Wednesday, June 27, 2018

June 27th, 2018 Press Release!

Chester Merchants Press Release


Well, July is on the horizon at last, and the summer folk are pulling into Chester as we speak. The weather still insists upon keeping us guessing, but what the hey...crack open a nice bottle of chilled rosé and let the games begin!!

There is lots on the go this week so get your dance cards out...


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This Thursday, June 28th Amicus Gallery launches their summer show season with their first opening featuring new works by Poppy Balser, a Chester favorite!! This show is works "Around and About Chester" and runs from June 28th to July 11th. The opening event is from 6:00 to 8:00 pm and they always have great wine and nibbles, so check it out!!

This week the White Gate Restaurant is increasing their opening hours by adding Thursdays back on, so their current hours are: Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays open for dinner from 5:50 - 8:30 pm and Sundays from 5:00 to 8:00pm. You can book your table on 902.275.4400 or check out their Facebook page on: White Gate on Facebook

Chester Farmers' & Artisan Market is open every Friday at the Chester Train Station, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm (rain or shine).  Market days are fun days!  They have a variety of local farm vendors and artisan vendors selling fresh fish, meat, breads, veggies, baked goods, jewelry, soaps, folk art, flowers, sweet treats, hot food and more. 
This week in honour of Canada Day they will have music, cake, ice cream, children's crafts, face painting and more!!    For more info email: or visit or like them on Facebook: 

Lordly House Museum circa 1806, at 133 Central Street, will be open from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, Tuesdays to Saturdays.  Newly opened this year is The Train Station Craft Shop & Displays, located at the afore mentioned Chester Train Station. Its hours are from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, and on Sundays from 12:00 to 4:00 pm and closed on Wednesdays. They will be holding some great craft demonstrations from 1:00 - 3:00pm on Tuesday afternoons, and this coming Tuesday, July 3rd it will be Rug Hooking. Most demonstrations are free!!
For more info call, Lordly House 902-275-3842 or the Train Station 902-275-2592 or visit:

The Rope Loft has a fantastic roster of live entertainment on Friday nights throughout the summer, and this Friday, June 29th Kevin Koloff is playing hits from the 60's and 70's. The live music starts at 8:00 pm and the kitchen will stay open until 9:30 pm on music nights, so get on down to the Rope Loft on Water Street and get your groove on!!


This Sunday is CANADA DAY...get out your flags, banners and sparklers!! Stock up on briquettes and BBQ lighter fluid!!
The Chester Bandstand Summer Concert series is presenting "Kevin of the Gypsy Minstrels 60's & 70'" on Canada Day starting at 7:00pm. This makes this weekend a 'Kevin Koloff Double Header'!!! Children are welcome to dance on the grass. Adults may want to bring a lawn chair. Concerts may be moved or cancelled in heavy rain at the discretion of the performer(s). For more information, please contact Sue LeBlanc 902-299-0139.

Stick around after the bandstand concert for the Chester Harbour Parade of Lights!!! Experience the sail past flotilla of local boats festooned with lights. The Parade of Lights Sail Past is along the Chester Harbour Waterfront & the Chester Yacht Club and will commence at 8:30 pm. If you want to participate contact David Archibald: or John Carroll:

Then tranquilize your furry friends as
FIREWORKS on the water will follow the sail past!!

Meanwhile the Chester Yacht Club is holding their Canada Day Celebrations with a whole host of activities from Scavenger Hunts to Steaks on the Deck BBQ, so CYC members make sure you check out their events calendar!!

Tuesday, July 3rd sees the kick off of this year's  'Picnic (and dancing) in the Park'!! This is a great series of free concerts every Tuesday through the summer sponsored by a variety of local merchants. Your family is invited, bring your picnic basket and dancing shoes and enjoy the live music from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at Lordly Park in Chester. Check out their Facebook page: Picnic in the Park

The Chester Playhouse is set to launch its fantastic summer line up this week, and "Urinetown, the Musical" ("The best show in town with the worst title') opens the Summer Festival Season on July 4th. This saucy politically incorrect musical took Broadway by storm when it premiered in 2001. It ran until 2004 garnering ten Tony nominations and winning three.  Produced here by the Chester Drama Society, and directed by Order of Canada theatre professional, Mary Vingoe, the show features a huge cast of performers of all ages (10 to 70+) predominantly from the Chester area.
Urinetown, the Musical runs from July 4th to 7th at 7:30 pm with a matinée added on Saturday at 2 pm.
Tickets are $18 and $20 with a pay what you can night Tuesday July 3rd and can be purchased at the Chester Playhouse 902 275-3933...or you can follow this link: Buy Tickets

The Chester Art Centre is again this year running fantastic Art Camps for Kids. The first series starts on July 16th, and you will need to register soon to make sure you get a place. To register call on 902.275.5789 or email them at or go to their website for details!

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

June 20th, 2018 Chester Press Release

Chester Merchants Press Release


Tomorrow is the first day of summer !
Well it's about TIME.
Tomorrow also marks the 28th anniversary of the Mecklenburgh Inn, reason alone to open a bottle !

I can tell it's almost summer because I had to wait a whole 30 seconds at the Valley Road turn off the other day.

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The Kiwi Café is sporting some nice new linens, giftware, bee's wax enviro food wrap and so much more. Stop in and see what's cooking.

To celebrate, or perhaps fend off the onslaught of prom season, Robin at Flowers Flowers Flowers has painted her front door aqua marine. Stop by and tell what colour you would have chosen and maybe pick up a fluffy kitten peony while you're there.

The Kayak Shack is ready and waiting to take you out on the water. Call them up and book your excursion now. The owners are delightful and will give you the full tour of "Life in Chester" as seen from the Bay.

The Farmers and Artisans are at the Chester Train Station from 9 -1 pm (rain or shine) this Friday. Get there early and snap up a loaf or a croissant from Julien's Bakery. Get there later and have lunch at Indus Cuisine - Indian and Pakistani flavours right here in Chester - who ever dreamed you could get Indian food in Chester? Yippee !

Friday night Darren Arsenault is on stage at the Rope Loft for your listening pleasure from 8-11pm. Darren covers all genres from Country and Blues to Folk and Rock, so there's something for everyone and I mean everyone. Come one come all. Drink your way through the rum selection  - they carry JD Shore Rum and it's a hands down winner !  Evening meals are available until 9:30pm.        

This Sunday is the kick off of the Chester Bandstand Summer Concert series. Jamie Junger will be on stage at 7 pm. Jamie is a wonderful and engaging performer who also gives guitar lessons, so if you want to sign up, talk to him after the show. Children are welcome and adults can come too. Concerts may be cancelled due to heavy rain at the discretion of the performer. For more info contact Sue LeBlanc @ 902-299-0139.

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What do you call a pig with no legs
Ground hog

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

June 13th, 2018 Press Release!

Chester Merchants Press Release


W e ' r e    b a c k !

Spring has sprung. Sort of. I think the farmers in the Valley might beg to differ.

I trust you all "wintered well" as they say, and are ready to join us for the events we have in store for you here in Chester this season.


This Week in Chester 

To those of you receiving this email blast for the first time, it is because you signed up at the Chester Merchants booth at Saltscapes Exhibition in April. This is a weekly update of what is happening in Chester from June until December, and there is a lot going on in our little Hamlet year 'round. Read on....

Today, Wednesday, from 3-4 pm at the Chester Yacht Club, the lovely Stephanie Beaumont of
Sea and be Scene will bring you up to speed on the new Tourism Chester ambassador project.
She will introduce the "# Love where you live" project where everyone can get in on the fun and participate.

Thursday night is wing nut night at the Rope Loft and the Fo'c'sle. Get there early and get it "hot on" or with a side of blue cheese. Yes please !

The Chester Farmer's and Artisan market runs every Friday at the Old Train Station from 9-1 pm (rain or shine.) There are local farm vendors and artisans selling fresh fish, meat, breads,  vegetables, baked goods, jewelry, soaps, folk art, flowers, sweet treats, hot food and more. 

The Chester Heritage Society is throwing open their doors this Friday at Lordly House, 133 Central Street. The museum will be open all summer from 10 - 4 pm, Tuesdays to Saturdays. 
New displays include "Tuesday Painters" and "Antique Lace."

There will be a grand opening of the Old Train Station, Craft Shop and displays at 20 Smith Road also this Friday. They will be open from 10 - 4 pm every day but Wednesday. Sunday hours are noon till 4pm.

This Friday evening Kevin Koloff, Chester's own John Lennon, is on stage at the Rope Loft from  8-11pm with all the tunes you know by heart from the 60's and 70's. The kitchen is open till 9:30 pm so be sure to get your order in before then. Kevin always puts on a great show so plan to make a night of it.

Blue Shutters Antiques and Art Gallery is open from 10am - 4 pm every weekend this month.

This Saturday at 7:30 pm, the Chester Playhouse is pleased to present "Hillsburn" for your ears. This five-piece band from Halifax was founded in 2014 and has sold out shows all over North America. They released their new album "The Wilder Beyond "this February and have been showcasing their music throughout Canada ever since. Hillsburn was the recipient of the 2016 Canadian Folk Music Award for "New / Emerging Artist of the Year" and a 2017 East Coast Music Award for "Fans' Choice Video of the Year. Dial up 902-275-3933 to secure your tickets now.


This Father's Day Sunday, the Restaurant at White Gate is featuring a special promotion with two courses for $32.00, and they have put a special dessert on for the day, a bourbon maple brulée. You may see the Father's Day menu on their Facebook page above. Please call for reservations at 902-275-4400.
Remember you can wheelie your little green bins out every week now throughout the summer months.

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Why did the Canadian chicken cross the road?
To get to the middle.

Here is another bird dancing to an Elvis tune

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