Bookmark and Share   Nov. 7, 2012   Vol. 4 Week 46 Issue 175



The Bayfield Tree Project had several trees planted on Nov. 5. A few people gathered to see the first trees go in on Chiniquy Street. FR:( l-r) Roma Harris, Mayor of Bluewater, Bill Dowson; Annie Johnston, Susan Drew, and her Black Lab, Camma; Sondra Buchner and Rob Ayres. BR: Bill Aberhart, and Ryan Watterworth and Mark Falconer of Verbeek's Farm and Garden Centre of Clinton. (Photo by Ainslie Willock)

christmas begins in bayfield

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas on Bayfield's Main Street. Last week, Jentje Steenbeek, of Stonefield Garden Centre and Market, delivered a number of Christmas trees to Main Street in preparation for the upcoming Christmas in Bayfield weekend. The trees will be decorated by merchants for the festive season. (Photo by Judi Milligan)

Christmas celebrations commence in the heritage village on a great lake this weekend Nov. 9-11.

Bayfield will be decked out in holiday splendor for the tree lighting ceremony that will be held in Clan Gregor Square at 7 p.m. on Friday. The jolly old elf, himself will make his first appearance in the village for 2012. Members of the Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society will be selling hot dogs and cider in support of the town hall starting at 6:30 p.m.

Rumor has it that Santa has two special assistants this year. Be on the look out for Christmas Fairies who will be flitting around the village to say hello and share candy from their magic baskets Friday, Saturday and Sunday as well as on into the holiday season.

The following morning at 11 a.m. the Santa Claus Parade will make its way along Main Street complete with pipe bands, floats, horses and the Shriner’s mini cars.

After the parade, free carriage rides will be offered to anyone wishing to take a little tour of town the old fashioned way. Rides will be offered on Sunday afternoon as well.

The Christmas spirit is growing among the village merchants and restaurateurs. Shops will be open until 9 p.m. on Friday night and the festive atmosphere will not only carry through right until Sunday at close but through the season until Christmas Eve. Shoppers are invited to fill out a ballot at participating merchants for the chance to win shopping sprees in the amounts of $500, $300 and $200 courtesy of the Bayfield and Area Chamber of Commerce.  The draw will take place Dec. 23.

bazaar offers handcrafts and homecooked nourishment

St. Andrew's United Church will host their annual "Holly Berry" Bazaar over the Christmas in Bayfield Weekend. (Submitted photos)

St. Andrew’s United Church will be holding their annual “Holly Berry” Bazaar over the Christmas in Bayfield Weekend. The doors to the church will be open on Friday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“The Bayfield Sunshine Coast Quilt Guild” have been hard at work creating many wonderful handcrafted items and donated many of these to be sold at the bazaar. The Guild, along with the St. Andrew’s Quilters, is also holding a raffle on two quilts and a money tree. The draw will be made on Saturday. Tickets will be available Friday and Saturday and are $2 each or 3 for $5.

The Bayfield Sunshine Coast Quilt Guild, along with the St. Andrew’s Quilters, is holding a raffle on two quilts and a money tree during the "Holly Berry" Bazaar hosted by St. Andrew's United Church.

There will also be a Bake Table and new this year a $2 table. For just a toonie folks can put a ticket in on the article of their choosing from a table full of items. The item goes to the person whose ticket is drawn. A little like the penny sales of old perhaps?

Lunch will also be served both days. The menu features Chili with a roll, Bacon on a Bun, soup, tarts, and a beverage.

The Bayfield Agricultural Society will also be out in front of St. Andrew’s selling their fresh evergreen wreaths and tails throughout the weekend.

food writer Part of society's speaker's series

Author, food critic and local restaurateur, Kathleen Sloan-McIntosh is the featured speaker at the next Speaker’s Series evening hosted by the Bayfield Historical Society on Nov. 26.

The evening will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building.

Sloan-McIntosh is one of Canada’s great food writers. She has been writing about food, wine and travel for over 20 years. Her work has appeared in The Globe and Mail, Saturday Night, Homemaker’s, Wine Tidings, and many other publications. In addition, she is the author of many cook and travel books including two that won the Cuisine Canada Silver Award, “The Sticks & Stones Cookbook” and “A Year In Niagara”. She co-authored the “Wine Lover Cooks” and “Great Potatoes”. Her latest book published since she has been in Bayfield is “300 Best Potato Recipes”.

She is co-owner of Bayfield’s The Black Dog Village Pub and Bistro, a popular local eatery with an innovative menu and an extraordinary selection of beers and scotches. Under Sloan-McIntosh’s direction, The Black Dog takes its “think globally, eat locally” mandate seriously with seasonal menus that feature as many local foods as they are able to source. Anyone who has tried her soda bread using Arva milled flour knows that she is also a superb baker. Most recently she won the People’s Choice Award at the Grand Bend Chowder Cook-off with her Thai Fish Chowder using pickerel.

There is no charge to hear Sloan-McIntosh speak and all are welcome to attend.

Archives Room invites all to do some historical shopping

The Bayfield Archives Room is expanding not only in size but in materials that they offer for sale. This is all round good news for local history buffs.

"The Bayfield Archives plans to expand back into the old library space early next year when the library moves to the new building. In its efforts to raise funds for the expansion, the Bayfield Historical Society (BHS) is promoting a number of unique historical products,” said Bill Rowat, president of the BHS.

Artist Elaine Dowler, now residing in Goderich, has over the years captured many Main Street scenes in her distinctive watercolors. Twenty-four limited edition prints of two of Dowler’s depictions of Main Street completed in the 1970s are now available exclusively through the BHS. Prints of “Maggie’s Wardrobe” and “Sinnamon’s Market” were developed from the originals and donated by Helen and Terry Lazaravitch. Dowler has signed each of the 24 prints. They are selling for $200 each and are available at Marten Arts Gallery and the archives room.

In addition, new seasonal greeting cards featuring winter scenes of stores on Main Street from the 1970s Riordon water color series for sale. A bundle of 10 cards with envelopes are available for $15. Plus there are still copies of “For the Love of Bayfield” by Dave Gillians, published this past spring, available for sale for $35. Both cards and books can be purchased not only at the archives room but also at The Village Bookshop.

The sale of the prints, cards and books will help defray the costs of the 2013 Bayfield Archives Room expansion. The archives room is open on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 1-4 p.m.

Visiting authors enhance village's cultural element

terry fallis
Members of a Stratford Book Club posed with author, Terry Fallis (centre) at the Bayfield Town Hall on Oct. 25 following his reading from his latest book. (Submitted photo)

Award winning author Terry Fallis received an enthusiastic welcome back to Bayfield on Oct. 25.

According to Mary Brown, owner of The Village Bookshop and event host, “The full house at the Bayfield Town Hall enjoyed listening to Terry discuss and read from his new book, "Up and Down". A lively question and answer period followed.”

Fallis' first novel, political satire "The Best Laid Plans", won the 2008 Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour and Canada Reads 2011. “The High Road” was the book’s sequel.

“His latest book takes on the public relations industry, and, of all things, the space program. All three are terrific reads!” said Brown. Autographed copies are available at The Village Bookshop.

Hot on the heels of Fallis’ visit, the book shop has arranged for yet another author visit.

Susan Swan

Acclaimed Canadian author Susan Swan will be reading from her latest novel, “The Western Light”, at The Village Bookshop on Nov. 9 following the tree lighting at Clan Gregor Square at 7:30 p.m.

Local playwright Paul Ciufo will interview Swan following her reading. The event is free and refreshments will be served.

The novel shares a heroine with her international bestseller, “The Wives of Bath”. Swan is a journalist, feminist, novelist, activist and teacher whose critically acclaimed fiction has been published in twenty countries.

She has retired from her position of Associate Professor of Humanities at York University and currently mentors creative writing students at the University of Toronto and Humber College’s School of Creative Writing. A native of southwestern Ontario and graduate of McGill University, Swan makes her home and garden in Toronto’s Annex neighborhood.

organizations invited to share actions for Watershed

A committee including landowners and residents of Bayfield and area want to ensure that there is a Management Plan in place for the Bayfield River Watershed. In late September they invited community groups and people from the Bayfield River watershed to attend a documentary film and learn how they could be involved in the creation of a watershed plan.

Now they are offering a follow-up to this September event with an informal round table discussion on Nov. 20 at 7 p.m. at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building.

The committee is hoping that organizations have taken their request for three actions or commitments on watershed improvements back to their groups to garner support and ideas on what their members can do to improve water quality within the Bayfield River Watershed. From there organizations are asked to a send a representative to this meeting to share their ideas or actions. Interested individuals are also welcome as everyone’s input is important.

“This is an opportunity to share with us your actions, sit down to discuss watershed issues, share opinions, strategies or just to brainstorm. Everyone’s input is important,” said Healthy Watersheds Technician, Jessica Schnaithmann, from the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA)

Anyone who would like more information is asked to contact Roger Lewington at 519 565-2202 or Ainslie Willock at 519 565-2469 both are Community Advisory Committee members or Schnaithmann at 519 235-2610.

Story  set to music adapted from Gilbert and Sullivan

Among the hustle and bustle of Christmas in Bayfield Weekend there will be time to slow down and hear a festive story. On Nov. 10, the Bayfield Town Hall and The Village Bookshop are teaming up to present a unique family Christmas event where people can share in some Christmas cheer and help feed those who may otherwise go hungry over the holidays.


“The Gingerbread Pirates in Story and Song” will be held at the Bayfield Town Hall starting at 2 p.m. The event will feature a reading of Kristin Kladstrup’s book, "The Gingerbread Pirates " combined with music by The Glee Sisters. Also appearing are Santa Claus, Mickey Mouse, the “Mother” Major General and the Pirate King. Music is adapted from Gilbert and Sullivan's "Pirates of Penzance", together with familiar songs of the season.

Those who plan to attend this afternoon should plan to come early as the first 20 families with children to arrive will receive a free copy of “The Gingerbread Pirates” due to the generosity of local friends of youth, the Optimist Club of Bayfield.

A monetary donation or non-perishable food items will be accepted at this event as all proceeds and donations will be shared between the Huron County Food Bank Distribution Center (HCFBDC) in Exeter and the Bayfield Food Bank. Children are admitted free, and adults will be asked to pay $5 each.

The Bayfield Town Hall, The Village Bookshop, Bayfield Optimists, Tim Horton's and Random House of Canada are sponsors of the event.

hensall's town hall boasts an opera house Upstairs

The mandate of the Bluewater Heritage Committee (BHC) is to promote the preservation and maintenance of architectural and/or historic buildings, cultural landscapes and natural heritage features. It is an advisory committee of the Municipality of Bluewater.

Hensall Opera House
The Village of Hensall’s Town Hall will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2014. It contains a county library branch on the main floor and an Opera House with a vast stage and auditorium on the second floor. (Submitted photo)

The BHC offers November’s “Heritage Feature of the Month”, the Hensall Town Hall.

The Village of Hensall’s Town Hall will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2014. It contains a county library branch on the main floor and an Opera House with a vast stage and auditorium on the second floor. The town hall also contained a municipal office and council chamber until Dec. 31, 2001 when the village amalgamated with neighboring communities.

In 1913, Mr. McEwan willed the land to the village to build a Town Hall and the following year G.C. Petty submitted to council a petition signed by 84 ratepayers asking that a Town Hall be built at an approximate cost of $5,000. The council, and Reeve Thomas Hudson voted in favor of the petition and tenders were called. Two bids were submitted. Welsh and Soldan were chosen for $6,998. H. Reynolds was hired as architect. The plans called for a building 40 feet by 70 feet with a seating capacity of 450.

The Town Hall became the village activity centre drawing crowds from miles away to the dances. Many concerts were held including minstrel shows. The acoustics in the hall were excellent. This made it an ideal place for live performances. After many successful years of activity, which included the "Victory Dance" at the end of the Second World War, use of the auditorium was reduced.


Calendar corrections

The Bayfield and Area Chamber of Commerce would like to make folks aware that some of the dates in their 2013 calendar are incorrect. Anyone who has already purchased a calendar may pick up correction stickers at The Village Bookshop, Bayfield Archives Room, Outside Projects, Bayfield Library, Main Street Optometric, Brandon’s Hardware, This N’ That and Inspirations.

The incorrect dates are:
* Good Friday - March 29 not Apr. 5
* Easter Sunday - March 31 not Apr. 7
* Easter Monday - April 1 not Apr. 8
* Labor Day - Sept. 2 not Sept. 9
* Thanksgiving Day – Oct. 14 not Oct. 7

cph auxiliary

For many Bayfield residents Clinton Public Hospital (CPH) is their choice for healthcare and therefore an annual event organized by the Auxiliary to the CPH should be of interest.

People are encouraged to give the “Gift of Light” this upcoming holiday season. They can purchase a light for the CPH Gift of Light Tree as a present or in memory of someone special. Tickets for a light are available now for $5 each and are available from CPH Auxiliary members, at the CPH Gift Shop, CPH Admitting or from Shirley Carter at 519 482-7776.

The money raised is used to purchase needed hospital equipment.

The Tree Lighting Ceremony will be held at the entrance to the hospital on Nov. 30 at 6:30 p.m. Entertainment, refreshments and draws follow the lighting of the lights.

salvation army band 

On Nov. 30 the Bayfield Town Hall will welcome back the London Citadel Salvation Army Band for their seventeenth annual Christmas Concert. Their appearance on the town hall stage is a holiday tradition for many and should not be missed. In case of inclement weather the concert will be held on Dec. 7.

The London Citadel Band got its start in 1883. By the early 1900s the band was in demand and performed in such cities as Windsor and Detroit. In the last 129 years the groups’ horizons have broadened considerably and they have traveled to England twice as well as the west coast of Canada and parts of the USA.

Bandmaster John Lam, a native of Owen Sound, joined the band in 1985. Ten years later he became Bandmaster and that year he brought the band to the town hall. Since then they have returned annually except for one year when they were “snowed out”.

Show time is 8 p.m. and tickets are selling for $10 per person.
For tickets call Charles Kalbfleisch at 519 565-2244 or Patricia McDougall at 519 565-2894 or online at

Coincidentally, the Salvation Army began in Canada in 1882, the same year that the Bayfield Town Hall was built. All proceeds from the concert will go to The Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society for the maintenance of the hall.


A delightful chest filled to overflowing with toys for boys and girls of all ages may sound like a holiday dream but for one lucky person it will be reality come Dec. 9.

The Bayfield Optimist Club is once again holding a raffle on a handcrafted and hand painted wooden toy chest filled with Christmas wishes. The chest replete with toys was unveiled at the Homes for the Holiday Tour held this past weekend and will be on display at the Christmas in Bayfield weekend festivities. Tickets are available now from Optimist members and at the Bayfield Village Inn.

Toy chest tickets are $5 each or three for $10. The draw on the chest will be made at Breakfast with Santa to be held at the Bayfield Village Inn on Dec. 9 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Library Friends

Dr. Paulette Rothbauer, associate professor of Library and Information Science in the Faculty of Information and Media Studies at The University of Western Ontario, will be the guest speaker at an evening organized by The Friends of the Bayfield Library on Nov. 13.

“Engaging Youth in Your Community: Libraries Matter More Than Ever” will be her topic. The evening will be held at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building starting at 7:30 p.m.

Dr. Rothbauer is an expert in reading and library practices of Canadian young adults. She is the co-author of a popular professional book entitled, “Reading Matters: What the Research Reveals about Reading, Libraries, and Community”. An alumna of South Huron District High School in Exeter, she is an advocate for both young people and public libraries in rural and small-town communities. In this talk she will discuss the vital role that public libraries can play to foster youth engagement and participation that will, in turn, enrich and empower young people and their communities.

St. James', Middleton

The congregation of St. James’, Middleton believe that as Sunday is a day of rest, why cook? With this in mind they will be hosting their annual soup luncheon on Nov. 18 starting at noon.

The St. James’ Soup and Sweets Luncheon will benefit the Huron County Christmas Bureau by way of a free will offering. The luncheon will be held at the church located at the corner of Bayfield Road and Tipperary Line.


There are so many buttons and dials on a digital camera that many folks might be intimidated to push or turn them. George Zoethout can help relieve this anxiety.

Two of these workshops have been sold out so the Photography Club of Bayfield (PCoB) is organizing a third one for Jan. 12 at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building.

“Understand your Digital Camera and Take Better Photos” will be held from 10 a.m. to noon.

The cost is $10 for members of the PCoB and $20 for non-members. To reserve a spot please call Jack Pal at 519 565-5340 or email

Healthy Hearts

The Healthy Hearts Cardiac Rehabilitation Program, based out of Goderich, has helped many Bayfield residents both past and present in maintaining their heart health.

Healthy Hearts will be holding a fundraiser on Nov. 14 at the Goderich Legion.

The “Lean Beef on a Bun Luncheon” will be offered from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The menu will feature oven-roasted beef on a bun, gourmet coleslaw, baked beans,
apples and healthy oatmeal cookies,

The cost is $9 per person and take-outs are available. For tickets contact Healthy Hearts by calling, 519 524-5411 or email,

united church

Church musician and composer, Ron Klusmeier’s “Canada Wide Tour of a Lifetime” is coming to Bayfield’s St. Andrew’s United Church on Nov. 25.

After 40 years of traveling across the country offering concerts, workshops and worship leading Klusmeier is retiring at of this 200-community tour that will wrap up in June of 2013.

The concert is being held in partnership with the Canadian Foodgrains Bank (CFB) and The United Church Observer and 25 per cent of sales will be donated directly to the CFB.

The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale now $20 for adults and $5 for children 16 years and under.

During the day, the composer himself will lead a free workshop, entitled, “The Music of Ron Klusmeier. The workshop will run from 2-4:30 p.m. Participants are asked to register in advance.

A second workshop will be offered on the subject of “Projection and Technology” with Christina Bogucki. Those who take part will “learn how to effectively use projection and other technology tools in the contest of worship”. The cost for this workshop is $30 per person.

To register and/or for tickets call 519 565-2854 or 519 565-2479.

muncipality news

The autumn leaves are falling and Bluewater residents are raking.

The Municipality of Bluewater will be providing pickup of these bagged leaves from now to Nov. 23.

Words of wellness

On Nov. 8, the Alexandra Marine and General Hospital Foundation (AMGHF) will present the third lecture in the “Words of Wellness” Series. The AMGHF has brought together five speakers who practice alternative and supportive treatments as part of an educational evening.

During the evening to be held at the Bayfield Town Hall, Drs. Brent and April Hulley, of Bayfield, will provide insight into the role of chiropractors. Other speakers will include: Dr. Kate Hazlitt, of Goderich, naturopathic; Dr. Katarina Romano, acupuncturist; and Stephanie Schilthuis, massage and reflexology therapist.

“Words of Wellness” is an educational series that neither supports nor condones the principles expressed by the speakers. All the speakers in the series are giving graciously of their time to support the AMGHF. In the first two lectures, Dr. Ken Shonk and Dr. John Howard challenged their audiences and indeed their peers to consider treatment of the whole patient as a priority and not focus on just the disease.

Also on Nov. 8, in addition to the speakers, those who attend can enjoy the work of seven local artists who have prepared a show and sale of their work. The art show, with refreshments, begins at 7 p.m. The lectures along with a “questions and answers” session will start about 7:45 p.m.

Tickets are $20 and available in Goderich at Finchers, Microage Basics or the AMGHF office by calling 519 524-8323 Ext. 5349. In Bayfield, contact Ray Letheren at 519 565-2317 or email Please note seating is limited.


The members of the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association would like to remind everyone that the Woodland Trail, is closed for deer hunting season from now until Nov. 18. The Sawmill and Varna trails remain open.

film society

Hilarity ensues for the third of four Toronto Film Circuit films to be shown as part of the Bayfield Film Society’s Fall Series. The comedy Moonrise Kingdom is scheduled for Nov. 15 at the Bayfield Town Hall.

Moonrise Kingdom takes place on an island off the coast of New England in the summer of 1965. It tells the story of two twelve year-olds who fall in love, make a secret pact, and run away together into the wilderness. As various authorities try to hunt them down, a violent storm is brewing off-shore and the peaceful island community is turned upside down.

The final film of the series will be shown on Dec. 13 and is titled, “Beasts of the Southern Wild”.

The films start at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at the door for $10. Seating is limited. Tickets can be ordered from Jane Rowat by e-mail: or by calling 519 565-5838.

In Memoriam

The sympathy of the community is sent to the family of Helen K. Carson (nee Fahner), formerly of Bayfield, and in more recent years Goderich. She died suddenly on the evening of Oct. 28 at the age of 84.

Her siblings, three children and one grandson survive her. They include, daughter, Lynn, of Goderich, son, Steve of London, and son, Doug, and grandson, Aaron, of Kullu, India. Her husband, Most Em Kt Edward S.P. Carson and one daughter, Donna, predeceased her.

Her friends at Goderich Place, her fellow card game players in Bayfield and Goderich, as well as her Masonic friends will no doubt miss her. Several nieces, nephews and in-laws will also fondly remember her.

As per her wishes her body has been donated for medical science and research. Donations may be made to a charity of one’s own choosing.

There will be a one hour “Come and Go” Tea in her honor at Goderich Place on Nov. 8 starting at 2:30 p.m. and all who wish are welcome to attend.






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, an image from the Remembrance Day service in Clan Gregor Square in November 1969. Lest we forget.

The Village of Bayfield will celebrate Remembrance Day 2012 on Nov. 11 starting at 10:45 a.m. at the cenotaph in Clan Gregor Square. The indoor portion of the service will be held at Trinity Anglican Church starting at 9:30 a.m. A parade of veterans, legion representatives, dignitaries and local members of Guiding and Scouting will march from the St. Andrew’s United Church parking lot to Trinity prior to the start of the church service. Just prior to 10:45 a.m. this same group will march from Trinity to the cenotaph.

Remember Me 175

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Remember 173

In Issue 173, records indicate that the gentleman in uniform is Stewart Sturgeon.


Remember 174

In Issue 174, in the days leading up to Remembrance Day 2012 we recognized the men and women, who have fought and continue to fight, for freedom. Records indicate that this young man is James Gemeinhardt.




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decorators stirred up christmas magic in five beautiful and distinctive homes

IMG_7603Homeowners Lawrence Charleton and Deb Penhale were delighted with the work that Shannon Ryan (right), of The Garden Gate of Grand Bend did to decorate their home for the tour.

The home built by Deb Penhale and Lawrence Charlton features a bonus room designed as sleeping quarters for their grandchildren. A "Charlie Brown" style tree filled with elves was crafted for the space by The Garden Gate, of Grand Bend.

An elegant dinner party awaits in the home owned by Deb Penhale and Lawrence Charlton.

The sunroom of the home owned by Deb Penhale and Lawrence Charlton is another inviting space. As if by happenstance the window that lends light to the living room came from a home that endured the F3 tornado that struck Goderich in 2011. The couple broke ground on their house the day the tornado hit.

Homescapes by Lynn, of Goderich, complimented the design of the Bayfield Meadow's Town Home with festive accents of red and sliver.

"The Oriole" at the Bayfield Meadows was set for a holiday cocktail party due to the efforts of Homescapes by Lynn, of Goderich.

Decor items from Inspirations and Den's Country Corner, of Bayfield, added lots of sparkle on the fireplace mantle in Fairlawn's livingroom.

Helen VareKamp, of Bayfield's Huron Hearth and Home, created an intimate setting for two in the entry room of Fairlawn, owned by Nancy Arthur-Ische and Al Ische.

The Grasby home is modeled after the Strawberry Island Lighthouse in Georgian Bay. Homeowner, Deb Grasby, of Cabin in the Woods Design, invited Main Street Gallery to showcase their art throughout the home during the show. Artist, Jim Taleski's vision of the home itself graced the livingroom wall.

Decorations by Bloom's N' Rooms, of Seaforth, invited the more than 525 people through the front door to the Schilbe home.

Cyndi's Garden, of Bayfield, made the dining table in the Schilbe home look very welcoming. Bring on the feast!


More than 525 people stepped over the thresholds of five beautiful and distinctive homes on the weekend of Nov. 3-4 as part of the Bayfield Optimist’s Homes for the Holiday tour.

What could be more perfect in a room designed for grandchildren than a tree filled with mischievous elves?

“This was our fourth show and although all of them have been wonderful this was definitely our busiest,” said Dale Brandon, club president. “We had 500 tickets printed and these were all but gone Saturday night so we had to do an impromptu printing to have a few available for Sunday walk-ins.”

Over a dozen businesses took part by providing décor and design expertise and their work really sparked some Christmas magic. The businesses were: Homescapes by Lynn, and Luann’s Flowers and Gifts, both of Goderich; Blooms N’ Rooms, Seaforth; Cabin in the Woods Design, Mainstreet Gallery, Cyndi’s Garden, The Bayfield General Store, Den’s Country Corner, Inspirations and Huron, Hearth and Home, all of Bayfield; The Garden Gate, Grand Bend; Huron Ridge Acres, Zurich; and Tasty Treats and Treasures, Clinton.

The event is a fundraiser for the Bayfield Optimist Club but it truly is a project supported by many in the community. Countless volunteers took time out of their weekend to provide security in the homes as well as help serve the lunch at the Bayfield Village Inn. For their support the club members are truly grateful.

The club is also indebted to their generous homeowners who opened their doors and welcomed everyone in. The organizers would like to thank Fred and Shirley Schilbe, Tom and Deb Grasby, Nancy Arthur-Ische and Al Ische, Adam Durand, Deb Penhale and Lawrence Charlton for their patience and enthusiasm for the project from start to finish.

A tree festooned with Christmas splendor, as well as some comfort and joy, in the living room of Deb Penhale and Lawrence Charlton's home. It is another creation from The Garden Gate of Grand Bend.

“Tom and I would like to express our appreciation for the great work done over the weekend of the Homes for the Holiday tour,” said Deb Grasby. “Volunteers were helpful, energetic and organized. It is in no small part due to their efforts that the hundreds of people who toured the five homes had such a positive experience. It was our pleasure to participate and share our home. Congratulations on your success and we are happy to know the Splash Pad is that much closer to becoming a reality for Bayfield!”

The Optimist Club held their first home tour in 2006 and anticipate their next to be the first weekend in November 2014. The proceeds of this year’s show will go toward the “Making a Splash” Campaign as the club is in the process of raising $150,000 to create a Splash Pad in Clan Gregor Square by July 2013. Visit to learn more.

Deb Grasby invited Shannon Ryan, of The Garden Gate in Grand Bend, to work her magic on a Christmas tree in the living room at the lighthouse.


Charm and sophistication in a rustic setting is what folks discovered in the home owned by Tom and Deb Grasby.


The General Store, of Bayfield, provided a touch of whimsy in the downstairs family room at the Schilbe house. Yes, this is a Christmas stocking!


Huron Ridge Acres, of Zurich, and Inspirations and Den's Country Corner, of Bayfield, provided poinsettias and decor items to enhance the fireplace in the Schilbe home. The fireplace was made from stones gathered on the family farm.


Guests will delight in having their own themed tree in their room just like this one found in the lighthouse. The seaside themed tree was created by Deb Grasby of Cabin in the Woods Design of Bayfield.





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Graham waiting



Last week I shared memories of Halloween and was looking forward to going to the big city to enjoy the festival with my little grandson and his parents. Well, we had a great time. The hustle and bustle on the street was truly something to behold. Ninety-three youngsters came to the door announcing “Trick or Treat” each time we opened it and wishing us a “Happy Halloween” as they departed with their candy.

My nearly 17 month-old grandson, Graham, would trundle down the hall to have a look at the strange and colorful characters that had come calling and he too got an equally delightful reaction to the hamburger costume he sported. Once he would reach the door he would wave and say, “Bye” then ceremoniously close the door. He repeated this process over and over until there came a lull in the action when he promptly went up to the entrance and began chanting “dor – dor” looking out the lower window for more children. He thought the whole thing huge fun and I’m sure he was wondering why we had never done this before.

Hopefully we’ve now established a new Halloween tradition and we’ll be able to visit again next year – and if we had 93 visitors on a cold, rainy night how many could we have on a pleasant All Hallows Eve? - Melody


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Founding Members
Goderich Honda
Tuckersmith Communications Co-operative Ltd.
Bayfield Foodland
Outside Projects
Brad's Automotive
Bayfield Garage
Pharmasave Michael's Pharmacy
The Dock's Restaurant
Ian Mathew CA
Royal LePage Heartland Realty Brokerge


Writer, editor, photographer: Melody Falconer-Pounder
Web publisher/Graphic Designer: Dennis Pal
Advertising Sales: Mike Dixon
Logo Design: Kyle Vanderburgh, Goderich Print Shop
Special thanks to the Bayfield and Area Chamber of Commerce
Breeze Committee: Ian Matthew, Roger Lewington, Mike Dixon, John Pounder, Dennis Pal, Melody Falconer-Pounder