Chatham-Kent Events Celebrating Black History Month
February is Black History month and it is only fitting, since Chatham-Kent is steeped in Black history, that there are several local events to celebrate.
First, it is important to note that Uncle Tom's Cabin Historic Site in Dresden received the Harriet Tubman Award, Commitment to a purpose by the Ontario Black History Society. The award recognizes dedication to Black History preservation, programming and historical site stewardship. The society elevates the stories of African Canadians and how their lives help us to understand and appreciate their race, identity and their fight for freedom and how precious our individual freedom and that of our country is. to all of us. A plaque was presented to Beth Hanna, CEO of the Ontario Heritage Trust which owns and operates Uncle Tom's Cabin Site. The site commemorates Reverend Josiah Hensen, his tireless efforts as a abolitionist and his many contributions to The Underground Railroad and the lives of the many slaves who fled to this area fighting for their freedom.The site is an excellent source of history and one that would be a great stop to add to your adventures.
In addition to Rev. Hensen's original home,there is an Interpretive Centre, a visitors Centre and Museum with 19th century books and artifacts related to abolition and Hensen's Life. There are also educational films to view.The Underground Railway Freedom gallery features the geographic journey and history of enslaved people in the United States, from their path from Africa through slavery in the United States, and on to freedom in British North America. The gallery also exhibits the life and times of Josiah Hensen. The outbuilding include a sawmill, a smokehouse and even an 1850 pioneer church complete with Rev. Hensen's original pulpit.
The surrounding area was originally part of the 300 acres Dawn settlement where many fugitive slaves found freedom and free blacks settled. It was the largest of its kind in the 1800's. The freed slaves and their brothers made and changed history, helping to build our city and towns. Without their contributions Chatham-Kent would not be the community it is today.
Chatham-Kent Tourism hosted travel writer Heather Greenwood Davis in the fall of 2018. She wrote an article as well as an on-line tribute to Uncle Tom's Cabin which was recently released.
Uncle Tom's Cabin, Buxton National Historic Site and Museum and the Chatham-Kent Black Historical Society & Black Mecca Museum are also featured in the January/February edition of Canadian Geographic.
Uncle Tom's Cabin Historic Site is holding a workshop on February 15 to encourage the teaching of Black History. The workshop reaches out to educators and parents to encourage them to incorporate the history of African Enslavement into Canada in their grade 3 to grade 10 History curriculum. The site is also hosting "A Chatham-Kent Tapestry: A Visual History to 1950 by Jim and Lisa Gilbert" February 18.
The Thames Art Gallery is featuring a new exhibit through March 10 by Allyson Mitchell and Madelyn Beckles which focuses on Black Feminism. The Gallery will screen a National Film Board movie called, Sisters in the Struggle at the Kiwanis Theatre on February 15. On Family Day Feb 18 the Gallery will host a poster-making workshop from 11 A.M. to 4 P.M. in Studio One. The participants will take creative action by visual interpretation of an issue they feel is important to them.
Bring the family to some of these great events and celebrate Black History month and Chatham-Kent`s past.
Chatham-Kent is the Affordable Lifestyle Location with many amenities to enjoy. It is the perfect place to live, work, raise a family, retire or visit. Call me Wayne Liddy 519-436-4810 Royal LePage Peifer Realty Inc. Brokerage for all your Real Estate needs. My Motto for Chatham-Kent is " IT IS ALL HERE ALL YEAR! "
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 Annual Boothill Country Jamboree August 2- August 6-2018 held in Bothwell has become one of the Biggest Country Music Festivals in South Western Ontario. In its 10th successful year, the Jamboree offers 5 days of camping, 3 days and 4 nights of Country Music featuring some of the Top Country Music Stars. The Highway Men Tribute Band, Washboard Union and Aaron Goodvin plus many more great artists will entertain for the weekend.There will be Red Neck Games, Karaoke, Beach Volleyball and even prizes for the Best Decorated Campsite and Wagon. Fun and Music!
This Summer Country Festival was the dream of one man and his family and has grown into an event that attracts visitors from all over the country. Another example of what we in Chatham-Kent have to offer right in our own backyard.
Visit their website for more details on this exciting weekend and make plans to attend the whole weekend or one day.
Art On the Boulevard is taking place Saturday August 4/2018 in the Quaint Lake Erie Village of Erieau with live artist demonstrations happening throughout the day. Over 100 artists are scheduled to show their works at the annual one day event taking place from 10 A.M.-4 P.M. Wander along the tree lined boulevard and enjoy some of our local talent's unique creations. Expect to find everything from paintings to pottery, jewelry, woodworking, stained glass and even a few pleasant surprises. Musicians will entertain the crowd during the event and food will be available for purchase. There will not be a Home Cottage Tour his year. You may want to sample the food booths fare or while you are in the village, visit the local Bayside Brewery overlooking Rondeau Bay with their great ales and delicious food or Molly and Oj's for some great local perch or pickeral, always a favorite!
For you History Buffs, as you know Chatham-Kent is one of the famous stops on the Underground Railway. Uncle Tom's Cabin Historic Site near Dresden commemorates the life of Rev. Josiah Henson (1796-1883).He became famous after Author Harriet Beecher Stowe's book, Uncle Tom's Cabin acknowledged his memoirs as a source for her book. Henson's dramatic experiences in slavery and his abolitionist work in Canada helped make him renowned throughout the world. Emancipation Day Celebrations are being held on Saturday August 4 from 10-4 P.M. Fun for the whole family with an animated Film on Harriett Tubman, Hands on Art for the children, "Flavour of Africa" cooking demos and tasting, a review of Jared Brock's latest book, Road to Dawn on Josiah Hensen, Music by The Motown Boys, and ending with the documentary film "Josiah" featuring the life and achievements of Hensen who risked so much for those caught in that terrible web of Slavery. Emmanciation Day commemorates that special day in history, August 1/1834, marking the end of Slavery in the British Empîre.Free admission.For more information call 519-683-2804
These highlighted events are just a few of the many activities that can make your holiday weekend memorable. We have museums, parks, beaches, water sports and great resort areas to picnic and just relax. Chatham-Kent is the Affordable Lifestyle Community . The ideal Location to live, work, raise a family. retire to, relocate to, visit or purchase a vacation property. Call me, Wayne Liddy 519-436-4810 Royal Le Page Peifer Realty Inc. Brokerage for all your Real Estate needs and visit my website for events, happening and choice properties for sale in this ideal location. I have been serving the great people of Chatham-Kent in the industry since 1986.My Motto is : `IT`S ALL HERE ALLYEAR! `
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.
Have you every felt like you are running out of steam? We all need to recharge our batteries from time to time. We live in a stressful society and that is a fact! Life can be VERY Good but we have to stop and smell the roses from time to time. The everyday pace we all keep today can be very tiring! Why do you think statistics for heart attacks and strokes are up and not only in our aging population but in mid 40's and 50's?
I know we cannot always jump on a plane and head for warm weather when life gets hectic.We all have a different set of circumstances and each of us must decide what is bestfor us and our families. I do know one thing for sure! We all have to set goals and plan rewards for reaching those goals. They do not have to be huge goals. When our children were young and getting away for a winter holiday was not always an option for the March Break, we always planned a day outing for the family. Maybe we drove to the Henry Ford Museum in Detroit and stopped for a Hamburger on the way home or went someplace else close to home. London Ontario has a great Children's Museum. But it was a day away anda family outing.Search google and find something of interest for the whole family. Make it a group decision and get everyone involved even down to 'where will weeat?'We had fun and we all looked forward to the day even if it was not a whole week which we had been able to do some years.
However, if you are planning a Winter getaway, there are certain things you can do ahead of time to relieve the stress of planning that perfect vacation. In our case, my wife is the planner. We decide together of course, where we are going. The children are grown and it is just us but we sure have fond memories of planning with the kids. It is a different season in our lives and we are enjoying this time as well. My wife is the planner as I mentioned. We just returned from Mexico where we met a great couple who were telling us that the husband was the planner and the wife followed his direction. Just make sure one of you knows which flights and how to reconfirm 24 hrs before, where you are going and hotel reservation confirmations or it could be A MESS.
Here are just a few things we do or should I say she does and life sure is easier.
1)If you are not real savvy with a computer, you should use a travel agent. They can make life easier. Find one you trust even if you have to shop around at first. Then do repeat business with that individual. They will learn what you like and want and you can relax! They are often privy to Travel Agent Specials that you will not be aware of.
2) Chose all Inclusive Vacations. All Inclusive Trips can remove all the stress of planning activities, additional monies for amenities, food, beverages and even transportation to andfrom the airport to the resort. We love them and find they give us a real reprieve from day to day living. Each to his own. Remember it is your holiday and has to recharge your batteries.
3) Become an airline repeat customer. Each airline has different baggage fees, carry on luggage rules and often additional costs for seats etc. If you become a repeat customer you know what to expect and can be better prepared.
4) Always buy Travel Insurance. Yes, it is an additional cost but well worth the investment. Many offer protection against trip interruption or cancellation, lost or stolen luggage and even some medical expenses.
5) Switch to a Credit Card that has some travel benefits. The point system can be very helpful for extra costly flights to out of the way destinations.
Now get going and do not feel guilty if you can truly afford it. Life is too short and I guarantee you will be more productive when you return!
Bass Fishermen Arrive for the 4th Annual Canadian Tire Mitchell's Bay
Open Bass Tournament July 7-8/2017
I always refer to Mitchell's Bay on the shores of Lake St. Clair as ' The Best 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! There 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! I was at the Marina yesterday and the Bass Fishermen and their boats were arriving in droves for the upcoming Bass Tournament being held next weekend July 7-8/17 Parking was at a premium at the Marina and the array of boats was amazing.
Over 100 boats will be accepted into this well popular event. Entry fee is $450 with a prize board of $40,000 based on a 100 boat field. Call the Mitchell`s Bay Marina 519-354-8423 for more details. All those who receive a Registration package will receive information on accomodations and fine dining in the area, local tourist attractions, maps and a 5 day Launching Pass at the Mitchell's Bay Marina. It is not too late to register!
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 weather man predicts sunny warm weather for the tournament but rain day has been set for Sunday July 9/2017
The following Weekend Saturday July 15 the 6th 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.
I have covered this subject a little in the past but if you are like my wife, you can use all the help you can get. Every time we get ready to travel she says " That's it. I am packing light and not taking anything more than I have to." Each time she admits she could have packed a little lighter. Me, I am easy. for summer vacations all I need is a pair of shorts, some nice white collared shirts, a bathing suit, sandals and one dress outfit to go out for dinner. Remember if you go out to dinner or sightseeing, chances are you will not see the same people every time. Women, however, are not so easy. Fabrics today, I am told, can be light, easily packed without requiring ironing and mix and match. How's that for fashion advice. My wife is helping me.
Here are a few tips:
1) If you are flying, try to get away with only a carry on and bring a cloth bag or use your summer beach bag for purchases you make on the trip. You are allowed one personal item and a carry on. Check with individual airlines for their size restrictions. Most allow a carry on that will fit into the overhead bin. My wife puts her small purse in her larger personal item with purchases from the trip and this should fit under the seat.
2) If you plan to 'shop 'til you drop', bring a small empty suitcase with you. You will have to pay but it beats stuffing your carry on or having to buy an extra suitcase to come home.
3) If you are visiting different locations for different reasons ie: business, leisure, pack your suitcase in compartments. Use plastic bags or different compartments for different activities to avoid packing and repacking suitcase.
4) If you are travelling as a couple and both has checked bags on a flight, split your clothing, enough for each of you to get you through. If one suitcase is lost, you can both function.
5) I have said this before, but carry your coat or jacket on the plane with you. A woman is smart to pack a pashmina in her tote if she gets chilly on the plane or in the car. It will double as a shawl for dinner as restaurants can be cold with air conditioning.
6) Always pack healthy snacks in the car or in your tote on the plane. Most airlines do no give out snacks and airport food is very expensive and not healthy most of the time. If you have them with you it saves stopping or the added expense.
7) Pack ear plugs and maybe a sleep mask. If you are on an early flight or a night flight, this will help you rest and feel refreshed when you arrive at your destination.
8) Use plastic zip lock bags for your cosmetics. They often take less space than specially designed cosmetic bags which may add weight.
9) Make photocopies of your passports. Take pictures of your car in the airport parking lot, your luggage and its contents in case it gets lost.
10) Leave an itinerary with a family member or friend in case you have to be reached.
Now! Have fun. Chill out and enjoy your vacation. March break is almost here and many families are hitting the airports and the highways and heading south for some warm sunshine!