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Alton, Where I have Lived For The Last 8 Years, Ranked 9th Worst Place To Live In New Hampshire And I Won’t Argue.

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Deanna saw this on Facebook this morning and sent it to me. I didn’t have a problem with it. I looked at the 10 names, knew them all, and concurred that the list, WITHOUT going into any of their numbers, looked ‘about right’ just in terms of gut feel.

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I have lived in New Ipswich (NH) for 12 years, Meredith (NH) for 4, Gilford (NH) for 8 and owned a waterfront place in New Durham for 7. Of all the places I have lived in New Hampshire — and not counting the other places I have lived such as Colombo, Buffalo, Paris, London, Swansea, Winchester, Southampton, Woodbine (MD) etc. — I can say Alton does rank as my least favorite. We moved to Alton without giving much thought. We were homeless in 2007 and needed a place. So we came to Alton assuming that it, though it did not have a Walmart, a cinema or a liquor store, wouldn’t be that different to Gilford or Meredith. Oh BOY, did I get that wrong — to my cost.

I look at that list and I see Berlin and Rochester towards the top. Laconia and Wakefield above Alton. Claremont below. The only point I would argue is that maybe Claremont should have been #9 and Alton #10 — though to be fair Claremont, the last time I drove through, still had shops. Alton has Hannafords, three premium-priced hardware stores, a number of parochial banks (not capable of dealing with any foreign transactions such as pension from Europe) and not much else. We don’t have any fun shops! Period. Think of Meredith, Wolfeboro or even Gilford. You can go browse for things other than bread, nails and expensive bicycles.

C’est la vie. The die is cast. My dire pecuniary status ensures that I can’t afford to move away from Alton. I am stuck. So I soldier on. It was my mistake and I need to pay the price for it. But, bottom line. I don’t have any gripes with that list or where they put Alton. Others I know will disagree — but I have a feeling than many of them haven’t lived much outside of Alton.


“Alton Bay Barbershop Jamboree” Returns To Alton, N.H. Sat. August 15, 2015.

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Tentative schedule: Friday, August 14 to 16, 2015.
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Not sure there is anything more that I can add other than to wish them all, all the best.


“Annie & The Orphans” Put A Link To My Post, About Them, On Their Website Frontpage.

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>> ‘Annie & The Orphans’ Wolfeboro, 2015.
>> ‘Annie & The Orphans’ 2015 PREVIEW.

+ ‘Annie & The Orphans’ in Alton, 2014.
+ ‘Annie & The Orphans’, Cate Park, 2014.
+  Delightful ‘Annie & The Orphans’ At Cate Park, 2013.
+ “Annie & The Orphans’ Cate Park preview 2014.
+ ‘Annie & The Orphans’ St. Patrick’s
+ Couple dancing to ‘Annie …’, Cate Park, 2014.

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This is neat. Yes, I am chuffed!
We have been, for at least two decades,
among their greatest fans.

So this is an honor for me.
For them to acknowledge my words about them.

Rejoice!
This is what life is meant to be.

SMILE.


“Annie & The Orphans”, In Their 51st Year, And They Continue To WOW Wolfeboro — July 11, 2015.

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Related posts:
>> ‘Annie & The Orphans’ 2015 PREVIEW.
+ ‘Annie & The Orphans’ in Alton, 2014.
+ ‘Annie & The Orphans’, Cate Park, 2014.
+  Delightful ‘Annie & The Orphans’ At Cate Park, 2013.
+ “Annie & The Orphans’ Cate Park preview 2014.
+ ‘Annie & The Orphans’ St. Patrick’s
+ Couple dancing to ‘Annie …’, Cate Park, 2014.

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A short (1 minute) YouTube that still accurately captures the joy and magic
of an ‘Annie & The Orphans‘ concert. Cate Park July 11, 2015.

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They have been at it, continuously, in central New Hampshire for an incredible 51-years and probably because of that (rather than ‘despite of that), the evergreen, ever delightful ‘Annie & The Orphans’ managed, yet again, last night to weave their magic over a packed, very appreciative ‘Cate Park‘ crowd — in Wolfeboro (‘the oldest Summer resort in the US‘), New Hampshire. ‘Annie & The Orphans’ for us Lakes Region “ol’ timers” is a perennial Summer/Fall favorite. We have followed them for decades as had most of those at the Park last night.

Their repertoire of 50s, 60s and some newer classics don’t change much over the years — let alone decades. But that is part of the charm. We all know the ‘Annie’ songs. The originals might have been by the GREATS but around here these songs belong to ‘The Orphans’.

We met about a dozen folks who had been with us at the ‘Blood, Sweat & Tears‘ concert the night before. Three of them, independently, said something along the lines of: “This so much better than last night”. That is one heck of a statement and I will have to concur. The folks who said this were in the right demographics to like BS&T in that, like I, they were older than 60. Tickets were BS&T were going at $35 to $80 and folks liked this better. Enough said.

Perfect night. Beautiful weather. Festive, carnival-like atmosphere. The happiness and joy in the air was palpable. You could feel it being stirred when Anatole Paquette (‘Annie’) waved his arms. We lucked out. His nephew (brother’s son), from Orlando, was on stage. The next generation.

They will be in Alton, NH, for “Old Home Day“, August 8, 2015. Be there or be square! [Did I just say that? SMILE. Hey, I lived through the 60s — in London no less.]


Yellow Moon Over Merrymeeting River, Alton, NH — 4th of July 2015.

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I took this picture, at Deanna’s behest, with my Canon T3i, at 10:45 pm, 4th of July, off Route 28, in Alton, New Hampshire (right off the ‘Circle’) coming back from the Wolfeboro concert & fireworks.

That is Merrymeeting River or Swamp. Not the lake. Lake is much further away in New Durham.

I think the yellowness had to do with the smoke from all of the 4th of July fireworks.

Another picture taken, roughly from the same place, in April 2015, Easter Sunday, when the river was partially frozen.


Wolfeboro, New Hampshire: 2015 4th of July Cate Park Concert & Fireworks.

Wolfeboro 2015 fireworks.

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John Gorka in Wolfeboro, July 3, 2015.

Related posts:
** Great Waters: John Gorka …
** Great Waters: ‘Red Molly’
** Great Waters: ‘Devonsquare’
++ ‘Annie & The Orphans’, Cate Park, 2015.
^^ Alton Fireworks Old Home Day 2014.

>> How they celebrate 4th of July in England, Britain <<

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“The Cate Park Band” (led by our friend Bobby Burns)
playing an upbeat, rousing medley of popular songs (inc. some movie hits)
was on the mark and just what was needed. Bravo.

The fireworks were “OK”. Par for the course for central NH.
The usual ’20 minutes’ of desultory single shot, not very high grade fireworks,
compensated by a ‘4 minutes’ bang-bang-bang finale.
But any firework display, by definition, is ‘good’.

So it was FUN. A good evening out. Good crowd. Everybody was happy.
Rain had cleared. The temperature was just right if you had a ‘T’ under your shirt.
Wolfeboro, as ever, did you proud.

A good 4th of July.


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2015 July 4th Weekend — Concerts & Fireworks in Alton & Wolfeboro, New Hampshire.

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Related posts:
** Great Waters: ‘Red Molly’
** Great Waters: ‘Devonsquare’
++ ‘Annie & The Orphans’, Cate Park, 2015.
^^ Alton Fireworks Old Home Day 2014.
^^ Wolfeboro 2014 ‘July 4th’ Fireworks ….

>> How they celebrate 4th of July in England, Britain <<

++++ Search on ‘Cate Park’, ‘fireworks’, ‘waters’, ‘Alton’ & ‘Wolfeboro’ for many, many other related posts >>>>


Friday, July 3rd, 2015.

Alton

Fireworks — 9:20pm, Alton Bay. (No rain expected)

Concert — Classic rock with ‘Bittersweet‘ at the Alton Bay Bandstand, 7 to 9pm. They have played here before and they are good.

Wolfeboro

ConcertGreat Waters, Anderson Hall: John Gorka with Cliff Eberhardt. I just checked him out on YouTube. HE IS GOOD! Very catchy. Folksy.

Light UpWentworth Lake. Red lights. I am going to try and catch this.

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John Gorka on YouTube. Check it out. This one is good and funny.


Friday, July 3rd, 2015.

Alton

Concert — 50’s and 60’s doo-wop with ‘Rocking Daddios‘ at the Alton Bay Bandstand, 7 to 9pm.

Wolfeboro

Concert — ‘Cate Park Band’, at Cate Park, from 7pm till fireworks.

Fireworks — 9:30pm over Wolfeboro Bay from Brewster


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