Have you ever been to an all-inclusive party where, beside having a scenic and panoramic view of the Atlantic Ocean while reclining in a hammock, you could avail yourself to various brands of premium champagne, while enjoying tequila sno-cone, toolum, guava cheese and pawpaw balls, plus wild meat of all varieties? In addition, dotting the large expanse of real estate were six premium bars and five levels of partying. All this and more were available at the reasonable price of $800 at the Playa del Este Resort in Salybia on Carnival Thursday. I had my fair share of all-inclusive parties for C2K11 but Escape to Playa del Este, attended by a high percentage of returning nationals from abroad, was over the top. Unlike other big-nameÂ all-inclusive parties, everything was in abundance in Salybia, with no item running out before the party ended at 7.30 pm.
Speaking with promoter Michael Headley, also creator of Poison mas band, progenitor of popular bands today like Tribe, Dream Team, Pulse 8 and Island People Mas, he said: â€œI have always believed in giving people value for money. I ensure that my customer gets an unforgettable experience each time. â€œI am perhaps the only all-inclusive fete promoter who has charged the same for the past four years, while still managing to improve on the previous yearâ€™s party and experience.â€ Apart from the excellent ambience, cuisine and liquor, there was also the music, supplied this year by Oscar B & T&TEC Gayatones, Imij & Co, Johnny King, Ajala, and rhythm sections from Point Fortin. Instead of the traditional bake and shark take-away at the end of the party, the promoter treated departing patrons to shrimp, veggie, beef and chicken roti, as well as bowls of curried duck.
Other all-inclusive parties I attended and which impressed me were ONE Fete, produced at the Queenâ€™s Park Savannah by Ultimate Events; St Maryâ€™s Collegeâ€™s Fete with Saints; Yorke Inc, FB Promotions and Kreative Conceptsâ€™ fete at UWI; and, last Sundayâ€™s Sanctuary, held in Valsayn. For the latter, with pulsating music by Roy Cape All Stars, imij & Co, Oscar B & T&TEC Gayatones, it was the patrons who were laughing all the way home, as again they got more than their moneyâ€™s worth. In fact, some of the foreigners asked to make down payments on the admission for next yearâ€™s party, to be held on February 19, 2012.
On February 26, you couldnâ€™t stick a pin in the yard of Franklyn Ollivierrieâ€™s Diego Martin residence as Yorke Inc and the Mendez Drive Posse outdid themselves at the annual Mendez Drive Party. Eager-beaver patrons arrived as early as 10 pm and had fun, fun, fun until the party ended at 4 am. Tables and chairs had to be moved to accommodate the many patrons into the venue to have a remarkable experience at this annual event. Music for this fete was supplied by DJs KC Klass is Klass, CG, Bad Ladd of Toronto and Dr Ross, with special appearances by Iwer George and Oscar B. The party can be considered the groupâ€™s most successful to date and the promoters will have a year to think as to how to create additional space at the popular venue for patrons who were unable to get in to come and enjoy this treat. The party was completely sold out.
May old acquaintance be renewed for C2K11
Amongst the most enjoyable events I attended for C2K11 were actually not shows, or fetes, but school reunions. The first, held on March 2, was hosted by the ex students of St Crispinâ€™s Anglican School in Woodbrook, and the second, the following day, also in St James, at Earl Crosbyâ€™s factory, on Brunton Road, for past students of St James Government Secondary. About the first, I cannot believe that it has been about 55 years that I hadnâ€™t seen most of my former primary school colleagues, all reliving the days of wonderful innocence and adventure. We amiably chatted about everything under the sun, including our principal Mr Sam (never learned his first name) and sports master Mr Mc Alpin (never knew his name either).
Back in the day, when children were children, respected all adults, and parents didnâ€™t storm into schools to beat teachers, we referred to all teachers as either â€œMiss,â€ â€œSir,â€ or Mr this or Miss that. In fact, at QRC back in the day, when Latin and Greek were still subjects, we didnâ€™t have teachers but â€œMasters,â€ like Rudy Piggot and the late Bill Bason. To the music of DJ Johann Joseph, we reminisced about that time back in the 50s when downs trees adorned the school yard, when we ran races with the schoolâ€™s back wall as the finish point, and â€œbroke bicheâ€ to go fish for whabeen fish in the ravine that ran alongside the school. We spoke about Mr Samâ€™s wicked right hand that could lay unconscious any intruder that ventured into the school to do his young charges any harm.
The main players behind the St Crispinâ€™s reunion were Norman and Marlene Hunte, Coswell de Peiza, Annette Phillips, Jasmine Knights, and Claudette Alexander. Among those in attendance were Gordon Barnes, Ken Kong, Eastlyn Hinds, Terrance Skinner, Wally Thomas, Earl â€œBiterâ€ Edwards, Steve Mc Kell, Shirley de Peiza, Arthur Marcial, Kenrick Haynes, Sharon Blanche-Mc Kenzie, Alan Stewart of Sundiata Art, and the Dolly family. Notably absent was Dianne Daniell. Among the specially invited guests were famed musician and Birdsong Panorama arranger Raf Robertson and US-based entertainer Carl Jacobs. The date for next yearâ€™s reunion is February 14 (Valentineâ€™s Day), at the school.