North Manchester, October 21, 2016: Manchester Main Street’s Holiday Gala preparations are underway and the committee is currently seeking sponsors for their December 3rd fundraising event. 2016 Holiday Gala Sponsorships range from $250.00-$750.00 with levels of sponsorship opportunities being:
Learn more at www.manchestermainstreet.org/holiday-gala.html or by calling 260-901-6670.
In recognition of National Historic Preservation Month, the Manchester Main Street Historic Preservation & Design committee and North Manchester Historic Homes Preservation Group teamed up to present the “Celebrate Preservation” evening on May 17th at the Center for History.
The Second Annual Preservation awards were given to two businesses and a homeowner. Each year Manchester Main Street honors owners of historic buildings who have made exemplary restoration or preservation efforts that contribute to the beauty of North Manchester. The awards are intended to celebrate past work and encourage future projects promoting historic preservation.
The 2016 awards were given to Mary Lou Brown, for the preservation of her 1910-era house on North Wayne Street. Linda and Steven Lambert were honored for the creative restoration of their business, Lambert’s Body Shop on Mill Street. Karen and Bob Fawcett and Scott Carlin were awarded for restoration of the Main View Inn.
The speaker for the evening was Paul Hayden of Indiana Landmarks. Hayden recently began working in the Indiana Landmarks’ regional office which re-opened in Wabash. His presentation was “The History of the American Front Porch” and he covered the evolution and extinction of the front porch design which included a case study on how to restore an historic home that still has a porch.
America in Bloom and Manchester Main Street would like to thank the many people that came out on Saturday, June 18th, to participate in their biennial garden walk. We had beautiful weather and a wonderful turnout for gardening enthusiasts.
The success of the events rides mainly on our gracious hosts, the homeowners that welcomed the community to their gardens and shared the creative and imaginative products of their labors. So we thank: Rick and Deb Bauer, Matt and Diana Nettleton, Gary and Dee Montel, Cam and Debbie Vanyo, Marie Quick, Larry and Mary Ann Swihart and the United Methodist Church.
We would also like to thank these generous sponsors for their support with this year’s event; Batteries Plus Bulbs, Beacon Credit Union, Blooms & Heirlooms, Cottage Creations, Hoffman’s Nursery, Main View Inn, Manchester Realty, Metzger Landscape & Design, Sonshine Greenhouse, Tri Oaks Realty, and Wetzel Insurance Agency.
The Manchester Garden Club provided invaluable assistance in not only helping on event day, but in their many volunteer hours making the Eel River Gardens a beautiful starting point for the tour. Finally, our thanks to the vendors that attended that day and helped to enhance the experience of our guests that day.
EEL RIVER ARTS - SEPT 10
Manchester Main Street is hosting this year’s 4th Annual Eel River Arts Festival on September 10th 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).
Saturday’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. For more information, including artist applications, please go to the events tab and click on Eel River Arts Festival.
Less than one week away from the 2016 Garden Walk! Saturday, June 18th experience 7 beautiful, local gardens. Tour begins at the Eel River Gardens. Tickets are $8 for adults (two for $16), children 12 and under are just $3.
Saturday, June 18, 2016 will see the return of the biennial garden walk hosted by the America in Bloom committee, a subsidiary of the Manchester Main Street Organization. This years walk will begin at the Eel River Gardens located at 113 West Main Street. You will be able to purchase tickets at this location and receive a map to this years tour featuring seven unique private gardens. Tickets are $8 per adult or two for $15. Children 12 and under are only $3.00. Touring will take place between 9:00am and 3:00pm.
This years private gardens include these homeowners: Rick and Deb Bauer, Gary and Dee Montel, Cam and Debbie Vanyo, Marie Quick, United Methodist Church, Matt and Diana Nettleton and Larry and Mary Ann Swihart.
America in Bloom and Manchester Main Street would like to thank these generous sponsors for their support with this years event: Batteries Plus Bulbs, Beacon Credit Union, Blooms & Heirlooms, Cottage Creations, Hoffman’s Nursery, Main View Inn, Manchester Realty, Metzger Landscaping & Design, Sonshine Greenhouse, Tri-Oaks Realty and Wetzel Insurance Agency.
The Historic Preservation and Design Committee, a subsidiary of Manchester Main Street, is seeking nominations from the public for the 2016 Annual Preservation Awards. These awards are given each year to recognize houses or businesses that have made efforts to make North Manchester a more beautiful place to live and work. The nominees should be individuals or groups that have restored a historic building or are continuing to maintain the beauty and condition of a restored property. National Historic Preservation is celebrated in May each year. The presentation of the Preservation Awards is hosted by the Historic Homes Preservation Group, a committee of the North Manchester Historical Society. The awards program will take place on May 17th at 6:30 p.m. at the Center for History, 122 East Main Street, North Manchester. Nominations may be submitted via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Submissions may also be dropped off at the Manchester Main Street office located at 109 North Market Street, North Manchester. The deadline for submissions is March 31, 2016.
Since 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 third annual Eel River Arts Festival showcasing North Manchester’s varied creative talent. The event encouraged tourism, instilled local pride and provided creative enrichment activities for all ages. And, the America in Bloom and North Manchester Garden Club committees collaborated with Peabody Retirement Community to re-plant nearly 7000 tulip bulbs donated annually by The Hardware. Over time, the Peabody Tulip Program will create a welcoming patchwork of springtime blooms throughout North Manchester. MMS offers personalized engraved pavers; 330 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.
2015 marked the inaugural MMS Preservation Awards, honoring individuals and entities for exemplary restoration efforts to make North Manchester a more beautiful place to live. The annual awards are intended to celebrate past work and encourage future projects promoting historic preservation. 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 2015 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. Each year, MMS targets specific town revitalization projects to capitalize on North Manchester’s diverse assets, stimulate the local economy, promote our town and enhance our surroundings. As project planning begins for 2016, 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 and are encouraged by the work that Manchester Main Street is doing, please visit our website and download a 2016 Business or Individual Membership form. MMS is a 501(c)(3) Indiana not-for-profit corporation and accredited state Main Street organization. Your tax-deductible contribution will be reinvested back into our community, and helps build upon our local pride, exceptional volunteerism and abundant talents. MMS’ office is in the Chamber building (109 N. Market Street), and we encourage business owners and community members to stop in, gather more information and provide feedback. You may contact Manchester Main Street by phone at 260-982-7644 or email us at email@example.com.
Manchester Main Street (MMS) extends a heartfelt thank you to all the tremendous community support that helped make Saturday’s 4th Annual MMS “Light Up The Town” Holiday Gala a huge success. Over 150 guests attended the December 5 sold out progressive dinner event in celebration of this year’s MMS accomplishments. The evening could not have been possible without venue hosts Dave and Renee McFadden and Carolyn Reahard Living Trust. Their two historic homes – Tall Oaks and the Reahard home – were beautifully transformed into holiday splendor by Dave and Renee McFadden, Bill and Denise Leonhard, Kent and Lisa Ulrey, Michelle and Lindzy Shepherd, and Lori Nevil. Complementary venue shuttle service was provided by Manchester University, Timbercrest Senior Living Community, and Visit Wabash County.
Local event sponsors and donors included: Batteries Plus Bulbs, Beacon Credit Union, NiMa, Shepherd’s Chevrolet,Timbercrest Senior Living Community, Manchester University, Leland and Angilee Beery, Crossroads Bank, Edward and Martha Miller, Brad Yoder, Bill and Mary Earle,Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, Visit Wabash County, Mary Chrastil, Economic Development Group of Wabash County, Priscilla Metzger, Mr. Dave’s, Nate and Tracy Trump, and David and Patty Grant.
Special mention goes out to Visit Wabash County for sponsoring the historic Wabash County Trolley No. 85. The refurbished 22-passenger people mover is available for private events, historic tours, wedding celebration shuttle services, and public events. Please visit the Visit Wabash County website at www.visitwabashcounty.com or contact Christine Flohr at 260-563-7171 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Tall Oaks’ select hors d’oeuvres were prepared byChartwells. KenapocoMocha, Main View, and Zook’s Cafecreated exclusive dinner selections. Delectable desserts from Nordmann’s Nook and Manchester Marketplace were served at the Reahard home. Specialty drinks were provided by Main View. Musical accents and infectious dancing were courtesy of Marilyn Mason directing theManchester Junior-Senior High School Choir Ensemble and DJ Bob Hipp. And, Gala guests took home numerous one of a kind silent auction treasures generously donated by area businesses and artisans.
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 Maribeth Callicoat, Brandi Chauncey, Stacey Jarrett, Susan Manwaring, Matt Nettleton, Renata Robinson, and Tracy Trump. Event and photobooth images were courtesy of Christine Chamberlain and Kimberly Baer. Additional event photos can be accessed on MMS’ facebook page. For more information, visit MMS’ website, contact us by phone at 260-982-7644 or email us at email@example.com.
Manchester 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 the new holiday artwork in the downtown storefronts? MMS’ Historic Preservation & Design and Promotion & Art committees have collaborated withManchester 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 40 winners were honored and will be reproduced as full-sized street pole banners.MCS’ 2015 selections will be installed on the historic light posts in downtown North Manchester by early December.
MMS coordinated with MCS art teachers and downtown building owners to fill the windows of eleven storefronts with the student banner artwork. We invite you to take a stroll downtown. 147 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.
Select notecards featuring images from MMS’ Discover North Manchester exhibit are available at Cottage Creations, KenapocoMocha Coffee Shop, Nordmann’s Nook, One World Handcrafts, Peabody Retirement Community,Timbercrest Senior Living Community, and MMS’ office (109 N. Market Street) in North Manchester, and atVisit Wabash County (221 S. Miami Street) in Wabash. To purchase additional merchandise – notecards, prints, posters, etc. – CLICK HERE. For more information, contact Manchester Main Street at 260-982-7644 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Manchester Main Street seeks to stimulate revitalization of downtown North Manchester through economic development and historic preservation.