It’s time to start sprucing up inside the house
Feb26

It’s time to start sprucing up inside the house

We’re in sort of an awkward phase of the year right now. It’s still technically winter, but by the end of this week we’ll be in March, when many people start to think about spring and all its trappings. You never know what you’re going to get around here in terms of weather – it could be in the 20s and snowing one day and up to 60 degrees the next. That can make it sort of tough to plan for anything that’s going to be outside. That’s...

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Symphony NH to perform at Concord City Auditorium with acclaimed soloist Marza Merophi Wilks
Feb26

Symphony NH to perform at Concord City Auditorium with acclaimed soloist Marza Merophi Wilks

We give a lot of ink in these pages to bar bands, comedy shows and plays, but the city hosts plenty of classical music, too. On that note (get it, note?), we’re here to get you ready for a big show coming to Concord City Auditorium next week, March 10, to be exact. Symphony New Hampshire will perform Mozart 40 and Elgar Cello Concerto with Grammy-nominated cellist Marza Merophi Wilks and guest conductor Stefano Sarzani next Sunday,...

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Strings and Things has some really high-end guitars, and a few free events coming up
Feb26

Strings and Things has some really high-end guitars, and a few free events coming up

If you’re a musician who lives in or around Concord, you’re probably familiar with Strings & Things Music Store, the shop on South Main Street that sells all kinds of instruments (not just stringed ones) and gives lessons. While many smaller stores – pretty much anything not called Guitar Center – tend to have limited selections and mostly specialize in selling strings and picks, Strings & Things is really a full-service shop...

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Making Good Health Simple: Happiness – It’s a big deal, and it’s part of your health
Feb26

Making Good Health Simple: Happiness – It’s a big deal, and it’s part of your health

Health is an umbrella that encompasses many aspects of your life. There are obvious benefits of making healthy choices that you can see, however there are many more that you cannot. You’ve probably heard the correlation between exercising and feeling great. Maybe you have heard the term “runner’s high?” If you haven’t experienced it yet, skeptics beware. It is a real thing. Are you happy? I mean how do you know if you are? Would you...

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Concord Community Music School to host March Mandolin Festival this weekend
Feb26

Concord Community Music School to host March Mandolin Festival this weekend

Concord’s 17th annual March Mandolin Festival is set for March 1 to 3, with two days of workshops at Concord Community Music School and two concerts featuring world-class musicians from near and far. The March Mandolin Festival Workshops on Saturday and Sunday are full to capacity, with more than 50 participants coming from as far away as Quebec, New Brunswick and California. As part of the festival, everyone can enjoy two fantastic...

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Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce announces 2019 student leadership class
Feb26

Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce announces 2019 student leadership class

The Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce welcomed 24 students selected to take part in Capital Area Student Leadership (CASL) 2019 during a reception held at the Chamber’s 49 S. Main St. office in Concord on Feb. 20, also attended by parents, guardians, CASL committee members and Chamber staff program liaisons. CASL is New Hampshire’s only regional student leadership and civics program. It is offered annually by the Chamber for high...

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Bulletin Board: Discovery Center open for winter break, discussion groups and more
Feb26

Bulletin Board: Discovery Center open for winter break, discussion groups and more

VNA to offer Walk-In Wednesday Concord Regional VNA offers Walk-In Wednesday on Wednesday from 10 a.m. to noon at Horseshoe Pond Place Senior Resource Center, 26 Commercial St. Walk-In Wednesday is held on the fourth Wednesday of each month at the same time. Walk-In Wednesday is an opportunity to get your questions answered. A Concord Regional VNA team member is available to meet with people individually regarding their specific...

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City Manager’s Newsletter: Concord Reads, golf tips, last call for skating and more
Feb26

City Manager’s Newsletter: Concord Reads, golf tips, last call for skating and more

Last Friday, the city’s public information officer, Stefanie Breton, sent out the City Manager’s Newsletter. The letter was too long to print in its entirety here, but you can access the full version at concordnh.gov by clicking the “Newsletter” button on the homepage. Library announces title, schedule for Concord Reads This year’s selection for Concord Reads, the annual citywide literary event organized by Concord Public Library and...

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Entertainment: A slew of stage shows in an otherwise fairly light week
Feb26

Entertainment: A slew of stage shows in an otherwise fairly light week

We’re very close to the end of the month, which means some of the music venues around here have only posted their shows through Thursday, the last day of the month. But, we more than make up for that with an absolute trove of theatrical performances on all of the city’s main stages. Have a look: Music Tuesday Scott Solsky at Hermanos at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday Poor Howard at Hermanos at 6:30 p.m. Thursday Joel Cage at Hermanos at 6:30...

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Concord Coalition to End Homelessness in search of contestants for first-ever talent show
Feb26

Concord Coalition to End Homelessness in search of contestants for first-ever talent show

Concord-area performers: If you’ve dreamt of showcasing your special talent, the Concord Coalition to End Homelessness wants to shine a spotlight on you. CCEH is recruiting performers of all types to participate in its first-ever talent show in October. The fundraising event will showcase a variety of talents through a round of live auditions and the final show Oct. 5 on the Capitol Center for the Arts’ newly renovated Bank of New...

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Toastmasters to host public speaking forum, free raffle at NEC Concord on Thursday
Feb26

Toastmasters to host public speaking forum, free raffle at NEC Concord on Thursday

Toastmasters is where distinguished leaders are made. The Concord area Toastmasters welcome you to a Public Speaking Forum and free raffle on Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. at New England College’s 62 N. Main St. location in Concord. These events will showcase great public speakers and impromptu speaking, along with tips about how to organize a speech, effectively move an audience and to think on your feet. The program will be informal but...

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Blast From the Past: Paying respects to Eddie Quinn, the boy soldier
Feb26

Blast From the Past: Paying respects to Eddie Quinn, the boy soldier

The Third Regiment New Hampshire Infantry was organized in Concord and mustered in on Aug. 23, 1861, serving their country bravely until they were mustered out on July 25, 1865. When the time came to sign up at Concord, there was a young teenaged boy who wanted to serve. He was persistent until the recruiter finally acknowledged him and assigned him to Company C as a “waiter,” to serve the company food and take care of the tasks at...

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Book of the Week: ‘Becoming’
Feb26

Book of the Week: ‘Becoming’

Becoming Michelle Obama 2018, 426 pages Nonfiction/Autobiography   In Michelle Obama’s superbly written autobiography, she invites readers into her world, from growing up in the South Side of Chicago with a working-class family to the romantic relationship that blossomed between her and Barack. Michelle doesn’t hold back on the tumultuous ride on which life has taken her. She is open and honest about her feelings on politics and her...

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This Week in Concord History
Feb26

This Week in Concord History

Feb. 26, 1942: The H.J. Heinz Co. runs a large ad in the Monitor telling readers: “Blame Hitler, Hirohito, and Benito! . . . Don’t Blame Your Grocer.” The problem? Because of the shortage of sugar and other commodities, many of Heinz’s 57 varieties may be missing from the shelves. Feb. 26, 1973: The Concord city manager proposes increasing downtown parking fines from $1 to $2. Feb. 27, 1733: The Massachusetts General Court creates a...

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