Archive | September 13, 2015

‘Sandwich Fair’, New Hampshire, 2015 — Saturday, October 10 to Monday, October 12.

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by Anura Guruge


Check out tons of pictures from 2015 — Saturday, October 10. Click on IMAGE.


Related posts:
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Sandwich 2014 — the Parade.
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Sandwich 2014 Roderick Russell.
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Sandwich Fair 2014 10 images.
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Sandwich Fair 2014 preview.

>> For pictures from Sandwich 2013.
>> Sandwich 2013 — Favorite Vendors.

>> Sandwich Fair 2012.

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Their Website EXPIRED 5 days ago, on Sept. 8, 2015!

That is pretty amazing and rather careless.

Less than a month to go and I can’t give you any details.

Hopefully they will get it renewed tomorrow — Monday.

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BUT, at least I can confirm the dates.
Since it is ALWAYS ‘Columbus Weekend‘ that is NOT hard.

I think, as in years past, the rides will be open, with discount pricing, on Friday night.


They do have a Facebook page, but it doesn’t have any real details.
Check it out. Click on image to access.

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‘Laconia Multicultural Festival’ 2015 — Neha Parikh’s Classical Indian Dancers, Part I.

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by Anura Guruge


Related Posts:
>> 2015 Laconia Multicultural Festival

>> 2014 Multicultural Day Program
>> 2013 Multicultural Day: Impressions
>> Laconia Multicultural Day, 2013: Program


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The charismatic Neha Parikh and her very talented and engaging students, from her dance academy in Nashua, New Hampshire, have been a popular mainstay at the ‘Laconia Multicultural Day for as long as I can remember — and we have been to 13 of the 14 ‘Days’. The Classical Indian Dancing always has the audience mesmerized — particularly the children (including our two). Often I like to look around to see the transfixed expressions on the faces of the kids. Good classic Indian dancing, such as this, is indeed a treat to all senses; sinuous, sensual, precise, expressive, colorful and compelling. Lets face it. The dances have been perfected over a few thousand years!

It is neat to see how many of the performers have matured and developed over the years. I would say that many are now at their peak. It was an honor to see them perform at Laconia yesterday. They make me so proud — and I am not even Indian (and never have been)! I feel proud for the parents and for Neha Parikh. This is such a wonderful way to showcase Asian culture in Central New Hampshire — where there aren’t that many Indians. The ‘Mason-Dixon’ line appears to be Manchester, possibly Concord. North of there we get Bhutanese, Nepali not to mention Chinese, but the number of Indians dry up (though there is one Indian family in Alton). So, this is good. Great cultural diplomacy.

I took a ton of pictures, as did Deanna (on her Olympus) and Devanee who has now taken possession of my ‘old’ Canon T3i. I will, for your edification, try to post as many as I can, in batches. ENJOY.




‘Laconia Multicultural Festival’ 2015 Was Vibrant, Variegated, Vivid & Virtuous.

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by Anura Guruge


Related Posts:
>> 2014 Multicultural Day Program
>> 2013 Multicultural Day: Impressions
>> Laconia Multicultural Day, 2013: Program


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The vibrancy that oozed out of Saturday’s ‘Laconia Multicultural Festival‘, September 12, 2015, was palpable. It indeed was a festival; colorful, merry, noisy, aromatic and collegial. Everybody was having a good time. This was Laconia at its very best on what was a picture perfect day. We are great supporters of this ‘Day’. We have been to all but one of the 14 ‘Multicultural Days‘ — last year being the one exception because we happened to be in Acadia.

This year’s ‘Festival’ was good. The energy and spirit was back. It reminded you what it was meant to be. I miss the night concert that we used to have but 2015 was indeed memorable. There are now two venues for music, the traditional stages in ‘Rotary Park‘ and a new performance tent at ‘City Hall’. That was good. More variety, moe music. Quite a few vendors, though the numbers might have been a tad down. Wasn’t packed, but a respectable crowd. I always wonder where all the other people from Laconia, Gilford, Tilton etc. are on the day. The ‘Festival’ is hard to miss.

“Black Thunder” & “Neha Parikh’s Classical Indian Dancers”, two perennial favorites and “Sayon Camara’s West African Drumming” as well as the “O’Brien Clan” did us all proud.

Lots of good food at affordable prices. Interesting merchandise. Not a hint of trouble or strife. A few police officers around — and they could be seen having a good time interacting with the folks. I took about 230 pictures. I will try and showcase as many as I can.

Thank YOU Laconia. That was good. Bravo!






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