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Linda McMahon & More Candidates Greet Big Crowd at Manchester, Connecticut Peach Festival

Posted on August 25, 2012

  Article & Photos by Jacqueline Bennett   Fresh off her August primary win, Linda McMahon, Republican nominee to run for the United States senate from Connecticut. turned out to greet the large crowd at the 63rd Annual Peach Festival in Manchester, Conn. last night. It was a return visit to the popular festival, according to McMahon, who said she had stopped by two years ago. Surrounded by supporters wearing blue McMahon T-shirts, she shook hands with firefighter Ernest Jones then made her way up the hill along Main Street where festival-goers waited in line.     McMahon, who previously ran unsuccessfully for the senate against Democrat Richard Blumenthal, will face Democrat Congressman Chris Murphy in the upcoming November election. McMahon expressed confidence. “I…

63rd Peach Festival Tonight – August 24 – in Manchester, Connecticut

Posted on August 24, 2012

              Write-Up & Photos by Jacqueline Bennett Things should be just peachy tonight in Manchester, Connecticut where the 63rd Annual Peach Festival is being held from 6-8 p.m. Put on by Eighth Utilities District Fire Department, this is a no frills, albeit popular hometown festival that revolves around tasty bowls of peach shortcake topped with whipped cream.  Lines usually start forming well before 6 p.m. and snarl along Main Street down the hill to the old fire station on the corner of Hilliard and Main, where the peachy treats are served to festival-goers. Seating is outdoors, family style at long rows of tables set up in the department’s parking lot across the road on the opposite corner of…

Cruisin’ on Main Draws Thousands to Manchester, Connecticut

Posted on August 6, 2012

Article & Photos by Jacqueline Bennett newsandviewsjb Stepping back in time has become a once a year tradition in Manchester, Connecticut where thousands of spectators strolled the downtown’s mile long main drag August 5, to enjoy the 12th annual Cruisin’ on Main. Sunny skies for most of the day and temperatures in the 90s, proved to be ideal conditions to attract vintage and classic vehicles, as well as, those who love to admire them. The show ran from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., admission was free. Cruisin’ on Main is billed as the largest car collector show of its kind in the Northeast. As noted on its website, the event is meant to conjure up memories of an era in small town America when…

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…

Despite Chill in the Air, 2012 Hockanum River Canoe & Kayak Race Held April 1

Posted on April 6, 2012

Write-up & Photos by Jacqueline Bennett newsandviewsjb Despite a chill in the air and cloudy skies, some hardy paddlers turned out April 1 to take part in the 35th annual Hockanum River Canoe & Kayak Race held in central Connecticut. Nonetheless, the weather may have been to blame for keeping others away. Participation was reportedly down to 75 entrants. Ironically, about a week before the area was experiencing record high temperatures which brought tree blossoms out early. Mother nature also created some additional challenges to navigate this year. Although race organizers were said to have made every effort get the course cleared up in the aftermath of storms Irene and Alfred, there were downed branches along the way. As well, a local reservoir was…

Destination: Tullycross Tavern & Microbrewery Manchester, CT

Posted on March 16, 2012

Writer’s note-Tullycross Tavern has closed as of Nov. 2013 – reportedly due to competition from the many chain restaurants in the area.           Article & Photos by Jacqueline Bennett newsandviewsjb                   Tullycross Tavern & Microbrewery in Manchester, Connecticut is a welcome addition to the Greater Hartford restaurant scene. An Irish pub, it also seemed like a great spot to check out so close to St. Patrick’s Day. Huge brewing vats on either side of the front entrance greet visitors to TCT at 1487 Pleasant Valley Road. Located in the former John Harvard’s Tavern, the lighting inside TCT is soft, offset by long windows that surround the restaurant section. Booths and tables, full…

Silk City Chorus – A Connecticut Gem

Posted on January 13, 2012

Write-up and photo by Jacqueline Bennett Follow the blissful harmony inside Manchester’s Second Congregational Church on Monday nights and it will lead to rehearsal for a Connecticut gem, the award-winning Silk City Chorus. Practices are preparation for various competitions and performances throughout the year, including the group’s big 50th annual show, “Everybody Loves a Hero,” scheduled for Manchester High School, January 14, 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. This year’s performances will feature Crossroads Quartet, the 2009 International Champions and Da Capo, the 2011 Harmony Sweepstakes National Champion. Organized in 1963 and growing ever since, Silk City Chorus is an 80-man chapter of the Barbershop Harmoney Society, an international body “dedicated to preserving the particular style of singing in four-part a capella harmony,” according to…

Blighted Broad Street Parkade Set for Demolition

Posted on December 30, 2011

Article & Photos by Jacqueline Bennett                                                                                The New Year will bring a much anticipated landscape improvement in Manchester, Connecticut where the blighted Manchester Parkade on Broad Street is slated for demolition. The outdoor shopping plaza was purchased by the town for about $1.85 million, taken from an $8 million bond approved by voters in a 2009 referendum to renovate the Broad Street commercial area. Plans include the widening of Broad Street, a  busy connector between West Middle Turnpike and Center Street. A thriving shopping…

And the Winners of the 75th Manchester Road Race are…..

Posted on November 25, 2011

And the Winners of the 75th Manchester Road Race are….. Write-up & photos by Jacqueline Bennett And the winners of the 75th Manchester Road Race are – no, not this turkey that parked himself on Porter Street- but for the men, Brian Olinger of Ohio with a time of 21 minutes, 31 seconds and for the women, Sally Kipyego of Kenya with a time of 24 minutes, 22 seconds. Under gorgeous autumn skies, on Thanksgiving Day 15,000 runners and walkers turned out to take on the near 5 mile course in Manchester, Connecticut. This year marked a return for 69-year-old Julia Chase-Brand, who 50 years ago broke the road race’s gender barrier, paving the way for the many women who now compete. As usual,…