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Hearts Fly Tonight Benefit Dance Feb. 9, 2013

In Chester CT Events on January 30, 2013 at 10:59 am

This just confirmed, “Hearts Fly Tonight” event is postponed due to the storm coming in on Friday. Better safe than sorry. Our new date for take off is April 6th. Please spread the word. Thank you. ♥

Hearts Fly Tonight Chester CT
You’re invited! Hearts Fly Tonight is a benefit dance party celebrating the connection between the villages of Makuleke, South Africa and Chester, CT. Come join the fun with live music by UHF, light fare by Simons Market, River Tavern and Whole Foods’s Chef Drew McLachlan, plus tempting auction items, raffles and more! BYOB.
The dance will be:
Sat., Feb. 9, 2013
St. Joseph’s Parish Center Chester, CT.
Tickets are $25 and are available at Simon’s Market Place Chester, CT & French Hen Essex, CT. Benefiting Sharing to Learn.

Concert at Spring Street Gallery Feb. 10, 2013

In Chester Business, Chester CT Events, Music on January 18, 2013 at 12:00 pm

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Elana Vasi will be performing at the Leif Nilsson Spring Street Studio and Gallery in Chester on February 10th from 4 – 6 pm.  A classically trained singer who has performed professionally for many years, Elana will be singing everything from blues to folk and will be accompanied by several local musicians.  Originally from Branford, CT she currently resides in Boston.

Opening for Elana will be Diane Tracy who resides in Chester. Diane will be singing a broad range of music including gospel and Broadway tunes.  For part of the program she will be joined by her husband, singer/guitar player, Peter Sage.
Seats open at 3:30 pm, “first come – first seated”. The Pattaconk 1850 Bar and Grille is offering 1/2 off an appetizer and $3.50 for a glass of wine or a beer, before or after the concerts.
Leif Nilsson Spring Street Studio and Gallery One Spring Street, Chester, CT
February 10, 2013 – 4 – 6 pm
$10 donation – BYOB – Bistro Style Seating

Dirt Floor Recording Studio

In Chester Business, Interesting Bits, Music on January 17, 2013 at 12:00 pm

What’s Dirt Floor Recording Studio all about?
Watch this short video shot by HawkHill Media to find out.

Chester Historical Society Presents: The 2013 Bone Art Challenge

In Art, Chester CT Events, Interesting Bits on January 16, 2013 at 9:15 pm

Bag of Bones for ChesterPhoto by Skip Hubbard

The Chester Historical Society has come up with another fun challenge linking Chester history and art.  This spring, those accepting the 2013 Bone Art Challenge issued by the Historical Society will be working with a “bag of bones” from the Bishop and Watrous Novelty Works. The “bones” were likely to have been handles for flatware or crochet hooks made in the 1930s and ‘40s at the Bishop and Watrous factory on Maple Street in Chester.

As with the Brooks for Hooks Challenge and the Bates Square Roots Challenge offered by the Chester Historical Society in past years, the Bishop and Watrous Bone Art Challenge is for area artists, sculptors, photographers, engineers, jewelry designers, and all others with a creative mind.

Anyone who wants to take the challenge can stop in at the Chester Gallery on Main Street in the center of Chester to fill a bag with up to 25 bones to create a piece of “Bone Art” for an entrance fee of $25, which includes a ticket to the event. The finished works will be exhibited and sold by silent auction at the Historical Society’s Bone Arts Champagne Reception on Saturday, March 23 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Chester Meetinghouse.

For more information, call Sosse Baker at Chester Gallery at 860-526-9822.


23rd Annual Chester Winter Carnivale Feb. 17, 2013

In Chester CT Events, Interesting Bits on January 16, 2013 at 9:03 pm

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Who can object to winter when it’s celebrated with magnificent ice carvings, a chili contest, and a decorated tractor parade? Throw in some Mardi Gras-style beads, face painting, and street performers, and you’ll never hate winter again!

The town of Chester celebrates its 23rd Annual Winter Carnivale on Sunday, Feb. 17, beginning at 10 a.m. The event, which takes place in the center of town in snow, rain, or shine, is free, with the exception of the Chili Cook Off.

The Ice Carving Competition, with professional and student carvers, will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., with judging shortly after. Spectators may vote for their favorite sculpture to win the “People’s Choice Award.”

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The “Chilly Chili Cook Off” will be held at the Chester Hose Company Fire House, 6 High Street, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Attendees can pay their $5 donation at the firehouse door, which allows them to taste all the different chilis made by restaurants and chefs and to vote for their favorite. All proceeds go to the Chester Hose Company.

And last but not least, festively decorated tractors will parade up and down Main Street beginning at 2:00 p.m. in the highly anticipated Chester Tractor Parade. Judges choose the winners of their Iron Steed Awards for the best decorated tractors.

Restaurants, shops and galleries will have special events all day. The Chester Museum at The Mill will also be open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., offering another place to warm up and take a break while seeing Chester history, including two early ice carving machines.

Parking is available in the commuter lot at exit 6 with a courtesy shuttle bus to the town center.



Winter Show at Maple and Main 2013

In Art, Chester Business, Chester CT Events on January 16, 2013 at 8:48 pm

Barns and Farm maple and Main

Barns and Farms is the theme of the Winter Show at Maple and Main which will open with a gala party Friday, Jan. 25 from 5 to 8 p.m. Paintings devoted to farm life in New England – fields, barns and their inhabitants – will be featured in the downstairs gallery and on a wall in the main gallery as well. The show will also include a full spectrum of other paintings in a variety of subject matter, medium and styles and at all price points. The little gallery off the main gallery will be filled with small paintings, and there will be over 60 original unframed paintings and drawings at affordable prices offered. Food and wine will be served at the opening, and many of the artists will be on hand.

Maple and Main offers classes, workshops and demonstrations. The gallery can also be reserved for events.  Please consult the web site: mapleandmaingallery. com; 860-526-6065 or

Hours: Wednesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Want to jumpstart your health in 2013?

In Chester Business, Classes, Restaurants on January 10, 2013 at 8:41 pm

Six Main Cooking Class

Want to jumpstart your health in 2013?

This week-end is Week Two of Six Main’s Detox and Rejuvenation Series! They’ll be exploring delicious raw food, discuss juicing and more. Lots of tasty samples, fun Q&A and recipes, recipes, recipes!

Classes are open admission, on Saturdays in January from 10am-Noon

6 Main St

Chester, CT

(860) 322-4212

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