Ray Berg

Sesquicentennial updates part 5

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Continuing from our previous four articles in prior weeks, we continue with various details on the upcoming Manchester Sesquicentennial Celebration:

1. Sesquicentennial Brochure Available On-Line and Print

Sesquicentennial Brochure Cover Image

We have completed our Sesquicentennial information brochure, a tri-fold containing the background of the Sesquicentennial, events schedule, products and services available, our Sesquicentennial sponsors to date, and links to our website and Facebook pages for the most current information.

Print copies will be available at various locations around town beginning Tuesday July 18. An electronic copy can be viewed and downloaded now at www.48158.com/150years. It will also be available via our Facebook page “Manchester Sesquicentennial Festival” (www.facebook.com/150yearsManchester).

2. Heritage Arts Event and Studio/Garden Art Walk

Pottery by David Nelson

Plans are being finalized for the Heritage Arts Event, which will occur at the former Coffee Mill Café (Black Sheep Tavern), 115 E. Main Street, on Saturday August 5 from 10am to 4pm. Please read upcoming Manchester Mirrors for more details.

Art by Margaret Shaw

In addition, a Studio and Garden Art Walk will occur on both Saturday, August 5, and Sunday, August 6, from 10am to 4pm. This walk will include stops at Margaret Shaw’s Folk Art studio and garden at 610 City Road, and David Nelson’s Pottery Studio at 319 Morgan Street. While in the area, stop at the nearby Manchester District Library during their normal hours to see a quilting display, and also view Manchester’s role in the legendary movie “The Carrier”, which will be showing on a continuous loop. Return down Hibbard and Main to the MAHS Blacksmith Shop at 324 E. Main (Saturday August 5 only) between noon and 4pm, to see another heritage craft being demonstrated, blacksmithing.

A map showing these locations and route will be available on our website (www.48158.com/150years) shortly, on our Facebook page, and at various locations in town.

3. Centennials Reunion

The Sesquicentennial Planning Committee extends an invitation to the “Centennials” to meet up at the Sunday August 6 Main Street Dinner, 1pm – 4pm in Wurster Park. A “Centennial” is anyone who participated in or attended any event associated with the 1967 Manchester Centennial. We’d like to have you purchase a Main Street Dinner ticket, and join us at marked tables to reunite, reminisce, and share memories of Manchester in 1967 and what you see ahead for our town.

Reminder: Tickets and Merchandise Available

Tickets for the Agri-Tour, Fashion Show/Luncheon/Tea, and Main Street Dinner are now available for purchase. River Raisin Antiques and Mercantile (138 E. Main St.) has all three available, as well as merchandise including Sesquicentennial-themed t-shirts, tote bags, pins and Christmas ornaments. Main Street Dinner tickets are also available at Stockwell’s Breakfast and Lunch – Kellie’s, 114 Adrian. Flyers have also been posted at many locations with information on these tickets.

More event details to come in future editions of the Mirror…

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