that ice usage success should always be determined by the community or by the smiles on the kids faces playing pickup hockey on the BACPA sponsored ice.

Initially the BACPA was formed to have a united voice to challenge the Municipality of Bluewater’s decision to cancel ice in the Village of Bayfield and surrounding area. We were informed by the Municipality that the facility was not being used enough and had a large deficit.

In 2014, BACPA put forward a Business Plan to increase all usage at the Bayfield Arena and Community Centre. This was projected long before they had any access to Bluewater financial records or operational standards.

In their investigation to change minds the BACPA discovered two important facts. First, they found that the actual cost to maintain ice in the Bayfield Arena is only $40,000 per year and that the balance of the deficit are overhead costs associated with the building’s other uses regardless of ice. Second, the BACPA discovered the building is virtually never used in the seven months outside of hockey season. Rentals were actually one per month.

“Our group felt that with improved marketing and our enthusiasm to see this succeed we could increase usage and reduce the deficit,” said Ron Keys, chair of the BACPA.

“In our third year we set our goal at 35 hours per week average usage. What we didn't know at that time was how Bluewater calculates usage, for some reason they will only count contracted ice,” said Keys. “This method calculates ice to be at 28.36 hrs/week. Our calculations show it is actually 29.42 hrs/week. On the financial side as usage continued to increase so did the deficit, this while Bluewater subsidized certain rentals to approximately $16,000 per year.”

According to Keys, over the past three years on no occasion did Bluewater Council discuss or pass any motion to set goals for BACPA and now they are using a three year- old projection as one reason for failure.

BACPA was notified on Friday, Aug. 4 about the pending report to be given on Aug. 8.

“The Community deserves more opportunity through public meetings. This definitely has been rushed. First, there was no request from Council for a staff recommendation. If the final motion is passed to end ice, this will be the final step to solidifying Bayfield as a retirement village. It is likely that young families will no longer want to live here and this will greatly affect property values and tax revenue for the Municipality.

“With very little discussion after Bayfield Ward Councilor Bill Whetstone reported to Council what was missing in the report, the motion passed quickly.”

Keys also noted that this report was expected, but was only meant to be a projection of ice cost over the next 2-3 years.

While there is always the risk of equipment failures, the operational cost of ice in Bayfield is $40,000 per year according to BACPA. Keys also stated that Bluewater to date has not reported the actual annual cost of ice, but does have $11,000 in reserve for a condenser at the present time, with another $10,000 set aside for radiant heat in reserve for the re-purposing.

BFIT members feel public meetings should take place 

Although the agenda for the Bluewater Council's Commitee of the Whole meeting was published on Friday, Aug. 4, as per process, the report was a huge surprise to the members of the Bayfield Facility Initiative Team (BFIT), as never has there been a motion from council to bring forward a recommendation on removing the ice, only a report for information.

No thought was given to the revamp costs of the facility, or the mission of BFIT, which could save taxpayers millions while providing a new facility for all ages - with, or without ice.
When dealing with such a sensitive issue that will have a permanent impact on the residents of Bayfield and the surrounding area, it would have been more respectful to meet with BFIT ahead of the release of the report to review and discuss options before taking this drastic step of ice removal.

BFIT feels strongly that a public meeting should take place so that residents can provide input before removing the ice and ask questions of the report released by the Municipality of Bluewater. The public should be allowed to discuss all pertinent information regarding costs presented in the report, plus discuss the effects ice removal will have on the economic development of the village.

BFIT is independently dedicated to bringing together residents of all ages by providing an environmentally sound facility for education, recreation and celebration to sustain and grow the community of Bayfield.

BFIT's vision is to "create a privately funded, multi-generational facility to promote, celebrate, and sustain health, wellness, and pride of individuals and families that make up Bayfield. The benefactors of the facility's educational, social, health, and recreational programs are of all ages, including residents, local business, service groups, and visitors. Your facility will be managed by a representative Board of local residents."

Martel book launch and photography workshops 

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As mentioned in last week’s Bayfield Breeze, The Photography Club of Bayfield (PCoB) is pleased to sponsor the launch of Don Martel’s book, “Loaves and Fishes” on Sept. 7.

The launch will be held from 7:30-9 p.m. at the Bayfield Town Hall and is open to the general public. Admission is by donation to the Alzheimers Society.

As a master photographer and great storyteller, Martel will share some of his experiences from his 8,200 KM solo bike ride across Canada in support of Alzheimers in words and photos. It was the inspiration he received from his encounters with hundreds of fellow Canadians that resulted in the book “Loaves and Fishes” All net sales proceeds of the book will also go to the Alzheimer’s Society of Canada.

In addition, Martel has also agreed to hold two photo workshops on Friday, Sept. 8 and Saturday, Sept. 9.

The first of these is called: “Introduction to Digital Photography” and will take place at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building on the Friday from 7-8:30 p.m.
This class, limited to 20 participants, is for anyone with a camera, from a smart phone to the latest digital SLR, who is not fully comfortable with the technology. The class will help you understand how your camera sees the world. Martel will explain how and why your camera sometimes does not appear to see things the way your eyes see them and then provide you with practical simple approaches to use this knowledge to your advantage when making photos.

The second workshop, called “Land and Water”, will also be in the Lions building and take place on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. After a break there will be an evening beach shoot starting at 7 p.m. In this workshop, restricted to a maximum of 12 people, you will learn tips, starting points and approaches to making great Landscapes and Waterscapes. You will learn about light, motion, landscapes, waterfalls, reflections and even spend some time with some useful post processing techniques.

The Friday workshop costs $10 and the all-day Saturday workshop costs $85. For any further questions or registration please contact Martel at 519 984-6329 or email You can also visit

Calendar launch this Friday

On Aug. 18, the Bayfield Lions’ Club and the Photography Club of Bayfield (PCoB) will be launching the 2018 Bayfield Calendar. The calendar is a joint project of the Lions and the PCoB.

“This year our theme was ‘Blue is the new Green’ and as a result, most of the submitted and ultimately selected photos emphasized water in all its forms,” said Jack Pal, chair of the Calendar Committee. “We continue to challenge our photographers and make changes which we hope the public will like.”

A short list of 18 was selected from over 265 entries this year. All members of the PCoB had a vote in selecting this final short list. The thirteen winners were determined by a vote by the members of the Lions’ Calendar Committee. Each of the selected photos has been enlarged and matted to a 16x20 size ready for framing. The unveiling of these photos will take place in the Farmer’s Market at 4 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 18. The enlarged prints will be available for immediate sale at a price of $40 and will include a free copy of the new calendar. The new calendar will also be offered for sale at a price of $10 and will be available at Shopbike Coffee Roasters, Bayfield Foodland and Dublin Mercantile in Bayfield as well as from Lions; members, PCoB members, community organizations and volunteers. All calendar proceeds go towards Lions’ projects in the community.

Organizers note that the calendars make wonderful gifts and mementos of Bayfield.

For those who miss the launch, there will be a display of all the calendar photos at the Bayfield Archives and Heritage Centre until the Bayfield Town Hall’s annual “Sunset on Summer” event on Sept. 2 when the prints and calendars will once again be displayed and offered for sale from 4:30-7 p.m. Net proceeds from that event to be shared between the Lions and town hall.

Anyone interested in submitting photos for next year, the theme will be “Architecture of the Bayfield Area”. Photographers will be encouraged to interpret the theme broadly and creatively. More submission details will be released in the near future.

Sunset on Summer will see return of silent auction 

The Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society (BTHHS) is hosting its fourth annual “Sunset on Summer” (SOS) family picnic on Saturday, Sept. 2 on the grounds of the Bayfield Town Hall.

The event will run from 4:30-8 p.m. and will feature BBQ chicken cooked during the picnic, along with baked beans, coleslaw, a roll and dessert. Bring your guests or you can enjoy take-out. “The Cosmic Cowboys”, from London, ON will provide the entertainment. They were 2017 Jack Richardson Music Awards nominees in the Folk/Roots category.

Activities at SOS will include, a Kiddy Korner, with help from The Purple Peony, located on Bayfield’s Main Street, as well as a return of the Thomas the Train table, sponsored by the CNR School Car in Clinton. As always, there will be a cash bar for adults.

Once again, the event will include a raffle/silent auction. Stay tuned for details. Also, the Bayfield Lions’ Club will be selling prints of the photos chosen for the 2018 Bayfield calendar (as opposed to the silent auction of previous years). The sale will take place from 4:30-7 p.m. with net proceeds being shared between the town hall and the Bayfield Lions’ Club.

The adult ticket price is $20 and children 12 years and younger are $10. In case of rain the event will move to the Bayfield Arena.

The proceeds from this event will go towards replenishing the town hall reserve funds necessary to maintain and preserve the 135-year-old Bayfield Town Hall. These funds were depleted by the expense of the beautiful new roof and new furnace installations in 2016.

Call the Bayfield Town Hall at 519 565-5788 or visit to purchase tickets. Anyone who calls the town hall is asked to leave a message and someone will return the call. Organizers are trying a new system with this event to ease the ticket-selling burden on the volunteer Board members. The Town Hall Box Office will be open from 1:30-3 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays to buy or pick up tickets. Volunteers will also have tickets available at the Farmers’ Market during market hours on Friday, Aug. 18 and 25 as well as Sept. 1. Tickets will also be available Fitness Classes held in the Bayfield Arena and Community Centre.

As was done last year, the town hall, as an active member of Bayfield’s Blue Community initiative, has purchased non-toxic, biodegradable, cups, plates, bowls, and cutlery. SOS will leave a smaller footprint on our environment.

The committee overseeing this BBQ is looking for volunteers to help with the event. There are several categories of volunteering, such as serving food, set up, clean up, handling tickets sales for the beer/wine tent and clearing tables. Anyone interested is asked to please call Sandy at 519 565-2830 or email her at

Funding for village video Series 

Last year, Regional Tourism Organization 4 Inc (RTO4) in partnership with Drift and the Bayfield Area Chamber of Commerce (BACC) launched a video storytelling series with the purpose of highlighting and amplifying the unique DNA draw of Bayfield - an artistic and heritage village, set on the shores of Lake Huron with an underlying theme of sustainability.

Building on its success RTO4 is pleased to be able to offer some seed funding for the continuation of the video storytelling series provided we find the right partner/story to feature on screen this year.

RTO4 will cover the cost of video production, estimated value $3,500. The partner will be responsible for $400 towards social media promotion and distribution on various agreed-upon channels.

Anyone interested in putting forward a nomination for this opportunity please email or call 519 271-7000 Ext. 205 by Aug. 25th. Please detail what the business or organization is and what you would like to highlight about Bayfield.



An online petition has been created regarding the proposed development at 89 Main Street South in the village. The petition entitled, “Preserve Bayfield, Ontario's heritage culture - say "NO" to corporate encroachment” that will be sent to the CAO of the Municipality of Bluewater Kyle Pratt. It was launched midday on July 11 and as of publishing time had generated 605 signatures.

For anyone interested in viewing the petition please visit:

Book Sale 

The Friends of the Bayfield Library (FOBL) will be hosting their annual Book Sale at the library. FOBL Members will be treated to a special preview sale on Friday, Aug. 18 from 1-5 p.m. Membership has its privileges.

The public sale will be held on Aug. 19, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Aug. 20 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Proceeds from the sale will go to FOBL projects and programs.

People can help the FOBL by donating gently used recent books, puzzles and games. Drop off times are between 1-5 p.m. only on Aug. 11, Aug. 15-16 due to space restrictions.

Organizers ask that commercial book dealers come on Sunday only after 1 p.m. to get deals!


Knox Presbyterian Church, Bayfield is once again hosting, “Kintail on the Road” bringing a Christian day camp to the village.

The fun has already begun so call to register campers from JK to Grade 6 by calling 519 565-2913 and leaving a message.

Camp takes place every Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. until Aug. 23rd. The cost to attend is $5 per child each week or $7 for two or more children. All snacks and lunch are included in the price.

Qualified counselors along with Leaders-in-Training lead the campers in songs, games, outdoor activities and crafts for a fun filled day.

The Bayfield Community Fair has something for everyone and it is scheduled for Aug. 18-20.


The Friends of the Bayfield Library (FOBL) would like to invite everyone to their annual general meeting that will take place in the Bayfield Branch of the Huron County Library on Sept. 9, at 10 a.m.

Anyone who is interested in volunteering with the FOBL as a board member or in other capacities, please contact the friends via


Safe Harbour Run in support of the Huron Women’s Shelter is fast approaching.

Early registration for the Safe Harbour Run to be held on Aug. 20 will close Thursday, Aug. 17 at midnight. Entry is limited to 250 people. Should there be fewer than 250 registered at that time, same day registration will take place at 7:30 a.m. on day of the race. Please note, however, that “day of” fees are higher than advanced registration fees.

The event is open to all ages. It is part of the competitive Runpikers Series sponsored by Runners’ Choice but is also a popular recreational run.

Cash prizes are awarded for all winners of all age categories in the 5 KM and 10 KM events.

Because Bayfield is a centre for pole walking and walking, this year’s event also features a 5 KM walk for these enthusiasts. The 2 KM walk/run event is open to folks of any age with a special welcome to para-athletes.

Every participant will receive a gift package that exceeds a $12 in value.

All participants are asked to sign in at Clan Gregor Square near the Bayfield Town Hall beginning at 7:30 a.m. Coffee will be available.

Organizers would like to thank the 62 sponsors that provide the funding to operate this event so that the Huron Women’s Shelter will receive 80 per cent while Blue Bayfield will accept the remainder and both groups can use the money from registration to help with their work.

To register visit

Fair Church Service 

In what is becoming an important part of the Bayfield Community Fair, local churches will gather together for a community worship service at the fairgrounds on Sunday, Aug. 20.

Starting at 10:30 a.m., “Prayer and Praise Under the Big Top” will commence. This year rather than having a guest speaker, there will be an old-fashioned gospel hymn sing with many favorite tunes. Special guest musicians will be featured, along with a choir amassed from the five local churches involved.

A special offering will go towards the Red Cross appeal to help victims of British Columbia’s wildfires. Regular church offering envelopes will also be collected and returned to individual churches.

The service is organized with leadership from St. Andrews United, Knox Presbyterian, Trinity and St. James Middleton Anglican churches and The Church on the Way. Everyone is welcome to attend, rain or shine, under the fairgrounds tent.

Archives' painting 

You have heard of an old fashion ‘barn raising’, well, the Bayfield Historical Society (BHS) is having a ‘building painting’ and they are looking for volunteers to help. All that is needed is a paintbrush, scraper, some clothes to wear while painting and a positive attitude. Anyone who doesn’t have a paintbrush or scraper should then just bring the positive attitude. Supervision will be provided if requested.

Volunteers will be painting the exterior of the Archives Building and Heritage Centre on Saturday, Sept. 9 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Coffee and muffins will be available. A small crew is needed for Friday, Sept. 8 from 10 a.m. to noon to scrape, sand and prime a few areas on the south and west sides as well as caulk some of the window frames.

Anyone who is able to help then should please call the BHS at 519 441-3224 and leave a message indicating when they can help - Friday, Saturday or both days. Anyone who can bring a step or extension ladder should indicate that as well. Please note that the painting event will be rescheduled if it rains.

Tai Chi

People from all walks of life and across the world tell how the practice of Taoist Tai Chi® arts has relieved stress, provided deep relaxation, given their bodies balance and strength, helped with pain, lifted spirits and even changed their outlook on life.

Beginner classes are being offered in Bayfield starting in September. All are welcome to attend these classes taught by an accredited, volunteer instructor.

An Open House and free class will be held on Thursday, Sept. 7, from 9–10:30 a.m. at the Bayfield Town Hall. Beginner classes will continue on Thursdays from 9-11 a.m. AM at the town hall. 

For more information call Doug Brown at 519 565-5187.

Artist Guild

The Bayfield Artist Guild is hosting an Art Show and Sale and Learn to Paint event on Aug 19.

The location of the event will be the lawn of the Lighthouse Cottage, on the corner of Tuyll, Chiniquy and Colina Streets, across from Pioneer Park. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. come out to see artists at work, buy a piece for the cottage, or sit down to paint one of your own! The rain date for this event is Aug. 26.

The Bayfield Artist Guild meets every two weeks (June through Sept.) on Friday mornings, to paint in various locations around town. If you would like to join us whether abeginner, intermediate, or experienced artist please email for more information.


The Bayfield Historical Society (BHS) is delighted to announce that the speakers for the August meeting will be members of the fun loving and locally famous Bayfield Ukulele Society (BUS).

This fast growing group has grown from two members to 16 in just two years; they get together at the library, generate some great music and have a great time.

If you want to learn their story, if you are searching for a fun social activity to join or are simply curious about this group please plan to attend the BHS evening. It will be held on Monday, Aug. 28 commencing at 7:30 p.m. at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building.

Refreshments will be served at the conclusion of the meeting, memberships are available and all are welcome to attend.

BHS Quilt

In celebration of the upcoming 100th International Plowing Match, the Bayfield Historical Society would like people to share their favorite memories, places, and things about Bayfield by writing on a “piece” of this quilt block. This quilt block will be on display at the society’s booth in the IPM Heritage Tent. (Submitted photo)

In celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday and the upcoming 100th International Plowing Match, the Bayfield Historical Society (BHS) has initiated a small project to share memories of Bayfield.

Organizers would like to make the project a community one and ask that people share their favorite memories, places, and things about Bayfield by using permanent markers to write on a “piece” of the quilt block. This quilt block will be on display at the society’s booth in the IPM Heritage Tent.

People can participate in this project and share a memory by visiting the Bayfield Heritage Centre and Archives at 20 Main St. N during their hours of operation (Wednesday-Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.). A donation to participate would be appreciated. Sharing a memory on the quilt block will be based on a first come basis.

ONe care 

One Care will continue to offer morning fitness classes at the arena on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings starting Sept. 6. The schedule will be posted on the arena door and outdoor bulletin board at the library. Some exciting new classes will be added to the line-up.

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Bayfield has been fortunate to receive funding through the provincial government’s Seniors Community Grant Program. Some of this funding will be used to provide new fitness opportunities for seniors that emphasize mindfulness and relaxation.
These classes will be offered later in the day so people who still work might be able to fit them into their schedules.

“NIA” will begin on Sept. 12 at 5:30 p.m. in the Bayfield Community Centre. NIA classes combine dance, martial arts and mindfulness techniques. According to practioners, flexibility, mobility, agility, strength and stability will all be enhanced. The goal is to leave the class energized and relaxed. Participants may do the class in bare feet or soft flexible sneakers that will bend with your movements.

According to Wikepedia, the NIA technique is a mind/body physical conditioning program that initially stood for Non-Impact Aerobics, a health and fitness alternative that emerged in the 1980s and evolved to include neurological integrative practices and teachings.

The first Total Body Relax class will be held on Sept. 28, also at 5:30 p.m. at the community centre. Total Body Relax offers a gentle approach to stretching, toning and relaxing muscles. Participants are asked to bring a yoga mat, towel or blanket and a small pillow. Note some Total Body Relax classes will be held at the arena and some at the Bayfield Town Hall.

All are invited to come out and give one of these classes a try. There is no charge for either class. Please email plewington for more information.


9016446365_9f0b0ba706_z Morning along the Sawmill Trail. (Photo by Jack Pal)

On Aug. 24, the Bayfield River Valley Trail Assocition will be hosting a hike along the Sawmill Trail.

This walk features a range of historical and natural points of interest. Naturalists will enjoy the changing terrain, varied plant life and the telltale signs of abundant wildlife. The trail is 2 KM long with a Level 2 difficulty although there is one large hill, and will take approximately 1 hour. The hike will begin at 9 a.m.

To access the trail turn east on Old River Road, proceed .5 KM and turn right at Sawmill Road. Parking is available. All are welcome to join the hike!

The hike leaders will be Chris Bowers and Elise Feltrin, 519 565-5852.

Bayfield Mews 

The residents of the Bayfield Mews are happy to announce that the development is now on it’s final phase as Phase Two residences are now being sold and the 39 homes in the first phase of the project are now sold out!

As “it’s all about community” at the Bayfield Mews the residents are opening their doors for people to come out and tour three of the beautiful townhome styles available in this 55 plus adult lifestyle community.

At this event to be held on Sept. 2 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in addition to the tour people will be treated to a hotdog BBQ and refreshments will also be served.

The Bayfield Mews homes can be found along Bayfield Mews Lane just south of the village.




Canadian coasters visit iceculture on their journey

20170727_114637Close to 100 classic vehicles towing travel trailers, many of them around the same age, were part of a convoy that originated in British Columbia and hit the Ontario border on July 20 - all part of the World’s Greatest Car Tour organized to coincide with Canada’s 150th birthday. (Submitted photo)  

Hensall was packed with cars and trailers last week as the Canadian Coasters rolled in to town. Close to 100 classic vehicles towing travel trailers, many of them around the same age, were part of a convoy that originated in British Columbia and hit the Ontario border on July 20 - all part of the World’s Greatest Car Tour organized to coincide with Canada’s 150th birthday.

The stop in Hensall was to visit Iceculture to take in the company’s tour package that included the freezer showroom with a replica of the now famous Canadian Tire ice truck.

From Hensall, the Coasters as they are affectionately called, moved on to Chatham and will then head for Niagara Falls before they take on the last leg to the East Coast where they will dip their wheels in the Atlantic. The coast-to-coast itinerary embraces 10 provinces, seven time zones and covers 8,000 KMs.

Wagonmaster, Fraser Fields and his wife, Dorothy, of Deroche, BC, organizers of the two month long event said, “Our trip involves 7,000 camping nights. We stick to small towns wherever we can and see as much of Canada as we can along the way. It takes a lot of organizing when you include unique stops such as our visit to Iceculture.”

20170727_114844Vehicles included hot-rodded Ford sedans, a restored British panel van, two vintage buses and a wagon, formerly with the Victoria Police Department.  

The Fields are travelling with their grandson, Lucas. They drive a 1969 Pontiac Super Ambulance. Fraser was a paramedic for 30 years this explains his interest in ambulances and he has restored several over the years.

Other vehicles included hot-rodded Ford sedans, a restored British panel van, two vintage buses and a wagon, formerly with the Victoria Police Department.

Canadian Coaster tours are held every 10 years or so and very often are tied in with a special, celebration. In 1967, for instance, Expo 67 was being held in Montreal. That year, there were 125 car buffs taking part, but the enthusiasm was such that only six eventually arrived on the East Coast. Tours alternate starting points, on one occasion travelling west to east, and then in the other direction.

Iceculture’s tour program is in full swing and any group wanting to see through this interesting facility should contact Janet Marriage at 519 262-3500, Ext. 222. It is a 90-minute tour for visitors of all ages.

20170727_114724The coast-to-coast itinerary embraced 10 provinces, seven time zones and covered 8,000 KMs.  

Canadian Coasters (6)Canadian Coaster tours are held every 10 years or so and very often are tied in with a special, celebration.  

 Moments Matter Campaign gathers momentum 

Daryl BallDaryl Ball and family donated $25,000 to the Huron Residential Hospice. "Huron County has been very good to the Ball Family over the generations and this is a small contribution back to Huron County," said Daryl regarding the donation. (Submitted photo)  

What do we live for, if not to make life less difficult for each other?” - George Eliot

The Huron Residential Hospice is now a reality in Huron County – and campaign volunteers are in need of help.

“We are so thrilled to have received the support of the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care to make residential hospice care in Huron County possible. While ministry funding will support our ongoing operations, we will need the help and support of our compassionate community to cover the capital costs,” said Gwen Devereaux, chair of the Moments Matter Campaign for the Huron Residential Hospice.

Devereaux went on to say that, “The support of our community will be essential over the next few months, so I am appealing to you to make this your charity of choice in 2017. Individually and through your organizations we are seeing already what I know the people of Huron County to be - generous and caring for their family and friends in the community. Your donation at this time means everything to our team of very dedicated volunteers.”

Some of the contributions recognized by the Moments Matter Campaign include: Arbor Foundation/McCallum & Palla Funeral Home, of Goderich - $1200; Huron County Warden Jim Ginn’s Golf Tournament - $11,000; St. Elizabeth's $1,115 matched funding from the St Elizabeth Team at the Hike for Hospice; Goderich Lions’ Club - $50,000; Daryl Ball and family - $25 000; Goderich Place Strawberry Social- $1,000; and Moore’s Catering from Pluckin’ Fest in Clinton, $365.

“We cannot thank you enough for what you have given us to date, and we are thrilled by the number of community members coming forward with ideas for fund raising events across all of the communities in Huron County,” concluded Devereaux. “Please help us reach our goal of $2.1 million for our Moments Matter Capital Campaign. Every amount brings us closer to our goal of making this service available in our community in the pring of 2018.”



The annual Iceculture Wackabout Golf Tournament returns to the Bayview Golf Club on Friday, Sept. 15 with proceeds going to the Bayfield Area Family Health Team expansion project. The tournament was revived last year after a 15-year break specifically to raise money for the new clinic.

In 2016, 94 golfers participated and early indications are the 2017 event will attract a full house of 144 players. In the past, the four-person, scramble format was popular with all those who participated.

It is an open tournament and anyone interested in taking part can contact organizer, Julian Bayley for further details at 519 857-6654 or by e-mail at

Maitland El Camino 

The Maitland Trail Association is a charitable organization established in 1975 with the mission of maintaining and developing trails in the Maitland Valley for discovery and appreciation of the natural environment.

The Maitland Trail Association’s Board of Directors is pleased to announce the 2017 El Camino event. This year’s two-day, 49 KM hike along the Maitland Trail will take place over the weekend of Sept. 23-24.

The hike begins in Auburn and follows the beautiful, winding route of the Maitland River, finishing in beautiful Goderich, on the shores of Lake Huron. Participants will traverse wide rambling trails and challenging hills, hiking through towering forests, past farmland, river vistas and autumn meadows. They may see wildlife, including deer, eagles, ravens, salamanders, snakes and toads. Along the route there will be checkpoints where water and snacks will be provided, and enthusiastic volunteers will cheer you on. Participants may choose to hike the entire 49 KM trail, or select shorter distances to challenge themselves with.

The Harvest Supper on Saturday evening will be a casual meal with delicious, locally sourced choices. The supper is a chance to kick back and refuel after a successful hike, share stories and meet other hiking enthusiasts from across the province.

Registration is now open at and spaces are filling up quickly. The cost for the two-day hike is $25 for adults and $10 for children. This fee includes, shuttles, trail maps, water and snacks, and a souvenir badge upon completion.

Visit or contact for more information about this exciting event.

Trip of the month 

Trip Winner August 2017 Munn Bill and Marlene Munn

Bluewater Area Family Health Team (BAFHT) is pleased to announce that Marlene and Bill Munn of Hensall, are the winners of the eighth draw in BAFHT’s Trip A Month lottery. The August prize is a $2,000 travel voucher package. The lottery continues with monthly draws for vacation packages to various destinations on the first Friday throughout 2017.

The Trip A Month lottery is part of BAFHT’s ongoing fundraising campaign to raise over $600,000 for its building expansion and renovation project. Nearly a half of the goal has been raised to date so organizers are looking for continued support. BAFHT is a registered charity and tax receipts will be issued for donations.

For further details on the project or to join the BAFHT patient roster or to donate, people are asked to contact Paula at or 519236-4413.

IPM Food Court 

Nine local farm groups are uniting together at the International Plowing Match (IPM) and Rural Expo 2017 to offer local food selections, showcasing Huron County’s strength in agriculture.

Organized as a food court underneath a Calhoun Super Structure food will be served everyday of the IPM from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Breakfast sandwiches will be offered to 11 a.m. with a variety of options available for lunch and dinner from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The food court will showcase the commodity groups working together in a united fashion.

“The breakfast sandwich is egg, bacon, and cheese on a bun – so right there we have the egg farmers, the pork producers, the dairy producers and the grain farmers. Four commodity groups in one sandwich,” explained committee member Margaret Vincent, Member Service representative for the Huron-Perth Ontario Federation of Agriculture.

This coordination and food court idea at IPMs is unique to counties in Midwestern Ontario. It was first organized in Perth County at IPM 2005 and then Bruce County recreated it at IPM 2008. Perth County executed it again at IPM 2013, offering the inspiration for Huron County IPM 2017 to follow suit. Funds raised from the food court will be reinvested back into Huron County agriculture initiatives. The full list of the commodity groups involved is: Huron County Beef Producers, Huron County Dairy Producers, Huron County Egg Farmers, Huron County Grain Farmers of Ontario, Huron County Federation of Agriculture, Huron County Pork Producers, Local Chicken Farmers of Ontario, Local Huron County Turkey Farmers and Sheep Producers Local OSMA District #3.

Next door to the Huron County Food Court visitors can tour the Ontario Federation of Agriculture exhibit booth, which highlights their work across the province. For more information about the commodities listed above, check them out at the education tent.

IPM 2017 takes place Sept. 19-23, with advanced tickets being sold at every municipal office in Huron County for $15 until the September holiday weekend. Tickets will be available at the gates on the day of for $18 per person. More information about all the entertainment schedules and programming for IPM 2017 can be found online at or the Facebook Page Huron IPM 2017.






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, local artist Agnes Metcalf is shown at work circa 1945. Does anyone remember her? (Archives Code: PB10073 PC)

PB10073 PC Remember Me 424 

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



PB10091 PC Mrs McLeod, Aunt Violet, and Jill, June 26, 1944 

In Issue 422, we feature a picture recorded to include Mrs McLeod, Aunt Violet, and Jill taken on June 26, 1944. Does anyone remember them? (Archives Code: PB10091 PC)



In Issue 423, an image submitted by a subscriber depicts some fun on the courts by members of the Bayfield International Croquet Club back in the days when the dress code was less formal and the beverage of choice could be found in a stubby bottle. Does anyone recognize any of the players?

A subcriber wrote in to identify the men in this photo as l-r: Mr. Raymond Bauer, Dr. William A. Tillmann, Mr. Hubert Gregory, Dr. Jack Walters and Dr. Gill Heseltine

Tillmann, Gregory and Walters were three of the founding members of the Bayfield International Croquet Club. The photo would have been taken circa 1975.

Reader Lorne Cook, also wrote in to say, “I believe the gentleman trying to whack the balls in the photo ais the great Dr. Bill Tillmann at the old course known as ‘Foamy Acres’. My dad was also active in the initial forming of the club as well as an active player.”



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first time events bring new energy to antique show

IMG_8510This box on display at Nortiques booth was a golden prize to sift through for any avid pin collector.  

 IMG_8514J.R. Kennedy Antiques welcomed visitors to their booth at the show on Sunday afternoon.

 IMG_8522This beautiful "Reliable" doll was available for purchase from Country-style Antiques during the Bayfield Antique and Collectables Show and Sale held on Aug. 11-13 at the Bayfield Arena.  

IMG_8524 Gery Wilson Antiques brought a collection of tobacco tins to the 32nd annual Bayfield Antique and Collectables Show and Sale this past weekend.

IMG_8556 Show visitor, Ina Fisher, of Clinton, was very interested in the fabrics the vintage clothing was made of and she asked to examine the dress worn by Terry Boa-Youmatoff.

IMG_8534Bayfield Guiding had a booth at the show that brought back many memories for women who stopped by to look at the vintage uniform collection some of which was from a private collection while uniforms from the earliest days of Guiding in Canada, all the way back to 1910, were on loan from the Girl Guides of Canada Archives in Toronto.  

IMG_8576Deb Stright was dressed for fun and sporting a single hoop earring, an homage to the film, "To Sir With Love".

IMG_8540Nikki Andrew was ready for a garden party in this bright and cheery ensemble.

IMG_8545Emily Pounder-Dunbar would have been the best hostess she could be in this 70s dress and hand detailed apron. Cocktails anyone?


IMG_8566Jamie Thomas simply adored modelling this vintage dress from JMR Collections on Bayfield's Main Street on Sunday afternoon at the Bayfield Antique and Collectibles Show and Sale.

IMG_8559 Deb Stright chatted with shoppers at the show on Sunday afternoon while modelling a vintage outfit from JMR Collections on the village's Main Street.


IMG_8573Pam Walters enjoyed interacting with visitors to the show during the Vintage Fashion Parade on Sunday.  

IMG_8577Sunday's Vintage Fashion Parade sponsored by JMR Collections on Main Street in Bayfield caught the attention of show visitors. Terry Boa-Youmattoff looked simply elegant in this attire suitable perhaps for a late summer wedding.






The families and friends of Trinity Anglican Church held their 32nd annual Bayfield Antique Show and Sale on Aug. 11-13.

In 1985, the event was first organized as the Bayfield Antique Fair and Sale. It was, and remains, a fundraiser for Trinity Anglican Church in Bayfield.

The participating vendors brought an impressive collection of antiques and collectibles, big and small, to suit every taste and pocketbook. The arena floor was arranged with an impressive array of quality antiques and collectibles such as Canadiana, furniture, books, porcelain, silver, estate and costume jewelry and antique toys.

In addition the Huron County Museum brought some fun pieces from their historic local collection of clothing and household items. And the members of Bayfield Guiding brought out a collection of vintage uniforms that dated from 1910 to present day. Many women stopped by the booth to find the uniform pieces they used to wear and chat about the badges on display. Some of the uniforms were on loan from the Girl Guides of Canada Archives in Toronto while more recent pieces were from a private collection.

The Gala Evening Opening Celebration was held on Friday night, and in addition to getting a sneak peak at the offerings for sale, the attendees were treated to wine and cheese. There was also a sneak preview of the Vintage Fashion Parade to be held on Sunday afternoon with models Jamie Thomas, Terry Boa- Youmatoff, Tara Klueskens and Evelyn Wright mingling with visitors to the show in vintage clothing from JMR Collections on Main Street in the village.

Also new this year was “Your Passport to Future Treasures” visitors to the show were encouraged to get their passport stamped at the vendor booths to be eligible to enter into a raffle for three awesome prize packages. The prizes were Bayfield Shopping Experiences that included gift certificates to local shops, restaurants, cafes and overnight accommodations. The participating businesses were The Loft B&B, The Ashwood Bourbon Bar, The Spa in Bayfield, The Pink Flamingo Bakery, The Village Bookshop, Rosie’s Ice Cream Shoppe, The Ashwood Inn, Shop Bike Coffee, The Gravy Boat, The Purple Peony and the Bayfield Historical Society. The three winners were: first prize B.A. Snell, gift certificates totalling an approximate value of $280; second prize, Chris Runstedler,  $220 value; and third prize,   Linda Doughty, $100 value. 

Gold Coast Landscaping also created an inviting display of colorful flowers at the entrance to the show.

Another new feature of the 2017 show was held on Saturday afternoon when folks had an opportunity to have family heirlooms or special finds appraised by Tim Saunders, of Three Squirrels Antiques in Bayfield, for a donation to the church.

On Sunday afternoon the ladies once again took to the arena floor for the Vintage Fashion Parade. People enjoyed the looks created by Judy Roth at JMR Collections and the models really had a lot of fun in their looks from the 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s. The models were Jamie Thomas, Terry Boa-Youmatoff, Emily Pounder-Dunbar, Pam Walters, Deb Stright, Sandy Scotchmer and Nikki Andrew.

The café organized by church members and friends kept shoppers sated both Saturday and Sunday with a selection of sandwiches, tea, coffee and delicious homemade sweets.

All proceeds from the event go toward church needs and outreach programs.

IMG_8498Tracy Saunders, of Three Squirrel Antiques, makes a little adjustment to one of the many pieces of furniture the local business had for sale at the show.

IMG_8511Jamie Thomas looked like she was ready to walk the red carpet in this fun number from the 80s.

IMG_8513Royal memorabilia is always a part of any antique show as evidenced by this striking image of Queen Elizabeth II.

IMG_8570Sandy Scotchmer rocked this little romper number complete with a removable leg revealing skirt!  

IMG_8581Vintage Fashion Parade Model Nikki Andrew wowed those watching with an elegant party look on Sunday afternoon.  



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Big Daddy Sunflower: ...By Jane Seifried

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


"First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me."

I have seen this poem written by German Lutheran pastor Martin Niemöller (1892–1984) pop up in social media a lot in the last six months. It is about the cowardice of German intellectuals following the Nazis' rise to power. According to Wikepedia, the pastor wrote it in 1946. He himself was a survivor of a concentration camp. People have used its rythmns to support their own feelings with regards to the state of the world today. I dedicate this traditional version in memory of Heather Heyer who was killed on Saturday in Charlottesville, Virginia, USA.

Her last entry on her Facebook Page was “If you’re not outraged, you’re not paying attention.”

A simple yet powerfully worded sentence 70 years on.- Melody


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