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A Heritage of the Past and Celebration of Our Wonderful Community

Celebrating our past with wonderful current events!

I love celebrations! Personal, professional or the ones that I involve myself with through community organizations...like Pride in Manchester Week or the Manchester Arts Commission!

What a wonderful testament it is to the town of Manchester to have so many long-serving volunteers and annual events that provide opportunities for towns-folk to serve, participate – and celebrate!

Pride in Manchester is just about over! The Concert in the Park went off, with a little wet hitch, but we had a blast! The Senior Dance was just a delight, with seniors and "juniors" dancing the night away! And Imagine Main Street, last night . . . . wow, what an explosion of fun, eye-inspiring art, great music, wonderful food, and so much to see and do!

So, we look forward to Saturday's Heritage Day! Starting off at Cheney Hall we'll hear from former Senator Mary Ann Handley, honor our Hometown Heroes, fly the colors and hear the National Anthem sung by the Bennet Singers! Then off people will go to visit historic sites, activity locations, fiddling in Center Park, and later that evening, the Manchester Symphony Orchestra and Chorale at MCC.

During the day, don't forget to use the SHARE Shuttle, which takes off from Cheney Hall at 11 a.m. and drives you from location to location, to spare you from worrying about wear to park and how much the gas is costing! Pick up a route map at Cheney Hall, Manchester History Center, Lutz Children's Museum, the Fire Museum or the Cheney Library.

Take a tour of Cheney Hall by Little Theatre of Manchester volunteers, grab a bottle of water and get a massage to relax you during the day! And see the wonderful art exhibit in the great Hall and down in the Silk Room!

A walk on the Great Lawn, with inspiring stories by Susan Barlow and Tom Ferguson will also be held, and so much more!

You can read more about the full day of activities on the Town's website at townofmanchester.org/prideandheritage!

It's all planned and conducted by volunteers, and supported by amazing sponsors like the SBM Charitable Foundation, First Niagara Bank, Tierney Funeral Home, Lydall Inc., Allied Printing, the Journal Inquirer, and many small businesses who inspire and support us.

So, celebrate with us. Join us next year on the planning committees. Volunteer for the town you love and you'll get back so many heart-felt rewards!

I know I do.

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Nutmegger June 11, 2012 at 12:39 PM
I remember several years back when Heritage Day involved having lots of booths set up in the Cheney Hall parking lot for information, free giveaways, volunteer sign-up, etc. It was a nice way to learn about different organizations in town, public and private, and feel more connected to the community. There were also cultural and ethnic festivities that were in keeping with the original intent of Heritage Day. Even simple things like having food vendors and craft sales mixed in made it so enjoyable -- it was like Manchester's version of a country fair. I hope that that comes back in future years, especially the cultural/ethnic aspect. Is that on the agenda for next year's planning?
Joyce Hodgson June 11, 2012 at 02:00 PM
There are certainly lots of options and they've all be tried over the years. With outside events you deal with weather issues, last year we had a wonderful working tea room, a book/etc. tag sale, family history searches, and many organizations and vendors, and few people took advantage of it. This year, with LTM having a production that evening, it changed the direction of what was being offered at the Hall, and so we did two art displays, had tours of the building, and served as a resting area for massage and water (and bathroom!) for those riding the trolley. We had a good steady stream of folks all day, and the best part is that people went to other distinations around town to see what else we have to offer -- that was just what we want Heritage Day to be - a revisiting of all of Manchester, not just Cheney Hall. Come be on the planning committee for next year --- we love to hear what people want and find some more hands and hearts to make it happen!

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