Katie McQuaid's Scene in Manchester: Let there be Christmas lights
I can thank fellow Manchester mom Kelly Muir for putting an end to nights of driving aimlessly around town with kids in the backseat begging to go home while I promise, "Just one more street."
Muir knows a thing or two (maybe a million) about the power of technology. She works as a UX (user experience) web designer at Ektron in Nashua. She also organizes GiveCamp New England, an annual weekend in Cambridge, Mass., that brings developers, designers and database professionals together to provide free custom programming solutions, and BarCamp Manchester, an annual technology "un-conference" held here in the city.
Some of you may remember Traveling Panda, a painting I created of a very sad-faced panda at Muse Paintbar last year. It has been traveling around the city collecting money for the Union Leader Santa Fund, starting at Double Midnight Comics & Collectibles, then at Child Guidance Early Learning Center, Gosselin's Market and Silk Day Spa.
Owner Denise Nickerson was there to greet me at the 171 Kelley St. store that was filled with delicious pastries and the aroma of locally roasted coffee. Nickerson said in February the Bakeshop will celebrate its fourth anniversary of serving soups, sandwiches, breads, and of course, pastries, all made from scratch.
It's a busy time of year for the team at Intown Manchester. They are working hard to make downtown Manchester a fun and festive place to be during the holidays.
They were responsible for Saturday's Christmas parade and are also sending a tiny elf named Morty out to downtown businesses. If you spot him and point him out to an employee, you get a $25 gift certificate to that business.
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