Events May 30, 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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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.

****$1.00 OFF* A SINGLE ADMISSION***
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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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Jun 21, 2015
Father's Day Breakfast
8:00 am - 12:30 pm
Location: 1 Alstede Farms Lane, Chester NJ 07930

Enjoy a family hayride around our beautiful farm to Harvest Hall where you'll enjoy a hearty breakfast to celebrate dad! See website for details...

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Jun 23 - 25, 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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Jun 28, 2015
Alstede Very Berry Pancake Breakfast
8:00 am - 12:30 pm
Location: 1 Alstede Farms Lane, Chester NJ 07930

Enjoy a hayride around our beautiful farm to Harvest Hall where you'll enjoy an all-you-can-eat Very Berry Pancake Breakfast with our own fresh picked Strawberries and Raspberries….YUM!

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Jun 30 - Jul 1, 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 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 18 - Oct 17, 2015
Chester Food Fest 2015 Series
12pm to 4pm
Location: Perry Street in Chester, NJ

FEAST ON FOUR SCRUMPTIOUS
PROFESSIONAL CHEF SMACK-DOWNS!

12:00 PM TO 4:00 PM
held on PERRY STREET
CHESTER, NJ


FOOD, FUN,
and LIVE ENTERTAINMENT!

  • JULY 18TH
    RESTAURANT GRILL WARS

  • AUGUST 15TH
    BEST OF THE BEST APPETIZER,
    ENTRÉE & DESSERT CONTEST


  • SEPTEMBER 19TH
    GREAT PASTA-BILITIES COMPETITION

  • OCTOBER 17TH
    SOUP & CHILI COOK-OFF

Complete details to be posted on the website June 1st, 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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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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