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The Bayfield BreezeIssue 726 Week 24 Vol 14

June 7, 2023


Issue 726 Week 24 Vol 14
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This 2022 version of the Blue Flag flew at the Bayfield Marina last summer. It was recently replaced with the 2023 version – marking 15 years of Blue Flag status for the marina. (Photo courtesy the Municipality of Bluewater)

The Village of Bayfield Marina Earns Prestigious Blue Flag Award

Swim Drink Fish Canada has announced the Blue Flag 2023 awards naming The Village of Bayfield Marina (Bluewater Marina) as a Blue Flag recipient!

The Village of Bayfield Marina is proud to fly the Blue Flag, an internationally recognized and respected award for marinas that meet the strict criteria under four categories: Environmental Education and Information, Safety and Services, Water Quality, and Environmental Management. This is the 15th year the Marina has been awarded this prestigious title.

The Blue Flag is awarded annually based on the program’s strict criteria.

Blue Flag Canada is operated by Swim Drink Fish, a national environmental charity on behalf of Blue Flag International and the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE), a non-government organization based in Denmark.

The heart of the Blue Flag program is to recognize communities working to promote swimmable, drinkable, fishable water. When people see the Blue Flag flying they can be assured the marina is clean, sustainable, meets safety requirements and promotes environmentally friendly practices to boaters. The Blue Flag program fosters public awareness through community outreach activities and environmental goals. The 2023 environmental initiatives include distributing pollution prevention kits to boaters out of the marina office located at 33 Longhill Rd. which are available while supplies last. As well, Marina staff will focus on the capture and clean up of litter and debris along the river’s edge within the marina.

The 2023 Blue Flag community outreach programs include a Litter Clean Up Event on July 22 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; a DIY kids recycling activity “Playful Plastics” in partnership with the Huron County Library, Bayfield Branch on July 27, 1:30 p.m.-3 p.m. and a Dark Sky Party in partnership with the West Coast Astronomers hosted at the Bayfield Pier on Aug. 11 after sunset. For full details on the Blue Flag community events, please check the Municipality of Bluewater’s website and social media or contact Lindsay Whalen, Planning coordinator, by calling 519 236-4351 Ext. 235, or via email at

Over the years, the Blue Flag Program has supported community outreach initiatives in partnership with the Village of Bayfield Marina, the Municipality of Bluewater, and local organizations.

  • Some of the past initiatives and programs include: upgrades to marina facilities like showers, toilets, and lighting to conserve water and energy.
  • Implementation of fuel bibs, fuel/air separator to prevent and eliminate fuel spills.
  • Distribution of hundreds of pollution prevention kits to boaters since 2015.
  • Replacement of approximately 40 dock lights to be dark sky compliant to reduce light pollution.
  • Sail drive recycling, reclaiming, and upcycling 10 sails in 2022 in partnership with Sea Bags in efforts to reduce waste in landfills.
  • Flare return day in partnership with Goderich Power & Sail Squadron which collected 280 flares in 2022
  • Community events and activities to raise environmental awareness like Earth Day wetland planting events in partnership with the conservation authority; kids environment and learning activities in partnership with Huron County Library, Bayfield Branch.
  • Educational materials including brochures for best boater practices, and plastic pollution prevention.

The program wouldn’t be possible without valuable efforts made by individuals and organizations who have teamed up and contributed towards earning and maintaining this prestigious award.

Check out the complete list of nationally awarded 2023 Blue Flag marinas and beaches visit: Swim Drink Fish.


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 warm weather has finally arrived, which means that summer is just around the corner. And that means it will be no time at all until the annual Bayfield Community Fair – always on the third weekend of August. The Bayfield Agricultural Society (BAS) would like to remind everyone that the Fair will be held at the Bayfield Arena and Agricultural Park on Aug. 18-20. This year’s theme is “A Tractor Life for Me in 2023”.

Now is a perfect time to start getting entries ready for the Bayfield Fair. The opportunities for all ages to enter art and photography, baking and canning, flowers and plants, fruits and vegetables, as well as handcrafted quilting, sewing, knitting, crocheting, and woodworking are at the heart of the indoor Homecraft show. All entries are welcome and add to the wealth of exhibits that fairgoers have come to appreciate each year.

A new vegetable category has been added this year for Best Quad of Baking Potatoes (four shown on a plate) with a first prize of $50. This new category is expected to generate some serious interest. In 2022, two new “sweet” categories were added for Maple syrup and honey, with three classes each. Fair organizers encourage local producers to get their Maple syrup and honey entries ready for some friendly competition!

All of the entry categories and requirements can be viewed online in the 2023 Fair Book. Entries can be completed online. A print version of the 2023 Fair Book is currently being published and will be available by mid-June. A digital copy can be viewed now by visiting: Fair Book Online.

The BAS is pleased to announce the return of the Poultry Show and competition on Saturday, Aug. 19 featuring more than 100 categories. The exhibits will include large fowl, bantams, waterfowl, turkeys, pigeons, and a full section for junior exhibitors to enter. This is sure to be a hit with breeders and everyone attending the Fair, both young and old. For more information on entering the Poultry Show, please visit: Fair Book – Poultry Section.

Vendors who wish to have an indoor or outdoor booth to sell crafts or promote a business are asked to go to the BAS website to learn more about: Concessions as well as rates and contact information. Booth spaces are filling up quickly. Anyone interested should secure their space soon.

Volunteers from the community are needed to help make the Bayfield Fair a success. Whether it’s a few hours or a few days, volunteer help is always appreciated. High school students who need extra hours to complete their volunteer service requirements for graduation are most welcome. Anyone interested in volunteering can email:

Be sure to join in the fun and start getting those entries ready!


Participants in a workshop scheduled for September can learn how to apply Feng Shui and easily create a home or workplace of beauty, harmony and comfort, which feels as good as it looks! (Submitted photo)

This fall, individuals have the opportunity to join a fun and interactive two-day Feng Shui workshop in Bayfield. The workshop will be of interest to professionals who would like to add Feng Shui to their skill set or anyone who is interested in applying Feng Shui to their home and/or personal life.

Participants will uncover the myths and discover the common-sense principles of Feng Shui! They will learn how to bring harmony and balance to their home and workplace, garden and health, with the aim of reducing stress and improving overall wellbeing. Registrants may bring a floor plan of their home or office, which can be evaluated during the workshop.

The workshop will be held on Thursday, Sept. 21 and Friday, Sept. 22 at the Bayfield Town Hall, 11 The Square, Bayfield. The event will run each day from 9-4:30 p.m.

A lovely lunch as well as snacks and beverages will be served on both days. Participants will receive a binder with course information, a Feng Shui book, and a certificate of achievement.

Helen Varekamp will be facilitating the workshop. Varekamp was an instructor for QC Design College, teaching Feng Shui workshops, and had a consulting business in interior design and Feng Shui design. Now retired, she volunteers for several community organizations, and is dedicating her time and knowledge to this event, with all proceeds going to Huron Hospice.

“There are so many great fundraising events, but I felt like doing something a bit different,” said Varekamp. “I enjoy Feng Shui and love sharing the subject with others. I feel everyone can benefit from learning how to create a space that feels as good as it looks. Feng Shui workshops have rarely been offered this side of Toronto – I really want to give residents in this area an opportunity to attend a local and affordable workshop, while supporting a great cause.”

The early bird registration fee is $675 which is HST exempt; after Sept. 1 the fee will be $750. Participants will receive a $500 charitable tax receipt from Huron Hospice. Early registration is recommended, as limited seating is available!

For more information and registration, visit the Event page of the Huron Hospice website at Feng Shui Workshop.

This is a scent-free event.

Participants can learn how to apply Feng Shui and easily create a home or workplace of beauty, harmony and comfort, which feels as good as it looks!


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:


The final movie for the Bayfield Indie Film Series sold out well in advance of June 7. (Submitted photos)

Bayfield Indie Film Series is thrilled to offer the first public showing of “Trigger Point” in the village to a sold-out crowd tonight (June 7) at the Bayfield Town Hall.

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and showtime is 7 p.m.

There will be an introduction and a possibility to ask a question or two with Trigger Point Director Brad Turner and Executive Producer Jessica Petelle before the film begins. To show support and community spirit, the audience is encouraged to wear their Bayfield t-shirts, sweatshirts and caps!

Following the film, all are welcome to join Turner, Petelle and the folks behind Bayfield Indie Film Series at the Bayfield Brewery, located at 14 Main Street, an easy walk from the Town Hall. Thank you to the owners for staying open late for this special occasion.

Trigger Point Director Brad Turner and Executive Producer Jessica Petelle will be available to answer questions before the film begins.

For anyone who has purchased a Season Pass and is unable to attend, organizers suggest that they please “pass the pass” to a favorite friend or neighbor so they may enjoy the experience.

“A huge thank you to the Bayfield community for supporting the first series presentation,” said Pat Heffernan, representing the Bayfield Indie Film Series. “And now, a favor: Bayfield Indie Film Series would like to know what you think. Did you enjoy the film series? Would you like to see a fall series in Bayfield? What films would you be interested in—more independent films, foreign films, Canadian content, oldies, classics, documentaries, others?  Was the selection of snacks adequate? Do you have any suggestions of ways to improve the film experience?”

The organizers behind Bayfield Indie Film Series would like to thank everyone for sharing this opportunity to show films in Bayfield. Please send any comments or suggestions to


Honk! Honk! The fun is about to begin!

The Quonset Hut is all set-up to receive the first batch of donations this Saturday, June 10.

The location will be accepting donations from 9 a.m. to noon. If required, it will be possible to drive right in to unload furniture items. Otherwise the trusty group of volunteers will assist drivers to unload their vehicles. Please advise the team if there are items of special value, anything especially noteworthy or fragile items so they may take extra care. Team Rummage also asks donors to please be mindful of the items that cannot be accepted.

To donate something specific for the Silent Auction tables, please contact and include “Silent Auction” in the subject line. These items are safely stored and registered in a different location.

Reminder, the date for the 74th Annual Rummage Sale and Silent Auction is Friday, July 14 starting at 6 p.m. The sale takes place at the Bayfield Arena and Community Centre located at 4 Jane Street in the village.

Additional donation drop-off dates are June 17 and June 24.

The Quonset Hut is located on Highway 21, just north of Bayfield at 76614 Bluewater Hwy.

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.


Spencer and Whopper (Submitted photos)

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

Spencer and Whopper are the Adopt a BFF kittens of the week.

Spencer, the grey kitten, and Whopper, the black kitten, are brothers who arrived at the Rescue just a few days ago.

They are just starting to settle into their new surroundings but have a good appetite. Spencer is still a little shy, but is starting to come forward for a little attention.

The pair are just two of the growing count that will need vetting, shots and spayed or neutered.

“BFF currently has 58 kittens. They will all need these services in order to be adoptable,” said Deb Penhale, representing BFF. “The cost to have all of these kittens provided with the proper basic medical care is upwards of $16,000.”

The Rescue is also in need of kitten milk replacement (KMR) for babies without mothers to provide them with proper nutrition as well as wet kitten food. They could also use soft baby blankets and stuffed animals both used to comfort orphaned kittens.

The adoption fee is now $250. Adopted cats are vetted, shots are up-to-date and they are also spayed or neutered. Monetary donations are always appreciated. E-transferred donations and inquiries for adoptions can be sent to

Currently, there is a Go Fund Me campaign being run to encourage more donations for BFF. For more information visit: Go Fund Me – BFF.



Once again, thanks to this great community, the Bayfield Lion’s Walk for Dog Guides was a huge success.

The weather could not have been better for the walk that started and ended at Clan Gregor Square, where walkers could enjoy refreshments, and the dogs could participate in fun-filled contests.

The event proved to be even more interesting thanks to the guest speakers and their canines.

Marta Rosman, attending with her seventh foster pup, Poplar, explained the first step in preparing a dog for its life of service.  Hopefully her talk was an incentive for others to foster.

She was followed by Linda Baker, with her vision service dog, Yakira.  Baker helped those in attendance to understand how invaluable a service dog is – how much more she is able to do, and how much more independent she has become since Yakira entered her life.

“We would like to express our gratitude to all the walkers, their dogs, and the pledgers.  These are the ones who make this event successful year after year,” said Karen Scott, representing the Bayfield Lions Club’s Walk for Dog Guides. “Thanks to all volunteers and especially Deb Grasby for recruiting Marta to speak, and for all the other things she did to help make the event successful.”

The club would also like to thank their sponsor,  Pet Valu of Goderich, for  providing a booth with information and dog treats, as well as several door prizes.  Bayfield’s Tim Hortons also provided coffee for the humans for which the organizers are thankful.

“Thank you as well to Clinton Veterinary Services, South Huron Veterinary Clinic in Zurich, and Huebner-Ridder Veterinary Hospital in Goderich for the other door prizes,” she said.

According to the Lions representative, there will be a final tally in a further edition of the Bayfield Breeze, but she truly believes this year was another record breaker.

“Last year we had seven walkers, and this year we had four times that amount. Bayfield, you make us proud!” she concluded.


A local small-scale lavender operation will soon be welcoming visitors for the first time.

The Bayfield Lavender Farm will be open to visitors beginning on June 15 through the end of August.

Located on Porter’s Hill Line, slightly North of Telephone Road, the farm has been producing small-batch handcrafted lavender products on site since 2018. The French and English lavenders are sustainably grown without the use of sprays and each plant is harvested, cleaned, and steam distilled for essential oil by hand. The farm offers a peaceful vibe where visitors will be able to see a number of lavender varieties in bloom or being processed, say hello to the colorful chickens and soap-making goats, as well as grab some lavender goodies, and more, at the farm’s rustic gift shop.

Open Thursdays to Sundays, there may be adjustments to operating hours throughout the season so visitors are encouraged to check the website for updates and details: or follow along on the socials with @bayfieldlavender.

Bayfield Lavender Farm is located at 77881 Porter’s Hill Line, Bayfield.


The Bayfield Dining for Seniors Program is now up and running 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.


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.


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:;;


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

The Bayfield Area Food Bank (BAFB) is planning an evening for trivia buffs in support of their cause! “Summer Solstice Trivia” is 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!


Harp Therapist Martha Lawrance, will be offering one more Harp Therapy and Guided Imagery Spring Sound Bath Sessions on June 29 at Trinity St. James Anglican Church in Bayfield.

The final one-hour session until September will be held starting at 3:30 p.m. and will be dedicated to the sixth chakra (area of the third eye) in a listening and resonance space. Participants will use imagination and visualization to achieve a state of deep relaxation.

Those who attend are asked to bring a mat or chair and a pillow. The cost to participate is $20 per session. To learn more visit and to register please email

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


The Bayfield Historical Society (BHS) is now accepting applications from highschool students, 15 years and older, for July and August.

Thanks to a Youth Employment Grant the BHS is looking to fill a summer staff position with a person between the ages of 15 to 30 to work at the Archives & Heritage Centre.

The successful applicant must be comfortable welcoming visitors as well as opening and closing the facility.  They will be in charge of renting quadricycles; selling merchandise; recording money received; and assisting with in-house projects. Direction and training will be provided.

This is an opportunity to learn local history and have first hand experience of how museums and archives work.

The position offers a 30-hour week minimum – Wednesday to Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. with 30 minutes for lunch. The rate of pay is $16 per hour with Mondays and Tuesdays off. The preference would be for the successful candidate to begin on June 7 but this is negotiable. The position will end on Sept. 3.

The Archives & Heritage Centre is located at 20 Main St. N. in Bayfield.

Interested persons are asked to contact


Throughout the month of June, Knox Presbyterian Church, Bayfield will be collecting children’s books and school supplies to support the efforts of the Rotary Club of Grand Bend Education and Youth Services Committee.

Since 2010, Southwestern Ontario Rotary Clubs have shipped almost 100, 40-foot shipping containers loaded with school furniture, blackboards, books and school supplies to developing countries such as South Africa and Eswatini. The containers are then received by Rotary Clubs in those countries, and are unloaded and distributed to rural schools. There is a big need for basic supplies, such as: pencils, pens, crayons, pencil crayons, sharpeners, rulers, scissors, markers, paper, scribblers or exercise notebooks, erasers, glue or glue sticks, construction paper, and art supplies. Also requested are teacher aids such as: flash cards, stickers, learning games, tape, and used and new books to assist the children with their reading skills. Toothpaste and toothbrushes gladly welcomed as well.

Donations can be dropped off at Knox Presbyterian Church located at 2 Bayfield Main Street North on Sundays and Mondays, 10 a.m. -1:30 p.m.; or Thursdays 1-3 p.m.

Additionally, all are welcome to join Sunday worship service which begins at 11 a.m. People are welcome to speak with Rev Lisa Dolson at 519 955-2158 for more details.

And on Thursdays from 1-3 p.m. church members are hosting the “Knox Café”. It will be held downstairs in their Church basement.


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.

Trinity St James hosted their sister church from Seaforth, Parish of the Holy Spirit, for an Evensong Service followed by a barbecue at Camp Klahanie near Goderich on Sunday, June 4. All enjoyed the fellowship of worshipping together in the sunshine and partaking together in a summery meal.

The Rotary Club of Grand Bend has been sending school supplies to Rotary Clubs in South Africa who distribute the supplies to rural schools who have almost no supplies or teaching resources. Trinity St. James is currently collecting basic school supplies as well as children’s books in new condition in support of the club. This collection will run until July 30.

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


Calling all Bayfield area tweens and teens! The Bayfield Public Library (Bayfield Branch)  is challenging youth ages 12 to 18 to read at least one book a month from January to December 2023 for a chance to win some amazing prizes. Are you up for the challenge?

For every book a youth reads, their name will be entered to win one of the prizes listed below.  Early bird draws will take place at the end of each month, and all entries will be entered into a grand prize draw at the end of the program. The Bayfield Branch has a tracking form which can be picked up from the branch during regular hours, or can be completed by downloading a form at: Bayfield Teen Reading Challenge Form.

Looking for ideas of what to read? Explore the Huron County Library’s online catalogue or speak with branch staff who are eager to offer reading recommendations.

Prizes for the Bayfield Branch reading challenge include, but are not limited to: $250 gift card from Forever Furniture; $25 gift card from The Village Bookshop; four, $25 gift cards to The Village Bookshop from Pioneer Park; four, Kids Kraft Workshop gift cards from Crichet Handmade Designs; a selection of graphic novels from Friends of Bayfield Library; selection of gift cards from the Bayfield Optimist Club; Hyacinth Bulb kit from Huron Ridge Greenhouses; Sherpa blanket from the Little Inn of Bayfield; selection of books from the Bayfield Agricultural Society; handmade products from the Bayfield Lavender Farm; Bayfield booklets from the Bayfield Historical Society; and swag from the Virtual High School & Bruce Power.

All completed entries must be returned to the Bayfield Branch or emailed to by the end of 2023.


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

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

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


Charlene Masschelein (Submitted photo)

On May 17, Sunset Community Foundation voted in their new Chair of the Board of Directors for the next three years, Charlene Masschelein.

Masschelein grew up on a farm in Parkhill. She is a CPA and a Finance Manager for Johnson & Johnson, where she has worked for the past ten years. Now able to work from home, she relocated from the greater Toronto area to her new home in Grand Bend in October 2019.

She is the oldest of four siblings and is proud of the entrepreneurial spirit in her family. Her parents and brother own and operate West Corner Farms Ltd in the North Middlesex community and her youngest sister owns and operates Metanoia Boutique on Grand Bend’s Main Street. Masschelein enjoys cycling with the Grand Bend Bike Club and spoiling her niece and nephew.

The new Chair joined the Board in May 2020 and she is passionate about community development and believes that the Foundation can play a vital role in making local communities strong and sustainable.

The Sunset Community Foundation works to make communities stronger, more vibrant, more just and equitable. Supporting local organizations that have innovative ideas to improve the lives and businesses of residents within Lambton Shores and Huron County, the Foundation provides thoughtful community leadership, and attracts and manages permanent endowment funds. The revenue from the funds is used to support charities in our region. That’s why they say, “For Good. Forever.”

“Charitable organizations in rural communities face unique challenges, including a lack of resources, limited access to technology, and a smaller pool of potential donors. Despite these challenges, these organizations play an essential role in providing vital services to rural residents. Sunset Community Foundation and its generous donors recognize these challenges and important work and strive to strengthen these organizations through Community Funds as a means of creating a sustainable source of funding for important projects,” said Masschelein.


Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance (HPHA) has worked closely with our partners in Infection Prevention and Control to ensure patients, staff, physicians, families and caregivers are safe and protected while in area hospitals. Along with their partner hospitals throughout the South West Region, and based upon the most recent Public Health Ontario guidance, updates will be made to our Universal Masking Policy to reflect current health and safety risks.

Effective as of June 5, masking will be welcomed, but no longer required in many clinical areas of the hospital. The exception to this is any of HPHA’s Emergency Departments where masking will be required. Masking will also be required throughout the hospital sites for individuals who are experiencing symptoms of respiratory infection such as cough, fever and sore throat, and for those who are accompanying or visiting a patient with these symptoms. Hospital-provided medical grade masks will continue to be provided with masking stations set up throughout HPHA hospital sites, not just at entrances. Anyone entering the hospital is welcome to wear a mask.

“Masks continue to be a key tool for infection prevention and control,” said Erica Jensen, manager Quality, Patient Safety and Infection Control. “We encourage anyone who wishes to wear a mask to do so to help protect themselves and their loved ones.”

Peoplemay want to wear a mask if they have an underlying medical condition, are immunocompromised or are an older adult; have close contacts that are more likely to get very sick if they contract COVID-19;  are in a crowded space; or had a high-risk exposure and may become sick.

“Our staff and physicians in the Emergency Department will be required to wear masks when providing care to patients,” added Jensen. “Staff and physicians will also continue to wear masks when providing care to patients in isolation precautions or with symptoms of respiratory illness. And of course, staff and physicians will be required to wear a mask if they are experiencing symptoms of respiratory illness.”

It is also important to note that Universal Masking may be reintroduced based on disease activity, during respiratory season and for outbreak management.


On May 31, MPP for Perth-Wellington Matthew Rae and MPP for Huron-Bruce Lisa Thompson announced $419,892 in funding to provide local, free pre-apprenticeship training for those in the skilled trades. This funding is part of the government’s record investment in nearly 100 free pre-apprenticeship programs around the province to promote careers in the skilled trades to young people and help tackle the province’s historic labor shortage.

“Our government is making it easier for people seeking a career in the trades to enter the workforce,” said Thompson. “This funding will contribute to the growth and overall health of this industry by supporting pre-apprenticeship programs. In doing so, we’re bringing these programs closer to home while helping numerous individuals start a lifelong, lucrative career in the trades – and positioning our region for future growth and economic prosperity.”

“Attracting more people to the skilled trades will be integral as we look to achieve our goal of building 1.5 million homes over the next decade,” Rae. “There are over 140 trades in Ontario, offering good-paying jobs, including in Perth-Wellington.”

Led by the Technical Training Group, this project will provide those interested across Perth and Huron Counties with the skills and experience they need to get a good-paying job in the skilled trades. Training locations include Stratford, Listowel and Clinton.

“Ontario is combatting the largest labor shortage in a generation, and each one of these jobs unfilled is a pay cheque waiting to be collected,” said Minister of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development, Monte McNaughton. “When you have a career in the skilled trades, you have a career for life. Our government will continue to invest in innovative training opportunities that give young people the tools they need to build better lives for themselves and stronger communities for us all.”

“Technical Training Group (TTG) is excited to be awarded funding again this year to deliver three 25-week Manufacturing Pre-Apprenticeship Programs in Huron and Perth Counties,” Executive Director of Technical Training Group, Cavell Fraser said. “These Pre-Apprenticeship Programs are a great example of government, business, education, community partners and industry working together to support our communities and change people’s lives.”

The programs are tuition-free and allow TTG to deliver welding, metal fabricating and machining training at school tech facilities in Stratford, Clinton, and Listowel in the evenings and on weekends, when not in use by day students. The programs also include an eight-week paid work placement with local employers which can lead to full time employment and apprenticeship opportunities in the manufacturing sector.

“These government funded programs are contributing to increasing the number of skilled trade workers in our communities and providing residents with opportunities for well-paying in-demand jobs,” Fraser concluded.

“The Technical Training Group has a great history of providing skilled trades training locally,” Rae added. “I know they will continue to do a wonderful job of preparing our future tradespeople for a rewarding career.”

To help increase participation in the skilled trades, the government has recently made changes including making it easier for high school students to explore these careers; making washrooms on worksites private, clean and safe; and announcing a $224 million investment in building and upgrading training centres.

This funding is part of the government’s nearly $1.5 billion-dollar investment in the Skilled Trades Strategy, through 2021 to 2024. Clinton, Listowel and Stratford program locations will each be allocated $139, 964 bringing the total invested to $419,892.


Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation (ABCF) is offering a $1,000 Student Environmental Grant in 2023. This grant was formerly called the “Student Environmental Award”.

“We are honored to present the Student Environmental Grant, each year, to provide financial support to help a local student in their studies,” said Dave Frayne, ABCF chair. “We encourage eligible local young people to apply.”

The deadline to apply is Thursday, June 29  by 4:30 p.m. local time.

For the application form and flyer poster, and for complete details, please visit the website at this web page link: Student Environmental Grant.

The successful applicant must be a graduating secondary school student or student currently enrolled in university or college pursuing education in a conservation-related course of study such as biology, ecology, geography, forestry, fish and wildlife, agriculture or outdoor education.

Interested students are to write a creative two-page essay on their personal involvement with a conservation or environment-based project or organization.

Eligible students must be between the ages of 17-25, have a permanent address in a municipality of the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) watershed. Municipalities in the ABCA watershed are: Adelaide Metcalfe, Bluewater, Central Huron, Huron East, Lambton Shores, Lucan Biddulph, Perth South, Middlesex Centre, North Middlesex, South Huron, Warwick and West Perth.

Past winners of the Student Environment Grant are: Ryan Finnie, 2010; Raina Vingerhoeds, 2011; Greg Urquhart, 2012; Ryan Carlow, 2013; Connor Devereaux, 2014; Barb Alber, 2015; Samantha Bycraft, 2016; Marina Lather, 2017; Ethan Quenneville, 2018; Meghan Glavin, 2019; and Kirsten McIntosh, 2022.


Since June 1st  the Huron County Fire Chiefs have declared an open-air fire ban in Huron County. There will be no open-air burning permitted in Huron County until further notice.

Campfires are permitted from noon until midnight only. After midnight all fires must be completely extinguished and must follow municipal by-laws.

This fire ban is being imposed due to the extreme dryness of all vegetation in the area and shall remain in effect until further notice.

No burn permits will be issued until the ban is lifted.

Anyone who has any questions regarding this order, is asked to please contact their local Fire Department.


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.


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.


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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The Penhale Landau is a cultural, historic and tourism treasure.


The community support for the Penhale Landau fundraising project has been outstanding.

According to Ian Matthew, who led this initiative on behalf of the Bayfield Lions Club and the Bayfield Historical Society (BHS), “We are delighted to announce that we have successfully achieved our fundraising goal and we are moving forward with our plans to build a traditional small display barn behind the Archives on Main Street and formalize the purchase of a beautifully restored Penhale Landau. We are very appreciative of the support that we have received. We will be able to properly showcase the craftsmanship of Tom Penhale who for over two decades, starting in the 1970s, was recognized as one of the finest horse-drawn wagon builders in the world.”

On May 31, the Lions Club and BHS hosted a wine and cheese fundraising event at the Bayfield Town Hall. Photographs of several of the beautiful Penhale creations were on display and approximately 100 guests ensured the success of the campaign.

Tom’s widow, Carol Penhale expressed how grateful she and her family are for the community support for honoring Tom. She described herself as Tom’s wife, partner and best friend. She reminisced about how her wedding reception was held at the Town Hall and how hard volunteers in Bayfield have always worked to make the community prosper. She even pointed to areas of the floor that she varnished when villagers came together to save the Town Hall.

This event was unusual because it attracted members of the area farming community, cottagers whose families have been summering in Bayfield for generations and long-time Bayfield residents who all came together to honor Tom. They recognized that Tom exemplified the spirit of area farmers. Fix it, modify or rebuild equipment, but do it right. Tom was heavily involved in the village as president of the Bayfield Agricultural Society and as a willing volunteer whenever he felt he could help make the village better.

The Penhale Landau is a cultural, historic and tourism treasure. Most of the Penhale creations are over 40 years old and have been used commercially and in competitions. Most of the Landaus were shipped to Hawaii and Taiwan. This opportunity to acquire a Penhale creation that shows his artistry is extraordinary. It is unlikely to ever happen again and thanks to the donors who understand the significance of this Bayfield icon, the community will soon be able to show it with pride.

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Twenty-five years ago yesterday, I was swept up in the excitement of my first job as a professional wedding photographer.  My father had died just six months prior and it was the first day since his passing that I had felt like myself – understandably nervous but very, very happy. I was in my element. I very much enjoyed doing family photography throughout the 2000s but with the advent of the Bayfield Breeze my artistic outlet has evolved.Still over the years this particular couple, now the parents of a teenager and a university student, have remained our good friends and I have had the pleasure of capturing many family moments. Recently their son called me to see if I would take family pictures for them on their 25th anniversary. I was very pleased to be asked, a little nervous perhaps, but very, very happy.

During the session, we had some fun reminiscing about that beautiful day over two decades ago and we had some laughs trying to reproduce some of their favorite poses from both their wedding and their engagement. It was like very little had changed except for the two grown children and the groom has a bit less hair! The love that was so evident between them all that time ago still shines through. Happy Silver John and Steph! – Melody

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