Book: ‘Harry Potter’ for adults
Dec24

Book: ‘Harry Potter’ for adults

A Deadly Education By Naomi Novik (336, fiction, 2020)   After the second time he saved my life, I decided that Orion Lake needed to die.  He can keep his flashy heroics away from me; I don’t need help surviving the Scholomance like his fans do.  Forget the monsters, cursed artifacts and the deadly peril in this boarding school; I’m probably the most dangerous thing here.  Give me a chance and my spells can kill millions, even...

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Fun, festive activities for the whole family

Capitol Center adds more virtual shows On Friday, the Capitol Center for the Arts announced two more virtual shows to its partnership line-up. Celtic Thunder Christmas will air Thursday, Dec. 24, at 6 p.m. With the holidays just around the corner, and everyone begins to work on their holiday shopping list, what better way to make your holiday list complete than to include Celtic Thunder a part of your holiday cheer? Get in the spirit...

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Book: Sidekick moves to big league
Dec24

Book: Sidekick moves to big league

Hench By Natalie Zina Walschots (416 pages, fiction, 2020) Anna does boring things for terrible people because even supervillains need office help. As a data entry temp, she’s just a cog in the machine. But at her newest assignment, everything goes very wrong, and an encounter with the “ultimate superhero” leaves her badly injured. Compared to the other bodies strewn about, she’s the lucky one. So, of course, then she gets laid off....

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This week in Concord history
Dec24

This week in Concord history

Dec. 24, 2000: Several former Union Leader correspondents announce they’re starting up a free weekly competitor. HippoPress Manchester, scheduled to hit the streets in the new year, will focus on younger readers with a mix of reporting on restaurants, night clubs and the arts. Dec. 24, 1999: Wolfeboro Falls Postmaster Laura Cronin reports that her annual work as Santa’s secretary is going well. The job entails showing the letters to...

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Checklist: Simply having a wonderful Christmastime
Dec23

Checklist: Simply having a wonderful Christmastime

For many people, this Christmas will be a smaller, quieter one than we’ve ever had before. While in-person visits with family are curtailed, there’s still plenty of ways to bring joy to the holiday and keep it going through the snowy season. If you’re feeling stuck, here are some ideas to get the season’s greetings going: Decorate a gingerbread house Read a story with your household, bonus if you can do it around a fireplace Cut paper...

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City newsletter: Municipal offices closed for the holidays
Dec22

City newsletter: Municipal offices closed for the holidays

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. Here are some highlights: Holiday closings and reminders City offices will be closing at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 24 through Friday, Dec. 25 in observance of the Christmas holiday. City offices will be closing at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 31, through Friday,...

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Natural scenes on exhibit at chamber gallery
Dec16

Natural scenes on exhibit at chamber gallery

New Hampshire Art Association pastel artist Chris Reid will have her work on display in an exhibit titled, “The View Through My Eyes,” at the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce Visitors Center beginning Dec. 22. “My work is a conversation with nature,” Reid said. “My paintings are more than simple depictions of place. Rather, they invite a choreographed dance of the eyes, where the viewer is invited to look deep into the depths of...

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Photos: A season all aglow
Dec16

Photos: A season all aglow

The holiday season is upon us and across the city families have decked the halls in anticipation. While some homes have had astounding displays for years, many more are all dressed up as more people stay home. Here are just a few of the outdoor lighting displays you can see: Borough Road 9 Peterson Circle 90 Primrose Lane 29 Winterberry Lane 45 Jackson Street Alice Drive and Kyle Street Elm Street Email news@theconcordinsider.com if...

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Book of the Week: Expert guide on crafting a tale
Dec16

Book of the Week: Expert guide on crafting a tale

On Writing and Worldbuilding By Timothy Hickson (233 pages, nonfiction, 2019)   If you’re looking to up your writing game, this book is great for learning more advanced techniques. You may know how to craft character and plot already, but find out how your characters affect plot and vice versa. Learn how to use exposition in a way that will make your writing look like the pros. Explore the link between your characters and...

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City news: Winter has arrived for the capital city
Dec16

City news: Winter has arrived for the capital city

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. Here are some highlights: Holiday closings and reminders City offices will be closing at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 24 through Friday, Dec. 25 in observance of the Christmas holiday. City offices will be closing at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 31, through Friday,...

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At nightfall, the lamplighter makes rounds
Dec16

At nightfall, the lamplighter makes rounds

Main Street in Concord is pictured here on a dark night, back on July 25, 1953. This photograph was taken shortly after Concord Electric installed new electric street lights on Main Street. Main Street wasn’t always so bright, light was indeed a luxury not easily afforded to our ancestors. In the 1880s, the Concord lamplighter still walked the old cobbled streets of downtown Concord. A lonely, solitary man fortunate to have a job...

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Concluding the year with virtual activities

Jazz Sanctuary continues virtually This Sunday, Dec. 20, at 1 p.m., “Holiday Music and the Jazz of Connection (While Apart)” will air virtually as a YouTube premier. During the pandemic, Jazz Sanctuary has launched a monthly themed “Conversation and Tunes,” and this month’s production samples album cuts from 11 consecutive years of holiday “friends and family” CDs shared annually by WildVine Jazz (Tim Wildman and Jock Irvine). Pastor...

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This week in Concord history

Dec. 17, 1979: New Hampshire’s multi-million dollar ski industry, already plagued by high fuel prices, is getting nervous about the winter. With just five days until the start of Christmas vacation, only six of the state’s 35 ski areas are open. Not only has there been a shortage of natural snow, but warm weather has hindered artificial snowmaking operations. Ski area operators are praying for a heavy snowfall before Christmas to bail...

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Santa Paws is coming to town
Dec09

Santa Paws is coming to town

  Your dogs and cats may already be feeling spoiled over the last year with extra walks and time spent with you at home, but they’re family and you may want to spoil your furry companion a bit extra over the holidays. We headed over to locally-owned Sandy’s Pet Food Center to see what we could find. Well, it was a lot, so you’ll have to check it out for yourself, but here are some highlights:

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Children’s story filled with good themes
Dec09

Children’s story filled with good themes

Mice Skating By Annie Silvestro; Illustrations by Teagan White (12 pages, children’s fiction, 2017) I wish I could wrap this book around myself like a cozy woolen scarf! The story follows Lucy, an adventurous field mouse with a predilection for outdoor winter fun, as she tries to convince her friends to leave their snug winter burrow and experience the joys of the snowy outdoors. Lucy takes it upon herself to knit winter hats for each...

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City Newsletter: New video game leagues available
Dec09

City Newsletter: New video game leagues available

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. Here are some highlights: COVID Fund NH Community Development Finance Authority tentatively awarded $499,899 to the City of Concord, and its partners, special COVID-19 Community Development Block Grant funds made available via the Cares Act to provide public...

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Keep your pets healthy during holidays
Dec09

Keep your pets healthy during holidays

The holidays are a time of great celebration for many people, but for pets it can also be a time overwhelmed by new noises, sights, smells and visitors. Here are some tips from the ASPCA to keep your furry pals safe during the season: Plants, decor Oh, Christmas Tree: Securely anchor your Christmas tree so it doesn’t tip and fall, causing possible injury to your pet. This will also prevent the tree water — which may contain...

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Exotic animals may be good option for some
Dec09

Exotic animals may be good option for some

It’s gift-giving season, and you may be considering giving someone you love a pet. Before you run to the pet store or shelter, here are some things to consider. Since COVID-19 broke out, pet ownership has soared as evidenced by the number of new pet adoptions at humane societies. At the same time, the costs of pet ownership are also causing an increase in pets being surrendered to shelters. Small or exotic pets may be a good...

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New game,  a big thank you
Dec09

New game, a big thank you

Room to play Escape Room Concord NH has been tinkering with the escape room and for a variety of reasons, decided to separate out the Lion’s Den from the Library. So, no more Library Part 2, but the Lion’s Den will now be a stand-alone game with it’s own storyline. There are a few new puzzles in the room too. If you want to check out the storyline and pictures, please visit escaperoomconcordnh.com. The next project will be to continue...

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This week in Concord history
Dec09

This week in Concord history

Dec. 10, 1883: Nervous customers make a run on the China Savings Bank of Suncook. “The bank had heretofore borne a reputation of soundness, but of late there has been some acknowledged mistakes in the management of the institution,” the Weekly Union of Manchester reports. The presence of state bank commissioners makes depositors nervous, and by 10 a.m. 200 are waiting in line, demanding their savings in full. “Their deposits range...

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City Newsletter: Winter activities arrive in the capital city

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. Here are some highlights: Basketball Pre-season basketball with Concord Parks & Recreation is in full swing! Participants and spectators have done a great job following all safety guidelines. Regular season basketball registration is now open. Please visit...

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Online shows, virtual author talk and more
Dec03

Online shows, virtual author talk and more

Curtain closed, but shows go on Though the Capitol Center for the Arts plans to keep its building closed into the new year, they are pleased to announce several upcoming virtual holiday shows to keep you entertained in the next several weeks. The purchase options vary depending on the show and producer of the content. They hope you find something you like or that you purchase to send to a friend or family as a gift. Hip Hop Nutcracker...

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Walker Lecture: Visit Antarctica without leaving your couch
Dec03

Walker Lecture: Visit Antarctica without leaving your couch

Up until the current pandemic, the Walker Lecture Series had been regularly offering programs for free to the public at the Concord City Auditorium. The Audi has been pretty quiet since March, but the lectures are again being offer via ConcordTV and after the fact on YouTube. Next up in the fall 2020 line-up is a virtual travelogue with Ed Webster on Antarctica, which will air on ConcordTV, channel 22, on Dec. 9 at 7:30 p.m. and be...

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Book: Luck, life through psychology of poker
Dec03

Book: Luck, life through psychology of poker

The Biggest Bluff: How I learned to Pay Attention, Master Myself, and Win By Maria Konnikova (354 pages, nonfiction, 2020)     Life is like a poker game. No, I’m not bluffing. Written by Maria Konnikova. You may have heard of her. She’s a psychologist who has written for The New Yorker, The Boston Globe, The Wall Street Journal, Wired, Scientific American, and the Smithsonian. This is the story of how she went deep into the...

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This week in Concord history
Dec03

This week in Concord history

Dec. 3, 1963: Gov. John King says he favors an appropriate memorial for the slain President John F. Kennedy but will oppose any effort to rename one of New Hampshire’s mountains after Kennedy.   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...

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Audi Cookie Bakers share recipes for intermission treats
Dec03

Audi Cookie Bakers share recipes for intermission treats

Have you ever attended an event at the Concord City Auditorium and enjoyed a quick treat during intermission? And if you have, you might have wondered where the cookies came from and who are the delightful folks serving them. The Friends of the Audi Hospitality Committee is made up of a chairwoman and 50 or so bakers and servers, they are the “Famous Cookie Bakers.” Before each event an email goes out to everyone asking for...

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Book: Possibility within poetry and painting
Dec03

Book: Possibility within poetry and painting

Imagine A Night By Sarah L. Thomson, illustrated by Rob Gonsalves (Children’s picture book, 2003)   Dream, fantasy, and reality gradually intermix in beautiful perception. The speaker instructs the audience to “imagine” a night of all sorts, from flying over fields of bedspreads and farmers playing lullabies to their swaying crops to plays of words and light opening doorways to the magical. Gonsalves’ paintings stir something...

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Book: Make a plan for your final days
Nov28

Book: Make a plan for your final days

The Lost Art of Dying: Reviving Forgotten Wisdom By Lydia Dugdale (259 pages, nonfiction, 2020)     Death. That dreaded word. It rolls off our tongues in a whisper. We mustn’t let it find us. But in doing so, we are only making death more scary. We’ll do anything to fight it. No matter the cost. Which results in the art of dying well being lost. So how do we make death less scary? How do we properly prepare ourselves for the...

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Entertainment: Live shows Nov. 27 to Dec. 3

Nov. 27 Open mic at Penuche’s at 8 p.m. Nov. 28 Raid the Larder at Penuche’s at 8 p.m. Malcolm Salls at Concord Craft Brewing from 4 to 6 p.m. Nov. 29 Paul Donahue at 6:30 p.m. at Hermanos Nov. 30 Brian Booth at 6:30 p.m. at Hermanos Dec. 2 Open Mic at Area 23 at 6:20 p.m. Dec. 3 Queen City Improv will perform at the Hatbox Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Send show information to...

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Looking back: Cider topper makes his rounds
Nov26

Looking back: Cider topper makes his rounds

There was a time in our little village of Rumford, back when we were a British province and ruled by a Royal governor, that the old-world customs and traditions were quite evident and certainly relevant. The harvest was a grand time when the school houses were closed so that the children could work in the fields and bring in the bounty before the onset of the first killing frost. The children were quite pleased to leave the one-room...

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