This week, it is the 100th anniversary of Homeland Day, along with the 23rd anniversary of Pride in Manchester week and Heritage Day.
ORIGIN OF HOMELAND DAY: “Ruth Sears Cheney (1884-1987) initiated the June 1914 Homeland Day, celebrating the heritage of Manchester’s ethnic groups. With a group of town residents, she organized a full day of festivities including a parade with floats representing the culture of the various nations represented in the town’s population.”
Pride in Manchester Week List of Activities and Events:
Saturday June 7
- Live music in Center Memorial Park.
-Opening Act – Hot Cat Jazz Band – 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
-Headliner– Mass-Conn-Fusion – 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Sunday June 8
- SHOW IN THE PARK: Manchester Art Association’s 41st annual art fair -10:00
a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in Center Memorial Park, Downtown Main Street, rain or shine. Original
art, crafts, antiques, music and food. Something for everyone! Free admission. Info www.ManchesterArt.org.
- Connecticut Trails Day free family history hike 1:00 p.m. at Center Springs Park
- Pop-Up Art Exhibit and Café – Surreal and Culture Exhibit. East Side Neighborhood Resource Center, 153 Spruce Street, 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Live music provided by Summit Studios
MONDAY June 9
- History walk at the East Cemetery on East Center Street at 5:30 p.m. Ruth
Shapleigh-Brown, Executive Director of the Connecticut Gravestone Network, and Susan
Barlow of the Manchester Historical Society will lead this free one-hour walk with
commentary about the gravestones and cemetery.
TUESDAY June 10
- “Young at Fifty” Dance, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Senior Center, 549 East Middle Turnpike.
THURSDAY June 12
Imagine Main St./Strollin’ on Main. Consists of:
- Unveiling of the Runner’s Art Parade – a series of sculptures along Main Street created by area artists.
- Paint Party on Main with Art Lab, Live Mannequin Display
- Music & Food at MCC on Main, 903 Main St.
- Garden Displays by the Manchester Garden Club and the Perennial Planters at the Courtyard, 1007 Main St.
- Imagine Evening Market–artisan crafters, farmers, food, kettle corn, music & NoRa Cupcakes at the Forest St. Parking Lot
- Art Opening at E.M. Dougan Art & Framing, 1071 Main St.
- Art Show & Food at J.A.White Glass Co., 31 Bissell St.
- Oak St. Block Party- music, food, dance, marshall arts demos.
- Piazza at Purnell” “pop-up” piazza with music, art, and food.
- Horsedrawn Wagonette Rides along Main St. *
- Plein Air Art and Craft Market by Katherine’s Hair Design, 695-723 Main St.
- Sandbox Arts Mural Party along Main St. by 809 Main St.
- Benefit Basket Sale, wine tasting, dessert, table, music & massage at Anne Miller Real Estate, 975 Main St.
- Plus enjoy special tastings, restaurant specials, music and fun all along Main St. Info at www.Imaginemainstreet.com
- Veterans Lunch at Manchester Elks Lodge, 30 Bissell Street, 11:30 a.m. All veterans welcome for lunch and camaraderie. Free. Gift bag for all veterans. Special WWII veterans’ table. Questions to Gerry Gallo 860-836-8396.
FRIDAY June 13
- Flag Day Ceremony Manchester Elks Lodge, 30 Bissell Street, 7:00 p.m. Public
welcome for this free event to honor our flag – Boy Scouts will present the colors, and
a speaker will talk on a patriotic subject. Refreshments. Questions to Gerry Gallo
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