OK, IT’S JUST a silly thought but why not share it?

Now that the warm spring weather is on its way, downtown restaurants and bars will be putting out their small bistro tables and comfortable chairs for some Gate City sidewalk dining and drinking. And some establishments allow dogs to enjoy the pleasant atmosphere, so it’s a nice way to kick back and see what’s happening along the busy Main Street area.

Whenever I am stuck at the traffic light by Fratello’s at East Pearl and Main, I can’t help but notice the former Alec’s Shoes building across the street. It’s smack in the center of Nashua and the future home of the city’s performing arts center.

It’s an ideal spot as an entertainment venue. In early 2018, the board of aldermen approved the proposed $15.5 million project, but a lot more money is needed before any construction can begin.

I am drawn to the top of the front part of the building which features a flat, wide rectangular rooftop. By now, you may know where I’m headed.

If it’s at all possible, couldn’t we open it up by summer for rooftop dining and drinking with maybe a string quartet playing? It wouldn’t have to be decorated much because it’s the view that matters most.

At 65 feet, the height of the structure is by no means imposing, but it’s high enough and safe enough to offer folks a great view. And the money brought in could go to the private fundraising aspect of the performing arts center.

I can promise you, this would be a hit and people would be excited to hang out on a downtown rooftop sipping a Merlot and watching the world go by.

Hey, it’s just an idea but the current architectural design plans have just been released and could include “a rooftop terrace featuring food and drink.”

But why not now? Why couldn’t the city use the rooftop as a way to raise money for the mega-project?

Speaking of creative fundraisers, tickets are now on sale for the 6th annual Meri Goyette Arts Awards Luncheon being presented by City Arts Nashua in collaboration with the Nashua Arts Commission. The theme of the event is “Poetry Toast” and will be held at Sky Meadow Country Club, 6 Mountain Laurels Drive, Nashua, on Sunday, April 14, 2019, at 11 a.m. Tickets start at $65 per person, and table sponsorships are welcome.

It’s a champagne lunch but also a kid-friendly event and will feature a celebration of the art of poetry through the spoken word, dance, music and live painting. There will be silent and live auctions and a wonderful ceremony recognizing this year’s arts awards honorees.

Mayor James Donchess is expected to attend as the awards presenter.

Here are the Arts Awards winners:

Arts Hero Award: Brian McCarthy (the late president of Nashua’s Board of Aldermen)

Individual Award: Meghan Durden (Nashua School District’s K-5 art district coordinator)

Small Business Award: Stella Blu (popular downtown tapas restaurant)

Company Award: Southern New Hampshire Medical Center (the Art of Hope program)

For more information, contact Tara Kalish, event organizer, at 413-329-5721 or tara@cityartsnashua.org.


Ms. Stylianos is a Nashua native. Her column is published weekly. She can be reached at jtania512@gmail.com.

Ms. Stylianos is a Nashua native. Her column is published weekly. She can be reached at jtania512@gmail.com.