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