Tuesday, June 30, 2020

June 30th, 2020 Press Release!



 
 
My heart says chocolate and wine but my jeans say, for the love of god, eat a salad.

Happy Canada Day everyone !
  

Suzi Fraser
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Greetings!
 
Happy Canada Day /Week !
We are getting our groove back on track and learning as we go with the guidelines as they are updated.
Get out on Canada Day and celebrate.
We hope you come and join us.

                                                                                       
Chester is Open for Business    
 
 
 
The Rope Loft Restaurant is open daily from 11:30 am. Waterfront dining at its finest ! Wing Night every Thursday and Prime Rib every Friday night.
They are celebrating their 45th Anniversary with a special Bombay Sapphire Cocktail. Why not stop by and take one for a test drive. Meals are available for dine-in or take out. Check out their Facebook page to stay in the loop. They want to thank all of you who participated in their successful first month of being open!

                                                                                                                      Poppy Balser Artwork

Amicus Gallery on Pleasant Street is now open for the summer. Daily hours are from 11 - 4. New paintings and functional art pieces arriving weekly. Stop by and say hello to Katherine and Liz.
 

The Kiwi Café and Pantry are open regular hours 8 am - 5 pm daily.
Full menu available for dine in or takeaway. Daily fresh baked goods. Shop the pantry for a great selection of local cheeses, vegetables, specialty groceries, chocolates, frozen meals, soups and gift items.
Phone in orders welcome at 902.275.1492.


Jim Smith ~ Fine Studio Pottery is opening this Sunday and celebrating the start of summer with a sale. The shelves are brimming with gorgeous pieces.
Please wear a mask & use the provided hand sanitizer upon entry.
Starting July 9th, open daily, 11 - 5, Sundays, noon - 5
or email for a private appointment jim@jimsmithstudio.ca
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The restaurant at White Gate is doing weekend take out with their White Gate Lite menu. Saturdays and Sundays from 3:00 - 7:00pm. Patrons are welcome on the deck with their take out... wine and beer are available. To view or download the White Gate Lite menu.
For more info call 902.275.4400
                                                             


The Chester Playhouse has moved to Radio ! They are airing on Cove Fm 88.7 every Saturday from 4-6 pm starting this Saturday and running til the end of August.
This show allows the "Show to Go On" profiling artists who have graced the stage at the Playhouse - music, theatre, comedy and so much more. Put it in your iCal.



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Hours are:
Wed: 11-7
Thurs: 11-7
Friday: 11-8
Saturday: 11-8
Sunday: 11-7


Starting tomorrow the Village Emporium will be back to 7 Days a Week! 
11 Pleasant St.
902 275 4773


The Chester Art Centre is calling for Exhibition entries:
A Call Out to South Shore creatives, artists and crafters of all ages and skills. They want to see - and show off - what local creative souls have been up to in this time of isolation, quarantine, social distancing and home-time. No,no. Not the blue bag with the beer cans....
They are opening their doors to everyone to bring in what you've been working on, to help launch their re-opening exhibition.
Exhibition pieces may be brought to the Centre any time until July 6, 2020.
Please call ahead 902-275-5789 to arrange drop off time.


Blue Shutters Antiques and Gallery 3167 Hwy 3, at Graves Island Provincial Park, is opening for the season this Thursday. They are open Thursdays through Sundays, 10am-4pm. All Covid-19 precautions are being taken, so come on by and buy!  Tel: 902 275 5359

                                                                                                   Michelle Doucette photography

The Chester Heritage Society wishes to announce that the Lordly Museum will be open for pre-booked tours this month. The Oak Island display at the Chester Train Station at 20 Smith Road will also be open for pre-booked tours.
Lordly Park is currently open for use as is the playground always respecting the provincial distancing rules. For more information about the park and all things "heritage" call or email Fran Underwood 902-275-5179 / franu@bellaliant.net


The Mecklenburgh Inn is open and observing Covid protocols. Lots of room for distancing.
Why not spend a few days in Chester? Heavenly beds. Heavenly location. Endless Possibilities.
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Roll on Summer !!

                                   
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Friday, June 5, 2020

June 5th, 2020 Press Release!


Chester Merchants Press Release

 
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Greetings!
 
Chester is emerging from a    l o n g    winter's nap. Boats are on the water, the golf course is packed, the community vegetable beds are planted.... We are READY !
All we need is YOU to come join us.

                                                                                       
Chester is Open for Business    
 
 
 
The Rope Loft is Open for Dining In! They're kicking the season off tonight with Friday Night Prime Rib. Catch the afternoon sun on the patio before dinner!

Business Hours:
Sunday - Thursday: 11:30 am - 8 pm
Friday - Saturday: 11:30 am - 9 pm

The safety of our customers and staff is our top priority. We have adopted all sanitation measures to ensure a safe environment.

Tables are 6 feet apart - booths have extended barriers
Maximum of 10 people at a table
RED MEANS STOP - a red buoy signifies that a table is not ready
As required - please have one person in your group provide their name and contact information
Enter through the main entrance only
Please respect 6-foot distancing when entering and exiting
Once entered, please go directly to your table
There are two washrooms - limited to one person at a time
Hand sanitizer pumps are placed throughout the building
Restaurant doors close at 11 pm

We are riding the tide. Changing with the rules and regulations to keep everyone safe and happy. Bubble up, take a seat & we'll take care of the rest.





 Going Coastal is now open as of June 6  Store Hours are Saturday and Sunday 10-3 pm.
 Opening full time hours in the coming weeks. Find them online
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The Kiwi Café and Pantry are open regular hours 8 am - 5 pm daily.
Full menu available for dine in or takeaway. Daily fresh baked goods. Shop the pantry for a great selection of local cheeses, vegetables, specialty groceries, chocolates, frozen meals, soups and gift items.
Phone in orders welcome at 902.275.1492.
 

                                                                                                                  Malcolm Callaway


Amicus Gallery, located in the heart of Chester at 20 Pleasant Street, has re-opened its doors! Currently they are open Saturdays from 11am - 3pm, but as the warmer weather comes, they will open on Sundays as well. Once July hits they will be open full time. They look forward to welcoming you!
                                                             


While White Gate figures out how and when to resume full dine-in service, they have launched White Gate Lite for take out on Saturdays and Sundays from 12-6pm. Hours will expand as demand rises, until they are fully re-opened. Take out patrons are welcome to eat their take out on the White Gate Deck. Orders may be place in advance or customers can walk in and order on the spot. For advance ordering either email info@whitegate.ca or phone 902.275.4400
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Roll on summer !



The Village Emporium gift shop is now open Tuesday to Saturday from 10am -5pm.
Extended hours coming soon - watch their Facebook page for updates.
New stock is arriving including a selection of summer dresses, tops, pants and hats. Also come check out our five new vendors waiting to show off their exciting products.
They also stock locally made cloth face masks.



The Mecklenburgh Inn is open and observing Covid protocols. Lots of room for distancing.
Why not spend the weekend in Chester? Heavenly beds. Heavenly location. Endless Possibilities.
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Observation: The world is now Las Vegas. Everybody is losing money, it's acceptable to drink at all hours, and no one has any idea what day it is.
    

Suzi Fraser
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Monday, December 30, 2019

December 30th, 2019 Press Release!

Chester Merchants Press Release

 
                                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                







Greetings!
 
Turkey all gone? 
Just in time to load up the fridge with champagne.
Nothing like a bottle of bubbles to ease you into the New Year.



                                                                                        
This Week in Chester    
 
Tomorrow night is New Year's Eve. Why not ring it in at White Gate? They have 4 spaces leftfor a 
five course culinary extravaganza plus a glass of bubbles to toast 2020, $85 per person, with an optional wine pairing available for purchase.  Phone   902.275.4400 or email  info@whitegate.ca




And now onto  Levee Day affairs...

The Fo'c'sle Pub is first out of the gate by throwing open their doors at 11 am.
There will be a complimentary buffet offered by the owners and staff from 12 pm onward.

The Playhouse is also vying for opening position at 11am



The Chester Yacht Club is welcoming members and guests to join them at 1 pm.

                                                              




We have a new SPA aahhh  in the 'hood !
Book yourself in and shake off the toxins of the holidays.






 

 
                                    
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Happy New Year to you and yours from the Chester Merchants.  
All the best for 2020 - Hit the ground running ! 
 
    

Suzi Fraser
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Wednesday, December 18, 2019

December 18th, 2019 Press Release!

Chester Merchants Press Release

 
                                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                               







Greetings!
 
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas in the hamlet. Everyone and everything is decorated for the season.
All our shops are open and await you.

Why not visit us here in Chester?



                                                                                       

Some are happy about the weather ...
 
 
                                                           
               Some, not so much        
                                                                                     

This Week in Chester    
 
Tonight, Wednesday, is the 20th (!) Annual Sing Choirs evening of Christmas music at the Chester United Baptist Church, 84 King Street at 7:30 pm.  The evening features St. Stephen's Anglican Choir, Chester United Baptist Choir, Studio Singers Community Choir, St. Augustine's Catholic Singers, Musical Friends Youth Choir, with a special guest appearance by Dirty Dougie and the Divine Dandies. Admission is pay-what-you-will at the door, to benefit the CAMS Well-Fed Students Lunch Program. Storm date: Thursday,December 19th.



Why not ring in the New Year at White Gate? They are holding their annual New Year's Eve event, a 5 course culinary extravaganza plus a glass of bubbles to toast 2020, $85 per person, and an optional wine pairing available for purchase on the night. They are taking bookings now, and still have some space available. Phone  902.275.4400 or email  info@whitegate.ca






                                                             


                                   
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Anyone who believes that men are the equal of women have never seen a man trying to wrap a Christmas present.    
 
Merry Christmas and best wishes to you and yours from the Chester Merchants. 
 
    

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Wednesday, December 11, 2019

December 11th, 2019 Press Release!

Chester Merchants Press Release

 
                                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                               







Greetings!
 
We're on the home stretch...
2 weeks.
14 days
336 hours

There's still time...






                                                                                       

This is happening right now at the Village Emporium on Pleasant Street !!
 
 
                                                                                                                                                                         

This Week in Chester   

Tonight, Wednesday, at 8 pm the Chester Drama Society will premiere Malcolm Callaway's Christmas farce "The Secret Diary of M" at the Chester Playhouse. The play runs until Saturday evening. Tonight is "pay what you can."
Set on Oak Island, where several groups have laid claim to the area, bizarre characters challenge the theory of a hidden treasure left by pirates.
Unlike his summer works, Malcolm's Christmas plays are not known for solid plots or deep meaning. In fact, they have been said to be more shallow than a cookie sheet.The Secret Diary of M (the Sequel) is no exception. Intended for those who tire of the commercialization of Christmas, laughter is the one constant in the Chester Drama Society's Christmas plays. 
Tickets are racing out the front door.  902 275-3933


The Shore Club in Hubbards is a wrap for 2019 but they are readying for 2020.
Shore Club VIP passes are now available until Christmas Eve or until they run out. The VIP pass allows free admission to all the regular Saturday night dances for the upcoming season, approximately 25 nights, featuring all the top bands in Nova Scotia. On busy nights, the VIP pass takes you to the front of the line, and should you not be able to attend, the pass is fully transferable. VIP passes are $100 and may be ordered at    lobster@shoreclub.ca   
A bargain for top drawer entertainment !
Iconic Shore Club hats are also available, $25,or you might want to give a gift that everyone enjoys - lobster. There are gift certificates for any denomination for the 'almost famous' Shore Club Lobster Supper - going into its 84th year.

This Friday Black Harbour Distillers will be hosting "Christmas at the Distillery"  (419 Highway 329, Fox Point) from 7 - 10 pm. Stop by to sample their products and enjoy the music.




This Sunday, December 15th, Chester's own Teresa Bergen will be in, or near, her studio at
# 117 Highway 14 (just past Oceanview Nurseries) from 10am - 5pm "by appointment or chance in perpetuity."
Teresa is a ceramic artist who creates exuberant one of a kind sculptures and exotic intricate teapots - a hint of fairy tale mixed with glamour. Cranks, pulleys and gears allow the viewer to participate in the actions of these ceramic creations.
This is a rare opportunity to see and purchase Teresa Bergen's work. Don't miss out. 902 299 0640




                                                               

Next Tuesday, December 17th, the Chester Playhouse presents their 2nd annual "By Folk-El Spectacular Holiday Social"  from 6:30 to 7:30 pm.  Get your tickets now for this extraordinary "Kitchen Party" produced by Andrew Hamson and Friends. 
Tickets $25 and include a burrito. Yes. A burrito. For info/tickets, call 902-275-3933

 
Next Wednesday is the 20th (!)  Annual Sing Choirs evening of Christmas music at the Chester United Baptist Church, 84 King Street at 7:30 pm.  The evening features St. Stephen's Anglican Choir, Chester United Baptist Choir, Studio Singers Community Choir, St. Augustine's Catholic Singers, Musical Friends Youth Choir, with a special guest appearance by Dirty Dougie and the Divine Dandies. Admission is pay-what-you-will at the door, to benefit the CAMS Well-Fed Students Lunch Program. Storm date: Thursday,December 19th.



                                   
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