Wednesday, August 6, 2014

August 6th,2014 Press Release!

Chester Merchants Press Release


The Lightfoot Tower event last week was a bit damp but the whos from Whoville came out to climb the stairs for the first time and it turned out to be a really fun day.

If you haven't checked out the groovy little café the clever Haven designers have created between the Fo'c'sle and Able Engineering, you should. They have done a super job transforming it into a vibrant coffee shop.

We're all about Arts and Culture this week here in the Hamlet. Read on.
This Week in Chester

This month brings a new set of works created by area artists and artisans for you to enjoy at the Train Station from 10-4pm daily. Paula Booher is the featured artist this month.

Tonight, Wednesday, The Chester Playhouse presents Under Milk Wood by Dylan Thomas featuring Jeremy Webb and Susan Stackhouse. It is a 1954 radio drama by Welsh poet Dylan Thomas, adapted later as a stage play. An omniscient narrator invites the audience to listen to the dreams and innermost thoughts of the inhabitants of a fictional small Welsh fishing village. They include Mrs Ogmore-Pritchard, relentlessly nagging her two dead husbands; Captain Cat, reliving his seafaring times; the two Mrs Dai Breads; Organ Morgan, obsessed with his music; and Polly Garter, pining for her dead lover. The curtain goes up tonight at 8pm and runs until Saturday night with a Saturday matinée at 2 pm.

Thursday night the Art Centre is having their Renovation Celebration dinner and auction in the festival tent at 60 Queen Street starting at 5:30pm. View works of children and adults from various workshops that have been held at the Centre.Tom Connors will be dishing up a gourmet picnic and there are some great auction items to bid on. 275-5789 to reserve your "lunch pail." A week in Anguilla anyone?

Friday the Farmers in the Dell are back at the Train Station from 10- 2pm. Get there early or Dolly will have bought everything.

Friday is also the kick off for the Art Centre's week long festival which runs until next Saturday with an exhibition of "A Work in Progress," running from 10-4pm daily.  It celebrates the many achievements of the Centre with a showing of creative works by their students, children, seniors, past exhibitors and instructors. 
Participating artists include Heather Sayeau, Chester artists Dolly Hancock, Malcolm Callaway, Dawn Harwood-Jones, knitting wizard Lucy Neatby, as well as works from one of the founding members, Bevers McInnes. Free admission.
Also happening on Friday is "Kids Make Art," where short ones under 12 get to construct mini me masterpieces by weaving baskets, moulding clay, creating a self-portrait, decorating cupcakes and much more. Face painting, snacks and music too, as well as the biggest kid of all, Allan Carver with his giant bubbles. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Come rain or shine!

Friday evening is the final whine and cheese call at Amicus Gallery from 6-8pm. How did THAT happen? Rosi Robinson will be exhibiting her latest batiks.These are gems of the highest form. Don't miss this last hurrah of the season. Be prompt as there will be red dots springing up at 1800. Who else will feed you wine and hors d'oeuvres for the rest of the season? Thank you Paula for contributing to our reputation as a drinking town with a sailing problem.

On Saturday it's the Chester Art Fair at 60 Queen Street. Free for all from 9-3 pm, scores of artists and artisans from Chester and beyond will be showing and selling their wares under tents large and small as well as bright red umbrellas. Artists include jeweler Victoria Bell, ceramic artist Alex McCurdy, Rosi Robinson, fabric artist Laurie Swim, and painters Pat Christiansen and Collen Gallaway. Allan Carver on bubbles. There'll also be a range of artist demonstrations as well - wood carving with George Hoskins, rug-hooking with Sheila Barrett and Sherry Chandler, and spinner Rosemary Landry. There'll be music from Hank Middleton and the Collage Trio, a silent auction, and calories from Julien's too. 275-5789 for info.

There will be a Musique Royale performance Saturday night at St. George's Anglican Church in East River @ 7:30pm. James Buckland with classical guitar & Karen Buckland on piano. For tickets/ info contact Sheila @ 275-5966 or the Chester Church office 275-3804.

Looking ahead to next week there is a "Picnic in the Park" with the group "FOG" sponsored by GN Thermoforming. Georg has truly made Chester a better place to live and raise your family. Bring your dancing shoes and your Snoopy pail.
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Suzi Fraser
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