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Chester Historical Society Benefit Concert April 20, 2013

In Chester CT Events, Music on March 26, 2013 at 10:22 am

Side Doors Chester Ct

Be a part of history as the Chester Historical Society hosts a concert by two local bands while they make their historical live recording in the historic Chester Meeting House on Saturday evening, April 20.

The Side Doors and the Dizzy River bands will be sharing the stage. They describe themselves as Smooth Rock & Natural Roll – acoustic and electric instrumentation with a creative mix of eclectic, original and classic songs.

The Side Doors band is Todd Schrager,  electric guitar and vocals; Matt Gyorog,  acoustic guitar and vocals; Mike Conklin, bass and vocals;  Leif Nilsson, banjo; Gary Parrington, percussion; and Colleen Seymour, guitar and vocals. The Dizzy River Band is Erin Smith, lead female vocalist; Frank Natter Jr. from Deep River (Face Arts Music), lead guitarist; Keith Newman, bass; and Mat Seymour, drummer.

The concert is from 8 to 10 p.m. Desserts, coffee, and wine will be served. Tickets at $20 each are available at Ceramica and Chester Gallery or through Leif Nilsson. All proceeds will benefit the Chester Historical Society’s programs and Chester Museum at The Mill. More information at

The Side Doors will perform in a benefit concert for the Chester Historical Society on April 20 at the Meeting House.

Robbie Collomore Concert Series Presents: Parker Quartet April 14, 2013

In Chester CT Events, Music on March 26, 2013 at 10:15 am

Robbie Collomore Concert Series Presents: Parker Quartet


The Grammy Award-winning Parker Quartet, hailed by the New York Times as “something extraordinary,” will perform in the historic Chester Meeting House on Sunday, April 14 at 5:00 p.m. The concert is sponsored by the Collomore Music Series in its 39th season.

The Parker Quartet has rapidly distinguished itself as one of the preeminent ensembles of its generation. The quartet began its professional touring career in 2002 and garnered international acclaim in 2005, winning the Concert Artists Guild Competition as well as the Grand Prix and Mozart Prize at the Bordeaux International String Quartet Competition in France.  Chamber Music America awarded the quartet the prestigious biennial Cleveland Quartet Award for the 2009-2011 seasons.

Last summer, the Boston Globe reviewed the Parker Quartet’s performance as “intense, virtuosic, utterly assured. Indeed, the group thrives on combinations of intricacy and power. Their touchstones are precision and an assiduously cultivated blend of sound — focused and wiry at its core and, whatever the style, so well-matched that it can be difficult to tell where one instrument leaves off and another begins.”

Concert tickets for the Collomore concert are $21. For students from elementary through graduate school, a ticket is $5. All ticket-holders are invited to stay for a reception after the concert to meet members of the quartet. Ticket info: (860) 526-5162 or The Chester Meetinghouse is located on 4 Liberty Street in Chester (Exit 6 off Rte. 9). The concert is sponsored by Ceramica.



Bonjour, Bon Appetit, Bone Art

In Art, Chester CT Events on March 11, 2013 at 2:19 pm

Bone Arts Challenge

Saturday, March 23rd, will be a good day (Bonjour), if not a great day, to enjoy tasty treats (Bon Appetit) and bid on original artistic works (Bone Art).

It all takes place at the historic Chester Meeting House as 45 artists have responded to a challenge and tested their imaginations for the benefit of the Chester Historical Society.

Coming on the heels of two successful similar events (“Brooks for Hooks,” using hooks and screw eyes made by the M.S. Brooks factory; and “Square Roots,” using square knitting gauges made by the Bates factory), artists use simple products from Chester’s manufacturing past as a starting point for their creations.

This year’s challenge involves simple bone handles made by Bishop and Watrous Novelty Works in the 1930’s and ‘40s in Chester, which the artists are turning into sculptures, paintings, prints, jewelry, purses, and more.  All creations will be exhibited on the 23rd and can be purchased by silent auction, benefiting the Historical Society.

The “bon appetit” treats are coming from the chefs of Chester’s noteworthy restaurants and caterers and will be accompanied by champagne and non-alcoholic beverages.

The event begins at 5:30 p.m., with the silent auction winning bids announced by 7 p.m.   Tickets are just $25 per person. Thanks to the donation of food goods and services, nearly all proceeds directly benefit the Chester Historical Society, its programs and Chester Museum at the Mill.

The event will run until 7:30 p.m., after which winning bidders can pick up their art and we will bid ‘Bonne Nuit’ to the Bone Art Challenge of 2013.