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Summer Sales & Sails in Chester, Aug. 27

In Chester CT Events on August 23, 2016 at 5:26 pm

Look for Summer Sales and Summer Sails all day on Saturday, Aug. 27 in Chester Center.  Even if you’re planning to spend the day at the Chester Fair, there’ll be time to stop at the shops and galleries in the town center to pick up some great deals.

C&G has included its summer hats in its Summer Sales.

C&G has included its summer hats in its Summer Sales.

Remember also, this is Tax Free Week on clothes, so besides finding clothing on sale, you’ll also save tax dollars.

Donna Favreau, "Firesky," oil on canvas

Donna Favreau, “Firesky,” oil on canvas at Maple & Main

Maple and Main Gallery is going aboard for the day with Summer Sails. Their tent will be up out front and under it will be lots of gorgeous paintings of sailboats by the gallery artists.

The sales will be held during regular store hours. Watch Facebook.com/visitchesterct for more details.

First Friday, Sept. 2, Brings Pop Up Fashion, Music & Art

In Chester CT Events on August 22, 2016 at 2:25 pm

Start off your Labor Day weekend with First Friday in Chester Center. Here’s a sampling of what you’ll find between 5 and 8 p.m.

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“Sailing on the Sound”

Maple and Main Gallery will mark First Friday with a free drawing for “Sailing on the Sound,” a wonderful summer painting by former Connecticut artist Gary Lavarak. Stop by the gallery for a glass of wine and enter the drawing; the winner’s name will be drawn during the opening of the fall exhibit Saturday, Sept. 17.

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Start gathering at 6:45 p.m. in front of ELLE Design at 1 Main Street for the Pop Up Fashion Show of RUBA RUBA Designs, a clothing line designed and handmade by Georgia Caroline Milton, an Essex, CT, native. The fashion show of the new fall line of RUBA RUBA (kimono jackets, cowl scarves, sheet scarves, ponchos & more) will run from 7 to about 7:15, and then you can enjoy the designer meet and greet as well as purchase items from the ready-to-wear line. Georgia graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2012 majoring in fibers and experimental fashion. She began RUBA RUBA after graduating and has been cultivating it ever since through her hard work and passion for quality, handmade style.

Crunchy Diva Designs

At the newly expanded Lark at 4 Water Street, Heather Wright of Crunchy Diva Designs will help you design a one-of-a-kind bracelet from her array of adornments. Come on over for the “bracelet bar party.” Make your own or find your favorite from those created by the Crunchy Diva.

Also on First Friday is Teen Open Mic Night at Homage Fine Art and Coffee Lounge. Sing, play music, read poetry, do stand-up comedy or perform an improve act! It all begins at 6 p.m. on Friday.

Follow us on Facebook.com/VisitChesterCT to learn what else will happen that evening.

Don’t Miss the 43rd Season of Collomore Concerts

In Art on August 10, 2016 at 7:05 pm

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For its 43rd season, the Robbie Collomore Music Series will offer all four of its concerts in the fall, between Sept. 25 and Nov. 27. They will be on Sundays at 5 p.m. in the Chester Meeting House, and now is the time to buy your season subscription!

Beginning the season, on Sunday, Sept. 25, is the Barbara and Edmund Delaney Young Artists Concert. Praised by “Classical Voice America” for their “sensational, powerhouse performance,” the Verona Quartet has set themselves apart as one of the most compelling young quartets in chamber music. Winner of the prestigious 2015 Concert Artist Guild Competition, they are the Graduate Resident String Quartet at the Juilliard School, which will sponsor their Lincoln Center Alice Tully Hall debut in May 2016.

For the past 37 years, BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet has been making some of the most potent and popular Cajun music on the planet. Born out of the rich Acadian ancestry of its members, and driven by bandleader Michael Doucet’s spellbinding fiddle playing and soulful vocals, BeauSoleil is notorious for bringing even the most staid audience to its feet. They’ll be in Chester on Sunday, Oct. 16.

On Nov. 6, internationally celebrated pianist Jeffrey Swann, who has been called “a dashing virtuoso” by the New York Times, will play two of Beethoven’s and Schubert’s most iconic, monumental piano sonatas. Returning to the Chester Meeting House on Nov. 27 is profound songwriter, Chris Smither, who draws deeply from the blues, American folk music, modern poets and philosophers. Reviewers continue to praise his dazzling guitar work, gravelly voice and songwriting.

Buy a season subscription and save money, plus you’ll be certain you will have a seat even when the concert is sold out. A subscription to all four concerts is just $75 (that’s four concerts for the price of three). Individual concert tickets cost $25. For students from elementary through graduate school, a subscription is $15. A student ticket for just one concert is $5. Tickets can be purchased online at www.collomoreconcerts.org using PayPal. All ticket-holders are invited to stay for a reception after the concert to meet the performers. For more information, check the website or call 860-526-5162.

 

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