Events April 24, 2014 and later

Mar 20 - May 31, 2014
Chester in Spring Photo Contest!
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Location: Contest open from 3/20/14-5/31/14 to all residents of Chester (all ages)
Email jpeg of your photo to: recreation@chesterborough.org or recreation@chestertownship.org

Capture your version of Chester in Spring! Contest Sponsored by Chester Borough and Chester Township Recreation.

Image can be any subject matter. The photo with the most likes on Facebook at the end of the contest wins first place and a fantastic prize! Likes will be tallied from Chester Borough and Chester Township Recreation Facebook sites.

Contest open from 3/20/14-5/31/14 to all residents of Chester and all ages. To enter, send a jpeg of your photo to recreation@chesterborough.org or recreation@chestertownship.org.

By entering this contest you agree to your photo and name being used in this contest.
Questions? Contact the Recreation Director at: recreation@chesterborough.org or recreation@chestertownship.org

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Apr 5 - Aug 29, 2014
Farm Family Fun at Alstede Farms!
hours vary - see website for details
Location: Alstede Farms: GPS Location: ACROSS THE STREET from 1 Chesterfield Drive, Chester NJ 07930

We offer fun farm atmosphere for the whole family! Children's activities: pony rides, moon bounce, visit our friendly farm animals and lots more... see our website for details!

Visit www.alstedefarms.com

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Apr 26, 2014
FREE Ice Cream Day at Alstede Farms!
10am - 6pm
Location: Alstede Farms: GPS Location: ACROSS THE STREET from 1 Chesterfield Drive, Chester NJ 07930

All are welcome! Stop by any time between 10 am and 6 pm for a FREE cup or cone of our delicious homemade ice cream! While you’re here, enjoy lots of fun farm activities!

Visit www.alstedefarms.com

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Apr 29, 2014
Chester Library Celebrates NJ's 350th...
7:00 p.m.
Location: Chester Library, 250 West Main Street, Chester, NJ 07930

With Chester Library’s 1860 New Jersey Topographical Map as a focal point, historian Maxine Lurie explores the significance of both the year and the map for N.J. and the nation. In 1860, N.J. was transitioning from an agricultural to industrial economy, the nation was about to engage in civil war, and cartographers were developing new ways to measure and display geographical features. Lurie will use Chester Library’s remarkable wall map to engage in an illustrated discussion of a crucial point in history at the Library on Tuesday, April 29 at 7 pm.

Refreshments will be provided.

Lurie holds a BA from Alfred University, a MA from the University of Rochester, and a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin. She has taught at Marquette University, Rutgers University, and Seton Hall University (from which she retired in 2010). An Early American historian, she has taught and written about New Jersey history for twenty-five years. She is the author and editor of numerous publications, including co-editing with Peter Wacker and Michael Siegel Mapping New Jersey (2009), which tells the history of the state through new and historical maps.

Most recently, she co-edited with Richard Veit New Jersey: A History of the Garden State (2012). The Local History Department of the Chester Library in Chester, New Jersey is a resource for reference and original materials that document Chester, Morris County, and N.J. history. The purpose of the Local History Department is to collect, preserve, describe, and make accessible these materials to the local community, as well as to visiting and online researchers.

The Chester Library serves the residents of Chester Borough and Chester Township, New Jersey. The library houses a collection of over 70,000 books, DVDs, CDs, video games, audio books and e-books. In addition, it offers a wide array of adult, teen and children's programs, public computers, online research services and community meeting rooms.

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May 3, 2014
Food Revolution Day at Cooper Gristmill
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Location: Cooper Gristmill 66 State Route 24 Chester, NJ 07930-2411 - (908) 879-5463

Food Revolution Day – Discover the way grains were processed in the late 1800's, and how they affect the grains we eat today. Pick up historic recipes to try at home.

Admission: (Suggested Donation for Mill Tours)

$3 Adults, $2 Senior Citizens, $1 Children 4-6, FREE for children under age 4
Friends of Fosterfields and Cooper Gristmill members - FREE with valid membership card.Discounted fees for special events.

For additional information, please call 908-879-5463.

Directions: Copper Gristmill is located on County Highway 513 (old Route 24) in Chester Township, NJ. 1.3 miles west of the Route 206 intersection.

GPS: 66 Washington Turnpike (old state route 24), Chester, NJ 07930

Online Map Directions: 74 County Highway 513, Chester, NJ 07930

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May 3, 2014
Beekeeper Seminar: Introduction to Beekeeping at Alstede Far
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Location: Alstede Farms: GPS Location: ACROSS THE STREET from 1 Chesterfield Drive, Chester NJ 07930

This course will take you through you everything you need to get started, from equipment, hive location, breed selection, biology, pest and disease control. Seminar Participants will examine a nucleus hive and hive a 3lb package of bees.

Visit us at www.alstedefarms.com

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May 8, 2014
Grover Kemble as "Jimmy Durante"
7:00 pm
Location: Chester Library, 250 West Main Street, Chester, NJ

"Everybody wants ta get inta da act!" Popular musician and performer Grover Kemble portrays Jimmy Durante in this entertaining program. With a career spanning from the 1920s to the 1970s, Durante amused the country with his wit, songs, comical butchery of the language and, of course, his very large nose!

Register online at www.chesterlib.org or call 908-879-7612.

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May 10, 2014
Born to be Shorn
11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Location: Cooper Gristmill 66 State Route 24 Chester, NJ 07930-2411 - (908) 879-5463

Celebrating our 10th anniversary of hand sheering sheep, come meet baby lambs, see how fleece is processed and made into garments, and try your hand at weaving and spinning. Create a craft to take home. This event is at the Cooper Gristmill Visitors Center.

Cost: $3 adults, $2 seniors, $1 children.

Admission: (Suggested Donation for Mill Tours)

$3 Adults, $2 Senior Citizens, $1 Children 4-6, FREE for children under age 4
Friends of Fosterfields and Cooper Gristmill members - FREE with valid membership card.Discounted fees for special events.

For additional information, please call 908-879-5463.

Directions: Copper Gristmill is located on County Highway 513 (old Route 24) in Chester Township, NJ. 1.3 miles west of the Route 206 intersection.

GPS: 66 Washington Turnpike (old state route 24), Chester, NJ 07930

Online Map Directions: 74 County Highway 513, Chester, NJ 07930

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May 11, 2014
Mother's Day Brunch at Alstede Farms
9 am - 2 pm
Location: Alstede Farms: GPS Location: ACROSS THE STREET from 1 Chesterfield Drive, Chester NJ 07930

We’re celebrating our moms this weekend! Join us for a delicious Mother’s Day Brunch! Afterwards stick around and enjoy farm fun activities!

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May 11, 2014
FREE Ice Cream for Moms Day at Alstede Farms
10am - 6pm
Location: Alstede Farms: GPS Location: ACROSS THE STREET from 1 Chesterfield Drive, Chester NJ 07930

To Celebrate Mother’s Day – All moms get a FREE Ice Cream Cone today – from 10 – 5! Come on over and spend the day! Enjoy lots of fun farm activities for the whole family!

visit www.alstedefarms.com

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May 15, 2014
Thursday Home School Day: Marvels of Simple Machines
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Location: Cooper Gristmill 66 State Route 24 Chester, NJ 07930-2411 - (908) 879-5463

Learn how six simple machines operate the mill, equipment, and make work easier.  Children must be accompanied by an adult.  Call 973-631-5343 to register.  *$6.00 per student for this program*

General Admission Information: (Suggested Donation for Mill Tours)

$3 Adults, $2 Senior Citizens, $1 Children 4-6, FREE for children under age 4
Friends of Fosterfields and Cooper Gristmill members - FREE with valid membership card.Discounted fees for special events.

For additional information, please call 908-879-5463.

Directions: Copper Gristmill is located on County Highway 513 (old Route 24) in Chester Township, NJ. 1.3 miles west of the Route 206 intersection.

GPS: 66 Washington Turnpike (old state route 24), Chester, NJ 07930

Online Map Directions: 74 County Highway 513, Chester, NJ 07930

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May 18, 2014
Chester's 14th Classic Car, Antique Truck & Tractor Show
Motor Show: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm - Plus All Day Shopping!
Location: Three Exhibits throughout Historic Chester!: Downtown Historic District (Main Street), The Streets of Chester Shopping Center and Alstede Farms

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On Sunday, May 18th, Chester will be bursting with three Classic Car, Antique Truck & Tractor Exhibits! (Rain Date: Sunday, May 25th).

Schedule of Events

- 8:00 am - 10:00 am: Registration ($10).
*Classic Cars register at the top of Perry Street.
*Antique Trucks register at The Streets of Chester Shopping Center.

*Antique Tractors and Farm Equipment register at Alstede Farms.

- 10:00 am - 3:00 pm: Show times
- 3:00 pm: Trophies awarded at each of the three exhibit locations
plus All Day Shopping throughout Chester! Musical entertainment includes DJ-Doc South.

Portion of proceeds to benefit The Chester Volunteer First Aid Squad.

Stroll Chester's charming, brick-lined sidewalks with over 80 specialty shops featuring antiques, crafts, clothing, jewelry, home furnishings, pet products, confections and wonderful eateries. For brand-name shopping and additional dining, visit The Streets of Chester Shopping Center. There is something for everyone here in Historic Chester, NJ!

Questions? Contact Toni Perry at toni@twdirection.com

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May 24, 2014
Black River Industry Walk
10:00 am to 12:00 noon
Location: Cooper Gristmill 66 State Route 24 Chester, NJ 07930-2411 - (908) 879-5463

Black River Industry Walk: Discover early industries along the Black River with industrial archeologist Joe Macasek. This is a 3.5 mile moderate walk along the Hackelbarney Branch of the railroad, lower millpond, mid-1800's iron mining and bloomer forge, and Kay's dam. Meet at the Cooper Gristmill parking lot. Cost: $5 per family.

*Mill Opens After The Walk*

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General Admission: (Suggested Donation for Mill Tours)

$3 Adults, $2 Senior Citizens, $1 Children 4-6, FREE for children under age 4
Friends of Fosterfields and Cooper Gristmill members - FREE with valid membership card.Discounted fees for special events.

For additional information, please call 908-879-5463.

Directions: Copper Gristmill is located on County Highway 513 (old Route 24) in Chester Township, NJ. 1.3 miles west of the Route 206 intersection.

GPS: 66 Washington Turnpike (old state route 24), Chester, NJ 07930

Online Map Directions: 74 County Highway 513, Chester, NJ 07930

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May 31 - Jun 1, 2014
16th Annual SPRING Chester Craft Show
10:00 am to 5:00 pm (Rain or Shine)
Location: Gazebo/Municipal Field
134 Main Street, Chester, NJ

Call your friends and make plans to attend the Spring Chester Craft Show, being held on Saturday and Sunday, May 31st and June 1st.

We are proud to announce that the Spring Chester Craft Show was, once again, ranked as one of the top 60 craft shows IN THE COUNTRY, WITH OVER 150 ARTISTS from around the region.

Admission: $4.00.  No dogs/pets allowed.

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Experience a wide variety of hand made items including traditional craft, fine art and country crafts.  Find unique gifts for everyone on your shopping list as well as beautiful handcrafted furnishings for your home. Be sure to stroll through Historic Chester and visit over 80 unique shops and eateries which are just steps away from the show. You will discover a wonderful selection of antiques, crafts, clothing, jewelry, home furnishings and accessories, gourmet pet products, confections and wonderful eateries. The Chester area is also home to wonderful parks and farms offering fun for the whole family.

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Jun 1, 2014
Strawberry Pancake Breakfast at Alstede Farms
8 am - 12:30 pm
Location: Alstede Farms: GPS Location: ACROSS THE STREET from 1 Chesterfield Drive, Chester NJ 07930

Join us for a hearty breakfast on the farm! Enjoy pancakes, bacon, fresh homegrown strawberry topping, and more! Stick around for farm fun activities! See our website for more details!

visit www.alstedefarms.com

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Jun 19, 2014
Thursday Home School Day: Power People
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Location: Cooper Gristmill 66 State Route 24 Chester, NJ 07930-2411 - (908) 879-5463

Tour Cooper Gristmill and try your hand at some people-powered tools that were typical of the 1890s in Milltown/Chester Township before electricity was available.

Call Historic Speedwell, 973-285 6537 to register. $6 per student.

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General Admission: (Suggested Donation for Mill Tours)

$3 Adults, $2 Senior Citizens, $1 Children 4-6, FREE for children under age 4
Friends of Fosterfields and Cooper Gristmill members - FREE with valid membership card.Discounted fees for special events.

For additional information, please call 908-879-5463.

Directions: Copper Gristmill is located on County Highway 513 (old Route 24) in Chester Township, NJ. 1.3 miles west of the Route 206 intersection.

GPS: 66 Washington Turnpike (old state route 24), Chester, NJ 07930

Online Map Directions: 74 County Highway 513, Chester, NJ 07930

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Jun 21, 2014
People-Power Day
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Location: Cooper Gristmill 66 State Route 24 Chester, NJ 07930-2411 - (908) 879-5463

Tour Cooper Gristmill and watch demostrations of tools powered by hands and feet.  People-powered tools were typical of the 1890's in Milltown/Chester Township before electricity was available.  You will see displays of the foot-powered scroll saw, one and two man saws, stone jack, treadle sewing machines, and hand drills as well as have the opportunity to try some tools yourself.

Admission: (Suggested Donation for Mill Tours)

$3 Adults, $2 Senior Citizens, $1 Children 4-6, FREE for children under age 4
Friends of Fosterfields and Cooper Gristmill members - FREE with valid membership card.Discounted fees for special events.

For additional information, please call 908-879-5463.

Directions: Copper Gristmill is located on County Highway 513 (old Route 24) in Chester Township, NJ. 1.3 miles west of the Route 206 intersection.

GPS: 66 Washington Turnpike (old state route 24), Chester, NJ 07930

Online Map Directions: 74 County Highway 513, Chester, NJ 07930

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Jul 5, 2014
Sail, Sail, Your Boat!
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Location: Cooper Gristmill 66 State Route 24 Chester, NJ 07930-2411 - (908) 879-5463

Children can decorate boats and sail them in the Cooper Gristmill tailrace. Children must be accompanied by an adult and are required to wear enclosed-toe shoes or boots- No bare feet! Boats may be purchased for $10 (Friends Members $5) or borrowed.

Admission: (Suggested Donation for Mill Tours)

$3 Adults, $2 Senior Citizens, $1 Children 4-6, FREE for children under age 4
Friends of Fosterfields and Cooper Gristmill members - FREE with valid membership card.Discounted fees for special events.

For additional information, please call 908-879-5463.

Directions: Copper Gristmill is located on County Highway 513 (old Route 24) in Chester Township, NJ. 1.3 miles west of the Route 206 intersection.

GPS: 66 Washington Turnpike (old state route 24), Chester, NJ 07930

Online Map Directions: 74 County Highway 513, Chester, NJ 07930

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Jul 11 - 13, 2014
Cooper Gristmill Military Timeline Living History
*See Schedule of Events
Location: Cooper Gristmill 66 State Route 24 Chester, NJ 07930-2411 - (908) 879-5463

Relive history through various timelines of military camp life. View the changes in the military eras including activities that happened outside of the battlefield. See demonstrations of drills, campfires, gear, utilities, artifacts, and much more. Cost: $5 adults, $4 seniors, $3 children

Donations are greatly appreciated.

*Schedule of Events*

Friday, July 11th: 7 pm - 9 pm candle lit tour of camp by re-enactors

Saturday, July 12th:10 am - 5 pm and 7 pm - 9 pm candle lit tour of camp by re-enactors

Sunday, July 13th: 10 am - 3 pm

For additional information, please call 908-879-5463.

Directions: Copper Gristmill is located on County Highway 513 (old Route 24) in Chester Township, NJ. 1.3 miles west of the Route 206 intersection.

GPS: 66 Washington Turnpike (old state route 24), Chester, NJ 07930

Online Map Directions: 74 County Highway 513, Chester, NJ 07930

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Jul 17, 2014
Blueberry Muffin Baking (Children's Workshop)
11:00 am and 2:00 pm
Location: Cooper Gristmill 66 State Route 24 Chester, NJ 07930-2411 - (908) 879-5463

Make delicious blueberry muffins using Cooper Gristmill home-ground flour! While the muffins are baking, tour the mill and color bags. Children must be accompanied by an adult. This event is in the air conditioned Visitors Center.

Call 908.879.5463 by July 6 to pre-register and for additional fee information.

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General Admission: (Suggested Donation for Mill Tours)

$3 Adults, $2 Senior Citizens, $1 Children 4-6, FREE for children under age 4
Friends of Fosterfields and Cooper Gristmill members - FREE with valid membership card.Discounted fees for special events.

For additional information, please call 908-879-5463.

Directions: Copper Gristmill is located on County Highway 513 (old Route 24) in Chester Township, NJ. 1.3 miles west of the Route 206 intersection.

GPS: 66 Washington Turnpike (old state route 24), Chester, NJ 07930

Online Map Directions: 74 County Highway 513, Chester, NJ 07930

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