Chester Celebrates May with May Daze Night 2013

In Chester Business, Chester CT Events on April 22, 2013 at 7:56 am

Once again the Merchants of Chester are celebrating the arrival of spring with their Annual May Daze Night, on Friday, May 3. Starting at 5 p.m., the shops, galleries, and restaurants in Chester Center will be open with special events. Visitors are invited to stroll through the town to see the latest paintings, photographs, sculptures, fashions and jewelry, to sample baked goods and fine food, and to discover handcrafted decorative accessories and furnishings.

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Come celebrate the second anniversary of the Local Beet Co-Op

Three of Chester’s shops are hosting anniversary celebrations that evening. To celebrate its second anniversary, the Local Beet Co-Op  will have live music and samples from local vendors, including anniversary cupcakes from Cupcakery.  Celebrating its first anniversary, JUSTFOOD organic juice and chocolate bar will be offering samples of an exquisite new flavor of raw chocolate.

ELLE Design Studio + Shop is also celebrating its one-year anniversary in Chester Village, with sparkling beverages and a display of its new spring collection.

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At the Chester Gallery, Elizabeth Gourlay will exhibit “Sogno,”

At the Chester Gallery, Chester artist Elizabeth Gourlay’s new exhibit, “Sogno,” works on paper and vellum, Spoleto, Italy, 2012, opens with a meet-the-artist reception beginning at 5 p.m.

Leif Nilsson’s Spring Street Studio & Gallery will have an opening reception for the Spring exhibit of oil paintings of the artist’s garden, the Connecticut River Valley and world travels.

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Carolyn Emerson’s “Daffodils”

At the “Spring Awakening Show” at Maple and Main Gallery, at the corner of Maple and Main streets, the gallery’s collection of flower art and flower paintings will be offered at 10 percent off the regular price. Refreshments will be served, including a May Day punch.

The Al Malpa Photography Gallery will feature photographs by Al Malpa and refreshments on the deck overlooking the waterfall.

The Lori Warner Studio/Gallery plans to celebrate Spring COLOR that evening. Lori Warner returns from her printmaking workshop in the Bahamas with a portfolio of new monotypes. Mandy Carroll-Leiva will unveil a new collection of jewelry inspired by the pastel blossoms of Spring and based upon an extraordinary, small grouping of natural sapphires during her trunk show.

The Hammered Edge Studio & Gallery celebrates the Rites of Spring between 5 and 8 p.m.
In honor of Spring’s return, the shop will have a new collection of fascinators for the ladies and elegant felted wool top hats and bowlers for the gentlemen. There will also be wearable wings for those large and small in need of a “lift.” Shop owner Kathryne Wright says, “Our Faeries are showing signs of moving back into their houses in our window boxes!”
Ceramica is delighted to show off its collections of Connecticut-made crafts and vintage items on May 3 from 5 to 8 p.m.

Stop by Karma Skincare Studio and Brown Eyed Girl for a complimentary skin care consultation and makeup touch-up with La Bella Donna Mineral Makeup, and then shop in its Chic Boutique to find the perfect gift for Mother’s Day.

Free parking is available in public parking lots in town. For more information, go to






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