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Playing in the pool, sailing, Hagen Daz at Uncle Ernies, Christmas presents and more. . . .
|2002/02/03 - Click to enlarge pictures|
Everyone together for dinner, snorkeling the reefs, playing charades, exploring the island and sharing your finds, and swimming at Shoal Bay.
And then someone who couldn't make the trip emails a picture of Christmas back at home. Brrrrr... so you email them a picture of sunbathing at the beach.
This is what a long visit to Anguilla by a close group of friends is all about.
Originally from Santo Domingo, Ramon has been offering a high standard of repair service on the island for about 7 years now. He specializes in fixing shoes, leather bags, suitcases and belts. He can be very creative in his mending techniques.
Rates are reasonable (starting under US$4) and turnaround time is short.
Opening hours: 8am - 5pm. Closed Sundays.
Photo, left to right: Ramon, Felipa and Ana
Directions: from the airport parking lot, take the only exit and turn left, follow the road straight past Island Car Rentals, NBA and through the intersection at Albert Lakes Market. You will shortly be in Stoney Ground - watch for the shoemaker's shop on the left in about 1/2 mile.
Story and pictures by Janine Edwards
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Owner and Executive Chef Dale Carty has had 13 years experience in the culinary field moving up the ranks from dishwashing at Malliouhana Hotel to opening and running his very own popular restaurant known for excellent cuisine. Chef Carty has had the benefit of training in the South of France and Paris under renowned French Chef Michel Rustang.
A glance at a couple items on the menu:
Tasty's serves breakfast, lunch and dinner six days a week…from Tuesday to Sunday. Tasty's is open for breakfast and lunch from 7am - 3pm and dinner is served between 7pm and 10pm. Read our previous review from 1999.
Telephone: 264.497.2737. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Directions: on the main road near the Methodist
Church in South Hill. From the airport parking lot, take
the only exit and turn left, then left again past the
airport entrance and through the roundabout down the main road.
Continue west, straight through the Sandy Ground
roundabout and watch for Tasty's on the right side
in about a mile.
For papaya salsa
Cut snapper in strips, season with salt, pepper, chopped capers and garlic. Pan-fry the fish strips - skin-side only. Finish snapper in oven until tender. Peel and finely dice papayas. Combine dressing ingredients and add it to papaya. Place papaya in a circular mound in the middle of the plate. Top papaya salsa with fresh lettuce. Dice tomato. Place snapper slices and tomato slices in a circular design around the papaya/lettuce.
Story and pictures by Janine Edwards
Handmade quilts, wall hangings, hand bags, cushion covers, each with their unique character and story brighten the room. Carol makes use of different colours, patterns and materials to express her creativity making pieces which are pleasant to the eye as well as the touch. She enjoys working with unusual fabrics and explores three dimensional patterns through various materials, accessories and folding techniques. Most of the pieces have a Caribbean flair. "Moon Over St. Martin", "Sweet as Sugar Cakes" and "Noah Lands in Anguilla" are some of the fine pieces.
Carol is married to Walter Richardson, a son of the soil, and they were happy to move back to Anguilla from St. Thomas in June of 2001. Carol is happy to do specially commissioned work. Pieces range from US$25 for a hand bag to US$400 for an intricate king sized quilt. The studio is open most days from 10am - 3pm and since this is Carol's home she often takes in visitors outside of these hours. For further information call (264)-497-8733.
Also, from A Story in the AHTA Newsletter:
A new art studio, with a twist, has opened on Crocus Hill. The Estate Hope Art Studio is a combination gallery and workshop where visitors can see the artist create her unique textiles first hand. All of the one-of-a-kind works are in a Caribbean style and feature a mix of traditional and original designs and an original combination of textural fabrics and unusual construction techniques. Mrs. Richardson's quilts can be custom-made for a specific event or person and be highly personalized. Examples of custom-made quilts include commemorative quilts for a retirement or an honoree or a friendship quilt with signatures of friends and family.
Starting from the airport parking lot,
take the only exit and turn left, then continue straight past
Island Car Rentals and National Bank of Anguilla.
At the Alberts Market intersection, turn left and continue
past the library and the high school. Go straight through the
roundabout and up Coronation Blvd (the one with the big trees).
At the top of the hill, turn left. You will see Lloyd's Guest House on the left.
The studio is just up the hill a little from Lloyd's and on the opposite side of the road.
Story and pictures by Janine Edwards
The Owners, Dr. Frankie & Mrs. Cheryl Hughes and family had a grand ribbon cutting ceremony on January 4th, 2002 celebrating the opening of the villas with government officials and other well-wishers. The energetic local band Musical Brothers entertained the guests as they danced on the pool terrace.
For guests seeking the service levels of a hotel and the
privacy and convenience of a villa, this cozy condo-style resort
located just a couple minutes walk from Cove Bay is a great choice.
The grounds are nicely landscaped and the swimming pool
is among the largest in Anguilla.
For guest convenience all suites have fully equipped kitchens and
studios have kitchenettes. The in-house coffee shop offers breakfast
and light lunches and just a couple minutes walk away are three
restaurants: Ilmare, Casablanca and Smokey's at the Cove. Paradise Cove has great appeal to families, couples and honeymooners who are looking for high quality accommodation and service at a reasonable price.
Cheryl, the General Manager puts a lot of passion and energy into the resort's operation. Cheryl: "We strive to offer true Anguillian hospitality…this new addition has given us two more categories of rooms allowing us to better match guests' needs and to deliver top quality at an affordable price."
The resort also features several packages including a Honeymoon Package and "Escape to Paradise". For the upcoming summer they plan to offer a "Pay for 5 nights…Stay for 7 nights" package. Do check their website for photos and more details.
Web site: www.paradise.ai
Tel. 264-497-6603/ 6957. Fax 264-497-6927.
Story and pictures by Janine Edwards
2 cups sweet potatoes
(boiled in water with a touch of salt, and then mashed)
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup melted butter or margarine
2 egg whites, beaten stiff
6 egg yolks, beaten
1 1/2 teaspoon lime or lemon rind, grated
1 cup orange juice
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg OR 2 tablespoons rum
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Combine all ingredients, except the egg whites, and beat well. Carefully fold in the beaten egg whites; pour into a greased baking dish. Bake for about 1 hour or until set. Nutmeg or sliced citron may be sprinkled on the top before baking.
Story and pictures by Janine Edwards
Each load costs EC$10 (approximately US$4) per wash and the same price per load for drying. A load takes 35 minutes to wash and 45 minutes to dry. Telephone: (264)-497-0171.
Starting from the airport parking lot, take the only exit and turn left,
continue straight past Island Car Rentals and National Bank of Anguilla.
Go straight through the intersection at Alberts Market and into Stoney
Ground. You will see Max Printing on the right in about 1/4 mile.
Lilly's is in the same complex.
Directions: Starting from the airport parking lot, take the only exit (if they ever add another exit at the airport, these web instructions will be history!), and turn left, then turn left again and go past the airport entrance. Turn right at the roundabout and continue into The Valley. You will see the English Rose restaurant on the left in about 1/2 mile, turn into the strip mall there and drive to the back. You should find A-1 at the end.
Story and pictures by Janine Edwards
Then tell Fabian Makoy Romney at Vancoy's Limousine where you want to be and your personal chauffeur will take you there in a first class, dependable, convenient, luxury 6-passenger Lincoln Town Car limousine. Fabian started the business in March 2001 by going to Miami and purchasing the limo himself!
They service all needs: weddings, proms, special occassions, airport transfers, seaport transfers, and nights out on the town.
Wedding Packages: $325.00
Airport transfers: $75.00
Seaport transfers: $60.00
Hourly Rate: $55.00
All packages come with complimentary champagne or wine.
Cuban cigars are also on sale.
Telephone: 264.497.6417 or cellular 264.235.6417.
Xtreme has performed regularly at Johnno's and other popular venues throughout Anguilla and was the featured band at the Miss Anguilla Pageant 2001. The group is currently upgrading its equipment and is pursuing a number of engagements both in the Caribbean and the US.
Xtreme has now begun work on its second CD, which it will be recording in the next few months. In our next update we will be featuring more information on this project and the construction of the band's new website, along with more photos of the band. In the meantime, check out Xtreme's current CD at Caribbeanmusic.com where you can buy on-line, or send them email at email@example.com
Story by Alex Richardson
New Colors at Lloyds Guest House
Click link or pictures to visit the web site for this charming guest house.
New! Gorgeous one bedroom private villa with pool and cabana just a few steps away from a small sandy beach. Web site: www.fletchscove.com Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Villa Dina Photo Tour
See inside a private villa on Anguilla, one that is creatively decorated with art, antiques and whimsical crafts.
Valentine's Day Menu at Altamer.
February 14 is a special day in Anguilla, with both locals and tourists competing for the most romantic dinner reservations. Altamer Restaurant is the first to send us their special menu for the occasion:
A Romantic Four Course Prix Fixe Dinner Special
An alternative to the regular menu (also each special item can be ordered à la carte).
Course 1: STARTER: AntipastoChilled platter of proscuitto ham, salami, mozzarella and provolone cheesesserved on a bed of mesclun greens with olives, tomatoes, hard boiled eggs and marinated artichoke hearts (à la carte price US$18)
Course 2: SPARKLING CIDER ICE
Course 3: ENTREE: Napoleon Of Surf and Turf. Filet Mignonette Of Beef Tenderloin layered with crisp potato pancakes and Medallions of Fresh Local Lobster Served with Au Poivre Sauce (à la carte price US$46)
Course 4: DESSERT: Love Birds Dark chocolate cone filled with swirled strawberry white chocolate mousse, garnished with a white sugar dove and served on heart of wild strawberry sauce (à la carte price US$15)
Coffee or Tea
Price Per Person $75.00
Music: Pianist, Dmitri Loutsiv. Executive Chef: Maurice Leduc. Subject to 15% service charge
Sunset Homes Web Site Updated
Sunset Homes has just broken ground on a new villa in North Hill on the ridge overlooking Sandy Ground village and Road Bay. Check the Villa in Progress section of their web site for the update.
Dog Training Classes.
Does your dog take YOU for a walk? Does he come when you call him? Does he sit and stay on command?
Discover the joys of living with a well-trained dog. The Anguilla Animal Rescue Foundation have arranged a course of 9 classes to begin in mid-February. The tutor will be Lynn Coffin, the Director of the Saint-Martin Animal Shelter, who has over 30 years experience training dogs of all ages and temperaments.
Sign up before Friday February 8th, 2002. The cost of each class is US$25.00 (full payment to be made in advance for whole 9 week course – no refunds.). First come first served – numbers will be limited. Enrolment at Morlens Veterinary Clinic (Amy Williams), Anguilla Techni-Sales (Chris Carty), All Island Cable TV (Barbara Owen).
Villa for Long Term Rent
Charming brand new private home in Island Harbour for rent. 3 bedrooms. 2 ½ baths. Spacious living, kitchen and dining area. Master suite features jacuzzi tub and has a private porch. Private. Tranquil. Set on half-acre grounds. Great sea and island views. Can be rented furnished or unfurnished. For more details contact Edwards@anguillanet.com
“In Every Home a Garden”
Don’t miss the Agricultural and Agro Industrial Exhibition at the Agricultural Department Lawn in The Valley on February 8th and 9th from 9:00am. “Farm Today or Starve Tomorrow”.
All roads in Anguilla have a 30 MPH speed limit, with a few exceptions. 15 MPH in a school zone, 20 MPH in the villages of Long Bay, Sandy Ground and The Valley, and 40 MPH on Long Road and on the main road from Anguilla Trading to the turn off for Long Bay village. The speed limit on the main road between Sandy Hill and George Hill has been reduced from 40 MPH to 30 MPH.
Events, holidays, activities
Moonsplash 2002 Lineup Announced
Bankie Banx and Altamer Resort are pleased to announce the guest artists and event schedule for the Moonsplash Music Festival, Bankie's three-day musical extravanganza at The Dune Preserve on Rendezvous Bay. Moonsplash 2002 features two of reggae's biggest stars and a host of tremendous guest artists from around the world.
Reggae legend and Grammy Award Nominee Freddie McGregor, who turned in an electrifying performance as last year's Moonsplash headliner, will headline Moonsplash International Nite on Friday, March 22. Saturday's Reggae Nite, March 23, will feature Marcia Griffiths, who toured for many years with Bob Marley as a member of the I-Threes, and has since forged her own living legacy as the finest female vocalist in reggae.
Also in attendance throughout the Moonsplash weekend will be a very special Celebrity Guest, Mrs. Rita Marley, whose appearance is made possible by Altamer Resort. Additional guest artists include Shema McGregor, Freddie's daughter and a promising new reggae talent in her own right, as well as Lymie, one of the hottest young stars in reggae today, Gumption Band, Bacon/Banx Band, Colours, Bunfyah, Reggae Groovers, High Tension and, of course, Anguilla's own Bankie Banx and Friends.
Sunday's Grand Beach Party will feature the Moonsplash Folk, Food & Arts/Crafts Fair with entertainment by Sleepy and the All-Stars. For all the details, visit Bankie's website at http://www.dunepreserve.com/moonsplash2002.htm
Tropical Construction Web Site. Mary Ann's Beachshack site has been update with pictures of the finished swimming pool.
Police Week, 30 Year Anniversary.
Don't miss the police variety concert at Landsome Bowl on Wednesday January 30 and the policy calypso show on Thursday night. Friday night there will be a domino competition, bbq and fish fry at Police headquarters. Saturday night is the high point with a dinner and ball at the House of Chandeliers.
Internet Yellow Pages:
All known Anguilla sites.
Festival Del Mar - February 22-24.
This 3 day sea festival starts off on Friday in West End with a sea food and craft expo, with community members and restaurants preparing and displaying seafood cuisine. Also included, a Strng Band performance and craft displays.
On Saturday, the festival moves to Sandy Ground with tours of the salt pond and the pump house, a deep sea fishing tournament, and a salt pond Jam in the afternoon.
On Sunday, the festival continues in Island Harbour, with a fish fry, model boat race, C-class boat race and much more.
Email the Tourist Board at email@example.com or the Hotel Association at firstname.lastname@example.org
Direct Charter Flights to St. Barts: $143 US. Systeme Solaire annnounces direct flights from Anguilla to St. Barts, Thursday and Sunday, starting Thursday Jan 31, 2002. Leaves at 845am and returns 430pm. Price: $143 per person (taxes included). Contact them in St. Martin 011.590.509.873504 (per their ad in The Anguillian)
Beer-battered Filet of Snapper. We had lunch today at Cinammon Reef resort. The beer-battered snapper with tarter sauce ($14) was the best tasting I have ever had.
Busta Cup Cricket. Barbados vs Leeward Islands. March 1-4, 2002. Ronald Webster Park, Anguilla. 10am daily, EC$20 per day.
Chinchary: Two Villas for Sale.
Located on Sandy Hill, with beautiful views and a short walk to a beautiful sandy villa, these two villas are for sale in Anguilla. The "blue villa" is offered at US$325,000 and the other can be purchased with or without an adjoining tennis court!
New Works at Palm Garden.
Come visit The Palm Garden in North Hill. Young local artist Michelle Owen-Vasillis has just completed an exquisite selection of new paintings in acrylic and water-colour. A petite size original entitled “Junks Hole” would make a perfect memento which is convenient for travel. The “Dolphin in The Waves” selection is an interesting collection of three paintings depicting three different angles of a dolphin diving through the waves. Michelle is also happy to do specially commissioned art work for your home or office. For more information please feel free to contact Michelle at email@example.com or by telephone 264-497-5705 and 264-235-1254.
Restaurants and menus.
Splash Villa Last Minute Getaway Special! Unwind in your private, tropical hideaway. Offer effective from February 6 - 15, 2002. Contact us for details. firstname.lastname@example.org http://splash.ai
Alcoholics Anonymous. AA in Anguilla can be contacted care of Wendy King at 264-497-8097 or e-mail to email@example.com - many tourists in AA like to contact Wendy before making reservations or before they come here to set up meetings.
Private villas for rent.
Washington Post: Relaxed Chic in Anguilla
An article about Anguilla from this USA newspaper.
Cultural Festival: Feb 17-24
This year's theme is "String and Sea Rhythms". In addition to the regular jollification and educational programs, West End, Island Harbour, Shoal Bay and Sandy Ground are invited to host events highlighting traditional string bands and seagoing activities. One special event being planned is Festival del Mar, which will incorporate boat racing, deep sea fishing, water sports, beach activities, salt picking, and culinary arts.
Over 30 Anguilla beaches.
Pottery course from expert to be held in Anguilla in February.
Jimmy Clark, director of the Clay Studio in Philadelphia, will be in Anguilla in February to conduct courses in pottery. He is a specialist in pinch pottery and in sawdust firing that he will be using here.
Pinching is an ancient hand building technique that allows the maker to interact directly with the clay without the use of a wheel or other instruments. Clark describes his work as “an attempt to connect with the spirit and of the archaic.” He has found that the raku sawdust kiln is most effective for his work and part of the course will be the setting up of this type of kiln that anyone can produce for themselves.
Clark is an expert who is well known for his workshops in the USA, Puerto Rico, Germany and Canada, he has exhibited widely in the USA, Switzerland and Germany and won many awards for his outstanding work.
The courses in Anguilla will run from February 25-March 1 and will be held in the mornings from 9.00 a.m. until 12 noon and in the evenings from 5.00 p.m.-7.00 p.m. The cost of US$175.00 for the morning course and $150.00 for the evening sessions includes all clay and other materials and the cost of firing work. A spokesperson for the Anguilla Arts Festival Committee that is organizing the workshops says that it is hoped parents and children may attend the evening workshops together.
Clark says that in the course he will attempt to transmit not only technical methods of creating a wide variety of forms with the pinch technique, but also to explore the therapeutic almost spiritual qualities of pinching. He will be demonstrating and students will be making small pots, larger vessels, closed boxes, pitchers, vases and mugs. He will also demonstrate finishing techniques, the application of colour and pit firing in sawdust.
The Arts Committee is hoping that a number of persons will benefit from the course including persons from St Martin/St Maarten or other neighbouring islands. Further information can be obtained from the Devonish Art Gallery, Tel 264 497 2949. [Story courtesy Brenda Carty.]
Community Foundation to launch “Anguilla Cares” Campaign.
The Anguilla Community Foundation is to launch a fund-raising campaign called “Anguilla Cares” that will run from the end of January until Anguilla Day, May 30. The aim is to raise US$40,000 that will be used for grants to organizations and communities for worthwhile projects. To reach its goal the Foundation will be appealing to individual, corporate and government sources.
There are three honorary chairpersons, Victor Banks, Emile Gumbs and Walter MacCalman. They will provide overall leadership for the Campaign and recognition and community support for the fund raising effort. In addition they will be announcing the launching, reporting back to the community each month and assist the board members in contacting potential donors both business and individual.
The start of the campaign is scheduled for January 31 at an event at Johnno’s Beach Bar at Sandy Ground. A wide cross section of the community is being invited to participate in this important launch and to hear about the work of the Foundation in Anguilla. A thermometer is to be erected near to the Post Office so that the general public can watch the progress of the campaign and the funds being raised.
The Anguilla Community Foundation recognizes the many needs in the island and is ready to step into the role of grant maker with a defined process for distributing and tracking funds for charitable purposes. They have designed a standard process for grant making including a grant application, a system of reviewing grants and a grant report requirement. The Board of the Anguilla Community Foundation is hoping that donors will join them in order to share an organized and managed grant programme for the island. [Story courtesy Brenda Carty.]
Gov.ai: Statistics Online The Government of Anguilla has started putting all its statistics online. Click the link above for Balance of Payments, Consumer Price Index, External Trade, National Accounts, and Tourism.
Submit a News Story.
Flower and Garden Show - March 2-3. The Anguilla Beautification Club is hosting their flower show this year. You can read about the last one: Click Here.
Puppies Available For Adoption
The Anguilla Animal Rescue Foundation has several adorable puppies looking for homes.
Contact Amy at Morlens Veterinary Clinic (264.497.4600), Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 1:00pm.
For Sale: Serenity Villa Located on a hill overlooking the South side of the island and views the islands of St. Barth's, Saint Martin/Sint Maarten, Tintamarre, and Saba, the view of the sea and the other islands is unparalleled. The property is 5/6 of an acre, completely fenced with a stone wall and red wooden gate in the front.
Click link above or contact the owner at (520) 577-0112, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
On island: Contact either Charlotte Berglund at 264-497-2817, Attorney Josephine Gumbs at 264-497-1212, or Jackie Pascher at 264-497-3743 (email@example.com).
Web page: web.ai/serenity/
Build Your Own:
Fresh Fish? Spence Miller (firstname.lastname@example.org) writes:
My wife and I are heading to the island Saturday and wondered if there are any places you can buy fresh fish from any of the locals. Do you have any suggestions? Thanks for your insight and help!
The answer: The main fish market (The Fishery) is located on George Hill/ Waterswamp area on the main road before you reach the roundabout heading down to Sandy Ground if you're travelling westwards. They sell fresh fish that is already cleaned anytime between 5:30pm and 7:00pm everyday except Sunday. Some days they have fish in the day but they often sell out all their fish by 7:00pm. The fishermen bring their fish at varied times between 5:30pm and 7:00pm so to avoid waiting a long time or going too late, I always call them at around 5:30pm to get a rough idea when the fish will be brought in. You can call 497-3170 and speak to Esme or Eric to find out. Also there are several spots that sell fish in Island Harbour but the times are days of sale are not set. If you happen to be in that village sometime you can ask a villager the best time and place to get fish. You may wish to ask if the fish is already cleaned and gutted as this chore can be arduous at times (smile).
Visitor Testimonial. Kathleen and Joe Manfredo (MKathy4@aol.com) write:
We have vacationed Anguilla fourteen (14) times and intend to visit again in April. I left my heart there after the first visit and vow to spend part of our retirement in a few years. The people of Anguilla are the best around any vacation island and believe me we have been around the Caribbean. We have made close friends, which is very easy to do. I count the days to return my home away from home.
St. Gerards's 19th Annual West Indian Garden Party. The Catholic Church is proud to announce that once again they are hosting their fabulous fund-raising party: Feb 9, 2002. Bar opens at 6, dinner from 7:30 to 9:30, music for listening and dancing by Sprocka. $20 (children $10). Location: in The Valley at Wallblake House, across from the airport.
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|January Diary||December Diary|
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