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PHOTOS: Midnight Merriment brings music and shoppers to Main Street Concord

  • Trina Day, right, and her daughter Zoie Duverger, 2, chat with Santa while Nicolas Bowes, 9, plays with his balloon after his visit with the man in the red suit at Eagle Square on Friday, December 6, 2013 during Midnight Merriment in Concord. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    Trina Day, right, and her daughter Zoie Duverger, 2, chat with Santa while Nicolas Bowes, 9, plays with his balloon after his visit with the man in the red suit at Eagle Square on Friday, December 6, 2013 during Midnight Merriment in Concord.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • Warren Bartlett, 16, plays holiday songs on his saxaphone during Midnight Merriment on Friday night, December 6, 2013. Bartlett is one of the local musicians that are a part of the busking program. <br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    Warren Bartlett, 16, plays holiday songs on his saxaphone during Midnight Merriment on Friday night, December 6, 2013. Bartlett is one of the local musicians that are a part of the busking program.
    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • Trina Day, right, and her daughter Zoie Duverger, 2, chat with Santa while Nicolas Bowes, 9, plays with his balloon after his visit with the man in the red suit at Eagle Square on Friday, December 6, 2013 during Midnight Merriment in Concord. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
  • Warren Bartlett, 16, plays holiday songs on his saxaphone during Midnight Merriment on Friday night, December 6, 2013. Bartlett is one of the local musicians that are a part of the busking program. <br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

Local businesses along Concord’s Main Street kicked off their holiday shopping season with Midnight Merriment last night. Local buskers, carolers and even painters dotted the sidewalks between the stores, which were open later than their regular hours, and seasonal pop-up shops.

Legacy Comments17

I love midnight merriment, spend money in our local stores

obviously bad weather? obvious..from what??

From sticking my head outside and it getting wet.

it was 46 degrees and .13 inches of rain for the day...not bad in my book

I don't understand the point of your post. It was obviously bad weather last night which would keep the crowds down. Does that make you happy? Are you against Midnight Merriment too? Why does this season seem to bring the worst out in people (except for Sail who is always the same.)

It is pretty hard to be "merry" after four and a half years of anxiety and hardship caused by Obama and his administration. It is pretty hard to be "merry" any day of the year. Yes we have things to be thankful for like our families, children, our health and our life but NEVER in my adult life have I have experienced this kind of economic downturn and never in my life did I ever expect that it would last this long and that a president of the United States would use that weakness to push his ideology of "fundamentally" transforming the country while people suffered and continue to suffer. Taking words right from Michelle Obama, for the first time in my life I am not proud of our President and politicians in Washington. So eat drink and be merry if you want, that is your prerogative but if you were to be intellectually honest, you know as well as I do that ideology is interfering with upward mobility in this country. Merry whatever to you.

You nailed it, Itsa. Retail is dead for the foreseeable future. No one can afford any frivolous spending. When O'bummer came in, gas was $1.80 per gallon. Now look at it. Ditto for heating oil and electricity. You can't blame all of the costs on the "big corporations" much of the increased cost is caused by EPA and other agencies. Just look at the Bow smoke stack

We are all five years older too, who you gonna blame that on?

and $7 trillion more in debt......

You should get into the stock market, Itsa, it is the highest it has ever been. By the way this has been called The Great Recession so you are not the only one who has had to experience this downturn, but I know you only see things as how they affect you. and I won't even bother to correct you again as to who or what caused it, but since it started before Obama was even elected I guess we know.

oddly enough, exactly when the democrats got control of congress...

In a company when a new CEO (and Obama is a CEO) takes over from their predecessor, it does no matter what the predecessor did or lost or how they left the company; the new CEO has a finite amount of time to turn it around. Obama has had 4 1/2 years to improve things and he has FAILED! His policies and his ideology are in direct conflict with the economy recovering. Yes, yes Tillie, I know that I am not the only one but for a president to screw up your economic situation and prosperity for 1/16 of your life is unforgiveable. Period. Maybe you have money to put into the stock market, I don't and it is like playing craps. Obama policies and the progressive agenda are standing in the way of our prosperity and a stronger economy.

Well at least you have your family, your health and your life ,even though you do mention them in a off hand way.

Let's put it this way, there was a time when we lived our lives, enjoyed them, knowing that if a job was lost, there were opportunities out there. We didn't see our grocery dollars shrinking and costs rising due to ideologues pushing policies harming our prosperity. We focused on things like vacations which we now can't enjoy because we are waiting for the next shoe to drop. The last 4 1/2 years have truly sucked for all of us and Obama poilicies are keeping us in the tense, stressful situation, I think it is all part of his plan.

To be intellectually honest (as compared to what kind of honesty?) I find it hard to believe that for the first time in your life you are not proud of a President or the politicians in Washington. That is beyond belief.

Well, I was disgusted by Nixon but by Obama's standards today, that was nothing. I did not like Carter and he was horrible as a leader and president but I still respected the office. I can't respect the office with Obama in the White House, he turns my stomach.

Where are the pictures of the big crowds?

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