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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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: email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Manchester Main Street seeks to stimulate revitalization of downtown North Manchester through economic development and historic preservation.