Cheshire Community Action Team - preserving Cheshire's past, building Cheshire's future.

The Cheshire Community Action Team Receives Arts Council Grant and Community Gifts.
To highlight a very successful season of events and progress in the organization’s mission to enhance the quality of life in the Cheshire-Greater Canandaigua-Bristol areas, CCAT has been awarded a major grant of $25k from the Ontario County Council of the Arts. The grant will go directly to CCATS keystone project of the restoration of the 1898 Theatre and Meeting Hall currently ongoing in the Hamlet of Cheshire. With this gift the organization will be able to complete both the final permitting processes and begin the serious work of restoring the stage area that is the focal point of the building. Additionally, the group has recently benefitted from a gift of $5k from a long-time supporter and lake-resident, as well as significant in-kind design work for the entire required master-engineering plan from Torchia Structural Engineering of Rochester and for the HVAC portion of the project from Potter Plumbing of Canandaigua. Former Canandaigua-Cheshire resident and renowned artist/illustrator Fred Smith has donated a large body of his work to go on sale beginning on November 24 with 100% of the profits going to the restoration project. On December 9, the group will host: Meet and Greet the Artist: The Works of Fred Smith at the Artists Loft Company Store Rt.12 South Cheshire from 5-7pm.

Communications Secretary for CCAT, James Rose underlined the importance of these gifts as significant step for the progress of the Theatre-Meeting Hall project as well as the many community events sponsored by the group. “Every dollar and gift, large and small, illustrates the all-important element of widespread community support of our group’s mission. This support is a major consideration in the eyes of foundations and agencies that provide funds for historic preservation and the quality-of-life improvements projects like those of CCAT.”

Fred Smith “Smithworks” Art Show/Sale to Benefit Cheshire Theatre and Meeting Hall Project.
Cheshire native and renowned artist/illustrator/inventor, Fred Smith has announced the donation of a considerable body of his work to the CCAT/Theater Meeting Hall Project. Tracing his roots back to his early life in the Cheshire/Canandaigua area, Smith has created a portfolio that features oil paintings depicting rural scenes that include barns, wildlife, and old cars and pickup trucks inspired by his long association with the local agriculture sector in upstate New York. A 1958 graduate of Canandaigua, Smith credits his interest in art and success directly to his high school art instruction he received while attending the Academy. His work, known collectively as “Smithworks,” are currently for sale at the Company Store Artists Loft in Cheshire though the end of February. On December 9 from 5-7pm, CCAT will host an art show and sale featuring a Meet and Greet the Artist at the Company Store/Artist’s Loft, free and open to the general public where Smith will discuss the stories behind and inspiration for his work. For more info, pictures and other details see the group’s CCATcheshirehamlet Facebook page.

Meet and Greet the Artist: Fred Smith: Smithworks.
December 9. 5-7pm. Company Store Artist’s Loft, Cheshire Rt. 21 South. Show/Discussion and Sale with the artist. Free to the general public. All sales to benefit the Cheshire Meeting Theater and Meeting Hall Project and CCAT. Note: show and sale will run through February 2019.

Halloween Fun In Cheshire!
This is a traditional Cheshire Halloween celebration with roots dating back to the late 1930's. This modern version, in which the entire hamlet is "wrapped" in toilet paper, began in the late 1960's and now features a stop at the Cheshire Theater and Meeting Hall manned and sponsored by volunteers from the Cheshire Community Action Team (CCAT).
Group picture of halloween participants.
Picture person as a clown.
Picture of people dressed up with pumpkin heads
Picture of a child dressed up as an old man.

Prior Halloween Event!
Group picture of halloween participants.
Image of a tree covered in toilet paper in Cheshire NY.

2018 Old World Community Spaghetti Dinner a Rousing Success:
275 Dinners Served and Over $3000 Raised !

 Sue Kennedy, George Herren and one of the many community volunteers greet diners at the door. Sue Kennedy, George Herren and one of the many community volunteers greet diners at the door.

John and Katy Brahm from Arbor Hill Grapery serve fine wine samples to Ginny Miser John and Katy Brahm from Arbor Hill Grapery serve fine wine samples to Ginny Miser.

Volunteer wait-staff ready to roll as diners arrive Volunteer wait-staff ready to roll as diners arrive.

Keith Rose  CCAT volunteer buses tables for a packed house Keith Rose, a CCAT volunteer, buses tables for a packed house.

A's Sweets and Treats is now open in Cheshire for the season. Spring hours are Closed on Monday;
Tuesday - Friday 4p.m. to 9 p.m.;
Saturday and Sunday noon to 9 p.m.

Cheshire Community Action Team Elects Board and Kicks off 2018 Projects

The Cheshire Community Action Team has elected new board members for 2018. Cofounder and past Chairman Fred Goodnow will take the reins from outgoing Chairman Stephanie Kunes. Stephanie will remain on the board to chair numerous ongoing projects. Susan Vitek was reelected to the Treasurer position. Pat Vitek will be take over as Secretary replacing retiring member Michelle Chiavarino. The entire Board thanks Stephanie and Michelle for their great leadership in moving the organization forward through various crucial stages of the Theatre and Meeting Hall project during their tenures.

The new CCAT Board and its many dedicated volunteers have set forth on a very aggressive agenda for 2018. With all the required architectural drawings now complete, thanks to the generosity of Torchia Structural Engineering, the Board will submit applications for necessary work permits that will move the Theatre/Meeting Hall project into the restoration/construction phase. Additionally, CCAT will continue their community events that include the Old World Spaghetti Dinner (Mar.9), 2018 Capital Campaign, Memorial Day Parade and Picnic, Children’s Halloween Party at Onanda Park, and the famed Halloween Night/TP celebration.

CCAT is a 100% volunteer driven organization serving families and neighbors of Cheshire, the Greater Canandaigua Area, Bristol, South Bristol, and Naples areas. Interested in participating or donating? Make a Gift , How You Can Help , Help Us Rebuild

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