Lots of elbow grease goes into building a set for a play
Jul18

Lots of elbow grease goes into building a set for a play

Part of the fun of taking in a stage production is being able to fully immerse yourself in another world for a few hours and forget about the real one outside the auditorium doors. You can’t really get that immersive experience unless the stage is adorned with a nice, well-made set. While the acting, singing and dancing may be the main attractions of any stage show, it can sometimes be easy to overlook the set – after all, the...

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We checked out all the hard work that goes on at a rehearsal for ‘Barnum’
Jul18

We checked out all the hard work that goes on at a rehearsal for ‘Barnum’

Anyone who’s ever been to a play before knows that there are a lot of elements that go into a show – especially if that show is a musical. There’s dialogue, stage directions, choreography, singing, live music, costume changes and all kinds of other things that have to come together for the play to be a success. We wanted to find out just how much work goes on before the curtains open for a live audience, so we dropped by a rehearsal...

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One week to pull off a show? Not a problem
Jul18

One week to pull off a show? Not a problem

We’re by no means theater experts, but from what we understand, it usually take quite a while to get a performance ready for the main stage. We’re talking weeks and months, not hours and days. But the latter is all the crew involved with the RB Productions Summer Youth Theatre program have to prepare for their annual summer shows. Think of it as summer stock for children’s theater, but using a crazy condensed approach. “What we do...

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For the Wilberts, a lot goes into writing a play
Jul18

For the Wilberts, a lot goes into writing a play

When we go to a play, we get to enjoy a couple hours of entertainment filled with character story lines, plot twists and first-rate acting. As you can probably imagine, those kinds of performances don’t just happen. You have to find the right crew, and hold auditions to fill each role with the right actors, followed by months of rehearsals. But before any of that can take place, there actually needs to be a play to perform. That’s...

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Welcome to the 2016 Insider Summer Olympics
Aug02

Welcome to the 2016 Insider Summer Olympics

With the Summer Olympics set to kick off Friday with the opening ceremonies in Rio de Janeiro, we thought it would be a great idea to take part. No, we’re not taking an all-expenses-paid trip to provide weekly updates in the Insider for the XXXI Olympiad, and it’s safe to say that we didn’t qualify for any of the events because that kind of info would have been plastered all over these pages for weeks. Instead, like we did way back in...

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Just imagine all that gold hanging around Tim’s neck
Aug02

Just imagine all that gold hanging around Tim’s neck

Sure, we could have done a pentathlon or a decathlon to decide the inaugural winner of the Insider Summer Olympics, but that wouldn’t really fit with our style. So we battled our way through a septathlon (that’s seven events) to declare the grand champion of meaningless games around here. While we expected it to be close – or at least much closer – it turned out to be a bit of a one-sided affair. But don’t worry, Jon will have a...

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We tagged along for a Pokémon Go session
Aug02

We tagged along for a Pokémon Go session

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a – Pikachu? If you have a smart phone – or even know anybody who does – chances are you’ve uttered or heard this very phrase hundreds of times already, caught up in the international frenzy known as Pokémon Go. Pokémon Go is an app-based game that launched less than a month ago and has taken a firm grip on modern society. It’s based off the uber-popular video and card game from the late 1990s/early...

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We sent Megan to summer camp for a day
Aug02
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Look at all of this sweet public art we found
Jul26

Look at all of this sweet public art we found

We wandered around Concord last week searching for as much public art as we could find. As we journeyed around, we realized there was a lot more than we ever noticed. Check out what we found!

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Here are some other, lesser-known pieces
Jul26

Here are some other, lesser-known pieces

Sure, Concord has quite a few statues, sculptures and paintings, but what else is there? We asked ourselves the same question and decided to get to the bottom of it. We went out in seach of some things that have artistic value, but maybe they weren’t created with art in mind. We’re talking about things that were built for an actual purpose (other than to be gazed upon in amazement) that just so happen to look pretty cool, or things...

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Pink 2.0 sure did make some good nachos
Jul26

Pink 2.0 sure did make some good nachos

It’s not every day that you get to see a vegetarian dive into a pan of ground pork nachos. So when Monitor staffer Elodie Reed told us she was going to end her series of “A Pig’s Life: From piglet to pork chop” with a little taste test, we had to be there. Not only could we document Reed’s experience in the world of meat, but we’d probably get a few bites ourselves. The original plan was to get a bunch of bacon from Pink 2.0 (the...

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Thanks to GoBabyGo NH, kids get new rides
Jul26

Thanks to GoBabyGo NH, kids get new rides

Every kid wants a Power Wheels. Being able to cruise around the driveway just like mom and dad do on the road must be just the coolest thing when you’re little. So much so, we want one as adults. But unfortunately for children with mobility issues, the ones you can buy in the store don’t always match what a child needs in terms of safety and functionality. That’s where GoBabyGo comes in. The program started at the University of...

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Megan takes in her first farmers markets
Jul19

Megan takes in her first farmers markets

Two farmers markets in three days – quite an adventure. I arrived at my first farmers market ever. Not knowing what to expect, I walked onto that street ready to take it all in. The adventure started off at the Concord Farmers Market located on Capitol Street in downtown Concord. The atmosphere was warm and friendly, with new and old faces in the crowd. “You really get to know your regulars and what they will want to buy from you,”...

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Support local agriculture at CSAs
Jul19

Support local agriculture at CSAs

In today’s world, there’s a lot of focus on buying local, going green and supporting the “little guys” in society. Concord, in particular, is big on this idea, as it’s home to so many small and local businesses and people who support them steadfastly. Concord is therefore a big player in community-supported agriculture, and we checked out two CSAs that have pickup sites here in the city. Local Harvest CSA Local Harvest CSA has a...

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Pickin’ out the good ones at Rossview Farm
Jul19

Pickin’ out the good ones at Rossview Farm

We’re in the thick of the summer now, and that can only mean one thing – well, it can probably mean many things, but only one in this case: it’s pick-your-own blueberry season, and Rossview Farm has plenty to go around. One row of bushes was open for picking last Friday, but that was plenty. Every bush was teeming with tasty berries, and tons were already nice and ripe. It was a blistering hot day, but sometimes you have to make some...

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Which came first, the butterfly or the egg?
Jul19

Which came first, the butterfly or the egg?

The circle of life is on display at Cole Gardens in the form of monarch butterflies. The garden center recently acquired 12 monarchs – eight females and four males – which will lay eggs (each butterfly can lay up to 700 eggs) from Florida. Once the new generation is born and ready to go, owner Charlie Cole will release them all on the Cole Gardens property. They’ll hang around the property for a few days performing critical...

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Take a nice staycation right here in Concord
Jul12

Take a nice staycation right here in Concord

Now that we’re in the thick of the summer, many of you are probably thinking about vacation – Tim, for one, certainly is. But maybe you don’t feel like spending a ton of time and money jet-setting all over the place. Maybe you’re just kind of looking to hang out around here and relax a little bit. That’s the kind of thing we like to do, too. That’s why we’ve assembled the Staycation Issue, full of all kinds of fun and easy things to...

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Staycation options for Concord
Jul12

Staycation options for Concord

As you probably saw, we had a good time planning out our “Staycation” in Concord. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to actually do it all because we have a limited budget (like $0) and had lots of other things to get done over the course of a short week other than having a good time. We know, we don’t think it’s fair either. But nonetheless that’s the reality we were faced with, but we sure didn’t let that keep us from having fun...

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We gave Megan her first official assignment
Jul12

We gave Megan her first official assignment

Just over a week on the job and I receive my first assignment. With very little time to get from my summer job (the one I actually get paid for) to the first of three photo shoots, I was darting from one thing to another. My first stop on my first solo adventure was the Contoocook River Canoe Company. I pull into the driveway trying to catch the canoeing group before they finish for the day, so I hop out of my car and make my way up...

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Thomsons complete cross-country journey
Jul12

Thomsons complete cross-country journey

Derek and Dylan Thomson spent 46 days this summer riding their bikes across the country for the Connolly Tough Fund. During the 4,500-mile journey, the Concord brothers raised about $25,000 for former Concord High School principal Gene Connolly doing what they called Cycling the US For ALS. The Thomsons began their journey on May 23 in San Francisco and finished the long and arduous ride Saturday with a final leg on their bikes –...

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You don’t want to miss this derby rivalry
Jul05

You don’t want to miss this derby rivalry

Insider staff One point. That’s all that separated the Fighting Finches and Demolition Dames in the first match-up of the season. The Finches, who trailed by 50 at one point during the June 25 bout and 30 going into the final jam, had a come back for the ages to win 155-154 and take the early lead in the season series. And the close decision only added to what has become quite a rivalry between the two Granite State Roller Derby home...

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Need derby gear? Go to Spank Alley Skate
Jul05

Need derby gear? Go to Spank Alley Skate

Insider staff The most important thing when you sign up for roller derby is knowing how to skate. Whether you can take a hit and stay on your wheels is another obstacle, but being able to stand up and move forward on skates is a good first step – or glide. But next in line is having the right gear. So we stopped into Spank Alley Skate & Board Shop to see what it takes to be outfitted for a career in roller derby. Sure, it’s mostly...

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Q and A with ‘Insider’ intern Megan Marshall
Jul05

Q and A with ‘Insider’ intern Megan Marshall

We’d like to introduce you to Megan Marshall. She is going into her senior year at Bow High School – and is also interning for the Insider this summer. So before you start seeing her byline in the paper and start wondering, “Who is this Megan Marshall person?” we figured why not ask her a few questions so you can all get to know her.   How did you end up interning  at the  “Insider”? For my senior seminar project I decided that I...

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Bonner b-ball campers got a special surprise
Jul05
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Here’s the plan for Concord’s Fourth of July
Jun28

Here’s the plan for Concord’s Fourth of July

With America’s birthday right around the corner, you’re probably scrambling to figure out your plan for summer’s biggest day. Sure, you could trek down to Boston or up to Ashland if you want, but who’s got time for that? You really only need to travel as far as Memorial Field, which will once again host the city’s annual July 4 celebration. There had been some talk about moving the shebang to the area behind the post office on Loudon...

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Browsing the stock at Champny’s Fireworks
Jun28

Browsing the stock at Champny’s Fireworks

When it’s right around the Fourth of July, there’s one thing on everybody’s mind: fireworks. Since we live in the Live Free or Die state, we’re lucky enough to be able to buy our own fireworks and put on our own shows. One place to get them is Champny’s Fireworks in Bow. It’s a family business that’s been a fixture in town for nearly 20 years, and it’s home to all the fireworks anyone could ask for. We stopped in last week to see what...

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This is a busy time of year for meat sellers
Jun28

This is a busy time of year for meat sellers

Just like our forefathers said, you can’t have the Fourth of July without meat. It’s practically in the Constitution. One of the main features of the holiday – and the summer in general – is throwing some nice meat on the grill and hanging out in the yard all day and night. Since Concord is home to a couple of places that deal a lot with meat – Quality Cash Market and Concord Beef and Seafood – we checked them out to see what each had...

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Market Days was the place to be last week
Jun28

Market Days was the place to be last week

In case you missed all the signs around town or last week’s issue of the Insider, Intown Concord’s 42nd annual Market Days Festival was held on Main Street last week, and there was lots to do. And since we like to take part in happening things around Concord, we had to check it out for ourselves.

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Welcome to Market Days 2016
Jun21

Welcome to Market Days 2016

Can you believe it, Market Days is finally here. We know you’re probably as excited as we are for the 42nd edition of Concord’s premiere summer event, put on by Intown Concord, so let’s not waste any more of your time with Insider flibber flabber. The festival kicks off Thursday at 10 a.m. and will be going strong for three straight days (June 23-25). Well, technically it closes down at 10 p.m. each night, but during those 12 hours...

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Pick winners at Tandy’s Eagle Square Stage
Jun21

Pick winners at Tandy’s Eagle Square Stage

There’s definitely no shortage of entertainment at the Tandy’s Eagle Square Stage during Market Days. The location has a jam-packed schedule, but the highlight will be Market Days Idol, the popular and fun let’s-take-this-seriously karaoke competition. Some of the area’s best amateur singers will take the stage each day of the festival and show off what they can do. Then the audience (that means you) will vote on the contestants each...

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