Wednesday, July 23, 2014

July 23rd, 2014 Press Release!

Chester Merchants Press Release

Greetings!

Holy Hannah ! It MUST be summer. All of Chester's residents are walking around like deer in the headlights. They are volunteering, fundraising, helping others and just trying to keep it all together.
If you have some time on your hands and would like to volunteer, there are a myriad of organizations in the village that could use your help. Reply to this email and we can put you in touch with them.

It was also BIG garbage yesterday. That is a whole day of organization in it's own right.
   
This Week in Chester

The Marvelous Wonderettes continues it's run at the Chester Playhouse tonight until Saturday @ 8 pm with a Saturday matinée at 2 pm. Don't miss this show. It's upbeat and fun. Simon loved it.

A new artist is being featured at the Train Station Gallery until August 3rd. Come see the scenic works of Ernest Gardiner. The gallery is open daily from 10-4.

Haven t-shirts have arrived! They may be purchased at Light My Fire Candle Studio, the Visitor Information Centre and the Village Emporium. $30 including tax at all locations. Charcoal gray with the Haven logo in white print - men's and women's sizing. We thank the powers that be in the Haven establishment for making these t-shirts available for us.

Light My Fire Studio present "OMG!!...look at the candles I made" workshops.
Join them for a two hour candle workshop any Sunday, Tuesday or Thursday this summer where you will learn to make three different types of candles. Workshops are 1- 3pm and cost $60/ person. For groups of four or more the price is $50/ person. Maximum of  8 / workshop for those 12 and older. (No rug rats.) Please reserve your space @275-5800. Walk-ins will be accommodated as space allows.

The Chester Garden Club is holding their 75th Anniversary Flower Show and Tea Thursday, July 24th from 1:30 - 5pm at the Chester Legion with tea served from 2 -4pm.
Get your prize winning lily over there STAT. Wear your best bonnet as the girls will be dressed in period costume.
www.chestergardenclub.wordpress.com  / chestergardenclub@hotmail.com

Friday the Farmer's Market is back at the Train Station from 10-2pm. This is a great space for the vendors to spread out and sell their wares. Stock up for the week - this produce is straight from the garden so it lasts for ages. There is also a groovy food truck. I saw an excellent sausage on naan bread roll out of their kitchen last week.

Friday evening is the opening of Malcolm Callaway's art show at Amicus Gallery at 6 pm. In addition to the fabulous paintings, the icing on the cake is...wine. It's the lubricant of the village.

The Chester Art Centre presents "Writing a Mystery" Saturday from 1- 4 pm.
Join Anne Emery, award winning author of the Collins-Burke mystery series as she guides you to be the latest Agatha Christie. The class will cover character, setting, dialogue, plot, planting clues, choosing the point of view, research, maintaining timelines, and what to expect from an editor." $45.00

Next up at the Art Centre is George Hoskins on July 28th/ 29th from 9 - 4:30 pm. He will teach you how to carve a stylized sperm whale. Using simple hand tools you will carve, sand and finish an interpretive sperm whale. The cost of the class includes a flexcut roughing knife, template and wood for carving. Cost: $135.00  Bring lunch and a flask.

Sunday night the Mahone Bay Legion Swing Band will be playing at the Chester Bandstand at 7pm. These guys are great. Get your best "swing" skirt on for the event.

Also on Sunday night at 8pm the Chester Playhouse presents Cloudburst, a 2011 Canadian-American film by writer and director Thom Fitzgerald, starring Olympia Dukakis and Brenda Fricker along with our own John Dunsworth. Dot and Stella, a crackerjack lesbian couple now in their seventies are on the run from a nursing home. You'll laugh so hard you'll cry. This won all sorts of ribbons so you better not miss this.

Next Tuesday the "Picnic in the Park" at Lordly Park on Central Street presents the Parsons Brothers from 6-8pm. Bring your dancing shoes. Rain date is Wednesday. Donations gratefully received.
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A man spoke frantically into the phone: "My wife is pregnant and her contractions are only two minutes apart."
"Is this her first child?" the doctor asked. "No!" the man shouted, "This is her husband!"

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

July 16th, 2014 Press Release!

Chester Merchants Press Release

Greetings!

The Lululemons are back in full force here in the Hamlet. Lithe creatures trotting through  the 'hood at 0600; Range Rovers at the Save Easy and air kissing. Summer has arrived.

The Chester Playhouse Galapalooza was a knock out last Saturday. Kudos to the organizers, the hosts and the volunteers. All I saw was a sink full of dishes, but even we, in the kitchen of Downton, had a great time.
   
This Week In Chester
Tonight, Wednesday, the Chester Playhouse kicks off their Summer Festival lineup at 8 pm with The Marvelous Wonderettes. This smash off-Broadway hit takes you to the 1958 Springfield High School prom where we meet four girls with hopes and dreams as big as their crinoline skirts. As we learn about their lives and loves, we are treated to the girls performing such classic '50s and '60s songs as "Lollipop," "Dream Lover," "Stupid Cupid," "Lipstick on Your Collar," "Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me," "It's My Party," and over 20 other classic hits. Marvelous Wonderettes runs from July 16th - 19th and again from the 22nd-26th with a matinee performance at 2 pm on the 19th and 26th. On July 22rd there will be a pay what you can performance. Wear your party dress !
 The Farmers are back on the market grounds at the Train Station on Friday from10-2pm. While you're there, catch the final day of featured artist Sharon Boyd displaying her nautical series of paintings. Open daily 10-4pm. 

Friday night wend your way to the Fo'c'sle Pub and catch the tunes of the John Cole Porter Trio at 9 pm. Ribs, wings, all sorts of delicious choices await you until 9 pm. Shane too !

On Saturday from 11-4pm the Chamber of Commerce is hosting their Annual Garden Tour rain or shine. Participants may pick up their info packages at the Train Station before starting the tour. This tour features "Fox Hill" the home of Dr. Robert & Ann Ernst. Oceanview Landscaping designed their gazebo, pool house and surrounding area. Enjoy the views as you stroll through the gardens.This self-guided tour also features the outstanding gardens of Sherry Chandler, Jon Dimick, Nancy Guest, Ross/ Stephanie McNeil, Leigh Milne/John Pece, and a tour of John Risley's greenhouses.
Contact the Chester VIC @ 275-4616 /  info@ChesterAreaNS.ca for tickets.

Also on Saturday there is a celebration of Canada Parks Day at Graves Island. The Department of Natural Resources invite you to celebrate Canada's Parks. This event will take place at the Trailhead Building at the park, 230 Graves Island Road, East Chester starting at 2 pm.
 Sunday evening the Chester Brass band picks up their instruments to perform at the Chester Bandstand at 7 pm. Don't miss this awarding winning ensemble.

After the Brass Band performance, stroll up to the Chester Playhouse for the  8 pm performance of Canadian legend and icon VALDY. Singer, guitarist and songwriter - a piece of the fabric of Canadian pop and folk music for over 34 years. Valdy is joined by
Juno award winner Gary Fjellgaard. This duo will be a fantastic night of entertainment.

Next Tuesday is "Picnic in the Park"  from 6-8 pm at Lordly Park with entertainment by Darren Arsenault and George Barkhouse sponsored by #Haven 5. Bring a blanket and get ready to dance. Rain date is Wednesday night.
 
 The Lightfoot Tower "Super Moon" night
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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

July 9th, 2014 Press Release!

Chester Merchants Press Release

Greetings!

Tropical Storm Arthur, who swung by Saturday, made the Village go from this, above, to this below:
 
How did you fare? How did your trees fare?
 
My tomato plants look like they are all pointing direction SE and I'll have less conkers on the chestnut tree this fall.
   
A good storm always brings the best out in people and Bob should be commended for keeping the Fo'c'sle afloat and functioning during the outage and making it possible for The Hottest Night of the Year (Windiest Night?)  fundraiser to go ahead. It was packed. Good music, 'candlelight' and bad hair-dos! Joan and Rob (+ others) did a stellar job dealing with the last minute change in venue
........ and who knew Rob could sing as well as Supertramp?!
 
This Week in Chester

On Friday, support the local producers and artisans at the weekly FARMER'S MARKET at the Old Train Station, 10-2pm, and pop in and see the Oak Island Display and Train Station Gallery while you're there. Veg and berries are ripening by the second......

Bill and Judy at LIGHT MY FIRE STUDIO are remaining open until 8pm on Thursday and Friday nights now until September. It's a great way to spend some time before going to the theatre or catching a bite in the village. You can stock up on the candles you burnt out last weekend.

The wine will be flowing at AMICUS GALLERY on Friday from 6-8pm and horses all over the walls at the EQUUS opening; 'a celebration of the Year of the Horse'. The show runs from July 12-24.


On Saturday, rise early and take your paper to BREAKFAST at the Chester Legion from 7:30 to 10:30 am. Enjoy eggs (any way you like them), French toast, hash browns, beans, bacon, sausage, toast, coffee/tea and juice.
 
All that will fuel you up for the Chester Municipal Heritage Society ANNUAL AUCTION & FLEA MARKET, at the Chester Old Train Station. Flea Market opens 9:00 am; Auction starts at 9:30am. Please bring a chair if possible. Rain date is July 13 at 1:00 pm. Treasures of all kinds can be found.

The CYC is sponsoring an "On the Water Scavenger Hunt" Saturday with all registration fees going to Our Health Centre. Pray for good weather as this is one fun event for the whole family.  Load up your boat and join the happy throng.  It starts with a skipper's meeting at 9.45 am. Registration forms and more info available at the CYC website

Later that evening, BAD INTENTIONS will be playing at the Chester Legion from 9:00 pm to 1:00 am. Members and guests over 19 years welcome.   

Saturday is also the much anticipated GALAPALOOZA, The Chester Playhouse's main fundraiser of the year between 6pm and 9pm. John and Gail Carroll's house at 239 Walker Road is the venue, chefs Michael Howell and Peggy Wilson are the cooks, Jeff Goodspeed and his Cuban Band the music, and a plethora of raffles, silent auction items etc. with a shuttle service to and from to boot. Life without the blue theatre in the centre of Chester is unimaginable, so buy your tickets pronto and support the Playhouse and arts on your doorstep. Tickets are $150 per person. Call 275 3933 or visit www.chesterplayhouse.ca to get those tickets (tax receipt provided).

Parade Square Bandstand Band this week is: THE CHESTER BASIN STREET DIXIELAND BAND Sunday evening at 7:00 pm. Everyone is welcome. Dress for the weather and bring a lawn chair or blanket. For more info call Evelyn Ernst 634-4435. It's the perfect way to end a busy weekend.

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Improvised air conditioning with vents from below! Looks like a sacrifice.....

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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

July 2nd, 2014 Press Release!

Chester Merchants Press Release

Greetings!

Trust you all waved your Canadian flags and enjoyed the beach weather and the fireworks yesterday. Pay attention to the expiry date on the sunscreen tube because if it has passed the expiry date, it's like baby oil and you will burn up like a piece of bacon. I know this from past experience.

With regards to the Anti-Spam notice we sent Monday, we are still receiving more consent forms as of today and are still in the editing process, so we are sending this missive to our old email list one last time. If you haven't re-subscribed as yet and wish to, you must click "join our mailing list" below.
   
This Week in Chester

Tomorrow, Thursday, is the 75th Anniversary of the Chester Garden Club. You are invited to attend the opening of the Cove Garden Seaside Monument and the re-dedication of the Ruth Chandler Tree at 4pm in the Cove Garden on Water Street.
A formal tea and reception will follow at the Lordly House on Central Street to open the 75th Anniversary exhibit and the installation of trophies. 275-3421

Would you like to improve your watercolour skills? The Chester Art Centre is hosting a class with William Rogers on Thursday and Friday. Bill teaches at St.F.X. and is prez of the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour. He's exhibited and given workshops worldwide and also been honoured with many awards. 275-5789 for info.

Don't miss the Farmer's Market at the Train Station Friday from 10-2 pm.

Friday night the Hupman Brothers are performing at the Fo'c'sle Pub at 9pm.This band is fantastic. They look like they just crawled out of the "Back Forties" in New Ross. Get down there early and make a night of it. I stopped in there at Monday lunch and had some wings off Sandy's plate. They were divine.

Saturday night is the "Hottest Night of the Year" event at the Chester Yacht Club from 5 pm - 1 am. This is a fund raiser for the Chester Junior Racers and PRO Kids.
There will be silent and live auctions, eight live bands with 38 musicians, raffles, food and libations throughout the evening. Pay what you can at the door. Open to everyone!

Sunday evening at 7 pm the Bridgewater Firemen's Band will be playing at the Chester Bandstand. All are welcome. Bring the rug rats and let them run off some steam.

Tuesday night is the first "Picnic in the Park" at Lordly Park. Live music from 6-8 pm with
"Radio in Colour," a great mix of music from yesterday and today. Free Admission.  Donations for the band gratefully accepted.  RAINDATE:  if it's raining Tuesday, they dance on Wednesday.  If it's raining Wednesday, they dance on Thursday.  Check here for event cancellation. 

Tuesday night is also Ladies little Black Dress Night at the Chester Yacht Club from 6-9pm. Tickets MUST be reserved by this Saturday, July 5th by calling the CYC @ 275-3747 or s.morash@ns.sympatico.ca. Ticket includes a glass of wine, a chance for a door prize, food and an array of products offered by local vendors such as specialty soaps, sandals, scarves, fine woodworking, clothing and ohh so much more. Net proceeds of the event will be invested in the Birthday in a Basket Program at the Food Bank and local families in need.
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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

June 25th,2014 Press Release!

Chester Merchants Press Release
 
Greetings!

Thanks to Miss Hancock I have spent my entire week at every village venue sharing tales of high seas adventure on the Nova Star. For those of you I missed at the Save Easy/ Post Office/ Building Supplies or under a table at the Fo'c'sle, here's the scoop....

It was fantastic ! The boat is pristine clean and fresh, the linens top notch, the bar prices are reasonable, the food is delicious, plentiful and well presented and the staff are professional, courteous and fall over themselves to be helpful. We had a blast !
   
This Week in Chester

Summer is officially here and we are off to the races.

Today is Pasta Day at the Fo'c'sle Pub with $3 off pitchers of beer. Go. Go Now.

Thursday night the Playhouse presents "Other Women" at 7:30 pm.
It's the story of women's lives...after they've lived a little, featuring Sue Evans, Cynthia Myers and Laurel Darnell. Thought provoking entertainment, with music, a comic edge.... and karaoke! It showcases the works of Daniel MacIvor, Elizabeth Bishop and Alan Bennett along with musician Mike Watson. Join them for the trip. Wear red.

The show runs for three consecutive nights with a matinee performance at 2 pm on Saturday.

Friday is the weekly Farmer's Market from 10 am - 2pm at the Train Station. Also at the station on Friday a new batch of artists will be showcasing their canvases so pop into the gallery and check it out.

Friday night is the season opener for Amicus Gallery from 6-8pm. Look for the pink whale belts or the preppy green on the street. Zehava Power's works are on display and they are fantastic. Be prompt or you'll miss out. Did someone say wine?

Saturday Gold River Marina is holding their 1st Annual Marine Yard Sale from 9 am- 4pm where you may buy OR sell your nautical widget.Tables are still available to rent. "One man's flotsam is another man's treasure." There will be hot dogs available too. Knowledge at your fingertips...275-1322

Sunday evening the Chester Brass Band kicks off their summer concert season at the band stand by the Yacht Club at 7pm. We are lucky to have this entertainment so get down there and support their efforts.

The Chester Tennis Club is holding registration Monday, June 30th from 8:30am - 4:30pm at the Tennis Club. The first session for lessons also begins that day.

Next Tuesday is Canada Day! Get out there and wave the flag for our wonderful country. Kerry our resident pyro will be setting off fireworks in front of the Yacht Club at dusk-ish, 10pm or so. See how to become a Canadian with one of my favourite Canadian comedians Russell Peters.

Ay ay Billy. She floats.
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A man was telling his neighbor, "I just bought a new hearing aid.  
It cost me heaps but it's state of the art... it's perfect."
"Really," answered the neighbor , 'What kind is it?'

"Twelve thirty." 

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

June 18th, 2014 Press Release!

Chester Merchants Press Release
 
Greetings!

Miss Suzi has jumped ship and gone to see what the 'Nova Star' is all about. A Yarmouth-Portland return trip to enlighten and self-educate and no doubt spend time convincing everyone on board that Chester is a destination not to be missed. Tell your US friends (or any nationality come to that) that there is again an easier way to jump on and off SW Nova Scotia and we wish her, the Nova Star that is, a long, 'profitable' career (Suzi too!). As they say "The vacation begins when you step aboard' but I fear it is Suzi's only vacation in the foreseeable future so let's hope she returns......
 
   
This Week in Chester

On Wednesday June 18 at 6pm and 7.30pm the After School Program of the Chester Playhouse presents "The Emerald Surge". 15 of Chester's future award winning actors will show what they are made of and how much they have learnt from the inspiring Cynthia Myers. Tickets are $7 for adults and $3 for youth available at the door.

FRIDAY there is the weekly Farmer's Market, 10am-2pm at the Train Station. Produce and vendors increase each week now the weather is cooperating...... If you haven't tried the olive bread yet, please don't as there might not be any left for me if I'm late...... and I'm hooked on it.

Bring your voices to KARAOKE at the Chester Legion from 8:30 pm to 12:00 midnight. Members and guests over 19 years welcome. 

The same night SWIG! is playing at the Fo'c'sle 9pm onwards. Take a break from the World Cup and check everyone else in the hamlet is alive and kicking - kicking up their heels and "singing along is not only encouraged, it's expected" when SWIG! plays.

The Sadhana Centre is stretching the limits with a full slate of yoga classes this summer beginning July 1st. You can learn more about yoga, massage therapy and naturopathic medicine at our Summer Solstice Celebration Open House. Join us at The Sadhana Centre, 71 Duke St. in Chester, SATURDAY June 21st from 5 to 7:30pm for Food and Refreshment, Live Music, Yoga Demonstration, door prizes and Introduction to our team of Wellness Practitioners. Come celebrate summer and community with us. RSVP appreciated leigh@thesadhanacentre.com.

The Chester Legion is also having their ANNUAL LOBSTER SUPPER on Saturday from 4:30 to 6:30 pm.  Enjoy lobster, potato salad, coleslaw, dessert, tea/coffee for $20.  Sponsored by:  The Masonic Clark Lodge No. 61.
 

Just a reminder that on MONDAY, June 23rd the BLOOD DONOR CLINIC will be at the Chester Legion from 1:00 to 3:00 pm and again from 5:00 to 8:00 pm.  For more info call 1-888-236-6283. They can't take my blood because of Mad Cow Disease (I try not to take it personally) but they will surely be grateful to have yours; it makes you feel good and the cookies and juice are free.

The view from the Golf Club is spectacular even on a cloudy evening........
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The art department of Haven have excelled when it comes to the time capsule that they recently returned for entombment along with the rest, on July 30th at the Chester Trust garden party. Please don't let their 'show off talents' put any of you others off from either purchasing one still or returning yours! White is fine...... But what else would you expect from the talented bunch?  I thought it worth a photo as they bask in their last month of daylight for 50 years........... 

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

June 11th, 2014 Press Release!

Chester Merchants Press Release
 
Greetings!

It was an epic event last Thursday morning at the Zoe Library grounds. A small but enthusiastic crowd watched the top of the Lightfoot Tower glide through the air and land gently atop the Tower structure.

It was surreal and a bit unnerving. Barry Redmond and his team orchestrated the move and the boys at Land & Sea sealed the deal.

Nice work guys !
   
This Week in Chester

We have new kids in the sandbox ! Colin Blanchard and Kenneth McRobbie have joined us here in the Hamlet with their Seaside Shop "31 Westgate." They are located in the blue building on the corner of Queen and Pleasant streets across from the Fo'c'sle Pub. It doesn't get any better than this - home decor with a nautical twist and a beer chaser. Ahh, Chester.

Chester Trust Lightfoot Tower Time Capsules are still available - 12" long @$100 or 6" long @$50 - both sizes are 4" in diameter.
The time capsules will be entombed at the Chester Trust celebration garden party on July 30th at the Zoe Library grounds and will be opened in 2064. An opportunity to show your grandchildren that you were young once.
Capsules may be obtained by contacting Dolly Hancock at 275 4991/ dollyhancock@mac.com. The deadline for filled capsules is June 30th. All funds go to the Lightfoot Tower restoration.

If you are looking to adopt or foster a dog look no further. Call or email Traci @
273-2356 / recycledlove@eastlink.ca. Their rescue team supports all rescues in Nova Scotia so she can help you find the perfect pet. Woof.

Thursday night @ 7:30pm the Playhouse presents their continuing Alan Rickman film series with "Sense and Sensibility." This is a brilliant movie with an outstanding cast. Do not miss this.

Daffadilly Queens  Relay For Life Team  invite you to a musical concert at St Stephens Church on Thursday evening @7pm.  Featuring the Studio Singers, Pat Watson, St Stephens Choir, Peter Parsons, Dan and Kathryn Green and Kathleen Hamm.
A free will offering to the Chester Relay for Life. For info call Vicky at 275 4219.

Friday the meat and pie boys are back at the Farmer's market at the Train station. They are joined by - well, just about everybody. You can probably get anything you want there except maybe a TV. I didn't see any TVs.

Friday night the band "Mutiny" is on stage at the Fo'c'sle Pub at 9 pm. Fletcher Christian on guitar/ Bligh doing back up vocals? Who knows. Go check it out. Arrive early and get the rib special. Did someone says Fred Flintstone? I've seen those ribs. Wilmaaaa !

Saturday night Jamie Junger will perform for kids from his "Fishin' for Pickles" CD at 6pm in the red shed at the corner of Queen and Union Streets.  Later in the evening Andy and Ariana and Jamie will play a show for bigger people @8pm.

Sunday is Father's Day. You can hit the brunch bunch at the Kiwi Café or the Fo'c'sle Pub or wait until evening and hit Nicki's or the Fo'c'sle. Or you could stay at the Fo'c'sle all day and cover both bases. I've done that before.

Monday evening at 6:30pm the Chester Garden Club hosts Rosemarie Lohnes from Helping Nature Heal to discuss "The Challenges of Rock Gardening" at St. Stephen's Hall. Refreshments to follow.  www.chestergardenclub.wordpress.com.
Between a rock and a hard place.
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Paddy calls Air Canada to book a flight. The operator asks, "How many people are flying with you?" Paddy replies "How do I know! It's your plane!"

Suzi Fraser
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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

June 4th, 2014 Press Release!

Chester Merchants Press Release
 
Greetings!

The snow is finally gone.Thank gawd. I hear icebergs are ubiquitous outside St John's Narrows though, so if you need a cold fix, Newfoundland awaits you and your parka.

Here in the Hamlet, people are finally poking their noses outside. The long hibernation is over, and boy was it long. I even fired up the BBQ this morning ! There was a small explosion - I put it out with a few snowballs I had stockpiled over the winter.

The Havens are back in town. Yippee ! I watched them filming on the Yacht Club dock in the snow last month. It wasn't pretty. Hollywood is not all it's cracked up to be.
   
This Week in Chester

The Train Station Gallery is now open for the season at, where else, the train station. Creative art by area artists and artisans will be displayed on a monthly basis for all to enjoy. Open daily from 10-4 pm. The Visitor Info Centre is also located at the train station, so you may pick up all the travel information you need there.

The Village Emporium is stocked and ready to go for the summer season! Ladies summer clothing, sun hats, sandals and all kinds of gift ware, books, souvenirs and other goodies, much of it locally made. Check out their Facebook page for photos and updates.

The Chester Merchants & Chamber of Commerce are having a Haven Contest! Are you a Haven fan living in or visiting Chester? You must answer ten questions and enter to win Haven and Chester merchandise. Draw Date October 1st. They would also like any visiting fans to autograph Haven posters! All details on where to find contest entries and Haven posters may be found here.
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Thursday night is Wing night at the Fo'c'sle Pub. Join the rest of the wing nuts and get yer sass "hot on." They really are quite addictive. Bring a wet-nap.

Friday from 10-2pm the Farmer's Market is back at the Train Station and there are a whole slew of new vendors. I went for fiddleheads last week and came home with a garlic grater, a bowl from Spain, soap, fresh fish and a book. Forgot about the fiddleheads. There are wood products, jewelry, meats and so much more. Put it on your weekly calendar.

On Friday at 5 pm the Chester Playhouse After School Drama Program is pleased to present their Pizza Party and Talent Show Fundraiser at the Chester Legion. Everyone is welcome to attend and perform.
The pizzas are $20 for a 12". The options are cheese, veggie, pepperoni and the works.  The Grand Prize is a full scholarship for fall classes. Pizza pick up is @ 5pm and the talent show begins at 5:30. There will be pizza by the slice, drinks, and cupcakes available for sale after 6 pm.
To order pizza, please call Sue at 1-902-275-4414 chesterdramapizza@gmail.com.
For a performance slot contact Robyn Harris, robby.doodlebop@gmail.com or Cynthia Myers cynthiamyers@eastlink.ca.

Saturday morning Bonny Lea Farm is holding a breakfast and plant sale from 8-11am. Hanging baskets and transplants. Purchase tickets on a trip for two anywhere Porter Airlines flies within US and Canada - draw date TBA.  275-5622

This is exciting: An Estate sale! The BIG day is Saturday from 10-3pm, but you may go to the pre sales event between now and then and you might catch Daphne at home. Daylight hours please. The address is 88 Millennium Drive by the Golf Course. There are all sorts of interesting pieces from Asian rugs, art work, antiques, lamps, kitchen gear, tableware. This is the estate of a well traveled couple with extremely good taste. Don't miss this.

Saturday evening @ 7:30pm "Swingology" takes to the stage at the Chester Playhouse. In the 1930s, gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt revolutionized music by blending swing with gypsy passion and the sounds of the Parisian musette dance halls to create a unique style never since matched for its driving rhythm, inventiveness and excitement. Chester's own Cynthia Myers will be singing.

On Sunday the St Stephen's Anglican Church presents a musical Concert of Organ, Brass and Vocal pieces featuring:  Shawn Whynot, organist, Chester Brass and Jennifer Farrell - soprano soloist at 3 pm.  Admission $20 at the door or advance purchase of $15 at the Parish Centre Office, 54 Regent St  on Wed/Thurs/ Fri from 9-3 pm. Proceeds for Church's outreach.

Nicki is back and the meat is falling off the bone. The Sunday carvery is open for the season. Carnivores can get their fix Sunday evenings from 5-8 pm. Please call to reserve your table.
Nicki is open Wednesday through Saturday as well with her regular (non hoof) menu.

Our Health Centre is holding their annual meeting next Tuesday at the Chester Basin Legion @7pm. This will be preceded by Dr. Margaret Casey of the North End Community Health Centre who will speak about today's Health Centers. All welcome.

You will have noticed the OHC information tables set up around the village shops. Feel free to stop and ask the volunteers any questions you may have. Fill out the form and you will be kept up to date on the latest developments and when your new Doc is rolling into town. The OHC needs your help. The booths have donor cards and with your help, the shovel could go in the ground as early as September. Think about it. This centre is for YOUR health.

A reminder that the green bin weekly pick up will start next week with the "A" week residents.  The program will run till the last week in September.
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When you wish upon a falling star, your dreams can come true. Unless it's really a meteorite hurtling to the Earth. Then you're pretty much hosed no matter what you wish for. Unless it's death by meteor.

Suzi Fraser
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