Wednesday, September 17, 2014

September 17th Press Release!

Chester Merchants Press Release

Greetings,

Last weeks newsletter quoted Melanie Ryan referring to Chester as a beautiful little seaside village. The appearance and form of buildings and development in every community is controlled by "Planning Strategy and Land Use Bylaws."

These documents are now up for review. This is your chance to stand up and be heard. Whether you want the village that Melanie remembers to continue, or if you think an improved economic climate in the village lies in changes to the planning strategy which could result in taller buildings and higher density usage of lots - that is up to you.

Please consider applying to join the committee or at least, stay informed, attend the meetings, and make your views known. Don't moan about it after the fact if you've ignored your chance to influence planning decisions.
   
This Week in Chester

Don't forget to buy your OHC 50/50 tickets at local retailers. This week's prize was $746. 
Take THAT to the Fo'c'sle and ring the bell ! Next weeks draw will be Monday at the Chester Pharmasave at 4pm... just in time for Happy Hour.

Thursday night at 7:30pm the Chester Playhouse serves up the 1994 Australian comedy-drama "Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert." The story follows two drag queens and a transsexual woman across the Australian Outback. The trio travel in a tour bus they have named "Priscilla" and along the way they encounter both supportive and judgmental individuals. The film won an academy award for best costume design and a whack of other awards. It is fabulous, hilarious, poignant and the music is kick ass ! I loved this movie so much I bought a VHS copy which cost a bomb back in the day. Do not miss this - you will dream in technicolour.

Friday the farmers are back at the market at the Train Station from 10 - 2pm and our farmers include Cindy and Glenn Higbee. They've had a rough week - please buy some of their lovely produce.

Friday night the Chester Playhouse has singer/songwriter/guitarist Ian Janes and his 6 piece band on stage at 7:30pm. His songs are rooted in soul music; a genre defined by a simmering rhythm section punctuated by the sting of horns.
Ian will be joined by Nicholas D'Amato on bass, Jeff Hennessy on piano, Geoff Arsenault on drums, Rick Waychesco on the trumpet and Chris Mitchell on Saxophone.
Opening the evening will be Morgan MacDonald from Chester Basin. Morgan's new single
 "I Surrender" has been just released with a folk, roots rock, and country music genre which create a sound that is truly his own.

This weekend take a drive out to Graves Island and check out "Blue Shutters Antiques." There is something for everyone and all pocketbooks. Lots of groovy stuff to clutter up the vestibule.

While you're down by Graves Island, why not take a rubbish bag and walk the beach. This weekend celebrates International Coastal Cleanup Day. If everyone fills a bag, our coastline will be just that much cleaner. Take a few weenies and the hibachi and make a day of it.You can sit on newly acquired wing back and roast marshmallows.

Next Monday there is a 'Musical Friends' benefit @ 7pm at St. Stephen's Church hosted by the man in tweed, Malcolm Callaway. You will experience the premiere of two local music videos and local talent. The 'Musical Friends' choir will perform along with the Studio Singers doing such classics as 'In the Still of the Night'. Special guests including Blake Bignell, Amy Vinnedge and David Findlay. Mary MacInnis, who won the right in a charity auction, will front for the Studio Singers with a song that you won't forget.

The culmination of the evening is the Premiere of the music video 'So This is Chester' involving more than 100 people from Chester and area. Food and transportation will be provided. There will be a free-will donation collected during the concert - additional donations for charitable receipts are also encouraged.

The Chester Art Centre wants you to draw the town red or any colour you like. Jennie Carton will show you how to draw town scapes in "Getting Around Town," Tuesday mornings from September 23rd through October 21st from 9:30 -12:30pm. Each class will have an objective and each week a drawing will be completed. All levels of skill are welcome. Cost is $130.

You are invited to join weekly line-dancing / exercise classes beginning next Wednesday from 11- 12:30pm at the Chester Baptist Church Hall. The class is taught by Jacki Fletcher and costs $10 per class drop-in fee. Each week they revisit dances from previous weeks, so you can drop in when you want. All ages and rhythm-challenged are welcome. (902) 277-2042

They were lined up 300 deep for "Haven's" charitable Breakfast Program Benefit event last Saturday... well past "Haven Joe's" AKA Able Engineering
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On a train from London to Manchester to watch the cricket, an Australian was berating the Englishman sitting across from him in the compartment. "You English are too stuffy, you set yourselves apart.You think your stiff upper lip makes you above the rest of us. Look at me. I have Italian blood, Greek blood, a little Irish blood, and some Aborigine blood. What do you say to that?"

The Englishman replied, "Awfully sporting of your Mother, old chap!"


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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

September 10th, 2014 Press Release!

Chester Merchants Press Release

Greetings!

Just when you thought we were disappearing into obscurity... here's a quote from July's "Real Simple" magazine. The question posed was: "What is the most beautiful place you have ever visited?"

The second place mentioned was Chester. "Chester is a little seaside village with a dense, deep-green elm and chestnut forest on one side and the dark blue ocean on the other. I used to summer there regularly, and I still remember the glorious sunsets and the delicious blueberries...."    Melanie Ryan, Rochester, Minnesota. Page 23 in case you're interested.

There you go Tim, real estate prices will sky rocket. Keep the faith brother.
   
This Week in Chester

Tomorrow,Thursday, is cadet registration for returning recruits and newbies at the Chester Legion from 7- 8pm. Polish your boots and get over there with all your forms in triplicate.

While the kids are at the Legion, sneak off to the Fo'c'sle for "Crafty Thursday." $3 off a pitcher of draught to wash the winglets down.

Friday is the Farmer's Market at the Train Station from 10-2pm. It was PACKED there last week- they were 3 deep at every stall. Get there early.

Saturday holds great promise - there are a bunch of "foodies" coming to the Chester Playhouse for the day from 9-4pm. Rustik Magazine is pleased to announce Canada's first-ever festival celebrating food and words "Alimentary Ideas." It's $50 for the day and you can register here .
Plan to arrive with a knife, fork and bib.

Join Rustik for a conversation with Mark Singer, staff writer from The New Yorker, and Scott DeSimon, deputy editor of Bon Appétit. They will anchor a day that has leading food entrepreneurs and renowned chefs attending from across North America.That divine chef from "Raymond's" resto in St John's is enough to make one want to attend alone.
For all you twitter birds out there, here's the hash tag #foodandwords

The After School Drama Program starts next week. Under the direction of Cynthia Myers and with support from Arts Nova Scotia, the price is $100.00/student. The three shows will be staged in December at the Playhouse. Contact the Chester Playhouse to register your next Laurence Olivier.

Next Monday, the Chester Art Centre kicks off Annika Junger's workshop "Knitting to Felt" which runs September 15, 22 and 29 from 7- 9 pm. Annika will cover all the knitting basics from casting on and off, knitting in the round and so on - but the real fun is knitting an impossibly oversized garment and then shrinking it down to size. In short, turning your knitting into felt. For info contact annika.junger@gmail.com.

Also on Monday SCANS (Seniors' College Association of Nova Scotia) will host an
information and registration session at St. Stephen's Hall from 2 - 4pm for their two sessions this fall: Modernism in Literature and Glimpses of Georgian and Victorian England. Gripping. For more info call (902)444-7588 or visit SCANS.

Next Tuesday there will be a FREE introductory Tai Chi Class from 10-11am at St Stephen's Hall. Their 12 week beginner class starts Tuesday, September 23rd.
For info/to register call Sandy @ (902)275-3249
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Winter is coming. Make yourself a toque in Annika's class.




You only need two tools in life - WD 40 and duct tape. If it doesn't move and should, use WD 40. If it shouldn't move and does, duct tape is the answer.

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

September 3rd, 2014 Press Release!

Chester Merchants Press Release

Greetings!


 
Things are certainly quietening down in Chester now that it's September, but those in the know vote it their favourite month. Hot sunny days, longer shadows, ripe gardens and parking spaces on Pleasant Street. Who could ask for anything more?!

I was horrified this morning, though, to get an email from VV to say that Halloween items were now available... and then I received an email from a magazine with snowflakes on it reminding me to 'Give the Gift....'
FAR, FAR too early, I say.

It's still gorgeous here in Chester! Everyone is moving at a slower, more gentle, pace and there are goodies in all the shops... so take a wander....

Look for antique treasures at Blue Shutters Antiques after a walk on Graves Island.... Get your autumn planting, spring flowering, bulbs from Oceanview Garden Centre and suffer a sore back for a short while planting them - with the promise of a jolly spring.... Grab a new throw for the outside couch/hammock from 31 Westgate Seaside for the chillier evenings.... buy a pearl from The Village Emporium... a posy from Flowers, Flowers, Flowers... a candle at Light My Fire. The list is endless....

   
We have new signage in the village if you haven't noticed.... We  can now find our way around the village and direct others responsibly by pointing to signs rather than mention road names that no one, even the oldest in the village, actually goes by or could place! All pulled together with great community partnership (and the hard work of our own Trudi Curley) involving Bluenose Coast, the Municipality, Merchants, The Sign Guy, and Nova Scotia Tourism Agency. Kudos to all. It ain't easy... and 'sign' is no longer a four letter word!

This Week in Chester


The Chester Artisan and Farmers Market is in full September swing on Friday, 10-2pm, up at the Old Train Station.

Nicki's is still open Wednesday through Sunday and offering oodles of delicious food. Her famous carvery on Sunday night leaves everyone a vegan for the rest of the week. No holds barred - it's the best!

Also, back by popular demand is Sushi Night at the Fo'c'sle on Saturday 6th. They will be offering a platter of 3 different types of sushi (24 pieces in all). The gastronomic event will begin at 5pm. Not to be forgotten is their half price wine by the bottle with food purchase, so see how adept you are at handling chopsticks and a full wine glass simultaneously and go 'exotique' for a change from their delicious fish and chips.

Seems to be all about food this week?!

Why not?! The BBQ at home is exhausted isn't it? So are you. Give it a rest and walk down the street....

After all that, if you think your arteries are up for it, consider giving up some of your red 'gold' at the Blood Donor Clinic. At the Chester Legion on Monday 8th, they will be ever so appreciative despite your bad summer habits. For more info call 1-888-236-6283.
 
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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

August 27th, 2014 Press Release!

Chester Merchants Press Release

Greetings,

This is the "breathe a sigh of relief" week. We survived summer !

It's a week to regroup, recharge and get ready for fall.
Hit the beach or get the home brew still set up for the winter.

All of the sudden it feels like summer again. Soak up the rays whilst stacking the woodpile for the inevitable.
   
This Week in Chester

On Friday the farmers are back on market square at the Train Station. The produce tables are literally bursting with seasonal fruits and vegetables. You can balance all this goodness at the take away stand with some delicious cholesterol laden items sure to put a smile on your face as your arteries snap shut.

The International One Design North Americans are being held this weekend at Chester Yacht Club. Monster sized egos will be strutting their stuff on the race course. Get down to the waterfront and cheer for Canada.

Sunday evening the master of Blues, Morgan Davis, will take the stage at the Bandstand at 7pm. This is the last Bandstand performance of the season so don't miss it.

Next Tuesday from 6-8pm is the final Picnic in the Park at Lordly Park. Kevin and his Gypsy Minstrels will be performing thanks to the support of B. W. Armstrong Insurance.
It's tambourine night...so bring one. You have one of those on hand, right?
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The first 5 days after the weekend are the hardest.

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

August 20th, 2014 Press Release!

Chester Merchants Press Release

Greetings!

Did you all survive Race Week? Find anyone on the couch? Run away to Tancook?

I only found a few beer bottles deposited on my porch. Are they getting wiser or older?

It feels like fall is around the corner. You can smell it in the air and see it in the angle of the sun. I like how it highlights the dust in my kitchen in the early morning.
   
This Week in Chester

Amicus Gallery on Pleasant Street continues their show of all things equine until the end of the month in keeping with the horsey set here in Chester this week. Tailgate party anyone?

If you missed this show last week, tonight has the continuing run of Norm Foster's "The Melville Boys" at the Chester Playhouse. A relaxing weekend trip of fishing, football, and beer is on the agenda. A wrench is thrown in the works when the boys meet two attractive sisters who inadvertently change more than their weekend plans. In this modern Canadian romp, Foster offers a tender, vigorous comedy of brotherhood and the unexpected. The four characters rediscover themselves over two days of beers, tears, fights and laughs.The show runs from tonight until Saturday at 8 pm with a matinee performance at 2 pm on Saturday.

"Hidden Talents" will be showing at the Train Station Gallery daily until the end of the month. Crochet, knit, canvas and needle work will be featured by Hilary McCarron along with bowl turning and woodworking by Steve McCarron.

The Farmer's Market is back at the Train Station on Friday from 10 - 2 pm.The tomatoes are coming.... This is cause for celebration in it's own right !

There are 13 bars in Nova Scotia competing against 100 watering holes in Canada for "Canada's Favourite" in Air Canada's enRoute Magazine contest. Chester's own Foc'sle Pub is one of them. Go to saycheers to vote for our favourite living room. Vote now / vote often until September 9th. Let's put Chester on the map with what we do best.

Friday night the Hupman brothers are on stage at the Fo'c'sle @ 9pm. Don't miss this, these guys are fantastic ! They might LOOK like they climbed out from under a rock, but boy, can they knock out the tunes !

On Saturday the Chester Heritage House and Harbour Tour is back this year come rain or shine from 10 - 4pm. The tour starts at the Chester Train Station and promises lots of interesting places to snoop through. Tickets are $30, available on the day of the tour.  Dial 275-3852 for info.

Next month you will have to dial 902 in addition to the number as well. What a bore. Imagine doing that on a rotary phone. I remember the day when 4 digits did the trick. My grandmother Rene told me of the days when you just picked up the phone and asked for "Central."

The Maritime Bluenose Championships are being held this weekend at the Chester Yacht Club. Get down to the waterfront and watch these delightful little sloops battle it out for bragging rights.

"Lovely Stuff,"  the pop up shop at "Lesley's Pantry" across from Tim Horton's, is popping down. This is the last weekend to purchase all sorts of goodies from Friday until Sunday from 11am- 4pm. Check out the china, linens, old albums, antique furniture, books, old cameras, clothes ... the list is endless ! 

Exciting news with the launch of the OHC Community 50/50 Draw on Monday, August 25. The OHC 50/50 tickets are $2.00 each with a draw every Monday. The two priorities of the OHC Community 50/50 Draw Program are to involve the entire Municipality and act as a long term funder for the OHC.
OHC Community 50/50 Draw Tickets are available at community minded retailers. Please participate every week.

For those of you who like to take it outside, Simon Copas leads a class in Plein Air next Monday and Tuesday. Fresh air, a full palette, a spur of the moment inspiration and tight deadlines make Simon's class a favourite. All classes are held at the Chester Art Centre at 60 Queen Street.To register call 275-5789 / chesterartcentre.ca. 

Tuesday night is the season finale of the "Picnic in the Park"  series at Lordly Park on Central Street. Lucas Reeves and friends will be on stage for your dancing and picnic pleasure. Load up the cooler, get over there and mark your turf. Winter is coming.
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 A few quotes from David Feherty the CBS Golf Announcer with that lovely Irish lilt...

"It would be easier to pick a broken nose, than a winner in that group."
"Fortunately, Rory is 22 years old so his right wrist should be the strongest muscle in his body."
"That ball is so far left, Lassie couldn't find it if it was wrapped in bacon."
"Nick Faldo couldn't be here this week. He is attending the birth of his next wife."
Jim Furyk's swing "looks like an octopus falling out of a tree."
"It's OK - the bunker stopped it."
"That was a great shot - if they'd have put the pin there today."

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

August 13th, 2014 Press Release!

Chester Merchants Press Release

Greetings,

In the words of George Evans... It was the "Clam before the Storm." We are now IN the storm. Race Week starts today. The lid is coming off the blender !
Sailing : When it's perfectly respectable to get wet with a total stranger.

Not into Race Week? The Tancook ferry leaves the dock every morning at 10:20 am.

We are a blend (or clash) of culture and sailing this week. Scroll down...

   
This Week in Chester

Tonight is the opening of Norm Foster's "The Melville Boys" at the Chester Playhouse.
A relaxing weekend trip of fishing, football, and beer is on the agenda. A wrench is thrown in the works when the boys meet two attractive sisters who inadvertently change more than their weekend plans. In this modern Canadian romp, Foster offers a tender, vigorous comedy of brotherhood and the unexpected. The four characters rediscover themselves over two days of beers, tears, fights and laughs.
The show runs from tonight until Saturday and again from August 19th-23rd at 8 p.m. with a matinee performance at 2 pm on the Saturdays. Next Tuesday is a pay what you can performance.  

The Fo'c'sle has entertainment on stage tonight through to Friday.
Tonight, Wednesday, at 9pm is the "Market Boys," Thursday has the George Carter Jr trio and Friday night SWIG! will be onstage.
They will be offering breakfast until Saturday from 9-11am. Breakfast choices will be bacon and eggs, Octoberfest sausage and eggs, fish cakes, bangers and mash. Their regular menu runs from 11am onwards.
Wing nut night will run as per usual from 5pm Thursday and Ribs are the special for Friday evening.

Rosi Robinson's show at Amicus Gallery continues this week. Stop in and check out her superb batiks. BYO.

The Art Centre continues their festival this week at 60 Queen Street. The exhibition "A Work in Progress" runs from 10 - 4pm daily. For more info / 275-5789

Friday is the Farmers Market at the Train Station from 10-2 pm. I was too late last week and missed the sour dough bread, but got some great spinach and arugula tied up with lovely twine from a nice boy who wanted to buy my car.

Sunday the Chester Brass Band is on their home turf at the Bandstand at 7pm. Will the Reefer trucks be gone by then? Everyone is welcome. Meet Colonel Bogey, Mary Poppins and El Capitan, along with many other catchy tunes.
Monday is the launch of the 50/50 draw for "Our Health Centre."  20 retailers throughout the Municipality will be selling tickets. For info/ 279-0500.

Tuesday evening is the continuing series of "Picnic in the Park" with Jamie Junger and guests Andy and Ariana. The evening is sponsored by the Fo'c'sle Pub. Rain date is Wednesday. Free, but donations gratefully accepted.

Remember the green bins are now a weekly celebration of compost relocation, so drive your little green gremlin to the curb every week until September. 
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You never realize what you have until it's gone. Toilet paper is a good example.
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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

August 6th,2014 Press Release!

Chester Merchants Press Release

Greetings,

The Lightfoot Tower event last week was a bit damp but the whos from Whoville came out to climb the stairs for the first time and it turned out to be a really fun day.

If you haven't checked out the groovy little café the clever Haven designers have created between the Fo'c'sle and Able Engineering, you should. They have done a super job transforming it into a vibrant coffee shop.

We're all about Arts and Culture this week here in the Hamlet. Read on.
   
This Week in Chester

This month brings a new set of works created by area artists and artisans for you to enjoy at the Train Station from 10-4pm daily. Paula Booher is the featured artist this month.

Tonight, Wednesday, The Chester Playhouse presents Under Milk Wood by Dylan Thomas featuring Jeremy Webb and Susan Stackhouse. It is a 1954 radio drama by Welsh poet Dylan Thomas, adapted later as a stage play. An omniscient narrator invites the audience to listen to the dreams and innermost thoughts of the inhabitants of a fictional small Welsh fishing village. They include Mrs Ogmore-Pritchard, relentlessly nagging her two dead husbands; Captain Cat, reliving his seafaring times; the two Mrs Dai Breads; Organ Morgan, obsessed with his music; and Polly Garter, pining for her dead lover. The curtain goes up tonight at 8pm and runs until Saturday night with a Saturday matinée at 2 pm.

Thursday night the Art Centre is having their Renovation Celebration dinner and auction in the festival tent at 60 Queen Street starting at 5:30pm. View works of children and adults from various workshops that have been held at the Centre.Tom Connors will be dishing up a gourmet picnic and there are some great auction items to bid on. 275-5789 to reserve your "lunch pail." A week in Anguilla anyone?

Friday the Farmers in the Dell are back at the Train Station from 10- 2pm. Get there early or Dolly will have bought everything.

Friday is also the kick off for the Art Centre's week long festival which runs until next Saturday with an exhibition of "A Work in Progress," running from 10-4pm daily.  It celebrates the many achievements of the Centre with a showing of creative works by their students, children, seniors, past exhibitors and instructors. 
Participating artists include Heather Sayeau, Chester artists Dolly Hancock, Malcolm Callaway, Dawn Harwood-Jones, knitting wizard Lucy Neatby, as well as works from one of the founding members, Bevers McInnes. Free admission.
Also happening on Friday is "Kids Make Art," where short ones under 12 get to construct mini me masterpieces by weaving baskets, moulding clay, creating a self-portrait, decorating cupcakes and much more. Face painting, snacks and music too, as well as the biggest kid of all, Allan Carver with his giant bubbles. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Come rain or shine!

Friday evening is the final whine and cheese call at Amicus Gallery from 6-8pm. How did THAT happen? Rosi Robinson will be exhibiting her latest batiks.These are gems of the highest form. Don't miss this last hurrah of the season. Be prompt as there will be red dots springing up at 1800. Who else will feed you wine and hors d'oeuvres for the rest of the season? Thank you Paula for contributing to our reputation as a drinking town with a sailing problem.


On Saturday it's the Chester Art Fair at 60 Queen Street. Free for all from 9-3 pm, scores of artists and artisans from Chester and beyond will be showing and selling their wares under tents large and small as well as bright red umbrellas. Artists include jeweler Victoria Bell, ceramic artist Alex McCurdy, Rosi Robinson, fabric artist Laurie Swim, and painters Pat Christiansen and Collen Gallaway. Allan Carver on bubbles. There'll also be a range of artist demonstrations as well - wood carving with George Hoskins, rug-hooking with Sheila Barrett and Sherry Chandler, and spinner Rosemary Landry. There'll be music from Hank Middleton and the Collage Trio, a silent auction, and calories from Julien's too. 275-5789 for info.

There will be a Musique Royale performance Saturday night at St. George's Anglican Church in East River @ 7:30pm. James Buckland with classical guitar & Karen Buckland on piano. For tickets/ info contact Sheila @ 275-5966 or the Chester Church office 275-3804.

Looking ahead to next week there is a "Picnic in the Park" with the group "FOG" sponsored by GN Thermoforming. Georg has truly made Chester a better place to live and raise your family. Bring your dancing shoes and your Snoopy pail.
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...at that precise moment when you realize that you're no longer a big fish in a small pond, or even a small fish in a big pond, but a small fish in a big fish....

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

July 30th, 2014 Press Release

Chester Merchants Press Release
 
Greetings!


Hot, breezy days, the scent of flowers and sound of lawnmowers..... Some tropical downpours.......Waiting for more than 10 seconds to turn left from Valley Road on to Hwy 3. Numerous start guns and finishing horns from the yacht racing on the water. Double-booked on an evening. 
Summer in full force.....

 
 


   
This Week in Chester


Today, Wednesday, July 30 - come rain or shine (well, it'll be in St Stephen's Hall if the weather doesn't cooperate) - Join us at the annual LIGHTFOOT TOWER GARDEN PARTY in the gardens of the Zoë Vallé Library, 63 Regent St, Chester from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. Hosted by The Chester Trust, you can get 'up close and personal' with the newly restored Lightfoot Tower. There will be sangria and tea, sandwiches, a silent auction, general frivolity, grateful thank yous and the official 'sealing' of the Lightfoot Tower Time Capsule. A unique piece of Chester's history will stand another 100+ years.

Later that evening, LUCKY STIFF, featuring the actors of the Chester Summer Theatre School is playing at the Playhouse, 7pm curtain. This murder mystery farce propels a mild-mannered English shoe clerk into a lunatic mix of a murdered Atlantic City gambler, his nearsighted jilted mistress, her hen-pecked brother and several hundred (off-stage) dogs...... The show runs through August 2nd at 7pm, with a matinee at 2pm on Saturday. Tickets are $16.00 Adult, $12.00 Youth/Senior and $8.00 under eight years old. Contact the Playhouse or call 275-3933 for tickets.

Remember to take at least two bags to the FARMERS & ARTISANS MARKET on Friday, 10-2pm at the Chester Train Station. There's a plethora of produce and products to be purchased and maybe even some pickled peppers?!
Or consider heading over to Tancook to meet the colourful, talented queen of knitting, Lucy Neatby, who is running a course called 'A Duet of Knitted Scarves',  August 1 10:20 a.m. - 4:10 p.m through the Chester Art Centre. Cost: $78.00 Includes patterns and ferry trip. Full details and registration obtainable at the Art Centre 275-5789.
 
On Saturday treat yourself to brunch or a coffee in the village. Peruse the shops and maybe stroll over to Freda's beach and flop on the sand. Watch the racing, read a book....... take it easy because:

On Sunday it's the BONNY LEA FARM'S ANNUAL LOBSTER SUPPER from 4:00 to 7:00 pm. Take-out service 3:00 to 6:00 pm. Enjoy a 1 ¼ lb. hard shell lobster, salads, dessert and beverage for $30. Steak alternative available for $30. Try your luck and buy a ticket to win a trip for 2 anywhere Porter Airlines flies in US/Canada.  Draw date TBA.  For more info call 275-5622. 

Once you have your lobster fix, run over to the Chester Bandstand where the Halifax-based, 20 member, "TUESDAY NIGHT SHOW BAND" will be playing 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.

Or, for a more tropical fare, The Chester Playhouse presents the fantastic Cuban jazz arrangement of HAVANAFAX at 8pm. Augusto Enrique, Silvio Pupo, Jeff Goodspeed, Jorge Chicoy, Avi Garcia are making a return visit to the Playhouse after a sold out show in 2012. Tickets are $24 for adults and $18 for youth +HST. Visit their website or call 275-3933 for tickets.
 
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On Tuesday, PICNIC IN THE PARK this week features 'KLUNKERS'. Roots music at its best! The Klunkers perform a classic blend of old time folk, blues, country and Celtic. Seek out Lordly Park (hint: the block bounded by Central/Regent/Prince/Union Streets) bring a blanket, picnic, chair and dancing shoes. 6-8pm. Free admission but donations for the band gratefully accepted.

Another concert happening Tuesday night is 'LAURA SMITH. SHE'S BACK!' at The Galley Restaurant & Lounge. Live music never tasted so good!.... as a ticket for $75 will get you a three course meal, with Laura's enchanting vocals as you eat dessert (tax & tip incl). Mix and Mingle starts at 6pm. Call the Galley at 273 -3463 for more info and to reserve your ticket.




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