Many people are travelling during the holidays either for family visits or a vacation. A lot of the schools do not resume until January 7/19 making it possible to leave after Christmas and still be home on time. Although a lot of people have chosen to stay closer to home with the US dollar being so high, there are still some of us who are travelling and have flights booked to various sunny locations over the Christmas season. The cost is up for flights, there does not seem to be many bargain prices especially at this time of year but watch for groupon specials or last minute if you can arrange your schedule. The Internet advertises one price but by the time you pay for luggage, taxes and on some airlines, even your seat, the cost is not what you thought so beware!
Many savvy travellers are giving baggage costs and the hassle of checking luggage a second thought. Going with just carry-on luggage that fits into the overhead bin and a personal item seems to be the most economical way to go and the easiest. No waiting at baggage pickup and if, heaven forbid, your luggage is lost or delayed, you don't have to worry! Most airlines allow one carry-on bag measuring 22' X 14' X9" and a personal item such as a tote bag that you can put under the seat in front of you at no charge but today you often have to pay. Be sure to check your individual airline for their costs. Some of the discount airlines have started to charge for carry-on, so be careful and consider this additional charge when comparing prices. Going with just carry-on makes smart packing a must so here are a few tips to help you make the right wardrobe choices and the easiest essential item inclusions.
1) Toiletries such as shampoo, lotions and even hair dryers are provided by most hotel chains and condo rental companies. If you have personal choices you can't live without, remember containers have to be flight-friendly and under 100 mls. Containers for this can be found in any dollar store and take up very little room.
2) If you need your Skin Care of choice, Artistry in my wife's case, you can sometimes get minis of those essential items which are great for packing. If they are unavailable, transfer product to small dollar store bottles and label.
3 Be sure to put your passport and other necessary documents such as confirmed airline reservations, car rental reservations, directions to your hotel, hotel reservations and a pen to fill out custom forms in your personal item ( tote bag) This is where side pockets on your tote can really be handy. Other items to put in your tote are sunglasses, a book, reading glasses and a snack. This will make items needed at check-in and on the flight easily accessable.
4) Wardrobe Choices:
Men are much simpler. A bathing suit, shorts, long pants,a cotton shirt to wear to the pool, a couple of light cotton shirts for dinner or sightseeing and some underwear will suffice. Pack a pair of sandal and wear the heaviest pair of shoes for your long pants on the flight.
Woman are more difficult. It may take some planning to make packing concise but it will be worth it in the long run. Remember you can wear the same thing twice. Consider a color scheme which makes mixing and matching easy. The same pant with a different top looks entirely different. Check your closet. The colors may be black and white or perhaps navy and teal or black and taupe.There are a few essential items: a bathing suit, a coverup which can double as a dress for evening, a pair of capris, pants or jeggings and a couple of interchangeable tops.Throw in some underwear and a sleep shirt and you are all set. Shoes are always a problem. Try to limit the number of shoes to three. Take a pair of sandals, a pair of suitable walking shoes and a dressier sandal for evening, colorful ones which are very versatile or a metallic which go with everything. My wife's choice is a black and white so shoes are easy. Include a nice silk scarf to give your outfits a bang and metallic jewelry which will goes with anything.
5) Check the weather report and if you are in for some cooler weather, wear your jacketsfor the flight and put them in the overhead instead of packing them.
6) Packing: use tissue paper between clothing items. This keeps down wrinkling. Put shoes in plastic grocery bags and always pack them with heels at the corner of the suitcase. Fill them with sox and underwear.
7) When you reach your destination unpack your bags and hang wrinkled items in the bathroom where the steam from your showers will smooth out the wrinkles without ironing.
I hope these tips help you have an easy stress free vacation. Happy Holidays from Wayne Liddy 519-436-4810 Royal LePage Peifer Realty Inc. Brokerage. Call me at 519-436-4810 for all your Real Estate needs and visit my website for Chatham-Kent Events, Happenings and Choice Properties for sale in this affordable lifestyle location.
The Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour in Chatham-Kent Dec 15-16/2018
If you are a NHL fan or just looking for a fun family weekend, the upcoming Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour event in Chatham-Kent is the place to be. Our own municipality has been chosen as one of the 24 community stops this year to celebrate local hockey stories and the game's great stars. The event planners have been collecting local stories regarding hockey,individuals and interesting facts and other unique qualities special to Chatham-Kent. Sportsnet hosts Ron MacLean and Tara Slone will be here all weekend and there will be a live outdoor broadcast of the Tampa Bay Lightning at Winnipeg Jets game from the Sportsnet Mobile Studio on Sunday Night.
The 2 day festival features free family fun with activities, live local entertainment, giveaways and NHL Alumni.The event will take place on Wellington St. between Third and Fourth St. in Downtown Chatham. Watch for street closing during the event. It is the ultimate free fun hockey themed weekend for all ages. The festival hours are from noon to 6 P.M. on Saturday the 15th and noon to 6 P.M. on Sunday the 16th. The Parade of Champions and NHL pre-game show will begin at 6 P.M. Sunday. For more info and a schedule of events visit the website.
Some NHLers will be on hand to sign autographs and there will be a Sportsnet Virtual Photo Booth giving fans an opportunity to take virtual photos with their favorite NHL stars and have them emailed directly to their devices for social sharing.There will be interactive games,and even a Scotiabank Community Hockey Rink to engage hockey fans, interact with NHL alumni Shayne Corson and play hockey. Scotiabank will donate $15,000 to the Minor Hockey Association in our community.These are just a few of the great things happening this weekend so plan to attend this special festival and enjoy all the hockey stories and related events.
Tim Hortons will give out free coffee and hot chocolate from their mobile unit and Dr. Oetker Guiseppe Pizzeria will be handing out pieces of their great pizza.
Hope to see you there. And people say there is nothing to do in Chatham-Kent. Come out and join the fun!
Christmas Has Arrived in Chatham-Kent: Lot of Holiday Entertainment
I know it seems early but Christmas will be here before we know it. The Santa Claus parade was a couple of weeks ago and the season is officially here. If you do not have any Christmas Spirit yet, be sure to attend one or all of the great Holiday Events taking place in Chatham-Kent in the upcoming weeks.
This Saturday December 1 at 8 P.M. at the Capitol is 'All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914.' Hear the true story of that special evening during WW1 when the Allied and German Troops laid down their arms to celebrate Christmas as brothers side by side. The stunning theatrical performances and the sounds of Traditional Christmas Carols, Patriotic Ballads and Trench Songs will stir your emotions and touch your hearts. Performed by the Canton Vocal Ensemble and the Theatre Latte' this is a performance you do not want to miss!
Next Tuesday, December 4 until Saturday December 8 at the Chatham Armory is the yearly `Christmas in Muskoka`
Read my article on this great event, the schedule of events and all the good the proceeds do for the Grade 7 students of UCC. There will be 35 designer decorated Christmas Trees raffled off. Be sure to attend, enjoy viewing all the trees and purchase some tickets for this worthy cause. You may be a lucky winner who gets to take home a finished tree and your Christmas decorating will be done! That is my way to decorating If you have not attended make plans to do so this year. This has turned into a great Annual Chatham-Kent Holiday Event. Some of the schools bring the children over in the daytime and there is a whole schedule of events taking place. Who knows, you may even win a Designer Christmas Tree all decorated and you won't have to get those tired decorations out of storage this year.
Saturday December 8 at 7 P.M. at St. Andrew's United Church in Chatham is a Benefit Concertfor our very own Chatham-Kent Hospice. It is 'Sing We Now of Christmas' and promises to be a great evening of musical talents.
Saturday Dec 15 at 2 P.M. and 7 P.M. the St. Andrew's Chancel Choir will hold their annual Christmas Concert " Rejoice " at 2 P.M. and 7 P.M. This is part of their wonderful 'Saturday at 7' Series and a real favorite with audiences. My wife and I would not miss it! Enjoy some of the most beloved Christmas Music from around the world performed by this talented choir and some familiar guests.
Saturday December 22 at the Capitol Theatre at 7:00, Pete Paquette with Rudy and the Angels Band will be featured in his Elvis Christmas Special. For tickets call 519-354-8338 or visit the websitePete is one of Canada’s top ranked Elvis Tribute Artists. He has also claimed numerous titles across Canada and the United States including 2-time Collingwood Elvis Festival Grand Champion, Toronto Elvis Festival Grand Champion, Best Performer at the Las Vegas Elvis Festival, and ranked one of top 10 Tribute Artists in the world, a title acquired at the 2009 Ultimate Elvis Competition organized by Elvis Presley Enterprises in Memphis, Tennessee!I know it will be a great show and Elvis did
There you have it! another example of the Diverse Entertainment and Events Chatham-Kent has to offer. We are the Affordable Lifestyle locations. It appeals to all ages, perfect to live, work, raise a family Call me, Wayne Liddy 519-436-4810 Royal LePage Peifer Realty Inc. Brokerage Chatham-Kent for all your Real Estate needs and visit my website for Chatham-Kent Events, Happenings and Choice Listings for sale in this great area.
To celebrate their 40th anniversary season, Theatre Kent is presenting a special night of Broadway Music featuring some of the great hits of musicals the group has performed in the past. The show will include songs from over 24 of the popular Musicals Theatre Kent has presented over the past 4 decades. The evening will highlight hits from The Sound of Music which the group presented twice, Annie, Cabaret, Chicago, Spamalot, Fiddler onthe Roof and Beauty and the Beast. It promises to be a great night of entertainment.
Some of the past members who performed in these Musicals are returning for this special evening. As part of their celebration, the theatre group is hosting a Theatre Kent Alumni Afterglow party following the Saturday evening performance. All former and current member are invited.
The group of 50 talented singers and dancers is being joined by members ofthe Chatham Concert Band. Musical Director is Devon Hansen who many of us know from the popular 'Saturday's at 7' series at St. Andrew's United Church in Chatham. Choreographers for the show are Jamie Johnston and Jenny Doyle.
The show is Friday November 16/18 and Saturday November 17/18 at 7:30 at the Historic Downtown Chatham Capitol Theatre on King St. There will also be a matinee performance on Saturday November 17 at 1:30. Tickets are available by calling 519-354-8338 or online at cktickets.com Don't miss this spectacular evening right here in our own municipality. Chatham-Kent is theAffordable Lifestyle Locationto live, work raise a family and visit. See you there!
The leaves have turned and are falling along with the temperature. Although I am a summer fan, I really do enjoy this season. We, here in Chatham-Kent, are very fortunate to live in an area that has a bounty of fresh fruits and vegetables. I hope you enjoyed all the locally grown fresh fruit and vegetables like strawberries, cherries, peaches, that delicious corn on the cob and asparagus this summer, just to mention a few of my favorites.
Fall always brings back the smell of apple crisp, or apple pie baking in the oven for me. My mother baked a mean apple pie! I remember when our children were young, they often had field trips out to the local orchards to witness the processing of the apples and the making of apple cider.
Delhaven Orchards Ltd. located on Talbot Trail just west of Blenheim produce many of these great local crops on their 400 acres. They grow 16 varieties of apples, 12 varieties of peaches, 6 varieties of sweet cherries (my personal favorite), 3 varieties of pears, 4 varieties of apricots and nectarines as well as 6 varieties of strawberries, a trial crop of kiwi, soybeans, tomatoes, corn and wheat. Talk about a full scale operation.
If you have not taken a ride out there to sample their products and get a supply for yourself, you are missing a real treat. This great plus in our Municipality is just another reason that my Motto for Chatham-Kent is `IT IS ALL HERE ALL YEAR`Call me, Wayne Liddy at 519-436-4810 Royal LePage Peifer Realty Inc. Brokerage for all your Real Estate needs and visit my website for Chatham-Kent events, happenings and choice properties for sale in this desirable area.
Homeowners Tips for Storage of Outdoor Tools for the Winter
It is that time of year. We have been fortunate this year, summer has hung on but the cold weather is coming. You will soon be cutting the grass for the last time and putting away that lawn mower, power washer and trimmer. If you are like me, sometimes we get busy and just leave those items in the garage to clean up at a better time. All of a sudden it seems we are in the middle of the winter. Newscanada.com had an article recently about the proper storage of summer tool that I thought was well worth repeating.
1) Put your tools away clean and ready for next year. Moisture left by cut grass is very corrosive. Clean up the lawn mower and trimmer especially before you store them. They will last a lot longer.
2) Drain the fuel. I learned this the hard way. Gasoline left in fuel tanks can break down and leave deposits and buildup that will plug the fuel system. That can be expensive.
3) Oil it up. Use an oiled cloth to wipe down metal areas and add a few drops of machine oil to moving parts. Spring start-up will go much smother if you don't skip this step.
4) Store out of the weather. If you do not have a garage or a shed, purchase a tarp for protection and be sure to anchor it.
5) Recharge the battery. Remember it is a long time between Fall and the first lawn cut of the Spring. Fully recharge the machine's battery during the winter months.
6)Soak the trimmer line in fresh water to maintain its flexibility and ability to handle more strain.
There you have it. A small list of to do's that will make your life much easier in the Spring.
Safety is the number one issue on Hallowe'en Night. We lived in the country for years and did not get many children coming to the door.We enjoy seeing the little ones so we usually go to see the grandchildren and help with the handing out of the treats. Here are just a few tips.
1) Be sure to put the porch lights on at dusk to let the Trick or Treaters know you are home.
If you do not want to answer the door, try to turn off the lights and go downstairs if possible, leaving the house in darkness. Parents, especially, will know the signs and skip your house.
2) When giving out treats, try to give something wholesome. Apples use to be great but unfortunately not a good idea today unless you know the home owner personally. Additionally, home made treats like candy apples and popcorn balls were well appreciated in the past but not today. If you chose something homemade for the neighborhood children you know well, it is still recommended that you add your name, address and phone number to the treat. Better to give packaged treats.
3) The younger children often go with a parent but will one day be on their own. Teach them safety in walking the streets. If there are sidewalks, great, use them, but subdivisions don't always have them. Walk along the edge of the road or on the grass if possible.
4) Always watch for traffic and cars moving up the street. No darting across the road in the dark, especially you older children. Remember a lot of the costumes are black and do not provide drivers with good vision. Some of the candy bags the children carry are "Glow in the Dark" material and they are an excellent idea!
5) Drivers Beware! the children will be out at dust and in the dark so always be extra cautious if you have to drive somewhere.
5) When children return home, have a parent or someone responsible go over the contents before they eat anything. Happily, there have not been any instances of dangerous objects found in several years but it is always better to be cautious. Allergic reactions are also a huge concern today so advise your children not to try the treats while they are out until you can examine the contents of their loot.
Have fun, be safe and enjoy the night! Hopefully the weather will be good.
Chatham-Kent Economic Development Services Announces $1 Million Land Sales
Good new for Chatham-Kent. 2 new land sales at the Bloomfield Business Park are expected to add 200 + new jobs to the Municipality. 26 acres, $1 Million in land sales has been finalized bringing the total land available down to 43 acres from the original 105 acres when the park was formed.
Twenty acres have been sold to Lloyd Star Global Network for cold and dry storage. Development is planned for the Spring and the Company will employ 200 people on completion. 6 acres has been sold to a Scottish Whiskey Company for storage and packaging and will employ 15 people. Development for the venture will begin within 60 days. A key component of the Business Park's plan was to make a portion of the park an Ontario Investment Ready: Certified Site, which gives companies the advantage of being able to begin development almost immediately.This was obviously a plus for the two latest purchasers. IAT Global who is already in the Bloomfield Business Park is also expanding at this time. The Economic Development Services is confident the Park is poised for complete development of all available acreage in the near future.
Companies are choosing Chatham-Kent because of the proactive initiatives put in place to make our community ideal for investment.Chatham-Kent has created a selection of Business Parks with affordable land, outfitted that land with the infrastructure needed for development and then added tax benefits, making building here in Chatham-Kent ideal!
Chatham-Kent is in a great situation. Business development bring more community investments in other areas including housing, retail and increased tax assessments. Call me, Wayne Liddy 519-436-4810 Royal LePage Peifer Realty Inc. Brokerage for all your Real Estate needs and visit my website for Chatham-Kent Events, Happenings and Choice Properties for sale. I have lived in this area my entire life and been involved in the Real Estate Industry for over 30 years. Let me help you discover the hidden secrets of Chatham-Kent!
The popular series, "Saturday's at 7" is in its 6th year. Under the direction of the talented, Director of Music, Devon L. Hansen , this series has become very popular and one manyof us look forward to. If you have never attended, you have really missed out.
The 2018-2019 Series will begin on October 20th/ 2018 with the return of 'Cadence' one of the most talked about shows today, featuring the a cappella ensemble that has been wowing audiences across the country for nearly 20 years. They are back by popular demand and if you missed them last year be sure to mark your calendars. You will be glad you did!
Saturday, December 15/2018 will be the traditional Christmas Concert, Called:" Rejoice" The evening will celebrate some of the most remembered Christmas music from around the world. The concert will feature the St. Andrew's Chancel choir as well as some familiar guests. Due to the popularity of this Concert it will be presented at 2 P.M. and 7 P.M.
After the New Year, there will be 4 more fantastic performances you will not want to miss. January 19/2019 will be Duelling Keyboards: Episode 3. This show is one of the most well attended concert of the series and is fittingly named"Revenge of the Organ" The evening will feature organ and piano duets, organ duets and piano duet. Director of Music, Devon Hansen, as well as other guest musicians will perform.
February 9/2019 will commemorate Black History month with " Feel The Spirit" It will be an evening featuring the history of Negro spirituals as they relate to the Underground Railway in music and spoken dialogue. Chatham-Kent, one of the last stops on the Underground Railway, is steeped in Black History and has many historical sites in the area such as Uncle Tom's Cabin and the Buxton National Historic Site. Bryan and Shannon Prince, curators of the site will assist on that evening.
May 11/2019 will be " Ring Them Bells" This is a first for the series and the concert will feature two professional handbell ensembles from Southwestern Ontario: Bells Ablaze and Bellissima Ringers. We are in for a real treat with this evening of exceptional handbell music.
And last but not least, the series will conclude with Marty Kolls in Concert, June 8/2019 Ms. Kolls is a singer, songwriter originally from the east coast who mesmerizes her audiences with songs that speak of living from the heart. She writes her songs from experience and transports her listeners to the many places she has lived. Another fantastic evening of entertainment right here in Chatham-Kent.
All of the performances are a suggested free will offering of $10.00 per adult.
What a line-up of entertainment for Chatham-Kent. Hope to see you there! Something for everyone and something for all ages in this great community. Visit my website for Chatham-Kent events, Happenings and Choice Properties for sale in this affordable community. Call me, Wayne Liddy 519-436-4810 Royal LePage Peifer Realty Inc. Brokerage for all your Real Estate needs today.
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 told, it will come to and end on Thursday 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 got off to a great start with Retrofest weekend, the last weekend of May. 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!