Tuesday
Jul052011

2011 SUMMER CONCERT SERIES MUSIC IN MASCONOMO PARK

2011 SUMMER CONCERT SERIES
MUSIC IN MASCONOMO PARK
9th ANNUAL SUMMER CONCERT SERIES

Join us Tuesday nights this summer for these free concerts from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. where Oldies, Swing, Rhythm & Blues, Latin & Classic Rock music will fill the air! Don’t forget to bring your family & friends, blankets & chairs, & dinner to enjoy the Music in Masconomo Park! Great for all ages. Each summer, we average over 300 people per night at the concert. Come join the fun!

JULY 12TH - GRUPO FANTASIA
Back by popular demand for their ninth straight year, Grupo Fantasia is back to kick off our summer concert series this year shake things up with a Latin mix of upbeat songs and dance.

JULY 19TH - LA PETITE CHORALE & DAN HOLDEN
The La Petite Chorale will be performing their repertoire of songs during the first half of the show, followed by Dan Holden who is a singer/songwriter that crosses country, rock and pop music into an original blend of catchy songs.

JULY 26TH - DAVE BINDER'S FIRE & RAIN PRESENTS AN EVENING WITH JAMES TAYLOR
Dave Binder’s "Fire & Rain" program will shed new light on the words and music of this timeless performer. Close your eyes and you're sure James is in the room. Open your ears and learn about the life and times of James Taylor.

AUGUST 2ND - THE CONSCIOUS REGAAE BAND
The Conscious Reggae Band incorporates classical and modern sounds to convey a psychological relief through music. This Boston based band brings a unique feel to music and shares a genuine adoration for what is referred to as "conscious music".

AUGUST 9TH - MID LIFE CRISIS
Mid Life Crisis brings together 10 local residents who play well known rock tunes that children and adults can all sing and dance to. They perform a variety of music including Classic Rock, R & B and Funk.

AUGUST 16TH - OVERDRIVE
This seven-piece band offers incredibly funky rhythm section as the driving force behind a killer four-piece horn section that features two trumpets, woodwinds, and trombone. The band performs a large selection of swing and songs from the Stax and Motown eras to make an exciting and exhausting performance.

Inclement Weather? Call the Weather Information Line at 978-525-6429 to check on the status of the concert.

Monday
Jun272011

July 4th Schedule of Events

SATURDAY, JULY 2ND, 2011
HOME & BUSINESS DECORATING CONTEST JUDGING

SUNDAY, JULY 3, 2011
CHILDREN'S PARADE & BICYCLE DECORATING CONTEST
5:00 - 6:15 PM

HOLIDAY CONCERT AT MASCONOMO PARK
FEATURING THE COMPAQ BIG BAND
6:30 - 8:30 P.M.

MONDAY, JULY 4, 2011
ANNUAL 4TH OF JULY PARADE - BEGINS AT 10:00 AM
SKYDIVERS LANDING AT COACH FIELD - APPROXIMATELY 12:15 P.M.
PATRIOT BAND ENSEMBLE PERFORMS AT COACH FIELD - APPROXIMATELY 12:30 P.M.

Manchester's annual salute to America is a wonderful tradition, complete with stirring music, precision marching bands, imaginative homemade floats, antique cars, and just about everything else that represents the pride and patriotism we all share for our country. Simply stated, Manchester's Fourth of July Celebration is small town America at its very best!

SATURDAY JULY 2ND - HOME & BUSINESS DECORATING CONTEST
This year we will be conducting the 1st Annual Manchester Home & Business Decorating Contest. The purpose of the event is to see who in Manchester can come up with the most decorated home or business to celebrate 4th of July! One winner will be selected from house entries and one winner will be selected from business entries. The winner in each category will receive $500! This contest will be judged on Saturday July 2nd and the winners will be announced on Sunday, July 3rd during our Holiday Concert in the Park.

SATURDAY JULY 2ND -~RED, WHITE & BLUE PANCAKE BREAKFAST
The Annual Red, White & Blue Pre 4th of July Pancake Breakfast at Tuck's Point will take place on Saturday, July 2nd from 7:30 - 11:00 a.m. and will feature Gid Giddy's Gang, Pony Rides, a great breakfast and more. This event is run by the Manchester-Essex Rotary Club. Tickets are $7 in advance or $8 if you purchase them at the door. Rotary Club members will be selling tickets on Saturday mornings in front of Dunkin Donuts and the Post Office each week until the event. Tickets can also be purchased at the Parks & Recreation Department office during normal business hours.

SUNDAY JULY 3RD - BICYCLE DECORATING CONTEST
ALL AMERICAN KID'S BIKE PARADE
In years past, on Town Commons all over New England, Townsfolk and Families would gather to celebrate our Independence Day by displaying with pride their Red, White, and Blue. We would like to bring back a bit of that Old Timey celebration with the First Annual Manchester Kid's Bike Parade presented by Seaside Cycle. We will start with a safety presentation and helmet check, followed by a group photo, Kids bike Parade, and awards ceremony. We encourage families to decorate their bikes, kids bikes, wagons, and strollers. Don't forget your picnic basket for the concert. “Show Off Your Ride” Create moving art by decorating your bike and reveal you patriotic spirit for a chance to win prizes in the following categories:
Most Patriotic (Display of Red, White & Blue), Best Patriotic Character (e.g. Betsy Ross, Statue of Liberty, Lincoln, Washington, Paul Revere),Originality,
Silly, Most Patriotic Family

Event Schedule
4:30 PM - Free safety instruction and helmet fitting for Children and Parents
5:00 PM - Event Registration
5:20 PM - Group Photo
5:30 PM – Parade
6:15 PM - Awards Ceremony
Parade Rules:
Kids under 12 required by law to wear a helmet. (We encourage everyone to wear helmets and set a good example for the kids.)
Kids escorted by parent or guardian
Follow safety rules
Entrants must display entry number (provided at registration)

SUNDAY JULY 3RD - SPECIAL HOLIDAY CONCERT IN THE PARK

On Sunday, July 3rd there will be a special 4th of July Concert in the Park featuring the Compaq Big Band. During intermission, the winners of the House Decorating Contest will be announced. This free holiday concert will run from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. at Masconomo Park so grab your picnic blankets or lawn chairs and come on down.

MONDAY JULY 4TH - ANNUAL PARADE

BEGINS AT 10:00 AM

On Monday, July 4th, will be the Town's Annual Fourth of July Parade which will begin at 10:00 am this year. Please note that roads around the parade route will start closing at 9:30 am and so we encourage you to get to your parade viewing spot before this time.

We would like to encourage you to enter a float into this year's parade. The parade will line up on Lincoln Street between Memorial Elementary School and the Manchester Essex Regional High School. To enter a float into the parade, simply complete and return the Float Registration Form which is listed below. On the day of the parade floats should check in at the front of Memorial School by 9:00 a.m.

http://www.manchester.ma.us/Pages/ManchesterMA_Recreation/forms/floatregistration.pdf

2011 Parade Route:
The parade will travel up Vine Street, crossing over Norwood Ave and continuing up Vine Street to School Street. The parade will take a right onto School Street and proceed up to Pleasant Street. From here the parade will take a left onto Pleasant Street, then a left on to Pine Street. It will go down Pine Street and take the left onto Central Street where it will go up Union Street to Norwood Ave and end at Coach Field Playground.

At approximately 12:15 p.m., there will be a short performance by the Patriot Brass Ensemble at Coach Field Playground followed by award announcements of the Float winners and then the Air Adventures Parachute Team will land on the field.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
The Manchester Fourth of July Volunteers are needed to help line up floats and bands from 8:00 am - 10:00 am. You will be able to leave as the parade is starting so you won't miss out on anything.

If you are interested in finding out more about volunteer opportunities please contact Matt Casparius at the Manchester Parks & Recreation Department at 978-526-2019 or send an email to: fourthofjuly@manchester.ma.us.

We hope that you come out and join us at each of these events this year. The 4th of July Committee has worked hard to organize this years events. If you would like to make a donation to the Manchester 4th of July Committee donations are tax deductible and can be mailed to:

Manchester 4th of July
10 Central Street
Manchester, MA 01944

We would like to thank you for your support,
Manchester July 4th Committee
978-526-2019
fourthofjuly@manchester.ma.us

 

 

Wednesday
Jun222011

The Wizard of Oz Free Movie Night-RESCHEDULED

The Wizard of Oz Free Movie Night
Originally scheduled for Friday, June 24 at 8:30pm will now be scheduled for Friday, July 1st, at the same time,due to bad weather.

We're off to see the Wizard. That's right everyone! The Wizard of Oz is heading to Boston. Dorothy, Tinman and Scarecrow await.

Join us on Atlantic Wharf for a FREE Movie Night - On the waterfront directly across from Boston Children's Museum

Featuring the classic, Wizard of Oz. It is a marvelous adventure of self-discovery for the entire family

Trust us...you will not want to click your heels once you have experienced the magic.The Wizard of Oz Free Movie Night

Monday
Jun062011

8th Annual Faery Festival - June 18th in Essex

Underwood Photography is holding its 8th Annual Faery Festival at 72 Martin St. (Route 22) in Essex on Saturday, June 18th from 9:30 - 2:30.  A contribution of $7/family is suggested to benefit the Cape Ann Habitat for Humanity, www.capeannhabitat.org.

Activities include: story-telling by Jape, faery crafts, faery tea party and faery portraits. The event is free but all donations and a percentage of proceeds from the faery portraits go to support the Cape Ann Habitat for Humanity. Last year over 150 children and parents attended this whimsical event. For more information contact Tom Underwood at 978-768-7472. Please visit www.underwoodphoto.com for additional information

 

Monday
May162011

Beverly Touch a Truck

Get those little boys (and girls) out of the house for something that they are sure to love...Beverly Touch a Truck!

Sunday, May 22nd 2011

From 10:00-1:00

Location:  Connolly Brothers - 138 & 152 Conant Street, Beverly

Join us for trucks, trucks, trucks! Get up close and personal with some of our favorite “big rigs”! If you’re a truck lover young or old, know a truck lover or just want to have a great afternoon, come out and interact with a wide variety of trucks, construction vehicles, public safety vehicles and more! Whatever you do... don’t forget the camera!

http://www.beverlyma.gov/events/event/213/u/beverly-touch-a-truck

 

Thursday
Apr142011

April Vacation Week at the Boston Children's Museum

Upcoming Events at Boston Children's Museum:

A Visit With Louisa May Alcott
Saturday, April 16: 1:30-2pm
30-Minute Living History Experience
The presentation is best for ages 6+

Louisa May Alcott was an American novelist best known for the novel Little Women, set in the Alcott family home, Orchard House in Concord, MA, and published in 1868. This novel is loosely based on her childhood experiences with her three sisters.

Join us for a living history experience with Jan Turnquist, Executive Director of Orchard House, the Alcott Family home in Concord, MA. The author of Little Women brings us behind the scenes on a journey back in time to 1870. Visit the Orchard House model in the Museum’s “Big and Little” exhibit now on display through July 1.

Be Creative. Get Curious. Additional Special Events Include:

BugWorks
Saturday, April 16th: 1-3pm
Meet a millipede, a mantis and more. Investigate invertebrates.

Marathon Monday, April 18th
Go the extra mile and find 26.2 things to do at the Museum. Yoga for runners of all ages at 1 & 2 PM.

Sense of Smell Day
Wednesday, April 20th: 11am-4pm
Test your smell memory and learn why things taste funny when you're sick. It’s sure to be a scent-sational day!

Japanese Cherry Blossom Day
Thursday, April 21st: 12-3pm
Welcome Spring with Sakura cherry blossoms! Make paper cherry blossoms and learn to sing "Kaeru no uta"! Book signing by Willamarie Moore, author of the newly released: All About Japan: Stories, Songs, Crafts and More.

Earth Day
Friday April 22nd: 11am
Make this Earth Day memorable. Join volunteers from Roots and Shoots, a program of the Jane Goodall Institute. Be inspired to take actions within your community that support animals, people, and the environment. 2 PM. Honor the Earth, "Turtle Island" and its gifts with Native story and song, led by Wampanoag tribal mentor and educator, Annawon Weeden.

For children 0 – 3
Music and Movement
Mondays & Wednesdays: 11-11:45am
Enjoy music with your children as they experiment with scarves, pom-poms, maracas, and drums while moving to their favorite songs. Music and Movement is led by trained children’s music teachers who provide live music and lots of energy!

My First Yoga
Fridays: 11-11:45am
Come flex and relax your muscles with trained yoga teachers, as you learn funny animal poses.

For a complete list of events visit www.BostonChildrensMuseum.org

Monday
Dec062010

Disney Character Breakfast - Dec 12th - Gloucester City Hall

The Gloucester High School Docksiders will present a holiday breakfast and concert featuring Disney characters on Sunday, Dec. 12 from 9-11 a.m. in the City Hall auditorium. There will be a special appearance by Santa. The characters will be played by students in the theater department, and the chorus will help serve the food.

Menu items include waffles, scrambled eggs, assorted cereal and milk, bacon, sausage, muffins, bagels, pastries, coffee, tea, hot chocolate, and juice. The food will be cooked by the Culinary Department at Gloucester High School.

Proceeds will benefit the Docksiders in their upcoming Hawaii trip planned for April. In Oahu, the band will perform on the USS Missouri at Pearl Harbor, the Polyensian Cultural Center and the Hard Rock Cafe in Honolulu.

Tickets are $10; under age 2 is free. Tickets can be purchased in Gloucester at Jeff s Variety, 79 Eastern Ave.; Virgilio s, 29 Main St.; and Christine s Variety, 276 Washington St.

For information, call Leah Lovasco at 978-281-4644.

Friday
Dec032010

Friendship Tree Lighting

The Manchester Friendship Tree Lighting will take place on Sunday, December 5th at 3:30 in front of First Parish Church on the Village Green. Come join this annual tradition!

Sunday
Nov212010

Target - Pledge to Read With a Child Campaign

For every person who pledges to spend time reading with a child, Target will donate a book to a child in need (up to a million books).  Click the link below to pledge.

http://reading.target.com/?ref=sr_shorturl_reading´╗┐

Friday
Oct292010

Wobblin' Goblin Parade - Sat., October 30th @ 10:30

The Annual Wobblin’ Goblin Parade will take place on Saturday, October 30th@ 10:30am

Please meet in front of town hall with your costumed little ones for the start of the parade. Local business owners will stand in front of their businesses with treats for our little 'goblins'. The parade route continues down Union and Beach Streets and ends with a party at the Manchester Community Center.

This event is co-sponsored by the Manchester Mothers’ Club and the Manchester Community Center. Please contact MMCChildrens@gmail.com with any questions.