Bookmark and Share   Aug. 29, 2018   Vol. 10 Week 35 Issue 477

new chapter for 13 The Square


IMG_5925Phyllis McTaggart wanted The Spa in Bayfield and the house it resided in, 13 The Square, to be a happy place. She painted it in the colors of Provence - blues, greens, yellows and terra cottas. The home that welcomed spa guests for nearly 20 years is now for sale.  

The stately residence that stands at 13 The Square in Bayfield and current owner Phyllis McTaggart have had a twenty-year friendship. She remembers fondly when they were first really introduced.

“It was August 1998 and I was walking past the house with a friend on our way to the town hall for my daughter’s wedding reception. It was for sale. My friend said that house needs to be made happy again and she suggested that I was just the person to do it,” recalled McTaggart.

At that time McTaggart had just finished a renovation on the King’s Bakery building on Main Street (home to The Village Bookshop today) so the timing seemed right to start another project.

“I remember spending lots of late nights here, painting at 3 a.m. the “ghosts” were happy, they were alright, and well so was I,” she said.

McTaggart noted that the property the house is on was purchased by Dr. Richard Stanbury around 1864 and she believes that at one time he owned all the way back to the lake. Village histories state that the house was built in 1880. The cottage next to it at 12 The Square was also built by the doctor and records indicate it was constructed in 1878.

Stanbury was a practicing physician and also served as reeve of the village. According to the “Village of Bayfield – Huron Historical Notes” published in 2009, “The Stanbury family lived in the home until the early 1900s. Archie Galbraith was the next owner living alone for some years until he sold it to a Mr. and Mrs. William Stinson. In the 1950s the home was converted into a nursing home by a Mrs. Kelly. It was returned to a private dwelling when the Maloney family purchased it. Finally, Norman and Pat Cooper, of Mount Clement, MI, purchased the property.” It was Pat Cooper that sold the house to McTaggart.

In the Bayfield Heritage Conservation District Plan, the home has been described as a, “flamboyantly designed residence with soaring tower, bay windows, verandahs, different colored brick and roof trim.”

At the time of purchase McTaggart had been volunteering with the Wellspring Centres for cancer support in the Toronto area (and she still does today) and they suggested that she could open a similar place in this century old home. McTaggart found the thought daunting with the number of volunteers and supports that would be needed to make it work. However, a seed was planted – perhaps the home would make the perfect setting for a spa?

“Of course, I knew nothing about running a spa and I’ve been learning for 20 years,” she said.

The Spa in Bayfield opened in the summer of 1999. Over those two decades the services and programs offered within the walls of the old Stanbury residence have continued to evolve. In addition to the usual items on a spa menu like facials, manicures, pedicures and massage, Reiki, Yoga and meditation have been provided. There have also been services offered by a naturopath, a medium, a Doctor of Chinese Medicine and an art therapist just to name a few.

“My goal was to make this a happy place. I learned a lot and met a lot of terrific people. I did not want this spa to be a bright, white, sterile environment. I wanted people to feel comfortable here and happy when they left. And we were so fortunate that in all the years we were here we had very, very few people who made a negative comment about our services.”

But before the spa could open McTaggart, along with her husband, Gordon, worked tirelessly to create that happy place. They added on a sunroom just off the library where a door once went to nowhere. They put in a fireplace and removed layer upon layer of linoleum off the floors to expose the original floors where possible. They upgraded the electrical, did a stucco treatment on all walls and painted them the colors of Provence, blues, yellows, greens and terra cotta. They replaced some ceilings and refinished and repainted the woodwork. They put a pond in the backyard and some years later added a Labyrinth.

The couple reside in Port Credit, ON but Phyllis has been coming to Bayfield since she was 14 years-old, first with her future husband’s family as Gordon’s grandparents lived in Clinton. Then in 1985 the pair purchased property in Bayfield Highlands.

IMG_5935The next chapter for 13 The Square is yet to be written as the home to The Spa in Bayfield for the past 20 years is now for sale and an "auction" of contents will be held on Sept. 1.  

People driving and walking by The Spa in Bayfield will have noticed that a “For Sale” sign is on the lawn. The business is now closed. McTaggart is selling off the contents of the house and all of the items that made it a functioning spa. She has enlisted, “Sell My Stuff” based out of London to help. They will be holding an “auction” on the property starting at 9 a.m. on Sept. 1. It will be a bitter sweet day both for the owner of the spa and the woman running the sale.

“She has been coming to the spa every October for the last 15 years with her girlfriends and when I contacted her to see if she’d run the event she said, ‘Oh no, where are we going to go now?’”

All who attend the sale will be given a number and they will be allowed into the house 20 at a time to browse. All items will be priced and people will have to purchase what they want on the spot – a sold sticker will then be placed on the item.

Once all the dust settles, perhaps someone walking by will, like McTaggart did all those years ago, think that they too can make the space happy again and then the next chapter in the tale of 13 The Square will be written.

Town hall family picnic set for this saturday evening 

36888555511_32443d76bd_kMrs. Melanbacher prepared the chicken for the 2017 Sunset on Summer Family Picnic. This year the event will be held on Saturday, Sept. 1 at the Bayfield Town Hall. (Photo by Jack Pal)

The Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society (BTHHS) is hosting its fifth annual “Sunset on Summer” family picnic on Saturday, Sept. 1 on the grounds of the Bayfield Town Hall (and in case of rain at the Bayfield Arena).

Music runs from 4-7 p.m. and food will be served from 4:30-7:30 p.m. This year roasted potatoes will be included with the traditional BBQ chicken, baked beans, coleslaw, a roll and dessert.

Bring your guests or you can enjoy take-out. Entertainment will be provided by “The Cosmic Cowboys”, from London, ON, 2017 Jack Richardson Music Awards nominee in the Folk/Roots category. Activities include a Kiddy Korner (with help from The Purple Peony) for the children. As always, there will be a cash bar for adults.

Once again, the event will include a silent auction with a variety of fun items. Also, the Bayfield Lions’ Club will be selling prints of the photos chosen for the 2019 Bayfield calendar. 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. The proceeds from this event will go towards replenishing the reserve funds necessary to maintain and preserve the 135-year-old Bayfield Town Hall.

The organizers are hoping that people will purchase their tickets early to ensure that sufficient quantities of food are ordered. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Town Hall at 519 565-5788 as well as through Ticketscene.ca. If you call the Town Hall, just leave a message and someone will get back to you. The Town Hall Box Office will be open from 1:30-3 p.m. on Thursdays to buy or pick up your tickets. Tickets will also be available at the Bayfield Farmers’ Market during market hours on Friday, Aug. 31, and at Fitness Classes in the Bayfield Arena.

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. Sunset on Summer will leave a smaller footprint on our environment.

This is a community event and the committee is looking for volunteers to help with serving food, set up, clean up, handling tickets sales for the beer/wine tent and clearing tables. Anyone interested is asked to please email Diane at diane@dianesnell.ca.

 Library Friends explain where the money goes 

The Friends of the Bayfield Library (FOBL) Book Sale was a huge success due to the generosity of members and the community.

What does FOBL do with the money raised from the Book Sale and the new Book Bag? Here are some of projects they have contributed to, or organized in the past few years:

• Coffee and conversation: Weekly coffee and treats accompanied by friendly, casual conversation (October thru April)

• Children’s programs: Bi-Annual fun things for children including the popular Gingerbread Cookie Decorating during "Christmas in Bayfield"

• Saturdays at the Library: Monthly Speakers Series (January thru May) on a wide variety of interesting subjects from art, travel, music and health.

• Read to Baby Bundle: Contribution to this literary program for babies

• Bayfield Library fifth birthday party: A celebration for the Bayfield Public Library including cake, lemonade, signing a memory quilt, and souvenir pics with “Bob the Book” for the kids.

• Purchased: blinds for the library's community room, tables for Home4Good, honorarium for Speakers Series, Selphy printer for printing kids' photos with Santa, advertisement materials, various supplies for children's programs.

For more information on FOBL and what they do, please visit their website at www.fobl.ca.


farmers' market

This Friday organizers welcome Master Sharpener Suzy Lankin back to the Bayfield Farmers' Market.
“Bring your dull blades and utensils down to Clan Gregor Square, and be prepared to wait. Customers kept Suzy and her husband very busy during her last visit!” said Mary Brown, Market coordinator.

Brown sends best wishes to Judy Roth as she will close the doors on JMR Collections this weekend.

“The Bayfield community is sad to say goodbye to this lovely store but the good news is that Judy will be rejoining us at the market beginning Sept. 7,” Brown said.

She added, “If you've yet to visit Corrine Everson Papercrafts' stall, you're missing out! Corrine offers an incredible variety of unique handmade greeting cards that can be personalized on the spot. Corrine is taking a well-deserved break this Friday, but she'll back at the Market on Sept. 7.”

The Market Coordinator would also like to offer a reminder to boaters that they are very welcome at the market. There is a great little wagon available that can be borrowed to transport purchases back to the marina.

Aug. 31 will feature the usual lineup of outstanding vendors, offering the best of locally produced veggies, fruit, meat, bread, granola, wine, cider, artisan crafts and so much more.

The Bayfield Farmers’ Market is held every Friday until Thanksgiving, 3-7 p.m. in Clan Gregor Square.


How many among us take notice of certain symbols that remind us of someone special who no longer walks the earth? Hearing the striking lilt of a birdcall, sighting a butterfly flitting by or spotting a feather on the ground are all fine examples of these signs.

In recognition of these the Huron Residential Hospice is holding an event in Pioneer Park on Sept. 9 that will allow community members to honor the memory of loved ones or beloved pets in a symbolic way at a Butterfly Release.

This second annual event will be held from 1:30-4 p.m. Those who attend should bring their own lawn chair or blanket to sit on.

Please go to www.eventbrite.ca to purchase your butterfly. The deadline to purchase has been extended to tomorrow, Aug. 30. Monarch butterflies are $25 each.


The Bayfield Mews residents are opening their doors to welcome people to visit this 55+ Adult Lifestyle Community on Sept. 2.

Now in its final phase of development, three townhomes in the community will be open for people to tour. Phase one which includes 39 residences have now been sold.

The Open House will be held from 1-4 p.m. at the community on Bayfield Mews lane, just south of the village. All are welcome to tour and indulge in a hot dog and beverage.

Taoist 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.

Continuing Classes are being offered in the village at the Bayfield Town Hall on Tuesday mornings from 9:30-11:30 a.m. 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 Tuesday, Sept. 4 from 9:30-11 a.m. at the town hall. For more information call Doug Brown at 519 565-5187.

Gentle Yoga 

The Lake House of Bayfield will be hosting gentle yoga sessions on Thursdays this fall.

Starting on Sept. 13, Chair Yoga will be held at 10 a.m. followed by Restorative Mat Yoga at 5:15 p.m.

Participants are invited to just drop in. The cost is $5 a class.


The Bayfield Lions' Club members would like to let the public know that tickets for the Joe Brandon Memorial Trout Derby are now available at the following places: Nip & Tuck and Brandons Hardware in Bayfield, Goderich Bait & Tackle and Angling Sports in London. The Derby will run from Oct 12 -14.


The FOBL will host their Annual General Meeting on Sept. 22 at 11 a.m. at the Bayfield Public Library. The program committee will share their reports for the year at this event.


Bayfield Guiding is organizing a community First Aid weekend.

A Standard First Aid with CPR C and AED Course will be held at Trinity Anglican Church in Bayfield on Sept. 22-23. 

Saturday will begin at 9 a.m. while Sunday will commence at 11 a.m. Cost is $129 plus HST
The cost of the course will decrease as attendance increases so please invite others to join. The course is open to people 12 years of age and up.

Please contact Melody Falconer-Pounder at 519 525-3830 or melody.pounder@gmail.com to reserve a spot.

Glee Sisters 

This is an invitation to attend the opening rehearsal of the Glee Sisters, on Friday, Sept. 7 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at St. Andrews United Church in Bayfield. Rehearsals are held at this time and location weekly until mid-May. There is a break in December for the holiday season.

This non-auditioned women’s choir has been performing throughout the community and in surrounding areas since 2006. The Glee Sisters will be carrying on the joy of singing established by our recently retired and talented founder, Leslie Bella, under the leadership of co-directors Lisa Stewart and Blanche Savage and accompanist Mary McGoldrick.

For further information please consult the Glee Sisters Facebook page or contact our Manager, Christy Lomax at lomaxchristy@gmail.com.

Mushroom walk

All are welcome to explore the world of mushrooms on a walk at Windmill Lake Wake and Eco Park on Sept. 23 along with members of the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA).

The mushroom walk is a level one hike and will start at the Windmill Lake parking lot on Bayfield River Road at 2 p.m. Parking is available. The trail is mostly on level ground but there may be some wet and muddy areas.

The hike will be led by mycologist Dr. Jen McDonald, who led the excellent Lambton Shores mushroom walk last year. The event will last approximately 1.5 hours. Hikers will likely see many common mushrooms and the focus will be on identification.

George Ebers, 519 482-7512; and Peter Jeffers will be the hike leaders.

Harvest Dinner and Dance 

The Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) will be holding their annual Fall Harvest Dinner and Dance on Saturday, Oct. 13 at Renegades Diner in Bayfield.

Tickets are $40 and the evening starts with a reception and Silent Auction at 6 p.m. with dinner to follow at 7 p.m. After dinner, dance to the live music of “The Cheap Shirts”.

All are welcome to come out for a wonderful evening and support the Bayfield trails. Tickets are available now for $40. Tables of eight or 12 can be reserved.

Tickets can be purchased by emailing info@bayfieldtrails.com or by calling Roger Lewington at 519 565-2202 or Scott Robeson at 519 565-2827.

The BRVTA would like to thank the event sponsors: Virtual High School, TCC and Edward Fuels.









IMG_5633Janneke Vorsteveld (centre) and the youth who took part in her summer program this August took to the shade in Clan Gregor Square.  

Janneke Vorsteveld, the educator behind “Seeds Rooted in Youth” held a summer program from Aug. 13-18 using Bayfield as home base.

The 10 youngsters, aged eight to 12, enrolled in the program got a taste of hiking and orienteering. They also developed their outdoor skills ending the week with an overnight wilderness camp on the River Road Brewing property off Bayfield River Road.

Vorsteveld tapped into the talents of local businesses to enhance the youth experiences. They visited Firmly Rooted Farm and Red Cart Farm to learn where their food comes from. They visited Ferguson Apiaries to learn about bees and how honey is produced as well as making bee homes and honey butter. They learned how to fish with members of the Bayfield Anglers Association. They also took part in a drumming circle with Bayfield resident, Maggie Brennan and met with a monarch butterfly expert to learn how they can help this troubled species.

She credits many businesses and individuals in the community for helping make the summer programming a success including the Optimist Club of Bayfield. She also noted that Highway Robbery Deli and Sandwich Shop was kind enough to donate sandwiches to any of the youth that needed a lunch throughout the week.

Due to the success of the summer programming, Vorsteveld is looking forward to offering day programs on PA Days as well as an overnight experience during March Break in 2019.

For more information visit www.seedsrooted.org or email Voresteveld at seedsrooted@gmail.com

IMG_5625In the spring, the youth can plant these wildflower seed bombs in their gardens to remember the fun they had this summer.  

IMG_5615Janneke Vorsteveld, the educator behind “Seeds Rooted in Youth”, gives out instructions as to how to make seed bombs during a summer program offered to youth ages 8-12 earlier this month.  

exploring the role of registered practical nurses 

Tania RPNTania Edginton

Editor’s Note: Ron Davis is a retired journalist, and a patient with the Bluewater Area Family Health Team (BAFHT), who decided to take a closer look at the various departments at the medical clinic in Zurich and explain the different roles the staff play in making the centre tick on a daily basis. In this fourth article he examines the role of Registered Practical Nurses (RPNs).

There are acronyms for everything nowadays, especially in the medical field. I have already talked about NPs (Nurse Practitioners) and MOAs (Medical Office Assistants) at the BAFHT and now I’ll explain the role of the RPNs – the Registered Practical Nurses.

RPNs at the BAFHT are an integral part of the team setting and are delegated tasks and responsibilities by the Executive Director. They are required to possess a foundational knowledge that combines nursing skills with sound judgement within the context of traditional nursing and patient care.

The BAFHT incorporates Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants, a Social Worker, Counsellors and Medical Office Assistants who provide primary health care for patients. The RPNs weigh in with clinical nursing, emergency care, health education and promotion, counseling, and crisis intervention and they are accountable to the Lead Physician or the Executive Director.

Theresa RPNTheresa LaPorte

Theresa LaPorte and Tania Edginton are the RPNs at the BAFHT.

The RPN assesses each patient’s state of physical or mental health, provides recommendations pursuant to the assessment and accurately documents information in a comprehensive, subjective manner reflecting observations, management plan and interventions.

Through basic education and continuing learning, the RPN possesses knowledge relevant to his or her practice. They have a basic understanding of clinical practice, decision making, critical thinking research and leadership. And being aware of the confidentiality standards of nursing practice and an ability to apply College of Nurses standards to all situations is essential, too.

In summary, RPNs play a major role in the clinic. Not only do they have to have the specific skills and abilities to be able to perform their jobs, but also have to exercise a professional and compassionate approach to patients and their work.

They have to follow the care plan devised by supervising staff members and must be able to work in a team environment. Being able to prioritize required tasks, have proficient computer skills and exercise critical thinking are also important abilities on the RPNs resume.

Cowbell Brewery welcomes 150,000 visitors in first year 

f786afa2-b893-4dab-97ac-d3844fce6040Grant Sparling, Chief Development officer, at Cowbell Brewery (left), congratulates, Carey Oakes of London, ON, as the destination craft brewery and restaurant's 150,000th guest. (Submitted photo)

Cowbell Brewing Co. recently welcomed Carey Oakes, of London, ON, the 150,000th guest at their destination craft brewery and restaurant in Blyth.

Cowbell opened on Aug. 7, 2017, and in the past 12 months has been welcoming guests from across Huron County and Southwestern Ontario, as well as from across Canada, the United States and over 30 countries.

Wayne Newton, Brews News and London Free Press journalist, describes Cowbell as, “The No.1 craft brewery in Canada to visit.”

“We are humbled by the enthusiasm and the response to the beer, the stories and this farm destination,” said Grant Sparling, Chief Development officer. “We are thrilled to have welcomed over 150,000 guests in our first year, to our village of 1,005 people. Prior to opening, our stated goal was 100,000 guests, something many observers thought was unrealistic. But this is no ordinary place - and this is no ordinary team. It is a very ambitious bunch and we look forward to building on the Cowbell experience in the years ahead, on the Farm and beyond. We appreciate the tremendous support from our friends of Cowbell.”

Cowbell Brewing Co. is a unique Canadian destination craft brewery that features authentic, rural grand old barn architecture, a local farm-to-table restaurant, wood-fired pizza oven, and a unique bar venue serving fresh Cowbell beer. Self-guided and VIP Guided tours available. Reservations are recommended.

Call 1-844-523-4724 or email cowbellkitchen@cowbellbrewing.com to reserve a tour or table.


meet and greet

Voters will have a chance to speak with Bluewater Mayoral Candidate Paul Klopp at the Bayfield Community Centre on Aug. 30.

The "Meet and Greet" will run from 7-9 p.m.


An upcoming Bone Health Workshop could help people make the necessary changes to live well with Osteoporosis. This four-week program is for those recently diagnosed with Osteopenia/Osteoporosis or those wanting preventative information.

Each week participants will hear from various health professionals to learn about Osteoporosis and the nutrition, exercise and medication that helps to prevent or slow it down.

The workshop will run on Tuesdays starting Sept. 11 until Oct. 2 from 1-3 p.m. in the Bluewater Area Family Health Team (BAFHT) Community Room. A nutritious snack is provided.

Participants do not have to be a patient with BAFHT to attend. Interested people must register before attending by calling 519 236-4373 Ext 632.

Empty Spoons

IMG_3650A sampling of spoons! (Photo by Bonnie Sitter)  

Art Around Town is hosting a fundraiser for the Huron County Food Distribution Centre (HCFDC) on Sept. 6. Entitled, “Empty Spoons” it is a new twist on the former “Empty Bowls” event. Participants can partake of soup using a handmade pottery spoon created by local volunteers. And the added bonus is they get to take their spoon home!

The cost to partake is $10 and attendees will also be entertained by the Bayfield Ukulele Society (BUS) plus have a chance to purchase at the Art Show and Sale as well as the Celebrity Silent Auction.

Soup will be served at 6 p.m. with the Art Show and Sale commencing at 4 p.m. The event will be held at the Christian Reformed Church in Exeter, 330 Huron Street West.

Email artaroundtownx@gmail.com for more information. 

West Nile Virus 

West Nile Virus has been found in mosquitoes in Huron County. The Huron County Health Unit traps mosquitoes weekly and has them identified and tested. One sample, collected on Aug. 22, tested positive for West Nile Virus.

Positive mosquitoes have also been found this year in neighboring health unit areas.

West Nile virus can spread to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito.

“The easiest way to prevent infection is to prevent mosquito bites, especially during dawn and dusk when many mosquito species are most active,” said Public Health Inspector Keshia Hackett.

Here are some simple precautions to help protect yourself from bites:

• Wear light-colored, long-sleeved shirts, long pants and closed-toe shoes
• Use an insect repellant that has been approved by Health Canada and always read and follow the manufacturer’s instructions
• Check the screens in doors and windows to ensure there are no tears or holes
• Disturb or eliminate any mosquito breeding grounds on your property.
• Dump any standing water in places such as bird baths, buckets, old tires, pet water dishes and gutters.

For most people, the risk of getting infected with West Nile virus is low. However, people can be at greater risk of serious health effects if they are over the age of 50, have a chronic disease such as cancer or diabetes, or have weakened immune systems.

Most people infected with West Nile Virus experience no symptoms or have flu-like symptoms such as fever, headache, stiff neck, weak muscles, mild rash, or swollen glands.

In more rare and severe cases, symptoms may include severe headache, stiff neck, high fever, difficulty swallowing, vomiting, loss of consciousness, loss of coordination, nausea and muscle weakness and paralysis.

Mosquito activity decreases with cooler temperatures, but mosquitoes remain active until a significant frost event occurs.


The members of the Photography Club of Bayfield are pleased to pass on an invitation for people to attend the 2018 Bayfield Fall Foto Fest (FFF) to be held on Sept. 29-30.

There will be a new series of workshops including the Lambton College show, "In the Photographer's Studio" highlighting the photo talents of photographer Richard Beland. His 25-year career in photography has seen him photograph music artists and groups all over the world including traveling several times with the “Tragically Hip” and again on their farewell tour.

Saturday night’s keynote presentation will be "Conversations with Brad Turner". Photography is his passion and the root of his creative eye. Turner is a Bayfield native whose career as a Hollywood director, producer and photographer will make for an inspiring evening. This presentation is no charge and is open to the first 100 guests registered for FFF. A limited number of seats are available for non- registrants by contacting bayfieldfff@gmail.com.

The two-hour workshop classes include: The Art of Flash Photography, Creating Photo Books, an Outdoor Photo Trek of Bayfield, Sunday Morning Photo Walk, Digital Printing, Wildlife Photography, Raptors Birds of Prey and Photography 101.

Organizers are also pleased to offer three – three-hour master classes: Adobe Photoshop the Art of Design with Stephen Slack, Macro Photography with Alayne Brisson, and Video Creations with Brad Turner.

Participants can also attend the FFF Dinner at Renegades Diner on Saturday night. The cost of the dinner is $25 including taxes and tip. Reservations for this dinner are available when registering for FFF.

Complete FFF details, information about the annual Photo Contest and registration is available by following this link: http://phototourtrekkers.com/tours/bayfield-fall-foto-fest-2018/






Volume 10

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 bayarchives@tcc.on.ca 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, another summer time activity in the village, sailing! According to records this is Dressers Boat circa 1900. Does anyone have remembrances of this family? (Archives Code: PB10003 PC)

 PB10003 PC Remember Me 477

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



 PB10109 PC Jack Walters c1930

In Issue 475, records indicate that this image was taken in the 1930s and that Jack Walters is seated on one of the horses. Does anyone remember him or recognize the other young lad? (Archives Code: PB10109 PC)


 PB10066 PC William Metcalf c1908

In Issue 476, William Metcalf in a photo dated 1908 prepares to do some chores. Fall harvesting maybe? (Archives Code: PB10066 PC)



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_MG_7612 Windmill Lake Wake and Eco Park was one of the stops on the tour of The Horseless Carriage Club of America as part of their West Coast tour of Southern Ontario.

_MG_7614   In addition to Windmill Lake Wake and Eco Park, the horseless carriages were scheduled to make stops in Bayfield at Clan Gregor Square, Cowbell Brewery in Blyth and the CNR School on Wheels in Clinton.  

IMG_0200Heavy rains made for a wet ride for the owners of the horseless carriages that did arrive in Clan Gregor Square on Saturday morning. (Photo by Adriaan Schreuder)  

20180825_103631The rain became so heavy that the Lions picked up the tents and barbecues and walked them down the street to the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building.  

_MG_7661Twenty-six cars that were all over 100 years old were scheduled to visit Clan Gregor Square in Bayfield on Saturday morning, however, only eight cars braved the heavy rains.  


The Horseless Carriage Club of America came to the village on Saturday, Aug. 25, as part of their West Coast tour of Southern Ontario. Members of the Bayfield Lions’ Club were pleased to be asked to provide their lunch in Clan Gregor Square, and looked forward to seeing 26 cars that were all over 100 years old.

Unfortunately, the weather refused to cooperate and about two-thirds of the cars did not make the trip. The rain became so heavy that the Lions picked up the tents and barbecues and walked them down the street to the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building. The very wet travelers in the eight cars that arrived were more than happy to get into a nice dry building and have a hot meal.

The Lions would like to thank the Bayfield and Area Chamber of Commerce for their promotion and support, Megan Blakes for her poster design and her help serving, Nathan Hammond and Huron Fireplaces for help with cooking, and Hill & Hill Farms and Bill Dowson for providing the corn for the lunch.

_MG_7624Windmill Lake Wake and Eco Park was an early morning stop on The Horseless Carriage Club of America tour on Aug. 25.

_MG_7631Despite the rain every aspect of these early cars was fascinating to look at.  

IMG_0263The very wet travelers in the eight cars that arrived were more than happy to get into a nice dry building and have a hot meal. (Photo by Adriaan Schreuder)  




PIXILATED — image of the week

Enjoying the Sun

Enjoying the SunBy Gary Lloyd-Rees

Email your photo in Jpeg format to bayfield.breeze@villageofbayfield.com with the subject line Subscriber Photo of the Week. or...Upload your photo to Flickr.

I am looking for the Bayfield that is a delight to the eye – please share photos with a touch of whimsy, beauty, humor or a sense of fun. If you are to include people in your photos be sure to have their permission to publish their picture on-line and also send in their names and where they are from. And don’t forget to tell me who took the photo for proper credit to be issued







Melody Falconer-Pounder


So Labour Day is upon us. Perhaps summer goes by so quickly because we try to squeeze out every bit of enjoyment we can get from it. Here are my summer top six moments:

1. Concerts & Plays – We are ever so fortunate to have talented musicians & actors delivered practically to our front door. Three concerts at the Bayfield Town Hall and one production on the Huron Country Playhouse stage (with another family-friendly production on the horizon for this weekend) made for some terrific entertainment.

2. Horse Racing – I have wanted to go to the Clinton Raceway on a Sunday afternoon for a long, long time. Finally, this summer it happened. I hadn’t been to a horse race since I was a kid and used to go with my grandmother and her best friend. We used to bet pennies amongst the three of us. I’d pick the horses with the best names and lineage – my betting strategy hasn’t changed – although I increased my bet to a toonie. It was a super fun way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

3. Graham-cation – Having our grandson visit for a week is always a summer highlight. Mini-golf and ice cream cones are staples of his time with us and this year we added Behind the Bars at the Huron County Gaol. I have never seen his eyes get bigger as he talked to the characters & discovered what it would have been like to be in a jail cell. Priceless!

4. Family Gathering – Our niece’s 40th birthday party was a great excuse for the whole family to gather in a backyard lakeside oasis for one evening and hit the dance floor. Family from England and California joined the more local contingent and, yes, we took a family photo – who knows when that will ever happen again?

5. Guiding adventures – Even in the summer I manage to sneak in some time with my ladies. The older girls enjoyed a three-day visit to Toronto where they learned how to navigate the subway and soaked up the culture on a walking tour as well as exploring the ROM, AGO, BATA Shoe Museum and Ripley’s Aquarium. Then it was the Guides turn with a day trip to Windmill Lake Wake and Eco Park to try their skill at wakeboarding and the new aqua obstacle course. Too much fun!

6. Peaceful reflection – I could add several day trips, yard sales, flea markets and barbecues to my list of summer fun, however, drinking in that twilight time before the wishing star appears may be my top moment of the season. Time spent sitting on our enclosed front porch, where a gentle breeze generally blows through the open window, while watching the last vestiges of sunset color drift over the neighboring tree line with the only sound the roar of the cicadas from their perches in the Spruce trees above will never be time wasted.

Happy Labour Day all! – Melody


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Deadlines for submissions are Sundays at 4 p.m.

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