There are plenty of ways to stay cool in Concord this summer
Jul23

There are plenty of ways to stay cool in Concord this summer

How did everyone enjoy that brutal, oppressive heat wave last week? Nothing says “hot town, summer in the city” like a stretch of days approaching 100 degrees with humidity so high it feels like a wall of warm water hits you as soon as you open the door and step outside. And this is in a state that borders Canada. If you’re reading this, it means you survived last week’s heat wave – but don’t count your chickens yet, because we’re not...

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Making Good Health Simple: Staying out of the heat does a lot more than just keep you cool
Jul23

Making Good Health Simple: Staying out of the heat does a lot more than just keep you cool

No one in New Hampshire is ever happy with the current weather we have. It’s too hot, too cold, too windy, too rainy, too humid, too not what they wanted. Bottom line, people, is that we live in New England and, more specifically, the heart of New Hampshire. These drastic temperature, weather and seasonal changes are precisely why living in the good ol’ Granite State keeps us on our toes. Don’t you love having a walk-off welcome mat...

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Adventure Shopping: Summer fun edition
Jul23

Adventure Shopping: Summer fun edition

Since we’re in the dog days of summer, we decided to head over to Ocean State Job Lot for a little summer fun edition of Adventure Shopping. As usual, we found all kinds of cool, interesting and ultimately weird stuff that’s sure to improve your summer – and your life, really.

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A different kind of rail trail opens in Concord
Jul23

A different kind of rail trail opens in Concord

Monitor staff A different type of rail trail has opened up in Concord. Scenic RailRiders opened July 12 off Sewalls Falls Road in Concord along an abandoned stretch of Pan Am Railways track that stretches from above the state prison to Commercial Street in Boscawen. This isn’t a rail trail in the traditional sense – a flattened path with the tracks removed. This trail still has its rails, which are ridden on by a mountain coaster-like...

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Entertainment: Outdoor concerts galore, plus other fun stuff
Jul23

Entertainment: Outdoor concerts galore, plus other fun stuff

Music Tuesday Dann Brothers Blues Band at Hemanos Cocina Mexicana at 6:30 p.m. Nevers’ Second Regiment Band at Keach Park at 7 p.m. East Bay Jazz at Presidential Oaks at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday Paul Heckel at Hemanos at 6:30 p.m. Open mic at Area 23 at 6 p.m. Country Mile outside Concord Public Library at 6 p.m. Ryan Williamson at Courtyard by Marriott at 6 p.m. Dwayne Haggins at Concord Craft Brewing at 5:30 p.m. Thursday Mike Morris at...

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Bulletin Board: New educational film series, free music, etc.
Jul23

Bulletin Board: New educational film series, free music, etc.

Special screening at Red River Schoolhouse Players, in collaboration with ConcordTV, is presenting a new film, Sing Away Pain, exploring how the expressive arts can relieve chronic pain. The first in a series of medical educational films, writer Brenda Wilbert approaches the material in an original new format, rather than as a standard educational documentary. A one-act play is first presented in the film in the form of a professional...

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City Manager’s Newsletter: Several construction updates, upcoming events and more
Jul23

City Manager’s Newsletter: Several construction updates, upcoming events and more

On Friday, Stefanie Breton, the city’s public information officer, sent out the weekly City Manager’s Newsletter. You can read the full newsletter by going to concordnh.gov and clicking the Newsletter button on the home page. Here are some of the highlights: Road construction projects The State of New Hampshire will be installing new steam lines on Green Street and Park Street until November. Work for this week includes the following:...

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Grappone Conference Center to host outdoor farm-to-table dinner
Jul23

Grappone Conference Center to host outdoor farm-to-table dinner

If you’re all about high-end, locally produced, delicious food – paired with fine wine and beautiful music, not to mention a nice view – you certainly won’t want to miss out on a special evening the Grappone Conference Center has planned. On Aug. 8, the conference center will host its first farm-to-table dinner, in which all the food will be sourced from eight local farms, all within an hour of Concord. To set the mood, guitar...

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Gibson’s Bookstore to host author David Mahood
Jul23

Gibson’s Bookstore to host author David Mahood

On Wednesday at 6 p.m., author David Mahood will be at Gibson’s Bookstore to present One Green Deed Spawns Another: Tales of Inspiration on the Quest for Sustainability, as he details the unusual path he followed to become environmentally active. His quest for sustainability led him on a wide-ranging and introspective journey that included encounters with a diverse group of people. From turtle rescuers to hemp designers, from...

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The Yogi: There are mirrors everywhere in life, from Snow White to the yoga studio
Jul23

The Yogi: There are mirrors everywhere in life, from Snow White to the yoga studio

“Magic mirror, on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all?” Sound familiar? With all the drama that Disney could muster up in 1937, the face in the mirror says: “Famed is thy beauty, Majesty. But hold, a lovely maid I see. … Alas, she is more fair than thee.” You probably know the story of Snow White. The Queen looks in this enchanted mirror and sees something else besides her own reflection. There are flames, smoke and a little...

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On the Road: The ‘Insider’ visits Mount Rushmore
Jul23

On the Road: The ‘Insider’ visits Mount Rushmore

Members of GoodLife Programs & Activities and friends took the Insider to Mount Rushmore in South Dakota in June. While it’s disappointing they haven’t added any Insider legends to the monument yet, it still makes for a cool photo. Thank you to Barbara Clark for sending in the photo! Are you going anywhere exotic, exciting or just plain cool? If so, bring a copy of your favorite Insider issue along with you and have a picture...

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Food Snob: A gluten-free, vegan North East burger from Willows Plant-Based Eatery
Jul23

Food Snob: A gluten-free, vegan North East burger from Willows Plant-Based Eatery

The Food Snob is quite a stranger to vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free dining. Typically, we’re out there pounding tacos, pizza, fried chicken, crab cakes, pulled pork sandwiches and anything else that seems like it will get us full enough to need a nap after. But a reader reached out last week, recommending a gluten-free installment of the Food Snob, and not being afraid of any consumable, we decided to take her up on that idea. For...

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On Display: Lakes Region Art Association work at NHTI
Jul23

On Display: Lakes Region Art Association work at NHTI

Assorted works by members of the Lakes Region Art Association are on display at the NHTI library gallery until about mid-August. The exhibit features a mix of paintings and photographs, and the pieces are all for sale. 

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Book of the Week: ‘The Well’
Jul23

Book of the Week: ‘The Well’

The Well Catherine Chanter 2016, 400 pages Literary Fiction/Suspense Thriller   Set in Great Britain on a small farm that is the only place to have regular rainfall in a country experiencing a multi-year drought, Ruth and her husband Mark find themselves the unintentional and unwilling focus of a nation in search of answers. But Ruth has questions of her own, and she is driving herself mad trying to get to the truth. The couple...

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This Week in Concord History
Jul23

This Week in Concord History

July 23, 1927: Col. Charles A. Lindbergh, who is scheduled to arrive in Concord two days from now on his triumphant tour around the country, lands at Concord airport. The reason: the airport in Portland, Maine, his scheduled stop, is fogged in. July 24, 2002: An 11-run second inning and sparkling defense propels Concord National to the Junior League Softball Championship, with a 13-2 victory over the host Bedford team. July 24, 2003:...

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Fore! Get out there and hit the links this summer
Jul16

Fore! Get out there and hit the links this summer

I’m not very good at golf – let’s just get that out of the way now. When I hit the course, which is extremely rare, you’ll find me trudging through the woods, raking sand or trying to fish a ball out of a pond. But hey – all of that still beats sitting in an office. If your golf game is anything like mine, you’re probably at the level where you’re not out there trying to win, you’re just trying to have fun for a few hours and escape...

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Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing at Discovery Center, Red River
Jul16

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing at Discovery Center, Red River

This is a big week for planet Earth. July 16, the day this issue comes out, marks the 50-year anniversary of the launch of Apollo 11, the first mission to put human beings on the moon. Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins touched down on the lunar surface July 20, 1969, marking perhaps the most significant event in human history to that point. In honor of this monumental achievement, there are several special events going...

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Album Review: ‘Hey Dana’ debut album shows off range of artist’s influences
Jul16

Album Review: ‘Hey Dana’ debut album shows off range of artist’s influences

I was given another album to review a few weeks back, and the cover art alone had me intrigued. The first thing I noticed was four eyes staring at me, seemingly peering into my soul. It was only after a few seconds of looking that I saw the name – Hey Dana. Hey Dana is the stage name of local artist Dana Brunt, who can be found playing at Area 23, Lithermans Limited and anywhere else in New England that will have him. He’s a solo...

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Tasty Brews: Lithermans Limited Read Icculous, only at Penuche’s
Jul16

Tasty Brews: Lithermans Limited Read Icculous, only at Penuche’s

While cruising around on Penuche’s Facebook page looking for shows early last week, I noticed a post saying that Lithermans Limited had made them a beer, and that it was to debut on Thursday. When Lithermans makes a new beer, it’s always a good idea to check it out, and when they make a beer exclusively for one place, it can’t be ignored. I got to everybody’s favorite basement bar about 4:30 on Thursday afternoon, hoping to get the...

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Entertainment: More concerts than you’ll possibly be able to attend this week
Jul16

Entertainment: More concerts than you’ll possibly be able to attend this week

Music Tuesday Kid Pinky at Hermanos Cocina Mexicana at 6:30 p.m. Nevers’ Band at Rolfe Park at 7 p.m. Bedford Big Band at Presidential Oaks at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday Paul Donahue at Hermanos at 6:30 p.m. Open mic at Area 23 at 6 p.m. Dwayne Haggins at Courtyard by Marriott at 6 p.m. Thursday Richard Gardzina at Hermanos at 6:30 p.m. Lisa Guyer at Cheers at 5 p.m. Rebel Collective at Eagle Square at 7 p.m. Friday Hometown Eulogy at True...

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Bulletin Board: Free concerts, food map, meetings and more
Jul16

Bulletin Board: Free concerts, food map, meetings and more

AARP hosts Coffee & Conversation Get the latest buzz on AARP activities and events happening in Greater Manchester, Greater Concord and the Seacoast at an AARP community engagement program called Coffee & Conversation. Join us at local coffee shops and meet up with friends, neighbors, AARP volunteers and other AARP members. Give us your ideas on future activities and events you’d like to see in your community, and get a free...

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City Manager’s Newsletter: Parks and Rec Month, National Night Out preview and more
Jul16

City Manager’s Newsletter: Parks and Rec Month, National Night Out preview and more

On Friday, Stefanie Breton, the city’s public information officer, sent out the weekly City Manager’s Newsletter. Here are some of the highlights: July is Parks and Rec Month Summer is here, which means it’s time to get out and explore the great things happening at your local parks and recreation department. This July, join in on the fun and games offered by Concord Parks and Rec as they celebrate Park and Recreation Month. A variety...

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CYPN: Emily Marsh of Red River Theatres is the Young Professional of the Month
Jul16

CYPN: Emily Marsh of Red River Theatres is the Young Professional of the Month

The Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce’s Concord Young Professionals Network introduces you to our “Young Professional of the Month,” Emily Marsh. Each month the CYPN Steering Committee recommends a young professional in the community it thinks readers would enjoy getting to know better. How old are you? 27. Where do you currently work? I am the Events and Marketing Manager at Red River Theatres, a nonprofit indie cinema in downtown...

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Concord Food Co-op’s Round-it-Up at the Register program sends $6,700 to nonprofits
Jul16

Concord Food Co-op’s Round-it-Up at the Register program sends $6,700 to nonprofits

In February 2019, the Concord Food Co-op launched a new fundraising program that has already raised $6,700 for local nonprofits. The Concord Food Co-op’s Round-It-Up at the Register program is an easy way for Co-op shoppers to donate to local nonprofits that are making the greater Concord area an even better place. The program empowers shoppers to help local community-enrichment organizations by making small-change donations, which...

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Making Good Health Simple: Pro tips for taking a successful hike this summer
Jul16

Making Good Health Simple: Pro tips for taking a successful hike this summer

For the Insider “You’re almost there.” “The view is going to be spectacular.” “The summit is just around the corner, I can feel it.” Just a few of the reaffirming statements I tell myself during the million times I want to quit on the trail. Hiking is more than just walking in the woods, it’s more than climbing an incline – it is the definition of mental fortitude. There are multiple times when I contemplate turning around, or laying...

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The Yogi: Two pools, 20 years and a whole lot of yoga
Jul16

The Yogi: Two pools, 20 years and a whole lot of yoga

For the Insider In the spirit of summer, we’ll start this week with the story of a swimming pool. More correctly, this is the story of two swimming pools, and spans nearly 20 years. In 2001, a young couple bought their first house. The house, in Strafford, sat on a lovely pile of rocks, and came with a little piece of forest. At the edge of the forest, near the house, was an above-ground swimming pool. The couple decided that tending...

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Book of the Week: ‘Where the Crawdads Sing’
Jul16

Book of the Week: ‘Where the Crawdads Sing’

Where the Crawdads Sing Delia Owens 2018, 370 pages Fiction   The title of this book is intriguing – Where the Crawdads Sing. And it’s mentioned in the book: “What d’ya mean, where the crawdads sing? Ma used to say that.” Kya remembered Ma always encouraging her to explore the marsh: “Go as far as you can way out yonder where the crawdads sing.” Tate said, “Just means far in the bush where critters are wild, still behaving like...

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New England author Spencer Quinn to present ‘Heart of Barkness’ at Gibson’s Bookstore
Jul16

New England author Spencer Quinn to present ‘Heart of Barkness’ at Gibson’s Bookstore

Spencer Quinn will return to Gibson’s Bookstore on Thursday at 6 p.m. to present the ninth in his Chet & Bernie series, Heart of Barkness, our favorite mystery series told from the perspective of the detective’s dog. Come prepared to meet some adorable adoptable animals from the Pope Memorial SPCA, too! Chet the dog, “the most lovable narrator in all of crime fiction,” (Boston Globe) and P.I. Bernie encounter heartache and much...

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This Week in Concord History
Jul16

This Week in Concord History

July 16, 1821: Mary Baker Eddy is born in Bow. In February 1866, she will write of healing herself from what a doctor diagnosed as a fatal fall on the ice. Out of this experience is born Christian Science. Eddy will found the Church of Christ, Scientist, in 1879. July 16, 1863: Shots are fired and several men wounded in the third and final day of draft riots in Portsmouth. Fear of riots in Concord and elsewhere leads to the return of...

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Field Trip: For the most fun you can have in Chichester, hit up Chuckster’s
Jul09

Field Trip: For the most fun you can have in Chichester, hit up Chuckster’s

Welcome to the Insider’s Field Trip to Chichester and Epsom. These two towns are nice and close to the capital city, and while neither community would exactly be classified as a hotbed of activity, there’s plenty to do, see and try, if you’re so inclined. For this particular Field Trip issue, we’ve broken it up into three categories – For Fun (the one you’re reading now), To Eat and Shopping & Services. Since these towns don’t...

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