Tuesday, December 28, 2021

December 15th, 2021 Press Release!


Chester Merchants Press Release

Our annual Merchants Christmas festival was a huge success ! Willis the Present and Norma the Pig were the highlight of the pet parade.
Well, it seems the Grinch has come our way again in the form of Omicron.
A bit of Déjà Vu.
All the more reason to get out and support local !

Just a reminder that we are a year round destination.

The Village Emporium is open regular hours until last man standing at 2pm Christmas Eve. They will reopen January 13th, Thursday to Sundays.
They would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Chester’s own Teresa Bergen has some fabulous pieces in her studio at 117 Highway 14 (close to Oceanview Garden Centre.)
This is not just pottery - this is fine art at an exceptional level.
Teresa's work is part of the AGNS permanent collection as well as private collections around the world including the USA, Japan, Australia, Germany and Singapore. She has exhibited across Canada, in Los Angeles, Pittsburg and Chicago. Open by chance or appointment. Please call ahead. 902.299.0640
The Chester Playhouse has their final event of the year this Sunday.
Reeny Smith's Family Christmas is one holiday event that you will not want to miss. This incredibly talented R&B/Gospel performer, and her equally talented family, are sure to get you into the spirit of the season! Tickets are $40 per person, and can be booked online or at the box office at (902) 275-3933.
The Fo’c’sle Village Pub in the heart of Chester is hosting a special New Year’s Eve dinner. They will be offering their regular menu plus some special items that evening. Reservations available from 4pm by calling 902-275-1408.

The Rope Loft crew would like to wish you Happy Holidays ! Best wishes for a wonderful Christmas and happiness throughout the coming year!

Bunch Fraser design
Had enough of the family over the Holidays? Check Inn to the Mecklenburgh.
Open all winter.

Holiday eating tips:

* Carrot sticks: Avoid them. Anyone who puts raw carrots on a holiday buffet table knows nothing of the Christmas spirit. In fact, if you see carrots, leave immediately. Go next door, where they're serving rum balls.
* Drink as much eggnog as you can. Like fine single-malt scotch, it's rare. Drink up! Who cares that it has 10,000 calories in every sip?
* If something comes with gravy, use it. That's the whole point of gravy. Gravy does not stand alone. Pour it on. Make a volcano out of your mashed potatoes. Fill it with gravy. Eat the volcano. Repeat.
* As for mashed potatoes, always ask if they're made with skim milk or whole milk. If it's skim, pass. Why bother? It's like buying a sports car with an automatic transmission.
* Under no circumstances should you exercise between now and New Year's. You can do that in January. This is the time for long naps.
* Did someone mention fruitcake? Granted, it's loaded with the mandatory celebratory calories, but avoid it at all cost. I mean, have some standards.

Why do eggs Benedict and hubcaps have such an affinity for each other at this time of year?

"Nothing says Christmas like Chrome for the Hollandaise ..."

Wishing you and your family all the best of the season and a very Happy New Year.

Suzi Fraser

for the Chester Merchants Group
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Wednesday, November 24, 2021

November 24th, 2021 Press Release!


                   Chester Merchants Press Release

This weekend is our Annual Village Christmas Festival !

We look forward to seeing you and your
little gingerbreads here to help us celebrate the season.

Today, Wednesday, the Chester Art Centre is showcasing the “Colour of Nova Scotia” exhibition in their Inspired Youth Series with photographs by Will Cousins. The opening reception is from 5 - 7 pm.
Gallery hours Thursday to Sunday are from 10-4 pm.
This weekend the Centre is hosting an online auction of mini paintings by local artists. These little 5"x 5" Picasso's are terrific ! Check 'em out.
Slipcovers by Jill is pleased to announce a new side line...bunting !
Stop by the showroom at 55 Duke Street to see the new line of “must have” handmade tree ornamentation for 2021. The Swallowtail Bunting Company is here for you and all your bunting needs.
Be sure to get your tickets for the upcoming "Playhouse without Walls" Christmas presentations. There is something for everyone here.
Our Chester Village Christmas kicks off Friday evening complete Santa and the tree lighting. There will be Chester Farmers & Artisans Christmas market, our Annual family Dress the Pet parade, the celebration of trees at the Chester Yacht Club, the Merry Market on Pleasant Street, a curated Art Market at the Chester Art Centre, cookie decorating at the Kiwi Cafe, the Gingerbread House Competition AND SO MUCH MORE!!! Check out the full calendar of events and join us here in Chester for all the festive fun this Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Stop in at Going Coastal fine art and furnishings this weekend at 41 Queen Street. Conveniently located across from the Fo'c'sle Pub.

A man is alone in an airport lounge. A beautiful woman walks in and sits down at the table next to him. Assuming because she wears a uniform, she's probably an off-duty flight attendant for some airline.
Wanting to impress her, he decides to try identifying the airline she flies for, thereby impressing her.
He leans across to her and says the British Airways motto : 'To Fly. To Serve'? 
The woman looks at him blankly.
He leans forward again and delivers the Air France motto: 'Winning the hearts of the world'? 
Again she just stares at him with a slightly puzzled look on her face.
Undeterred, he tries again, this time saying the Malaysian Airlines motto: 'Going beyond expectations'? 
The woman looks at him sternly and says: “What the f#&k do you want?”
“A hah!” he says, "Air Canada!”

We would like to wish all our American friends a very Happy Thanksgiving.

As the bears are curling up for the winter, I happened this old Rick Mercer clip of him tagging them :)

Suzi Fraser

for the Chester Merchants Group

Thursday, October 28, 2021

October 27th, 2021 Press Release!


Chester Merchants Press Release

The golf course is open and the Canada Geese are still here, so it’s not winter yet !

Why not take a road trip with a friend and come visit Chester.

Dining alert !

This is the last week of the season for the Rope Loft. Soak up the last rays on the deck with Chef Charlie's daily special.

Featuring all week:
Sober Island Oysters $2 each 
Peel n’ Eat Shrimp (1/4 pound) $8.95
Hot Hamburger Sandwich & Fries $14.95
Homemade Pumpkin Cheesecake $10.95

Kitchen Hours: 
Monday (Burger): 11:30 - 8
Tuesday (Tacos): 11:30 - 8
Wednesday: Closed
Thursday (Seafood Bake): 11:30 - 8
Friday (Prime Rib Night): 11:30 - 8
Saturday (Chef’s Choice): 11:30 - 8
Sunday (Closing Features): 11:30 - 4
The Chester Art Centre is hosting a 2 day drawing class with Ian McKinnon.They are also offering three more workshops:clay with Marla; petite tapestry with Mary Anne and Make It Big Again with Heather Sayeau.

The Art Centre is also hosting an Art Auction November 18-21 in collaboration with the QEII Foundation. Local artist Colin Chen is offering a collection of paintings for auction.
100% of all funds raised will be donated to the QE II Thyroid Cancer Fund, the
Orthopaedic Robotics Program and the Chester Art Centre.
The Captain's House Gallery is hosting their final show of the season.
Beverley McInnes, a multi-media artist, working in rust metals, is collaborating with painter Carol Hansen and her acrylic landscapes.
"Slipcovers by Jill" is adding an etc to the repertoire.
Custom made bunting / pennants on cord for decoration purposes
Various themes and sizes for Christmas, summer, weddings, parties and childrens' rooms.
Watch for a new display in the Slipcovers etc window at 55 Duke Street.

Come listen to ghost stories at the St Stephen's Parish Hall on Regent Street at 7 PM Friday evening. BOO!

The Chester Playhouse is pleased to announce their fall 2021 youth programs.
Partnering with Shakespeare by the Sea and The L.A. Technique, they are excited to be able to offer new programs for up-and-coming entertainers!
The playhouse is also offering a workshop at Tuck Hall on Regent Street with renowned author Donna Morrissey this weekend.
Making jewellery for Christmas craft shows or gifts for family and friends? The Village Emporium is having a 30% sale off all beading supplies starting November 1st.Open Monday - Saturday from 10-4, Sun 12-4 until Christmas!
Every Tuesday there is Trivia IN PERSON  at the Chester Legion. You don't have to be a Legion member to join in the fun.
Doors open at 6pm. $2 cover charge (donation to the Legion).
Proof of double vaccination required.
Masks required when not seated at your table.
Bar is cash only. Imperfections Café will be catering the weekly event.

Why not pedal down to the Mecklenburgh Inn this fall? The Inn is located in the heart of the village where all amenities are within walking distance. Loads of room for bike storage. Breakfast included.

When my son said his ear hurt, I asked if it hurt on the inside or outside, so he walked outside and said “both.”
Moments like this make me wonder if I am saving too much for college.

Suzi Fraser

for the Chester Merchants Group