Community Players to perform classic ‘Annie’ at Concord City Auditorium
Nov13

Community Players to perform classic ‘Annie’ at Concord City Auditorium

Monitor staff When the Community Players of Concord last put on a production of Annie in 1983, Sarah Silverman was one of two children to fill the role of Annie. Since playing the lead role during the Players’ 56th season, Silverman has gone on to make quite a name for herself in Hollywood circles. Fast forward 35 years, and the Players will once again take the stage this weekend, to open their 91st season, for three shows of Annie at...

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Concord native to visit Gibson’s Bookstore
Oct02

Concord native to visit Gibson’s Bookstore

For some reason, unbeknownst to her, Meredith Tate just can’t seem to stick with a genre when it comes to her writing. The Concord native’s second published book, Freedom Trials, is a young-adult sci-fi thriller that is scheduled to be released Oct. 9 and will be the featured book event at Gibson’s Bookstore on Saturday. It’s vastly different than both her debut work, Missing Pieces (adult dystopian romance) and The Red Labyrinth, a...

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It’s been real, Concord, but I’m making moves
Aug21

It’s been real, Concord, but I’m making moves

It’s always hard to say goodbye. So why don’t we make this a bye for now kind of deal. Yes, the rumors are true: I am no longer the editor of the Concord Insider. An urge to spend less time commuting (I live in Keene) and translate that into more time with my wife and two young girls happened to come at the perfect time. There were some changes on the horizon at the Monitor and it allowed me to pull an old switcharoo. While this may...

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Get what you need at the Ready to Learn Fair at Rundlett on Wednesday
Aug21

Get what you need at the Ready to Learn Fair at Rundlett on Wednesday

We know this is a little last minute, but for you parents and students out there in the Concord School District who could use a little boost when it comes to the essential department when heading back to school, you’ll want to make your way to Rundlett Middle School on Wednesday. The fifth annual Ready to Learn Fair is happening from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and is intended to help those students in need within the Concord School District. At...

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Holiday Cards 4 Our Military up and running
Aug21

Holiday Cards 4 Our Military up and running

Every time Laura Landerman-Garber meets with another person who wants to help her new nonprofit, she gets this big sense of excitement. And it’s easy to see why. Come the end of October, Landerman-Garber is hoping to send off 25,000 cards to members of the armed services – 5,000 to each of the country’s five branches – through her Holiday Cards 4 Our Military-N.H. Challenge. That’s where all of you come in. In order to send out that...

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Plenty to see on Concord’s stages this fall
Aug14

Plenty to see on Concord’s stages this fall

As you’re all well aware, Concord is home to some great spots to catch live entertainment. The three big venues – the Concord City Auditorium, Capitol Center for the Arts and Hatbox Theatre – always seem to have something going on. And with Hatbox releasing its 2018-19 schedule last week and the Audi set to mail out its lineup through December next week, we thought it would be as good a time as any to take a quick look at what’s...

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Miss Capital Area pageant to be held at Audi on Saturday
Aug07

Miss Capital Area pageant to be held at Audi on Saturday

Four titles will be up for grabs at the Miss Capital Area pageant on Saturday at the Concord City Auditorium. Entering its 28th year, the pageant is a preliminary for Miss New Hampshire and Miss New Hampshire Outstanding Teen. It’s one of 29 local events with the winners going on to compete for best in state. “It’s fun to see,” said Michele Hanson, president of the Miss Capital Area Scholarship Program. “Because I’ve seen some of the...

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Comedians getting together for reunion show at Hatbox Theatre
Aug07

Comedians getting together for reunion show at Hatbox Theatre

It’s one thing to make your family and friends laugh when hanging out in the backyard or on a long road trip. It’s a totally different animal to get a room full of complete strangers to appreciate your jokes while standing alone on stage. We like to think of ourselves as funny (some of you may not), but doing stand-up comedy is maybe one of the few things we might not approach in this job – and we stress might. Because let’s be...

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National Night Out to take over Rollins Park
Jul31

National Night Out to take over Rollins Park

Do you like Black Hawk helicopters, police motorcycles and petting zoos? How about cheap pizza and ice cream, eating contests and enjoying a nice summer night at a city park? Well, then clear your schedule for Aug. 7 from 5 to 8:30 p.m. and make plans to head down to Rollins Park, because National Night Out is returning for another year. Held annually the first Tuesday in August all around the country (this is the 35th year) Concord...

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Rock On Fest beer dinner is set for next Tuesday at Revival
Jul31

Rock On Fest beer dinner is set for next Tuesday at Revival

Rock On Fest, the two-day music and basketball event put on by the Bonner brothers in downtown Concord, is just around the corner (Aug. 10-11). You can read all about it in next week’s Insider because it’s going to be the best one yet – we promise. But as a precursor to the main festivities, Revival Kitchen and Concord Craft Brewing Co. are partnering with the Rock On Foundation, also a Bonner brothers creation, to put together an...

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Concord author tells story of Nazi Germany
Jul31

Concord author tells story of Nazi Germany

There are times that Ellen Oppenheimer feels really lucky to be here. It’s not because of her age – which is a spry 88 years young – but more because of what could have happened when she was just a toddler. You see, Oppenheimer (whose maiden name is Simon) is Jewish and was born in Germany. When the Nazi Party rose to power in 1933 and began to round up Jews in the streets, Oppenheimer’s father was one of them. “My parents had heard...

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Bow Garden Club putting on Books in Bloom
Jul31

Bow Garden Club putting on Books in Bloom

In previous Insiders, you’ve seen the pairing of the art and floral worlds come together for one magical exhibit. Now it’s time to spread our wings and tell you about another unique pairing when it comes to wonderfully fragrant flowers – and this time with books. The Bow Garden Club and the Baker Free Library (also in Bow) have collaborated on a two-day only event called Books In Bloom. Members of the club are putting together...

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On Stage: ‘The Wedding Singer’ to take over Bow stage
Jul31

On Stage: ‘The Wedding Singer’ to take over Bow stage

If you’re at all familiar with the work of New Hampshire-born actor Adam Sandler, then you’ve likely seen The Wedding Singer – or at the very least, heard of it. Well, did you know that in addition to being a box office hit, it was then turned into a stage musical? Yep, it even had quite the run on Broadway. And while Bow High School isn’t exactly midtown Manhattan, the production put on by Bow Performing Arts this weekend will no...

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Intown Concord hosting art walk, photo hunt
Jul24

Intown Concord hosting art walk, photo hunt

Now that Market Days has come and gone, the folks at Intown Concord have a little more time to plan more downtown events. And next up on the list is an artisan walk or more formally known as “Discover Art” as part of their Discover Downtown series on Thursday. The walk is 5 to 9 p.m. and completely free for any and all to go to. There’s no sign-ups or meeting spots, just around 20 local merchants taking part. The whole point is to...

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On Display: N.H. Women’s Caucus for Art: ‘A Second Look’
Jul24

On Display: N.H. Women’s Caucus for Art: ‘A Second Look’

The New Hampshire Women’s Caucus for Art has quite the membership. We’re talking well over 100 ladies, all of who just happen to be good artists. So when the exhibition committee put the call out for entries for its summer show at Kimball Jenkins, it’s no surprise that the response was overwhelming. ‘A Second Look’ feature right around 100 pieces from more than 60 members. “We have a very diverse group,” said Marcia Wood Mertinooke, a...

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New World Theatre is taking over  Hatbox
Jul24

New World Theatre is taking over Hatbox

It’s going to be a long couple of weeks for the folks at New World Theatre. Not only did they just move into the space at Hatbox Theatre this past weekend to prepare for a two-week run of It’s Academic, a collection of four short plays which opens Friday, but they’re also hosting a play writing masterclass on Saturday with a performance of the eight plays featured at the masterclass on Aug. 1-2 (both also at Hatbox Theatre). We told...

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Piccola Opera to sing at Audi this weekend
Jul17

Piccola Opera to sing at Audi this weekend

When it comes to the live entertainment scene in Concord, you don’t see a ton of operas on the schedule. But thanks to Piccola Opera, the Concord-based company that opened in 2015, which works with children as young as 10 years old all the way up to emerging professionals, there’s always a few dates that can be circled. And this Friday and Saturday are two of them, as a group of singers from Piccola will be accompanied by a pair of...

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The new courts at Memorial Field are sweet
Jul17

The new courts at Memorial Field are sweet

We hadn’t made our way to Memorial Field for a while, so we were quite surprised to learn that five of the facility’s tennis courts had been rebuilt to pristine condition over a two-phase project. So last week, once the temperatures dipped below the 90s – and in honor of the great tennis going on at Wimbledon – we decided to head that way to see them for ourselves and, of course, for a little friendly Insider competition. Now to be...

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Celebrating 85 years of the League of N.H. Craftsmen in the most logical way
Jul17

Celebrating 85 years of the League of N.H. Craftsmen in the most logical way

Nora and Norman Stevens have amassed quite the collection when it comes to creations from members of the League of N.H. Craftsmen. The pair began attending the League’s annual fair in the early 1970s, where they started acquiring works that has resulted in an impressive catalog of pieces – a lot of which has been donated to the League for its permanent collection. And if you want to see what kinds of items the Stevenses have procured...

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New Hampshire Brewers Festival is Saturday at Riverfront Park
Jul10

New Hampshire Brewers Festival is Saturday at Riverfront Park

Now if we told you of an event that’s this Saturday – in Concord – and features more than 40 New Hampshire beer makers with a total number of beers at the event north of 120, is that something you might be interested in attending? We thought so. Well, the N.H. Brewers Association just so happens to be taking over Kiwanis Waterfront Park (the one behind Everett Arena) for its 5th annual N.H. Brewers Festival – which apparently just so...

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Lithermans did another beer collaboration
Jul10

Lithermans did another beer collaboration

It seems like the guys at Lithermans Limited are always coming out with a new beer. Which makes perfect sense considering they’ve got more than 125 on their created list since opening a little more than two years ago. But the next one to hit the draft lines is a little different than most – and we’re not just talking about the fact it’s a cream ale flavored with blood orange and lime. The End of the Blood-Lime (catchy right!) is a...

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Concord has become a hub for public art
Jul10

Concord has become a hub for public art

You may have noticed a new piece of public art hanging out on the corner of Capitol and North Main streets. It’s the creation of Massachusetts sculptor Rob Lorenson and is known as Taper Deco. The large metal sculpture is pretty cool with both its smooth and tapered surfaces. If you tap on it (shh, you shouldn’t do that) it sounds hollow and you can almost make the case that from one angle it kind of looks like a C for Concord. And is...

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Homemade ice cream is a labor of love
Jul03

Homemade ice cream is a labor of love

With the temperatures closing in on unbearable and the official return of that hot New England summer weather now upon us, ice cream season is about to hit its peak time. Can you think of a better way to cool down on a sweltering July day? And as you may know, Concord is home to many places to get a cone or a sundae. At the local level, there’s Arnie’s Place, Ballard’s Ice Cream, Frekey’s Dairy Freeze, Buza Dairy Bar and Granite State...

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Get out to a farm and pick your own food
Jun26

Get out to a farm and pick your own food

Getting fruits and vegetables from a local farm just has a different feel to it than stocking up at the grocery store. You know exactly where your produce is coming from, and can grub down a little easier knowing that it’s only been off the plant, vine or out of the ground for a day or two – sometimes even less. And don’t get us wrong, we don’t mind having the folks who do this for a living do all the hard work for us, while we get to...

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McGowan is closing – and this time it’s for good
Jun26

McGowan is closing – and this time it’s for good

No matter how hard Sarah Chaffee tried, the numbers just wouldn’t match up. The cash coming in wasn’t matching the cash going out, and for a small gallery like McGowan Fine Art – or really any business for that fact – that’s kind of a crucial element to staying open. After announcing last year she would be closing the gallery that opened in 1980, she got a ton of community support and tried to give it another shot, moving to a...

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Tasty Brews: The Principal at Concord Craft Brewing Co.
Jun26

Tasty Brews: The Principal at Concord Craft Brewing Co.

It’s no secret that we’re big fans of beer – especially those made right here in Concord. So when we heard about The Principal Pale Ale recently created at Concord Craft Brewing Co., we were instantly sold. Then we learned that it was part of the Ales for ALS fundraising campaign, where $1 of every pint sold would go to the ALS Therapy Development Institute. So not only do we greatly enjoy pale ales, but supporting the cause is a...

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From the Crowd: ‘Won’t You Be My Neighbor?’ is a must-see
Jun26

From the Crowd: ‘Won’t You Be My Neighbor?’ is a must-see

Mention the name Mister Rogers and it certainly conjures up some fond childhood memories. For me, I spent many mornings of my youth watching the wildly popular and highly educational show on PBS. Despite the fact it debuted more than a decade before this Insider was born, it was one of those shows that just captivated your attention and drove your imagination. There was the Neighborhood Trolley, King Friday XIII, Daniel Striped Tiger...

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The Children’s Place is turning 40 years old
Jun19

The Children’s Place is turning 40 years old

When The Children’s Place & Parent Education Center opened on June 26, 1978, Mary Gile wasn’t so sure it was sustainable. She was one of a group of 20 parents who felt like Concord needed a place for families and children to gather – since there wasn’t anything like it in the area – but it also came with some reservations. “When we opened, we weren’t sure we were going to be there for a week or a month,” Gile said. “But there...

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Food Snob: Lunch buffet at Asian Taste
Jun19

Food Snob: Lunch buffet at Asian Taste

If there’s one thing that gets a Food Snob excited, it’s a buffet. The mere idea of a long line of various foods all lumped together for you to create your own meal is the stuff of Food Snob dreams. That’s why we decided to hit up the lunch buffet at Asian Taste in Penacook (or is that still Concord, right at Thirty Pines?). The place is just a 9-iron shot from our office, but weirdly enough we had never Food Snobbed them before. That...

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NH Master Chorale to perform ‘Time in Our Voices’ in Concord, Boston, Plymouth
Jun19

NH Master Chorale to perform ‘Time in Our Voices’ in Concord, Boston, Plymouth

  The New Hampshire Master Chorale, one of the region’s leading chamber choirs, will make its Boston debut on Friday in a concert of wide-ranging contemporary music. It includes the premiere of a new work by Boston composer Oliver Caplan called “We Exist” – a plea for a universal humanity composed in response to the 2017 racial violence in Charlottesville, Va. The concert, featuring the 30-voice Master Chorale and chamber...

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