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Collomore Concert Series Presents Pianist Kuok-Wai Lio

In Chester CT Events, Music on April 3, 2014 at 8:33 pm

The Collomore Concert Series, celebrating its 40th anniversary season, is welcoming Kuok-Wai Lio, a 25-year-old brilliant performer, to the historic Chester Meeting House on Sunday, April 6 at 5 p.m.

Lio Kuok-Wai


Born in Macau in 1989, Kuok-Wai began his piano studies at the age of five.  In 1997 he was awarded a scholarship to study at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, and in 2006 he entered the Curtis Institute of Philadelphia.  His principal teachers have included Gabriel Kwok and Gary Graffman. Most recently, Kuok-Wai has been working regularly with András Schiff at international master classes and festivals in Europe.

His recent performances include solo recitals at the Ravinia Festival, Vancouver Recital Series, as well as chamber music concerts at the Salzburg Festival.  A regular participant of Open Chamber Music Prussia Cove, and the Marlboro and Santa Fe Chamber Music festivals, Kuok-Wai has also performed with the Macau Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic, China Philharmonic, Pan Asia Symphony Orchestra, Kansas City Symphony Orchestra, Grand Rapids Symphony, Curtis Chamber Orchestra, Russian Symphony Orchestra and Camerata Salzburg. He has given solo recitals in Japan, Germany and Italy. In 2013 Kuok-Wai Lio was awarded an Avery Fisher Career Grant Award.

His Chester concert will include Schubert’s Four Impromptus, the “Waldstein” Sonata in C Major by Beethoven, and Schumann’s Fantasy in C Major.

Tickets for his Chester concert are $21. For students from elementary through graduate school, a ticket is $5. All ticket-holders are invited to stay for a reception, with refreshments provided by Simon’s Market, after the concert to meet the performer.

Ticket info: (860) 526-5162 or The Chester Meetinghouse is located on Goose Hill Road in Chester. The concert is sponsored by First Niagara Bank.

Meet Chester Centenarian on March 27, 2014

In Books, Chester CT Events on March 24, 2014 at 7:57 am

eliane and authors

 Come meet Eliane Koeves and her memoir authors, Nikki Lindberg and Jane Rice, on Thursday, March 27 at 4 p.m. in a program sponsored by the Chester Public Library at the United Church of Chester.  Eliane: The Art of Embracing Life and Nature is the story of the remarkable life of this Chester centenarian, whose life spans the entire 20th century.

Born in 1913, Eliane grew to become an independent, curious and vivacious world traveler who constantly sought experiences and knowledge. She touched and was touched by many 20th-century upheavals, movements and changes on both sides of the Atlantic. Always in love with life itself, she felt, and still feels, that things just happen to her, pitching her forward from one adventure to the next.

As Nikki Lindberg describes her, “What amazes me about Eliane today is that she always has a project – a room to rearrange, plants to repot, a skirt to remake, or a problem to solve (how to use an e-reader and how to purchase e-books). Each week when I see her, I wonder what she will be up to! And the curiosity she showed as a young child is still vibrant. Her joie de vivre never deserts her.”

At the March 27 program, the authors will introduce the book and encourage comment, discussion, or questions. Eliane will be there to answer questions (or “color the story,” laughs Nikki Lindberg). Refreshments will be served. Please RSVP to the library (860-526-0018).

Gallery Americana to Present Joint Show Mar. 29, 2014

In Art, Chester Business, Chester CT Events on March 24, 2014 at 7:56 am
Gallery Americana and the Wabi-Sabi Connection
More about that later…
Nurture copy“Nurture”:2012-William Vollers
Chester Americana Antiques and Gallery is now Gallery Americana • Art & Antiques. Bill Vollers long time resident of Chester has reopened his shop with more space made available for his art as well as for others. He will have an opening for the gallery and exhibit of his work, his son Matson’s most recent paintings and many new antiques, primitives and folk art, March 29, 5-8 at Gallery Americana, 45 Main St. All are welcome.
Wabi-Sabi? From Wikepedia: Characteristics of the wabi-sabi aesthetic include asymmetryasperity (roughness or irregularity), simplicity, economy, austerity, modesty, intimacy and appreciation of the ingenuous integrity of natural  objects and processes….the beauty or serenity that comes with age, when the life of the object and it ‘s impermanence are evidenced in its patina and wear, or in any visible repairs…, Why the connection? Bills most recent assemblages are linked very much to his inventory of antiques especially his appreciation of primitives and folk art . Both the assemblages and the antiques exhibit many of the characteristics of the Wabi Sabi aesthetic.
Mat-Peach Tree-Painting-1“Peach Tree”:2010-Matson Vollers
Matson who grew up in Chester and who now lives in Woodstock Vermont will be showing his most recent paintings. He describes his work as a form of contemporary primitivist style. Matson’s paintings focus on expressionist marks and arrangement of abstract text and characters in occasionally comic environments.
Refreshments will be served. “A splendid time is guaranteed for all.”


An Evening Celebrating Chester’s Roots March 22, 2014

In Chester CT Events on March 19, 2014 at 8:50 pm

Dipping back into Chester’s roots as a manufacturing town, the Chester Historical Society has created its fourth challenge for area artists, sculptors, photographers, engineers, and all others with a creative mind.

This spring’s creative challenge is named “Unearthed in Chester,” because it is based on flat, rusted iron pieces found buried in an early Chester Center property – one of the oldest houses in Chester. These rusty pieces measure 1 ¼ by 2 inches and look like the capital letter E.

Jenny Kitsen and Chris PearsonMade by Jenny Kitsen and Chris Pearson is “Rustico Ichthyo,” about which this poem was penned:
“To Chester town this fish had been
Looking for its missing fins
Instead it found a hook and line
They served it with the finest wine.”

The finished pieces of art, jewelry, sculptures, photographs, etc. will be exhibited and sold by silent auction at the Historical Society’s Unearthed in Chester Reception on Saturday, March 22, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at the Chester Meeting House.

“The Society has staged similar challenge over the past ten years. In 2004 we started with Brooks for Hooks, which used hooks and screw eyes manufactured by M.S. Brooks & Sons,” said Skip Hubbard, Historical Society president. “Our last two challenges utilized 2-inch-square knitting gauges made by C. J. Bates & Son and bone handles from Bishop & Watrous.

Unearthed Chester CTDavid Rau created “As Seen From Above.” David says his answer to the challenge is “a bird’s-eye view of the earth from above. As soon as I saw the shapes, I saw the openings as small doors. You can imagine the scene as a setting for an interesting archaeological dig, which might unearth more Es.”

“It all works so well – the creative artistry of this area today using artifacts from our rich history,” said Hubbard.  “This is just another great example of making history current, the ‘then and now’ that is often part of our exhibits at Chester Museum at The Mill.”

The Unearthed in Chester reception will feature hearty hors d’oeuvres from Chester kitchens served with white wine and non-alcoholic beverages.

Tickets for the evening are $30 and can be purchased at Chester Gallery and Ceramica, both in the center of Chester, or by calling Sosse Baker at Chester Gallery, 860-526-9822.

All the proceeds from the event will benefit the Chester Historical Society and its programs, including Chester Museum at The Mill. Information is available on the Society website, or at

Cupcake Paint Out March 23, 2014

In Art, Chester CT Events on March 19, 2014 at 8:48 pm

Cupcake still life’s will be painted Sunday, March 23 by the artists at Maple and Main Gallery with the subject matter supplied by the Chester Cupcakery.

pam_carlsonphoto_(57)Pam Carlson of Essex – Lone cupcake

The Cupcakery is hosting a tasting during the opening reception for the Spring Show at Maple and Main Saturday, March 29 which gave the gallery the idea to honor the sweet treat in art.

kim_wilcox_-_making_cupcakesKim Wilcox, owner of Chester Cupcakery making cupcakes.

Artists will be painting informally at the gallery Sunday but some cupcake paintings have already been done and are on display at the gallery. More will be exhibited at the opening.

photo_(57)Maple and Main artists Cindy Stevens and Linda DeStefanos of Rocky Hill
consulting on Cindy’s cupcake rendition.

The reception March 29 will be from 5 to 8 p.m. with all new art by 37 Connecticut artists. The cupcake tasting, along with a wine tasting by Chester Package Store, will be from 6 to 7 p.m.

Maple and Main Gallery is located at one Maple Street, Chester. Hours: Wednesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.;; 860-526-6065. Follow us on Facebook.

stevens,_Red_Velvet_and_IrisesCindy Stevens of Clinton – Red velvet and Iris

were the subject matter Sunday when four Maple and Main artists set up a still life of three cupcakes – and a vase of iris. It was so much fun we’re going to do it again this coming Sunday, March 16 and Sunday, March 23.

We want to create enough cupcake paintings by Saturday March 29 for the opening party for our spring show when the Chester Cupcakery will provide a tasting along with Chester Package Store which will host a wine tasting.

centerella_-_cupcakes_for_claudiaMaple and Main artist michael centrella of Cheshire  - Cupcakes for Claudia

The opening, which will feature all new art by 37 artists, is from 5 to 8 p.m. and the special tastings are from 6 to 7 p.m.

 Stop by the gallery on the next two Sundays to visit with the cupcake painters. All our cupcake-themed paintings will be for sale at the opening – and maybe before.

van_nes_-_cupcake_with_iris_(2)Claudia Van Nes of Chester – Cupcake with Iris

Spring Show opening at Maple and Main March 29, 2014

In Art, Chester CT Events on March 10, 2014 at 11:52 am

van nes - daisies in white_unframed (2)

Daisies in White by Claudia Van Ness

The opening party for the new Spring Show at Maple and Main Gallery, which showcases the work of  Connecticut artists, will be Saturday, March 29 from 5 to 8 p.m.

In addition to wine, appetizers and chocolate desserts, there will be a special cupcake tasting by Chester Cupcakery as well as a wine tasting of reasonably priced wines by the Chester Package Store from 6 to 7 p.m.

Cupcakes by cupcakery chester ct

Cupcakes by Chester Cupcakery

 The Spring Exhibit will feature all new work by 37 artists as well as a fun display of paintings of cupcakes done by the gallery artists during a cupcake paint-out at the gallery all day Sunday, March 23. These will be unframed and sold at modest prices.

Other reasonably priced art can be found in the Back Gallery of Maple and Main where there is a new exhibit of Earlier Works. These are paintings done several years ago by the gallery artists who’ve gone on to new styles, media and subject matter.

Please visit the gallery’s new e-commerce website, some months in the making, from which you can directly buy art which will be shipped to you as well as browse additional art not in the gallery:

If you want a preview of the new Spring Show, it will be on display at the gallery beginning Wednesday, March 26. The exhibit runs through May 25. Maple and Main, at One Maple Street, Chester, is open Wednesday through Saturday, 11 am to 6 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 860-526-3459;

Unearthed Challenge – An Invitation to Area Artists

In Art, Chester CT Events on February 24, 2014 at 3:58 pm
unearthed in chester ctPhoto by Skip Hubbard
What might you create with these rusted Es
for the Chester Historical Society’s
Unearthed Challenge on March 22? 

The Chester Historical Society has come up with another fun challenge linking Chester history and art.  This spring, those accepting the 2014 Unearthed Challenge issued by the Historical Society will be working with flat, rusted iron pieces found buried in an early Chester Center property – one of the oldest houses in Chester.

These rusty pieces measure 1 ¼ by 2 inches and look like the capital letter E. We do not know their origin, but they’re a great example of what one might find by digging in their own backyard!

As with the Bishop and Watrous Bone Art Challenge and the Bates Square Roots Challenge offered by the Chester Historical Society in past years, the Unearthed Challenge is for area artists, sculptors, photographers, engineers, jewelry designers, and all others with a creative mind.

Anyone who wants to take the challenge can stop in at the Chester Gallery on Main Street in the center of Chester to pick up their rusty pieces and pay their entrance fee of $30, which includes two tickets to the event. The finished works will be exhibited and sold by silent auction at the Historical Society’s Unearthed Challenge Reception on Saturday, March 22 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Chester Meeting House.

For more information, call Sosse Baker at Chester Gallery at 860-526-9822.

Stories from Chester’s Early Kitchens shared on March 2, 2014

In Chester CT Events on February 24, 2014 at 3:43 pm

Chester is famed for its plentiful restaurants. From pizza and vegan to Italian and French, there’s no shortage of food being professionally prepared and savored in Chester today.

There was no shortage of food in the old days either – but it certainly was different!

Stories from Chester CT KitchensChester Historical Society photo
Hunting filled an important need for food in Chester, 
especially during the Depression. 
Shown here are four Chester men 
who were known for their hunting skills:  
Fred Walden, Layton Kelsey, Curt Bishop and Eddie Carlson.

Squirrel and rabbits. Polenta. Ravioli. Minestrone. Eels and river shad. Home-grown vegetables. Weekly Sunday dinner for the entire family at Grandmother’s. Friday night food sales in front of the bank, and side-by-side supermarkets and meat markets “downstreet.”

The Chester Historical Society invites you to “Stories from Chester’s Kitchens,” a program of memories shared by longtime Chester residents of the town’s cooks and their kitchens, food sales, and plentiful food markets. The program will be Sunday, March 2 at 4:00 p.m. in the Chester Meeting House (snowdate, March 9).

The program will revolve around the popular crackerbarrel format that has been successful for so many Historical Society programs. Audience participation is encouraged – we want to hear everyone’s Chester food memories, such as how fast your aunt raced to the food sale to buy Jennie Scalia’s Lemon Meringue Pie and how famous Helen Zanardi was for her Minestrone. We’re also looking forward to hearing how easy it was to food shop in Chester.

And when you need a prompt for your food memories, we’ll be showing historical photos to whet your appetite. This will be a great program for all ages, so bring your kids!

The program is free. Refreshments will include treats made from early Chester recipes. More information at

 markets chester ctChester Historical Society photo
Chester Center had a good many food stores in the past, 
including the A&P and Checkers Store (shown here), 
plus several meat markets. 
Residents never needed to leave town to shop for dinner.

Chester Winter Carnivale Feb. 16, 2014

In Chester CT Events on January 13, 2014 at 4:00 pm

Chester celebrates winter with annual Winter Carnivale – Feb. 16

Who can object to winter when it’s celebrated with magnificent ice carvings, a chili contest, and a decorated tractor parade? Throw in some Mardi Gras-style beads, face painting, and street performers, and you’ll never hate winter again!

The town of Chester celebrates its 24th Annual Winter Carnivale on Sunday, Feb. 16, beginning at 10 a.m. The event, which takes place in the center of town in snow, rain, or shine, is free, with the exception of the Chili Cook Off.

Chester CT winter Carnivale ice carving

The Ice Carving Competition, with professional and student carvers, will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., with judging shortly after. Spectators may vote for their favorite sculpture to win the “People’s Choice Award.”

The “Chilly Chili Cook Off” will be held at the Chester Hose Company Fire House, 6 High Street, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Attendees can pay their $5 donation at the firehouse door, which allows them to taste all the different chilis made by restaurants and chefs and to vote for their favorite. All proceeds go to the Chester Hose Company.

Chester  CT winter carnivale tractor parade John Stack 95

And last but not least, festively decorated tractors will parade down Main Street beginning at 2:00 p.m. in the highly anticipated 13th Annual Chester Tractor Parade. Judges choose the winners of their Iron Steed Awards for the best decorated tractors.

Restaurants, shops and galleries will have special events all day. The Chester Museum at The Mill will also be open at no charge, offering another place to warm up and take a break while seeing Chester history, including two early ice cutting machines.

Parking is available in the commuter lot at the foot of Route 9 (exit 6) and at Greenwald on Rte. 154, both served by a courtesy shuttle bus to the town center.

For more information, go to

Chester Winter carnivale 2014

In Chester CT Events on January 12, 2014 at 11:58 am

Chester CT Winter Carnivale 2014


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