Wednesday, December 19, 2012

December 19th, 2012 Press Release!

Chester Merchants Press Release

The Gingerbreads have all melted away for another year leaving a trail of molasses in their wake. Our gingerbread party on Sunday was a hit with a visit from our own giant Gingerbread man, Eric and our emcee in "Rudolf" red, René. Ribbons were awarded, door prizes collected and sugar was consumed...lots of it.

Shirley Allen won the outdoor residential gingerbread prize and the Sadhana Centre won the commercial division. All other recipients may be found on our facebook page Gingerbread Festival Chester, NS.

A huge thank you to our sponsors : The Municipality of Chester; Destination South West Nova; Bluenose Coast; Steve Foran and Chester Building Supplies; Billy Williams and his South Shore Work Activity Program; Kim at Chester Pharmasave; Fo'c'sle Pub; Tradewinds Realty; Nicki's Inn and Amicus Gallery.

Many thanks also to the Ladies of St. Stephen's; Cove Side Quilters; Chester Art Centre; Chester Playhouse; The Sign Guy and Jim Barkhouse.
This Week in Chester

Tonight, Wednesday, at 7:30 the annual Sing Choirs Concert will be held at St. Stephen's Anglican Church. This features choral Christmas music of the Choirs of the Baptist, Catholic and Anglican Churches and the Studio Singers. Donations to P.R.O. Kids. As I have said before - it's like the Who's in Whoville - don't miss it. This IS Christmas!

The Village Emporium has begun their "Boxing Week Before Christmas" sale.You have until 1pm Dec 24th to get the goodies as they are closed until January 3rd. Many sales including pearl and other jewellery are 40% & 50% off.

Friday evening the Fo'c'sle Pub has the Shawn Hebb Trio on stage at 9 pm. Shawn is back with his band of Merry Men ! Don't miss this last dust up before you go home, put on the bunny slippers and hook up the eggnog drip.

And speaking of 'nog, Paula at Amicus Gallery will have some of that elixir on tap for  you on Christmas Eve day. Last minute shopping with a buzz.  Ahhhh.

A Christmas tale...

When four of Santa's elves came down with the 'flu he began to feel Christmas  pressure. Mrs. Claus then announced her mother was coming to visit.

He went  to harness the reindeer and found that three were about to give birth and two others had jumped the fence.

He began to load the sleigh, one of the floorboards cracked, the toy bag fell to the ground and the toys went everywhere.
Frustrated, Santa went into the house for a shot of rum. He went to the cupboard and  discovered the elves had drunk all the rum.  He accidentally dropped his glass and it broke into pieces all over the kitchen floor. He picked up the broom and found the mice had eaten all the straw off the end of it.

Just then the doorbell rang, and an irritated Santa marched to the  door, yanked it open, and there stood a little angel with a great  big Christmas tree. The angel said very cheerfully, "Merry Christmas, Santa. I have a beautiful tree for you. Where would you like me to stick it?"

And so began the tradition of the little angel on top of the Christmas tree.
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I would like to take this moment to ask you to make this a Christmas to remember. We have lost several dear friends in our community this year and I hope you take the time to remember them and to treasure the moments you spend with your family this season.

On behalf of all the Merchants, we wish you a very Merry Christmas.

Suzi Fraser

for the Chester Merchants Group