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Posted: August 17, 2016
Welcome Michael DeSanto, new co-owner of Misty Valley Books, to Chester on September 1, 2016 at 5:15 and find out how independent booksellers thrive in today's economy. Mike and Renee Reiner, owners of Phoenix Books, added Misty Valley Books to their family of stores on May 16, 2016. Now with four locations throughout Vermont, their business model defies the idea that indie bookstores are dead. Independent stores such as Misty Valley and other small businesses which are the lifeblood of Chester's economy can succeed with ideas and practices that Mike and Renee have implemented in their stores. The focus of the evening will be to share these thoughts and have a conversation with attendees.
Join The 17th Annual RiverSweep September 10
Posted: August 13, 2016
Be a BRAT! Come get dirty to help get the Black River cleaner. Join the 17th Annual RiverSweep on Saturday, September 10th between 8am and noon, with the Black River Action Team. Bring some elbow grease and wear your junk clothes, and get to one of our two HQ tables.
Posted: August 11, 2016
St. Luke's Episcopal Church at 313 Main Street in Chester invites you to join us on Saturday, August 20th at 7:00 p.m. in Willard Hall for the first of what we hope will become a monthly series of movies. We will be viewing a DVD movie entitled, "Molokai" by Paul Cox, about the work of Father Damien among lepers in Hawaii on the remote island of Molokai from 1873 until 1889.
Posted: July 29, 2016
St. Luke's Episcopal Church at 313 Main Street in Chester invites you to come enjoy an evening on the church lawn, under tents, rain or shine on Saturday, August 6, to eat a fabulous banquet of cold soups, three meats, seven salads, and over twenty delicious desserts, and beverages. The cost is $15 for adults and $7.50 for children 6-10. The meal is continuous serving from 5 to 7 p.m., but to reserve a seat at a given time, call 875-4031.
Posted: July 27, 2016
Starting August 1st, and throughout the month of October, the Flat Iron Exchange will be showcasing the photographic artwork of Jimmy ienner, Jr.
Posted: July 24, 2016
The 78th St. Luke's Annual August Supper will be held Saturday, August 6 from 5 to 7 p.m. under tents on the lawn rain or shine. The Silent Auction of goods and services will be held again this year. For reservations to dine at a special time call 875-4031.
Explore the World of Odonates - Dragons and Damsels
Posted: July 24, 2016
On Saturday, August 6th, the Black River Action Team presents a free, family-friendly event at Hoyt's Landing public boat access in Springfield, Vermont from 10am till 4pm. Learn all about dragonflies and damselflies from larvae to adults, with BRAT and the VT Entomological Society; portable boat rinsing unit demonstration by State of Vt; microscope field station by Rolling Resource Center and SWALE; aquatic plant adventure with Laurie Callahan!
What's New at Springfield Steampunk Fest - Splendid Teapot Racing, Burlesque; Festival Benefits the Springfield Humane Society; Volunteers Still Needed
Posted: July 18, 2016
The Springfield Steampunk Festival, an official Vermont Arts 2016 event slated for September 23, 24, 25 features new musical performers, more workshops and many more vendors while embracing new intriguing and whimsical ideas from as far away as New Zealand. Splendid Teapot Racing was conceived by Simone Montgomery in Dunedin, New Zealand and premiered for the first time in 2014 at Steampunk NZ Festival in Oamaru. And now it premieres in Springfield, VT. The Steampunk movement is truly international in scope.
Slow It Down, Spread It Out, Soak It In
Posted: July 18, 2016
In June, after months of planning and research, volunteers from the Black River Action Team installed a rain garden on the front lawn of #11 Meadow Drive in the Pedden Acres neighborhood in Springfield. The homeowner, Meg, has experienced "ponding" of rain water and snow-melt at the foot of her driveway, and the goal of this new rain garden is to help such excess water infiltrate back into the ground -- keeping the water table at a healthy level for her lawn, prolonging the life of her driveway, and preventing some road salts and car wastes from entering the new street storm drains and ultimately the Black River.
Run the Gauntlet for Springfield Wrestlers
Posted: July 16, 2016
The 2nd Annual "Color Gauntlet" Wrestling 5K takes place on Saturday, October 1st on a scenic, out-and-back course on the Toonerville Trail along the Black River in Springfield, VT. This fun "color run" is a family-friendly untimed 5K run or walk. "Gauntleteers" will be festooned with colored cornstarch powder along the course. Upon returning to the start/finish line, participants can purchase delicious lunch items from the Outnumbered Grill, who will be donating the proceeds of all sales to the wrestling team.
St. Luke's Episcopal Church
I have a selection of limited edition prints of the Chester Village Green, the Stone Village and historic village vignettes framed and unframed.
Call Lew Watters at 802.875.2114 or email
"No Sort" Recycling Pick Ups
Event Calendar
Thursday, September 1
Indie Bookselling in the Age of Amazon
Fullerton Inn
The Common, Chester, VT
Open to the public at no charge.
Saturday, September 10
17th Annual RiverSweep
Black River Action Team
For more information log onto or leave a message at 802-738-0456.
September 24 - September 25
8th Annual Fairy House Festival
The Nature Museum
Saturday, October 1
2nd Annual "Color Gauntlet" Wrestling 5K
Toonerville Trail
Springfield, VT
Participants may begin to arrive at 9:30AM at the registration table at 290 Clinton St in Springfield, VT, SRDC's parking lot next to Nortrax, the John Deere tractor dealership.
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