Wednesday, June 21, 2017

June 21st, 2017 Press Release!

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Today is officially the first day of summer - reason alone to break out the blender.

Take the top off the convertible and hit the road. We have two days of predicted sunshine
before the next deluge so take advantage of it.

There are just nine days to go before the big 
One. Five. Ohhhhh.


This Week in Chester 

Join us in the Parade of Lights next Saturday evening, July 1st at 9 pm.

Come and be a part of our nation's celebration. Everyone is invited to join in the fun.
If you would like to bring your boat, contact David Archibald at (902) 279-0554 to register.
No boat?  Find someone who has one or come to the waterfront and watch the parade.
This promises to be THE kick off event of the summer cocktail season.
Rain date is Sunday, July 2nd.

Thursday night is wing nut night at the Fo'c'sle Pub. Get yours "hot on" or with the blue cheese sauce on the side - my favourite. Refer to the Canada food guide for your wing choices.

This Friday from 10-2pm the Chester Farmers' and Artisans are back at the old train station. There is something for everyone here. It's lettuce season people - stock up on all that greenery to offset the wings.

The Rope Loft is pleased to introduce their new chef on the range, Bobby Zwicker. This Friday he is featuring a beef tenderloin special so stop down and check it out. They are also featuring some kick ass local craft beer - that's in the food guide too... somewhere.

This Friday is the Swing for Shoreham Golf Tournament at the Chester Golf Club. This tournament is a fundraiser to provide Shoreham's senior residents with the care they need.
To register call Sue Newhook @ (902) 223-5052.


Saturday from 9:30-5 pm the Chester Art Centre is hosting a workshop to help you take really cool photos with your digital camera. Kas Stone will demonstrate your camera's sophisticated technology and help make it work for you.
The workshop combines classroom theory, hands-on camera practice and an afternoon out in the wilds of Chester. Bring your lunch pail.

Also this Saturday is the annual Graves Island Car Show from 10 - 4 pm.  Rain date: Sunday.
If you don't own a vintage steed, drop by anyway and check out some classics. For more info contact Gordon Bremner @ (902) 275-5751.

Saturday night Port Cities will be on stage at the Chester Playhouse @ 7:30 pm.
Port Cities is a collaboration of  six years work; the trio of Breagh Mackinnon, Carleton Stone and Dylan Guthro first crossed paths in 2011 in Nashville. Keeping true to their Nova Scotia roots, the album became the perfect balance of Nashville and Nova Scotia.

Although Port Cities' self titled album was the group's first collaborative work, the members have their own personal roots in the Maritime music scene.  

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Donald Trump went on a fact-finding visit to Israel. While on a tour of Jerusalem he suffered a heart attack and died.
The undertaker told the American diplomats accompanying him "You can have him shipped home for $50,000, or you can bury him here for $100."
The diplomats went into a corner and discussed this. They came back to the undertaker and told him they wanted the president shipped home.

The undertaker was puzzled and asked, 'Why would you spend $50,000 to ship him home, when he could be buried here for only $100?  The diplomats replied "A long time ago a man died here, was buried here, and three days later he rose from the dead.  We just can't take that chance."

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

June 14th, 2017 Press Release...for the goings on in Chester!

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Pack up your wool socks and break out the small clothes - summer weather has finally arrived.

We are celebrating Canada's 150th here in the hamlet with a Sail Past in the harbour at 9 pm Saturday, July 1st. There will be brightly decorated boats, music, fireworks, dancing girls...the whole shebang !

You too can be a part of this celebration. If you would like to participate with your boat, contact David Archibald today at (902) 279-0554 to get your oar in. 

Everyone is invited to join in the fun. If you don't have a boat find someone who does or come to the waterfront to watch the parade of sail.
This promises to be THE kick off event of the summer season. Rain date is Sunday July 2nd.

This Week in Chester 

Tomorrow, Thursday, the Lordly House opens for the season. This summer the Heritage Society is celebrating Canada's birthday with 150 years of what we consume (!) There will be a food exhibit featuring Sir John A. MacDonald's dining table and an opportunity to learn about the events in Canada at the time of Confederation.

This week the new kid on the block, White Gate Inn and Restaurant, is kicking it up a notch.
They are now open from Thursday - Sunday for dinner and invite you to join them for lunch on Sunday. The outside deck will be open and they are featuring Father's Day specials including lobster pot pie, White Gate caesar cocktail with grilled cajun shrimp on a skewer, plus a dessert for $28. The evening meal features a special set dinner menu of three courses for $45.00. Dial up 902-275-4400 now to ensure you won't be the one cooking that night.

The Chester Arts Centre is hosting a Mosaic Workshop this Friday, June 16th and Saturday, June 17th from  9 - 4pm and June 18th  9 am - noon.
Create your own beautiful mosaic flowerpot. Yeah baby !  All materials are included for the course but if you have some shattered pottery you want to incorporate - have at 'er. Bring your Snoopy lunch pail.

This Friday the Chester Market is in full swing at the old train station from 10- 2pm. Get there early or you will miss the bread and everything else. 

José Valverde's studio at 31 King Street is open Friday afternoons and Saturday mornings throughout the summer season except Canada Day weekend.


Saturday night the Chester Playhouse is proud to present Ben Caplan.
ECMA Songwriter of the Year, Ben Caplan, is literally on your doorstep here in Chester at 7:30pm.
He will be delivering an unforgettable show. With his huge beard and unruly mane, he is as visually striking as he is aurally compelling. His rough and textured tones cut through crowded halls roaring louder than the raucous crowds.

"The Blue Lane" will be playing in the Red Shed at 35 Union Street at 8 pm this Saturday. Cover charge is $15. Bring a refreshment and come hear these talented musicians in a warm, intimate setting.
The Blue Lane is a genre-defying Halifax-based trio that merges the sounds of jazz, blues, rockabilly, fusion and traditional pop music. The electrostatic weaving of sultry vocals, intricate harmonies, lightning guitar and ever so thick beats, define this group.

The Rope Loft is ready for you this Father's day weekend. They have ice chilled Blue Lobster Vodka - try the fresh eel lake oysters with an ice chilled Blue Lobster Martini chaser. They also carry "Willing to Learn Gin" and "Fisherman's Helper Rum" by the Nova Scotia Spirit Company.
Why wait till the weekend? Go now !

Sunday evening the Chester Playhouse will be hosting Jamie Junger's "Plug Into Music"
CD release at 7 pm.
Jamie and his students have been collaborating to produce an original CD, and will be performing it together on stage at the Chester Playhouse alongside Caleb Miles and Afraaz Mulji.
Jamie brings his students a wealth of knowledge gained from years of experience in the industry.  Tickets are available through the Chester Playhouse or by calling 902-275-3933. Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for youth with general admission seating.   

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Cats are rather delicate creatures and they are subject to many ailments, but I've never heard of one who suffered from insomnia.

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

June 7, 2017 Press Release!

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It's that time of year again.

Spring has sprung -  note seasonal colours above.

There is an unmistakable happy vibe in the hamlet.

It is Canada's 150th ! Stock up on the fireworks, put a little extra lighter fluid on the hibachi  - let's celebrate !


This Week in Chester 

The short ones are back on stage. This week the Chester Playhouse After School Program is proud to invite you to attend their final two shows tonight Wednesday, and tomorrow, Thursday at 7 pm both evenings.
Each play is conceived, written and directed by the inimitable Cynthia Myers.
The After School Program provides an opportunity for students too young for the Summer Theatre School program to explore the world of acting with a helping hand.

Don't forget every Wednesday the Library Bus is at the Chester Legion from 1- 4pm.
This is a wonderful resource. Use it or lose it - make a point to check out what they have to offer. Recently released movies are just one of the many finds available here at minds on wheels.

Friday, the Chester Farmers' and Artisan Market is happening at the Chester Visitor Information Centre at the old train station from 10am - 2pm (rain or shine). The market offers a variety of local farm vendors and artisan vendors selling fresh fish, meat, breads, veggies, baked goods, jewelry, soaps, folk art, flowers, sweet treats, hot food to go and more.

Stop in at the VIC and visit with George Evans our Chester raconteur who has created a whole new world of experiences for visitors and locals alike. Thank you George for your unbridled enthusiasm !

There's a new kid in the sand box.
We are delighted to welcome White Gate Inn and Restaurant to the village. Nicki's Inn has been transformed with crafted attention to every detail.
Nicola Boyd, proprietor and Kyle Nelson, executive chef look forward to welcoming you.
Their current opening hours are: Friday and Saturday evenings from  5:30pm - 8:30pm;
Sunday (luncheon menu) from 11:30am - 2:30pm and Sunday night from 5 - 8pm
The hours will expand as the season progresses so stay tuned.

Saturday morning is breakfast at the Chester Legion from 7:30 - 10:30 am; eggs (any way you like them), french toast, hash browns, beans, bacon, sausage, toast, tea/coffee and juice.
Two talented young local bands Brothers Band and The Blue Lane will be on stage at the Chester Playhouse at 7:30 pm Saturday night. 
"Brothers" has taken the city of Halifax by storm, quickly climbing the performance ladder with energetic and captivating performances.They won the Coast Award in 2016 for best new band with a blend of hip-hop and rock with a splash of alternative and pop.
"The Blue Lane" is a local band with an energetic vibe that merges rockabilly, jazz, blues and traditional pop music blending sultry vocals with a vintage feel. 

For tickets and more info visit Chester Playhouse or dial  902-275-3933 on your rotary phone.

This Sunday there is a lobster crawling onto your table at the Captain Kidd Rod & Gun Club from
11 am - 6 pm. Dinner includes:  a lobster (or 6 oz Filet Mignon), potato salad, coleslaw, roll, wine, tea or coffee and homemade pie $25.  Steak dinners must be pre ordered. For tickets ring Kelvin @ 902-275-2174.
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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

December 21st, 2016 Press Release!

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Well, last weekend was special - and I don't mean that in a good way. Where is global warming when you really need it ? ... like when my pipes froze.

The upside of last week was the two terrific shows at the Playhouse. Kudos to the organizers, staff and volunteers who made it all happen.The Playhouse has wrapped for 2016, but will rise to the occasion for their New Year's Day levée from 11-1pm. All are welcome.

The shop local draw was a huge hit this year and the winner is ... drum roll ... Chester Moss from Western Shore. $1600.00 worth of goodies to play with.

The Gingerbread House People's Choice award goes to "Whoville."  Congratulations to Leeona Guy-Bergey and Heather Guy.

Today is Winter Solstice. Summer is coming. There IS light at the end of the tunnel.

                                                                                                                    Mark Narsansky photo                                                                                                                                                        

This Week in Chester 

Tonight, Wednesday, is the 17th annual  SING! CHOIRS! at Saint Stephen's Church at 7:30pm. Storm date is Thursday night - same time.
Three choirs, a surprise octet and special guests present an evening of seasonal music for the entire family. This musical gathering celebrates the spirit of the season. Touching, funny and lively, the music spans many genres and hundreds of years. This is always packed so get there early or, alternatively, wear comfortable footwear. A free will offering for our local Starfish Refugee Project. For more info call 902-275-5864.

Thursday is wing nut night all over Chester. Hit the Fo'c'sle or the Rope Loft, choose your favourite sauce, line up the wet naps and get your bib on.

Friday night at 7pm the Baptist Church on King Street will have "Crafty Women...(barely) Making It At Christmas" on stage - a perfectly imperfect celebration of the Christmas and Crafting Season with music from Reid Campbell and Tom Myers. Songs and scenes presented by Cynthia Myers, Sue Evans and Laurel Darnell. No rug rats under 12.  Tickets $15 at the door. Proceeds to Bonny Lea Farm. For more info call 902-275-3434.

                                                                                    Dolly Hancock photo                        

Remember every Tuesday night is trivia and half price burgers at Chester's own "living room" aka the Fo'c'sle Pub. Exercise that lump of knowledge and meet some new friends.

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The Santa Claus at the shopping mall was very surprised when a young lady walked up and sat on his lap. Perplexed, he asked  'What would you like for Christmas?'
'Something for my mother" she replied.
Well, that's very thoughtful of you,' smiled Santa. 'What would you like me to bring her?'
'A son-in-law.'

Here's a cheery little Christmas tune guaranteed to make you smile.

Merry Christmas to all of you from all of us.
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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

December 14th, 2016 Press Release!

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I guess it really is time to put the kayak away. I had to shovel mine out on Monday.

And it just keeps getting better... it's a skating rink out there.


This Week in Chester 

The Rope Loft is open until the stroke of midnight New Year's Eve. They will be closed Christmas Eve day and re open Thursday the 29th. Park yourself in front of the fire and get your Rope Loft fix as 2016 circles the drain.

If ever there was ever a time to shop local, this is it. Do not head to Halifax as there is nowhere to park and the price of gas just went up. If you don't know what your kid's teacher would like, get a gift certificate. If you click on the "BROCHURE" link in red below, you can check out our local vendors' websites. Dial them up or just drop by.

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This Saturday night the Chester Playhouse is very pleased to welcome Halifax's very own
neo-soul diva Cyndi Cain to the stage at 7:30pm.
Cyndi's musical accomplishments include singing for Queen Elizabeth and performing with some of the most respected artists including Charles Bradley, Dutch Mason, and Michael Bublé. Her talents are rewarded by earning an African Nova Scotian Music Award for Artist of the Year, Music Nova Scotia Awards and the Galaxie Rising Star Award.
With a phenomenal full band behind her Cain offers up vintage soul and R&B sound, making you feel joy and groove, with a deep level of heart and emotion. Drawing her musical roots from an early age, Cain started singing over thirty years ago at the tender age of three starting off singing gospel in her church.

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The 4 stages of life:

1. You believe in Santa Claus
2. You don't believe in Santa Claus
3. You dress up as Santa Claus
4. You look like Santa Claus

I just had to include this bit of Zen for the holiday season ... a hamster eating a carrot.

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Thursday, December 8, 2016

December 8th, 2016 Press Release!

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Remember to dress up and put out your gingerbread "flat man" for the holidays.

We are all about "shopping local" here in the Hamlet, so please support the merchants who in turn support events in the community.
Every time you purchase anything at our shops you can enter to win  a huge gift basket that is on display at Going Coastal.


This Week in Chester 

Going coastal is still going every Thursday - Sunday from 11-5pm right up until Christmas Eve.
Stop by their Queen Street shop across from the Fo'c'sle Pub. Lots of amazing repurposed wood items up for grabs.

Why not strap your skates on and work off the pre holiday bloat. Adult skating is Monday and Thursday mornings from 10 - 11. $3.50 per person. 902-275-7522

Paula at Amicus Gallery just threw open the doors of her kiln this morning and out popped a bunch of puffins - Amicus' 2016 ornament. There is also a fresh batch of seasonal red crockery just waiting for a turkey leg to adorn it.

The Stretch Diner has invited Santa to breakfast this Saturday morning from 8 - 11.  Adults $10 and Children $5. Pancakes for the children and a buffet breakfast for taller people. They are selling tickets on lobsters and raffle tickets for a Christmas basket. Bring your camera for photos with Santa. For further info call the Family Resource Centre @ 902-275-4347.

Saturday afternoon at the Kiwi Café from 2-4pm there is free gingerbread cookie decorating for kids and Cavicchi's sausage sizzle on the Traeger smoker cooked by a "guest chef" out on the side deck accompanied by hot cocoa.
All proceeds cash and food donations for the Chester Food Bank.

Artist/chef Larry Fogg and ceramicist /artist Teresa Bergen are having a joint studio open house, pottery show and art sale this Saturday from 2-6 pm at 60 King Street. They are serving up coffee, tea, treats and wine. Do not miss this event. These are two incredible talents that know no boundaries. I will be hovering near the wine.

                                                                                 Le Voreaux by Larry Fogg

Well known Canadian comedian Ron James is bringing his show to the Chester Playhouse next Thursday evening, December 15th. Tickets are racing out the door, so dial up the Playhouse and get yours today.

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