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Mary Alice Monroe at The Moveable Feast

Oct. 28 ~ Mary Alice Monroe (A Lowcountry Christmas) at Pawleys Plantationa-lowcountry-christmas-mary-alice-monroe-212x300

Lucky us! Two Mary Alice books in one year! In this poignant continuation of the Lowcountry Summer series, a wounded warrior and his younger brother discover the true meaning of Christmas. As far as ten-year-old Miller McClellan is concerned, it’s the worst Christmas ever. His father’s shrimp boat is docked, his mother is working two jobs, and with finances strained, Miller is told they can’t afford the dog he desperately wants. “Your brother’s return from war is our family’s gift,” his parents tell him. But when Taylor returns with PTSD, family strains darken the holidays. Then Taylor’s service dog arrives – a large black Labrador/Great Dane named Thor. His brother even got the dog! When Miller goes out on Christmas Eve with his father’s axe, determined to get his family the tree they can’t afford, he takes the dog for company – but accidentally winds up lost in the wild forest. The splintered family must come together to rediscover their strengths, family bond, and the true meaning of Christmas.

The Moveable Feast is held at area restaurants throughout the year on Fridays, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. On occasion, an author’s book tour schedule is accommodated with a mid-week or even a Saturday Moveable Feast. For each feast, the chef prepares an exquisite menu, typically unavailable during the restaurant’s public hours. The presentation precedes the meal. Individuals, couples, friends, book clubs and other groups are assigned table seating. Each literary luncheon is followed by a book signing at Litchfield Books for those unable to participate in the feast. Each feast is $25 (occasionally more when the book is included); books are available at a 10% discount from Litchfield Books. For schedules and reservations, call 843-235-9600 or www.classatpawleys.com.

Caribbean Fine Art Fair Barbados March 9, 2016

Danny Simmons - USA - The workings of wheels and gears

Danny Simmons – USA – The workings of wheels and gears



The 6th Edition of Caribbean Fine Art (CaFA) Fair – Barbados will open on Wednesday, March 9, 2016 at Divi Southwinds Resort with a Gala Reception from 6-9 pm, featuring opening remarks by Barbados Minister of Culture, Sport and Youth, Hon. Stephen Lashley.  The fair will open from 11 am – 8 pm on Thursday, March 10- Saturday, March 12; and on Sunday from 11 am – 6 pm. New works by renowned Barbadian artists Ras Ishi Butcher and Ras Akyem I Ramsay will headline a powerful representation of Barbadian art at this year’s event. Kenneth “Black” Blackman, Ras Bongo Congo I, Ras Ilix Heartman, David “Guru” McClean, Oneka Small, Arlette St. Hill and several other noted Barbadian artists will lead the list of over 50 artists representing 13 Caribbean nations, Brazil, Ghana and the USA.


As Barbados celebrates its Jubilee year of Independence from Great Britain, Barbadian talent will be featured throughout our program of special events. On Thursday evening, March 10, Barbadian designer Marva Forde will lead the contingent of talent for the Caribbean Fashion Showcase; Barbadian Author/Poet Adisa Aja Andwele will sign copies of his new book “Painting Poetry” during Friday afternoon; while by Barbadian poets Cher Antoinette, Talent Uncapped, Hasani Wilson, and special guest UK based Victor Richards will feature on Spoken Word Night, Friday evening, March 11. Mr. Richards will also present an exhibit of photos and sign copies of his poetry trilogy themed, “Illusion – Streets Paved with Gold”. Celebrated USA artist, poet and art entrepreneur Danny Simmons will host the evening of spoken word performances and will also conduct a personal tour of the Fair on Sunday afternoon, March 13. Barbadian curator of Queens Park Gallery, Janice Whittle, is a featured presenter at the Caribbean Art Symposium on Saturday, March 12. Also featured will be a painting session with American artist S. Ross Browne; an interactive presentation by USA artist and art historian Dr. Myrah Brown Green; and in the evening, film screenings by Barbados Video & Film Association. CaFA Fair will close on Sunday, March 13 with Viewpoint; personal tours with Mr. Simmons, Dr. Myrah Brown Green, and Barbados born Director of CaFA Fair Barbados, Anderson M. Pilgrim.






Earl D. Etienne - Dominica - Kibuli.

Earl D. Etienne – Dominica – Kibuli.



A special section of CaFA Fair Barbados, Diaspora Dialogue III, features the work of 10 specially selected artists, headlined by USA’s Danny Simmons, Ghanian painter TAFA, and Brazil’s Ernani Silva. This exhibition explores the African influence on contemporary Diaspora artistic expression and investigates the position of Caribbean art in the broader Diaspora conversation.




Event partners include Bajan Sun Online; Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc.; Barbados National Cultural Foundation; Cockspur Fine Rum; COT Media Group; Divi Southwinds Resort; Dover Beach Hotel; Laparkan Shipping and MQI/BMW.



CaFA Fair was created with the primary mission of increasing awareness and appreciation of Caribbean culture through the presentation of works of art and the distribution of information.  For updates please visit event website www.cafafair.com or call 646-267-8831.

Contemporary Caribbean Art celebrates World Harmony

The NY Metropolitan Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Non Violence and the International Communications Association will host a special reception on  October 24, 2013, 6-9pm, at the Dwyer Cultural Center, 258 St. Nicholas Avenue at 123rd Street in Harlem, at 6pm, to launch the visual art exhibition, “Contemporary Caribbean Art: Selections from CaFA Fair Barbados.”Contemporary Caribbean Art at the Dwyer Center, Harlem, NYCOne of the highlights of the special reception will be the presentation of the 2013 World Harmony Awards to six distinguished honorees who have made significant contributions to World Harmony, with their dedication to preserving and enhancing Caribbean Culture: Mr. Irving Burgie – composer, songwriter of many of Harry Belafonte’s greatest hits and member of the Songwriter Hall of Fame; Caribbean Tourism Organization (US Director Sylma Brown Bramble) – the leading advocate of tourism growth and development for the region; Dr. Una Clarke – former New York City council member; Dr. Roy E. Hastick – Founder and CEO of Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce & Industry, & Dr. Eda H. Hastick – distinguished educator; Dr. Marta Moreno Vega – Founder and Director of Caribbean Cultural Center-African Diaspora Institute (CCCADI); West Indian American Day Carnival Association (WIADCA- President Thomas Bailey) – producers of the largest Caribbean cultural celebration in the USA.

The awards are presented annually by International Communications Inc. This year’s six honorees will join a distinguished list of past recipients including Ruby Dee, renowned actress & cultural icon; Sherrill Kazan, President of the World Council of Peoples for the United Nations; and Very Rev. James Parks Morton, distinguished humanitarian and founder of the Interfaith Center of New York.

Colorful World of Alfred Weekes


Weekes' Figurines Traditional Miniatures – acrylic, wire & mixed media

Weekes’ Figurines Traditional Miniatures – acrylic, wire & mixed media

Each wire figurine is made of one continuous coil of galvanized wire, for a flexibility that virtually rules out breakage.  The figurine is then mounted on a solid wooden base, dressed, trimmed, and painted, to finish the creative process.  If bent or twisted, a piece can be easily manipulated into its original position.  Every detail is attended to so as to realize the most authentic portrayal of Caribbean life and culture. After immigrating to NYC in the 1990’s the artist has added a wide array of designs, which reflect experiences and interests in North American sports and music.    

Shades Of Barbados II – 16”x20” – (1995-2008), acrylic, wire & mixed media on wood

Shades Of Barbados II – 16”x20” – (1995-2008), acrylic, wire & mixed media on wood

Since the late 1970’s, Alfred Weekes has won multiple awards and prizes for his work in his native Barbados as well as the United States.  His unique sculptures and reliefs have been exhibited in galleries and institutions such as Brooklyn Moon and Satta Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; 479 Gallery and New Century Artists, Soho, NYC; and the Organization of American States, Washington, DC.  Weekes’ creations are represented in public and private collections in the Caribbean, Europe and North America.

The Preacher – 11”x11” – (2008), acrylic, wire & mixed media on wood panel

The Preacher – 11”x11” – (2008), acrylic, wire & mixed media on wood panel

Wish – 10”x8” – (2002), acrylic, wire & mixed media on wood panel

Wish – 10”x8” – (2002), acrylic, wire & mixed media on wood panel

Weekes’ work is available at www.diaspora-now.com or by contacting his agent Anderson Pilgrim, Diaspora Now at 646 267-8831 or ampilgrim@hotmail.com



Ademola Olugebefola (USVI) - The Mighty Atlantic
Ademola Olugebefola (USVI) The Mighty Atlantic

We are delighted to announce this important cultural event presented by our colleagues in one of the best island destinations.

The 3rd Edition of Caribbean Fine Art (CaFA) Fair Barbados will be March 13-17 at the exciting new venue in the heart of historic Bridgetown, Barbados – the Spirit Bond Building. CaFA Fair opens on Wednesday, March 13, 6-9 pm with a Gala Reception featuring a live musical performance, presentation of the Caribbean Luminary of the Arts Award, and a preview of over 35 exhibitors of paintings, sculpture, photography, drawings, original limited edition prints and new media exploring the cultural traditions of the Caribbean.

A special feature of CaFA Fair Barbados 2013 will be performances and film screenings scheduled for each day of the event. Trinidadian Shelley Worrell of CaribBEING will present screenings by filmmakers from Guadeloupe, Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago, while Barbadian performer NaLa will entertain with his unique brand of humor.

We are pleased to welcome celebrated US artist and cultural entrepreneur Danny Simmons; former Sothebys executive and principal of New York’s AK Art, Amy Kisch; and world renowned artist and lecturer Dr. Ademola Olugebefola, USVI, as presenters at the Caribbean Art Symposium, scheduled for Saturday, March 16, 2013.

Daniel Lind Ramos (Puerto Rico) - ADORACIONDaniel Lind Ramos (Puerto Rico)
New works by Puerto Rico’s Diogenes Ballester and USVI’s Ademola Olugebefola, will headline the selection of artworks by over 35 artists representing 13 Caribbean nations. 2 participating artists, Jamal Ince, Barbados, and Jamaica’s Ava Tomlinson were recently selected to showcase their paintings at Art Africa Miami 2012, which was a part of the Art Basel Miami week, December 2012. Internationally recognized contemporary artists such as Ras Ishi Butcher, Carlton Murrell, and Ras Akyem I Ramsay, Barbados; David Wilson, Dominica; Carl E. Hazlewood and Philip Moore, Guyana; Patricia Brintle, Haiti; Abishag Voundi, Martinique; Daniel Lind-Ramos, Puerto Rico; Marcel Pinas, Suriname; David Boothman, Trinidad & Tobago; will be represented at CaFA Fair Barbados. Emerging artists Nicolle Blackwood, Jamaica; Minerva Diaz, Puerto Rico; and many others from the English-speaking, Hispanic and Francophone Caribbean will also be on exhibit.

Carl Hazlewood (Guyana) - White Angel RisingCarl Hazlewood (Guyana) – White Angel Rising
Event partners include Barbados Tourism Authority; Barbados National Cultural Foundation; BMW; CaribBEING; Intimate Hotels of Barbados; Laparkan Shipping; Latin American Art; Lush Life Resort; Naniki Restaurant; and Virgin Atlantic Airways.

Ras Akyem I Ramsay (Barbados) - Blakk BirdRas Akyem I Ramsay (Barbados) – Blakk Bird
Diaspora-Now was formed in 1986. Our primary mission is to increase awareness and appreciation of Caribbean culture through the distribution of information and presenting works of art. For updates please visit event website www.cafafair.com or call 646-267-8831. Abishag Voundi (Martinique)
Abishag Voundi (Martinique)

Sex and Sponges in Beautiful Barbados

Barbados officially celebrates its high season for visitors beginning in mid-December when North Americans and British are particularly eager to avoid their cold winter. For history and details about this fabulous destination we recommend the Barbados Travel Companion app available from iTunes. It was authored by experienced travel guide writer and journalist Harry S. Pariser and published by Sutro Media which boasts more than 300 mobile apps covering the world’s best destinations. We didn’t go to Barbados for sex or sponges, but after getting the complete scoop from Harry, it might be time to plan another trip. Here’s a little preview of the app content.

The good news for Barbados lovers is that all year is a near-perfect season, and spring or summer rates for lodging or travel packages can be quite enticing.

This is a beautiful friendly Caribbean island which welcomes guests all year. The interesting people are its foremost asset. With golfing, diving, surfing, any water sport, plus swimming with the turtles among the coral, there’s never a shortage of activity. Check current event schedules to plan for something special. The gorgeous beach itself, with an occasional break for a rum punch or several, delivers a pretty good vacation, and the beach locales range from busy resort areas to secluded spots for napping under swaying palms.

Summer in Barbados features the Crop Over Festival which is a five-week event. Its origin is more than 200 years old when the sugar cane crop harvest was finished and called for a celebration. Albeit not still based on the harvest schedule, the festival includes dancing, parades, competitions and of course the fabulous food, arts and crafts which are popular year-round. Thousands of visitors are attracted during this season, and all for good cause.

Duty free shopping is available in Bridgetown, the capital city, in department stores and jewelry shops plus small malls outside the city, but my favorite shopping is among the craft vendors in Pelican Village or along the street in many areas. Tropical batiks, straw hats or local art and pottery are frequently the same products in various locations, but I find the browsing and light bartering to be part of the fun. Vendors are not allowed on the beach, and hawking is not common.

Touring the rum distillery or studying the island’s architecture, rich history and culture also provide myriad choices for daily excursions beyond the beach.

Good food is not a secret here. Spices combine Caribbean influence with occasional Asian or French and create many special dishes including fresh local vegetables such as sweet potatoes. A flying fish sandwich was the first meal I chose in Barbados, and it’s often one of my favorite entrées. It’s local and plentiful due to its actual appearance of flying out of the water (toward the anglers we believe) while it’s supposedly trying to escape larger fish. Other fish is fresh as well as shrimp, lobster, and much more. Pickled sea cat, a relish made from octopus, adds a nice touch to fish and other selections.

Let’s talk about pudding and souse another day! Do you know what they are? Have you sampled them in Barbados, or maybe elsewhere? We heard it was good at Lemon Arbour in St. John.

Let me know what you think about finding the fine food, great beaches and dazzling upcoming events. Sex, sponges, octopus and rum are deserving of further review as well.

Dominican Republic Travel for Cheap

We love the Caribbean any time of year, and we have enjoyed some good trips via Cheap Caribbean. You can go as cheap or as upscale as you want. Pay attention to the stars to be sure you know whether you’re getting a resort with some class or no class whatsoever if you’re looking for super cheap.

Want to go right now? Cheap Caribbean is celebrating its 11th anniversary with the current deal to Puerto Playa at the Lifestyle Tropical Beach Resort and Spa at an unbeatable $11 per person per night (no airfare included) during September and October. Book it now to get this deal. It’s only a bit more later in the year, and packages are available too.

While we don’t choose all-inclusive resorts, it’s something to consider at this price. We do choose packages, and one of the best things we do like is the ground transportation which might be an add-on but so worth it. I don’t know about you, but arriving in a different country and renting a car to drive to a totally new spot is intimidation I don’t need 🙂 It’s just nice to be met by a local driver who also knows when we are returning to the airport.

If you have a favorite Caribbean resort to mention in our Beach Bytes category, please send us your comments here. We could even publish your pic too!

Browsing the Caribbean

Not a postcard collection. Just a look at the morning sun from our warm balcony in Freeport or the view of the resort entrance.

Would you prefer this upscale resort in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico?

Or would you rather enjoy this lifestyle resort in the Dominican Republic with wait service directly at your sunbed?

What’s cheap about the Caribbean? Nothing really, except for packages which are frequently offered by the company Cheap Caribbean. We do not work for them, but we have traveled on their packages a couple of times and can report huge savings plus quality. One of my favorite items in their package offers is the ground transportation. Have you ever arrived in a new destination without a plan for getting to your hotel? If that’s a country where you don’t even speak the language or know which side of the road to drive on, then what? In addition to delivering the quality which is purchased, ranging from really cheap to top quality, Cheap Caribbean provides an airport pick up who knows your name.

If you’re a beach bum of any sort, winter is such a nice time to think about warm vacation sites, and I love browsing the Caribbean. Bring me a water view, a book, a sun bed and a cool drink now. When do you want to go?