Entertainment: Have a laugh at Hatbox
Sep17

Entertainment: Have a laugh at Hatbox

Live Music Friday, Sept. 18 Cash Unchained at 8 p.m. at the Capitol Center for the Arts, Chubb Theatre, 44 S. Main St., Concord. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. $25-$35. Call to purchase tickets. Info: ccanh.com. Dean Harlem and Brian Booth at 6:03 p.m. at Area 23. DJ Shamblez at 4 p.m. at Lithermans Limited Brewery (with pop-up by Dos Amigos) Andy Laliotis and Brian Burnout at Penuche’s Ale House at 8 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19 Saturday...

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Kindness Challenge: Consider others’ perspectives
Sep17

Kindness Challenge: Consider others’ perspectives

Earlier this summer, I went to Acadia National Park with my family. At night outside our cottage, my sister and I would skip stones in the ocean. Every time I threw or skipped a rock, I could see rings in the water that made a ripple effect in the spot where the rock sank into the water. Kindness toward other people in life causes a ripple effect too. One of the best ways to have your ripple be a kind one in life is to always try to...

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Exhibit changes with the leaves
Sep17

Exhibit changes with the leaves

The oil paintings of New Hampshire Art Association artist BJ Eckardt will be on display at the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce Gallery from Sept. 22 to Dec. 17. The title of the exhibit is “Moments in Nature.” The show is about capturing those brief encounters with nature. “Witnessing unique and special moments in nature are gifts to behold,” Eckardt said. “Rays of sunshine making their marks in a forest, the perfect cloud on a...

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Book of the Week: Coyote Waits
Sep17

Book of the Week: Coyote Waits

Coyote Waits By Tony Hillerman (292 pages, mystery, 1990) One night on patrol tribal officer Jim Chee calls fellow officer Delbert Nez to arrange a break at a gas station for coffee. Nez is on the track of someone who has been painting the rocks on the hills nearby. But Nez doesn’t show up. When Chee goes to find him, he finds the car Nez was driving in flames. Chee pulls Nez out of his burning car. But Nez has been shot dead. Chee...

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Annual Monarch Festival joins streaming list
Sep11

Annual Monarch Festival joins streaming list

Every September since 2013, Petals in the Pines in Canterbury has looked forward to the Monarch Festival, which attracts hundreds of people from around New Hampshire. This year, because of COVID-19, they are going to do this event online. They are excited about this opportunity because now it doesn’t matter where you live, you’ll be able to take part in the festival. Starting at 9 a.m. on Sept. 12, they will broadcast to you from the...

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Book: Game takes on life of its own
Sep11

Book: Game takes on life of its own

Ender’s Game By Orson Scott Card (380 pages, young adult science fiction, 1985) It’s just a game. A game that means life or death for the planet. Our fate lies in the hands of children. They’re the only ones who can try the daring maneuvers necessary to defeat the aliens, the Buggers, without being hindered by an adult conscience. But what will the war do to the children? Ender starts to see things. The game starts taking on a life of...

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Aerospace Fest
Sep02

Aerospace Fest

On Sept. 12, from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center will present AerospaceFest, New Hampshire’s annual aerospace festival, with some notable changes. This year’s festival will be primarily outdoors, providing plenty of opportunity for socially distanced science and engineering fun.  Masks will be required and sanitation stations available. And admission will be free. On the grounds of the Discovery Center,...

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Hatbox to host ‘Love Letters’ for three weeks
Sep02

Hatbox to host ‘Love Letters’ for three weeks

Love Letters, a two-person play by A. R. Gurney, will be the next play staged at the Hatbox Theatre in Concord opening on Sept. 11. The play is a Pulitzer Prize finalist. It follows the ever-changing relationship of Andrew and Melissa through 50-plus years of correspondence, starting at age 6 in first grade. Gurney deftly creates characters, their personal growth, locations, historic and cultural shifts through his articulate and...

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Ripe for the pickin’
Sep02

Ripe for the pickin’

Labor Day weekend seems to be the unofficial start to apple season with several local farms opening their orchards for pick-your-own apples. Other fall favorites, including pumpkins and squash, are not far behind. Apple Hill Farm 580 Mountain Road, Concord 224-8862, applehillfarmnh.com Opening for apple picking on Labor Day weekend (Sept. 5), Apple Hill also offers strawberry picking earlier in the season. At the farm stand, youo can...

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City news: Primary election approaches
Sep02

City news: Primary election approaches

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: Elections information The New Hampshire Secretary of State has a new website with everything you need to know about voting during COVID-19. Visit their website at sos.nh.gov/ or utilize the following links: Voting during COVID-19:...

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Theatre show has three in one
Aug23

Theatre show has three in one

An evening of “Loose Connections” offers playgoers escape from reality, altered reality, and re-sets of reality for characters grappling with challenges forced on them by the unavoidable, the unexpected, and the inexplicable. Come get your reality checks at Hatbox Theatre’s production of three original one-acts by local playwrights Jane (“J.J.”) Hunt, Alan Lindsay and Doug Schwarz from Friday, Aug. 21, through Sunday, Aug. 30....

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Gibson’s has more author meet, greets
Aug23

Gibson’s has more author meet, greets

Gibson’s Bookstore continues to host author events virtually. Rick Tyler Rick Tyler visits Gibson’s Bookstore virtually on Aug. 27 at 7 p.m. to discuss how caring for your fellow man and environment are not exclusive from being politically conservative, with his book Still Right. A leading political analyst navigates an unfamiliar terrain of what it means to be a conservative in the Trump Era in Still Right. Since 2016, “conservative”...

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Applause in order for student, volunteers
Aug13

Applause in order for student, volunteers

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: Upcoming meetings Planning Board: August 19, 7 p.m. via Zoom and live stream on the City’s YouTube channel Agendas & Zoom information will be available prior to these meetings at concordnh. legistar.com/Calendar.aspx. Mosquito-borne...

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Party in garden to fund gallery updates
Aug13

Party in garden to fund gallery updates

Eastern Ballet Institute will be moving to the Kimball Jenkins School of Art campus. A socially-distanced Summer Garden Masquerade will be held Aug. 15 at 6 p.m. (rain date Aug. 16) to help fundraise for some changes to the gallery. Tickets will be $15. The evening will begin with an outdoor print exhibit of artworks inspired by dance such as Degas, Rodin, Blake and Fini. Then, after exploring the garden gallery, make your way to the...

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League exhibit showcases a bit of everything
Aug04

League exhibit showcases a bit of everything

The League of New Hampshire Craftsmen is presenting the Art, Craft & Design exhibition both online and in person at the League Headquarters Gallery in Concord (in the Smile Building). If you are able to visit the gallery in person, the hours of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Aug. 9. All guests must wear masks, and they will limit the number of guests in the space at any time. On display are more than 50 artists with creations such as...

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Bank of N.H. Stage looks to turn on the lights
Aug04

Bank of N.H. Stage looks to turn on the lights

In order for the Bank of N.H. Stage to reopen indoor concerts safely, it has a whole bunch of new procedures to put in place and test out.  It’s asking its members and the public to help fine-tune the protocols at its first indoor show. The Special Guests will be doing a free show at the Bank of N.H. Stage on Friday, Aug., 7 at 8 p.m.  Tickets are required and are available online.  There are a limited number of tickets available. The...

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Market Month is here
Aug04

Market Month is here

The annual Market Days festival as we all know it has been canceled for this summer. In its place will be Market Month throughout August. Market Month will be a series of Mini Market Days hosted by Intown Concord to provide an event for downtown Concord businesses to expand onto the sidewalks and sell their goods and services, along with various forms of entertainment, games and family activities. Market Month will feature different...

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Chamber golf tournament ends on Aug. 5
Jul28

Chamber golf tournament ends on Aug. 5

Each year, the Funds for Education Golf Tournament raises funds to directly support the Chamber’s Business Grants for Teachers program (providing more than $5,000 annually to local teachers who have developed innovative programs in Concord area K-12 schools) and the Chamber’s esteemed Capital Area Student Leadership program. Over 675 Capital region high school sophomores have graduated from CASL since the program began, and...

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Be safe and smart with water
Jul28

Be safe and smart with water

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 & Recreation wants to remind families that we are currently accepting registrations for Youth Soccer (ages 4 to grade 6), NFL Flag Football (ages 6 to 11) and all other fall programs. The registration...

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Kindness Challenge: Putting others first, no matter the risk
Jul28

Kindness Challenge: Putting others first, no matter the risk

In life, it’s not the ideas you have, or your intentions, or even the things you say you will do that count. In life it’s your actions that matter the most and today’s column is about the kind actions of two people, almost 100 years apart whose kind actions saved the lives of others. Harold Lowe was an officer on the Titanic. On the night of April 14, 1912, Harold Lowe was the officer in charge of the only lifeboat that went back to...

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YA fantasy is riveting
Jul28

YA fantasy is riveting

Crown Duel By Sherwood Smith (214 pages and on Libby, young adult fantasy, 1997)   This riveting, fast-paced novel will have YA readers of all ages on the edge of their seats. A death-bed oath leads well-intentioned but ill-prepared Meliara and Branaric — siblings of title but little wealth — to wage rebellion against the crown. The king and his minions plot to break an ancient covenant between humans and tree-like Hill Folk,...

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Menu of Concord restaurants
Jul17

Menu of Concord restaurants

If you’re familiar with the Insider at all, you’ll know one of our favorite things about Concord is all the great places there are to get food in the city limits. From juicy burgers and pizzas in every style to artfully-plated fine dining, there’s something for every taste bud. Despite the closures and cancellations, restaurants have been hustling to keep the doors open. Now in the peak of summertime, there are options for all comfort...

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Outdoor dining: Opportunity for outward expansion
Jul17

Outdoor dining: Opportunity for outward expansion

For months, the coronavirus forced us to become our own personal chefs. For many of us, the idea of going out to a restaurant and having your order taken instead of making it yourself turned into a distant dream. But now that the hotter months are upon us, local eateries are expanding into outdoor dining options – many for the first time – that make it safe to enjoy eating out at some of your favorite spots in Concord. Some...

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Book of the Week: An admirable heroine in a magical world
Jul17

Book of the Week: An admirable heroine in a magical world

Sabriel By Garth Nix (292 pages, young adult fantasy, 1995)   Poised on the cusp between multiple worlds, Sabriel must leave boarding school to take up the family business: that of ensuring that the dead stay dead. Inheriting the necromantic bells of her father recently trapped in the gates of death, Sabriel must figure out how to free him. Along the way she is aided by a powerful free-magic creature with dubious intentions as...

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Strawberry picking season
Jul01

Strawberry picking season

The first fruits of summer have arrived in New Hampshire: strawberries. Delicious all on there own or boiled into jam or baked into pie. Get some fresh air and go pick your own at a local farm. Be prepared to take COVID-19 precautions, such as mask-wearing and washing your hands before picking. Check with individual farms on the practices they are implementing. The N.H. Department of Agriculture list of pick-your-own farms has these...

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City newsletter: Councilor statement, drought conditions

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: Drought conditions Drought conditions are developing across the nation due to lack of recent rainfall and snowpack from this winter. As of June 25, Concord is experiencing moderate drought conditions. Precipitation for Concord is about...

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Perform small acts with great love
Jul01

Perform small acts with great love

What do you think a Philadelphia nun, the famous musician Jon Bon Jovi and a 12 year old boy from New Hampshire all have in common? I will tell you. It’s easy to be concerned about a problem in the world and post on social media about it, which a lot of people do. But how many of us can honestly say that when we are concerned about an issue we actually take action in our lives to try and make a difference? This week’s Kindness Column...

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Shoulder press
Jul01

Shoulder press

While gyms are beginning to open at lower occupancy numbers and at least some social distancing precautions expected to continue through the summer, it might be hard to keep up the routines you are used to doing. However, it is still important to stay active for a healthy body and mind. Instructors from 43 Degrees North will be sharing quick exercises with the Insider that you can do at home. Standing Shoulder Press Start with your...

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Add edible flowers to your cooking
Jun09

Add edible flowers to your cooking

What is not only pretty in your flower gardens or containers but tasty as well? How about nasturtiums, pansies and daylilies for “starters”? Edible flowers have a long culinary history, having been used for centuries in countries all over the world to add color, aroma and flavor to food dishes. And many have health benefits as well. Flower cookery has been traced back to Roman times and to the Chinese, Middle Eastern and Indian...

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Kindness Challenge: Make someone happy today
Jun09

Kindness Challenge: Make someone happy today

“You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late” Ralph Waldo Emerson   Everyone can agree that there are many things that have been really awful about quarantine. Among the positives has been the extra time I have had to spend with my sister. Usually we are both so busy that we don’t always have the time to appreciate each other or even realize how much fun it is to be together. All the extra...

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