Stay up late and shop local at the 27th annual Midnight Merriment
Dec03

Stay up late and shop local at the 27th annual Midnight Merriment

Come celebrate the 27th Annual Midnight Merriment on Friday from 5 p.m. until midnight. Midnight Merriment is a Concord tradition hosted by Intown Concord in downtown Concord. This festive and family-oriented event kicks off the holiday season and offers a variety of holiday fun and activities. More than 5,000 people visit downtown to shop, socialize, eat and have fun. As a free, family and community driven event, Midnight Merriment...

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Kick off the Christmas season with Concord Dance Academy’s Holiday Spectacular
Dec03

Kick off the Christmas season with Concord Dance Academy’s Holiday Spectacular

If you’re in search of a family-oriented holiday show with more variety than pretty much anything else, there’s only one show for you: Concord Dance Academy’s Holiday Spectacular, which will have three performances this weekend. Every year around this time, Cindy Flanagan’s Concord Dance Academy sets up shop at the Concord City Auditorium to put on what could very well be the biggest production in Concord. The show consists of a wide...

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‘A Christmas Carol’ to be performed at Hatbox Theatre through Dec. 15
Dec03

‘A Christmas Carol’ to be performed at Hatbox Theatre through Dec. 15

Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol, adapted by Jill Pinard, returns to Hatbox Theatre from Friday through Dec. 15. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. and bonus performances on Saturday, Dec. 7 at 2 p.m. and Dec. 12 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for members, seniors and students and $12 for senior members. Tickets may be reserved by calling 715-2315 or can be purchased online at...

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Making Good Health Simple: As the holidays approach, remember to practice kindness
Dec03

Making Good Health Simple: As the holidays approach, remember to practice kindness

I had the pleasure of attending the Best Buddies Gala this past weekend. I spend most of my days dressed in “athleisure” wear, so putting on a sparkly gown and heels isn’t the norm for me. When I walked into the Grappone Center I was in awe of the gorgeous decorations, perfectly set tables, sparkly lights and glittery suspended balloons. It was magical. In the midst of snapping pics of people I was there to support, people I haven’t...

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Entertainment: Holiday shows galore, plus a slew of concerts
Dec03

Entertainment: Holiday shows galore, plus a slew of concerts

Music Tuesday Dan Weiner at Hermanos Cocina Mexicana at 6:30 p.m. Open Mic with Mikey G at Tandy’s at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday Joel Cage at Hermanos at 6:30 p.m. Dwayne Haggins at Concord Craft Brewing Co. at 5:30 p.m. Open mic at Area 23 at 7 p.m. Thursday Scott Solsky at Hermanos at 6:30 p.m. Mikey G at Tandy’s at 6 p.m. Brad Bosse at Cheers at 5 p.m. Badfish – A Tribute to Sublime, with Supernothing at Bank of NH Stage at 8 p.m. Tickets...

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City Manager’s Newsletter: Penacook tree lighting, fire chief retirement and more
Dec03

City Manager’s Newsletter: Penacook tree lighting, fire chief retirement and more

The city manager’s office sent out the City Manager’s Newsletter last week. The full newsletter can be found by going to concordnh.gov and clicking the “Newsletter” button on the home page. Here are some highlights from last week’s letter:Penacook tree lightingThe 13th Annual Penacook Tree Lighting Celebration at Boudreau Square will be held on Wednesday beginning at 5:30 p.m. There will be refreshments, live music from the Penacook...

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The Yogi: Searching for the meaning of ‘namaste’ in the grocery store
Dec03

The Yogi: Searching for the meaning of ‘namaste’ in the grocery store

Where does yoga come from? I was at the grocery store, navigating the crowds on the day before Thanksgiving. The store was jammed. The lines were long. I was shopping for corn masa, coffee and cod fillets. I left with a lot more. I took the opportunity to engage folks in conversation, from the produce section to the parking lot. I asked twenty-seven folks this question: “Where does yoga come from?” I wasn’t intending to launch into...

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Bulletin Board: Holiday programs, free movie, open forums
Dec03

Bulletin Board: Holiday programs, free movie, open forums

Penacook tree lighting ceremony The Penacook Village Association is sponsoring the 13th Annual Penacook Tree Lighting at Boudreau Square on Wednesday. Assemble at 5:30 pm for free refreshments, the lighting of the tree at 6 p.m., live music from the Penacook Elementary School Chorus under the direction of Elaine Hasham, a 50/50 raffle ($1 per ticket or $10 for an arm’s length), and a visit from Santa courtesy of the Concord Fire...

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PHOTOS: Concord Christmas parade marches on down Loudon Road
Dec03

PHOTOS: Concord Christmas parade marches on down Loudon Road

The 68th annual Concord Christmas Parade, put on by the Concord Grange #322, rolled down Loudon Road in the Heights on Saturday, ringing in the holiday season.Fire trucks from several surrounding communities were included in the parade and spectators packed the sidewalks on both sides of the road, waiting for a glimpse of Santa in his sleigh at the end.The parade last more than an hour in all, starting on Hazen Drive at 9:30 a.m. and...

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Concord Community Music School to host two Christmas-themed Bach’s Lunch programs
Dec03

Concord Community Music School to host two Christmas-themed Bach’s Lunch programs

This December, discover the “entertainments” that evolved to define Christmastime for the Shakers at Canterbury, and sing along with the Canterbury Singers, in two free Bach’s Lunch programs at Concord Community Music School.On Thursday at 12:10 p.m., Becky Soules, interpretation manager at Canterbury Shaker Village, presents a Bach’s Lunch Lecture entitled “Shaker Christmas Entertainments.” During the 200 years that Shakers lived at...

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Public forum to address homelessness, mental health, substance abuse
Dec03

Public forum to address homelessness, mental health, substance abuse

The Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce invites members and the public to a luncheon forum next Thursday, Dec. 12, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. at Holiday Inn, 172 N. Main St., Concord. A panel of experts will discuss the related issues of homelessness, mental health, substance misuse and public safety. Attendees will learn what strategies are being used to combat this connected crisis, and what actions community members can take to...

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This Week in Concord History
Dec03

This Week in Concord History

Dec. 3, 1847: For $1,000, Edward H. Rollins buys R.C. Osgood’s drugstore on Main Street opposite the State House. Rollins will become a leading Republican, and the back room of the store will be his political headquarters, where policies are crafted and candidates made. Dec. 3, 1934: Orchestra leader Guy Lombardo plays to a sell-out audience at the Concord City Auditorium. The group arrived the night before and checked into the old...

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Book of the Week: ‘Make Time’
Dec03

Book of the Week: ‘Make Time’

Make Time: How to Focus on What Matters Every DayJake Knapp and John Zeratsky2018, 287 pagesNonfiction Make Time is a must-read for anyone who feels overwhelmed with their to-do list. Too often our to-do lists keep growing like a life-sucking mole, yet what we accomplish isn’t what is most important. We spend our time on filler tasks, getting caught up in social media threads and binge watching Netflix, instead of focusing on the...

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