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Katie McQuaid's Scene in Manchester: Stay cool, Manchester

June 29. 2018 10:18PM
Sydney Perras of Manchester keeps her son, Caius, 1, cool at Dupont Splash Pad on Manchester's West Side on June 29, 2018. (DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER)

Are you feeling the burn?

It’s so hot the Manchester health and fire departments have sent out an advisory with suggestions on how to stay cool and avoid heat stroke and heat exhaustion.

One suggestion is to avoid alcohol; caffeine; and very cold drinks, as they can cause stomach cramps. I’m not sure how well people will follow that advice during July Fourth week, so let’s explore some other options to keep cool.


The city has four public swimming areas that will all be open daily this week — even on Independence Day.

Hunt Pool, 297 Maple St., and Livingston Pool, off the Daniel Webster Highway, are both open daily from 1 to 4:45 p.m. And again from 6 to 7:45 p.m.

The Dumont Splash Pad, 207 Mason St., is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Crystal Lake Public Beach, 679 Bodwell Road, is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Raco Theodore Pool, 66 Head St., is closed this weekend for a swim meet.

Cooling centers

If swimming isn’t your thing, the William B. Cashin Senior Center and Manchester City Library branches are open to the public for cooling purposes. The Mall of New Hampshire is also a nice place to take a walk.

Common sense stuff

The health department says be sure to drink plenty of fluids, avoid hot foods, limit outdoor activity to early morning and evening hours, and wear light clothing and sunscreen. Cool showers and baths are also a good option. Warning signs of heatstroke and heat exhaustion can include hot dry skin, rapid pulse, throbbing, headache, dizziness, nausea, confusion, paleness and unconsciousness. If you or someone else experiences these symptoms, call 911.


As night falls, it should be cool enough to venture outside for the city’s Independence Day celebration on Tuesday at Arms Park in Manchester. There will be live music by the 39th Army Band, food vendors and fireworks at 9:30 p.m. You can also view the fireworks from a distance at Derryfield Park.

Gabrielle Baker of Manchester cools off with her son, Elijah, at Dupont Splash Pad on Manchester's West Side on Friday. (DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER)

Oysters on Elm

Raw oysters are the perfect cool summer meal, and Midtown Cafe is offering fresh, right off the boat, New England oysters on the half shell every Friday this summer. This happy hour event runs from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Midtown Cafe patio outside of the Beacon Building at 814 Elm St.

Oysters can be ordered individually, or by the half or full dozen. This is a BYOB event. The cafe will provide a bucket and ice to keep your beverages cold.

Hot junk

The Recycled Percussion boys better get extra hydrated for their Veterans Park performance tonight. To say their shows are high energy is a huge understatement.

Our hometown heroes are promising some new elements and the chance to be a part of the second season of their TV show “Chaos and Kindness,” which will be filmed at the park.

Tickets to the general admission, family-friendly show are $32. Opening entertainment starts at 7 p.m. with the main event starting at 8 p.m. For more information, visit

Cool magic

The Palace Theatre will provide some affordable family entertainment inside the cool dark theater with several performances by magician BJ Hickman

Enjoy comedy, magic, dazzling deceptions, and mind-reading miracles for just $9.

Performances are Tuesday at 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. and Thursday at 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. For more information, visit

Explore the forest

If you’re craving outdoor adventure, join Amoskeag Fishways on an outing to a shady forest this Thursday.

This is the first in the Fishways’ Family Adventures series, held from 9:30 a.m. to noon, Thursdays in July.

Hike, stomp, dig, climb, splash, and search for critters and discover some of the local natural gems of the Merrimack River watershed. Other family outings include ponding on July 12, bog adventure on July 19 and river fun on July 26. Family adventurers will meet at the Fishways and caravan to the local destination of the week. The cost is $10 per family per session.

How do you plan to beat the heat in the city this summer? Send your thoughts to Katie at

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