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Jun 2, 2020








New Hampshire Pipes and Drums will march in Sunday’s parade. Courtesy photo.

Schedule of events

See website for times and locations.
Monday, Aug. 10
Concord Coach photo shoot
Costumed Concord city council meeting
Tours of the Concord Monitor
Penacook Village Farmers Market
Village Harmony Youth Group concert
Tuesday, Aug. 11
Agricultural Heritage Farm Day
2015 Concord documentary premiere
Wednesday, Aug. 12
Pierce Manse history walk
Old North Cemetery interactive tour
First Congregational Church open house
2015 Concord documentary screening
Thursday, Aug. 13
Tour of Concord Coaches and history barn
Family fun with NH Audubon
2015 Concord documentary screening
Friday, Aug. 14
Nevers’ Band weekend kickoff concert
Saturday, Aug. 15
Concord Farmers Market
First Congregational Church open house
Rock On Fest
Sunday, Aug. 16
Concord Through the Ages 250th Anniversary Celebration Parade
Celebration Week Grand Finale
Concord City Celebration Week
When: Monday, Aug. 10, through Sunday, Aug. 16
Where: Various locations around Concord
Cost: All activities are free except the “2015 Concord” documentary screening ($10) and the Village Harmony Youth Group concert ($10, $5 for students and seniors).

250 and counting
Concord hosts a week-long anniversary celebration

By Angie Sykeny

Celebrate 250 years of our state capital’s existence during Concord City Celebration Week, which features seven days of free activities from Monday, Aug. 10, through Sunday, Aug. 16, in various locations around Concord.

The Concord250 committee has planned numerous events throughout 2015 in the spirit of Concord’s anniversary year, culminating with Celebration Week.
“It’s a week that appeals to people of all ages and is exciting not only for residents but also for friends and visitors of the city,” Concord250 Project Manager Kim Murdoch said. “There’s things like touring the Concord Monitor, which most people haven’t done since grade school, or opportunities to see parts of the city they may not be familiar with and learn the history of those places.”
Most of the celebration activities are centered around the history of Concord. There will be several historical walks and tours throughout the week, including a walk from the Pierce Manse to the Kimball Jenkins Estate, covering some of Concord’s earliest sites; an interactive tour of the Old North Cemetery with Concord High School students portraying some notable people buried there; an open house of Concord’s first church, First Congregational Church, with a talk on its rich history, from 1726 through today; and a walk with the New Hampshire  Audubon to Turkey Pond, noting historical features along the way.
Agricultural Heritage Farm Day on Tuesday will include tours of three of Concord’s historic family farms. Visitors can walk among the apple trees and observe the wildlife and great views at Apple Hill Farm and Carter Hill Orchard while the kids participate in a farm scavenger hunt and other activities. Learn about the history of the 188-year-old Dimond Hill Farm and how it still operates today from the current owner.
At the weekend kick-off on Friday, Aug. 14, New Hampshire’s Civil War-era band, the Nevers’ Band, will play a concert including a performance of a recently discovered municipal song from 1916 called “Fair Concord by the Merrimack.”
Red River Theaters will host three screenings of 2015 Concord, a documentary that captures the daily life of Concord, from the opening of a local bagel shop to a ride with a police officer.
Saturday’s Rock On Fest, hosted by NBA champion and Concord native Matt Bonner and his brother Luke, the executive director of the Rock On Foundation, will feature live music, vendors, a family fun zone, the Midsummer Hoops Classic high school basketball tournament and a fireworks show.
The week will conclude with the Concord Through the Ages Parade and the Celebration Week Grand Finale on Sunday. The parade will feature Concord sports teams, businesses, community groups and special guests like Governor Maggie Hassan as it represents Concord’s culture and community from the past to present. The parade will end at Memorial Field for the Grand Finale, an afternoon of games and tournaments, kids’ activities, live music and more.
“What ties everything together is the history of how we came together as a community to where we are now and what the future holds,” Murdoch said. “It’s shining a spotlight on what makes Concord such a special place that will endure after we’re gone.”
As seen in the August 6, 2015 issue of the Hippo.

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