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The Bayfield BreezeIssue 740 Week 38 Vol 15

September 13, 2023


Issue 740 Week 38 Vol 15
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Clan Gregor Square will be bustling with activity on Sunday, Sept. 24 when Volkfest comes to Bayfield. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)

Two-hundred classic and vintage VWs are expected to descend onto the village for the ninth Volkfest on Sunday, Sept. 24.

Clan Gregor Square will be the place to be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for Volkswagen enthusiasts as well as those who love music, food and arts and crafts.

Scheduled to perform are: Derek O’Halloran, Jay Kipps, The Honey Sweethearts and the Bayfield Ukulele Society (BUS).

There will also be food trucks and an arts and crafts market to round out the event.

VW owners are invited to attend a weekend campout at the Rock Glen Family Resort in Arkona, ON in the days leading up to the festival and then on Sunday they will cruise to Bayfield via Hwy. 21 starting at 9:30 a.m. The Beetles and Microbuses are scheduled to arrive at the park about 10:30 a.m.

For more information please contact


Vanessa Dewson (Submitted photo)

The 10th annual Fall Foto Fest (FFF), presented by the Photography Club of Bayfield, will take place on Friday evening, Sept. 29 and all-day Saturday, Sept. 30.

The theme this year is “Travel: Near and Far”. The presenters, Kyle Blaney, Vanessa Dewson, Don Johnston and Stuart Heggie are eager to provide people with great learning opportunities to expand their photographic horizons regardless of their current skill level.

Did you know that one of the Club’s aims is to promote an increased awareness and interest in photography, regardless of skill level, throughout the community? Everyone is welcome to attend the kickoff event to the weekend with Keynote Speaker, Kyle Blaney, on Friday evening at 7 p.m. at the Bayfield Community Centre and Arena. Payment is at the door or in advance online.

Vanessa Dewson is an accredited member of the Professional Photographers of Canada, a teacher, writer and founder of a travel company.  She will present two workshops on Saturday.  In the morning “Travel Photography Tips and Tricks” and in the afternoon, “Creative Camera Techniques” to boost people’s travel photographs.

Workshops will run throughout Saturday with morning and afternoon sessions along with a bonus evening workshop (weather permitting). The workshops are each limited to 15 registrants to ensure the maximum interaction and learning. Given the limited number of registration spots available, interested individuals are therefore encouraged to register now so that they can guarantee getting the workshop of their choice.

Follow the link to: Fall Foto Fest  to learn more details about presenters and instructions on how to register.


“Let’s do the Time Warp again!”

Bayfield Indie Film Series is bringing “Rocky Horror Picture Show” to the Bayfield Town Hall for one showing only on Tuesday, Oct.31st at 7:30 p.m.. People are encouraged to dress up in their finest Halloween, Rocky-inspired costumes and join in the mayhem!

For those who have not experienced this comic, cult classic, be forewarned, it can get pretty exciting! The story begins when sweethearts, Brad and Janet, are stranded on a wild and rainy night with a flat tire and they innocently approach a spooky mansion for assistance. They are greeted by Dr. Frank-N-Furter and this odd story unfolds, revealing a cast of interesting, bizarre and extravagant characters.

This will be a licensed event with a cash bar. Advance tickets are $10 and are available by contacting Tickets at the door are $12. After the film, all movie goers are invited back to Bayfield Brewing Company where the festivities will continue!

Bayfield Indie Films is proud to premiere their newly acquired surround sound system, purchased at the Pioneer Park Rummage Sale and donated to Bayfield Town Hall. Bayfield Indie Film Series is the creation of six local movie enthusiasts who thought it would be fun to offer unique entertainment to this community. All profits from the films will continue to go back into the community to support and nurture creativity in beautiful Bayfield.


Bayfield Centre for the Arts LogoThe Bayfield Centre for the Arts (BCA) is calling for submissions from photographers to wrap the eight hydro transformer boxes now installed on the village’s Heritage Main Street. The 2023 call for submissions is for nature and outdoor-themed designs. Through this public call, it is hoped that the beauty and natural splendor of Huron County will be captured, displayed and promoted on the pad-mounted transformer boxes on Main Street Bayfield for years to come.

The “That’s a Wrap Bayfield” hydro box art program will enliven the landscape, help to camouflage the presence of the many boxes on the heritage street and visually connect the community of Bayfield to residents and visitors.

The BCA is seeking photographers to submit large format images of flora, water, river and other natural, lush and blooming vegetation such as plants, shrubs, ivy, bushes, weeds, flowers, grasses, fields, rivers, (no sky in image) all captured in full bloom in August, September and October. Please note no late fall or winter photography will be considered. Original photographs only.

This opportunity is open to photographers who live, work or operate in Ontario. The theme of the design must include plant life from nature that is natural to Huron County. No imagery that includes people, buildings, man-made structures or vehicles will be considered.

Photographers must complete entry submissions by Nov. 30. The target installation date on the hydro boxes is early summer 2024. Upcoming events surrounding this project for which dates have yet to be determined, include an exhibit of the project entries, People’s Choice Award voting and the announcement of winning photographs.

  • Send submissions to with the Subject line That’s a Wrap with your name and phone number, image name (if any), and location of where the image was taken by Nov.  30. 
  • Each artist is only allowed to submit a maximum of three images 
  • Upload a panoramic or wide angle photo, @300 DPI min. (Boxes measure approx. 55” wide x 45“ long x 40“ high.)
  • Repeating or landscape images are required (no vertical imagery) You do not need to show how it will wrap around the hydro box, but you may include that if you wish. The That’s a Wrap Committee will determine how the selected artworks will be applied to the box and the box location.

Any artists in Ontario can submit to the competition.  If their photography is selected the artists will receive the following:

  • A $150 honorarium cheque per image from BCA for use of their artwork on the wraps. 
  • Their name and title (if any) of the photograph will be shown on the BCA website only (not on the boxes).
  • The photograph will be displayed as part of the That’s a Wrap exhibit.
  • The photographer still owns, and can sell, the artwork.  

A That’s a Wrap Committee (made up of community members) will evaluate the submissions and choose the winning images. Additionally, the community is invited to participate and select the recipient of the highly coveted People’s Choice award.

All submissions must then be approved by the Heritage Advisory Committee of Bluewater and Hydro One.  


 “Nobody is ever going to call me a quitter. ” – Terry Fox

Bayfield will be the location for a Terry Fox Run on Sunday, Sept. 17. Participants who wish are welcome to join a guided group that will be leaving from the Clan Gregor Square gazebo at 10 a.m. to walk a 3 km route. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)

At 18 years-old Terry Fox was diagnosed with cancer and lost his leg. Two years later Terry started training to run across Canada. In 1980 he began his Marathon of Hope, raising funds and hoping for a cure for all cancers. Terry ran over 5,000 km – covering six provinces – to raise funds and share his message. Unfortunately, Terry’s health deteriorated, forcing him to abandon the Marathon. People all across Canada have since run every year in memory of Terry and as a result over 850 million dollars has been raised for cancer research.

On Sunday, Sept. 17, people are encouraged to run, walk or bike and raise funds to keep Terry’s dream alive. Bayfield has raised over $55,000 through Terry Fox Runs, and for this support organizers are truly very grateful. A guided group will be leaving from the Clan Gregor Square gazebo at 10 a.m. to walk a 3 km route.  If people would prefer to run, bike or rollerblade, they should feel free to choose their own route and time. Participants may register online as an individual, family or team and start collecting pledges. The process is extremely simple; visit: Terry Fox Run Bayfield to register at the Bayfield site.

Donations can be made on the same site; people can sponsor a registrant or make a general donation. They can also scan the QR Code on all the signs posted in town, enabling them to make a donation through their phone.

Those who prefer to donate to the Terry Fox Foundation by cash or cheque are invited to meet the organizers on Sunday, Sept. 17 between 9-10 a.m. at the gazebo in Clan Gregor Square. They will also be selling 2023 Terry Fox T-shirts at $25 each and have 2023 participation seals available. Also, for those interested, they can take a selfie during this time in front of a large Terry Fox poster!

The Bayfield Terry Fox Run is organized by volunteers of the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association. If you have any questions, please email

For further information regarding the Terry Fox Foundation, please visit


Frick and Frack (Submitted photo)

Every week the volunteers at Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines (BFF) encounter seemingly unimaginable challenges in protecting the cats and kittens that come into their care; two such kittens are the focus of Adopt a BFF this week.

Frick and Frack are the Adopt a BFF kittens of the week.

These tiny siblings were found several days apart but they were pretty darn happy to be reunited!

Frick and Frack are pretty hardy little souls to have survived in a fairly open field until  caring people found them and took immediate action.

“They have done nothing but eat, sleep, eat, play, and repeat – just as little babies should,” said Deb Penhale, representing BFF. “It seems there was no seasonal break between kittens being born this year. We have had kittens coming in non-stop and now that Fall is fast approaching there will be even more. Once again we are desperately looking for fosters – we are currently beyond full and need places for kittens and their Momma’s to go to. No one wants to be left out in the cold.”

Anyone interested in adopting Frick and Frack is asked to reach out to BFF through Facebook or email BFF now has a new Facebook group dedicated to adoptions known as “Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines ADOPTION Group” so people can view even more of the fur babies ready for homes.

In addition to accepting monetary donations, BFF now has an Amazon wish list. This list contains items they need for the day-to-day care of their cats and kittens as well as some truly “wish” items. Items are marked as to their priority, number needed, and many explain what their use will be. There is a wide variety of prices and BFF appreciates whatever you can supply. Items need not be purchased through Amazon, the list is merely a guideline.

To view the items on the list please visit:  BFF Wish List.

Financial donations may also be sent via E-transfer to the email listed above 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.




Work has commenced at the location that will soon be the home of the “Two Cow” Barn, future home to a Bayfield Wagon and Carriage Work Landau. The first job on the to-do list is a sidewalk connecting the future barn location, behind the Bayfield Historical Society Archives and Heritage Centre with the Main Street sidewalk. This connecting sidewalk will run between the Archives and the business next door.

The work began on Sept. 8 with the help of Darcy Rathwell, from Gold Coast Landscaping of Bayfield, who provided the mini-excavator to dig a 120 feet of sidewalk. Mike DeCorte, Matt Wilkinson and Paul HIll worked alongside with shovels. They encountered a few obstacles such as old tree roots, fibre conduits and old telephone lines but got the job done. Backfilling with 50 tonnes of gravel followed by compaction was next on the list and work got underway on this on Sept. 10.

This project is totally funded by the Bayfield Lions Club and the Bayfield Historical Society, via donations. The “Two Cow” Barn will be gifted to the Municipality of Bluewater when completed.

Lions Doug Vanderhaar and Mike DeCorte are managing the project with some in-kind services, such as the sidewalk construction, to keep overall costs within budget.


After four years of staying home, the Editor is taking a holiday and as a result readers can look forward to some Hiatus Issues.

Thank you to everyone who submitted early! Those with events occurring between today (Sept. 13)  and Oct. 4th are encouraged to submit their own coverage of these happenings through photos and stories for publication at a later date.

Live issues of the Bayfield Breeze will resume on Oct. 11.


Bayfield Ward Councilor for the Municipality of Bluewater, Bill Whetstone will hold his next Councilor’s Corner on Sept. 19.

The evening will include an open discussion on the proposed Bedrock Energy project; as well as updates on the Short Term Rentals bylaw and the Speed Reduction Pilot Project.

“And as always any other questions or concerns that people would like to bring up for discussion,” said Whetstone.

The evening will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Bayfield Community Centre.

The Bayfield Community Centre and Arena is located at 4 Jane Street in the village.


As the school year is fast approaching, the Municipality of Bluewater is inviting families with young children in the community to fill out a survey with regards to the need for before and after school programs in the area.

They would like to hear from as many families as possible to see where the need is and work toward providing a solution. A link to the survey can be found by visiting: Before and After School Care.


The Bayfield Skating Club is ready to glide into the fun of their 2023-2024 season at the Bayfield Community Centre and Arena!

Their programs suit a range of skating levels. From learning the basics in “Learn to Skate”, building skills for all ice sports in “CanSkate”, an introduction to figure skating in “Intro to STAR”, and fast-paced “Power Skills and Drills”, skaters will have fun staying active this winter. Programs are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

The Tuesday schedule is: Learn to Skate, 5-5:30 p.m.; CanSkate, 5:40-6:30 p.m.; and Intro to STAR, 6:30-7:20 p.m. Two sessions of Power Skills and Drills will be held on Thursdays from 5:30-6:20 p.m. and 6:30-7:20 p.m.

Registration opened on Saturday, Sept. 9 at 10 a.m. and will be held online at:  Bayfield Skating Club Registration.

Questions? Email to learn more.


The Bayfield Garden Club will host an author at their meeting in October.

On Oct. 16, Bonnie Sitter, co-author of the book “Onion Skins and Peach Fuzz – Memories of Ontario Farmerettes” will be speaking about the stories in and creation of this book.

All are welcome to attend this meetings that will be held at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building starting at 7 p.m. Refreshments and a draw table will also be highlights of the evening.

The Bayfield Lions’ Community Building is located at 6 Municipal Road in the village.


The “Coffee & Chat” group at the Bayfield Branch Library has reconvened following a summer break. The Friends of Bayfield Library extend a warm welcome to all who would like to join in.

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

The “Coffee & Chat” group will meet in the Bayfield Library Meeting Room every Tuesday from 2-3:30 p.m. The program will extend until the end of June 2024.

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


Mah Jongg is now being played at the Bayfield Branch Library on the first and third Wednesday of the month.

Participants are asked to arrive at 12:45 p.m.

All are welcome to take part in this Rummy type game that is played with tiles instead of cards. Instructions are always available.

For more information please email Pat Lewington at


The front cover of the Bayfield Lions’ Calendar for 2024 features the mural painted on the side of the Bayfield Community Centre and Arena as photographed by Jack Pal. (Submitted photo)

The Bayfield Lions’ Club is proud to announce the launch of its 2024 Bayfield Calendar this past weekend  This is the 14th edition of the calendar and the 12th as a joint project of the Bayfield Lions and the Photography Club of Bayfield.

These beautiful calendars would make an ideal Christmas gift or souvenir and can be purchased for $20 from any Lion member as well as from Bayfield’s premiere volunteer salesperson, Justyne Chojnacka. The calendars can also be purchased at Bayfield Convenience, Bayfield Foodland, or The Village Bookshop or by going directly to the Bayfield Lions’ website: Bayfield Lions’ Calendar  and following the instructions there.


The Friends of Bayfield Library (FOBL) Annual General Meeting is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 23.

This one hour meeting shall begin at 11 a.m. in the Bayfield Branch Library Meeting Room. Anyone who wishes to join the meeting via ZOOM is welcome to do so. Please pre-register to receive the  link at: ZOOM registration.

The meeting will cover FOBL’s progress over the past year, including special events and projects undertaken.

The Annual General Meeting is open to the public and all are welcome.


Bayfield Lego Club has moved to the second Saturday of the month – so the next meeting will be held on Oct.14. Families with an interest in Lego design and creativity are invited to come and further “their love for the brick”!

The club’s eighth 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. 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.


Harp Therapist Martha Lawrance, will be offering two Harp Therapy and Guided Imagery Autumn Sound Bath Sessions on Sept. 21 and Oct. 19 at Trinity St. James Anglican Church in Bayfield.

These one-hour sessions will be held starting at 3 p.m. and will be dedicated to the sixth chakra (area of the third eye) in a listening and resonance space. While listening to the harp, 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 for one session or $30 for both. To learn more visit and to register please email

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


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

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

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


The congregation of Trinity St. James Anglican Church will welcome Harpist Martha Lawrance  as she will provide some special music at the Holy Eucharist service on Sept. 17.

All are welcome to attend the Wednesday services that are held at 10:30 a.m. or Sunday services at 11 a.m.

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


Members of Knox Presbyterian Church in Bayfield are currently gathering items for re-use and upcycling. Upcycling takes something no longer in use and gives it a second life with new functions. For example the outer milk bag can be upcycled into sleeping mats. The mats are distributed to people in need throughout the world. Knox Bayfield gathers used stamps, empty egg cartons, outer milk bags and eyeglasses. People can contribute by bringing their items to the church between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Sundays and Mondays (excluding holidays).

People are also invited to join in a book discussion. Participants meet on the lower level of the church at noon on Mondays (excluding holidays). The reading is a launching point for discussions about life and faith. The current focus is “Shalom Sistas – Living Wholeheartedly in a Brokenhearted World” by Osheta Moore. For those who wish to take part, the book can be purchased at: The Village Bookshop.

The Presbyterian Connection newspaper unites Presbyterians across Canada through stories, reflections, interviews and articles that allow them to share and develop their faith. It is distributed four times per year, free of charge. Anyone interested in reading the publication online can visit:  Presbyterian Connection or they can contact the National Church Office at 1-800-619-7301 Ext. 243 to set up a free paper subscription.

Health, social and economic wellbeing diminish when housing is unstable.There are steps people can take to advocate for cooperative or social housing initiatives to allow for housing equity for all. Everyone is welcome to join in the discussion held in the church basement most Mondays 1:15-2 p.m. (excluding holidays). What can individuals do? They can advocate that adequate housing is a human right. They can also get involved and support cooperative or social housing initiatives. Please speak with Rev Lisa Dolson to join in the letter campaigns to elected officials. More information can also be found at: Presbyterian Advocacy.

All are welcome to worship services on Sundays at 11 a.m.  Prayer requests can be shared in several ways. Please contact the minister by emailing for more information.


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.

With autumn approaching, 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. 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.


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.


On Saturday, Sept. 30,  the South Huron Art Centre will be hosting a one-day ‘plein air’ workshop with Paint Ontario winner, Denise Antaya, at the Ausable Bayfield Morrison Dam pavilion located just outside Exeter, ON.

Antaya received signature status in Oil Painters of America and the National Oil and Acrylic Painter Society. She is a member of the International Guild of Realism where she received numerous awards which included “Best in Show” for “Catching the Light”. She is a member of the Salmagundi Club in NY, one of North America’s oldest clubs where noted artists like Norman Rockwell, Emil Carlsen, N.C. Wyeth (to name a few) belonged.

Her work has received numerous awards and is in collectors’ homes in Canada, the United States, the UK and even as far as Singapore. She was chosen for an article in Fine Art Connoisseur as “Five to Watch”.

Antaya just returned from jurying a National Show in Colorado and doing a demo to kick off their ‘plein air’ event for the National Oil and Acrylic Painting Society.

In addition to winning this year’s Paint Ontario, Antaya recently won honorable mention in a prestigious ‘plein air’ exhibit in Spain.

Plein air painting is about leaving the four walls of the studio behind and experiencing painting and drawing in the landscape. The practice goes back for centuries but was truly made into an art form by the French Impressionists. Their desire to paint light and its changing, ephemeral qualities, coupled with the creation of transportable paint tubes and the box easel—the precursor to the ‘plein air’ easels of today—allowed artists the freedom to paint “en plein air,” which is the French expression for “in the open air.”

Recently, Ruth Anne Merner, one of the board directors for the South Huron Arts Centre, caught up with Antaya and asked her about her work. Part I of their conversation follows in the form of a Q&A:

Merner: What drew you to ‘plein air’ painting?

Antaya: I love painting and I love outdoors so it seemed a perfect combination. I also know how photos lie. They blow out lights and make darks too dark. I realized in order to improve my studio work, direct observation was needed. So, when a photo makes things too dark, I can draw on my experience in the field to help me make decisions on color etc. Both are good practices – studio and ‘plein air’ for a well-rounded education.

Merner: How do you choose your painting locations?

Antaya: Choosing painting locations is based on light. A boring, everyday scene can become exciting based on light. It has to grab me. But also, the challenge of making a regular everyday scene appealing will also stop me. Some days I just go to a spot and start painting and using artistic licence, come up with something. I don’t always succeed but failures are great for learning purposes. No painting time is wasted.

Merner: What challenges do you face when painting outdoors?

Antaya: Outdoor painting challenges like no other. You face wind, rain, heat, cold, bugs, and changing light faster than you can get it down. My biggest challenges are me and my need to get things straight…that’s why buildings are so hard for me.

Merner: Do you have a favorite time of day or season to paint outdoors?

Antaya: Fall is my favorite – love the colors not only in the trees, but the grasses and weeds. Love early morning or as the sun starts to go down. Long shadows and golden light are great for composition. Each season has its beauty though. Winter is also appealing, despite the cold.

Merner: Can you describe your typical ‘plein air’ setup and materials?

Antaya: Tripod, Edgeprogear Sketchbook, paintbrushes, paint, Gamsol, paper towels, panel carrier for wet panels, linen panels, viewfinder to assess composition all in a backpack that has wheels so can be carried, pulled, or worn as a backpack. I stand when I work. I also have an umbrella. A hat is a must, sunscreen, bug spray, water, and a snack. Comfortable shoes, dress in layers. Often the day starts cool and warms up as you go, so it’s great to be able to take off jackets etc. as you go. I also bring gloves but don’t always wear them. (You should though.)

Look for Part II of Ruth Anne Merner’s interview with ‘Plein Air” Artist Denise Antaya in the next issue of the Bayfield Breeze, Sept. 20.

To register for the Sept. 30 (rain date Oct. 1st) workshop please visit


This photo shows an Ausable Bayfield Conservation tree planting crew at work. Hundreds of local participating landowners plant tens of thousands of trees each year in Ausable Bayfield watersheds. (Submitted photo)

Autumn doesn’t begin until Sept. 23 but now is a good time to order trees for fall planting, according to Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA).

Local landowners plant tens of thousands of trees each year through spring and fall tree order programs. This tree planting provides benefits to individual properties and also to the larger watershed community, said Ian Jean, Forestry and Land Stewardship Specialist with ABCA.

“People who plant trees can see benefits at the property scale in terms of wind protection and shade and more birds and wildlife,” he said. “The benefits of individuals planting trees extend to the entire watershed community in protecting our shared soil and water resources and improving the resiliency of our natural systems which face new pests and a changing climate.”

Spring and fall are both good times to plant trees, Jean said. “Weather cools in these seasons,” he said. “While trees are in dormancy in fall or spring, they are better able to handle the stress of transplanting.”

Certain trees, types of planting stock, and locations are better suited than others to fall planting.

“Frost heaving can be a problem for fall planting of very small, bare-root seedlings, which are available in spring,” Jean said. “In the fall, we handle only larger trees in pots or in root-ball-in-burlap format and we have good success planting those larger-size trees.”

The two-foot Cedar and Spruce are great choices for field windbreaks and watercourse buffers. The potted deciduous trees can be planted to add diversity to help make forests more resilient to future environmental pressures across the watershed. Properties, landowner goals, and projects are all unique, which makes it important to plan tree planting projects on an individual basis for site success, staff say. However, what all tree planting and other stewardship projects have in common, is their contribution towards watershed health, providing benefits which extend beyond the limits of the project site itself.

“Each individual project is part of a larger, collaborative effort,” Jean said.  “Every year this involves hundreds of people planting tens of thousands of trees, maintaining watercourse buffers, planting cover crops, each doing their part to improve watershed conditions. It is important to recognize the tremendous support for watershed stewardship within our community.”

The Forestry and Land Stewardship Specialist encourages interested landowners to visit for the fall tree order form or to give him a call at 519 235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610 to discuss planting projects.

“We’re happy to help with project design and help to apply for funding for eligible projects,” he said. There is a cost to order trees through the fall tree planting program but there may be incentive grants available for some tree planting projects. Cost-share funding may be available depending on the type and size of project, location and specific program details.

ABCA accepts fall tree orders (emailed, mailed or faxed) until Sept 15. People can order trees in person or by phone, accompanied by payment, until Sept. 29. To access the form visit: Tree Orders.

ABCA thanks those who support, and contribute towards, improving watershed conditions. These include federal, provincial, county and municipal partners as well as agencies and private donors.


Susan Riddell and Brianne Webber hosted a women’s sunset kayak night, on Morrison Reservoir, on Aug. 22. More than 100 kayakers took part in the event to celebrate the installation of the kayak launch. (Submitted photo)

Community members have raised $10,500 for a new floating kayak launch at Morrison Dam Conservation Area (MDCA) east of Exeter. The kayak launch was possible thanks to a community-wide fundraising campaign led by Exeter resident Susan Riddell.

The kayak launch allows kayakers to safely enter and exit Morrison Reservoir (Morrison Lake).

Nathan Schoelier is Stewardship and Lands Manager with Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA). He said the new kayak launch, installed at the conservation area, is thanks to the initiative and dedication of the organizers and the community.

“This is an amazing example of community leadership and effort,” he said. “This simply would not have been possible without the hard work of the organizers and without the support of the community.”

The kayak launch offers a way for people to experience nature and gain a new appreciation for nature in their own backyard, he added.

Riddell said it was worth all the effort to see the smiles on the faces of people using the new kayak launch. She said kayaking is a wonderful way to enjoy nature.

“Kayaking in nature is good for physical health and for mental health,” she said.

She thanked all the people in the community who supported the cause, including kayakers, local donors, businesses and service organizations.

Riddell and Brianne Webber hosted a women’s sunset kayak night, on Morrison Reservoir, on Aug. 22. More than 100 kayakers took part in the event to celebrate the installation of the kayak launch. The kayak night raised $1,600 for Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Huron, thanks to the raffle of a new kayak that was generously donated by Canadian Tire in  Exeter.


This fall, the Livery will be showing Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) movies at the Park Theatre on The Square in Goderich once again.

On Thursday, Sept. 21 the first film will be “The Lesson”; followed by “You Hurt My Feelings” on Oct. 19.

The Lesson is the story of Liam, played by Daryl McCormack (Good Luck to You, Leo Grande) who is an aspiring and ambitious young writer. He eagerly accepts a tutoring position at the family estate of his idol, renown author J.M. Sinclair, played by Richard E. Grant (Gosford Park). But soon, Liam realizes that he is ensnared in a web of family secrets, resentment, and retribution.  Sinclair, his wife Hélène, played by Julie Delpy (Before Sunrise, Before Sunset, Before Midnight), and their son all guard a dark past, one that threatens Liam’s future as well as their own.

Organizers of the showing are very excited to see this film, with its twisty noir plot and great actors!

You Hurt My Feelings stars Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Seinfeld, Veep). She plays a writer, whose husband, played by Tobias Menzies (The Crown) praises the draft of her book, but whom she later hears saying it isn’t very good. Critics say the film is “smart, funny, and above all entertaining”.

Event organizers believe this film experience should be a lot of fun!

Both films will begin at 7 p.m., with the box office opening at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets are $12, or $8 for Livery members. People are reminded to renew their memberships before the first film!

Plans are in order to show films monthly on Thursdays through the fall, winter and spring. And after each viewing attendees are encouraged to meet up afterward at Paddy O’Neils in the Bedford Hotel.

For more information, please email Chair of the Livery Film Fest Committee, Rob McAuley at


Get Ready! In September, Huron Hospice has something for everyone.

Join them on Saturday, Sept. 23, when the lights go up on the “No Place Like Home” concert Live from the Kingsbridge Centre.

The concert will begin at 6:30 p.m. with headliners: Amanda McClure and Tom Burke from Seaforth; Josh Geddis, Steve Dawe and Jess Langan from Bayfield and Clinton; and Clinton’s own Grant McMillan.

First held in 2020 as a virtual event, No Place Like Home 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 Christopher Walker Huron Hospice, manager of Fund Development. “The event allows us to celebrate the best of our home, Huron County.”

Artistic Director of the Blyth Festival, Gil Garratt and Member of Parliament, Ben Lobb will join Huron County Coordinator of Tourism and Local Food, Alecia Anderson as celebrity emcees.

“We are honored to have the three of them join us again. Each brings a commitment to Huron County and a deep understanding of 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,” commented Walker.

Walker also thanked the creative team at Faux Pop Studios in Goderich for their dedication to the event.

“Faux Pop helps us put together a wonderful show. It will be an entertaining evening,” he said.

For those who wish to attend the concert in person, tickets are selling for $50 each. This 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. The event will have a cash bar service and beef-on-a-bun. A vegetarian option and chocolate chip cookies will also be available. Goodwill donations will cover food costs.

Funds raised at the event ensure the Hospice can support over 200 families across Huron County at no cost. The last thing a family should worry about is the cost of hospice palliative services at the end of life.

For more information and to purchase tickets visit: Telethon 2023.

Anyone looking for ways to bring harmony and balance to their life may like to participate in a two-day workshop, Sept. 21-22 helping people understand the principles of Feng Shui in the home, garden and workplace.Led by Feng Shui instructor Helen Varekamp, participants will learn to change their thinking, their surroundings, and their lives. Huron Hospice will receive proceeds from this workshop. To register visit: Feng Shui Workshop.


Denise Iszczuk, Educational consultant (left) and Janneke Vorsteveld of Seeds Rooted in Youth are excited to offer a couple of workshops for educators with regards to getting youth outdoors this Autumn. (Submitted photo)

Fall begins on Sept. 23.  At the same time, a new education series will also begin – “No Boundaries Nature Workshops – Falling for Nature”.  Partnering for this educator professional development workshop series is Janneke Vorsteveld of Seeds Rooted in Youth and Denise Iszczuk, Educational consultant.  Together they have a combined total of almost fifty years of teaching.

“Any outdoor space provides a valuable learning experience for students,” said Vorsteveld.

Celebrate back to school, with fall themed strategies for teaching outside.  This workshop is geared to anyone who wants to learn more about teaching and learning outdoors.

“We wanted to give back to the community through a workshop which would help give educators the tools and confidence to bring learning beyond the walls of the classroom,” said Iszczuk.

Sign up now for the session to be held on Sept. 23, 9:30-11 a.m. at Bad Apple Brewing in Bluewater and Sept. 27 from 4:30-6 p.m. at the West Perth Community Centre in Mitchell.

Registration is limited and registration can be found at  All registrants will receive access to curated teaching materials with Ontario Curriculum connections for teaching outdoors this Autumn because children need nature.

Register by Labour Day to be entered into a draw for a new book from local author Jon-Erik Lappano called “Martin and the River”.  Organizers are pleased to support Lappano’s new book as it examines a child’s perspective on making meaningful connections to nature in the city and on finding ways to accept changes.

For more information, please contact Denise Iszczuk by calling  519 200-8662 or Janneke Vorsteveld at 519 440-2189.

Bad Apple Brewing is located at 73463 Bluewater Hwy near Bayfield and the West Perth Community Centre is located at 185 Wellington Street in Mitchell, ON.


Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) is preparing for the future of local conservation by creating a new watershed strategy. The local conservation organization is looking to the public to provide input into this plan to guide local watershed management beyond 2023.

The new strategy builds upon the work of the community to develop the Conservation Strategy (in 2011) and the work of staff to develop the previous Watershed Management Strategy in 2015.

A new Watershed-Based Resource Management Strategy (WBRMS) will fulfil requirements of the “Conservation Authorities Act” (CA Act). It will also meet local needs to protect life and property from natural hazards and to manage and protect resources on a watershed basis.

Kate Monk is ABCA Projects Coordinator. She describes the new strategy as an “overarching document” that guides all of the conservation authority’s work with the watershed community.

“This Strategy goes beyond a traditional watershed planning document,” she said. “It is also a business plan for ABCA that includes financial information. It identifies opportunities to engage landowners in the work needed to address issues facing our watershed communities. It also identifies opportunities to collaborate with other organizations.”

The Strategy will:

  • Evaluate programs and recommend future programs and services to address watershed issues facing local communities.
  • Identify infrastructure needs such as stream gauges, flood forecasting and warning communications, water and erosion control projects, and major maintenance of existing projects.
  • Identify future studies and knowledge needs such as subwatershed studies, inventories, research, and stormwater management plans.
  • Include a business plan for delivering programs and services.
  • Integrate climate change adaptation and resiliency into watershed management.
  • Incorporate previous reports and studies.
  • Meet the requirements of the CA Act.

The purpose of the CA Act is “…to provide for the organization and delivery of programs and services that further the conservation, restoration, development and management of natural resources in watersheds in Ontario.”

The ABCA Board of Directors has approved release of the first part of the WBRMS document for public review. Interested people can review the first phase of the Strategy and provide feedback through a survey which includes spaces for written comments. The feedback period for the first phase of the document continues until Sept. 15 at 1 p.m. This first phase of consultation includes the mission and vision statements, strategic priorities, guiding principles for decision-making, and objectives. The Strategy includes characterization of the watershed, setting priorities and objectives, evaluating progress made through the previous strategies, identifying gaps, and creating action plans.

To learn more about the WBRMS, people can visit the: Public Consultation Page on the ABCA website. If they have questions, they can contact staff by telephone at 519 235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610.


Katie Sparling (Submitted photo)

Gateway Centre for Excellence in Rural Health (Gateway)  is thrilled to announce that Katie Sparling has joined their team as their newest Research Assistant Student.

Sparling has recently returned to school and is in the process of completing her Masters of Social Work through the University of Windsor. Prior to that, Sparling graduated from Brock University in 2016 with a Honours BA  in Child and Youth Studies and a Minor in Women and Gender Studies. During her undergrad, she focused on rural and remote communities, their social services, and the challenges rural communities face when exploring the lack of available resources.

Sparling currently resides in Huron County, and apart from moving away for school, has been a resident of Huron County for her whole life. Currently, Sparling works in Addiction and Mental Health Services and the Domestic Violence sector.

Sparling shared that she is looking forward to her new journey at Gateway, especially on the S.H.E.D. Talks and Mental Health First Aid Projects. More specifically, she will be working alongside some of the staff at Gateway to continue to develop ongoing projects that promote health and wellness within a rural setting. Sparling will be working on the development of the S.H.E.D. Talks program, something she finds very interesting, given she was raised on a farm and continues to support rural Huron County in many ways. She will also be supporting Gateway’s Mental Health First Aid promotion and awareness within the community.

In her spare time, Sparling can be found spending time with her family, friends, and dogs, enjoying locally owned restaurants and markets, or camping. She also enjoys travel and plans to continue to fit that in on weekends when she can. Sparling will be with Gateway until late 2023.


Lil’ Dart, a Newfoundland Pony and resident of Poppy’s Haven, demonstrates her Yoga skills in anticipation of some classes upcoming at the farm for both adults and children. (Submitted photo)

All are welcome to join Autumn Yoga sessions for both adults and children at Poppy’s Haven!

Adult Classes began on Sept. 6 and will be held on subsequent Wednesdays starting at 11 a.m. under the instruction of  Liz Murtha. The cost is $15 per class.

Classes will overlook the Newfoundland Ponies just outside the pasture, and upstairs in the renovated century barn when it rains. After Yoga, participants can enjoy some quiet mindful cuddle time with the ponies. Please note that closed toed, hard shoes are mandatory for anyone who wishes to spend time with the ponies.

Not to be overlooked, children will have their Yoga time too on Saturdays in September and early October.

Starting on Sept. 16 and running until Oct. 7 children aged six to 12 years can join in sessions which will connect their love of Yoga and the ponies.  The cost for all four sessions is $111 with drop-in sessions being $33. A sibling discount is available.

Katherine Ferris is the instructor for the children’s classes and she can be reached by calling 416 885-4873 or via email at

Poppy’s Haven is located at 39148 Mill Road near Varna, ON.


The application period for United Way Perth-Huron (UWPH)’s annual Youth in Action Grants opened on Sept. 11 for 14–25-year-olds who want to address pressing issues among youth in Perth and/or Huron County.

“UWPH is excited to launch our Youth Grants again this year,” said UWPH Director of Governance and Community Impact Megan Partridge. “The ideas and energy in the submissions are always inspiring. Last year’s slate of projects addressed everything from mental health awareness and social connection to mentoring and physical well-being. We look forward to seeing the many creative ways young people choose to address important local issues among their peers.”

To be eligible for a grant, the project must be planned and implemented by youth aged 14–25, clearly engage their peers in Perth and/or Huron Counties and have an adult trustee over the age of 25.

Grants up to $1,000 are available and the application deadline is Oct. 13. Details regarding criteria and timelines are available at perth huron.united


The office of the Municipality of Bluewater Council has submitted the following to the Bayfield Breeze as highlights of their regular meeting of council held on Sept. 5.

  •  Directed staff to engage quotations with current and new animal control and dog kennel locations to find a solution for dog catching and pounding.
  • Directed staff to implement a Cloud Permit licensing software for the tracking and compliance of Short-Term Rental properties and/or by-law enforcement files.
  • Awarded the Request for Proposal for the Design, Supply, and Installation of Electronic Messaging Boards be awarded to Everest Signs in the amount of $57,500 excluding HST and authorized this project to be exempt from By-Law No. 42-2018 Being a by-law to prohibit Animated Signs.
  • Accepted the request for drainage works on the Pepper Drain – Branch B in accordance with Section 78 of the Drainage Act R.S.O. 1990 for repairs and improvements and appointed Headway Engineering to investigate and prepare the report effective Sept. 29.
  • Accepted the request for drainage works on the Kading Drain in accordance with Section 78 of the Drainage Act R.S.O. 1990 for repairs and improvements and appointed Spriet Associates to investigate and prepare the report effective Sept. 29.
  • Entered into an agreement with the MTO for the Bayfield Foodland sidewalk.
  • Entered into a Local Authority Services (LAS) Electricity Procurement Program Agreement.
  • Entered into a cost apportioning agreement regarding category 3 programs and services with Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority.


September means back to school for many, but the change in the calendar also means the return of United Way Perth-Huron’s (UWPH) annual campaign. The organization is marking the beginning of its fundraising year by holding a “Feels Like Home — Lunch ‘n’ Learn” on Friday, Sept. 22 from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Exeter Pentecostal Tabernacle.

“Since UWPH’s Connection Centre opened in Exeter, we’ve seen the positive impact it has on the lives of vulnerable local people,” said Michelle Millar, UWPH manager community development, Southern Huron. “Our Southern Huron committee thought this was a great opportunity to bring people together to share more about the work of the connection centre and how UWPH’s local work helps build a stronger community through the centre and 13 other supported programs and services.”

For a $20 ticket (plus fees), attendees will enjoy a Chinese lunch catered by Canton House Buffet, along with a panel of guest speakers from local social service organizations who will share their experiences and roles working within the Southern Huron Connection Centre. Attendees will also hear a personal story of how the Southern Huron Connection Centre helped in a time of need. A question-and-answer session will follow and there will also be a tour of the Connection Centre for anyone interested in seeing the location firsthand. For more information and a link to buy tickets, visit


The Auxiliary to Clinton Public Hospital will be holding their 66th Toonie “Penny” Sale from Sept. 22-30 at the Royal Canadian Legion in Clinton.

There are over 200 items and gift certificates that have been donated by many businesses and individuals for the Toonie Sale.

The Toonie Sale will be open for both prize viewing and the purchase of tickets from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. starting on Sept. 22 through to Thursday, Sept. 28. On Friday, Sept. 29 the event will run from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on Sept. 30 from 9 a.m. to noon when the sale will be closed. Drawing of the prize winners will begin at 12:30 p.m. and winners will be notified later that afternoon.

Each $2 ticket gives the purchaser 25 chances at winning one or many of the items they selected.

The Royal Canadian Legion in Clinton is located at 95 Kirk Street.


On Sunday, Oct. 1st,  residents have an opportunity to participate in a fun event and give back to a very unique organization – the Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides (LFCDG).

LFCDG is an accredited non-for-profit that relies on its largest fundraising event, the Pet Valu Walk for Dog Guides, to empower Canadians living with disabilities by providing Dog Guides at no cost and supporting them in their journey together.

“With one in five Canadians living with a disability, Dog Guides are in high demand,” explained Andrea Stevens, manager of Events at LFCDG. “Each Dog Guide team costs $35,000, however, none of that cost is passed down to the applicant. LFCDG relies on the success of all Pet Valu walks for Dog Guides that take place across Canada, to continue to create an impact for Canadians through Dog Guides. With this year’s goal set to $1.6 million, the organization needs the public’s support now more than ever.”

Goderich Walk Co-chairs Ron and BJ Finlay are excited to be hosting the walk again.

“Here’s everything you need to know,” explained Ron, “the Goderich Pet Valu Walk for Dog Guides is taking place on Oct. 1st at the Lions Park on West Street in Goderich with registration starting at 10 a.m. The walk begins at 10:30 a.m., and is roughly 2.5 km. The walk will conclude with a BBQ lunch.”

Pledge forms are available at many stores such as banks, convenience stores and many others around The Square and elsewhere. Pledge forms will also be available at the Goderich Lions’ TV Bingo card sales establishments.

Walkers can call 226 421-2190 for information or go visit online to:  Goderich Walk for Dog Guides.

“One hundred percent of the proceeds go directly to the seven Dog Guide programs: Canine Vision, Hearing, Service, Seizure Response, Autism Assistance, Diabetic Alert and Facility Support, so please sign up and help us make a difference,” concluded Ron.


The MacKay Choristers is a choir for retirees. Their season will begin Tuesday, Sept. 19.

This first rehearsal will begin at 2 p.m. at the MacKay Centre in Goderich

In addition to welcoming new members, the choir is currently seeking a pianist for daytime rehearsals once a week for two seasons.

To learn more about the choir as well as the pianist position please email

The MacKay Centre is located at 10 Nelson Street in Goderich.


Headliner Ad Card advertising is considered one of the most cost-effective marketing methods and is now being offered by Huron Shores Area Transit. (Submitted photo)

Huron Shores Area Transit logo

As part of Huron Shores Area Transit’s (HSAT) ongoing development and goal of long-term sustainability, it has introduced an Advertising Program to generate supplementary revenue. This initiative will help the transit agency transition to Ontario’s Gas Tax Fund in 2025, ensuring the continued provision of public transit in the region.

The Advertising Program’s first phase offers Headliner Ad Card advertising opportunities. This type of advertising displays above the bus windows, ensuring maximum visibility for all passengers. Future expansion of the program will include transit shelter, bench, and bike rack advertising options. This means even more opportunities for local businesses and organizations to showcase their products and services to local residents and area visitors while supporting public transit.

Headliner Ad Card advertising is considered one of the most cost-effective marketing methods because passengers on public transit can be a captive audience for an extended period, potentially up to an hour and 50 minutes, providing businesses with ample exposure time.

The number of headliner ad spots is limited to 18, nine on each of HSAT’s two buses and Transit Coordinator Susan Mills reports three of those 18 spots are already sold for late summer and early fall.

Mills said, “Any business curious about trying this advertising method should not wait but call and book their spot.”

Pricing is reasonable, with winter months priced at $12.50 per week, spring and fall priced at $18.75 per week, and peak summer months priced at $25 per week.

HSAT’s Advertising Program is part of the agency’s strategy to achieve financial sustainability while providing a valuable platform for businesses to reach a captive audience. Under the Ontario Gas Tax Funding formula, the more revenue HSAT generates through advertising, fares, and donations, the less financial contribution is needed by local municipalities. The current municipal contribution is estimated at $3.52 per person per year (for comparison, Crossing Guards cost $3.21 per capita, and Harbours cost $11.75 per capita). That amount can be lowered by increasing HSAT’s net revenue. The Advertising Program is a win-win solution that benefits the transit agency, businesses looking to promote their products or services, municipal budgets, and local residents.

For more information about the Advertising Program, visit


The South Huron Walk-in Clinic is now offering hours on Saturdays, Sundays and statutory holidays (except for Christmas Day).

Appointments are offered from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Registration opens at 10:45 a.m. and closes at 1:45 p.m. or earlier if capacity is reached.

To book an appointment please call 519 235-3343.

The South Huron Walk-in Clinic is located at 23 Huron Street West in Exeter.


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.


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.

Remember This

The Huron County Museum is home to thousands of artifacts that illustrate the history of both the rural and urban populations of the area. Space dictates what wonderful curiosities the public regularly gets to see when they visit the museum located at 110 North Street in Goderich. But where there is wifi, there is an opportunity to time-travel with over 6,700 pieces of the museum’s collection now available to view online at

“Remember This” highlights items from the collection of the Huron County Museum and Historic Gaol. Items that have shaped the fabric of the county and the people who have lived here since before the county became the county in 1835 up until more recent times.

In honor of the upcoming Fall Foto Fest organized by the Photography Club of Bayfield we take a look at one of the cameras in the Huron County Museum’s collection…


This is a Kodak camera, manufactured between 1903 and 1915. It is a folding pocket model B-4, manufactured by Canadian Kodak Co. Ltd., Toronto, Canada. Beneath the lens is printed the name “Bausch & Lomb opt. co., pat. App’d” as well as the numbers: “4, 8, 16, 32, 64” which is the aperture scale. There is a dial situated above the lens with the numbers 1, 2, 5, 25, 50, 100, 8, T automatic” which is believed to be the film speed indicator. On the folding out section there is a metal plate with measures in both feet and metres; six to 100 feet, three to 30 m respectively.

This camera was given to J. Gordon Henderson by Charlie Saunders who owned the Goderich Organ Factory.




How many people would know the proper way to use a fire extinguisher if the situation arose? The answer is quite a few locals and visitors! They now have this knowledge due to the efforts of firefighters with the Bayfield Fire Department, a division of Bluewater Fire Services, who held a Fire Extinguisher Training Open House on the evening of Aug. 29.

The firefighters showed how to use a fire extinguisher properly, what type of fire extinguishers  best suit homes and workplaces and also how they work.

They also demonstrated some of the equipment they use and all the types of smoke and carbon monoxide detectors that are currently available. Plus paramedics with Emergency Medical Services (EMS) were on hand to answer questions.

In addition to the training, there was a “Touch the Truck” experience for youngsters and hot dogs and pop for all!

The firefighters would like to thank everyone who attended. To stay up to date with events relating to the firefighters people are invited to visit their Facebook page: Bayfield Fire Department.




Heart Reflection…By Karen Beavers

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I am looking for the Bayfield that is a delight to the eye – please share photos with a touch of whimsy, beauty, humor or a sense of fun. If you are to include people in your photos be sure to have their permission to publish their picture on-line and also send in their names and where they are from. And don’t forget to tell me who took the photo for proper credit to be issued.


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Melody Falconer-Pounder

Bayfield Guiding turns 70 years young this October. I’m not sure how we will mark that occasion but I’m sure my fellow Owls and I, and our current youth membership, will come up with something fun and appropriate to honor all our Guiding Sisters who have played the game over the years.

For now I look forward to the start of my 35th season with Bayfield Guiding on Oct. 4th. We offer programming for Spark aged girls (5-6 years) right through to Rangers (aged 15-17) and there is always opportunity for women of a more mature age to come and be immature with us too! Registration details can be found at: Girl Guides. – Brown Owl Melody

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