- By Laura Thomas
Road Town Celebrations
The 2016 Emancipation Festival is underway. Here are some of the highlights to help you "free up yourself " for the festivities.
This year the Road Town Village is named after Rita Francis, and events are scheduled to take place there from Sunday, July 24 – August 6. Among the entertainers this year are V.I.B.E, OMG, Kylo & Style e Band, Triple Kay, Beenie Man and Sizzla so put on your dancing shoes and come with your friends or alone, enjoy BVI Festival 2016!
Check out our full Festival schedule on page 11.
Cultural Food Fair
Come out and taste culture at it's best! This year's James Ishmael Lettsome Cultural Food Fair is July 29 at the Noel Lloyd Positive Action Movement Park. Music starts at 10am and the official ceremony is at noon.
DJ Lloyd will provide music for the day. Also entertaining will be The Gospel Fungi Band, Sounds of Steel and Shooting Stars steelpan bands, the Enis Adams Hawks Dance Club, the Elite Sky Dancers and the BVI Heritage Dancers. Some of the BVI's best dishes including boiled apple, corned fish, callaloo, conch fritters, fried fish and much more will be served.
The annual Freedom March and Emancipation Service will take place July 31. The event begins with a procession from Government House to the Sunday Morning Well at 3pm with High Frequency Band playing. Dignitaries including Premier Dr. Orlando Smith, Hon. Mark Vanterpool, Hon. Myron Walwyn and guest speaker Rev. Dr. Richard D. Mc- Creary of Chicago, will give remarks at the Sunday Morning Well after the march. The
August Monday Sunrise service will now take place at the Queen Elizabeth Park at 7am instead of at the Administration building as in previous years. Dr. McCreary will also speak at the sunrise service.
East End Celebrations
On August 2–3, the fun is in the East End/Long Look Village. The honoree this year is Andrew "Charlie" Turnbull, and the village will see performances by OMG, Jah Vinci, I-Octane, Militant, Jamesy P, Hypa 4000, Voice and Cool Breeze.
Carrot Bay Fiesta
Kicking things off in Carrot Bay will be the Melvin Hyman Fishermen's Tournament Opening Ceremony featuring Relentless the Band, Showtime Band, Fireman Hopper, Teddyson John, Carimi and KES the Band. On Friday, July 5, the Epic Family Day will include popular attractions such as kids' races, donkey races and a tug-of-war. Entertainment follows into the night with OMG, The Original Bouyon Pioneers (original members of WCK), Krosfyah, Christopher Martin and V.I.B.E.
Carrot Bay Village activities include new additions this year. July 6 events include boat races, a VI Classic Car Show and Poizon from noon – 7pm.
Splash Sundays at Scrub
Every Sunday from July 31–September 18 locals and visitors can enjoy the pool of Scrub Island during SPLASH Sundays. You can sip on handcrafted cocktails by the pool or enjoy grilled goodies. DJ Bertrum will provide music.
Tickets are $50 per person and include admission to the resort, welcome drink, finger food and live music. Advance booking is required and must be done through Scrub Island concierge; email@example.com.
Visit www.scrubisland.com for more information.
Sale at Pier Park
It's that time of the month where you can get discounts and deals at stores on the Tortola Pier Park. This Friday, July 29, the Fast–Dash Deals are from 4:30-6:30pm. Take advantage of deals on clothing, accessories and much more to help you slay the festival season. Entertainment will be by DJ Dre and Final Faze Band.
Star–Studded Miss BVI Pageant
With guest performer Maxi Priest and three high-profile judges, the Miss BVI pageant scheduled for Sunday is set to be a night of big names. Tempo TV personality Empress Jeanille will host the pageant along with the BVI's Damion Grange.
The judges include 1995 Miss Universe Chelsi Smith, 2013 Miss Universe Jamaica Kerrie Baylis, actor Hector Lincoln, and Pulse Modeling Agency Chairman Kingsley Cooper.
In addition to Priest, local entertainers Aaron Da Jedi and the winner of the recent Gen Y talent competition Durnel Sanderson will also take the stage during the pageant.
Four women will compete to be named Miss BVI 2016: Reba Thomas, Mindy Paul, Erika Creque and Lakiesha Claxton. The women were introduced as Miss BVI hopefuls during a cocktail reception at Maria's by the Sea June 17.
Whoever is crowned the winner will receive several prizes, including a scholarship from government. She will also represent the territory internationally in other pageants.
The Miss BVI pageant will take place at 8pm at the Multi-Purpose Sports Complex, and the dress code is elegant.
VIP tickets include a tapas menu and cost $75. General admission tickets cost $35 in advance or $40 at the door. Advance tickets are on sale at CCT and Bella Blooms.