Greetings On-Line Family:
After all the winter blues we have had these past
few months, cruel…cruel winter is finally making its
a pleasurable feeling it is, as the warm air caresses
our skin and blows through our hair.
Certainly, the glorious new colors of spring
signifies the new glow of life…so I ask you to join me
as I sing "Hooray for Springtime!”
Ahhhh, the feeling of a new and revitalizing
season! The fresh greenish glow that radiates from the
grass, the not so cold temperatures, the beautiful
blooming flowers and blossoming trees, birds singing
happily as they prepare for nesting, butterflies
fluttering beneath trees and from flowers to grass,
rabbits “chilling” with their young, and regrettably
the annoying pollen that taunts us and makes us suffer
oh so greatly.
Nonetheless, this special time is the inaugural
of fun, frivolity, "feting"; and simply a time to enjoy
unique festivals, museums, events, and the outdoors.
Our special springtime fun began as we celebrated
Easter, and we truly had a harbinger of a weekend
celebrating outdoors due to the stunning weather that
stretched across our area.
We spent our days walking, talking, laughing and
Saturday” was lovely and quite fascinating as we
walked along the Tidal Basin Wash. DC. Oh, what
a site to behold as we strolled along the Potomac River
under a canopy of Cherry Blossom Trees watching folks paddling
across the waters in their paddle boats, and tourists
snap, snap, snapping away as they captured photos of
their special moments.
Our walk continued along the streets of historic
Georgetown where we marveled at the cornucopia of people
sauntering through the busy streets of this trendy
district; shopping, chatting and eating.
We stopped at one of our favorite restaurants the
historic "Martin’s Tavern” for a late lunch,
and it was scrumptious as usual. This restaurant is known to have be frequented by many
past US Presidents, Senators, and other Government
types. Actually, it was their little hideaway for
enjoyable meals, work related receptions/business
outings, and just a safe and comfortable place to relax
after a hard day of governing.
In fact, before John F. Kennedy became President,
as a young Senator he proposed to Jacqueline Lee Bouvier
(his wife) in booth # 3 at this restaurant.
As we tied up our evening of walking and having a
fun time we had a nice laugh as we approached an
interesting store we frequented in our late teens-early
20s called the “Pleasure Chest”.
LOL, this store is still exotic and it was funny
to see after all these years young and old people still
walking around the store, browsing and viewing all the
items on the shelves.
LOL…I guess some things never really change!
As we headed out of Georgetown we decided to check out
another area of DC - "Adams Morgan", which is
somewhat like Georgetown - very trendy and filled with a
lot of restaurants and bars; but has more of an ethnic
flavor. Here we decided to check out the Carnival
Band launching of "PANISHA".
The band leader of "Panisha" Ms.
Patrice Francis is a 2nd generation DC Carnival Band
Leaders who is following in her parent footsteps
presenting Mas to the DC area for the Caribbean
Carnival. The vibe was very
cool at this event, and the costumes and theme "Out of Asia"
nice. I must say it was great seeing Ms. Francis's
parents looking on with pride.
Cool and easy Easter Sunday was absolutely
took time out of this lovely day to fully groom our pet,
who seemed to have adored all the attention.
The reminder of our evening was spent in DC as we
laughed and talked over an early dinner in one of DC’s
trendy restaurants; and our talks and laughter
continued as we walked the streets of downtown DC
reminiscing about certain buildings that meant a lot to
about some special memories in these buildings as we
took steps toward building our lives together 25 years
2010 Easter weekend was divine!!!
This weekend is upon us and excitement
fills the air, because without a doubt
springtime truly signifies to its fullest here in
Washington DC. Yup,
the inaugural Springtime festival “The Cherry Blossom
Festival” culminates in the Nation’s Capital with
lots of celebrations, and its historic annual parade. This annual festival celebrates 98 years of the original gift
of the Cherry Blossom Trees, and is a symbol of the
friendship between the citizens of Japan and the United
States. This years' festival & celebrations
began March 27th and will commence on Sunday,
It’s such a spectacle witnessing a sea of fully
blossomed Cherry Trees with their delicate lily whites
and beautiful pink flowers along the National Mall,
Tidal Basin and throughout the entire city. A truly remarkable sight it is indeed! For
the history on the Cherry Blossoms and the festival
and for the history on the trees CLICK
starts with a bang this weekend as Washington DC
prepares to “Palance” with Trinidad and Tobago’s
Carnival Power Soca Monarch and Road March Winners “JW
& Blaze” tonight, Friday, April 9, 2010 at
Trinidad Chutney Soca Monarch winner Ravi B will also be
performing on this show, as well as the 3rd place winner
of Trinidad and Tobago's Power Monarch "Shal Marshall" (Member of duo Shal Marshall
& Screws). Click
Here for all the details!
Williams and Ancil "Blaze" Isaac Jr.
have been a part of Trinidad and Tobago's pop
culture landscape for the last few years in many
regards with Jason being a former host of the
popular "Party Time" television series
and Blaze being a member of famed music sound
system Sel Construction.
in recent years the duo has become a household
name through their on air comedy and antics on the
"Red Hot Morning Show" on Red 96.7FM.
2010 Carnival, JW and Blaze gained
more attention for their mega Soca hit
"Palance" penned by master songwriter
Kernal Roberts. The success of this tune has
propelled them into the stratosphere of T&T's
entertainment elite, as they have been fan
favorites in every major fete for the Carnival
audiences ecstatic everywhere they go.
These young energetic performs went to the top of
Power Monarch Soca Monarch Competition placing 1st
which is a position regularly held by other more
established Soca artists. JW and Blaze's has
had previously made it to the Soca Monarch finals
in 2007 competitions. The duo are certainly
no novices either as they have released several
as "Eat Ah Food",
"Bamceeology", "Work" and
"Ah Wah Go Home". Hooray to JW and
Blaze for winning the 2010 Trinidad and Tobago
Carnival Power Soca Monarch Competition and The
Carnival Road March with their massive hit "Palance"
B is one of the most popular Indian male
artistes in Trinidad and Tobago because of his
versatility and charming personality. He is the
youngest musical producer, director, arranger,
singer and one of the most sought after musical
programmer. Ravi started singing at the age of 13
and ever since this young artiste has just kept on
aspiring. At the age 25 he was the lead
vocalist, music director, producer and arranger
for the popular Caribbean fused music band Karma.
He is also a top radio personality with Trinidad
and Tobago's leading East Indian radio station,
90.5fm. This young superstar has toured the
Caribbean, U.S.A, Canada, Guyana, Europe and
Suriname; representing Trinidad's culture, chutney
and soca. Some of Ravi's hit songs are: 'Gul yuh
start meh’, Rum is meh lover and 'Teer cheer.'
Other hit songs include Karma slam 1&2, Aids,
Mom and Dad, Gul gul, Ta la la, Ganjawala,
With a bottle of rum and his version of Mangalam
Ganesham. Ravi B has already produced eight
albums which includes Karma Evolution, A.B.C.
mix, Secret 48, Karma Mangalam, Destiny 1,2,3 and
Karmasutra. This year Ravi won the Trinidad
and Tobago's Carnival Chutney Soca Monarch Carnival
competition with his hit tune "Aa
Marshall is considered to be one of the most
experienced DJ's in the business; on-air at WEFM
in Trinidad for the last 7 years; originally as
part of the Jugglers Sound System, and now hosting
his own show Monday to Friday. DJing was not
enough for the ambitious young man, and soon he
lent his voice to some hot tracks which were
released for carnival and made their way into the
clubs. Shal is also sought after to do radio ads,
host functions and MC events. This year 2010
Shal along with friend/partner "Screws"
placed third in Trinidad and Tobago's Carnival Power Soca Monarch with their
hit song "Police".
Saturday, April 10, 2010 between the hours of
10:00 am and 12:00 Noon,
the Annual Cherry Blossom parade takes place between
7th and 17th Streets, N.W. Washington DC (rain or
shine). According to the weather meteorologists,
it looks like it will be a pretty great day.
all the details on the Parade' CLICK
a list and details on all the Cherry Blossom events CLICK HERE.
the history on the Cherry Blossoms and the festival
and for the history on the trees CLICK
Saturday the 9th, the fun continues with a fantastic play
taking place at Howard University’s Cramton Auditorium
entitled “De Wedding”.
Everybody’s magazine “De Wedding,” is a
comedy for the entire family, with sold out audiences in
Grenada and the Eastern Caribbean. The play is
written by Chris Dregs whom is regarded as Grenada’s
leading playwright and produced by the internationally
renowned Heritage Theatre Company. Supported by an
all-star cast of ten, “De Wedding” is an elegant and
brilliant masterpiece play that you must see. The
play begins at 8:00 pm at the Cramton Auditorium at the
Historical Howard University. To get your tickets
call the Cramton Box Office at (202) 806-7914
or Spice Island Sounds (240) 462-5843, or click
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moves to Brooklyn NY on Sunday April 11th at Wingate
on Saturday night the 9th, members of the Baltimore
Caribbean-American Carnival Association cordially invite you to
their All-Inclusive Bar and Buffet fundraiser for their
2010 Carnival. This fantastic event will take place at the Gala Center Banquet
Hall in Baltimore. Click on the flyer to the left for all the
Sunday, April 11, 2010, the fun continues at
Ice Carnival Annual CurryQue in Baltimore Maryland
Carnival Mas Camp, 6204 Liberty
Heights Terrace, Gwynn Oak, MD 21207,
Phone: 240-447-2417. 3pm to 9pm
Sunday, April 11th, check out the "Diamonds and Pearls
Hottest Hair, Glam and Fashions" event of the year taking
place at Howard University's Blackburn Ballroom @
4pm. Click on the flyer on the left for all the details!!!
BIRTHDAY WESLIE!!!! ALL THE BEST TO YOU ON THIS SPECIAL
DAY. In my book you are the greatest and I love you
dearly. I pray that all you wish for is granted!
Happy Birthday to you too, as well as AMG and Trini Mike
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