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‘Cirque Dreams Holidaze’, SNHU Arena, Manchester, NH– December 12, 2018.

by Anura Guruge


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It was ‘OK’. Definitely ‘OK’.

Not great; definitely not even close to the ‘Greatest Show On Earth‘ — but it had its moments and acts.

At least two acts that were world-class and memorable: an amazing jump-rope performance and a delightful ‘quick change’ skit.

A few other decent acts: hula-hoops, trapeze, juggling and a balancing act.

Lot of loud Christmas music and bonhomie. It was like a very loud Nutcracker with acrobatic acts thrown in. But, they tried and it was very colorful and fast moving. Best geared for YOUNGER kids (10 and under) who haven’t been to too many circuses.

What they could do was limited. Fairly small stage. 80% of the acts literally revolved around this one hanging rope that could pull performers off the stage.

In reality it was just but one notch above the ALL-AMATEUR ‘Circus Smirkus‘ we had seen in Wolfeboro in August.

I will caution you about going to see this. It is expensive for what it was. We paid ~$65 each. Not sure it was worth that. We used to see ‘Ringling Brothers & Barnum and Bailey‘, at that very same arena, in better seats for less and there is NO comparison between the two.

Really check it out before you get the tickets. Best for younger kids who have never been to a circus and already excited about Christmas.


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“Big Apple Circus” “Grandma”, Barry Lubin Resigns Over Sexual Misconduct (#MeToo!).

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This is pretty incredible, shocking and sad.

We are real familiar with ‘Grandma’ & the ‘Big Apple Circus‘.

Before we started going to ‘Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus‘, on an annual basis, until they shut up shop in 2017, we used to go to the ‘Big Apple Circus‘ — at their Hanover (New Hampshire) performance, until they stopped coming c. 2011.

The main incident, which he had admitted, happened in 2004 and involved a 16-year old aerialist and pornographic photos! Not good. What was he thinking.

That he resigned per se, is a bit confusing in that it appears that he retired a couple of years ago.

Not good. Sure that there are a lot of parents mortified …

Another black eye for today’s circuses just as “The Greatest Showman” continues to do gangbusters at the movies.


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NOT The Pictures Of The Day (Sony a6000): I – IV — April 23, 2017.

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Ringling Brothers & Barnum and Bailey Circus,
Manchester, NH.

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Sandwich Fair, Saturday, October 8, 2011

by Anura Guruge

We have been going to ‘The Fair,‘ without fail, rain or shine, for over a decade. It is a family tradition.

So on Saturday we set off, extra early, and got there by 8:30 am, the earliest, ever, for us. Though it was a glorious day, sunny and warm (with the forecast saying it would only get better), we thought it didn’t feel as crowded as we were used to. We just thought that it was because it was so early.

We, as ever, had a great time. It was fun. We left around 4 pm, and again commented that it didn’t feel as busy as we remembered from past years.

Today, in the local paper, the Laconia Daily Sun, we read that the attendance for Saturday and Sunday broke all records — all three days of this Columbus Weekend being just glorious. That is good. Just didn’t feel that busy to us — and we attributed that to the economy (with entrance for adults now at $10).

We also go the Highland Games without fail, even dodging hurricanes, and have done so since 1998. Which day we go depends on weather, other commitments etc. Of late, with a youngster in tow, we tend to avoid the Saturday because it gets too busy. This year we went on Sunday — again, the weather could not have been better. As with Sandwich we felt that the numbers were down, but, granted it was the Sunday and we don’t know what Saturday was like.

We also, for the last few years, go to see the Ringling Brothers & Barnum and Bailey circus in Manchester annually — always going to the last show on Sunday so that we can stay behind and watch the elephants being walked to the train through the main streets. There were lost of empty seats — actually complete sections of the arena that were empty.

So just some reference on how the economy might be impacting local, much loved NH events.

Cheers.