Wednesday, November 28, 2012

November 28th 2012 Press Release!

Chester Merchants Press Release

Black Friday. How was this idea ever allowed to cross the border? All it means for us in Canada is that US chains are capitalizing, but on our turf. I didn't see any local shops jumping on the Black Friday bandwagon. Shop local and support your neighbour, not Target or Walmart.

Well the Canadian geese are pulling pitch. A big flock flew over the inn last weekend. What a racket! It was fabulous to watch. Mabel had a Louis Vuitton clutch under her wing so I'm guessing Miami or LA might be the destination.
This Week in Chester

The Gingerbread House creations are in and the winners were announced by the judges Monday evening. Drumroll... The individual under 12 division was a tie ! Nicole Heisler and Lila Hume tied for top honours. In the adult group division Lara and Silas Parsons won the prize. The individual adult division honours went to Bunch Fraser. Congratulations to all the winners. Prizes will be awarded to the winners at the Gingerbread wrap party. I saw the slew of gift certificates to be given to the winners. Oh la la - what a bonanza of goodies !

This Friday night the annual tree lighting and LED light exchange will be held at Chester Building Supplies, with hot chocolate and gingerbread cookies provided by Lesley's Pantry starting at 5:30pm.

Once the rug rats are sufficiently juiced up on sugar, hand them over to the babysitter, then head over to the Fo'c'sle Pub and take in the sounds of Peter Grant and Three for Now. Enjoy some adult juice and dance the night away

Saturday is the kick off of our Gingerbread Festival.The village will be alive with the smell of molasses and Gingerbread Houses will be on display in the merchants' shops.

New this year is the outdoor Gingerbread Man competition. Gingerbread Men may be purchased at Chester Building Supplies. There is a prize for each division- residential and commercial. If you have a Gingerbread man to display, you may submit your photo to:
It will be posted to the "Gingerbread Festival Chester, NS" facebook page where you can vote for your favourite by "liking" it.

Voting will end midnight Friday, December 15 and the winners will be announced at the Family Gingerbread Celebration Party on Sunday 2-4 pm, December 16 at St. Stephen's Hall.

This Saturday is a First Saturday - a celebration of our three Bluenose Coast communities (Chester, Mahone Bay and Lunenburg) to showcase our wares and smiles and to offer you some special experiences. Check out the 1st Saturdays link to see what could be in the cards for your weekend enjoyment.

The Chester District School Gingerbread Fair is this Saturday from 9 -1pm. There will be crafts, food, live music, a gift wrapping service, a candy cane pull and some fantastic prizes supplied by their vendors. Check out their Facebook page , tell all your friends to "like" the CDS Fair and get on over there to support their efforts.

On Saturday and Sunday this weekend and next, the "Artists for Kids Exhibition" is on display at the Chester Art Centre from 10 am-2 pm @ 60 Queen Street.
The Art Centre is proud to present the amazing works created by students from CDS , CAMS and Gold River Elementary School. It was taught by working artists such as Marla Benton, Joan McInnes, Sherry Goede and Malcolm Callaway. Drop by the art centre and check it out.

The Chester Bandstand will be decorated Saturday for the Christmas season by the Chester Garden Club. Stop by and tell them where YOU think the bow should be placed.

Looking ahead to Sunday, December 9th, the Chester Brass Band still have a few tickets left for their annual Christmas extravaganza at Atlantica Hotel in Western Shore. The band fires up at 6 pm and dinner will be served shortly thereafter. Always a memorable evening. Dial up Gregor Fraser @ 275 - 3453  for tickets.

Next Tuesday and Wednesday evening at the Chester Playhouse, the After School Drama kids have two shows on the docket."The Snow Queen" debuts Tuesday evening at 6pm and 7:30 pm and "The Emperor's Nude Clothes" shows at the same times Wednesday. These shows are presented by director Cynthia Myers in collaboration with Dawn Curry and Robyn Harris.
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Suzi Fraser

for the Chester Merchants Group