Gil on the Go: Center Memorial Park in Manchester


This May, Chief Meteorologist Gil Simmons is traveling around Connecticut for Gil on the Go!

On Friday, May 21, Gil was live at Center Memorial Park in Manchester! Manchester is otherwise known as the “City of Village Charm.”

There are nearly 200 unique shops, restaurants and services in historic Downtown Manchester. There’s a lot going on, now that Connecticut is on the road to recovery from the pandemic.

On Saturday, May 22, there will be the Butterfly Stroll, where artists will be displaying butterfly-themed pieces downtown.

To learn more about Downtown Manchester, click here.

Glass manufacturing served as a big industry in Manchester during the late 18th century into the early 19th century. Out of green glass, the Pitkin Glass Works factory-made inkwells, flasks, bottles, and other small items for the West Indian trade until 1830. The factory is located at the intersection of Parker and Putnam Streets near the town green.

The Cheney family also started what became the largest silk mill. That’s how it got the nickname, the “Silk City.”

Many notable people have been born in Manchester, like NASA astronaut Daniel Burbank and former NFL players Kory Sheets.

News 8 Anchor Laura Hutchinson visited one of Manchester’s local businesses: Botticello Farms. They are “Back in Business,” and you can find out more about Laura’s visit here.

Where will Gil be next Friday? Stay tuned to find out.

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