Wednesday, October 18, 2017

October 18th, 2017 Press Release!



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Greetings!

I know nothing about plants or any of those other terms that are perennially related.
Oceanview Nursery knows a lot about plants and they are having a sale ! The property is exploding with all things "harvest." They are offering mums at 2 for the price of 1 and they are gorgeous !

There are bulbs and all sorts of other plant things that people get excited about. Come to Chester and make a day of it at Oceanview because it will take all day to see everything they have to offer.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

This Week in Chester 

This Friday at 7:30pm the Chester Playhouse is delighted to welcome multiple JUNO award winner Joel Plaskett who will be sharing the stage with his father Bill Plaskett.
They will be performing from their first full length collaborative album "Solidarity" which was released February of this year.
Their album is a powerful collection of original and traditional songs that reflect both Bill and Joel's individual musical journeys grounded in folk music with influences of rock and roll.

The Kiwi Café has some delicious Indian curries in their freezer from Taste of Mauritius. Stop by and pick up one to get you through your next Netflix binge.

The Art Centre is offering painting classes with Pat Christiansen every Wednesday afternoon starting November 1st until November 29th. She will help you create the perfect winter scene in time for...winter. There are just a couple of slots left so dust off your brush and dial up the Art Centre to register.

Sunday White Gate Restaurant presents their evening prix fixe menu. Call today to get your foot in the door for the weekend.


                                                                                                           


Next Monday is Musical Friends at the St Stephen's Anglican Church.
It is free for all to attend.

1pm - Vintage Voices
A fun singalong for people who enjoy music from the 30s to the 60s. Words are projected on a screen so that no one has to mess with any pages, and requests are always taken!
2pm - Musical Friends Choir
Youth from Chester Elementary are walked from school to Tuck Hall, provided with a snack, and then learn to sing.
3pm - Musical Friends Band
Older students from both elementary and middle school receive guitar, piano, bass and drum lessons, learn songs to play together, and begin to learn how to write music.
4pm Tuneful Tots
Babies and toddlers along with parents, grandparents or guardians enjoy nursery rhymes and other danceable music.

The Chester Merchants Gingerbread House Competition is back!
Fill out your entry form and get it in before Saturday, November 4th. 


                                                                                                                
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A guy walks into a bar and finds a horse serving drinks. The horse asks "What are you staring at? Haven't you ever seen a horse tending bar before?"
The guy says, "It's not that. I just never thought the parrot would sell the place."



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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Oct. 11th, 2017

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Greetings!


Last Thursday's Absolute Bloody Final of the season was a huge success. Many thanks to the gang at the Rope Loft for hosting a terrific evening and a shout out to the crews for getting out for the last race of the season.

Everyone have turkey sammies in their lunch pails this week?




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This Week in Chester 

This Friday, October 13 th and Friday the 27th "My Time Square Quilters" will meet at the Chester Baptist Church Hall from 10:30 am - 1 pm.  Bring your lunch. New members welcome. 
 
This Saturday is breakfast at the Chester Legion from 7:30 - 10:30 am.  Enjoy eggs (any way you like them), French toast, hash browns, beans, bacon, sausage, toast, tea/coffee and juice.

Saturday evening is the 3rd Annual Harvest Jam Kitchen Party at the Chester Legion from 5 pm - midnight.  Ingredients:  Music, dancing, great eats, raffles & silent auctions.  5:00 pm Studio Singers; 5:30 pm Oasis Belly Dancers; 6:00 pm Denis Ryan & Tony Quinn; 7:00 pm Dirty Dougie & the Divine Dandies; 8:00 pm Kevin Koloff & Gypsy Minstrels; 9:00 pm The Klunkers; 10:00 pm The Parsons Brothers and 11:00 pm Cut Split & Delivered.  Tickets $10 per person/$20 per family (parents with kids under 12).  Tickets available at the door or any local Pharmasave.

This Sunday at 3 pm the Chester Brass Band in concert with the Riverport and Area Community Choir will be performing at the St John's Anglican Church in Lunenburg.The band and choir have united to perform an enjoyable selection of interesting and entertaining pieces for this particular concert. Tickets are available at the door.  www.musiqueroyale.com



 
                                                                                                            

Next Tuesday, October 17th at 10 AM, 2016 Juno winners "The Swinging Belles," a swing band for kids from St. John's, Newfoundland, are intent on getting both kids and adults to kick up their heels and have a swinging good time with the whole family at the Chester Playhouse.

The show is all about getting both children and parents dancing along to some swing, country and jazz and is showcased through songs and stories supported by guitars, mandolins, banjos and ukuleles. The show is packed with music, interactive storytelling and lots of dancing!  

                                                                                                                 
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If I weigh 200 pounds on earth I will only weigh 76 pounds on Mars. I'm not overweight, I'm just on the wrong planet.



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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

October 4th, 2017 Press Release!

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There is not a single fruit fly in Chester.

They are all married and have lots of children.





                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

This Week in Chester 

The last zucchini rides out of town this Friday from 10-2pm  at the Farmer's Market at the old train station. Load up on all the wonderful fruit and veg for this Thanksgiving weekend.
Did someone say pickles?

Bluegrass Grammy Nominee Claire Lynch will be onstage with her band at the Chester Playhouse this Friday at 7:30 pm.
Dolly Parton credits singer-songwriter Claire Lynch as having "one of the sweetest, purest and best lead voices in the music business today."
Lynch's latest CD "North by South" pays homage to her favourite Canadian songwriters: Ron Sexsmith's "Cold Hearted Wind," the catchy "Kingdom Come" written by Old Man Luedecke, and the gorgeous maritime ballad "Molly May" written by Cape Breton's JP Cormier. Stuart Duncan and Bryan McDowell add fiddle to a number of fine tracks as well. Lynch also offers thoughtful reinterpretations of songs by Lynn Miles "Black Flowers," David Francey "Empty Train" and Gordon Lightfoot "Worth Believing" and contributes the lighthearted self-penned "Milo" to the project.


                                                                                                           


If you've had enough turkey by Monday, take a road trip to the harvest sale at the Forties Community Centre, 1787 Forties Road, New Ross from 9 - 4pm. Homemade pickles, jams & jellies, Annapolis Valley apples, Krispi Kraut sauerkraut and home baked goods will be available. Step back in time and enjoy demonstrations and music from local musicians.
Happy Thanksgiving wishes to you and your family from all of us at the Chester Merchants Group.
If something comes with gravy, use it - that's the whole point of gravy. Gravy does not stand alone. Pour it on. Make a volcano out of your mashed potatoes. Fill it with gravy. Eat, repeat.

                                                                                                                
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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

September 20th, 2017 Press Release!

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It is difficult to move forward without acknowledging the destruction caused by hurricanes Irma and Marie in the Caribbean.
Nova Scotia's ties with these islands go back well over two centuries.
They need our help.
Please consider the people and animals who have suffered from these devastating hurricanes and find it in your heart to help them.

Here are a few reputable sites...

Red Cross

BVI

Barbuda


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

This Week in Chester 

Tomorrow, Thursday, Alex Cuba will be bringing his "sugarcane-sweet melodies, pop-soul hooks and powerful guitar riffs" to the Chester Playhouse stage at 7:30 pm.

Alex Cuba was born in Cuba and was immersed in music at a young age. He went on to study guitar and bass and after moving to Vancouver, recorded his first album. He then recorded his solo debut album Humo De Tobaco which earned him his first Juno award for World Music Album of the Year.
His latest album, Healer, takes him back to his roots, with guitars and vocal harmonies - an upbeat, acoustic soul album full of optimism.

The Chester Farmers and Artisans are on tap this Friday at the Chester Visitor Information Centre at the old train station from 10 - 2 pm (rain or shine).


                                                                                                           


Musical Friends is offering four free programs to the community which will be held at the
St. Stephen's Anglican Church every Monday.
1pm: Vintage Voices
A fun singalong for people who enjoy music from the 30s to the 60s. Words are projected on a screen so that no one has to mess with any pages, and requests are always taken!
2pm: Musical Friends choir
Youth from Chester Elementary are walked from school to Tuck Hall, provided with a snack, and then learn to sing.
3pm Musical Friends band
Older students from both elementary and middle school receive guitar, piano, bass and drum lessons, learn songs to play together, and will learn how to write music.
4pm Tuneful Tots
Babies and toddlers along with parents, grandparents or guardians enjoy nursery rhymes and other danceable music.
For further info contact amyvinnedge@gmail.com /musicalfriends2017@gmail.com.
Next Saturday, September 30th at 7:30pm, Flamenco en Rouge will be onstage at The Chester Playhouse for a performance in support of their Barbados Raffle fundraiser.
Flamenco en Rouge is strongly committed a pure, authentic approach to flamenco, inspired by
the Gitano (gypsy) style from Jerez de la Frontera, Spain.
They bring a highly charged performance energy, with dramatic dancing, singing
and virtuosic instrumentals and colourful costumes.
Ticket prices, including taxes and fees for the show are $32 and include a $20 Barbados raffle ticket.

                                                                                                                
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She looked surprised.


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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

September 13th, 2017 Press Release!



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Greetings!


A big shout out to the Chester Art Centre and all the volunteers that made "Chester Creates" such a spectacular day.

This was an unprecedented event and it was off the charts fantastic ! A huge thank you to everyone who participated and to those that made it happen.



                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

This Week in Chester 

"Canada, It's Complicated" is a brand new comedy production that combines satirical sketches and songs that showcase the joys, foibles, tragedies and triumphs of Canada and being Canadian.
The show features a cast of seven Canadian comics created with a diverse group of Canadian comedians, musicians and playwrights including Mary Walsh, Derek Seguin, Quantum Tangle, Marie Clements and Mike Allison.
This show will be at the Chester Playhouse tomorrow night, Thursday, at 7:30pm. Dial them up to guarantee a seat for your bum  902-275-3933.

The Chester Farmers' and Artisan Market is on this Friday at the Chester Visitor Information Centre at the old train station from 10 - 2pm rain or shine. Back off those tomatoes - they are all mine.

This Friday evening at 7:30pm Old Man Luedecke will be performing and recording live on stage at the Chester Playhouse. Chris is a multi-award winning Canadian singer-songwriter who, we are proud to say, has chosen Chester as his home.
Luedecke is a young man with an old soul who tells stories through his music.


                                                                                                           


Why not stop in at the Seaweed Soap Company
on Queen Street under the Tradewinds Realty building.Their soaps are trés smooth and come in several flavours.  
It's like shopping for ice cream without the calories.

                                                                                                                
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An entire bottle of wine can fit in a Starbucks Trenta-size cup. Just sayin' ...



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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

September 6th, 2017 Press Release!

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Greetings!


Chester will be buzzing this weekend ! This Saturday is the Chester Art Centre's 150 th "Chester Creates" extravaganza !

It's time to get in touch with the right side of your brain.





                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

This Week in Chester 


The farmers and artisans are at the old train station this Friday from 10-2pm. It is open season - they have everything available at this time of year. Shake out your piggy bank and get over there this Friday.

There is so much going on here this Saturday you won't be able to do it all - but you can give it a shot. The Chester Art Centre located at 60 Queen Street is hosting this huge and unprecedented event throughout the village. There is something for everyone from painting to pottery to having a photo of your mug in a Mona Lisa portrait. Yes, you read that correctly. There will be a circus, sidewalk chalk drawing, sand creations and workshops for all. There are also live music events throughout the village. Downtown restaurants are also involved with special 150 menu offerings. Make sure to be here in Chester at 10 am Saturday. Don't miss one minute of this "Happy Birthday Canada" event. It's going to be a corker !

This week the Restaurant at White Gate launches their summer to autumn transitional menu to make the most of the local seasonal produce. Highlights include braised lamb shanks, shrimp and lobster tagliatelle and peach tarte tatin. Fall hours are Wednesday through Sunday for dinner and Sunday for brunch.

This Sunday is the annual Bonny Lea Farm benefit Golf Tournament hosted by the Chester Golf Club.  Dust off the Callaways and sign up for some fun. To register or more info call 902-275-5622.


                                                                                                           


The Senior's College of Nova Scotia (SCANS) is a non-profit organization open to all seniors over 50. Anyone over 50 with a chequebook is invited to join an information and registration session next Monday, September 11th at 2pm at Saint Stephen's Hall, 54 Regent St. Chester.
The annual membership fee is $155.50.

There, you will hear Daphna Levit and Peter Glenister describe their courses for the fall session which begin October 10th.
Two very interesting subjects covering the Seldom Heard Voices of Contemporary Critics of Israel and a study of Glen Gould, the musical recluse.
Light refreshments will be served. I can't wait.

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Dead ahead through the pitch-black night, a captain sees a light on a collision course with his ship. Reaching for the radio, he says "Change your course ten degrees east."
"Change yours ten degrees west," comes the reply.
The captain responds, "I'm a naval captain! Change your course sir!"
"I'm a seaman second class," the reply comes back. "Change your course, sir."
The captain is furious. "I'm a battleship! I'm not changing course!"
The man replies, "I'm in a lighthouse. Your call."


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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

August 30th, 2017 Press Release!

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Greetings!


Tomorrow is the last day of August ! How did THAT happen?

Get out on the water before it snows again. Dial up Piers at the Kayak Shack on Water Street and get out and explore the bay. The water is warm and by all reports, there is no hurricane expected here this week.




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

This Week in Chester 

Today is the last Wednesday to drop in at Lordly House at 133 Central Street from 1:30-3:30 pm. Enjoy a glass of lemonade or iced tea, help with handcraft projects, stories and join the conversation.

This Friday is the weekly Chester Farmers' and Artisan Market at the Chester Visitor Information Centre AKA the old train station. Stock up for the long weekend.

The Village Emporium on Pleasant Street is having a sale on their classic Chester Pictorial History Books. $25 will buy you a very interesting read. Why not pick up a few?  Christmas is coming.

This Labour Day weekend there is a sale at Blue Shutters Antiques and Art Gallery located at the entrance to Graves Island Park in East Chester. They are offering 10-20% off all inventory and artwork.

The Kiwi Café has a new addition - the Kiwi Pantry. This new space is bursting with goodies to take home: frozen entrees; local products; "Taste of Mauritus" spice blends; jams; honey; linen tea towels  - a veritable buffet of things to take away.


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Next Saturday, September 9th, Chester will be alive with the biggest pARTy of the year.
"Canada 150 Chester Creates !"  Art, music, and fun and ... it's FREE !
This event kicks off at 10 am and runs through till 4 pm, so get out and pARTicipate.
Grab an ART Map at the Chester Art Centre at 60 Queen and follow the ART map to events sprinkled throughout the village.
Watch Holly Carr paint a work on silk at Lordly Park, or practice your graffiti art with Bryan Reid up at the Skate Park. Make a driftwood sculpture with Lisa Aiken at Freda's Beach, or try your hand at batik with Rosi Robinson at the Art Centre.
You will find Gwen Dueck, Malcolm Callaway and Dawn Harwood-Jones at the bandstand,
and scattered on street corners, artists like Allan Carver, who works with soap bubbles, world-renowned chalk artist Dave Johnston and jugglers and stilt-walkers from Atlantic Cirque.
Join Simon Copas and Michel Gerard Doucet as they paint plein air on the Blockhouse Hill, just up from the Tancook Ferry wharf. Try your hand at clay art with Teresa Bergen at Lordly Park or collage work with Lynda Shalagan at the Art Centre.
Don't forget to throw in a round of the Colour Games at Blockhouse Hill and Lordly Park.
There will be music too. Folk, country, contemporary, Celtic and Acadian with performers like The Blue Lane, Collage, Jeanne Nash, Know Issue, Jim Kovalcik, Paul and Eilidh Buchanan and Samba Nova and more.
There will be special meal offerings on the menus from the eateries around the village.

In the event of rain, all events will be held at the Chester Rink.
902-275-5789 for further inquiries / chesterartcentre@ns.aliantzinc.ca


                                                           
                                                                 
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A doctor, a dentist and a lawyer were in a boat together when a wave came along and washed them all overboard.
Unable to get back into the boat, they decided two would hold on to the boat and the third would swim to shore for help but they realized there were hundreds of sharks between them and land.
Without a word the lawyer stared swimming. As he swam the sharks parted to make way.
The dentist yelled, "It's a miracle!"
"No," said the doctor, "professional courtesy."



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