Friday, November 30
Published weekly since August 2017
The annual tree-lighting on the lawn in front of St. James Church marks the semi-official start of the holiday season. There are more photos from Thursday's festivities on the district Facebook page and if you scroll down you'll find info on various holiday craft fairs, musical events and more. Plus, if you scroll down even further you'll see a photo of an absolutely adorable little girl with Santa. And if you click here you can subscribe to this newsletter. 
The Week Ahead*
*We include stuff for next weekend, too, to help you plan
Friday (6:30-8 pm.) -- Family Fun Night at Bennet Leisure Center
Saturday (9 a.m. - 1 p.m.) -- Christmas in New England St. Mary's Holiday Fair
Saturday (9 a.m. - 1 p.m.) -- Town Clerk's 'Genealogy Road Show'
Saturday (9 a.m. - 3 p.m.) -- St. Bridget Holiday Craft Fair
Saturday (11 a.m. - 3 p.m.) -- Manchester Historical Society open houses 
Saturday and Sunday -- Jazz Festival at Cheney Hall
Sunday (1:30-4 p.m.) -- Knights of Columbus 'Pizza with Santa' at St. James
Tuesday (6 p.m.) --  Seven-course gourmet dinner at Manchester Community College.
Wednesday (6-8 p.m.) -- Drop-In Writer's Group at Whiton Library
Thursday (5-6 p.m.) -- Beer & Business Networking Happy Hour at WORK_SPACE
Thursday (6:45 p.m.) -- Turkey Bowl girls' flag football at MHS (seniors vs. juniors)
Friday. Dec. 7 -- Santa Calls!
Saturday, Dec. 8 (10 a.m. - 4 p.m.) -- Special 1-Day Indoor Holiday Tag Sale at 330 Bush Hill Road, Manchester
Saturday, Dec.. 8 (11 a.m.-1 p.m.) -- Winter Wonderland at Manchester High
Saturday, Dec. 8 (noon - 1 p.m.) -- Swimming With Santa at MHS pool
Saturday, Dec. 8 (1 p.m.) -- Free Rail Trail Hike leaving from at Fuss and O’Neill, 146 Hartford Rd.
Saturday, Dec. 8 (7 p.m.) -- Truly Troubadours concert at Unitarian Universalist Society:East//153 West Vernon St.
Sat-Sun, Dec. 8-9 -- Connecticut Concert Ballet presents 'The Nutcracker' at MHS
Sunday, Dec. 9 (8-11 a.m.) -- Breakfast With Santa at Manchester Elks
Sunday, Dec. 9 (1-4 p.m.) -- Open House at the Cheney Homestead
Sunday, Dec. 9 (4 p.m.) -- Friends of Music at Emanuel Christmas Concert
Sunday, Dec. 9 (7 p.m.) -- Christmas Jubilee at the Full Gospel Interdenominational Church
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Down The Road
We've highlighted some big-deal dates below and there are more listed here.

Wednesday, Dec. 12 -- 34th Annual Santa’s Workshop at Wickham Park (through Dec. 23)
Tuesday, Dec. 18 (7 p.m.) -- MHS Holiday Concert
For details and more listings, click here for school calendars
and click here for town calendars and email to add an item.
Old School, New School
Waddell Elementary School invited State Archaeologist and UConn faculty member Dr. Brian Jones to share his knowledge with third and fourth graders about Native American survival methods, how they made tools out of stone and so on. We have more photos on the district FB page.
School Renovation Information
Superintendent Matt Geary gave a renovation presentation to the Chamber of Commerce last week. There's just one more SMARTR2 meeting left -- on Thursday, Dec. 13 at 6:30 p.m. at Bowers
In the News
The Journal Inquirer, Hartford CourantManchester Patch and newcomer The Manchester Scoop all have regular town news coverage. (FYI: The JI and Courant have monthly free-read limits.) Here are some recent highlights:

Darryl Thames this week became the first African-American named chairman of the board of education.
Read the Courant story here and the JI story here.

Pastrami on Wry has been purchased by Miguel and Nancy Daigle Proano and will reopen soon, writes the Manchester Scoop.
Not Cutting Corners
Credit to the new CVS for the nice benches that have been installed on Main Street at the corners of Charter Oak and Welles streets.
"Have You Been A Good Little Girl?"
So said Saint Nick, assuming he stuck to the script. The weather outside was reasonably delightful for Thursday's events at St. James but colder weather is surely coming our way.
ONEMANCHESTER is compiled by Jim Farrell, the school district's communications director, based on contributions from people and institutions throughout town. Jim can be reached at or 860-268-6377. To subscribe to this newsletter, just click here.