Chatham-Kent is the Classic Car Capitol of Canada and has many Classic Car Events during the summer months. This weekend is one you do not want to miss and is being held at one of my favorite resort locations in our Municipality, Mitchell's Bay.
Saturday, July 21 is a big day for the Vintage Vehicle Lovers. It is the 7th Annual Antique Car, Truck, Motorcycle and Tractor Showat Mitchells Bay. All vehicles must be older than 1997. It will run from 11 A.M. until 4 P.M. at the Mitchell's Bay Park. There will be fun for the whole family with lots to see and do, vendors, food concessions and even a bouncycastle for the children. Bring your bathing suits and cool off at the beach after a fun day before you head home. Mitchell's Bay is one of our great area Resorts with boating, fishing, swimming and even a playground and splash pad at the beach. It is one of our favorite places to spend a quiet Sunday, sitting under one of the large shade trees, reading and watching the many activities taking place. If you have not been there, this is a good weekend to try it. You will be back. I am sure.
Chatham-Kent is the Affordable Lifestyle Location with many amenities. We are located in the middle of the Great Lakes and has several lovely Lakeside Resorts within our boundaries. Call me, Wayne Liddy 519-436-4810 Royal LePage Peifer Realty Inc. Brokerage for all your Real Estate needs and visit my website regularly for Chatham-Kent Events, Happenings and Choice Properties for sale in this desirable area.
Dresden Kinstock Music Festival This Weekend July 13-14/2018
If you are wondering what to do this weekend, make plans to visit Dresden and enjoy this year's Kinstock Music Festival at Kinsmen Park in this unique village just a short drive from Chatham. It is a great family orientated weekend with lots of Local and CanadianEntertainment. There will be food and craft booths and even a Beer Garden. Door Open Friday Evening at 5 P.M. Show starts at 6 P.M. Saturday the doors will open at 4 P.M. You can purchase day passes or attend both days for the bargain price of $40.00 Check out the website or call 519-683-4368 and purchase your tickets today. If you are a camper, you may want to take advantage of the few rough campsites for $25.00 and set up for a fun weekend. Space is limited so act today.
Featured Artists are Friday, Runaway Angel, Julia Haggerty, Dirt Country and the Chasers
Saturday Night; Andrew Hyatt in addition to some talented local artists.
Hope to see you there. Chatham-Kent is the Affordable Lifestyle location with lots to see and do. Be sure to check my website weekly for Chatham-Kent Events, Happening and Choice properties for sale in this desirable area. Call me Wayne Liddy 519-436-4810 Royal LePage Peifer Realty Inc. Brokerage for all your Real Estate needs.
Enjoy Chatham-Kent Classic Car Events this Weekend
The 42nd Annual Thamesville Threshing Festival Parade and Car Show will take place Friday June 22-24/2018. The Event boasts hundreds of Antique Cars, boats and tractors for spectators to enjoy at the Car Show and Shine to be held Saturday June23 in Ferguson Park. The first 100 entries receive free admission and a plaque. There will be a parade Friday night, at 6:30 to kick off theevent. This annual parade is one of the largest in Southwestern Ontario and brings thousands of people to Thamesville each year. There will be a Broasted Dinner and live music in the refresh gardens at Ferguson Park on Saturday. The live band 'Dirt Country' will be on stage in the Beer Garden at 9 P.M. and fireworks at 10 P.M. on Saturday conclude the event. Check their website for further details.
June 22nd is also the date for the Blenheim Classic Auto Show and Cruise Night and will no doubt have an impressive lineup of vehicles of all models and makes. The parade of cars will begin at 6 P.M. Friday Evening on Chatham St. South at the Glad Tidings Church. Automobiles must be older than 1988 and there is only room for 100 on the Main St. on Saturday June 23. Sunday the 24th, the cars will cruise to Erieau to line-up for car buffs to enjoy and speak to the proud owners. Be sure to check out the Bayside Brewery. They have afternoon entertainment planned for the patio and it sound like great fun and food for all. Check out the Blenheim Car Show website for more details and to register for the Saturday line-up on Talbot St. in Downtown Blenheim.
Chatham-Kent is the Classic Car Capital of Canada and welcomes thousands of visitors each year to our great community. Check out the Schedule of Events for 2018 and be sure to put those dates on your calendar. Come out and join the fun. Chatham-Kent is the Affordable Lifestyle Location with lots to see and do. Call me Wayne liddy 519-351-1038 RLP Peifer Realty Inc. Brokerage for all your Real estate needs and visit my website for choice listings, events and happenings in Chatham-Kent.
According to the latest news report the site plan for the new Chatham Casino has been approved and plans are going ahead to make this $36M project a reality by the middle of 2019.During construction the DresdenGateway Casino will continue to operate. Although this is good new for the Minicipality Of Chatham-Kent, it is bittersweet and a real sense of loss for the Dresden community. Chatham-Kent has received a total of $700,000 in hosting fees from Ontario Lottery and Gaming as a result of the Dresden Operation but Mayor Randy Hope expects to see a considerable increase with the construction of the new facility in Chatham. Gateway is one of the largest Gaming and Entertainment operations in Canada and currently has a presence in Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia. This is good news for our Municipality and our Economy.
The new facility will have plenty of parking, 2 restaurants, 300 slots and 10 gaming tables. Its location at the corner of Keil Drive and Richmond, the former site of the Wheels Inn has easy access to the 401 via Bloomfield Rd.forr out of town visitors. Other great amenities are its close proximity to the John D. Bradley Convention Centre on Richmond and the Holiday Inn Select as well as other hotels, restaurants and coffee shops who will all welcome the new visitors. One of the best pieces of news is that the new 45,000 square foot Casino expects to create 200 new jobs in our Municipality. This is welcome news for our Economy.
Chatham-Kent is the Affordable Lifestyle Community, the area of choice if you are searching for Location Location Location with lots to see and do. Visit and you could very well decide to stay! Call me, Wayne Liddy 519-436-4810 Royal LePage Pefier Realty Inc. Brokerage for all your Real Estate needs and visit my website for the latest in Listing and Events in this great community.
You love your home and your neighborhood. However, you are not adverse to adding a few new touches, here and there to give it some pizazz.
Let's cover a few key areas.
Front Entrances: This is the first impression visitors have or your home. Make it welcoming and convenient.
1) Mirror You can either hang a mirror over a table or if possible mirror a wall. This is a great optical illusion for small entrances. and it will give a feeling of spaciousness.
2)Table Place to drop your keys or visitors purse, phone or gloves while guests are removing their coats and shoes.
3) Bench or chair Someplace to sit while removing boots or shoes.
4) New entrance flooring to present the Wow factor
Family Room: With open concept great rooms being so popular today, this is the room where the family gathers and spends most of their time. Separate living rooms although still found in some homes are not the place where families watch television and congregate. If this is the case in your home spend the bulk of your budget on a comfortable servicable sofa with loveseat/chairs or a sectional. If it is possible, you may want to take a wall out between the living room and family room and create a large great room.
Fireplace: This adds warmth to a family room and a great focal point. Televisions can be mounted above which solves the dated problem of where to place the TV. If a gas fireplace is not feasable try an electric fireplace. The cost is much less and you can achive a similar result.
Glass Tables: Accent tables or a glass dining room table or desk will give the illusion of space.
Clutter Removal: If you have numerous books, or other items sitting around, consider a wall cabinet to show your accessories in a more organized way.
Area Rug: Search for a color scheme or pattern that pulls the room together.The rug does not necessarily have to be expensive. It is the overall look that is important.
Color: Monochromatic can be very attractive but not for everyone. If you like color, use it. Add splashes of your favorite tones to that monochromatic room and it will be transformed. This can be accomplished through accessories such as pillows, throws, wall and table art. The beauty of this inexpensive makeover is that when you tire of the look, you can remove the color and enjoy the serenity of that monochromatic room again.
Bedrooms: Chose colors that flow. If the hallway is a cool color keep the bedrooms which you can see from the hall in the same pallette. It does not have to be the same color or even similar but if it is also cool, the space will appear larger.
Chair/Table Desk: If space allows, a reading corner is a welcome addition especially to the master bedroom. In a child's room, a desk and chair are often needed for homework. If you are on a budget, watch the garage sales or the kijiji ads. You can slip cover a chair inexpensively or use a wooden chair like a rocker and put a throw and/or cushion on it to match your bedspread. Place a small table for reading beside and the room has a perfect place to read or spend some quiet time. For the child's room search for a compact desk and chair and some wall units if possible.
In all of the above remember greenery! It will add wamth to a room, fill empty corners and be your most inexpensive way to complete the look of your home. Have fun!
Wednesday Night Movies at the Chatham Capitol Theatre
I am always tooting Chatham-Kent's horn for being "The Affordable Lifestyle Location" and I have just another example to prove my point. If you have heard someone say there is nothing to do in Chatham-Kent, they are just un-informed. Chatham-Kent is a very vibrant area with lots tosee and do. We will soon be into the summer months and as far as I am concerned, there is no better location. We are nestled in the middle of the Great Lakes and are often referred to as the Banana Belt. This is a reference to our milder temperatures in the winter time although this year, Old Man Weather decided to play with that a little. Oh well, we will soon be over the cold weather and on to Spring and Summer. Spring often is the shortest season in this area, going from cold to hot but we will see what this year brings. Regardless, before we blink, we will be heading to the beach to swim, boat or open up the family cottage at one of our Chatham-Kent Area Resorts Locations.
Our own Chatham Capitol Theatre in Historic Downtown Chatham has had some greatentertainment in the past few month. The talented Country Western Star, Aaron Pritchett was here in January, The Bernstein Bears Live made an appearance in March and the National Dance Company of Ireland performed the Rhythm of the Dance to the delight of the audience on March 19, just to mention a few of the recent shows. We are very fortunate to have this Venue right here in our midst in Chatham-Kent. We can enjoy some great entertainment, which I might add is very affordable, and never have to travel far. I hope you are checking the Capitol Theatre's website for upcoming events so you do not miss anything.
I spoke to someone about the great movie, "Wonder", we saw last Wednesday at Movie Night atthe Capitol Theatre and they did not know anything about it. As a result I decided to write about this fantastic affordable evening in this week's blog. Every Wednesday Evening at 7 P.M. at the Capitol Theatre is Movie Night. You can buy a season pass for $35.00 or pay $5.00 at the door for this week's movie. Popcorn is $2.00 and the bar is open. There is a wide variety of movies, sometimes a new release that did not come to our local theatre or perhaps one you missed. Last week's "Wonder" was a real gem and one I believe should be seen by every school child. If you missed it, take my word for it and be sure to rent it. Make it a family night at the movies.This Wednesday's movie April 4 willbe the 1959 Classic, "Ben Hur" with Charlton Heston, next Wednesday April 11 will be 'The Shape of Water" a new film from this year and the following week April 18, Disaster Artist will be showing. There was a great crowd last week so someone recognizes the great value of this movie night. Hope to see your there and enjoy the show!
You have decided that the time is right to put your current home on the market. You may be downsizing because the children have gone off to University or perhaps you have found that dream home you have always wanted. People move for a variety of reasons. There are a few question you have to ask yourself.
Let's start with the most important question. "Who do I want to represent me in this Real Estate transaction." Chose wisely. Selling or purchasing a home is one of the biggest transactions of a person's life. You need a top notch Real Estate Company and a knowlegable Agent who knows the area. I, Wayne Liddy have been in the Industry for over 30 years serving the people of Chatham-Kent and surrounding area. I was born and raised in Chatham-Kent. Royal LePage Peifer Realty Inc. Brokerage is the firm I represent. It is the leader in Chatham-Kent MLS Market Share consistently.
Once that is decided, now you have to examine your home and make it appealing to the buyer. I have a Stager on my team who can help but there are a few cosmetic updates you can do yourself before the sign goes up, to increase your home`s value.
1)Kitchen Cupboards are a great place to put your renovation dollars to work to receive themost return. Buyers today want updated kitchens with newer countertops, stainless appliances and the newest flooring. Backsplashes are also a eye catcher.
If your cupboards are the old wooden style with outdated hardware, invest in some paint and tackle them on a weekend. You can give your kitchen a huge facelift with just paint and new hardware. Tip: You can paint the upper cabinets white or a light shade and the lower ones a dark tone for a new look.
2)Painting: If one or two rooms are rough, you can accomplish a new look in just a weekend. The new white today for walls is lime-white and good accents are the blues, grays or purples for a real updated look. If the walls and woodwork look acceptable, just take a Q-tip and the paint can and go around and touch up corners and chipped woodwork. This little touch goes a long way.
3)If your living room or great room looks a little small or the paint edge at the ceiling is not perfect, a crown molding will hide any imperfections and amazingly give the room a larger appearance.
4)Spruce up your Curb Appeal and your Backyard Appearance. The nurseries have some great plants and bushes on sale in the Fall. Replace those tired looking overgrown shrubs, put down a few bags of new mulch and add some colorful mum pots for an invitingfront entrance. Trim the lawn in the backyard, paint the shed if necessary and get rid of all unnecessary clutter. If you have children, put the toys in the shed and create a haven in your backyard to sit and enjoy the last rays of sun shine after work. Potted mums around the deck or patio are an inexpensive way to create the look you want.
5)Bathrooms are often the clincher for prospective buyers. Your main bath might need attention. Re-tiling, new flooring, new vanity, new updated light fixtures and painting are often the areas that need a face-lift. If you are not handy, hire some one. The dollars you spend will bring you a very good return. Tip: Go to Habitat for Life to look for a vanity or a lumber store that is clearing a floor model. You can save big dollars.
If you have a small powder room, give it a new coat of paint and add a few bright colored accents. Replace the light fixture and the vanity if needed. Again, look for a sell-off.
6)Accents. My wife is a decorator and I have seen her transform a room with accents.They do not need to be expensive, just the right color. Add a little greenery. A large tree in the corner, not only fills a space but gives a comfortable feel. Invest in a few new colorful pillows and a new throw for the sofa. It is Fall so bring in some of the outdoor colors and create a cozy comfortable look.
If you are unsure of what to do first, call me today. Wayne Liddy 519-436-4810 RLP Peifer Realty Inc. Brokerage. My Team Stager can help you sort out your to-do list. Put us to work for you!
Christmas is over and if you are like us, you probably ate too much. We decided to go for it and buckle down the first of the year. Just less than a week to go! We love the Christmas season at our home. We take turns hosting Christmas and this year was our turn which was really special. We started with appetizers and finished with the traditional turkey dinner complete with 2 dessert choices. We brought out Baby Jesus' Birthday cake and sang Happy Birthday. Our daughter even made a beautiful Raspberry Torte which was delicious. They all went home with a care package of leftovers. We love to have everyone here. Some of the younger ones even had a dance contest on the WEE. It was great fun to watch all the energy they have. Being together to celebrate is what is important and a special gift wherever we meet. Many people share that sentiment and I heard recently on the radio, the 5 most popular reasons for the added joy. Besides parties and holidays off work with friends and family, one of the main reasons was the Christmas Spirit. That to me, means simply that people, in general, are happier. Somehow, many are able to put aside their everyday worries, just enjoy each other and the simpler pleasures of life. It is that time of year when Family traditions are celebrated and new ones are made!
I know each year, for many years, our two older grandchildren have enjoyed coming for the weekend, helping grandma decorate cookies and driving to Michigan, to a little place we found, to enjoy the extravagant Christmas light displays. Although they are now 18 and 21, they still come, for the car ride anyway and we had our special night together this year last Friday. It was great. Everybody is so busy but Christmas time is that special time of year when many of us just kind of slow down and smell the roses.Our younger grandchildren are not so fond of driving around inthe car looking at the lights and their Mom is a fantastic baker so we are still searching for that special event that they will always associate with Christmas at grandma andgrandpa's house. My wife thought it might be helping decorate with the teddy bears and the ginger bread decorations but they soon tired of that. Whatever it may be, the best part is just being with them at this special time of year. It may just be cuddling on the sofa, watching their favorite Christmas Movie with the Christmas tree lights twinkling in the background. I realize we are very fortunate. Both of our grown children are married with families of their own but they live in this general area. We are still able to get together and celebrate. I hear so many friends speak about their grandchildren located all over the world. Thanks heavens for the Internet and the ability to visit face to face. I am sure that their Family traditions and the memories of them are as important to them as they are to our family.
Santa Claus arrived in Chatham-Kent for the Annual Christmas parade in November. The IODEChristmas Walk was November 18-19 and even though the weather did not cooperate, it was a great time. There have been several Christmas Events and activities in Chatham-Kent.Christmas In Muskoka was held at the Chatham Armouries Nov 28- Dec 2, Elvis, a Christmas Special featuring Pete Paquette at the Capitol Theatre was Friday, December 1 and the Chatham-Kent Chorale also at the Capitol Theatre took place on Sunday December 3, just to name a few. I hope you gathered the family and attended some of these great seasonal events and others that took place in our Municipality. If not, put that on your to-do list for next year.
Chatham-Kent is the affordable Lifestyle location with lots to see and enjoy. Build your own Christmas Traditions, Create Memories and Enjoy the remainder of the Holidays whatever you do. Always remember the "reason for the season." Our family likes to have a birthday cake for Baby Jesus. It helps to remind the little ones that Santa Claus and toys are not the most important thing at Christmas. You do what suits your family. Have a blest and Happy Christmas and all the Best in 2018.
I do not know if you have watched any of the home decorating shows on HGTV these days but Tiny Houses seems to be a trend. As many of my followers know, my wife is an Interior Decorator and she loves them all and especially the 'Love it or List It' shows that do complete home makeovers. The latest is Tiny Houses which are very small, often easily moved to the owners favorite location, be it a beach or a wooded lot along the lake, and very well laid out. Storage is at a minimum and even if these tiny houses are not your thing, some of their ideas can be transferred to a medium sized home.
I think we all have one or two rooms that we wish were larger. That is probably the rooms you spend the most time in, like the Family room or the Kitchen. Although we have never lived in a Tiny House, we did boat for years when the children were growing up and then we had a Motorhome. When we arrived at the boat for the weekend, I would help my wife carry everything in and then leave her while she put things away, like food, clothes, toys, extra jackets etc. The same was true when she packed the Motorhome. There was very little clutter when she finished. This is necessary since things will slide, move and fall when you are in motion in both of these vehicles.
1) Make use of vertical space. Look up and be creative. If you find some pictures of Tiny Houses, Boats or Motorhomes, there is no space above cupboard or doorways that do not have storage. It may require a step stool to reach but sort your extra items and use the higher places for seldom used articles.
2) De-Clutter, especially those high traffic areas like your kitchen, family room or entrance. Items not put away or laying on the floor or furniture can make a space appear even smaller. Hang some hooks at the door for coats. Get a small hassock for mitts and hats. Have a shoe rack along the floor for shoes. This is much neater than shoes laying on the rug for people to trip on. If there are toys in the family room for small children, consider a storage ottoman that can double as a coffee table and a toy box when the children go to bed.Built-ins such as a bench banquet along the wall with chairs on the other side of your table can add width to your eating area. It can also double as extra storage below the bench. A centre island in the kitchen with stools can add sitting room and be a real plus for limited cupboard space.This may necessitate removing a wall. Consult a contractor to be sure it is not a supporting wall. Eliminate kitchen appliances and extra food from on top of the counters. You will be surprised at how much bigger your kitchen looks.
3) Create dual purpose rooms. In our own personal scenario, my wife always had an office for her to work in with lots of windows. When we moved recently, that office space was in the basement and she did not want to go down there daily. We have a large family room so we arranged an office space at one end surrounded by windows. It works great and is veryconvenient and bright. If your family room does not work, try a nook in the bedroom for an office space or a reading chair away from the family hub-bub. If you are lucky enough to have a basement, convert a space for the men to watch a ball game or play cards. I even saw one home where the garage was converted for the summer into a family room. The car sat out for the nice weather and they put a portable screen door where the garage door was. Great for those nice summer evening barbeques with friends or a man cave when the men are there for a big game.
4).Lighting Fixtures: You may need help with this. The proper placement of the light fixtures can make or break a room. I often hear my wife say" Let the experts do what they dobest!' That means that you may know what you want, a bright kitchen with no dark corners or shadows that can make the space feel smaller. But do you know how to achieve that? Go to the Lighting Experts, often an Interior Decorator or a savy sales person at a Lighting Boutique. It will make a huge difference.
5) Paint Choice: Remember that light colors will make a space appear larger. Bright white may appear a little stark `Limed white is the new grown up white` according to one of the latest decorating magazines, quotes my wife. Painting all one color, especially with the open concept look will enlarge your space. If you use the limed white you can accent with dark blue, greys which are big today, and even purple which one of our friends recently used in their waterfront condo. The purple was spectacular! You can use your floor covering as an accent, dark wood or wood look or you can use one of the light wood floor looks in vinyl to create a great background for an area carpet that pulls in all your accent colors.
6) Mirrors and Pictures: Mirrored walls and kitchen backsplashes are a little dated today but you can still use hanging mirrors with suitable frames to enlarge space. If used properly, mirrors and pictures can make a space flow and appear large than it is.
I hope this helps you. if you are looking to buy or sell your home, call me, Wayne Liddy 519-436-48910 Royal LePage Peifer Realty Inc. Brokerage today. I come with a whole team of experts to make your transaction as easy as possible. I have an Interior decorator on the team who can help you stage your home for sale or make your new homeexactly what you envisioned. I have to confess that a lot of what I just wrote came from her. Oh well, it is all in the family. Visit my website for Chatham-Kent Events, Happenings and Choice Properties for sale in our great area. I have been serving the people of Chatham-Kent and surrounding area for over 30 years in the Real Estate Industry.
A relaxing deck gives you the great outdoors without the need to venture too far from the comforts of home. When done right, a deck improves the appearance and utility of your home and can add to its resale value.
Homeowners should pay special attention to the plan for any new deck. To ensure the structure enhances your property, both now and in the future, a good design and quality materials should be your guiding principles.
Whether you plan to build it yourself or hire a contractor, consider the following:
How will you use your deck? Barbecuing, sunning and lounging, supervising the children at play, enjoying nature and setting off a pool or spa are popular functions of a deck. Think about how you would typically use the space and plan your deck accordingly.
How can you enhance your house and yard? A deck usually sits against your house and alters the landscape of your yard. Always keep the surroundings in mind and consider the combination of visible elements. Think about the view from the deck, and if it is raised, how it will look from ground level.
How large and what shape? The deck should suit the scale of your house and yard. Going too large or too wide for the space can visually overwhelm and detract from the setting. Avoid a plain, boxy rectangle by adding interesting angles or changing the orientation.
What materials will you use? Cedar and redwood are popular choices, but for the budget-minded, look for pressure-treated pine and select your pieces with care. Composite deck materials are growing in popularity in some areas.
With careful attention to your needs and landscape, a deck creates a welcome transition between your indoor and outdoor spaces. And, it might clinch the deal when it comes time to sell.
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