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Archive | January 4, 2016

2016 Philadelphia Mummers Parade, Two YouTube Videos From The “Wench Brigades”.

by Anura Guruge


Click to image to access YouTube video.

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The ‘Riverfront’ brigade dressed as cows and they had udders in their bloomers — which they occasionally FLASHED with great flourish.


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We were in Philadelphia for New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day 2016. We were in New York City for 3 days prior to that but had decided we didn’t want to do the ‘Ball’ at Times Square.

I had never heard of the Philadelphia “Mummers Parade” until I started making plans for the trip — though we are quite familiar with “Mummers” since the “Mummers Play” is always the central theme of Part II of all Christmas Revels performances. The Parade was going to be the highlight of our January 1 — that also being our Wedding Anniversary (now 13 years).

We heard conflicting stories as to where we should watch the Parade from. In the end we ended up watching it from the south side of City Hall, pretty close to the start and within the City Hall ‘square’ itself. Wasn’t a bad place. Wasn’t overly crowded. Lots of police presence BUT extremely low key, unobtrusive and totally unofficious. It was a pleasant revelations. They let ‘photographers’ — and by that they meant anybody with a camera — freely go in and out of the barriers so that they could take pictures right from the parade route itself. That meant that I was allowed to be right in the THICK of the parade with the Mummers happily walking around me. They LOVED being photographed. They stopped and posed. They thanked us. They gave us beads. It was a blast.

I took 640 pictures with my Panasonic Lumix FZ1000!

We were there for 2 hours. It wasn’t bitterly cold but by noon we were ready for a hot lunch.

Deanna probably took at least 300 and Devanee quite a few.

I will post the pictures, some of which came out quite well, soon — in batches.

For now let me share these two short video clips that I shot with the FZ1000.

I would go back again — happily (as long as it is not too cold). But now at least we know some of the parameters.


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>> ‘Still Lifes’ at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
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by Anura Guruge


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2016 Chinese New Year, ‘Year Of The Red Monkey’, February 8th — Boston Chinatown Dragon Parade February 21?

by Anura Guruge


Chinese New Year 2016


As soon as the January 1 New Year is out of the way I start thinking about the next New Year that I can celebrate — and that is invariably the Chinese New Year. We like the Chinese New Year, now that we have got it all sorted out (we think).

The 2016 New Year per se is on Monday, February 8th.

But as I have often pointed out the New Year celebrations span at least 15 days and encompass TWO (2) Sundays. In the U.S. the public celebrations — i.e., the famous Dragon Parades and firecrackers — are typically on the 2nd Sunday. That means February 21, 2016 this year. I will confirm this for Boston Chinatown in the next couple of weeks. I will also find out what other events are taking place in New Hampshire. So stay tuned.

This blog can, and should be, your guide for all things ‘Chinese New Year in New Hampshire & Boston Chinatown‘.


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Click to access — Google Doodle.


Two pictures from Boston Chinatown 2015.



Related posts:
>> 2015 Boston Chinatown 
— pictures.
>> 2015 Boston Chinatown 
— 3 videos.
>> UNH 2015 Miaohui 
>> UNH 2014 Chinese New Year GALA.
>> Chinese New Year 2015: Feb. 19.
>> 2015 Chinese New Year — latest in a long time.


by Anura Guruge


Philadelphia Museum of Art, ‘Audubon to Warhol: The Art of American Still Life’ — Breathtakingly Stunning.

by Anura Guruge


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Click image to access the ‘Philadelphia Museum of Art’ Webpage.

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One of the many absolutely stunning paintings.

“Flower Still Life with Bird’s Nest” by Severin Rosen.

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Just a FEW of my favorites (which they happened to have as postcards).

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This still life exhibition which runs till this Sunday, January 10, 2016, was sublime. The BEST $5 I spent all Christmas — and that says a lot. Yes, $5 is what it costs to see this special exhibit on top of the $20 general admission to the very fine, very regal ‘Philadelphia Museum of Art’. One of the ‘receptionists’ (who did confess that she had not seen the exhibit) did tell Deanna that it wasn’t worth the extra $5 and that there were only two Andy Warhols — one of them his iconic Brillo Pad boxes. She was dead wrong. This exhibit was worth $25 on its own.

Awesome. The level of detail. The color, the composition. I was in awe. Immaculately presented with some fine writeups. Loved it. Being familiar with the ‘Hudson River School’ paintings I knew that there were some exceptional American painters from the 18th and 19th century. And that sure was the case. I learnt a LOT. The book that went with the exhibition was a huge coffee table production priced at $40. It was too big to be practical use to me. So I gave it a miss. But I plan to learn about some of these artists, example the amazing Peale family.

The museum does provide some excellent videos of the exhibit. Check them out.

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Click to access the Museum Webpage with these videos.


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Click to access Museum Webpage.

This is also worth checking out.


Related Posts:
>> 2016 “Mummers Parade”.
>> Wyndham Hotel, Philadelphia Historic District.
>>
Philadelphia ‘Zooballoon’.
>>
Running up “Rocky Steps”.
>>
Orangutan at Philadelphia zoo.
>> 
Got Jaguar in Philadelphia.

++++ Search on ‘Philadelphia‘ for many more >>>>


by Anura Guruge


‘6 images for the day’ — January 4, 2016 + 6 Bonus From New York City.

by Anura Guruge


Taken with my Panasonic Lumix FZ1000.
Straight out of the camera.

Refer to this post for image resolution details.
NO post-processing whatsoever.
Straight JPEGs from the camera.

It finally snowed up here in Central New Hampshire.
We were, however, gone. See below. Sunday, January 3, 2016
was the first time I got to take some pictures.

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Attribution WILL be enforced.








We went to New York City & Philadelphia for a week
December 28, 2015 to January 3, 2016.
Appears I took 2,618 pictures with the Panasonic Lumix FZ1000
not counting those that I took with the Sony RX100 MkII and 
the thousand or so taken by Deanna and Devanee with their cameras.

Over the next few weeks I will share some of these images with you
as bonus pictures.







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by Anura Guruge

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