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With the full moon shining brightly over Rendezvous Bay, Bankie Banx hosted his 10th annual Moonsplash Music Festival March 17-19 at the newly reconstructed Dune Preserve. . . .
|2000/03/26 - Click to enlarge pictures|
Guest article by Randy Hannan
The three-day event was an unqualified success as prodigious amounts of music, food and drink were enjoyed by hundreds of attendees.
Just four months ago, the Dune Preserve, Bankie's eclectic beach bar overlooking Rendezvous Bay, was totally wrecked by Hurricane Lenny. Despite the setback, Bankie was determined to keep alive his ten-year tradition of holding Moonsplash under the March full moon. With a lot of effort and a little bit of luck, everything came together just in time to make Moonsplash magic.
On Friday night, the sounds of saws and hammers putting the final touches to the Dune gave way to the sounds of Bankie Banx and his Dune People jamming on the Moonsplash Main Stage. As the night rolled along, Frenchie from Jersey added her soulful harmonies to the musical mix. Anguilla's Kingniah I led the band through reggae favorites like Redemption Song. Sheriff Uncle Bob from New York put his slide guitar through the paces on country classics by Hank Williams, Jr. and others. Next up, the Anguillian group High Tension played to an appreciative crowd of several hundred party-goers. On Saturday, the Midnight Band from St. Croix was the top attraction, rocking the party until the early morning hours.
Pictured below are the New Dune Preserve, Wayne Brooks of Reggae Groovers, the stage view, and drummer Tahira Banx.
The Sunday Beach Party definitely lived up to its name. A gorgeous day on the Rendezvous Bay beach made for a delightful time by partygoers who came by land and by sea for the festivities. The Moonsplash Main Stage featured the Reggae Groovers, a talented Anguillian group that kept the energy level high with their solid performance. Later in the afternoon, Bankie and his Dune People took to the stage again, but this time with a very special guest performer, famed Hollywood actor and musician Kevin Bacon. With 11-year-old Tahira Banx (Bankie's daughter!) keeping the beat on the drums, Kevin, Bankie and the Dune People jammed for a three-song set that put an exclamation point at the end of a very enjoyable Moonsplash 2000 Music Festival.
Pictured below are Montana Pam, Kevin Bacon with Sheriff Uncle Bob, and the Dune View.
Planning is already underway for Moonsplash 2001. Visit Bankie's website at www.bankiebanx.com for more details as they become available.
Sophie Le Guellaff worked with Jacques Dessange when he operated the salon at Sonesta. When Jacques decided to move on, Sophie took over at Sonesta.
Open 9 til 6. Closed Wednesdays and Sundays. To make an appointment, telephone 1-264-497-6999.
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As well as the crafts, the ladies opened their fair to other local artisans who had tables spread around the gardens, wherever there was a nice shade tree.
This year the fair featured a gas-powered Hot Dog Cart, borrowed from Cinnamon Reef Resort. Under a shady umbrella, Joan Hill served up big juicy Hebrew National kosher hot dogs, with your choice of condiments, including Sauerkraut and authentic NY Onion Relish.
Also new this year, the student artists of Anguilla had a displays, showing and selling their watercolours and oils. The quality was very high, as you can see in the pictures here.
The event was most enjoyable and civilized - they even had
the professional art works from the Anguilla International
Art Festival on display on the veranda.
Spanish Galleon Medallions. Limited-edition replicas of 18th century devotional medals recovered from the wreck of the El Buen Consejo have gone one sale in Anguilla. We saw a display case of them at the Sonesta gift shop yesterday. There are 12 different replicas, available in a sterling silver and various gold finishes, according to their web site, which has a lot of detail on what each medal depicts: Click Here.
Lower Internet Charges. Cable and Wireless has announced that as of April, 2000, they are reducing Internet charges across the Caribbean by an average of 37%.
Searching for Family History. Charlie Wood (email: firstname.lastname@example.org) writes:Recently, while doing a family history search, I discovered that my family comes from Anguilla. Are there any records of newspaper articles from the 1950's? I am interested in a fire in 1959 that killed John Proctor Lake Jr. in the East End. I am also interested in the funeral of Mary Isabella "BELLA" Hawley-Lake. I believe she passed in 1961. Can you be of any assistance?Charlie invites anyone with information on these events and persons to communicate with him via email.
Anguilla Financial Services Association. Recently, AFSA elected a new executive committee, including Alex Richardson, of Harney Westwood & Riegels, President; Joseph Brice, of Intertrust (Anguilla) Limited, Vice-President and Chairman of the Marketing and Promotions Committee; Graham Crabtree, of CEG Limited, Secretary and Chairman of the Nominating Committee; Bob McNair, of Talisman Securities Limited, Chairman of both the Membership Committee and the Education and Training Committee; and John Dyrud, of Webster Dyrud Mitchell, Past President. Newcomers to the Executive Committee are Kenneth Porter, of Keithley Lake & Associates, Chairman of the Legislation Committee; Selwyn Horsford, of the National Bank of Anguilla Limited, Chairman of the Finance Committee and Treasurer; and Thomas Peacock, a consultant with Stott & Company Limited, Chairman of the Ethics Committee. AFSA aims to work with the Government inpromoting and developing Anguilla as a reputable financial services centre, to ensure that members and their clients conduct their business in an ethical manner, to promote the education and training of persons involved in the financial services sector, and to increase the participation of Anguillians in this sector. Membership includes law firms, trust companies, commercial banks, accounting firms, company managers, insurance companies, an investment advisor and stock broker, and companies providing support services to the financial services sector.
Events, holidays, activities
Optimist Triathlon April 9, 2000. For the third year, the Optimist Club is presenting a team triathlon competition, this one at Meads Bay. You can enter as an individual or a 3-person team in either the Totally Serious category or the Seriously Fun category.
Editor's note: visitors are of course welcome to enter, but I suggest you get a local to go over the route with you, since some of these "stoplights" may be "where the stoplight used to be".
- A triangular route in Meads Bay. The total length is about 3/4 mile. Swimmers will exit the water and tag cyclist at the road. For both categories.
- Totally Serious Cycling:
- Starts at Malliouhana Hotel heading to West End. Turn around at West End, heading east to Blowing Point Road, right turn to Blowing Point Ferry terminal and return to main road. Right turn, heading east to Vista Roundabout, left turn down to Sandy Ground. Turn around at intersection to customs dock, then back up to Roundabout. Continue east to Stoney Ground intersection, turn right past Albert Lake to Airport Road. Turn right to Airport roundabout, then left heading west to Long Bay stop light. Turn right, through Long Bay to Malliouhana Hotel beach entrace. Cyclists will tag runners on the road by the beach entrance. Total distance is 24 miles.
- Seriously Fun Cycling:
- Starts at Malliouhana Hotel heading west to Main Road. Turn left, heading east to Blowing Point Road. Turn around, ride west to Long Bay stoplight. Turn right, through Long Bay to Malliouhana Hotel beach entrance. Cyclists will tag runners on the road by the beach entrance. Total distance is 8 miles.
- Starts at Malliouhana Hotel heading west to Main Road. Turn left, heading east to Long Bay stoplight. Turn left, through Long Bay to Malliouhana Hotel beach entrance. Total distance is 3.5 miles. End of Event.
Trophies for 1st place team and individuals in both categories. Medals for 2nd and 3rd. Entry fee is US$10 for individuals, $30 for teams, and you get a Triathlon T-shirt. The triathlon sponsors are Irie Life, Highway Tyre Services, Highway Car Rental, and Highway Gym.
At the beach there will be lots to eat and drink, music, fashion show, parasailing, beach cricket, and perhaps a warm-up boat race for the big Easter Monday boat race. Everyone on the island is invited to join in, starting at 10am on April 9th. For more information, phone Marian Egel at 497-2369, Jo-Anne Hodge at 497-3590, Othlyn Vanterpool at 497-4541 or Jerome Roberts at 497-4673.
Bayberry Villa. Tasteful two bedroom, two bath villa in Cul De Sac (near Blowing Point). Well landscaped and comfortable courtyard that is shares with Chinaberry Villa. I have been there for a sunset - excellent viewing. Click Here.
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Anguillian Sports Link has posted many new sport news articles, including results of West Indies-Zimbabwe Cricket match, Anguilla's soccer team in the Bahamas, and Anguilla's under-15 Cricket team in St Kitts: Click Here.
Aerial Photos. Netconcepts has posted a large number of aerial photographs of Anguilla. Find your villa, or the one you stayed in last time: Click Here.
More Photos. Netconcepts has posted pictures from the Craft Fair and more from Prince Andrew's reception: Click Here.
In the archive
March 12 News in Italian. Gaetano Di Palo has completed his translation of the most recent news. Pass it on to your Italian friends: Click Here.
Villa Ella. Luxury three bedroom, 2 bath villa overlooking Prickly Pear Cay and Dog Island on Barnes Bay: Click Here.
French Translation. The Anguilla News has a new translator, Maria Lee, who is rendering the stories into French. To read the March 12, 2000 news, Click Here.
Italian Translation The Anguilla News for February 27th has been translated by Gaetano Di Palo into Italian: Click Here.
Here is a picture of the CuisinArt Resort that I snapped from the third floor art gallery of their new spa (click to enlarge). And here is an article by Peter Schaeffer (email: email@example.com) posted to the Anguilla Tête-à-Tête Forum:Just got back from a week at CuisinArt after hurricane ruined Cap Juluca plans. Resort is great. Food is great and the staff most accomodating. After vegatation matures the place wil be spectacular. Not as intimate as CJ and rooms are somwhat less charming (the bathrooms are great).To see comments on this posting, or to add your own comments if you have stayed at CuisinArt, Click Here.
The pool and restaurant area are the best on the Island and lend themselves to conversation with other guests. They truly treat children well and my kids would return tomorrow.
Perhaps the biggest decision facing CJ lovers is which resort to visit when CJ is up and running. Unfortunately, guests at CuisinArt including myself are not sure which resort we would visit next time as CuisinArt is top notch. Many of CJ staff is now at CuisinArt and plan to work both resorts when CJ reopens. Staff has great respect for CuisinArt management and owner, who must be treating them well. A great place to visit ---you will not be disapointed. This resort will scramble to the top of the best resorts lists.
Build Your Own:
View Point Villa. Excellent views of St. Martin from this two bedroom, two bathroom villa with king sized bed and two double beds in Cul De Sac neighborhood (that is just west of the Blowing Point ferry terminal): Click Here.
Summer is Coming. During May through December, Anguilla is even nicer (have an entire beach to yourself) and prices at many hotels drop by up to half. Read all about it on the Tourist Board web site: Click Here.
Ripples Email. Want to send an email to Ripples Restaurant on Sandy Ground? The email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
Thye House. Two adorable 1 bedroom West Indian style villas on Rendezvous Bay, we have dinner at one of them once and found the wood veranda charming. Ideal for honeymoon: Click Here.
Reception for HRH Duke of York. Netconcepts has candid shots of the attendees at the cocktail party for Prince Andrew on the grounds of Government house: Click Here.
More on Carnival 2000. The tourist board has designated Ms. Lydia Levons, of South Valley, as chairperson of the Anguilla Summer Festival for the year 2000. She has a extensive experience in Carnivals, both in Anguilla and in St. Thomas, New Orleans Mardi Gras, Caribana in Toronto, and others. Her goals for this year's Summer Festival is to, "spice it up with a little more flavour, adding more attractive prizes, more day activities and to give a more festive look to our air and sea ports and villages to encourage greater participation. Carnival has been good over the years, we just want to make it better. To be in it, you have to be a part of it." Anguilla Summer Festival 2000 will be held from the August 4 to13. For a schedule of events, Click Here.
New Fashions. See the fashions of Meiling of Trinidad, John Warden of St. Kitts and Steve Headley of New York. Special event at "Something Special" boutique in the West End. Sunday March 19, 3:30pm to 6:30pm. 1-264-497-6655.
Seaclusion Villa provides 3 bedrooms and baths plus a pool and a shaded veranda with incredible views of the sea and St Martin. Located at Little Harbour with easy access to the sea for swimming and snorkeling: Click Here.
Sports News. Zack Kenworthy has added lots of new sports stories to his web site: CCB Local Cricket League Begins, Leicestershire County Cricket Club to Visit Anguilla, Footballers Leave for Bahamas, Anguilla Youth Team Departs, Arwan Knocking Hard. And he has started to put pictures on his site: Click Here.
Heritage Collection. The Tourist Board has a web page about Colville Petty's private museum, the Heritage Collection: Click Here.
Traditional Culture and Dress. The new Dandan Committee will host an annual folkloric and cultural dress event where local dressmakers can hone their skills in cultural preservation. "Dandan" in the vernacular means "well dressed". About six dressmakers will each be designing and constructing two dresses, which will be the focal point of the Gala Dandan Traditional and Folkloric Show, Buffer Dinner and Dance on Sunday, March 26, 2000 at the LA Cafe in Blowing Point. Tickets are US$45 and can be purchased at the Post Office or the Tourist Board.
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All known Anguilla sites.
170th Anniversary Ebenezer Methodist Church.
This church, which is believed to be the oldest place of worship on Anguilla, will be celebrating its 170th birthday on Tuesday, July 25, 2000. The event will be celebrated with a week of activites from July 23-29. And to commemorate this historical event, the Methodist church is raising funds to restore the windows of the Chapel before the anniversary celebrations. Send your generous donation to Epworth House, Box 5, The Valley, Anguilla. 1-264-497-2612.
Beal Aerospace voices frustration with Anguilla. Read story in the Daily Herald: Click Here.
Prince Andrew Arrives. Warm welcome at the airport on Tuesday. Read Daily Herald story: Click Here.
Institute of Healing runs week-long intensives in Anguilla: Click Here.
Soap Operas. A story about honeymoons, bath tubs, and Cap Juluca: Click Here.
Pet Adoption Web Site has a new domain name,
www.pets.ai: Click Here.
One Bedroom Villa For Sale. Chuck Gupta has his villa at Seafeathers offered for sale at a price of $120,000: Click Here for villa description and Click Here For Interior Pictures.
German Translation. The February 27, 2000 issue of the Anguilla News has been translated into German by Hans Krähenbühl of Island Harbour and Switzerland: Click Here.
More on Moonsplash. The 3-day musical beach party that Bankie Banx throws on Anguilla once a year is coming more into focus (see below for schedule). Moonsplash 2000 will feature the "Midnight Band" as the main act. Formed in St.Croix, USVI in 1989, the band has established a solid following in the region. And it has shared the stage with veteran international acts such as Steel Pulse, Lucky Dube, Baaba Maal, Barrington Levy, Gladys Knight and Hugh Masakela. The Midnight Band has also toured the East Coast of the United States consistently for the last five years and recently enjoyed a 3 week tour of Southern Africa where their current CD "Unpolished" was launched. Local rapper Drak has also been announced as a performer.
Honeymoon Island: Click Here.
Kite Making. On February 10th, 2000, Jennifer Snyder of Inverness, California taught the students at West End Primary how to make kites - 78 kites in all, and this was Jennifer's first trip to Anguilla. To see how much fun and excitement this was for the children (and the adults!), read the pictorial kitemaking report on Jennifer's web page: Click Here.
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