Bookmark and Share   Nov. 27, 2019   Vol. 11 Week 48 Issue 542


46181040831_49fef6a5b7_k Gobble up some fun at the Bayfield Lions’ Turkey Bingo on Monday, Dec. 2. The doors to the Bayfield Community Centre will open at 6:30 p.m. with the Bingo starting at 7 p.m. This is one of the most anticipated events of the festive season with an opportunity to win 16 Turkeys as well as some Share the Wealth games. (Photo by Jack Pal)  

accomplishment and Meritorious awards presented 

IMG_20191122_192242Bayfield Lions' Club Treasurer Dave Nearingburg accepted an OAAS Accomplishment Award on behalf of the club from OAAS President Doug Yeo (right). (Submitted photo)  

The official 163rd year of the Bayfield Agricultural Society (BAS) was celebrated at its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Friday, Nov. 22. It began with a potluck meal with as usual endless choices of desserts. It seems that the Society is famous for sharing and consuming desserts.

The Ontario Association of Agricultural Society (OAAS) Awards were presented by its President, Doug Yeo. The OAAS Meritorious Award was presented to Carol Penhale for the endless positions she has held in the organization, including President and Secretary, and the work she has done over the years, especially her long position with running the food booth. She continues to be a promoter of the BAS when she is at other events.

Three OAAS Accomplishment Awards were then presented. The first one was given to the Bayfield Lions’ Club. Both the BAS and the Lions’ Club have had a long history together. The Lions’ used to rent the grounds and use it as a park and eventually a sports park. The group has been a regular supporter of entertainment and ensuring a band was in the parade.

The second Accomplishment Award was presented to Don Brodie. Brodie has been a member for well over twenty years and in that time served on the Board and became President and chaired several committees. He assisted with the organization of having the RCMP Musical Ride perform in the area.

The final Accomplishment Award will be presented to Charlie Kalbfleisch. He is a stalwart advocate for the Bayfield Community Fair. He has ensured the Seaforth Marching Band is always at the parade. He took over the Youth Talent Show now called the Rise2Fame competition and is a definite supporter of the arts in this community and ensures young talent have a stage to present their skills.

In the AGM two Honorary Memberships were announced – one to Brodie and the other to Henry Baker. Both men served many years on the Board and both guided the organization as Presidents.

There was also a guest speaker at the AGM. Bill Ferguson gave an informative talk on bees and the current challenges beekeeping is facing. If anyone has questions, he would genuinely provide answers.

The AGM acknowledged the major accomplishment of completing the Animal Display Building in a report that was presented.

The new Board appointed was Lorraine Shields, president; Pamela Stanley as 1st vice-president; Vicki Culbert, as 2nd vice-president; Jentje Steenbeek, filling in as past president; and Jean Dunn, Homecraft president. The remainder of the Board members are: Gayle Beuermann, Don Brodie, Ted Dunn, Courtney Lang, Doreen MacKenzie and Doug Yeo. Many people stepped forward to ensure the Board had strong governance skills as well as areas needing specific expertise.

During the evening everyone was introduced to Renee Hill who was appointed at the Society’s Secretary. Her previous roles as a corporate secretary for the law firm of Appleby, Bermuda; Crown Counsel in BC; and for the law firm of Paul Johnston & Co. ensured she would get to know our membership quickly and be a good link with our District and Provincial Office.

Two positions are still open –a chair for the Friends of the Fair and a chair for the Youth Section. Both committees have committee members and the Youth group will be meeting in two weeks. Anyone interested in taking a role in the Society is asked to contact: email For those who want to make a difference in helping decide the direction of the organization, positions as a Director are still available. The organization wants to grow that part of the organization so it positions itself heading into the future.

A lot of the planning is already underway for 2020s “Blossoms, Butterflies & Bees” themed fair and much of it confirmed. Two new features that will likely be seen are: a zone Arabian Show on the Sunday and an archery demonstration that will include participation.

IMG_20191122_192445Don Brodie accepted an OAAS Accomplishment Award from OAAS President Doug Yeo (right) at the Bayfield Agricultural Society's annual meeting held on Nov. 22.  

IMG_20191122_191953At the Bayfield Agricultural Society's AGM on Nov. 22, the Ontario Association of Agricultural Society (OAAS) Awards were presented by its President, Doug Yeo (right). The OAAS Meritorious Award was presented to Carol Penhale.  

Bayfield Library beehive of activity during December 

The Bayfield Public Library will be a beehive of activity this December and they have exciting news for readers of ebooks and listeners of eaudiobooks.

Huron County Library is shifting from Overdrive/Libby to Cloud Library. This should reduce wait times and give people access to even more books. Patrons can learn the fundamentals of finding and downloading ebooks and eaudiobooks at an information session to be held from 3-5 p.m. on Nov. 28 or they can book a tech time to learn more.

Then on Saturday, Nov. 30, from 10:30 a.m. to noon children aged two to 12 can take part in a painting session with artist Karlene Ryan. Please note an adult must attend the session where Winter Wonderland themed paintings will be created. The event is free but registration is required, please email

The Bayfield Library is also a drop off centre for both the Huron County Christmas Bureau and the Bayfield Food Bank. Tis the season to give!

Please consider others and drop off new items of clothing, toys or gift certificates for the Bureau to Library before Friday, Dec. 6. Non-perishable food items and toiletries for the Food Bank are welcome anytime.

For more information on any of these programs and events please call the Bayfield Library 519 565-2886 or email

meeting to reignite ratepayers Thursday night 

Concerned village citizens are looking for like-minded individuals to reignite the Bayfield Ratepayers’ Association (BRA).

The BRA was formed in 1983 with the objectives to foster and advance the interests of the permanent and summer residents of the Village of Bayfield. Since that time, many changes have taken place in the community, including the amalgamation of surrounding communities into the Municipality of Bluewater, installation of sewer and water services and significant residential growth in the Bayfield settlement area.

The BRA has played a significant role in helping to shape these changes to meet the following objectives:
· To maintain the desirable features of the Ward of Bayfield
· To keep members informed of matters which affect them as ratepayers or tenants of the Ward
· To foster projects which are in the interest of the Ward as a whole
· Other complementary purposes not inconsistent with these objectives

The organization has participated in the preparation and updating of the Official Plan for the Municipality, the preservation of the Heritage District, the development of a plan for the reconstruction of Main Street and holds the Municipal Council accountable for its various activities and tax levies.

Currently, several issues of importance to the community have arisen: proposed development of a Secondary Plan for the Bayfield settlement area; proposed development of a Service Delivery Review for the Municipality; municipal grant and funding priorities including arenas and other municipal assets; use of and access to Wind Turbine Vibrancy Funds; Main Street Revitalization; and the site traffic issues that may arise from the in progress “Tim Horton’s”.

“We believe we need a unified voice to the Municipal leaders to ensure the Ward’s interests are protected, and that the BRA is uniquely positioned to provide that voice, based on the skills and talents of its residents and its history and reputation with Council,” said Dave MacLaren.

Anyone who has an interest in reviving the BRA and participating in its activities, to protect the quality of life in this unique community, is invited to attend a meeting at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building on Nov. 28 at 7 p.m., or contacting MacLaren at or 519 565-5480.

distribution centre providing food at no charge for a decade

The Bayfield Area Food Bank (BAFB) continues to be extremely grateful to the community that supports its efforts. They are most appreciative of the Huron County Food Bank Distribution Centre (HCFBDC) for their ongoing support.

The HCFBDC, located on Crediton Road just south of Exeter, has been in operation for more than ten years. They provide food to all ten of the Food Banks in Huron County as well as other charitable and not-for-profit organizations working to alleviate hunger.

“They are literally our ‘spokespeople’ and accept donations and buy items in large quantities which they in turn pass on to us at no charge. They are constantly looking for new avenues for supporting their vision of the ‘non-existence of hunger’. We have truly benefitted from their generosity and hard work and are very thankful for them,” said Terry Boa-Youmattoff.

The BAFB is a volunteer non-profit organization committed to helping feed those who struggle to put food on their tables in this region. Formerly known as “Feed My Sheep” this local group has been serving the community for over 15 years under the auspices of Trinity St. James Anglican Church, and has just recently applied for charitable status with Revenue Canada.

The BAFB is managed by a volunteer Board of Directors who meet monthly to oversee operations and make plans for budgeting, fundraising, public relations, policies and procedures. The Board is presently seeking someone to serve as Secretary. Computer skills required, and board experience an asset. The job would entail preparing the agenda and taking minutes for the monthly meeting, approximately five to six hours month. Volunteer Police Check required. If you are interested, please contact Boa-Youmatoff by email:


46250767601_46b02a9b77_k All was calm when Tara Hessel, and Andy Heard (not pictured) brought their boys, Harvey, Huntley, Hudson and Hank to see Santa during the Bayfield Optimist Club's Breakfast with Santa in 2018. This year the 14th annual event is being hosted at The Docks Restaurant on Sunday, Dec. 8 from 10 a.m. to noon. Adults $9; children four to 12 years, $6; three and under free.  (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)


cEntre for the arts 

Due to a conflicting number of community events on the same day the Outreach Sessions scheduled for Dec. 5 regarding the concept of developing a Visual Art Centre in Bayfield have been cancelled.

In its place those individuals behind the concept are inviting people to participate in a Community Survey. Please take the time to fill out the survey, so that they can better serve the needs of the county. Participation is greatly appreciated and it should take under five minutes.

Click on the survey:
Anyone wishing updates on the project are asked to please go to and leave their contact info. A rescheduled date for a community conversation will be announced in the new year.


Three concerned village citizens are looking for like-minded individuals to reignite the Bayfield Ratepayers’ Association (BRA).

Recently, Roger Lewington, Dave MacLaren and Ken Larone were discussing Bluewater Council’s concept of creating a secondary plan to expand the size of Bayfield potentially opening farmland east and south of the village to development. If council decides to proceed with this idea, the three men feel it would be proactive to re-start the BRA.

What is a ratepayers’ association? A ratepayers' association is a group of residents and/or land owners within a geographically bounded area that come together to address issues affecting their community. The BRA has been dormant for the past four years.

Anyone concerned about maintaining the historical character of the village and avoiding potential cookie-cutter neighborhoods while promoting sustainable growth should consider attending a meeting the three men will be hosting at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building at 7 p.m. on Nov. 28.

Chocolatey mint campaign 


Have you got your Chocolatey Mint Girl Guide Cookies yet? The local 2019 supply is almost gone! And at $5 a box they make terrific hostess gifts and stocking stuffers.

They can also be purchased now from members or by calling Melody Falconer-Pounder at 519 525-3830.

Profits from sales help with program activities, field trips and camps.

Life at the Rink

A little competition among the home teams tonight (Nov.27) as the Bayfield Relics compete against Bayfield 50+ at the Bayfield Arena starting at 8:30 p.m.

Then on Thursday, Nov. 28, Goderich 1 50+ take on Goderich 2 50+ starting at 8 p.m.

The Bayfield Relics are an Oldtimers Hockey Team that was founded in 1987. Their home ice is the Bayfield Arena. The Relics play their season schedule versus teams from Huron and Middlesex Counties

Huron Hospice 


Remembering a life and finding peace is what the Huron Hospice “Hope for the Holidays, Community Celebration” is all about.

This celebration will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 3 starting at 7 p.m. at the St. Andrew’s United Church in Bayfield.

This evening of remembrance will feature guest soloist Marianne Hogan accompanied by Jennifer Miltenburg. In addition to the music, there will be readings and a candle lighting. Refreshments will be provided by Haskett Funeral Homes.

For more information call 519 482-3440 Ext. 6302.

Letters to Santa 

Bayfield residents will be pleased to know that Santa Claus will once again be receiving mail in his special mailbox at Bayfield Foodland.

Santa’s elves delight in hearing from area youngsters and learning what is on their wish lists every year. Be sure to include a return address so that the children can be sure of a note in return from the jolly old elf himself. The last day to drop a letter in the box will be Dec. 13 to ensure that the elves can send out a response before Santa begins his annual journey.


75550353_476585876313964_7359575969507573760_nDara Meades, an employee at Shop Bike Coffee Roasters, poses with the collection bin for the Period Poverty campaign. People are invited to drop off new underwear and feminine hygiene products to be donated to local schools from now until Nov. 22. Items can also be dropped off at The Bayfield Beauty Shop. (Submitted photo)  

Women’s March Canada’s Huron Chapter is working to end Period Poverty during their Panty Drive for local schools from now until Nov. 22.

The group is asking area residents to donate underwear and women’s hygiene products. They are also asking people to think of green options when shopping. These purchases might include 100 per cent cotton Tampons and pads; diva cups or reusable maxis.

Donations may be dropped off in Goderich at Wuerth’s Shoes or Cait’s Café, both located on The Courthouse Square; or in Bayfield at Shopbike Coffee Roasters or the Bayfield Beauty Shop.

Bayfield Travel Club

The third meeting of the Bayfield Travel Club will be held on Saturday, Dec. 7.

It’s a place where local residents can meet other people that have the same passion for travel, share their own travel experiences, learn about new exciting destinations and to just have some fun.

Due to a dramatic increase in attendance, the club will meet from 1-2 p.m. at a new location, The Lake House of Bayfield in their conference room, at 21 Bayfield Main St. North.

The point of discussion, will be culinary travel that will continue into the Jan. 11 meeting, with a special guest from Collette Tours.



In support of Huron Residential Hospice (HRH) near Clinton, local artist Tammy Hopper has graciously donated a wonderful piece of acrylic art depicting a typical Huron County scene, entitled, "After the Rain".

This piece measures 16"X20" and will be on display at the Bayfield Public Library from Dec. 1-23.

Anyone interested in taking this beautiful piece of art home, is invited to participate in the silent auction, being held at the library during this same time frame. The highest bidder will be contacted at the close of the auction. 

Poinsettia Festival 

Huron Ridge Greenhouses is offering people two more opportunities to experience their annual Poinsettia Festival and Candlelight Event.

This year, the event named one of the Top Eight Christmas Light Shows in Canada by, continues Nov. 28-30 and Dec. 5-7.

The greenhouse is open from noon to 9 p.m. during the festival. The candles are lit starting at 5 p.m.

Huron Ridge Acres is located at 74101 Bronson Line, Zurich.

Bayfield Activities 

Wondering where the Pole Walkers are meeting or when The Glee Sisters have their next practice? The website, is the place to visit to view current calendars of events for all of the village activities.

Bayfield resident, Guy Spence, is the volunteer creator behind the website. He has invited village fitness groups and not-for-profit organizations to have a calendar on the site. Each group has assigned a responsible person to keep their own group calendars up-to-date on a regular basis.

"People are pleased to have one place to visit to find out what is going on in the village on a daily basis,” Spence said.



melady joins gateway centre


Shay and GwenGwen Devereaux with Shay Melady. (Submitted photo)

This fall Shayna Melady, a Masters of Public Health candidate, joined the Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health (Gateway) on their mission to improve rural health.

Melady is completing her Master of Public Health practicum component with Gateway and will be assisting with a variety of projects over the next eight months. She completed her Bachelor of Science specializing in Health Promotion at Dalhousie University and is currently pursuing her Masters of Public Health through the University of Waterloo while working full-time. She is not only passionate about all things rural, particularly mental health and health equity but she is also an avid hockey player and loves spending time outdoors.

Melady is excited to get back to her rural roots, and working with Gateway to improve the health of our community.

For the past 10 years, Gateway has been making a positive impact on rural health. Through partnering with students, Gateway has been able to conduct valuable research into the health and welfare of Grey, Bruce, Huron and Perth residents.

Red Scarf movement coming to blyth early december 

The Red Scarf “Know HIV. No Stigma” campaign returns to Huron County on Dec. 2, this time in downtown Blyth.

The incredible advances in HIV/AIDS treatment, testing and prevention are still overshadowed by stigma around the subject. To help raise awareness and fight stigma, the Huron County Health Unit (HCHU) and volunteers hold a Red Scarf event every year on, or near, World AIDS Day, Dec. 1.

Red Scarf is a movement that lets people know about the positive advances in HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention. Red Scarf also stands against stigma to improve the lives of those living with, affected by and at risk for HIV/AIDS in the community.

“Every three hours a person is diagnosed with HIV in Canada,” said Public Health Nurse Kate Underwood. “The stigma connected to HIV makes it hard for people living with HIV and their caregivers to live their lives.”

“At the same time, correct use of antiretroviral (ART) therapy and prevention strategies help people living with HIV to maintain an undetectable viral load. When HIV is undetectable, it is not transmittable.”

HCHU staff will bring red scarves to Blyth on the morning of Monday, Dec. 2. Starting at the town hall at 9 a.m., they will be placing scarves around the downtown area as part of a conversation about HIV/AIDS services and supports in Huron County. Anyone is welcome to take a scarf for themselves or pass it along to someone else.

The red scarves have been knitted by supportive, enthusiastic knitters from across Huron County, using red yarn donated by Regional HIV/AIDS Connection. Underwood said she is grateful for the wholehearted response from community members who have contacted the Health Unit by phone and through the Health Unit’s Facebook page.

Learn more about Red Scarf and local AIDS Awareness Week events at Learn more about HIV/AIDS and local services at Information on the Dec. 2 Blyth event is available on the Huron County Health Unit Facebook page.

holiday open house on horizon 

The Huron County Museum is embracing the festive spirit! 

Visit the Museum and Gaol for their Holiday Open House on Saturday, Dec. 7 from 1- 4 p.m. Take a photo with Santa and enjoy crafts and a hot chocolate bar at the Museum. At the Gaol, learn about the life for the prisoners housed behind the stone walls during these seasons of celebration and enjoy the Governor’s home decorated in Edwardian splendor.

A Multilingual Movie Night is scheduled on Dec. 19, Saudia Arabia’s “Wadjda” will be shown with baba ganoush and Arabic tea snacks.

The final temporary exhibit of the year is currently on display as well at the Museum. The Huron County Art Show and Sale featuring artworks by Huron County artists and their impressions of Huron County continues until Dec. 8 Stop in, enjoy the art and maybe purchase one to take home or give as a gift this season.

And don’t forget that regular admission to the Museum is always free with a Huron County Library Card.

For more information about programs, events and exhibits visit or call 519 524-2686.

Green Gift Ideas available through ABCA Foundation 

Are you struggling to find gift ideas for that someone special this holiday season? A present doesn’t have to have wrapping paper, bows and ribbons to be a gift. A local charity asks you to consider some ‘green’ gifts this year.

The Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority Foundation (ABCAF) offers a number of ideas ranging from donations in the name of someone towards your favorite nature trail, tree planting to green the watershed, education programs for youth, the South Huron Trail Mobile making nature accessible, or tickets to a fun-filled evening at the Conservation Dinner. Other ideas include snowshoe rentals or purchasing trees for someone to plant on their property – that’s a “gift that keeps on giving.”

“When you buy a ‘green’ gift, it’s something special and makes a difference in the health of your community,” said Judith Parker, ABCAF secretary. “These alternative gifts include outdoor experiences, benefit the local environment, and support healthy living. Also, all donations over $20 receive a charitable gift receipt for income tax purposes.”

To find out more about giving a gift to nature, visit online or visit the Ausable Bayfield Conservation office at 71108 Morrison Line, Exeter or call 519 235-2610; toll free 1-888-286-2610.


 Hensall hall   

The Hensall Heritage Hall “Hall-y-Day Bazaar” will take place on Saturday, Dec. 7 and promises something for everyone on those Christmas lists.

The bazaar will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will include a Bake Sale, Silent Auction and Lunch.

Vendors will include: Hill St. Bears, Choices, Dress It Up, Cozy Home and Accessories, Sweetlegs, Smitties, Jen V Glass Designs, Crafty Sue Wreaths, and Decor, Creations by Karen, Whimsicals, Crafts by Rita, Style n Silver, JMR Collections, Brookyn's Bedding and Bath, Epicure with Pat Pryde, Crafts by the Heritage Hall and Urn Drop-Ins.

Bluewater News

The office of the Municipality of Bluewater Council has submitted the following to the Bayfield Breeze as highlights of their regular meeting of council held on Nov. 18.

• Adopted a by-law amending the Animal Care and Control By-law, adopted a Lot Maintenance By-law, and Public Nuisance By-law.
• Awarded the Walk In / Walk Around Rescue Fire Apparatus Tender to Lafleur Industries in the amount of $289,350 exclusive of taxes.
• Approved funding from the Modernization and Efficiency Fund in the amount of $406,979.36 net HST to be used for projects that will modernize service delivery and reduce future costs.
• Passed By-law to appoint Seebach & Company for external audit services for the years 2019 through 2023.
• Directed staff to submit a letter of intent to the Municipal Services Office Western Region - London, advising of the Municipality of Bluewater's intent to apply for funding for a review of administrative processes to reduce costs under the Municipal Modernization Program.
• Directed staff to invite the Huron Perth and Area Ontario Health Team to a Council Meeting to present information on the work of the HPA-OHT.
• Directed the CAO to submit delegation requests for the Rural Ontario Municipal Association 2020 Annual Conference on the following issues: Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP) Community, Culture & Recreation Funding Stream, Investing in Canada Infrastructure Plan Green Stream, and the 2019 Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund regarding Bridge 35.
• Received the report entitled, "Bayfield Electric Vehicle Charger Update" and "Marketing Communications Update" for information.

Lonely no more 

With the season of snow and ice having arrived it can be quite difficult for seniors to get out and about. The Lonely No More program can help bring social connections indoors.

The Lonely No More program, initiated earlier this year by Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health (Gateway) and the University of Waterloo, consisted of weekly Elder Circles, a teleconference call between isolated seniors, facilitated by trained community members (volunteers). The topics discussed at these calls were selected by the call participants. These circles were a great place for seniors to develop social networks without having to face the weather. These circles also empowered community members to become peer advocates for isolated and at-risk seniors.

Due to the pilot’s success, Gateway would like to offer this program again this winter. Anyone who is interested in participating in the program, becoming a volunteer or donating financially please contact 519 612-1053. Anyone who would like to learn about the other programs Gateway offers, visit their website at:

Airforce Show 

The MacKay Centre for Seniors in Goderich will be the location for Sgt. Wilson’s Airforce Show as they present, “The Vintage Sound of the 40s and 50s” on Dec. 6.

There will be two shows at the centre, located at 10 Nelson St E. in Goderich, the first at 2 p.m. and a second at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. Please call 519 524-6660 for tickets. The production is sponsored by the ABC Investments.

Handel's Messiah 

“Handel’s Messiah for our Community” will be presented by the South Huron Community Choir’s “Messiah Singers” with soloists and orchestra on Dec. 13.

The concert will begin at 7 p.m. at the Exeter United Church, 42 Jane Street in Exeter. For tickets call Ruth at 519 235-1778. They are on sale now for $25 or $30 at the door.







Volume 11

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, an image from the Lucy Woods Diehl collection of Dick and Eliza McDool taken about 1905. Does anyone remember them? (Archives Code: PB12 9b) 

PB12 9b Dick and Eliza McDool c1905 


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In Issue 540, we shared a photo from Gary Brandon, of Bayfield, of Walter Westlake (left) and Abe Brandon from their days in the service.

This image was taken in 1916. It was taken at Camp Borden where the pair completed their training before heading overseas. To read more on their story visit Issue 540. 

ISSUE 541 


In Issue 541, the Bayfield Archives recently accepted a rather unique donation, an LP produced in 1967 showcasing some local talent. The LP was donated by Jamie McDougall of the Little Inn of Bayfield. 

It features “The Bayfield Ladies Trio” comprised of Ann Chapman, Louise Talbot and Anna Nichols with Muriel Snider on the piano. Anyone else got a copy in their record collection or know more about the singers?



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Olaf's warm hugs envelop audiences 


IMG_8762The Glee Sisters interpretation of the children's story, "Olaf's Night Before Christmas" was well received by two capacity crowds at the Bayfield Town Hall on the afternoon of Saturday, Nov. 16.  

IMG_8769The Glee Sisters helping Olaf count sheep.  

IMG_8778The Glee Sisters Choir was directed by Lisa Stewart and accompanied by Mary McGoldrick. The story was narrated by Arlene Timmins.  

IMG_8790Sondra Buchner was Father Christmas while several choir members were very enthusiastic reindeer.

IMG_8795Several Glee Sisters did double duty as Santa's reindeer.  



The Glee Sisters interpretation of the children's story, "Olaf's Night Before Christmas" was well received by two capacity crowds at the Bayfield Town Hall on the afternoon of Saturday, Nov. 16.

Held during Christmas in Bayfield, the performance was interactive, with familiar Christmas songs and engaging puppets with complimentary rhythm instruments provided courtesy of Greg Stewart.

Following the performances, the Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society members served cookies and hot chocolate.

IMG_8787Everyone was encouraged to get up and dance!

IMG_8828Held during Christmas in Bayfield, the performance was interactive, with familiar Christmas songs and engaging puppets with complimentary rhythm instruments provided courtesy of Greg Stewart.  

IMG_8804Reeka Spence, with Olaf and Gail Little, with Santa Claus, interacted with the youngsters in the audience using their puppetry skills.  

IMG_8809Audience participation is a big part of The Glee Sisters' concerts - these youngsters were enlisted to help with a song about the jolly old elf.




PIXILATED — image of the week


November Lake...By Cory J Horth

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








 The Easter Bunny came to our Girl Guide meeting recently. He was filling in for Santa Claus who had sent his regrets as it is after all his busy season. The Easter Bunny acted as an auctioneer for our girls who had each brought a wrapped ornament to have auctioned off. The excitement was palpable and the bidding frenzied. They kept the rabbit hopping.

The reason behind our auction was I Love First Peoples. We have supported their Friendship Box program since its inception in 2016. The idea is to pack a shoebox with necessities, gifts and treats for a child or youth in Northern Canada. The boxes are then distributed to the children through their schools on a day made extra special with entertainment and celebrity guests. Over 18,000 boxes have been distributed since the program went national.

Lots of people have gotten excited about filling boxes but many didn’t include the $10 requested to help with shipping costs. This has resulted in over 2,000 boxes in inventory (mostly for girls) without the financial means to get them into the hands of the children. To solve this problem the organizers have taken a different approach and are asking people not to send boxes (unless they are for boys or gender neutral) and to send a $10 donation along with a letter to be included in a shoebox already in their inventory. For the $10 donation the child will receive a box with gifts valued at $45 and a personal note!

Now this was a cause we could get behind and we raised over $300 at our auction. Part of our annual tradition was snack at a restaurant after shoebox shopping so the folks at The Docks Restaurant in Bayfield helped us keep the tradition alive by donating yummy chicken fingers and fries for snack!

Anyone wishing to help I Love First Peoples reach their goal of distributing 4,000 Friendship Boxes this campaign should visit to learn more. The campaign runs until Dec. 15.









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