Sidewalk Sales Day – Aug. 29

In Chester CT Events, Shopping on August 18, 2015 at 11:18 am

The Chester Squirrel is on the run again – this time carrying a Sidewalk Sale banner for Chester’s End-of-Summer Sidewalk Sales Day on Saturday, Aug. 29. sidewalk sale Chester 2015 poster

Beginning at 9 a.m. on the last Saturday of August, start exploring Chester Center shops and galleries for Sidewalk Sale specials.

At ELLE Design's Sidewalk Sale!

At ELLE Design’s Sidewalk Sale!

You’ll find stunning and unique unframed art at Maple & Main Gallery, antiques at Chester Americana Antiques & Gallery, vintage pieces at Ceramica, apparel at Compass Rose, purses at Lark, and much much more in every shop in Chester. Specials may be indoors or on the sidewalk – keep looking!

Great deals on purses (and lots more) at Lark during the Sidewalk Sale Day!

Great deals on purses (and lots more) at Lark during the Sidewalk Sale Day!


At Red Pepper, you’ll find clothing, hats, handbags, scarves, handblown glass, ceramics at 20-50% off.

At Red Pepper, you’ll find clothing, hats, handbags, scarves, handblown glass, ceramics at 20-50% off.


When you get tired of shopping, find a Sidewalk Sale Special at one of Chester’s great restaurants. And then head over to the Chester Fair for lots more small-town fun. (You do not want to miss the Chester Fair!)

Compass Rose

At Compass Rose: “Our extremely popular tanks from CT based Cinder & Salt will be just $19.99 during the sidewalk sale! (Normally $24-$32!!!)”

More info about the Sidewalk Sales will be posted regularly on



Chester Sunday Market – Open for the Summer

In Chester CT Events, Market on August 18, 2015 at 9:16 am

chester market 4Summer is at its height, which means the Chester Sunday Market is going strong. We assume you’re one of the many people who are there every Sunday, picking up incredible local produce for the week, stocking up on your fresh fish and chickens and cheese and mushrooms. It is absolutely the best place to be! The last Sunday Market day is Oct. 11.

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 August 18, 2015 at 8:28 am

Chester Museum at The Mill - spring 2014 for webThe Chester Museum at The Mill is open for its sixth year. 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, two historic millstones, probably the oldest Chester artifacts, flank the front door, surrounded by new stonework and plantings. These enhancements were made possible through a grant from the Community Fund of Middlesex County and were 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


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