Calabash Festival Church Service – Sunday July 16th 2017

Plans are well underway for Montserrat Calabash Festival 2017.

As usual, the 1st activity is the Service of Thanksgiving scheduled for Sunday July 16th.

Everyone is invited to this Church Service that takes place at the Shiloh Pentecostal Church in Salem at 10 a.m.

Come and be blessed as we celebrate another of our Cultural Festivals under the theme, "Celebrating our African Heritage".

During the Service, a Certificate of Excellence will be presented to a worthy individual, selected by the Church for that special award.  After the Service, everyone is invited to socialise while refreshments are served.

Again, you are invited to be a part of this Calabash Festival special Service of Thanksgiving, at the Shiloh Pentecostal Church in Salem, at 10 o'clock, on Sunday July 16.

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Good Neighbourly Day – Sunday July 16th 2017

Montserrat Calabash Festival is another of our Cultural events and takes place this year, from July 16 to the 23rd.

As is the norm, the spirit of Good Neighbourly Day is encouraged as we celebrate on Sunday July 16th.

Make an effort to meet any or all of your new neighbours and visit the neighbours living next to you.  Dedicate Sunday July 16 for that purpose.  Good Neighbourly day is a traditional custom.  Let's keep it alive.  Celebrate Good Neighbourly Day, Sunday July 16th, all day.  It's part of the theme for Calabash Festival – Celebrating our African Heritage.

Calabash Exhibition – Monday July 17th 2017

Montserrat Calabash Festival takes place from July 16th 2017 to the 23rd and again this year, the Calabash Exhibition is a must!

The Exhibition opens at the Public Library Monday July 17th, and runs until July 31st from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Come and see a variety of items made from the Calabash.  You'll be amazed at the unique items that come from this versatile fruit.  Take a trip down memory lane and connect with our cultural history as you view these special items.

Calabash Exhibition at the Public Library, Monday to Friday, July 17 to 31st.  Don't miss it.

Opening of Montserrat Calabash Festival Radio Address

Be listening to Radio ZJB at 8 am on Monday, July 17th for the Opening Radio address.

Day Tour – Tuesday, July 18th 2017

The Montserrat Calabash Festival Planning Committee invites you to join the Day Tour to the buried city of Plymouth on Tuesday July 18.

Be sure to see the sites that have been created following the volcanic experience.

Take a step back in time or see nature at its most powerful. For some it's a reflection of what is termed the modern Pompeii.  While for others, it is a reminder of what we once had, even while we develop the northern third our island.

Persons wishing to join the tour should meet at the parking lot of the Brades Pentecostal Church no later than 9:45 a.m. There, the Tour Guides will give you snippets of the post volcanic era, then we take the scenic tour to Plymouth where they will point out interesting land marks and other interesting features along the way.  Montserrat at its best.

The Tour costs 75 EC.

Dr. George Irish Lecture Series – Tuesday, July 18th 2017

The Dr. George Irish Lecture Series is an ongoing educational feature of the Montserrat Calabash Festival.

This year it takes place at the Montserrat National Trust on the evening of Tuesday July 18 at 7 o'clock.

This year the Topic will focus on Health Education and National Development and will be led by Dr. Janice Bloomfield-Alves, Assistant Professor of Nursing and Dr. Margaret Lafontant of the Educational Department, from Medgar Evers College, New York.  Everyone is invited to this special lecture.  No charge, just come and join the conversation. The Moderator will be the Health Promotion Coordinator Mrs. Penny Maloney. Remember the venue, the Montserrat National Trust.

The Grand Gospel Concert – Wednesday, July 19th 2017      

Montserrat Calabash Festival would not be complete without the Grand Gospel Concert.

This year it takes place on Wednesday, July 19th, at the Montserrat Cultural Centre, and features local gospel choirs, groups and individuals.

Special guest artiste this year is Shola Alli from the United Kingdom. She is joined by other fabulous local gospel singers, groups and individuals, including Sonia Smith, Mildred Chalmers, Ingrid Prince, Earl Blake, Dunavere Piper, Nikisha Abrahams, Bro. Joe Cabey, The Wesleyan Voices, The Brades Pentecostal Church Choir and the Bethesda Youth Choir among others.   

Everyone is invited to come and be blessed with the variety of gospel genres based on the theme - Faith, Joy, Hope.

No admission fee but everyone is asked to bring a generous offering, a portion of which will be donated to the Meals on Wheels program.

Come out in your numbers and enjoy the grand Gospel Concert in celebration of the Calabash Festival theme – Celebrating our African Heritage.  Remember the Gospel Concert starts at 7 p.m.  Don't miss it.

Calabash Grand Food Fair – Friday, July 21st 2017

The Montserrat Calabash Festival Planning Committee invites everyone to be part of the Grand Food Fair, happening at Marine Village, Little Bay on Friday July 21st.

Come and enjoy a variety of special dishes and drinks from all over the Caribbean.

The Food Fair opens at 11 a.m. and runs until all the food is sold.

While you eat, enjoy the masquerades, the Iron Band, the stilt walkers, and the string band, steel pan as well as appearance from Miss Goosie.

So come on, relax on the beach while you take in the great ambience and the variety of food, music, and live entertainment.  Friday July 21st from 11 am at Marine Village, Little Bay.

Be sure to attend.

Kite Festival – Saturday, July 22nd 2017

Here's another Fun activity for the whole family.

It's the Kite Festival Family Fun Day organized by the Montserrat Calabash Festival Planning Committee.

Come join the fun and fly your kite not at the Blakes Football playing Field which is not available this year, but a stone's throw away from it.  That's right just drive about 3 minutes east from the entrance to the football playing field to an open area just next to Jack Boy Hill on Saturday July 22nd .

From 1 p.m. until 6 p.m. Come fly your kite and be one of the lucky persons to win a prize for the largest kite, the most unusual kite, the smallest kite, the kite that flies the highest and the prettiest Kite.

Be sure to come with your kite as only extra twine will be available at the site for a small fee.  Food Vendors are encouraged to sell food and drinks.

Remember the new location for the Kite Festival Family Fun Day.  It takes place right next to Jack Boy Hill on Saturday July 22nd. From 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.  Just look for the newly cleared area and the Tent. Come with the whole family and enjoy.    

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Grand Art Expo – Sunday, July 23rd 2017

Here's an opportunity for all craft and furniture makers to market your art.

Persons are invited to register with The Montserrat Calabash Festival Committee for "your" Space at the Grand Art Expo, which is due to take place on Sunday July 23rd, at Nanny's CafŽ, Ryan's Court, in Brades, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

This is an opportunity to display your creative talents to the world, and make big sales at the same time.

Register now!

We want to see all kinds of locally made Crafts, Pottery, Drawings, Paintings, Furniture, Jewellery and Clothing -made right here in Montserrat.

Call or what's app 492 1743 to reserve your space.