We went  to all the yard sales we could find
May24

We went to all the yard sales we could find

Now that it’s finally (probably) safe to put away the winter gear, it’s time for everybody’s favorite time of year: yard sale season. Who doesn’t love getting up at the crack of dawn every weekend, loading up with cash and heading out to see what can be bought off lawns? We sure as heck live for that stuff, so we went out this past weekend to see what we could find. We were not disappointed.

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If you like yard sales, check out this place
May24

If you like yard sales, check out this place

It’s just a bit after 3 on a Monday afternoon and the Concord Auction Center is starting to get busy. There’s an auction in a few hours and people want to see what kind of stuff they can take home with them. If they have the winning bid that is. When we took a stroll around the 126 Hall St. warehouse, the volume of stuff for the weekly Monday auction was a little overwhelming. At the Concord Auction Center, Mondays are for household...

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Food Snob: Smokeshow Barbeque
May24

Food Snob: Smokeshow Barbeque

If there’s one food group that we just can’t get enough of, it’s barbeque. So when we heard there was a new place over on Fort Eddy Road serving up smoked BBQ meats, we had to give it a taste. We wouldn’t be doing our jobs if we didn’t. Let us introduce you to Smokeshow Barbeque. It’s located in the Merrimack Center (the same one that houses Planet Fitness and Cobblestone Design) and since they got top billing on the sign out front,...

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Go Try It: Open jam session at NEC
May24

Go Try It: Open jam session at NEC

Every once in a while, you just need to rock out. It’s a cathartic experience that experts say adds decades to your life, and there’s somewhere right downtown where you can do exactly that: NEC Concord. The little college campus on North Main Street hosts live music once a week as part of the Listening Room Series. This past Thursday, we hit up the ProJam Open Jam Session, which is basically exactly what it sounds like: an open jam...

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We helped plant strawberries at Apple Hill
May24

We helped plant strawberries at Apple Hill

When you think of planting fruits and vegetables, it’s done on your hands and knees, digging small holes in the dirt in your yard. But when you have 17,000 strawberry plants to get in the ground like Chuck and Diane Souther at Apple Hill Farm do, there just isn’t the time to plant them individually. And here’s a fun fact: “Strawberries are one of the more difficult crops we grow,” Chuck said. There’s way too many other things to get...

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What hidden gems will you find this weekend?

It sure is fun to see what you can find at yard sales. And it just so happens that yard sale season is upon us. Sure there have been some here and there over the last month or so, but starting this weekend and extending through the summer months, chances are you won’t be able to pass a telephone or intersection without seeing a handmade sign pointing you to an address where people will be sitting in their yard or driveway trying to...

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Students get water-crafty with cardboard
May24

Students get water-crafty with cardboard

Students at Christa McAuliffe School are up to something crafty – watercrafty, that is. By that we mean they’re making real boats out of cardboard – well, the boats have been made but they just need a finishing touch in the form of a protective coating. The goal is to launch the boats into Squam Lake at the end of the school year and see how their craftsmanship turned out. Third- and fifth-grade students at the elementary school...

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What happens to  all  the unsold treasures?
May24

What happens to all the unsold treasures?

We’ve all seen yard sales before – assuming we’ve all been out of the house at least once on a weekend morning at some point in life. What many people never see is the untold story: What happens to all the stuff that doesn’t get sold? After all, even the biggest and best yard sales in the land will still end up with some stragglers – “I can’t believe nobody bought my great aunt’s Christmas dish collection!” So what happens to those...

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Think you’ve got what it takes to pull a fire truck?
May24

Think you’ve got what it takes to pull a fire truck?

So be honest, do you think there’s a real possibility that you could pull a fire truck down Main Street? Don’t worry, you won’t have to do it alone. You can put together a team of 10 to try and be the fastest to drag Concord’s 45,000 pound reserve fire truck down a section of Main Street during the annual Market Days festivities. This is the fourth annual fire truck pull put on by the Concord Public Safety Foundation, and registration...

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4,500-mile ride on tap for Thomson brothers
May24

4,500-mile ride on tap for Thomson brothers

There’s a good chance that while you’re reading this latest copy of the Insider, Derek and Dylan Thomson are riding their bikes. That’s because last Saturday, the Concord raised brothers embarked on a cross-country journey on their bicycles, carrying 60 or 70 pounds of supplies, to raise money for Concord High School Principal Gene Connolly. And since they plan to complete the 4,500-mile quest from San Francisco to Seabrook in 50 days...

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Nothing says spring in N.H. like outdoor art
May24

Nothing says spring in N.H. like outdoor art

Mill Brook Gallery and Sculpture Garden is celebrating its 19th annual outdoor sculpture exhibit with a garden party on Sunday. You can meet the sculptors, which there are 25 of, and discuss the pieces that have been created in bronze, welded aluminum, carved marble, corten steel and resins. You’ll probably be just as amazed with the work as we were when we stopped in for a sneak peek last week. The party is free and open to the...

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Tasty Brews: Tuckerman Pale Ale
May24

Tasty Brews: Tuckerman Pale Ale

Another week, another review of a New Hampshire-made beer on tap somewhere in Concord. It’s a tough job, but somebody’s gotta do it. We don’t always do Granite State beers, but we’re on a local kick lately so figured we’d keep it going. This time it’s Tuckerman Pale Ale from Makris Lobster & Steak House. This beer is somewhere between an IPA and a traditional pilsner: not too hoppy and bitey, but definitely not boring and...

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This Week in Concord History
May24

This Week in Concord History

May 24, 1844: Samuel F.B. Morse, who began his career as a Concord mechanic, sends the first message over his electro-magnetic telegraph. The previous year, Congress appropriated $30,000 to test the machine on a line laid from Washington to Baltimore. New Hampshireman Benjamin Brown French, who will soon join Morse and others in the Magnetic Telegraph Co., calls it “one of the greatest inventions of the age” and predicts it will...

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Book of the Week: ‘Breaking News: Bear Alert’
May24

Book of the Week: ‘Breaking News: Bear Alert’

Breaking News: Bear Alert David Biedrzycki 2014 Children’s fiction   This children’s book opens with Jean Louis from the TV show Our Furry Planet going into a bear’s den and poking a sleeping bear. Not a good idea! The bears wake up and cleverly hitch a ride into town on top of the TV truck. Hilarious mayhem begins. The bears explore the town, going into a diner, trying on things at Paddington’s Department Store, and using a...

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Bulletin Board

Bow Garden Club plant sale Saturday The Bow Garden Club will hold its annual spring plant sale on Saturday at the Bow Community Building, 3 Bow Center Road, from 8 a.m. to noon. Annuals, perennials, vegetable starters, herbs and hanging plants will be available for purchase with proceeds to benefit the Bow High School Scholarship Program, the club’s ongoing civic beautification efforts and the various community projects they...

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