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During the first week of August, the Village of Manchester is celebrating its 150th anniversary (Sesquicentennial). A week-long series of events will highlight the heritage and accomplishments, promote and preserve the history, educate youth on the town’s founding, and bring back former residents who have moved away to reconnect with their families and friends.

The Manchester Area Historical Society (MAHS), the Village of Manchester, and the Manchester Area Chamber of Commerce have partnered in this effort, to create a series of events and products. The major events include: July 29, noon to 3pm, a Fashion Show and High Tea – this event involves a light luncheon, followed by tea and an extensive fashion show covering the 1860s to modern times and takes place at the Manchester United Methodist Church and a ticket is required; August 2, 6:30-9pm, the Opening Reception – “1867 – What Was Going On Then?”, MAHS Kingsley-Jenter House; August 3, 1pm to 5pm, Manchester Industry “Tech Walk” – open houses and walking tours/demonstrations at five of Manchester’s manufacturing industries – what do we make in Manchester in 2017?

Thursday, August 3, 3:30 PM – 9:30 PM, Manchester Emanuel UCC Ice Cream Social, Farmer’s Market, and Gazebo Concert with the Dodworth Saxhorn Band, all in Wurster Park. A full evening of social events highlighting Manchester’s Village Green setting, with 19th century music, games, socializing and interests.

Friday, August 4, 9:30 AM – 3:00 PM, Manchester Agri-Tour. A bus tour of five local Manchester agricultural sites – see the inner workings of modern farming along with historical elements. Visit a large crop/livestock farm, a six generation dairy farm employing modern technology, an organic farm utilizing sustainable techniques, a livestock auction house, and a restored 1840s farmhouse with related 19th century farming techniques. Ticket required.

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Friday, August 4, 6:30 PM – 11:00 PM, Manchester Sesquicentennial Parade and Street Dance. A full parade through town with historic elements, followed by Fire Department Open House and Tractor Show, then a Street Dance moving from 19th century square dancing to modern.

Saturday, August 5, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Manchester History and Arts Day. An “Antiques Roadshow” antique appraisal, silent auction, historical society open house, and blacksmithing demonstrations by the Manchester Area Historical Society. Heritage Arts Event and Studio/Garden Walk about town. Tractor show and Historic Home Tours. Downtown “marketplace” vendor booths.

Saturday, August 5, 12:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Manchester’s “Facial Hair Competition”. A regional contest on styles and looks of various beard categories – men, women and children contests. M/C Stephen Eldorado “El Chapo” will lead the program. Free and registration events.

Saturday, August 5, 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM. Manchester Historic Base Ball Games. The newly formed Manchester Handlers will take on the Chelsea Monitors in a western Washtenaw championship game at Kirk Park, utilizing 19th century baseball rules and uniforms.

Saturday, August 5, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM. Run Manchester, Manchester Street Festival and the Classic Car Show events will occur along Main Street. Registration fees for certain Run and Festival events.

Sunday, August 6, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM, Manchester Main Street Dinner, Wurster Park. Manchester’s chefs and restaurants will partner to prepare a full meal served under tents in the Village Green, with period music accompaniment, information on 1867 food preparation, and re-enactors. Ticket required.

Sunday, August 6, 1:00 – 4:00 PM. Manchester Historic Home Tours. Village Green, Exchange Place and Ann Arbor Hill. Ticket required.

Monday, August 7, 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM, Closing Reception, “Manchester’s Founding in 1833”. Full information on all events is posted on our Sesquicentennial website:  www.48158.com/150years, and on acebook at “Manchester Sesquicentennial Festival”. Tickets and various Sesquicentennial products are available at River Raisin Antiques and Mercantile at 138 E. Main St in Manchester.

Further information is also available through Ray Berg, rayberg@att.net, 734-476-4565.

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