Manchester Main Street invites you to “Discover North Manchester” at this year’s 5th Annual Eel River Arts Festival on September 9th, 2017 from 10-4pm.
For the 5th year in a row Manchester Main Street is hosting artists and musicians in the lovely Eel River Gardens overlooking the Eel River at the corner of Main & Market Streets. The event has expanded across the street into The Firehouse. A complete list of artists and musicians is on our Facebook page @EelRiverArtsFestival.
The heart of historic downtown North Manchester comes to life with live all day. This year’s music talent features local student violinists taught by Linda Kummernuss, a Manchester University faculty band, Greg & Anne Clark, Marc Vosler a Trop Rock guitarist from Warsaw, Dakota Parker a country-style guitarist and singer from Wabash and finishes with local favorite, Andrew Chinworth from North Manchester.
The art festival is a family friendly event with activities for the kids. Face painting by Manchester University’s Artist Anonymous club, Rock painting by Heidi Lovett of the NM Public library. A pottery demo by local teacher and artist Annie Shilling. The NM Kiwannis club will be selling their famous pork chop sandwiches and more.
There’s so much to do when you choose to ‘Be Local & Discover North Manchester’. Start your day at our NM Farmer’s Market, visit the newly remodeled North Manchester Center for History, free admission all day. Enjoy ice cream at the new Grand’s Ice Cream on Main Street. Just to mention a few fun options.
The festival is free to the public.
For additional Eel River Arts Festival event information, visit our Facebook page @EelRiverArtsFestival or call Manchester Main Street, 260-901-6670, or email Michele Graham, ERAF Event Chair EelRiverArtsFestival@gmail.com.
Manchester Main Street is hosting A Volunteer Fair & Historic Preservation & Design Awards event. This annual meeting will be held at the Fire House on Main Street in North Manchester, Wednesday, May 31st from 7-8:30pm. The public and all MMS members past and present are invited to attend and get acquainted with our MMS Board members and discover the many different projects and volunteer opportunities available.
Here’s your chance to learn about Manchester Main Street, who we are and what we do, and get involved locally!
The event will kick off at 7:00pm with a Volunteer Fair and Mixer including desserts, lemonade and coffee, followed by the Historic Preservation & Design Awards and ending with our very special guest speaker, Christine Flohr, Executive Director of Visit Wabash County.
Meet the Chairs of our 6 main Committees & find out how you can be part of the fun:
1) America In Bloom – Susan Manwaring
2) Economic Restructuring – Maribeth Callicoat
3) Historic Preservation & Design – Debbie Chinworth
4) Manchester PATH Group – Tim Brauch
5) North Manchester Garden Club
6) Promotion & Art – Brandi Chauncey & Michele Graham
Additional Events & Committees:
a) Eel River Arts Festival – Michele Graham
b) The Annual Holiday Gala – MMS Board Members & Volunteers
c) Volunteer booth at the Monthly Farmer's Market
Manchester Main Street celebrates its one year anniversary of its 501c3 status and looks forward to continuing its support of historic North Manchester. The overall mission of the MMS is to stimulate downtown revitalization through economic development, citizen participation and historic preservation. Our goal is to work together with our community organizations, business’ and individuals to meet these goals.
The MMS Historic Preservation & Design committee, led by Chair Debbie Chinworth, will present the 2017 Annual Preservation Awards. Each year Manchester Main Street honors owners of historic buildings, both commercial and residential, 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.
Visit Wabash County Executive Director, Christine Flohr, our local and tireless champion of small town living and the power of being local, will speak about current events, projects and development in Wabash County.
Please mark your calendars and plan on stopping by, even just to say ‘hello’. If you have any questions, please call the MMS office at (260) 901-6670 and Follow us on Facebook!
Discover North Manchester!
Manchester Main Street extends a heartfelt thank you for all the tremendous community support that helped make the 5th Annual Manchester Main Street “Light Up the Town” Holiday Gala a huge success. Over 125 guests attended the December 3rd progressive dinner event in celebration of this year’s Manchester Main Street accomplishments. Two venues – Cordier Auditorium and Town Life Center were beautifully transformed into holiday splendor by Manchester Rental/Warsaw Party Rental, Bill Leonhard, Lindzy Shepherd, Lori Nevil, Patty Metzger, Mary Ann Swihart and Kasie Eberly. Complimentary venue shuttle service was provided by Visit Wabash County Trolley No. 85 and Manchester University.
Local event sponsors and donors included: Batteries Plus Bulbs, Beacon Credit Union, Nettleton Education Services, Manchester University, Manchester Rental/Warsaw Party Rental, Bippus State Bank, Shepherd’s Chevrolet, Tim McElwee and Linda Hansen, Crossroads Bank, Thorne Insurance, McKee Mortuary, Wildman Business Group, Edward and Martha Miller, Bill and Mary Earle, Brad Yoder and Jeanne Rhoades-Smucker, Cottage Creations, Metzger Landscaping, Regional Chamber of Northeast Indiana, Visit Wabash County and Mary Chrastil. Special mention goes out to Manchester Rental/Warsaw Party Rental for generously donating their time and materials to transform the Town Life Center gymnasium into a breathtaking space for dining and dancing.
Select hors d’oeuvres prepared by Chartwells were served at Cordier Auditorium and musical accents were compliments of Tim Reed. Main View created the exclusive dinner selections that were served at Town Life Center along with delectable desserts from Nordmann’s Nook. Gala guests danced the night away enjoying music by The Noise.
Attendees took home numerous silent auction treasures generously donated by: Wildman Business Group, Gorman & Bunch Orthodontics, Matt & Diana Nettleton, Marie Quick, Hannah Burnworth, Frantz Lumber, Hoffman Nursery & Landscaping, Terri Eckert School of Dance, Fort Wayne Tin Caps, Nettleton Learning Service, Friends of Main Street, Batteries Plus Bulbs,
Indianapolis Colts, Midwest Eye Consultants, Allen Feeds, Metzger Landscaping, Stacey Jarrett, Nordmann’s Nook, Cottage Creations, Masters Hand BBQ, Two EE’s Winery, Strauss-Peabody Aquatic Center, Manchester Dairy Queen, Honeywell Center, Manchester Family Chiropractic, Designs At The Cabin, Harting Furniture, Stonehenge Golf Club, Brandi Chauncey, My Red Moon, Michele Marie Photography, Indiana Pacers and Rhinestones & Roses.
We are grateful for the Manchester Main Street 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, JAG and Manchester High School volunteers for their invaluable event service, staffing and clean up. Event and photo booth images were courtesy of Christine Chamberlain and can be accessed on Manchester Main Street’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/manchestermainstreet. For more information, visit www.manchestermainstreet.org or contact Susan Manwaring, Manchester Main Street Board Secretary, at 260-901-6670 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mark your calendars for North Manchester’s most memorable night out on the town. Manchester Main Street’s 5th annual “Light Up The Town” Holiday Gala will be held on Saturday, December 3rd, from 5:30 – 11pm. This progressive dinner event will feature specialty treats from North Manchester’s finest restaurants, bars and entertainers. Two venues will be transformed into holiday splendor for an evening filled with delicious food, live music, dancing and silent auction treasures. Join with friends for an event you won’t want to miss. Attendance is limited, so be sure to reserve your space now. The registration deadline is November 23.
The night begins at Cordier Auditorium on the beautiful Manchester University campus. Enjoy meeting friends for hors d’oeuvres, cocktails and live music. Trolley No.85 will be available to transport guests to the historic Town Life Center for white linen fine dining, delicious entrees, luscious desserts and dancing to music by The Noise. Savor memories new and old, and be sure to indulge in your chance to win rare silent auction finds. This unique evening of refinement and fun in celebration of Manchester Main Street’s 2016 accomplishments promises to be one party you won't want to miss!
For complete details and ticket information visit us online at
www.manchestermainstreet.org/holiday-gala. $250-$750 event sponsorships, which include Gala tickets, can also be purchased. Silent auction donations can be directed to Susan Manwaring at 260-901-6670 or email@example.com. All Gala proceeds will support Manchester Main Street and its 2017 town improvement projects.
Board of Directors seeking nominations for new Board members
North Manchester, October 17, 2016: Manchester Main Street is currently accepting nominations to serve on their 2017-2018 Board of Directors. Manchester Main Street is committed to preserving, celebrating, enhancing and revitalizing North Manchester and all who live and call North Manchester home. The ideal candidates are forward thinkers and doers with residence or business in North Manchester. A selective review committee will seek persons who match the mission of Manchester Main Street, show strong community commitment and enjoy working on improving the quality of community life in North Manchester. Letters of interest will be accepted until November 28, 2016. If selected Board Candidates will be invited to attend a meet and greet event with the current Board of Directors and committee members. Learn more at www.manchestermainstreet.org or by calling 260-901-6670.
Manchester Main Street seeks to stimulate revitalization of the entire North Manchester business corridor through economic development, citizen participation and historic preservation. Manchester Main Street is a 501 (c)(3) Indiana not-for-profit corporation and accredited state Main Street organization.
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.
Manchester Main Street seeks to stimulate revitalization of downtown North Manchester through economic development and historic preservation.