Wednesday, June 20, 2018

June 20th, 2018 Chester Press Release

Chester Merchants Press Release


Tomorrow is the first day of summer !
Well it's about TIME.
Tomorrow also marks the 28th anniversary of the Mecklenburgh Inn, reason alone to open a bottle !

I can tell it's almost summer because I had to wait a whole 30 seconds at the Valley Road turn off the other day.

This Week in Chester 

The Kiwi Café is sporting some nice new linens, giftware, bee's wax enviro food wrap and so much more. Stop in and see what's cooking.

To celebrate, or perhaps fend off the onslaught of prom season, Robin at Flowers Flowers Flowers has painted her front door aqua marine. Stop by and tell what colour you would have chosen and maybe pick up a fluffy kitten peony while you're there.

The Kayak Shack is ready and waiting to take you out on the water. Call them up and book your excursion now. The owners are delightful and will give you the full tour of "Life in Chester" as seen from the Bay.

The Farmers and Artisans are at the Chester Train Station from 9 -1 pm (rain or shine) this Friday. Get there early and snap up a loaf or a croissant from Julien's Bakery. Get there later and have lunch at Indus Cuisine - Indian and Pakistani flavours right here in Chester - who ever dreamed you could get Indian food in Chester? Yippee !

Friday night Darren Arsenault is on stage at the Rope Loft for your listening pleasure from 8-11pm. Darren covers all genres from Country and Blues to Folk and Rock, so there's something for everyone and I mean everyone. Come one come all. Drink your way through the rum selection  - they carry JD Shore Rum and it's a hands down winner !  Evening meals are available until 9:30pm.        

This Sunday is the kick off of the Chester Bandstand Summer Concert series. Jamie Junger will be on stage at 7 pm. Jamie is a wonderful and engaging performer who also gives guitar lessons, so if you want to sign up, talk to him after the show. Children are welcome and adults can come too. Concerts may be cancelled due to heavy rain at the discretion of the performer. For more info contact Sue LeBlanc @ 902-299-0139.

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What do you call a pig with no legs
Ground hog

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

June 13th, 2018 Press Release!

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W e ' r e    b a c k !

Spring has sprung. Sort of. I think the farmers in the Valley might beg to differ.

I trust you all "wintered well" as they say, and are ready to join us for the events we have in store for you here in Chester this season.


This Week in Chester 

To those of you receiving this email blast for the first time, it is because you signed up at the Chester Merchants booth at Saltscapes Exhibition in April. This is a weekly update of what is happening in Chester from June until December, and there is a lot going on in our little Hamlet year 'round. Read on....

Today, Wednesday, from 3-4 pm at the Chester Yacht Club, the lovely Stephanie Beaumont of
Sea and be Scene will bring you up to speed on the new Tourism Chester ambassador project.
She will introduce the "# Love where you live" project where everyone can get in on the fun and participate.

Thursday night is wing nut night at the Rope Loft and the Fo'c'sle. Get there early and get it "hot on" or with a side of blue cheese. Yes please !

The Chester Farmer's and Artisan market runs every Friday at the Old Train Station from 9-1 pm (rain or shine.) There are local farm vendors and artisans selling fresh fish, meat, breads,  vegetables, baked goods, jewelry, soaps, folk art, flowers, sweet treats, hot food and more. 

The Chester Heritage Society is throwing open their doors this Friday at Lordly House, 133 Central Street. The museum will be open all summer from 10 - 4 pm, Tuesdays to Saturdays. 
New displays include "Tuesday Painters" and "Antique Lace."

There will be a grand opening of the Old Train Station, Craft Shop and displays at 20 Smith Road also this Friday. They will be open from 10 - 4 pm every day but Wednesday. Sunday hours are noon till 4pm.

This Friday evening Kevin Koloff, Chester's own John Lennon, is on stage at the Rope Loft from  8-11pm with all the tunes you know by heart from the 60's and 70's. The kitchen is open till 9:30 pm so be sure to get your order in before then. Kevin always puts on a great show so plan to make a night of it.

Blue Shutters Antiques and Art Gallery is open from 10am - 4 pm every weekend this month.

This Saturday at 7:30 pm, the Chester Playhouse is pleased to present "Hillsburn" for your ears. This five-piece band from Halifax was founded in 2014 and has sold out shows all over North America. They released their new album "The Wilder Beyond "this February and have been showcasing their music throughout Canada ever since. Hillsburn was the recipient of the 2016 Canadian Folk Music Award for "New / Emerging Artist of the Year" and a 2017 East Coast Music Award for "Fans' Choice Video of the Year. Dial up 902-275-3933 to secure your tickets now.


This Father's Day Sunday, the Restaurant at White Gate is featuring a special promotion with two courses for $32.00, and they have put a special dessert on for the day, a bourbon maple brulée. You may see the Father's Day menu on their Facebook page above. Please call for reservations at 902-275-4400.
Remember you can wheelie your little green bins out every week now throughout the summer months.

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Why did the Canadian chicken cross the road?
To get to the middle.

Here is another bird dancing to an Elvis tune

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Wednesday, December 20, 2017

December 20th, 2017 Press Release!

Chester Merchants Press Release
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Drum roll... Brenda Boutilier of Big Tancook Island won the Merchants' gift basket of $1900 in goods and services. Congratulations Brenda !  
Many thanks to everyone who participated in the campaign.


This Week in Chester 

Tonight, Wednesday is the18th Annual SING! CHOIRS at the Chester Baptist Church at 7:30 pm. Singers featured are the Chester United Baptist Choir, Dirty Dougie and the Divine Dandies, Musical Friends, St. Augustine's Musicians, St. Stephen's Anglican Choir, Studio Singers and special guests. Feel free to sing along or hum softly if you're tone deaf. Free will offering to benefit St. Thomas Baptist Church in North Preston. For more info call Erin 902-275-5864.

Most local merchants are open Sunday, December 24th but many are closing early, so if you're going shopping on Christmas Eve you better do it right after church or you'll miss out.

White Gate Restaurant still have a few seats left for New Years Eve. They are featuring a four course dinner and a glass of bubbly for $59 + tax per person. Inn rooms are available if you want to make a night of it ! Contact White Gate @ 902.275.4400 or

New Year's Day there will be levees all over the village so best make a schedule to hit 'em all.
The Playhouse will be hosting a levee from 11-1pm with snacks and bloody caesars.
The Legion is throwing open their doors at 11 am too.
The Fo'c'sle would like to thank all their loyal customers and invite you all to join
them for great food, drinks, friends, and laughter from 12 - 4pm.
The Yacht Club is serving up eggnog and seafood chowder from 1- 4 pm. Not for the lactose faint of heart.


Looking ahead to the New Year on Tuesday, January 9th there will be a SCANS Winter Term Course information and registration at St. Stephen's Hall starting 2 pm. The first course is Stephen Booth's "Imagining the Rural" how our ecologies of the heart shape our relationships to the natural world.  The second course is Michael Collins' "Glimpses of Georgian and Victorian England." SCANS is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing non-credit academic courses to Seniors (50+) in Nova Scotia.  For more info/to register call 902-444-7588

                  This  is Louie. He is lost in the area of the Back Harbour.  
If you find him please call  902-275-4556                              
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Last weekend on the way to finish his Christmas shopping, Bruce wasn't really paying attention and drove into the back of a car at some traffic lights.
The driver got out and it turned out he was a dwarf.
He said, "I'm not happy."
Bruce said, "Well, which one are you then?"

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all of you from all of us.

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

December 13th, 2017 Press Release!

Chester Merchants Press Release
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Please remember the Merchants' shop local gift basket campaign runs until next Monday.  

A huge gift basket of goodies and gift certificates valued at $1900 could be yours if you shop at participating stores and enter to win.
Happy Hanukkah to all.
Remember to keep those fire extinguishers handy.


This Week in Chester 

Tonight is the grand opening of the much anticipated "Christmas at Grunion Bay" at the Chester Playhouse.The curtain goes up at 8 pm and admission is 'pay what you can' at the door. The box office opens at 6 pm so get there early.

"Christmas at Grunion Bay" the off off off Broadway production by Malcolm Callaway with Ryan Smith runs until Saturday night, December 16th.

Make time to bid on silent auction items on display in the lobby. There are food offerings, crafts and other exciting items up for grabs. Exercise your community spirit and get your Christmas shopping done by supporting the Playhouse.

Gary Clark and his lovely bride, a Playhouse volunteer regular, had the winning ticket for a week at the Crane Hotel in Barbados. Congratulations !

The Village Emporium on Pleasant Street has a variety of sales happening until closing Christmas Eve. 25% of most jewellery (sterling, freshwater pearls, fashion), 10% off Cranberry Vine Studio, 15% off Silverwood Design just to name a few!

The Rope Loft has opened the eggnog tap and it can be yours every Thursday - Sunday until the New Year. Why not stop in for dinner before the play? They have already sold out their New Year's Eve dinner extravaganza so you better book now for 2018.

Saturday night "Cover Up" will be playing at the Chester Legion downstairs for members and guests.


Why not ring in the New Year at White Gate Inn & Restaurant and help them celebrate the end of a successful 2017 ! Their New Year's Eve celebration features a 4 course dinner and a glass of bubbly for $59 + tax per person. Places are still available, call or email to make a booking or enquiry. Inn rooms are available if you want to make a night of it!
Contact White Gate @ 902.275.4400 or"

The Fo'c'sle is featuring a surf and turf or prime rib on New Year's Eve. The kitchen will be open until 9pm. Please call ahead for reservations @ 902.275.1408.

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It was just before Christmas and the magistrate was in a happy mood. He asked the prisoner who was in the dock, 'What are you charged with?'
The prisoner replied, 'Doing my Christmas shopping too early.'
'That's no crime', said the magistrate. 'Just how early were you doing this shopping?'
'Before the shop opened.'

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

December 6th, 2017 Press release!

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Last Friday's pajama party was a huge success! Pizzas were flying out of the Kiwi kitchen like frisbees on fire, there was a stampede for OHC colouring books in front of Amicus gallery which was jammed with patrons perusing painters' potential.
It looked like Race Week ! 


This Week in Chester 

If you missed last Friday's event, fear not, there are still deals to be had. The eggnog spigot may be temporarily off, but that's what the Fo'c'sle is for.

There are two more great children's plays on at the Playhouse this week. I was fortunate to see the rehearsal of "One Safe Harbour" last Friday night and I have to tell you it's worth kicking off the bunny slippers for. Get to the Playhouse tonight at 7pm.

This Friday evening from 5-6 pm there will be Christmas carols and the lighting of the
Lightfoot Tower behind the Zoé Library on Regent Street. Don't miss out - there will be cookies !


The blood donor clinic is at the Chester Area Middle School next Monday from 4:30 - 8:30 pm.

Looking ahead to next week at the Playhouse, Malcolm Callaway is back with his own twisted interpretation of the holiday season.
This is the tale of a small Newfoundland town experiencing tough times. The local drama group decide to put on a show to raise funds and cheer up the townsfolk. A blizzard socks them in, along with the passengers of a small jet enroute from London to New York.  Think Come from Away without the casseroles.
Guaranteed to make you groan!  Tickets are going fast. 902-275-3933

The Rope Loft is taking Christmas parties and New Year's reservations now.
Don't miss out. Bring in 2018 with live music and a festive New Year's Eve dinner on the waterfront with live music and fireworks.

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A group of chess enthusiasts checked into a hotel and were standing in the lobby discussing their recent tournament victories. After about an hour, the manager came out of the office and asked them to disperse. "But why?" they asked, as they moved off. "Because," he said "I can't stand chess nuts boasting in an open foyer."

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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

November 29th, 2017 Press Release!

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It's time to get your Flat Men out for the Christmas season and dress 'em up in a new outfit.   
Steve at Chester Building Supplies found a few flat guys hiding in the attic, so if you don't have a flat man, head over to CBS and pick one up.


This Week in Chester 

Tonight, Wednesday, the Chamber of Commerce invite members, their guests and local biz folk to their Business after Hours event at the Captain's House from 5-7pm. Join an evening of networking and socializing sponsored by The Captain's House and Duckworth Real Estate. Come out and meet Erin Lowe our newish economic development officer. Please bring a food item or cash donation for the Lighthouse food bank.

This Friday is the Annual Christmas Tree Lighting at the Visitor Information Centre. There will be music, cookies & hot chocolate starting 6:30 pm with Santa arriving at 6:45 pm. Please bring a non perishable for the Lighthouse food bank.

The merchants are staying up past their bedtimes Friday night so make a point to drop down, drop in and drop some dough. They are open till 9 pm and I bet someone is making eggnog.

And speaking of dough, Giuseppe will be firing the pizzas at Kiwi Café Friday evening starting at 5pm. Call now to book your table so you don't miss out.

The Chester Farmers' and Artisan Market will be holding their special Christmas Market this Sunday from 9 am - 2 pm at the Chester Royal Canadian Legion, branch 44. Artisan products include soaps, folk art, jewellery, pottery, hooked and felted items, artwork, jams & jellies, candies and more! Farm fresh meats, honey and eggs, and local seafood are all on hand. Hot food and beverages will be available from the kitchen. The menu will feature lobster and haddock chowder with biscuits, vegetarian baked beans with homemade brown bread and seasonal strawberry shortcake. For info ... chestermarket

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The OHC Foundation has produced an adult colouring book. It features ten local artists' interpretations of our community.There are scenes from Chester, Chester Basin, Blandford, Western Shore, New Ross and Tancook.
They are now on sale at local breakfasts, markets and all three Pharmasaves. $10 each. 

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A grasshopper walks into a bar. The bartender says to him, "Hey, we have a drink named after you." The grasshopper replies, "You have a drink named Murray?"

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