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Portland, ME, ‘Stars & Stripes Spectacular’, With Suzanne Nance (Rather Than Don McLean), Postponed To Saturday, July 5, 2014.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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by Anura Guruge


Related Don McLean Posts from Portland July 4, 2013:
>> Click for the Don McLean picture montage.
>> Click for the videos.
>> Click for panoramas.
>> Click for Stars and Stripes Spectacular pictures.

++ Don McLean in Portland 2014May 14, 2014.
++ Rain on Don’s Parade? — July 2, 2014.


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Portland, Maine “Stars and Stripes Spectacular”, 2014 — Latest Event Info Does NOT Show Don McLean. Heads UP.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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by Anura Guruge


Related Don McLean Posts from Portland July 4, 2013:
>> Click for the Don McLean picture montage.
>> Click for the videos.
>> Click for panoramas.
>> Click for Stars and Stripes Spectacular pictures.

++ Don McLean in Portland 2014May 14, 2014.
++ Rain on Don’s Parade? — July 2, 2014.
++ Postponement to July 5th? — July 3, 2014


The latest event info., online, does NOT show Don McLean.

Event info. in May 2014, as shown below (and in this post), did show him at 7:40 pm. BUT, I always feared that that was a tentative ‘placeholder’ schedule and that it would change. Sorry. Not my fault. We are as crushed as you. We love Don. It was such an honor and joy to see him last year. I had tears pouring down my face. The kids were intrigued.

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Click here to access schedule online from the official Website.

Not familiar with Suzanne Nance. Just Googled her. Appears she worked for MPBN — Maine Public Broadcasting Network. Appears that she is an award-winning soprano. Hhhmmm. Devanee is a soprano and given her involvement with Clearlakes Chorale and now Great Waters it might be good for her to see her. Not sure what the plans are. Our main motivation for making the trek was to see Don. But Deanna, being a Mainer, kind of wants to go to Portland irrespective. Will all depend whether it gets postponed etc. Alton fireworks are now on Saturday, so are “Annie and the Orphans” in Wolfeboro. That one is easy to solve, at least from my perspective. Sorry about the bad news re. Don.


The original schedule as it was posted, with 2014 ‘timestamps’, in May 2014.

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Portland, ME, ‘Stars & Stripes Spectacular’ Will Determine At 3pm, Thursday, July 3, 2014 IF July 4th Event Will Be Moved To July 5.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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by Anura Guruge


Related Don McLean Posts from Portland July 4, 2013:
>> Click for the Don McLean picture montage.
>> Click for the videos.
>> Click for panoramas.
>> Click for Stars and Stripes Spectacular pictures.

++ Don McLean in Portland 2014May 14, 2014.
++ Rain on Don’s Parade? — July 2, 2014.


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Also NO MENTION of Don McLean in the latest schedule!

I will dig into this Thursday later this morning.


Will 4th Of July ‘Hurricane’ “Arthur” Rain On The Don McLean ‘Parade’ At The Portland, ME, ‘Stars & Stripes Spectacular’.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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by Anura Guruge


Related Don McLean Posts from Portland July 4, 2013:
>> Click for the Don McLean picture montage.
>> Click for the videos.
>> Click for panoramas.
>> Click for Stars and Stripes Spectacular pictures.

++ Don McLean in Portland 2014May 14, 2014.


Please check this post for Don McLean update. 

Event postponed to Saturday, July 5, 2014. No Don!


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Click either image to access “Weather Underground” forecast for Portland, Maine for Friday, July 4, 2014.


Weather, of course, if always the wild-card. We had spectacular, unbelievable weather last year.

As soon as I heard about the coast-hugging ‘hurricane’ for the 4th I started worrying about Portland, ME — which is smack-dab on the coast.

We learned last Thursday, while in Acadia, that even “today’s” high-tech weather forecasts can be wrong. According to the forecasts last Thursday, in Acadia, was going to be a total washout. So we had braced ourselves for that. But as it happened the rain ceased, entirely, at 11 am. We didn’t make it out of the Motel till 10:50 am. We were going to do brunch at the “Jordan Pond House” to begin with. By the time we got there it had stopped raining. By the time we got out after brunch it was dry. Overcast, but no rain. Turned out to be a great, bonus day. No crowds. No rain. So it was nice.

So based on that recent experience I am keeping my fingers crossed for Don. How can you rain on Don’s parade?

A bit concerned for the Alton (N.H.) Fireworks tomorrow, i.e., Thursday, July 3, 2014 at 9:20 pm. We have been invited to a house Alton Bay for the fireworks so we could stay dry most of the time. We will see.


Rejoice. We Are Blessed! Don McLean Will AGAIN Perform In Portland, ME, This July 4th As He Did In 2013.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Related Don McLean Posts from Portland July 4, 2013:
>> Click for the Don McLean picture montage.
>> Click for the videos.
>> Click for panoramas.
>> Click for Stars and Stripes Spectacular pictures.


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This is great news. As with much of my life there was a very good reason why I was checking into this, this early (a lifetime away for me), when I am noted for not thinking much beyond the current week.

When we went to delightful, enchanting Strawbery Banke, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, on Mother’s Day I noticed that they do a July 4th spectacular. I wanted to go to that. But given that we had SO MUCH fun at Portland, Maine last year, and we all vowed to go back, I wasn’t going to do anything rash UNTIL I determined what Portland was doing. So this morning (by that I mean around 1:05 am) I finally got a second to check. Don McLean is going to be there again!

IF Don is going to be there … so will WE — the weather the only factor. I am not into getting soaked — not even for Don. So I will not brave it if it means I have to have an umbrella. Yes, I have watched Willie Nelson in the pouring rain for 2 hours — but I paid like $60 for the concert (and it was worth every cent and more, rain or no rain). So, I will be checking Portland weather … starting 10 days out. As long as it is not going to be ‘pouring’ down we will be there.

Rejoice.

It is so cool that Don now lives in Maine.


Don McLean In Portland, ME, July 4, 2013 Performing ‘American Pie’ & ‘Vincent (Starry Starry Night)’ — The Videos.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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by Anura Guruge


Click For the Don McLean picture montage.

Click For panoramas.

Click for Stars and Stripes Spectacular pictures.


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‘Stars and Stripes Spectacular’, Portland, Maine, July 4, 2013 (With Don McLean) — The Pictures.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Related posts:
1/ July 4, 2013, Portland, ME, ‘Stars & Stripes Spectacular’
>> Panoramas — July 5, 2013.
2/ Don McLean at Portland, ME July 4, 2013
>>July 5, 2013.
3/ Weather looks promising for fireworks …
>>July 3, 2013.
4/ Portland, Maine, July 4, 2013
>> … with Don McLean — June 29, 2013.


Click For the Don McLean picture montage.

Click for Don McLean videos from Portland.

Click For panoramas.


Wonderful event. So glad we went.
Hopefully this gallery will capture some of the essence of it.
Definitely worth going next year, with or without Don McLean.


All the pictures taken by Deanna on her Panasomic Lumix DMC-Zs19.

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July 4, 2013, Portland, Maine, ‘Stars and Stripes Spectacular’ — Panoramas.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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1/ Don McLean at Portland, ME July 4, 2013
>>July 5, 2013.

2/ Weather looks promising for fireworks …
>>July 3, 2013.

3/ Portland, Maine, July 4, 2013
>> … with Don McLean — June 29, 2013.


Click For the Don McLean picture montage.


This was quite an event.

As they said that the end, it was the biggest July 4 event north of Boston.

It was fun. We are so glad we went. We are already talking about going next year.

Thank YOU, Portland. Hats Off to you. That was indeed a bravissimo performance.


All the pictures taken by Deanna on her
Panasomic Lumix DMC-Zs19.

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Definitely worth seeing in full-size since these are widescreen panoramas.
Enjoy.






Don McLean, Mr. American Pie, July 4, 2013 At Portland, ME, ‘Stars and Stripes Spectacular’.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Related posts:
1/ Weather looks promising for fireworks … — July 3, 2013.
2/ Portland, Maine, July 4, 2013 … with Don McLean — June 29, 2013.


Click for the videos of Don McLean from Portland.



Don McLean (67), who now lives in Camden, ME (a delightful locale, for sure), sang ‘Vincent’ and ‘American Pie’, in two separate slots at the Portland spectacular last night.

He was brilliant. You could feel his presence. Gave me goosebumps when he started singing ‘American Pie’ — one of my all time favorites. Yes, of course, his voice is a bit raspy and the ‘so so‘ sound system made his guitar a tad too raspy. But it was still brilliant. He held an estimated 30,000(+) crowd transfixed, bar Teischan, who chose the middle of ‘American Pie’ to demand that she had to be taken to the porta potty! ‘American Pie’, obviously, does not resonate with 7 year olds though she likes music and apple pie.

We are delighted that we went. It really was a spectacular. Thank YOU, Portland. We will be back next year. If you can get Don to come back that would be real special.


All the pictures (bar the last 4 ) taken by Deanna on her
Panasomic Lumix DMC-Zs19.

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Weather Looks Promising For Tonights July 3 Fireworks In Alton, NH & Tomorrow’s, July 4, Spectacular In Portland, ME With Don McLean.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Related posts:
1/ Portland, Maine, July 4, 2013 … with Don McLean — June 29, 2013.
2/ Alton & Wolfeboro 2013 fireworks … — June 19, 2013.


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Forecast for Alton, NH for the Wednesday, July 3, 2013 fireworks at ~9:15 pm at the Bay.




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Portland, Maine forecast for tomorrow, 4th of July, 2013, the Concert starting at 7:40pm.


I have never seen Don McLean. I would like to see him. I gather that he lives in Maine now.

Checked the weather. Looks fairly promising.

We like Portland, ME, but we haven’t been for a very long time — these days our trips usually terminating at Ocean Park, ME.

So I am thinking of going. Portland is about 90 minutes from here.

But, this is definitely worth checking out. I haven’t been to a ‘real’ 4th of July celebration in many a long year (though as a Brit I, of course, have very mixed feeling about this).