The wildly popular Feztival of the Trees set to return for an 18th year
Nov13

The wildly popular Feztival of the Trees set to return for an 18th year

A function hall packed to the gills with plastic Christmas trees, hundreds of dollars of merchandise hanging from the limbs. Wooden doors standing on their own in the middle of a room, ornate wreaths positioned perfectly in the center. Santa Claus sitting in the corner, keeping a close eye on every boy and girl who comes through. It can only be one thing – the Feztival of Trees at the Bektash Shrine Center. Yes, the annual Christmas...

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67th annual Christmas parade to roll through Concord on Saturday
Nov13

67th annual Christmas parade to roll through Concord on Saturday

It may not even be Thanksgiving yet, but that doesn’t mean it’s too early to start getting festive and diving head-first right into Christmas season. The season unofficially gets underway on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. with the 67th annual Concord Christmas Parade, and there will be a few major changes involving the parade route this year. The parade formation will be at the Community Bridges parking lot on Canterbury Road at the...

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Community Players to perform classic ‘Annie’ at Concord City Auditorium
Nov13

Community Players to perform classic ‘Annie’ at Concord City Auditorium

Monitor staff When the Community Players of Concord last put on a production of Annie in 1983, Sarah Silverman was one of two children to fill the role of Annie. Since playing the lead role during the Players’ 56th season, Silverman has gone on to make quite a name for herself in Hollywood circles. Fast forward 35 years, and the Players will once again take the stage this weekend, to open their 91st season, for three shows of Annie at...

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N.H. Master Chorale to present ‘Considering Matthew Shepard’ across the state, including Concord
Nov13

N.H. Master Chorale to present ‘Considering Matthew Shepard’ across the state, including Concord

The New Hampshire Master Chorale, a professional-level chamber chorus, this month offers northern New England audiences three opportunities to hear the much-acclaimed new oratorio Considering Matthew Shepard. The concerts will be performed Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Portsmouth, Concord and Plymouth, respectively. The concert-length work, by the American composer Craig Hella Johnson, tells the story of the brutal 1998 murder of a...

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Entertainment: John Prine tribute at NEC Concord a musical highlight
Nov13

Entertainment: John Prine tribute at NEC Concord a musical highlight

It’s another busy week on the entertainment front around here, especially on the music side. NEC Concord is hosting a John Prine tribute night, Dark Star Orchestra comes to the Cap Center and the Community Players of Concord perform Annie at the Audi. Have a look: Music Tuesday Mike Loughlin at Hermanos Cocina Mexicana at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday Dave Gerard at Hermanos at 6:30 p.m. Thursday Gerry Beaudoin at Hermanos at 6:30 p.m. Felix...

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Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce celebrates Citizen of the Year, kicks off centennial
Nov13

Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce celebrates Citizen of the Year, kicks off centennial

The Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce kicked off its centennial anniversary year at the 99th Annual Meeting & Citizen of the Year Award event presented by Merrimack County Savings Bank on Wednesday, Nov. 7 at the Grappone Conference Center in Concord. The Chamber also honored a special member of the community, three local businesses and showcased a new brand to 300 citizens, nonprofit, municipal and business leaders from the...

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Bulletin Board: Vietnam program, mystery dinner and more
Nov13

Bulletin Board: Vietnam program, mystery dinner and more

Vietnam War program at library New Hampshire Humanities Presenter Aaron Blais will be at Concord Public Library on Wednesday for the program “The Vietnam War: Defining America’s Past and Present – Video and Discussion.” Blais will use scenes from Ken Burns’s newest documentary, The Vietnam War, to lead a conversation about how the war has affected (and still affects) community members and the nation as a whole. This program is open to...

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City Manager’s Newsletter: Downtown recycling changes, I-93 expansion hearing and more
Nov13

City Manager’s Newsletter: Downtown recycling changes, I-93 expansion hearing and more

The city of Concord’s public information officer, Stefanie Breton, sent out the City Manager’s Newsletter last Friday. The newsletter contained too much information for us to fit into this spot, so we’re just printing some highlights here. For the full newsletter, go to concordnh.gov and click the “Newsletter” button on the home page. Recycling bin changes downtown In an effort to reduce recycling contamination and illegal dumping,...

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On Display: Watercolor paintings by Judy King at NHTI
Nov13

On Display: Watercolor paintings by Judy King at NHTI

The art gallery inside the library at NHTI is currently exhibiting watercolor paintings by Judy King, a recently retired NHTI math professor. The collection features about three dozen original works by King, and many of the paintings depict places King has traveled to. The exhibit will be on display through the end of November. 

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On the Road: The ‘Insider’ goes to a garden in Eden
Nov13

On the Road: The ‘Insider’ goes to a garden in Eden

We brought the Insider to Eden! Well, not “THE Garden of,” but a nice little garden just the same! This was taken just outside the Eden Historical Museum, which tells the history of the area from prehistoric times to the consolidation of the towns of Leaksville, Spray and Draper in 1967 to form the city of Eden, N.C., where we were visiting friends before Memorial Day. Stephanie Parkinson

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CYPN: Julianne Rosset is the Young Professional of the Month
Nov13

CYPN: Julianne Rosset is the Young Professional of the Month

The Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce’s Concord Young Professionals Network introduces you to our “Young Professional of the Month,” Julianne Rosset. Each month the CYPN Steering Committee recommends a young professional in the community it thinks readers would enjoy getting to know better. How old are you? 30. Where do you live? Concord. Where do you currently work? I work for the United States Fish and Wildlife Service as a fish...

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Book of the Week: ‘Severance’
Nov13

Book of the Week: ‘Severance’

Severance Ling Ma 2018, 304 pages Adult fiction Severance, the debut novel of Chinese-born American Ling Ma, is hard to classify. Its premise is pretty straightforward. Shen Fever rapidly takes over the world, turning almost everyone in its path into what can best be described as a zombie. The infected mindlessly participate in the same action over and over again until death takes them. Millennial workaholic Candace Chen seems to...

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This Week in Concord History
Nov13

This Week in Concord History

Nov. 13, 2001: Concord City Manager Duncan Ballantyne outlines two options for dealing with the Sears Block project, the city’s biggest and most important project in limbo. The city can meet with Hodges Development Corp. or they can proceed with demolition. Nov. 14, 1861: A fire at Main and School streets, the fourth major fire of the year in downtown Concord, destroys a harness factory, a shoe store, the gas-light company offices and...

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