Wednesday, November 14, 2012

November 14th, 2012 Press Release!

Chester Merchants Press Release

The November 11th Remembrance Day service was fabulous. Not a breath of wind, gorgeous, sunny and hot. I think I burnt my face ! It was jammed. I've never seen so many souls at the parade square - not even at Race Week.The fly by added a touch of excitement as well. Kudos to the organizers.

The Chester Playhouse won a very special award last weekend down in Liverpool at "Music Nova Scotia Week." This award goes to a non-profit community organization that has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to presenting musical performances in the province.The recipient is chosen by the members of Nova Scotia's music industry. Well done Chester Playhouse !
This Week in Chester

In other Playhouse news, unless you already have a ticket for Jill Barber's performance tonight, you can forget about getting tucked into one of those lovely chairs because it's sold out ! I got the last one (thank you Dolly) and am not giving it up.

VOCTADA is holding their AGM at the St Stephen's Hall Thursday @ 7pm. Kerry will be there.

Friday evening the Fo'c'sle Pub has SWIG on stage at 9pm. This group is a house favourite so get there early to assure yourself a seat.The kitchen is open until 10 pm.
While there are many goodies on the menu to chose from I always have the pan fried haddock and am never disappointed.The staff no longer bother to give me a menu.

Why not stop in at Chez Glass Lass on Duke Street and see their groovy dinner ware. This shop has something for everyone - so much more than just glass plates.

There will be a Kohl Cannon supper at the Baptist Church from 4:30 to 6:30pm. Love those south shore dining hours. Ham, baked beans, bread, rolls, pies and dessert.  Adults $10, Children $5. Take out available. A craft and bake table will be on deck.

On Sunday there will be a  gold mine tour from 1:30 - 3:30pm (weather permitting.) A two hour guided walking tour of the west side of Gold River gold mines, part of the Nova Scotia gold rush of the 1860s.  See intact gold mine shafts, trenches, site of a dam for power generation and locations of old stamping/processing mills. At the half way point, enjoy hot chocolate and cookies inside a warm heritage log cabin. Adults $10. Proceeds to the Chester Municipal Heritage Society. 275-3718 for information and reservations.

Monday evening at 6:30 for 7pm the Chester Garden Club is holding their AGM at St Stephen's Hall."So, what am I?  Native or Cultivar?"
Funny, I ask myself that question occasionally but had never entertained those 2 options. Master gardener Brenda Hiltz will preside over an interactive presentation and discussion about local plants.Refreshments to follow. New members and guests welcome.

Ok,  I've held off - but here it is.... Chester's annual Gingerbread Festival is just around the corner. It will be held December 1st-16th.

All Gingerbread House entry forms must be received by November 21st either by mailing them to Box 181 Chester, or by dropping off the form at the Village Emporium on Pleasant Street. Forms may be downloaded at Chester Art Centre. The physical Gingerbread Houses must be delivered to the Chester Arts Centre on Queen Street between 2-4 pm, Nov 24th or 25th.

New this year: We are having an outdoor Gingerbread Man competition. Nude Gingerbread Men may be purchased at Chester Building Supplies. Do with them what you will. Create a gingerbread man or theme to display, photograph it and submit your photo to and it will be posted to our "Gingerbread Festival Chester,NS" facebook page where you may vote for your favourite by "liking" it. This competition is open to residents of the Municipality of Chester.There are two categories: business and residential. Voting will end midnight December 15th.

In other Gingerbread news the Chester District School is holding a Gingerbread Fair on December 1st from 9am-1pm.There will be lots of crafts, food, live music, gift wrapping service, a candy cane pull and some fantastic prizes supplied by vendors. They have a facebook page which is "CDS Gingerbread Fair" so please tell all your friends to "like" them.

When making your December plans remember to mark your calendar and save Sunday, December 9th. At 6pm the Annual Chester Brass Band Christmas Dinner will be held at the Atlantica Hotel and Marina in Western Shore. For tickets and info dial up Gregor @ 275-3453.
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Suzi Fraser

for the Chester Merchants Group