Greater Nashua has much to offer

A few weeks removed from arriving in Nashua, I still am amazed at all the things to see and do in the area.

Thus far, every weekend has been a new adventure. Although I still am gaining my navigational bearings, I have become accustomed to the general traffic flow and can at least – most of the time – find my way from Point A to Point B.

Saturday was again an adventure, as I braved the holiday weekend traffic to go shopping for a light jacket for my brother, as he works in the cooler early morning hours in The Telegraph’s circulation department.

While I consider myself well-traveled, I certainly am not use to an abundance of retail options, which I must say, is a breath of fresh air.

In Greater Nashua, one can find – literally – anything. From clothing to groceries and electronics to household items, everything one’s heart would desire is just a short drive away.

In addition to all the shopping options, there also is a plethora of locally owned – and chain – eateries. I feel like I could dine at a different establishment every day for well more than a year and still not scratch the surface of all the delicious offerings.

Most of my favorites, thus far, are downtown, like Martha’s Exchange, Espresso Pizza, O’Brien’s and the Nashua Garden. I have managed to venture out some, and particularly enjoyed the Common Man in Merrimack.

All that said, though, I know I haven’t even discovered half the offerings in the area.

And, that’s just talking about shopping and eating.

Activity-wise, events abound, with fun and exciting things to do every day.

Coming up on Monday, Labor Day activities include parades in Milford and Francestown.

In addition, the Latin Festival, originally scheduled for Sunday but moved because of possible bad weather, will kick off at noon Monday at City Hall. Music, ethnic food, prizes and more will be on tap for the event, which will conclude at 9:30 p.m.

On Sept. 9-10, the Egyptian Festival is set for 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and noon to 7 p.m., respectively. The event will take place at St. Mary and Archangel Michael Coptic Orthodox Church at 41 Chandler St. Highlights include free admission, authentic Egyptian cuisine, face painting, Coptic music, prize drawings, a photo booth, gift shop, kids activities, church tours and more.

Also that weekend, downtown Nashua will be turned into an outside culinary destination for the third annual Dinner on Main Street, sponsored by Great American Downtown in partnership with vendors from Nashua’s Farmers Market.

The event will feature dishes made from locally sourced ingredients, including carrot and ginger soup with spiced honey cream and a smoked lobster roll with heirloom tomatoes.

The following weekend, on Sept. 16, Nashua Airport’s Boire Field will play host to Wings and Wheels.

There will be several aircraft on display, as well as dozens of other vehicles.

Attendees are asked to bring a non-perishable food item to be donated to End 68 Hours of Hunger, a program to end childhood starvation.

Those are just a few events that will be taking place in the next couple weeks. That’s not including all of the other arts and entertainment events scheduled, including the Nashua Community Concert Association’s kickoff to its 87th season. That is slated for 8 p.m. Sept. 12 at Elm Street Middle School’s Edmund Keefe Auditorium, where the famed Four Freshmen will perform.

Nashua truly is blessed with a vibrant and active community. From a transplant’s perspective, this city is fortunate to have so many people – businessmen, everyday citizens and volunteers – who care about what is happening and who also try to make a difference in the lives of those who call Nashua home, like me.

Editor in Chief Matthew Burdette can be reached by email at mburdette@nashuatelegraph.com and by telephone at 603-594-1240. Follow him on Twitter @Telegraph_MattB.