Lots of elbow grease goes into building a set for a play
Jul18

Lots of elbow grease goes into building a set for a play

Part of the fun of taking in a stage production is being able to fully immerse yourself in another world for a few hours and forget about the real one outside the auditorium doors. You can’t really get that immersive experience unless the stage is adorned with a nice, well-made set. While the acting, singing and dancing may be the main attractions of any stage show, it can sometimes be easy to overlook the set – after all, the...

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We checked out all the hard work that goes on at a rehearsal for ‘Barnum’
Jul18

We checked out all the hard work that goes on at a rehearsal for ‘Barnum’

Anyone who’s ever been to a play before knows that there are a lot of elements that go into a show – especially if that show is a musical. There’s dialogue, stage directions, choreography, singing, live music, costume changes and all kinds of other things that have to come together for the play to be a success. We wanted to find out just how much work goes on before the curtains open for a live audience, so we dropped by a rehearsal...

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New Hampshire Brewers Festival to showcase Granite State brews at Kiwanis Waterfront Park
Jul18

New Hampshire Brewers Festival to showcase Granite State brews at Kiwanis Waterfront Park

For a state with a relatively small population, New Hampshire is quickly becoming a real hot spot for craft brews. There are more than 60 companies producing beer in the Granite State right now, with more on the way, too. And now, Concord will be right in the middle of everything when the fourth annual New Hampshire Brewers Festival comes to town for the first time on Saturday. The festival, which had been held in Manchester for the...

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Food Snob: Dairy Queen is finally open on Loudon Road
Jul18

Food Snob: Dairy Queen is finally open on Loudon Road

When we first heard the rumblings back in April that a new Dairy Queen might be coming to Loudon Road, you can imagine our excitement. One it meant yet another option for lunch on the Heights, but also would include a trip soon after its opening for a taste test – and a story. So last week, after we got word that Dairy Queen was indeed finally open, we had to take a drive by to see for ourselves, as well as for a late lunch. From the...

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Ice Cream Snob: Trying a Butterfinger Blizzard at the new Dairy Queen
Jul18

Ice Cream Snob: Trying a Butterfinger Blizzard at the new Dairy Queen

As you can see on the adjacent page, we recently took a lunch trip to Dairy Queen for a Bacon Cheese Grillburger, fries, chicken strips and a drink. It was delicious and filling, and while the last thing we wanted to do was over indulge, there’s really no way you can go to Dairy Queen and not get dessert. We have certain standards and expectations to uphold here, people. So after eating every last bite of our lunch, we got back in...

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From the Crowd: ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ a fun, silly time
Jul18

From the Crowd: ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ a fun, silly time

I’m not a huge comic book/superhero movie kind of guy. I enjoyed the first three X-Men movies, the first Iron Man and the first Spider-Man with Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst, but other than that I’m not very well-versed in this world. But after seeing about 50 trailers for the latest Spidey installment – Spider-Man: Homecoming – and seeing its great reviews online (8.1 out of 10 on IMDB, 93 percent on Rotten Tomatoes), I decided I...

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On Display: NHTI is home to the artwork of Judy Palfrey
Jul18

On Display: NHTI is home to the artwork of Judy Palfrey

The folks at the NHTI Library are always bringing in new artwork for any and all to enjoy. For the month of July, Judy Palfrey is covering the walls with her watercolor pieces, as well as some prints of her original creations. Palfrey’s work at NHTI consists of flower paintings that make you feel like summer followed you inside and scenic old barns that just scream New England-created art. The work will be on display through the end...

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Check out this cool long-exposure shot we found on Instagram
Jul18

Check out this cool long-exposure shot we found on Instagram

We see a lot of nice landscape shots on Instagram, but sometimes one catches our eye more than the rest. This here is exactly one of those shots. User @tluziphoto – whose IG page is a goldmine of landscape and architectual photography – captured this long-exposure shot of the Merrimack River from the Interstate 93 bridge near NHTI. He was even nice enough to list all the settings he used on his camera (for instance, he used a shutter...

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Author Pamela Sakamoto to visit Gibson’s Bookstore
Jul18

Author Pamela Sakamoto to visit Gibson’s Bookstore

Author Pamela Sakamoto to speak at Gibson’s History buffs, listen up. On Tuesday, July 25, author Pamela Sakamoto will visit Gibson’s Bookstore all the way from Honolulu to present Midnight in Broad Daylight. Meticulously researched and beautifully written, this is the true story of a Japanese-American family that found itself on opposite sides during World War II. An epic tale of family, separation, divided loyalties, love,...

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Try out Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction

Thirty-eight years ago the development of a program called MBSR, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, arrived on the medical scene primarily created to help folks facing stress, pain and chronic illness. Since that time, mindfulness has been researched and analyzed for its many gifts to our modern society including depression, addiction, weight loss and smoking cessation. Mindfulness has always been rooted in the ethical scaffolding...

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Bulletin Board
Jul18

Bulletin Board

Penacook church to host concert United Church of Penacook is hosting a concert “Songs for Living” featuring piano, guitar, saxophone and vocalist, on Thursday at 7 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public. The musicians are in residence at Avaloch Farm Music Institute in Boscawen this summer. Avaloch provides a unique opportunity for chamber music and jazz ensembles to have the time and space to work intensively on repertoire,...

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Book of the Week: ‘Maxed Out’
Jul18

Book of the Week: ‘Maxed Out’

Maxed Out Katrina Alcorn 2013, 379 pages  Nonfiction   This is a book for every mom out there striving for perfection at work and at home. It is a book for all of us who have stayed up all night breastfeeding infants, because that’s just what “good moms” do; then worked all day after too-short maternity leaves, because that’s just what “real women” do; and managed the household finances, cooking, laundry, caring for the children, etc....

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This Week in Concord History
Jul18

This Week in Concord History

July 18, 1817: To a group of leading citizens on the Concord-Chichester line, a cloud of dust announces the approach of President James Monroe. A cheering crowd on Main Street greets Monroe, a lanky 59-year-old man in a formal long dark coat. He will spend three days in the capital, attending dinners, a concert and Sunday services, taking a ride on a new 75-foot boat on the Merrimack and visiting the State House construction site....

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World Run-Paddle Biathlon Championship to be held at NHTI boat ramp
Jul11

World Run-Paddle Biathlon Championship to be held at NHTI boat ramp

Not many small towns (or cities) can boast about staging a world championship athletic event, but Concord is not one of those small communities. On Sunday, July 23 at 10 a.m., the World Run-Paddle Biathlon Championship will return to the NHTI boat ramp for its second year. Race organizer Tom Walton has been offering Run-Paddle Biathlon Championship events all around the U.S. through the United States Canoe Association for several...

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Food Snob: Sampling the hot bar at Co-op Cafe 
Jul11

Food Snob: Sampling the hot bar at Co-op Cafe 

We don’t always go to the Concord Food Co-op, but when we do, we try to get as much hot food as we can stuff into a tray. That’s exactly what we did for this assignment.  Truth be told, the vast majority of the Food Snobs we’ve done have been at restaurants, so we decided it was time to check out the Co-op Café – the hot food bar inside the Concord Food Co-op. The Co-op Café, unlike a lot of grocery store hot food stations, has a...

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Report: Concord’s nonprofit arts organizations generate $31.2 million annually in economic activity
Jul11

Report: Concord’s nonprofit arts organizations generate $31.2 million annually in economic activity

The nonprofit arts and culture industry generates $31.2 million in annual economic activity in the Greater Concord area — supporting more than 960 full-time equivalent jobs and generating $2.8 million in local and state government revenues, according to the Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 national economic impact study. The most comprehensive economic impact study of the nonprofit arts and culture industry ever conducted in the...

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Historical Society to host story time for the kiddos
Jul11

Historical Society to host story time for the kiddos

You have to admit that sometimes we kinda take living in this beautiful state for granted. Sure, we all love the picturesque landscape that surrounds us, our rich history and the tremendous number of cultural resources at our fingertips, but that doesn’t mean we can’t use a little reminder once in a while. And that’s where the New Hampshire Historical Society comes in. Not only does it supply a link to the Granite State of yesteryear,...

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Concord won six big-time awards for the Main Street redesign project
Jul11

Concord won six big-time awards for the Main Street redesign project

Pretty much everyone from around here who’s been downtown in the past couple years agrees that the new-look Main Street is pretty awesome. But, as locals, of course we’re all pretty biased. That’s why it’s a big deal that the entire project has gotten some recognition on both the local and national levels, in the form of a whopping six awards. Awards were given to the city itself, the engineering consulting firm McFarland Johnson and...

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Tasty Brews: Newburyport Brewing Co. Plum Island Belgian White from the Red Blazer
Jul11

Tasty Brews: Newburyport Brewing Co. Plum Island Belgian White from the Red Blazer

When we got to the Red Blazer last week to try something for this installment of Tasty Brews, we realized that we’re kind of starting to run out of brews we haven’t tried before – even at the establishment that boasts 35 taps. After a minute of gazing at the tap handles, we found one that was new to us: Newburyport Brewing Co.’s Plum Island Belgian White. We ordered a pint and got to work. The beer was very light and crisp, and the...

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CYPN: Meet the Starkey Realty team
Jul11

CYPN: Meet the Starkey Realty team

The Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce’s Concord Young Professionals Network (CYPN) introduces you to our “Young Professionals of the Month,” Melissa and Patrick Starkey. Melissa Starkey How old are you? 35.   Where do you live? Loudon.   Where do you currently work? I own Starkey Realty LLC.   How did you find out about CYPN and how has it benefited your business or you personally? When I became a real estate agent, I...

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Sulloway & Hollis is home to one great gallery
Jul11

Sulloway & Hollis is home to one great gallery

You might not know this, but the Sulloway & Hollis law offices on School Street is also home to the Robert M. Larsen Gallery and currently “The Heart is a Lonely Hunter” art show. The exhibit, named after the Carson McCuller novel, includes paintings, drawings, prints and photographs by recent alumni of the New Hampshire Institute of Art. The show will be on display through Aug. 22, and there’s lots to see. But the gallery also...

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On the Road: We took a trip to Wales this spring
Jul11

On the Road: We took a trip to Wales this spring

Marci Richardson, Amy Goldstein and Patricia Edwards, a doctor at Concord Pediatrics, took us with them on a trip to Wales this spring, where we got to see all the sights, including a number of cool and really old castles. If you’re planning a trip, bring a copy of the Insider with you, snap a picture and send it to news@theconcordinsider.com.

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Wayne Wilson’s Adopt-a-Spot is looking good
Jul11

Wayne Wilson’s Adopt-a-Spot is looking good

After reading a story in the Insider last year about how the city was looking for people to take part in the Adopt-a-Spot program, Wayne Wilson answered the call. He took over two spots on North Main Street next to Kimball Jenkins and the other small area near the Pierce Manse, as well as the Ward House grounds on West Street. We wrote about Wilson’s endeavor last year, and last week he sent us an update with a few photos. This year...

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Bulletin Board
Jul11

Bulletin Board

‘Lion King, Jr.’ at Capitol Center RB Productions will perform The Lion King, Jr. at the Capitol Center for the Arts this weekend. Shows will be held Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 2 and 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 and available at the Capitol Center box office or at ccanh.com. For more info, visit  rb-productions.com/index. php/summer-theatre/ 2017-productions. Clint Klose   Concert at Audubon July 20 N.H. Audubon’s Birds and Beans...

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Book of the Week: ‘Extreme Makeover’
Jul11

Book of the Week: ‘Extreme Makeover’

Extreme Makeover Dan Wells 2016, 416 pages Fiction   Lyle Fontanelle is under a lot of pressure. As the chief scientist for NewYew, he’s responsible for developing a new anti-aging hand lotion. Bored with his job and disgusted by health and beauty corporate culture, he’s just going through the motions until the day he realizes that his new hand lotion is changing people. It’s not just stopping aging; it’s actually rewriting their DNA,...

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This Week in Concord History
Jul11

This Week in Concord History

July 11, 1824: Dr. Asa McFarland, Concord’s Congregationalist minister, writes to the town requesting that the contract obliging the town to pay him as a town officer be terminated. At their 1825 town meeting, Concord voters will honor this request. From this time forward, according to an 1850 town report, “no money has ever been raised by the town, in the capacity of a parish, or for the support of preaching.”   July 11, 1973:...

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Musicians of Concord: Matt Poirier, juggler extraordinaire
Jul05

Musicians of Concord: Matt Poirier, juggler extraordinaire

Playing live music in front of a crowd is hard enough, but when you have to squeeze that in between work, spending time with the wife and helping with the kids’ homework, it’s a wonder anyone can ever pull it off. But Matt Poirier has figured it out, somehow. The singer-songwriter from Hopkinton has been playing in and around Concord (and well beyond) for years, but he’s not a professional, meaning he still has to go to work in the...

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Musicians of Concord: Kevin Clark provides the sounds of the streets
Jul05

Musicians of Concord: Kevin Clark provides the sounds of the streets

If you’ve ever walked around downtown anytime other than the dead of winter, you’ve most likely heard Kevin Clark playing guitar and singing somewhere close by. Clark is Concord’s resident busker (one of them, anyway). Most of the time he can be found near the clock tower at the entrance to Eagle Square, but plays all over the Main Street sidewalk, and he’s out there just about every day. He’s been playing guitar for 50 years, and...

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Musicians of Concord: Piano instructor Kathy Southworth has the keys
Jul05

Musicians of Concord: Piano instructor Kathy Southworth has the keys

She played guitar, recorder, trumpet and French horn when she was a kid, but the ivory and ebony keys are what most resonated with Kathy Southworth. Southworth, piano instructor and dean of students and faculty at Concord Community Music School, started playing in first grade, and her journey with the instrument has been never-ending. “It kind of goes on forever, the studying,” she said of her life in music. When she was in grade...

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Musicians of Concord: Mike Gallant, aka Mikey G, rocks the open mic
Jul05

Musicians of Concord: Mike Gallant, aka Mikey G, rocks the open mic

Mike Gallant – affectionately known as Mikey G – is a blue-collar music man. By day, he sells guitars and equipment and teaches guitar at Strings & Things Music. By night, he dominates the open mic and live music scene all over the Live Free or Die state. “I do about 20 gigs a month,” Gallant said from the downtown music shop last week. “Tons of open mics.” Gallant racks up quite a few miles in his work as a gigging musician. He...

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