CHESTER — It’s First Friday tonight in Chester! Most village shops and galleries will be open from 5 to 8 p.m. for this festive evening. Also the all new “Chester Card” March Madness prize draw for a shopping spree worth more than $500 kicks off tonight. Shoppers, diners and gallery-goers can pick up a special card at any business and each time they buy something their card will be validated. The promotion ends ending First Friday in April.
It works like this … once shoppers have made purchases at seven different locations, their card is eligible for the drawing April 7 when the winner will receive $25 gift certificates from each of the eight restaurants and 13 merchants participating.
Every store, gallery and restaurant in town is on board, and the cards will be available at each of them beginning tonight.
Completed cards should be turned in to The Perfect Pear at 51 Main Street no later than 5 p.m. April 7 for the grand-prize drawing at 6 p.m. Players can complete more than one card for entry. The winner need not be present to win.
The participating restaurants are: The Good Elephant, Otto, Pattaconk 1850 Bar and Grille, River Tavern, Simon’s Marketplace, Thai Riverside, The Villager and The Wheatmarket.
The eligible retail shops and galleries are Black Kat Leather, Dina Varano, Elle Design Studio, The French Hen, Lark, Lori Warner Gallery and Swoon and Maple & Main Gallery, Also: The Perfect Pear, R.J Vickers Herbery, the Chester Bottle Shop, Strut Your Mutt, Matt Austin Studio and Leif Nilsson Spring Street Studio and Gallery.
Tonight, Leif Nilsson will be hosting an Opening Reception for his Watch Hill Paintings at his Spring Street Studio and Gallery, where his band Arrowhead will also be playing.