The Grand Opening celebration of our new space in downtown Manchester will celebrate the craft culture in Manchester. As such, this week’s festivities will feature a variety of local talent and will highlight the work of local artisans. From music, to poetry, to aerial arts, to food and drink samples and demonstrations, the Grand Opening of the Manchester A&E Coffee & Tea cafe is a testament to all that is crafted in and around Manchester!
The Grand Opening events will feature a variety of New Hampshire’s local talent. A&E barista Ashley Turner will start off the celebration on Thursday with a noontime piano performance. Chris Cavanaugh, a local singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and music teacher will perform Friday at noon. Saturday night kicks off with a 7 p.m. performance from Badfellows, an Indie Rock band with folk and alternative influences, and the festivities will conclude with a mid-day performance on Sunday by the Doodads and Don’ts, a local folk band featuring A&E barista Sam Delay.
The celebration will highlight an array of art forms throughout the four day event.
A poetry workshop will be held Saturday afternoon from 1-3 p.m. featuring information on getting published and navigating the world of publishing, as well as tips for hitting the road and making your voice known. The workshop will feature special guest Derrick Brown, a renowned poet and founder of Write Bloody Publishing.
Cost of Attendance: $10 per person; attendants encouraged to arrive early.
The poetry workshop will be followed by a Poetry Slam competition Saturday from 3-5 p.m. hosted by Slam Free or Die, New Hampshire’s only officially registered poetry slam organization. This show will open with a special performance by Derrick Brown, followed by an eight-poet Cash Slam. There is a $10 buy-in for each participant poet and the top poet after three rounds of competition will take home the cash!
Cost of Attendance: $3 suggested donation; all proceeds will support poetry in New Hampshire via Slam Free or Die.
Note: Sign ups for the Cash Slam begin at 2:30 p.m. and are first-come/first serve. Each participating poet will need 3-4 three-minute poems to compete.
There will be an artist reception Friday at 6 p.m. for Jason Debow, a local Manchester artist. His work hanging in the A&E Manchester café features stains on wood and depict the global enjoyment of coffee with iconic café scenes.
Aerial Circus Performance
Heather Murphy of Go Ninja is an accomplished aerialist who will be featured at Spooky World’s Club Circus attraction this year. She will dazzle viewers with her gravity-defying moves using aerial silks (think Cirque du Soleil) on Friday afternoon from noon to 2 p.m.
FOOD AND DRINK:
Throughout the weekend A&E will feature nibbles from local vendors and some made in-house from our new food menu. The Thursday Night Throwdown latte art competition will pit barista against barista for bragging rights to the most beautiful cup, and tastings and workshops will continue throughout the weekend.
The Manchester A&E cafe will host the next latte art competition. This month’s Thursday Night Throwdown (TNT) will feature the best baristas in town. Doors open at 8 p.m. and the main event starts at 9 p.m.
Admission: $5 per person.
A coffee tasting on Saturday from 10-11 a.m. will provide an excellent opportunity to sample a variety of A&E’s coffees. Likewise, a tea tasting will occur from 10-11 a.m. on Sunday and will feature a variety of black and Oolong teas.
A “Brew Methods” class on Sunday from 2-3 p.m. will provide instruction and discussion on the various ways to brew coffee, including French press, pour-over, espresso pours and more. This will be a great opportunity to learn how each method affects a coffees flavor profile and which methods work best for your own individual taste preferences.
Cost of Attendance: $5 per person.
The Schedule of Events can be viewed here. We hope to see you around!