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The Beatles “Magical History Tour” Exhibition At Foxwoods, CT — Impressive & Educational.

by Anura Guruge


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We went to ‘Foxwoods‘ (just 25 minutes away) on the second day of our 5-day stay at ‘Mohegan Sun’ post-Christmas. The main goal was to check out the ‘new’ Indian Museum, but that was closed. So we got to explore the ‘resort’ earlier than we had hoped. We had stayed there a few years ago and wanted to see how it was no vis-à-vis Mohegan Sun. [Teischan and I had had gone to the buffet there in August during our trip to Mystic, but we hadn’t spent much time there because it was late.]

I saw the signs to this Beatles exhibition as soon as we left the parking garage. It looked interesting. I also was planning to get tickets for the ‘Legends in Concert‘, at Foxwoods, for New Year’s Eve while we were there. So we proceeded to the ‘Theater District’. There was no problem getting the tickets. And they had a combo deal that included the Beatles exhibition for something like $10/ticket extra. So that was a no brainer.

We went to the exhibition as soon as we got the tickets. It wasn’t crowded.

Very well done. Some amazing exhibits. Well presented. Very slick.

Though I am a great (lifelong) fan, I, alas, am not an expert on the Beatles. I was in Ceylon during their meteoric early days, e.g., 1964. Ceylon did not get TV till 1985 so I never got to see the beatles on TV during the 60s. So, there was a lot I did not know. Like the market for the hotel bedsheets, carpets and ashtrays when the Beatles visited the U.S.

The grey album cover, autographed, on John kissing Yoko was fascinating. It was the actual album that John had autographed for David Chapman — his assassin! They had found it at the murder site and had served as police evidence. You can see the police markings on it.

I could have spent much more time there. But, the kids wanted to check out the shops.

I was very impressed. Highly recommended. If you get a chance to see this exhibit, do NOT hesitate. It will be well worth paying $25 or $30. Very good.


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“Shake Shack”, Theater District, New York Was Mobbed Over Christmas — I Am Thrilled.

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There are NO, alas and alack, ‘Shake Shacks‘ in poor ‘you guys spend all your money on heating’ New Hampshire. The nearest ‘Shake Shack’ is in Massachusetts, Harvard Square. I had never been to a ‘Shake Shack’ and really wanted to try them out since I had heard so often, albeit in the financial media, that they had the BEST burgers in the known universe. Plus, based on the hype prior to their IPO last year, I did buy some SHAK over the Summer.

On our way to Philadelphia last May, to pick up our Jaguar XJ8, we did partake in a great lunch at the Times SquareWhite Castle“. We all agreed that their sliders were as good, if not better, than what folks had raved about. Now we needed to check out ‘Shake Shack’.

Even prior to arriving in New York City, on Monday, December 28, 2015, I had already announced, having checked the locations online, that we would be having dinner at the SHAK our first night in NYC. Well that proved NOT to be the case. Oh, YES, we did walk down to the one in the Theater District, 8th Avenue & 44th Street, from the Novotel Times Square hotel (7th & 51st) where we were staying, around 7:30pm in the cold drizzle that had just started.

We could NOT believe it. It was MOBBED. The line was out of the door and halfway up the block — and there was a fair amount of cold, near freezing precipitation (i.e., freezing rain). The inside was packed. So we gave it a miss that night.

The next day, Tuesday, we went to the 2pm matinee of the “Phantom of the Opera“. SHAK is just around the corner from the Majestic. So at 5pm we walked across. There was still a line and it was PACKED inside. But I insisted. They are slick. As a SHAREHOLDER I was thrilled. They hand out menus while you are still in line so that you can formulate your order before you get to the counter. That helps.

I had the “Shake Stack” and a glass of their house red wine. Deanna and the kids had shakes, burgers and fries. The ‘Stack’, a cheeseburger with a cheese-stuffed portobello mushroom, was delectable. The wine wasn’t bad. The girls liked the shakes. It was PACKED, elbow-to-elbow. But as a SHAREHOLDER I was delighted.

SHAK will go far. I am LONG. I am holding onto that puppy.

In Philadelphia, New Year’s Eve, because it was handy, we ended up going to a ‘BurgerFi‘ — kind of opposite ‘Reading Market‘. They are, of course, in direct competition with SHAK with a similar menu. The Philly location was not packed — BUT Philly was remarkably empty given the crush in NY. The food was good. I was impressed. They did not have any wine or beer. I still liked SHAK better — but I am biased.


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