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Exploring the History of the Bicycle

In Chester Discussions, History on April 22, 2014 at 7:36 pm

stephen holmes bicycleStephen Holmes

Bicycling History – a free program for all ages
at Chester Meeting House on Sunday, May 4, 2014 at 4:00 p.m

During May, which just happens to be National Bicycle Month, the Chester Historical Society is going to explore some of the history of bicycles and bicycling in Connecticut. After all, the pedal bicycle was invented in 1866 in Connecticut by a Frenchman, Pierre Lallement, who was then living in Ansonia.

Chester resident Stephen Holmes, a bicycling enthusiast and collector, will give a free Powerpoint program, “The Origins of Cycling in Connecticut,” at the Chester Meeting House on Sunday, May 4 at 4:00 p.m. He will also display some of the bicycles in his collection, including his 1889 G&J American Light Champion (shown here). This program is sure to fascinate people of all ages, including children, whether they are cyclists or not. Refreshments will be served following the program.

Then, on Memorial Day weekend, the Historical Society’s Chester Museum at The Mill will open for the season, with its exhibit, “Over the River and Through the Woods,” which has been expanded to include early bicycling in Chester.

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Chester’s Annual May Daze Night Friday, May 2, 2014

In Chester CT Events on April 17, 2014 at 7:38 pm

Dina Varano GalleryDina Varano Gallery, leave your name for a chance to win
a $25 gift certificate on the weekend of May 2.

Come to Chester Center on Friday evening, May 2, to celebrate the start of May and enjoy unforgettable art and photography, delicious food, unique apparel and jewelry, great gifts, AND “The Luck of the Draw!”

That evening, 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’ Annual May Daze Night – colorful balloons will be flying at every business where there’s a gift drawing.

All evening, as you peruse the shops and galleries through the Center, listening to ‘80s rock by Axis at the Pattaconk Bar & Grille, 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 C&G: Unparalleled Apparel at 3 North Main Street or a birdhouse (a $120 value) at R.J. Vickers Herbery at 26 Water Street. Maybe you’ll win a Shawlsmith London Scarf/Wrap ($65 value) at Red Pepper at 14 Main Street or a gift basket filled with art created by the artists of Maple & Main Gallery at 1 Maple Street. If you’re lucky, you’ll win a pasta bowl from Montelupo, Tuscany (value $150) from Ceramica at 36 Main Street.  All that, plus gift certificates and more from other shops, galleries, and restaurants in Chester Center.

Ceramica - pasta bowl to win May 2
Come to Chester on Friday evening, May 2, and try to win this large, shallow pasta bowl at Ceramica. Made in Montelupo, Tuscany, it is 14 inches in diameter and over 3 inches deep and retails for $150. It can be used for pasta or hung on the wall as a piece of art. Ceramica is just one of many Chester businesses having prize drawings on May 2 during the Chester Merchants’ Annual May Daze Night.

Also that evening, stop in at Chester Gallery at 76 Main Street for the opening of an exhibition of exciting abstract works by Frederick Trinkaus. Visit Leif Nilsson Spring Street Studio and Gallery for the spring exhibition opening. At Dina Varano Gallery, Dina will be featuring her new Talisman Collection, and Bill Vollers at Gallery Americana/Art & Antiques will have a 20% off storewide sale for the evening.

Several businesses will be celebrating their newness on May 2. ELLE Design Studio is newly relocated to 1 Main Street, and Vintage Glory and Brown Eyed Girl are now joined at 4 Water Street, while Lark is in its first month at 4 Water Street. They will all have celebrations that evening.

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


Party Weekend at Maple and Main Gallery May 2, 3 and 4

In Art, Chester Business, Chester CT Events on April 16, 2014 at 8:11 pm

cotnoir_Tree_with_Green_Leaves,_30x30,_oil_on_canvasTree with Green Leaves by Essex artist Rosemary Cotnoir

On Friday, May 2 from 5 to 8 p.m., Maple and Main will celebrate Spring during the annual May Daze Night Stroll when all the town’s galleries, shops and restaurants stay open late offering food, drink and drawings for special gifts.

The gallery will serve wine, food and chocolates and will also offer a free gift basket brimming with art by the gallery artists: paintings, prints, drawings, cards and much more. Visitors can enter their names all weekend long to win.

Partying continues on Saturday, May 3 from 2 to 4 p.m. when there will be a reception for well-known artist Frank Federico’s month-long, one-man show in the Back Gallery of Maple and Main.



Federico is a nationally recognized, award-winning artist from Goshen who creates in a lively and semi-abstract manner which will be reflected in his show, Scapes I: Landscapes, Seascapes and Cityscapes.

Then, on Sunday, May 4, the gallery will serve cookies and punch all day and at 5 p.m, a bit of champagne to add some festivity to the drawing of the name of the winner of the art-filled gift basket.

And, during the entire weekend through May 25, the new Spring show of over 200 paintings and sculptures by 37 established Connecticut artists will be on view.

Maple and Main Gallery is located at One Maple St., Chester, CT 06412

Phone 860-526-6065. Please visit our new online gallery:

Collomore Concert Series Presents Pianist Kuok-Wai Lio

In Chester CT Events, Music on April 3, 2014 at 8:33 pm

The Collomore Concert Series, celebrating its 40th anniversary season, is welcoming Kuok-Wai Lio, a 25-year-old brilliant performer, to the historic Chester Meeting House on Sunday, April 6 at 5 p.m.

Lio Kuok-Wai


Born in Macau in 1989, Kuok-Wai began his piano studies at the age of five.  In 1997 he was awarded a scholarship to study at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, and in 2006 he entered the Curtis Institute of Philadelphia.  His principal teachers have included Gabriel Kwok and Gary Graffman. Most recently, Kuok-Wai has been working regularly with András Schiff at international master classes and festivals in Europe.

His recent performances include solo recitals at the Ravinia Festival, Vancouver Recital Series, as well as chamber music concerts at the Salzburg Festival.  A regular participant of Open Chamber Music Prussia Cove, and the Marlboro and Santa Fe Chamber Music festivals, Kuok-Wai has also performed with the Macau Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic, China Philharmonic, Pan Asia Symphony Orchestra, Kansas City Symphony Orchestra, Grand Rapids Symphony, Curtis Chamber Orchestra, Russian Symphony Orchestra and Camerata Salzburg. He has given solo recitals in Japan, Germany and Italy. In 2013 Kuok-Wai Lio was awarded an Avery Fisher Career Grant Award.

His Chester concert will include Schubert’s Four Impromptus, the “Waldstein” Sonata in C Major by Beethoven, and Schumann’s Fantasy in C Major.

Tickets for his Chester concert are $21. For students from elementary through graduate school, a ticket is $5. All ticket-holders are invited to stay for a reception, with refreshments provided by Simon’s Market, after the concert to meet the performer.

Ticket info: (860) 526-5162 or The Chester Meetinghouse is located on Goose Hill Road in Chester. The concert is sponsored by First Niagara Bank.

C&G Reopened March 21st

In Chester Business on April 3, 2014 at 7:44 pm

C&Gphoto courtesy C&G

C&G have been busy getting the shop filled with lots of beautiful things for Spring.
You’ll find many of old favorites as well as some delightful surprises. If you come see them soon, you’d have your pick of several one-of-a-kind vintage jackets.

hours are, 12—5, Wednesday thru Sunday.

Sad To Say Good-bye

In Chester Business on April 3, 2014 at 6:52 pm

This past Saturday we had to say good-bye to The Local Beet and JustFood’s Juice Bar.


We wish our friends from The Local Beet well!

We will miss you!


Stay tuned in to see where Lisa, proprietress of JustFood, will land.

You can follow JustFood on facebook to see what she is up to, but for now we say farewell to her too and wish Lisa the best!