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Dartmouth’s HopFest, July 20, 2012: Was A Blast! It Really Rocked. Darmouth As Ever Delivered, As Promised.

Click for the official Web site.

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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by Anura Guruge


Prior posts on HopFest:
1/ June 7, 2012.
2/ July 18, 2012.

The flyer we got in the mail in June looked promising. I have always had great luck with events at Dartmouth (or locale, with Teischan having been born at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical) and I have, over the years, going back to 1998, seen some great shows at the Hopkins Center – a ‘Gypsy Caravan’ show, for ever, altering my tastes in music. Given that we planned to be there on Friday, for the opening ceremony (WITH CAKE), we decided to volunteer as well. That worked out great. David D. Lloyd, of the Hopkins Center, who coordinated the volunteers was outstanding. When he learned that I was a Granite State Ambassador he assigned Deanna and I to the Information Booth, Deanna from 3 to 6pm, and I from 6 to 9pm. That worked out great. It was next to the stage so in addition to getting to interact with some wonderful folks, including some of the members of Filligar, the first band on the stage, and we didn’t miss out on any of the amazing music. [More on Filligar in a minute.]



We saw and heard: the Asphalt Orchestra, Filligar, Matuto and Pine Leaf Boys. They were all extremely good. The Asphalt Orchestra was good, uplifting music, performed with great vitality. They were a great way to get things moving. Filligar was refreshingly contemporary and the kids thought they were the cat’s whiskers. Nicest bunch of guys I have met in a long time, especially Johnny, the youngest of the three brothers (the other two twins), all graduates of Dartmouth, with whom I got to have a long and relaxed chat while we were both ‘working’ the info book; he promoting the band merchandize. Matuto was a hit. Very compelling, visceral music. They had the crowd on their feet. Deanna was up there dancing. I like Cajun music, so enjoyed the Pine Leaf Boys and we all enjoyed playing with their puppy.

There was a lot of crafts for the kids. They enjoyed it. We got to meet our ‘friends’ from Revels North. I even put on their jester costume. Lots of free stuff.

The food was good. Samosaman was late arriving due to car trouble. But, I still managed to get one before we left. It was good; chicken and cheese. So a good time was had by all.

This is supposed to be a one-off, to celebrate the 50th birthday of the Hopkins Center. I was urging them that this should be an annual event. It should pay for itself. Thank YOU, Dartmouth. Thank you, David. Thank you Johnny of Filligar.

Dartmouth’s Free HopFest, July 20 – 21, 2012: Map and Schedule

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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by Anura Guruge


Prior post on HopFest — June 7, 2012.

Click for the official Web site.


The map and events schedule at the Dartmouth site is ‘printed’ on a 8.5″ x 14″ page. That 14″ height makes it difficult to print, especially as it is a PDF. So I am providing images that might print better. Click on image … and at bottom right click on ‘show at full size’. Hope this helps.

Wolfeboro, NH, ‘Fairy Land Festival’ On Saturday, July 7, 2012

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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by Anura Guruge



Deanna found out about it, serendipitously, two days prior to the event on one of her NH Parenting bulletin boards. We are glad we heard about it because it would have been a shame to have missed it.

It truly was enchanting. The creativity was astonishing. Kids found it magical. It was a great event.

Kudos to the Wolfeboro Area Children’s Center. I was impressed. I went and talked to some of the organizers and found that this was their second show — the first having been last year.

I will definitely make a point of giving this event some publicity next year. So stay tuned.

I guess this will now go on our list of annuals alongside the Laconia Multiculutral Day, the Highland Games, Barnum & Baily circus, Revels etc.

Dartmouth’s Free HopFest, July 20 – 21, 2012 Looks Beyond Compelling

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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by Anura Guruge


Click image to access Dartmouth site for Hopfest


We are hoping we can make it — at least for one of the days. We are great fans of all things Dartmouth. We do go to events at the Hop which is how we got notified of this event. I just listened to two of the bands. They sound great. Might be another event that goes on our annual calendar alongside: Revels, Plymouth Education Theater Collaborative play, Laconia Multicultural Day, Highland Games, Barnum & Baily circus …

We Are Going to Dralion by Cirque du Soleil at the Verizon Arena Manchester

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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by Anura Guruge



We are off to see Dralion by Cirque du Soleil at the Verizon Arena Manchester. In the end we could not resist and the kids really wanted to see it.

He are hooked. Just a few weeks ago we saw Mystère in Las Vegas. To say it exceed expectations would be inadequate. The kids are veterans of Barnum & Baily and the Big Apple Circus. I have seem circuses all over the world. But, this was special.



I am not sure why but Mystère was my first Cirque du Soleil experience. It isn’t as if I don’t go to big shows and there was a time when I was in Vegas, albeit on business, at least 3 times a year. Yes, I do remember that in 1996 or 1997 I was given tickets for Mystère in Vegas but couldn’t make it because I had other things to do. So we are kind of trying to catch up. After a quick chat with the kids we decided we will still go to see Barnum & Baily, at the Verizon, per our annual tradition, in September — always the last show of the trip, on Sunday so we can stay to watch the elephants walk to the train.

The Verizon is small enough that you don’t need expensive seats. So you don’t have to spend a real lot of money — though Cirque shows are, alas, expensive. Tickets in Manchester are much cheaper than the cheapest seats in Vegas, even through vegas.com, which I will henceforth recommend. They do deliver.