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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Thursday, November 10, 2022

November 9th, 2022 Press Release!


Chester Merchants Press Release

Well. It’s been a while.

Although it still feels like summer, it’s already November (!)

A friend once said to me “Life is like a roll of toilet paper. The closer you get to the end, the faster it goes.”
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
    That mark our place; and in the sky
    The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
    Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
        In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
    The torch; be yours to hold it high.
    If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
        In Flanders fields.
The Chester Art Centre is alive with activity. Check out their current show "Place in Perspective" and back by popular demand is the "Festive Mini Auction." Get your digital bidding paddles ready !

The Chester Merchants are hosting their 5th annual Chester Village Christmas November 25, 26 and 27.

Our Gingerbread competition has been running for 14 years !
We are still accepting entry forms for your ginger gems. Please email Robin for details.
The Phoenix is rising from the ashes. The Playhouse continues their "Playhouse without Walls" series throughout the village.
Reeny Smith's Family Christmas is back and home town favourite By Folk-El will be onstage with their Spectacular Holiday Social.
The Captain’s House Gallery at 33 Central Street is hosting the "Celebration of Trees" fundraiser to benefit the Chester Lighthouse Food Bank on November 25th - 27th from 10am-4pm daily.
Friday, 5pm - 7pm the gallery is open with viewing and bidding. Vote for People's Choice best tree.

On Saturday from 10am - 4pm the gallery is hosting a group show of
hooked rugs, rust sculpture, painted floor cloths, art dolls, photography, oil and acrylic paintings.

Sunday from 2pm - 4pm is the Sparkle Event with Tanner & Co product tasting and Christmas treats. At 4pm Santa will announce the People's Choice Award for Best Tree and Winning Bidders of the Christmas Trees.

If at first you don't succeed, skydiving is not for you.

Suzi Fraser

for the Chester Merchants' Group