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Lark Pays it Forward

In Chester Business, Chester CT Events, Market on June 17, 2015 at 7:01 pm

 

Lark smash aaLark at 4 Water Street is celebrating one year in business by hosting a “Summer Market Smash,” a collaborative art effort in grateful response to the village of Chester and countless customers who have made Lark’s first year so amazing. 

On Sunday, June 28,  during the Chester Sunday Market, 100s of people stopped by Lark to “leave their mark” on a paint canvas. By the end of the day there were four colorful paintings, created by all of you, which are being displayed at Lark until the end of July.

During July leave your silent auction bid at Lark for one or all of the paintings. Four Chester nonprofits – the Chester Food Pantry, the Chester Historical Society, the Chester Hose Company and the Friends of Chester Library – will benefit from the collaborative creativity. Here are two of the four paintings – check out the others at Lark!

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Pay it forward with Lark! Send those bids sky high!

Lark is at 4 Water St.

http://www.facebook.com/LarkstoreChester

Chester Sunday Market – Open for the Summer

In Chester CT Events, Market on June 17, 2015 at 9:16 am

chester market 4Excitement is building! The Chester Sunday Market opens for the year on Sunday, June 14, and closes on Oct. 11.

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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.    

Information about this year’s vendors is here.

Market hours are 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

More information about the Chester Sunday Market at: Facebook.com/ChesterSundayMarket and http://chestersundaymarket.jimdo.com/

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Townwide Tag Sale – May 23

In Chester CT Events, Shopping on May 6, 2015 at 2:02 pm

Chester’s 25th Annual Townwide Tag Sale will be on Saturday, May 23 – 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.

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.

For just $1, you can buy a map showing where all the sales are.

For just $1, you can buy a map showing where all the sales are.

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 galleries filled with unique objects of desire.

Please Drive Carefully and Good Luck!

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

From kayaks to knick-knacks, and plants to books, you'll find it all at the townwide tag sale.

From kayaks to knick-knacks, and plants to books, you’ll find it all at the townwide tag sale.

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

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