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Chatham-Kent's 8th Annual Mitchell's Bay Antique Vehicle Show Saturday July 20/2019
Posted on Tue, 16 Jul 2019, 09:30:00 AM  in What's Happening in Chatham-Kent,  Entertainment, etc.
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8th Annual Mitchell's Bay Antique Vehicle Show

This Saturday July 20/2019

Classic Car

 

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 Mitchells Bay sunset7th Annual Antique Car, Truck, Motorcycle and Tractor Show at 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. Mitchells Bay parkThere will be fun for the whole family with lots to see and do, vendors,

 

 

food concessions and even a bouncy castle 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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RCMP Musical Ride Coming to Brigden Fairgrounds July 10/19
Posted on Tue, 09 Jul 2019, 04:15:00 PM  in What's Happening in Chatham-Kent,  Entertainment, etc.
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RCMP Musical Ride to Perform at Brigden Fairgrounds July 10/19 

RCMP Musical Ride Troop

 

 

The RCMP Musical Ride troop of 32 men and horses are scheduled to perform 2 shows at the Brigden Fairgrounds July 10 at 3 and 7 P.M. The last time they were in Chatham-Kent was at the Dresden Raceway several years ago  and the event attracted a large crowd of several thousand people. The troop travels around to various communities from May until October performing a very entertaining show of skillful  figures and drills choreographed to music.

There are various community partners who will be responsible for the Brigden event. Check their website for updated schedule and ticket details. 

In recent years, one of the riders was Constable Steve James who is originally from Sarnia. Word is not out yet if he will be with them this year. Make sure you attend this great show. See you there. 

Chatham-Kent is the Affordable Lifestyle Location which is the ideal place to live, work, raise a family, visit or vacation. Call me Wayne Liddy 519-436-4810 Royal LePage Peifer Realty Inc. Brokerage Chatham-Kent. 

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Chatham-Kent Mitchell`s Bay Open Bass Tournament July 5-6 /2019
Posted on Wed, 03 Jul 2019, 01:00:00 AM  in What's Happening in Chatham-Kent,  Entertainment, etc.
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Bass Fishermen Arrive for the 4th Annual Canadian Tire Mitchell's Bay

Open Bass Tournament July 5-6/2019 

I always refer to Mitchell's Bay on the shores of Lake St. Clair as ' The Mitchells BayBest Kept Secret in Southwestern Ontario' I cannot tell you how many clients I have taken to this wonderful little Lake Side Village who commented `I did not know this existed' This tells me there are  not enough people reading my blogs about resort locations in Chatham-Kent. I better do some more work! The Sunsets over the Lake are amazing! Mitchell's Bay sunsetThere is a beach for swimming with a playground and a Splash Pad.

There are gorgeous lake homes in Dover Shores and on Hingle Pt., lovely Townhouses facing the lake, beach and beautiful evening sunsets, cottages for vacationers and yearly visitors, a Campground and a Marina.

Mitchell's bay is well known for its swimming, boating, fishing and windsurfing in the summer, duck hunting in the fall and ice fishing, snowmobiling and skating in the winter when the lake freezes.

Bass Fishermen know about Mitchell's Bay!  The Bass Fishermen and their boats will be arriving early for the upcoming Canadian Tire Mitchell's Bay Open Bass TournamentBass Fishermen and their trailors being held next weekend July 5-6/19. Parking will be at a premium at the Marina and the array of boats attending is amazing.Bass Boat at Mitchell's Bay

Over 100 boats will be Bass Boat at Mitchell's Bay from Dresdenaccepted into

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

this popular event. Within 48 hours of the final weigh-in last year, they were full for this year according to Tom Beaton, tournament co-chair. Call the Mitchell`s Bay Marina 519-354-8423 for more details. 

I am told that these serious fishermen arrive early to scout out the lake. The water is up and they want to know the hot spots, mark them and be prepared to return there on Tournament Day to win some of the Amazing Prize money.

The event is a catch and release tournament. Last year 99 percent of the 670 fish caught went back into the lake.The organizers take great pride in the children's event. It is done in conjunction with Sports Check and Canadian Time Jump Start Program and Municipal All for Kids ,which selects children, ages 8 to 12, to benefit from the program.Each child selected receives a rod, reel, tackle box and tackle and are taken out on the final day of the tournament. They participate in the weigh-in process and are invited back with their families for a large barbecue meal and an afternoon with the Sydenham Field naturalists to visit a wetland restoration project at Bass Haven. 
Classic Car at 2015 Retrofest

The Weekend  of Saturday July 20 the 8th Annual one day Antique Car, Truck, Motorcycle and Tractor Show (pre 1997) will be held  11A.M.-4 P.M. at the Mitchell`s Bay Park. Fun for the whole family. Read next week's blog for all the details.

We are so fortunate to live in Ontario and particularly Chatham-Kent. Be sure to take in some of the ongoing events in and around our area. If you looking for a Resort home or perhaps relocating consider Chatham-Kent, the Affordable Lifestyle Area. Call me,Wayne Liddy 519-436-4810, Royal LePage Peifer Realty Inc. Brokerage for properties in Mitchell`s Bay and visit my website for Events, Happenings and other Choice Chatham-Kent properties for Sale.

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Building a Great Deck with a Solid Plan
Posted on Thu, 27 Jun 2019, 04:20:00 AM  in Home selling tips
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Build a Great Deck with a Solid Plan

 

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. Building a Deck

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.

                                                                                                        Article from Royal LePage Home Connection Newsletter

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RM Restoration Celebrates 40th Anniversary with Huge Car Event This Weekend June 21-22 2019
Posted on Wed, 19 Jun 2019, 09:40:00 AM  in What's Happening in Chatham-Kent,  Entertainment, etc.
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RM Restorations Celebrates 40th Anniversary

Classic Car

As many of us know, the Retrofest Classic Car Event usually takes place the 3rd weekend of May each year in downtown Chatham. It is a weekend our family always looks forward to and it  never disappoints. This year since it is the 40th Anniversary of RM Auto Restorations, who have been the driving force in Chatham-Kent's designation as  'The Classic Car Capitol of Canada', an extra special weekend is taking place.  Many of us remember their 25th Anniversary with the Concours D'Elegance in Tecumseh Park featuring many rare automobiles complete with drivers and passengers in period dress.

RM Founder Rob Myers says he remembers the event well and hopes to make this celebration even bigger.He encouraged everyone involved to spread the word to out of town car enthusiasts. Myers has always been a great supporter of Chatham-Kent and is planning to raise money for local charities including the Chatham Hospice and Children's Treatment Centre.

 The Kick off will be Friday June 21st. A special RM 40th Anniversary Parade will take place Friday Evening at 5 P.M. on King St. from the Civic Centre to  the Retro Suites.   The Annual Retrofest Parade will take place as usual at 6 P.M. from the Bradley Centre where the participants will meet at 4 P.M. This will be followed by a performance by Sam Roberts Band in Tecumseh park. Saturday June 22 the Classic Cars will line King St.King St. Retrofest 2012 as in former years with special awards and celebrity judges including Wayne Carini of the Chasing Classic Car television series. A once in-a-lifetime collector car display will take place at RM Sotheby's grounds and will  feature some of the rarest cars in the world with ticket proceeds to benefit the Children's Treatment Centre.Tickets for the  Concourse d'Elegance Gray Dort 19125 Touring Coupe at the RM grounds are available on the website  An evening of entertainment will follow at the Capitol Theatre in Downtown Chatham Proceeds again going to benefit local Charities.Capitol Theatre

Wow! What a fantastic weekend and one you do not want to miss. Get the word out. Invite friends, relatives and all the car lovers you know or have heard about. They will certainly thank you. Myers hopes to have a few thousand cars and if anyone can make it happen he can. See you there. 

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Chatham-Kent Adding Black History to School Curriculum
Posted on Wed, 05 Jun 2019, 11:50:00 AM  in What's Happening in Chatham-Kent,  Human Interest, etc.
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More Local Black History Encouraged in School Curriculum

Uncle Toms Cabin Historic Site

 

Chatham-Kent is is steeped in local Black History. It is considered the northern terminus of the Underground Railroad. We have several local Historical sites like Uncle Tom's Cabin in Dresden and the Buxton National Historic Site and Museum. 

Unfortunately, some of the teachers and those involved with our Historical Suites still believe that many elementary students are unaware of this history in our own area. Heather Robbins, a prep teacher at Merlin Area Public School has incorporated local black history in her studies for Grade 7/8 History and Geography class.

Steve Cook ,site manager of the Uncle Tom's Cabin Historical Site said he recently held  a workshop May 6 of this year for Public School principals and vice-principals hoping they would return to their respective schools and encourage their staff to include local black history in their classrooms. Many students are unaware of the Historical events that took place right here in Chatham-Kent. Many brave individuals risked their lives to free slaves from the South and many of those freed men women and children made their homes in North Buxton. During the war the population dwindled as many joined the army and relocated to the United States. Each year, however, on Labor Day Weekend,the tiny village swells with visitors for all over the country. The close ties still remain with Chatham-Kent and many return each year to relive memories and strengthen the bonds of families and friendships. Cook himself said he went to school in Dresden but still did not know about Uncle Tom's Cabin.

If you have never been, take a day and visit some of our great Historical Sites. If you have family, take the children and expand their minds to include this part of our history. There are so many resources for them to learn, special days at the sites with displays and visual presentations at the Museums. Many of the children are surprised when they begin to hear about Chatham-Kent. Read Black History in Chatham-Kent.

 Chatham-Kent is the Affordable Lifestyle Locations. It is the ideal place to live, work, raise a family, retire to or visit. Call me, Wayne Liddy 5196-436-4810 Royal lePage Peifer Realty Inc. Brokerage for all your Real Estate needs today.   

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Chatham Concert Band at Tecumseh Park every Wednesday Evenings Chatham-Kent
Posted on Wed, 29 May 2019, 04:35:00 PM  in What's Happening in Chatham-Kent,  Human Interest, etc.
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Free Summer Concerts in Chatham

 Great Entertainment In Our Own Backyard

 

Chatham-Kent is the affordable lifestyle community. If you enjoy good music and are looking for some great weekly entertainment, Chatham has it covered. Starting in June the Chatham Concert band puts on a free Concert every Wednesday evening at 7:30 in Chatham's own Tecumseh Park along the Thames River.You still have time to take in a few concerts befor ethe season ends.
Bandshell at Tecumseh ParkBring your lawn chair and enjoy the sounds of the Chatham Concert Band under the direction of Bandmaster Vaughn Pugh. This is their 91st season. The Band was organized in 1927 and celebrated 75 years in 2002. In addition to the summer concerts they can be heard in several other venues throughout the year. Visit their website for more details.

 Also, be sure to check the website for the Chatham Capitol Theatre in Historic Downtown Chatham. There are great shows planned for the 2019-20 season so plan ahead and take advantage of all Chatham-Kent has to offer.

 Hope to see you at some of these great evenings. After the concert wander down our Historic Downtown King St. to one of the many restaurants, pubs or coffee shops.Glitter on King St. Chatham Make it an evening to remember. Visit my website for Chatham-Kent events, Happening and choice real estate for sale. Call me Wayne Liddy 519-436-4810 Royal Lepage Peifer Realty Inc. Brokerage  for all your |Real Estate needs. 

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Festival of Flight Bird Watching in Chatham-Kent at Rondeau Provincial Park
Posted on Wed, 22 May 2019, 09:55:00 AM  in What's Happening in Chatham-Kent,  Human Interest, etc.
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Annual Bird Event 'Festival of Flight' Month of May at Rondeau Provincial Park Chatham-Kent

Rare Bird Sighting

 

 

It makes no difference if you are a novice or a seasoned BIRD WATCHER, you have a treat in store for you this month at Rondeau Provincial Park in CHATHAM-KENT just outside of Chatham. The annual spring migration "Festival Of Flight" attracts thousands of visitors from all over the country to this areaThere is a schedule of events planned  each year or you can chose your own agenda. Check out the birdwatchers website and decide what fits There is something for everybody. you.

In past years birders have got a look at some rare visitors to the area. In May 2005, the Kirkland's Warbler made an appearance. In 2008, the Townsend Warbler and in 2010 the Blue Grosbeak stopped in Rondeau Provincial Park during the spring migration. You can be sure to be in your glory if you enjoy birding.The seasonal returnees such as the Prothonotary Warblers and many other beautiful creatures can be sighted.From unexpected daily oddities to seasonal returnees, birding in Rondeau will exceed your expectations!  Over 360 species of birds have been seen in the Rondeau area, and at least 130 of those are classified as breeding in the park.

Rondeau Provincial Park in Chatham-Kent is the second oldest Ontario Park dating back to 1894. It is nestled deep in Carolinian Canada and it's forest is home to several rare species of trees as well as birds. Visit the Rondeau Provincial Park and read all about it. Discover the beauty of  nature. The Festival Of Flight is an Annual Event and thousands of visitors look forward to travelling here to Chatham-Kent in May. Once you come, you will be sure to make it an yearly trek. 

This is just another example of what Chatham-Kent has to offer. Affordable Lifestyle at its best with a wide range of amenities. Schedule a visit to discover this little paradise nested in the centre of the Great Lakes with its many resort areas and offering the best in water sports.  Call me,Wayne Liddy 519-436-4810 Royal LePage Peifer Realty Inc. Brokerage and let me show you choice properties for sale in Chatham-Kent. Visit my website and read more about this affordable community and its many events.

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Spring Has Finally Arrived in Chatham-Kent
Posted on Wed, 15 May 2019, 08:15:00 PM  in What's Happening in Chatham-Kent,  Human Interest, etc.
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Spring has arrived in Chatham-Kent

 

I know some of us had our doubts if it would ever arrive, but I think I am safe in saying Spring is finally here. it will probably be a short one and before long everyone will be complaining about the heat. Not me! I am a summer person and it has been a long cold winter! If you are tempted to rail about the heat and humidity in South-Western Ontario in the summer, just enjoy and remember what our winter was like.

The trees are sprouting and the flowering bushes are out in full bloom. Flowering TreesMy wife commented yesterday about the beautiful pink and white blossoms that are so beautiful but so short lived. She used to drive her grandmother around the city when she was with us to admire the Spring Sights. Grandma was a nature lover.

With Spring comes some yard work, maybe a little new landscaping and planting some annuals for color here and there.Flowering PotAdd some Curb Appeal to your home. We all want to create that `Welcome Look` to our front entrances. You may even have some window boxes that you can plant.Flower Boxes 

Lawns have to be cut and it is time to spray those nasty weeds that keep coming up in the gardens. Be careful not to pick a windy day as you will get over spray and ruin your plants. Spray close to the weed root. Be sure to trim all the dead off your bushes and plants and give them room to sprout new growth.We always like to put a fresh coat of mulch on the gardens and spray weeds and fertilize the lawn at this time of year. If you do not know what to use, get some Professional advise.We have several Chatham-Kent Nurseries and Landscape Companies who can help. You may have to consider staining your deck to give it that fresh look. 

 Good planting everyone and enjoy the weather!   

 Chatham-Kent is the Affordable Lifestyle Location with many amenities. Call me Wayne Liddy 519-436-4810 Royal lePagePefier Realty Inc. Brokerage for all your Real estate need and visit my website for  for the latest Chatham-Kent listings and upcoming Events.

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Home Buyers Preparation Steps
Posted on Wed, 08 May 2019, 10:35:00 AM  in Home buying tips
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Preparation Steps for the Home Buyers

 

Buying your Home 

 

You have decided that now is the time to make a move. The market is brisk but the proper preparation will make the difference between a good transaction or a very disappointing one. First you have some work to do. Then you have to contact a knowlegable Real Estate Profession to help you. He or she will know the market you are looking in and and make the search much easier.

 1) Get your finances in order. Calculate your monthly payments and determine the amount you can comfortably pay on a mortgage. It is nice to own your dream home but if you are house poor, it can tarnish your enjoyment. A Mortgage Specialist can help with this.

2) Save for a Down Payment. If you are a First Time Home Buyer there are special considerations. Be informed. Your job is to have the funds available.

3) Research the interest rates and decide on the term you are most comfortable with. For instance, if you have a 20 year mortgage and you double your payments you can pay it off in approximately 7 years.

4) Prepare for property taxes. If you are moving up in homes  or into a new area, you may find the property taxes are substantially more than you are paying or more than other areas you are researching. Always consider this in you monthly costs.

5) Get pre-approved  for a Mortgage. Again, your Mortgage Specialist can help with that. This is dependent on your credit rating and will help narrow your search.

6) Decide on the type of home you want: a rancher, a two-story, split level, raised rancher.How many bedrooms do you need, is a finished basement a must.

7) Consider renovations costs and determine if you want a move-in ready home or one that needs some upgrading. if you are not handy and have to hire for every improvement this may not be the way you want to go.Home ImprovementsIt can be costly. If you can do the work yourself, have the time and are patient, the costs of renovations will be considerable less and you may be able to get more house for your budget.

8) Decide on the neighborhood that best suits you or your family needs.Consider amenities such as waterfront, golf courses, proximity to the FAMILY ORIENTATED NEIGHBOROODSdowntown, shopping, banks, schools.

9) Check the MLS listings and familiarize yourself with what is out there in your price range and with your requirements.

9) Contact the Real Estate Agent of your choice. Do your homework. Be sure you chose a knowlegable agent who knows the area and  can make your transaction an enjoyable one.

Now you are ready! Get out there and put your agent to work for you. Call me, Wayne Liddy 519-436-4810 Royal LePage Pefier Realty Inc. Brokerage, Chatham-Kent. I pride myself on Good Old Fashioned Service with the Latest Technology. I have been serving people in this Industry for over 30 years and I know Chatham-Kent and its surrounding areas. Call me today at 519-436-4810 and put me to work for you. Happy Hunting!

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