Month: December 2012

December Party Wraps Up the Year

December Party Wraps Up the Year

Because gardening news in Nova Scotia is scarce at this time of year, we’re closing out the 2012 blog with some photos taken at the Chester Garden Club’s annual Christmas party. The event also included a joint celebration of  three birthdays, which were commemorated by a ceremonious cutting of a birthday cake by the birthday “boys”, using an antique sea captain’s sword.

In no particular order, here are members and guests enjoying the festive season at Chandler’s Cove Community Centre. Photos can be enlarged by clicking on the image.

While the revelers above were toasting fellow gardeners and their families with  “Good friends, good food and good health in 2013”,  your blogging team now adds its wish for peace and prosperity in communities across the country and around the globe. Happy New Year to all!

Gingerbread People Arrive in Chester

Gingerbread People Arrive in Chester

Recent weeks have brought a sudden influx of gingerbread people to the village of Chester, as it celebrates another Gingerbread Festival. In various guises, the gingerbread figures have been showing up all around the village and, despite the rainy weather, these gingerbreads have remained crisp and bright.  Among the first to arrive were members of the Dixieland band stationed on the balcony of the Fo’c’s’le Tavern.

wooden gingerbread men - dixie band

Maybe it was the lively Dixie tunes emanating from the balcony during Happy Hour that enticed these dancers out on the same balcony.  With their top hats and canes, they appear to be gamely trying to adapt their can-can to the rag-time tunes.

gingerbread can-can dancers

A contest involving the creation of a gingerbread house brought fewer entries this year but some residents got into the spirit by decorating their real homes and business establishments, which sometimes resulted in a mix of early Christmas overlaid with gingerbread fantasy.

Gingerbread festival house

gingerbread house lit at night

Lesley's Pantry decorated
Motifs incorporated in the dozens of commercial displays ran the gamut from bakeries to gift shops to inns and much more; even several of the churches dressed gingerbread figures in appropriate garb.

gingeerbread festival choir

gonigerbread festival wise men

And, now, from the sublime to the saucy…

Dolly's seagull

The images in this post show only a few of the many figures that are on display around the village from Dec 1 – 16.  To see more photos of the ginger people, check Gingerbread Festival in Chester on Facebook, a page established by the Chester Art Centre.  Members of Chester Garden Club are reminded that the club’s annual Christmas party will take place on Monday, December 17th.  Details re the time and place have been circulated to all members, and we look forward to celebrating in good cheer as we kick off the holiday season.

Seasonal Garlands

Seasonal Garlands

December 1st dawned clear and cold, with a brisk wind, but Garden Club members were not deterred. The annual greening of the village bandstand is one of the traditional tasks undertaken by the club as part of its commitment to help beautify Chester, and a dozen cheery souls braved the weather to fulfill that promise.

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Heather starts the layering of spruce boughs

Evergreen boughs and strings of coloured lights were tied securely to the railings of the bandstand.

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Esther tackles a tangle of lights
Sheila has found the “Charlie Brown” of boughs
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There’s a clown in every group; here, Mavis and Sheila don a crown of lights to Betty’s amusement
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Cynthia, Jeannie and Pam vamp the “Three Little Maids from School” routine
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Marion and Herb share a moment of friendship to get warm
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Decorating goal achieved, the group gathers for a photo

Fingers are numb with cold but smiles are warm and the chatter goes on as Jocelyn tries to line everyone up for a group photo.

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Success, with almost everybody looking at the camera (hello, Jane and Anna)

Sylvia brings out her smart phone to take one last photo, showing the bandstand decked out in all its finery.


Then the  photographers call it quits and everyone heads for Heather’s to warm up with  mulled wine and hearty soup.


[Thanks to Jocelyn and Sylvia for the photographs.]