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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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Concord, N.H. 2016 “Multicultural Festival”, Saturday, June 25 — The Pictures I.

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All pictures taken with a Fujifilm X-E2s.

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One Picture Each Of Each Of The Performances.

See list below — in order, of appearance at the Festival,
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The List of Performances (in order and corresponding to above gallery).
Emcee Victoria Adewumi, Wah Lum Dragon and Lion Dance, Capital Celts, In the Field Irish Dancers (x2), NH School of Scottish Arts’ Highland Dancers, Himalaya Heritage Music Group (x2), 
Holy Trinity Greek Dance Troupe, Nepali Performance, Filipino Folk Dancers of NH, Salsa Colombiana, Nepali Performance, Song of the Lark, Filipino Folk Dancers of NH (2nd dance), Cumbia Colombiana & Akwaaba Traditional African Drumming and Dance Ensemble


Though we have only missed one of the 14 (in total) ‘Laconia Multicultural Days’, this, inexplicably, was our first ‘Concord Multicultural Festival’ (and definitely not the last).

It was good. Very, very good. Loved it. 4 solid, packed hours — 2 to 6pm — in what was, again, picture perfect weather (high 70s). It was brilliant. Vary varied, fast paced, 15 – 20 minute performances and a wonderful ambience and spirit. I would say there was always at least 200 people in ‘that’ corner of the State House Lawn and towards the end, with the African Drummers in full voice we probably had 300 – 350 folks — many dancing.

It was great. So good to see such events in still 90% white New Hampshire. Bravo. Kudos.

I liked, without exception, all the performances. We, given our annual pilgrimage to Boston’s Chinatown for Chinese New Year, are no strangers to Dragon Dances. We have seen plenty. So seeing one here was not that special. We have also seen the Himalayan, African Drumming and Nepali acts in Laconia. But they never get old. They were good. Since we go to the Loon “Highland Games“, religiously, the Scottish/Celtic parts were not new to us either, BUT they too were good.

If I had to pick three favorites I would have to say Himalaya Heritage Music Group, Akwaaba African Drumming and Irish Field Dancers. But, I again stress, it was all good.

The Emcee Victoria Adewumi was outstanding. The PA system needed to be bigger (i.e., more ‘oomph’ with more speakers). But that minor.

I am and I was so happy. Great day. Ended up with another huge meal at Tandy’s Pub in Eagle Square as we had done on Thursday.


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by Anura Guruge

‘Laconia Multicultural Festival’ 2015 — Neha Parikh’s Classical Indian Dancers, Part I.

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The charismatic Neha Parikh and her very talented and engaging students, from her dance academy in Nashua, New Hampshire, have been a popular mainstay at the ‘Laconia Multicultural Day for as long as I can remember — and we have been to 13 of the 14 ‘Days’. The Classical Indian Dancing always has the audience mesmerized — particularly the children (including our two). Often I like to look around to see the transfixed expressions on the faces of the kids. Good classic Indian dancing, such as this, is indeed a treat to all senses; sinuous, sensual, precise, expressive, colorful and compelling. Lets face it. The dances have been perfected over a few thousand years!

It is neat to see how many of the performers have matured and developed over the years. I would say that many are now at their peak. It was an honor to see them perform at Laconia yesterday. They make me so proud — and I am not even Indian (and never have been)! I feel proud for the parents and for Neha Parikh. This is such a wonderful way to showcase Asian culture in Central New Hampshire — where there aren’t that many Indians. The ‘Mason-Dixon’ line appears to be Manchester, possibly Concord. North of there we get Bhutanese, Nepali not to mention Chinese, but the number of Indians dry up (though there is one Indian family in Alton). So, this is good. Great cultural diplomacy.

I took a ton of pictures, as did Deanna (on her Olympus) and Devanee who has now taken possession of my ‘old’ Canon T3i. I will, for your edification, try to post as many as I can, in batches. ENJOY.




‘Laconia Multicultural Festival’ 2015 Was Vibrant, Variegated, Vivid & Virtuous.

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The vibrancy that oozed out of Saturday’s ‘Laconia Multicultural Festival‘, September 12, 2015, was palpable. It indeed was a festival; colorful, merry, noisy, aromatic and collegial. Everybody was having a good time. This was Laconia at its very best on what was a picture perfect day. We are great supporters of this ‘Day’. We have been to all but one of the 14 ‘Multicultural Days‘ — last year being the one exception because we happened to be in Acadia.

This year’s ‘Festival’ was good. The energy and spirit was back. It reminded you what it was meant to be. I miss the night concert that we used to have but 2015 was indeed memorable. There are now two venues for music, the traditional stages in ‘Rotary Park‘ and a new performance tent at ‘City Hall’. That was good. More variety, moe music. Quite a few vendors, though the numbers might have been a tad down. Wasn’t packed, but a respectable crowd. I always wonder where all the other people from Laconia, Gilford, Tilton etc. are on the day. The ‘Festival’ is hard to miss.

“Black Thunder” & “Neha Parikh’s Classical Indian Dancers”, two perennial favorites and “Sayon Camara’s West African Drumming” as well as the “O’Brien Clan” did us all proud.

Lots of good food at affordable prices. Interesting merchandise. Not a hint of trouble or strife. A few police officers around — and they could be seen having a good time interacting with the folks. I took about 230 pictures. I will try and showcase as many as I can.

Thank YOU Laconia. That was good. Bravo!






‘Free The Female Nipple’, New Hampshire & Laconia Multicultural Festival.

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In “Live Free Or Die” New Hampshire the ONLY city (or place) with a law against female toplessness is Laconia — the dowager city of the Lakes Region. Well, ever since “Free The Female Nipple — NH” came to be we all knew that Laconia would be where the rubber would meet the asphalt. And to be fair the “Free the Nip” ‘organizers’ have talked about tackling Laconia. Now that the poorly ‘visualized’ Hampton Beach event has come and gone (thankfully) it is time to focus on Laconia. To be fair again there was a lady at Hampton, who I think was topless (though it was hard to tell), who claimed that ‘they’ planned to have ‘flash’ demonstrations in Laconia in the coming weeks — the ‘flash’ in this context, as in ‘flash mob’, meaning that it was be unannounced, unpublicized surprises. I can’t wait.

Laconia’s ordinance is onerous and has to be repealed. That has to be #1 goal of the NH movement (and I think they know it).

And then it came to be in a blinding flash. — Laconia Multicultural Day, now a.k.a. ‘festival’.  BINGO.

The perfect, made-in-heaven venue. Multicultural Day, and here I speak of one who has attended 12 of the 13 ‘days’, is all about diversity and inclusiveness (though 90% of Laconia appears to stay away from the park).

This is THE venue to make a stand — if they really have big enough ‘kahunas’. Let’s face it. In Laconia the good ladies face the real risk of being arrested and facing a fine — a risk that wasn’t that high in Hampton, unless they got busted for ‘disturbing the peace’. IF you are going to be arrested WHAT better venue than the Multicultural Festival? IF publicity and attention is what is required this is IT.

IF I had a say, I would go even further. I would contact the Festival organizers and ask for a SPOT on the PARADE! Think about it. That is how the LGBT movement got much of their EARLY publicity. They demanded their right to be in parades. Go see the Mayor. Ed ‘University of Whales‘ Engler probably will be sympathetic. Go ask him whether the NH movement can appear in the parade. Worse case make a COMPROMISE. Agree to appear in the parade clothed, but with appropriate signs and apparel protesting the infringement.

Well, you got the IDEA — and that is all it is. An idea. A suggestion. And then remember, Laconia PUMPKIN festival. I can JUST see it. Painted PUMPKINS!

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‘Laconia Multicultural Day’ 2014: The “Black Thunder Singers & Drummers”.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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>>Aug. 15, 2014.

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I THINK this is them. I could be wrong. Click to access YouTube video.


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This is definitely them. Click to access Facebook account.


They appear to be the ‘featured’ band for the 2014 Multicultural Day. They have two prime-time performances: 11:00 – 11:30 & 11:45 – 12:15.

For reasons I can’t quite fathom I had assumed, obviously incorrectly, that they were an African ensemble. Well it appears, instead, that they are ‘Native American‘ enactors. Seems good.


‘Laconia Multicultural Day’ 2014, September 6 — The Program Schedule.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Click to access the official Website — which, alas, is a tad short on information even though we but 3 weeks away from the event.



So, today, Friday, August 15, 2014 this is what I got when I clicked on the ‘Program’ HOPING to see a Schedule of the Performances!
C’est la vie.

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Don’t bother going here for the Schedule. Try the Facebook account below.


Luckily I did find a Facebook account with the supposed program. So that was good. Why they can’t also have this on their Website is mystery. Must be a cultural thing in Laconia. 

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Click to access Facebook account. I assume it is semi-official.


Well unlike last year it is back in September. That is good — I think.

Tad early in my opinion, but what do I know.

It used to be the 2nd Saturday of September. I know — because the Highland Games used to be the 3rd Saturday.

But this year it is the first Saturday, albeit with September starting on a Monday.


Stunningly Divine, Converted Church, ‘Bed & Breakfast’ Cum Residence In Beautiful Wolfeboro, New Hampshire.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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“Sleep Like An Angel In Church”
(Wolfeboro, N.H.)
Click to access Airbnb listing with a TON of interesting pictures.

Click to access Airbnb listing with a TON of interesting pictures.


This was serendipitous to say the least. We had an errand to run in Wolfeboro, N.H., “The Oldest Summer Resort in the US”, when Deanna, out of the corner of her eye, espied the front of this converted church with its hard-to-miss external decor. She made me turn around. Glad I did.

Deanna didn’t have her camera (for a change). Luckily I was trying out my brand new, less than 18 hours old, 10.2″ Le Pan Android Tablet. It does have a halfway decent front-facing camera (with a built-in, dual LED flash) and I had tried it out a few times last night. So we were outside taking pictures of this ‘church’, with the 10.2″ tablet, when we were approached by the owner — Kirk. He was extremely nice. He told us the ‘whole’ history. He is from Texas, Houston no less. Real genuine oil man — at least he is in the industry. They had moved in in October 2013. He very graciously offered to show us inside. We were BLOWN AWAY. It is like a blinking museum. Love what they have done. Our kind of taste. Kudos. Bravo etc. etc.

They are on Airbnb. IF NOT I would NOT have gushed so much and drawn attention to this unique beautiful property. Plus Kirk gave me permission. I respect people’s property and privacy.

Appears that we know people in common. NH is a small place.

We are going back — with a ‘proper’ camera (and that is a whole other post — since I just, on this very trip, returned a refurbished Nikon Coolpix L820 16MP DSLR that I had got on Friday).

IF you are looking for a B&B in always lovely Wolfeboro, N.H. you CANNOT do better than this! Trust me on that. I know Wolfeboro. This is divine. Stone’s throw to my favorite Cotton Valley Trail or Cate Park.

Brilliant. Made my day. Thanks Kirk.


‘Huggins Fair 2014’, Wolfeboro, N.H., Saturday, August 2, 2014 — No Rain. Spirit Prevails.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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We, Devanee, Teischan and I scoped it out for about 70 minutes around ‘noon’. We had some time to kill before volunteering at ‘Great Waters‘. It was, by definition, fun. We like the fair. Didn’t seem very busy but it was not the greatest of days, though there was NO rain. Lot of the stalls also looked ‘picked over’ — and Devanee, always the optimist of sorts, speculated that it was possible that they had a bumper Friday. Yep, she could be right. We will be going back later in the evening. Devanee is doing Box Office at the Lori McKenna concert. All three of us did yeoman duty lugging at least 150 heavy chairs up or down stairs. More on that later.

The Fair is good. Still time to get there and savor it. Enjoy. Cheers.



Being Able to Text ‘Smell’! The Next BIG Thing. 21st Century ‘Scratch & Sniff’.

Click to buy, for $28.94, from Amazon.com.

Click to buy, for $28.94, from Amazon.com.

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I happened to hear about this, as a ‘teaser’, on CNBC this morning, around 9:47, just as I was getting ready to go for my run. So I hit the record button so that I would be able to watch the ‘segment’ when I got back — while brushing my teeth. I couldn’t find the segment. So, I Google it instead and found the above.

While I appreciate smell, smell is not a big factor in my life and never has been. Plus, I do not, and never have, texted. Probably goes back to my lifelong aversion to pagers. Though I spent decades in high-profile, customer support roles I always managed to avoid having carry a pager. And as some know, I, though I have one, am NOT known to carry a cell phone around with me. The joke in the family is that I and my cell are rarely ever in the same place. I like my independence and I think, deep down, it is a reflection of what was my lifestyle for about 30 years. Anyhow … I do NOT see myself ever wanting to TEXT SML.

But, of course, I can see the possibilities. You can just see the headlines. ‘Weiners’ will no longer restrict themselves just to pictures. It would be pictures with an attachment of smell. OH, the poor ladies. I can just see demands that would be made of them. Oh, dear. Well, as many of you know, they sell …. used … for those that like the smell! Just think what the market would be when you can TXT SML. I can already get a whiff of the CraigsList ads!

I do remember when ‘scratch & sniff’ came out. I had to go look and, of course, given that I knew what words to type, found the first adult offering. 1977. That makes sense. I was 23 – 24. I was coming to the U.S. for visits — given that I was working for IBM. Of course I remember buying adult magazines that promised ‘scratch & sniff’. I was curious and was any new technology intrigued me. I know it was disappointing — but then again I am extremely tactile. So I was not a good target.

From what I can see the so called ‘oPhone’ technology is too complicated. Basically we need to digitize the “frequencies” (and that is NOT the right term, I know) of smell. Then as with voice or video we can ‘DAT’ it back — Digital-to-Analog transformation. What we then need, and I know they are already doing some of this with SIGHT, is to be able to transmit the ‘signals’, via probes, directly into the brain. So recreate the SENSATION of the smell, within your brain, rather than having to re-create the smell. I am sure that we are within 15 years of being able to do this effectively. Check around. Google. They do have the technology to directly interact with the brain. Exciting stuff.

But, LADIES. Please. Please, don’t indulge the pervs. Just tell them NO! Worst case agree to send them a WHIFF of the perfume you are wearing and FIRMLY draw the line at that.