Get sappy at New Hampshire sugarhouses during N.H. Maple Weekend
Mar13

Get sappy at New Hampshire sugarhouses during N.H. Maple Weekend

As we’re all aware by now, it’s Maple Month, one of the most quintessential pages in the New England calendar. Every March, maple sugaring houses all over the state fire up the evaporators and invite the public in to get a look at – and a taste of – the maple syrup business. It all culminates with Maple Sugaring Weekend at the end of the month, which in this case is Saturday, March 24 and Sunday the 25th. There are two local...

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When your trees give you sap, make syrup
Mar13

When your trees give you sap, make syrup

When Andrew Mattiace decided he was going to try making maple syrup this spring, he put in his research. Between YouTube, books and talking to some seasoned maple producers, he got a good idea of what it would take to get his small-scale operation, Beaver Brook Maple, off the ground. He tagged all the maple trees on his Bow property last fall, designed and built an outdoor evaporator over the winter and purchased/ collected all the...

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Mapletree Farm expanded its sugarhouse
Mar13

Mapletree Farm expanded its sugarhouse

If you make your way to Mapletree Farm this spring to grab some freshly boiled syrup, you might notice something a little different about the sugarhouse. Well, actually, the sugarhouse will look a lot different. That’s because the old 16-foot by 20-foot sugarhouse, which was built soon after the operation opened in 1975 and slightly expanded in 1995, was moved about 100 feet to the right and back and is now attached to a new 22-foot...

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Concord Food Co-op is hosting Maple Madness
Mar13

Concord Food Co-op is hosting Maple Madness

Thanks to all those maple trees producing some sweet sap these days, fresh maple syrup is in abundance across the region and state. You shouldn’t have any trouble finding a quart, pint or half gallon of the sweet sticky stuff for your next batch of pancakes or waffles. And while we love those breakfast foods smothered in recently boiled syrup, it turns out that maple syrup also makes a great ingredient in many recipes. As you can...

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Learn about the Sweet Science of Sap at Concord Public Library
Mar13

Learn about the Sweet Science of Sap at Concord Public Library

In honor of Maple Sugaring Month, the Concord Public Library is teaming up with the New Hampshire Audubon Society to put on a special, free presentation about the ins and outs of maple syrup production. Audubon naturalist Angie Krysiak will present the Sweet Science of Sap at the library Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. in the auditorium (downstairs). Ever had real maple syrup and wondered how it was made? What tools and processes are used...

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Easter Eggstragaganza 2018 is set to be the biggest and best ever
Mar13

Easter Eggstragaganza 2018 is set to be the biggest and best ever

Did you miss out on the Feztival of Trees at the Bektash Shrine Center around Thanksgiving? Or maybe you did catch it but you’re just itching for another opportunity to bid on all kinds of fun and quirky prize packages. Well, fear not, because even though the Feztival is not even remotely soon, ConcordTV’s Easter Eggstravaganza starts this Friday, and you won’t want to miss out on the fun. The Easter Eggstravaganza is an annual...

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Entertainment: Lots of Irish music and Oscar films on tap this week
Mar13

Entertainment: Lots of Irish music and Oscar films on tap this week

It’s the week of St. Patrick’s Day, and you better believe there’s plenty of Irish music to be heard in Concord all week long. And, even though the Oscars are over now, you can still catch a bunch of the big winners at Red River. Most music shows are free unless noted. Music Tuesday Dan Weiner at Hermanos Cocina Mexicana at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday Dan Walker at Hermanos at 6:30 p.m. Thursday Mike Stockbridge at Hermanos at 6:30 p.m. Black...

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Concord, Bow earn spots at state festival
Mar13

Concord, Bow earn spots at state festival

Both the Concord High and Bow High drama clubs had a similar goal for this past weekend: earn one of the top two spots at the New Hampshire Educational Theatre Guild’s regional festival and advance to states. It sure is nice when you accomplish your goals. After being the top two performances on Saturday, the local groups of young actors and actresses will put their talents up against the other six clubs chosen from the three...

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Scholarship available from Bow Garden Club
Mar13

Scholarship available from Bow Garden Club

It is time for Bow High School seniors to apply for the Bow Garden Club’s annual scholarship. This scholarship is offered to graduating seniors in good academic standing who attend Bow High School and are planning to further their education in a college curriculum, majoring in horticulture, conservation, environmental science, forestry or any of the plant sciences. The application deadline is April 1.   The funding for this...

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Organic farming conference this Sunday at MVHS
Mar13

Organic farming conference this Sunday at MVHS

The Northeast Organic Farming Association of N.H. will host its 16th annual Winter Conference on Sunday at Merrimack Valley High School. The conference is jam-packed with over 40 workshops on a variety of topics related to organic agriculture, an exhibitor fair, organic meals, book signings and an evening keynote speaker event. Dr. Daphne Miller, a practicing family physician, author and Associate Clinical Professor at the University...

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On Display: It’s Youth Art Month – need we say any more?
Mar13

On Display: It’s Youth Art Month – need we say any more?

March is Youth Art Month, and currently there are a number of exhibits around the city showing off the creativity of students not only in Concord, but from around the state. You will find a massive exhibit at Steeplegate Mall featuring about 1,000 pieces from students in the Concord School District. The N.H. State Library has work submitted by members of the New Hampshire Art Educator’s Association. The tunnel between the N.H. State...

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Check out this contrasty photo we found on Instagram
Mar13

Check out this contrasty photo we found on Instagram

We were browsing Instagram last week looking for some great photos from Concord, but to our dismay, it was pretty slim pickings in terms of things we typically publish. But we kept scrolling, and soon enough user @shelmckin saved the day with this shot taken from Grandview Road in Bow overlooking Interstate 93 looking north, toward Concord. The streaky lights from the cars and the guardrail and fence in the foreground really give this...

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Library to host Eggstravaganza, film, weather talk
Mar13

Library to host Eggstravaganza, film, weather talk

The Concord Public Library is at it again. They’ve gone and set up another full week of educational entertainment for the whole family. Apart from the Science of Sap event (see page 21), there’s a trio of non-sap items on the library’s agenda, too. Here they are, listed chronologically: Concord Reads Hounds & Hikes Film Festival presents  Marley & Me, Thursday, 5:30 to 8 p.m. This is the second film in Concord Reads Hounds...

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Concord Young Professionals Network: The Hvizdas love to buy and sell real estate
Mar13

Concord Young Professionals Network: The Hvizdas love to buy and sell real estate

The Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce’s Concord Young Professionals Network (CYPN) introduces you to our “Young Professionals of the Month,” Michael and Ryan Hvizda. Each month the CYPN Steering Committee recommends young professionals in the community it thinks Insider readers would enjoy getting to know better. Michael Hvizda How old are you? 37 Where do you live? Washington Street in Concord. We love living in such a walkable...

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Bulletin Board: Addiction support, seal water leaks, 5K run
Mar13

Bulletin Board: Addiction support, seal water leaks, 5K run

Run a 5K at Rollins Park on Saturday The Frank Monahan Foundation 5K will be held on Saturday at Rollins Park at 10 a.m. Proceeds will benefit Concord Parks & Rec and Tedy’s Team. The foundation is hoping to help rebuild the basketball and tennis court at Rollins Park from this event. Cost is $25 for adults, and $15 for children 12 years old and younger. The first 100 runners that register receive a free Frank Monahan Foundation...

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Plenty of fun in store for St. Patrick’s Day
Mar13

Plenty of fun in store for St. Patrick’s Day

Odds are you’re going to see lots of folks wearing green this Saturday, and for good reason: it’s St. Patrick’s Day. In case you forgot, the annual March 17 holiday honoring the foremost patron saint of Ireland is right around the corner, so you better wash and dry every piece of green clothing that you’ve got to make the most of it. And the fact that it just so happens to fall on the weekend this year is an added bonus. It’s common...

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The Youth Art Month shows are worth seeing
Mar13

The Youth Art Month shows are worth seeing

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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Book of the Week: ‘Best Day Ever’
Mar13

Book of the Week: ‘Best Day Ever’

Best Day Ever Kaira Rouda 2017, 342 pages Fiction Best Day Ever is an entertaining addition to a new trendy theme in popular literature, one that is the foundation of stories like Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris or The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena, one that makes the reader suspect that the perfect lives of perfect couples are not always what they seem. Paul and Mia Strom seem to be one of these “perfect” couples – Paul works as...

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This Week in Concord History
Mar13

This Week in Concord History

March 13, 1782: The Legislature meets in Concord for the first time. The site is “the Old North,” the First Congregational Church. The building will burn in 1870. It was on the site of the former Walker School. March 13, 1852: For the third time in three years, local voters reject a plan to turn Concord from a town to a city. The vote is 458 in favor and 614 against. March 13, 1855: Edward H. Rollins of Concord and his American...

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