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'sdesignation as 'The Classic Car Capitol of Canada'. Plans for the spectacular Weekend were announced during a media conference at the Company's Blenheim headquarters. 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. as in former years with special awards and celebrity judges including Wayne Carini of the Chasing Classic Car television series. A once in-in-a-lifetime collector car display will take place behind the Civic Centre presented by RM Sotheby's and featuring some of the rarest cars in the world with ticket proceeds to benefit the Children's Treatment Centre.Tickets for the Concourse d'Elegance 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.
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.
More Local Black History Encouraged in School Curriculum
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 ourown 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 madetheir 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 tinyvillage 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 atthe sites with displays and visual presentations at the Museums. Many of the children are surprised when they begin to hear about Chatham-Kent. ReadBlack History in Chatham-Kent.
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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. Bring 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 theconcertwander down our Historic Downtown King St. to one of the many restaurants, pubs or coffee shops. 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.
Annual Bird Event 'Festival of Flight' Month of May at Rondeau Provincial Park Chatham-Kent
It makes no difference if you are a novice or a seasonedBIRD 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 area. There 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.
I know some of us had our doubts if it would ever arrive, but I think I am safe insaying 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. My 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.Add some CurbAppeal 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.
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 severalChatham-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!
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Annual Chatham-Kent Festival of Giving Fundraiser a Great Success
The generosity of the people of Chatham-Kent and surrounding areas is shown once again. The recent Festival of Giving Event to support the Chatham-Kent Children`sTreatment Centre was held at the Bradley Convention Centre. Close to 1000 people attended and over $250,000was raised for this worthy cause. The Centre provides care to the children in Chatham-Kent who suffer with physical, developmental or communicationissues.We are very fortunate in Chatham-Kent to have such a facility in our midst and there are many who work tirelessly to provide the necessary services. Several other charities benefited from the volunteer work they provided which helped to make the evening a success.
The theme is different every year. This year`s event was a Wide World of Sports theme and many of the attendees wore related apparel such as hockey jerseys, and tennis outfits. The attendees were welcomed with a Marching Band and the evening was complete with a tailgate party outside the entrance. There are silent auctions as well as the featured auction and lots to eat and drink. All for a worthy cause.
Congratulations Chatham-Kent you came through again. Chatham-kent is a wonderful community to live, work, raise a family or retire. it is all here all year!
Ursuline College Production of Broadway Musical 'In The Heights" April 10-13 at 7P.M.
Be sure to attend one of this week's performances at the Ursuline College Theatre. Shows start at 7 P.M. April 10-13. Jim Dunlop, a teacher at the college and one of the directors said the students have worked especially hard on this production which can be challenging but they have loved doing it. The play, 'In the Heights' opened on Broadway in 2008 and was nominated for 13 Tony Awards and won four, including the Best Musical, Best Original Score and Best Choreography awards. There was a UCC class trip back in 2008 to attend the show.The story is centered around a largely Hispanic Neighborhood called Washington heights in New York City
The show features 28 actors, approximately 20 orchestra members and a crew of 26 behind thescenes hard working participants who handle the makeup. costumes, lighting and sound. A lot of hard work goes into each performance but according to the director, the students have loved doing it.
Make sure you support all their hard work and enjoy a spectacular evening out right here in our own city. Tickets are $20.00 and can be purchased at the UCC Box Office or by calling 519-351-2987
Most of us are aware that April is Personal Income Tax Return month. By now you probably have all your T4 `s and are ready to finalize your return. if you have no financial experience and have never done your own taxes you may want to consider hiring a professional. In many cases, they are aware of deductions that may lower your taxes due or result in a return. This will often save you money in the end even though you will have to pay to have the return done. If you do hire a professional, you can save yourself some money by getting everything itemized for him or her.
If you have done your taxes in the past and feel confident in doing your own return, you may want to google two areas on the Internet. One is `Free Tax Resources`which can be very helpful and `Free copies of income tax returns"
Good luck with the paperwork and enjoy the Spring Weather. I think it is finally arrived.
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New Catholic Elementary School Under Construction on McNaughton Ave. in Chatham
Construction is underway for the new Chatham north side Catholic Elementary school on McNaughton Ave. The new school will bring students together who are now attending Our Lady of Fatima, St Agnes and St. Vincent Schools. The two-story school will be 68,000 Sq Feet and accommodate 568 students. Plans revealed the school will have a double gym, an atrium and a childcare space.
The St. Clair Catholic School Board received $26.7 million from the Ontario Ministry of Education to build 2 new schools in Chatham, one on the north side and one on the south to replace 6 existing schools.This new direction for the Catholic Elementary Schools is the Board's slution to declining enrollment and aging facilities.
Renovations are also being done at Our Lady of Fatima site, as this school will now operate the French Immersion Program formerly at Monsignor Uyen School on Lark St.
It is still early in the construction phase to determine if the new north side school will be open for student returning for classes in September 2019. A committee has been established by the school board consisting of representatives from the 3 closing schools as well as from the parishes. The committee will decide on a school name, colors and facilitate in bringing the 3 communities together.
The site for the south side school has not yet been determined and the board is continuing its search for the proper location. The South side school will replace St. Joseph's, St. Ursula and George P. Vanier.
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I am always writing that Chatham-Kent is the perfect location to live, work, retire or vacation. This of course, from my viewpoint because I am a Real Estate agent, is the Affordable Lifestyle we have in Chatham-Kent. If you live here you are probably saying what affordability? However if you are coming from other areas, you will agree with me. Someone for instance, from the Greater Toronto area or for that matter any large area like Vancouver can sell their family home there, buy a nice retirement home in Chatham-Kent and still have funds left for their retirement. Prices are crazy and rising in the major centres but Chatham-Kent has remained fairly stable
Chatham-Kent is located in the middle of the Great Lakes and affords us many ammenities such as fishing, hunting, boating, bird watching , wind surfing as well as great beaches and area resorts.We have9 Golf Courses in Chatham-Kent and although this year was snowy and frigid, we are called the Banana Belt of Ontario since our temperatures are usually mild, offering a longer season to enjoy golfing. Read my articles on these great pastimes right here in our own community of Chatham-Kent.
I reported in the past that the Chatham-Kent's Senior Advisory Committee were holding several Focus meetings across the municipality to find out what can be improved to better accommodate those residents who are 65 years or older. They are always open to suggestions about age-related issues in Chatham-Kent. The senior segment is growing and if the trend continues Chatham-Kent's citizens, 65 or older will make up 25% of our population. The Committee is working behind the scenes to make Chatham-Kent an even more inviting destination.
Chatham-Kent has a great variety of activities that are directed to the seniors.
The Active Life Centreon Merritt Ave. in Chatham now includes a new 3000 square foot addition. At the latest count, membership had now grown to 1200 people plus, all of them seniors, 50 years or older. However they are not the stereotype older parents or grandparents, this group want to remain active and busy. The Active Life Centre has something for everyone.. Membership is nominal, $50.00 for a the year and a flat $2.50 per day when members visit the Centre. There are so many activities available,classes, day trips even a wood working shop. All the programs have free entrance once you have a membership.
if you have never visitedthe Centre, do yourself a favor and put that on your calendar. My wife has run a few programs at the Centre in past years and she can attest to the friendly atmosphere that greets new and old visitors. It is a great way to meet new people and enjoy those Golden Years. It sure beats TV and you will definitely feel better.My wife praises the Chair Yoga and the Gentle Yoga sessions.
Visit my website for Events, Happenings and Choice Properties for sale in this great community of Chatham-Kent. I am always blogging on what is taking place in the community.The Capitol Theatre, the Mary Webb Centre in Ridgetown, the Kiwanis Festival and the Cultural Centre in Chatham have hosted many great shows and there are many more to come. Visit the Cultural Centre at 75 William St. South in Chatham and pick up a schedule of events. The St. Clair College Capitol Theatre in Historic Downtown Chatham also has a program of upcoming events. "IT IS ALL HERE ALL YEAR" is My Motto for Chatham-Kent. Don't miss out!
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