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Nicole Meade is now in the lead of our February Photo Contest, determine who will win by voting here.


It’s hip to be retro; though, if you use words like hip, you were probably there the first time around and are looking to get your musical groove back. Good news, clubs and promoters are responding, and it’s about time.

There’s GROWN ‘N SEXY, of course, the old school jam straight out of the UK that took Antigua by storm in 2011. They’ve since hosted several teaser events ahead of their June 2012 return. The latest of these tasters came over the weekend at the Sugar Club and the reviews are in:

“Great night!”

“Fab Fab Fab!!!”

“Had a Frolicking Time!”

“We had a fantastic night.”

“I had a Funk-Fastic Time!”

And, said event co-organizer, Dave VJ, posting to the G & S Facebook page: “We thought it would be a good night but you guys out did ya selves on the dance floor at Sugar Ridge.”

Sounds like one of those if you missed it, you missed it type of events, doesn’t it?

But maybe not; here are a couple more upcoming events that might take you back and keep you moving.

Kite Scoop in collaboration with Tona present their latest video ISLAND TIME at Abracadabra Restaurant & Disco-Bar and DJ Quixx will take you on a reggae time trip, with hits past to present; and RETRO THURSDAYS at the Island B-Hive, with DJ Nez will take you back, back, way back to the 1950s on a magical musical ride forward to the 1980s, which, afraid to tell you, is now considered old school. Dig around in your closet and wear something retro – something you used to wear back when – and get a free daiquiri upon entry.


Happy Birthday to the rum that invented rum, Mount Gay! Not looking bad for 309. The party’s on Thursday at Mad Mongoose with Chickie spinning the tunes, free shots for the first 100 guests, and, of course, birthday cake.

The RORC Caribbean 600 Race has wrapped and Abracadabra Restaurant & Disco-Bar is throwing a Club Party with DJ Charlie to celebrate on Thursday night.

Also on Thursdays, a mix of dub step, drum and bass, jungle, break beat, 2-step, grime and more with DJ Chronix at Life on the Corner.

Friday, things will be Spirited at King’s Casino, while, across the Quay at Heavenly Java 2 Go, you can jam with De Survivors. Abracadabra Restaurant & Disco-Bar brings That Friday Feeling with DJ Alan Russell, playing the best in dance, house, club classics and reggae anthems.

Saturday, it’ll be 17 61° at Hamilton’s Wine Bar & Bistro, between the dancing and the jello shots, patrons should be pretty happy; and Rico and Fourplay will liven up the party at Westpoint Bar & Restaurant.

Antigua Clays now has a new attraction with the installation of a ping pong table on its party deck; shooters and customers at their Triggers Bar can use the table any day of the week. And if you’re in the mood for a different type of game, don’t forget Friday is Bingo Night at Dogwatch Tavern.


At Harmony Hall Antigua, for their wine dinner featuring Italian Wines from Inama Winery, feast on Panzanella Toscana con Pomodori confit, Lasagnetta Goccia D’Oro, Arista di maiale Cotta al latte e riduzione di vino rosso, and, for dessert, Millefoglie of puff pastry and Chantilly cream with Wild Berry coulis. Can’t pronounce it all? Don’t bite your tongue, bite in.

At The Image Locker & HotHotHotSpot, the varied dinner menu, available on Wednesdays, includes Garlic Soy Chicken and Thai Red Pork. On this evening, if you’re an entertainer, you’re welcome to join them dockside at Nelson’s Dockyard; perform and have yourself two drinks on the house.

Think Guinness is only for drinking. Think again. Take a taste of the Guinness specials – Guinness Burger, Guinness Steak and Shrimp, Fish Sticks and chicken/steak skewers with Guinness Dip – at the Island B-Hive. You’ll be saying TGIF – Thank Guinness Its Friday.


Your Caribbean retreat can be spent in the hotel, of your choice. But if you’re looking for something perhaps longer term or off-resort, these hot properties may be just what you’re looking for. In our latest series, check out great options in villa and cottage rentals.

Villa Ordnance, nestled in Ordnance Cove, boasts an unobstructed view of nearby Nelson's Dockyard and a tropical garden setting. It comes complete with all the modern amenities plus luxuries like a private swimming pool; making it a perfect getaway for families, and, given its location, ideal for sailing crews. It sleeps up to eight, though if you have less you may qualify for special rates.

Also check out Little Rock, Goat Hill, and Goat Rock: three Picadilly based properties. Little Rock is the largest and as such has kingly features by comparison but the studios are also well outfitted, and just waiting for the right person to move in.

Don’t see what you’re looking for? The Antigua and Barbuda Association of Realtors may be able to help.

Mercury Marine's 150 hp Four Stroke EFI outboard engine – touted for its breakthrough design, unprecedented durability, superb fuel efficiency, and tremendous performance – can be had at Paradise Boat Sales, Rentals and Charters. It’s survived severe field testing, and should be at home in Antiguan waters; you might want to take it out for a spin and see for yourself.

Lots of unique island craft and art, treats and eats, Thursdays, at Made with Pride in Antigua; bonus – the locale is the iconic Shirley Heights Lookout, where the sunsets are always right on time and stunningly beautiful.

And don’t forget to visit our classifieds where you’ll find listings on vehicles, rental properties, office supplies, and, job listings with current openings featuring bartending, cooking, and gardening positions.


Photo courtesy of West Indies Cricket Board

In Windies action, cricket fans can look forward to the Guyana-Jamaica showdown, February 24 to 27th at Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground as Antigua plays host to their Round 4 encounter in the Regional 4 Day Matches. In more cricket news, Fidel gets ready for Australia v. Windies showdown.

In cycling, the season is off and running with last week’s Family Fun Ride, and, coming on the 26th, the first race of the 2012 season. The season will feature five classes – A, B, Females, Juniors, and Sports – and 22 events, including the Top Ranking National Cycling Championships and National Individual Time Trial Championships, climaxing with the hosting of the Caribbean Cycling Championships. Click here to view their calendar of events.

The kick-off party turnout was good as seen in these Kevin Johnson pictures; and the RORC Caribbean 600 racing action got off to a dramatic start “with the feisty conditions (causing) some hair-raising action under the cliffs of Fort Charlotte outside English Harbour.” But the sky soon opened up, the sun lighting up the course “and the highly impressive fleet (making) a spectacular sight.” Keep up with the action, here.


As noted, above, we’re now in the thick of sailing season. Fitting then that Peter Caswell’s ‘Yachts and Waves of the Caribbean’ art show is coming this Thursday to Al Porto. So, come out for dinner (all you can eat buffet style) and jazz; while enjoying the art work of this incredible international artist.

Also on in visual arts is this Friday’s showing, at Art at the Ridge, at Sugar Ridge, of work by Romanian born, Antigua-based artist and illustrator Felicia Atanasiu. Her award winning work has been featured in international magazines and attracted clientele like L’Oreal and Playgirl, and she’s exhibited in group shows in Europe and America. Her Antiguan solo show will give local art lovers a chance to see up close the explosion of colour, detailed line work, abstract shapes and subtle textures that define her compositions.

T’ings Wadadli

Photo submitted by Mark Wootton

Wadadli is a modern variation of Antigua’s indigenous name – and the name of our local beer; it has come to represent things rooted in our culture, intrinsically, and the myriad ways we express that culture.

Wadadli Day, all day Saturday, is one example of this. A project of the Cultural Development Division, it is an open air festival featuring Wadadli arts, crafts, food, games, music, and other homegrown entertainment. How homegrown? The kind of homegrown where you “play a game of warri in the natural shade of the Botanical gardens while sipping away at a tasty locally made drink, sweetened to absolute perfection”; “the kind of homegrown wherein “children will get the opportunity to have fun with our traditional John Bull and dance with the Sensay and Masquerade.” The kind of homegrown where you can bring the whole family, nibble on local treats, enjoy local music, and run into old friends you rarely get to see.

The Wadadli Youth Pen Prize is another example of this. As a writing programme designed to get young people writing from and of their world, there was no more fitting moniker than Wadadli. If you’ve been following, you’ll know that the Wadadli Pen 2012 Challenge in partnership with The Best of Books has wrapped and is now into the judging phase. As Challenge coordinator and Wadadli Pen founder, I can report there are lots of quality entries this year. And though the deadline has passed, you can still get involved in supporting this effort by joining other sponsors – including clients The Best of Books, Ondeck, Adventure Antigua, Antigua Rainforest Canopy Tour, Blue Waters Hotel, Jolly Beach Resort & Spa, Keyonna Beach Hotel, Australian Homemade, Jabberwocky Yacht Charters – in rewarding these youngsters. We want to make it good. You can also join us in making it good for young folks in the Villa and Greenbay community by supporting our book drive for the Future for a Child.


Photo submitted by Laune Isaac

Speaking of things Wadadli, we’ve been enjoying your visual reminders, over 100 of them, of how lucky we are to be living in paradise with your images of sunsets, sunrises, beaches, birds, kites, families, and other slices of island life submitted to our February Photo Challenge. Submission’s closed but voting goes on, so stop by and click, the most-liked photographers stand to win prizes from Trade Winds Hotel and Sunseakers.


Once upon a time, in Wadadli, going to school and learning a trade went hand in hand, a practice that’s kind of phased with time. But acquiring a marketable skill still makes good sense; and Rotary’s Sewing Programme makes perfect sense. It’s taking place at the Greenbay Women’s Development Centre, but is open to anyone on island.

And kids are still welcomed to The Best of BooksFriday Night Reading Hour, but, parents, please note the time change. It will now take place 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., an hour earlier, to accommodate the earlier closure of the store’s St. Mary’s Street branch.


Our environment, as seen in the images referenced above, is naturally beautifully, preserving that beauty is the challenge. The National Parks Authority will kick off its 2012 seminar series next Wednesday with a panel on ‘The Role of Protected Areas in National Development’. The general public is invited to the Copper and Lumber Store Hotel at the Nelson’s Dockyard, at 7:30 p.m., to begin the conversation.


Antigua and Barbuda’s Soca Darling, Claudette CP Peters fresh from Dominica’s Carnival returns this Friday night to Princess Margaret Secondary School for another round of auditions. If you’re a hoofer, ease on down the road and check it out.


This was a sweet and timely reminder that sometimes people travel for sentimental reasons and almost always in search of an authentic experience. With this in mind, it would do us well to remember to highlight what makes Antigua and Barbuda unique.
Joanne C. Hillhouse


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