Apple picking is a tradition not to be skipped
Sep26

Apple picking is a tradition not to be skipped

When the season changes to fall, there are a few things to check off the old family to-do list. And up near the top has to be apple picking. There’s just something about piling in the old family station wagon for a trip to the local orchard. We’re pretty lucky around these parts to have two fantastic options when it comes to your favorite varieties – Carter Hill Orchard (73 Carter Hill Road) and Apple Hill Farm (580 Mountain Road)....

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Apple cider doughnuts are a fall favorite
Sep26

Apple cider doughnuts are a fall favorite

One of our favorite parts of fall is getting a freshly made batch of apple cider doughnuts and trying to make them last at least until we get home. Trust us, it’s harder than it sounds. That soft and warm apple flavored doughnut fresh out of the fryer, covered in cinnamon and sugar – there’s not much that beats that combination. And Carter Hill Orchard is the place in Concord to find them. You might just have to wait a few minutes if...

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Nothing like apple cider fresh off the press
Sep26

Nothing like apple cider fresh off the press

When it comes to fall, you can never have too much apple in your life. Whether it’s freshly picked apples, apple pie, apple crisp or apple cider doughnuts, this is the time of year when you want to indulge yourself, when the fruit is so fresh. And that includes apple cider. It is, after all, the official New Hampshire state drink. At both Apple Hill Farm and Carter Hill Orchard, apple cider is being made every week for the foreseeable...

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Go Try It: Make your own apple cider
Sep26

Go Try It: Make your own apple cider

Our most astute readers will notice that this isn’t exactly our first apples-themed issue ever. In fact, we did one last year right around this time, and for our Go Try It installment we made some apple crisp. This year, we wanted to try a recipe again but take it in a different direction. That’s how we ended up making our own batch of apple cider. We didn’t have a recipe to work with, so we did what we always do in times like this –...

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Food Snob: We stopped by Red Arrow Diner to try a slice of their famous apple pie
Sep26

Food Snob: We stopped by Red Arrow Diner to try a slice of their famous apple pie

We’ve been to the Red Arrow Diner before – we stopped by when they first opened to grab a late-night dinner to cap off a night out. This time, we wanted to try something sweet. Since this is the Apples Issue and since diners are known for offering the American classic dessert of apple pie, we went by to try a slice. Red Arrow Diner always has lots of pies on hand – they make them all from scratch right there at the restaurant – and...

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From the Crowd: ‘Stronger’ an intense telling of Bauman’s story
Sep26

From the Crowd: ‘Stronger’ an intense telling of Bauman’s story

Most folks around here probably remember where they were when they heard the news on April 15, 2013 – two bombs went off at the Boston Marathon, killing three and injuring hundreds while triggering a state of panic across the region and country. Once the dust settled, out of all the chaos a central figure emerged as sort of the face of the victims: Jeff Bauman, the 28-year-old from Chelmsford, Mass., who lost his legs in the blast and...

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Three new concert series starting up for fall
Sep26

Three new concert series starting up for fall

The changing of the seasons tends to bring other changes, too. A notable one is concert series. While the summer is dominated by outdoor shows and festivals, it can be tougher to find things like that when the weather gets cooler. Sure enough, though, there are still plenty of regular series that run all through the fall and into the winter and beyond in some cases. Here’s a sneak peek at three concert series that are kicking off for...

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Stomp out the stigma around mental illness with NAMIWalks NH
Sep26

Stomp out the stigma around mental illness with NAMIWalks NH

NAMIWalks NH is the largest annual mental health awareness and fundraising event in New Hampshire. And it just so happens that the 15th annual walk – A World of Hope! – returns this Sunday, beginning in the fields on South Fruit Street, across from Memorial Field. The walk is free, but feel free to make a donation. Last year’s event brought in $120,000. “It’s the largest mental health awareness and fundraiser in the state of New...

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Bring your furry and feathered friends to the State House lawn for Blessing of the Animals
Sep26

Bring your furry and feathered friends to the State House lawn for Blessing of the Animals

Do you have a dog, cat, snake, bird, goat, iguana or chinchilla that needs a little special attention from a higher power? Don’t we all? If you want to get your pet a little closer to God, bring it to the Blessing of Animals put on by St. Paul’s Church on the State House lawn this Saturday. What is a blessing of animals, anyway? “It happens once a year, and it’s a special event,” said the Rev. Cheryl Moore of St. Paul’s. “Most...

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Catch the final show before McGowan moves
Sep26

Catch the final show before McGowan moves

McGowan Fine Art is moving from its Hills Avenue location soon, but there’s one final show you need to see featuring Becky Darling, Derrick Te Paske and Molly Wensberg, which will be on display through Oct. 26.

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NHTI’s Wings of Knowledge returns Oct. 3
Sep26

NHTI’s Wings of Knowledge returns Oct. 3

Since the 2001-02 school year, NHTI has brought in a wide range of guest speakers for its Wings of Knowledge series. And beginning next Tuesday (Oct. 3), there will be a new schedule of talks for this school year, beginning with Anthony Mento, project manager with SMP Architecture in Concord, in the school’s Library Living Room. Mento will discuss the topic of Architecture that Supports the New Methods of Community Corrections, and...

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The Concord art world is a happening place
Sep26

The Concord art world is a happening place

Concord is home to lots of great artists and art galleries. So each week, we are putting together a list of current exhibits (and ones that will soon open), so you can have a handy guide to all the art world happenings. That way, when you’re looking to scope out some cool art, you don’t have to look too far. Just think of it as our little gift to you. If you know of an exhibit not listed, send us details via email at...

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Buy a Cocktail for a Cause
Sep26

Buy a Cocktail for a Cause

From time to time, we make our way around town looking for a new adult beverage to try. We then write about it, hoping to be the first ones to tell you all about it. Whether you make your way down to the local watering hole for a taste is up to you. But this is a little different, because to be honest, we haven’t tried any of the five drinks included in this year’s Cocktails for a Cause, yet we’re going to urge you to go and try them...

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Walk A Mile really makes a huge difference
Sep26

Walk A Mile really makes a huge difference

Next Wednesday, men, women and children will stroll down Main Street with a common goal: to end domestic and sexual violence in Concord and around Merrimack County. Some of the aforementioned men will take part in the fourth annual Walk A Mile in Her Shoes in some brightly colored high heels, struggling to stay upright and not twist an ankle. It can be quite hilarious to watch, but you don’t have to wear heels, flats or any other kind...

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Volunteer fair coming to GoodLife on Oct. 5

At GoodLife Programs & Activities, there are limited opportunities for volunteers. They use volunteers at different times throughout the year, but since they are at full staff, it’s not on a consistent basis. But after being asked on numerous occasions if they needed any help and turning down many people who just want to volunteer, the folks over at GoodLife came up with another idea – a volunteer fair. “We have so many...

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Here’s a roundup of live music, movie and theater listings for this week
Sep26

Here’s a roundup of live music, movie and theater listings for this week

Once again, there’s another packed week of entertainment in Concord. From live music to theater to new movies, there’s plenty going on this week. Here’s a sampling of some of the highlights we found:   Music Wednesday Area 23 will host an open jam night starting about 8 p.m. Just show up and be ready to jam. Dan Walker will play at Hermanos Cocina Mexicana at 6:30 p.m. No cover charge. Jackie Davidson and Gary Brandt will provide...

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Bulletin Board
Sep26

Bulletin Board

Immunization/flu clinics this week Concord Regional Visiting Nurse Association is offering its monthly walk-in immunization clinic for children and adults who are uninsured, underserved, and who have no access to these needed services in order to lead a healthy lifestyle on Oct. 2, from 1 to 4 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Outreach Center, 21 Centre St. A fee of $10 is requested per person. Children must be accompanied by a...

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Book of the Week: ‘There Might Be Lobsters’
Sep26

Book of the Week: ‘There Might Be Lobsters’

There Might be Lobsters Carolyn Crimi, with illustrations by Laurel Molk 2017, 32 pages Children’s fiction – picture book Eleanor and her little black-and-white dog Sukie go to the beach. Eleanor tries to get Sukie to relax and have fun. But Sukie is a small dog and “lots of things at the beach scared Sukie. Lots.” She is afraid of stairs that are “big and sandy” and beach balls that are “big and beachy” and waves that were too salty...

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This Week in Concord History
Sep26

This Week in Concord History

Sept. 26, 1845: The New Hampshire Courier of Concord tells readers it’s willing to take payment in forms other than cash: “Those of our subscribers who are in arrears to us for the Courier and wish to pay in wood are reminded that cold weather is at hand and a few cords would be very acceptable about this time.”   Sept. 26, 1906: Whitney Barrett, a police officer, chases down 30-year-old Julia Chadwick and, despite her pleas for...

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Get out there and have your best fall ever
Sep19

Get out there and have your best fall ever

As you’ll soon see over the next bunch of pages, we found all kinds of great happening coming up over the next few months – both in Concord and around the state. Fall is a great time to get outside and enjoy a crisp day with the family, your significant other or a group of friends. Heck, you can even go enjoy fall fun by yourself if you’re so inclined. And since there’s so much to do, we figured why not come up with a list of great...

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Fall  fun is waiting for you all over the state
Sep19

Fall fun is waiting for you all over the state

Sept. 21 Welcome Week Manchester In honor of Welcoming Week, an annual celebration that invites communities across America to bring immigrants and U.S.-born residents together, The Currier Museum is offering an afternoon of art making, history and fun. Join us for a unique art activity that relates to the collection, take a tour that explores works of art with New Hampshire connections and fuel your body with light snacks and coffee...

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Wicked FIT Run, Making Strides, Halloween Howl among Concord’s fall highlights
Sep19

Wicked FIT Run, Making Strides, Halloween Howl among Concord’s fall highlights

Since this is the Fall Guide, we’d be remiss if we didn’t give you a good idea of what’s going on around here this fall. While there are many pages full of events taking place all over the state, we didn’t want our home city to feel left out or slighted, so we made a whole separate spread of events happening here in the capital city. Here’s a roundup of some of the city’s main attractions coming this fall: Sept. 22 The Health Club of...

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It’s time to start decorating for fall, and we found lots of ideas
Sep19

It’s time to start decorating for fall, and we found lots of ideas

Since it’s just about fall now, we figured many of you might be looking to change up the decorations around the house to match the season. We had time last week to poke around the city and see what kinds of fall decor we could find. Here’s a little sampling of what we came up with.

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We stopped by Everett Arena to see how they install the ice
Sep19

We stopped by Everett Arena to see how they install the ice

We stopped by Everett Arena in March of last year to check out the process of taking down the hockey rink and getting the arena set up for its spring/ summer season, in which the place turns into a convention center where numerous events are held. This year, we decided to check out the opposite process –bringing the ice and boards back. We got an email alerting us that starting Monday (the day before this paper was published), the...

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We found this perfect signs-of-fall photo on Instagram
Sep19

We found this perfect signs-of-fall photo on Instagram

With this being the Fall Guide issue, we figured we’d take to Instagram to see if anybody was posting fallish pictures yet. Since it’s still technically summer for a few more days, we could understand if everybody was still holding onto that dream, but, alas, we did find a perfect photo for this issue. Instagram user @jankytownproductions posted this shot of a barrel of pumpkins at Dimond Hill Farm, and even started the caption with...

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Go Try It: Nothing like trying to win some cash at work
Sep19

Go Try It: Nothing like trying to win some cash at work

There are just somethings that are synonymous with fall. Apple picking – which we’ll get to next week, raking leaves (which we hope to never have to do again) and football. And in case you weren’t aware, our New England Patriots are fresh off their fifth Super Bowl title. Not only does that supply all of us with bragging rights for an entire year, but it also means a new scratch ticket game through the New Hampshire Lottery....

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Christa McAuliffe School students raised money for hurricane relief with a lemonade stand
Sep19

Christa McAuliffe School students raised money for hurricane relief with a lemonade stand

Who doesn’t love a good old-fashioned lemonade stand? You’re driving down the street in the summertime and you see a little table on the corner with a sign overhead. Before you’re even close enough to read it, you know what it is, and you start rummaging through your seats for change. If you were out the weekend of Sept. 9-10 in the area near Second Start, which is on Knight Street, you might have seen one of these set up with a...

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Author of Ice Bucket Challenge book to speak at Gibson’s
Sep19

Author of Ice Bucket Challenge book to speak at Gibson’s

While everyone knows of the Ice Bucket Challenge, the viral craze that swept the nation in summer 2014, too few know the truly inspirational story behind it. Pete Frates was a man at war with his own body. A man whose love for others was unshakable. A man who refused to fight alone, and in so doing mobilized a global army to combat one of the most devastating diseases on earth: ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease. When the disease touched...

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State Street Combo celebrates 20 years of making music at Hermanos
Sep19

State Street Combo celebrates 20 years of making music at Hermanos

If you’ve ever eaten dinner upstairs at Hermanos Cocina Mexicana, you’ve likely been treated to pleasant jazz music to complement your margarita and burrito. If you’ve been there on the second Sunday or Monday of any month for the last 20 years, you’ve definitely heard the State Street Combo. The four-piece Concord-based jazz band just celebrated two decades of entertaining the dinner crowds at Hermanos last Sunday and Monday, almost...

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New city community center is taking shape
Sep19

New city community center is taking shape

If you’ve needed to stop by Concord Parks and Recreation for anything in recent months, you probably noticed that they no longer have a home on the Heights. Instead, what used to be the Dame School and headquarters for Parks and Rec is now a pretty large construction zone. Since June, their offices have a new – albeit temporary – home at White Park, where they were before moving into the Heights Community Center a few years back. But...

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