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Katie McQuaid's Scene in Manchester: Tech lovers can't give these glasses a pass

October 13. 2013 8:51PM

Last week I had to Google "Google Glass" when I heard SilverTech CEO Nick Soggu and his software-developing wizards have been testing the new "wearable" computer that is going to make us all look like we belong on the Starship Enterprise.

Soggu was invited by Google to be a beta tester of Glass, worn like glasses, that gives users hands-free access to the Internet, phone, a camera, and other technology right in front of their eyes. The SilverTech gang has also been creating apps that will work on the Glass platform. This Wednesday you can hear about their experiences at a New Hampshire Creative Club event.

The discussion, which begins at 6 p.m. at SilverTech's 196 Bridge St. office, will include an overview of Glass, the technology advances that went into creating it, and pros and cons from someone who has been testing it for the last six weeks. Some attendees may even be able to try it.

New Hampshire Creative Club members can attend Wednesday's gathering for free. Non-members will be charged $15. Registration is available at

Soggu surmises that Google Glass technology could replace our current mobile and tablet devices, which is scary for late technology adopters like myself.

"With the screen, speaker, camera and voice recognition built into the shell frame of the glass, it almost becomes all of the computing power you need with you in most situations and pairing it with a smartphone allows you to get internet access and do neat things like translate into foreign languages, get real-time directions, etc.," he wrote to the Scene. "I think this is going to possibly change the way we use computers in a real big way — and quickly."

Hopefully not too quickly. I still haven't learned how to Facetime on my iPhone yet.

Wonderful wines of Oz

With more than 80 wines available for tasting at the YMCA's Wines of Oz fundraiser, I hope organizers have arranged for flying monkeys to give attendees a ride home.

I am sure most of Manchester's networkers will be dusting off their ruby slippers for this 7th Annual Wine Tasting and Auction to benefit the Y's Reach Out for Youth and Families Campaign on Thursday, Oct. 24.

Organizers have really embraced the theme, chosen because of the 75th anniversary of the Judy Garland movie, and promise to fill the Yellow Brick Road along the Brady Sullivan Plaza Concourse with delicious food and beverages, an auction of high-value items from The Emerald City, and silent auction items from the Wicked Witch of the West and the Good Witch of the East. The Tin Man, Scarecrow and Cowardly Lion will ask guests to accept badges of learning, heart and courage to support the Y's Youth Opportunities Unlimited Dropout Prevention.At this late date, tickets have reached their peak of $60 person. They are available at

Reserve your spot

Call now to make a reservation for the Massabesic Audobon Center's Enchanted Fall Festival. The Saturday, Oct. 19, event is great for families, and includes games, crafts, live bluegrass music and a bonfire. But you cannot get the full experience unless you make a reservation for one of the evening's tours. Reservations for tours, running between 4 and 7:15 p.m., can be made by calling 668-2045. The cost is $15 for members and $25 for non-members.

NH365.ORG Event of the Week

The sun will surely come out for the second and final weekend of Manchester Community Theatre Players' presentation of "Annie" at the Jewish Federation of New Hampshire.

There is a huge cast and crew behind this production of the story about the spunky orphan who wins the heart of Daddy Warbucks during the Great Depression. I recently saw a stage version of "Annie" and was surprised to hear songs the 1982 movie did not include.

Tickets for the performances, scheduled for Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m., are $10 for children and $20 for adults. Find out where to get them by visiting www.NH365.ORG

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