Scavenger Hunt: How well do you know your Concord eateries?
May30

Scavenger Hunt: How well do you know your Concord eateries?

We took a trip to restaurants around Concord to see what kind of odd and interesting things we could find to test how well you know your local eateries. Read each clue carefully, as there are plenty of hints sprinkled throughout each listing. The first person to send all the correct answers to news@theconcordinsider.com will win a $25 gift certificate for any Concord business they want. Happy...

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Sign up for the Walk for Sight to help a good cause
May30

Sign up for the Walk for Sight to help a good cause

If you participated in the Rock ‘N Race – or even if you didn’t – and you’re still looking to scratch that walk/run itch, you should check out Future in Sight’s 14th annual Walk for Sight this Saturday. In case you didn’t know, Future in Sight used to be known as the New Hampshire Association for the Blind. The group changed its name March 1 to better reflect the range of services the organization offers and the variety of people it...

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Concord author Virginia Macgregor’s new book Wishbones available at Gibson’s Bookstore
May30

Concord author Virginia Macgregor’s new book Wishbones available at Gibson’s Bookstore

We all know that Concord is a hot spot for the arts. But did you know that people all over the world have gotten word, too? Well, at least one person anyway – British author Virginia Macgregor. Macgregor, a novelist and English teacher, moved to Concord last July after her husband, Hugh, accepted a job as the theater director at St. Paul’s School. But the move across the pond didn’t interrupt her writing one bit, and she even brought...

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Go Try It: Take a hike on the Forest Society property
May30

Go Try It: Take a hike on the Forest Society property

Like most of you, we’ve been itching to get outside and explore. Concord is home to so many great trails and parks, the possibilities for getting lost in nature are endless. But one spot we’ve never checked out and have heard a lot about is the Merrimack River Outdoor Education and Conservation Area, which is part of the Society for the Protections of New Hampshire Forests. Located off Portsmouth Street, we thought it might be a...

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All kinds of good live music to be heard in Concord this week
May30

All kinds of good live music to be heard in Concord this week

Another week, another full slate of live music in the capital city. We know everyone loves taking in a good live show, so we scoured the interwebs once again to find as many shows in Concord as we could. There would normally be a much bigger list, but several popular venues, particularly ones around Bicentennial Square, have sort of fallen behind with their listings (hint hint), so what you see here is what you get. Not to say that we...

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Build a kite at the Discovery Center
May30

Build a kite at the Discovery Center

As part of June’s Super Stellar Friday, kite-building expert Glenn Davison will lead an interactive, hands-on workshop, where participants build miniature kites that fly just by walking. Davison will also share his experience designing and flying kites of all kinds around the world. This workshop is perfect for everyone – from kids to kids-at-heart. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; the kite building workshop begins at 7 p.m., followed by the...

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Tasty Brews: We found Lagunitas Fusion 39 at Area 23
May30

Tasty Brews: We found Lagunitas Fusion 39 at Area 23

As you know, we get some pretty tough assignments with this job – but having a cold beer on the clock is definitely not one of them. That’s okay though, we deserve a little reward once in a while, as does everyone at the end of a tough work day. So we meandered up to the bar at Area 23 last week looking for something new and different to wet our whistle, in the name of Insider science, of course. And it didn’t take long for one brew...

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Food Snob: Taco Tuesday at the Red Blazer
May30

Food Snob: Taco Tuesday at the Red Blazer

Serving tacos on Tuesdays is like celebrating Easter on a Sunday or Thanksgiving on a Thursday – it’s pretty much a requirement. While we’re certainly not strangers to the $2 tacos you can get at Dos Amigos every Tuesday, we had never tried the ones from the Red Blazer, which we see on Instagram all the time. Last week, we decided it was finally time to take a trip up Manchester Street to give these ones a whirl. The Red Blazer offers...

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Don’t miss Family Fun Day this Saturday
May30

Don’t miss Family Fun Day this Saturday

As a pair of guys with young families, we are all about free family fun. We can imagine that would go for the rest of you as well. Who doesn’t like something that gets you outside, helps tire the kids out for nap time and is free? When we learned that Word Of Life Christian Fellowship Church was hosting a Family Fun Day on Saturday, we had to let all of you know about it. That’s kind of what we do around here. “It’s something we’ve...

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On The Road: Disney’s Pluto is an avid reader of the Insider
May30

On The Road: Disney’s Pluto is an avid reader of the Insider

Jon took a family vacation to Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif., last month, and you better believe he brought a copy of the Insider with him. It turns out Pluto, who happened to be eating breakfast at the same hotel, is a big fan of the Insider, too, so much so that he asked to have his picture taken holding it. Jon’s daughter, Julia (right),  and her cousins Mia and Finn had to get in on the action, too. Thanks for reading,...

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Penacook Farmers Market opens Monday
May30

Penacook Farmers Market opens Monday

There’s nothing quite like wandering around a farmers market and finding all kinds of great stuff to put in your belly. It’s actually one of the things we look forward to the most when spring arrives – because it means the warm weather is finally here to stay. And soon, fans of the Penacook Farmers Market will be able to find all kinds of locally grown foods when the market opens for the year on Monday. The Penacook market has a much...

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Concord Crew is hosting Learn to Row Day
May30

Concord Crew is hosting Learn to Row Day

Are you a student in grades 8 through 12? Have you ever thought about learning the sport of crew? Well, Concord Crew is hosting its annual free Learn to Row Day on Saturday and they want to see you. In association with U.S. Rowing, Concord Crew invites all students in the above mentioned grades to come by their boathouse between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. for a tour of the facility, take a spin on their rowing machines and meet the Concord...

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Josh Hardy got a  cushy new job at ConcordTV
May30

Josh Hardy got a cushy new job at ConcordTV

If you’re a fan of ConcordTV, and we know you are, you know who Josh Hardy is. But what you might not know is that recently Hardy was given the title of station manager within the community television organization, moving up from his previous gig as production and training coordinator. Hardy has been with ConcordTV since 2012, first as a college intern and for the last four years as a full-time employee. Last week, we caught up with...

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Help your local nonprofits
May30

Help your local nonprofits

Granite Staters will have the opportunity to rally around local nonprofits through N.H. Gives, a unique online giving event that kicks off at 6 p.m. on June 6. An initiative of the N.H. Center for Nonprofits, N.H. Gives is designed to raise as much money and awareness as possible for New Hampshire’s nonprofits within a 24-hour, flash-mob of giving. In 2016 more than $188,000 was donated to nearly 300 organizations through the...

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The Concord Co-op is the place to be Saturday
May30

The Concord Co-op is the place to be Saturday

If you’re familiar with the nonprofit world, you understand that it isn’t easy on the fundraising front. With limited staffs and resources, putting together an event that people want to attend and donate to is quite the undertaking. Sure, nonprofits located in Concord host some great events – Souperfest (Concord Coalition to End Homelessness), Walk A Mile in Her Shoes (Crisis Center of Central New Hampshire) and Dan Zanes concerts...

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What do you know  about The River Guild?
May30

What do you know about The River Guild?

The Smokestack Center is one of those places that if you didn’t know it was there, odds are you’d probably never stumble across it. But there are some pretty happening things going on in that North State Street plaza – including at The River Guild. The holistic health collective offers a wide range of classes and workshops that try to appeal to just about anyone who is looking to maintain (or start) a healthy lifestyle. “We really try...

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On Display: Nature photography show at Forest Society
May30

On Display: Nature photography show at Forest Society

New Hampshire nature photographer Jeff Sluder is currently showing at the Society for the Protection of N.H. Forests Conservation Center. The exhibit, “Glimpses from My World,” features photos he has collected in the past year in travels to North Carolina, Colorado and closer to his home in Kingston. The show will be on display through June.

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Book of the Week: ‘Milk and Honey’
May30

Book of the Week: ‘Milk and Honey’

Milk and Honey Rupi Kaur 2014, 204 pages Poetry   Rupi Kaur is a young poet who was thrown into the spotlight when a university photo project image of her lying in bed with menstrual blood stains on her pajamas and sheets was banned by Instagram. Her protest with the social media outlet expanded her followers by thousands and her already successful book of poetry became a bestseller. Her work is very socially conscious, exploring...

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This Week in Concord History
May30

This Week in Concord History

May 30, 1868: In Concord, school lets out early and businesses close for two hours so that all may observe the first Memorial Day. Col. James E. Larkin of Concord, who fought at Fair Oaks, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville and Gettysburg, leads the veterans’ procession into Eagle Hall on Main Street. After the singing of “America,” the recitation of the Gettysburg Address and patriotic speeches, the throng marches solemnly to the...

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Bulletin Board

Panel discussion at League on Friday Join the League of N.H. Craftsmen on Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. for a panel discussion and reception featuring five exhibitors in the current exhibition, Pushing the Limits. Larry Elbroch, Victoria Elbroch, Lynn Haust, Louis Pulzetti and Maureen Redman-Scura will talk and answer questions about: “Why am I a craftsman?” or “Why did I decide to become a craftsman? Why is it important? Why did I make...

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