Outdoor events bring our community back together

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As New Hampshire safety guidelines ease and our communities start to gather in-person again, outdoor events will play a key role in the ways we socialize and do business. Gathering outdoors has been proven to be a safe alternative to indoor events, reducing the spread of airborne viruses and offering more space for social distancing. We’re excited to see these outdoor events take over the Capital City!

On June 16, the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce was honored to host its 16th Annual Pinnacle Awards ceremony at Beaver Meadow Golf Course. Over 150 business leaders and community members attended the outdoor luncheon event. Spirits were high, and not just because the event celebrated distinguished award recipients. The Chamber is proud to be a convener of business leaders and community members, and this event had special meaning because it was finally safe for these area leaders to gather together, after more than a year of being apart due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In the coming weeks, Concord will host many outdoor events that will take on new energy due to the retreating pandemic. At the top of the list of downtown favorites is the 47th Annual Market Days Festival, hosted by Intown Concord. This multi-day celebration of small businesses and the downtown community will take over Main Street and features shopping, food trucks, family-friendly activities, local artisans and live entertainment on August 19-21 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Capital Arts Fest is another favorite downtown event, and will take place on September 24-26. This festival is hosted by the League of NH Craftsmen, Capitol Center for the Arts and the Chamber. We’re proud that this event was conceptualized by the Chamber’s Creative Concord Committee in 2017, and has evolved and grown to encompass fine crafts, live performances, dance, visual arts and more with the expected participation of a dozen cultural organizations in downtown Concord and beyond.

If you love local music, you’ll be pleased to learn that Concord is proud to offer many opportunities and venues for musicians. This year, artists are taking their performances outdoors to local parks. The Capitol Center for the Arts is hosting a series of concerts at Fletcher-Murphy Park in partnership with Concord Community Music School. A wide variety of performers and musical styles will be presented, including folk, Celtic, and “homegrown rock” to create a variety of fun experiences for all. The City of Concord is also offering live performances this summer through the Concord Public Library and Concord Parks & Recreation Department. These include concerts at Everett Arena, the State House Lawn, and various local parks. A special 4th of July concert will feature patriotic music performed by the Nevers Band, and other acts will include top 40 hits, country music, a fiddle ensemble, and more.

The Chamber is also looking forward to hosting outdoor events in the coming months. If you’re seeking a fun way to socialize, network and support community initiatives, consider fielding a team at the 33rd Annual Funds for Education Golf Tournament. This popular event will take place at Beaver Meadow Golf Course in Concord and raises funds that directly support the Chamber’s local education initiatives—the Capital Area Student Leadership Program (CASL) and Business Grants for Teachers. These educational programs promote real-world experiences for area students. The Chamber is proud to support the next generation of the Capital Area’s business community through these efforts, and is happy to offer this fun outdoor tournament for community members who are looking for a great cause to support.

The Chamber is also planning outdoor networking opportunities for its members to enjoy. During the COVID-19 pandemic, they reformatted their popular Business After Hours networking events to a virtual format. Now the Chamber is eager to facilitate in-person networking at some of Greater Concord’s outdoor venues and local businesses. The Chamber is also planning to host indoor networking events beginning late summer and into the fall. After more than a year without these opportunities, we are pleased to see our business community come together, connect face-to-face, and create meaningful partnerships.

During this past year, we’ve come to appreciate the value of connecting in-person with our communities. As outdoor events take over the Capital Area this summer, and theaters open up to full capacity for indoor events, we hope to see you at festivals, concerts, networking events and fundraisers. There are so many opportunities this city has to offer, and we’re excited to meet new friends and connect face-to-face at both outdoor and indoor events in the months ahead!

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Incorporated in 1919, New Hampshire's state capital chamber of commerce—the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce—develops economic opportunities, strengthens the business climate and enhances quality of life in the Capital region.

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