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Base Ball – by 1857 Rules – on Sept. 20

In History, Near By Events on September 5, 2015 at 3:56 pm

“I see great things in baseball. It’s our game—the American game.”

 – Walt Whitman (1819-1892)

at bat - vintage game 2014

Just around the corner is your chance to watch ‘the American game’ played by the rules of 1857, much the same as was seen by one of America’s finest poets.

On Sunday, Sept. 20 at 2 p.m., teams representing Chester, Deep River and Essex will be meeting in a round-robin format at Devitt Field in Deep River.   There is no admission charge for this family event sponsored by the Chester, Deep River and Essex Historical Societies.

Last September, co-ed teams from the three towns met in the inaugural vintage event. When a heavy rain cancelled the action midway into the second game, the first question asked was ‘When can we do this again?’

chester squirrels and ice elephants after their game 2014

Once again, players will be wearing period shirts and caps and you can count on spotting a few ‘game day’ mustaches. No gloves are allowed (the ball was somewhat softer then) and a striker (term for ‘batter’) was out if a fielder caught a ball on its first bounce under 1857 rules. Free programs will be provided at the game with team rosters, 1857 rules and terminology.

Old-time refreshments will be sold by Ivoryton Tavern & Café. Bring lawn chairs to supplement the limited seating at the field. The rain date will be Sept. 27.

So, using more terminology from the past, make a point to be a Crank (fan) at the Match (game) when the Club Nine (team) legs it (runs to a base) hoping to make Aces (runs) before Player Dead (an Out).baseball resized

All in all it makes for a wonderful, educational and entertaining way for all ages to enjoy the great American Game as it was 150 years ago. We think Walt Whitman would agree.

More info: 860-526-2331 or chesterhistoricalsociety.org or Facebook.com/chestercthistoricalsociety

42nd Season of Collomore Series Begins Sept. 27

In Chester CT Events, Music on September 5, 2015 at 3:38 pm

For its 42nd season, the Robbie Collomore Music Series will offer all four of its concerts in the fall, between Sept. 27 and Nov. 29. As always, the Collomore Committee, chaired by Martin Nadel, has chosen a mix of music genres for the season. All four concerts will be on Sundays at 5 p.m. in the charming and historic Chester Meeting House, which is known for its excellent acoustics.

Beginning the season, on Sunday, Sept. 27, is the Barbara and Edmund Delaney Young Artists Concert. Cellist Julia Bruskin debuted with the Boston Symphony at age 17 and now performs as a member of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and internationally as a soloist. She will perform four sonatas by Bach, Debussy, Britten and Rachmaninoff with her husband, Aaron Wunsch, an internationally known pianist and a member of the Juilliard piano faculty.

Aaron Wunsch and Julia Bruskin

Aaron Wunsch and Julia Bruskin

 

Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton takes center stage on Oct. 18. According to the Wall Street Journal, Paxton, age 26, is “virtually the only music-maker of his generation—playing guitar, banjo, piano and violin, among other implements—to fully assimilate the blues idiom of the 1920s and ‘30s.”

The Hot Club of Detroit, a jazz ensemble specializing in the Gypsy jazz sound made famous by guitarist Django Reinhardt, performs on Nov. 8, followed on Nov. 29 by classical guitarist Jorge Caballero. He is the youngest musician and the only guitarist to win the Naumburg International Competition, one of the most prestigious and coveted awards given to performers of any instrument.

Buy a season subscription and save money, plus you’ll be certain you will have a seat even when the concert is sold out. 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 is $15. A student ticket for just one concert is $5. Tickets can be purchased online at www.collomoreconcerts.org using PayPal. All ticket-holders are invited to stay for a reception after the concert to meet the performers. For more information, check the website or call 860-526-5162.

Come Home to Chester – Sept. 18

In Chester CT Events on September 4, 2015 at 12:10 pm
At Compass Rose, enter your name in a drawing for a specially made Chester Cabachon bracelet of your choosing while enjoying browsing and cold beer and pretzels.

At Compass Rose, enter your name in a drawing for a specially made Chester Cabachon bracelet of your choosing while enjoying browsing and cold beer and pretzels.

Come Home to Chester and celebrate the beginning of a new season with the Merchants of Chester on Friday, Sept. 18, beginning at 5 p.m. It’s the 25th year Come Home to Chester is being celebrated!

Peter Good and Jan Cummings are thrilled with another manifestation of their synchronicity with Chester. A significant anniversary date for them, September 18th, falls on the same day as Chester’s annual autumn village-wide event. To celebrate, Cummings & Good at 1 North Main St. will share their Timeless anniversary calendar with all who visit their shop and gallery that evening. No purchase expected, they simply would love to see you! It’s an opportune Time for Peter and Jan to give back to the community, customers and friends who continue to make their Time here full of Joy.

Peter Good and Jan Cummings are thrilled with another manifestation of their synchronicity with Chester. A significant anniversary date for them, September 18th, falls on the same day as Chester’s annual autumn village-wide event. To celebrate, Cummings & Good at 1 North Main St. will share their Timeless anniversary calendar with all who visit their shop and gallery that evening. No purchase expected, they simply would love to see you! It’s an opportune Time for Peter and Jan to give back to the community, customers and friends who continue to make their Time here full of Joy.

 

Enjoy friends, art, food and a glass of wine at twilight, as you stroll through the quaint village of Chester. The shops and galleries will be celebrating you with gift drawings and treats as you browse.

Dina Varano is celebrating her 25th anniversary with an exhibit of jewelry and photos from 1990 to the present. Dina says: “With thanks and appreciation for many wonderful years, we invite you to stop by to toast with us.” For details call 860-526-8866 or visit http://www.DinaVarano.com

Bill Vollers is “re-opening” his gallery/shop with a new logo and many new pieces in the gallery. For the prize drawing he will be offering 25% off any antique in the shop.

You can park in the Water Street or Maple Street free public parking lots and enjoy the easy stroll through the Center.

marshmarigolds web

Stop in at Al Malpa’s Photography Gallery at 4 Spring St. and enter a drawing to win his matted and framed photo, “Marsh Marigolds,” while enjoying a glass of wine on the deck.

More information about Come Home to Chester is also at Facebook.com/visitchesterct