Book of the Week: ‘Scandal Above Stairs’
Aug07

Book of the Week: ‘Scandal Above Stairs’

Scandal Above Stairs Jennifer Ashley 2018, 309 pages Historical mystery   It is 1881, and Kat Holloway is in command as the cook at Lord Rankin’s elegant home in London. Lord Rankin is away, and his sister-in-law, Lady Cynthia, stays there with her relatives, Mr. and Mrs. Bywater. Cynthia is young and gets into scrapes with her friends, shockingly wearing men’s clothing at night when they go out. Kat is an excellent cook, and she is...

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This Week in Concord History
Aug07

This Week in Concord History

Aug. 6, 1728: A grant creates the Plantation of Suncook (an Indian term meaning “place of the goose” or “rocky place”). Massachusetts grants the land to the 47 soldiers and survivors of an Indian-hunting expedition to the north known as Lovewell’s War. Francis Doyen of Penacook, one of Lovewell’s soldiers, is believed to have been the first white settler. Aug. 6, 2000: About 20 people gather along the Merrimack River near Concord’s...

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The 5th annual Rock On Fest is ready to take over Main Street again
Jul30

The 5th annual Rock On Fest is ready to take over Main Street again

One of the capital city’s most eclectic – and most fun – festivals is returning to Main Street for a fifth year this Sunday, and you won’t want to miss out on all it has to offer. The Rock On Foundation’s fifth annual Rock On Fest will take over downtown for one day only this year, bringing live music, basketball, activities and all-around family fun to the masses. And, very importantly, the whole thing is free, and everyone is...

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Making Good Health Simple: Don’t miss the outdoor yoga session at Rock On Fest
Jul30

Making Good Health Simple: Don’t miss the outdoor yoga session at Rock On Fest

It’s free, it’s outside, and everyone can participate – Yoga on the State House lawn. On Sunday, during the Rock On Fest, join 43 Degrees North Athletic Club for an epic experience filled with music, movement and positive energy. What makes this extra exciting? The greater Concord community is coming together to support a great cause. The Rock On Foundation is known for collaborating with local businesses to raise money for great...

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Pedal to White Park for the 39th annual Concord Criterium
Jul30

Pedal to White Park for the 39th annual Concord Criterium

White Park will be pretty busy this weekend – well, all the streets surrounding it will be, anyway – when the Concord Criterium pedals into town for a 39th year. One of New England’s longest-running cycling races returns for another year on Saturday, with elite and casual cyclists from all over the region converging on the capital city for the New England Criterium Championship, the official regional championship race for USA Cycling....

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The Crust and Crumb Baking Co. set to expand menu, double in size
Jul30

The Crust and Crumb Baking Co. set to expand menu, double in size

Alison Ladman opened The Crust and Crumb Baking Co. on Main Street in Concord seven years ago with a vision – she wanted to fill a storefront with delicate pastries made from scratch with local ingredients. “Starting from sugar and butter and flour and making things completely the way it’s supposed to be done, all the while supporting the community that supports us,” Ladman said. “That’s what I wanted.” Few restaurants still do that,...

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Entertainment: Besides Rock On Fest, a ton of other music on the docket, plus plays and movies
Jul30

Entertainment: Besides Rock On Fest, a ton of other music on the docket, plus plays and movies

Music Tuesday Scott Solsky at Hermanos Cocina Mexicana at 6:30 p.m. The Nevers Band at the State House at 7 p.m. Freese Brothers Big Band at Presidential Oaks at 6:30 p.m. Open mic for poets and writers at True Brew Barista at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday The Buskers at Hermanos at 6:30 p.m. April Cushman at Courtyard by Marriott at 6 p.m. Thursday Brian Booth at Hermanos at 6:30 p.m. Dan Walker at Cheers at 5 p.m. Friday Lez Zeppelin at Bank...

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Bulletin Board: Free concerts, Old-Fashioned Field Day, etc.
Jul30

Bulletin Board: Free concerts, Old-Fashioned Field Day, etc.

Free concerts at United Church Wednesday evening at 7 p.m., Canadian soprano Danielle Buonaiuto and cellist Julia Biber will perform a free concert at the United Church of Penacook. Buonaiuto appears as soloist and ensemble musician throughout the United States and Canada. Her artistry is driven by values of community, access and inclusion, and compassion, and her projects explore these issues through a broad range of music. Biber has...

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City Manager’s Newsletter: A slew of construction updates, plus a few events coming up
Jul30

City Manager’s Newsletter: A slew of construction updates, plus a few events coming up

On Friday, Stefanie Breton, the city’s public information officer, sent out the weekly City Manager’s Newsletter. You can read the full newsletter by going to concordnh.gov and clicking the Newsletter button on the home page. Here are some of the highlights: Parking garage updates Steel erection for the new south stair tower at the School Street parking garage is nearly complete. Once finished, the contractor will pour concrete for...

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On Display: Nature photos on canvas by Christine Wrazen at NHTI
Jul30

On Display: Nature photos on canvas by Christine Wrazen at NHTI

NHTI’s library art gallery has a new exhibit, “Nature Easels,” by graphic designer and photographer Christine Wrazen, just installed last week. The exhibit will be on display until the end of September.  The art installation features eight pieces consisting of a digital photograph printed on a small, square canvas and presented on a miniature easel adorned with flowers. Any of the works can be yours – they’re priced at $38 apiece. For...

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The Yogi: In yoga, like in baseball, the pieces fit together to form a team
Jul30

The Yogi: In yoga, like in baseball, the pieces fit together to form a team

It’s been a tough year for Mookie Betts. An inconsistent year. After winning Major League Baseball’s MVP Award in 2018, this season has been a grind for the 26-year-old superstar outfielder for the Boston Red Sox. Over the last month, Mookie has started to come to life, and to return to that superstar level of play. Last Friday, his bat made some serious noise as the Sox crushed the Yankees at Fenway Park for the second straight...

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Author Gault to speak at Gibson’s Bookstore
Jul30

Author Gault to speak at Gibson’s Bookstore

Miciah Bay Gault will visit Gibson’s Bookstore on Thursday at 6 p.m. to present her debut of literary suspense, Goodnight Stranger, which follows one young woman caught between her desire for the future and the tragedy of her past, and the love she has for her brother and the stranger who drives them apart, all set in a gorgeously atmospheric fictional Cape Cod island town. George Saunders writes of the book: “Somewhere the ghosts of...

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On the Road: The ‘Insider’ goes to Dead Horse Point State Park
Jul30

On the Road: The ‘Insider’ goes to Dead Horse Point State Park

Leah Lundquist and her family recently took a 10-day national (and state) park road trip and, of course, no 10-day road trip of any variety would be possible without bringing along a copy of the trusty Insider. Amid all the excitement surrounding the trip, the group managed only one photo with the Insider, but they sure did make it count. Here are Lundquist’s daughters Ella, 7, and Adeline, 4, posing with the New Food Issue in front...

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Book of the Week: ‘Art Matters’
Jul30

Book of the Week: ‘Art Matters’

Art Matters: Because Your Imagination Can Change the World By Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Chris Riddell 2018, 100 pages Nonfiction – Motivational   Art Matters is a small book full of big ideas. Neil Gaiman has combined four personal essays with vibrant illustrations by Chris Riddell to create an inspirational manifesto for living, reading, assembling furniture and, especially, making art. “Credo” expresses Gaiman’s belief in and love...

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This Week in Concord History
Jul30

This Week in Concord History

July 30, 1777: After riding all night from Exeter, Lt. Col. Gordon Hutchins, Concord’s legislative representative, bursts into the Sunday service at Concord’s meeting house to say that Gen. John Stark is marching west but needs more men. “Those of you who are willing to go had better go at once,” Rev. Timothy Walker tells his congregation. All men present leave. July 30, 2003: According to documents that are unsealed in Concord...

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There are plenty of ways to stay cool in Concord this summer
Jul23

There are plenty of ways to stay cool in Concord this summer

How did everyone enjoy that brutal, oppressive heat wave last week? Nothing says “hot town, summer in the city” like a stretch of days approaching 100 degrees with humidity so high it feels like a wall of warm water hits you as soon as you open the door and step outside. And this is in a state that borders Canada. If you’re reading this, it means you survived last week’s heat wave – but don’t count your chickens yet, because we’re not...

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Making Good Health Simple: Staying out of the heat does a lot more than just keep you cool
Jul23

Making Good Health Simple: Staying out of the heat does a lot more than just keep you cool

No one in New Hampshire is ever happy with the current weather we have. It’s too hot, too cold, too windy, too rainy, too humid, too not what they wanted. Bottom line, people, is that we live in New England and, more specifically, the heart of New Hampshire. These drastic temperature, weather and seasonal changes are precisely why living in the good ol’ Granite State keeps us on our toes. Don’t you love having a walk-off welcome mat...

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Adventure Shopping: Summer fun edition
Jul23

Adventure Shopping: Summer fun edition

Since we’re in the dog days of summer, we decided to head over to Ocean State Job Lot for a little summer fun edition of Adventure Shopping. As usual, we found all kinds of cool, interesting and ultimately weird stuff that’s sure to improve your summer – and your life, really.

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A different kind of rail trail opens in Concord
Jul23

A different kind of rail trail opens in Concord

Monitor staff A different type of rail trail has opened up in Concord. Scenic RailRiders opened July 12 off Sewalls Falls Road in Concord along an abandoned stretch of Pan Am Railways track that stretches from above the state prison to Commercial Street in Boscawen. This isn’t a rail trail in the traditional sense – a flattened path with the tracks removed. This trail still has its rails, which are ridden on by a mountain coaster-like...

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Entertainment: Outdoor concerts galore, plus other fun stuff
Jul23

Entertainment: Outdoor concerts galore, plus other fun stuff

Music Tuesday Dann Brothers Blues Band at Hemanos Cocina Mexicana at 6:30 p.m. Nevers’ Second Regiment Band at Keach Park at 7 p.m. East Bay Jazz at Presidential Oaks at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday Paul Heckel at Hemanos at 6:30 p.m. Open mic at Area 23 at 6 p.m. Country Mile outside Concord Public Library at 6 p.m. Ryan Williamson at Courtyard by Marriott at 6 p.m. Dwayne Haggins at Concord Craft Brewing at 5:30 p.m. Thursday Mike Morris at...

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Bulletin Board: New educational film series, free music, etc.
Jul23

Bulletin Board: New educational film series, free music, etc.

Special screening at Red River Schoolhouse Players, in collaboration with ConcordTV, is presenting a new film, Sing Away Pain, exploring how the expressive arts can relieve chronic pain. The first in a series of medical educational films, writer Brenda Wilbert approaches the material in an original new format, rather than as a standard educational documentary. A one-act play is first presented in the film in the form of a professional...

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City Manager’s Newsletter: Several construction updates, upcoming events and more
Jul23

City Manager’s Newsletter: Several construction updates, upcoming events and more

On Friday, Stefanie Breton, the city’s public information officer, sent out the weekly City Manager’s Newsletter. You can read the full newsletter by going to concordnh.gov and clicking the Newsletter button on the home page. Here are some of the highlights: Road construction projects The State of New Hampshire will be installing new steam lines on Green Street and Park Street until November. Work for this week includes the following:...

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Grappone Conference Center to host outdoor farm-to-table dinner
Jul23

Grappone Conference Center to host outdoor farm-to-table dinner

If you’re all about high-end, locally produced, delicious food – paired with fine wine and beautiful music, not to mention a nice view – you certainly won’t want to miss out on a special evening the Grappone Conference Center has planned. On Aug. 8, the conference center will host its first farm-to-table dinner, in which all the food will be sourced from eight local farms, all within an hour of Concord. To set the mood, guitar...

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Gibson’s Bookstore to host author David Mahood
Jul23

Gibson’s Bookstore to host author David Mahood

On Wednesday at 6 p.m., author David Mahood will be at Gibson’s Bookstore to present One Green Deed Spawns Another: Tales of Inspiration on the Quest for Sustainability, as he details the unusual path he followed to become environmentally active. His quest for sustainability led him on a wide-ranging and introspective journey that included encounters with a diverse group of people. From turtle rescuers to hemp designers, from...

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The Yogi: There are mirrors everywhere in life, from Snow White to the yoga studio
Jul23

The Yogi: There are mirrors everywhere in life, from Snow White to the yoga studio

“Magic mirror, on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all?” Sound familiar? With all the drama that Disney could muster up in 1937, the face in the mirror says: “Famed is thy beauty, Majesty. But hold, a lovely maid I see. … Alas, she is more fair than thee.” You probably know the story of Snow White. The Queen looks in this enchanted mirror and sees something else besides her own reflection. There are flames, smoke and a little...

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On the Road: The ‘Insider’ visits Mount Rushmore
Jul23

On the Road: The ‘Insider’ visits Mount Rushmore

Members of GoodLife Programs & Activities and friends took the Insider to Mount Rushmore in South Dakota in June. While it’s disappointing they haven’t added any Insider legends to the monument yet, it still makes for a cool photo. Thank you to Barbara Clark for sending in the photo! Are you going anywhere exotic, exciting or just plain cool? If so, bring a copy of your favorite Insider issue along with you and have a picture...

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Food Snob: A gluten-free, vegan North East burger from Willows Plant-Based Eatery
Jul23

Food Snob: A gluten-free, vegan North East burger from Willows Plant-Based Eatery

The Food Snob is quite a stranger to vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free dining. Typically, we’re out there pounding tacos, pizza, fried chicken, crab cakes, pulled pork sandwiches and anything else that seems like it will get us full enough to need a nap after. But a reader reached out last week, recommending a gluten-free installment of the Food Snob, and not being afraid of any consumable, we decided to take her up on that idea. For...

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On Display: Lakes Region Art Association work at NHTI
Jul23

On Display: Lakes Region Art Association work at NHTI

Assorted works by members of the Lakes Region Art Association are on display at the NHTI library gallery until about mid-August. The exhibit features a mix of paintings and photographs, and the pieces are all for sale. 

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Book of the Week: ‘The Well’
Jul23

Book of the Week: ‘The Well’

The Well Catherine Chanter 2016, 400 pages Literary Fiction/Suspense Thriller   Set in Great Britain on a small farm that is the only place to have regular rainfall in a country experiencing a multi-year drought, Ruth and her husband Mark find themselves the unintentional and unwilling focus of a nation in search of answers. But Ruth has questions of her own, and she is driving herself mad trying to get to the truth. The couple...

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This Week in Concord History
Jul23

This Week in Concord History

July 23, 1927: Col. Charles A. Lindbergh, who is scheduled to arrive in Concord two days from now on his triumphant tour around the country, lands at Concord airport. The reason: the airport in Portland, Maine, his scheduled stop, is fogged in. July 24, 2002: An 11-run second inning and sparkling defense propels Concord National to the Junior League Softball Championship, with a 13-2 victory over the host Bedford team. July 24, 2003:...

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