VIDEO: We’re in the heart of summer concert season in Concord, and things are really heating up
Jul17

VIDEO: We’re in the heart of summer concert season in Concord, and things are really heating up

It’s a little past the midway point of July, and all the summer concert series are in full swing by now. Between Concord and Bow, you can catch some (mostly) outdoor music a few times a week all summer long. It’s the perfect time of year to sit outside, maybe have a little picnic and take in some cool, free tunes – yes, all of the concert series we’re about to mention are completely free and open to the public. With the exception of...

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Grammy winner Patty Griffin coming to the Cap Center
Jul17

Grammy winner Patty Griffin coming to the Cap Center

The Grammy award-winning modern folk singer-songwriter Patty Griffin will be bringing her acoustic tour to the Capitol Center for the Arts on Sunday. Griffin, based out of Austin, Texas, and born in Old Town, Maine, has released nine classic studio albums and two live collections. Griffin’s first two albums, Living With Ghosts and Flaming Red, are considered seminal albums in the singer-songwriter genre, while Children Running Through...

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Piccola Opera to sing at Audi this weekend
Jul17

Piccola Opera to sing at Audi this weekend

When it comes to the live entertainment scene in Concord, you don’t see a ton of operas on the schedule. But thanks to Piccola Opera, the Concord-based company that opened in 2015, which works with children as young as 10 years old all the way up to emerging professionals, there’s always a few dates that can be circled. And this Friday and Saturday are two of them, as a group of singers from Piccola will be accompanied by a pair of...

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Food Snob: Tenders and cheese sticks from Ballard’s
Jul17

Food Snob: Tenders and cheese sticks from Ballard’s

As you may have seen in the recent ice cream issue, Ballard’s on Broadway has lots of options when it comes to frozen treats. But did you know they’re also in the business of serving food? And one of the featured items on their menu is fried foods – something we just can’t get enough of – at least until our wives find out. So after our grueling three-game tennis match at Memorial Field, we were looking for something that would sit...

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The new courts at Memorial Field are sweet
Jul17

The new courts at Memorial Field are sweet

We hadn’t made our way to Memorial Field for a while, so we were quite surprised to learn that five of the facility’s tennis courts had been rebuilt to pristine condition over a two-phase project. So last week, once the temperatures dipped below the 90s – and in honor of the great tennis going on at Wimbledon – we decided to head that way to see them for ourselves and, of course, for a little friendly Insider competition. Now to be...

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Entertainment: A variety of concerts and stage shows abound
Jul17

Entertainment: A variety of concerts and stage shows abound

We’re in the dog days of summer now, but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing going on. This week features quite a few concerts – both indoor and out – plus three stage shows. Enjoy! Music Tuesday Dan Weiner at Hermanos Cocina Mexicana at 6:30 p.m. Nevers’ Second Regiment Band at Rolfe Park at  7 p.m. Hopkinton Town Band at Presidential Oaks at  6:30 p.m. Wednesday Craig Jaster at Hermanos at 6:30 p.m. The ExP Band outside next to...

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Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce names grant recipients
Jul17

Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce names grant recipients

Through its Business Grants program, the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce awards more than $5,000 annually to teachers who have developed innovative teaching programs for use in capital area schools. Recipients of the seven grants chosen this year demonstrated that their projects fit a specific educational need, were unique to their respective schools, and were not supported by their school system’s annual budget. Funding for the...

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Celebrating 85 years of the League of N.H. Craftsmen in the most logical way
Jul17

Celebrating 85 years of the League of N.H. Craftsmen in the most logical way

Nora and Norman Stevens have amassed quite the collection when it comes to creations from members of the League of N.H. Craftsmen. The pair began attending the League’s annual fair in the early 1970s, where they started acquiring works that has resulted in an impressive catalog of pieces – a lot of which has been donated to the League for its permanent collection. And if you want to see what kinds of items the Stevenses have procured...

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Another stunning Instagram shot from @michaelpmurphy
Jul17

Another stunning Instagram shot from @michaelpmurphy

We swear we don’t play favorites, but when we see a really great photo on Instagram, we run it. It just so happens that user @michaelpmurphy takes a lot of great shots around Concord, many of which have appeared in these pages over the years. Here’s another one, this one taken somewhere on the Winant-Swope connector trail. The tall grass, the bright sun, the solar flare, the potential UFO near the top – it all works here, and it works...

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Jon’s daughter helped him change a flat tire last week
Jul17

Jon’s daughter helped him change a flat tire last week

It’s everyone’s worst nightmare: You finally make it to the office for what’s going to be another long day on the job and your left rear tire is losing air – and quickly. A small piece of sharp metal had made a nice gash in Jon’s tire last week, so he did what anyone else would do — he called in his 3-year-old daughter, Julia, to help put the spare on. Good thing she was free.

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Book of the Week: ‘If We Were Villains’
Jul17

Book of the Week: ‘If We Were Villains’

If We Were Villains M.L. Rio 2017, 355 pages Mystery Fiction Oliver Marks was a drama student before going to jail. Now that his parole has been approved, he is the only person who can finally ease the misgivings of the policeman who put him there. Oliver agrees, at last, to tell him the truth. Oliver’s story begins at a small, private conservatory of the arts, where his class of seven drama students have been eating, sleeping and...

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Bulletin Board: Swim lessons, car buying and author events
Jul17

Bulletin Board: Swim lessons, car buying and author events

Last swim lessons begin July 30 The last session of swim lessons with Concord Parks and Rec is July 30 to Aug. 9. Thanks to Concord Housing + Redevelopment for its sponsorship, all youth in Concord/Penacook are able to take a free session of swim lessons. The registration deadline is July 25. Register in person at the Concord Parks and Rec office (14 Canterbury Road). City memo CPR and First Aid classes offered ​​​​​​Concord Hospital...

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This Week in Concord History
Jul17

This Week in Concord History

July 17, 1941: Playing at Cleveland, Yankee third baseman Red Rolfe of Penacook doubles and singles to help the Yanks beat the Indians 4-3. But the big news is that Cleveland and its good-fielding third baseman, Ken Keltner, stop Joe DiMaggio’s hitting streak at 56 games. During the streak, Rolfe, hitting second in the Yankee lineup, batted .306 and scored 49 runs. July 17, 1967: A four-member investigating committee of Concord’s...

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