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The Bayfield BreezeIssue 725 Week 23 Vol 14

May 31, 2023


Issue 725 Week 23 Vol 14
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This original Penhale landau carriage returned to the village in August of 2022. Plans are currently underway to construct a display barn for it but fundraising is required. (Submitted photo)

The Bayfield Lions Club and Bayfield Historical Society (BHS) are delighted to announce the launch of the “Penhale Carriage Barn Raiser,” a community-driven campaign, aimed at honoring the historical significance of Tom Penhale’s Horse-Drawn Wagons and Carriages to the village.

The goal of this fundraiser is to construct a reproduction of a Bayfield two-cow barn as a permanent home for an original Penhale Landau carriage. This new structure will be situated behind the Archive Building, the home of the BHS, located at 20 Main Street North.

In a show of tremendous generosity, an anonymous donor has pledged to match all donations made to the “Penhale Carriage Barn Raiser” fundraiser up to a maximum of $15,000 through July 1st. This incredible opportunity allows community members to double the impact of their contributions and make an even greater difference in preserving the rich heritage of Bayfield.

To commemorate the launch and express gratitude to the community, the Bayfield Lions Club is sponsoring a “Wine and Cheese” evening. It has been planned for tonight (May 31) at the Bayfield Town Hall from 5-7 p.m. Please note there is a cash bar. All fundraising costs for this project are being borne by the local Lions Club.  Every donated dollar will go to the acquisition of the carriage and the construction of the barn.

During this special event attendees will have the opportunity to explore the captivating history of the Penhale Landau, a magnificent carriage crafted by Bayfield Wagon & Carriage Works. Organizers are thrilled to share that local dignitaries as well as members of Tom’s family – his wife, Carol, and their son, Rick, will be in attendance

The “Penhale Carriage Barn Raiser” welcomes anyone interested in learning more about this project and supporting the cause. Attendees can contribute through their presence at the event or make a direct donation online at Donations of $25 and above will be eligible for a tax receipt, while contributions of $1,000 or more will be honored with a commemorative plaque prominently displayed on the building.

Tom Penhale, a native of Huron County, cultivated his skills on a farm, becoming adept at constructing and repairing his own equipment. These skills eventually led him to create some of the most magnificent horse-drawn carriages in North America, garnering recognition from renowned clients such as Disney, the Rose Bowl Parade Grand Marshall, Westin Hotel, Kauai, Hawaii; and Wells Fargo. The “Penhale Carriage Barn Raiser” seeks to pay homage to his legacy and the significant impact he had on the village of Bayfield.

For further updates on this project, stay tuned to the Bayfield Lions Club, Bayfield Historical Society, and Bayfield Chamber of Commerce social media pages. More historical information can be found at

Working together the community can preserve this rich part of Bayfield’s heritage for generations to come.


Millie is excited for the Walk for Dog Guides this Sunday, June 4th. (Photo by Suzan Johnson)

The Bayfield Lions Walk for Dog Guides will take place on Sunday June 4th .  Dog guides play a crucial role in the lives of Canadians with disabilities by guiding their handlers through their daily lives and by getting help when it’s needed most. The local Lion’s organization have planned a number of events for this day including guest speakers, a visit from Bayfield’s own Essex, an agility demonstration and a hot dog stand!

Bayfield People and Canine Community (PACC) believe this event to be a most worthy endeavor and they would like to encourage residents and visitors alike to support this cause. The Lions have invited folks to set up team, or individual, on-line donation links and Bayfield PACC has now been added to this list of supporters.

People can visit the Bayfield PACC link and join their team effort at Bayfield PACC Walk for Dog Guides.  

As outlined on the Lions Foundation website, a donation to this cause enables the foundation to fulfil their mission to empower Canadians with disabilities to navigate their world with confidence and independence by providing Dog Guides at no cost to them and supporting each pair in their journey together.   Bayfield PACC members look forward to seeing others in Clan Gregor Square on Saturday, the location for the start and conclusion of the walk!

Bayfield People and Canine Community, Inc. (Bayfield PACC) is a registered “not-for-profit” in Ontario with a volunteer executive management team and volunteer board of directors. Bayfield PACC is supported by an active group of responsible dog owners and volunteers in the community and by like-minded friends of Bayfield PACC on Facebook and Instagram. For more information please visit:

People are invited to please contact PACC if they have any questions or suggestions for suitable off leash locations.  Individuals can also become an official PACC member by clicking on the membership button on the website!


The Bayfield Centre for the Arts (BCA) will be hosting a fantastic art exhibition of images painted of Bayfield as featured in the book published in 2015 titled, “Reflections of Bayfield – Images Across the Decades” compiled by Barbara Brown and Joyce Lambert. (Submitted photo)

The “Reflections of Bayfield” Art Exhibition presented by the Bayfield Centre For The Arts (BCA) and the Bayfield Historical Society (BHS) and Archives is a celebration of the creative essence and beauty found in this village that has made it a destination for artists and art-lovers over many years.

The Art Exhibition will be showcased at the Bayfield Town Hall on June 10-11 – Saturday, 2-7 p.m. and Sunday, noon to 4 p.m.  Admission is free but donations at the door would be appreciated.

This is a one time only, innovative Art Exhibition of sketches and paintings found in the book of the same name…all images are of Bayfield painted by past artists! Included will be important paintings of Bayfield by JW (Jack) McLaren, who was once invited to become a member of the Group of Seven.

Because an amazing exhibition wouldn’t be complete without an opportunity for people to actually pick up a brush…an additional component of the project is a two-day en plein air painting workshop called, “The Tradition Continues”. To be held on June 7 and 8, this workshop will teach artists to paint Main St and the Bayfield Harbour. And some art will be for sale!

The book that is the inspiration for this show is available for purchase at The Village Bookshop for $35 with all proceeds going to the BHS. The Village Bookshop is located at 24 Main Street North.


The Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society (BTHHS) will be hosting several concerts this year to raise funds to continue in their efforts to maintain and enjoy the Bayfield Town Hall. Music lovers can look forward to three concerts this summer with three tribute bands sharing their talents from Canada Day to Bayfield Community Fair weekend.

“The Groove”, a nine-piece disco band based in London, ON, will perform on the outdoor stage at the Bayfield Town Hall on Saturday, July 1st. They are sure to perform people’s favorite hits from the disco era including the “Bee Gees”, “Donna Summer”, “KC and the Sunshine Band”, and more! Attendees are encouraged to represent the 1970s by dressing in their disco finest and to head on up to the “dance floor”.

The gates for this concert open at 6 p.m. with the band getting their groove on starting at 7 p.m. Tickets are available now for $25 per person.

Civic Holiday weekend will bring “Crazy Diamonds”, a Pink Floyd Tribute Band from Kitchener, ON to the outdoor stage at the town hall. This is a great opportunity for Pink Floyd fans to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the release of Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side Of The Moon” album and hear it in its entirety.  The band will also perform other Pink Floyd classics.

The gates for this outdoor concert open at 7 p.m. with the tribute beginning at 8 p.m. Tickets are selling for $40.

For both of these concerts a cash bar selling beer and wine will be available. Those who attend are asked to bring their own chair.

And then on the third weekend in August, the BTHHS and the Bayfield Agricultural Society are joining forces to bring a “Rock Revival” to the Bayfield Community Fair! Two bands – “ZED” and “Southern Fried” – will take over the Bayfield Fairgrounds at Agricultural Park on Saturday, Aug. 19.

ZED will bring Led Zeppelin’s rock to life as this band faithfully recreates the sound of Led Zeppelin’s studio albums to an astonishing level of accuracy while also capturing the magical aura of the Led Zeppelin live experience.

Established in 2003, Southern Fried has been stunning audiences with a true experience of Southern rock music. They have been hailed as simply the most authentic-sounding Lynyrd Skynyrd tribute anywhere!

Tickets are $30. Fairground gates for this Rock Revival will open at 6:30 p.m. while the concert will start at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available now for $30. There will be a cash bar. Attendees are asked to bring their own chair.

Tickets for all the concerts listed in this summer line-up can be purchased online by visiting:


Anyone who was in Bayfield in late October 2020 will remember Bayfield native and Director Brad Turner and his film crew coming to the village to shoot “Trigger Point”. In advance of the film’s sold-out village debut on June 7 Bayfield Indie Film Series thought it would be fun to reminisce with a few residents about that time.

Sandy Wallace and Clare Brenner of the Bayfield Garage both agreed it was a great, once in a lifetime experience. They also couldn’t get over how friendly and down-to-earth the actors and the crew were.

Wallace loved seeing the behind the scenes movie magic.

“It was a lot more involved than I would have thought,” she said.

And Brenner was amazed with the attention to detail. Every scene was shot more than once and much time was spent choosing the best version. At one point in the filming, Brenner was tasked with making some background noise with a drill and had to watch carefully as Turner signalled for the exact time for him to begin.

Don McIlwain, owner of the Bayfield Garage, went to school with Turner. Turner explained to McIlwain that one of the reasons he wanted to have Bayfield Garage in the film was because his dad had been a partner in the garage in the 50s. McIlwain also enjoyed the experience of how a film is made.

“Impressive…amazing what it took to shoot a two-minute scene. There were so many people and they were so well organized,” he recalled.

McIlwain was also thrilled to meet Barry Pepper, a real professional. He remembered being impressed with Pepper as he watched him give advice to another actor and the garage owner smiled when he remembered seeing Pepper doing push-ups in front of the garage so that he would look winded as he came in from the car chase scene.

Bayfield Indie Film Series suggests that when visiting the Bayfield Garage, people should take a look at the front wall. McIlwain has the NY State licence plate used on one of the cars in the film displayed on the wall, signed by all the actors as a memento. It’s difficult to notice at first glance, but the fake licence plates were all made of cardboard!

Wayne McDougall and Paula Foley, co-owners of Renegades Diner also have fond memories of the film shooting. Both enjoyed seeing the “nuts and bolts” of movie making! They also commented that all the actors and members of the production crew were incredibly warm and kind.

They also couldn’t believe that it took almost a full day to shoot one very short scene. They watched the filming of the scene where Colm Feore filled up his car at the gas pumps and were later surprised when they watched the movie to see that a cityscape of tall buildings had been computer generated and placed behind the the former Cheese Nook, so that it looked like a cityscape instead of a small town.

At the former The Lake House of Bayfield, Bayfield Indie Film Series was offered a peek at the Lake Home Diner menu that had been created for the film. It was definitely a far cry from the Lake House menu!

And finally, Bayfield Indie Film Series spoke with Christina Hudson from The Little Inn of Bayfield who said to watch for the scene with the sniper shots. This scene was filmed at the corner of the upper veranda of this historic accommodation.

As mentioned earlier Bayfield Indie Film Series is thrilled to offer the first public showing of Trigger Point in the village to a sold-out crowd! For those lucky enough to secure tickets there will be a short Q & A with Turner and Executive Producer, Jessica Petelle at 7p.m., with the film beginning after that. The doors of the Bayfield Town Hall will open at 6:30 p.m.

Please email if more information is required.


Save the date for the 74th annual Rummage Sale and Silent Auction presented by the Pioneer Park Association upcoming on Friday, July 14  at the Bayfield Arena and Community Centre.

Not only is the Rummage Sale the largest revenue generating event to support and maintain Pioneer Park, it is also the event that pulls the Bayfield community together and kicks off the summer season.

A large part of the success of the Rummage Sale is the Silent Auction. Every year Pioneer Park members and the Bayfield community generously donate specialty items, gift baskets, gift certificates and experiences unique to the Silent Auction tables. Popular ideas for fun experiences are Blue Jay tickets or tickets to a play or performance, a private weekend cottage getaway, or an afternoon boat cruise on Lake Huron. New ideas for enjoyable experiences are always welcome. Other items of interest include rare antiques, framed artwork, silver-plate, fine china and crystal and other collectibles.

The Silent Auction team has begun gathering items for this year’s event. To donate something special for the silent auction table, please reach out to with “Silent Auction” in the subject line.

Donation drop-off dates for the Rummage Sale are June 10, June 17 and June 24 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Quonset Hut on Hwy. 21, just north of Bayfield – 76614 Bluewater Highway.

The following items are always very popular and in great demand: indoor and outdoor furniture (nothing too heavy); tables and chairs; linens, towels, draperies; antiques and collectibles; housewares including, dishes, glasses, pots and pans; baskets; purses and jewellery; garden decor and garden tools; tools of all sorts; decorative items including figurines, vases, framed mirrors and art prints; festive decorations; adult and children’s games, books and puzzles; DVD’s, record albums and stereo equipment; floor lamps and table lamps; sporting goods are very popular; all recreational items including bicycles; home electronics and small appliances.

The following items are not acceptable: mattresses of any size; sofas and sofa beds along with any large, heavy furniture; children’s furniture, strollers, damaged or soiled toys; no large appliances or televisions; monitors, printers or fax machines; Christmas trees, strings of lights; clothing, shoes or hats; Tupperware, plastic utensils, water bottles, lone coffee mugs; plastic garden pots; life jackets or bike helmets; window blinds with pull strings; unframed mirrors and no used candles.



According to volunteers with Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines (BFF) they know Spring has truly arrived when kitten season hits.

“We currently have 52 kittens in foster care with more expectant mothers in the wings. Get your name in early for the kitten of your dreams,” said Mary Pounder, representing BFF.

Little darlings, Henry, Jasper, Tippy and Austen are the Adopt a BFF kittens of the week. They, plus many more, will shortly be looking for their forever homes.

In the meantime, BFF is desperate for supplies, funds and people.

“If you should stop in at Pet Valu in Goderich, you can purchase some soft Performatrin Kitten food for all these little mouths. Just have them earmark it for BFF,” explained Pounder.

Of course monetary donations are always appreciated to offset the cost of all the medical expenses. Donations can be e-transferred to the email below. Currently, there is a Go Fund Me campaign being run to encourage more donations for BFF. For more information visit: Go Fund Me – BFF.

“We are also seeking people to help out with a shift cleaning and feeding at our shelter or, perhaps you would like to temporarily take in a cat or kittens to foster until they find their forever homes,” she added.

Anyone who has questions about any of their volunteer positions, should not hesitate to contact them at

“We’d love to welcome you to the team,” said Pounder.

The adoption fee is now $250. Adopted cats are vetted, shots are up-to-date and they are also spayed or neutered.


Barry Detenbeck is a Bayfielder now living with Alzheimer’s Disease. For the second year in a row, his wife Gayle organized a local walk in his honor and invited the community to join her. The “BarryStrong Walk for Alzheimer’s” was held on Saturday, May 27 with participants departing from the Clan Gregor Square gazebo. The response was terrific and Gayle would like to thank everyone who participated in the BarryStrong team walk and fundraiser to end Alzheimer’s. (Photo by Gary Lloyd-Rees)


June 1st is the date that has been set for the return of the Bayfield Dining for Seniors Program after a three year hiatus and organizers couldn’t be more thrilled.

This dining program offers the opportunity for seniors, 60 years and older, to partake in a social gathering with their peers and enjoy a delicious full course meal.

The program will be held at the Bayfield Community Centre starting at noon on the first and third Thursday of each month at a cost of $12 per person.

Diners will need to register with Leslie Bald at 519 565-5637 by noon on the Monday prior to the Thursday meal, so there is an accurate count on the number of participants.

Volunteers for preparation and serving are always needed. This can be a very satisfying volunteer activity. Please contact Bud Robinson at 519 440-8189 to become a volunteer.


St. Andrew’s United Church is pleased to welcome Rev. Elise Feltrin as guest minister on Sunday, June 11.

Many in the community will be familiar with Feltrin as she was the minister at St. Andrew’s from 2013-2020 and a very active member of the community before moving to British Columbia.

The service will begin at 11 a.m. with refreshments to follow. All are welcome.


Trinity St. James Anglican Church hosts two services a week that members of the community are most welcome to attend.

Services are held on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. and Sundays at 11 a.m.

The next Men’s Breakfast at Trinity St. James will be held on Saturday, June 3rd and men in the community are invited to attend. Coffee will be served at 9 a.m. with breakfast following at about 9:30 a.m. This is a pay what you are able event. To ensure enough food is available anyone planning to attend is asked to please email John Pounder at prior to June 1st .

Trinity St. James Anglican church is located at 10 Keith Crescent in Bayfield.


Bayfield International Croquet Club (BICC) is thrilled to host the Croquet Canada National Championship Tournament from June 8-11. Twenty-six top players from across North America will compete over four days in this prestigious event.

BICC encourages all local residents to come out and watch the play. Organizers share that it’s a very exciting time!

This Tournament happens in both Bayfield at 100 David St. and at the Seaforth Lawn Bowling Club at 127 Main St. S. in Seaforth. The games rum from 8 a.m. to approximately 5 p.m. daily.


Friends of Bayfield Library (FOBL) is pleased to announce a “Red Table Book Sale” at the Bayfield Public Library starting on June 28.

This “book sale reimagined” will replace the regular August book sale at the library for this year. The Red Table Book Sale will be held inside the library during regular library hours from June 28 to Aug. 31.

All books displayed on the Red Table will be available for purchase with a financial donation. The table will be regularly stocked with books while supplies last. With two full months of book browsing, this will be a great opportunity for everyone to stock up on summer and autumn reading!

To make this book sale a success, FOBL is asking for donations of used books in very good condition. Fiction, non-fiction, and children’s books are welcome. Due to limited space on the Red Table, the following items will no longer be accepted: cookbooks, coffee table books, travel books, CDs, DVDs, puzzles, and games.

Book donation drop-off dates are Thursday, June 22 from noon to 5 p.m. and Friday, June 23 from 9 a.m. to noon at the library.


Members of the Bayfield Lions Club were busy raising awareness for this Sunday’s annual “Walk for Dog Guides” at their Community Breakfast held at the Bayfield Arena on May 21. (Photo by Jack Pal)

The Bayfield Lions Club is hosting “The Walk for Dog Guides” this Sunday, June 4th starting in Clan Gregor Square.

In 1999 the average cost per dog to raise and fully train, was $6,000.  It is now approximately $35,000.  The program has expanded to include  a multitude of services, these are: Canine Vision, Hearing, Service, Seizure Response, Autism Assistance, Diabetic Alert and Facility Support.

“We appreciate the support of the community and hope that you will continue to do so to help us meet this growing need.  All proceeds go directly to the Dog Guides,” said Karen Scott, one of the Lions involved in organizing the event. “Last year, our small village was number 20 in all of Canada for the amount of money raised.  Way to go all!  Let’s work on achieving at least that this year.”

Following the walk, the Lions will have guest speakers, fun for the dogs, and door prizes for the walkers with completed pledge forms.

“So get your pledge sheets, or sponsor someone, bring your dogs, and come out to have some fun while we continue to support those who are in need of Dog Guides,” said Scott.

Registration will take place at 9:30 a.m. and the walk will start at 10 a.m.

Pledge sheets and further information still available.  Please contact Karen Scott at or 226 441-2042.


VHS Run For Kids LogoThe Virtual High School’s (VHS) Run4Kids is back!

All are invited to join in the event to be held in Bayfield on Saturday, June 17. Runners and walkers will set off at 9 a.m. for a 5 km run or 3 km walk in support of Rural Response for Healthy Children.

There are many prizes to be won, and swag bags and t-shirts will be available on a first come, first served basis. This event is for runners of all ages, and is a great activity for families to enjoy together. Participants can also enjoy on-site activities at the Registration Centre located at the Virtual High School, 27 Bayfield Main Street N, in Bayfield.

To learn more or to register visit


Join in the fun – be part of the parade – just like this member of the Stratford Police Band was in 2019! (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)

The Bayfield Agricultural Society (BAS) is very pleased to announce that several people from the community have come forward to plan and coordinate a parade for the Bayfield Community Fair this year. What this means is that the BAS will be able to put on a full community parade for the first time since 2019!

The dates for this year’s Fair are Aug. 18-20 with the parade taking place on Main Street on Saturday, Aug 19 at 11 a.m.

The parade organizers are eager to get started on the parade planning. The first order of business is getting all the parade entries lined up.

Members of the community are encouraged to enter a float or group to represent their organization, business, community group, or neighborhood. This is a great opportunity to get exposure for a business or organization. Musicians, dance groups, classic cars, vintage tractors, campgrounds – all are welcome! This year’s Fair theme is “A Tractor Life for me in 2023”. Organizers are hoping that it is easy to have some fun with this year’s theme.

Parade organizer Jenny Shanahan added, “We look forward to coming together with this year’s Bayfield Fair parade after a long break and celebrating all that’s special about our community.”

Anyone interested in entering a float or being part of the parade is asked to email with a few details. The parade organizers are also looking for extra volunteers to help out on the day of the parade. Anyone who can spare a few hours on the morning of Aug. 19 is asked to send an email to the address above.

Over the coming weeks leading up to the Fair, there will be regular announcements made through the Bayfield Breeze and on social media. Lots of fun events and activities are in the works, so check back often and stay tuned! To learn more please visit:;;


For the second consecutive year those Bayfield Area Food Bank clients that wished to receive the necessities to grow a patio garden were presented with them during May distribution day. (Submitted photo)

On May 17, the Bayfield Area Food Bank (BAFB) was able to distribute donated food seed packages to interested food bank clients.

These food seed packages are a project that started last spring that was coordinated by a local avid gardener. These kits came with most of the gardening elements required to grow a patio garden, with a portion packaged as an attractive gift basket.

Some of the gardening elements included about 20-25 packages of vegetable seeds, onions and garlic bulbs, plant seedlings, sprouted seed potatoes, 14 pots of various sizes, bagged potting soil, bagged container mix, organic fertilizers, garden gloves, a trowel, plant markers and felt pen, a decorative, galvanized “Flowers and Garden” container, garden advice with a poem and a greeting card of encouragement.

None of these types of projects could happen without the cooperation of local community members, and local businesses. Involved in this particular project by donating items were: Verbeek’s Farm and Garden Market, in Clinton; Art’s Landscaping Garden Centre and Peaveymart, in Goderich; Greyhaven Gardens, near Londesborough; and Huron Ridge Greenhouses near Zurich.

In addition, several individuals from the Bayfield area were each able to supply a range of useful items from vermiculite to gardening gloves that filled out the garden elements list from above. Also on pickup day, an additional selection of seeds were available for last minute gardeners.

To date, feedback from the BAFB clients who chose to be part of this program has been very positive.


The Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) will be hosting two specially themed hikes during the month of June.

On Saturday, June 10 at 10 a.m. the BRVTA is proud to host their First Annual Pride Hike in recognition of Pride Month. All are welcome with a special invitation to members of the LGBTQAI2S+ community. The hike will be on the Woodland Trail but participants will meet at the gazebo in Clan Gregor Square in the village.  The hike from there is 5 km and will last about 90 minutes.  Dogs on leash welcome. For more info please go to or contact Blasting at the email listed above or by calling 519 525-3205.

This hike is being offered in association with the first Huron County Pride Festival to be held in the Courthouse Square in Goderich also on June 10. This full day of Pride fun and community will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  More information is available at

The annual National Indigenous Peoples Day hike will take place on Saturday, June 17 at 10 a.m. at the Varna Nature Trails on Mill Road, 1 km west of Varna. Organizers will welcome Jordan George as their special guest. Jordan is a Kettle and Stony Point member who specializes in Indigenous research. He will share the history of Indigenous peoples in the Bayfield area. He has recently collaborated with the Bayfield Historical Society. To learn more about the First Nations on the Huron Tract and to meet Jordan, go to All are welcome for the hike including canine companions.

The schedule is subject to change, so always check for updates in the Bayfield Breeze, the BRVTA Facebook page and the Municipality of Bluewater events calendar, or contact the hike coordinator. His contact info is listed above.


Talented Lego builders showcased their story telling abilities at the April meeting of the Bayfield Lego Club. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)

Families with an interest in Lego design and creativity are invited to come and further “their love for the brick” again this month when the fourth meeting of the Bayfield Lego Club will be held Saturday, June 17.

The club’s fourth session will take place from 10-11:30 a.m. in the Parish Hall at Trinity St James Anglican Church and will be sponsored by the Optimist Club of Bayfield.

Bayfield Lego Club is open to all children ages four and up accompanied by an adult. Bricks will be provided for use at the meetings and participants will be encouraged to build a creation of their own accord or based on a monthly theme. Following a time on display in the Parish Hall the projects will be broken down by volunteers to make the bricks available for use at the next meeting.

Trinity St James Anglican Church is located at 10 Keith Crescent in Bayfield.


The volunteers with the Bayfield Area Food Bank  are always amazed at the ongoing generosity of donors. At this time their inventory is low on such items as crackers as well as personal hygiene products like bath soap, deodorant, toothpaste and shampoo. In addition the shelves could use restocking in feminine hygiene products such as pads and tampons.

BAFB now has a new dedicated phone number: 519 525-8286. People can also contact the food bank via email at

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 listed above or a donation can be received on-line through the website.


Bayfield Food Bank Logo

Last week the Bayfield Area Food Bank (BAFB) offered up a tease for trivia buffs as they are planning a “Summer Solstice Trivia” in support of their cause! This week all is revealed regarding the event set for June 21.

The venue chosen for Summer Solstice Trivia is the large pavilion at the Bayfield International Croquet Club located at 100 David Street in the village. This event presents a great opportunity to support people in the community currently facing food insecurity. BAFB now reportedly has over 80 users.

Celebrate the longest day of the year at what promises to be a fun-filled evening running from 7-10 p.m.

All proceeds from this event will go to the BAFB. Teams of six may be entered for $600. Solo players are most welcome and may participate for $100 and organizers will arrange a team for them! Entry fees represent a charitable contribution and will be tax deductible.

Wine and beer will be available at cost – sorry, but that’s not deductible!

To enter, please contact Dave MacLaren via email at or by calling 519 565-5480.


Trinity St James is looking for some community assistance in maintaining their beautiful gardens this season. This would be the perfect opportunity for people with an interest in gardening to both learn and share skills in horticulture. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)

Nestled behind the oldest Anglican Church building in Huron County can be found one of Bayfield’s best kept secrets – a garden that its caretakers would love to share with the community both as a tranquil place to meditate, sit and read, or enjoy lunch, as well as a place to learn new skills and take pleasure in the beauty of gardening.

Trinity St. James Anglican Church is in need of some volunteer gardeners to help with the upkeep of this most serene and beautiful spot.

“No gardening experience is needed,” said Barb Graham Scott, representing Trinity St James. “We are asking if people would be willing to spare one hour a week to help with weeding and watering? You can choose to look after your own little spot on your own time or meet with others to garden together.”

Trinity St. James garden volunteers will meet regularly on Wednesdays starting at 8:30 a.m.

Please call Hattie Alcock at 519 955-6033 or Barb Graham Scott at 519 318-0708 for more information.

Trinity St James Anglican Church is located at 10 Keith Crescent in the village.


Come and get creative with a variety of fun craft supplies on Tuesday afternoons at the Bayfield Branch Library.

“Crafternoons” will be held for one hour starting at 4:30 p.m.

This is a drop-in program with no registration required – just show up and start crafting!


The Forest Gene Conservation Association (FGCA) and Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) are creating a five-acre Butternut Archive Orchard at ABCA’s Triebner Tract northwest of Exeter. The FGCA and ABCA have entered a 15-year agreement for the establishment, ongoing maintenance and monitoring of the orchard, to help to protect the endangered Butternut tree species. FGCA is funding the orchard with help from species at risk funding from the Ontario Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP).

“Butternut has historically been an important part of our local forests but it has been almost decimated by Butternut canker,” said Ian Jean, ABCA Forestry and Land Stewardship specialist. “Thanks to the work and funding from the Forest Gene Conservation Association we are taking an important step towards Butternut recovery.”

Butternut is a species at risk throughout its natural range in Canada and the United States. Butternut is impacted by Butternut Canker (Ophiognomonia clavigignenti-juglandacearum) which is a fungus that affects the cambial layer of Butternut usually causing tree mortality. Once a common tree throughout eastern North America, Butternut is now uncommon and is listed as endangered under the Ontario’s provincial Endangered Species Act (ESA). Healthy Butternut are very rare and now considered too few and too far apart for natural recovery.

Heather Zurbrigg is Manager of Species Conservation with the FGCA. She thanked ABCA for being a partner on the Butternut Archive Orchard project.

“Ausable Bayfield Conservation is an important partner of ours and we are very excited to be embarking on the creation of this orchard with them,” she said. “This is the sixth and, most likely, final orchard in our butternut archiving program.  We are lucky to be partnering on this project with such enthusiastic and capable people who understand the importance of the recovery of this endangered species.”

FGCA has established five Butternut Archive Orchards across Ontario to facilitate Butternut Recovery. Upper Thames River Conservation Authority also has had an existing partnership agreement and Butternut archive orchard at Pittock Conservation Area since 2016. Butternut trees on the landscape throughout the natural range of Butternut that are showing tolerance to the Butternut Canker are the foundation of the FGCA archiving recovery efforts. Archive orchards are planted with grafted trees grown from scions (twigs) collected from these healthy Butternut. Establishing archive orchards will enable cross-pollination and future seed production between tolerant trees to aid in the re-introduction of healthy Butternut on the landscape and recovery of Butternut in Ontario.

The partners in the Butternut Archive Orchard project at Triebner Tract are planning a ground-breaking ceremony for later this summer for the Triebner Tract site.

The 100-acre Triebner Tract property was purchased by ABCA from the Triebner family in 2009. The property protects 60 acres of mature swamp forest within the Hay Swamp Provincially Significant Wetland Complex.  The conservation authority has restored a mix of wetlands and forests on about 40 acres of the property to enhance the existing natural habitat. ABCA completed initial planting and wetland restoration work on 10 acres in 2011 and has been restoring the remaining 30 acres in 2022 and 2023. The Butternut Archive Orchard will complement the naturalization efforts on the property.

Benefits of ABCAs partnership with FGCA include:

  • Opportunity for ABCA to contribute to Butternut Recovery in Ontario. Butternut was an important tree for wildlife. Historically, the nuts were a food source for First Nations peoples and settlers.
  • Future partnership and promotional opportunities associated with Butternut recovery efforts.

The FGCA is a not-for-profit organization in Ontario. FGCA’s goal is to assist forest practitioners to conserve and augment the genetic diversity of forests through Species Conservation, Seed Management Expertise, Climate Change Adaptation, and Education and Advocacy. FGCA partners with the government, forestry sector, not-for-profit organizations, landowners, conservation authorities and other groups on projects across southern Ontario.


Close to 50 drainage engineers and municipal drainage superintendents, from southwestern Ontario, toured municipal drains in Huron and Lambton counties on Wednesday, May 17 to learn about rural green infrastructure and best practices for municipal drains. Attendees visited a number of sites with examples of innovative practices.

Lambton Shores Drainage Superintendent Ryan Griffin provided a tour of a pump drain system and pump house in the Thedford-Klondyke Marsh Area. This low-lying area has no natural outlet for the drained lands so water must be pumped up into the Ausable River and Parkhill Creek. This highly valuable farmland requires effective drainage and it must also meet the demands of water irrigation for crops. This balance is achieved by working with property owners to ensure their needs can be met.

At the Steenstra Drain, Geoff King, Drainage superintendent for the Municipalities of Bluewater and Central Huron, led discussions on innovative drainage design. Participants learned how integrating nature-based solutions, such as wetlands, and off-line sediment traps, can improve the movement of sediment and water within a watershed. The next stop was the Scott Drain north of Blyth where Maitland Conservation and local landowners have spearheaded several innovative approaches that demonstrate the potential of municipal drainage design. Under the Drainage Act, the definition of a drain is “…a drain constructed by any means.” King, with help from Professional Engineer Jeff Dickson, of R.J. Burnside & Associates Limited (Burnside), fully utilized that definition and incorporated a number of green infrastructure projects at the site that met the needs of the drainage community and the health of the watershed.

Christopher Pfohl, Senior Aquatic ecologist, from Burnside, demonstrated natural channel design at the Scott Drain. The project design considers the movement of water and sediment utilizing natural channel concepts and providing fish habitat opportunities in the drain design. Watershed Biologist Sarah Snetsinger, of St. Clair Region Conservation Authority, spoke on tile outlet design and the impact it can have on erosion and maintenance needs. Davin Heinbuck, Water Resources coordinator with Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA), spoke on sinkholes, buffers, and two-stage ditches.

Partners from the Healthy Lake Huron initiative hosted the municipal drainage tour. To learn more about Healthy Lake Huron visit the website at

Funding for the tour of the municipal drainage innovation project is gratefully acknowledged from the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs of the Province of Ontario.


On May 23, the Huron County Food Bank Distribution Centre was the recipient of a generous supply of chicken and many involved with the project joined politicians from both the federal and provincial levels in acknowledging the donation. (Submitted photo)

On May 23, Member of Parliament for Huron-Bruce, Ben Lobb and the Honourable Lisa Thompson, Ontario Minister of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs, and Member of Provincial Parliament for Huron-Bruce, joined Chicken Farmers of Ontario (CFO) and Yorkshire Valley Farms for a donation showcase event of safe, healthy, locally-grown chicken to the Huron County Food Bank Distribution Centre (HCFBDC).

“This event is an important recognition of the collaboration that takes place within our agri-food sector. The support from Chicken Farmers of Ontario and Yorkshire Valley Farms to provide this significant donation is admirable and I want to thank both organizations for setting such a positive example in the community, while looking out for people when they are experiencing difficult times. CFO certainly cares!” commented Thompson.

Chicken farmers, in partnership with Yorkshire Valley Farms, announced a donation of 1,400 kilograms of chicken, which will contribute to over 12,000 meals for families and individuals in need, through the HCFBDC.

The donation of chicken was made through the “CFO Cares: Farmers to Food Banks” program, which enables chicken farmers to donate their chicken to food banks across Ontario. The CFO Cares: Farmers to Food Banks program contributes over 1 million meals a year to local food banks.

“I would like to thank the Chicken Farmers of Ontario for continuing to show their community spirit and willingness to give back to those across the Province and particularly here in Huron-Bruce. The contribution through the CFO Cares: Farmers to Food Bank program will make a difference to our neighbors who are struggling with the rising cost of living by providing healthy, nourishing, local poultry to tables across Huron County,” said Lobb.

Chicken Farmers of Ontario represent 1,300 family-run farms, in over 330 communities across the province. Ontario’s chicken farmers are an integral part of the value chain that supports 23,000 jobs and contributes over $5 billion in economic activity each year. The CFO Cares: Farmers to Food Banks program helps fight hunger in Ontario by enabling farmers to donate their chicken to food banks in their community — and across Ontario. This program facilitates a donation of 300 chickens (700 kg) from each participating chicken farmer, each year, to local food banks.

“Thanks to the continued support of the Ontario chicken farming community, since 2015, the CFO Cares: Farmers to Food Banks program has donated over eight million chicken meals. Proteins, like chicken, are among some of the most-needed items at food banks and we want to ensure that every Ontarian can access safe, healthy, nutritious, locally-grown chicken,” said Board Director for CFO Cares and District 4, Andrea Veldhuizen.

Farmer-founded in 2010 with the goal to make food matter more, Yorkshire Valley Farms has grown to become Canada’s leading organic poultry brand, offering a range of fresh and frozen organic chicken, turkey and egg products. Guided by the desire to build a stable, fair and thriving food system, Yorkshire Valley Farms strives to deliver great tasting organic food products that promote equitable supply chains, leverage environmentally sound regenerative practices, and build resilient communities.

“We believe everyone thrives on good food. So, we are pleased to work with the CFO Cares program to help more nutritious meals reach more people. The product being distributed today through the Huron County Food Bank will support communities where some of our farmers and employees live. Initiatives like this are an important part of how Yorkshire Valley Farms works towards our mission to ‘Make Food Matter More’,” said President and CEO for Yorkshire Valley Farms, James Sculthorpe.

“The Huron County Food Bank Distribution Centre is most grateful to the local farmers who are part of the CFO donation program, for the gifts of chicken we receive. The Distribution Centre delivers the chicken along with other healthy foods to the regional food banks, aid agencies and our mobile food truck program. So many families, including two parent working families, are finding it hard to feed their families. Seniors struggle as well to eat three meals a day as their pension cheques cannot keep up with the cost of living. On behalf of the clients who receive the gifts of meat, thank you for your care and compassion. Your support will accomplish amazing things! Together we can eliminate hunger!” commented Mary Ellen Zielman, Executive director of the HCFBDC.


Toto, we’re not in Kansas anymore… we’re in Grand Bend! This June, follow the Yellow Brick Road to the Huron Country Playhouse, where one of the greatest tales ever told will touch down – with a brand new twist. The beloved family panto tradition returns with an unforgettable take on the popular story Wizard of Oz, on the South Huron Stage June 7-25.

“‘Wizard of Oz: The Panto’ is pure family fun – it’s packed with outrageous characters, extravagant costumes, and lots of music and dancing that make it wildly entertaining for everyone, from kids to parents to grandparents,” said Artistic Director of Drayton Entertainment, Alex Mustakas “We love seeing three generations of theatregoers enjoying the magic of live theatre together.”

People are familiar with the story but they’ve never seen it like this! With its winning combination of incredible music, lively dancing, audience participation, and of course, a dash of theatrical magic, this fractured fairy tale brims with humor, heart, and adventure. A twisted take on the famed children’s story by L. Frank Baum, Wizard of Oz: The Panto follows Dorothy as she journeys over the rainbow and makes her way to Oz with the help of some newfound friends.

Leading this production down the Yellow Brick Road is Director and Choreographer David Connolly, who has helmed past hit productions at Huron Country Playhouse such as:  “Jack and the Beanstalk: The Panto”, “Cinderella: The Panto”, and “Disney’s Newsies”.

Connolly is joined by Music Director Jim Hodgkinson, Set Designer Jean Claude Olivier, Costume Designer Rachel Berchtold, and Lighting Designer Jeff Johnston Collins. The team also includes Stage Manager Amber Archbell, Assistant Stage Manager Nadene Riehl, and Apprentice Stage Manager Kirstyn Keeble.

Lia Luz takes on the role of the headstrong heroine, Dorothy. Luz’s musical theatre résumé includes Janet in “The Rocky Horror Show” at the Stirling Festival Theatre, Princess Slumber-Lee in “Sleeping Beauty: The Panto”, and Little Sally in “Urinetown” with Toronto Musical Concerts.

Dorothy would be lost without her faithful friends, the Lion, Scarecrow, and Tin Man. Recording artist and Season One finalist of “Canada’s Got Talent”, Stacey Kay displays her impeccable vocal range and comic timing as the cowardly Lion. Teddy Moynihan takes on the role of the lovable Scarecrow in search of a brain. Moynihan most recently appeared as the Wizard in the 2022 production of “Wizard of Oz: The Panto” and Drayton Entertainment’s 2022 production of “It Runs In The Family”. Complete with his oil can, Will Jeffs takes on the role of the endearing Tin Man. An award-winning artist, he was part of the London and World Arena Tour of “Jesus Christ Superstar”, and the UK Tours of “Love Me Tender” and “Blues Brothers”.

Others integral to the story are: Justin Bott, as Auntie Em; Tim Porter, as Harry Trotter; Paige Foskett, as Glinda the Good Witch; Bill Lake, as the Wicked Witch; and Will Parry as Toto.

George Absi, Dave Comeau, Kalie Hunter, Jaden Kim, Stephanie Pitsiladis and Ben Skipper, make up an impressive ensemble cast, which also features 24 local youth performers who appear in the show on a rotating schedule throughout the run alongside the professional company.

The children’s chorus performers include: Ocean Wuerth, of Ailsa Craig; Delaney Grover, of Alvinston; Finn Cofell, of Ayr; Miah McIntyre, of Exeter; Evelyn Den Otter, of Hensall; Mya Devereux and Noah Devereux, of Ilderton; Daxton Scurr, E.J. Scurr, and Rowyn Scurr, of Parkhill; Sidney Gingerich, of St. Joseph; Nolan McKee, of Stratford; Junior Van Geffen and Alison Weeks, of Strathroy; Gavin Sitter, of Thedford; Claire Steckle, of Zurich; as well as Dilynn Campbell, Raya Campbell, Madilynn Laidlow, Danica Novo, Tessa Pritchett-White, Taylor Reaume-Cunning, Fiona Smith, and Danielle Trampleasure, all of London.

All traditional pantos include audience participation, and Wizard of Oz: The Panto is no exception. Families and young spectators are encouraged to join in the fun by booing the Wicked Witch and singing along with familiar chart-topping songs by artists such as Lizzo, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, BTS, Alanis Morissette, Sarah Bareilles and many more.

Wizard of Oz: The Panto is proudly sponsored by Best Cooling Systems. The Design Sponsor is The Garden Gate Gifts & Florals.The Media Sponsors are Country 104.9 and AM980. The Season Media Sponsor is CTV.

Regular performance tickets are $55 for adults and $34 for youth under 20 years of age. Tickets for select Discount Dates and groups of 20 or more are $45, and small groups of 10-19 are $50. HST is applicable to all ticket prices. Tickets may be purchased by calling the Box Office at 519 238-6000 or toll free at 1-855-drayton (372-9866), or online at Huron Country Playhouse.


The Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance (HPHA) is thrilled to welcome Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry students to begin their learning and training with them during Discovery Week 2023, marking the 25th anniversary of this outstanding partnership. Discovery Week began on May 29.

The medical students’ placement stems from an ongoing partnership with Schulich Medicine, based at Western University in London, ON. For the past 25 years, as part of Discovery Week, all first-year medical students participate in immersive, one-week placements in health care settings across Southwestern Ontario.

During this week-long placement at HPHA, the medical students will be exposed to teamwork and collaboration undertaken within rural/regional sites and will have exciting opportunities to discover all the communities have to offer. By immersing medical students in the health care settings and communities in this way, the program helps these future physicians envision themselves living here and caring for the residents down the line.

“After getting a taste of life and medicine in a rural or regional community through opportunities like Discovery Week, many Schulich medical students return to practise upon completion of their training,” said Assistant Dean, Distributed Education, Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, Dr. George Kim. “We’re so grateful to collaborate with partners like HPHA, who welcome our medical students and give them unparalleled first-hand training experiences in their communities. Working together, we’re creating a cohort of physicians who are ready, willing and able to care for people across Ontario in a variety of settings.”

Twenty-eight Schulich students will become temporary members of the HPHA communities, giving them the opportunity to meet patients, experience unique health care systems and interact with colleagues – getting a fulsome experience of what a day in the life of a local health care provider would look like.

During Discovery Week 2023, more than 170 Schulich Medicine students will be placed in 29 participating communities, from Owen Sound to Windsor-Essex and Woodstock to along Lake Huron.


Plans for the first corporate challenge are underway, after a three-decade hiatus for this fun and zany afternoon for the business community.

After a tornado, a pandemic and the threat of a recession, the Huron Chamber of Commerce – Goderich, Central and North Huron are sure it’s the right time to bring business owners and staff together to challenge their brains and brawn, share a few laughs and try to capture the top three awards.

The Chamber and Engage Goderich have teamed up to present the Royal LePage Heartland Realty 2023 Corporate Challenge, with a nod of thanks to their title sponsor.

“Engage Goderich is extremely excited to bring the Corporate Challenge back and partnering with the Chamber of Commerce is a perfect fit for our newly formed board. Providing networking, connectivity, recognition and fun are all main pillars of what both organizations want to bring attention to in Goderich. We cannot wait to see all of our attendees having fun, making memories and starting an amazing tradition for their teams, hopefully for years to come,” said Ralph Rubino, who is a director on the boards of both organizations.

The Challenge will be held Friday, June 23 at the Memorial Arena, 180 McDonald St. in Goderich. Organizers expect the weather gods will co-operate and provide a warm-but-not-too-warm and sunny-but-not-too-sunny day to hang out outdoors. Should it rain, the event will head indoors.

Participants should check in at 12:30 p.m. The Opening Ceremonies will commence at 1 p.m. with competition to follow. The Closing Ceremonies and awards will be held at 4:30 p.m. and spectators are welcome.

“There’s a buzz out there. Whether they’re members or non-members, businesses are ready for the challenge. They’re ramping up their competitive spirit and gathering team players. Big brains or big muscles alone won’t win the top trophy. Every person brings their own set of skills to a team that will likely be called upon over the course of the afternoon,” said Heather Boa, who is operations manager for the Chamber.

A Chamber committee is sworn to secrecy on the zany competitions that are in the works. But they say there are Challenge Stations that will put problem-solving, brute strength, attention to detail, communication, patience and teamwork to the test. Certainly, there’s no cheating, but if participants can distract their competition, they are encouraged to go for it. This is also a chance to dress in some crazy uniforms.

Chamber members and non-members are welcome. Member rate, $175, will apply if the majority of team players are from Chamber member businesses. The non-member team rate is $225. Organizers will do their best to connect those who would like to participate but are short a few players.

Square Brew will be set up for beverages and Harbour Hill Retirement Community will run the barbecue. Those who attend should stuff some cash in their socks ’cause these folks may not be set up for plastic.

Title sponsor is Royal LePage Heartland Realty. Refreshment tent sponsor is Real Estate Broker, EXP Realty Brokerage, Jodi Snell.

To register a team, volunteer or learn more about challenge sponsorship, please visit the Chamber’s website Corporate Challenge  or call the office at 519 440-0176. Registration deadline is June 16.


“Sounds of Goderich”, featuring Goderich Laketown Band, Mackay Choristers, and special guests the Bluewater Harp Ensemble, will be performed at Lakeshore United Church in Goderich on Sunday, June 4th.

The musical entertainment will begin at 3 p.m. Admission is by donation.

Lakeshore United Church is located at 56 North Street.


The Huron County Food Bank Distribution Centre (HCFBDC) will be hosting their Third Annual Golf Tournament on Saturday, June 10.

Exeter Chrysler is sponsoring this tournament to be held at the Seaforth Golf Club. Individuals and foursomes are now being sought to take part in the day. Funds raised will support HCFBDC in their continued efforts to provide nutritious foods for the food-aid agencies they serve in Huron County, Stratford, St. Marys and Mitchell.

The cost to participate in the tournament is $150. This covers 18 holes of golf with a cart, includes a $50 tax receipt, a light lunch, and dinner. The golf will begin at 1 p.m. with a shotgun start. Participants are asked to arrive at noon for cart and hole assignments. A limited number of “dinner only” tickets are also available for $40.

To register online for the tournament visit: Register. For more information go to: Golf Tourney.

The Seaforth Golf Club is located at 42990 Front Road, Seaforth, ON.


Huron Song Chorus will present “Shine”, a benefit concert for the Huron Women’s Shelter, with guest soloist, Rene Stalenhoef, later in June at venues in Goderich and Seaforth.

On Monday, June 19, the concert will be held at Knox Presbyterian Church – 9 Victoria Street North in Goderich and then a second performance will be given at Northside United Church – 54 Goderich Street West in Seaforth on Tuesday, June 20. Both benefits will begin at 7:30 p.m. Admission is by free will donation.


“Beautiful: The Carole King Musical” will be performed at the Huron Country Playhouse from June 15 to July 1. (Photo courtesy Huron Country Playhouse)

She made more than beautiful music; she wrote the soundtrack of a generation. Now the inspiring story behind the earth-moving success of iconic singer/songwriter Carole King comes to life on stage in the Tony® and Grammy® Award-winning musical “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical” at the Huron Country Playhouse from June 15 to July 1.

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical tells the true story of Carole King’s remarkable journey from teenage songwriter to Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee. From the chart-topping hits she wrote for the biggest acts in music to her own life-changing, trail-blazing success with “Tapestry”, this production will take people back to where it all began…and then take them on the ride of a lifetime.

Featuring such unforgettable classics such as “Natural Woman”, “You’ve Got a Friend”, “One Fine Day”, “So Far Away”, “Take Good Care of My Baby”, “Up on the Roof”, “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling”, and “Will You Love Me Tomorrow” this musical phenomenon is filled with all the songs people will remember — and a story they’ll never forget.

“We are thrilled to bring this inspiring musical to the stage,” said Artistic Director and CEO of Drayton Entertainment, Alex Mustakas. “So many people have grown up with the music of Carole King, but they may not know the incredible story that led her into the hearts of an entire generation. This show is going to transport the audience and have them singing along the whole way through.”

Director John Stefaniuk leads an impressive creative team. A proud Toronto native, Stefaniuk was the Worldwide Associate Director for “Disney’s The Lion King”, and has directed productions around the globe. Working alongside him is Choreographer Hollywood Jade, a visionary Canadian dancer/choreographer turned artistic director and resident choreographer on “Canada’s Drag Race”.

Stefaniuk and Jade are joined by Music Director Nico Rhodes, Set Designer Douglas Paraschuk, Costume Designer Julia Holbert, Lighting Designer Michael Walton, Stage Manager Paul Pembleton, and Assistant Stage Managers Rebecca Miller and Frances Johnson.

A sensational cast has been assembled for this production. Emily Lukasik takes on the role of Carole King, one of the most iconic and celebrated singer/songwriter of all time. Lukasik has appeared on stages across Canada including numerous seasons at the Shaw Festival, and in Mirvish’s Dora Award-winning “Once”.

Kaden Forsberg is the ambitious Gerry Goffin, Carole’s husband and song-writing partner. New to the Drayton Entertainment stage, Forsberg has performed at the Citadel Theatre, Segal Centre, and the Chemainus Theatre Festival.

Other integral members of the cast are: Laura Mae Nason, as Cynthia Weil; Nicholas Combitsis, as Barry Mann; and Jacob James as Donny Kirshner. Joining them are actors: Josh Alcantara, Andrew McGillivray, Gabrielle Jones, and Ashley Matthews.

Rounding out this brilliant cast as the American doo-wop group “The Drifters” are Aadin Church, Joema Frith, Jordan Goodridge, and Anton May. While the American girl group “The Shirelles” are performed by Vanessa Cobham, Autumn-Joy Dames, Ha’Keena Maneso, and Ocean Williams. Kory Fulton and Emily Robertson are part of the ensemble.

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical chronicles the amazing story of an ordinary 16-year-old girl from Brooklyn who defies her mother’s wishes and moves to Manhattan to sell a song, setting in motion a remarkable journey to stardom. From her relationship with her husband and their prolific song-writing partnership at 1650 Broadway, to their playful rivalry with Barry and Cynthia, to the stage at Carnegie Hall, audiences will take an unforgettable journey through the remarkable life of Carole King. The production features music by Gerry Goffin and Carole King, and Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, and was arranged for the stage by Sony/ATV Music Publishing, with book by Douglas McGrath.

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical received its world premiere at the Curran Theatre, San Francisco, in October 2013, and made its Broadway debut at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre in January 2014, where it ran for over five years and 2,400 performances. It subsequently had a run in London’s West End and has toured the US and UK. A movie version of the musical is in the works, led by Tom Hanks’ production company, Playtone.

The production is proudly sponsored by Hay Communications and Oakwood Resort. Design Sponsors are CHOK 103.9 and ToDo Ontario. Media Sponsors are Pure Country 93, Newstalk 1290, Country 104.9, and Virgin Radio 97.5. The Season Media Sponsor is CTV.

Regular performance tickets are $55 for adults, $34 for youth under 20 years of age. Tickets for select Discount Dates and groups of 20 or more are $45, and small groups of 10-19 are $50. HST is applicable to all ticket prices. Tickets may be purchased by calling the Box Office at 519 238-6000 or toll free at 1-855-drayton (372-9866), or online at: Huron Country Playhouse.


Goderich Lions Club members understand that people are missing the social aspect of in-person Bingos and their volunteers have been exploring ways to bring this style of fundraiser back to the community and surrounding area.

The Park House in Goderich and the Huron Fish and Game Club in Clinton are now the settings for Goderich Lions Club Bingo on Monday and Wednesday evenings starting at 7 p.m. Please note that Bingo tickets will not be available at these new sites.  People can get their tickets at the locations listed below. For more information visit Goderich Lions on Facebook.

For those who prefer to play from the comfort of their own home Goderich Lions TV Bingo will continue also on Monday and Wednesday evenings starting at 7 p.m. They are broadcast on Eastlink Channel 10, Hurontel Channel 1 and Tuckersmith Channel 1.

Tickets for the televised games are available at Bayfield Convenience and Gifts; Clinton Foodland and Clinton Convenience; Buckey Joes, Vanastra; Hodgins Home Hardware, Lucknow; Goderich Convenience; Suncoast Variety, Goderich; and Finchers in Goderich and Kincardine. Lottery License #: M717413.


The Alzheimer Society Huron Perth (ASHP) is currently looking for dedicated volunteers to help with their In-Home Recreation Program.

The In-Home Recreation Program allows short-term respite for the care partner, while providing companionship for the person with Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementias.

Fully trained volunteers provide 1:1 weekly visits with the person living with Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementia with visits ranging from one to hours. Volunteers will facilitate activities and provide social and cognitive stimulation for the person living with Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementias.

For more information regarding volunteering please contact Paulina Balch via email at or by calling 519 271-1910.


Looking for what is happening now in the village? Look no further than the Bayfield Activities Calendar . People are invited to refer to this website to learn what activities, from Pickleball to Mahjong, are happening and when.



The Bayfield Sailboat Public Art Project is intended to honor the marine history of Bayfield and Lake Huron. The completed project consists of six sailboat sculptures, made of iron and powder coated, with “sails” made of lexan. Late last year the call was put out for artists to apply to be chosen to hand paint the sails. The six artists chosen were Joanne Mackenzie, Lynne Huras, Kathy White, Robert Johnson, Nick La Rocca and Carol Finkbeiner Thomas. Their works depict historic locations, sunsets, marine heritage as well as the natural environment and metaphorical impressions.

The sailboats will be a permanent installation within the village changing “sails” every one to two years. Each boat has a QR code that will take the viewer to a page of local historical information as well as information about the artist and their website if they have one.

The sailboats were designed and handmade by blacksmith Jim Wallace of Sharp’s Creek Forge near Goderich. The design of the hulls replicates specific boats such as the locally renowned schooner “Helen McLeod II” as well as the sailboats manufactured by Bayfield Boat Works.

Editor’s Note: Over the next several weeks we will highlight each of the artists as well as their sailboat locations within the village here in our “Remember This” section.

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Almost 600 people partook in the community breakfast - not quite breaking a record. (Photo by Jack Pal)


Members of the Bayfield Lions Club would like to extend their heartfelt gratitude to this incredible community for their unwavering support of the 58th Bayfield Lions Community Breakfast, which turned out to be a tremendous success.

“We were thrilled to see a remarkable attendance of 587 individuals, coming close to breaking previous records,” said Lion Mark Richardson, representing the Lions Club.  “We are overwhelmed by the generous receipts and donations made towards the Dog Guides, which are of immense value and deeply appreciated.”

The club will be hosting their annual “Walk for Dog Guides” this Sunday, June 4th.

A special mention goes out to our invaluable local food suppliers: Bayfield Foodland, Renegades Diner and Westlake Maple Syrup.

“Their support and contributions played a crucial role in making the event a resounding success,” said Richardson. “We would also like to extend an honorable mention to the Egg Producers of Ontario for their generous donation of 100 dozen eggs, which added a delightful touch to our breakfast.”

Richardson added that the Lions are incredibly grateful for the support received from the Bayfield Firefighters, who provided them with the necessary equipment for frying and grilling. Their assistance was instrumental in ensuring a seamless and enjoyable culinary experience for all attendees.

“Furthermore, we would like to express our heartfelt appreciation to Sandy Scotchmer with the Bayfield Facility Initiative Team (BFIT) at the Bayfield Community Centre for their wholehearted efforts in meeting all our location needs. Their dedication and cooperation were invaluable,” he said.

He went on to share his sincere gratitude on behalf of his fellow club members to the community for their overwhelming interest and ongoing support.

“Your continued involvement has made this event a tremendous success. We look forward to seeing you all again next year, as we strive to make the Bayfield Lions Community Breakfast an even more memorable experience,” concluded Richardson.

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Stairs with a View…By Greg Csullog

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Melody Falconer-Pounder

IMG_0693During the winter of 2021 when the pandemic was providing us with endless days filled with challenges in how best to deal with isolation and disappointment our doorbell rang. When I opened it standing a safe distance back were two youth members from Bayfield Guiding – girls I had the pleasure of watching grow into fine young people. Amid the coldness of the white landscape they stood together smiling warmly at me and proffering-forth the most beautiful blue Orchid I had ever seen as a little “missing you” gift.

We visited outside on the porch until our teeth were chattering and then they were off and I was left with a fragile flower to care for. I wasn’t sure if I was up to the challenge but I was willing to try.

The flowers faded and fell. I committed to following the care instructions. It grew new leaves and new roots and then a few months ago what looked like a stalk emerged. I had hope. And then there was an accident that caused my fragile flower to crash down a flight of stairs extracting itself from its pot. One moment  a couple of little people were happily playing a game of “toss the stuffy” and the next the Orchid was caught in the line of fire. We cleaned up together, talked about why we should own our mistakes and make amends. Then I set to work to save the Orchid – the stalk was not broken. I had hope. The flower found a home in a new bigger pot and continued its journey toward blooming. And then it stopped and the buds began to shrivel. Determined I took the internet to see what I was doing wrong…apparently Ice Cube Orchids prefer tepid water! So much for my commitment to the care instructions. Throwing caution to the wind I gave it a few tepid drinks over an extended period of time and this week it came into bloom. Not the original beautiful blue but a lovely pink.

Mirroring life with its trials and tribulations, joys and sorrows, this Orchid has become something of a symbol of hope in our house…I think I’ll name it “Resilience”. – Melody

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