Events May 14, 2017

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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Events after May 14, 2017

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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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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May 20, 2017
Gifts For Gracie Wine and Cheese Benefit
7:30pm - 9:30pm
Location: The Ant and The Grasshopper, 87 Main St., Chester, NJ. 07930

You are invited to join Amy Rawa for an evening of shopping and wine tasting. (Must be over 21 to attend).

There is no charge for this event but space is limited to 20 people. Reservations are preferred - please call 908-888-2633 for more information or to make a reservation. Amy Rawa donates a portion of her revenues to Gift for Gracie, a Mother's Against Drunk Driving supporter. After her family was hit by a drunk driver, Amy was required to rest for 6 months. She started making these wonderful signs that show how much she loves and supports family. Amy will bring additional inventory from her private collection for sale that evening. A portion of proceeds will go to Gifts for Gracie.

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May 23, 2017
Ana Mae Jewelry Trunk Show
7:00 - 9:00 pm
Location: The Ant and The Grasshopper, 87 Main St., Chester NJ

You are invited to join Ana Mae Jewelry for an evening of WINE AND CHEESE AND JEWELERY!

The artist will talk with you about how she makes the Jewelry and how to preserve and protect your jewelry in the summer months. She will also bring in a large selection of additional items from her personal collection. Reservations are requested for this event.

There is no cost to attend. Please call The Ant and The Grasshopper to reserve a space. 908-888-2633. Space is limited to 20 attendees. Feel free to call the store for additional information. The Ant and The Grasshopper is open Wed - Friday 12 - 5, Sat 10 -5 and Sun 12 - 4. We look forward to meeting you!

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May 29, 2017
Chester's Memorial Day Commemoration Program
11:00 am
Location: Municipal Field Gazebo and Memorial Park

Annual Memorial Day Commemoration May 29, 11am, Maysey Memorial, Main St. Chester Borough, NJ

Chester will remember those in the Armed Forces who died while serving their country on "Decoration Day," or as it is better known today, "Memorial Day." People from the community will gather on Main Street in Chester Borough to watch the procession, listen to inspiring stories, hear moving speeches and patriotic musical arrays. Participants will also experience the rattling rifle salute and moving taps, as we honor those who gave all for our country, on this very important day.

The event will take place on Monday, May 29th, 2017 at 11am at Maysey Memorial/Memorial Park in the center of town and will feature Mayor Janet Hoven as the Master of Ceremonies, with remarks from members of the American Legion Post 342 Chester, and Mayor Marcia Asdal from Chester Township. The West Morris Community Band under the direction of Gary Quam will provide music for the event along with vocal soloist & Chester resident, Mary Bolio. Our own Chester Volunteer Fire Company #1, Chester Police, and Chester Volunteer First Aid Squad will be present to honor our veterans, along with local scout troops sporting color guard and full uniform attire. Members of the American Legion will perform the ceremonious Laying of the Wreaths and Roll Call of Chester Fallen Soldiers.

The event is sponsored by the Borough of Chester in conjunction with American Legion Post 342, Chester. Anyone who served or is currently serving in the Armed Forces is invited to walk in the procession to pay their thanks and should gather at the Gazebo on Main Street at 10:45am. For more details about the event please contact Maxine at: recreation@chesterborough.org

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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 3 - 25, 2017
June is Strawberry Harvest Festival Month at Alstede Farms
11 am - 5 pm
Location: Alstede Farms, 1 Alstede Farms Lane, Chester, NJ 07930

Enjoy scrumptious strawberry treats: homemade strawberry ice cream, strawberry shortcakes, strawberry shakes, etc. and also take a hayride to the strawberry patch to pick your own strawberries! Children's activities also available.

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Jun 4, 2017
Strawberry Pancake Breakfast at Alstede Farms
8:00 am - 12:30 pm
Location: Alstede Farms, 1 Alstede Farms Lane, Chester, NJ 07930

Enjoy a hayride around our beautiful farm and a delicious ‘all you can eat’ breakfast featuring our own delicious strawberries and pancakes along with eggs, bacon, and more! Price includes hayride, breakfast, and admission to our pick-your-own strawberry patch.

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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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Jun 18, 2017
Father's Day Brunch at Alstede Farm's
9 am - 2 pm
Location: Alstede Farms, 1 Alstede Farms Lane, Chester, NJ 07930

Enjoy a scenic hayride around the farm to Harvest Hall to enjoy a delicious buffet style brunch featuring our homegrown items! Relax in the delightful farm atmosphere with casual open table family style seating. Includes Admission into the Pick Your Own field. Reservations Required...please see our website.

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Jun 20 - 24, 2017
Annual Fireman's Carnival and Fireworks!
See Chester Fireman's Website for updates
Location: Chubb Park
West Main Street, Chester, NJ

The 2017 carnival will run from Tuesday June 20th through Saturday June 24th. Hours will be 6:30 - 10:30 PM.

Pay-one-price wristbands will be available Tuesday and Thursday nights. Fireworks will be at 10 PM Friday the 23rd with a rain date of Saturday the 24th.

For complete details, visit http://www.chester-fire.org/  or our facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/chesterfiremanscarnival

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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 8, 2017
9th Annual Front Porch Bluegrass Festival & Pig Roast
10:00 am to 8:00 pm
Location: Gazebo Park / Municipal Field, Main Street, Chester, NJ

*FREE ADMISSION*

Kid's Activities, Live Bands, Vendors, Instrument Auctions. Rain or Shine - Join us under the Tent (bring your own blanket or lawn chairs)

This event will be held at the Gazebo Park on Main Street. Questions? Call 908-443-1294 or visit http://www.frontporchbluegrassfestival.com.

Because of you, we were able to raise almost $10,000 for our mission trip to Central Appalachia last year. This year we will be helping to make homes safer, warmer, and drier. Come and support our mission!

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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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