Piccola Opera to sing at Audi this weekend
Jul17

Piccola Opera to sing at Audi this weekend

When it comes to the live entertainment scene in Concord, you don’t see a ton of operas on the schedule. But thanks to Piccola Opera, the Concord-based company that opened in 2015, which works with children as young as 10 years old all the way up to emerging professionals, there’s always a few dates that can be circled. And this Friday and Saturday are two of them, as a group of singers from Piccola will be accompanied by a pair of...

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The new courts at Memorial Field are sweet
Jul17

The new courts at Memorial Field are sweet

We hadn’t made our way to Memorial Field for a while, so we were quite surprised to learn that five of the facility’s tennis courts had been rebuilt to pristine condition over a two-phase project. So last week, once the temperatures dipped below the 90s – and in honor of the great tennis going on at Wimbledon – we decided to head that way to see them for ourselves and, of course, for a little friendly Insider competition. Now to be...

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Celebrating 85 years of the League of N.H. Craftsmen in the most logical way
Jul17

Celebrating 85 years of the League of N.H. Craftsmen in the most logical way

Nora and Norman Stevens have amassed quite the collection when it comes to creations from members of the League of N.H. Craftsmen. The pair began attending the League’s annual fair in the early 1970s, where they started acquiring works that has resulted in an impressive catalog of pieces – a lot of which has been donated to the League for its permanent collection. And if you want to see what kinds of items the Stevenses have procured...

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New Hampshire Brewers Festival is Saturday at Riverfront Park
Jul10

New Hampshire Brewers Festival is Saturday at Riverfront Park

Now if we told you of an event that’s this Saturday – in Concord – and features more than 40 New Hampshire beer makers with a total number of beers at the event north of 120, is that something you might be interested in attending? We thought so. Well, the N.H. Brewers Association just so happens to be taking over Kiwanis Waterfront Park (the one behind Everett Arena) for its 5th annual N.H. Brewers Festival – which apparently just so...

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Lithermans did another beer collaboration
Jul10

Lithermans did another beer collaboration

It seems like the guys at Lithermans Limited are always coming out with a new beer. Which makes perfect sense considering they’ve got more than 125 on their created list since opening a little more than two years ago. But the next one to hit the draft lines is a little different than most – and we’re not just talking about the fact it’s a cream ale flavored with blood orange and lime. The End of the Blood-Lime (catchy right!) is a...

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Concord has become a hub for public art
Jul10

Concord has become a hub for public art

You may have noticed a new piece of public art hanging out on the corner of Capitol and North Main streets. It’s the creation of Massachusetts sculptor Rob Lorenson and is known as Taper Deco. The large metal sculpture is pretty cool with both its smooth and tapered surfaces. If you tap on it (shh, you shouldn’t do that) it sounds hollow and you can almost make the case that from one angle it kind of looks like a C for Concord. And is...

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Homemade ice cream is a labor of love
Jul03

Homemade ice cream is a labor of love

With the temperatures closing in on unbearable and the official return of that hot New England summer weather now upon us, ice cream season is about to hit its peak time. Can you think of a better way to cool down on a sweltering July day? And as you may know, Concord is home to many places to get a cone or a sundae. At the local level, there’s Arnie’s Place, Ballard’s Ice Cream, Frekey’s Dairy Freeze, Buza Dairy Bar and Granite State...

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Get out to a farm and pick your own food
Jun26

Get out to a farm and pick your own food

Getting fruits and vegetables from a local farm just has a different feel to it than stocking up at the grocery store. You know exactly where your produce is coming from, and can grub down a little easier knowing that it’s only been off the plant, vine or out of the ground for a day or two – sometimes even less. And don’t get us wrong, we don’t mind having the folks who do this for a living do all the hard work for us, while we get to...

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McGowan is closing – and this time it’s for good
Jun26

McGowan is closing – and this time it’s for good

No matter how hard Sarah Chaffee tried, the numbers just wouldn’t match up. The cash coming in wasn’t matching the cash going out, and for a small gallery like McGowan Fine Art – or really any business for that fact – that’s kind of a crucial element to staying open. After announcing last year she would be closing the gallery that opened in 1980, she got a ton of community support and tried to give it another shot, moving to a...

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Tasty Brews: The Principal at Concord Craft Brewing Co.
Jun26

Tasty Brews: The Principal at Concord Craft Brewing Co.

It’s no secret that we’re big fans of beer – especially those made right here in Concord. So when we heard about The Principal Pale Ale recently created at Concord Craft Brewing Co., we were instantly sold. Then we learned that it was part of the Ales for ALS fundraising campaign, where $1 of every pint sold would go to the ALS Therapy Development Institute. So not only do we greatly enjoy pale ales, but supporting the cause is a...

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From the Crowd: ‘Won’t You Be My Neighbor?’ is a must-see
Jun26

From the Crowd: ‘Won’t You Be My Neighbor?’ is a must-see

Mention the name Mister Rogers and it certainly conjures up some fond childhood memories. For me, I spent many mornings of my youth watching the wildly popular and highly educational show on PBS. Despite the fact it debuted more than a decade before this Insider was born, it was one of those shows that just captivated your attention and drove your imagination. There was the Neighborhood Trolley, King Friday XIII, Daniel Striped Tiger...

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The Children’s Place is turning 40 years old
Jun19

The Children’s Place is turning 40 years old

When The Children’s Place & Parent Education Center opened on June 26, 1978, Mary Gile wasn’t so sure it was sustainable. She was one of a group of 20 parents who felt like Concord needed a place for families and children to gather – since there wasn’t anything like it in the area – but it also came with some reservations. “When we opened, we weren’t sure we were going to be there for a week or a month,” Gile said. “But there...

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Food Snob: Lunch buffet at Asian Taste
Jun19

Food Snob: Lunch buffet at Asian Taste

If there’s one thing that gets a Food Snob excited, it’s a buffet. The mere idea of a long line of various foods all lumped together for you to create your own meal is the stuff of Food Snob dreams. That’s why we decided to hit up the lunch buffet at Asian Taste in Penacook (or is that still Concord, right at Thirty Pines?). The place is just a 9-iron shot from our office, but weirdly enough we had never Food Snobbed them before. That...

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NH Master Chorale to perform ‘Time in Our Voices’ in Concord, Boston, Plymouth
Jun19

NH Master Chorale to perform ‘Time in Our Voices’ in Concord, Boston, Plymouth

  The New Hampshire Master Chorale, one of the region’s leading chamber choirs, will make its Boston debut on Friday in a concert of wide-ranging contemporary music. It includes the premiere of a new work by Boston composer Oliver Caplan called “We Exist” – a plea for a universal humanity composed in response to the 2017 racial violence in Charlottesville, Va. The concert, featuring the 30-voice Master Chorale and chamber...

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Penelope got a keepsake bib thanks to Janet Ulbrich
Jun19

Penelope got a keepsake bib thanks to Janet Ulbrich

Since we first debuted sweet little Penelope a couple weeks ago, I’ve gotten lots of emails and phone calls with congratulatory wishes. It’s been nice to have that kind of response since returning to work on much less sleep than before adding our newest member of the Goodwin family. But Janet Ulbrich took things to another level. When I spoke to her about the latest bib creation she made for the Royal family, it came up that my wife...

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On Display: See John Bonner’s ‘Streetwise’ at McGowan
Jun19

On Display: See John Bonner’s ‘Streetwise’ at McGowan

In the last year John Bonner, known for his urban and suburban paintings, began experimenting to spark his creative spirit. Doing what he called “some wild stuff,” he reduced colors and forms into abstract compositions that didn’t quite satisfy him. An avid reader, Bonner then sought inspiration from a bit in Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance – where a student discovers it’s much more helpful to the artistic project to write...

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The Arts: Opening for Kimball Jenkins student show
Jun19

The Arts: Opening for Kimball Jenkins student show

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 Celebrating 85 – The Stevens Collection Opens: June 29 Reception: June 29 Location: 49 S. Main St., Suite 100 Hours: Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.   Kimball Jenkins Student Show Through: June 30 Reception: Thursday,...

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Photograph Kimball Jenkins
Jun19

Photograph Kimball Jenkins

Do you consider yourself a photographer? Are you good at setting up shots and capturing a scene that most people just wouldn’t see? Well, then you’ll want to grab your camera and make your way over to the Kimball Jenkins Estate before June 29 and snap some pictures of the historical property. The public (that’s you) is invited to explore and capture the historical elegance and natural beauty of Kimball Jenkins – both inside and out –...

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Plenty of tunes during  Market Days week
Jun19

Plenty of tunes during Market Days week

Market Days week is upon us, and though that street festival will be jam-packed with music, there’s a lot more going on all week that doesn’t have anything to do with Market Days. Notably, singer Gordon Lightfoot, active since the 1950s, will bring his signature brand of Canadian folk music to the Capitol Center for the Arts on Friday. Take a look! MusicTuesday Kid Pinky at Hermanos Cocina Mexicana at 6:30 p.m. The Nevers’ Band at...

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Red River Theatres to hold Music, Movie & Poster Sale during Market Days
Jun19

Red River Theatres to hold Music, Movie & Poster Sale during Market Days

Red River Theatres will be holding its annual fundraiser, the Music, Movie & Poster Sale, during Market Days. The theater will be selling gently used records, CDs, cassettes, DVDs and VHS tapes along with a selection of movie posters. The sale will take place inside the theater from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. If you are looking to add to your music or movie collection, stop in and check it out! All money raised...

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Zonta Club of Concord to hold book sale during Market Days
Jun19

Zonta Club of Concord to hold book sale during Market Days

The Zonta Club of Concord will be selling used books in front of Viking House during Market Days. All proceeds from book sales will go toward scholarships for local women seeking to continue their education. Zonta will offer novels, collector’s books, self-help, children’s books, cooking, historical, coffee table books and many more for sale. Come and stock up on books for your summer reading, and help support women in their pursuit...

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Concord Eye Center surgeon heading to Haiti on humanitarian mission
Jun19

Concord Eye Center surgeon heading to Haiti on humanitarian mission

Concord Eye Center ophthalmologist Dr. Erin Fogel will join SEE International (seeintl.org) and the Friends of Haiti organization, in cooperation with Haitian affiliate Double Harvest, on a cataract surgery mission later this month. While in Port-au-Prince, some in the group, including Fogel herself, will perform three days of cataract surgeries on patients in need, while others will be teaching surgical techniques to residents in a...

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Well Done Awards presented to four local businesses and individuals
Jun19

Well Done Awards presented to four local businesses and individuals

The Well Done Awards, offered by the Capital Area Wellness Coalition, serve to recognize efforts in Merrimack County that support healthy eating and active living. Nominations are accepted from the community and reviewed by past winners and select members from the CAWC. Ten nominations were received this year with four winners selected and awarded by Mayor Jim Bouley. This year’s recipients include: Renee Plodzik, ARPN, Fit 4 A Cause;...

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Concord area businesses, volunteers honored at Pinnacle Awards
Jun19

Concord area businesses, volunteers honored at Pinnacle Awards

Three local businesses and a local business leader were honored June 7 at the 13th Annual Pinnacle Awards Luncheon at the Grappone Conference Center in Concord. The sold-out luncheon hosted 250 community, nonprofit and business leaders from the Capital Region who came to celebrate Pinnacle Award recipients nominated by peers and selected by a committee of last year’s winners. “We enjoy an abundance of civic engagement in the Capital...

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Concord Police Department holds second annual Bike Rodeo at Steeplegate Mall
Jun19

Concord Police Department holds second annual Bike Rodeo at Steeplegate Mall

Do you remember your first bike? Where you rode it and who you rode with? On June 9, at least 100 kids got their first bike and rode with the Concord Police Department Bike Unit officers at the 2nd Annual Concord Police Department Bike Rodeo at the Steeplegate Mall. Police officers led groups of kids through stations, teaching them skills such as riding in a straight line, scanning over their shoulder while biking and avoiding hazards...

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Bulletin Board: Concerts, gardening and networking event
Jun19

Bulletin Board: Concerts, gardening and networking event

Concert series kicks off June 26 The Summer Concerts on the Green series at Presidential Oaks kicks off June 26 and will continue weekly through Aug. 7. With the historic Odd Fellows Home as a backdrop, the public is welcome to join us and relax on the plush, green lawn in a comfortable chair while enjoying complimentary popcorn and bottled water during each performance. Opening the music season for the third consecutive year is the...

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This Week in Concord History
Jun19

This Week in Concord History

June 19, 1807: Parliamentary maneuvering in the Legislature results in Concord being named the capital, ending several years of roving state government. June 19, 1856: One hundred booms of the cannon in Concord celebrate the nomination of John Charles Fremont, the first Republican candidate for president. The cheer goes up: “Free Soil, Free Men and Fremont.” June 19, 2000: Residents of Hull, Quebec, pedal through downtown Concord on a...

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Around Town: We’ve now seen it all in this city
Jun19

Around Town: We’ve now seen it all in this city

So one day a couple of weeks ago, we were running super late for a phone interview and instead of making up some wild and crazy excuse or trying to speed demon our way to the office, we decided to pull into the parking lot of Terrill Park and make the call. Not ideal, but at this point, we’re used to using just about anywhere as our office away from the office. On our way out of the park, we noticed something that seemed a little out...

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Dan Szczesny to speak about book ‘The White Mountain’ at Gibson’s Bookstore
Jun19

Dan Szczesny to speak about book ‘The White Mountain’ at Gibson’s Bookstore

Over the course of one calendar year, journalist Dan Szczesny explored the history and mystique of New England’s tallest mountain. But Mount Washington is more than just a 6,288-foot rock pile; the mountain is the cultural soul of climbers, hikers and tourists from around the world looking to test their mettle against some of the most extreme conditions in return for a chance to be inspired by some of the most intense natural beauty....

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Book of the Week: ‘American Gods’
Jun19

Book of the Week: ‘American Gods’

American Gods Neil Gaiman 2001, 522 pages plus additional content Magical Realism (Fiction)   The man called Shadow is due to be released from three years in prison when he is told that his wife has died, and he is sent home early in order to attend her funeral. On the way home he is waylaid by the persistent Mr. Wednesday, and given a job: “You protect me. You help me. You transport me from place to place. You investigate, from time...

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