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A Happy 4th Of July 2019 — From The Brits.

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Trump Intends To Outdo The Vatican This Christmas With BIGGEST EVER Nativity Scene & Tree.

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Trump wants 2019 — ahead of the 2020 presidential elections — to be remembered as a year of CELEBRATIONS. The mighty preparations for the HUGE parade and party, in D.C., for the 4th of July, is already well under way. May World leaders, including Russia’s Putin, have already been invited.

Now, Trump wants to finish off the year with an over-the-top Christmas extravaganza. One that will be talked about for CENTURIES to come. He wants it to be the BIGGEST and BOLDEST ever. Even bigger than the first one. Cost is not going to be an issue. No, the poor taxpayers are NOT going to be paying. It is going to be easily, but lavishly, funded by Trump’s many rich friends and followers.

This will be quite the thing. D.C. will be mobbed.


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Political Fourth (4th) of July 2016 Google Doodle — Highlighting The ‘Now Under Threat’ National Parks.

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Some of you who are not political junkies, like I, may not realize that the entire U.S. ‘National Park Service‘ ideal is under threat from Trump who plans to drastically cut funding and ‘de-classify’ many of the currently protected ‘National Monuments‘.

This Doodle, from invariably ‘Politically Correct‘ and very Liberal Google appears to be taking a dig, quite rightly, at the present Administration in D.C.


4th of July Google Doodles from years past.

2016 — A Festive 4th.

2015 — unique in that it did not have the word ‘Google’ in it.

2014.

Prior years.


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Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, Monday, July 4, 2016 Fireworks.

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These the 2016 4th of July fireworks were not really up-to-par by Wolfeboro4th of July” or “First Night” standards. There were just 2 people lightning the fireworks and they appeared to be struggling — even before the show started, given that it was about 8 minutes late.

As always Wolfeboro spends decent money to get some good, spectacular ‘rockets’. The problem, always, is that of setting them off. We, in Wolfeboro and Alton, continue to persevere with manual ‘set-off’ rather than computer-controlled ‘automatic firing’. And that really was the problem in Wolfeboro this year. The display was sporadic, erratic and lacked rhythm. It was actually pretty painful waiting for the rockets to be fired — in ultra slow-motion. But the display was good.

I took over 370 pictures with the Fuji X-E2s. I mercilessly whittled it down to 277. I am sharing just 18 of these — for now. I can’t even claim that these are the best 18. Just 18 that I kind of grabbed at random. [Sorry. Crazy busy.]

Enjoy.

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All 277 usable pictures I took.


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Alton, New Hampshire, Sunday, July 3, 2016 Fireworks.

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It was ‘OK’. Let’s just say (and I say this as a taxpayer) that Alton doesn’t believe in spending too much money on the ‘4th of July’ fireworks. The “Alton Old Home Day” fireworks, in August, tend to be better (but again we are not talking Weirs, Wolfeboro or Meredith, let alone Portland (Maine) or Boston (Massachusetts). [The ‘original’ Boston does not do July 4th fireworks.]

But fireworks are fireworks and I am a sucker for them. So we always go. It is always fun and that it was last night. Great weather (especially compared to last year when the 4th of July fireworks were on the 12th of July). Wasn’t packed but there was a respectable crowd. Parking wasn’t bad. We got there about 8:45, parked in our normal ‘area’ and walked down the hill. Watched the fireworks, as usual, from our spot on the bridge. I took about 275 pictures with the Fuji X-E2s and the whittled it down to 183.

Two things were different this year. As you can see from some of the pictures it wasn’t as dark (down the Bay as it normally is). We had a nice orange backdrop when the fireworks started. That was cool and sure made a difference to my pictures. The second change was the always much anticipated FINALE. They did not, as is customary, ‘paint the heavens’ and create ‘rolling thunder’. Instead, it was a mainly-white, low level ‘sparkler’ display. It was OK. Different. You can see it in the YouTube video.

I stitched together the 183 usable pictures I got, from the Fuji X-E2s, into a YouTube photomontage and set it (what else to) Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture. The pictures are in chronological order. So you should get a good feel. Enjoy.


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Festive Fourth (4th) of July 2016 Google Doodle — Marking American Pastimes.

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4th of July Google Doodles from years past.

2015 — unique in that it did not have the word ‘Google’ in it.

2014.

Prior years.


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>> 2016 June solstices.
>> Karl Landsteiner.

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“Annie and the Orphans”, Wolfeboro (N.H.), July 2, 2016 — Another Stupendous Success!

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Mr. “Annie” himself, the incomparable musical genius, Anatole Paquette.

Bob McNab, on bass, accompanying Annie for over 50 years!

Roy D’innocenzo, lead guitar and ‘Music Director’.

Scott Groleau on sax.

Peter Previte, the “Wildman” (nice guy), on keyboards.

Steve Giotas on the drums.

With a guest appearance from an aged elvis.

And as ever there it was FIREWORKS though Wolfeboro’s official pyrotechnics are on July 4th, not July 2nd.

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Another magical, enchanted, GLORIOUS evening in picture-postcard (waterfront) “Cate Park“, in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire — the ‘Oldest Summer Resort’ in the U.S. — with the incomparable, ever delightful “Annie and the Orphans“, now in their 52nd year! It was another perfect ‘4th of July’ weekend in Wolfeboro — a tad windy, but warm enough and no precipitation for miles. This has become quite the tradition. “Annie and the Orphans“, at Wolfeboro, in perfect weather, on the ‘4th of July’ weekend .

How they do ‘IT’, year after year, is just amazing. It was ‘packed’ as usual. The crowd (including us (of course)) just adores them. Revels in the music and joy they create. You can feel the enjoyment in the air. It is palpable. They really should find a way to BOTTLE their magic. Other groups will pay big bucks to enjoy anything close to this success, adoration and following.

We all rocked on well past the advertised 9pm. There were ‘unofficial’ fireworks in the background. It was so, so much FUN. 

I have raved about “Annie and the Orphans” for so many years that I really am lost for new things to say. They continue to be brilliant — and they are in their 52nd year. I have been following them for 20 years and Deanna for longer.

It was a wonderful evening. Really set you up for the Holiday weekend. And they will be in Alton soon. Can’t wait.

Thank YOU “Annie and the Orphans”. You indeed are a N.H. Lakes Region TREASURE and INSTITUTION.


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How They Celebrate The 4th Of July In Britain — Brexit Or No Brexit.

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Portland, Maine, ‘Stars & Stripes Spectacular’, July 4, 2016: Just The Symphony, No “Don McLean”.

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Concert schedule from
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Don McLean’s famous, evocative appearance was in 2014.

Though there were ‘rumors’ that he would appear in 2015 that was not to be the case. The guest star was Suzanne Nance — and due to bad weather they had to push back the ‘Spectacular’ to July 5th.

Appears that this year it is just the highly rated and very accomplished “Portland Symphony Orchestra“. 


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2016 4th of July Weekend, Alton & Wolfeboro, NH: Fireworks, “Annie and the Orphans”, “Echo Tones” & Parade.

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2016 July 4th Weekend Schedule

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Annie and the Orphans
at Cate Park, July 2, 2016.

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Alton, Sunday, July 3, 2106 Fireworks.

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