Events July 30, 2015 and later

May 16 - Oct 31, 2015
*NEW* The Historic Chester Courtesy Coach
Weekends and Monday Holidays
Location: See complete details below.

Explore and Experience Historic Chester...for FREE!

A complementary transportation service− THE HISTORIC CHESTER COURTESY COACH − is available to and from 2 of Chester's renowned locations. Runs on weekends and Monday holidays ( from May 16th to the end of October 2015) to enhance your Historic Chester Experience.

Details of Service

*Continuous loop from Alstede Farms to the Historic Shopping & Dining District on Main Street. Service runs from 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm with stops cycling every 10 minutes.

THE HISTORIC CHESTER COURTESY COACH stops are marked by signage with the official logo and are located at:
*Alstede Farms (Back Parking Lot)
*92 Main Street (Next to the Chester Clock)

For details, call 908-879-7189

*Sponsored by Alstede Farms and The Historic Chester Business Association.

 

 

 

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Aug 1, 2015
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.

Donations are greatly appreciated.

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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Aug 2, 2015
Peach Pancake Breakfast at Alstede Farms
8:00 am - 12:30 pm
Location: 1 Alstede Farms Lane, Chester NJ 07930

Enjoy a scenic hayride around our farm to Harvest Hall where you'll a delicious ‘all you can eat’ breakfast: Pancakes and toppings (PEACHES of course!) and more! Breakfast includes free admission to our Pick Your Own fields and Peach Orchard!

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Aug 5 - 6, 2015
Advanced Chocolatiers Camp
10:00 - 2:00
Location: J. Emanuel Chocolatier, 461B Main Street, Chester

Campers will dive deeper into the art of making chocolate confections. They will learn to make and decorate their own truffles; stuff molded chocolates with a variety of yummy centers (PB, Caramel, Coconut, etc.); and create their own brand of Bark. Lunch and snacks are included. Pre-registration is required.

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Aug 6, 2015
Corn 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 corn muffins using our home ground cornmeal! While the muffins are baking, tour the Cooper Gristmill and decorate a bag. Children must be accompanied by an adult. This event is in the air conditioned Visitors Center.

*Call 908.879.5463 by July 31st* to Pre-Register and for additional fee information.

Please call 908-879-5463 to register (leave a message).

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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Aug 8 - 16, 2015
Alstede Peach Festival
11 am - 5 pm
Location: 1 Alstede Farms Lane, Chester NJ 07930

Two weekends: August 8th, 9th, 15th, and 16th. Enjoy peach treats galore including homemade Peach ice cream, peach short cake and more! Take a Scenic hayride to our peach orchard to pick your own peaches. Lots of Family Fun Farm activities!

http://alstedefarms.com/peach-festival/

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Aug 9, 2015
FREE CONCERT: Third Rail
6:00 pm to 7:30pm
Location: Gazebo Field - Municipal Park on Main Street in Chester
(Note: Concert will be cancelled in the event of rain.)

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Aug 11 - 13, 2015
Summer Boot Camp for Young Chocolatiers
Tues: 9:30 - 1:30; Wed & Thur AM or PM sessions by age
Location: J. Emanuel Chocolatier, 461B Main Street, Chester

Campers will learn how chocolate is made from the pod to the candy bar. Each day they will work hands on with chocolate to mold, decorate and package delicious treats to take home. After the first day the groups will be split up by age where the AM session (9:30 - 12:30), is for the 8 - 11 year olds and the PM session (1:00 - 4:00), is for the older group.

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Aug 14, 2015
Free MOVIE Under the Stars: Big Hero 6
8:00 pm
Location: Highlands Ridge Barn on North Rd

Chester Township & Chester Borough Recreation are partnering again to offer movies under the stars this summer!

New this year the events will be featured at the newly renovated Highlands Ridge Barn on North Rd. Come out for a free night of family fun for the showing of Big Hero 6 on 8/14 and for the annual film festival on 8/23.
Films will be hosted outdoors under the stars on an inflatable screen. Event will be moved indoors in the event of rain.

Film shorts from the community are still being accepted for the festival. Do you have a home grown film short that you would like to share?

Email recreation@chestertownship.org Must be 3-5 min in length and family friendly .

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Aug 15, 2015
Lace Creations at the Gristmill
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Location: Cooper Gristmill 66 State Route 24 Chester, NJ 07930-2411 - (908) 879-5463

Watch incredible demonstrations by the nimble fingers of the Lost Art Lacers of North Jersey as they perform the centuries-old arts of bobbin lace-making and tatting! Try your hand at bobbin lacing.

Donations are greatly appreciated.

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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Aug 15 - Oct 17, 2015
Chester Food Fest 2015 Series
12pm to 4pm
Location: Perry Street in Chester, NJ

FEAST ON *TWO* SCRUMPTIOUS
PROFESSIONAL CHEF SMACK-DOWNS!

12:00 PM TO 4:00 PM
held on PERRY STREET
CHESTER, NJ


FOOD, FUN,
and LIVE ENTERTAINMENT!

  • AUGUST 15TH
    BEST OF THE BEST APPETIZER,
    ENTRÉE & DESSERT CONTEST


  • OCTOBER 17TH
    SOUP & CHILI COOK-OFF

Complete details and competing chef bios to be posted on the website July 17th, 2015.
Note: If you are an HCBA or MCTB member restaurant/eatery and would like to participate in any of the above competitions, email toni@twdirection.com

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Aug 16, 2015
FREE CONCERT: Dirty Blonds Band
6:00 pm to 7:30pm
Location: Gazebo Field - Municipal Park on Main Street in Chester
(Note: Concert will be cancelled in the event of rain.)

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Aug 20, 2015
Apple 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 apple muffins with home-ground flour! While the muffins are baking, tour the Cooper Gristmill and decorate bags. This event is in the air-conditioned Visitors Center. *Call 908.879.5463 by August 14 to Pre-Register* and for additional information. Preregistration required by August 14.

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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Aug 22, 2015
Industrial Crafts Day
11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Location: Cooper Gristmill 66 State Route 24 Chester, NJ 07930-2411 - (908) 879-5463

Enjoy demonstrations of early industrial crafts including tinsmithing by George Pierson, tin piercing by Frank and Anita Mai, blacksmithing, and other early crafts. Visitors can create a tin-pierced craft to take home. Crafters may have items for sale.

Donations are greatly appreciated.

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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Aug 23, 2015
Free MOVIE Under the Stars: Annual Film Festival
7:00 pm
Location: Highlands Ridge Barn on North Rd

Chester Township & Chester Borough Recreation are partnering again to offer movies under the stars this summer!

New this year the events will be featured at the newly renovated Highlands Ridge Barn on North Rd.

Come out for a free night of family fun for the showing of Big Hero 6 on 8/14 and for the annual film festival on 8/23.
Films will be hosted outdoors under the stars on an inflatable screen. Event will be moved indoors in the event of rain.

Film shorts from the community are still being accepted for the festival. Do you have a home grown film short that you would like to share? Email recreation@chestertownship.org Must be 3-5 min in length and family friendly .

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Aug 29, 2015
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.

Donations are greatly appreciated.

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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Sep 5, 2015
Miller's Pancake
1:00 pm
Location: Cooper Gristmill 66 State Route 24 Chester, NJ 07930-2411 - (908) 879-5463

Witness the Cooper Gristmill live adaptation of Eric Carle's story, Pancakes, Pancakes! Learn where the ingredients for making pancakes come from, see grain ground into flour or meal, and watch the miller make a pancake.

Donations are greatly appreciated.

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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Sep 12 - 13, 2015
42nd Annual FALL Craft Show
10:00 am - 5:00 pm (Rain or Shine)
Location: TWO GREAT LOCATIONS!
*Gazebo/Municipal Field,134 Main Street, Chester, NJ
and
*Perry Street, Chester, NJ


CHESTER CELEBRATES 42 YEARS OF FALL CRAFT SHOW

**RATED #1 IN NEW JERSEY AND ONE OF THE TOP 50 CRAFT SHOWS IN THE NATION**

Over 200+ Tents Filled with the Finest Handmade Crafts.

The most talented artisans on the East Coast will exhibit and sell their unique hand-crafted creations at the upcoming Chester Fall Craft Show, which will take place on September 12th and 13th at Municipal Field and Perry Street in Chester, NJ. This year marks the 42nd anniversary of the award-winning 'rain or shine' weekend event, which is produced by the Historic Chester Business Association (HCBA).

Rated #1 in New Jersey and one of the Top 50 "Best Crafts Show in The Nation" by America's Premier Art and Craft Show Magazine, Sunshine Artist, previous shows have set all-time attendance records, with crafters and artisans from throughout the region offering an array of select, hand-crafted furniture, jewelry, apparel, ornaments, home accessories and more.

"For the past 40 years, Chester has been the home to one of the Northeast's most celebrated arts and crafts event." says Kathy Barbieri, President of the HCBA, "This is the perfect time for attendees to join in the celebration and kick-off their holiday shopping with one-of-a-kind gifts."

During this special weekend in September, Chester will host thousands of people from all over the country who come to enjoy this two-day, juried and tented arts & crafts expo. But this is not just an event to satisfy the artistic soul—be sure to stroll the brick-lined sidewalks and visit over 80 specialty shops featuring antiques, crafts, clothing, jewelry, home furnishings and accessories, gourmet pet products, confections and wonderful eateries.

Whether it's a decorative piece for your own home or a distinctive holiday gift for a friend, Chester is the place to discover that special something.  Children under 12 are free (no pets please).  Also, don't forget to enjoy all the natural beauty of the season, as Chester is home to wonderful parks and farms offering fun for the whole family.

Admission: $5.00 per person

***$1.00 Off Single Admission with a printed copy of this event listing**

Crafters interested in participating in the show can call 973-377-6600 or visit www.chestercraftshow.com.

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Sep 12, 2015
National Milling Day
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Location: Cooper Gristmill 66 State Route 24 Chester, NJ 07930-2411 - (908) 879-5463

Come celebrate Oliver Evans' 260th birthday!

A famous 1780s inventor, Evans created the first automatic flour mill. See some of Evans' inventions at work in the Cooper Gristmill and view antique printed flour bags.

Donations are greatly appreciated.

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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Oct 17 - 18, 2015
32nd Annual HARVEST Celebration
11:00 am to 5:00 pm (Rain or Shine)
Location: Downtown Chester, NJ

You couldn’t pick a better way to spend a weekend! Come and enjoy this FREE 2-day event in Historic Downtown Chester.

THIS YEAR'S HIGHLIGHTS

- The 2nd Annual Best Chili in Chester Challenge! Which Eatery Makes the Best Chili in Chester?
- Special Musical Guest - To be announcedi (Sunday only)
- Wood Carving Demo
- Pumpkin Carving Demo
- The Reelers Square Dancers (Sunday Only)
- Seccombe Caricatures (Sunday only)

Back by Popular Demand

  • NBC'S Produce Pete!  (Saturday Only)
  • Classic Rock Band - Big Chrysler (Satuday only)
  • Colonial Musketeer Fife and Drum
  • Clown Performance
  • Face Painting
  • Pumpkin Painting
  • Ford V-8 Antique Car Show (Sunday only)
  • Antique Apple Press Demo (Sunday only)
  • Guess the Pumpkin Weight

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