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Wolfeboro, NH, ‘First Night’ Celebrations 2013: A Quick Appraisal. It Was Fun. A Curate’s Egg.


Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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by Anura Guruge


Related posts:
1. Wolfeboro, NH, ‘First Night’ Celebrations New Year’s Eve … Worth Going
>>Nov. 29, 2012.
2.
Áine Minogue, Harpist, At Wolfeboro,‘First Night’ … — Nov. 30, 2012.
3.
Wolfeboro, NH, Christmas Tree Lighting, 2012 — Nov. 24, 2012.


It was fun. Great value for $7.
Just the ‘Blues Brothers the Next Generation’
was well worth three times that.

So the rest was gravy. Thank YOU.

The incomparable, HUGELY fun, amazingly talented ‘The Blues Brothers the Next Generation’. They alone made “First Night” Wolfeboro 2013 memorable. Bravo. Thank you. Thanks to them everything else was gravy. As with the proverbial Curate’s Egg there were some very good bits throughout the night. NO we are not affiliated with them, though I wish we were. Yes, I did chat with them and had a ‘Blues Brothers’ + ‘Anu’ picture taken. And yes, I danced in the aisle wearing their ‘Blues Brothers’ black glasses. Click to ENLARGE.



The fireworks, at 5:30 pm & midnight, were both good. The midnight fireworks were the BEST I have seen in 2 years. It only lasted 2 minutes but it was intense. Multiple rockets at a time. None of this one at a time, just to spread it out. It was a finale from the start! Nothing wrong with that. Less than 30 cars at Brewster to see it. No idea how many others saw it from other locations. It was a blast. I think just about 5 waves of rockets. We were right underneath. It was an experience.


Another indubitable hit, Andrew Pinard, Magician extraordinaire. Wow. Wow. Wow. He was good. Kids just adored him. Great act. He is a local. We should support him. As good as acts you see on TV!

Áine Minogue, a great lady. Beautiful voice. Very nice person. Sound system let her down. Felt bad for her. She tried hard. I wish I could have helped her. They should find her a better venue in future and help her set up her sound system.

Tuckermans at 9 were good, and fun. Very clever. Nice act. Shame that they kind of got overshadowed by the the ‘Blues brothers’ — who were on a roll.

Another New Year’s Eve 2012 Option In NH: Santa’s Village, Partybation, In Jefforson, NH.


Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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by Anura Guruge


Related posts:
1. Wolfeboro, NH, ‘First Night’ Celebrations … Nov. 29, 2012.
2.
Á
ine Minogue, Harpist, At Wolfeboro,‘First Night’ … — Nov. 30, 2012.
3. Portsmouth, NH Also Has A ‘First Night’ … — Dec. 7, 2012.
4. New Year’s Eve: Currier Museum … For Kids — Dec. 15, 2012.



I continue to be on the lookout for New Year’s Eve 2012 celebration opportunities in NH beyond those that I have already discussed, that are taking place in: Wolfeboro, Manchester and Portsmouth.

I found another. Santa’s Village, Partybation, in Jefferson, NH. It looks interesting.

I have only been to Santa’s Village once, and that was 2 years ago. I was surprised by how far it was. Beautiful ride, but ‘WoW’. It was like an hour beyond ‘Story Land‘ in Jackson. If I was up there, I might consider the drive. Plus, I know that there are a lot of adults, thanks to fond childhood memories of the place, who love going there. So, this might be an option for them. It is $27 for adults. Seems a tad on the high side given the location. Plus it does not go on until midnight. Finishes at 9pm. So most folks will be on the road at midnight! But, here is a sneak preview.

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Click to access the Santa’s Village Website with the details.

Christmas Revels in Cambridge, MA. Sold Out. But, They Send Greetings For The Winter Solstice. Celebrate.


Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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by Anura Guruge


Past related posts:
1/ Revels North (i.e., Hanover, NH at Dartmouth) and Revels (Cambridge, MA) Doing Same Irish 1907 Christmas Show — Sept. 2, 2012.
2/ Of Course I Know R.M.S. Carpathia, The Setting For The Christmas Revels In Hanover, NH & Cambridge, MA — Sept. 3, 2012.
3/
Christmas Revels 2012 In Cambridge, MA … — Oct. 18, 2012.


Image from their production of ‘Irish Revels’ a board the R.M.S. Carpathia by Cambridge Revels (the ‘mother-ship’ as I refer to them). Got this in my e-mail. Thanks.


For the Dartmouth, NH equivalent.

Celebrating the Winter Solstice.


Another rendition of the haunting "Sussex Mummer's Carol", a celebration of the passing of the Winter Solstice, the traditional ending of all Christmas Revels performances irrespective of geography. See last Solstice post here for the other version. Click image for the YouTube video.

Another rendition of the haunting “Sussex Mummer’s Carol”, a celebration of the passing of the Winter Solstice, the traditional ending of all Christmas Revels performances irrespective of geography. See last Solstice post here for the other version. Click image for the YouTube video.

Rejoice! Jump For Joy. The Winter Solstice Is Upon Us. 6:12 AM On December 21, 2012 In New Hampshire.

Winter Solstice animation.

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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by Anura Guruge


Tomorrow is the shortest day of the year for those of us living in the Northern Hemisphere. It is the Winter Solstice, also referred to as the ‘Southern Solstice’ (because the South Pole faces the Sun) and for obvious reasons ‘December Solstice’.

On the day of the Winter Solstice the Sun, at noon, will be at its lowest point above the horizon for the year — it will also rise at the furthest point Southeast it ever reaches during the year. The sunset that day will also be at the most Southerly point.

The Winter Solstice was a very important day in olden times. On this day the Sun God (Sol) had to be beseeched not to abandon the world, but to come back to start another year … It was one of the most important holidays of the year. ‘Christmas Revels‘ is a celebration of how various cultures dealt with this pivotal day of the year. In the 4th Century Christian leaders morphed the Solstice holiday into becoming Christmas.

Where the Sun rises in the Northern Hemisphere during the year. The Winter Solstice is to the right. Click to ENLARGE.

Where the Sun rises in the Northern Hemisphere during the year. The Winter Solstice is to the right. Click to ENLARGE.

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If you want to be pedantic, ‘solstice’ per se refers to the exact moment when the Earth ‘turns the corner’ in its orbit around the Sun. It is the exact moment when the South Pole is at its closest to the Sun for that orbit. That exact moment is fleeting. Less than a minute. It will occur tomorrow, December 21, 2012, at 11:12 AM G.M.T. For us in New Hampshire, 5 hours behind G.M.T., it will thus occur at 6:12 AM. But, we tend to call the whole day, which could fall on the 20th or 22nd of December, though the 21st is the most common, ‘Winter Solstice’.

Note that the increase in the length of the (or the decrease leading up to the Solstice) is a bit jerky varying between 4 and 5 seconds a day in the above chart. This amount changes over the year. But, the inconsistency remains. It is also worth noting that the increase in the length of the day is not evenly split between sunrise and sunset. There is always some level of asymmetry. January 4, 2013 to January 5, 2015, we gain a whole minute, but the sun rise time is the same for both days. That whole minute has to do with the sun set shifting from 4:24 pm to 4:25 pm (in Concord, NH).


The Solstices and the Equinoxes (when all of Earth get an exact 12 hours of day light) have all to do with the 4 seasons of the Earth, which in turn comes about because of the Earth’s crucial 23.5° axial tilt. That is what causes the two different hemispheres to jut out at the Sun at different angles as the Earth completes its yearly orbit around the Sun. At the Winter Solstice the Northern Hemisphere is further from the Sun, so it takes longer for sunlight to reach it. The following pictures should remind you of what the seasons and the Solstices are all about.

The Earth’s tilt towards the Sun at the Winter Solstice. See how the Northern Hemisphere is tilted back while the Southern is pushed forward (giving them Summer).

Earth’s 4 season per the Northern Hemisphere. The Winter Solstice, when the Northern Hemisphere is furthest from the Sun is at the far right.


So, join me in rejoicing. The shortest day is here. Summer is on the way.

P.S., That the stupid Mayan doomsday fell on the Solstice is not a coincidence.


Click for a YouTube video of 'Susan Cooper' reciting her famous celebratory poem, always sun at 'Revels' performances just prior to the end.

Click for a YouTube video of ‘Susan Cooper’ reciting her famous celebratory poem, always sun at ‘Revels’ performances just prior to the end.


Let us conclude, as does all 'Revels' with the haunting "Sussex Mummer's Carol" and savor this day. Just for the record, I was born an grew up in Ceylon where we have NO seasons! Click for this most beautiful carol from YouTube.

Let us conclude, as does all ‘Revels’ with the haunting “Sussex Mummer’s Carol” and savor this day. Just for the record, I was born an grew up in Ceylon where we have NO seasons! Click for this most beautiful carol from YouTube.

New Year’s Eve 2012: Currier Museum (Manchester, NH), Another Option, At Noon, For Kids.


Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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by Anura Guruge


Related posts:
1. Wolfeboro, NH, ‘First Night’ Celebrations … Nov. 29, 2012.
2.
Á
ine Minogue, Harpist, At Wolfeboro,‘First Night’ … — Nov. 30, 2012.
3. Portsmouth, NH Also Has A ‘First Night’ … — Dec. 7, 2012.
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>> Currier Museum in Manchester, NH – Well Worth A Visit …
>>May 7, 2012.


Click to access the joys of the Currier.

Click to access the joys of the Currier.


It appears, as far as I can see, that Wolfeboro and Portsmouth are the only two places in New Hampshire doing a ‘First Night’. But, hope eternal, I keep on looking for other events. I happened to stumble, serendipitously upon this: Noon Year’s Eve, a celebration aimed at kids 12 hours before the actual eve.

Click to access and read the original.

Click to access and read the original.

It sounds like a lot of fun. It is lovely museum. I, however, don’t think we will make it. Kind of committed, mentally, to Wolfeboro and trying do this also will be too much for all (except me). But, if you have no other plans, and want to do something rewarding with the kids, I would definitely think about this.


Some pictures of pictures on show at the Currier taken by Deanna during our May 2012 visit.
Click to ENLARGE them to FULL SIZE.

Portsmouth, NH Also Has A ‘First Night’ With Ice Sculpture, Battle Of The Bands & Fireworks


Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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by Anura Guruge


Related posts:
1. Wolfeboro, NH, ‘First Night’ Celebrations … Nov. 29, 2012.
2.
Á
ine Minogue, Harpist, At Wolfeboro,‘First Night’ … — Nov. 30, 2012.


Click image to access the ‘ProPortsmouth’ Website with First Night related data, including program, prices etc.


We have, alas, never been to ‘First Night‘ in Portsmouth, NH. Though we all like Portsmouth the prospect of driving back home after midnight on New Year’s doesn’t hold much appeal.

That said, we have been to Portsmouth a number of times of New Years day, January 1; our wedding anniversary. So we have seen what is left of the ice sculptures.

Pretty sure we won’t make it to First Night in Portsmouth this year. We seem committed to Wolfeboro, which has the attraction of offering 2x fireworks and only being 25 minutes away (with no traffic to contend with).

There is a chance we will go to Portsmouth again on January 1, 2013. We will have to do something special. It is our 10th wedding anniversary and so many people said that we wouldn’t last the year, just because we met online and got married 6 weeks to the day, Wednesday to a Wednesday, of first making contact.

Áine Minogue, Harpist, At Wolfeboro, NH, ‘First Night’ Celebrations New Year’s Eve 2012.


Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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by Anura Guruge


Related posts:
1. Wolfeboro, NH, ‘First Night’ Celebrations New Year’s Eve … Worth Going
>>Nov. 29, 2012.
2.
Wolfeboro, NH, Christmas Tree Lighting, 2012 — Nov. 24, 2012.
3.
Wolfeboro Christmas Tree Lighting, 2012, Clearlakes Chorale,

>>Wolfeboro’s Community Chorus Sings Carols — Nov. 24, 2012.


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As I mentioned in my earlier post, I am very partial to harp music, acutely aware that I need to get my fill of the chords down here on earth, while I can. So, I was delighted that there was to be an harpist, Áine Minogue, was scheduled for two one hour slots at the All Saint’s Church (South Main St.) at 6:30pm and 7:30 pm.

Her name intrigued me. ‘Minogue‘ is a name I am familiar with from Sri Lanka. I was also vaguely familiar with the Australian Kylie Minogue from the work that she has done in Sri Lanka. So, I went looking. No, she has no Sri Lankan connections, but I will not hold that against her.

This is her Website. She has some good stuff there. Her slideshow of ‘Avebury, Glastonbury and Stonehenge‘ was a trip down memory lane for me. She has a well stocked ‘Listening Room‘. I listened, some. It was soothing. Mainly Celtic, and there is nothing wrong with that. I do like a bit of classic harp, but I will take what I can. So, I am hoping I will get to see her. Will have to ‘drag’ the kids straight from the parade and the 1st batch of fireworks. Might be able to make the 7:30 IF I bribe them with Chinese! The Church is small. So it could be packed.

Talking of Chinese, I am going to get my Chinese in Wolfeboro. Usually I get it in Alton, but the new owner, as she has made abundantly clear, has a problem. She pays too much in taxes. So I am trying to help out, as I also did with a local insurance company. When it comes to income and business taxes (including the dreaded NH ‘income & dividend‘) you only pay taxes on what you make — sans deductions. So, one way to pay less taxes is to make less money. Now, property taxes on the other hand … That is another story. Might do West Lake. Deanna likes it. Plus it will be the eve of our 10th wedding anniversary. More than likely ‘the sister-in-law’, as she invariably does, might be along. That could be fun. She was adamant that our marriage wouldn’t last, just because we had only known each other for a month!

Wolfeboro, NH, ‘First Night’ Celebrations New Year’s Eve 2012 (i.e., December 31). Worth Going.


Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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by Anura Guruge


Related posts:
1. Wolfeboro, NH, Christmas Tree Lighting, 2012 — Nov. 24, 2012.
2.
Wolfeboro Christmas Tree Lighting, 2012, Clearlakes Chorale,

>>Wolfeboro’s Community Chorus Sings Carols — Nov. 24, 2012.


Click on a picture to ENLARGE it to Full Size.

The hot air balloons were a blast.

A bit like Venice in Wolfeboro. Even I made a mask. It was a a lot of fun. We were in that hall for a good 2 hours.

It was a lot of fun.

The Wolfeboro puppets are a class act. Bravo. I even prefer them to the Hanover butterflies.


To access the official ‘First Night’ Wolfeboro Website … CLICK.


The ‘First Night’ 2012 Wolfeboro, NH events. I scanned this from a paper because I could not find it online. Click to ENLARGE.


Though we had started going, with glee, to the midnight fireworks a couple of years earlier, last year was the first time we bought buttons and participated in the whole ‘First Night’ Wolfeboro experience. It was a blast.

Yes, the weather could not have been better. It, as you might be able to judge from some of the pictures, was balmy. That made a huge difference. Yes, I am going to buy some $7 buttons in the next few weeks. At 50% off they are a deal. At $7 per ‘adult’ you can’t beat it.

The hot air balloon building would appeal to most kids. But, make sure you allocate at least 2 hours for it. [Just so that you know, the hamsters race inside plastic balls! So, if you are hoping to see hamsters charging down lanes like miniature greyhounds, you might be disappointed. Very nice pet show. Teischan and I went last year while Devanee worked on the balloon.]

The parade and fireworks are a must. You can see both without having a button.

The ‘hat & mask making’ is a lot of fun too. We all had a ball.

I am a sucker for (good) harp music. So I am going to try and catch Aine Minogue at the church. Never heard of her. But, since I will not be going to heaven, I need to get my fill of harp music here.

I do have a gripe, a major one at that. Yes, next year I will contact the Committee and see if we can fix it. My gripe. This whole New Year’s Eve party winds down before midnight! Yes, we have the fireworks … but that is it. They need to have at least one hour of partying after that.

Yes, as an adopted Scot who has celebrated Hogmanay in Scotland, I know how to do this in style. I will share my expertise with the relevant folks. You got to do the ‘Auld Lang Syne‘ and the ladies need to be kissed by a ‘tall’ (by Scottish standards, which means 5′ 6″ and above) DARK man. No, I am not volunteering, though this was the reason I used to get invited up to Scotland for Hogmanay. Chimney sweeps are hard to find, and I was reasonably ‘civilized’ and moderately ‘presentable’.

Click to watch Hogmanay in Glasgow, Scotland on YouTube. They have lots more video.

Beaujolais Nouveau Day 2012: The Race To ‘London’, Which Is What It Used To Be All About.


Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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by Anura Guruge


Related posts:
Beaujolais Nouveau 2012: Celebrations In Paris At Midnight
Nov. 15, 2012.

Beaujolais Nouveau 2012: At NH Liquor Stores, Nov. 15, $9.99
Nov. 14, 2012.
Beaujolais Nouveau Day 2012: November 15 — Nov. 12, 2012.
Beaujolais Nouveau 2012, Georges Duboeuf & Others
Nov. 13, 2012.

Click to read the entire story from the ‘Gloucestershire’ site in the U.K.


But, these days tipplers, most likely being snobbish since ‘Nouveau‘ has never been a refined wine, are giving it a miss and just using the day as an excuse to celebrate. I, a great lover of all celebrations, independent of cause, religion or culture, am all for that, but ‘come on’ … lets raise a glass to the ‘Nouveau‘. I plan to do so tonight. I will let you know what I think. Swansea was where I went for my first degree, 1971 to 1974. It was very different then. Just at the start of the upswing.

Click image to read the whole story …

Beaujolais Nouveau Day 2012: November 15, The Celebrations Started In Paris At Midnight. 6 Hours Ago.


Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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by Anura Guruge


Related posts:
Beaujolais Nouveau 2012: At NH Liquor Stores, Nov. 15, $9.99
Nov. 14, 2012.
Beaujolais Nouveau Day 2012: November 15 — Nov. 12, 2012.
Beaujolais Nouveau 2012, Georges Duboeuf & Others
Nov. 13, 2012.





Our turn tomorrow.

Cheers.