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My Chinese New Year 2019 Picture At The ‘Confucius Institute’ At UNH (N.H.).

by Anura Guruge

Click to ENLARGE. With Yaling Liu, the new Director of the Institute (left) and the husband & wife umbrella making masters from China. Due to language incompatibility I never got to know their names though we interacted much.

This was following the extremely successful traditional Chinese umbrella event at the UNH ‘Confucius Institute‘ on Tuesday, January 29, 2019.

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Well, I have been celebrating Chinese New Year with the good folks of the UNH ‘Confucius Institute‘ for quite a few years. Here are some other pictures from years past — and note that I wear the same red-themed outfit each year! Consistency is one of my many faults.

Happy New Year — the ‘Year of the Pig’.

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‘Fiddler on the Roof’, By Brewster Academy, In Wolfeboro, Friday, Feb. 19, 2016 — Absolutely Brilliant.

by Anura Guruge

Brewster Academy,
Anderson Hall,
Wolfeboro, New Hampshire
Friday, February 19, 2016.

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Attribution WILL be enforced.

I (and I am sure there are others who feel the same about this as I) will not use ‘Brilliant’ when it comes to ‘Fiddler on the Roof‘ unless it was hard earned and eminently deserved. The Brewster performance, with ‘kids’ in all the leading parts, definitely met this criteria and others to boot. It was a wonderful, uplifting, spirited performance with nary a flaw in sight. I will confess to being somewhat of a ‘Fiddler’ aficionado. It is probably my all time favorite musical. I have seen it on Broadway, on the big screen and have the DVD (which we as a family have watched a number of times). Yes, I was a tad leery about going. I was worried that a school production might not do it justice. I should not have worried. They aced it. The ‘kids’ did a marvelous job and I was very impressed and delighted. I was so proud for their parents. What an achievement.

Isaac Weiss-Meyer, who played Tevye with aplomb, is going to go far. That kind of talent and commitment can never be kept contained. I gather he intends to study drama in College. I am sure he will be starring in Hollywood within the decade. Mark my word.


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Though we know a few kids that attend Brewster none of them (alas and alack) were in this excellent production. But we did know the Director, Music Director & Choreographer, Guinevere Hilton, Andy Campbell and John Ling respectively. Andy, of course is the Music Director of Clearlakes Chorale (in which Devanee has been a member for 4 years (or more)), Guinevere is Andy’s wife and we know John from ‘Northeastern Ballet‘ (from Teischan’s time with them). So knowing these three pivotal figures was neat. I captured the cast (from Brewster’s Website) and saved it for posterity (as a part of this blog). So if you want to see who was in this great play click here for a small, clean and safe PDF (or click the image).

A year ago, Feb. 20, 2015, we went to see Brewster’s production of ‘Grease‘. That was very good and we recognized some kids from last year. I think “Fiddler” was even superior because in my (biased) opinion it is much of a sophisticated and faceted musical, ‘Grease’, to me is like a plain ice cream cone kiddie size, while “Fiddler” is a full-blown ice-cream sundae with all-the-works and lots of sprinkles.

I took a lot of pictures using my Panasonic Lumix FZ1000. I am not going to try and publish them all here. Let me do it in batches as I have doing with the Philadelphia New Year’s Day 2016Mummers Parade‘.

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Exclusive Update On ‘Ten Cricket’ In U.S.A. From ZEE/Asia TV USA.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.tenlogo

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Yesterday afternoon, around 4:15, the phone ran. It was a Akhilesh Gupta, the Director of Content Distribution for Asia TV USA — the ZEE Network affiliate in the U.S., based out of Manhattan. TEN Cricket is owned by ZEE.

Mr. Gupta had seen my rant about us in the U.S. losing TEN Cricket (other than for the short, online ‘clips’ on ESPN 3).

Mr. Gupta and I had an extremely pleasant and very productive conversation. I was very impressed, He was very forthright and gave me a lot of information — much of it which I will not share because it was of a sensitive nature.

I explained to Mr. Gupta the pain that us U.S. cricket fans are feeling. He understood. But, I think I managed to get through to him that ESPN 3 is not the answer to our needs.

The bottom line, as some of us had already deduced, is basic economics. Obtaining rights to major sporting events is not cheap. Networks have to recoup that money — as NBC clearly demonstrates every 2 years with the Olympics.

The issue in the U.S. is STILL the lack of adequate demand for PAID subscription.

It is a story that I am so familiar with and suffer in my own right. The Internet coupled with piracy (from Asia) is undermining so many ventures. It was like music and Napster.

Though we in the U.S. have a burgeoning population of cricket lovers many are unwilling or UNABLE to pay for it. I know that first hand. I don’t know many Sri Lankans in the U.S. or Canada. But, the few I know never subscribed to Willow or TEN. They watched cricket, for FREE, on the Internet. That is the problem. Many, and I know the same is true with Indians, have to be ‘careful’ with their expenditures because they send money back home. Kind of money. If you recall the people who advertised the MOST on cricket channels in the U.S. were the likes of XOOM.come, i.e., those that transfer money from the U.S./U.K. to India! So understandably the folks living in the U.S., to use a lovely expression from N.H., are ‘close to their dollar‘. You can’t have your cake and eat it too. IF we want something better than cricket on ESPN 3 we have to pay the piper. Simple as that.

According to Mr. Gupta, ZEE in the U.S. is exploring offering an ‘Over-the-Top’ (OTT) set-top, Internet powered solution. I think it might be this IPTV solution I talked about on June 15, 2013. Mr. Gupta is trying to see if he can get me an OTT box to try out. IF SO, I will, of course, keep all of you posted on my experience. IF it is a viable solution we will have to PULL TOGETHER to make that box a success in the U.S. So the first step is to try and get my hands on one.

I am in touch with Mr. Gupta by e-mail. I also have his phone number. This is good. Finally, WE, i.e., us cricket fans in the U.S., have a credible contact at ZEE.

I will keep you all posted. Thank Mr. Gupta. He did good.

Thank you Mr. Gupta.

The Hopkins Center 2013/2014 Program Preview On July 18, 2013. It Was Entertaining & Educational. Glad We Went.

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Margaret Lawrence, director of programming at the Hopkins Center for the Arts,

Margaret Lawrence

This multimedia presentation preview really brought the Hopkins’ published program vividly to life – just like a movie trailer for the upcoming season.

It was very well done by Margaret Lawrence, the Director of Programming for The Hop. She was impressive. I couldn’t find too much about her on the Web but I suspect that she has some thespian in her. Her summaries of each act, done without continually looking at notes or using a teleprompter, were succinct, incisive, insightful and revealing. As some one who has done a ton of public speaking I appreciate those that can present information from memory. Well done.

I learned a lot about performers and acts that I had seen in the Program but was not familiar with.

The British “The Tiger Lillies” was one. They look like a load of (adult) fun.

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Click to access YouTube video.

The kids were suitably impressed with this DJ Trio: A Tribe Called RedSince I can pass as Navajo among Navajo (albeit when I am closer to 190 than 165) I am quite partial to this music too. It is a standing room only jam. We might go.

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So this was just a start. I won’t go through all the acts in this post. I will hit them sequentially over the weeks.

But some shows are already selling out!

So, you better check the Program and do so quick.


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Laconia Airport (NH), 2nd Annual Open House, FREE Admission, On Saturday, June 8, 2013. Promises To Be Lots Of Fun. Please Try To Attend.



 ..by Anura Guruge

Here is a message from Don Carron,
WinnAero Program Director & ACE Academy Director

Some of the proceeds from this Open House are going to WinnAero to help fund ACE Academy scholarships. At this time, we are unable to honor all requests for scholarships. Your participation and a successful event will help us raise the funds we need to help everyone who asked for tuition assistance.

WinnAero will be conducting a variety of activities for children. When you arrive, look for me in that area. Let me know you are on site, I’d love a chance to meet you before ACE Academy. If you have the time, you can help out with some of the activities. If you’re an ACE Alumnus, please wear your ACE shirt. I hope to see you all at the Laconia Airport 2nd Annual Open House.

Dan Caron

WinnAero Program Director & ACE Academy Director
Technology/Engineering Education, Bedford HS
“Engineering & Aerospace Education”
(603) 544-3190

Integrative STEM Curriculum & Professional Development
EbD-STEM Professional Development/Curriculum Associate/Author
NH AFA/Thyng Chapter VP Education Programs (2004 Teacher of the Year)

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Handel Society, “St. Matthew Passion”, May 2013: A 3 CD Set Will Be Available For $25.



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We so enjoyed this concert on Sunday that I was anxious to try and get my hands on a DVD or CD of the performance. So I visited the ‘Handel Society of Dartmouth College‘ Website to see what I could find.

All I could find under contacts was the e-mail and phone numbers for Dr. Robert Duff, D.M.A., Director, Handel Society of Dartmouth College & Director, Dartmouth Chamber Singers, who had conducted this gala performance. I kind of felt bad bothering him about it, but I sent him an e-mail — obviously also congratulating and thanking him for the concert. I got two e-mails back, quite quickly.

There will be no DVD, but a 3 CD set will be available in the Summer for $25 — and my check is already in the mail!

The second e-mail was from a David T. Robinson and this is what it said:

Hi Anura,
I handle (no pun intended) the recordings for Handel Society and yes we are making a CD available. This will be a 3-CD set with two booklets including all the program information as well as the complete libretto. Pricing is $25 post paid (CDs will be sent to you by mail during the summer). I will send your CD to the address on your check unless you request otherwise.

Payment may be made by check (made out to David T. Robinson, please) by mail, to the address at the end of this email.

Best regards,



David T. Robinson
27 Dunsinane Drive
Lebanon, NH 03766-2306

So that is the deal. You have to send a check for $25 to ‘David T. Robinson’ at the above address. Seems pretty straightforward.

I do, of course, have an e-mail for him as well as a phone number. Don’t think I need to publish those. If you have problems let me know and I can provide the e-mail or phone number if appropriate.


P.S., The $25 is a good deal given all the printed matter being promised. I pay $12 for CDs for another ensemble’s concerts and these are single CDs sans any program or musical information.

We Visited The New Hampshire State House In Concord. Part I (of many to come)

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.


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Yes, this is the impressive, iconic, white edifice with the ever shining gold dome, completed in 1819 and now having the distinction of being the oldest state house in the U.S. where the legislature still meets in the original chamber. [Some simplify that to say that it has the oldest ‘working’ chamber.] Our visit was for home-schoolers. It was organized by the same lady that arranged the equally successful and rewarding trip to the UNH ‘Know the Coast‘ day in October. It was originally going to be on Thursday, but got postponed till Friday because of the Nor’easter. We had to be there at 10 am. We had to first shovel the drive again and clear up the approach to the mailbox before we could leave. Since it was a ‘holiday’ parking wasn’t a problem and we parked right behind the State House, at a meter, with six quarters for 2 hours.

We lucked out in multiple ways. There were only three families the group just met the minimum 10 requirement for a guided tour. Furthermore, though their was another tour at the same time for a troop of boy scouts, we got the Director of the State House Visitor’s Center, Virginia Drew. She was good. She has been doing this for 12 years. She was knowledgeable, engaging, friendly and very helpful.

I was surprised how ‘open’ the State House is. I know it is the people’s house, but it was different. You just walk in. Everybody was ultra friendly. It was a good visit, a good tour. I was impressed. It was my first time. Devanee had gone with her school in Grade 4, as is the norm. Deanna had never been, and neither had Teischan. I am going to go again. See NH government in action. That we know a few legislators will make it even more fun. We got to see where Senator Andrew Hosmer will be sitting. Teischan even tried it out.

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New Hampshire Governor's Office, State House, with the Christmas trimmings.

Governor’s Office with the Christmas trimmings.

NH House Senate Chamber.

Teischan getting a one-on-one from our tour guide, the Director of the Visitor’s Center, Virginia Drew — in the Senate Chamber.

Virginia Drew with Barak Obama

That is our guide, Virginia Drew, the Director of the Visitor’s Center with one of the many visitors that call in. She is the one on the right.

Anura Guruge December 28 2012 at the New Hampshire State House

Trying out one of the tall chairs at the back of the Senatorial Chamber. It was very comfortable.