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Explore Chester History for Free!

In Chester CT Events, History on July 12, 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.

Chester Museum at The Mill - spring 2014 for web

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 July 12, 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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July 1 “First Friday” Celebrated in the Center!

In Chester CT Events on June 29, 2016 at 1:22 pm
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“Natural Occurrences” by Deborah Weiss at ELLE Design Studio opens on July 1.

Begin the July Fourth Weekend with a bang!  Come to First Friday in Chester Center.

On this first of Chester’s First Fridays, the evening of July 1st brings art gallery shows, a trunk show, live music, the opening of the doors of Chester’s newest shop, The French Hen, and more.

The town is buzzing with anticipation about The French Hen, which has just moved here from Essex. On its Facebook page, the shop is described as “a gift boutique where you will discover the beautiful, unique and the curious. Lush with product and creativity, the store will delight your senses.”

Chester’s two other brand-new shops will also be open on First Friday. Strut Your Mutt at 29 Main St. will be hosting a “Yappy Hour” from 6 to 8 p.m. with wine for you and water for your dog. Homage Art Gallery and Café at 16 Main St. is having Teen Open Mic Night from 6 to 8 p.m.

ELLE Design Studio presents “Natural Occurrences,” paintings and works on paper, by Deborah Weiss during the month of July. The exhibit opens with an opening reception on July 1, from 5 to 8 p.m.  ELLE design is at 1 Main Street.

At Dina Varano Gallery, First Friday brings the opening of Dina’s jewelry collection for the summer, “Ocean Dreams.” The collection features white and light-hued gemstones with brushed sterling silver that is expertly and intuitively crafted into one-of-a-kind necklaces, earrings, and bracelets. The inspiration came from all things seen and felt at the beach: the light breezes, ocean waves, warm sunshine, and salty-fresh air.

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Mary Anne Delorenzo jewelry will be featured at Lark on July 1.

Stop in and take a look at the newly refurbished, resized, refeathered Lark on First Friday, July 1st. Owner Suzie Woodward says, “We are renewed, restored and reinvigorated by the rearranging, readorning and rebrightening of one of Chester’s enchanting shops.  Along with our recelebration for our grand reopening, MaryAnne Delorenzo will be hosting a trunk show featuring beautiful, handmade lamp work and sterling.”

All this plus live music on the Pattaconk Patio, great shopping at the Lori Warner Gallery, and the “Downtown Chester” art show at the Maple & Main Gallery (see separate story and images here).

More information will be posted on Facebook.com/VisitChesterCT.

Paintings of Chester Featured at Maple & Main Gallery on “First Friday,” July 1

In Art, Chester CT Events on June 23, 2016 at 5:22 pm

“Downtown Chester,” a show of original paintings done by Maple and Main Gallery artists depicting the center of town, will be at the gallery Friday, July 1 through Sunday, July 3.

Bob Dietz - "Maple Street"

Bob Dietz – “Maple Street”

An opening party will be July 1 from 5 to 8 p.m. to help kick off the debut of First Fridays in Chester. Other galleries and shops in Chester Center will also be having special events during the July First Friday.first friday logo 3
The paintings in the Downtown Chester show were mainly done during June,  a number of them from the gallery porch, in the street during the Chester Sunday Market and along the sidewalks.

Claudia Van Nes - "Always on Sunday"

Claudia Van Nes – “Always on Sunday”

The show will open Friday at noon until 8 p.m., and will remain open Saturday, July 2 from noon to 6 p.m. and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.

Donna Dubreuil Favreau - Chester Sunday Market

Donna Dubreuil Favreau – Chester Sunday Market

Maple and Main is at One Maple Street in Chester; mapleandmaingallery.com; 860-526-6065; visit us on facebook and Instagram.

Chester “Walking Song” Video Wins Gold!

In Chester CT Events, Walking on June 3, 2016 at 3:08 pm

For years, the town of Chester knew the state was requiring that the Main Street Bridge be rebuilt, and this caused a lot of angst among merchants, selectmen, and residents. How would we cope with keeping the town center viable and reachable? Would the shops, restaurants and galleries continue to attract customers? Where would people park?

The selectmen required that the state do the reconstruction from the beginning of January 2016 until Memorial Day, to get it over with before summertime shopping and the Chester Sunday Market began. The town’s Economic Development Commission created a “Survival Guide” and held several planning meetings in an effort to minimize the impact on the business district.

Janet Cummings and Peter Good created the "Walking Town" decal and pewter ornament.

Janet Cummings and Peter Good created the “Walking Town” decal and pewter ornament.

Then, last fall the Chester merchants decided to meet the challenge head on. With a small group of creative merchants, Leslie Strauss wrote and recorded “The Chester Walking Song,” saying, “We are all so busy getting in shape on treadmills that we forget how much more enjoyable it is to get out there and ‘walk about.’ Chester Village shops, galleries and restaurants are, and will continue to be, more easily accessed than the average mall store. With parking lots within 70 steps, you can ‘walk right in and come hang out.’”

Annalisa Russell-Smith, of Chester-based Local Plant Productions, then volunteered to create a video of Chester Center with the song in the background.

Annalisa Russell-Smith filming in Chester Center. Photo by Al Malpa

Annalisa Russell-Smith filming in Chester Center. Photo by Al Malpa

As Leslie says, “Annalisa’s enchanting minute-long video reinforces the vibrancy of the village, and how accessible everything is to anyone willing to ‘walk right in, come hang out.’ The shops, galleries, restaurants and street scenes entice visitors of all ages to be sure to make Chester one of their New England favorites.”

This spring, Annalisa’s video was selected for a Gold Award by the Hermes Creative Awards, an international competition for creative professionals involved in the concept, writing and design of traditional materials and programs, and emerging technologies. Hermes Creative Awards is administered and judged by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals.

For more information about Annalisa Russell-Smith, go to http://www.localplanetproductions.com
Watch (and listen to) the Chester video here: https://vimeo.com/157448900. More information about the Hermes Creative Awards here: http://www.hermesawards.com.

Save May 28 for Shopping the Townwide Tag Sale

In Chester CT Events, Shopping on May 23, 2016 at 2:02 pm

Chester’s 26th Annual Townwide Tag Sale will be on Saturday, May 28 – the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend. Sales open at 8:00 a.m. and end by 3:00 (or earlier). The event is rain or shine.

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You’ll find dozens of tag sales throughout the entire town of Chester, in residences and businesses.

As you enter town, you will see friendly volunteers selling maps (a mere $1) that will give you the locations of everyone hosting a tag sale. Spend more time with the maps and less time trying to find the sales by randomly driving around– although, that is fun,  too.

Make a day of it and enjoy our beautiful Town!

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When you are ready to take a break, our restaurants welcome you with coffee, fresh baked treats, and great food any time of day.  Our downtown merchants will welcome you with open arms with shelves stocked with special and galleries filled with unique objects of desire. Make a day of it!   We’ve been revitalizing our downtown area – check out the new bridge (or bridgework) and sidewalks!!

Please Drive Carefully and Good Luck!

If you have questions or require more information, please email kris.seifert@gmail.com

Find Great Plants for Your Garden at Great Prices, May 14

In Chester CT Events on May 7, 2016 at 7:57 pm

Chester Land Trust and Chester Public Library are teaming up to sponsor a Plant Sale on Saturday, May 14, featuring locally grown and native plants.

Chester residents are dividing their perennials, digging up their tree seedlings, and potting up extra houseplants to donate to the sale. Many of them are potted in clay flowerpots, which once were used on an orchid farm in Haddam. An area garden center is contributing native perennials and mixed vegetable flats.

All donated plants will be sold at very reasonable prices, with all proceeds from the sale benefiting the Land Trust and the Chester Library.

The sale will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Carini Preserve on Water St. (Rte. 154), next to the public parking lot at 20 Water Street. Master gardeners will be on hand to answer your plant care questions. More information is available at the library (860-526-0018).

A few of the plants from Chester gardens you will find at the sale:

Phlox paniculata

Echinacea

Hosta

Siberian Iris

Shasta Daisy

Euphorbia

Hemerocallis ‘Stella d’oro’

Rudbeckia

Pachysandra terminalis

Oregano

Ligularia ‘The Rocket’

Clivia miniata

Strawberry plants

Nigella ” love in the mist”

Chinese Lanterns

Oenothera fruticosa

Lilacs

Kerria japonica

Hydrangeas

Take the Sticks Challenge to Create with 50-year-old Manicure Sticks

In Chester CT Events on March 22, 2016 at 11:41 am

sticks with factory photo webThe Chester Historical Society is inviting anyone who likes a challenge to participate in its sixth Creative Challenge linking Chester history and art.

This spring, those accepting the 2016 Sticks Challenge will be given a bagful of short wooden manicure sticks, made from Florida citrus trees and shaped at the Bishop and Watrous Novelty Works on Maple Street around 1950.

As with last year’s Hooked Again! Challenge based on hooks from Chester’s Simeon Brooks factory, this spring’s Sticks Challenge is for area artists, sculptors, photographers, engineers, jewelry designers, and all others with a creative mind.

In 2015, using one of the hardware items in his envelopes from the Brooks factory samples, Jack Baker made this piece of art. It was a huge hit with all the attendees at the Silent Auction Reception.

In 2015, using one of the hardware items in his envelopes from the Brooks factory samples, Jack Baker made this piece of art. It was a huge hit with all the attendees at the Silent Auction Reception.

The sticks are available at Chester Gallery in Chester Center (860-526-9822). The artists’ entrance fee of $30 includes a bagful of the sticks and two tickets to the Sticks Challenge Silent Auction & Reception on Saturday, April 9 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Chester Meeting House.

All proceeds from the silent auction help the Chester Historical Society preserve Chester history and maintain the Chester Museum at The Mill.

For more info on the Historical Society and this year’s Creative Challenge, visit http://www.ChesterHistoricalSociety.com or Facebook.com/ChesterCTHistoricalSociety

Marching to Chester Letterbox

In Chester CT Events on March 6, 2016 at 7:56 am

letterboxIf you have visited the town of Chester recently, you may have noticed that Main Street is closed to through traffic due to bridge reconstruction. It should be completed later this spring, but in the meantime, Chester’s motto is: “We’re a Walking Town!”  When I saw the stickers that proclaimed this, I knew I had to carve a stamp to celebrate it.  And when I saw that the Chester Merchants had monthly themes to encourage business during the construction, I knew that the March theme, Marching to Chester, was telling me when to plant!

To find the letterbox, make your way to a store named for a bird. It has a window box in one of its front windows.  Carefully check behind the window box…

If you are seeing this on AQ, you know what to do!

If you have obtained these clues elsewhere:

1) Carefully retrieve the box—try to be discreet!

2) If you have your own stamp, stamp into the logbook in the box. If not, feel free to sign your name/nickname/trail name and leave us a message J

3) Stamp the letterbox stamp image into your own logbook, if you have one, or on loose paper to save J

4) Replace everything as you found it! The only possible exception is if you find a “hitchhiker” inside the letterbox—this can be taken and placed in another letterbox.

If letterboxing sounds like fun, please visit the following websites for more info:

www.atlasquest.com

www.letterboxing.org

If you’re not from Chester—please be sure to check out our little town! Most of the shops, restaurants, and galleries are open during the construction, though not all are open every day.  Expect Sundays to be quite busy, and Mondays to be very quiet!

Happy Trails!

≥KitKat≤

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Chester Human Library Forum, March 6

In Chester CT Events on February 25, 2016 at 11:53 am

human library poster VNNThe town of Chester will be the home of a “first” in Connecticut – the first Human Library Forum – on Sunday, March 6.

Born in Denmark and brought to the Chester Public Library in 2014 by Sue Zirlen, the Human Library provides a place where the “books” are living people who volunteer to share their stories, passion and/or life experiences with members of the community.

On March 6, the Human Library Forum invites attendees to experience the world of “human books” first-hand by providing an opportunity for one-on-one conversations with a “book” that piques their interest.

The forum is being held at Congregation Beth Shalom Rodfe Zedek in Chester, in conjunction with the synagogue’s Books & Bagels monthly programs, beginning at 9:30 a.m.

Following a brief introduction to the Human Library concept, attendees will have an opportunity for several 20-minute conversations with the “books.” The “book” titles are:

The Buzz in Chester – Backyard Beekeeping

Surviving and Thriving as an Adult College Student

The Ukelele

Patchwork and Quilting

Tap Your Trees!

Why Isn’t Our Economy Growing Faster?

Fantasy Sports

Nonviolent Communication

Eating Wheat and Gluten Free

Girl – Woman – Widow

The Human Library and Me

Sustainable Buddhist

Refugee – Filmmaker – Photographer

The Human Library Forum is free and open to all. Refreshments will be served during the morning. The forum will conclude around 11:30 a.m. Congregation Beth Shalom Rodfe Zedek (CBSRZ) is at 55 East King’s Highway, off Rte. 154, in Chester.

For more information, call Chester Library at 860-526-0018 or CBSRZ at 860-526-8920 or visit Facebook.com/ChesterCTPublicLibrary.

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