Wednesday, December 20, 2017

December 20th, 2017 Press Release!

Chester Merchants Press Release
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Drum roll... Brenda Boutilier of Big Tancook Island won the Merchants' gift basket of $1900 in goods and services. Congratulations Brenda !  
Many thanks to everyone who participated in the campaign.


This Week in Chester 

Tonight, Wednesday is the18th Annual SING! CHOIRS at the Chester Baptist Church at 7:30 pm. Singers featured are the Chester United Baptist Choir, Dirty Dougie and the Divine Dandies, Musical Friends, St. Augustine's Musicians, St. Stephen's Anglican Choir, Studio Singers and special guests. Feel free to sing along or hum softly if you're tone deaf. Free will offering to benefit St. Thomas Baptist Church in North Preston. For more info call Erin 902-275-5864.

Most local merchants are open Sunday, December 24th but many are closing early, so if you're going shopping on Christmas Eve you better do it right after church or you'll miss out.

White Gate Restaurant still have a few seats left for New Years Eve. They are featuring a four course dinner and a glass of bubbly for $59 + tax per person. Inn rooms are available if you want to make a night of it ! Contact White Gate @ 902.275.4400 or

New Year's Day there will be levees all over the village so best make a schedule to hit 'em all.
The Playhouse will be hosting a levee from 11-1pm with snacks and bloody caesars.
The Legion is throwing open their doors at 11 am too.
The Fo'c'sle would like to thank all their loyal customers and invite you all to join
them for great food, drinks, friends, and laughter from 12 - 4pm.
The Yacht Club is serving up eggnog and seafood chowder from 1- 4 pm. Not for the lactose faint of heart.


Looking ahead to the New Year on Tuesday, January 9th there will be a SCANS Winter Term Course information and registration at St. Stephen's Hall starting 2 pm. The first course is Stephen Booth's "Imagining the Rural" how our ecologies of the heart shape our relationships to the natural world.  The second course is Michael Collins' "Glimpses of Georgian and Victorian England." SCANS is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing non-credit academic courses to Seniors (50+) in Nova Scotia.  For more info/to register call 902-444-7588

                  This  is Louie. He is lost in the area of the Back Harbour.  
If you find him please call  902-275-4556                              
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Last weekend on the way to finish his Christmas shopping, Bruce wasn't really paying attention and drove into the back of a car at some traffic lights.
The driver got out and it turned out he was a dwarf.
He said, "I'm not happy."
Bruce said, "Well, which one are you then?"

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all of you from all of us.

Suzi Fraser
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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

December 13th, 2017 Press Release!

Chester Merchants Press Release
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Please remember the Merchants' shop local gift basket campaign runs until next Monday.  

A huge gift basket of goodies and gift certificates valued at $1900 could be yours if you shop at participating stores and enter to win.
Happy Hanukkah to all.
Remember to keep those fire extinguishers handy.


This Week in Chester 

Tonight is the grand opening of the much anticipated "Christmas at Grunion Bay" at the Chester Playhouse.The curtain goes up at 8 pm and admission is 'pay what you can' at the door. The box office opens at 6 pm so get there early.

"Christmas at Grunion Bay" the off off off Broadway production by Malcolm Callaway with Ryan Smith runs until Saturday night, December 16th.

Make time to bid on silent auction items on display in the lobby. There are food offerings, crafts and other exciting items up for grabs. Exercise your community spirit and get your Christmas shopping done by supporting the Playhouse.

Gary Clark and his lovely bride, a Playhouse volunteer regular, had the winning ticket for a week at the Crane Hotel in Barbados. Congratulations !

The Village Emporium on Pleasant Street has a variety of sales happening until closing Christmas Eve. 25% of most jewellery (sterling, freshwater pearls, fashion), 10% off Cranberry Vine Studio, 15% off Silverwood Design just to name a few!

The Rope Loft has opened the eggnog tap and it can be yours every Thursday - Sunday until the New Year. Why not stop in for dinner before the play? They have already sold out their New Year's Eve dinner extravaganza so you better book now for 2018.

Saturday night "Cover Up" will be playing at the Chester Legion downstairs for members and guests.


Why not ring in the New Year at White Gate Inn & Restaurant and help them celebrate the end of a successful 2017 ! Their New Year's Eve celebration features a 4 course dinner and a glass of bubbly for $59 + tax per person. Places are still available, call or email to make a booking or enquiry. Inn rooms are available if you want to make a night of it!
Contact White Gate @ 902.275.4400 or"

The Fo'c'sle is featuring a surf and turf or prime rib on New Year's Eve. The kitchen will be open until 9pm. Please call ahead for reservations @ 902.275.1408.

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It was just before Christmas and the magistrate was in a happy mood. He asked the prisoner who was in the dock, 'What are you charged with?'
The prisoner replied, 'Doing my Christmas shopping too early.'
'That's no crime', said the magistrate. 'Just how early were you doing this shopping?'
'Before the shop opened.'

Suzi Fraser
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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

December 6th, 2017 Press release!

Chester Merchants Press Release
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Last Friday's pajama party was a huge success! Pizzas were flying out of the Kiwi kitchen like frisbees on fire, there was a stampede for OHC colouring books in front of Amicus gallery which was jammed with patrons perusing painters' potential.
It looked like Race Week ! 


This Week in Chester 

If you missed last Friday's event, fear not, there are still deals to be had. The eggnog spigot may be temporarily off, but that's what the Fo'c'sle is for.

There are two more great children's plays on at the Playhouse this week. I was fortunate to see the rehearsal of "One Safe Harbour" last Friday night and I have to tell you it's worth kicking off the bunny slippers for. Get to the Playhouse tonight at 7pm.

This Friday evening from 5-6 pm there will be Christmas carols and the lighting of the
Lightfoot Tower behind the ZoƩ Library on Regent Street. Don't miss out - there will be cookies !


The blood donor clinic is at the Chester Area Middle School next Monday from 4:30 - 8:30 pm.

Looking ahead to next week at the Playhouse, Malcolm Callaway is back with his own twisted interpretation of the holiday season.
This is the tale of a small Newfoundland town experiencing tough times. The local drama group decide to put on a show to raise funds and cheer up the townsfolk. A blizzard socks them in, along with the passengers of a small jet enroute from London to New York.  Think Come from Away without the casseroles.
Guaranteed to make you groan!  Tickets are going fast. 902-275-3933

The Rope Loft is taking Christmas parties and New Year's reservations now.
Don't miss out. Bring in 2018 with live music and a festive New Year's Eve dinner on the waterfront with live music and fireworks.

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A group of chess enthusiasts checked into a hotel and were standing in the lobby discussing their recent tournament victories. After about an hour, the manager came out of the office and asked them to disperse. "But why?" they asked, as they moved off. "Because," he said "I can't stand chess nuts boasting in an open foyer."

Suzi Fraser
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