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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