We scoured the streets to find the best light and decoration displays
Dec15

We scoured the streets to find the best light and decoration displays

It’s not officially the Christmas season until the neighborhood becomes aglow in lights. Well, it’s now officially that time, as evidenced by all these photos taken in Concord and Penacook.

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Adventure shopping, holiday edition
Dec15

Adventure shopping, holiday edition

Since Ocean State Job Lot’s slogan is ‘Adventure Shopping,’ we decided to head down to see what kind of holiday decorations, lights and accessories we could find this year.

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Downtown is quite festive thanks to all these decorated windows
Dec15

Downtown is quite festive thanks to all these decorated windows

For the second year in a row, Intown Concord issued a challenge to all the downtown businesses: Decorate your window for a chance to earn bragging rights for a year. So as you may have noticed, the downtown area is quite festive this year thanks in part to 41 retailers and restaurants taking part in the second annual Window Decorations Contest. Prior to Midnight Merriment, a panel of judges strolled all around downtown searching for...

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The Food Snob hits up Vibes Gourmet Burgers
Dec15

The Food Snob hits up Vibes Gourmet Burgers

If there’s one thing we like to do around here, it’s eat food. Lots of food. Good food. Luckily, we were able to do just that last week at the new burger joint downtown, Vibes Gourmet Burgers. We’d been anxiously awaiting the opening for months, and for a little while there we were afraid we might never get to taste one of these gourmet burgers. But after a lot of red-tape hopping, paperwork and waiting, Vibes finally opened to the...

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‘Nutcracker,’ Rockin’ Daddios on tap

Wednesday Looking to hear some blues in the middle of the week while snacking on some nachos? Then look no further than Hermanos, where Kid Pinky will be playing. “Accompanied by three highly talented bluesmen from the New Hampshire area, Kid Pinky is a throwback to the future, paying homage to the blues from the 40s and 50s while simultaneously crafting a modern, completely original sound,” says the band’s website. Gotta love the ol’...

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Nativity scene is a classic way to show off your holiday spirit
Dec15
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You’ll learn a lot about N.H. at this Historical Society exhibit
Dec15

You’ll learn a lot about N.H. at this Historical Society exhibit

The New Hampshire Historical Society is home to all kinds of photos, objects and books that make up the history of the Granite State. And understandably, the society likes to show it off. The Discovering N.H. exhibit opened in early November and will be on display at the Park Street headquarters for at least two years. From Nancy Sununu’s inaugural gown and jacket to a real live snowmobile, this surely touches upon all aspects of...

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Have you ever seen a robot make pancakes? Well, you have now
Dec15
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Out for a leisurely walk
Dec15

Out for a leisurely walk

Check out where the Insider traveled this time.

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Meet David Morgan, the N.H. Association for the Blind’s new boss
Dec15

Meet David Morgan, the N.H. Association for the Blind’s new boss

David Morgan was recently brought on as the new president and CEO of the N.H. Association for the Blind after 10 years at Perkins School for the Blind in Massachusetts. So we caught up with Morgan last week to ask him a few questions and see if he meets the Insider approval. And, of course, he did. What has it been like since you joined the association as president and CEO? It’s been really exciting. I didn’t have a lot of chance to...

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Send Concord 250 out with a bang at the New Year’s Eve Gala
Dec15

Send Concord 250 out with a bang at the New Year’s Eve Gala

We know, there’s still 10 days till Christmas, but as you are more than aware of, we’re in the business of planning. So despite the fact that the biggest holiday in December is more than a week away, it’s time to start thinking about plans for the final day of 2015. Yes, we’re talking about New Year’s Eve and have we got an idea for you. If you can think back to Dec. 31, 2014, (and we know that’s not easy) Concord 250 and the Concord...

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Sing traditional carols at United Baptist

Christmas is the time of year for spreading joy, giving thanks and generally being merry and jolly. One way of spreading joy while being merry and jolly is to sing your heart out with a group of others doing the same thing. And thanks to United Baptist Church, there’s a venue for you to do just that. The church invites anyone who wants to sing classic Christmas songs with a group of others to come down for the second annual Christmas...

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Follow the 12 Days of Mindfulness for a more enjoyable holiday

The holiday season is upon us. For many, this means we are busier and more stressed than ever trying to get everything done. This year, try to make the season a less stressful and more enjoyable one. The 12 Days of Mindfulness can help us keep a healthy perspective. It offers a friendly reminder for each day in order for us to continue feeling festive. On the 1st day of mindfulness my Rolfer said to me… 1. Pause within your busy day...

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Instagram photo of the week
Dec15

Instagram photo of the week

Check out this week’s Instagram photo of the week.

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Bulletin Board

Music school student performs at nationals Concord Community Music School voice student Nathan Smith was selected to perform in the National Association for Music Education All-National Honor Choir in Nashville, Tenn., following a nationally competitive audition process. The choir performed in a gala concert celebrating music education and the arts at the historic Grand Ole Opry in Nashville on Oct. 28, as part of the 2015 NAfME...

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City Briefly
Dec15

City Briefly

Last week, City Manager Tom Aspell spent some extra hours in the office hanging Christmas lights and other holiday decor for all passers-by to see. And to show just how festive he is this year, Aspell used his extra lights to spell out this week’s city memo, which we’ve transcribed to a more readable format. Java with an officer The Concord Police Department will host “Coffee with a Cop” on Friday from 9 to 11 a.m. at True Brew...

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Book of the Week: ‘A Library Book for Bear’
Dec15

Book of the Week: ‘A Library Book for Bear’

A Library Book for Bear Bonny Becker 2014, 32 pages Fiction In this children’s book, Bear is sure that his seven “very nice books” are all the books that he would ever need. But his friend Mouse is insistent that they visit the library. Bear had promised, so he reluctantly takes Mouse to the library and says that “There are far too many books in there” . . . “Most excessive!” But Mouse persists, and while in the library Bear makes an...

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