Chester’s Holiday Market

In Chester CT Events, Market on November 15, 2015 at 2:15 pm

Tis the Season for Local Bounty!



11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. in Chester Center

 Make holiday shopping a joyous, stress-free event this year. Spend a few hours in Chester each Sunday!

What you’ll find: local farmers and food artisans; great eats and treats; Chester shops, restaurants and galleries with special offers; original and stylish gifts; holiday happenings throughout the village; and so much more.

Children are invited to make a Snowflake Card with Gretchen Vorderlandwehr of Imagine Art After School program at Maple & Main on Dec.. 6.

Children are invited to make a Snowflake Card with Gretchen Vorderlandwehr of Imagine Art After School program at Maple & Main on Dec. 6.


Look for the Buy Chester table at the Holiday Markets, with Chester ornaments (including 2015), hats, books, and more.

Continually updated info: and


A Starry Night Stroll on Friday, Dec. 4

In Chester CT Events on November 15, 2015 at 1:51 pm

“Fly me to the moon and let me play among the stars,” Frank Sinatra sang. We can’t promise you the moon, but you can certainly play among the stars during Chester’s Starry Night Stroll on Friday, Dec. 4.

The annual Holiday Festival in Chester Center will be dazzling with starry specials and activities. The picturesque historic village will be beautifully decorated for the holidays and the streets will be lined with luminaries. Saint Lucia Girls will walk around offering cookie treats. Carolers will stroll through the village on their way to the town’s Christmas tree, which will be lighted at 6 p.m. while the community gathers for a sing-along.

All evening, the shops and galleries will offer light refreshments and beverages while you browse.Postcard-Chester Gallery-web

Be sure to visit the Annual Postcard Show at Chester Gallery! Visit the Dina Varano Gallery on Main Street to see the unveiling of Dina’s new collection created especially for this holiday season. On this special themed Starry Night, an original hand-painted, starry holiday card will be given away with every purchase.

Maple and Main Gallery, located across from the town Christmas tree, will be serving wine, appetizers and chocolates. Music will be provided by Sibling Thrivarly until 8 p.m. Enter the free drawing for an oil painting, “Star Gazing,” by Faye Mylen of Fairfield, her interpretation of Vincent Van Gogh’s painting, “Starry, Starry Night.”

Stop in also at the Leif Nilsson Spring Street Gallery and the Al Malpa Photography Gallery, both at the beginning of Spring Street, to enjoy their work. Bill Vollers is reopening Gallery 31 • 47, exhibiting new work in an expanded gallery space.

In the 4 Water Street building, Lark says, “You are always a star at Lark and you deserve to shine!  We are kicking off the Holiday season for our customers , the brightest stars in the galaxy, by paying all sales tax during the stroll!  So, get your sparkle on!  There’s a twinkle party at Lark from 5 to 8 p.m.!“ Next door, at Connecticut River Artisans you can enter the prize drawing for a collection of star ornaments.

The Red Pepper (14 Main St.) will be offering a drawing for a fabulous tote bag and serving Prosecco and sweet holiday treats. And at Sensible Organics, the new business in the old Chester Bank building, you’re invited to stop in to see their space and to leave your name in a prize drawing for a basket filled with these special creams (below).

Sensible Organics basket drawing web

Free parking is available in the Water Street and the Maple Street parking lots, both a short walk to the center.

Continually updated information about all the Starry Night happenings can be found at

Local history adds to memories for Thanksgiving visitors

In History on November 15, 2015 at 1:25 pm

Thanksgiving is a time of traditions and memories.

Barbershop 2011 456 pix

Chester Historical Society president Skip Hubbard says, “This year will be the fifth year our Chester Museum at The Mill has been open over Thanksgiving and it’s become a popular thing to do. We expect to welcome another 50-60 people again this year to our museum.  Essex and Deep River opened their historic homes over the holiday for the first time last year and I know they were surprised by the number of people who came to their doors.  Some people even visited more than one of the three sites. The combination of free admission, rekindling memories and learning more about the local area can be hard to resist. And it’s such a welcome alternative to dealing with crowds at the malls!”

The Chester Museum at The Mill, at 9 West Main Street in Chester, will be open on Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving, Nov. 27 and Nov. 28, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This year’s “Pastimes in Past Times: Chester at Play” exhibit focuses on the ways Chester families spent their leisure time in the “old days.” second grade playing checkers june 2015

You can even sit down and enjoy a game of Tiddly Winks and checkers or play the Jaw Harp. It makes no difference where you grew up or when, everything about the exhibit stirs your memories of pastimes you or your family enjoyed and reminds you of what you’d like to pass down to the next generation.

While you’re at the Museum, take a look at the town’s horse trough from the early 1900s. It was just moved to the Museum’s property from the center of town, prior to the demolition of the Main Street Bridge. Trough from Main Street, now in its new home at the Chester Museum

For more information, visit And while you’re exploring history, both the Stone House in the center of Deep River, home to the Deep River Historical Society, and the Pratt House in Essex, home to the Essex Historical Society, will be open for your post-Thanksgiving visits.









Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.