Tag Archive | Keene

The Amazing Murals In Keene, New Hampshire.

by Anura Guruge


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I kind of ‘knew’ (or maybe remembered) that Keene had murals.

But, this last Monday I had a chance to walk around — a near deserted Keene — while middle daughter was emptying her dorm room.

There were more, but these were ALL that I had a chance to ‘snap’ before the phone rang summoning me back.

Some, as you can see, are painted on brick. Others, such as the ‘chess players’ are on paper, pasted to the wall.

Enjoy.


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The Picture Of The Day (Google Pixel 4) + 6 Also-Rans — March 23, 2020, Keene, New Hampshire.

by Anura Guruge


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Beaujolais Nouveau, Georges Duboeuf, 2016, Will Be Available At The Concord, New Hampshire Liquor Store — November 17.

by Anura Guruge


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Here is the link to the New Hampshire Liquor and Wine Outlets Website.


All the Liquor stores will NOT have it on ‘Day One’ — i.e., tomorrow, Thursday, November 17, 2016.

Even medium size stores like Wolfeboro will NOT get it till a few days later. I checked. {SMILE}

Only the BIG stores, in the BIG cities get it on THE Thursday. I know. So, if you go to Concord, Portsmouth, Manchester, Nashua, Keene etc. YOU should be fine. I am going to Concord. I can pick you up a few if you like. {SMILE}


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2016 Laconia “NH Pumpkin Festival”, October 22, Pictures — In The Rain!

by Anura Guruge


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We were there around 1:30pm in a slight drizzle.
Left soon after when the rain started getting heavy.





The weather, i.e., rain, was a definite issue. We tried to get there in between the squalls.

It was NOWHERE AS CLOSE to being as big, dynamic and exciting as it was last year. Forget when it was in Keene. That is like trying to compare Watermelons with lemons!

Tower, which had been moved from its location last year, seemed shorter. I could be wrong.

Nowhere even close to being a Guinness Book record. {SMILE}.

But the rain definitely was a damper. 22mph winds expected in Laconia tonight. Take care. 


Pictures taken with my Nikon P900.


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Laconia, N.H., Pumpkin Festival, 2015 — The Pictures & Report.

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Laconia 2015: Map …
>> Laconia 2015!
>> Laconia — 
Déjà vu?


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Keene 2014: the riots!
>> Keene 2014 schedule.
>> Keene 2014 preview.
>> Keene Pumpkin Festival 2013.

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All taken with my Panasonic Lumix FZ1000.
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JPEGs reduced to 1024 x 683, 280Kb, for display here.
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Keene’s loss was Laconia’s GAIN. And I am delighted. During the 10 years I lived in Gilford I had much dealings in Laconia and I like Laconia. Laconia has never been bad to me. So I am happy that Laconia has another attraction to add to the “Multicultural Day“.

Of course we went. We got there just before 5pm, found a free ‘handicap parking‘ (given that Deanna does have a permanent pass), and was ‘downtown’ by 5:10pm. That was the timing I was aiming for. Wanted to be there as it was getting dark.

Respectable number of people. Yes, it was busy. More people than for “Multicultural Day“, but less than what you would see at the Weirs for “Bikes”.

Well organized. Bravo Laconia. Lots of stalls and Deanna managed to spend a fair amount of time milling around.

It was COLD. Low 40s. Though we were dressed for it, it was still biting. And that was a detraction and distraction. The only time we had been to Keene for their festival, in 2013, it had been much warmer, even at 8pm at night.

There was only one thing missing. Pumpkins. Of course there were pumpkins BUT not that many. In 2013 in Keene, just one ‘block’, had more pumpkins than all of Laconia and there were a lot of blocks in Keene. So I doubt this even came close to a record.

C’est la vie. First year. Lets see how it goes. We were glad we went. I took 142 pictures with my Lumix FZ1000. Deanna and Devanee were also snapping away with their cameras. We went to dinner after that in Belmont. The ‘Hong Kong Buffet’. I was thinking. Two years ago in Keene we had one ‘point-and-shoot’ Panasonic between all of us. How things have changed. I even carried a Monopod with feet!


The 142 pictures I took with my Panasonic Lumix FZ1000.

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The Pumpkins.


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25th Pumpkin Festival (Ex-Keene) In Laconia, Sat. October 24, 2015 — Déjà vu Stirred & Shaken?

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>> Keene 2014 schedule.
>> Keene 2014 preview.
>> Keene Pumpkin Festival 2013.

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Click to access, mostly disabled, ‘official’ Website — which still mentions Keene.

After I wrote my initial post yesterday I picked up a copy of “The Laconia Daily Sun” and got to read about all the details — and they would know given that their Editor/Publisher, Ed Engler (of ‘University of Whales‘ fame) is, of course, the most honorable mayor of Laconia.

I guess I hadn’t really thought about it BUT I had not realized that the Laconia event would be organized and run by the SAME FOLKS that have been doing the Keene festival. Hhhmm!

I had just assumed, maybe hoped, that the Laconia festival was a fresh start and that it was being run, entirely, by Laconia folks.

I had some mixed feelings yesterday about it being in Laconia and now I am even more disquieted. I don’t know. Yes, of course, they have the experience, the contacts, the contracts and the know-how. But, from what I know they also have some baggage. Weren’t there some serious unpaid bills?

I had not realized that the N.H. Festival is essentially a franchise — owned by a group of people, who can SHOP it to various cities for the best offer. It is also now clear that Laconia is just getting ‘it’, initially, just for 2015 on a ‘suck it and see’ trial basis. I do not know. Doesn’t sit well with me. I was hoping that the whole event, say like the Laconia “Multicultural Festival“, would be organized and managed by a conglomerate of Laconia entities, e.g., Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce and say Laconia Rotary.

And that it is being billed, categorically, as “Downtown, Laconia“, also makes me uneasy. I do not think Downtown Laconia has the ‘expanse’ required to stage this festival like it was in Keene. Keene is blessed with a wide and long Main Street with bustling businesses and eateries. Laconia — not as much. [SMILE!] I do not know. [Have I said that before.] There is also the unsaid message. Laconia, these days, alas, has issues. Bike Week is one thing, Pumpkin Festival is another. Hhhmmmm. I will TRY to keep a close eye on this.

The most ironic thing (so far) — Deanna told me, as soon as we started talked about this “I don’t want you to go and volunteer us to volunteer in Laconia. I don’t want to volunteer in Laconia”! Wow. And I had already said that I was planning to volunteer. That is the problem with Laconia. Some people, like Deanna, are extremely leery of Laconia.


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