Wednesday, October 25, 2017

October 25th, 2017 Press Release!

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Anyone for the beach?
With these temperatures, it's difficult to imagine that it is actually Fall.

Hallowe'en is just around the corner and it's two months till Christmas. Yup.
I just wanted to bring you up to speed on pending calendar events.


This Week in Chester 

This Friday there is a Hallowe'en Party at the Lightfoot Tower at 63 Regent Street from 6:30 - 8 pm.  Dress up, get in touch with your inner goblin and enjoy the spooky events of the evening. Short ones must have an adult in tow. Many thanks to the Recreation Department for making this happen.
Raindate: Saturday.

Saturday night is the Hallowe'en Hip Hop at the Chester Legion for members and guests 19 years and older. Get your freak on and get over there. For more info call 902-275-3315.

This Sunday there is a send off party for the Rev Dan Green and his lovely bride Trishe Colman at
St Stephen's Hall at 6 pm. Dan and Trishe has been very involved in the Syrian refugee sponsorship since its inception. Members of the Starfish group and the Al Khayro and Al Ali families want to thank them with a Syrian pot luck dinner with music as well. This event is also an opportunity to welcome new volunteers as the  group prepares for the arrival of a new Syrian family. Please bring a dish to share. (No piggy please) Everyone is invited.


This year is the 9th Annual Gingerbread House Competition and display.This year's theme is "Canada 150".  The entry form deadline is next Saturday, November 4th. There are $$$ cash prizes for 1st, 2nd, 3rd place and Youth Category, and also a People's Choice prize.
You may email Robin for an entry form,, phone 902-275-5707,or you can pick up at form at Flowers Flowers Flowers at 34 Pleasant Street, Chester.
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Southwest Airlines have always led the pack in creating a bit of levity in the tin can cylinder. Enjoy !

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

October 18th, 2017 Press Release!

Chester Merchants Press Release


I know nothing about plants or any of those other terms that are perennially related.
Oceanview Nursery knows a lot about plants and they are having a sale ! The property is exploding with all things "harvest." They are offering mums at 2 for the price of 1 and they are gorgeous !

There are bulbs and all sorts of other plant things that people get excited about. Come to Chester and make a day of it at Oceanview because it will take all day to see everything they have to offer.


This Week in Chester 

This Friday at 7:30pm the Chester Playhouse is delighted to welcome multiple JUNO award winner Joel Plaskett who will be sharing the stage with his father Bill Plaskett.
They will be performing from their first full length collaborative album "Solidarity" which was released February of this year.
Their album is a powerful collection of original and traditional songs that reflect both Bill and Joel's individual musical journeys grounded in folk music with influences of rock and roll.

The Kiwi Café has some delicious Indian curries in their freezer from Taste of Mauritius. Stop by and pick up one to get you through your next Netflix binge.

The Art Centre is offering painting classes with Pat Christiansen every Wednesday afternoon starting November 1st until November 29th. She will help you create the perfect winter scene in time for...winter. There are just a couple of slots left so dust off your brush and dial up the Art Centre to register.

Sunday White Gate Restaurant presents their evening prix fixe menu. Call today to get your foot in the door for the weekend.


Next Monday is Musical Friends at the St Stephen's Anglican Church.
It is free for all to attend.

1pm - Vintage Voices
A fun singalong for people who enjoy music from the 30s to the 60s. Words are projected on a screen so that no one has to mess with any pages, and requests are always taken!
2pm - Musical Friends Choir
Youth from Chester Elementary are walked from school to Tuck Hall, provided with a snack, and then learn to sing.
3pm - Musical Friends Band
Older students from both elementary and middle school receive guitar, piano, bass and drum lessons, learn songs to play together, and begin to learn how to write music.
4pm Tuneful Tots
Babies and toddlers along with parents, grandparents or guardians enjoy nursery rhymes and other danceable music.

The Chester Merchants Gingerbread House Competition is back!
Fill out your entry form and get it in before Saturday, November 4th. 

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A guy walks into a bar and finds a horse serving drinks. The horse asks "What are you staring at? Haven't you ever seen a horse tending bar before?"
The guy says, "It's not that. I just never thought the parrot would sell the place."

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Oct. 11th, 2017

Chester Merchants Press Release
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Last Thursday's Absolute Bloody Final of the season was a huge success. Many thanks to the gang at the Rope Loft for hosting a terrific evening and a shout out to the crews for getting out for the last race of the season.

Everyone have turkey sammies in their lunch pails this week?

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This Week in Chester 

This Friday, October 13 th and Friday the 27th "My Time Square Quilters" will meet at the Chester Baptist Church Hall from 10:30 am - 1 pm.  Bring your lunch. New members welcome. 
This Saturday is breakfast at the Chester Legion from 7:30 - 10:30 am.  Enjoy eggs (any way you like them), French toast, hash browns, beans, bacon, sausage, toast, tea/coffee and juice.

Saturday evening is the 3rd Annual Harvest Jam Kitchen Party at the Chester Legion from 5 pm - midnight.  Ingredients:  Music, dancing, great eats, raffles & silent auctions.  5:00 pm Studio Singers; 5:30 pm Oasis Belly Dancers; 6:00 pm Denis Ryan & Tony Quinn; 7:00 pm Dirty Dougie & the Divine Dandies; 8:00 pm Kevin Koloff & Gypsy Minstrels; 9:00 pm The Klunkers; 10:00 pm The Parsons Brothers and 11:00 pm Cut Split & Delivered.  Tickets $10 per person/$20 per family (parents with kids under 12).  Tickets available at the door or any local Pharmasave.

This Sunday at 3 pm the Chester Brass Band in concert with the Riverport and Area Community Choir will be performing at the St John's Anglican Church in Lunenburg.The band and choir have united to perform an enjoyable selection of interesting and entertaining pieces for this particular concert. Tickets are available at the door.


Next Tuesday, October 17th at 10 AM, 2016 Juno winners "The Swinging Belles," a swing band for kids from St. John's, Newfoundland, are intent on getting both kids and adults to kick up their heels and have a swinging good time with the whole family at the Chester Playhouse.

The show is all about getting both children and parents dancing along to some swing, country and jazz and is showcased through songs and stories supported by guitars, mandolins, banjos and ukuleles. The show is packed with music, interactive storytelling and lots of dancing!  

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If I weigh 200 pounds on earth I will only weigh 76 pounds on Mars. I'm not overweight, I'm just on the wrong planet.

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

October 4th, 2017 Press Release!

Chester Merchants Press Release


There is not a single fruit fly in Chester.

They are all married and have lots of children.


This Week in Chester 

The last zucchini rides out of town this Friday from 10-2pm  at the Farmer's Market at the old train station. Load up on all the wonderful fruit and veg for this Thanksgiving weekend.
Did someone say pickles?

Bluegrass Grammy Nominee Claire Lynch will be onstage with her band at the Chester Playhouse this Friday at 7:30 pm.
Dolly Parton credits singer-songwriter Claire Lynch as having "one of the sweetest, purest and best lead voices in the music business today."
Lynch's latest CD "North by South" pays homage to her favourite Canadian songwriters: Ron Sexsmith's "Cold Hearted Wind," the catchy "Kingdom Come" written by Old Man Luedecke, and the gorgeous maritime ballad "Molly May" written by Cape Breton's JP Cormier. Stuart Duncan and Bryan McDowell add fiddle to a number of fine tracks as well. Lynch also offers thoughtful reinterpretations of songs by Lynn Miles "Black Flowers," David Francey "Empty Train" and Gordon Lightfoot "Worth Believing" and contributes the lighthearted self-penned "Milo" to the project.


If you've had enough turkey by Monday, take a road trip to the harvest sale at the Forties Community Centre, 1787 Forties Road, New Ross from 9 - 4pm. Homemade pickles, jams & jellies, Annapolis Valley apples, Krispi Kraut sauerkraut and home baked goods will be available. Step back in time and enjoy demonstrations and music from local musicians.
Happy Thanksgiving wishes to you and your family from all of us at the Chester Merchants Group.
If something comes with gravy, use it - that's the whole point of gravy. Gravy does not stand alone. Pour it on. Make a volcano out of your mashed potatoes. Fill it with gravy. Eat, repeat.

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