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Explore Chester History for Free!

In Chester CT Events, History on May 24, 2016 at 11:31 am
Preparing for the opening of the new 2016 exhibit are curators, Sandy Senior-Dauer and Keith Dauer.

Preparing for the opening of the new 2016 exhibit are curators, Sandy Senior-Dauer and Keith Dauer.

The Deacons Car Club. Chester Fife & Drum Corps. The Italian American Mutual Aid Society. Cedar Lake Pleasure Club. Pattaconk Fish & Game Club. Chester International Links Association, Chester Rotary, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts…. All these groups (and more) make a town, the town of Chester.

This summer at the Chester Museum at The Mill, you’re invited to explore our exhibit, “Celebrating Chester Community Groups,” curated by Keith Dauer and Sandy Senior-Dauer. “We wanted to feature the variety of groups, clubs and service organizations that have provided volunteer support as well as social events for our small town through the centuries,” Sandy said.  “There are so many, however, there was no way we could fit them all in this year, so we’re already looking ahead to future exhibits.”

Historical Society President Skip Hubbard added, “It’s fascinating to learn about groups like the Deacons Car Club, plus reflect on the longtime contributions of so many groups, so many residents.”

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.

Owned and operated by the Chester Historical Society since 2000, the museum is located just steps from the center of town on the historic 1850s Griswold Mill site, overlooking a waterfall and the Pattaconk Brook. The mill site was once used to produce anchors, wagon springs and augers.

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., from Saturday, May 28 through the end of October. Tours on other days can be arranged by appointment by calling 860-526-2443. The museum is air-conditioned as well as handicapped accessible. Admission is free. More info at chesterhistoricalsociety.org.

Save May 28 for Shopping the Townwide Tag Sale

In Chester CT Events, Shopping on May 23, 2016 at 2:02 pm

Chester’s 26th Annual Townwide Tag Sale will be on Saturday, May 28 – the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend. Sales open at 8:00 a.m. and end by 3:00 (or earlier). The event is rain or shine.

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You’ll find dozens of tag sales throughout the entire town of Chester, in residences and businesses.

As you enter town, you will see friendly volunteers selling maps (a mere $1) that will give you the locations of everyone hosting a tag sale. Spend more time with the maps and less time trying to find the sales by randomly driving around– although, that is fun,  too.

Make a day of it and enjoy our beautiful Town!

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When you are ready to take a break, our restaurants welcome you with coffee, fresh baked treats, and great food any time of day.  Our downtown merchants will welcome you with open arms with shelves stocked with special and galleries filled with unique objects of desire. Make a day of it!   We’ve been revitalizing our downtown area – check out the new bridge (or bridgework) and sidewalks!!

Please Drive Carefully and Good Luck!

If you have questions or require more information, please email kris.seifert@gmail.com

Chester “Walking Song” Video Wins Gold!

In Chester CT Events, Walking on May 22, 2016 at 3:08 pm

For years, the town of Chester knew the state was requiring that the Main Street Bridge be rebuilt, and this caused a lot of angst among merchants, selectmen, and residents. How would we cope with keeping the town center viable and reachable? Would the shops, restaurants and galleries continue to attract customers? Where would people park?

The selectmen required that the state do the reconstruction from the beginning of January 2016 until Memorial Day, to get it over with before summertime shopping and the Chester Sunday Market began. The town’s Economic Development Commission created a “Survival Guide” and held several planning meetings in an effort to minimize the impact on the business district.

Janet Cummings and Peter Good created the "Walking Town" decal and pewter ornament.

Janet Cummings and Peter Good created the “Walking Town” decal and pewter ornament.

Then, last fall the Chester merchants decided to meet the challenge head on. With a small group of creative merchants, Leslie Strauss wrote and recorded “The Chester Walking Song,” saying, “We are all so busy getting in shape on treadmills that we forget how much more enjoyable it is to get out there and ‘walk about.’ Chester Village shops, galleries and restaurants are, and will continue to be, more easily accessed than the average mall store. With parking lots within 70 steps, you can ‘walk right in and come hang out.’”

Annalisa Russell-Smith, of Chester-based Local Plant Productions, then volunteered to create a video of Chester Center with the song in the background.

Annalisa Russell-Smith filming in Chester Center. Photo by Al Malpa

Annalisa Russell-Smith filming in Chester Center. Photo by Al Malpa

As Leslie says, “Annalisa’s enchanting minute-long video reinforces the vibrancy of the village, and how accessible everything is to anyone willing to ‘walk right in, come hang out.’ The shops, galleries, restaurants and street scenes entice visitors of all ages to be sure to make Chester one of their New England favorites.”

This month, Annalisa’s video was selected for a Gold Award by the Hermes Creative Awards, an international competition for creative professionals involved in the concept, writing and design of traditional materials and programs, and emerging technologies. Hermes Creative Awards is administered and judged by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals.

For more information about Annalisa Russell-Smith, go to http://www.localplanetproductions.com
Watch (and listen to) the Chester video here: https://vimeo.com/157448900. More information about the Hermes Creative Awards here: http://www.hermesawards.com.

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