Cathy Kaplan carving out time for art – and donating to the auction
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Cathy Kaplan carving out time for art – and donating to the auction

It was about seven years ago when Cathy Kaplan finally got around to painting an old photograph of her parents border garden. She had used it as a book mark for years and always wanted to reproduce the picture so her parents could hang it in their home. Ideally it would be near the window looking over the garden to create some sort of cool optical illusion. “I just decided it was time to paint it,” Kaplan said. She created the...

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St. Paul’s Callahan is a Friends veteran
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St. Paul’s Callahan is a Friends veteran

For years, Colin Callahan has been painting the scenes of St. Paul’s School. As the fine arts program head and director of the Hargate Gallery at the school, Callahan has spent countless hours on the grounds with his easel and paints. He even painted one pond at the school every day for an entire year. Now that would be one epic painting flip book. And if you go to the Friends Charity Auction on Friday, you could be the proud owner of...

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Pam Tarbell updated a piece for the auction

Pam Tarbell doesn’t remember how old she was when she first discovered her passion for art. Well, unless you’re willing to give her a pass on specifics in terms of dates and ages. “(It’s been) ever since I was a wee little kid,” Tarbell said. No longer wee, Tarbell has pieced together a long and fulfilling art career and now runs the Mill Brook Gallery and Sculpture Garden in Concord. The gallery takes up much of her time between...

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Friends Program auction returns May 2
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Friends Program auction returns May 2

The Friends Program has been matching volunteers with community members in need since 1975. Over the past decade, its fundraising auction has been an annual tradition for the Who’s Who of Concord. This year will be no different. The 2014 auction will take place May 2 at the Grappone Conference Center. Doors open at 5 p.m., and the 7:30 p.m. live auction will be preceded by a buffet dinner, silent auction, and cash bar. There is...

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We tagged along as Havenwood residents learned to make maple syrup

There’s a strong probability that Tuesday morning’s meal wasn’t the first pancake breakfast ever to be held at Havenwood Heritage Heights. But it was more than likely the first one starring maple syrup harvested from trees on the Havenwood campus – by residents. By the time residents chowed down – full disclosure: the Insider might have tasted a small sample, if you consider four pancakes small – they had learned how to tap trees and...

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We tagged along as Havenwood residents learned to make maple syrup

Keith was no sap for following the progress of this sweet project from beginning to end. We’re out of syrup puns.

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Say fondue . . . or, um, cheese – Tue, 29 Apr 2014
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Say fondue . . . or, um, cheese – Tue, 29 Apr 2014

Why do these women look so happy? You’d look pretty psyched too if you were members of the Woman’s Club of Concord (they are) and you were about to hand out scholarships to a few young women from local schools (they are) at the group’s annual membership meeting and scholarship awards night May 2. The shindig starts at 5:30 p.m. at the Chamberlin House at 44 Pleasant St. Don’t miss it – there’s gonna be fondue!

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A must sea – Tue, 29 Apr 2014
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A must sea – Tue, 29 Apr 2014

We hope Chris and Jane Pappas didn’t hoof it up there all the way from sea level at the walled city of Old Dubrovnik, Croatia. But we do wish they could have found a more scenic spot to take a picture with the Insider. We mean, really.

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What’s your favorite tattoo? We want to know all about it

Got ink? We want to see it. Share your ink with readers of the Concord Monitor’s monthly lifestyle magazine, LiveWell New Hampshire, by sending a photo of your favorite tattoo along with a brief description of the story behind it to LiveWell editor Jenifer VanPelt at jvanpelt@cmonitor.com. The deadline for submissions is May 15, and as many as possible will run in the June edition of LiveWell. In an effort to spark your interest, we...

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We stopped by Buzz Ink Tattoo and Barber Shop last week to see what some of the employees and customers had permanently etched on their body.

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Did you know there’s a surfing community in N.H.? You do now

You wouldn’t think that surfing is a big thing in New Hampshire. With just 18 miles of coast line (13 if you ask some), the spots to catch a wave are limited. As are the times of year when surfing in the Atlantic Ocean isn’t considered downright crazy on a number of different levels. But what 2007 Concord High School graduates Dylan Ladds and Ryan Scura discovered on a trip to Hampton Beach during their senior year is that surfing in...

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The documentary “The Granite Stoke,”by Concord natives Dylan Ladds and Ryan Scura, will premiere at the Music Hall in Portsmouth on Saturday.

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Instagram photo of the week – Tue, 29 Apr 2014
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Instagram photo of the week – Tue, 29 Apr 2014

Is that a Black-Tailed Insider? Of course not, because that’s not even a thing. This is apparently a mink, at least according to Instagram user @danpatrickphotography, who snapped the picture. Who are we to argue?

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Sustainable design should be a main attraction along Main Street

The city of Concord will soon embark on its long awaited Main Street redesign, with construction possibly beginning as soon as this summer. While the project has been delayed as a result of construction bid issues on more than one occasion, the City Council will consider and likely approve a contractor/construction manager arrangement with one of the two firms that have recently indicated interest in moving ahead later this spring. It...

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Jon Clay fondly recalls dancing at a random wedding in Bermuda
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Jon Clay fondly recalls dancing at a random wedding in Bermuda

Name: Jon Clay. How old are you? 32 Where do you live? Loudon Where do you currently work? I am the development director at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Concord. Where did you go to school? I graduated from Colby Sawyer College in 2004 with my Bachelor’s in sports management. What do you like to do for fun? I enjoy camping, fishing, golf, hiking and just about anything else outdoors. Favorite places to be? It is tough to get...

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Spring into Healthy Living fair returns to Co-op

The winter was particularly long this year. You deserve a reason to get out and enjoy the warmer weather and greening vistas. Join the Concord Food Co-op for the biggest event of the year: the 7th Annual Spring into Healthy Living Fair on May 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Expect this year to be even bigger and better – approximately 4,000 people will flood Main Street in front of the store to meet local farmers, try samples of all-natural...

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Missed Connections: Back braces and going west

We at the Insider like to scour Craigslist’s Missed Connections to see if anyone in Concord wants to ditch that egg hunt and go on a love hunt is finding true love online. Here, presented unedited as always, are some of the best recent entries. maybe in another life baby doll – m4w – 30 (from manch to concord) I’m sorry things turned out like they have. I miss and love you with all my heart. I hope your happy with him....

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This Week In Concord History

April 29, 2003: The former Blue Cross-Blue Shield building may not be vacant much longer, the Monitor reports. Local developer Steve Duprey purchased an option on the property this winter and now has several interested tenants, including the College of Lifelong Learning. The college wants to consolidate its administrative offices and local classrooms somewhere in Concord. The chancellor of the University System of New Hampshire also...

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City briefly

Each week, City Manager Tom Aspell tries to create a new Barley House burger featuring Aspellaragus and Aspelliago cheese, called the Aspellbound Burger. And it’s delicious! But first he writes a city memo. ‘Sup, pup Get your dog register on The City Clerk’s Office would like to remind dog owners that the deadline to license a dog is April 30, Aspell writes. Your dog would like to remind you that his food bowl is empty.  Per NH RSA...

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DHR Dig Days will be held April 30, May 1

The N.H. Division of Historical Resources offices are set to become a hands-on historic preservation lab on April 30 and May 1. Visitors to the DHR Dig Days will be able to participate in an archaeological field school, discover more about the history of the building and its neighborhood, and learn how to uncover the history of their own neighborhoods and communities. Located at 19 Pillsbury St., the Division of Historical Resources’...

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NHTI’s visual arts senior capstone show Friday

NHTI’s Visual Arts Senior Capstone show will be held Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. at Smokestack Studios, 254 N. State St. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served Graduating seniors and other NHTI visual arts students will show their work. The exhibit will move to the NHTI Library Gallery on May 5.

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Mill Brook opens season with Pastel Society show
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Mill Brook opens season with Pastel Society show

The Mill Brook Gallery & Sculpture Garden celebrates the return of spring and our 2014 gallery season with the Pastel Society of New Hampshire’s 9th Annual Members Exhibition. Forty-nine artists from several surrounding states have been selected to fill the galleries with their most dazzling new work. Showcasing both traditional and contemporary techniques, the juror’s selection of still life and portraiture, animal studies and...

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Chamber names Pinnacle Award recipients

The Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce proudly announces the recipients of the chamber’s 2014 Pinnacle Awards. Each year the chamber presents Pinnacle Awards to recognize the businesses and inpiduals who have demonstrated professional excellence and commitment to the chamber and the community. Recipients will be honored at the Ninth Annual Pinnacle Awards Luncheon on May 21 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Grappone Conference...

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Volunteers needed for Intown Concord events

Intown Concord is putting out a call to rally lovers of downtown to volunteer for its summer events. We are looking for our volunteers to work the June 4 event “Upstairs/Downtown” – a walking tour of the upper stories of downtown buildings, and the 40th Annual Market Days Festival to be held July 17-19. We guarantee that as an Intown Concord volunteer you will have fun and at the same time help to make your city, community and Main...

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Concord co-op holding Super Mom Contest

Of all the professions in the world, one of the most thankless may just be the job of motherhood. Fortunately, Mothers Day is just around the corner, giving us the opportunity to show our mums a little motherly love and thank them for all the hard work they do. In honor of mothers throughout the area, the Concord Food Co-op has a little extra Mothers Day challenge for you: Enter your mom to win the co-op’s Super Mom Contest! This...

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N.H. Council on the Arts to offer two workshops

The N.H. State Council on the Arts is presenting two new workshops as part of its Artist Entrepreneurial Workshop series. “The Art & Science of Light & Color for the Artist,” led by interdisciplinary artist and educator R.P. Hale, will explore the science behind light and color theory and how they can influence the important decisions artists make when creating artwork, lighting a studio or work space, and displaying artwork...

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Concord Public Library Book of the week

For more information about the Concord Public Library, visit concordpubliclibrary.net. Ten Years In the Tub: A Decade Soaking in Great Books Nick Hornby 2013, 485 pages Nonfiction For more than a decade, author Nick Hornby has contributed a monthly column to the arts and entertainment-centered magazine The Believer. In the humbly titled “Stuff I’ve Been Reading,” Hornby provides a list of each book he has bought and read throughout...

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Keith deftly avoided a (coordinated) dog attack by making it thunder
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Keith deftly avoided a (coordinated) dog attack by making it thunder

Thanks to a weekend weather forecast that predicted thunderstorms and significant cold rain, the Concord Public Safety Foundation’s Board of Directors elected to move the 2nd Annual Bark in the Park: Canines for K-9 to a new September date. The decision was difficult to reach, but safety of canine and human attendees was paramount. The event will remain at Concord’s White Park, with the fall date to be announced soon. There will be...

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The city planted a tree and little kids played in the dirt for Arbor Day
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The city planted a tree and little kids played in the dirt for Arbor Day

The Modern Woodmen of America teamed up with General Services to plant a tree for Arbor Day on Friday at White Park.

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