Events July 4, 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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Jul 7 - 9, 2015
Summer Boot Camp for Young Chocolatiers
Tues: 9:30 - 1:30; Wed & Thur AM or PM sessions
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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Jul 11, 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.

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 - 19, 2015
Blueberry Festival
11 am - 5 pm
Location: 1 Alstede Farms Lane, Chester NJ 07930

Two weekends: July 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th Enjoy delicious blueberry treats, pick your own blueberries, and many family fun activities!

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Jul 12, 2015
Alstede Blueberry Pancake Breakfast
8:00 am - 12:30 pm
Location: 1 Alstede Farms Lane, Chester NJ 07930

Enjoy a Hay Wagon ride around our beautiful farm and a delicious ‘all you can eat’ breakfast: Pancakes and toppings (BLUEBERRIES of course!) and lots more!

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Jul 13 - 24, 2015
Summer Farm Camp
hours vary depending on age - see website for details
Location: 1 Alstede Farms Lane, Chester NJ 07930

2 weeks: July 13th - 17th and July 20th – July 24th. Single day "Camper for a Day" option also available. Enjoy the farm experience: planting, harvesting, cooking, animal care and more!

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Jul 16, 2015
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 10* 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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Jul 18, 2015
Natural Art
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Location: Cooper Gristmill 66 State Route 24 Chester, NJ 07930-2411 - (908) 879-5463

While supplies last, use grain and natural items collected from around the mill to create artwork. Explore painting, printmaking, rubbings, and collage/mosaic, and other art techniques with certified art teacher, Kathryn Biskup. This event is in the air conditioned Visitors Center, and children must be accompanied by an adult. Please call 908-879-5463 for additional 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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Jul 22 - 23, 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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Jul 24, 2015
Free Movie Night at Alstede Farms
8:00 pm
Location: Alstede Farms 1 Alstede Farms Lane, Chester NJ 07930

Kick off Customer Appreciation Weekend with Movie Night at Alstede Farms! Admission will be FREE as part of our customer appreciation weekend. Refreshments will be available for purchase including ice cream. Bring your blankets and chairs and enjoy!

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Jul 25, 2015
1880's Music Day at Milltown
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Location: Cooper Gristmill 66 State Route 24 Chester, NJ 07930-2411 - (908) 879-5463

Enjoy the magical sounds reminiscent of musical events performed in Milltown over a century ago! Join musicians Nancy Shill and Charlie Pellegrino by playing fiddlesticks and animating the limber jacks.

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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Jul 25 - 26, 2015
Customer Appreciation Weekend at Alstede Farms
11am - 4 pm
Location: Alstede Farms, 1 Alstede Farms Lane, Chester, NJ 07930

Enjoy lots of free Jersey Fresh food samples! Family Fun Activities will run 11 am to 5 pm and will include free Moon Bounce for the kids. We are going to be doing Family Games throughout Saturday and Sunday! Join us for some fun!

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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 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 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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