Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021

THE SILK CITY FEST is Saturday from 2-10 p.m. on Purnell Place and if the weather cooperates it will be packed. We have a preview below and can report that organizers are already suggesting the SCF could become a two-day event next year. Also in today's newsletter -- a look ahead to the school year and a look back at the damage from Henri. And, as always, this reminder: If you like OneManchester and want to subscribe, please click here.
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New Teacher Orientation

The cafeteria at Manchester High School was full yesterday as newly hired teachers gathered with district leaders. The rest of the staff comes back next week with classes resuming on Wednesday, Sept. 8. For more photos please see the district Facebook page.

The Countdown Continues ...


  • That's when grades K-5, 7 and 9 return

  • Students in grades 6, 8 and 10-12 join in on Thursday, Sept. 9.

  • Pre-school starts Sept. 8 and HEAD START (full day) begins Sept. 13.

  • Manchester Adult and Continuing Education classes also begin Sept. 8.

  • Click here for the full-year calendar.


  • Remote Learning: The state has decreed that instruction must be in-person except in cases involving quarantine.
  • Masks: The state also is requiring that masks be worn in schools by all students, staff and visitors through Sept. 30.
  • Visitors: Will be allowed again with masks required and names, dates and locations recorded in the event contact tracing becomes necessary.
  • Sports: Fall sports are back as usual except masks must be worn indoors.

The Latest News

  • Superintendent Matt Geary this week sent a letter to the MPS community with health and safety updates as well as other important news.
  • The Board of Education meets Monday and will include even more updated updates. It's at Lincoln Center and starts at 7 p.m. and you can attend in person or follow on line.

The Conductor

Oh by the way: The Manchester Symphony Orchestra concert next Tuesday (at 6:30 p.m.) will take place at the MCC Bandshell, not Charter Oak Park because of storm damage; it will feature Matt Geary (at left during teacher orientation yesterday) conducting the Stars and Stripes Forever, known as America's March, by John Philip Sousa. The details are here.

Also Of Note

LET’s Talk: Latasha Easterling-Turnquest, the district’s Chief of Family Partnership & Student Engagement, is sharing reminders related to attendance as well as general town happenings and you can see her latest video here.

Adult Ed: Classes begin Sept. 8 and the new department website has all the information you need. Also, you can check out this enrollment information (and here’s a Spanish version).

Before- and After-school Programming: It’s offered in partnership with MELC (the Manchester Early Learning Center) at Bennet / Bowers / Buckley / Highland / Keeney / Martin / Odyssey / Verplanck and Waddell and online registration is ongoing. Click here for information.

Thursday, Sept. 2 at 6:30 p.m. at Northwest Park

Manchester's state champion All-Star Little League team will be honored a week from tonight at Dettore Field following a procession that leaves Town Hall at 6:15 p.m. For details click here. Also, as we look ahead to that night how about another look back to Williamsport...
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Things could not have started better as Arlen Peyman homered on the second pitch of the Little League World Series. Click to see highlights of the team's game against Hawaii (which was on ESPN) and New Jersey (televised on ABC).

Silk City Fest

Hannah and Andrew Ardenski (aka Bongo Bliss) are at the core of HannaH's Field, one of a dozen bands that will be performing on Purnell Place on Saturday. Read about them in our 'Humans of Manchester' gallery (it's on FB and Instagram) and for details about SCF just click here.

The 2021 Silk City Fest line-up also includes Manchester singer-songwriter Lisa Lawrence and Indie/Americana rockers Johnny Mainstream. Click here for the full schedule.

Peaches and Pooches

The band 'Nightshift' and lots of local politicians will be there as the 8th District serves dessert Friday night; hopefully there will be no biting at Globe Hollow on Saturday
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Friday, Aug. 27

2-4 p.m. -- Painted Banner craft event at Mary Cheney Library

6-8 p.m. -- Charter Oak Park Event Series
6 - 8 p.m. -- Peach Festival at 138 Main St.
7 p.m. -- The Corvettes Do Wop Review at Cheney Hall

Saturday, Aug. 28

8 a.m. - noon -- MACC Manchester Farmers Market at Forest St. parking lot
8 a.m. - 1 p.m. -- Hazardous Waste Collection at the Town Landfill, 231 Olcott St.
8:30 a.m. -- Center Springs Park 5k starting at 39 Lodge St.
9 a.m. - noon -- Knights of Columbus can and bottle drive at St. James Church, 896 Main St.

9-11:45 a.m. -- Doggie Dunk at Globe Hollow

1 p.m. -- Land Trust walk at 330 Bush Hill Rd.
2-10 p.m. -- Silk City Fest at Purnell Place

Monday, Aug. 30

6-8 p.m. -- Manchester Songwriters Group - in person, at Mahoney Rec.
6:30 p.m. -- Introduction to Shinrin Yoku (forest bathing) at Charter Oak Park.
7 p.m. -- BOE Meeting.

Tuesday, Aug. 31

6:30 p.m. -- Manchester Symphony Orchestra band concert at MCC Band Shell.

Wednesday, Sept. 1
4:30 - 7:30 p.m. -- Farmer’s Market at Northwest Park


Manchester Road Race: Registration opens on Wednesday, Sept. 1

Bon débarras !

That means 'good riddance!' in French and captures the sentiment of so many towards Henri, which, well, captured sediment and so much more as it swept through town earlier this week.
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Damage from Henri was everywhere as were images and news reports including this piece from NBC-Connecticut

Also and Elsewhere

Two weeks ago we ended our newsletter with an item about a sculpture atop the bandshell hill at Manchester Community College. We contacted the man who 37 years ago created the structure and you can find out what he shared by clicking here.

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Somewhat related: A life-size bronze statue of Elisabeth Bennet is in the works and The Sculpture Project is holding a fundraiser on Saturday, Sept. 25. It's a tour (and more) of the David Hayes Sculpture Fields in Coventry, and the details are here.