Rock On Fest is making a big-time move
Aug08

Rock On Fest is making a big-time move

Around these parts, events just seem to get bigger and better each year. Add Rock On Fest to the list. If you’re not familiar, Rock On Fest was started by brothers Luke and Matt Bonner, and their Rock On Foundation, three years ago as a way to bring free musical acts to Concord. The first two were held at White Park and were wildly successful. And this weekend, the third installment will take over Concord. But before you jump in the...

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There’s more to Rock On Fest than just the music
Aug08

There’s more to Rock On Fest than just the music

Rock On Fest is best known as a day of free music in the Capital City. But it’s much more than that. In addition to all the basketball festivities (which you can learn all about on page 18), Rock On Fest has a whole slew of events that will keep you and the whole family entertained. Once the basketball is done for the night on Friday, grab your blanket and/or comfy outdoor chairs – and some snacks – and find a spot on the State House...

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Can’t have Rock On Fest without some hoops
Aug08

Can’t have Rock On Fest without some hoops

Downtown Concord has seen a lot of things over the years. There are of course events like Market Days and Halloween Howl that shut down the street, rallies at the State House and live performances. But to our knowledge, it has never had a regulation size NBA basketball court on it – until now. As part of the two-day Rock On Fest, put on by the Rock On Foundation, which is making a move from White Park to the State House lawn this...

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Throwback Brewery made a special Master of Art saison beer for Rock On Fest
Aug08

Throwback Brewery made a special Master of Art saison beer for Rock On Fest

One of the best parts of any festival – and life, really – is the presence of beer. We’re pretty lucky to live in a city that puts on so many big events every year, and with those big events typically come some special, one-off brews. Whenever the SNOB/New England Indie Fest comes to town, a New Hampshire brewer whips up a special concoction to be served throughout the festival. Same goes for the 1883 Black Ice Pond Hockey...

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There’s no shortage of live music to be heard this week
Aug08

There’s no shortage of live music to be heard this week

The Rock On Fest may be the musical highlight of the week in Concord, but that doesn’t mean it’s the only thing going on. As usual, there will be all kinds of musical acts to be heard all over the city – and even one in Bow – so we pulled together this list of shows going on throughout the week, taking right through the weekend. As always, we probably didn’t find every single event, but we still came up with quite a roundup that...

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We took a tour of local farmstands to see what’s fresh right now
Aug08

We took a tour of local farmstands to see what’s fresh right now

New England may be best known for its winters and unpredictable weather, but when it isn’t snowing, we can actually produce quite a bit of food around here. Even though we’re in a capital city, there are still all kinds of options for those who like to buy locally grown and distributed produce. Between all the orchards, farms and farmers markets, there’s almost no need to ever go to a big, chain grocery store for produce – at this...

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Final Live Music on the Lawn concert to feature Miketon and the Night Blinders
Aug08

Final Live Music on the Lawn concert to feature Miketon and the Night Blinders

It may be hard – and sad – to believe, but we’re already in the final month of summer. Memorial Day and the Fourth of July are distant memories, and back-to-school shopping has already begun. One way to savor what’s left of the summer is to check out Concord Public Library’s last Live Music on the Lawn concert of the season on Aug. 16, featuring Miketon and the Night Blinders. The April Cushman Band got the season rolling with a...

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Go Try It: Tales of New Hampshire Family Story Time at New Hampshire Historical Society
Aug08

Go Try It: Tales of New Hampshire Family Story Time at New Hampshire Historical Society

We’re in the thick of summer now, and kids are surely growing more restless by the day. With no school in session, it must be hard to find any educational and fun things for kids to do in the summer, right? Wrong. The New Hampshire Historical Society, located right here in Concord on Park Street, offers just the thing to satisfy both needs every Tuesday morning. It’s called Tales of New Hampshire family Story Time, and it is basically...

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We’re famous all the way over in Wisconsin
Aug08

We’re famous all the way over in Wisconsin

As you can probably imagine, we get a lot of emails every day. They include story ideas and press releases, thank yous for – and critiques of – stories, as well as others that we consider spam that get immediately sent to the trash. But on July 25, one came in with a subject line reading: hello from Wisconsin. At first I thought it was probably a picture of one of our faithful readers who had taken a vacation to the place known as the...

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Concord actresses to appear in ‘Heathers the Musical’
Aug08

Concord actresses to appear in ‘Heathers the Musical’

Monitor staff Concord teens will star as two of the three Heathers in Heathers the Musical opening this week with the Peacock Players in Nashua. Eliza Richards will play the alpha in the clique, Heather Chandler. GraceAnn Kontak portrays Heather Duke. They will be joined by Mary Sullivan of Londonderry as Heather McNamara, Aly Aramenton of Londonderry as Veronica Sawyer, and Jakov Swartzberg as Jason “JD” Dean. Pablo Rubin of Concord...

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CYPN: Kate Fleming is someone you need to know
Aug08

CYPN: Kate Fleming is someone you need to know

The Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce’s Concord Young Professionals Network introduces you to the Young Professional of the Month for August, Kate Fleming. How old are you? 39. Where do you live? Concord. Where do you currently work? Intown Concord. Where did you go to school? University of Denver. What do you like to do for fun? Anything outside! Running in the woods with my friends, beach days with my family, skiing in the winter....

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Catch the final Granite State Roller Derby event of the year at Everett Arena
Aug08

Catch the final Granite State Roller Derby event of the year at Everett Arena

If you like seeing women on roller skates shoving each other around a concrete track for a couple hours, you only have one more chance to see such a spectacle in Concord. We can only be referring to Granite State Roller Derby, which has its final Concord match of the season this Saturday at Everett Arena. The home team Legislashers will take on the Granite Skate Troopers, a team from the New Hampshire Roller Derby league, at 7 p.m....

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Check out this nice rural shot we found on Instagram
Aug08

Check out this nice rural shot we found on Instagram

There have been some pretty nice sunsets around here this summer, and there’s no shortage of photos on Instagram to prove it. We liked this one, by user @michaelpmurphy, taken at the community gardens on Clinton Street. Something about the sky, the old bike with the box on the back and the floral surroundings just gives a quintessential New England summer feel, don’t you think? Have you taken a cool photo somewhere in Concord? If so,...

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Cyclones represent at 10U World Series
Aug08

Cyclones represent at 10U World Series

The Capital Area Cyclones went down to the Babe Ruth 10U World Series with a laundry list of accomplishments. The local all-star softball squad was 28-1 on the season before heading down to Florida where the best of the best from all over the country would battle it out to decide the most elite squad in America. The Cyclones were the New Hampshire state champion, as well as the New England regional title holder. They even qualified...

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Who knew chickens were roaming Concord streets?
Aug08

Who knew chickens were roaming Concord streets?

This chicken was recently seen walking around South Street. No word on whether he or she lives on the street or was just out for a leisurely stroll. It’s not every day you see a chicken roaming around downtown Concord, so we figured we’d share.

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On Display: Spinning Tales & Weaving Stories at League
Aug08

On Display: Spinning Tales & Weaving Stories at League

The League of N.H. Craftsmen’s latest show has been open to the public for a little more than a month, but if you haven’t stopped in to see “Spinning Tales & Weaving Stories,” you might want to consider it. The exhibit showcases the work of juried craftsmen who put a special spin on the stories they tell through their craft, and as you can see, the work is pretty impressive. The best part is, this is only a small sample of what...

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Bulletin Board
Aug08

Bulletin Board

Final summer show at St. Paul’s St. Paul’s Episcopal Church will host its final summer concert on Sunday at 4 p.m. The show, Gospel to Gershwin: Celebrating American Music, featuring Olga Tines, is the fifth concert of the season. Tickets are $7 and available at the parish office (21 Centre St.), by calling 224-2523 and at stpaulsconcord.org. You can also get them at Gibson’s Bookstore (45 S. Main St.). The series is part of St....

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Book of the Week: ‘Half the Sky’
Aug08

Book of the Week: ‘Half the Sky’

Half the Sky Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn 2009, 294 pages Nonfiction   I consider myself privileged, compared to many. I’ve received a splendid education. So why is it that I had no idea of the worst horror of our times, discussed in Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide? Did you know that: More of the world’s women have died in the last 50 years, simply because they were women, than all of the...

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This Week in Concord History
Aug08

This Week in Concord History

Aug. 8, 1861: The Democratic Standard, a Concord newspaper with Southern sympathies, refers to the Union Army as “Old Abe’s Mob.” When angry returned soldiers from the First New Hampshire Volunteers gather outside the Standard office, the paper’s frightened proprietors stand in the windows, pistols in hand. The owners fire three shots in the melee that follows, but no one is injured. The mob burns some of the Standard’s property and...

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