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An Invite to a Creative Challenge

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

If you have a creative EYE, this is a HOOK you can HANDLE…

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The Chester Historical Society has come up with its fifth creative challenge linking Chester history and art.  This spring, those accepting the 2015 Hooked Again! Challenge issued by the Historical Society will be working with assorted sample eyehooks, handles and hardware, still enclosed in small sealed manila envelopes, from the M.S. Brooks & Sons factory.

As with the Bishop and Watrous Bone Art challenge and the Bates Square Roots challenge offered by the Chester Historical Society in past years, the Hooked Again! challenge is for area artists, sculptors, photographers, engineers, jewelry designers, and all others with a creative mind.

Anyone who wants to take the challenge is invited to stop in at the Chester Gallery on Main Street in the center of Chester to pick out three sealed envelopes and pay their entrance fee of $30, which includes two tickets to the event.poster jpg small

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 will be at the Chester Gallery and Ceramica in March. They cost $30.


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 and 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.


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

This Sunday, Feb. 15, in Chester

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


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 and












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 or


Robbie Collomore Series Presents: Violinist Sean Lee

In Chester CT Events, Music on September 5, 2014 at 5:07 pm
Violinist Sean Lee

Violinist Sean Lee to perform Oct 12, 2014

The 41st annual season of the Robbie Collomore Music Series begins in October. Four Sunday afternoon concerts featuring internationally recognized musicians are scheduled. in the Chester Meeting House, and season subscriptions may be purchased now.

The Collomore Committee carefully selects two classical and two non-classical performers for each season. Speaking for the committee, chairman Martin Nadel said, “Whatever kind of music it is, we want it to be the very best of its type. People have told me even if they don’t know anything about the group or the music they are playing, they come to the concerts because they trust the kind of groups we select.”

On Oct. 12, young violinist Sean Lee, whose performances have been described by the New York Times as “breathtakingly beautiful,” will perform a Beethoven Sonata recital, accompanied by pianist Peter Dugan. Lee, a member of the faculty of the Juilliard School, has been broadcast live by WGBH (Boston) and WQXR (New York). He has won many international awards for his performances.

Six-time Grammy nominee Fred Hersch, called “the most arrestingly innovative pianist in jazz over the last decade or so” by Vanity Fair magazine, will bring his trio to the Meeting House stage on Nov. 23. Hersch has collaborated with an astonishing range of instrumentalists and vocalists throughout worlds of jazz (Joe Henderson, Stan Getz and Bill Frisell); classical (Renée Fleming, Dawn Upshaw, Christopher O’Riley); and Broadway (Audra McDonald).

Jim Kweskin and Geoff Muldaur bring the blues to the Meeting House on April 12, followed by the Chiara String Quartet on May 10.

Subscriptions can be purchased now for the season. A subscription to all four concerts is just $72 (that’s four concerts for the price of three). Individual concert tickets cost $24. For students from elementary through graduate school, a subscription for the four concerts is just $15. A student ticket for just one concert is $5. Information is at or you can email . You can also pick up information at the Community Table at the Chester Sunday Market on Sunday, Sept. 7.





Chester Town Wide Tag Sale May 24, 2014

In Chester CT Events on May 22, 2014 at 8:09 pm

Chester Town Wide Tag Sale- Tradition of 25 years of Treasure Hunting
Saturday, May 24, 2014- Memorial Day Weekend (8AM – 4PM)

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Once a year, over 80 Chester homeowners clean out garages, attics, barns and basements. What’s for sale? Everything and anything–Tools, antiques, non-antiques, coins, clothes, books, and other things that catch the attention of dealers, residents and area neighbors who don’t realize what they need until they find it!

To be listed on the map, you must be a Chester resident or business and your sale address must be in Chester. Proceeds from listing fees, map sales, and advertising on the map are used to promote the event throughout Connecticut and to benefit the Chester Republican Town Committee’s general fund.

Rain or Shine
This is New England and the cows get milked every day. So if it rains, your gain (fewer people mean better deals and selection).

Maps for a Buck
The town opens their doors to treasure seekers who come far and near to buy or simply to wander through Town. Maps that highlight each Tag Sale location are for sale ($1) at exit ramps and along the entrances to the Town center. It is not too late for residents to put their house on the map — contact Kris ( or pick up an entry form from Heritage Century-21 Real Estate in the Town Center before May 21.

Make a day of it and enjoy our beautiful Town!
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 unique objects of desire.

Make a day of it! If you want to learn about our town, walk into the Chester Historical Society’s Museum at the Mill in the center of town where you can learn about the Life and Industry along the Pattaconk.

Please Drive Carefully and Good Luck!


Chester’s Annual May Daze Night Friday, May 2, 2014

In Chester CT Events on April 17, 2014 at 7:38 pm

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a $25 gift certificate on the weekend of May 2.

Come to Chester Center on Friday evening, May 2, to celebrate the start of May and enjoy unforgettable art and photography, delicious food, unique apparel and jewelry, great gifts, AND “The Luck of the Draw!”

That evening, from 5 to 8 (and sometimes 9) p.m., Chester Center will be bustling with numerous gallery openings, store events, and gift drawings from one end of the Center to the other. This year – the Chester Merchants’ Annual May Daze Night – colorful balloons will be flying at every business where there’s a gift drawing.

All evening, as you peruse the shops and galleries through the Center, listening to ‘80s rock by Axis at the Pattaconk Bar & Grille, meeting old and new friends, and enjoying beverages and snacks courtesy of the Chester Merchants, stop to fill out a gift drawing ticket everywhere you see a Visit Chester balloon. The gift drawings will continue through the weekend, ending by 5 p.m. on Sunday.

You might win a $100 gift certificate at C&G: Unparalleled Apparel at 3 North Main Street or a birdhouse (a $120 value) at R.J. Vickers Herbery at 26 Water Street. Maybe you’ll win a Shawlsmith London Scarf/Wrap ($65 value) at Red Pepper at 14 Main Street or a gift basket filled with art created by the artists of Maple & Main Gallery at 1 Maple Street. If you’re lucky, you’ll win a pasta bowl from Montelupo, Tuscany (value $150) from Ceramica at 36 Main Street.  All that, plus gift certificates and more from other shops, galleries, and restaurants in Chester Center.

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Come to Chester on Friday evening, May 2, and try to win this large, shallow pasta bowl at Ceramica. Made in Montelupo, Tuscany, it is 14 inches in diameter and over 3 inches deep and retails for $150. It can be used for pasta or hung on the wall as a piece of art. Ceramica is just one of many Chester businesses having prize drawings on May 2 during the Chester Merchants’ Annual May Daze Night.

Also that evening, stop in at Chester Gallery at 76 Main Street for the opening of an exhibition of exciting abstract works by Frederick Trinkaus. Visit Leif Nilsson Spring Street Studio and Gallery for the spring exhibition opening. At Dina Varano Gallery, Dina will be featuring her new Talisman Collection, and Bill Vollers at Gallery Americana/Art & Antiques will have a 20% off storewide sale for the evening.

Several businesses will be celebrating their newness on May 2. ELLE Design Studio is newly relocated to 1 Main Street, and Vintage Glory and Brown Eyed Girl are now joined at 4 Water Street, while Lark is in its first month at 4 Water Street. They will all have celebrations that evening.

Free parking is available in walking distance of the shops and galleries. Info: or email: or call: 860-526-1200.



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