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Halloween Parade and Pumpkin Festival

In Chester CT Events on October 29, 2009 at 11:39 am

It is that spooky time of year again. Chester is hosting it’s annual Ode to All Hallow’s Eve with their Halloween Parade and Pumpkin Showcase. There are always such great costumes on children and adults alike. Some of the shops get in on the act too, staying open late with some handing out candy. It’s a fun festive night for all to enjoy so if you are looking for something to do pop into town tomorrow night, Fri. Oct. 30, 2009 5:00 – 9:00 all the details are below.

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Sea of Pumpkins taken in Boston.

Photo by innusa (sorry couldn’t find any of Chester!)

Bring your carved pumpkin to the Hammered Edge, 14 Main Street, any time on Oct. 30. Your pumpkin will be candled and lighted by the local Boy Scouts and placed on Main Street to give Chester a spooky glow for Halloween. Please find your pumpkin at the end of the night to take it home for those who dare to “trick-or-treat” at your house on Halloween night.

All those who want to take part in the town’s Halloween Costume Parade are invited to convene in the Maple Street parking lot at 6:15 p.m. The parade starts at 6:30 and continues through the town center. This year the parade will be led in part by the students of the River Valley Sudbury School. The United Church of Christ Youth Group will be painting faces in the village (donations requested) prior to the parade. Pick up your glow bracelet for the parade, compliments of the Chester Merchants, at the River Valley Sudbury School’s booth.
During the evening, rock out to the DJ’s “Serenade to Halloween Night” as you gather your candy from the locals. Guess what’s in the mystery boxes to receive a raffle ticket for your chance to win prizes from the town. Drawing to be held at 7 p.m. at the DJ booth.
The following Chester stores and galleries will be open during the evening, inviting everyone to stop in and to enjoy refreshments.

Al Malpa Photography Gallery, 4 Spring St. will be open to show new photographic works by Al Malpa. Light refreshments and Halloween treats will be served.
Caryn B. Davis Photography, 1 Spring St. Chester photographer Caryn B. Davis will exhibit photographs from her travels to Italy, Portugal, Martha’s Vineyard, Puerto Rico and Mexico at the Leif Nilsson Spring Street Studio & Gallery at 1 Spring Street.
Ceramica invites revelers of all ages to visit the shop to guess the number of Halloween candies on display. The closest “guesser” will be announced at 7:30 p.m. The winner will receive the delightfully spooky Owl Candleholder, handcrafted in Italy. (Note to Dads and Moms: Don’t be “spooked” about visiting Ceramica with your little ones. We always enjoy seeing your entire family!)
C&G – Unparalleled Apparel, Seasonal & Timeless, 3 North Main St. Treats for all including a grab bag of coupons for 10, 20, 30 and 40% off a favorite item. Also in the grab bag, certificates for a free “Little Brown Bat” print by Jan Cummings, and for “BOOK 2010” the artful, literate and very long calendar designed by Jan Cummings and Peter Good.
Dina Varano Gallery, 27 Main St. Join us for a spirited evening to celebrate Halloween. Treats for you and your loved ones. Come and see all the new treasures Dina has found. Refreshments served.
eo art lab, 69 Main St. Last chance to experience “Meridians,” all new work by Chester resident Elizabeth Gourlay. Gourlay is one of New England’s most collected contemporary artists. Join in the appreciation of her structured assemblages of color and culture.
Hammered Edge llc Studio & Gallery, 14 Main St.
is your source for festive costume wear. Choose from among many masks, exotic hats, funky eyewear, and accessories. Come in costume and/or bring a jack-o-lantern (battery-lit only).The store will sell popcorn to raise money for the Rotary Club of Chester’s effort to eradicate polio worldwide. There will be treats for all.
Hitchery Books, 4 Water St. Come to see the store’s collection of scary stories and get a special Halloween treat.
Leif Nilsson Spring Street Studio & Gallery, 1 Spring St. will present a Halloween Exhibit, with reception, of a selection of oil paintings of the artist’s garden, his travels and the Connecticut River Valley by Leif Nilsson.
River Tavern, 23 Main St. (860-526-9417) Stop by the Dinners at the Farm truck for warm tasty treats including mulled cider and pumpkin fritters. Come inside after the festivities for delicious cocktails and scrumptious bites. Make reservations for dinner early.

Ashlawn Farm Needs Support

In Near By Events on October 28, 2009 at 12:24 pm


I just read this in the e-list and wanted to share with everyone. I would be sad if the Lyme Farmers Market and Ashlawn Farm Coffee didn’t exist there anymore. It is such a beautiful location for both. A true destination and treat when you want to take a little ride and treat yourself.

Show your support for our beloved Ashlawn Farm! Come to a public hearing before the Planning and Zoning Commission on November 9th at 7:30 pm, Lyme Town Hall. The purpose of the meeting is to gather public comment on a neighbor’s request for cease and desist orders against both the Lyme Farmers Market and Ashlawn Farm Coffee. – Erica,  the e-list

Make sure to subscribe yourself to the e-list if you haven’t already. There are so many great tips, fabulous finds and lot’s of news about what’s happening all over the shoreline in Erica’s weekly e-list email.

Essex Pound Has 2 Pups Looking For Home

In Pets on October 13, 2009 at 9:51 am


These two youngins are in the Essex Pound. They need to stay together. One female, one male, approx 1 year old. Unclaimed strays??  What sweeties!

K.C. Pet Sitting LLC
6 Crowley Drive
Old Saybrook, CT 06475

Out for a Walk

In Health, Walking on October 11, 2009 at 12:10 pm



Just one of the many waterfalls I see when I stray off Main St. to go for a walk and get a little fresh air. I love all the water that flows through town. It is one of the many things that made me fall in love with Chester in the first place.

What’s For Dinner? Look for the answer at The Local Beet

In Dining, Health, Market on October 8, 2009 at 12:18 pm


Trying to figure out what is for dinner is sometimes harder for me than actually making the meal. You can imagine the sheer elation and relief I felt when Kim, owner of The Local Beet, handed me a recipe she was featuring this week in her market … and bonus all the main ingredients were in the market as well! This saved me so much time, money & energy! You know how it goes, you can’t think of what to make for dinner, this starts a spinning action in the middle of the store that makes you leave with a handful of ingredients you aren’t actually sure you can create a meal from. Then you say to yourself, ” well at least I was smart enough to grab salad greens, so it looks like big salad for dinner again tonight.” I know, I know, I need to plan my meals out and go shopping once a week … the voice in my head tells me the same thing, but let’s face it, I am 42 and that just isn’t going to happen. Anyway, many thanks to Kim for making my life a little easier and I hope there are more recipes where that came from. The recipe is below, enjoy and don’t forget to check in from time to time to see, What’s For Dinner?


Potato Leek Soup (serves 4)

This is a quick, versatile recipe that makes for a hearty fall meal when paired with a slice or two of warm bread. (Toasted Sweet Sage Rustica is fantastic with this soup!)


3 Tablespoons butter

3 Leeks, cleaned* and thinly sliced

1 medium onion, chopped

1 carrot, sliced (optional)

6 russet potatoes, peeled thinly sliced

2-3 cups chicken (or vegetable) broth

½ cup dry white wine (optional)

1 bay leaf and 1 sprig thyme or rosemary (optional)

1 cup heavy cream (or half and half, or milk)

Salt and pepper (to taste)

1.  Melt the butter over medium heat in a large saucepan.  Add leeks, carrots, and onions.  Cook, stirring occasionally, until onions are soft and translucent.

2. Add the potatoes to the pot, along with the wine and herbs (if using), and add just enough chicken broth to cover.  Continue cooking over medium heat until the potatoes are soft.   Remove the herbs.  At this point, you can mash the potatoes right in the pot for a heartier stew, or blend the mixture in batches for a creamier version.

3. Add the cream (or ½ and ½, or milk) and salt and pepper to taste.  Cook over low heat, stirring frequently for 10 minutes.  Add the garnish of your choice and serve with a thick slice of hearty bread.

Garnish of your choice (chopped bacon, chives, dill, even hot sauce!

My side notes, I needed a little more than 3 cups of broth. The amount of broth needed depends on the amount of potato. I used olive oil instead of butter because I was out of butter. I did use the 1/2 cup of wine but forgot to add the cream even though I had it, but it was still delicious! We started with lovely greens from the market and with the soup we had yummy, fabulous bread.

… and here is a link to The Local Beet Blog.

Lary Bloom’s New Play! World Premiere! Tickets Now On Sale

In Near By Events, Theatre on October 7, 2009 at 9:09 am

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New Play! New Talent! New Theater!

Beginning November 12-15, experience Margreta Stage Company’s world premiere of Lary Bloom’s WILD BLACK YONDER. A drama of love, loss and illusion in the shadow of Vietnam.

Directed by Jeanie Rapp, set design by David Hays, lighting design by Jamie Burnett and produced by Leni Herschman.

Featuring Janet Peckinpaugh with Ira Sakolsky, Wil Bradford, Joell A. Jacob, Alva G. Greenberg and Kevin Michael Johnson.

Held at THE KATE, the brand new Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center in Old Saybrook. Tickets on sale NOW, available at the box office 860.510.0453 or by visiting

Opening night meet the actors, producer and director and enjoy fabulous food & wine courtesy of  RIVER TAVERN. Wine and lite bites will also be offered each performance night thereafter.

Wild Black Yonder is brought to you through the generosity of our sponsors:  River Tavern Restaurant and Eye Doctors of Connecticut.

Dina Varano Will Be At The RISD Sale This

In Chester Business, Near By Events on October 7, 2009 at 8:48 am

Please join Dina, in Providence this Saturday from 10-4 for the annual Rhode Island School of Design RISD Alumni Sale on Benefit Street.  It’s always a fun place to browse all the talent and do some shopping!
She hopes to see you there.
PS  Dina has been busy making lots of new things…