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‘Cirque Dreams Holidaze’, SNHU Arena, Manchester, NH– December 12, 2018.

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It was ‘OK’. Definitely ‘OK’.

Not great; definitely not even close to the ‘Greatest Show On Earth‘ — but it had its moments and acts.

At least two acts that were world-class and memorable: an amazing jump-rope performance and a delightful ‘quick change’ skit.

A few other decent acts: hula-hoops, trapeze, juggling and a balancing act.

Lot of loud Christmas music and bonhomie. It was like a very loud Nutcracker with acrobatic acts thrown in. But, they tried and it was very colorful and fast moving. Best geared for YOUNGER kids (10 and under) who haven’t been to too many circuses.

What they could do was limited. Fairly small stage. 80% of the acts literally revolved around this one hanging rope that could pull performers off the stage.

In reality it was just but one notch above the ALL-AMATEUR ‘Circus Smirkus‘ we had seen in Wolfeboro in August.

I will caution you about going to see this. It is expensive for what it was. We paid ~$65 each. Not sure it was worth that. We used to see ‘Ringling Brothers & Barnum and Bailey‘, at that very same arena, in better seats for less and there is NO comparison between the two.

Really check it out before you get the tickets. Best for younger kids who have never been to a circus and already excited about Christmas.


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‘Cirque Dreams Holidaze’, A Christmas Circus Show, Will Be In Manchester, N.H. In December.

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Deanna saw this on the Web and brought it to my attention. Never heard of them. They are NOT, I repeat NOT, the circus act that performed at the “America’s Got Talent” (AGT) semi-finals 1-hour ‘results’ show, on Wednesday, September 12, 2018. That was ‘A Magical Circus Christmas. They seem MUCH BETTER — but they are not coming to New Hampshire. These folks are.

About time we had a circus in Manchester. The last ‘Ringling Brothers & Barnum and Bailey Circus‘, which we attended, was in April 2017. This is good. I hope they are halfway decent. We deserve that.


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Taking Selfies My Way — Part XXXII; ‘Mint Bistro’, Manchester [NH] — September 4, 2018.

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Went to the ‘Mint Bistro‘ in Manchester, New Hampshire for dinner. I wasn’t that impressed with the place nor its food BUT it had a nice airy, single-use men’s room with a large, clean, well-lit mirror. Had my Google Pixel 2 in my pocket and could not resist. This was the best part of going there for dinner!


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‘Mahrajan’, Middle Eastern Festival In Manchester, New Hampshire — This Weekend.

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I had heard about this earlier in the Summer.

Mahrajan‘ means festival. It looks good. Great menu and very realistic pricing.

Not sure whether I will be able to make it. I really would like to.

Here is a YouTube of the ‘George Maalouf Band‘ that will be playing Saturday & Sunday.


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‘Portland Pie Co’ (Manchester, NH) — Do NOT Bother Unless You Just Want Pizza.

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Riverdance — 20th Anniversary Tour‘, at the SNHU Arena, on June 7, 2017, was at 8pm. We decided to get there early to get some good parking and have dinner before the show.

Since the ‘Portland Pie Co.‘ was just a block away we decided to go there. We had been there, once before, a couple of years ago, with all four kids and it had been ‘OK’.

There was a 20-minute wait, though all the tables were not taken. I think it had to do with staffing.

It is nice enough inside and the house red wine is pretty damn good.

I ordered the ‘Fryeburg Fair Cheeseburger‘ without any bread and opted to UPGRADE with a fruit salad.

The two-patty cheeseburger sans a bun was pathetic. Emaciated and anemic. The burger patties at McDonald’s are twice as thick and ten times more flavorful. NOT IMPRESSED. It was insipid and unappetizing.

The fruit salad was a total bloody JOKE. 9 slices of apple, one grape and a sliver of peach. That was it. 98% apple. I couldn’t believe it.

Deanna had the ‘Steak and Bleu Salad‘ and was not enthused by the salad part!

Devanee had a pizza and that was fine.

Teischan had the ‘Nacho Grande‘ appetizer with the $3.00 beef burger upgrade. A lot of Nachos but, at best, there was probably half of a burger of meat. 


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