Bookmark and Share   Feb. 22, 2012   Vol. 3 Week 9 Issue 138

one hand knows what the other hand is doing

The Other Hand Puppet Troupe performed a play especially created by John Powers for Family Day Weekend in Bayfield. In the story, learning that monsters had married into their clan did little to phase the featured family, in fact it brought them all closer together.


Bayfield put the “Family” into the Family Day Weekend with so many events organized with families in mind there were many more reasons to get out in the cold, crisp air then to stay at home on the comfy couch.

John Powers, of Stratford, shared his talent for music, story telling and puppetry with over 40 children plus their adult chaperones during a performance held at The Little Inn Guest Cottage on the afternoon of Feb. 18.

Prior to the puppet show, John and his wife, Melina Powers, warmed up the crowd with some sing-a-long songs. Then they went behind the curtain with their fellow puppeteers and entertained the audience as part of The Other Hand Puppet Troupe. John Powers wrote the play especially for Family Day Weekend in Bayfield. The puppets were all hand made by Powers as well. Special lighting was also provided for the show.

At the end of the play, Melina, John and the other five puppeteers that comprise the troupe came out from behind the curtain so that the youngsters could meet and interact with all the puppets.


All the recent pictures of past Bayfield Fairs published in the Remember Me section of the Bayfield Breeze are an excellent reminder that the 156th edition of the fair is only five months away.

According to organizers, one section in the vegetable competition demands that people start to plan now. Often entries in the Giant Vegetables require an early start of special seed to allow them to develop to greatness. Luck and weather conditions play a big role also.

The following are a few tips and suggestions as to how to best grow gigantic veggies:

  • Giant onions should be planted now in containers to be planted outdoors when the weather becomes spring like. “Walla Walla” and “Ailsa Craig” are two varieties to look for.
  • The seed that will give you the best chance for having the largest beet would be of the sugar beet variety, which also are called “Mangel”. Please note these are a large, coarse, yellow-to-reddish-orange beet grown chiefly as food for cattle.
  • There are varieties of sunflowers which claim they will grow taller than normal.
  • Carrots might be encouraged to grow longer if grown in a buried tube filled with good soil mix.
  • “Brandywine” is a variety of tomato that can grow very large.
  • Many varieties state they will produce a huge pumpkin and squash.

This is the time to look through the seed catalogues and find some interesting varieties to challenge the Bayfield community on who can grow the biggest vegetables. A couple suggestions for places to purchase these seeds are T & T Seeds in Winnipeg and OSC Seeds in Waterloo. The former sells many seeds that are claimed to grow gigantic vegetables; the latter carries “Mangel” seeds.

If all this talk of giant vegetables has peaked anyone’s interest in both gardening and the Bayfield Fall Fair than be sure to attend the first meeting of 2012 for the Bayfield Agricultural Society. It will be held on March 12 at St. Andrew’s United Church starting at 7:30 p.m. A package of “Mangel” seeds will be made available for anyone who wants to try some.

The BAS website will soon have the new prize book that lists all the classes which can be entered. And remember it is not too early to think about those future “enormous” entries in the vegetable competition.

Big Red Dog special guest at The Village Bookshop

Clifford the Big Red Dog was out on Main Street on Saturday afternoon to invite those who passed by to come to a special reading of a Clifford story at The Village Bookshop. Taking a moment on their passport quest to pose for a picture were l-r: Melanie Wilson, of Bayfield, Nicole Kelly, of Walton, and Helen Latimer, of Bayfield.


Mary Brown, owner of The Village Bookshop, had a special houseguest over the Family Day Weekend but he was easily entertained with a ball to chase and a bone to chew. 

Yes, Clifford the Big Red Dog was her visitor and he made two appearances at the bookshop on Saturday and Sunday afternoons, posing for pictures and recieving warm hugs from young and old. At the appointed hour, youngsters cuddled up in the comfy chairs provided in the children's section of the store  to hear Brown read two of Clifford's adventures.

Everyone who dropped in for the stories were also treated to Clifford balloons and bookmarks. 


The third annual Huron Arts & Heritage Network’s Culture Awards will recognize the best in arts, culture and heritage in Huron County. Nominations for these awards are now being sought until March 30 at 5 p.m.

The Huron Arts & Heritage Network has developed the awards over the course of three years with a goal of raising the profile of our dynamic cultural communities and providing local individuals and organizations with well-deserved recognition.

A total of five awards for 2011 will be presented in the following categories: Cultural Event/Organization, Individual Artist, Cultural Patron/Volunteer or Heritage Individual/Organization as well as Youth in Arts.

“I think these awards bring to light some of the many talented and hardworking individuals and organizations that contribute so much to the vitality of Huron County’s cultural sector,” said Huron County’s Cultural Services Officer, Rick Sickinger. “We are seeing that the community is supportive of this initiative and nominations for all five categories are being submitted.”

The awards will be presented on Apr. 14 at 7:30 p.m. as part of the gala gathering at the Bayfield Town Hall.

Award winners will be profiled on the Huron Arts & Heritage Network’s website and the winner in each category will be presented with an original piece of art created by Huron County blacksmith and artisan James Wallace of Sharp’s Creek Forge.

Full award details including category breakdowns and nomination forms can be found at community library branches and online at or by contacting Karen Stewart, Huron Arts & Heritage events program coordinator at 519 523-4328 and . Nomination forms can also be faxed to Stewart’s attention at 519 524-5677.

community invited to honor volunteers

Ontario Heritage Week runs from now until Feb. 26. The Bluewater Heritage Committee, along with Mayor of Bluewater Bill Dowson, is recognizing this fact by honoring local heritage volunteers and their achievements on Feb. 26.

All in the community are invited to join in this celebration of some extraordinary volunteers. The event will be held at the Bayfield Town Hall from 2-3 p.m. The provision of hot mulled cider and squares will add to the festivities.

Recognition will be given in three categories: volunteers, heritage buildings and historical activities.

The volunteers being recognized are: Ruth Brown, winner of the Lieutenant Governor’s Ontario Heritage Award for Lifetime Achievement; Douglas Grant, for over a decade of volunteering for heritage; Dave Johnston Sr., for professional and voluntary heritage service; and Ian Marr and Wayne Reid for voluntary heritage service.

The owners of newly renovated or rebuilt heritage buildings receiving recognition are: Patricia and Steve Baker, for the Virtual High School (built as the Martha Ritz in 1948); Patricia and Roger Lewington, for restoring Rutledge House; Melissa and Henry Silva for JMR Art Gallery (first established as Tippet’s Harness Shop). All of these building are located on Bayfield's Main Street, a heritage conservation district.

People involved in historical activities being recognized are: Joan Karstens, representing the St. Joseph Historical Society, recipient of the Governor General's History Award for Excellence in Community Programming with the production of the play "Narcisse". Judiy Keightley, on behalf of the Bayfield Historical Society, for writing and presenting historical plays. Heather Klopp, representing Zurich's Friends of Hay Township Hall, for saving the aforementioned building. Alma Westlake, of St. Peters Lutheran Church, for the resurrection of tombstones in Zurich's Pioneer Cemetery. Raili Vanderwiel, for preserving Zurich's Dominion Hotel (now Smiley'Z Restaurant).

The Bluewater Heritage Committee believes that it is people donating their time and talents that create vibrant communities honoring the past and looking to the future. The number of individuals being honored is testament to that.


The lanterns lit up a dark Bayfield night during "Light the Night" festivities held on Main Street on Feb. 18.


Family Day organizers, as well as event sponsor Main Street Optometric, wanted to "Light the Night" on the evening of Feb. 18. And when about 100 people arrived at The Little Inn Guest Cottage sharply at 7 p.m. they managed to do just that. 

The crowd was instructed to follow a trail of paper lanterns that lined the pedestrian pathway on the south side of Main Street until they found its end at The Black Dog Pub and Bistro courtyard where hot chocolate and cookies were served. 

Adults brought lanterns while children carried those they had made earlier in the day during a lantern making session held at The Little Inn Guest Cottage. The design provided by Kristyn Watterworth of Kryart Studio was a delicate invention of popsicle sticks and tissue paper that lent a soft light to the festivities. In juxtoposition to the soft light of the lanterns was the excitement of sparklers. Plenty were handed out and everyone had an opportunity to carve light patterns in the darkness as they preceded up Main Street. 


anglican church

It is a Lenten tradition at Trinity Anglican Church to join in fellowship over a hearty bowl of soup while delighting in a great cinematic work.

“Soup and a Movie at Trinity” will be held over the next five Mondays from 6-9 p.m. A free will offering is asked to cover the cost of soup and buns and all in the community are welcome.

The schedule of movies is as follows: The Help, Feb 27; Soul Surfer, March 5; Leap Year, March 12; Leap of Faith, March 19; Crimes and Misdemeanors, March 26.

For more information contact Terry Boa-Youmatoff at 519 524-1774.

historical society

Steve Jenkins from Porter Hill Productions of Bayfield will be the guest speaker at the next meeting of the Bayfield Historical Society (BHS) meeting on Feb. 27.

Those who attend this meeting to be held at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building at 7:30 p.m. will learn about attracting, feeding and identifying winter birds. All are welcome.

And a reminder that the 2012 memberships for the BHS are available now and can be obtained by contacting Bud or Pat Langley at 519 565-2894 or email


Did you know that the Bayfield Library offers an opportunity to learn more about your computer and it’s free?

Free computer training is offered at the Bayfield branch of the Huron County Library through the Community Access Program (CAP).

CAP is an initiative created through the federal government that aims to connect Canadians through technology; as part of the program, free internet and computer lessons are available to library patrons.

Appointments need to be made to have a lesson. Classes are available on Mondays, 1-5 p.m.; Wednesdays: 6-8 p.m.; and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

film society

Prepare yourself for another exciting series of Toronto Film Circuit films brought to you by the Bayfield Film Society at the Bayfield Town Hall. The films will be shown on the second Thursdays of the month at 7:30 pm.

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Subscriptions for the four movies are $35; or tickets can be purchased at the door for $10 per film. Seating is limited so it is suggested that those who wish to attend should get their subscription early.

The spring schedule of films include: The First Grader, March 8; Margin Call, Apr. 12; Sarah’s Key, May 10; and The Guard, June 14. The final film will begin with a wine and cheese celebration at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets can be ordered from: Lynn Gillians, 519 565-5884 or by e-mail; Brian Carrier, 519 565-2835 or e-mail; Larry Dalton, 519 565-5737 or e-mail;or Margo Robeson, 519 565-2827 or e-mail

antique fair

Cold temperatures and gray skies don’t exactly conjure up images of the Bayfield Antique Show and Sale hosted each August by the congregation of Trinity Anglican Church. However, the event coordinators are hoping to get people thinking about it and maybe even considering volunteering at the event to be held Aug. 10-12 at the Bayfield Community Centre.

The Antique Show and Sale now in its 27th season is a wonderful boon to the village and help from both residents and summer folk is needed to make it a continued success. There are a variety of tasks to choose from when volunteering, helping with set up, serving in the tearoom, security and front door admission sales are but a few examples.

To learn more about this great community event please call Joan Cluff at 519 565-2974 or email her at

ratepayers' association

Ainslie Willock is the new president of the Bayfield Ratepayers Association (BRA) and she would like to encourage village residents to come and observe the monthly BRA meetings.

“I'll make time on the agenda for visitors to bring up any issues they would like us to comment on,” she said recently.

The BRA meets on the first Saturday of the month at 9 a.m. at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building. Their next meeting will be held on March 3.

Reminders of the monthly meetings can be found on the Post Office Notice Board and on the BRA website:

hearing clinic

Have you heard the news? A new monthly hearing clinic is being established in the village at Pharmasave Michael’s Pharmacy. The next date for the clinic is Feb. 28 (due to holiday week prior).
The Kincardine Hearing Clinic will be offering their services on the third Tuesday of every month from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The clinic will offer: hearing aid adjustments and repairs to all makes and models, no cost hearing tests, new prescription of hearing aids, wax removal, hearing aid battery sales as well as hard of hearing assistive devices.

To book an appointment please call The Kincardine Hearing Clinic at 1-855-396-6026.


One of the first harbingers of spring is the return of the Bayfield Diners’ Club luncheons. The program is scheduled to start on March 1 at noon in the Bayfield Community Centre.

Anyone who is 55+ years of age is invited to join the club members for their weekly Thursday lunches. Newcomers are most welcome to join in the meal.

The club cook is Peggy Cunningham; several volunteers capably assist her. Anyone who can donate two hours of their Thursday to help prepare or serve the lunch would be most welcome and should contact Dianne Argyle at 519 565-2800.

Participants should call Betty Young at 519 565-2502 no later than 10 a.m. on the Monday prior to the Thursday lunch to inform organizers of their intention to attend or not to attend the luncheon. Or if Young is not available please contact Jane Davidson McKee at 519 565-2653

The cost for the lunch is $8 per person. Anyone who wishes to enjoy the meal but cannot make it to the community centre is invited to order a take-out lunch.

fitness fun

One Care is sponsoring several programs for both men and women to keep up with their desire to stay fit.

Dancefit and Toning classes are held on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 9 a.m. The cost is $40 for four months or $3 per class. The classes are held at the Bayfield Community Centre.

The Sit and Get Fit classes are offered on Mondays and Wednesdays at 10:15 a.m. On Fridays a Stretching Class is offered at 10:15 a.m. for approx. 45 minutes. This class is suitable for everyone. Both of these fitness opportunities are held at the Bayfield Community Centre and cost a $1 per class.

For the more adventurous among us, there is Pole Walking. Walks for women are scheduled for Tuesdays and Thursdays while walks for men are held on Monday and Friday mornings All walks begin from 6 Main Street and begin at 8:30 a.m. Poles are provided free for those who require them.

A Yoga Class will be held at the Bayfield Town Hall starting at 10 a.m. on Tuesdays. The cost for is $3 per class and participants are asked to bring a yoga mat. A time of quiet reflection and meditation follows the yoga class starting at 11:15 a.m. All in the community are invited to take part.

Indoor badminton is played on Monday evenings at 7 p.m. at the Varna Complex The cost is $3 each and no experience or equipment is required to play.

Call 519 565-2202 for more information on the above exercise opportunities.

For those people looking to exercise their minds, Women’s Bridge is played every Wednesday at 1 p.m. No partner needed to play the cost is $1.50 per game. For more information call Brenda Blair 519 565-2881.

Mah Jongg games are also offered on the first and third Thursdays of the month starting at 1 p.m. Call 519 565-2468 for more information.

Both Bridge and Mah Jongg are played at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building.

Huron Ridge Acres would like to invite all in the community to participate in their Winter Walking Program - a terrific way to escape those winter “blahs”. On Tuesdays and Fridays during January, February and March the owners open the greenhouse from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for people to come and walk on the ice-free, snow-free sidewalks. Those who take part can enjoy the smell of things growing, and the sunshine on days when it shines, along with some relaxing background music. There is no charge – it is the Steckle’s way of saying thanks to the community for their support of Huron Ridge.

Zumba Bayfield! Come out and join Jamie for this energized Latin based fitness class starting at 7 p.m. at the Bayfield Community Centre. Regular classes are held every Wednesday evening and the cost is $10 per class. Join the Zumba Bayfield Facebook group page for updates. To learn more contact instructor, Jamie Thomas via email at



The Photography Club of Bayfield (PCoB) will meet on March 1 at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building starting at 7 p.m.

This month the club members will learn about the art of “Alphabet Photography” and take a look at images shot by members based on February’s assignment of “Portraiture”.

Anyone who is interested in more information can contact Jack Pal at or Gary Lloyd-Rees at



Part of the Family Day Weekend fun was having Danny's Passport stamped at participating businesses on Main Street. At the Main Street Optometric stop visitors could guess how many jelly beans were in the jars for a chance to win them. Concentrating and counting were l-r: Melanie Wilson, of Bayfield; Laura Buckley and Ashley Whelan, both of Seaforth and Nicole Kelly, of Walton. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)





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, another image of Bayfield Guiding and Scouting groups on parade to the fairgrounds in 1956, rounding out a trio of images in honor of Thinking Day. This day, Feb. 22, is set a side for all members of the two organizations to think about their fellow brothers and sisters. Anyone recognize any of these youth?

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Remember Me 136

In Issue 136, don’t these young men look charming in their uniforms? They along with their leaders were photographed at the fairgrounds in 1956. Anyone recognize some of these youngsters?


Remember 137

In Issue 137, the 1st Bayfield Brownies are shown marching to the fairgrounds in 1956. Does anyone remember any of these young girls in uniform?




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soup's on synonymous with family day 

For the second year running, “Soup’s On” at the Bayfield Town Hall attracted a crowd of almost 150 hungry customers. This year the event was held in conjunction with Family Day Weekend events on the afternoon of Feb. 18. Local churches and organizations, as well as a few local restaurants offered seventeen soups for sampling.

Pat Stewart ladles out the soup provided by the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association.

After some sampling it was time to vote for the People's Choice Award, Dick Hannah (left), of Hamilton and Barry Detenbeck, of Bayfield, discuss the candidates.

Several organizations not only shared a special soup but took advantage of the opportunity to also promote their causes. These groups included the Huronia and District Branch of the Ontario SPCA (foreground) and the Friends of the Bayfield Library.

John Steadman dishes up some soup in the background as Wynn Graham and Leda McAlister (right) share some conversation with Liam Pal.

Kate Lloyd-Rees (left) and Judy Keightley (right) of the Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society presented Helen Latimer, of the Bayfield Mews, with the People's Choice Award for 2012. Her recipe for Mulligatawny Soup earned the adult community bragging rights for the year.


For the second year running, “Soup’s On” at the Bayfield Town Hall attracted a crowd of almost 150 hungry customers!

The event was held on the afternoon of Feb. 18. Local churches and organizations, as well as a few local restaurants offered seventeen soups. Varieties included, Mulligatawny Soup, Roasted Red Pepper Soup, Pioneer Potage, "Bright and Beautiful" Country Chowder and Spiced Yellow Pea Veloute with Truffle Oil. There were also a number of variations of squash soups. The crowd agreed that all the soups were delicious and a wonderful antidote to a cold winter's day.

Bayfield’s own, Richard Fitoussi, once again officiated as the judge for the "Chef's Award" and after tasting all 17 soups in a blind tasting and marking them for smell, taste, texture etc, he awarded the first prize to The Little Inn for their Spiced Yellow Pea Soup. Close runners up were the Red Pump Restaurant, with their Smoked Ham Hock, Apple and Fennel Soup and the Albion Hotel's Parsnip Soup.

Ballots were collected for the "People's Choice Award" and after a lengthy count the first prize was awarded to the Bayfield Mews, for their delicious Mulligatawny Soup. Very close runners up were The Little Inn, Knox Presbyterian Church, Bayfield Ratepayers’ Association and The Albion Hotel.

Judy Keightley, on behalf of the Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society, presented both awards. The awards, beautifully crafted for the event last year by Bob Merriman, will be engraved with the winners' names and they will be allowed to keep the awards for one year.

Organizers noted that most importantly, the afternoon brought together people of all ages from the community for an afternoon of fun and togetherness as part of the Family Day Weekend festivities.

Judy Keightley could be found at the booth hosted by the Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society. Their "Locavore Soup" featured Butternut squash, maple syrup bacon and apples.


The slogan on Margo Robeson's apron denoted the fun of the event.


Darren Erb (left), manager of The Little Inn of Bayfield and Mike Parkinson, chef at The Albion Hotel, shared some good natured ribbing over whose soup was best. In the end, it was The Little Inn that took home the Chef's Choice Award.


Helen Latimer (left) and Rachel St. Aubin kept the samples coming to those who visited the Bayfield Mews booth. Those who sampled their Mulligatawny Soup voted it the People's Choice for 2012.



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bayfield skating club 

Local skating royalty TOUCH blades to the ice for annual carnival 

All the members of the Bayfield Skating Club took to the ice in the Bayfield Arena for the final curtain call of the afternoon.

Stage 2 and 3 skaters were helped by their leaders in completing a number set to "ABC" by the Jackson 5. L-R: Justine Rivers (leader), Connor Gilbert, Elise Brady, Chase Turner, Courtney Roth, Peter Snyder, Julie Chun (leader), Crystal Snyder, Evan Reid, Ella Reid, Tucker Hughes and Indianna Crook (leader).

Julie Chun (left) and Indianna Crook interpret a spiral during their "Beat It" number.

Kassie Jefferson, a junior skater, demonstrates a spiral during her solo skate.

Stage 3 skaters were all decked out for their performance set to "Rockin' Robin".

Both Junior and Senior skaters were featured in the final number of the afternoon set to "Thriller". In this photo, Marlese Coombs (standing) strikes a gloved pose while zombies collapse at her feet.


The music of Michael Jackson was featured at the 2012 edition of the Bayfield Skating Club’s annual carnival held on the afternoon of Feb. 19.

Twenty-five club members presented “Michael Jackson King of Skate” in the Bayfield Arena. In addition to a number of solo performances by Junior and Senior skaters, group numbers were set to such hits as: “Black and White”, “Beat It”, “Man in the Mirror”, “Billy Jean” and “Thriller”. Jackson’s early days with the Jackson 5 were also covered with “ABC” and “Rockin’ Robin”.

Following the performance, people were invited upstairs to the community centre for a Spaghetti Dinner, a fundraising event for the club.

Zombies came out to skate to Michael Jackson's Thriller. Indianna Crook was of the smiling variety.


Junior skater, Sierra Whetstone strikes a pose during her solo performance.


Junior skater, Kayla Beyerlein-O'Brien performs a solo during the Bayfield Skating Club's annual carnival held on Feb. 19.


Senior skater, Justine Rivers performed a solo number during the carnival.


Costumes and make-up were a fun part of performing to "Thriller" as is evident from the look created for Kassie Jefferson.


Kassie Jefferson (standing) and Sierra Whetstone during their interpretation of the song, "Man in the Mirror".





Melody Falconer-Pounder


When Family Day was first created as a stat holiday I must admit I thought it was kind of a dumb idea. Obviously, I was looking at it from the perspective of someone who works in the tourist industry in a rather seasonal business. Who wants a day off in February? Who wants to pay their employees extra for working in the “off season”? The only benefit I could see was an extra day to take kids out of school and go south for a vacation. And that does happen – I know this because this was the first Family Day I have spent in Canada.

Thankfully Bayfield has people who have been more optimistic about Family Day than I have been and gradually events have been organized to bring people out of hibernation and give them a reason to come to the village in the quiet of winter. This year these intrepid souls really did things up well and I hope our coverage of the weekend events is a small testament to just how much effort went into organizing it all.

I tried to cover all the bases on Saturday while folks stepped in on Sunday to cover Soup’s On and the skating carnival. Thanks ever so much to Dennis Pal and Gary Lloyd-Rees for allowing me the opportunity to take part in an extra special Family Day event – an afternoon spent playing with my grandson and his grandpa. - Melody


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