“Christmas Under the Tent” at the CAFC

On Saturday, October 12, 2019, from 10:00 – 3:00 Columbus Weekend, the Chester Andover Family Center will hold their fourth annual “Christmas Under the Tent” sale. Holiday items for decorating, entertaining and gift giving will be available. We will have toys, gifts, items for your holiday table, artificial trees, Christmas Cards and decorations galore. Everything under the tent will be priced from $.25 to $25.00.

We will also be offering our famous “Bake Sale”. If you have enjoyed our “election day” goodies, you will love our “Christmas Under the Tent” selection! To entertain the children while Moms and Dads are shopping, we will have a “reading” area with free books. From 11:30-1:30 we will be serving a free Hot Dog Lunch to thank CAFC customers, volunteers and
“Christmas Under the Tent” Shoppers.

As always, the Thrift Shop will also be open for business. This is a great time check out our Thrift Shop, take time out for a free hot dog lunch, then spend time under the tents to stock up on all your holiday needs at bargain prices.

The Family Center is a non-profit, volunteer run organization. Proceeds from our Thrift Shop and this special sale support our Food Shelf and Financial Assistance Program for residents struggling to make ends meet. Shopping with us on October 12, will help us raise funds to support CAFC programs that contribute to the well-being of our community.

Please join us Saturday, October 12 from 10-3, under the tent, at the Chester Andover Family Center for this special fundraiser and shopping event! The Chester Andover Family Center is located at 908 VT Route 103 South, Chester, Vermont 05143.

Stone Hearth Inn 8th Annual Hot Dog Cook-Off

On Sunday afternoon, August 11th, the Stone Hearth Inn will host the Eighth Annual Hot Dog Cook-Off. Proceeds from this family friendly charitable event  will benefit the Chester-Andover Family Center and Chester-Andover youth athletics. The event takes place from 1-4 at the Stonehearth and will feature music, prizes and the famous Chester-Andover Family Center Silent Auction and Basket Raffle. The best part, however, is the rivalry among the “hot dog “chefs. So far, ten chefs have entered the competition and will be cooking “dogs” during the Cook-Off. Past attendees already know that these are not your average dogs. Chef participants get very creative, many going beyond toppings and crafting actual “dogs” from scratch. This is a culinary extravaganza and the competition is fierce.

The price of admission entitles you to all the hotdogs you can eat and a chance to vote for your favorite dog. Last year, the Smith family won the “Best Dog in Show”. Will they retain their title? Join us at the Stone Hearth Inn from 1-4 on Sunday, August 11 and vote for your favorite dog. Admission is $20 for a family, $10 for adults and $5 for students.

Your participation will support the Chester-Andover Family  Center  Food Shelf and Financial Assistance program helping local residents struggling to make ends meet and provides funding  for local youth athletic programs.

The Stone Hearth is located at 698 VT RT 11W in Chester. Call the Stone Hearth at 802-875-2525 or the Family Center, CAFC, at 802-875 3236 for additional information.

Empty Bowl Fundraiser

On May 16, 2019 the Empty Bowl Dinner will celebrate Art, Music, and Food while raising funds for the Chester Andover Family Center Food Shelf, Financial Assistance Program and the GMUHS Art Department.

Dinner will be served from 4:30-6:30 followed by an Art Show at 6 and a Pop’s Concert at 7PM. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students. Dinner includes a hand-painted ceramic bowl, lovingly painted by local fourth, fifth and sixth graders, GMUHS students and Community Volunteers.

Thank you to our Community Partners for supporting this event; People’s Bank, Black River Produce, Orchard Hill Breadworks, Heritage Bakery and Deli, Endless Creations Studio, Southern Pie Café, Lisai’s, Sunshine Acres and the Free Range Restaurant. Our “Flavors of the Nation” dinner along with your take home hand painted ceramic bowl is sure to please.

Under the guidance of Chef Jason from the Free Range, the GMUHS Iron Chef Teams will be cooking up four amazing soups. “California Coast” is a Chilled Spring Pea and Asparagus soup with Truffle Foam and Chive Blossoms. Representing New England, we will serve a Maine Lobster and Corn Chowder. Mid-western Minnesota offers diners a Wild Rice Soup with Smoked Chicken and Garden Herbs. Also on the menu is a Southwestern Spring Vegetable Soup with Black Beans in a Roasted Tomato Broth.

In addition to these gourmet soup choices, your meal will include a salad of organic Spring Greens with a choice of Maple Balsamic Dressing or Creamy Blue Cheese along with baskets of Bread from Orchard Hill Breadworks and Heritage Bakery and Deli. End your meal with a handmade dessert provided by the Southern Pie Café.

Tickets may be purchased in advance at GMUHS, the Chester Andover Family Center, Endless Creations Studio and the Free Range Restaurant.

Free Range initiates”Eat it Up” Community Service Event to benefit the Chester Andover Family Center

On Thursday, October 25, Jason Tostrup, owner/chef of the Free Range Restaurant in Chester, launched his “Eat It Up” community service initiative. Chef Jason’s goal is to partner with local organizations that serve the community and provide a percentage of an evening’s restaurant proceeds to support the work of the organization. The Chester-Andover Family Center was honored to be the first recipient of this community initiative. Thursday evening found an overflow crowd either already enjoying a delicious dinner or waiting to be seated. Chef Jason provided complimentary hors’dourves that made the wait enjoyable. Diners could also check out information about how the Family Center serves the community. The Family Center is grateful to Chef Jason for this wonderful opportunity to spread the word about our work and for the monetary contribution that will allow us to continue to meet the needs of Chester-Andover residents struggling to make ends meet.

Christmas Under The Tent

Saturday, October 6th

Columbus Day Weekend

10am – 3pm

The Family Center is a non-profit, volunteer run organization. In addition to our Thrift Store and Food Shelf, we provide heating and electricity financial assistance for residents struggling to make ends meet. Shopping with us on October 6, will help us raise funds to support CAFC programs that contribute to the well-being of our community.
Please join us under the tent at the CAFC for this fun and important event

Free Drawing for Backpacks Filled with School Supplies

The Chester Andover Family Center is sponsoring a Free Drawing for Backpacks filled with School Supplies. Stop in to the Thrift Shop during business hours Thursday, August 16th through Saturday, August 25th to sign up for the drawing. No purchase is necessary.  We will notify the lucky winners at the end of the day, Saturday, August 25th.

Thrift shop hours are Thursdays and Fridays 10-4 and Saturdays 10-3.

New Look at the Thrift Shop

Have you shopped with us lately?

Chester Andover Family Center volunteers have been working on new merchandise displays to make it easier for shoppers to find what they need. We have an inventory process that allows us to continually make room for new donations and we are very mindful about having a great selection of seasonal merchandise available at all times.  Our new, uncluttered, clean look serves two important purposes; easier access for customers to our merchandise and easier access for volunteers to dust and sweep.

When you need apparel for your vacation or special occasion, stop in and take a look. When you need a household item for your kitchen or camp, you should check us out. Trying to keep the children busy this summer? We have a large assortment of books, puzzles and games.

Remember that when you make a purchase at the Thrift Shop, you are helping us purchase food for our Food Shelf, keep the lights on and provide financial assistance to residents of Chester and Andover struggling to make ends meet.

We have wide variety of men’s shorts and summer shirts.

Check out women’s bathing suits, wraps, hats and summer dresses.


The CAFC Thrift Shop is open Thursday and Friday from 10-4 and Saturday, 10-3.


New Leadership at the CAFC

New slate of officers to lead the CAFC for 2018-19:
President- Stephanie Mahoney
Vice-President-Kris Winnicki
Secretary- Georgia Ethier
Treasurer- Mariette Bock
Assistant Treasurer-Suellen Slater

New Thrift Shop Management Team:
Ginger Roper
Mariette Bock
Kris Winnicki
The Thrift Shop does not anticipate major changes at this time and will maintain regular hours of operation: Thursdays and Fridays from 10-4, and Saturdays from 10-3.

Stone Hearth Hot Dog Cook Off Fundraiser
Sunday –  August 12, from 1-4

This is a  community fundraiser to benefit the Family Center and the Chester Recreation Department. Please save the date and join us at the Stone Hearth for music, games, the famous CAFC Silent Auction and Gift Basket Raffle and all the hot dogs you can eat.  Last year’s Cook-Off Champion, Billy Bob, served up the “Big Easy”, his New Orleans version of what a hot dog should be.  Will he retain his title?

Free Financial Literacy Class

Financial literacy puts change in your pocket and you can make that happen by attending Chester-Andover Family Center’s Financial Literacy Class.  

Do not pass Go. Go directly to the next free class presented by People’s United Bank and learn how to prepare and follow a personal spending plan.  The class is scheduled for Wednesday, May 23 at 6 pm at the Chester-Andover Family Center located at 908 VT Route 103 South in Chester, VT.  For further details, please call the Center at 875-3236.  Don’t miss this opportunity to learn out to stretch your dollars!