MANCHESTER —; On Saturday, Dec. 12 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m, the Manchester Historical Society is hosting a free public exhibit of wintertime happenings of Manchester's past. Timed to coincide with The Chamber of Commerce's Manchester Merriment, this event will highlight the local ski industry, historic snowstorms and ice cutting. There will be lots of photos from the Society's collection for viewing, some interesting artifacts and collectibles, and a hands-on activity for children. The exhibit will be displayed in the Hunter Room at the Manchester Community Library. MHS will also be providing walking tours of Main Street (Northshire Bookstore start) and of the Village (Equinox hotel start) at 10 am. Check for more information.

Shop 'til you drop

On Friday Dec. 4 and 11, the following stores will be offering extended hours for customer's shopping convenience: Decorative Interiors, Family Footwear, Mountain Goat, Heinels, Olive & Ives, Banana Republic, Gap, EMA, Olympic Sports, Perfect Piece, JOY all things underthings, Bass, Above All Vermont, Long Ago and Far Away, Eddie Bauer Outlet, Overland Sheepskin Company, J.Crew Factory, Kate Spade New York, LOFT Outlet, Eileen Fisher Company Store, Chico's Outlet, Yankee Candle, Five Seasons Vermont, Michael Kors Outlet, New Balance Factory Store, Theory, Ann Taylor Factory Store, Clark's Bostonian, Talbot's Outlet, Armani Outlet, Yves Delorme, NYDJ, Vineyard Vines, Brooks Brothers Factory Store, Coach, Johnston & Murphy, Polo Ralph Lauren, Crabtree & Evwelyn, Vermont Bird Place, The Cosmetics company Store and Epoch 18 and more.


Stores will stay open until 8-9 p.m.

Now in its 6th year the Manchester Chamber's Manchester Merriment celebration thanks their Merriment sponsors The Perfect Wife, The Spiral Press Café, Vermont Renewable Fuels, Efficiency Vermont and Cape Air and Cookie sponsors – Vermont Kitchen Supply, JK Adams, and the Northshire Young Professionals.

Lighted Tractor Parade

On Saturday Dec. 5, the 6th Annual Lighted Tractor and Float Parade will be held, illuminating Manchester's main streets.

All lighted tractors are welcome and floats from non-profit organizations. The parade steps off from the Dorr Farm Field at 5:15 p.m. Tractors and Floats should be at the field by 4:45 p.m.

This year's Parade Grand Marshall is Pat Moulton, Secretary of the Agency of Commerce and Community Development for the State of Vermont.

The parade route is into town (arriving at 5:30) on Route 30 turning right onto historic Main Street and then right on Center Hill to Depot Street turning right and proceeding to the Main Roundabout and then South on 7A to the Shaw's Roundabout and turning into The Equinox Terrace to entertain the residents and then back to 7A to Route 30 and to the Dorr Farm.

First Prize for the best float is $500 with second place fetching $300 and $200 for third place.

The chamber of commerce's presenting sponsors include The Perfect Wife, Spiral Press Café, Vermont Renewable Fuels and Efficiency Vermont. Supporting sponsors are Cape Air and dozens of local business.

Other events include a Community Pot Luck Dinner on Saturday, Dec. 12 from 6–8 p.m. at the Manchester Community Library. Tickets are available at the chamber of commerce office. The chamber's holiday mixer will take plavce on Dec. 16 at 6 p.m.

For ticket information visit or call 802-362-6313.