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Destination: Botticello Farms in the City of Village Charm

Posted on August 27, 2016

Write-Up & Photos by Jacqueline Bennett   At a border of town, on 209 Hillstown Road, Botticello Farms is a perfect example of how Manchester, Connecticut got the nickname, “The City of Village Charm”. It all began with Butch Botticello selling vegetables in the front yard of his Hillstown Road home, as noted in a history of the farms. Still family owned today, Botticello Farms is the “last operating farm” in Manchester, operating since 1973.     Well-known locally, the Botticello name has remained a constant amidst changes that have moved Manchester towards more of a city and less of a village. “We grow our own” is the Botticello logo. Their farms serve wholesale and retail markets, not to mention every day folks who…

64th Annual Peach Festival Will Be Held August 23, 2013 in Manchester, Connecticut

Posted on August 15, 2013

Each summer near the end of August things get peachy in Manchester, Connecticut. The 64th Annual Peach Festival held by the volunteer portion of the city’s firefighters, the Manchester 8th Utilities District Fire Department, is on tap for Friday August 23, from 6-8 p.m. Summer isn’t summer in the “City of Village Charm” until the peach festival banner goes up in front of the old firehouse on lower Main Street. In the past the festival was set-up in a parking lot across from the old firehouse, but this year the location has been moved to the parking area behind the new firehouse a few hundred feet up the road on 138 Main Street.       What hasn’t changed is the menu. Each year…

Mini Mecca of Popular Chain Restaurants Expands on Buckland Street in Manchester, CT

Posted on April 13, 2012

Write-Up & Photos by Jacqueline Bennett newsandviewsjb   Follow the Buckland Street exit ramp off I-84 east to the end and one is greeted by a quaint “Welcome to Manchester” sign surrounded this time of year by lovely pink blossoms. It is a look consistent with the Connecticut town’s nickname, “The City of Village Charm.” Take a left or right onto Buckland Street, however, and reach a modern Manchester and an expanding mini mecca of popular chain restaurants. To the left are Chili’s, Friendly’s and Olive Garden. Take a right to find the latest addition, Buffalo Wild Wings scheduled to open April 16th. Despite its offering of free wings for a year to the first one hundred customers, town officials do not appear to be bracing…