September 16, 2019

Winter Carnivale Warms up the Weather in Chester

Chester Carnivale held yesterday. Despite the bitterly cold temperatures, the streets were crowded with tourists and locals alike (photos by Rachel Berliner)

Chester held its 21st annual Winter Carnivale yesterday.  Despite the bitterly cold temperatures, the streets were crowded with tourists and locals alike.   There was a parade on Main Street and Mardi Gras beads were passed out to add to the festivities.

Theatre fans gathered at the Goodspeed at Chester’s Norma Terris Theatre annual tag sale.  There were props from last season’s shows as well as previous seasons on sale.  Other items included signed posters, various costumes, records, and theatre books. 

In keeping with the spirit of “Carnivale”, the life-sized puppet theatre used by the character Lili in the recent musical, “Carnival!” was also for sale.  Any takers?

The Pattaconk 1850 Bar & Grille served hamburgers and chowder outside its doors.  Simon’s Marketplace offered mouthwatering cookies (especially the chocolate chip- peanut butter ones!), brownies, cupcakes, and breads.  And the Chester Hose Company featured different types of chili at their “Chilly Chili Cook-Off”, which certainly … and forgive the pun … spiced up the day. 

Other fun attractions at the Carnivale included the ice sculpture competition and various street performers roaming the streets.

We can’t wait until next year to see more surprises in store!

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