Here’s the plan for Concord’s Fourth of July
Jun28

Here’s the plan for Concord’s Fourth of July

With America’s birthday right around the corner, you’re probably scrambling to figure out your plan for summer’s biggest day. Sure, you could trek down to Boston or up to Ashland if you want, but who’s got time for that? You really only need to travel as far as Memorial Field, which will once again host the city’s annual July 4 celebration. There had been some talk about moving the shebang to the area behind the post office on Loudon...

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Browsing the stock at Champny’s Fireworks
Jun28

Browsing the stock at Champny’s Fireworks

When it’s right around the Fourth of July, there’s one thing on everybody’s mind: fireworks. Since we live in the Live Free or Die state, we’re lucky enough to be able to buy our own fireworks and put on our own shows. One place to get them is Champny’s Fireworks in Bow. It’s a family business that’s been a fixture in town for nearly 20 years, and it’s home to all the fireworks anyone could ask for. We stopped in last week to see what...

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This is a busy time of year for meat sellers
Jun28

This is a busy time of year for meat sellers

Just like our forefathers said, you can’t have the Fourth of July without meat. It’s practically in the Constitution. One of the main features of the holiday – and the summer in general – is throwing some nice meat on the grill and hanging out in the yard all day and night. Since Concord is home to a couple of places that deal a lot with meat – Quality Cash Market and Concord Beef and Seafood – we checked them out to see what each had...

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Market Days was the place to be last week
Jun28

Market Days was the place to be last week

In case you missed all the signs around town or last week’s issue of the Insider, Intown Concord’s 42nd annual Market Days Festival was held on Main Street last week, and there was lots to do. And since we like to take part in happening things around Concord, we had to check it out for ourselves.

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Always think safety when using fireworks
Jun28

Always think safety when using fireworks

We all want to enjoy the sights and sounds of our nation’s independence holiday. So that means backyard barbecues, lawn games – and, especially, fireworks. Some people prefer to check out the larger displays put on by cities and towns all over the state, while others like to stay home, avoid the crowds and traffic, and light off their own fireworks collection. And that’s okay. There are all kinds of cool fireworks you can buy and set...

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Instagram was full of pics from Market Days
Jun28

Instagram was full of pics from Market Days

We spent a lot of time at Market Days this year, but even we couldn’t be there the entire time. As you can see, we were pretty busy last week with other stuff going on. But we couldn’t help feel like we missed out on stuff, especially when we started combing through all the great pictures on Instagram. Since you probably felt the same way, we decided to dedicate a page to all of the cool shots taken by people who didn’t get paid to...

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Beyond the Cubicle: It’s a dirty job, but someone had to do it
Jun28

Beyond the Cubicle: It’s a dirty job, but someone had to do it

Everyone loves Market Days. The food, the entertainment and the people watching were all good reasons you should have gone to the annual three-day festival last week. If you didn’t make it, there’s always next year. But while you were out enjoying yourself, walking down the middle of Main Street without a care in the world, there was a lot going on to make sure Market Days lived up to the hype. That includes trash duty. It’s not the...

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Job Lot has goodies to enhance your Fourth
Jun28

Job Lot has goodies to enhance your Fourth

With the Fourth of July right around the corner, we figured why not see what Ocean State Job Lot has in stock to enhance your holiday fun.

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Go Try It: Kan Jam (and other yard games)
Jun28

Go Try It: Kan Jam (and other yard games)

We’re taking a slightly different approach to this week’s Go Try It piece. Whereas we usually tell you about something specific in the city that you can go try, this time we’re going to tell you about some fun stuff you can do pretty much anywhere – if you have the equipment. We tried out Kan Jam, a game involving flying discs and glorified rolled-up plastic sleds. You’ve probably seen it played by now – it’s begun to take over...

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Quote ‘The Princess Bride’ at Red River
Jun28

Quote ‘The Princess Bride’ at Red River

Are you one of those people who just can’t resist quoting your favorite movies? Do your friends and family get annoyed when you do it? Have you started watching movies on your own to avoid the backlash that ensues when you start reciting the lines you’ve spent years memorizing? Well, never fear because we have just the solution – if you like quoting The Princess Bride, that is. Red River Theatres is hosting a Princess Bride...

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The Thomson brothers are still pedaling away
Jun28

The Thomson brothers are still pedaling away

The last time we caught up with Derek and Dylan Thomson, the bicycle riding brothers were in Colorado, and had made it to South Dakota by the time we hit newsstands. And since we promised to keep you posted about the duo’s journey across the country, from San Francisco to Seabrook, to raise money for the Connolly Tough Fund using the name Cycling the US for ALS, we decided to check in to see what kind of progress they had made over...

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Guyette Pool got a much needed face-lift
Jun28

Guyette Pool got a much needed face-lift

Guyette Pool at Rolfe Park has received some major renovations for the new pool season. Concord General Services’ Public Properties Division renovated the pool to enhance safety, accessibility, efficiency and appeal. A public ribbon cutting ceremony with Concord Mayor Jim Bouley, and City Manager Tom Aspell, was held on June 16 to commemorate the renovations with the community and local residents. A grand pool reopening hosted by...

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This exhibit will make you take a closer look
Jun28

This exhibit will make you take a closer look

The art work of NHTI visual arts professor Meghan Ambra is currently on display in the NHTI library through July 8. Here’s a sampling of what’s on display.

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Tasty Brews: Long Trail Unearthed stout
Jun28

Tasty Brews: Long Trail Unearthed stout

Insider staffFor this week’s Tasty Brews installment, we went back to Area 23, home of “conspiracy brews and craft theories,” because we always love a good conspiracy beer.In the mood for something a bit dark, we tried the Unearthed Stout by Long Trail – never heard of it, but the bartender said it was good.He wasn’t lying.This beer had a very thick head of foam and a deep, dark brown color. It isn’t as aromatic as one might assume,...

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Hey, those cardboard boats actually worked
Jun28

Hey, those cardboard boats actually worked

A few weeks ago, we checked in with third- and fifth-grade students at Christa McAuliffe School who were building some life-sized boats out of cardboard. That was fun and all, but we know you really wanted to see the end result. That’s why we trekked up to Ashland (don’t tell our bosses we snuck out!) recently to see how they would fare in the water. Both boats passed the test with flying colors, floating with ease while supporting a...

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You’ll be on the edge of your seat at this show
Jun28

You’ll be on the edge of your seat at this show

Insider staff Greg and Jan Sanderson were looking for a reboot of sorts.They moved from the city to a remote farmhouse in the country after Jan’s nervous episode had landed her in a hospital recently and the move was done to help her in recovery.Its been a tough couple of months and this exactly what Greg, played by Matt Potter, believes his wife needs.Soon, you’re introduced to George Willowby, portrayed by Ursula Boutwell, a country...

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Book of the Week: Listen, Slowly
Jun28

Book of the Week: Listen, Slowly

Listen, SlowlyThanhha Lai2015, 260 pagesFiction – Children’s Twelve-year-old Mai is looking forward to spending the summer at the beach in California with her best friend and her secret crush. Instead her parents force her to accompany her grandmother, Ba, to Vietnam to discover her roots. Ba has engaged a detective to search for her husband who was listed as MIA in the war. She doesn’t believe he is still alive but doesn’t feel in...

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Bulletin Board

New exhibit atMcGowan July 5 McGowan Fine Art announces “Hello, My Name Is – Addicted to Art,” a group show featuring new works from John Bonner, Meghan Cochran, Rick Gerber, Pat Gerkin, Catherine Graffam, Valerie Hird, Bruce McColl, Lucy Mink, Kat O’Connor, Susan Stranc, Susan Wahlrab, Shiao-Ping Wang and Molly Wensberg. The show will run from July 5-Aug. 19, with a ‘Thirsty Thursday’ informal introduction to art and opportunity to...

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This Week in Concord History
Jun28

This Week in Concord History

June 28, 1833: During his eastern tour, President Andrew Jackson stays at the Eagle Coffee House across from the State House in Concord. Since no bed in the hotel is deemed adequate for a president, Mrs. John Estabrook has lent the house her large mahogany model. Slightly ill, Jackson passes up the renowned hotel cuisine, subsisting on bread and milk. June 28, 1860: Responding to the Democratic celebrations of the previous day, Wide...

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