are knee deep in Gingerbread this month ! We are all about our little
molasses men and the 14 Gingerbread house creations that will be on
display at the Chester Train Station this weekend. Our "flat men" are
turning up on properties all over the village this week with some
interesting twists. Come and have a look at the new displays.
Harding, our Tradewinds Realty gingerbread "man on the street" was the
poster boy last weekend at the Gingerbread Fair at CDS, to the delight
of all the attendants. Thank you Eric !
This Week in Chester
Merchants have banded together to make a gift basket valued at over
$1000 which you can win. We encourage people to spend their shekels here
in the Hamlet then everyone wins.This campaign runs from Friday until
December 21st. You may enter the draw when you "shop local."
The Chester Playhouse
Annual Poinsettia sale is b a c k ! They are all red this year so
you won't have to agonize over a choice of colour as to what will match
the sofa, and they are available for the bargain basement price of $20.
Order today (and I mean TODAY) and your little red bundle of joy will be
available for pick up or delivery next Saturday.
Cynthetics" are hip to the Christmas scene this season with cocktail
music to celebrate. You may book them for your staff party, house
gathering, huge blow out event or dinner for one. Visit their Facebook page then dial up those dulcet tones directly @ 902-233-4781
is the opening of the annual Victorian Christmas Show and Sale at the
Lordly House at 133 Central Street. They have over 20 vendors with a
wide selection of items including wooden bowls, knit and crochet items,
glass, jewelry, soaps, hooked mats, quilts, specialty vinegars, and a
whole bunch more. The show runs daily from 10-5pm until Sunday and it
costs a loonie to get in the front door. One fifth of all proceeds will
be donated to the Chester Municipal Heritage Society for restoration
work in the village. 902-273-2176 - knowledge at your fingertips.
night kicks off our Gingerbread festival with Christmas tree lighting
at the Chester Train Station. Plan to arrive at 6:30 pm and take part in
the Efficiency (oxymoron) Nova Scotia Holiday Light Exchange. Santa
will jet in at 7pm for the tree lighting. Music, hot chocolate and
cookies await. Food Bank donations are welcome.
This is a big
weekend of Christmas celebration on the South Shore. The Hubbards Market
is back from 8am - noon on Saturday in the Barn. The Gingerbread Houses
are on display at the Chester Train Station Saturday from 10-4pm and
Sunday from 12-4pm and Father Christmas is in Mahone Bay all weekend so
there is something for everyone here on the Bluenose Coast.
Sunday is the last mine tour of the season down at Gold River. For more info/reservation (a must) call 902-275-3718.
Playhouse presents "The Gingerbread Man" next Tuesday evening at 7 pm.
Theatre students from 5-8 years old are on stage. I actually attended
one of these "short one" productions and was pleasantly surprised with
the talent. GN Thermoforming is the top supporter of the Chester
Playhouse and it is because of their help these programs are possible.
Annual Chester Brass Band Christmas dinner will be held next Sunday,
December 7th at Atlantica Hotel in Western Shore. For reservations dial
up the maestro @ (902) 275-3453 Tickets are flying out the door so hurry and book your seat/ table now !
Merchant Gift Basket
I have shared these tips before but I think it is worth revisiting as the holiday season approaches...
carrot sticks. Anyone who puts carrots on a holiday buffet table knows
nothing of the holiday spirit. If you see carrots, leave immediately. Go
next door, where they're serving rum balls. Drink as much eggnog as you can. Who cares that it has 10,000 calories? Did
someone mention fruitcake? Granted, it's loaded with the mandatory
celebratory calories, but avoid it at all cost. I mean, have some
that time of year to pull your little brown flat man out of the
basement, sweep off the cobwebs and maybe make him a new 2014 outfit.
Show him off to the neighbours.
We have 14 entries for the Gingerbread Competition. Wahooo ! They will be on display next weekend at the Train Station.
This Week in Chester
Don't forget to buy your OHC 50/50 ticket this week. Buy now, buy often. You may now purchase your tickets online .
that every Wednesday the South Shore Library Bus is at the Chester
Legion from 1- 4:30 pm. This is free for all to join and they have a
great selection of books, magazines and videos. Don't miss the blue bus
when it comes to the village as there is something for everyone.
It is Christmas Craft Fair weekend in the Hamlet.... EVERYWHERE !
Saturday the Gingerbread Craft Fair will be held at the Chester
District School from 9 - 1 pm. Crafts, food, live music and family
fun. Support the Lighthouse Food Bank and bring a can of food! For
There is a Craft Fair at the
Chester Baptist Church from 10 - 3 pm on Saturday as well. There will
be a variety of items to choose from; jams, knitted goods, willow
baskets, sea glass jewelry, fudge, stuffed children. Free admission.
Stephen's Community Centre is hosting their Annual Christmas Bazaar on
Regent Street and the doors open at 11am with goodies such as books,
Christmassy things, wreaths and a baking table. Lunch will be served
from 11:30am -1:30pm. Adults $8, Children under 10 years $5. Soups,
homemade bread, apple crisp and tea/coffee. I think a flask is in order
here. Three craft fairs in one day? Something's got to give.
Saturday evening Alejandra Ribera, the Argentinean/Scottish songstress is onstage at the Chester Playhouse with a three-piece jazz band in tow at 7:30 pm. Alejandra
is known for her wild vocal range and eclectic writing style and has
been compared to artists like Edith Piaf, Tom Waits and Joan
Armatrading. Alejandra plays anything from jazz ballads, to Mexican folk
tunes to alternative pop. Never satisfied to sit still, Ribera bursts
with energy on stage and exudes a deep commitment to her art. Her show
sold out here in 2012 so get your tickets today ! I heard her on CBC
yesterday afternoon. I actually waited by the radio till the end to hear
who was singing. Don't miss this girl.
The Gold Mines Tour is
this Sunday - a 2 hour guided walking tour of the West Side of Gold
River Gold Mines, part of the Nova Scotia Gold Rush of the 1860s, from
1:30 - 3:30 pm. For more info/reservation (a must) call 902-275-3718.
night there is a Gospel Concert at the Chester Baptist Church @7 pm
with Rev Dan Green leading the way. All are welcome. Great music with
Hymn Sing starting 6:30 pm.
On Monday there is a blood donor
Clinic at the Chester Legion from 1 - 3 pm and again from 5 - 8 pm. For
more info dial up the vampires @ 1-888-236-6283. It is in you to give -
so give it up !
CDO is like OCD but all the letters are in alphabetical order. As they should be.
girls' send off last Wednesday was epic. The Fo'c'sle was almost as
packed as New Year's Day ! The decibel level at the PO next door is a
bit lower these days. I will now need to invest in an alarm clock to get
out of bed.
Your gingerbread entry form must be received by 5 pm Saturday to be eligible for the competition. $$$ to be won! Start your ovens now !
Local talent abounds this week. Read on.
This Week in Chester
Don't forget to buy your OHC 50/50 ticket this week. More buyers result in bigger winners. You may now buy your tickets online .
Friday night Old Man Luedecke is on stage at the Chester Playhouse
at 7:30pm. Chester's own award-winning roots singer-songwriter's latest
album "Tender Is The Night," songs are playful, coy, and soul warming.
Chris's music is rich in metaphor, heart and instrumentation...this is a
show not to be missed.
Saturday evening is loaded with options but you may pick only one as they are all at the same time.
boy Ryan Emms CD Release Party "Couldn't Be Better" is happening at
Atlantica Oak Island Resort from 4 - 6 pm. Donations to IWK for Sick
The Chester Baptist Church is hosting a Kohl Canon supper from 4:30 - 6:00 pm. Get over there right after lunch.
Even After - with a Twist" is a dinner theatre presentation by the
Accidental Actors sponsored by the Shoreham Village Ladies Auxiliary at
the Chester Legion. Doors open 5:30 pm and the play starts at 7pm. Roast
piglet is on the menu.Tickets are $25 and are available at Shoreham
Village office, Bank of Nova Scotia or Gerri Allen @ 902-275-3817.
Sunday the Gold River Gold Mines Tour is happening from 1:30 - 3:30pm. A
two hour guided walking tour of the West Side of Gold River Gold Mines,
part of the Nova Scotia Gold Rush of the 1860s. All proceeds in
support of Chester Municipal Heritage Society. For more info/reservation
(a must) call 902-275-3718.
Pat and Angela await you at the Village Emporium
on Pleasant Street. A delightful shop with something for everyone from
books to jewelry to clothing and everything in between. Think Christmas
and think "Shop Local."
Monday there is a Chester Garden Club
meeting at the St. Stephen's Hall at 6:30pm. Guest Speaker Svenja Dee
will demonstrate how to make a seasonal wreath and a seasonal
centerpiece. Refreshments followed by AGM. New members welcome.
evening at 7pm the "Friends of Nature" will hold their AGM at the
Baptist Church Hall. Guest Speaker Rosemarie Lohnes will speak on her
Living Shorelines Project. Rosemarie has been working with the Ecology
Action Centre on ways to minimize coastal erosion without destroying the
living ecosystems of our shorelines. Mary-Frances Lynch will provide an
update on the South Canoe Wind Farm; Jamie Simpson will speak on the
latest developments in sustainable harvesting practices in Nova
Scotia. All are welcome.
is a day of celebration for Susan and Christine at the Post Office. The
girls have only been counting down the days for 3 years now and today
is IT ! Join them at the Fo'c'sle Pub after 5 pm when they slam the
doors behind them at the PO for the last time.
It's also Guy Fawkes Day so feel free to unleash your inner Pyro.
the topic of retirement we would like to thank Doctor George Jollymore
for all his years of untiring service to the village and we wish him all
Dolly Hancock photo
This Week in Chester
were invited to partake in a full moon sauerkraut making day last week
which was a wonderful learning experience. This is an all day event as
one needs to allow time to drink beer.
Don't forget to buy your OHC 50/50 tickets at participating retailers. Vast sums to be won !
How's your gingerbread creation coming along? Burnt any yet? To
enter the Gingerbread competition email email@example.com for an
entry form, or pick up a form at the Chester Pharmasave . Mail completed
forms to Gingerbread Competition, P.O. Box 508 Chester NS B0J 1J0 or
email information required to firstname.lastname@example.org . Registration must
be received by 5pm Saturday, November 15th. You must register to enter.
Today is also the last day to enter Going Coastal's One-of-a-Kind Christmas Show. They
are looking for artists and artisans that create one-of-a-kind limited
edition Christmas/winter art, crafts, home decor and giftware. Send up
to 10 images of your work to be considered to email@example.com
complete with name and a small bio. First come first served juried show,
artists will be notified of results by email. Accepted works to be
dropped off at the gallery 41 Queen St. Chester by November 12th. The
show will run November 15th-December 22nd.
is Prescription Drug drop-off at the Chester Pharmasave from 10 am to 3
pm. Turn in your expired, unused prescription drugs, it prevents
medications from falling into the wrong hands.
playing at the Kiwi Café Sunday from noon until 2pm. Get there early to
assure a seat and get your order in for Lynda's yummy eggs benny...and
maybe a brownie to go?
This Sunday the Chester Municipal Heritage
Society is holding their second two hour guided walking tour of the
West side of Gold River Gold Mines from 1:30 - 3:30 pm. Adults $10,
children (7-12) $5 and under 6 years are free. For more
info/reservations (a must) call 902 275-3718.
Next Tuesday is Remembrance Day. Get to the Cenotaph before 1100 and share in the very moving ceremony.