Lucy Recalls Christmas in 1900

Written by Lucy R. Woods in 1977 for the Clinton News Record

Grandma said we could go back to the pasture field and get a Christmas tree.  What a time we had deciding which one we liked, there were so many beautiful cedar trees to choose from.  Our final choosing was a big one, more suitable for a church or a hall but that was the one and only tree in the field.

Grandpa had to get the stone boat and horse to bring it back to the house.  About six feet was cut off the top part of the tree and it was the grandest Christmas tree ever.  We made garlands out of the lower branches and had cedar trim over every picture, doorway, window even the old wall clock that chimed the hour and half hour was decorated.

Now we trimmed the tree but with no tinsel, lights or bright ornaments to be had, Grandma popped popcorn and we threaded it on a string and hung it on the tree and mother made up paper roses out of red, yellow, pink and white tissue paper.

We had no toys but got a pair each of home knit mittens.

That was a lovely Christmas and we have never forgotten it.  We had a lovely dinner of roast goose – golden brown to perfection as only grandmas could cook them, dressing, gravy, mashed potatoes and lots of vegetables, homemade bread, pickles, plum pudding and Christmas cake.  I can remember the table with it’s snow white tablecloth and shining dishes and all the goodies placed just so, we had our little fancy butter moulds of butter at each plate.

Happy memories keep the past ever present.  We often relive these wonderful days of vacations spent in the little Village of Bayfield.



Christmas Cheer Baskets for the War Effort

The Bayfield Lions (formed in 1947) were packing Christmas Cheer Baskets in 1949 to send to the war effort.


Winter traffic in Bayfield uses old time sleighs, horses and dogs.

February 4th 1960 – The Clinton News Record

It takes Bayfield Winter Sport to connect people with the past – not that we’re old fashioned!  Oh no, but in modes of transportation in the snow, people who have travelled considerably have seen their first cutter drawn by a beautiful Palamino.

Canvassing the village for magazine subscriptions on Friday January 29th, Miss Ann Fowler called at “The Hut”.  With her associate, she had received and enjoyed her first cutter ride with Adam Flower behind “Sunny”.  She was thrilled with the jingling of the ten bells which hang on either side of the harness.  You might jump to the conclusion that Miss Fowler is a city girl.  Quite the reverse!  She was raised on a farm near Kingston and confessed that although she’d heard her father speak of horse drawn cutters and sleighs, she had never seen one before.

 Mr. Flowers purchased “sunny” a saddle horse in October.  Come winter and the snow he got a cutter from William H Johnston and broke the Palamino into a driver.  And he is generous in treating people to drives about the village.  “This outfit caused more of a sensation in Bayfield than a Cadillac car!” was one lady’s remark.

Another pretty sight is Mary Elizabeth Ervine’s two Shetland ponies, Dusty and Rusty, hitched to a bob-sleigh.  The children love the rides behind these 1.5 year old ponies and either Mary Elizabeth or her father give special birthday rides to little folk.  Mary Elizabeth and her friends rode the ponies last summer and when the snow came Spencer Ervine hitched them to a sleigh, made by George Little.

And then too in Bayfield we have a dog-drawn sled.  Percy Renner made a harness for their german shepherd “Ring” and so one may see the dog drawing little David on a sleigh down the street as percy walks beside them.   The sleigh isn’t just any ordinary sleigh.  It is wide, stands about a foot high, is painted red and has the name Lulu painted on it in black.  And for being so heavily built it pulls suprisingly easy.  Have you guessed for whom it was built?  Yes, for David’s grandmother.

Forty five years ago Lulu Albright became the proud possessor of this beautiful sleigh made by master of the craft, Fred Hess, wagon maker in Zurich.


There’s a move on in the village of Bayfield.

Clinton News Record

A move to make the traditional summer resort a new winter wonderland and it appears it all the ingredients are there for success.

Bayfield has traditionally closed its doors and rolled up its sidewalks with the coming of the long Labour-Day weekend.  Summer business has always been good, while in winter shop owners often took a well deserved vacation or left the village to tend to business elsewhere.

Until this winter that is.  This year for the first time in recent memory that any of the shops stayed open for business past mid- September


The Lighting of the Trees in Clan Gregor Square

Christmas in Bayfield is Born!

Christmas in Bayfield as we know it today began on the evening of Nov 8th 1991 with the ceremonial Lighting of the Trees in Clan Gregor Square.  The events were hosted by the Special Events Committee of Bayfield Business Improvement Area.

A popular happening in the 1990s was the Optimist Club’s hay Ride and Carol Sing.


Christmas in Bayfield is bigger than ever!

Join us for a season of merriment!