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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: Buy a T-shirt and get Connolly Tough

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Going for a nice walk is considered a good thing. It allows us to get fresh air and a little exercise at the same time, something we can all agree that we need more of. But if you …

The Insiders: Mike Morin has a story to tell, so you should go listen

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

We never condone death threats or burying someone alive, but in reality sometimes those kinds of things make for a good story. Especially when they happen to the same person. And if you think those make for a good conversation starter, you should hear all of the other …

The Insiders: Launch your international square dancing career – or just do some dancing – tonight at West Congregational

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

We find we often operate better with a little instruction. Outside of the writing of this column, we mean. But we prefer to do our painting by numbers and our dancing by shapes. Squares, mostly, because rhombus dancing hasn’t taken off like we thought it might. Square dancing …

The Insiders: Check out the musical equivalent of the Fluffernutter sandwich at the Cap Center

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Sometimes when two things are combined, magic happens. Like when the Monitor decided to blend Keith and Tim’s writing styles into a daily column, fireworks pretty much went off in the office (that may have just been the …

The Insiders: An early fall Saturday in Concord, buffet style

Friday, September 19, 2014

Oh boy, is there plenty of great stuff to do today. There’s almost too much happening to contain it all in one newspaper column, but lucky for you we’ve magically shrunken everything down and packed it into a vacuum-sealed pouch like that awesome astronaut ice cream. Mmmmm, chalky. …

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 …

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 …

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. …

The Insiders: Fling something besides your frustrating clubs at this Beaver Meadow FlingGolf demo

Saturday, September 13, 2014

We’ve played fling golf plenty of times. You probably know it well, too – it’s when you hit a drive 18 feet to your right that lands in the golf course neighbor’s shrubs and you fling your club through their kitchen window. Isn’t it? Actually, no, it isn’t. …

The Insiders: Take a bunch of steps for animalkind at tomorrow’s SPCA Walk For The Animals

Friday, September 12, 2014

If you thought your morning trips to the park with your four-legged companion counted as walks for the animals, you’ve been sorely mistaken. We mean, really – your four-legged companion doesn’t even have a dog. No, the real Walk For The Animals is tomorrow morning, as the annual …

The Insiders: The town’s already been painted, all you have to do now is bid on some awesome art at Kimball-Jenkins

Thursday, September 11, 2014

We figured we’d start today with a legal disclaimer: Sometimes the words we use are event names and not actual instructions. For instance, tonight is the third annual Paint the Town Art Auction at Kimball-Jenkins, which is a thing you should go to and not a thing you …

The Insiders: The ospreys aren’t a football team, but you can learn about them anyway at the Audubon

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

If we said the word “ospreys,” it might not immediately stir tremendous excitement. We actually first thought it was the name of the newest professional football franchise. But what if we said “fish-eating raptor” instead? That moves the needle a little, eh? Well, you can learn about ospreys, …