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Chester Poets Reading at Meeting House

In Art, Library on April 23, 2015 at 8:37 pm

In celebration of National Poetry Month, the Chester Library Board of Trustees is sponsoring its fifth annual poetry reading by Chester poets. The free program will be held Monday, May 4 at 7 p.m. at the Chester Meeting House. Refreshments will be served at the conclusion of the program.

Three published poets, all Chester residents, will read some of their work. They are Suzanne Levine, Tim Napier, and Ravi Shankar. In addition, winners of the library’s Chester Poetry Contest will read their winning poems.

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Suzanne Levine’s poems have appeared in Drunken Boat, Bellingham Review, Stand Magazine (UK), Permafrost, Quiddity International Literary Journal, New Delta Review, Front Range and many other publications. Haberdasher’s Daughter, her first poetry collection published in 2010 by Antrim Press, was a finalist for an Eric Hoffer Award. Grand Canyon May Be Older Than Thought is the title of her second ms. Suzanne holds an MFA from Vermont College and is co-founder of Writing at the Mark Twain House in Hartford.

Tim Napier is retired and likes to write, so he has the time and opportunity to foist himself upon an unsuspecting public from time to time. He generally has a good time at it, but he says he has never done anything so hard: finding the right word arranged in the right order, with the right look and sound as well. Tim began writing poems, critically, in college under the tutelage of Lauren Stevens and Richard Glassman, then in graduate school he had the good luck of getting into a poetry class taught by William Meredith (Pulitzer 1989), which started an association that lasted until Meredith’s death in 2007. Tim has been published in the Aurorean poetry journal, edited by Cynthia Brackett-Vincent, and its sister journal the Unrorean, edited by Devin McGuire. Tim has also been published in Sailing the Mist of Time, a collection of prize-winning poems sponsored by

Ravi Shankar is the author of several books of poetry, including “What Else Could it Be” (2015), the National Poetry Review Prize winning “Deepening Groove” (2011), and the Finalist for the Connecticut Book Awards “Instrumentality” (2004). He co-edited W.W. Norton & Co.’s “Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from Asia, the Middle East & Beyond,” called a “beautiful achievement for world literature” by Nobel laureate Nadine Gordimer, and founded Drunken Boat, one of the world’s oldest electronic journal for the arts. He’s a Professor of English at CCSU and in the international MFA Program at City University of Hong Kong.

The program is free and open to all ages. For more information, contact the Chester Library at 860-526-0018.

Looking for all Huck Finns!

In Chester CT Events on April 23, 2015 at 8:10 pm

Calling Huckleberry Finns of all ages!

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Join the Chester Land Trust at the Carini Preserve on Water Street at 5 p.m. on Friday, May 1, to build a “raft “out of recyclable materials (on your own or as a team).  Materials will be provided by the Chester Land Trust. Huck will perhaps be there! Come dressed as Tom, Jim, Becky, Aunt Polly or Mark Twain himself. Rafts will be launched at the “new” bridge at 6 p.m.  You can park in the Water Street public parking lot and walk right to the Carini Preserve.  Gifts to all launchers!

This is the same evening as the May Daze Flower Party in Chester Center – there’s plenty of time to enjoy all the activities in town.

If you need more information, contact: Dick Harrall @ 860 526. 5920 /


May Daze Flower Party

In Chester CT Events on April 23, 2015 at 10:39 am

May Day will be celebrated in Chester this year with a May Daze flower party on Friday, May 1, beginning at 5 p.m.

May Daze is the annual Spring evening stroll through Chester Village for residents and visitors. This year the event falls on May 1 – the centuries-old festival celebrating flowers and Spring. After the long and brutal winter we’ve just had, we all deserve a flower-filled Spring celebration!

The village’s shops, galleries and restaurants will be open with special floral-themed offerings beginning at 5 p.m.  such as:

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Renowned luminous glass artist Mundy Hepburn is creating several neon flower sculptures to display in several gallery windows on Main Street.


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Gallery Americana Arts & Antiques will be exhibiting new pieces by gallery owner Bill Vollers (such as “Distracted” shown here) and offering 20% off on all antiques in the shop.


Connecticut River Artisans will be raffling off this handmade butterfly wreath.

Connecticut River Artisans will be raffling off this handmade butterfly wreath.

At Maple and Main Gallery, May Wine made with sweet woodruff flowers will be served while you enjoy the Spring Show featuring flower paintings. Two tables full of beautiful unframed flower-themed paintings and drawings will be sold at only $100 apiece, and there will be a free raffle for a flower painting, titled Shower Flowers, by Chester artist Claudia Van Nes.

Floral items are being given away with purchase at several shops (such as floral hair ties at C&G Unparalleled Apparel and leather flower key ring at Red Pepper), and special sales on floral items will be held at other shops. Flower petals will decorate the refreshments served as you stroll through the shops and galleries. Meanwhile, the Dizzy River Band will be playing your classic favorites on the patio at the Pattaconk from 6 to 9 p.m.

Come and bring your friends to Chester’s picturesque and historic village to celebrate everything that’s good about Spring!

For more details, go to