Always on Sunday in Chester – Valentine’s Day

In Chester CT Events on February 8, 2016 at 6:23 pm

Chester always loves a celebration, and what better day to celebrate than Sunday, Feb. 14, or before, so you can scoop up that perfect gift for your Valentine! Here are just a few possibilities. You can find more all week long on

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Dina Varano Gallery

Say Amore with Dina Varano’s Amore collection at her Main Street gallery as well as online . Dina says, “The Amore collection is a collection of pendants I create with a complimentary hand painted card. It’s always a favorite and a great gift for your Valentine.”

The Lori Warner Gallery has roses that last forever by Erika Barratt. “Each rose is thoughtfully made by hand and painted in watercolor on Kozo paper. Perfect for Valentine’s Day.” Don’t wait to purchase; contact the gallery at 860.322.4265 or

Lori Warner Studio/Gallery

Lori Warner Studio/Gallery

On Valentine’s Day itself, give yourself a gift. Come to Maple and Main Gallery of Art where mimosas and chocolates will be served, and you will be transported and inspired by the beautiful art in two new shows on the two floors of the gallery. Gift certificates are available as are many small paintings and unframed original art.

Mimosas and chocolates at Maple & Main Gallery

Mimosas and chocolates at Maple & Main Gallery


“Chester Cares” – New Water Bottle Initiative – on Jan. 31

In Uncategorized on February 8, 2016 at 12:24 pm

Celebrate Ecological Sunday on Sunday, Jan. 31, in Chester Center to participate in a new initiative to reduce the use of plastic water bottles. The initiative, which was started by Chester resident and former science teacher Felise Cressman, includes a launch of Chester’s own aluminum logo water bottle.felise water bottle

Did you know that Americans used approximately 30 billion plastic water bottles in 2015 and in 10 years there could be 1 ton of plastic for every 3 tons of finfish in our oceans? These are just two of the plastic facts cited by Felise in a new brochure.

On Jan. 31, anytime between 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., visit Maple & Main Gallery of Fine Art at the corner of Maple and Main Streets, to educate yourself about the harmful effects of plastic on our land and waterways. View the short film celebrating this initiative, which was created by Nick Lepore, a Valley Regional senior interested in film studies. See the display of Chester’s “top 10” items of garbage collected in less than five visits along Chester’s Connecticut River shoreline.

All of the items in this sculpture were found along Chester’s riverfront. Come add to it on Jan. 31 at Maple & Main Gallery.

Also, check out at the sculpture at the Maple & Main Gallery that Felise and her fellow volunteers created from the collected debris; you can even add to it.

The water bottle is made in America by veterans and previously unemployed Americans from recycled aluminum cans and BPA-free materials. The logo is the newly designed “Chester, Connecticut -We’re a Walking Town” logo by Janet Cummings Good.

The bottle will be available for purchase that Sunday at Maple & Main as well as at Compass Rose and Simon’s Marketplace.  Check out a “boxed water” alternative to plastic at various merchants in town.  Proceeds from sales will be used to purchase more logo bottles and to support protection and cleanup of oceans through the Rozalia Project (

For more information or to become involved in this initiative, email

Chester Sunday Market – Season Opens in June

In Chester CT Events, Market on February 8, 2016 at 9:16 am

chester market 4It’s not too early to talk about the popular Chester Sunday Market (it may seem like it’s winter, but in our heads the market is bringing us great produce every week already!).

The market organizers have already announced the dates for 2016 – June 12 to Oct. 9 – and have already provided a list of this year’s vendors (with more to come). If you want to be a vendor this year, be sure to look at the website (address below) for the forms you need to fill out.


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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