Concord Town Crier columns for Oct. 20, 2019

Concord Monitor
October 18, 2019

PENACOOKFinal free concerts

?The final two 2019 concerts, part of Avaloch Farm Music Institute’s community outreach, have been scheduled for this week at United Church of Penacook. Monday night at 7 p.m., Tres Doulx, a renaissance flute consort, will perform. The free concert will feature four flutes in a program that includes explanations of the instruments and issues surrounding 16th century performance. On Wednesday at 7 p.m., Boland Dowdall Plus One – with flutist Jan Boland, guitarist John Dowdall and pan flutist Rodney Garnett – will perform world music for flutes and guitar. The free concert will feature music from Moldova and Peru where the pan flute, a series of varying-length reed or wooden tubes activated by blowing down into the open holes, is a common and prominent instrument. Additional concert information and directions can be found at  00:15 / 00:30SKIP AD

?On Wednesday, the Penacook Branch Library’s book club will meet at 7 p.m. in the library on Merrimack Street. This month’s selection is The Great Alone by Kristen Hannah. You can join them for this discussion of a family’s life and survival in Alaska’s wilderness. Future book titles and meeting dates are always posted at the library.

?Concord Regional VNA is holding a Senior Health Clinic at Briar Pipe Apartments on Friday, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. All Senior Health Clinic services are provided for a suggested donation of $10, however, services are provided regardless of a person’s ability to pay. Services offered include foot care, blood pressure screening, B-12 injections, medication education, and nutritional education. Call 224-4093 or (800) 924-8620, ext. 5815 for an appointment.


[email protected] SIDEDonate warm clothes

?Concord Grange No. 322 will meet Monday at 6:30 p.m. at the IBEW Hall, 48 Airport Road in the Conference Room. Lecturer Gary Ford will present a travelogy program. The Grange will hear a report from the delegates to the recent State Grange Session on resolutions voted upon. Call Grange Master Dick Patten at 496-2917 for information.

?Concord Knights of Columbus will meet Oct. 28 at 7 p.m. in the Parish Activity Center at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church.

?Kiwanis Club of Concord will meet Oct. 28 at 6 p.m. at the Red Blazer Restaurant for a dinner meeting.

?The 68th annual Concord Christmas Parade is growing each day with more units and interest in floats. Donations are still needed to fund the parade, please send a check or money to The Christmas Parade, c/o Mrs. Debra Patten, 30 Pinewood Trail, Concord N.H., 03301. Contact Brian Blackden at 229-4967 or Dick Patten at 496-2917.

?Congratulations to WICX Catholic Radio FM 102.7 for being named Best of Concord. Mike Bellino is to be commended for all his work with this station, Catholic Radio based in Concord at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, Loudon Road is expanding taking two Manchester radio stations AM and FM. They will be featuring Catholic programing and local produced shows such as Faith Speaks, by Dick Patten with Brian Blackden as director. The show features people who are strong in their Catholic Faith. The show features Catholic organizations along with clergy from the Catholic Churches. I have also had Clergy from Concordia Lutheran Church, Rev. Jason Wells, President of the N.H. Council of Churches, Rev. Peter Chamberlin of Granite State Baptist Church, and more. The show tapes on Tuesdays along with Around Town in the Parish Activity Center, Room 1A.

?Catholic Radio WICX 102.7 FM is trying to raise $2,000 this month for their station. A donor has offered to match a donation for monthly, one time, online etc. Please send a donation to WICX PO Box 42, Bradford N.H., 03221. Your support is greatly appreciated.

?Deepest sympathies are extended to Mrs. Geraldine Drew of Burns Avenue in the loss of her husband, Gerald Drew Jr. They have lived on the Heights for over 60 years.

?Don’t forget Halloween trick-or-treating on Oct. 31 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. 

?The Immaculate Heart of Mary Church will have an All Saints Day Mass on Nov. 1 at 5:30 p.m. The children and adults are encouraged to come in dress as Saints of the Church. Following Mass, pizza will be enjoyed in the hall with games and activities for elementary school children. Contact Kim Ostrowski at [email protected]

?Fr. Ray will conduct the Alpha Course today in the church hall from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. There is no cost to attend the course. 

The Books of Wisdom will be presented by John and Kathryn Betournay on Thursdays in the Parish Activity Center, Room 1 at 3:30 p.m. Call 455-2005 or 226-2872 for more information.

?There will be a special Mass today at 8 a.m. to celebrate the success of the recent Senior Day. The Mass will be dedicated to the volunteers who helped with the activities and food.

?Congratulations to Margaret “Maggie” Mark and Gerry Faneuf in observance of their 20th wedding anniversary.

?Immanuel Community Church of Concord Heights announced recently that it has become affiliated with the Conservative Congregational Christian Conference, a nation-wide body of theologically conservative congregational churches headquartered in Lake Elmo, Minn. The church’s members unanimously approved the move at a congregational meeting last winter.

?Any clean and dry fabric item in very good condition qualifies, including clothing, uniforms, costumes, linens, towels, drapes/curtains, sheets, tablecloths, cloth napkins, pot holders, blankets, bedspreads, comforters, shoes, cloth tote bags, and pocketbooks. All items must be clean and in very good condition, with no repairs needed. The last day to donate items this year is Oct. 30. Donations can be dropped off at any time in the orange bin at the top of the ramp on the south side of the church at 51 Mountain Road. Please bring donations in plastic bags. For directions, go to or call 224-9242



[email protected] SIDEHalloween Howl

?The Annual Downtown Halloween Howl will be held Friday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Families from across the region look forward with great excitement to the safe and celebratory atmosphere that Halloween Howl brings to downtown Concord. Festivities include trick-or-treating at over 75 downtown businesses, pictures with the local police department and Liberty the dog, pet and people costume awards, Nazzy’s Not-So-Scary Dance Party, and more. For more information, call 226-2150 or visit

?The 2019 Brigade Lecture Series concludes Thursday at 7 p.m. with “Lincoln and His Generals: Trial and Error in Troubled Times” presented by Jim Miller. For more information, visit

?The Women’s Club of Concord, 44 Pleasant St., is hosting a discussion on the Mueller report Thursday from 5:15 to 7 p.m. For more information, call 225-3622 and leave a message for Linda Gilbert or visit

?The library is having a Tech Help Clinic on Wednesday at 3 p.m. The session is a how-to in the basics of your smartphone. From downloading apps, to managing data, security, customizing, and more. They will focus on the iPhone and Android platforms. Bring your devices, charging cords and your questions! Registration is not needed. For more information, call 225-8670.

?The GFWC Concord Contemporary Club will be hosting their 4th Annual Mr. Concord Pageant at the Grappone Conference Center on Nov. 1 at 6 p.m. The goal is to raise awareness about domestic and sexual violence, and raise critical funds to support survivors. The evening will include a cash bar, appetizers, silent and live auction and a wine pull. The attendees will have an opportunity to vote for their favorite talent. Some of the contestants are: Lucas Gallo, Corey Garland, Rob Fleischman, Gary Duclos, Michael Hauptly-Pierce, David Ouelette, and Pedro Altagracia. Tickets can be purchased on For more information, call Mary at 731-6991.

?The West Congregational Church, 499 N. State St., will be having a craft fair and lunch Nov. 2 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. 



[email protected] ENDConcord’s Celtic Night

?Boy Scout Troop 86 of Wesley Methodist Church on Clinton Street recently held a Court of Honor. Thirty-seven merit badges were earned by 17 boy scouts while at summer camp. James Russell advanced to Tenderfoot. Matthew Sedutto and Nicholas Roy advanced to the rank of Star. Major fundraisers are in progress as next year’s super-trip for the entire troop will be to Yosemite National Park in California. Troop 86 meets every Thursday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Please join us if interested.

?Michelle Visser visits Gibson’s Bookstore, 45 S. Main St., on Thursday at 6 p.m., to present her new book in backyard homesteading, Sweet Maple: Backyard Sugarmaking from Tap to Table

?Go (quietly) to Red River Theatres for their Silent Film Series: The Man Who Laughs on Thursday at 7 p.m.

?Join on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. for the 8th Annual Wicked FIT Run. This family-friendly Halloween themed 5K run/walk benefits Families in Transition-New Horizons and its programs, including housing and services for families and individuals who are homeless. To register, go to To help you “carbo load” for the race, there will be a free pasta dinner at the Concord Food Co-op for all registered participants. Friends and family can join for a $10 donation on Friday from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

?Downtown fun for Concord’s annual Halloween Howl on Friday means street closures! To make way for all the fun and to ensure safety of all attendees, North Main Street from Centre Street to Pleasant will be closed to all vehicles from 4 to 8:30 pm. on Friday. Visit for more.

?At the Audi, Das Lied von der Erde means live opera! Go Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. as Walker Lecture Fund presents Peter Gage Furlong’s production of Gustav Mahler’s Masterwork, The Song of the Earth. The event is free without tickets and has open seating. The Stage Curtain Project at the Audi is complete and the new rigging and stage blacks will be installed Oct. 28 and 29, just in time to provide a stunning set for Mark Valenti, The Renowned Pianist, on Oct. 30 at 7:30 p.m. For these free, no ticket, open seating events, the doors open at 7 p.m. with the meet and greet reception. Get more info at and 333-0035.

?“Obscure and Neglected Sources: New Paths to Genealogical Success” will be presented at the library Thursday at 6 p.m. Join their monthly Genealogy Club in the auditorium! This month, enjoy a lecture by certified genealogist, Diane Gravel, who uses the FAN Club (Friends, Associates, and Neighbors) to assist the researcher in “navigating the past,” with creative strategies for expanding the search to overcome the hurdles and brick walls we all encounter. 

?Your very own South End In The Field Irish Dancers join award-winning fiddlers Jordan Tirrell-Wysocki and Liz Faiella for Concord’s own Celtic Night at the new Bank of N.H. Stage Theater. It will feature last-Sunday-of-the-month performances to brighten your evenings through December from 5 to 6:30 p.m. It’s free and open to the public. No tickets required. Each will feature guest appearances by some of the region’s top traditional Irish and Scottish musicians. After the show, local musicians are invited to join the performers in an all-comers session until 8 p.m. Bring your instruments!

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