Events April 15, 2017

Apr 1 - 23, 2017
Easter and Springtime Family Festival
Times vary by day - please see website
Location: Alstede Farms, 1 Alstede Farms Lane, Chester, NJ 07930

Enjoy scenic farm hayrides, baby farm animals, visit the Easter Bunny, Easter Egg hunts, games, pony rides, moon bounce, roast marshmallows by the campfire and lots more! Hours: April 1st and 2nd, April 8th and 9th, April 10th-15th, April 17th, April 22nd, and 23rd

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Apr 15, 2017
Visit the Easter Bunny at the SOC
12:00pm to 3:00 pm
Location: The Streets of Chester Shopping Center (on the lawn outside Olympia Sports)
270 Route 206 South
Chester, NJ 07930

Hippity-Hop on over to The Streets of Chester Shopping Center on Saturday, April 15th for a visit and selfie photos with the Easter Bunny! Visits are FREE. Bring your camera and your kids - friendly pets are also welcome.

The Easter Bunny will be available in his "Springtime Garden" on the lawn outside of Olympia Sports from 12:00pm-3:00pm. (In the event of rain, a tent will be provided to keep the Easter Bunny and his visitors nice and dry).

Spring-Themed Lawn Decor provided by

Live DJ Music provided by S.C.3. Entertainment.

Easter Bunny provided by Clowns and Gowns Entertainment

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Events after April 15, 2017

Apr 16, 2017
Easter Sunrise Service at Alstede Farms
6:30 am
Location: Alstede Farms, 1 Alstede Farms Lane, Chester, NJ 07930

Join us for Easter Celebration Sunrise service on our farm. All are welcome! Please note: we will be closed for regular business on Sunday, April 16th, 2017

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Apr 22, 2017
Butterfly Seminar Event @The Streets of Chester Shopping Cnt
1:30pm
Location: The Streets of Chester Shopping Center
Plow & Hearth
180 Route 206 South
Chester, NJ 07930

It's an EARTH DAY CELEBRATION EVENT! Sponsored by The Streets of Chester Shopping Center and Plow & Hearth.

Spring has sprung and it's time to get your gardens prepped for a bounty of beauty.
Join us as BUTTERFLY EXPERT - JENNY JEREMIAH - teaching how to create a pollinator center in your backyard -  FREE GIFT!

For information, please contact Plow & Hearth at 908-431-5708.

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Apr 27, 2017
Preserving Your Family's Memories
7 pm
Location: Chester Library 250 West Main Street Chester, NJ 07930

This 1.5-hour workshop will feature an overview of techniques and methods of preserving letters, diaries,scrapbooks, works on paper, photographs, slides, textiles,audio and video recordings, and other historical objects. Deb Schiff, the Chester Library’s Local History Librarian, will also demonstrate how to use archival supplies to protect your family’s treasures, and share her secrets for where to shop for reliable supplies online.

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Apr 30, 2017
Free Ice Cream Day
10am - 6pm
Location: Alstede Farms, 1 Alstede Farms Lane, Chester, NJ 07930

We’re celebrating Farmer Kurt’s Birthday today! Help us celebrate – stop by any time between 10 am and 6 pm for a FREE cup or cone of our delicious homemade ice cream! While you’re here, enjoy lots of fun farm activities!

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May 6, 2017
Chester Food Truck Fest!
11:00am-7:00pm
Location: Municipal Field, Main Street in Chester, NJ

SATURDAY, MAY 6TH
CHESTER FOOD TRUCK FEST!

25 Fabulous Food Trucks with delectable delicacies to WOW even the fussiest foodie! A local benefit for the Chester First Aid Squad; Supporting the Chester Food Pantry.

Food, Fun, Live Music and Great Kid Activities!
Vendor Village - 50/50 - Beer & Sangria Garden, Too!

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!

For complete event details, visit...http://justjerseyfest.com/

Also - In support of the Chester Food Pantry, please bring a donation of a non-perishable food item.

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May 10, 2017
The Greatest Ever: Babe Didrikson Zaharias’ Story
7 pm
Location: Chester Library 250 West Main Street Chester, NJ 07930

Actress Linda Kenyon will portray the multi-talented Babe Didrikson in a performance sure to astound whether you love sports or not. Born Mildred Ella Didrikson in Texas 1911, Babe became America's greatest female athlete. She combined raw talent, hard work, and an unquenchable thirst for winning in a world in which women were not allowed or encouraged to be athletic, competitive, ambitious or to sweat. For us today, it is no "big deal" to have women competing in sports. Not many years ago, this was a revolutionary idea - and Babe led the revolution. Register online at chesterlib.org or call 908-879-7612.

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May 13, 2017
Sheer Madness! 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

Visit the lambs, and watch hand-shearing of sheep. See how fleece is processed and made into garments. Hands-on activities include weaving, spinning, and making crafts. No dogs allowed for this program. Cost: $3 per adult, $2 per senior (65+), and $1 per child (4-16). Children under age 4 and Friends of Fosterfields and Cooper Gristmill members with a current membership card are FREE.

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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 13, 2017
Beekeeping Seminar
9 a.m. to 12:00
Location: Alstede Farms, 1 Alstede Farms Lane, Chester, NJ 07930

This course will take you through you everything you need to get started, from equipment, hive location, breed selection, biology, pest, and disease control. Seminar Participants will examine a nucleus hive and hive a 3lb package of bees.

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May 14, 2017
Mother's Day Brunch
9 am - 2 pm
Location: Alstede Farms, 1 Alstede Farms Lane, Chester, NJ 07930

This Mother's Day try doing something a little different: 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 required - see website for details. Children under 2 are free!

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May 14, 2017
Free Ice Cream For Moms
10 - 6
Location: Alstede Farms, 1 Alstede Farms Lane, Chester, NJ 07930

There's no sweeter way to celebrate Mom on Mother's Day than with a free ice cream cone or cup. Stick around afterwards for tons of fun farm activities.

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May 20, 2017
Black River Industrial Walk/Leisure Hike
10:00 am to 12:00 noon
Location: Cooper Gristmill 66 State Route 24 Chester, NJ 07930-2411 - (908) 879-5463

Discover early industries along the Black River with industrial archeologist Joe Macasek. This is a 3- mile moderate walk along the Hacklebarney Branch of the railroad, lower millpond, mid-1800s iron mining and bloomery forge, and Kay's dam. Meet at the Cooper Gristmill parking lot. The mill opens after the walk. Cost: $5 per family.

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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 20, 2017
NJ Craft Beer & BBQ Food Fest (held in Morristown, NJ)
12:00pm-5:00pm
Location: Lewis-Morris Park - Doe Meadow Field
270 Mendham Road, Morristown, NJ

BEER BBQ BACON SHOWDOWN!
(Event held at the Lewis-Morris Park Doe Meadow Field in Morristown, NJ)

Who says NJ doesn't have great BBQ & awesome Beer?
The Beer BBQ Bacon Showdown is New Jersey's first festival, featuring only New Jersey Beer, coupled with restaurants, gourmet food trucks & Chefs, offering a delectable array of mouth watering BBQ & Bacon creations, all available for purchase.

There will be a competition to showcase their culinary skills, with a panel of celebrity judges choosing the best of the best, along with People's Choice awards for Best Dish & Best Beer. 30 New Jersey Breweries will be in attendance, each bringing 4 styles of Beer. One of these styles will be either a rare Beer or a Brew created specifically for this event. The event will take place outdoors and under tents, with some fantastic music! This is destined to become a New Jersey Spring classic.

To Benefit the Chester First Aid Squad

For complete event details, visit http://njbeerbbqfest.com/

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Jun 3 - 4, 2017
19th 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 19th Annual SPRING CHESTER CRAFT SHOW being held on Saturday and Sunday, June 3rd and 4th.

We are proud to announce that the Spring Chester Craft Show was 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.

Note: If you are a vendor and wish to exhibit at this show, please visit http://www.chestercraftshow.com.

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Jun 11 - Jul 11, 2017
Chester's 17th Annual CLASSIC CAR SHOW
10:00 am - 3:00 pm - Plus All-Day Shopping 'till 5pm
Location: Along Main Street in Historic Chester, NJ

Take a Stroll Down Memory Lane!

On Sunday, June 11th, Chester will be bursting with Classic Cars and Trucks along Historic Downtown Main Street!

This Thrilling Motor Exhibit is FREE to the public. Display includes the finest classics, customs, muscle, special interest, antiques, pro street cars and more.

Exhibitor Registration - $10 (Registration Table located at the top of Perry Street.)

Schedule of Events

- 8:00 am - 10:00 am: Exhibitors Register their Vehicles
- 10:00 am - 3:00pm: Show times
- 3:00 pm: Trophies awarded at 25 Main Street. (Note: Vehicle must be registered to be eligible for trophy.)

Trophy Categories are as follows:

Historic Downtown Main Street Exhibit
• Best Engine
• Best Truck
• Best Paint
• Peoples Choice
• Best in Show
• Top 5 Winner

plus All Day Shopping throughout Chester! Musical entertainment includes DJ-Doc South. Portion of proceeds to benefit Cancer Hope Network.

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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Jun 18, 2017
People-Power Day: Using Old Fashioned Tools!
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Location: Cooper Gristmill 66 State Route 24 Chester, NJ 07930-2411 - (908) 879-5463

Tour the Cooper Gristmill and watch demonstrations of tools powered by hands and feet. Try some of these unique tools for 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 6, 2017
Blueberry Muffin Baking
11:00 am and 2:00 pm
Location: Cooper Gristmill 66 State Route 24 Chester, NJ 07930-2411 - (908) 879-5463

Make a batch of blueberry muffins using Cooper Gristmill-ground flour. While the muffins are baking, tour the gristmill. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Call 908.879.5463 by June 29 to pre-register. Cost: $10 per family/1 place setting ($5 Friends members). 1 muffin tray per family/place setting and additional place settings can be purchased at the time of registration.

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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 8, 2017
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

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. Boats may be purchased for $10 (Friends Members $5) or borrowed.

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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 15, 2017
Natural Art
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Location: Cooper Gristmill 66 State Route 24 Chester, NJ 07930-2411 - (908) 879-5463

Use grain and natural items collected from around the Gristmill to create artwork. Explore painting, printmaking, rubbings, collage/mosaic, and other art techniques. This event is in the air conditioned Visitors Center and children must be accompanied by an adult.

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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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