Thursday, January 24
Published weekly since August 2017
Pickleball was named after either a boat or a dog, and has nothing to do with pickles, but has been around for 50 years and has become quite popular in Manchester, with Bennet boppin' every Thursday from 5:45-7:45 p.m. You can learn more here. Like this newsletter? Click here to subscribe.
The Week Ahead
Friday (6:15-7:30 p.m.) -- Open Mic Karaoke Night at Bennet Leisure Center
Friday (7 p.m.) -- Manchester in the Movies at the History Center
Saturday (2 p.m.) -- Winter Craft at Mary Cheney Library
Sunday (5-8 p.m.) -- 100 Years of Women in the Military Celebration at Gallery 153
Monday (7 p.m.) -- William Webb, Africa-American Civil War Soldier presentation at Mary Cheney library
Tuesday (7-8:30 p.m) -- National Puzzle Day jigsaw puzzle event at Mary Cheney Library
Down The Road
We've highlighted some big-deal dates below and there are more listed here.
Next Weekend:

Friday, Feb 1. (6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m) -- First Friday Film Series at Eastside Community Center
Friday, Feb. 1 (6:15 p.m.-7:30 p.m.) -- FriSciNi at the Bennet Leisure Center
Saturday, Feb. 2 (6 a.m.) -- Groundhog Day at Lutz Children's Museum: Will Chuckles see his shadow?
Saturday, Feb. 2 (11 a.m. - 2 p.m.) -- Imagine Main Indoor Market at WORK_SPACE
Sunday, Feb. 3 (1-2:30 p.m.) -- Dismantling Racism program begins at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church

ALSO: Feb. 1-17 -- Little Theatre of Manchester presents The Game's Afoot
Further down the road

Tuesday, Feb. 5 (7 p.m.) -- The Funky Dawgz Brass Band at Manchester High -- free concert/click link for reservations
Saturday, Feb. 23 (9 a.m.-12 p.m.) -- Early Childhood Fair at Manchester High School Cafeteria
Saturday, Feb. 23 (5:30 p.m.-11 p.m.) -- Stupid Cupid Steampunk Ball 4 at Cheney Hall, 177 Hartford Road
Saturday, March 30 -- 8th Annual District Invention Convention and Science Fair at Manchester High School
Saturday, April 27, 2019 -- Rebuilding Together Manchester
Thursday, June 13, 2019 -- Last day of classes for MPS students
For details and more listings, click here for school calendars
and click here for town calendars and email to add an item.
This Old Hall
Have you seen the new video about renovations at Cheney Hall? It's well done  and it's just a click away.
  • The town-wide PTA is seeking officers and you can learn more by emailing or visiting the PTA Facebook page.
  • The BoD is assembling a Municipal Sustainability Task Force of citizens to analyze and make recommendations to initiate or improve town policies. Interested? Read more here.
  • Click here to learn about upcoming 'Peace at Home' parenting workshops.
The 'Humans' gallery is on Facebook and Instagram. And remember -- with Washington due to close, we're using this newsletter to seek mementos, memories and more from community members for a tribute to be published in June. If you've anything to share please do so via
School Scenes
Manchester Jersey Mike’s franchise owner Ken Schanke had a donation for Manchester High (see who's who here) while at Washington Elementary, that's a fish at school (not to be confused with a school of fish).
In The News
The Journal InquirerHartford 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:
At The Top Of The Bottom Of The World

Scoutmaster Mark Milewski -- of Center Congregational Church-based Troop 25 -- displayed his neckerchief at the summit of Mt. Vinson Massif, Antarctica’s highest mountain, on January 4, 2019. Mark climbed Mt. Everest in 2016.

ONEMANCHESTER is compiled by Jim Farrell and Paul Ofria of the school district's communications office based on contributions from people and institutions throughout town. Jim, the district's communications director, can be reached at or 860-268-6377 and he keeps a log of mistakes he makes in district-produced newsletters that you will find here.