Christmas at the Lightfoot Tower 2017

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Library Committee members Brenda Mulrooney and Nancy Hatch serve up hot apple cider and hot chocolate on a crisp December evening.

On December 8th, the Library hosted our 2nd annual Christmas at the Lightfoot Tower on the grounds of the Library. The temperature was just cool enough to really enjoy the hot apple cider and the hot chocolate. Vintage Voices and friends provided a wonderful selection of Christmas carols while a wide variety of cookies were enjoyed by those in attendance. Special thanks to Chester Independent and Chester Foodland for the hot drink supplies and to all of those who provided the cookies for the cookie table. Below is a short video of this year’s festivities. Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year to you all!



Carols and Cookies at the Lightfoot Tower

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Halloween Party 2017

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On Friday night, October 27th, the Library played host to the annual Halloween Party at the Lightfoot Tower on the Library grounds, which is organized by the Recreation Department of the Municipality of the District of Chester. The Library helped set up and assisted Municipal staff with the festivities.

Everyone enjoyed scary and fun music, table games and activities and even a bit of dancing. Last year’s event had to be cancelled because of rain, but this year more than made up for it. The Lightfoot Tower, restored by the community in 2014, is such a charming and magical structure, it naturally steps into the role of a haunted castle. Below is a short video of the event and some photos. See you next Halloween!


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Halloween at the Lightfoot Tower

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The Municipality of Chester presents the Halloween Party at the Lightfoot Tower on the grounds of the Zoé Vallé Memorial Library.

Friday, October 27   6:30 pm to 8:00 pm

(Rain Date: October 28)

Wear your costume and enjoy spooky Halloween fun.

Children must be accompanied by an adult.

For more information call the Recreation & Parks Department at 902-275-3490.

Witches and Concealed Shoes

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Municipal employees display some artifacts found under the Library.

With Halloween coming closer, I recall a time several years ago when Municipal employees were upgrading the electrical wiring here in the Library and they found two old shoes in the crawlspace under the east section of the building. We sent them to experts at Parks Canada, who dated one from the early 1800s and one from Victorian times. One must have been put there when the house was built and another around the time Zoé bought the property for use as her summer cottage.


The custom of putting concealed shoes in buildings, all but gone now, was widespread in earlier times in Europe, North America and Australia. Archaeologist Brian Hoggard has observed that the locations in which these shoes are found suggest that at least some were concealed as magical charms to protect the occupants of the building against evil influences such as demons, ghosts, witches, and familiars.


Witches were believed to be attracted by the human scent of a shoe, and after entering one found themselves trapped, as they are unable to reverse. It has been suggested that an unofficial 14th-century English saint, John Schorne, may have been the source of the belief that shoes had the power to protect against evil. Schorne was said to have succeeded in trapping the Devil in a boot, a legend that may have its origin in a more ancient folk belief, which the Church was attempting to convert into an “approved Christian rite”.


Not long after the shoes were back in the Library and stored in a cupboard, we began to hear a loud knocking sound, at different times, coming from the crawlspace under the house. We had never heard the sound before and could not figure out what could be making it. I then recalled the time when I found a baby shoe in the wall of my parent’s house when I was doing some renovations for them. When I showed it to my mother she went white and told me to immediately put it back where I had found it, with no explanation.


Perhaps the knocking was some sort of warning or request? I got the shoes and tossed them back into the crawlspace where they had come from. We never heard that knocking again.

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The old shoes, Victorian on the left and the one from an earlier era.

A Gift of Flowers

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This year we were very fortunate to have Myra Knight of Chester Basin create exquisite floral arrangements for the tables at our Garden Party. Each of these arrangements was carefully crafted in an empty cat food tin and were so popular that all were sold at the end of the party and taken home by people who attended. This was a beautiful and thoughtful donation to our summer celebration and very much appreciated by all who saw them. Thank you Myra!


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Library Garden Party – 2017

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On a beautiful August Wednesday afternoon, the Zoé Vallé Memorial Library held its annual Garden Party. This year it was a fundraiser for the restoration of the Library exterior and due to generous donations, the event raised over $ 11,000.

Just as important as the total raised are the contributions from individuals and businesses toward the success of the event:


Various food plates from members of the community

Jamal Pizza, Subway, Independent, Foodland and A touch of Heather Catering

Party Contributors (Cash for Supplies)

Mdina/Sales Beacon, The Fo’c’sle, Nancy Grove

Silent Auction Items

Pat Christiansen, The Rope Loft, Amicus Gallery, Going Coastal, Chester Garden Club, Linens For Life, Chez Glass Lass, The Village Emporium, Black Market By The Sea, Oceanview Garden Centre and Home Hardwware

Other Contributors

St. Stephen’s Anglican Church (tables), Flowers, Flowers, Flowers (flowers), Myra Knight (flowers), Chester Municipal Heritage Society (tables and tents) and tent providers who wish to remain anonymous

First Donations to kick off the campaign:

Jim and Kathryn Shaw

Mike and Sue Barnes

Thanks also go out to Sue LeBlanc and the Friends of the Zoé Vallé Library.


Here are more pictures of the event:

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Painting of the Library Club Room that was donated to the silent auction by Pat Christiansen





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