Holiday hours and schedules

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: Holiday hours All city offices and the Concord Public Library will be closing at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 31, and will be closed all day on Wednesday, Jan. 1, in observance of New Year’s Day. Trash holiday New Year’s Day is a...

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New Year’s Eve bashes
Dec30

New Year’s Eve bashes

Live music Tuesday New Year’s Eve with Thrown to the Wolves at Area 23 at 9 p.m. No Fuss New Year at True Brew at 4 p.m. DJ Meeks at the Pit Road Lounge from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. $5 cover. A New Year’s Eve Spectacular will be held at the Bank of N.H. Stage at 8 p.m. Roaring ’20s Costume Party at Tandy’s at 6 p.m. Wednesday Paul Speidel at Hermanos at 6:30 p.m. Thursday Brian Booth at Hermanos at 6:30 p.m. April Cushman at Cheers at 5 p.m....

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Bulletin Board

Immunization clinic Concord Regional Visiting Nurse Association offers a monthly Walk-In Immunization Clinic for children and adults who are uninsured, underserved, and who have no access to these needed services in order to lead a healthy lifestyle.  The next will be Jan. 6 from 1 to 4 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Outreach Center, 21 Centre St. in Concord. A fee of $10 is requested per person. Children must be accompanied by a...

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Poem:  December 26th
Dec30

Poem:  December 26th

The guests now gone, the home as quiet as can be,   I sit in my living room, just me and my little Christmas tree.   I think of the years, Christmas’ from the past,   cherish these special moments, want the good memories to last.   The winter will progress, the cold sure to give a chill,   I will look forward to next year, where I can make fond memories still James W....

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Looking back to look ahead
Dec30

Looking back to look ahead

January Dancing With the Concord Stars Ten dancing duos picked from community institutions doo-wop, cha-cha and shimmy to raise money for NHTI scholarships. Looking back: Monitor ad sales rep Jeanne Lester and her husband, Mark, won best costumed with “At the Hop.” The judges top pick was Kristin Clark and Anthony Poore with “Think” and people’s choice was Emily Ricard and Sam Durfee with “Spybeat.” Looking ahead: The 10th year will...

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Book of the Week: ‘Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts’
Dec30

Book of the Week: ‘Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts’

‘Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts’ Kate Racculia 2019 / 368 pages / Fiction Tuesday Mooney is private, hates socializing, and spends most of her time ferreting out potential donors for Boston General Hospital. Her job as a prospective donor researcher lets her puzzle out people and which buttons to push while safely shielding her from human interaction. But when Vincent Pryce, Boston’s most eccentric billionaire, dies – leaving behind...

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This week in Concord history
Dec30

This week in Concord history

  Dec. 31, 1999: Despite a bomb threat, First Night celebrations wrap up without incident. Enthusiasm, however, is hard to find. “It doesn’t feel like New Year’s Eve,” one would-be Concord reveler laments. “There’s not a lot going on,” another adds. “And with no snow, it’s even worse.”   Dec. 31, 1866: Fire burns the roof and destroys machinery at the Penacook Mill. Though it is so cold that the firemen’s clothing freezes, a...

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A show in a show in another show
Dec30

A show in a show in another show

The Actorsingers of Nashua will usher in the New Year at Concord’s Hatbox Theater with the award-winning Broadway musical [title of show]. Yes, that is really the name, not a mistake. The show, with music and lyrics by Jeff Bowen and book by Hunter Bell, hilariously chronicles its own frantic creation for entry in the N.Y. Musical Theater Festival. [title of show] is a comical yet insightful and autobiographical look into the...

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Art on display at Chamber

The paintings of New Hampshire Art Association artist Debbie Campbell will be on display at the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce from Dec. 31 through March 19, in an exhibit titled, “Nature’s Palette.” Campbell of Newbury attended Massachusetts College of Art and continued her education with some notable artists such as the late Frances Weston Hoyt of New London who was a first-generation Frank Vincent DuMond student, Gil Perry who...

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Lights on the shortest days of the year
Dec26

Lights on the shortest days of the year

Jewish community members gathered 0utside the State House on Dec. 22 to celebrate the start of Hanukkah.

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Bulletin Board

Extra skating hours Ice skating at the Douglas N. Everett Arena has added new public skating hours during this week. Public skating hours currently are Sundays from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and Monday through Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Starting on Dec. 23, ice skating will also be offered from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on weekdays (with the exception of Dec. 25) through Jan. 1. These additional skating hours have been added in coordination...

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Start the New Year outdoors
Dec26

Start the New Year outdoors

If you’re more a morning person than a night owl, perhaps you’d rather celebrate New Year’s Day than New Year’s Eve. In that case, we’ve got a couple of events that might be your style. First Day Hikes Join the New Hampshire Division of Parks and Recreation and its partners on a rejuvenating family-friendly hike this New Year’s Day. New Hampshire State Parks invites the public to kick off the New Year and New Year’s Day with a hike....

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Christmas music we love to hate
Dec26

Christmas music we love to hate

  For many of us, this is that wonderful time of year when we gather together with family and friends around a warm fire, and gripe about that awful, omnipresent Christmas music. The problem is, we’ve got it wrong. According to musicians and scholars, the classic songs of the season represent some of the finest Western music that’s ever been written. Handel’s “Messiah,” “Go, Tell It on the Mountain,” “Ave Maria,” “The Holly and...

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Parties, events to celebrate the new year
Dec26

Parties, events to celebrate the new year

Bank of N.H. Stage The Bank of N.H. Stage will celebrate its first New Year’s Eve with a party based on the famous nightclub, Studio 54. There will be lights, dancing, intrigue and spectacle. The Stage will be transformed into a discotheque by promoter Beth McGurr. The festivities will include DJs, dancers, aerialists, belly dancers, burlesque performers and more. There will be a photo booth, a midnight confetti blast, champagne toast...

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Celebrating Christmas in Concord in 1917
Dec26

Celebrating Christmas in Concord in 1917

Christmas means many things to many people. It is a wonderful period where a fleeting touch of nostalgia brings us joy, sometimes deep sadness, and we rejoice. We celebrate in our churches and with like-minded people, for it is together we wish to be on this holiest day. Each person has their own perception of the perfect Christmas that keeps it alive within each of our hearts. We think back to the early years and we cherish our most...

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Novel dazzles, audiobook adds new dimension
Dec26

Novel dazzles, audiobook adds new dimension

The Dutch House Ann Patchett 2019, 352 pages Fiction Starting from humble beginnings, Cyril Conroy makes money in real estate and decides to buy the Dutch House, a mansion in Elkins Park, outside of Philadelphia in 1946. He surprises his wife Elna and their children with it. But Elna is unprepared for this, and she hates the Dutch House. She soon leaves for India, leaving Cyril, their daughter Maeve, age 10, and son Danny, age 3....

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City newsletter: Holiday schedules, Christmas tree collection
Dec26

City newsletter: Holiday schedules, Christmas tree collection

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: Holiday hours All city offices and the Concord Public Library will be closing at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 24, and will be closed all day on Dec. 25 for Christmas. Offices will also be closing at 4:30 p.m. on Dec. 31, and will be closed...

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Making Good Health Simple: No time to exercise? No way!

“I’m too tired.” “I don’t have time.” “I don’t know what to do.” Just a few of the most popular excuses I hear (and sometimes say myself) as to why people do not exercise. Even with the best of intentions, the day slips by, and before you know it, it’s time for bed (and unfortunately self-care is the first thing to go). Finding time to exercise not impossible. I am going to share some of the easiest ways to sneak in exercise to your...

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The Yogi: Learning a lesson from the Goodfellas
Dec26

The Yogi: Learning a lesson from the Goodfellas

I felt like I was in a scene from Goodfellas. Maybe it was the way the first gentleman said, “Hey, how you doin’?” as I walked in. Maybe it was that first “fahgetaboutit.” I’d never heard anyone use “fahgetaboutit” in actual conversation before. The room was smoky and hot. I started wondering if Martin Scorsese would walk in at any moment. He didn’t. My yoga teacher walked in instead. He gave a nod to us, sat down quietly in a corner...

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This week in Concord history
Dec26

This week in Concord history

Dec. 24, 1979: Mississippi Gov. Cliff Finch arrives in Concord and declares, “I will be the next president of the United States.” If he can’t get enough signatures to get his name on the ballot, he says, he’ll run as a write-in. Dec. 24, 2001: For years, New Hampshire has lagged behind other states in compiling the crime statistics that can affect federal funds, local police efforts and legislative spending, the Monitor reports. A...

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Trunk o Funk, ‘Kinky Boots’ on deck this week
Dec26

Trunk o Funk, ‘Kinky Boots’ on deck this week

Music Thursday South Street Blues Band at Hermanos at 6:30 p.m. Trunk o Funk at Penuche’s Ale House. Holy Fool at Area 23 at 7 p.m. Friday The Ghost of Paul Revere at the Bank of N.H. Stage at 8 p.m. Bar opens at 6 p.m. $25-$37. Amulus at Penuche’s Ale House. FuzzBoxx at Area 23 at 8:30 p.m. Saturday Higher Education at the Bank of N.H. Stage at 8 p.m. $12 to $14. Fiesta Melon at Penuche’s Ale House. Tim & Dave at Hermanos at 7:30...

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Post-Christmas concert by ‘Nice and Naughty’
Dec16

Post-Christmas concert by ‘Nice and Naughty’

On Dec. 28 at 7:30 p.m., a musical celebration of Christmas will come to the Hatbox Theatre in Concord. “Holidays at Hatbox” is a series of concerts celebrating various cultures through holidays and music. The celebrations, having begun with Diwali, continues with a night of Christmas music performed by “Nice & Naughty.” Peg Chaffee and Cheryl Sager, otherwise known as “Nice & Naughty,” are a duo of women who perform original...

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Clara Perkins Chapel
Dec16

Clara Perkins Chapel

A simple chapel, on a hallowed little hill,   a young woman’s tribute, we remember her mother still.   Strong granite and timbers, built in late Gothic Revival,   ensured her memory a century, her bravery and survival.   With a red slate roof atop and deep stained glass so old,   the memory of a dear mother, shall remain a story retold.    James W....

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Low Lily ready to hit high note
Dec16

Low Lily ready to hit high note

The Vermont-based roots group Low Lily will be partnering with award-winning mandolinist Matt Flinner for a Winter Solstice show at the Bank of N.H. Stage on Thursday. “We have a song that I wrote just for this show called “We Bring the Light,” Liz Simmons said. “It is brand new and I am really excited to hear how it comes together.” Low Lily is comprised of Simmons on guitar and vocals; Lissa Schneckenburger on fiddle and vocals;...

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Bulletin Board

Walk-in Wednesday Concord Regional VNA offers Walk-In Wednesday on Dec. 18 from 10 a.m. to noon at Horseshoe Pond Place Senior Resource Center, 26 Commercial St. in Concord. Walk-In Wednesday is held on the fourth Wednesday of each month at the same time. Walk-In Wednesday is an opportunity to get your questions answered. A Concord Regional VNA team member is available to meet with people individually regarding their specific...

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New gallery set for downtown
Dec16

New gallery set for downtown

Concord artist Jess Barnett will be open a new studio and gallery at 4 Park St., adjacent to City Plaza, on Saturday with a  studio-warming and holiday party from 5 to 7:30 p.m. The gallery currently features only Barnett’s work but may eventually open its door to work by other local abstract artists. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend. Barnett, a self-taught artist who has been painting since 2004, relocated from...

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Entertainment
Dec16

Entertainment

Music Tuesday Open Mic at Tandy’s from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Kid Pinky at Hermanos at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday April Cushman at Concord Craft Brewing from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Poor Howard at Hermanos at 6:30 p.m. Thursday Joel Begin will perform from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Common Man in Concord. Alex Cohen at Tandy’s from 6 to 8 p.m. Dwayne Higgins at Cheers from 5 to 8 p.m. Chicken at Penuche’s Ale House at 9 p.m. Integrated Arts Recital at Concord...

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City Manager’s Newsletter
Dec16

City Manager’s Newsletter

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 on the home page. Here are some highlights from last week’s letter: Fall leaf collection Bulk fall leaf collection was suspended last week due to the arrival of snow. Favorable weather conditions this week allowed bulk collection to resume in areas not yet...

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Book of the Week: The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell
Dec16

Book of the Week: The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell

By Robert Dugoni Sam Hill, dubbed Sam Hell from his father’s reaction upon his birth, was born with ocular albinism causing his eyes to shine a bright red. His mother, a devout Catholic, believes it is God’s will that Sam lead an extraordinary life. This is more difficult for Sam to believe, especially when he begins at Our Lady of Mercy and is immediately met with bullying by the hands of other students as well as Sister Beatrice,...

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Give the gift of your time
Dec16

Give the gift of your time

Gift ideas. Gift ideas? The worst. Worrying about what to get who and how much to spend: a giant no thank-you to all of it. I have spent countless hours poring through Buzzfeed, Huffington Post and Amazon’s Top 10 Gift Guides. Guides for men, women, children, gender-neutral, aging parent, swim teachers. I’m talking every guide there is, and very few times did something spark an immediate “I have to buy this” reaction. Although I did...

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