A group of us went to Little Tancook on Monday. A place that time forgot - in a good way. At $5.25 (return), this is the cheapest cruise you will ever take.
We were allowed on the ferry as we numbered under 45. Big meetin' on Big Tancook today regarding the ferry service. FYI, the # to call for road conditions or ferry service in the province is 511.
This Week in Chester
OHC is selling 50/50 tickets throughout the village for a weekly draw.
Buy now...buy often. The winner this week's draw was Jill Jeddrie, who
walks (or runs) away with $655. The winning ticket was sold at the
Friday the farmers are back at the market at the Train Station. Get it, bottle it, put it in the basement. Winter is coming.
evening there is a Fish Fry at the Chester Baptist Church at the usual
South Shore dining hours from 4:30 - 6:30 pm. Enjoy pan fried haddock,
mashed potatoes, vegetables, coleslaw, rolls, dessert, tea/coffee.
Adults $12, Children (6-12) $6 and under 5 years are free. Their silent
auction includes handmade items and gift baskets.
Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana.
weeks newsletter quoted Melanie Ryan referring to Chester as a
beautiful little seaside village. The appearance and form of buildings
and development in every community is controlled by "Planning Strategy
and Land Use Bylaws."
These documents are now up for
review. This is your chance to stand up and be heard. Whether you want
the village that Melanie remembers to continue, or if you think an
improved economic climate in the village lies in changes to the planning
strategy which could result in taller buildings and higher density
usage of lots - that is up to you.
Please consider applying
to join the committee or at least, stay informed, attend the meetings,
and make your views known. Don't moan about it after the fact if you've
ignored your chance to influence planning decisions.
This Week in Chester
Don't forget to buy your OHC 50/50 tickets at local retailers. This week's prize was $746. Take THAT to the Fo'c'sle and ring the bell ! Next weeks draw will be Monday at the Chester Pharmasave at 4pm... just in time for Happy Hour.
Thursday night at 7:30pm the Chester Playhouse serves up the 1994 Australian comedy-drama "Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert."
The story follows two drag queens and a transsexual woman across the
Australian Outback. The trio travel in a tour bus they have named
"Priscilla" and along the way they encounter both supportive and
judgmental individuals. The film won an academy award for best costume
design and a whack of other awards. It is fabulous, hilarious, poignant
and the music is kick ass ! I loved this movie so much I bought a VHS
copy which cost a bomb back in the day. Do not miss this - you will
dream in technicolour.
Friday the farmers are back at the market at the Train Station from 10 - 2pm and our farmers include Cindy and Glenn Higbee. They've had a rough week - please buy some of their lovely produce.
Friday night the Chester Playhouse has singer/songwriter/guitarist Ian Janes and his 6 piece band on stage at 7:30pm. His songs are rooted in soul music; a genre defined by a simmering rhythm section punctuated by the sting of horns. Ian
will be joined by Nicholas D'Amato on bass, Jeff Hennessy on piano,
Geoff Arsenault on drums, Rick Waychesco on the trumpet and Chris
Mitchell on Saxophone. Opening the evening will be Morgan MacDonald from Chester Basin. Morgan's new single "I
Surrender" has been just released with a folk, roots rock, and country
music genre which create a sound that is truly his own.
This weekend take a drive out to Graves Island and check out "Blue Shutters Antiques." There is something for everyone and all pocketbooks. Lots of groovy stuff to clutter up the vestibule.
While you're down by Graves Island, why not take a rubbish bag and walk the beach. This weekend celebrates International Coastal Cleanup Day.
If everyone fills a bag, our coastline will be just that much cleaner.
Take a few weenies and the hibachi and make a day of it.You can sit on
newly acquired wing back and roast marshmallows.
Next Monday there is a 'Musical Friends' benefit @ 7pm
at St. Stephen's Church hosted by the man in tweed, Malcolm Callaway.
You will experience the premiere of two local music videos and local
talent. The 'Musical Friends' choir will perform along with the Studio
Singers doing such classics as 'In the Still of the Night'. Special
guests including Blake Bignell, Amy Vinnedge and David Findlay. Mary
MacInnis, who won the right in a charity auction, will front for the
Studio Singers with a song that you won't forget.
culmination of the evening is the Premiere of the music video 'So This
is Chester' involving more than 100 people from Chester and area. Food
and transportation will be provided. There will be a free-will donation
collected during the concert - additional donations for charitable
receipts are also encouraged.
The Chester Art Centre wants you
to draw the town red or any colour you like. Jennie Carton will show you
how to draw town scapes in "Getting Around Town," Tuesday mornings from September 23rd through October 21st from 9:30 -12:30pm. Each class will have an objective and each week a drawing will be completed. All levels of skill are welcome. Cost is $130.
You are invited to join weekly line-dancing / exercise classes beginning next Wednesday from 11- 12:30pm
at the Chester Baptist Church Hall. The class is taught by Jacki
Fletcher and costs $10 per class drop-in fee. Each week they revisit
dances from previous weeks, so you can drop in when you want. All ages
and rhythm-challenged are welcome. (902) 277-2042
were lined up 300 deep for "Haven's" charitable Breakfast Program
Benefit event last Saturday... well past "Haven Joe's" AKA Able
The annual Meerkat Family photo
a train from London to Manchester to watch the cricket, an Australian
was berating the Englishman sitting across from him in the compartment.
"You English are too stuffy, you set yourselves apart.You think your
stiff upper lip makes you above the rest of us. Look at me. I have
Italian blood, Greek blood, a little Irish blood, and some Aborigine
blood. What do you say to that?"
The Englishman replied, "Awfully sporting of your Mother, old chap!"
when you thought we were disappearing into obscurity... here's a quote
from July's "Real Simple" magazine. The question posed was: "What is the
most beautiful place you have ever visited?"
The second place
mentioned was Chester. "Chester is a little seaside village with a
dense, deep-green elm and chestnut forest on one side and the dark blue
ocean on the other. I used to summer there regularly, and I still
remember the glorious sunsets and the delicious blueberries...."
Melanie Ryan, Rochester, Minnesota. Page 23 in case you're interested.
There you go Tim, real estate prices will sky rocket. Keep the faith brother.
This Week in Chester
is cadet registration for returning recruits and newbies at the Chester
Legion from 7- 8pm. Polish your boots and get over there with all your
forms in triplicate.
While the kids are at the Legion, sneak off
to the Fo'c'sle for "Crafty Thursday." $3 off a pitcher of draught to
wash the winglets down.
Friday is the Farmer's Market at the
Train Station from 10-2pm. It was PACKED there last week- they were 3
deep at every stall. Get there early.
Saturday holds great promise - there are a bunch of "foodies" coming to the Chester Playhouse for the day from 9-4pm. Rustik Magazine is pleased to announce Canada's first-ever festival celebrating food and words "Alimentary Ideas." It's $50 for the day and you can register here . Plan to arrive with a knife, fork and bib.
Rustik for a conversation with Mark Singer, staff writer from The New
Yorker, and Scott DeSimon, deputy editor of Bon Appétit. They will
anchor a day that has leading food entrepreneurs and renowned chefs
attending from across North America.That divine chef from "Raymond's"
resto in St John's is enough to make one want to attend alone. For all you twitter birds out there, here's the hash tag #foodandwords
After School Drama Program starts next week. Under the direction of
Cynthia Myers and with support from Arts Nova Scotia, the price is
$100.00/student. The three shows will be staged in December at the
Playhouse. Contact the Chester Playhouse to register your next Laurence Olivier.
Next Monday, the Chester Art Centre
kicks off Annika Junger's workshop "Knitting to Felt" which runs
September 15, 22 and 29 from 7- 9 pm. Annika will cover all the knitting
basics from casting on and off, knitting in the round and so on - but
the real fun is knitting an impossibly oversized garment and then
shrinking it down to size. In short, turning your knitting into felt.
For info contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also on Monday SCANS (Seniors' College Association of Nova Scotia) will host an information
and registration session at St. Stephen's Hall from 2 - 4pm for their
two sessions this fall: Modernism in Literature and Glimpses of Georgian
and Victorian England. Gripping. For more info call (902)444-7588 or
Tuesday there will be a FREE introductory Tai Chi Class from 10-11am at
St Stephen's Hall. Their 12 week beginner class starts Tuesday,
September 23rd. For info/to register call Sandy @ (902)275-3249
Winter is coming. Make yourself a toque in Annika's class.
only need two tools in life - WD 40 and duct tape. If it doesn't move
and should, use WD 40. If it shouldn't move and does, duct tape is the
are certainly quietening down in Chester now that it's September, but
those in the know vote it their favourite month. Hot sunny days, longer
shadows, ripe gardens and parking spaces on Pleasant Street. Who could
ask for anything more?!
was horrified this morning, though, to get an email from VV to say that
Halloween items were now available... and then I received an email from
a magazine with snowflakes on it reminding me to 'Give the Gift....'
FAR, FAR too early, I say.
still gorgeous here in Chester! Everyone is moving at a slower, more
gentle, pace and there are goodies in all the shops... so take a
have new signage in the village if you haven't noticed.... We can now
find our way around the village and direct others responsibly by
pointing to signs rather than mention road names that no one, even the
oldest in the village, actually goes by or could place! All pulled
together with great community partnership (and the hard work of our own
Trudi Curley) involving Bluenose Coast,
the Municipality, Merchants, The Sign Guy, and Nova Scotia Tourism
Agency. Kudos to all. It ain't easy... and 'sign' is no longer a four
This Week in Chester
The Chester Artisan and Farmers Market is in full September swing on Friday, 10-2pm, up at the Old Train Station.
is still open Wednesday through Sunday and offering oodles of delicious
food. Her famous carvery on Sunday night leaves everyone a vegan for
the rest of the week. No holds barred - it's the best!
Also, back by popular demand is Sushi Night at the Fo'c'sle
on Saturday 6th. They will be offering a platter of 3 different types
of sushi (24 pieces in all). The gastronomic event will begin at 5pm.
Not to be forgotten is their half price wine by the bottle with food
purchase, so see how adept you are at handling chopsticks and a full
wine glass simultaneously and go 'exotique' for a change from their
delicious fish and chips.
Seems to be all about food this week?!
Why not?! The BBQ at home is exhausted isn't it? So are you. Give it a rest and walk down the street....
all that, if you think your arteries are up for it, consider giving up
some of your red 'gold' at the Blood Donor Clinic. At the Chester Legion
on Monday 8th, they will be ever so appreciative despite your bad
summer habits. For more info call 1-888-236-6283.