Wednesday, September 21, 2016

September 21st, 2016 Press Release!



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Greetings!

We are a village of dry wells. Has your trout succumbed? If so, fill out this form.

Graves Island is the new Fountain of Youth, or at least a watering hole.
Water refills and showers are available there.

The Rope Loft and Fo'c'sle Pub have suds.
Forget your water woes and have a beer !


                                                                                                                                                                                                             

This Week in Chester 


Light My Fire studio is getting a facelift. They are doing an exterior renovation over the next few weeks. Feel free to stop by, check out the progress and tell them how you would have done it.

The Chester Farmers' and Artisan Market is at the train station this Friday from 10 - 2 pm.

Just in the nick of time, the Chester Drama Society is having a costume sale next Saturday, October 1st,  from 10am - 2pm at the Old Train Station.
Create your own Halloween costume from their hand-me-downs. Erin Gore, Master Dresser for the Chester Playhouse will help you with advice and instruction.
Got a job interview? Knock them out with your vintage look. Maybe a little racy number for your witness protection program meeting on Monday? Clothing from the 50s, 60s, 70s & 80s, Men's & Women's Accessories, Children's Apparel, Shoes & Boots, Hats & Gloves, Fabric, Costumes.
Bring cash.
Proceeds from the sale will go toward future purchases or rentals for upcoming productions for the Drama Society.


                                                              

Every Monday from now until eternity, it's "Musical Monday."
All programs are free and are held at St. Stephen's Hall @ 54 Regent Street.
Sessions will be cancelled if there is no skool (holidays / snow days).

1:00 pm: Vintage Voices -  For anyone who loves music from the 30s to the 60s.
2:00 pm:  Musical Friends Choir -Students from Chester District are walked from the school, given a snack, and learn popular songs both old and new.
3:00 pm: "Last summer at Band Camp...."  Older elementary youth are joined by Middle School students and learn guitar, bass, piano and drums. Occasional guest teachers include violin and other specialties.
4:00 pm: Tuneful Tots -  ie - short ones.
For more info call 902 275-3804.

The Chester Playhouse is excited to welcome back Dave Gunning next Saturday, October 1st, at 7:30pm.
Dave has the gift of captivating audiences by painting pictures through his heartfelt stories and compelling songwriting, humorous lyrics and stunning musical arrangements. Over the past 20 years Gunning has earned a shelf full of music industry awards including eight East Coast Music Awards, two Canadian Folk Music Awards and a 2012 JUNO award nomination for Roots & Traditional Solo Album of the Year. Get your tickets now as Dave always sells out here in the Hamlet.

                                                                 
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A man asks a farmer near a field, "Would you mind if I crossed your field instead of going around it as I have to catch the 4:23 train."
The farmer replied, "Of course, go right ahead. If my bull sees you, you might even catch the 4:11."

Your scribe is taking next week off. Check the P O notice board for breaking news.


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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

September 14th, 2016 Press Release!



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Greetings!

The morning temperatures have dropped and there is wood smoke in the air. Autumn is here.

This is the time of year we all wait for. Summer-mania is over. It's time to chill.

Why not test out our new blue ferry? Take a ride over to Big or Little Tancook. Pack a picnic and make a day of it.


                                                                                          
                                                                                                                    

This Week in Chester 

The Chester Farmers' and Artisan Market is at the train station this Friday from 10 - 2 pm. Get there early or you will miss out on the tomatoes.

Your little Green Gremlins are now back to their biweekly routine. Don't wheelie your green bin out when it's not your week, unless you plan to drive it around town to an alternate week A or B location.

The Tim Horton's "Smile" cookie campaign is on now until Sunday.
When you purchase a Smile Cookie for one dollar, 100% of the proceeds from every morsel sold will help support OHC. Buy now, buy often.

The Chester Playhouse presents Zuppa Theatre's 2012 hit show "Slowly I Turn" this Friday. The curtain goes up at 7:30pm.
Alternating between contemporary conversation and vintage vaudeville sketches and songs, "Slowly I Turn" is a metaphorical love letter to theatre and family.



                                                          

Chester is a super venue for Pokémon Go players. For those of you who don't know - the GO means doing a lot of walking and visiting Pokéstops located at points of interest in the village. Our tree lined streets dotted with delightful shops and restaurants are an easy walk to get your Poké groove on. We have 12 Pokéstops and 2 Gyms all within easy walking distance. Saturday afternoon there will be lures throughout the village. Make us your weekend destination.
Happy hunting!

Next Monday at 6:30pm the Chester Garden Club presents Andrew Breen from the Bluenose Coastal Action Foundation. Andrew will discuss their progress with the endangered Atlantic Whitefish, past, present and future at St. Stephen's Hall at 54 Regent Street. All are welcome.

This has absolutely nothing to do with Chester but I saw this clip last night. It is a vignette of the history of the Volvo Ocean Race. It will remind you how nice it is to be home.

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You matter. Unless you multiply yourself by the speed of light. Then you energy.

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Wednesday, September 7, 2016

September 7th, 2016 Press Release!

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Greetings!

Well that was a lovely longish weekend and the weather cooperated i.e. no hurricane.
We've turned the corner and are marching into leaf season.

The Hamlet is having a little hangover nap before it gears up for autumn.

Breathe deeply. Repeat.


                                                                                          
                                                                                                                    

This Week in Chester 

The Chester Farmers' and Artisan Market is at the train station this Friday from 10 - 2 pm. You can buy absolutely everything you need there, except maybe a fridge.

This Saturday is breakfast at the Chester Legion from 7:30 - 10:30 am. Eggs (any way you like them), frog pain grillé, hash browns, beans, bacon, sausage, toast, tea/coffee and juice.

Why not make tracks this weekend to the latest QE2 Grand Prize Cottage Lottery viewing at Skipper Hill Estates and Marina in Chester Basin. The cottage is open from 11am- 6pm Friday, Saturday and Sunday. This could be yours for a hundred bucks !

Here's another kick at the can for a $100 piece of real estate..."Chester is having its first Real Estate auction. The owner of a luxury property at East River Point is sending it to auction without a reserve price." It will all happen 'online' September 22nd at 10am. There is a daily open house from 1 - 4pm until Sept 21st.  Get out your Sir Robert Borden and see where it takes you.



                                                                 Forman Hawboldt Industry, circa 1950

If you're a fan of Poppy Balser's watercolours she'll be giving a class in "Planning a watercolor from start to finish," next Monday and Tuesday at the Chester Art Centre from 9 am - 4 pm.
$140, material list supplied. Bring your Snoopy pail.

SCANS is a non-profit organization that offers non-credit courses taught by Seniors for Seniors. Experience the joy of learning without the pressure of exams or assignments.You will meet new friends and open your mind to new possibilities in our ever changing world.
There is a registration and information session next Tuesday, September 13th at St Stephen's Hall @ 2pm.

Courses start October 11th and 12th for 6 weeks: "Ethical  Issues in the  Media"  with Kevin Cox; Judicial Progressivism in the Supreme Court of Canada with Fred Vaughan.
The $155.25 yearly membership fee entitles you to attend any number of courses for one year. There are three semesters and courses are offered in Chester, Mahone Bay, Liverpool, HRM and Truro.

                                                                 
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Mixed feelings:

Watching your mother - in- law backing up to the edge of a cliff in your new BMW.

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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

August 31st, 2016 Press Release!

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Greetings!

Well, that's a wrap. Summer is over. The Lulu Lemons, designer dogs and Range Rovers have left town so your parking spot at NiLu gym has freed up. There is no excuse now.

September kicks off tomorrow and it really IS the best month to be here in the Hamlet.


                                                                                         
                                                                                                                   


This Week in Chester 

Tomorrow, Thursday, Amicus Gallery is having an opening of new works by Beverley McInnes and introducing "Sea Scavengers" by Julia M. Doughty - see the horse above.
This show will run from until Wednesday,September 14th.
Who knew the wine and cheese season extended into the fall? Yippee !

The Village Emporium is still in full swing with lots of great summer items. They are featuring sales of 40% off summer clothing and colouring books, 25% off gardening books and chenille throws. Get your groove on to some old tunes whilst poking through all the nooks and crannies of this vastly varied gift shop.

Tim Harris says, "Chester is having its first Real Estate auction. An owner of a luxury property at East River Point is tired of waiting for a buyer, so he is taking the bull by the horns and voluntarily sending it to auction without a reserve price. As far as we know this is the first 'no reserve' luxury property auction in Atlantic Canada."
It will all happen 'online' September 22nd at 10am. Daily open house from 1 - 4pm till Sept 21st. 

The Chester Farmers' and Artisan Market is selling off September goodies Friday at the old Train Station from 10 - 2 pm rain or shine. Fresh fish, meat, breads, veggies, baked goods, jewelry, soaps, folk art, flowers, sweet treats, hot food and more.


                                                                

                                                                 
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I stopped at a friend's house the other day and found him stalking around with a fly swatter. When I asked if he was getting any fruit flies, he answered "Yes, three males and two females." I asked how he knew the difference. "Three were on a beer can and two were on the phone."


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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

August 24th, 2016 Press Release!

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Greetings!

I was listening to CBC the other day and there was a conversation with a financial advisor regarding the Olympics and discussing the dollar aspect of raising an elite athlete.

The advisor allowed that he was directing his young daughter towards a swimming ambition as "a swimsuit is way cheaper than a horse."

                                                                                           
                                                                                                                      
This Week in Chester 

He's  b a c k !  John Denver has risen from the dead and is "Back Home Again" with a tribute at theChester Playhouse opening tonight, Wednesday, at 8 pm, with a run until Saturday night and a matinee Saturday at 2 pm. The musical tribute to the life and music of John Denver will take you on a journey through the life of one of the world's all time great performers. With an unmistakable clear high tenor voice, Denver topped the music charts repeatedly in the 70's and 80's delivering songs that "Take me home, Country Road."

The Chester Farmers' and Artisan Market are at the Train Station from 10 - 2 pm this Friday.  It's tomato season. Yippeeee !

This Saturday is the first annual "Harbour Tour and Tales" from 10- 4 pm hosted by the Chester Municipal Heritage Society. The tour begins at the Rope Loft Wharf @ 36 Water Street. View the village from the old days : tales of privateers, ghosts and courageous women; explore Pleasant and Duke Streets circa 1920's and enjoy a refreshing lemonade at the Lordly House Museum. $30 per person.  For more info call 902-275-3842 or 902-275-3826. Tickets are going faster than the Hip.

This weekend is the latest QE2 Grand Prize Cottage Lottery viewing Saturday at Skipper Hill Estates and Marina in Chester Basin. The cottage will be open from 11am- 6pm every Friday, Saturday and Sunday until you can move in with your winning lotto ticket.

The fourth annual Chester Classic Croquet Tournament is this Sunday at Lordly Park (rain date September 4th.) Email juderobertsonphoto@gmail.com or 902 225-0949 to register your team. Get out your croquet whites.

Sunday the Mahone Bay Swing Band will be on stage at the Chester Bandstand starting 7 pm.
This band is fantastic and is also the last band for the season's series. ! Don't miss this. Dress for the weather and bring a lawn chair or blanket.  Further info at 902-857-3943.


                                                                 
Next Tuesday Picnic in the Park presents the Parsons Brothers sponsored B.W. Armstrong Insurance. This is the last PiP of 2016. Hope you can come.

Meals for the musicians are compliments of the Stretch Diner. Repairs to the venue were provided by Sales Beacon.

                                                                 
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99% of socks are single and you don't see them crying about it.


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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

August 17th, 2016 Press Release!

Chester Merchants Press Release

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Greetings!

I am plagiarizing this - "To misquote Winston Churchill, 'Race Week is not the end but it is, perhaps, the beginning of the end.'"

My new MO for race week is no sailing to conserve the energy to party. Years ago, I had the stamina to do both.

Water, water everywhere and not a drop to drink.

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This Week in Chester 

Tonight, Wednesday, get to the Playhouse at 8pm for the opening of Here Lies Henry, featuring Rhys Bevan-John as an idyllic, sort of nightmarish, sort of storybook, sort of regular, sort of miserable, sort of a story: a man alone in a room with a mission to tell you something you don't already know. When a self-confessed liar, Henry Tom Gallery II is your only reliable source and conduit into this world, it's hard to know what is lie and what is truth; the lines are blurred and the choice is ours to make.Daniel MacIvor has defined this one one-man show and Rhys is just the actor to crack it.

Thursday evening from 7-9pm the Chester Legion is hosting part 2 of the ReVision meetings for the Hamlet. This one deals with Public Design for the Village. Get there and share your ideas.

This Thursday is Outdoor Movie Night @ 8:30 pm at Graves Island Park. It's the Minion movie! Dress your rugs rats appropriately. Popcorn and water will be provided by the Recreation crew free of charge or with a donation to PRO Kids. Rain date: Friday, August 19th. All ages welcome.

The Chester Farmers' and Artisan Market is back on Friday from 10 - 2 pm.

This Friday you are invited to tea with Mrs. Lordly from 2-4 pm at the Lordly House Museum at 133 Central Street. View the Blandford display and see how Lordly House has come alive this year. Free admission.

With a nod to our summer friends who are in town, here is a link to the American Connection that was compiled by the Chester Municipal Heritage Society.
"Sherman, set the way back machine."

On Saturday there is a cold plate dinner, silent auction and dance fundraiser at the Chester Legion for Harold Acker, long-time resident of East River, who lost his home and all belongings to a fire with no insurance. $10 includes salads, sliced ham and turkey, rolls and dessert from 4:30 - 6:30 pm. Auction and dancing starts @ 9 pm. All items/donations happily accepted. For further info call Sheila or Tony at 902-275-5720


                                                                
Looking ahead to next week and if you've ever been interested in portrait painting, Dawn Harwood-Jones has the class for you. Join her next Wednesday and Thursday at the Chester Art Centre from 10 - 4 pm. $140. Bring your lunch pail.

 Next Saturday, August 27th, the Chester Municipal Heritage Society presents its
"Harbour Tour and Tales" from 10am - 4pm. The tour begins at the Rope Loft Wharf and is
$30 / person rain or shine. See Chester from the water; listen to tales of privateers, ghosts and courageous women; explore Pleasant and Duke Streets circa 1920's and enjoy refreshing lemonade at Lordly House Museum.
Get your advance tickets here or dial up the after life at 902-275-3842.

Next Tuesday, Picnic in the Park presents "Amanda Riley" sponsored by All Outdoors Landscaping. Meals for the musicians are compliments of the Stretch Diner. Repairs to the venue were provided by Sales Beacon.

                                                                 
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Overheard at a 50th reunion..."It is better to be seen than viewed."


Suzi Fraser
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