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Things Your Home Inspector Wants You To Know

by Sally Bowman Real Estate

It doesn’t matter whether you’re buying or selling, the home inspection process is kind of scary. For sellers, it’s blunt reminder of the issues you’ve been avoiding.  and for buyers, it often spells heartbreak.  You fall in love with a home, only to find a lemon basket of problems.

So, yes, home inspections come with a little anxiety, on both side, but don’t let it stress you out.  Remember, your inspector is not there to stress you out.  They simply want to create a comprehensive to do list, and really, a happy client.  

So, don’t fear the home inspector.  Make the inspector part of your team and your process will be much easier and much for effective.  Knowledge is key here, for both buyers and sellers.    

Here are some things your inspector wants you to know:

For sellers

1. Move your pets

We know your new puppy is a cutie pie, but even if your inspector is an animal lover, having pets running around while the inspection is going on makes the job more difficult.  So, for your inspectors sake, get the dog out of the house.  You’re inspector will appreciate this. 

Inspections often require opening exterior doors again and again and again, making it super easy for your little guy to jail break to freedom.  Which will only stress you out more, right?   So, remember to take your pet with you when you leave your home for inspection.


2. Don’t forget to clean

Whether you plan on being there for the inspection or not, You really should clean up a bit.  I mean you don’t need to scrub like your mother in law is coming over, but get rid of the clutter. It really does make a huge difference to your inspector and obviously the homebuyer.  So, make a good impression. 

The inspection is often the first time the buyers are kind of alone in the house for an extended period of time.  A messy home can spoil the experience.  


For buyers

1. Your potential home will have problems

Your home inspector will likely come up with a long, seemingly endless list of problems. Expect this!  Relax. Remember, your inspector is on your side.  Every single home, everywhere, has problems, even the home inspectors.  They are there to give you the full picture!  

Sure, there are times to worry, but not every single issue is super critical.  Your inspector will let you know what issues to deal with first.  Breathe.  

2. Anything can be fixed…well, almost anything.

We all know the Evil Three of home inspections; Mold, Radon, Asbestos, and yes these things can be frightening… but, no more frightening than a roof that needs to be replaced.   There have been a lot of articles about these three and really, all they do is scare people.  Here’s the truth:

Don’t worry too much about Mold and Radon.  Seriously, everything is Upgradeable, Fixable, or Replaceable, you just need to know exactly what those things are. 


3. One thing you should worry about is water

Here’s one problem you should stress about.  While not necessarily a deal breaker (remember almost anything can be fixed) it’s best to address any water-related issues before the deal closes.

Make special note of puddles and leaky ceilings, giving special attention to the basement.  Water issues in the basement can be an expensive and difficult fix. 



4. Home inspectors can’t predict the future

Often, buyers ask questions like, “how many more years will this roof last?” And your inspector may be able to give you a good estimate, but they cannot give you a precise timeline. There are no crystal balls in an inspectors tool kit.  They can simply tell you what they see.  



5. Don’t buy with your heart.  Don’t buy with your brain either.  Find a healthy balance.  

Don’t let the potential for repairs stop you from buying that dream home.  It’s easy to forget how much you love a home as you imagine the cost of said repairs…just take a deep breath.  Think for a moment.  Could this be a good investment in your future? This is not an easy process, but if you approach it level headed, realistic and optimistic, you’ll come to the right conclusion.  


Your inspector’s visit will simply provide a to-do list, but not everything needs fixing immediately, unless the roof is caving in, so don’t let a long to-do list weaken your love for the home. Just take a deep breath and work through these things one at a time.

Winter Is Coming, Protect Your Yard

by Sally Bowman Real Estate

Snow is on it's way and with it, the frigid cold of the North East.  If you haven't taken steps to protect your yard and landscape from this severe annual weather, don't worry, it's not too late. We've compiled a list of simple defenses to protect your home from those surprise winter storms and the heavy blankets of snow that come with.


Check Your Trees for Dead Limbs or Signs of Weakness

If you are in doubt about the health of your trees call an arborist to come and inspect them, this will help determine if any trees or branches have insect damage or are suffering from dieback, a condition where the branch begins to die from the tip back to the base. Dieback spreads from the young shoots to the larger branches. That is why, removing dead, damaged or diseased branches is so important, especially before the weather turns, as weakened branches are more susceptible to fall or crack off under the weight of the heavy snow.  This will protect further damage from the next storm, and will protect your home from falling branches.   

Prune  Properly

The best time to prune varies from plant to plant. Though, generally, winter is a good time to prune trees. It's easier, because the leaves are gone, so you can easily inspect the branches and tree structure for any signs of weakness. For evergreens, however, you should wait until after the last winter freeze before pruning. Obviously, some trees fare worse than others in a snow storm, and one of the main reasons is something called "the crotch angle of the tree. On some trees, such as pears, if the angle of the branch shooting off the trunk is too tight, the branch will have a weak connection and can easily break under the weight of heavy snow or ice. On some evergreens, if this angle is too horizontal, it will, usually catch more ice and snow, so there is more of a chance to break off. Don't prune your trees while the ground is frozen; This causes the tree to lose a lot of water and moisture, which is obviously not a good thing. 


Avoid Topping Any Trees

Tree topping has been a widespread practice for many years, however most arborists know and understand that doing this, only creates more problems instead of correcting them. Topping a tree can upset the balance between the crown and the roots, which usually results in a sick, undernourished tree. Topping also disfigures the tree's natural form, not to mention beauty, and exposes the bark to full sun which can led to being sun scaled and encourage the development of disease cankers. More importantly, this new growth that develops is much weaker, due to the new sprouts growing from the surface of stubs instead of being anchored from within it's limbs. These fresh branches are more vulnerable to heavy snow falls and winter winds and much more prone to breakage. 


Keep Plants Well-Hydrated

Remember, plants continue to lose moisture through their leaves, even in winter, so they need water. If plants are well-hydrated, they are more likely to survive a hard freeze. If it's a new tree you'll still want to water it, especially if your not getting much precipitation.  Most newly planted trees can go up to two weeks without rain in the wintertime, but you don't want to push it much past that.  There are also tools like anti-transpirant from Wilt Pruf.  These guard your plants against moisture loss, caused by transplant shock, drought and windburn. It's easy, you just spray the top and bottom of the leaves, which creates a wax-like protective layer, and you're done.





Protect Your Plants from Freezing

Cold winter winds completely sap the moisture out of leaf tips, so protect them. Put up some sort of wind screen, burlap is perfect for this.  You can simple make a wall with the burlap and two stakes, or if you think your fragile plant needs more protection, you can wrap the burlap around the tree, like a blanket.   This blocks a lot of the harsh wind from ravaging your beautiful greens. Be sure to use burlap, or something like it, never use plastic.  This can create a heat trap, very bad, you don't want your plants to over heat.  




Don't Shake Snow or Ice Off Branches

This can cause additional damage to your already weakened plant. The snow or ice on the branch could have already done its damage, so just wait until everything melts before inspecting.  

Check Your Salt Usage

Salt is a very effective way to melt snow and ice but it can damage plants and trees by drawing water away from their roots. Minimize this risk by using one of the more eco-friendly melting agents like CMA (calcium magnesium acetate). It is a little more expensive than standard road salt, but it is also biodegradable and non-corrosive, which means little to no rust damage to cars. And CMA has little negative effect on animals or plants. Some people use urea (or carbamide), a chemical found in some fertilizers, this too, works as a melting agent. However, you need to sweep it into your grass after the storm has gone. Another reason to choose your melting agents carefully, is that when the snow melts, or if there is a heavy winter rain, you don't want all of those corrosives running down into your sewer system.  The Carbamide  also filled with nitrates, which you don't want rushing into a nearby river system.  

Remove Broken and Fallen Branches

Remove damaged wood as soon as possible and make sure you make a clean cut on an already broken branch or limb. This helps protect it from insects and disease. Oh, and be careful if you're using a ladder.  Remember, it's winter, the ground is icy, so use extra caution. 


This stuff is common sense, but often overlooked.  When you start shoveling snow off your walkway, you sort of just toss it to the side and continue down the line, but make sure you aren't dumping it on top of plants or shrubs hiding beneath the snow. It is a good idea to mark those areas with a reflector or some kind of post.  If you are using a chainsaw in the wintertime, make sure the snow and ice are gone before you start. Again, you don't want to slip and fall, especially with a chainsaw in your hand.

There are a ton of snow blowing injuries, and there really shouldn't be.  Remember, never put your hand in front of one if it gets clogged; even if it is turned off. You could easily lose a finger or a hand from the tension on the blade.  

Conneticut's Own PumpkinTown USA!

by Sally Bowman Real Estate


What more could we ask for than a complete town to celebrate the Fall season and PUMPKINS....right here in Connecticut!  Only a short drive from Cheshire, CT, 45 minutes to be exact, to East Hampton, CT and a wonderful Fall family adventure awaits. Pack the kids in the car and get ready for a day of fun that will make memories that the kids will treasure and will become an annual event.

The Village:

An entire village of pumpkin headed people and animals. A fantastic fun outing for the whole family!  You'll enjoy a stroll through Pumpkintown Village where over 70 pumpkinhead people and animals enjoy life the old fashioned way.  The village is complete with a church, post office, saloon, and more. Weekend activities include a huge Moonbounce Pumpkin, face painting, and a special Sling-a-Ding game.  Come usher in fall and have some laughs with your friends and family.  

The Ride:

Take the family to the woods! The pace of life is different in the Forests of Pumpkintown; full of surprises, participants ride a hay wagon through the forest, catching glimpses of over 30 pumpkin heads in their natural woodland homes.   


Pumpkinheads first appeared at Paul’s & Sandy’s Too, when Leroy Butternut and Penelope Parton arrived in East Hampton Connecticut in 1990. The Pumpkinhead population grew significantly with each passing year, and the people of East Hampton welcomed each new resident with open arms. In 1993, when their population reached 38, the Pumpkinheads asked Paul & Sandy if they could build a town on their land. Paul & Sandy were thrilled that the pumpkinheads wanted to stay and agreed.

The pumpkinheads worked tirelessly to build a complete village for themselves, what they would later call Pumpkintown USA.  Pumpkinheads are just like us, in town they have a fast food restaurant called Mac Pumpkins, a Saloon, a Jail, a Church a country store, and of course, a farm.

Pumpkintown became so popular with the people of East Hampton, and they couldn't keep it a secret for long.  Soon, folks were traveling quite some distance to visit the pumpkinheads in their new village.

It’s popularity as a premiere non-scary Fall destination continues to grow. As many as 25,000 people visit Pumpkintown USA in the six weeks that it is open.  So, grab your family and come meet these special residents of Connecticut.  


Pumpkintown U.S.A. is open 7 days a week from September 19th through Halloween.10am – 5pm. (weather permitting)


    • Weekends
      Village Only   6.00 per person
      The Ride   7.00 per person
      Village & Ride Package  12.00 per person
    • Weekdays
      Village Only  2.00 per person
      The Ride  7.00 per person
    • No charge for Children Under 2

For more Upcoming Cheshire events visit our Facebook Page & website! If you're looking to relocate to our wonderful community of Cheshire, give us a call or visit our website for more information at:

Staying Organized During Cheshire CT Fall Sports Season!

by Sally Bowman Real Estate

ORGANIZATION! A word that haunts many homeowners, especially active families; when football cleats, hockey sticks, and various balls of shapes and sizes start invading your living room, kitchen and bedrooms.  But family and organization don't have to be contradictions. Here are some simple home organizational tips to help stay organized during your kids sports seasons. The key here is variety and adaptability. All of these storage tips can be easily modified, allowing you to adapt to your child's growing needs.


One of the easiest ways to stay organized in places like your garage and it makes it simple to grab the balls or equipment you need in a hurry. Especially on those days when you're late for practice! This is a super easy & inexpensive DIY project that can be completed on a Saturday Morning!


One of the keys to an organized garage is shelving! Lots and lots of shelving. So, nothing beats a great cubbie system. You can make it even more convenient by using various sized cubbies; storing balls, bikes, helmets, bags, anything your heart desires!


One of my favorites! This rack is a life saver for all the hockey moms out there. If you have a hockey player living in your home, you know you'd rather keep that gear outside, due to the stench it will leave in your home for days after a practice or a game. What's worse, if equipment doesn't dry completely, bacteria will grow on your child's pads, making them smell worse and can potentially lead to rashes and other health risks. No need to worry with now....your problem has been solved. Invest in a drying rack! Or for the more crafty parents out there, these can be easily and cheaply made with some PVC and a little ingenuity. Here's a guide to a DYI Drying Rack.


The one thing you can count on with child athletes they grow, their interest will change. After a few seasons, you will almost certainly have enough equipment to open your own used sports store. The answer to this is simple, a peg board! It can constantly adapt to your child's growing arsenal of balls and equipment and coincidentally it's another easy DIY project. Here's the DIY Pegboard instructions.


For equipment used most frequently this rollable storage bin is the perfect solution. It allows you to organize equipment by sport (soccer, tennis, baseball, etc.) and with the wheeled bottom, it can be moved whenever necessary. Most container stores have a variety of options.

Hopefully this list will help you get organized and lower your stress level this Fall season & allow you to have more time cheering your athletes to VICTORY!

For more Home Improvement & Organizational tips checkout our Facebook Page & website. If you're interested in Real Estate in the Cheshire area, please give us a call! We'd be happy to show you around our fantastic community or meet with you at your home to answer any questions you may have.

Cheshire's Fun Fall Events!

by Sally Bowman Real Estate

Halloween is right around the corner and if you love history and storytelling you won't want to miss this year's "Spirits Alive Tour".  From October 16-18 head over to Hillside Cemetery (the historical section where Walnut Street and Wallingford Road intersect) for a guided tour through the tombstones.  Storytellers and Actors will recount all new stories of the dearly departed.  Cheshire's forgotten history is brought back to life as participants walk the tea lighted path through the cemetery, listening to stories of murder, patriots, riots and mystery ships.  The Cheshire Historical Society offers the Spirits Alive Cemetery Tour to the public to promote interest in local history. In 2014 Cheshire's Historic Hillside Cemetery was open for the first time after dark when the Cheshire Historical Society presented Spirits Alive. With all new dearly departed, Spirits Alive returns on October 16, 17, and 18, 2015. Visitors are led for a one hour tour by a lantern carrying guide through a path marked with 600 candles. Visitors hear 8 actors tell first hand account stories of Cheshire's past residents. The stories are sometimes funny, sometimes sad, sometimes shocking, and always entertaining and educational. Spirits Alive puts the "spirit" into Cheshire's local history.Tours last about an hour and start at 5:15 p.m.  Tickets are $10 so grab some friends and enjoy this one of a kind Halloween treat. 

Tickets Available at 203.272.2574 OR


Cemetery tours aren't  the only fun fall event happening that weekend!  St. Peters Episcopal Church is hosting it's 4th Annual Pumpkin Fest on October 17th from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Food and Music are scheduled to continue until 8 p.m. which will finish with a costume-themed concert and reading of Creepy Cathedral at 7:30.  There are activities for the whole family and children 12 and under who come dressed in a costume will receive free mini-pumpkins and can participate in the costume parade at 1 p.m.  There will be a bounce house, fall games, races, hayrides, and musical performances from Eclipse Classic Rock, Growler, The Low Talkers, and Hears and Thieves.  There will also be a raffle and bake sale throughout the day.   


The best part of this festival is the donations!  St. Peters held it's first pumpkin patch back in 2006, after a truck from New Mexico delivered 600 pumpkins to the Church's front lawn.  The prospect of selling all of the pumpkins seemed daunting, but the parish was excited and a couple weeks later St. Peter's had sold all the pumpkins; a huge success, and the dawning of a new tradition began!

All proceeds made by the Pumpkin Patch are given to charity, but it's much more than a fundraising tool.  The parish now partners with the Best Buddies group and the Cheshire Adult Transitional School to manage the patch.  All three groups come together to unload the trailer and then divvy up the sales responsibilities in order to split the profits amongst the groups. However, the fun doesn't stop there.  The Boy Scouts lend a hand as well as The Cheshire Academy and local retailers, it truly is a community effort.  So come enjoy a great Pumpkin Festival while supporting your local community.

Visit St. Peter's Evolution Of The Pumpkin Church for more information and History about the event!

Thank You to Christopher Zajac and The Cheshire Citizen for the great pumpkin Photograph above!

* Funky Monkey Arts Walk & Fair- October 18, 12:00 noon - 5:00 pm

* Funky Monkey LIGHT UP THE NIGHT! October 30,  7:00 pm   

Carved Pumpkin Challenge. $5 Entry Fee which benefits Cheshire Food Pantry. Live music by CT Music Award winner, best singer songwriter Daphne Lee Martin and the amazing Hannah Fair!

Best Pumpkin Patches In Cheshire CT!

by Sally Bowman Real Estate

Autumn in Cheshire, CT is the time of year when we fall in love with the town all over again; the cool sunny days, the crisp air, comfy sweaters, the fiery changing of leaves, the amazing buzz of energy as the new season takes off and of course... PUMPKINS! Below, we've made a list of the best Pumpkin Patches in the area to help get your fall activities off to the right start.  

Drazen Orchards - Pumpkins, fruit, flowers
215 Wallingford Road, Cheshire, CT 06410. Phone: (203) 272-7985. 
Fruit orchard - 15 varieties of apples as well as pears, plums and pumpkins.  PYO starts on August 17th and finishes about October 27th.  Fruit, corn, tomatoes and cider available at the stand. 

 Bishop Farms of Cheshire. 500 So Meriden rd., Cheshire, CT 06410. Phone: 203-272-8243.  Pick-your-own apples, Pumpkin Patch- already gathered from the field, tractor-pulled hay rides, gift shop, snacks and refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area, petting zoo, birthday parties, school tours Directions: Rt 84 to 691 exit 3 south on route 10 left onto route 70 1.5 miles on right. And for a map to our farm, click here. Crops are usually available from August-December. Open: Monday through Friday, 9am to 5pm, Saturday and Sunday, 9am to 6pm. Christmas hours Monday through Sunday 9am to 7 pm. (Christmas hours start the day after thanksgiving) 


Hickory Hill Orchards - apples, pears, Pumpkins
351 South Meriden Road, Cheshire, CT 06410. Phone: (203) 272-0181 or (203) 272-3824  Fax: (203) 272-3824. Directions: click here. Open Daily 10:00am to 5:30pm; August 20, 2005 through December 2005. Country store, gift baskets, dried & silk flowers, cider, pies, donuts. Weekend hayrides, school groups welcome.  


Ives Farm - Pumpkins, Pumpkin Patch-pick in the field, corn maze, prepicked produce, snacks and refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area, tractor-pulled hay rides, pony rides
1585 Cheshire St, Cheshire, CT 06410. Phone: 203-272-5847  click here for a map of the farm. Crops are usually available in September and October. Open: Fall Hours: Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm, Saturday and Sunday 10am to 5pm.

Norton Brothers Fruit Farm - Pumpkins, Hay rides, PYO apples, other fruit

450-466 Academy Road, Cheshire, CT 06410. Phone: (203) 272-8418. 
Pick your own apples, pears, plums, peaches. Retail fresh produce, gifts,

Christmas trees, etc.   

OK, so now you know where to find your pumpkins, now lets talk about picking the perfect pumpkin.  

How to Choose a Pumpkin for Halloween

It's a piece of cake!...I mean pie!

First, determine the purpose of this pumpkin;   party, decorating or eating?

Carving & Decorating for Halloween!

Your goal here is aesthetics.

  • Look for pumpkins that are visually appealing, evenly a deep orange, the shape is whatever appeals to you, pumpkins that are a little lopsided and un-even can make the coolest looking pumpkins, be creative!  For instance, if it grew on its side and has a flat spot, you can either make that the back or use it as part of your design! 
  • Make sure your Pumpkin is free from cuts, soft spots, bruises. The flesh should feel hard, and not give easily.  You do not want to buy a rotting pumpkin!!!
  • Lastly, make sure the stem is attached.

Now, store it carefully, especially if you pick it from the vine yourself. Cure a fresh-picked pumpkin by keeping it in a dry place. Don't handle or disturb it. Curing toughens the rind, making it less prone to rot.  Pumpkins will keep for months in a cool (50 F to 65F dry, low humidity environment; such as a cool, dry basement or porch.

Tip: One of the best parts of carving a pumpkin is obviously the baking and eating of it's seeds.  Save your seeds for a nice fall snack!  Here is a simple pumpkin seed recipe from the Food Network!

Picking a Pumpkin for a yummy Pumpkin Pie Bites~

You'll want a small, sweet type of pumpkin that has been developed for eating.  These are smaller (typically about 8" to 10" diameter.)  The meat is much less stringy and smoother than a decorative pumpkin. Pumpkins are rich in vitamin A and potassium. One-half cup of cooked pumpkin provides more than the recommended daily allowance of vitamin A. One cup of cooked pumpkin contains only 81 calories. It's low in fat and sodium!  ***Be sure to tell them that you intend to use it for a pumpkin pie, they will help you pick the right one. Again, look for firm, no soft spots, or signs of any rot. Here is a step-by-step guide to making fresh pumpkin pie bites from hand picked pumpkins.

For more Fall Treats, Decorating and Community Events...visit our Facebook Page and Website!

9 Ways to Makeover Your Cheshire Home for Fall!

by Sally Bowman Real Estate

It's official...Fall has arrived in Cheshire! And it's time to give our Homes a little taste of Fall Decor! Here are 8 Easy Ways to give your Home a Quick Fall Makeover! 

Set a Fabulous Fall Centerpiece for your Table

A cool breeze, a change of color and a need for a boost of color inside our homes! Treat your table to a wonderful centerpiece by incorporating a few natural pieces too. A beautiful Lantern with a flameless bold red candle, a few branches scattered nearby with a paisley ribbon sporting all the colors of Fall intertwined with the branches and wrapped around the base of your lantern, now scatter some faux leaves in matching colors sparsley in between. Viole'...a centerpiece extraordinaire!

Let the Aroma's of Fall flow through your Home.

Nothing is better than walking into a home that smells like there's been something baking in the oven. Fall is the perfect time to let those aroma's waft through your home! Whether it's an aromatic candlescape, a fresh-made centerpiece made by the family of pinecones & flowers from the yard, or mason jars filled with candles of mulled cider, spiced orange, pumpkin pie and apple spice! Let Autumn Aromatherapy set the mood in your home!

Let your Porch Give a Hearty Welcome

Give fall an official welcome with a harvesty display on your front porch. Just load up an urn with a bundle of late summer sunflowers and wrap it in a bonny plaid ribbon. Complete the scene with a pile of painted pumpkins and a woodsy pinecone owl. What a hoot!

Get Luxurious...

Swap out casual summery throw pillows for more luxurious fabrics that are embellished with embroidery, gems, and sumptuous trims. Silky sari fabrics in spicy hues such as cinnamon, ginger, and clove lend an air of exotic elegance without being too formal or fussy.

Shine the Light!

We heart Lanterns! Take a backyard decorative type lantern and add a fall-colored candle. Jewel tones that mimic foliage look great. A few gourds, maybe a single colored light garland and a handful of leaves and you have a seasonal vingette on your mantel or bookcase.... and you're room looks much brighter and cozier. Especially great when trying to Sell!"

Try words

How about using one of the oldest decor props in the book—A CHALKBOARD—to leave playful welcoming messages about the season to your guests! You can even take it up a notch using colored chalk and draping with a lovely fall leaf garland. Prop the board near your foyer/entryway and watch your guests smile as they walk in the door!

Go Subtle

I love the imperfection of this garland style. The inspiration was a scarecrow, which is perfect for the season, and we love that it says "fall" without screaming it or being gaudy and over the top! Just grab some fabric scraps that you have at home...or stop at a craft store and buy some off their remnant table. Tie them off with twine and voila'! Perfecto!

Spice up the Kitchen!

Add an appetizing autumn color pallete to your's as easy as pie! A "little" pun intended. Utilize those mismatched mason jars and let those fabulous candles glow, add in some mixing bowls in persimmon, marigold and green apple. Set alongside a red fluted pie plate with a recipe card peeking it a vintage twist. Add a few wooden spoons, a cutting board with a festive paisley ribbon in the season's best colors and you've got an easy kitchen display...that will knock the socks off your guests, or Home Buyers.

Nip the Chill...

Starting to feel a bit of chill in the air? Then snuggle up with a warm throw. Search for fabrics that fit the season as comfortably as a favorite sweater. Faux Fur, and Velvety Wovens burnt orange, teal or espresso will entice you to curl up and watch your favorite movie or dig into the latest novel.

For more Fall Decorating Tips check out our Facebook Page and visit our websiteHAPPY FALL!

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Cheshire Land Trust Stewardship Day!

by Sally Bowman Real Estate

It's that time of year to put on your boots and grab your work gloves and head over to Ives Farm for the CHESHIRE LAND TRUST STEWARDSHIP DAY!


WHERE:   IVES FARM 1585 Cheshire Street ( Meet at the Barn )


TIME:  9:00 AM    

**Please bring gloves, hand tools (loppers, snips, hand saws, etc.) and trash bags

If you're like most of us that love walking or hiking the trails of the Cheshire Land Trust, or maybe just strolling the grounds to watch all the amazing birds and wildlife, consider volunteering to help this Saturday, September 26th, at Ives Farm Barn. Stewardship of the CLT properties means; Trail Maintenance, Removal of Non-Native Plants such as barberry, bittersweet and multiflora roses which are invasive. Along with Ives Farm, Fresh Meadows, and the Brooke Preserve are CLT Properties that are available to the public for these purposes.

Volunteers are needed and all are welcome! They will be meeting at the barn at 9 am after which they will be breaking the work plan down into groups and then heading out into their assigned work area's. Remember to dress for the weather & occasion and to bring gloves, hand tools (loppers, snips, hand saws- if you have them) and trash bags. 

If you're interested in becoming a CLT property monitor, you're encouraged to attend this event! For more information on stewardship, property monitoring or on the Cheshire Land Trust you can visit Cheshire Land Trust or email Rick Marinaro at

If you'd like to learn more about the history of the Cheshire Land Trust or more about Cheshire, visit our website at : Sally Bowman Real Estate

As always, if you're considering a move to our wonderful community of Cheshire, give us a call! We'd love to be your personal tour guide and show you around the town we love so much!

Cheshire's 6th Annual Mari Hall 'Miles Of Smile'

by Sally Bowman Real Estate

September 26 at Norton School

414 North Brooksvale Road, Cheshire

Lace up your tennies!  It's time for the 6th annual Mari Hall Family Foundation's "Miles of Smiles"!  

Join the Sally Bowman Real Estate Team for another year raising funds and awareness for Autism and Special Needs.  New this year is the 5K run. Maybe you thought the 10K was too long last year, well now you have options, so grab a friend and get moving.  Walkers, runners, all are welcome.  Bring the whole family!

All proceeds will benefit regional early intervention services and programs for the Autism Spectrum Disorder community and special education in Cheshire and the surrounding community.  

Both the 10K and 5K are USATF sanctioned courses on suburban roads.  There will be monetary awards for the overall Male and Female winners and t-shirts for all participants.  


8:00 - 9:15 Registration & Bib Pick Up

8:00 - 12:00 Family Fun Fest

9:00 Kids Run

9:30 10K and NEW 5K

10:45 Awards Ceremony


  • 10k, NEW 5k & kids run
  • $100 prizes for overall winners
  • Medals for top 3 in each division
  • USATF Certified (CT10024JHP) (CT15027JHP) and sanctioned
  • Computerized timing and scoring by Platt Systems
  • Mile splits
  • Water stations
  • Technical running shirts
  • Bill Gibbs Massage Therapy

For those of you not interested in the race, there will be family fun activities throughout the day; a bounce house, a kid's run, food vendors, clowns, face painting and friends and neighbors from the Cheshire Community

We hope to see you there and thank you for your continued support for this worthwhile cause & wonderful Cheshire family.

Let me know if you plan to attend!

More detailed event information can be found at the Mari Hall Foundation website.

You can also stay up-to-date with their facebook page.

If you can't attend that day, don't worry, you can still support and donate.  Just follow the link below:

Cheshire CT 27th Annual Fall Festival!

by Sally Bowman Real Estate






It's been 27 years since the first Cheshire Fall Festival, which was held behind the Cheshire Town Hall on September 16th, 1989, and since then this great festival tradition has quadrupled in size! There are two booth lines showcasing the best of local Crafters and Food Vendors- one of which will be a Sally Bowman Real Estate Booth, a Car Show, around 80 local Vendors and Businesses, two Entertainment Stages with live music, and the Kiwanis' Carnival and firewoorks.  2015 promises to be even larger than last year, where 119 vendors, crafters, and resturaunts participated.  

2015 will also be there very first year of Food Truck Friday, where visitors can enjoy the best of food truck culture on the eve of the festival.  

The Cheshire Fall Festival has really become one of the premier events in the area-around 10,000 festival goers are expected.  

Extra exciting this year, The Town of Cheshire and the Cheshire Veteran's Council have been granted approval by the state to call Route 10 from Barlem Park to the Police Station "The Medal Of Honor Highway".  A special dedication ceremony will be held at the Festival on Saturday, September 12th, from 3:00-3:30 PM.   The dedication will begin with the Veteran's Color Guard presenting the flag and a recitation of the Pledge Of Allegiance.  Following the pledge, several speakers will address the audience about the significance of the Medal Of Honor (the highest military award for gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty), which two of Cheshire's very own, Col. Harvey Barnum (Vietnam War) and Sgt. Eri Woodbury (Civil War) have received.  

The route includes the Medal of Honor Plaza, Cheshire Historical Society, where Sgt. Woodbury's Medal is on display, the cemetary behind St. Peter's, Where Sgt. Woodbury is burried and the Cheshire Library.  

Col. Harvey Barnum, Rep. Elizabeth Esty, Sen. Christoper Murphey, and Sen. Richard Blumenthal, and the Cheshire Town Council have all been invited, several of which will address the audience.

John White (Master Of Ceremony), Commander of VFW Post 10052, will be speaking on behalf of the Cheshire Veterans Council, which consists of Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, Army Air Force Roundtable and Disabled American Veterans.




Hailing from our very own Cheshire, BIG FAT COMBO, bringing us their own, wry, well-crafted take on rock ‘n’ roll. The quartet is a classic rockabilly group: upright bass and drums, rhythm and lead guitar. Led by singer Tom Hearn, the Big Fat Combo not only play their original tunes but also riff on classic rock ‘n’ roll, garage rock, punk, country and even some easy listening chestnuts that they make fully their own. 

For a full list of Entertainment and Musical acts Visit the Main Stage and Second Stage pages of The Cheshire Fall Festival Website


So, grab your friends and family and come celebrate Cheshire with your community.  

Make sure to check back to our Facebook Page everyday this week! We'll be having a FALL FESTIVAL EVENT....and giving away something BIG! Details will be provided & location of our festival booth will be important! 

We're all so excited for the 27th Cheshire Fall Festival! Can't wait to see you there!


Full List Of Food Trucks

Full List Of Vendors

Full List Of Foods

Full List Of Crafters

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Contact Information

Sally A. Bowman Broker, Licensed in CT
Sally Bowman Real Estate, LLC
220 Old Towne Rd
Cheshire CT 06410
Phone: 203.272.2828
Cell 203.687.8026
Fax: 203.272.2702