By Tom Eastman
WELL-SATIATED BLACK FRIDAY/Plaid Friday, post-Turkey Day greetings to you and your favorite shopping gobbler and hen.
From the looks of ads in our Black Friday preview supplement in Wednesday's paper, which featured 18 inserts, shoppers will find plenty of great deals out there in Valley Shopperland.
As they say, shop 'til you drop — and be sure to catch up on some rest after you find your way back home after all of the crazed shopping frenzy.
TWO BIG HOLIDAY highlights of the weekend are the opening days Nov. 27 through 29 of the Traditionally Yours, Jackson celebration and Jingle Bell Chocolate Tours in Jackson Village, and "An Old Fashioned Christmas" in North Conway Nov. 28.
The Traditionally Yours events continue through Dec. 20. On Saturday, Nov. 28, Santa's first visit will take place at 4:30 p.m. at the Jackson Village gazebo. Then on Sunday, Nov. 29, the annual Ole' Fashioned Tree Lighting Ceremony will take place at 4:30 p.m. with a special invite back to the Christmas Farm Inn & Spa for their annual open house at the CFI Barn. For a brochure and more information, visit www.jacksonnh.com/event/968/Traditionally-Yours.
North Conway events Saturday are to include: 3-5 p.m.: Wagon rides, cookie decorating, and Santa's arrival at the Red Jacket at 4 p.m.; 5 p.m.: Tree lighting events with caroling in Schouler Park; 5:30 p.m.: Santa arrives via wagon from the Red Jacket and chooses a child to light the tree; 6 p.m.: Holiday "Parade of Carols" from Schouler Park to the Eastern Slope Inn; 6:30 p.m.: Santa selects a child to light the front of the Eastern Slope Inn Resort; 7, 7:30 and 8 p.m.: Cookies and hot chocolate with Santa in two seatings at the Eastern Slope Playhouse staffed by Arts in Motion; with readings of "Twas the Night Before Christmas;" 7, 7:30 p.m.: Mount Washington Observatory's Weather Discovery Center family programs. Participants are encouraged to bring unwrapped gifts to the inn to be donated for this year's Angels & Elves program.
For more, visit Facebook at old-fashionedchristmas.
SPEAKING OF THE OBSERVATORY, kudos to meteorologist/summit operations co-director Mike Carmon, who was interviewed for Nature World News on what it's like to work in the "Home of the World's Worst Weather." He spoke about the weather; about the need for all observers to be ever-ready for whatever may need to be done in terms of fixing equipment in all kinds of weather, and about Marty the Observatory's Cat. See the link at ww.natureworldnews.com/articles/18374/20151123/meterologist-new-hampshires-mt-washington-extreme-weather-studies.htm.
IN OTHER NEWS, congrats also to Margarita Grill's Chef Bud Selmi, who is profiled for his "Sizzlin Sauces Howlin' Hollar Hot Sauce with Pumpkin" in an article in Playboy on pumpkin hot sauces entitlted, "These Pumpkin Hot Sauces are Surprisingly great."See the link at www.playboy.com/articles/pumpkin-hot-sauces — and yes, Bud's sauces are as hot as any of the magazine's photo layouts (which, by the way, are soon to go the way of the dinosaurs, in case you hadn't heard).
For more about Bud's sauces, visit www.sizzlinsauces.com/bbq.html.
THOSE OF US WHO remember the days when the cast of the MWV Theatre Company made the locally-shot "Return of the Secaucus 7," were saddened this week to learn of the passing of the independent film's producer, Jeff Nelson, who died Nov. 14 in Summit, N.J., after a long illness.
The film was released in 1979 — you can see the poster at the Shannon Door to this day, as many of the actors hung out there back in the day when that popular place was known as the Oak Lee. It was directed by John Sayles, who once said that it was Nelson who suggested he shoot his first movie in North Conway where they were both members of the summer theater company. Many said it laid the groundwork for 1983's big ensemble cast hit, "The Big Chill."
Among the cast members was locally-raised, future Emmy Award-winning actor Gordon Clapp and Oscar nominee David Strathairn ("Good Night, Good Luck").
Jeff later went on to work at Sesame Workshop in creative development and for the past six years was a writer and producer of educational media at New York’s Center for Children and Technology. Next time you're at the Shannon Door, tip your pint before the poster on the wall in honor of Jeff's contributions to good acting and writing.
IN HAPPY BIRTHDAYS this week, we salute the HoBo Railroad's Paul Giblin (the big 6-0 Nov. 26), Martha Leich of the MWV Ski Team (Nov. 27), culinary wiz Steffani Adaska, former Conway Planning Board member Patricia Sell and back-from-Mexico esq. Randy Cooper (Nov. 28); the ESSC's Brett Newton and retiring Mud Bowl parade chair Bobbi Steele-Marotta (Dec. 1; Beth Funicella (Dec. 2), and the Eastern Slope Regional Airport's David Cullinan (Dec. 3).
See you at the festivities in the park!