We're all about Art this week. Get
your paint by numbers kit out and get busy. March your dollar store
paint box on down here and show us what you can do. Unleash your inner
It all awaits you here in Chester.
"The difference between art and science is that if something works in art, you don't have to explain why."
This Week in Chester
Last night was the opening of "Hockey Mom. Hockey Dad" at the Chester Playhouse;
a slashing two-hander about two lonely single parents who meet and fall
in love while watching their kids play a season of minor hockey.The
show runs until Saturday night with a 2 pm matinee on Saturday. Maybe
there is a reason to go sit in those beastly cavernous refrigerators.
Who knew? The playhouse also offers dinner and theatre packages to make
it an evening to remember.
Dinner is on the table at Lesley's
Pantry Thursday night from 5:30 - 8pm to include the South Shore dining
hours. Reservations are recommended. 273-7373 Butternut Squash and
Valley Apple Bisque or Caesar Salad with Crispy Prosciutto and Parmesan
Crisps. Fire Roasted Pork Tenderloin with a Fresh Fruit Salsa seasonal
veg and roast potatoes or Maple Smoked Salmon on a Wild Mushroom and
Asparagus Risotto. Desert is Field Berry Crisp with Vanilla Ice Cream
and there may also be a bread pudding or chocolate cheese cake if you
ask nicely! Here's a little uTube clip of the pantry.
This week is a full on Art Extravaganza in the Hamlet and it all takes place at the Chester Art Centre at 60 Queen Street. "Hands
On" the featured exhibition, opens on Thursday and runs through till
Saturday, August 18th. Using a multitude of media, artists Rosi
Robinson, Jim Smith, Kate Church, Shelley Mitchell, Zehava Power, Carol
Hansen and Malcolm Callaway are showing their works. Other artists
include Sheri Chandler, Beverly McInnes, Cindy Bradette and Paula
Booher. It's a diverse collection of artwork and a bit of a puzzle too.
Each of the artists have contributed a photo of their hands, so join us
to figure out which hands created which artwork. The exhibition is open
daily from 10am - 4pm.
On Friday there is a workshop for
children "Kids Create" from 10am - 2 pm in the back yard of the Art
Centre. Be amazed by the wonderful creations that can be made with
things found all around us. Using the Three Rs (reuse- recycle-reduce)
children will learn how toys, play materials and a little imagination
can create art. Make music, puppets, tinker toys, wooden boats and
design leaves for the tree sculpture. $10 per child or $25 per family.
Register by dialing 275-5789. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
is the annual Art Fair from 9am to 3pm. Dozens of artists and artisans
from Chester and beyond - including painter Dijon Curley, puppet maker
Kate Church and jeweler Joan McInnes - will all be showing and selling
their wares. There will also be artist demonstrations and music from
young Liam Britten on the fiddle. They're serving morning muffins and
bagels - lunch will be pulled pork sandwiches, smoked salmon on bagels
and quinoa salad. 9am to 3pm. Free admission.
Phew. OK. Back to Friday...
The weekly farmer's market is rolling into town at the Parade Square from 2-5 pm.
Follow up that hunting and gathering event with the Amicus Art Gallery opening of Rosi Robinson's Batik
work and introducing the works of Will Wells. Rosi holds workshops
world wide and her intricate batik is renowned. The cork/screw top pops
off at 6 pm. Be prompt.
Friday night the Fo'c'sle Pub has "Major Shuffle" on stage. The kitchen is open till 10pm.
Saturday the Chester Heritage Society is hosting the official opening
of two exhibits "The American Connection" and "The Blandford & Area
Marine Exhibit." Get yourself over to the Lordly House Museum @ 133
Central Street from 12-2 pm.Old fashioned refreshments to follow.These
exhibits may also be viewed during regular museum hours. 275-3842
month the Train Station Gallery at the Visitor's Information Centre is
exhibiting a new selection of work by local artists from 10am - 4 pm
At 1830 Saturday evening the Chester Yacht Club is hosting
an International One Design Presentation "75 year Anniversary of the
Classic IOD's" for members and guests. Mr. Herb Motley of Marblehead, MA
will be speaking on the history of International One-Design yachts.
Also Saturday evening there will be an outdoor movie night presenting Dr Suess' "LORAX"
at Lordly Park @ dusk/ 8:30pm ish. Rain location is Forest Heights
Community School. Ages 3-100 (under 16 must be accompanied by an
adult). Donations accepted for Chester PRO Kids. Popcorn $2. Have you
ever wished you could watch a movie under shooting stars? Don't forget
to bring your blanket or chairs to sit on.
I remember the old
days of the Drive In on the Commons loop when Simon would unfold himself
out of the trunk of a mini minor, the film reel would go up in flames
right before your eyes, the rain would short out the massive audio box
mounted on the driver's window and the steam from the hot dogs in the
car would fog up your wind screen - well, hmm, maybe it wasn't the hot
Once you've pawned the kids off on some unfortunate mother,
head on over to the Fo'c'sle and catch the tunes of Chester's own Jamie
Junger. Jamie is a village favourite and he doesn't emerge from the
back 40's often, so don't miss this.
7pm Sunday evening the Chester Bandstand has the Mahone Bay Swing Band
on stage, they showcase big band sounds and swing music. Are you In the
Sunday evening at 7:30 pm the Chester Playhouse is
celebrating the most famous of the Group of Seven, Tom Thomson, with the
film "West Wind: The Vision of Tom Thomson." Often referred to as "our
great colourist" and "our Van Gogh", Thomson created his own
interpretation of the Northern landscape using vibrant colours with a
very busy paint brush. Shot in Algonquin Park, Georgian Bay, Seattle and
Toronto, this new film by Peter Raymont and Michele Hozer examines the
life and death of Tom Thomson and includes never before seen paintings
by the artist.
Monday has the 1st Annual Fore! Children Charity
Golf Tournament at the Chester Golf Club. Shotgun start 1pm. The
tournament will benefit of the Chester and Area Family Resource Centre
and the PRO Kids program. $150/ person includes green fees, golf cart,
dinner, prizes and tax receipt for $50. Be a sponsor for $500 - includes
tournament entry for one person (value $150). Be a sponsor plus
register a team for $950, includes 4 tournament entries and tax receipt
for $200. 228-2132 for info.
The wife left a note on the fridge......... "It's not working!! I can't take it anymore; I've gone to stay at my mother's! " He opened the fridge, the light came on and the beer was still cold......... What the hell is she talking about?