Santa display, bell choir highlight Chester Christmas


By Jessica Marcum - Special to the Sentinel



Dozens of Santas were on display at the Chester Courthouse on Saturday.


The Eastern Bell Choir performed during the Christmas celebration on Saturday.


CHESTER — The Eastern Bell Choir and a display of Santas greeted visitors to the Chester Courthouse on Saturday.

The Chester Shade Historical Association held its annual open house at the Chester Courthouse and Chester Academy buildings on Saturday, Dec. 3 with a holiday theme.

The courthouse was decorated for the holiday season with a display of Santa Clauses, provided by local collectors. Linda Blosser, Judy Buckley, Sheila Curtis, the Dottie Musser Family, and Jim Stewart all provided Santa Clauses for the display.

The highlight of the day was a holiday performance by the Eastern Bell Choir. The choir celebrated its 16th appearance at the holiday open house with Christmas songs, ending with a rousing and enthusiastic round of Jingle Bells. The group showed off the techniques they had learned since school started in August, and all of the practice paid off with a solid, and fun, performance. The choir is led by Cris Kuhn.

The Chester Shade Historical Society was founded in 1995, with its goal being the restoration of the courthouse and academy buildings. The Return Jonathan chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution spearheaded the formation of the association, as well as the renovations. Currently, the building holds a courtroom, a museum, and genealogy center, along with educational facilities. The Chester Shade Historical Association hosts the annual Chester-Shade Day, and the Ohio Harmonica Championship.

The courthouse is open on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. You can contact the courthouse by phone at 740-985-9822, or by email at chestercourthouse@yahoo.com.

Dozens of Santas were on display at the Chester Courthouse on Saturday.
http://mydailysentinel.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/web1_Chester-1.jpgDozens of Santas were on display at the Chester Courthouse on Saturday.

The Eastern Bell Choir performed during the Christmas celebration on Saturday.
http://mydailysentinel.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/web1_Chester-2.jpgThe Eastern Bell Choir performed during the Christmas celebration on Saturday.

By Jessica Marcum

Special to the Sentinel

Jessica Marcum is a freelance writer for The Daily Sentinel.

Jessica Marcum is a freelance writer for The Daily Sentinel.

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