Unless you are sporting the same mustache you've been growing since the 1970s, you have probably noticed that mustaches have made a comeback. Not real ones, but fake mustaches to be worn ironically. For the past couple years, they've been showing up on upper lips, T-shirts and even index fingers, and next month they'll be showing up in the Millyard to raise money for prostate cancer awareness.
I have written about "Movember" festivities in the past. People all over the world wear fake mustaches and mustache paraphernalia during the month of November to put the spotlight on men's health issues. Some men grow real mustaches to commemorate the month. I know it is not November yet, but I want to give potential mustache growers plenty of time to get ready for Manchester's inaugural Stache Dash 5K on Sunday, Nov. 17.
Kimberly Cronin and Crissy Kantor have been acquaintances for several years, but just one year ago they connected on a different level when they discovered that both their fathers had prostate cancer. Cronin lost her dad to the disease about a year ago; Kantor's dad is still fighting the disease.
The two ladies cannot grow mustaches themselves (although if they did, Kantor could probably help remove it at her Hanover Street Chill Day Spa.) But, what they can do is bring awareness to the disease that affects so many families in our city and state.
"It is amazing the number of people I have come to find out are also dealing with this ... Even though it is a men's disease it devastates families," Cronin wrote to The Scene.
Cronin said she started a New Hampshire chapter of Women Against Prostate Cancer about a year ago. This year she and Kantor decided to become race directors and start the Stache Dash. The race begins at 10 a.m. at Arms Park with an after-party planned for Milly's Tavern.
Sticker mustaches, both traditional and glitter styles, will be given to racers. After the race, there will be a contest for silliest mustache (real or fake). Anyone who pre-registers will get a T-shirt; the first 50 registrants will get boxer shorts. There are also a limited number of swag bags and beer tickets for runners over 21.
Kudos to Cronin and Kantor for putting together a unique, fun and healthy event for our city. To register, visit www.millenniumreg.com/stache-dash-5K. The cost is $25 per person or $15 for kids 13 and under.
I was so happy to get a letter from Marilyn Mons, who taught fourth grade when I attended Webster School in the 1980s. Mons attends the West Side's First Presbyterian Church, at the corner of Bath and Second streets, and invites readers to the church's annual German Supper on Wednesday, Oct. 16, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Mons shared some church history with me, which says it was started in the 1870s by a group of German Protestants, and held services in German until 1942. Today, the small community is led by Pastor Doug Rickard, who is known by many in Manchester for his time leading the local Salvation Army, his extensive community involvement and musical talent. I wonder if he will play his bagpipes at the German Supper.
The menu includes homemade German potato salad and sauerkraut, hot dogs, liverwurst, beets, beans and rye bread. Adults are $10, children 6 to 12 are $4 and under 6 can eat for free.
Get your tickets at the door, or contact Mons at 668-7899.
Happy October! Halloween decorations are popping up all over the city, and I am excited for another year of nighttime trick-or-treating in the city on Thursday, Oct. 31, from 6 to 8 p.m. If you are wondering when trick-or-treat times and town-sponsored Halloween events are planned in other towns and cities across the Granite State, visit NewHampshire.com. Site contributor Lisa Martineau may know this state better than anyone, and she is updating her extensive list almost daily.
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There is free admission to the Currier Museum of Art for everyone this Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon as part of Family Saturday. The focus will be finding patterns in the galleries and the studio, with hands-on activities and a guided family gallery walk at 11:30 a.m.
While the museum encourages families to enjoy its beautiful collection, I caution anyone with really small children (those who are able to walk, but who do not understand museum etiquette) to think twice about attending. Touching is not allowed — in fact, you must stay at least 18 inches away from all pieces. I am still scarred from a family trip several years ago.
Currier.org/visit/families has some helpful tips and guidelines for those thinking of attending with children.
You can find out more about Currier events and other wonderful things happening around our city at NH365.ORG.
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