Celebrate the End of Winter at Spring Carnivale

In Chester CT Events on March 22, 2015 at 10:24 am

What a winter we had! Chester’s 25th Annual Winter Carnivale had to be cancelled because of the weather on Feb. 15, but now it’s back, reborn as Spring Carnivale.Carnivale Map for web

On Sunday, April 12, our picturesque small town will be filled with people cheering on ice carvers as they create beautiful sculptures from blocks of ice, while laughing at the antics of street performers and applauding a long parade of new and antique tractors being driven down Main Street by their proud owners. All that, and food, music, art, and shopping too!

The day begins at 10:30 a.m. when the carvers get started on their ice sculptures. Both professional and student ice carvers will be hard at work, demonstrating their techniques to onlookers while they try to be finished by 1 p.m. for judging.

Meanwhile, the Chester Hose Company is holding its 15th annual “Chilly Chili Cook Off” fundraiser. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., go to the Chester Hose Company Fire House at 6 High Street and pay your $5 admission so you can taste all the different chilis cooked and dished out by restaurants, caterers and fire departments. You can vote for your favorite fire department chili, favorite restaurant chili, most original chili, and best dressed chili serving table. Beverages will be sold. All proceeds go to the Chester Hose Company.

Still hungry? There’s pizza, hamburgers, hot dogs, sandwiches, soups, and lots more available inside and outside the restaurants in town. Also, lemonade, popcorn, kettle corn, and cupcakes – everything to satisfy every taste.

Just be sure to be back out on Main Street by 2 p.m. for the 14th Annual Chester Tractor Parade. Colorful and rusty, big and small, antique and new, decorated and plain – tractors are driven through the town center in an incredibly long parade. You never knew there were so many tractors in the Connecticut River Valley!

There is no shortage of free activities to keep the whole family entertained for the day. Colorful beads and balloons will be handed out throughout town all day and face painting is available at Century 21 Heritage. The Chester Museum at The Mill will be open at no charge, offering a place to explore Chester history. A photo booth will be at Maple and Main Gallery of Fine Art.

Other galleries and shops will be open, many with special events. The Spring Street String Band, Arrowhead, will be playing from noon to 4 p.m. at the Leif Nilsson Spring Street Studio & Gallery.

Main Street will be closed to traffic. Free parking is available in the commuter lot on Rte. 148 at the foot of Route 9 and in the Roto-Frank parking lot on Inspiration Lane (exit 6) and at Greenwald Industries on Rte. 154 (212 Middlesex Avenue). (Follow the signs.) All lots will be served by courtesy shuttle buses to the town center.

Continually updated information is at or call 860-526-1200 with important questions.

Karmic Relief 2015 at Chester Meeting House

In Theatre on March 20, 2015 at 4:04 pm
On Friday, March 27th at Chester Meeting House, The Sanctuary will be making light of the spiritual life once again with its annual Karmic Relief fun-raising event. The evening promises lighthearted community engagement with rich, poignant, and adventurously compassionate explorations of spirituality, healing, love and coming together to dream of a truly awakened and magical existence. Laugh at the mysteries, misadventures and hidden treasures of the spiritual life while enjoying an evening of live comedy, circus acrobatics, food and music, and a fabulous silent auction including works by CT celebrity artists, authors, holistic practitioners, & local green-friendly businesses.
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This year’s program features the exuberant shenanigans of Comedy on Demand improv group, an otherworldly appearance by famed comedic yogi Swami Beyondananda, and a rewilded circus yoga performance by the lower CT Valley’s first community circus troupe OmFLY. (See below for more info)

Schedule for the evening

7pm – Silent Auction and refreshments
8pm – Swami Beyondananda
8:30 – OmFLY Circus Bomb
8:45 – Comedy on Demand
9:30 – Live Dance Music

Tickets are $20, and children under 13 are $5. Tickets can be purchased online at, at the door, and also at Simon’s marketplace in Chester and the Two Wrasslin’ Cats in East Haddam. For more information call the Sanctuary at (860)319-1134 or e-mail


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Karmic Relief is a fund-raising event for the Sanctuary at Shepardfields 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Located on a solar-powered 40 acre community land preserve, the Sanctuary is a holistic retreat center, promoting interfaith spiritual practice and environmental education for sustainable and non-violent living.

An Invite to a Creative Challenge

In Art, Chester CT Events on February 22, 2015 at 10:09 am

If you have a creative EYE, this is a HOOK you can HANDLE…

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The Chester Historical Society has come up with its fifth creative challenge linking Chester history and art.  This spring, those accepting the 2015 Hooked Again! Challenge issued by the Historical Society will be working with assorted sample eyehooks, handles and hardware, still enclosed in small sealed manila envelopes, from the M.S. Brooks & Sons factory.

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 Hooked Again! challenge is for area artists, sculptors, photographers, engineers, jewelry designers, and all others with a creative mind.

Anyone who wants to take the challenge is invited to stop in at the Chester Gallery on Main Street in the center of Chester to pick out three sealed envelopes and pay their entrance fee of $30, which includes two tickets to the event.poster jpg small

The finished works will be exhibited and sold by silent auction at the Historical Society’s Hooked Again! Challenge Reception on Saturday, April 11 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Chester Meeting House. Tickets for the reception will be at the Chester Gallery and Ceramica in March. They cost $30.


For more information, call Sosse Baker at Chester Gallery at 860-526-9822. For more information about the Chester Historical Society, check this website.


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