Events August 30, 2016 and later

May 14 - Oct 31, 2016
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 14th to the end of October 2015) to enhance your Historic Chester Experience.

Details of Service

* From Gladstone/Peapack NJ Transit Station to Alstede Farms at 12:05pm & 1:05pm
* Continuous loop from Alstede Farms to the Historic Shopping & Dining District on Main
Street from 12:30pm to 5:00pm with stops cycling every 20 minutes.
* From Alstede Farms to the Gladstone/Peapack NJ Transit Station at 5:30pm & 6:30pm

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

**The Historic Chester Courtesy Coach is sponsored by Alstede Farms and The Historic Chester Business Association.

 

 

 

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Sep 10 - 11, 2016
43rd 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 43 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 10th and 11th at Municipal Field and Perry Street in Chester, NJ. This year marks the 43rd 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 43 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.

Note: If you are a vendor and wish to exhibit at this show, visit http://www.chestercraftshow.com.

Official Aerial Video!

 

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 10, 2016
National Milling Day
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Location: Cooper Gristmill 66 State Route 24 Chester, NJ 07930-2411 - (908) 879-5463

Celebrate Oliver Evans' 261th 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.

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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 17, 2016
Miller's Pancake
1:00 pm
Location: Cooper Gristmill 66 State Route 24 Chester, NJ 07930-2411 - (908) 879-5463

Witness the 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.

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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 17 - 18, 2016
Dean's Customer Appreciation Weekend
Saturday the 17th: 9AM - 7PM; Sunday the 18th: 10AM - 6PM
Location: Dean's Natural Food Market
at The Streets of Chester Shopping Center
250 Route 206 South, Chester NJ 07930

Come join in the celebration at New Jersey's Premier Independant Natural Food Store!

Dean's Natural Food Market's is hosting a Customer Appreciation Weekend on September 17th and 18th.DISCOUNTS. GIVEAWAYS. PRIZES.

All Dean's List Members Will Receive a Secret Reward.
Play Dean's FREE Scratch and Win game and you could win FREE Groceries for a Year!

*20% Everything in the Store (except sale and specially-priced items. Supplies are limited.)*40% Off Dean's Brand Vitamins.

For complete details, call Dean's in Chester: 908-888-2256

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Oct 15 - 16, 2016
33rd 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 SPECIAL HIGHLIGHT

- The 2nd Annual CHESTER FOOD FEST: Chef Competition - Soup & Chili Contest!

OFFICIAL EVENT SCHEDULE FORTHCOMING - SEPTEMBER 2016

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Oct 15, 2016
Celebrating Apples
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Location: Cooper Gristmill 66 State Route 24 Chester, NJ 07930-2411 - (908) 879-5463

Try a hand-cranked apple peeler and assist with a demonstration of cider pressing as it was done in 1880s Milltown. Apple head dolls are on display, and you can decorate an apple to take home. This event is at the Cooper Gristmill. Donations are greatly appreciated.

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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 15, 2016
Chester Food Fest SOUP & CHILI Food Tasting/Chef Competition
12pm to 3pm
Location: Perry Street in Chester, NJ

SOUP & CHILI CONTEST: A PROFESSIONAL CHEF SMACK-DOWN!

Food Tasting and Chef Competition

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 15TH, 2016
12:00 PM TO 3:00 PM
held on PERRY STREET
CHESTER, NJ

12:00 PM TO 2:30 PM: TASTING & JUDGES/PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD VOTING
3:00 PM: TROPHY AWARDS AND RAFFLE WINNERS ANNOUNCED.

FOOD, FUN, RAFFLES
and LIVE ENTERTAINMENT

CLICK HERE TO SEE OFFICIAL EVENT WEBPAGE

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Oct 16, 2016
Cider Press Demostrations at the Annual Harvest Celebration
11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Location: The Cooper Gristmill Display (Main Street) - Downtown Chester

As part of the Historic Chester Business Assocation's Annual Harvest Celebration, see the Cooper Gristmill's apple cider press demonstration booth on  Main Street in Chester. We will be located near the Stained Glass Boutique, 76 E. Main Street and will be one of many activities throughout Chester.

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Oct 29, 2016
A Miller's Halloween at The Cooper Gristmill
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Location: Cooper Gristmill 66 State Route 24 Chester, NJ 07930-2411 - (908) 879-5463

Come in costume for a fun-filled afternoon! Enjoy spooky story telling at 1pm & 2:30 pm, make corn husk dolls, create creepy crafts, and play old time games. In the Gristmill, be alert for spooks, spiders, skeletons, and surprises!

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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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Nov 12 - Dec 18, 2016
Experience Historic Chester this Holiday Season!
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Location: Throughout Chester, NJ

Treat yourself and your loved ones to a Historic Chester Experience you will never forget!

Exciting holiday events, in-store events, holiday sales, and complimentary holiday treats will be offered at various merchant locations to enchant even the Grinchiest of bargain hunters.

Shop Small Business-Shop Chester
and You could WIN during our 12 Days of Giveaways!

Every weekend from November 12th to December 18th, special "holiday helpers" will be strolling throughout Chester randomly giving away HCBA member-affiliated gift certificates and other prizes to unsuspecting shoppers. :)

No purchase necessary. Winners will be posted weekly on our facebook page, as well as on  www.ilovechester.com.

OTHER EXCITING HOLIDAY-RELATED EVENTS IN HISTORIC CHESTER!

*Manhatten Holiday Carolers
The festive troubadours will be performing throughout downtown Chester on November 26th, December 3rd, 10th and 17th, 12:30pm to 4:30pm.

*Sculpted Ice Works
Saturday, December 17th, 11am-3pm

Don't miss this holiday's crystal-clear performance by the amazingly-talented ice carvers from ICE WORKS, who will create dazzling sculpted ice displays right in Downtown Chester!

Ron Albanese is POLKA DOT the Elf!

This acclaimed, unique children's and family entertainment personality will be performing throughout Downtown Historic Chester on (Dates to be announced)

S.C.3. Presents 'Sounds of the Holidays

S.C.3. Entertainment is Morris County's premier DJ and event company. Now you can see S.C.3. LIVE in Historic Downtown Chester for the Holidays as they play some of the BEST Holiday Classic Tunes to renditions by new artists. Stop by their Holiday Decorated Trailer (along Main Street).

Performing in Downtown Chester on November 27th and December 4th, 12pm-3pm

Santa Strolling Through Historic Chester

Get ready everyone 'cause Santa Claus is coming to town!

Santa and his helper will be strolling throughout Main Street on (tentative dates of December 11th and 18th)

Get the kids - and the camera - ready for a face-to-face encounter with Jolly Ol' Saint Nick himself!

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