We asked the folks at Goodale’s Bike Shop what to look for when buying a new bike
May23

We asked the folks at Goodale’s Bike Shop what to look for when buying a new bike

Neither Tim nor I have bought a bike in at least a decade, but we still wanted to do a story about shopping for a new cycle, since this is the Bikes Issue. And since we don’t really know anything about this, we decided to ask for help from some of the pros. That’s how we ended up at Goodale’s Bike Shop. Goodale’s sells everything that has to do with bikes. There are road bikes, mountain bikes, hybrids, BMXs, fitness bikes, trikes,...

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Go Try It: Take a ride on an electric bike
May23

Go Try It: Take a ride on an electric bike

We’ve all heard the old expression, “It’s just like riding a bike.” But sometimes riding a bike is not exactly the same as just riding a bike. That’s what we learned last week when we tried out an electric bike at Goodale’s Bike Shop. We stopped by Goodale’s to learn about what to look for when shopping for a new bike. While we were there, we were captivated by the small selection of electric bikes – or e-bikes – they had for sale....

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Check out the ‘Ride the Divide’ event at Red River Theatres
May23

Check out the ‘Ride the Divide’ event at Red River Theatres

If you’re a fan of bicycling, movies and helping out your community, Red River Theatres has an event Thursday that’s right up your alley. The local nonprofit movie house will show Ride the Divide, a 2010 film about a small group of adventurous mountain bikers looking to traverse the longest mountain bike trail in the world – from Canada down to the Mexican border. It’s an exciting film about some hardcore cyclists, and it’s also the...

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There are plenty of events and rides you can join with S&W Sports and the Central New Hampshire Bicycling Coalition
May23

There are plenty of events and rides you can join with S&W Sports and the Central New Hampshire Bicycling Coalition

If you have a bike but nobody to ride with, today is your lucky day. No, we aren’t going to come meet you somewhere for a ride, but we found some groups that are all about that kind of stuff, and we figured we’d pass the info along to you. Now that the weather has really warmed up and it’s staying light past 8 p.m., it’s time to get out there and start covering some miles on the bike. We checked in with S&W Sports – which acts as...

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We honed our public speaking skills at Horseshoe Pond Toastmasters Club
May23

We honed our public speaking skills at Horseshoe Pond Toastmasters Club

Tim and I like to think we can write a little bit (our bosses seem to think so, anyway), but when it comes to public speaking, we don’t have much experience. That’s why we went to Northeast Delta Dental last Wednesday to sit in on a meeting of the Horseshoe Pond Toastmasters. The group is part of the larger Toastmasters International, which teaches people all over the world how to be better public speakers and leaders. There are five...

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Two new plays showing at Hatbox Theatre
May23

Two new plays showing at Hatbox Theatre

An Evening with Gertrude Stein and Thornton Wilder is making its debut at Hatbox Theatre and will have a two-week run. Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), American expatriate author, became a celebrity in Paris during the early 20th century for her salon that attracted artists like Picasso and Matisse and novelists like Hemingway and Fitzgerald. Her fame increased internationally with the publication of her best-selling book, The...

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On Display: Paintings, sculptures at Mill Brook Gallery
May23

On Display: Paintings, sculptures at Mill Brook Gallery

Mill Book Gallery & Sculpture Garden opened for the season with a group painting and indoor sculpture exhibit featuring the work of Janet Bleicken, Stephanie Bush, Ella Delyanis, Tamara Gonda, Roger Goode, Debbie Kinson, Dustin Knight, Patrick McCay, Sissi Shattuck, Soo Rye Yoo and Josie Campbell Dellenbaugh. The show will be on display through Aug. 27. 

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Rock ‘N Race is a big money maker for Payson Center
May23

Rock ‘N Race is a big money maker for Payson Center

The 15th annual Rock ‘N Race was held last week and the event continues to bring in lots of money for Concord Hospital’s Payson Center for Cancer Care. Nearly 5,000 people participated in the road race/walk that raised close to $400,000. After a decade and a half, the total amount brought in for the Payson Center is closing in on $5 million.

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Take a hike with the Concord Trails Committee
May23

Take a hike with the Concord Trails Committee

Join the Concord Trails Committee for a hike of the Sewalls Falls and Morono Park trails on Saturday at 10 a.m. The Sewalls Falls trail is approximately three miles roundtrip. The walk will take you north of the new bridge (which is quite a nice bridge if you ask us) to the Lower Oxbow Pond and back. If you’re so inclined, you can choose to continue the walk on the Morono Park trails for an additional two miles roundtrip. Plan for 2...

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Big plant sale in Bow on Saturday
May23

Big plant sale in Bow on Saturday

The Bow Garden Club will hold its annual spring plant sale on Saturday at the Bow Community Building, 3 Bow Center Road, from 8 a.m. to noon. Annuals, perennials, herbs, vegetable starters, hardy plants culled from members’ gardens and gorgeous hanging plants will be available for purchase with proceeds to benefit the Bow High School Scholarship Program and the club’s ongoing civic beautification efforts around the town of Bow. Garden...

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Zonta Club Concord gives out scholarships at NHTI
May23

Zonta Club Concord gives out scholarships at NHTI

The Zonta Club of Concord recently awarded $6,500 in scholarships to five NHTI students: Krista Boyce, Danielle Bragdon, Courtnie Clark, Jessica Daniels and Jennette Wolfgram. Scholarships from the Zonta Club of Concord are geared toward women who have returned to college five (or more) years after graduating from high school. Clark and Wolfgram are both first-year nursing students; Boyce is earning a degree in health science with a...

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Audition for ‘A Christmas Carol’ at the Audi on Monday
May23

Audition for ‘A Christmas Carol’ at the Audi on Monday

While we understand that not a single one of you wants to hear the word Christmas right now, it’s kind of a necessary thing. That’s because the N.H. Theatre Factory and the Concord Community Concert Association are teaming up for a very special event this November. After debuting at the Concord City Auditorium in 2010, A Christmas Carol: The Musical Ghost Story – N.H. Theatre Factory Artistic Director Joel Mercier’s thrilling...

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Bulletin Board
May23

Bulletin Board

Celebrate Cancer Survivors Day Concord Hospital will celebrate Cancer Survivors Day on Sunday, June 4, at the Payson Center for Cancer Care. Registration begins at 12:30 p.m. and the program begins at 1 p.m. Bring your circle of support and join the festivities including guest speaker and cancer survivor Jamie O’Rourke. Music is provided by Performers Who Care. Other activities include educational exhibits, drumming for health and...

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This Week in Concord History
May23

This Week in Concord History

May 23, 1864: The Monitor is published for the first time. The city’s first daily newspaper, it is founded “to present the news . . . swearing to the words of no master.”   May 23, 2003: New Hampshire Technical Institute in Concord graduates its largest-ever class, handing out 528 two-year associate’s degrees.   May 24, 1844: Samuel F.B. Morse, who began his career as a Concord mechanic, sends the first message over his...

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Book of the Week: ‘Of Fire and Stars’
May23

Book of the Week: ‘Of Fire and Stars’

Of Fire and Stars Audrey Coulthurst 2016, 389 pages Genre: YA Fiction   Dennaleia is a princess betrothed to the prince of neighboring kingdom Mynaria. Having been prepared thoroughly in every subject and skill necessary to her position in her matriarchal homeland, she is frustrated by the disdain she receives for acting as a future queen in the much more patriarchal Mynaria. Her only escape from loneliness and annoyance at being...

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We tried some of the best things Cappies winners had to offer
May16

We tried some of the best things Cappies winners had to offer

The week we’ve all had circled on our calendars is finally here – it’s the Cappies Issue. This is when we show you the results of your voting on the best Concord has to offer. Many will use this issue as the definitive guide to what’s good in the city, so it’s always a pretty big deal. This year, we decided to see for ourselves what everybody else has apparently already seen. We set out to check out some of the winners and find out...

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Learn life skills at library’s How-To Festival
May16

Learn life skills at library’s How-To Festival

Do you ever sit around feeling like you just don’t know how to do anything? Don’t let that get you down – instead, just check out the How-To Festival at Concord Public Library this Saturday, where everyone will walk away with more life skills and general knowledge than they went in with. The second annual event – which will take place at the library from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. – celebrates the “broad and diverse offerings of Concord...

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Canoe and kayak demo day coming up Sunday
May16

Canoe and kayak demo day coming up Sunday

Are you in the market for a new canoe, kayak or stand-up paddle board? Have you always thought about trying one out, but don’t know where to start? Well, do we have the best idea ever. On Sunday, Contoocook River Canoe Co. is hosting its annual demo day at its 9 Horse Hill Road location. There will be more than 250 canoes, kayaks and stand-up paddle boards available to try out on the Contoocook River. And if you try one and it’s not...

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Havenwood staffers had a competition to see how many people they could stuff into a VW Bug
May16

Havenwood staffers had a competition to see how many people they could stuff into a VW Bug

Staffers at Havenwood Heritage Heights teamed up last week to see who could fit more adults into a Volkswagen Beetle. Havenwood is celebrating its 50th anniversary all year long, and the Stuff a Bug competition was the latest installment of fun activities going on throughout the year. After a lot of contorting, cramming and twisting, both teams — Stuffed Bugs (green) and Herbie’s Love Children (blue) — managed to...

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Bow Rotary to host car show
May16

Bow Rotary to host car show

Calling all car lovers, enthusiasts and general fans. The annual Bow Rotary Club car show is on tap for this Saturday, and that means you’ll be able to see all kinds of gas-powered vehicles, from classic cars to trucks and motorcycles. The show will be held in its usual location, in the large field next to the Concord Group and across from Bow Mills United Methodist Church (505 South St., Bow) It will take place from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m....

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On Display: New photography exhibit at Audubon McLane Center
May16

On Display: New photography exhibit at Audubon McLane Center

Sherie Dowsett is currently showing her nature photography at the  Audubon McLane Center through the end of June. Capturing wildlife in its natural surroundings, Dowsett’s work includes many species of birds, a moose and a few squirrels. And if you like what you see here (which the photos are actually in color), there’s plenty more to check out. Just give the Audubon a call at 224-9909 to check the availability of the room.

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Don’t forget: Rock ‘N Race is this Thursday
May16

Don’t forget: Rock ‘N Race is this Thursday

You probably saw last week’s Insider with all kinds of great coverage about this year’s Rock ‘N Race in it. But since we put it out the week prior to the event, we thought it might be a good idea to remind you that the 15th annual fundraiser for the Payson Center for Cancer Care is Thursday in downtown Concord. The fun begins at 6 p.m., and whether you decide to run, walk or skip, there’s lots of music to enjoy during your trip...

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Student work to be shown at New Hampshire High School Short Film Festival at Red River
May16

Student work to be shown at New Hampshire High School Short Film Festival at Red River

It’s never hard to find some good films being shown in Concord, and this Saturday will feature a whole slew of them created by New Hampshire high school students. Now in its 10th year, the 2017 New Hampshire High School Short Film Festival will take place at Red River Theatres on Saturday, beginning at noon. This year’s 24 films include animation, comedy, drama, documentary, music video and public service announcements/commercials....

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Chalk art sure can brighten your day
May16

Chalk art sure can brighten your day

We found this piece of street art on the sidewalk outside of the Smile Building last week, and it certainly was a nice way to start the day. And to whoever created it, you have a nice day, too.

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Two friends to perform ‘Gutenberg! The Musical!’ at Hatbox Theatre
May16

Two friends to perform ‘Gutenberg! The Musical!’ at Hatbox Theatre

Fans of drama, comedy, musicals and a little bit of history have a real treat in store for them this weekend. That’s because Hatbox Theatre will host two showings of the quirky play Gutenberg! The Musical! – one on Saturday night and one Sunday afternoon. The show has a lot going on, but at its core it’s basically about two struggling playwrights who have written a play (about Johannes Gutenberg, the inventor of movable type) that...

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GoodLife is having a 2-day yard sale
May16

GoodLife is having a 2-day yard sale

Now that warmer weather is here, you’re about to start seeing lots of signs all over the city alerting you to upcoming yard sales. It’s one of those signs of spring that make you all warm and fuzzy inside. Because who doesn’t love a good yard sale? It’s the place to find some pretty neat and obscure stuff for a great deal. As the old saying goes, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. And in an effort to raise some money, GoodLife...

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This area is a gold mine for farmers markets
May16

This area is a gold mine for farmers markets

Who’s your farmer? This message is printed across one of my favorite T-shirts. Can you answer that question? Amidst our modern-day conveniences, many of us struggle with it. This is a common, and treatable, symptom of the disconnection we share with our food. A few years back, I had trouble answering that question. My farmer was that ubiquitous plaid-clad individual, standing in front of rolling fields dotted with cows. That was on...

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You should go test out the new Audi seats
May16

You should go test out the new Audi seats

With gratitude to our generous and caring community, The Friends of The Audi are pleased to announce the completion of our 2016-17 project, restoration of the theatre’s historic seats – all 850 of them! Starting with the August Pitch In’s bulk mail announcement and the Season Opening GALA’s introduction of the project’s symbol – the Audi Gopher, the Seat Restoration Project has met all its goals and deadlines. Imagine: $105,000 raised...

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This Week in Concord History
May16

This Week in Concord History

May 16, 1893: After a sensational trial in the killing of a young woman who jilted him, Frank C. Almy, also known as George Abbott, is executed at the state prison. He is the ninth man hanged in New Hampshire and the last before capital punishment is repealed. It will be resumed in 1916. The execution is botched, the rope slipping over Almy’s head as he falls. Over his protests, he is quickly hanged again – and efficiently....

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Book of the Week: ‘Tiffany Girl’
May16

Book of the Week: ‘Tiffany Girl’

Tiffany Girl Deeanne Gist 2015, 508 pages Fiction   Did you know that there were “Tiffany Girls” – women who worked for Tiffany, the famous stained-glass and jewelry company? For the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago, Louis Comfort Tiffany was planning to create a state-of-the-art stained-glass mosaic chapel. But his male workers went on strike, so Tiffany hired young women from the Arts Students League of New York. Beautiful,...

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