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“Sandwich Fair”, N.H. Is This Columbus Weekend, October 8 – 10, 2016 — The Schedule.

by Anura Guruge


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We haven’t missed “THE Fair” in decades. So it is unlikely that we will miss this one — though the weather could be doggy towards the latter part of this long-weekend thanks to “Hurricane Matthew“, even if it stays offshore.

Annie and the Orphans” are there — albeit now relegated to Monday. Roderick Russell is there on Sunday. The antique auto parade is on Saturday and the street parade on Sunday.

by Anura Guruge

‘Sandwich Fair’, New Hampshire, 2015: Will Feature ‘Annie and The Orphans’, Russell Roderick, ‘The Bel Airs’, ‘Don Campbell Band’ etc.

Anura Guruge December 2014 thumbnail.

by Anura Guruge

Related posts:
Sandwich 2015 — schedule.

>> Sandwich 2014 — the Parade.
Sandwich 2014 Roderick Russell.
Sandwich Fair 2014 10 images.
Sandwich Fair 2014 preview.

>> For pictures from Sandwich 2013.
>> Sandwich 2013 — Favorite Vendors.
>> Sandwich Fair 2012.

++++  Search ‘Sandwich’ or ‘fair’ for TONS of other past posts and pictures.  >>>>>>

The Sandwich Fair, N.H., 2015, full Schedule.

Good News: Our favorites ‘Annie and The Orphans‘ and Roderick Russell will BOTH, yet again, be at Sandwich. That is GREAT.

Bad News: They will NOT be performing on all three days or for that matter on the SAME day! So unless you go to the Fair on Sunday & Monday you will NOT be able to see both ‘Annie’ and Roderick. That is a bummer. I think it is poor scheduling. The much beloved ‘Annie and The Orphans’ should play ALL THREE days — like they used to in days gone by. They should be a staple. The anchor act.

The incomparable and ‘always a pleasure’, Art Harriman, will as ever be the MC, and will do his ‘show’, on a regular basis, i.e., at least twice a day, on all three days — Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Art, as the MC, is the only one who will be on stage all three days. Here is the list to help YOU decide when to go.


  1. Alex the Jester (x2)
  2. Joe Howard — Magician (x2)
  3. ‘The Peacheaters’ (x2)


  1. ‘The Bel Airs’ (x2)
  2. Roderick Russell — Sword Swallower & Mentalist (x2)
  3. ‘Don Campbell Band’


  1. Annie and The Orphans‘ (x2)
  2. ‘American Roots’


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Piscataqua River, Portsmouth (N.H.) Sunset Cruise, July 29, 2014 — Thank YOU, Pro Portsmouth.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.


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>> Portsmouth 2014 First Night Jan. 1, 2014.

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This was the Annual ‘Volunteer Thank You’ cruise by Pro Portsmouth, the folks that organize ‘First Night‘, ‘Market Square Day‘ etc.

We volunteered at First Night 2014 and had an absolute ball. We were going to do ‘Market Square Day’ but had a major conflict with ‘Great Waters‘. This cruise, which was a delight, was a bonus.

Click to ENLARGE. We were 2 of the 85 that volunteered for ‘First Night’. So between us we did 9 hours.

Thank YOU Pro Portsmouth.

The cruise was idyllic. What a grand evening. Portsmouth at its stunning best.

Thank YOU Portsmouth Sheraton for the sumptuous wraps.
I remember them from First Night.
They were good then, they were good again.

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More pictures to come …
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Anura Guruge, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Tuesday, July 29, 2014.

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Portsmouth (N.H.) ‘First Night’ 2014: Rocked. It Was A BLAST! Glad We Went. T.J. Wheeler Alone Was Worth It.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Portsmouth 2014 ‘First Night’
— the latest

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The iconic ice sculpture.

The iconic ice sculpture.

The last few years we have been going to Wolfeboro, First Night — and we always had fun.

More often that not, we also ended up going to Portsmouth on New Year’s day — that being our Wedding Anniversary to boot. More than once we talked about doing First Night in Portsmouth — but the kids and the distance were considerations.

This year we decided that the kids were finally old enough to handle Portsmouth — and I knew that it would be more boisterous, festive, hectic and adult. I was right on all of those. I decided quite early in December that we will indeed to Portsmouth, rather than Wolfeboro this year. Glad we did. Not sure what happened in Wolfeboro. I bought a family pack of tickets online. Then I saw that they were short on volunteers. So I volunteered. Then Deanna wanted to volunteer too. That meant that we didn’t need the buttons that I had purchased, but I was OK with it.

We even went to the volunteer orientation meeting on Boxing Day — which is when the van slid into a snowbank and we had to be rescued by the gallant Chris Burke.

In terms of the volunteering, given the kids, we wanted to be at the same location at the same time. We lucked out. They gave us the historic, and very central ‘North Church’, right in Market Square, from 9:30 pm to 12:30 am. We were cool with that. I was the ‘House Manager’ and Deanna was in charge of checking/selling buttons. Though our shift was at 9:30 we were supposed to report in at 9pm. That kind of curtailed what we could do and see but we were OK with that.

Given that we were at ‘North Church’ from around 8:50 to 12:30
we got to ENJOY T. J. Wheeler & ‘Company’ (Reunion). That alone was worth it.

T. J. Wheeler. What a GUY!

His ‘Company’, and the drummer (who was very, very, very good) came all the way from Pittsburgh, were beyond good.

Their last session, from 10:50 pm to 11:50 pm was magical. They did a goosebump inducing musical rendition of Auld Lang Syne. Bravo.

People were RAVING about them as they left.

They THANKED ME for the the group!

That was how good they were.

Those who read this blog know that we get about when it comes to bands, performances and acts. We probably listened to 9 bands, at least, this year.

T. J. Wheeler and Company were, indubitably, the BEST.

They made New Year’s Eve for me.

Click to access. You will be glad you did.

Click to access. You will be glad you did.

I had to introduce the group and read out the sponsorship announcements for the 10:50 show. I think that is the first time I have spoken at a church. It was fun.

We didn’t get to see our ‘buddy’ Roderick Russell! Pity. It was cold last night. After the fireworks Deanna and the kids needed to warm up at the Volunteer HQ. So when we finally got to the Theater that Roderick was performing it was packed and we couldn’t get in. Given the volunteering we couldn’t make the other two shows.

The fireworks were OK. Finale was good. I found out why they have the fireworks at 7:30 rather than midnight. Even with that folks called the police to complain. Gather that they got a LOT of complaints when it was at midnight. People are strange. I also learned that there are folks that don’t celebrate New Year’s. Amazing.

Phil Smith the magician was good. Non-stop performance. Had the kids enthralled. Even pulled a live bunny from a cage. I will do a separate post just about him.

We wanted to see ‘All Together Now’ since we had enjoyed them this Summer in Wolfeboro. Again a conflict of schedules.

To be honest Portsmouth was more fun, overall, than Wolfeboro. More folks. More young folks. Dancing in the streets. There were women in dresses! Wow. I don’t think I have ever seen a female at Wolfeboro, on New Year’s Eve, in a dress. People were running around the streets. Lot of laughter (and a fair amount of swearing). But, this was what New Year’s Eve is meant to be.

Glad we went to Portsmouth First Night.

Thank YOU Pro Portsmouth. You did a good job.

Thank YOU Portsmouth.

Happy New Year.

May you all be rewarded with what is best in life in 2014.

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