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Concord, N.H. 2016 “Multicultural Festival”, Saturday, June 25 — The Pictures III (18 More Again).

by Anura Guruge


Pictures of EACH of the performances.

1st 18 additional pictures.


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All pictures taken with a Fujifilm X-E2s.

Attribution WILL be enforced.


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Concord, N.H. 2016 “Multicultural Festival”, Saturday, June 25 — The Pictures II (18 More).

by Anura Guruge


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pictures of EACH of the performances.


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All pictures taken with a Fujifilm X-E2s.

Attribution WILL be enforced.


Do not miss this post
for list of performances and review.


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

by Anura Guruge


Click pictures to ENLARGE.

All pictures taken with a Fujifilm X-E2s.

Attribution WILL be enforced.


One Picture Each Of Each Of The Performances.

See list below — in order, of appearance at the Festival,
and as such also of the pictures
[left to right –>].


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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‘The English Concert’ At the Dartmouth (N.H.) Hop On Jan. 31, 2014 Was An Absolute Magical Experience!

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.Hop50red

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>>July 16, 2013.


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The beguiling ‘Wind Machine’ to the right.

The program. Some small changes. The first piece was in ‘F Major’ I think and the intermission was after the 2nd piece not the 3rd.


If I had to describe last night’s very magical, near divine,
‘The English Concert’ at the Dartmouth HOP
in two words I would use would be:

lilting & stirring.


Other words that could be used around those two

would be:

soothing, inspiring, mesmerizing, virtuosic and gratifying.


These, obviously, on top of the ‘magical’ and ‘divine’
that I had already used.

At the intermission I heard a gentleman leaving the auditorium saying: Fantastic!
That works too.

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This is a ‘Theorbo’. They had one, as is shown in all their publicity photos, though not as fancy. It reminded me of a Sitar. Appears I was on the right track. Related to the Lute. Click for Wikipedia entry …

Another huge cap in the feather for the HOP. This was yet another HOP concert where you definitely felt privileged to be a part of. During the entire 2-hour concert, other than the rousing music coming from the stage there was nary a sound from the packed audience. Everybody was watching, listening and enjoying — enthralled. This was one heck of a tour tour de force. It was very professional. Made me feel very proud to be British (though I really don’t need any excuses to feel as such).

The intermission was after the first two pieces. When it came, as is my wont, I checked my watch. It was 8:57. They have performed for ~52 minutes. It felt like only 20 minutes had elapsed. They had slowed down time! They sure transported you, quite literally, to a different age. You could just feel it. It was like a magic show done in music.

The ‘Wind Machine’ was a riot. Had everybody intrigued until it finally got its few minutes of glory. I could learn to play that.

Of course, going in, we all knew that this was a world class outfit. Well, they proved that — conclusively.

The acoustics of the HOP Spaulding Auditorium are superb. It was great setting to hear this lilting music — so different to the more ponderous ‘inspirational’ music of that era.

The Georg Philipp TelemannTrumpet Concerto in D Major‘ was a revelation to me. Wow. Wow. Wow. I want to share it with you, because I know you will just love it. I can’t find it on YouTube performed by ‘The English Concert’. So I have to use another … I am sure that what we heard last night, performed by Mark Bennett was better. But, enjoy.

Click to access YouTube video.

Click to access YouTube video.


It has been quite a week for us in terms of top-notch entertainment.

Sunday: Katie McNally & the Strathspey & Reel Society

Wednesday: UNH Chinese New Year Gala

Thursday: Clearlakes Chorale rehearsal

Friday: The English Concert.

Not bad for cold week, in the midst of winter, in New Hampshire!


The Dartmouth (N.H.) Hop: Famed ‘The English Concert’ Performance On Friday, January 31, 2014. Tickets Selling Fast.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.Hop50red

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These three write-ups, the middle one from Wikipedia
and the last from the HOP,
will give you a very good ideas what this
London-based ensemble is all about.
Suffice to say that it ‘sounds’ very exciting and uplifting.
Click image to access the Website.

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I heard yesterday that tickets are selling fast.
So you better contact the HOP Box Office ASAP.


Some YouTube videos to give you an even greater appreciation.
Click on each to access the YouTube video.
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Enjoy!



CIRQUE ALFONSE ‘Timber’ At The Dartmouth (N.H.) Hop: Mesmerizing, World-Class Synergistic Blend Of Creativity, Acrobatics, Dance, Music and Athleticism.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.Hop50red

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Think of it as an enchanting, ‘how-so-clever’, mix of:
Cirque du Soleil,
the French Canadian Glengarry Bhoys,

British Pantomime with occasional,
tantalizing touches of ‘Riverdance’
and some irreverent outhouse humor

thrown in for good measure!
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‘Brilliant’ alone
does not do them enough justice.

If the Canadian government had any sense
(and therein may lie a problem)
they would immediately, and at once, declare
Cirque Alfonse a National Canadian Treasure.

Do you get the impression that I might have been ever so slightly impressed?
If so, you may be right.


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As a quick search on ‘circus’ on this blog (>>>) will show, we are no strangers to good circuses. We go to at least one big circus (typically Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey) a year, without fail, and usually try to get in two (maybe three). We have seen two Cirque performances and plan to see a few more soon. So, you have to go the extra mile to suitably impress me and Devanee when it comes to circus acts.

Cirque Alfonse did that with aplomb.

Bravo.

We have seen a lot of juggling by world class troupes but their multi-person, ‘William Tell’ (and they do have some Swiss blood), hatchet juggling was amazing.

Very clever.

90 minutes of non-stop entertainmentwithout an intermission.
I was amazed. I am no stranger to Canada and I have NEVER
seen a bunch of Canadians work this hard and this cleverly
in my 25 years of working for and with Canadian companies.
[The ‘Alfonse’ refers to the area, north of Montreal, that they hail from (and hale indeed they are).]

They are going to be doing 3 local performances next year. You really should go see them.

Click for their whole schedule.

Click for their whole schedule.


Not much more I can really say that will do them more justice.

It was at the Dartmouth Hop. That alone says it all. They had to be crème de la crème just to make the Hop cut. The Hop only serves the best. I saw a ‘trailer’ for this Circus when we attended the July 18, 2013 ‘Program Preview’ at the Hop. I bought the tickets for last night the day they came on sale … in July or August, I think.

So, you too should watch a video of them, provided by them,
just to get an appreciation. Of course, they are on YouTube.

Click to access YouTube video. We saw all of this and more last night. So this is very representative of the show.

Click to access YouTube video. We saw all of this and more last night. So this is very representative of the show.

Yes, it is amazing given that they are Canadian,
but they even have a halfway decent Website.

Click to access.

Click to access.


Another video.

At the very entertaining post-performance discussion, and all the pictures at the top were taken at that, I actually asked them about how they stop from getting dizzy. They do a LOT of non-stop spinning. Even the Dad — Grand-Dad. I was told, practice. Deanna was very impressed by the Dad and his ability to keep up with the kids.

Click to access another YouTube.

Click to access another YouTube.



The Dad smoked his pipe twice during the show. You could clearly smell the aromatic tobacco. First time in decades that I remember somebody actually smoking on stage. A sign of the time. They pretended to drink wine or hock. I think that that is permitted. 

I know that they are Canadian, but they were performing in the U.S. OF ‘A’, and I was surprised that they got away without using the (OSHA?) mandated safety lines etc. I will have to check. IT was good that they didn’t have to use the safety lines but I was under the impression that they were mandatory. Hhhhmmmm.

Also, they had the baby, the son of two of the performers, on stage at 9:30. Hhhmmmm. I know that there are U.S. OF ‘A’ laws about young children on stage. I am sure the Hop complied. Just struck me. Sorry. 

Northeastern Ballet ‘The Nutcracker’ Christmas 2013 — Dover and Wolfeboro, NH. Get You Tickets.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Nutcracker (2013) With ‘Northeastern Ballet’ At Durham & Wolfeboro. Teischan As A ‘Bon-Bon’.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Sandwich Fair, NH, Saturday, October 6, 2012: Some Pictures


Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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by Anura Guruge


Related posts:
1/ Sandwich Fair, NH, Saturday, October 6, 2012: We Went, We Had Fun, We Recommend — Oct. 6, 2012.
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Sandwich Fair, NH, Saturday, October 6, 2012: We Went, We Had Fun, We Recommend.


Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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We got there about 9:40 am. The main, free car park on Bean Road/Squam Lake Road leading to Gate C was full. But, it wasn’t a problem. The auxiliary free car park, 200 yards down the road, was empty. That takes you via the quaint little “Murphy’s Bridge” to Gate E — and then straight to the Tractor Pull area. So we started by looking at some amazing antique cars, some old engines and 20 minutes of tractor pulls. That was good. Good way to start the show. Also a guy on stilts and Deanna and the kids love men on stilts. Growing up in Ceylon we would have men in stilts come by the house and do a performance for a few cents. I think it is a bygone era. Performers going door-to-door. We use to get snake charmers, fortune tellers and match makers, à la ‘Fiddler On The Roof’, too.

When we got to the Midway it was 11:20 and they were pushing the $15 ‘all-you-can-ride’ till 2pm bracelets. So I just ended up getting two for the kids and 6 additional tickets so that Deanna and I could go on the Ferris Wheel as we like to do as a family. So we did that. They were having a LOT of problems with the electric for the big rides. I had never thought about it. You can’t run the really big rides off an extension chord. They have huge power generating trucks around the Midway churning out the juice. But, they were having problems. ‘Air Force 1‘, the premier ride, was down for the count. Didn’t impact us greatly as Devanee won’t do it anymore after scaring herself to death on it a few years ago — when we took her and three other friends to the Fair for her birthday, on the birthday, October 10. They had a new ride, an UFO; a fast spinning UFOs with no openings or windows. Devanee, after a nervous first ride, did it twice more. Tesichan rode the carousel three or four times. They did the bumper cars. So I think we got our $30. Other than ‘Air Force 1’, as far as I could see, all the other rides, including the Ferris Wheel, were ‘3 tickets’ each. I think they have come down in tickets — possibly after seeing a drop in attendance when they jacked up prices.

We saw Roderick Russell, the mind reader and sword swallower at the stage. He was good. He said he was famous. I checked him out. He is. He was great. He was fun and yes, I got to get up on stage with him though he wouldn’t let me try swallowing his sword. I saw ‘Mo the Clown‘. I also saw and spoke briefly with Alex Ray of the ‘Common Man’ (who I have known since 1998). He was at his ‘distracted best‘. Enough said. 


Click to check out his Website and read about all his records and exploits. Nice young guy. I gave him some chocolates after the show. He was happy to get them, to sooth his throat.


The weather forecast I posted here was right. It was overcast from the beginning. We got two large showers, the first at 3:40 and the other around 5. Wasn’t a big deal for us. We ducked into the ‘Smith & Hodge Exhibit Halls‘ during the first downpour and the ‘Craft Building‘ for the second. Surprisingly neither was packed with people seeking shelter! For a start, it wasn’t that crowded to begin with, especially for a Saturday. I think many knew the forecast and decided to stay away. After the first shower the place was nearly empty. That was a shame. Felt bad for the vendors. By 5 a few of them were looking rather desperate. Then the sun did come out, but rain clouds threatened, all around. It was warm mid-day but after the rain it got noticeably cool. We all put on jackets.

The art show, as ever, was amazing. Love the quality of the photographs entered for the competition. Wow.

Definitely recommend that you try and get there Sunday or Monday. Good atmosphere. Great bonhomie. Everybody is friendly and is trying to have a good time.

Food prices were the same as last year. So that was two big contrasts with the 2012 Loon Highland Games; you didn’t feel that you were being mercilessly exploited at every turn and they had new things. Bravo.

Yes, we plan to go next year. [P.S., Sandwich, in a huge about-turn from years past, appears to have become a Democratic enclave. Not sure how that happened.]

Devanee playing field hockey with a pig. She, i.e., Devanee, won a pink ribbon for her efforts. We, however, didn’t get to bring one home.