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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.
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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.

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.

Resounding Endorsement to the ‘Red Arrow Diner’, Manchester, NH (Not That They Need One From Me)

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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by Anura Guruge


Click image for the 'redarrowdiner.com' Web site


Given that I am far from being a fussy eater (especially since I stopped being primarily carnivorous) I generally do not rave or disparage eating establishments. Provided that they are not downright rude to me (as was the case once at a pretensions Alton restaurant that did not like the color of my skin), I tend to be an uncomplaining, undemanding, habitually polite, always proper diner that goes out of my way to be pleasant to the servers and generally tip above the norm. Given that for much of my life, when I traveled way more than most, I frequented eateries on a routine basis, I tend not to get too worked up about most restaurants. Kind of ambivalent. But, today was an exception. Part of it was that it was so serendipitous.

We had hoped to go to the Currier Museum in the morning and then see ‘Lorax‘, in 3-D, at 4pm in Concord. Though I had called them up on Friday they forgot to mention that they would be closed on Sunday for Easter! I though about going to Parker’s Maple Barn not having visited it in a decade. But it was Easter and I knew that the wait time would be in hours. So, I drove around Manchester seeing inspiration. I turned into Lowell St. (off Elm) since what used to be my favorite restaurant in NH was on the street — ‘Richard’s Bistro‘ (that has now changed hands with Richard’s retirement). My wife, Deanna, ‘spotted’ the diner. We have drive by it hundreds of times before but had never really taken mush notice of it given its unprepossessing exterior. We all fancied a good meal in a diner. I had pancakes in mind.

It was noon and it was packed. People lined up against the wall waiting for one of the five tables (each capable of seating four). We decided to wait. It was warm and pleasant enough. They had good music. We waited about 25 minutes for a table. The kids were remarkably patient.

The food was exceptional — and coming from me, that means a lot. The portions were generous, it looked it, it tasted right, the prices were realistic and the service divine.

I had their ‘famous’ pork pie with banana pancakes, scrambled eggs and baked beans. It was very good. Deanna, as is her wont, had a BLT with fries. It was huge and had to have been beyond good because she, uncharacteristically, ate it all. Usually we bring some home. Devanee had Belgium waffles (with the works) and Teischan, one fussy and finicky eater, had a Mickey Mouse chocolate chip pancake with bacon. They both cleaned their plates. That is even rarer than Deanna finishing a BLT in one sitting. That alone was memorable to me.

We were served by a bright and cheerful young man. High school student; the owner’s son. He said he loved working their and it showed. All the others were fun too.

Now, this is one place that does NOT need my endorsement. Judging from the pictures and newspaper clippings on the walls, not to mention the name plaques of famous people that had sat in those chairs, they are BEYOND famous. [Al Gore had sat in my seat, which made me happy.] Check them out. You won’t regret it. I am sure of that.

One day I really should also write about Richard’s. I first went there in 1997 having heard about it from a local contact. I was blown away. Over the next decade I frequented it frequently. I got to know Richard who was a wonderful person. I would coax business clients staying in Boston to drive up for dinner there. Without exception all would say that it was well worth the 1-hour drive from Boston! Two well heeled clients, one a CEO from London and another a V.P. from Dallas said it was one of the best meals they have ever had. That is mighty praise. Well, the Red Arrow is a different experience, but to me it ranks among one of the best I have had in a long time. Thank you.