There’s lots of indoor summer fun to be had
Jul11

There’s lots of indoor summer fun to be had

It’s hard not to love summer. The sun is shining (most days), you can comfortably walk out your front door in a T-shirt, shorts and flip flops, and just about any body of water is a chance to cool off. You can go and pick your own food, go for a nice walk with the family and give your furnace (and oil budget) a much-needed break. Plus, there’s no snow, it doesn’t get dark by 5 p.m. and the sight of snowblowers and plow trucks have...

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Go Try It: Watch a movie, check out the Discovery Center
Jul11

Go Try It: Watch a movie, check out the Discovery Center

If you haven’t noticed, we’re kind of big fans of the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center. We’ve been there many times before for new exhibits, summer camps and, of course, to try cool stuff. But one thing we’ve never done is gone there at night. Typically, the Discovery Center is a during-the-day kind of place geared toward families, but on the first Friday of each month, they open the doors during the evening for this thing called...

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McGowan Fine Art is still open for business
Jul11

McGowan Fine Art is still open for business

It was a difficult decision, but one McGowan Fine Art owner Sarah Chaffee had to make. She didn’t want to close the gallery that had been a staple in downtown Concord for almost four decades, but it’s the unfortunate reality for many small to medium sized art galleries around the country. So back in April, at the closing reception for the show celebrating her 20 years at the gallery, Chaffee announced that McGowan would be closing....

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Walk and study at the same time? Why not?
Jul11

Walk and study at the same time? Why not?

In this crazy, busy world we live in, it can be quite a challenge to fit everything into a given day. There are certain things that must take place – eating, sleeping, (hopefully) showering, and if you’re a college student, studying. Add all of that up and that’s one long day. So unfortunately, one important piece of maintaining a healthy lifestyle, exercising, can easily get pushed to the side. But NHTI is doing its part to help give...

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World Run-Paddle Biathlon Championship to be held at NHTI boat ramp
Jul11

World Run-Paddle Biathlon Championship to be held at NHTI boat ramp

Not many small towns (or cities) can boast about staging a world championship athletic event, but Concord is not one of those small communities. On Sunday, July 23 at 10 a.m., the World Run-Paddle Biathlon Championship will return to the NHTI boat ramp for its second year. Race organizer Tom Walton has been offering Run-Paddle Biathlon Championship events all around the U.S. through the United States Canoe Association for several...

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Food Snob: Sampling the hot bar at Co-op Cafe 
Jul11

Food Snob: Sampling the hot bar at Co-op Cafe 

We don’t always go to the Concord Food Co-op, but when we do, we try to get as much hot food as we can stuff into a tray. That’s exactly what we did for this assignment.  Truth be told, the vast majority of the Food Snobs we’ve done have been at restaurants, so we decided it was time to check out the Co-op Café – the hot food bar inside the Concord Food Co-op. The Co-op Café, unlike a lot of grocery store hot food stations, has a...

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Report: Concord’s nonprofit arts organizations generate $31.2 million annually in economic activity
Jul11

Report: Concord’s nonprofit arts organizations generate $31.2 million annually in economic activity

The nonprofit arts and culture industry generates $31.2 million in annual economic activity in the Greater Concord area — supporting more than 960 full-time equivalent jobs and generating $2.8 million in local and state government revenues, according to the Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 national economic impact study. The most comprehensive economic impact study of the nonprofit arts and culture industry ever conducted in the...

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Historical Society to host story time for the kiddos
Jul11

Historical Society to host story time for the kiddos

You have to admit that sometimes we kinda take living in this beautiful state for granted. Sure, we all love the picturesque landscape that surrounds us, our rich history and the tremendous number of cultural resources at our fingertips, but that doesn’t mean we can’t use a little reminder once in a while. And that’s where the New Hampshire Historical Society comes in. Not only does it supply a link to the Granite State of yesteryear,...

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Concord won six big-time awards for the Main Street redesign project
Jul11

Concord won six big-time awards for the Main Street redesign project

Pretty much everyone from around here who’s been downtown in the past couple years agrees that the new-look Main Street is pretty awesome. But, as locals, of course we’re all pretty biased. That’s why it’s a big deal that the entire project has gotten some recognition on both the local and national levels, in the form of a whopping six awards. Awards were given to the city itself, the engineering consulting firm McFarland Johnson and...

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Tasty Brews: Newburyport Brewing Co. Plum Island Belgian White from the Red Blazer
Jul11

Tasty Brews: Newburyport Brewing Co. Plum Island Belgian White from the Red Blazer

When we got to the Red Blazer last week to try something for this installment of Tasty Brews, we realized that we’re kind of starting to run out of brews we haven’t tried before – even at the establishment that boasts 35 taps. After a minute of gazing at the tap handles, we found one that was new to us: Newburyport Brewing Co.’s Plum Island Belgian White. We ordered a pint and got to work. The beer was very light and crisp, and the...

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CYPN: Meet the Starkey Realty team
Jul11

CYPN: Meet the Starkey Realty team

The Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce’s Concord Young Professionals Network (CYPN) introduces you to our “Young Professionals of the Month,” Melissa and Patrick Starkey. Melissa Starkey How old are you? 35.   Where do you live? Loudon.   Where do you currently work? I own Starkey Realty LLC.   How did you find out about CYPN and how has it benefited your business or you personally? When I became a real estate agent, I...

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Bow is looking for the town’s oldest citizen
Jul11

Bow is looking for the town’s oldest citizen

We all want to live a long and full life. Isn’t that why we’re all here? For us, reaching triple digits is the goal, but we have a long, long way to go before attaining that milestone. There’s no reason to think we won’t make it, although for now, we’ll concentrate on enjoying this side of the hill. There are though, some perks to making your way through the years – like retirement, Social Security and the opportunity to be given the...

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Sulloway & Hollis is home to one great gallery
Jul11

Sulloway & Hollis is home to one great gallery

You might not know this, but the Sulloway & Hollis law offices on School Street is also home to the Robert M. Larsen Gallery and currently “The Heart is a Lonely Hunter” art show. The exhibit, named after the Carson McCuller novel, includes paintings, drawings, prints and photographs by recent alumni of the New Hampshire Institute of Art. The show will be on display through Aug. 22, and there’s lots to see. But the gallery also...

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On the Road: We took a trip to Wales this spring
Jul11

On the Road: We took a trip to Wales this spring

Marci Richardson, Amy Goldstein and Patricia Edwards, a doctor at Concord Pediatrics, took us with them on a trip to Wales this spring, where we got to see all the sights, including a number of cool and really old castles. If you’re planning a trip, bring a copy of the Insider with you, snap a picture and send it to news@theconcordinsider.com.

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Wayne Wilson’s Adopt-a-Spot is looking good
Jul11

Wayne Wilson’s Adopt-a-Spot is looking good

After reading a story in the Insider last year about how the city was looking for people to take part in the Adopt-a-Spot program, Wayne Wilson answered the call. He took over two spots on North Main Street next to Kimball Jenkins and the other small area near the Pierce Manse, as well as the Ward House grounds on West Street. We wrote about Wilson’s endeavor last year, and last week he sent us an update with a few photos. This year...

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Bulletin Board

‘Lion King, Jr.’ at Capitol Center RB Productions will perform The Lion King, Jr. at the Capitol Center for the Arts this weekend. Shows will be held Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 2 and 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 and available at the Capitol Center box office or at ccanh.com. For more info, visit  rb-productions.com/index. php/summer-theatre/ 2017-productions. Clint Klose   Concert at Audubon July 20 N.H. Audubon’s Birds and Beans...

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Book of the Week: ‘Extreme Makeover’
Jul11

Book of the Week: ‘Extreme Makeover’

Extreme Makeover Dan Wells 2016, 416 pages Fiction   Lyle Fontanelle is under a lot of pressure. As the chief scientist for NewYew, he’s responsible for developing a new anti-aging hand lotion. Bored with his job and disgusted by health and beauty corporate culture, he’s just going through the motions until the day he realizes that his new hand lotion is changing people. It’s not just stopping aging; it’s actually rewriting their DNA,...

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This Week in Concord History
Jul11

This Week in Concord History

July 11, 1824: Dr. Asa McFarland, Concord’s Congregationalist minister, writes to the town requesting that the contract obliging the town to pay him as a town officer be terminated. At their 1825 town meeting, Concord voters will honor this request. From this time forward, according to an 1850 town report, “no money has ever been raised by the town, in the capacity of a parish, or for the support of preaching.”   July 11, 1973:...

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