Foodie Friday October 20th, 2017

Republic Cafe and Bistro

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Looking for a place in Manchester with excellent and delicious meals that is all farm-to-table and locally sourced? Look no further than Republic Cafe and Bistro located conveniently on Elm Street! From their unique breakfast menu to their dinner entrees, this restaurant has it all!


souffleBreakfast:

Pop in on Saturday and Sunday mornings to try their elegant breakfasts and roasted coffee! The Eric’s Framstand Egg Souffle, made with Hatchland cream, pesto and a tomato side salad is sure to brighten your morning and please your taste buds! For those who crave something a little more sweet to start their day, try Republic’s Nutella and Banana Panini with a wild blueberry compote and fresh strawberries! Yum!


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There is nothing better than starting a night out with an appetizer to share! Indulge in their Feta Bites, which are fried Maplebrook Feta cubes with black and white sesame seeds, tzatziki and Eric’s Farmstand honey! This perfect blend of flavors are sure to please any feta lover!


raguEntrees:

Republic has a variety of dishes ranging from Steak Frites made with Little Brook Farm grass-fed steak and hand cut frites, to their Chickpea Ragu made with spiced chickpeas, pomegranate molasses, saffron rice, spicy red cabbage slaw and topped with charmoula sauce! You will certainly leave satisfied after a locally sourced meal at Republic!


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Don’t forget to try one of their incredible cocktails, such as their Moroccan Old-Fashioned, which is an “old fashioned” old fashioned with straight rye, Berber
spiced syrup, and orange oil! They also have their Maple Mark which is made with Green Acre’s ‘Just Maple’ amber syrup, Maker’s Mark, fresh lime juice and a splash of ginger beer, perfect for the fall season!


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Finish off an incredible meal with a dessert that is one of our favorites, their Loukoumades, fondly known as Greek doughnuts made with Eric’s Farmstand honey and topped with toasted hazelnuts… you won’t be able to just have one! Also try their amazing Vegan Banana Chocolate Cake, served with strawberry and banana garnish and a taste of wild blueberry compote!


Check out Republic for yourself at 1069 Elm Street!

Hours:

MONDAY – THURSDAY:

11:00AM – 9:00PM

FRIDAY:

11:00AM – 10:00PM

SATURDAY: 

9:00AM – 10:00PM

SUNDAY:

9:00AM – 9:00PM


Check out these other great restaurants right downtown!

 

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#ThrowBackThursday October 19th, 2017

THE VALLEY CEMETERY

We decided to kick-off our Halloween Throwback Thursday with a look at the Valley Cemetery. We’ll dive into the history of the cemetery and all of it’s hauntings! The ‘Friends of Valley Cemetery‘ have a wonderful website dedicated to restoring the cemetery to its former glory. A huge thank you to them for all of this great information below.

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THE HISTORY

I’m not sure why I was so surprised to learn that the Valley Cemetery was once a property of the Amoskeag Manufacturing Company. Back in 1840, Amoskeag donated 20 acres of land to the city, which was made into a cemetery. What’s most interesting about the use of this land is that the cemetery wasn’t necessarily built to be just a cemetery–it was built with the intention of being a public park. “The walkways, carriage paths, and bridges invited residents to stroll the grounds. Picnics under the trees were popular as were horse-drawn carriage rides.”  The post card above illustrates the beauty of the cemetery long ago.

Gale TombA decade later, the city underwent a cholera epidemic in which the Valley Cemetery proved to be, sadly, useful. Given the gravity of the epidemic, “trustees found it necessary to designate the northeast corner of the cemetery for the victims of disease. Burials were performed at night in a mass grave.

While there are “no available lots in the Valley, occasional burials still take place there, the most recent being in 2012,” there are quite a few notables buried there. The Friends of Valley Cemetery write:Blood Family Tomb

“The burial grounds host some of the city’s first politicians, ministers, engineers, musicians, mayors, two New Hampshire governors, approximately sixty Civil War soldiers, a few veterans of the Revolutionary War and at least one soldier from the French and Indian Wars. Members of Manchester’s first families, including Starks, Straws, Blodgets, Beans, Buntons, and Harringtons reside in the Valley Cemetery.”

THE HAUNTINGS

With all of this history in the cemetery, there is no wonder why there has been several accounts of spirits haunting those who dare to enter. One blogger explored the Valley Cemetery in August of 2009 and had some pretty spooky experiences.They write of a mysterious “metallic clang” from inside the Smyth Mausoleum and a cold, brief gust of wind on a hot August day while climbing the steps of the mausoleum. Pretty spooky stuff. Read more here.valley st

Another group of ghost hunters has visited the spot for a decade and report “repeatable evidence” of vast temperature changes and “intelligent responses” from the spirit. Read more about that here. Other visitors of the cemetery have also claimed to have seen a woman in a bright white light in the middle of the night before she disappeared in a flash. This extraordinary place is full of rich and meaningful history of Manchester, that just may be a little haunted!


If you do wish to visit the Valley Cemetery, please be respectful and visit during the designated hours between Sunrise to Sunset everyday.

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Spooky Halloween Happenings!

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spook-tacular events this Halloween!

Did we miss your event? Shoot us an email at intern@intownmanchester.com  and we’ll include it on our list!

*We try our best to ensure the accuracy of the event below. Please call ahead to confirm times and locations.


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FRIDAY: October 20th

Hard Rock Halloween at Jewel 

Nightclub

8:00pm – 1:00am | $11 pre-order/ $15 night-of  Jewel Night Club – 61 Canal St.

Come dressed up in your costume, and ready rock out at the Jewel Nightclub for a night of dancing and fun! A costume contest will be held for both attendees and band members! You don’t want to miss out on this haunted night full of rock and roll!

             Click here to order tickets now!

             *This event is 21+


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SATURDAY: October 21st

Boos! and Booze Tour, Millyard Manchester

 

6:00pm – 8:00pm | $28 registration | 10 Arms St, Under the Bridge

Looking for something with a little bit ghosts and a some spirits? This two hour pub crawl through the city will take you on a walking tour to all the most haunted places in the Manchester Millyard, with samples from 2 local pubs, restaurants and bars! Listen to ghost and murder stories while sipping on something sweet!

        Click here to order tickets now!

   *This event is 21+


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THURSDAY: October 26th

Fratello’s Monster Mash

7:00pm-10:00pm | $30 per ticket | 155 Dow Street – Fratello’s Resturant

Come to Fratello’s Restaurant for their annual Monster Mash which includes  a fully stocked bar, a live DJ and hors d’oeurves that are to die for! Come dressed up in your costume for their Halloween costume contest and more! Make reservations by October 24th!

Click here to register now!


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SATURDAY: October 28th

Spooky Queen City Quest and Trivia Night 

4:00pm-10:00pm | $120 per car | 650 Hanover Street

Are you feeling confident about your trivia skills? This is the night out for you! Grab some friends and begin this quest through Manchester  dressed up in your spookiest Halloween Costumes! Quest is a scavenger hunt on wheels, where teams compete against each other to figure out clues and puzzles to find their next destination. Prizes awarded to teams who finish in the quickest time with the most correct answers!

Click here to register now!


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FRIDAY & SATURDAY: Oct 27th / 28th

Ladies Night Costume Party &

SCREAM: 20th Anniversary Halloween Party 

8:00pm – 2:00am | General Admissions Fee| 20 Old Granite Street

 

Show up Friday, October 27th for a Halloween Ladies Night and $1,000 dollar costume contest prize! Attend Whiskey’s 20th Anniversary Halloween Party on October 28th, in your spooky costume, ready to help them celebrate twenty years of business with one of their largest Halloween parties yet! Stop by for drinks, music and fun!

                                              Click here to make reservations!


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WEDNESDAY/THURSDAY:

October 18th & 26th 

Walking Ghost Tour of Manchester

7:00pm – 8:30pm | $13 registration | 79 Hanover St. Across from Palace Theater

Are you interested in the super natural, or simply are just curious about the ghost sightings in Manchester? This is the tour for you! “You’ll visit sites of documented hauntings taken from police records, city archives, and our own professional paranormal investigations”! Don’t miss out on this fantastic tour!

Click here to order tickets now!


From all of us at Intown Manchester, we wish you a spook-tacular and safe Halloween! “Like” Intown Manchester on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to find out more about the great events downtown! 

Foodie Friday October 13th, 2017

                            The Birch on Elm

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Beautifully crafted cocktails, incredibly fresh entrees and a warm environment is what you will get when you go to the Birch on Elm. This cozy restaurant has some of the most exotic dishes crafted with the best ingredients from each season and the tastiest cocktails that are not only delicious but works of art.


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Start off any great meal at the Birch on Elm with one of their several incredible Quick Bites!  Try their out of this world,  Octopus Nuggets, which are tempura fried with a Korean BBQ aioli, so good you’ll get them every time! Not feeling the whole octopus thing? They have a fantastic Cheese Board with a rotating selection of cheese, meats and preserves that pairs nicely with any of their cocktails!

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The Birch on Elm offers a variety of dishes to please any pallet, ranging from their seasonal Whipped Pumpkin Ravioli to their Pine Syrup Glazed Duck Breast! One of our favorites is their Fried Chicken Sriracha Sliders on a soft potato roll with Sriracha Buttermilk Ranch Sauce, Bacon and Bibb Lettuce. These dishes are sure to make you want to go back for more… we certainly did!

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Don’t miss out on their skillfully crafted classic or seasonal cocktails, each with a beautifully placed garnish. Our favorite is the Leaf Peeper Spritz, and the Your Name is Apple Martinez. This seasonal martini is made with Laird Apple Jack, Apple Sweet Vermouth, Angostura, Allspice Dram and cinnamon, topped with a beautiful unique apple garnish! These cocktails are sure to cover all your fall favorite flavors!


Visit them and see for yourself at 931 Elm Street!

Hours:

Tuesday-Saturday:

5:00pm – 12:00am

Saturday and Sunday:

11:00am – 3:00pm


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#ThrowbackThursday October 12th, 2017

Manchester Fire and Police Throughout the Years

Ever since Manchester had become its own city in 1751, there has always been a police and fire rescue presence. Over the past few hundreds of years police officers would walk the beat down Elm Street, and firefighters have been on the scenes of Manchester’s most devastating fires. Even in the coldest of winter days, and the hottest days of the summer these men and women have proudly served our city and still continue every day.  Here is a glimpse into the past, of the firefighters and police officers of Manchester, New Hampshire!


Manchester Fire Department: 

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1906: Hanover Street – Firefighters battle a large fire on Odd Fellows Block using a steam engine to put out the fire.


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1915: Central Fire Station – Fire Chief, Thomas W. Lane Drives Engine #1 with three other firefighters and their dog in the center. Chief Lane served as a Manchester Firefighter for 38 years before retiring in 1917.


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Circa 1905: This is an image of the Central Fire House located on Vine Street before it had burned down in 1971, causing a new fire house to be constructed on Merrimack St.


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1971: Engine #11 – At the time this was a state of the art fire engine, costing $49,000.00! This engine had the capability to produce up to 1,250 gallons of water per minute, a long ways away from the steam engines used years before!


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1888: Excelsior Hook and Ladder Company – Twenty-one firefighters pose in front of their horse drawn ladder truck with two horses and their dog. During this time period the city did not staff their own firefighters, so independent insurence companies would hire their own fire fighters, thus calling it the Excelsior Hook and Ladder Company.


Manchester Police Department: 

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Circa 1970’s: A group portrait of the Manchester Police Department featuring Police Chief Tom King , Deputy Chief Leo Murphy and Sargent Oscar Provencher in front of a wall of confiscated weapons. Also featured is five officers seated at the table.


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1915: Four Officers pose for an image in front of and on the Police Wagon, with their dog Brindle and horse, Old Jerry. This wagon was used for picking up criminals and as a “holding cell” to create easier and safer transportation.


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1899: Police Officers pose for a Group Portrait of the Police Force at the Fireman’s Muster Parade in full uniform. During this time the Manchester Police Department had just grown to have a bicycle squad and a K-9 unit as well.


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Circa 1880’s: This is a charcoal painting of a Night Captain wearing his uniform and badge, but not wearing his hat. Police Officers would often carry candlesticks on their hips to use for light when coming upon a person in the night as this was before the helpful invention of the flashlight. This image was produced before the time when police officers were required to shave… obviously!


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1890: This is a photograph of the Manchester Police Station located on Manchester and Chestnut Street taken one hundred and twenty-seven years ago. Sine then the Manchester Police Department has moved to other locations in the city.


Over the past two hundred and fifty years the Manchester Police and Fire Departments have been on every crime scene and fire, time and time again, protecting the city of Manchester. We would like to thank them for their services. We would also like to thank the Manchester Historical Association for providing us with these excellent images of our police officers and firefighters.

Tune in for next week’s Throw Back Thursday  to learn more about the history of Manchester, New Hampshire!


Have any suggestions for a topic of the week? E-mail me at: intern@intownmanchester.com to let me know what you think of our #ThrowBackThursday blog!
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#foodiefriday October 6th, 2017

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Are you a breakfast lover? How about smoothies? Well, the Bridge Cafe, located right in the downtown of Manchester, has a lot to offer for all your breakfast, lunch and beverage cravings! Serving up breakfast all day, this is sure to be one of your favorite cafe’s in Manch!

 

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Craving a smoothie packed full of nutrients and flavor? The Bridge Cafe has over fifteen smoothie and juice options! All of their smoothies can be made dairy free or even with a “booster” which has protein, daily multivitamins, super greens and probiotics to start the day off right! Try one of their fresh juices, such as the Vegan Vampire, which is a perfect blend of beets, carrots, an apple and  cucumber!

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Looking for  lunch? The Bridge Cafe is the right place to go! Check out their seasonal sandwiches  such as their Thanksgiving Wrap, made with oven roasted turkey, cranberry chutney, apples, field greens, homemade stuffing, and dill Havarti cheese all wrapped up! Looking for a vegetarian option? They have that too, with their Veggie Quesadilla, made with roasted peppers, onions, black beans, portabella mushroom, guacamole & cheese!

 

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Don’t forget to try one of their award winning soups to warm you up this fall! Serving seasonal favorites such as their delicious Chicken and Rice soup, Pumpkin Bisque and even their Coconut Curry Chicken soup, this pairs well with one of their many sandwiches or wraps! Stop by for one of their many delicious and hearty sandwiches, creamy soups or fruity smoothies!

 

 Check them out at 1117 Elm Street and try all they have to offer!

Hours:

OPEN EVERY DAY:

6:00AM-5:00PM

Looking for other great places in the downtown area? Here is a few of our favorites!

 

 

 

Throwback Thursday October-5-2017

Growing Up in Manchester: Living in the city as a child in the early 1900’s

Growing up in Manchester for many children, meant going to school, taking care of younger siblings and finding some time to play. Taking a look back at what life must have been like for the children in Manchester, it seems that this great city had a lot to offer! Lets take a look back at different moments in the life of a child living in the early 1900’s!


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We call it “health class” now a days, but back then children would partake in hygiene classes which taught them valuable skills in how to take care of themselves and others, taught  by the Department of Health. This class was learning how to properly brush their teeth.


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Children would also partake in gardening in the city, tending to the plants, watering and harvesting their crop. This particular garden was located on Central Street and as you can see, was a thriving project the children were involved in!


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Time to swim! This image was taken at Pine Island and is of the New Hampshire Industrial School outing in 1915. Children were enjoying the day by the water, jumping off the diving board, swimming and canoeing!


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Located near the mills, the Amoskeag Manufacturing Company Playground was a popular place for school aged children to spend time outside! This playground had many swings, slides and even a wading pool, designed to keep children busy while their parents worked!


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Young girls would often times learn to sew at an early age. This image is of the Amoskeag Textile Club: Sewing School for Girls. Pictured is fifteen school girls practicing their sewing while their teacher stands in the back of the room supervising.


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Summer camping certainly looked a lot different back then, than it does today, but this is a good example of how children and their families would spend the summer! This is an image of a mother, father and their twelve children sitting in the woods with hammocks, lanterns and rocking chairs for lounging. American flags can also be seen hanging from the trees!


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This photo was taken in 1912, of the Thanksgiving Pageant put on by young students in Manchester. These boys were dressed up to celebrate Thanksgiving in feather headdresses and costumes.


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This shows a gym class at the YMCA located on Concord Street, with students  posing for a picture, both girls and boys participating. This image was taken in 1905, revealing that students of Manchester had to attend gym classes, even many years ago!


Growing up in Manchester in the early 1900’s meant that there would be opportunities for children to learn, hike, swim, play and so much more! We would like to thank the Manchester Historic Association for the great images!