Check out all these fun activities for the kids this summer
Jun12

Check out all these fun activities for the kids this summer

School is almost out, and that means thousands of school-aged kids will soon be added to the daily population for the next three months. What to do with all the extra restless bodies? We thought you’d never ask. Since we know – from experience – that kids are just bundles of endless energy, we thought we’d do all the parents out there a solid by pulling together a big package of fun stuff for the kids to get into this summer. While...

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Get jazzed up for all the  summer concerts in Concord
Jun12

Get jazzed up for all the summer concerts in Concord

Now that it’s practically summer, you’re probably going to be spending a lot more time outdoors. It’s just the natural thing to do. So why not get your outdoors time in while enjoying some live music – and for free? It’s summer concert season, and it all gets going the day this paper comes out (Tuesday) with the Nevers’ Band at Eagle Square to kick off Concord’s Music Series Summer in the City. The Nevers’ Band will play on Tuesdays...

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Food Snob: We tried some ice cream from the new Frekey’s Dairy Freeze in Penacook
Jun12

Food Snob: We tried some ice cream from the new Frekey’s Dairy Freeze in Penacook

Ice cream lovers who live in the Penacook area were no doubt bummed out last year when Summer Freeze, a classic old-school ice cream stand, never opened. The ownership group fell on hard financial times and they weren’t able to open the shop at all last summer, leaving the residents of the area with no choice but to drive into Concord proper to grab a cone or a sundae. But at long last, the drought is over and ice cream flows in the...

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Entertainment: It’s concerts galore – both in and outdoors
Jun12

Entertainment: It’s concerts galore – both in and outdoors

The weather has been virtually perfect lately (knock on wood!), and there couldn’t be a better time for the concert scene to really start picking up. There’s plenty of music to be heard around here this week, both indoors and under the open sky, so get out there and enjoy it.   Music Tuesday Scott Solsky at Hermanos Cocina Mexicana at 6:30 p.m. The Nevers’ Band at Eagle Square at 7 p.m. Wednesday Paul Heckel at Hermanos at 6:30...

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City to cut the ribbon on new pool at Keach Park
Jun12

City to cut the ribbon on new pool at Keach Park

The city of Concord invites the public to attend a ribbon-cutting ceremony with Mayor Jim Bouley and Councilors Gail Matson and Candace Bouchard for a grand unveiling of the newly-renovated pool at Keach Park on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. A grand pool reopening will follow the ceremony until 7:30 p.m., hosted by Concord Parks and Recreation. Concord and Penacook residents must bring their ID for free entry. Non-residents must purchase a...

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Take home a piece of the Concord Theatre
Jun12

Take home a piece of the Concord Theatre

Have you always wanted to own a piece of Concord history? Well grab a truck and some friends who don’t mind lifting heavy things and head on down to the old Concord Theatre at 16-18 S. Main St. on Saturday to nab some free chairs. As you’ve probably heard, the Capitol Center for the Arts is renovating the old Concord movie house and they need to make room for all the new stuff. So on Saturday, the folks at the Capitol Center are...

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Taste six beers and cannolis at Local Baskit
Jun12

Taste six beers and cannolis at Local Baskit

Did you know that National Cannoli Day is this Saturday? Well it is, and to celebrate, Local Baskit is hosting a cannoli and beer pairing event on Wednesday. From 5 to 7 p.m., stop by Local Baskit and try a selection of six beers to help crown the best pairing with freshly-filled cannolis. There will be beers from: Litherman’s Limited, Concord Craft Brewing, Henniker Brewing Co., Hobbs Tavern and Brewing, New Belgium Brewing and...

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Bulletin Board: Yoga hikes, Chamber events and ice cream
Jun12

Bulletin Board: Yoga hikes, Chamber events and ice cream

Four-day musical experience offered From June 19-23, Concord Community Music School will host the Alan Fraser Institute, a chance for pianists and other musicians to work with an internationally renowned practitioner of the Feldenkrais method. The teachings of the Alan Fraser Institute are described as “improved physical organization for deeper artistic expression,” and can help musicians at any level (and any age) achieve musical...

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On Display: Landscape artist Jim Murphy featured at Forest Society
Jun12
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Look at this movie poster-quality photo we found on Instagram
Jun12

Look at this movie poster-quality photo we found on Instagram

We were poking around on Instagram last week and were having sort of a hard time finding a photo to use for this feature – until we came upon this shot by user @shelmckin. This was taken at White Farm on Clinton Street, and @shelmckin really knocked one out of the park with this shot. It looks like it should be a movie poster or an album cover or something like that. It also sort of reminds us of The Lion King for some reason. In any...

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There’s some new public art in Concord
Jun12

There’s some new public art in Concord

The city recently added some new public art in front of the Capitol Center for the Arts from artist John BonSignore’s Toe Dancer series. There are actually two stainless steel pieces (we could only fit one here) and they’re called Mori Dancer, which translated from Japanese means Forest Dancer. Go check them out – they’ll be there for a long time.

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Concord Food Co-op to show movie in parking lot
Jun12

Concord Food Co-op to show movie in parking lot

The Concord Food Co-op is trying something new. No, we’re not talking about the organic cotton candy grapes we saw on Instagram last week, but rather the Co-op is hosting an outdoor movie night – in the store’s parking lot. On Friday, the six-time Oscar nominated film My Man Godfrey (1936) will be shown once the sun goes down on a large screen using a projector. The showing will begin at 8:45 p.m. (just to make sure there’s no...

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Concord Chorale to put on two concerts this weekend
Jun12

Concord Chorale to put on two concerts this weekend

The Concord Chorale will continue its 50th anniversary season with a pair of performances at South Congregational Church. The upcoming concert, “Be of Good Comfort,” invites all to take a journey through American vocal music, starting with the work of William Billings, plus stirring compositions of New Hampshire’s own Amy Beach, some soul-satisfying spirituals and works by Randall Thompson and Moses Hogan. Interspersed is the stunning...

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CYPN: Connor Spern wants to see an active volcano
Jun12

CYPN: Connor Spern wants to see an active volcano

The Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce’s Concord Young Professionals Network (CYPN) introduces you to our “Young Professional of the Month,” Connor Spern. 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? 21 Where do you live? I just moved to Manchester. Where do you currently work? I’m the sales and marketing...

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The Arts: Student show at Kimball Jenkins opens Monday; last chance for League
Jun12

The Arts: Student show at Kimball Jenkins opens Monday; last chance for League

Mill Brook Gallery Spring and Summer Through: Sept. 2 Outdoor Exhibit Through: Oct. 14 Location: 236 Hopkinton Road Hours: Thursday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. League of N.H. Craftsmen Fairy Tales and Fantasies Through: Friday Celebrating 85 – The Stevens Collection Opens: June 29 Location: 49 S. Main St., Suite 100 Hours: Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Kimball Jenkins Student Show Opens: Monday Reception: June...

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This Week in Concord History
Jun12

This Week in Concord History

June 12, 1804: Alarmed by the frequency of escapes from local prisons, Gov. John Gilman makes the first substantive proposal for a state prison in Concord. It will be more than eight years before the prison opens on North State and Tremont streets. June 12, 1886: The Daniel Webster statue is dedicated in front of the State House. June 12, 1977: In Concord, William Loeb tells the Gun Owners of New Hampshire that the only way to combat...

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Book of the Week: ‘Sing, Unburied, Sing’
Jun12

Book of the Week: ‘Sing, Unburied, Sing’

Sing, Unburied, Sing Jesmyn Ward 2017, 285 pages Fiction JoJo is the biracial son of young and irresponsible Leonie and incarcerated Michael. He takes care of his younger sister Kayla, helps maintain the family home with his grandfather Pop, and looks over his dying grandmother Mam. JoJo calls his mother by her first name and seems to carry with him a sadness for the woman that used to be and who seems to no longer care for neither...

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Your official Insider Summer Guide, 2018 edition
Jun05

Your official Insider Summer Guide, 2018 edition

Well, here we are, folks. Another year, another summer on the horizon, another jam-packed installment of our annual Summer Guide. We’ve already pulled out some highlight events from Concord and the rest of the state for you, and now it’s time to give you the rest. Here’s what’s going on across the state all summer long. June 9 9th Annual Herb & Garden Day Herbal educators and seasoned growers from all walks of life will come...

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Mark your calendars for these key summer events in Concord
Jun05

Mark your calendars for these key summer events in Concord

Before we get into the full-size Summer Guide in a few pages, we thought we’d provide you with a quick glance at some of Concord’s marquee events coming up this summer. The full guide can be pretty overwhelming, and since many of you reading this do, in fact, live right here in Concord, we thought this piece would be a handy reference for you to use when planning out your summer in the city. Market Days Market Days is one of the...

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There’s plenty to do all over the Granite State this summer
Jun05

There’s plenty to do all over the Granite State this summer

With summer fast approaching, everybody wants to have some things to look forward to during our short-lived season of fun. While there’s plenty to do right here in Concord, we recognize staying in the same place for too long can get boring and that many of you might like to cruise around the state and find something to do. That’s why we pulled together this little roundup of some fun that can be had all over the Granite State this...

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We added a new member to the Insider team
Jun05

We added a new member to the Insider team

After months of guessing when it would actually happen and a couple extra weeks of waiting, there’s finally a new addition to the Insider team! On May 22 at 4:07 p.m., editor Tim Goodwin and his wife, Mary, welcomed their second daughter, Penelope Joan Goodwin, to the family – joining big sister Sophie. It was a day the Goodwins had been looking forward to for 15 days past the nine-month mark, as their little Sweet P decided to wait...

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Concord’s new community center ready to open to the public
Jun05

Concord’s new community center ready to open to the public

The last time we saw the building that has since become the new community center – formerly Dame School on Canterbury Road – there was a gigantic pile of classroom chairs in the parking lot, and the whole place was surrounded by construction fencing. Now it has a whole new entryway, landscaping and a fresh, modern look inside and out. After about a year of hard work, the new space is finally set to open to the public on Monday, with...

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Entertainment: As weather heats up, so does the music scene
Jun05

Entertainment: As weather heats up, so does the music scene

As we enter June, the live entertainment – particularly the outdoor variety – tends to pick up, and it’s no different right now as the Nevers’ Second Regiment Band is set to play its first outdoor show of the year next Tuesday at Eagle Square. There’s plenty more on the entertainment front this week, too, such as:   Music Tuesday Poor Howard at Hermanos Cocina Mexicana at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday Rob Wolfe at Hermanos at 6:30 p.m....

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See lots of Abbot-Downing vehicles Saturday
Jun05

See lots of Abbot-Downing vehicles Saturday

Are you a fan of the Abbot-Downing coaches? It’s kind of a silly question, because of course you are – they were made right here in Concord, after all. So head down to Johnny Prescott Heating Oil Propane on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., because in addition to helping the area with its heating needs since 1940, it also doubles as a homage to the Abbot-Downing Co. and the vehicles it built. It’s the largest collection of the...

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Join Concord Food Co-op for Tai Chi & Dinner Picnic at Canterbury Shaker Village
Jun05

Join Concord Food Co-op for Tai Chi & Dinner Picnic at Canterbury Shaker Village

Join the Concord Food Co-op at Canterbury Shaker Village on Wednesday for Tai Chi & Dinner Picnic. Instructor Marcia Wyman will lead a Tai Chi class for adults 18 and older. No prior experience is required. This will be a great opportunity for newcomers. The event is free and open to the public. Bring a friend or significant other. This is an adult class, so any children would be required to sit quietly and be supervised by an...

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Bulletin Board: Strawberry jam, dance show and live auction
Jun05

Bulletin Board: Strawberry jam, dance show and live auction

Pedaling for Payson fundraiser Join the Concord Hospital Trust team as they host a Pedaling for Payson fundraiser with a “Bike Night on the Big Screen” on Thursday at Red River Theaters at 6:30 p.m. Reveal the Path is a genre-defying adventure film that contemplates what it means to live an inspired life using the bicycle as a mechanism to explore, dream and discover. Regions explored include Scotland’s lush valleys, Europe’s snow...

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Search for next N.H. poet laureate is on – get nominations in by July 20
Jun05

Search for next N.H. poet laureate is on – get nominations in by July 20

Nominations are now being accepted for the next New Hampshire poet laureate. Current Poet Laureate Alice Fogel will complete her term in March 2019, after five years serving as an ambassador for New Hampshire’s poets and raising the visibility and value of poetry in the state. Former New Hampshire poets laureate include Walter Butts, Patricia Fargnoli, Donald Hall, Marie Harris, Cynthia Huntington, Jane Kenyon and Maxine Kumin. New...

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9th Annual Herb & Garden Day to be held at Canterbury Shaker Village
Jun05

9th Annual Herb & Garden Day to be held at Canterbury Shaker Village

On Saturday, herbal educators and seasoned growers from all walks of life will come together to share their unique knowledge and build upon a tapestry of age-old wisdom about trees and seeds, herbs and plants, and the power of nature to heal. The 9th Annual Herb & Garden Day, presented by New Hampshire Herbal Network, will take place among the historic buildings and stunning landscape of Canterbury Shaker Village, featuring 12...

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En plein air paintings at Concord Chamber
Jun05

En plein air paintings at Concord Chamber

Jessica Fligg really likes to do en plein air paintings. No matter the season, she is out there painting away with her oils and watercolors. A couple years ago, we featured her exhibit at the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce that focused on paintings from one year (October 2014 to September 2015). Now Fligg, who “studies how lines, positive and negative spaces, lights and shadows work together to create space and visual pathways,”...

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Hatbox to host ‘Rednecks to Rhinestones’
Jun05

Hatbox to host ‘Rednecks to Rhinestones’

Monitor staff This Friday, don’t miss the world premiere of Laughta in New Hampsha’s Comedy Cabaret: Rednecks to Rhinestones at the Hatbox Theatre. The show is a musical play written by “true Southern girl” Seraphim Afflick, and it features performers from local theater productions as well as stand-up comedy students from local production company Laughta in New Hampsha’s classes. The story takes place in the fictional town of...

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