Cat Alley (Manchester, NH)

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Date Of Visit: January 12, 2019

Location: Dean Ave (off Elm St), Manchester, NH (about 20 minutes south of Concord, NH and 1 hour northwest of Boston MA)

Hours: Accessible 24 hours a day

Cost: Free

Handicapped Accessible: Yes

Dog Friendly: Yes

Parking: There is plentiful parking on Elm St.  Just don’t forget to feed the meter.

Summary: Images of cats painted on the walls of an alley in Manchester, NH.

Highlights: graffiti, family friendly, historical

Tips:

  • cat alley is located on Dean Avenue between The Bookery, (844 Elm St) and Lala’s Hungarian Pastry (836 Elm St)
  • parking meter timers are enforced strictly
  • The street sign for Dean Avenue can be found on the shingle of LaLa’s Pastry Shop

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New Hampshire is known for being a dog friendly state.  It turns out it’s also cat friendly.

 

The artists involved in this artistic display include Peg Lipin, Bill Earnshaw, Brian Lapree, Noonan, Cindy O’Rourke, Del Christensen, Aimee Cozza, 11-year-old Kaitlin Gould, Brianna Gould, Caroline Chavette, Emily Drouin, Alex Mathieu and Anita Huddlestun.

Painted in 2009, Cat Alley has an assortment of cats in different poses and situations and professions.  Paintings of cat burglars, copy cat editors and cat barbers line the walls of the alley.  I never knew cats were such barbers.  Whenever I go anywhere near my cat with a of scissors, she freaks out.  They’re also pretty good in the kitchen too.  Maybe they should open a deli-cat-essen.

 

 

The alley is a little hard to find.  But, if you set your GPS to 844 or 836 Elm St you will be able to see it.  Unless you get there early, you may have to park some distance from the alley.  But, once you see the sign for Dean Avenue that can be found on the shingle of LaLa’s Pastry Shop you will know you’re there.

 

A plaque at the end of the alley gives a historical background about the alley.

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If you want to ride your bicycle to Cat Alley, you’ll be pleased to find these cat shaped structures to lock your bicycle.

 

Someone took an interest in my photography.  So, of course, I photographed him as well.  He did approach me and when he noticed what I was photographing we both went on our separate ways amicably.  Just something you may want to keep in mind if you do go for a visit.

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Below are a  few similar places I have visited and blogged about on my New England Nomad blog.  Please check them out and follow me at https://www.facebook.com/newenglandnomad/

Legal Graffiti Wall (Beverly, MA)

Murals (The Point, Salem, MA)

Nearby Attractions:

The Amoskeag Fishways

Currier Museum Of Art

 

 

Founders Park(Hingham, MA)

Date Of Visit: January 12, 2019

Location: intersection of South Street and North Street, Hingham, MA (about 30 mins southeast of Boston, MA and about 1 hour northeast of Providence, RI)

Hours: Accessible 24 hours a day

Cost: Free

Parking: There is parking available at on the streets and a parking area near the park

Handicapped Accessible: Yes

Dog Friendly: Yes

Highlights: benches to sit on, sculpture, plants and flowers

Summary: Founders Park in Hingham, MA, is a small sitting area with flowers and a sculpture

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Sometimes “hidden gems” are in plain sight.

While driving to Hull (more from that visit to be posted later), I almost drove right past this little park. But, eventually, I found it.

What the park lacks in size it makes up for in charm. With its benches and trees, plants and flowers this park is a wonderful place to sit and rest or contemplate.

Dedicated in 2008, Founder’s Park, Founder’s Park was constructed without the use of tax payer funds. After the MBTA Commuter Rail Tunnel that runs behind the area where the park is located, the the Garden Club of Hingham raised funds for the creation of the park. The Garden Club continues to care for the park.

The highlight of the park is the sculpture “A Bale of Turtles, a Croak of Frogs” by David Phillips. One of the details I noticed is that some turtles are bronze colored while others are green. I also like the little turtle trying to climb up the side of the rock.

Born on January 8, 1944 in Flint, Michigan, Phillips relocated to Cambridge MA in 1970. He has been an active participant in the New England art scene ever since. According to Phillips’s website, he has 13 sculptures dedicated to different parks and spaces in New England including this one. He has several more sculptures displayed throughout the states and abroad.

The one downside to the location of this park is the lack of parking. In fact, parking in general is fairly scarce in this area. Due to the narrow size of the road, there isn’t any street park allowed on South Street (the most direct route to the park) and, while there is parking allowed on some of the streets nearby it is sparse. There is a small parking area for patrons of a nearby shop (which is where I parked since I was only going to be there a short time). But, if you live nearby it would be a very good place to walk to and maybe take your pup.

Similar Places I’ve Visited:

911 Memorial Park (Westfield, MA)

Rotary Common Park (Nashua, NH)