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Looking for all Huck Finns!

In Chester CT Events on April 23, 2015 at 8:10 pm

Calling Huckleberry Finns of all ages!

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Join the Chester Land Trust at the Carini Preserve on Water Street at 5 p.m. on Friday, May 1, to build a “raft “out of recyclable materials (on your own or as a team).  Materials will be provided by the Chester Land Trust. Huck will perhaps be there! Come dressed as Tom, Jim, Becky, Aunt Polly or Mark Twain himself. Rafts will be launched at the “new” bridge at 6 p.m.  You can park in the Water Street public parking lot and walk right to the Carini Preserve.  Gifts to all launchers!

This is the same evening as the May Daze Flower Party in Chester Center – there’s plenty of time to enjoy all the activities in town.

If you need more information, contact: Dick Harrall @ 860 526. 5920 / rmharrall3@att.net

 

May Daze Flower Party

In Chester CT Events on April 23, 2015 at 10:39 am

May Day will be celebrated in Chester this year with a May Daze flower party on Friday, May 1, beginning at 5 p.m.

May Daze is the annual Spring evening stroll through Chester Village for residents and visitors. This year the event falls on May 1 – the centuries-old festival celebrating flowers and Spring. After the long and brutal winter we’ve just had, we all deserve a flower-filled Spring celebration!

The village’s shops, galleries and restaurants will be open with special floral-themed offerings beginning at 5 p.m.  such as:

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Renowned luminous glass artist Mundy Hepburn is creating several neon flower sculptures to display in several gallery windows on Main Street.

 

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Gallery Americana Arts & Antiques will be exhibiting new pieces by gallery owner Bill Vollers (such as “Distracted” shown here) and offering 20% off on all antiques in the shop.

 

Connecticut River Artisans will be raffling off this handmade butterfly wreath.

Connecticut River Artisans will be raffling off this handmade butterfly wreath.

At Maple and Main Gallery, May Wine made with sweet woodruff flowers will be served while you enjoy the Spring Show featuring flower paintings. Two tables full of beautiful unframed flower-themed paintings and drawings will be sold at only $100 apiece, and there will be a free raffle for a flower painting, titled Shower Flowers, by Chester artist Claudia Van Nes.

Floral items are being given away with purchase at several shops (such as floral hair ties at C&G Unparalleled Apparel and leather flower key ring at Red Pepper), and special sales on floral items will be held at other shops. Flower petals will decorate the refreshments served as you stroll through the shops and galleries. Meanwhile, the Dizzy River Band will be playing your classic favorites on the patio at the Pattaconk from 6 to 9 p.m.

Come and bring your friends to Chester’s picturesque and historic village to celebrate everything that’s good about Spring!

For more details, go to Facebook.com/VisitChesterCT

Celebrate the End of Winter at Spring Carnivale

In Chester CT Events on March 22, 2015 at 10:24 am

What a winter we had! Chester’s 25th Annual Winter Carnivale had to be cancelled because of the weather on Feb. 15, but now it’s back, reborn as Spring Carnivale.parking bus map

On Sunday, April 12, our picturesque small town will be 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 is holding its 15th 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, lemonade, popcorn, kettle corn, and cupcakes – everything to satisfy every taste.

Just be sure to be back out on Main Street by 2 p.m. for the 14th 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 at Century 21 Heritage. The Chester Museum at The Mill will be open at no charge, offering a place to explore Chester history. A photo booth will be at Maple and Main Gallery of Fine Art.

Other galleries and shops will be open, many with special events. The Spring Street String Band, Arrowhead, will be playing from noon to 4 p.m. at the Leif Nilsson Spring Street Studio & Gallery.

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.

Continually updated information is at Facebook.com/ChesterCTWinterCarnivale or call 860-526-1200 with important questions.

The Hooked Again Creative Challenge

In Art, Chester CT Events on February 22, 2015 at 10:09 am

It started with these little sealed envelopes of sample hooks, eyes, handles and assorted hardware from the M.S. Brooks & Sons factory that used to operate in Chester.

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And now, this Saturday, April 11, you can see what 45 artists, designers, sculptors, etc. have made with the three envelopes they chose. It’s the Chester Historical Society’s fifth creative challenge linking Chester history and art.

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The finished works will be exhibited and sold by silent auction at the Historical Society’s Hooked Again! Challenge Reception on Saturday, April 11 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Chester Meeting House. Tickets for the reception are at the Chester Gallery and Ceramica in Chester Center, or at the door of the Meeting House on Saturday. They cost $30. All proceeds from the evening benefit the Chester Historical Society’s preservation of Chester history through its Chester Museum at The Mill and its archives.

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Donna Carlson “Hooked on Amazonite”

 

 

For more information, call Sosse Baker at Chester Gallery at 860-526-9822. For more information about the Chester Historical Society, check this website.

Always in Chester – Always on Sunday

In Chester CT Events on February 22, 2015 at 9:50 am

Always on Sunday pins webSomething special will be happening or offered – a trunk show, a demo, a discount, a giveaway – in our shops, galleries & restaurants. Always on Sunday!

Chester Merchants invite you to visit their shops, restaurants and galleries on Sundays through the winter. Each week something will be happening somewhere.

For instance, Maple and Main Gallery will offer wine and cookies from 3 to 6pm every Sunday afternoon. On some Sundays, Maple and Main will host an artist demonstration by one of the gallery artists.

Visit the Lori Warner Studio/Gallery to see the Average Joe Photo Show 2014 Gallery of Photos. Stop in at the Pattaconk Bar & Grille for the Bloody Mary Bar. You’ll often find live music at Leif Nilsson’s Spring Street Studio.

Watch for Sunday sales and tastings at other shops. And be sure to pick up your Always on Sunday pin, designed by Janet Cummings Good.

Check out Facebook.com/VisitChesterCT and Facebook.com/AlwaysOnSundayInChester for weekly updates.

Fridays are for Fish Fry Dinners!

In Chester CT Events on February 22, 2015 at 9:50 am

IMG_7349The Lenten Season at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Chester has kicked off with its second year of Fish Fry dinners on Fridays.  Started last year as a combination faith/fundraising event for the church community, the Fish Fry was so successful that it grew from 104 dinners the first night to 240 dinners the last night.

After its successful kick-off on February 20th, the remaining dinners will run every Friday through March 27th from 4:00PM to 7:00PM at St. Joseph’s Hall located at 48 Middlesex Avenue (Route 154) in Chester.   For adults, the cost is $12 for Fish and Chips, Fried Shrimp, Clam Strips and Baked Tilapia (all seafood dinners include coleslaw and fries). It’s $5 for children 12 & under for Macaroni & Cheese and French Fry Dinner.   Also available are Soups ($4); French Fries ($2); and Mixed Green Dinner Salad ($6).    All meals include bread & butter, drinks and dessert.   Meals are also available for takeout.

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St. Joseph’s is a thriving, active, and growing community.  The food is great, the enthusiasm of the staff is wonderful and we do the cooking and cleaning.  We invite you to visit.  After all, it’s a great way to treat yourself to a great dinner!  Come join us.

Celebrate Winter at 25th Annual Carnivale

In Chester CT Events on February 10, 2015 at 12:01 pm

 Winter has been pretty dreary so far, but that’s not keeping the townspeople of Chester from looking forward to their 25th annual winter celebration, Chester Winter Carnivale, on Sunday, February 15.

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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 is holding its 15th 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, chowder, soups, and lots more available inside and outside the restaurants in town. Also, hot chocolate, popcorn, kettle corn, and cupcakes – everything to satisfy every taste.

Just be sure to be back out on Main Street by 2 p.m. for the 14th 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 at Century 21 Heritage. The Chester Museum at The Mill will be open at no charge, offering a place to explore Chester history. A photo booth will be at Maple and Main Gallery of Fine Art, where there will also be a free workshop for kids between 6 and 11 years, led by artist Carol Young from 12:30 to 1:15 p.m.

Other 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.

For more information, go to facebook.com/chesterctwintercarnivale

This Sunday, Feb. 15, in Chester

In Chester CT Events on February 10, 2015 at 10:21 am

CHESTER CARNIVALE HAS BEEN CANCELLED

due to forecasted blizzard warnings.

Selectmen, police and fire department are worried about everyone’s safety due to blowing snow and the dreadfully cold weather expected.

We are all disappointed, as this was going to be the best Winter Carnivale ever.

Please stay tuned with what’s still happening in Chester by checking Facebook.com/VisitChesterCT and Facebook.com/AlwaysOnSunday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Firehouse Ball!

In Chester CT Events on January 30, 2015 at 12:43 pm

Chester Parks and Rec and the Chester Hose Company invite you to a F I R E H O U S E  B A LL ! A Swing & Ballroom Dance to benefit the Chester Hose Company Saturday, February 7, from 7:30 to 10:30. Beginners group lesson at 6:30. Live music by The Zingerz! Tickets in advance at Town Hall: $18 (students and seniors $12) Otherwise, all tickets at the door: $20 Location: Chester Firehouse, 6 High Street, Chester. Snacks and refreshments served. (Sorry, no liquor permitted at the Firehouse.) Questions? Call 860-526-0013, ext. 223. If you want to buy your tickets online, you can by going here.

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Chester Shop and Gallery Stroll Sept, 19, 2014

In Chester CT Events on September 7, 2014 at 7:55 am
Bell’Oliva, Chester’s newest shop

Bell’Oliva, Chester’s newest shop

For 24 years, the third Friday of September has been the town of Chester’s “Come Home to Chester” evening – a time when the shops, galleries and restaurants in the historic town center open their doors and celebrate there’s no place like being HOME in Chester! From one end of Chester Center to the other, beginning at 5 p.m., the businesses throw open their doors and welcome you with special events, refreshments, and even opportunities to win a prize.

This year, Friday, Sept. 19, three new shops that have made Chester their new HOME will be celebrating their grand openings.

At The Joy of Lighting (5 West Main Street), where owner Susan Schneider creates lamps, shades, finials, and more, browse through all her new lighting creations at her opening reception.

From Britain to Chester – Annie Glover’s British Foods and Gifts, 29 Main Street, will have a grand opening sale on Bronnley, Scottish Fine Soaps and Woods of Windsor products. And carrying fine olive oils and vinegars from all around the world, along with olive oil skincare and home goods, Bell’Oliva will celebrate its grand opening at 14 Main Street with a “dip and sip” and a drawing for a basket.

The Chester Gallery, at 76 Main Street, welcomes the return of Deborah Quinn-Munson to Chester with a show of her beautiful oils and pastels focusing on the Connecticut River. Deb will be on hand to meet and greet old and new friends at a reception from 6 to 8 p.m.

The Leif Nilsson Spring Street Studio and Gallery at 1 Spring Street will also have a reception for Leif’s recent oil paintings of the Connecticut River Valley and his garden. The Al Malpa Photography Gallery at 4 Spring Street will be open for refreshments on the deck while visitors enjoy his photography.

A free drawing for a painting by popular artist Pam Carlson will be part of Maple and Main Gallery’s evening celebration. Chester-based Aaron Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center will host a wine tasting at the gallery from 6 to 8 p.m, featuring a variety of special wines. The gallery will also be serving wine, chocolate delicacies, cheese and crackers and more. Pam Carlson is a well-known Essex-based artist who shows her work at Maple and Main. The painting she has donated to the drawing is part of her series depicting baby chicks, and the winner will be announced at 9 p.m.

Enter the prize drawing at Red Pepper (14 Main Street) for a fall scarf, try out the new cupcake flavors at Cupcakery (how about some Turtle Lava Fudge or Pumpkin Salted Caramel), and ELLE Design will showcase its new collection of furnishings while offering you some light snacks and spirits. At the Dina Varano Gallery (27 Main Street), where Dina collects inspirations from nature and presses them into sterling and gold, see her new collection of jewelry called “Impressions in Nature.” Refreshments will be served.

The doors will be open to the shops at 4 Water Street, where Lark promotes “home is where the heart is” (yes, with ruby red slippers and hearts of all sizes); the Brown Eyed Girl and Vintage Glory serves up some wine while you browse the shop; and the Connecticut River Artisans offer you a fishbowl discount (take a slip providing you with a random discount on your purchase that evening).

Free parking in walking distance of town is available in the Water Street and Maple Street public parking lots. More information about happenings on Friday, Sept. 19, is available at Facebook.com/visitchesterct or VisitChesterCT.com

 

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