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The Insiders: Look what we found – it’s an entire downtown of stuff to check out

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Normally in this column we (eloquently and hilariously) encourage you to visit someplace downtown. Well today we’re encouraging you to visit all of the places. Today is the debut of Discover Downtown, organized by Intown Concord and the Merchants Roundtable, a campaign aimed at bringing hordes of people downtown to shop, dine and do whatever else people do in downtowns. Dress up like Christopher Columbus, park your ship in an … 0

The Insiders: We’re there with you in spirit as you prepare for tonight’s spiritual smorgasbord

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

We hope you’re in a spiritual mood today, because we participated in the writing of this column in spirit only. We’re actually down at the beach right now (don’t tell our bosses). That’s not really true, of course. We’re at the pub! Either way, it’s going to be a spiritual day in Concord. We can just feel it. First, there’s a spiritual workshop … 0

The Insiders: Quick, follow that mayor down Main Street

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Today is the day Mayor Jim Bouley officially walks the walk. Well, he kind of has to – it’s named after him. But the Capital Area Wellness Coalition wants you to walk with him during the first annual Mayor’s Walk through downtown Concord, starting today at 9 a.m. at the Smile Building (49 S. Main St.) The walk is designed to illustrate how … 0

The Insiders: Enjoy the Fourth with fun, food and fireworks

Friday, July 4, 2014

It’s the Fourth of July – a day to relax, soak up some rays and chow down on plenty of delicious grilled meats and other foods that you’re not typically allowed to stuff your face with. And what … 0

The Insiders: Animals don’t live in penthouse condos, but your children can learn where they actually do live

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Dogs are among the only animals lucky enough to have their own houses, assuming that dog houses are still actually a thing. Of course, they get to live in your house, and usually end up running the place – unless there’s a cat on the premises. Everyone knows … 0

The Insiders: Sign up to pull a fire truck – then hit the gym

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

It’s not every day you get to pull a fire truck down Main Street. But today is a day where you can sign up to try it. Registration is open for the third annual Fire Truck Pull and with the Saturday of Market Days (July 19) event being … 0

The Insiders: Your mom told us to tell you to go play outside today

Friday, June 27, 2014

Remember when you were young and your mother would tell you it was a beautiful day and to go play outside? That was just so she could get you out of her hair to enjoy seven or eight minutes of peace and quiet. You can’t really blame her. … 0

The Insiders: If you love balloons, do we have something for you

Friday, June 27, 2014

It’s hard to argue with the cool factor that comes with balloons. What else can you stretch and fill with as little or as much air as you choose to create something like an animal or invention? We’ll tell you what – nothing. And it just so happens … 0

The Insiders: It’s time to help save the ash trees

Thursday, June 26, 2014

We at the Insider love trees. They provide shade on a hot day, grow some delicious fruit that help with our vitamin and nutrient intake and we can’t forget about all those wonderful leaves and needles that we have to rake from our yards each fall. Well, that … 0

The Insiders: You can’t drive a paperback, but you can meet the author of one at Gibson’s tonight

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

We’ve taken our share of tours in our lives – college tours, museum tours, three-hour tours – but we have to admit, we’ve never done what Julie Wu is doing right now: a paperback tour. We mean, where does one park a paperback? What kind of gas mileage … 0

The Insiders: We went ahead and scheduled your Sunday for you at this music festival

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Schedules are usually not a thing on Sundays, at least if you’re doing it right. Unless you consider things like “sleep until I feel like getting up” and “consume my body weight in pancakes” scheduled items. Either way, today is that unique Sunday where a schedule makes everything … 0

The Insiders: We drew up a ton of cool musical entertainment for you

Friday, June 20, 2014

If this column were on the radio, you might think there were dozens of animated characters walking around downtown Concord this afternoon. That’s because today is all about tunes, which without the benefit of sight, could be misconstrued as being all about ‘toons. Glad that confusion is taken … 1

The Insiders: Liven up your yard with some new recycled garden art

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Today feels like a good day. After all, it is Friday and the weekend is so close we can almost taste the barbecue. (And by the way, if you’re having one, let us know.) But before heading back into the garden for another two days of weeding and … 0

The Insiders: This book is for the birds – and about them

Thursday, June 19, 2014

We all have something that makes us feel better when we’re a little down. For us, it’s mostly a night of cookies, ice cream and some old episodes of Murder She Wrote. But Robert Vallieres found his solace in birds. Those winged creatures did things for him that … 0

The Insiders: You can wash those dishes later, it’s poetry night at Gibson’s

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

It’s time for everyone’s favorite monthly occurrence: washing the dishes! Wait, that’s not right, you have at least another few weeks before that needs to happen (timetable based on scientific research regarding how long humans can live among … 0