Events April 19, 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 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 29 - 30, 2017
Grand Opening: The Ant and The Grasshopper!
Saturday 10 - 5 and Sunday 12 -4
Location: 87 Main St., Chester, NJ 07930

Grand Opening Weekend at The Ant and The Grasshopper! Over 50 local artists and makers supply wonderful and creative gifts for every member of the family. #ShopLocal and support the micro-economy in our community!

Gourmet Food Tastings ALL DAY! Including Italian olive oil and vinegars, organic peanut butter, locally sourced honey, fresh spring maple syrup, the truffleiest fruffle oil, honey and mustards, etc. We can't wait to meet you!

Enjoy the fruits of our micro-economy here in Chester. Meet the Artists and shop for Mom's Dad's and Grads. One of a kind gifts you won't find anywhere else.

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Apr 29, 2017
Open Mic Night at The Hive in Chester
7:00 pm
Location: The Hive at the Chester Springs Shopping Center, 197 Route 206 North, Chester, NJ 07930

Come enjoy LIVE local talent at The Hive in Chester! Show starts at 7pm. Anyone wishing to perform, please sign up at 6:30pm. Questions? Contact Sarah@mcartsworkshop.com or (908) 955-7402.

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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 5, 2017
Youth Talent Night
7:00pm-8:30pm
Location: The Hive at the Chester Springs Shopping Center, 197 Route 206 North, Chester NJ

Youth Talent Night. Calling all young performers under 14 years old to the stage at the Hive--come show your talent! Do not miss Youth Talent Night! Dance, sing, tell jokes, play an instrument...perform or just watch the show! Show starts at 7:00pm; performers sign up at 6:30pm. Donation: $3 The atmosphere is very supportive. The focus is the stage and the person(s) performing. At the Hive stage, performers feel free and safe to grow as artists and as people. Questions? Sharon@mcartsworkshop.com or 570-406-5114

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May 6, 2017
Drop & Shop
2:00pm-4:00 pm
Location: The Hive at the Chester Springs Shopping Center, 197 Route 206 North, Chester NJ

Are you wondering how you are going to get all of your shopping and last minute errands done in a day? Drop your child off at the Hive located at the Chester Springs Shopping Center (next to Shop-Rite) for our Saturdays Drop 'n Shop program! Let the children have fun at the Hive while you get your errands done efficiently. We offer: Drop In Art (ages 4-12) Drop In Minecraft (ages 6-12) Cost: $5 per hour per child online ($8 at door); $10 per 2 hours online ($15 at door) Questions? Contact Jane at (908) 531-8433 or jane@mcartsworkshop.com

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May 6, 2017
Art Gallery Opening Reception
6:00-10:00pm
Location: The Hive at the Chester Springs Shopping Center, 197 Route 206 North, Chester NJ

​Saturday 5/6, join us for the Grand Opening reception for two shows at The Hive Gallery in Chester from 6:00-10:00pm. The first features depictions of some of the most powerful Goddesses from across the world's cultures. The second asks you to experience one-of-a-kind works of art through a fun, gumball machine-like delivery system. Come meet the artists, enjoy some wine and cheese, and appreciate fine art. See you at The Hive!​ The Hive is located at the Chester Springs Shopping Center, next door to ShopRite in Chester, NJ.

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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.

Admission: $5.00
Kids under 10 are FREE
(Bring blankets and chairs - seating not provided. No outside food, drinks, coolers or knappacks.)

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/

***WE ARE ALSO ASKING ALL ATTENDEES TO BRING A NON-PERISHABLE CANNED OR BOXED ITEM TO HELP SUPPORT THE FOOD PANTRY.

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May 9, 2017
Paint & Wine
7:00-9:30pm
Location: The Hive at the Chester Springs Shopping Center, 197 Route 206 North, Chester NJ

Sip your wine or drink (BYOB) while you create your very own version of this painting! No previous experience needed; we will teach you everything you need to know. Come early to meet and greet, find your seat, get your paint, apron & drink. Meet and greet is from 6:30-7pm. Painting is from 7 - 9:30pm. The price includes all materials, instruction, aprons and a 16x20 take-home canvas! Alcohol consumption is permitted only for adults over 21. Have a great night out by yourself, with friends, or with a club or group. Private events also available; contact Jane at (908) 531-8433 or jane@mcartsworkshop.com

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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
Drop & Shop
2:00-4:00 pm
Location: The Hive at the Chester Springs Shopping Center, 197 Route 206 North, Chester NJ

Are you wondering how you are going to get all of your shopping and last minute errands done in a day? Drop your child off at the Hive located at the Chester Springs Shopping Center (next to Shop-Rite) for our Saturdays Drop 'n Shop program! Let the children have fun at the Hive while you get your errands done efficiently. We offer: Drop In Art (ages 4-12) Drop In Minecraft (ages 6-12) Cost: $5 per hour per child online ($8 at door); $10 per 2 hours online ($15 at door) Questions? Contact Jane at (908) 531-8433 or jane@mcartsworkshop.com

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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 19, 2017
Paint & Wine
7:00pm-9:30pm
Location: The Hive at the Chester Springs Shopping Center, 197 Route 206 North, Chester NJ

Sip your wine or drink (BYOB) while you create your very own version of this painting. No previous experience needed! We will teach you everything you need to know. Come early to meet and greet, find your seat, get your paint, apron & drink. Meet and greet is from 6:30-7pm. Painting is from 7 - 9:30pm The price includes all materials, instruction, aprons and a 16x20 take-home canvas! Alcohol consumption is permitted only for adults over 21. Have a great night out by yourself, with friends, or with a club or group. Private events also available; contact Jane at (908) 531-8433 or jane@mcartsworkshop.com

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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
Drop & Shop
2:00-4:00 pm
Location: The Hive at the Chester Springs Shopping Center, 197 Route 206 North, Chester NJ

Are you wondering how you are going to get all of your shopping and last minute errands done in a day? Drop your child off at the Hive located at the Chester Springs Shopping Center (next to Shop-Rite) for our Saturdays Drop 'n Shop program! Let the children have fun at the Hive while you get your errands done efficiently. We offer: Drop In Art (ages 4-12) Drop In Minecraft (ages 6-12) Cost: $5 per hour per child online ($8 at door); $10 per 2 hours online ($15 at door) Questions? Contact Jane at (908) 531-8433 or jane@mcartsworkshop.com

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