Wednesday, June 26, 2013

June 26th Press Release!

Chester Merchants Press Release

Monday's deluge was pleasant - a nice little wash down to relocate the pollen and Tuesday was superlative.Today...mmm not so much.

I was at the government dock yesterday getting a lesson on squid jigging and how they move.They can swim in forward and reverse. They're everywhere- go down and have a look.
This Week in Chester

Tonight, Wednesday, cousin Wally is hosting a scotch tasting at the Rope Loft @7pm. Several scotches on the menu and also a selection of amuse-bouches from the chef. Dial up the Rope Loft to assure yourself a seat. 275-3430.

In 2010, 34 bottles of Scottish whisky were shipped overseas every second.

Summer Yoga Classes at Chester Harbour Yoga & Massage Therapy, 71 Duke Street, begin Tuesday July 2nd through August 16th. Seven classes a week, there is a class for every level from total beginner through to Intermediate. Special Orthopedic class; individualized programs for those with low back, knee, or other joint conditions, systemic conditions etc. Registered Massage Therapist and Naturopathic Doctor available by appointment. Call to register for classes or for more info 902-273-9642.

The Lordly House Museum at 133 Central Street throws open their doors Thursday for the summer. They are celebrating this with a show "Through His Lens;" The Edward Rutherford Photographic Collection, from 4 - 5:30 pm. Don't miss this, Edward's photos are legendary.

This year marks the 200th anniversary of the burning of the Young Teazer and the Rope Loft is marking the occasion Thursday evening @ 7pm. Folklore has it that on the anniversary of the explosion, a flaming ship appears on the horizon between Big Tancook and Meisner's, so the Rope Loft is a perfect vantage point for viewing.
Join them for some live Maritime music with Art Cole, enjoy 1/2 price appetizers,and Teazer drink specials while awaiting the ghost ship to return.  BOO !

The Chester Farmers & Artisan Market opens for the season on Friday. Please note NEW TIME and NEW LOCATION: Every Friday 10 am - 2 pm at the historic Old Train Station (Visitor Information Centre) on North St. Your favourite vendors will be there along with many new vendors and great musicians! While at the market, stop by the Train Station Gallery and the Oak Island Display.

Friday has the season opener at Amicus Gallery on Pleasant Street from 6-8pm.
Zehava Power will be showcasing her new work.
Dust off the aqua marine sweater, rinse out the Sperrys and get there early as it IS the first dust up and there will be wine and hors d'oeuvres.
This just in from Russell Smith's column in the Globe and Mail:
"Here we are talking about a weekend-at-Chester kind of look, with tennis or deck shoes and a short-sleeved linen or polo shirt."
Once you've purchased the new piece for the parlour, head next door to the Chester Playhouse at 7:30 pm to hear the musical talents of Mary Jane Lamond & Wendy MacIsaac.
Both women have music in their blood and bring together their strong Celtic roots, musical talents and warm personalities that will charm you.
Mary Jane enthralls with her incredible Gaelic vocals, and Wendy entices with her skill on the fiddle.
The Playhouse is offering dinner packages this year with the Rope Loft and The Galley.
The package includes one adult ticket to any performance and a two course dinner at your choice of either restaurant. Gratuity included. Reservations are required 24 hours in advance. 275-3933
Catch the sounds of The Klunkers at the Fo'c'sle Pub after the performance. They will be on stage at 9 pm.
Saturday night the Rope Loft is continuing the Teazer celebration with the music of Ian Campbell from 4-8pm on the wharf, or if it's raining, by the fire.
Also on Saturday night the Fo'c'sle Pub is hosting the band "Cut, Split and Delivered" for your dancing pleasure.
Wow, it must be summer.
We've gone from a winter of Netflix in bed with a bowl of popcorn and the cat, to ohhh so many ways to spend your weekend.
Sunday the Chester Brass is back at the bandstand @ 7 pm. Drag the lawn chair out of the family Buick and settle in.
Monday is Canada Day ! Yippee !!! Get your flag out and show the red and whites. Here's a little Rick Mercer humour on being Canadian.

Kerry, our resident pyro, is getting the match out for Canada Day. Get down to the waterfront at dusk and see what Kerry is igniting for your visual pleasure.
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Next Wednesday the Chester Arts Centre is hosting freelance writer and broadcaster Philip Moscovitch for a one-day Creative Writing Workshop designed to help you find ideas and turn them into stories, both non-fiction and fiction.

When in doubt, predict that the present trend will continue.

Suzi Fraser
for the Chester Merchants Group

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

June 19th Press Release!

Chester Merchants Press Release

I was at a meeting for Gingerbread Festival this week. Yes it's coming. November 30th - mark your calendar. A friend very kindly brought coffees for all of us at the meeting. I declined as I don't drink caffeine.Trudi from the Bluenose Coast looked up from her notes and without missing a beat said "Why not, it seems you can drink everything else."

We Chesterites are revving up for the season and here's what's in store for you this week.
This Week in Chester

Tonight (Wednesday) the Chester Playhouse After School Drama Program presents "Word," a new play written by Cynthia Myers. If you watch Glee, High School Musical, or if you are a student of any age - you will relate! It's a cast of cheerleaders, and hockey players, exchange students, geeks and band-tards all under the guidance of one very disturbed principal with a dark secret. The actors are in the 10-13 year age bracket - a hormonal symphony to be sure. Shows are at 6pm and 7:30 pm.

Why not stop by the train station gallery and check out the latest paintings by south shore artists. They are on display from 10-4 pm daily.

The Chester Municipal Relay For Life will take place at the Chester Area Middle School from 7:00 pm Friday to 7:00 am Saturday.  Join the fun and help make a difference!  For info call Sheila @ 275-5720 or Lynn Hatt @ 275-3263.

Summer solstice is Friday, June 21st when the tilt of a planet's semi-axis in the northern hemisphere, is most inclined towards the sun. Earth's maximum axial tilt toward the sun is 23° 26'. So that elusive yellow ball will be at it's highest point in the sky and, while I hate to point out the hard, cold's all downhill from here.
Head on down to the Fo'c'sle Pub and celebrate your own axial tilt with Memphis Knights. The band fires up at 9pm, but the kitchen extinguishes their fire at 9, so get there earlier to assure yourself some ribs.
Check in with Light My Fire studio on Duke Street and see what they've pulled out of the wax vats over the winter. More than just candles here: a delightful array of a variety of artisans work and other groovy goodies.
Remember the green bins are now a weekly celebration of compost relocation, so drive your little green gremlin to the curb every week until September.
Saturday night has Kevin Koloff and his Gypsy Minstrels on stage at the Fo'c'sle Pub. John Lennon will be there.
There will be a gospel concert at the Baptist Church, 84 King Street @ 7 pm with the Son's of Thunder from Bridgewater Baptist Church. Get out your best "Sunday goin' to meetin' hat" and sing along.
Monday the vampires are back in town at the Chester Legion from 1-3 pm and 5-8pm.  For info call 1-888-236-6283. Lose a pound while giving the gift of life.
Summer kicks off at the Chester Art Centre June 25th with Nancy Dunaway, past chair of the art department at Henderson State University in Arkansas, doing a three-day multi-media workshop called Artist's Soup. Explore a number of techniques including collage, layering, stamping, stenciling and using found objects. Nancy will also chronicle her artistic life in a lecture called "Without a Map... Following the Heart" on Wednesday, June 26th. 
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A huge thank you to Angela at the Village Emporium for making this seamless. Angela does all the "behind the scenes" work from entering emails, feeding me information, editing releases and ohhh so much more....

If you can't fix it with a hammer, you've got an electrical problem.

Suzi Fraser
for the Chester Merchants Group

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

June 12, 2013 Press Release!!

Chester Merchants Press Release

Tropical Storm Andrea has come and gone and the Lido is probably a little less salty thanks to all that rain...... so run on down and register for swimming lessons, Wednesday June 12th, 6-8pm at CAMS. Lessons start June 24th for 3 weeks. Cost $40. For more info call Viola 275-3465.

It's turning out to be a rather wet June so far, but what's lousy for the painters, is marvelous for the gardens and wells..... and for some consumer therapy.  Check out all the new inventory in the Village shops. Everyone's been busy all winter.....
This Week in Chester

Friday night has Late Nite Lover playing at the Fo'c'sle. The band starts at 9pm. They cover songs that everyone loves and there's plenty of room to dance.

Hilarious hillbilly theatre, "Hide and Shriek",  will get your toes tapping at the Chester Legion on Saturday night. Doors open 6.30pm with the show starting at 7.30. $10 advance (at the Legion or Feaver & Co in Chester or Pharmasave, Bridgewater) or $15 at the door. This is presented by Riverfest and Have a Laugh Players in support of Riverfest 2013, a not for profit 3 day music festival which supports local south shore charities.

Don't forget that it's FATHER'S DAY on Sunday. Treat the old man like a king for the day with a hearty brunch/lunch at either of the Village's fine establishments.

Then whisk Dad to the 'Voices of Spring' concert at the St Stephen's Anglican Church. Chester Brass Band and South Shore Chorale will raise the roof at 3pm. Admission is $15. No time for Dad to mow the lawn today - even better, do it for him - and win some brownie points.

This June the Train Station Gallery is exhibiting a new and wonderful selection of work by South Shore artists. Come check out work by featured artist, Sharon Boyd.

The Kiwi is now open in the evenings on Thursday, Friday and Saturday until 9pm, featuring new local wines from Petite Rivière and Luckett wineries. The wines are younger than the 10 years since Lynda opened the Kiwi, but a great way to celebrate.

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Just a reminder that as the summer is hotting up, weekly green bin collection starts June 11th. You can now eat copious amounts of lobster once a week rather than every two.......

"My son wants 50% of my Father's Day gifts.
He says, if it weren't for him, I wouldn't even be a father....."
So buy double, buy local!

Submitted by 'the other one'
for the Chester Merchants Group

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

June 5th, 2013 We're BACK!

Chester Merchants Press Release

We're  B A C K  !
While it does not actually look as if summer is around the corner, historically it happens about this time every year, so be patient. Relocate the resident spider family from your mower, chase the mice out of the BBQ and make sure your ice tray is full.

We are thrilled to report Haven is back in town filming Season 4 so expect to see a bit of Hollywood when you drop by.
This Week in Chester

The Hamlet is waking up and we have plenty in store for you.
José Valverde is creating new canvasses and you may visit the gallery on King Street from Thursday to Sunday each week or at other times by appointment.

Paula at Amicus Gallery on Pleasant Street is just back from a horse trek in Scotland and is showcasing all the delightful artisans that she represents. More than just pottery and paintings here. A true treasure trove of exquisite works.

Friday evening the Fo'c'sle Pub has Swig on stage at 9 pm. Get there early, order up a meal and stake your territory as the place is usually heaving by 10 o'clock.
Songstress Laura Smith will be on stage Saturday night @7:30 pm at the Chester Playhouse with her brilliant new album "Everything is Moving."
When Laura performs, she takes the audience on an emotional journey. The music she plays cuts to the core and expresses what it is to be human.
Dial up the playhouse or book online through their site. Tickets are going fast.
The Rope Loft has a new weekend face... Wally Fraser is behind the bar Thursday and Friday evenings to deliver your cocktail of choice. Wally is a sommelier and can educate you on any wine region in the world, with a cheeky grin and a really loud Hawaiian shirt to go with it.
New this year at the Rope Loft : A Sunday buffet from 1100-1400; omelettes made to order and other brunch goodies, all for $15.95. Yes please.
Nicki's Sunday evening roast is back on the menu from 5- 8:30 pm. Everything on all fours on your plate. Regular evening dining hours are Wednesday - Sunday.
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Miss Dolly Hancock, one of our resident artistes, has been coerced (kicking and screaming) into doing some press releases for us this summer. Stay tuned.

To err is human. To blame it on someone else is even more human.

Suzi Fraser
for the Chester Merchants Group