Midnight Merriment returns Friday and you should definitely go
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Midnight Merriment returns Friday and you should definitely go

Remember when staying up ‘til midnight was the coolest thing ever? And if so, do you also remember the last time it didn’t take two cups of coffee or an extra large Red Bull to do it? Well, break out the sugar and caffeine and get ready for a long night, because this Friday we give you permission to stay up ‘til the start of Saturday – as long as it’s okay with the people that are usually part of those kinds of important decisions....

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Celebrate some local artists by checking out this Mill Brook show

To end yet another year, Mill Brook Gallery is paying homage to the capital region’s thriving arts scene with an exhibit featuring nine local artists who dabble in mediums from acrylic to oils, and bronze to photography. And as an early Christmas present to yourself, you should go check it out before Dec. 24, the last day of the show.

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Celebrate some local artists by checking out this Mill Brook show

To end yet another year, Mill Brook Gallery is paying homage to the capital region’s thriving arts scene with an exhibit featuring nine local artists who dabble in mediums from acrylic to oils, and bronze to photography. And as an early Christmas present to yourself, you should go check it out before Dec. 24, the last day of the show.

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The joke’s on you if you miss this charitable comedy night at Concord High on Dec. 3

On Dec. 3 at 7 p.m., Concord High School’s S.O.C.K (Save Our Cold Kids) Club is inviting the Greater Concord community to its second annual Comedy Night. Tickets are $5 to see professional comedian Jim Colliton – among other student and teacher acts – and all proceeds go to Concord High School’s annual canned food drive. “I figured if high school kids felt it was a good cause to help the homeless, I felt I could help out also,” said...

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Instagram photo of the Week – Tue, 02 Dec 2014
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Instagram photo of the Week – Tue, 02 Dec 2014

Apparently you aren’t the only one ordering shots of Fireball. Looks like Mother Nature ordered one up for this sunset at Oak Hill, as shot by Instagram user @advntrgirl11. We’d love to see your Instagram photos, too – just tag us when you post with #concordinsider.

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We see the trees through this Fez-tival forest

For the same week each year, the Bektash Shrine Center holds an extravaganza – and not just any kind of extravaganza – a fake Christmas tree extravaganza. We sure do like saying extravaganza. It just rolls off the tongue nicely. Unfortunately though, that week was last week, so all of you who are just finding out about the Fez-tival of Trees, we’re sad to say you’re out of luck for 2014. But there’s always next year, because this is a...

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Fill out a passport to take home all the cool stuff in that window
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Fill out a passport to take home all the cool stuff in that window

If you were walking downtown last week, you may have noticed a festive holiday window pop up at 78 N. Main St. You can thank the good people at Intown Concord for that. They’re the ones getting everyone downtown into the Christmassy spirit. You may have also noticed the shiny metal Christmas tree in that window filled with decorative balls that included dollar amounts of $25 or more – along with green and red boxes with the phrase...

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The 14th annual Fez-tival of Trees once again brought out the best and brightest fake Christmas tree designers known to man – or at least from the capital region. While there were many great ones to choose from, we can only print so many so feast you eyes on this outstanding collection.

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We stopped off at a Rundlett Middle School craft fair, and it was crafty

Rundlett Middle School held a craft fair and cookie walk Nov. 23 to kick off the holiday season, and the Insider – and Santa! – was invited.

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Rundlett Middle School held a craft fair and cookie walk Nov. 23 to kick off the holiday season, and the Insider – and Santa! – was invited.

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Be a good neighbor and help Conky O’Connell identify these photos

Longtime Concord resident Conky O’Connell doesn’t own a computer – aside from the one in his head that can apparently recall names and faces with the best of them. But even he gets stumped sometimes. And that’s why he needs your help. Conky’s got a bunch of awesome old photos from Concord, and he can identify just about everyone in them. But there are a few people in each photograph he can’t quite place, which is where you come in....

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Help longtime Concord resident Conky O'Connell identify these photos. It's the neighborly thing to do.

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This Week In Concord History

Dec. 2, 1991: A fire consumes Souther’s Market on Liberty Street. Dec. 2, 1942: Chuck Douglas is born. He will serve eight years on the New Hampshire Supreme Court, then step down, complaining that the pay is too low. Douglas will be elected to Congress in 1988, then be ousted in 1990 by Democrat Dick Swett. Dec. 2 1996: The Monitor reports on some good State House advice from former governor Judd Gregg to Gov.-elect Jeanne Shaheen:...

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A lot of people stopped and smelled these Cole Gardens poinsettias

Cole Gardens held a poinsettia open house that drew more than 80 people to their greenhouse in Loudon last weekend.

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Winter Giftopolis returns Friday at Eagle Square

Winter Giftopolis, the indoor, winter incarnation of Concord’s award-winning Concord Arts Market, is set for this Friday, Dec. 5, at 6:30 p.m. Open hours run until 11 p.m. for this one-night-only holiday shopping event. Giftopolis is intentionally scheduled to run concurrently with Concord’s annual Midnight Merriment downtown holiday shopping night, which includes the entire downtown area. Just like its summer counterpart, the Winter...

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Cole Gardens held a poinsettia open house that drew more than 80 people to their greenhouse in Loudon last weekend.

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Christmas carols to take over Bach’s lunch series

Well-loved carols are the theme for the next two installments in the Bach’s Lunch Series of lectures and concerts at the Concord Community Music School. On Thursday, Dec. 4, composer and conductor Nicholas White will explore the history of the Service of Lessons and Carols in a lecture titled “Christmas Carols: King’s College to Concord.” The following week, on Dec. 11, the soprano trio Trillium, comprised of Peggo Horstmann Hodes,...

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Classic Concord Photo – Tue, 02 Dec 2014
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Classic Concord Photo – Tue, 02 Dec 2014

That building behind some Bob Ross-worthy happy little trees (and some other less identifiable shmutz) is First Baptist Church on North State Street, which is now Center Point Church. Thanks to Reader Earl Burroughs for the photo. EDITOR’S NOTE: We goofed in last week’s classic Concord photo, referring to the building as a women’s prison, when it was, in fact, a women’s hospital. Those aren’t the same things at all! Our...

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Blue Christmas service at Bow Mills Methodist

The Bow Mills United Methodist Church, 505 South St., Bow, will offer a Blue Christmas service on Wednesday, Dec. 17, at 7 p.m. Christmas for many folks will be a difficult one, either because they have had a death in the family, a loss or broken relationship or because of painful memories of Christmases past. Please join us for a time of special music, scripture, silent reflection and healing prayer. Light refreshments will be...

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City Briefly

Each week, City Manager Tom Aspell tries to make Thanksgiving dinner special by stuffing the turkey with a city memo. Instead of adding savory flavor, though, it just lights the kitchen on fire. Thankfully the fire extinguisher marks spell out a new memo for us! Salting it away Winter is coming here The Highways and Utilities Division of the General Services Department has prepared the city’s salt mix for the fast approaching winter,...

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Fly tying classes being offered, starting Jan. 6

A beginner’s fly tying class, sponsored by the Basil W. Woods, Jr. Chapter of Trout Unlimited, will be held at the Passaconaway Club, Garvins Falls Road, and will run for six consecutive weeks beginning on Jan. 6, from 7 to 9 p.m. Six of the basic fly pattern types will be taught, and all materials will be provided. For students that do not have, or do not want to invest in the required equipment initially, fly tying vises and...

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NHTI’s Stage Lynx to perform ‘Reckless’

On Dec. 5, 6 and 7, the NHTI “Stage Lynx” Drama Club will present Reckless, a dark comedy by Craig Lucas. The curtain goes up at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is free for NHTI students, $10 for all others. Reckless is a sardonic commentary on such commonplace features of modern life as broken families, homelessness, therapy and reality TV. The lead character, Rachel – a young mother who is wide-eyed,...

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Design your Old Man of the Mountain T-shirt

Rock On Foundation is pleased to announce its Old Man of the Mountain T-Shirt Contest with New Hampshire-based T-shirt company, The Mountain. For this contest, youth throughout New Hampshire will be able to submit their original designs of the Old Man of the Mountain. Winners will be selected for three age groups: 2nd-5th grade, 6th-8th grade, and 9th-12th grade. Each winner will receive free T-shirts for a class of his/her choice and...

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VNA glass half full presentation on Dec. 9

Concord Regional Visiting Nurse Association is offering a free presentation “It’s a Wonderful Life: Seeing the Glass Half Full” on Tuesday, Dec. 9, from 10 to 11 a.m. at Pleasant View Retirement, 227 Pleasant St. Do you see the world through rose colored glasses? How you answer this age-old question about positive thinking may reflect your outlook on life, your attitude toward yourself, and whether you are optimistic or pessimistic....

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Concord Public Library Book of the Week

For more information about the Concord Public Library, visit concordpubliclibrary.net or visit us on Tumblr (reading-rumblr.tumblr.com and concordteens.tumblr.com) and Facebook (facebook.com/ConcordPublicLibrary). Chinese Cooking For Diamond Thieves Dave Lowry 2014, 278 pages Fiction Chinese Cooking for Diamond Thieves is a humorous whodunnit with frequent, mouth-watering descriptions of Chinese cuisine. Tucker is a senior in college...

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