Wednesday, September 17, 2014

September 17th Press Release!

Chester Merchants Press Release


Last weeks newsletter quoted Melanie Ryan referring to Chester as a beautiful little seaside village. The appearance and form of buildings and development in every community is controlled by "Planning Strategy and Land Use Bylaws."

These documents are now up for review. This is your chance to stand up and be heard. Whether you want the village that Melanie remembers to continue, or if you think an improved economic climate in the village lies in changes to the planning strategy which could result in taller buildings and higher density usage of lots - that is up to you.

Please consider applying to join the committee or at least, stay informed, attend the meetings, and make your views known. Don't moan about it after the fact if you've ignored your chance to influence planning decisions.
This Week in Chester

Don't forget to buy your OHC 50/50 tickets at local retailers. This week's prize was $746. 
Take THAT to the Fo'c'sle and ring the bell ! Next weeks draw will be Monday at the Chester Pharmasave at 4pm... just in time for Happy Hour.

Thursday night at 7:30pm the Chester Playhouse serves up the 1994 Australian comedy-drama "Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert." The story follows two drag queens and a transsexual woman across the Australian Outback. The trio travel in a tour bus they have named "Priscilla" and along the way they encounter both supportive and judgmental individuals. The film won an academy award for best costume design and a whack of other awards. It is fabulous, hilarious, poignant and the music is kick ass ! I loved this movie so much I bought a VHS copy which cost a bomb back in the day. Do not miss this - you will dream in technicolour.

Friday the farmers are back at the market at the Train Station from 10 - 2pm and our farmers include Cindy and Glenn Higbee. They've had a rough week - please buy some of their lovely produce.

Friday night the Chester Playhouse has singer/songwriter/guitarist Ian Janes and his 6 piece band on stage at 7:30pm. His songs are rooted in soul music; a genre defined by a simmering rhythm section punctuated by the sting of horns.
Ian will be joined by Nicholas D'Amato on bass, Jeff Hennessy on piano, Geoff Arsenault on drums, Rick Waychesco on the trumpet and Chris Mitchell on Saxophone.
Opening the evening will be Morgan MacDonald from Chester Basin. Morgan's new single
 "I Surrender" has been just released with a folk, roots rock, and country music genre which create a sound that is truly his own.

This weekend take a drive out to Graves Island and check out "Blue Shutters Antiques." There is something for everyone and all pocketbooks. Lots of groovy stuff to clutter up the vestibule.

While you're down by Graves Island, why not take a rubbish bag and walk the beach. This weekend celebrates International Coastal Cleanup Day. If everyone fills a bag, our coastline will be just that much cleaner. Take a few weenies and the hibachi and make a day of it.You can sit on newly acquired wing back and roast marshmallows.

Next Monday there is a 'Musical Friends' benefit @ 7pm at St. Stephen's Church hosted by the man in tweed, Malcolm Callaway. You will experience the premiere of two local music videos and local talent. The 'Musical Friends' choir will perform along with the Studio Singers doing such classics as 'In the Still of the Night'. Special guests including Blake Bignell, Amy Vinnedge and David Findlay. Mary MacInnis, who won the right in a charity auction, will front for the Studio Singers with a song that you won't forget.

The culmination of the evening is the Premiere of the music video 'So This is Chester' involving more than 100 people from Chester and area. Food and transportation will be provided. There will be a free-will donation collected during the concert - additional donations for charitable receipts are also encouraged.

The Chester Art Centre wants you to draw the town red or any colour you like. Jennie Carton will show you how to draw town scapes in "Getting Around Town," Tuesday mornings from September 23rd through October 21st from 9:30 -12:30pm. Each class will have an objective and each week a drawing will be completed. All levels of skill are welcome. Cost is $130.

You are invited to join weekly line-dancing / exercise classes beginning next Wednesday from 11- 12:30pm at the Chester Baptist Church Hall. The class is taught by Jacki Fletcher and costs $10 per class drop-in fee. Each week they revisit dances from previous weeks, so you can drop in when you want. All ages and rhythm-challenged are welcome. (902) 277-2042

They were lined up 300 deep for "Haven's" charitable Breakfast Program Benefit event last Saturday... well past "Haven Joe's" AKA Able Engineering
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The annual Meerkat Family photo

On a train from London to Manchester to watch the cricket, an Australian was berating the Englishman sitting across from him in the compartment. "You English are too stuffy, you set yourselves apart.You think your stiff upper lip makes you above the rest of us. Look at me. I have Italian blood, Greek blood, a little Irish blood, and some Aborigine blood. What do you say to that?"

The Englishman replied, "Awfully sporting of your Mother, old chap!"

Suzi Fraser
for the Chester Merchants Group
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