Get those last-minute essentials you need for Thanksgiving
Nov21

Get those last-minute essentials you need for Thanksgiving

It’s the day before Thanksgiving, and you open the fridge to discover you have no beer, no pies and no clue where you’re going to be able to stock up at this point in time. It’s true that by now it is probably too late to place your special orders for pies, turkeys or complete, ready-to-eat Thanksgiving meals, but that doesn’t mean you have to show up to the in-laws’ empty-handed. There are plenty of local businesses around here that...

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Support your community this weekend with Plaid Friday, Shop Small Saturday and Stuff a Truck
Nov21

Support your community this weekend with Plaid Friday, Shop Small Saturday and Stuff a Truck

Can you believe the Christmas shopping season is already breathing down our necks? What happened to fall? Anyway, as most of us know, the day after Thanksgiving has become an all-day shopathon known as Black Friday. This is when people pitch tents and sleep in parking lots for a chance to buy an Xbox or a TV or an iPhone – you know, the true essentials in life. But rather than run the real risk of being trampled, mugged or repeatedly...

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Go Try It: Try to strike it rich with the Treasure Tree at the Feztival of Trees
Nov21

Go Try It: Try to strike it rich with the Treasure Tree at the Feztival of Trees

The Feztival of Trees is a good time for the whole family. With so much to see – and so much potential to win fun prizes – it can be easy to lose your concentration in there. We’re here to remind you that there’s one tree you definitely don’t want to miss – the Treasure Tree. The Treasure Tree is exciting because of all the potential money it could come with, as well as the inherent risk. What’s this risk, you might be wondering?...

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McGowan Fine Art makes move up the street
Nov21

McGowan Fine Art makes move up the street

McGowan Fine Art has finally said goodbye to the only home its ever known (10 Hills Ave., for the last 37 years), and made the big move three streets over to 2 Phenix Ave. The gallery will reopen in its new space on Friday at 10 a.m. There is an open house scheduled for Dec. 1, from 5 to 8 p.m., during Midnight Merriment. 

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Another year, another wacky assortment of displays at the Feztival of the Trees
Nov21

Another year, another wacky assortment of displays at the Feztival of the Trees

At long last, the Feztival of Trees has returned to the Bektash Shrine Center on Pembroke Road. Every year before Thanksgiving the function hall fills up with dozens of fake Christmas trees, decked out in some of the oddest decorations you’ll ever see. This year there are 106 trees, and when we stopped by last Sunday, it seemed like there was a truly eclectic assortment – even for the Feztival of Trees. There are also miniature trees,...

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Holiday shows are about to take over the city
Nov21

Holiday shows are about to take over the city

The holiday season is upon us, and we know how your schedule can fill up pretty quick. So we wanted to let you know about all these great holiday shows on the horizon. Here’s a quick look at what’s coming up, and we’ll go into more detail as the dates get closer. Concord City Auditorium The Concord Community Concert Association & N.H. Theatre Factory will kick off the holiday season with A Christmas Carol: The Musical Ghost Story...

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Concord is the place to be for exhibitions
Nov21

Concord is the place to be for exhibitions

Concord is home to lots of great locations to see some incredible art. So that means at any given time, there will be a wide range of work on display all over the city. It’s hard keeping track of all the shows, hours you can view them and how long they’ll be around. So we’ve compiled this trusty list for you, so you can concentrate on checking out the art. McGowan Closer: Gary Haven Smith and Bert Yarborough Through Dec. 22 Hours:...

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Bow student to perform with Boston Ballet
Nov21

Bow student to perform with Boston Ballet

Aiva Berrigan, a seventh grader at Bow Memorial School, is performing in Boston Ballet’s production of Mikko Nissinen’s The Nutcracker in the role of a soldier. Berrigan will be in 15 shows, including the opening night on Friday at the Boston Opera House. The Nutcracker offers performances through Dec. 31. Berrigan trained locally at Eastern Ballet Institute in Concord and has spent many summers at intensives including Burklyn Ballet,...

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Live music, theater and movie listings for Concord
Nov21

Live music, theater and movie listings for Concord

While lesser cities might scale back the entertainment options as Thanksgiving approaches and passes, Concord ramps it up. This week you can check out Pat & the Hats when they play a Friendsgiving show at True Brew Barista, hear some stand-up comedy at Hatbox Theatre and take in a musical version of a classic ghost story at the Concord City Auditorium. Some shows will charge a cover, depending on the venue and the act, so call...

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Christine Blain has a nautical exhibit at NHTI
Nov21

Christine Blain has a nautical exhibit at NHTI

The NHTI Library’s latest exhibit, “Coastal Life: Boats and Harbors of Maine and New Hampshire,” features the work of New Hampshire artist Christine Blain. The nautical-inspired show is on display through Dec. 8.

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We crashed opening day of Concord Handmade
Nov21

We crashed opening day of Concord Handmade

If you missed the memo, Concord Handmade, the city’s favorite (and only) holiday pop-up shop is back for a seventh year, landing at a new location – 18 S. Main St. It’s right near the Concord Food Co-op and until recently, still had the American Bodybuilding Supplements sign over the door. But now it’s all Concord Handmade after opening last Wednesday, with about 70 really talented artists from New Hampshire and beyond. There’s a lot...

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Bulletin Board
Nov21

Bulletin Board

Learn about lending decisions N.H. Federal Credit Union Center for Finance & Education, 47 N. Main St., will host Lending Decisions & How They’re Made on Dec. 5, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Have you ever applied for a loan and anxiously awaited the decision on the loan? Have you ever wondered why you don’t get that great rate the dealer advertised when it comes time to sign the dotted line? This educational session provides you a...

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Book of the Week: ‘The Baker’s Secret’
Nov21

Book of the Week: ‘The Baker’s Secret’

The Baker’s Secret Stephen Kiernan 2017, 309 pages Fiction During World War II in a small village in Normandy, Emmanuelle (Emma) the baker wakes every morning to bake bread for the German occupying force. Emma’s secret is that she’s found a way to stretch the batter of the loaves. This way she can bake 14 loaves instead of 12, and give the other two to the starving people. She thinks of clever ways to help the others in her village,...

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This Week in Concord History
Nov21

This Week in Concord History

Nov. 21, 1987: On a gusty day during which the temperature never hits 20 degrees, Concord High School defeats Salem 14-7 to win its first state football championship since 1974.   Nov. 21, 2000: Frank Monahan, a basketball coach revered locally and well-known nationally, dies of a heart attack at age 60. His coaching career included stints at Bishop Brady High School, Concord High School and Merrimack College and in the United...

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Lend a helping hand  this holiday season
Nov14

Lend a helping hand this holiday season

Welcome to the Insider’s annual Guide to Gifts and Giving, a partnership with the Granite United Way. There are so many organizations out there who are in need of volunteers, supplies and donations, especially around the holidays. Earlier this month, the United Way put a call out to the service organizations for things they’re in need of and then pass it along to us, so we can print it for the masses. As you will soon see, there are a...

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There are many food pantries around here, and they’re always looking for help no matter the time of year
Nov14

There are many food pantries around here, and they’re always looking for help no matter the time of year

Since this is our annual Guide to Gifts and Giving issue, we decided to check in with some local organizations whose businesses rely almost entirely on gifts, but not the kind that come in fancy wrapping paper with big red bows. We’re talking about food pantries, and there are more than two dozen of them in Merrimack County, with about half of those stationed right here in Concord. And while it’s great that there are so many of these...

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Merrimack Valley Day Care Services gives kids a place to grow
Nov14

Merrimack Valley Day Care Services gives kids a place to grow

Every year as the calendar inches closer to Thanksgiving and Christmas, it’s typical for people and businesses to start thinking about those in need in the community and what they can do to help. At the Merrimack Valley Day Care Service, that spirit of helping runs strong all year long. Since parents usually have to work all year long, that means the kids always need a place to be, and that’s where MVDCS comes in. Celebrating its 50th...

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New winter shelter could use a nice boost
Nov14

New winter shelter could use a nice boost

For a few years, right about this time of year, there has been a collective scramble to figure out where the emergency winter shelter in Concord was going to be. After First Congregational Church and South Congregational Church made the decision to end their shelter operations in 2015 after many years of providing a warm place to stay for the city’s homeless, many wondered what would happen the following winter. It took well into...

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Live music, theater and movie listings for Concord 
Nov14

Live music, theater and movie listings for Concord 

Once again, we have another week that’s bursting at the seams with entertainment options. From a free show at a music school to a special show at Rattlebox, there’s something entertaining going on for everyone.   Music Wednesday Poor Howard will play at Hermanos Cocina Mexicana at 6:30 p.m. There will be no cover charge. Thursday Richard Gardzina will take the stage at Hermanos at 6:30 p.m. Friday My Mothers Mustache will play at...

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Bow Elementary School students learn about concussions by making egg helmets
Nov14

Bow Elementary School students learn about concussions by making egg helmets

Concussions, unfortunately, have become more and more prevalent in today’s society. It seems that just about every day, some star athlete we watch on TV is diagnosed with a concussion, or some student athlete we’ve never heard of has to take the week off of practice for the same reason. In extreme cases, people even die from a disease caused by repeated blows to the head. Concussions are no fun, but they are a reality, and it’s...

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Wreath-laying ceremony to celebrate Franklin Pierce’s birthday
Nov14

Wreath-laying ceremony to celebrate Franklin Pierce’s birthday

Franklin Pierce, the only U.S. president from the great state of New Hampshire, would be 213 years old on Thanksgiving. And every November, on or around his birthday, the White House sends a wreath to be placed at his gravesite to commemorate the president’s date of birth and contributions serving in the country’s highest office. And since it would be a little tough to have a ceremony on Thanksgiving – with all the other things people...

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NHTI Stage Lynx to perform ‘Spoon River Anthology’ this weekend
Nov14

NHTI Stage Lynx to perform ‘Spoon River Anthology’ this weekend

If you have any plans for this weekend, you’d be well-served to cancel them all. Why? Because the Stage Lynx, NHTI’s drama club, is going to put on quite a performance on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The show, directed by Jim Spiegel, is called Spoon River Anthology, and it’s sort of a modern adaptation of some old works. Written by Charles Aidman, Spoon River Anthology is a series of about 60 vignettes with musical interludes, based...

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The craft fair circuit is going to be very busy
Nov14

The craft fair circuit is going to be very busy

If you happened to miss last week’s Insider, you might not be aware of the fact that holiday craft fairs are quite popular in this area – like super popular. Really from the last weekend in October right through the second week of December, people will flock to local schools, churches and community centers in search of handmade jewelry, clothing, candles, soaps and much more. It’s also a great place to find that one-of-a-kind gift for...

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New Hampshire Master Chorale to perform ‘The Heart of the Singer’ at First Congregational Church
Nov14

New Hampshire Master Chorale to perform ‘The Heart of the Singer’ at First Congregational Church

If you’ve ever leafed through the pages of this paper before, you probably know that there’s always a ton of live music to be heard around here. Between all the bars, restaurants, outdoor areas (though not so much at this time of year) and dedicated music venues, there’s seemingly always music filling the air. But for the most part, the live music is always pretty straightforward – you go and hear a collection of songs by a group,...

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On Display: Merrimack River Painters at Kimball Jenkins
Nov14

On Display: Merrimack River Painters at Kimball Jenkins

The Merrimack River Painters are a group of 12 female artists from New Hampshire and Maine that show off their experience as painters with a collection of clever creations in “Finding Our Voices,” in the Kimball Jenkins Carriage House. The exhibit shows off the work of all 12 women, and will be on display through Dec. 2.

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Chapman, Hancock to earn Chamber honors
Nov14

Chapman, Hancock to earn Chamber honors

The Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce hosted its biggest event of the year last week, the 98th Annual Meeting at the Grappone Conference Center. In addition to the cocktail reception, keynote presentation and a sit-down dinner, the Chamber handed out a pair of pretty big awards – the 2017 Citizen of the Year and Special Community Service Citation. William Chapman was chosen as the Citizen of the Year, while Mary Louise Hancock was...

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Concord Garden Club to host Matthew Mead
Nov14

Concord Garden Club to host Matthew Mead

Matthew Mead is kind of a legend when it comes to making beautiful home arrangements. If you’re not familiar with his work, he’s what we like to consider a home stylist guru. He has worked for home decor giants like Pottery Barn, and has been featured in the pages of Better Homes and Gardens – to name just a few. We’ve seen a ton of finished products created by Mead, but have never had the good fortunate of watching as he uses his...

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Concord Young Professionals Network: Robert Dunn likes beer and went to Alaska
Nov14

Concord Young Professionals Network: Robert Dunn likes beer and went to Alaska

The Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce’s Concord Young Professionals Network (CYPN) introduces you to our “Young Professional of the Month,” Robert Dunn. Each month the CYPN Steering Committee recommends a young professional in the community it thinks Concord Insider readers would enjoy getting to know better. How old are you? 35 Where do you live? Tilton Where do you currently work? For the past 2 ½ years, I have been part of the...

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Art exhibitions on display in Concord
Nov14

Art exhibitions on display in Concord

Concord is home to lots of great locations to see some incredible art. So that means at any given time, there will be a wide range of work on display all over the city. It’s hard keeping track of all the shows, hours you can view them and how long they’ll be around. So we’ve compiled this trusty list for you, so you can concentrate on checking out the art.   McGowan Fine Art Closer: Gary Haven Smith and Bert Yarborough Through...

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Bulletin Board
Nov14

Bulletin Board

‘Time Flies’ at Jazz Sanctuary Sunday On Sunday at 1 p.m., Jazz Sanctuary – First Church/ Third Sunday will explore the theme “Time Flies – The Spirituality of the Moment,” as conversational guest and pastoral psychologist, Emily Geoghegan joins Pastor and vocalist Emilia Halstead to consider mindfulness in the face of society’s increasing time-oriented stress. Mitch Albom’s fable about Father Time, The Timekeeper will serve as...

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