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July 11. 2014 8:56PM

Manchester's Hanover St. block party kicks off block party season


Paul O'Connor from Kingston looks over the Ignite menu with Kristi Scarpone during the weekly Friday Night closing of Hanover Street, on Friday in Manchester. (Thomas Roy/Union Leader)

MANCHESTER — After getting washed out on opening night, downtown restaurant and business owners were optimistic the weather would cooperate in the second week of the city’s Hanover Street block party season.

This is the third year the city has allowed Hanover Street to be closed to traffic from Chestnut south to within a half block of Elm, setting up the block for outdoor dining an entertainment during what can be a slow time for downtown eateries.

The season runs Friday and Saturday nights from July 4th weekend through Aug. 30, although heavy rains last Friday delayed the 2014 opening to Saturday.

“Saturday night went OK,” said Chuck Kalantzis, owner of Penuche’s at 96 Hanover St. “Everyone who came enjoyed it and said it should be done consistently. It’s something nice for the city. It’s nice for downtown, too.”

Kalantzis said he was sponsoring entertainment this summer, which included soothing sounds of acoustical music at dinner time, then maybe a live band later in the evening. He said he planned other attractions including dancers from local studios, students from the New Hampshire Institute of Art

“I try to keep it all from this area,” he said.


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