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Town Wide Tag Sale

In Chester CT Events, Shopping on April 27, 2010 at 12:30 pm

Chester Town Wide Tag Sale
Date: May 29, 2010
Hours: 8am to 3pm

Location: all over town; maps at Town Center
Description: Usually over 60 tag sales throughout town run by local residents and businesses. Maps with locations of all sales are distributed at the Town Center for $1 each.
Contact: Glenn Reyer at or
Katie Wright at The Hammered Edge at 860-526-1654.
More info:


In Chester CT Events, Theatre on April 26, 2010 at 9:02 pm

The Meeting House Players will present David Lindsay-Abaire ’s 2007 Pulitzer Prize winning play “Rabbit Hole” at the Meeting House located at 4 Liberty Street in Chester, CT. Opening on Friday, April 30 and continuing on May 1, 7, 8, 14 & 15, the curtain will rise each evening at 8:00 pm. Tickets prices are $10 for open seating and $15 for limited reserved seating. For additional information or to reserve limited reserved or open seating call 860-526-3684.

May Days Evening Stroll, Friday May 7, 2010

In Chester CT Events on April 26, 2010 at 8:08 pm

The Merchants of Chester Present:

The 19th Annual May Daze Night Gallery and Shop Stroll

Friday, May 7th from 5pm – 8pm

Here is a sampling of some of the goings on:

Welcome SPRING! Drop in to see what our artists and designers have come up with for this season! New work from featured artist to be unveiled. Check our weekly updated website for all details.

Art Gallery at The Mill House presents Watercolors by Chien Fei Chiang, of Old Saybrook CT. Chiang’s theme is “The Year of The Tiger”. His show runs May 1- 31 with a Reception on Saturday, May 8: 1-4pm. The public is always welcome anytime.

The Waterfall Room, at Connecticut River Artisans, presents paintings by: Chien Fei Chiang of Old Saybrook, Lisabeth Billingsley of Clinton, Susan Carden-Flicker of Shelton, Patricia Barone of Clinton, Dianne Gorrick of East Hampton and Phyllis Bevington of Chester.

Leif Nilsson Spring Street Studio and Gallery One Spring Street (P O Box 261), (860) 526-2077
Opening of the Spring exhibit of oil paintings and drawings of the Lower Connecticut River Valley, the village of Chester, CT, the Artist’s garden, interiors, friends, world travels and Elephants by Leif Nilsson with a reception on Friday May 7, 2010 from 5 – 8 pm. Gallery hours: Saturday & Sunday Noon – 6 pm. Other times by chance or appointment.

Caryn B. Davis Photography will showcase photographs from Italy, the CT River Valley, Mexico, Martha’a Vineyard, Portugal and Old San Juan. The photographs will be on display at the Leif Nilsson Spring Street Studio & Gallery. For more information contact Caryn B Davis at 860-526-5936, via email

C & G
3 North Main Street 860.526.3284
Let us surprise you with our unparalleled apparel (for women and men). And on May Daze Night, we’ll
entertain you with the mellow sounds of Chester’s Slow Latin Groove Project.
Regular hours: Wednesday-Sunday 12-5

14 Main Street   860. 526. 2100
Come join us and see Rarities new Spring/Summer collection in beautiful new fabrics.  Custom tailoring is available by appointment. 5-8pm and regular hours W-Sunday 11-5

CHESTER GALLERY  Artists Reception, Friday, May 7th. 6 – 8

Rebecca Joslow, a sophomore at Parsons School of Design who has a strong sense of design in a style all her own will exhibit sketches – with fashion in mind.  No stranger to the art world, her grandmother Judy Joslow started the first art gallery in Chester in 1980 called “Wall Focus”.  Also on exhibit will be the wonderful etchings and engravings of Richard Ziemann and how fitting as he was among the first artists to show at “Wall Focus”.  Chester Gallery, 76 Main Street, Chester  860-526-9822

Celebrate Spring here at the Hammered Edge Studio & Gallery!
Friday May 7th from 5 to 9pm only we open our doors with many surprises on hand! Sales in honor of Spring, new ,handmade Wearable Artpieces for men and women. We continue to offer an ever-changing array of the exotic in jewelry, beads, buttons, world artifacts, headwear, and masks for your most outrageous outings!
Custom design and repair is our speciality! Bring in your broken and outdated jewelry and we will bring it back to life and/ or redesign it for you! Pearl knotting on the premises. Jewelry making classes available. Call Owner/Artist Kathryne Wright at 860-526-1654 or stop in and see us at 14 Main Street in the Heart of Chester’s Village across from Simon’s Marketplace.

eo art lab
69 Main St, 860.526.4833

Get out of Dodge and check out Shared Response, a group show featuring eo’s renown slate of artists.  Experience the buzz!  Works by Seth Anderson, Thaddeus Beal, Charles Birnbaum, Michelle DeMarco, Heather Mae Erickson, George Fellner, Charlie Goodwin, Elizabeth Gourlay, Julie Gross, Sarah Gustafson, Vaune Hatch, Lars Kremer, Janet Lage, Mitch Lyons, Pamela Marks, Clarence Morgan, Kelly Jean Ohl, Dana Oldfather, Meg Brown Payson, Marc Petrovic, Carol Prusa, Ross Racine, Debra Ramsay, Thomas Stavovy, and Malcolm Wright. Through May 30, 2010
Mon.-Sat. 10a.m.-6p.m., Sun, noon-6p.m., or by appointment.

Gather to celebrate with The Local Beet as we toast one year in Chester’s center providing groceries with a conscience. A full line grocery store with over 60 bulk items to scoop yourself; grains, beans, fruits, nuts and candies. Organic fruits and veggies. Sustainably and Humanely raised Meats include chicken, turkey, buffalo, scallops, beef and pork. Dairy products. Always hormone, antibiotic, preservative and nitrate free. Local featured favorites include Ashlawn Farm Coffee, Bean and Leaf Coffee, Beltane Goat Cheeses, The Bridge Tofu, Deerfield Farm’s Raw Milk and Yogurt, Farmer’s Cow Milk, Four Mile River Hot Dogs, Mama Manju’s Salsas and Three Sisters Honey. Fresh Artisanal Breads from Charlie, Hometown Bakery and Sweet Sage. Sweet treats from Queen of Tarts. Eco-conscious Health, Home and Beauty Supplies. Gluten-Free Foods, Supplements and Vitamins. Especially passionate about keeping kids healthy and happy!
Open Monday-Friday 10-6 and Saturday 10-4
10% off our slice your own handcrafted goat’s milk soaps during May Night Stroll!


Chester, Connecticut is a unique town that holds the past, present, and future in delightful balance. A storybook New England village, Chester is located on the beautiful Connecticut River, about 10 miles north of Long Island Sound on the left (port) bank. The town is renowned for its quaint shops, artist galleries, award winning Theatre, and a variety of fantastic restaurants for everyone in the family to enjoy. Easy to reach by car, rail, air, or boat, Chester is conveniently located just a two-hour drive from both New York City and Boston, Massachusetts on Route 9 off of I95 or I91 at exit 6. Free parking is available at the Maple Street and the Water Street lots as well as two-hour limited on-street parking.

Sunday Market Recipe: Chive Vinaigrette

In Dining, Market on April 25, 2010 at 6:31 pm

Ever reliable, the chives popped up in our garden last week.  Their bright green shoots are about 6 inches high now and lush enough to start snipping.

Here’s a lemony chive dressing to serve on cooked vegetables or grilled fish.
What cooking in your garden this week? We welcome any recipes you’re willing to share.

Chive Vinaigrette

Yield: 1/2 cup

2 teaspoons finely minced fresh chives

1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
Pinch of salt
Fresh grating of black pepper
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
2 to 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1.  Combine the chives, mustard, salt, pepper and lemon juice until smooth.
2.  Whisk in the olive oil, adding only as much as needed to mellow the tart dressing.

Serve over cooked asparagus or green beans. Use as a sauce over grilled fish.

Priscilla Martel, Chester, CT

Bring Our Music Back Fundraiser

In Chester CT Events, Music on April 14, 2010 at 8:23 pm

We’re gearing up for another great party in Chester at the Leif Nilsson Spring Street Studio & Gallery on Friday, May 14th, from 7 to 10 pm to be held in the artist’s garden weather permitting, or the gallery.

The musical line-up is Nilsson’s band The Side Doors with Matt Gyrong, Todd Schrager and Mike Conklin; Raina and Chester’s SayWhat. This kick off show is two weeks before the B.O.M.B. Fest big event on May 30, 2010 at the Durham Fairgrounds in Durham, CT. Come see one of Chester’s young local bands who will light up the stage at the Nilsson Gallery and in Durham.

As a fundraising event for Bring Our Music Back, we want everyone to know about our mission to get young local talent together on stage with national acts, giving them an amazing experience they otherwise would never have, and to provide a platform for funding to youth groups in musical arts programs.

Liquid refreshments and a hearty fare are included in the $25.00 donation. Tickets can be purchased at the door. For more information call 860-434-1882 or log onto

Hat Sale for Helpers of Hairless Hottie

In Music, Near By Events, Shopping on April 14, 2010 at 7:53 pm

Friday, April 16, 8:00pm

Attendees of the Friday, April 16 “Cancer Sucks, Life Rocks!” fundraiser concert at the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center in Old Saybrook will save 15% when they  purchase hats in stock at Chester’s C&G boutique on Saturday and Sunday, April 17 and 18. Discounts at other area businesses are in the works, and will be announced during the concert.

The show will raise funds to help Debi Friedlander pay the costs of her battle against breast cancer, and features award-winning musicians from around New England — many of them with cancer stories of their own.

Tickets can be purchased at the Kate’s online box office, or by calling 877-503-1286.

Debi and her husband John hosted Church House Concerts, a popular music series presented between 2001 and 2009 in their home, a former Haddam church.

Debi was diagnosed with breast cancer on September 30, 2009, just in time for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Her treatments ended in March, leaving her with an excellent prognosis, no hair, and a mountain of bills.

“Debi’s attitude through this whole experience has been incredible,” says John. “She has met every challenge with a smile, and she’s been an inspiration to others on cancer journeys of their own. She didn’t bat an eyelash when she lost her hair during chemotherapy — she couldn’t — they all fell out!”

Having no hair during winter took some getting used to, and Debi developed a fondness for hats. A recent trip to C&G turned into an impromptu photo session, and then into a friendly mutual promotion project.

“Very few people can get through a major medical experience without being hit hard economically, and we have some catching up to do,” explains Debi. “This concert will be a fun way to celebrate the end of my treatment, give our friends and supporters a great night out, provide discounts on other fun stuff in the area, and generate more attention for some of the businesses who have helped us get through the hardest winter of our lives.”

“Putting on a show is a natural for us,” says John. “And this will be one of our best ever. The Shinolas are a musical Dream Team, and the other performers on the bill are some of the best in New England.”

The Shinolas feature two of New England’s most in-demand performer/producers — drummer, guitarist and singer Lorne Entress, and multiple Emmy-winning and Grammy-nominated guitarist and singer Jim Chapdelaine, himself a thirty-year cancer survivor. With Paul Kochansky on standup and electric bass and East Haddam neighbor Ed Iarusso on pedal steel guitar, the Shinolas move effortlessly from rock ‘n’ roll classics and rootsy Americana to country favorites — an ability that earned them the Hartford Advocate’s 2009 Best Band award — though the “Country” category was unexpected.

At least three other New England performers will join the Shinolas on stage.

Mark Erelli is an accomplished Boston-area singer songwriter with a national and international audience which appreciates the polished, well-crafted original songs he has packed into his nine CDs to date, including five produced by the Shinolas’ Lorne Entress.

Joan Schroeder has been singing in Connecticut’s best country-inflected bands over the last thirty years, including Bolton Notch and Aces & Eights, and is now singing with one of the founding members of Blue Oyster Cult in Joe Bouchard’s Tree Top Band.

Amy Fairchild is a Boston-area folkish-rocker, has won many awards with her songs, and combines powerful vocals with a driving, confident delivery.

In addition to the music, complimentary wine, light appetizers, dessert and coffee will be served during the intermission. Four Old Saybrook restaurants have also offered ticketholders discounts on pre-show dining: Fiore, Liv’s Oyster Bar, Aspen, and the Penny Lane Pub.

Further information about the event, dining discounts and after-show discounts can be found at the event page on the Friedlanders’ blog about their cancer journey, The Debi Report.

Fine Dining in 10 Unique Homes Supports Chester Historical Society

In Chester CT Events, Dining on April 14, 2010 at 7:36 pm

In celebration of the 40th anniversary of its founding, the Chester Historical Society is hosting “Historical Hospitality,” on the evening of Saturday, April 24. This will be an evening of fine dining in private Chester homes while supporting the Historical Society and the Chester Museum at The Mill.

The evening begins at 5:30 p.m. with a reception at The Mill, with hors d’oeuvres created by Chef Chris Pardue of Chester Village West, formerly chef/owner of L’Americain in Hartford. At 7 o’clock, everyone heads off to one of ten memorable, unique homes in Chester for a sumptuous sit-down dinner, along with fine wines. Each of the dinner menus is being specially created by the homeowner (many of whom have culinary backgrounds) or catered by a professional chef.

A French professional chef will create a multi-layered Paella for dinner in the oldest house in Chester.

Here are some notes on what you can look forward to that evening…

– Homard et Crevette au Cognac in the brand-new dining room of a spacious hilltop home with many fine architectural details…

– a multi-layered Paella filled with seafood, chicken, and sausage and served with a saffron- infused rice, created by a professional French chef in the oldest house in Chester…

– dinner created by Dennis Welch, of The Wheatmarket, and served in the two-story, antiques-filled barn behind one of Chester’s best-known houses…

–  seasonal specialties such as shad and grass-fed beef in the former Chester Hotel, surrounded by the owners’ original paintings and photographs…

– beef grilled over the fire in the elegant dining room of a large, fully restored 1830s Colonial, lighted by a handcrafted period chandelier…

– a South African dinner, prepared by Jim and Jody Reilly from Simon’s Market Place and The Blue Oar, in an authentically restored late 18th century home – originally home to the first Chester post office at the mouth of the Chester Cove…

– dining graciously in a 1990 Tidewater Colonial-style home overlooking the beautiful Hadlyme Hills as well as the Connecticut River…

– a Moroccan-themed dinner in a house overlooking the Pattaconk Brook…

The event promises to be unforgettable – an opportunity to mix with friends and meet some new friends along the way, to be a dinner guest in one of Chester’s fine homes, and to support the Chester Historical Society. The cost is $100 per person (a portion of which is tax-deductible). Early reservations are recommended. Reservations are required before April 18. Call JoAnne at 860-767-7032 (M-F, 9-5) or 860-526-9875, or pay online with your credit card at About ten people will be hosted at each house. Anyone who would like to buy numerous tickets for one house should call ASAP.

The story of this Chester villa is an unusual one. You can dine here on April 24 and support the Chester Historical Society.

This private home, owned by artists, was originally the Chester Hotel in the center of town.

Exit 6 Plays at The Ivory

In Music, Near By Events on April 8, 2010 at 11:31 am

Exit 6 rocks it Live once again at The Ivory in Deep River.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

First set at 9:30 (in the eve)

1 Kirtland St.

One Day Without Shoes

In Chester CT Events, Workshop on April 6, 2010 at 8:12 pm

One Day Without Shoes

Thursday, April 8th,  11am-5pm

One Day Without Shoes in the Gallery is the day Lori Warner Gallery will join TOMS Shoes
to spread awareness about the impact a simple pair of shoes can have on a child’s life.
Join Lori at the gallery to trace your feet, draw feet, or simply wipe your feet.
They will have rolls of white paper spread out on the gallery floor to document the event.
Imagine having no shoes?
On April 8th, they are encouraging people to go the day, part of the day or even just a few minutes, without shoes using only socks or bare feet, to experience a life without shoes first-hand, and inspire others at the same time.

“Inside-Out” Basket Workshop with Sosse Baker!

In Chester CT Events, Workshop on April 6, 2010 at 11:04 am

Saturday, April 10th,  10am-4pm

Our neighbor from just down the street happens to be a master basket weaver!
We’re very pleased to host Chester Gallery owner Sosse Baker as she instructs eight lucky participants to weave her newest basket design. This great little basket is reminiscent of a bird’s nest, and is double walled allowing you to place a message or trinket inside before closing it up. Fun! Mine will have a drawing by Malcolm! Sosse assures me that although this basket looks advanced, it’s a simple basket to weave which means all levels, from beginners to advanced, are invited to participate.
Please call or email the gallery early to reserve your space, sign-ups have already begun!

$60. participation fee includes materials.