Only 5 months till Christmas. Shop like you mean it.
Drop in at Lordly Park
Monday evenings to catch the croquet teams battling it out. If you're
nice they might invite you to join them.
We here in the hamlet are deeply entrenched in Lulu Lemon season.
Chester is officially the land of lycra - even the designer dogs are
sporting some spandex.
There's a lot going on this week... listen up.
This Week in Chester
Tonight, Wednesday, the Chester Playhouse
opens their Hank Williams Tribute show. Ryan Cook began performing as
Hank Williams in 2009 with "The Show He Never Gave" in Sackville, New
Brunswick. Along with band mates the Drifting Cowboys, this two-act
feature performance includes 22 songs from the great country music
singer and songwriter.
The show runs tonight until Saturday night
starting @ 7:30pm with a Saturday matinée @ 2pm. For more info call the
Koloff will be performing before the show in the Ondaatje Room from
6:15- 7:15 pm. They have reduced drink prices to limber you up for the
Thursday, the Chester Garden Club is hosting their annual Flower Show
and Tea at the Chester Legion from 1:30 - 5 pm. This years theme is
"Lest We Forget: A floral tribute." Stop in and tell them how you would
have done it.
Thursday night all those in the know will be heading down to Amicus Gallery
at 6 pm sharp for the eagerly anticipated opening of Malcolm Callaway's
annual art show. This evening's opening runs until 8pm and the show
runs for 2 weeks.
Friday the farmers and artisans
are at the Chester Train Station from 9 - 1pm (rain or shine) Fresh
fish, meat, breads, veggies, baked goods, jewelry, soaps, folk art,
flowers, sweet treats and hot food.
Friday night at the Chester Yacht Club there will be an auction of a 2017 36"
x 36" original painting by José Antonio Valverde-Alcalde entitled
"Flowers in the Window at Parkland." This is an acrylic on canvas.
Retail value is $6,000 The Valverde Studio Gallery has provided this painting as in-kind sponsorship support of Helly
Hansen Chester Race Week 2018.Organizers will donate 50% of proceeds to
CYC Junior Sailing. For anyone wishing to put a reserve bid on the
painting please contact email@example.com
José Antonio Valverde-Alcalde
The Jazzettes will be on stage Friday night at the Rope Loft from
8-11pm. If you're on a boat, sail by and hang out for a few tunes. Land
lubbers can just walk on down! Evening meals will be served until 9:30
Stop by Light My Fire Studio, 59 Duke Street on Saturday and
let your creative juices flow in their 'Dip and Carve' workshop. Each
person will dip a 4" ball candle and then carve designs in the candle
which will be highlighted when you burn the candle. The workshop runs
from 11am - 3 pm and will be conducted on a first come - first served
basis. Cost is $20/person + HST. The workshop is open to all but
participants under 12 may need assistance from a parent or guardian. For
more info or to book a group for the workshop please call 902-275-5800.
evening the Chester Bandstand Summer Concert presents the "Dartmouth
Concert Band" starting at 7pm. Children are welcome to dance on the
grass. Adults may want to bring a lawn chair. Concerts may be moved or
cancelled in heavy rain at the discretion of the performers. For more
information, contact Sue LeBlanc 902-299-0139.
Chester Tennis Club on Pig Loop Road is running evening lessons for
intermediate players Mondays, from July 30th and running for 5 weeks
from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
They also have a class for beginners on Tuesdays,
from July 31st and running for 5 weeks from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The cost is
in at the handicraft shop at the Old Chester Train Station. The shop
includes merchandise from local hand crafters and antique furniture
pieces. Open daily 10-4, Sunday 12-4, closed on Wednesdays. There is a
crocheting craft demonstration there next Tuesday from 1-3 pm.
Thermoforming Equipment is the sponsor. Meals for musicians are
generously provided by the Stretch Diner. Free admission...donations for
the band gratefully accepted...if it's raining Tuesday, then we dance
on Wednesday, if it's raining Wednesday, we dance on Thursday! Check
www.chester.ca for event cancellation.
We are fortunate to have two excellent "masters of the sewing machine" here in the village. Jill
Mattinson "Slipcovers by Jill" is located at 24 Pleasant Street, 3rd
Floor West and she is a whiz with slipcovers and alterations.
902- 204-2004. Mohammad Al Ali "Starfish Tailors" is located
upstairs at 5 Pleasant Street who will take care of all your tailoring,
dress making and repairs. 902-266-2316.
Summer in Chester is well underway...you can see the flocks of baby sailboats nipping back and forth across the harbor. Love those Junior Sailors!!
There is lots to be doing and seeing this week in the burg so get out your calendars and sharpen your pencils.
This Week in Chester
The Chester Playhouse summer season is in full swing, and this week you can embark with them on an odyssey as they present The Other Women Theatre Collective production of 'Tidal Women Braving... the Storm'. Three strong narratives intertwine and explore the lives of women who express their fears, frustrations and joys through writing. Audiences will enjoy an evening of music, poetry and memoirs of women from different eras, with a decidedly salty atmosphere. The show runs from July 18 - July 21 at 7:30 p.m. with a matinee performance at 2:00 p.m. on July 21.
Tickets are $31 for adults, and $15 for youth and are available at chesterplayhouse.ca
The White Gate Restaurant is increasing their opening hours by adding Wednesdays, so their current hours are: Wednesday & Thursdays open for dinner from 5:50 - 8:30 pm, Fridays and Saturdays open for dinner from 5:50 - 9:00 pm and Sundays from 5:00 to 8:00pm. You can book your table on 902.275.4400 or check out their Facebook page on: whitegatens
The Chester Farmers' & Artisan Market is in full summer swing, every Fridayat the Chester Train Station, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm (rain or shine). If you are looking for something easy to entertain your house guests, this is always fun!! They have a variety of local farm vendors and artisans selling fresh fish, meat, breads, veggies, baked goods, jewelry, soaps, folk art, flowers, sweet treats, hot food and more. For more info email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.chesterfarmersmarket.wordpress.com/ or like them on Facebook: Chester Farmers' & Artisan Market.
The Craft Demonstrations continue on a weekly basis at the Train Station, Craft Shop & Displays,July 24th features a demonstration of Beaded Ornaments.....who doesn't love bijoux?? Find them at the Chester Train Station, open from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, Sundays 12:00 to 4:00 pm and closed on Wednesdays. Most demonstrations are free!! For more info call, Lordly House 902-275-3842 or the Train Station 902-275-2592 or visit: www.chester-municipal-heritage-society.ca
If you haven't paid a visit to Going Coastal on Queen Street, it's time to check out this gem of a shop. They are a local family owned and operated custom furniture store & art gallery. They feature a curated collection of fine art, furnishings, home décor, crafts, jewelry, and apparel, and search for unique pieces that are often limited edition or one of a kind. Located at 41 Queen Street across from the tavern, you can reach them on 902.273.3343 or at
Kevin Koloff, a Chester favorite, is back at The Rope Loft on Friday July 20th playing hits from the 60's and 70's. The live music starts at 8:00pm and the kitchen will stay open until 9:30 on music nights, so pop in to the Rope Loft on Water Street for some lively tunes!! For more information call on: 902.275.3430
Saturday July 21st you can take tea with Mrs Lordly from 2:00 - 4:00pm. Get those pinky fingers crooked!! The Lordly House Museum at 133 Central Street is the venue and the cost is $8.00 For more information call them on 902.275.3842
Chester Bandstand Summer Concert presents "Tuesday Night Show Band" Big Band Swingon Sunday July 22nd starting at 7:00 pm. Children are welcome to dance on the grass. Adults may want to bring a lawn chair. Concerts may be moved or cancelled in heavy rain at the discretion of the performer(s). For more information, please contact Sue LeBlanc 902-299-0139.
Picnic (and dancing) in the Park on Tuesday July 24th features FOG (Four Old Guys) - sponsored by...Fo'c'sle Village Pub. Your family and house pests are all invited, bring your picnic basket and dancing shoes and enjoy the live music from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at Lordly Park in Chester.
arrival of warmer weather brings with it all the soothing sounds of
summer : the dulcet tones of the whipper snipper; the languid lull of
the lawn mower and the symphonic hum of the hammer.
This Week in Chester
Tonight, Wednesday, is "Ladies night" at the Chester Yacht Club. An
estrogen fueled evening of spirituality, healing, beauty and health -
and let's cut to the chase - shopping. There will be belly dancing, palm
reading and all sorts of Zen stuff, but most importantly, there will be
wine. Get in on the action by calling 902-275-3747 NOW.
The Chester Art Centre has upcoming summer workshops for the short ones. Check out their exciting line up and farm your children out now.
Tonight is gourmet pasta night at the Fo'c'sle. A festival of gluten for all. Yes please. Check their Facebook page for daily specials.
storm Chris may be coming our way. Why not celebrate the "first up"
(here) of the season with an umbrella drink at the Rope Loft tomorrow
afternoon? Install yourself on the deck and hold on tight.
Thursday evening from 6-8 pm Amicus Gallery
is hosting their second summer season show with new works by Joanne
Hunt and Susan Paterson. Don't miss seeing these exquisite oils up close
You'll be "Seeing Double" at The Rope Loft
Friday night as John Cole Porter and Darren Wadden bring the tunes that
keep toes tapping. The boys are on stage from 8-11 pm - evening meals
are until 9pm.
"Light My Fire Studio"
at 59 Duke Street is holding a "fantasy taper" candle making workshop
from 11am- 3pm this Saturday. This is open to all ages, but parental
assistance is required for young participants. $20 per person + tax
Saturday is the Annual Auction and Flea Market at the Chester Train
Station. The fleas get hopping at 9 am and the auction starts at 9:30.
Bring a chair and park yourself for this event as there are some real
finds to be had from the Haughn and Haase estates. The rain date is
Sunday, July 15 beginning at 1 pm.
Saturday also has the Mackerel
Snappers Picnic at Graves Island Provincial Park, East Chester from 12
noon to 6 pm. Rain date is Sunday, July 15. Mackerel dinner is $12
which includes new potatoes, old fashion cukes and cream, tea, coffee or
juice and pie. There will be musical entertainment, games of chance,
merchandise wheel, lobster/scallop wheel and fish pond. On site will be a
fry shack, hot dogs, pop and chips. For more info call 902-275-2174 /
Saturday night is the Chester Playhouse's annual Galapalooza from 6-9pm at the home of Tim and Bernardine Moore.
hors d'oeuvres by Scanway Catering and wine from Bishop's Cellar,
whilst enjoying the music of Lennie Gallant and members of the Buchanan
House of Music. There will be lively co-hosting by Rob McInnis and
Canadian journalist and fashion entrepreneur Jeanne Beker.
the Gala will feature an incredible "Raffle of Experiences". Bid on four
experience packages for Toronto, Halifax, Chester or St. Andrews by the
Sea. Tickets for the Galapalooza are $150 per person and include a tax
receipt for a portion of the cost. 902-275-3933 Operators are standing
Sunday evening at 7 pm the Chester Bandstand Summer Concert
Series presents the "Chester Brass Band." This is always a fantastic
performance from the very dedicated members of the band. You won't be
disappointed - get there early and claim your turf.
Monday from 1-3 pm there is a craft circle at the train station. This
weeks topic is "Chester Stories." The session is open to all comers and
Next Tuesday's Picnic in the Park is pleased to present the "Darren Arsenault Trio" sponsored by
Eric Harding of Tradewinds Realty. The tunes kick off at 6 pm at Lordly Park.
Meals for musicians are generously provided by the Stretch Diner.
only just blown out the wick on our fireworks and now it's the 4th of
July ! My money is on someone lighting up the sky tonight. Look up, look
little man who lives inside the radio repeated all Canada Day weekend
of the "extreme heat wave, epic weather, keep an eye on granny lest she
expire in the tropical heat bomb...."
Nothing ! No heatwave. Thick fog, windy and cold.
now ... "Canicular" - definition > of or relating to the period
between early July and early September when hot weather occurs in the
northern hemisphere. Bring . It . On.
This Week in Chester
The Chester Playhouse
is kicking off their summer theatre festival tonight with "Urinetown,
the Musical." This saucy politically incorrect musical took Broadway by
storm when it opened in 2001.
The show features a huge cast of
performers of all ages from 10 to 70, predominantly from our own little
Hamlet.The production runs from tonight, Wednesday, until Saturday at
7:30 pm with a Saturday matinée at 2 pm.
The cast and crew have
worked tirelessly for the past 3 months to present this show for your
enjoyment. Get your thumb out and go see it.
Plein air artist Poppy Balser still has a few canvasses left for sale at Amicus Gallery. Stop in before it is just a water colour sea of red dots.
The Chester Heritage Society
would like to remind you of their Handicraft Shop at the Old Train
Station. The shop has local hand crafts, and pieces of antique
furniture.They have also very kindly offered to represent the businesses
in the village by displaying our brochures.
The station is open daily from 10-4pm and Sunday from 12-4pm. They are closed on Wednesdays.
exhibits include a boat building display and wrought iron works from
Nova Scotia's first female ferrier. Every Monday from 1-3pm there is a
Next Saturday, July 14th, is the Annual Auction and
Flea Market at the Station starting at 9am. Put that on your calendar
now as there are always some true gems to be found.
exhibits at Lordly House museum on Central Street include the Tuesday
Painters and their antique lace display. Lordly House is open Tuesday
through Saturday from 10-4pm.
You are welcome to join in with help, stories, discussion and lots of laughs.
Antiques and Art Gallery is located at the entrance to Graves Island
Park in East Chester and they are now open daily from 10-4pm.
The farmers are in their dell at the market
at the Train Station this Friday from 9 -1 pm (rain or shine.) Why not
stop by the Sweet Spot Oceanside Farm booth? Melanie has gorgeous fresh
cut flowers, greens, herbs, tomatoes, garlic and a variety of other
goodies all grown with natural methods.
Everything else is available there as well: meat, fish, breads, fresh vegetables, soaps,
folk art, hooked rugs, flowers, sweet treats, take away food and more.
Friday night has Kevin Koloff on stage at the Rope Loft from 8-11 pm.
Lennon is not dead - he's at the Rope Loft. Kevin brings us back to the
60's and 70's with all the songs you know by heart. Don't miss out!
Bandstand Summer Concert Series is pleased to present "Morgan Davis,"
our own award winning blues artist on stage at 7 pm. The bright lights
of Chester await you here. Concerts may be moved or cancelled due to
weather at the discretion of the performer. For info contact Sue LeBlanc
McGuire, Nancy Dunaway and Beverley McInnes are holding an event next
Monday at Tirnanog Studio, 3419 Highway 3 in East Chester from 4-7pm.
They are exhibiting 'all things rust' in addition to some items for sale
and of course nibbles and bubbly - I mean it IS Chester.
Next Tuesday the Chester Art Centre presents Jane Whitten who will teach you how to convert unwanted items into something new and useful. No husband jokes please.
Next Tuesday, July 10th, the Klunkers take the stage at 'Picnic in the Park.'
performance is sponsored by Chester Area Pharmasave. You are invited to
bring a picnic and your dancing shoes to enjoy the live music from 6 -8
pm at Lordly Park.