August 18, 2022

The Annual “Come Home to Chester Days”

The Merchants of Chester will again celebrate the arrival of autumn with the 20th annual Come Home to Chester Days, a weekend of art gallery, shop and restaurant opening receptions in Chester Center on Friday, September 17, 2010 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and exciting events on Saturday, September 18, 2010.

“Every September, we keep our doors open late on the Friday night closest to the Autumnal Equinox to celebrate the beginning of fall. We have receptions in our galleries, shops, studios, and restaurants,” says Leif Nilsson, artist and owner of the Leif Nilsson Spring Street Studio and Gallery. “It is a festive evening when townspeople and visitors are invited to stroll the streets of an antique New England village; to see the latest paintings, photographs, sculptures, fashion and jewelry; to sample baked goods and fine food; and to discover handcrafted decorative accessories and furnishings.” Most everything is within walking distance from the Maple Street and Water Street parking lots.

Chester, Connecticut is a unique town known for celebrating art, history, music, fashion, theatre, craft, cuisine & conversation in the magnificent Connecticut River Valley. The town is renowned for its quaint shops, artist galleries, and a variety of fantastic restaurants that all family members can enjoy. Easy to reach by car, rail, air, or boat, a convenient two-hour drive from NYC and Boston, MA, Chester is located at exit 6 on RT 9, between I-95 and I-91.

For general information about the event, contact Leif Nilsson at 860-526-2077. For specific information about particular merchants, call them directly, visit their websites, or consult, which has a continually updated listing of the town’s weekend and special events.
The following will be open Friday evening from 5 p.m – 8 p.m. on September 17, 2010 unless otherwise noted.

Leif Nilsson Spring Street Studio & Gallery, LLC
One Spring Street
(860) 526-2077

The Autumn Exhibit featuring Leif Nilsson’s oil paintings of his garden, the Connecticut River Valley, friends and travels, opens on Friday, September 17, 2010 with a reception from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. This show runs through October 24th. Open Weekends from Noon – 6 pm. Other times by chance or appointment. Visit anytime on the internet at

Caryn B. Davis Photography
at the Leif Nilsson Spring Street Studio and Gallery
One Spring Street
(860) 526-5936

Photographer Caryn B. Davis will exhibit photographs from her travels. For more information contact Caryn B Davis at 860-526-5936, through email at or visit her website at

36 Main Street
(800) 270-0900

Be sure to visit the Ceramica shop Friday, Saturday and Sunday for our annual “Come Home to Chester” Indoor/Outdoor Sidewalk Seconds Sale Don’t Miss the Fun !!(Cash or Checks for Sale Purchases, please…)

Connecticut River Artisans Cooperative
5 West Main Street, Chester
(860) 526-5575

The Artisans will be featuring Roger Landry September 1 – 30 with his acrylic paintings.   The Art Gallery at The Mill House exhibitors for September 1 – 30 are the 9 Odyssey Painters.  They are: Pat Barone of Clinton, Phyllis Bevington of Chester, Christine Danilowicz of Branford, Gail Estrade of East Lyme, Karen Lipeika of Deep River, Brenda Newbegin of Essex, Carol Robertson of Old Saybrook, Paula Solimene Emery of Killingworth and Maureen Tarbox of East Haddam.  Their Reception is Saturday, September 4: 2-5pm.  The Public is welcome!!
The Artisans – Waterfall Room features paintings by Chien Fei Chiang, Lisabeth Billingsley, Susan Carden-Flicker, Patricia Barone, Dianne Gorrick and Phyllis Bevington.

Grand Opening of the Upbeat Studio
18 Main Street,
(860) 575-0145

Artist Patrice M. Nelson is thrilled to be part of the downtown village and brings her colorful whimsical artwork to Chester! Join the festivities September 17th during the “Come Home to Chester” fanfare with a cheer and a toast to her new UPBEAT STUDIO. Located right above The Local Beet. 18 Main Street 5-8pm. For information call 860 575-0145 or email at
The Local Beet, Groceries for a Green Planet
16 Main Street (in the village center)
(860) 526-5554

Celebrating the cooling nights of Fall until 8 pm on September 17th..
Stop in for a healthy treat and a chance to win our Peter Good original Beet T-shirt. Healthy foods to feed your family and nurture yourself. Vitamins, Supplements, Natural Remedies, Teas and more than 60 bulk items to scoop.
Open Monday-Friday 10-6, Saturday 10-5 and on Market Sundays. 860. 526.5554.

Peekabooquet n. cupcake
4 Water Street
(860) 526-2225

Come by and visit our unique boutique for babies and kids, home of the original baby clothing bouquets – the ooh and aah gift.  Peekabooquet n. cupcake is expanding our space to carry more of  our wonderful collection of unique designs in organic and USA made clothing,  with sizes newborn to 5.  We carry lunch boxes and water bottles  that are  BPA, Phthalate and lead free with many books and games to chose from.  To celebrate “Come Home to Chester Days” we are offering a 10% storewide discount Friday September   17.  Always evolving, always new…you’ll love our stuff…

Al Malpa Photography Gallery
4 Spring St.
(860) 558-5499

The first anniversary of the Al Malpa Photography Gallery will be celebrated on Come Home to Chester weekend. Al’s exhibit of “The Great Smokies in Springtime” will open at 6 p.m. on Friday. Stop by for desserts and wine anytime during the evening, enjoy the show, and relax on the porch or deck.

Hammered Edge Gallery
14 Main St. Chester, Ct
(860) 526-1654

Welcome Home to Chester!
 Open house hours on Friday are 5-8 pm. Saturday 10-6, and Sunday 9-3 pm. We will be having a Sale Friday Sept. 17 thru Sunday Sept. 19 on finished jewelry,eclectic oddities, books, metalsmithing tools, jewelry supplies, glassware, and plenty more! 
Enjoy herbal iced tea and make a donation to the Chester Rotary Polio Fund all weekend while you shop!
Halloween is right around the corner. Come by to start your costume with one of our Fair Trade costume hats, masks, or one of our own one-of-a-kind hand decorated masks! Come let us inspire Your Imagination! Contact Kathryne Wright at 860-526-1654.

The Art Gallery at The Mill House exhibitors for September 1 – 29 are the 9 Odyssey Painters.  They are: Pat Barone of Clinton, Phyllis Bevington of Chester, Christine Danilowicz of Branford, Gail Estrade of East Lyme, Karen Lipeika of Deep River, Brenda Newbegin of Essex, Carol Robertson of Old Saybrook, Paula Solimene Emery of Madison and Maureen Tarbox of East Haddam.  Their Reception is Saturday, September 4: 2-5pm.  Their second reception will be part of “Come Home to Chester” night September 17, 2010 from 5-8 pm.The Public is welcome!!

Lori Warner Studio/ Gallery
21 Main Street
(860) 322-4265

Opening of new work by Carrie Gustafson, Glass. Carrie will be in the gallery Friday evening to unveil her intricately patterned sand blasted glass forms. This solo exhibition is her first body of new work since winning the coveted Smithsonian Museum, Excellence in Glass Award. Two new pieces of furniture by Par Turesson, of Stockholm and Chester will also be unveiled along with other new work. Open Tuesday – Thursday 11-6pm, Friday – Saturday 11-8pm, Sunday 10-4pm.

Maple & Main Gallery of Fine Art
One Maple Street
Chester, CT
(860) 669-3582

Please join us for a Sneak-Peek opening of Chester’s newest art gallery, Maple and Main Gallery of Fine Art.  At Maple and Main you will find investment quality art by local, regional and nationally known artists.  Our artists bring to you a diverse mix of mediums and styles ranging from traditional realism to mixed media. You will experience the finest art Connecticut has to offer whether you’re looking for portraits, traditional and plein air landscapes, seascapes, marine art, figurative works or still life. Housed in a charming building built by Samuel Colt and Pardon Stevens in 1798 which uses four tall ship masts as support beams, Maple and Main, located right in the heart of Chester Village, brims with both New England charm and stunning art work.

Mystic Sisters of Chester
4 Water Street
(860) 526-8022

Mystic Sisters of Chester Antiques and Artful Wares
Please join us Friday evening, September 17th, to kick off “Come Home to Chester Days” weekend. Light refreshments will be served from 5-8 PM.  You’ll enjoy perusing our excellent selection of antiques, hand-knotted Persian rugs and quality estate pieces. We also offer vintage and antique jewelry along with original, handmade designs by CT artisans for your enjoyment. Our handmade goat milk soap has become one of our best selling items throughout the year.
You will not be disappointed in our collection of original art, featuring the outstanding work of watercolorist Pat Kelbaugh and Chester artist Alan Schweitzer, whose stunning mosaics are creating a lot of excitement this year at Mystic Sisters.

So come on in and refresh your home and your senses with something special from Mystic Sisters. You can also get in touch with us through our web site

C&G Unparalleled Apparel
3 North Main Street, 1st floor 
(860) 526-3284

Jan’s finds for Fall are arriving daily in our first floor shop, including some unique jackets, shirts and hats for men.
Come find what you didn’t even know you were looking for! And then come upstairs to our new 2nd floor gallery.
Wednesday-Sunday 12-5 .

C&G Posters & Prints
3 North Main Street, 2nd floor 
(860) 526-3284

Opened in June, our 2nd floor gallery space showcases a poster collection representing 40 years of Cummings & Good internationally acclaimed graphics, original art, archival print editions and note cards.
Also available by special order are custom decorative marble tiles by Au Grenier Doré. 
Wednesday-Sunday 12-5

Dina Varano
27 Main Street
(860) 526-8866

Please join us and to celebrate Come Home to Chester on Friday, September 17th, from 5-9 PM.  The store is sparkling with beautiful jewels, collectibles and hand crafted gifts that Dina has carefully chosen from all over the world.  New treasures are arriving daily!  Come have a look.  We are open Tuesday – Sunday 10-6 and Friday evenings until 9 PM.  Visit anytime at

Chester Gallery,
76 Main Street
(860) 526-9822

Chester Gallery presents “Still Working”. Connecticut Fields and Woodlands will grace the Gallery walls showing oil paintings by Forrest Bailey and etching & engraving by Richard Claude Ziemann.  At the ages of 78 both men are “Still Working”.  This show opens on Friday September 17th. with an artists reception from 5 to 7. Show ends October 23rd. Gallery hours are Tues. thru Sat. 10 to 5.  For more information 860-526-9822 or

The Colt House Gallery and Antiques
43 Main Street
(860) 526 9375

Featuring box constructions, wall reliefs, and digital imagery archival prints by Chester artist Bill Vollers. Also a collection of antique toys , folk art,primitives and other collectables. Gallery hours are by appointment or chance. Please contact Bill Vollers at 860 526 9375

eo art lab
69 main street

Maine artist Meg Brown Payson, fresh off exhibitions in New Hampshire and Boston, explores her wild side in “Hydrostatic Pressure”. Payson abstractly explores the “sense making” process, where we humans attempt to order an otherwise disorderly world. Through September 26th. Mon-Sat 10a.m. – 6p.m., Sun noon-6p.m.

Chester Historical Society
On Friday, Sept. 17, the Chester Museum at  The Mill will be open from 5 to 8 p.m. during Come Home to Chester night with an exhibit  of farm tools and articles on loan from the Chester Fair Association, and original paintings and photographs of Chester barns, all created by Chester artists. The artwork will be available for sale with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Historical Society. Refreshments will be

For Saturday, Sept. 18
Chester Historical Society and Chester Land Trust
On Saturday, Sept. 18, the Chester Historical Society and Chester Land Trust are coming together to present a Celebration of Barns program followed by a Harvest Potluck Supper. Starting at 3 p.m., Chester’s Scouts will raise a small post and beam structure on the town green (or indoors, in case of rain). Everyone is invited to watch and participate. There will be sheep on the green and carding and spinning wool will be demonstrated. At 4 p.m., architectural historian Todd Levine will talk about the history of barn types in Connecticut, and Billy Cadley, a local post and beam barn builder, will talk. At the conclusion of the barn program, the tables will be arranged for the potluck Harvest Supper.  Bring a dish to share from your garden or a dessert or meat course to share. Also bring your own beverages and service. The event is free and open to the public.  For more information, go to or call 860-526-2331. Join us in celebrating Chester’s past and present.