Want to listen to a podcast? Check out the latest Good Times installment
Jul03

Want to listen to a podcast? Check out the latest Good Times installment

They say that practice makes perfect. So after a few months of planning and lots practice, we decided that Good Times was finally ready for public consumption. What is Good Times you ask? Well, it’s a new weekly podcast that’s a collaboration between Insider Editor Tim Goodwin and Concord Monitor Features Editor Sarah Pearson that will most definitely be worth your time. Our goal is to bring you a lineup of fun things that you can do...

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Missed Connections: Nice server, gym mornings and a volunteer
Jul03

Missed Connections: Nice server, gym mornings and a volunteer

Even though Craigslist officially removed its entire “Personals” section a few months ago, that hasn’t stopped the legions of die-hard Missed Connections fans from hoping to find Mr. or Mrs. Right through anonymous internet personal ads – now filed under the website’s “Community” section. Once again, we rounded up some of the highlights (if you want to call them that) posted during the month of June and reproduced them here, in all of...

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Bulletin Board: Nominations, chic picnic and N.H. storytime
Jul03

Bulletin Board: Nominations, chic picnic and N.H. storytime

Family storytime begins July 10 Families can learn more about the state we all love at the New Hampshire Historical Society this summer with the return of the popular Tales of New Hampshire Family Storytime series, a free program for kids and their families. Each week, the story time will focus on a different children’s book author or illustrator based in the Granite State. After one of the Society’s storytellers reads aloud a...

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On the Road: We took a relaxing trip to the sunny Caribbean
Jul03

On the Road: We took a relaxing trip to the sunny Caribbean

Chris and Jane Pappas took a trip to the Caribbean in February aboard Royal Caribbean’s Freedom of the Seas and was nice enough to bring along the Insider to the island of St. Kitts, one of their many stops on the cruise. We sure owe them for taking us on their latest adventure. If you’re going on vacation, bring a copy of the paper, snap a picture and email it to news@theconcordinsider.com.Chris and Jane Pappas took a trip to...

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Mr. Aaron Band, Jordan TW Trio to release albums at Capitol Center for the Arts
Jul03

Mr. Aaron Band, Jordan TW Trio to release albums at Capitol Center for the Arts

It’s a debate as old as time – is music better live or on a studio recording? This weekend at the Capitol Center for the Arts, you won’t have to decide because The Jordan TW Trio and the Mr. Aaron Band will both be putting on CD release parties, complete with live performances. Jordan TW Trio On Saturday at 8 p.m., local Celtic group The Jordan TW Trio returns to the Cap Center to release their long-awaited new album, Live at...

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Lots of new art exhibits for you to see in Concord
Jul03

Lots of new art exhibits for you to see in Concord

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: Tuesday...

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Book of the Week: ‘Death Below Stairs’
Jul03

Book of the Week: ‘Death Below Stairs’

Death Below Stairs Jennifer Ashley 2018, 329 pages Fiction/Mystery   In this charming historical mystery set in 1881, talented young Kat Holloway takes the position as cook in a wealthy Mayfair household of the Rankins. She soon stumbles upon a murder. She cooks delicious meals for the family and numerous servants, with wonderful descriptions of the recipes and ingredients. But she also tries to uncover the motive for the murder and...

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This Week in Concord History
Jul03

This Week in Concord History

July 3, 1990: Stalled for four years in his effort to build a huge housing project and luxury golf course on Concord’s Broken Ground, Vermonter Barry Stem announces plans to build a 200-room hotel and conference center and a 300,000-square-foot office park on part of the site. July 4, 1899: Ten thousand people attend the dedication of the Memorial Arch in front of the State House. Cut from Concord granite, it is 33 feet 8 inches high...

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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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Lots of fun was  had at Market Days 2018
Jun26

Lots of fun was had at Market Days 2018

If you didn’t make your way downtown last week, that means you missed the 44th annual Market Days Festival. But don’t worry, we stopped in for an afternoon and got pictures of all kinds of fun being had.

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RB Productions to kick off summer shows
Jun26

RB Productions to kick off summer shows

RB Productions, the highly successful Concord-based youth theatre program that began in 2004, will begin its summer production schedule this week at the Capitol Center for the Arts. It’s nothing short of impressive what the young actors who sign up for RB Productions are able to do. While most professional, community or school performances are allotted weeks to rehearse and prepare, participants spend an intensive five days (Monday...

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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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Entertainment: Final chance to catch ‘Richard II’ at Hatbox
Jun26

Entertainment: Final chance to catch ‘Richard II’ at Hatbox

Another week, another set of great live music, theater and movies to help celebrate the start of summer. As always, this is what we were able to find using our investigative reporter skills, but there’s likely more out there to enjoy. Music Tuesday Nevers’ Second Regiment Band at Presidential Oaks at 6:30 p.m. Paul Hubert at Hermanos at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday Nick’s Other Band at Concord Library, Music on the Lawn Series, at 6 p.m. Paul...

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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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Concord musician Andrew of the North has a new CD out
Jun26

Concord musician Andrew of the North has a new CD out

Concord musician Andrew of the North, aka Andrew Grosvenor, recently released his debut solo album, “Ursa Verde,” and is celebrating with a two-set show at Area 23 this Friday featuring a couple opening acts and his newly created trio. Grosvenor grew up in Rhode Island and began playing piano at the age of three thanks to his mom, who is also a musician. He moved to Vermont after college with his band, The Woodshed. After the band...

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Learn about the White family at the Pierce Manse
Jun26

Learn about the White family at the Pierce Manse

Sarah Galligan, library director at the N.H. Historical Society will give a presentation, “The White Family of Concord” at Thursday’s Brigade Lecture Series. Nathaniel and Armenia White played a significant role in the development of Concord and New Hampshire during the 19th century. Nathaniel White was born in Lancaster, but moved to Concord where he became a businessman, legislator and philanthropist with interests in railroads,...

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Don’t miss ‘Princess Bride’ quote-along at Red River
Jun26

Don’t miss ‘Princess Bride’ quote-along at Red River

The beloved swashbuckling fairy tale returns to the big screen! Every line in The Princess Bride is a quote waiting to happen! Inconceivable, you say? Well, Red River Theatres challenges you to a duel of words with our Princess Bride Quote-Along this Thursday! Join Westley as he duels Vizzini and his crew, braves the dangers of the fire swamp and overcomes death for true love. Swords, masks and other surprises await you at this...

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On Display: Kimball Jenkins hosting annual student show
Jun26

On Display: Kimball Jenkins hosting annual student show

For the last 14 years, June is a time where the folks who use the Kimball Jenkins Estate to challenge themselves have a chance to show off their artistic skills. After taking part in the spring session of art classes, students can submit work to be hung in the Carolyn Jenkins Gallery (the one in the Carriage House) for the annual Kimball Jenkins Spring Student Show. It features all kinds of great paintings of things like animals,...

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Bulletin Board: Parking, BBQ chicken and 2 pool openings
Jun26

Bulletin Board: Parking, BBQ chicken and 2 pool openings

BBQ chicken dinner at East Church Join us for a delicious chicken BBQ dinner at East Church, 51 Mountain Road, on Saturday from 4 to 6 p.m. Enjoy grilled chicken, homemade baked beans, coleslaw, rolls, potato salad, corn muffins and a dessert buffet. Coffee and cold drinks included. Adults are $10, ages 6 to 12 are $5, and 5 and under are free. Takeout is available. Tickets will be on sale for a beautiful handcrafted quilt, to be...

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Book of the Week: ‘The Invisible Library’
Jun26

Book of the Week: ‘The Invisible Library’

The Invisible Library Genevieve Cogman 2016, 330 pages Adult Fiction/Fantasy   Irene is a skilled operative for the Invisible Library, gathering important books from alternate worlds, and returning them to the library for preservation. We meet her at the end of one daredevil assignment, and she soon finds that she is being sent directly off again, to an alternate London, with a new, mysterious and unwanted assistant in tow. She...

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This Week in Concord History
Jun26

This Week in Concord History

June 26, 2003: Matt Bonner, who led the Concord High basketball team to three straight state championships before evolving into a star at the University of Florida, realizes a lifelong dream when he’s selected in the NBA Draft. Initially drafted by the Chicago Bulls in the second round, he’s soon traded to the Toronto Raptors. June 26, 1855: The Legislature incorporates St. Paul’s School. The first student body: three boys from...

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Welcome, all, to Intown Concord’s 2018 Market Days Festival
Jun19

Welcome, all, to Intown Concord’s 2018 Market Days Festival

The weekend the Capital Region has been looking forward to all year is finally upon us – Market Days. Intown Concord’s annual three-day outdoor celebration of all things Concord and beyond starts this Thursday and will run through Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. each day. This is a free festival that’s fun for the whole family, featuring hundreds of vendors, activities for kids and families, live music, loads of great food and...

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Market Days 2018 has more musical acts than you’ll know what to do with
Jun19

Market Days 2018 has more musical acts than you’ll know what to do with

Without question, one of the signature elements of Market Days is all the live music. With three stages times three days, you won’t be able to go anywhere downtown over the course of the weekend without hearing some live tunes cranking from somewhere or another. Since Market Days draws a huge crowd from all over, with all kinds of interests and tastes, the music stages will feature a wide range of acts that are sure to appeal to...

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Check out some of these fun activities at Market Days 2018
Jun19

Check out some of these fun activities at Market Days 2018

There’s never a lack of things to do during Market Days. Between all the music, food, vendors, games and demonstrations, it’s virtually impossible to hang out at the festival and feel bored. And this year, there are even more activities to keep everyone entertained and involved all weekend long. There have always been lots of opportunities for fun activities, but never quite like this before. One of the main attractions this year is...

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Take a closer look at some of the new vendors at Market Days 2018
Jun19

Take a closer look at some of the new vendors at Market Days 2018

While the sound of live music drifting through the summer air is one of the telltale signs of Market Days, perhaps no sign is more telltale than the plethora of tents strewn about the entire downtown core. While outdoor music downtown isn’t shockingly rare, hundreds of tents blocking the whole street is. Anyone who’s been to Market Days before knows the drill – you bounce around from one tent to the next, occasionally buying something...

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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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YMCA to hold ribbon-cutting ceremony for made-over Child Development Center
Jun19

YMCA to hold ribbon-cutting ceremony for made-over Child Development Center

The Concord Family YMCA is more than just a place to work out. It’s really a place for the whole family to improve and help with many aspects of life, child care chief among them. Right next to the main YMCA facility is the Child Development Center, a high-quality preschool and after-school program for kids. At any given time, there are about 150 to 200 kids in the building, plus 25 to 30 staff members, said Jim Doremus, director and...

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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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Tasty Brews: Lithermans Limited Savor Da Flavor from True Brew Barista
Jun19

Tasty Brews: Lithermans Limited Savor Da Flavor from True Brew Barista

We were sitting around last week trying to think of things to put on this page when we realized we hadn’t been to True Brew Barista in a really long time. That called for a visit. We stopped by last Wednesday afternoon looking for something to drink. The choices were many, including quite a few beers we had never heard of, but soon enough one particular libation spoke to us: Lithermans Limited Savor Da Flavor. The beer is a New...

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