“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.
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.
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!
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 Facebook.com/visitchesterct.