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The Insiders: Let’s light the old Christmas tree – the city tree that is.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Now if you’re reading this, we’d like to first thank you for tuning into our first post-Thanksgiving column of 2014 and in turn, it’s safe to assume that third turkey sandwich didn’t put you in a food coma that will keep you out of commission through the weekend. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. But anyway, welcome back, we sure are glad to have you. And keeping with a …

The Insiders: Burn your Turkey Day calories before you consume them with a four-mile crab walk (or run, if it’s what you’re comfortable with)

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

We can probably take a pretty good stab at what your afternoon is going to look like today. It will most likely include the four Fs: football, feasting, fighting with family and food coma. There is the possibility to add a fifth F, if you’d like – four miles. Why not burn off those Thanksgiving calories before you consume them with the 16th …

The Insiders: The food coma can wait; stop by the “Fez”tival of Trees first

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

One of our favorite Thanksgiving week traditions that doesn’t involve stuffing our faces with delicious grub or entering into an extended food coma is the annual “Fez”tival of Trees at the Bektash Shrine Center at 189 Pembroke Road (although there are refreshments available, so the food coma could be accomplished if you are so inclined). It’s the 14th annual showcase of artificial trees …

The Insiders: Don’t forget to go to Dead Poets Remembrance Day at Gibson’s

Saturday, October 11, 2014

You can’t hang out with dead poets, unless you’re a medium or know somebody who is. Or unless a local bookstore is celebrating Dead Poets Remembrance Day and invites you to an event featuring a tribute to several …

The Insiders: Today is the Global Cardboard Challenge, so it’s okay not to recycle

Friday, October 10, 2014

We understand that today is probably dump day for many of you. It’s the morning you load up the family station wagon with all the recyclables from the week and head on over to the local transfer station. But what if we told you that instead of packing …

The Insiders: There’s a lot of art in Concord and here’s your chance to check it all out

Thursday, October 9, 2014

If we were to make a commercial about Concord, there’s a lot of great stuff we could include. There’s the annual Market Days celebration, the S.N.O.B. Film Festival, and how could we not mention the likes of NBA champion Matt Bonner and Olympian Tara Mounsey? But what may …

The Insiders: Matthew Mead is here to help spruce up your home for fall

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

For those of you who don’t know, Matthew Mead is kind of a big deal in the home decorating world, the kind of big deal that you’d give anything to learn from. And it just so happens, tonight you can – and for only $30. Mead will be …

The Insiders: We think you should investigate this Hank Phillippi Ryan appearance at Gibson’s

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Of all the women we know named Hank, Hank Phillippi Ryan has to rank right at the top of the list. You may remember her from such things as your television set, because she’s the investigative reporter for Boston’s NBC affiliate. Hopefully she’s never knocked on your door …

The Insiders: Our pun game gets a little hairy ahead of today’s barbershop harmony festival

Saturday, October 4, 2014

You can’t cut hair by singing, even if all of your notes are sharp (can we all just pause for a second to acknowledge this low moment in Insider column pun usage. Okay, moving on). But that hasn’t …

The Insiders: Your pets can still go to church tomorrow, but the blessing of the animals is today

Saturday, October 4, 2014

We have no idea what your pets are like. Perhaps they get up every Sunday morning, put on their best three-piece, four-legged suit and head dutifully out to church with the rest of the neighborhood dogs and cats. It wouldn’t be the first time we’ve seen it. Well, …

The Insiders: Travel the world today – or at least watch films from all over it

Friday, October 3, 2014

Today, we’re going to take a little trip – to Manhattan. So we ask that you all buckle your safety belts and . . . Wait, what do you mean Manhattan is coming to us? And let us get this straight, it’s not the city, but rather the …

The Insiders: Want to know more about Mount Everest? Here’s your chance

Thursday, October 2, 2014

If you’re among the people in this world who actually seek out extreme thrills, then climbing Mount Everest has to be high on your list – if not at the top. There is, of course, the danger associated with navigating the world’s tallest mountain, and doing quite a …

The Insiders: Fall falliage? Watch men in colorful heels march down Main Street tonight

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Don’t look now, readers, but it’s October. That means all the leaves are about to turn a lovely shade of SO MUCH SNOW IN YOUR DRIVEWAY. Sorry, we fast forwarded a little bit there. There’s still plenty of time to enjoy the color, particularly the color of the …

The Insiders: Concord continues its reign as king of all walks with today’s MS Journey of Hope

Saturday, September 27, 2014

We consider Concord the international pace-setter in several categories. Hair salons. Law offices. General John Stark statues. But it’s also becoming the world’s pre-eminent locale for walks. Official walks, we mean. The first official Mayor’s Walk was less …

The Insiders: Become a detective like you read about at the library today

Saturday, September 27, 2014

If you’ve watched as many episodes of Law and Order as we have, you know certain things about the criminal justice process: Suspects love weaving recklessly through back alleys, major case breakthroughs usually follow dramatic violin interludes, and every couple of seasons you have to hire a new …