Pictured from left, Nick Northcutt, Nova Northcutt, Aspen Northcutt and Becky Buller Haley perform at Panbalou Saturday, May 20, 2017. (Staff photo by Josh Peterson)

Organizers of the second annual Panbalou – a bluegrass pancake breakfast that was held Saturday, May 20 as a fundraiser in downtown Manchester – are happy with how the event turned out. In all, $3,182 was raised and will go toward purchasing hanging baskets for the 16 light poles that are on the corners of the downtown square. “We already have plans on how we can make it better for next year,” said Ellen Fletcher, one of the Panbalou organizers. “We worked really hard behind the scenes and at the end of the day when we see people come out and greeting one another, see smiles on faces, kids having a good time, that’s really cool. We had people there from Smyrna, Chattanooga, Nashville, Franklin and probably some other places in between. I know some of the musicians were from Lynchburg, Tullahoma and Smyrna.” Students of award-winning bluegrass artist Becky Buller, along with Buller herself, entertained the crowd through the morning Saturday, as visitors enjoyed pancakes, sausage and shopped for crafts offered by merchants of The Community Market, which was held at the same time. “We were very happy with how everything turned out,” said Allison Dotson, owner of High Cotton Home Furnishings and one of the event’s organizers. Of the $3,182 that was raised, approximately $1,000 of that came from 10 business sponsors and the other $2,182 accounts for the proceeds after deducting costs of the food and band, according to Dotson. Owners of Mercantile Café and West Main Brick Oven helped to prepare the food, along with several volunteers who helped make the event possible. “Mercantile provided the food but John Mancini with West Main was in the kitchen to help out the whole time. The volunteers in the kitchen, they worked so hard. All of them are awesome, anyone who will come out and do something withoutbeing paid is just awesome.”  Anyone wishing to donate to the beautification of downtown can make checks payable to “downtown enhancement.” “If anyone feels moved to donate to this cause, they can rest assured there money will go toward a good cause,” added Fletcher. (To view more photos from Panbalou, click here)

Panbalou volunteer Hillari Smithson, left, helps Trey Sullivan, age 6, with a glass of orange juice to go with his pancake breakfast at Panbalou Saturday morning. (Staff photo by Josh Peterson)