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Always on Sunday in Chester – Valentine’s Day

In Chester CT Events on February 8, 2016 at 6:23 pm

Chester always loves a celebration, and what better day to celebrate than Sunday, Feb. 14, or before, so you can scoop up that perfect gift for your Valentine! Here are just a few possibilities. You can find more all week long on

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Dina Varano Gallery

Say Amore with Dina Varano’s Amore collection at her Main Street gallery as well as online . Dina says, “The Amore collection is a collection of pendants I create with a complimentary hand painted card. It’s always a favorite and a great gift for your Valentine.”

The Lori Warner Gallery has roses that last forever by Erika Barratt. “Each rose is thoughtfully made by hand and painted in watercolor on Kozo paper. Perfect for Valentine’s Day.” Don’t wait to purchase; contact the gallery at 860.322.4265 or

Lori Warner Studio/Gallery

Lori Warner Studio/Gallery

On Valentine’s Day itself, give yourself a gift. Come to Maple and Main Gallery of Art where mimosas and chocolates will be served, and you will be transported and inspired by the beautiful art in two new shows on the two floors of the gallery. Gift certificates are available as are many small paintings and unframed original art.

Mimosas and chocolates at Maple & Main Gallery

Mimosas and chocolates at Maple & Main Gallery


Chester Sunday Market – Season Opens in June

In Chester CT Events, Market on February 8, 2016 at 9:16 am

chester market 4It’s not too early to talk about the popular Chester Sunday Market (it may seem like it’s winter, but in our heads the market is bringing us great produce every week already!).

The market organizers have already announced the dates for 2016 – June 12 to Oct. 9 – and have already provided a list of this year’s vendors (with more to come). If you want to be a vendor this year, be sure to look at the website (address below) for the forms you need to fill out.


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: and

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Two New Exhibits Open at Maple and Main Gallery; Reception on Jan. 30

In Art, Chester CT Events on January 22, 2016 at 3:01 pm

The Winter Exhibit and the first Annual Juried Show at Maple and Main Gallery open Wednesday, Jan. 27 with a gala reception Saturday, Jan. 30 from 6 to 8 p.m.

"LL Bean Slippers in Florida" by Claudia Van Nes

“LL Bean Slippers in Florida” by Claudia Van Nes

The Winter Exhibit, featuring newly created works from 40 Connecticut artists, fills the first floor of the gallery, while paintings by artists chosen for the juried show are displayed in the Joslow and Stone galleries on the lower level of Maple and Main.

The juror is noted artist Robert Noreika, who chose 85 works from hundreds of paintings artists from Connecticut and surrounding states submitted for the new show.

Visitors will be able to view a versatile selection of landscapes, seascapes, still lifes, abstracts and highly original work in both shows.

Alan James will provide live music during the opening party on Jan. 30, and wine, appetizers and desserts will be served. Many of the artists represented in the juried and winter shows will be at the event.

Maple and Main’s two shows run through March 13 and the gallery, at One Maple Street in Chester, is open Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Maple and Main artists are also showing 31 selected works at the Valentine H. Zahn Community Gallery at Middlesex Hospital’s Shoreline Medical Center in Westbrook through March 18. That gallery is open during business hours every day.

Please visit the gallery on Facebook and on its website,

Behind the Scenes when “It Happened to Jane” – Jan. 31

In Chester CT Events on January 13, 2016 at 2:41 pm

“It Happened to Jane” never won an Academy Award or a Golden Globe, but as far as Chester folks are concerned, it’s definitely an award winner.

After all, the movie, which starred Doris Day and Jack Lemmon, was made right in the heart of Chester in the summer of ‘58 – in the Chester Meeting House and the Center and on Jennings Pond and by the railroad – and hundreds of Chester folks were movie extras. So whether you were there in 1958 or came to town later, the movie has every right to be a local treasure.

Ernie Kovacs and Jack Lemmon - right in Chester Center - in front of renamed-for-the-movie stores.

Ernie Kovacs and Jack Lemmon – right in Chester Center – in front of renamed-for-the-movie stores.

On Sunday afternoon, January 31 (postponed from Jan. 24 because of snow), the Chester Historical Society is offering you two opportunities to immerse yourself in “Jane” memories. Participate in one or both!

At 2:30 p.m. on Jan. 24, Chester Historian Rob Miceli and Peg Lieberman will lead a walking tour of Chester Center’s sites of interest from the movie. (It’ll be a very short walk, as Chester Center isn’t very big!) You’ll hear how Carmine Grote’s Appliance Store (now Compass Rose and Red Pepper) became Aaron Caldwell’s Fine Foods & Notions store for the movie. Bill Breslin’s package store (in The Villager building) was turned into a marine supply store. A wooden locomotive was built and moved into the parking lot now used by Chester Package Store, and parking meters were added to town. Jack Lemmon’s law office was above the old Robbie’s store and the Cape Anne, Maine, Telephone Exchange was above today’s Century 21 real estate office.

Several Chester builders constructed this wooden locomotive to be part of the "Jane" movie in 1958.

Several Chester builders constructed this wooden locomotive to be part of the “Jane” movie in 1958.

At 4 p.m., at the Chester Meeting House (used as the Cape Anne Town Hall in the movie), the Chester Historical Society is presenting one of its popular “crackerbarrel discussions,” with folks sharing their “Jane” memories. We’ll also view some of the Chester scenes from the movie.

The walk and the crackerbarrel program are free and open to all. Walkers should meet at the Century 21 Heritage office before 2:30 p.m. Parking is available at the 20 Water Street public parking lot and the Norma Terris Theatre on North Main Street.

Refreshments will be served during the movie. For more information, call 860-526-2331 or 860-558-4701 or go to

Always on Sunday Kicks Off – Jan. 17

In Chester CT Events on January 7, 2016 at 9:25 pm

Does January already have you feeling down? Come to Chester Center where the businesses are celebrating “Always on Sunday in Chester!” all winter and spring.

On Sunday, Jan. 17, there will be a watercolor demonstration at Maple and Main Gallery, an exhibit of miniature handmade wooden castle sculptures at Gallery 31-47, the annual winter sale at C&G Unparalleled Apparel, a concert at the Leif Nilsson Spring Street Studio & Gallery, the 20-foot-long Bloody Mary Bar at the Pattaconk, and more fun throughout the Chester Center businesses. Stop in for hot drinks on this “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” January day – hot cider at Ceramica, hot tea at Maple & Main and Dina Varano, hot chocolate on a stick at Lark….

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At Maple and Main Gallery, at noon, artist Bivenne will give an informal demonstration in watercolor focusing on enhancing the element of light in a painting. Bivenne will also point out this effect in a few of the works in the gallery in a short stroll and chat preceding her demonstration at 11:30 a.m. A noted artist and popular local watercolor instructor, Bivenne has won multiple prestigious awards. Her work is widely collected and her demonstrations always informed and illuminating. Enjoy three kinds of tea and cookies at the gallery while enjoying the gallery talk and demonstration.

Bill Vollers, owner of Gallery 31-47 in Chester, will exhibit the work of his brother, Geoffrey Vollers, who owns a studio in Rockland, Maine. Geoffrey’s miniature castles have been displayed in the windows of Tiffany & Co in New York. His work, which also includes painting and stained glass windows, has been shown in numerous galleries and in private collections.

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Also in Chester on Jan. 17 from 4 to 6 p.m., bluesman Ramblin’ Dan Stevens and Clayton Allen will play at the Leif Nilsson Spring Street Studio & Gallery. In a melding of diverse blues styles, Stevens and Allen have forged a unique sound, representing a wide variety of traditionally based fingerpicking with a tinge of primitive blues and early blues rock and roll. A $20 donation is requested at the door. BYOB. More info at

Parking isn’t an issue! If you drive into town on Rte. 148 (West Main Street/Water Street), free parking is available at First Niagara Bank and the town lot at 20 Water Street; and also at Norma Terris Theatre on North Main Street. If you drive into town from Rte. 154 and Main Street, park at the Maple Street or Laurel Hill Cemetery parking lots.

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Always on Sunday in Chester

In Chester CT Events on December 11, 2015 at 3:19 pm

During the winter and spring of 2016, Chester Center is going to be hopping – especially on Sundays. In fact, you can count on Chester entertaining you ”Always on Sunday”!

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Sundays are a day of rest for the Main Street construction crew so the merchants are taking advantage of their absence. Gallery openings to store specials to workshops and historical walking tours – they’ll be Always on Sunday!

Each month will have a special theme – January -“Baby it’s Cold Outside,” February – “Spread the Love,” March – “Marching Through Chester,” April – “Enchanting Chester,” and May – “Swing through Chester.”

And, there will be some major happenings, such as Valentine’s Day festivities, Soup Sunday, Princess Sunday, Treasure Hunt Sunday and maybe even a flash mob.

All groups and organizations are encouraged to get involved in keeping Chester Center fun! Email or stop in to see Suzie Woodward at Lark or Claudia Van Nes at Maple & Main Gallery.

There’s a variety of ways to learn what’s happening:;; town hall’s townwide weekly email; and all the Chester Center businesses.


Chester’s Holiday Market

In Chester CT Events, Market on November 15, 2015 at 2:15 pm

Tis the Season for Local Bounty!



11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. in Chester Center

 Make holiday shopping a joyous, stress-free event this year.

Free fun for the kids - like decorating holiday ornaments at Simon's

Free fun for the kids – like decorating holiday ornaments at Simon’s

Spend a few hours in Chester each Sunday!

What you’ll find: local farmers and food artisans; great eats and treats; Chester shops, restaurants and galleries with special offers; original and stylish gifts; holiday happenings throughout the village (Mrs. Claus and town criers, to name a few); and so much more.

Mrs. Claus cozies up to the Town Crier!

Mrs. Claus cozies up to the Town Crier!

Each week brings something different.

Sunday Dec. 13 is "Mitten Smitten" Sunday. We're asking you to bring in mittens (or warm gloves) for all ages for those in need at homeless shelters. Some shops, such as Dina Varano's Gallery, are encouraging your donation with a discount on their gloves.

Sunday Dec. 13 is “Mitten Smitten” Sunday. We’re asking you to bring in mittens (or warm gloves) for all ages for those in need at homeless shelters. Some shops, such as Dina Varano’s Gallery, are encouraging your donation with a discount on their gloves.

Sunday, Dec. 20, we wind it all up with a Chocolate Festival. You can paint chocolates, watch chocolates be made, and eat chocolates - and take some home too! Lark plans to make (and serve to all) slices of its 7-foot brownie!

Sunday, Dec. 20, we wind it all up with a Chocolate Festival. You can paint chocolates, watch chocolates be made, and eat chocolates – and take some home too! Lark plans to make (and serve to all) slices of its 7-foot brownie!

Continually updated info: and


A Starry Night Stroll on Friday, Dec. 4

In Chester CT Events on November 15, 2015 at 1:51 pm

“Fly me to the moon and let me play among the stars,” Frank Sinatra sang. We can’t promise you the moon, but you can certainly play among the stars during Chester’s Starry Night Stroll on Friday, Dec. 4.

“Lighting the Christmas Tree,” a painting by Barbara Rossitto at Maple & Main Gallery – a very realistic rendering of our Starry Night Festival!

The annual Holiday Festival in Chester Center will be dazzling with starry specials and activities. The picturesque historic village will be beautifully decorated for the holidays and the streets will be lined with luminaries. Saint Lucia Girls will walk around offering cookie treats. Carolers will stroll through the village on their way to the town’s Christmas tree, which will be lighted at 6 p.m. while the community gathers for a sing-along and enjoys free cookies and hot chocolate from Guest House Retreat & Conference Center.

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Don’t miss the perennially popular Annual Post Card Show at the Chester Gallery, opening at 5 p.m.

All evening, the shops and galleries will offer light refreshments and beverages (champagne, Prosecco, holiday ales, cider, and more) while you browse.

Visit the Dina Varano Gallery on Main Street to see the unveiling of Dina’s new collection created especially for this holiday season. On this special themed Starry Night, an original hand-painted, starry holiday card will be given away with every purchase.

Maple and Main Gallery, located across from the town Christmas tree, will be serving wine, appetizers and chocolates. Music will be provided by Sibling Thrivalry until 8 p.m. Enter the free drawing for an oil painting, “Star Gazing,” by Faye Mylen of Fairfield, her interpretation of Vincent Van Gogh’s painting, “Starry Night.”

Stop in also at the Leif Nilsson Spring Street Gallery and the Al Malpa Photography Gallery, both at the beginning of Spring Street, to enjoy their work.  At ELLE Design, you can meet the artists at the holiday reception and see the store’s winter inventory, while at Lori Warner Gallery it’s Champagne everything – a Gallery Open House and Leiva Jewelry Trunk Show new “Champagne Diamond Collection”!

Bill Vollers is reopening Gallery 31 • 47, exhibiting new work in an expanded gallery space.

Bill Vollers is reopening Gallery 31 • 47, exhibiting new work in an expanded gallery space.

In the 4 Water Street building, Lark says, “You are always a star at Lark and you deserve to shine!  We are kicking off the Holiday season for our customers , the brightest stars in the galaxy, by paying all sales tax during the stroll!  So, get your sparkle on!  There’s a twinkle party at Lark from 5 to 8 p.m.!“ Next door, at Connecticut River Artisans you can enter the prize drawing for a collection of star ornaments.

The Red Pepper (14 Main St.) will be offering a drawing for a fabulous tote bag and serving Prosecco and sweet holiday treats. And at Sensible Organics, the new business in the old Chester Bank building, you’re invited to stop in to see their space and to leave your name in a prize drawing for a basket filled with their creams and lotions.

At C&G, there's music at the reception in the upstairs gallery and the Goods' new calendar will be introduced for the first time!

At C&G, there’s music at the reception in the upstairs gallery and the Goods’ new calendar will be introduced for the first time!


Free parking is available in the Water Street and the Maple Street parking lots, both a short walk to the center.

Continually updated information about all the Starry Night happenings can be found at

Chester’s Own “Antiques Roadshow” on Nov. 7

In Chester CT Events on October 24, 2015 at 5:41 pm

You’ve been saving those treasures for a long time, thinking you’ll leave them to your kids (or maybe you’re waiting for the right time to sell them). Aren’t you curious to know what they are worth?

Peggy Maraschiello, generalist

Peggy Maraschiello, generalist

It’s easy to find out! The Chester Historical Society presents its 12th Antiques & Jewelry Appraisal on Saturday, Nov. 7, from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Eleven professionals will be on hand to give verbal appraisals  – whether it’s your grandfather’s violin, the painting you picked up for a song at an estate sale, a cherry side table, the quilt made by your great-great-grandmother, the family Bible, silver spoons, a gold bracelet and your uncle’s pocket watch…

Four of the appraisers are generalists, meaning they deal with the full range of antiques. With decades of experience as professional appraisers, they’ve seen it all. They are: Norman and Linda Legassie of Stepping Stones Antiques and Collectibles in Old Saybrook; Peggy Maraschiello of Riverwind Antiques in Deep River; and Douglass Bjorn of Stonington.

Norman Legassie, generalist

Norman Legassie, generalist

Three are jewelry experts. They are: Garry Craig of The Timekeeper in Wallingford (watches as well as clocks); Paul Indorf of Connecticut Jewelry Appraisers (fine jewelry, gemstones); and Gay Sherman Weintz (vintage and antique costume jewelry).

Paul Indorf, CT Jewelry Appraisers

Paul Indorf, CT Jewelry Appraisers

Jeffrey Cooley, owner of The Cooley Gallery in Old Lyme, will be appraising artwork; Orville Haberman of CT River Books (books and ephemera); Steve Lutar of Guilford Coin Exchange (coins, currency); and John Newman of Deep River (American-made glass and oil and electric lamps).

Jeffrey Cooley, Cooley Gallery

Each attendee may bring up to three separate items to be appraised. (A collection, such as a set of silver flatware, is considered one item.) If the item is too large to carry, bring photographs (if it’s a table or dresser, bring in a drawer too). Verbal appraisals will cost $10 for the first item; $20 for 2 items; or $25 for 3 items. All proceeds will benefit the nonprofit Chester Historical Society and its work on the Chester Museum at The Mill.

Orville Haberman, CT River Books

Orville Haberman, CT River Books

St. Joseph’s Parish Center is at 48 Middlesex Avenue (Rte. 154) in Chester. There is ample parking and handicapped access. Lots of seating and free coffee and tea are available while you wait. More information, including directions to the event, is on the website,, or email your questions to You may also call 860-558-4701 with specific questions.

Halloween Celebration – Friday, Oct. 30

In Chester CT Events on October 13, 2015 at 7:47 pm

Come One, Come All! This year’s Halloween Celebration & Carnival  in downtown Chester is sure to be the best one yet. Bring your lively spirit and wear your best costumes for an evening of fun and games.


Free activities include the Children’s Costumed Parade led by Chester’s Fife and Drum Corps, Costume Contest, Trick-or-Treating at the Merchants, Maple and Main Gallery Festive Craft, Chester Library Photo Bookmark Craft, Music by DJ Gary Torello and Dancing with Rayna, as well as Scary Stories performed by Miss Judy.


Michele Procko hands out candy at Ceramica

Plus, the PTO will sell tickets for games, cider, popcorn, and cupcakes – WIN PRIZES!

Accompanied children are welcome to meet at Chesterfields for free Treat Bag Decorating & Halloween Fun at 5pm. To walk in the parade, meet at Chesterfields, 132 Main Street, by 5:45pm. Chester center will be closed to all vehicles from 5 to 9pm, but parking is available in several public lots.

This event is sponsored by the Chester Elementary School PTO, Chester Rotary and Chester Merchants. Many of the shops and galleries will remain open during the Carnival to pass out treats and be open for business.

Dress up! You may win a prize!

Dress up! You may win a prize!

Admission is free, with tickets sold for games and food. Carnival proceeds help fund the school’s community cultural arts program, educational field trips, enhancements to the school grounds and other on-premise programs. The Chester Elementary PTO is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.


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