July 11: Explore Arts & Culture in Manchester with Trolley Night

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MANCHESTER, NH – Time for the return of Trolley Nights, a celebration of art and culture in the city.

Although all of the participating venues are open year-round, on Trolley Night they have special happenings, demonstrations, hands-on activities, and promotions planned specifically for the evening. We are excited to add a chalk art competition and an outdoor arts market this year. Any interested chalk art competitors should reach out to Monica Leap at Studio 550 Art Center. Any interested Art Market Vendors should reach out to InTown Manchester.

This year, Trolley Night will take place on one eventful evening, July 11, 2019 from 4-7 p.m. On that night, there will be two trolleys circulating to arts and cultural institutions around the city for the duration of the event, beginning at Veteran’s Park at 4 p.m. There are various parking areas around the route.

Guests can hop on or off the Trolley at any venue, but as most venues are close to each other, guests are also welcome to drive, bike or walk between venues. A map and venue special event information can be found on the Trolley Night website.

The event is organized by volunteer arts & cultural organizations in the area.

The 2019 Season Venues are Queen City Bicycle Collective, Bookery Manchester, SEE Science Center, Manchester City Library, Manchester Community Farmer’s Market, Studio Verne Fine Art Fused Glass, Dancing Lion Chocolate, Girls at Work, Antiques on Elm, The Manchester Artists Association at Jupiter Hall, Roger Francoeur Studios, YMCA of Downtown Manchester, Studio 550 Art Center, and The Currier Museum of Art.

Jump on the Trolley, support the arts, and immerse yourself in Manchester’s diverse cultural scene.

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Venue-Specific Information

1) The Bookery Manchester is an independent bookstore in downtown Manchester, NH. In addition to books, they’ve got gifts, stationery, and toys. The Bookery offers a lot of different opportunities for engagement –  meeting spaces, a range of events, and a cafe serving wine, beer, drinks, snacks, and light meals. Visit bookerymht.com

2) The SEE Science Center features hands-on exhibits: Electricity, Forces & Motion, Simple Machines, Biology, Optics and more.  You can also view original artwork by Jack Kamen & Peter Noonan and see the amazing Millyard LEGO ® Project.

3) Antiques on Elm specializes in providing a variety of antiques including: primitives, glassware, artwork, books, cameras, mid-century, records, jewelry, and collectibles. They also have a wonderful mix of furniture, be sure to check out our furniture gallery. Visit antiquesonelmmanchester.com

4) Girls at Work, Inc. empowers girls with the tools to overcome adversity and build confidence to face current and future life challenges. Learn more at girlswork.org

5) The Manchester City Library offers family-friendly programming, books, and many other resources. Check out these events on Trolley Night:

  • Song And Dance around the Globe 0 Thursday, July 11th at 6 p.m. Families are invited to dance to, sing along with, and experience traditional music from cultures across the world with Sagit Ziberman. Sponsored by the Library Trustees. This event is also part of Trolley night festivities!
  • Trolley & Legos -Thursday, July 11th from 4-7 p.m. Main Library Thursday, July 11th is Trolley Night in Manchester!  Ride the trolley to the library for a Lego Evening.  We will have 10,000 pieces for you to build within the children’s room.  Afterward, your creations will be displayed in our glass cabinet for everyone to admire.  Families are welcome.

For more information go to www.manhcesterlibrary.org or check us out on Facebook!

6) The Manchester Community Farmer’s Market and Art Market offers an expansive array of locally grown items as well as NH made products, and agriculturally themed kids activities. The market aims to provide a fun, weekly farmers market that gives the community a place to connect with friends and farmers, access local foods, and enjoy this community event.

7) Dancing Lion Chocolate crafts products by hand from the finest artisan and small plantation chocolate and cacao from around the world. In 2016, the company was honored to be recognized as one of Dessert Professional Magazine’s Top 10 Chocolatiers in North America. Dancing Lion Chocolate is located at 917 Elm St., and this evening will be displaying a collection of edible jeweled art boxes and is offering samples of their own house-made ice cream.

8) Studioverne, Fine Art Fused Glass is the working studio/gallery of artist Verne Orlosk. View her interesting technique of using glass powder as her medium and the finesse it takes to apply the many layers of color to her hand drawn images. A variety of common objects repurposed, as tools, add a fun element. Her beautiful and evocative artwork is available for purchase. Music by Joey Peavey and a colorful Chalk Art Competition are additional activities on the surrounding sidewalk.

9) Guests at Studio 550 Art Center can try the pottery wheel, sculpt with clay at the texture table, shop our $1 pottery sale, dance with bubbles, learn about art birthday parties, workshops, and art classes for all ages, all while browsing our handmade gift shop. Learn more at 550arts.com.

10) The Manchester Artists Association is a non-profit organization of artists and crafters and was founded in 1950. MAA has about 100 members in and around the town of Manchester, Connecticut. They welcome artists and crafters of all mediums. The Manchester Artists Association will be having a Pop Up Show at Jupiter Hall.

Members of the MAA will be exhibiting original art in several media and also have matted prints and cards for sale. Refreshments will be served.

11) Queen City Bicycle Collective provides space, tools, and equipment, so that community members can repair their bicycles at minimal cost, with our help. They also accept donated bicycles, salvage useful parts & recycle them, or return them to working order & sell them at an affordable price. Learn more at qcbike.org.

12) Jupiter Hall is a community-oriented Multi-purpose venue located in Manchester, NH where communities experience arts, culture, and innovation. Our mission is to showcase and present exciting opportunities for storytellers, creatives and professionals working with Digital Media and other innovative formats to share their stories, culture, and vision.

At Jupiter Hall, we encourage you not to think Big – but to think Jupiter! Catch an upcoming show at 617-331-8991.

13) Roger Francoeur Studios will be hosting an open house at the Roger Francoeur Studio. Francoeur is an oil painter and figurative sculptor.

14) Established in 1854, The Granite YMCA is part of the worldwide non-profit Y organization. With branches in Manchester, Goffstown, Londonderry, Portsmouth, and Rochester, and New Hampshire’s leading camping programs, the Y focuses on youth development, healthy living, family strengthening, and social responsibility.

Working side by side with neighbors, the Y creates the support and opportunities that empower people and communities to learn, grow, and thrive. The Granite YMCA is, and always will be, dedicated to building healthy, confident, connected, and secure kids, adults, families, seniors, and communities.

15) Currier Museum of Art is an internationally renowned art museum located in Manchester, New Hampshire. The Currier features European and American paintings, decorative arts, photographs and sculpture, including works by Picasso, Monet, O’Keeffe, Wyeth and LeWitt with exhibitions, tours and programs year-round. The Museum also offers tours of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Zimmerman House—reservations required. The Currier Museum Art Center offers studio workshops and classes for children and adults. Learn more at http://currier.org

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Supporting Organization

1) Intown Manchester is the State of New Hampshire’s first and only Business Improvement District. We are a non-profit, private 501 c3 organization working in cooperation with the City of Manchester to increase downtown’s competitiveness and to affirm Manchester’s position as an economic leader of the New England region. Our service areas include outdoor maintenance and beautification, as well as business support through marketing, communications, and event production. Learn more about Manchester Trolley Night’s Fiscal Agent at intownmanchester.com.

2) Prae helps small businesses, and entrepreneurs gain a better understanding of marketing, & build deeper relationships with customers. They make marketing a little less scary all while helping you achieve your goals. Learn more about Manchester Trolley Night’s Marketing/Web support at praeagency.com.

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Monica Leap

Monica Leap is Founder (Chief Mudslinger) & Ceramics Instructor at Studio 550.