It’s all  local at the Homegrown Music Stage
Jun21

It’s all local at the Homegrown Music Stage

If you plan on heading over to Bicentennial Square during Market Days, be prepared to hear live, local music – and a lot of it. That’s because the square will play host to the Homegrown Music Stage, a showcase of some of New Hampshire’s best bands. With Penuche’s and True Brew Barista – both big players in the local music scene – right there, it only makes sense that Bicentennial Square is the location for this local-minded music...

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Multicultural Festival to celebrate 10 years
Jun21

Multicultural Festival to celebrate 10 years

Insider staff They say America is a melting pot. It’s where the whole world comes to hang out and get along. The same could be said for little old Concord, which is home to dozens of cultures from all over the globe. Although you may not think of New Hampshire’s capital city as being a hotbed of cultural diversity, there’s a lot more here than you might realize. All of this will be evident come Saturday, when the 10th annual Concord...

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Check out all the outdoor eating locations
Jun14

Check out all the outdoor eating locations

Who doesn’t love grabbing a bite to eat under the sun in the summertime? If you just answered, “Me,” we’re not sure why you’re reading this issue. But for the rest of us, it’s that time of year again – for the most part (what was with all the cold days last week?). Pretty much every restaurant that offers outdoor seating has their stuff out there now, and it’s going to good use. We figured we’d find out as much as we could about each...

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Cheers has really beefed up its patio area
Jun14

Cheers has really beefed up its patio area

Insider staff Cheers has always been a pretty popular spot for outdoor dining in downtown Concord – it just won the top honors for Best Outdoor Dining in the 2016 Cappies. But the folks over at Cheers weren’t content to ride that prestigious and highly coveted award all the way to the promised land. No, they felt they could still do better. That’s why they totally made over their outdoor patio area into a hip, modern hangout with a...

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We hit up  Concord’s old-school hot dog stands
Jun14

We hit up Concord’s old-school hot dog stands

There’s nothing quite like a good hot dog on a hot summer’s day. The hot dog is basically synonymous with summer. It’s the official food of the Fourth of July and baseball games, and the standard at every beach party or cookout. It takes you back to the days of jumping through the sprinkler in the backyard and sprinting barefoot to the ice cream truck. It’s compact and easy to cook, customize, hold and eat. So it only makes sense that...

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Senior video pays tribute to  Gene Connolly
Jun14

Senior video pays tribute to Gene Connolly

Since Nick Skafidas was a freshman, he wanted to be in charge of creating the Concord High senior video. He just had to wait his turn. But it finally came this year, when Skafidas took on the project that has been a longstanding tradition at the high school. But this wasn’t just any senior video that typically features a slide show of pictures set to music. This also just so happened to be the final year for retiring principal Gene...

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A good way to end the day
Apr05

A good way to end the day

When our work day comes to an end, we can’t wait to leave the office and all the deadlines behind. Think of us as the Fred Flinstones of the newspaper world. But sometimes we don’t feel like going home right away. Sure, we could go to the gym or for a run, do the family grocery shopping for the week or run any other errands on the agenda, but where’s the fun in that? We want to unwind, not exercise or battle traffic. And we can’t...

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The Food Snob hits up Area 23 to check out the dining options
Apr05

The Food Snob hits up Area 23 to check out the dining options

We’re always on the hunt for good and interesting eats to try. And not just because we love food, but because it’s part of our job. As the Food Snob, we pretty much get to go anywhere we want that sells food and try something. Traditionally, we’ve waited for a new business to open to go and try something. It makes sense, right? If the place just opened, presumably nobody has eaten there before and they need us to tell them all about...

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It’s all about the comfort factor
Apr05

It’s all about the comfort factor

Insider staff Between driving around for stories, typing away at our desks and watching TV at home, our behinds are firmly planted somewhere for many hours each day. You could even consider us as sitting professionals. And there’s nothing worse than an uncomfortable seat. It makes the whole experience a real pain in the butt – literally. So when we heard the Friends of the Audi voted to redo all 850 seats in the Concord City...

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A new space for the arts
Apr05

A new space for the arts

Insider staff When we first heard about Hatbox Theatre, the idea of a performance space in a former mall store intrigued us. And when we learned how quickly things were going to take shape to be ready for opening night, which was slated for April Fools Day, we needed to know more. But instead of just describing what Hatbox Theatre was going to be, we wanted the full experience. And what better way than to take in opening night. When...

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We asked the ‘Monitor’ to show us their pets, and boy did they deliver
Sep29

We asked the ‘Monitor’ to show us their pets, and boy did they deliver

Who would have known that “Monitor” employees had such a diverse array of animals living under their roofs?

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Want to adopt a new pet? The SPCA can help you with that
Sep29

Want to adopt a new pet? The SPCA can help you with that

We dare you to walk through the Pope Memorial SPCA and not make a new addition to your family. Whether you already have a dog, two cats or the equivalent of a small farm’s worth of animals at home, there’s no way you’re seeing all those adorable faces and saying no to giving them a great new life. Just not going to happen. So you might as well go into your visit with the assumption you’ll be filling out an adoption form and eventually...

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Tired of that boring, natural color of your dog? Bark Now! has a cure
Sep29

Tired of that boring, natural color of your dog? Bark Now! has a cure

In today’s dog-eat-dog world, you really have to stand out from the crowd to get ahead in life. Blending in means you just get lost in the shuffle. And we’re not just talking about you – we’re talking about your furry friend, too. If your pooch is one of those run-of-the-mill, everyday white breeds who just can’t seem to make his or her presence known, head over to Bark Now! and check out some of their funky coloring services. Kris...

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It’s time to buy your Connolly Tough T-shirts and go for a walk
Sep29

It’s time to buy your Connolly Tough T-shirts and go for a walk

So far, Concord High School Principal Gene Connolly has been able to continue doing what he loves – educating today’s youth. Things have changed some since his ALS diagnosis a year and a half ago. He now has long flowing white locks that he wears in a ponytail each day thanks to his wife and a preference to use his iPad program to speak for him. But for the most part, so far, so good. Although at some point in time, Connolly is going...

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We scoured the city (and Bow) for some of the cool older buildings
Sep15

We scoured the city (and Bow) for some of the cool older buildings

If you’ve paid attention at all this year, you have a pretty good idea that Concord is kinda old – like 250 years old to be exact. And what you may not have known – and we only recently realized – is that Bow has been officially incorporated since 1727. We sure do wonder what life was like back then. And when you have a city or town that spans more than two centuries, there’s a really good chance that some of the buildings and homes...

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Renovations to give N.H. Historical Society a new feel – literally
Sep15

Renovations to give N.H. Historical Society a new feel – literally

When the New Hampshire Historical Society building was finished in 1911, it must have been the talk of the town. With high ceilings, large skylights and more space than probably anyone knew what to do with, let’s just say it was quite the project after Edward and Julia Tuck made a generous donation to construct it. They used granite from a quarry right here in Concord and marble – lots of marble – for some of the finer finishes. “They...

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Adelaide Tyrol goes ‘Beyond the Calipers’ in McGowan show
Sep15
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The Audi’s ready to ring in 111 years with 25th annual opening gala
Sep15

The Audi’s ready to ring in 111 years with 25th annual opening gala

The Concord City Auditorium is an institution. The city-funded arts venue right in the heart of downtown has been around since 1904, when it was built on the western side of city hall. Since then, thousands upon thousands of performers and guests have stopped in for plays, musicals, concerts, magic shows and everything in between. And there’s no sign of slowing down any time soon. The Audi will hold its 25th annual Season Opening...

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Finally, a group and place dedicated to slacking off here in Concord
Sep08

Finally, a group and place dedicated to slacking off here in Concord

If there’s one thing we can get behind here at the Insider, it’s slacking off – just don’t tell our bosses. Luckily, a new club gives us a place to do just that without that pesky risk of being fired. It’s called Slack Off Concord, and it meets at Rollins Park on Monday afternoons (and sometimes Wednesdays). So what do you do, just sit around and fail to accomplish things all day, pushing them off into the extremely distant future...

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Have you ever seen how the ‘Insider’ is made each week?
Sep08

Have you ever seen how the ‘Insider’ is made each week?

Every week is a little different in the “Insider” pod. Sometimes we can kick back, eat some free food that’s been lying around the office for a few days and even take a couple naps in our super secret spot. Shhhh! Others, like last week, can be a bit of a time crunch with the holiday throwing a well-placed monkey wrench into our production cycle, which in turn greatly affects our nap time. So in an effort to show our transparency, we...

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Kurt Gergler wanted to work in Bow, so now he’s the BES principal
Sep08

Kurt Gergler wanted to work in Bow, so now he’s the BES principal

Every day Kurt Gergler drives to work, it’s like taking a trip down memory lane. His childhood paper route stretched from the end of Albin Road, up Logging Hill, down Grandview and to the highway. And this was a paper route he rode his bike for – no car rides for this one. “Everywhere I turn I see something familiar,” Gergler said. The house he grew up in still stands on Albin Road and hours were spent fishing in the town pond. His...

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It’s gonna be a dragon boat takeover on the river this weekend
Sep08

It’s gonna be a dragon boat takeover on the river this weekend

With summer coming to a close, it’s probably a good idea to spend a little extra time around the water. Maybe a weekend, perhaps? Good news then, ’cause this Saturday and Sunday just so happen to be the third annual Weekend on the Water at Riverfront Park/Everett Arena. Celebrate Concord’s stretch of the Merrimack River by cheering on the dragon boat races and watching several schools power down the river competing in the Concord Crew...

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Ready to Learn Fair gives students the tools for a successful start
Sep01

Ready to Learn Fair gives students the tools for a successful start

Back-to-school season is officially in full swing. Parents and students have no doubt been busy shopping for notebooks, pens, pencils, backpacks, three-ring binders and sweet Lisa Frank folders, as well as getting stylish haircuts and routine checkups. But for some families, going back to school means, well, just going back to school. No shopping. No haircuts. No checkups. Caroline Keane, a paraprofessional at Concord High School,...

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Want to know why Bow is so beautiful? Meet the Bow Garden Club
Sep01

Want to know why Bow is so beautiful? Meet the Bow Garden Club

If you’ve ever taken a leisurely drive through the town of Bow, there’s a good chance you’ve seen some of the Bow Garden Club’s handiwork.  At the gazebo, they’ve planted pink roses and yellow daylilies in memory of founding member, Tempie Dahlgren, and keep the flower boxes looking bright and beautiful. Rotary Park is another one of their stomping grounds that gets weekly attention during the spring/summer. They also help out at the...

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Bow Elementary School sure does put on a good open house
Sep01

Bow Elementary School sure does put on a good open house

With the school year set to begin and the “Insider” just getting to know the ins and outs of Bow, we decided it might be a good idea to check out the school we’d most likely fit into, Bow Elementary School. What? We may write at a professionalish level, but our math and science skills are hovering around a second- to third-grade level. So with less than a week before the start of another school year, BES held an open house for parents...

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When everyone pitches in, the Audi comes out looking like new
Sep01

When everyone pitches in, the Audi comes out looking like new

Each seat in the Concord City Auditorium, all 850 of them, was cleaned last week. The windows were washed, as were the floors, and the dressing rooms are now free of cobwebs and dust. Some stood on ladders with rags, while others got down on their hands and knees with a bucket of soapy water. And it was all done to help spruce up the Audi for another season – the 111th to be exact. Every year for three days, volunteers pick a shift...

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