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Chinese Solo By Oyster River School (NH) High Schooler For 2019 Chinese New Year — At UNH.

by Anura Guruge




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This was at the ‘Traditional Tung Oil Paper Umbrella’ event I wrote about yesterday.

It was at the University of New Hampshire, ‘Confucius Institute’ today and they are doing it again tomorrow, January 30, 2019. If you are around please try to attend. It is free.

She and 69 of her classmates are going to China (with National Geographic) this April. She was amazing. Had close 70 folks, having lunch, totally transfixed. The Oyster River Chorus and Band will perform this and other songs in China.


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Teischan, May 18, 2017 ‘Alton Central School’ (ACS) Chorus & Band Concert.

by Anura Guruge


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I had to crop the images to make sure
that nobody else could be seen —
because of privacy concerns.

Taken with my new Full-Frame Sony a7 II.







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Prospect Mountain High School, Christmas 2016, Choir & Band Concert, December 21.

by Anura Guruge


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With the ‘new’ privacy laws when it comes to kids it is getting too complicated to take pictures at events like this — even if they are teenagers, and it is a public event. So, I don’t bother. I take a few pictures of kids I know so I can send them to their parents. I try to take some of mine. At this concert Devanee was perfectly hidden from our view for all the concert. These two peek-a-boo shots were the best I could do.


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Teischan, Christmas 2016 Choir & Band Concert, December 13th.

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“Common Good Soup Kitchen” (& Popovers), Southwest Harbor, Maine — An Inspirational Cause.

by Anura Guruge


A wholesome, modern-day, year-round ‘soup kitchen’ with heart,
in Southwest Harbor, Maine, (adjacent to ‘Acadia National Park‘)
that raises money with ‘As Good As Jordan Pond‘ Popovers,
for breakfast, 
on a donation basis.


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THE MAN himself, “Larry Stettner”. As is my luck I got to meet him, chat with him and he was kind enough to go and find a sheet (reproduced below) that spelled out what his ‘Goodness’ was all about.



The “Common Good Band” playing in the background — and they were GOOD.


Deanna happened to serendipitously stumble upon this heartwarming “Common Good” cause, on Facebook, just before we headed up to Acadia. Since we like popovers and always stop at ‘Jordan Pond House‘ for some (with me even making a v. rare exception to my low-carb diet) we decided instead to give this ‘Cause’ a try on Sunday morning. And aren’t we glad we did so. It was the BEST birthday I have had in years! Everything, starting with the music provided by the Band, was just so uplifting, collegial and bonhomous. Everybody was bending over backwards to be nice, friendly and helpful. The popovers, with maple butter and blueberry jam, were excellent. As good, if not better, than the exorbitantly expensive ones ‘Jordan Pond House’.

Wonderful experience. Getting to meet and chat with founder Larry Stettner was a treat. What a nice person. met some other nice folks too.

This will definitely be a fixture on our future visits to Acadia. I would like to do something sustainable for them. I have some ideas.

In the meantime please make sure that you pay them a visit.


What the “Common Good” is all about by Bill Morrison.

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The “Common Good Band”,
with talented players from both ends of the age spectrum,
was excellent.






They were SO good and it is such a wonderful worthy cause that I ended up buying a hat.

They were SO good and it is such a wonderful worthy cause that I ended up buying a hat.


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PBS’ New “Dancing On The Edge” Is Quite The 1930s British Drama (Made By The BBC).

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When I saw an ad. for the show, on PBS, I wasn’t sure what to expect in terms of a story. Thought it might end up with an anemic story line just as an excuse to showcase a lot of 1920/1930 black jazz music in Britain. But, I went ahead and recorded it BECAUSE we had seen references to such a black jazz band, of that era, both in “Downton Abbey” & “Mr. Selfridge“.

Today we watched Episode 1 (from Sunday). It exceeded all expectations. It was a good story. Illuminating and compelling. Ironically timely too — post Brexit with ‘Hate Crimes‘ on the rise. This episode highlights the persecution and discriminations black encountered in Britain in the 1930s (which in the scheme of things wasn’t that long ago). Goo jazz music too.

More like PBS’ “Call the Midwife” than “Downton” — and that is not a bad comparison. If you liked “Midwife” or “Home Fires” you would love this. Same ‘texture’. We are definitely looking forward to Episode 2 — and by ‘we’, I include my “Downton” & “Mr. Selfridge” connoisseur, 10-year old Teischan.

So definite ‘two thumbs up’ and my toes too for this show.


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Alton Central School Music Teachers At May 26, 2016, District Choral Concert.

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Gregory Neveu [Band/Music Teacher] — in light blue/purple shirt & striped tie.

Melinda Harrison [Music Teacher].

Mike Rieder [Trainee Music Teacher] — in dark purple shirt & diamond-shapes tie.

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Taken with my Fuji X-E2s.
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fujixe2ssmallRelated posts:
1/ 6 Images of the Day, May 26, 2016.
2/ Wesley Raines of Prospect Mountain High School.
3/ 4 videos from the May 26 concert.

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“Enter The Haggis”, Once An Exciting Celtic Rock Band, At The “Flying Monkey”, Plymouth, NH, March 18, 2016.

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A YouTube video, from 2008, clearly showing what they used to sound like
— a bona fide Celtic Rock Band.


flyingmokeylogoWe saw them, maybe 9 to 10 years ago at an New Hampshire ‘Highland Games‘ — one of the three that were not held in Loon. I think we actually went to those games (under protest because we did NOT like the move away from Loon) specifically to see “Enter the Haggis” and our perennial favorites “The Brigadoons“. “Enter the Haggis” did NOT disappoint. They rocked despite having to perform in a dingy, straw strewn barn. We loved them. We wanted to see them again. BUT they never played at the ‘Highland Games‘ again.

Today, I just happened to see in a Concord paper that they were playing at (Alex Ray’s (as in the “Common Man“)) “Flying Monkey” in Plymouth, New Hampshire on Friday, March 18, 2016. Just wanted to share that with YOU. I watched their latest videos on their Website. They have changed, evolved. The Celtic sound, in my opinion, has been compromised BUT I could be wrong. Anywho. They were once big and exciting. IF we have the time (and with the way the stock market is tanking the money) we might go to see them. But, you can go without us. SMILE.


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Prospect Mountain High School, Alton, NH, December 2015, Winter Concert.

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Related posts:
>> ACS December 2015: Band & Chorus.
>> ACS Christmas 2015 Grade 4.
>> ACS Christmas 2014 Grade 3.
>> ACS 2015 District Concert.
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Thursday, December 17, 2015
6:30 pm
Prospect Mountain High School auditorium.

Mixed Choir & Alumni Sing.


As is my wont and weakness I focus — quite literally — on Devanee, though in this case I did do a few pan-outs and also tried to capture Ben Cookinham, particularly during his solo, because he is Devanee’s boyfriend and I kind of like him (though, of course, the two do not necessarily go hand in hand).

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The two videos filmed with my Panasonic Lumix FZ1000.

These were the third set of videos I have shot with this camera, these, the concert the week before, being the first.

I didn’t have the time to set any video-related settings. So these were shot in ‘auto’ mode using the default settings.


Alton Central School (ACS) [NH]: December 2015 Band & Chorus Concert.

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Related posts:
>> ACS Christmas 2015 Grade 4.
>> ACS Christmas 2014 Grade 3.
>> ACS 2015 District Concert.
>> ACS 2015 Grade 3 Wax Museum.

>> ACS West African Drumming
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Tuesday, December 15, 2015
6:30 pm
Prospect Mountain High School auditorium.

Both Elementary & Middle School Bands & Choruses.


I no make no excuses. I was primarily taping Teischan. Sorry.

The school taped the entire concert.

Click images to access the 3 YouTube videos.


Elementary School Chorus Part I, singing ‘Time to Deck the Hall’ & a Hanukkah song in Hebrew and English.


Elementary School Chorus Part II, singing ‘Jingle Bells’ & ‘Chopsticks’.


The two videos filmed with my Panasonic Lumix FZ1000.

These were the second set of videos I have shot with this camera, these, the concert the week before, being the first.

I didn’t have the time to set any video-related settings. So these were shot in ‘auto’ mode using the default settings.