Flannel up for the 72nd annual Warner Fall Foliage Festival this weekend
Oct08

Flannel up for the 72nd annual Warner Fall Foliage Festival this weekend

Leaves are changing color and falling off the trees. Frost covers your car in the morning. The sun goes down earlier by the day. The air has a crisp bite to it at night. Everywhere you turn, the signs are right in your face – it’s fall in New England. Which, of course, means it’s just about time for the Warner Fall Foliage Festival. The celebration of the most colorful season will once again take over the center of Warner for three...

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Expand your mind at Concord’s first-ever TEDx seminar at Red River Theatres
Oct08

Expand your mind at Concord’s first-ever TEDx seminar at Red River Theatres

What do you know about TED? Not Ted Williams, Ted Kennedy, Ted Bundy, Tedy Bruschi or Teddy Roosevelt, but TED, in all caps?If you’re new to this whole TED thing, here’s the basic rundown: TED stands for technology, entertainment, design, and it started as a conference first conceived in 1984 and held annually since 1990. You may have heard of TED Talks – that’s what these are, a series of talks covering a wide range of interests....

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Get your tickets for limited screening of ‘El Camino’ at Red River Theatres
Oct08

Get your tickets for limited screening of ‘El Camino’ at Red River Theatres

The rumors were true, and the wait is over – El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie, is really happening, and it’s coming to Red River Theatres for three days only this weekend. The smash-hit TV show, regarded by many as the greatest show of all time, has spun off a feature-length film called El Camino. The movie follows Jesse Pinkman right where the story of Breaking Bad left him at the end of that series. After years of speculation, rumors...

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Making Good Health Simple: Trouble staying in the here and now? You’re not alone
Oct08

Making Good Health Simple: Trouble staying in the here and now? You’re not alone

Does your mind wander? Do you find yourself daydreaming? Do you ever lose concentration? According to Dr. Robert Thum, being in the present moment, or the here and now, means that we are aware and mindful of what is happening at this very moment. We are not distracted by ruminations on the past or worries about the future, but centered in the here and now. All of our attention is focused on the present moment. I don’t know about you,...

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Entertainment: Indigo Girls come to Concord in a busy fall week
Oct08

Entertainment: Indigo Girls come to Concord in a busy fall week

Music Tuesday Eugene Durkee at Hermanos Cocina Mexicana at 6:30 p.m. Open mic with Mikey G at Tandy’s at 7:30 p.m. Noony Tunes Folk Jam with Liz Faiella and David Surette at Concord Community Music School at noon. Wednesday Tim Gurshin at Hermanos at 6:30 p.m. Karen Grenier at Courtyard by Marriott at 6 p.m. Dwayne Haggins at Concord Craft Brewing at 5:30 p.m. Open mic at Area 23 at 7 p.m. Thursday Paul Hubert at Hermanos at 6:30 p.m....

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Bulletin Board: Comedy, open sing, award winners and more
Oct08

Bulletin Board: Comedy, open sing, award winners and more

Grandparents workshop at BGS Broken Ground School will host a program called Grandparents Raising Grandchildren on Tuesday evenings through the month of October beginning Oct. 8. The group will discuss the joys and challenges of raising grandchildren and explore a variety of topics that help support this important parenting journey. The meetings will take place at Broken Ground School, 51 South Curtisville Road, Concord, from 5:30 to...

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The Yogi: Yoga and the Hero’s Journey: From ‘Star Wars’ to the Ramayana
Oct08

The Yogi: Yoga and the Hero’s Journey: From ‘Star Wars’ to the Ramayana

Luke Skywalker never had a choice. His heroic tale was his destiny, his duty and “human, all-too-human.” A farm boy from the backwater planet of Tatooine, Luke is pulled from obscurity into a world of adventure. Two strange droids appear in his life with a hidden message from a mysterious princess. Tutored by a wise old sage, Luke realizes the mystical knowledge of the Force, enlists the help of heroic companions, and crosses the...

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Check out ‘Pillow Talk’ screening with local author and Doris Day friend Paul Brogan
Oct08

Check out ‘Pillow Talk’ screening with local author and Doris Day friend Paul Brogan

Lady Gaga. Taylor Swift. Beyonce. Kim Kardashian.These women are uber famous these days and, try as you might, you just can’t escape their presence and influence in modern pop culture. While these young ladies are running the show these days, once upon a time the “it girl” all over the country was Doris Day. Day burst onto the entertainment scene as a singer in 1939 before becoming an A-list actress. Sadly, we lost Day in May of this...

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Three author events in five days at Gibson’s Bookstore this week
Oct08

Three author events in five days at Gibson’s Bookstore this week

As usual, Gibson’s Bookstore has a busy week of author events in store this week. On Tuesday, Oct. 8 at 6 p.m., John C Porter presents the new edition of his classic, Preserving Old Barns: Preventing the Loss of a Valuable Resource. Preserving Old Barns is a wonderful resource for barn owners to assess, care for and celebrate their special structures. This illustrated, full-color second edition features over 200 pictures, 100 pages of...

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City Manager’s Newsletter: Election news, leaf collection reminder and more
Oct08

City Manager’s Newsletter: Election news, leaf collection reminder 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 highlights from last week’s letter: Municipal, primary election notices The City Clerk’s Office wants residents to know that Thursday, Oct. 24 is the last day residents may preregister to vote prior...

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On Display: Two very different exhibits up at League of NH Craftsmen
Oct08

On Display: Two very different exhibits up at League of NH Craftsmen

The League of N.H. Craftsmen headquarters is displaying two very different exhibits right now. Both “Then and Now” and “Journey” opened Sept. 27 during Capital Arts Fest, and each will be on display until Dec. 20. “Then and Now” is designed to celebrate the development of a craftsman’s personal style and expertise in their craft media. This exhibit features works in a wide range of mediums. “Journey” features the work of three...

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Book of the Week: ‘The Testaments’
Oct08

Book of the Week: ‘The Testaments’

The TestamentsMargaret Atwood2019, 415 pagesFiction Margaret Atwood’s long-awaited sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale does not disappoint. After 15 years, readers are again plunged into the familiar brutality of Gilead, with its hangings at “the wall” and monthly “ceremonies” between commanders and handmaids. Atwood intelligently and seamlessly weaves in tidbits of current events — alarmingly making this dystopian nightmare seem all too...

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This Week in Concord History
Oct08

This Week in Concord History

Oct. 8, 1856: A show called Price’s Ethiopian Minstrels opens at Concord’s Phenix Hall. The show, according to an ad in Concord’s Patriot, is “affectionately portraying the lights & shadows of a darky’s life.” Oct. 8, 1869: Franklin Pierce, 14th president of the United States, dies in Concord. Oct. 8, 2001: Concord area cancer patients and their families win a prolonged and sometimes agonizing battle, when a state board approves...

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Lithermans Limited brings back Quadracalabasia, introduces Black in Black
Oct01

Lithermans Limited brings back Quadracalabasia, introduces Black in Black

The music-loving guys over at Lithermans Limited are always up to something – one could say there’s always something brewing – and it’s no different right now as we enter fall. The Hall Street brewery just released Black in Black, a chocolate stout made with black currant and cacao beans from Ecuador. A drink like this would traditionally be served with a little cup of black currant syrup that the consumer would add to his or her...

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Concord Craft Brewing launches Apple Crisp Porter, Oktoberfest for fall
Oct01

Concord Craft Brewing launches Apple Crisp Porter, Oktoberfest for fall

With the advent of fall usually comes a mass invasion of pumpkin and pumpkin spice – coffee, muffins, donuts, pie, ice cream, air fresheners and, yes, beer.At Concord Craft Brewing Co. on Storrs Street, they didn’t get the whole you-must-make-everything-pumpkin memo. Instead, the brewery has a pair of fall seasonals that you won’t find elsewhere (unless, of course, you go to one of the many places Concord Craft distributes to) – Apple...

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Concord is home to all kinds of craft beer stores fully stocked with fall varieties
Oct01

Concord is home to all kinds of craft beer stores fully stocked with fall varieties

As fun as it can be to go to a brewery or a bar to enjoy some seasonal libations with friends, a lot of times it’s just easier to stop at a store, grab a pack of something nice and enjoy it at home on the couch or in the yard. When it comes to choices for where to shop and what to buy, it’s an embarrassment of riches around here, and that’s a good thing for the discerning craft beer or cider fan. While there are certainly dozens of...

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Raise awareness, money for mental illness at 17th annual NAMIWalks NH
Oct01

Raise awareness, money for mental illness at 17th annual NAMIWalks NH

If you’re looking for something fun to do this weekend while also contributing to a great cause, check out the 17th annual NAMIWalks NH on Sunday.NAMIWalks is the nation’s largest mental health awareness and fundraising event, and the Concord event is always well-attended. As of press time, there were already more than 800 individuals and more than 100 teams registered.One of the defining features of NAMIWalks NH is that there is no...

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Help choose the best short films at Manhattan Short Film Festival at NHTI
Oct01

Help choose the best short films at Manhattan Short Film Festival at NHTI

From Friday through Sunday, NHTI, Concord’s Community College, will join venues around the globe in hosting the 22nd Annual Manhattan Short Film Festival – a worldwide competition to select the best short films of 2019. Throughout the week, theaters in more than 400 cinemas worldwide will be screening the 10 finalists in this yearlong competition. Every viewer will have the opportunity to rate the 10 films, and all votes count...

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Strap on those stilettos, fellas, for the 2019 Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event
Oct01

Strap on those stilettos, fellas, for the 2019 Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event

There’s an old saying: “You can’t really understand another person’s experience until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes.” The sixth annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event in Concord asks men to literally walk one mile in women’s high-heeled shoes.You don’t have to wear high heels, but it’s part of the fun, and it gets the community to talk about something that’s really difficult to talk about: domestic and sexual violence. Walk a...

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10 local acts to square off at inaugural CCEH Talent Show at Bank of NH Stage
Oct01

10 local acts to square off at inaugural CCEH Talent Show at Bank of NH Stage

Ten local acts have made it through the elimination rounds and are ready to captivate the audience at the Concord Coalition to End Homelessness’s inaugural Talent Show on Saturday at Bank of NH Stage.The performances will feature voices singing higher than the dog tricks, sizzling dance moves and a chef spinning in his cyr with the precision of a cellist.Attendees can vote for their favorite performance and participate in games....

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The Yogi: Musical theater, yoga and – naps
Oct01

The Yogi: Musical theater, yoga and – naps

It was a Sunday afternoon in the city of Boston. I was sitting in the Boston Opera House, struggling to stay awake. My wife and I were in the first row of the balcony, with a phenomenal view of the stage. The touring production of Phantom of the Opera was churning through Act I, and my head was doing a bob and weave act. I tried shifting positions and changing my breathing. I tensed and relaxed my muscles, tried some good...

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Making Good Health Simple: It’s hard to be perfect – so don’t even try!
Oct01

Making Good Health Simple: It’s hard to be perfect – so don’t even try!

It’s hard to be disciplined all the time. It’s hard to be self-motivated. It’s even harder to stay the course when you are surrounded by temptation. Here’s my advice: Don’t try to be perfect all the time. Just don’t. Adopt the philosophy of “more times than not.” What does “more times than not” even mean? Basically, it means fairly frequently, or more than or at least half the time. How does this differ from “often?” Merriam-Webster...

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Entertainment: Carole King musical to be performed Tuesday
Oct01

Entertainment: Carole King musical to be performed Tuesday

Music Tuesday Paul Bourgelais at Hermanos Cocina Mexicana at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday Joel Cage at Hermanos at 6:30 p.m. Eric Lindberg at the Courtyard by Marriott at 6 p.m. Open mic at Area 23 at 7 p.m. North Sea Gas at Concord City Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Free. Thursday Eugene Durkee at Hermanos at 6:30 p.m. Friday Hank Osborne & Friends at Area 23 at 8 p.m. Saturday Tim & Dave at Hermanos at 7:30 p.m. 2nd annual Decades Fest at...

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Bulletin Board: Grandparents’ workshop, free concert, etc.
Oct01

Bulletin Board: Grandparents’ workshop, free concert, etc.

Free concert at United Church On Monday, Oct. 7 at 7 p.m., a piano/mezzo soprano duo will perform at the United Church of Penacook as part of the fall series of concerts presented in conjunction with Avaloch Farm Music Institute. Anne Rainwater and Melinda Becker will perform three-song sets – Gabriela Lena Frank’s “Quatro Canciones Andinas” in Spanish, selections from Barber’s “Hermit Songs” in English and Debussy’s “Trois Chanson de...

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City Manager’s Newsletter: Property tax bills, fall leaf collection reminder and more
Oct01

City Manager’s Newsletter: Property tax bills, fall leaf collection reminder 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 highlights: Property tax bills Property tax bills containing the July 1, 2019, and Oct. 1, 2019, payment coupons were mailed in May. If you have not received, or have lost your property tax bill,...

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Shower better with EZ-Pay for WaterSense contest
Oct01

Shower better with EZ-Pay for WaterSense contest

Concord water customers have a chance to win a Shower Better Bundle to save water, energy, and possibly even money on utility costs by entering Concord General Services’ “E-Z Pay for WaterSense” contest. The contest is being hosted for its sixth year in celebration of October being EPA WaterSense’s “Shower Better Month.”A Shower Better Bundle includes everything needed for a luxurious water-saving shower experience. Each bundle...

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This Week in Concord History
Oct01

This Week in Concord History

Oct. 1, 1976: In an appearance at the New Hampshire Highway Hotel in Concord, Ronald Reagan tells 700 Republicans that Gov. Mel Thomson must be re-elected. Thomson, he says, is a “politician of national stature.” Oct. 2, 1856: Near the end of his term, President Franklin Pierce visits Concord to stump for James Buchanan, the Democrat nominated to succeed him. Pierce is greeted with a great parade and reception downtown. A fine...

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Book of the Week: ‘The Tale Teller’
Oct01

Book of the Week: ‘The Tale Teller’

The Tale TellerAnne Hillerman2019, 302 pagesMystery Retired tribal policeman Joe Leaphorn is persuaded to look into a case for Daisy Pinto, director of the Navaho Nation Museum. A traditional Navaho dress and a silver bracelet were not in a box of items donated to the museum. The dress is said to have been worn by Juanita, wife of the famous leader Manuelito. If it is authentic, it would be a very valuable item, one from a terrible...

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Carter Hill Orchard: Appley fun for the whole family
Sep24

Carter Hill Orchard: Appley fun for the whole family

Concord’s two pick-your-own apple farms have a lot in common – obviously, you can pick apples at either location – but there’s plenty that makes each place unique. At Carter Hill Orchard, tucked away at 73 Carter Hill Road, there’s a lot to do beyond picking apples.One of the highlights of Carter Hill is the raptor observatory platform. This high perch next to the farmstand is often full of avid bird watchers with their cameras and...

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Apple Hill Farm – apples, peaches, pumpkin, pie and more
Sep24

Apple Hill Farm – apples, peaches, pumpkin, pie and more

Concord is home to not one but two great pick-your-own apple farms, each with similar but different offerings. Going by proximity to Insider headquarters, we’ll begin with Apple Hill Farm, which is only about 3 minutes away from our building (making it a convenient spot to pop into for a snack) at 580 Mountain Road. Apple Hill has everything you’d expect – lots of apples, and a big hill. Apart from the obvious, though, the farm also...

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