Community Players of Concord to present ‘The Wizard of Oz’
Oct10

Community Players of Concord to present ‘The Wizard of Oz’

We all know the famous saying: “There’s no place like home, there’s no place like home, there’s no place like home.” But this Friday and Saturday, there will be no place like the Concord City Auditorium. That’s because the Community Players of Concord will open its 90th season with the timeless classic The Wizard of Oz, a production of the group’s award-winning Children’s Theatre Project. More than 45 actors ages 8 to 17 will present...

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Roundup of music, movie and theater listings
Oct10

Roundup of music, movie and theater listings

It’s another busy week in the world of entertainment in Concord. We have a legendary band from the ‘60s, some local regulars on the music scene, a new show at Hatbox Theatre and a film about New Hampshire’s own J.D. Salinger at Red River Theatres. Not a bad week.   Music Wednesday Joel Cage will play jazz over dinner at Hermanos Cocina Mexicana at 6:30 p.m. No cover. Open jam will take place at Area 23 at 7 p.m. All you have to...

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Three fun Halloween events coming up next week
Oct10

Three fun Halloween events coming up next week

Don’t look now, but Halloween is already right around the corner. While the actual holiday isn’t until Oct. 31, there are a few Halloween events in Concord that can’t wait that long and will be held next week. The events really run the gamut – there are things going on outside and inside, for kids and adults, scary and not scary. Basically, if you’re looking for anything to do around Halloween, there are plenty of options. Enchanted...

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Free wellness festival on Saturday
Oct10

Free wellness festival on Saturday

There’s a free family wellness festival this Saturday where families can not only let loose and have a little fun, but also learn all about some healthy habits and ways to stay safe. It’s being put on by the Capital Area Wellness Coalition at Grappone (the Toyota dealership, not the conference center) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. When it comes to getting your kids to eat the right way, it’s not as easy as it sounds. Don’t worry, though,...

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Concord On Air returns this Sunday
Oct10

Concord On Air returns this Sunday

ConcordTV’s 6th Annual Concord On Air Live Telecast returns to your technology of choice’s screen this Sunday from noon to 8 p.m. on Concord cable channels 6, 17 and 22 and streamed live on yourconcordtv.org. Concord’s four Most Fascinating Individuals for 2017, Steve Martin, Brooke Mills, Joe Kasper and Betty Hoadley, will be featured throughout the day. New this year is ConcordTV’s “Concord Originals,” featuring local artists,...

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Author Joyce Maynard to present memoir ‘The Best of Us’ at Gibson’s Bookstore
Oct10

Author Joyce Maynard to present memoir ‘The Best of Us’ at Gibson’s Bookstore

You may remember author Joyce Maynard from her popular “Domestic Affairs” column or her early novel To Die For. Now she’s coming back to her native New Hampshire, with several New York Times bestsellers under her belt, to share her new memoir, The Best of Us: A Memoir. At the age of 59, Maynard met the first true partner she had ever known. She married Jim Barringer on a New Hampshire hillside with friends and children gathered,...

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Corina Willette’s art is in the NHTI Library
Oct10

Corina Willette’s art is in the NHTI Library

The NHTI Library is currently home to the work of Corina Willette. Her art will be hanging through Halloween, and if you’re free this Thursday, Willette will be at the gallery for an opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. 

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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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Share your best Concord eatery
Oct10

Share your best Concord eatery

We all know that Concord is home to some pretty great places to grab a bite to eat. The list is too lengthy to spell out here, but we can only imagine that a bunch of local spots are streaming through your brain right about now – and that’s a good thing. Because on Nov. 1, the Food Network’s Alton Brown is coming to the Capitol Center for the Arts during his latest tour, Eat Your Science, and he’s looking for suggestions of where to...

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We found some hairy, high-heeled legs on Instagram
Oct10

We found some hairy, high-heeled legs on Instagram

No, this isn’t some couple’s private photo that was never meant to get out on the internet, despite how it may look. It’s actually a shot taken at the Concord Family YMCA right before last week’s Walk A Mile In Her Shoes event in downtown Concord, posted to Instagram by user @corkandcronin. Last Wednesday’s event, which featured men donning high heels and other women’s footwear, helped promote awareness and prevention of domestic and...

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Concord is happening place for exhibitions
Oct10

Concord is happening place for exhibitions

Concord is home to lots of great artists and art galleries. So each week, we are putting together a list of current exhibits (and ones that will soon open), so you can have a handy guide to all the art world happenings. That way, when you’re looking to scope out some cool art, you don’t have to look too far. Just think of it as our little gift to you. If you know of an exhibit not listed, send us details via email at...

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This Week in Concord History
Oct10

This Week in Concord History

Oct. 10, 1774: Reacting to the Intolerable Acts and Britain’s closing of Boston Harbor, a special town meeting in Portsmouth votes to send 200 pounds to Boston for poor relief. The amount is four times Portsmouth’s annual province tax. Other New Hampshire towns, including Concord, will soon follow Portsmouth’s example and send money to Boston.   Oct. 11, 1854: In a closed-door meeting at Concord’s Eagle Hotel, former New...

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Book of the Week: ‘The Secret of Goldenrod’
Oct10

Book of the Week: ‘The Secret of Goldenrod’

The Secret of Goldenrod Jane O’Reilly 2016, 370 pages Children’s fiction – chapter book Fifth-grader Trina is constantly moving with her dad as he restores old houses. She’s never lived long enough in one place to call it “home.” But she likes to help her dad with his work. They are a good team. She and her dad move to rural Iowa to restore an old mansion named Goldenrod. Trina has trouble fitting in at school, and Goldenrod seems to...

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NHTI Film Society to screen ‘KEDI’ The NHTI Film Society will screen KEDI (Not Rated, 2016) on Friday at 7 p.m. in the Sweeney Auditorium. Admission is by donation ($5 suggested); free with an NHTI student ID. For more information, contact Steve Ambra at 271-6484, ext. 4101 or sambra@ccsnh.edu. Doug Schwarz   Quilters guild to hold meeting The Capital Quilters Guild will hold its next meeting on Friday at the United Baptist...

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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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A Concord trails buff gives some recommendations for nice foliage hikes
Oct03

A Concord trails buff gives some recommendations for nice foliage hikes

If you have a good memory, you’ll recall that we did a Trails Issue right around this time in 2015. In that issue, we devoted a lot of space to describing the more than two dozen trails the city has to offer and what makes each one different. One thing we failed to focus on – shockingly, considering the time of year it was – was the opportunity to see some great fall foliage along many of the trails. When the weather starts cooling...

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Go Try It: Get crafty with fallen leaves
Oct03

Go Try It: Get crafty with fallen leaves

In honor of the Foliage Issue, we wanted to do something for the Go Try It that had something to do with fall leaves. And since our last few installments featured something you could eat, we wanted to try something else for this week’s edition. Dave Anderson at the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests tipped us off to a fall craft that kids have been making for generations. The craft can have many names, but basically...

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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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Food Snob: Porky Mac sandwich from Capital Deli
Oct03

Food Snob: Porky Mac sandwich from Capital Deli

We were looking through our records last week when we realized we had never done a Food Snob at Capital Deli – the place that won the most recent Cappies award for best deli – so we decided we owed it to ourselves and our readers to go check it out. The place is a little hidden – it’s downtown, but it’s not right on the sidewalk of Main Street. You have to go a layer back to Capital Plaza to find it, but it’s a trip that’s well worth...

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Most Fascinating Individuals 2017 revealed
Oct03

Most Fascinating Individuals 2017 revealed

ConcordTV’s sixth annual Concord On Air live telecast will be held Oct. 15 from noon to 8 p.m. And to give you a little tease, we got a first look at this year’s Most Fascinating Individuals – which we will now pass along to you.   Betty Hoadley 7 to 8 p.m. Taught for decades in the Concord School District and leader in the development of sports education and activities for all Concord area youth; passionate leader on the Concord...

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The N.H. State Library was just featured on ‘Jeopardy’
Oct03

The N.H. State Library was just featured on ‘Jeopardy’

We all think that Concord is a pretty great place to live, work and play. And apparently so do the powers that be at Jeopardy. Yes, that Jeopardy. The city just turned 250 years old back in 2015, but it’s not the oldest piece of the state capital puzzle. Did you know that the New Hampshire State Library is celebrating 300 years of existence this year? Well, if you did, then you would have been in line to earn $800 on the legendary...

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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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Audubon McLane Center’s Birds and Beans Coffeehouse presents Steve Schuch on Oct. 12
Oct03

Audubon McLane Center’s Birds and Beans Coffeehouse presents Steve Schuch on Oct. 12

New Hampshire Audubon McLane Center’s Birds and Beans Coffeehouse is ready to present Steve Schuch in concert on Oct. 12 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the McLane Center. Schuch has delighted audiences across the U.S. and Europe. Fusing Celtic/folk roots with a storyteller’s heart and humor, his artistry touches people on many different levels. Irrepressible singing, audience harmonies and soaring instrumentals on guitar and violin are all...

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The State House is bringing back guided tours for three dates
Oct03

The State House is bringing back guided tours for three dates

Fans of history, politics or just New Hampshire in general, take notice – guided tours are about to return to the State House. This Saturday, the following Saturday (Oct. 14) and Dec. 9, the historic State House in downtown Concord will open its doors to visitors for limited weekend tours. Complimentary guided tours will depart from the State House Visitors’ Center every half hour from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Brimming with history, art and...

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Bektash Shriners to host murder mystery
Oct03

Bektash Shriners to host murder mystery

If there’s one thing that goes well with any dinner, it’s a good old fashioned whodunit. And it just so happens that the Bektash Shrine Center is hosting such an event this Saturday. This will be a night of family fun centered around eating a nice dinner and enjoying an entertaining mystery theater performance, the type of performance that includes a lot of pretty hilarious audience participation. The show is called The Altos, which...

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Here’s your roundup of music, movie and theater listings
Oct03

Here’s your roundup of music, movie and theater listings

There are always a lot of options for seeing some live entertainment in Concord. Between concerts, movies and theater performances, there’s never a shortage of live shows to take in around here, and we scoured the internet looking for the best of what’s coming up this week. Here’s what we found:   Music Wednesday Open jam night will take place at Area 23 at 7 p.m. The rules are simple: just show up and jam. There’s no cover...

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State House contest posters at State Library
Oct03

State House contest posters at State Library

To celebrate 200 years of the N.H. State House, the bicentennial commission held a poster contest for any child between the ages of 5 and 21 who lived in the Granite State and was a public, private or home-school student in kindergarten through 12th grade. The theme was “The New Hampshire State House and Its Meaning Today.” Students from across the state submitted posters for regional competition and first-, second- and third-place...

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