Events April 26, 2015 and later

May 1, 2015
Stony Hill Farm Market Opening May 1st!
9:00am-6:00pm
Location: Stony Hill Farm Market, 15 North Road Chester, NJ 07930

Our Farm Market opens for the 2015 season on May 1st. Come out and shop for your annual and perennial plants to fill your garden including flats, hanging baskets, herbs, and vegetable plants.

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May 2, 2015
Truffle Making Class
4 - 6 PM (Must pre-register)
Location: J. Emanuel Chocolatier, 461B Main Street (behind Redwoods Grill & Bar), Chester, NJ

This class will dive hands first into the art of truffle making made easy. Participants will learn how to use a variety of flavorings and ingredients to make their own truffles to take home.

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May 2, 2015
10th Annual Team Bulldog U19/Youth Race
9:00 am to 12:30 pm
Location: Parker Road Preserve in Chester, NJ

Team Bulldog is excited to host our 10th Annual Youth Mountain Bike Race on Saturday, May 2nd, 2015. We will be holding the race at a new venue - the Parker Road Preserve in Chester, NJ. Check out our slick flier here, and feel free to share with your friends. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Chester First Aid Squad.

We have racing categories for junior racers ranging from Kindergarten through Grade 12, with three different age-appropriate race courses (High School, Middle School and K-5). The race is a USA Cycling sanctioned event, and racers in Middle School and High School will be competing for the MS and HS State Champion titles.

If you have any questions, please contact Brian (brian@teambulldog.com / 201-317-9256) or Tom (tom@teambulldog.com / 908-872-7940); no calls after 9pm, please.

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May 6, 2015
Truffle Making Class
6 - 8 PM (Must pre-register)
Location: Basking Ridge High School, South Finley Ave, Chester, NJ

This class will dive hands first into the art of truffle making made easy. Participants will learn how to use a variety of flavorings and ingredients to make their own truffles to take home.

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May 9, 2015
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 11th 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 9, 2015
Introduction to Beekeeping
9 a.m. to 12:30
Location: Alstede Farms 1 Alstede Farms Lane, Corner 84 County Rt. 513 S. (Old Route 24), Chester NJ 07930, GPS Address: Across the Street From Chesterfield Drive, Chester, NJ 07930

Are you a honeybee enthusiast or just curious about this amazing occupation? Starting your first hive is easier than you think and Alstede is here to help. Come to our Beekeeping Seminar to learn the basics of beekeeping.

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May 10, 2015
Mother's Day Brunch
9 am - 2 pm
Location: 1 Alstede Farms Lane, Chester NJ 07930

Enjoy a scenic hayride around the farm to Harvest Hall to enjoy a delicious buffet style brunch! Relax in the delightful farm atmosphere with casual open table seating. Reservations are required: 908-879-7189

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May 10, 2015
Free Ice Cream For Moms
all day
Location: 1 Alstede Farms Lane, Chester NJ 07930

To Celebrate Mother’s Day – All moms get a FREE Ice Cream Cone today!

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May 15, 2015
Wine & Chocolate Pairing Class
6:30 - 8:30 PM (Must pre-register)
Location: J. Emanuel Chocolatier, 461B Main Street (behind Redwoods Grill & Bar), Chester, NJ

We start with tasting a variety of chocolates in both milk and dark. We discuss how we can pair chocolates with wines while tasting a variety of wines. Lastly we taste chocolate truffles made with the wines being tasted. It's a fun way to learn.

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May 16, 2015
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 17, 2015
Chester's 15th Ann. Classic Car, Antique Truck &Tractor Show
Motor Show: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm - Plus All Day Shopping!
Location: Historic Chester, NJ

THIS YEAR'S SHOW IS BIGGER AND BETTER THAN EVER!

On Sunday, May 17th, Chester will be bursting with Two Thrilling Motor Exhibits!

*Classic Cars and Trucks in Historic Downtown
*Antique Tr
actors at Alstede Farms

FREE Transportation to each location via Trolley Car from 11am to 4pm.

Schedule of Events

- 8:00 am - 10:00 am: Exhibitor Vehicle Registration ($10).
*Classic Cars and Trucks register at the top of Perry Street.
*Antique Tractors register at Alstede Farms
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- 10:00 am - 3:00pm: Show times

- 3:00 pm: Trophies awarded at each of the two exhibit locations. Vehicle must be registered to be eligible for trophy.

plus All Day Shopping throughout Chester! Musical entertainment includes DJ-Doc South.

Portion of proceeds to benefit The Chester 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 22 - 25, 2015
Memorial Day Weekend Farm Fun
hours vary: - check website for details
Location: Alstede Farms 1 Alstede Farms Lane, Corner 84 County Rt. 513 S. (Old Route 24), Chester NJ 07930, GPS Address: Across the Street From Chesterfield Drive, Chester, NJ 07930

Alstede Farms is open all weekend: Friday - Memorial Day for farm fun activities: hayrides, pony rides, friendly farm animals, and lots more!

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May 30 - 31, 2015
17th 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 30th and 31st.

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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May 30 - Jun 21, 2015
Strawberry Harvest Festival
11 am - 5 pm
Location: Alstede Farms, 1 Alstede Farms Lane, Chester, NJ 07930

4 Weekends: Saturdays & Sundays. Enjoy scrumptious strawberry treats galore: homemade strawberry ice cream, strawberry shortcakes, strawberry shakes and much more! Also Pick Your Own Strawberries!

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May 31, 2015
Strawberry Pancake Breakfast
8:00 am - 12:30 pm
Location: Alstede Farms, 1 Alstede Farms Lane, Chester, NJ 07930

Enjoy a hayride around our farm to Harvest Hall to enjoy an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet in a relaxed farm setting. See website for details...

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Jun 20, 2015
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 demonstrations of tools powered by hands and feet. See a foot-powered scroll saw, one-and two-man saws, an angular boring machine, stone jack, pedal- powered tool sharpening wheel, treadle sewing machines, and hand drills. 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 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 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 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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