Make a Milk Jug Ghost for Halloween Howl!
Halloween Howl enthusiasts: join the fun by contributing a Milk Jug Ghost to Intown Concord’s Halloween Howl event, held in downtown Concord on October 24! These “ghosts” are easy to make, and it will be so much fun to decorate our downtown with lots and lots of glowing ghosts!
How to make your ghost and what to do with it!
- Drink a gallon of milk from a translucent bottle, and save the bottle with cap. Rinse/clean the “jug.”
- Draw a ghost face, cat face, spooky scene, or other Halloweeny inspiration on the jug, using a black Sharpie marker or paint. Tip: Leave the cap on while you do this, so the jug doesn’t dent.
- If you want to find and take your ghost home at the end of the night, write your name on the bottom of the jug. (Though we can’t guarantee that you will be able to find your jug and take it home – we do ask that attendees leave the ghosts there for everyone’s enjoyment, and don’t take a jug that isn’t theirs!)
- Bring your decorated jug (with cap) to True Brew Barista in Bicentennial Square by 12 noon on Friday, Oct. 24.
- Intown Concord volunteers will add a glow stick to each ghost jug and place them around downtown for the Halloween Howl event.
- Any ghost jugs not claimed at the end of the evening will be recycled.
Creative block? Google "how to make a milk jug ghost" - lots of great ideas out there!
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Discover Downtown is a NEW event series & campaign designed to bring people downtown for shopping, dining, enjoying, and building community!
Thanks to everyone for coming to the heart of Concord on Friday, September 19!
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More than 50 your favorite shops will stay open late - with food and drink, sales, specials, and entertainment. This is an opportunity to shop and dine and stroll after "usual" business hours and bump into friends as you go - SEE YOU THERE!
Downtown businesses - scroll to the bottom of the page for the Event Kit. Discover Downtown is a partnership between Intown Concord and the Merchants Roundtable.
- Concord 250 - showcasing the Mosaic 250 project and selling the DVD and prints of the historic bicycle recreation photo at the entrance to Rath Young.
- Plein Air featuring the group “Drawing Attention” and Bobbie Herron on City Plaza - bring your sketchbook and join the fun!
- Granite State Arts Market in Bicentennial Square (Katie Baca Photography; Allison Murphy/Concord Handmade; Groovy Toad Tie Dye; nudebar soap company)
- Rachel Vogelzang will be performing from 5-7 at Tandy's
- Magician Busker - In front of the arch at Eagle Square
- Girls Inc. - tye dying in front of Puppy Love store front
- Kenny Weiland playing on the patio at True Brew Barista at 5:30pm
Participating businesses (alphabetical) and specials as of 9/17/14. Note that specials are for 5:00-8:00pm on Sept. 19 ONLY.
|All Elements Healing||51 S. Main St.||Wine Tasting, Chair Massage, Raffle, Book an Appointment while visiting office and get 20% off|
|Bead It!||146 North Main Street||Trunk Sale - Unicorne Beads. Hand-made in California in a variety of unique shapes and colors. Make one-of-a-kind jewelry - your design, your style.|
|Bona Fide Green Goods||35 South Main Street||Raffle for Cool Coffee|
|Bravo Boutique||38 N. Main Street||Learn more about Bravo's new custom Menswear J.Hilburn line as well as 20-75% off sales!|
|Britches of Concord||110 North Main Street||$100 off any Custom Clothing purchase.|
|Capital Beverages||75 South Main Street||Shipyard beer testing from 5pm-8pm. Also free 16.9oz Poland spring water bottle with $5 or over purchase. Free Shipyard glass with purchase of Shipyard beer.|
|Capitol Craftsman & Romance Jewelers||16 & 18 N. Main St.||Storewide Specials and Refreshments|
|Caring Gifts||18 North Main Street||Ava Marie chocolate samples!|
|Celeste Oliva||75 S. Main St (Unit 3)||Free tastings. Come on in and experience the different pairings we have of Ultra Premium Extra Virgin Olive Oils and Balsamic Vinegars.|
|Christian Michael Salon||55 North Main Street||A raffle for $100.00 Gift Certificate for hair services. Complimentary adult signature beverage. Refreshments. Demoing products and services. Celebrating the launch of Bumble and Bumble New York products at Christian Michael Salon. And much much more!|
|Christian Science Reading Room||34 North Main Street||Free literature and specials on new books out on Christian Science and founder Mary Baker Eddy who grew up in Bow, NH and spent many years devoted to the discovery of the divine laws that empowered Christ Jesus' healing ministry right here in Concord.|
|Concord Camera Store||29 North Main St.||Buy one, Get on 50% on all Custom Gift Items ordered between 5-8pm on Friday the 19th!|
|Concord Family YMCA||15 North State St.||1. Y Tours of facility – promotion of our free block party Sept 26th 2. Anyone joining from 5 pm til closing – no joiners fee 3. Climbing wall open 6:15-7 for guests to experience – must fill out guest form including waiver|
|DB Ultimate Fitness, LLC||18 Kennedy Dr.||Raffle for personal training sessions|
|Detailed Stained Glass||24 Pleasant Sreet||Mosaic demo; Sale on select gift items|
|Dips Frozen Yogurt||138 N. Main Street||50% off Frozen Yogurt|
|Dos Amigos Burritos||26 N Main St||We will be having a raffle for gift cards and t-shirts.|
|Double Midnight Comics||67 South Main Street||We will be giving out FREE Comic Books!|
|Edible Arrangements||1 Capital Plaza, Suite 2||ALL 12 count Chocolate dipped fruit boxes for $10.00! That's more than half off the original price.|
|Express Jewelry Center||44 N. Main St.||Exclusive 30% OFF in stock finished jewelry! Many recent additions included!|
|Fabulous Looks Boutique||86 North Main Street||15% Off - Storewide!|
|Flag-Works / American Cowboy Supply||6 N. Main St.||In-Ground Flagpole Installation Demonstrations 5-8pm; $10 Off Any Pair of Boots $100 or more 5-8pm|
|GONDWANA & Divine Clothing Co.||13 N. Main St.||15% OFF ANY ONE FULL PRICED ITEM!|
|Granite State Candy Shoppe||13 Warren Street||Come in and bring a friend and enjoy BOGO make your own sundaes. We have partnered with our exclusive dairy supplier, Contoocook Creamery, to sample their delicious locally produced milk and cheese, along with our friends at Coffin Cellars located in Webster NH who will be providing us with some of their delicious wine to sample.|
|Gyro House||58 North Main Street||Samples|
|Hilltop Consignment Gallery, LLC||56 N. Main Street||Wine Tasting and Huge Art Sale (up to 70% discount) plus Additional Discounts throughout the store!|
|Joe King's Shoe Store||45 N. Main St.||20% off Frye Boots! Friday,September 19- 5:00-8:00pm ONLY|
|Kristin Kennedy Fine Jewelry||30A Warren Street||10% of sales will be donated to Womenade of Concord.|
|Lilise Designer Resale & Decor||113 Storrs St.||BIG discount tag sale at Lilise Décor; $2 & $5 designer sales racks designer clothing|
|Little River Oriental Rugs||10 N. Main St.||Please join us for light refreshments and enjoy 20% off Rugs and Furniture. As always, you can 'try before you buy'.|
|Lotions n Potions||25 North Main St.||Dr. Hauschka – 19% off all products and services. Also our rep, Jen White, will be there with free samples and gifts with purchase. Baggallini Bags – 40% many selected styles.|
|Mark Knipe Goldsmiths, LLC||Two Capital Plaza (57 N. Main St.)||Showing New Collections|
|Massage Therapy Plus, LLC||33 N Main St.||Try chair massage for 50% off tonight, and get gift certificates for $50/hour ($20 off regular rate).|
|McGowan Fine Art||10 Hills Avenue||McGowan Fine Art will be serving wine and nibblies. All 2015 calendars will be 10% off for the evening: Kate Libby, Abacus & Linnea!|
|New Hampshire Federal Credit Union||47 N. Main Street||
Refreshments, raffles, and a free old-fashioned photobooth with instant access to share with your friends!
|New To You||15 Pleasant St.||25-60% Off Store Wide; Wine & Snacks; $1.00 Bins Open till 8pm|
|Northway Bank||66 N. Main St.||Hosting a table outside of the branch to sell t-shirts, benefiting the ALS Walk in Concord|
|Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt||70 N. Main Street||With every purchase during Discover Downtown customers receive a coupon for their next purchase.|
|OutFITters Thrift Store Boutique||20 S. Main Street||All clothing 50% OFF! Customers will enjoy food and have the chance to win several raffle prizes!|
|Pitchfork Records||2 South Main St.||storewide sale|
|Pompanoosuc Mills||3 Eagle Square||Refreshments and special pricing from 5pm to 8pm|
|Puppy Love Hot Dogs||50 North Main Street||Dinner Special: 2 hot dogs & a drink for $5.00; entertainment by Girls Inc.|
|Simply Birkenstock||8 South Main Street||10 % OFF STOREWIDE|
|Spank Alley Skate & Board Shop||59 S. Main St.||Lite Snack, Sales, Ladies on Roller Skates - A portion of tonight's sales goes to Concord's Women Owned & Operated Non-Profit - Granite State Roller Derby. Learn about Concord's Roller Derby League!|
|Tandy's||1 Eagle Square||Alcoholic sorbet taster with a lamb tapenade tapa|
|The Barley House Restaurant and Tavern||132 North Main Street||Downtown Burger - donate a $1 per burger to Fred's Fund (affiliated with CHaD)|
|The Crust and Crumb Baking Company||126 N. Main Street||Local Food Sampling! We'll have samples of a variety of our awesome handmade baked goods as well as a smattering of other tasty locally made foods that pair oh-so-well with our own goods.|
|The Gallery Hair Salon||3 N. Main Street||Save 10% on all Paul Mitchell Mitch products and we will be raffling off an Aveda basket.|
|The Place Studio and Gallery||9 N. Main St.||Get a feel for the art studio coming soon - stop by our craft table to make unique decoupage tiles!|
|Things are Cooking||74 N. Main Street||Nespresso Demo, Raffle|
|Thorne's of Concord||140 N. Main St.||Join Thorne's during the Discover Downtown event for an evening of couples educational demonstrations, flirty freebies, and special sales!|
|True Brew Barista and True Brew Café||3 Bicentennial Square & 45 S. Main St.||Free music on the patio|
|Wellington's Marketplace||124 N. Main St.||Wellington's offers cheese samples every day we are open and as well as Complimentary Wine Tastings on Thursdays 4-6 pm.|
|Viking House||19 N. Main Street||Special Drawings, Refreshments, Sale Items, Special Sneak Peek for New Holiday Arrivals!|
|YoYo Heaven||132 1/2 N. Main St.||10% everything in the store from 5 to 8 PM. Enter raffle to win a $50 gift certificate. Jugglers and yoyo artist entertaining in front of and in the store.|
|Zoë & Co., Professional Bra Fitters||92 North Main Street||Open 'til 9! FREE bra fittings and select items up to 50% off!|
DOWNTOWN BUSINESSES: We hope you'll all participate in Discover Downtown on September 19!
For questions or business registration/participation, contact:
Merchant Roundtable block captains:
Nicole Vera - firstname.lastname@example.org
Gretchen Peters - email@example.com
Matt Teichman - firstname.lastname@example.org
Donna Nordlund - email@example.com
Intown Concord Business Workshop, May 29:
Service Success through Secret ShoppingCONCORD, NH – Concord businesses: Do you get tons of repeat and referral business? Are you showered with great ratings on Yelp and other customer review websites? Do patrons comment on how terrific your customer service experience is, and how much they love returning to your shop or restaurant on a regular basis? Are you satisfied that you know what your customers are telling their friends about your establishment, and that it’s all positive?
Then perhaps you do NOT need Intown Concord’s upcoming business workshop, “A Step Toward Great Customer Service: How Mystery Shopping Can Help Your Business,” on May 29.
Of course, even those with a perfect customer service track record are invited to join secret shopping expert Tyler Goodwin of Goodwin Hospitality& Associates at this eye-opening session for local businesses, Thursday, May 29, 8:00-9:00am, at NH Federal Credit Union, 47 N. Main Street, downtown Concord.
In this educational one-hour workshop, you’ll learn about:
- Common customer service problems
- Seeing your business through your guest's eyes
- Easy steps to ensure great customer service
“A Step Toward Great Customer Service,” hosted by Intown Concord and sponsored by NH Federal Credit Union, is FREE to Intown Concord business members; $5 per person for nonmembers. Space is limited; please RSVP at surveymonkey.com/s/mystery-shopper-workshop. Refreshments provided.
(Don't know if you're a member? Check the list: intownconcord.org/shop/our-members - or join today: intownconcord.org/images/member-packet-new-2014.pdf. Note that Goodwin Associates is offering a 10% discount for Intown Concord members that sign up for one or more “mystery shops” as a result of the workshop.)
The mission of Intown Concord is to promote and enhance the business environment, cultural activities, housing, and appearance of historic downtown Concord. Visit intownconcord.org.
Liza Poinier (603) 226-2150 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Intown Concord Open Doors Meetings
Intown Concord regularly hosts Open Doors meetings where everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend. These are open platforms to ask questions, share your thoughts, and brainstorm together about great things for our downtown. Light refreshments are served, and folks should feel free to pop in quickly, or to stay for longer. Watch this page for dates.
Thanks A Million!
A heartfelt thank-you to the attendees, sponsors, volunteers, and hosts for Intown Concord’s 6th Annual Upstairs, Downtown Walking Tour on June 4. More than a hundred people came to enjoy an exclusive peek above street level – and to dream and talk about the possibilities for downtown’s upper stories.
We couldn’t have done it without our gracious site hosts and reception host: CATCH Neighborhood Housing and the Endicott Hotel Apartments; Concord Wealth Management at Capital Commons; Act One Creative on Low Avenue; Mark Ciborowski of Ciborowski Associates for showing off both the International Order of Odd Fellows building and historic Phenix Hall; and Orr & Reno for the use of their beautiful gathering space in the new “Love Your Neighbor” building on South Main Street.
The Upstairs, Downtown Walking Tour is possible through the support of many volunteers and generous contributions from sponsors: Merrimack County Savings Bank, New Hampshire Federal Credit Union, Big Jim’s Lumber and Home Center, Capital Region Development Council, Checkmate Workforce Management Solutions, The Concord Monitor, 3W Design, Unitil, the City of Concord, Hilltop Consignment Gallery, Lake Sunapee Bank, and Zoe & Co. Professional Bra Fitters.
Attendees and the public are invited to help shape future Upstairs, Downtown events by sharing their feedback at: surveymonkey.com/s/UpstairsDowntown.
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Intown Concord's 6th Annual Upstairs, Downtown Walking Tour
Wednesday, June 4, 2014 – 5:30 to 8:00 pm
Tickets $25 per person
Tour limited to 100 participants
This year’s tour features five upstairs locations: the newly renovated Endicott Hotel Apartments; the “penthouse” of Capital Commons, with its fantastic view of the city; Act One Creative on Low Avenue; the International Order of Odd Fellows building; and perennial favorite, historic Phenix Hall. It tops off with a wine and cheese reception at the beautiful new “Love Your Neighbor” building!
MEET at the marquee in front of Red River Theatres on South Main Street a few minutes before 5:30pm; tour departs promptly at 5:30! We recommend parking in the Capital Commons Garage (enter on Storrs Street).
***RAIN OR SHINE***
NOTE: Unfortunately, not all tour sites are accessible to those with mobility disabilities. Please plan accordingly.
THANKS!!! To Our Generous 2014 Upstairs, Downtown Sponsors:
Oh what a night!
Thank you to everyone who joined us at our Annual General Meeting & Locally Famous Art Auction on March 13 - hope you had as much fun as we did! Special extra thanks to all those who helped and contributed to this fundraising event - attendees, volunteers, painters, bidders, event sponsors, and board members. We're simply overwhelmed by everyone's generosity and spirit! The money raised will go to help Intown Concord meet its mission to promote and enhance the business environment, cultural activities, housing, and appearance of historic downtown Concord. Cheers!
Midnight Merriment is FRIDAY, DECEMBER 5 2014 ~ DOWNTOWN CONCORD!
FRIDAY, DEC. 5, 5:30 TO 12 MIDNIGHT: Join us downtown to kick off Concord's holiday shopping season at Midnight Merriment! Enjoy unique, locally owned businesses, beautifully decorated windows and historic buildings, and old-fashioned hospitality, throughout the downtown.
Watch this page for details!
Sponsored by: Zoë & Co., Professional Bra Fitters
Corporate sponsorship opportunities are available. Click here to download our sponsor packet or contact Susan Sokul, Intown Concord at 603-226-2150.
Watch this page for info about the next Community Adult Spelling Bee!
We had hoped to revive the Bee in early 2014, but it hasn't happened yet...if you're interested in joining the planning team, we'd love to have you! Please contact info (at) intownconcord.org or call 226-2150. Thanks.
CONGRATULATIONS to the Sulloway and Hollis Spelloticians (above, in hats) - and THANKS to the many, many people who helped make Intown Concord's 4th Annual Community Adult Spelling Bee a success, including (back row, left to right) judges Steve Shurtleff, Tom Aspell, and Dan St. Hilaire; and our fantastic Bee Meister, Kevin Flynn! See you next year!
Concord is abuzz with excitement for the 4th Annual Community Adult Spelling Bee (Political Edition)!
Thursday, September 27, 2012 (Doors open at 5:30 pm, Spelling starts promptly at 6:00 pm)
Governor's Hall at Capitol Center for the Arts
CLICK TO PURCHASE YOUR TICKETS ONLINE TODAY! Or - visit our friends at the Center for Health Promotion (49 South Main St.), Charter Trust Company (90 North Main St.), Merrimack County Savings Bank (89 North Main St.), and True Brew Barista (3 Bicentennial Square) - tickets are just $10.
The event promises to be sweeter than ever, with the introduction of a fun new annual theme – for 2012, the Bee goes POLITICAL, with laughs guaranteed on both sides of the aisle. From an election-worthy décor to politically connected spelling words, the 2012 Bee will be a winner. On September 27th, (25) competitive teams of (3) will take the stage to battle it out for the Best Capital Spellers title. All proceeds directly support Intown Concord’s events, programs, and initiatives in Downtown Concord.
Our (local) celebrity panel of Bee judges includes Concord City Councilor/NH Executive Councilor Dan St. Hilaire (R), Concord City Council/NH State Representative Steve Shurtleff (D), and our politically neutral City Manager Tom Aspell (?).
For sponsorship opportunities, click here!
Team registration is open NOW ($200 per team, $350 for 2 teams); e/m email@example.com to reserve your spot (competition limited to 25 teams)! Just a few slots remain.
To learn more about volunteering for the Bee, contact us today!
Thank you to our 2012 Spelling Bee sponsors:
Halloween Howl - Friday, October 24, 2014!
Prep your costumes for the year’s eeriest evening, when downtown Concord’s traditional Halloween Howl returns on Friday, October 24! This free community event offers a variety of activities for all ages, including:
- Trick-or-treating at downtown businesses from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.
- Horse-drawn wagon rides loading at the corner of Park and North Main Streets from 5:30 to 7:30 pm – FREE, courtesy of Granite State Candy Shoppe!
- WJYY’s DJ Nazzy and Mya – dance party on City Plaza, and the Annual Costume Parade starting at 6:00 pm (line up near the arch).
- Favorite local band Pat and the Hats plays outside in Bicentennial Square starting at 7:00pm, sponsored by True Brew Barista.
- As part of its Fun Family Friday from 6:30 to 8:30, Concord Family YMCA hosts a spooky Haunted House in the Child Development Center on Warren Street behind the Y’s main building.
- Red River Theatres screens 1922 silent film Nosferatu with live music @ 7:00pm ($10); and the cult classic Rocky Horror Picture Show (R) @ 9:30pm ($15)
- Carved Pumpkin Contest outside the Concord Food Co-op – judging begins at 5:30.
- Double Midnight Comics – free comic books and costumed superheroes on City Plaza.
- Illuminated “Milk Jug Ghosts” created by local youths and displayed around downtown. Click here for information on how to create a milk jug ghost of your own and add it to the display!
- Radio station 102.3 the River will be on Main Street, near the entrance to Bicentennial Square, with music and giveaways.
To make way for all the fun and to ensure safety for thousands of trick-or-treaters, North Main Street from Centre Street to Pleasant will be closed to vehicles from 4:00 to 8:30 pm. Parking is available at the Capitol Commons, Firehouse Block, and Durgin Block garages.
Halloween Howl is proudly presented by Intown Concord and generously sponsored by Granite State Candy Shoppe and Double Midnight Comics & Collectibles, with support from True Brew Barista, WJYY-FM/Binnie Media, 102.3 the River, and HP Hood.
Intown Concord Inc. is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote and enhance the business environment, cultural activities, housing and appearance of historic downtown Concord. To learn more, call 603-226-2150 or visit intownconcord.org.
Halloween Howl is sponsored by...
THANKS to our downtown businesses and the Concord Community for helping make Halloween Howl great! Click here to see awesome 2013 Halloween Howl photos from our Facebook friends.
If you’re interested in volunteering to help with Halloween Howl, please contact us at 603-226-2150 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!
THANKS for an outstanding market days!
Beautiful weather, great vendors, delicious food, fantastic entertainment, and the best volunteers EVER made the 40th Annual Market Days Festival one for the record books! Thank you to our many, many helpers, sponsors, entertainers, local businesses, visiting vendors, and the entire Concord community for their support.
FEEDBACK PLEASE: Would you kindly click here and tell us what you thought of the 2014 Market Days Festival? Thank you.
On to next year!
The Market Days Festival is produced by Intown Concord, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit whose mission is to promote and enhance the business environment, cultural activities, housing and appearance of historic downtown Concord.
Intown Concord's 2014 Market Days Festival...
July 17-19, 2014!
It's the 40th annual Market Days Festival in downtown Concord, NH, July 17, 18, and 19, 2014, 10am to 10pm daily!
PREVIEW - Click here for a preview of Market Days Festival venues and goings-on!
SCHEDULE - Click here for a draft schedule of events, and get busy on that cloning program because there is SO much going on!!! This week's Concord Insider will contain schedules by venue.
MAP - Click here to download a preliminary map of the festival area including vendors. NOTE: This map is a work in progress and may change slightly between now and 7/17. Also - please do not try to PRINT this map, unless you own a plotter...it is very large. (We were able to print it at 80% on 6 sheets of office paper, so if you really want a printout, that's the way to go. We do not offer technical support in this area.)
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We want you! We need volunteers of all kinds, at any hour of the Market Days Festival! Lots of fun assignments (and free t-shirts) available - help with check-in, vendor relations, beer tent, free family fun, music, and more.
Love the Market Days Festival? Got the time and energy to be a part of the fabulous Planning Team? All are welcome to attend Market Days Planning Team meetings! Meetings take place monthly (twice each in June and July) at Intown Concord (49 S. Main Street, #202) and last about an hour. Contact: email@example.com.
- Weds., Mar. 19, 8:00am
- Weds., Apr. 16, 5:00pm
- Weds., May 21, 8:00am
- Weds., June 18, 8:00am
- Weds., July 9, 8:00am Last one!
Download vendor applications here; please contact Intown Concord at 603-226-2150 if you wish to be a vendor. There's space, but not a lot!
- FOOD VENDORS - click here to download a print-and-mail application (PDF)
- RETAIL AND NONPROFIT VENDORS - click here to download a print-and-mail application (PDF)
The Market Days Festival regularly attracts crowds of 50,000+ from throughout New Hampshire and New England; attendees come to enjoy shopping and nonstop cost-free musical and cultural programming.
“The story of this year's Market Days should be written in superlatives…(it) was a family-friendly party worthy of a capital city…Visitors ricocheted around downtown from one contest, concert or display to another. (Attendance) probably topped 50,000. Merchants were smiling.” (Concord Monitor, July 25, 2012)
Market Days Festival 2014 features include: Delicious food and great retail offerings throughout the festival, Free Family Fun offerings on the State House Lawn, Beer Tent, family-friendly entertainment including mini golf and bouncy houses, on City Plaza, Homegrown Music Stage in Bicentennial Square, community programming at the intersection of Pleasant + Main, the Concord Arts Market, and much more - watch this page or the Intown Concord Facebook page for details!