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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Tasty Brews: North Country Hard Cider Company’s Firestarter from Dos Amigos Burritos
Sep24

Tasty Brews: North Country Hard Cider Company’s Firestarter from Dos Amigos Burritos

During my late-college and post-college years, I was never a big fan of hard ciders. Most of the ones I had tried – Woodchuck, Magners, Angry Orchard – had a sharp tartness to them that seemed to linger in the back of my throat for hours. I would have a cider and then want to spit excess acid out for the next hour or two. Not being a big fan of that experience, I put ciders down for quite a while. Now, though, there’s such a thing as...

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Food Snob: Apple pie ice cream from Granite State Candy Shoppe
Sep24

Food Snob: Apple pie ice cream from Granite State Candy Shoppe

One of my favorite things as a kid was apple pie ice cream. Around this time of year, grocery stores would stock tubs upon tubs of the stuff and my mom would get some whenever it was available. The only problem is I never knew the brand, and I haven’t seen it anywhere in years.Until I went into Granite State Candy Shoppe last week.The downtown chocolatier makes its own ice cream right there in the shop, and they have their own apple...

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Entertainment: ‘90s rockers Collective Soul to play Cap Center
Sep24

Entertainment: ‘90s rockers Collective Soul to play Cap Center

Music Tuesday Collective Soul with Brooks Young Band at Capitol Center for the Arts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $45 to $229.75 plus fees at ccanh.com. Michael Loughlin at Hermanos Cocina Mexicana at 6:30 p.m. Open mic with Mikey G at Tandy’s at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday Krimson Krewe at Hermanos at 6:30 p.m. The Arrival of BB King, with author Charles Sawyer and the 2120 South Michgan Avenue Band at Concord City Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Free....

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Bulletin Board: Free meetings, FAFSA registration and more
Sep24

Bulletin Board: Free meetings, FAFSA registration and more

VNA offers Walk-In Wednesday Concord Regional VNA offers Walk-In Wednesday on Wednesday from 10 a.m. to noon at Horseshoe Pond Place Senior Resource Center, 26 Commercial St. Walk-In Wednesday is held on the fourth Wednesday of each month at the same time. Walk-In Wednesday is an opportunity to get your questions answered. A Concord Regional VNA team member is available to meet with people individually regarding their specific...

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City Manager’s Newsletter: Construction updates, Stuff A Cruiser and more
Sep24

City Manager’s Newsletter: Construction updates, Stuff A Cruiser 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: Penacook Landing update On Sept. 18, the city and Caleb Development Corporation closed on the sale of a 2.5-acre piece of the former Allied Leather site being sold by the city to Caleb...

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Capital Arts Fest to bring skilled crafters to Concord’s South Main Street
Sep24

Capital Arts Fest to bring skilled crafters to Concord’s South Main Street

The League of New Hampshire Craftsmen will once again bring art and fine craft to the streets of Concord with the Capital Arts Fest, running this Friday through Sunday. The weekend-long event will showcase dozens of artisans, craftsmen, musicians and food vendors in front of the League’s headquarters on South Main Street.“After last year’s inaugural Capital Arts Fest, excitement is growing for this year’s event – which will be even...

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Instagram: Infinite colors ripple through the morning sky over Allison Street
Sep24

Instagram: Infinite colors ripple through the morning sky over Allison Street

First of all, let’s address the elephant in the room – Michael Murphy (@michaelpmurphy) and Sheldon McKinley (@sheldonmckinley_) are the best Instagrammers in Concord, hands down. Sorry, it just is what it is. (No offense to all the other Instagrammers out there – you just need to step up your game!) These two are consistently putting their A-game material on Insta for the world to see, and few others can compete with these two. Now,...

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Three author events in three days at Gibson’s Bookstore
Sep24

Three author events in three days at Gibson’s Bookstore

On Tuesday, Sept. 24 at 6 p.m. at Gibson’s Bookstore, Kelly Kilcrease and Yvette Lazdowski will share their history of Manchester’s massive shoe industry, and how it shaped the city’s landscape, in Manchester’s Shoe Industry. Famous for its dominance in textile production, Manchester was also affectionately called “Shoe City.” More than 70 different shoe companies once called Manchester home, and thousands of area residents worked...

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Donations needed for annual Concord Christmas tree lighting celebration
Sep24

Donations needed for annual Concord Christmas tree lighting celebration

The 34th annual Concord Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration planning is underway. The event will be held on Friday, Nov. 29 by tradition with activities starting at 4 p.m. The committee needs to raise $8,000  to help offset the cost for the horse-drawn wagon rides, petting zoo, music, fireworks and lights. This event has become one of the premier holiday tree lightings in the state, drawing more than several thousand people of all...

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The Yogi: The intersection of the football season and yoga
Sep24

The Yogi: The intersection of the football season and yoga

For the Insider Football season is upon us. The juggernaut that is the National Football League is on full display, and each week the NFL machine grinds its way toward the new year and the inevitable Super Bowl. Football fever is so intense that I had a student come to Inferno Hot Pilates two weeks ago, phone in hand, and proceed to take the entire class while also engaged in a fantasy football draft. Glute bridges, forearm planks and...

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On the Road: The ‘Insider’ goes to Cologne Cathedral in Germany
Sep24

On the Road: The ‘Insider’ goes to Cologne Cathedral in Germany

Matthew Bodwell of Concord and Tim Bradley of Bow brought the Insider along on a recent trip to the Cologne Cathedral (Kölner Dom) in Cologne, Germany. Both of them are U.S. Fulbright Scholar awardees, and both will be teaching English at German secondary schools for the 2019-20 academic year as part of their awards. They attended their Fulbright Orientation meeting in Cologne a couple weeks ago, and once they had a break in the...

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Book of the Week: ‘Ellie and the Harp Maker’
Sep24

Book of the Week: ‘Ellie and the Harp Maker’

Ellie and the HarpmakerHazel Prior2019, 327 pagesFiction Ellie Jacobs is feeling unsettled. She takes long walks in the countryside and writes poetry. She misses her father, who died a year ago. On the anniversary of her father’s death she discovers a barn filled with dozens of beautiful handmade Celtic harps. And she meets Dan Hollis, a handsome man with dark eyes, who introduces himself as the “Exmoor Harpmaker.” Ellie says that she...

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This Week in Concord History
Sep24

This Week in Concord History

Sept. 24, 1816: A few months after the Legislature confirms Concord as the state capital, the cornerstone of the State House is laid. To now, New Hampshire is the only state in the union without a capitol. Sept. 24, 1957: In a referendum, Concord voters decide to abandon manager-council government for a strong elected mayor. The margin is so thin – nine votes – that opponents demand a recount. The margin will shrink to five votes...

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Bring the pup to Pope Memorial SPCA’s Walk for the Animals on Sunday
Sep17

Bring the pup to Pope Memorial SPCA’s Walk for the Animals on Sunday

Based on information from 2016, there are more than 5,000 registered dogs in Concord. That means there’s a community walk/run this weekend that should interest a whole bunch of you out there.Pope Memorial SPCA will host its 24th annual Walk for the Animals this Sunday at Northeast Delta Dental in Concord. The event is a one-day fundraiser for the SPCA, which works to find homes for homeless and abandoned pets.The SPCA is always very...

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