Wednesday, July 24, 2013

July 24th, 2013 Press Release!

Chester Merchants Press Release

The Lulu Lemons are back in the Hamlet. Designer orange and pinks are humping it up the hills of Chester.

I stopped in on a friend yesterday who was on her way to a cocktail party. She was sporting a breezy black number. It was a million degrees. I suggested a white linen blouse. As I drove away I noticed my own attire. Bleach stained  shorts and a ripped T shirt covered in 3 contrasting paint samples and thought to myself "Who the hell am I to give fashion advice?"
This Week in Chester

Tonight, Wednesday, Forever Plaid is back on stage at the Chester Playhouse.
On the way to their first big gig in 1964, a vocal harmony group, meet their untimely demise. The quartet of nerdy but sweet angels, return to earth to play their first and final concert.
Featuring many hits, such as "Moments to Remember" and "Love is a Many Splendored Thing," the show will have you humming the tunes and falling in love with the Plaids as they fulfill their destiny.
Dig your plaids out of the recesses of the closet and parade your colours !
Remember the Playhouse offers dinner theatre packages with the Rope Loft and the Galley. Dial up the box office to book @ 275-3933.
The show runs until Saturday night with a 2 pm matinée on Saturday as well.

Blue Shutters Antiques, located at the entrance to Graves Island Park, is open from 10 am- 5 pm Thursday through Sunday each week. I got a lovely Hackmatack Hotel plate there the other day. More gems await from an era when people did more than look at computer screens.

Kate Church is back at the Chester Arts Centre on Queen Street. This Thursday and Friday learn how to build characters on a simple wire armature. $130 includes most materials. Bring your lunch pail.

Light My Fire is celebrating the dog days of summer by staying open until 8 pm Thursday and Friday evenings.

The Chester Garden Club is holding its Annual Flower Show & Tea, titled "Hats Off" Thursday at the Chester Legion from 1:30 - 5 pm.  This is your opportunity to purchase gorgeous exhibits by award winning floral designers.  Novices and children can also win cash prizes, ribbons and trophies in numerous exhibit categories.

Take your newly acquired flower arrangement down to the Rope Loft, plop it on your table and order up some half price appetizers from 5-8pm. Sit back, admire the new petals and watch the world drift by. Lovely.

Friday the meat and pie boys are back in town at the Chester Train Station from 10- 2 pm for the weekly market.
Your favourite vendors will be on deck along with many new ones and some great musicians! While at the market, stop in the Train Station Gallery and the Oak Island display.

Friday evening our own artist in residence, Malcolm Callaway, is opening his new show Raven Mad at Amicus Gallery.You may look but you may not touch - they're still wet. Victoria asked if there were any storks in the show. Malcolm raised his eyebrows and Vic finished her thought with "Stork Raven Mad !"

Celebrate your red dot acquisition with an evening at the Fo'c'sle Pub. Peter Grant is on stage @ 9pm for your enjoyment. Dinner is on the grill until 10 pm so get your order in.

Saturday is your final day for the "Plaids" so plan to hit the afternoon performance or this evening's finale.

Ian Campbell will be playing on the deck at the Rope Loft from 5-8pm Saturday evening.
Park yourself on the dock, order up something with an umbrella from a blender and settle in.

Continue your musical tour of Chester at the Fo'c'sle Pub where you will find Mosey Burns on stage @ 9 pm.

On Sunday walk back in time from 4-6 pm at the Lordly House Museum at 133 Central Street. It is the official opening of "Municipal Main Streets - Then and Now." Go see what your old house used to look like.

Sunday evening the West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service Band from the UK are at the Chester Bandstand @7 pm. 35  band members have flown across the pond to entertain you so you better show up! They are one of the only four remaining service bands in the UK. Brass...with an English accent - divine. Remember to congratulate them on their new heir to the throne.

Also on Sunday evening at 8pm the Chester Playhouse is screening the documentary "Shakespeare - The Hidden Truth." This film is fascinating in it's ties to Oak Island. I've seen it twice and I am going again on Sunday.
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Beginning Monday and running for 10 days there is the Artisans & Crafts Sale at the Chester Train Station from 10 am - 4 pm. There will be folk art, bath products, sewing, beeswax candles, sea glass, shell art and polished gemstone jewelry. For info call 275-4906 / 275-2225.

Looking ahead to next week the Chester Trust is hosting a garden party at the Zoe Valle Library grounds at 63 Regent Street from 5-7pm, Wednesday, July 31st. This is a fundraiser for the Lightfoot Tower and they will be selling time capsules. Snippets of your life, your home and your family mug shots all preserved in a time capsule to be opened in 50 years. Think of the possibilities. Sandwiches with the crusts cut off, tea and other libations will be served. There will be boules, a jigsaw puzzle challenge and a treasure hunt. Wear white as it's an English tea.

"Make your history part of Chester's history."

Suzi Fraser
for the Chester Merchants Group