Our friends at the Easter Seals New Hampshire will be seeing red next week — or at least they hope they will. That's because Monday, June 25, is a very special Easter Seals night at the New Hampshire Fisher Cats ballpark.
Like the popular “white out” trend at stadiums, Easter Seals has put out a challenge to its supporters to pack Northeast Delta Dental Stadium with people wearing red to show their support for Easter Seals.
And it's not just about what you wear to the game. The Fisher Cats will donate half of all Box Seat and Premium Box Seat purchases to Easter Seals' Children's Services and will provide special incentives for groups attending the game.
Pam Dube, Easter Seals' senior director of communications, assures us this is a great (and fun!) opportunity to raise money for and awareness of the organization's Children's Services. Easter Seals Child Representative Carter Mead will throw out the opening pitch, Easter Seals Community Based Services client Dave Jenne will sing “God Bless America,” and Easter Seals staff will also hold the flag during the national anthem.
Tickets are available at www.nhfishercats.com, by calling the box office at (603) 641-2005 or visiting the box office during regular business hours.
What are the chances?
We'd like to extend our congratulations to Manchester residents Kristyn and Gregg Nelson on the birth of their first child, Julia Kay, on June 9. The birth of any child seems like a miracle, but Julia's birthday is even more special. June 9th is also the birth date of her mother, and maternal grandmother Sharie Pothier. And all three females were the first-born children in their families.
Although Kristyn's due date was June 8, and she knew this birthday hat-trick was possible, she was still shocked when Julia decided to share their special day too. Their annual mother-daughter birthday tradition involves lunch and pedicures. We hope little Julia is a very still and patient 1-year-old so she can get her little piggy toes painted next year too!
Feeling hot, hot, hot
We get a lot of grief from readers who think since we write about the openings of various eateries around town that we must be getting lots of free food. We hate to disappoint, so Katie has finally decided to accept some free eats as a judge in this summer's Fire on the Mountain Chili Fest.
The 10th annual competition presented by the Henniker Rotary Club takes place Sunday, Aug. 19, on the beautiful slopes of Pats Peak at 1 p.m. Katie and her fellow judges — WZID morning host Mike Morin and the famous Executive Chef Nicole Barreira of Cactus Jacks/TBones and the Copper Door — will sample entries from both professional and amateur cooks.
Although Katie watches a lot of Food Network, we're pretty sure she is the least qualified of all the judges. Still, she can't wait to use phrases like “interesting flavor profile” and “this one's giving me a lot of heat.” That is, if she is still able to speak after tasting all that chili.
The top prize in the amateur category is $300 cash — awarded to both the judges' top pick and the People's Choice winner. If you have a favorite chili recipe you think could be a winner, visit www.chilinewhampshire.org to find the rules, entry forms and other information.
Don't cook, but love to eat? A $10 ticket ($5 for kids 10 and under) will let you sample the chili entries from 1 to 3:30 p.m. If that's not enough food, you'll also get a hamburger or hotdog with your admission. The event also features a car show, vendors and children's activities.
Best business idea
We're looking forward to finding out who will win this year's NH Startup Challenge. The three finalists in this Manchester Young Professionals Network competition are Bryan Marble and Mike Veilleux, both of the fair Queen City, and Michael T. Muldoon, of Hampton. You can see them all give their final elevator pitches about their business concepts at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at St. Anselm College.
A panel of judges will decide which competitor will win an array of prizes, including $25,000 in cash, a trip to the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, free advertising, accounting and legal services and a one-year residency at the abi Innovation Hub's Accelerator Program.
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There's nothing like enjoying fresh, local veggies in the summer. We'd like to check out the Common Earth Farmers Market which is now running on Tuesdays at the International Institute of NH and Wednesdays at Lafayette Park. The market, formerly known as the International Farmers Market, features both traditional and ethnic vegetables grown by farmers in Hillsborough County.
We appreciate this market's efforts to bring fresh, local produce to residents of our inner city. Those who receive government food assistance can double the power of their dollars when they purchase at the market, which will be open through October.
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