Stay up late and shop local at the 27th annual Midnight Merriment
Dec03

Stay up late and shop local at the 27th annual Midnight Merriment

Come celebrate the 27th Annual Midnight Merriment on Friday from 5 p.m. until midnight. Midnight Merriment is a Concord tradition hosted by Intown Concord in downtown Concord. This festive and family-oriented event kicks off the holiday season and offers a variety of holiday fun and activities. More than 5,000 people visit downtown to shop, socialize, eat and have fun. As a free, family and community driven event, Midnight Merriment...

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Kick off the Christmas season with Concord Dance Academy’s Holiday Spectacular
Dec03

Kick off the Christmas season with Concord Dance Academy’s Holiday Spectacular

If you’re in search of a family-oriented holiday show with more variety than pretty much anything else, there’s only one show for you: Concord Dance Academy’s Holiday Spectacular, which will have three performances this weekend. Every year around this time, Cindy Flanagan’s Concord Dance Academy sets up shop at the Concord City Auditorium to put on what could very well be the biggest production in Concord. The show consists of a wide...

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‘A Christmas Carol’ to be performed at Hatbox Theatre through Dec. 15
Dec03

‘A Christmas Carol’ to be performed at Hatbox Theatre through Dec. 15

Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol, adapted by Jill Pinard, returns to Hatbox Theatre from Friday through Dec. 15. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. and bonus performances on Saturday, Dec. 7 at 2 p.m. and Dec. 12 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for members, seniors and students and $12 for senior members. Tickets may be reserved by calling 715-2315 or can be purchased online at...

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Making Good Health Simple: As the holidays approach, remember to practice kindness
Dec03

Making Good Health Simple: As the holidays approach, remember to practice kindness

I had the pleasure of attending the Best Buddies Gala this past weekend. I spend most of my days dressed in “athleisure” wear, so putting on a sparkly gown and heels isn’t the norm for me. When I walked into the Grappone Center I was in awe of the gorgeous decorations, perfectly set tables, sparkly lights and glittery suspended balloons. It was magical. In the midst of snapping pics of people I was there to support, people I haven’t...

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Entertainment: Holiday shows galore, plus a slew of concerts
Dec03

Entertainment: Holiday shows galore, plus a slew of concerts

Music Tuesday Dan Weiner at Hermanos Cocina Mexicana at 6:30 p.m. Open Mic with Mikey G at Tandy’s at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday Joel Cage at Hermanos at 6:30 p.m. Dwayne Haggins at Concord Craft Brewing Co. at 5:30 p.m. Open mic at Area 23 at 7 p.m. Thursday Scott Solsky at Hermanos at 6:30 p.m. Mikey G at Tandy’s at 6 p.m. Brad Bosse at Cheers at 5 p.m. Badfish – A Tribute to Sublime, with Supernothing at Bank of NH Stage at 8 p.m. Tickets...

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City Manager’s Newsletter: Penacook tree lighting, fire chief retirement and more
Dec03

City Manager’s Newsletter: Penacook tree lighting, fire chief retirement and more

The city manager’s office sent out the City Manager’s Newsletter last week. The full newsletter can be found by going to concordnh.gov and clicking the “Newsletter” button on the home page. Here are some highlights from last week’s letter:Penacook tree lightingThe 13th Annual Penacook Tree Lighting Celebration at Boudreau Square will be held on Wednesday beginning at 5:30 p.m. There will be refreshments, live music from the Penacook...

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The Yogi: Searching for the meaning of ‘namaste’ in the grocery store
Dec03

The Yogi: Searching for the meaning of ‘namaste’ in the grocery store

Where does yoga come from? I was at the grocery store, navigating the crowds on the day before Thanksgiving. The store was jammed. The lines were long. I was shopping for corn masa, coffee and cod fillets. I left with a lot more. I took the opportunity to engage folks in conversation, from the produce section to the parking lot. I asked twenty-seven folks this question: “Where does yoga come from?” I wasn’t intending to launch into...

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Bulletin Board: Holiday programs, free movie, open forums
Dec03

Bulletin Board: Holiday programs, free movie, open forums

Penacook tree lighting ceremony The Penacook Village Association is sponsoring the 13th Annual Penacook Tree Lighting at Boudreau Square on Wednesday. Assemble at 5:30 pm for free refreshments, the lighting of the tree at 6 p.m., live music from the Penacook Elementary School Chorus under the direction of Elaine Hasham, a 50/50 raffle ($1 per ticket or $10 for an arm’s length), and a visit from Santa courtesy of the Concord Fire...

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PHOTOS: Concord Christmas parade marches on down Loudon Road
Dec03

PHOTOS: Concord Christmas parade marches on down Loudon Road

The 68th annual Concord Christmas Parade, put on by the Concord Grange #322, rolled down Loudon Road in the Heights on Saturday, ringing in the holiday season.Fire trucks from several surrounding communities were included in the parade and spectators packed the sidewalks on both sides of the road, waiting for a glimpse of Santa in his sleigh at the end.The parade last more than an hour in all, starting on Hazen Drive at 9:30 a.m. and...

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Concord Community Music School to host two Christmas-themed Bach’s Lunch programs
Dec03

Concord Community Music School to host two Christmas-themed Bach’s Lunch programs

This December, discover the “entertainments” that evolved to define Christmastime for the Shakers at Canterbury, and sing along with the Canterbury Singers, in two free Bach’s Lunch programs at Concord Community Music School.On Thursday at 12:10 p.m., Becky Soules, interpretation manager at Canterbury Shaker Village, presents a Bach’s Lunch Lecture entitled “Shaker Christmas Entertainments.” During the 200 years that Shakers lived at...

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Public forum to address homelessness, mental health, substance abuse
Dec03

Public forum to address homelessness, mental health, substance abuse

The Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce invites members and the public to a luncheon forum next Thursday, Dec. 12, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. at Holiday Inn, 172 N. Main St., Concord. A panel of experts will discuss the related issues of homelessness, mental health, substance misuse and public safety. Attendees will learn what strategies are being used to combat this connected crisis, and what actions community members can take to...

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This Week in Concord History
Dec03

This Week in Concord History

Dec. 3, 1847: For $1,000, Edward H. Rollins buys R.C. Osgood’s drugstore on Main Street opposite the State House. Rollins will become a leading Republican, and the back room of the store will be his political headquarters, where policies are crafted and candidates made. Dec. 3, 1934: Orchestra leader Guy Lombardo plays to a sell-out audience at the Concord City Auditorium. The group arrived the night before and checked into the old...

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Book of the Week: ‘Make Time’
Dec03

Book of the Week: ‘Make Time’

Make Time: How to Focus on What Matters Every DayJake Knapp and John Zeratsky2018, 287 pagesNonfiction Make Time is a must-read for anyone who feels overwhelmed with their to-do list. Too often our to-do lists keep growing like a life-sucking mole, yet what we accomplish isn’t what is most important. We spend our time on filler tasks, getting caught up in social media threads and binge watching Netflix, instead of focusing on the...

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A full slate of Christmas concerts, plays and events is coming your way
Nov26

A full slate of Christmas concerts, plays and events is coming your way

The holiday season is already upon us, with Thanksgiving this week and Christmas only a month away. As the holidays get closer and closer, the seasonal entertainment schedule really picks up, with plays, concerts and assorted events popping up all over Concord over the next few weeks.We checked out all of the performance venues in the city and rounded up all of the holiday-themed shows and events we could find. The listings are...

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Concord Christmas tree to be lit Friday
Nov26

Concord Christmas tree to be lit Friday

The 34th annual Concord Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration will take place on Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, by tradition in downtown Concord. The activities will begin at 3:30 p.m. on the State House plaza. Bruce Locke will return with two horse-drawn wagons on Capitol Street. A new petting zoo from Londonderry will be located on the grass on the State House grounds. Boys and girls will be able to feed and pet the various...

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Check out some of the wildest trees we found at the Feztival of Trees
Nov26

Check out some of the wildest trees we found at the Feztival of Trees

The Bektash Shrine Center’s 19th annual Feztival of Trees is in full swing until Sunday, Dec. 1. This event is always a spectacle every year, with more than 100 elaborate, creative, funny and enticing artificial Christmas trees and gifts on display for all to see – and try to win.The Fezitval – which derives its name from the iconic fez worn by Bektash Shrine members – has become one of the highlights of the holiday calendar in...

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Holiday Cards 4 Our Military Challenge nets over 100,000 card donations
Nov26

Holiday Cards 4 Our Military Challenge nets over 100,000 card donations

Mission Accomplished ( and then some)!More than 100,000 holiday cards were signed and sent to Laura Landerman-Garber of Hollis so she could bundle them up and mail them to our deployed troops as part of the Holiday Cards 4 Our Military Challenge. Members of all five branches of the military will once again receive messages of appreciation and holiday cheer, hopefully offering a taste of home to those warriors who are protecting our...

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Entertainment: Dark Star Orchestra to rock the Cap Center
Nov26

Entertainment: Dark Star Orchestra to rock the Cap Center

Music Tuesday Kid Pinky at Hermanos Cocina Mexicana at 6:30 p.m. Dark Star Orchestra at the Capitol Center for the Arts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $36 plus fees at ccanh.com. Open mic night for poets and writers at True Brew Barista at 6:30 p.m. Open mic with Mikey G at Tandy’s at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday Kid Pinky at Hermanos at 6:30 p.m. Freddie Partridge Band at Makris Lobster & Steak House at 7:30 p.m. Irish Music After Work at Area 23...

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Bulletin Board: CASL applications open, tons of food donated
Nov26

Bulletin Board: CASL applications open, tons of food donated

Apply for CASL through Dec. 9 The Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce announces that applications for the spring 2020 Capital Area Student Leadership program are now available. The CASL program is open to high school sophomores who reside in and attend school in the Greater Concord area. A long-standing component of the Chamber’s Business & Education Partnership, CASL encourages students to become active, effective participants...

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City Manager’s Newsletter: Thanksgiving closures, city decorations, construction updates
Nov26

City Manager’s Newsletter: Thanksgiving closures, city decorations, construction updates

The city manager’s office sent out the City Manager’s Newsletter last Friday. The full newsletter can be found by going to concordnh.gov and clicking the “Newsletter” button on the home page. Here are some highlights from last week’s letter: Thanksgiving closure notices All city offices will close at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday and will be closed all day Thursday and Friday in observance of Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is a trash holiday,...

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The Yogi: 45-year pull-up attempt leads to yoga class
Nov26

The Yogi: 45-year pull-up attempt leads to yoga class

His name was Paul. The last time I saw him, we were both in the gym, staring up at the pull-up bar. Paul leapt up and grabbed hold, hung for a few seconds and proceeded to bust out 18 pull-ups. He was huffing and puffing. He was fast and furious. He was amazing. He was 10 years old. I was stunned. I’d never seen anyone do that many pull-ups before. It was my turn. I jumped up, missed the grip and slipped off. I got up on the second...

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Food Snob: Tempura baby crab and chicken coconut soup from Siam Orchid
Nov26

Food Snob: Tempura baby crab and chicken coconut soup from Siam Orchid

Looking back through the Food Snob archives, a shocking realization was made – we had never tried anything from Siam Orchid Thai Bistro before. The little Thai place has been a staple of the downtown Concord dining scene for years, but it somehow evaded The Food Snob all those years – until now. On a cold and gloomy day last week, I stopped in to the bistro to try a couple small dishes. After perusing the gigantic menu (literally –...

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Burn off some calories before packing them back on at the Bishop Brady Galloping Gobbler 4-miler
Nov26

Burn off some calories before packing them back on at the Bishop Brady Galloping Gobbler 4-miler

Thanksgiving is Thursday, and most of us will no doubt spend the vast majority of the day getting sickly full on turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, candied yams, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie, stuffing, wine, beer and anything else that happens to land on a table or counter.That’s all fine and good, and in fact encouraged – after all, it is Thanksgiving – but it might not necessarily be the best thing for your body. Luckily, you can take...

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Lithermans releases special Quadracalabasia, Kashmir brews for holiday season
Nov26

Lithermans releases special Quadracalabasia, Kashmir brews for holiday season

We’re well into fall now, and winter is clearly on the horizon. That means that by now, you’re probably all pumpkin spiced-out. From coffees to donuts to beers to air fresheners, everybody and their mother offers something with pumpkin spice around this time of year.Except Lithermans Limited.Lithermans is always working on some new concoction, but one thing they don’t bother with is a pumpkin spice beer. In fact, the brewery likes to...

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This Week in Concord History
Nov26

This Week in Concord History

Nov. 26, 1845: Five hundred twenty-five turkeys mysteriously pass through the streets of Concord, one day before Thanksgiving. Nov. 26, 1898: A giant snowstorm hits New Hampshire. Concord records 18 inches, Manchester two feet. “Along the coast the loss of life was appalling. More than 200 lives were lost and 200 vessels destroyed,” one local history reports. Nov. 26, 1900: “Uncle Ben” Davis dies. He was one of Concord’s most popular...

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Book of the Week: ‘Cold Storage’
Nov26

Book of the Week: ‘Cold Storage’

Cold StorageDavid Koepp2019, 320 pagesFiction When Roberto Diaz was sent to the Australian Outback in 1987, he didn’t expect to find a terrifying fungus capable of zombifying its hosts. He and his team contained it then, to their cost. The Pentagon buried it in a forgotten sub-basement and believed it couldn’t escape.In 2019, it found its way out. The fungus is on a feeding frenzy, and Diaz is the only person who remembers how to stop...

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A shop of custom creations comes to Concord
Nov26

A shop of custom creations comes to Concord

There is a corner of Paulette Boghosian’s store on South Main Street where customers can fill decorated bags with 10 cent Swedish Fish and FireBall candies. In another section, visitors sift through piles of patterned paper to make their own free, customized pins. She’s made shirts and postcards displaying images of local throwbacks, like the old Concord Drive-In Theatre and Janet’s Donuts. She has cards for sale of movie posters from...

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It’s cold out there, but there’s plenty to do indoors in Concord
Nov19

It’s cold out there, but there’s plenty to do indoors in Concord

You’ve probably figured out by now that the cold has arrived, and likely isn’t going anywhere for at least five months or so. While this puts an end to dining on the sidewalks downtown, fishing at the White Park pond and swimming at the city pools, it shouldn’t force you into full-on hibernation mode, either.It’s true that there just isn’t as much to do outside when temperatures drop below freezing and the sun sets before 5 p.m., but...

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Adventure Shopping: Preparing for the cold edition
Nov19

Adventure Shopping: Preparing for the cold edition

With the first snowfall of the cold season officially under our collective belts, it’s time to start thinking about getting ready for about a half a year of this. Even though it’s not winter yet, tell that to your toes when it’s 12 degrees and windy out, as it was last Wednesday.We’re in New Hampshire, which means we should all be used to this by now, but there’s still an inevitable complaining period – it’s too cold, it’s too dark,...

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Feztival of Trees to return to Bektash Shrine Center for 19th year
Nov19

Feztival of Trees to return to Bektash Shrine Center for 19th year

The week of Thanksgiving is upon us, and that can mean only one thing – not turkey, not Black Friday deals, but the Feztival of Trees. The Bektash Shrine Center (189 Pembroke Road) is ready to host the Feztival of Trees for the 19th year starting this Saturday, and all the trappings you’ve come to know and love about the Feztival are back again. Every year on the week surrounding Thanksgiving, the Bektash Shrine Center welcomes 10,000...

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