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‘Moosehead Lake’, Maine, In Late April ‘Mud Season’ — Go For The Solitude, Expect Nothing Else.

by Anura Guruge



Having lived on or around ‘Lake Winnipesaukee‘, New Hampshire for 28-years, I had expected the twice-as-big ‘Moosehead Lake‘ in Maine to boast a similar lifestyle. I had always heard that it was hopping ‘year round’. Well, it sure does NOT hop or show much of any type of animation during the last weeks of April — the so called ‘Mud Season’.

We visited (and stayed at a timeshare) in Greenville, Maine — the gateway to ‘Moosehead Lake‘ & the North Country — for 5-days last week, April 23 – 27, 2019. It was my first visit to that area. I had done some Googling and located some interesting restaurants and places to spot moose. But, I was to be severely spoilt and disappointed.

What I had not checked was the population — in terms of people as opposed to moose — up there. I knew it was up there, close to the ‘tundra’ and that it was extremely rural and isolated.

I did not expect it to be dead!

On Tuesday night there was only one restaurant open, the ‘Stress Free Moose‘. It actually had good food, great service, wonderful folks and was rocking. Alas, though, it is primarily a heavy-duty bar with a few tables crammed in. My 13-year old daughter, a restaurant connoisseur, was not impressed nor amused. I liked it, but I do not enjoy not having any choice. I had hoped to eat at “Kelly’s Landing” but like so many other places they were only open Thursday to Sunday.

IF I had checked the human population I would have been better prepared. I had assumed that Greenville, on the southern tip of the Lake would be similar to Alton (where I live) which occupies that spot on Winnipesaukee. Alton’s year round population, however, is 4 times greater. If you include Wolfeboro, 11-miles away from Alton, the year round population in this neck of our Lake is 10 times greater. That, I came to realize, makes all the difference.

There is no Chinese in Greenville or from what I can deduce in Moosehead (town) nor Rockwood. No Chinese. I had never thought about it much, but I guess you can demark civilization based on the presence or absence of a Chinese. I won’t even mention Indian.

There are also NO fast food establishments! No McDonald’s, no Subway, no Dunkin Donuts, no Aroma Joes. I gather the Greenville McDonald’s closed at least a decade ago. How is that possible.

Moosehead Lake, from what I saw, does not have the kind of money that you see around Winnipesaukee or Bar Harbor (Acadia). Nowhere close to the number of multi-million dollar mansions on the water. Far, far less fancy, grand waterfront hotels.

Salubrious is not a word I would associate with the area.

It sure is empty, isolated and rustic.

Though we spent hours looking did not see any moose. Actually a noticeable dirth in wildlife. That we saw no deer was surprising.

This is not to say the trip was a bust. I enjoyed it. Not so much, my 13-year old.

I like solitude and it is pretty desolate up there. Some striking scenery though nothing very different to what we have seen in New England before.

They say that it really rocks in August. I can believe that. But, I think I will stick to Acadia.


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24th Annual JTG Music Extravaganza At Giuseppe’s, Meredith, May 6, 2018: Another Resounding Success.

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Joey Gnerre, Julie Gnerre-Bourgeois’ brother.

Billy Gnerre — Julie’s cousin.

Michael Bourgeois — Julie’s husband.

Paul Luff.

Paul Warnick.

Paul Hubert.

Friend of Paul Hubert.

Another friend of Paul Hubert.


Another OUTSTANDING JTG. It is just amazing. Such a wonderful, warm, fun evening.

Very rewarding and fulfilling both in terms of food, music and bonohime.

We had reservations at 7pm. Usually that is when we leave. But, now Teischan is older and being homeschooled to boot. So, we could stay later. That was good because the acts we like, and have enjoyed over the years, have got pushed back later-and-later as new acts are added earlier in the day.

So, we got to see and listen to our perennial favorites — and they are listed above and below.

We were there till past 9pm when Michael Bourgeois finished his set.

So here are SOME of the pictures I took.

With SINCERE apologies to Rick Page. I just couldn’t reach you behind the drums. Sorry. I TRIED. Honest.


Joey Gnerre.


Michael Bourgeois.


Billy Gnerre.


Paul Luff.


Paul Warnick.


Paul Hubert & Friends.


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Giuseppe’s, Meredith, Sunday, May 6, 2018: 24th Annual JTG Music Extravaganza Is Now Happening.

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Today is the DAY and it has begun and will continue till close to midnight.

A good time will be had by ALL. That is a guarantee.

Yes, of course, we will be there. I have probably been to at least 17 of the 24.

See you there. I gather that there might still be SOME seating available.


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24th Annual JTG Music Memorial Extravaganza, Giuseppe’s, Meredith, Sunday, May 6, 2018 — Program/Schedule.

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Initial heads-up … MAINLY because the JTG, normally held in April, has been pushed back to May because one of the key Bourgeois family members is serving abroad — ‘Bourgeois’, of course, referring to Julie Gnerre-Bourgeois, as in the owner of Giuseppe’s and the daughter of ‘JTG’.

I will keep you posted. Stay tuned.

As always this should be a blast.


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The ‘Elephant Sanctuary’ In Tennessee, Currently With 10 Elephants — Closed To The Public But With ‘Webcams’ Called ‘Elecams’.

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Click image to access the Sanctuary’s Website at ‘elephants.com’ (which is a way cool domain name).


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The Webcam, i.e., Elecam, page. Use link at top to access. By the time I got around to doing this it was close to 9pm (Eastern) and I assume the elephants had gone to bed in that I couldn’t see any activity.


Deanna send me a link to this ‘Elephant Sanctuary‘ this morning and asked me to do a blog post and stress that they have Elicams.

I think I had heard about this sanctuary before, BUT I am more than happy to publicize it since I deeply care about the welfare of all elephants — coming from Ceylon where we have both wild and domesticated elephants, some as pets for the landed wealthy.

Appears it was founded 22-years ago, in its current location, albeit with 1/12th the land, by Carol Buckley and Scott Blais to provide a safe and comfortable refuge for one ex=performing elephant. They have grown since then and have had up to 27 elephants at one time — all of them former circus or zoo elephants. This is great. Unlike in Sri Lanka, where we also have a famous elephant sanctuary, they don’t have to worry about taking care of orphaned baby elephants.

I do get this Tennesse confused with the Ringling Brothers & Barnum and Bailey ‘Center for Elephant Conservation‘ (CEC) for their retired elephants.

The link to this site, http://www.ringlingelephantcenter.com, is NO LONGER working!

I went looking for this site just now and was chagrined to find that the link no longer works! That does not make me happy. I, of course, Googled. Can’t find anything that says it has closed. Maybe they took down the link to avoid cyber and possibly in person harassment by those that have gone after the circus for so long about their elephants. I will have to keep an eye on this.


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Us At The Last Day Of The Ringling Brothers/Barnum & Bailey Circus In Manchester, NH — April 23, 2017.

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From 2 years ago.

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There was NO way we were NOT going to get our picture taken at this SUPPOSEDLY the last performance of ‘THE circus‘ in Manchester.

We were trying to work it this morning as to how many performances we have gone to. It is definitely at least 8 years in a row.

Kind of sad. I, however, think they will be back within 2 years.

Stay tuned. Many more pictures to post.


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Ringling Brothers/Barnum & Bailey May No Longer Have Elephants But The Kora Shrine Circus DOES!

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From their Facebook page (www.facebook.com/korashriners). And I think this is RECENTLY. They had 3 performing today (Saturday) in Augusta.


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From their Facebook page. Looks colorful enough.


From their Facebook page again. I heard that Ringling have stopped doing the human cannonball too!


We were in Maine today, and Deanna’s niece had taken her 3-year old son to ‘the circus‘ in Augusta, Maine.

She was telling us all about it when she casually mentioned that ‘this year’ they had 3 elephants performing — whereas in past years they have only had one perform.

WOW. I grilled her. Appears that there were NO demonstrators, no protests.

Wow.

I checked it out as soon as I got home.

VERY different to Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey.

For a start they do a 9:30am show. That would be good for some kids. I heard, however, that the 9:30am show, in Augusta, on Saturday, April 22, 2017, was not even half full!

Their MOST expensive tickets — reserved seating — is only $12! I am not even going to tell you what we are paying for our tickets, in Manchester, for Ringling Brothers.

The elephant dichotomy seems incongruous.

Was it JUST Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey that were targeted? If so that would be unfair. How do we know that these other circuses treat their elephants any differently?

I need to research this further.


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THE Circus. Ringling Brothers/Barnum & Bailey, Coming To Manchester, NH, For The Very Last Time This Friday.

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circus

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This is going to be SAD.

Yes, of course, we have tickets. {SMILE}

We have been going to this circus, in Manchester, without fail, for the last 7 or 8 years. It was a cherished annual ritual.

I will miss it. It was always fun. Often quite the spectacle.

Yes, we noticed that the audience size kept on shrinking. I worried that they would stop coming to New Hampshire. Never expected them to close shop altogether. Ironically there has been a RUN on the tickets for this last appearance. Typical.

I suspect ‘they’ will be back, in a few years, under another name with a scaled-down operation.

Of course I will let you know how it was.


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April 2017 ‘Pink Moon’ For All Of You Looking For It.

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I lucked out and managed to catch it.

Enjoy!


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April 10/11 Full Moon — Handheld With A Nikon Coolpix P900 .

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With my Nikon P900.
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HANDHELD.

NO post-processing whatsoever.

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