- By Arlena Smith
Myett's Wine & Arts Festival
Don't miss this month's Wine & Art Festival & Farmers Market at Myett's on Sunday, July 27th from 1-5pm. There will be displays of local art, produce from local farmers and wine tasting, sponsored by Proudly African. There will be Steel Pan Vibes by Clem, a draw for a complimentary spa treatment and a chance to test your wine skills and to win a bottle in the blind tasting event! So make a day of it and head to the beach – where the beat goes on!
60s Ole Skool Party
Don't miss this opportunity to dress up in your favorite flowers and flairs and get your groove on for the 60s Ole Skool Party, at the Save the Seed Centre, this Friday, July 25th at 7pm. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 on the door. And, better yet it is for a good cause in aid of Tortola Child Rescue and Education Centre, Africa. There will be prizes for the best 60s outfit, most outrageous 60s footwear, singing in the 60s karaoke contest and much more. Call 494-7353 for more information.
Skullduggery is the name of the game at the annual Guy Eldridge Memorial Race and Manhattan Challenge, at Nanny Cay on Saturday, July 26th. This fun memorial race pitches our two yacht clubs head to head in an attempt to win the coveted Manhattan Yacht Club Trophy. Will the "Royals" get to keep it for another year? The selection race will start off Nanny Cay beach at 11am with dinghy relays to follow. For more information contact Jules on 494-3286 or Martin on 496-8685.
Festival Low Down
With the 60th Anniversary of Festival now underway, here are a few of the exciting events that you can look forward to this week. Soca Monach Competition
This ever-popular event will take place on Friday, 25th July at the Festival Village starting at 8pm. There will be 16 competitors and the winner will perform on August 2nd at the International Soca and Calypso night with the local Calypso Monarch, The Razor Blades, Glama Girl, Skinny Fabulous, V.I.B.E and many more.
Miss Junior BVI This pageant is a first for the 60th Anniversary of Festival and on Sunday, July 27th at HLSCC (Eileen Parson's Auditorium) at 7pm sharp, five young ladies will take to the stage all vying for this coveted title. This event replaces the Miss East End Pageant and as part of the run up to the final, the young ladies have already completed the promotional and interview segments of the competition. Tickets in advance are $20 and $25 on door and children under 12 pay $10.
Opening of Festival Village
The festival grounds will once again be the capital for the celebrations in the heart of Road Town – and this year it will be named the "Iris Freeman Festiville" in honor of the long standing booth owner and cook. The official Opening Ceremony takes place on Monday, July 28th at 7pm with a Torch Light Procession from the Palm Grove Shopping Centre to the village for the 8pm Opening Ceremony with Four Strong, V.I.B.E and Destra.
New to the Festival this year, Youth Explosion will be on Tuesday, July 29th at the Festival Village and will feature a Jr Calypso show and music by Caution Band, B Breezy, Showtime and Poizon.
Local Calypso Competition
Another event not to be missed this year, is the Local Calypso competition on Wednesday, July 30th when Sista Joyce will be defending her crown against Luther B, Shereen, Mighty Leh Leh, and many more. Guest artists include Shebz, Mighty Rocky and Land Crab and an extra special performance for the 60th Anniversary by Lawd Strawn. Xtreme band will close out the night.