Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Oct. 26th, 2016 Press Release

Chester Merchants Press Release

                                                                                                Lobster Cove Lighthouse, NL                                                    


I had a wonderful opportunity for a little road trip last week to Gros Morne Park, Newfoundland.
It really IS as spectacular as all the photos suggest.

We can learn a lot from our Newfoundland tourism partners. They wrote the book on promotion !

If you have an iconic Nova Scotia photograph you feel is worthy, please send it to us and we can share it.


This Week in Chester 

This Friday there is a Halloween Party at the Lightfoot Tower, 63 Regent Street from
6:30 - 8 pm. Dig deep in the wardrobe, get your freak on and go play with Casper.  Boo!
Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more info call the Rec Department at 902-275-3490.

Drop off the sugar fueled munchkins with the babysitter and head over to the Halloween Dance at the Chester Legion for members and guests. "Hog the Covers" will be on hand to entertain you from 9pm - 1am. For more info call 902-275-3315.

This Saturday is Our Health Centre Open House from 10am - 3 pm. All are welcome!  Come out and see your new collaborative health and wellness facility. This will be your only chance to snoop through every nook and broom closet because next week the staff are movin' in !

PEI native Lenny Gallant is on stage at the Chester Playhouse this Saturday night at 7:30 pm. A recipient of the Order of Canada, Lennie is an international touring artist who will bring down the house this weekend. Dial up the Playhouse today because it will sell out.

                                                                                Lennie and Cap'n Tom                     

After the witches leave town this weekend the Rope Loft will be open from Thursday - Sunday until New Years. How cool is that ? 
How is your Gingerbread House progressing? Got the walls up?
The entry form must be submitted by next Friday, November 4th. Follow their gingerbread Facebook Page and check out the competition. 

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Ban shredded cheese. Make America grate again.

Suzi Fraser
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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Oct.12th,2016 Press Release

Chester Merchants Press Release



Quite the blow on Monday - almost blew the white bread lid off my turkey sandwich.

Look at the bright side...we don't live in Cape Breton.
They're now all sporting water wings.

As they say, "Be careful what you wish for."
I hope you filled your water barrels and washed the family Buick.

                                              Annual Thanksgiving football match last weekend at Hackmatack Hill

This Week in Chester 

This Friday there is Karaoke at the Legion for members and guests 19 years and older. For more info dial up the bartender @ 902-275-3315.

The OHC aka "Our Health Centre" is having a Harvest Jam Kitchen Party at the Legion with live music from 3:30 pm till closing. 
Harvest Jam Ingredients:  Cut Split & Delivered, Dicey Riley, the Klunkers, Kevin Koloff (John Lennon is in the building,) Collage, Pat Watson Trio, Oasis Belly Dancers, Road Trip Boogie and the Studio Singers. Dancing, harvest fare, raffles and silent auctions, shhhh.  Admission $15 or $5 after 9 pm, $20 Family Rate (children under 12).  Tickets available at the door or at Hubbards, Chester and Chester Basin Pharmasave.


Have you ever wondered what buildings and businesses were once located in the village? 
Back in the day, Chester teemed with commerce. There were 200 hotel rooms to accommodate the summer trade, the boozer was down by the ferry dock, and there was a jewelry shop across the street from the Robinson House. The Rope Loft was a gas dock and there were 2 hardware stores and 2 grocery stores downtown. Yes. Really.
Walk back in time with the Chester Municipal Heritage Society for a tour next Monday, October 17th beginning at the Chester Legion at 1:30 pm. Cost $5.00 per person.
You must pre-register and a minimum of 6 people is required.
Call 902-275-3826 or 902-275-2030 or online at
Rain date is Thursday the 20th  - same time, same place.
Don't miss this. You will look at the village in a whole new light.
On a different note - how are your gingerbread creations coming along ??
The entry form deadline is November 4th. 

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In dog beers...I've only had one.

Suzi Fraser
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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Oct.5, 2016 Press Release

Chester Merchants Press Release

                                                                                        Dory Shop, Shelburne                                                             


I did a little road trip last week and hit the south west end of the province. I hate to get mushy but we really are  lucky to live here.

How's the trout in the well? If he is like the Monty Python  parrot... fill out this form.


This Week in Chester 

Tonight, Wednesday, at 7pm is the Municipal Candidates meeting at the Chester Legion. Candidates from District 3 - Danielle Barkhouse and Brenda Mulrooney, and District 7 - Sharon Church Cornelius and Doug Sharpham will be there to answer your questions. A flask might be a good idea. This event is sponsored by the Chamber and Voctada.

This is it - the end of the road for local veg supply - the rutabaga stops here. The farmers are loading up their wagons and heading to Florida for the winter. Get there this Friday between 10 and 2 pm to get all the fall harvest goodies before they blow dodge.

"Everything Fitz" is coming to the Chester Playhouse this Friday at 7:30 pm. This band presents a program of music and dance which reflects their distinct Canadian culture, namely the rich tradition of Canadian old-time fiddling and Ottawa-Valley step dancing.
These spirited young performers are noted for their polished performances and provide wholesome, captivating entertainment for a diverse audience.

This Saturday there is a breakfast at the Chester Legion from 7:30 - 10:30 am. Eggs any way, French toast, hash browns, beans, bacon, sausage, toast, tea/coffee and juice.

This Saturday "Going Coastal" is having a little party from 1-4pm at their shop across from the Fo'c'sle Pub. Check out the artwork while sitting on their amazing furniture. This shop is a true gem.

Get the turkey baster out - it's Thanksgiving. Organize the bread for sandwiches and claim the dark meat before anyone else gets dibs. A note to the wise: you might want to get the bird cooked before the power goes out if Hurricane Matthew gets this far.


Sign up for Atmospheric Painting in Acrylics, a scenic painting workshop with Malcolm Callaway at the Chester Arts Centre. There are five sessions (Oct 13, 20, 27 and Nov. 3 &10), and it's all about mixing, applying and understanding colour to interpret nature. $140. Material list to be supplied.
To register for Classes (and Paint Night), check in at the Chester Art Centre or call (902) 275-5789
Malcolm's credentials include being the head painter for a movie called "Two If By Sea". The plot was all about stealing artwork done by the masters. This required perfect replicas of everything from Monet to Pollock.
Next Saturday, October 15th, is the OHC Harvest Jam fundraiser at the Chester Legion from 3:30pm -11ish. Spread the word.They are looking for items for a silent auction for their fundraiser.
If you can offer a service or donate an item....let the
OHC know and they will collect it.

The Gingerbread's are  b a c k ! This is your chance to show off your molasses creations. Get busy.

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You cannot make everybody happy. You are not a taco.

Suzi Fraser
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