Imagine Main Street offers something for everyone

By Lisa Stone - ReminderNews
Manchester - posted Wed., Oct. 16, 2013
Michelle Albrecht and Danielle Ortwein buy unique jewelry from artists of the Mansfield Art Center. Photos by Lisa Stone.
Michelle Albrecht and Danielle Ortwein buy unique jewelry from artists of the Mansfield Art Center. Photos by Lisa Stone.

"Imagine Main Street" in Manchester attracted many curious buyers of all types of products on Oct. 3. Products being offered ranged from tasty treats to birdhouses or jewelry.

Caroline Redding and Agatha Hoover, of Mansfield Art Center, sold hand-crafted items from local and national as well as international artists. “Mansfield Art Center has something for everyone,” said Redding. “We travel all over to acquire the best art work from artists that would appeal to the buyers of this area.”

Michelle Albrecht and Danielle Ortwein enjoyed the event. Albrecht, who lives in Florida, was visiting on vacation. “When I heard about this event, I had to come and see what was happening. I am really glad I did. Everything is so wonderful,” she said.

Sherri Steinmiller and her mom, Patricia Victoria Hale, set up a booth for their business called Trinity of Angels. “All of our jewelry is created and hand crafted by us,” said Hale. “We are very involved with the community. We use our own money to create angel pins for police and firefighters when they have a fallen brother or sister. We go to the funerals and hand out the pins at no charge. We want everyone to know that they have an angel on their side.”

The business also donated some of their pins to Newtown. “When the Newtown tragedy happened, we felt compelled to offer our support to the families and people that were affected by this terrible event. We made mother and baby angel pins and handed them out. Manchester police officer, Bernie Hallsman brought us to Newtown so we could give the police officers pins. People don’t realize how such horrific crimes affect the police,” said Hale.

Former president of Rockville Bank Bill McGurk helped with one of the projects that the Trinity of Angels worked on. They needed pennies for the making the pins, so McGurk’s response to the need was to send as many pennies as they saw fit for their project. “We work with the community,” said Steinmiller. “Everyone needs an angel, but it is always nice to have a symbol, such as a pin, to remind us that they are there.”

Jeff Strong had his kettle corn booth set up and was cooking the corn as fast as he could. “I started my business by selling kettle corn at one of my tag sales several years ago,” said Strong. “People really liked it, so I have been doing events ever since.” Many people walked from booth to booth with a large bag of kettle corn in their possession.

A long table supported many objects made out of corian. “We have key chains with names carved out of corian,” said Michael Chaves. “There are puzzle boxes and other games made from the same product.”

A tent full of bird houses was tucked in the corner of the festivities. Richard Moynihan brought his grandson, Edward along to help. “I have been making bird houses for over 10 years,” said Moynihan. “It is something that I love to do and the people really enjoy owning them.”

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