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Katie McQuaid's Scene in Manchester: Young friends of the Currier

March 02. 2014 6:19PM

Part of Jane Seney's job as senior educator at the Currier Museum of Art is to train volunteer guides — called docents — to lead tours of the museum and the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Zimmerman House.

But Seney's docent training classes are missing a certain demographic. It seems young professionals appreciate the museum, but can't find the time.

"Whenever I lead a training for a new group of docents, I inevitably hear from interested young professionals that can't fit that kind of commitment into their schedule," she said in an email to The Scene.

So Seney decided to start a new volunteer group called Young Friends of the Currier, which will have its inaugural meeting this Thursday night in the museum's Winter Garden Café. The idea is to create opportunities for busy young professionals to support the museum using the tools they're familiar with, specifically social media.

Seney said she will run Thursday's meeting, which starts at 5:30 p.m., with the hopes that future leadership and a steering committee will be formed from the attendees at the first gathering. The group plans to meet quarterly, coinciding with the museum's after-hours programs.

Thursday's fun after-hours program will begin right after the Young Friends meeting. It will feature specialty cocktails, a food demonstration, gallery discussion, and a performance by The Boston Typewriter Orchestra, a group that combines the insistent rhythm of typewriters with elements of performance, comedy and satire. (Sounds like a regular day in the Union Leader newsroom to me.)

Seney said everyone at the Currier has great aspirations for the Young Friends group.

"I hope it becomes a strong coalition that works to support the museum through social media and innovative partnerships," she wrote. And they hope the group's support of the arts will extend beyond the Currier to other areas of the community.

So, how do you know if you're young enough for this group? Seney said "young-at-heart" is the ultimate requirement. The group is for any busy professional looking for a way to support the arts that will fit into their schedule.

The meeting is free, but please register at

Waiting for Spider Man

My husband's a bit of a comic book geek, so imagine my excitement when I found out a live show featuring Marvel super heroes was scheduled to come to the Verizon Wireless Arena in October, right around his birthday.

Marvel Universe promises "a mind-blowing show," featuring Spider-Man, Iron Man, Hulk, and more. The action-packed arena extravaganza has special effects, pyrotechnics, aerial stunts, martial arts, motorcycles and more.

As soon as I got the email from the Verizon that tickets were on sale, I went to the site and made my purchase. I was pretty proud of myself for planning a 39th birthday gift nine months early. The Wife of the Year Committee would surely be knocking on my door any day.

Turns out it will have to be a 40th birthday gift. Marvel Universe Live will be coming to Manchester in October ... of 2015. My tickets have already arrived in the mail and I am certain I will misplace them by then.

I asked Jason Perry, director of sales and marketing for the arena, why tickets went on sale so early and whether I was the only one who jumped the gun on my purchase.

Perry said the show's producers, Feld Entertainment, decided to release tickets for all U.S. shows at once. While Manchester will not be visited until 2015, other cities will experience the show this summer, and others not until 2016.

And, Perry said, a "shocking number" of people have purchased tickets for Manchester so far, "but that doesn't surprise me for there are the mega fans out there of Marvel and this show will certainly be an impressive one to see."

I am sure it will be. Better hurry up and get your tickets at You only have 20 months until show time.

Sullivan for St. Patrick's

Congratulations to Sister Patricia Sullivan RSM for being named Grand Marshal of the 19th annual Manchester St. Patrick's Parade. The parade will not be held until Sunday, March 30, but the city's Saint Patrick's season begins this Saturday when Sr. Pat will receive her Grand Marshal sash during a Celtic Mass at Saint Raphael Parish at 4 p.m.

Sister Pat's resume is impressive. The former director of New Hampshire Catholic Charities holds degrees from Saint Anselm and Harvard. One of 10 children, Sister Pat was nominated by her sister Joan (Sullivan) Fleury who said Sister Pat is "an excellent example of a successful Manchester resident who does her Irish heritage proud."

Saturday's "passing of the sash" will be followed by St. Raphael's annual Saint Patrick's Day Dinner. Tickets can be purchased for $15 by calling event Chairman Joan Bissonnette at 494-3941.

NH365.ORG Event of the Week

Predators of the Sky will descend upon PSNH this Saturday during a presentation by Tom Ricardi with the Massachusetts Bird of Prey Rehabilitation Facility. Audience members will get an up-close view of a golden eagle and a turkey vulture at the program to be held at PSNH's Five Rivers Auditorium at 780 North Commercial St.

Two presentations will be held, one at noon and one at 2 p.m. The cost is $10 per person or $25 per family. Advance registration is required. Visit for more information.


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