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DISH TV: Free HBO & Cinemax Right Now — Friday, July 21 To Monday, July 24, 2017.

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Happened to find it serendipitously around 11:20pm on Thursday, July 21, when I, as I often did, checked the electronic program guide to see what interesting stuff was coming up on the ‘Smithsonian Channel’. I DVR a fair amount from the Smithsonian and watch it if there is no decent cricket to watch.


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DISH TV: Free HBO, Cinemax & Showtime Preview Weekend Starting This Friday, February 17, 2017.

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“Sawyers Holiday Open House” (Barnstead, N.H.), 2016, Thanksgiving Weekend.

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This has now become one of our mandatory annual events. It is just down the road from us and is always fun. Really nice people and lots of fun stuff to see. I love to take pictures when I go there. So colorful and creative.

So now you have the dates and times. Try and make it. It will be fun. Enjoy.

Happy Thanksgiving.


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FREE HBO & Cinemax Preview This Weekend On DISH — Starting Now (7/15) till July 18, 2016.

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From what I can see the Preview is on right now — Thursday, July 14, 2016, 8pm Eastern. I subscribe to HBO. So I have that all the time. But when I looked at the Online Electronic Guide around 8pm all the Cinemax channels were there.


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Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, Monday, July 4, 2016 Fireworks.

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These the 2016 4th of July fireworks were not really up-to-par by Wolfeboro4th of July” or “First Night” standards. There were just 2 people lightning the fireworks and they appeared to be struggling — even before the show started, given that it was about 8 minutes late.

As always Wolfeboro spends decent money to get some good, spectacular ‘rockets’. The problem, always, is that of setting them off. We, in Wolfeboro and Alton, continue to persevere with manual ‘set-off’ rather than computer-controlled ‘automatic firing’. And that really was the problem in Wolfeboro this year. The display was sporadic, erratic and lacked rhythm. It was actually pretty painful waiting for the rockets to be fired — in ultra slow-motion. But the display was good.

I took over 370 pictures with the Fuji X-E2s. I mercilessly whittled it down to 277. I am sharing just 18 of these — for now. I can’t even claim that these are the best 18. Just 18 that I kind of grabbed at random. [Sorry. Crazy busy.]

Enjoy.

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All 277 usable pictures I took.


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Alton, New Hampshire, Sunday, July 3, 2016 Fireworks.

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It was ‘OK’. Let’s just say (and I say this as a taxpayer) that Alton doesn’t believe in spending too much money on the ‘4th of July’ fireworks. The “Alton Old Home Day” fireworks, in August, tend to be better (but again we are not talking Weirs, Wolfeboro or Meredith, let alone Portland (Maine) or Boston (Massachusetts). [The ‘original’ Boston does not do July 4th fireworks.]

But fireworks are fireworks and I am a sucker for them. So we always go. It is always fun and that it was last night. Great weather (especially compared to last year when the 4th of July fireworks were on the 12th of July). Wasn’t packed but there was a respectable crowd. Parking wasn’t bad. We got there about 8:45, parked in our normal ‘area’ and walked down the hill. Watched the fireworks, as usual, from our spot on the bridge. I took about 275 pictures with the Fuji X-E2s and the whittled it down to 183.

Two things were different this year. As you can see from some of the pictures it wasn’t as dark (down the Bay as it normally is). We had a nice orange backdrop when the fireworks started. That was cool and sure made a difference to my pictures. The second change was the always much anticipated FINALE. They did not, as is customary, ‘paint the heavens’ and create ‘rolling thunder’. Instead, it was a mainly-white, low level ‘sparkler’ display. It was OK. Different. You can see it in the YouTube video.

I stitched together the 183 usable pictures I got, from the Fuji X-E2s, into a YouTube photomontage and set it (what else to) Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture. The pictures are in chronological order. So you should get a good feel. Enjoy.


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“Annie and the Orphans”, Wolfeboro (N.H.), July 2, 2016 — Another Stupendous Success!

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Mr. “Annie” himself, the incomparable musical genius, Anatole Paquette.

Bob McNab, on bass, accompanying Annie for over 50 years!

Roy D’innocenzo, lead guitar and ‘Music Director’.

Scott Groleau on sax.

Peter Previte, the “Wildman” (nice guy), on keyboards.

Steve Giotas on the drums.

With a guest appearance from an aged elvis.

And as ever there it was FIREWORKS though Wolfeboro’s official pyrotechnics are on July 4th, not July 2nd.

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Another magical, enchanted, GLORIOUS evening in picture-postcard (waterfront) “Cate Park“, in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire — the ‘Oldest Summer Resort’ in the U.S. — with the incomparable, ever delightful “Annie and the Orphans“, now in their 52nd year! It was another perfect ‘4th of July’ weekend in Wolfeboro — a tad windy, but warm enough and no precipitation for miles. This has become quite the tradition. “Annie and the Orphans“, at Wolfeboro, in perfect weather, on the ‘4th of July’ weekend .

How they do ‘IT’, year after year, is just amazing. It was ‘packed’ as usual. The crowd (including us (of course)) just adores them. Revels in the music and joy they create. You can feel the enjoyment in the air. It is palpable. They really should find a way to BOTTLE their magic. Other groups will pay big bucks to enjoy anything close to this success, adoration and following.

We all rocked on well past the advertised 9pm. There were ‘unofficial’ fireworks in the background. It was so, so much FUN. 

I have raved about “Annie and the Orphans” for so many years that I really am lost for new things to say. They continue to be brilliant — and they are in their 52nd year. I have been following them for 20 years and Deanna for longer.

It was a wonderful evening. Really set you up for the Holiday weekend. And they will be in Alton soon. Can’t wait.

Thank YOU “Annie and the Orphans”. You indeed are a N.H. Lakes Region TREASURE and INSTITUTION.


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2016 4th of July Weekend, Alton & Wolfeboro, NH: Fireworks, “Annie and the Orphans”, “Echo Tones” & Parade.

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2016 July 4th Weekend Schedule

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Alton, Sunday, July 3, 2106 Fireworks.

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FREE HBO & Cinemax Preview Weekend On DISH — Now, Oct. 16 – 18, 2015.

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DVR this IF you haven’t seen it. Very FUNNY.

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I just found out when HBO left me a ‘preview teaser‘ on DVR.

So giving you a heads up.

To be honest nothing really that special this weekend!

Yes, I had had HBO for the last 4 months and Cinemax for 3 of those. So I have seen many of these movies (and I typically don’t watch the series). I now have HBO, on Dish, ‘for life’, for $10/month. So the preview doesn’t get me much. BUT, if you don’t have HBO or Cinemax get your fingers working and record some. Enjoy.

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‘Huggins Fair 2015′, Wolfeboro, N.H. — Saturday Evening, August 8, 2015.

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“Huggins Fair”, First Weekend of August,
in Wolfeboro, NH,
Every Year, By Definition
Is Always Good.

What else can it be. It is a FAIR. You go there to have fun.

Of course we went. We rarely miss going — as far as I remember we have only missed one in about 8 years and that was because we had to go to Boston to meet a cousin visiting from Canada.

We had fun. We spent our usual ‘the new norm’ budget of around $80. Got a TON of stuff. None of which we really needed BUT it was FUN.

These days, given that there is nothing that we are looking for per se, we just go for the ‘closing’ on Saturday evening. This year we didn’t get there till just past 6pm. Perfect, and the weather was fine too. Got a parking spot, on the road, right opposite the book stall. Doesn’t get better than that. Later on, when it was even less busy, we moved the van to a side road so we didn’t have to cart our stuff far — and I do mean ‘cart’ in that we did take a large, pull-along cart with us.

Got the usual stuff. Lots of knick-knacks. Got a nice 1776 – 1976 Commemorative Wedgwood plate. I like Wedgwood and always pick up anything that I can afford. This piece was ironic. An iconic British institution producing a plate to celebrate 200 years of independence from the British. Got a FEW books. I am ultra selective now. Just don’t have room for many more books. One of them was serendipitous. It was one of 4 volumes I was missing from the 27-volume ‘Time-Life‘ “Old West” series. So that was a bonus.

We were there till about 8:45. A good time was had by all. Can’t wait till next year!