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Dover, N.H., Greek Fest 2014 At The ‘Hellenic Center’ — Saturday, August 30, 2104.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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>> Sep. 1, 2013.
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>>June 16, 2013.


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This year we didn’t get there till, nearly 8:30 pm. As soon as we got there the priest (Proistamenos) of the (beautiful) Dover ‘Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church’approached me, as he had also done last year, and thanked me for my post for this year’s (‘lovely’) post. That was nice. He is a very nice person. I like him. We also got to see Siroun Braun, Teischan’s ex-piano teacher — and Teischan got to help her with the raffle. That was nice. Teischan enjoyed that.

They were out of lamb. That is OK. The live music was good. I got to take some pictures of a  bouzouki which I always enjoy photographing and listening to as well. I guess I took too many pictures! They did not like it. Well, I kind of got the veiled message too. They don’t want my type at their function taking pictures. No problem. I won’t be taking any pictures next year because I will NOT be going. Simple as that. But, here are some of the pictures that I did take.


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Dover, N.H., Greek Fest 2014 At The ‘Hellenic Center’, Labor Day Weekend, August 29 – 30. Go. Go. GO!

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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>>June 16, 2013.


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We went last year and had a blast.

Great people, mouthwatering lamb, punchy music and wonderful atmosphere.

IF at all possible we will go this year too.

But, now that I know the drill we are going to go during the night.

Yep, I want to PARTY with these Greeks.

My kind of folks. Acidic red wine, greasy lamb and strings a strumming.

I will be up there dancing.

See you there.

Do not miss.

Go. Go. GO!

Teischan’s ex-music teacher Siroun Roubian-Braun is involved with this event.


Rachmaninoff Choir Performing At The Beautiful Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, In Dover, N.H.,Nov. 22, 2013.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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>>June 16, 2013.
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>> Aug. 22, 2013.


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On Friday November 22,
The Rachmaninoff Choir
will be performing
at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church,
Dover, N.H.

The half of the proceed will go to Dover Share Fund, the other half will go towards music ministry.

Tickets are $20.00 per person
you may contact the church 742-7667

We are huge supporters of this church. Teischan’s music teacher
Siroun Roubian-Braun is a member.
We went to their Summer Greek Festival. Loved it.

We Went To The Dover Greek Fest On Saturday, August 31. It was a BLAST. Great People. Lamb Was Divine!

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.



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>> Dover (NH) Greek Fest 2013
>>Aug. 21, 2013.



I wasn’t going to miss this. I had been thinking about the lamb shank for a week. I earned that lamb shank! Working like a crazy person is more or less the norm for me. But this last month had been even crazier trying and succeeding in getting out 2 books in print, 230 tightly formatted pages, within the month — in addition to updating the eBook versions. So I was ready for that lamb shank. It was good. Exquisitely and delicately spiced. Very tender. Fell off the bone with the lightest touch of the plastic fork. These Hellenists know how to cook their lamb.

The kids discovered another treat. Baklava Sundaes. Decadance in a plastic bowl for $3. I refrained. I didn’t even have the rice that came with the shank. But the kids had a Baklava Sundae each. Genius.

The Fest was at the Dover Hellenic Center on Longhill Road. First time we had been there or even knew it existed, Large building on a HUGE tract of land. Kind of tucked away. We found Longhill Road by luck. That worked out. We had thought it was closer to town — but as we were driving into Dover, from Rochester, on the ‘back road’, Deanna happened to see the road sign that said ‘Longhill’. From that point on they had good signage for the Fest. Very well done.

Nice bunch of people. Teischan’s piano teacher, Siroun Braun, was there. She is the one, in the red top, in the gallery above — talking to Deanna and Devanee. She is the one who told us about it. The priest (Proistamenos) of the (beautiful) Dover ‘Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church‘, approached me and thanked me for my post on the Fest. Siroun had sent him the link. You can see him in the very first picture, in glasses, serving food.

Altogether we had a GREAT TIME. Missed the live band. But, we will be going next year.


At the fest I got to meet with iconographer D.C. Christopher Gosey, an ex-architect from Texas, who now lives in Manchester and has been painting mesmerizing icons for the last couple of decades. He is the one that painted most of the icons in the breathtaking Dover ‘Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church‘. It really was an honor and pleasure to meet him. He also does a lot of Ethiopian icons. I hope to bring you more of his work in the future. Mr. Gosey take a well deserved bow. Here are some examples of his work, though these pictures really don’t do him the justice he deserves.



Dover (N.H.) Greek Fest 2103: Friday – Sat., August 30 – 31, Longhill Road. We Are Hoping To Go.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

Aaahhhh! Mouth watering.



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We used to go the Laconia Greek Festival without fail when we lived in Gilford. We have also been to the big festival in Portsmouth though that was a few years ago.

Teischan’s piano teacher, Siroun Braun, is very heavily involved with this Fest and has been singing its praises for months. Tesichan’s second piano recital was at the at the exquisite ‘Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church’ in Dover that is presenting this Fest.

We are definitely hoping to go. The sheep shanks are only on Saturday. So that is when I will be there. I like pork, but I have a thing for sheep (lamb) and mutton (goat). Won’t eat the rice. Teischan will probably have that. But, I have my eye on at least two (maybe more) shanks. Though I adore Baklava I will be giving it the miss again — as I did this year at the Laconia Multicultural Day (for the first time in my life). 

So checkout their Website. They do have a schedule of sorts. They will also have live music on Saturday and we are all partial to Greek music. 


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Link to Greek Fest Website below.

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Teischan’s Second Piano Recital, Saturday, June 15, 2013 At The ‘Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church’ In Dover, NH.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Click to watch YouTube video (1:03 minutes). Teischan is playing “Minuet and Trio”.


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Click to watch YoiTube video (1:24 minutes). Teischan the duet with her piano teacher Siroun Braun. The piece is “Hay Seed”.


This was Teischan’s second piano recital. Her first was in December. She started lessons, in Alton, with Siroun Braun. So she has been playing for 10 months. She did good.

Beautiful church. Magnificent icons and ceiling paintings. I did not even know they had a Greek Orthodox church in Dover. They hold a Greek festival in August, 30 & 31, which is supposed to be very good — and even better than Portsmouth. We will try and go. We like Greek festivals.


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Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church' In Dover, NH.

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Teischan’s First Piano Recital: December 1, 2012, At The ‘Alton Dance Academy’, Instructor Siroun Braun


Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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First solo.

First solo.


The Video on YouTube.

[There are two, the solo and the duet. Look for ‘1Freegrl — 2 videos‘ link, shown highlighted below.]

The YouTube video of the solo. See ' ... 2 video' link, highlighted here, for the duet video. Click to access YouTube video.

The YouTube video of the solo. See ‘ … 2 video’ link, highlighted here, for the duet video. Click to access YouTube video.


Duet with instructor Siroun Braun.

A very proud Teischan with one happy instructor. Teischan got a boquet of yellow roses.

A very proud Teischan with one happy instructor. Teischan got a boquet of yellow roses.


This was a big day for Teischan. Her first piano recital and first solo performance of any sort.

Not sure who was more nervous, Teischan or the parents. She did great. Exceeded expectations.

She only started lessons in late August this year. Her instructor, Siroun Roubian-Braun, has been great. Teischan relates to her. That helps a lot.

Mum and Teischan practice most days (though just a couple of days ago Tesichan was claiming that she was quitting straight after the recital). That we now have a real piano, that we got for free, helps. Hopefully she will stick at it for longer than Devanee — who gave up after a year.

Teischan, at least for now, likes to listen to others playing the piano. Last weekend she watched, entranced, Nancy Farris, the accompanist for Clearlakes Chorale, play during rehearsals while Devanee sang. We are hoping to take her to see Natalia Shevchuk play at Farmington on Saturday, December 15. If so it will be a music filled weekend. We have tickets to see Revels North, in Dartmouth, the next day.

Piano Movers: Lakes Region, NH


Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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Devanee took piano lessons a few years ago, but as with the flute lessons last year, she was not that motivated. We had got Devanee a mid-range electric keyboard which was downstairs in the family room and had not been touched by Devanee in years. Teischan, however, has always messed about on it. Earlier this year she kept on saying she wanted piano lessons. It took us a while to find one because the lady who taught Devanee was no longer doing lessons. Tesichan was getting so desperate that she convinced Devanee to teach her and with numbers pasted on the keyboard Teischan could play a few recognizable ditties.

Then we finally hooked up with Siroun Braun at the Alton Dance Academy. We had known of her, but wasn’t sure whether she was taking any new students or would accept a student who didn’t have a real piano at home. Neither proved to be an issue. She has been great and Deanna thinks the world of her. Teischan, though she will sometimes claim otherwise, loves her lessons. Unlike Devanee she will practice; daily, most of the time. From the start Siroun had told Deanna about the availability of free pianos and had even given her a list. The BIG issue was getting them moved. We had made a few calls. One of our neighbors was thinking about selling us her spinet. Then two weeks ago another neighbor told Deanna that she had a spinet, in very good condition, that we could have for free.

They are on the same road as us, at most 1/2 mile down the road. But, the issue was getting it moved. I have too much hands on experience with movers. So I was from the start skeptical and wary. Deanna, online, found a company in Nashua with a flat rate $250 for piano moving but the difficulties with getting in touch with them did not inspire confidence. Then she found another company that wanted $350. That was crazy. I wanted to hire 4 local ‘kids’ and give them $250. But, Deanna wanted the insurance coverage. I had used William C. Huff movers multiple times in NH with very good luck but they, alas, they don’t seem to understand the notion of an estimate. Last time around, in 2007, the owner, who I have known for years, came and gave us an estimate for ~$1,500. Then once everything was in the truck he gave me a bill that was over twice that! I then remembered they had done this to me the previous move also. They are very nice people and do a great job. But, I wasn’t going to deal with that.

Devanee and Deanna Googled again and found these ‘1st Class Movers‘ in Northwood, NH. Deanna spoke with them and was impressed. They accepted Visa and was adamant that it was $250. They were also willing to do it quickly, within a few days. Deanna signed a contract.

They were going to come at 8:30 am on Thursday to pickup the piano.

I do not like to be woken BEFORE 8 am because I don’t go to sleep much before 1 am. Deanna gets back from taking Teischan to school around 8:10. So these days that is when I get woken up. I didn’t see any need to change my routine. They couldn’t be here, with the piano, much before 8:50.

As it transpired they were way early. They were here around 7:45 and Deanna saw them as she was leaving to drop Teischan off. Luckily the neighbor was at home and cooperated. The piano was delivered and moved into place by 8:20. I didn’t have to do anything but give them a non-monetary tip.

They told us that they charge a 3% surcharge on credit card payments. They hadn’t mentioned that earlier. As it transpired they billed us $261. $11 on $250 is 4.4%, not 3%; but c’est la vie. I have learned that arithmetic with movers is a moveable feast. So I am just glad that I got whacked this time around for a couple of dollars.

The move as far as I can see was smooth, fast, uneventful and painless. It was done by just two men, albeit with all the right equipment. They didn’t do nay damage to the piano or the house. So that was another plus. So, on the whole we are happy, we are impressed and with this post we will even recommend them.