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First Friday, Sept. 2, Brings Pop Up Fashion, Music & Art

In Chester CT Events on August 24, 2016 at 2:25 pm

Start off your Labor Day weekend with First Friday in Chester Center. Here’s a sampling of what you’ll find between 5 and 8 p.m.

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“Sailing on the Sound”

Maple and Main Gallery will mark First Friday with a free drawing for “Sailing on the Sound,” a wonderful summer painting by former Connecticut artist Gary Lavarak. Stop by the gallery for a glass of wine and enter the drawing; the winner’s name will be drawn during the opening of the fall exhibit Saturday, Sept. 17.

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Start gathering at 6:45 p.m. in front of ELLE Design at 1 Main Street for the Pop Up Fashion Show of RUBA RUBA Designs, a clothing line designed and handmade by Georgia Caroline Milton, an Essex, CT, native. The fashion show of the new fall line of RUBA RUBA (kimono jackets, cowl scarves, sheet scarves, ponchos & more) will run from 7 to about 7:15, and then you can enjoy the designer meet and greet as well as purchase items from the ready-to-wear line. Georgia graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2012 majoring in fibers and experimental fashion. She began RUBA RUBA after graduating and has been cultivating it ever since through her hard work and passion for quality, handmade style.

Crunchy Diva Designs

At the newly expanded Lark at 4 Water Street, Heather Wright of Crunchy Diva Designs will help you design a one-of-a-kind bracelet from her array of adornments. Come on over for the “bracelet bar party.” Make your own or find your favorite from those created by the Crunchy Diva.

Also on First Friday is Teen Open Mic Night at Homage Fine Art and Coffee Lounge. Sing, play music, read poetry, do stand-up comedy or perform an improve act! It all begins at 6 p.m. on Friday.

Follow us on Facebook.com/VisitChesterCT to learn what else will happen that evening.

Summer Sales & Sails in Chester, Aug. 27

In Chester CT Events on August 23, 2016 at 5:26 pm

Look for Summer Sales and Summer Sails all day on Saturday, Aug. 27 in Chester Center.  Even if you’re planning to spend the day at the Chester Fair, there’ll be time to stop at the shops and galleries in the town center to pick up some great deals.

C&G has included its summer hats in its Summer Sales.

C&G has included its summer hats in its Summer Sales.

Remember also, this is Tax Free Week on clothes, so besides finding clothing on sale, you’ll also save tax dollars.

Donna Favreau, "Firesky," oil on canvas

Donna Favreau, “Firesky,” oil on canvas at Maple & Main

Maple and Main Gallery is going aboard for the day with Summer Sails. Their tent will be up out front and under it will be lots of gorgeous paintings of sailboats by the gallery artists.

The sales will be held during regular store hours. Watch Facebook.com/visitchesterct for more details.

Explore Chester History for Free!

In Chester CT Events, History on August 10, 2016 at 11:31 am

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The Deacons Car Club. Chester Fife & Drum Corps. The Italian American Mutual Aid Society. Cedar Lake Pleasure Club. Pattaconk Fish & Game Club. Chester International Links Association, Chester Rotary, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts…. All these groups (and more) make a town, the town of Chester.

This summer at the Chester Museum at The Mill, you’re invited to explore our exhibit, “Celebrating Chester Community Groups,” curated by Keith Dauer and Sandy Senior-Dauer. “We wanted to feature the variety of groups, clubs and service organizations that have provided volunteer support as well as social events for our small town through the centuries,” Sandy said.  “There are so many, however, there was no way we could fit them all in this year, so we’re already looking ahead to future exhibits.”

Historical Society President Skip Hubbard added, “It’s fascinating to learn about groups like the Deacons Car Club, plus reflect on the longtime contributions of so many groups, so many residents.”

On the second floor of the museum (reachable by elevator as well as stairs) is the permanent award-winning exhibit, “Streams of Change: Life & Industry along the Pattaconk,” which interprets the growth and evolution of Chester and how the town adapted over three hundred years.

Owned and operated by the Chester Historical Society since 2000, the museum is located just steps from the center of town on the historic 1850s Griswold Mill site, overlooking a waterfall and the Pattaconk Brook. The mill site was once used to produce anchors, wagon springs and augers.

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The Chester Museum at The Mill is open to the public for self-guided tours on Saturdays from 1 to 4 p.m. and Sundays, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., from Saturday, May 28 through the end of October. Tours on other days can be arranged by appointment by calling 860-526-2443. The museum is air-conditioned as well as handicapped accessible. Admission is free. More info at chesterhistoricalsociety.org.

Chester Sunday Market – Open Every Sunday This Summer

In Chester CT Events, Market on August 10, 2016 at 9:16 am

Everyone is thrilled! The Chester Sunday Market has opened for the season for every Sunday through the summer, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. That means: locally grown (often organic) produce, locally raised meats and poultry, just-caught seafood from Rhode Island, locally made breads and jams and pickles. All that adds up to great eating for you and your family!

The vendors are all listed on the website (http://chestersundaymarket.jimdo.com), with links to their websites.  They are:  seven farms bringing produce – Chatfield Hollow Farm, Deep Hollow Farms, Dondero Orchards, Hunts Brook Farm, Sage Hill Farm, Upper Pond Farm and Wellstone Farm. Meat, fish and poultry from Four Mile River Farm, Gourmavian Farms, Maple Breeze Farm and The Local Catch. Beltane Farm bringing cheese & dairy products. Bread from Alforno Restaurant and Howard’s Breads. Plus, flowers and honey and jams and pickles and biscotti from: Hay House, Stonewall Apiary, Little Bird Provision Co. and Biscotti and Beyond.

Live music is lined up for each week. The bands play from 11 to 1.

In the words of the organizers: “The philosophy of the Chester Sunday Market is to bring the community together with local products and to have a good time doing it. It is a weekly town-wide farmers’ market that brings our community together. We invite local vendors to sell produce, meats, cheeses, breads and so much more.  Our goal is to stay local so we can help the smaller farmers in the area. Having all these amazing vendors join us in our lovely little town is a great way to promote our community and see each other. Main Street is closed off for the market giving the patrons the freedom to walk about town. Music is provided along with a bistro area so you can sit and have a cup of coffee or a slice of pizza.”  LOCAL CATCH resize  

Because Main Street is closed to traffic between West Main St. (Rte. 148) and Maple St., shoppers are invited to park in the town public parking lots on Maple Street and at 20 Water St. (Rte. 148). Well-behaved dogs are welcome.

Shops and galleries are open during Market hours and often offer special happenings. You can find late breakfast or lunch at the restaurants in Chester Center, or buy some pizza on the street from one of the vendors, Frank Andrews Mobile Kitchen.

More information about the Chester Sunday Market at: Facebook.com/ChesterSundayMarket and http://chestersundaymarket.jimdo.com/. You can also find out more about Chester at Facebook.com/VisitChesterCT and Facebook.com/AlwaysonSundayinChester.

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