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The Insiders: Warm up your bidding arm and burger naming brain for the Friends Auction

There are certain lifetime achievements that indicate you have truly arrived, like purchasing a dream home (which isn’t the same as dreaming of purchasing a home). But few are a higher honor then having the opportunity to name a burger on a local restaurant’s menu. We’re not going to lie, it’s something we’ve thought about often (mostly because we think about burgers a lot.)

In that sense, today could be the day you officially arrive, and it’s also the 15th annual Friends Charity Auction, where plenty of beautiful art and other unique specialty items – like the opportunity to create and name a burger at the Barley House – are up for grabs to the highest bidder.

The auction will take place at the Grappone Conference Center, with doors opening at 5 p.m. ahead of the 7:30 live auction. There will be a buffet dinner, silent auction and cash bar in between. Tickets to the shindig will run you $65, and you can reserve seats by calling 228-1193 or visiting

You can see a list of all the auction items online, and though our rumbling stomachs (we’ve got to stop writing this column right before lunchtime) prompted us to tout the naming of a burger, there’s a ton of other truly remarkable stuff up for bid, too.

Like a dinner for six at your home, prepared by a chef from Angelina’s, or a 30-minute scenic flight over Concord. How about VIP tickets to a taping of The Colbert Report with an overnight stay in the N-Y-C, or VIP suite tickets and a limo ride to a Red Sox vs. Toronto Blue Jays game?

Oh, and there’s the South African photo safari. In case you haven’t already done like six of those.

But back to food, peep this: You can bid for the chance to design and name a sandwich at The Works Cafe, name a seasonal specialty salad at Live Juice or get beer and pizza for a year (one case of beer and pizza each month, courtesy of Amoskeag Beverages and C.C. Tomatoes, respectively).

Oh, and the art, otherwise known as the non-edible star of the show: There are tremendous paintings from dozens of local artists, including Colin Callahan, Ellen Davis, Tom Devaney, Robert Larsen, Pam Tarbell and Becky Kinhan.

Proceeds from the event benefit the Friends Youth Mentoring Program, which matches trained volunteers to Concord-area youth referred by schools, government agencies and human service nonprofits.

Also tonight, there will be a performance of Hotel La Putts by the Community Players of Concord at the Concord City Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Call 228-2793 or visit for more information. There are also shows tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.

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