Q & A: We caught up with Mr. Aaron ahead of his show at the Capitol Center for the Arts
Aug14

Q & A: We caught up with Mr. Aaron ahead of his show at the Capitol Center for the Arts

Aaron Jones – you know him as Mr. Aaron – is the family- and kid-focused musician who has taken Concord by storm over the last couple years. He runs Rattlebox Studio, a studio for kids to listen to and create some music, and he plays all over either by himself or with the Mr. Aaron Band or Bosey Joe. He’s playing a show at the Capitol Center for the Arts on Thursday at 11 a.m., just the latest in a very busy schedule for him. We...

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Heritage Harley-Davidson to host community barbecue for Concord Friends Program on Saturday
Aug14

Heritage Harley-Davidson to host community barbecue for Concord Friends Program on Saturday

If you like a good barbecue – and who doesn’t? – as well as helping out your community, there’s no better event to check out than Heritage Harley-Davidson’s Community BBQ this Saturday afternoon. The second-generation, family-owned Harley dealership has been hosting these barbecue events every Saturday during riding season since 2013, marketing manager Ryan Jelley said. “We want to make it a point to support our local charities,” he...

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Bulletin Board: Jazz Sanctuary, Penacook concert and golf
Aug14

Bulletin Board: Jazz Sanctuary, Penacook concert and golf

Concert at Penacook church United Church of Penacook is hosting a concert featuring the duo Danielle Buonaiuto, soprano, and Jason Wirth, piano, on Wednesday at 7 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public. Directions to United Church and additional information about this concert are available at ucpnh.org. This duo will be in residence at Avaloch Farm Music Institute in Boscawen this August. Lynne Raleigh Village association to...

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On Display: See Alison Vernon’s art at the Forest Society
Aug14

On Display: See Alison Vernon’s art at the Forest Society

Through  August, Alison Vernon will be showcasing her artwork at the Society for the Protection of N.H. Forests. Vernon started painting after the birth of her three children, and over the years, her painting style and technique have evolved as she has learned to appreciate the texture and richness of painting with palette knives. You should totally go check out her work.

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Learn the ins and outs of the harmonica at Concord Public Library
Aug14

Learn the ins and outs of the harmonica at Concord Public Library

First of all, did you see what we did there with the headline, with the ins and outs of harmonica? We thought that was pretty funny, too. Anyway, Concord Public Library is at it again. There’s seemingly something cool and fun going on there every day, and next Wednesday, Aug. 22, it will be a program called Harmonica 101. We know that title is very ambiguous and mysterious, so we’re here to tell you that it is, in fact, a little...

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Making Strides Concord kickoff event to be held Thursday
Aug14

Making Strides Concord kickoff event to be held Thursday

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Concord is hosting a team kickoff event on Thursday at Red River Theatres. Anyone interested in putting a team together for this year’s event – scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 14 – is encouraged to attend the kickoff event to get materials, team kits, coin cans, posters, registrations. Team leader kits will be available. Whether you’ve faced it yourself, or someone you love has, almost everyone has been...

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Entertainment: No festivals? No problem – it’s still a big week
Aug14

Entertainment: No festivals? No problem – it’s still a big week

You’d think Rock On Fest might be a tough act to follow, but there’s a pretty swell lineup of music this week to keep you rockin’ through the summer. Have a look: Music Tuesday Lester Hirsh at Hermanos Cocina Mexicana at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday Paul Heckel at Hermanos at 6:30 p.m. Club Soda at Concord Public Library’s Music on the Lawn at 6 p.m. Thursday Richard Gardzina at Hermanos at 6:30 p.m. Mr. Aaron at the Capitol Center for the...

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Does your pooch know how to act? The Community Players are looking
Aug14

Does your pooch know how to act? The Community Players are looking

Have you ever wondered if your dog would do great on stage? Well, here’s your chance to find out. The Community Players of Concord is hosting auditions for the classic musical Annie, and if you’re familiar with the story, it involves Annie’s dog, Sandy. And you can’t put on a production of Annie without one of the main characters in the story. So the Players are holding auditions on Sunday for “a dramatic dog” on Sunday at 5 p.m. at...

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Concord Young Professionals Network: Joseph Conti wants to see all 30 MLB stadiums
Aug14

Concord Young Professionals Network: Joseph Conti wants to see all 30 MLB stadiums

The Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce’s Concord Young Professionals Network (CYPN) introduces you to our “Young Professional of the Month,” Joseph Conti. Each month the CYPN Steering Committee recommends a young professional in the community it thinks Concord Insider readers would enjoy getting to know better. How old are you? 28 Where do you live? Manchester Where do you currently work? I am an associate at Crisp Law Firm, PLLC....

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Book of the Week: ‘Universal Harvester’
Aug14

Book of the Week: ‘Universal Harvester’

Universal Harvester John Darniell 2017, 214 pages Fiction   John Darniell’s Universal Harvester largely follows Jeremy Heldt, a video store clerk living (resentfully) in the town of Nevada, Iowa, with his widowed father. What begins as a poetically humorous depiction of life as a twenty-something in the Midwest turns slowly into a dark gothic mystery novel when customers of the video store begin to complain about mysterious splices in...

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This Week in Concord History
Aug14

This Week in Concord History

Aug. 14, 1852: Concord officials vote to build the Sewalls Falls bridge. Aug. 14, 1864: One day before the deadline imposed by the Legislature, Concord Mayor Benjamin Gale and other citizens remove a house south of the State House to make way for the building of Capitol Street. Aug. 14, 1945: The victory bell rings at 7:11 p.m., signaling the defeat of Japan and the end of the war. Thousands of people rush into downtown Concord to...

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Get downtown this weekend for Rock On Fest 2018
Aug07

Get downtown this weekend for Rock On Fest 2018

We’re heading into mid-August now, which can only mean one thing – Rock On Fest is on its way. For the fourth year in a row, the Rock On Foundation will hold its big music-and-basketball festival in Concord. For the second straight year, the bulk of the festivities will take place right in the heart of downtown Concord – in the middle of North Main Street, in fact. The festival is the creation of the Bonner brothers, Luke and Matt....

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Rock On Fest 2018 schedule
Aug07

Rock On Fest 2018 schedule

FRIDAY, AUGUST 10: Rock On Court Noon: Youth 3×3 Hoops 6:15 p.m.: Concord Police vs Concord Fire 7 p.m.: MVHS vs CHS Unified Hoops Eagle Square 8 p.m.: Outdoor Movie Night featuring Coco   SATURDAY, AUGUST 11 Merrimack County Savings Bank Stage (North Main Street) 2 p.m.: Mr. Aaron 3 p.m.: Novel / Novella 4 p.m.: Ed Balloon 5 p.m.: Honeysuckle 6:15 p.m.: Damn Tall Buildings 7:45 p.m.: Overcoats Eagle Square Noon: Youth...

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Concord Craft Brewing Co. is making a special Rock On Fest beer
Aug07

Concord Craft Brewing Co. is making a special Rock On Fest beer

You know what they say – you can’t have a music festival, or any kind of festival, for that matter, without booze. That’s just a joke, but only kind of. While it is completely fine to have a music festival with no beer, it just adds a little bit of excitement for the 21-plus crowd when brews are readily available. It gets even more exciting when there’s a specialty brew that only exists because of said festival. What we’re getting at...

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Eat pancakes with Intown Concord at Rock On Fest
Aug07

Eat pancakes with Intown Concord at Rock On Fest

Show us a person who doesn’t like pancakes and we’ll be shocked. Because, really, who doesn’t like pancakes? That light and fluffy breakfast food all smothered in butter and syrup is something we’d eat just about every morning – if our wives would let us. Unfortunately, we don’t have the time to whip up a batch on weekdays so it’s usually a weekend thing, which makes it quite the special treat. But this Saturday, instead of dirtying...

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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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On Display: Tracey Goodwin at NHTI library
Aug07

On Display: Tracey Goodwin at NHTI library

The NHTI library is currently home to the art of Tracey Goodwin. Goodwin (who has no known relation to Insider Editor Tim Goodwin) has put together a collection of paintings that include wildlife in their natural settings, along with picturesque landscape scenes. Using both acrylic and oil, Goodwin’s work has a very real feel to it – as you can see from those two moose in Hesitant. It’s like they’re right in front of you. And the...

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Entertainment: Nevers’ Band, State Street Combo lead a packed music schedule
Aug07

Entertainment: Nevers’ Band, State Street Combo lead a packed music schedule

As we head into August, the entertainment schedule is really heating up in Concord. This week features live music every night (including two shows by the State Street Combo at Hermanos) and some good movies at Red River Theatres, including Three Identical Strangers, which sounds like a fascinating true story about triplets separated at birth and reunited years later. Have a look: Music Tuesday Mike Loughlin at Hermanos Cocina Mexicana...

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More public art in downtown Concord
Aug07

More public art in downtown Concord

If you can remember all the way back to last month, we told you about the partnership between the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce’s Creative Concord committee and the city to bring public art to the downtown area. After installing two pieces in 2016 – post Main Street redesign – there have been new works popping up all over the place (or at least that’s how it seems). And toward the “tail” end of July, American Dog by sculptor...

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Learn about Taiko drumming at Keach Park on Thursday
Aug07

Learn about Taiko drumming at Keach Park on Thursday

The city of Concord hosts dozens of concerts, both outdoors and in, all throughout the summer. It seems like you can catch some sort of show just about every day around here. But it isn’t too often that you can take in a musical show while also learning a thing or two about music, culture and performance. That’s why you’d be wise to get over to Keach Park and/or the new City Wide Community Center (they’re still working on exactly...

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Bulletin Board: Flag football, CYPN event and crosswalks
Aug07

Bulletin Board: Flag football, CYPN event and crosswalks

Composer concert at St. Paul’s church Join St. Paul’s Episcopal Church for a relaxing yet inspiring concert of living classical composers with the Artful Noise String Quartet. The Seacoast-based group will perform the work of Geoffrey Hudson, Gwyneth Walker, Steven Kukla, Jennifer Higdon – as well as New Hampshire composer William Fletcher. There is no charge for the Aug. 15 concert, but donations will be accepted at the door. The...

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NHTI library staff is hosting a photo contest
Aug07

NHTI library staff is hosting a photo contest

The staffers in the NHTI library are back at it – and it’s up to you to decide who is the best photographer of the bunch. Last week, this year’s crop of photos were hung on the walls to kick off the third annual library staff photography contest and in the words of Library Director Steve Ambra – who finished second last year – it’s bigger and better. A total of seven staff members are taking part in the contest, including defending...

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Missed Connections: Finding love on Craigslist
Aug07

Missed Connections: Finding love on Craigslist

Even though Craigslist officially removed its entire “Personals” section a few months ago, that hasn’t stopped the legions of die-hard Missed Connections fans from hoping to find Mr. or Mrs. Right through anonymous internet personal ads – now filed under the “Community” section. Once again, we rounded up some of the highlights (if you want to call them that) posted during the month of July and reproduced them here, in all of their...

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On the Road: We traveled all the way to Scotland with the Wilsons
Aug07
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Book of the Week: ‘Young Men and Fire’
Aug07

Book of the Week: ‘Young Men and Fire’

Young Men and Fire Norman Maclean 1992, 301 pages Nonfiction Winner of the 1992 National Book Critic Circle Award, Maclean’s Young Men and Fire is a gripping account of a terrible fire in 1949 that claimed the lives of 13 U.S. Forest Service smokejumpers. It starts with a lightning storm in the Montana wilderness and follows the brave young men that were sent to fight one of the fires left in the storm’s wake. What seems like an...

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This Week in Concord History
Aug07

This Week in Concord History

Aug. 7, 2001: The Concord Baseball Association announces that Pete Dupuis has been named the General Manager of the Concord Quarry Dogs for the 2002 season. Dupuis was the Assistant General Manager under Warren Doane, who passed away earlier in 2001. Aug. 7, 2000: The state unveils its contribution to the country’s new set of quarters. George Washington remains on the “heads” side. On the “tails” side reposes the Old Man of the...

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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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Blast over to the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center to check out the new Discovery Lab
Jul31

Blast over to the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center to check out the new Discovery Lab

If your kids love to tinker with stuff – and what kid doesn’t? – the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center has just the thing: The Discovery Lab. Opening Friday, the Discovery Lab will be a permanent, dedicated area at the space and aeronautics museum for kids to tinker, discover, create and persevere, among many other activities. The Discovery Lab will be located in the room that previously held the Riding the Waves of History exhibit,...

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Gear up for the 38th Concord Criterium cycling race this week
Jul31

Gear up for the 38th Concord Criterium cycling race this week

Ladies and gentlemen, start your bicycles – Concord is about to once again host the Concord Criterium and New England Criterium Championships, the 38th annual installment of the bicycle race. This Saturday, the roads surrounding White Park will be full of Spandex-clad cycling enthusiasts giving it their all to try to earn a spot on the podium – and, in many cases, cold, hard cash. The full day of races features a variety of entry...

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