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Teischan Makes Alton Central School (ACS), N.H., ‘Citizens Of The Month’ For November 2014.


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by Anura Guruge


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Durham 2014 Nutcracker.
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 ACS 2014 Grade 3 concert.
>> ACS 2014 West African drumming.

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Teischan, with her new glasses, is in the 2nd row from the back — 3rd from right. Glasses and hair covering.


Teischan As A Bon-Bon In The Northeastern Ballet’s 2014 ‘Nutcracker’ Performances In Durham, Dec. 6 & 7.


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by Anura Guruge


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Durham 2014 post-show.

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Wolfeboro 2013 performance.
>> Durham 2013 performance.
>> Teischan as a Bon-Bon.

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These images provided by Northereastern Ballet.


Teischan is standing, RIGHTMOST, in the bag (at the back) waiting to skip out.

Teischan is the furthest RIGHT.

Teischan is the LAST one at the back.

You can’t hardly see Teischan. She is right at the back to the RIGHT. You can just see her left cheek.


We plan to get some better pictures when we attend the Wolfeboro
performance given that my Canon Rebel T3i, set at ISO 6400,
can take some decent shots without a flash


Last year. As a Bon-Bon in Wolfeboro.

 


Northeastern Ballet’s 2014 ‘Nutcracker’, Durham Performances Dec. 6 & 7: Post Show Potpourri


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by Anura Guruge


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Wolfeboro 2013 performance.
>> Durham 2013 performance.
>> Teischan as a Bon-Bon.

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Teischan, in #2 t0 #4 above, took part as a Bon-Bon (as she also did last year) in both the Saturday and Sunday performances at Oyster River High School. Though we, of course, shuttled her their and back we did not attend either of those two performances. We go to one of the Wolfeboro performances because we consider that the ‘Home Game‘. So I only got to take pictures after the show. The very striking lady above is ‘Karen’, Teischan’s ballet teacher. She is also the one that you see, seated on the floor, in the ‘thumbnail’ image shown next to the links. I gather she used to be a talented and famous ballerina. I do not know her very well. But she kindly allowed me to take this picture. The two other girls above WANTED their picture taken and I was happy to oblige. They are so pumped after the show. Great stuff.

Well yesterday while Teischan was performing in Durham I bought tickets for all of us to go the ‘Nutcracker’ in Boston by the Boston Ballet. I will do a separate post on that. This is the funny thing about being in a show such as the ‘Nutcracker’ with such a large cast and umpteen acts. Teischan has never got to see the entire stage play. She just gets to see the act before the ‘Bon-Bons’ and the start of the one that follows. So she has only seen the entire show on DVD. Now she will get to see it, on a rather grand scale, on the stage.


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Wolfeboro, N.H. 2014 Christmas Parade & Santa On November 29.


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by Anura Guruge


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Wolfeboro, N.H., November 29, 2014 Christmas Parade & Tree Lighting.
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Spencer-Hughes gingerbread.
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2014 Christmas Tree Lighting.
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2014 Merry Christmas in snow.
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I took in excess of 70 pictures of the parade, independent of the Clearlakes Chorale caroling ahead of the parade. I have all the pictures of the parade in two forms below: as an automated YouTube slideshow (video) with music or as a gallery. You take your pick. The YouTube slideshow is fun. You can, of course, look at BOTH. Enjoy.


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Wolfeboro, N.H. Realtors, Prudential Spencer-Hughes, Sponsors Gingerbread House Building Prior To 2014 Christmas Parade.


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by Anura Guruge


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We stumbled upon this very clever and guaranteed to be fun communal event after our Saturday morning ballet class in Wolfeboro, N.H. while waiting for the 2014 Christmas Tree Lighting and parade to start. I have to admit that it was the gingerbread lady that initially attracted me to the event. I wanted a picture of her. She kindly invited the two 8 year olds to participate. The rest is history.

Wonderful crowd inside. Realtors are always so convivial and one even mistook me for another ‘brown’ guy in Wolfeboro which kind of miffed me because I like being the only brown guy around. For the world of me I can’t remember if I have ever used Spencer-Hughes for any of my many real estate transactions around the Lake over the last 25 years. They all kind of blur into a jumble after a while. Got to meet the eponymous Mr. Robert Hughes (the President and Broker at the agency) and Fae Moore. Very pleasant people.

I gather this was an event that they had used to do and had fallen by the wayside for a few years. Glad they resurrected it. Kids loved it. Great way to get people to come into the office and get to know some of the people. Well done Spencer-Hughes.


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Northeastern Ballet Saturday Morning Class In Wolfeboro The Morning Of The Christmas Tree Lighting 2014.


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by Anura Guruge


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>> Durham Dec. 8 performance
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>> Teischan as ‘Bon-Bon’ ….

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Most Thursday nights for the last three years I had to take Devanee for Clearlakes Chorale practice in Wolfeboro, N.H. Didn’t mind at all. Gave me a chance to listen to the music and also get an hours walk, in the dark, around ever delightful Wolfeboro.

Now for the last couple of months I have to take Teischan to ballet classes in Wolfeboro Saturday mornings. Again I don’t mind. Yes, it means I have to get up a hour and hour ahead of my normal schedule but I would never begrudge that a child. While she is at class I use the hour for yet another walk, this time in daylight, around Wolfeboro. I love Wolfeboro. Have been going there since 1991. So never a hardship. Always fun. Always something to see. Something to learn. Today I really didn’t need to do an hours walk. I had done my usual 2.5 mile run Wednesday and had spent about 5 hours shoveling snow since then. But I did a leisurely walk, with the camera. Took some pictures. Devanee tagged along. That was good. We went back with about 5 minutes to spare. Managed to get these pictures.


Place An Ad. In Northeastern Ballet’s 2014 ‘Nutcracker’ Brochure, Distribution ~2,000, And Get 2 FREE Tickets To A Show.


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Let Me Please Have Another Quick Rave About The ‘Sea Bird’ Chinese Restaurant In Wolfeboro, N.H.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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1/Sea Bird‘ New Year’s 2014

>>Jan. 2, 2014.
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>>July 31, 2013.
3/ Sea Bird, Wolfeboro, my new
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RAVE. RAVE. RAVE.

Sea Bird, Center Street, Wolfeboro, NH
THE BEST Chinese restaurant for miles and miles around.


That we are huge fans of the ‘Sea Bird’ in Wolfeboro is no great secret — as at least three posts on this blog will clearly attest, loud and clear.

They are very good about supporting local events with advertising dollars.

What is there not to like? The ‘Sea Bird’ has tasty food, generous portions, wonderfully friendly staff and very affordable prices. I don’t know. That seems like a pretty good formula. If you get to know the owners, Guy Phu and Lan Sam, it becomes even more special. Very nice, ‘salt of the Earth’, couple. Very family-oriented and down to earth. We are very fond of them. We like them and the Sea Bird so much that it has now become our default venue for celebrating our ‘January 1’ wedding anniversary. That has to mean something given that we are not ‘shy’ about driving an hour to go for dinner.

Here is another data point. This last Wednesday we had lunch in Wolfeboro with a friend. So five people. It was five people again last night. Three adults and our two brats. Yet again we had two drinks. But the check at the Sea Bird, for considerably more food (if not a view of The Lake), was $40 cheaper! That, in my book, is no small potatoes.

Yes, we went there last night after ‘Snow White‘ at the Kingswood. We had been foiled in December after the Northeastern Ballet ‘Nutcracker’. But, that was Winter and this was Summer. Teischan, my little prima donna, is very specific about what she expects of Dad after her ballet performances. She needs roses and she needs to be taken out for dinner. She likes Chinese — or at least Fried Rice. When we sat down she said she wanted a ‘Shirley Temple’ and two orders of Fried Rice. Well we didn’t get two orders of Fried Rice but we got quite a bit.

Anyhow, I had not bothered to check or call ahead last night to make sure that they would be open after the show. It was Summer. We pull up just past 9 pm. It looked closed! I went up to the door. Ooops! It said Friday & Saturday closed at 9pm. I saw Guy, seated at a table, eating his dinner. I didn’t disturb him. I walked back to the car. He must have seen that somebody had come to the door. When I got to the car he was standing at the window. I didn’t want to be rude. So I went up again. As soon as he saw me he opened the door and insisted that I come in. I told him that it was ‘O.K’. We understood. He would not have none of it. Insisted that we all come in and have dinner — no hurry, take our time. We had taken a retired Alton Central teacher with us to the show. So she was with us too. Guy had let the waitstaff go for the night. Lan, with their kids, were on vacation. So it was just Guy. But we had a great meal and great time. Suffice to say it was just us. He gave us our customary table in the corner. He did all the serving and in between we would chat. It was sublime. The kids are very comfortable there. Lan has spoiled them. So they can be loud. Didn’t matter. We had the place to ourselves.

The food, as ever, was good. We had two boxes left over. We are still eating it today.

So, we just want to make a point.

IF you are in Wolfeboro and want a good meal go to the Sea Bird.

IF you are within 35 miles of Wolfeboro, NH and fancy a GOOD, affordable Chinese go to the Sea Bird.

Phu Jee’s in Meredith, which is also very good, is Guy’s brother. Notice the name. Guy Phu.

Bottom Line. Sea Bird, in Wolfeboro, soars above others when it comes to Good Chinese in the Lakes Region. If you don’t believe me check their online reviews.


Another Positive Shout-Out For The ‘Sea Bird’ Chinese Restaurant In Wolfeboro, N.H.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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>>July 31, 2013.
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>>Dec. 10, 2012.
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That we, I in particular, like the ‘Sea Bird’ in Wolfeboro is no secret. I have been going there since 1993 — which is more or less when they first started. Lets be fair, it is pretty easy to like them. There food is good, they are kind to your wallet, the layout inside is pleasant enough and they are VERY NICE people. Yes, over the last 2 years we have got to know the Vietnamese owners Guy & Lan. They are always there. So, now when we go we have a little chat before we even sit down — and Lan typically comes later on and we talk some more. Since I am known to travel with chocolates to give people at whim, I have started taking chocolates for Lan. That amuses her.

Going to the Sea Bird for Chinese on January 1 (or late on December 31) will become a family tradition. We went there December 31, 2012. January 1 is our wedding anniversary. We got married at 3 pm, on January 1, 2003 at the Gunstock Inn, Gilford. I insist that we celebrate birthdays and anniversaries — since to me life, or at least just being alive, is worth celebrating. A year ago we lucked out in that we managed to get John P. Kimball (who works at AutoServ of Tilton) to join us. John, who is also a J.P., and worked for 94.9 for decades (and was a fellow Rotarian in Laconia), was the one that, kindly, married us. John now lives in Wolfeboro, on Smith River. So it was fun to have John join us on our 10th anniversary. I tried to get John to join us this year. He couldn’t; he is house sitting up in Hanover. So we are going to go to the Sea Bird again, later this month, with John.

In December, as you must recall, we had the Clearlakes Chorale concert and the Northeastern Ballet ‘Nutcracker’ performances. Remember? Well, ‘Sea Bird’ to their CREDIT advertised in the programs for both shows. BRAVO, Sea Bird. I was pretty damn impressed. Yes, we too ‘advertised’ (or at least put something in), in both programs since we are committed to both organizations — and appreciate the opportunity they give our kids. I study the programs assiduously since it tells you something about the community. For example, I never see any of the Alton marinas advertise in these programs. Ditto for the asset management and investment firms in Wolfeboro. I have to assume that these folks make more money than the ‘Sea Bird’. But they don’t advertise, but ‘Sea Bird’ does. That makes me like the ‘Sea Bird’ even more.

'Sea Bird' to their credit advertised in the 'Clearlakes Chorale' and 'Northeastern Ballet' programs in 2013. Click to ENLARGE. Bravo 'Sea Bird'.

‘Sea Bird’ to their credit advertised in the ‘Clearlakes Chorale’ and ‘Northeastern Ballet’ programs in 2013. Click to ENLARGE. Bravo ‘Sea Bird’.



Lan's special 'Shirley Temple' for the girls.

Lan’s special ‘Shirley Temple’ for the girls.

We didn’t order a huge amount of food last night. We were all still getting over getting home at 4 am in the morning from Portsmouth after First Night! [Yes, for the 2nd time in a week, and very atypically for us, we again had car trouble. Dead battery this time. We actually ended, all four of us, spending some time in the back of a Portsmouth Police cruiser — a first for all of us! No, no. Don’t get excited. We were not arrested or even suspected of causing trouble. They let us sit in the back of the cruiser to stay warm until AAA arrived! Thinking back I realize that, never mind asking for ID, they never even asked us for our names. Just said get in and get warm! It is AMAZING how we LUCK out with strangers when we have car trouble. So, we started 2014 with a BANG. Quite an adventure. It wasn’t bad. But, we were all suffering yesterday. I worked out that I don’t function that well on 4.5 hours sleep though I struggled to do some writing.]

Though the kids will live on fried rice, I, alas, have to watch my carbs. Though I ordered a ton of rice knowing that we would take it home, and we did bring back 3 very full boxes of food, I was parsimonious, as is my new wont, in my carb intake. Tried a new appetizer, the ‘Wontons in hot sesame sauce’. It was divine! We got the other usual suspects: beef teriyaki, boneless ribs, crab rangoons, General Gau’s, sesame chicken, egg rolls etc. etc. All of it was good. They tend to get it just right. The girls had ‘Shirley Temples‘. Lan makes it, ‘special’, for them. After the night before I felt entitled to a ‘Suffering Bastard‘ (though I had not touched any alcohol in Portsmouth). I think the ‘Suffering Bastard’ will again become my signature drink at Chinese restaurants. I had forgotten that it is a robust drink with a kick. Went down well. Just what I needed.

So, unreserved, unstinted praise, kudo and endorsement for the ‘Sea Bird’ and the staff. Support them — they support the community cultural efforts.

Thanks Guy. Thanks Lan.

Happy New Year.


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11th wedding anniversary. ‘Sea Bird’, Wolfeboro, N.H., Jan. 1, 2014.


Northeastern Ballet ‘Nutcracker’ 2013 in Wolfeboro, N.H. On Dec. 21, 2013: A Goldilocks Performance & Production. Just Right. Perfect.


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>>  — Dec. 9, 2013.
>> Teischan as ‘Bon-Bon’ …
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Yes, our favorite Bon Bon was in it,
as she had in Durham for the first two performances.


Here is the YouTube video of the Bon Bons from Wolfeboro.

Click to access YouTube video. It is a must watch, of course.

Click to access YouTube video. It is a must watch, of course.

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Here is the deal. Teischan, of course, has her own Website.

I created a dedicated Nutcracker 2013 page
on it for her earlier this morning.
So rather than duplicating stuff why don’t you please visit that page.

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This is the 2nd Nutcracker by Northeastern Ballet that we have been to. We went to one two years ago. I bought the tickets online. So this year I got an e-mail that talked about auditions. The rest is history.

I enjoyed the first show we attended. With four kids I have been to quite a few Nutcracker shows. Despite my dramatic introduction to ballet, I sometimes feel that some of the ballet routines in some Nutcracker performances go on for a tad too long. Not so with Edra Toth’s production for Northeastern. Sheer Goldilocks. Just right. Perfection.

It was a wonderful performance. Hit the spot. Very talented troupe. We kind of feel blessed. Clearlakes Chorale and Northeastern Ballet. We have a division of labor here: I do Clearlakes with Devanee and Deanna did Northeastern Ballet with Teischan. Getting to go to the two performances, a week apart, was magic. That Mrs. Cook, Devanee’s 2nd Grade Teacher from Alton Central (ACS), now retired, was able to come with us was special. We all had a good time.

The show finished at 9:20.

At 9:40 pm, the Saturday before Christmas, everything was closed in Wolfeboro! Talk about being provisional. Wow. I was amazed and distraught. Eventually we managed to get sandwiches and microwaved soup at the Wolfeboro Inn.

But, it was a great, memorable night out.