Weddings

Categories sponsored by Nicole’s Greenhouse & Florist   Bridal & Formal Wear Winner: A Day to Remember Second Place: Betty Dee Fashions Second Place: Modern Bride & Formal Shop Runner Up: Armardo Joseph Runner Up: Country Bridals and Formal Wear   Caterer Winner: Washington Street Café & Catering Second Place: Smokeshow Barbeque Runner Up: DeeLuxe Bartending and Event Staffing Runner Up: Red Blazer...

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Dining

Categories presented by Trend Acupuncture   Asian Food Winner: Ichiban Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar Second Place: MASA Runner Up: Chen Yang Li Concord Runner Up: Moritomo Runner Up: Tea Garden   Barbecue Winner: Smokeshow Barbeque Second Place: The Draft Restaurant and Grill Runner Up: Smoke Shack Southern Barbecue Runner Up: Georgia’s Northside Runner Up: KC’s Rib Shack   Breakfast Fare Winner: Tuckers Fare...

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Health and beauty

Categories presented by Serendipity Day Spa & Float Studio   Barber Shop Winner: The Modern Man Barbershop & Shave Parlor Second Place: Lucky’s Runner Up: American Barber Runner Up: Ruel’s Barber Shop Runner Up: Toby’s Barbershop   Gym Winner: Thrive Fitness Second Place: YMCA of Concord Runner Up: The Zoo Health Club Runner Up: Body Design by Joy Runner Up: Capital Fitness Center   Hair Salon Winner: Flora’s...

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Medical

Categories presented by Coppola Therapy   Acupuncturist Winner: Amy Grant, Concord Acupuncture Center Second Place: Trend Acupuncture Runner Up: Muscular Wellness Massage Therapist Runner Up: Concord Family Acupuncture Runner Up: Five Seasons Acupuncture   Audiologist Winner: Better Hearing Center Second Place: Concord Audiology Runner Up: Audiology Specialists Runner Up: New England Audiology Runner Up: Alliance Audio...

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Services

These categories sponsored by Brady Sullivan Properties   Bank Winner: Merrimack County Savings Bank Second Place: Ledyard National Bank Runner Up: Franklin Savings Bank Runner Up: TD Bank Runner Up: Citizens Bank   Best Place to Work Winner: Exacom Second Place: R.S. Audley, Inc. Runner Up: The Rowley Agency Inc Runner Up: Ledyard National Bank Runner Up: Shaker Road School   Butcher Shop Winner: Concord Beef &...

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Active Aging

Categories presented by Havenwood Heritage Heights   55+ Communities Winner: Havenwood Heritage Heights Second Place: John H. Whitaker Assisting Living Runner Up: Presidential Oaks Runner Up: Sherwood Glen-Raymond NH   Assisted Living Winner: Havenwood Heritage Heights Second Place: John H. Whitaker Assisting Living Runner Up: Gerrish Manor Runner Up: Taylor Community at Laconia Runner Up: Presidential Oaks   Retirement...

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Arts and entertainment

Categories presented by New Hampshire Federal Credit Union   After Hours Hangout Winner: El Rodeo Mexican Restaurant Second Place: The Common Man Runner Up: Chuck’s Barbershop Runner Up: Kettlehead Brewery Runner Up: Area 23 Runner Up: Margarita’s   Art Gallery Winner: Currier Musem of Art Second Place: Kimball Jenkins Runner Up: Two Villages Art Society Runner Up: Newmarket Millspace Gallery   Birthday Party Venue...

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Automotive

Categories presented by Next Level Automotive    Auto Body Winner: Guimond’s Autobody Second Place: Above All Collision Center Runner Up: Key Collision Runner Up: Banks Runner Up: Banks collision center   Auto Detailing Winner: Concord Auto Spa Second Place: Unos Runner Up: DriveBy Suds Mobile Detailing Runner Up: Divine Detailing Runner Up: Paul’s executive car car   Auto Parts Winner: Gilbert Driveline Service...

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Bulletin board

Spooktacular Do you like scary movies? Have you ever wondered why? Nina Nesseth visits Gibson’s Bookstore virtually on July 27 at 7 p.m. to present Nightmare Fuel: The Science of Horror Films, a pop-science look at fear, how and why horror films get under our skin, and why we keep coming back for more. Nina will be in conversation with Gibson’s own Queen of Scream, Ryan, to talk about the movies that make our skin crawl and delight...

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This week in Concord history

July 21, 1857: The Coos Republican reports that Joseph Roby, 23, of Clarksville is struck and killed by a bolt of lightening while sitting in his house. “His cap and boots were torn in pieces, but no mark was found upon his person. Several individuals were in the house at the time, but none of the rest were injured materially.”   July 21, 1861: Col. Gilman Marston of the Second New Hampshire Volunteers is shot in the shoulder at...

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Fun food locations
Jul18

Fun food locations

These categories sponsored by Alan’s of Boscawen Restaurant    Bakery Winner: Wyatt’s Wicked Goods Second Place: Crust and Crumb Runner Up: Bread & Chocolate Runner Up: The Yum Yum Shoppe Runner Up: Red Blazer   Burgers Winner: Barley House Second Place: Surfside Burger Bar Runner Up: 5 Guys Runner Up: Vibes Runner Up: Tuckaway Tavern   Chicken Wings/Tenders Winner: Puritan Back Room Second Place: Brookside...

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Book: The Christmas Bookshop
Jul18

Book: The Christmas Bookshop

The Christmas Bookshop By Jenny Colgan (310 pages, fiction, 2021)   Carmen, a young woman in Scotland, is laid off from her department store job. She isn’t finding another job on her own, so her mother comes up with a plan. Carmen can help her “perfect” sister Sofia. Sofia is a successful lawyer, married, with three children and one on the way. Sofia has a client who will lose his bookshop if he doesn’t make money before...

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This week in Concord history

July 14, 1850: On a journey into the White Mountains seeking scenes to paint, New Hampshire artist Benjamin Champney writes to a friend in Fryeburg, Maine: “To our great surprise we saw a broad and beautiful valley bounded by lofty hills and the Saco winding through it with a thousand turns and luxuriant trees interspersed. In fact we found the beau ideal of a certain kind of scenery – a combination of the wild and cultivated,...

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Live entertainment for the week of July 14, 2022
Jul12

Live entertainment for the week of July 14, 2022

Live Music July 14 Ariel Strasser at the Contoocook Chamber of Commerce from 6 to 8 p.m. Craig Jaster at Hermanos at 6:30 p.m. Marc Berger and Ride at Eagle Square at 7 p.m. July 15 Dwayne Haggins at Contoocook Cider Company from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Ryan Williamson at Shara Vineyards from 6 to 8 p.m. April Cushman at Over the Moon Farmstead from 7 to 10 p.m. July 16 Paul Gormley at the Contoocook Farmers Market from 9 a.m. to noon Ali T...

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City news: Moths eating city foliage

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: Meetings City meetings are held in person in Council Chambers at 37 Green Street (unless otherwise specified on the City’s calendar). Upcoming meetings include: Planning Board: July 20, 7 p.m. Visit concordnh.legistar.com/Calendar.aspx...

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CYPN: Professional comes home
Jul12

CYPN: Professional comes home

Concord Young Professionals Network (CYPN) introduces you to the “Young Professional of the Month,” Julia Mehrmann. Each month, the CYPN Steering Committee recommends a young professional in the community it thinks readers would enjoy getting to know better. Julia Mehrmann How old are you? 39. Where do you live? Concord. Where do you currently work? I own Glow Nails & Beauty in downtown Concord. What’s your favorite part of your...

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Bulletin board: Bookish events

Paperback party Sarah McCraw Crow is a beloved customer at Gibson’s Bookstore, and they are thrilled to host a paperback release party for her novel The Wrong Kind of Woman on July 19 at 6:30 p.m. The pandemic stole the hardcover release party, pushing it to virtual, and they are taking back the joy by hosting an in-store celebration for the paperback. Told through alternating perspectives, The Wrong Kind of Woman is an...

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Book: Love & Saffron
Jul12

Book: Love & Saffron

Love & Saffron: A Novel of Friendship, Food, and Love By Kim Fay (192 pages, fiction, 2022)   This is a novel told in letters, starting in the 1960s. Twenty-seven-year old Joan Bergstrom sends a fan letter and some saffron to 59-year old Imogen Fortier. Imogen writes a column about food in the Northwest for a regional magazine. Joan lives in Los Angeles and Imogen lives on Camano Island in Washington state. Saffron is indeed...

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Entertainment listings the week of July 7, 2022

Live Music July 7 TBA at Eagle Square at 7 p.m. Lamont Smooth and Matt Poirier at the Bank of N.H. Stage at 8 p.m. Brian Booth at Hermanos at 6:30 p.m. July 8 April Cushman at Contoocook Cider Company at 4:30 p.m. Decatur Creek at Shara Vineyards at 6 p.m. Paul Driscoll at Over the Moon Farmstead at 7 p.m. July 9 Retro Rewind Dance Night will be at the Bank of N.H. at 8 p.m. The Hallorans at the Contoocook Farmers Market from 9 a.m....

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This week in Concord history

July 7, 1816: Concord awakens to a hard freeze.   July 7, 1847: President James Polk visits Concord, prompting a parade of bands up Main Street. “The streets were alive with sightseers and from the windows, ladies greeted the president with waving handkerchiefs,” one newspaper reports.   July 8, 1822: John Bedel is born at Indian Stream Republic, now Pittsburg. Son of a general (Moody Bedel), he will gain military fame...

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City newsletter: New hours for city pools

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: Meetings City meetings are held in person in Council Chambers at 37 Green St. (unless otherwise specified on the City’s calendar). Upcoming meetings include: City Council: July 11, 7 p.m. Planning Board: July 20, 7 p.m. Visit...

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Bulletin board: A pair of author events

Meet with Maynard Joyce Maynard returns to Gibson’s Bookstore on July 12 at 6:30 p.m. to present the paperback release of Count the Ways: A Novel in an after-hours event! In her most ambitious novel to date, New York Times bestselling author Joyce Maynard returns to the themes that are the hallmarks of her most acclaimed work in a mesmerizing story of a family — from the hopeful early days of young marriage to parenthood, divorce, and...

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Book: Bird Brother
Jul05

Book: Bird Brother

Bird Brother: A Falconer’s Journey and the Healing Power of Wildlife By Rodney Stotts with Kate Pipkin (210 pages, nonfiction, 2022) Rodney Stotts grew up on the gritty streets of Southeast Washington D.C. As a young man his life could go three ways – become a professional athlete, become a drug user, or a drug dealer. He chose the last option to make money. Through many struggles, he goes from this rocky beginning to become a master...

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Bulletin board for June 30, 2022

Author event K.J. Dell’Antonia visits Gibson’s Bookstore on July 6 at 6:30 p.m. to present her newest novel, In Her Boots! From the New York Times bestselling author of The Chicken Sisters comes a delightfully entertaining story about a ruse that goes awry and a chaotic homecoming that proves that confronting your past can sometimes set you free. Rhett Smith’s adventurous life is imploding. Just as she turns the big 4-0, her long-term...

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Entertainment the week of June 30, 2022

Live music June 30 Kid Pinky at Eagle Square at 7 p.m. Brian Booth at Hermanos at 6:30 p.m. Amythyst Kiah at Bank of N.H. Stage at 8 p.m. Errol Wayne at Area 23 at 7 p.m. July 1 Amanda Adams at Contoocook Cider Co. at 4:30 p.m. Eric Lindberg Duo at Shara Vineyards at 6 p.m. Jud Caswell at Over the Moon Farmstead at 7 p.m. July 2 Joe Messineo at Contoocook Farmers Market at 9 a.m. Josh Foster at Over the Moon Farmstead at 2 p.m. Colin...

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Don’t miss a chance to watch Sunset League
Jun28

Don’t miss a chance to watch Sunset League

The sun has set on the first half of the Sunset League’s season, but there is still a month of games left. The Concord Sunset League is the oldest after-supper amateur baseball association in the country. Started in 1909, its also the last of its kind in the state, and, as a result, attracts many Division II and III college players from cities such as Dover, Nashua and Keene who want to keep their arms warm for fall ball. Teams play...

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City news: New art display installed downtown
Jun28

City news: New art display installed downtown

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: New Downtown Concord art Concord General Services’ Downtown Services Team helped install another new art piece last week in downtown Concord! “Earth Arch,” by artist Joe Chirchirillo Sculpture, was installed at the...

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This week in Concord history

July 1, 1776: “The Declaration before Congress is, I think, a pretty good one,” delegate Josiah Bartlett of New Hampshire writes from Philadelphia. July 1, 1789: The Rev. Israel Evans is ordained as Concord’s second Congregationalist minister, succeeding the Rev. Timothy Walker. The town still pays the minister’s salary and living expenses. Walker, the first minister, served more than 58 years from his ordination in 1730. July 1,...

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Book: Norse Mythology
Jun28

Book: Norse Mythology

Norse Mythology By Neil Gaiman (mythology, 2017) In Norse Mythology, the inimitable Neil Gaiman once again earns his chops as a master of the fantastical. I listened to the audiobook version, narrated by Gaiman himself, and highly recommend that format for a particularly entertaining experience. Don’t confuse this 2017 release with the 2021-22 two-volume graphic novel adaptation of the same work. I haven’t seen the graphic novels yet...

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A celebration of culture, community

Overcomers Refugee Services is presenting New Hampshire’s first Umuganda on June 25 at Keach Park in Concord. Overcomers works to unite all cultures, foster mutual respect and understanding, and build a stronger community for all. Since many of the New Americans in the Concord community are from Rwanda, Overcomers is putting on Umuganda, an event with deep roots in Rwandan culture. This participatory event will be open to the public...

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