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‘Revels North’ (Lebanon, NH) Christmas Revels Is This Weekend, December 21 — 23, 2019.

by Anura Guruge



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I got hooked on ‘Revels‘, over 20-years ago, THANKS to ‘Revels North‘ (those days (actually until quite recently) at the HOP @ Dartmouth). We used to make a pilgrimage to Dartmouth, every December, to see ‘Revels’. Towards the end I started making a point of getting us front row seats. Became a tradition. Enjoying ‘Revels North’ from the front row. Saw some INCREDIBLE shows with them. Thank YOU ‘Revels North’.

We enjoyed ‘Revels’ so much that I started looking around for other shows and discovered the ‘mothership’ — ‘Revels’ in Cambridge. We started going to BOTH. That was a blast.

Going to Cambridge is quite a trip for us, especially in mid-December, in the dark, with all the rush-hour traffic. So, during the last few years we decided that one 90+ minute trip (oneway), just ahead of Christmas, for ‘Revels’, was enough. So, I have to confess, we sacrificed ‘Revels North’ and started going exclusively to Cambridge. I feel bad and guilty. ‘Revels North’ is a GREAT outfit.

Their shows are this coming weekend. We, however, are going to Cambridge, this week. Have front row — balcony seats.

But, I wanted you to know about ‘Revels North’. Check them out. You will enjoy their show and find it very rewarding.


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Did YOU Get Tickets For Christmas ‘Revels 2019’ (Cambridge) — I Did, Front Row And All (As Ever).

by Anura Guruge


Click image to buy tickets. Tickets still available. Mind you, NOT as good as mine! SMILE.


I had tickets, bought & PAID, 4-minutes
after they went on sale!

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Buying tickets for Christmas Revels the DAY they go on sale to the public has been a cherished, yearly ritual for at least the last 8-years. It used to be for ‘Revels North‘ (at Dartmouth) and it had to be the front row.

The last few years we have been going to the ‘mothership’, the original Revels in Cambridge, Mass at the incomparably beautiful Sanders Theatre. We like the center balcony seats. At first I only managed to get the 2nd row — which wasn’t bad. But, I wanted to very front row. Last year I succeeded! I had my finger on the button at 12:00 so I can get in. Obviously MEMBERS had been able to buy tickets for a ‘month’ prior to I so quite few seats were gone.

This year was going to be difficult. We were in Maine for a wedding. We would have been checked out of the hotel by noon, so it was IMPERATIVE that we were somewhere with reliable Wi-Fi well ahead of noon. We went to my sister-in-law’s place. I had all the credentials (URL, passwords, seat numbers) in TRIPLICATE — on paper & electronically. I do not take chances. Worked out. SMILE. More seats had been booked by members this year than last. But, I still snagged 5 front row seats. They are good. We are happy. We already know who is seated where!

I am happy. See you there. Cheers.


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Did YOU Get Tickets For Christmas ‘Revels 2018’ (Cambridge) — I Did.

by Anura Guruge


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I had tickets, bought & PAID, 3-minutes
after they went on sale!

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Buying tickets for Christmas Revels the DAY they go on sale to the public has been a cherished, yearly ritual for at least the last 7-years. It used to be for ‘Revels North‘ (at Dartmouth) and it had to be the front row.

The last few years we have been going to the ‘mothership’, the original Revels in Cambridge, Mass at the incomparably beautiful Sanders Theatre. We like the center balcony seats. The last few years I have only managed to get the 2nd row — which isn’t bad. But, I wanted to try for the very front row.

The tickets went on sale, to the general public, at 12:00pm today, Saturday, October 20, 2018. It was on my online calendar for the last 2-days.

I made sure that I completed my 3.5-mile run early just to be on time. I was at my computer, ready to go, at 11:40am. By 11:55am, I was logged on — credit card in hand.

Right at noon, as soon as the ‘BUY’ button appeared I was on it. It took a few seconds for it to respond. No messing around. I knew exactly what 4 seats I wanted. Went straight for them — like a laser. Snagged them. No messing around. Paid for them.

All done in 3-minutes. I am sure I was one of the first to buy tickets. I am happy. See you there. Cheers.


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‘The Island Inn’, Monhegan Island, Maine — The Ins & Outs (But All Good).

by Anura Guruge


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Our Room; #27 on the 2nd floor.

That is Teischan waving at me from the window …




THE VIEW


The interior …


Some of the art.


Staying at ‘The Island Inn‘, on the waterfront of Monhegan Island, Maine, is, without caveats a glorious experience.

We stayed there for two nights, July 26 – 27, 2017, and loved every minute of it.

The setting, the service and the sense of serenity is exceptional.

It is not the most luxurious hotel I have stayed in, but it is hard to beat in terms of what it offers in terms of views, coziness, comfort and laid-backness.

There are really NO negatives about this ‘Inn’. The only thing that maybe they should do better is catering for kids during dinner — but then, again, I have to confess that Teischan is a fussier/pickier eater than most.

As far as I am concerned it is all good. I would go back in an heartbeat. Would love to stay there longer (but at over $400 a night (with taxes) it is quite an indulgence).

It is different, not in a good or bad way, but in interesting ways. So, my goal here is to share with you some of these interesting differences.

>> There are no TVs in the hotel, in the rooms or in the public areas. Yes, no TV. Not a problem, and quite cute — just different. [Yes, they do have TV on the island via satellite.] The Wi-Fi, despite what they say on their Website, is NOT BAD at all, at all. I have had worse, much worse in hotels — just even in the last year. So, you can, of course, check the news and watch the stock market. But, as I was chatting with a few, it must have been strange and difficult on 9/11 (since they did not have Wi-Fi at the time). It appears that that was indeed the case, especially with some New Yorkers staying at the hotel at the time.

>> The rooms have NO balconies. I should have noticed that on the pictures of the Web. But, I didn’t. The view from the window was amazing and they do have a fire escape that you can go upon to take in the scenery and take some pictures.

>> There is no coffee machine or microwave in the room, but they do have complimentary coffee, in the lobby in the morning. I did not see an ironing board, iron or hairdryer BUT I was not looking for them.

>> There are no clocks or alarms in the rooms, and the clocks on the mantle downstairs were ornamental as opposed to timepieces. Time is not meant to be of consequence while you are on the Island, though, alas, this is no longer possible since everybody (I the lone exception) is permanently tethered  to a mobile phone.

>> Our room was big enough, even with three of us and a cot. The attached bathroom was spacious, airy and had a million dollar view. [Some rooms do not have a full bathroom. Given that freshwater is scarce they send most of their laundry, in large hampers, to the mainland, daily. That is expensive.]

>> The included, full breakfast, with à la carte eggs and pancakes, in addition to a very good buffet is excellent. Really good.

>> The dinner menu is sophisticated and the food was wonderful. Would eat there every night. A bit limited for kids.

>> The service is impeccable, extremely friendly and helpful.

>> The freely available water, from their private well, in very congenial glass tumblers was always welcome after hiking around the Island.

So, now you know what to expect. IF you can you really should spend a few nights at this Inn. It will change your life, for the better.


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Egg Rock Lighthouse, Acadia, Photographed From Bar Harbor — 4 Miles Away (With A Nikon P900)

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Acadia's 151′ Schooner "Margaret Todd" Anura Guruge Nikon P900




These were shot from the balcony of our room at the ‘Wonder View Inn‘ with my Nikon P900. I checked the distance on a map. Straight line it is close to 4 miles.

Read this post for more about Superzooms shots with the Nikon P900 during this last trip to Acadia.


I have been by the Egg Rock Lighthouse by boat.

So, I do have some real close-ups. That was in June 2015 with a Canon T3i.


And this was in the June 2017 trip, shot from ‘Schooner Head‘ (one of our favorite haunts) with my Sony a7 II.


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