Wednesday, September 20, 2017

September 20th, 2017 Press Release!

Chester Merchants Press Release


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




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.
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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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I told my wife she drew her eyebrows too high.
She looked surprised.

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

September 13th, 2017 Press Release!

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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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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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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.
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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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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

August 23rd, 2017 Press Release!

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Well, the lid came off the blender last week. There were so many people at the Yacht Club last Friday night the crowd literally picked you up and moved you along - no footwork required.
I felt like I was at Times Square on New Years Eve.

Here's a little drone action from last week.


This Week in Chester 

This week is the Coveside Classic Horse Show at Coveside Stables located at # 273 Haddon Hill Road from today, Wednesday, until Sunday. You can't miss the monster gates as you drive into the hamlet from exit 8. Now in its 9th year, this show is the largest and most prestigious horse competition east of Quebec. There are over 170 entries and you are invited to the show. You gotta see this venue to believe it - it is out of this world.
Bear in mind that horses are unpredictable so keep an eye on the short ones and please respect the parking signage.

Tonight, Wednesday, the Chester Playhouse presents 'Bring the Piano' with Randy Vancourt,
an award winning composer and performer who has appeared across Canada and the US touring as a musician, playwright and comic. Vancourt has written numerous successful musicals and has been the musical director for dozens of stage productions.
Randy will be performing his one man musical comedy about the travails of a traveling musician - from masquerading as a philatelist in the Yukon to narrowly avoiding a South Pole sinking.The show runs tonight at 8pm until Saturday with a 2pm matinée Saturday.

The Farmers' and Artisan Market is open for business this Friday from 10 -2 pm (rain or shine). 
The gardens are exploding with produce so get over there and load up.

Strap on the water wings as this Friday the Lido Pool is celebrating its 50th birthday !
Everyone is invited to come by from 12:30 - 2:30pm for cake and celebrations.
The pool was built by Chester Municipality in 1967 to commemorate Canada's Centennial and now 50 years later they are celebrating Canada's 150th.
The Lido is open from late June until early September with lifeguards on duty during operating hours.
Bring your noodle.

Light My Fire Candle Studio on Duke Street is having a dip and cut class this Saturday from
11-3pm. All ages are welcome to dip and cut for  $20/person - take home your new candle for the love of your life or your cat.

I have a recipe to share with you. You can throw all that greenery you bought at the market on top of this dish to offset the carb factor. This is the cheesiest, creamiest pasta you will ever have.
2 cups dry pasta
3 cups milk
1 cup shredded sharp/old cheese - not store bought. Get the grater out and shred it yourself  -
this will not work if you use that pre shredded plastic crap
1 tsp salt
1 tsp dijon
fresh ground pepper
Put dry pasta and milk in a sturdy saucepan.
Bring to simmer then reduce to low and cook for 20 minutes.
Make sure the pasta doesn't stick to the bottom of the pot.
Stir often and don't let it boil. Cook till
al dente. Remove from heat. Add cheese, salt and mustard and stir. Let sit 5 minutes. Stir again. Add more milk if necessary.
It's like adult Kraft Dinner.  
Next Tuesday is the final Picnic in the Park of the summer season. This event is sponsored by All Outdoors Landscaping. Jamie Junger and friends will be on stage at 6 pm so grab the rug rats, load up the cooler and go fishin' for some pickles.

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OK. Okay. Okaaaay !

Here are the answers to last weeks quiz:

1 The one sport in which neither the spectators nor the participants
know the score or the leader until the contest ends: Boxing.

2 North American landmark constantly moving backward: Niagara Falls ..
The rim is worn down about two and a half feet each year because of
the millions of gallons of water that rush over it every minute.

3 Only two vegetables that can live to produce on their own for
several growing seasons: Asparagus and rhubarb.

4 The fruit with its seeds on the outside:    Strawberry.

5 How did the pear get inside the brandy bottle? It grew inside the
bottle. The bottles are placed over pear buds when they are small, and
are wired in place on the tree. The bottle is left in place for the
entire growing season. When the pears are ripe, they are snipped off
at the stems.

6 Three English words beginning with dw: Dwarf, dwell and dwindle...

7 Fourteen punctuation marks in English grammar: Period, comma, colon,
semicolon, dash, hyphen, apostrophe, question mark, exclamation point,
quotation mark, brackets, parenthesis, braces, and ellipses.

8 The only vegetable or fruit never sold frozen, canned, processed,
cooked, or in any other form but fresh: Lettuce.

9 Six or more things you can wear on your feet beginning with 'S':
Shoes, socks, sandals, sneakers, slippers, skis, skates, snowshoes,
stockings, stilts.

After much research, experimentation and consideration, I have decided that adulthood is not for me. Thank you for the opportunity.

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

August 16th, 2017 Press Release!

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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.

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.

The Chester Farmers and Artisan Market is at the the old train station this Friday from 10 - 2 pm rain or shine. I bet they have zucchini too.

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.

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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
the bottle?

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.'

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