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NO Wolfeboro, N.H. ‘First Night’ For 2016 (Official).

nowolfefirstnigh22222Anura Guruge December 2014 thumbnail.
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This is the December 31, 2015 post!

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‘Wolfeboro Chamber of Commerce’ events Webpage from this morning. Click to ENLARGE and ponder over here. Use link below to access original.

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‘Wolfeboro Chamber of Commerce’ events Webpage.


I just called up the Wolfeboro Chamber and checked. Yes, it is official. No Wolfeboro ‘First Night’ this year; i.e., December 31, 2015 — January 1, 2016.

And NO midnight fireworks!

Yikes!

Instead fireworks at 6:30 pm. Mitt Wept (I hope).

This is very sad.

Yes, folks like us are to blame. We did NOT attend the last two years, having been stalwarts for a few years previously. We wanted a BIGGER, BETTER show. Yikes.

Wolfeboro Inn and others are putting on their own events. But that is not the same.

As far as I am concerned double-whammy for Wolfeboro in 2016 ALREADY — and we haven’t even begun the year. First ‘Great Waters’ CANCELS the gala ‘Chorus & Orchestra’ event for 2016. Now this.

And the crazy thing is that it ISN’T  as if Wolfeboro, NH — the Capital of Heated Driveways in the Northeast — does NOT have the money to fund such events. Any of the folks that run the Heated Driveways — and I am sure that some of them have them on even now though the temperature is in the 40s — could easily finance First Night without even flinching.

Shame.

Well, there is ALWAYS Boston. I am no longer big on Portsmouth. Their First Night is ‘neither here nor there’. Just go to Boston.


New Hampshire Lake Winnipesaukee Area — A Green (Rather Than Brown) Christmas In 2015?

Christmas 2014.

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Christmas Eve 2012. There was, however, a rather big snow storm on December 17 and there was snow around — as can be seen in the photograph below.

Christmas Eve 2012 as above. Some snow left over and the ground wet from snow storm a week earlier.


Weather forecast till Christmas Eve Eve by ‘wunderground.com‘.

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2013. Fair amount of snow.

2014. Not much snow on the ground. The ground, however, was wet from previous storms.


Yes, given that this IS New Hampshire we could have one heck of a snowstorm on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. That would make a lot of people happy and of course the real definition of a ‘White Christmas‘ is snow falling on Christmas Day.

Right now from what I can see the chances are NOT looking good.

What is pretty amazing is that we haven’t — just like Buffalo, NY (where I lived 1967 – 1968) — had any snow this winter.

I remember a fair amount of Brown Christmases in New Hampshire, especially when I lived much further South, but I can’t remember going this late into the year without snow. I am NOT, however, complaining.

As you can see we had a Brown Christmas in Alton in 2012 and there was not that much snow on the ground last year. But in both cases the ground was wet and muddy — hence ‘Brown Christmas‘.

Yes, we have a lot of rain in the forecast this week. Nonetheless from what I can see we might get a Green Christmas in 2015 rather than one which is Brown or White.

Merry Christmas.  


Alton, N.H. 2015 Christmas Light-Up Night.

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It, for a nice change, was ‘warm‘, maybe around 40°F. Wow. It was barmy. You didn’t need gloves and you didn’t have to stamp your feet. No snow. We have yet to have any snow this winter. I think that that is atypical. Deanna wanted to go on the (truck-pulled) hay ride. So we got there early, before 6pm. We were surprised. There was hardly anybody there. We thought that it was because it was a tad early. We were wrong.

Less than 100 people at the Christmas tree lighting at 6:30! Maybe around 60. That is crazy. We have seen more people when it was cold. I actually think that that was the reason. It wasn’t cold enough. Trust me. After 30 years in New Hampshire I know how they think. They are going to say that it wasn’t cold enough to feel like Christmas.

P1020962The caroling, as ever, was enthusiastic with well chosen pieces. I always enjoyed that.

The ‘Alton Historical Society‘, as is their wont, had an ‘open house’ at their ‘J. Jones & Son’ freight building behind the Town Hall. We checked that out. We always tour it if it is open. It is always rewarding. I will do a separate post on that. That was good. As was the huge cookies and very hot chocolate at the Town Hall. We went to Chinese afterwards.

Merry Christmas.  


Wolfeboro, N.H. 2015 Christmas Parade & Christmas Tree Lighting.

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Of course all Christmas parades, by definition, are good. So that was the case here too though it lacked some of the key elements we had come to expect of late — viz. NO Kingswood High School Band led by Bobby Burns, NO Wolfeboro trademark large ‘puppets’ and NO Mrs. Claus. Yes, it was a dank & dreary day — more like Hampshire (in England) in November as opposed to New England. Last year we sloshed through snow. This year rain.

It was a new bachelor Santa with no Mrs. Yes, somebody very kindly gave me the low down BUT I am not going to divulge it. Personal. Just that we are so used to seeing BOTH Mr. & Mrs. It was still fun. Not sure why it was not up to the usual snuff. Could be the weather. The band might not have wanted to perform in the rain — given the damage it could do to the expensive instruments. But here are some of the pictures. Enjoy. It was good to see a LOT of people we knew.

Merry Christmas.  





Wolfeboro, NH, ‘First Night’ Celebrations New Year’s Eve 2012 (i.e., December 31). Worth Going.


Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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1. Wolfeboro, NH, Christmas Tree Lighting, 2012 — Nov. 24, 2012.
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>>Wolfeboro’s Community Chorus Sings Carols — Nov. 24, 2012.


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The hot air balloons were a blast.

A bit like Venice in Wolfeboro. Even I made a mask. It was a a lot of fun. We were in that hall for a good 2 hours.

It was a lot of fun.

The Wolfeboro puppets are a class act. Bravo. I even prefer them to the Hanover butterflies.


To access the official ‘First Night’ Wolfeboro Website … CLICK.


The ‘First Night’ 2012 Wolfeboro, NH events. I scanned this from a paper because I could not find it online. Click to ENLARGE.


Though we had started going, with glee, to the midnight fireworks a couple of years earlier, last year was the first time we bought buttons and participated in the whole ‘First Night’ Wolfeboro experience. It was a blast.

Yes, the weather could not have been better. It, as you might be able to judge from some of the pictures, was balmy. That made a huge difference. Yes, I am going to buy some $7 buttons in the next few weeks. At 50% off they are a deal. At $7 per ‘adult’ you can’t beat it.

The hot air balloon building would appeal to most kids. But, make sure you allocate at least 2 hours for it. [Just so that you know, the hamsters race inside plastic balls! So, if you are hoping to see hamsters charging down lanes like miniature greyhounds, you might be disappointed. Very nice pet show. Teischan and I went last year while Devanee worked on the balloon.]

The parade and fireworks are a must. You can see both without having a button.

The ‘hat & mask making’ is a lot of fun too. We all had a ball.

I am a sucker for (good) harp music. So I am going to try and catch Aine Minogue at the church. Never heard of her. But, since I will not be going to heaven, I need to get my fill of harp music here.

I do have a gripe, a major one at that. Yes, next year I will contact the Committee and see if we can fix it. My gripe. This whole New Year’s Eve party winds down before midnight! Yes, we have the fireworks … but that is it. They need to have at least one hour of partying after that.

Yes, as an adopted Scot who has celebrated Hogmanay in Scotland, I know how to do this in style. I will share my expertise with the relevant folks. You got to do the ‘Auld Lang Syne‘ and the ladies need to be kissed by a ‘tall’ (by Scottish standards, which means 5′ 6″ and above) DARK man. No, I am not volunteering, though this was the reason I used to get invited up to Scotland for Hogmanay. Chimney sweeps are hard to find, and I was reasonably ‘civilized’ and moderately ‘presentable’.

Click to watch Hogmanay in Glasgow, Scotland on YouTube. They have lots more video.

Wolfeboro, NH, Christmas Tree Lighting, 2012.


Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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by Anura Guruge


Related posts:
1. Wolfeboro Christmas Tree Lighting, 2012, Clearlakes Chorale,
>>Wolfeboro’s Community Chorus Sings Carols — Nov. 24, 2012.


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