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Chester hosts its own “Antiques Roadshow” Nov. 9, 2013

In Chester CT Events on October 28, 2013 at 8:44 am

Antiques and jewelry. Stamps and coins. Books and silver. Paintings and quilts….

All those “treasures” you’ve stashed away for decades, planning to pass them down to future generations (or maybe you need to sell them to pay some bills), what are they really worth? Wouldn’t you like to know?

Antiques appraisals – think of “Antiques Roadshow” on public television – are a fascinating way to learn if your “treasures” have any value. The Chester Historical Society has been sponsoring them for many years to help people learn more about their “treasures.”

The Chester Historical Society is presenting its 10th Antiques & Jewelry Appraisal on Saturday, November 9, from 8:30 a.m. to noon, at St. Joseph’s Parish Center in Chester.


Tom Perry Chester CTThomas J. Perry established his business, One of a Kind Antiques, in 1975, in Chester Center, where his store was very well known on Main Street for decades. He is now located in Deep River, with an online business ( Tom has over 38 years of full-time experience buying and selling antiques, art, and vintage objects, dating from antiquity through the 20th century. Tom will be lending his considerable expertise as a generalist at the Chester Historical Society’s Antiques & Jewelry Appraisal event on Saturday, Nov. 9, from 8:30 a.m. to noon at St. Joseph’s Parish Center in Chester.

Eleven appraisal experts will be on hand to appraise everything from jewelry, paintings, books and ephemera, stamps, coins and currency, glassware and brass candlesticks to textiles and furniture from every century.


Paul Indorf and Gay Sherman Weintz Chester CTPaul Indorf and Gay Sherman Weintz are jewelry appraisers, both from Chester. Paul’s specialty is fine jewelry, gemstones and watches, while Gay specializes in appraising vintage and antique costume jewelry. They will be at the Chester Historical Society’s Antiques & Jewelry Appraisal event on Saturday, Nov. 9, from 8:30 a.m. to noon at St. Joseph’s Parish Center in Chester.

Three of the appraisers are generalists, appraising the full range of antiques. They are Norman and Linda Legassie of Stepping Stones Antiques and Collectibles in Old Saybrook, and Tom Perry of One of a Kind Antiques of Deep River (

The other eight appraisers are more specialized. They are Orville Haberman of CT River Books (books and ephemera); Paul Indorf of Connecticut Jewelry Appraisers (fine jewelry, gemstones, watches); Steve Lutar and Dave Passamano from Guilford Coin Exchange (coins and currency and stamps); Tom Medlin of Essex (American furniture of the 18th and 19th centuries, American paintings, and base metals, especially brass candlesticks); John Newman of Deep River (American-made glass and Aladdin oil and electric lamps); Kevin Timme (silver); and Gay Sherman Weintz (vintage costume jewelry).

Each attendee may bring up to three separate items to be appraised. If the item is too large to carry, bring photographs (if it’s a table or dresser, bring in a drawer too). Appraisals will cost $10 for the first item; $20 for two items; or $25 for three items. All proceeds will benefit the Chester Historical Society and its work on the Chester Museum at The Mill.

St. Joseph’s Parish Center is on Rte. 154 in Chester. There is ample parking and handicapped access. More information and directions to St. Joseph’s is on the website,, or email your questions to or call 860-558-4701.


Dirt Floor Recording Studio has a New Location

In Chester CT Events, Music on October 28, 2013 at 8:05 am

Dirt Floor is celebrating it’s new location with an incredible open house weekend!

Dirt Floor Recording Studio Chester CT

Join Dirt Floor on Nov 1-3, 2013 for their very first open house weekend!
Friday – movie night with a screening of ‘This is Spinal Tap’
doors open at 5pm-movie starts at 7pm and goes to 11!(FREE!!)

Saturday – Kerri Kerri Powers and Jenee Halstead LIVE in concert
showtime at 7pm $20 per person
Sunday – Tire Kickers!!!
from 11am to 6pm the studio will be open to 11 new artists that would like to come in and ‘kick the tires’ at Dirt Floor. Bring your instruments for a test drive! Private message us for your time slot(first come,first served)Here’s the Facebook event – Click the ‘going’ tab and you will receive the secret Dirt Floor address

— with Kerri E. Powers, Dustin Meadows, Jenee Halstead, Jenee Halstead, Michael Cleary and Steve Wytas.

Six Main Prix Fixe Oct. 28 – 30

In Chester Business, Restaurants on October 28, 2013 at 7:20 am
Six Main Chester CT

This week BEETS are on the menu!

Prix Fixe Monday October 28th through Wednesday October 30th, 2013
Golden beet borscht with horseradish cream and toasted rye berries

Smoked and pickled beets, crispy fried shiitakes, celeriac slaw, warm potato salad

Black forest cake with raspberry jam filling and vanilla beet frosting

Vegan and gluten free friendly

$25 includes 3 courses/$5 for featured wine pairing

Six Main6 Main Street
Chester, CT 06412

For info or reservations 860.322.4212

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Congratulations to Dina Varano!

In Chester Business, Shopping on October 27, 2013 at 10:28 am

Dina Varano Chester CT

Congratulations to Dina Varano for being voted #1 Artisan Jewelry!


Best Of Shoreline Dina Varano Chester CT

Halloween Festival Friday, Oct. 25, 2013

In Chester CT Events on October 20, 2013 at 1:46 pm

Halloween Chester CT

Chester Rotary, the Chester Elementary School PTO and Chester Merchants are collaborating on a fun evening for all in the center of Chester.

Halloween Chester CT

All are invited to join the costumed parade from the Maple Street commuter parking lot around 5:30 p.m. The parade will be led by Chester Fife & Drum Corps and will head to go to the center of town where DJ Gary Torello (, who is also known for his monthly karaoke show at the Ivory Restaurant & Pub in Deep River) will be playing music for dancing in the street. Rayna’s School of Dance students will perform. Prizes will be awarded for scariest, silliest, ugliest, prettiest, best super hero, best animal, funniest, (and more!) costume categories (around 6 – 6:15).

Halloween Chester CT

Merchants will have treats for kids and some will have “adult treats,” and some businesses will offer other activities, such as a prize drawing for a Halloween/masquerade mask at Hammered Edge Gallery. Miss Judy will tell Spooky Fun Stories (free) every half hour at Maple & Main Gallery (back door, downstairs).

Starting at 6:30 p.m., the PTO will be sponsoring Haunted Hayrides in Laurel Hill Cemetery. “Fast Pass” tickets will be available, so families can avoid standing in line too long. Chester Fife & Drum Corps musicians will be adding to the spooky atmosphere of the hayrides. The PTO will have game tents and a spooky cupcake tent at the entrance to the cemetery, and will also sell chili, cider and doughnuts in town.

Halloween Chester CT

Main Street will be closed to traffic during the evening. Parking is available in the Water Street parking lot.

Halloween Chester CT

Halloween Chester CT


Collomore Music Series Presents: Attacca Quartet

In Chester CT Events, Music on October 8, 2013 at 10:00 am

Attacca String Quartet Chester CTinternational prizewinning string quartet, the Attacca Quartet

Attacca String Quartet, winner of the prestigious 2011 Osaka International Chamber Music competition, will open the 40th anniversary season of the Collomore Music Series on Sunday, Oct. 20, at 5 p.m. at the Chester Meeting House.

The Attacca Quartet is now in its tenth season, having been formed at the Juilliard School in 2003. It is composed of violinists Amy Schroeder and Keiko Tokunaga, violist Luke Fleming and cellist Andrew Yee. They made their professional debut in 2007 as part of the Artists International Winners Series in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall and have appeared there on numerous occasions since.

The top prizewinner and Listeners’ Choice Award recipient in the 2011 Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition, the Attacca Quartet has been recognized as one of America’s premier young performing ensembles. The New York Times wrote about one of their concerts, “The concert was, in a word, sensational.” The quartet currently serves as the Juilliard Graduate Resident String Quartet, and is represented internationally by Columbia Artists.

Their Collomore concert is this year’s Barbara and Edmund Delaney Young Artists Concert, and is sponsored by Ceramica. Tickets 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 the performers. Ticket info: (860) 526-5162 or The Chester Meetinghouse is located on Goose Hill Road in Chester.

If you’re interested in attending all four concerts of the 40th season, a subscription is just $63 (that’s four concerts for the price of three). For students from elementary through graduate school, a subscription for the four concerts is just $15. Check the website, for information on all four concerts in the 2013-14 season.

Jennifer Lowe and the Firefly Band, Sunday, October 13, 2013

In Chester CT Events on October 8, 2013 at 9:52 am
jen_lowe chester ct(photo courtesy of Jennifer Lowe)

Americana singer songwriter Jennifer Lowe and the Firefly Band will perform a special concert in the garden at Leif Nilsson Spring Street Studio and Gallery on  Sunday, October 13, 2013  4 – 6 pm. There is a $10 donation for the event. Outdoor Bistro Style Seating in the Amphitheatre, BYOB if you like. Seating will be inside the Gallery if inclement weather. Gates open a half hour before the show. First come first seated.

As an Americana artist, Jen’s stage presence, songwriting, and musical ability have instantly captured audiences from state to state. Her lovelorn poetic verses and catchy choruses will remain in your head, illuminating and fluttering, like fireflies in a mason jar, long after the last note is played.

Leif Nilsson Spring Street Studio and Gallery
1 Spring Street
Chester, CT

For more info (860)526-2077