Katie McQuaid's Scene in Manchester: Getting in the mood for St. Pat's Day
There is nothing like going out for Sunday breakfast, and this Sunday you can start enjoying your pancakes slopeside when the Chalet Cafe opens at McIntyre Ski Area.
The counter at the McIntyre cafeteria has always offered a limited breakfast menu of bagels and breakfast sandwiches. Kitchen manager Steve Doherty promises his new cafe will be a true dining experience, including traditional breakfast fare like eggs Benedict and maple walnut French toast served by a waitstaff.
Doherty said he ran the breakfast operation at the former FreetownYankee Market in Raymond and he is bringing favorite items from that menu to the Chalet Cafe.
This Sunday, Mighty Mac will still be open for skiing, so only half the lodge will be partitioned off for dining. But as the snow melts, the dining area will expand and outdoor tables will be available as the weather warms.
Doherty seems excited to invite his first customers to his new venture. For now, breakfast will be served every Sunday from 7 a.m. through 1 p.m. through the spring and summer. If he sees the demand, Doherty said he will likely expand the hours.
And don't worry, those of you who need a little something extra in their juice or coffee can order from the full bar. Sunday is Saint Patrick's Day after all.
Celebrating Saint Patrick's Day in the Queen City
As I drove down Elm Street last week, I was excited to see our main street is already painted with big green shamrocks for this weekend's festivities. The Queen City's parade does not take place until the following Sunday, but this gives us a full week to celebrate and a better chance of warm weather for the parade and Shamrock Shuffle road race.
If you are looking for a place to show off your finest green attire, here is a little wrapup of Saint Patrick's Day celebrations in and around the city. I stole most of it from the wonderful www.NH365.org events calendar. Check it out to find more options outside of Manchester.
Bobby's big party
Bobby Stephen's Saint Patrick's Day Dinner Celebration is Saturday at 5 p.m. at the Executive Court in Manchester. Stephen, who is known for his delicious Lebanese lamb kabobs, has managed to make his name synonymous with the Irish holiday. This is his 35th year holding the event, which attracts many of the state's movers and shakers and raises money for New Hampshire Jobs for America's Graduates and other disadvantaged students in our state.
The dinner and entertainment starts at 5 p.m. Tickets are available at the door for $50.
On Thursday, the Dana Center is hoping you will be entranced by its annual Irish-theme concert. This year the Saint Anselm College theater is hosting the extraordinary and wildly original Celtic Crossroads. The group weaves gypsy, jazz, world music, and blues into a bold fusion of traditional and 21st century Irish music sure to have you clapping, stomping, and dancing in your seats. This show starts at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $32.50.
Corned beef & cabbage
I love eating corned beef and cabbage on Saint Patrick's Day, but I certainly don't want to cook it myself. Two local churches are offering the traditional Irish grub this weekend. Saint Paul's United Methodist Church on Smyth Road holds its dinner Saturday from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $8 in advance or $10 at the door. Proceeds will go to the church's women's missions. And Brookside Congregational Church's High School Youth Group is serving $8 corned beef and cabbage meals at the Elm Street church on Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. to raise money for its upcoming mission trip.
Doors open early
I wonder if any of downtown's revelers will still be awake at 3 p.m. when the seven-piece band The Black Pudding Rovers hosts a sing-a-long at Penuche's on Hanover Street. After all, the Saint Patrick's Day celebrating downtown begins at 5:30 a.m. Sunday when the Wild Rover on Kosciuszko Street plans to open its doors. The pub's website promises to pour the first Guinness in the state at 6 a.m. sharp.
Celtic Woman - live
I am not talking about another PBS special featuring these gorgeous women with amazing voices. The real Celtic Woman will be at the Verizon Wireless Arena on Sunday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The ladies will perform traditional Irish tunes, timeless pop anthems, and inspirational songs. Ticket prices range from $43.50 to $99.
A celebration just for the children is happening in nearby Hooksett at Cowabunga's. The bounce house place that is a great site to burn some energy during the winter months will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday and features Irish step dancers at noon and 2 p.m. Passes are $10 for any children who can walk and free for adults and babies.
His event hasn't been around quite as long as Bobby Stephen's dinner, but Bob Baines will be holding his 13th annual Blarney Breakfast at the Radisson on Wednesday from 7 to 9 a.m. This year's breakfast features entertainment by Irish tenor Anthony Kearns. Tickets are $100 each and support Special Olympics NH, the Shirley Brulotte Fund for the International Institute of NH, and the American Red Cross.
Parade organizer Stephanie McLaughlin is so passionate about the parade, she and several friends have donated 12 bottles of wine for a "Liquid Raffle" to benefit the parade and its costs. Raffle tickets are $50 each and only 20 will be sold. When I wrote this column, there were only nine left. To get your ticket, email McLaughlin at firstname.lastname@example.org. The winner will be drawn on parade day, March 24.
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