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