Wednesday, July 26, 2017

July 26th, 2017 Press Release!

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The month is drawing to a close. How did that happen?

The July Lulu Lemons are packing up and the August Lulu's are loading their SUVs and and pounding a path to the hamlet.

There's something here for everyone so why not come to Chester this week?

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This Week in Chester 

Opening tonight at 8 pm the Chester Playhouse presents "Who Killed Spalding Gray?"
Daniel MacIvor will be on stage for a limited run of his thought provoking production which is a pair of monologues in dialogue with each other.
The story begins on the weekend of January 11th, 2004, when celebrated American monologist Spalding Gray ended his life by jumping off the Staten Island Ferry in New York. That same weekend on the other side of the country Daniel MacIvor, Canadian actor, playwright, theatre director, and film director, was spending three days in California, in a series of sessions with a man who had offered to save MacIvor's life. Linking these two real stories is a fictional story derived from the obsessions of Gray and the inventions of MacIvor, about a man named Howard who had forgotten how to live. The show runs tonight until Saturday at 8pm with a Saturday 2pm matinee.

Tomorrow, Thursday the Chester Legion is hosting the Chester Garden Club Flower Show and Tea "Celebrating Canada's 150th" from  1:30 - 5 pm.  Tea will be served from 2- 4 pm.The competition is open to members and non-members. Get your red and white posies down there asap.

Get yourself down to Amicus Gallery tomorrow, Thursday, from 6 - 8pm for the opening of new works by village favourite Malcolm Callaway and meet the mad artist up close and personal. Got a bare wall? This show is for you. You may preview the show here.

The Chester Farmers' and Artisans are at the train station this Friday and every Friday
till October 6th from 10 - 2 pm. (rain or shine).
Send your house guests to stock up on bounty for the weekend.

The Black Market is alive and well in Chester. Check out their wares at the corner of Queen and Pleasant Streets. There is something for everyone here, and I mean everyone. Stuff you never knew you wanted is there.

Don't miss the Chester Volunteer Fire Department's open house at the fire station from 10:30 am - 2:30 pm this Saturday : BBQ; displays; a selfie station and (naturally) fire trucks. Donations of non-perishable food items will be received for Lighthouse Food Bank.

The picnic with Sir John A is sold out. All who purchased baskets will help the Heritage Society create a new walking tour of historic homes, facilitate upgrades to Lordly Park and fund a new exhibit. If your basket is not being delivered, remember to pick it up at the Baptist Church on King Street between 2-4 this Saturday. 902-275-3826 / 902-275-3842 for questions.
Many thanks to Julien's, White Gate and to Father Dan, who just makes the world a better place.

Next Tuesday is Picnic in the Park at 6 pm with Cut Split & Delivered sponsored by Eric Harding of Tradewinds Realty. Load up the hamper and break out your dancing shoes.

Tuesdays until the end of August there will be Pickle Ball at the Chester Tennis Club @ 7pm.
$5 /person. All comers are welcome.  For more info/register 902-273-2308

Next Wednesday, August 2nd, it's Kids Make Art for Canada 150 at the Chester Art Centre.
A drop-in Canadian art experience from 10 - 1 pm. Kids will be painting, sculpting, drawing and crafting their way around different regions and cultures of Canada, all under one tent, complete with face painting and snacks. You may register @ 902-275-5789. All ages welcome but short ones must be accompanied by an adult.

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

July 12th, 2017 Press Release!

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The skies cleared and the champagne flowed at the annual Chester Playhouse Gala last Saturday evening at the Captain's House. Who knew there was that much pink lurking in the closets of Chester.

Sunday night was the Full Thunder Moon. The traditional full moon names, like Thunder Moon, reflect the seasons in many temperate Northern Hemisphere climates. In many parts of the continental U.S., thunderstorms are more frequent in July as the weather heats up, so Thunder Moon was an apt name for some Native American cultures. Yet there was and is a lot of variety in the associations Native Americans made. Algonquin speakers called it the Buck Moon, for the period when the antlers on deer start growing. In the Pacific Northwest, the Tlingit called it the Salmon Moon. Probably more than you needed to know but there it is.


This Week in Chester 

Today and every Wednesday afternoon this summer at the Lordly House from 1:30 - 3:30 pm,  enjoy a glass of lemonade or iced tea, help with handcraft projects, stories and conversation.
Stop by and see how you can help.

White Gate restaurant at the corner of King and Pleasant streets is now open evenings from Wednesday through Sunday. Wednesday and Thursday evening hours are 5:30- 8:30pm, Friday and Saturday hours are 5:30- 9:00pm. They also offer a delicious midday lunch on Sunday from 11:30am - 2:30pm and their Sunday hours are 5:00 - 8:00pm. Call now to book your table 902-275-4400.
The comedic thriller "The 39 Steps" is set to open at the Chester Playhouse tonight, Wednesday, at 8 pm. 39 Steps is a Tony Award winning melodrama adapted from the 1935 film by Alfred Hitchcock. One actor plays the hero, another plays the three women with whom he has romantic entanglements, and only two other actors play every other character in the show: heroes, villains, men, women, children and even the occasional inanimate object.
Tickets are available online, at the box office, or by phone at 902-275-3933.

Tonight is "Ladies Little Black Dress" at the Yacht Club from 6- 9 pm. Tickets are $25 which includes glass of vino, some nosh, live music, a bit of shopping and lots of laughs.  All monies raised goes to Junior Sailing. For info/tickets 902-275-3747. Call now. You have only 5 hours left to find the perfect dress - I suggest Frenchy's.

Amicus Gallery is opening a new show by William Downey tomorrow night, Thursday, from 6 - 8 pm. The show portrays a bit of abstract and realism which showcases his wide range of talent. The show will be on display until Wednesday, July 26th.

The farmers are parked at their usual spot at the Chester Train Station this Friday from 10-2 pm. 
Farm vendors and artisan vendors selling fresh fish, meat, breads, veggies, baked goods, jewelry, soaps, folk art, flowers, sweet treats, hot food and more. 

Friday evening at 7:30 pm the St Stephen's Anglican Church is hosting the production
"About The Door You Came In."
A writer visits his dying mother and brings a book that he'd written twenty-five years ago to read to her. It is about her family, but it's also about the terrible battle - Beaumont Hamel - that sits at the heart of both Newfoundland's and her family's history. The songs and music of this show showcase Douglas Cameron's talent playing banjola, mandolin, ukulele, and harmonica. The Door You Came In isn't quite a play and it isn't quite a concert. It's a musical story - sometimes funny, sometimes tragic - that tells the tales of family, memory, and war.
Tickets are $20 adult/$10 student available by reservation from: the box office at 902-634-9994;; and also at the door.
This is a brilliant show - put in on your "must see" short list.

Saturday Going Coastal at 41 Queen Street is opening a new show by 15 artists from 1- 4 pm.Stop by and check out the new pieces and also their lovely collection of reclaimed wood works.

Why not drop in at the Rope Loft this weekend for a frosty bevvie on the waterfront. If you were any closer to the sea you would be in it.

Sunday evening the Chester Bandstand Summer Concert series presents the Chester Brass Band at 7 pm.  Children are welcome to dance on the grass. Adults may want to bring a lawn chair and a  flask. 902- 529-0016 for further details.


Next Monday at 6:30 pm St. Stephens' Hall is the venue to express your artistic flair. The Chester Garden Club members will show you how to prepare your entry for the Big flower show "Celebrating Canada's 150."  I think 150 pansies in a milk jug and you're good to go. New members welcome.

Next Tuesday, July 18th, the Chester Art Centre is hosting an introduction to memoir writing from
9 - 4pm. Mary Fowke will share techniques that will help you get your story down on paper. This is a creative and transformative process with writing exercises to get the brain moving. Bring your Snoopy pail for lunch.

Next Tuesday is Picnic in the Park at Lordly Park - Amanda Riley is on stage. The evening is sponsored by Chester Building Supplies. Free admission - donations for the band gratefully accepted.
If it's raining Tuesday, then we dance on Wednesday, if it's raining Wednesday, we dance on Thursday. Meals for the musicians are generously provided by the Stretch Diner. They have a new ice cream truck on site. Go check it out !

Blue Shutters Art Gallery and Antiques is open for the season. There are two delightfully bright rooms filled with art by local artists; Gwen Dueck, Maria Kuttner, Diane Robertson, George Théorêt, and Dolly Hancock. This two storey old barn is filled to the rafters with antiques and collectibles. It is located at the entrance to Graves Island and they are open daily from 10 - 4.30pm.

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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

July 5th, 2017 Press Release!

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The July 2nd Canada Day sail past/parade of lights/ fireworks was fantastic !

A huge thank you to the organizers and participants and a big shout out to all the spectators who lined the shores of the waterfront.

We have all reflected this past week on what it means to us to be Canadian. Here is another nod to
being Canadian.


This Week in Chester 

The Starfish Refugee Project has some amazing artists performing tonight at the Baptist Church at 7pm. The Project is fund raising for Fatima and Abdulaziz's daughter, her husband and three children who are in Turkey. The line up includes Ramy Essam AKA  "Bob Dylan of the Middle East" and Grammy nominated HuDost, from Montreal/ Nashville.
For further info please contact Sue LeBlanc @ 902-299-0139

You may now wheel your green bins out weekly. Peel your potatoes with wild abandon.

The Chester Farmers' and Artisan Market is on this Friday at the old train station from 10- 2pm.
All the usual green gear and more.

Just in time for date night Light My Fire studio on Duke Street is having a beeswax candle making workshop this Saturday from 11- 3 pm. Learn the top secret method of rolling beeswax candles.
Allow 45 minutes to make your candles. For groups call Candle Central @ 902-275-5800.

This weekend is the Chester Heritage Society Annual Auction at the Train Station. Friday is the auction preview with reserve bids from 6-8 pm. Saturday the flea market opens at 9 am and the auction begins at 9:30 am.You may drop off your donations for the auction at Maple Cottage, 75 Regent Street today, Wednesday, and tomorrow between 10-4 pm.
For pick up call  902-275-3842 / 902-275-3826. Rain date is Sunday, July 9th at 1 pm after church and the first caesar of the day.  "Help preserve our past, so we can ensure our future."

The Chester Playhouse annual Galapolooza is at the Captain's House this Saturday from 6-9 pm. This year's theme is PINK; pink flamingos, pink ladies, pink champagne. When you venture into your closet for this event - think pink.

Graze on hors d'oeuvres by Cocoa Pesto and enjoy the music of Jeff Goodspeed and his band, Los Primos. "Chester Dines," the exciting food extravaganza returns. If you are the successful bidder, you will be wined and dined by local Chester Playhouse patrons and supporters.

Raffle items this year include artwork by Jose Valverde, ScotiaBank Centre skybox seats to see TLC's Long Island Medium at large, Theresa Caputo on August 6th, or perhaps a luxurious stay at Oceanstone Resort in Peggy's Cove. Get your tickets now and see what else is on the block.
Call the Playhouse today to ensure you don't miss out. 902-275-3933

The Chester Playhouse is hosting their 3rd annual Family Dun day at the Captain's House from 2-5 pm. Families can play games, make crafts, have their faces painted, eat hot-dogs and other food and drinks, enjoy fun activities like hula hooping, bocce ball, ball and scoop, and all while relaxing on the beautiful Captain's House property for the afternoon.
This is a non-ticketed, pay what you will event.
I wonder if there is a drop off charge to leave the rug rats there?

Sunday evening the Chester Bandstand Summer Concert presents the "Mahone Bay Legion Swing Band" at 7 pm.  If you like swing, you will love this band. (902) 529-0016


The Chester Art Centre is buzzing next week with fun classes for the short ones.
There are 2 workshops which run next Monday to Friday from 9 until noon daily and 1:30 - 4:30 pm daily. The morning sessions are watercolour and the afternoon sessions are architectural art.
Either way, this frees up your day nicely. Call now to avoid disappointment.
The Oak Island Visitor Centre, display and gift shop is now open from 10- 5 pm daily.
It is located on Crandall Road, Highway 3 in Martin's Point 902-298-9007.
Next Tuesday, July 11th, is Picnic in the Park at Lordly Park. The Hupman Brothers will be on deck and the evening's event is sponsored by the Mecklenburgh Inn and Dolly Hancock.
Many thanks to the Stretch Diner for providing meals for the musicians.
Free admission - donations for the band gratefully accepted. If it's raining Tuesday, we dance on Wednesday. If it's raining Wednesday, we dance on Thursday!  
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And what's more Canadian than this?  Winnie the Pooh.

Sailor's Dictionary: A Zephyr is a warm, pleasant breeze named after the mythical Greek god of wishful thinking, false hopes, and unreliable forecasts.

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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

June 28th, 2017 Press Release!

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It's Canada Day, Week, Month, YEAR !

The national colours of Canada were declared by King George V in 1921 to be red and white. Red is symbolic of England and white, France. The maple leaf is one of the national symbols and red is the autumn colour of the leaves. So there.

Why not put something red and white on, or outside your house this week.

A Canadian flag, a case of Olands, a caesar with horseradish, a red convertible with whitewall tires, a friend who has returned from the beach or just paint your toes red and white.

Maybe light up your house with red and white lights - be creative.

Get your Bob and Doug McKenzie groove on and let's celebrate - eh?


This Week in Chester 

Tomorrow, Thursday, you are invited to Amicus Gallery from 6-8 pm to view the works of Shelley Mitchell and Brianne Williams. Did someone say wine and cheese?

There will be a Canada 150 Ecumenical Service at Lordly Park @ 6:30 pm Thursday evening featuring the Praise Band and special music. All are invited. Praise the Lord and pass the peanut butter.

Friday evening Ariana Nasr takes the stage at the Chester Playhouse at 7:30 pm. Whether she is singing Édith Piaf, an Italian art song or jazz she will give you everything she's got and more.
Ariana has added Jacques Brel to the theatrical presentation, dressing and performing as Édith Piaf for the first set and as Jacques Brel for the second.
Do not miss this show - you will truly believe you are in 1950's Paris.

The Rope Loft is celebrating Canada's birthday in swaths of red and white. They are offering up steamed lobster with potato salad and Bulwark raspberry cider all day. Park your good self in a deck chair and settle in.

Saturday evening at 9 pm is the Parade of Lights. Rain date:  Sunday, July 2nd. 
Celebrate Chester's maritime heritage on Canada's 150th along the shores of the front harbour. Experience the Parade of Lights sail past flotilla with local boats festooned with lights and live entertainment! 
It's not too late to enter your boat - contact David Archibald @ 902-279-0554.

Following the Parade of Lights there will be Canada Day fireworks in the bay, so don't fold up your tent. Stick around for the show.

Sunday night the Chester Bandstand Summer Concert Series presents the Bridgewater Fire Department Band @ 7 pm. Children are welcome and dancing is encouraged. Bring one of those flip top lawn chairs with the drink holders. Concerts may be cancelled if there is a monsoon. Contact Evelyn Ernst for updates at (902) 529-0016.


Make a note that the Chester and Area Visitor Information Centre and VICafé are open June 30th - September 3rd from 8 am to 5:30 pm. Laughing Whale Coffee, Haskapa products and Tuff Hammocks may be purchased at the VICafé.

Next Tuesday, July 4th, Kevin Koloff and his Gypsy Minstrels will be performing in the gazebo at Lordly Park from 6-8 pm. This evening's entertainment is sponsored by B.W. Armstrong Insurance and this is the 2017 kick off of the Tuesday Picnic in the Park series for the summer season.

Everyone is invited so bring your picnic and your dancing shoes.

If you don't want to make a picnic there is a pig roast at the park that night at 5 pm. There are 75 tickets up for grabs so get 'em while they're hot.
Tickets are $15 and are available at Maple Cottage all this week from 10 - 4 pm daily. For further info call 902-275-3842. 
If it is pouring rain you will find your porker on a plate at the Baptist Church around the corner.

The following day, Wednesday, July 5th, the Kiwi Café is having a spice tasting.
Locally blended in Bedford but originating from Mauritius. Bring your rack of ribs and see what can be done.

Heads up ! The Chester Playhouse annual Galapolooza is at the Captain's House next Saturday, July 8th from 6-9 pm. This year's theme is PINK; pink flamingos. pink ladies, pink champagne. When you venture into your closet for the event - think pink.

Indulge in exquisite hors d'oeuvres by Cocoa Pesto and enjoy the music of Jeff Goodspeed and his band, Los Primos.

"Chester Dines," the exciting food extravaganza returns. If you are the successful bidder, you will be wined and dined by local Chester Playhouse patrons and supporters.

Raffle items this year include artwork by Jose Valverde-Alcalde, five sets of ScotiaBank Centre skybox seats to see TLC's Long Island Medium, Theresa Caputo on August 6th, a luxurious stay at Oceanstone Resort in Peggy's Cove, and many more items.

Kick off the summer season with a fabulous party for a great cause.
Call the Playhouse today for your tickets to ensure you don't miss out. 

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Happy Canada Day to all !

Let's celebrate the fact we live north of the 49th.

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

June 21st, 2017 Press Release!

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Today is officially the first day of summer - reason alone to break out the blender.

Take the top off the convertible and hit the road. We have two days of predicted sunshine
before the next deluge so take advantage of it.

There are just nine days to go before the big 
One. Five. Ohhhhh.


This Week in Chester 

Join us in the Parade of Lights next Saturday evening, July 1st at 9 pm.

Come and be a part of our nation's celebration. Everyone is invited to join in the fun.
If you would like to bring your boat, contact David Archibald at (902) 279-0554 to register.
No boat?  Find someone who has one or come to the waterfront and watch the parade.
This promises to be THE kick off event of the summer cocktail season.
Rain date is Sunday, July 2nd.

Thursday night is wing nut night at the Fo'c'sle Pub. Get yours "hot on" or with the blue cheese sauce on the side - my favourite. Refer to the Canada food guide for your wing choices.

This Friday from 10-2pm the Chester Farmers' and Artisans are back at the old train station. There is something for everyone here. It's lettuce season people - stock up on all that greenery to offset the wings.

The Rope Loft is pleased to introduce their new chef on the range, Bobby Zwicker. This Friday he is featuring a beef tenderloin special so stop down and check it out. They are also featuring some kick ass local craft beer - that's in the food guide too... somewhere.

This Friday is the Swing for Shoreham Golf Tournament at the Chester Golf Club. This tournament is a fundraiser to provide Shoreham's senior residents with the care they need.
To register call Sue Newhook @ (902) 223-5052.


Saturday from 9:30-5 pm the Chester Art Centre is hosting a workshop to help you take really cool photos with your digital camera. Kas Stone will demonstrate your camera's sophisticated technology and help make it work for you.
The workshop combines classroom theory, hands-on camera practice and an afternoon out in the wilds of Chester. Bring your lunch pail.

Also this Saturday is the annual Graves Island Car Show from 10 - 4 pm.  Rain date: Sunday.
If you don't own a vintage steed, drop by anyway and check out some classics. For more info contact Gordon Bremner @ (902) 275-5751.

Saturday night Port Cities will be on stage at the Chester Playhouse @ 7:30 pm.
Port Cities is a collaboration of  six years work; the trio of Breagh Mackinnon, Carleton Stone and Dylan Guthro first crossed paths in 2011 in Nashville. Keeping true to their Nova Scotia roots, the album became the perfect balance of Nashville and Nova Scotia.

Although Port Cities' self titled album was the group's first collaborative work, the members have their own personal roots in the Maritime music scene.  

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Donald Trump went on a fact-finding visit to Israel. While on a tour of Jerusalem he suffered a heart attack and died.
The undertaker told the American diplomats accompanying him "You can have him shipped home for $50,000, or you can bury him here for $100."
The diplomats went into a corner and discussed this. They came back to the undertaker and told him they wanted the president shipped home.

The undertaker was puzzled and asked, 'Why would you spend $50,000 to ship him home, when he could be buried here for only $100?  The diplomats replied "A long time ago a man died here, was buried here, and three days later he rose from the dead.  We just can't take that chance."

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

June 14th, 2017 Press Release...for the goings on in Chester!

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Pack up your wool socks and break out the small clothes - summer weather has finally arrived.

We are celebrating Canada's 150th here in the hamlet with a Sail Past in the harbour at 9 pm Saturday, July 1st. There will be brightly decorated boats, music, fireworks, dancing girls...the whole shebang !

You too can be a part of this celebration. If you would like to participate with your boat, contact David Archibald today at (902) 279-0554 to get your oar in. 

Everyone is invited to join in the fun. If you don't have a boat find someone who does or come to the waterfront to watch the parade of sail.
This promises to be THE kick off event of the summer season. Rain date is Sunday July 2nd.

This Week in Chester 

Tomorrow, Thursday, the Lordly House opens for the season. This summer the Heritage Society is celebrating Canada's birthday with 150 years of what we consume (!) There will be a food exhibit featuring Sir John A. MacDonald's dining table and an opportunity to learn about the events in Canada at the time of Confederation.

This week the new kid on the block, White Gate Inn and Restaurant, is kicking it up a notch.
They are now open from Thursday - Sunday for dinner and invite you to join them for lunch on Sunday. The outside deck will be open and they are featuring Father's Day specials including lobster pot pie, White Gate caesar cocktail with grilled cajun shrimp on a skewer, plus a dessert for $28. The evening meal features a special set dinner menu of three courses for $45.00. Dial up 902-275-4400 now to ensure you won't be the one cooking that night.

The Chester Arts Centre is hosting a Mosaic Workshop this Friday, June 16th and Saturday, June 17th from  9 - 4pm and June 18th  9 am - noon.
Create your own beautiful mosaic flowerpot. Yeah baby !  All materials are included for the course but if you have some shattered pottery you want to incorporate - have at 'er. Bring your Snoopy lunch pail.

This Friday the Chester Market is in full swing at the old train station from 10- 2pm. Get there early or you will miss the bread and everything else. 

José Valverde's studio at 31 King Street is open Friday afternoons and Saturday mornings throughout the summer season except Canada Day weekend.


Saturday night the Chester Playhouse is proud to present Ben Caplan.
ECMA Songwriter of the Year, Ben Caplan, is literally on your doorstep here in Chester at 7:30pm.
He will be delivering an unforgettable show. With his huge beard and unruly mane, he is as visually striking as he is aurally compelling. His rough and textured tones cut through crowded halls roaring louder than the raucous crowds.

"The Blue Lane" will be playing in the Red Shed at 35 Union Street at 8 pm this Saturday. Cover charge is $15. Bring a refreshment and come hear these talented musicians in a warm, intimate setting.
The Blue Lane is a genre-defying Halifax-based trio that merges the sounds of jazz, blues, rockabilly, fusion and traditional pop music. The electrostatic weaving of sultry vocals, intricate harmonies, lightning guitar and ever so thick beats, define this group.

The Rope Loft is ready for you this Father's day weekend. They have ice chilled Blue Lobster Vodka - try the fresh eel lake oysters with an ice chilled Blue Lobster Martini chaser. They also carry "Willing to Learn Gin" and "Fisherman's Helper Rum" by the Nova Scotia Spirit Company.
Why wait till the weekend? Go now !

Sunday evening the Chester Playhouse will be hosting Jamie Junger's "Plug Into Music"
CD release at 7 pm.
Jamie and his students have been collaborating to produce an original CD, and will be performing it together on stage at the Chester Playhouse alongside Caleb Miles and Afraaz Mulji.
Jamie brings his students a wealth of knowledge gained from years of experience in the industry.  Tickets are available through the Chester Playhouse or by calling 902-275-3933. Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for youth with general admission seating.   

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