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!
If you do not watch the schedule for the Capitol Theatre in Historic Downtown Chatham, you are missing some great entertainment right here in our own community. Check out their website and mark your calendars for some of these great shows.
The month is starting with a bang on Friday October 12 at 7 P.M. when the Wild West comes alive in the fun-fill theatrical performance of Cirque Eloise:Saloon. An international cast of acrobats will fill the stage with infectious energy performing their great feats to a background of folk-inspired music.This is an evening for the whole family to enjoy!
Saturday October 13 is a real crowd pleaser, Abba Magic. An 11 piece all star band of world class musicians will perform the hits of this famous group of the 1970's complete with authentic costumes and choreography of that era.They will feature those popular classics like Mama Mia, Knowing me, Knowing You and of course, Dancing Queen. Put on your dancing shoes, it is interactive and you will be singing along and maybe even dancing in the aisles.
Monday October 15th at 8 P.M. Serena Ryder, the multiple Juno winner will perform. She is famous for her raspy soulful voice and her electifying stage presence. The singer/songwriter will be highlighting her latest album, Utopia and its many hits songs.
October 18 features 'Ones', Canada's most exciting Beatles shows. Hear the number one hits from 1964-1970. 'One' is performed by a fabulous 11 PC all star band of world class musicians who have shared the stage with many of the great artists of our time. Complete with an amazing screen show.You don't want to miss this night!
October 23 at 8 P.M.One night only! Brett Kissel, the CCMA Awards' reigning Male Artist of theYear, visits the Chatham Capitol on his 'We Were That Song' tour. Last month, Brett released his new single “Guitars and Gasoline” to country radio. If you like country music like we do you want to get your tickets now.
October 28 at 7 P.M. is a night for fans of that old favorite Golden Girls. It is called the Ultimate Golden Girls Experience and is a puppet show and sounds like an evening of laughs and fun!
These are just a few of the many entertaining events taking place at our own Downtown Chatham Capitol Theatre. I have heard people say there is nothing to do in Chatham-Kent. Be sure to check the weekly blogs on my website which are often about things happening in Chatham-Kent. Call me Wayne Liddy 519-436-4810 Royal LePage Peifer Realty Inc. Brokerage for all your Real Estate needs today.
The weather co-operated and the people turned out. Congratulations to the organizers and the many volunteers who work so hard. The vehicle owners came from all over and helped to make this last Chatham-Kent Firefest a huge success. Judging from the crowds it must have been a record attendance. This is the 6th and final year if someone does not step up and take over planning the event. The founders of the event, Brent DeNure and his co-founder Keith Chinnick said planning the yearly event has been a labor of love but it was time for them and their volunteers to end their tenure. Hopefully, someone will step up and make this a bi-yearly or even a 3 year recurring event.Things change but people are always ready to view some great vintage vehicles
and take their children to learn about fire and safety practices.
My wife and I wandered King St, viewed the many vehicles from all over Canada and the US and even spoke to some of the owners. It was a beautiful sunny day and we met many friends along the way. Here are a few highlights from the day.
If you are a antique vehicle enthusiast Chatham-Kent is the place for you. It is the home of RM Restoration which is world renown for their work in restoring Classic Cars. Chatham-Kent is known as The Classic Car Capital of the World and each year in May, Classic Car owners descend on the city for a Retrofest Festival. More than 600 Classic and Vintage cars, motorcycles and trucks attended this year. The event begins with a Parade along the shores of the Thames River on Friday night. Saturday from 10-4 PM the vehicles line the streets of Historic Downtown Chatham for visitors and car buffs to enjoy, ask questions of the owners and have a great time. It is a family affair and just one of the many draws this great community of Chatham-Kent has to offer. For a list of car festivals and other attractions visit my website under Chatham-Kent.
Continuing with that theme, the Annual Firefest event and unfortunately the last one, will take place this year in Historic Downtown Chatham between Second and Fifth St. this Saturday, September 29, 2018 from 10 A.M.-3:30 P.M. This is the seventh year. The first Firefest was held in 2012, thanks to Brent Denure and a committee of dedicated citizens. Reg Denure is the proud owner of a 1948 International Firetruck which was built in Chatham. Brent says he has attends similar events throughout Canada and the United States and has looked forward to Chatham-Kent having such an event. As many as 42 vehicles were on site for the day at the first event in 2012 with a display of antique fire trucks, vintages emergency response vehicles and other fire related items. Mayor Randy Hope said the event was a great complement to the city's well established association to Vintage Automobiles. Owners came from as far as Texas with vehicles dating back to 1915. It will be missed.
This year's Firefest is bittersweet according to Brent DeNure but said he was proud to be involved over the years. Co-founder of the event, Keith Chinnick says the committee wants to go out on a high note and is putting all they can into this year's planning. The decision was made to make this the last year due to the volunteer time needed and the 12 month planning that has to go into the event.The volunteers are tired and the sponsors are tapped out. Both men stressed that it has been a labor of love for all those involved but had to come to an end for the present committee.They would welcome anyone who would step forward to take over. More than 80 fire vehicles from Canada and the United States are expected to be on display in Downtown Chatham for the event.
There is no admission fee for visitors or entry fee for those bringing their vehicle. It is an exciting family event with a safety message. I do not know any child who's eyes would not light up at a chance to talk to a real Fireman and see the various fire trucks up close. It is a dream come true for many young and old alike. I know our grandsons love it! Make plans to attend. If you have ever had any question about fire lore this is the chance to talk to the experts.In addition to the King St. display of antique fire trucks and emergency vehicles, Firefest includes fire safety demonstrations, CK Fire and Emergency Services Auto Extrication, live entertainment and even a parade a 4 P.M. Visit their website for a schedule of events.
The event has definitely gathered momentum and by 2015, the fourth annual Chatham-Kent Firefest, it was noted that it was the largest event of its kind in Canada. It would be such a shame to not have this great Chatham-Kent event each year. One of the most popular attractions at the event is the Junior FIRE Challenge Course. Children, 12 years and younger were eager to participate. The Course mimicks a real fire scene, and the junior firefighters carry hoses, shoot water and drag a rescue dummy while dressed in firefighter gear. Vintage Fire Trucks and Emergency Service Vehicles are on hand and this year promises to be bigger and better.It is expected to attract close to 100 vintage emergency vehicles and upward of 15,000 people. The event attracts hundreds of spectators of all ages.
Chatham-Kent is the Affordable Lifestyle community with so many amenities for all ages and families. 'IT IS ALL HERE ALL YEAR.' Call me,Wayne Liddy 519-436-4810 Royal LePage Peifer Realty Inc. Brokerage and let me show you choice properties FOR SALE in this great locations. Visit my website for great properties and events and attractions in Chatham-Kent