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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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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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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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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Discovery Center aims to inspire
Feb20

Discovery Center aims to inspire

There’s a whooshing sensation to entering the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center – the darkened entranceway, the solemn, close-quarter hallway, and then, all at once, the massive bright atrium with aircraft and space artifacts aplenty. The effect is not unlike taking flight itself. And it’s by design, says Jeanne Gerulskis, the executive director of the Concord center. But it wasn’t always like that. Twenty-one years ago when...

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Step back in time at Shaker Village
Feb20

Step back in time at Shaker Village

Canterbury Shaker Village offers visitors a variety of entertaining, educational and engaging experiences in one of the most picturesque settings in northern New England. Guided and self-guided tours, accessible historic buildings, family activities, exhibits, educational programs, special events, unique shopping, the museum cafe and picturesque grounds offer you more than you can do in a day. Canterbury Shaker Village was established...

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Head to Warner for a cool little museum
Feb20

Head to Warner for a cool little museum

Mourning old technology might be a fool’s game, but I defy anybody to try out a dial phone at one of the state’s most delightful museums and not feel at least a slight pang of loss. Go ahead, spin the dial on one of the solid, heavy 1960s AT&T phones on display at the New Hampshire Telephone Museum – the curator doesn’t mind. Enjoy the way you need just the right amount of effort to turn the dial, the way you can tell instantly...

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Explore history of house with past owner
Feb20

Explore history of house with past owner

Kimball Jenkins School of Art is currently offering tours of the 1882 High Victorian Gothic mansion designed by architect Amos Porter Cutting, who also design the state library building. Volunteer Eleanor Poirier, often in costume as Louise Kimball Jenkins, leads the tours. You might also see Clark Todd dressed as Cutting. John Kimball settled the area in the late 1700s. For the next six generations, the Kimballs built a series of...

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Community Players perform rom-com
Feb13

Community Players perform rom-com

Opening Valentine’s Day, the Community Players of Concord present Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple – The Female Version. This is Simon’s own 1985 adaptation of his fabulously popular play about two friends who really shouldn’t live together but decide to give it a try. Here, it’s Olive Madison who is the easy going, sloppy divorcee who agrees to take in Florence Unger, her high strung, ultra fastidious friend, after Florence’s husband...

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Legion Auxiliary, students send support
Feb13

Legion Auxiliary, students send support

American Legion Auxiliary, Unit 21, of Concord participated in a statewide project, Holiday Card Challenge, to provide holiday cards to active duty servicemembers. Chairwoman Kyme Locke, a member of Unit 21, and her mother, Barbara Locke, contacted local schools to involve children in this project in memory of her cousin, George Phillip Desmarais Jr., who was a Marine who died in service to his country. The elementary and middle...

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City Newsletter: Lots of things happening with the library
Feb13

City Newsletter: Lots of things happening with the library

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: Concord NEXT zoning update public meetings The Phase 1 Draft of the new Zoning Code will be presented in a series of public presentations and stakeholder meetings on Feb. 18 and 19. Come to a small group stakeholder session to learn...

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The meaning of different flowers
Feb13

The meaning of different flowers

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, giving flowers often comes into mind – actually the statistics show that Valentine’s Day is the most important day of the year for florists. Over the past several centuries books on the “language” a.k.a. “meaning” of flowers have been published, many accompanied by pastel drawings of the flowers and their perceived meanings. Today, there is a wonderful array of books available filled with...

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Making Good Health Simple: Keep your body and brain active on break
Feb05

Making Good Health Simple: Keep your body and brain active on break

Mother nature has been so unpredictable, it is almost impossible to be able to clear the clutter from the doorway. My entryway is overflowing with winter boots, rain boots, sneakers, turf shoes, cheer shoes and slippers. The coat hooks are jam-packed with snowboarding jackets, fleece pullovers, Sherpa zip-ups and windbreakers and a few umbrellas. My plans have been changed due to weather so many times this past month I can’t remember...

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Entertainment: A bit of this and a bit of that
Feb05

Entertainment: A bit of this and a bit of that

Live music Today Ryan Williamson at Concord Craft Brewing from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Paul Donahue at Hermanos at 6:30 p.m. Irish music with David Levine, Roger Duhaime and friends at Area 23 at 5:32 p.m. Thursday Dwayne Haggins at Cheers from 5 to 8 p.m. Brian Booth at Hermanos at 6:30 p.m. Bosey at Penuche’s at 9 p.m. Kate and Logan Live at Penuche’s at 10 p.m. Open mic at True Brew at 8 p.m. Bach Lunch Lecture on “Jazz Lives On and On!”...

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February Vacation Kid Camps
Feb05

February Vacation Kid Camps

The calendar has flipped to February which means students everywhere are turning their thoughts to February vacation. On the other hand, there are parents who won’t be able to drop their kids off at school for a week and will have to find something else to occupy the youngsters’ time. Well, the Insider is here to help. We poked around to find some of the February vacation camps offered in the capital area. Theatre Camp The Community...

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Tattoo Q&A: Arrows and Embers’ Sean Ambrose
Jan29

Tattoo Q&A: Arrows and Embers’ Sean Ambrose

What is your background experience as a tattoo artist? Bikers and devil worship. (Just kidding.) I apprenticed here in New Hampshire and traveled up and down the east coast tattooing and learning until I opened Arrows and Embers 10 years ago this April! How did you decide to pursue this profession? When I found tattooing, it was kismet. I was always drawing even as a child and as soon as I learned what a tattoo artist was, I knew....

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Tattoo Q&A: Capital City’s Scott Flanders
Jan29

Tattoo Q&A: Capital City’s Scott Flanders

What is your background experience as a tattoo artist? I’ve been a licensed tattoo artist here in N.H. for over 6 years. My company Capital City Tattoo has been a growing successful company in the downtown area on Main St. How did you decide to pursue this profession? I have been a artist since I was a child. I was told by a friend one day I should try tattooing. I disagreed with him. A few years later, I started out to chase the...

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Seven Horses latest shop to open in region
Jan29

Seven Horses latest shop to open in region

Seven Horses Tattoo is new to the capital city, but not new to tattooing. The shop opened October after the owners, Angel and Randy Burham, moved from Epping. “I’ve been tattooing for 20 years,” Angel Burham said. “I opened my first studio in Manchester in 2008; that was called Bittersweet Tattoo.” She started solo, and her husband joined the business seven years ago. They moved to Epping at a shop more upscale vibe but were only...

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Capital region tattoo shops
Jan29

Capital region tattoo shops

Here are some of the places in the greater Concord area that can help you get that tattoo you’ve been dreaming of. On the next pages, you can learn more about a few of them. Arrows and Embers Manchester St., Concord 988-6067 arrowsandemberstattoo.com arrowsandembers@gmail.com Artists: Sean Ambrose, Jason Dasaro, Amy Borch, Will Self   Blood Oath Tattoo 15 Pleasant St., Concord 227-6912 steve.cummings344@yahoo.com Artists: Steve...

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Black Ice Pond Hockey postponed, then not
Jan21

Black Ice Pond Hockey postponed, then not

When it comes to the Black Ice Pond Hockey Tournament, without good quality ice to play hockey on, you’ve just got a black pond at White Park. Which is why this year’s tournament was nearly postponed from Jan. 24 to 26 until Feb. 7 through 9. Record high temps on Jan. 11 and 12 really did a number on the ice and though the air temperatures quickly dropped to the 20s, it’s continued to be sunny, which can keep the ice from firming up....

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Winter fun in downtown Concord
Jan21

Winter fun in downtown Concord

Intown Concord will be bringing back its Winter Fest for a second year this weekend. Festivities will run Jan. 24 to 25. There will also be some bonus fun as early as Wednesday, Jan. 23. Residents and visitors alike are invited to enjoy festivities, including an ice carving competition and demonstrations, themed ice bars, outdoor activities for all ages, and more at The Hotel Concord, O Steaks & Seafood, and multiple venues...

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Entertainment: See musical about music group
Jan20

Entertainment: See musical about music group

Live music Wednesday  Kid Pinky at Hermanos at 6:30 p.m. Malcolm Salls at Concord Craft Brewing from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. David Levine, Roger Duhaime and friends at Area 23 at 5:30 p.m. Thursday Paul Donahue at Hermanos at 6:30 p.m. Chris Lester at Cheers from 5 to 8 p.m. Now’s the Time Jazz Ensemble at the Hatbox Theatre at 7:30 p.m. as part of its Music Out of the Box series. Cost $12 to $18 Mallett Brothers Band and Dusty Gray...

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Yoga and the ‘Space Between’
Jan20

Yoga and the ‘Space Between’

This week, we’ll start with the words of an ancient sage. We’ll start with the wisdom of the great yogi, Dave Matthews: “The space between the tears we cry is the laughter that keeps us coming back for more. The space between the wicked lies is the hope to keep us safe from the pain.” Dave’s are not exactly ancient words. He sang those words in 2001, on his album, Everyday. He’s a little dramatic about it, but then he’s also a...

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Saturday grab your reel for Free Fishing Day
Jan15

Saturday grab your reel for Free Fishing Day

Saturday is the winter Free Fishing Day in New Hampshire. State residents and nonresidents alike can fish any inland water – or saltwater – in New Hampshire that day without a fishing license. However, people participating in a fishing tournament must still hold a license, even on Free Fishing Day. Also, season dates, bag limits and all other fishing regulations must be followed on Free Fishing Day. Free fishing days are held the...

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Rhythm of the Night returns to Audi
Jan15

Rhythm of the Night returns to Audi

The capital city’s largest dance extravaganza will return to the Concord City Auditorium this weekend. The 75th anniversary of Concord’s first dance recital will be the 29th Rhythm of the Night on Saturday at 7 p.m. Dancers from eight Concord-area studios come together for one great performance. See members of Concord Dance Academy, Creative Dance Workshop of Bow, Dancesteps Etc in Epsom, Eastern Ballet Institute, Gen’s Dance Studio,...

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Read Local: ‘Celibacy – A Love Story’
Jan15

Read Local: ‘Celibacy – A Love Story’

‘Celibacy – A Love Story: Memoir of a Catholic Priest’s Daughter,” by Peterborough author Mimi Bull, is out now via Bauhan Publishing and is available at Gibson’s Bookstore.   Born in the 1930s, a time when unmarried pregnant women were whisked off in secrecy and their babies given away, Mimi Bull grew up believing she’d been adopted by two women, a mother and daughter. Not until she was a mother herself did she learn that those...

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‘Art  and Bloom’ returns to League gallery
Jan15

‘Art and Bloom’ returns to League gallery

The Concord Garden Club will be hosting its 18th annual Art & Bloom exhibit from Jan. 16 to 18 in conjunction with the League of N.H Craftsmen. Art & Bloom will feature floral arrangements inspired by works by League craftsmen, which are on display during the League’s winter exhibit, “Hidden Treasure.” Taking their cue from pieces in the exhibit, garden club members and local floral professionals will create floral...

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Unexpected yoga lesson from Disney movie
Jan07

Unexpected yoga lesson from Disney movie

Over the holidays, my family and I went to see Frozen 2. I was prepared to enjoy it. I was prepared to laugh, to cry and to tap my feet to the music. I was prepared to be immersed in the Disney story machine for a couple of hours. I wasn’t prepared for a yoga lesson that would remind me of my father. It’s not my intention to review the movie here. I wouldn’t be very good at it, since the last movie I saw in the theater was Finding...

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Read Local: ‘From The Midway’ by Leaf Seligman
Jan07

Read Local: ‘From The Midway’ by Leaf Seligman

‘From the Midway: Unfolding Stories of Redemption and Belonging is out now and available at Gibson’s  Bookstore or through Bauhan Publishing in  Peterborough. How do we know ourselves? How can we be seen for who we truly are? How do we find redemption in a world that conspires to separate us? Leaf Seligman explores these and other questions in a collection of linked stories from the midway of a carnival traveling through the Jim Crow...

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