‘Tis (close enough to) the season

Granite Ledges held its annual holiday craft fair Saturday featuring more than 20 vendors

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Instagram pictures of the week

We gathered the best fall photos we could find from Concord – check them out!

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The art of classic movies

Check out these vintage posters on display in the NHTI Library.

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The art of classic movies

Check out these vintage posters on display in the NHTI Library.

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The SNOB is back in town
Nov06

The SNOB is back in town

The SNOB Film Festival makes its triumphant return to Concord this week. The event, entering its 11th year, takes place at Red River Theatres, where films from around the world – as well as right here in Concord – will be screened to crowds of cinephiles. There are some great movies to look forward to, and obviously that’s what most people will show up for. However, the SNOB’s appeal stems from more than just movies – it’s a community...

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The SNOB is back in town
Nov06

The SNOB is back in town

The SNOB Film Festival makes its triumphant return to Concord this week. The event, entering its 11th year, takes place at Red River Theatres, where films from around the world – as well as right here in Concord – will be screened to crowds of cinephiles. There are some great movies to look forward to, and obviously that’s what most people will show up for. However, the SNOB’s appeal stems from more than just movies – it’s a community...

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Pizza kitty and a girl dressed as death

Here at the Insider, we like to peruse Craigslist’s Missed Connections section to find out if anyone saw us in our Halloween costume how Concordians are finding real, lasting love online. Here, we have a special Halloween edition, presented unedited as always. Girl with cat ears and pabst beer – m4w – 22 Hey you were at Tandys last night with a zombie and a girl dressed as death. You had a striped shirt on with cat ears and told me...

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Bring out the strings and things – Tue, 06 Nov 2012
Nov06

Bring out the strings and things – Tue, 06 Nov 2012

Friend of the Insider David Kontak will perform with his experimental instruments on Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. at the Concord Community Music School as part of the school’s “Jazz Week.” This performance will be free and open to the public. For more information, visit the school’s website at ccmusicschool.org or call 228-1196.

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The Insider gets dirty – Tue, 06 Nov 2012
Nov06

The Insider gets dirty – Tue, 06 Nov 2012

Wendy Ulbrich sent us this picture of herself just after completing the Tri-State Tough Mudder in Englishtown, N.J., in October. Of course, she brought the Insider along with her – we’re not scared of a little mud! Ulbrich said: “I ran this race with my sister, brother-in-law, high school alumni and friends.  We were a team of eight, consisting of four men and four women – team name Morrie’s Wigs.  We all helped each other over every...

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Wall-to-Wall creativity at Wonder Made – Tue, 06 Nov 2012
Nov06

Wall-to-Wall creativity at Wonder Made – Tue, 06 Nov 2012

The newest mural at Wonder Made is now complete. Artists Nick Paradis and Nick Pacheco collaborated on the wall, which we captured in panorama using a fancy iPhone app called Photosynth. We could hardly do it justice, we’re sure; to see the mural in person, visit Wonder Made at 19 Warren St. Want to get involved with the project yourself? Contact Nick Paradis at nparadispainting@gmail.com. He’s always searching for the next...

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The (worst) movies of 2012

Every time the SNOB Film Festival comes to town, our own Food Snob gets very excited. How many people can say there is a festival named after them? When the news is broken that the name stands for Somewhat North Of Boston and has nothing to do with the Food Snob, the Snob flies into a rage and uses the Insider to vent toward all things movie-related. Here are the Snob’s reviews of the top films of 2012. Prometheus: Michael Fassbender...

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Magic cards and hamster eggs at the SNOB Film Festival
Nov06

Magic cards and hamster eggs at the SNOB Film Festival

Mike Place didn’t have a particularly difficult time selecting which genres to enter projects in at the upcoming SNOB Film Festival. He just drew them out of a hat. Place, a Concord filmmaker, has a pair of short films showing at this year’s festival, films he originally entered in The 48 Hour Film Project, a contest in which you draw a category out of a hat and have two days to create a movie that is seven minutes or less. You are...

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We get a sneak preview of the burrito that bears our name
Nov06

We get a sneak preview of the burrito that bears our name

Each year around this time, the Food Snob’s taste buds perk up and we start salivating. The SNOB Film Festival is back in town, and that means we get to try out special SNOB-themed menu items at Concord’s restaurants. We stopped by Dos Amigos to try out its offering, the SNOB burrito. Full disclosure: we’ve had a burrito or two at Dos Amigos before. In fact, we wear out free burrito punch cards like it’s our job (and sometimes it...

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Turning toward turnips: fall’s underdog vegetable
Nov06

Turning toward turnips: fall’s underdog vegetable

Clear your palate with a swig of fresh apple cider, and open your mind with a few deep breaths. Banish from your memory any remnants of the old, bitter turnips of your childhood. It’s time to get to know the underdog of fall vegetables: the fresh turnip. You may associate turnips most closely with potatoes, the comfortable old standby of the underground veggies world. Like all root vegetables, turnips are satisfying to eat, being...

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Finding the humor in an alien abduction
Nov06

Finding the humor in an alien abduction

The first thing Concord filmmaker Tom Kearney saw as he walked out of Red River Theatres following last fall’s SNOB Film Festival was a spaceship. When the festival returns to Concord this weekend, the rest of the city can see the same one. Kearney wasn’t drunk on local beer, or even independent film bliss, when he strolled to the streets last September. Rather, moments after taking home an award for Best Short Comedy at the 2011...

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City Briefly

Each week, City Manager Tom Aspell turns City Hall into a set, sits in his director’s chair and films a movie. He submits it to the Sundance Film Festival, where it’s met with a 10-minute standing ovation. Once it comes out on DVD, we watch it and transcribe it – and here it is: Tom Aspell’s City Memo. hurricane hustle City leaps into action City employees from the Fire, General Services and Police departments were busy responding to...

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We shine the spotlight on Jeffrey Somerville
Nov06

We shine the spotlight on Jeffrey Somerville

Name: Jeffrey Somerville Projectionist, Red River Theatres How long have you been a projectionist? How did you get into the field? Thirteen years. I answered an ad for the local three-screen theater in Cranston, R.I., where I grew up. Before long I was the only projectionist working seven days a week, afternoon and evenings, for quite a while. That was a crash course of epic proportions. The place was falling apart; in fact, the scope...

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November meeting

The Merrimack County Stamp Collectors’ regular monthly meeting will be held Nov. 20 at 1:30 p.m. at the Bow Mills United Methodist Church, 505 South St., Bow. Anyone interested in stamp collecting is invited to attend. For more information, call Dan Day at 228-1154.

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Award ceremony

The Concord Public Library Foundation invites the public to attend a reception for the 2012 recipients of the Elizabeth Yates Award on Nov. 18 at 2 p.m. in the Children’s Room. The annual award is given to a resident of the greater Concord area who is actively engaged in inspiring young people to read. This year’s award is being given to four such residents: Janet Ulbrich and her Labrador Retriever Lily and Brenda Kern and her Wheaton...

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Several events

The board of directors of the Friends of the Bridges House invites the public to participate in a number of events celebrating recent renovations to the Bridges House, the governor’s executive residence. Renovations included doubling the size of the kitchen and reconstructing the porch and the gathering room. This beautiful Greek Revival building, owned by the citizens of the state, is listed in both the state and national registers...

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$150K raised

Cancer patients and their families face many uncertainties including diagnosis, treatment options and oftentimes, financial concerns. Trying to figure out how to pay for transportation to treatment, needed prescriptions, supplements and other essential items can add stress to an already extremely stressful situation. The Gene Gillis Fund at Concord Hospital Payson Center for Cancer Care helps support Payson Center patients in need...

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Short story films

The sixth annual Short Short Story Film Festival returns to Concord on Nov. 16 and 17. Co-presented by the New Hampshire Technical Insititute Film Society with MergingArts Productions, and screening at NHTI’s Sweeney Auditorium, the festival will present two distinct programs, each screening both days. The event is open to the public, and seats are $5 or free with NHTI ID. “We want to see how short a film can be and still successfully...

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Concord team ready
Nov06

Concord team ready

For a third year, the Concord’s Coolest Plunge Team will raise money for local Special Olympics athletes by rushing into the icy Atlantic Ocean on Feb. 3. The Team joins hundreds of plungers from throughout the state at Hampton Beach for Special Olympics New Hampshire’s annual Penguin Plunge. The first Penguin Plunge in 2000 had 159 participants, including Kim Murdoch, captain of the Concord’s Coolest Team. Last year’s event featured...

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Leadership program

The Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce announces that applications for the spring 2013 Capital Area Student Leadership program are now available. The CASL program is open to high school sophomores who reside in the greater Concord area and attend the following schools: Bishop Brady High School, Bow High School, Concord Christian Academy, Concord High School, The Derryfield School, Hopkinton High School, John Stark Regional High...

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This Week in Concord History

Nov. 6, 1907: By a count of 2,281-2,034, Concord voters decide to stop licensing saloons and ban them. Manchester, Nashua and Portsmouth vote to continue licensing. Franklin, Laconia and Keene join Concord in prohibiting them. The measures will take effect May 1, 1908.  Nov. 6, 1947: The Concord Monitor’s editorial writer expresses disbelief at voters’ rejection of a plan to build a man-made lake.  “The Concord Lake proposal had been...

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