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The Bayfield BreezeIssue 730 Week 28 Vol 15

July 5, 2023


Issue 730 Week 28 Vol 15
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The Virtual High School’s (VHS) Run4Kids returned on Saturday, June 17 with 54 runners taking part!

The Virtual High School’s (VHS) Run4Kids returned on Saturday, June 17, with 54 runners taking part! The tenth instalment of the event raised over $2,500 for Rural Response for Healthy Children.

New this year, participants could choose between a 5 km run or a 3 km walk.

Once again, this event for runners of all ages proved to be a great activity for families to enjoy together!


The artwork on the cover of the 2023 Fair Book was created by active exhibitor and dedicated Fair volunteer Cate Thompson. Join in the fun – exhibit at the Fair! (Submitted photo)

The Bayfield Agricultural Society (BAS) is delighted to announce that the print version of the 2023 Fair Book is now available for the Bayfield Community Fair, Aug. 18-20.

The Fair Book provides all of the information that exhibitors need to enter their exhibits in this year’s Fair. All exhibitors are encouraged to read the Fair Book carefully. It contains information on entry rules and regulations, entry forms and deadlines, fees, special category requirements, judging criteria, and prizes.

Here in Bayfield, copies of the Fair Book can be picked up at the Bayfield Branch Library and Bayfield Convenience and Gifts. Copies can also be picked up at the Goderich Branch Library, Elizabeth’s Art Gallery, N Sew On Custom Embroidery, and Peavey Mart all in Goderich as well as craft and quilt shops, garden centres, and other libraries in the area.

For those exhibitors who prefer to remain paperless, the BAS website offers an online version of the: 2023 Fair Book To enter online, exhibitors can go to the: Online Entry Submission Page.

The artwork on the cover of the 2023 Fair Book was created by active exhibitor and dedicated Fair volunteer Cate Thompson. Through her willingness to help out with just about any task, Thompson has become a valuable member of the Bayfield Fair family.

The talent, skills, and passion of exhibitors are nothing short of amazing. The BAS is issuing a challenge to everyone in the community to show their community spirit by entering at least one exhibit in the Fair!


“The Groove”, a nine-piece disco band based in London, ON, performed on the outdoor stage at the Bayfield Town Hall on Saturday, July 1st. Attendees were encouraged to represent the 1970s by dressing in their disco finest and to head on up to the “dance floor”. (Photo by Jenn Wallace)

“We had a blast at The Groove concert on Saturday, July 1st and are so thankful to all those that came to enjoy the music and support the Bayfield Town Hall.  It was a success! These concerts are our biggest fundraisers and help us maintain the Hall,” said Diane Snell, president of the Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society (BTHHS) Board of Directors.

Music lovers can look forward to two more concerts this summer with three tribute bands sharing their talents.

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.

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:



Due to the many requests received, one more donation drop-off date has been added for this year’s much anticipated Rummage Sale and Silent Auction. The date for the final drop-off is this evening, (July 5).

Kindly note, donations will not be accepted at the arena on set-up day so this is the last chance for people to donate items. Volunteers will be accepting donations at the Quonset Hut from 5-7 p.m. As it is a busy time for volunteers, donors are asked to please ensure their items are sorted in marked boxes so they may be placed in the correct department.

The following are a few examples of the exceptional merchandise and “experiences” that will be offered at the Silent Auction tables for bidding. More sneak peeks will be posted on FaceBook and Instagram over the next week so be sure to visit and share posts with family and friends @pioneerparkbayfield. Thank you to all the generous donors for supporting the 74th Annual Rummage Sale and Silent Auction!

The date for the Rummage Sale 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 Bayfield. For everyone’s safety, Team Rummage asks people to be mindful of the limited space in the arena and not to bring bicycles, wagons and dogs onto the sale floor. Guide and service dogs exempted.

Save up those loonies and toonies and get ready to Rummage — coming July 14!



Visitors to the Bayfield River Flats will notice there has been a new bench placed there in memory of Alvin Wallace. (Photo by Conrad Kuiper)

A bench dedicated to the memory of Alvin Wallace has been installed this spring at the Bayfield River Flats. He died in the spring of 2020 during the midst of COVID-19, and his family didn’t have the opportunity to properly mourn his passing. Since the River Flats was one of his favorite places to fish and relax, his family contacted the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association about installing a fitting memorial.

Alvin moved to Ontario from Alberton, Prince Edward Island in 1963. In the years following his relocation to the mainland, Alvin found peace and reminders of home in the waters of Bayfield and Goderich. In between long stints working in northern construction and on weekends with his wife Sharon, he could most reliably be found fishing. While not always successful in his catch, Alvin was a strong believer in putting fish on the table for his family whether it be caught by his own hand or discreetly purchased at the local fishmonger, Out of the Blue Fish and Seafood Market.

Alvin leaves behind a loving wife, children, and numerous grandchildren. They are all grateful for a now permanent reminder of one of his favorite fishing holes as well as his generous spirit which has been greatly missed.


Clockwise from Momma Margarita: Spirit, Daiquiri, Caesar and Mango. (Submitted photo)

Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines (BFF) continue to receive requests to take in more cats and kittens and unfortunately, they are at maximum capacity and cannot take in anymore at this time.

Margarita and her fine selection of cocktails, Spirit, Daiquiri, Caesar and Mango are the Adopt A BFF family of the week.

Momma Margarita was one of a litter of kittens from a colony that were not able to be trapped and brought in last Fall, in part due to lack of space at the Rescue at the time and also because Margarita’s Momma was very good at hiding them.

“This Spring of the eight cats that were brought in from that colony six were females around five to six months old and all were pregnant!” said Deb Penhale, representing BFF, and thus highlighting how quickly cats can multiply and the importance of controlling population through spaying and neutering.

Penhale noted that they were also able to trap one adult male who volunteers believe had been dumped.  There is still believed to be one young Momma with a litter now about two and half months old that volunteers continue to look for from that colony.

“If all these young Moms, who had four to five kittens each, had had their litters outdoors in this location the number of kittens born in the next cycle would be crazy,” said Penhale. “And by the end of the year, possibly two cycles later, there could have been hundreds of kittens and that is if only half were female.

“Thanks to the dedication of the people who set up winter shelters and brought food and fresh water we believe most of the kittens survived and have been trapped, vetted and altered, but there is still a list of them waiting for appointments and sadly many are still outside and struggling to survive.”

Penhale went on to say that the group of people that were monitoring and taking care of this colony should be commended for their efforts in stopping the cycle and saving the lives of the ones already born.

“It takes a village, a county, a country to unite and follow in their footsteps of doing the right thing to stop the overpopulation and the suffering.  Thank you to all of you who step up and do what you can. Every kindness helps ease the suffering and no gesture or effort is too small,” she said.

According to Penhale, over the past four years the Municipality of Bluewater has approved a small grant towards helping with the overpopulation.

“They are one of the few municipalities to do so and hopefully others will follow suit and step up as there are no SPCAs or Humane Society’s in Huron County and independent rescues do not receive any sort of government funding,” she said.

The volunteers continue to be grateful for donations of wet food both for kittens and adult cats as well as financial contributions toward food, vaccinations and surgeries.

If anyone would like to send their donations directly to Clinton Veterinary Services where BFF’s rescues receive their care they can do so by sending E-transfers to Please make note that the money is to go to “Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines”. Financial donations may also be sent via E-transfer to or mailed to P.O. Box 33, Bayfield, ON, N0M 1G0.

The adoption fee is $250. Adopted cats are vetted, shots are up-to-date and they are also spayed or neutered. Adoption inquiries may also be made to the BFF’s email address above.

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


The final tally for the Bayfield Lion’s Walk for Dog Guides is in. The event held on June 4 raised $11,894.75. Lion Karen Scott, one of the Walk organizers, extended her thanks to everyone who helped in any way to make 2023 their most successful year to date. (Photo by Jack Pal)


Bayfield Artist Guild members from l-r:: Laura Browne, Reid Kinnear and Trisch Pemberton working en plein air in The Village Bookshop garden. (Submitted photo)

The Bayfield Artist Guild members will be hosting an Art Exhibit and Sale of their works inspired by The Village Bookshop on Saturday, July 8.

The iconic Main Street building and grounds are captured in beautiful impressions by these local artists’ visions. The event will be held at 24 Main Street North, home to the bookshop, the artists’ works will be on display and for sale in the garden from noon to 4 p.m.

In the event of inclement weather, the artists will move their exhibit to the Community Room at 1851 Bayfield Landing located across the street at 21 Main Street North.


Bayfield Vettefest is back for its 15th year this coming weekend!

Things kick off in Clan Gregor Square on Friday, July 7, when vette enthusiasts are invited to gather for a cruise – vehicles will depart the park at 7 p.m. They will return to the park on the morning of July 8, for the car show where visitors can get a closer look at what is under the hood starting at 8 a.m. until 2 or 3 p.m.


Firefighters with the Bayfield Department will be up bright and early on the morning of Saturday, July 8 to prepare for their first Firemen’s Breakfast since 2019.

People are sure to be lining up in advance of the 7 a.m. start in anticipation of pancakes with real Bayfield Maple Syrup, Metzger’s bacon, Bayfield Foodland’s own sausages, potatoes, toast, juice, coffee  provided by Shopbike Coffee Roasters and chocolate milk donated by the Dairy Farmers of Huron County.

Breakfast will be served until noon at the Bayfield Fire Hall, located at 4 Municipal Road in the village.

The cost for the breakfast is adults, $15; and children under 12, $5.


The Bayfield Branch Library is looking for the fastest team of puzzle makers around as a Jigsaw Puzzle Competition will be held there on Saturday, July 15.

People are invited to assemble a team of two to four members ready to go head-to-head against other teams to see who can assemble a 300-piece puzzle the quickest! Registration is required and there will be a limit of eight teams allowed. The competition will run from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Puzzles generously donated by the Rotary Club of Goderich.

Please call 519 565-2886 or email to register.

The Bayfield Branch Library is located at 18 Main Street North in the village.


“Enter the Haggis” are l-r: Rose Baldino, Brian Buchanan, Trevor Lewington, Caroline Browning, Bruce McCarthy and Craig Downie. (Submitted photo)

“Enter the Haggis” will be performing a rare Canadian date at the Bayfield Town Hall on July 19. 

Tickets to the performance by Enter the Haggis are selling for $40 and are available now via Ticketscene: Get Tickets.  The doors of the town hall will open at 7 p.m. with the concert commencing at 7:30 p.m. 

The evening is sponsored by 1851 Bayfield Landing, Stone House Brewery, MacEwan & Feagan Insurance Brokers and Firebrand Entertainment. 


Melisse T. Kurtz (Submitted photo)

The time has arrived for the family of a former village resident to host her celebration of life and a long-distance invitation is sent to those who knew her.

Melisse T. Kurtz, 96, formerly of Lewisburg, Pennsylvania (PA),  entered into rest on Thursday, Feb. 23, at Heather Court Assisted Living, Northumberland, PA.

A service for Melisse  will be held on Saturday, July 15 (what would have been her 97th birthday) at the last pastorate of her late husband Rev. Gordon F. Kurtz – First Baptist Church, 51 S 3rd St, Lewisburg, PA. The service will begin at 11 a.m. followed by a reception.

For those who have an interest but are unable to attend the service it will be recorded and made available for viewing on the First Baptist Lewisburg YouTube channel at a later date.


The numbers of people reaching out for assistance from the Bayfield Area Food Bank (BAFB) continues to grow with 83 clients receiving help during the month of June. The BAFB is only able to help their clients due to the continued generosity of the community providing donations and financial support.

At this time the BAFB inventory is low on such items as soup, crackers and gluten free products.

The BAFB phone number is 519 525-8286. People can also contact the food bank via email at

Collection boxes for donations can be found at the Bayfield Branch Library on Main Street as well as Trinity St. James Anglican Church (outside the entrance to the Parish Hall off the parking lot). There is also a special grocery cart at Bayfield Foodland to welcome donations.

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.


For the month of July, the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) have planned two hikes.

On July 8, learn more about the history of Bayfield on the “Admiral Bayfield Walk,” led by local historian David Yates.  The author has written five books on Bayfield history, including “Admiral Henry Wolsey Bayfield, Master Chart Maker of the Great Lakes and St Lawrence River”.  Participants will walk the Heritage Trail which makes its way along the village streets. Participants are asked to meet at Clan Gregor Square by the playground at 10 a.m. The walk will last approximately 90 minutes.

On July 22, there will be a guided tour of Hullett Marsh at the Hullett Provincial Wildlife Area, east of Clinton. This is a major wetland habitat with a variety of unique flora and fauna. The hike will begin at 10 a.m. Participants are asked to meet at 80602 Wildlife Line, in the parking lot at the start of the Blue Trail. This is the first parking lot on Wildlife Line going north from Clinton. Hikers are encouraged to bring bug spray, sunscreen and to wear long pants (due to ticks).

The hikes are free and open to the public without pre-registration. The schedule is subject to change, so always check for updates in the Bayfield Breeze, the BRVTA Facebook page or the Municipality of Bluewater events calendar. People can also contact the hike coordinator, Ralph Blasting, by calling 519 525-3205 or emailing


The Red Table Book Sale offers a good variety of adult fiction and non-fiction books as well as children’s books. Payment is by donation. (Photo by Janet Vogelsang)

The Friends of Bayfield Library (FOBL) Red Table Book Sale is now underway at the Bayfield Branch Library. Visitors to the library will find the Red Table inside the library just in front of the window. Book sale times are during normal library hours from now to Aug. 31.

Unlike the two-day book sales held in previous years, this one will be running continuously until the end of August. That means two whole months of book browsing and lots of great reading!

The Red Table will be regularly stocked with books while supplies last. Payment is by donation. All funds raised through the Book Sale will help to support the Bayfield Library and community programs such as “Saturdays at the Library” speaker series, “Coffee & Chat” groups, and Gingerbread Decorating as well as other fun events throughout the year. The generous support of the community is so appreciated!

FOBL sincerely thanks everyone who answered the call for book donations to make this special book sale possible.


Talented Lego builders showcased their story telling abilities at the June 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 next on Saturday, July 15.

The club’s fifth 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.


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!


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 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 Dean of Education at Western University is putting the call out to all UWO alum in hopes of starting a Western University Huron County Alumni Chapter. In addition to her full-time position as Dean, Bayfield resident, Donna Kotsopoulos, is herself a UWO alum (M.Ed.’04, Ph.D.’07).

“Last year, I had the opportunity to attend the Elgin County Alumni Chapter event, this group of alumni host events to raise funds for Western scholarships for Elgin County students,” said Kotsopoulos. “I wonder if there is interest in starting a similar group for Huron County?”

Anyone who may have an interest in establishing such a group is invited to fill out this form: Expression of Interest Huron County Alumni Chapter.


The EarlyON Child and Family Centre is hosting the Bayfield Playgroup at the Bayfield Arena and Community Centre, 4 Jane Street, on Thursday mornings.

The sessions are held from 10-11:30 a.m. and are free to all families/caregivers with infants to children aged six years.

The Playgroup offers indoor, outdoor and virtual program options as well as telephone and email support for parents and caregivers. In addition to the program being welcoming, fun and interactive, they provide parents with ideas of activities to do at home to enhance their child’s development.

Pre-registration is recommended by emailing or or calling 519 524-9999. To learn more visit or follow them on Instagram and Facebook at @HuronEarlyON.



People enjoyed seeing brightly costumed dancers and basked in the sounds of music playing, while children were invited to bang on the drums during circle time and all were encouraged to sample a variety of food offerings – making the Huron Multicultural Festival a real delight for the senses.

Huron County Cultural Services and the Huron Arts and Heritage Network joined forces to once again bring the Festival to Courthouse Park in Goderich on June 25. Taking to the stage in the park were such groups as the Crakovia Polish Folk Dance Ensemble, Peruvian Roots, eKhaya, Light of the East Ensemble and Dumai Dunai.

Food and beverage as well as musical entertainment, dancing, arts and crafts and children’s programming brought a variety of cultures together for residents and visitors to both learn about and celebrate.


The Leadership class at Mitchell District High School hosted a charity basketball game to raise funds for such causes as the Seaforth Community Hospital Foundation and they recently took part in a cheque presentation. Back row l–r are: Daymiyen Grant, Andreas Harmer, Logan Nugent, Jamie Feltz, Talbot Geiger, Joy Belfour, Stephanie Phillips, Lauren McKay, Katherine Havenga, Alia Poirier and Ron Lavoie, Seaforth Community Hospital Foundation chair. Front row l-r are: Past Chair of the Board of the Huron-Perth Healthcare Alliance, Dick Burgess; Ms. Carly McLeod, Carter Miller, Kate Drost, Avery Richardson, Libby Jubinville, Shawni DeJong and Tammy Ruenroengchan. Absent were: Will Korver, Luke Murray, Kale Murray, Cole Hannon and Jordyn Crawford. (Submitted photo)

The Seaforth Community Hospital Foundation is very grateful to receive a donation in the amount of $700 from Mitchell District High School.

In May, the Leadership class at Mitchell District High School hosted a charity basketball game. Staff and students took on members of the  Ontario Provincial Police. The students were responsible for organizing the game and other activities that day.

“This was a wonderful student lead initiative,” noted Ron Lavoie, Seaforth Community Hospital Foundation chair. “The Foundation is honored to be one of the recipients receiving funds from this event.”

Carly McLeod, teacher of the Leadership class, could not be more proud of her students. “They did a great job organizing this event! They showed great leadership and community involvement.”

The donation will be used towards equipment to enhance patient care at the Seaforth Community Hospital.

“Once again, appreciation is extended to the students of the leadership class and Ms. McLeod for their efforts,” concluded Lavoie.


Get Ready! On Saturday, Sept. 23, the lights will go up on the fourth annual Huron Hospice Telethon with headliners including: include Amanda McClure and Tom Burke from Seaforth, Josh Geddis from Bayfield and Clinton’s own Grant McMillan.

This year the Telethon will be live from the Kingsbridge Centre starting at 6:30 p.m.

First held in 2020, the Telethon was an original Huron Hospice solution to fundraising during a pandemic.

“We thought it would be ‘One Night Only’! However, the event was so successful and so much fun that we just had to do it again and again and again,” said Huron Hospice Executive Director, Willy Van Klooster. “Having the opportunity to hold a live show allows us to celebrate the best of Huron County in person.”

The organizers also announced that Gil Garratt, Artistic Director of the Blyth Festival, Gil Garratt and Member of Parliament, Ben Lobb will join Alecia Anderson, Huron County coordinator of Tourism and Local Food as celebrity emcees.

“We are pleased to have the three of them join us again. Each brings a deep understanding of Huron County and the arts scene. The fact that Alecia, Ben and Gil are making time for Huron Hospice shows how important the Hospice is for everyone across the County,” said Christopher Walker, Huron Hospice manager of Fund Development.

Walker also thanked the creative team at Faux Pop Studios in Goderich. “Faux Pop helps us put together a wonderful show. It will be an entertaining evening.”

Tickets for the Concert are $50 each. The ticket price includes a complimentary Concert Shuttle. Guests must reserve their shuttle seats when they buy their tickets on a first-come, first-serve basis. Murphy’s Bus Lines generously donated the use of three buses for the evening.

The event will have cash bar service and beef on a bun provided by Cardiff Catering from Brussels. Of course, a vegetarian option and cookies will be available. Hospice will cover food costs by donation.

The event is one of the year’s most important fundraising events for Huron Hospice. Funds raised each year ensure the Hospice can support over 200 families across Huron County. Whether it is hospice palliative care at Bender House or in a family home or loss and grief support, there is no cost for the services of Huron Hospice. Every year the Ontario Government covers half of Huron Hospice’s costs. Donors contribute the other half.

Tickets are available through the Huron Hospice website at: Telethon 2023 or by calling Christopher Walker at 519 525-7352.

The Kingsbridge Centre is located at 84675A Bluewater Highway, Goderich, ON.


Anyone who stopped in to the Ironwood Golf Club near Exeter last week will have likely seen this TipTap machine – a new fundraising opportunity for the Huron County Food Bank Distribution Centre. (Submitted photo)

The Huron County Food Bank Distribution Centre (HCFBDC) is undertaking a new fundraising initiative: TipTap machines.

The TipTap device is easy for staff, volunteers and customers to make a donation to HCFBDC with a quick tap of their credit or debit card or phone.

With the declining use of cash and over 70 percent of people preferring touchless payments, the people behind the HCFBDC feel this is a great way to raise needed funds for food purchases to support the food-aid agencies in Huron County. They will be asking some area businesses and event organizers to display their “tap” machines for one week throughout the summer.

They would like to thank Ironwood Golf Club (Golf North), near Exeter;  McLean’s Home Hardware and the Growling Gator, both in Grand Bend for hosting a device for the first week that ran from June 19-26.

To learn where the TipTap machines will appear next visit the Huron County Food Bank Distribution Centre on Facebook.


On June 17,  Member of Provincial Parliament for Huron Bruce Lisa Thompson announced that the governments of Canada and Ontario are investing up to $1.7 million over three years to launch the “Promoting Agri-Food Careers” Initiative in conjunction with Agricultural Societies across the province.

“I am pleased to see this support for Ontario agricultural societies so they can join focused efforts to increase awareness about the amazing career paths our agriculture and food sectors provide,” said Lisa Thompson. “Promoting the diversity and scope of careers in the agri-food sector is critical to developing a workforce that is adaptable to facilitate growth and advancement of Ontario’s agri-food industry. By partnering with agricultural societies, we will further support the goal outlined in our Grow Ontario Strategy to increase total agri-food sector employment by 10 per cent by 2032.”

This two-phased initiative is being funded through the Sustainable Canadian Agricultural Partnership (SCAP) and will provide support to agricultural societies as they seek to increase awareness and promote jobs in the agri-food industry and attract the next generation of agri-food leaders. More details on phase one of the initiative will be available soon.

Eligible agricultural societies may apply for funding through the annual return and grant application process beginning in November.

Ontario’s 213 agricultural societies are represented by the Ontario Association of Agricultural Societies. Agricultural societies encourage awareness of agriculture and promote improvements in rural quality of life.

SCAP is a five-year (2023-2028), $3.5-billion investment by federal‐provincial and territorial governments to strengthen competitiveness, innovation, and resiliency in the agriculture, agri‐food and agri‐based products sector. This includes $1 billion in federal programs and activities and $2.5 billion in cost-shared programs and activities by federal, provincial, and territorial governments.


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.

At the workshop participants will learn simple and common-sense methods to assess the energy of indoor and outdoor space and how to make changes through placement, color and texture of certain objects. The workshop has been designed for beginners who have little or no knowledge of Feng Shui, just the desire to learn something new.

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.

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.

According to Varekamp, Feng Shui is the study of how your environment affects you and your quality of life, how to become aware of the deep relationship you have with your surroundings, and how to better arrange your environment. Feng Shui is not a belief system or religion – you don’t need to believe in it in order for it to work. It has nothing to do with changing your luck, but it will help you create a space that promotes feelings of happiness and wellbeing.

“Have you ever been in a space that feels uncomfortable, but don’t know why, let alone how to change it? This is where Feng Shui can help, often by implementing simple and inexpensive changes,” said Varekamp.

Feng Shui can be implemented in any home, regardless of size or ownership, as well as outdoor spaces, and places of business such as retail, office, or classrooms. Learning and implementing the principles of Feng Shui can help you create a house or garden that welcomes you home. Simply put – when you live and work in a place that feels good, your attitude will likely become more positive, improving your quality of life.

Varekamp explained, “Feng Shui observes the relationship between the seen and unseen forces of nature. You too can learn how to blend harmoniously with a friendly, comfortable and positive environment! There is no need to be a designer, Feng Shui can be practiced by anyone. Once you have learned some basic principles, it can be life altering how quickly and easily you will be able to assess any space.”

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.

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! This is a scent-free event.

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



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: To conclude the series we highlight the work of Blacksmith Jim Wallace. 

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Back in 2020 Bayfield won the “FM96 Best Small Town Competition” in the FM96 listening area out of 32 towns participating. The prize for winning this voting competition was a visit from morning show hosts Taz and Jim who would broadcast live from the village. Due to the pandemic the visit was delayed until June 22-23 when Bayfield laid out the red carpet for the duo.

Arriving on the afternoon of June 22, The Little Inn of Bayfield became their home base but they had little time to unpack as they were scheduled to embark on a tour of the village and surrounding countryside. The Bayfield and Area Chamber of Commerce (BACC) would like to extend thanks to Jaime McDougall for providing accommodations for hosting the personalities and their team.

Bayfield Ward Councilor for the Municipality of Bluewater, Bill Whetstone took them on a walk along the village’s heritage Main Street where they stopped in at some of the businesses. While checking out Archies Surf Shop, Taz and Jim were gifted with Bayfield shirts which they then wore for the day.

Following the walk they boarded a limo from WAVE Limo and Tours along with members of the BACC Board of Directors for a whirlwind tour. The BACC gives special thanks to WAVE for gifting the limo and driver for the day’s adventures.

“People were invited to meet us at any or all of the stops,” said Secretary-Treasurer of the BACC Terri Louch. “A detailed press release was provided and at each stop in the village the historical info was shared. It was a very busy day with lots of fun!”

During the tour, Taz and Jim did interviews with business owners to be used the next day on the radio broadcast.

First on the agenda was a quick game of croquet at the Bayfield International Croquet Club. This was followed by a walk through Pioneer Park where its origins were explained and they were also provided with an introduction to the new sailboat installations.

Then they were treated to a quick drive to view the marina and beach as well as the new bridge before it was off to their first of six winery or brewery visits. Visits were made to River Road Brewing and Hops, Stonehouse Brewery, Hessenland Inn and Schatz Winery, Bad Apple Brewing, Cornerfield Winery, and Bayfield Brewing Company.

Upon their return to the village they were shown the new Bayfield Mural at the Bayfield Arena and Community Centre – the perfect location for a photo op! A quick drive by the historic Bayfield Town Hall and Clan Gregor Square was also in order.

Taz and Jim enjoyed dinner at the Black Dog Pub and Bistro before taking part in a day ending meet and greet at The Albion Hotel where the public could chat and take selfies with them.

No sooner than heads hit the pillow it was time to get up again as the morning show hit the airwaves at 5:30 a.m. on June 23.  And although this may have been a wee bit early for some of their hosts, all were ready at the appointed hour with the broadcast “booth” set up in front of the Bayfield Branch Library adjacent to Admiral Bayfield Square. Breakfast was provided by BACC.

“Many guests visited to discuss Bayfield and all that is offered here. Taz and Jim spoke with the organizers of the campaign to have Bayfield voted as Best Small Town in 2020 – Tara Heard and Dale Evans. They both did a considerable amount of work to ensure that people were aware of the opportunity and to encourage voting! We cannot thank them enough,” said Louch.

During the broadcast, there were discussions about Main Street Revitalization, why people should visit Bayfield as well as upcoming events in the area.

“The show was extended by 30 minutes to accommodate all that the team had to include about their amazing adventure,” said Louch. “In fact, Taz and Jim loved the area so much that Jim came back for the weekend with his new wife!”

And if that doesn’t express why Bayfield is the Best Small Town in any year, nothing will.




Laser focused…By Peter Berkley

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With this issue, the Bayfield Breeze enters its 15th year of publication and what an amazing journey it has been! Upon reaching this milestone, I think it is fitting that we should pass along our thanks to so many who have, and continue to, support us. 

We are so grateful to our regular content contributors and talented photographers that have made all 730 issues possible. And we are indebted to our advertisers, who, with their financial support, ensure that we can continue to bring you the happenings in the village and surrounds. 

Thank you also to those who have given monetary donations to help support our work. Some of you have even chosen to give recurring monthly payments and that is such an amazing gift to us to help cover the expenses that come with publishing online. 

Our list of subscribers continues to grow, with new people signing up each week. Thanks to everyone who has spread the word about our online newspaper and encouraged others to sign up as well. 

I know I say it a whole heck of a lot – but it takes a village – and we are proud to be your voice. 

Happy anniversary Bayfield Breeze!  – Melody 

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