The Concord Literary Festival issue

Oct 19, 2010
2:55 PM

Downtown businesses get poetic

Who knew that Starbellies and Things are Cooking could be so gosh-darn poetic? Sarah Chaffee did, apparently. Chaffee, gallery director and partner of McGowan Fine Art, has been pushing to get poetry in downtown merchants’ windows for years. It all started with a visit to the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston. Chaffee found herself drawn to these large plexiglass plates hanging with brackets off of the museum’s railings. On them was poetry. “I thought they were stunning,” she said of the plates. She decided that the idea would look just as lovely in Concord. But instead of plexiglass…

Oct 19, 2010
3:10 PM
Look who's coming to Concord

A conversation with author Firoozeh Dumas

When Concord Reads selected Iranian-born Firoozeh Dumas’s memoirs about life in America (“Funny in Farsi” and “Laughing Without an Accent”), the committee kept their fingers crossed that they would be able to persuade the best-selling author to come to Concord during the New Hampshire Writers’ Project’s literary festival. It didn’t take much convincing. Not only is Dumas a huge supporter of local…

Oct 19, 2010
11:26 AM

City briefly

The Dame School Community Center? To celebrate the Concord Literary Festival, we’d like to provide you with this fine piece of reading material: the highlights from City Manager Tom Aspell’s weekly memo. “Save the date!” Tom wrote with excitement (hence the exclamation point), “The Concord School District together with the City of Concord will be hosting a community forum on Oct. 25 at 7 p.m. at the Dame School, 14 Canterbury Road, in the cafeteria.” According to Tom, the forum is being held to discuss the possible conveyance of the Dame School to the city for the purpose of developing…

Oct 19, 2010
11:28 AM

Police Log

Criminal threatening On Sept. 29 about 11 p.m., officers James Fallon and Joseph Pitta were dispatched to Margaritas for a report of two females fighting. At the scene, a witness told Fallon one of the females involved in the fight had fled, so he went to find her and found the woman on the corner of Pleasant and Main streets. The woman told Fallon that she and her mother, 52-year-old Teri Townsend of Pittsfield, had gotten into an argument. Fallon brought the woman back to Margaritas, where Townsend was waiting with the police. The daughter told the police she wasn’t willing to take her mother…

Oct 19, 2010
11:33 AM

The Bulletin Board

Meet the Friends Program’s newbie The Friends Program hired Angela Sepela as its director of development. In her role, Sepela will carry out the program’s mission of strengthening communities by building relationships that empower people, encourage community service and restore faith in the human spirit by coordinating the fundraising and marketing efforts for the agency. Sepela has been a resident of Concord for more than 13 years. In addition to her knowledge of the community, Sepela brings more than 10 years of experience to this position having previously worked for Families in Transition,…

Oct 19, 2010
2:22 PM

Don't miss 'Honk! Jr."

Quack like a duck or honk like a swan? “Honk! Jr.,” an award-winning retelling of “The Ugly Duckling,” takes the stage at the Concord City Auditorium, 2 Prince St., on Oct. 22 and 23 to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Childrens Theatre Project. “Honk!”– which beat out the “Lion King” as best musical for an Olivier Award (the English equivalent of the Tony) in…