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Katie McQuaid's Scene in Manchester: Auctioning old banners to raise new ones

June 08. 2018 10:42PM
Manchester Central juniors Grace Potvin, Kyle Swetland, Sabrynna Pearson and Sam Schneider pose with championship banners they are helping to auction off. The banners they're modeling represent Central championships in ice hockey (1981), girls' soccer (1981) , baseball (1985) and boys' basketball (1989). (DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER)

Central High School has not hung an athletics championship banner in its gym since 2003. It’s not for lack of winning. Like other public school deficiencies here in Manchester, it’s lack of money.

Members of the student organization Life of The Little Green Athlete made it their mission this year to recognize all the teams who have brought home the glory — past, present and future. And they are looking for athletic alums who want to rekindle those glory days to help them raise the money to do it.

“We are auctioning off the old ones,” said group adviser Diane Antoscia of the 87 banners that, until recently, hung proudly in the Central gym. Going back to 1973, they celebrate the school’s wins in Class L, Division I, state, and New England championships in football, skiing, hockey, baseball, cheerleading, track, cross country, tennis and volleyball.

The silent auction is scheduled for this Tuesday, June 12, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Central cafeteria. If a former athlete can’t make the auction, Antoscia suggests they send a proxy with cash or a check made out to Central High School.

The money raised will be used to create one banner for each team that lists all the championship years over the decades. It will be less expensive to add new years, rather than a purchase a whole new banner for every title.

The Life of The Little Green Athlete students have already raised $3,000 for the project, which also included having the gym power-washed. Another $4,000 is needed to buy the new banners and get someone with a lift to put them up.

No surprise, the teams with the most banners are cross country and track, thanks to longtime running coach Joe O’Neil. 

“Those are going to be the biggest sellers,” predicted Antoscia.

Manchester Central juniors, from left, Sabrynna Pearson, Kyle Swetland, Sam Schneider and Grace Potvin pose with championship banners they are helping to auction off. (DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER)

More women on bikes

Antoscia is also one of the bike enthusiasts behind Manchester Women’s Bicycle Month, declared this month in an effort to get more city women on bikes. 

The first event — Learn to Ride a Bike — is today, June 9, from 9 to 11 a.m. at JFK Coliseum. This is for anyone who has never ridden a bike before.

On Thursday, June 14, a two-hour women’s group ride for all levels will leave from City Hall Plaza at 6 p.m. 

On Saturday, June 23, there will be a bicycle safety fair at Beech Street School from 9 to 11 a.m.

The events are sponsored by Bike Manchester and QC Bike Collective, the latter of which will have a new home at the end of the month at 35 Elm Street, across the street from Bakersville Elementary School

Dinner with Frank

If you have deep pockets and a love of architecture, fine dining and unique experiences, you’ll want to check out the premier auction item at the Currier Museum of Art’s online auction fundraiser. It’s a catered party for eight at the museum’s historic Zimmerman House, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright

This is the first time in history the museum has allowed a private dinner at the historic home, which is traditionally only open for docent-led tours. The evening will start off with cocktails and live music, a tour of the exquisitely preserved mid-century residence, and a customized five-course catered dinner with Currier Museum Director Dr. Alan Chong.

Wright designed the house, its interiors and furniture, the gardens, and even the mailbox. In 1979 the building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places

Bidding is open at through June 20. Then bidding will continue at a live auction during the Currier Society’s Live Auction and Gala on June 22. 

Don’t let the $7,500 opening bid for this item scare you away from visiting the auction site. There are plenty of other options including works of art, dining, overnight packages, and other experiences.

Do you have an interesting item for The Scene? Send it to Katie at

Manchester Central juniors, from left, Sam Schneider, Kyle Swetland, Sabrynna Pearson and and Grace Potvin pose with championship banners they are helping to auction off. (DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER)

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