Fore! Get out there and hit the links this summer
Jul16

Fore! Get out there and hit the links this summer

I’m not very good at golf – let’s just get that out of the way now. When I hit the course, which is extremely rare, you’ll find me trudging through the woods, raking sand or trying to fish a ball out of a pond. But hey – all of that still beats sitting in an office. If your golf game is anything like mine, you’re probably at the level where you’re not out there trying to win, you’re just trying to have fun for a few hours and escape...

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Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing at Discovery Center, Red River
Jul16

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing at Discovery Center, Red River

This is a big week for planet Earth. July 16, the day this issue comes out, marks the 50-year anniversary of the launch of Apollo 11, the first mission to put human beings on the moon. Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins touched down on the lunar surface July 20, 1969, marking perhaps the most significant event in human history to that point. In honor of this monumental achievement, there are several special events going...

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Album Review: ‘Hey Dana’ debut album shows off range of artist’s influences
Jul16

Album Review: ‘Hey Dana’ debut album shows off range of artist’s influences

I was given another album to review a few weeks back, and the cover art alone had me intrigued. The first thing I noticed was four eyes staring at me, seemingly peering into my soul. It was only after a few seconds of looking that I saw the name – Hey Dana. Hey Dana is the stage name of local artist Dana Brunt, who can be found playing at Area 23, Lithermans Limited and anywhere else in New England that will have him. He’s a solo...

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Tasty Brews: Lithermans Limited Read Icculous, only at Penuche’s
Jul16

Tasty Brews: Lithermans Limited Read Icculous, only at Penuche’s

While cruising around on Penuche’s Facebook page looking for shows early last week, I noticed a post saying that Lithermans Limited had made them a beer, and that it was to debut on Thursday. When Lithermans makes a new beer, it’s always a good idea to check it out, and when they make a beer exclusively for one place, it can’t be ignored. I got to everybody’s favorite basement bar about 4:30 on Thursday afternoon, hoping to get the...

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Entertainment: More concerts than you’ll possibly be able to attend this week
Jul16

Entertainment: More concerts than you’ll possibly be able to attend this week

Music Tuesday Kid Pinky at Hermanos Cocina Mexicana at 6:30 p.m. Nevers’ Band at Rolfe Park at 7 p.m. Bedford Big Band at Presidential Oaks at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday Paul Donahue at Hermanos at 6:30 p.m. Open mic at Area 23 at 6 p.m. Dwayne Haggins at Courtyard by Marriott at 6 p.m. Thursday Richard Gardzina at Hermanos at 6:30 p.m. Lisa Guyer at Cheers at 5 p.m. Rebel Collective at Eagle Square at 7 p.m. Friday Hometown Eulogy at True...

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Bulletin Board: Free concerts, food map, meetings and more
Jul16

Bulletin Board: Free concerts, food map, meetings and more

AARP hosts Coffee & Conversation Get the latest buzz on AARP activities and events happening in Greater Manchester, Greater Concord and the Seacoast at an AARP community engagement program called Coffee & Conversation. Join us at local coffee shops and meet up with friends, neighbors, AARP volunteers and other AARP members. Give us your ideas on future activities and events you’d like to see in your community, and get a free...

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City Manager’s Newsletter: Parks and Rec Month, National Night Out preview and more
Jul16

City Manager’s Newsletter: Parks and Rec Month, National Night Out preview and more

On Friday, Stefanie Breton, the city’s public information officer, sent out the weekly City Manager’s Newsletter. Here are some of the highlights: July is Parks and Rec Month Summer is here, which means it’s time to get out and explore the great things happening at your local parks and recreation department. This July, join in on the fun and games offered by Concord Parks and Rec as they celebrate Park and Recreation Month. A variety...

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CYPN: Emily Marsh of Red River Theatres is the Young Professional of the Month
Jul16

CYPN: Emily Marsh of Red River Theatres 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,” Emily Marsh. 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? 27. Where do you currently work? I am the Events and Marketing Manager at Red River Theatres, a nonprofit indie cinema in downtown...

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Concord Food Co-op’s Round-it-Up at the Register program sends $6,700 to nonprofits
Jul16

Concord Food Co-op’s Round-it-Up at the Register program sends $6,700 to nonprofits

In February 2019, the Concord Food Co-op launched a new fundraising program that has already raised $6,700 for local nonprofits. The Concord Food Co-op’s Round-It-Up at the Register program is an easy way for Co-op shoppers to donate to local nonprofits that are making the greater Concord area an even better place. The program empowers shoppers to help local community-enrichment organizations by making small-change donations, which...

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Making Good Health Simple: Pro tips for taking a successful hike this summer
Jul16

Making Good Health Simple: Pro tips for taking a successful hike this summer

For the Insider “You’re almost there.” “The view is going to be spectacular.” “The summit is just around the corner, I can feel it.” Just a few of the reaffirming statements I tell myself during the million times I want to quit on the trail. Hiking is more than just walking in the woods, it’s more than climbing an incline – it is the definition of mental fortitude. There are multiple times when I contemplate turning around, or laying...

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The Yogi: Two pools, 20 years and a whole lot of yoga
Jul16

The Yogi: Two pools, 20 years and a whole lot of yoga

For the Insider In the spirit of summer, we’ll start this week with the story of a swimming pool. More correctly, this is the story of two swimming pools, and spans nearly 20 years. In 2001, a young couple bought their first house. The house, in Strafford, sat on a lovely pile of rocks, and came with a little piece of forest. At the edge of the forest, near the house, was an above-ground swimming pool. The couple decided that tending...

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Book of the Week: ‘Where the Crawdads Sing’
Jul16

Book of the Week: ‘Where the Crawdads Sing’

Where the Crawdads Sing Delia Owens 2018, 370 pages Fiction   The title of this book is intriguing – Where the Crawdads Sing. And it’s mentioned in the book: “What d’ya mean, where the crawdads sing? Ma used to say that.” Kya remembered Ma always encouraging her to explore the marsh: “Go as far as you can way out yonder where the crawdads sing.” Tate said, “Just means far in the bush where critters are wild, still behaving like...

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New England author Spencer Quinn to present ‘Heart of Barkness’ at Gibson’s Bookstore
Jul16

New England author Spencer Quinn to present ‘Heart of Barkness’ at Gibson’s Bookstore

Spencer Quinn will return to Gibson’s Bookstore on Thursday at 6 p.m. to present the ninth in his Chet & Bernie series, Heart of Barkness, our favorite mystery series told from the perspective of the detective’s dog. Come prepared to meet some adorable adoptable animals from the Pope Memorial SPCA, too! Chet the dog, “the most lovable narrator in all of crime fiction,” (Boston Globe) and P.I. Bernie encounter heartache and much...

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This Week in Concord History
Jul16

This Week in Concord History

July 16, 1821: Mary Baker Eddy is born in Bow. In February 1866, she will write of healing herself from what a doctor diagnosed as a fatal fall on the ice. Out of this experience is born Christian Science. Eddy will found the Church of Christ, Scientist, in 1879. July 16, 1863: Shots are fired and several men wounded in the third and final day of draft riots in Portsmouth. Fear of riots in Concord and elsewhere leads to the return of...

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Field Trip: For the most fun you can have in Chichester, hit up Chuckster’s
Jul09

Field Trip: For the most fun you can have in Chichester, hit up Chuckster’s

Welcome to the Insider’s Field Trip to Chichester and Epsom. These two towns are nice and close to the capital city, and while neither community would exactly be classified as a hotbed of activity, there’s plenty to do, see and try, if you’re so inclined. For this particular Field Trip issue, we’ve broken it up into three categories – For Fun (the one you’re reading now), To Eat and Shopping & Services. Since these towns don’t...

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There are many options for shopping in Chichester and Epsom
Jul09

There are many options for shopping in Chichester and Epsom

Chichester and Epsom aren’t short on places to go shopping. While there may not be one huge center of town where all the commerce is grouped together, there are many retail outlets sprinkled throughout each of these towns. The Insider has long been a fan of pawn shops, secondhand shops, yard sales and any places that carry cool, weird and unusual stuff. It was, in that case, only a matter of time before we found one of those kinds of...

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We found plenty of things to eat in Chichester and Epsom
Jul09

We found plenty of things to eat in Chichester and Epsom

One of the best parts – possibly the best part – of these Field Trip issues is the exploration of the local food. While it’s always fun to travel to another town or city and poke around for the day, everybody’s gotta eat, and it’s a lot more fun when you try something you’ve never had before. On this trip to Chichester and Epsom, we found quite a range of food options. While there are a few popular restaurants in these towns, we...

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Show your support for the troops with Holiday Cards 4 Our Military NH
Jul09

Show your support for the troops with Holiday Cards 4 Our Military NH

The Fourth of July and Memorial Day have come and gone, but the fact is that our armed forces in the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force and Coast Guard are out on the front lines all over the world every day, putting their lives on the line for the sake of the red, white and blue. This summer, you can do something to help our troops that doesn’t cost a thing – and doesn’t require you to go through boot camp, either. It’s called the...

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Bottoms up – NH Brewers Festival to return to Concord this weekend
Jul09

Bottoms up – NH Brewers Festival to return to Concord this weekend

The Insider is an ardent supporter of craft brews, so this Saturday is basically like Christmas, New Year’s and the Fourth of July all in one – it’s the 6th annual New Hampshire Brewers Festival, taking place in the parking lot of Everett Arena. If you’ve never been to this festival before, you’ve been missing out. The one-day-only event will feature more than 40 New Hampshire-based brewers showcasing more than 120 fine libations. The...

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Entertainment: Lots of outdoor concerts, plus several performances of ‘The Little Mermaid’
Jul09

Entertainment: Lots of outdoor concerts, plus several performances of ‘The Little Mermaid’

Music Tuesday Craig Jaster at Hermanos Cocina Mexicana at 6:30 p.m. Nevers’ Second Regiment Band at the State House at 7 p.m. Fountain Square Ramblers at Presidential Oaks at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday Craig Jaster at Hermanos at 6:30 p.m. Senie Hunt at Courtyard by Marriott at 6 p.m. Open mic at Area 23 at 6 p.m. Alex Cohen at Concord Craft Brewing at 5:30 p.m. Thursday Paul Hubert at Hermanos at 6:30 p.m. Susie Burke and David Surette...

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City Manager’s Newsletter: Construction projects, events, trail hike and more
Jul09

City Manager’s Newsletter: Construction projects, events, trail hike and more

On Friday, Stefanie Breton, the city’s public information officer, sent out the weekly City Manager’s Newsletter. Here are some of the highlights: Airport taxiway reconstruction Night paving will begin on the airport taxiway from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. Monday through Friday starting July 8 through July 12 (Friday), weather permitting. There will be vibrations and vehicle noise created by construction equipment. As a precaution, we suggest...

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Bulletin Board: Pollinator program, comedy at Tandy’s and more
Jul09

Bulletin Board: Pollinator program, comedy at Tandy’s and more

Audubon to host pollinator program Join Master Gardener Nancy Wilson on Wednesday as she shares the fascinating specialized features that both plants and pollinators have developed to optimize success. Pollinators and flowering plants have evolved together over millions of years. What does the color or shape of a flower reveal about its pollinator? What intricate adaptations have pollinators developed to take advantage of the...

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The Yogi: Great songs – like ‘Free Fallin’ – are like great yoga classes
Jul09

The Yogi: Great songs – like ‘Free Fallin’ – are like great yoga classes

For the Insider At Hot House N.H. Yoga and Pilates, we have a community room. There’s a water bottle filler, a big red couch and some balance balls and foam rollers. There’s a freezer that hides a few frozen treats. There’s a lobby where folks check in, and an assortment of plants to keep the place green and growing. These different parts of the studio are all spaces where we get to know each other. We even have a guitar or two...

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A trio of author events at Gibson’s Bookstore this week
Jul09

A trio of author events at Gibson’s Bookstore this week

It’s a busy week for author events at Gibson’s Bookstore this week, with three events featuring four authors in the span of six days. All of the events are free and open to the public. On Tuesday, July 9, at 6 p.m., poet Andrew Merton returns to Gibson’s to present his third and newest collection of poetry, Final Exam. Come for an evening of verse appreciation! His first book, Evidence that We Are Descended from Chairs, was named...

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Book of the Week: ‘A Mango-Shaped Space’
Jul09

Book of the Week: ‘A Mango-Shaped Space’

A Mango-Shaped Space Wendy Mass 2003, 218 pages Middle School Fiction Mia Winchell found out the hard way that she was different from other people. In third grade she was embarrassed in front of her class at school. Since then she has scrupulously hidden her unusual sense perceptions. To her, letters, numbers and sounds are accompanied by colors. Before the fateful day, she figured that everyone saw the world as she did. After the...

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This Week in Concord History
Jul09

This Week in Concord History

July 9, 1964:Monitor columnist Leon Anderson takes U.S. Rep. Louis Wyman to task for calling the country’s new civil rights law “a bucket of worms.” He writes: “Most of us do not mind Wyman being in disagreement with some of our thinking, at times. But we also have standards of conduct, especially in public life, which have no place for such foul language. If Wyman kicks the bucket in his second-term bid, we dare suggest his...

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Welcome to your official Summer Guide, 2019 edition
Jul02

Welcome to your official Summer Guide, 2019 edition

From the “better late than never” department, the Insider is proud to bring you the official Summer Guide for 2019. While we’re about a week late in getting this to you, there’s still a ton of summer left, and a ton of summer fun to be had. We scoured the depths of the interwebs to find every fun activity taking place in the Granite State between now and the beginning of fall. We tried to find a wide array of events to satisfy every...

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Bring the family to Memorial Field for the 4th of July fireworks spectacle
Jul02

Bring the family to Memorial Field for the 4th of July fireworks spectacle

It’s hard to believe, but the nation’s greatest holiday – Independence Day – is already upon us. That snuck up quick! While many of you probably have made plans to go somewhere far away, there’s plenty of reason to stay right here in Concord for the 4th of July this year. As usual, the city will put on a magnificent fireworks display at Memorial Field to celebrate the holiday. Food vendors will start selling at 6 p.m. At 7:45, the...

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Making Good Health Simple: Your only directive this summer: Go outside
Jul02

Making Good Health Simple: Your only directive this summer: Go outside

For the Insider Why does outside get such a bad rap sometimes? Growing up, that was the only directive from our mom every non-school day. “Go outside.” That’s it. Not another word, and we knew that we were not to return prematurely unless we were bleeding (I am not talking scraped elbow or knee, I am talking trickling blood that you couldn’t stop by applying pressure from a nearby leaf). As a child I loved everything about outside....

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Entertainment: Some outdoor concerts to enjoy this week
Jul02

Entertainment: Some outdoor concerts to enjoy this week

Music Tuesday Michael Laughlin at Hermanos Cocina Mexicana at 6:30 p.m. Hopkinton Town Band at Presidential Oaks at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday Paul Lovely at Hermanos at 6:30 p.m. Open mic at Area 23 at 6 p.m. Thursday Nevers Band at Memorial Field at 6 p.m. Friday The Atomic Tones at Area 23 at 7 p.m. Senie Hunt at True Brew Barista at 8 p.m. Saturday Paul Lovely at Hermanos at 7:30 p.m. Mikey G at Chen Yang Li in Bow at 8 p.m. Saturday...

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