Turkish Cultural Center opening, March 23, 2013The organization's new home, at 530 Chestnut St., will host Turkish language and cooking classes, seminars and book talks, "friendship dinners" and trips to Turkey - which natives spell "Turkiye."
Gov. Maggie Hassan greets the Consul General and Ambassador from Turkey, Burak Kararti at a meeting with community leaders prior to the ribbon cutting ceremonies. (Bruce Taylor/Union Leader)
Oznur Lingoz and Selda Toklu, dressed in clothing from the Turkish homeland, hold the ribbon intended to signify the opening of the Turkish Cultural Center in Manchester. (Bruce Taylor/Union Leader)
State representative Lenette Peterson, of Merrimack, is greeted prior to the ceremony by Turkish Cultural Center board member Nedim Aycaner. (Bruce Taylor/Union Leader)
The Consul General of Turkey based in Boston, the Honorable Burak Kararti, poses with Manchester Ancient Order of Hibernians members Patrick Boyle, Hibernian Pipe Major, and Bruce Irwin, Hibernian Drum Major. (Bruce Taylor/Union Leader)
Posing in traditional Turkish garb are (l-r) Esma Atli, Busra Atli, Isabella Cico and Sida Ayyildiz with in the back. (Bruce Taylor/Union Leader)