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Chester’s Annual Holiday Night Festival on Dec. 6

In Chester CT Events on November 23, 2013 at 9:58 am

Shops, Galleries and Restaurants WILL still be open for the Holiday Stroll


Carol Sing and Tree Lighting Cancelled due to expected bad weather

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If you’re looking for holiday magic, look no further than Chester on Friday evening, Dec. 6. That night the historic Chester village will be especially festive with the annual tree-lighting and caroling, while all the galleries and shops beckon you in with holiday goodies and lots of holiday inspiration.

Chester’s Annual Holiday Night Festival, which is co-sponsored by the Town of Chester, Chester Rotary Club and the Merchants of Chester, will begin at 6:00 p.m. in Chester Center. Carolers from the Chester Elementary School, led by music teacher Meg Gister, and the United Church of Chester choir will sing as they walk through the center. They’ll pause for Chester Rotary’s lighting of the bushes along the old Chester Wall and then will gather around the town tree at the flagpole at Maple and Main Streets for the tree-lighting and community sing-along. The Chester Boy Scouts Troop 13 will line the streets with luminaries, Saint Lucia Girls will stroll around with cookies, and students from Rayna’s School of Dance will perform.

The plentiful art and photography galleries of Chester will host new exhibits and the shops will be full of holiday gift ideas. The town’s new 2013 pewter ornament, designed by Chester artist Peter Good, will be sold in the shops and galleries.

Free parking is available at the Water Street and the Maple Street parking lots, both a short walk to the center. More information about Chester can be found at

Here’s a glimpse of some of the special events in the shops and galleries on Holiday Night:

The Al Malpa Photography Gallery will be open, showcasing photos by Al, holiday refreshments, and Chester books and movies from the Chester Historical Society.

Stop in at Ceramica for a cup of hot coffee AND to see some of our latest shipment from Italy!  We’re also showing off our funky & fun ‘Vintage’ items and handsome Connecticut crafts!  Remember to leave your email address in our ‘Free Drawing’ bowl for your chance to win a beautiful Ceramica piece! We’ll be open until 8:00 for your shopping pleasure…Tree Lighting evening and EVERY Friday leading up to Christmas!

Cummings & Good will feature their self-published long, literate and artful calendar, whose theme for 2014 is TREE.  Both their second floor gallery and first floor boutique will entice with unique and original, art, artifacts, and body adornments.

The Chester Gallery’s annual Postcard Show, where all art is the size of a postcard or smaller, opens Friday, Dec. 6 from 6 to 8 p.m.  Come sip champagne by the fire. This year’s C&G calendar featuring Richard Ziemann’s “Black Spruce” for the month of July will be available along with Chester Merchants pewter ornaments.

Chester Holiday Ornament 2013

In Chester Business, Chester CT Events, Interesting Bits on November 23, 2013 at 9:37 am

Chester CT Ornament 2013

Chester has a new pewter ornament for 2013. It was created by Peter Good, of Cummings & Good in Chester, and features his tractor seat design from the 2013 Chester Carnivale. The ornaments are being sold at stores throughout Chester Center for $15 each. Profits will benefit Chester Merchants activities such as the 2014 Chester Carnivale.

Holiday Market Begins Nov. 24, 2013

In Chester CT Events, Market on November 18, 2013 at 8:42 am

Chester CT holiday market

‘Tis the season for local bounty and holiday fun! Fresh on the heels of its successful summer and fall Sunday Market, the village of Chester will host a Holiday Market on Sundays, Nov. 24 through Dec. 22. Between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. every Sunday, stroll through the village while shopping the market of local growers and producers of artisan baked goods, jams and jellies, farmstead cheese, fall vegetables, fresh fish and meats.

To add to the holiday spirit, Chester shops, restaurants and galleries will be dressed up in their holiday finery and offering special events, such as holiday storytelling, tastings, live music, and more. Activities for kids and their families will include dough-ornament making and a marshmallow toss. Nonperishable foods will be collected for the Shoreline Soup Kitchen and the Chester Elementary School sixth graders will be selling poinsettias.

Free parking is available at the town’s parking lots at 20 Water Street and Maple Street, both a short walk to the center. More information is available at

Collomore Music Series Presents Lionel Loueke Trio Nov. 24, 2013

In Chester CT Events, Music on November 13, 2013 at 10:28 am

West African guitarist Lionel LouekeThe Lionel Loueke Trio will perform at the Chester Meeting House on Sunday, Nov. 24 at 5 p.m. The concert is the second in the 40th anniversary season of the Robbie Collomore Concert Series.

West African guitarist Lionel Loueke has been called a “riveting performer” who “makes a powerful first impression” (San Francisco Jazz). He’s also been hailed as a “gentle virtuoso” by the New York Times and a “musical painter” by Herbie Hancock.

The Collomore Concert Series is pleased to be bringing this exciting guitarist to the Chester Meeting House on Sunday, Nov. 24, at 5 p.m.

Lionel Loueke started out on vocals and percussion in his native Benin, in West Africa. Following a scholarship to Berklee Music School and a stint at the Thelonius Monk Institute of Jazz, he has played with many contemporary jazz greats.

A veteran of bands led by Terence Blanchard and Herbie Hancock, Loueke brings jazz into vibrant contact with the sounds of West Africa, in particular his native Benin. The title of his most recent acclaimed recording, Heritage, is a direct reference to his personal odyssey. “I have two heritages,” Loueke says. “One is from my ancestors from Africa, and that goes through my music, my body, my soul, every aspect of what I do. But also I have the heritage from the Occident, from the West, from Europe and the U.S.”

Tickets for the Lionel Loueke concert on Nov. 24 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 Loueke, his bassist Michael Olatuja and his drummer John Davis.

Ticket info: (860) 526-5162 or The Chester Meetinghouse is located on Goose Hill Road in Chester.





Maple and Main opens its Holiday Show

In Art, Chester Business, Chester CT Events on November 1, 2013 at 8:13 am

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The Holiday Exhibit at Maple and Main Gallery, featuring the work of 37 artists from all over Connecticut, begins Wednesday, Nov. 13 with the opening reception Friday, Nov. 15 from 5 to 8 p.m.

This show of over 200 paintings and sculptures, all being shown for the first time at the gallery, will include traditional landscapes and still lifes, large abstract work,  sculptures in metal, wood and stone, watercolors, pastels, drawings, oils and acrylics, collages and encaustics.

In addition, there will be a silent auction of works starting at reasonable prices to benefit the Shoreline Women’s Club seven-year-long project to send boxes of gifts and essential to troops in Afghanistan. Cindy Stevens, one of the gallery artists, spearheads this effort, and proceeds from the sale will help her fill these boxes for the holidays.

The auction starts Nov. 13 and ends Sunday, Nov. 17 at 5 p.m.

Maple and Main, at the corner of Maple and Main Streets in Chester is open Wednesday through Saturday from 11 am to 6 p.m. and Sundays, from 11 am to 5 p.m. In December, the gallery will be open on Friday nights until 8 p.m. Visit us at our website: or visit us on facebook. Phone: 860-526-6065.