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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