Chester Sunday Market opens June 14

In Chester CT Events, Market on May 17, 2015 at 9:16 am

chester market 4Excitement is building! The Chester Sunday Market opens for the year on Sunday, June 14, and closes on Oct. 11.

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In the words of the organizers: The philosophy of the Chester Sunday Market is to bring the community together with local products and to have a good time doing it. It is a weekly town-wide farmers’ market that brings our community together. We invite local vendors to sell produce, meats, cheeses, breads and so much more.  Our goal is to stay local so we can help the smaller farmers in the area. Having all these amazing vendors join us in our lovely little town is a great way to promote our community and see each other. Main Street is closed off for the market giving the patrons the freedom to walk about town. Music is provided along with a bistro area so you can sit and have a cup of coffee or a slice of pizza.    

Information about this year’s vendors is here.

Market hours are 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

More information about the Chester Sunday Market at: and

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Chester Museum at The Mill tells Chester’s story

In History, News on May 17, 2015 at 8:28 am

Chester Museum at The Mill - spring 2014 for webThe Chester Museum at The Mill opens for its sixth year on Saturday, May 31. Owned and operated by the Chester Historical Society since 2000, the museum is located on the historic 1850s Griswold Mill site, overlooking a waterfall and the Pattaconk Brook, just steps from the town center. The mill site was once used to produce anchors, wagon springs and augers.

Two exhibits, filling the two floors of the museum, tell the story of the life, development and growth of Chester, since it was first home to the Wagunk Indians.

New this year is the first floor exhibit, “Pastimes in Past Times: Chester at Play,” curated by Keith Dauer and Sandy Senior-Dauer. From dolls and blocks to Lotto and Erector Sets, the exhibit focuses on the ways Chester families spent their leisure time indoors, as well as outdoors with baseball games and winter sports such as sledding and skating. The exhibit includes an interactive section of toys and games for children of all ages.

On the second floor of the museum (reachable by elevator as well as stairs) is the permanent award-winning exhibit, “Streams of Change: Life & Industry along the Pattaconk,” which interprets the growth and evolution of Chester and how the town adapted over three hundred years. Of special interest this year is a piece of the 1913 trolley track unearthed from under Main Street last December and the story of how it was found.

Outside, the entrance area is being completely re-landscaped with native plantings. Two historic millstones, probably the oldest Chester artifacts, will flank the front door. These enhancements were made possible through a grant from the Community Fund of Middlesex County and are being done by Chris Lawrie of Landscape Specialties.

The Chester Museum at The Mill is open to the public for self-guided tours on Saturdays from 1 to 4 p.m. and Sundays, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., through the end of October. It is air-conditioned as well as handicapped accessible. Admission is free. More information at or

Townwide Tag Sale – May 23

In Chester CT Events, Shopping on May 6, 2015 at 2:02 pm

Chester’s 25th Annual Townwide Tag Sale will be on Saturday, May 23 – the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend. Sales open at 8:00 a.m. and end by 3:00 (or earlier). The event is rain or shine.

You’ll find dozens of tag sales throughout the entire town of Chester, in residences and businesses.

As you enter town, you will see friendly volunteers selling maps (a mere $1) that will give you the locations of everyone hosting a tag sale. Spend more time with the maps and less time trying to find the sales by randomly driving around– although, that is fun,  too.

For just $1, you can buy a map showing where all the sales are.

For just $1, you can buy a map showing where all the sales are.

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 galleries filled with unique objects of desire.

Please Drive Carefully and Good Luck!

If you have questions or require more information, please email

From kayaks to knick-knacks, and plants to books, you'll find it all at the townwide tag sale.

From kayaks to knick-knacks, and plants to books, you’ll find it all at the townwide tag sale.


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