MANCHESTER - Manchester is gearing up to experience the second TEDx event.

Organizers Michael D Ellenbogen (EONS Creative) and Kate Pace (Route 7 Social) invite the public to join everyone for a day of thought-leader talks at, TEDxBattenkill: Connecting Creative Communities. The event will take place on Saturday, Sept. 13, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The daylong event will be held at Maple Street School and feature six live speakers and two TED Talks from the TED archives. A welcome reception for all ticket holders will run from 9-10 a.m. providing a chance for all to mingle before the event over coffee, muffins and pastries.

TED is a global organization that brings together the world's leading thinkers to share ideas that matter on a wide range of topics.

At left, Michael Ellenbogen, and Kate Pace, or helping organize a return of a TEDx conference to the area in September.
At left, Michael Ellenbogen, and Kate Pace, or helping organize a return of a TEDx conference to the area in September. (courtesy photo)
TED created the TEDx program to grant local organizers a license to bring people together to share a TED-like experience. After months of pre-planning, the organizers are now in the process of seeking corporate sponsorship, in-kind partnership and volunteer commitments to ensure the event is a success and able to continue its growth for years to come. Rebranding the event TEDx Battenkill is one big step that has been taken to be more inclusive of neighboring communities.

The organizers have worked with a local creative agency known as Agents of Creative on the re-branding and Riley Moore Studios, also of Manchester, on the building of the website at www.TEDxBattenkill.org. In addition to corporate sponsors the organization is also looking for about 6-8 chefs, professional or amateur, who will participate as a sponsor in the Locavore Lunch - a special luncheon with the aim of highlighting the area's local food culture, farm to table connections and chef-entrepreneurs. Ted Brothers of TED Restaurant is the first chef on the lunch card and the organization is currently reaching out to others in the community.

As programming of the speakers begins this week, Ellenbogen and Pace are also accepting speaker suggestions from the community and have designated a simple, online, form that enables people to share their ideas for speakers. Following the conclusion of the guest speaker portion of the event, all guests are invited to join event participants for the after-party, sponsored by and located at Manchester's newest restaurant called TED, which can be found at the Inn at Willow Pond in Manchester Center.

TEDx Battenkill is grateful to the Green Mountain Academy for Lifelong Learning (GMALL) and Greater Northshire Access Television (GNAT) for their support and participation in the development and production of this event. Marble House Project, a sustainable community that nurtures the imaginative spirit through artist residencies in Dorset, has signed on to become a partner and will host the speakers at Marble House for the weekend. Details will emerge soon about an additional reception in advance of Saturday's events which will also be held at Marble House.

Tickets are $75 and include six speakers, two TED Talks, coffee and pastries, a locavore lunch, and after-party featuring heavy hors-deurves and two complimentary drinks. Purchase directly through the website at www.TEDxBattenkill.org. For further information, email hello@TEDxBattenkill.org. For more information or to purchase tickets, call Ellenbogen at (802) 768-8498 or Pace at (802) 362-6440.