Laconia Multicultural Day, NH, September 8, 2012.

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

by Anura Guruge

Given that I have mentioned it a number of times, including yesterday, I realized that it is time that I did do a post on the Laconia Multicultural Day. It is on Saturday, September 8, 2012 this year — rain or shine. This is the 11th Multicultural Day. So it was started in September 2012 — a year after the events of a year ago; Laconia, one of predominately white (2nd whitest of the States) NH’s most diverse towns. I have been to each one without fail, rain or shine. When we lived in Gilford it was a piece of cake. We could make multiple trips if needed. Now we go for one long stretch.

It is definitely a wonderful occasion. Very uplifting and fulfilling — food is great too. Music is invariably divine and the drumming, now becoming a feature of the day, will make your day. Plus, it is free, but you will need some money for the food.

No sooner had I mentioned it yesterday, there was an article about it in the Laconia Daily Sun. It started by saying that ‘The Day’ had just been awarded a ‘Best of NH 2012’ award by the New Hampshire Magazine. That is great. Well deserved. It also had a list of the performers. Here is that list, and if you are wondering we do have a lot of folks from the ‘Balkan’ region in Laconia:

Cinder Conk: Balkan and Eastern European.

Balkan-Romany-Yiddish: Acoustic folk dance music from the Black Sea area

Classical Indian Dance

Robert Tunnaway Turner: Native American flute

Ras Moon and Monsoon: Afro-beat/Reggae

Burundi Drummers

New Horizon Band

The parade starts around 9 or 10. I will post the exact schedule when it becomes available. I will see you there – except, for a rare change, I will not be the only brown face there!

3 thoughts on “Laconia Multicultural Day, NH, September 8, 2012.

  1. Martha Kruse

    Hi Anura. I am the Entertainment Chair for the Laconia Multicultural Festival. I appreciate the encouraging words you wrote for the event. I am hopeful that you can provide me with information from which I can write an introduction for the NH Burundi Drummers. This introduction will be spoken by the Laconia Mayer, Mike Seymour, just before the group’s performance on September 8. I have seen the group perform many times, and from observation I could say how wonderful and compeling the group is to watch. However, for a biographical introduction, it would be nice to have more information. Examples might be: how young is your youngest/older performer; is the drumming that you perform used primarily for ceremonies or is it part of the daily routine; how do you get or make the drums. Any information of this sort that would not be spoken by a group member during the performance – information that tells us something about members or the group – would be helpful.
    Thank you so much,
    Martha Kruse

    1. aguruge Post author

      Thank you for your comment and the great work you do. Martha, I am not associated with the drummers, other than having seen them in Laconia! I don’t know them. They do have a Web site: — but they just have one video. You must have a liaison with them — couldn’t that person call them up. If you are really stuck, I will do what it takes. Give me a phone number or e-mail and I will try to track them down. I was thinking about volunteering, I am a Granite State Ambassador (GSA). So I will do what I can. So let me. My phone number is to your right on the side bar.
      All the best. Cheers, Anura

    2. aguruge Post author

      There was a phone number for them on their Web: 678-665-1684. I called. Got v-mail. I will call again later. I will do what I can to help.
      Cheers, Anura


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