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Scene in Manchester: Celebrating 5 years for DH's Doghouse

Special to The New Hampshire Union Leader

October 14. 2012 9:07PM

The success of a local business is something to celebrate, no matter how big or small. And businesses don't get much smaller than DH's Doghouse, a trailer that sits on the Demers Garden Center Property on Mammoth Road. The Doghouse is celebrating its fifth birthday on Saturday.

Megan Huard, daughter of Doghouse owner Denis Huard, is clearly very proud of her dad's success. She said opening the Doghouse was a lifelong dream for her dad, who spent a career in the meat distribution industry prior to taking a chance and opening his own business.

The Doghouse is open year-round from Wednesday through Saturday. The menu offers some very creative hot dog specials, all named after Huard's family members. The one that caught my eye is Amelia's Reuben, a 7-inch Fenway Frank topped with sauerkraut, cheddar cheese, Thousand Island dressing and bacon bits.

Megan Huard reached out to the Scene to invite readers to stop by Saturday's birthday celebration from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. to enjoy a piece of cake. The first 100 people who purchase a Doghouse special will also receive a free T-shirt.

The Doghouse obviously enjoys business from the folks who visit Demers Garden Center, but Megan Huard said it has also built up its own following of regular customers from Manchester and surrounding towns.

The cake and T-shirt are a good reason to stop by and celebrate with the Huards this Saturday. But a better reason is to support and celebrate the small business of a lifelong Manchester resident who appears to be staying strong through this not-so-strong economy.

Art & Soul

The first piece of 'art' I ever hung on my bedroom wall when I was a teenager was a framed poster of Beverly Hills 90210's Dylan McKay. (Surprising, I know. I seem like more of a Brandon Walsh girl.) I bought it at Alexander's supermarket. Later, as a young adult with my first apartment I fell into the trap of purchasing cheap art from big-box stores to decorate my walls. It took me a while to realize that real art probably isn't found at the same places where I buy my cereal and shower curtains.

Now that I am a little more mature, I have started stepping away from the cheesy, China-made stuff in favor of unique pieces that actually mean something to me or tell a story about where it came from.

Whether you've recently graduated from big-box store art like me or have always had good taste, then Art & Soul: 2nd Annual Fall Auction to benefit the New Hampshire Institute of Art's student scholarships is a great event for you. On Thursday, Oct. 25, unique pieces created by the school's faculty, staff, trustees and alumni will be auctioned off amid a fun evening of food, drink and live music at the school.

Skip Ashooh, one of the Institute's trustees, will play auctioneer for the evening, so this must be a classy event. I see Ashooh at Hannaford at least once a month and he's never had art in his shopping cart.

Tickets are $55 per person or $100 per couple. Art will be previewed beginning at 5 p.m., followed by the live auction at 6 p.m. Email Suzanne Lenz at for tickets.

Spooky symphony

As The Scene recently reported, there's no trick-or-treating on the Sunday before Halloween this year. But, Manchester families can still dress up that day and head over to the Manchester Community Music School for a Spooktacular Halloween Concert by the NH Youth Symphony Orchestra and Symphony NH, narrated by WMUR meteorologist Josh Judge.

The concert will be a treat for the ears and eyes as the 100 musicians will all be dressed in costume too.

The Oct. 28 concert starts at 3 p.m. and is $5 per person or $20 per family.

NH365.ORG Event of the Week

If you want to find out how to catch my attention, just ask Carol Gayman, director of special events at the Manchester YMCA. Gayman, whom I have known since I was a kid, emailed me last Tuesday night to tell me about this Thursday's 6th annual Wine Tasting and Benefit Auction. Well, I guess I didn't respond fast enough because there she was walking into my 9 a.m. cycling class the next morning hawking tickets for the event. Gayman's timing was perfect. Cycling instructor Mary French had us huffing and puffing so hard we couldn't have said no if we wanted to. That Gayman is a marketing genius.

This 'Get Caught Red Handed' event will have a prohibition-era speakeasy theme. It's all to raise money for the Y's Reach Out for Youth and Families campaign, which helps make programs more affordable for people who need financial assistance. Kudos to the participating restaurants providing food for the evening - Hooked, Ignite, The Wild Rover Pub, Piccola Italia, Hanover Street Chop House, Firefly American Bistro, Fratello's Italian Grille, Republic, The Pavilion at the Hilton Garden Inn, Teknique, JD's Tavern, Consuelo's Taqueria, NH Cupcakes and Creampuffs, Edible Arrangements, Tinker's Seafood, and Mint Bistro, Finesse Pastries, The Kitchen on River Road, The Farm Bar & Grill, and Villaggio Restaurant.

Wine is being provided by local wine distributors and even New Hampshire vineyards LaBelle Winery, Zorvino Vineyards, Candia Vineyards and Jewell Towne Vineyards.

Unfortunately, soccer mom duties will require me to pass on the night out, but I encourage you to attend the event at the Brady Sullivan Plaza at 1000 Elm St. from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $60 and can be purchased at And if you don't buy a ticket soon, who knows where Gayman will track you down.

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