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Katie McQuaid's Scene in Manchester: Military fashion show will raise funds for Veterans Count

February 09. 2018 10:14PM
Beyond the Boots: A Military Fashion Show will be held March 13 at Manchester Country Club to benefit Manchester Veterans Count. (Courtesy)

Retire New Hampshire National Guard Col. Jim Moody spent 31 years in the Guard. That’s a lot of time in fatigues.

Moody, chairman of the Manchester Veterans Count board, said one of the things he enjoyed about participating in the nonprofit’s inaugural Beyond the Boots: A Military Fashion Show last year was seeing his fellow service members in civilian wear.

“What happens when we take off the uniforms? What do we look like? We look like everybody else,” said Moody, who will be returning as one of 20 veterans modeling in this year’s military fashion show on Tuesday, March 13 at Manchester Country Club. Last year’s event attracted 200 people and raised $14,000 for local veterans, service members and their families.

“They’ve been in uniform for so long. They’ve been told how to dress and what to wear,” said Denise Petrin, another board member of Veterans Count.

Petrin, who comes from a family of veterans, said after attending many veteran events she wanted to create something that would get them out of their uniforms and also shine a light on female veterans.

“It seems like everything is geared towards men,” she said.

Beyond the Boots has a good balance of 10 men and 10 women representing all five branches of the military.

Volunteer Linda McLaughlin said models will show formal and casual looks from boutiques around Southern New Hampshire, including Fresh and DesignWares in New Hampshire, Benton Shoe, Men’s Warehouse, and George’s Apparel in Manchester, Joseph A. Bank in Bedford, and Britches, Fabulous Looks, and Gondwana in Concord.

McLaughlin’s husband Brian McLaughlin will co-emcee the show with WMUR’s Erin Fehlau.

Tickets for Beyond the Boots are $40 per person or $500 for a VIP table for six. There will be hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, and a raffle with the top prize of a $2,500 sapphire and diamond necklace donated by Nasser Diamonds.

Tickets can be purchased at www.vetscount.org/nh/events/2018-beyond-the-boots/.

Moody said the fundraising is important, but he also hopes this builds awareness of the services offered by Easter Seals’ Veterans Count organization. He said New Hampshire has about 100,000 veterans and many still don’t know about all the services available to them.

2018 Limited Edition Valentine's Box (Courtesy)

From Manchester, with love

A Valentine’s Day on a Wednesday doesn’t feel very special, unless you get a $125 box of chocolates. 

Dancing Lion Chocolate’s Master Chocolatier Richard Tango-Lowy has created only 12 of his limited edition Valentine’s Day boxes. Each contains a hand-crafted chocolate heart filled with truffles and a rose marshmallow caramel cup in a bed of candied cacao nibs with nutmeg and cinnamon. There is also a chocolate disc that is etched with the receiver’s name.

Tango-Lowy said the Valentine’s Day boxes are the “wildest” thing he makes all year. He comes up with the idea for the box three months before the holiday and then takes two months figuring out how to pull it off. Each one takes about a day to make.

“They’re insanely cool,” he said. They'd better be, since the number one recipient is his wife.

“I actually make this for my wife and I make 12 more for customers,” he said. 

When I spoke with Tango-Lowy on Friday, he had only a few more boxes left. You can reserve one by stopping by the 917 Elm St. shop or calling 603-625-4043. If you miss out, or just can’t swing a $125 box of chocolates, it’s still a worthwhile stop to see the other unique chocolate offerings he has for your Valentine.

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