Throwback Thursday Jan-18-2018

The past two weeks we have learned quite a bit about winter carnivals that used to be held right here in Manchester. From the crazy diving Brownies, to the “longest” sled in the world, Manchester sure loved celebrating winter! 1927 was no exception! The Amoskeag Textile Club hosted the Snow Shoe Carnival which consisted of a parade and some snow shoe races at Textile Field, which is now known as Gill Stadium.

Below are some images of the parade and snow shoe races courtesy of the Manchester Historic Association!

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Throwback Thursday Jan-11-2018

Last week we dove (quite literally) into the first Throwback Thursday of 2018 with the tale of the Brownies, their crazy antics, and the Winter Carnival. Throughout my research it seems as if the Winter Carnival was more than the Brownies diving–but it included a myriad of activities as well! One activity I found an old postcard of was the ‘Uncle Sam Sled–The World’s Largest Sled!”

In Robert B. Perreault’s 2005 book Manchester he writes:

“[the postcard] postmarked January 29, 1925 boasts what participants in the Manchester Winter Carnival believed to be the largest sled in the world, the “Uncle Sam Sled.” With so many large structures and other apparent record breakers within its boundaries, the Queen City appears to have been well ahead of its time. The first edition of the Guinness Book of World Records didn’t come out until 1955.”

While it’s unknown if this was truly the largest sled in the world in 1925, you’ve got to love the ingenuity! Check it out below!

Courtesy of the Manchester Historic Association


Throwback Thursday Jan-4-2018

Happy New Year!

We’re less than a week in, and already facing our first Nor’easter! Ready to feel even colder?

The story, like many of our Throwback Thursday tales, begins with the Amoskeag Manufacturing Company. According to the Manchester City Library, Amoskeag opened a quarry, in what is now Derryfield Park in the late 1800s 1 . “Granite was brought from the “Ledge” to be used as foundations for the mill buildings which are still evident in the Millyard today. A natural spring beneath the ledge eventually led it to fill with water. That’s when the fun began….

See, here in New Hampshire, we have no choice but to embrace the cold as we have to live with it for a good part of the year. Back in the 1920s it was no different! That’s how the Amoskeag Brownies began. John Clayton’s 2005 book, “You Know You’re in New Hampshire when…” explains it perfectly2 :

Starting around 1920, this hardy band [Amoskeag Brownies] would usher in the New Year by Carving a hole in the ice and engaging in a midnight swim at…the Amoskeag Ledge…2

…By 1923 the New Year’s swim was coupled with a…Winter Carnival that carried over into January, and the Ledge–also known as the “City of Rocks”–shared top billing with the Brownies. Not only would the Brownies swim in sub-Artic conditions, but their daredevil divers pledged to plunge from the cliffs through carefully carved holes in the ice. Naturally the crowds converged–10,000 by some estimates–and the line between spectator and participant quickly blurred.2

By 1929, the event went all the way into March. In The Telegraph on March 12, 1929, they printed an article announcing the event.3 It wrote:

The Manchester Brownie Club will hold its annual winter carnival at the Amoskeag ledge on Sunday, March 17, at 2 o’clock. These famous swimmers and divers will feature an exhibition including introduction of the super-Brownies, a frolic, general swimming, fancy diving, 60 foot high diving and the 108 foot tree dive.3

Crazy, huh!? I can’t imagine witnessing this, let alone doing it!

The Manchester Historic Association and Yankee Magazine had some great shots below of the Brownies. Enjoy them below!

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Special thanks to:

(1): The Manchester Public Library. See article here.
(2): You Know You’re in New Hampshire When…: 101 Quintessential Places, People, Events, Customs, Lingo, and Eats of the Granite State by John Clayton, 2005. See book here.
(3): The Telegraph, March 12, 1929. “Brownies Club Winter Carnival.” See article here.
(4): Yankee Magazine. See original photo here.
(5): Manchester Historic Association. See their website here.

Rockin’ Around Manchester’s Downtown!

Christmas Events Downtown

Get into the spirit this year, by heading downtown to see all the fantastic festivities, from plays to Holiday Markets to even a 5k run! There is not a doubt that downtown Manchester has just what you need for this Holiday Season!

*All dates and times are subject to change. Please confirm with the venue first!*

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Java Jams with Allie Beaudry

Cafe la Reine – 915 Elm Street 

Wednesday, December 13th 6:00 – 8:30pm

For more information click here!


5th Annual Tower of Toys and Mingle & Jingle Celebration!

Beacon Building – 814 Elm Street

Thursday, December 14th at 5:00pm 

For more information click here!

Holiday Market Square Ad 2017

2017 Downtown Holiday Market

The Brady Sullivan Plaza – 1,000 Elm Street

Thursday, December 14th from 10a-5p

Saturday, December 16th from 9a-3p

For more information click here!

Jim Brickman: A Joyful Christmas

The Palace Theatre – 80 Hanover Street

Tuesday December 12, 2017 7:30 PM

Tickets: VIP: Includes post show meet and greet $75.50. Reserved seating $55.50 and $44.50.

Click here for more details!

A Christmas Carol

The Palace Theatre – 80 Hanover Street

Thursday December 14, 2017 7:30 PM
Friday December 15, 2017 7:30 PM
Saturday December 16, 2017 2:00 PM
Saturday December 16, 2017 7:30 PM
Sunday December 17, 2017 5:00 PM
Sunday December 17, 2017 12:00 PM
Wednesday December 20, 2017 7:30 PM
Thursday December 21, 2017 7:30 PM
Friday December 22, 2017 7:30 PM
Saturday December 23, 2017 7:30 PM
Saturday December 23, 2017 2:00 PM

Tickets: Children (6-12): $25 Adults: $39 – $46 ** Dec. 20- 23 Children (6-12): $30 Adults: $44 – $51

Click here for more details!

Boston Pops Orchestra Tickets

Boston Pops Holiday Concert

SNHU Arena 

Saturday December 16th at 7:30pm

Purchase your tickets online here!

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603 Salsa and Bachata Social Holiday Edition

Bella Vita Dance Studio – 250 Commercial Street – Suite 4019

Friday, December 15th at 7:00 PM 

Bring a toy and entry to the lesson and social is ONLY $5! Entry with no toy is $10!

More information here!

Drip Ornament Making Workshop

Drip Paint Ornament Making Workshop

Studio 550 – 550 Elm Street

Saturday, December 16th at 3:00pm

$15 per person, up to 5 ornaments

More information click here!

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Ugly Sweater 5k presented by Tito’s Handmade Vodka

The Foundry – 50 Commercial Street

Saturday, December 16th at 9:00am

Registration Fees:
Adults (21+) – $25
Youth and Adults (13 to 20) – $25
Youth (12 and under) – FREE

More information here!

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Holiday Extravaganza Shopping Event

Sunday, December 17th from 10am – 7pm

Radisson Hotel Manchester Downtown- 700 Elm Street

For more information click here!

NH School of Ballet Nutcracker

Thursday December 28, 2017 7:00 PM

The Palace Theatre – 80 Hanover Street

Tickets: All seats $18.00 each

For more information, click here!

Stay tuned for our New Year’s Eve Events Blog Post coming soon!

#FoodieFriday December 8th, 2017


Moes’s Italian Sandwich

A hot spot downtown for lunch is Moe’s Italian Sandwich serving up the best subs and sandwiches with an Italian flare! From their Sicilian Classics to their signature sandwiches you’ll find this sandwich shop to cover your lunchtime cravings! Located conveniently on Elm Street, Moe’s should be on your list of places to go for lunch or dinner!

 Moe’s Original Italian Sandwichsandwich

Their own recipe made with mild cooked salami, creamy provolone cheese, sliced onions, bell peppers, dill pickles, tomatoes, black olives and oil. Add mayo, Special “Spicy” Oil, Crushed Red Pepper, Salt, and Pepper to jazz it up a bit! Just looking at it will make you hungry!

Clam Chowder in a Bread Bowl: Clam Chowder Bread Bowl

On a cold winter day there is nothing better to warm you from the inside out than Moe’s Clam Chowder! Pipping hot chowder served in a soft bread bowl is the perfect lunch or snack! Order a sandwich and take it home for a hearty meal!

Signature Sandwiches:moes-italian-sandwiches-meatball-moe

Our favorite is the meatball Sub, made with a heaping portion of meatballs, sauce, Provolone Cheese and Grated Parmesan cheese, a hot sandwich guaranteed to fill you up!  Moe’s has other sandwiches, subs and wraps available, so swing by and order up a lunch that is sure to please! 


Download this coupon, grab a friend and head to Moe’s!


Monday – Friday:

10:30am – 7:00pm


 10: 30am – 5:00pm

Sunday:  Closed

Check out Moe’s Italian Sandwich at 796 Elm Street!


Other great places you may enjoy in the downtown!







#ThrowBackThursday December 7th, 2017

Celebration of Winter!

Manchester has embraced the coming of winter with festivals and winter carnivals over the years! Here is a step back into how the people have celebrated the coming of the cold right here in Manchester, New Hampshire!


Winter Carnival Parade Float – 1924

Just as we did in the Manchester Christmas Parade this pasted weekend, in 1924 participants would deck out their vehicles with decorations and parade down Elm Street too! The theme for this float was snowshoeing as you can see the snowman on front of the vehicle wearing snowshoes!!


Riding Horseback in the Winter Carnival on Lowell Street – 1916

Even in the bitter cold people would ride horseback throughout Manchester in the annual Winter Carnival!


Winter Carnival Snowshoeing and Ski Jumping Contest

Contests like this would take place in the park showcasing the best ski jumping and snowshoeing in Manchester while crowds gathered to watch!


View of the Manchester Winter Carnival showing Textile Field Hockey. Melrose American Legion is playing against the Manchester Hockey Club – 1928

Thank you to the Manchester Historic Association for the incredible pictures and information they provided! 

Tune in next week to learning a little bit about Christmas in the City!

#FoodieFriday December 1st, 2017

XO on Elm

A great place to dine right on Elm Street is XO on Elm, a cozy restaurant serving up season, local cuisine that is too good to pass up! XO on Elm is now serving lunch, so swing by for a delicious lunch with a friend or co-worker and taste all that XO on Elm has to offer!

stuffed dates

Start off your night with one of our favorite appetizers, the Stuffed Dates made with
chorizo sausage and cream cheese  wrapped in crispy pancetta bacon and finished with Blood Orange balsamic glaze… so good you’ll want them all for yourself!


cocnut tofuFor your entree, try their vegan Coconut Crusted Tofu made with crispy coconut tofu, sautéed zucchini, red peppers, carrots, artichokes and baby spinach, simmered in a red curry coconut broth and topped with cranberry apple chutney! A dish that is my personal favorite on a cold night out downtown!

meat and potato

Looking for something with some steak and potatoes? Check out their Grilled 8oz Filet Mignon made with smoked bacon bourbon demi-glace, served with Yukon Gold mashed potato and grilled asparagus! The perfect meal to satisfy your taste buds!

Check out XO on Elm at 827 Elm Street today for a fantastic meal in a great atmosphere!


Monday – Saturday:

4:30pm – Close

Closed on Sundays

Looking for other great places to dine downtown? Check these out!