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Rosey Chan: Extraordinary in Barbados

Rosey Chan: Extraordinary in Barbados
Barbados’ Holders Season gave its audience an extraordinary gift last evening: Rosey Chan, a young British woman who plays piano like a goddess. She’s called a classical pianist but she’s actually a performance artist whose rich fabric of classical music is woven in a tapestry of jazz...

Beneath the Brightest Star in Barbados

Beneath the Brightest Star in Barbados
On Sunday, the Anglican and Catholic churches of Barbados will be full of women dressed to the nines, men in suits, and children showing off their new shoes. It’s beautiful. I live next door to an Anglican church but witness Easter in Barbados as an outsider. Even as a child, raised with no religion,...

Barbados Holders Performing Arts Festival Brings Jazz, Shakespeare, and More to Its 17th Year

Barbados Holders Performing Arts Festival Brings Jazz, Shakespeare, and More to Its 17th Year
Wendy Kidd, soft-spoken doyenne and gracious hostess of Barbados’ Holders Season, scaled back her season of arts offerings beneath the stars this year. What’s not scaled back in the boutique arts festival are quality and the key to the magic of Holders: unexpected discoveries of amazing...

Barbados Jazz Festival: Time to Lime and Great Music, Too

Barbados Jazz Festival: Time to Lime and Great Music, Too
Barbados Jazz Festival at Farley Hill The Barbados Jazz Festival – the 17th annual – concluded yesterday at Farley Hill after three amazing days of terrific jazz in a beautiful Barbados setting overlooking the wild and free east coast. The thing about the Jazz Festival is that you can have a...

Who Stole the Jill Walker Prints Off My Wall??

Who Stole the Jill Walker Prints Off My Wall??
This is a story about Jill Walker’s beautiful artwork disappearing from and then reappearing in my life. A thief with good taste: One of two Jill Walker framed prints that were taken from my Barbados rental apartment. The Heist Renting out the pretty apartment Greg and I own to folks who travel to...

Barbados Photo Adventure Tour with Ronnie Carrington: Do It!

Barbados Photo Adventure Tour with Ronnie Carrington: Do It!
Yesterday morning 9 a.m., my husband Greg and I, cameras in hand (ahem, well, I had my camera; Greg came along for fun) met photographer Ronnie Carrington at Pelican Village for a day-long and most pleasurable photographic excursion through the lesser-known parts of Barbados.  Fifteen of us were on the van...

Barbados’ Gifts: Sun, Sea, and Holders Performing Arts

Barbados’ Gifts: Sun, Sea, and Holders Performing Arts
If I weren’t blessed to live in Barbados, I’d visit.  I’d visit in late March when I could attend the Holders arts season. This year’s season began March 14, 2009; it runs until April 4. Holders, known as “the West Indies’ premier performing arts event of the year,”...

Seeing Barbados Through the Eyes of Another

Seeing Barbados Through the Eyes of Another
An e-mail from photographer Keith Clarke arrived yesterday and I’m cheeky enough to use this as an excuse to post another of his beautiful photos of Barbados.  In return, he gets this plug.  Ah, I love the quid pro quo of the Internet world. Mr Clarke wrote to tell me where his gorgeous book,...

Barbados, Good Morning from Bob Marley

Barbados, Good Morning from Bob Marley
Thank you, Mr Marley Listen to Bob Marley’s “One Love” 2-09-shame-and-scandal Jamaican Bob Marley is the defacto ambassador of the Caribbean islands.  His image is ubiquitous on every island I’ve visited (t-shirts mostly, but other things as well), his music is played with joy and...

St Lawrence Gap Street Art: Seth

St Lawrence Gap Street Art: Seth
Many of the vendors on St Lawrence Gap have made street-selling their career.  Some have been selling their goods for a good decade or more.  I occasionally find an original and charmingly rough-hewn bauble I just can’t resist. Like Seth’s.  Seth is not only a street vendor. He’s also a...

Calypso Oh Yeah

Calypso Oh Yeah
2-09-shame-and-scandal2 Max Romeo sings “Shame & Scandal.”  If this doesn’t make you smile, then you need a holiday in...

Barbados Crop Over: A Biased Primer – or – Sex & Rock’n’Roll, Caribbean-Style

Barbados Crop Over: A Biased Primer – or – Sex & Rock’n’Roll, Caribbean-Style
My take-aways from Trinidad Carnival: First, the Trini people are as spirited a bunch as exist on this planet.  They’re also talented, friendly, and welcoming. Second, Carnival is primarily for the young – and not just because of the 24/7 adrenalin on tap.  More on this later. Trinidad...

Making Out in the Back Seat at Barbados’ Drive-in

Making Out in the Back Seat at Barbados’ Drive-in
Barbados' Drive-In Movie Theater "Australia" Hadn’t been to one since I was a kid in my hometown of Boulder, Colorado, where the drive-in movie theater was a place for teens to hang out.  The closest I’ve been to one since is my passionate reading of Joe Bob Briggs‘ drive-in...