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Katie McQuaid's Scene in Manchester: Granite Staters ready to celebrate Royal Wedding

By KATIE McQUAID
May 18. 2018 10:26PM




WERE YOU UP AT 5 A.M. this morning, glued to the minute-by-minute televised coverage of the nuptials of England’s Prince Harry to American actress Meghan Markle?

If you were up buttering scones and pouring celebratory mimosas before sunrise, then you need to be with your fellow Anglophiles at British Beer Company starting at 11 a.m. The South Willow Street pub was the only local establishment I could find that is celebrating the royal wedding in style — well, Yankee-style.

“We have the staff wearing tuxedo T-shirts,” said manager Kayla Lamontagne.

Bartenders will also be wearing the tiny, decorative, clip-on hats called “fascinators,” a word I’ve only heard used during a royal wedding.

The celebration will include specialty drinks and a royal wedding menu. Repeat coverage of the wedding will be shown on the bar TVs, and patrons can get inflatable crowns and take photos as the bride and groom.

“He’s carrying her, and she’s got a beer in her hand,” Lamontagne said of the cardboard cutout photo op.

I think it’s safe to say that no one in the British Beer Company would actually be allowed inside St, George’s Chapel for this blessed event, but they will certainly be having more fun.

Local coverage will begin on most stations, including a five-hour special edition of “Good Morning America” on your local ABC station, at 5 a.m. The service itself begins at 7 a.m.

Heartache and hope

You know it’s fundraiser season around here when you have dinner with non-family members one night and then share breakfast with them early the next morning. A lot of Manchester people have been burning the candle at both ends, especially Mayor Joyce Craig, who has been a trouper through it all, showing up with enthusiasm for so many organizations working to make our city better.

Two of the events I had the honor of attending last week, the Farnum Center’s Spirit of Hope Awards and Manchester Community Health Center’s Morning Matters program, left the audience with heartache for all the people in need, but also hope for the innovative ways these organizations are changing the city.

Morning Matters keynote speaker Dr. Susan Lynch, who shared some pretty grim statistics about childhood obesity, said Manchester seems to be doing all the right things to end the epidemic, specifically mentioning the Manchester Police Athletic League programs, the New Hampshire Food Bank, and the Manchester Neighborhood Health Improvement Strategy.

She said the country will need a cultural shift to end childhood obesity. “I think that’s what I’m seeing in Manchester.”

The hope at the Spirit of Hope Awards was all about the collaborative work being done by all the city agencies who are helping those with substance use disorders. Honorees included Dr. Cheryl Wilkie, Farnum Center’s chief operations officer, and Ben Gamache, owner of Gamache Properties and a longtime Easterseals supporter.

Mental health in May

Learn about the history of Manning House, the historic home of Pastoral Counseling Services (PCS), during an open house on Tuesday, May 22.

PCS, located on the campus of Elms Street’s Brookside Church, is opening its home to the public in honor of Mental Health Awareness Month. Manchester Historic Association Executive Director John Clayton will share stories about the building. There will also be time for networking and light refreshments.

Also in honor of May as Mental Health Awareness Month, Silvertech CEO Nick Soggu is encouraging donations to PCS, a nonprofit, by matching all dollars given, up to $5,000.

For more information, call PCS at 603-627-2702, Ext. 110

If you are interested in New Hampshire’s solutions to our state’s mental health and addiction issues, be sure to watch for our new Beyond the Stigma series, including stories coming this Sunday and Monday.

Do you have an interesting item for The Scene? Send it to Katie at scene@unionleader.com.


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