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‘Annie & The Orphans’ Were So Brilliant At Wolfeboro Last Night That They Kept The Storm At Bay.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Anura Guruge


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WOW. WOW. WOW.

Bravo. Bravo. Bravo.

Easily THE BEST, musically, of the four Summer concerts we have attended at Cate Park this Summer — in what was a dynamite series.

We knew that ‘Annie & The Orphans‘ are GOOD. We had seen them numerous time. They did not disappoint. If anything they blew past all expectations. They belted out all of the immortal rock’n roll classics from the 1950s onwards. The crowds loved them. We danced. The kids had a load of fun. Some got on stage. There were a lot of small American flags (which are a trademark of this very patriotic band). They had THE BEST sound system I have seen in many a year. A Bose sound system with three slim vertical speakers. Expensive but definitely worth the money.

Though the weather looked extremely dodgy I wanted to go. So we went. It looked so stormy that we didn’t bother to unfold our folding chairs. We wanted to be able to make a quick dash when the heaven’s opened up. So we, instead, sat on the retaining wall at the back. Wasn’t bad.

Good crowd. Nearly as many as for the previous concerts we had attended — and all of those had near perfect weather. That so many people decided to brave the threatening weather is a testament to how much the folks around here love this band — that has been performing for 49.5 years! Yes, the band will be 50 years old in 2014.

Around 7:40 we were sure it was going to come bucketing down. There were some rain drops. The umbrellas went up. Some people, alas, left. We got up to leave but I said lets give it a couple more minutes. The raindrops stopped. It actually kind of cleared up. We had lightning and one impressive roll of thunder. But, the band played on, undeterred.

They did NOT take the customary break at 8pm. They played on. So they played, non-stop, from 7 to 9. Annie was concerned about the weather and wanted to make sure the crowd got a treat. It payed off. A hugely memorable performance. We will all be able to say: We saw Annie & The Orphans in Wolfeboro when they defied the weather.

The Master of Ceremonies for the concert, though we didn’t know it till we got there, was our friend from Clearlakes Chorale, Robert Burns. That was good. We talked to him during and after the concert. I also went and thanked Anatole and some of the band members. Very nice bunch of people. We told them that we were sorry that they were no longer at Sandwich Fair. I am going to try and fix that for 2014. I will be calling them after this year’s fair to tell them that we want  Annie & The Orphans back.

So despite the huge black clouds we didn’t leave the park till 9:30. On the way back, around Robert’s Cove, it bucketed down. But, it was local. No rain by the time we got to Alton.

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
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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.



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