I went to "Motown: The Musical" this spring. There was a large sign posted at the ticket booth that said
"Please refrain from singing along at the show."
I laughed and thought to myself "Who would do that?" Well, the guy directly behind me, that's who.
He belted out every Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson and Supremes tune he knew.
I "heard it through the grapevine" the entire night.
I feel a bit like that about the kid's show this week.
No, it's not Motown - it's Robin Hood.
I have listened to them practice next door at the Legion for the past month and I know all the words by heart. The enthusiasm these kids are bringing to the stage for this show is palpable.
The camaraderie, the new friendships - this is a "must see" performance.
I will sit at the back and promise not to sing along.
This Week in Chester
Tonight, Wednesday, at 7pm and running until this Saturday, the Chester Playhouse Summer Theatre School will be presenting Robin Hood The Legendary Musical Comedy. There is also a matinée on Saturday at 2 pm.
The play was originally created by Halifax's Shakespeare By The Sea and tells a hilarious tale of the impossibly handsome Robin of Locksley returning from the Crusades expecting a hero's welcome but instead finds that Prince John and the Sheriff of Nottingham have taken over and are taxing the poor. Robin then must join an unlikely band of outlaws to seek revenge, correct bad grammar and right the wrongs of society. This irreverent musical features comedic lyrics and amusing twists on the familiar legend. Tickets are available here or by Ma Bell @ 902-275-3933.
The On-Line Fish Guys will be heading back to the books soon so it's time to think about stocking up with fresh fish and frozen seafood. Race Week sandwiches, picnics and parties are so much better with fresh fish and seafood. Order now and have it delivered right to your door or boat. They have haddock, halibut, salmon, fish cakes, bacon-wrapped scallops, shrimp, individually frozen scallops and lobster meat. email@example.com
Today is the kick off of Chester Race Week. This is the week to park your moral compass and change your name.
There are three great food trucks on the grounds at the CYC to complement the beer consumption.
The Yacht Club is open to all comers this week so drop down and watch the races.
The Hopping Penguins will open and close Chester Race Week on Wednesday and Saturday, Party Boots will be on stage Thursday night and Friday they have one of Atlantic Canada's finest dance bands "Asia NuGruv."
It's Oyster Fest time at White Gate ! To celebrate Chester Race Week 2017, White Gate Restaurant at 28 Pleasant Street will be serving up oysters on the deck all week. Starting at 5pm today, Wednesday, through Saturday drop by and slurp some oysters...and why not stay for dinner? White Gate is open this week from 5 - 9pm for dinner tonight through Saturday, with lunch on Saturday from 11:30 am and brunch on Sunday from 11:30 -2 pm and dinner Sunday from 5 - 8 pm. Reservations recommended 902-275-4400.
Bob is serving up breakfast at the Fo'c'sle this week and every week at ohhh 7:30 AM. Maybe just spend the night with your toothbrush?
It's zucchini season. I cannot grow anything but oddly I excel at zucchini. If you don't like zucchini perhaps a stay at the Mecklenburgh Inn this month is not for you.
This Friday the Chester Legion at 14 Union Street is celebrating Canada's 150 with a complimentary BBQ from 4-7 pm. You do know what complimentary means ?!
This Saturday there is high tea with Mrs. Lordly at the Lordly House Museum starting at
2:30 pm. Finger sandwiches and sweets / $8 per person. The highlight of this tea is a meet and greet with Carol Nauss. Carol is a wealth of knowledge and can answer any questions you may have about the history of Chester.
This Sunday the Bandstand Summer Concert Series presents the Chester Brass at 7pm. Get there early as this event is always packed.
Children are welcome to dance on the grass, or what's left of it after Race Week. Adults might want to bring a lawn chair with drink holder and a donation for the performers 902- 529-0016.
Next Tuesday is Picnic in the Park at Lordly Park from 6-8 pm. The Sons of the Sea will be performing and they are sponsored by Hawboldt Industries of Chester. Pack up your basket and dancing shoes and get over there.
Here's a pop up quiz to keep your brain from turning to mush this week ...
1. Name the one sport in which neither the spectators nor the
participants know the score or the leader until the contest ends.
2. What famous North American landmark is constantly moving backward?
3 Of all vegetables, only two can live to produce on their own for
several growing seasons. All other vegetables must be replanted every
year. What are the only two perennial vegetables?
4. What fruit has its seeds on the outside?
5. In many liquor stores, you can buy pear brandy, with a real pear
inside the bottle. The pear is whole and ripe, and the bottle is
genuine; it hasn't been cut in any way. How did the pear get inside
6. Only three words in standard English begin with the letters ' dw'
and they are all common words. Name two of them.
7. There are 14 punctuation marks in English grammar. Can you name at
least half of them?
8. Name the only vegetable or fruit that is never sold frozen, canned,
processed, cooked, or in any other form except fresh.
9. Name 6 or more things that you can wear on your feet beginning with
the letter 'S.'
Just to get you in the mood for the upcoming sailing week, here's a video that will raise the hair on your neck.
Trust me...this does not end well.
Head on over to the Zoé Vallé Library this afternoon for their annual garden party from 4-6 pm.
This Week in Chester
The annual Chester Opti Jam runs today and tomorrow. Come down to the harbour and watch those "cute as a bug's ear" optis out on the water.
Friday afternoon is the kick off of the annual Chester Classics Weekend. They need a few more volunteers to help with the race committee. If you are prone to sea sickness, this gig may be for you as you won't be "at sea" - you'll be on a dock. No yachting experience necessary. A brain is all that is required. If you would like to be involved in this historic event please email firstname.lastname@example.org
In other sailing news, the Chester Yacht Club needs beds for their volunteers from next Wednesday until Sunday, August 16th- 20th. If you have a spare room to offer please contact email@example.com
Stop in at Amicus Gallery tomorrow, Thursday, to celebrate Canada's 150th with their final show of the season "Chester 150." Walk down memory lane aided by a glass of wine or three from 6-8pm.
"I'm Your Man," the songs of Leonard Cohen is continuing this week at the Chester Playhouse from Thursday, August 10th - Saturday 12th at 8 pm with a matinée this Saturday at 2 pm.
For the songs of Leonard Cohen, Cliff LeJeune IS your man.
Cliff's journey with the darkly beautiful songbook of Leonard Cohen has traversed more than 25 years and arrives at this juncture; Cohen shuffled off this mortal coil last year but his light will forever glow in his brilliant body of work.
The Farmers and Artisans are at the old train station Friday. You should walk or bike there - the traffic last week was crazy. I think the chickens were tying up the intersection. As it is coming into tomato season I have included a handy little tomato storing tip below.
For guaranteed success below decks next week or to take your mind off the smelly socks and wet sails - Light My Fire studio on Duke Street is having a beeswax candle making workshop this Saturday from 11- 3 pm. Learn how to roll your own.
Allow 45 minutes to make your lava lamps. For groups call Candle Control @ 902-275-5800.
Saturday night plan to repair to the Red Shed at 8 pm at 35 Union Street. $10 to hear two interesting genres and dynamic music.
Inspired by Bob Dylan, Tyler Messick leads his band with strong guitar work, close harmonies and upbeat Americana Pop rock - all in a vintage, yet original style. Expect to hear a cross between psychedelic T-Rex, lyrical Dylan, Jangly Byrds and Simon and Garfunkel harmonies.
The second half of the evening is "Shadow Folk" with a blend of rock and roll, psych and folk. The band has 1960s British invasion vibes, harmonic layers, bluesy runs, '70s freakishness, experimental distortion, audio and pop nostalgia.
What's not to like about this? See you there.
Next week from Monday to Friday the Art Centre has a couple children's programs on the boil.
Check out their website, march the short ones out the door and then make a cleansing caesar.
Next Tuesday is Picnic in the Park at Lordly Park. The band is Short Notice sponsored by Chester Auto Supplies (NAPA.)
Next Wednesday is the start of Chester Race Week. There is "Art on the Deck," a rock painting workshop for ages 14+ at the Yacht Club presented by the from 1:30 - 3pm. Cost $10. To register call 902-275-5789
From next Wednesday until Sunday there is an indoor Yard Sale at the Baptist Church from 9 am - 2 pm each day.Proceeds to pay outstanding balance owing on the organ audio upgrade completion. For more info call JoAnne 902-275-4049.
If you missed the opening of Malcolm Callaway's show at Amicus Gallery there is still time to view these works. Sadly, you missed the wine and cheese, but hey, there's always next week.
We're counting down to Race Week. Two weeks to go !
This Week in Chester
Tonight, Wednesday, the Chester Playhouse presents "I'm Your Man -
The Songs of Leonard Cohen" starring Cliff Le Jeune, joined by Lisa St.
Clair and the Blue Engine String Quartet.
This production showcases
Le Jeune's journey with the darkly beautiful songbook of Leonard Cohen.
Currently the executive director of Dance Nova Scotia, Le Jeune says
nothing has matched the intensity and satisfaction of singing Cohen's
songs and that he is humbled by the extraordinary reverence audiences
have for Cohen's work. Cliff's interpretations are driven by his passion
and deep understanding of this lush material.
The show opens at 8 pm and runs until Saturday August 12th. Check with the Chester Playhouse for matinee times and pricing. 902-275-3933.
The Village Emporium
is having a 25% off sale on all summer dresses and tops during the
month of August. A new frock for Race Week? Stop in at the Emporium on
Pleasant Street to find a new infusion for your summer wardrobe. They
also stock books, souvenirs, soaps, toys, gift ware, home decor,
jewellery and ohhh so much more.
Tomorrow, Thursday, the Chester Art Centre at 60 Queen Street is throwing open their doors for an evening extravaganza called Un-Still Life. Fruit on the fly.
Remember that Friday is market day in Chester. Get to the old Train Station after 10 am and before 2 pm or you will miss out on all that spinach.
Park yourself on the deck at the Rope Loft
this weekend and test drive an order of their fresh mussels, oysters or
lobster. Wash it down with a craft beer on tap. Ahhh, summer in the
This Sunday is the Lobster Lovers' Feast at Bonny
Lea Farm from 4 - 6:30 pm. The take-out window is open from 3-6 pm.
Turf is also available but limited, so you should call ahead to order up
your steer. To purchase tickets in advance call 902-275-5622.
Chester Bandstand Summer Concert Series presents blues legend Morgan
Davis on guitar starting @ 7pm. The "Bright Lights of Chester" await you
there. 902- 529-0016 for info.
This week at White Gate Inn and Restaurant on
Pleasant Street chef Kyle Nelson is launching weekly specials starting
off with some lovely fresh halibut. Check out their link above or the
menu board posted outside the restaurant for more information every
Wednesday. Evening dining Wednesday through Sunday, lunch on Saturday
and brunch on Sundays.
In Chester Tennis Club news ...
Every Monday evening until the end of August from 6:30 - 8 pm there are adult tennis lessons -
$20/ session. Get your Lulu's on and get over there - all levels of players are welcome.
Tuesdays until the end of August there will be pickle ball at the courts starting @ 7pm.
The cost is $5 per person.
Wednesday evening is doubles night starting at 6:30 pm - mix and match.
Free for members, $5 for non members.
info / to register for any or all of the above events or to just to
reach out and say hello to Lesek, dial up @ 902-273-2308 or email
Monday evening the Blood Donor Clinic is back at the Chester Legion from 4:30 - 8:30 pm.
Roll up your sleeve. 1-888-236-6283.
Tuesday "FOG" (Four Old Guys) will be performing for Picnic in the
Park at Lordly Park at 6 pm - sponsored by the Chester Area Pharmasaves.
Meals for the musicians are generously provided by the Stretch Diner.
Wednesday from 4-6 pm is the Annual Garden Party at the Zoé Vallé
Library on Regent Street. This is a fund raiser for exterior restoration
of the Zoe Library. Casual dress with pockets.
FREE YORKSHIRE TERRIER.
8 years old, Hateful little bastard. Bites!
1/2 Cocker Spaniel, 1/2 sneaky neighbour's dog.
FREE PUPPIES. Mother is a Kennel Club registered German Shepherd.
Father is a Super Dog, able to leap tall fences in a single bound..
COWS, CALVES: NEVER BRED. Also 1 gay bull for sale.
JOINING NUDIST COLONY!
Must sell washer and dryer $200.
WEDDING DRESS FOR SALE.
Worn once by mistake. Call Stephanie.
FOR SALE BY OWNER. Complete set of Encyclopedia Britannica, 45 volumes.
Excellent condition, $200 or best offer.
No longer needed, got married, wife knows everything.
The month is drawing to a close. How did that happen?
The July Lulu Lemons are packing up and the August Lulu's are loading their SUVs and and pounding a path to the hamlet.
There's something here for everyone so why not come to Chester this week?
Barbara Oland photo
This Week in Chester
Opening tonight at 8 pm the Chester Playhouse presents "Who Killed Spalding Gray?"
MacIvor will be on stage for a limited run of his thought provoking
production which is a pair of monologues in dialogue with each other.
story begins on the weekend of January 11th, 2004, when celebrated
American monologist Spalding Gray ended his life by jumping off the
Staten Island Ferry in New York. That same weekend on the other side of
the country Daniel MacIvor, Canadian actor, playwright, theatre
director, and film director, was spending three days in California, in a
series of sessions with a man who had offered to save MacIvor's life.
Linking these two real stories is a fictional story derived from the
obsessions of Gray and the inventions of MacIvor, about a man named
Howard who had forgotten how to live. The show runs tonight until
Saturday at 8pm with a Saturday 2pm matinee.
Tomorrow, Thursday the Chester Legion is hosting the Chester Garden Club
Flower Show and Tea "Celebrating Canada's 150th" from 1:30 - 5 pm.
Tea will be served from 2- 4 pm.The competition is open to members and
non-members. Get your red and white posies down there asap.
yourself down to Amicus Gallery tomorrow, Thursday, from 6 - 8pm for the
opening of new works by village favourite Malcolm Callaway and meet the
mad artist up close and personal. Got a bare wall? This show is for
you. You may preview the show here.
The Chester Farmers' and Artisans are at the train station this Friday and every Friday
till October 6th from 10 - 2 pm. (rain or shine).
Send your house guests to stock up on bounty for the weekend.
The Black Market
is alive and well in Chester. Check out their wares at the corner of
Queen and Pleasant Streets. There is something for everyone here, and I
mean everyone. Stuff you never knew you wanted is there.
miss the Chester Volunteer Fire Department's open house at the fire
station from 10:30 am - 2:30 pm this Saturday : BBQ; displays; a selfie
station and (naturally) fire trucks. Donations of non-perishable food
items will be received for Lighthouse Food Bank.
The picnic with Sir John A is sold out. All who purchased baskets will help the Heritage Society
create a new walking tour of historic homes, facilitate upgrades to
Lordly Park and fund a new exhibit. If your basket is not being
delivered, remember to pick it up at the Baptist Church on King Street
between 2-4 this Saturday. 902-275-3826 / 902-275-3842 for questions.
Many thanks to Julien's, White Gate and to Father Dan, who just makes the world a better place.
Tuesday is Picnic in the Park at 6 pm with Cut Split & Delivered
sponsored by Eric Harding of Tradewinds Realty. Load up the hamper and
break out your dancing shoes.
Tuesdays until the end of August there will be Pickle Ball at the Chester Tennis Club @ 7pm.
$5 /person. All comers are welcome. For more info/register 902-273-2308
Next Wednesday, August 2nd, it's Kids Make Art for Canada 150 at the Chester Art Centre.
drop-in Canadian art experience from 10 - 1 pm. Kids will be painting,
sculpting, drawing and crafting their way around different regions and
cultures of Canada, all under one tent, complete with face painting and
snacks. You may register @ 902-275-5789. All ages welcome but short ones
must be accompanied by an adult.
skies cleared and the champagne flowed at the annual Chester Playhouse
Gala last Saturday evening at the Captain's House. Who knew there was
that much pink lurking in the closets of Chester.
was the Full Thunder Moon. The traditional full moon names, like Thunder
Moon, reflect the seasons in many temperate Northern Hemisphere
climates. In many parts of the continental U.S., thunderstorms are more
frequent in July as the weather heats up, so Thunder Moon was an apt
name for some Native American cultures. Yet there was and is a lot of
variety in the associations Native Americans made. Algonquin speakers
called it the Buck Moon, for the period when the antlers on deer start
growing. In the Pacific Northwest, the Tlingit called it the Salmon
Moon. Probably more than you needed to know but there it is.
This Week in Chester
Today and every Wednesday afternoon this summer at the Lordly House
from 1:30 - 3:30 pm, enjoy a glass of lemonade or iced tea, help with
handcraft projects, stories and conversation.
Stop by and see how you can help.
restaurant at the corner of King and Pleasant streets is now open
evenings from Wednesday through Sunday. Wednesday and Thursday evening
hours are 5:30- 8:30pm, Friday and Saturday hours are 5:30- 9:00pm. They
also offer a delicious midday lunch on Sunday from 11:30am - 2:30pm and
their Sunday hours are 5:00 - 8:00pm. Call now to book your table
The comedic thriller "The 39 Steps" is set to open at the Chester Playhouse
tonight, Wednesday, at 8 pm. 39 Steps is a Tony Award winning melodrama
adapted from the 1935 film by Alfred Hitchcock. One actor plays the
hero, another plays the three women with whom he has romantic
entanglements, and only two other actors play every other character in
the show: heroes, villains, men, women, children and even the occasional
Tickets are available online, at the box office, or by phone at 902-275-3933.
is "Ladies Little Black Dress" at the Yacht Club from 6- 9 pm. Tickets
are $25 which includes glass of vino, some nosh, live music, a bit of
shopping and lots of laughs. All monies raised goes to Junior Sailing.
For info/tickets 902-275-3747. Call now. You have only 5 hours left to
find the perfect dress - I suggest Frenchy's.
is opening a new show by William Downey tomorrow night, Thursday, from 6
- 8 pm. The show portrays a bit of abstract and realism which showcases
his wide range of talent. The show will be on display until Wednesday,
The farmers are parked at their usual spot at the Chester Train Station this Friday from 10-2 pm.
vendors and artisan vendors selling fresh fish, meat, breads, veggies,
baked goods, jewelry, soaps, folk art, flowers, sweet treats, hot food
Friday evening at 7:30 pm the St Stephen's Anglican Church is hosting the production
"About The Door You Came In."
writer visits his dying mother and brings a book that he'd written
twenty-five years ago to read to her. It is about her family, but it's
also about the terrible battle - Beaumont Hamel - that sits at the heart
of both Newfoundland's and her family's history. The songs and music of
this show showcase Douglas Cameron's talent playing banjola, mandolin,
ukulele, and harmonica. The Door You Came In isn't quite a play and it
isn't quite a concert. It's a musical story - sometimes funny, sometimes
tragic - that tells the tales of family, memory, and war.
are $20 adult/$10 student available by reservation from: the box office
at 902-634-9994; firstname.lastname@example.org;
email@example.com and also at the door.
This is a brilliant show - put in on your "must see" short list.
Saturday Going Coastal
at 41 Queen Street is opening a new show by 15 artists from 1- 4
pm.Stop by and check out the new pieces and also their lovely collection
of reclaimed wood works.
Why not drop in at the Rope Loft this weekend for a frosty bevvie on the waterfront. If you were any closer to the sea you would be in it.
evening the Chester Bandstand Summer Concert series presents the
Chester Brass Band at 7 pm. Children are welcome to dance on the grass.
Adults may want to bring a lawn chair and a flask. 902- 529-0016 for
Monday at 6:30 pm St. Stephens' Hall is the venue to express your
artistic flair. The Chester Garden Club members will show you how to
prepare your entry for the Big flower show "Celebrating Canada's 150." I
think 150 pansies in a milk jug and you're good to go. New members
Next Tuesday, July 18th, the Chester Art Centre is hosting an introduction to memoir writing from
- 4pm. Mary Fowke will share techniques that will help you get your
story down on paper. This is a creative and transformative process with
writing exercises to get the brain moving. Bring your Snoopy pail for
Next Tuesday is Picnic in the Park at Lordly Park - Amanda
Riley is on stage. The evening is sponsored by Chester Building
Supplies. Free admission - donations for the band gratefully accepted.
it's raining Tuesday, then we dance on Wednesday, if it's raining
Wednesday, we dance on Thursday. Meals for the musicians are generously
provided by the Stretch Diner. They have a new ice cream truck on site.
Go check it out !
Blue Shutters Art Gallery and Antiques
is open for the season. There are two delightfully bright rooms filled
with art by local artists; Gwen Dueck, Maria Kuttner, Diane Robertson,
George Théorêt, and Dolly Hancock. This two storey old barn is filled to
the rafters with antiques and collectibles. It is located at the
entrance to Graves Island and they are open daily from 10 - 4.30pm.
The July 2nd Canada Day sail past/parade of lights/ fireworks was fantastic !
huge thank you to the organizers and participants and a big shout out
to all the spectators who lined the shores of the waterfront.
We have all reflected this past week on what it means to us to be Canadian. Here is another nod to being Canadian.
This Week in Chester
The Starfish Refugee Project has some amazing artists
performing tonight at the Baptist Church at 7pm. The Project is fund
raising for Fatima and Abdulaziz's daughter, her husband and three
children who are in Turkey. The line up includes Ramy Essam AKA "Bob
Dylan of the Middle East" and Grammy nominated HuDost, from Montreal/
For further info please contact Sue LeBlanc @ 902-299-0139
You may now wheel your green bins out weekly. Peel your potatoes with wild abandon.
The Chester Farmers' and Artisan Market is on this Friday at the old train station from 10- 2pm.
All the usual green gear and more.
Just in time for date night Light My Fire
studio on Duke Street is having a beeswax candle making workshop this
Saturday from 11- 3 pm. Learn the top secret method of rolling beeswax
Allow 45 minutes to make your candles. For groups call Candle Central @ 902-275-5800.
This weekend is the Chester Heritage Society
Annual Auction at the Train Station. Friday is the auction preview with
reserve bids from 6-8 pm. Saturday the flea market opens at 9 am and
the auction begins at 9:30 am.You may drop off your donations for the
auction at Maple Cottage, 75 Regent Street today, Wednesday, and
tomorrow between 10-4 pm.
For pick up call 902-275-3842 /
902-275-3826. Rain date is Sunday, July 9th at 1 pm after church and the
first caesar of the day. "Help preserve our past, so we can ensure our
The Chester Playhouse
annual Galapolooza is at the Captain's House this Saturday from 6-9 pm.
This year's theme is PINK; pink flamingos, pink ladies, pink champagne.
When you venture into your closet for this event - think pink.
on hors d'oeuvres by Cocoa Pesto and enjoy the music of Jeff Goodspeed
and his band, Los Primos. "Chester Dines," the exciting food
extravaganza returns. If you are the successful bidder, you will be
wined and dined by local Chester Playhouse patrons and supporters.
items this year include artwork by Jose Valverde, ScotiaBank Centre
skybox seats to see TLC's Long Island Medium at large, Theresa Caputo on
August 6th, or perhaps a luxurious stay at Oceanstone Resort in Peggy's
Cove. Get your tickets now and see what else is on the block.
Call the Playhouse today to ensure you don't miss out. 902-275-3933
Chester Playhouse is hosting their 3rd annual Family Dun day at the
Captain's House from 2-5 pm. Families can play games, make crafts, have
their faces painted, eat hot-dogs and other food and drinks, enjoy fun
activities like hula hooping, bocce ball, ball and scoop, and all
while relaxing on the beautiful Captain's House property for the
This is a non-ticketed, pay what you will event.
I wonder if there is a drop off charge to leave the rug rats there?
evening the Chester Bandstand Summer Concert presents the "Mahone Bay
Legion Swing Band" at 7 pm. If you like swing, you will love this band.
The Chester Art Centre is buzzing next week with fun classes for the short ones.
There are 2 workshops which run next Monday
to Friday from 9 until noon daily and 1:30 - 4:30 pm daily. The morning
sessions are watercolour and the afternoon sessions are architectural
Either way, this frees up your day nicely. Call now to avoid disappointment.
The Oak Island Visitor Centre, display and gift shop is now open from 10- 5 pm daily.
It is located on Crandall Road, Highway 3 in Martin's Point 902-298-9007.
Next Tuesday, July 11th, is Picnic in the Park at Lordly Park. The
Hupman Brothers will be on deck and the evening's event is sponsored by
the Mecklenburgh Inn and Dolly Hancock.
Many thanks to the Stretch Diner for providing meals for the musicians. Free
admission - donations for the band gratefully accepted. If it's raining
Tuesday, we dance on Wednesday. If it's raining Wednesday, we dance on