Taking Halloween fun to another level
Oct17

Taking Halloween fun to another level

When most people think of epic holiday decoration displays, chances are the first thing that pops into mind is Christmas. And rightfully so, but we’re here to remind you not to sleep on Halloween. Just think about it for a minute. You’ve got things like witches, ghosts, spiders, gravestones, movie characters and more at your disposal – and from there, it really just depends on what scare level you’re looking to achieve. We love a good...

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Go Try It: Get Halloween crafty at The Place Studio
Oct17

Go Try It: Get Halloween crafty at The Place Studio

Don’t you just love Halloween? Witches, pumpkins, ghosts, you name it, and it looks good as a decoration. Now, we’re not going to fault you if you want to buy all your decorations from the store and leave the creative process up to the professionals. It’s a lot easier and way less messy. But if you’re more of a do-it-yourself kind of person that likes to display your own handy work around the house, then have we got just the thing for...

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Longtime friends want to show off their art
Oct17

Longtime friends want to show off their art

Dave Wiggins and Doug Prescott have been friends for a long time. They grew up together in Sanbornton, meeting at the age of 5, and have remained close over the years. And for the last year or so, the two have shared a studio space at 3 Pleasant St., above Pitchfork Records and next to the studio of Tom Devaney – you know the guy with the giant eyeball that once overlooked downtown. A few times a week, Wiggins and Prescott will set up...

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Aviation Day is filled with flying family fun
Oct17

Aviation Day is filled with flying family fun

Unless you own a plane or know someone who does, odds are you’ve never been to the Concord Municipal Airport. And if you didn’t catch our Airport Issue last year, chances are you don’t know much about it – except of course, that planes take off and land there. Just not the ones you take for a vacation. But that can change this Saturday if you make a plan to head over to the city owned airport for Aviation Day, put on by the Granite...

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Ever wanted Matthew Mead’s work props?
Oct17

Ever wanted Matthew Mead’s work props?

Over the last 25 years, Matthew Mead has accumulated a lot of stuff. As a style guru who has photographed countless spreads for some of the more noteworthy home decorating magazines and businesses on the market (Pottery Barn, Dove Chocolate and Better Homes and Gardens to name a few), and was a food photographer for the Associated Press, Mead has just about anything you can think of when it comes to decor for any room in your house....

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Your first car is always a fun topic to discuss
Oct17

Your first car is always a fun topic to discuss

There are just some topics that immediately bring back fond memories. Your first car is likely one of them. Whether it was one your parents gave you, one you bought off your neighbor for super cheap or the one you financed right out of college, the first vehicle you ever owned is a special thing. For me, it was a 1989 Toyota Corolla. It was maroon, I got it in college from a friend for the cost to fix it up and make it street legal...

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Making Strides: The Concord walk has quite the history to it
Oct10

Making Strides: The Concord walk has quite the history to it

It all began back in 1993. Twenty-five years ago, 29 people gathered to walk in unison to bring awareness and much-needed fundraising to the fight against breast cancer. It was the first year of Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, an initiative brought forth by the American Cancer Society. Concord was one of two walks – the other in Boston – and it brought in a grand total of $3,000. The very next year, that total grew to $8,000,...

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Red River Theatres is just about 10 years old
Oct10

Red River Theatres is just about 10 years old

Do you remember what you were doing on Oct. 19, 2007? Well, if you lived in Concord and had been hoping beyond hope for the New Hampshire state capital to add an independent cinema, there’s a good chance you went to opening night at Red River Theatres. Outside of a special ribbon cutting ceremony and open house two days prior, it was the first time Red River opened its doors for outsiders to see just what an indie movie house looked...

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Jim Palmquist is part of the triple-digit club
Oct10

Jim Palmquist is part of the triple-digit club

Let’s be honest, every birthday is a big deal. After all, it only happens once a year and it’s a day to celebrate you, so why not live it up? But last week’s birthday shindig for Jim Palmquist at Havenwood had even more of a reason to let loose – he was turning 100. Born on Oct. 3, 1917, Palmquist has lived through a lot. We’re talking the Great Depression, both world wars – having served as a navigator for a bombardier during World...

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Get ready to be amazed by our colorful trees
Oct03

Get ready to be amazed by our colorful trees

Some may say that Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year, but in New Hampshire, don’t neglect foliage season as a serious contender to that crown. Outsiders flock to the Granite State to get a glimpse of the colorful array of leaves on our trees, which is certainly a nice boost to the local economy. But for some reason, everyone associates the foliage season with the White Mountain and Lakes regions of the state. Sure, the...

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There’s an actual reason why leaves change
Oct03

There’s an actual reason why leaves change

Every fall, we drive around, go for hikes and take pictures to capture all the wonderful foliage. The reds, oranges and yellows contrasted by the conifers is really a sight to behold. No wonder people come from all over the country (and world) to catch a glimpse. And while most, if not all, of you may have learned the science behind why the leaves change during your schooling, we couldn’t do an issue dedicated to fall foliage and not...

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Correction: Yard sale will not be held

A yard sale benefiting the Red Cross hurricane relief efforts profiled in the Oct. 3 Concord Insider will not be held Oct. 7 at the American Red Cross in Concord.

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All Girls Garage will teach you a few things
Oct03

All Girls Garage will teach you a few things

I’ll be the first to admit I don’t know much about cars. When there’s an issue with mine, I bring it to the garage and leave it to the professionals. After all, unless you know what you’re doing, it’s best not to tinker around with something that you plan on driving around others. Even if you’re going 30 miles per hour (the posted limit for city streets), that’s still pretty fast if something were to go wrong. I wish I knew more, but...

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Manhattan Film Festival is not to be missed
Oct03

Manhattan Film Festival is not to be missed

There were 1,600 submissions from six continents for this year’s 20th annual Manhattan Short Film Festival, more than doubling the number from last year. So it’s easy to see why this year’s festival is expected to be the best one yet. From those 1,600 entries, only 10 made the cut and will be shown this week in 44 states in the U.S., eight countries in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, as well as Central and South America. “The quality...

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Apple picking is a tradition not to be skipped
Sep26

Apple picking is a tradition not to be skipped

When the season changes to fall, there are a few things to check off the old family to-do list. And up near the top has to be apple picking. There’s just something about piling in the old family station wagon for a trip to the local orchard. We’re pretty lucky around these parts to have two fantastic options when it comes to your favorite varieties – Carter Hill Orchard (73 Carter Hill Road) and Apple Hill Farm (580 Mountain Road)....

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Apple cider doughnuts are a fall favorite
Sep26

Apple cider doughnuts are a fall favorite

One of our favorite parts of fall is getting a freshly made batch of apple cider doughnuts and trying to make them last at least until we get home. Trust us, it’s harder than it sounds. That soft and warm apple flavored doughnut fresh out of the fryer, covered in cinnamon and sugar – there’s not much that beats that combination. And Carter Hill Orchard is the place in Concord to find them. You might just have to wait a few minutes if...

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Nothing like apple cider fresh off the press
Sep26

Nothing like apple cider fresh off the press

When it comes to fall, you can never have too much apple in your life. Whether it’s freshly picked apples, apple pie, apple crisp or apple cider doughnuts, this is the time of year when you want to indulge yourself, when the fruit is so fresh. And that includes apple cider. It is, after all, the official New Hampshire state drink. At both Apple Hill Farm and Carter Hill Orchard, apple cider is being made every week for the foreseeable...

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NHTI’s Wings of Knowledge returns Oct. 3
Sep26

NHTI’s Wings of Knowledge returns Oct. 3

Since the 2001-02 school year, NHTI has brought in a wide range of guest speakers for its Wings of Knowledge series. And beginning next Tuesday (Oct. 3), there will be a new schedule of talks for this school year, beginning with Anthony Mento, project manager with SMP Architecture in Concord, in the school’s Library Living Room. Mento will discuss the topic of Architecture that Supports the New Methods of Community Corrections, and...

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Walk A Mile really makes a huge difference
Sep26

Walk A Mile really makes a huge difference

Next Wednesday, men, women and children will stroll down Main Street with a common goal: to end domestic and sexual violence in Concord and around Merrimack County. Some of the aforementioned men will take part in the fourth annual Walk A Mile in Her Shoes in some brightly colored high heels, struggling to stay upright and not twist an ankle. It can be quite hilarious to watch, but you don’t have to wear heels, flats or any other kind...

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Volunteer fair coming to GoodLife on Oct. 5

At GoodLife Programs & Activities, there are limited opportunities for volunteers. They use volunteers at different times throughout the year, but since they are at full staff, it’s not on a consistent basis. But after being asked on numerous occasions if they needed any help and turning down many people who just want to volunteer, the folks over at GoodLife came up with another idea – a volunteer fair. “We have so many...

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Get out there and have your best fall ever
Sep19

Get out there and have your best fall ever

As you’ll soon see over the next bunch of pages, we found all kinds of great happening coming up over the next few months – both in Concord and around the state. Fall is a great time to get outside and enjoy a crisp day with the family, your significant other or a group of friends. Heck, you can even go enjoy fall fun by yourself if you’re so inclined. And since there’s so much to do, we figured why not come up with a list of great...

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Go Try It: Nothing like trying to win some cash at work
Sep19

Go Try It: Nothing like trying to win some cash at work

There are just somethings that are synonymous with fall. Apple picking – which we’ll get to next week, raking leaves (which we hope to never have to do again) and football. And in case you weren’t aware, our New England Patriots are fresh off their fifth Super Bowl title. Not only does that supply all of us with bragging rights for an entire year, but it also means a new scratch ticket game through the New Hampshire Lottery....

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New city community center is taking shape
Sep19

New city community center is taking shape

If you’ve needed to stop by Concord Parks and Recreation for anything in recent months, you probably noticed that they no longer have a home on the Heights. Instead, what used to be the Dame School and headquarters for Parks and Rec is now a pretty large construction zone. Since June, their offices have a new – albeit temporary – home at White Park, where they were before moving into the Heights Community Center a few years back. But...

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Comic book cover artist has quite the talent
Sep12

Comic book cover artist has quite the talent

When Elias Chatzoudis first saw Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, and more specifically, the way Jessica Rabbit’s curves popped off the screen, he knew what he wanted to do with his life. He had dabbled with drawing growing up, but it was that glimpse into the world of capturing the female form in a cartoon/ comic book way set forth by the 1988 cinematic classic that put him on a path to becoming quite well-known on the comic book cover...

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Can you run 200 miles with 11 others in a day?
Sep12

Can you run 200 miles with 11 others in a day?

All afternoon it had been raining, thundering and lightning. It was now dark outside with the threat of more storms, but it didn’t matter to this group of runners. Because come Friday, they need to be ready for anything. Most of the two teams from Jeremy’s Bootcamp met at Jr Linden’s house for a quick run and a final meeting before heading to Bretton Woods for this year’s Reach the Beach, which begins Friday morning. If you’re not...

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The Audi is hosting its annual gala Sunday
Sep12

The Audi is hosting its annual gala Sunday

It’s been a long summer of anticipation, but the wait is over: the Concord City Auditorium season is about to begin. And what better way to celebrate than with a party. But this isn’t just any party – this is the 27th annual opening gala and it’s all happening on Sunday. We’re talking food, art and loads of performances. The best part is that it’s all free. Typically the gala will cost you a modest fee. But as a way to say thank you...

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Butterflies are being released into the wild
Sep12

Butterflies are being released into the wild

Now that summer is officially over, it’s harder and harder to find reasons to celebrate. Sure, we all love a good fall apple picking session or getting our homemade costume ready for Halloween, but soon the days will be much shorter and colder, with winter not far behind. We know, we’re not ready either. But that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy some of those last signs of summer before it all completely goes away. And that includes...

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Capitol Center to host concert, beer release
Sep12

Capitol Center to host concert, beer release

If you’ve had one of Lithermans Limited beers, there’s a chance you’ve realized that each one is named after a song or album. If not, well, now you know Using clever puns and loose interpretations, it’s clear that the guys who started Lithermans are big music fans. With beers named Bow Wow Yippie Yo IPA, This Is How We Gruit and Tangled Up In Bruges Saison, it’s a pairing that seems to work well. Until just recently though, they had...

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Sister Hazel to play for Monahan Foundation
Sep12

Sister Hazel to play for Monahan Foundation

For the first few years of its existence, the Frank Monahan Foundation brought in a lot of money through its Fore the Kids golf tournament. As the flagship event for the foundation created in honor of the late Bishop Brady basketball coach, the tournament at Concord Country Club would fill up quickly. But it soon became apparent that there seems to be a golf tournament for everything. And that makes it harder to get players and...

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Twiggs Gallery is Boscawen’s one-stop shop for the arts
Sep05

Twiggs Gallery is Boscawen’s one-stop shop for the arts

The arts community in this area of the state is thriving, and it’s easy to see why. Just check out a local gallery and you’ll see what we’re talking about. Not too far north of the city you’ll find what many would consider a bit of a hidden gem in the art world: Twiggs Gallery at Cornerstone Design. And it’s got a lot going on. There’s the gallery space that just opened a new show last week, Ply: A new spin on fiber art, that Twiggs...

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