Wednesday, September 8, 2021

September 8th, 2021 Press Release!


Chester Merchants Press Release

Ahhh, Fall.
The house guests have packed up, the water wings have been deflated and the spiders have taken over the BBQ.

Time to regroup, relax and rewind.   

The Captain’s House Gallery at 33 Central Street presents their September exhibition “A Calendar of Dolls.”
You will be transported into the diminutive and detailed world of collector dolls created by Halifax textile artist Joan Doherty. The gallery is open Wednesday- Sunday from 11 am - 4 pm and the show runs until October 2nd.

The Farmers' and Artisans Market is open Friday at the Old Railway Station, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. Rain or Shine. Local fresh produce, meat and fish, artisan baking, tasty meals, flowers and plants, handmade crafts, jewelry, and treats.
Come visit the Chester Art Centre this Saturday and Sunday from 10am-4pm to see artists working and creating. Try your hands at creating something three dimensional and watch art in motion. From Chippie Kennedy working with a live model to Marla Benton welcoming you to play with clay, to Halifax Circus wowing you with their full aerial rig. All ages will find something to enjoy and it is free! Covid capacity is 250, the entrance will be at Art Centre parking lot and the exit will be out the side yard where you will find Imperfections Café with their BBQ fired up and ready.

This Sunday 7 pm at Lordly Park there will be a presentation called “Troubling Joy” by the North Barn Theatre. Troubling Joy is a lively circus featuring a cast of puppets who discover the pleasure of change. North Barn uses puppetry, moving image, and song to investigate the promise of happiness and its illusions. The show will appeal to the senses of all ages. Admission by donation.

Next Tuesday Picnic in the Park presents “Cut, Split and Delivered” a local favourite, at Lordly Park from 5-7pm. Rain date Wednesday.

Suzi Fraser

for the Chester Merchants Group

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

August 25th, 2021 Press Release!


Chester Merchants Press Release
Jennifer Fraser photo

Four months till Christmas. Just sayin'.

The first annual Picnic in the Park Fun Faire collected over $1500 in donations for upgrades to Lordly Park !
The band "Squint" above at Lordly Park last weekend.

Picnic in the Park jumped a day due to weather, so tonight, Wednesday, they are pleased to present Kristen Martell and Friends from 6 - 8pm at the Park. Pack your picnic, dust off your dancing shoes, and head on down tonight.
More Wednesday night activities… the Chester Playhouse presents speaker Dean Jobb online via Zoom at 7 pm. In The Case of the Murderous Dr. Cream: The Hunt for a Victorian Era Serial Killer, Dean Jobb provides the definitive account of both a Canadian trained physician who became a ruthless killer, murdering as many as ten people in three different countries and the Scotland Yard investigation that finally brought him to justice. Dean will join Liz Crocker for a discussion about his books, the characters he has discovered, and the writing process. For tickets, call the Playhouse at 902-275-3933

Every day is Chowder Day at the Rope Loft ! Fill up with a bowl of their signature Shellfish Chowder, and save room for dessert. This week's feature is Peach Caramel Cheesecake.


Monday (Burger): 11:30 - 8
Tuesday (Tacos): 11:30 - 8
Wednesday: Closed (starting next week)
Thursday (Chef's Choice): 11:30 - 8
Friday (Prime Rib Night): 11:30 - 9
Saturday (Chef's Choice): 11:30 - 9
Sunday (Chef's Choice): 11:30 - 8

Starting next week their weekly kitchen hours will be 11:30-8, and closed on Wednesday's.
The Farmers' and Artisans Market is open Friday at the Old Railway Station, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. Rain or Shine. Local fresh produce, meat and fish, artisan baking, tasty meals, flowers and plants, handmade crafts, jewelry, and treats.
The Chester Playhouse is thrilled to present the final event of their “Playhouse Without Walls” series: “Playhouse on Pleasant!” The event runs from 2-5pm this Saturday (Aug 29 is the rain date), and features three exciting local musical groups, Casual Cries for Help, Caribou Run and Mahone Bay's own Jennah Barry. Entry is by donation. 

This outdoor concert is on a closed-off block in front of the playhouse.
Local restaurants and patios will be open to serve patrons and concert-goers. Contact tracing will be available, and we encourage the continued practice of social distancing, and masks when distancing cannot be maintained. We encourage concert- goers to bring a chair or a blanket and to prepare for sun!
Find them on facebook.

The baton drops at 7 pm Sunday evening for the Chester Brass Band at the Chester Bandstand. Arrive early to assure yourself a spot on the grass.

Looking ahead to next Tuesday, Picnic in the Park presents local favourite "Short Notice" from 6-8 pm.

Divorced men over 40 on dating apps

I was visiting a friend last night when I asked if I could borrow the newspaper.
“This is the 21st century” she said. “We don’t waste money on newspapers. Here, use my iPad.

I tell you that fly never knew what hit him….

Suzi Fraser

for the Chester Merchants Group

Tuesday, August 10, 2021

August 10th, 2021 Press Release


Chester Merchants Press Release
Alex Mann photo

Race Week is once again upon us. After a one year hiatus, I am so happy to see boats and crews returning to the hamlet for a week of sun, rum and fun - oh, and some good racing.

As we are still in Covid world, please check the rules and regulations at the Chester Yacht Club before rocking up in your summer frock and high yachting heels.

We’re not in Kansas anymore.
There will be a couple of young girls in town this week:

Bluenose II is returning this week as part of her Centennial sail past. She arrives today and will be at anchor in the front harbour until Thursday morning. There will be a Bluenose II mobile exhibit and pop-up shop parked at the Parade Square.The exhibit will be open today from 12 -7 pm and tomorrow 12- 6 pm.  Shop on !

We are delighted to announce that HMCS Oriole is also visiting Chester this week. The training ship is conducting her Centennial Atlantic Canada tour in celebration of her 100th anniversary.
The Rope Loft is always the best vantage point for any happenings in the harbour.
The Cowboy Burger is back to round you up for Race Week. Their signature burger with house made BBQ sauce, topped with onion rings, cheese & bacon. Yes please !

There is a new charter business in Chester this summer - boat tours and deep sea fishing. If ever there was a week to go for a boat tour in Chester, this is it !

Chester’s Café and Social House at 43 Queen Street has a new extended happy hour menu. They are open from 8 am - 5 pm daily and until 9 pm Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Drop by for live music on Saturday evening and be sure to try their new Frosé!
There is a new show at Going Coastal on Queen Street. “Amazing views and boats of the South Shore.” Opening this Thursday. The gallery is open every Wednesday to Sunday 10-5
For Race Week this year, White Gate will be home to BooBoo’s Southern Secret BBQ for on site for Dine In service from Thursday through til Saturday from 4pm till 8:30pm.
Featuring slow wood smoked ribs and meats done in a Southern style BooBoo’s BBQ uses a proprietary technique developed by our master pit boss and finished with an authentic 
South Carolina style mustard vinegar sauce. Come for the ribs and stay for the love!!
No reservations unless for a party of 8 or more.
Download the Race Week menu here.
Renowned Blues singer and artist Morgan Davis is showing his work at the Captain’s House Gallery at 33 Central street. His exhibition “In My Spare Time” will be at the gallery until August 28th. The show may be viewed Wednesday - Saturday, 11am-4pm.

The Chester Farmers’ and Artisan Market is open Friday at the Old Railway Station, 20 Smith Road from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. Rain or Shine. Local fresh produce, meat and fish, artisan baking, tasty meals, flowers and plants, handmade crafts, jewelry, and treats.
This Saturday the Chester Municipal Heritage Society Yard Sale at the Chester Train Station from 9 am to 2 pm. Rain date: Sunday, August 15. Cash only – Covid-19 rules apply. Portion of funds raised will help repair Lordly Park Gazebo.
The Chester Playhouse is still very much alive even without walls !

This Saturday the Playhouse presents 'A Tale On Two Wheels', at Lordly Park. There will be two performances of their half-hour show, aimed at ages 2-6 years. The first performance will be at 11 am, the second at 2 pm. Tickets are free, but you must reserve online.
It is a whimsical musical story of two postal workers tasked with delivering the morning sunrise, they become side-tracked from their duties when they receive a call from their boss who asks them to switch to the night shift. It is an adventure involving a tandem bicycle, a giant monarch butterfly, and piles of undelivered packages.

Bring a blanket or chair if you like, and dress for the weather. To reserve your tickets, call the Playhouse at 902-275-3933
Saturday evening the Chester Playhouse presents an homage to the Chester Volunteer Fire Department, “The Town Heroes” at the Chester Legion at 14 Union Street at 7:30 pm.
The Town Heroes, Mike Ryan and Bruce Gillis were born and raised in Inverness County.
They’ve toured the world, released four critically acclaimed albums. Anthemic choruses, 3-part harmonies, tender falsettos and big drums highlight their riff driven, nuanced barrage of sound. Camaraderie shows in their musicianship, their song-writing highlights what they are: friends playing music for the love of it. Musically, The Town Heroes are reminiscent of the 90’s Alt-Rock bands they grew up listening to.
To reserve tickets, call the Playhouse at 902-275-3933 or online.
Tickets are selling fast!

Sunday afternoon Musique Royale presents… “Cassie and Maggie” in the gardens at Zoé Vallé Memorial Library on Regent Street starting 3 pm. Alternating between Gaelic and English, the two sisters have been enchanting audiences around the world with their unparalleled unity of strings, voices, and fabulous, percussive step dance!
To purchase tickets ($20) call 902-273-2526 or online at: If the weather is is bad the concert will take place at St. Stephen’s Anglican Church across the street at 3 pm.

Sunday evening the Chester Bandstand Summer Concert Series presents the Chester Brass Band at 7 pm at the Parade Square. Park yourself early to assure a plot.

This video has been around the Facebook Covid track but I still laugh whenever I see it.

To applaud a politician for building a hospital, school or road with public money is the same as applauding an ATM because it gives you your money.

Suzi Fraser

for the Chester Merchants Group

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

July 28th, 2021 Press Release!


Chester Merchants Press Release

Cindy Robichaud photo

Where to begin...

This is our first release since 2020.
We didn't want to entice you to Chester, and then be faced with having our event shut down.

As we slowly crawl out of our respective holes, we are cautiously optimistic.
We have a lot to say as we have been silent for so long.
We have missed you and look forward to seeing you again.

We cannot move forward without acknowledging the devastating loss of our beloved Chester Playhouse June 11th, 2021.
Our hearts and spirits broke that day. For the past, present and future.

There’s a new kid in the sand box.
A pop up clothing store is opening in Chester today, Wednesday, July 28th.
Flinn Market Linen will be selling handmade pure linen dresses, tunics, pants, shorts, tops and sleepwear in a range of sizes as well as linen scarves, beach towels and market baskets.
Stop by and check it out!
25 Pleasant St, Chester, across the lot from the Kiwi Café.
Wednesday to Sunday 10 am - 5pm Sunday 10 am -4pm

Amicus Gallery is celebrating artist Malcolm Callaway’s 21st show in as many years ! This is truly a coming of age celebration. Malcolm’s show will run until August 4th. Stop in and see his new work.
The gallery is open daily from 11 - 4 pm.

The Kiwi Café has opened The Kiwi Pantry across the street with all your favourite things. No need to drive to Halifax anymore. Asia meets India, meets Italy meets Ireland meets Caribbean meets "London Calling." Grab your shopping bag and get over there.

The Chester Art Centre is on Warp Drive with director Sue LeBlanc at the wheel. There is so much going on there this year you need a chart to navigate.
So here it is...

Join the Rope Loft for your Nova Scotia Seafood Fix! Coming this weekend…
Pan Seared Halibut and Braised Beef Short Ribs. Save room for one of Kathy’s incredible homemade cheesecakes. It’s always fun in the sun! 
Open Daily at 11 am. Reservations are welcome. Call 902-275-3430 to book your table!

Artist Carol Hansen has opened her gallery at the Captain’s House at 33 Central Street.
The gallery is open every Wednesday to Saturday from 11- 4pm.

Every Friday the Chester Farmers' and Artisan Market is open at the Old Train Station from 9 am - 12:30 pm. This year the market has berries, tons of veggies, bread, hand-blended teas, pastries, pies, curries, fish, meat, eggs, lavender, flowers, plants, Syrian food, micro-greens, craft beer, cider, wine, spirits, as well as soaps, and fantastic artisans.

This year is the 75th anniversary of the Bluenose Class sloop, designed by renowned naval architect William J. Roué. It is also the 100th anniversary of The Bluenose… the Big One.
As part of her Centennial Sail Past, she will be anchored in Chester’s front harbour this Saturday and Sunday to celebrate all the anniversaries.
There will be Bluenose mobile exhibit parked at the Band Stand at the Parade Square for you to explore.

The Fo'c'sle is back ! We are so pleased that Dean has joined the tribe.
Who ever thought the Fo'c'sle would have Pleasant Street deck dining?

The Chester Bandstand Summer Concert series continues this Sunday at 7 pm with the Mahone Bay Swing Band performing for you. Get there early to stake out your plot on the grass.

Covid lock downs have affected us in ways we could never have imagined. As every cloud has a silver lining, I searched for one to share with you. When the Chicago Zoo got shut down, the residents still needed food and engagement. The handlers decided to let Wellington and his penguin pals out for a day trip.

We should train all Amazon delivery drivers to give the Covid vaccine.
The whole population would be immunized by Saturday, or Thursday if you've got Prime.

Suzi Fraser

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