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Eel River Arts Festival – Meet Britta Glass

September 2nd, 2015 | No Comments

©BrittaGlassmixedmedia_3Manchester Main Street’s (MMS) September 12th Eel River Arts Festival is just around the corner. There will be amazing local artists displaying their work at Saturday’s 10am – 4pm Art Fair – pottery, jewelry, painting, photography, mixed media, and much more! This event is free to the public, so bring the entire family. Kids activities include craft making, art workshops and face painting. Live musical acts will also be performing throughout the day.

MMS is featuring our unique local artisans in a “Meet the Artist” online series. This week, visit the “Local Flavor” tab on MMS’ website to find out how Britta Glass interprets realistic fantasy into colorful watercolor and ink drawings, and which Fisher Price toy inspired her creativity. And, be sure to stop by Britta’s booth on September 12th to meet her in person.

The Eel River Arts Festival will be held in the scenic Eel River Gardens overlooking the Eel River, in the heart of historic downtown North Manchester. The Eel River Gardens is a town beautification project designed and maintained by the North Manchester Garden Club, located at the intersection of Main and Market Streets, next to Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church. For additional Eel River Arts Festival event information, visit our website or Facebook page, or contact Renata Robinson, MMS Executive Director, at 260-901-6045 or manchestermainstreet@gmail.com.

Eel River Arts Festival Showcases Local Talent – “Meet the Artist” Series

Mixed Media Collage by Hannah Burnworth

Mixed Media Collage by Hannah Burnworth

Mark your calendars. Manchester Main Street’s (MMS) 3rd Annual Eel River Arts Festival is an event you won’t want to miss. On September 12th, historic downtown North Manchester will be enriched by the creative arts. Saturday’s 10am-4pm Art Fair, in the scenic Eel River Gardens overlooking the Eel River, is free to the public. The event will feature live music, highlight area artists’ and artisans’ work, and provide creative enrichment activities for all ages.

Did you know that North Manchester is home to countless talented artists? For example, Hannah Burnworth creates mixed media collage art pieces, Vicki Carpenter sells handcrafted jewelry at One World Handcrafts, and Susan Ring paints beautiful watercolors. MMS features our unique local artisans in a “Meet the Artist” web series. Visit the MMS website Local Flavor menu tab to find out more about what inspires their creativity.

"Spilled Reflection" Watercolor by Susan Ring

“Spilled Reflection” Watercolor by Susan Ring

Jewelry by Vicki Carpenter

Jewelry by Vicki Carpenter

Hannah Burnworth, Vick Carpenter, and Susan Ring will be among the many amazing artists showing their work at MMS’ Art Fair on September 12th. Bring the entire family – there will also be delicious food, art demonstrations, and kids craft activities. For additional Eel River Arts Festival event information, visit our website or Facebook page, or contact Renata Robinson, MMS Executive Director, at 260-901-6045 or manchestermainstreet@gmail.com.

Downtown Storefront Artwork – NEW Summer Exhibit

MMS_StudentFallArtwork1The dog days of summer are here and North Manchester’s downtown storefronts have been spruced up with a new batch of colorful student artwork. Manchester Main Street’s (MMS) Historic Preservation & Design and Promotion & Art committees have again collaborated with Manchester Community Schools’ art teachers and downtown building owners for this latest installation on display through October. Come downtown to shop, eat and stroll. Over 200 creations from elementary, intermediate, junior high and high school students fill the windows of fourteen storefronts on Main and Walnut Streets.

MMS_StudentFallArtwork2And, for a full day of art and entertainment, plan on attending the Eel River Arts Festival on Saturday, September 12th. The 10am-4pm Art Fair will be held in the scenic Eel River Gardens overlooking the Eel River, in the heart of historic downtown North Manchester. The event is free to the public, and features local artists, live music, delicious food, art demonstrations, and kids craft activities.

For additional Eel River Arts Festival event information, visit our website or Facebook page , or contact Renata Robinson, MMS Executive Director, at 260-901-6045 or manchestermainstreet@gmail.com.

Eel River Arts Festival – September 12th

MMS_EelRiverArtsFestival_LOGOSAVE THE DATE! Manchester Main Street (MMS) is hosting this year’s 3rd Annual Eel River Arts Festival on September 12th in the scenic Eel River Gardens overlooking the Eel River, in the heart of historic downtown North Manchester. The Eel River Gardens is a town beautification project designed and maintained by the North Manchester Garden Club, located at the intersection of Main and Market Streets, next to Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church (113 W. Main Street).

EelRAF poster 2015 FIXEDSaturday’s 10am-4pm Art Fair will feature live music, highlight area artists’ and artisans’ work, and provide creative enrichment activities for all ages. The event is free to the public.

Traditional and culinary artists interested in reserving booth space can CLICK HERE to download an application. All late applications must be received by August 31st.

For additional Eel River Arts Festival event information, visit our website or Facebook page, or contact Renata Robinson, MMS Executive Director, at 260-901-6045 or manchestermainstreet@gmail.com.

Preservation Awards – WINNERS

facade 3In recognition of National Historic Preservation Month, the Manchester Main Street (MMS) Historic Preservation & Design (HP&D) committee presented its first annual Preservation Awards on May 19 during the “Celebrate Preservation” program at the North Manchester Center for History. A collaborative partnership between the Historic Homes Preservation Group, a sub-committee of the North Manchester Historical Society, and MMS’ HP&D committee, the event highlighted the numerous historic restoration projects that have taken place over the last several years, an investment of hundreds of thousands of public and private dollars in the downtown North Manchester Historic District.

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MMS Preservation Award “Residential” category recipient, James Wehner (center) with Renata Robinson (left, MMS Executive Director) and Debbie Chinworth (right, MMS Historic Preservation & Design Chair).

The MMS annual Preservation Awards are given to individuals or entities to recognize exemplary restoration efforts to make North Manchester a more beautiful place to live. The awards are intended to celebrate past work and encourage future projects promoting historic preservation. “In a town like ours, with so many beautiful historic homes and structures,” said Debbie Chinworth, MMS HP&D Chair, “there are countless owners that could be honored. In our inaugural year, we are recognizing these three projects.”

MMS Preservation Award "Commercial" category winner, Brian & Jennifer Pattison (center) with Renata Robinson (left, MMS Executive Director) and Debbie Chinworth (right, MMS Historic Preservation & Design Chair).

MMS Preservation Award “Commercial” category recipient, Brian & Jennifer Pattison (center) with Renata Robinson (left, MMS Executive Director) and Debbie Chinworth (right, MMS Historic Preservation & Design Chair).

2015 winners included: James Wehner for the restoration of his Pennsylvania style residential brick home (202 E. 3rd Street) built in 1863; Brian and Jennifer Pattisons’ rehabilitation of their historic landmark commercial property, the Sheller Hotel (202 N. Walnut Street); and the Town of North Manchester received the “Project Excellence” award for the amazing transformation of the downtown historic district through the streetscape and facade programs.

“The Town is appreciative that MMS has acknowledged the years of work that went into the process, not only of the facade program but the entire streetscape project,” said Laura Rager, Town Council member. “The unsung heroes in this process have been the building owners. Over the last 10-15 years they have stayed the course and often had to recommit through contracts, have multiple meetings with designers and engineers, and attended numerous public hearings. They had faith in our plan and stayed committed to the dream.”

MMS Preservation Award "Project Excellence" category winner, the Town of North Manchester [center: Chris Garber, Jim Smith, Laura Rager (Town Council members), Dan Hannaford (former Town Manager), Dave Schoeff (current Town Manager)] with Renata Robinson (left, MMS Executive Director) and Debbie Chinworth (right, MMS Historic Preservation & Design Chair).

MMS Preservation Award “Project Excellence” category recipient, the Town of North Manchester [center: Chris Garber, Jim Smith, Laura Rager (Town Council members), Dan Hannaford (former Town Manager), Dave Schoeff (current Town Manager)] with Renata Robinson (left, MMS Executive Director) and Debbie Chinworth (right, MMS Historic Preservation & Design Chair).

CLICK HERE for the full winners’ backstory. To view additional project photos, visit MMS’ Facebook page. Contact Renata Robinson, MMS Executive Director, at 260-901-6045 or manchestermainstreet@gmail.com for more information.

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1st Annual Preservation Awards – May 19th

NMCenterforHistoryIn recognition of the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s National Historic Preservation Month, the Manchester Main Street (MMS) Historic Preservation & Design committee will present its first annual Preservation Awards on May 19 during the “Celebrate Preservation” program at the North Manchester Center for History.

“Celebrate Preservation” is a program presented by the Historic Homes Preservation Group, a sub-committee of the North Manchester Historical Society, and the MMS Historic Preservation & Design committee. The program will be held at 6:30pm at the Center for History (124 E. Main Street) in downtown North Manchester. Following the presentation of the awards, attendees will be invited to take a self-guided walking tour of the downtown, to get an “up-close” look at the facade restorations.

The MMS Annual Preservation Awards are given to individuals or entities to recognize exemplary restoration efforts to make North Manchester a more beautiful place to live. The awards are intended to celebrate past work and encourage future projects promoting historic preservation.

To support MMS’ town improvement efforts by becoming a member, visit our website to download a MMS 2015 Business or Individual Membership Form. Get regular updates on upcoming events, projects and accomplishments by following MMS on Facebook. For additional information and ways you can become involved, contact Renata Robinson, MMS Executive Director, at 260-901-6045 or manchestermainstreet@gmail.com.

February 18th Annual Meeting Recap

MMS_Final.jpgManchester Main Street (MMS) held its Annual Meeting on February 18 at the Main View in downtown North Manchester. 2015 MMS Board Vice President, Jim Smith, welcomed the Board, committees and members in attendance, and highlighted several MMS town improvement projects from the 2014 Annual Report that have made positive impacts. “Manchester Main Street accomplished a lot in 2014,” said Smith. “We hosted the biannual Garden Walk and 2nd annual Eel River Arts Festival which showcased our local treasures and attracted residents and tourists to downtown. Economic conditions were assessed in our annual Business Survey. The Community Trail Network is now officially open. And, advocating for a Historic Preservation Ordinance to support the Town’s investment in the downtown streetscape and facade renovation programs has led to a Town Council exploratory committee.”

MMS Annual Meeting attendees: (L to R) Derek Jones, Matt Nettleton (MMS Board), Diana Nettleton, Vickie Smith, Michelle Calka, Maribeth Callicoat (MMS Board) discuss town improvement ideas.

MMS Annual Meeting attendees: (L to R) Derek Jones, Matt Nettleton (MMS Board), Diana Nettleton, Vickie Smith, Michelle Calka, Maribeth Callicoat (MMS Board ; Economic Restructuring Chair) discuss town improvement ideas.

In 2014, MMS grew its member base to 92, and has over 40 volunteers serving on six active committees – America in Bloom, Economic Restructuring, Historic Preservation & Design (HP&D), Manchester PATH Group, North Manchester Garden Club, and Promotion & Art. Committee Chairs highlighted upcoming projects from the 2015 Scope of Work: “ I am particularly excited about our new Annual Preservation Awards program,” said Dale Carpenter, MMS Board and HP&D committee member. “We will be recognizing commercial and residential property owners for their historic improvements and upkeep.”

MMS Annual Meeting attendees: (L to R) Maribeth Callicoat (left foreground, MMS Board ; Economic Restructuring Chair), Tod Minnich, Stan Williams, Patty Metzger, Dale Carpenter (far table, MMS Board), Susan Manwaring (far table, MMS Board ; Secretary ; AIB Chair), Derek Jones, Vickie Smith.

MMS Annual Meeting attendees: (L to R) Maribeth Callicoat (left foreground, MMS Board ; Economic Restructuring Chair), Tod Minnich, Stan Williams, Patty Metzger, Dale Carpenter (far table, MMS Board), Susan Manwaring (far table, MMS Board ; Secretary ; AIB Chair), Derek Jones, Vickie Smith.

The Annual Meeting concluded with a creative brainstorming session prioritizing 2015 partnership opportunities for new cultural events, and town asset marketing and promotional strategies. Referencing last year’s Annual Meeting brainstorm list, three carry over goals were discussed and six new projects identified. CLICK HERE TO VIEW “In 2014, Manchester Main Street began the process of outlining its role and core objectives: ‘Manchester Main Street exists to empower our community to embrace its potential,’” said Renata Robinson, MMS Executive Director. “As we look to 2015, we will be focusing our energies on cultivating beneficial strategic relationships, and defining each initiative and project with this overarching goal in mind.”

To support Manchester Main Street’s town improvement efforts by becoming a member, visit our website to download a MMS 2015 Business or Individual Membership Form. Click here to view MMS’ 2014 Annual Report and 2015 Scope of Work. Get regular updates on upcoming events, projects and accomplishments by following MMS on Facebook. For additional information and ways you can become involved, contact Renata Robinson, MMS Executive Director, at 260-901-6045 or manchestermainstreet@gmail.com.

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Annual Meeting – February 18

MMS_Final.jpgManchester Main Street (MMS) will hold its Annual Meeting on February 18, at 6:30pm at the Main View (141 E. Main Street). This is an open forum for the Board, Committees and Members to discuss 2014 accomplishments and 2015 goals. Community members interested in learning more about MMS and ways to become involved are encouraged to attend and voice town improvement suggestions. “Manchester Main Street was founded in 1989 by community members interested in preserving, celebrating and revitalizing all North Manchester has to offer,” said Renata Robinson, MMS’ Executive Director.

There have been many positive changes around town over the last several years, most noticeably the Town of North Manchester’s downtown historic streetscape construction and facade renovation programs. MMS’ contributing projects include the Riverfront Park and Community Trail Network installations; engraved pavers, storefront artwork, “Welcome” banners, hanging flower baskets, and sidewalk planters throughout downtown; and the Eel River Arts Festival and “Light Up The Town” Holiday Gala annual cultural events. “Town Council’s investment in town improvements has created a domino effect,” said Robinson. “There is an optimistic outlook and momentum to build upon. Manchester Main Street is looking forward to its continued work and collaborative partnership with the Town.”

To support MMS town improvement efforts by becoming a member, download a MMS 2015 Business or Individual Memebership form. For more information, visit our website and facebook page. MMS’ office is located in the Chamber building (109 N. Market Street). Renata Robinson, MMS Executive Director, can be contacted at 260-901-6045 or manchestermainstreet@gmail.com.

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2014 – A Very Productive Year In Review

MMS_Final.jpgSince 1989, Manchester Main Street (MMS) has been committed to revitalizing and enhancing the rich cultural, natural and architectural resources that make North Manchester a unique and wonderful place to live. Thanks to the active participation and financial generosity of this great community, MMS accomplished quite a bit over the past year.

MMS coordinated the second annual Eel River Arts Festival showcasing North Manchester’s varied creative talent. The event encourages tourism, instilles local pride and provides creative enrichment activities for all ages. And, the America in Bloom committee organized the biannual Garden Walk, a destination attraction featuring six distinctive private gardens throughout the North Manchester area. MMS offers personalized engraved pavers; 315 have been installed in the downtown sidewalks to date. All paver sales revenue is restricted to town improvement projects. MMS is also exploring strategies to promote small business retention, recruitment and development.

MMS and North Manchester Parks and Recreation developed a 5-phased Community Trail Network construction plan and funding strategy. Phase I installation of the signage and sharrows was completed in fall 2013; the opening ceremony was summer 2014. For the holiday season, MMS encourages Main Street corridor businesses to “Light Up The Town” by outlining their windows in white lights. MMS adds to the festivities and downtown decorations with storefront holiday artwork by Manchester Community Schools’ students. And, to celebrate all these 2014 achievements, MMS hosts an annual Holiday Gala. This exclusive event highlights North Manchester’s numerous attributes – historic buildings, great restaurants, diverse retail and multi-talented residents.

“Manchester Main Street represents a diverse range of age groups, businesses, and economic and community interests in North Manchester. It is by nature a community-driven process empowering local citizens to enact positive change,” said Renata Robinson, MMS’ Executive Director. As project planning begins for 2015, MMS welcomes new committee members and the public is invited to attend meetings to voice town improvement suggestions. There are six active committees: America in Bloom, Economic Restructuring, Historic Preservation & Design, Manchester PATH Group, North Manchester Garden Club and Promotion & Art.

“If you like what Manchester Main Street is doing, we also urge you to visit our website and download a 2015 Business or Individual Membership form,” said Robinson. MMS’ office is in the Chamber building (109 N. Market Street), and Robinson encourages business owners and community members to stop in, gather more information and provide feedback. You may contact Renata Robinson directly at 260-901-6045 or manchestermainstreet@gmail.com.

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“Light Up The Town” Holiday Gala – THANK YOU

MJSHS Choir Quartet at Union Trust Bank © 2014 Christine Chamberlain

MJSHS Choir Quartet at the Union Trust Bank.
© 2014 Christine Chamberlain

Manchester Main Street (MMS) extends a heartfelt thank you to all the tremendous community support that helped make Saturday’s 3rd Annual MMS “Light Up The Town” Holiday Gala a huge success. Over 150 guests attended the December 6 sold out progressive dinner event in celebration of this year’s MMS accomplishments. The evening could not have been possible without venue hosts Sam and Ann Snyder and Mark Phillabaum. Their three historic downtown buildings – Union Trust Bank, Louie Soda Shop, and the former Marshall and Ritz Theaters – were beautifully transformed into holiday splendor by Bill and Denise Leonhard, and Kent and Lisa Ulrey.

MMS Holiday Gala event organizers Renata Robinson and Susan Manwaring at Louie Soda Shop © 2014 Christine Chamberlain

MMS Holiday Gala event organizers Renata Robinson and Susan Manwaring at Louie Soda Shop.
© 2014 Christine Chamberlain

Local event sponsors and donors included: Batteries Plus Bulbs, Manchester Rental, Midwest Poultry Services, NiMa, Beacon Credit Union, Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, Manchester University, Shepherd’s Chevrolet, Timbercrest Senior Living Community, Joan Fahs, William Hankee, DDS, INGUARD, Edward and Martha Miller, Leland and Angilee Beery, Crossroads Bank, Bill and Mary Earle, Manchester Realty, Nettleton Educational Services, Randy and Sharon Fruitt, J.L. Hawkins Family Farm, Manchester Family Dentistry, Don and Sue Meyer, Robert and Sandra Orn, and John and Jill Sanders.

Special mention goes out to Manchester Rental for generously donating tables, linens, china, flatware, glassware, and other event decorating needs. Please visit their North Manchester store or website at www.manchesterpartyandtoolrental.com for all your rental needs.

Union Trust Bank and Louie Soda Shop’s select hors d’oeuvres were prepared by Main View and Zook’s Café. KenapocoMocha, Main View, and Zook’s Café created exclusive dinner selections. Delectable desserts from Nordmann’s Nook and Manchester Marketplace were served at the former Marshall and Ritz Theaters. Specialty drinks were provided by Main View. Musical accents and infectious dancing were courtesy of Marilyn Mason directing the Manchester Junior-Senior High School Choir Quartet, Tim Reed, and DJ Paul Howard. And, Gala guests took home numerous one of a kind silent auction treasures generously donated by area businesses and artisans.

Marshall and Ritz Theaters photobooth -- back row: Dan Krouse, Deno Migliorini; front row: Paige Krouse, Greta Miller, Mackenzie Coulter-Kern © 2014 Christine Chamberlain

Marshall and Ritz Theaters photobooth — back row: Dan Krouse, Deno Migliorini; front row: Paige Krouse, Greta Miller, Mackenzie Coulter-Kern.
© 2014 Christine Chamberlain

We are grateful for the MMS Board members, countless volunteers and event attendees who played a huge role in creating a memorable night out on the town. In particular, we would like to thank the North Manchester Key Club for their invaluable event service staffing and clean up. Holiday Gala organizers were Stacey Jarrett, Susan Manwaring, Matt Nettleton, Renata Robinson, and Tracy Trump. Event and photobooth images were courtesy of Christine Chamberlain, Lori Myers, Susi Stephan, and Kimberly Baer. Event photos can be viewed, purchased or downloaded at www.smugmug.com/gallery/n-jWVQD. Gala event photos can also be accessed on facebook at www.facebook.com/NorthManchesterHolidayGala. For more information, visit MMS’ website or contact Renata Robinson, MMS Executive Director, at 260-901-6045 or manchestermainstreet@gmail.com.

Downtown Artwork Exhibit – Student Holiday Banners

114EMain_Hire_detailManchester Main Street (MMS) is thankful for the tremendous support of local businesses and residents in helping “Light Up The Town” this holiday season. The Main Street business corridor is dazzling with festive white lights outlining the merchants’ windows. You may also notice that the Discover North Manchester posters have been replaced by new holiday artwork in the downtown storefronts? MMS’ Historic Preservation & Design and Promotion & Art committees have collaborated with Manchester Community Schools (MCS) for this annual installation.

Each year MCS elementary, intermediate and junior high students create colorful banner designs for the Honeywell Center’s Winter Banner Contest. Wabash and Miami County districts are invited to participate, and ten banners from each school are submitted and displayed at the Clark Gallery. This year 36 winners were honored and will be reproduced as full-sized street pole banners. MCS’ 2014 selections will be installed on the historic light posts in downtown North Manchester by early December.
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MMS coordinated with MCS art teachers and downtown building owners to fill the windows of ten storefronts with the student banner artwork. We invite you to take a stroll downtown. 134 creative holiday scenes complement the decorative lighting on Main Street. And, while taking in the sights, be sure to stop by North Manchester’s many unique retailers and specialty stores for all your holiday shopping needs.

MMS_DNM_samples_notecard3Select notecards featuring images from MMS’ Discover North Manchester exhibit are available at One World Handcrafts, KenapocoMocha Coffee Shop and MMS’ office (109 N. Market Street) in North Manchester, and at Visit Wabash County (221 S. Miami Street) in Wabash. To purchase additional merchandise – notecards, prints, posters, etc. – CLICK HERE. For more information, contact Renata Robinson, MMS Executive Director, at 260-901-6045 or manchestermainstreet@gmail.com.

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