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?" 

    

Suzi Fraser
for the Chester Merchants Group

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Tuesday, June 30, 2020

June 30th, 2020 Press Release!



 
 
My heart says chocolate and wine but my jeans say, for the love of god, eat a salad.

Happy Canada Day everyone !
  

Suzi Fraser
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Greetings!
 
Happy Canada Day /Week !
We are getting our groove back on track and learning as we go with the guidelines as they are updated.
Get out on Canada Day and celebrate.
We hope you come and join us.

                                                                                       
Chester is Open for Business    
 
 
 
The Rope Loft Restaurant is open daily from 11:30 am. Waterfront dining at its finest ! Wing Night every Thursday and Prime Rib every Friday night.
They are celebrating their 45th Anniversary with a special Bombay Sapphire Cocktail. Why not stop by and take one for a test drive. Meals are available for dine-in or take out. Check out their Facebook page to stay in the loop. They want to thank all of you who participated in their successful first month of being open!

                                                                                                                      Poppy Balser Artwork

Amicus Gallery on Pleasant Street is now open for the summer. Daily hours are from 11 - 4. New paintings and functional art pieces arriving weekly. Stop by and say hello to Katherine and Liz.
 

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 is opening this Sunday and celebrating the start of summer with a sale. The shelves are brimming with gorgeous pieces.
Please wear a mask & use the provided hand sanitizer upon entry.
Starting July 9th, open daily, 11 - 5, Sundays, noon - 5
or email for a private appointment jim@jimsmithstudio.ca
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The restaurant at White Gate is doing weekend take out with their White Gate Lite menu. Saturdays and Sundays from 3:00 - 7:00pm. Patrons are welcome on the deck with their take out... wine and beer are available. To view or download the White Gate Lite menu.
For more info call 902.275.4400
                                                             


The Chester Playhouse has moved to Radio ! They are airing on Cove Fm 88.7 every Saturday from 4-6 pm starting this Saturday and running til the end of August.
This show allows the "Show to Go On" profiling artists who have graced the stage at the Playhouse - music, theatre, comedy and so much more. Put it in your iCal.



lferramenta
Hours are:
Wed: 11-7
Thurs: 11-7
Friday: 11-8
Saturday: 11-8
Sunday: 11-7


Starting tomorrow the Village Emporium will be back to 7 Days a Week! 
11 Pleasant St.
902 275 4773


The Chester Art Centre is calling for Exhibition entries:
A Call Out to South Shore creatives, artists and crafters of all ages and skills. They want to see - and show off - what local creative souls have been up to in this time of isolation, quarantine, social distancing and home-time. No,no. Not the blue bag with the beer cans....
They are opening their doors to everyone to bring in what you've been working on, to help launch their re-opening exhibition.
Exhibition pieces may be brought to the Centre any time until July 6, 2020.
Please call ahead 902-275-5789 to arrange drop off time.


Blue Shutters Antiques and Gallery 3167 Hwy 3, at Graves Island Provincial Park, is opening for the season this Thursday. They are open Thursdays through Sundays, 10am-4pm. All Covid-19 precautions are being taken, so come on by and buy!  Tel: 902 275 5359

                                                                                                   Michelle Doucette photography

The Chester Heritage Society wishes to announce that the Lordly Museum will be open for pre-booked tours this month. The Oak Island display at the Chester Train Station at 20 Smith Road will also be open for pre-booked tours.
Lordly Park is currently open for use as is the playground always respecting the provincial distancing rules. For more information about the park and all things "heritage" call or email Fran Underwood 902-275-5179 / franu@bellaliant.net


The Mecklenburgh Inn is open and observing Covid protocols. Lots of room for distancing.
Why not spend a few days in Chester? Heavenly beds. Heavenly location. Endless Possibilities.
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Roll on Summer !!

                                   
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Friday, June 5, 2020

June 5th, 2020 Press Release!


Chester Merchants Press Release

 
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Greetings!
 
Chester is emerging from a    l o n g    winter's nap. Boats are on the water, the golf course is packed, the community vegetable beds are planted.... We are READY !
All we need is YOU to come join us.

                                                                                       
Chester is Open for Business    
 
 
 
The Rope Loft is Open for Dining In! They're kicking the season off tonight with Friday Night Prime Rib. Catch the afternoon sun on the patio before dinner!

Business Hours:
Sunday - Thursday: 11:30 am - 8 pm
Friday - Saturday: 11:30 am - 9 pm

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
Restaurant doors close at 11 pm

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.





 Going Coastal is now open as of June 6  Store Hours are Saturday and Sunday 10-3 pm.
 Opening full time hours in the coming weeks. Find them online
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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.
 

                                                                                                                  Malcolm Callaway


Amicus Gallery, located in the heart of Chester at 20 Pleasant Street, has re-opened its doors! Currently they are open Saturdays from 11am - 3pm, but as the warmer weather comes, they will open on Sundays as well. Once July hits they will be open full time. They look forward to welcoming you!
                                                             


While White Gate figures out how and when to resume full dine-in service, they have launched White Gate Lite for take out on Saturdays and Sundays from 12-6pm. Hours will expand as demand rises, until they are fully re-opened. Take out patrons are welcome to eat their take out on the White Gate Deck. Orders may be place in advance or customers can walk in and order on the spot. For advance ordering either email info@whitegate.ca or phone 902.275.4400
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Roll on summer !



The Village Emporium gift shop is now open Tuesday to Saturday from 10am -5pm.
Extended hours coming soon - watch their Facebook page for updates.
New stock is arriving including a selection of summer dresses, tops, pants and hats. Also come check out our five new vendors waiting to show off their exciting products.
They also stock locally made cloth face masks.



The Mecklenburgh Inn is open and observing Covid protocols. Lots of room for distancing.
Why not spend the weekend in Chester? Heavenly beds. Heavenly location. Endless Possibilities.
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Observation: The world is now Las Vegas. Everybody is losing money, it's acceptable to drink at all hours, and no one has any idea what day it is.
    

Suzi Fraser
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Monday, December 30, 2019

December 30th, 2019 Press Release!

Chester Merchants Press Release

 
                                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                







Greetings!
 
Turkey all gone? 
Just in time to load up the fridge with champagne.
Nothing like a bottle of bubbles to ease you into the New Year.



                                                                                        
This Week in Chester    
 
Tomorrow night is New Year's Eve. Why not ring it in at White Gate? They have 4 spaces leftfor a 
five course culinary extravaganza plus a glass of bubbles to toast 2020, $85 per person, with an optional wine pairing available for purchase.  Phone   902.275.4400 or email  info@whitegate.ca




And now onto  Levee Day affairs...

The Fo'c'sle Pub is first out of the gate by throwing open their doors at 11 am.
There will be a complimentary buffet offered by the owners and staff from 12 pm onward.

The Playhouse is also vying for opening position at 11am



The Chester Yacht Club is welcoming members and guests to join them at 1 pm.

                                                              




We have a new SPA aahhh  in the 'hood !
Book yourself in and shake off the toxins of the holidays.






 

 
                                    
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Happy New Year to you and yours from the Chester Merchants.  
All the best for 2020 - Hit the ground running ! 
 
    

Suzi Fraser
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