Thursday, September 17, 2020

September 17th, 2020 Press Release!

 

Chester Merchants Press Release

 

The Canada Geese are assembling at the Chester Golf Club before heading south.
They'll be the only Canadians going south this winter ...                                                                                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                               







Greetings!
 
It may be autumn, but Chester is showing no signs of slowing down.

We have so much to offer and hope you can join us for some of our activities here in the Hamlet.



                                                                                       
 
Chester is Open for Business this Fall   !  
 
 
 
 
The  Rope Loft's fall hours are :  
Monday: Closed  
Tue - Thur: 11:30 am - 8 pm  
Fri & Sat: 11:30 am - 8:30 on  
Sunday: 11:30 am - 7 pm


The Rope Loft is open for dining in. Tonight is wing night and it is also race night ! Park yourself on the deck, order up a cocktail and watch the action !



The Fo'c'sle Pub is open and it's business as usual. Come back to Chester's living room and sit right down.
 

                                                                                                       
The Chester Art Centre is shaking it up this autumn with so many art classes (see below) to chose from, and even multi weekend sand sculpture work shops.








Chester's Café is serving up fresh baked, made in house morning buns and toad in the holes for brunch each Sunday! Located at 43 Queen Street in Chester, they are a newly licensed café open from 8-3pm Wednesday-Saturday and 10-3pm Sunday. They serve a rotating lunch with vegetarian options available and a light breakfast menu. The pastry case is full of fresh baked Julien's pastries, house made pies and vegan gelato. Enjoy a latte and a baguette sandwich on the patio in September, the "second summer!"


Sensea Spa is rockin' it here in Chester this fall ! Don't be the last man standing to take part in this exquisite experience. Book your visit now. Day passes available.



Tomorrow is the Chester Farmers and Artisan "Modified Outside" Market from 9 am - 12 noon at the Chester Rink Ball Field at 190 Pig Loop Road.
Vendors will be spaced for physical distancing, they will wear masks, and they are still accepting cash $$

The Hubbard's Barn Farmer's Market is open every Saturday morning till October 31 from 8 am to 12 noon.





This Saturday there is an exhibition match at the Chester Tennis Club. If you like tennis -  you will love this ! Don't miss out ! Donations are welcome.








"Have you ever been to sea Billy?"
Take to the water with Salty Dog Sea Tours for a close up look at the beautiful homes that stand along our coastline and the islands that surround it.
View all these breathtaking properties from the sea. Boat tours depart at 5pm every Sunday in September from the Chester Yacht Club and every Saturday in October at 5 pm from the Rope Loft.

                                           
A glance back in Chester 's history...

The Columbia House was built in 1835 and operated by the Robinson family as an inn until 1942. It was destroyed by fire in 1964. Below is a list of the attractions used to promote the inn.






Why not wake up to breakfast at the Mecklenburgh Inn ?    
Lots      of      room      for     social     distancing.
Come spend the weekend with us here in Chester. Heavenly beds. Heavenly location. Endless Possibilities.
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A priest, a minister, and a rabbit walk into a bar.
The rabbit says, "I think I might be a typo."


Suzi Fraser
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Thursday, August 27, 2020

August 27th, 2020 Press Release!

 

Chester Merchants Press Release

 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             David Creighton photos 
                                                                                                               







Greetings!
 
Bluenose II rolled into town last week. It was extra exciting as she appeared right in the middle of the bluenose class start line.

We are ramping it up this weekend in Chester !
Why not  join us for the fun?




                                                                                       
 
Chester is Open for Business   !  
 
 
 
The Rope Loft is open for dining in. Tonight is wing night and it is also race night ! Park yourself on the deck, order up a cocktail and watch the action !
Try their signature cocktail "blue breeze" made with blueberry vodka from Black Harbour Distillers in Hubbards.




Jim Smith ~ Fine Studio Pottery is having a 'Gratitude Sale' in appreciation of the generous customer support received this year. 15 to 20% off, Sept 3 - 6. Drop by the shop, buy local, choose your favourite piece or pick up that special gift.
Open daily, 11 - 5, Sundays, noon - 5
After Sept. 6 by appointment only.   jim@jimsmithstudio.ca
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The Village Emporium at 11 Pleasant Street is open 7 days a week for your shopping and gift giving pleasure. The shelves are full of locally made gifts, jewellery, books, cards and home decor all at great prices. Stop by and find a treasure to keep or give.
Follow them on Facebook and Instagram.




Blue Shutters Antiques located at the entrance to Graves Island is open Wednesday to Mondays from 10 - 4pm.  Stop by and check out artist Dolly Hancock's recent works.


Sensea Spa is rockin' it here in Chester this summer ! Don't be the last man standing to take part in this exquisite experience. Book your visit now. Day passes available.



Tomorrow is the Chester Farmers and Artisan "Modified Outside" Market from 9 am - 12 noon at the Chester Rink Ball Field at 190 Pig Loop Road.
Vendors will be spaced for physical distancing, they will wear masks, and they are still accepting cash $$

The Hubbard's Barn Farmer's Market is open every Saturday morning till October 31 from 8 am to 12 noon.



                                                
The Chester Playhouse would like to announce their 2020 inaugural event, 
"Playhouse on Pleasant."  
The Playhouse is bringing live music to Pleasant Street (between King and Queen) this Saturday at 4 pm. Bring your lawn chairs, don your sun hat and come on down !
This is a pay what you will with all proceeds going towards programming at the Chester Playhouse.
Local  businesses in the area will be open and providing the best of Nova Scotia hospitality.
Social distancing guidelines as put forth by the NSHA will be respected.
Don't miss this. Roland Grant is HOT !!!!  And the Dark and Stormy's are pretty fab too !
Rain Date Sunday  ☔️

The Chester Tennis Club is hosting an adult fun tennis night (singles and doubles) every Thursday from 6:15 to 8pm.
Members and guests welcome ($5 fee weekly for guests).
No need to pre-register - just show up! Light refreshments served afterwards.
The Club is also doing a 50/50 raffle to raise money to resurface the courts, improve the clubhouse and facilities.







Why not wake up to breakfast at the Mecklenburgh Inn ?   Lots     of     room      for        distancing.
Come spend the long weekend with us here in Chester. Heavenly beds. Heavenly location. Endless Possibilities.
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It was thick of fog off the shores of Chester.
Uncle Ned was tasked with taking his nephew, Gus, out for a sail to "show him the ropes."
As they picked their way gingerly through the fog, Gus was dispatched to the bow as a lookout while his uncle manned the helm.
Ned yelled forward "What do you see?"
Gus shouted back   "I see a seagull."
Uncle replied measuredly, "Gus, is that gull swimming or standing?"



Suzi Fraser
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Thursday, July 30, 2020

July 29th,2020 Press Release!

Chester Merchants Press Release

 
                                                                                                                                                            
                                                                                                               







Greetings!
 
While the days all seem to blend this summer, we want to remind you that this is the long weekend !
The sun is shining and the heat is on here in Chester.
All we need is YOU to come join us.



                                                                                       
 
Chester is Open for Business   !  
 
 
 
The Rope Loft is open for Dining In. Tonight is rib night ! Catch the afternoon sun with a cocktail on the deck before dinner! Be sure to book your table NOW.

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
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.





There is so much to see and do here in Chester. To make it easy we've put together a fun 20 must do list for the summer.
Here's the best part - you can win while you're at it.
Take 5 photos of yourself enjoying 5 experiences on our "20 must do list"  this summer.  Share them on social media with the tag @TourismChester and hashtag #MOCtake5. You will be entered in our TAKE 5 Contest monthly draw to win $500 to spend right here in Chester.
Details are here.

The Chester Historical Society is offering pre - booked tours for the Lordly House Museum. Tours will run Wednesdays and Thursdays at 10 am and 2 pm. To book a tour call 902-275-3826 / 902-275-5179. Free.
Oak Island tours are Saturdays and Sundays  beginning at 1pm. Book by calling Danny Hennigar at 902-275-3718. Tour cost is $5.00 / person.

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 has gorgeous new work available for the summer season, including a Titanic Dish ! Drop by the shop, buy local, choose your favourite piece or pick up that special gift.
Open daily, 11 - 5, Sundays, noon - 5
or email for a private appointment jim@jimsmithstudio.ca




Jim's studio circa ...  Guesses or information anyone? This photo was long before Tancock's Corner Store I think.



Amicus Gallery, located in the heart of Chester at 20 Pleasant Street is open every day in August. Malcolm Callaway's show of New Works is currently gracing the walls and runs until next Wednesday, August 5th. Amicus is also excited to announce Poppy Balser's upcoming show " Out on the Water" opening Thursday, August 6th and running until the 20th. Poppy Balser is an accomplished artist and recipient of multiple awards. Come and check out her spectacular work.




The Chester Farmers and Artisan "Modified Outside" Market happens every Friday morning from 9 am - 12 noon at the Chester Rink Ball Field at 190 Pig Loop Road.
To comply with current COVID-19 Guidelines:
Hand sanitizer will be available; the market is for shopping only - no gossiping  :) Customers are encouraged to wear face masks; send one person per household; maintain physical distance; no dogs please. Vendors will be spaced for physical distancing/ they will wear masks, and they are still accepting cash $$


                                                          Chester Art Centre


We don't seem to be traveling too far these days and our Premier is encouraging us to check out our own province so....how about a sea voyage to Big Tancook Island???
The ladies of Tancook Island are reviving the art of rug hooking and encourage younger generations to become hookers.
To this end the "Hooked On Tancook"  collection features new and vintage rugs at the Tancook Recreation Centre every day but Mondays.
Make a day of it. A road trip to Chester and a boat trip to Tancook ! Yes please.
Their hours coincide with ferry arrival/departure times which are Tuesday - Friday 11:30-4:00, Saturday 2:00 - 5:30 and Sunday from 11:00-4:30. The show will run until Saturday, August 8th.

 

   No need to pack a picnic for Tancook... Tiffany's food truck is on site and at your service.






The Chester Bandstand Sunday Summer Concerts are back on track and  starting 7:00 pm.  They have a great line up:

This Sunday  - Darren Arsenault
August 9 - Kevin Koloff & the Gypsy Minstrels
August 16 - The Market Boys



Tennis anyone?
Racquet rock star Michal Ciszek is here in Chester !

Come out and have fun at the Chester Tennis Club. All levels of experience are welcome.
Membership or court fees are applicable. Please contact chestertennisclub@gmail.com regarding registration/membership. Please email Michal at michalciszek6@gmail.com to book your single or group lesson.

Here is a short bio on Michal:
Davis Cup squad for Canada
Highest ATP singles Ranking 536, doubles ranking 366
Traveled with Jennifer Capriati as primary hitting partner. Also hitting partner for Bryan Brothers, Nicolas Kiefer, Victoria Azarenka, and Shahar Peer





The Mecklenburgh Inn is open and has vacancies.     Lots     of     room      for        distancing.
Why not spend the long weekend with us here in Chester? Heavenly beds. Heavenly location. Endless Possibilities.
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Just before the funeral service, the undertaker came up to the very elderly widow and asked "How old was your husband?"
"98" she replied. "Two years older than me."
"So you're 96"  the undertaker commented.
She responded, "Hardly worth going home, is it?" 

    

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