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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.


Related posts:
++++ Search on ‘Multicultural’ for many posts & pictures, especially from 2015 >>>>


by Anura Guruge

Portsmouth, NH Also Has A ‘First Night’ With Ice Sculpture, Battle Of The Bands & Fireworks


Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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by Anura Guruge


Related posts:
1. Wolfeboro, NH, ‘First Night’ Celebrations … Nov. 29, 2012.
2.
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ine Minogue, Harpist, At Wolfeboro,‘First Night’ … — Nov. 30, 2012.


Click image to access the ‘ProPortsmouth’ Website with First Night related data, including program, prices etc.


We have, alas, never been to ‘First Night‘ in Portsmouth, NH. Though we all like Portsmouth the prospect of driving back home after midnight on New Year’s doesn’t hold much appeal.

That said, we have been to Portsmouth a number of times of New Years day, January 1; our wedding anniversary. So we have seen what is left of the ice sculptures.

Pretty sure we won’t make it to First Night in Portsmouth this year. We seem committed to Wolfeboro, which has the attraction of offering 2x fireworks and only being 25 minutes away (with no traffic to contend with).

There is a chance we will go to Portsmouth again on January 1, 2013. We will have to do something special. It is our 10th wedding anniversary and so many people said that we wouldn’t last the year, just because we met online and got married 6 weeks to the day, Wednesday to a Wednesday, of first making contact.

Wolfeboro, NH, ‘First Night’ Celebrations New Year’s Eve 2012 (i.e., December 31). Worth Going.


Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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by Anura Guruge


Related posts:
1. Wolfeboro, NH, Christmas Tree Lighting, 2012 — Nov. 24, 2012.
2.
Wolfeboro Christmas Tree Lighting, 2012, Clearlakes Chorale,

>>Wolfeboro’s Community Chorus Sings Carols — Nov. 24, 2012.


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The hot air balloons were a blast.

A bit like Venice in Wolfeboro. Even I made a mask. It was a a lot of fun. We were in that hall for a good 2 hours.

It was a lot of fun.

The Wolfeboro puppets are a class act. Bravo. I even prefer them to the Hanover butterflies.


To access the official ‘First Night’ Wolfeboro Website … CLICK.


The ‘First Night’ 2012 Wolfeboro, NH events. I scanned this from a paper because I could not find it online. Click to ENLARGE.


Though we had started going, with glee, to the midnight fireworks a couple of years earlier, last year was the first time we bought buttons and participated in the whole ‘First Night’ Wolfeboro experience. It was a blast.

Yes, the weather could not have been better. It, as you might be able to judge from some of the pictures, was balmy. That made a huge difference. Yes, I am going to buy some $7 buttons in the next few weeks. At 50% off they are a deal. At $7 per ‘adult’ you can’t beat it.

The hot air balloon building would appeal to most kids. But, make sure you allocate at least 2 hours for it. [Just so that you know, the hamsters race inside plastic balls! So, if you are hoping to see hamsters charging down lanes like miniature greyhounds, you might be disappointed. Very nice pet show. Teischan and I went last year while Devanee worked on the balloon.]

The parade and fireworks are a must. You can see both without having a button.

The ‘hat & mask making’ is a lot of fun too. We all had a ball.

I am a sucker for (good) harp music. So I am going to try and catch Aine Minogue at the church. Never heard of her. But, since I will not be going to heaven, I need to get my fill of harp music here.

I do have a gripe, a major one at that. Yes, next year I will contact the Committee and see if we can fix it. My gripe. This whole New Year’s Eve party winds down before midnight! Yes, we have the fireworks … but that is it. They need to have at least one hour of partying after that.

Yes, as an adopted Scot who has celebrated Hogmanay in Scotland, I know how to do this in style. I will share my expertise with the relevant folks. You got to do the ‘Auld Lang Syne‘ and the ladies need to be kissed by a ‘tall’ (by Scottish standards, which means 5′ 6″ and above) DARK man. No, I am not volunteering, though this was the reason I used to get invited up to Scotland for Hogmanay. Chimney sweeps are hard to find, and I was reasonably ‘civilized’ and moderately ‘presentable’.

Click to watch Hogmanay in Glasgow, Scotland on YouTube. They have lots more video.