Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Nov. 15th, 2017 Press Release

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We're all about paying homage the Halifax Explosion this week.

December 6th, 1917 the Mont-Blanc, a French cargo ship laden with explosives, collided with the Norwegian vessel Imo in the Narrows of Halifax Harbour.  
A fire on board the French ship ignited her cargo, causing a large explosion that killed over 2,000 souls and injured 9,000 others.

This Week in Chester 

Tonight, Wednesday, at the Chester Playhouse, Geraldine Tuck will launch her fourth and last novel in the Mystery Marauders series at 7 pm.
Halifax Explosion Mystery follows main character, Dan Veinotte, who is transported back to December 1917, days before the Mount Blanc caught fire in the Halifax Narrows. Suited for young audiences, this novel is in perfect timing with this year being the 100th anniversary of the Halifax explosion. 
The event is a free, non-ticketed event open to the public. Geraldine Tuck will be presenting a slide show at the event along with excerpts from the novel. Come out and meet the author.

Your gingerbread house creations must be delivered to the Mecklenburgh Inn @ 78 Queen St this Friday from 4- 6 pm. These houses will be on display at local merchants from this Saturday onwards.

The Kiwi Café will be open for pizza this Friday night. Roman style, long fermentation "double "0" dough with gourmet toppings - the works ! 5 -9 pm. Call now to reserve your slice of Italy.

Stop the Press ! The Restaurant at White Gate will be closing for the season earlier than expected - this weekend will be their last of the regular season. There will be a New Year's Eve event, so watch this space for details. Book today to avoid disappointment and get your last 2017 fix of lamb shank, pork belly, halibut w/ risotto or Cornish hen. Open this weekend Friday, Saturday and Sunday with their special Prix Fixe menu.
The Inn at White Gate will remain open until the New Year. 902-275-4400

The Chester Playhouse is proud to present Eastern Front Theatre's production of 
"Lullaby: Inside The Halifax Explosion" this Friday evening at 7:30 pm.
This is a dramatic and educational experience that explores stories of the events of the Halifax explosion. It is a day that has become synonymous with tales of heroism, survival and of how a community fought against disaster. This play follows three diverse characters as they meet, moments after the explosion as they come to terms with, not only the situation they find themselves in, but who they are stranded with. As the characters share their stories, experiences and history, the audience experience the tribute to the diverse communities and cultures in Nova Scotia.


Linens for Life in East Chester has some gorgeous linen towels, table linens, hand made PJ's, bedding and fashion items to offer the discerning shopper.
Mo is in the kitchen whipping up homemade soups, chowder and pies - worth a visit for the entertainment alone !

Chester's own Morgan Cruickshank and The Blue Lane brought home the 2017 "Jazz Recording of the Year" at NSMW with their EP "Blind" which is featured in the upcoming American drama film "Every 21 Seconds."  Congratulations to the band !

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Father O' Malley answers the phone.
'Hello, is this Father O'Malley?' 
'It is'
'This is the Inland Revenue Service, income tax department. Can you help us?' 
'I can.' 
'Do you know a Ted Houlihan?' 
'I do'
'Is he a member of your congregation?' 
He is'
'Did he donate $10,000 to the church?' 
'He will.'

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

November 8th, 2017 Press Release!

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Well today was a nasty surprise.
I guess summer is officially over.

You still have 4 days left to play at the Chester Golf Club. Get your muffs on and get over there before they close the gates for the season.


This Week in Chester 

Tomorrow night, Thursday, from 7 - 8:30 pm, Tina Hennigar, the tour leader and coordinator with "NOW" Lunenburg County, will be at the OHC Lobby to share the love. Tina spent this summer in a 1960's Boler trailer traveling Canada from coast to coast
trying to convince 150 entrepreneurial young people to move to Lunenburg County.
Come see the documentary and get some insight.

The Rope Loft has moved into fall hours and they are open November through till December 31st every Thursday to Sunday. They are taking bookings for Christmas parties and New Year's Eve dinner with live music. 902-275-3430

The Kiwi Café's pantry is now carrying a line of cheeses with french accents from Quebec. Triple creme Brie, soft blue, aged hard chèvre, soft vegetable ash covered chèvre, stout cheddar and soft washed rind. Why not pick up a wedge for cocktails after lunch.

The Village Emporium on Pleasant Street is offering all their beading supplies at 25% off. Maybe a new beaded headband for that special someone in your life? They also carry Legacy Lane Alpaca Insoles. "Buy 1 pair and get the 2nd pair half price." Alpaca wool is 7 times warmer than sheep's wool so get yours now to keep hooves warm all winter !

 This Friday "Oh, Canada, We Sing for Thee!"  is on stage at the Chester Playhouse at 7:30pm.
"Oh, Canada" takes you on an exciting musical journey across this spectacular country with a cavalcade of hits from our greatest stars with some funny anecdotes to accompany. Sing-along to Gordon Lightfoot, Anne Murray, Celine Dion, Michael Buble, Shania Twain, Stompin' Tom Connors, Buffy Ste. Marie, Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell, The Guess Who, Ian & Sylvia, Neil Young, Don Messer, Bryan Adams, BTO and many more. The superb musicianship, and incredible storytelling make us all proud to be Canadian!
From Canada's influence on early Rock 'n Roll music with the 50's songs, Little Darlin', & the boisterous Sh'Boom, to the breath-taking modern duet of Celine Dion/David Foster's The Prayer, this concert showcases an extraordinary range of music. A highlight is the singers' beautiful rendition of the late Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah."

This Saturday is November 11th. This is the day to remember our veterans and honour them for their service. Plan to repair to the cenotaph before 11am and join with the rest of the Villagers to remember and give thanks.


Next Wednesday, November 15th at 7pm, Geraldine Tuck will be launching her new book, "The Halifax Explosion Mystery" in the Ondaatje room upstairs at the Playhouse. The event is free and open to all.
This is the fourth and last novel in Tuck's Mystery Marauders Series.
While on the hunt for a lost family heirloom, Dan finds himself in the year 1917, days before the Halifax Explosion. Can Dan find his way out of the myriad of tunnels beneath the Citadel in time to save his aunt?
In this novel the main character is transported back to December, 1917, days before the Mount Blanc collided with the Imo in the Halifax Narrows. Written for young audiences, this novel coincides with the 100th anniversary of the Halifax explosion.
Geraldine Tuck will be presenting a slide show at the event along with excerpts from the novel.
The Marauder series of books are available at the Village Emporium.
Chester alum Ann Barry has written a book called "Sweet Ride." It is the summer of 1943 and the tentacles of World War II are lapping the shores of Nova Scotia as four young women leave Lunenburg County on the trip of a lifetime - by bicycle to Charlottetown PEI. This is a creative non-fiction story of challenge and endurance, emancipation and doggedness but most of all it is a story of friendship. Ms Barry is launching her book next Monday at the Mahone Bay Centre from 2-4 pm.

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Why did the cows return to the marijuana field?
It was the pot calling the cattle back.

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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

November 1st, 2017 Press Release!

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Many eggs on the house last night?
Got any Kit Kats left?
Liberate enough loot from your kids' pillowcases to hold the sugar high till the Christmas bon bons arrive?

And how about that GALE Philippe on Monday ! Jeepers. The Rope Loft was issuing life preservers with every deck cocktail.


This Week in Chester 

Amicus Gallery has new works by artist Carole Malcolm arriving this week. Stop by the gallery and see who else is on the walls or on display. There is something for everyone and every pocket book here.

Light My Fire candle studio is getting into the swing of things with some new Christmas candles on the block. They have some new creations and special techniques with a variety of waxes.
They also carry music from local artists: The Blue Lane's new CD "Blind;" The Market Boys; Jamie Junger & friends and many others. Drop by to see what's in the vat.

Congratulations to The Blue Lane for being nominated for Best Nova Scotia new album of the year.

Remember this Saturday is the deadline for your entry forms to be emailed/dropped off for your gingerbread house entries.

The Shoreham Village Ladies Auxiliary is hosting their annual dinner theatre at the Chester Basin Legion. Their show "Fixin to Get Hitched" features the Accidental Actors. Tickets are $25 per person. The doors open 5:30 pm and the show starts 6:30. To purchase tickets, call Geri Allen 902-275-3817.

This festive season, why not hold your office Christmas party at White Gate restaurant? Or even an event with family and friends? They are now taking bookings for December Christmas parties and dinners. They can provide you with a Christmas 3 Course Prix Fixe menu for $50 or you can add in hors d'oeuvres, a wine pairing or some bubbly!! For Information please call on 902.275.4400 or email to


Next Friday November 10th, the Chester Playhouse will be alive and bursting at the seams with all of your favourite songs from famous Canadian artists. "Oh Canada,We Sing for Thee!" is a trip through the Canadian songbook with a four piece band and a VERY talented Leisa Way at the helm. The costumes changes in Oh Canada! will be epic as Leisa transforms from Shania to Joni to Anne in the blink of an eye. She'll be joined by a fantastic band called the Wayward Wind, who will provide the songs from Stompin' Tom, Leonard Cohen, Gordon Lightfoot and many more. Along the way the cast will share stories and tidbits about the songs and the artists. A sing-a-long with glamourous costumes, familiar music and at least seven wig changes? That's a beautiful thing.
You are now allowed to bring your on site purchased drinks into the theatre. Reason alone to partake in all things "Playhouse."
Back by popular demand, the Chester Drama Society once again presents another Malcolm Callaway outrageous Christmas play. This year sees the reprise of 'Grunion Bay' with a cast that includes a whole new generation of actors and even brings one of the original cast back as stage manager. Who knows what surprises await?
The play opens Wednesday, December 13th and runs through till the 16th.

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Mary accompanied her husband, Paddy, to the doctor's office. After his checkup, the doctor called Mary into his office alone. He said, "Your husband is suffering from a very severe stress disorder. If you don't do the following, your husband will surely die. Each morning, fix him a healthy breakfast. Be pleasant at all times. For lunch make him a nutritious meal. For dinner prepare an especially nice meal for him. Don't burden him with chores. Don't discuss your problems with him, it will only make his stress worse. If you can do this for the next year, I think Paddy will regain his health completely." On their way home, Paddy asked Mary. "What did the doctor say?"
"He said you're going to die."

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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

October 25th, 2017 Press Release!

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Anyone for the beach?
With these temperatures, it's difficult to imagine that it is actually Fall.

Hallowe'en is just around the corner and it's two months till Christmas. Yup.
I just wanted to bring you up to speed on pending calendar events.


This Week in Chester 

This Friday there is a Hallowe'en Party at the Lightfoot Tower at 63 Regent Street from 6:30 - 8 pm.  Dress up, get in touch with your inner goblin and enjoy the spooky events of the evening. Short ones must have an adult in tow. Many thanks to the Recreation Department for making this happen.
Raindate: Saturday.

Saturday night is the Hallowe'en Hip Hop at the Chester Legion for members and guests 19 years and older. Get your freak on and get over there. For more info call 902-275-3315.

This Sunday there is a send off party for the Rev Dan Green and his lovely bride Trishe Colman at
St Stephen's Hall at 6 pm. Dan and Trishe has been very involved in the Syrian refugee sponsorship since its inception. Members of the Starfish group and the Al Khayro and Al Ali families want to thank them with a Syrian pot luck dinner with music as well. This event is also an opportunity to welcome new volunteers as the  group prepares for the arrival of a new Syrian family. Please bring a dish to share. (No piggy please) Everyone is invited.


This year is the 9th Annual Gingerbread House Competition and display.This year's theme is "Canada 150".  The entry form deadline is next Saturday, November 4th. There are $$$ cash prizes for 1st, 2nd, 3rd place and Youth Category, and also a People's Choice prize.
You may email Robin for an entry form,, phone 902-275-5707,or you can pick up at form at Flowers Flowers Flowers at 34 Pleasant Street, Chester.
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Southwest Airlines have always led the pack in creating a bit of levity in the tin can cylinder. Enjoy !

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

October 18th, 2017 Press Release!

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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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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.


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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