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Back into the Wild Film Screening Sept. 28, 2013

In Chester Business, Chester CT Events, Film & Movies on September 27, 2013 at 8:37 am

Leif Nilsson Spring Street Studio and Gallery Presents:


Friday, September 28, 2013 – 6 pm

Back into the Wild Film screening

Limited seating, no reservations. This video presentation, along with original writings and photographs, discussion and book signing will be presented by Billie & Walt McCandless, the parents of Christopher Johnson McCandless whose life was the subject of Jon Krakauer’s National best-seller “Into the Wild” and Sean Penn’s 2006 movie about a young man, who after college set out on the open road, and lived his life to the fullest, until his tragic death in Alaska. “Back to the Wild,” will take us on a journey again and shed new light about Christopher McCandless, the people he came into contact with, and a better understanding of his journey.

Saturday, September 28, 2013; Rain or Shine; Refreshments & Book Signing: 6:00pm; Viewing: 7:00pm; Discussion: 8:00pm. Donations Welcome (not required). All proceeds will benefit the “Christopher Johnson McCandless Memorial Foundation” dedicated to providing a “hand up” to needy mothers with small children.

Leif Nilsson Spring Street Studio1 Spring Street
Chester CT

23rd Annual Come Home to Chester Friday, Sept. 20, 2013

In Chester Business, Chester CT Events on September 17, 2013 at 10:30 am

Come Home To Chester CT


Come Home to Chester for unforgettable art and photography, delicious food, unique apparel and jewelry, great gifts, AND “The Luck of the Draw!”

On Friday, Sept. 20, from 5 to 8 (and sometimes 9) p.m., Chester Center will be bustling with numerous gallery openings, store events, and gift drawings from one end of the Center to the other. This year – the Chester Merchants 23rd Annual Come Home to Chester – colorful balloons will be flying at every business where there’s a Luck of the Draw gift drawing.

All evening, as you peruse the shops and galleries through the Center, meeting old and new friends and enjoying beverages and snacks courtesy of the Chester Merchants, stop to fill out a gift drawing ticket everywhere you see a Visit Chester balloon. The gift drawings will continue through the weekend, ending by 5 p.m. on Sunday.

You might win a $100 gift certificate at the Lion’s Pride, Chester’s new boutique at 4 Maple Street, or a lavender gift basket (an $80 value) at R.J. Vickers Herbery at 26 Water Street. Searobin Technology, a new business at 6 West Main Street, is offering three hours of in-home or business IT consultation and support. Maybe you’ll win a Shawlsmith London Scarf ($65 value) at Red Pepper at 14 Main Street, a $25 gift certificate at the Pattaconk restaurant, cupcakes at the Cupcakery, or an iPod from Stark Agency. At Maple & Main Gallery at 1 Maple Street, a large gift basket will be filled with original paintings, limited edition prints, notecards and much more. Three drawings will be at the Al Malpa Photography Gallery at 4 Spring Street – for a small original framed photograph, a personalized hand-wrought brass “Chester Cat” tag by Pet Endearment Tags, and two books published by the Chester Historical Society. And there are many more!


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An original encaustic, “The Peacock Flies,” by Gray Jacobik  will be included in the large gift basket of art in the gift drawing from Maple & Main Gallery at 1 Maple Street.

 Chester CT Lion's Pride Boutique clothing

If you win the $100 gift certificate at Lion’s Pride Boutique at 4 Maple Street during Come Home to Chester weekend, Sept. 20-22, you’ll have your choice of all the latest styles of fun and fashionable clothing in Chester’s new shop.

Chester CT Stark agency apple ipodWho’s going to be the lucky winner of this Apple iPod shuffle 2GB MP3 Player from Stark Agency? The gift drawing will be held at Century 21 Heritage at 16 Main Street.

Free parking is available in walking distance of the shops and galleries. Info: or email: or call: 860-526-1200.


Maple & Main Gallery Autumn Exhibit 2013

In Chester Business, Chester CT Events on September 15, 2013 at 6:53 am


All new art by 36 artists, some showing at Maple and Main Gallery for the first time, will be offered during the Gallery’s Autumn Exhibit.

The opening reception Friday, Sept. 20 from 5 to 8 p.m. coincides with two other special events – the annual Come Home to Chester Night and Maple and Main’s third anniversary.

The other galleries, shops and restaurants in town will also be open with food, drink and free drawings for gift baskets or gift certificates. Maple and Main’s basket will be filled with original art, notecards and much more.

But, the gallery will also be marking its third year in business, which for a for-profit gallery in this economy, is a cause for celebration.

The gallery will be serving anniversary cake, wine and other food.

Maple and Main Gallery, at One Maple Street, is open Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday from 11 am to 6 p.m, Friday, 11 am to 7 p.m and Sunday, 11 am to 5 p.m.;; 860-526-6065.

Chester Rotary’s 43rd Annual Lobster Festival

In Chester CT Events on September 3, 2013 at 10:03 am

Chester CT Rotary Lobster Festival

Chester Rotary’s 43rd Annual Lobster Festival

September 7th, 5-10pm

Chester Fairgrounds, Chester, CT

Gates open at 4 pm for all seating
Serving time from 5 to 7 pm
Live Music by Bittersweet Harmony, Second Chance and Flying Blind
Meal Options
Twin Lobster, Surf & Turf or Twin Steaks – $45 at the gate
Single Lobster or Single Steak – $35 at the gate
(Meal includes: Baked Potato, Corn on the Cob, Cole Slaw, Roll)
Child’s Hot Dog Meal – $5 at the gate (includes potato and cole slaw)
Soft Drinks, Beer and Wine available for purchase, free coffee
Tickets  – buy in advance at Stark Agency, Century 21, Chester Package Store, Chester Bottle Shop and Chrisholm Marina and save $$$

Antique Appraisal Day – Saturday, November 9, 2013

In Chester CT Events on September 3, 2013 at 9:56 am

Chester Ct Historical Society

Yes, The Chester, CT Historical Society has scheduled their 10th Annual Antiques Appraisal event, so you can learn what those “treasures” in your attic are worth.

Saturday, Nov. 9 at St. Joseph’s Parish Center, beginning at 8:30 a.m. and ending around noon. Returning this year are these appraisers, with still more expected. All of them donate their time and expertise to the Historical Society, so all money raised that day helps us with programs and upkeep of our Museum.

Norman & Linda Legassie, Stepping Stones Antiques & Collectibles
Peggy Maraschiello, River Wind Antiques
Tom Perry, One of a Kind Antiques

Orville Haberman, books & ephemera
Paul Indorf, jewelry & gems
Steve Lutar, coins & currency
Tom Medlin, paintings & furniture
John Newman, glass
Dave Passamano, stamps
Kevin Timme, silver
Gay Sherman Weintz, vintage jewelry

Please save the date and spread the word. More details to come!

Children’s Book About The Chester Ferry

In Books on September 3, 2013 at 9:41 am

Ferryboat Chester CT

This spring, as the State of Connecticut debated raising the fares for the historic Chester-Hadlyme Ferry, the Chester Historical Society focused on the history of the ferry as it opened its new transportation exhibit, “Over the River and Through the Woods.” After all, the ferry has been an integral part of Chester history since it began in the 1700s.

And now the Historical Society has reprinted the children’s book, Ferryboat, written about that historic ferry by Betsy Maestro and illustrated by Giulio Maestro and originally published by HarperCollins in 1986.

Ferryboat went out of print several years ago, but the Maestros have permitted the Chester Historical Society to reprint 1000 copies of the book.

“We couldn’t be happier to be bringing this wonderful and colorful book to a whole new generation of readers and their families,” said Society president Skip Hubbard.  “Over the years we have had some requests, so I expect there will be plenty of interest. It’s a pleasure to read it with a child and it makes a great gift.’’

The Maestros, who lived for many years in Old Lyme, where they raised their son and daughter, said, “We created the book because we loved the Chester-Hadlyme Ferry and enjoyed riding on it with our children when they were small. The children in the book are loosely based on our own son and daughter. Over the years, it was fun to share the book with other children at schools all over the United States as an example of something unique and scenic near our home in Connecticut.”

The Maestros now live in Arizona, “not far from the red rocks of Sedona,” where they continue to write and illustrate children’s books.

Ferryboat, chosen by Yankee Magazine in 2000 for its list of Classic New England Children’s Books, has also been referenced in Southwest Airlines’ Travel Guide, where the Chester-Hadlyme Ferry is described as “a popular means of crossing the river during the summer months. It’s more than a tourist attraction – it’s an educational outing for children and adults into the workings of a modern-day ferry.” (Connecticut DOT, take note!)

Publishers Weekly wrote about Ferryboat, “Their words and pictures are so completely involving that it’s almost like being on the real thing. The author carefully explains the workings of the ferry and takes readers from shore to shore, lovingly describing the sights and sounds of the ride….The double-page spreads, with a deep blue river and lush tree-lined shores, are colorful and appealing.”  School Library Journal called the book “a charming treat,” adding,” How the ferry operates (it never needs to turn around since the front is the same as the back!) is sure to fascinate young armchair mariners.”

The book is available for purchase at $12 in Chester at the Chester Museum at the Mill, open weekends 10-4, and at Century 21 Heritage in the center of town.  For more information, go to