Check out all these fun activities for the kids this summer
Jun12

Check out all these fun activities for the kids this summer

School is almost out, and that means thousands of school-aged kids will soon be added to the daily population for the next three months. What to do with all the extra restless bodies? We thought you’d never ask. Since we know – from experience – that kids are just bundles of endless energy, we thought we’d do all the parents out there a solid by pulling together a big package of fun stuff for the kids to get into this summer. While...

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Get jazzed up for all the  summer concerts in Concord
Jun12

Get jazzed up for all the summer concerts in Concord

Now that it’s practically summer, you’re probably going to be spending a lot more time outdoors. It’s just the natural thing to do. So why not get your outdoors time in while enjoying some live music – and for free? It’s summer concert season, and it all gets going the day this paper comes out (Tuesday) with the Nevers’ Band at Eagle Square to kick off Concord’s Music Series Summer in the City. The Nevers’ Band will play on Tuesdays...

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Food Snob: We tried some ice cream from the new Frekey’s Dairy Freeze in Penacook
Jun12

Food Snob: We tried some ice cream from the new Frekey’s Dairy Freeze in Penacook

Ice cream lovers who live in the Penacook area were no doubt bummed out last year when Summer Freeze, a classic old-school ice cream stand, never opened. The ownership group fell on hard financial times and they weren’t able to open the shop at all last summer, leaving the residents of the area with no choice but to drive into Concord proper to grab a cone or a sundae. But at long last, the drought is over and ice cream flows in the...

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Sofia Payne wants to sell you a travel cup
Jun12

Sofia Payne wants to sell you a travel cup

Sofia Payne wanted to do something different for Lent this year. Sure, she could have given up watching TV or eating chocolate, but the 6th grader at St. John Regional School felt it was important to use it as a way to help others. “We’re always talking about the ways we can make a difference in our communities,” Payne said of her school. And what better way then to help the Friendly Kitchen. Payne first thought of a food drive, but...

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Entertainment: It’s concerts galore – both in and outdoors
Jun12

Entertainment: It’s concerts galore – both in and outdoors

The weather has been virtually perfect lately (knock on wood!), and there couldn’t be a better time for the concert scene to really start picking up. There’s plenty of music to be heard around here this week, both indoors and under the open sky, so get out there and enjoy it.   Music Tuesday Scott Solsky at Hermanos Cocina Mexicana at 6:30 p.m. The Nevers’ Band at Eagle Square at 7 p.m. Wednesday Paul Heckel at Hermanos at 6:30...

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City to cut the ribbon on new pool at Keach Park
Jun12

City to cut the ribbon on new pool at Keach Park

The city of Concord invites the public to attend a ribbon-cutting ceremony with Mayor Jim Bouley and Councilors Gail Matson and Candace Bouchard for a grand unveiling of the newly-renovated pool at Keach Park on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. A grand pool reopening will follow the ceremony until 7:30 p.m., hosted by Concord Parks and Recreation. Concord and Penacook residents must bring their ID for free entry. Non-residents must purchase a...

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Take home a piece of the Concord Theatre
Jun12

Take home a piece of the Concord Theatre

Have you always wanted to own a piece of Concord history? Well grab a truck and some friends who don’t mind lifting heavy things and head on down to the old Concord Theatre at 16-18 S. Main St. on Saturday to nab some free chairs. As you’ve probably heard, the Capitol Center for the Arts is renovating the old Concord movie house and they need to make room for all the new stuff. So on Saturday, the folks at the Capitol Center are...

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Taste six beers and cannolis at Local Baskit
Jun12

Taste six beers and cannolis at Local Baskit

Did you know that National Cannoli Day is this Saturday? Well it is, and to celebrate, Local Baskit is hosting a cannoli and beer pairing event on Wednesday. From 5 to 7 p.m., stop by Local Baskit and try a selection of six beers to help crown the best pairing with freshly-filled cannolis. There will be beers from: Litherman’s Limited, Concord Craft Brewing, Henniker Brewing Co., Hobbs Tavern and Brewing, New Belgium Brewing and...

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Crimson Care Closet looking to fill a need
Jun12

Crimson Care Closet looking to fill a need

The Concord High SOCK (Save Our Cold Kids) Club is always looking for new ways to help out. In March and April, the group of 40 students arranged a new sock drive that netted more than 300 pairs. Earlier in the school year, they got fellow students to create about 1,400 cards to send to military personnel overseas as part of the Holiday Card Challenge and did a collection afterwards for unused blank cards that brought in more than...

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Bulletin Board: Yoga hikes, Chamber events and ice cream
Jun12

Bulletin Board: Yoga hikes, Chamber events and ice cream

Four-day musical experience offered From June 19-23, Concord Community Music School will host the Alan Fraser Institute, a chance for pianists and other musicians to work with an internationally renowned practitioner of the Feldenkrais method. The teachings of the Alan Fraser Institute are described as “improved physical organization for deeper artistic expression,” and can help musicians at any level (and any age) achieve musical...

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‘Richard II’ at Hatbox Theater begins Friday
Jun12

‘Richard II’ at Hatbox Theater begins Friday

When Gary Locke decided to create his own original adaptation of a Shakespeare classic, he knew exactly the avenue he wanted to take. “We were looking for a Shakespeare show that was political in nature and Richard II is certainly that,” Locke said. So he put on his writing hat and began a journey of transforming the play that was first scribed in the late 1500s into something that anyone – Shakespeare enthusiast or not – could not...

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Clara Brogan sure knows how to tell a good story
Jun12

Clara Brogan sure knows how to tell a good story

When Clara Brogan was 4 years old, she learned to read. Her father had just passed away and since he was the one who had taught her the letters of the alphabet, her mother thought it would be good for her. “She thought if I learned to read, I wouldn’t miss him so much,” Brogan recalled. Fast-forward 90 years, and Brogan’s love of books and reading has never subsided; it’s only seemed to grow. “Reading is very important to me and has...

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On Display: Landscape artist Jim Murphy featured at Forest Society
Jun12
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Look at this movie poster-quality photo we found on Instagram
Jun12

Look at this movie poster-quality photo we found on Instagram

We were poking around on Instagram last week and were having sort of a hard time finding a photo to use for this feature – until we came upon this shot by user @shelmckin. This was taken at White Farm on Clinton Street, and @shelmckin really knocked one out of the park with this shot. It looks like it should be a movie poster or an album cover or something like that. It also sort of reminds us of The Lion King for some reason. In any...

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There’s some new public art in Concord
Jun12

There’s some new public art in Concord

The city recently added some new public art in front of the Capitol Center for the Arts from artist John BonSignore’s Toe Dancer series. There are actually two stainless steel pieces (we could only fit one here) and they’re called Mori Dancer, which translated from Japanese means Forest Dancer. Go check them out – they’ll be there for a long time.

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Concord Food Co-op to show movie in parking lot
Jun12

Concord Food Co-op to show movie in parking lot

The Concord Food Co-op is trying something new. No, we’re not talking about the organic cotton candy grapes we saw on Instagram last week, but rather the Co-op is hosting an outdoor movie night – in the store’s parking lot. On Friday, the six-time Oscar nominated film My Man Godfrey (1936) will be shown once the sun goes down on a large screen using a projector. The showing will begin at 8:45 p.m. (just to make sure there’s no...

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Concord Chorale to put on two concerts this weekend
Jun12

Concord Chorale to put on two concerts this weekend

The Concord Chorale will continue its 50th anniversary season with a pair of performances at South Congregational Church. The upcoming concert, “Be of Good Comfort,” invites all to take a journey through American vocal music, starting with the work of William Billings, plus stirring compositions of New Hampshire’s own Amy Beach, some soul-satisfying spirituals and works by Randall Thompson and Moses Hogan. Interspersed is the stunning...

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CYPN: Connor Spern wants to see an active volcano
Jun12

CYPN: Connor Spern wants to see an active volcano

The Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce’s Concord Young Professionals Network (CYPN) introduces you to our “Young Professional of the Month,” Connor Spern. Each month the CYPN Steering Committee recommends a young professional in the community it thinks Concord Insider readers would enjoy getting to know better. How old are you? 21 Where do you live? I just moved to Manchester. Where do you currently work? I’m the sales and marketing...

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The Arts: Student show at Kimball Jenkins opens Monday; last chance for League
Jun12

The Arts: Student show at Kimball Jenkins opens Monday; last chance for League

Mill Brook Gallery Spring and Summer Through: Sept. 2 Outdoor Exhibit Through: Oct. 14 Location: 236 Hopkinton Road Hours: Thursday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. League of N.H. Craftsmen Fairy Tales and Fantasies Through: Friday Celebrating 85 – The Stevens Collection Opens: June 29 Location: 49 S. Main St., Suite 100 Hours: Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Kimball Jenkins Student Show Opens: Monday Reception: June...

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This Week in Concord History
Jun12

This Week in Concord History

June 12, 1804: Alarmed by the frequency of escapes from local prisons, Gov. John Gilman makes the first substantive proposal for a state prison in Concord. It will be more than eight years before the prison opens on North State and Tremont streets. June 12, 1886: The Daniel Webster statue is dedicated in front of the State House. June 12, 1977: In Concord, William Loeb tells the Gun Owners of New Hampshire that the only way to combat...

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Book of the Week: ‘Sing, Unburied, Sing’
Jun12

Book of the Week: ‘Sing, Unburied, Sing’

Sing, Unburied, Sing Jesmyn Ward 2017, 285 pages Fiction JoJo is the biracial son of young and irresponsible Leonie and incarcerated Michael. He takes care of his younger sister Kayla, helps maintain the family home with his grandfather Pop, and looks over his dying grandmother Mam. JoJo calls his mother by her first name and seems to carry with him a sadness for the woman that used to be and who seems to no longer care for neither...

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