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The Insiders: Enjoy the final day of May

Concord football team reads to kids at Christa McAuliffe School, November 1, 2013. 

(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

Concord football team reads to kids at Christa McAuliffe School, November 1, 2013. (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

Well folks, it’s hard to imagine but it’s just about time to put May in the old record books.

It’s been a good run for the last 30 days as we’ve watched the weather improve so much that a T-shirt is now considered acceptable attire. And we can only hope that bigger and better things are in store for June.

But let’s not usher May out too quickly. Like we said, this was probably the best month yet so why not enjoy one final day.

Today is the opening day of the Concord Arts Market in Bicentennial Square, and that means plenty of homemade stuff for you to buy. We’re talking jewelry, handbags, pottery, paintings, clothing and more, all created by local artists just waiting for you to take it home. The market, which will also include musical performances by West African style drumming troupe Araba-Lon and singer-songwriter Rachel Vogelzang, runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is free.

But just remember, the market is a weekly event, so there’s no need to spend your entire summer allowance all in one day. Just think how sad you’d be next weekend.

If exercise is part of your June resolution and you want to get a head start, here’s your chance. Beginning at 10 a.m., you can learn all about the Merrimack River and the Merrimack River Greenway Trail when you take part in a free, 2-mile, two-hour round trip guided tour by Concord’s own Tom Walton.

But just to be clear, this tour will take place while paddling down the Merrimack River. So you will need something to both float in and paddle with. A kayak, canoe or paddle board will do, but you probably want to leave your homemade contraptions at home, especially the one made out of cardboard and duct tape. EMS may still have kayaks for rent for $15 if you mention the Greenway Trail, but you will have to call to find out. Those interested can meet in the parking area behind 6 Loudon Road with the tour going to the Manchester Street bridge and back.

And at 6:30 p.m., the Granite State Music Fest Pub Crawl fundraiser will take over the local watering holes, starting at Tandy’s. All proceeds go to the music festival, set for June 21-22. You can buy T-shirt tickets at New To You Recycled Fashion (15 Pleasant St.) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for $15 or pay $10 at each bar. We’re sure you can figure out the best approach from a financial standpoint.

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