Congratulations to both of us! We hope you enjoy your home as much as we have. We're both turning a page in our lives and leaving has been bitter sweet for us. We, like you, have brought our first born into this house when she was 3 and our youngest hasnt known any other house than the one at 38 Church St. There's so much to take in and we hope that this list of things can really help you explore and understand your new home and surroundings. With that, here we go with "good things to know":
Good things to know.
Sump Pump: As you know, there is a sump pump in the basement. What is there now was installed about 3 years ago and its a tough unit. The sump has always run great. We looked into getting a battery backup system installed for it during our time but we couldnt fit it in our budget amongst other things - which means, when the power is out, the sump doesnt run. In order to avoid the pit filling with water we went out and bought a gas generator (you probably saw some extension cords coming out of the basement window near the stairs - we used that with the generator and the sump). If the power went out, we would run the generator until the power goes on. We recommend looking into a battery back up. Fortunately, one or both of us have been home when the power was out so we never had an issue. Home Depot now (go figure) sells a battery back for pretty cheap about $200.00
Christmas Presents: The best hiding spot for Xmas presents (or any other gifts) is in the cubby hole behind the stair case. You can get to it if you start going down the stairs into the basement. There is a small door under the light bulb. We hid all of Santa's loot there for years! Our kids never knew and we have yet to tell them (even though they know the truth)
Main St. Christmas: Schomberg has been holding "A Main Street Christmas" festival every year for the last 30 or so years. It is SOOO much fun for the family and kids. Its held the first Saturday of December each year and brings in tons of people from all around. We highly recommend it! The events last all day. There is a 4pm Santa Claus parade and then, the Festival of Lights parade put on by all of the local farmers. Imagine seeing big combines coming down Main St decorated with lights. Its really neat to see. In between parades, they block off Main St and for $5 fee, you can enter and see all of the cool demonstrations, ice sculptures, Carolers, food, crafts, magic shows, reindeer etc. Check it out here www.amainstreetchristmas.com
Schomberg Fair - Held the last weekend in May (usually from a Thurs - Sunday), its been running for 138 years. A true country fair, there is delicious food, a carnival/midway with tons of rides, a demolition derby, beauty pagents, petting zoo, farm animal competitions, tractor pulls etc. Its a very well attended event and its definitely something that we go to each year. Lots of fun and admission is reasonable. www.schombergfair.com