Concord, we’re thankful for so much this year
Nov21

Concord, we’re thankful for so much this year

This time of year is the perfect opportunity to sit back and reflect. To think about the things in your life that you’re most thankful for – it is almost Thanksgiving after all. And really, isn’t that the point? Around these parts, there’s plenty to be thankful for. Sure, on a personal note, we both have lovely families and all is good on that side of the equation, but this is about you Concord – and not a longwinded explanation of...

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Get those last-minute essentials you need for Thanksgiving
Nov21

Get those last-minute essentials you need for Thanksgiving

It’s the day before Thanksgiving, and you open the fridge to discover you have no beer, no pies and no clue where you’re going to be able to stock up at this point in time. It’s true that by now it is probably too late to place your special orders for pies, turkeys or complete, ready-to-eat Thanksgiving meals, but that doesn’t mean you have to show up to the in-laws’ empty-handed. There are plenty of local businesses around here that...

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Windmill offering Thanksgiving dinner – again
Nov21

Windmill offering Thanksgiving dinner – again

While most like to use Thanksgiving as a way to forget about work for a day, that’s just not how it goes in the Smirnioudis family. In fact, for the last 27 years, the owners of the Windmill Restaurant on Loudon Road have actually created more work from themselves on the fourth Thursday in November (and about 10 days prior) – and for a really good reason. It all started in 1990, when Louie Smirnioudis partnered with the Friendly...

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Fill your holiday with good choices
Nov21

Fill your holiday with good choices

Before you go creating a plan to taste-test every appetizer and dessert at your family’s Thanksgiving gathering, you might want to hold off. Sure, you want to enjoy yourself on a holiday that is largely based on eating, but do you really need that second (or third) espresso martini or slice of apple pie? We’d say go for it, so it’s a good thing we checked in with Michelle Smith, a registered dietician with Concord Hospital’s Center...

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Support your community this weekend with Plaid Friday, Shop Small Saturday and Stuff a Truck
Nov21

Support your community this weekend with Plaid Friday, Shop Small Saturday and Stuff a Truck

Can you believe the Christmas shopping season is already breathing down our necks? What happened to fall? Anyway, as most of us know, the day after Thanksgiving has become an all-day shopathon known as Black Friday. This is when people pitch tents and sleep in parking lots for a chance to buy an Xbox or a TV or an iPhone – you know, the true essentials in life. But rather than run the real risk of being trampled, mugged or repeatedly...

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Go Try It: Try to strike it rich with the Treasure Tree at the Feztival of Trees
Nov21

Go Try It: Try to strike it rich with the Treasure Tree at the Feztival of Trees

The Feztival of Trees is a good time for the whole family. With so much to see – and so much potential to win fun prizes – it can be easy to lose your concentration in there. We’re here to remind you that there’s one tree you definitely don’t want to miss – the Treasure Tree. The Treasure Tree is exciting because of all the potential money it could come with, as well as the inherent risk. What’s this risk, you might be wondering?...

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McGowan Fine Art makes move up the street
Nov21

McGowan Fine Art makes move up the street

McGowan Fine Art has finally said goodbye to the only home its ever known (10 Hills Ave., for the last 37 years), and made the big move three streets over to 2 Phenix Ave. The gallery will reopen in its new space on Friday at 10 a.m. There is an open house scheduled for Dec. 1, from 5 to 8 p.m., during Midnight Merriment. 

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Another year, another wacky assortment of displays at the Feztival of the Trees
Nov21

Another year, another wacky assortment of displays at the Feztival of the Trees

At long last, the Feztival of Trees has returned to the Bektash Shrine Center on Pembroke Road. Every year before Thanksgiving the function hall fills up with dozens of fake Christmas trees, decked out in some of the oddest decorations you’ll ever see. This year there are 106 trees, and when we stopped by last Sunday, it seemed like there was a truly eclectic assortment – even for the Feztival of Trees. There are also miniature trees,...

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Holiday shows are about to take over the city
Nov21

Holiday shows are about to take over the city

The holiday season is upon us, and we know how your schedule can fill up pretty quick. So we wanted to let you know about all these great holiday shows on the horizon. Here’s a quick look at what’s coming up, and we’ll go into more detail as the dates get closer. Concord City Auditorium The Concord Community Concert Association & N.H. Theatre Factory will kick off the holiday season with A Christmas Carol: The Musical Ghost Story...

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Go pick out that perfect Christmas tree
Nov21

Go pick out that perfect Christmas tree

You know what your living room is missing? A live tree covered in lights, ornaments and tinsel. Yep, it’s time to bust out the old tape measure and determine what size Christmas tree will fit into your space – and then go out and find the perfect one. We typically like to wait until December before bringing home a tree, but we understand that some of you can’t wait more than a day or two after Thanksgiving before setting up for Santa....

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Concord is the place to be for exhibitions
Nov21

Concord is the place to be for exhibitions

Concord is home to lots of great locations to see some incredible art. So that means at any given time, there will be a wide range of work on display all over the city. It’s hard keeping track of all the shows, hours you can view them and how long they’ll be around. So we’ve compiled this trusty list for you, so you can concentrate on checking out the art. McGowan Closer: Gary Haven Smith and Bert Yarborough Through Dec. 22 Hours:...

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Bow student to perform with Boston Ballet
Nov21

Bow student to perform with Boston Ballet

Aiva Berrigan, a seventh grader at Bow Memorial School, is performing in Boston Ballet’s production of Mikko Nissinen’s The Nutcracker in the role of a soldier. Berrigan will be in 15 shows, including the opening night on Friday at the Boston Opera House. The Nutcracker offers performances through Dec. 31. Berrigan trained locally at Eastern Ballet Institute in Concord and has spent many summers at intensives including Burklyn Ballet,...

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Live music, theater and movie listings for Concord
Nov21

Live music, theater and movie listings for Concord

While lesser cities might scale back the entertainment options as Thanksgiving approaches and passes, Concord ramps it up. This week you can check out Pat & the Hats when they play a Friendsgiving show at True Brew Barista, hear some stand-up comedy at Hatbox Theatre and take in a musical version of a classic ghost story at the Concord City Auditorium. Some shows will charge a cover, depending on the venue and the act, so call...

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Christine Blain has a nautical exhibit at NHTI
Nov21

Christine Blain has a nautical exhibit at NHTI

The NHTI Library’s latest exhibit, “Coastal Life: Boats and Harbors of Maine and New Hampshire,” features the work of New Hampshire artist Christine Blain. The nautical-inspired show is on display through Dec. 8.

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We crashed opening day of Concord Handmade
Nov21

We crashed opening day of Concord Handmade

If you missed the memo, Concord Handmade, the city’s favorite (and only) holiday pop-up shop is back for a seventh year, landing at a new location – 18 S. Main St. It’s right near the Concord Food Co-op and until recently, still had the American Bodybuilding Supplements sign over the door. But now it’s all Concord Handmade after opening last Wednesday, with about 70 really talented artists from New Hampshire and beyond. There’s a lot...

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It’s time to light the annual Christmas trees
Nov21

It’s time to light the annual Christmas trees

Once Thanksgiving has come and gone, our attention quickly turns to Christmas. Because if you think about, there’s really just over a month until Santa makes his way to homes in Concord (and around the world). And what better way to celebrate the official kickoff to the Christmas season, then going to one of those ceremonial tree lightings. It just so happens that Concord, Penacook and Bow are all hosting big ta dos before the...

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Bulletin Board
Nov21

Bulletin Board

Learn about lending decisions N.H. Federal Credit Union Center for Finance & Education, 47 N. Main St., will host Lending Decisions & How They’re Made on Dec. 5, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Have you ever applied for a loan and anxiously awaited the decision on the loan? Have you ever wondered why you don’t get that great rate the dealer advertised when it comes time to sign the dotted line? This educational session provides you a...

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Book of the Week: ‘The Baker’s Secret’
Nov21

Book of the Week: ‘The Baker’s Secret’

The Baker’s Secret Stephen Kiernan 2017, 309 pages Fiction During World War II in a small village in Normandy, Emmanuelle (Emma) the baker wakes every morning to bake bread for the German occupying force. Emma’s secret is that she’s found a way to stretch the batter of the loaves. This way she can bake 14 loaves instead of 12, and give the other two to the starving people. She thinks of clever ways to help the others in her village,...

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This Week in Concord History
Nov21

This Week in Concord History

Nov. 21, 1987: On a gusty day during which the temperature never hits 20 degrees, Concord High School defeats Salem 14-7 to win its first state football championship since 1974.   Nov. 21, 2000: Frank Monahan, a basketball coach revered locally and well-known nationally, dies of a heart attack at age 60. His coaching career included stints at Bishop Brady High School, Concord High School and Merrimack College and in the United...

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Lend a helping hand  this holiday season
Nov14

Lend a helping hand this holiday season

Welcome to the Insider’s annual Guide to Gifts and Giving, a partnership with the Granite United Way. There are so many organizations out there who are in need of volunteers, supplies and donations, especially around the holidays. Earlier this month, the United Way put a call out to the service organizations for things they’re in need of and then pass it along to us, so we can print it for the masses. As you will soon see, there are a...

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There are many food pantries around here, and they’re always looking for help no matter the time of year
Nov14

There are many food pantries around here, and they’re always looking for help no matter the time of year

Since this is our annual Guide to Gifts and Giving issue, we decided to check in with some local organizations whose businesses rely almost entirely on gifts, but not the kind that come in fancy wrapping paper with big red bows. We’re talking about food pantries, and there are more than two dozen of them in Merrimack County, with about half of those stationed right here in Concord. And while it’s great that there are so many of these...

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Merrimack Valley Day Care Services gives kids a place to grow
Nov14

Merrimack Valley Day Care Services gives kids a place to grow

Every year as the calendar inches closer to Thanksgiving and Christmas, it’s typical for people and businesses to start thinking about those in need in the community and what they can do to help. At the Merrimack Valley Day Care Service, that spirit of helping runs strong all year long. Since parents usually have to work all year long, that means the kids always need a place to be, and that’s where MVDCS comes in. Celebrating its 50th...

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Our four-legged friends could use your help
Nov14

Our four-legged friends could use your help

At this time of year, there are a lot of worthy causes that need your attention and resources. It’s hard to decide what is the most important. More often than not, it’s the people who don’t have a place to live or need food for their table that are the focal point. And believe us, we completely agree. But there’s another population that could use a helping hand – they just happen to walk on four paws and bark and meow instead of...

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New winter shelter could use a nice boost
Nov14

New winter shelter could use a nice boost

For a few years, right about this time of year, there has been a collective scramble to figure out where the emergency winter shelter in Concord was going to be. After First Congregational Church and South Congregational Church made the decision to end their shelter operations in 2015 after many years of providing a warm place to stay for the city’s homeless, many wondered what would happen the following winter. It took well into...

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Help fill the Holiday Basket Project boxes
Nov14

Help fill the Holiday Basket Project boxes

The holiday season is busy. There’s shopping for gifts, decorating the house with lights and picking out the perfect tree to display in your living room. But if you have a mere two hours to spare, the Capital Region Food Program sure could use your help. Every December – with this being the 44th year – the program undertakes what can only be described as a monumental task called the holiday food basket project. The project provides...

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Live music, theater and movie listings for Concord 
Nov14

Live music, theater and movie listings for Concord 

Once again, we have another week that’s bursting at the seams with entertainment options. From a free show at a music school to a special show at Rattlebox, there’s something entertaining going on for everyone.   Music Wednesday Poor Howard will play at Hermanos Cocina Mexicana at 6:30 p.m. There will be no cover charge. Thursday Richard Gardzina will take the stage at Hermanos at 6:30 p.m. Friday My Mothers Mustache will play at...

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Bow Elementary School students learn about concussions by making egg helmets
Nov14

Bow Elementary School students learn about concussions by making egg helmets

Concussions, unfortunately, have become more and more prevalent in today’s society. It seems that just about every day, some star athlete we watch on TV is diagnosed with a concussion, or some student athlete we’ve never heard of has to take the week off of practice for the same reason. In extreme cases, people even die from a disease caused by repeated blows to the head. Concussions are no fun, but they are a reality, and it’s...

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Wreath-laying ceremony to celebrate Franklin Pierce’s birthday
Nov14

Wreath-laying ceremony to celebrate Franklin Pierce’s birthday

Franklin Pierce, the only U.S. president from the great state of New Hampshire, would be 213 years old on Thanksgiving. And every November, on or around his birthday, the White House sends a wreath to be placed at his gravesite to commemorate the president’s date of birth and contributions serving in the country’s highest office. And since it would be a little tough to have a ceremony on Thanksgiving – with all the other things people...

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Big things are brewing at Lithermans Limited
Nov14

Big things are brewing at Lithermans Limited

Early on, it was pretty clear that Lithermans Limited was going to need more space. For a new brewery, the tap room size was fine, but now as an established destination for delicious beer in the capital city, there was most definitely room for expansion. Especially since they started serving food and pouring full pints. “Our landlord knew we were going to grow when he came by opening day and could barely get in,” said co-owner Michael...

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Quadracalabasia has returned to Lithermans
Nov14

Quadracalabasia has returned to Lithermans

As an IPA kind of beer drinker, I’ve never really gotten into the fall/ pumpkin beer craze. But sometimes for the good of a story, you have to do things that aren’t exactly in your tastebuds’ wheelhouse. We had originally set out to taste test – for all of you, of course – Lithermans Limited’s SoundTrack, the official beer of the SNOB Film Festival last week. Since it was an IPA and in the news because of the festival, we thought it...

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