Events April 1, 2018

Mar 24 - Apr 8, 2018
Easter and Springtime Family Festival at Alstede Farms
Times vary by day - please see website
Location: Alstede Farms, 1 Alstede Farms Lane, Chester, NJ 07930

Enjoy springtime fun during the Easter and Springtime Family Festival at Alstede Farms. We'll have our baby farm animals, Easter egg hunts, a cozy campfire with marshmallows to toast, the Easter bunny, and lots more! Check our website for schedule of events and event times.

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Apr 1, 2018
Easter Sunrise Service at Alstede Farms
6:30 am
Location: Alstede Farms, 1 Alstede Farms Lane, Chester, NJ 07930

Our Sunrise Service on Easter Sunday is a Christian Ecumenical service that celebrates the true meaning of Easter. The service starts at 6:30 am on the hill behind our Farm Store. Allow yourself about 10-15 minutes of time before hand to walk up to the hill from the parking lot. We will also have a hay wagon ride available for anyone that needs assistance. Please note that we will be closed for business on Easter Sunday.

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Events after April 1, 2018

Apr 7, 2018
Opening Day at Cooper Gristmill
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Location: Cooper Gristmill 66 State Route 24 Chester, NJ 07930-2411 - (908) 879-5463

Celebrate the 40th season at Cooper Gristmill! Discover its amazing history, take a guided tour of the water powered machinery on all four floors, and learn how much flour can be produced daily. Last tour is at 3:30pm.

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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Apr 7 - 8, 2018
Springtime Family Breakfast
9 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Location: Alstede Farms, 1 Alstede Farms Lane, Chester, NJ 07930

Celebrate spring on the farm! Join us for a hearty, farm buffet breakfast which includes: eggs, bacon, sausage, french toast, breakfast potatoes, hot and cold beverages. After breakfast, enjoy all the fun activities at our Springtime Family Festival.

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Apr 13 - 15, 2018
Festival of Arts at Random Acts of Fresco
See below.
Location: Tents behind Fresco Mexican/Random Acts of Fresco
137 Main Street, Chester, NJ 07930

Join us for an exciting and colorful outdoor FESTIVAL OF ARTS SHOW by Random Acts of Fresco Boutique

Schedule is as follows:
Friday, April 13th: 4pm to 8pm
Saturday, April 14th: 11am to 7pm
Sunday, April 15th:11am to 7pm (with Live Music from 11am-1pm)

We will be showcasing Arts from the Mountains of Mexico, The Lands of Guatemala, Jewelery from renown names from New York and Many other parts of the World.

"Sing up and Win" drawing Sunday at 5:30 pm to win one of our beautiful artistic pieces from Random Acts of Fresco. Hand carved wood pieces such as living room and dinning room sets, bars and stools, headboards, large folk art clay pieces, textiles, and more. Beautiful decor for your home or office space.

Light Refreshment will be served.

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Apr 14, 2018
Fruit Tree Pruning Seminar
9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Location: Alstede Farms, 1 Alstede Farms Lane, Chester, NJ 07930

This is a great seminar for beginners and experienced pruners alike. Whether you are just starting to grow your back yard trees or are looking to get some tips from the pros, you will be sure to walk away with some good ideas and new knowledge. We will demonstrate pruning new trees, as well as mature and abandoned trees. You will have the opportunity to ask questions, enjoy some refreshments and check out some useful tools and techniques to make your back yard amazing!Seminar participants will be eligible for a special 15% discount off any purchases that are made at Alstede Farms’ Farm Store that day. Tickets may be purchased online at www.theticketbarn.com

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Apr 21, 2018
Art on the Farm
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Location: Alstede Farms, 1 Alstede Farms Lane, Chester, NJ 07930

Relax and enjoy meeting new friends while you explore your inner artist! Create your own beautiful painting using acrylic paint on canvas. Our Art on the Farm painting event will be led by an experienced local artist utilizing techniques that make the class exciting for all level artists. Includes: art instruction, all supplies needed, tasty appetizers, and refreshments. Registration is required. Seating is limited. Please note this is an adults only event. Wine will be available for purchase and tastings provided by Tomasello Winery on site.

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Apr 28, 2018
Grand Opening of ARTSi Studio
1:00pm-5:00pm
Location: ARTSi Studio, 125 Main Street, Chester NJ 07930

You are cordially invited to the Grand Opening of ARTSi Studio in Chester. Stop by for FREE art making, refreshments, and a raffle.

We can't wait to celebrate with you!
12:30pm: Ribbon Cutting with Mayor Hoven
1:00pm-5:00pm pm: Open House.

#artsicommunity #mainstreet #chester

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Apr 28, 2018
Hooked on Rugs Demonstration at Cooper Gristmill
1:00pm-3:00pm
Location: Cooper Gristmill 66 State Route 24 Chester, NJ 07930

See how rugs were made by 'rug-hooking.' Loops of yarn or fabric are pulled through a woven base using a hook. Cooper Gristmill will host demonstrations of this colonial skill, crafts, and tours.

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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Apr 29, 2018
Hair Tinsel (aka Fairy Hair) Event!
11:00am-3:00pm
Location: You're Not In Kansas Anymore, 35 Perry Street, Chester, NJ 07930

Make your hair glitter with "HAIR TINSEL" a thin, lightweight ribbon that is knotted into your hair. This beauty trend has been sported by glitter queens Ke$ha and Beyoncé, and is now being offered at You're Not In Kansas Anymore. Come to this "Sparkling" event and have Hair Tinsel Expert - Fairy Kate - add some shine and whimsy to your hair. Cost is $25. Sparkling refreshments will be served.

In addition, Fun, Fabulous and Flirty Spring and Summer Fashions will be available for purchase, including the newly arrived collections.

SPECIAL OFFER:
Spend $200, get $50....for next shopping trip
Spend $125, get a $25...for next shopping trip

CLICK HERE to sign up for a Hair Tinsel time slot. :)

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Apr 30, 2018
Free Ice Cream Day at Alstede Farms
10am - 6pm
Location: Alstede Farms, 1 Alstede Farms Lane, Chester, NJ 07930

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 visiting the farm. Guess Farmer Kurt’s favorite flavor to be entered into a drawing to win a prize!

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May 12, 2018
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 12 - 13, 2018
Mother's Day Weekend Brunch at Alstede Farms
9 am - 2 pm
Location: Alstede Farms, 1 Alstede Farms Lane, Chester, NJ 07930

Treat mom on her special day! The whole family will enjoy a scenic hayride around our beautiful farm to our rustic, indoor, banquet facility, Harvest Hall where you will enjoy a lovely asparagus themed buffet brunch. Reservations are required. Open table family style seating. Brunch available Saturday May 12th & Sunday, May 13th. Reservations available for: 9:00 am, 10:30 am, 12:00 pm see website for details.

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May 13, 2018
Mother's Day Buffet & Dinner at The Publick House
Seatings at 10 am, 12 pm, and 2 pm. Dinner 4:30 - 8:00
Location: The Publick House in Chester, New Jersey

Come celebrate with your moms at The Publick House Tavern and Inn. We will be featuring a great buffet with seatings starting at 10 am, 12 pm, and at 2 pm. Also we will be opening up for dinner at 4:30 until 8:00. For reservations call us (908)879-6878.

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May 19, 2018
Black River Furnace 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 21 - Aug 24, 2018
Summer Camp at Rainbow ChildCare
6:30am-6:30pm
Location: Rainbow Child Care, 395 Route 24 West Chester, NJ 07930

At Rainbow Child Care, we have lots of fun filled activities planned for the summer, along with many outside vendors coming in to provide additional interactive learning. Please call or come by your nearest Rainbow Child Care Center for more information.

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Jun 2 - 3, 2018
20th 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 20th Annual SPRING CHESTER CRAFT SHOW being held on Saturday and Sunday, June 2nd and 3rd.

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.

Also - Be sure to stop by the I LOVE CHESTER / STREETS OF CHESTER INFORMATION BOOTH at this event and register for the FREE Basket Raffle.

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

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Jun 10, 2018
Chester's 18th 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 10th, 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 - 4:00pm: Show times
- 4:00 pm: Trophies awarded (Note: Vehicle must be registered to be eligible for trophy and present for the award ceremony.)

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 The Eric Koby Adoption Fund.

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 16, 2018
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 Cooper Gristmill and watch demonstrations of tools powered by hands and feet. See a foot-powered scroll saw, one-and two-man saws, angular boring machine, stone jack, 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 30, 2018
Taco Palooza
11:00am-7:00pm
Location: Municipal Field on Main Street, Chester, NJ 07930

Taco Palooza - The Only Bad Taco is the One You Didn't Eat!

Hold on to your Sombreros and get ready to shake your Maracas! TACO PALOOZA is rolling into Chester, NJ on June 30, 2018!
A Benefit for the Historic Chester Business Association & I love Chester, NJ . Join us, as we've decided to dedicate a festival to celebrate this delicious creation & our HUGE love for all things TACO! Beer, Sangria, Margaritas, Live Music & Vendors too!

Saturday June 30th, 2018 • Hours 11am-8pm • Municipal Field • 134 Main St, Chester, NJ
Food Trucks, Restaurants, Chefs and Variety of Beer, Sangria & Margaritas (Frozen and Straight Up).... Kids activities, Mechanical Bull - Vendors and great LIVE Music...Peoples Choice Awards for Best Taco & Most Unique Taco. Contests for both the adults & children. (More details to follow)

Tentative List of Taco Vendors: (check back for updates)
• The Bearded One BBQ
• Bro-Ritos Food Truck
• Callahan's of Norwood & Food Trucks
• Cousins Maine Lobster
• Culinary Renegade Wandering Kitchen
• The Guac Spot
• JimmyDawn's
• Ma & Pa's Tex-Mex BBQ
• Mexi-Flip Taco Truck
• My Four Suns
• Taco Shelly's

Come Hungry and Thirsty. Bring chairs, blankets & pop ups. Adults $5 per person . Under 10 Free

We are asking all attendees to bring a non perishable canned or boxed item to help support the local food pantry. Please help those less fortunate.

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