Thursday, December 17, 2020

December 16th, 2020 Press Release!


Chester Merchants Press Release


You can’t hide ! Christmas is just around the corner.

This will be a different Christmas for all of us.

Let’s make the best of it and be thankful.

Happy Holidays !

Gingerbread House display

Our Chester Village Christmas was huge fun.
We were sorry our Halifax friends couldn’t join us this year but we look forward to seeing you when the gates open.

This year, “Revolve” is sharing the spirit of giving local with a massive holiday giveaway! 🎄 They have purchased $100 gift cards from forty independent restaurants, service providers, and businesses, and they’ve all stepped up and added to the gift - some by half, some by more than double.
They are giving away one gift package a day for until December 24th ! Check out @StepUpForLocal 's Instagram to learn how to enter, and help our community thrive by shopping local this holiday season.

Guess who’s back in town? Shane !
@Chester’s Café on Queen Street.

It’s beginning to feel a LOT like Christmas....Magic is filling Chester’s Cafe, and the village!
Now open for dine in and gourmet grab-and-go 7 days a week, with extended hours:
Sunday - Thursday, 8am - 5pm
Friday & Saturday, 8am - 9pm
We look forward to serving you some Christmas cheer! ❤

Amicus Gallery is open Thursday to Sunday with lots of great gift giving ideas for everyone on your list. They even have art puzzles and art games all under $30. Christmas wrapping available!

Reporters interviewing a 104-year-old woman:

'And what do you think is the best thing

about being 104?' the reporter asked.

She simply replied,

'No peer pressure.'

We are happy to see the Tancook Ferry out of refit and back into service. A stroll along the waterfront in Chester is always a pleasure. Come take a walk in the evening and see all the Christmas lights on display.

This is new: The Mecklenburgh Inn is staying open all winter. Bring your bubble to Chester and make a weekend of it. Maybe skiing at Martock, then off to SenSea Spa, dinner in the village and a cozy overnight at the Inn with a hearty breakfast in the morning.

If they ever lift the lock down … C’mon down !

Time to dress up and bulk up for winter

The Chester Art Centre is hosting many art classes this winter in all mediums. Check out their program site and sign up. It's going to be a l o n g winter.

We can probably all agree that in 2015 not a single person got the answer correct to, "Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?"

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all of You from all of Us !  

Suzi Fraser

for the Chester Merchants Group

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

November 17th, 2020 Christmas Press Release


Chester Merchants
Press Release

Eat Play Dine and Stay in the merriest way during the Chester Village Christmas as the Chester Merchants invite you to a magical celebration with something for everyone – from crafts sales, pop up shops, and cookie decorating, to festive ARTivities and fun for all ages games, plus the beloved Gingerbread house competition, the 2nd Annual Family Dress Up pet parade and Gingerbread Fun Run too.

Santa arrives Friday for the TREE LIGHTING that begins a wonderful weekend filled with merry EVERYTHING!

Visit Chester Village Christmas dot com for all the details and make plans to discover all the magic of a Village Christmas November 27th to November 29th


Discover the magic of a village Christmas
Fun for all ages...
Why not get Fido in the Christmas spirit and join in the fun at the Second Annual Christmas Pet Parade and Competition??
For full entrance details check out our website:
The Chester Farmer's Market will be having their Christmas market that weekend....
There will be all sorts of outdoor games and activities for all ages.....
The Chester Art Centre will be hosting both indoor holiday workshops and outdoor activities...
Gingerbread time is fast approaching. There are already 13 entries for the Gingerbread House contest.
All competing entries will be on display at White Gate from Thursday November 26th after the judging has been completed and they will be there all weekend with a silent auction happening in case you want to purchase one of them for your festive Christmas decor!!
All proceeds will be going to the Lighthouse Food Bank.
There is soooo much more going on......why not check out the Chester Village Christmas website for all the details and the full calendar of events??
All the Chester merchants will be offering specials holiday fare that weekend and the Chester food purveyors will be offering festive eats and treats!!

Wishing you and yours all the very best for the upcoming holiday season, from the Chester Merchants Group

Thursday, October 29, 2020

October 29th,20020 Press Release!

Chester Merchants Press Release
René Flinn photo

This is shaping top to be a large weekend.
Blue Moon.
Clocks going back.

Looming election…. That in itself is very spooky indeed.

Fall In Love With Chester
Tanner's Brewing on Duke Street is open for business
Station 20 is celebrating "Fibre Artists" with a collection of handmade sweaters, hats, mittens, socks, hooked rugs, quilts, and a large selection of face masks. All proceeds from the sale of Pro Kids face masks are donated directly to Pro Kids.
Open Thursday - Sunday, 10 AM to 4 PM until November 29th at the Chester Train Station.
The Kiwi Café is participating in The Great Nova Scotia Comfort Food Festival for the month of November. For each meal sold they will donate to Feed Nova Scotia.
Bacon Mac’n 4 Cheese - $14 Served with a side salad with house balsamic vinaigrette, the cheeses are cheddar, smoked cheddar, brie and Ciro’s aged asiago.
$1.00 from each mac n cheese sold goes to Feed Nova Scotia.
Il Ferramenta is open 12-7, Thursday , 12- 8 Friday and Saturday and 12- 7 on Sunday. Dine in welcome, great wine selection to go with the pizzas.
The Chester Playhouse is well into their Restoration Campaign for the 82 year old theatre.
This restoration is taking place from the outside in and the inside out !
At this time they are encouraging the community to help support the project. Every contribution counts and a tax receipt will be issued for all donations over $ 20.
Arts Matter !
Gingerbread time is fast approaching. There are already 9 entries for the Gingerbread House contest.
Your (paper) entry details must be received by this Friday, October 30th.
This Saturday it’s Halloween Spooky Stations at the Chester Art Centre at 60 Queen Street. Trick or Treat in their backyard starting 4 pm. It’s free, Covid-19 sign in and sanitize when you arrive. For more info call 902-275-5789 or email
Later that day it is Halloween at Lordly Park, Chester from 5:30 to 8:00 pm. Haunted “houses” walk and Trunk or Treat. Entrance at the trail on the corner of Prince & Regent street, lining up towards Union street. Everyone welcome. Masks must be worn, and social distancing required. You can enjoy the fun with your group “social bubble” that you arrive with. 
As a parent, you might need to unwind after all the Hallowe'en madness. Have we got the place for you ! Sensea Nordic Spahhhhh

Remember the 70's? This Sunday the Chester Art Centre is hosting Macrame Wall Hanging with String Theories Fibre Design with instructor Mikaela Szumigraj from 1- 5 pm. Come join Mikaela as she provides knot-by-knot instructions to create your very own macrame wall hanging in your choice of colour! This workshop is designed for intermediate macrame makers but can be tweaked to accommodate any beginners. All materials included, and you will get to take home a textured hanging on a piece of Nova Scotia driftwood. 

Tuesday, November 10th and Thursday, November 12th there is a Watercolour Cartography class with Peggy McCalla at the Art Centre from 9:30 - 11:30 am. Cartography includes the colouration of maps. Try something different with watercolours. 

Tuesday November 16th -19th is “Finding Your Muse” with Jennie McGuire at the Art Centre from 9:30 - 12:30 pm. This is a creativity course designed to nudge the seasoned artist into new directions and the beginning artist to take the leap! Through the use of activity cards, interactive and independent projects, and visual journaling, she will explore ways to ‘get unstuck’, renew focus, remove fear, and move ahead creatively. 
Every Tuesday is “Trivia Tuesday” at the Fo’c’sle Pub. Get there early to get your sheet from Trivia Master Erin Gore.

I heard John Cleese interviewed on CBC last week which prompted me to revisit one of my favourite Fawlty Towers clips.

"You can be tall or short or fat or thin, or ugly or handsome, like your father, or you can be black or yellow or white. It doesn't matter. But what does matter is the size of your heart and the strength of your character.” Herman Munster 1965.

Words to live by.

Suzi Fraser

for the Chester Merchants Group