Events August 21, 2014 and later

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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May 17 - Oct 26, 2014
*NEW* The I LOVE CHESTER EXPRESS
Weekends and Holidays
Location: See complete details below.

Explore and Experience Historic Chester...for FREE!

An exciting FREE shuttle service − the I LOVE CHESTER EXPRESS − is available to and from the Gladstone NJ Transit Train Station and 3 of Chester's renowned locations. Runs on weekends and holidays ( to the end of October 2014) to enhance your Historic Chester Experience.

Details of Service

*From Gladstone NJ Transit Station to Alstede Farms for trains arriving in Gladstone at 10:08 am, 11:08 am and 12:08pm

*From Alstede Farms to Gladstone NJ Transit Station for trains departing Gladstone at 5:52 pm & 6:52 pm.

*Park & Ride continual loop from Alstede Farms to the Historic Shopping & Dining District on Main Street to The Streets of Chester Shopping Center.

(Service runs from 11:30 am to 5:15 pm with stops cycling every 20 minutes and one special late pick-up at 6:15 pm on Main Street for the Gladstone NJ Transit Station.)

The I LOVE CHESTER EXPRESS Shuttle 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)
*The Streets of Chester Shopping Center (The Truck Stop Gourmet Eatery & J.Jill)

For details, call 908-879-7189

*The ILOVECHESTER EXPRESS is sponsored by The Streets of Chester Shopping Center, Alstede Farms and
The Historic Chester Business Association.

Gladstone NJ Transit to Alstede Farms

Park & Ride Continuous Loop

 

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Aug 19 - 21, 2014
Advanced Chocolatiers Camp at J. Emanuel Chocolatier
9:30 AM
Location: 461B Main Street (behind Redwoods), Chester

Campers will learn how to make their own truffles and stuff molded items with a variety of stuffing of their choice (caramel, peanut butter, coconut, marzipan, etc.). Campers will create their own truffle designs and use advanced techniques to decorate their hand-made truffles. Participants must have already completed the Chocolate Boot Camp. Camp will be run over the course of two 4 hour days. Will include lunch and snacks. $155 per student.

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Aug 21, 2014
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 August 10 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 22 - 24, 2014
Customer Appreciation Weekend
Friday Night: 8pm Saturday & Sunday: 11 - 5
Location: 1 Alstede Farms Lane, Corner 84 County Rt. 513 S. (Old Route 24), Chester, NJ 07930, GPS Address: Across the Street From 1 Chesterfield Drive, Chester, NJ 07930, Mailing Address: P.O. Box 278, Chester NJ 07930

Starts with Free Outdoor Movie Night on Friday at 8pm. Saturday & Sunday we’ll be giving away a ton of Jersey Fresh Food samples. We’ll also have our antique tractors out. There will be wine tastings, free Moon Bounce for the kids, family fun activities hours will be 11-5. It’s going to be a great weekend…don’t miss it!

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Aug 23, 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.

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 24, 2014
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' 259th 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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Sep 6 - 7, 2014
41st Annual FALL Craft Show
10:00 am - 5:00 pm (Rain or Shine)
Location: Gazebo/Municipal Field
134 Main Street, Chester, NJ

CHESTER CELEBRATES 41 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.

FREE PARKING -with a special shuttle- at The Streets of Chester Shopping Center (Rt. 206 South) as well as 'park and ride' loops with The ILOVECHESTER EXPRESS!

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 6th and 7th at Municipal Field in Chester, NJ. This year marks the 41st 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 the second 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 6, 2014
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 6 - Nov 23, 2014
Fall Family Fun Days at Alstede Farms
Times vary by day - see website
Location: Physical Address: 1 Alstede Farms Lane, Corner 84 County Rt. 513 S. (Old Route 24), Chester NJ 07930

Journey Through Our 10-Acre Corn Maze, Pick Your Own apples, pumpkins and more! (includes FREE hay wagon rides); Climb our Giant Hay Pyramid; Crawl Through Our Long Hay Tunnel; Visit Our Friendly Farm Animals! Special children's activities also available! check out our website for details!

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Sep 7, 2014
Apple Pancake Breakfast at Alstede Farms
8am - 12:30pm
Location: 1 Alstede Farms Lane, Corner 84 County Rt. 513 S. (Old Route 24), Chester, NJ 07930, GPS Address: Across the Street From 1 Chesterfield Drive, Chester, NJ 07930, Mailing Address: P.O. Box 278, Chester NJ 07930

Delicious pancakes loaded with our own local Apples! Enjoy a Hay Wagon ride around our beautiful farm and a delicious ‘all you can eat’ breakfast: Pancakes, Eggs, Sausage, Bacon, and toppings (APPLES of course!) Breakfast includes free admission to our Pick Your Own fields and Apple Orchard! Adults $9.99, Kids $5.99.

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Sep 18, 2014
Thursday Home School Day - Life Before Electricity
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Location: Cooper Gristmill 66 State Route 24 Chester, NJ 07930-2411 - (908) 879-5463

Tour the gristmill and see what life was like in the 1880s before electricity. Springs, simple machines, and natural resources were used to assist with everyday life. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

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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Sep 20, 2014
SOC's 'Catwalk for a Cause' Fashion Show Fundraiser
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Location: The Streets of Chester Shopping Center (tent on property)
270 Route 206 South
Chester, NJ 07930

First Annual Catwalk for a Cause Fall Fashion Show: A Celebration of Chester's Fashion and Couture to Benefit Fashion Design Students at The County College of Morris (CCM)

Presented by The Streets of Chester Shopping Center, this event highlights the creative and innovative designs of Chester's renowned retail businesses, along with the talent and craftsmanship of fashion design undergraduates from The County College of Morris. This dazzling evening includes:

  • VIP "Meet The Designers" Red-Carpet Reception
    (4:30pm to 5:30pm: VIP Ticket Holders Only)
  • Live Entertainment
  • "All The Rage" Silent Auction
    (4:30pm to 5:45pm: Open to All Ticket Holders)
  • Stunning Runway Display of Fall Fashions &
    Silent Auction Winners
    (6:00pm to 7:30pm)
  • GLAM After-Party at The SOC's New Eatery: IRON STREET GRILL
    (7:30pm to 9:00pm: Open to All Ticket Holders)

CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS!

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Sep 27 - 28, 2014
16th Annual Chester Lion's Club Oktoberfest!
12:00 noon to 8:00 pm
Location: Chubb Park, West Main Street, Chester, NJ

The Chester Lions Club presents their 16th Annual Oktoberfest!

Keeping with tradition, the Oktoberfest will focus on celebrating traditional music, native dress and a special Oktoberfest beer only available for a short time. Authentic German foods including bratwurst, German potato salad, sauerkraut and smoked pork chops will be offered along with a variety of authentic desserts. The weekend long event will offer non-stop entertainment. The Adler's, a notable German Band will perform familiar German tunes and will be accompanied by spectacular dancers, bell ringers and water goblet musicians.

Children's Activities, Dancing, Fun & Games, Pony Rides, German Food and Beer, Live Entertainment!

For details visit www.chesterlionsclubnj.com

 

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Sep 27, 2014
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 our home-ground flour! While the muffins are baking, tour the Cooper Gristmill and decorate bags. This event is in the Visitors Center. Pre-registration is required by September 12. Call 908.879.5463 by September  to pre-register and for additional fee information.

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 4, 2014
Yeast Bread Baking
11:00 am to 2:00 pm
Location: Cooper Gristmill 66 State Route 24 Chester, NJ 07930-2411 - (908) 879-5463

Join Robin Cottiss in making yeast bread from freshly-ground flour. Then tour the Cooper Gristmill while the bread is rising. This event is in the Visitors Center.  Pre-registration is required by September 28. Call 908.879.5463 to pre-register and for additional fee information.

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 11 - 12, 2014
31st 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 weekend event in Historic Downtown Chester.

*FEATURING NBC'S PRODUCE PETE* joining us on Saturday, October 11th from Noon to 3pm

Fun for the Whole Family - Activities include:

*The 10th Annual Pet Costume Contest (see individual calendar listing for details)
*Colonial Musketeers: Fife and Drum Corp
* Kid’s Games & Activities
* Pumpkin Painting and Guess the Weight
* Antique Cars
* Music

Listing of Events by Location:

NORTH SIDE OF THE STREET

  • Guess the Pumpkin Weight and win a prize at Boeh's Cabinet Shop
  • The Chester-Long Valley Rotary Bake Sale in front of Boeh's Cabinet Shop.
  • Clown performances at 71 Main Street in front of the Municipal parking lot.
  • The Antique Car Show at the Municipal parking lot (Sunday only).
  • Kids games located at Perfect Treasure.

SOUTH SIDE OF THE STREET

  • Pumpkin painting at Black River Candy (1pm-3pm)
  • Antique Apple Press demonstration, compliments of Cooper Mill (Sunday only).

OTHER MOVING EVENTS

  • Colonial Musketeers march throughout town (1pm-3pm)
  • Scarecrow Contest set up along Main Street. Judging over the weekend.

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Oct 11, 2014
10th Annual Pet Costume Contest and Parade
Registration takes place from 11am to 12:15. Parade begins at 12:30pm
Location: Starting time is 12:30pm at the Municipal Field/Gazebo on Main Street in Chester, NJ.

This year's Pet Costume Contest and Parade boasts a bigger and better venue!

The first 100 entrants will receive goody bags stocked with all kinds of coupons for our fabulous shops and specials treats for the four legged participants.

Registration runs from 11:00 am to 12:15 pm at Municipal Field Gazebo. Starting time for the parade is 12:30 pm at the Municipal Field/Gazebo on Main Street in Chester, NJ. Parade will travel West along Main Street to end on *Perry Street* for the grand judging!

All pets are welcome but dogs must be on a leash.

All other pets must be in a secure container. There is no fee to enter the parade, though participants are asked to bring a donation of unopened cat or dog food. Items will be donated to the Chester Food Pantry for pets.

Prizes awarded for:
*Owner/Dog Look-a-like
*Silliest
*Most Colorful
*Most Creative
*Best Group
*Best Costume with Junior Handler
*Best Large, Medium and Small Dog

Questions? Contact Toni Perry at toni@twdirection.com

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Oct 11, 2014
Celebrating Apples
1:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Location: Cooper Gristmill 66 State Route 24 Chester, NJ 07930-2411 - (908) 879-5463

Visitors will be invited to try a hand-cranked apple peeler and assist with a demonstration of cider pressing as it was done in 1880s Milltown. Apple head dolls will be on display as participants decorate an apple. This event is at the Cooper Gristmill. Donations are greatly appreciated.

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 12, 2014
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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