Thursday, August 15
Published weekly since August 2017
Another busy week ahead, with Saturday alone bringing a big Star Wars Fan Fest at Cheney Library and another K-9 Kerplunk Doggie Dunk at Globe Hollow and, over at Northwest Park, the start of the ninth annual Jon Scribner Memorial Baseball Tournament. We have the backstory from that event (and lots more) right below. And if you want to subscribe to OneManchester just click here.
The Week Ahead
The gallery is on both Facebook and Instagram and you can scroll down to see more of what's happening from Friday, Aug. 16 through Thursday, Aug. 22.
Friday (6-9 p.m.) -- "Grow Where You Are Planted" is theme of Nature Explorers program at Center Springs Park
Friday (7-9 p.m.) --  Grass Roots Bluegrass at the Band Shell
Friday (7-11 p.m.) -- Country music dance at Army Navy Club
Friday, 8 p.m. -- Moon-lit yoga at Charter Oak Park
Fri/Sat/Sun -- ‘The Dixie Swim Club’ at Little Theatre of Manchester (last performance is Sunday)
Sat/Sun -- Ninth annual Jon Scribner Memorial Baseball Tournament at Northwest Park
Saturday (8 a.m.-12:30 p.m.) -- Manchester Farmer's Market at corner of Main and Forest
Saturday (10 a.m.-1 p.m.) -- K-9 Kerplunk Doggie Dunk at Globe Hollow
Saturday (10 a.m.-4 p.m.) -- Star Wars Fan Fest at Mary Cheney Library
Mon-thru-Wed (6-8 p.m.) -- World Changers Kids Club at Charter Oak Park
Monday (7-9 p.m.) -- Glen Hansen Orchestra (Big Band) at the Band Shell
Tuesday (12:15-1 p.m.) -- Michelle Gielan’s talk on “Broadcasting Happiness” is subject of Ted Talk Tuesday at WORK_SPACE
Wednesday (4:30-7:30 p.m.) -- Spruce Street Farmer's Market 
Wednesday (7-9 p.m.) --  United States Coast Guard Band at the Band Shell
Thursday (5-7 p.m.) -- MELC town-wide 'Back to School' party at Waddell.
Thursday (6-7:30 p.m.) -- Nature Explorers program at Charter Oak Park
The Coast Guard Band brings the Band Shell season to an end next Wednesday night.
  • It's Fun and Games week as Rec on the Run wraps up its Monday through Thursday programming. Expect everything from old-fashioned 'tag' to table top gaming. Click here for details
The Star Wars Fan Fest is Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Cheney Library and will include costumed characters, trivia games, Jedi lessons and more.
On Tuesday, Bryson Lang is at Whiton (3:30 p.m.) and then Cheney (6:30 p.m.) with a creative, high-energy, family-friendly comedy-juggling act.
To see the libraries' comprehensive event calendars, please click here.
Also: We've got more town and school district events and notes listed in our 'OneMan Central' log (and the town events calendar is another trove of information).  If we are missing anything, anywhere, just email to suggest/contribute an item.
Next Weekend's Highlights
(Friday through Sunday, August 23-25)

Friday (6-8 p.m.) -- 70th annual Peach Festival
at 138 Main St.
Friday (6-8:30 p.m.) -- Summer Send Off Party
at Charter Oak Park
Friday (6-9 p.m.) -- "Walk On The Wild Side" is theme of Nature Explorers program at Center Springs Park

Saturday (8 a.m.-12:30 p.m.) -- Manchester Farmer's Market at corner of Main and Forest
Saturday (8 a.m. - 1 p.m.) -- Household hazardous waste collection at the Landfill
Saturday (1 p.m.) -- Free Land Trust Hike at Salter’s Pond
Saturday (3-10 p.m.) -- Silk City Music and Arts Festival 2019 at Purnell Place

And Further Down The Road

Monday, August 26 -- Manchester Community College fall semester begins

Thursday, Sept. 5 (6-8:30 p.m.) -- Imagine Main "Steam Rollin'" event
Friday, Sept. 13 (11;30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.) -- Patriot Day first-responder celebration at GMCC
Saturday, Oct. 19 (10 a.m. - 2 p.m.) -- Barktoberfest
at Charter Oak Park
Thursday, Nov. 28 (10 a.m.) -- 83rd running of the Manchester Road Race
The Mamas and The Papas
School Starts In 19 Days
(But Who's Counting?)

Tuesday, September 3 --
First day of school for grades K-5, Grades 7 and 9
Wednesday, September 4 --  First day of school for grades 6, 8, 10-12
Saturday, Sept. 7 -- MHS fall sports season begins with cross-country at Wickham Invitational. (For complete MHS schedule please click here)
Saturday, Sept. 28 -- Official 'ribbon-cutting' event at Verplanck Elementary School 
ICYMI (aka older but still important notes)
In The News
The Journal Inquirer and Hartford Courant both have regular town news coverage (but monthly free-read limits). You'll also find stories in Manchester Patch. Published recently:
(We gets lots of them and link to the latest of each)
Will Knight (MHS '06) fought on ESPN+ on Tuesday night, defeating Herdem Alacabek in a Dana White Contender Series match. You can see a clip here and read more here and, yes, Dana White -- president of the UFC -- is from Manchester. His Wikipedia entry has more.
Check out OneManchester Sports Central for more local sports stuff.
Who's a Good Boy?
Dog Day of Summer: The event at Globe Hollow is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and all licensed, well-behaved dogs and their owners are welcome to attend -- but swimming is for dogs only. There is a $5 admission fee per dog (maximum of 2 dogs per handler) and it all benefits the Manchester Youth Commission. 
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.