Wednesday, December 14, 2022

December 14th, 2022 Press Release!


Chester Merchants Press Release

Our Chester Village Christmas weekend was a huge success despite the North Pole climate we experienced on the Saturday. Families came out in droves and everyone was sporting an elf name. My favourite was Pee Wee Sugar Waffles. A huge shout out to the sponsors and volunteers that made this event happen.
The annual pet parade was a highlight.

The "Festival of Trees" had over 500 visitors !
Less than two weeks left till we can put the bunny slippers on and relax.
Until then, it's all go go Go !
Congratulations to Andrew Chandler, executive director of the Chester Playhouse. Andrew has navigated the Playhouse through an extremely challenging time and has done it all with determination and a huge smile.
Thank you Andrew !
Flowers are always a delight - at any time of year. Dial up Robin to order yours.
Rob Philip photo
Trivia is held at Chester's Cafe and Social House every Tuesday from 6:30 to 8pm. Erin will be starting up again January 3rd.
Rob Philip photo
Entering the Village Emporium past the gems and the alpaca mittens, past the books, baby blankets and such, down a step or two, take a left, and behold - the best of suttles which is Swallowtail Bunting Company Christmas decor.

The Bahamas has come north ... to Western Shore.

242 Bahama Mama Delicacies opened yesterday in Western Shore !

The Mecklenburgh Inn offers gift certificates when a pair of socks
just won't do.
Teresa Bergen is known around the world but is our best kept secret.
Stop by her studio and see what's fresh out of the kiln. # 117, Highway 14 just past Oceanview Nurseries.
I happened upon this video for United Way Halifax. I think it sums up our current situation very well. Please find it in your heart to donate to those in need, not just at Christmas, but year round. The need never goes away.

You are getting this joke again, because everyone I asked - didn't get it...

We are now firmly parked in the middle of flu and cold season.
Women just soldier on, while the men ... well, men, they get a


When four of Santa's elves got sick, the trainee elves did not produce toys 
as fast as the regular ones, and Santa began to feel the pre-Christmas 

Then Mrs. Claus told Santa her Mother was coming to visit, which stressed 
Santa even more. When he went to harness the reindeer, he found that three 
of them were about to give birth and two others had jumped the fence and 
were out, Heaven knows where.

Then when he began to load the sleigh, one of the floorboards cracked, the 
toy bag fell to the ground and all the toys were scattered. So, frustrated, 
Santa went in the house for a cup of apple cider and a shot of rum. When he 
went to the cupboard, he discovered the elves had drunk all the cider and 
hidden the liquor. In his frustration, he accidentally dropped the cider 
jug, and it broke into hundreds of little glass pieces all over the kitchen 
floor.He went to get the broom and found the mice had eaten all the straw 
off the end of the broom.

Just then the doorbell rang, and irritated Santa marched to the door, 
yanked it open, and there stood a little angel with a great big Christmas 
tree. The angel said very cheerfully, "Merry Christmas, Santa. Isn't this 
a lovely day? I have a beautiful tree for you. Where would you like me to 
stick it?"

And so began the tradition of the little angel on top of the Christmas tree.

The Chester Merchants wish you and your family a happy and healthy holiday season. All the best to you and yours.

Suzi Fraser

for the Chester Merchants Group

Wednesday, November 23, 2022

November 23rd, 2022 Press Release!


Chester Merchants Press Release

It’s all “Go” here in Chester this weekend.
This is our annual Merchants’ Christmas Festival weekend. You won’t want to miss any of this ! Scroll down and plan your weekend now.

Best Thanksgiving wishes to our American friends.
On Saturday there is the Witches Mystical Fair at the Chester Legion from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Free Admission! Featuring: Intuitive Readings, Unique Gifts, Organic and Holistic Products and Services and so much more…Witchin’ kitchen available for lunch. For more info contact the Legion 902-275-3315.
This is our 14th annual Gingerbread house competition and display.
This year's theme is "A Magical Maritime Christmas." You may view these delicate gems at the Chester Art Centre. While you're there make a bid on one of the mini paintings up for auction. They are all fabulous !
Come see the Lordly House Museum at 133 Central Street this weekend from 12 noon - 6 pm. Adults $10, Children 12 & under are free. The Chester Heritage Society has decorated for Christmas circa 1922 Downton Abbey style of the roaring twenties. View decor of the era 100 years ago: learn how decorations were made; bring your favourite ornament to “Show & Tell” your Christmas story; dress/attire of the “flapper” era optional; cookies & warm cider will be served.
Sandy Morash is personally inviting you to join her and her elves at the Chester Yacht Club this Saturday for her annual FUN d -raiser for those in need.
If you can...and you KNOW you can, whip up a batch of 13 (1 for the judges, 12 for the auction) and bring them on down to the Chester Yacht Club, this Saturday between 10am- 12 noon. The food bank and the Shoreham Village Seniors will be forever thankful.
Judging will be at 1pm, winners announced at 2pm and the auction at 3pm.
There will be some beautiful rope baskets and so much more at the Chester Farmers' and Artisan Christmas Market on Sunday at the Chester Area Middle School from 9am-1pm. Plan for a great morning of local shopping. The full list of vendors is now up on their website.
This year is our 4th Annual Christmas Pet Parade.
Come one, come all. See the BIG and the small !
The parade is open to all pets: dogs, cats, bunnies and pigs - come on down ! Why not bring along the family gerbil?
No registration is required. Please note all pets must be on a leash upon arrival and stay so throughout all Chester Village Christmas events.
Chester isn't the only village having Christmas celebrations this weekend.
The entire South Shore in the spirit ! Make an entire weekend of it.

Looking ahead to the next few weeks, here is what we have in store for you in our little hamlet.

The Chester Drama Society presents their Christmas show "Ghosts of CDS Plays Past" on December 2nd and 3rd, 7pm, at St. Stephen's community hall at 54 Regent Street Chester. The show is a new version of clips of plays from 1988 to the present, plus live comedy.  Admission is "pay what you can".
50 % of the profits will go to the food bank.
You are cordially invited to the Chester Brass Band’s “Sounds of Christmas” gala at 7 pm Sunday, December 4th. It will be a concert with a sing along at the St Stephen’s Church at 60 Regent Street. Admission is a free will donation to support the band hall upgrade.
Last Monday's weather:

We are now firmly parked in the middle flu and cold season. Women just soldier on, while the men ... well, men, they get a MAN cold.

A chicken farmer went to the local bar... He sat next to an attractive woman and ordered champagne.

The woman said: "How strange, I also just ordered a glass of champagne." "What a coincidence," said the farmer, who added, "It is a special day for me.

I'm celebrating" "It is a special day for me too, I am also celebrating!" said the woman. "What a coincidence." said the farmer.
While they toasted, the farmer asked, "What are you celebrating?"

"My husband and I have been trying to have a child for years, and today, my gynecologist told me that I was pregnant."
"What a coincidence," said the man.

"I am a chicken farmer and for years all my hens were infertile, but now they are all set to lay fertilized eggs."
"This is awesome," said the woman. "What did you do for your chickens to become fertile?"
"I used a different rooster," he said.
The woman smiled and said, "What a coincidence."

Suzi Fraser

for the Chester Merchants' Group
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