Get downtown this weekend for Rock On Fest 2018
Aug07

Get downtown this weekend for Rock On Fest 2018

We’re heading into mid-August now, which can only mean one thing – Rock On Fest is on its way. For the fourth year in a row, the Rock On Foundation will hold its big music-and-basketball festival in Concord. For the second straight year, the bulk of the festivities will take place right in the heart of downtown Concord – in the middle of North Main Street, in fact. The festival is the creation of the Bonner brothers, Luke and Matt....

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Rock On Fest 2018 schedule
Aug07

Rock On Fest 2018 schedule

FRIDAY, AUGUST 10: Rock On Court Noon: Youth 3×3 Hoops 6:15 p.m.: Concord Police vs Concord Fire 7 p.m.: MVHS vs CHS Unified Hoops Eagle Square 8 p.m.: Outdoor Movie Night featuring Coco   SATURDAY, AUGUST 11 Merrimack County Savings Bank Stage (North Main Street) 2 p.m.: Mr. Aaron 3 p.m.: Novel / Novella 4 p.m.: Ed Balloon 5 p.m.: Honeysuckle 6:15 p.m.: Damn Tall Buildings 7:45 p.m.: Overcoats Eagle Square Noon: Youth...

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Concord Craft Brewing Co. is making a special Rock On Fest beer
Aug07

Concord Craft Brewing Co. is making a special Rock On Fest beer

You know what they say – you can’t have a music festival, or any kind of festival, for that matter, without booze. That’s just a joke, but only kind of. While it is completely fine to have a music festival with no beer, it just adds a little bit of excitement for the 21-plus crowd when brews are readily available. It gets even more exciting when there’s a specialty brew that only exists because of said festival. What we’re getting at...

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Eat pancakes with Intown Concord at Rock On Fest
Aug07

Eat pancakes with Intown Concord at Rock On Fest

Show us a person who doesn’t like pancakes and we’ll be shocked. Because, really, who doesn’t like pancakes? That light and fluffy breakfast food all smothered in butter and syrup is something we’d eat just about every morning – if our wives would let us. Unfortunately, we don’t have the time to whip up a batch on weekdays so it’s usually a weekend thing, which makes it quite the special treat. But this Saturday, instead of dirtying...

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Miss Capital Area pageant to be held at Audi on Saturday
Aug07

Miss Capital Area pageant to be held at Audi on Saturday

Four titles will be up for grabs at the Miss Capital Area pageant on Saturday at the Concord City Auditorium. Entering its 28th year, the pageant is a preliminary for Miss New Hampshire and Miss New Hampshire Outstanding Teen. It’s one of 29 local events with the winners going on to compete for best in state. “It’s fun to see,” said Michele Hanson, president of the Miss Capital Area Scholarship Program. “Because I’ve seen some of the...

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Comedians getting together for reunion show at Hatbox Theatre
Aug07

Comedians getting together for reunion show at Hatbox Theatre

It’s one thing to make your family and friends laugh when hanging out in the backyard or on a long road trip. It’s a totally different animal to get a room full of complete strangers to appreciate your jokes while standing alone on stage. We like to think of ourselves as funny (some of you may not), but doing stand-up comedy is maybe one of the few things we might not approach in this job – and we stress might. Because let’s be...

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On Display: Tracey Goodwin at NHTI library
Aug07

On Display: Tracey Goodwin at NHTI library

The NHTI library is currently home to the art of Tracey Goodwin. Goodwin (who has no known relation to Insider Editor Tim Goodwin) has put together a collection of paintings that include wildlife in their natural settings, along with picturesque landscape scenes. Using both acrylic and oil, Goodwin’s work has a very real feel to it – as you can see from those two moose in Hesitant. It’s like they’re right in front of you. And the...

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Entertainment: Nevers’ Band, State Street Combo lead a packed music schedule
Aug07

Entertainment: Nevers’ Band, State Street Combo lead a packed music schedule

As we head into August, the entertainment schedule is really heating up in Concord. This week features live music every night (including two shows by the State Street Combo at Hermanos) and some good movies at Red River Theatres, including Three Identical Strangers, which sounds like a fascinating true story about triplets separated at birth and reunited years later. Have a look: Music Tuesday Mike Loughlin at Hermanos Cocina Mexicana...

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More public art in downtown Concord
Aug07

More public art in downtown Concord

If you can remember all the way back to last month, we told you about the partnership between the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce’s Creative Concord committee and the city to bring public art to the downtown area. After installing two pieces in 2016 – post Main Street redesign – there have been new works popping up all over the place (or at least that’s how it seems). And toward the “tail” end of July, American Dog by sculptor...

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Learn about Taiko drumming at Keach Park on Thursday
Aug07

Learn about Taiko drumming at Keach Park on Thursday

The city of Concord hosts dozens of concerts, both outdoors and in, all throughout the summer. It seems like you can catch some sort of show just about every day around here. But it isn’t too often that you can take in a musical show while also learning a thing or two about music, culture and performance. That’s why you’d be wise to get over to Keach Park and/or the new City Wide Community Center (they’re still working on exactly...

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Bulletin Board: Flag football, CYPN event and crosswalks
Aug07

Bulletin Board: Flag football, CYPN event and crosswalks

Composer concert at St. Paul’s church Join St. Paul’s Episcopal Church for a relaxing yet inspiring concert of living classical composers with the Artful Noise String Quartet. The Seacoast-based group will perform the work of Geoffrey Hudson, Gwyneth Walker, Steven Kukla, Jennifer Higdon – as well as New Hampshire composer William Fletcher. There is no charge for the Aug. 15 concert, but donations will be accepted at the door. The...

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NHTI library staff is hosting a photo contest
Aug07

NHTI library staff is hosting a photo contest

The staffers in the NHTI library are back at it – and it’s up to you to decide who is the best photographer of the bunch. Last week, this year’s crop of photos were hung on the walls to kick off the third annual library staff photography contest and in the words of Library Director Steve Ambra – who finished second last year – it’s bigger and better. A total of seven staff members are taking part in the contest, including defending...

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Missed Connections: Finding love on Craigslist
Aug07

Missed Connections: Finding love on Craigslist

Even though Craigslist officially removed its entire “Personals” section a few months ago, that hasn’t stopped the legions of die-hard Missed Connections fans from hoping to find Mr. or Mrs. Right through anonymous internet personal ads – now filed under the “Community” section. Once again, we rounded up some of the highlights (if you want to call them that) posted during the month of July and reproduced them here, in all of their...

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On the Road: We traveled all the way to Scotland with the Wilsons
Aug07
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Book of the Week: ‘Young Men and Fire’
Aug07

Book of the Week: ‘Young Men and Fire’

Young Men and Fire Norman Maclean 1992, 301 pages Nonfiction Winner of the 1992 National Book Critic Circle Award, Maclean’s Young Men and Fire is a gripping account of a terrible fire in 1949 that claimed the lives of 13 U.S. Forest Service smokejumpers. It starts with a lightning storm in the Montana wilderness and follows the brave young men that were sent to fight one of the fires left in the storm’s wake. What seems like an...

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This Week in Concord History
Aug07

This Week in Concord History

Aug. 7, 2001: The Concord Baseball Association announces that Pete Dupuis has been named the General Manager of the Concord Quarry Dogs for the 2002 season. Dupuis was the Assistant General Manager under Warren Doane, who passed away earlier in 2001. Aug. 7, 2000: The state unveils its contribution to the country’s new set of quarters. George Washington remains on the “heads” side. On the “tails” side reposes the Old Man of the...

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