- By Jan Critchley
The Island Last Resort
Check out the new look and the great food at The Island Last Resort. Chef Chris Bangert will be treating guests to his new world cuisine all of July with his new Tapas Tasters menu and don't his menu primer for next season on Saturday, 25th July. And, for your entertainment, don't miss Geoff Day, bassist and jazz flutist extraordinaire, who will be taking to the stage every Tuesday and Thursday at 8pm. Then, not to be missed on Saturday, 25th July MJ Blues will be playing his live Hendrix experience from 8pm. Oh, and mention the Limin' Times and get 2 for 1 cocktails – can't beat it! To book, call 394-0100.
Head to Crafts Alive Village from Friday 24th July to Sunday, 26th July from 10am for the local craft vendors show. Vendors will bring their hand-crafted items from the stores to form a huge outdoor display of local crafts, souvenirs, leather goods, local food and beverages and more. Candyman will be providing the entertainment and LIME will be there with promotions and best yet, there are no cruise ships in – so plenty of room to wander through the stalls. For more information e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Don't miss the summer's hottest fashion and lifestyle weekend. Summer Sizzle, which will be taking to our shores from Thursday, 23rd to Sunday, 26th July. The weekend kicks off with a Welcome and Style Party at De Loose Mongoose at 8pm on Thursday followed by the White Fashion Gala at Harbour View Marina at 8pm on Friday. Saturday is the highlight of the weekend and the Multi-Purpose Centre will be transformed for the spectacular "Global Glamour" Runway Fashion Show at 8pm hosted by Taraji P. Henson with a special appearance by Jussie Smollet, both from Fox's hit TV Series, Empire. On Sunday, you can even join in the Sailing Excursion and Beach BBQ to beautiful Spring Bay in Virgin Gorda.
Event packages are available on-line at www.summersizzlebvi.com or contact Jerrell George on 542-8180.
Festival Fever – The Heat is On …
We are all getting ready and in the mood for festival, lots of events, glorious food, colorful costumes and music to celebrate over 60 years of emancipation celebrations. This year festival will run from July 24th to August 9th under the slogan, "A Tropical Blend of Beautiful Colors to be Seen." Activities will begin with a bang in Road Town, at the Festival Village, which will be named the Patsy Lake Festiville, with a Grand Fungi Fest at 7pm on Friday, 24th July featuring The Razor Blades, Four Strong, The Lashing Dogs, Leon & The Hot Shots and Stanley and the Ten Sleepless Nights.
The annual Rotary Kiddies Fiesta will take place on Saturday, July 25th at the Althea Scatliffe Grounds for a day filled with activities for kids and the young at heart! A circus theme is in play this year so the event will feature a magician and a clown as well as a ferris wheel, merry-go-round and go-cart racing. Other attractions include bouncy castles, the Elite Sky Dancers and face painting. Primetime, VIBE and Showtime bands will be playing alongside internationally renowned DJ Lora. Plus there is a free t-shirt for the first 200 kids, so don't miss this magical event from 10am till 8pm.
On Saturday, 25th July the Jr. Miss BVI Pageant will take place at the HLSCC at 7pm where four young ladies will vie for the prestigious title. In the evening, Festiville entertainment continues around 9pm with Insomnia "The Village Edition" a blend of local & international DJs and bands that will have you dancing all night long, including Jr K & DJ Prince out of Trinidad, DJ Dre and DJ Birch, Primetime Squad, VIBE and featuring Chris Martin and WCK.
The ever-popular Prince and Princess show is at 3pm on Sunday, 26th July at the Multi-Purpose Centre, and the Gospel Fest featuring DeAnna Wattley, Ashika Charles and many more will be performing at 7pm at the Patsy Lake Festiville.
Also, don't miss the Soca Monach Competition on "Super Sunday," 26th July where reigning champion B'More will be performing along with Kylo, Tino, Shiloh and others to hold onto his prestigious title. The competition will be held at Fantasea Bar & Grill, Duffs Bottom from 9pm until late, and there will be a special guest appearance. Tickets are $25 and more on the door.
On Monday, July 27th at 7pm, there will be a Torchlight Procession from the Palm Grove Shopping Centre to the Patsy Lake Festiville, and the Opening Ceremony. Entertainment in the Festiville will begin at 8pm with the Razor Blades, Bunji Garlin & Fay Ann Lyons and VIBE.
A firm festival favorite is the Local Calypso Competition taking place on Wednesday, July 29th at 8pm in the Patsy Lake Festiville, where Sistah Joyce will defend her crowd against Queen Shereen, King Paido, Falco, Oginga, Mighty Cloud, Might Rocky and new comer, Yung Blood. Plus a special guest appearance by Lord Strawn and three time Calypso King, Soldier from the USVI. Entry fee $20 - Special pricing and front row seating available for senior citizens to enjoy the show.
Make it a great end to the weekend and head over to Scaramouche's Lounge Bar in colorful Soper's Hole for their Sunset Jam featuring DJ Lee (AKA DJ Dolphin) and Carol Valero on the electric violin on Sunday 26th July at 6:30pm
Alec Phillips Live @ Myetts
Don't miss Conawego Recording Artist, singer, songwriter, pianist, guitarist and harmonica player Alec Phillips at Myett's at 7:30 on Sunday, 26th July who will be performing songs from his upcoming CD Plus interpretations of many rock, folk, funk, blues & reggae. The music will be a mix of acoustic and electric with local singer and drummer, Frandi Martin.