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: musiqueroyale.com. 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