Check out some old-world skills at Canterbury Shaker Village’s Traditional Craft Days
Jun25

Check out some old-world skills at Canterbury Shaker Village’s Traditional Craft Days

Concord is home to many crafters and craft enthusiasts. Bicentennial Square hosts the Concord Arts Market each weekend, in which local crafters set up shop and sell their wares. There’s also the Leage of N.H. Craftsmen headquarters on South Main Street and the New Hampshire Furniture Masters showroom right next door. Down by the prison, you can go into the Department of Corrections Retail Showroom, where high-quality items handmade by...

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Luthier Steve Marcq to demonstrate guitar-making skills at Traditional Craft Days
Jun25

Luthier Steve Marcq to demonstrate guitar-making skills at Traditional Craft Days

Everyone has seen guitars before, and many of you have played them. But how often do you get to see a guitar built by hand, completely from scratch? If you’ve never seen it done, you owe it to yourself to check out Traditional Craft Days at Canterbury Shaker Village on Sunday to watch luthier Steve Marcq in his natural habitat. Marcq is in his 60s now, but he’s been playing guitar since he was 15. A lifelong love of the instrument...

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Flint knapper George Leduc to demonstrate arrowhead making at Traditional Craft Days
Jun25

Flint knapper George Leduc to demonstrate arrowhead making at Traditional Craft Days

Ever heard of a flint knapper or have any idea what one is? Hint: it’s not someone who steals flints from their homes while they sleep. “Original flint knappers were guys who made gun flints in Europe,” said George Leduc, a flint knapper himself who will be demonstrating at Traditional Craft Days at Canterbury Shaker Village. “They would get some local flint and sit there and chip away at it and shape it into appropriate size and...

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Scenes from Intown Concord’s 45th Market Days
Jun25

Scenes from Intown Concord’s 45th Market Days

Despite some sketchy weather early on, the 45th annual Market Days festival went off without a hitch and saw thousands pass through over the course of the three-day street fair. We dropped by on Saturday to take in the sights.

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Food Snob: Fried chicken and all the fixin’s at Georgia’s Northside
Jun25

Food Snob: Fried chicken and all the fixin’s at Georgia’s Northside

Georgia’s Northside, the barbecue joint inhabiting the former Korner Kupboard location on North State Street, is not open yet, but given the massive power of the Food Snob, we were allowed in early for a sneak peek at what’s to come. While the carry-out restaurant awaits its beer permit, it will open for a few hours each Friday night for folks to get a little taste of chef and owner Alan Natkiel’s take on Southern fare. Last Friday,...

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Mark your calendars for all of the free summer concerts coming up
Jun25

Mark your calendars for all of the free summer concerts coming up

We’re officially into summer now, which can only mean one thing in the capital city – it’s summer concert season. There’s never any shortage of live music in Concord, but when the weather heats up, so does the music scene. There are several long-running outdoor music series that offer free concerts at various locations throughout the city, and there’s even a new series starting this year.  We pulled together as many schedules as we...

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Comic artist Amaranthia Sepia has new gallery featuring ‘Emo Bunny’ comic
Jun25

Comic artist Amaranthia Sepia has new gallery featuring ‘Emo Bunny’ comic

Amaranthia Gitten-Jones didn’t have it easy growing up. After living in Japan for a few years, she returned to the United States at age 8, and very quickly was forced to deal with relentless bullying at school. This made her anxious, uncomfortable, stressed and depressed. It didn’t get much better over the next few years – eventually, the stress and trauma from all the bullying at school led her to withdraw from traditional school in...

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Entertainment: Live Music on the Lawn returns this week
Jun25

Entertainment: Live Music on the Lawn returns this week

Music Tuesday Scott Solsky at  Hermanos Cocina Mexicana at 6:30 p.m. Nevers’ Second Regiment Band at Presidential Oaks at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday Open mic at Area 23 at  6 p.m. Paul Donahue at  Hermanos at 6:30 p.m. Club Soda outside  Concord Public Library at  6 p.m. Thursday Scott Solsky at  Hermanos at 6:30 p.m. Ryan Williamson at Cheers at 5 p.m. Friday Dr. Harp Blues Revue  at Area 23 at 8:30 p.m. Full Throttle Band at Makris Lobster...

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Bulletin Board: Meetings, free concerts and more
Jun25

Bulletin Board: Meetings, free concerts and more

Penacook Village Association meets The Penacook Village Association Annual Meeting will be held Tuesday, June 25 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Merrimack Valley High School Library. Special guest will be Matt Walsh of city staff who will discuss and answer your questions on TIF (Tax Increment Finance) Districts and provide updates on other ongoing projects. Refreshments will be available. Christine Miller Free concerts in Penacook United...

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Making Good Health Simple: Make a summer fitness bucket list
Jun25

Making Good Health Simple: Make a summer fitness bucket list

For the Insider We have the whole summer ahead of us – until we don’t. With the warmer weather comes lots of traditions, outside activities and goals we’d like to accomplish. Then, out of nowhere, “reality” takes over, and forces us to focus more on our daily grind and less on stress relief and fun. Creating a bucket list can keep us in touch with these goals. Although you may not have actually taken pen to paper yet, everyone is...

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The Yogi: Come as you are – farmers markets and yoga
Jun25

The Yogi: Come as you are – farmers markets and yoga

For the Insider The Morris Family Band hit the road this past weekend. We packed up the old Honda CRV with our guitars, fiddles and sound system. We stuffed our “backstage” tent and assorted snacks between the seats. We even brought along a portable dance floor, a new addition this year, made by my wife and our fearless leader, Heather. The Morris Family Band does a fair amount of traveling. We bring our little show to town events and...

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City Manager’s Newsletter: DOT meeting, Merrimack Lodge opens and more
Jun25

City Manager’s Newsletter: DOT meeting, Merrimack Lodge opens 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: City, DOT public workshop The city of Concord and the state Department of Transportation are holding a joint public workshop on the Bow/Concord Interstate 93 project on Wednesday at 6 p.m. The workshop will be held at the DOT John O. Morton Building, 7 Hazen Drive, Room 114. Everyone is...

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Book of the Week: ‘Stardust’
Jun25

Book of the Week: ‘Stardust’

Stardust Neil Gaiman 2012, 270 pages Fiction/Fantasy   This small, radiant, adult fairy tale is truly a pearl of great price. Neil Gaiman has taken the traditional narrative of the hero’s quest, dusted it off, shined it up, and powered it with pure, straightforward and sparkling language, to create a fairy tale that can be enjoyed by anyone from teens through every age of adulthood. Tristran Thorn lives in a traditional small town...

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This Week in Concord History
Jun25

This Week in Concord History

June 25, 1729: The proprietors of Penacook appoint a committee to find and hire a permanent Congregational minister for the settlement. The minister will be paid 100 pounds a year out of the proprietors’ treasury. A year later, the proprietors will hire the Rev. Timothy Walker for the job. June 25, 1835: A Mormon remembered only as “Mr. Green” in a city history comes to Concord looking for converts. He finds none despite two days of...

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Welcome to Market Days 2019!
Jun18

Welcome to Market Days 2019!

Can you believe it’s already mid-June? You know what that means – it’s time for Intown Concord’s annual Market Days festival, three days full of live music, food, street shopping, games, contests and anything else you can think of that’s fun and summery. We’re heading into the 45th year of this gigantic festival, and it seems to get bigger and better every year. Market Days started off as a glorified sale for downtown retailers. It...

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Ed Balloon to get the Bank of NH Stage party started on Saturday
Jun18

Ed Balloon to get the Bank of NH Stage party started on Saturday

With all the outdoor excitement of Market Days, it can be easy to overlook some things that might be going on indoors during the festival weekend. One thing you don’t want to sleep on, though, is the grand opening of the new Bank of New Hampshire Stage on South Main Street on Saturday. The former Concord Theatre, once used as a movie house, has been transformed into a modern, hip, club-like music venue that aims to attract a younger...

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Get out your eye patches and tiaras for the Pirate and Princess Competition
Jun18

Get out your eye patches and tiaras for the Pirate and Princess Competition

Who doesn’t love dressing up like a swashbuckling pirate or an enchanting princess from time to time? (Adults – maybe you shouldn’t answer that – this is a family publication.) If your kid is into that sort of thing, and he or she is between the ages of 5 and 9, you might want to go all-out on a costume – a $500 scholarship could be yours. While all the “grown-ups” get to have fun performing on the Tandy’s Market Days Idol stage over...

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Here’s the complete list of vendors for Market Days 2019
Jun18

Here’s the complete list of vendors for Market Days 2019

The following businesses and organizations will be represented at Market Days this weekend: 9Round AAA Northern New England AARP Community Programs ABC Energy Savings Alicat Jewels American Frozen Foods Ancient Fire Henna / Mrs. Dee’s Facepainting Annie’s Oriental Imports Arnie’s Homemade Ice Creams Awesome Stuff Bangor Savings Bank* Bank of New Hampshire Bath Fitter Betty Mitchell Psychic Shop Bikers Against Child Abuse (BACA) Binnie...

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Album Review: ‘Colored Everything’ by The Rhythm Upstairs a trippy, ethereal ride
Jun18

Album Review: ‘Colored Everything’ by The Rhythm Upstairs a trippy, ethereal ride

The requests to review albums by local artists keep coming in, and I was lucky enough to be contacted by The Rhythm Upstairs recently to take a listen to their new album, Colored Everything. The Rhythm Upstairs is a Concord-based four-piece band, self-described as “experimental indie rock music out of New England.” After listening to Colored Everything, I can vouch for the accuracy of that description. The band is made up of Jamie E....

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Check out three new sculptures in downtown Concord
Jun18

Check out three new sculptures in downtown Concord

There are three new pieces of art downtown for your viewing pleasure. The city is keeping true to its commitment to the arts, and the three new pieces were installed over the past few weeks. Head downtown and check them out!

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Making Good Health Simple: Don’t let party season throw you off your clean-eating game
Jun18

Making Good Health Simple: Don’t let party season throw you off your clean-eating game

Dance recital, piano concerto, baby shower, wedding, graduation, birthday, holidays – this time of year is packed with celebrations of all kinds. In the midst of numerous culminating events everyone is putting their best foot and largest spread forward. While this may be exciting, and fill up your social calendar, there are lots of opportunities to stray from your typical clean-eating regimen. According to a study conducted by the...

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Bulletin Board: Free ice cream, free concerts, free everything
Jun18

Bulletin Board: Free ice cream, free concerts, free everything

Capital Area Memory Cafe The Capital Area Memory Café for memory-impaired individuals and their family members will meet Wednesday, June 19 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Granite Ledges of Concord, 151 Langley Parkway. The Memory Café is held on the third Wednesday of each month at the same time. This month is our “Responding to Behaviors.” Enjoy an opportunity to socialize and build relationships with others who have memory impairment. Family...

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Entertainment: Light week for bar shows as everyone’s out at Market Days
Jun18

Entertainment: Light week for bar shows as everyone’s out at Market Days

Music Tuesday Kid Pinky at Hermanos Cocina Mexicana at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday Paul Lovely at Hermanos at 6:30 p.m. Thursday Mike Morris at Hermanos at 6:30 p.m. Mallory Weiss at Penuche’s at 9 p.m. Dan Walker at Cheers at 5 p.m. Friday Back to Back at Makris Lobster & Steak House at 7 p.m. Lamont Smooth at Penuche’s at 9 p.m. Fuzz Boxx at Pit Road Lounge at 8 p.m. Saturday Ed Balloon at Bank of New Hampshire Stage at 10 p.m. Tickets...

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Bring the kids to Family Fun Day at Keach Park
Jun18

Bring the kids to Family Fun Day at Keach Park

On the off chance that Market Days just isn’t enough family fun for you, mark your calendars for Tuesday, June 25, when Family Fun Day takes over Keach Park on the Heights. While you may be familiar with some longstanding events at Keach Park such as the Easter Egg Hunt and Heights Old Home Day, Family Fun Day is relatively new – this will be the third year of the celebration at Keach Park. This event is simply about having some good,...

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City Manager’s Newsletter: Pools are open, sunscreen available and more
Jun18

City Manager’s Newsletter: Pools are open, sunscreen available 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: Pools open; free sunscreen Free sunscreen will be available to the Concord community at various locations this summer. The community pools opened Sunday, and sunscreen will be available at various city pools and parks. The Concord Hospital Payson Center for Cancer Care and Concord Hospital...

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Join the library on Wednesday for Summer Reading Kick-off Party
Jun18

Join the library on Wednesday for Summer Reading Kick-off Party

It’s that time of year again – Summer Reading returns to Concord! This year’s theme is a “Universe of Stories,” and Concord Public Library has much in store for readers of all ages. For kids through age 12, every week there will be a new Bingo card full of reading and activity challenges – readers who complete eight of the challenges on each card will win prizes along with the chance to win a grand prize. For adults and teens,...

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The Yogi: Yoga, Age and Market Days
Jun18

The Yogi: Yoga, Age and Market Days

Here comes Market Days! I was walking through downtown last week, thinking about the preparations for the annual celebration of all things Concord. I couldn’t help but think about last year’s event. It was a big deal for a few of us aging rock ‘n rollers. The Rhythm Crazies reunited for a “30th Anniversary Show” at Bicentennial Square on June 23, 2018. We’d been a bunch of twenty-somethings with rock ‘n roll dreams (or delusions) back...

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Food Snob: Porky Pig from The Crepe Escape
Jun18

Food Snob: Porky Pig from The Crepe Escape

Out with the old, in with the new. Fans of crepes – those super-thin French pancake things that can be filled or topped with pretty much anything – were no doubt dismayed when The Little Creperie, right across the street from the State House, closed for good in February. Downtown lost its only crepe shop. But a couple months later, a new place moved into its spot: The Crepe Escape. Guess what they sell? That’s right, one creperie was...

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League to showcase White Mountain Woolen Magic Rughooking Guild
Jun18

League to showcase White Mountain Woolen Magic Rughooking Guild

The League of N.H. Craftsmen will present a guest exhibition at its headquarters celebrating the work of the White Mountain Woolen Magic Rughooking Guild from June 28 through Sept. 13, titled “From Our Hands.” “By working together to showcase amazing talent and creative skills, the League and the White Mountain Woolen Magic Rughooking Guild can continue to reach new audiences with our work,” said Miriam Carter, executive director of...

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On the Road: The ‘Insider’ takes a trip to Barcelona
Jun18

On the Road: The ‘Insider’ takes a trip to Barcelona

Debbie Varnell (left) and her daughter Kelly went to Barcelona for a couple weeks during Kelly’s school vacation in March, and of course they couldn’t leave the continent without bringing a copy of their trusty Insider along. Here they are in front of Casa Mila, also known as La Pedrera, a modernist building in Barcelona designed by architect Antoni Gaudi. That Pizza Issue looks great right in front of that funky building! Thanks for...

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