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It's Apple Picking Time around Cheshire!

by Sally Bowman Real Estate

Fall has arrived in Cheshire. The season means spectacular autumnal colors, crisp nights, pumpkin carving, and, our personal favorite, Apple Picking! There are so many great orchards in Connecticut where you can spend the day picking your own fruit. Grab your basket and head to these orchards in and near Cheshire!


Drazen Orchards

Address: 251 Wallingford Road, Cheshire

Hours: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm Daily (Pick Your Own and Farm Stand)

Head over to Drazen Orchards to pick your own apples and pears any day of the week. You can also purchase peaches at the Farm Stand, along with pumpkins, flowers, and more delicious fall treats.


Hickory Hill Orchards

Address: 351 South Meriden Road, Cheshire

Hours: 9:30 am - 5:00 pm Daily (Pick Your Own); 9:30 am - 6:00 pm Daily (Country Store)

This great orchard in Cheshire covers 33 acres with a great variety of apples, nectarines, plums, pears, and peaches. You can currently pick your own Red Delicious apples, McIntosh apples, Cortland apples, Macoun apples, Russet apples, Empire apples, and Bosc pears. After selecting your own fruit to make treats at home, swing by the store to pick up some other fruit, delicious apple cider donuts, homemade jams, and seasonal home decorations.


Norton Brothers Fruit Farm

Address: 466 Academy Road, Cheshire

Hours: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm on Monday through Friday & 9:00 am - 4:30 pm on Saturday and Sunday (Pick Your Own); 8:00 am - 6:00 pm on Monday through Friday & 9:00 am - 5:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday (Farm Market)

You and your family can currently pick your own apples in a wide variety as well as pears, blueberries, and raspberries! Also enjoy a hayride, scarecrows, and pumpkins located throughout the farm.


Rogers Orchards

Address: 2876 Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike, Plantsville

Hours: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (Pick Your Own)

Want to make a delicious apple pie with your family? Swing by Rogers Orchards to pick your own Gala, Honeycrisp, Jonamac, McIntosh, Cortland, Macoun, and Empire apples. Their store also offers amazing baked goods like apple sour cream coffee cakes and cookies, as well as cheese, honey, maple syrup, and more.


Bishops Orchards

Address: 1916 Middletown Avenue, Northford

Hours: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm Daily (Pick Your Own); 8:00 am - 7:00 pm on Monday through Saturday & 9:00 am - 6:00 pm on Sunday (Farm Market)

There is so much to do at Bishops Orchards. Stock up on apples, pears, and pumpkins by picking your own. Get lost in the corn maze. Stop by the winery for a delicious tasting of fresh fruit wines and hard ciders.

Fantastic Upcoming Events in Cheshire!

by Sally Bowman Real Estate

History is always alive in the great community of Cheshire. Our town celebrates its rich historical past with many special events throughout the year. The Cheshire Historical Society is hosting two upcoming events in Cheshire that cannot be missed!



The Brooksvale Area & South End of Cheshire Historic Trolley Tour!

Date: Sunday, September 25th

Time: 12:00 pm, 2:00 pm, and 4:00 pm

Location: The Cheshire Historical Society on The Green (43 Church Drive)

Cost: $25 per ticket

Hop on a trolley and learn more about the history of the Brooksvale and Cheshire area from narrator and trolley conductor Jim Vibert. There will be three tours that day. The tours will leave promptly at noon, 2:00, and 4:00 pm so make sure to arrive a couple of minutes early so you do not miss out! Each tour lasts approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes. To purchase your ticket for this great event, call Pat Vita at (203) 272-3963.



3rd Annual Spirits Alive Tour in Historic Hillside Cemetery!   

Date: Friday, October 14th and Saturday, October 15th

Time: 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Location: Cheshire Hillside Cemetery (corner of Wallingford Road and Walnut Street)

Cost: $10 per person (cash or check)

Get in the Halloween spirit as you follow a mysterious lantern-bearing host through the cemetery. You will hear brand new stories about the spirits that came long before you in Cheshire. Tours leave every 15 minutes between 5:00 and 9:00 pm on Friday and Saturday. For an extra spooky experience, sign up for one of the tours after sunset at 6:10 pm. Each tour lasts a little over an hour. This is a favorite event in Cheshire and tickets are selling fast!! Get your tickets today by calling (203) 250-9350 or emailing cheshirehistory@che.necoxmail.com. You can also purchase your tickets in person this week at one of the following locations:


Cheshire Historical Society (43 Church Drive)

Monday (9/19)  -  6:45 pm to 9:00 pm

Wednesday (9/21)  -  6:45 pm to 9:00 pm

Friday (9/23)  -  4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Sunday (9/25)  -  11:00 am to 4:30 pm


Carmody Farm Market (1735 Peck Lane)

Tuesday (9/20)  -  4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Thursday (9/22)  -  4:00 pm to 6:00 pm



We can't wait to see you at the Historic Trolley Tour and Spirits Alive Tour in Cheshire!!

Ball and Socket Windows Event!

by Sally Bowman Real Estate

Celebrate the incredible creative talents of Cheshire artists and marvel at the transformation of the old Ball & Socket Factory this Sunday at the Windows Project - A Celebration of Cheshire Artists!

The Windows Project has transformed the historic red brick building into an open air art gallery! The 58 boarded windows on the factory have been replaced with beautiful artwork. Along Willow Street, the 27 windows will honor notable Cheshire artists from the past. The 26 windows in the courtyard will feature original artwork by local artists. Artists, who entered a competition earlier this summer, were asked to create art based on the theme Let in the Light. Artists had full freedom in what materials they used for the project. A certain percentage of the winning spots were reserved for young artists and senior citizen artists. These particular windows will have the artwork transformed into digital prints that will survive in any weather conditions, allowing for the artwork to be appreciated for years to come! The remaining 6 windows on the building, which face West Main Street, will allow the community to be involved in a public art project led by Tony Falcone, a Cheshire artist.

The project was organized by Ball & Socket Arts, a community based nonprofit that plans to repurpose the factory and grounds along Willow Street into an arts and entertainment facility for Cheshire and the broader area. The factory buildings will eventually be turned into art galleries, a restaurant, retail space, and more. This allows for a site that was a vital part of our community for over 150 years to be used for future generations of Cheshites!

The special event on Sunday will showcase the incredible artwork and celebrate the continued revitalization of the Ball & Socket Factory. Enjoy a beautiful afternoon of art with the community of Cheshire. Along with admiring the incredible works of art, dine on delicious food from Naples Restaurant & Pizza and Four Flours Baking Company. There will also be fantastic live musical performances occurring throughout the afternoon! We cannot wait to see you there!

Event Details

Date: Sunday, September 18th

Time: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Location: Old Ball & Socket Factory (493 West Main Street)

 Cost: FREE!


Our beautiful home listing at 39 Williams Road will be featured in one of the windows at the project! If you are interested in this listing or one of the other fantastic properties currently available in Cheshire, give Sally Bowman Real Estate a call today or visit our website at www.sallybowmanrealestate.com.

Cheshire Ranks in Nation's Top Safest Cities to Live!

by Sally Bowman Real Estate

The list of 100 Safest Cities in America was recently announced by Neighborhood Scout. To determine the rankings, Neighborhood Scout looked at the total number of crimes per 1,000 people (as reported to the FBI), in cities with a population of at least 25,000. We are proud to announce that #33 in the nation was……...CHESHIRE!!


Located north of New Haven, the wonderful and SAFE community of Cheshire is known for its historic sites, beautiful farms, and excellent school system. This family oriented community is the perfect place in Connecticut to call home!


With all of its amenities, beautiful spaces, and dedication to public safety, it is no surprise that Cheshire made this list of safest cities in America! Click Here to See Current Homes For Sale in Cheshire!


Congrats Cheshire!


If you're interested in  Buying, Selling, or Investing in Cheshire, give Sally Bowman Real Estate a call or visit our website at http://www.sallybowmanrealestate.com.

Cheshire Fall Festival!!

by Sally Bowman Real Estate

Celebrate the start of a new season and our wonderful community this weekend at our favorite Cheshire festival…..the 28th Annual Cheshire Fall Festival and Marketplace. Head down to Bartlem Recreation Area this Friday and Saturday for the ultimate family fun festivities. This annual event showcases all of the amazing organizations, businesses, and people in our city. Enjoy delicious food, catch performances by local talent, and pick up some unique arts and crafts from local vendors! Here is all the information you need to make the most of your time this weekend at the Cheshire Fall Festival:

Full Schedule

 

Food Trucks!

Fill up your bellies on Friday with all of the delicious food being offered at the Food Trucks! There are 8 trucks that will be serving a variety of food for all taste buds. Grab some seafood rolls from Szabo’s Seafood, dip a grilled cheese in your tomato soup from The Cheese Truck, or bite into a pierogi from Pierogies on Wheels!

Live Entertainment!

Head over to the Main Stage for incredible performances by talented musicians and bands and other entertainment!

Friday, September 9th

6:00 pm – Frank Critelli

7:30 – 9:00 pm – Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez  **Headliner**

Saturday, September 10th

11:00 am – Cheshire Marching Band

11:15 am – Imposter

12:30 pm – Nick DiMaria Group

2:00 pm – Big Fat Combo

3:00 pm – Blackie’s Hot Dog Eating Contest

3:30 pm – The Right Offs

5:00 pm – Big Foot

6:00 pm – Cheshire Community Chorus

7:00 pm – Laser Show and Cheshire Community Band  **Headliner**

Family Fun Activities!

The kids will love all of the activities at the festival. Swing by the Carnival on both Friday and Saturday for fun rides and games! On Saturday between 4:00 and 5:00 pm, head over to the field for a spectacular Magic Show performed by Presto Pete and Incredulous Chris. This kid friendly show features tricks and slapstick comedy galore!

Car Show!

The highlight of Saturday is the Car Show! Marvel at antique and classic cars of all makes and models that are driven into town from all over New England for the festival.

 

Event Details

Date: Friday, September 9th, 2016 - Saturday, September 10th, 2016

Time: 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm (Friday) and 10:00 am - 9:00 pm (Saturday)

Location: Bartlem Recreation Area (520 South Main Street)

Cost: FREE Admission!

Top Suggestions for an Inexpensive & Fun Labor Day Weekend in Cheshire!

by Sally Bowman Real Estate

As the weather starts to cool slightly and the children head back to school, Labor Day Weekend is considered to be the last hurrah of summer. Spend it to its fullest with family and friends in Cheshire! There are lots of fun things that you and your family can do that won’t break the bank and will keep you occupied during the long weekend!

Visit A Nearby State or National Park

Labor Day Weekend is the perfect time to go camping. Enjoy time with your family in the beautiful outdoors at one of the nearby state or national parks. You can pass the time exploring nature on a 

hike, playing games, telling stories, and cooking over the campfire. If you don’t want to spend the night, plan a day trip to one of the parks. They all offer tons of outdoor activities for you to spend the entire day. We recommend checking out these great nearby spots for your camping or day adventure:

 

Sleeping Giant State Park  (200 Mt Carmel Avenue, Hamden)

Quinnipiac River State Park  (Banton Street, North Haven)

Wharton Brook State Park (175 Washington Avenue, North Haven)

 Host a Barbeque Potluck for Family and Friends

Having a good ole barbeque is a Labor Day tradition! There is no better way than to enjoy the “final” weekend of summer outdoors, playing lawn games, and eating delicious food. But, that trip to the grocery store for the feast can add up. Help keep your barbecue more affordable and manageable by hosting a potluck! Ask everyone to bring a side dish to pass or a beverage to share. This way you can have a variety of delicious dishes and make sure that everyone leaves well fed. All you need to do is provide the location and the main meat (or vegetarian) dish for your guests!  

Have a Staycation

When you call a city home, you often lose sight of the great attractions your community has to offer. Plan a “vacation” at home! Look up the local tourist websites for the Cheshire area and see what they recommend. Then pack a picnic for you and your family and go exploring. Try to focus on things outdoors in order to take advantage of the beautiful summer weather and look for places that you have never discovered. You will have a whole new appreciation for our communities and will save money by lodging at home during the staycation!  

Check out a Local Event or Festival

There are always great local events and festivals occurring in the summer and with Labor Day being the unofficial “end” of the season, everyone wants to get in a last minute festival! The plus side to these festivals….they often have cheap or no admission costs! Have fun doing something new, eating some delicious food, and enjoying live entertainment at this great event occurring this weekend:

Labor Day Weekend Clambake

Enjoy a traditional New England Clambake at Brownstone Exploration and Discovery Park. Dine on lobster, chicken, corn on the cob and more during this delicious feast. You will also get park admission for the day. Feeling adventurous? Enter the 6th Annual Cannonball Competition!

 

We wish you and your family a very safe and fun Labor Day Weekend!     

Top 10 Maintenance Tips for your Cheshire Home!

by Sally Bowman Real Estate

Home maintenance is considered a chore for a reason. Between work, taking care of the kids, and other cleaning that needs to be done around the house, it often gets pushed to the side. It’s something that no one wants to spend their free time doing and can seem tedious.  However, it can help cut energy costs and preserve Your Home's Value for the future. By doing regular, easy home maintenance tasks you can keep your Cheshire home in tip top shape!

Follow these Top 10 Tips for simple home maintenance.

1. Do a Deep Clean

Perform a deep clean on everything inside of your house. Remove accumulated dust, dirt, and grime buildup throughout the rooms in your house. Clean appliances. Get rid of any mold and mildew buildup in rooms where moisture accumulates. Not only will this clean help your home looking its best but it will also allow to identify any potential problems in your house that might need further attention and repair.

2. Clean Your Dryer Vent

A clogged dryer vent is one of the leading causes of house fires. Ensuring that this does not happen is incredibly easy to do! Along with cleaning out your dryer lint trap every time you use the dryer, you should regularly clear the dryer connection. The dryer connection is the tube/pipe that attaches the appliance to the outdoor vent. Pull the tube out and vacuum it clean of all the lint that has been accumulating within the pipe and the pipe connection. After cleaning it out, reattach the pipe to the dryer and make sure that it is properly connected.

3. Clear Out Your Drains

No one wants to shower while standing in water up to your ankles. Make sure to keep your drains cleared out to avoid more serious problems such as a sewer backup. For less severe drain clogs, pouring boiling water down the drain can fix the issue. If that doesn’t fully clear it up, use a snake to remove the blockage. Always keep your plumber’s phone number handy if problems persist. Purchase a hair strainer to prevent the issue in the future.

4. Replace Your Toilet Flapper

A leaky toilet tank can prematurely wear out the toilet and cause water damage to the bathroom floor. If you notice that your toilet is leaking, the flapper needs to be replaced. After turning off the water supply to the toilet using the valve in the back, empty the tank by flushing the toilet. Remove excess water left in the tank and the flush chain from the lever. You can then slide the existing flapper off and replace it with the new one. Reconnect the chain and turn the water supply back on.

5. Fill Holes and Cracks in the Wall

There are very simple and cheap fixes to cover small holes and cracks in your drywall. A cosmetic sponge can be used to fill those holes. Cut it down to size, push it into the hole, and spackle over it. For those small cracks, add a bit baking soda to strong, fast acting glue and spread the mixture over the crack. This will create a strong surface that can easily be smoothed down by sanding it.

6. Fix Your Windows

Avoid high energy bills by ensuring that your windows are keeping in the cold air or heat. With the cold winter months approaching in Connecticut, you want to make sure that heat does not escape your home. Check the caulking around your windows. If there are any cracks or holes, remove the existing caulk with a box cutter and then apply a new line of it along the seam. To get a straight line of caulk, use painter’s tape. Remove the tape while the caulk is still wet. You can also fix a drafty window by applying an inexpensive insulating window film to the glass. Find a tiny hole in the glass? You can repair it with clear nail polish! Allowing the nail polish to dry in between applications, keep adding layers of the polish until it is flush with the glass.

7. Get Rid of the Squeak Below Your Feet

Do you hardwood floors squeak when you walk of them? There is an easy fix for that. The culprit of the creak is moisture. Identify the floorboards that are creaking and sprinkle talcum powder on them. Take a makeup brush and sweep the powder in the cracks between the boards. This will help to soak up the moisture and remove the noise.

8. Clean Your Fridge Coils

Your refrigerator is one of the items in your home that uses up the most energy. To help cut your utility costs, there is a simple fix. By vacuuming the coils underneath or in back of your fridge, you will keep it running as efficiently as possible.

9. Inspect the Safety Features in Your Home

Make sure you and your family stay safe in your home by inspecting your fire extinguishers and smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. For the fire extinguisher, make sure that it is in an easily accessible spot, check for adequate pressure, and ensure that no wear and tear has occurred. For the smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, dust them off, ensure that they are working properly by pushing the test buttons, and replace batteries if necessary.

10. Take Care of Your Gutters

Protect the exterior of your home and avoid more serious damage by regularly clearing your gutters of debris and buildup. If your home isn’t too tall, you can safely clean the gutters yourself by using a ladder. Remove all the muck that has been accumulating in the gutters. Then, take your garden hose to flush any remaining debris out and to make sure that water flows properly through them. If you notice that your gutters are sagging or pulling away from the house, replace the fasteners and hangers. As the leaves begin to fall this Autumn, it is important to make sure that your gutters are ready for any weather that comes our way. 

For more homeowner tips, visit our website!

Cheshire Students Head Back-to-School on Monday!

by Sally Bowman Real Estate

It's been a long, fun summer...now  it's time forthe students of Cheshire to embark on a new school year!

Classes begin August 29th for the excellent Cheshire School System. Here are some important links to keep in mind for the year:

Parent/Teacher Portal- Check your students progress with this fantastic portal. Make sure to receive and establish your login information.

Bus Schedules- 

A few Bus Riding Notes:

Students should be at their appropriate bus stop ten minutes before the scheduled pickup time.  The bus will not stop if the student is inside the house, garage, or on the front porch.  

Parents/guardians are responsible for the actions and safety of their children to, from and at the bus stop and to and from the school assigned. Parents are responsible for their children being transported in any vehicle other than a school vehicle going to and returning from school.  

A parent, guardian, or responsible older sibling  (3rd grade or above) MUST be at the assigned bus stop of a kindergarten student or student with special needs when the bus picks up or delivers the student to and from school.  When no responsible party is available, bus drivers will contact Transportation and return the child to school or to the Transportation office, and it will be the responsibility of the parent to pick up the child. 

Walking Distance: Students who are in kindergarten shall not be required to walk farther than one-half (1/2) mile to school or to the bus stop;  students who are in Grades 1 through 6 shall not be required to walk farther than one (1) mile to school or to the bus stop; students who are in Grades 7 through 12 shall not be required to walk farther than one and one-half (1 1/2) miles to school or to the bus stop. 

Walking Area: means the area encompassed by the student’s walking route. 

Request for Transportation Changes – Student address changes and temporary busing changes should be submitted in writing to your child's school for review and approval.  The school will then email your request to the Transportation Department.  Available Seat Petition forms and Accommodation Petition forms should be submitted directly to the Transportation Department. No requests can be granted verbally over the phone.  Due to the issues that must be addressed at the start of the school year, any Available Seat Petition forms received after August 15, 2016, may not be processed until September 8, 2016. 

Transportation Opt-Out Form- If your student will not be utilizing bus service either to or from school, please fill out a Transportation Opt Out form.  Your decision is not binding.  If at a later date you decide that your child needs bus transportation, please contact the Cheshire Public Schools' Transportation Coordinator to request service (two school days' notice is requested.)

Annual School Calendar

Lunch Menus

Parent/Student Handbook

We wish all our students a fantastic new year!  

'Do your Best...Be your Best....Achieve your Dreams!'

When is the Best Time to Buy and Sell a Home in Cheshire?

by Sally Bowman Real Estate

Buying or selling your home can be an overwhelming process....and everyone wants to know if there is a secret formula to guarantee success in finding your dream home or selling your current home. Besides working with an Experienced Real Estate Team that can help you and your family every step of the way, there are also real estate trends that give insight into the right time to buy or sell your Cheshire home

Summer isn't just a great season for its warm weather and vacation time with family......it's also the perfect time to buy and sell your home! In general, the most "closed" transactions occur during the month of June. There is a high volume of home sales in the early summer. This does mean, however, that sellers started to put their homes on the market in February or March. To account for the large amount of closed transactions in June, contracts likely began during the spring months. As a buyer, you will find the most inventory during July. Although it might seem like this results in a highly competitive market for sellers, don't fret! Historically, the end of July and August show strong closings. As a seller, August is your prime summer month! There tends to be an upward swing in buyers during this month, partially due to the upcoming school years and the desire to have the family settled prior to the first school bell. And for those buyers that maybe had deals fall through during the previous months, there is new inventory on the market towards the end of summer for you. With a strong real estate market currently for both buyers and sellers, summer is the best time for your to buy or sell your home in Cheshire! 

If you want to take advantage of this great time to buy a home in Cheshire, the Sally Bowman Real Estate Team will help you find the perfect home to suite your needs!

Here are three featured properties currently on the market:

725 South Brooksvale Road, Cheshire CT 

This 4 bedroom, 3.2 bath home is a stunner. Built in 1930, this 3,745 square foot home was remodeled within the last few years to include all the latest amenities. Some of the great extra features of this house include an in-law suite and 3-season porch. It sits on 1.84 acres of land. Cool of in the warm months in the fabulous in ground pool. This home is listed at $599,900.

55 West Ridge Court, Cheshire 

Find yourself in a brand new home in the beautiful neighborhood of Meadowview Estates. This is the perfect family home with 4 bedrooms and 2.5 baths. It is 2,517 square feet. Enjoy plenty of time outdoors on the 1.96 acre property the house sits on. This home is listed at $479, 900.

This gem of a home was built in 1955 but features all the amenties of a new home due to the recent updates completed. There are gorgeous hardwood floors throughout the 3 bedroom, 2 bath home. It is 1,422 square feet and has a finished lower level. This home is perfect for anyone who loves to bike, walk, or hike due to its close proximity to Farmington Linear Trail. It is listed at $254,900.

 

If you are interested in Buying or Selling your home in Cheshire, give the Sally Bowman Real Estate a call today or visit our website.

Resource: Homes.com

Tax Free Week in Connecticut!

by Sally Bowman Real Estate

It’s almost time for students in Cheshire to head Back to School! One of the favorite things about this time of year is annual back to school shopping! The state of Connecticut helps families by having a TAX FREE WEEK in which clothing and footwear priced less than $100 are exempt from sales and use taxes. This year’s holiday is August 21st through 27th. Bring your student to the mall and take advantage of these special savings! We have provided the guidelines below to help make your shopping trip easier.

 

Clothing and Footwear

Most clothing and footwear priced under $100 is eligible for the exemption from state and local sales tax during the holiday. The exemption does not apply to apparel that has been designed specifically for athletic activities or protective use. The exemption applies to each individual price of the item and not to the total on the invoice. This means that customers can purchase a shirt for $30 and a pair of shoes for $80 at the same time, and both items will qualify for the exemption. Coupons, discounts, and rebates can be used for purchases as long as the final sales price still meets the $100 limit. Accessories and bags are not exempt items. Additionally, the holiday does not apply to the rental of clothing, alterations, or cleaning services. Note that qualifying items can be purchased in person, online, telephone, or by mail to use the tax exemption.

 


 

 

Stock up on all your child needs this weekend for back to school during the tax free holiday. Make sure to check out the offerings by our local Cheshire retailers!

Happy shopping!!

 

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