Festival of Nations, a Welcome Addition to Canada Day Celebrations in Chatham-Kent
For many of us The Festival of Nations held at Tecumseh Park and the Armories holds fond memories. As you will recall, it was a very successful event taking place over several days and showcasing different communities, their special foods, culture and entertainment. It was always a real highlight for our family. We were boaters in those days and we used to bring the boat up to the city docks and enjoy the festivities. Each day we would wander the park and try various food delights. Former Mayor Bill Erickson chaired the event for many years and was the driving force behind its great success.There were dance troupes in their traditional costumes and the weekend always ended with great entertainment at the band shell. It was well attended and a great place to meet friends you had not seen for a while and meet new ones.
Unfortunately after Mayor Erickson passed the event was cancelled and has been absent since1998. Tracy Callaghan and Dava Robichaud will co-host the 2019 event this year in conjunctionwith the Canada Day Celebrations. The two are excited and looking forward to bringing back this successful event where we can all celebrate different cultures and traditions. Canada Day is the perfect time to highlight those cultures that have made Canada what it is and stands for today!
The chairs will be asking for volunteers to help, so lend a hand if you can. Chatham-Kent is the ideal locations to live, work, raise a family, retire or visit. My Motto for Chatham-Kent is 'IT IS ALL HERE ALL YEAR!' Call me Wayne Liddy 519-436-4810 Royal LePage Pefier Realty Inc. Brokerage for all your Real Estate needs.
Flooring costs are always a large part of a renovation budget. Don't rush the decision and pick the first material you see. Do your homework and decidewhat materials will suit your needs the best. I know that both our children did renovations in the past year and they spend a great deal of time chosing just the right material for their family's needs. Our daughter has small children and the durability of the product was a number one factor with them. They chose a laminate throughout the entire home and it has been a very good choice for their lifestyle. Our son and his wife on the other hand are almost empty nesters and they decided to go for hardwoods througout.They both look great and suit their individual needs perfectly.
I will say, if you are not up on the latest materials, get some help. Hire a decorator or visit your local lumber or flooring store and speak to one of the experts. They will be able to lead you to the best product for your budget and your needs.Your flooring should last for years if taken care of properly and not need to be replaced.
Now to a few choices for you to consider.
Hardwood: This material is durable, warm and achieves a very traditional look. If used in the entire floor space, it can give a very open concept view. There are several choices to pick from including oak, maple and cherry.The prices vary from imported options, obviously on the high price side to the more traditional ones which are more economical. Sold wood floors can be refinished but remember they do show scratches and dents so chose wisely.
Engineered Wood: This seems to be a very popular choice today with young families. It is less susceptible to temperature changes and humidity and is easily installed for do-it-yourself renovators since the material is available in self-locking parquet, planks or squares that can be installed without glue or nails.
Bamboo: This flooring is often popular with the eco-conscious homeowner as it comes from plants that regenerate quickly and is therefore classed as a sustainable material. Bamboo is strong and able to resist the negative effects of changes in humidity making it a good choice for tropical or warm climates and non climate controlled environments.
Laminate: This is among the less expensive options to buy and install.The floating laminate flooring system can even be installed over an existing floor without glue or nails. There are several varieties available and are improving as we speak. Many are hard to tell from real wood,
Cork: Cork is a very sustainable flooring material and often the flooring of choice for those wishing to make their homes eco-friendly. It has a very different look, having a speckled finished thanks to the unusual grain of the trees from which it is harvested. Cork is very popular in bathrooms and bathrooms due to its non-slip surface.
Have fun with your new look. Just do your homework and make sure you haven selected the best option for your home and family. Enjoy!
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.
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!
Today, there are so many TV show about renovating that homeowners get the bug totransform their own homes. If you like your neighborhood and your home has possibilities for expansion, it is a good option. The experts however,make it look easy and their pricesseem to be pretty good! The problem is that many of us do not have the expertise to handle a major renovating project. If you have to hire everything done, the project could get very expensive. Hire experts for specific areas that are not your expertise such as electrical issues and save the unskilled jobs such as demolition, for yourself. This can save money and make you feel a part of the outcome. Set your budgetand them go to work getting 2 or 3 prices for each project being done. Some homeowners get inspired, charge forward and do not do their homework. Check the basic structure of your home and its ability to handle the changes. Here are a few tips if you have decided to charge ahead!
1) Basement renovation can add additional living space for the family, a cozy theatre room and even added income if you have the space to add a rental suite. However before you begin, check that the basement is waterproof. Always inspect the interior foundation to ensure there are no moisture issues or mold problems before beginning. Examine the outside grading to make sure water runs away from the foundation.
Insulation is key. You want your new lower level space to feel comfortable. Make sure yousoundproof it. You want your new space to be quiet and private. Safety is also an important issue. Evaluate the exits in case of a fire. You may have to add a large window or another door. Educate your self on fire resistant materials and alarms and know your local fire codes.
2) Kitchens are often the last area to be upgraded. You can put in a whole new kitchen withcustom cabinets but there are ways to upgrade without breaking the bank. If the basic structure of your cabinets are satisfactory or due to the layout cannot be changed, then consider refacing them. There are several companies out there that will come in, paint the bases and add new wood doors. Ask around and get referrals. We are currently using Heritage Cabinets. They manufacture their own doors in their own factory and they turn out quality work! If refacing is not for you, you might just consider new hardware and an upgraded counter top. This alone will make a huge difference.
3) Consider creating an Open Concept look which is very popular today. Find out which walls are non-load-bearing walls and remove them to create large living spaces. This can give your home a spacious feel, improve flow, lighting and overall function.
4) Garages are being used today for much more than overflow storage or car parking. If insulated properly, your garage can become a rental unit, a home office, a guest suite forcompany or a gathering place for the family. Carpet, quality thermal insulation and a couple of windows can transform your space into added value for you home.
5) Re-evaluate the lighting in your home. If you have opened up spaces by removing walls, you may have to add French Doors or addition lighting to enhance that light open space feel. Color can be a real asset here. Light tones, especially greys are big this year and really do a great job.
6)The finishing touches are vital.Furniture and accessories will be the icing on thecake. Avoid pieces that overpower the space. Large pieces such as wall units can often shrink a room simply by its proportions. Develop an eye for chosing lower profile or smaller scale furniture. Investigate dual purpose pieces such as ottomons which double as storage units for throws, books or even knitting.
Have fun but watch the budget. You do not want your home to turn into a money pit. If you are in the market for a new home to transform into your own space, by using some of theses ideas, call me, Wayne Liddy 519-436-4810 Royal LePage Peifer Realty Inc. Brokerage Inc. Chatham-Kent today, for all your Real Estate needs.
Many Chatham-Kent and area residents have special memories of fun times at the former Lighthouse Inn overlooking Lake St. Clair at Lighthouse Cove near Tilbury. Our family spent many good times eating their famous Perch Dinners.
As former long-time boaters we have vivid memories of lining up along the break wallon Thursday night ' All You Can Eat Perch Night" waiting for a table. On arriving, you would put in your name and number in your party and then retire to the boat for some comraderie until the PA System announced your table was ready.I remember owner Jim Cooke reminiscing with us one evening when those times were just a distant memory. He said, he was in the kitchen and he and the staff hardly had time to lift theirheads as platter after platter of their delicious perch was prepared and served. It was not unusual to serve as much as 500 pounds of perch. Lake perch was plentiful in those days and no one prepared it better. It was like old home week as we wandered fromboat to boat visiting with friends and anticipating a great dinner.We moored a couple of our boats at the cove for a few years and often stopped at the Inn on Sunday evenings on our way back to the dock after a weekend outing. Good Friday our family was always there and Jim said we were one of the first to make reservations.
I also remember when the Thames River would freeze over in the winter months and we would head out the river on snowmobiles for a great dinner.We lived on the river for many years and the familiar sound of a group of machines passing behind the house always brought back fond memories.
The Cooke Family owned the restaurant for 50 years and many changes took place in thattime. Originally built by Armand and Vera Jacobs in 1946, it was a place for duck hunters and fisherman to stay with 16 rooms upstairs, 42 seats in the dining room and 47 seats in the small lounge. The Cooke's bought it in the summer of 1968. The rooms upstairs were removed in 1980. In the last days of the restaurant, Jim Cooke was always there to greet his guests and have a few words with everyone. As he remembers, the glory days of the place were from the late 1980's through 2001 until the Sept 11 attack on New York changed theway people traveled back and forth to the U.S. even by water. Then the fishing industry declined and perch were not as accessible.Jim spoke with a reporter recently and thanked his many patrons for their years of loyal support. He said their customers were their friends and the restaurant became his family's life. However times change and after closing for the Winter of 2015-2016, he decided not to re-open in thesummer of 2016. It remained standing as a reminder of good times gone by until it was recently purchased and is being demolished to make room for a new home it is rumored, with a spectacular view!
We miss those times but will cherish our memories. Good luck Jim in whatever your future holds.
Chatham-Kent is the Classic Car Capitol of Canada and has many Classic Car Events during the summer months. This weekend is one you do not want to miss and is being held at one of my favorite resort locations in our Municipality, Mitchell's Bay.
Saturday, July 21 is a big day for the Vintage Vehicle Lovers. It is the 7th Annual Antique Car, Truck, Motorcycle and Tractor Showat Mitchells Bay. All vehicles must be older than 1997. It will run from 11 A.M. until 4 P.M. at the Mitchell's Bay Park. There will be fun for the whole family with lots to see and do, vendors, food concessions and even a bouncycastle for the children. Bring your bathing suits and cool off at the beach after a fun day before you head home. Mitchell's Bay is one of our great area Resorts with boating, fishing, swimming and even a playground and splash pad at the beach. It is one of our favorite places to spend a quiet Sunday, sitting under one of the large shade trees, reading and watching the many activities taking place. If you have not been there, this is a good weekend to try it. You will be back. I am sure.
Chatham-Kent is the Affordable Lifestyle Location with many amenities. We are located in the middle of the Great Lakes and has several lovely Lakeside Resorts within our boundaries. Call me, Wayne Liddy 519-436-4810 Royal LePage Peifer Realty Inc. Brokerage for all your Real Estate needs and visit my website regularly for Chatham-Kent Events, Happenings and Choice Properties for sale in this desirable area.
Dresden Kinstock Music Festival This Weekend July 13-14/2018
If you are wondering what to do this weekend, make plans to visit Dresden and enjoy this year's Kinstock Music Festival at Kinsmen Park in this unique village just a short drive from Chatham. It is a great family orientated weekend with lots of Local and CanadianEntertainment. There will be food and craft booths and even a Beer Garden. Door Open Friday Evening at 5 P.M. Show starts at 6 P.M. Saturday the doors will open at 4 P.M. You can purchase day passes or attend both days for the bargain price of $40.00 Check out the website or call 519-683-4368 and purchase your tickets today. If you are a camper, you may want to take advantage of the few rough campsites for $25.00 and set up for a fun weekend. Space is limited so act today.
Featured Artists are Friday, Runaway Angel, Julia Haggerty, Dirt Country and the Chasers
Saturday Night; Andrew Hyatt in addition to some talented local artists.
Hope to see you there. Chatham-Kent is the Affordable Lifestyle location with lots to see and do. Be sure to check my website weekly for Chatham-Kent Events, Happening and Choice properties for sale in this desirable area. Call me Wayne Liddy 519-436-4810 Royal LePage Peifer Realty Inc. Brokerage for all your Real Estate needs.
Enjoy Chatham-Kent Classic Car Events this Weekend
The 42nd Annual Thamesville Threshing Festival Parade and Car Show will take place Friday June 22-24/2018. The Event boasts hundreds of Antique Cars, boats and tractors for spectators to enjoy at the Car Show and Shine to be held Saturday June23 in Ferguson Park. The first 100 entries receive free admission and a plaque. There will be a parade Friday night, at 6:30 to kick off theevent. This annual parade is one of the largest in Southwestern Ontario and brings thousands of people to Thamesville each year. There will be a Broasted Dinner and live music in the refresh gardens at Ferguson Park on Saturday. The live band 'Dirt Country' will be on stage in the Beer Garden at 9 P.M. and fireworks at 10 P.M. on Saturday conclude the event. Check their website for further details.
June 22nd is also the date for the Blenheim Classic Auto Show and Cruise Night and will no doubt have an impressive lineup of vehicles of all models and makes. The parade of cars will begin at 6 P.M. Friday Evening on Chatham St. South at the Glad Tidings Church. Automobiles must be older than 1988 and there is only room for 100 on the Main St. on Saturday June 23. Sunday the 24th, the cars will cruise to Erieau to line-up for car buffs to enjoy and speak to the proud owners. Be sure to check out the Bayside Brewery. They have afternoon entertainment planned for the patio and it sound like great fun and food for all. Check out the Blenheim Car Show website for more details and to register for the Saturday line-up on Talbot St. in Downtown Blenheim.
Chatham-Kent is the Classic Car Capital of Canada and welcomes thousands of visitors each year to our great community. Check out the Schedule of Events for 2018 and be sure to put those dates on your calendar. Come out and join the fun. Chatham-Kent is the Affordable Lifestyle Location with lots to see and do. Call me Wayne liddy 519-351-1038 RLP Peifer Realty Inc. Brokerage for all your Real estate needs and visit my website for choice listings, events and happenings in Chatham-Kent.
According to the latest news report the site plan for the new Chatham Casino has been approved and plans are going ahead to make this $36M project a reality by the middle of 2019.During construction the DresdenGateway Casino will continue to operate. Although this is good new for the Minicipality Of Chatham-Kent, it is bittersweet and a real sense of loss for the Dresden community. Chatham-Kent has received a total of $700,000 in hosting fees from Ontario Lottery and Gaming as a result of the Dresden Operation but Mayor Randy Hope expects to see a considerable increase with the construction of the new facility in Chatham. Gateway is one of the largest Gaming and Entertainment operations in Canada and currently has a presence in Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia. This is good news for our Municipality and our Economy.
The new facility will have plenty of parking, 2 restaurants, 300 slots and 10 gaming tables. Its location at the corner of Keil Drive and Richmond, the former site of the Wheels Inn has easy access to the 401 via Bloomfield Rd.forr out of town visitors. Other great amenities are its close proximity to the John D. Bradley Convention Centre on Richmond and the Holiday Inn Select as well as other hotels, restaurants and coffee shops who will all welcome the new visitors. One of the best pieces of news is that the new 45,000 square foot Casino expects to create 200 new jobs in our Municipality. This is welcome news for our Economy.
Chatham-Kent is the Affordable Lifestyle Community, the area of choice if you are searching for Location Location Location with lots to see and do. Visit and you could very well decide to stay! Call me, Wayne Liddy 519-436-4810 Royal LePage Pefier Realty Inc. Brokerage for all your Real Estate needs and visit my website for the latest in Listing and Events in this great community.