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The 1st “America’s Cup” Race Was Won This Day 166-Years Ago; August 22, 1851.

by Anura Guruge


Yacht “AMERICA” winning the 1851 regatta by American painter Fitz Henry Lane (1804–1865).


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I like to follow, whenever I can, the “America’s Cup” — and did watch all the races in the dramatic 2013 cup when Oracle staged its amazing come-from-behind victory. I guess I missed the 2017 races in June! I will have to try and find them on YouTube. Yes, it is on YouTube:



I have been lucky enough to visit the “New York Yacht Club’s” marina/clubhouse in Newport, Rhode Island. That is like a museum for the America’s Cup.


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The Picture Of The Day (Sony a7 II) + 6 Also-Rans: Falmouth, Mass. — August 8, 2017.

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‘Dollar General’ in Barnstead, New Hampshire Is Now Open.

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Saturday morning, July 16, 2016, we set out for Barnstead [NH] to check out the farms that were supposedly participating in the “Barnstead Farming and Gardening Network” Open Day. That proved to be a bust. Noticed that the much talked about “Dollar General” (on Route 28) was open and looking very fresh and resplendent. So on the way back to Alton we stopped in. I think it is only the third “Dollar General” I have visited — and by far it was the nicest; it being very yellow, very bright and very new.

Good selection of stuff. Not “Walmart” but not bad for a local store. Lots of name brand products. Deanna was impressed with much of the pricing. So we can’t wait for the Alton “Dollar General” to open — possibly within the next month. That would be good.

Some of the stuff is expensive compared to “Walmart” or “Dollar Tree” — and I am a confirmed “Dollar Tree” addict. Given that we all take one a day, I buy lots of 14-tablet packets of generic Zyrtec Allergy Relief at “Dollar Tree” (at a $1/packet) or Walmart (at $0.84/packet). They had the SAME packets as “Dollar Tree” but for $4. Wow! That was a shocker.

Definitely good news for Barnstead residents. Happy for them. Can’t wait to see how the Alton store will work out. It will be closer to us than Hannaford. 


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‘Frank Mikeska’, The Great Magician & Mentalist, At The ‘Tan Turtle Tavern’ in ‘Acadia’.

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We were indeed very fortunate to get to meet, and get to know, Frank Mikeska, an amazing, and quite famous, magician and mentalist during our 3-day visit to ‘Acadia National Park’, last week, for the Park’s Centennial.

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The “Tanned Turtle” menu. Click to ENLARGE. Use link in the text.

On the way in on Thursday, July 7, 2016, I took the long and scenic route to our hotel (the ‘Wonder View Inn’) in ‘Bar Harbor‘, since we were in no hurry to check-in, via ‘Somes Sound‘, ‘Northeast Harbor‘ and ‘Cadillac Mountain‘. At the Marina in ‘Northeast Harbor’ Deanna picked up the menu for the recently opened “Tanned Turtle Tavern“, right across from the Marina. It looked interesting: lots of seafood (by the basket), interesting appetizers and decent prices. We decided to go there for dinner that night rather than eat in ‘Bar Harbor‘ (yet again).

We made it for dinner around 8pm on what was a rainy night. The place was buzzing. Great atmosphere. THE FOOD WAS GOOD! We are going back again the next time we are at Acadia (and we usually go up twice a year). Then we met Frank and that was quite the bonus.

We were finishing dinner when Frank, in his distinctive waistcoat, ambled by, peered through the windows at the gloom and commented about the weather. We somehow got into a conversation — with me asking him, correctly, whether he was from Florida (based on his tan and attire). It soon transpired that he was a magician. He started with some standard disappearing routines. The kids were agog. Then came some amazing card tricks as good, if not better, than anything we have seen on TV — and we used to watch a lot of magic shows (especially ‘David Blaine‘). We were all hooked.

Then with a flourish he informed us that he was also a mentalist. We already knew of one — Roderick Russell. So we were curious to see what Frank could do. He did a mind reading feat on Deanna that was astounding. It was impressive and cool. We had a long meaningful conversation with Frank. It was now past 9:30 and they were ready to close. Frank told us that the owner of the restaurant (who he knew from Florida) had flown him up, for the month of July, to help with the ‘opening’. And Frank, obviously, was doing a grand job. We had a drink and talked more.

Frank will be at the “TTT” till the end of this month. If you are anywhere on “Mount Desert Island” make it to “TTT” and see him. It would be well worth it and the excellent (well-priced) food will be added compensation. Really? We highly recommend.



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Boat Ride On Lake Winnipesaukee (NH), Alton – Wolfeboro, Glorious Fall Foliage Day, September 30, 2013.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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We are no strangers to Lake Winnipesaukee. When we lived waterfront on the lake we should to go out, by boat (or jet ski), quite a bit.

When I was a part of “Waiters on Water“, where we delivered take-out food to the Islands and moored boats on Lake Winnipesaukee, by boat or jet ski, I used to be on the water, every day during the Summer, sometimes multiple times a day.

Though I swim in the Big Lake (i.e., Winnipesaukee) without fail every year, off the Alton public dock, this was the first time we have been on the lake in a boat since we moved to Alton in 2007.

A local marina owner in Alton, an Alton famous fixture, invited us for a boat ride in his amazing, 1967 wooden Lyman. I used to be his customer 1993 – 1997. That was two decades ago.

Today, the day before the government shutdown, weatherwise on the Lake, was picture perfect: warm, sunny, calm as it gets and hardly any boat traffic. We actually didn’t see any boats in Alton Bay per se. That is pretty amazing. Not good, however. Boat traffic on this lake has plummeted noticeably over the last decade. These days I repeatedly hear that our mandatory ‘Boating Certificate‘ (I call it the boat license) is a factor. I can believe that. I don’t have one. 2007 was when I needed to get one. I wasn’t boating that year so I didn’t get it. Haven’t bothered since. Might get it, or TRY to get it, next year. Something I learned today: ONLY NH and Louisiana have such mandatory boating certification — and LA does not require that you sit a test! So the ‘Live Free, Or Die‘ state is the only one that requires boaters to pass a test. Seems wrong, especially in terms of the ‘Live Free’ — THOUGH I fully understand that this is to stop people killing others. Anyhow …


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Don McLean, Mr. American Pie, July 4, 2013 At Portland, ME, ‘Stars and Stripes Spectacular’.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Don McLean (67), who now lives in Camden, ME (a delightful locale, for sure), sang ‘Vincent’ and ‘American Pie’, in two separate slots at the Portland spectacular last night.

He was brilliant. You could feel his presence. Gave me goosebumps when he started singing ‘American Pie’ — one of my all time favorites. Yes, of course, his voice is a bit raspy and the ‘so so‘ sound system made his guitar a tad too raspy. But it was still brilliant. He held an estimated 30,000(+) crowd transfixed, bar Teischan, who chose the middle of ‘American Pie’ to demand that she had to be taken to the porta potty! ‘American Pie’, obviously, does not resonate with 7 year olds though she likes music and apple pie.

We are delighted that we went. It really was a spectacular. Thank YOU, Portland. We will be back next year. If you can get Don to come back that would be real special.


All the pictures (bar the last 4 ) taken by Deanna on her
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Alton (NH) July 3, 2013 Fireworks: An Impressive Finale, Much Appreciated, Makes It All Worthwhile.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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2/ Portland, Maine, July 4, 2013 … with Don McLean — June 29, 2013.

3/ Alton & Wolfeboro 2013 fireworks … — June 19, 2013.


The Alton, NH, July 3, 2013, fireworks, as is so often the case these days with local shows, redeemed itself and sent the crowds home happy thanks to an impressive finale.

Overall it was ‘OK’. Bit listless and lacking in any ‘Ooomp‘ to begin with. We only heard one ‘WOW‘ prior to the finale.

As ever we were on the bridge, straight across from the fireworks. The barge seemed a tad further out than normal. Prior to the finale there wasn’t many body thumping bangs. It was pretty quiet. So much so that people were talking during the fireworks. Right then and there I came up with a rule-of-thumb. At ‘good’ fireworks people don’t talk and moreover it is hard to hold a conversation.

The fireworks started at 9:22 and finished at 9:37. So 15 minutes on the clock. There was a nice touch at the end. They did a white fireworks ‘curtain’ to finish and then the barge lit up with multicolored lights. That was cute.

You can see the boat traffic in the pictures. It wasn’t heavy. Steve Parker of the eponymous marina in Alton Bay chatted with us prior to the start. He was commenting that 20 years ago the bay used to be packed.

There was a fair crowd. I think, but I could be wrong, that it was a bit lighter than the ‘norm’. We got there around 8:35 and parking was not a problem. We park on the steep hill going down to the bay and ew had no problem parking very close to the bay.

People seemed to have fun. I think everybody was so glad that it had stopped raining. 


All the pictures taken by Deanna on her Panasomic Lumix DMC-Zs19
— using the ‘fireworks‘ setting.

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