Wednesday, August 15, 2018

August 15th, 2018 Press Release!

Chester Merchants Press Release


Well, here we are, Chester Race Week Summer 2018! Pump out your dinghies, fluff up your PFD's and get those dancing shoes out of the back of the closet.
Come on down to the sea for days of fun and frolic, the harbors are full of pretty boats and everyone is tuning up and filling their coolers. There is lots on the go this week, so pace yourselves!!
Here we go......


This Week in Chester 

The Chester Playhouse Summer Theater School is gearing up to present Mary Poppins JR. this week. Over the past month these amazing young actors have been working hard to bring the story of Mary Poppins to the Chester Playhouse stage. In the last couple of weeks they have worked with Alumni Student Choreographer Abby Blanchard, rehearsed musical arrangements with David Findlay and developed acting skills with program director Cynthia Myers.
Ticket prices for the show are $17 for adults, $15 for youth and seniors, and $8 for children under 8 years old. Tickets for this production and all Summer Festival offerings are available online at
The Playhouse also continues Happy Hour every Wednesday at 6 pm featuring the musical stylings of local musician Kevin Koloff and $3.50 drinks.
The Chester Heritage Society along with internationally renowned artist Raymond Chow, invite you to the Lordly Park Paint-Off and Afternoon Tea with Raymond Chow on August 17.
The Lordly Park "Paint-Off" runs from 12 - 2 PM at the Lordly Park gazebo. The paint-Off features renowned painters who reside in Nova Scotia. Raymond Chow, of Pleasantville competes against historical painter Wesley Lowe, of Bridgewater. Chester Race Week yacht race painter Beverly Hubley, of Halifax, faces off against Chester's own still life painter Pat Christensen. Painters will be allotted the same amount of time to paint a selected object(s). There will be a slight intermission for painters to speak with on-lookers. After the intermission painters will complete their works, which will be auctioned off at the end of the event.
Following the Paint-Off, "Afternoon Tea with Raymond Chow" runs between 2 - 4 PM up the hill at the Lordly House Museum, located at 133 Central Street. The afternoon tea hosted by the Chester Heritage Society is $8.00 per person. Raymond Chow will graciously present for your viewing pleasure, pieces from the "White Gown" series, the "Lisa" series, and a pen-and-ink series of the "Chester area and buildings." Pleasantville resident and society member Raymond Chow will also tell stories and answer questions regarding his works, and life's experiences. This intimate event is a must do while visiting Chester Village this summer.

Christmas continues to happen at Station 20 Craft Shop at the old Train Station until August 18th from Monday - Saturday. Get your Christmas fix now. Ho Ho...Ho.

Friday the Farmers and Artisans are at the Old Train Station  from 9 - 1 pm (rain or shine.)
Fresh fish, meat, breads, veggies, baked goods, jewelry, soaps, folk art, flowers, sweet treats, hot food and more. For more info visit Chester Farmers Market.

Friday night Jamie Junger is the live entertainment at the Rope Loft  from 8-11 pm playing original songs! Boats will be rafted up in the harbor so the place will be stomping!!
Get there early or you'll miss out. The kitchen is open until 10pm.

If you haven't heard of Chester's Online Fish Guys, those enterprising young men who will deliver beautiful fish to your doorstep, you are really missing out. They have fresh fish directly off the boat along with various frozen seafood products ready to deliver twice a week. Check out their website at

The Chester Bandstand Summer Concert series presents Chester Brass for the Race Week Sunday evening at 7 pm. Concerts may be moved or cancelled in heavy rain at the discretion of the performers. For more information, contact Sue LeBlanc 902-299-0139.

And speaking of Race Week.....for your detailed guide for the week's events, both on and off the water check out the official Helly Hansen Chester Race Week Event Guide!

The Chester Art Center still have some spaces for their August Art Camp.....

And if after all that you still have the energy to picnic in the park, check out Amanda Riley at Lordly Park on Tuesday!!

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Nicola Boyd
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