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The Bayfield BreezeIssue 681 Week 31 Vol 14

July 27, 2022


Issue 681 Week 31 Vol 14
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The Annual Pioneer Park 5 KM Fun Race is back for 2022. In 2019 a large contingent of people chose to walk the course and organizers are hoping they are are ready to do so again! (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)

Get those bike tires pumped and dust off those sneakers – the Annual Pioneer Park Association 5 km Fun Race is coming back! After a hiatus of two years, Monday, Aug. 1st is the date set for the race and the organizers hope people of all ages will want to take part.

“It will mark over 30 years we’ve had this race and we are looking forward to seeing everyone,” said Ann Laudenbach, one of the event organizers.

Laudenbach noted that due to the construction conditions on Main Street – no inline skating or skateboarding categories will be offered this year.

Registration will be held in the park from 8:45-9:30 a.m. Walkers will depart at 9:30 p.m. Dogs on leash are welcome. Cyclists and runners will leave within a space of five minutes starting at 10 a.m. Please remember that helmets for cyclists under the age of 18 years is an Ontario legal requirement.

The entry fee remains at $5 per participant. Donations will also be very much appreciated with all proceeds going to help with the general maintenance of Pioneer Park.


Bayfield Centre for the Arts LogoThe Second Annual Off the Wall fundraising event has been set for Aug.  20!

Bayfield Centre for the Arts (BCA)  is hosting the event at the Coach House and Gardens at Hessenland Inn and Schatz Winery from 4-7:30 p.m. and all who purchase tickets are welcome to take in the art of more than 40 artists exploring the theme of “Year of Land or Lakes”.

Tickets include delicious hor d’oeuvres and wine or beer to enjoy while waiting for an opportunity to choose a painting – Off the Wall – all while listening to live jazz music by School Daze Quartette. Dress is Garden Party chic.

“We invite you to light up your Saturday and be a part of this delightful summer art event!” said Leslee Squirrell, president of the BCA.

There are three ticket types. With the exception of the Golden Ticket, tickets are drawn at random for the ticket holder’s chance to take art – Off the Wall. There is only one Golden Ticket. This gives the holder the “front of the line” experience to choose any of the available artwork first.

There are 40 Off the Wall tickets. The ticket holder, and their guest, have an opportunity to choose their favorite painting (one per ticket) when their ticket is drawn.

New this year are Social Butterfly tickets. Fifty of these tickets are available. Holders get all the enjoyment of attending the event but no art – Off the Wall.

All ticket holders will have the opportunity to bid on Silent Auction items.

To purchase tickets click here: Off the Wall tickets.


August hikes with the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) are on the horizon and topics include trees, ice cream and village history!

On Wednesday, Aug. 10, participants are invited to enjoy a leisurely hike through the village along the Heritage Trail on the Bayfield Tree Walk.

Sondra Buchner will lead this hike and will reveal the dedicated work of the Bayfield Tree Project over the past ten years. Over 500 trees of different species have been planted, watered and maintained by volunteers during that time. This walk will meander through the streets and rights-of-way around town, identifying the areas where trees have been planted, and celebrating the success of this local, grassroots community project.

This hike that will begin at 11 a.m. from the Clan Gregor Square gazebo is suitable for everyone, people with strollers and leashed dogs are welcome. The length of the walk is 1.5 km and should last about one-and-a-half hours. Participants are asked to dress for the weather.

An Ice Cream Hike is set for the Woodland Trail on Sunday, Aug. 14 starting at 11 a.m.

Summer means ice cream, and lots of it! Participants are asked to meet at the David Street Trailhead where a free ice cream treat will be made available. The trail takes participants past trickling streams, over bridges, and through a beautifully mixed forest.  People might need another treat after the hike, and there are plenty of places in Bayfield to get one.

This moderately difficult hike will be 3.5 km and should last about one-and-a-half hours. The trail is well marked but has some steep inclines, rough spots and obstacles.

Participants should wear sturdy shoes, bring water and dress for the weather. Dogs on leash are welcome

A map of the Woodland Trail is available at:

On Sunday, Aug. 21, BRVTA members only are in for a special afternoon as local author and resident local historian, Dave Gillians will take people on a Historic Cemetery Tour of the Bayfield Cemetery.

Gillians, author of “For the Love of Bayfield” will begin the walk at 2 p.m.

Much of Bayfield’s history is reflected through the headstones in this sacred place and during this walk, stories about some of Bayfield’s most fascinating people will be respectfully told.

The one-and-a half hour walk is limited to 20 members.  No dogs, please. Members are asked to meet  at the cemetery on the north side of Mill Road (County Rd. 3), located 1 km east of Hwy. 21.

For more information on all three hikes or to register for the Historic Cemetery tour please contact Ralph Blasting at or call 519 525-3205. Not a member yet?  Go to the BRVTA website at: and click “Memberships.” Dues are $20 a year for individuals or $30 per family.



The Bayfield Community Fair is 166 years young and organizers invite everyone to “put the Fair in your summer plans”! (Photo courtesy Pixabay)

People are invited to share the crafts they made during the pandemic at the 166th Bayfield Community Fair. The countdown is on to the fair with just four weeks left until the weekend of  Aug. 19-21.

During the pandemic, many people took up arts and crafts, honed their culinary skills, and expanded their gardens to pass the time. For some, it was returning to something they loved; for others, it was learning something new. The Bayfield Agricultural Society (BAS) welcomes the results for display at this year’s Fair.

Click here to access the Fair Book that contains many categories and creative arts competition opportunities for all ages. There are more than 400 categories in all! Everyone is encouraged to check out the competition categories and find one or more they can enter to showcase their talents and hobbies. The categories in the homecraft division range from fruits and vegetables, farm products (including the new categories of Maple syrup and honey), baking and canning, flowers and plants, to art and photography, handcrafts, and woodworking. Fair organizers are eager to welcome new as well as seasoned exhibitors!

Hard copies of the Fair Book are available at the Bayfield Public Library, the Bayfield Convenience Store, craft and quilt shops in the area, and the Goderich Public Library, as well as Elizabeth’s Art Gallery and Peavey Mart in Goderich.

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Pandemic gardeners are invited to enter their prized veggies in the Bayfield Community Fair. (Submitted photo)

There are three simple steps to enter homecraft exhibits:

Step 1 – Pick up or access online the Fair Book as instructed above and select from the categories of interest.

Step 2 – Fill out the Entry Form in the centre of the Fair Book. To save time, homecraft entries can be submitted online until Thursday, Aug. 18 at midnight. Click here for the: Online Entry Submission.

Step 3 – Bring the completed Entry Form along with the exhibit(s) to the Bayfield Arena on Thursday, Aug. 18 between 7-9 p.m. or Friday, Aug. 19 between 8:30-11:45 a.m.

Please email with any questions.

The BAS challenges everyone in the community to “make competing at the Fair part of their goals this year”!


The Friends of Bayfield Library (FOBL) annual book sale at the Bayfield Public Library is a “Go” this year! Aug. 18-20 are the dates for one of the largest and best curated book sales in Huron County, offering books for all age groups and reading preferences, ensuring something for everyone!

The book sale dates and times are as follows: Thursday, Aug. 18,  4-6:30 p.m.; Friday, Aug. 19 and Saturday, Aug. 20, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. both days.

Weather permitting, some of the tables will be outside to help relieve any congestion inside the library. Social distancing measures will be in effect during the sale.

As in past years, FOBL depends on the generous donations of gently used books, games, puzzles, DVDs, and CDs from the community to make the sale a success. The donation drop-off dates and times are listed below. Please note, FOBL has new donation restrictions on what can and cannot be accepted. Anyone wishing to donate items for the sale should visit to view or download the Donation Guidelines. Paper copies of the Donation Guidelines are also available at the library.

The donation drop-off dates and times are: Saturday, Aug. 13, Monday, Aug. 15 and Wednesday, Aug. 17, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; and Tuesday, Aug. 16,  4-7 p.m.

People are kindly asked to store books and other donation items at home until the drop-off dates. Please do not drop off or leave boxes of donation items outside the library as there is no space to store them.

Volunteers are needed! Anyone with an hour or two available to help with receiving and sorting books before the book sale or on the book sale dates is most welcome. Please email FOBL at

FOBL looks forward to welcoming everyone back to the book sale after a two-year absence!


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The Stones Tribute Show (Submitted photo)

The Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society has two more concerts remaining this summer sure to ignite some excitement among music lovers of all genres!

Lazo will take to the outdoor stage at the Bayfield Town Hall this Saturday, July 30. This Juno award winning artist exudes a “feel-good” Reggae vibe whenever he hits the stage with his “Exodus Show tribute to Bob Marley”.  With his combination of reggae rhythms, beautiful melodies, and conscious lyrics, audience goers say he has the uncanny ability to connect with any crowd.

The Bayfield Town Hall and the Bayfield Agricultural Society are joining forces to host a Rock Revival at the Bayfield Fairgrounds during the Bayfield Community Fair on Saturday, Aug. 20th.  This concert will feature two bands. The Stones Tribute Show will bring to life favorite Rolling Stones songs and Thunderstruck will take the stage in tribute to AC/DC.

For both of these outdoor shows, tickets cost $30 and participants are asked to bring their own chair. The gates will open at 6 pm. and the performers will take to the stage at 7 p.m. Please note Lazo is performing at the town hall while the tribute bands will play in Agricultural Park.

There will be a cash bar at both of the shows and tickets for both  are available now online at Please note there are no additional surcharges.


Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines (BFF) has helped hundreds and hundreds of feral and abandoned cats find their forever homes but many are still waiting.

Snow and the Seven Dwarfs are actually a coalition of several litters of kittens born to feral moms or possibly even drop offs that comprise the Adopt a BFF kittens of the week.

Deb Penhale, representing BFF explains, “All eight of these kittens showed up at a home hidden down a country lane. Cats and kittens are often dumped in this area and the kind couple who live there do what they can to feed them and find them homes. However, this year things got even crazier. The feral mom’s weren’t easy to catch. They are still being fed by the homeowners. So as the babies came to the door they brought them in and kept them in a large playpen.”

The homeowners believe there may be up to four litters.  Snow and the Seven Dwarfs were old enough to head to the shelter but there are still four younger ones being cared for by the homeowners. They will continue to care for them until they are of an age to be moved or when space at the Rescue becomes available.

This fabulous eight are very well socialized and good natured. They were all raised together so they get along super well. In fact, the older ones have taken on some parenting duties and will often be seen grooming and playing with the younger ones.  Once they have been vetted this merry gang of fur babies will be looking for homes.

“As always we are looking for short term fosters and volunteers to help in the shelter.  Fostering is not only super rewarding and fun – it also saves lives!” concluded Penhale.

Anyone who would like to meet Snow, Happy, Sneezy, Dopey, Bashful, Sleepy, Grumpy and Doc is asked to please email for more information.

The adoption fee is now $200. Adopted cats are vetted, shots are up-to-date and they are also spayed or neutered. Donations are also always appreciated. E-transfers can be sent to the Rescue’s email or email to arrange for a drop off or pick up of donations. Cheques can be mailed to Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines, P.O. Box 33, Bayfield, ON, N0M 1G0.


The Municipality of Bluewater staff and Council would like to create a short term rental policy that balances the economic benefits of short term rentals with the needs of the neighborhoods. A key part of this process is to work with the community toward this goal. The Municipality would like public feedback to draft a by-law to regulate short term rentals.

As part of the process, the Municipality of Bluewater invites the public across the municipality to provide feedback on short term rentals and the draft by-law. This includes feedback from short term rental operators, neighbors of short term rentals, other residents in the municipality, and visitors who use short term rentals. A variety of perspectives will help to develop a by-law that balances the needs of residents and short term rental operators.

The purpose of the proposed by-law is to ensure safety of all parties in and around all properties. It will include considerations for protection of renters and neighbours. Some items to be included in the by-law are:

  • A parking management plan to ensure that people do not park on streets outside of permitted areas and to prohibit parking on private lots where damage to septic systems could happen.
  • A maximum occupancy limit that reflects a maximum number of people per bedroom and/or per dwelling.
  • A requirement that the owner must be able to attend the property within thirty minutes.
  • A demerit point system is proposed to give negative points to rentals that do not comply with the licensing by-law or other municipal by-laws. If a maximum number of demerit points is reached, the license may be revoked. This will ensure that all municipal by-laws and requirements will be followed within the most vulnerable residential areas.

The Municipality welcomes individuals to complete the short term rental consultation survey by Aug. 31. It can be found by clicking here: Survey. This survey has different questions geared towards people’s role as either a neighbor, short term rental operator, visitor, etc. Any information collected may be included in a report to Council, but personal information will not be shared.


In 2019 on the August long weekend, hundreds of people gathered along the shore and in Pioneer Park to watch a fireworks display. This community driven event by a group of individuals known as the “Friends of Bayfield Fireworks Show” were responsible for the event and they are planning to bring it back for 2022. July 30th is the date!

Permissions are now in place with both the Municipality of Bluewater and the federal government to allow the professionally presented display by NorthStar Fireworks to be set off from the south pier and members of the Bayfield Area Fire Department will be on hand to ensure safety.

Organizers are hoping local residents, and businesses, will consider contributing to the cost of the display. Their goal is to have 100 contributors make a $100 donation but any amount would be happily accepted. They are hoping families will come to the beach and enjoy the show that will begin when darkness falls after 9 p.m.

To learn more about the event and how best to donate please email:



Matthew Woodward (Submitted photo)

Matthew Woodward, a seasonal resident of Bayfield, represented Canada at the recent 2022 International Geography Olympiad and was awarded an individual gold medal.

The annual competition pits the best high school geography students in the world against one another.  Teams from over 50 countries competed in this year’s Olympiad, which was hosted in Paris, France but was held virtually due to the pandemic. Woodward was one of four members of Team Canada.

Last year, Woodward was also a member of Team Canada at the 2021 International Geography Olympiad and attained a bronze medal.

Woodward graduated this Spring from London Central Secondary School and will be attending the University of Waterloo’s Faculty of Environment studying Geography and Environmental Management and Earth Sciences.


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Trinity St. James Anglican Church members are organizing a Pineridge Chicken Drive-thru Dinner for Sunday, Sept. 11. The event coincides with Grandparent’s Day! Could there be a better way to honor that generation than by sharing a meal in support of the church that is also home to the Bayfield Area Food Bank and Bayfield Guiding?

The menu consists of a half chicken and roast potatoes provided by Pineridge Barbecue Co. as well as a vegetable, garden salad and fresh fruit salad.

Tickets must be purchased in advance for this takeout only dinner. They are available now for $25 each by calling Melody Falconer-Pounder at 519 525-3830 or via email at Dinners will be available for pick up from 4:30-6:30 p.m. on  Sept. 11 at Trinity St. James. The church is  located at 10 Keith Cres in Bayfield.


For the month of August, the Bayfield Ukulele Society (BUS) will be jamming outdoors in Clan Gregor Square twice a week.

Members of the BUS will be meeting Wednesday evenings from 6:30-8 p.m. and Saturday mornings from 10-11:30 a.m., weather permitting. All are welcome!

The exception being this Wednesday, July 27, they will be meeting at Bad Apple Brewing Co., near St. Joseph and on Saturday, July 30 they will be playing at the Brussels Homecoming parade.

When at the park, folks are invited to come sing and dance along to songs from the 1960s, 70s and 80s.  And if anyone has a ukulele, they can join in on the strumming too!


The Bayfield Ratepayers’ Association (BRA) will be hosting their Annual General Meeting (AGM) at the Bayfield Community Centre on Saturday, July 30.

In anticipation of their AGM, the BRA Board is looking for some additional directors to help with the issues facing the village’s ratepayers in the coming years.

“This Saturday at the Annual General Meeting members will be electing a new slate of directors, to guide the direction of the Association and the community for the next two years,” said Dave MacLaren, BRA secretary. “If you or someone you know is interested in participating in this important community activity please advise by return email.  Nominations will also be accepted from the floor at the meeting.  Our constitution requires us to include at least one seasonal resident and one permanent resident on the Board. Please volunteer to support this influential community organization.”

Anyone interested in volunteering to stand for a position on the Board is asked to please notify MacLaren by emailing 

In addition to the election of directors at the meeting, another topic that may be of interest to those in the community is a discussion regarding Bayfield’s Secondary Plan.

The AGM will commence at 10 a.m. and all in the community are welcome.


Saturday, Aug. 13 is the date set for the Pioneer Park Association’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) for 2022.

The AGM will be held from 10 a.m. to noon in Pioneer Park (rain location Bayfield Lions Community Building, 6 Municipal Road). Participants are encouraged to bring a lawn chair.

For further information please email:


Pioneer Park is the place to be in July and August. Yoga, music and art events are all planned for the lazy, hazy days of summer!

“Yoga in the Park” is happening on Mondays and Thursdays throughout the summer months starting at 9 a.m. The last session is set for Monday, Sept. 5. Please note that there will be no Yoga on Civic Holiday Monday, Aug. 1st.

Pre-sunset concerts have begun as part of “ Music in the Park”. The Lakeview Mennonite Choir will perform on Saturday, July 30 and Friday, Sept. 2 at 8:30 p.m. The remaining performers will entertain park goers on Saturday evenings: Phil Cook will provide music on Aug. 27; and Adam David Lang will share his talents on Aug. 13.

A favorite of park goers is returning this summer  dates scheduled for “Paint the Sunset” with Robin Ellis. Canvas and water colors are provided for budding artists of all ages to use. The dates for “Paint the Sunset” are: Sunday, July 31, Saturday, Aug.  20 and Sunday, Sept. 4.


Rev. Lisa Dolson, of Knox Presbyterian Church in Bayfield, is offering people an opportunity to explore the big questions in life virtually!

People are  invited to explore faith in Alpha online.  Alpha sessions explore the big questions of life. It’s an opportunity to discover more about the Christian faith in a friendly space.  Watch an episode on a topic of faith. Ask questions, share thoughts, or simply listen.

Participants will meet online via ZOOM every Thursday at  noon. Individuals  can access the ZOOM link on the church’s website at: Knox, Bayfield , call/text Rev. Dolson at 519-955-2158, or email, to be added to the weekly email reminder.


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Lane Family

Owen Lane, son of Julie and Brendan Lane, competed in the Lake Placid Ironman, in Lake Placid, New York, USA over the weekend. Owen placed 18th overall out of 1,817 competitors and has now qualified for the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii in October of this year. Local residents may have seen Owen training over the last year in various locations in and around Bayfield and all will no doubt wish him well as he competes in the World Championships! Above: Owen Lane on the cycling portion of the event Below: Owen (in white) with the Lane family support team, l-r: Oliver Lane, Amy Sweet, Lindsay Taylor, Julie Lane and Brendan Lane. (Submitted photos)



Hummingbird approved. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)

Editor’s Note:  This is a semi-regular feature from Blue Bayfield highlighting simple ways people can make a difference in their community to create a healthier environment.

Did you know why hummingbird feeders are red? Some people think that hummingbirds are attracted to the color red because they can see red better, but that’s not true. Interestingly enough, it’s because of the eyesight of other nectar-feeding insects, such as bees, wasps and butterflies. These insects can see and locate pale colored flowers more easily than bright colored ones, so they tend to leave brightly colored flowers alone. Hummingbirds have learned through experience that red flowers have more nectar in them because other insects are not feeding from them. That’s why they are attracted to red feeders.

What you can do: Enjoy feeding hummingbirds with a sugar water solution but be sure to change the solution every two to three days because sugar water quickly spoils in the heat. (if it’s particularly hot outside, change the solution daily). Mold grows easily in sugar water and can get on the feeder, so always take your feeder apart and clean it well with boiling water and soap. And don’t forget to rinse thoroughly!


Huron Country Playhouse in Grand Bend is currently offering two vastly different productions on both of their stages and are sure to provide entertainment to suit all tastes. “Good Ol’ Country Gospel” is being showcased on the South Huron Stage while “It Runs in the Family” is being offered on the main stage. Both productions are on now until Aug. 6 and tickets are available!

Spirits will soar as the rousing tribute Good Ol’ Country Gospel brings heavenly voices and moving melodies to the shores of Lake Huron. From soul-stirring ballads to high-energy songs of praise, this uplifting musical celebration will leave audiences singing their way out of the Huron Country Playhouse’s South Huron Stage, from now until Aug 6.

“Packed with humor and heart, Good Ol’ Country Gospel is a fun-filled tribute to the beloved and enduring canon of gospel music,” said Artistic Director of Drayton Entertainment, Alex Mustakas. “Audiences will be uplifted, inspired, and amazed by the depth of talent on stage.”

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David Rogers

Conceived, directed and choreographed by David Rogers, one of Canada’s most accomplished artists, Good Ol’ Country Gospel features singing, dancing, and a wide variety of instruments that cast members seamlessly work throughout the show.

The production is notable for featuring some of the same performers who dazzled audiences with their incredible musicianship in “ Fiddler on the Loose”, which launched the Playhouse’s 50th Anniversary Season earlier this summer.

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Jesse Grandmont (Submitted photos)

This includes Jesse Grandmont, who anchored the production with his natural charisma and seemingly effortless musical flourishes. A natural-born entertainer, he has been playing the violin since the age of three, playing all over the world. Prior to the theatre’s reopening, he performed for seven months at Expo Dubai.

He is once again joined by his sister, Leah Grandmont, an accomplished fiddler who has performed across Canada, Germany, and Scotland as a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Canada.

Other featured performers from Fiddler on the Loose appearing in Good Ol’ Country Gospel include Matt Ballagh, Erik Larson, Dave Robilliard, Paul Jerry Schwarz and Kate Suhr.

Alex Baerg, a singer, guitarist and pianist from London, serves as the Music Director and also performs in the production. He appeared in Drayton Entertainment’s acclaimed production of “Godspell” at the St. Jacobs Country Playhouse, and numerous productions at Victoria Playhouse Petrolia.

Good Ol’ Country Gospel will take audiences on a spirited musical extravaganza that covers the gamut of gospel classics such as “Amazing Grace,” “I’ll Fly Away,” Peace in the Valley,” “When The Saints Go Marching In,” and many more – all with a country twist!

Good Ol’ Country Gospel is proudly sponsored by Best Cooling Systems. Media Sponsors are Country 104.9 and AM 980. The Design Sponsor is Garden Gate. The 2022 Season Media Sponsor is CTV.

Over on the main stage at the Playhouse, the infectiously funny farce It Runs in the Family offers a prescription for non-stop laughter.

“This show has everything – mistaken identities, double entendres, startling revelations, and most of all, non-stop laughs,” said Mustakas. “Laughter is something that has been sorely missed throughout the pandemic, and we all need it now more than ever.”

Farcical comedies remain popular for their innate ability to offer an escape from the everyday. Penned by master playwright Ray Cooney, It Runs in the Family is widely considered the world’s funniest farce, and is certain to leave audiences completely entertained from start to finish.

Neurologists from around the world are gathering at St. Andrews Hospital to hear Dr. Mortimore deliver the prestigious Ponsonby Lecture, but his shady past is catching up with him at the most inopportune time. It seems that Dr. Mortimore had a brief liaison with nurse Jane Tate many years ago – resulting in an enraged, illegitimate son who appears on the scene looking for the father he never knew.

Desperate to protect his reputation and keep his lusty libido hidden from his wife, Dr. Mortimore enlists the help of his colleague, the unassuming Dr. Hubert Bonney. Unfortunately, the dynamic duo only succeeds in spinning a web of mayhem and madness that gets worse by the minute.

Little white lies soon grow into gigantic whoppers, and more and more characters get helplessly tangled in the series of ludicrously improbable events. The story is structured like a house of cards, as it builds up with one frantic situation after another, but ultimately, it’s the audience that collapses – with laughter.

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Eddie Glen

The production is directed by Mustakas, who has directed over 100 productions for Drayton Entertainment and other theatre companies across Canada.

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Rob McClure

Two extremely talented veteran actors anchor the production. Rob McClure plays Dr. David Mortimore, the pretentious neurologist, and Eddie Glen brings his impeccable comedic timing and delivery to the role of Dr. Hubert Bonney, the best friend who unintentionally gets caught in the web of deceit.

Rounding out the cast are: Keith Savage, Patricia Vanstone,Amanda Leigh, Aaron Walpole, Patrick R. Brown, Teddy Moynihan, Mary Kelly and Laurel Brown.

It Runs in the Family is proudly sponsored by Lavis Contracting. Media Sponsors are Fresh 103.1, Exeter Lakeshore Times-Advance, and FM96. The Design Sponsors are Commercial Print Management and Doug Culbert Ltd. The 2022 Season Media Sponsor is CTV.

Regular performance tickets for both Good Ol’ Country Gospel and It Runs in the Family are $53 for adults, $32 for youth under 20 years of age and $43 for groups of 20 or more and select Discount Dates. HST is applicable to all ticket prices. Tickets may be purchased in person at any Drayton Entertainment Box Office, by calling the Box Office at 519-238-6000 or toll free at 1-855-drayton (372-9866), or online at www.drayton


On July 21, the Ontario government announced that COVID-19 vaccine bookings will open for children six months to under five years of age. Parents/caregivers will be able to book an appointment for their eligible children starting tomorrow (July 28).

The decision follows Health Canada’s approval of the paediatric Moderna Spikevax COVID-19 vaccine for children six months to under 5 years of age on July 14. The vaccine will be administered in two doses, eight weeks apart.

“I am pleased that we now have a COVID-19 vaccine available for this age group,” said Medical Officer of Health for Huron Perth, Dr. Miriam Klassen “We know that most children who contract COVID-19 have mild illness, but some can become very sick and need to be hospitalized. Vaccination is our best defense against severe outcomes from COVID-19.”

Immunocompromised youth aged 12 to 17 will also become eligible to schedule their second booster dose (fifth dose) if at least six months have passed since their first booster (fourth dose).

Huron Perth Public Health (HPPH) will hold vaccine clinics specifically for children six months to under five years of age beginning Friday, July 29. Other individuals will not be able to get vaccinated at these clinics.

Clinic dates and locations will be posted at Clinics are by appointment only.

Organizers recommend parents/caregivers bring something along to help their child relax during their appointment, such as a favorite stuffy, a toy, or headphones and music.

Book an appointment for an HPPH clinic:

  • Online at
  • By calling the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre at 1-833-943-3900, or
  • By calling the HPPH booking line at 1-833-753-2098 (open Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.)

COVID-19 vaccinations are also available through some pharmacies and primary care providers.

A reminder that mask use continues in HPPH clinical services and HPPH public areas, including on-site and community vaccine clinics. HPPH staff will be masked, and they ask everyone who attends to wear a mask. Masks will be available for use.

In addition, please do not attend a vaccine clinic if  feeling unwell, have a fever or COVID-19 symptoms, are waiting for COVID-19 test results, or are isolating.


The Huron Perth Public Health website is updated regularly with confirmed case counts received.

“Our online case reporting is not a real-time tool but is meant to keep the community informed on trends we are seeing,” explains Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Miriam Klassen.

For the latest statistics on COVID-19 cases in Huron and Perth Counties and also the percentage of people vaccinated please visit:


The Sixth Annual Huron Hospice Butterfly Release is scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 28. The butterfly is a universal symbol of transformation and the release is a much anticipated event by families and children across Huron County. It is a beautiful way to honor and remember losses in the community and recognize the important work being done at the Hospice. It is also an important annual fundraiser for Huron Hospice.

“For the first time in a few years we will be able to have the butterfly release as a live, in-person event. It is remarkable to watch butterflies spread their wings and migrate south with other butterflies. The butterfly release will take place in the garden behind the Huron Hospice Bender House,” said Executive Director of Huron Hospice, Willy Van Klooster. “We will hold the release at Huron Hospice Bender House so families and their loved ones can join in the event.”

Families are encouraged to remember a loved one or a family friend by releasing a butterfly in a special place. It could be on the Lake Huron shoreline or in a favorite park or garden. Make it a special day to feel closer to loved ones. Children will gain an appreciation for the meaning of transformation and the life cycle of migrating butterflies. In a way, it is representative of how Huron Hospice brings together members of the community who are going through similar experiences and have the same passion to support the cause.

Butterflies are important pollinators for flower gardens and fields. Gardeners, farmers, winemakers and brewers all rely on pollinators. The International Butterfly Breeders Association (IBBA) has done thorough research on butterfly releases and demonstrates that these events are safe. Butterflies that are released, retain their instinct to migrate. When they join the annual migration they can find the food and shelter they need as they have for hundreds of years. In addition, butterfly releases decrease the need for the use of insecticides and increase opportunities to educate schools and other organizations.

All are invited to please join Huron Hospice and participate in their Sixth Annual Butterfly Release. Butterflies can be purchased for $40. They are available on or in person at the Huron Hospice Bender House Wednesday thru Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. until Aug. 5th, deadline ordering day! The butterflies will be available for pickup at the Huron Hospice Bender House on Aug. 28 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Visit the Huron Hospice website at for more information.


The Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society (BTHHS) is currently looking for additional members to join their Board of Directors including a Secretary, a “House” director and  a “Rental” director.

According to existing members of the Executive, the workload for a Director is not daunting…and it’s fun!  Participation includes: attendance at monthly Board meetings;

bringing ideas and participation in an annual Town Hall Planning session for the following year; volunteer time to help at Town Hall Events (there are six this year); and participate in the annual Town Hall spring yard clean up.

The “House” Director position will be available soon. This position involves the maintenance and upkeep of the building working closely with the part time custodian. The person in the “Rental” Director position will work closely with the rental coordinator for weddings and events. The person who fulfils the “Secretary” position will participate in Board decisions, take minutes and help the President set the agenda.

The Bayfield Town Hall was built in 1882, then moved to its present location on Clan Gregor Square in 1920.  The Town Hall was the seat of Village government from that date until 1927 and again from 1965 to 1984 at which point, the aging building was closed and in disrepair.

In 1989, a committee was formed to restore and re-energize the Town Hall.  The committee was known as the “Friends of the Town Hall” and after years of fundraising, private donations and grants, monies were raised to restore and maintain the historic building.

Today, the BTHHS, a non-profit corporation with a volunteer Board of Directors, is responsible for its maintenance and upkeep with a mandate to provide cultural events and activities for the Village. All of this is possible through the many fundraising events run by the Board as well as generous donations from Bayfield residents.

The following is an overview of what these fundraising efforts pay for:

  • Repairs and upgrades to the building
  • Heat, hydro and operation of the building
  • Maintenance and cleaning including a part-time staff custodian
  • Renting the hall for weddings and community use including a part-time staff rental coordinator
  • Hosting events and performances at the Town Hall

To learn more or to apply for a position please email or call 519 565-5788.


Brian O’Reilly is set to be the keynote speaker at the Huron County Food Bank Distribution Centre (HCFBDC) Ninth Annual Better Together Gala in Clinton on Thursday Aug. 4.

The doors will open at 5:30 p.m. with the program to start at 6:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 6:45 p.m. Pineridge Barbecue Co, of Hensall, will be catering the gala.

The cost is $75 per person. Tables of 10 can be reserved for $750.  Tickets can be ordered by contacting the HCFBDC office at 519 913-2362 or ordered online by clicking here: gala tickets. More information is available by visiting the gala event page.


Paint Ontario, the largest show and sale of representational art in the province, returns to the Lambton Heritage Museum, Grand Bend, on Sept. 2.

This will be the 26th edition of this popular annual event that is eagerly anticipated by both the local community and art appreciators throughout the province. The show will run until Sept. 25.

This year’s show will be presented in a newly renovated space at the Lambton Heritage Museum.  It will provide a unique opportunity for emerging artists to showcase their work and an unmatched opportunity for buyers to view and acquire it.  Sculpture, which was featured for the first time in 2021 will again, literally, provide an additional dimension to the visitor experience.

Whether a regular visitor or new attendee, Paint Ontario’s 26th Show and Sale is an event not to be missed. Go to for further details and follow social media for the very latest news.

Remarkable Citizens


Editor’s Note: In place of the usual Remember This Section over the next few issues we will be showcasing the 2020 and 2021 Remarkable Citizens for Bayfield. 

Member of Provincial Parliament for Huron Bruce Lisa Thompson has honored area residents with Remarkable Citizen Awards in the two counties for a number of years during her annual New Year’s Levee. These awards recognize and celebrate individuals for being dedicated, respected community leaders and volunteers and for the impact they make on their community.

Thompson invites members of the community to nominate individuals for the awards with a request for submissions in December each year. The COVID-19 pandemic put both the 2020 and 2021 presentations on hold, but fortunately an opportunity to present the Bayfield area recipients with their awards availed itself to Thompson when she was invited to take part in the official opening of Admiral Bayfield Square on Saturday, July 9. As a result, the approximately 90 people gathered for the opening ceremony had the added pleasure of recognizing and applauding their own!

Honored as remarkable citizens were: Don McIlwain, Brad Turner and Jessica Petelle, Leslee Squirrell, John Marshall and Jim Tyo. Over the course of the next few issues the Bayfield Breeze will feature all of the recipients by sharing their nomination letter. In Issue 679, Don McIlwain was recognized, followed by Brad Turner and Jessica Petelle in Issue 680, this week, the brush stroke falls on Leslee Squirrell.


Leslee, a Bayfield community volunteer and founding President of the Bayfield Centre for the Arts (BCA), is a recognized artist, award winning designer, respected educator, visionary leader, and entrepreneur who has brought all her skills to Bayfield to be the driving force behind the newly created BCA.

Seven years ago, Leslee founded the Bayfield Artist Guild and was its president for five years. Although this has been and continues to be a highly successful community organization providing an artistic outlet for local artists, its mandate does not address the larger concept of bringing art to the whole region.

Through Leslee’s tireless determination she brought together a strong team of like-minded individuals to flesh out and actualise her vision of making Bayfield a unique cultural destination for artistic appreciation, expression, and education.

Through her leadership and interpersonal skills, Leslee has persuaded many individuals, organizations, municipal and county officials as well as provincial and federal government representatives to buy into the vision and help bring the project to reality. Under her direction and hard work, the BCA volunteer board has obtained its not-for-profit designation and charity status in record time.

Within the limitations of COVID-19, under her guidance, the BCA has been able to offer numerous artist workshops successfully through the pandemic lockdown and resulting challenges.

Leslee’s relationship building skills continue in 2022 with the manifestation of Bayfield’s first public mural to be painted on the arena wall, as well as the highly anticipated Bayfield Sails Public Art Project to be installed in six municipal locations around the village.

As it grows and manifests the BCA will be both a cultural/artistic and economic boon to the Huron County region and beyond.

It is for the above reasons that we nominate Leslee Squirrell for this annual distinction which she richly deserves.


Leslee Squirrell is congratulated by MPP Lisa Thompson after she shared Leslee’s nomination letter for the Remarkable Citizen Award at a ceremony held at Admiral Bayfield Square on Saturday, July 9. (Photo by Jack Pal)


Leslee Squirrell (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)

New Business



Andy Oke can’t remember a time when he wasn’t wakeboarding. Born and raised in Grand Bend, ON he was always out on Lake Huron wakeboarding or tubing. But as Oke himself said, “Lake Huron is not always flat” so when he rode on a cable for the first time while on vacation in Florida he came home and announced to his Dad that a cable park was what they needed.

Then Boarder Pass Wakeboard Park opened in Sarnia, ON in 2010 becoming Canada’s first linear cable wakeboard park facility. Oke went there for an event and immediately fell in love. From that point on he began the search for a location in the Grand Bend or Bayfield area so that he might be able to offer something similar.

In 2013 he pitched his business plan to the owners of Windmill Lake Farm. Windmill Lake Wake and Eco Park was born from that meeting. A  successful eight year partnership followed, concluding at the end of the 2021 season.

In search of a new location it was then that Oke discovered the blue waters of a decommissioned limestone gravel pit less than a 10 minute drive from the old location. He approached the owners of the site and they were keen to make the project happen. So in October of 2021 Oke approached the Central Huron Council with his plan. Many of the councillors were involved in the creation of the first park several years earlier so Oke noted they were all very supportive of the project but as the site was adjacent to a working gravel pit a number of studies for noise, dust, and traffic had to be completed before proceeding.

Oke believes he has found the ideal location for the park which consists of about 30 acres.

“The property, the land and the water are all very nice,” he said. “People are always asking me what we do to the water and I say, ‘nothing’.”

Although the Bluestone Wake Park is Oke’s “dream and passion” he also owns and operates ATO Construction and so he has put together a team to run the park’s day to day. Ashley Richards is the manager of the property. He also has two members of Wake Canada’s National Elite Team working and training on site for the summer – Riley Dillon, of Newmarket, ON and Liam Brearley, of Gravenhurst, ON. This is Brearley’s third summer working for Oke. In addition to being a part of Wake Canada, Brearley was an alternate for the Canadian Snowboard Team at the Olympics held in Beijing, China earlier this year. Dillon recently competed for Wake Canada at the WWA Wake Park World Championships held in Windsor, England on July 14-17 with a ninth place finish.

Some of the newer staff hail from the Clinton and Goderich areas. All have their Bronze Cross, Bronze Medallion or are Certified Lifeguards.

Oke notes that working at Bluestone is a great summer job for kids.

“I want them to work but I want them to have fun too. When they clock out they are encouraged to Wakeboard together or to use the Aquapark. It’s great to see them out riding and filming each other. They aspire to get to the level that Riley and Liam are at and both Riley and Liam like to work with them to help them improve.”

In addition to improving the skills of their fellow staff members, Brearley and Dillon are there to help members of the public improve and have fun as well.

Bluestone Wake Park has three cables – beginner, intermediate and advanced to suit all levels of riders. They also offer beginner lessons as well as advanced coaching.

“We have had people as young as three and a grandfather in his 80s try Wakeboarding with success,” said Oke. “It is super easy and fun for all ages and abilities. Honestly the hardest part often is getting someone to try it for the first time.”

Instructors control the speed of the cable as well as the direction, forward and backward, to assist the person making the run. The cables were invented in Germany and the sport developed there. According to Oke there are currently 80 cable parks in that country.

In addition to the cables, the park also offers an Aqua Park, which is a floating obstacle course; as well as rentals and lessons for Stand Up Paddleboards, Canoes and Kayaks. People can also bring their own for a nominal fee. Swimming time can also be purchased. A dock for jumping from is provided.

Rounding out the current amenities is a picnic area and places to play Frisbee Golf as well as games like giant Jenga!

Bluestone Wake Park is offering two children’s camps this summer. The second one will be held Aug. 15-17 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The camp offers opportunities for wakeboarding, Aqua Park, paddling, frisbee golf and crafts, art and activities like a scavenger hunt. Lunch and snacks are not included. There is a maximum of 12 participants.

“On the Friday the kids have the chance to show their parents what they have learned,” Oke said.

On Aug. 6-7, Bluestone Wake Park will be hosting their first competition since officially opening on June 4. This first annual Ontario Wakeboard Contest is known as “Own the Stone” and it is open to the public for free to come and cheer on competitors. In addition to the cable competition there will be fun contests incorporating the Aqua Park and Frisbee Golf. Local vendors, food and drink will also be offered to ensure a great day at the park.

While the name Bluestone Wake Park may appear to be an obvious choice for the new business it wasn’t the first one on the list.

“When I was thinking of a name, Blue Rock Wake Park came to mind first,” he said.

Then when Oke’s graphic designer created the logo of a blue rock in approximately the same shape as the actual lake without even having seen the aerial view of the property Oke knew he was on the right track. Until a friend searched online for Blue Rock Wake Park and discovered one in South Africa, it was then that the shift was made to Bluestone. Whether it be Blue Rock or Bluestone it is sure to be a gem for Central Huron tourism and wakeboarding fans both near and far.

Bluestone Wake Park is open from now until Labour Day seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. From Labour Day to Thanksgiving Saturdays and Sundays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The park’s address is 37524 Telephone Road, Clinton, ON.

For more information call 519 955-WAKE or email

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High Summer on River Road…By Sarah Leitch

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Melody Falconer-Pounder

On June 28, the building most readily known as The Captain’s Cove, and most recently home to DL Creations, was razed to the ground.

This got me wondering about the building’s history and people’s memories of it and I am hoping to do a feature about it in the coming weeks. I have enlisted the help of Bayfield Archivist Julia Armstrong to help with the project and she has been wonderful in sending me what she has been able to find in old newspapers etc.

When I mentioned my idea to my husband he dropped what he was doing and disappeared only to return with a copy of a menu from The Captain’s Cove that I didn’t even remember we had in our possession. We used to make local menus available to our guests back in the days when we were Innkeepers and this particular treasure survived our moving!

This got me thinking that other folks may have memorabilia or stories from the days when the property was known as the Bavarian Tavern, The Captain’s Cove or even the Texas Stadium. If you do, and you are willing to share with our readers, please send me an email at . With your help we can perhaps give the old restaurant a proper tribute and send-off into the annals of village history. – Melody

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