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March Madness Shopping Spree!

In Chester CT Events on February 13, 2017 at 12:37 pm

Visitors who come to Chester’s downtown between Friday, March 3 and Friday, April 7 have a chance at winning a March Madness shopping spree worth more than $500. 

Rachel Carlson, Gallery Director at Maple & Main Gallery

Rachel Carlson, Gallery Director at Maple & Main Gallery

Kicking off on First Friday in March and ending First Friday in April, shoppers, diners and gallery-goers can pick up a special “Chester” card at any business and each time they buy something their card will be validated. 

 Once they’ve made purchases at seven different locations, their card is eligible for the drawing April 7 when the winner will receive $25 gift certificates from each of the eight restaurants and 13 merchants participating. 

Every store, gallery and restaurant in town is on board, and the cards will be available at each of them beginning on First Friday, March 3.  

Suzie Woodward, owner of Lark

Suzie Woodward, owner of Lark

Completed cards should be turned in to The Perfect Pear at 51 Main Street no later than 5 p.m. on April 7 for the grand prize drawing at 6 p.m. Players can complete more than one card for entry. The winner need not be present to win. 

The participating restaurants are: The Good Elephant, Otto, Pattaconk 1850 Bar and Grille, River Tavern, Simon’s Marketplace, Thai Riverside, The Villager and The Wheatmarket.  

The eligible retail shops and galleries are Black Kat Leather, Dina Varano, Elle Design Studio, The French Hen, Lark, Lori Warner Gallery and Swoon and Maple & Main Gallery, Also: The Perfect Pear, R.J Vickers Herbery, the Chester Bottle Shop, Strut Your Mutt, Matt Austin Studio and Leif Nilsson Spring Street Studio and Gallery.

Watch for updates.


Carnivale Map

In Chester CT Events on February 13, 2017 at 11:53 am

parking-map-2017On Carnivale Day, the roads will be closed beginning at 8 a.m. Shuttle buses begin at 10 a.m. The last bus trip is made at 3:15 from Chester Center back to your cars.

Celebrate Winter at 26th Annual Carnivale

In Chester CT Events on February 13, 2017 at 11:01 am

 The townspeople of Chester are eagerly looking forward to their 26th annual winter celebration, Chester Winter Carnivale, on Sunday, February 19.

Chester CT winter carnivale tractor parade John Stack 95

That’s when the picturesque small town of Chester is filled with people cheering on ice carvers as they create beautiful sculptures from blocks of ice, while laughing at the antics of street performers and applauding a long parade of new and antique tractors being driven down Main Street by their proud owners. All that, and food, music, art, and shopping too!

The day begins at 10:30 a.m. when the carvers get started on their ice sculptures. Both professional and student ice carvers will be hard at work, demonstrating their techniques to onlookers while they try to be finished by 1 p.m. for judging.

Meanwhile, the Chester Hose Company, Inc. is holding its 16th annual “Chilly Chili Cook Off” fundraiser. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., go to the Chester Hose Company Fire House at 6 High Street and pay your $5 admission so you can taste all the different chilis cooked and dished out by restaurants, caterers and fire departments. You can vote for your favorite fire department chili, favorite restaurant chili, most original chili, and best dressed chili serving table. Beverages will be sold. All proceeds go to the Chester Hose Company.

Still hungry? There’s pizza, hamburgers, hot dogs, sandwiches, soups, and lots more available inside and outside the restaurants in town. Also, popcorn and kettle corn!

Just be sure to be back out on Main Street by 2 p.m. for the 15th Annual Chester Tractor Parade. Colorful and rusty, big and small, antique and new, decorated and plain – tractors are driven through the town center in an incredibly long parade. You never knew there were so many tractors in the Connecticut River Valley!

There is no shortage of free activities to keep the whole family entertained for the day. Colorful beads and balloons will be handed out throughout town all day and face painting is available. The Chester Museum at The Mill will be open at no charge, offering a place to explore Chester history.

Galleries and shops will be open, many with special events. The Spring Street String Band, Arrowhead, will be playing from noon to 2 p.m. at the Leif Nilsson Spring Street Studio & Gallery. Winter sales will be going on at a number of stores.

Chester Winter Carnivale is held rain or snow or shine. Main Street will be closed to traffic. Free parking is available in the commuter lot on Rte. 148 at the foot of Route 9 and in the Roto-Frank parking lot on Inspiration Lane (exit 6) and at Greenwald Industries on Rte. 154 (212 Middlesex Avenue). (Follow the signs.) All lots will be served by courtesy shuttle buses to the town center.

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Hearts and More at First Friday – February 3

In Chester CT Events on January 27, 2017 at 2:53 pm
Visit C&G on First Friday, Feb. 3, and take home this heart poster designed by Peter Good.

Visit C&G on First Friday, Feb. 3, and take home this heart poster designed by Peter Good.

Be still my heart!

First Friday, February 3, in Chester Center will be filled with hearts, chocolates, jewelry, and snuggles. Everything to start off February – Valentine’s month  – on just the right note! Come on downtown to join in the fun and festivities at our shops and galleries from 5 p.m. on.

Black Kat Leather will be doing a chocolate-and-jewelry-themed night! The Chocolate Shell from Old Lyme and jeweler Michael Vincent Michaud will be at the store. Come visit them! 

“C&G has heart, and lots of hearts! From stamp size to poster size.” Says Jan Cummings, “During February, we are offering the fabric ones as limited-edition prints in two sizes: 12”x18” and 8”x10”  (the 8” x 10” come framed). Also featured will be Peter Good’s Love stamp print. It’s 8”x10” and is available framed or unframed. All these Heart prints are signed and numbered will be 20% off during the month. And on First Friday, we’ll be giving away our signed posters originally designed for The Hospital for Special Care.”

Look for Dina’s new Amore’ collection at the Dina Varano Gallery, and sample Laura Grimmer’s delectable handmade chocolate truffles (and get the recipe!) at The Perfect Pear.

Suzie Woodward, of Lark, says, “Comfy cozy are we!  On First Friday we are looking forward to seeing beautiful handmade baby sweaters.  Meet the maker, Beth Hartke, at Lark from 5 to 8 p.m. The sweaters are washable and just $40 each. The snuggle is real, folks!”



At Maple and Main Gallery, you can enjoy the new exhibit, have a glass of wine, and take a chance on winning an original framed painting, “Figs,” by gallery artist Gigi Genovese, who lives and works in Naugatuck and has been painting for 40 years. The drawing for “Figs” begins this Friday, with the winner’s name chosen on March 3.

And you can bet there will be lots more on First Friday, February 3, beginning at 5 p.m. Watch for more details.

Ceramica Says Goodbye to Chester in January

In Chester Business on January 8, 2017 at 4:12 pm

We will so miss Ceramica!



Here’s a letter from our Ceramica friends:

As Ceramica prepares to close its doors in the near future, we wanted to take this opportunity to say ‘Thank You!’ to all our dear clients who have shopped with us over the years. It’s been such a pleasure to serve you and to get to know you and your families. We’ve seen many of you marry, change jobs, start families, send your children off to college…and have seen some of them set up households, marry…and even have children of their own. We’re so thankful to have had you all as a part of our Ceramica family!

Thanks to a rather busy final holiday season, we find ourselves fairly bereft of Italian ceramic pieces while we do still have a modest collection of our ‘vintage’ pieces on hand.

Beginning Saturday, January 7, 2017, we plan to discount everything in the shop (except the LeWitt Collection pieces) by 20%. Our absolute final closing day has not been decided but we will announce it once it is.

We do hope that, if you haven’t yet had the chance, you will please stop in for one last peek and to say ‘Good-bye!’ Although we are excitedly looking forward to what life has to show us next, we will surely miss all of you.

Best wishes from

Carol, Margaret, Michele, Nancy and Beverly

See Chester Through Artists’ Eyes

In Art on January 7, 2017 at 4:15 pm

CHESTER – “Only in Chester” is a special show of 40 paintings of Chester done by Maple and Main Gallery artists and on view in Maple and Main’s  Stone Gallery through Jan. 22.

"Maple Street in the Snow" by Rossitto

“Maple Street in the Snow” by Barbara Rossitto

A portion of all the sales will be given to Chester’s Emergency Fuel Fund, which is dependent on donations. The fund helps cover heating costs for residents who cannot meet their fuel bills.

"Chester Creek" by Claudia Van Nes

“Chester Creek” by Claudia Van Nes

The show depicts paintings of the downtown as well as creeks, barns, the riverfront and houses and should be of special interest to residents and everyone who loves the uniqueness of Chester.

"Chester Drive" by Ciardiello

“Chester Drive” by Cathy Ciardiello

Maple and Main Gallery, at One Maple Street, is open Wednesday and Thursday from noon to 6 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.  More info at

"Glistening Waters" by Deborah Quinn-Munson

“Glistening Waters” by Deborah Quinn-Munson