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Sunday, October 31, 2004

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Essential Office Services: New and Bigger

Essential Office Services is pleased to announce that on Oct 4 they opened a new, larger store in Rock Farm (at the same location). They have lots of new products and office furniture. (2005 diaries and calendars will be in the store by end of October.)

Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 8.30 am to 5.30 pm. Starting 1st November store will be open on Saturdays from 10am to 3pm.

In March 2005 Essentials will be offering a delivery service three days per week, customer can fax or phone their orders to them and they will deliver.

Click the link above for many more details on their new store.
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Saturday, October 30, 2004

Raise Against AIDS

Nov 28: Get Ready for the Race

The Anguilla Annual Race Against AIDS, 1/2 Marathon, 10K and 5K run/walk. Sponsored by the Optimist Club's. This charity event will include three races and offer the opportunity for all levels of runners/walkers to participate. Prizes will be awarded to both female & male winners in each category will include trophies, medals, gift certificates and cash prizes from $US100 to $US500 for the ˝ marathon event. Help the Optimists and community of Anguilla Raise AIDS awareness and participate in this exciting event!

To register for the raise, click the link above. This year’s race will be on Nov. 28, 2004 with the same route. The route will be outlined to particpants prior to the race. The half marathon race will start at 6:30 a.m., 10K & 5K Race & Walk will follow at 7:00 a.m. Discounted lodging information will be available through the Anguilla Hotel Association. Planning ahead? The third race will be on Dec. 4, 2005.

For more information, contact Emma Ferguson, PO Box 132 The Valley, Anguilla. 264 497-7060 or 264 235-1066 e-mail:
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Friday, October 29, 2004

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Kittens Ready for Adoption

Cybil (now Sugar) and her kittens are ready for adoption. Many thanks to Bethany and Gerry Riskin for providing foster care these last few weeks. Updated photos and descriptions are now available on our web site at (click the link above). If you are interested in adopting these beautiful kitties please contact Bethany at 497-4499 or - Bethany writes: Gerry and I have been providing foster care these last few weeks and have been giving them plenty of love and attention to insure that they are loving, affectionate pets. They are all beautiful, playful and intelligent. Puppies are still available for adoption at Morlen’s. Their pictures are available at !
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Anguilla Photos

Taken during August 04 by Ana Aseguinolaza (requires the Flash plug-in to view the photos).
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Web Site for Lydia Semeria

Anguilla-based artist Lydia Semeria now has her own web site. Requires the Flash plug-in for your browser.
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Wednesday, October 27, 2004

[Click to enlarge] Why Knot - from the beach to the ballroom

Inspired by Anguilla’s natural beauty and lifestyle, Why Knot everywhere wear is a colorful, Caribbean clothing line. Barefoot, surrounded by sea and sand, Why Knot is the simple stylish cover-up that with the right accessories is transformed into elegant evening wear. Oleander pink, sunset orange and sea blue are a few choices in a rainbow of mood-enhancing, Caribbean hues. Hand made in a hundred per cent Indian cotton, the free-flowing garments protect from the sun's rays and shelter from the cool evening breeze. Simple, versatile and extremely comfortable, Why Knot is lightweight and travels well. Tailor made to each body with the use of a knot, one size fits most. The clothing is a great addition to any wardrobe and makes the ideal gift.

Island Couture - Who is Fabiana? She is Anguilla's newest fashion designer and her line of clothing Why Knot everywhere wear is perfect for an island setting. (See her picture to the right and click the link above for more pictures and a more detailed story!)
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Splash Villa for Thanksgiving

Splash Villa, a charming home-away-from-home tucked away in a tranquil spot in South Hill has just refurbished its pool and deck area and added some new vacation amenities. Available for Thanksgiving!

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Watercolor Workshop

Anguilla Arts Restival Bringing in Guest Instructor Garve Beckham, President of the Watercolor Society of Oregon, to Teach Watercolor Workshop

This year, the Anguilla Arts Festival Committee is bringing Garve Beckham to Anguilla for his third year to teach an on-site watercolor workshop November 29–December 3, 2004. The workshop will be based at Arawak in Island Harbour, with on-location painting for the majority of the class. Garve is a superb and very popular teacher. He works well with students at all levels—beginner to advanced—in the same class. Each student receives a substantial amount of individual attention. Samples of his work and previous workshops can be viewed at the link above.
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President of the Watercolor Society of Oregon, Garve taught his first watercolor painting class for Portland Community College in 1972, where he taught continuously for 27 years. Garve has also taught for Clackamas Community College, Tillamook Bay Community College, Oregon Society of Artists, and most of the major art groups in the Portland, Oregon area, such as the Portland Fine Arts Guild, the Buffalo Grass Society, Lake Oswego Society for the Arts Association, Sam Jackson Crafty Arts, Beaverton Arts Commission, and West Linn Arts Association. He remains the most sought-after teacher at the Oregon Society of Artists—where he has taught for 20 years—and the Portland Fine Arts League, consistently attracting the largest classes. Garve has also taught many summer workshops both in the U.S, and abroad. In his workshops, he explores the basics of good painting as well as the more elusive elements of passion, mood and feeling. Garve teaches by example with daily morning demonstrations and discussions explaining his philosophies and techniques, followed by on-site painting where Garve assists each student individually. At the end of the day, a critique session is conducted in which each student's work is evaluated and given positive suggestions for improvement.

click to enlarge click to enlarge The cost is $200.00 for the week, with full-day instruction from 9:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. which will include professional critique of each student's previous-day's work, a detailed demonstration by Garve, and student painting in the afternoon. This year, Garve will also be judging the Anguilla Arts Festival art show.

If you are interested in joining this workshop, contact Carolle or Courtney Devonish at the Anguilla Arts Festival Committee. E-mail:; Tel: (264) 497-2949; Fax: (264) 497-2735.
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Tropical Construction Progress

Visit Mary Ann's tropical construction web site to see the process of refurbishing a four-bedroom villa in St Barts.

The living room, kitchen and media nook are now completed and a portion of the new furnishings have been installed. The color scheme is aqua and white.
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Hair Show !!!

Anguilla was treated to a spectacular hair show on 3rd October held at the fitting locale of Rumza (formerly LA Cafe). Click link for story and lots of pictures.
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Tuesday, October 26, 2004

Bliss Villa

Here is a villa to consider: brand new infinity pool, 3400 sq ft, oceanfront at Seafeathers, gourmet kitchen, two luxury air conditioned bedroom suites plus an extra bed in the loft. $575 per night in the high season, including the tax and service charge. For more information, click the link above for their web site or email
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Pumphouse Halloween Costume Party

Saturday October 30th. Tropical Flower and Mount Gay Rum will be launching Mount Gay Mango Rum and Mount Gay Vanilla Rum and will have lots of bottles of these exciting new products to give away for the most innovative costumes. GRAND PRIZE will be a certificate for an "ALL NIGHT DRINKS PARTY* for The Winner and Ten Of Your Best Friends" redeemable on any evening we are open. Music will be provided by Anguilla's own Reggae Artist "DADDY ROOTS" and The Reggae Groovers from 9:30 pm. $5 door cover charge...costumes get in free!
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Saturday, October 23, 2004

Cheap Fares on US Air

Susanne Thevenet writes: I have received an email from USAirways that they have cheap fares to St. Martin of $339 ($393 with all the taxes from Washington DC). The details are available at, click on "Caribbean E-savers." Here are details in summary: Purchase by Oct. 27, depart between Oct. 23 and Dec. 16, 2004. Return between Oct. 25 and Dec. 24. Also, they have fare of $588 for travel through Feb. (I believe, I checked it out a couple of days ago) leaving from the East Coast into St. Martin.
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Monday, October 18, 2004

News Update for Wine Lovers

Wine tasting at Grands Vins de France in South Hill Plaza, every first Thursday of the month, starting December 2004. On Dec 2, Nathalie will be sharing her knowledge with you on Alsace wines. Tasting will start at 5:30pm. Everyone welcome.
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Sunday, October 17, 2004

Animal Rescue

The October AARF Newsletter is now available for viewing. This edition includes information on: Current work of our Education Committee, Results of Reverse Auction with Second Chance Pet Adoptions in North Carolina, Trap/Neuter/Release Program for Feral Cats. And much more…..

AARF will also hold a fund raising event to help the Caribbean rescue organizations that were severely damaged by hurricanes this fall. The event will be held Saturday October 30th from 10 am to 2 pm in front of Ashley’s Pet Store. Please join us to help others who were not so fortunate this year.
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Altamer Restaurant

Altamer Restaurant re-opens for the season on October 25th, 2004 with a brand new and exciting menu. Breakfast, lunch and dinner served. For more information, please call Altamer at 498-4000 or click the link above.
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Friday, October 15, 2004

AHTA Auctioning Stay at CoveCastles!

Auction #18 for the AHTA is 3 nights in a 1 bedroom beach house at CoveCastles. Bids start at $500, which works out to $166.66 US per night!
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Wednesday, October 13, 2004

Blanchard's Wedding Cake on Today Show!

Bob and Melinda Blanchard are very excited to announce that they’ve been selected to take part in the TODAY Show’s Destination Wedding as one of four bakers to submit a wedding cake for the big event. TODAY Show viewers are asked to vote for their favorite of the four cakes. "Needless to say, we can use all the votes we can get!"

All four cakes will be presented to the audience and taste-tested by the hosts of the TODAY Show on Oct. 20 at approximately 8:30 a.m. Viewers may vote online between Oct. 20 and Oct. 26 at -the winning cake will be announced on the show on Wednesday, Oct. 27 and will hold a place of honor at the wedding.

"We want to share the Anguilla experience with the couple, Nikki and Buddy, so each buttercream-filled layer of our vanilla cake represents a different aspect of island life. The bottom tier is the turquoise water of the Caribbean, filled with edible coral and seashells. The middle tier is an Anguilla boat race with chocolate and sugar sailboats gliding around the island. Then of course, there's the beach outfitted with chairs, umbrellas and tropical foliage. Finally, because a home symbolizes the wedding couple's new life together, the top tier is a traditional Caribbean cottage complete with shutters and buttercream roof. We chose a different filling for each tier of the cake. The top is coconut, the middle is lemon and the bottom one is luscious chocolate."
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Monday, October 11, 2004

Moonsplash 2005

Moonsplash will be held next year from February 24-27, 2005. For more information on Moonsplash, click the link above to visit The Dune Preserve's web site.
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Koal Keel !!

KoalKeel Restaurant reopens for breakfast, lunch and dinner on November 20, 2004. Also reopening on the KoalKeel grounds are Le Petit Patissier, offering superb baked delicacies; The Old Rhum Shop, with over 100 varieties of Caribbean Rums; and Le Dome Wine Cellar, winner of the 1999 Wine Spectator Award of Excellence, for the discriminating connoisseur of fine wines and spirits.

Located in Anguilla’s Old Valley, in the historic plantation house known as the 'Warden’s Place,' KoalKeel offers guests the opportunity to relax in an old-time Caribbean setting, learning a bit of island history, and experiencing culinary delights.

Executive Chef Scott Gerow's exquisite, innovative cuisine is an intoxicating blend of Mediterranean and island-influenced flavours. Chef Gerow infuses the signature Euro-Caribe style with an upbeat, fresh, exotic flair using only the freshest ingredients. Formerly of renowned New York restaurants , Matthew’s and Monzu, Chef Gerow has designed a menu integrating his metropolitan background with a zesty splash of Caribbean cuisine. Signature dishes include Curry-Grilled Crayfish, Shaved Green Apple and Coconut Emulsion and Island Grouper Steamed in Banana Leaves, with Saffron Orzo and Pigeon Peas in a Chorizo-Mussel Broth. Not to be missed is the succulent Lamb, slow roasted in KoalKeel’s 200- year-old traditional Rock Oven.

Executive Pastry Chef Geraud Lavest from Auvergne, France, who has been lauded for his dessert creations in Cannes, Lisbon and Buenos Aires includes in his dessert menu Oven Roasted Pineapples macerated with Vanilla Bourbon; Ginger-infused Jus de Cuisson with a Passion Fruit Sorbet; and Lemon- perfumed Milk Chocolate Dome with a Raspberry Caramel Cream and Pistachio Sauce.

Rounding out the team are Sommelier Eric Hastings of Colorado, Manager Michael Abraham of Trinidad, and Assistant Manager Candis Niles of Anguilla.

Inspired by Anguilla’s evolving tourism industry, restaurateurs Lisa and Alan Gumbs promise to continue KoalKeel’s distinctive legacy as a leading gourmet establishment. "We are determined to bring back the legendary dining experience of KoalKeel, not only with its former allure, but with an even higher standard of excellence," Alan says. His wife, Lisa who assembled KoalKeel’s current team, joins the staff as a Pastry Chef at Le Petit Patissier. Her vision has elevated the Patisserie to new heights by offering French, American and Caribbean pastries, specialty breads, and other delights. KoalKeel’s refreshing sorbets and mouth-watering brownies have also become island favourites.

Returning KoalKeel to its functioning grandeur has been a labour of love for all participants. "We called on the people originally involved in the restoration and interior design of the building to recreate the legend" Alan says. Architect Adrian Kobbe of Kobbe Designs, who was responsible for KoalKeel’s original restoration, has renovated key architectural design elements in the new KoalKeel.

Also back on board is designer Suzanne Seitz. "Suzanne gives us fantasy," Lisa explains. "KoalKeel’s first incarnation had the signature French sleigh bed in the courtyard. Suzanne put the bed there, so she came back to do it again except this time more luxuriously – it will really be a conversation piece."

KoalKeel’s guests will experience a rare combination of fine dining, excellent service, and sensory appeal. Chef Gerow promises extraordinary degustations and culinary delights, accompanied by a selection of world-class wines from the restaurant’s award-winning wine cellar, while the setting’s already exotic ambiance is enhanced by lush fabrics, rattan chairs, Limoges china, classic French-designed silver cutlery and crystal glass, as well as thick, decorative carpets and luxurious drapery, all blending together to create a rich, enchanting feast for the visual senses.

After a stroll through the tropical gardens, a glass of champagne under the sleigh bed’s romantic canopy, or an incredible dessert in the lovely, old 'Great House,' dining at KoalKeel will always be more than just a visit to a restaurant.

"KoalKeel offers a great experience," says Alan Gumbs. "We are committed to making it a unique experience, not only in Anguilla, but in the Caribbean. Our aim is to make your visit to KoalKeel enjoyable and unforgettable, not only for the first time you dine with us, but as you come back to join us again and again."
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Ferry Boat Price Increase

The fare between Anguilla and St Martin has gone up from $10 to $12 US.
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Art Festival Update

Don't forget, the International Art Festival is Dec 1-8. Click the link for list of activites on their web site and more.
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Wednesday, October 06, 2004

Anguillian Cyclists in Tortola

A bunch of Anguillian cyclists went down to Tortola, and their is an article on the bvicycling site. Five Anguillians placed well:

12. Danny Laud, 2:30.09.
15. Ronnie Bryan, 2:30.50.
20. Charles Bryan, 2:35.13.
25. Timothy Richardson, 2:39.36.
35. Brian Richardson, 2:53.52. 36.
Kris Pradel from Anguilla won the sprint bonuses. The course went over some very steep hills.
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Tuesday, October 05, 2004


Every Wednesday during the month of October 2004 Triple Crown Culture Yards presents a new radio programme called "Reasoning Rastafari" on Radio Anguilla from 6.00 to 7.00 p.m. Tune in on Wednesday 6th October and learn about Rastafari History and Culture. The programme is hosted by Sister Ijahnya Christian and Ras Iration I, Nyahbinghi Priest from Jamaica
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Hibernia Restaurant is pleased to announce its re-opening on Friday 8th October. Their menu this year will feature new wonderful creations inspired by recent travels in Asia and France. Reservations 497-4290
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New place to get delicious reasonably priced lunches

Ambrose Bryan who until recently worked at The Overlook and Le Bar has now started his own place by taking over the food van by NAPA auto parts. For now he is mainly doing take away lunches Monday thru Friday but is working on getting some tables and chairs for his customers to sit and enjoy their favorite dishes. He is also planning to do a special happy hour dinner one night a week with special meals ranging from Steak and Crayfish to grilled fresh catch of the day. So come on down and enjoy some of Ambrose's home cooking and bring a friend! The current lunch menu is as follows:

Chicken or Salt Fish Patties     $5 E.C. $2 U.S
Curried Chicken and Rice        $16 E.C. $6 U.S
Pork Chops and Rice             $18 E.C. $7 U.S
Shrimp Pasta                    $22 E.C. $8 U.S
Crayfish and Rice               $25 E.C $10 U.S
All items are available on a first come first serve basis and there may be other daily specials so feel free to call 772-7103 and order in advance and find out if there are any other specials for the day!
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Monday, October 04, 2004

Children's Baseball in Anguilla

Nancy Michaels writes: Last Jan. you had a piece in the newsletter about the Fledgling Baseball League needing help with equipment. I thought I would fill you in on what has happened.
My name is Nancy Michaels and I live in Montgomery NY, I have been going to Anguilla since 1988 and stay at Rendezvous Bay Hotel and I have fallen in love with the people and the place. I most always go in March so when I read your story I decided to do what I could.
My son, Bob Michaels is Vice President of the Middletown Little League, a neighboring town to me. This was perfect. He said they had a lot of equipment laying around that had been replaced by new. When I went last March I met with George Carty and Calvin Hughes and found out what they needed etc. They seem very dedicated and are so nice.
So finally on July 9 I shipped 7 boxes of bats, uniforms, shoes, catchers equipment, helmets, and gloves, the gloves I collected from different people, LL doesn't provide them to the kids, one man I buy antiques from brought me about 10 gloves and wouldn't take any money for them. The shipping was about $400 and the Middletown Little League paid for all of that. We also sent a LL rules book to help them. As more equipment becomes available we will continue to supply what we can. I thought this was a good thing for the kids here as well as the kids in Anguilla.
Wouldn't it be great if one day they could play ball together?

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Anguilla News for October

The main news page has been updated, with stories about the big Wedding contest and the jazz festival.
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Friday, October 01, 2004

Music at Old Caribe

The Old Caribe Restaurant at Anguilla Great House Beach Resort is featuring live music tomorrow night, Saturday, October 2 - Livingston on Steel Pan - for your listening and dining pleasure. Music starts at 7:00pm and continues until the restaurant closes (approx. 10:00pm).
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