The 2018 Insider’s Guide to Gifts and Giving
Nov20

The 2018 Insider’s Guide to Gifts and Giving

Welcome to the Insider’s 2018 Guide to Gifts and Giving, a collaboration between Granite United Way and the Insider. There are many service organizations in our general area, and they’re always looking for help. That need intensifies as the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays approach, but the need is always there. The United Way put out a call to as many organizations as they could reach, asking them to share what some of their needs...

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The Windmill Restaurant to continue tradition of serving free Thanksgiving meal
Nov20

The Windmill Restaurant to continue tradition of serving free Thanksgiving meal

Thanksgiving. When you hear it, you probably immediately think of all kinds of things – turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, family, old friends, wine, pie, football, naps. It’s one of those holidays where it’s perfectly acceptable to just sit around the house all day eating, drinking and dozing off. But for so many people, the holiday isn’t so rosy. For those who don’t have anywhere to go, or anything to eat, it’s just another cold...

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Christmas tree lighting ceremony to kick off holiday season in Concord
Nov20

Christmas tree lighting ceremony to kick off holiday season in Concord

For the Insider The 32nd Concord Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration on Friday is shaping up to be a great afternoon and evening downtown to officially kick off the festive holiday season in the capital city. How many people who have lived in Concord all their lives remember it was tradition to light the Christmas tree lights and the Nativity Scene located on the State House Plaza? The Capitol Shopping Center would have a large...

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Get fit – in a sustainable and responsible manner – at 43 Degrees North
Nov20

Get fit – in a sustainable and responsible manner – at 43 Degrees North

If you’re at all familiar with the Insider, you probably know that hitting the gym hasn’t always been a priority for our staffers over the years (with the exception of Keith Testa – that guy is ripped). That’s why we were a tad late in getting around to checking out 43 Degrees North Athletic Club off Hall Street. It isn’t exactly brand-spankin’ new anymore – it opened last January – but 43 Degrees North is definitely a place that...

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City Manager’s Newsletter: Bagged leaf collection begins, road work continues and more
Nov20

City Manager’s Newsletter: Bagged leaf collection begins, road work continues 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. Thanksgiving reminders City offices will be closed Thursday and Friday in observance of Thanksgiving....

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Entertainment: Just because it’s Thanksgiving week doesn’t mean there’s nothing to do
Nov20

Entertainment: Just because it’s Thanksgiving week doesn’t mean there’s nothing to do

It’s the week of Thanksgiving, and although the holiday itself is a sleepy one on the entertainment front, the rest of the week is packed. Have a look, and enjoy that turkey! Music Tuesday Paul Hubert at Hermanos Cocina Mexicana at 6:30 p.m. Dark Star Orchestra at the Capitol Center for the Arts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $38 plus fees at ccanh.com. Wednesday Mike Morris at Hermanos at 6:30 p.m. Open mic with Gardner Berry at Area 23 at 7...

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Special events, new beers on tap at Lithermans Limited
Nov20

Special events, new beers on tap at Lithermans Limited

If there’s one thing better than Thanksgiving, it’s beer. Okay, that might be a bit of an exaggeration, but not by much. However, you don’t have to choose – Thanksgiving and beer go together like, well, turkey and gravy, and Lithermans Limited has caught on to that. The Hall Street brewery is always busy, and the days leading up to and following Thanksgiving are no different. There are a couple special events on the horizon, as well...

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Get your passes for New England Aquarium and other cool places at Concord Public Library
Nov20

Get your passes for New England Aquarium and other cool places at Concord Public Library

Concord Public Library once again has discount passes to the Museum of Fine Arts and New England Aquarium in Boston. Visit the library’s museum passes web page (accessible through concordpubliclibrary.net) to browse all 15 discount passes to area attractions. There is also a new online reservation service to check availability. Passes and coupons can be reserved up to 30 days in advance. While Concord Public Library provides the...

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Bulletin Board: A pair of Chamber events, plus lots of skating
Nov20

Bulletin Board: A pair of Chamber events, plus lots of skating

Merrimack County Stamp Collectors to meet Tuesday The Merrimack County Stamp Collectors will hold its monthly meeting at the Bow Mills United Methodist Church, 505 South St., Bow, on Tuesday (Nov. 20) beginning at 1 p.m. We invite all who are interested in stamp collecting to attend, share their interest, buy, sell and trade. Meet other collectors and learn more about their hobby and enjoy the fellowship of others with varied...

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Instagram: A photo depicting the changing of seasons in Concord
Nov20

Instagram: A photo depicting the changing of seasons in Concord

If you haven’t noticed yet, it’s been getting pretty chilly out there lately. It feels like we had about three weeks of legitimate fall and now the bite of winter has already set in. This shot here, taken on Rundlett Street by Instagram user @elodierosereed – a former Monitor staffer and one-time Insider contributor – perfectly encapsulates the harsh transition from “cozy fall weather” to “oh my God, it’s freezing.” Is there any image...

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Book of the Week: ‘Beyond the Bright Sea’
Nov20

Book of the Week: ‘Beyond the Bright Sea’

Beyond the Bright Sea Lauren Wolk 2017, 283 pages Children’s fiction (over 10 years old) Crow is a 12-year-old girl who lives on a speck of land off Cuttyhunk Island, between Buzzard’s Bay and Vineyard Sound, Mass. How she got there is a familiar story to her: she was washed up by the ocean in an otherwise empty skiff and taken in by Osh, an artist who lived alone on that tiny islet. Osh kept her and raised her, with the help of their...

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This Week in Concord History
Nov20

This Week in Concord History

Nov. 20, 1884: The Evening Monitor’s City Notes column reports: “One week from today is Thanksgiving. Let the turkeys paste that in their hats.” Nov. 21, 1987: On a gusty day during which the temperature never hits 20 degrees, Concord High School defeats Salem 14-7 to win its first state football championship since 1974. Nov. 21, 2000: Frank Monahan, a basketball coach revered locally and well-known nationally, dies of a heart attack...

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Join Gibson’s Bookstore for its 120th birthday celebration
Nov20

Join Gibson’s Bookstore for its 120th birthday celebration

First opening its doors in 1898, Gibson’s Bookstore has served Concord and its greater area for 120 years now, and we feel that we’re long overdue for a party! Come down and a share a slice of cake with us, and partake in some of our raffles as we celebrate on Small Business Saturday. Take a “shelfie” in the store to celebrate! Spend $100 and enter to win a signed copy of some of our books! We’ve got signed titles by Bobby Orr, Bob...

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