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2017 “Laconia Multicultural Festival” Is On Saturday, September 9 — BUT With A Very Limited Program.

by Anura Guruge


2017 Laconia Multicultural Festival Program

Click here to access their official Website — with this program.


2014 Program

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My post on that 2014 Program.


Wow. Wow. Wow!

I was planning to go — given that I have only missed two of the 16 Laconia Multicultural Festivals. Hence why I went looking for the program. Yikes.

Yes, I am very familiar and fond of ‘Sayon Camara‘ — a perennial favorite at both the Concord and Laconia multicultural events. But, ….

Wonder what happened? This is WAY SCALED back. I will have to talk to some folks to get the story.


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Neha Parikh’s Sensational Indian Dancers At Concord (NH) ‘Multicultural Festival’, June 24, 2017 — Part I.

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Anura Guruge Sony a7II Alton Concord New Hampshire Market Days Festival 2017 photos





I had the honor and pleasure of meeting Neha Parikh at the ‘Laconia Multicultural Festival’ in September 2015. Given that I was yet again taking pictures we struck up a relationship and I send her all the pictures I took.

Click image to access the pictures from Laconia.

When I joined the organizing committee for the 2017 Concord ‘Multicultural Festival’ I put forward Neha’s name as a ‘must have’ — before I had checked with Neha whether she would be amenable. Luckily for I and for Concord, Neha, ever gracious and helpful, agreed to participate. The rest is history.

As I always knew Neha’s amazingly talented and dedicated dancers were a HUGE HIT. I heard people talking in AWE as I was taking these picture.

This was a HUGE coup for Indian culture and in particular these dancers. I was PROUD and so happy — particularly so for the parents. Bravo. Kudos. THANK YOU. Enjoy.


Click to access Neha’s Dance Academy Website.


All pictures taken with my Sony a6500. Also see these 30 pictures of the Multicultural Festival.


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I Leading A Chinese Dragon Parade On Concord Main Street During ‘Market Days’ — June 24, 2017.

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Picture by ‘puppylovehotdogs‘ on Instagram.


This was Serendipitous to say the least. Yes, I arranged for this ‘Dragon Parade‘ to take place in Concord for the 2017 ‘Multicultural Festival‘ but I was NOT supposed to he heading it. The plan was that it would be headed by a Chinese who knew how to ‘dance’ the head. And that is how we set off. The tall, lanky gentleman behind me, on the second pole, at the head. I had the second pole so I could tell him which way to go. BUT, the head is heavy and it was windy and holding it up, while being buffeted by the wind, gets hard. So, halfway through we asked me if I would swap. I wasn’t going to say NO. It was a blast and rare honor. Not sure whether I will ever get the chance again. This is the only picture I have. 


This, however, was not the first time I have headed a Chinese Dragon Parade. I had done it, in 2015, with this same dragon, at the UNH ‘Confucius Institute‘, Chinese New Year Miaohui (Temple Fair) celebrations.


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Concord (NH) ‘Multicultural Festival’, June 24, 2017 — 30 Picture Sampler.

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I was part of the organizing committee and a sponsor.

MORE to come. I took 657 pictures.

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Anura Guruge Sony a7II Alton Concord New Hampshire Market Days Festival 2017 photos





It was a BLAST. Had a lot of fun. Got to be at the head of the dragon, by coincidence, we we brought it into the State House Lawn. That was a thrill.

My Garmin Vivoactive HR said that I did 17,000 steps while at the festival. That is more than when I go running!


All pictures taken with my Sony a6500. Also see these 7 pictures taken in Concord today.


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The Picture Of The Day (Sony a6500) + 6 Also-Rans — June 24, 2017.

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Anura Guruge Sony a6500 Alton flowers Summer New Hampshire


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Concord (NH) ‘Market Days’, June 22, 2017 — 30 Picture Sampler.

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Day 1 of Concord’s duly vaunted ‘Market Days 2017‘ or ‘Market Days Festival 2017‘, if I were to use the full moniker. The weather could not have been any better. Low 80Fs, sunny skies and nice breeze. Concord, always an attractive city, was resplendent. At its majestic best. Colorful, cheerful, moderately crowded and full of good cheer.

We were there for about 3.5 hours, in the afternoon, starting at 2pm. It was good. We went last year too and I will be there on Saturday, for the ‘Multicultural Festival‘ — I a Committee Member and Sponsor.

IF you are around the next two days definitely make it down to Concord. You will enjoy it.


All pictures taken with my Sony a7 II. Also see these 7 pictures taken in Concord today.


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“Concord Multicultural Festival” 2017 (June 24) — My Banner For The “NH Community Table”

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2.5′ x 4′ vinyl banner from VistaPrint. Cost me, all told, with shipping, $16.

The three pictures are ones that I took last year.

Vistaprint sure does make things easy. I used a template for this that allowed me to use three pictures.

I am impressed. Good colors. Thanks Vistaprint.


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“Concord Multicultural Festival” 2017 (June 24) — The Range Of Food (So Far)!

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Impressive and mouth-watering list already,
and there are a couple more vendors to be finalized.

So, this is GREAT.

Bring your appetites. You are going to need it.
The food, as ever, will be very reasonably priced.

Here is the link to the official Website.


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Super Cool, Painted Tree Branch Sculpture In Barrington, New Hampshire.

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This was the artist behind this. Click image to access his BREATHTAKINGLY amazing Website. Wow. Wow. Wow.


I went to UNH (Durham) to meet with my friends at the ‘Confucius Institute‘ to discuss the logistics for their involvement in the upcoming, June 24, 2017, ‘Concord Multicultural Festival‘. Saw these, on Route 125 on the way out. Though, as usual, I had my camera, in this case my new Sony a7 II, right at hand, on the passenger seat, I did not stop but made a mental note to do so on the way back. And I did.

Appears to be a project by the Barrington Middle School (BMS) and this amazing artist Mark Ragonese. I had never heard of him BUT glad I was able to read his name on one of my photos. {SMILE} There are many benefits I derive from taking these pictures. {SMILE}

Enjoy. This has INSPIRED me. I would like to try this.


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“Concord Multicultural Festival” 2017 (June 24) — I Am Now A Sponsor As Well As A Volunteer.

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I am right at the bottom. {SMILE}

I am sponsoring some of the tables.

Here is the link to the official Website.


This is neat. I am happy to be involved and helping.

Lot to do over the next 6 weeks.

I will keep you posted.


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