Wednesday, August 28, 2019

August 28th, 2019 Press Release!

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We are transitioning into the "next phase." 
This is when we gear down and come up for air.
Do the downward dog.

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This Week in Chester 

The Chester Farmers and Artisans Market is on this Friday at the Old Railway Station from 9 - 1pm  rain or shine. Local fresh produce, meat and fish, artisan baking, tasty meals, flowers and plants, handmade crafts, jewelry and treats. For you, for your family, for Fido.

Two music venues happening Friday night...

Live music Friday night at the Rope Loft is kicking off at 8 pm. Come early to assure yourself a seat. Order up a plate of local mussels to share with friends before your main course.
Tonight the Cynthetics present "Jazz with Pizzazz." Don't miss this. You never know who else might pop by to jam with them.

The Maes are performing Friday night at 8 pm in the red shed at 35 Union Street. From Australia, they are touring Canada again this summer and wanted to stop by and say "hey." $20 @ the door.

Next Tuesday's Picnic in the Park features a "Back to School Special" with a new time slot from
5 -7 pm featuring Jamie Junger and Friends - sponsored by the Fo'c'sle.

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This just made me laugh when I read it...

"And while the smooth sounds of the Lionel Richie's "All Night Long" and Christopher Cross' "Ride Like the Wind" are always just a teeth cleaning away, yacht rock really comes into full, Hawaiian-shirt flower in the summer.

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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

August 21, 2019 Press Release!

Chester Merchants Press Release


We survived Race Week.
It was a perfect weather week for all involved. 
And there is more of that on the horizon...
Get the water wings out and get into the ocean before the north wind blows it away.
Ahh, summer in Chest Hair. 


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This Week in Chester 

Friday evening, Darren Arsenault will take you back with relaxing originals at the Rope Loft.
Enjoy the last few days of August soaking up the sun with a cold cocktail in hand.


Chester Bandstand Summer Concert presents "Clas Larsson Quartet" starting 7pm.  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 performers. For more information, please contact Sue LeBlanc 902-299-0139.

The Chester Arts Centre presents "Drawing a Line in the Paint" with Heather Sayeau next Monday and Tuesday from 9 am - 4 pm
This workshop will explore the use of drawing as an integral part of the finished painted image.  Staining, dripping and layering are all contingent to this method of working. The class will look at ways to reinterpret subject matter in order to move back from realism and move into expressionism.  140 clams. Bring lunch. Sign up here.


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Wednesday, August 14, 2019

August 14th, 2019 Press Release!

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Today is day ONE of Chester Race Week, the largest keel boat regatta in Canada.  
Get down to the waterfront and see what all the buzz is about. The Chester Yacht Club is open to all comers this week, so why not drop by and join in the fun.  
There is entertainment every afternoon and evening after the races.


This Week in Chester 

Tonight, Wednesday, the Chester Playhouse Summer Theatre School presents The Adventures of Pinocchio. Carved out of wood by the lonely toy-maker Geppetto, Pinocchio tumbles from one disastrous situation to another in search of adventure-only to discover that, in the end, all he really needs is an unselfish heart and the love of his father.

The show runs from today until Saturday with show times at 7pm each night and a matinee on Saturday at 2pm. This is a 70 minute show with no intermission.
All proceeds from the shows and donations made this week to the Chester Playhouse will go directly to the Youth Programs of the Chester Playhouse.   
Dial up (902) 275-3933 for your tickets or stop by the box office (Open Wed-Sat from 12-showtime.)

Rumour has it the long awaited, eagerly anticipated  "Il Ferramenta" Roman style Pizza restaurant is opening TODAY ! at 59 Duke Street. Pizza al taglio is street food from Rome and it is here in Chester ! Imported Italian ingredients and local seasonal produce are the fare so get on over there today !

Our councillor, Danielle Barkhouse, lost her home to fire last week. She and her three children managed to escape the blaze but they lost everything. A Go Fund Me page has been set up in her name. Imagine what it would be like to lose everything. Please visit this page and help if you can.

This week at White Gate Restaurant, Dj Sunny Wilson will be spinning 'Yacht Rock' tunes on the deck during Friday's Happy Hour so come along for a Happy Hour bevvie - buy one get one half price - and take the Bar Snacks menu for a test drive or have some oysters!!! To book a table for dinner this week call on 902.275.4400 Hours are Wed/Thurs. 5:00 - 8:30, Fri/Sat 5:00 -9:00 and Sunday 5:00 - 8:00

Friday night Kevin Koloff is on stage at the Rope Loft at 8 pm. He is joined by Pam on vocals and Richard on bass. "Sherman, set the wayback machine to 1963."

Enter their Facebook Giveaway. An awesome Corona bundle and $25 Rope Loft gift certificate! This will set you up for a fun beach day followed by a relaxing dinner on the water.
Visit Corona Land on the upper deck!

The online fish guys have been delivering the freshest of fishies all over Lunenburg County this summer.  Are you on their mailing list? If not, you should be.

They have fresh fish right off the boat along with various frozen seafood products ready to deliver to your door twice a week. Fresh fish - with a click of the mouse. What are you waiting for?

- Fresh Haddock Fillets
- Fish Cakes
- Fresh Frozen Shrimp
- Fresh Frozen Scallops
- Breaded Haddock Fillets

Specials offered periodically:
- Fresh Halibut Fillets
- Fresh Salmon Fillets
- Frozen Lobster Meat
- Frozen Bacon Wrapped Scallops
- Oysters

Sunday night the Chester Bandstand Summer Concert presents the "Chester Brass Band" at
7 pm.  Children are welcome to dance on the grass if there is any left after Race Week.
For more information, contact Sue LeBlanc @ 902-299-0139.

The Chester Art Centre is hosting a workshop next Monday, August 19th from 10am - 4pm
Paint with Paper - Up-cycling Newspapers into Works of Art
The instructor, Rhonda Barrett, will educate you about the medium of newsprint, how to care and prepare it for use in collage, and how to use it in a way similar to chigiri-e or kiri-e, cut or torn paper collage.
Pull out yesterday's news and learn how to recycle it into art. Cost: $70.00 Bring lunch.

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"Bless me Father, for I have sinned. I have been with a loose girl."
The priest asks, "Is that you, little Joey Pagano?"
"Yes, Father, it is."
"And who was the girl you were with?"
"I can't tell you, Father. I don't want to ruin her reputation."
"Well, Joey, I'm sure to find out her name sooner or later so you may as well tell me now. Was it Tina Minetti?"
"I cannot say."
"Was it Teresa Mazzarelli?"
"I'll never tell."
"Was it Nina Capelli?"
"I'm sorry, but I cannot name her."
"Was it Cathy Piriano?"
"My lips are sealed."
"Was it Rosa DiAngelo, then?"
"Please, Father! I cannot tell you."
The priest sighs in frustration. "You're very tight lipped, and I admire that. But you've sinned and have to atone. You cannot be an altar boy now for 4 months. Now you go and behave yourself."
Joey walks back to his pew, and his friend Franco slides over and whispers, "What'd you get?"
"Four months vacation and five good leads..."

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Wednesday, August 7, 2019

August 7th, 2019 Press Release!

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We are well and truly building to fever pitch here in the much going on and so much to do. Buckle up and strap on your party togs... here we go!!


This Week in Chester 

This week running from today, Wednesday, August 7th through Saturday August 10th
the Chester Playhouse is presenting 'God is a Scottish Drag Queen". Billed as a cross between Dame Edna and Billy Connolly, with a dollop of Eddie Izard, this show looks hilarious!! Having won more that 18 'Best of the Fest' awards, this show had broken records at festivals across the do not miss this one!!
Adult tickets are $35 Youth tickets are $15 and Matinee tickets are $20.
For a quick preview and ticket information follow this link:

Remember, Wednesday is POKER NIGHT at White Gate!! Play a game of chance and win your dinner like this happy table of diners. Every Wednesday through the summer the nice folks at White Gate, at 28 Pleasant Street, will give you a chance to charm lady luck!! For more information or to make a booking call on 902.275.4400 or visit 

This week the Chester Art Center are holding a 2 day course in SMARTPHONE PHOTOGRAPHY. The Instructor is Alexa Cude and the course runs August 7 & 8  10:00 am - 4:00 pm. This two-day course will focus on using the smartphone to its full potential as a camera including photography fundamentals, settings, apps, editing and social media.

Cost: $150.   Bring your Smartphone and phone charger. Bring a lunch. For more information you can reach the Art Center on 902-275-5789 or email For more details 

The lovely team at Amicus Gallery are happy to welcome Arnaud B├ęghin as their featured artist. Arnaud is originally from Le Havre, France and has been living in Hantsport, NS since 2013. His show opens this Thursday, August 8th from 6 - 8:00pm and runs till the 24th. This is their final show for the 2019 summer so don't miss this one! You can preview the show at

 at the Old Railway Station, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.  Rain or Shine.  Lovely local fresh produce, meat and fish, artisan baking, tasty meals, flowers and plants, handmade crafts, jewelry and treats.  For you, your family and your dog!! Plus it is a great place to catch up with everyone....a very social gathering!
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Friday night at the Rope Loft is groovy as always, with this week's live music event featuring East Coast Vibe (formerly Blue Lane). This is a great act, and the nosh at the Rope Loft on a Friday features Prime that's a 'twofer'!

On the water this weekend is the Chester Classic Series Regatta, with racing Friday, Saturday and Sunday. This is an amazing opportunity to see some beautiful and unique boats participate in a series of pursuit style racing. The boats will be starting and finishing in the front harbour just after lunchtime, so come on down, open a cold one and watch some fun sailing!

The event is open to all handicap boats to encourage all types of sailors to join the fun and get close up to the local classic fleet. The event is a charity regatta with a group of Autism charities being the beneficiaries, last year over $2000 was raised! For information and registration visit:

On Saturday, August 10th there is Breakfast at the Chester Legion from 7:30 to 10:30 am.  Enjoy eggs (any way you like them), French toast, hash browns, beans, bacon, sausage, toast, tea/coffee and juice.

Also on Saturday, Paint Off, Tea & Auction at Lordly Park in Chester from 12:00 to 5:00 pm.  The Paint Off runs 12:00 to 3:00 pm and the Tea & Auction 3:00 to 5:00 pm. Enjoy sandwiches, desserts and tea.   Admission is $10.  Come and watch Wesley Lowe, Beverly Hubley, Gary Selig and Jayne Campbell paint.  This unique fundraising event brings local artists together in a friendly exhibition of talents as they paint off against one another.  Bring a lawn chair and enjoy an exciting community event while mingling with the artists.  Their works will then be auctioned off at the Lordly Tea right after the event. A new painting of Chester will be on display.  Proceeds going to the artists and the Chester Heritage Society.

On Sunday, August 11th, the Chester Bandstand Summer Concert series presents
"Tuesday Night Band" starting at 7:00 pm.  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

Don't forget Picnic in the Park on Tuesdays, with live music each week form 6:00 - 8:00 at Lordly Park when its sunny!! Next Tuesday, the 13th features Amanda Riley, sponsored by the Chester Area Pharmasave. Meals for Musicians generously provided by the Stretch Diner.  

Free admission...Donations for the band gratefully accepted...if it's raining Tuesday, then you dance on Wednesday, if it's raining Wednesday, you dance on Thursday! 

Check for Event Cancellation. 

Phew!! had enough?? Wait till next week!!

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