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Chester Shop and Gallery Stroll Sept, 19, 2014

In Chester CT Events on September 7, 2014 at 7:55 am
Bell’Oliva, Chester’s newest shop

Bell’Oliva, Chester’s newest shop

For 24 years, the third Friday of September has been the town of Chester’s “Come Home to Chester” evening – a time when the shops, galleries and restaurants in the historic town center open their doors and celebrate there’s no place like being HOME in Chester! From one end of Chester Center to the other, beginning at 5 p.m., the businesses throw open their doors and welcome you with special events, refreshments, and even opportunities to win a prize.

This year, Friday, Sept. 19, three new shops that have made Chester their new HOME will be celebrating their grand openings.

At The Joy of Lighting (5 West Main Street), where owner Susan Schneider creates lamps, shades, finials, and more, browse through all her new lighting creations at her opening reception.

From Britain to Chester – Annie Glover’s British Foods and Gifts, 29 Main Street, will have a grand opening sale on Bronnley, Scottish Fine Soaps and Woods of Windsor products. And carrying fine olive oils and vinegars from all around the world, along with olive oil skincare and home goods, Bell’Oliva will celebrate its grand opening at 14 Main Street with a “dip and sip” and a drawing for a basket.

The Chester Gallery, at 76 Main Street, welcomes the return of Deborah Quinn-Munson to Chester with a show of her beautiful oils and pastels focusing on the Connecticut River. Deb will be on hand to meet and greet old and new friends at a reception from 6 to 8 p.m.

The Leif Nilsson Spring Street Studio and Gallery at 1 Spring Street will also have a reception for Leif’s recent oil paintings of the Connecticut River Valley and his garden. The Al Malpa Photography Gallery at 4 Spring Street will be open for refreshments on the deck while visitors enjoy his photography.

A free drawing for a painting by popular artist Pam Carlson will be part of Maple and Main Gallery’s evening celebration. Chester-based Aaron Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center will host a wine tasting at the gallery from 6 to 8 p.m, featuring a variety of special wines. The gallery will also be serving wine, chocolate delicacies, cheese and crackers and more. Pam Carlson is a well-known Essex-based artist who shows her work at Maple and Main. The painting she has donated to the drawing is part of her series depicting baby chicks, and the winner will be announced at 9 p.m.

Enter the prize drawing at Red Pepper (14 Main Street) for a fall scarf, try out the new cupcake flavors at Cupcakery (how about some Turtle Lava Fudge or Pumpkin Salted Caramel), and ELLE Design will showcase its new collection of furnishings while offering you some light snacks and spirits. At the Dina Varano Gallery (27 Main Street), where Dina collects inspirations from nature and presses them into sterling and gold, see her new collection of jewelry called “Impressions in Nature.” Refreshments will be served.

The doors will be open to the shops at 4 Water Street, where Lark promotes “home is where the heart is” (yes, with ruby red slippers and hearts of all sizes); the Brown Eyed Girl and Vintage Glory serves up some wine while you browse the shop; and the Connecticut River Artisans offer you a fishbowl discount (take a slip providing you with a random discount on your purchase that evening).

Free parking in walking distance of town is available in the Water Street and Maple Street public parking lots. More information about happenings on Friday, Sept. 19, is available at or


Tri-town Base Ball Game by 1857 rules Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014

In History, Near By Events on September 7, 2014 at 7:27 am

Vintage base ball game

The historical societies of Chester, Deep River and Essex are teaming up to present a Vintage Base Ball game on Sunday, Sept. 21 at Devitt Field in Deep River. The 2 p.m. game will be free to the public. (And yes, “base ball” is spelled correctly here – this was the 19th-century spelling of the game.)

Three teams – one from each town – will play two or three innings each, round-robin style, by late 19th-century rules (such as no bunting or stealing) and customs to recreate the earliest days of America’s pastime, when courtesy prevailed on and off the playing field. For instance, there is no swearing, no spitting and no “ungentlemanly” behavior anywhere during the games.

Historical commentary will be provided by longtime ballplayer and sports broadcaster Steven Knauth of Ivoryton to help the audience understand base ball rules of the 1850s.

Ballists (players) will use replica equipment – authentic reproduction wooden bats and hand-sewn hard balls. No gloves are worn. Each team will be wearing specially purchased shirts and hats, representative of their different towns’ uniforms from the 19th century.

Old-time refreshments (“buy me some peanuts and cracker jack”) will be sold by Ivoryton Tavern & Café. The audience may want to bring their own chairs. Raindate will be Sept. 28. More information is at, or contact Keith Dauer at 860-526-2331.

Robbie Collomore Series Presents: Violinist Sean Lee

In Chester CT Events, Music on September 5, 2014 at 5:07 pm
Violinist Sean Lee

Violinist Sean Lee to perform Oct 12, 2014

The 41st annual season of the Robbie Collomore Music Series begins in October. Four Sunday afternoon concerts featuring internationally recognized musicians are scheduled. in the Chester Meeting House, and season subscriptions may be purchased now.

The Collomore Committee carefully selects two classical and two non-classical performers for each season. Speaking for the committee, chairman Martin Nadel said, “Whatever kind of music it is, we want it to be the very best of its type. People have told me even if they don’t know anything about the group or the music they are playing, they come to the concerts because they trust the kind of groups we select.”

On Oct. 12, young violinist Sean Lee, whose performances have been described by the New York Times as “breathtakingly beautiful,” will perform a Beethoven Sonata recital, accompanied by pianist Peter Dugan. Lee, a member of the faculty of the Juilliard School, has been broadcast live by WGBH (Boston) and WQXR (New York). He has won many international awards for his performances.

Six-time Grammy nominee Fred Hersch, called “the most arrestingly innovative pianist in jazz over the last decade or so” by Vanity Fair magazine, will bring his trio to the Meeting House stage on Nov. 23. Hersch has collaborated with an astonishing range of instrumentalists and vocalists throughout worlds of jazz (Joe Henderson, Stan Getz and Bill Frisell); classical (Renée Fleming, Dawn Upshaw, Christopher O’Riley); and Broadway (Audra McDonald).

Jim Kweskin and Geoff Muldaur bring the blues to the Meeting House on April 12, followed by the Chiara String Quartet on May 10.

Subscriptions can be purchased now for the season. A subscription to all four concerts is just $72 (that’s four concerts for the price of three). Individual concert tickets cost $24. For students from elementary through graduate school, a subscription for the four concerts is just $15. A student ticket for just one concert is $5. Information is at or you can email . You can also pick up information at the Community Table at the Chester Sunday Market on Sunday, Sept. 7.