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Scene in Manchester: Monsters on the loose, again

August 03. 2014 6:34PM

Watch where you step, Manchester. The monsters are back. They are hungry. And they need chocolate. Studio 550 Art Center is bringing fun and frivolity back to Manchester once again, releasing 100 small, clay monsters all over downtown today.

If you come across a monster, pick it up (don’t worry, they are not dangerous) and bring it to Dancing Lion Chocolate to be rewarded with a free treat. You can also bring your new monster friend over to Studio 550 and draw for prizes ranging from a free adult clay class to studio merchandise.

I have never had the chance to find a monster during one of Studio 550’s regular hunts, but the visual I get is of a downtown executive, probably a lawyer, stumbling across a monster on his way into work. Before starting his stressful day of meetings, emails and angry clients, he stops into Dancing Lion Chocolate for a treat. What a great way to start the day.

Monica Leap, of Studio 550, said the art center is upping the ante for this monster hunt. Hidden among the red clay monsters will be one white clay monster, and the finder will win a free date night in the art center’s pottery studio.

Monster hunters are asked to take only one monster each and share a picture of their new friend on the Studio 550 Facebook page. Let them know if you gave it a name and where you found it. They want to make sure each creature has found a safe and happy home.

Happy hunting.

Boomer Bash

Last week’s Scene item about Zaboo, a new dueling piano bar geared toward the 30-plus age bracket, caught the eye of Ray Garon, president and general manager of radio stations 95.7 WZID and 96.5 The Mill. He said his company’s recent Boomer Bash in June is proof that people older than 29 are craving venues for a fun night out.

“We sold it out,” Garon said, incredulously, saying 400 people showed up for the dance at The Yard restaurant in Manchester. “People were telling me all night long, ‘Nobody caters to us.’”

The Boomer Bash, which featured music from the 1970s and a little ‘80s, will make another appearance on Friday, Aug. 22, from 7 to 11 p.m. at The Yard. The $15 tickets include light appetizers and DJ music the boomers grew up with, “before kids and a mortgage,” said Garon.

Garon said I should bring some friends to the Baby Boomer party. But this gal, clearly born after 1965, will wait for him to throw a Gen X or maybe even a Gen Y party. I can’t wait to throw on a flannel shirt, overalls and maybe combat boots to dance to some Nirvana and Spice Girls.

Tickets for the Boomer Bash will soon be sold online at

Campo Enoteca

A miracle happened last week and my husband and I had an occasion to enjoy a meal, at a restaurant, by ourselves. We were excited to try out Campo Enoteca, the new Italian restaurant opened at 969 Elm St. by the same team that brought us the popular Republic.

Pasta is obviously the main focus of the Campo menu, and the restaurant offers it fresh, made in-house daily. My carbonara was a bit on the salty side, but that didn’t stop me from cleaning my plate. Appetizers, including a unique fried olive dish, were also enjoyable. But, my favorite part was dessert. We shared the ricotta pie and pistachio gelato, both made in-house. They were incredible, as was the service from our attentive waiter, who wasn’t afraid to recommend his favorites.

The restaurant, and downtown as a whole, were eerily empty at 6 p.m. on a Saturday night. Even Hanover Street, which is closed to traffic on Friday and Saturday nights this summer, was empty save for the outdoor diners in front of Hooked and Ignite. Maybe things got busier later in the evening after we left, but it seemed silly to have an entire street shut down.

You can check out Campo’s full menu at

NH365.ORG Event of the Week

This month’s Currier After Hours is not for the lactose-intolerant, as the museum brings dairy farmers and their products front and center.

This Thursday’s event, from 6 to 9 p.m., features an ice cream social hosted by Blake’s Creamery, a food demonstration featuring local dairy products, samples from Benedikt Dairy of Goffstown and entertainment by local Americana band, the Hickory Horned Devils.

A cash bar, including a special adult root beer float, and full menu are available in the Winter Garden Cafe. The event is free with museum admission.

Visit for more information on this and other delicious events visit


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