Poetry: A Life Past
Mar12

Poetry: A Life Past

I once knew an old man, with a life past, his history with dark shadows, some memories not to last.   He spoke of adventures, of the roads he did travel, places he visited, my younger version did marvel.   His life a canvas, colored so beautiful and bright, he told me the stories, from morning until night.   Spoke of the old days, when life was still good, people were friendly, in his old childhood.   The old man...

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Bulletin Board: Special guest at jazz sanctuary
Mar12

Bulletin Board: Special guest at jazz sanctuary

Make new friends The Friends Youth Mentor Program is asking you to be someone who matters to someone who matters. Do you have the passion for making a difference in someone’s life? Do you have three hours a week to give to a child at risk in your community? The Friends Program is looking for volunteer mentors who can serve as a positive role model for a child, ages 6 to 17. Adults of all ages are welcome to volunteer. If you are...

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Walker series starts 2020 season
Mar10

Walker series starts 2020 season

For more than 100 years, Concord residents have been gifted free musical and cultural performances through the Timothy and Abigail B. Walker Fund. “It was so the public could become more aware of what was out in the world and beyond just Concord,” Allwynne Fine, one of the series’s trustees, told the Monitor last year. The 2020 season opens today, March 11, at 7:30 p.m. with a performance by the Freese Brothers Big Band. Freese...

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Wheeling it to the net
Mar05

Wheeling it to the net

This weekend, more than 200 community members and business leaders will gather on the courts for Granite State Independent Living’s 9th annual wheelchair basketball tournament, Hoops on Wheels 2020.  At this event, people with and people without disabilities compete in wheelchairs for the championship title. As players maneuver around the court, they get a small taste of what it’s like to use a wheelchair and the importance of...

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Parks and Rec posts schedule for open gym
Mar05

Parks and Rec posts schedule for open gym

Concord Parks and Rec has planned out another season of activities and has recently release their spring program guide and March drop-in gym schedule. Concord Parks & Rec’s Spring Brochure is available at esuite.concordnh. gov/recreation/flipbook/index.html. Some programs have already started, so sign up soon if you wish to participate. On the gym schedule, pickleball is held at the City-wide Community Center, 14 Canterbury...

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Sounds of the season
Mar05

Sounds of the season

While there’s no bad time to listen to Celtic music, people’s interest seems to peak in March as St. Patrick’s Day approaches. Probably something to do with St. Patrick being the patron saint of Ireland or something. The Jordan Tirrell-Wysocki Trio will be among those Celtic music groups getting into the action with a show at the Bank of New Hampshire Stage on March 14 at 8 p.m. The group has been performing in the Concord area for...

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Entertainment: Month starts strong with nightly shows
Mar05

Entertainment: Month starts strong with nightly shows

Live music Today Dave Gerard at Hermanos at 6:30 p.m. Irish Music After Work with David Levine, Roger Duhaime and friends at Area 23 at 5:32 p.m. Thursday Brian Booth at Hermanos at 6:30 p.m. Llava Llama with Sonny Jim Clifford at Penuche’s at 9 p.m. Friday Classic Invasion Band at Makris Lobster and Steak House at 7 p.m. RosesFromRuins  & B. Snair at True Brew Barista and Cafe at 8 p.m. Rev. Todd Seely at Area 23 at 8:30 p.m....

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Bach lectures head to New Orleans
Mar05

Bach lectures head to New Orleans

Concord Community Music School faculty member and multi-instrumentalist Eric Klaxton will present the next Bach Lunch Lecture on an exploration of how three musical mavericks made a lasting impact on American culture, in “Pioneers of New Orleans Music: Louis Armstrong, Sidney Bechet, and Fats Waller,” The sessions will be held Thursday, March 5, at 12:10 p.m. Trumpeter Louis Armstrong, a New Orleans native, championed New Orleans...

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Children meet ‘The Violin Family’
Mar05

Children meet ‘The Violin Family’

On Feb. 29, cellist Melissa Perley and her husband, Paul, a luthier, visited Gibson’s Bookstore to share their new book, The Violin Family. They also brought instruments for young readers to examine. The picture book for children is an introduction to the family of stringed instruments with a delightful pairing of fact and fiction. With the instruments personified, readers learn the anatomy, as well as the personality, of each...

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Fiddle Ensemble dates this spring
Mar05

Fiddle Ensemble dates this spring

Next month, the New Hampshire Fiddle Ensemble will begin their tour performing for charitable causes, including several shows in the wider Concord area. The group is made up of musicians ranging in age from 5 to 95 playing a variety of stringed instruments, such as fiddle, guitar, banjo, mandolin, bass, harp, cello and more. A 75-year old woman rips up a bluegrass fiddle solo and a 50-year old teetotaler belts out a great Irish...

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‘Yellow Bird Sings’ author to visit
Mar05

‘Yellow Bird Sings’ author to visit

Jennifer Rosner will visit Gibson’s Bookstore on March 10 at 6 p.m. to present The Yellow Bird Sings. In Poland, as World War II rages, a mother hides with her young daughter, a musical prodigy whose slightest sound may cost them their lives. As Nazi soldiers round up the Jews in their town, Róza and her 5-year-old daughter, Shira, flee, seeking shelter in a neighbor’s barn. Hidden in the hayloft day and night, Shira struggles to stay...

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March Mandolin Festival concerts, workshops return
Mar05

March Mandolin Festival concerts, workshops return

The 18th annual March Mandolin Festival Concerts will be held March 6 and 7 at two venues for live acoustic music. The festival opens Friday with a 7 p.m. show at The Dance Hall in Kittery, Maine. Saturday’s concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the Concord Community Music School, the host venue for the entire festival, which runs Saturday and Sunday, March 7 and 8. The March Mandolin Festival has been bringing the cream of the crop of...

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City newsletter: Skating extended til March 19
Mar05

City newsletter: Skating extended til March 19

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:   Ice skating Ice skating at the Everett Arena has been extended to continue through March 19. Skating hours are  Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be no more weekend sessions. Admission is only $5 (kids...

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This week in history
Mar05

This week in history

March 4, 1861: New Hampshireman Benjamin Brown French is the chief marshal for the inauguration of Abraham Lincoln. The event goes off without a hitch, and French rewards himself with a good seat for the speech. “I got a position where I could hear every word and was delighted,” he writes in his diary. March 4, 1777: Concord’s town meeting votes to “break off all dealings” with attorney Peter Green, Dr. Phillip Carrigain and merchants...

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Book can help you organize
Mar05

Book can help you organize

Hack Your Journaling:  Stay Organized & Record Everything that Matters with One Notebook By Lark Crafts (176 pages, 2018,  nonfiction)   Journaling has become a way of not just keeping track of things, but expressing oneself and de-stressing. It has been proven that having your goals visible makes you more likely to accomplish them. Making, planning and tracking your goals fun, and is another great way to get you to the...

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Poetry: Old Fiddle
Mar05

Poetry: Old Fiddle

I have an old fiddle, the tune still very sweet to me,   belonged to my great grandfather, from Ireland across the sea.   He came to this country, to escape sorrow and much more,   loved his family dearly, sung often of his family lore.   His old calloused hands, played the fiddle to many a lad,   his memories kept alive, the tales were often sad.   I listen to the old tunes, in my memories they now roam,...

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Chamber to host forum with state commissioners
Mar05

Chamber to host forum with state commissioners

N.H. commissioners to present at forum The Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce invites members and the public to its annual Lunch with N.H.’s Commissioners forum on Thursday, March 12, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. at Holiday Inn, 172 N. Main St., Concord. Several of the commissioners will join the chamber for an important panel discussion covering timely topics, including plans to redevelop Interstate 93 through Concord and Bow, and...

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Girl Scout Cookie Weekend proclaimed
Feb26

Girl Scout Cookie Weekend proclaimed

National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend is Feb. 28 to March 1. It will now also be Girl Scout Cookie Weekend in New Hampshire, following a proclamation made by Gov. Chris Sununu on Feb. 19. Five Girl Scouts along with representatives of Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains, the council serving New Hampshire and Vermont, presented the governor with a box of the full variety of Girl Scout Cookies, which were enjoyed right away by the...

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View in a different light
Feb26

View in a different light

Two New Hampshire Art Association members will have their artwork on display from March 24 through June 18 at 2 Pillsbury St., Concord. The title of this exhibit is “New England in a Different Light,” featuring the works of painter Nicole Ellis and photographer Mark Giuliucci. It celebrates the artists’ visions of New England’s unique colors, textures, and iconic scenery. Drawing from an early age, Ellis spent youthful seasons...

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From deep space to deep sea
Feb26

From deep space to deep sea

The McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center is open from 10:30 a.m. to  4 p.m. every day for February vacation, through Sunday, March 1. Each day, visitors will be able to choose from five different planetarium shows, explore science galleries, engage in science and engineering activities – and just in time for February vacation, the Discovery Center has opened a new exhibition, Virtual Fish Tank. The Virtual Fish Tank is a gift from the...

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City Newsletter: Recap meetings via videos
Feb26

City Newsletter: Recap meetings via videos

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: Parks and Rec Concord Parks & Rec’s Spring Brochure is available now. View it online at esuite.concordnh.gov/recreation/flipbook/index.html. There are offerings for children, adults, and seniors. Many adult programs begin the...

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A new class of student leaders
Feb26

A new class of student leaders

The Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce welcomed 25 students selected to take part in Capital Area Student Leadership 2020 during a reception held at the Chamber’s 49 S. Main St. office in Concord on Feb. 19, also attended by parents, guardians, CASL committee members and Chamber staff program liaisons. CASL is New Hampshire’s only regional student leadership and civics program. It is offered annually by the Chamber for high school...

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See 1900s style magic show and dream big at Audi

Concord City Auditorium welcomes the community to a Sunday afternoon celebration of theatrical magic, historical and hysterical, all taking place in the sunlit reception lobby on March 1. At 1 p.m., travel back in time with award-winning performer Andrew Pinard as he transforms, in costume and character, into Boston-born magician Jonathan Harrington. “Harrington – Feats of Legerdemain” presents mysteries and wonders from the 19th...

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Book of the Week: Add happiness to your life
Feb26

Book of the Week: Add happiness to your life

The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living By Meik Wiking (355 pages, 2017, nonfiction) You may have heard that the Danes are very happy people. But have you heard of “hygge”? It’s pronounced “hoo-ga,” but how you do it is more important than how you say it! Hygge is many things, but it is mainly about comfort and spending time with family and friends. Oh, and cake and candy, candles and staying in with a good book when...

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Andrew North records single
Feb26

Andrew North records single

Andrew North is back at it again with a new single, “Desolation West.” Like his previous songs, “Desolation West,” features his excellent skills on the keyboard and vocals. He told the Insider that he wrote the new song over email with a high school classmate. The song is available on Spotify, Apple Music and several streaming platforms as well as andrewnorth.bandcamp.com. Andrew North is the performance name of Andrew Grosvenor,...

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The Yogi: You may have to travel far to get close
Feb26

The Yogi: You may have to travel far to get close

In my mind, I’m quite the solo traveler. I pack light, go with the flow and don’t sweat the small stuff. In reality, I’m better off staying at home. My pack weighs too much, I hold up the line at airport security and I freak out a little when I show up at the wrong Days Inn for my one night stay. I’d rather be at home. I prefer sleeping in my own bed. I like my morning routine. And as much as I like the view of Phoenix from 40,000...

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Poem: The Same Roads
Feb26

Poem: The Same Roads

They traveled the same roads, and sidewalks too, passed the same buildings, with similar thoughts like you. Though the sun high above, shone on another time, when life was still simple, unlike yours or mine. There are times, you have to look back too, for life to move forward, learn from what people do. Always remember, from your past mistakes few, they traveled the same roads, and sidewalks too. James W....

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This week in history
Feb26

This week in history

Feb. 26, 2000: Donna Sytek, the first female speaker of the New Hampshire House, informs her colleagues by letter that she will not run for a third term as speaker this fall. She cites her belief in voluntary term limits for legislators and her own health troubles as reasons for stepping down.   Feb. 26, 1942: The H.J. Heinz Co. runs a large ad in the Monitor telling readers: “Blame Hitler, Hirohito, and Benito! … Don’t...

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Bulletin Board: Caregiver care programs and more

CRVNA clinic, support group and other programs 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 Monday, March 2, 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...

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Entertainment: Leap Day packed with music, shows
Feb26

Entertainment: Leap Day packed with music, shows

Live music Today Mikey G at Concord Craft Brewing from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tim Wildman at Hermanos at 6:30 p.m. Irish Music with David Levine and Roger Duhaime at Area 23 at 5:30 p.m. Thursday April Cushman at Cheers from 5 to 8 p.m. Richard Gardzina at Hermanos at 6:30 p.m. Blue Light Rain at Penuche’s Ale House at 9 p.m. Friday Nicole Knox Murphy at Makris Lobster and Steak House at 6 p.m. The Rhythm Upstairs and Scott Solsky at True...

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