Bookmark and Share   Feb. 23, 2011    Vol. 2 Week 9 Issue 86

Opportunity for emerging artists to gain exposure

“C’mon Carol, don’t be so bashful. Show us what you’ve got!” pleads husband Jerry McDonnell to his wife, Carol. Jerry and Carol are accomplished photographers who display their work at the Goderich Co-op Gallery as well as at many other locations in the region. In 2008 Carol had recently taken up painting, but was being a bit timid about first placing her work in the new April show at the Co-op Gallery, EXPOSURE '08 designed specifically for artists in the area who had never shown their work before. (Submitted photo)

Members of the Goderich Co-op Gallery (GCG) are offering a repeat opportunity for closet and emerging artists to exhibit their original work in a prominent space. The event is “Exposure 11” and it will be held at the GCG during April.

For the entire month, space will be set aside for the work of up-and-coming artists. This work, in any media, will be shown for the month and may be for sale, or not, as the creator wishes. An entry fee of $10 applies for each exhibitor for one piece of work with a $5 charge for each additional piece up to five pieces maximum.

The GCG is committed to display as much work as space permits. Work will be accepted until the last week of March – at the GCG, 54 Courthouse Square, Goderich, where application forms can be picked up or check for details and a downloadable entry form.

“Whether you have been painting for 30 years or just 2 months, your work will have its own distinctive character,” said Madeleine Roske, one of the galleries founding members. “We are always eager to see the work of artists at all levels. So often beginning art has intense vitality and originality; it is well worth being exposed.”

For closet artists who have been hiding their work for many years, Roske re-assures, “Here’s the chance to show your work in a safe environment.”

The GCG offers this opportunity to creators of original work only, in all media. This exhibition will be on display throughout April, Monday through Saturdays, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.

Members of the public are invited to join all of the artists at a reception to open the show: Apr.2 from 2-4 p.m. at the GCG.

For more information, please check the GCG website at

New season of Bayfield Diners' Club to begin March 3

How does roast beef with Yorkshire pudding, mashed potatoes and gravy sound? Well, anyone who is 55+ years of age is eligible to share in this menu as the Bayfield Diners’ Club will hold their first lunch of 2011 on March 3.

New diners are most welcome to join returning regulars. The meal will be served at noon at the Bayfield Community Centre. The cost for the lunch continues to be $8 per person.

The Bayfield Diners Club lunches are held every Thursday of the month (unless otherwise announced). Anyone who wishes to enjoy the meal but cannot make it to the community centre is invited to order a take-out lunch.

Participants should call Betty Brodhagan at 519 565-4123 on the Monday prior to the Thursday lunch to inform organizers of their intention to attend or not to attend the luncheon.

The Bayfield Diners’ Club is also looking to add to their roster of volunteers to assist in the kitchen each Thursday – anyone interested in helping out should contact Brodhagen at the number listed above.

Brigadier Smith featured at historical society meeting

One of Canada’s true war heroes also left an indelible mark on the Village of Bayfield and the Bayfield Historical Society has the good fortune of having his son share stories and recollections of this man at the next society meeting to be held on Feb. 28.

Gerry Smith, who has retired to Bayfield, will speak about his father, Brigadier Dr. Morgan Smith. The Brigadier also chose this village as his place of residence when he retired in 1964.

When Brig. Dr. Smith and his wife, Edith, arrived in Bayfield they moved into the 'Metcalf House' beside Pioneer Park. He would later become one of the community leaders who helped change this village forever.

His long list of military and medical achievements before he settled in Bayfield earned him the Order of the British Empire. He studied with Dr. Charles Best, one of the discoverers of insulin, while obtaining his M.A. at the University of Toronto. He survived the ill-fated Dieppe raid and landed at Normandy. He was the head of allied medical care during the Korean War. After his illustrious military career, he became the Chief Medical Officer for Western Canada.

To learn more about this man’s incredible career and the legacy he left in Bayfield plan to attend the historical society meeting on Feb. 28. The lecture will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building.


Havic, a Border Collie owned by Peter Westwood, can't wait for the snow to finally melt so he can begin some serious training for the upcoming Bayfield Purina Dog Walk on June 5. Westwood is chairing the walk held each year by the Bayfield Lions' Club to raise funds for Guide Dogs. It takes $25,000 to train just one dog so Havic encourages his fellow canines and their owners to start spreading the news about this worthwhile event! To learn more call Westwood at 519 565-4533. (Submitted photo)

skating club

The members of the Bayfield Skating Club are all set to entertain the community this coming Sunday afternoon as they present, “A Night at the Movies”.

The club’s annual carnival will be held on Feb. 27 starting at 3 p.m. in the Bayfield Arena. The cost to attend is: adults, $5; children six-12 years, $3; and children five and under, free.

Popcorn, hot dogs and drinks will be available for purchase making it even more like a night at the movies!

Concert series

The musical entertainment scene in the village is kicking into high gear this spring with some well-known performers coming to play The Bayfield Town Hall.

Hannah Georgas will get things rolling on March 11 along with special guest Ashley Anderson. The doors to the hall will open at 8 p.m. with the concert starting at 8:30 a.m. Tickets are on sale now for $25. For tickets visit

Colin James will headline at the hall on March 17 as part of his Up Close and personal: An Acoustic Tour with Special Guest Chris Caddell. Not surprisingly this concert has already sold out!

On April 9, John K. Samson of the Weakerthans with special guest Andy McGuire will play the hall. Tickets are available now for $35. Hall doors will open at 8 p.m. with the show starting at 8:30 p.m. For tickets visit

film society

The Bayfield Film Society is taking a break for the month of February but will be starting a brand new film series on March 10 with the film, "Get Low".

This film will be followed by the documentary "Force of Nature", April 14; and movies, "The Trotsky", May 12; and “Incendies”, June 16.

For just $35 you can purchase a series of tickets for all four films. Series tickets are now on sale and can be purchased from Jane Rowat 519 565-5838 or Lynne Gillians 519 565-5884.

The Bayfield Film Society wants to continue to bring the latest and greatest films to Bayfield, and with your series purchase this goal can be achieved. The films are shown at the Bayfield Town Hall starting at 7:30 p.m.

fitness fun

Folks can keep the winter doldrums at bay by staying active, opportunities abound to do just that here in the village.

Bayfield residents can join the Zumba craze as classes are now being held in the village. Zumba is a dance fitness class that combines Latin rhythms and easy to follow moves, creating a calorie burning dance party suitable for all ages.

A new session will begin this week on Feb. 24 from 7-8 p.m. at the Bayfield Community Centre. Cost per class is $10. Licensed Zumba instructors, Alison De Groot and Lorraine Dietz, will teach the class. For more information email De Groot at

The following activities are scheduled to run from now until Apr. 21.

Indoor Walking sessions will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Bayfield Community Centre on Mondays and Wednesdays.

For the more adventurous among us, there is Pole Walking. Walks for women will start at 9 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, while the men can venture out on Mondays and Fridays at 8:30 p.m. All walks begin from 6 Main Street and poles are provided for those who require them.

Dancefit and Toning classes continue on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 9 a.m. The Sit and Get Fit Classes take place on Mondays and Wednesdays at 10:15 a.m. On Fridays at 10 a.m., April Hulley will teach a Stretching Class, participants are asked to bring a yoga mat. These three classes are held at the Bayfield Community Centre.

A Yoga Class will be held at the Bayfield Town Hall starting at 7 p.m. on Mondays.

Badminton is also being played at Huron Centennial School in Brucefield starting at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays.

bridge club

Jean Bowman and John Kuntz were the high scorers when the Wednesday Evening Bridge Club met at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building on Feb. 16.

The club will meet next on March 2. The decks will be shuffled at 7 p.m. All are welcome to attend.

archives room

The Bayfield Historical Society is planning to keep the Bayfield Archives Room open at least five afternoons per week this coming summer by enlisting volunteers.

In previous summers, the Archives Room has only been open Wednesday and Saturday afternoons. The expanded hours will accommodate the increasing interest by both residents and visitors in the displays, programs and publications at the Archives. The historic building itself has become a central tourist attraction during the summer months.

To carry out this expanded summer service, the Historical Society will create a roster of volunteers to staff the Archives from early June to Labour Day. Volunteers would be expected to do the following: respond to questions from drop-ins, sell publications, plus complete some modest archival activities.

Interested individuals, who can commit to one afternoon per week for the summer, are asked to contact Bill Rowat at 519 565-5838 or



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

This week, we recognize Girl Guide and Boy Scout Week with a picture taken of Girl Guide leaders in full regalia. One of the Guiders in the picture has been identified as Lillian Higgins. Does anyone know which one? And also does anyone recognize any of the other women? Happy Thinking Day everyone!

Remember Me 86

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



Remember Me Issue 84

In Issue 84, Jackie Thompson recognized the two men to be Walter Westlake and Rev. Peter Renner. They were snapped watching all the excitement when the fishing boats got into trouble in ice in March of 1955.


Remember Me Issue 85

In Issue 85, we featured a photograph taken in 1900. We realized that probably no one will be able to identify the woman but the value of this image could not be discounted. The woman is walking on the hill that today can be found at the start of the Sawmill Trail. The logs for the original corduroy road are visible. It is an image that clearly demonstrates how important this road was to our early pioneers.

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Two hundred people came through the doors of the Bayfield Town Hall on the afternoon of Feb. 20 to take part in Soups On, Bayfield! The extremely popular event was held as a fundraiser for the Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society.


CRW_2244.jpgGayle King, of Trinity Anglican Church, offers a sample of Mediterranean Seafood Soup.


The Bayfield Lions Club entered two soups in the competition. Lion Barry Detenbeck (right) entered his specialty, Roasted Tomato Soup; while Lions Dave and Penny Overboe (middle and left) served up Roaring Lions Lemon Chicken Soup.


John Ferrington (right), of Burlington, accepts a sample of soup from Kate Lloyd-Rees, while Brittany Fry (centre) watches.


Huron County Cultural Services and the Huron County Library teamed up to create Moroccan Chicken Curry with Couscous - here Meighan Wark ladles out a sample while Rick Sickinger looks on.


Louise Sygrove kept track of the ballots for the People's Choice Award.


A beautiful display for the entry by Knox Presbyterian Church.



The Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society lit a fire under the old soup kettle and the people responded. About 200 individuals took advantage of the Soups On, Bayfield event held at the town hall on the afternoon of Feb. 20 sampling a variety of culinary creations. The event was a fundraiser for the hall.

Organizations, clubs, churches, restaurants and individuals from the village as well as the county entered a total of twenty soups into the event hoping to take home bragging rights in two categories: The Chef’s Award and the People’s Choice Award.

For The Chef’s Award, Chef Richard Fitoussi had the delightful task of tasting all of the soups and his discerning palette determined the following winners: first, The Little Inn of Bayfield, Black Angus Goulash; second, The Albion Hotel, Loaded Baked Potato; and third, The Bayfield Town Hall, Hell’s Kitchen Salmon Chowder.

The large crowd voted with their stomachs and they determined the winners of the People’s Choice Award to be: first, The Albion Hotel; second, The Little of Bayfield; and third, Knox Presbyterian Church, Wild Mushroom Soup inspired by Julia Child.

Anyone worried about calorie counting also had the opportunity to exercise before indulging. Outside Projects offered snowshoeing on the Woodland Trail. Approx. 30 people took advantage of the opportunity. The proceeds of the snowshoe rentals were graciously donated to the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association. People could also lace up their skates and head over to the Bayfield Arena for some time on the ice, sadly the outdoor rink in Clan Gregor Square met its demise during last week’s mild spell.

Leslie Bella, created some ambience with her very talented clarinet playing.


There were prizes to be won at Soups On, Bayfield! Louise Sygrove, of the Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society, was in charge of tabulating the People's Choice Award ballots. Chef Richard Fitoussi had the enviable job of judging for the Chef's Award.


Kim Muszynski, owner of The Albion Hotel, came away with bragging rights for the People's Choice Award coming away with the first place soup in that category. The Albion's Loaded Baked Potato Soup was the favorite.


Darren Erb, of the Little Inn of Bayfield, could be quite proud of the Inn's offering as it placed first in the Chef's Award category and second in the People's Choice Award category. Black Angus Goulash for everyone!


Roger Lewington, of The Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society, introduces to those gathered Chef Richard Fitoussi, judge for the event.


Chef Richard Fitoussi presents Darren Erb, of The Little Inn of Bayfield, with the Chef's Choice Award for the Inn's entry, Black Angus Goulash.


Louise Sygrove, of the Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society, presents Kim Muszynski, owner of The Albion Hotel, with the People's Choice Award for his Loaded Baked Potato Soup.

PIXILATED — image of the week

Bayfield River - It's not Spring yet....

Bayfield River - It's not Spring Gary Lloyd-Rees

Email your photo in Jpeg format to with the subject line Subscriber Photo of the Week. or...Upload your photo to Flickr.

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




Melody Falconer-Pounder


This week a subscriber alerted me to the Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) that was held across North America from Feb. 18 to Feb. 21. The GBBC is an annual four-day event that engages bird watchers of all ages in counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of where the birds are across the continent. Anyone can participate, from beginning bird watchers to experts. According to the GBBC website, it takes as little as 15 minutes on one day, or you can count for as long as you like each day of the event. It’s free, fun, and easy—and it helps the birds.

Now this sounds like something I could really get behind as I have developed something of a friendship with a little Black-capped Chickadee who chirps at me each time I walk by its territory on my regular walks around the country block – I will have to remember to sign up for next year.

People with Bayfield postal codes have been participating in the project and if you visit the link below you can see how the tally adds up. The top three at the time of this writing were the American Crow, Wild Turkey and the Snow Bunting.

To see what other birds made the village count visit: - Melody

Ideas and contributions to the Bayfield Breeze are always welcome.
Deadlines for submissions are Sundays at 4 p.m.

Please email me at or call 519-565-2443.
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