May Daze Night. That’s been the name for the first Friday evening of May in Chester Center for several decades, thanks to the Chester Merchants. No one seems to know the reason for the name, but they know one thing – it’s always a great evening for people to convene in Chester Center for a “stroll” to meet friends, see new art exhibits, find sales and gift drawings at the shops, hear good music, and enjoy savory treats and wines as they browse.
This year, as the Main Street Bridge reconstruction nears its completion, the Merchants have added another element – a Main Street Swing Dance on May Daze Night. May is “Swinging Chester” month, so what could be better than a Swing Dance?
Chester Rotarian and DJ Gary Torello will be playing music in the street from 8 to 10 p.m., and Suzie Woodward of Lark has lined up swing dancers to show off some of their steps and moves. Come on down and dance on Main Street with us! It’s a perfect opportunity for Chester community fun and celebration and showing your support for Chester artists and Chester businesses.
May Daze Night begins at 5 p.m. Parking is available in several public parking lots, on Water Street and on Maple Street. Questions? Check in with Suzie Woodward at Lark, 860-322-4047.
Here are just a few of the evening’s happenings between 5 and 8 p.m., before the Swing Dance:
Dina Varano Gallery will introduce Dina’s new collection of necklaces, “Delicate Elements.” They are distinctive creations to be worn on their own, yet they also are perfect for layering together at different lengths. These delicate elements in 14kt gold on sterling silver chains capture the essence of shapes found in nature. Festive refreshments will be served from 5 to 9 p.m.
Maple and Main Gallery of Fine Art will serve wine and cookies as you enjoy the Spring Exhibit of over 200 new paintings by 46 established artists. In addition, there is a special show in the Stone Gallery of the paintings by the late Don Bement of Haddam Neck.
Leif Nilsson, at the Leif Nilsson Spring Street Gallery, will have a 5 – 8 p.m. reception for his exhibit of his new gouache paintings done in the United Kingdom this spring.
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