You may be one of those people who enjoy the cooler weather but I love the activities of summer. We seem to be getting a few last days of warm weather this week according to the weatherman, but I am sure, it will come to an end all to soo with the return of Fall temperatures. Enjoy it while it lasts! Unfortunately, our summer in this area got a late start. Most people you speak to say, `It has just gone too fast.` Our dear departed Grandma used to say `If it is Monday and then Friday, you are getting old.` Well Grandma, I think I am getting there!" But regardless of how long it lasted, I certainly enjoyed it. I will take summer weather whatever it brings, over winter snow and dreariness. That will come all too soon. We still have a couple of weekends to enjoy but school has begun and many of our Chatham-Kent summer activities are done for another year. Many individuals and organizations were busy planning events and I hope you took advantage of some of them. I thought I would do a brief recap of just a few of our great Chatham-Kent Weekends.
1)The Classic Car Events in Chatham-Kent usually starts off to a great start with Retrofest weekend. It is normally the last weekend in May but this year it coincided with the 40th Anniversary of RM Sothebys so it was held in June. What a celelbration! August was the final event with Wallaceburg Wambo. Unfortunately we had a prior committment. I heard there was lots of fun to be had. That was just the beginning and the end of the series but there were great events in between.Hope you enjoyed some of them. We did!
2)Outdoor Festivals, like Art Fairs in Erieau and Tilbury and Weekly Concerts in Tecumseh Park with the Chatham Concert Band gave us lots of entertainment.
3) There were Special Museum Days and Events at Uncle Tom's Cabin in Dresden on Emancipation Day celebrating Chatham-Kent's Black History.
4) The Annual Buxton Homecoming Celebration that bring visitors to Chatham-Kent from all over the country was held Labor Day weekend.
5) There were Shows and Concerts at our own Downtown Chatham Capitol Theatre featuring Local Talent as well as visitors.
6) There were Fishing Derbys and the Annual Bass Tournament in Mitchell's Bay that brings those avid fisherman back to our great area each summer.
Hope you enjoyed some of these great events. If you missed some of them, make plans to put them on your calendar for next summer. Watch for upcoming Fall and Winter events on my Chatham-Kent Website and call me, Wayne Liddy 519-436-4810 Royal LePage Peifer Realty Inc. Brokerage for all you Real Estate needs today!
One of our areas concert venues, the Mary Webb Centre in Highgate recently underwent some major renovations and those renovations are completed. Ground breaking ceremonies were held in October of 2016 for the new addition. We are very fortunate in this area to have this special venue as well as the Capitol Theatre, both known to be favorite venues for professionals to perform. Formerly a United Church dating back to 1918, the Centre opened as a concert venue ten years ago run by volunteers. Many Nationally Known Performers have chosen to appear there because of its intimate atmosphere, acoustics and enthusiastic audiences that greet their shows. The centre is unique with its rural style welcome at intermission, often snacks baked by the volunteers and the community art gallery located in the basement where visitors can purchase works from local artists. The centre still acts as a community centre featuring activities such as teas and exercise classes.It has become an example of this small communities resilience, population 338, and a lasting symbol of growth.
The 2200 sq. ft., $1 million dollar addition to the west of the existing structure consists of a modern entrance and exit, an elevator, washrooms, an office and a storage space. This was possible thanks to a variety of grants from sources such as the Trillium Foundation, Howard Mutual and the Federal Government. The dedicated volunteers involved would also add that it took some good old fashioned fund raising. They also have spent another $500,000 to upgrade the electrical service, a new furnace and a new sound system. The new addition upgrades the centre but maintains the integrity of the concert venue-pew seating for 250 people. The raised stage and a signature stained glass dome in the roof remained. The centre only owes $80,000 and hopefully will be going long after the dept is payed off. The atmosphere of the venue is one performers enjoy. There is no backstage It is an intimate setting with the performers only a few feet away from the audience.
Visit the website for a schedule of events. September 20th 8 P.M.10:30 Jimmy Rankin will be on stage. His new album “Moving East” is pure east coast and brings the maritime kitchen party to The Mary Webb Centre. Hope to see you there this season. A first class Chatham-Kent entertainment venue.
'Acceptional Riders is a charitable therapeutic riding program for children thru adults with disabilities, to learn horsemanship and riding skills.' This is off the website of TJ Stables in Chatham-Kent.The program has been running since 1992 at the 50 acre Horse Farm, 837 Gregory Drive East in Chatham.
My wife and I were out at TJ Stable recently for our grandson's rodeo, the finally to a week at horse camp. Terry spoke to the audience about the Acceptional Riders program and we decided to investigate further. I had heard about the calming effects these beautiful animals can have on human beings especially if the have special needs On theTJ Stables website, it is described as "a registered charity for physically and developmentally challenged individuals to learn horsemanship and riding skills. Currently there are over 150 riders participating in this therapeutic riding program ranging in age from four years old through adult. The program is designed for individuals with physical and developmental challenges. Riders learn horsemanship and riding skills. Horseback riding is widely recognized as a beneficial form of therapeutic recreation.
The program runs with trained volunteers, sometimes as many as 3 per rider. There are 2 eight week sessions in April and September and no rider is refused. If an individual cannot afford the program, Terry and her husband absorb the cost. The next session starts on Sept 17/19 and Terry told me they were short funds for 4 riders. My wife and I have decided to help support this great program and after mentioning it to several people who were unaware even of its existence, I decided to help make people aware of the situation. Volunteers are also always needed. Check out the new websiteto volunteer or donate.
Chatham-Kent is a giving community. So many individuals generously support the various programs that take place in Chatham-Kent. Why not make this cause one of those that benefits from that great community generosity.
Safety Tips for 'Back To School' Children's Safety
Labor Day is approaching and most of the children will be back to school next week. We have had over 2 months of not seeing school buses dropping off children, school guard crossings and children walking in groups to school. Here are a few tips to keep us on guard and keep our children safe.
1) Never pass a school bus when the lights are on and it is stopped or preparing to stop. Children are being let off and may be crossing the road.
2) Watch for school guard crossings on the city streets. They are there for everybody's safety.
3)Beware of children walking on subdivision streets. Remember, often there are no sidewalks and they may not be as aware of automobiles as they should be. It is up to us, the driver to watch.
4) Watch for bicycles. You will probably see more younger people on their bikes on city streets making their way to school. Some are not so steady so cut a wide berth.
Let's make this school year a safe one. It will be if everyone does their part.
Chatham Capitol Theatre's Upcoming Schedule of Events
We recently received one of the Chatham Capitol Theatre Schedule of Events for the 2019-2020 Season in the mail. If you did not get one, stop by and get your copy. You will be very pleased you did. It is so easy to miss great entertainment right here in our own community. I cannot tell you how many times I have spoke to someone after an event to hear "I did not know that was on" I will wager that most people do not know about the Wednesday night movies showing a mixture of drama, comedy, action and family movies all for a $5.00 ticket or a $40.00 passfor all the shows. Passes go on sale through CK tickets. The first time we attended, I could not believe how many people were there. Talking to some attending that we knew, we found out just how popular the program is! Popcorn is only $2.00 Try those prices in as major city.
I won't give you the whole lineup, you can decide for yourself what interests you but there is something for everyone. Thursday September 19 George Canyon will take the stage with his 'Hit After Hit Tour'. He is joined by guests Doc Walker and Charlie Major. This will be an evening of top-shelf Country music. We won't miss this one. Hope to see you there. Saturday November 2 at 8 P.M. Canada's newest country sensations, John and James Abrams will entertain the audience with their unique sounds. Something for everyone's taste, bluegrass to gospel, folk and even pop and rock. The legendary Burt Cummings with his 'Up Close and Personal Tour' will return to the Capitol for a one night show Friday December 6/19 at 8 P.M. Cummings is one of the most celebrated rock artists in Canadian Music History. His music transcends genres and generations. Legends of Motown are also back by popular demand on SaturdayDecember 8/19 with a Merry Motown Christmas. The 16 piece cast of singers and musicians perform live tributes to greats such as the Supremes and the Four Tops among many others. Their show guarantees the audience will be rocking in their seats! These are only a few of the great shows coming right here to our own town.We have attended many great evenings at the Capitol and if you have not, this is the year to start experiencing some of what Chatham-Kent has to offer. You will be glad you did! Check out the upcoming schedule on their website.
Let's support our community. The tickets are reasonable and as I have said before, why not wander down our great Historic Downtown King St. and visit one of our local restaurants for dinner or an appetizer. Chatham-Kent is the Affordable Lifestyle location with lots to see and do. Check out my website for upcoming Chatham-Kent events and call me, Wayne Liddy 519-436-4810 Royal LePage Peifer Realty Inc. Brokerage for all your Real Estate needs.
I may be showing my age but the Beach Party Show this weekend at the CapitolTheatre is right up my alley. Our daughter-in-law who loves to dance and loves all music always says that we grew up with the very best music. I cannot agree more and this Saturday is a chance to experience those great sounds first hand. It is sure to bring back lots of memories.
Get ready for a fun night at the beautiful Capitol Theatre in Historic Downtown Chatham. Surfin’ Safari: The Beach Party Show will take the stage for a one night performance at 8 P.M. on Saturday August 17/19. The show is presented by Bill Culp productions, Canada’s leading creator of musical tribute shows. The evening will include music by Jimmy Buffet, Jan and Dean, Frankie Avalon & the Ventures. It is fun for the whole family with an interactive show that is guaranteed to have the audience singing along, clapping their hands and dancing in the aisles. You will hear favorites like Surfer Girl, Margaritaville, Wipeout, Little Old Lady from Pasadena and many many more.
Watch the video for a sneak preview of the great evening to come and call 519-354-8338 for tickets or pick up at the box office. Don’t miss out. The place will be rocking! Another example of the fantastic affordable entertainment right here in Chatham-Kent, The Affordable Lifestyle Location.
Classic Car Events in Chatham-Kent August 10-11/2019:
Wallaceburg Wambo/ Bothwell Car Show
This coming weekend August 9-11, is the 30th Annual Wallaceburg Wambo. We are winding down in our line-up of Classic Car Events for Chatham-Kent.The series starting with Chatham Retro Weekend in May and finishes with this event and the Bothwell Car Show which is also this weekend. Where has the summer gone! I hope you got to enjoy at least a few of these wonderful weekends. The committees work hard to organize every last one and although my wife and I did not get to all of them, we did enjoy a lion's share of them. Why travel around the countryside when it all takes place right here. Chatham is the Classic Car Capital of Canada and we certainly live up to that distinction in Chatham-Kent. Visit the Classic Car Events Article for the list of events and watch my blogs next year for time and dates.
One of this weekend`s event, the 30th Annual Wallaceburg Antique and Motor Boat show, Wambo, kicks off on Friday night. The committee has been hard at work to plan something for everyone. The Terry Glover Memorial Classic Dream Car Cruise begins at 7 P.M. down James St. to the delight of spectators who line the street to enjoy the sights and sounds as the owners honk and light them up! After the show, visitors wander down along the Sydenham River to see the Classic Vintage boats that come every year from various ports along the Great Lakes.The proud owners are always happy to tell visitors the history of their vessels. Stay to enjoy the live music. Friday night August 9 at 9 P.M. Fresh Horses will take the main stage to perform a Garth Brooks Tribute. There is also licensed tent near the main stage.
Saturday morning early, the Classic Cars from the parade begin to line James St. and another great day begins. There will be Vintage Cars. Motorcycles, Antique and Custom Bicycles, with Models and Toy, Art and Craft Displays along the boulevard in front of the boats. A Soap Box Derby will be held, and even a Fire Truck Parades. Stay around to enjoy Fleetwood Mac Mania at 9 P.M. Bring you lawn chairs and get ready for a great weekend. Visit their website for more details.
The Bothwell Old Auto Car Show will kick off on Friday Night August 9 with a Giant Parade. All Vintage Automobiles welcome! The 27th AnnualBothwell Car Show and Auto Flea Market is one of the largest automotive Flea Markets in Southwestern Ontario and also has the distinction of being the largest one day car show as well. So if you are a vintage car lover or owner, this weekend, Bothwell is the place to be. There will be food vendors on hand, entertainment and even a Mega 50/50 draw. It will all take place at Victoria Park, 498 Elm St. in Bothwell. The park opens at 8 A.M. both Friday August 9 and Saturday August 10. The Flea Market Vendors will be there both days but the Car Show is only Saturday. The Parade on Friday evening proceeds from the arena to the park. Check theirwebsitefor times and schedule. This event is usually the same weekend as Wallaceburg Wambo so Car Enthusiasts often split their time between the two. Don't miss these great Classic Car Events which brings to a close our line-up of events for the summer 2019. Watch for next year's exciting revue.
Chatham-Kent is the Affordable Lifestyle location with many attractions and amenities. Call me, Wayne Liddy 519-436-4810 Royal LePage Peifer Realty Inc. Brokerage for all your Real Estate needs and visit my website for Events and Happenings in this great municipality.
The 11th Annual Boot Hill Country Jamboree August 1- August 5-2019 held in Bothwell has become one of the Biggest Country Music Festivals in South Western Ontario. In its 11th successful year, the Jamboree offers 5 days of camping, 3 days and 4 nights of Country Music featuring some favorite New Country Music Stars, Retro Stars and Canadian Country Music Stars. Tanya Tucker, Ben and Noel Haggard, Restless Heart and a tribute to Conway Twitty will be just some of the entertainment for the weekend.The Camping Gate opens on Thursday at 9 A.M. and closes at 9 P.M. A fun night of Karaoke from 9-11 P.M. Fun and Music all weekend.
This Summer Country Festival was the dream of one man and his family and has grown into an event that attracts visitors from all over the country. Another example of what we in Chatham-Kent have to offer right in our own backyard.
Visit their website for more details on this exciting weekend and make plans to attend the whole weekend or one day.
Art On the Boulevard is taking place Saturday August 3/2019 in the Quaint Lake Erie Village of Erieau with live artist demonstrations happening throughout the day. Over 100 local artists are scheduled to show their works at the annual one day event taking place from 10 A.M.-4 P.M. Wander along the tree lined boulevard and enjoy some of our local talent's unique creations. Expect to find everything from paintings to pottery, jewelry, woodworking, stained glass and even a few pleasant surprises. Musicians will entertain the crowd during the event and food will be available for purchase. You may want to sample the food booth fares or while you are in the village, visit the local Bayside Brew Pub overlooking Rondeau Bay with their great ales and delicious food or Molly and OJ's for some great local perch or pickeral, always a favorite!
For you History Buffs, as you know, Chatham-Kent is one of the famous stops on the Underground Railway. Uncle Tom's Cabin Historic Site near Dresden commemorates the life of Rev. Josiah Henson (1796-1883).He became famous after Author Harriet Beecher Stowe's book, Uncle Tom's Cabin acknowledged his memoirs as a source for her book. Henson's dramatic experiences in slavery and his abolitionist work in Canada helped make him renowned throughout the world. Emancipation Day Celebrations are being held on Saturday August 3 from 10-4 P.M. Fun for the whole family with a play by Cassel Miles, "Josiah Hensen, From Slave to Saviour" from 11-1:30 P.M. Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy this special celebration. Music by the Heritage Singers and The Evolution of Jazz. Emancipation Day commemorates that special day in history, August 1/1834, marking the end of Slavery in the British Empîre. Free admission. For more information call 519-683-2804
These highlighted events are just a few of the many activities that can make your holiday weekend memorable. We have museums, parks, beaches, water sports and great resort areas to picnic and just relax. Chatham-Kent is the Affordable Lifestyle Community . The ideal Location to live, work, raise a family. retire to, relocate to, visit or purchase a vacation property. Call me, Wayne Liddy 519-436-4810 Royal Le Page Peifer Realty Inc. Brokerage for all your Real Estate needs and visit my website for events, happening and choice properties for sale in this ideal location. I have been serving the great people of Chatham-Kent in the industry since 1986.My Motto is : `IT`S ALL HERE ALL YEAR! `
Last week was a busy week for the new Cascades Casino. According to Rob Mitchell, Gateways Communications and Public Affairs Director, the $36-Million Chatham facility had a soft opening beginning last Tuesday July 16 with the Grand Opening scheduled for August 8/2019. The 930 person capacity casino is made up of 2 sides, with the gambling floor on the left of the entrance open 24 hours and the two restaurants for all ages on the right. Mitchell said ‘’we are as much an entertainment company as we are a casino company'
This is the first all new facility build by the parent company, Gateway Casinos and Entertainment Ltd. Their Point Edward and Hanover sites were renovations of existing structures. The Casino will have enough tables for approximately 50 people to play and there will be 300 slot machines. Some of these were moved from the former Dresden facility and will be soon joined by new state-of-the-art machines. The company wants to give their visitors an entirely new experience.
The Dining side of the casino to the right of the entrance is open to all ages and offers multiple dining options to its clients. There will also be free entertainment both Friday and Saturday evenings. The restaurants are the Match Eatery and Public House and the Buffet which the company will continue to change and expand according to their client’s likes and dislikes. The Buffet will have breakfast, an ice cream machine, regular buffet options and special themed days highlighting dishes from around the world. Match has an open air patio bar equipped with TV’s, heaters for the cooler weather and even mist machines for those hot summer days. The menu for Match will change every 6 months and there are advertised drink and appetizer specials. They will also always have at least one beer choice from one of our local area breweries.
My wife and I stopped in last Friday evening just to view the new facility. We were pleasantly surprised at the number of people who were there to support this new Entertainment Venue in our city. We saw lots of people we knew and many enjoying the gambling, the food and the comraderie. What a great addition to Chatham – Kent. Congratulations to all those in our municipality who worked so hard to make this opening a reality. Mitchell said they all helped to make the building process easy.
I believe this will bring visitors to Chatham and as a result will add guests to the area hotels and restaurants. There was a time when we were boaters and when we would meet fellow boaters and tell them where we were from, they would often answer with `I know Chatham. I have been to the Wheels with my family for the weekend.' Comment on our town were lwas favorable! Why not use this new to addition to once more put Chatham on the map!
Chatham-Kent is the Affordable Lifestyle Location with a wide variety of attractions to see and get involved in. We are located in the middle of the Great lakes with lots of water activities. Come visit. My Motto for Chatham-Kent is `IT IS ALL HERE ALL YEAR`
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 20 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.
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