What’s the deal with Concord’s five college campuses, anyway?
Mar06

What’s the deal with Concord’s five college campuses, anyway?

We were sitting around the office one day recently trying to think of issue ideas when a random thought popped in to someone’s head – “Hey, doesn’t Concord have a bunch of college campuses? We should do an issue about it.” And now here we are, in the middle of the Higher Education Issue. Concord, though never mistaken for a true “college town” like Boston, is actually home to five college or university campuses or satellite campuses,...

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Concord’s college campuses have a wealth of offerings to, well, offer
Mar06

Concord’s college campuses have a wealth of offerings to, well, offer

We all know that schools are for learning and that an education is the most important thing we can arm ourselves with in today’s world. We also know that college is supposed to be fun. Luckily, some of Concord’s college campuses understand this important balance of work and play and offer plenty of programs that blend the two – and some that even ditch the work element entirely. As institutions of higher learning, colleges are kind of...

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OLLI at Granite State College provides learning opportunities for older adults
Mar06

OLLI at Granite State College provides learning opportunities for older adults

Usually when people think about continuing and higher education, they think of recent high school grads and 20-somethings. But there’s a whole other subset of the population that can – and indeed does – take advantage of post-high school academia: grown adults. For this demographic, there’s the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Granite State College. Known as OLLI, the program provides educational opportunities to those in the...

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Food Snob: Nothing says college like all-you-can-eat lunch
Mar06

Food Snob: Nothing says college like all-you-can-eat lunch

It’s no secret that we like to eat. We pretty much write about food any chance we get. So when we decided to do a Higher Education Issue, it was a golden opportunity to take a trip down memory lane to a time when the simple swipe of a meal plan card could get us all the food we wanted. But it’s not like we could afford anything else anyway. And since NHTI’s Capital Commons Cafeteria is open to the public and we can loosely pass for...

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If you’re planning on going to college, read up
Mar06

If you’re planning on going to college, read up

Many moons ago, we were high school students trying to figure out the college puzzle. For one of us, it was a few more moons than the other. But that doesn’t mean we don’t remember the process of trying to come up with a list of schools, thinking about what we wanted to pursue as a major and doing all the research to ensure the school we picked was the right fit. Not to mention the whole financial side of getting a secondary...

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Entertainment: Bar bands and stage shows aplenty in Concord this week
Mar06

Entertainment: Bar bands and stage shows aplenty in Concord this week

We’re officially into March, which is always a good sign. It’s also a good sign when there’s live music every day and three different stage shows all in the same week, as is the case this week. Check it out. Music Tuesday Mike Walsh at Hermanos Cocina Mexicana at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday Walker Lecture Fund Series presents Camerata New England: “Bring it and Swing it” at the Concord City Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Bringing nationally and...

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You’ve got two chances to see the Purimshpiel
Mar06

You’ve got two chances to see the Purimshpiel

You might not think of Temple Beth Jacob as a local hotspot for laughs and entertainment, but for at least two nights this weekend it will be. For the last two decades, (this will be the 21st straight year), it is the place to see the temple’s Purimshpiel. Now if you’re not familiar with a Purimshpiel, it’s a comical play depicting the biblical story of Queen Esther, one of only a handful of strong female figures in the Bible. But the...

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SouperFest is a soup connoisseur’s dream
Mar06

SouperFest is a soup connoisseur’s dream

Every year, SouperFest gets bigger and bigger – and better and better. The annual event is a soup lover’s dream, with more combinations than one person could possibly attempt to try in one sitting. And while filling up on soup on a Saturday night among family, friends, neighbors and complete strangers is alone worth the price of admission, let’s not forget what SouperFest is really all about. This is the ninth year that it will be...

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Tasty Brews: Big Old Seth Airliner from Lithermans Limited
Mar06

Tasty Brews: Big Old Seth Airliner from Lithermans Limited

We’re pretty big fans of both craft beer and music. The two really go hand in hand, especially when the weather starts turning nicer. That’s why, in light of the relatively warm, sunny days we’ve been having lately, we stopped by Lithermans Limited, where all the beers are named after something related to music. The brew pub is somewhat buried in a strip mall-type complex on Hall Street, but any beer lover would be wise to keep it on...

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Short scenes show many relationships
Mar06

Short scenes show many relationships

If you want to catch Bow High School’s students’ production of Common Ground, your sole opportunity will be at the New Hampshire Educational Theatre Guild’s festival. Common Ground is a series of vignettes featuring different types of relationships, said Director Sarah Evans. There will be scenes of friendships ending, friendships beginning, sibling rivalries and more. Evans said she chose the play because the series of vignettes...

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It’s a big week for Concord High drama club
Mar06

It’s a big week for Concord High drama club

Did you know, the last time the Concord High Drama Club participated in the N.H. Educational Theatre Guild state festival, they were one of two state champions crowned? It was two years ago, and happened to be just the second time that director/ adviser Clint Klose had brought his program to perform on the festival circuit. Their performance of My Name is Asher Lev got them not only top billing in the state, but a trip to New...

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Sandy Wadlington takes you ‘East and West’
Mar06

Sandy Wadlington takes you ‘East and West’

After one of the most successful Love, Lust and Desire shows on record, McGowan Fine Art is looking for a repeat performance with its latest show – East & West by Sandy Wadlington. The longtime McGowan artist has included oil paintings, woodblock prints and charcoal drawings into the show’s inventory, as she returns to her original medium (oil) and moves away from the pastels many of her fans have enjoyed over the years. The show...

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Bring your book to True Brew on Wednesday for Books & Brew
Mar06

Bring your book to True Brew on Wednesday for Books & Brew

It’s that time again – time for Books & Brew. Books & Brew is Concord Public Library’s low-pressure book club that meets once a month at True Brew Barista in Bicentennial Square. It’s unlike most other book clubs in that there’s never any assigned reading. If that doesn’t seem to make sense, that’s okay – this club is meant to be different from most. The idea is you just show up and talk about whatever it is you’ve been...

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Celebrate Youth Art Month all over the city
Mar06

Celebrate Youth Art Month all over the city

For more than half a century, March has held a special meaning among art educators. That’s because the third month of the year has long been designated as Youth Art Month – giving teachers and students across the country a chance to show off all that creative work being made during the school day. And Concord is no stranger to showcasing all that impressive art from someone who just might turn into the next big thing in the art world....

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Get dunked in frigid water for Womenade
Mar06

Get dunked in frigid water for Womenade

It’s been so nice out recently, we’ve caught ourselves daydreaming about summer and all it entails – including going for a swim. Let’s be real though, it’s still way too cold to do any type of water activities unless it’s in your bath tub or an indoor pool. We wouldn’t suggest jumping in a body of water any time soon, considering there’s still ice covering just about all of them. But if you’re into the whole polar plunge kind of thing...

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On the Road: The Lundquists brought the ‘Insider’ to Spain
Mar06

On the Road: The Lundquists brought the ‘Insider’ to Spain

The Lundquist family are big fans of the Insider, so it’s no surprise when they went on a four week whirlwind vacation of Portugal, Spain and the Canary Islands that they decided to take us along for the journey. They flew into Lisbon, Portugal, and made their way to Barcelona in a campervan – with plenty of stops along the way. They flew to the Canary Islands for a week before returning to Barcelona. They visited  a few famous...

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Missed Connections: Look who’s trying to find love on Craigslist
Mar06

Missed Connections: Look who’s trying to find love on Craigslist

We took to Craigslist last week to see who had been posting on the Missed Connections pages in our neck of the woods during the month of February. And we found a ton of great entries to share, unedited and how they appear online. If you happened to make a connection from one of these missed connections – or any for that fact – we definitely want to know about it. Email news@theconcordinsider.com with all the juicy details.   Do...

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If you love the arts, Concord is the place to be
Mar06

If you love the arts, Concord is the place to be

Concord is home to lots of great locations to see some incredible art. That means at any given time, on any given day, 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. League of N.H. Craftsmen Black and White Encore Through: March...

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Bulletin Board: Poetry, film submissions and dog licenses
Mar06

Bulletin Board: Poetry, film submissions and dog licenses

Quilters Guild to meet Friday night The Capital Quilters Guild will hold its next meeting on Friday at the United Baptist Church, 39 Fayette St. Social hour begins at 6:30 p.m., followed by the meeting at 7 p.m. The topic will be “Looking Great Dresden Plate” presented by Michele Banton. Free to members, $5 for nonmembers. All are welcome! Ellen Reed Poetry Out Loud finals this Friday After months of classroom preparation and high...

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Book of the Week: ‘The Cabinet of Wonders’
Mar06

Book of the Week: ‘The Cabinet of Wonders’

The Cabinet of Wonders Marie Rutkoski 2008, 258 pages Children’s Fiction   Petra is a 12-year-old girl who lives in a village outside of Prague in the countryside of Bohemia. Her father is not a simple toymaker, but a magical artificer of metals. His skills allow him to create animals that are nearly alive. Petra’s silver pet and constant companion is a clever spider, who loves to cling to her hair and keeps up a running conversation...

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This Week in Concord History
Mar06

This Week in Concord History

March 6, 1991: With five seconds left in the state Class I semifinal basketball game, which is tied at 74, Merrimack Valley’s Scott Drapeau miraculously reaches around a Stevens High player to tip in a missed free throw. The MV win sets up a rematch with rival Pembroke Academy and a final showdown between Drapeau and Matt Alosa, two of the biggest basketball stars in area history. Alosa’s Spartans will win the title. March 6, 2000:...

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