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Milky Way — When Was The Last Time YOU Saw It?

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE and ADMIRE here. From “darksky.org”, a wonderful organization, that is TRYING to fight light pollution — a growing problem in rural New Hampshire.

From ‘darksky.org‘ — click here to access their informative Website.

Do you remember? If you don’t that is very sad and you should try and remedy that ASAHP.

I will confess that I had forgotten how blinking beautiful — and beguilingly mesmerizing — it is!

There is nothing else like it — anywhere.

On Friday, September 2, 2016, on the way to ‘Acadia National Park‘ (for our 3 day visit), I took a detour at 10:30pm to go for a quick (and in my case it is always ‘quick’) run up ‘Cadillac Mountain‘. There were about 15 other vehicles at the top. I got out. The bright lights of ‘Bar Harbor‘ were right in front of I — as I expected.

Then I looked up.


Right across, from horizon-to-horizon, straight-up above me — OUR MILKY WAY.

So beautiful.

I had forgotten the delight of seeing it.

Though it must have been visible when I was growing up in Ceylon I can’t recall it in the context of my childhood.

I know/remember that I only started being aware of the Milky Way when I moved to the United States in 1985 — living in very rural, farm-country Maryland (about 30 miles from a city). I used to love looking up and seeing it.

I know it was visible in Southern New Hampshire when I moved here in September 1986 — again to a very rural area at the time.

But now, though I still live in what is a rural area, on a dirt road, I no longer see the Milky Way. Light pollution is BAD up here. Why people who are afraid of the dark decide to live on dirt roads baffle me. Stay in the City with bright lights. Don’t move next door to me and put up 40 solar powered garden lights.

My New Hampshire Light Pollution map from my June 11, 2016 post. Use link in above text.

My New Hampshire Light Pollution map from my June 11, 2016 post. Use link in above text.



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by Anura Guruge

Revels North (Dartmouth) — Christmas 2015, A ‘Scottish Bash’ — Songbook & Program.

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by Anura Guruge

Related posts:
>> Cambridge 2015
Welsh Revels: Fantabulous.
>> Cambridge 2015
Welsh Revels: Program.
>> Cambridge 2015 Welsh Revels.

>> Christmas Revels North, 2015Scottish Highland Bash.
>> Christmas Revels 2014: RAVE.
>> Christmas Revels 2013 at Dartmouth.
>> Christmas Revels 2012 at Dartmouth.

++++ Search for ‘Revels’ & ‘Cambridge’ for MANY other related posts >>>>

Last week it was Christmas Revels, the ‘Welsh Celebration‘ by Cambridge Revels — and it was, as I had gushed, absolutely fantabulous.

This week it is OUR Revels — Christmas Revels, at the Dartmouth HOP, by Revels North and they are doing a ‘Scottish Bash‘. This really is Christmas for me. Welsh & Scottish Revels a week apart. To I, it does not get any better. Yes, of course, we have tickets. Front Row, Center — aisle (the aisle seat so I can more easily join the “Lord of the Dance”  ‘conga line’. Same seats that we have now had for the last 5 years. I paid a $xx premium in August to make sure I got them this year — $xx because I won’t even tell Deanna what it cost. SMILE.

Of course it will, as is invariably the case, be brilliant, exquisite, uplifting and rewarding. Revels is THE HIGHLIGHT of my Christmas — and Revels North is OUR annual revels.

So, as they did last year, to get us all in the spirit, they have, very thoughtfully and kindly, published the relevant lyrics and a video songbook. And as is always the case with Midas-touch possessed by Revels North they are of very high quality.

Savor and ENJOY.

Welcome YULE!

P.S., They have a section on ‘First Footing‘ and Hogmanay and for those that do NOT KNOW, THIS — this very blog — is now a preferred destination site for all things Hogmanay (as a quick search will testify); I being a seasoned (tall) DARK stranger First Footer in Glasgow for some years. Revels North, bless them, also, as shown in the Songbook do a spirited version of Auld Lang Syne. Again we serve as a font of information about the ‘Auld …‘ and how to do is properly, with your arms crossed.

The Revels North Christmas 2015 ‘Scottish Bash’ Songbook.

Click either image to access YouTube video.

The Revels North Christmas 2015 ‘Scottish Bash’ Program.

Click images to ENLARGE and savor.