Entertainment: Lots of comedy and drama on Concord’s stages this week
Jan22

Entertainment: Lots of comedy and drama on Concord’s stages this week

It’s a very busy week on the entertainment front in Concord, marked by two comedy shows, a Harry Potter spoof and a Ukranian national ballet troupe making its first-ever visit to the United States, among other fun stuff. Here’s what we found: Music Tuesday Kid Pinky at Hermanos Cocina Mexicana at 6:30 p.m. Jazz student recital at Concord Community Music School at 7 p.m. Wednesday Tim Wildman at Hermanos at 6:30 p.m. Thursday Odd...

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City Manager’s Newsletter: City Council meeting highlights, winter operations and more
Jan22

City Manager’s Newsletter: City Council meeting highlights, winter operations and more

The city of Concord’s public information officer, Stefanie Breton, sent out the City Manager’s Newsletter last Friday. The newsletter contained too much information for us to fit into this spot, so we’re just printing some highlights here. For the full newsletter, go to concordnh.gov and click the “Newsletter” button on the home page. Come out to the parking forum Come meet with the city’s Parking Committee to discuss final draft...

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UNH Law to screen ‘To Kill a Mockingbird,’ lead discussion on civics
Jan22

UNH Law to screen ‘To Kill a Mockingbird,’ lead discussion on civics

On Sunday, the New Hampshire Institute for Civics Education will screen To Kill a Mockingbird as part of a multiyear statewide program designed to foster conversations with the public on law, justice, and civics. The screening will take place from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the University of New Hampshire School of Law’s Warren B. Rudman Center for Justice, Leadership, and Public Service in Concord. There will be a break midway through...

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Instagram: A breathtaking, kind of spooky shot of Turkey Pond
Jan22

Instagram: A breathtaking, kind of spooky shot of Turkey Pond

Instagram user @sheldonmckinley_ has done it again. His photos have appeared in these pages a few times already, but we couldn’t resist running this photo of the partially frozen Turkey Pond reflecting some beautiful colors off the sky. The user, Sheldon McKinley, commented that the water sort of looks like outer space, which it does. Another fine shot from @sheldonmckinley_. Have you taken a cool photo somewhere around Concord? If...

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Bulletin Board: Two chances to sing, family fun, health groups
Jan22

Bulletin Board: Two chances to sing, family fun, health groups

Open Sing at Concord Chorale Singers are invited to the Concord Chorale Open Sing on Wednesday at 7:15 p.m. Meet the director and membership, preview the spring concert repertoire, and then schedule an audition. Rehearsal space is in the Concord High School band room, 170 Warren St. Enter through the Fruit Street side door near the corner of Pleasant Street, across from the gas station. More information is available at...

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Downtown: What’s up with all the banks on Main Street? 
Jan22

Downtown: What’s up with all the banks on Main Street? 

It seems to be a common sight in downtown: a store or a food spot goes away and is later replaced by a banking institution. Take the former site of the Crazy Goat, bought by Bangor Savings Bank in August. While conceptual plans leave room for some sort of restaurant, the split-level building’s facade will be dominated by a banking sign. Then there was the Pompanoosuc Mills furniture store at 11 N. Main Street. They moved down the...

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Blast From the Past: Reflecting on the dedication of the Franklin Pierce statue
Jan22

Blast From the Past: Reflecting on the dedication of the Franklin Pierce statue

I captured the simple beauty of our 14th president standing in front of our golden New Hampshire State House dome on a recent cold January morning. With the only sound the falling sleet early this morning on a deserted Main Street, I reflected back to the dedication of this statue on Nov. 25, 1914. Franklin Pierce died on Oct. 8, 1869, in a rented home on South Main Street. During his last hours and near death, he asked his Irish...

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Gibson’s Bookstore to welcome historian Jack Noon with ‘The Tornado of 1821’
Jan22

Gibson’s Bookstore to welcome historian Jack Noon with ‘The Tornado of 1821’

Historian Jack Noon will visit Gibson’s Bookstore on Thursday to talk about his book, The Tornado of 1821, describing an extremely violent weather anomaly which hit New Hampshire towns from the Connecticut River to the Merrimack through Croydon, Sunapee, Lake Sunapee, New London, Sutton, Warner and Webster in a single hour. In New Hampshire late on a Sunday afternoon in September 1821, a tornado blasted its way from the Connecticut...

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Doris Ballard expands her cultural vision of Concord
Jan22

Doris Ballard expands her cultural vision of Concord

Monitor staff Doris Ballard still sees her hometown as a city with potential. Already a major force in three local venues – television, business and, most recently, comedy – the 71-year-old Concord resident is the backbone behind a multifaceted show that’s scheduled to run the second Thursday of each month at Tandy’s Pub. Its premiere, on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, will include more than Ballard’s usual lineup of amateur and...

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Book of the Week: ‘Murder at the Brightwell’
Jan22

Book of the Week: ‘Murder at the Brightwell’

Murder at the Brightwell Ashley Weaver 2014, 325 pages Fiction/mystery This traditional mystery starts in Kent, England, in 1932. Amory Ames is fed up with her playboy husband, Milo, who keeps going off to Europe to gamble, leaving her at home. After five years of marriage, she sees him so little, she wonders if they should even stay together. Her ex-fiancé, Gil Trent, asks her a favor. Gil’s sister Emmeline is engaged to another...

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This Week in Concord History
Jan22

This Week in Concord History

Jan. 22, 1811: A cow belonging to Abner Farnum Jr. of Concord gives birth to a two-headed calf. Jan. 22, 1942: The Monitor reports that rather than wait for the draft, 32 men have enlisted at the Concord recruiting office for the duration of the war. Eleven are from Concord. Most have signed up for the air corps and been sent to Missouri to train. Jan. 22, 2001: The Concord School Board names Chris Rath the superintendent of the...

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Indulge your senses and hit up some Concord events for N.H. Wine Week
Jan15

Indulge your senses and hit up some Concord events for N.H. Wine Week

More than 60 of the world’s most renowned winemakers are set to make New Hampshire their winter home next week. The New Hampshire Liquor Commission will host its 14th annual New Hampshire Wine Week, taking place Jan. 20 to 26, drawing Gina Gallo, Jean-Charles Boisset and Cristina Mariani-May to meet directly with New Hampshire consumers in a series of exclusive tastings, wine dinners, bottle signings and seminars. The week-long...

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Here’s everything that’s going on outside of Concord during N.H. Wine Week
Jan15

Here’s everything that’s going on outside of Concord during N.H. Wine Week

New Hampshire Wine Week is a big to-do across the whole state. While we normally only focus on what’s happening in Concord, for something as big as this, we figured we’d give you the full schedule of events in case you decide to venture outside the city. Most wine tastings will take place at New Hampshire Liquor and Wine Outlets – for instance, a location of “West Lebanon Store” refers to a liquor and wine outlet in West Lebanon...

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Pride Pops Up to build community at Whiskey & Wine on Sunday
Jan15

Pride Pops Up to build community at Whiskey & Wine on Sunday

“We hear a lot that there’s a lack of community for LGBTQ in New Hampshire – not a lot of options.” That’s what J.M. Hirsch, a Concord resident, had to say about the LGBTQ community in the capital city. Being a member of that community, Hirsch and his partner, Nicholas King, decided to do something about it. On Sunday, Whiskey & Wine will open its doors for the first-ever Pride Pop Ups, a pop-up LGBTQ night at the downtown...

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Making Good Health Simple: Two parts hydrogen and one part oxygen is a match made in heaven
Jan15

Making Good Health Simple: Two parts hydrogen and one part oxygen is a match made in heaven

Nancy and Ronald, Batman and Robin, Siegfried and Roy, Kim and Kanye – (in)famous dynamic duos that somehow complement each other. Two hydrogen molecules and one oxygen molecule bonded together – who would have thought how magnificent this combination could be? In addition to the importance water plays in and on our planet, it is essential to many biological processes. In my opinion, none more important than sustaining human life. Our...

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There’s STILL a $25 gift card up for grabs
Jan15

There’s STILL a $25 gift card up for grabs

In case you’ve already forgotten, the Insider wants to give you a free $25 gift card to the Concord business of your choice. All you have to do is figure out which parks we photographed in last week’s scavenger hunt. We have received one response so far, and that person was wrong on several guesses. We know there’s someone out there who knows every park like the back of their hand, so what are you waiting for? Send...

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City Manager’s Newsletter: School Street garage update, tree collection and more
Jan15

City Manager’s Newsletter: School Street garage update, tree collection and more

The city of Concord’s public information officer, Stefanie Breton, sent out the City Manager’s Newsletter last Friday. The newsletter contained too much information for us to fit into this spot, so we’re just printing some highlights here. For the full newsletter, go to concordnh.gov and click the “Newsletter” button on the home page. School Street garage update The new School Street elevator is nearly complete, and we anticipate it...

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Entertainment: Rhythm of the Night at the Audi highlights a busy week
Jan15

Entertainment: Rhythm of the Night at the Audi highlights a busy week

It’s a busy week, featuring the annual Rhythm of the Night showcase at the Audi on Saturday. Have a look: Music Tuesday Andrew Merzi at Hermanos Cocina Mexicana at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday Joel Cage at Hermanos at 6:30 p.m. Thursday Richard Gardzina at Hermanos at 6:30 p.m. Andrew of the North & the Rangers at Penuche’s at 9 p.m. $3 cover. April Cushman at Cheers at 5 p.m. Peter Pappas at Common Man at 7 p.m. Friday Whatsername at Pit...

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Bulletin Board: Grandparents’ group, music notes and more
Jan15

Bulletin Board: Grandparents’ group, music notes and more

Grandparents’ group to meet On Tuesday evenings throughout the month of January, join us at Broken Ground School as we discuss the joys and challenges of raising grandchildren and explore a variety of topics that help support this important parenting journey. A light family meal and child care will be offered. Meetings are from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Register with Ruth Christino by calling 225-0855 or emailing rchristino@sau8.org. Ruth...

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Get ready for the spring term classes at OLLI
Jan15

Get ready for the spring term classes at OLLI

For the Insider If you were invited to take a literature class, what would come to mind – a Shakespeare class or a class named “Three Terrific Sports Novels?” At Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, it would be both in the upcoming term. OLLI offers non-academic courses to adults over age 50 in two 16-week terms each year. Some of the highlights of the new term, which begins on Feb. 18, include: Twenty history courses ranging from the...

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CBD products are making their way into Concord businesses
Jan15

CBD products are making their way into Concord businesses

The national trend of CBD-created products has made its way to the Capital City. By now, you might have seen the cannabis derivative in a few places, including Granite State Natural Foods and the Concord Food Co-op. CBD is a chemical component of the cannabis sativa plant, more commonly known as marijuana, but it does not cause intoxication that comes from tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). And at True Brew Barista, customers over 18 are...

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Author Jennifer Skiff to speak at Gibson’s Bookstore next Tuesday
Jan15

Author Jennifer Skiff to speak at Gibson’s Bookstore next Tuesday

Award-winning journalist and animal advocate Jennifer Skiff (The Divinity of Dogs) will visit Gibson’s Bookstore next Tuesday, Jan. 22, to share a look into the protectors of animals around the world in Rescuing Ladybugs: Inspirational Encounters with Animals That Changed the World, people who didn’t look away from seemingly impossible-to-change situations. Countless times throughout our lives, we’re presented with a choice to help...

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On Display: Daryl D. Johnson exhibit at Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce
Jan15

On Display: Daryl D. Johnson exhibit at Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce

The Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce will host a solo exhibition of oil landscapes by Daryl D. Johnson titled “New Hampshire Landscapes in Motion” during the months of January through March. An artist reception was held last Friday in conjunction with the New Hampshire Furniture Masters, also on view at the Concord Chamber and the League of NH Craftsmen.

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A little history lesson on that bridge by Everett Arena
Jan15

A little history lesson on that bridge by Everett Arena

For the Insider Long before our time, our ancestors would cross the Merrimack River by ferry. This was a somewhat lucrative business when Concord was still a Province of the Crown and named Rumford. The early ferry would charge to transport people, livestock, wagons and merchandise across the river for a few shillings, depending on what the time of day might have been. As the 1800s approached, the people of Rumford felt that there was...

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Book of the Week: ‘4321’
Jan15

Book of the Week: ‘4321’

4 3 2 1 Paul Auster 2017, 941 pages Fiction   Paul Auster spins a sweeping tale of the four different fictional, simultaneous lives of one boy, Archibald Isaac Ferguson. “Ferguson” (as each Ferguson goes by) begins his life on March 3, 1947 in Newark, N.J., and from there, Auster takes Ferguson on four different life journeys that seem to be primarily impacted by a situation that each of Ferguson’s father (Stanley) reacts to...

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This Week in Concord History
Jan15

This Week in Concord History

Jan. 15, 1932: It’s a January thaw to remember: For the third day in a row, the temperature in Concord tops 60 degrees. Jan. 15, 1965: Gov. John King announces plans to purchase Concord’s old post office on State Street and turn it into state offices. A new post office is under construction at Pleasant and South streets. Jan. 16, 1942: Five soldiers from Manchester crash the car they are driving in West Concord, where one of them has...

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Scavenger Hunt: How well do you know Concord’s parks?
Jan08

Scavenger Hunt: How well do you know Concord’s parks?

It’s a new year, and with that, we decided to create a new mission for all of you: Figure out which city parks are pictured here. Some clues may be a bit obvious while others might be tricky. It’s up to you to use the pictures and the clues to figure out which parks we hit up last week. The first person to correctly identify every park pictured (send responses to news@theconcordinsider.com) will win a $25 gift card to a Concord...

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Making Good Health Simple: Food selection, preparation is the most important job
Jan08

Making Good Health Simple: Food selection, preparation is the most important job

Let’s pretend your boss walked into your office and told you that your new job would be to: 1. Complete a repetitive task a minimum of three times every single day. 2. For maximum effectiveness the task should take less than 20 minutes each time. 3. Multiple poor choices could cause irreparable damage. 4. A human life would depend on your execution. Gulp! Insert deep breath. Sweat starts to bead on your forehead. You look at your...

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CYPN: Michelle Simmons loves albatrosses and Ferraris
Jan08

CYPN: Michelle Simmons loves albatrosses and Ferraris

The Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce’s Concord Young Professionals Network introduces you to our “Young Professional of the Month,” Michelle Simmons. Each month the CYPN Steering Committee recommends a young professional in the community it thinks readers would enjoy getting to know better. Where do you live? A hobbit-hole in Concord. All I’m missing is the round door. Where do you currently work? Daystar, a managed-services IT...

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Entertainment: Tons of live music everywhere, plus an original play at Hatbox
Jan08

Entertainment: Tons of live music everywhere, plus an original play at Hatbox

It’s a fairly busy week around here on the entertainment front, especially Saturday, with nine separate music shows plus the original new play Fade at Hatbox Theatre, among other things. There’s plenty of other stuff going on, too. See for yourself: Music Tuesday Michael Loughlin at Hermanos Cocina Mexicana at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday Dan Walker at Hermanos at 6:30 p.m. Thursday Paul Hubert at Hermanos at 6:30 p.m. Dan Walker at Cheers at...

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