Friday, December 7
Published weekly since August 2017
Manchester really lights up this time of year: The porch of the house at the intersection of McKee and High streets is always a favorite, and there are plenty of other festive displays at homes throughout town, which is not to mention (although we will) the snowflakes (btw, when did that become a pejorative?) high above Main. Cue Perry Como and click here if you'd like to subscribe to this newsletter. 
The Week Ahead*
*We include stuff for next weekend, too, to help you plan
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Saturday (10 a.m. - 4 p.m.) -- Special 1-Day Indoor Holiday Tag Sale at 330 Bush Hill Road, Manchester
Saturday (11 a.m.-1 p.m.) -- Winter Wonderland at Manchester High
Saturday (noon - 1 p.m.) -- Swimming With Santa at MHS pool
Saturday (1 p.m.) -- Free Rail Trail Hike leaving from at Fuss and O’Neill, 146 Hartford Rd.
Saturday (7 p.m.) -- Truly Troubadours concert at Unitarian Universalist Society:East//153 West Vernon St.
Sat-Sun -- Connecticut Concert Ballet presents 'The Nutcracker' at MHS
Sunday (8-11 a.m.) -- Breakfast With Santa at Manchester Elks
Sunday (1-4 p.m.) -- Open House at the Cheney Homestead
Sunday (4 p.m.) -- Friends of Music at Emanuel Christmas Concert
Sunday (7 p.m.) -- Christmas Jubilee at the Full Gospel Interdenominational Church
Monday (7 p.m.) -- BoE meeting at MHS (Room 293)
Tuesday (7-8:30 p.m.) -- Book Page Garland Craft at Mary Cheney Library
Tuesday (7 p.m.) -- Illing Band and Orchestra concert at MHS
Wednesday -- 34th Annual Santa’s Workshop at Wickham Park (through Dec. 23)
Thursday (6:30 p.m.) -- SMARTR2 school renovation meeting at Bowers Elementary
Thursday (7 p.m.) -- Illing Chorus concert at MHS
Saturday, Dec. 15 (10 a.m. - 2 p.m.) -- Christmas Bazaar & Pierogi Sale at St. John's Polish National Catholic Church
Saturday, Dec. 15 (2-4 p.m.) -- Holiday Ornament Decorating and Coloring at Mary Cheney Library
Sunday, Dec. 16 (9 a.m. - 2 p.m.) --  Elks Lodge craft fair.
Today on Fleming Road ....
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Down The Road
We've highlighted some big-deal dates below and there are more listed here.
Tuesday, Dec. 18 (7 p.m.) -- MHS Holiday Concert
Tuesday, Jan. 15 (6-7:30 p.m.) -- Annual MLK ceremony
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There's No 'I' In Manchester
And the teams pictured below are a testament to the power of collaboration
Members of our PD were joined Tuesday night by Miss Connecticut (Bridget Oei), Mr. Claus (Santa) and kids from throughout the area for fun at Dave & Buster's followed by shopping across the street at Target. There are lots more great photos on the PD FB page.
The town -- represented here by Matt Bordeaux, Chris Silver, Kyle Shiel, Gary Anderson and Nico Arias -- won the best physical plan award from the Connecticut Chapter of the American Planning Association for the Center Springs Park Master Plan.
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:


The IMS parking lot project got a belated exclamation point this week as banners were raised on Middle Turnpike, overlooking the athletic fields.
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.