Events September 17, 2014 and later

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 (IRON STREET GRILL 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 27 - Sep 27, 2014
Chester Library Unveils New Online Postcards Exhibit
Exhibit is online - available 24/7
Location: Chester Library web site

Thanks to a loan by local resident Jack Rademacher, Chester Library now offers another way to experience historical Chester — via postcards.

The online exhibit, Chester Postcards, showcases a portion of Rademacher’s collection, a selection of 30 cards from the early-to-mid 1900s. The images in the exhibit provide a snapshot of life in Chester during that time. Rademacher lent the original postcards to the library so that the Local History Librarian could scan the cards and make them more accessible to local and remote researchers. Many of the postcards were published in Chester by local printer George E. Conover. The Local History Department also has printed copies of the postcards for viewing upon request.

For more information, email localhistory@chesterlib.org.

The Local History Department of the Chester Library in Chester, New Jersey is a resource for reference and original materials that document Chester, Morris County, and N.J. history. The purpose of the Local History Department is to collect, preserve, describe, and make accessible these materials to the local community, as well as to visiting and online researchers. The Chester Library serves the residents of Chester Borough and Chester Township, New Jersey. The library houses a collection of over 70,000 books, DVDs, CDs, video games, audio books and e-books. In addition, it offers a wide array of adult, teen and children's programs, public computers, online research services and community meeting rooms.

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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 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 25, 2014
Annie Oakley: "Aim for a High Mark"
7 pm
Location: Chester Library 250 West Main Street Chester, NJ 07930

Kim Hanley of the American Historical Theater portrays Annie Oakley, the most famous woman of her day. A diminutive sharpshooter and exhibition shooter, she competed in a sport and in a world dominated by men with professional partner Buffalo Bill Cody. The program is funded by the Horizons Speakers Bureau of the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Register online at www.chesterlib.org or call 908-879-7612.

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Sep 25, 2014
No School Play Day!
10 am - 5 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

No school today! Come to Alstede Farms and play! Lots of fall fun activities: corn maze, pony rides, pick your own, and lots more!

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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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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!

The 16th Annual Chester Lions Club Oktoberfest is located at Chubb Park on September 27 and 28, 2014 from noon to 8pm, rain or shine.

Admission is $6 for adults. Children 12 and under are free.

Live music, professional dancers and entertainers, and activities for children are available. Authentic German food including bratwurst, smoked pork chops, hot dogs, German potato salad, sauerkraut and pretzels are available. For dessert tasty apple strudel, beehive cake, plum cake, apple crumb cake, and more are for sale.

On Saturday the Oktoberfest will feature an antique car show. The car show is free with admission. For more information about our event,

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.

NEW THIS YEAR

- The First Annual Best Chili in Chester Challenge! Which Eatery Makes the Best Chili in Chester?
- Special Musical Guest - Recording Artist Morgan Treni (Sunday only)
- Wood Carving Demo
- Pumpkin Carving Demo
- The Reelers Square Dancers (Sunday Only)
- Seccombe Caricatures (Sunday only)


Back by Popular Demand

  • NBC'S Produce Pete!  (Saturday Only)
  • Classic Rock Band - Big Chrysler (Satuday only)
  • Colonial Musketeer Fife and Drum
  • Clown Performance
  • Face Painting
  • Pumpkin Painting
  • Ford V-8 Antique Car Show (Sunday only)
  • Antique Apple Press Demo (Sunday only)
  • Guess the Pumpkin Weight

FULL SCHEDULE TO BE POSTED TIMES AND DATES OF EACH EVENT.

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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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Oct 16, 2014
Thursday Home School Day: Farewell Fall
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Location: Cooper Gristmill 66 State Route 24 Chester, NJ 07930-2411 - (908) 879-5463

Help prepare for winter in Milltown by harvesting wheat, separating the seeds from the chaff with a flail, and using the bag hoist to bring the grain up to the top floor for winter storage. Use the apple press to make apple cider. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Call Historic Speedwell, 973-285 6537 to register. $6 per student.

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 18, 2014
A Miller's Halloween
1:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Location: Cooper Gristmill 66 State Route 24 Chester, NJ 07930-2411 - (908) 879-5463

Come in costume (if you like) 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!

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 31, 2014
Halloween Costume Contest and Parade
2:00 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 participate 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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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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