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The Bayfield BreezeIssue 691 Week 41 Vol 14

October 5, 2022


Issue 691 Week 41 Vol 14
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The Village of Bayfield Main Street Revitalization project started up again mid-September. (Photo by Becky McInnis)

Following a break during the peak tourist season, the Village of Bayfield Main Street Revitalization project started up again mid-September and now construction is back in full swing.

Improvements to look forward to this fall include the installation of sidewalks, street, and pedestrian lighting, paving of the street and landscaping. There are a few parts of the process that the public should take note of.

Road grading along the north side of Clan Gregor Square will temporarily close the road.  A detour has been put in place to navigate the closure.

Hydro One began work on Sept. 12 on the east side of Main Street for new underground hydro line installation.  Hydro One will need to block off some parking areas while installing electrical lines through the conduit.  Conduit installation for the light poles is complete.

Curb preparation and installation began on Sept. 26.  Parking on the west side of Main Street will be restricted during this time.

Sidewalk preparation will start on the west side of Main Street then will transition to the east side of Main Street in the next few weeks.  The direction of the work starts from the south of Main Street and progresses northbound toward Catherine Street.  Driving lanes of Main Street will be open for through traffic.  There will be limited parking in work zones during sidewalk pouring, however, parking will be available in other areas of the Main Street.

Public Works staff would like to send a gentle reminder to walk and drive with care during the next few months as the Main Street Revitalization project continues.  They look forward to the great progress over the weeks to come as the contractors work diligently to stay on schedule and keep a safe construction area for visitors and businesses alike.

Communication with the community as the project evolves is a key component and the Municipality of Bluewater will endeavor to provide updates in the Bayfield Breeze on the first and third Wednesdays of every month.

The “Beautifying Bayfield” bi-weekly construction newsletter will continue to be issued with the construction schedule, info and updates. Click here for the: subscription link. This can be shared with friends and neighbors who may also want to receive the latest information!

Other ways of keeping up with Public Works construction news and updates in the Municipality of Bluewater can be found by visiting:


The Christmas in Bayfield committee is ready to kick into high gear now that they know the Municipality of Bluewater Council will hear their bylaw exemption request on Oct. 17.

“We are so excited to announce that, pending Municipal approval, we will be hosting a crafter’s market this year and as such we are looking for interested vendors,” said Secretary-Treasurer of the BACC Terri Louch.

Vendors will be considered who create original and unique items which are not mass produced. The market will be outdoors, so participants should be prepared to bring a tent and tables. Please note that tents cannot be hammered into the ground so they must be weighted. Please reach out to for all the pertinent information and an application. Responses will be sent after the meeting on Oct. 17.

“We are also thrilled to be able to include music and buskers! The Chamber of Commerce will have a 10 x 10 tent set up in the Library Square where we will present all entertainment,” said Louch. “Do you or your group sing, dance, juggle, play an instrument or perform magic?  Would you like to be part of our amazing Christmas in Bayfield weekend?”

There will be 30 minute and one hour time slots available Saturday, Nov. 19 or Sunday, Nov. 20. Interested people are asked to send an email to the email given above with the details and their preferred time slot and organizers will work to include them in the line-up.

“Still on the fence about volunteering to help out? We will have a number of available opportunities which will work with the time and skills you have available,” said Louch. Volunteers are asked to email at the address highlighted above.

Christmas in Bayfield organizers would like to remind everyone that their bottle fundraising drive is going forward as well. Any coins or cash from returned empties can be dropped in the container at Bayfield Convenience and Gifts.

“We could not host Christmas in Bayfield without support from our businesses. Thanks so much to the members who have generously supported Christmas in Bayfield with a donation so everyone can enjoy a fun-filled weekend:  It takes a Village to put this event together, and we are very grateful to have amazing supporters. Where possible, stop in and visit their businesses today!”

To view the list of businesses that have donated to date please visit: Christmas in Bayfield Donors.

“Be sure to watch for further updates on the Christmas in Bayfield Facebook and Instagram pages where we will continue to highlight those who are making a difference in our little village!”

Anyone who would like to donate is asked to please email


The Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) reminds hikers that the Woodland Trail will be closed for the month of October for turkey hunting season.  Please abide by the posted signs.

There will be two guided fall hikes in the coming weeks: Climate Change on the Great Lakes and National Take a Hike Day.

On Saturday, Oct. 22 at 11 a.m., environmental educator Michele Martin will lead a walk through the village and down to the waterfront, pointing out how climate change is affecting the area and what people can do to help.  Those interested are asked to meet at the Clan Gregor Square Gazebo for a walk lasting about 90 minutes.

The final guided hike of 2022 will be on Mavis’ Trail  and the Taylor Trail on Thursday, Nov. 17 at 2 p.m. National Take a Hike Day celebrates the nearly 300,000 km of trails in Canada, 80,000 of which are in Ontario.

This little hike of 3.5 km will start at the Varna Complex parking lot and take participants  through evergreen and deciduous forests, over small streams, and down to the Bayfield River.  A map can be found at Mavis-Taylor Trail.

For questions or more information contact Ralph Blasting via email at or call 519 525-3205.


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Kalissi (Submitted photo)

Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines (BFF) has so many wonderful cats and kittens looking for their forever families right now that they have temporarily closed their doors to intakes.

“We currently have over 60 kittens and have many waiting to come in,” explained Penhale. “We will be doing an adoption event at Pet Valu in Goderich in October.”

The adoption event at the Pet Valu in Goderich will be held on Oct. 22-23 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Kalissi is the Adopt a BFF cat of the week.

This gorgeous, young Calico is quite affectionate but underweight and struggling with a few health issues. None of these concerns appear to be life-threatening and hopefully, she will recover quickly and will be looking for her forever home in short order.

Anyone who might be interested in adopting Kalissi 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.



Jacquie van Klaveren an artist who participated in the creation of the book, “Cheesies & Root Beer: The Art of Pairings” peruses a copy. The project has now evolved into an Art Exhibit to be run at Goderich’s 33eaststreetgallery opening on Oct. 8. (Submitted photo)

From Oct. 8 to Nov. 13, Goderich’s 33 Eaststreetgallery is hosting an exhibit of the art and writings that inspired the book “Cheesies & Root Beer: The Art of Pairings”.

Both the creators of the book – artist Judy Roth and author H. Reid – hails from Bayfield.

The gallery located at 33 East Street is open from Wednesday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; other times by appointment.

For more information regarding the exhibit please call 226 927-4838. To read more about the collaborative book visit: Bayfield Breeze Issue 675.


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Julian Taylor (Submitted photo)

Julian Taylor will be the next musical talent to grace the Bayfield Town Hall stage with a concert date set for Nov. 5.

Taylor is a Toronto-based, award-winning singer-songwriter, radio host, and label owner. Over the course of his esteemed career, which spans 20-plus years as the leader of Staggered Crossing, Julian Taylor Band, and his solo work, he has established himself as one of Canada’s greatest troubadours.

His 2020 LP, “The Ridge”, earned two Juno Award nominations, along with a pair of Canadian Folk Music Awards for Solo Artist and English Songwriter of the Year, five Native American Music Award nominations, plus a nomination for Canada’s most prestigious music accolade, the Polaris Music Prize.

Taylor’s new album, “Beyond the Reservoir”, to be released this month and preceded by the single “S.E.E.D.S,” builds on the soul-folk sound and autobiographical themes first explored on The Ridge.

The doors to the hall will open at 7 p.m. with the concert to follow at 7:30 p.m.  There will be a cash bar offering beer and wine.

Tickets to see this Indie artist perform are available now at


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The Friends of Bayfield Library (FOBL) extend a warm welcome to all for a new “Coffee & Chat” program starting up on Oct. 11 in the Bayfield Public Library Meeting Room.

Participants can enjoy a hot cup of coffee while engaging in conversation with other community members. The conversation is neutral and inclusive with an endless list of interesting topics for discussion.

The “Coffee & Chat” group will meet every Tuesday, from 2-3:30 p.m., until the end of March.

This is a great way for newcomers to meet new people, learn about the village, and share ideas. Seasoned villagers are also very welcome. There is no need to register for this program. Just show up and be prepared for some lively discussion!


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The Bayfield Agricultural Society is looking for volunteers to cut the grapevines and/or evergreen boughs and assemble the wreaths for their annual holiday fundraiser. (Submitted photo)

The Bayfield Agricultural Society (BAS) is still looking for sources of grapevines and cedar, white pine, spruce or juniper boughs for the BAS annual wreath-making fundraiser. If anyone has grapevines or evergreen trees on their property that could be used for some bough cutting, the BAS would be very grateful. A volunteer coordinator for this work would also be welcome.

The BAS is also still looking for volunteers to cut the grapevines and/or evergreen boughs and assemble the wreaths.

All of this work will be completed between mid-October and mid-November, with dates and times to be announced. Assembly of the wreaths will take place inside the new BAS shed/barn in the Agricultural Park.

Anyone who can help out is asked to contact


After a two year absence the Chocolatey Mint Girl Guide cookie is back and available now from members of Bayfield Guiding!

They are selling for $5 a box and there is a limited supply so they are sure to sell quickly.

Anyone not familiar with a youth member who would like to purchase a box or two is encouraged to call Melody Falconer-Pounder at 519 525-3830 or email


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Taste of Huron invites Huron County residents and visitors to support local farmers, producers, suppliers and chefs as they savor the flavor of local food and drink this October.

“Participants are sure to feel good about celebrating the Huron Harvest at several events while enjoying the food we grow, produce and prepare,” said Project Coordinator Karen Stewart.

The following is a full lineup of activities from Oct. 7-23 at locations across the County.

The Taste of Huron Night Market will be held on The Courthouse Square in Goderich on Friday, Oct. 7 from 4-8 p.m. The evening market will include vendors, food and drink, music and family-fun entertainment including a free magic show, art installation and more, all presented in an atmosphere of community celebration.

Saturday, Oct. 8, Taste of Huron brings special programming to the Goderich Farmers’ Market, Thanksgiving Edition. Cooking demonstrations by chefs and a cookbook author will highlight locally-sourced ingredients.

Participating farm-to-table restaurants from across the County will feature their own unique in-house menu options through Taste of Huron’s “Huron Harvest Tables” dining program.  Prix Fixe, three-course menus, for $55, will be available throughout the 10 days of this program, Oct. 13 – 23. Suggested pairings with local wine and beer products will also be available at each site.

Restaurants taking part in the dining program are: Cowbell Brewing Co., Blyth; Eddington’s of Exeter, Part II Bistro, Goderich; The Lake House of Bayfield, The Little Inn of Bayfield, Bayfield Brewing Company’s Public House.; Black Dog Pub and Bistro, Bayfield; and The White Squirrel Restaurant, Zurich.

Taste of Huron’s Oktoberfest on Ontario’s West Coast, a Bavarian celebration, kicks off Friday, Oct. 14 at the Exeter Farmers’ Market.  Walter Ostanek (Canada’s Polka King) will set the tone during a concert from 4-6 p.m., while market-goers enjoy samples from local wineries and breweries, as well as traditional German sausage paired with mustard and sauerkraut. Then, on Saturday, Oct. 15, three farm visits are supplemented with opportunities for learning and fun through Eat Local Huron’s “Farm Crawl” (a pay-what-you-can activity).

The participating farms are Trick’s Creek Farm, Clinton; Farm Little, Bayfield and Cedar Villa Angus Farms, Zurich.

Oktoberfest continues when five wineries and five breweries in Huron County serve as stops along the “Vine & Ale Trail” on the weekend of Oct. 15-16. Aside from offering samples of their in-house beer and/or wine, each brewery and winery will be paired with a local food truck, restaurant or caterer allowing visitors a taste of delicious bite-sized fare on tasting plates featuring locally grown and produced ingredients. Entertainment will be available at each site to enhance the atmosphere and participants may travel via self-guided driving tours or by a free shuttle service available first-come, first-served from four sites within the County (Blyth, Goderich, Bayfield and Exeter). The Vine and Ale Trail runs both Saturday and Sunday from 1- 5 p.m. Passports are valid for samples at three sites either day.

Participating Breweries are: Bayfield Brewing Co.; Bad Apple Brewing Company, Bayfield; River Road Brewing and Hops, Bayfield; Square Brew, Goderich; and Cowbell Brewing Co, Blyth. Wineries taking part are: Maelstrom Winery, Seaforth; East Street Cider Co, Goderich; Dark Horse Estate Winery, Grand Bend; Hessenland Inn and Shatz Winery, St Joseph; and Cornerfield Wine Company, Bayfield.

The Bavarian bonanza continues Saturday night (Oct. 15) with R’oktoberfest, an open-air concert featuring Bif Naked and Coleman Hell at River Road Brewing and Hops at 6:30 pm. Gemütlichkeit!

Taste of Huron wraps up with an information sharing and networking opportunity for Huron County producers, growers and chefs. “ Bounty of the County”, a B2B industry event will be held in Clinton at the Libro Community Hall on Oct. 19.

For more information about all these fabulous events and ticket links, please visit

Taste of Huron is coordinated through a Huron Community Futures and Huron County Economic Development partnership.


The days are getting shorter but the public use of Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) properties continues to be strong and will even increase with the beginning of fall hunting seasons.

ABCA is the largest single owner of forests in the watershed. The forests have been acquired over the past 60 years for protection of water, soil, and habitat but they are important passive recreation areas for thousands of citizens as well. When people purchase a Hunting Permit, they are permitted to hunt at certain ABCA properties designated as Conservation Forests where hunting is permitted. Many of these properties are multi-use, and ABCA urges property users to be aware of hunting seasons that may be open during their visits. Hunting is not permitted at any of ABCA’s properties categorized as Conservation Areas. Hunting is also prohibited at L-Lake Management Area in Port Franks and Linfield Wildlife Area near Varna.

“The hunting permit system offered by ABCA provides an opportunity for individuals and families to spend time outdoors, where hunting is permitted with a Hunting Permit,” said ABCA’s Manager of Stewardship and Lands, Nathan Schoelier. “Regardless of the permitted recreational activity, it is important that property users are aware of, and respect, property boundaries; follow all rules and regulations that may apply; and that they respect other property users to ensure that everyone is able to spend time in nature, in a safe and enjoyable manner.”

Hunters can purchase an annual permit which applies to a section of properties such as Hay Swamp or a Super Permit which allows them to hunt on all the properties where hunting is allowed. They can choose an annual permit or a three-year permit. People must respect neighboring landowners, follow all applicable legislation, and provide proof of $2 million insurance in order to receive a Hunting Permit for hunting. This insurance is usually provided through their membership with the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters.

For maps of areas where hunting, with a purchased Hunting Permit, is permitted, and those areas where hunting is not permitted, visit the website at this link: Hunting. The Hunting Permit application form is also located on this page.

For more detailed property boundaries, please visit the ABCA website at: Mapping Portal. 

ABCA does not receive government funding to cover the costs of property management and stewardship on their conservation lands so Hunting Permit fees help to cover costs of property ownership such as property taxes, signs, and inspections. Schoelier said he wishes to remind people that off-road vehicles such as all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), side-by-sides and dirt bikes are strictly prohibited on all ABCA properties, and all properties managed by ABCA.


All across the province voters will be going to the polling stations to elect Municipal Officials for the next four year term on Oct. 24.

In the Municipality of Bluewater, there are positions for one Mayor, one Deputy Mayor and seven Ward Councillors. Two thirds of these candidates have been acclaimed to their positions this election.

“In Bayfield, Bill Whetstone has already been acclaimed as our Ward Councilor and Paul Klopp has been acclaimed as Mayor of Bluewater. This leaves only the Deputy Mayor and French School Board Trustee positions open for Bayfield Ward constituents to decide,” said Brian King, a director with the Bayfield Ratepayers’ Association (BRA).

Along with Klopp and Whetstone, Scott Harris, Hensall; Peter Walden Stanley East; Joseph K. Groot, Hay East; and Tyler Hessel, Hay West have all been acclaimed to their seats around the council table until the next election in 2026.

“This may seem like a ‘who cares at this point’ moment but be aware that every vote counts at Bluewater Council and Huron County Council so it is important that we elect a Deputy Mayor who is favorable to Bayfield issues and concerns and will help us all to achieve our goals for Bayfield. The Mayor and Deputy Mayor represent you on Huron County Council,” said King.

Two candidates are contesting the Deputy Mayor position: John Becker and Alwyn Vanden Berg. Both currently on council Becker representing Hay East and Vanden Berg, Hay West.

The BRA are inviting voters to attend a Deputy Mayor Candidates Meeting on Saturday, Oct. 8, starting at 10 a.m. in the Bayfield Community Centre, to hear from these two candidates for Deputy Mayor of Bluewater.

“Find out who will support Bayfield at Bluewater and Huron Councils. There is significant importance of voting for the position of Deputy Mayor. There are nine members on Bluewater Council, including seven Ward Councillors. Since our Ward Councillor has only one of these votes, the Deputy Mayor could cast the deciding vote on any issue affecting Bayfield,” explained King. “In addition the Deputy Mayor will be one of two Bluewater representatives on Huron County Council.

“More of your taxes go to the County levy than to Bluewater and Huron County Council has the final word on many important issues affecting the Municipality including Planning and Zoning direction and setting the County budget. The quality of Deputy Mayor is critical to everyone’s interest.”

There are two other races in the municipality. In Zurich, incumbent Shawn LaPorte is being opposed by Winona Bailey and in the Stanley West Ward, Councilor George Irvin is being challenged by newcomer Greg Lamport.

Positions on the Huron Perth Catholic District School Board and Avon Maitland District School Board were filled by acclamation. Races are being run for the French Public and French Separate School Board Trustee positions.

David O’Hara and Joseph Vandermeer are competing for the French Public spot while Sylvie Barbeau-Chmielewski and Meghan Reale are opposing each other for the French Separate position.

Canadian citizens who are 18 years of age and are residents, owners or tenants of property, including campgrounds, can vote in Ontario’s upcoming municipal and school board elections.

The Municipality of Bluewater Election will be conducted using internet and telephone voting. Voter cards will be mailed out this week to all registered voters in  the municipality.  The cards will also include a special code to allow people to vote either by e-mail or telephone. People can confirm that they are registered at Voter Look Up.

The voting period will open on Oct. 11 at 9 a.m. and will close on Oct. 24 at 8 p.m.

Visit the municipal website at for more information.  Anyone with questions regarding the municipal election, should contact the municipal office at 519 236-4351.

“Of all the elections held in Canada the Municipal Election is the one that affects us all most personally, at the local level. Remember, it’s about your local issues, your local taxes and your future,” concluded King.


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 South Huron Community Choirs are preparing for a new season of song and music.

Musical Director, Dr. Richard Heinzle and Lori Danylchuh, accompanist, are extending an invitation for people to join them as rehearsals will be held on Tuesday nights starting on Oct. 11 until Dec. 6 – with a winter break until March 2023.

The Handbells Choir meets from 6-7 p.m. followed by the Adult Choir from 7-9 p.m. at Exeter United Church, 42 James Street.

For more information visit; email or call Jean at 519 235-0629 or Carol at 519 235-0759.


The Bayfield Skating Club is offering skating programs this 2022-2023 season at the Bayfield Arena and Community Centre!

Their programs suit a range of skating levels. Skaters will have fun staying active this winter through a variety of programs: learning the basics in Learn to Skate, building skills for all ice sports in CanSkate, an introduction to figure skating in Intro to STAR, and fast-paced Power Skills and Drills.

Tuesday classes are: Learn to Skate, 5-5:30 p.m.; CanSkate, 5:40-6:30 p.m.; and Intro to STAR, 6:30-7:20 p.m. Power Skills and Drills are offered on Thursdays at 5:30-6:20 p.m. and 6:30-7:20 p.m.

Their season begins Oct. 25. Learn to Skate is currently full, but registration is open for all other programs! For further details or to register online, visit: Bayfield Skating Club Registration.

Email with any questions. Instructors can’t wait to see their skaters on the ice!


The popular Owl Prowl is returning in 2022 with two dates and locations.

These Owl Prowls will take place at Rock Glen Conservation Area (RGCA), Arkona, on Saturday, Oct. 22  and at Morrison Dam Conservation Area (MDCA), east of Exeter, on Saturday, Nov. 5. There will be two time slots for the Owl Prowls – 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. on both dates.

Nina Sampson is a Conservation Educator with Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA). She said the two Oct. 22 sessions are the first times this conservation authority is hosting an Owl Prowl at Rock Glen.

“We are excited to bring back the Owl Prowl in 2022 and we are also excited to host our first Owl Prowls at Rock Glen Conservation Area,” she said. “It’s wonderful to host this event at different times and at different locations in our watershed area.”

The Owl Prowls are held to raise awareness of nocturnal creatures in the watershed and to raise funds for conservation education programs provided by ABCA.

“These events are a great chance to get out and get active in nature, listen for owls, learn about animals that are active at night, and to support needed conservation education programs.”

The maximum number of people at each time slot is 50. Half of each group starts inside to learn about adaptations owls make. The other half of the group begins with a short trail walk to listen to, and call for, owls. Afterwards, each half switches so the inside group goes outside and the outside group goes inside. Space is limited for the events and tickets must be reserved in advance, according to organizers.

Rock Glen Conservation Area is located on the outskirts of Arkona at 8680 Rock Glen Road. Morrison Dam Conservation Area is located at 71108 Morrison Line, just two km east of Exeter, just south of Highway 83.

To learn more about the events go to: Owl Prowl.  Register here for the Rock Glen Owl Prowl  or the  Morrison Dam Owl Prowl .

When registering for the event, registrants have the option to add a donation to Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation. The Conservation Foundation provides charitable gift receipts, for income tax purposes, for donations of $20 or more.

Owls are incredible creatures of the night. Over the years, hundreds of people have learned about owls and their amazing nocturnal adaptations at the annual Owl Prowl.


The application period for United Way Perth-Huron (UWPH)’s annual Youth in Action Grants initiative is now open for 14–25 year olds who have ideas to address pressing issues among youth in Perth and/or Huron County.

“UWPH is happy to be able to offer Youth Grants again this year,” said UWPH Director of Governance and Community Impact Megan Partridge. “It’s inspiring to see the projects local youth create to support their peers. We look forward to seeing the creative ways young people address important local issues among their peers.”

To be eligible for a grant, the project must be planned and implemented by youth aged 14–25, clearly engage their peers in Perth and/or Huron Counties and have an adult trustee over the age of 25. Grants up to $1,000 are available. Details regarding criteria and timelines are available at

Previous Youth in Action Grant recipients have addressed a wide range of issues and challenges including mental health awareness, promotion of equity and inclusion, creation of outdoor learning spaces, increased social connection, mentoring, access to art materials to explore creativity and wellness and connection.


Film buffs will be delighted to learn that the Livery Film Fest is returning to the Park Theatre in Goderich.

There will be screenings of Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) movies shown monthly, at the theatre located on The Square.

Rob McAuley is the Chair of the Livery Film Fest committee. He said, “We have a great line up planned for the fall.”

The Livery Film Fest will feature “Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen, A Journey, A Song” playing on Oct. 20th, and “Official Competition” on Nov. 10.

The Leonard Cohen film features interviews with a number of artists, including, Bob Dylan, Rufus Wainwright and Judy Collins.  Official Competition is a Spanish farce about a rich benefactor who wished to produce a film that he hopes will win the Palme d’Or at the Cannes film festival.  It stars Penelope Cruz and Antonio Banderas.

All showtimes are 7 p.m. and tickets are available at the Park Theatre box office at 6:30 p.m. on the night of the show.  They cost $12.  Livery Theatre members pay $8.

McAuley noted, “The Park Theatre was closed all through the COVID pandemic, but finally opened in May.  TIFF also shuttered their Film Circuit program, which promoted festival films, and arranged for them to be played in other venues across Canada.  Now, with the Park going strong, they are letting us show these films every month, and TIFF is offering some great titles!”


The Huron Tract Spinners and Weavers and the Goderich Quilters’ Guild are combining their talents once again to present their annual Textile Show and Sale during the first weekend of November in Goderich.

The public will be able to view and purchase unique traditional and modern weaving, basketry, beading, spinning, knitting and felting. Also for sale will be quilts and quilted items from wall hangings through to queen size bedding.

There is no admission fee to this event that will feature two of Huron County’s most creative groups at the same time in one location. The show will run on Saturday, Nov. 5 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 6 from noon to 4 p.m. It will be held at the Huron County Museum, 110 North Street in Goderich.

For more information please visit the Huron Tract Spinners and Weavers Facebook Page or

Huron County Museum


The Huron County Museum is home to thousands of artifacts that illustrate the history of both the rural and urban populations of the area. Space dictates what wonderful curiosities the public regularly gets to see when they visit the museum located at 110 North Street in Goderich. But where there is wifi, there is an opportunity to time-travel with over 6,700 pieces of the museum’s collection now available to view online at .“Remember This” highlights items from the collection of the Huron County Museum and Historic Gaol. Items that have shaped the fabric of the county and the people who have lived here since before the county became the county in 1835 up until more recent times.
The Museum’s collection not only contains man made items but nature’s artefacts as well…


This is a large raised fossil believed to be either an ammonite cephalopod or a gastropod and ranges in age from 240 to 415 million years ago. It became extinct with the dinosaurs 65 million years ago. Smaller shell-like fossils can also be seen throughout the remaining rock.



This is a beehive fossilized in stone. There are numerous visible hexagonal “cells” each approximately 4 mm in diameter.

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About a dozen members of the Bayfield Garden Club travelled to Clinton to visit the home of Henry and Deb Damsma on the afternoon of Oct. 3.  But it wasn’t the expansive riverside landscape and lovely gardens they came to tour and learn about on this outing – it was Henry’s passion for his hobby of beekeeping.

The visit began with the group watching an informative video about the “Top 10” health benefits of honey. Then they proceeded outside where Henry shared with them the monthly behaviours of the bees and the care they require during those times. He also introduced the tools and equipment he uses to extract the frames from the hive and then the honey from the honeycomb.

Henry keeps bees at this residence as well as at the Bayfield Berry Farm. The bees at his residence enjoy a diet of wildflowers while at the Bayfield Berry Farm flowering fruits and berries are on the menu. He noted that there are slight variations in the taste of the honey produced in the two locations as a result.

Near the end of the visit Henry donned his beekeeping attire and with his guests at a safe distance, went out to the hive where he proceeded to smoke one box to ensure the bees were docile enough that he could remove one of the frames so everyone could have a closer look at the honeycomb. The members of the Bayfield Garden Club were also treated to a taste!

The visit concluded with a look into Henry’s office which has been converted into a workshop for making beeswax candles which he sells at area markets during the season alongside his honey products. In addition to plain honey, he sells some that are infused with such flavors as lavender and buckwheat under the Damsma Honey label.

Henry prefers to end the harvest season on Labour Day weekend and his farmers’ market season will conclude this Saturday, Oct. 8, at the Goderich Farmers’ Market allowing both he and his bees the opportunity to savor the last vestiges of autumn warmth and sunshine before the work begins anew in the spring.

The Bayfield Garden Club always welcomes new members. They are a community group most interested in the planting, trimming and tidying of planters and beds in many of Bayfield’s public gardens. In addition, they take part in outings like the visit to the Damsma’s home as well as garden tours.

People who have an interest in gardening, flowers, vegetables or the environment may want to consider joining the garden club. Members are eligible for discounts at many of the local garden centres.

Memberships to the club can be purchased for $10 by contacting Nancy Kale at: Please include your name, address and email address. For additional information please contact Lori Hill at 519 565-5278 or email

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Melody Falconer-Pounder

Thanksgiving approaches. For me it is more than just the bringing in of the harvest. And it is even greater than sitting down to a lovely turkey dinner with all the trimmings with our nearest and dearest. Although all of those things are truly important and not taken for granted. But there is something else that makes this time of year extra special – it is a time to focus on gratitude. And what I am grateful for this year is connection. Something that has been sorely lacking in the COVID era and perhaps something we all took for granted in the seasons leading up to 2020. 

I had the opportunity to go to a party on Sunday afternoon and it was such a lovely time to see and visit with so many members of the community that I hadn’t had a chance to see and connect with in the last couple of years while we were being distant, trying our best to keep each other healthy. 

Many warm and genuine hugs were shared and so many exclamations of “It’s so good to see you!” were expressed. 

It was so lovely to feel connected to the people in our community again. It is a quality that is hard to measure but anyone who has spent a season or two in Bayfield will understand what I mean and why this makes me feel so truly grateful. 

A blessed Thanksgiving to you all, my dear readers. – Melody 

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