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Another Successful Winter Carnivale

In Chester CT Events on February 15, 2009 at 9:17 pm

The weather could not have been more perfect for today’s Chester Winter Carnivale. The sun was shining endlessly across a perfect blue sky. A record number of people turned out to taste some chili, watch some amazing ice carving and line the streets for the tractor parade. Other festive goings on…street performers in the center of town, River Tavern serving up hot chocolate (to die for I must say) and delicious chicken curry or lamb sandwich cooked on their farm truck parked on Main street. All of the shops were open, some have sales, some serving treats!

Today’s winners were The Wheat Market for best Chili, an upset over long time champs La Vita Gustosa. Deep River Fire Dept. won for best Fire House chili, and Simon’s Marketplace won for best table decoration.

Bill Covitz was the first place winner in the ice carving competition. The sculpture was a pelican with the wings extended and a fish in it’s mouth. I say was because 15 minutes after the competition ended, as it was exposed to the sun when they took down the tents it came crashing to the ground, as did many of the other carvings.


Bill is a professional ice carver and competes in many competitions including the The National Ice Carving Competition. He placed second this year at the national event.You can view some of his gallery here.

The Praying Mantis, was a 2 block ice carving standing 8 1/2 feet tall that earned him first place in Stowe, Vermont as well.

praying mantis

Samba Rio Dance Feb. 14, 2009 to Benefit BRAYCE

In Chester CT Events on February 10, 2009 at 9:33 am

Samba Rio

Samba Rio 2

In Brazil, Carnivale is more than an event – it’s a process! So it is with Samba Rio, and you can join the pre-event fun by participating in these activities in the days leading up to the dance!

An unforgettable night that will take you to the heart of Rio at Carnivale time!
St. Joseph Parish Center
Saturday, February 14
8:00 to 11:00 PM
Donation: $35 in advance,
$45 at the door.

Tickets: the Hammered Edge in Chester, Feast in Deep River, Aegean Treasures in Essex, K-C’s in Old Saybrook, The Bowerbird in Old Lyme
Proceeds benefit (BRAYCE) the Brazilian and American Youth Cultural Exchange
Party with great Brazilian music, dance and food. Enjoy a cash bar; prizes for best masks, costumes and dancing; silent auction; framed photo
portraits of you and yours in regalia; and a drawing for a hand-crafted headdress! Get in the spirit! Attend mask and headdress workshops and Samba
dance classes in the days before Samba Rio. For schedules and other info, visit

All proceeds benefit BRAYCE (Brazilian and American Youth Cultural Exchange), a nonprofit based in Chester. Learn more by visiting

Robin Zingone shows us the way to share the local love

In Art, Chester Business on February 3, 2009 at 9:15 pm

Local illustrator Robin Zingone invites us to share the local love with loved ones by purchasing one of her lovely illustrations on a card for the upcoming…you guessed it…the fourteenth day of February, 2009 Love Holiday. The bonus is, the US postal service acting as cupid, will be the one shooting this card straight to your loved ones heart.

love sushi

All it takes is one click of a mouse….

i heart hearts

some clever and wit…like say…Who Loves You?

who loves you

a small exchange of change… and the only thing left to do will be to sit back and wait for the shower of kisses to begin. Go check them out they are fun and better yet…Local. Order cards here.

Visit Robin’s Zingone’s Blog to keep up with what is going on around her. (little tip, it is always so colorful it is a great pick-me-up on a blue day) Visit Robin’s Website for more fabulousness and read all about her. If you don’t have time, at least know this about her:

‘I always knew I wanted to be an artist, ever since I picked up my first, fabulous periwinkle blue crayola’ – Robin Zingone

EO Art Lab Cold Weather Film Series – Walking To Werner

In Art, Chester CT Events, Film & Movies on February 3, 2009 at 6:00 am
eoart lab

cold weather film seriesWALKING TO WERNER – back by popular demand
(2006), linas phillips, a film exploring the meaning of journey

this thursday, february 5, 2009 , 7pm

  • $5 donation
  • free popcorn
  • byob
Shake it up!  Live it up!  Eat it up!  Films run every Thursday night through March.  Don’t miss a single show!  Check the website for film listings or call the gallery and don’t forget to bring your favorite beverage!
This Thursday’s show presents a series of short films (both animation and live action) that make light of the often tangled world of personal interactions.
Bring this email to River Tavern Thursday nights, before or after the film, and receive 20% off your dinner!
eoart lab
69 main street
chester, connecticut 06412
f. 860.526.4834

EO Art Lab Featured Artist Series – Thaddeus Beal

In Art, Chester CT Events on February 2, 2009 at 6:00 am

featured artist series
opening reception and artist talk
an evening with boston artist thaddeus beal
February 6, 2009
6 – 9pm

Structured Response mixed media on sintra 63"h x 63"w (framed)

Structured Response mixed media on sintra 63"h x 63"w

Show runs:
Wed. February 4 – Sun. March 1
Thaddeus Beal seeks to capture the “underlying vitality – the dynamic evolving energy – that we instinctively sense in nature”