Wednesday, July 26, 2017

July 26th, 2017 Press Release!

Chester Merchants Press Release



The month is drawing to a close. How did that happen?

The July Lulu Lemons are packing up and the August Lulu's are loading their SUVs and and pounding a path to the hamlet.

There's something here for everyone so why not come to Chester this week?

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This Week in Chester 

Opening tonight at 8 pm the Chester Playhouse presents "Who Killed Spalding Gray?"
Daniel MacIvor will be on stage for a limited run of his thought provoking production which is a pair of monologues in dialogue with each other.
The story begins on the weekend of January 11th, 2004, when celebrated American monologist Spalding Gray ended his life by jumping off the Staten Island Ferry in New York. That same weekend on the other side of the country Daniel MacIvor, Canadian actor, playwright, theatre director, and film director, was spending three days in California, in a series of sessions with a man who had offered to save MacIvor's life. Linking these two real stories is a fictional story derived from the obsessions of Gray and the inventions of MacIvor, about a man named Howard who had forgotten how to live. The show runs tonight until Saturday at 8pm with a Saturday 2pm matinee.

Tomorrow, Thursday the Chester Legion is hosting the Chester Garden Club Flower Show and Tea "Celebrating Canada's 150th" from  1:30 - 5 pm.  Tea will be served from 2- 4 pm.The competition is open to members and non-members. Get your red and white posies down there asap.

Get yourself down to Amicus Gallery tomorrow, Thursday, from 6 - 8pm for the opening of new works by village favourite Malcolm Callaway and meet the mad artist up close and personal. Got a bare wall? This show is for you. You may preview the show here.

The Chester Farmers' and Artisans are at the train station this Friday and every Friday
till October 6th from 10 - 2 pm. (rain or shine).
Send your house guests to stock up on bounty for the weekend.

The Black Market is alive and well in Chester. Check out their wares at the corner of Queen and Pleasant Streets. There is something for everyone here, and I mean everyone. Stuff you never knew you wanted is there.

Don't miss the Chester Volunteer Fire Department's open house at the fire station from 10:30 am - 2:30 pm this Saturday : BBQ; displays; a selfie station and (naturally) fire trucks. Donations of non-perishable food items will be received for Lighthouse Food Bank.

The picnic with Sir John A is sold out. All who purchased baskets will help the Heritage Society create a new walking tour of historic homes, facilitate upgrades to Lordly Park and fund a new exhibit. If your basket is not being delivered, remember to pick it up at the Baptist Church on King Street between 2-4 this Saturday. 902-275-3826 / 902-275-3842 for questions.
Many thanks to Julien's, White Gate and to Father Dan, who just makes the world a better place.

Next Tuesday is Picnic in the Park at 6 pm with Cut Split & Delivered sponsored by Eric Harding of Tradewinds Realty. Load up the hamper and break out your dancing shoes.

Tuesdays until the end of August there will be Pickle Ball at the Chester Tennis Club @ 7pm.
$5 /person. All comers are welcome.  For more info/register 902-273-2308

Next Wednesday, August 2nd, it's Kids Make Art for Canada 150 at the Chester Art Centre.
A drop-in Canadian art experience from 10 - 1 pm. Kids will be painting, sculpting, drawing and crafting their way around different regions and cultures of Canada, all under one tent, complete with face painting and snacks. You may register @ 902-275-5789. All ages welcome but short ones must be accompanied by an adult.

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

July 12th, 2017 Press Release!

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The skies cleared and the champagne flowed at the annual Chester Playhouse Gala last Saturday evening at the Captain's House. Who knew there was that much pink lurking in the closets of Chester.

Sunday night was the Full Thunder Moon. The traditional full moon names, like Thunder Moon, reflect the seasons in many temperate Northern Hemisphere climates. In many parts of the continental U.S., thunderstorms are more frequent in July as the weather heats up, so Thunder Moon was an apt name for some Native American cultures. Yet there was and is a lot of variety in the associations Native Americans made. Algonquin speakers called it the Buck Moon, for the period when the antlers on deer start growing. In the Pacific Northwest, the Tlingit called it the Salmon Moon. Probably more than you needed to know but there it is.


This Week in Chester 

Today and every Wednesday afternoon this summer at the Lordly House from 1:30 - 3:30 pm,  enjoy a glass of lemonade or iced tea, help with handcraft projects, stories and conversation.
Stop by and see how you can help.

White Gate restaurant at the corner of King and Pleasant streets is now open evenings from Wednesday through Sunday. Wednesday and Thursday evening hours are 5:30- 8:30pm, Friday and Saturday hours are 5:30- 9:00pm. They also offer a delicious midday lunch on Sunday from 11:30am - 2:30pm and their Sunday hours are 5:00 - 8:00pm. Call now to book your table 902-275-4400.
The comedic thriller "The 39 Steps" is set to open at the Chester Playhouse tonight, Wednesday, at 8 pm. 39 Steps is a Tony Award winning melodrama adapted from the 1935 film by Alfred Hitchcock. One actor plays the hero, another plays the three women with whom he has romantic entanglements, and only two other actors play every other character in the show: heroes, villains, men, women, children and even the occasional inanimate object.
Tickets are available online, at the box office, or by phone at 902-275-3933.

Tonight is "Ladies Little Black Dress" at the Yacht Club from 6- 9 pm. Tickets are $25 which includes glass of vino, some nosh, live music, a bit of shopping and lots of laughs.  All monies raised goes to Junior Sailing. For info/tickets 902-275-3747. Call now. You have only 5 hours left to find the perfect dress - I suggest Frenchy's.

Amicus Gallery is opening a new show by William Downey tomorrow night, Thursday, from 6 - 8 pm. The show portrays a bit of abstract and realism which showcases his wide range of talent. The show will be on display until Wednesday, July 26th.

The farmers are parked at their usual spot at the Chester Train Station this Friday from 10-2 pm. 
Farm vendors and artisan vendors selling fresh fish, meat, breads, veggies, baked goods, jewelry, soaps, folk art, flowers, sweet treats, hot food and more. 

Friday evening at 7:30 pm the St Stephen's Anglican Church is hosting the production
"About The Door You Came In."
A writer visits his dying mother and brings a book that he'd written twenty-five years ago to read to her. It is about her family, but it's also about the terrible battle - Beaumont Hamel - that sits at the heart of both Newfoundland's and her family's history. The songs and music of this show showcase Douglas Cameron's talent playing banjola, mandolin, ukulele, and harmonica. The Door You Came In isn't quite a play and it isn't quite a concert. It's a musical story - sometimes funny, sometimes tragic - that tells the tales of family, memory, and war.
Tickets are $20 adult/$10 student available by reservation from: the box office at 902-634-9994;; and also at the door.
This is a brilliant show - put in on your "must see" short list.

Saturday Going Coastal at 41 Queen Street is opening a new show by 15 artists from 1- 4 pm.Stop by and check out the new pieces and also their lovely collection of reclaimed wood works.

Why not drop in at the Rope Loft this weekend for a frosty bevvie on the waterfront. If you were any closer to the sea you would be in it.

Sunday evening the Chester Bandstand Summer Concert series presents the Chester Brass Band at 7 pm.  Children are welcome to dance on the grass. Adults may want to bring a lawn chair and a  flask. 902- 529-0016 for further details.


Next Monday at 6:30 pm St. Stephens' Hall is the venue to express your artistic flair. The Chester Garden Club members will show you how to prepare your entry for the Big flower show "Celebrating Canada's 150."  I think 150 pansies in a milk jug and you're good to go. New members welcome.

Next Tuesday, July 18th, the Chester Art Centre is hosting an introduction to memoir writing from
9 - 4pm. Mary Fowke will share techniques that will help you get your story down on paper. This is a creative and transformative process with writing exercises to get the brain moving. Bring your Snoopy pail for lunch.

Next Tuesday is Picnic in the Park at Lordly Park - Amanda Riley is on stage. The evening is sponsored by Chester Building Supplies. Free admission - donations for the band gratefully accepted.
If it's raining Tuesday, then we dance on Wednesday, if it's raining Wednesday, we dance on Thursday. Meals for the musicians are generously provided by the Stretch Diner. They have a new ice cream truck on site. Go check it out !

Blue Shutters Art Gallery and Antiques is open for the season. There are two delightfully bright rooms filled with art by local artists; Gwen Dueck, Maria Kuttner, Diane Robertson, George Théorêt, and Dolly Hancock. This two storey old barn is filled to the rafters with antiques and collectibles. It is located at the entrance to Graves Island and they are open daily from 10 - 4.30pm.

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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

July 5th, 2017 Press Release!

Chester Merchants Press Release

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The July 2nd Canada Day sail past/parade of lights/ fireworks was fantastic !

A huge thank you to the organizers and participants and a big shout out to all the spectators who lined the shores of the waterfront.

We have all reflected this past week on what it means to us to be Canadian. Here is another nod to
being Canadian.


This Week in Chester 

The Starfish Refugee Project has some amazing artists performing tonight at the Baptist Church at 7pm. The Project is fund raising for Fatima and Abdulaziz's daughter, her husband and three children who are in Turkey. The line up includes Ramy Essam AKA  "Bob Dylan of the Middle East" and Grammy nominated HuDost, from Montreal/ Nashville.
For further info please contact Sue LeBlanc @ 902-299-0139

You may now wheel your green bins out weekly. Peel your potatoes with wild abandon.

The Chester Farmers' and Artisan Market is on this Friday at the old train station from 10- 2pm.
All the usual green gear and more.

Just in time for date night Light My Fire studio on Duke Street is having a beeswax candle making workshop this Saturday from 11- 3 pm. Learn the top secret method of rolling beeswax candles.
Allow 45 minutes to make your candles. For groups call Candle Central @ 902-275-5800.

This weekend is the Chester Heritage Society Annual Auction at the Train Station. Friday is the auction preview with reserve bids from 6-8 pm. Saturday the flea market opens at 9 am and the auction begins at 9:30 am.You may drop off your donations for the auction at Maple Cottage, 75 Regent Street today, Wednesday, and tomorrow between 10-4 pm.
For pick up call  902-275-3842 / 902-275-3826. Rain date is Sunday, July 9th at 1 pm after church and the first caesar of the day.  "Help preserve our past, so we can ensure our future."

The Chester Playhouse annual Galapolooza is at the Captain's House this Saturday from 6-9 pm. This year's theme is PINK; pink flamingos, pink ladies, pink champagne. When you venture into your closet for this event - think pink.

Graze on hors d'oeuvres by Cocoa Pesto and enjoy the music of Jeff Goodspeed and his band, Los Primos. "Chester Dines," the exciting food extravaganza returns. If you are the successful bidder, you will be wined and dined by local Chester Playhouse patrons and supporters.

Raffle items this year include artwork by Jose Valverde, ScotiaBank Centre skybox seats to see TLC's Long Island Medium at large, Theresa Caputo on August 6th, or perhaps a luxurious stay at Oceanstone Resort in Peggy's Cove. Get your tickets now and see what else is on the block.
Call the Playhouse today to ensure you don't miss out. 902-275-3933

The Chester Playhouse is hosting their 3rd annual Family Dun day at the Captain's House from 2-5 pm. Families can play games, make crafts, have their faces painted, eat hot-dogs and other food and drinks, enjoy fun activities like hula hooping, bocce ball, ball and scoop, and all while relaxing on the beautiful Captain's House property for the afternoon.
This is a non-ticketed, pay what you will event.
I wonder if there is a drop off charge to leave the rug rats there?

Sunday evening the Chester Bandstand Summer Concert presents the "Mahone Bay Legion Swing Band" at 7 pm.  If you like swing, you will love this band. (902) 529-0016


The Chester Art Centre is buzzing next week with fun classes for the short ones.
There are 2 workshops which run next Monday to Friday from 9 until noon daily and 1:30 - 4:30 pm daily. The morning sessions are watercolour and the afternoon sessions are architectural art.
Either way, this frees up your day nicely. Call now to avoid disappointment.
The Oak Island Visitor Centre, display and gift shop is now open from 10- 5 pm daily.
It is located on Crandall Road, Highway 3 in Martin's Point 902-298-9007.
Next Tuesday, July 11th, is Picnic in the Park at Lordly Park. The Hupman Brothers will be on deck and the evening's event is sponsored by the Mecklenburgh Inn and Dolly Hancock.
Many thanks to the Stretch Diner for providing meals for the musicians.
Free admission - donations for the band gratefully accepted. If it's raining Tuesday, we dance on Wednesday. If it's raining Wednesday, we dance on Thursday!  
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