A full slate of Christmas concerts, plays and events is coming your way
Nov26

A full slate of Christmas concerts, plays and events is coming your way

The holiday season is already upon us, with Thanksgiving this week and Christmas only a month away. As the holidays get closer and closer, the seasonal entertainment schedule really picks up, with plays, concerts and assorted events popping up all over Concord over the next few weeks.We checked out all of the performance venues in the city and rounded up all of the holiday-themed shows and events we could find. The listings are...

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Concord Christmas tree to be lit Friday
Nov26

Concord Christmas tree to be lit Friday

The 34th annual Concord Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration will take place on Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, by tradition in downtown Concord. The activities will begin at 3:30 p.m. on the State House plaza. Bruce Locke will return with two horse-drawn wagons on Capitol Street. A new petting zoo from Londonderry will be located on the grass on the State House grounds. Boys and girls will be able to feed and pet the various...

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Check out some of the wildest trees we found at the Feztival of Trees
Nov26

Check out some of the wildest trees we found at the Feztival of Trees

The Bektash Shrine Center’s 19th annual Feztival of Trees is in full swing until Sunday, Dec. 1. This event is always a spectacle every year, with more than 100 elaborate, creative, funny and enticing artificial Christmas trees and gifts on display for all to see – and try to win.The Fezitval – which derives its name from the iconic fez worn by Bektash Shrine members – has become one of the highlights of the holiday calendar in...

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Holiday Cards 4 Our Military Challenge nets over 100,000 card donations
Nov26

Holiday Cards 4 Our Military Challenge nets over 100,000 card donations

Mission Accomplished ( and then some)!More than 100,000 holiday cards were signed and sent to Laura Landerman-Garber of Hollis so she could bundle them up and mail them to our deployed troops as part of the Holiday Cards 4 Our Military Challenge. Members of all five branches of the military will once again receive messages of appreciation and holiday cheer, hopefully offering a taste of home to those warriors who are protecting our...

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Entertainment: Dark Star Orchestra to rock the Cap Center
Nov26

Entertainment: Dark Star Orchestra to rock the Cap Center

Music Tuesday Kid Pinky at Hermanos Cocina Mexicana at 6:30 p.m. Dark Star Orchestra at the Capitol Center for the Arts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $36 plus fees at ccanh.com. Open mic night for poets and writers at True Brew Barista at 6:30 p.m. Open mic with Mikey G at Tandy’s at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday Kid Pinky at Hermanos at 6:30 p.m. Freddie Partridge Band at Makris Lobster & Steak House at 7:30 p.m. Irish Music After Work at Area 23...

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Bulletin Board: CASL applications open, tons of food donated
Nov26

Bulletin Board: CASL applications open, tons of food donated

Apply for CASL through Dec. 9 The Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce announces that applications for the spring 2020 Capital Area Student Leadership program are now available. The CASL program is open to high school sophomores who reside in and attend school in the Greater Concord area. A long-standing component of the Chamber’s Business & Education Partnership, CASL encourages students to become active, effective participants...

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City Manager’s Newsletter: Thanksgiving closures, city decorations, construction updates
Nov26

City Manager’s Newsletter: Thanksgiving closures, city decorations, construction updates

The city manager’s office sent out the City Manager’s Newsletter last Friday. 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: Thanksgiving closure notices All city offices will close at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday and will be closed all day Thursday and Friday in observance of Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is a trash holiday,...

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The Yogi: 45-year pull-up attempt leads to yoga class
Nov26

The Yogi: 45-year pull-up attempt leads to yoga class

His name was Paul. The last time I saw him, we were both in the gym, staring up at the pull-up bar. Paul leapt up and grabbed hold, hung for a few seconds and proceeded to bust out 18 pull-ups. He was huffing and puffing. He was fast and furious. He was amazing. He was 10 years old. I was stunned. I’d never seen anyone do that many pull-ups before. It was my turn. I jumped up, missed the grip and slipped off. I got up on the second...

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Food Snob: Tempura baby crab and chicken coconut soup from Siam Orchid
Nov26

Food Snob: Tempura baby crab and chicken coconut soup from Siam Orchid

Looking back through the Food Snob archives, a shocking realization was made – we had never tried anything from Siam Orchid Thai Bistro before. The little Thai place has been a staple of the downtown Concord dining scene for years, but it somehow evaded The Food Snob all those years – until now. On a cold and gloomy day last week, I stopped in to the bistro to try a couple small dishes. After perusing the gigantic menu (literally –...

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Burn off some calories before packing them back on at the Bishop Brady Galloping Gobbler 4-miler
Nov26

Burn off some calories before packing them back on at the Bishop Brady Galloping Gobbler 4-miler

Thanksgiving is Thursday, and most of us will no doubt spend the vast majority of the day getting sickly full on turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, candied yams, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie, stuffing, wine, beer and anything else that happens to land on a table or counter.That’s all fine and good, and in fact encouraged – after all, it is Thanksgiving – but it might not necessarily be the best thing for your body. Luckily, you can take...

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Lithermans releases special Quadracalabasia, Kashmir brews for holiday season
Nov26

Lithermans releases special Quadracalabasia, Kashmir brews for holiday season

We’re well into fall now, and winter is clearly on the horizon. That means that by now, you’re probably all pumpkin spiced-out. From coffees to donuts to beers to air fresheners, everybody and their mother offers something with pumpkin spice around this time of year.Except Lithermans Limited.Lithermans is always working on some new concoction, but one thing they don’t bother with is a pumpkin spice beer. In fact, the brewery likes to...

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This Week in Concord History
Nov26

This Week in Concord History

Nov. 26, 1845: Five hundred twenty-five turkeys mysteriously pass through the streets of Concord, one day before Thanksgiving. Nov. 26, 1898: A giant snowstorm hits New Hampshire. Concord records 18 inches, Manchester two feet. “Along the coast the loss of life was appalling. More than 200 lives were lost and 200 vessels destroyed,” one local history reports. Nov. 26, 1900: “Uncle Ben” Davis dies. He was one of Concord’s most popular...

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Book of the Week: ‘Cold Storage’
Nov26

Book of the Week: ‘Cold Storage’

Cold StorageDavid Koepp2019, 320 pagesFiction When Roberto Diaz was sent to the Australian Outback in 1987, he didn’t expect to find a terrifying fungus capable of zombifying its hosts. He and his team contained it then, to their cost. The Pentagon buried it in a forgotten sub-basement and believed it couldn’t escape.In 2019, it found its way out. The fungus is on a feeding frenzy, and Diaz is the only person who remembers how to stop...

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A shop of custom creations comes to Concord
Nov26

A shop of custom creations comes to Concord

There is a corner of Paulette Boghosian’s store on South Main Street where customers can fill decorated bags with 10 cent Swedish Fish and FireBall candies. In another section, visitors sift through piles of patterned paper to make their own free, customized pins. She’s made shirts and postcards displaying images of local throwbacks, like the old Concord Drive-In Theatre and Janet’s Donuts. She has cards for sale of movie posters from...

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