Despite some poor weather, the 63rd annual Kiwanis Spring Fair was a success
May22

Despite some poor weather, the 63rd annual Kiwanis Spring Fair was a success

While the weather didn’t fully cooperate – with at least two days of rain at some point or another – the Kiwanis Spring Fair was another success. Folks braved the less-than-ideal conditions to take part in the annual fair in the parking lot of Everett Arena. This was the 63rd year for the fair, which always draws a big crowd.

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Running for Riley Fun Run/Walk is another great race for a great cause
May22

Running for Riley Fun Run/Walk is another great race for a great cause

Riley Duquette was born in May 2012 with a rare disease that falls under the umbrella of Peroxisomal Biogenesis Disorders. PBD refers to disorders in the Zellweger Spectrum – rare, genetic, metabolic, terminal conditions affecting all major systems of the body. His family – mother Karly Duquette and stepfather Shawn Moseley – put together the Running for Riley Fun Run/Walk last year as a way to raise money and awareness for families...

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Food Snob: TGI Fridays puts twist on egg rolls
May22

Food Snob: TGI Fridays puts twist on egg rolls

It’s no secret that to a lot of foreign countries in the world, American cuisine is known for it’s greasy, deep-fried goodness. And what’s more American than taking vegetables out of a traditional dishing and adding in more greasy, deep-fried goodness? Not much. So that’s exactly what they did for the new appetizer on the menu at TGI Fridays, and you know we had to try it. The new Philly Cheese Steak Egg Rolls at the chain restaurant...

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It’s that time of year – start signing up for summer camps before it’s too late
May22

It’s that time of year – start signing up for summer camps before it’s too late

With summer already right around the corner, it’s time to start planning fun stuff for the kids. Luckily, Concord is home to a wide variety of camp options, from educational to athletic to just plain fun. We rounded up as much information as we could (and as much as we could fit on the page), but don’t be afraid to poke around for other options, as we’re sure there are probably more out there. Concord Parks and Recreation Concord...

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N.H. Philharmonic to perform at the Audi
May22

N.H. Philharmonic to perform at the Audi

Did you know that the oldest orchestra in New Hampshire was founded in Penacook in 1895? Yep, the New Hampshire Philharmonic Orchestra is that old and it has presented concerts every year since 1905. If you haven’t caught one yet in the 113 consecutive years they’ve been doing it, you’ve got a chance this weekend. To close out the 2017-18 season, the NHPO will perform Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony at the Concord City Auditorium on Sunday...

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Plan for Making Strides at Happy Hours for Hope on Thursday
May22

Plan for Making Strides at Happy Hours for Hope on Thursday

Come be inspired, informed and motivated to be part of the extraordinary community energy that is Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Concord. Business and community leaders, team leaders, volunteers and anyone interested in the American Cancer Society’s No. 1 per-capita Making Strides event in the United States are welcome at Thursday’s Happy Hours for Hope at Phenix Hall. Experience the joy of being engaged with your community...

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Mill Brook sculpture garden reopens
May22

Mill Brook sculpture garden reopens

Concord’s Mill Brook Gallery is opening its 21st Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit to the public this week. The gallery’s founder Pamela Tarbell curates and hosts the exhibition each year at her home on Hopkinton Road. The house overlooks acres of fields and a pond and is filled inside with her spring and summer exhibit of art, which opened on May 3. The outdoor portion of this season’s exhibitions opened on May 15 for public viewing, but its...

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N.H. Furniture Masters take you way back
May22

N.H. Furniture Masters take you way back

Walk around most homes and you’ll find tables and chairs, dressers and desks, but you’ll be hard pressed to see any furniture that is as finely crafted as the ones put out by members of the New Hampshire Furniture Masters Association. These folks have put in hours (way more than anyone could ever count) fine tuning their craft that is shown in every piece they make. The association has been around since 1996 and currently has about 20...

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It was another successful year for Rock ’N Race
May22

It was another successful year for Rock ’N Race

The 16th annual Rock ’N Race to benefit the Payson Center for Cancer Care was another huge success last week, with about 4,700 runners and walkers taking part and raising $165,000 to help those battling the awful disease. The total raised has now surpassed $4.3 million over the years.

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Celebrate Public Works Week in Concord
May22

Celebrate Public Works Week in Concord

It seems like every time Monday rolls around there’s another week celebrating something. For just May, we found information about weeks dedicated to nurses, teachers and school staff, nursing homes, police and craft beer. They’re celebrated across the country with events and things like gifts and food. This upcoming week is National Public Works Week, hosted by The American Public Works Association to promote the importance of public...

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14 Purple Finches sing at nationals
May22

14 Purple Finches sing at nationals

Fourteen members of the Concord Community Music School’s Purple Finches Youth Chorus recently had a chance to sing on the national stage, as performers in the Organization of American Kodaly Educators (OAKE) National Conference Choirs. During their March trip to this year’s conference in Oklahoma City, students had the opportunity to connect with fellow highly motivated youth vocalists and to learn and perform under the direction of...

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McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center opening Math Moves on Saturday
May22

McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center opening Math Moves on Saturday

The Mcauliffe-Shepard Discover Center invites visitors of all ages to fall in love with math as they welcome their newest exhibit, Math Moves. The exhibition opens Saturday, and will challenge visitors to work together in a playful, full-body exploration of ratios, proportions and other fundamental math concepts. Math Moves uses a variety of hands-on activities to make experimenting with concepts at the heart of math memorable and...

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Bulletin Board: Trip to Thailand, hikes and grants for teachers
May22

Bulletin Board: Trip to Thailand, hikes and grants for teachers

Final Crossroads Film series of year The Final Year is a unique insiders’ account of President Barack Obama’s foreign policy team during their last year in office. Featuring unprecedented access inside the White House and State Department, The Final Year offers an uncompromising view of the inner workings of the Obama administration as they prepare to leave power after eight years. The film will be shown May 30 at 7 p.m. at Red River...

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Entertainment: A boatload of bands to rock Concord this week
May22

Entertainment: A boatload of bands to rock Concord this week

In a somewhat unusual departure from the norm, it’s a relatively light week on the entertainment front in Concord. There are plenty of bands playing every night, but it’s not a heavy theater week, as Hatbox Theatre isn’t running any shows. Nonetheless, there’s plenty of fun to be had out there this week. MusicTuesday Paul Lovely at Hermanos Cocina Mexicana at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday Kid Pinky at Hermanos at 6:30 p.m. Thursday Richard...

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Memorial Day events in Concord and Bow
May22

Memorial Day events in Concord and Bow

If you’re like us, you can’t wait for this weekend to get here. Sure, we could really say that about any weekend, but this one coming up is one of those special ones that includes a third day off. The Memorial Day long weekend is also the unofficial start of summer, but also a reason to pause and reflect. It’s a day to honor and remember those who died while serving in our country’s armed forces. You see a lot of parades featuring...

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We found a couple plant sales coming up
May22

We found a couple plant sales coming up

With Memorial Day less than a week away, it’s time to start thinking about those gardens. On the previous page, we gave you a quick rundown of what you can find at a few local garden centers and nurseries. What we also found through our impeccable sleuthing skills is a couple of plant sales going on this week/weekend that will be beneficial if you’re trying to get your garden planted during what we’ve been told is the perfect weekend...

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Peak FC a new soccer and futsal club coming in June
May22

Peak FC a new soccer and futsal club coming in June

Peak FC is a new nonprofit soccer and futsal club launching in June based out of Concord and Pembroke. Peak FC was formed by parents and coaches looking to get more out of the club experience at an affordable price point. This new club will be offering great coaching for all players and teams and will provide opportunities to advance and compete locally, regionally and nationally. “Our goal is to provide an environment for youth to...

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Gibson’s Bookstore to host ‘Alive for Now’ author Jessica Murby next Tuesday
May22

Gibson’s Bookstore to host ‘Alive for Now’ author Jessica Murby next Tuesday

How would your life be different if you lived with mindfulness of your own inevitable death? Instead of that being a morbid question, the answer to it may be the most powerful means to get your actions in line with your truest priorities. Alive for Now is beyond a book – it is a guided journey in using action-based practices for thriving in life that are otherwise quite easily diverted for a lifetime. An unexpected and refreshing...

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SPCA to host open house, wish list drive on Thursday
May22

SPCA to host open house, wish list drive on Thursday

It’s hard to believe that it has been four years since the Pope Memorial SPCA building was opened at 94 Silk Farm Road. But it must be true since the local spot that “cares for abandoned and homeless pets, protects and advocates for pets in need, and promotes the humane treatment of all animals” is hosting a summer open house and wish list drive on Thursday from noon to 2 p.m. to celebrate. There will be tours of the shelter, which if...

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Brigade Lecture Series continues at Pierce Manse on Thursday
May22

Brigade Lecture Series continues at Pierce Manse on Thursday

Art historian Cristina Ashjian will give a lecture at the Pierce Manse on Thursday evening entitled “Exemplary Country Estates of New Hampshire.” In the early 20th century, the New Hampshire Board of Agriculture launched a program to boost the rural economy and promote tourism through the sale of abandoned farms to summer residents. After introducing the country house movement, Ashjian focuses attention on some of the great country...

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Calling all high school stage performers
May22

Calling all high school stage performers

With the school year about to end, all you students out there are likely looking for something to keep you busy over the next few months. And if you’re in high school (between the ages of 14 and 18) and like to perform on stage, then Bow High School’s production of The Wedding Singer might just be the thing for you. While Sarah Evans, choral and theater director at Bow High School, is the one putting on the show, it’s not just for...

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Just a few days left for McGowan exhibit
May22

Just a few days left for McGowan exhibit

Mill Brook Gallery Spring and Summer Through: Sept. 2 Outdoor Exhibit Through: Oct. 14 Reception: Sunday, 2 to 4 p.m. Location: 236 Hopkinton Road. Hours: Thursday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. League of N.H. Craftsmen Fairy Tales and Fantasies Through: June 15 The Grodin Collection Through: Ongoing Location: 49 S. Main St., Suite 100 Hours: Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Kimball Jenkins Robert Dorr Through: May 31...

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Celebrate the new emergency winter shelter
May22

Celebrate the new emergency winter shelter

In case you missed last week’s Insider, we wanted to let you know about the event this Wednesday to celebrate the completion of the new emergency winter shelter behind the Concord Homeless Resource Center. If you happened to read Tim’s story, consider this a friendly reminder. After a few years of uncertainty with where the city’s homeless population would go on cold winter nights, the folks with the Concord Coalition to End...

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Book of the Week: ‘The War That Saved My Life’
May22

Book of the Week: ‘The War That Saved My Life’

The War That Saved My Life Kimberly Brubaker Bradley 2016, 316 pages Juvenile fiction   This work of historical fiction begins in the slums of London at the beginning of World War II. It is a touching story of 10-year-old Ada and her brother, Jamie. Ada was born with a clubfoot and her mother chose not to have it fixed. Ada has never left their apartment because her mother is too humiliated to let her outside. When her brother comes...

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This Week in Concord History
May22

This Week in Concord History

May 22, 1879: The Monitor editorializes against a fountain in the State House plaza: “The fountain continues to squirt water all over those who have the temerity to walk in its vicinity, as in the days of yore. Its location ought to be changed.” In 1914, it is discarded to make room for the statue of Franklin Pierce.   May 22, 2001: Concord Litho Group, one of the world’s largest printers of greeting cards, has laid off 31 of its...

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Rock ’N Race has been making a huge difference
May15

Rock ’N Race has been making a huge difference

Rock ’N Race began all the way back in 2003 – making this the 16th annual event – as a fundraiser for the soon-to-be-opened Payson Center for Cancer Care. If you remember last year, we told you about how Steve Duprey came up with the “hair-brain idea” (his words not ours) after being asked to assist in the creation of an event to raise money for the hospital’s new center to help those battling cancer. After witnessing the Rock ‘n’...

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The lowdown on the rockin’ part of the race
May15

The lowdown on the rockin’ part of the race

While it’s important not to lose sight of the real purpose of Rock ’N Race – to raise important and much-needed money to help the Payson Center – it’s also never a bad idea to point out the fun and novel elements that help make Rock ’N Race what it is, specifically, the music. The capital city plays host to a slew of community events, including many road races, but none involve quite as much live music as this one. While the total...

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Plenty of road races to keep you running after Rock ‘N Race
May15

Plenty of road races to keep you running after Rock ‘N Race

With Rock N Race just a few days away, you might be planning for your next big run with lots of other people. We’ve got you covered. We found a bunch of road races/fun runs coming up in the city over the summer months – and a few in the fall – to keep you pushing through the miles of training each week. May 26 Running for Riley White Park, 1 White St. Schedule: 10 a.m., registration; 10:30 a.m., boys and girls youth division (1 mile);...

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Before you hit the races, check those shoes
May15

Before you hit the races, check those shoes

Maybe it was the mass of runners crossing the finish line during last month’s Boston Marathon. Or maybe it’s the warm weather that has you dusting off those old sneakers, considering a short jog for the first time in months. Whatever your motivation, you may want to give those shoes a quick inspection before lacing them up and heading outdoors for that long-awaited run. Are the soles under your heel crushed? Are the outer soles warn...

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Get off the couch and start getting ready for your first 5K
May15

Get off the couch and start getting ready for your first 5K

If you’re like Tim and myself, you’ve probably logged more hours on the couch than on the road race circuit in your life. While that is, of course, all fine and good, we understand that a lot of folks have aspirations of running in 5Ks and other big races, but since they’ve been primarily lounging around for the past however many years, they don’t know what to do or where to begin. Luckily, we’re here to help. Runner’s Alley on North...

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