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Eel River Arts Festival / CTN “Family Fun Ride” – Sept 13th

August 27th, 2014 | No Comments

MMS_CTN_ERAF_FFR_flyerWere you planning on coming to Manchester Main Street’s (MMS) September 13th Eel River Arts Festival? Well, now add on a leisurely bike ride through North Manchester for a full day of fun! MMS’ Manchester PATH Group committee will be hosting a Community Trail Network (CTN) “Family Fun Ride” during Saturday’s 10am – 3pm Art Fair. Stop by PATH’s art fair booth from 10am – 1pm to pick-up a CTN map and scavenger hunt entry form. Bicyclists can ride either the long or short CTN route searching for clues along the way. All ride participants will receive a FREE CTN magnet and completed entry forms returned to PATH’s booth by 3pm will be entered into a raffle drawing.

So, be sure to bring your bike. The Eel River Arts Festival is free to the public, and will feature local artists, live music, delicious food, art demonstrations, and kids craft activities. The event will be held in the scenic Eel River Gardens overlooking the Eel River, in the heart of historic downtown North Manchester. 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.

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Town Council Approves Eel River Gardens Mural Project

AIB_EelRiverGardens_MURAL2_CROPA colorful new addition to historic downtown North Manchester will be coming soon. Town Council approved Manchester Main Street’s (MMS) Eel River Gardens mural proposal at their August 13 meeting. [CLICK HERE to view a copy of the proposal.] The mural will be located along the South Market Street retaining wall adjacent to the Eel River Gardens and City Hall. Initial project planning began in late 2012: “Manchester PATH Group discovered this site while scouting sign locations for the Community Trail Network,” said Renata Robinson, MMS Executive Director. “It’s right next to the Eel River, so has a lot of historical significance and scenic potential.” MMS’ America in Bloom (AIB) committee put the project’s wheels in motion this spring. AIB and North Manchester Garden Club, also a MMS committee, will be funding the mural costs.
AIB_EelRiverGardens_MURAL_conceptThe mural design features the elegant twists and turns of the Eel River as it snakes through North Manchester. A “ribbon” of textured mortar to mimic the river’s contours adds depth and dimensioning, while a simple patina painting technique resembles an antiqued, weathered surface to complement this historic site. Installation will be a cooperative effort of Manchester University Art Professor, Jena Oke, and her fall 2014 semester Basic Design / Art 131 students. The target project completion date is September 12th, to correspond with the MMS’ 10am-3pm Eel River Arts Festival located at the Eel River Gardens on September 13th.

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.

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Eel River Arts Festival Showcases Local Talent – Susan Ring

©SusanRing_9PitchersMark your calendars. Manchester Main Street’s (MMS) 2nd Annual Eel River Arts Festival is an event you won’t want to miss. On September 13th, historic downtown North Manchester will be enriched by the creative arts. Saturday’s 10am-3pm 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, Dale Carpenter’s photography is on display in downtown storefronts, Hannah Burnworth creates mixed media collage art pieces, Carrie Sautter sells hand-made greeting cards at One World Handcrafts, and Susan Ring paints beautiful landscapes. MMS is featuring our unique local artisans in a “Meet the Artist” web series. This week, visit MMS’ website Local Flavor menu tab to find out what inspires Susan Ring’s unique compositions, and how art that tells a story can touch the heart.

Susan Ring will be one of the many amazing artists showing their work at MMS’ Art Fair on September 13th. 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 “Discover North Manchester” Exhibit

MMS_DNM_samples_verticalDiscover North Manchester, a photo essay of North Manchester’s unique architecture is now on display in downtown storefronts. Manchester Main Street’s (MMS) Historic Preservation & Design and Promotion & Art committees collaborated with Ashleigh (Kiester) Thomas, of The Graphic Brand, and downtown building owners for this latest installation that will be up through October. Fall is the perfect weather to come downtown to shop, eat and stroll. 30 posters with 118 amazing images by Dale Carpenter fill the windows of fifteen storefronts on Main and Walnut Streets.

Carpenter, who lives and works in North Manchester, was inspired by his surroundings: “North Manchester is an interesting place…there is hidden beauty here.” His photographs feature doors, windows, and architectural details of varying styles, textures and colors throughout town. As single images and collaged together, they create a tapestry and architectural story that can only be found here. “I hope these images encourage more restoration, historic preservation, and a greater appreciation of what North Manchester has to offers,” said Carpenter.

MMS_DNM_GreenPeakLocal graphic designer, Ashleigh (Kiester) Thomas, worked with Carpenter to sift through over 200 photographs and arrange the final poster layouts. “There were so many great shots it was very hard to narrow it down,” said Thomas. “I am extremely happy with the way things turned out.” A 2009 graduate of Manchester High School, Thomas owns and operates The Graphic Brand, a full service graphic design business in North Manchester. Thomas is partnering with MMS to develop additional Discover North Manchester merchandise for sale – postcards, prints, posters, etc.

MMS_DNM_WhiteBalconyTo support MMS’ town improvement efforts by becoming a member, visit our website to download a 2014 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. And, be sure to check out The Graphic Brand at www.thegraphicbrand.com, www.facebook.com/thegraphicbrand or contact Ashleigh (Kiester) Thomas at 260-578-2252 or TheGraphicBrand@live.com.
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Eel River Arts Festival – September 13th

MMS_EelRiverArtsFestival_LOGOSAVE THE DATE! Manchester Main Street (MMS) is hosting this year’s 2nd Annual Eel River Arts Festival on September 13th 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).

MMS_ERAF_posterSaturday’s 10am-3pm 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 applications must be received by August 1st.

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.

Community Trail Network OPENING – June 29th

MMS_CTN_opening_FLYERCalling all bikers, joggers, walkers, strollers, and community members – the North Manchester Community Trail Network is now officially open! Manchester Main Street’s (MMS) Manchester PATH Group (PATH) committee and North Manchester Parks and Recreation (NMPR) will be hosting a Community Trail Network (CTN) opening ceremony this Sunday, June 29, from 2-4pm, at the Strauss•Peabody Aquatic and Fitness Center (902 N. Market Street). Come by for family activities, refreshments, and to pick up a CTN map brochure. Be sure to bring your bicycle and helmet – PATH will be providing fitting demonstrations and bicycle safety education. And, don’t miss your chance to enter a drawing to win FREE giveaways – new bikes, helmets, bicycling gear, T-shirts and more!

MMS_CTN_map_smThe Community Trail Network is a 14-mile multi-purpose recreational route connecting North Manchester’s parks, schools, retirement communities, neighborhoods, businesses and landmarks. In 2012, PATH formed an alliance with NMPR to develop and execute a 5-phased construction plan and funding strategy to bring the 1999 CTN Master Plan to fruition. Phase I installation of the signage and sharrows portion of the plan was completed in the fall of 2013, providing the necessary skeleton upon which to build future phases. Construction costs were covered by the MMS Special Project Fund, a town improvement restricted fund created by revenue generated from the downtown engraved paver sales. Project installation was a combination of donated Street Department and volunteer labor.

To support MMS’ town improvement efforts by becoming a member, visit our website to download a 2014 Business or Individual Membership Form. Get regular updates on upcoming events, projects and accomplishments by following MMS and PATH 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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2014 Events Calendar

MMS_Final.jpgManchester Main Street (MMS) has several celebratory town events coming up that you won’t want to miss! This Saturday, June 21, from 9am-3pm, is the biannual “Welcome to My Garden” Garden Walk sponsored by MMS’ America in Bloom committee and local businesses. The tour begins downtown at the beautiful Eel River Gardens (located next to Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church – 113 W. Main Street) and features six distinctive private gardens throughout the North Manchester area. Event day tickets (Adults $8 or two for $15, Children $3) will be available at the Eel River Gardens.

MMS’ Manchester PATH Group committee and North Manchester Parks and Recreation (NMPR) will be having a Community Trail Network (CTN) opening ceremony on Sunday, June 29, from 2-4pm, at the Strauss•Peabody Aquatic and Fitness Center (902 N. Market Street). There will be family activities, refreshments, and a CTN information booth stocked with CTN map brochures. The Community Trail Network is a 14-mile multi-purpose recreational route connecting North Manchester’s parks, schools, retirement communities, neighborhoods, businesses and landmarks.

In early fall, MMS’ will be hosting the 2nd Annual Eel River Arts Festival on September 13th, at the Eel River Gardens in the heart of historic downtown North Manchester. Saturday’s 10am-3pm 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 applications must be received by August 1st.

And, be sure to save the date for MMS’ 3rd Annual “Light Up The Town” Holiday Gala on Saturday, December 6, from 5:30-11pm. This exclusive progressive dinner event promotes downtown’s historic architecture and showcases the best food, drinks and live entertainment North Manchester has to offer.

To support MMS’ town improvement efforts by becoming a member, visit our website to download a 2014 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.

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Garden Walk – June 21st

AIB_GardenWalk_June2014Manchester Main Street’s America in Bloom (AIB) committee is hosting this year’s “Welcome to My Garden” Garden Walk on Saturday, June 21st, from 9am-3pm. The tour begins downtown at the beautiful Eel River Gardens (located next to Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church – 113 W. Main Street) and features six distinctive private gardens throughout the North Manchester area.

Advance tickets (Adults $8 or two for $15, Children $3) can be purchased at Cottage Creations and Wetzel Insurance Agency. Event day tickets will be available at the Eel River Gardens.

This year the Garden Walk includes gardening presentations, plant sales and an Arts/Craft market at the Eel River Gardens. Vendors interested in participating in the market may contact AIB member Paula Dee by email at missdee@cinergymetro.net for more information. There will be two special garden demonstrations at the Eel River Gardens at 10am and 2pm.

Local event sponsors include: Batteries Plus Bulbs, Beacon Credit Union, Country View Greenhouse, Hardee’s Restaurant, Hoffman’s Nursery, Manchester Realty, Metzger Landscaping, Tri-Oaks Realty, Wetzel Insurance Agency, First Merchant’s Bank, and Main View.

The biannual North Manchester Garden Walk has become inspiration for gardeners, nature lovers and all who appreciate the serenity of the outdoors. It has earned a reputation as being both soothing and invigorating. It is a day filled with beautiful blooms, exotic plants, creative design, garden art, butterflies, birds and fellowship. The “Welcome to My Garden” tour is intended to cater to those who wish to enjoy a leisurely stroll through unique and charming gardens, or to those who wish to garner inspiration for their own garden projects.

For additional Garden Walk event information, visit Manchester Main Street’s website or Facebook event page, or contact Renata Robinson, Manchester Main Street Executive Director, at 260-901-6045 or manchestermainstreet@gmail.com.

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Visit Wabash County Event “Hotlinks”

Event ButtonDo you want to know what’s going on in North Manchester this weekend but aren’t sure how to find out? Manchester Main Street (MMS) has partnered with Visit Wabash County to make it one “click” easier. “At Manchester Main Street’s May 5th Annual Meeting, effectively marketing current local events came up as a key area for improving community awareness and attracting visitors,” said Renata Robinson, MMS’ Executive Director. “Many are unaware that the Visit Wabash County website is a ‘one stop shop’ for event information throughout the county. You can also use it to upload information about upcoming events.”

Submit Event ButtonManchester Main Street has added a couple Visit Wabash County “hotlink buttons” to MMS’ website’s home page. One is a link to Visit Wabash County’s local events calendar, the other links to its online form for submitting community events. “I appreciate that Manchester Main Street wants to ensure that their community members and organizations have easy access to local events and have a way to promote local happenings at no cost,” said Christine Flohr, Executive Director of Tourism for Wabash County. “Linking the county calendar on the Manchester Main Street website to the Visit Wabash County website is an effective way to inform people of the many great happenings taking place right here in their own backyard.”

“This is only the tip of the iceberg for streamlining local marketing information,” said Robinson. “Web access is not universal and Manchester Main Street is looking into additional ways to get the word out about North Manchester’s offerings.” To support MMS’ town improvement efforts by becoming a member, visit our website to download a 2014 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.

May 5th Annual Meeting Recap

MMS_Final.jpgManchester Main Street (MMS) held its Annual Meeting on May 5 at the Main View in downtown North Manchester. 2014 MMS Board President, Tim Brauch, welcomed the Board, committees and members in attendance, and highlighted several MMS town improvement projects from the 2013 Annual Report that have made positive impacts. “Manchester Main Street accomplished a lot in 2013,” said Brauch. “We hosted the first-ever Eel River Arts Festival which showcased our local talent and attracted residents and tourists to downtown. The Community Trail Network was installed and will officially open this year. And, the hanging flower baskets, sidewalk planters, and storefront artwork add an additional beautification touch to the Town’s now completed downtown streetscape renovation project.”

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MMS Annual Meeting attendees (L to R) Christa Kolster-Frye, Lark Killingbeck, Michelle Calka and Tim Brauch (MMS 2014 President) discuss town improvement ideas.

In 2013, MMS grew its member base to 107, and has over 50 volunteers serving on six active committees – America in Bloom, Economic Restructuring, Historic Preservation & Design, Manchester PATH Group, North Manchester Garden Club, and Promotion & Art. ”I applaud the efforts of Manchester Main Street to host quality events [like the Eel River Arts Festival and Holiday Gala] that effectively connect participants to the mission and purpose of the organization,” said Christine Flohr, Executive Director of Tourism for Wabash County. “This piece is often neglected by other non-profits that host events but miss their mission.”

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MMS Annual Meeting attendees (L to R): Joan Fahs (foreground in blue shirt), Richard Livingston, Andrew Duffy (MMS Board Member ; Economic Restructuring Chair), Stacey Jarrett (MMS Board Member ; Treasurer), Linda Richards, Todd Richards, Charles Boebel (table head at far end), Ed Miller, Susan Manwaring (MMS Board Member ; Secretary), Dan Manwaring.

During the Annual Meeting, Renata Robinson, MMS Executive Director, facilitated a creative brainstorming session listing town assets upon which to build the “buzz” about all North Manchester has to offer. Each asset was then developed into an engaging project, event or promotional strategy to help generate community awareness and encourage involvement. “At our Mid-Year Planning meeting in March, we discussed the 25 year history of the organization and why Manchester Main Street exists,” said Robinson. “We came up with ‘Manchester Main Street exists to empower our community to embrace its potential.’ This brainstorming exercise is a translation of our ‘Why’ into our ‘What’ – action items that carry out our purpose and mission.” Annual Meeting attendees generated over 20 new project ideas and identified several key goals to incorporate into MMS’ 2014 Scope of Work.

To support Manchester Main Street’s town improvement efforts by becoming a member, visit our website to download a MMS 2014 Business or Individual Membership Form. Click here to view MMS’ 2013 Annual Report and 2014 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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Downtown Storefront Artwork – NEW Spring Exhibit

MMS_StudentSpringArtwork1Spring is finally 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 June. Come downtown to shop, eat and stroll. Over 150 creations from elementary, intermediate, junior high and high school students fill the windows of twelve storefronts on Main and Walnut Streets.

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This is the first of many MMS 2014 town improvement and beautification projects to come. MMS_StudentSpringArtwork3Community members interested in learning more about MMS and ways to become involved are encouraged to attend the Annual Meeting on May 5, 7pm at the Main View (141 E. Main Street). This is an open forum for the Board, Committees and Members to discuss 2013 accomplishments and 2014 goals.

Please contact Renata Robinson, Manchester Main Street Executive Director, at 260-901-6045 or manchestermainstreet@gmail.com, with your reservations by May 2. MMS_StudentSpringArtwork2For more information or to download a MMS 2014 Business or Individual Membership form, visit our website or Facebook page. MMS’ office is located in the Chamber building (109 N. Market Street).

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