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Flowers Of Wolfeboro & Alton, N.H. — Saturday, August 4, 2018.

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Taken on my perambulations, dodging the rain, in Alton (walking the dogs) and in Wolfeboro, at a very sodden ‘Huggins Fair‘. You may have noticed that I haven’t done a ‘flower’ post in over two-weeks. Well, I had to rectify that. Enjoy.


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‘Huggins Fair 2018′, Wolfeboro, N.H. — SODDEN, Saturday Evening, August 4, After The Deluge.

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I have been going to the ‘Huggins Fair‘, invariably without fail, for 26-years. It is one of our cherished annual events — going there late on Saturday evening and staying till late.

I have never seen anything like what I saw today. It was beyond sodden. I have, in Ceylon, seen drier paddy fields! Folks were walking in the mud in bare feet — but even then there were places you did not dare venture. The book tent was a mess. I just couldn’t go in. It was way, way, way too muddy.

We had seen the rain and expected that it would be a bit soggy. Nothing prepared us for what we encountered. I had taken the precaution of wearing waterproof shoes. That was not enough. You needed tall Wellington boots.

Though it did not rain while we were there and I met some folks we knew, I was not amused or happy.

The mud just sapped away my enthusiasm. I did NOT buy a single book! That is a record. I just bought two hand-grip exercisers for $1 (and I was being generous) as I could have got them for 25 cents and $7 worth of braised BBQ beef. That was it. I came home with a fair chunk of money in my pocket. That never happens. Typically I spend $60 to $120 at this Fair.

That they were so unprepared was strange. It isn’t like rain is a stranger to this Fair. They should definitely CHANGE their sign. That bold ‘Here RAIN or Shine’ seems like a challenge the rain can’t resist. And to think that they have a severe drought around Canyon de Chelly.


Last Year’s Storm.


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‘Huggins Fair 2017′, Wolfeboro, N.H. — Saturday Evening, August 5, During The Storm.

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I have been dutifully going to the ‘Huggins Fair’ — now called the ‘Street Fair’ — bar a few years at most, over the last 25-years. However my days of going on both days, Friday & Saturday, and possibly multiple times a day, are long gone. Basically there is nothing we really need at the Fair. We just go for the fun of being there and to see if there are any crazy bargains to be had. So over the last few years we have fallen into the habit of going late on Saturday evening and staying there till the end. It can be a lot of fun and that is when the bargains kick-in.

We knew about the storm — since Friday. But we decided to go anyway. The storm was spectacular. We didn’t get wet. We took shelter in the “Men’s White Elephant” tent.

Once the storm passed there was a full rainbow and the sun came out in force. The ground was soggy, but it was OK.

We had fun. Didn’t get much — at all, at all. I picked up about 8 books and that, to I, is always a thrill. That is one of my main rationales for going. To see if I can find a few good books. So another 2017 event is done for the year. The next one will be a year from now.


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The Picture Of The Day (Sony a7 II) + 6 Also-Rans: August 5, 2017.

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“Huggins Fair 2017”, Wolfeboro, N.H. Will Be On Friday, August 4 & Saturday, August 5.

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Note, it is, by tradition, strictly a Friday & Saturday event; first Friday of August, rain, shine, hail or hurricane. If you go on Sunday all you will find these days are empty tents. Up until 6 – 7 years ago the huge book tent would still have all the unsold books in it and you were encouraged to take as many away — for free. Now they have exchange students from abroad, staying at Brewster over the Summer, come and clear the books away Saturday night.

Unless it is beyond torrential rains we will be there late on Saturday, as we always are — even in heavy downpours.

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With The ‘Street Fair’ Done & Dusted, Huggins Hospital [Wolfeboro, NH] Offers Online Auction & Raffle.

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Status, very early Saturday, September 17, 2016 morning (like 12:30 am) of some of the auction items. 12 days to go. Use above link to access.



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Sunset Over “Huggins Street Fair”, Wolfeboro, New Hampshire — Saturday, August 6, 2016.

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“Huggins Street Fair”, Wolfeboro, New Hampshire — Saturday, August 6, 2016.

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I have been going to the “Huggins Fair” (now called the “Street Fair” though it is held, entirely, on a field) since 1992 — with at most 3 or 4 exceptions due to calendar conflicts. In the early days, when I did a LOT of toy shopping for the kids, we used to get there prior to the Friday morning opening and spend quite a few hours at the fair on both Friday and Saturday. I also used to buy a LOT of books (and by that I mean a few boxes at a time). Those days are now long gone.

Over the last 6 or 7 years we just go late on Saturday evening — basically to ‘treasure hunt’ when everything is on ‘SALE’. As the kids point out we are not looking for anything in particular — just things that catch our eyes (and that is also the case with books). This year, per plan, we got there just as 6pm — just in time for a sizable shower. But that was OK. However, the inclement weather scheduled for the evening had kept the crowds away. It was the QUIETEST I have ever seen this delightful Fair — but it was still, as always, lively and fun.

I was ULTRA selective in the books I picked up. Just a dozen I think — and 4 of them were pope books. I am now getting books for posterity — for my library WHEN I AM GONE! Has to be my old age. Doesn’t bother me. Not sure who will take the books BUT I plan to leave some good books for the discerning. I got some good (i.e., ‘rare’) books. That was all I got — plus two $1 hot dogs sans the buns. I spent $4. Teischan spent $3 — $2 on a HUGE cup of ice cream. Deanna might have spent a bit more. Way, WAY down from what we usually spend — and it is a good cause. I think we spent $60 last year and I normally budget $100 for the fair. Nonetheless we had a good time. Kind of strange that we did NOT buy any nicknacks! Usually we spend about 2 hours on Sunday sorting out all the ‘treasures’ we picked up. Not this year. 


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“Huggins Fair 2016”, Wolfeboro, N.H. Will Be On Friday, August 5 & Saturday, August 6.

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Note, it is, by tradition, strictly a Friday & Saturday event. If you go on Sunday all you will find are empty tents.

Unless it is beyond torrential rains we will be there late on Saturday, as we always are — even in heavy downpours.

See you there.


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‘Huggins Fair 2015′, Wolfeboro, N.H. — Saturday Evening, August 8, 2015.

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“Huggins Fair”, First Weekend of August,
in Wolfeboro, NH,
Every Year, By Definition
Is Always Good.

What else can it be. It is a FAIR. You go there to have fun.

Of course we went. We rarely miss going — as far as I remember we have only missed one in about 8 years and that was because we had to go to Boston to meet a cousin visiting from Canada.

We had fun. We spent our usual ‘the new norm’ budget of around $80. Got a TON of stuff. None of which we really needed BUT it was FUN.

These days, given that there is nothing that we are looking for per se, we just go for the ‘closing’ on Saturday evening. This year we didn’t get there till just past 6pm. Perfect, and the weather was fine too. Got a parking spot, on the road, right opposite the book stall. Doesn’t get better than that. Later on, when it was even less busy, we moved the van to a side road so we didn’t have to cart our stuff far — and I do mean ‘cart’ in that we did take a large, pull-along cart with us.

Got the usual stuff. Lots of knick-knacks. Got a nice 1776 – 1976 Commemorative Wedgwood plate. I like Wedgwood and always pick up anything that I can afford. This piece was ironic. An iconic British institution producing a plate to celebrate 200 years of independence from the British. Got a FEW books. I am ultra selective now. Just don’t have room for many more books. One of them was serendipitous. It was one of 4 volumes I was missing from the 27-volume ‘Time-Life‘ “Old West” series. So that was a bonus.

We were there till about 8:45. A good time was had by all. Can’t wait till next year!