Welcome to Market Days 2019!
Jun18

Welcome to Market Days 2019!

Can you believe it’s already mid-June? You know what that means – it’s time for Intown Concord’s annual Market Days festival, three days full of live music, food, street shopping, games, contests and anything else you can think of that’s fun and summery. We’re heading into the 45th year of this gigantic festival, and it seems to get bigger and better every year. Market Days started off as a glorified sale for downtown retailers. It...

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Ed Balloon to get the Bank of NH Stage party started on Saturday
Jun18

Ed Balloon to get the Bank of NH Stage party started on Saturday

With all the outdoor excitement of Market Days, it can be easy to overlook some things that might be going on indoors during the festival weekend. One thing you don’t want to sleep on, though, is the grand opening of the new Bank of New Hampshire Stage on South Main Street on Saturday. The former Concord Theatre, once used as a movie house, has been transformed into a modern, hip, club-like music venue that aims to attract a younger...

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Get out your eye patches and tiaras for the Pirate and Princess Competition
Jun18

Get out your eye patches and tiaras for the Pirate and Princess Competition

Who doesn’t love dressing up like a swashbuckling pirate or an enchanting princess from time to time? (Adults – maybe you shouldn’t answer that – this is a family publication.) If your kid is into that sort of thing, and he or she is between the ages of 5 and 9, you might want to go all-out on a costume – a $500 scholarship could be yours. While all the “grown-ups” get to have fun performing on the Tandy’s Market Days Idol stage over...

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Here’s the complete list of vendors for Market Days 2019
Jun18

Here’s the complete list of vendors for Market Days 2019

The following businesses and organizations will be represented at Market Days this weekend: 9Round AAA Northern New England AARP Community Programs ABC Energy Savings Alicat Jewels American Frozen Foods Ancient Fire Henna / Mrs. Dee’s Facepainting Annie’s Oriental Imports Arnie’s Homemade Ice Creams Awesome Stuff Bangor Savings Bank* Bank of New Hampshire Bath Fitter Betty Mitchell Psychic Shop Bikers Against Child Abuse (BACA) Binnie...

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Album Review: ‘Colored Everything’ by The Rhythm Upstairs a trippy, ethereal ride
Jun18

Album Review: ‘Colored Everything’ by The Rhythm Upstairs a trippy, ethereal ride

The requests to review albums by local artists keep coming in, and I was lucky enough to be contacted by The Rhythm Upstairs recently to take a listen to their new album, Colored Everything. The Rhythm Upstairs is a Concord-based four-piece band, self-described as “experimental indie rock music out of New England.” After listening to Colored Everything, I can vouch for the accuracy of that description. The band is made up of Jamie E....

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Check out three new sculptures in downtown Concord
Jun18

Check out three new sculptures in downtown Concord

There are three new pieces of art downtown for your viewing pleasure. The city is keeping true to its commitment to the arts, and the three new pieces were installed over the past few weeks. Head downtown and check them out!

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Making Good Health Simple: Don’t let party season throw you off your clean-eating game
Jun18

Making Good Health Simple: Don’t let party season throw you off your clean-eating game

Dance recital, piano concerto, baby shower, wedding, graduation, birthday, holidays – this time of year is packed with celebrations of all kinds. In the midst of numerous culminating events everyone is putting their best foot and largest spread forward. While this may be exciting, and fill up your social calendar, there are lots of opportunities to stray from your typical clean-eating regimen. According to a study conducted by the...

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Bulletin Board: Free ice cream, free concerts, free everything
Jun18

Bulletin Board: Free ice cream, free concerts, free everything

Capital Area Memory Cafe The Capital Area Memory Café for memory-impaired individuals and their family members will meet Wednesday, June 19 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Granite Ledges of Concord, 151 Langley Parkway. The Memory Café is held on the third Wednesday of each month at the same time. This month is our “Responding to Behaviors.” Enjoy an opportunity to socialize and build relationships with others who have memory impairment. Family...

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Entertainment: Light week for bar shows as everyone’s out at Market Days
Jun18

Entertainment: Light week for bar shows as everyone’s out at Market Days

Music Tuesday Kid Pinky at Hermanos Cocina Mexicana at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday Paul Lovely at Hermanos at 6:30 p.m. Thursday Mike Morris at Hermanos at 6:30 p.m. Mallory Weiss at Penuche’s at 9 p.m. Dan Walker at Cheers at 5 p.m. Friday Back to Back at Makris Lobster & Steak House at 7 p.m. Lamont Smooth at Penuche’s at 9 p.m. Fuzz Boxx at Pit Road Lounge at 8 p.m. Saturday Ed Balloon at Bank of New Hampshire Stage at 10 p.m. Tickets...

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Bring the kids to Family Fun Day at Keach Park
Jun18

Bring the kids to Family Fun Day at Keach Park

On the off chance that Market Days just isn’t enough family fun for you, mark your calendars for Tuesday, June 25, when Family Fun Day takes over Keach Park on the Heights. While you may be familiar with some longstanding events at Keach Park such as the Easter Egg Hunt and Heights Old Home Day, Family Fun Day is relatively new – this will be the third year of the celebration at Keach Park. This event is simply about having some good,...

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City Manager’s Newsletter: Pools are open, sunscreen available and more
Jun18

City Manager’s Newsletter: Pools are open, sunscreen available 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: Pools open; free sunscreen Free sunscreen will be available to the Concord community at various locations this summer. The community pools opened Sunday, and sunscreen will be available at various city pools and parks. The Concord Hospital Payson Center for Cancer Care and Concord Hospital...

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Join the library on Wednesday for Summer Reading Kick-off Party
Jun18

Join the library on Wednesday for Summer Reading Kick-off Party

It’s that time of year again – Summer Reading returns to Concord! This year’s theme is a “Universe of Stories,” and Concord Public Library has much in store for readers of all ages. For kids through age 12, every week there will be a new Bingo card full of reading and activity challenges – readers who complete eight of the challenges on each card will win prizes along with the chance to win a grand prize. For adults and teens,...

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The Yogi: Yoga, Age and Market Days
Jun18

The Yogi: Yoga, Age and Market Days

Here comes Market Days! I was walking through downtown last week, thinking about the preparations for the annual celebration of all things Concord. I couldn’t help but think about last year’s event. It was a big deal for a few of us aging rock ‘n rollers. The Rhythm Crazies reunited for a “30th Anniversary Show” at Bicentennial Square on June 23, 2018. We’d been a bunch of twenty-somethings with rock ‘n roll dreams (or delusions) back...

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Food Snob: Porky Pig from The Crepe Escape
Jun18

Food Snob: Porky Pig from The Crepe Escape

Out with the old, in with the new. Fans of crepes – those super-thin French pancake things that can be filled or topped with pretty much anything – were no doubt dismayed when The Little Creperie, right across the street from the State House, closed for good in February. Downtown lost its only crepe shop. But a couple months later, a new place moved into its spot: The Crepe Escape. Guess what they sell? That’s right, one creperie was...

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League to showcase White Mountain Woolen Magic Rughooking Guild
Jun18

League to showcase White Mountain Woolen Magic Rughooking Guild

The League of N.H. Craftsmen will present a guest exhibition at its headquarters celebrating the work of the White Mountain Woolen Magic Rughooking Guild from June 28 through Sept. 13, titled “From Our Hands.” “By working together to showcase amazing talent and creative skills, the League and the White Mountain Woolen Magic Rughooking Guild can continue to reach new audiences with our work,” said Miriam Carter, executive director of...

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On the Road: The ‘Insider’ takes a trip to Barcelona
Jun18

On the Road: The ‘Insider’ takes a trip to Barcelona

Debbie Varnell (left) and her daughter Kelly went to Barcelona for a couple weeks during Kelly’s school vacation in March, and of course they couldn’t leave the continent without bringing a copy of their trusty Insider along. Here they are in front of Casa Mila, also known as La Pedrera, a modernist building in Barcelona designed by architect Antoni Gaudi. That Pizza Issue looks great right in front of that funky building! Thanks for...

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Book of the Week: ‘The Victory Garden’
Jun18

Book of the Week: ‘The Victory Garden’

The Victory Garden Rhys Bowen 2019, 353 pages Historical fiction   It is 1918 in England and the Bryce family has lost their beloved son and brother in the Great War. His sister Emily wants to do her part and volunteer as a nurse. But her wealthy parents (her father is a judge), won’t hear of it. Emily and her mother visit the wounded men who are convalescing on an estate nearby. Emily meets an impudent red-haired Australian pilot,...

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This Week in Concord History
Jun18

This Week in Concord History

June 18, 1853: A group of Concord citizens meets and raises money for a street sprinkler to keep the dust down on Main Street. June 18, 2001: The Concord City Council puts off a proposal to raise the annual tax credit for veterans. The city’s veterans are entitled to a $50 tax exemption; the proposal would have doubled the amount. June 19, 1807: Parliamentary maneuvering in the Legislature results in Concord being named the capital,...

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Making Good Health Simple: Make staying healthy a priority for post-grad life
Jun11

Making Good Health Simple: Make staying healthy a priority for post-grad life

The Freshman 15. Is it real life or an urban legend? With graduations aplenty both from high school and college, staying healthy needs to be a major part of post-grad life. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a disproportionate amount of the weight we gain in life is in our 20s (Yikes!). An average 19-year-old man weighs 175 pounds, but by the time he hits 29 he is 9 pounds heavier, weighing in at 184 pounds....

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CYPN: Katharine Woodman-Maynard is the Young Professional of the Month
Jun11

CYPN: Katharine Woodman-Maynard 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,” Katharine Woodman-Maynard. 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? 34. Where do you live? Concord. Where do you currently work? I’m a graphic novelist and freelance graphic designer...

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City Manager’s Newsletter: Free sunscreen, construction project updates and more
Jun11

City Manager’s Newsletter: Free sunscreen, construction project updates 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: Stakeholder meeting on energy More than 30 stakeholders from organizations, businesses and communities across the city will gather for a third and final meeting on Tuesday, June 11, to provide feedback on Concord’s 100% Renewable Energy Strategic Plan. The 3rd Stakeholder Committee meeting...

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Bulletin Board: ConcordTV taps new executive director, plus loads of awards given out
Jun11

Bulletin Board: ConcordTV taps new executive director, plus loads of awards given out

Chamber to host breakfast forum The Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce’s breakfast forum on Thursday from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at Holiday Inn in Concord will feature a panel of stakeholders invested in projects aimed at improving energy infrastructure in New Hampshire. Panelists include Bill Quinlan, N.H. president of Eversource; Michael Licata, director of government and community relations at Liberty Utilities; and Chuck Willing, lawyer...

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Entertainment: Last weekend to see ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ at Hatbox
Jun11

Entertainment: Last weekend to see ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ at Hatbox

Music Tuesday Michael Walsh at Hermanos Cocina Mexicana at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday Dave Gerard at Hermanos at 6:30 p.m. Thursday Richard Gardzina at Hermanos Cocina Mexicana at 6:30 p.m. Alex Cohen at Cheers at 5 p.m. Burnouts at Penuche’s at 9 p.m. Friday Alan Roux Band at Makris Lobster & Steak House at 2:30 p.m. Living Deads at Makris at 8 p.m. Street Legal at Pit Road Lounge at 8 p.m. Saturday Living Deads at Makris at 2 p.m....

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‘Water Connections’ author Jim Rousmaniere to visit Gibson’s Bookstore on Thursday
Jun11

‘Water Connections’ author Jim Rousmaniere to visit Gibson’s Bookstore on Thursday

Author Jim Rousmaniere will visit Gibson’s Bookstore on Thursday at 6 p.m. to present his new book, Water Connections: What Fresh Water Means to Us, What We Mean to Water, focusing on how bodies of water have been affected by changes in technology, economic values, new forms of pollution, new ideas about nature and the occasionally unintended consequences of human action. It highlights the direct connection between people and water...

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Book of the Week: ‘How to Walk Away’
Jun11

Book of the Week: ‘How to Walk Away’

How to Walk Away Katherine Center 2018, 320 pages Fiction   What happens when you’ve got your life all planned out, everything is falling into place and then, in an instant, the plan totally implodes? This is the story of a young woman, Margaret, who focused and achieved, graduated business school with honors and a MBA, had advanced in her career to the dream job, was about to get engaged and start the life of her dreams, and then it...

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This Week in Concord History
Jun11

This Week in Concord History

June 11, 1837: Samuel Coffin Eastman is born in Concord. A great-grandson of Ebenezer Eastman, Concord’s first settler, he will become a prominent lawyer, bank president, railroad man, speaker of the New Hampshire House and school board member. In 1915, when Concord celebrates the 150th anniversary of its royal charter as a parish, he will be recognized as the city’s most prominent citizen and “president of the day.” June 11, 2003:...

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Concord road race preview: Check out all the different races you can take part in this summer and fall
Jun04

Concord road race preview: Check out all the different races you can take part in this summer and fall

Spring has finally arrived, and now, before you know it, summer will be here. That means we’re in prime running season, and wouldn’t you know it – Concord just so happens to have plethora of road races coming up between now and late fall. Since Concord is home to a large and passionate running community, we figured we’d pull together information about as many road races as we could find to set you up for the rest of the season. And...

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Making Good Health Simple: Making a training plan – and sticking to it – is key for any runner
Jun04

Making Good Health Simple: Making a training plan – and sticking to it – is key for any runner

What separates runners from non-runners? The willingness to follow a training plan. “Running is nothing more than a series of arguments between the part of your brain that wants to stop and the part that wants to keep going.” I am a firm believer in this. The body is capable of amazing things. Most of you reading this right now could run a half marathon today if you had to. You may not be able to walk the next day, but you could do...

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Album Review: ‘These Tracks’ by These Trees a light-rocking, heartfelt debut album
Jun04

Album Review: ‘These Tracks’ by These Trees a light-rocking, heartfelt debut album

I was lucky enough to snag an early copy of These Tracks, the debut EP from Concord-based These Trees, and give it a listen last week. The band consists of Benjamin Harris (lead guitar, backing vocals), Jacob Gines (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Ethan Archer (bass) and Chris Laliotis (drums). The album was produced, mixed and mastered by Rocking Horse Studio in Pittsfield, and all of the songs were written by Gines and Harris. It was...

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The Yogi: Sage advice from a wise old man named Dave Matthews
Jun04

The Yogi: Sage advice from a wise old man named Dave Matthews

This week, we’ll start with the words of an ancient sage. We’ll start with the wisdom of the great yogi, Dave Matthews: “The space between the tears we cry is the laughter that keeps us coming back for more The space between the wicked lies is the hope to keep us safe from the pain.” Okay. Dave’s are not exactly ancient words, though the period when the Dave Matthew Band recorded the album Everyday sometimes feels like an ancient...

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