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Chocolate Chip Cookies & Wine & Art & Music – “Come Home” Oct. 7

In Chester CT Events on September 22, 2016 at 10:29 am
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Keith Stewart, chef at Camp Hazen YMCA, is making chocolate chip cookies – 100s of them – for Come Home to Chester night!

The town of Chester presents its annual “Come Home to Chester” celebration on Friday evening, Oct. 7. Come stroll through the shops and galleries of quaint Chester village while munching on chocolate chip cookies made by the chef of Camp Hazen YMCA and sampling wines or sipping apple cider. (All the comforts of home on a New England fall evening!)

The French Hen’s theme for the evening is fragrance. “Fragrance has the power to evoke a memory, change a mood or unlock a new experience,” says Laurie McGinley, the shop’s owner, who says the shop will be debuting a new line, Peacock Parfumerie, and will have a drawing for one of their beautiful scented candles. Chester Package Store will do a wine tasting on the front porch of The French Hen (14 Main St.).

LARK is featuring coziness – as in cozy, colorful home accessories, such as quilts, rugs, towels and pillows. Sign up to win a gift while exploring all the comforts of home featured in the newly expanded shop at 4 Water St.

“An Exploration of Texture,” a new jewelry collection by Dina Varano, opens at the Dina Varano Gallery on Main Street on October 7. Since day one, texture has been a defining feature of Dina’s unique jewelry. Like an alchemist she transforms metal into meaningful works of wearable art: one of a kind, one at a time.

Artists Beverly Floyd of East Haddam and Maggie Bice, now of Virginia but originally Old Lyme, are old friends who share a sensibility that is lyrical, lighthearted and often quirky. This will be evident in their two-women show, “Go Figure” in Maple and Main’s Stone Gallery, opening with a reception on Oct. 7.

ELLE Design, at 1 Main St., invites you to sample the raw chocolates made by Aruna Chocolate and learn how to pair them with wine. Look for Deborah Vilcheck, a Chester-based mortgage loan originator with Nations Reliable Lending, who will have 50 apple pies to hand out to visitors. “I love Chester and this is a great way to celebrate our town,” Deb says.

Even your dogs are welcome at Yappy Hour at Strut Your Mutt on Main Street, with treats for them and you.

You are also invited to visit the yoga studio at Reflections of Chester, Health & Wellness Center, at 15-19 North Main Street, where there will be live music, cider and cookies. More live music will be at the Pattaconk 1850 Bar & Grill on Main Street, and the Homage Fine Art & Coffee Lounge (16 Main St.) features Teen Open Mic Night from 7 to 9 p.m.

Everything is within walking distance from the Maple Street and Water Street free public parking lots.

Chester Artists Donate Works to Chester Library Raffles

In Chester CT Events on September 21, 2016 at 5:46 pm
"September Light" by Deborah Quinn-Munson

“September Light” by Deborah Quinn-Munson

 

Chester is a town of many creative people who are generous with their talents.

The annual Chester Artists for the Chester Library Raffle has been the grateful beneficiary of those creative talents for the past few years.

This year there are actually three 2016 Chester Artists for the Chester Library Raffles – one for a painting by Deborah Quinn-Munson, another for a butcherblock cutting board handcrafted by Stephen Bradley of Pondside Kitchens, and the third for a blanket, made by the Kid Knitters of the Chester Library. Raffle tickets are just $2.00 each.

Deborah Quinn Munson donated her pastel painting, “September Light,” to the raffle. The painting, 12” x 18”, framed and under museum glass, depicts the Connecticut River. Deborah says, “I am lucky to be on the river occasionally and never tire of creating paintings inspired by those beautiful colors, reflections and skies.”

She adds, “When I paint, I am interested in bold color, energetic line, and strong composition to convey a powerful image filled with atmosphere and light. I enjoy the contrast between the spirited execution of a painting and the serenity and peacefulness of the scene. Clear brush and pastel strokes have become an important aspect of my work and bring vitality and movement to the painting.” Deborah is an elected Signature Member of The Pastel Society of America, Connecticut Pastel Society and the Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod. Her work is in many private and corporate collections throughout the country.

Butcherblock Cutting Board by Pondside Kitchens

Butcherblock Cutting Board by Pondside Kitchens

Stephen Bradley is a kitchen designer and owner of Pondside Kitchens & Hearth on Water Street in Chester. He also loves to create cutting boards in his woodworking shop. He explains, “I like to focus on boards that are functional rather than just decorative. The board for the library is made from side-grain Maple, Cherry and Black Walnut. These are all food-safe native hardwoods. The finish is food-safe as it is polished with Carnauba Wax, a very hard and water-resistant finish. It is a wax made from the leaves of the palm Copernicia prunifera, a plant native to and grown only in the northeastern Brazilian states of Piauí, Ceará and Rio Grande do Norte.” His Butcherblock Cutting Board for the library is 10″ x 16″ x 1-1/2″.

Knitted Squares Blanket by Chester Library Kid Knitters

Knitted Squares Blanket by Chester Library Kid Knitters

The third raffle item is the Knitted Squares Blanket, created by the Kids Knitters who meet on Saturday mornings at the library under the guidance of experienced needle worker Anne Winslow. Reminiscent of the Gees Bend quilts, this charming lap warmer is a medley of stitches, yarns, and colors and measures 33” x 57”.

Kim Stack, parent organizer of the knitters, says, “The nature of the randomness is what makes this a unique piece. The colors chosen for the squares were personal decisions for the kids who knitted them. The textures of the yarns represent the journey each knitter took when sampling how the yarn felt to the touch, how it felt while working with it on the knitting needles, and how it looked as a finished piece. Out of their exploration of yarns, and the satisfaction of beginning and ending a knitted piece quickly (hence ‘squares’), came this one-of-a-kind blanket made of various shapes, textures and colors. The Chester Kids Knitters, ranging from preschool to sixth grade, are immensely proud of their individual efforts coming together to form this collaborative piece.”

The Chester Library is proud of the knitters as well, for their Knitted Squares Blanket won a blue ribbon at the Chester Fair in August.

All three items can be seen at the library or at Facebook.com/chesterctpubliclibrary. Tickets are just $2.00 each. If you’d like to buy a ticket and cannot get to Chester, please write: Friends of Chester Public Library, 21 West Main St, Chester, CT 06412, and enclose your check or cash for tickets, along with a stamped self-addressed envelope and your phone number. The winning tickets will be drawn at the library on Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 11. Winners need not be present to win.

All proceeds from the raffles go directly to Chester Library needs not covered by tax dollars, such as movies, museum passes, programs, and special purchases such as comfortable reading chairs.

Lobster & Steak & Dancing – This Saturday Night!

In Chester CT Events on September 6, 2016 at 6:13 pm

rotary-lobster-promo-photo-2016The Rotary Club of Chester’s 46th Annual Lobster Festival  will be held at the Chester Fairgrounds on Saturday, September 10. Tickets are on sale now!

The event is highlighted by classic double entree dinners featuring Twin Lobster, Twin Steak, or Surf and Turf and single entrée Lobster or Steak dinners. Traditional sides include corn on the cob, baked potato, coleslaw and rolls.  The gates will open at 4:00 pm for table decorating and general admission.  Dinners will be served from 5 to 7 pm.   Soft drinks, bottled water, draft beer and wine are available for sale throughout the night.   Live music for your dancing and listening pleasure will be provided by Four Barrel Billy with the Bottom of the Barrel Singers until closing at 10 p.m.

Admission tickets for twin lobster or twin steak or surf and turf dinner tickets are $40 in advance, $45 for remaining tickets at the gate. Single lobster or steak dinner tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the gate.  Access to the Lobster Festival is restricted to dinner ticket holders. Seating is limited, so please purchase early.

Tickets are available at the following Chester locations; LARK, Chester Package Store, Chrisholm Marina and Chester Bottle Shop; from any Chester Rotarian; and on-line at  http://chesterlobsterfestival.com and  http://www.ChesterRotary.org.

Join friends and family for a memorable evening of great food, good fun and live music!

First Friday, Sept. 2, Brings Pop Up Fashion, Music & Art

In Chester CT Events on August 24, 2016 at 2:25 pm

Start off your Labor Day weekend with First Friday in Chester Center. Here’s a sampling of what you’ll find between 5 and 8 p.m.

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“Sailing on the Sound”

Maple and Main Gallery will mark First Friday with a free drawing for “Sailing on the Sound,” a wonderful summer painting by former Connecticut artist Gary Lavarak. Stop by the gallery for a glass of wine and enter the drawing; the winner’s name will be drawn during the opening of the fall exhibit Saturday, Sept. 17.

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Start gathering at 6:45 p.m. in front of ELLE Design at 1 Main Street for the Pop Up Fashion Show of RUBA RUBA Designs, a clothing line designed and handmade by Georgia Caroline Milton, an Essex, CT, native. The fashion show of the new fall line of RUBA RUBA (kimono jackets, cowl scarves, sheet scarves, ponchos & more) will run from 7 to about 7:15, and then you can enjoy the designer meet and greet as well as purchase items from the ready-to-wear line. Georgia graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2012 majoring in fibers and experimental fashion. She began RUBA RUBA after graduating and has been cultivating it ever since through her hard work and passion for quality, handmade style.

Crunchy Diva Designs

At the newly expanded Lark at 4 Water Street, Heather Wright of Crunchy Diva Designs will help you design a one-of-a-kind bracelet from her array of adornments. Come on over for the “bracelet bar party.” Make your own or find your favorite from those created by the Crunchy Diva.

Also on First Friday is Teen Open Mic Night at Homage Fine Art and Coffee Lounge. Sing, play music, read poetry, do stand-up comedy or perform an improve act! It all begins at 6 p.m. on Friday.

Follow us on Facebook.com/VisitChesterCT to learn what else will happen that evening.

Summer Sales & Sails in Chester, Aug. 27

In Chester CT Events on August 23, 2016 at 5:26 pm

Look for Summer Sales and Summer Sails all day on Saturday, Aug. 27 in Chester Center.  Even if you’re planning to spend the day at the Chester Fair, there’ll be time to stop at the shops and galleries in the town center to pick up some great deals.

C&G has included its summer hats in its Summer Sales.

C&G has included its summer hats in its Summer Sales.

Remember also, this is Tax Free Week on clothes, so besides finding clothing on sale, you’ll also save tax dollars.

Donna Favreau, "Firesky," oil on canvas

Donna Favreau, “Firesky,” oil on canvas at Maple & Main

Maple and Main Gallery is going aboard for the day with Summer Sails. Their tent will be up out front and under it will be lots of gorgeous paintings of sailboats by the gallery artists.

The sales will be held during regular store hours. Watch Facebook.com/visitchesterct for more details.

Explore Chester History for Free!

In Chester CT Events, History on August 10, 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.

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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 August 10, 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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First Friday, Aug. 5, Brings New Creations, Sales & Treats

In Chester CT Events on July 27, 2016 at 4:48 pm

Chester celebrates First Friday on August 5 in its picturesque town center.

Gray Jacobik's encaustic, "Where the Laughing Gull Scoots"

Gray Jacobik’s encaustic, “Where the Laughing Gull Scoots”

 

Among the evening’s featured happenings will be the wine and appetizer opening of a solo exhibit in the Stone Gallery at Maple and Main from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Artist and poet Gray Jacobik is combining paintings and her literary work for the first time in her solo exhibit, “Lines Spoken: In Paint, in Wax, in Words,” which will feature broadsides of poems paired with paintings so that these two major modes of expression can talk across lines. Gray’s paintings in oil, acrylic and encaustic will be on display along with images of corresponding text from her published books including her latest collection of poetry, The Banquet, which is being nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.

Homage Fine Art & Coffee Lounge, at 16 Main St., once again hosts an acoustic open mic night to showcase young local talent. Sing, play music, read poetry, do stand-up comedy or perform an improve act! It all begins at 6 p.m. on Friday.

Also on First Friday, Chester’s newest shops will be open. The French Hen will be serving refreshments and offering a discount on all beach house décor, and Strut Your Mutt is having a Yappy Hour, with wine for two-legged visitors.

"Beach house décor" on sale at The French Hen this Friday! Enjoy a glass of lemonade while you browse.

“Beach house décor” on sale at The French Hen this Friday! Enjoy a glass of lemonade while you browse.

During the evening, Lark will be featuring Donna Wollum of East Hampton, creator of Pure Bliss.  Donna’s products are all-natural skincare, cosmetics, bath salts, body butters, lip butter scrubs, lip balms and hand-poured soy-wax candles.

At ELLE Design, meet the creator of Aquinnah Jewelry and enjoy ONE Hope Wine, giving back to Sister Cities Essex Haiti, while at Dina Varano Gallery you can see “Ocean Dreams,” Dina’s summer jewelry collection that captures the light, colors, and essence of the beach. New additions to the collection will be on view for First Friday.

 

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.