This week in Concord history

Dec. 28, 1863: Henry Plummer Brooks, a Pittsfield boy of 14 years 10 months, enlists in the Third Regiment, New Hampshire Volunteer Infantry. After fighting in two battles, he will die of illness in North Carolina. A history of the town’s Civil War soldiers will assert that although there were younger drummer boys during the war, Plummer was the youngest by 10 months of any soldier who carried a rifle. Thus the town will claim both...

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Book review: ‘The Last Tale of the Flower Bride’
Dec22

Book review: ‘The Last Tale of the Flower Bride’

The Last Tale of the Flower Bride By Roshani Chokshi (292 pages, fantasy, 2023)   Rooted in fairy tales and folklore, “The Last Tale of the Flower Bride” can leave the reader wondering what really happened. Is there magic? Did it touch the two narrators? I’m still thinking about the events in the story. The first narrator we meet is The Bridegroom. We never learn his name. He’s a scholar of folklore and fairy tales who has traced...

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Concord Crew, Red River co-host evening showing of ‘Boys in the Boat’
Dec18

Concord Crew, Red River co-host evening showing of ‘Boys in the Boat’

Concord Crew and Red River Theatre are co-hosting the movie “Boys in the Boat” for the evening showing on Tuesday, Dec. 26. During Depression-era America, an underdog rowing team at the University of Washington amazingly defies all odds and achieves the ability to represent the USA at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. Director George Clooney deftly delivers a heartwarming and bold depiction of perseverance and unity in “Boys in the Boat” –...

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This week in history for Dec. 21, 2023

Dec. 21, 1833: Benjamin Brown French of Chester, who will serve for many years in Washington, D.C., arrives there for his first job as a clerk in the U.S. House. He writes: “I entered the Capitol today, for the first time, and I viewed it with thoughts and emotions which I cannot express – will it always be the capitol of my happy country?” Dec. 22, 1840: Belknap County is established. Dec. 23, 1999:The Monitor reports that Gov....

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Bulletin board for the week of Dec. 21, 2023
Dec18

Bulletin board for the week of Dec. 21, 2023

Holiday conversations and oral history The Pembroke Historical Society is offering some suggestions for families to address their oral histories at upcoming holiday gatherings. “The Basics of Video Interviews” and lists of potential questions are now available on the PHS website to help facilitate discussions with family members, neighbors and friends. “The holidays are a perfect time to ask about family stories and histories,” says...

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Book review: ‘Agatha Christie: An Elusive Woman’

‘Agatha Christie: An Elusive Woman’ by Lucy Worsley (2022, 415 pages, biography) “Once I’ve been dead ten years, I’m sure no one will ever have heard of me.” This statement wouldn’t be nearly so ironic, had it not been uttered by one of the 20th century’s best-known authors: Agatha Christie. Even today, nearly half a century after her death, Christie is a household name. She has been identified by UNESCO as the world’s best-selling...

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City newsletter for the week of Dec. 11
Dec12

City newsletter for the week of Dec. 11

Here’s a look at what was included in the last city newsletter: 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: Wednesday, December 20, 7 p.m. Visit https://concordnh.legistar.com/Calendar.aspx for City Council and Planning Board agendas, which are posted prior to the meetings. View the City calendar...

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Zach Nugent’s Dead Set to perform
Dec12

Zach Nugent’s Dead Set to perform

It usually only takes one show to understand why Zach Nugent is one of the most sought after guitarists in the live music scene. Since touring as de-facto Garcia expert with Melvin Seals and JGB, he continues to build his dedicated following, putting together and leading multifaceted groups for special runs and festival appearances. Never one to shy away from new and challenging ideas, his performances promise intensity and beauty in...

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Five local young professionals are creating community in Concord
Dec12

Five local young professionals are creating community in Concord

Concord Young Professionals Network (CYPN) introduces you to the “Young Professional of the Month,” the CYPN Ambassadors Committee. Each month, the CYPN Steering Committee recommends a young professional in the community it thinks readers would enjoy getting to know better, and this month it will highlight all five members of the CYPN Ambassador Committee. These local volunteers ensure that everyone is welcomed at CYPN events, new...

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Don’t miss these local holiday performances
Dec12

Don’t miss these local holiday performances

Dec. 15 A Celtic Family Christmas Award-winning fiddle virtuosos Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy celebrate the holidays with an unforgettable evening of music, dance, and storytelling for the young and the young at heart. To fans of fiddle music, MacMaster needs no introduction. Throughout a 25-year recording career, this Order of Canada recipient has released 11 albums. She has won two JUNO Awards and 11 East Coast Music Awards...

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Red River showcases holiday movies
Dec12

Red River showcases holiday movies

Red River presents your holiday movie favorites! Classically crafted to enhance your holiday season you’ll love them regardless of how many times you may have watched them. Especially enjoyable when seen on a big theater screen with an appreciative audience! And since we’re in the holiday spirit, we’re offering Polar Express tickets for only $6 which includes free hot cocoa and festive fun, so bring the whole family! “Polar Express”...

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Shop holiday gift baskets downtown
Dec12

Shop holiday gift baskets downtown

Caring Gifts, a gift basket store in downtown Concord, carries a large assortment of gourmet foods, wine, champagne, specialty gift baskets, chocolates, baby clothes and much more. Below are some baskets currently on sale this holiday season. Peruse their seasonal offers at 18 N. Main St., Suite 101, in Concord. Santa’s Holiday Sleigh Christmas box of nuts, peppermint bark, double chocolate cocoa, Santa snack mix, chocolates, and...

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Week in history for Dec. 14, 2023

  Dec. 14, 2001: William King, former chairman of the state Republican Party, a state delegate and manager of Merrill Lynch on Main Street, dies at the age of 90. Dec. 14, 1999: For the first time in more than a decade, the Concord teachers union authorizes its leadership to call for a strike vote if a settlement on a new three-year contract is not reached within the week. Dec. 14, 1774: A crowd of 400, led by Thomas Pickering, a...

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Thank you: A magical Midnight Merriment
Dec12

Thank you: A magical Midnight Merriment

Thank you for turning Midnight Merriment into a magical night despite the rain. Your attendance, volunteerism, sponsorship, and overall support made it a very special event that brought our community together. Shopping locally during the holidays strengthens our community and boosts the local economy. Special thanks to our presenting sponsor, Xfinity, and Capitol Center for the Arts for providing a rain location for Santa and Mrs....

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Book review: ‘Erik vs. Everything’
Dec12

Book review: ‘Erik vs. Everything’

“Erik vs. Everything” by Christina Uss (2021, 282 pages, Juvenile Fiction) Erik Sheepflattener is a worrier. Unfortunately (or fortunately, as it turns out), he is a worrier who was born into a family of warriors of Viking descent! His sisters (Brunhilde and Allyson), parents, and extended family love a good brawl and there is no challenge or sport they are not willing to tackle. Erik on the other hand, is afraid of almost...

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Bulletin board for the week of Dec. 7, 2023
Dec06

Bulletin board for the week of Dec. 7, 2023

Veterans to be honored  The Pierce Brigade, the membership organization dedicated to preserving the home and legacy of President Franklin Pierce, has adopted Old North Cemetery on North State Street as part of Wreaths Across America. Wreaths will be laid on the graves of 200 veterans located in the historic cemetery. On Saturday, Dec. 16, at 10 a.m., the public is invited to join representatives from each of the eight military service...

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Embracing the darkness in winter
Dec05

Embracing the darkness in winter

PILLAR Gallery + Projects is a new exhibition space in Concord. Its second exhibition, “As the Light Wanes,” opens Dec. 9, from  5 to 8 p.m.The group exhibition explores nocturnes, quieter reflections, personal narrative and yearning as the days get shorter.Artists include Mia Bergeron, Rachel Burgess, Doug Breault, Erica Walker, Ellina Chetverikova, Boyan Moskov and Melody S. Boone. Media includes monotype, paintings, experimental...

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Shop for books by Granite State writers
Dec05

Shop for books by Granite State writers

  Know a book worm who’s looking for some more pages to flip? Check out these novels written by members of the New Hampshire Writers’ Project. Non-Fiction Covered Bridges of NH By Kim Varney Chandler Covered Bridges of New Hampshire is a must have book for covered bridge enthusiasts and historians. The book is an engaging and well-illustrated history of the remaining covered bridges in the Granite State. It is the most...

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Book review: ‘The Secret Bridesmaid’

‘The Secret Bridesmaid’ By: Katy Birchall (2021, 400 pages, romance) Sophie Breeze is a bridesmaid who lives in London. She is not your average bridesmaid, though, she is a professional. That’s right – not a wedding planner but a professional bridesmaid. Her job is to let brides and their families make the plans they want while she unobtrusively works out all of the details so that the wedding goes off without a hitch. She is so good...

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Winterfox Market is a collaboration of artists
Dec05

Winterfox Market is a collaboration of artists

Joining DIY Craft and Thrift in the former CVS on Main Street is an artistic pop-up shop, which will be open through the end of December. Winterfox Market is a community of artists working together including illustrator and graphic designer Ty Meier of Hopkinton, wood-burning expert Jo Grubman of Hopkinton, furniture-maker Eli Sproles, sheep-shearing wool-spinner and knitter Kris McCosh of Raymond, painter Charlotte Thibault of...

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Boys & Girls Club auction celebrates 50 years

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Concord will celebrate its 50th Annual TV Auction with a special, live broadcast on Dec. 9. Featuring local celebrity emcees and auctioneers from years past, the event will air on ConcordTV and bid4kids.org from 3 to 8 p.m. The live auction is preceded by two days of online bidding starting Dec. 7 at 8 a.m. Hundreds of items will be available starting Thursday at bid4kids.org, with a special...

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This week in Concord history

Dec. 7, 2003: Mother Nature dumps 4 inches of snow on the ground, after giving central New Hampshire 12 inches the day before. The endless frozen shower leaves Department of Transportation road crews in a constant state of motion, keeping roads clear for those who ventured out in the storm. Dec. 7, 2002: The Monitor reports that the public will get access to thousands of pages of church personnel records if the Roman Catholic Diocese...

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Concord Chorale holds December concert
Dec05

Concord Chorale holds December concert

On Dec. 9 and 10, Concord Chorale will be performing a concert titled “A Testament to Peace.” This concert focuses on the themes of peace and gratitude and features brass, organ, piano, and percussion. Joining Concord Chorale will be the young voices of The Purple Finches, a youth choir from Concord Community Music School under the direction of Maria Isaak. The concert will also feature a set showcasing the talents of the chorale’s...

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This week in Concord history

Nov. 30, 2003: Speaking at a house party in Bow, presidential candidate Howard Dean says that an independent Palestinian state is the best hope for an Arab-speaking democracy in the Middle East. And only an American president can broker the Israeli-Palestinian peace accord needed to establish such a state, he says. Nov. 30, 2001: Robert Tulloch, a teenager accused of killing two Dartmouth College professors will use an insanity...

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Holiday happenings
Nov28

Holiday happenings

Through Dec. 23 ‘A Christmas Carol’ Come celebrate the holiday season as the Palace Theatre tradition continues with Charles Dickens’ classic story of Scrooge and Tiny Tim in A Christmas Carol. Palace Theatre, 80 Hanover St., Manchester. Tickets, $28 – $49, and showtimes at palacetheatre.org. Through Dec. 10 ‘It’s a Wonderful Life” Joe Landry has re-envisioned the beloved film classic as a 1940’s style radio play. Five seasoned...

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Bulletin board for the week of Nov. 30
Nov28

Bulletin board for the week of Nov. 30

New date for ‘War in Gaza and Israel’ The next Humanities at Home program “The War in Gaza and Israel: Background and Context” will be held Dec. 1 at 5 p.m. via Zoom. It is free and open to the public. Why is the Israeli-Palestinian conflict so complicated and difficult to resolve? Will there ever be peace in the region? Join us on Dec. 1, as Dr. Tarek El-Ariss of Dartmouth College leads a discussion about the events that continue to...

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Midnight Merriment returns to downtown Dec. 1
Nov28

Midnight Merriment returns to downtown Dec. 1

The enchanting Midnight Merriment is poised to make its triumphant return to downtown Concord on Friday, Dec. 1. From 5 p.m. until midnight, the streets will come alive with the joy and magic of the holiday season, welcoming residents and visitors to partake in a festive celebration. As the unofficial kickoff to the holiday season, Midnight Merriment symbolizes a time of hope for downtown businesses and eager shoppers alike. The...

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Spread Joy, Shop Concord for the holidays
Nov28

Spread Joy, Shop Concord for the holidays

In an age dominated by online shopping, the personal touch and sense of community that comes with supporting local businesses can often be overlooked. Engaging with business owners, retail workers, and fellow shoppers contributes significantly to the holiday spirit and the quest for the perfect gifts. Fortunately, Concord’s retail stores continue to thrive, offering a warm, small-town ambiance that fosters a strong sense of community...

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Book review: ‘Mr. Campion’s Memory’ by Mike Ripley

‘Mr. Campion’s Memory’ By Mike Ripley (228 pages, mystery, 2023) London 1972, Mr. Campion’s nephew, Christopher, a public relations man, asks for Campion’s help at Christopher’s father’s funeral. He needs to have Campion search his memory from 40 years ago. Christopher handles public relations for Lachlan McIntyre, a wealthy businessman who owns construction vehicles – earth movers. McIntyre is in line for a peerage and so his...

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Discover the Legacy of Joseph Plumer
Nov20

Discover the Legacy of Joseph Plumer

On Nov. 25 at 10 a.m., Bob Manley, co-founder of Hermit Woods Winery & Eatery, invites you to join him on a hike to visit the grave site of Joseph Plumer, the renowned Hermit of Meredith Hill. Joseph, who passed away in 1862 at the age of 88, rests beside the foundation of his house and barn in the heart of the Hermit Town Forest — an area that played a pivotal role in inspiring the name of Hermit Woods Winery & Eatery. A...

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