Take a trip down memory lane 2017 with us
Dec26

Take a trip down memory lane 2017 with us

Well, it’s just about time to close the books on another successful year of The Concord Insider. But before we officially say goodbye to 2017, we felt it was only right to take a trip down memory lane. It was a monumental 12 months for us as we experienced, covered and reported on some pretty important stories. Although instead of ranking what appeared in the Insider from one to 10, we thought it would be best to touch upon all the...

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We took plenty of great photos during 2017
Dec26

We took plenty of great photos during 2017

Over the course of 12 months, we photograph a lot of things. Whether it’s an event, for a feature or something we come across, we always have our cameras ready to capture the action. And in 2017, we had a pretty good year in the ol’ snapshot department. After spending some time last week combing through every edition of the Insider, we came up with a collection of cool, fun and quirky photos we took last year – and here’s a...

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Concord makes it easy for Instagram users
Dec26

Concord makes it easy for Instagram users

Every month, we search Instagram for impressive shots of Concord to share with all of you. And since this is the Year in Review Issue, we figured why not bring a few of the best ones back for a little photo spread. You’re welcome!

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There are all kinds of fun New Year’s Eve events in Concord
Dec26

There are all kinds of fun New Year’s Eve events in Concord

Christmas just ended, which means there’s one more big holiday left before we turn the calendar – New Year’s Eve. This is one of the few nights of the whole year where you’re fully expected to have big plans – anyone who doesn’t must be a real lame-o. And nobody wants to be Mr. (or Mrs.) Lame-o. That’s why you should all use this two-page spread as your official guide to New Year’s Eve in Concord. We found lots of cool and exciting...

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TheaterSports brings competitive improv to Hatbox Theatre
Dec26

TheaterSports brings competitive improv to Hatbox Theatre

If there’s one activity that’s universally adored by all of mankind, it’s throwing socks at people on a stage. Though the chances to do such a thing (without fear of prosecution or retribution) are few and far between, that’s all about to change when Granite State TheaterSports brings its own brand of improv to Hatbox Theatre this Saturday. Theatresports is a form of dramatic, competitive improv that was created in 1977. The format...

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Best Missed Connections from 1st half of 2017
Dec26

Best Missed Connections from 1st half of 2017

As many of you have told us, the Missed Connections is a highlight of your Insider reading. So since this is a look back at 2017, we figured why not go through all the postings we found over the course of the year and share them once again. What we found is that there were lots of good ones, so to ensure we got them all in, we’ll print the first half of the year this week and the second half in the Jan. 2 issue. And if you happened to...

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Live music, theater and movie listings for Concord
Dec26

Live music, theater and movie listings for Concord

It’s the week of New Year’s Eve, which means there should be plenty going on in the entertainment world in Concord. And while there is indeed plenty of entertainment ahead this week, the stuff that’s happening on New Year’s Eve is listed separately – you (should have) just read it all on the previous two pages. Therefore, here’s the best of all the entertainment in Concord that does not have anything to do with New Year’s Eve or Day....

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Bulletin Board
Dec26

Bulletin Board

NHTI is hosting a winter open house Explore NHTI at our winter open house on Jan. 4, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., in the Student Center/Wellness Center Gym. Learn about our 90 academic programs, tour our 240-acre campus and find out about campus life at NHTI. Meet current and former students, academic department heads and representatives from admissions and financial aid. Contact the admissions office at 230-4011 or nhtiadm@ccsnh.edu for...

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Book of the Week: ‘Furthermore’
Dec26

Book of the Week: ‘Furthermore’

Furthermore Tahereh Mafi 2016, 401 pages Children’s fantasy   When her 12th birthday arrives, Alice Alexis Queensmeadow lives in a town where magic is farmed, carefully controlled and turned into currency. Each child there has her own magical gift, and at the age of 12 is assigned a task that uses that gift. Alice meets Oliver, a much disliked older boy who is still on his own quest, and he convinces her to come with him to the land...

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Did you receive an unwanted Christmas gift?
Dec26

Did you receive an unwanted Christmas gift?

It happens every year. You’re sitting in front of the Christmas tree with an unopened gift in your hand. You peel back the wrapping paper to reveal . . . something you don’t want, need or have any use for. It was a thoughtful gesture, so you politely thank the person who gave you the gift, before putting it in a closet the day after Christmas to be forgotten about until the next time you go to clean out that closet. But this year, we...

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This Week in Concord History
Dec26

This Week in Concord History

Dec. 26, 1856: A fire reduces Concord’s Phenix Hotel to ashes. It will rise again on the same spot. Dec. 26, 1900: The police foil a murder for hire in Concord. The hitman turns in the woman who offered him $10, her rings and a pair of opera glasses to kill her estranged husband. The woman, 26-year-old Carrie Sinclair Huntoon, is a Concord belle who can trace her ancestry to the Pilgrims. She will be found insane and committed to the...

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N.H. Federal Credit Union wants to teach you
Dec26

N.H. Federal Credit Union wants to teach you

Do you struggle when it comes to spending money you don’t necessarily have? Are you looking to buy a house or a car, and don’t really know where to begin? Is your credit score not quite where you want it to be? Well, N.H. Federal Credit Union wants to help. It’s been almost two years since they turned their 47 N. Main St. branch into the Center for Finance & Education. That’s where they hold free classes on the topics we just...

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Stop by a gallery or two this week
Dec26

Stop by a gallery or two this week

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 Intermission Show: New and Old Work Through Jan. 27 Hours: Tuesday...

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Here are some last-minute gifts you can get downtown
Dec19

Here are some last-minute gifts you can get downtown

It’s the week before Christmas, and if you’re like us, you still haven’t finished all of your shopping. No need to worry, though, because in a way we’ve already done it for you – except for the actual buying of the items, of course. We did, though, go out and find out some of the best options for last-minute gift ideas. Since Concord is pretty big and has stores all over the place, we figured the best way to tackle this was to break...

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There are more great finds outside downtown
Dec19

There are more great finds outside downtown

As you probably know, shopping in Concord is really defined by two areas: downtown and everywhere else. And since it’s way too big of an area for one person to cover, we split up our search for the places in the city where you might find some good last-minute Christmas shopping. If you missed it, Jon gave you ideas for the downtown area (mostly Main Street), so this piece will provide options for outside of that area. Now, before we...

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Don’t forget about those stocking stuffers
Dec19

Don’t forget about those stocking stuffers

While it sure is nice to get a big box to open up on Christmas morning, nothing beats all the little knick knacks and doohickeys that are placed inside your stocking – which is then hung by the chimney with care. Plus, a person’s stocking is where you can be fun, creative and a little zany – something we greatly enjoy. But with trying to get the big things out of the way, you may have sold yourself a little short on that special...

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We found more, even cooler holiday displays
Dec19

We found more, even cooler holiday displays

f you remember a few weeks back, we found some light displays to get you in the holiday spirit. One of the homes we featured alerted us to the area of Primrose and Winterberry lanes. Along the way, we came across the Borough Road extravaganza at the Moore house, and were  pleasantly surprised to see what those streets had in store. The first part of Primrose had nice light setups before taking a right on Winterberry. Follow it to the...

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Swap gift cards, musical instruments at Area 23
Dec19

Swap gift cards, musical instruments at Area 23

There are three certainties in life: death, taxes and gift cards on Christmas. While gift cards can be great – it’s like a free credit card that can only be used at certain places – a lot of times we end up with gift cards we don’t want or need. And since you can’t just go to the store and trade that in for cash, you’re often stuck with them. Until now. Area 23 knows all about getting useless gift cards, and they’re holding an event...

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The big guy is still around for final requests
Dec19

The big guy is still around for final requests

It’s getting down to the wire with Christmas less than one week away. And if you haven’t gotten a chance to sit down and go over your list with Santa yet, don’t panic, there’s still time. Even though he’s got a busy night coming up, the big guy in the red suit wants to make sure he hears directly from every little girl and boy, even if you already sent him a letter. It’s imperative that he gets this present thing right for those on...

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Ocean State Job Lot Adventure Shopping – Holiday Edition
Dec19

Ocean State Job Lot Adventure Shopping – Holiday Edition

With less than a week to go until Christmas, we took a hard look at many places to help with those last minute expenditures (keep reading) – and that includes Ocean State Job Lot. And like always, we found some pretty interesting stuff. 

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Go Try It: Needle felt an ornament at The Place
Dec19

Go Try It: Needle felt an ornament at The Place

Since this is the Last-Minute Christmas Issue, we thought we should do something last-minute Christmassy for the Go Try It. And what’s more last minute than making your own Christmas tree ornaments just days before Christmas? That’s what will be going on at The Place Studio & Gallery on Thursday, when a class on needle felted ornaments will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. But what is needle felting, anyway? “Felting, in general, is...

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Take a guided tour of the N.H. Historical Society
Dec19

Take a guided tour of the N.H. Historical Society

As one of the original 13 colonies and the first state to have its own constitution, New Hampshire is rich in history. Plus, it’s a pretty awesome place to live, so it’s no wonder the New Hampshire Historical Society is filled with fun, interesting and educational artifacts spanning hundreds of years. If you grew up in the Granite State, odds are you took a school field trip to the state historical society, but even if you’ve been...

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On Display: Concord Chamber is home to a pair of art shows
Dec19

On Display: Concord Chamber is home to a pair of art shows

If you haven’t been in the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce recently, you’re missing out on, not one, but two great art shows. The work of New Hampshire-based oil painter Peggy Murray and a collection of creations by the N.H. Furniture Masters and the Maine Prison Outreach Program will be on display through the end of the month. We know it’s a busy time of year, but it’s worth a stop to look at.

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Live music, theater and movie listings for Concord
Dec19

Live music, theater and movie listings for Concord

For all intents and purposes, it’s the week of Christmas already (we know – Christmas isn’t until Monday, which is technically next week, but this publication runs through Tuesday, so that counts for us). Therefore, it’s sort of a light week on the entertainment front. We couldn’t find any theater listings, but there’s still plenty of music to be heard and movies to be seen this week. Take a look.     Music Wednesday Dave...

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Food Snob: We took the Lunch Lady food truck for a spin
Dec19

Food Snob: We took the Lunch Lady food truck for a spin

A couple weeks ago, as we feverishly moved about town looking for signs of craft beer, we spotted something in the Everett Arena parking lot. It was a blue and green truck that we had never seen before and from a distance, it appeared to be one that was serving food. Unfortunately, we didn’t have time to stop and when we rolled back by a few hours later, the truck was gone. But we were determined to get to the bottom of it – and we...

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Concord is home to a host of great exhibits
Dec19

Concord is home to a host of great exhibits

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 Friday Hours:...

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On the Road: We spent a whirlwind two weeks in Egypt
Dec19

On the Road: We spent a whirlwind two weeks in Egypt

During a two-week vacation to Egypt last month, Nancy Kyle of Pembroke graciously decided to bring us along – in newspaper form – visiting the Sphinx at the Giza Plateau and the Pyramid of Khafre, where she did a little photo shoot. According to Kyle, it only rains about an inch a year in Cairo, but she was lucky enough to be there when it did. If you’re planning a vacation for Christmas or to kick off the new year, bring a copy of a...

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Bulletin Board
Dec19

Bulletin Board

Christmas in Concord at Audi Christmas in Concord will be held Christmas Eve (Sunday) from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Concord City Auditorium, 2 Prince St. Several city churches are working with others in the region to offer the free event. The program will combine elements of both contemporary and traditional Christmas services, including a video montage of popular holiday movies, carol singing accompanied by a praise band (guitars,...

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Book of the week: ‘Wishbones’
Dec19

Book of the week: ‘Wishbones’

Wishbones Virginia Macgregor 2017, 384 pages Young Adult   Tucker is a skinny young teen who loves her family and loves swimming. She’s never cared that her mother is overweight. She thinks that her mother is beautiful; as beautiful as a movie star. Feather and her Dad take care of her Mum, who is so overweight that she will not go out of the house. Her Mum is scared of going outside, running out of food, hospitals and the water. So...

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This Week in Concord History
Dec19

This Week in Concord History

Dec. 19, 1979: At a campaign stop in Concord, Senate Minority Leader Howard Baker says a get-tough policy is needed to protect American embassies and suggests the creation of a special 50,000-member military unit to accomplish that. “As dangerous as the situation is in Iran, the real danger to this country is the growing impression throughout the world that you can push on Uncle Sam and nothing ever happens in return,” he says. Dec....

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