Rock ’N Race has been making a huge difference
May15

Rock ’N Race has been making a huge difference

Rock ’N Race began all the way back in 2003 – making this the 16th annual event – as a fundraiser for the soon-to-be-opened Payson Center for Cancer Care. If you remember last year, we told you about how Steve Duprey came up with the “hair-brain idea” (his words not ours) after being asked to assist in the creation of an event to raise money for the hospital’s new center to help those battling cancer. After witnessing the Rock ‘n’...

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The lowdown on the rockin’ part of the race
May15

The lowdown on the rockin’ part of the race

While it’s important not to lose sight of the real purpose of Rock ’N Race – to raise important and much-needed money to help the Payson Center – it’s also never a bad idea to point out the fun and novel elements that help make Rock ’N Race what it is, specifically, the music. The capital city plays host to a slew of community events, including many road races, but none involve quite as much live music as this one. While the total...

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Plenty of road races to keep you running after Rock ‘N Race
May15

Plenty of road races to keep you running after Rock ‘N Race

With Rock N Race just a few days away, you might be planning for your next big run with lots of other people. We’ve got you covered. We found a bunch of road races/fun runs coming up in the city over the summer months – and a few in the fall – to keep you pushing through the miles of training each week. May 26 Running for Riley White Park, 1 White St. Schedule: 10 a.m., registration; 10:30 a.m., boys and girls youth division (1 mile);...

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Before you hit the races, check those shoes
May15

Before you hit the races, check those shoes

Maybe it was the mass of runners crossing the finish line during last month’s Boston Marathon. Or maybe it’s the warm weather that has you dusting off those old sneakers, considering a short jog for the first time in months. Whatever your motivation, you may want to give those shoes a quick inspection before lacing them up and heading outdoors for that long-awaited run. Are the soles under your heel crushed? Are the outer soles warn...

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Get off the couch and start getting ready for your first 5K
May15

Get off the couch and start getting ready for your first 5K

If you’re like Tim and myself, you’ve probably logged more hours on the couch than on the road race circuit in your life. While that is, of course, all fine and good, we understand that a lot of folks have aspirations of running in 5Ks and other big races, but since they’ve been primarily lounging around for the past however many years, they don’t know what to do or where to begin. Luckily, we’re here to help. Runner’s Alley on North...

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The Kiwanis Spring Fair is 4 days of pure fun
May15

The Kiwanis Spring Fair is 4 days of pure fun

If you love spinning round and round on amusement rides and eating all kinds of food that you probably shouldn’t, then the Kiwanis Spring Fair is the place for you. While you probably already knew that – since this is the Kiwanis Club of Concord’s 63rd year of putting it on – you may not have been aware that it will be taking over the Everett Arena parking lot for four days beginning this Thursday. Entry to the fair is free, as is...

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N.H. High School Short Film Festival coming to Red River on Saturday
May15

N.H. High School Short Film Festival coming to Red River on Saturday

The New Hampshire High School Short Film Festival will take place at Red River Theatres on Saturday beginning at noon. The 27 films selected include animation, comedy, drama, documentary and public service announcements. They were chosen from 56 entries submitted by students from New Hampshire high schools and career and technical centers. Presented by the New Hampshire Film Office, the festival is an opportunity both for students to...

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On Display: Capstones a long process for NHTI artists
May15

On Display: Capstones a long process for NHTI artists

Walk into the NHTI library and you’ll see quite the variety of artwork hanging around. There are paintings and drawings and photographs, as well as a collection of stoneware creations. Within those mediums, the true abilities and strengths of the eight artists is clearly on display. Underneath each collection of art is a statement – a requirement for each student completing the school’s visual arts capstone course. It’s the final...

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Trekkies, unite: KHAN!Cord Day is taking over the city on Friday
May15

Trekkies, unite: KHAN!Cord Day is taking over the city on Friday

We at the Insider have never seen any Star Trek films or shows, so we’ll spare you the obligatory cheesy references in the lead at risk of sounding like fools to the legions of serious Trekkies out there. We’re just here to relay the ever-important fact that Friday is KHAN!Cord Day, and it’s a bigger deal than you think. In case you’ve been out of the loop for the past few months, here’s the lowdown – the world-famous and borderline...

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HOPE Resource Center is there to lend a hand
May15

HOPE Resource Center is there to lend a hand

The HOPE Resource Center at Concord Hospital Payson Center for Cancer Care not only helps treat cancer patients, it helps heal them. “It’s easy to feel lost after being diagnosed with cancer,” said social worker Adrianna Crooker Catlin. “We want this to be a space where patients can feel safe, laugh, cry, get angry, express any emotion and find guidance.” At Payson Center, patients find expert cancer care from specially trained...

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N.H. Gay Men’s Chorus to perform concert Saturday
May15

N.H. Gay Men’s Chorus to perform concert Saturday

The New Hampshire Gay Men’s Chorus returns to Concord on Saturday for a celebratory concert. “Celebrating 20 Years: A Generation of Music” is the name of this year’s concert series. NHGMC is performing at Wesley United Methodist Church in Concord, 79 Clinton St., at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday. The final concert in the series is Sunday at South Church in Portsmouth at 4 p.m. This month, they are performing in celebration of 20 years as a...

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Janet Ulbrich made a bib for the new prince
May15

Janet Ulbrich made a bib for the new prince

When William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, had their first child, Prince George, Janet Ulbrich wanted to do something special. So she made a keepsake bib and sent it across the pond to Kensington Palace. But about two months later, she received a package in the mail containing a kind note – and the bib. The only thing Ulbrich, of Concord, could think of was that she included a business card, and the royal family cannot...

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Celebrate the new emergency winter shelter
May15

Celebrate the new emergency winter shelter

By TIM GOODWIN For the last three years, the stress for Ellen Groh has been noticeable – at least when the idea of cold weather got brought up. Since the cold-weather shelters, housed at South and First Congregational Churches, closed up shop, it was a constant worry for Groh, executive director of the Concord Coalition to End Homelessness, as to how the city’s homeless would make it through those brutally cold winter nights. Luckily,...

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Elizabeth Marshall Thomas to speak at Gibson’s Bookstore on Saturday
May15

Elizabeth Marshall Thomas to speak at Gibson’s Bookstore on Saturday

Gibson’s to host author Thomas this Saturday Famed anthropologist and animal behaviorist Elizabeth Marshall Thomas will return to Gibson’s Bookstore on Saturday at 2 p.m. for a new look into hidden lives as she explores the connections between us all in The Hidden Life of Life: A Walk Through the Reaches of Time. An iconoclast and best-selling author of both nonfiction and fiction, Thomas has spent a lifetime observing, thinking and...

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Entertainment: Plenty of music, plus a Shatner sighting
May15

Entertainment: Plenty of music, plus a Shatner sighting

It’s another big week on the entertainment front in Concord, headlined by none other than cult hero William Shatner – the city has even declared an official day in honor of this event. Let’s get right to it. Music Tuesday Dan Weiner at Hermanos Cocina Mexicana at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday Dan Walker at Hermanos at 6:30 p.m. Thursday Paul Donahue at Hermanos at 6:30 p.m. Music Out of the ‘Box presents Decatur Creek and Bradford Bog People...

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Bulletin Board: Auditions, paper shredding and open houses
May15

Bulletin Board: Auditions, paper shredding and open houses

Kick off Making Strides on May 24 A free evening of inspiration, fabulous fare, libations and music is scheduled to kick off the Making Strides of Concord 2018 season! Happy hours for Hope will be May 24 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Phenix Hall, 38 N. Main St. (above The Works Café). Come be inspired, informed and motivated to be part of the powerful force that is Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Concord. Business sponsors, team...

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Book of the Week: ‘Ready Player One’
May15

Book of the Week: ‘Ready Player One’

Ready Player One Ernest Cline 2011, 374 pages Adult fiction   The year is 2044 in the United States; Oklahoma City, to be exact. Virtual reality is how people live their lives now within the world of the Oasis. They can do anything and be anyone they want to be there and it allows them to escape what is the real world. But when the death of the great creator of the Oasis, James Halliday, comes around, everything changes. It is a race...

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Check out this springy photo we found on Instagram
May15

Check out this springy photo we found on Instagram

It finally feels and looks like spring out there, and you better believe Instagrammers all over Concord have taken notice. While we found several springy photos, this one here by user @lora.a.allison, of some flora on Eastman Street, really stood out to us. Any time there’s a flower budding straight out of a tree trunk, it should be photographed and posted to the interwebs immediately. Nice shootin,’ @lora.a.allison. Have you taken a...

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The Arts: Artist demo at McGowan Fine Art Saturday
May15

The Arts: Artist demo at McGowan Fine Art Saturday

Mill Brook Gallery Spring and Summer Through: Sept. 2 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: June 15 The Grodin Collection Through: Ongoing Location: 49 S. Main St., Suite 100 Hours: Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Kimball Jenkins Robert Dorr Through: May 31 N.H. Weavers Guild Through: Wednesday Location: 266 N. Main St....

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This Week in Concord History
May15

This Week in Concord History

May 15, 1726: At Sugar Ball in East Concord, Enoch Coffin, a Congregationalist minister, preaches at the first Christian service in the future Concord. His congregation is a group of men who have come from Massachusetts Bay Colony to survey the Plantation of Penny Cook. May 15, 1727: A Congregational church, Concord’s first, is ready for occupancy. It is a 40-by-25-foot log structure at North Main and Chapel streets. The logs are...

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