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.
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.
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) is extremely grateful for all the wonderful community support that helped make last weekend’s 3rd Annual Eel River Arts Festival a huge success. The September 12th event, showcasing North Manchester’s talented entertainers and amazing regional artists, would not have been possible without the partnership of the Town of North Manchester, North Manchester Garden Club,Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church and The Firehouse. The Eel River Gardens, located at the intersection of Main and Market Streets in the heart of downtown, was beautifully transformed into a festive venue for creativity, imagination and fun. Set against the backdrop of North Manchester’s historic streetscape and overlooking the Eel River, what better way to highlight our beautiful town and scenic river?
Saturday’s Art Fair featured the unique pottery, jewelry, painting, mixed media and photography of 15 area artists – Hannah Burnworth (Milkhouse Studio), Vicki Carpenter (Vicki Lynn Jewelry), Kristy Church (Black Squirrel), Donna Clevenger (Recycled Fun 4 U), Roxanne Coffelt (Shanghai Tai), Susan Delauter (Life Repurposed), Monte Ellson (Big City Skylines), Carolina Forman (Sticky Stone), Britta Glass, Michele Graham (Michele Marie Photography),Photography by Jason Lenon, Marcy Pratt (True Beauty Dolls), Rick Reiff (Reiffhaus Studios), Fine Art by Susan Ring, Sue Scamihorn (Scamihorn Stoneware). And, culinary artist, Masters Hand BBQ, served up samples of their “Taste of Heaven” products.
Art demonstrations were provided by North Manchester artist, Annie Shilling (pottery making), and Roann’s Restoration Services (weaving). Sonshine Greenhouse offered fall flowering mums, and decorative kale, pumpkins and gourds for sale. And, local musicians performed through the day: Dave Hicks, Ken Preston, Linda Kummernuss, Greg and Annie Clark, Dale Carpenter, Andrew Chinworth, Maya Hippensteel, Kerry Flanigan, and JP Freeman. Kids activities included craft making workshops, and Michele Marie Photography’s Fall Fun Photobooth for the entire family. And, Manchester Main Street provided delicious food for sale prepared by Main View and Nordmann’s Nook.
We extend a heartfelt thank you to the Manchester Main Street Board members, countless volunteers and event attendees who played a huge role in creating a memorable Eel River Arts Festival. Special recognition goes out to Susan Manwaring for her tremendous help in organizing the kids craft activities and food, Dale Carpenter for coordinating the musical line-up, Janet Ecklebarger for creating and furnishing the on-site event banner, Jeff Diesburg and The Graphic Brand for advertising and marketing materials graphic design, JP Freeman for sound, and Lark Killingbeck, Diane Nettleton, and Manchester University’s Artist Anonymous members, Angela Gonsiorwski, Sara Joll, Glyniss King, Jessica Klemm, Rebecca Minnich-Ullom, and Sarandon Smith, for assisting and inspiring Saturday’s craft making creativity.
Eel River Arts Festival artists’ work and event photos can be viewed on Facebook. For more information, visit Manchester Main Street’s website or contact us by phone at 260-982-7644 or email@example.com.
Manchester Main Street’s (MMS) 3rd Annual Eel River Arts Festival is this weekend – September 12th – in the heart of downtown North Manchester. Saturday’s 10am-4pm Art Fair is free to the public, highlighting area artists’ work – Sue Scamihorn, Life Repurposed,Reiffhaus Studios, Carolina Forman, Recycled Fun 4 U, Shanghai Tai and many more! Come meet the artists and purchase unique pottery, jewelry, painting, mixed media and photography. There will be plenty of food and creative enrichment for all ages, so be sure to stop by.
Check out local artists as they create art – Restoration Services’ rug and furniture weaving, and Manchester Community Schools Art Teacher Annie Shilling’s pottery making demonstrations. And, enjoy live musical performances throughout the day. Kids activities include craft making, art workshops and face painting. Plus, new this year, a Pop-Up Photobooth. Visit the Michele Marie Photography tent to have your picture taken with a festive fall backdrop setting. Perfect for a little family memory, Facebook update or Holiday Cards!
The Eel River Arts Festival will be held in the scenic Eel River Gardens, located at the intersection of Main and Market Streets, against the backdrop of North Manchester’s historic downtown streetscape. The Eel River Gardens, overlooking the Eel River, is a town beautification project designed and maintained by the North Manchester Garden Club. And, a colorful new mural installation by the Manchester University Art Department to celebrate the Eel River is located along the South Market Street retaining wall.
CLICK HERE to view the Eel River Arts Festival’s music line-up and event activities, and to download a complete listing of the artists. And, preview the artists’ work on our Facebook page. For additional event information, visit MMS’ website or contact at 260-982-7644 firstname.lastname@example.org.
MMS is featuring our unique local artisans in a “Meet the Artist” online series. This week, visit the “Discover North Manchester” tab on MMS’ website to find out how Britta Glass interprets realistic fantasy into colorful watercolor and ink drawings, and which Fisher Price toy inspired her creativity. And, be sure to stop by Britta’s booth on September 12th to meet her in person.
The Eel River Arts Festival will be held 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. For additional Eel River Arts Festival event information, visit our website orFacebook page, or contact us at 260-982-7644 or email@example.com.
Manchester Main Street seeks to stimulate revitalization of downtown North Manchester through economic development and historic preservation.