Thursday, August 8
Published weekly since August 2017
The town's rec van will feature poetry activities as it travels through town next week, making this a good time, we thought, to feature in our 'Humans of Manchester' gallery the woman who literally drives it all. Read about Beth MacDonald on either Facebook or Instagram and if you want to  subscribe to OneManchester just click here.
This Week 
(Friday, Aug. 9 through Thursday, Aug. 15)
Friday (6-8 p.m.) -- Flower Power at Charter Oak
Friday  (7-9 p.m.) -- Undercover (Oldies, Motown) at the Band Shell
Fri/Sat/Sun -- ‘The Dixie Swim Club’ continues at Little Theatre of Manchester (through Aug. 18)
Saturday (9 a.m.-1 p.m.) -- Boy Scout Troop 123 car wash at Community Baptist Church
Saturday (1-4 p.m.)  -- Family Pool Day at Salters Pool (sponsored by New River Church
Saturday (6-7:30 p.m.) -- Little Library Ribbon Cutting at Northwest Park.
Saturday (8 a.m.-12:30 p.m.) -- Manchester Farmer's Market at corner of Main and Forest
Sunday (2 p.m.) -- '1816: The Year with No Summer' presentation at Cheney Homestead
Monday (7-9 p.m.) -- Survivors Swing Band at the Band Shell
Wednesday (4:30-7:30 p.m.) -- Spruce Street Farmer's Market 
Wednesday (7-9 p.m.) --  Irish Night at the Band Shell
Thursday (6-7:30 p.m.) -- Nature Explorers program at Charter Oak Park
Thursday (6-8 p.m.) -- Skylark City wraps up Beller's Concert Series at Center Memorial Park

As noted above, it's 'poetry week' for ROTR. Click here for details (and you can read more in this Hartford Courant article).
  • The Board of Education usually meets early in the month but not in the summer, as they don't re-convene until Aug. 26. But there's lots going on this week and for a comprehensive meeting schedule check out the town events calendar.
Next Weekend's Highlights
(Friday through Sunday, August 16-18)
The Star Wars Fan Fest at Mary Cheney Library on Aug. 17 will include a meet and greet with the 501st Legion CT Garrison Stormtrooper Reenacting Group,  Jedi training lessons, custom fan art, vendors, food trucks, and more.
Friday (7-9 p.m.) --  Grass Roots Bluegrass at the Band Shell
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)
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
(Remember: that's all next Friday through a week from Sunday, August 16-18)
Further down the road
Coming soon: World-changing kids and Silk City artists and musicians.

Mon-thru-Wed, Aug. 19-21 (6-8 p.m.) -- World Changers Kids Club at Charter Oak Park
Thursday, Aug. 22 (5-7 p.m.) -- MELC town-wide 'Back to School' party at Waddell.
Friday, Aug. 23 (6-8 p.m.) -- 70th annual Peach Festival at 138 Main St.
Saturday, August 24 (3- 10 p.m.) -- Silk City Music and Arts Festival 2019 at Purnell Place
Monday, August 26 -- Manchester Community College fall semester begins
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)
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

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.
School Starts Right After Labor Day
  • Here's the email Superintendent Geary sent to all distroct families earlier this week.
  • The Mancheaster Early Learning Center offers before- and after-school programing around the district. Check out this enrollment filer (or this special info about Bennet and Verplanck).
Sundays Last Tuesday
Manchester Police officers helped hand out desserts (compliments of Royal Ice Cream and the East Side Neighborhood Block Watch) as part of National Night Out festivities at the Spruce Street firehouse.
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:
The municipal election in November will include a question for voters about borrowing $16.5 million for public works projects. Read about it in the JI.
(We gets lots of them and link to the latest of each)
Summer is still sizzlin' but fall is coming fast, with Manchester's two youth football programs -- the Knights and the Sentinels -- already into serious preseason training. The Manchester Soccer Club season also is just around the corner. It's not too late to sign up (or volunteer to coach) for these or other fall sports; check our OneManchester Sports Central for all the info.
Wonderful weather brought out a great crowd for Cruisin' on Main and visitors wandered (and even danced) among hundreds of vintage vehicles.
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.