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The Bayfield BreezeIssue 778 Week 24 Vol 15

June 5, 2024


Issue 778 Week 24 Vol 15
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The night the lights went out at the Rummage Sale in 2016, Jenny Shanahan took a well-earned moment to rest her feet. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)

Jenny Shanahan and her family represent five generations that have grown up in the Bayfield area.  Jenny has many happy childhood memories at the Pioneer Park beach and remembers looking forward to the Bayfield Rummage sale every year.  Even at an early age, Jenny was very thrifty – going to yard sales, flea markets and thrift stores looking for treasures.

In 2016 (although seven months pregnant!) Jenny thought it was time to volunteer at the Rummage Sale.  In fact, her first position was Co-Convener with Pattie McDonald. It was just the two of them to organize and manage the entire event. (Team Rummage was created the following year.) Needless to say, Jenny was overwhelmed at the amount of work to be done while pregnant, and with a young son.  Jenny credits Pattie McDonald for keeping her focused and calm. Pattie had a lot of experience organizing and running the Rummage Sale, and she mentored her through the entire experience.

The highlight of the 2016 Rummage Sale occurred when a strong thunderstorm swept through Bayfield, and the arena was struck by lightning.  Jenny remembers a flash of light, followed by a wave of hot air, followed by a huge clap of thunder.  Of course, the electricity went out, but this did not deter the security team from getting everybody inside. The inside Rummage Sale continued on.  Jenny also remembers someone sticking a label on her very pregnant belly, labeling her “Queen Bee”, a nickname that still follows her daughter today.

Although the 2016 Rummage Sale was a very stressful experience for Jenny, she would do it again as she was so proud to have been a part of the experience and had learned so much under the mentorship of Pattie.  Oh, and not to forget that her daughter Bridget was born about four weeks later.

In 2018, Jenny took over as team captain of the Toys and Accessories table at the Rummage Sale and still runs this table today.  As a young mother of two, she was very aware of children’s toys and accessories and worked to implement better quality control over these items being sold.  All toys and accessories had to meet CCPA safety standards, be clean and working. Jenny’s son, Weylin, has been helping at the Toy table since he was nine years old.  Weylin loves helping out and enjoys negotiating prices with the younger children who beam with joy after getting a toy for less than the sticker price.

Over the years, Jenny herself has picked up a few treasures from the Rummage Sale.  One in particular was a dollhouse that she got for her daughter Bridget.  Since getting the dollhouse, Bridget and her mom have outfitted it with miniature furniture, toy kitchen items and toy characters (mostly found at the Rummage Sale).  Jenny has also found a number of framed art pieces featuring Cardinals, which she collects and has hanging on her “Cardinal” wall at home.

The 2023 Rummage Sale was most memorable because one of the stars of a popular CBC family drama came and helped at the Toy table.  Of course, her son Weylin and daughter Bridget were thrilled, as they are avid fans of the show, and recognized him right away.

Regardless of age, there is no better place to hunt for treasures than at the Bayfield Rummage Sale and Silent Auction, and you never know who will show up!

Those who feel the pull to join the fun and volunteer at this event are asked to contact  Someone from Team Rummage will gladly respond.

Anyone who has memories of the Rummage Sale that they would like to share are invited to send them along in an email to

The Pioneer Park Rummage Sale and Silent Auction will be held on Friday, July 12 at the Bayfield Community Centre and Arena, 4 Jane Street. The outdoor sales start at 5:30 p.m. while the doors open at 6:30 p.m. for the main event in the arena!


This exquisite quilt in the Periwinkle pattern was made and donated for the auction by Sybil and Bill Henderson. (Submitted photo)

The Bayfield Agricultural Society (BAS) will be holding a live fundraising auction at the Bayfield Agricultural Park on Saturday, July 6.

The auction will begin at 11:30 a.m. following the firefighter’s breakfast, which will be at the fire hall that morning. After the auction, participants can walk over to Vettefest held in Clan Gregor Square and dream of what life could be like with a Corvette.

The fundraising auction is being held to help with the expenses of the last section of fencing needed to ensure that the Agricultural Park is secure if an animal at the Bayfield Community Fair gets loose. Following an incident at the fair several years ago when a horse escaped from its owner’s control, the BAS Board realized that the park’s perimeter fencing was not sufficient to contain an animal on the grounds and there was potential that animals could get onto the streets.

The auction will feature a great selection of items that have been donated by local residents and businesses. A few examples of the auction lineup include an exquisite quilt in the Periwinkle pattern made and donated by Sybil and Bill Henderson, a colorful and quirky birdhouse made by Claude Leonard, and a fabulous three-seater garden swing set.

Donations of additional items suitable for the auction would be greatly appreciated. Anyone who has items or gift cards that they can donate for the auction is kindly asked to contact

The BAS invites the Bayfield community to come out and show their community spirit by bidding on one or more of the many auction items ready to find a permanent home.

No pre-registration is required. Just show up and get ready for some lively bidding! Payment by cash, credit/debit or cheque. No delivery.


Help the Municipality of Bluewater win $100,000 and become recognized as Canada’s Most Active Community by participating in the ParticipACTION Pride Hikes to be held from June 8 to 30th.

Participants are invited to walk Bayfield’s Heritage Trail as part of the ”Pride Hike: Celebrating Diverse Voices Scavenger Hunt” and discover books written by LGBTQ2S+ authors. To play, people are asked to collect the “secret” word on each sign for a chance to win a Pride-themed prize pack!

People can boost their chances to win big by exploring the breathtaking hiking trails in the county by taking part in the “Pride Hike: Huron County Hiking Trails Edition”. Each hike can earn participants an entry to win another Pride-themed prize pack!

Those who would like to participate are asked to pick up a “Hiking Helper” bag at the Bayfield Branch Library. These bags contain entry sheets, a pedometer, Pride-themed goodies, a Huron County Hiking Guide, and more!  Please note there are limited quantities of bags available and a limit of one per family. Entry sheets are also available at the Bayfield Library.

For more information, contact the Bayfield Library by calling 519 565-2886 or via email at

The Hikes are presented in partnership with Huron County Library, Huron County Pride, Bayfield River Valley Trail Association, ParticipACTION Community Challenge, and Novo Nordisk.


The Bayfield Town Hall and the Bayfield Agricultural Society are pleased to host a tribute concert with two bands – one of which will be Simply Queen Live. This concert will be held on Saturday, Aug. 17 at the Bayfield Agricultural Park. (Submitted photo)

The Bayfield Town Hall has a great line-up of concerts again this year, featuring four tribute bands and a founding member of “Great Big Sea”. The funds from these shows will be used toward the ongoing operation and maintenance of the hall.

“The Bayfield Town Hall concerts are put on by the Board of Directors of the hall to cover all of the costs to maintain and operate the Town Hall. We receive no funding from the municipality,” said Diane Snell, president of the Board of Directors. “People may not realize that all capital costs, such as the furnace, elevator, and any major repairs plus operating expenses including, heat, hydro, maintenance and minor repairs are paid for entirely through the funds that are raised through concerts and hall rentals.  We greatly appreciate the support from the community by attending these concerts and renting the hall for private events and gatherings.”

The concert lineup this year includes two outdoor shows on the grounds of the Bayfield Town Hall, “Pretzel Logic”, Sunday, June 30th and the “The Woodstock Experience”, Saturday Aug. 3rd; plus “Simply Queen Live” and “Sir Elton’s Greatest” at the Bayfield Fairgrounds, in conjunction with the Bayfield Agricultural Society (BAS), Saturday, Aug. 17; and an indoor concert at the hall on Nov. 1st featuring Sean McCann.

Pretzel Logic performs the music of “Steely Dan” blending their undeniable elements of rock, jazz, Latin music, R&B, blues and cryptic/ironic lyrics. The lineup includes hit songs ranging from “Rikki Don’t Lose that Number”, “My Old School” and “Hey Nineteen” to the masterful “Kid Charlemagne”, “Deacon Blues” and “Gaucho”, to name a few.

In celebration of the 55th anniversary of Woodstock and back by popular demand,  The Woodstock Experience returns featuring Cheryl Lescom, Chuckee Zehr, Rick Taylor, Dylan Wickens, Dale Ann Brendon, and Mark Shickluna. People are encouraged to break out their hippie style clothing for this one!

For both Pretzel Logic and The Woodstock Experience the gates to the town hall grounds will open at 6:30 p.m. The concert will run from 7-9 p.m. Tickets are $40. There will be a cash bar and people are asked to bring their own lawn chair for these performances.

The Bayfield Town Hall and the BAS are pleased to host a tribute concert with two bands!  Simply Queen Live faithfully recreates the grand scope of Queen’s iconic songs that have made Queen one of the most legendary rock bands of all time and Sir Elton’s Greatest, starring Edward Greene, brings to life the essence of the legendary musician in an evening that promises to be an unmissable musical extravaganza.

The gates at the Fairgrounds will open at 6:30 p.m with the performances starting at 7:30 p.m.  Tickets are $40 in advance or $45 at the gate. People are asked to bring their own lawn chair.

Then looking ahead to November the music will move indoors at the town hall with Sean McCann who joined forces with Darrell Power, Alan Doyle, and Bob Hallett to form Great Big Sea, a band that revolutionized traditional Newfoundland music and captivated audiences worldwide.

Great Big Sea’s meteoric rise to fame saw them become one of Canada’s most beloved musical exports, with a string of platinum-selling albums and countless memorable live shows. McCann’s songwriting and powerful vocals were integral to the band’s success, earning them legions of dedicated fans and critical international acclaim. Since then, he has continued to make waves in the music world as a solo artist. His latest effort “Shantyman” is a rollicking return to his traditional Newfoundland roots.

The doors to the hall will open at 6:30 p.m. with the performance beginning at 7 p.m. Tickets are $40. There will be a cash bar and chairs will be provided!

Tickets for all four of these concerts are available from


Miss Kitty (Submitted photo)

Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines (BFF) has been inundated with orphaned kittens, expectant felines and Mommas with their babies in the last few weeks and many are still waiting to come into the Rescue.

“This week alone we have taken in 23 kittens and four Moms one of which is likely pregnant again and her babies are only about five to six weeks old,” said Deb Penhale, representing BFF. “Our ability to accept cats and kittens is directly dependent on the number of fosters and homes we have that can help take in the overflow.”

One such feline in need of a home, Miss Kitty, is the Adopt a BFF kitten of the week.

Miss Kitty is new to the Shelter. She was a foundling and the kind hearted woman who took her in soon discovered that with her own personal health limitations a rambunctious and energetic kitten was a bit too much for her.

“A tearful decision was made to surrender Miss Kitty in the hopes that she would find a younger family who could keep up with such an adorable spitfire,” said Penhale.

Miss Kitty is full of love and snuggles. She also has the mischievous attitude that most young kittens have.

“A cat sibling or an older cat to teach her kitty manners might not be amiss,” said Penhale.”She is a beauty and so ready to romp and shower her family with love and her special energy.”

Anyone who could provide a safe space and foster some of these vulnerable creatures is asked to contact Mary Pounder at

Can’t help but could contribute? Consider donating for medical care and food to via E-transfer or mail financial donations 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.


Last year’s summer-long Red Table Book Sale was very well received in the community. (Submitted photo)

The Friends of Bayfield Library (FOBL) “Red Table Book Sale” will be starting up at the end of June and running throughout the summer until the end of August.

To help make the book sale a success, FOBL relies on donations from the community of used books in good condition. Fiction, non-fiction, and children’s books are welcome. Due to limited space on the Red Table, the following items cannot be accepted: cookbooks, coffee table books, travel books, CDs, DVDs, puzzles, and games.

Book donation drop-off dates and times at the library are listed below:

  • Wednesday, June 5 – 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, June 11 – 1-3 p.m.
  • Thursday, June 13 – 4-5:30 p.m.
  • Friday, June 14 – 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

This list is also posted on the library’s front window and is featured on the FOBL website as a reminder. The FOBL book sale organizers ask that people who are donating books do not leave boxes or bags of books outside the library doors.


Making Pinecone Butterfly Wands may be something youngsters would like to do on the upcoming PA Day, Friday, June 7 at the Bayfield Branch Library.

From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., children ages 12 and under accompanied by an adult, are invited to join in a whimsical journey as ordinary pinecones are transformed into beautiful butterflies.

Those who would like to take part are asked to register by contacting the Bayfield Library by calling 519 565-2886 or emailing


My Harp Heals, Harp Therapy and Guided Imagery, will be holding a Sound Bath session at the TSJ Hall on Wednesday, June 19.

This one-hour session will start at 3:30 p.m.

Each session will offer a deep relaxation sound bath that combines the vibrational and resonating power of the harp with Guided Imagery (GIM) techniques and voice.

“Creative visualization and deep relaxation aims at enhancing our ability to reconnect with ourselves. It can be adapted to suit various therapeutic intervention needs such as stress management, PTSD treatment, sleeplessness, meditation or yoga and mindfulness practice,” explained Harp Therapist Martha Lawrance. “Once deeply relaxed the listener is transported through a series of visualizations, guided with harp and voice prompts. Participants create their own journey and finish with peaceful images and feelings to keep with them to return to when needed.”

The cost is $20. Participants are asked to pay via E-transfer to register. Those who take part are asked to bring a mat, blanket, pillow and an open mind.

Any questions? Please email Martha Lawrance at

The TSJ Hall (formerly Trinity St James Parish Hall) is located at 10 Keith Crescent in the village.


Holly Jeffers would like to thank all those who attended the Book Launch and Signing for her latest novel, “Vee is for Venus” last Friday afternoon, May 31st, at 1851 Bayfield Landing.

She is very pleased that $2 from each purchase has helped her to make a donation of $200 to the Bayfield Area Food Bank.

Her book is now available at The Village Bookshop in Bayfield and on Amazon Books in most countries.

Vee is for Venus is a captivating story prompted by a real and bizarre event. The consequences are alarming and the results shocking. An historical backdrop of the British Channel Islands brings an added dimension to this curious tale.


Knox Presbyterian Church in Bayfield is hosting a “Speaker Series” on topics of interest to seniors and their families. Their first session took place on Sunday, June 2nd at Knox Church.

Jeanette Sears, Public Education coordinator at the Alzheimer Society Huron Perth was their first speaker. A great deal was learned about the programs and support services available in communities like Huron County, and across Canada. Sears spoke on education, awareness programs and resources for health care providers on Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.  Those who attended learned that there is a lot of help available in the community today.

The next speaker in the series will be from One Care. The session will be held  on Thursday, July 11 at 1:30 p.m.  More information to come in the coming weeks. There is no cost to attend but a free will offering would be appreciated.  All are welcome!

On Sunday, June 23 Knox Church will welcome Soloist Linda Street as their musical guest. Sunday services are held at 11 a.m. and are open to everyone.

Knox Presbyterian Church Bayfield is located at 2 Bayfield Main Street North. To learn more visit or follow them on YouTube – Knox, Bayfield.


Starting later this month, Pilates-Yoga Sculpt  by The Wellness Potion will be offered for six weeks at the Bayfield Community Centre for all levels.

These one hour classes will be held on Monday and Thursday evenings.

The Monday classes will run from June 17 to July 29. The Thursday classes will begin on June 20 and conclude on July 25. Both Monday and Thursday sessions will begin at 6:30 p.m.

The Wellness Potion’s Pilates-Yoga Sculpt combines Pilates and Yoga, incorporating hand-held weights and a small Pilates ball. This workout targets multiple muscle groups and enhances flexibility, strength, and endurance. The carefully curated movements and poses provide a full-body workout that challenges the body and the mind. Whether participants are a beginner or an advanced practitioner, this class can be tailored to all needs and abilities. Those who take part will improve their overall fitness, boost their energy levels, and foster a sense of calm and well-being.

Participants must have a set of two – 5 lbs weights and a small Pilates ball. All attendees should bring an exercise mat and a water bottle. They can also bring a yoga bolster, blanket and strap for support during certain poses. These optional items will help participants get the most out of their practice. Participants are asked to wear comfortable clothes to sweat in and arrive at least five minutes before the class begins.

Those who wish to participate are asked to register online at The Wellness Potion. The exchange is $60 HST for all six weeks.

For more information, please call Maria at 416 587-9913 or email


Talented Lego builders always showcase their story telling abilities at the meetings of the Bayfield Lego Club. (Submitted photo)

Families with an interest in Lego design and creativity are invited to come and further “their love for the brick” again this month as the Bayfield Lego Club will meet this Saturday, June 8.

This free activity, thanks to the sponsorship of the Optimist Club of Bayfield, will take place from 10-11:30 a.m. in the TSJ Hall (Trinity St James Anglican Church Parish Hall).

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.

TSJ Hall is located at 10 Keith Crescent in Bayfield.


Bayfield International Croquet Club (BICC) will be the host for the Croquet Canada National Association Championship Tournament from June 6-9.

The tournament will be attended by 26 competitors from Australia, USA, Western Canada, Toronto and of course Bayfield. Players include those ranked in the top 100 players in the world.

The tournament will be played at courts in Bayfield at 100 David Street and in Seaforth at 127 Main Street South. Play happens between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. with  the final competition being played in Bayfield starting at 9 a.m. on Sunday, June 9.

Croquet Canada is appreciative of the efforts of local Club volunteers in welcoming visitors in typical Bayfield fashion, that players receive food and drink each day and that there are plenty of opportunities for players to socialize and network with each other and BICC volunteers.

The competition is fierce in this prestigious Canadian championship. Everyone is welcome to come out to Bayfield or Seaforth to watch the best croquet in Canada.

BICC is celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year and has a full season of fun activities to mark this amazing milestone. Anyone who may be interested in being part of the BICC is invited to email


Bayfield’s Second Annual Pride Walk will take place on Sunday, June 9.

The meeting point for the walk that will commence at 11 a.m. is the gazebo in Clan Gregor Square.  Everyone is welcome for this walk along the village’s Heritage Trail in celebration of LGBTQ2S+ Pride Month. There will be free swag bags for the first 30 hikers to arrive.

The village walk is being held in association with Huron County Pride and will be the official launch of the Bayfield Library’s “ParticipACTION: Celebrating Diverse Voices Scavenger Hunt.” Along the trail, special signs will highlight six books written by LGBTQ2S+ authors.  Collect all six secret words for a chance to win a prize pack!

Those who would like to gather after the hike can join a bring-your-own picnic in the park, with The Pink Flamingo Bakery and Boutique’s cupcakes provided by the Huron County Library.  Come out and show your colors!

For more info, contact Ralph Blasting at 519 525-3205 or


At their upcoming June meeting, members of the Bayfield Garden Club will have the opportunity to listen to two speakers who will share their knowledge on interesting subjects that could potentially enhance the community.

On June 10, starting at 7 p.m., Janneka Vorsteveld and Janet Kurasz will be the speakers. Vorsteveld, from Seeds Rooted in Youth,  will speak about her proposal for a Community Educational Garden while Kurasz, from Lakewood Garden Centre, will speak about native plants.

The meeting will be held at the Bayfield Lions Community Building located at 6 Municipal Road.


Seaforth Public School music teacher Heather Dawe leading the 80 piece elementary massed band students in a performance of “Feel it Still”. (Submitted photo)

Eighty local elementary students took part in the Huron Musicfest Elementary Massed Band event at Central Huron Secondary School (CHSS) on May 27.

The day featured instrumental workshops for elementary students with Central Huron Secondary School students leading and mentoring students in preparation for an evening concert. In addition, elementary students were led by local music teachers, Brad Cassel, Heather Dawe and Aaron Neeb.

“We are thrilled to offer this opportunity that has students from across our community collaborate and make music together,” said organizer and Seaforth Public Music Teacher, Heather Dawe.

Students worked on the pieces “Heritage and Reflection”, “Knights and Castles” and “Feel it Still”. The event ended with a big massed band concert in the evening which raised funds for elementary music programs at Seaforth Public School, Clinton Public School and Huron Centennial School.

“Most of the students from the three schools have never met,” said Music Teacher Brad Cassel. “This was such an authentic and enriching experience for them to gather together and meet through the universal language of music.  From the helping and learning moments I witnessed between the students, it was clear that this event was bringing out the best in all of them.”

Students played a variety of instruments including flute, clarinet, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, trumpet, trombone, baritone, tuba, bass and percussion. Organizers are planning on hosting another event next year and are looking forward to creating more opportunities for music students in the community.

“As a school, we are really excited to have our elementary students learning and playing in the same community that they live in,” said CHSS Music Teacher, Aaron Neeb. “The event was fully inclusive for our students which made for an extremely fun and rewarding day.”


Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry students will begin their learning and training across the Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance (HPHA) communities during Discovery Week 2024, marking the 26th anniversary of this outstanding partnership.

The medical students’ placement stems from an ongoing partnership with Schulich Medicine, based at Western University in London, ON. For the past 26 years, as part of Discovery Week, all first-year medical students have participated in immersive, one-week placements in health-care settings across Southwestern Ontario.

During this week-long placement, held at the beginning of June, across HPHA communities, 28 medical students will be exposed to teamwork and collaboration undertaken within a rural/regional site and will have exciting opportunities to discover all the community has to offer.

“Most of the medical learning young doctors in training experience continues to be delivered in urban centres. Opportunities like this allow us to showcase excellent rural and regional practice and reaffirm commitments to our broader community. Exposure to our team of dedicated practitioners and educators in Huron Perth, and our strong healthcare partners goes a long way to sustaining our healthcare ecosystem and contributing to a more comprehensive medical education,“ said Regional Academic Director, Huron Perth, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry and Physician Lead, Huron Perth and Area Ontario Health Team, Dr. Shanil Narayan.

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

During Discovery Week, Schulich medical students become temporary members of these communities, giving them the opportunity to meet patients, experience the unique health-care systems and interact with colleagues – getting a fulsome experience of what a day in the life of a local health-care provider looks like across Huron and Perth Counties.

During Discovery Week 2024, more than 170 Schulich Medicine students will be placed in 31 participating communities, from Owen Sound to Windsor-Essex and Woodstock to Lake Huron.


Huron County Pride (HCP) is excited to announce their full slate of events for the Second Annual Pride Festival celebration. The inaugural festival last year was a great success, thanks to wonderful entertainers and vendors, dedicated volunteers, and an outpouring of community support. This year, Huron County Pride is excited to announce even more social and educational events

to celebrate the Pride season.

Pride celebrations are held worldwide to celebrate the achievements and inclusion of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community, as well as to advocate for the continued inclusion and safety of people of all sexual orientations and gender identities. Pride festivities in Huron County will run from June 4-9, and organizers are looking forward to fostering a safe and inclusive community for all participants.

The following is a listing of the events planned:

On Tuesday, June 4, HCP Board Chair Tim Damon will host “Masc-4-Masc: An Interactive Discussion”. In this discussion Damon will look at the dynamics of masculinity and femininity in a different way which might create avenues for true connection in ourselves and with others. This free event will be held at The Yoga Den, 68 Courthouse Square in Goderich starting at 7 p.m.

On Wednesday June 5, “Get Your Gay-me On” Trivia Night will be held at Part II Bistro, 10 Courthouse Square in Goderich from 7-9 p.m. Participants can test their knowledge on 2SLGBTQIA+ trivia while they get to know the HCP Board and their local community. Teams of four will learn and compete for prizes, including a grand prize of four tickets to “Hay Gurl: A Country Burlesque Extravaganza”. Thanks to Part II Bistro for sponsoring and hosting the event. Admission is $20 per team of four. To learn how to register consult HCP social media.

On Thursday June 6, Sarah Smith will perform a concert on the Courthouse Square Stage in Goderich starting at 7:30 p.m. Those who attend will enjoy a rocking evening of music with this celebrated singer/songwriter originally from London, ON. Smith is known for her powerful and compelling stage performances and the bold humanity of her songwriting. After honing her craft as a member of proto-Punk band “The Joys”, Smith has spent the last 15 years as a solo artist, touring relentlessly throughout Canada, while also building a growing and deeply loyal fan base in key parts of the United States and Europe. Thanks to the Goderich BIA and the Nuclear Waste Management

Organization for sponsoring this free event.

On Friday June 7, “Hay Gurl: A Country Burlesque Extravaganza” will be held at the Goderich Legion, 56 Kingston Street from 8-10 p.m. Those who attend should be ready for an exciting evening of acrobatic and burlesque numbers they won’t see anywhere else in Huron County featuring the “Vertical Air Diamonds”, a renowned professional artistic fitness studio. Please note that this is an age of majority event. Tickets are $45 per person. More information on how to purchase tickets can be found on HCP social media.

On Saturday, June 8, the Second Annual Huron County Pride Festival will be held in Courthouse Square in Goderich. It will be a day filled with fun and excitement, featuring some amazing drag performances, artisan market, community organization displays and a family pride area sponsored by Cait’s Café in Goderich. There will also be performances by local musicians. This free festival will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

On Sunday, June 9, a Pride Church Service will be held starting at 10:30 a.m. at Lakeshore United Church, 56 North Street in Goderich. All are welcome to join  for a time of worship and music in celebration of Pride and inclusion. This service will be led by HCP Board member Rev. Alex Jebson, minister at Blyth and Brussels United Churches. Organizers would like to thank Lakeshore United Church for hosting this service.

Organizers would like to say thank you in advance to all of the community organizations, businesses, vendors, performers, and volunteers who will make the  second annual pride festivities a success.


The Radar and Communications School – 36 Winnipeg Road – will be part of a walking tour to celebrate Air Force Day. The 150,000 square foot Radar and Communications School located on Winnipeg Street was built in 1952-53 at a cost of $2.5 million dollars ($20 million today). It had its own power generators, and housed electronic equipment, then valued at $5 million dollars, in its 80 classrooms and laboratories. During its first year, the school graduated 2,000 students and within four years, 6,500 Canadians and 2,325 Americans graduated from its courses. Following the war, the world-class training centre at RCAF/CFB Clinton was designated a peacetime Signals School. (Photo courtesy Municipality of Huron East Tours and Trails)

Vanastra, formerly RCAF Station Clinton, is celebrating the Royal Canadian Air Force 100th Anniversary: 1924-2024. What began on April 1st, with Blue Lights on Canadian military installations across the country, and around the world continues with the Air Force Day events on Saturday, June 8.

For one day, the RCAF Clinton Mini-museum will be the location for the participants to view the displays. The Mini-museum is located in the former A.V.M. Hugh Campbell School, now Fellowship Hall, Vanastra Christian Church, at Front Road and 7th Avenue.

The 1941 construction of the only highly top secret Radar and Communications School, was the beginning for RAF, then RCAF, then CFB Station Clinton. The wartime training included British, Canadian and American personnel in the most timely undertaking, working to help save Britain and eventually Europe. This was considered the “university” of the latest training and equipment in flight electronics, and some of that equipment will be here for all to see. RCAF Clinton was the only base in Canada without a runway, and it became the largest base with the population of up to 3,000 training personnel and students.

The Secrets of Radar Museum began in the old Sergeants Mess, but moved to London 21 years ago. Now, for Air Force Day, an RCAF veteran honorary curator and support staff will be bringing back pieces of Radio & Communications School history. There will be so many stories to tell!

The Huron County Museum will show artifacts from their local military collections. Huron had four major military installations established through the 1900s.

The Huron County Historical Society will be releasing the 2024 Historical Notes, featuring stories of RCAF Clinton gleaned from diaries and scrapbooks of an actual resident of the PMQs then and now. From the words and photos of the personnel on base in the 1950s, the opening of the #1 School of Food Service, the first in Canada, will also be on display.

Local historian David Yates will have the revised edition of “That Freedom May Survive” available. Bonnie Sitter, author of “Onion Skins and Peach Fuzz: The Farmerettes”, will be on hand to discuss the play of the same name running at the Blyth Festival Theatre, Aug. 14 to Sept. 7.

The “Streamliners RCAF Swing Dance Band 1941 to 1946” play will be running at the Goderich Livery Theatre, Oct. 16-27 and at the event there will be a sneak preview from the cast and crew. This play is based on the story of two airmen from Clinton (Jake Perdue and Phil Sparling) and one from Goderich (Billy Carter), who became the founders of the best frontline entertainment band in Europe. The play is based on Andy Sparling’s book “Dance Through the Darkness”.

In addition, the Vanastra Heritage Trail as presented by Huron East Tours and Trails will be available in guide book format, for people who wish to follow the streets of the old base, now a commercial and industrial park.

June 8 is also the date for the Annual Village of Vanastra Yard Sale Day, This year with the addition of a popular food truck to be located at the ball diamond/recreation centre.

More participants and displays are coming forward each week. To join in the sharing of family stories please contact Pamela Stanley by calling 519 482-9914 or by emailing


The Alice Munro Festival of the Short Story will feature 12 Canadian authors celebrating writing and reading in the landscape that inspired Canadian author Alice Munro. (Artwork by Jessica Masters)

Huron’s 2024 Literary Festival Explores “Lives of Girls and Women” in the landscape that inspired its namesake, Canadian author Alice Munro.

Lives of Girls and Women is a celebrated novel that tells a coming-of-age story that follows Del Jordan as she navigates the complexities of growing up in rural Ontario during the mid-20th century. Munro’s writing is celebrated for its depth, insight, and realism and Lives of Girls and Women is often praised for its richly drawn characters, evocative settings, and nuanced exploration of the complexities of female relationships and experiences. From June 5-9, organizers of the Alice Munro Festival of the Short Story, invite people to explore the multifaceted lives of girls and women, and the diversity of their experiences.

The Alice Munro Festival is expanding in 2024 to include a live theatre production and a film screening in addition to its captivating author events including readings and masterclasses.

A stage production, entitled, “Post Alice”, which blends local history and literature, will be performed at the Blyth Festival’s Harvest Stage on June 5, 6 and 8. First performed at the Here for Now Theatre Festival held in Stratford, ON in 2021, the play was written by Taylor Marie Graham.

The synopsis of the play is as follows:  “Inspired by four haunting characters from four iconic Alice Munro stories, Post Alice is a contemporary play which asks the question: what really happened to Mistie Murray? And what happens to all our missing girls? Come sit around the fire with four bright and hilarious Huron County women as ghost stories emerge, songs fill the air, family secrets are revealed, and mysteries unravel into those wonderful contradictions which live inside us all.”

From Friday, June 7 through Sunday, June 9, the Festival will host workshops by award-winning and bestselling authors Cindy Matthews, “Ignite the Writer Within”; Jann Everard, “Mastering the Submission Process”; Paola Ferrante, “Tell the Truth but Tell it Spec: Using the Genre Conventions of Horror and Science Fiction to Tell Stories that Matter”; and Emily Paskevics, “Place as Character: Crafting Dynamic Settings for Your Stories”.

Included in the 2024 festival will be a stage production, entitled, “Post Alice”, at the Blyth Festival’s Harvest Stage on June 5, 6 and 8. (Submitted photo)

Eight celebrated authors will share a reading from their newly published collections and discuss their writing through a moderated Q&A. From experiences of searching for, and teaching about belonging in a deeply divided world and intergenerational relationships that unfold in a context of environmental change, to a gripping World War II novel about two sisters who join the war effort, the stories shared are sure to deeply resonate with festival-goers.   Authors include:  Annahid Dashtgard, “Bones of Belonging”; Jann Everard, “Blue Runaways”; Paola Ferrante, “Her Body Among Animals”; Genevieve Graham, “The Secret Keeper”; Heather Marshall, “The Secret History of Audrey James”; Cindy Matthews, “The Roach Family and Other Stories”; and Emily Paskevics, “Half-Wild and Other Stories of Encounter”. Additional authors will be announced soon.

On June 7, the Festival will host the Awards Presentation of the 2024 Short Story Contest and the new Digital Art Contest. They received record numbers of entries this year and once again were impressed by the talent and creativity that emerges from area communities when it comes to this contest! With cash prizes for both adults and youth, choosing a winner is difficult, luckily the celebrity judges are up to the challenge!

Following the awards presentations in Wingham, a film screening of “Lives of Girls and Women” will be held in the Wingham Heritage Town Hall Theatre. It is a made-for-tv movie by Munro, Charles K Pitts, and Kelly Rebar, created in 1996. One reviewer critiqued it as “a great down to earth movie. It is a tribute to Canadian actresses. Tanya Allen and Wendy Crewson were excellent in their portrayal of a mother and daughter during a girls entering adulthood time. The aunts and uncle, as well as the boyfriend and his family played the inhabitants of a small town in that time period to perfection.”

There is something for everyone at this year’s Alice Munro Festival of the Short Story. Events take place in Bayfield, Blyth and Wingham.  Visit @AliceMunroFestival on Facebook for late breaking news and find event information and links to tickets at  Save on multiple events with a Daily Pass or purchase an All-Access Pass to enjoy several events during the Festival weekend.

The Alice Munro Festival of the Short Story nurtures emerging writers and celebrates short stories in the landscape that inspired Munro. It is generously supported by the County of Huron, Township of North Huron, The Village Bookshop, Bayfield; Royal Homes, Wingham; Capital Power, Virtual High School, Bayfield; and several corporate and individual donors.


What is her name? What did I come down here for? Where did I put…? The Alzheimer Society Huron Perth and the Grand Bend Area Community Health Centre (GBACHC) are working together to bring the Memory and Aging Program to Grand Bend this summer. The Memory and Aging Program is designed for anyone experiencing normal age-related changes in memory or anyone interested in learning more about this topic.

The Memory and Aging Program describes what memory is, how it changes with age, and when to be concerned. Brain healthy lifestyle choices and practical memory strategies are reviewed and practiced, improving a person’s ability to remember those everyday things – including those pesky names and things they intend to do! Equally important, the Memory and Aging Program is enjoyable and seeks to build confidence in one’s own memory ability.

The Memory and Aging Program will consist of four sessions to be held on Tuesdays from July 9-30th. All sessions will take place at the GBACHC, from 1:30-3:30 p.m. These sessions are free – GBACHC is providing the workbooks for use during the course. They will also be available for purchase for $25 for anyone who would like a workbook to keep.

Organizers note that when they offered this popular program in 2023, it filled up quickly! People can register for the Memory and Aging Program by emailing Jeanette Sears at or calling 1-800-561-5012 or emailing Kate Mason at

The Grand Bend Area Community Health Centre is located at 69 Main Street East in Grand Bend.


The RCMP Musical Ride will take place at the Clinton Raceway on Labour Day weekend – Aug. 31st and Sept. 1st. (Photo courtesy of: Royal Canadian Mounted Police)

The Bayfield Agricultural Society and REACH Huron are proud to present the RCMP Musical Ride at the Clinton Raceway on Labour Day weekend – Aug. 31st  and Sept. 1st.

A symbol of tradition, honor and pride, the RCMP Musical Ride features riders and their horses performing a variety of intricate formations and cavalry drills set to music. The result is a spectacular display of precision and skill!

There will be two performances: one on Saturday, Aug. 31st at 5 p.m. (gates open at 4 p.m.) and the other on Sunday, Sept. 1st at 5 p.m. (gates open at 3 p.m.).

Both performances will take place at the Clinton Raceway, 129 Beech Street in Clinton.

Ticket prices are: Adults – $15; Kids aged six to 12 – $10; Kids aged five and under – free.

Tickets for this once-in-a-lifetime experience can be purchased online at

For information, please call 519 482-3998.


The Municipality of Bluewater is taking part in ParticipACTION this coming June. (Submitted photo)

The Municipality of Bluewater is excited to be offering free sports and wellness classes throughout the month of June and also share some of the recreational opportunities being offered through the municipality in the summer months.

The June programs are funded through ParticipACTION and the Government of Canada as the Municipality of Bluewater’s efforts to participate in the ParticipACTION Community Challenge. It is the goal to be the most active community in Canada! Anyone who organizes any active programs, is asked to record it on the ParticipACTION website to help win the grand prize of $100,000. The grand prize goes towards recreation initiatives within Bluewater.

During the month of June there will be Line Dancing, in Bayfield; Yoga, Pilates and TurboKick, in Zurich; Boot Camp as well as Beach Volleyball for youth and adults in Hensall; Family Pickleball in Zurich and Adult Badminton in Varna. All of these programs are free and drop-in only.

To see what is happening all over the Municipality of Bluewater, check out the Community Calendar found on the Municipality of Bluewater’s website. Anyone who has programs or events happening, is asked to please submit them to the calendar.

Badminton will be offered at the Stanley Complex in Varna this coming July and August on Wednesdays from 7-8:30 p.m. Pickleball is offered all year round at the Stanley Complex on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Registration is required for both programs. Please go to the Municipality of Bluewater’s website, under Recreation Programming for further details.

A new youth program coming to Hensall is Leaders in Training (LIT) for ages 13- 16 years old. LIT is a four day long program where participants will be provided with the tools and knowledge needed to volunteer at Bluewater Day Camp. Participants will gain experience in program planning, learning the basics of being a camp leader and be introduced to the policies and procedures of the Municipality of Bluewater. Registration is now open!

The Camp Coordinator is busy planning Summer Day Camp for ages four to 12 in Bayfield and Hensall. Both camps are nearly full! If anyone would like to sponsor this program, please contact Molly at

Please contact Recreation Coordinator, Denver Boertien, at for more information or with questions.


June is Participaction Month and Good Neighbours of Bluewater (GNOB) is a supporter of Bluewater Participaction.  People are invited to send pictures of Bluewater residents, both young and old in action, to These pictures will be placed in a PowerPoint and shown on the GNOB TV displayed in the window. Residents are also encouraged to register for the Participaction Community Challenge held during the month of June online at – groups or individuals welcome!

And looking ahead, GNOB will host their Third Annual Strawberry Social on Thursday, June 20th from 4-7 p.m. Organizers will be serving up Masse Strawberries and providing live entertainment.

Anyone wondering what the summer hours for GNOB are will find them to be the same as their winter hours: Mondays, 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; Wednesdays (Room2Grow) and Thursdays, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

GNOB is located at 28 Goshen Street North in Zurich, ON.


The Huron Waves Festival to be held in Exeter during the month of June will be punctuated by an exhibition and one extra special concert.

From June 9-23, “Trailblazers Exhibition: Honouring Outstanding Canadian Women” will be open in the Trivitt Auditorium so that people can learn about the lives and accomplishments of forty-one women who are recognized through emblematic neck-pieces, researched and designed by Canada’s leading goldsmith and designer, Donald Stuart, along with portraits by artist Susan Benson and bilingual biographies. Tickets for this exhibition are $10 per person with youth under 16 years free.

On Sunday, June 16, “A Guitar’s Story of Canada through Artifacts & History” will be presented starting at 3 p.m. in the Trivitt Auditorium. Those who attend will meet “Voyageur”, a unique, genuine six-string guitar, whose very construction reflects the story of Canada presented by its originator, Jowi Taylor.  Each of the 64 pieces of Canada that comprise the guitar as well as the additional elements in its case and strap comes from a notable Canadian site or individual. Jowi will tell  Voyageur’s (and Canada’s) story that concludes with a performance pocket when one, two or three individuals play the instrument. Tickets for this event are $20 per person.

The Huron Waves Festival’s grand finale will be held in celebration of National Indigenous Peoples Day, with a performance by Inuk Musician Susan Aglukark on June 23. Her blend of Inuit folk music traditions with country and pop songwriting has made her a major recording star in Canada. Her most successful single is “O Siem”, which reached number one on the Canadian country and adult contemporary charts in 1995. Overall, she has released seven studio albums and has won three Juno Awards. Tickets for this concert, to be held at 3 p.m. in the Trivitt Auditorium, are $40 per person.

For further details please visit: Huron Waves. The Trivitt Auditorium is located at  264 Main Street South in Exeter, ON.


“One Fish Two Fish” by Meaghan Claire Kehoe, Acrylic on canvas – 60” x 48”. (Submitted photo)

The Bayfield Centre for the Arts (BCA) is excited to host Meaghan Claire Kehoe in the village again this June!

Many will recognize Kehoe from the two weeks she spent painting the Bayfield Mural on the wall of the Bayfield Community Centre and Arena  in September of 2022.

Kehoe was overwhelmed with the positive response to her work, the friendliness of the townspeople and the beauty of Bayfield. Subsequently she contacted the BCA to enquire about a solo exhibition of her gallery paintings.

The exhibition will be held at the 1851 Bayfield Landing Community Room from June 8-16 with an opening reception the evening of Friday, June 7. The artist will be in attendance during the day Saturday, June 8.

Organizers would like to encourage the community to come out to enjoy the paintings and add to their art collection!


It’s time to renew short-term rental licenses in the Municipality of Bluewater.

Short-term rental licenses issued in 2023 by the Municipality of Bluewater will expire in the upcoming months. People will find their unique expiry date on the license. They should apply for renewal well before their license expires and can apply online in Cloudpermit. This is a new system.

Staff are available during business hours if assistance is needed by calling 519 236-4351. Please visit the short-term rentals page for more information and to renew an application: STRentals.


The Huron Song Chorus will present two benefit concerts for the Huron Women’s Shelter in early June.

The first will be held on Monday, June 10 at Knox Presbyterian Church in Goderich followed by a second performance on Tuesday, June 11 at Northside United Church in Seaforth. Both concerts commence at 7:30 p.m.

Admission to both shows is a freewill donation that will be given to the Huron Women’s Shelter.


The South Huron Medical Centre Walk-in Clinic is open on Saturdays, Sundays and statutory holidays (except for Christmas Day) 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.

No appointment is needed. Please bring your health card.

The South Huron Medical Centre is located at 23 Huron Street West in Exeter, ON.


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 recognition of Air Force Day upcoming on June 8, and in honor of the Royal Canadian Air Force 100th Anniversary: 1924-2024, we feature an RCAF artifact from the Museum’s collection. It is interesting to note that not all RCAF related artifacts are “air force related”, some are more personal, like this piece of art crafted by a Clinton base resident…


This is a watercolor painting, sketched in pencil, in landscape format. It shows a red wooden railway station, in daylight, no people or vehicles are visible. Of interest, the scene is framed as the point of view from the front passenger seat of a vintage motor vehicle; the visible frame of the vehicle’s windshield shows the hood of the vehicle, with the station building a little distance away. The station name “Brucefield”, painted in yellow, appears on the end wall of the building.

On the left, below the painting on the mat, the words “Down by the station, Brucefield” are hand written in pencil. The signature “R.Thomas 50” is hand written in pencil.

A silver metal plaque is fastened onto the glass just inside the bottom of the frame, in the centre it is engraved: “CN Brucefield ON”, “Down by the Station”, “R.Thomas, 1950 RCAF”.




The Bayfield Lions Club hosted their Walk for Dog Guides on the morning of June 2nd and a little rain didn’t put a damper on things.

“This year there were plenty of walkers with their dogs, despite the weather,” said Lion Karen Scott, an event organizer. “We had a lot of community support, as usual – thank you, Bayfield.  Some made it a family event, or a time to be shared with friends.  We enjoyed seeing our regular walkers, but we were also delighted in seeing a few new fundraisers.”

She went on to say that after a preliminary count, the event raised $13,000 but there will be a final tally provided later this month.

Following the walk, hot dogs, and refreshments, were made available to participants with faithful Lions Club members ably managing the grill. There were also informative presentations as well as some fun “contests” where all the participating canines received a prize.

“A special thank-you is extended to all who provided door prizes.  Your continued generosity is awesome,” said Scott.

The prize winners included: Bonnie Neeley and Richard Dusk with their new puppy, Honey, prize donated by Clinton Veterinary Services; Mary Hall and her dog Bobby McGee, prize donated by South Huron Veterinary Clinic, Zurich;  Marilyn Aiken and her dog Winston, prize donated by Huebner-Ridder Veterinary Hospital, Goderich; and Rosemary Crosthwaite won a $100 Pet Valu gift certificate.

In addition, Suszann Weston, and Ava; Sue Wattam, and Sophia; Sylvie Tafts, and Essex; and Pauline Bell with Bella and Violet all won prizes donated by Pet Valu.

“With the help of our community, and our sponsor, Pet Valu, we raise money to provide dogs for those in need of a service dog,” said Scott. “We would especially like to thank Pet Valu for their ongoing sponsorship providing a booth, with dog treats and information, and even more door prizes. Thanks once again to our wonderful community for making this year another great success.  It seems all had fun and the dogs went home tired.”

The various areas of support Dog Guides provide are hearing, canine vision, seizure response, diabetes alert, service for physical or medical disability, autism assistance, and facility support (that is assisting professionals working with vulnerable people who have experienced trauma).  A dog costs $35,000 to train and prepare for a life of service from birth until the time of placement.




Beach at Cedar Springs Road…By Nancy Ruhl

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Melody Falconer-Pounder

For nearly 30 years I have volunteered with the youth who continue past Sparks, Embers and Guides into Pathfinders and Rangers and for almost as many years we have tried to take them on a Year End Adventure not only to expand their horizons but also as a well-deserved thank you for helping with the younger units at weekly meetings, camps and outings. 

Our senior members are pretty amazing and this year’s adventure was crafted from their input on what they wanted to do, see and learn. I must say their ideas expanded my horizons ten-fold – we explored an area of Ontario I wasn’t terribly familiar with and it proved to be a most enjoyable experience. 

A cabin at Turkey Point was our base camp and from there we ventured out and about to learn about some special moments in Canadian history as well as some female trailblazers. We also spent time in nature and a highlight was definitely doing a bit of time traveling while learning about galaxies and constellations. 

The weekend was made all the more special as we Owls had a plan to present the top award, appropriately known as the Gold Trailblazer Leadership Award to a third year Ranger heading off to university this fall. This young person has collected the “trifecta” of Girl Guides of Canada Awards: Lady Baden-Powell and Canada Cord being the first two. Now before you can earn the Gold you have to complete Bronze and Silver and due to scheduling conflicts we had never been able to present her with the first two so we crafted a plan and presented all three over the course of the weekend. 

She was presented with her Bronze pin following a tour of the OJIBWA Submarine located in Port Burwell, ON (a part of The Elgin Military Museum collection). Her Silver was pinned under the stars high above the ground in the Observatory at the Long Point Eco-Adventure Resort. And finally the Gold was gifted to her while visiting a national historic site in St. George, ON – the homestead of Adelaide Hunter Hoodless. A trailblazer in her own right, Hunter Hoodless was instrumental in creating such organizations as the Women’s Institute and the Victorian Order of Nurses. And she achieved such important accomplishments at a time when women were not yet recognized as “persons” under Canadian law! 

May I offer my own heartfelt congratulations to this Ranger who was the first member of Bayfield Guiding to earn the Gold Trailblazer Leadership Award, the highest achievement in the Girl Guides of Canada Rangers program. (The award was designed to replace the Chief Gold Commissioner’s Award in approximately 2019.) I’m sure this young person will continue to blaze a trail while expanding her horizons as she ventures forward in life and I look forward to being able to say I knew her when. – Brown Owl Melody  

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