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Unearthed Challenge – An Invitation to Area Artists

In Art, Chester CT Events on February 24, 2014 at 3:58 pm
unearthed in chester ctPhoto by Skip Hubbard
What might you create with these rusted Es
for the Chester Historical Society’s
Unearthed Challenge on March 22? 

The Chester Historical Society has come up with another fun challenge linking Chester history and art.  This spring, those accepting the 2014 Unearthed Challenge issued by the Historical Society will be working with flat, rusted iron pieces found buried in an early Chester Center property – one of the oldest houses in Chester.

These rusty pieces measure 1 ¼ by 2 inches and look like the capital letter E. We do not know their origin, but they’re a great example of what one might find by digging in their own backyard!

As with the Bishop and Watrous Bone Art Challenge and the Bates Square Roots Challenge offered by the Chester Historical Society in past years, the Unearthed Challenge is for area artists, sculptors, photographers, engineers, jewelry designers, and all others with a creative mind.

Anyone who wants to take the challenge can stop in at the Chester Gallery on Main Street in the center of Chester to pick up their rusty pieces and pay their entrance fee of $30, which includes two tickets to the event. The finished works will be exhibited and sold by silent auction at the Historical Society’s Unearthed Challenge Reception on Saturday, March 22 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Chester Meeting House.

For more information, call Sosse Baker at Chester Gallery at 860-526-9822.

Stories from Chester’s Early Kitchens shared on March 2, 2014

In Chester CT Events on February 24, 2014 at 3:43 pm

Chester is famed for its plentiful restaurants. From pizza and vegan to Italian and French, there’s no shortage of food being professionally prepared and savored in Chester today.

There was no shortage of food in the old days either – but it certainly was different!

Stories from Chester CT KitchensChester Historical Society photo
Hunting filled an important need for food in Chester, 
especially during the Depression. 
Shown here are four Chester men 
who were known for their hunting skills:  
Fred Walden, Layton Kelsey, Curt Bishop and Eddie Carlson.

Squirrel and rabbits. Polenta. Ravioli. Minestrone. Eels and river shad. Home-grown vegetables. Weekly Sunday dinner for the entire family at Grandmother’s. Friday night food sales in front of the bank, and side-by-side supermarkets and meat markets “downstreet.”

The Chester Historical Society invites you to “Stories from Chester’s Kitchens,” a program of memories shared by longtime Chester residents of the town’s cooks and their kitchens, food sales, and plentiful food markets. The program will be Sunday, March 2 at 4:00 p.m. in the Chester Meeting House (snowdate, March 9).

The program will revolve around the popular crackerbarrel format that has been successful for so many Historical Society programs. Audience participation is encouraged – we want to hear everyone’s Chester food memories, such as how fast your aunt raced to the food sale to buy Jennie Scalia’s Lemon Meringue Pie and how famous Helen Zanardi was for her Minestrone. We’re also looking forward to hearing how easy it was to food shop in Chester.

And when you need a prompt for your food memories, we’ll be showing historical photos to whet your appetite. This will be a great program for all ages, so bring your kids!

The program is free. Refreshments will include treats made from early Chester recipes. More information at

 markets chester ctChester Historical Society photo
Chester Center had a good many food stores in the past, 
including the A&P and Checkers Store (shown here), 
plus several meat markets. 
Residents never needed to leave town to shop for dinner.

Karmic Relief Feb. 21, 2014

In Near By Events on February 21, 2014 at 8:01 am
Karmic Relief chester ct
Karmic Relief 2014 is a night of comedy and searching lunatic laughing at the mysteries and misadventures and hidden treasures of the spiritual life. This year’s program features new work by the outrageous Anna Maria Trusky (Comedy on Demand) on the theme that Unicorns Are Jerks. We will also be treated to a mechanical crystal ball session with the the hilarious guru Swami Beyondananda, and performance from the innovative Om-FLY acrobatic-yogini troupe. Anna Maria Trusky is a Connecticut-based playwright, artist, director, and performer. Among other commissioned works, Trusky has written numerous works of comedy, including comedy sketches dealing with mental illness for the Second Step Players and popular comic musical murder mysteries for the Riverway Studio’s productions on the Essex
Steam Train and other plays for Groton Regional Theatre and the Mayfly Playhouse. She is also founding member of the professional improv troupe Comedy On Demand, and is a longtime member of the Writer’s Roundtable.
Be a FUNdamentalist. Ensure that the FUN always comes before the MENTAL.
Realize that life is a situation comedy that will never be cancelled. A laugh track has
been provided and the reason we are put in the material world is to get more material
from that track. – Swami Beyonananda
Swami Beyondananda is the cosmic comic alter ego of writer, humorist, performer and uncommontator Steve Bhaerman. The Swami, whose favorite yoga pose is tongue-in-cheek, is the spokesperson for a new non-religion, FUNdamentalism (accent on “fun”). In the
course of nearly twenty-five years of purveying cosmic comedy and healing laughter, Swami has had a successful, long-running monthly column, Ask The Swami, has written four books including Driving Your Own Karma … When You See A Sacred Cow, Milk It for
All It’s Worth and Duck Soup for the Soul. His latest book, written with cellular biologist Bruce H. Lipton, PhD is Spontaneous Evolution: Our Positive Future and a Way to Get There From Here (Hay House, 2009). He has been on stage with the great sages of the past quarter century, and even performed for Swami Satchidananda’s 80th birthday party in 1994.
Play: To Pay Attention – Jen Taylor
Karmic Relief will also feature Om-FLY acrobatic troupe’s new work DAKINI, in an acro-flying yoga hoop dance performance, showcasing some of the fun-filled mindfulness and community-building practices taught at the Sanctuary. Om-FLY is a collaborative
movement troupe comprised of Melissa Cokas, Maia Rose, Justin Zachariewicz and Sheryl Delieto under the artistic direction of Jen Taylor. Each year, Taylor’s community Eco-Circus dazzles the audience with goodness and hope. This summer’s Cirque de Shiny promises ruminations on the nature of powerful technologies, both natural & man-made. In a noisy world, Taylor offers an inter-generational program of holistic education where students come to quiet our minds, inhabit our bodies, and discover our native creativity while learning the joys of community and the values of sustainable living. Ahimsa.
The evening will also include refreshments, a silent auction & live dance music. Karmic Relief is a fund-raising event for the Sanctuary. Located on a solar-powered 40 acre community land preserve, held in trust by Shepardfields 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, the Sanctuary
promotes interfaith spiritual practice, educational development and environmental education for sustainability and non-violent living. Karmic Relief will be held at the Chester Meetinghouse in Chester on Friday, February 21st at 7 PM. Tickets are $20 (Kids
and can be purchased online at, For more information call the Sanctuary at (860)319-1134 or