- By Jane Bakewell
Christmas in Spanish Town
Spanish Town will be alight with music, food and merriment for the 14th annual Christmas in Spanish Town on Friday, December 13th and Saturday, December 14th. Colorful stalls with all the holiday fixin's will overflow with local crafts, many fun gift ideas, home-baked goodies and local treats such as peppermint candy, sorrel and traditional saltfish with Johnny Cakes. The focus this year is to bring back the BVI cultural Christmas including fungi music like Leon and the Hot Shots, the Lashing Dogs, the Razor Bladez and the Serenaders. Saturday the 14th will see the launch of the VI's new hot entertainers, Caution Band. If not on Virgin Gorda hop on a ferry and sail over for a true holiday fiesta.
Torchlight Parade @ Brewer's Bay
The Brewer's Bay community invites everyone island wide to join in their weekend cultural Christmas activities. On Friday, December 13th, there will be a Caroler's Sing Out at the park in Brewer's Bay followed by Fungi music from The Serenaders. All the traditional foods will be out for the tasting including pea soup, dove and corn pork and other treats. Saturday, the 14th is the highly anticipated Torch Light Parade that starts at 5:30pm from Nicole's Bar and winds its way to the park, where there will be Christmas carolers, fungi music and, of course, "food glorious food." This event is geared for the whole family to relax and enjoy the true spirit of Christmas.
Party Sale @ Mi Amor & BVI Duty Free
Jewelry shopping gets a lot more exciting on Friday, December 13th with all-day discount specials from 20% to 70% off at Mi Amor. Exciting new jewelry and watch lines will be launched, there will be free gifts for shoppers with food and music by DJ Dre begining at 5pm and cupcakes and chocolate following at 7pm. A "Lay Away for the Holiday Plan" will be in effect along with free gift wrapping. Hop next door while the music plays on to BVI Duty Free for "awesome discounts" on your favorite perfume and cologne fragrances. With perfume and jewelry in hand your gift shopping for ladies (or men) in your life will be well on the way.
Music @ the Village
Village Cay Marina continues to be the spot to enjoy Sunday brunch in Road Town by the water with musical entertainment. On the 15th enjoy the sumptuous Sunday buffet from 12:30pm to 3pm with the 4 Strong Plus Band. On Wednesday the 18th, take in the multi-talented one man band, Al Brodrick from 6:30pm to 8:30pm while supping on some of the menu specials.
Christmas Concert @ HLSCC
There is no better way to get in the musical mood for the Christmas holidays than to hear the traditional Christmas classics performed by a talented Chorale accompanied by accomplished ensembles. The HLSCC annual Christmas Concert on Saturday, December 14th will not disappoint and you can expect to hear moving renditions of your favorite holiday songs by the Brass, Woodwind and Jazz Ensembles. The performance starts at 8pm and tickets are available at Umi Fashions, Sunny Caribbee, Bella Blooms or can be purchased at the door for $20.
Commodore's Cup & Dinner
The Royal BVI Yacht Club will be hosting the O'Neal Mundy Commodore's Cup on Saturday, December 14th with registration on the 13th from 6:30pm. Following in the evening will be a gala pre-Christmas dinner and awards. The dinner will also include prize giving for the RBVIYC best boats and racers. For details call 494-3286.
Upcoming: Get Your Guava On
Time to select your guavas and prepare for the Myett's Guavaberry Liqueur and Dessert Competition coming on Saturday, December 21st. Two categories of competition include liqueur – your choice of wine, rum or beverage of choice and tarts, cakes or puddings with guava as the key ingredient. There will be awards for each category and prizes for top honors. Register by December 20th for the competition at Myett's between 9am and 5pm, for this fun event.