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The Bayfield BreezeIssue 682 Week 32 Vol 14

August 3, 2022


Issue 682 Week 32 Vol 14
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Local Planner, Nicholas Hill is responsible for the detailed illustrations throughout the Heritage Conservation District Plan. The cover of the plan is a good example of these illustrations. (Images courtesy Bayfield Historical Society)

Forty years ago, in August of 1982, the Council of the (former) Village of Bayfield designated the first Heritage Conservation District (HCD) in Huron County:  Main Street North and Clan Gregor Square.  The community of Bayfield was on the cutting edge of formal heritage planning in Ontario and had the foresight to recognize and protect the unique arrangement of buildings and casual atmosphere that comprises Bayfield’s historic Main Street.

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An image taken along Bayfield’s Main Street in 1969 the day the Gairdner House (present day FAB) went up for Public Auction.

Proclamation of the Ontario Heritage Act in 1974 allowed for the creation of HCDs which recognize streetscapes within existing communities that require protection in order to preserve their unique and historic qualities.  The HCD in Bayfield was one of the first to be created and was a source of great pride for the community.  The district stretched from Bayfield Terrace in the north to Clan Gregor Square and included a majority of the historic structures which currently comprise the Main Street shopping district.

The HCD was approved by the Village of Bayfield through By-Law 182-82 on Aug. 2, 1982.  Following passage of the By-Law a consultant was retained to create the HCD Plan which established the guidelines and policies for the Conservation District. Below is an excerpt from the plan’s preamble:

“The Heritage Conservation District Plan for the Main Street, Clan Gregor Square and Elgin Place in the Village of Bayfield has been prepared and discussed over a period of five years. The Ontario Heritage Act was proclaimed in 1974 and very few Heritage Conservation Districts had yet been approved at the time this plan was submitted for endorsement by the Ministry of Citizenship and Culture. The whole notion of designating a large group of historic buildings as opposed to a special individual building was, and still is, a rarity in Ontario. It is therefore with particular pride and courage that the small Village of Bayfield has been a pioneer in this regard with the preparation of its Heritage Conservation District Plan”.

Local Planner, Nicholas Hill and Architect, Christopher Borgal, prepared the Plan. Hill is responsible for the detailed illustrations throughout the Plan and prepared similar documents for other historic streetscapes including Hensall, Seaforth and Goderich.

The Plan was approved by By-Law on Apr. 4, 1983 by the Village of Bayfield.  This plan has guided development along Main Street for the past forty years, preserving the cultural heritage landscape and ensuring that the unique assemblage of structures is protected for future generations.

The Bluewater Heritage Advisory Committee (BHAC), a committee of Council which is composed of Bluewater residents and one member of Bluewater Council, provides advice to council on heritage matters within the Municipality.  They review applications which may impact the HCD, such as renovations to structures and new signage.

As with all Plans, updating is necessary from time to time. The BHAC has advised Bluewater Council of their desire to update Bayfield’s HCD Plan so that it continues to be an effective tool for managing change within the District. This project is anticipated to commence in 2024 and will be led by the BHAC in partnership with a heritage planning consultant.  The purpose of the update will be to:

  • Update the goals and objectives, policy statements and guidelines;
  • Reflect on the changes that have occurred throughout the past forty years;
  • Provide direction for new buildings within the District;
  •  Potentially expand the boundaries of the District and allow those properties along Main Street which opted out to now be included;
  •  Increase compliance with the Ontario Heritage Act;
  • Provide more detailed direction when a change is proposed to one of the private buildings or the open spaces and/or changes within the public realm within the District; and
  • Create enhanced understanding of the cultural, social and economic value of the District.

To read the HCD Plan or learn more information about the BHAC, please visit the municipal website at  To learn more about the history of Bayfield go to



Millie is ready to begin her walk and is sporting a stylish pink camo leash with matching collar. (Submitted photo)

Bayfield PACCPerhaps Bayfield residents and visitors have noticed the new Bayfield People and Canine Community (PACC) signage appearing throughout the village of late? The latest Bayfield PACC sign campaign has an emphasis on keeping dogs under control, and on-leash, while strolling along the streets and local trails.  Maintaining control of a person’s canine companion ensures the safety of everyone, including the pet and pet owner.

Bayfield PACC continues to work toward establishing a safe and secure off-leash play area.  To achieve this goal, they are launching a new “Adopt-a-Sign” fundraising initiative.  Their previous signage, thanking folks for remembering to clean up after their dog, proved to be quite popular and a number of residents had asked if those signs could be placed on their property.

Anyone who is interested in securing a new sign and wishes to support the PACC goal, is asked to please contact them and they will arrange for an “adoption”.  The beauty of the new signage is the fact that it is reversible and has the “poop and scoop” message on the other side!  Yes,  two signs for the price of one! Adoptees may choose which message they wish to convey on any given day.  The fee for hosting a sign is $30. These funds will aid in moving PACC’s goal closer to reality.

Please contact to make a request for a new sign or send a message to their Facebook page at Bayfield P.A.C.C.


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The Stones Tribute Show (Submitted photo)

The 166th instalment of the Bayfield Community Fair is set for Aug. 19-21 and as the date quickly approaches people may be interested to learn what food and entertainment options are planned.

The Bayfield Agricultural Society (BAS) has traditionally hosted a Friday evening dinner as part of the Fair opening. This year’s dinner, starting at 5 p.m. on Aug 19, will be pulled pork on a bun with homemade baked beans and coleslaw vinaigrette at a cost of $20 per person. The meal will be provided by Pineridge Barbeque Co. There will be a cash bar.

Dinner tickets can be pre-ordered by emailing  Fair organizers will then send out a PayPal request for the requested number of tickets. Anyone interested in buying dinner tickets is encouraged to order early as there may not be any tickets available on the day of the meal.

Musical entertainment at the Fair kicks off on Aug. 19 with Adam Lang. Always a crowd pleaser in Bayfield he will share his guitar and vocal talents on the outdoor stage from 6:30-9 p.m. Immediately following Lang’s performance a spectacular fireworks display is planned for all to enjoy.

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Thunderstruck – AC/DC Tribute Band

The Saturday evening entertainment, presented by the Bayfield Town Hall and the BAS, will be “Rock Revival” at the Bayfield Fairgrounds. This concert will feature two bands: the Stones Tribute Show will play favorites by the Rolling Stones and Thunderstruck will take the stage with their AC/DC tribute. The gates will open at 6 p.m. and the performance will start at 7 p.m. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased at There will be a cash bar.

On Sunday, Aug 21, entertainment will be provided on the outdoor stage by musicians Keith and Chuck. Keith plays guitar and provides vocals, accompanied by Chuck on the keyboard. The show will start at 1 p.m.

The Old Time Jamboree is returning to the Fair and is set to start at 1 p.m. on Sunday upstairs in the arena, where participants can listen and dance to old favorites. The entry fee for this event is $5 at the door. There will be a meal available for $10.

Fair organizers have lots of great entertainment planned for Saturday and Sunday of the Fair that will appeal to kids and those who are just young at heart. What could be more entertaining than a magic show? Bill Nuvo will delight youngsters with his magic, illusions, and comedic juggling at the outdoor stage on Saturday at 1 p.m. The ever-popular Dunk Tank will be open from 12:30-2:30 p.m. on Saturday beside the arena. Watch for Snippity the Clown, who will make balloon animals for the kids from noon to 3 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. Mr Purpleman and his chatty sidekick Dizzy will be doing a walkabout on Saturday from 2:30-4:30 p.m. He should be easy to spot!

All the children’s favorites will be returning for this year’s fully in-person event, ranging from Wiggle cars, train rides, grain bins, and face painting, to a midway running throughout the Fair. Check the online Bayfield Fair Schedule for details and check back often as Fair organizers will be adding more items to the schedule.


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 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.


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Staff at Michael’s Pharmasave in Bayfield will be having a swashbuckling good time on Aug. 12 in support of Huron Hospice. (Submitted photo)

Michael’s Pharmasave in Bayfield is holding a “Pirates of the Pharma-Sea” Fundraiser in support of the Huron Hospice on Aug. 12 to coincide with Customer Appreciation Day.

The pharmacy will be decorated to support the theme and staff will be dressing up and having a lot of fun while fundraising for a great cause.

Landlubbers will no doubt appreciate 20 per cent off almost all in-store, over-the-counter products and perhaps the coin they save can go toward a donation for a special loot bag or a bid on a Silent Auction item.

All of Michael’s Pharmasave’s three stores are joining in the fun of raising money for the cause with the Clinton pharmacy embracing a Wild West theme and Goderich going Tropical!

Michael’s Pharmasave in Bayfield is located at 2 Main Street South and the event will be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.


Saturday, Aug. 20 is the date set for the annual Bayfield Artist Guild Show and Sale.

The event will run from noon until 3 p.m.

All are invited to the gardens at 52 Colina Street in the village (across from Pioneer Park) to view and purchase work by Guild members.


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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.


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Friends of the Bayfield Library Board members will be at the Bayfield Farmers’ Market on two Fridays – Aug. 5 and 12. They will be offering memberships – a one-time fee of $5. Plus a limited supply of attractive FOBL tote bags ($15 per bag) will also be available. (Submitted photo)

The Friends of Bayfield Library (FOBL) are busy preparing for the annual book sale to be held at the Bayfield Public Library Aug. 18-20. With the pandemic hiatus of the past two years, this year’s sale is likely to be the biggest yet!

To promote the book sale, FOBL board members will be at the Bayfield Farmers’ Market on two Fridays –  Aug. 5 and 12. FOBL memberships (one-time fee of $5) and a limited supply of attractive FOBL tote bags ($15 per bag) will be available.

Visitors are invited to stop by the FOBL market table to get information about the book sale and the “sale promo” and to find out how the book sale proceeds are used to support activities and programs at the library. FOBL board members will be happy to answer any questions!

FOBL will gladly accept donations of gently used books, games, puzzles, DVDs, and CDs for the sale. For full details on the book sale dates and times as well as donation drop-off dates and times, including the Donation Guidelines, please visit


Volunteers report that at this time of year the Bayfield Area Food Bank (BAFB) shelves can use restocking of soup, rice, cereal, packets of oatmeal, tuna, canned vegetables and canned fruit.

BAFB is always grateful for the support of the community and would request that donors consider gluten free options (must say gluten free on packaging) when donating breakfast staples.

The needs of the BAFB aren’t always food related as they are also hoping the community would be open to providing them with feminine hygiene products.

Collection boxes for donations can be found at the Bayfield Public Library on Main Street as well as Trinity St. James Anglican Church (outside the entrance to the Parish Hall off the parking lot).

For anyone who would like to support BAFB with a monetary gift, there are a few options available. Cheques can be mailed to: Bayfield Area Food Bank, 10 Keith Cres., Bayfield, ON, N0M 1G0. An e-transfer can be made through BAFB’s gmail account: or a donation can be received on-line through the website.


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!

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!


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:


The Tuesday Morning Quilters are happy to be able to gather again for quilting/coffee time on Tuesday mornings at St. Andrew’s United Church. All are welcome to join in quilting at 9 a.m. or just drop in for coffee at 10 a.m.

St. Andrew’s United Church is located at 6 The Square in Bayfield.



Yeti and Merlin (Submitted photos)

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

Merlin and Yeti are the Adopt a BFF kittens of the week.

Merlin is a four-and-a-half month old orange male tabby who came to BFF with his mother and brother. They were then joined by three younger foster siblings. Merlin and his beautiful white foster sister, Yeti, are still available for adoption. They are both very playful and affectionate. Purrs are plentiful with these two. Merlin has been neutered and vaccinated and is ready to go to his forever home. Yeti is still waiting for her appointment.

These two are currently in foster care but a visit can be arranged by contacting BFF.

Anyone who would like to meet Merlin or Yeti 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.


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.

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

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


The Bayfield Bridge Club is inviting new people to come out for a few friendly games of Bridge on Wednesday afternoons at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building.

The cards are shuffled at 1 p.m. Players do not need a partner to participate in these “drop-in” sessions. The cost to join in the fun is $4.

All levels of players are welcome to take part in the games that are played year-round at the building located at 6 Municipal Road in the village.


Knox Presbyterian Church, Byafield will be holding their anniversary service on Aug.  21. On this auspicious occasion they will have special music provided by Harpist, Martha Lawrance.

Rev. Lisa Dolson 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.




“Art Brings Friends Together,” is the creation of writer Kasandra (Langevin) Coleman, and artist Kristyn Watterworth. (Submitted photos)

Art really does bring friends together!
Have you ever taken an art class of any kind?  Painting, sculpture, singing, dancing, writing or basket weaving?  If so, you know that the joy and laughter of the creative process can be best enjoyed in the presence of other co-learners. That’s why classes of people can have such an amazing time, encouraging one another, gently teasing, and sharing ideas while observing others’ developing talents. One of my favorite activities in life is singing in a choir, where you challenge one another to sing in unison or in harmony, rather than discord, to achieve performances of beauty, which evoke joy in all who take part or hear, as does all art.

Imagine, then, the joy of being able to create in partnership with someone who you first met on your school bus years ago, and then were able to rekindle your friendship to ignite a whole new stage of your artistic process.  Well, that’s exactly what happened recently for two of West Elgin Secondary School’s former students, both of whom I had the privilege to know during my tenure at the school! Two creative minds have united and combined to produce a wonderful, delightfully whimsical children’s book that is a treat for the eye and the ear.  My grandchildren all have a copy, and love it already!


“Dolly the llama, who couldn’t stand drama!”’

“Art Brings Friends Together” is the creation of writer Kasandra (Langevin) Coleman, and artist Kristyn Watterworth. I have only recently re-connected with Kasandra, but Kristyn has been a Schneider family friend for years.  We are fortunate enough to have regularly visited her Kryart Studio (check out her work on Facebook) in Bayfield during several summers, and have gorgeous paintings from various stages of her creative journey adorning the walls of our houses!

Kasandra was born in Middleton, Nova Scotia, and has three brothers. The family moved to Ontario when she was eight, and eventually they settled in West Lorne. She currently resides in Fergus with her two beautiful children Dakota and Cheyenna, and her supportive husband Scott. When she isn’t writing children’s books she is running her home daycare as well as going to school to be an accountant.

Kristyn grew up on her family farm in West Lorne, with parents Don and Pat, and brothers John and Craig. Kristyn’s initial entrepreneurial endeavor was painting dinky cars with nail polish in Grade One and selling them to her classmates! Ever since she has been finding ways to add more color to the world. She went to York University to get her BFA and started her studio gallery in Bayfield in 2004. In 2018, she went to explore New York City for a year and currently is living in Toronto with her baby, and wife Pam Hrick. Kristyn’s art is appearing in many public spaces, as well as in people’s homes, and she is currently painting her creations on a silo!

Kasandra learned of Kristyn’s amazing art works, and started following her on social media, loving what she saw online. She soon bought a couple prints for her kids’ rooms, then commissioned her to do a painting of her children. Kasandra was entranced with the paintings, and began imagining scenes and dialogue, which she shared with Kristyn. What started out as a joke led to her creating stories for Kristyn’s website, and soon she proposed the idea that she and Kristyn should create a children’s book together. Both wanted it to be inclusive, in an “urban wilderness” populated with various animals living in harmony! Kasandra refers to Kristyn as her inspiring muse, and her mixed race background and experiences moved her to promote a universe where “difference” was irrelevant.

These creative partners wish to reach out to many, many children to share this inclusive, joy-filled vision of acceptance and understanding.

Dawn Stilwell has been incredibly helpful to this creative duo, via her business that helps people self-publish, known as “The Publishing Shop”.

Art Brings Friends Together with wonderful characters and bright, vibrant images, is available online at: Purchase Here , and will soon be available at several local locations, still being arranged.

*Larry Schneider is a regular columnist with the West Elgin Chronicle newspaper and a retired English teacher and principal with the Thames Valley District School Board. He had the privilege of teaching both the artist and the author featured in the article above. 


Cultivating Memories #1

Attending the Cultivating Memories event were: Marty Rops, Regional manager for Libro Credit Union, a project sponsor; Huron County Warden Glen McNeil, Nancy Simpson, secretary of the Gateway Board and a project lead; Kevin Kale, volunteer who built the garden planters; Gwen Devereaux, president of the Gateway Board; Sam Murray, Gateway summer student and project lead. (Submitted photos)

In 2022, Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health (Gateway) introduced raised garden beds at Goderich Place Retirement Residence, Bluewater Rest Home, Huronview and Huronlea, all located in rural Southwestern Ontario. The “Cultivating Memories” project was led by Sam Murray and Nancy Simpson and all indications are it has been a wonderful success.

In interviewing residents of the Long Term Care (LTC) facilities, they learned both the staff and residents have thoroughly enjoyed having more accessible garden beds.

As one resident expressed, “the donation was amazing” and “you don’t need a big area to plant” describing how even a small accessible area to plant can provide immense opportunities and enjoyment. This individual went on to give a tour of the garden where they were growing radishes that the kitchen planned to use for lunch the following day.

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Cultivating Memories a project made available to four Long Term Care facilities in the county culminated in an event at Goderich Place recently. Taking part were residents Jane Oldengarm and Donna Young along with Nancy Simpson, secretary of the Gateway Board and a project lead; as well as Heidi Pugh, Goderich Place Activities manager (kneeling).

Inspiration was a common theme, how working on the project was fulfilling both for themselves as well as watching others do so. A resident described how it was inspiring to see fellow residents also enjoying gardening stating, “one of the ladies helping us, she would be 85, and she was in there digging and planting and she knew what she was doing.”

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Heidi Pugh and Jason Mercier both representing Goderich Place spoke at the Cultivating Memories event.

Community was prevalent in the use and enjoyment of the community gardens. Other residents recounted their roles in the garden, one man expressed how it was his responsibility to water the plants in the evening. Another stated that she was growing some of the plants for other residents that could not do so themselves.

Rural backgrounds and experiences were reflected by many residents who shared their experiences on the farm and how they used to sell strawberries or beans that would be sold to local restaurants. Nostalgia was a core element of the project as the community gardens were once again used to grow strawberries, beans, green onions, tomatoes and more. Several of the residents had grown this type of produce for many years and were experts at doing so.

As this project comes to a close, organizers are celebrating success for this year. Many of the plants grown will be around for years to come for all of the residents to enjoy.

As they reflect on the success of the project, Gateway would like to thank the donors that contributed to make it possible. They are incredibly grateful for support from Libro Credit Union and the Canada Healthy Communities Initiative funded by the Government of Canada.


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Participants and organizers of the Grand Sparks day camp for 2022 are shown here chilling with an icy treat and collectively being a little silly. (Submitted photo)

Kids - Grand Sparks 2022

Grand Sparks day camp took place at the Edge of Walton Challenge Course.

What a wonderful environment for grandparents, their grandchildren and leaders. The environment is so positive, inclusive, kind and considerate of everyone. This is the kind of society we want to encourage, promote and emulate in our daily lives. On the very first day I noticed immediately how very gentle the atmosphere was…Kindness was extended from the older kids towards the younger ones. Congratulations on a wonderful program and making the week so enjoyable for everyone. I would highly recommend and promote Grand Sparks to others.” – Grand Sparks 2022 camp participant

Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health (Gateway) are happy to announce another successful year of Grand Sparks summer camp – a day camp for kids and their grandparents.

From July 18-22 the Gateway team along with the Edge of Walton re-launched the Grand Sparks summer camp after a 2-year break due to COVID-19, with over 30 grandparents and grandchildren participating. The camp itself took place at the Edge of Walton Challenge Course. This camp focused on bridging the gap between grandparents and grandchildren through physical play and nutrition.

The participants engaged in some unique physical activity and meal preparation. The week included traditional summer camp activities, such as canoeing, yoga and biking) and some new adventures too like the high ropes course. After a busy morning the intergenerational group prepared lunch together. This time was very valuable for grandparents to pass down some of the skills they have mastered to their own grandchildren.

“It’s an awesome thing to witness a five year-old cutting avocados to make some guacamole!” exclaimed one grandparent.

According to the participants, the activities were engaging and tailored to individual ability, making it feel very inclusive. The meals this year were also a highlight, “…the food alone is worth going for.” The week certainly challenged both grandparents and grandkids to leave their comfort zone and experience new activities and foods. A camp-wide favorite meal would have had to be fish in foil with secret sauce and the most enjoyable snack being edamame.

Each individual at the camp found a way to step outside their own comfort zone by either trying new foods, challenging themselves during activities, participating in new games or all of the above. This camp relies on that level of commitment and a sense of adventure.

The team at Gateway wishes to thank all of the participants for being so willing to try new things. They just want to thank everyone for coming and thank those who made the camp possible. This includes the Gateway team, the Edge of Walton group and friends who loaned canoes. Organizers are very excited with how the week turned out and are looking forward to the years to come.


On July 28, Huron Perth Public Health (HPPH) shared that the seventh wave of COVID-19 continues in Huron-Perth. Sadly, HPPH is reporting five deaths due to COVID-19, as well as three hospitalizations and six outbreaks in highest-risk settings.

“Even though we are in a much better position against COVID-19 now than we were two years ago, COVID-19 remains a serious infection,” said Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Miriam Klassen. “HPPH sends our condolences to the loved ones of the individuals who have passed away. So far in 2022, 43 people in Huron-Perth have passed away due to COVID-19. We are seeing high rates of community transmission in this seventh wave and we ask everyone to make decisions to protect themselves and our community’s vulnerable members.”

The five deaths were connected to two outbreaks in long-term care facilities. HPPH is also reporting an additional eighty confirmed cases of COVID-19 in high-risk individuals in the last week. Since PCR testing is limited only to high-risk individuals, the number of people in Huron-Perth who have COVID-19 is much higher than confirmed case counts.


  • Stay home when sick, even with mild symptoms, and keep ill children out of childcare
  •  If you test positive for COVID-19, you must isolate. Follow the instructions at or call the Provincial Testing and Isolation Information Line at 1-888-777-0730. This line is open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., seven days a week.
  •  If you have symptoms of COVID-19 or have been possibly exposed to someone with COVID-19, use the information listed above to learn what to do next.
  • There continue to be masking requirements for those who have tested positive for COVID-19 or have been exposed to COVID-19. Again use the information above to learn more.

People are encouraged to know their risk and whether they are eligible for early testing and treatment for COVID-19. Have a plan to access that testing and treatment; visit COVID-19 Treatments to learn more.

Even without a known exposure to COVID-19, it is recommended to wear a well-fitted, three-layer cloth mask or medical mask in indoor public settings and maintain good ventilation in indoor spaces (for example by opening windows); to wash hands frequently and; to keep up-to-date with COVID-19 vaccinations.

Visit to find out which dose you are eligible for, as well clinic dates and locations. The province has expanded vaccine eligibility for fourth doses for individuals ages 18+. As of today, parents and caregivers of children six months to under five years are also able to book a pediatric vaccine appointment.

HPPH clinic appointments can be booked online at COVID-19 Book Vaccine; 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.


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:


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Jayne Crebolder is one of 20 artists displaying their work at the 2022 Goderich Art Club Show and Sale. This piece by Crebolder is entitled, “No One’s Watching”. (Submitted photo)

The 2022 Goderich Art Club Show and Sale will feature over 20 artists and over 200 works of original art at The MacKay Centre from Aug. 5-7.

The Show and Sale will run Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There is no charge for admission and all are welcome to come and view what should be a pretty fabulous display of art!

The MacKay Centre, an accessible building,  is located at 10 Nelson Street East, Goderich (corner of North Street. and Nelson).


The Seaforth Community Hospital Foundation is excited to announce a pledge of $655,000 over the next two years to the Seaforth Community Hospital (SCH). This pledge will support the purchase of capital equipment identified by the Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance, such as a new Ultrasound suite.

Ultrasounds play an essential role in helping healthcare professionals monitor pregnancies, and diagnose and determine treatment for a variety of conditions and diseases. The Medical Imaging team utilizes ultrasound on a daily basis. The current equipment is nearing its end of life increasing the risk of service interruptions if replacement parts are not available or delayed, and limit access to ultrasounds for patients.

Ultrasound units are portable allowing use in the Imaging Department, inpatient unit and Emergency Department. The new equipment will allow enhanced visualization of deeper structures in the patient’s body; superior quality of images; user-friendly features for the technologist; a larger monitor for clear viewing; and state-of-the-art software.

This pledge also will support the purchase of equipment for the Lab, inpatient unit and Emergency Department, wheelchairs, staff training resources as well as other equipment identified as priorities for SCH.

“The Foundation applauds the generosity of our donors who help to ensure that Seaforth Community Hospital has the equipment it needs to continue providing exceptional care to our community,” said Ron Lavoie, Foundation chair.

Anyone who would care to support this pledge, is asked to please choose one of the donation options listed below:

Mail a cheque to the Seaforth Community Hospital Foundation at PO Box 99, Seaforth, ON N0K 1W0; send an E-transfer to; or visit their website at and donate online. A secure donation will be processed via the Canada Helps website.

Alternatively people can call 519 527-1650 Ext. 4234 to discuss other donation options, such as bequests.


A day to celebrate and protect the Great Lakes, called “Love Your Greats Day”, is held the second Saturday of every August. In 2022, this special day is on Saturday, Aug. 13.

Love Your Greats Day organizers say local citizens like you, and local communities like yours, can take positive actions to protect Lake Huron and the other Great Lakes.

There are many ways people can help Lake Huron. They may take litterless lunches to the beach, properly dispose of waste, and help clean up litter along Lake Huron. They may use reusable water bottles and refill them at local water refill stations.

“Each positive action you take adds up,” organizers say.

Organizers encourage people to think of actions they can take, as an individual, to protect and improve the Great Lakes. They invite individuals to choose products that don’t pollute; to reduce plastic use; and to do projects that slow down or capture water running off of a property.

People might plant trees or donate to local tree planting programs. They may use rain barrels or add rain gardens or wetlands or make other stormwater management improvements. Consider adding green infrastructure to a property. This benefits creeks, rivers, and Lake Huron. This natural infrastructure can also help us adapt to extreme weather and changing climates. To learn more watch this video: Valuing Green Infrastructure.

Green infrastructure includes forests and woodlots, wetlands and stormwater ponds, soil, and natural areas. It also includes technologies to absorb water and manage runoff. These technologies include rain barrels and permeable pavement. These green technologies filter and store stormwater and replicate ecosystem functions. Contact a local conservation authority to find out about technical expertise and grant incentives that may be available to help.

Enhancing natural features and green infrastructure has many benefits for Lake Huron communities. It can help to store, filter, and treat water running over land during storm events. Adding natural features to the landscape has benefits for air and water quality. It provides habitat for wildlife and pollinators. It makes communities more resilient and better prepared to adapt during extreme weather as the climate continues to change. Green infrastructure can reduce flood risk by slowing and reducing stormwater. This is an economic benefit as well.

To find out more actions people can take to protect a Great Lake, visit the Healthy Lake Huron – Clean Water, Clean Beaches Partnership at Follow Healthy Lake Huron on social media, share stories by using #loveyourgreats or tagging @loveyourgreats on social media and visit


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.


There are more grant funds available, in several grant categories of the Huron Clean Water Project (HCWP), for projects by Huron County landowners. The HCWP project review committee has allocated more grant funds to the categories of Forest Management Plans and Woodlot Enhancement and Fragile Land Retirement.

“We encourage landowners in Huron County to apply for grants in these and other categories to further protect and improve local water quality,” said County of Huron Warden Glen McNeil.

The County of Huron increased funding by $50,000, in 2022, for water quality projects for a total of $500,000 in available funds.

“Huron County Council continues to make it a priority to support water quality improvement by our county residents and community groups,” said Warden McNeil.

As well as the categories with increased funding allocations, there are more than a dozen other grant categories with grants available. To learn more about the HCWP visit the County’s Clean Water Project page: Water Protection.

The Maitland Valley Conservation Authority (MVCA) and the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) deliver the HCWP program on behalf of the County of Huron. Nathan Schoelier is ABCA Stewardship and Lands Manager. He said the increased support for several grant categories implements recommendations from staff working on the ground with landowners.

“Tree planting projects, and good woodlot management practices are important stewardship projects to complete,” he said. “The Huron Clean Water Project grant review committee approved these priorities and now we want to let landowners know we can provide more support in these important categories.”

He said, in many cases, grants through HCWP can be combined with grants from other programs to help support landowners’ projects as much as possible.

Ben Van Dieten is MVCA Stewardship Projects Lead. He said staff are also looking to build upon the success of the Cover Crop Incentive category, and the large number of acres it benefits across the County, by inviting landowners to contact the conservation authority about supporting other soil health improvement projects. This may help to kick-start new efforts to reduce tillage and improve the soil health upon which we all rely, he said.

To apply for funding, or to learn more, call MVCA at 519 335-3557, Ext 245, or ABCA at 519 235-2610, Ext. 263. Staff can help people to apply for grants and to make the process really simple, according to project spokespersons.


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.


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 tomorrow (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.

The evening will be held at the Libro Community Hall, 239 Bill Fleming Drive in Clinton.


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.


Now that the community is slowly moving toward group activities the creators of Bayfield Activities Calendar  have completed a recent update and refresh on the website. People are once again invited to refer to this website to learn what activities, from Pickleball to Mahjong, are happening and when.

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. To date, Don McIlwain, Brad Turner and Jessica Petelle, and Leslee Squirrell have all been featured. This week, John D. Marshall is recognized.


After a successful career in marketing, business development, and mergers and acquisitions, John D. Marshall is now a respected business consultant. He gives his time to serve his community in the best way he knows how – using his business expertise to create economic opportunity and raise money in Huron County.

John has been Chair of the Huron County Economic Development Board, which advises County Council on matters related to economic development, for the past four years. In this role, he led the establishment of the innovative Huron Entrepreneur Fund (HEF) at the Sunset Community Foundation and became its first donor. HEF is an impact investment fund that will provide additional funds for loans to entrepreneurs through Community Futures Huron while also supporting local charities.

John is also an active member of the Bayfield Centre for the Arts Committee and advocated for keeping the Bayfield Arena and Community Centre open. Among his many other involvements, he serves as a mentor and loan adjudicator for start-up loan programs and helped raise funds for the Alexandra Marine and General Hospital and the Maitland Recreation Centre, home to the Goderich-Huron YMCA.

A remarkable citizen indeed, John gives generously to the causes he believes in. It is people like him who make Huron County strong and vibrant.


John D. Marshall listens to MPP Lisa Thompson as she shares his nomination letter for the Remarkable Citizen Award at a ceremony held at Admiral Bayfield Square on Saturday, July 9. (Photo by Jack Pal)


John D. Marshall (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)




For more than three decades the Pioneer Park Fun Race has been encouraging people in the community to get out and exercise and have some fun while raising money for beautiful Pioneer Park on the Monday morning of Civic Holiday Weekend.

The past two Civic Holiday Mondays the park was empty and quiet as COVID-19 made it problematic to host such events. But in 2022 the park was a buzz with people meeting and greeting each other like long lost friends. Several canines were present as well. Many of them were seen pulling at their leashes perhaps more so to get a closer sniff of their fellows than in anticipation of the 5 km walk ahead of them. No matter dogs or humans all seemed almost giddy as the starting times grew near.

The Fun Race is as versatile as the participants themselves – some are in it to win a fun prize – racing each other or chasing a personal best to reach the finish line. Others aren’t in a rush, coffee mug in hand, they are mostly there to be social and take in the sites of the village as the route follows along some picturesque streets.

Enthusiastic volunteers double as cheerleaders for the participants  until the participants themselves cross the finish and join in lifting everyone up as others cross. Whether they be walker, runner or cyclist, fast or slow, younger or elder, human or canine – all are celebrated in the spirit of the event, now, and as it has been for more than three decades.

For a closer look at these images click on any one to open a pop up gallery.



Hundreds upon hundreds of people gathered along the shore on both sides of the piers, in Pioneer Park, in the Marinas and in boats out on the water to watch the 2022 Civic Holiday Fireworks Show on Saturday, July 30.

This resident-driven event was organized by a group of individuals known as the “Friends of Bayfield Fireworks Show” and made possible through donations made by community members. The show was professionally presented by NorthStar Fireworks and was set off from the south pier as darkness fell.

Thanks to all those in the community who sent in photos of the event for sharing in the Bayfield Breeze this week. These images have been collected to create an extra special “Pixilated” for those who missed it or those who wish to experience it all over again.

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Melody Falconer-Pounder

I have written in this space before about the Family Book Club my step-daughter initiated during the pandemic lockdown – it was a chance every few weeks for family members to have a virtual social time to chat about a book that the majority of participants had voted on to read. And now into the seventh wave of COVID-19 as we adjust to living with the virus we are continuing the Family Book Club. Over the weekend we had our first in person gathering.

The book up for discussion was “Chop Suey Nation: The Legion Cafe and Other Stories from Canada’s Chinese Restaurants” by Ann Hui, a Globe and Mail Reporter who set out across the country to find out why there are Chinese restaurants in so many small towns from coast to coast and why the food they serve is considered quintessentially Canadian.

Prior to reading this book I wasn’t aware that the Chinese food I had grown up with here in Huron County wasn’t considered authentic but had its own category known as Chop Suey Cuisine. Reading scores another point for broadening an individual’s horizons!

In keeping with the theme of the book we ordered 14 different dishes from our local Chinese restaurant to share. The array of dishes was the most ever ordered by our household and it afforded our guests the opportunity to explore items they might not have tried otherwise. Included on the menu was Ginger Beef, a dish highlighted in the book as truly Canadian. Sadly “Newfoundland Chow Mein,” and the “Chinese Pierogi” created in Alberta have yet to make it to Ontario so we couldn’t make those available but both sound intriguing.

Not surprisingly, we had the best turnout ever for Family Book Club and many servings of food were consumed picnic-style in the shade of our beloved Maple trees on the farm. One thread of discussion that came up was how much longer these small town Chinese restaurants would be around as the families that established restaurants here did so to make a living and provide better lives and career opportunities for their children – will future generations, like the author herself, establish a life outside the family restaurant? Will another culture soon dominate the landscape adapting their cuisine to the Canadian palette? The answer is as cryptic as the messages in the Fortune Cookies that brought a finish to our meal.

Incidentally it was also brought up during the discussion that Fortune Cookies don’t play a role in the telling of this story. One search of Google tells us why. They were apparently invented by the Japanese! – Melody

Ideas and contributions to the Bayfield Breeze are always welcome.
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