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Celebrate Community & Hospitality at Dec. 2 Holiday Festival

In Chester CT Events on November 17, 2016 at 7:32 pm

The annual Starry Night Holiday Festival in Chester Center on Friday, Dec. 2, is a time for celebration, caroling, shopping, eating, and meeting up with friends and neighbors.

The picturesque historic village will be beautifully decorated for the holidays and the streets will be lined with luminaries made by the Boy Scouts. Saint Lucia Girls will walk around offering cookie treats. Carolers will stroll through the village on their way to the town’s Christmas tree, which will be lighted at 6 p.m. while the community gathers for a sing-along. This year’s tree is being cut down on Camp Hazen property and decorated with “gratitude” hearts created by Chester’s schoolchildren.

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Two of the ornaments created by Chester’s children for the town tree, expressing something they’re grateful for.

All evening, the shops and galleries will offer light refreshments and beverages while you shop and browse. The annual Postcard Show, where all art is 4×6 inches or smaller, will open at the Chester Gallery. Stop in for champagne while perusing the postcard-sized creations by local artists. The Maple and Main Gallery will be serving wine and cookies during the evening while visitors view the new Holiday Exhibit of over 200 paintings and sculptures by 53 Connecticut artists as well as a solo show in the Stone Gallery of Janine Robertson’s oil paintings.

The Arrowhead String Band will be playing at the Leif Nilsson Spring Street Gallery, providing holiday entertainment as you enjoy Leif’s recent paintings.

The Matt Austin Studio welcomes Hilary Robertson, author of many internationally acclaimed style books such as “The Stuff of Life.” Bring her one interior design question to solve during her visit at the studio, between 6:30 and 9 p.m.

The chefs at the Guest House Retreat and Conference Center will be making their signature cranberry oatmeal cookies for Holiday Festival visitors.

The chefs at the Guest House Retreat and Conference Center will be making their signature cranberry oatmeal cookies for Holiday Festival visitors.

With all the shops open for the evening, this is an ideal time to shop for gifts for everyone on your list, from your pets at Strut Your Mutt to your aspiring chefs at The Perfect Pear. Dina Varano is showcasing her sterling silver necklaces that evening and Mandy Carroll-Leiva will introduce Leiva Jewelry’s Holiday Collection at the Lori Warner Studio & Gallery.
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Jan Cummings and Peter Good introduce their 2017 Calendar at C&G while giving away their holiday wrapping paper and “Change Chance” notecards. At The French Hen, enjoy the holiday-themed refreshments and 10% off gift certificates, and as usual complimentary gift wrapping on all gifts.
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This one evening of the year, Nourish Organics Skincare at 6 Main Street (in the beautifully redecorated Chester Bank building) is open with a prize drawing and give-away samples of its products, plus sales of gift sets of skincare products.

And then, of course, there’s apparel, and accessories, and more jewelry, and stocking stuffers of all types, and so much more available throughout the enticing shops and galleries of Chester.  And on top of all this, the Holiday Shopping Extravaganza is happening at the Chester Meeting House during the evening!

Free parking is available in the Water Street and the Maple Street parking lots, both a short walk to the center. Continually updated information about all the Starry Night happenings can be found at enticinFacebook.com/visitchesterct.

Holiday Market Begins Nov. 27

In Chester CT Events on November 8, 2016 at 5:42 pm

holiday-market-card-genericGet ready for four Sundays of Chester Holiday Market!

The Sunday Market we all love returns at this time of year with the Holiday Market, bringing sidewalk shopping for fresh seafood, pork, beef, vegetables, jams, jellies, cheese, bread, and much more.  Shopping hours are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. All the details are here: http://chestersundaymarket.jimdo.com/holiday-market-info/

 

Some of what you’ll find during Holiday Market:

Nov. 27 is Ringing in the Season, and here's one of the bellringers!

Nov. 27 is Ringing in the Season, and here’s one of the bellringers!

 

Cookie ornament decorating at Simon's!

Cookie ornament decorating at Simon’s!

The Hay House brings winter produce, jams, jellies, and more.

The Hay House brings winter produce, jams, jellies, and more.

Local Catch comes with just-caught seafood.

Local Catch comes with just-caught seafood.

Glen Dona makes pizza!

Glen Dona makes pizza!

 

Maple & Main Gallery to Open Holiday Exhibit

In Art on November 8, 2016 at 5:13 pm

The opening party for the Holiday Exhibit at Maple and Main Gallery is Saturday, Nov. 19 from 6 to 8 p.m. with wine, appetizers, desserts and music by artist/musician Alan James.

"Cross Country" - BT Taylor

“Cross Country” – BL Taylor of Essex

From luminous landscapes to abstract collages, marine scenes to scenes from the creators’ imaginations, the show features over 200 paintings and sculptures by 54 established artists from all corners of Connecticut.

"Abstract in Orange #1" - Brown

“Abstract in Orange” – Diane Brown of Pawcatuck, CT

In Maple and Main’s Stone Gallery during November is a show of intriguing photographs by members of the Connecticut Valley Camera Club. Gallery artist Janine Robertson will be featured in a solo show in the Stone Gallery during December.

"High C" - Gary Jacobik of Deep River

“High C” – Gary Jacobik of Deep River

The Holiday Exhibit runs through January 22.

"A Thousand Words are worth a Picture" - Claudia Van Nes of Chester

“A Thousand Words are worth a Picture” – Claudia Van Nes of Chester

Maple and Main Gallery, at One Maple Street, is open Wednesday and Thursday from  noon to 6 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mapleandmaingallery.com; 860-526-6065; visit us on Facebook and Instagram.

"Blue Chain" - Annilie Skoog of Norwich

“Blue Chain” – Annilie Skoog of Norwich

Chester’s Own “Antiques Roadshow” on Nov.12

In Chester CT Events on November 7, 2016 at 5:41 pm

You’ve been saving those treasures for a long time, thinking you’ll leave them to your kids (or maybe you’re waiting for the right time to sell them). Aren’t you curious to know what they are worth?

Tom Perry has decades of experience as an antiques dealer, collector and appraiser

Tom Perry has decades of experience as an antiques dealer, collector and appraiser

It’s easy to find out! The Chester Historical Society presents its 13th Antiques & Jewelry Appraisal on Saturday, Nov. 12, from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Ten professionals will be on hand to give verbal appraisals  – whether it’s your grandfather’s violin, the painting you picked up for a song at an estate sale, a cherry side table, the quilt made by your great-great-grandmother, the family Bible, silver spoons, a gold bracelet or your uncle’s pocket watch…

Four of the appraisers are generalists, meaning they deal with the full range of antiques. With decades of experience as professional appraisers, they’ve seen it all. They are: Norman and Linda Legassie of Stepping Stones Antiques and Collectibles in Old Saybrook; Peggy Maraschiello of Riverwind Antiques in Deep River; and Tom Perry of One of a Kind Antiques (oneofakindantiques.com).

Norman Legassie, generalist

Norman Legassie, generalist

Three are jewelry experts. They are: Garry Craig of The Timekeeper in Wallingford (watches as well as clocks); Paul Indorf of Connecticut Jewelry Appraisers (fine jewelry, gemstones); and Gay Sherman Weintz (vintage and antique costume jewelry).

Paul Indorf, CT Jewelry Appraisers

Paul Indorf, CT Jewelry Appraisers

Kevin Timme, of Madison, will appraise silver; Orville Haberman of CT River Books in Deep River will appraise books and ephemera; and John Newman of Deep River (American-made glass and oil and electric lamps).

John Newman specializes in American glass.

John Newman specializes in American glass

Each attendee may bring up to three separate items to be appraised. (A collection, such as a set of silver flatware, is considered one item.) If the item is too large to carry, bring photographs (if it’s a table or dresser, bring in a drawer too). Verbal appraisals will cost $10 for the first item; $20 for 2 items; or $25 for 3 items. All proceeds will benefit the nonprofit Chester Historical Society and its work on the Chester Museum at The Mill.

Orville Haberman, CT River Books

Orville Haberman, CT River Books

St. Joseph’s Parish Center is at 48 Middlesex Avenue (Rte. 154) in Chester. There is ample parking and handicapped access. Lots of seating and free coffee and tea are available while you wait. More information, including directions to the event, is on the website, ChesterHistoricalSociety.org, or email your questions to chestercthistoricalsociety@gmail.com. You may also call 860-558-4701 with specific questions.

Kick off November with First Friday in Chester, Nov. 4

In Chester CT Events on November 1, 2016 at 8:39 pm
first friday logo 3Chester celebrates First Friday on Friday, Nov. 4, beginning at 5  p.m.

Here’s a sampling of some of the evening’s events.

Homage Fine Art & Coffee is hosting a pop-up fashion show debuting Cait Shea Designs’ ready-to-wear collection of women’s sweaters. The show will be held outside in front of Homage, at 6 p.m., and will include a designer meet-and greet reception inside afterwards.

Keeping on the subject of warm clothes for women, Lark, at 4 Water St., will feature a demonstration of the many ways to wear its “magic” capes, beginning at 5 p.m.

Cummings & Good's new desk calendar/planner is now at C&G. Stop in on Friday night to see this year's edition.

Cummings & Good’s new desk calendar/planner is now at C&G. Stop in on Friday night to see this year’s edition.

Blackkat Leather, at 1 Main St., will be featuring Debbie Burt and her hand-blown glass art during the evening. Stop by and check out her amazing ornaments, vases, paperweights, cups, and more! In the same building, in the ELLE Design Studio, Theresa Zwart-Ludeman will exhibit her artwork: Watercolor to Digital, beginning at 5 p.m.

One of the photographs by members of Coastal Camera Club on exhibit at Maple & Main beginning Nov. 4.

One of the photographs by members of Connecticut Valley Camera Club on exhibit at Maple & Main in November.

A diverse selection of exceptional photographs will be shown during November in the Stone Gallery at Maple & Main Gallery. The work of members of the Connecticut Valley Camera Club will be on display from Nov. 2 through the 30 with a reception Friday, Nov. 4 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

At 1 Spring Street, the Leif Nilsson Gallery will exhibit Leif’s latest crop of paintings of the garden and the river. His band will be playing beginning at 5 p.m.

The Dina Varano shop will be highlighting its favorite finds from artisans around the world: from vintage woven rugs from South America to beautifully carved Nupe stools from Africa. Art has the ability to unite people from all continents!

The Dina Varano shop will be highlighting its favorite finds from artisans around the world: from vintage woven rugs from South America to beautifully carved Nupe stools from Africa. Art has the ability to unite people from all continents!

And there will be more! Come and enjoy all that Chester Center offers this First Friday of November. Watch Facebook.com/VisitChesterCT for updates.