Bookmark and Share   July 4, 2018   Vol. 10 Week 27 Issue 469



_MG_6515Victoria and Tony Scott were in it to win it!  

Lion President Don Vance, Kathy Grey and Bill and Jane Rowat hosted the Bayfield Lions’ Club’s summer BBQ at the Rowat home on Sunday, June 24th.

Lion Chef Michael Potter prepared steaks for over 60 Lions members and partners, friends and potential new members.

One of the highlights of the event was the annual Quadracycle Race. The proud winners of the coveted trophy were Tony and Victoria Scott.

The Bayfield Lions’ Club sponsors various events in the village throughout the year and contributes to many local projects. New members are welcome - check out the Lions website to learn more.

_MG_6513One of the highlights of the Bayfield Lions' Summer BBQ was the annual Quadracycle Race.  

_MG_6524Four pairs could compete in the Quadracycle Race at one time.  

_MG_6532Winners of the coveted trophy from the Quadracycle Race were Tony and Victoria Scott. The trophy was presented to the couple by Lion Bill Rowat.  

_MG_6534Lion Chef Michael Potter (right), assisted by Lion President Don Vance, prepared steaks for over 60 Lions members and partners, friends and potential new members.  

_MG_6543Lion President Don Vance, Kathy Grey and Bill and Jane Rowat hosted the Bayfield Lions’ Club’s summer BBQ at the Rowat home on Sunday, June 24th.  

generous donors could make rummage sale one of the best 

IMG_1450Set a course for the 2018 Pioneer Park Rummage Sale to be held on the evening of July 13. (Submitted photo)

Donations are pouring in for the Pioneer Park Rummage Sale. Lots of wonderful goods, one of a kind treasures and home furnishings will be up for grabs at the must attend event of the summer now in its 71st year.

This year the sale will be held on Friday, July 13 at the Bayfield Arena. The outdoor sales begin at 6:30 p.m. while the Zamboni doors will open to the arena promptly at 7 p.m.

Organizers are very pleased and happy to thank everyone who has visited the drop off centre to date. The Quonset Huts at the north end of the village just off Hwy 21 is the location. The upcoming drop off dates are Saturday, July 6 and Monday, July 9. The open times are 10 a.m. to noon. After that, donations will be accepted, at the Bayfield Arena, on Thursday, July 12, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and on Friday, July 13, from 10 a.m. to noon.

Please be advised that while organizers are delighted with donations, there are some items that they cannot accept. These include: appliances including microwave ovens, children’s furnishings, clothing, shoes, computers, faxes, printers, large kitchen appliances and any electricals that are not CSA approved.

Volunteers make this event run smoothly and new ones are always welcome. Please email or text Mike Peirce at 312 618-5825. Veteran table team members are asked to contact their team captains now!

BRVTA hosting hikes offering flora, fauna and heritage 

On Sunday, July 8, Peter Jeffers, Jack Pal and Adriaan Schreuder, volunteers with the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) will accompany hikers on an Active Hike (rather than a casual stroll) along the Lobb Trail.

Starting at 2 p.m. hikers will enjoy this beautiful, well-groomed trail with several river side
locations, gentle hills, scenic rest stops and some heritage interpretation plaques. The nature trail winds over an old pottery kiln and through a Homestead area, whilst there is also a Carolinian forest with flora and fauna typical of this type of habitat.

The hike will be approximately 7 KMs through mature woodlots with mushrooms and a variety of tree species. The difficulty is Level 3 along a natural path as well as one steep embankment and two sections of gradual hills.

The trail is located on Maitland Line, turn north/north east at Holmesville off of Hwy 8 on to Sharpes Creek Line and then turn north/north east on to Maitland Line. Parking can be found at the intersection of School House Road.

Anyone wishing to carpool should meet at the gazebo in Clan Gregor Square at 1:30 p.m. with an expected return time of 4:30 p.m. All are welcome to take part.

And then on Aug. 12, the Sawmill Trail will be the location for a Foresters Walk.

All are welcome to join the BRVTA for a walk with ABCA Forester Ian Jean starting at 2 p.m. Jean is very knowledgeable about forestry and is an avid naturalist. People are encouraged to bring their tree and birding identification books along.

There will be a number of stops on the way as Jean shares his knowledge of nature on the Sawmill Trail, one of the BRVTA’s original trails. This is a Carolinian forest with interesting flora and fauna as well as having a rich historical component. The Sawmill Trail also faces the Bayfield River Flats Natural Area, offering a unique perspective.

This walk will take about two hours over 2 KMS at a Level 2 difficulty with one steep hill at the beginning and end.

Those who wish to take part are asked to meet at the Sawmill Trail head at 1:45 p.m. The hike leaders will be Roger Lewington, 519 565-2202; Chris and Pam Bowers, 519 525-8850.

bayfield on the give peace a chance summer concert tour 

Mark Staycer’s portrayal of John Lennon has been called "spot on" by thousands who have enjoyed seeing him "live" and in-person. His authentic singing style and Liverpudlian accent receive the thumbs up from Beatle people everywhere including those closest to the group over the years.

Louise Harrison, sister of Beatle George Harrison's said, "I thought they were playing John's records when I heard him."

Early manager Alan Williams: "Aye, yer a right sight, mate. Keep up the good work."

Shea Stadium concert promoter Sid Bernstein is quoted to have said, "Lennon lives again!"

Staycer performs in full costume and plays authentic-style guitars that were used by John Lennon during his Beatles and solo years. Thousands of enthusiastic fans have witnessed his stunning portrayal at theaters and venues around the world, including Beatles Week in Liverpool, Abbey Road on the River, and at music festivals across the United States and Canada.

And now audiences at the Bayfield Town Hall can too! Staycer will be performing two shows on July 15 a 2 p.m. matinee and an evening performance at 7 p.m.

Give Peace A Chance Summer Concert Tour A Production of the London Beatles Festival.

“ImagineLennon” is part of the Give Peace a Chance Summer Concert Tour, a production of the London Beatles Festival. It is sponsored by the Bayfield Town Hall and The Little Inn of Bayfield.

Tickets are $30 and are available now at Shop Bike Coffee Roasters in Bayfield or by calling 1-877-700-3130. Tickets can also be purchased at

 Library was rocking with rhythm on Saturday morning 

IMG_2595John (right) and Melina Powers entertained 31 children during a special event at the Bayfield Public Library on Saturday. (Photos by Louise Sygrove)

Thirty-one children enjoyed the Rockin’ Rhythms” puppet performance by John and Melina Powers that was held at the Bayfield Public Library on June 30.

The event was organized by the Friends of the Bayfield Library at the suggestion of member, Louise Sygrove.

Organizers noted that everyone’s favorite “puppet” appeared to be the couple’s baby boy! However, there was also strong enthusiasm from the younger set for the show with the kids at times” storming the stage”.

Attendance blossomed to about 50 when adding in the parents and grandparents that also enjoyed the performance that concluded with the service of cookies, cake and lemonade in honor of Canada’s 151st Birthday!

IMG_2594The audience was filled with a very enthusiastic younger set who at times ”stormed" the stage.




On Saturday, July 14, the Bayfield Optimist’s invite people to “get their cowboy boots on” for an evening with The River Junction Band at the Bayfield Arena. The event will run from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. and lunch will be provided. Tickets are selling for $30 and are available now at Brandon Hardware or any Optimist member For more information contact Kevin Burton at 519 871-4855. (Submitted photo)

firemen's Breakfast

The firefighters in our village will be up bright and early on July 7 to prepare for their annual Firemen’s Breakfast that will have people lining up for the 7 a.m. start of food service at the Bayfield Fire Hall.

And who wouldn’t line up for pancakes with real maple syrup, eggs, bacon, sausage, potatoes, toast and juice, plus let’s not forget the Tim Horton’s coffee, generously donated by the Tim Horton’s of Exeter.

The cost for the breakfast is adults, $8; and children, $5. The event will conclude at 11 a.m.

Farmers' Market 


Many thanks to the great crowd who came out last week to support the Bayfield Farmers’ Market annual Strawberry Social fundraiser. Fresh strawberry shortcake and the sweet sounds of the Bayfield Ukulele Society had everyone smiling. Like all good things in Bayfield, the market counts on volunteer help. A big thank-you to Dianne McKinley, Karen Ratcliffe and Diane Snell for their help at the shortcake booth.

Everyone’s favorite flower vendor, Cudmore Farms, is now back at the market. Visitors can look forward to seeing them every Friday throughout the summer.

RW Sharpening and Repair Services, a new addition to the community of vendors, joined at last week’s market. With 30 years of experience in the sharpening industry, business owner Suzy Lankin knows her stuff and has the loyal customer following to prove it. She was kept busy all afternoon sharpening on site. Lankin will be at the market every long weekend so round up your dull knives and tools.

July 6 will feature our usual lineup of outstanding vendors, offering you the best of locally produced veggies, fruit, meat, bread, granola, wine, cider, artisan crafts and so much more! Don’t forget to enter our free draw for a chance to win a market bag filled with products from our generous vendors.

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


Knox Presbyterian Church will be the location for the ninth annual Kintail on the Road – Vacation Day Camp every Wednesday at the church during July and August.

Camp Kintail, the area Presbyterian Church camp, will offer a Christian based Day Camp from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The very capable and well-trained young adult staff of Camp Kintail will lead the children in days of games, songs and faith. The camp will be for children who have completed JK up to Grade 6. The children are welcome to attend all the sessions or just one or two.

The camp will run from July 4 until Aug. 22. The cost is $5 per child per day or $7 for two or more children. Lunch and snacks are provided.

For more information please call the church at 519 565-2913 and leave a message.


smith2A sample of the gardens to be open for tour. (Submitted photo)  

Six of Bayfield’s most outstanding gardens are being opened to tour on Saturday, July 7 in support of the Huron Residential Hospice.

Visitors can take in the gardens while enjoying local music and art displays. A wide variety of garden styles and plant products are featured on this garden tour, which also includes two bonus projects, as well as refreshments.

The tour will run rain or shine from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Tickets and maps will be available at St. Andrews United Church on Hwy 21, across from Clan Gregor Square on the day of the tour. The cost will be $15 per person. Everyone is welcome, so bring the whole family!


July 14 is the date set for the annual Bayfield Boat Parade organized by the Bayfield and Area Chamber of Commerce.

This fourth annual event will take place starting in the Bayfield Marina. In case rain clouds dampen the first date a second date is set for July 21.

Anyone with a boat, be it a yacht or a canoe are encouraged to drape it with lights and decorations and set sail just before sunset!

Prizes will be awarded for best decorated, costumes and creativity!


Now through July, the planets Jupiter, Saturn, and Mars make their best apparitions in many years and reveal fascinating detail through a telescope. Venus and Mercury are also visible as is Vesta, a big asteroid. The best part of the Milky Way returns with its hundreds of star clusters, nebulae, and star forming regions.

The West Coast Astronomers will aim for these and more, at their next Star Party, to be held at 9:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 12 at the Agricultural Park in Bayfield, weather and sky conditions permitting. Look for the flashing light.

Visit for more details, locations and other times. Please reserve a spot on the Star Party page, so we can communicate with you in case the conditions are unfavorable. If you have doubt on the status of the event or have questions please call Guy at 519 868-6691 before the event. Everyone is welcome to join us, with or without a telescope. There is no fee. If you are an amateur astronomer, please feel free to join in with your telescope at sundown.


If you sing, dance, play an instrument or perform in other ways, and are between the ages of six and 21 then the Rise2Fame Youth Talent Search is looking for you. It’s not too early to start practicing and perfecting your performance.

The Bayfield preliminary competition to the Western Fair Talent Search takes place on Friday, Aug. 17 at the Bayfield Community Fair, upstairs in the Bayfield Community Centre.

Junior competitions begin first at 7 p.m. with Youth competitions to follow. Check-in is at 6 p.m. This ensures that all registration documents are complete and that music can be lined up for the show. Be sure to read the rules very carefully online by visiting the website at Registration must be completed online on the Western Fair site before Aug. 8.

Winners go on to perform at the Western Fair – a 37-year tradition that has touched the lives of thousands of talented youngsters from across the province. 

Remember, Bayfield’s preliminary contest is one of the last before this year’s Western Fair. Categories of competition are (1) Vocal Solo; (2) Instrumental Solo; (3) Dance Solo; (4) Dance Group; (5) Vocal and/or Instrumental Group including bands; (6) Variety Solo and (7) Variety Group. Individuals can compete more than once in different categories.

Winners of the Bayfield preliminary Rise2Fame contest will perform again at the Western Fair on the Anne Eadie Stage during the first two weeks of September. At the Western Fair competition there are big cash prizes and trophies for final winners. 

But you can’t win if you don’t enter the preliminary in Bayfield. Rise2Fame contestants, along with one adult, get free admission to the fair. 

Entries for all preliminaries can be made on-line at

Contact Charles Kalbfleisch at 519 565-2244 or Willi Laurie via email or phone at 519 482-9265 for more information.

Green River Revival 

Green River Revival, will have the audience rocking in their seats at the Bayfield Town Hall on Thursday, July 12th! Creedence Clearwater Revival was an American rock band active in the late 1960s and early 70s and Green River Revival is North America’s most authentic sounding CCR Tribute band.

Their 2016 live CD sounds so much like Creedence Clearwater Revival that producers at the CD company thought it was the real CCR. The members of this band have played in CCR tributes across Canada, Scandinavia and the US for the past two decades and then joined together to bring audiences the ultimate Creedence Revival.

Most people don't realize just how many songs they actually know in the show that features hit after hit after hit. All of these greatest hits will come back to you during this amazing live concert.

The doors open at 7 p.m., and the concert starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $40 in advance or $45 at the door. Cash Bar.

For tickets call Mark at 519 521-2994 or Sue at 519 565-2551 or purchase them online at


IMG_7686 The Goderich Canadian Tire store, and owners, Shaun and Tracy Telfer, have been supporting the Hometown Heroes “Raise a Little Health” Fundraising Hockey game for the past five years! This year they are donating $1,500 in sponsorship and a $500 kayak for the silent auction. Accepting the kayak form Shaun Telfer (right) were l-r: Dan Stringer, Grace Bonnett, Jessie Payne and Jay McFarlan. The Telfers believe that supporting events like the Hometown Heroes Hockey Game supports the organizations involved and in turn, helps build a stronger community. Event organizers would like to thank Canadian Tire for their sponsorship, generous donations and continued support. Those who attend are encouraged to stop by the silent auction at this year’s game to check out everything it has to offer, including Canadian Tire’s donation of a kayak! The 2018 edition of the Hometown Heroes, “Raise a Little Health” Charity Hockey Game, will take place July 19 at the Goderich-Huron YMCA Maitland Recreation Centre. The puck will drop at 7 p.m. Tickets to the charity game can be purchased at Ben Lobb’s offices in Goderich and Port Elgin, Gateway Centre in Seaforth, the AMGH and the Goderich-Huron YMCA. Tickets are $10, adults; and $5, children. (Submitted photo)




Bayfield declared a plastic free coastline community

Bayfield and Plastics docx

In 2015, the Village of Bayfield became a Blue Community. Thirty-five community groups said no to single use plastic water bottles at their meetings and events. They also acknowledged that water was a human right and all peoples of the world should have access to publicly supplied water for drinking and sanitation. Blue Bayfield arranged for the installation of five water refill stations. Over a two-year period, 25,000 refills have been recorded at these sites. They also made 2,500 refillable bottles available to the community. 

Studies have estimated the oceans contain 220,000 pieces of plastic per square kilometre. Alarming as that may be, when people stand on the banks of Pioneer Park admiring the “pristine waters”, they are looking at a body of water estimated to have up to twice that at 440,000 pieces of plastic per square kilometre.

80 million pieces of plastic enter our waters every day, the majority single use products like bottles, bags, straws, cups and lids just to name the obvious. The first piece of plastic ever made still exists.

Blue Bayfield is responding and asking for your support. While we can’t solve the world’s plastic problem, we can become a model for local communities. We are not acting alone.

On the Cornwall coast in England, people will find the best surfing on the Atlantic coastline. The community of St Agnes is in the heart of this surfing region. Unfortunately this surfers paradise, knows all too well about plastic pollution of their waters and beaches.

In 1990, surfers became alarmed at the waste from water treatment plants and improperly treated agricultural waste. They formed and organization Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) to raise awareness of the problem. While improved but not fully resolved, this problem has taken a back seat to a new phenomenon: plastic pollution. Beaches and the waters along the coastline have become awash with plastics.

SAS raised the alarm and engaged in a program called Plastic Free Coastline Communities. They asked communities in the UK to engage in community coastline cleanups, seek municipal support for the elimination of single use plastics, commit to ending the use of plastics in eateries and other businesses and to encourage others to become involved in reducing plastics.

Today, over 150 UK communities have committed to this program along with coastal towns in France, Portugal and Spain. In North America there is one community that met the standards for becoming a PFCC – and that was Bayfield, Ontario, Canada.

Why? 1) Bluewater Council passed a resolution ““The Council of the Municipality of Bluewater in the Province of Ontario, Canada supports Blue Bayfield’s efforts to protect the Huron Coastline and endorses its participation in Plastic Free Coastlines.” Similar resolutions were passed by the Ratepayers Association, the Bayfield and Area Chamber of Commerce and the Bayfield Town Hall.

2) Even at this early stage, 80 per cent of the eateries have agreed to discontinue the use of plastics and polystyrene.

3) Blue Bayfield, Love Your Greats, The Bayfield River Valley Trail Association and the Lake Huron Centre for Coastal Conservation will continue to hold their biannual cleanup of litter created by humans on all Bayfield beaches.

Will all single use plastics be eliminated from the village? It is up to you: access the single use products in your home. Blue Bayfield will be providing eateries with water bottles for their tables. While international and national chains have not committed Blue Bayfield is  roud of these local Plastic Free Champions and encourage people to support them. It is the hope of Blue Bayfield that in time all eateries will be on this list. The current Plastic Free Champions are: The Black Dog Pub and Bistro, Renegades Diner, Shop Bike Coffee Roasters, The Yellow Perch, Bayfield Public House, Drift Restaurant, The Ashwood, The Little Inn, Bayfield Lions' Club and The Lake House Bistro.

In addition the Bayfield Town Hall, Bayfield Lions' Club and St. Andrew's United Church are also Plastic Free Champions. 

Blue Bayfield invites everyone to save Saturday, Oct. 27 as the date to celebrate the village being plastic free!

Linfield wildlife area explored on recent hike 

20180624_135522Kate Monk, Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) Land Management supervisor was the guest for the hike because of her experience with the property since it was donated almost 10 years ago by the Linfield family. (Submitted photo)  

On Sunday, June 24 the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) hosted a “Land Management Experience” at the Linfield Wildlife Area. This event was co-hosted by the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation.

A group of hikers met at the parking area as the rain stopped for the day. Kate Monk, Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) Land Management supervisor was the guest for the hike because of her experience with the property since it was donated almost 10 years ago by the Linfield family. Monk gave an outline of how water and soil resources and wildlife habitat have been developed and preserved.


This property was in the Linfield family for several generations and lovingly cared for and enhanced during this time by the family. Since the donation of the property, Monk has been the lead manager to continue to manage the property in an environmentally responsible way. The property is about 95 acres in size, including 70 acres of active farm land and 25 acres of natural areas.

Hiking, bird-watching, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and fishing are permitted activities in the wildlife area. ABCA intends to develop additional windbreaks, grassed waterways and tree planting in the coming years.

The water resources of the property are interesting as they flow to Lake Huron. Some marginal land sloping areas were reforested to help protect the watercourse. The group walked through the cedar plantation that was planted some nine years ago and is now over 2 Ms tall. There are a number of small streams through the property, and a beaver was observed in the pond.

The trail is approximately 2 KMs on a primitive, natural surface, through mature woodlot and wind breaks. There are some nice vistas across the farm fields to the lake.

Anyone who missed the hike and would still like to visit the area should be aware that the trail can be quite wet, depending on weather conditions and there may possibly be some poison ivy.
It is a Level 2 in difficulty with uneven trail. The trail is used all year for walking, bird watching and snow shoeing. Pets are requested to be kept on leash. Hikers should wear sturdy walking or hiking shoes, long pants and insect repellent is recommended.


bluewater blooms

Bluewater Blooms is hosting a garden contest to celebrate the hard work of our green-thumbed neighbors!

Send us a photo of a garden anywhere in Bluewater and describe briefly how it impresses you. Does a garden incorporate best environmental practices such as composting, or compliment the historical attributes of a century home, or is it a whimsical home to tiny fairies? There are no categories. It’s just a celebration of colorful gardens!

The contest closes July 8.

What Can the Best Neighborhood Gardens Win? Six beautiful gardens will win our Neighborhood Award sign posted at the garden and a Miracle-Gro gift donated by Scotts Canada (one jug of Shake 'N Feed All Purpose and one package of Nature's Care Vegetable, Fruit and Flower Food).

To enter email or comment or upload to Facebook (tag: bluewaterbloomscontest)

There is a bit of fine print though. We will want to photograph the winners’ garden and obtain their signature on a permission form that allows the National Communities in Bloom (CIB) organization and Scotts Miracle-Gro to use the photograph on their respective websites as well as CIB social media, magazine and awards ceremony. This contest is being held by the Municipality of Bluewater Communities in Bloom Committee (Bluewater Blooms).

Summer Students 

fullsizeoutput_1c9fSam Murray  

The fifth summer student to be employed by the Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health (GCERH) are being introduced to the community this week.

Sam Murray is currently completing his Bachelor of Science in Honours Biology through Trent University under the Special Admissions Scholarship.

During his time at Trent, Murray has excelled in his studies, receiving the Biology Department Book Prize for outstanding academic achievement. Going forward Murray plans to specialize in the field of biochemistry and later pursue a career in teaching.

While at Gateway, Murray will be assisting Doctor Tiffaney Kittmer with her research project on post-operative opiate stewardship. He will also be helping with community events such as the Hometown Heroes hockey game.

As a resident of Huron East, Sam is well-versed in and passionate about rural life. He has always been interested in health sciences and is excited to be joining an organization which focuses directly on improving the quality of life in rural Ontario. He hopes that his time at Gateway will provide him with new insights into the research field and have a positive impact on the surrounding rural communities.


The Bayfield Community Fair may be the perfect event at which to sell food, crafts or fundraising tickets or promote your business.

The fair will be held Aug. 17-19 and both indoor and outdoor space is available. A 8’X10’ foot space rents for $40 with an extra $1 per square foot plus $10 a day for hydro if needed.

To learn more or to rent a space call Anna Needles at 519 524-7455 or email or Joyce McIlwain at 519 482-3376 or email


“Art Around Town” is changing their annual fundraiser for the Huron County Food Bank Distribution Centre (HCFBDC) up a little bit – instead of featuring pottery bowls as they have the last two years - they will be making unique pottery spoons and rebranding the event, “Empty Spoons”.

The Empty Spoons Soup Event will be held at the Christian Reformed Church in Exeter on Thursday, Sept. 6. In preparation for this fundraiser members of the community are being asked to come and learn some new clay techniques and make one-of-a-kind pottery spoons at a one-day event on Tuesday, July 10th that has been dubbed, “Spoonanza”. Three spoon making shifts are available for volunteers to choose from: 9 a.m. to noon; 1-4 p.m. and 5-8 p.m.

RSVP to to indicate your desired shift(s) up to 35 volunteers will be welcome per shift. Spoonanza will be held at the home of Ruth Anne Merner, 71044 Bronson line at the south end of Dashwood.

No previous experience is necessary participants will create spoons of all sizes and shapes with several different instructors teaching different techniques. Cold beverages will be provided.

The cost to take part is $15. This also includes a ticket to the Sept. 6 event.

Organizers would like to thank everyone who helped last year’s Empty Bowls be such a success raising $4,000 for the HCFBDC.


4A32D7CD-3FA8-4C9E-A22F-02BFA58CC827 The 2018 edition of the Hometown Heroes, “Raise a Little Health” Charity Hockey Game, will take place July 19 at the Goderich-Huron YMCA Maitland Recreation Centre. The puck will drop at 7 p.m. on this fifth annual event. The Alexandra Marine and General Hospital (AMGH) Foundation, Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health and the YMCA Strong Kids Program are all beneficiaries of the funds raised from the game. Local businesses donating in support of the event include, Huronia Med-E-Ox owner, Doug Fines (right) pictured recently with Gwen Devereaux who graciously accepted his donation. Fines has been donating to the game and attending each year for the past five years. Tickets to the charity game can be purchased at Ben Lobb’s offices in Goderich and Port Elgin, Gateway Centre in Seaforth, the AMGH and the Goderich-Huron YMCA. Tickets are $10, adults; and $5, children. Anyone wishing to support the "Raise a Little Health" cause is asked to please call 519 612-1053. (Submitted photo)





Volume 8 

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, we celebrate the upcoming 12th annual Bayfield Vette Fest with an image dated Dec. 12, 1953 of Mrs. May behind the wheel of a Plymouth DeLuxe. This car was manufactured from 1946-50. Corvettes will be the featured vehicle about town on July 6 and 7. The show will be held in Clan Gregor Square this Saturday and the opening cruise night will be held on the Friday evening prior. Does anyone remember Mrs. May? (Archives Code: PB10107 PC)

PB10107 PC Mrs May, December 12, 1953 

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PB12 2b Wedding Doug and Jean undated 2 pix 

In Issue 467, in honor of all those June weddings, we feature an image of Doug and Jean on their big day in these undated images. Anyone know more about them? (Archives Code: PB12 2b)


 PB10040 PC Ross, Elizabeth, Tommy, Mary, and Susan Jean Kneeshaw c1925

In Issue 468, a summery family picture of Ross, Elizabeth, Tommy, Mary and Susan Jean Kneeshaw circa 1925. Does anyone remember them? (Archives Code: PB10040 PC)



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Just one more song! just one more song!














 Just one more song! Just one more song! It was getting close to 10:30 p.m. and after nearly three hours the sold-out crowd that packed the Bayfield Town Hall didn’t want The Dreamboats to stop playing.

Could they possibly no one more song? That was the underlying question. After playing two 45-minute sets filled with music from the 50s and 60s covering all the greats from Chuck Berry to the Beatles and mingling in several of their own compositions written in the early Rock N’ Roll style – they actually did have one last song left in their repertoire.

The Dreamboats made their “sophomore” appearance at the town hall on Thursday, June 28 and they brought back with them their fab harmonies, skilled musicianship, humor and smooth moves – and yes, things got a little sweaty again. Although the hall didn’t reach the fevered temperature it did the year previous as the AC kept up with the outdoor heat, there was still a need for the loan of a town hall t-towel or two to keep the band comfortable.

These four young talents, whose ages averages out to be about 29, comprise The Dreamboats from Mississauga, ON. In keeping with the era in which they have musically immersed themselves the majority go by stage names: Sir Ritchie Hummins, lead vocals, guitar; Fliggers B. Lewis, lead vocals, bass guitar; Matt Best, lead guitar, vocals; and Johnny G. Wiz, drums and vocals.

During the two very short intermissions the band members visited with the crowd peddling t-shirts, vinyl and CDs. Returning concert-goers remarked that Best was a lot more animated on stage then he had been the previous year. At the start of the second set the drummer reminded the audience that Best had been in a walking cast the year before!

The concert felt like something of a homecoming as the boys shared several of the adventures they had been up to in the past 11 months including finding several unique areas to record their material – including Elvis’ summer house in Palm Springs, CA and Ronnie Hawkins’ barn up near Peterborough, ON.

The Dreamboats, who formed in 2009 had previously noted that they developed a love for the music from watching movies like “Back to the Future” that featured songs from this time. And the audience was definitely glad that they did! As the folks spilled out of the town hall into the warm summer’s night their voices echoed on the air. “If they come back again – we’ll be back too!”

So hopefully Bayfield can look forward to a “junior” performance by The Dreamboats in 2019. Hint! Hint!











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Watching the sunset

Watching the Sunset By Vreni Beeler

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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


One of the reasons I became a journalist was to write about ordinary people doing the extraordinary. And sometimes that is just being extra kind and thoughtful – those are the moments that resonate with people – as evidenced by this letter that crossed my desk this week. I asked for permission to share it with all of you. Take care – Melody

Hi Melody,

I was so taken by the picture that you published today in the Breeze of the steps at Pioneer Park that it got me thinking about how much my wife Linda and I have enjoyed that little gem of a park for, believe it or not, the last "fifty" years!

When we finally moved to Bayfield 10 plus years ago as permanent residents we remember strolling down Main St. one beautiful summer evening around dusk to Pioneer Park to see one of the famous sunsets. As we approached the park we noticed a crowd of people setting up their lawn chairs to watch a movie in front of an outdoor screen. As we stood quietly in the back a friendly lady approached and asked if we would like chairs. She then went across the street to her cottage and returned with two folding lawn chairs for us. We remember thinking what a wonderful, kind and considerate person. Later she returned with two bags of homemade popcorn for us to enjoy as we watched the movie under the stars. That simple act of kindness and consideration has remained with us all these years. We've always thought it is our job to pay that gesture forward.

We came to find out later that that kind and considerate lady is Catherine Tillmann, the artist who painted that amazing painting of the steps in Pioneer Park.

unknownPioneer Park by artist Catherine Tillmann  

Jim Taleski
Owner at Main Street Gallery


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