Come to Our Sticks Challenge Reception on April 9!

What would you do if you were given a pile of 2-inch-long carved wooden sticks to reimagine?

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If you’re one of the area artists, sculptors, photographers, engineers, jewelers, designers (you get the picture), you’d turn those sticks into something unique and/or useful, decorative and/or functional, whimsical and/or practical. All for the annual Creative Challenge hosted by the Chester Historical Society.

For this year’s Challenge on Saturday, April 9,  we found in a local barn boxloads of short wooden manicure sticks made (probably in the 1950s) at the Bishop and Watrous Novelty Works, which used to be on Maple Street.

The finished pieces of “sticks” art, jewelry, sculptures, photographs, etc. (such as those shown above) will be exhibited and sold by silent auction at the Historical Society’s Reception on Saturday, April 9 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at the Chester Meeting House. The reception will feature hearty hors d’oeuvres and desserts from Chester kitchens served with wine and non-alcoholic beverages. 

Tickets for the evening are $30. They can be purchased at Chester Gallery and Lark, both in the center of Chester, or by calling Sosse Baker at Chester Gallery, 860-526-9822, or at the door on Saturday evening.

All the proceeds from the event will benefit the preservation and showcasing of Chester history through the Chester Historical Society and the Chester Museum at The Mill.