Events October 21, 2014 and later

Aug 29 - Nov 23, 2014
Alstede's 'Home of the Brave' Corn Maze!
9 am - 6 pm
Location: Physical Address: 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

Our Giant Corn Maze: "Home of the Brave" commemorating the 200th anniversary of our National Anthem! Open daily 9am - 6pm beginning August 29th!

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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 26 - Oct 25, 2014
Harvest Moon Hayride and Night Time Corn Maze Event
6 pm - 10 pm (last ticket sold at 9:00 pm)
Location: Physical Address: 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

Enjoy our Giant Corn Maze at Night, Harvest Moon Hayride, Country Music DJ, Campfire, Unlimited Hot and Cold Apple Cider. Nothing scary here - just family fun!

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Oct 23, 2014
"History of Diners in New Jersey" Author Talk
7 pm
Location: Chester Library 250 West Main Street Chester, NJ 07930

Author and historian Michael C. Gabriele will visit the Chester Library to discuss his book, “The History of Diners in New Jersey.” Friendly, familiar beacons on the Garden State’s highways, byways and downtown business districts, diners play an important role in New Jersey’s culture and community life, and serve as the ultimate egalitarian dining experience. New Jersey is universally recognized as the “Diner Capital of the World.” Gabriele’s book gathers important pieces of the historical puzzle and assembles them into a cohesive narrative that traces New Jersey’s diner history. Register online at chesterlib.org or call 879-7612

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Oct 24, 2014
Star Gazing Party
7:00 pm
Location: RESCHEDULED TO OCT. 24TH!
Meet at the Chester Borough Municipal Building at 50 North Road


From Chester Borough Recreation Director Please be advised that tonight's star party is postponed due to pending poor visibility. We will try again next Friday, Oct 24th, 7-9pm at 50 North Rd. I apologize in advance for any inconvenience this cancellation may cause.

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Oct 25, 2014
"Learn All About New Jersey Bats" Family Program
11 am
Location: Chester Library 250 West Main Street Chester, NJ 07930

The Chester Library invites children and adults to learn all about the New Jersey bat population from Jackie Kashmer, director of the New Jersey Bat Sanctuary. In addition to Ms. Kashmer's informative and entertaining presentation, families will have the opportunity to meet two real live New Jersey bats up close and personal. Located in Hunterdon County, the New Jersey Bat Sanctuary provides rescue and rehabilitation services for the nine species of bats found in the state. The sanctuary also works to protect wild bats and colonies from abuse and destruction, and to increase public awareness about the benefits bats provide to the environment.Kashmer has been a wildlife rehabilitator for 20 years. Six years ago, she began to concentrate solely on bats. Register online at chesterlib.org or call 879-7612

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Oct 31, 2014
Halloween Costume Contest and Parade
3:00 pm to 5:00 pm - with parade beginning at 4:30 pm
Location: Downtown Chester

Does your little monster have a Fang-tastic Costume?

Historic Chester invites you to join their Annual Halloween Costume Contest and Parade, to be held on October 31, 2014.

Trick or Treating throughout Downtown Chester: 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm.

The parade line-up will commence at 4:30 pm at Pleasant Pools & Patio, located at 110 Main Street.  Refreshments provided by members of the HCBA at the parade parking lot. Children under the age of 12 are welcome to participate.  Judging for the Costume Contest will be based on ‘Best Costume’. Cash prizes for
*First Place: $500
*Second Place: $200
*Third Place: $100 

Ribbons awarded to each participant at the end of the parade. For further details, contact Cathy at Pleasant Pools: 908-879-7747.

Rain (Snow) or Shine...the event is sponsored by The Historic Chester Business Association (HCBA). 

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Nov 2, 2014
Pumpkin Pancake Breakfast
8:00 am - 12:30 pm
Location: Physical Address: 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

Celebrate harvest season at our Pumpkin Pancake Breakfast! Enjoy a Hay Wagon ride around our beautiful farm and a delicious ‘all you can eat’ breakfast: Pancakes, Eggs, Sausage, Bacon, and toppings! Breakfast includes free admission to our Pick Your Own fields! Enjoy great food in Harvest Hall and then stick around after breakfast for some Farm Family Fun!

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Nov 15 - 16, 2014
Pie Tasting
11am - 4 pm
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

Taste samples of our wide variety of delicious pies! Tell us which is your favorite!

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Nov 28 - Dec 14, 2014
Country Christmas With Santa
11am - 4 pm
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

Come on over to Santa’s Country Corner! He will be visiting us at the farm and would love to take a photo with you – so make sure you bring your camera! Enjoy Christmas music and a cozy campfire too! 11 - 4 on November 28th, 29th, 30th, Dec. 6th, 7th, 13th, and 14th

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Nov 29, 2014
*Official* Shop Small Business Saturday!
All Day!
Location: All Throughout Chester, NJ

Between Black Friday and Cyber Monday is a day dedicated to supporting small businesses nationwide.

Last year, over one hundred million people* came together to Shop Small® in their communities on Small Business Saturday®.

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Be sure to Shop Small Business - Shop Chester!!

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Dec 7, 2014
26th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting in Chester
Starts at 5:00 pm
Location: Gazebo / Municipal Field on Main Street in Chester, NJ

Annual Chester Tree Lighting is celebrating 27 years of lighting up the town and marking the official start of the holiday season.

The event is planned for Sunday, December 7, 2014 at the Gazebo on Main St. All are invited to arrive at 5pm for the start of the program which includes musical entertainment by the West Morris Mendham Concert Band and The Treble Makers.

Individual visits with Santa and sharing of holiday wish lists. Mrs. Claus will read the children a special Christmas Story

There will be refreshments provided by Maria's Coffee Shop for all to enjoy and plenty of good cheer.
These activities are sponsored by Chester Recreation with gratitude to the Chester Garden Club for running the event for 26 years. This is an evening of fun for all ages, not just those with little ones! Please come out and join your neighbors for a special way to start the holiday season. For more information please contact 908-955-7163.

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