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Chester Shop and Gallery Stroll Sept, 19, 2014

In Chester CT Events on September 7, 2014 at 7:55 am
Bell’Oliva, Chester’s newest shop

Bell’Oliva, Chester’s newest shop

For 24 years, the third Friday of September has been the town of Chester’s “Come Home to Chester” evening – a time when the shops, galleries and restaurants in the historic town center open their doors and celebrate there’s no place like being HOME in Chester! From one end of Chester Center to the other, beginning at 5 p.m., the businesses throw open their doors and welcome you with special events, refreshments, and even opportunities to win a prize.

This year, Friday, Sept. 19, three new shops that have made Chester their new HOME will be celebrating their grand openings.

At The Joy of Lighting (5 West Main Street), where owner Susan Schneider creates lamps, shades, finials, and more, browse through all her new lighting creations at her opening reception.

From Britain to Chester – Annie Glover’s British Foods and Gifts, 29 Main Street, will have a grand opening sale on Bronnley, Scottish Fine Soaps and Woods of Windsor products. And carrying fine olive oils and vinegars from all around the world, along with olive oil skincare and home goods, Bell’Oliva will celebrate its grand opening at 14 Main Street with a “dip and sip” and a drawing for a basket.

The Chester Gallery, at 76 Main Street, welcomes the return of Deborah Quinn-Munson to Chester with a show of her beautiful oils and pastels focusing on the Connecticut River. Deb will be on hand to meet and greet old and new friends at a reception from 6 to 8 p.m.

The Leif Nilsson Spring Street Studio and Gallery at 1 Spring Street will also have a reception for Leif’s recent oil paintings of the Connecticut River Valley and his garden. The Al Malpa Photography Gallery at 4 Spring Street will be open for refreshments on the deck while visitors enjoy his photography.

A free drawing for a painting by popular artist Pam Carlson will be part of Maple and Main Gallery’s evening celebration. Chester-based Aaron Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center will host a wine tasting at the gallery from 6 to 8 p.m, featuring a variety of special wines. The gallery will also be serving wine, chocolate delicacies, cheese and crackers and more. Pam Carlson is a well-known Essex-based artist who shows her work at Maple and Main. The painting she has donated to the drawing is part of her series depicting baby chicks, and the winner will be announced at 9 p.m.

Enter the prize drawing at Red Pepper (14 Main Street) for a fall scarf, try out the new cupcake flavors at Cupcakery (how about some Turtle Lava Fudge or Pumpkin Salted Caramel), and ELLE Design will showcase its new collection of furnishings while offering you some light snacks and spirits. At the Dina Varano Gallery (27 Main Street), where Dina collects inspirations from nature and presses them into sterling and gold, see her new collection of jewelry called “Impressions in Nature.” Refreshments will be served.

The doors will be open to the shops at 4 Water Street, where Lark promotes “home is where the heart is” (yes, with ruby red slippers and hearts of all sizes); the Brown Eyed Girl and Vintage Glory serves up some wine while you browse the shop; and the Connecticut River Artisans offer you a fishbowl discount (take a slip providing you with a random discount on your purchase that evening).

Free parking in walking distance of town is available in the Water Street and Maple Street public parking lots. More information about happenings on Friday, Sept. 19, is available at or


Robbie Collomore Series Presents: Violinist Sean Lee

In Chester CT Events, Music on September 5, 2014 at 5:07 pm
Violinist Sean Lee

Violinist Sean Lee to perform Oct 12, 2014

The 41st annual season of the Robbie Collomore Music Series begins in October. Four Sunday afternoon concerts featuring internationally recognized musicians are scheduled. in the Chester Meeting House, and season subscriptions may be purchased now.

The Collomore Committee carefully selects two classical and two non-classical performers for each season. Speaking for the committee, chairman Martin Nadel said, “Whatever kind of music it is, we want it to be the very best of its type. People have told me even if they don’t know anything about the group or the music they are playing, they come to the concerts because they trust the kind of groups we select.”

On Oct. 12, young violinist Sean Lee, whose performances have been described by the New York Times as “breathtakingly beautiful,” will perform a Beethoven Sonata recital, accompanied by pianist Peter Dugan. Lee, a member of the faculty of the Juilliard School, has been broadcast live by WGBH (Boston) and WQXR (New York). He has won many international awards for his performances.

Six-time Grammy nominee Fred Hersch, called “the most arrestingly innovative pianist in jazz over the last decade or so” by Vanity Fair magazine, will bring his trio to the Meeting House stage on Nov. 23. Hersch has collaborated with an astonishing range of instrumentalists and vocalists throughout worlds of jazz (Joe Henderson, Stan Getz and Bill Frisell); classical (Renée Fleming, Dawn Upshaw, Christopher O’Riley); and Broadway (Audra McDonald).

Jim Kweskin and Geoff Muldaur bring the blues to the Meeting House on April 12, followed by the Chiara String Quartet on May 10.

Subscriptions can be purchased now for the season. A subscription to all four concerts is just $72 (that’s four concerts for the price of three). Individual concert tickets cost $24. For students from elementary through graduate school, a subscription for the four concerts is just $15. A student ticket for just one concert is $5. Information is at or you can email . You can also pick up information at the Community Table at the Chester Sunday Market on Sunday, Sept. 7.





Chester Town Wide Tag Sale May 24, 2014

In Chester CT Events on May 22, 2014 at 8:09 pm

Chester Town Wide Tag Sale- Tradition of 25 years of Treasure Hunting
Saturday, May 24, 2014- Memorial Day Weekend (8AM – 4PM)

town wide tagsale chester ct

Once a year, over 80 Chester homeowners clean out garages, attics, barns and basements. What’s for sale? Everything and anything–Tools, antiques, non-antiques, coins, clothes, books, and other things that catch the attention of dealers, residents and area neighbors who don’t realize what they need until they find it!

To be listed on the map, you must be a Chester resident or business and your sale address must be in Chester. Proceeds from listing fees, map sales, and advertising on the map are used to promote the event throughout Connecticut and to benefit the Chester Republican Town Committee’s general fund.

Rain or Shine
This is New England and the cows get milked every day. So if it rains, your gain (fewer people mean better deals and selection).

Maps for a Buck
The town opens their doors to treasure seekers who come far and near to buy or simply to wander through Town. Maps that highlight each Tag Sale location are for sale ($1) at exit ramps and along the entrances to the Town center. It is not too late for residents to put their house on the map — contact Kris ( or pick up an entry form from Heritage Century-21 Real Estate in the Town Center before May 21.

Make a day of it and enjoy our beautiful Town!
When you are ready to take a break, our restaurants welcome you with coffee, fresh baked treats, and great food any time of day. Our downtown merchants will welcome you with open arms with shelves stocked with special and unique objects of desire.

Make a day of it! If you want to learn about our town, walk into the Chester Historical Society’s Museum at the Mill in the center of town where you can learn about the Life and Industry along the Pattaconk.

Please Drive Carefully and Good Luck!


Chester’s Annual May Daze Night Friday, May 2, 2014

In Chester CT Events on April 17, 2014 at 7:38 pm

Dina Varano GalleryDina Varano Gallery, leave your name for a chance to win
a $25 gift certificate on the weekend of May 2.

Come to Chester Center on Friday evening, May 2, to celebrate the start of May and enjoy unforgettable art and photography, delicious food, unique apparel and jewelry, great gifts, AND “The Luck of the Draw!”

That evening, from 5 to 8 (and sometimes 9) p.m., Chester Center will be bustling with numerous gallery openings, store events, and gift drawings from one end of the Center to the other. This year – the Chester Merchants’ Annual May Daze Night – colorful balloons will be flying at every business where there’s a gift drawing.

All evening, as you peruse the shops and galleries through the Center, listening to ‘80s rock by Axis at the Pattaconk Bar & Grille, meeting old and new friends, and enjoying beverages and snacks courtesy of the Chester Merchants, stop to fill out a gift drawing ticket everywhere you see a Visit Chester balloon. The gift drawings will continue through the weekend, ending by 5 p.m. on Sunday.

You might win a $100 gift certificate at C&G: Unparalleled Apparel at 3 North Main Street or a birdhouse (a $120 value) at R.J. Vickers Herbery at 26 Water Street. Maybe you’ll win a Shawlsmith London Scarf/Wrap ($65 value) at Red Pepper at 14 Main Street or a gift basket filled with art created by the artists of Maple & Main Gallery at 1 Maple Street. If you’re lucky, you’ll win a pasta bowl from Montelupo, Tuscany (value $150) from Ceramica at 36 Main Street.  All that, plus gift certificates and more from other shops, galleries, and restaurants in Chester Center.

Ceramica - pasta bowl to win May 2
Come to Chester on Friday evening, May 2, and try to win this large, shallow pasta bowl at Ceramica. Made in Montelupo, Tuscany, it is 14 inches in diameter and over 3 inches deep and retails for $150. It can be used for pasta or hung on the wall as a piece of art. Ceramica is just one of many Chester businesses having prize drawings on May 2 during the Chester Merchants’ Annual May Daze Night.

Also that evening, stop in at Chester Gallery at 76 Main Street for the opening of an exhibition of exciting abstract works by Frederick Trinkaus. Visit Leif Nilsson Spring Street Studio and Gallery for the spring exhibition opening. At Dina Varano Gallery, Dina will be featuring her new Talisman Collection, and Bill Vollers at Gallery Americana/Art & Antiques will have a 20% off storewide sale for the evening.

Several businesses will be celebrating their newness on May 2. ELLE Design Studio is newly relocated to 1 Main Street, and Vintage Glory and Brown Eyed Girl are now joined at 4 Water Street, while Lark is in its first month at 4 Water Street. They will all have celebrations that evening.

Free parking is available in walking distance of the shops and galleries. Info: or email: or call: 860-526-1200.


Party Weekend at Maple and Main Gallery May 2, 3 and 4

In Art, Chester Business, Chester CT Events on April 16, 2014 at 8:11 pm

cotnoir_Tree_with_Green_Leaves,_30x30,_oil_on_canvasTree with Green Leaves by Essex artist Rosemary Cotnoir

On Friday, May 2 from 5 to 8 p.m., Maple and Main will celebrate Spring during the annual May Daze Night Stroll when all the town’s galleries, shops and restaurants stay open late offering food, drink and drawings for special gifts.

The gallery will serve wine, food and chocolates and will also offer a free gift basket brimming with art by the gallery artists: paintings, prints, drawings, cards and much more. Visitors can enter their names all weekend long to win.

Partying continues on Saturday, May 3 from 2 to 4 p.m. when there will be a reception for well-known artist Frank Federico’s month-long, one-man show in the Back Gallery of Maple and Main.



Federico is a nationally recognized, award-winning artist from Goshen who creates in a lively and semi-abstract manner which will be reflected in his show, Scapes I: Landscapes, Seascapes and Cityscapes.

Then, on Sunday, May 4, the gallery will serve cookies and punch all day and at 5 p.m, a bit of champagne to add some festivity to the drawing of the name of the winner of the art-filled gift basket.

And, during the entire weekend through May 25, the new Spring show of over 200 paintings and sculptures by 37 established Connecticut artists will be on view.

Maple and Main Gallery is located at One Maple St., Chester, CT 06412

Phone 860-526-6065. Please visit our new online gallery:

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


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