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The Bayfield BreezeIssue 741 Week 39 Vol 15

September 20, 2023


Issue 741 Week 39 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


Don Johnston (Photo courtesy Ontario Mining Association)

The 10th annual Fall Foto Fest (FFF), presented by the Photography Club of Bayfield (PCoB), 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.

Don Johnston is a Canadian, professional outdoor and nature photographer with 35 years of experience!

On Saturday morning, Johnston will present his program on, “Travelling Canada With Your Camera”. His program will cover some of the joys and challenges of photographing landscapes and wildlife while on the road. In the afternoon, he will lead “Travel to Hullett”, an interactive workshop at the Hullett Provincial Wildlife Area.

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.


The Christmas in Bayfield kick-off weekend is set for Nov. 17-19 and the committee behind the magic is working hard to make it happen. They are currently inviting people to support the event in a variety of ways be it with ideas, donating funds or volunteering. (Photo by Jack Pal)

Christmas in Bayfield (CIB) is fast approaching.

“We look forward to hosting guests the weekend of Nov. 17-19. The committee has already been working hard to be prepared. Look for posters and bag stuffers at supporting businesses, if you are shopping in the village,” said Secretary-Treasurer of Bayfield and Area Chamber of Commerce, Terri Louch. “The posters are also distributed across Southwestern Ontario in order to spread the word.”

Louch would like to thank the businesses that have already pledged funding to support this event and encourage people to follow and support the CIB participating businesses. The list is constantly evolving and a current list can be viewed by visiting: link here. These businesses will be eligible places to spend the gift certificates which will be given away. Watch for the upcoming social media contest to enter!

“As we look to build an even bigger attendance than usual, the Chamber is getting the word out as early as possible. While CIB is a great weekend, we want to ensure that people know we are here year round as well,” said Louch. “We utilize CIB weekend to kick off the holiday shopping season with most businesses remaining open for business until the end of the year. Look for print ads, the posters as discussed and this year we have introduced double sided bag stuffers with one side advertising CIB and the other offering information about shopping and activities year round in the area.”

Each year one of the many highlights of CIB is the parade. CIB has a new coordinator for the parade this year!

“Thanks to Paul Hill for taking on this role. If you or someone you know would like to be part of the parade this year for CIB please have them send an email to: We would love to have you join us,” said Louch.

She went on to say that they are looking for street performers and buskers to once again entertain guests.

“This was quite successful last year and we would like to be able to expand this type of offering. If you or someone you know would like to be considered, please send an email to,” Louch said.

The CIB Committee will not be organizing an outdoor artisan market this year. Given the unpredictability of the weather they cannot ensure success for those vendors. Last year the weather and placement of the vendors did not lend itself to success. The CIB Committee learned from the vendors feedback and until they can support this type of opportunity in a better way they will refrain.

“As you might imagine, this weekend requires a great deal of work both prior to the weekend and during the weekend to ensure everything runs smoothly. Have some time and would like to volunteer to help out?  We would love to have you,” said Louch.

Interested individuals are asked to please drop an email to

“We will find something that interests you and utilizes your considerable skills. No time but have ideas that we could incorporate into the weekend? Once again email us as we would love to discuss your ideas,” she said.

Finally, the costs to create the magic for the holiday season continue to increase. The CIB Committee looks to their businesses, grant funding and community for financial support in order to continue offering this great opportunity for guests and locals alike! Anyone who would like to support with a financial contribution is asked to please reach out to the BACC at with an E-transfer or to find other ways to contribute.

Louch went on to say that BACC would like to acknowledge and thank the Municipality of Bluewater for their support.

“We were awarded funding to help support this event through the Vibrancy Funding grant stream allowing us to do more but not ask more of our businesses!” explained Louch.

The BACC and the CIB Committee would like to thank everyone very much for their continued support.  Businesses are encouraged to reach out to discuss ROI for their investment.

Currently in the works for CIB 2023 with more to come are:

  • The Lighting of the Lights in Clan Gregor Square Friday evening where Santa will stop by for a visit.
  • The annual CIB Parade starts at 11 a.m. on Saturday at the north end of Main Street.
  • Santa will see children in front of the Bayfield Branch Library after the parade on Saturday
  • Free Horse and Carriage Rides Saturday and Sunday
  • Buskers
  • Face painting both Saturday and Sunday in the lobby of the Post Office Box Building (Library)
  • Social Media event and gift certificate giveaway – All CIB participating merchants will be eligible to redeem gift certificates. A running list will be available in all social media channels acknowledging those businesses and ensuring guests know where they will be able to spend their winning gift certificates.


Maisie (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, one such cat is the focus of Adopt a BFF this week.

Maisie is the Adopt a BFF cat of the week.

Maisie came to BFF as a kitten, she was found on Christmas Day in a parking lot having come out from a parked car and over to people who were standing in the lot having a conversation. She was crying, her fur was full of snowballs and she was very thin. Her rescuer kept her for a week, while she tried to find out if she had a owner, when none was found Maisie was surrendered to BFF.  She then made a visit to the vet.

She appears to be 1.5 years old.

“Maisie loves all the attention that she can get people to give her,” said Deb Penhale, representing BFF. “Just ask the volunteers at the shelter…her little paws are always reaching out to us to let us know that she is there and ready to be petted! Maisie would prefer not to be picked up, however this may change in time once she is in a loving home with her people.”

At BFF, Maisie lives in a kennel as she requires a “special” diet for “food sensitivities”. She should be the only cat in the house as she must stay on her own special food.

“Maisie loves chilling in her hammock, after playing with her toys. This little lady has a special place in the hearts of her caretakers,” added Penhale.

If someone has a place in their hearts for Maisie they are 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.


Tyler Hessel, owner of 1851 Bayfield Landing, recently presented Bayfield Optimist Club Past President Mike Dixon with a $500 donation to the club. Bayfield Landing, on the village’s Main Street, has been raising money for local charities since it opened in the Spring of this year and the Optimists benefited from their August fundraising. (Submitted photo)


The Editor is currently on holiday! We hope that our readers enjoy these Hiatus Issues that were created in advance of her departure.

Those with events occurring from now until 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.


Volunteers are seen here sorting and bundling evergreen boughs for the 2022 wreath-making fundraiser for the Bayfield Agricultural Society. Volunteers are now being sought for the 2023 campaign. (Submitted photo)

The Bayfield Agricultural Society (BAS) is looking for people who enjoy being outdoors and can spare a few hours to help out with activities for the annual wreath-making fundraiser.

The volunteer activities will include:

  • cutting down grape vines and/or evergreen boughs
  •  making the grapevine bases
  • assembling the grapevine and evergreen wreaths

If anyone has grapevine, cedar, white pine, spruce or juniper trees that can be used for bough cutting, that would also be a great help.  The BAS does not trim hedges though!

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

This is a great opportunity to work with a fun group of people. Anyone interested in helping out is asked to contact


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!


All are welcome to attend services at Trinity St. James Anglican Church.

Wednesday services are held at 10:30 a.m. and Sunday services begin at 11 a.m.

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


World Communion Sunday is a celebration observed by several Christian denominations, taking place on the first Sunday of every October, that promotes Christian unity and ecumenical cooperation.

This year, World Communion Sunday takes place on Oct. 1st. The tradition originated in the Shadyside Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh, PA  in 1933, was adopted throughout the United States Presbyterian Church in 1936, and subsequently spread to other denominations.

In 1940, the Federal Council of Churches (now the National Council of Churches), led by Jesse Moren Bader, endorsed World Communion Sunday and began to promote it to Christian churches worldwide. World Communion Sunday is a day to remember that Jesus Christ is the head of the church and that every Christian church and any denomination that promotes Christian unity are one. On this day, people draw faith and inspiration from seeing that they are part of a community that boasts millions of believers and worshippers.

Members of Knox Presbyterian Church in Bayfield welcome all to come and worship with them for World Communion Sunday as well as subsequent Sundays. Services begin at 11 a.m.

Knox Bayfield members 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).

Prayer requests can be shared in several ways. Please contact the minister, Rev. Lisa Dolson, by emailing for more information.


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 II of their conversation follows in the form of a Q&A:

On Sept. 30, the South Huron Art Centre will be hosting a one-day ‘plein air’ workshop at the Ausable Bayfield Morrison Dam pavilion located just outside Exeter, ON. (Submitted photo)

Merner: What do you enjoy most about painting in nature?

Antaya: The sights, sounds, the breeze, the feeling of capturing a moment in time. I also enjoy when people come by and talk to you. The process of painting outdoors fascinates people. I enjoy the surprise when the viewer has low expectations and their surprise when they see the painting actually looks like what you are trying to portray. The best is when you see the painting it takes you right back to the day. You can remember it like it was yesterday…that’s really great!

Merner: How do you capture the essence of a scene in a limited time frame?

Antaya: Practice, practice, and more practice. You take great care in reproducing what is there – as quickly as possible, get in drawing, big shapes, lights and darks. Once that is established you can take time to fill it in. I like doing smaller panels – 6” x 8” or 8” x 10” because they take less time to cover.

Merner: Do you plan your compositions in advance, or do you work spontaneously?

Antaya: Depends, sometimes it’s a no brainer, there is a good lead in, balance, light etc. Sometimes I have to work at it by using my viewfinder and look around. I look for a good lead in, balance, atmosphere, and determine what my focus is. But you should have a plan, or you are destined to fail. I use the simple rule of 1/3, 2/3 for composition.

Merner: Are there any specific locations or landscapes that have deeply influenced your work?

Antaya: Country scenes, nature untouched by man. I’m a sucker for water, be it a lake, stream, ditch, or a puddle in a lane. I love the way the light and sky reflect. Open fields and big skies. Man made structures are really not my thing.

Merner: Do you have any tips for beginners interested in ‘plein air’ painting?

Antaya: Beginners need to be patient, and don’t give up. It’s hard, don’t get me wrong. I have boxes of terrible paintings in my closet of shame. Expect bad paintings starting out. But in time they will get better. I always say to myself in this long Art journey “How bad do you want it.” I really want to make it in this highly competitive field. It’s my passion and I am determined. Slow but sure, I will get there. You can’t fail by working hard, so just keep at it. You have to fill miles and miles of canvas. And use the best materials you can afford.

Missed Part I of Ruth Anne Merner’s interview with ‘Plein Air” Artist Denise Antaya? It can be found in the previous issue of the Bayfield Breeze published on Sept. 13 (Issue 740).

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.

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.


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.


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


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.


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.




On Jan. 1st, 1991, an estimated 400 million viewers around the world watched the 102nd Tournament   of Roses Parade. The parade’s Grand Marshall was Bob Newhart. It was on this occasion that the actor rode in a beautiful Bayfield Wagon and Carriage Works Ltd designed and built horse drawn carriage that was owned by the Grupe Corporation in California.

The 14-passenger ‘Road Coach’ that Tom Penhale believed was the largest carriage ever built, carried dignitaries in four Tournament of Roses Parades during the early 1990s. The three ton carriage had four rows of seats on top and two rows of seats in the cabin.

Fritz and Phylis Grupe, the owners of the Grupe Corporation,  a huge land development and construction conglomerate, were very successful business leaders and philanthropists. They owned the largest draft horse farm in the western United States and they were internationally renowned for their expertise in horse competitions. They had won world and American championships.

Penhale’s relationship with the Grupes started when they flew him out to their farm near Stockton, CA to install hydraulic disc brakes on their existing hitch wagon. Their ‘horseman’, David Helmuth, who managed their stables, considered Penhale to be the only builder capable of achieving his quality standards and they wanted to see for themselves if he was as good as claimed.

The Grupes had the expertise and the resources to buy the very best equipment for their stables. They chose to purchase three wagons and carriages from Penhale. The huge carriage that appeared in the Tournament of Roses Parade, a hitch wagon and one of the forty-five Landaus that was part of a production run that produced the beautiful white Bayfield Wagon and Carriage Works Ltd. Landau that will soon be displayed in a “Two-Cow” Barn behind the Bayfield Historical Society Archives and Heritage Centre.

The Disney Wagon signaled that Bayfield Wagon and Carriage Works were unmatched. And the Grupe carriage that followed it was proof that they could take their craftsmanship to even higher levels.

Editor’s Note: A story on the Disney Wagon can be found in Bayfield Breeze Issue 737 Week 35 (dated – Aug. 23, 2023).




Three Bayfield-area farms opened their doors to local food enthusiasts on Aug. 12 and hundreds of people came to visit as part of a Farm Crawl.

Bayfield Lavender Farm, Farm Little, and Trick’s Creek Farm welcomed guests to explore their farms and see not only where local food is produced but also other products such as soaps and bubble bath (in the case of Bayfield Lavender).

This is the second year Farm Crawls have been put on by Eat Local Huron, a local food nonprofit that runs an online farmer’s market for Huron County.

“It was a great day. So many people got to see behind-the-scenes how our food gets made right here in our own backyard,” said Lindsay Spindler, Operations manager at Eat Local Huron. “People get so excited when they connect what we’re eating to the beautiful place we live in.”

Bayfield Lavender gave tours of their lavender farm and farm store, Farm Little showed off their stone mill for grinding flour, and Farm Little co-owner, Lucas Seeberger, also went to Trick’s Creek Farm to show off his butchering skills at a Farm to Table Dinner as he provides small-scale butchering services for Trick’s Creek Farm.

Both Bayfield Lavender and Farm Little have farm stores. Farm Little is located at 37694 Mill Road, Bayfield. They are open Monday to Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and are closed Sundays.  Bayfield Lavender is located at  77881 Porter’s Hill Line and is open Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The next Farm Crawl is set for this Saturday, Sept. 23 featuring The Den, in Goderich; Weth Mushrooms, south of Goderich; and the Bayfield Berry Farm.

The Farm Crawl is a chance for people to get a sneak peak behind the scenes at how food is grown and processed in the county.

“We’re excited for everyone to meet the people growing and making food in Huron County,” said Chris Spaleta, Executive director of Eat Local Huron.

The Den, 68 The Square in Goderich, will have juicing demonstrations and chats about Eat Local Huron’s new Community Fridge on-site. Weth Mushrooms, 35809 Union Road, Goderich, will offer a behind-the-scenes look at growing mushrooms, with samples, and recipe tips. Bayfield Berry Farm, 77697 Orchard Line, Bayfield, will have their farm-store open, will offer an opportunity to pick-your-own berries, and will cap off the day with their hard cider (for those of age).

Access to all three sites is free.

Anyone looking for local food and products from these businesses, as well as other farms across Huron County, can order it on and have it delivered. People can also visit the website to find out more details and times for the September Farm Crawl.

Eat Local Huron would like to thank Huron County Economic Development for supporting this year’s Farm Crawls.

Editor’s Note: The Bayfield Breeze visited Bayfield Lavender Farm on Aug. 12th as part of the Farm Crawl and pictures from the day compose this week’s photo story.



Came for a visit

Came for a visit…by Erin Carroll

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Windsor Castle with St. George's Chapel on left. (Photos by Melody Falconer-Pounder)

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On Sunday I had afternoon tea at Buckingham Palace. It’s not garden party season so no royals were present although one of the palace staff managing the visitors did bare a remarkable resemblance to the Princess Royal.

My step-daughter and I enjoyed this delightful meal in the Palace Café overlooking the expanse of lawn behind the palace where the garden parties are held. This followed our tour of the palace staterooms that are open during the summer months for visitors to experience. We started the tour at the entrance where dignitaries would arrive during state occasions, a location I have seen many times on the telly. It was all I could do to keep the tears at bay as visiting here has been a long ambition of mine and the moment had finally arrived.

And it was well worth the wait. In fact, the timing couldn’t have been better for a fan of royal history as items used at the recent coronation of King Charles III were on display. The ballroom had been transformed into a special exhibit showcasing such items as the special chairs and anointing screen used in the ceremony and the intricately designed dress and shoes worn by the Queen Consort.

The staterooms, while quite splendid and opulent, still had some homey touches and I felt many of the rooms were smaller than expected having seen them in photographs and on film over the years. The Throne Room for instance, where generations of family wedding portraits have been taken, is deceptively small. No photography is allowed inside the building so the images I am sharing with you this week are from the grounds outside as well as at the Royal Mews where people can visit with horses and see the state carriages used by The Firm over generations.

On Monday, we made our way to Windsor Castle where a few more surreal moments occurred; stepping into the resplendent St. George’s Chapel and passing reverently by the location where Queen Elizabeth now rests among them.

The British weather has been treating us regally so far as evidenced by my pictures taken at Windsor that I am also sharing with you this week.

And now as I write this we have left London and are on a train bound for York. And while the city of 11 million was exciting to visit we are very much looking forward to soaking up the culture of the Yorkshire Dales. Cheerio! – Melody

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