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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Entertainment: A variety of concerts and stage shows abound
Jul17

Entertainment: A variety of concerts and stage shows abound

We’re in the dog days of summer now, but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing going on. This week features quite a few concerts – both indoor and out – plus three stage shows. Enjoy! Music Tuesday Dan Weiner at Hermanos Cocina Mexicana at 6:30 p.m. Nevers’ Second Regiment Band at Rolfe Park at  7 p.m. Hopkinton Town Band at Presidential Oaks at  6:30 p.m. Wednesday Craig Jaster at Hermanos at 6:30 p.m. The ExP Band outside next to...

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Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce names grant recipients
Jul17

Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce names grant recipients

Through its Business Grants program, the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce awards more than $5,000 annually to teachers who have developed innovative teaching programs for use in capital area schools. Recipients of the seven grants chosen this year demonstrated that their projects fit a specific educational need, were unique to their respective schools, and were not supported by their school system’s annual budget. Funding for the...

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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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Another stunning Instagram shot from @michaelpmurphy
Jul17

Another stunning Instagram shot from @michaelpmurphy

We swear we don’t play favorites, but when we see a really great photo on Instagram, we run it. It just so happens that user @michaelpmurphy takes a lot of great shots around Concord, many of which have appeared in these pages over the years. Here’s another one, this one taken somewhere on the Winant-Swope connector trail. The tall grass, the bright sun, the solar flare, the potential UFO near the top – it all works here, and it works...

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Jon’s daughter helped him change a flat tire last week
Jul17

Jon’s daughter helped him change a flat tire last week

It’s everyone’s worst nightmare: You finally make it to the office for what’s going to be another long day on the job and your left rear tire is losing air – and quickly. A small piece of sharp metal had made a nice gash in Jon’s tire last week, so he did what anyone else would do — he called in his 3-year-old daughter, Julia, to help put the spare on. Good thing she was free.

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Book of the Week: ‘If We Were Villains’
Jul17

Book of the Week: ‘If We Were Villains’

If We Were Villains M.L. Rio 2017, 355 pages Mystery Fiction Oliver Marks was a drama student before going to jail. Now that his parole has been approved, he is the only person who can finally ease the misgivings of the policeman who put him there. Oliver agrees, at last, to tell him the truth. Oliver’s story begins at a small, private conservatory of the arts, where his class of seven drama students have been eating, sleeping and...

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Bulletin Board: Swim lessons, car buying and author events
Jul17

Bulletin Board: Swim lessons, car buying and author events

Last swim lessons begin July 30 The last session of swim lessons with Concord Parks and Rec is July 30 to Aug. 9. Thanks to Concord Housing + Redevelopment for its sponsorship, all youth in Concord/Penacook are able to take a free session of swim lessons. The registration deadline is July 25. Register in person at the Concord Parks and Rec office (14 Canterbury Road). City memo CPR and First Aid classes offered ​​​​​​Concord Hospital...

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This Week in Concord History
Jul17

This Week in Concord History

July 17, 1941: Playing at Cleveland, Yankee third baseman Red Rolfe of Penacook doubles and singles to help the Yanks beat the Indians 4-3. But the big news is that Cleveland and its good-fielding third baseman, Ken Keltner, stop Joe DiMaggio’s hitting streak at 56 games. During the streak, Rolfe, hitting second in the Yankee lineup, batted .306 and scored 49 runs. July 17, 1967: A four-member investigating committee of Concord’s...

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It’s the middle of summer – and we like beer
Jul10

It’s the middle of summer – and we like beer

Summer is a great time to sit down and enjoy a cold beverage – especially of the adult variety. So we found some great tastings, a pairing event (in September) and new beers for you to try. And make sure you have some for us. Concord Craft Brewing Co. The downtown brewery is hosting a “Find Your SAFE SPACE” summer contest. All you have to do is bring your Safe Space (that’s one of their newest beers in the vibrant cans) with you this...

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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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We tried stuff for kids, seniors and everyone in between at Concord’s new City Wide Community Center
Jul10

We tried stuff for kids, seniors and everyone in between at Concord’s new City Wide Community Center

There’s been a lot of excitement around Concord’s new City Wide Community Center, which just opened a few weeks ago on Canterbury Road at the site of the former Dame School. We went and checked the place out right before they opened to the public to see what everything looked like, but it wasn’t completely finished yet. Now that it is finished – and being used by the community, as it was intended – we decided it was time to go down...

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Get ready for the World Run-Paddle Biathlon
Jul10

Get ready for the World Run-Paddle Biathlon

Runners, paddlers, walkers unite – the World Run-Paddle Biathlon Championship is about to return to the Merrimack River in Concord for a third year next Thursday (July 19). The event combines the disciplines of running and paddling, and is a fun workout for anyone. In total, there’s a 4K run, a 4K paddle and a 40-meter portage (which is you carrying your canoe, kayak or paddleboard) to the finish line. It will all take place at the...

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Entertainment: A whole slew of outdoor concerts as summer kicks into high gear in Concord
Jul10

Entertainment: A whole slew of outdoor concerts as summer kicks into high gear in Concord

It’s a busy week, and space is pretty tight, so let’s get right to it! Music Tuesday Mike Walsh at Hermanos Cocina Mexicana at 6:30 p.m. Nevers’ Second Regiment Band at the State House at 7 p.m. Bedford Big Band at Presidential Oaks at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday Paul Donahue at Hermanos at 6:30 p.m. Thursday Richard Gardzina at Hermanos at 6:30 p.m. 3-D at Makris Lobster & Steak House at 6 p.m. The Blue Sky Boys and Cookie at Eagle...

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Concord City Memo: Big happenings all over
Jul10

Concord City Memo: Big happenings all over

There sure was a lot going on in this week’s City Memo, so we decided to give you a bird’s-eye view of all the important stuff (at least the things that we found to be of the utmost importance). The Concord Police Department is hosting Coffee With a Cop on Wednesday from 9 to 11 a.m. at McDonald’s, 117 Loudon Road. Join your neighbors and police officers for coffee and a conservation. No agenda or speeches, just an opportunity to ask...

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Bulletin Board: Free concert, jazz worship and saving money
Jul10

Bulletin Board: Free concert, jazz worship and saving money

Monday Concert at Penacook church On Monday at 7 p.m., the United Church of Penacook is hosting a concert featuring Holly Roadfeldt, pianist, Ann Moss, soprano, and Peter Dutilly, violist. These musicians will be in residence at Avaloch Farm Music Institute in Boscawen this July to rehearse music by composer Kirk O’Riorden. The concert is free and open to the public. Directions to United Church and more information about this concert...

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On Display: Adam Viens is showing in the NHTI library
Jul10

On Display: Adam Viens is showing in the NHTI library

For the month of July, the NHTI library is home to the mixed-media work of Adam Viens, a Connecticut-based artist. According to Viens, “These works represent a sensibility known as ‘Depressive Realism,’ a term adopted from the 1970s psychological hypotheses that the depressed individual has a more accurate depiction of reality and themselves than the non-depressed individual. This term also carries a satirical reference to the ‘isms’...

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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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The Arts: Women’s Caucus show at Kimball Jenkins
Jul10

The Arts: Women’s Caucus show at Kimball Jenkins

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 Through: Sept. 21 Location: 49 S. Main St., Suite 100 Hours: Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. McGowan Fine Art Streetwise – John Bonner Through: July 27 Location: 2 Phenix Ave. Hours:...

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Audubon’s Coffeehouse to host Bill Staines on July 19
Jul10

Audubon’s Coffeehouse to host Bill Staines on July 19

Bill Staines is one of the most popular and durable singers on the folk music scene today. He travels throughout the country performing nearly 200 concerts a year and driving more than 65,000 miles annually, so consider yourself lucky that he’s making his way to Concord to play at the N.H. Audubon McLane Center’s Birds and Beans Coffeehouse on July 19 at 7 p.m. Singing mostly his own songs, he weaves a blend of gentle wit and humor...

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Concord Young Professionals Network: Madeline Champlin dreams of a big road trip
Jul10

Concord Young Professionals Network: Madeline Champlin dreams of a big road trip

The Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce’s Concord Young Professionals Network (CYPN) introduces you to our “Young Professional of the Month,” Madeline Champlin. 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? 28. Where do you live? Concord. Where do you currently work? I work for the N.H. Audubon as a...

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This Week in Concord History
Jul10

This Week in Concord History

July 10, 1879: John B. Buzzell is hanged at the state prison. Buzzell broke off his engagement with a young woman. She sued him for breach of promise, and he hired a young man to kill her. The young man fired a pistol through her window, blowing her head off. Buzzell was acquitted of murder. Later, when the hired gun turned state’s evidence to save his own hide, Buzzell was convicted as an accessory to murder and sentenced to die. As...

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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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Check out Frekey’s Dairy Freeze, Concord’s newest ice cream shop
Jul03

Check out Frekey’s Dairy Freeze, Concord’s newest ice cream shop

Carol Frekey-Harkness has ice cream in her blood – though hopefully not literally, as that’s probably not good for your health. Her mother, Brenda Frekey, opened an ice cream shop, Frekey’s Dairy Freeze, in Chichester in 1983, and Frekey-Harkness was always around the business, eventually purchasing it in 1995. When she turned 50, she wanted to do something exciting and spontaneous. So what does an ice cream lifer do for excitement?...

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Concord has quite the Fourth of July planned
Jul03

Concord has quite the Fourth of July planned

It’s hard to believe that the Fourth of July is nearly here, but that is the case, so it’s time to celebrate America. While we know that a lot of people like to enjoy backyard barbecues with family and friends, maybe light up a couple sparklers (be careful!) or head to the beach for a picnic and day by the water, there are others who prefer to celebrate the holiday by gathering with thousands of others for a host of fun events. And...

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Concord Town Pound gets a makeover from local volunteers
Jul03

Concord Town Pound gets a makeover from local volunteers

The city of Concord has a lot of iconic, historic landmarks. There’s the State House, White Park, the gasholder building, the Pierce Manse, St. Paul’s School and plenty more. But there’s another key marker that doesn’t get the same love as the aforementioned sites – the Concord Town Pound. Established in 1830, the Town Pound on North State Street was a granite-enclosed pen where wayward animals of the 1800s would be rounded up and...

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Entertainment: Outdoor concerts highlight a light Independence Day week
Jul03

Entertainment: Outdoor concerts highlight a light Independence Day week

With the Fourth of July falling smack dab in the middle of the upcoming week, it’s a relatively light schedule on the entertainment front. That said, Granite State of Mind, the popular live music series put on by NEC Concord, has begun its Concert in the Park Summer Series, with free shows at Memorial Field in Pembroke – not Concord – at 6 p.m. This summer’s lineup is as follows: Saturday: Green Heron July 21: Scalawag Aug. 4: Dean...

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On Display: Catch Mixtape in the Robert Larsen Gallery
Jul03

On Display: Catch Mixtape in the Robert Larsen Gallery

You may not know this, but tucked away inside the law firm of Sulloway & Hollis is the Robert Larsen Gallery. Once a year, they host an art exhibit and this year’s show is a little different. Mixtape has been guest curated by the folks at Kelley Stelling Contemporary, a new contemporary gallery in downtown Manchester. It includes eight artists that have shown at the gallery through its first nine months. The featured artists...

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Ugandan Kids Choir to perform at Discovery Center on Saturday
Jul03

Ugandan Kids Choir to perform at Discovery Center on Saturday

The Ugandan Kids Choir has traveled across the country to engage audiences in their high-energy performance of traditional African songs and dances. And their tour now brings them to the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center on Saturday afternoon for a free public performance at 3:30 p.m. in the planetarium theater. In the Discovery Center’s planetarium, visitors can see how the night sky appears from any place in the world. The Center...

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