Thursday, June 1, 2023

PRIDE IN MANCHESTER. That’s the premise behind (and formerly the name of) a weeklong series of free, fun community events that takes place in early June each year. Celebrate Manchester, as it's now known, kicks off with a concert in Center Memorial Park on Saturday night and then an Art Show there on Sunday. We have details below in a jam-packed calendar that includes a student-run Manchestival at MHS tomorrow afternoon. But for starters here are some photos from last Friday's field day fun in our elementary schools:

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You'll find more on the district Facebook page.

Something For Everyone

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"Soul Sound Revue' performs in Center Memorial Park on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. and the next day at the same site is a free art and craft festival with more than 100 booths plus music, food and more. You'll find all the details in this flier plus we've listed all the 'Celebrate Manchester' events (marked with a double-asterisk) in the very busy calendar below:

Thursday, June 1
1:30 - 6:30 p.m. -- Red Cross Blood Drive at North United Methodist Church, 300 Parker St.

Friday, June 2

5-7 p.m. -- Manchestival at MHS (games, music, food) at MHS, sponsored by Class of '24
** 7:30 p.m. -- Jane Austen’s ‘Pride & Prejudice’ opens at Cheney Hall and runs through June 18.

Saturday, June 3

** Times vary -- The Manchester Woman’s Club's Town Wide Tag Sale (rain date is Sunday). Click the link for more.

** All day -- ‘Take a Hike National Trail Day’; here is a guide to help explore Manchester’s 109 miles of trails.

9 a.m. - 1 p.m. -- Illing Middle School National Junior Honor Society can and bottle fundraiser at Illing Middle School.

** 10 a.m. -- Manchester Women’s Club scavenger hunt begins and runs through June 10

** 10 a.m. - 2 p.m -- Old Manchester Museum is open, 126 Cedar St.
** 1 p.m -- History Walk #11 of 23 in 2023: Center Springs, 39 Lodge Dr.

2 - 3 p.m. -- Playwright Christopher Baker visits Cheney Hall.
** 6:30 p.m. -- Concert in the Park featuring ‘Soul Sound Review,’ Center Memorial Park.

Sunday, June 4
** 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. -- Manchester Art Association’s ‘Art in the Park’ at Center Memorial Park.
** 1 p.m. -- History Walk #12 of 23 in 2023: Salters Pond, 123 Lydall St.
2 -3 p.m. -- Concert of Klezmer music at Unitarian Universalist Society East at 153 Vernon Street West.

Monday, June 5
6 p.m. -- Flower wine cork wreath craft at Mary Cheney Library.
7 - 8 p.m. -- Can and bottle drive at World-Wide Lighthouse Missions, 16 Brainard Place.

Tuesday, June 6
6 p.m. -- Manchester Youth Commission meeting at Lincoln Center.
** 6 -8 p.m. -- Line Dance Party to celebrate Manchester’s 200th anniversary at Senior Center, 549 Middle Tpke East.
7 p.m. -- BOD meeting at Lincoln Center.

Wednesday, June 7

** 4:30-7:30 p.m. -- The Spruce Street Farmer's Market returns to 153-163 Spruce St.

6 p.m. -- Music in the Park at Wickham Park.

'Celebrate Manchester' Continues Next Week

Thursday, June 8
  • Noon- 2p.m. -- Veteran's Barbecue
  • 5:30-7 p.m. -- WORK_SPACE 'Themeless' exhibit opens.

Saturday, June 10
  • 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. -- Visit six beautifully designed private backyard gardens in Manchester on this year’s Garden Tour. Click here for details.

  • 10 a.m.-2 p.m. -- Open House at WORK_SPACE
  • 11 a.m.-3 p.m. -- Connecticut Open House Day
  • Noon-3 p.m. -- Truck Day at the Lutz
  • 2 p.m. -- Duck Race at Charter Oak Park.

Sunday, June 11

  • 1-4 p.m. -- Cheney Homestead Open House

Check the 'Celebrate Manchester' flier for more details


June is Pride Month, a celebration demonstrating how LGBTQ Americans use their talent and creativity to help create awareness and goodwill. Read more here.


  • Check out all the fun stuff planned for downtown Manchester this summer by clicking here.

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To see the flier for all the Dutch Fogarty Day events, click here.

  • The Off-Main Experience returns to Purnell Place on the third Thursday of June, July, August and September.

  • The Lutz has a seven-week summer camp program starting on July 3 that will take campers on a journey through time. Click here for registration information.

JUNETEENTH: It's a holiday commemorating the emancipation of enslaved African Americans and Manchester will celebrate Juneteenth with food, music and activities on Saturday, June 17th at Mahoney Rec, 110 Cedar St.

Memorial Day Parade

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The weather was nice and the turnout strong for Monday's parade.
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Making Connections

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Two events at the high school brought people together recently as the National Honor Society sponsored a MARC 'Luau" and MHS also hosted a trade career fair.
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MACC Minutes: Volunteer Spotlight on Nathan and Community Spotlight on a donation of 470 fresh cookies from ‘Crumbl Cookie;’ the next Knights of Columbus monthly food drive will be June 17 at St. James Church.

Manchester Historical Society: Find out how many Manchester churches were led by women in 1973 (hint: the answer shouldn’t surprise you); free history walks on Saturday and Sunday; History Day is June 10 in Connecticut and many museums will be open free of charge.

Manchester Land Conservation Trust: Pictures from the annual meeting and dinner; info on a recent purchase agreement for a 19.4 acre property; upcoming events at Salter’s Pond and Stickney Hill and more.

Manchester Matters: The town of Manchester has job openings; dog licensing begins today and water main cleaning continues….Concert in the Park on Saturday, MAA’s ‘Art in the Park’ on Sunday. Click here to subscribe.

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In Sports

  • The Hartford Shockers will host an ECBL playoff game on June 10 at East Catholic.Check back next week for more details.
  • Manchester PAL is sponsoring a 3 on 3 basketball tournament at Charter Oak Park in July and August. Click here for sign-up info.
  • Manchester Soccer Club is holding travel tryouts for the 2023-24 season in June. Click here for details.
  • And if you are looking into summer soccer camps, you can register for one-week sessions in July and August by clicking here.

Illing's Got Talent

Students had a blast at the school talent show last Friday and the following day the boys and girls teams were each victorious at the state middle school track meet.
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Below are Mahki Henderson, who cleared 5’10 in the high jump, and Harper Shirley (an eighth grader at Odyssey who competes for Illing), who won both the 800- and 1600-meter events.

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  • The Illing baseball team will play for the Connecticut River Athletic Conference (CRAL) championship vs JFK-Enfield, tomorrow (June 2) at Mt. Nebo. Game time is 4 p.m.
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Key Dates

  • Manchester High’s graduation will be held on Memorial Field on June 14 (rain date: June 15). Here are other 'Senior Sendoff' dates.
  • The last day of classes is Friday, June 16 (except for MHS and Bentley, which have a makeup day on Tuesday, June 20.

Head Start And Pink Flamingos

  • Head Start: The program serves Manchester's low income families, children with special needs, homeless and foster children and we have more information (in both English and Spanish) here.
  • Fundraiser: Pink Flamingos in the yard are a fun, positive way to celebrate high school accomplishments. Click here to "flock" a friend" from the Class of ‘23.

Red Hawk Ready

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MHS seniors gathered on Memorial Field Wednesday to celebrate achievements as their high school careers wind down. They'll be back on the same field June 14 for graduation.

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