Wednesday, July 20, 2016

July 20th, 2016 Press Release!

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Yesterday was big garbage.
I hope you remembered. I forgot.

The water temperature is climbing. Liberate your grooviest set of water wings and get down to Freda's beach.

This is Pride month. Celebrate with abandon !


This Week in Chester 

Ruthless! continues this week at the Playhouse.The show famously spoofs Broadway musicals such as Gypsy and Mame, as well as classic films including The Bad Seed and All About Eve. This is a hilarious romp through the world of Broadway, child acting, parenthood, and unbridled ambition. The curtain goes up at 8 pm.

The annual Chester Garden Club Flower Show and Tea "Gardens Galore" happens tomorrow, Thursday, at the Legion from 1:30 - 5 pm. Tea will be served from 2 - 4 pm.

You are invited to Amicus Gallery tomorrow evening for the opening of new works by Malcolm Callaway. Get there at the crack of 6 pm as this show always sells out. You can view all the red dots until August 3rd.

The Chester Farmer's and Artisan Market is on from 10 - 2 pm Friday rain or shine at the train station. You must try the olive and cheese swirls at La Vendeenne kiosk. They are out of this world !

This Friday there is a Porcupine Quill Embroidery session at the Art Centre with Mi'kmaq artisan Sheila Porter. You'll create a star-like design using hand-picked porcupine quills which are then embroidered onto a selected piece of deer hide using the four traditional Mi'kmaq colours. 
Who knew?

Chester is going to the Olympics !  Well, Graeme and Jacob Chaplin Saunders are going to the Olympics. They achieved their dream of sailing in the 2016 Rio Olympics, qualified  to compete in the 470 Sailing Class and have earned a berth on the Canadian Team.

This story started six years ago which has Graeme and Jacob continuing university, working when schedules permitted, partnering and finding work with other national teams with driving and other logistical issues. It is also a story of family, village residents and local businesses getting involved  to help with expenses, transportation and encouragement.

Help send them off to Rio in style with a community celebration at the Chester Yacht Club from
5 - 7pm this Sunday. Everyone is invited.

Next Tuesday from 6-8pm Picnic in the Park at Lordly Park has the "Market Boys" on stage sponsored by The Duke Street kids : Chez Glass Lass, Light My Fire Studio and Luna Spa. This band gets up early every Saturday morning to perform at the Hubbards Market but are making a special evening appearance just for you.

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Actual questions posed on an international Tourism Canada website answered by cheeky Canadians

Q.  Can you give me some information about hippo racing in Canada (USA)
A.   A-fri-ca is the big triangle shaped continent south of Europe. Ca -na-da is that big country to the north of the US. Oh, forget it. Sure, the hippo racing is every Tuesday night in Calgary.
Come naked.

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

July 13th, 2016 Press Release!

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                           Picnic in the Park last night                        


I had two fireplaces burning on JULY !
Happy to see the weather is now back on track.

Nice to see the movie buzz back in town. Hollywood is filming a pilot called Sea Change. Wonderful to have Shawn Piller and his band of merry men back in the 'hood.


This Week in Chester 

Ruthless! The Stage Mother of All Musicals opened last night at the Chester Playhouse.
This musical comedy will run five nights a week starting at 8pm through till July 30th, with 2pm matinee performances, July 16th, 23rd, 24th and 30th.
This show opened on Broadway last year and became a campy cult favourite in which the beautiful and talented 12-year-old Tina Denmark will do anything to be the lead in the school play.
Tonight, Wednesday, is Little Black Dress night at the Yacht Club. There will be new vendors, live music, wine tasting and hors d'oeuvres. All monies raised from silent auction will go to Junior Sailing. 902-275-3747 for further info.

The Chester Farmers' and Artisan Market are back Friday at the old Train Station from 10 - 2 pm rain or shine. Local farm vendors and artisans will be selling all the usual goodies. You should get a garlic grater from Ginger - these are a "must have" for the kitchen.

This Saturday and Sunday the Oak Island Reception Centre is open from 9-6pm. It is located just past the entrance to Atlantica Hotel in Western Shore. Har ye maties!

This Saturday at 4pm get down to the front harbour to see the "build your own boat race" in front of the Yacht Club. These creations are made of cardboard and duct tape so it will be a race to the bottom.

Union Duke, a Toronto folk quintet will be hitting the stage at the Chester Playhouse this Sunday at 8pm. These five musicians make up a band that bridges soulful indie rock with country and bluegrass. These city slickin' whipper-snappers unleash soaring vocal harmonies over heel stomping beats that set hearts and dance floors ablaze.

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Next Monday you are invited to join the Chester Garden Club and Friends of Nature for the rededication  of the Mickie and Rudy Haase Winter Garden in the Cove Garden behind Nova Scotia Folk Pottery on Water Street at 6 pm. Refreshments at St Stephen's Hall to follow.

This segues into the next event there which is a meeting of the Chester Garden Club at 7 pm.
Members will show you how to fluff your flowers for the upcoming flower show "Gardens Galore."  New members welcome.

Next Tuesday from 6-8pm there is "Picnic in the Park" at Lordly Park on Central Street
sponsored by Chester Auto Supplies. FOG -Four Old Guys - will be performing for your dancing pleasure. Meals for Musicians generously provided by the Stretch Diner. Free admission...Donations for the band gratefully accepted.

A shout out to The Stretch Diner for always being the first in the village to promote local events. Thanks Charlie and Natalie.

The Chester Art Centre is hosting land and seascape photography with Kas Stone - an intensive one day workshop next Monday from 9:30 am- 5:00 pm. Kas will demonstrate strategies and techniques the pros use to capture the haunting scenery along our coast.
Bring your camera gear, a lunch and a flask, appropriate clothing and sturdy footwear.

Space is still available for the rug hooking class with Sheila Barrett at the Art Centre. Perfect for beginner and intermediate hookers, create your own design and Sheila will help you transfer it onto burlap. This is a two day class next Wednesday and Thursday from 9:30 am -12:30 pm.

As part of the celebration of the 20th anniversary of Lordly House Museum they are pleased to announce that the   "Forman Hawboldt - Inventor and Entrepreneur" display  is online at the Virtual Museum of Canada. Check this out. There are some great old Chester photos.

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1)    You can't count your hair.
2)    You can't wash your eyes with soap.
3)    You can't breathe when your tongue is out.

        Now put your tongue back in your mouth.

Have a great week !
Enjoy everything that is offered to you.
Do not regret growing older - it is a privilege denied to many.

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Wednesday, July 6, 2016

July 6th, 2016 Press Release!

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Today is the 20th anniversary of Paula MacDonald's opening of Amicus Gallery on Pleasant Street.

You wouldn't have all those pretty pictures on your wall if it were not for Paula.

Make a point to stop by to wish her well, and direct her where to put the nail in the wall for tomorrow's opening.

This Week in Chester

Today, Wednesday, is the start of a new venture at Lordly House at 133 Central Street. From 1-3pm you are invited to join "Margaret's Mittens" knitting bee. Drop by and get help, pick up tips and share your knowledge with others. Bring four 3.25 mm double ended knitting needles.
Way more fun than "Margaret's Museum" and it's free.

The "Mae Trio" from Melbourne, Australia, and more recently "Stanfest" in Canso, will play in The Red Shed at 35 Union Street tonight, Wednesday. Plan to arrive at 7:30pm clutching your $20 note. The show starts at 8pm sharp. Bring a flask and tell your friends. Do not miss this. Check them out.

Thursday evening from 6-8 pm Amicus Gallery is showcasing the works of Susan Patterson and Joanne Hunt. See your personal invitation above. There will be wine !

The Farmer's Market is at the the old train station Friday from 10- 2pm. Get there early to avoid disappointment. I go for 1 item and come home with 10 because it all looks so good.

It's rib and pizza night in the village this Friday.
The Fo'c'sle has ribs on the menu in two serving sizes (Fred or Wilma) and the Rope Loft has a prime rib slab for your dining pleasure. Did someone say horseradish?
The Kiwi Café is serving up Italian pizzas right off the gondola. Get there early.

This Saturday the Chester Municipal Heritage Society is having their annual Chester Heritage Auction and Flea Market at the old train station. The Flea Market  opens @ 9 am and the auction kicks off @ 9:30. Bring a chair unless you LIKE standing. Rain date: Sunday, July 10 at 1 pm.  For more info call 902-275-3842. If you have an item you would like to donate for the auction please drop it off at Maple Cottage, 75 Regent Street by tomorrow before 4 pm.
For other arrangements call 902-275-5309 or 902-275-3842

Saturday the Mackerel Snappers Picnic is back at Graves Island Provincial Park from noon - 6 pm.  Grilled mackerel, new potatoes, old fashion cukes and cream, tea, coffee or juice, and pie for dessert for $10.  There will be music, games of chance and a Fish Pond.  Canteen services also available. For further info call 902-275-2174 / 902-275-3107.

This Saturday is the Chester Playhouse's annual fundraiser - Galapalooza is back with a twist. The theme this year is Ascot by the Sea! Join them on Saturday evening from 6-9 pm for a night to remember at the Totman property on Nauss Point Road.
In addition to the usual excitement, there is a new event this year. Six colourful seahorses crafted by local artists will be raced for prizes. The guest with the highest bid in a silent auction will take home one of these unique pieces of art.

Chester Dines will return with ten new private dinner options to bid on. Catering for the Gala is provided by Cocoa Pesto and there will also be special "horsey set" cocktails.  Entertainment from the Mike Cowie Vibe Trio, and a preview of what is coming to the Playhouse this summer. Shuttle service is available from the Curling Rink parking lot starting at 5:45 pm. Fasten your fascinator firmly to your forehead and go forth.

Both Friday and Saturday this weekend  there will be public tours of Oak Island. Get over there and have a snoop around. To book, go here

The Bandstand by the Yacht Club will be the stage this Sunday night at 7 pm for the Chester Brass Band. Last week it was so windy the conductor had to conduct with one hand so he could hold onto his music with the other.

Next Tuesday is Picnic in Lordly Park on Central Street with Andy and Ariana. You may recall Ariana knocked it out of the park last year at the Playhouse with her Edith Piaf show. She did Edith better than Edith did Edith. The show is sponsored by Dolly Hancock and the Mecklenburgh Inn.
Catering for the musicians generously provided by the Stretch Diner.
Free admission...Donations gratefully accepted. 

The Playhouse is opening their summer theatre festival with Ruthless! The Stage Mother of All Musicals next Tuesday evening at 8pm. This show opened on Broadway in 2015 and instantly became a campy cult favourite. The show famously spoofs Broadway Musicals such as Gypsy and Mane, as well as classic films including The Bad Seed and All About Eve.
Ruthless! is a hilarious romp through the world of Broadway, child acting, parenthood, and unbridled ambition.

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TEACHER: Clyde, your composition 'My Dog' is exactly the same as your brother's.
Did you copy his?

CLYDE : No sir, it's the same dog.

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Thursday, June 30, 2016

June 29th, 2016 Press Release!

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The Playhouse was rocking last weekend with Dawn Hardwood Jones' "Chester's Got Talent" variety show. This was a fundraiser for the Starfish refugee project.

The house was packed with an enthusiastic crowd which included our new Syrian family. "Dirty Dougie and the Divine Dandies" - a collection of retired teachers - rounded out the evening with some great doo wop tunes which garnered a standing ovation.
My seat mate allowed that perhaps all that talent had been wasted on education.

This Week in Chester

Friday is Canada Day !
Get out the red and white streamers and show your pride in our country.
In the big picture, we're looking pretty good at the moment.

Canada Day Celebrations are kicking off at the Chester Legion with breakfast from 7:30 - 10:30 am.  Eggs, french toast, hash browns, beans, bacon, sausage, toast, tea/coffee and juice - the whole enchilada! They will raise the flag at noon followed by a walk around Chester then back to the Legion to enjoy free hot dogs, cake & pop. That better be a   l o n g  walk because that is a lot of groceries.

It's business as usual for the Chester Farmers and Artisan Market this Friday. They aren't taking the day off and will be at the Chester Visitor Information Centre from 10 - 2 pm rain or shine.  Stop by for some Canada Day Cake and enjoy live music whilst stocking up for the long weekend.  

This is good news : there is a now a hop on/hop off shuttle bus service in Nova Scotia. Yeah!
Check out their website and please use the service if you can.

Chester Playhouse is excited to present multi-time JUNO award winner Stephen Fearing this Friday at 8pm. Stephen is a Canadian singer-songwriter and guitarist and also a founding member of Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, alongside Colin Linden and Tom Wilson, and one-half of the duo Fearing & White. Opening the show will be Cassie Josephine & Gabriel Minnikin, founding member of The Guthries.

There will be fireworks at 10 pm in the Front Harbour. Snag your viewing spot at the Yacht Club or mark your territory at Freda's beach. Rain date Saturday, July 2nd.

Picnic (and dancing) in the Park is on the cards next Tuesday and every Tuesday until the end of August with live music from 6- 8 pm at Lordly Park. Next Tuesday has the Klunkers on stage sponsored by GN Thermoforming Equipment.
Meals for the musicians generously provided by the Stretch Diner. Free admission...donations encouraged...if it's raining Tuesday, they dance on Wednesday, if it's raining Wednesday, they dance on Thursday!  

The Chester Art Centre is showing off their new home, opening the season with Heather Sayeau's  "The Way to Your Best Paintings" July 5th & 6th from 9am - 4pm. Bring photos of great Aunt Bertha, or browse through Heather's snaps for your subject. $140.00. Bring your Snoopy lunch pail.

Next up at the Art Centre is water colour "Still Life Painting" with Susan Paterson on July 7th & 8th from 10 am - 4 pm. The cost is $140.00. Sandwich required.

The Chester Playhouse Galapalooza is next Saturday, July 9th, from 6-9pm at the Totman property on Nauss Point Road. The theme is "Ascot by the Sea" and will feature a new event of seahorse racing along with the annual festivities such as 'Chester Dines' silent auction. Hors d'oeuvres by Cocoa Pesto, lots of booze and exceptional entertainment from Mike Cowie and The Vibe Trio with a preview of the opening production "Ruthless!" Tickets are $150 per person and are going fast.

A baby beaver. Awwww, what's more Canadian than that?
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I had two guests last week that reminded me of a Fawlty Towers clip - and I will leave it at that.

Happy Canada Day everyone !

Suzi Fraser
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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

June 22nd,2016 Press Release!

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Happy summer. Finally. It's here.

Well, there was that gale for the past few days, oh
and the lingering fog, and, well, maybe the temperatures are a bit low.

But take heart, summer is out there somewhere !


This Week in Chester

The Kayak Shack is up and running for another great season at 106 Duke/ 89 Water Street. This operation is so large it spans the block ! They are ready to push you out to sea every day from 0800-1900 from now until mid October barring an unforeseen hurricane.
There are trips and routes to suit every level of exuberance.You could paddle to Tancook for a hike or paddle to the Rope Loft for lunch and call it a day.

All paddlers will receive personal instruction and a briefing to cover basic safety. The Kayak Shack can also transport kayaks to your desired location for an additional fee. All their brightly colored boats are fitted with retractable skegs and have 2 water tight compartments to keep you floating.
Dial (902) 980-0522 for reservations/ information. Try it, you'll like it. There is nothing better than Chester as seen from the water.

The OHC's AGM is tonight @ 7pm at the Legion. Guest Speaker is Janet Knox, CEO of the NS Health Authority.Get an update on OHC progress and learn about the state of health care in Nova Scotia.The OHC is expected to be in operation by late October.

Put art openings back on your social calendar this summer. Amicus Gallery on Pleasant Street is off and running with the first show of the season featuring new works by Zehava Power and introducing Carole Malcolm into the mix. Drop by and see the show this Thursday from 6-8pm, or preview the pieces to shop online.
The canvasses will be nailed to the wall until July 6th when you may then liberate them to YOUR wall.

The Chester Farmers' and Artisan Market is open for business this Friday at the old train station from 10 - 2 pm.The fiddleheads are finished but there are other great things coming. It's a great vibe. Go check it out.

Don't forget every Friday night is Pizza Night at the Kiwi Cafe. Get your Italian fix here. Prego!

Round out your Friday night with Karaoke at the Chester Legion starting 9 pm for members and guests over 19.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of  the Show "n" Shine at Graves Island. This show is open to all. Rain date - Sunday, June 26. The show runs from 10 -  3 pm.  Over 200 vehicles from 1948 onwards. No admission but donations are appreciated to help with expenses.  There will be a canteen on-site with proceeds going to a local charity.  For more info contact (902) 275-4933/ (902) 275-7727.

This Saturday at 7:30 the Chester Playhouse is proud to host "Chester's Got Talent!" a benefit for the Starfish Refugee project. The Starfish Project is a grassroots, collaborative group comprised of community volunteers dedicated to resettling two Syrian refugee families in the Chester area.
This event features professional musicians including Laura Smith, Pat Watson, David Finlay, Morgan Cruikshank, Melina & Amelia as well as local young performers from Enpoint and the After School Theatre program. Doo-wop band "Dirty Dougie and the Divine Dandies" will be on stage as well.

Mrs M. Lordly requests the honor of your presence for tea at Lordly House @ 133 Central Street from 1-4 pm on Sunday the 26th day of June. Join the Lordlys to celebrate their renovations. Get your period "kit ' on and get over there. It will be a hoot. Lordly House is now open for the season Tuesday - Saturday from 10 am - 4 pm. 

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The summer BBQ season is here.

If you are going to be weird, be confident about it.

Suzi Fraser
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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

June 15th, 2016 Press Release!

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You would never know summer is less than a week away because it sure doesn't feel like it.

My wood pile is being depleted daily. Don't rush with the swimsuit collection this season.


This Week in Chester

The After School Drama Youth Performances continue tonight, Wednesday, at the Chester Playhouse  with "Broadway My Way!"  ages 11 - 15 years. A cast of 15 rising stars sing and dance as they treat the audience to show tune favourites and a touch of Frank Sinatra.

Tomorrow night, Thursday,  "Where Did They Go?" ages 8 - 10 years will be on stage. Help Professor Alberta "Bone-Hunter" Jones, Albert Einstein, Charles Darwin and Alfred Weneger find the clues that will lead them back to the land of the lost to solve this mystery. General admission tickets are available at the door on day of show. $7 Adults/ $3 Short ones

The Chester Farmers' and Artisan Market is now open for the season at the Chester VIC AKA the old Train Station Friday from 10- 2 pm rain or shine. Get there PDQ.
Local farm vendors and artisans are selling fresh fish, meat, breads, veggies, baked goods, jewelry, soaps, folk art, flowers, sweet treats, divine Indian food and more. 

Friday night is Pizza Night @ the Kiwi Café from 5:30 - 9 pm or until Lynda runs out of dough.
Its a unique style of pizza that she studied in Rome last winter. Made from Italian 00 flour, spelt, barley and whole wheat flour, the dough ferments for 48 hours.The toppings are Roman style - selective and high quality - with locally sourced ingredients. Their charcuterie comes from the Peasants Pantry in New Ross.

Later there is karaoke at the Chester Legion starting 9 pm for members and guests over 19. Practice your alto in the shower this week.

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It is "World Knit in Public Day" this Saturday at the newly refurbished Chester Art Centre @ 60 Queen Street. The Clampetts will be knitting on the front porch from 10 am onwards.
You are welcome to bring your own knitting project and join in ... the more the merrier.

Lots of action at Gold River Marina at 242 Demont Road in Chester Basin this weekend.
They are having a Marine Yard Sale from 0900-1400 on Saturday - rain or shine. You may buy or sell. If you would like to book a table to sell your ratchet block, call 902-275-1322 to book your $10 table. There will be hot dogs and refreshments with proceeds going to the local Sea Cadets.

On your way down to the marina why not check out this one of a kind yard sale.
It runs from 10 - 2 pm @ 45 Bluenose Close in Westchester Village just past Marriott's Cove.
A thumbnail of the chattels : furniture, lamps, mirrors, fireplace gear, dining tables, bedroom dresser set and two end tables, black bar stools, large wicker chairs and other groovy chairs;
pine dresser, jam cabinet, desk table, Wilton Armental table ware Emile Henry stuff, Ralph Lauren glassware, golf gear, high end clothing and shoes. Run Forest run !
Inquiries may be directed to 902- 452-8553.There will be fresh home made muffins - reason alone to attend !

Celebrate your new meadow and marine acquisitions at the Annual Mason's Clarke Lodge Lobster Supper hosted by the Chester Legion from 4 - 6 pm. $20 buys you lobster, potato salad, coleslaw, dessert, tea or coffee. Take-outs are available. Tickets may be purchased by calling 902- 275-4034 / 902 275-5181. Tickets are also available at the door.

Gold River Marina is hosting a VHF radio course this Sunday from 0830-1500.
Call the Marina TODAY to register if you would like to take the course 902-275-1322. $70 includes manual and the Industry Canada Certificate. Over.

Next Monday night the Chester Garden Club presents "A World of Ferns for Canadian Gardens" at St. Stephen's Hall @ 6:30 for 7 pm.  Iain Jack from Fernwood Plant Nursery, will be speaking on the many ways to enjoy and feature these durable and versatile plants in our gardens. A selection of ferns will be available for sale. All are welcome. I find durable is good when it comes to plants.

Cat's diary...

DAY 752 - My captors continue to taunt me with bizarre little dangling objects. They dine lavishly on fresh meat, while I am forced to eat dry cereal. The only thing that keeps me going is the hope of escape, and the mild satisfaction I get from ruining the occasional piece of furniture. Tomorrow I may eat another houseplant.

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