Our last event in Dominica before heading to Bequia was he JazzFest. This was more of an islanders’ event than a cruisers event, but anyone can appreciate good music. Our entire group showed up, so we were five boats in all: Banyan, Wildcat, Blue Moon, Slow Flight, and Livin’ Life. It was a scorcher of a day, so the first stop once inside the gates was to find drinks. There were several bar stands but I wanted water! The only stand I saw with non-alcoholic drinks was the kids’ stand with candies and goodies. Fine with me! So I loaded up with water, a Jamaican hot patty, and caramel corn. By the way, do you know what a Jamaican hot patty is? It is a pastry filled with a minced meat mixture that is usually fairly spicy. Dave and I love them. We keep some in the freezer on Livin’ Life as a quick and easy meal under way.
I wasn’t the only one to hit up the food stands. Blue Moon and Slow Flight bought something that looked delicious and Wildcat partook in some lambi water. Lambi water is basically a conch stew. We missed the first act and came during set up for the second act. Might as well fill the time with some good food and conversation.
This little lady took the stage by storm. I think she sang some of her own music and some popular hits. Her own music was good, her voice strong and clear, but when she sang songs the audience knew she fired everyone up. People were dancing and singing along, including the cruisers.
Any get together is another excuse to swap stories, make or share cruising plans, or just spend a little more time together before parting ways. Banyan needs to take their daughter, Michelle, back to Guadeloupe to fly home. Hopefully, they will catch back up to us down island somewhere.
Islanders came from all over the island and possibly even from surrounding islands for the JazzFest. It was much bigger than we expected. People came dressed to the hilt. The ladies wore a variety of nice dresses, none of which could I imagine sitting on the ground in and they didn’t bring chairs. It is amazing to me that most of these people stood through the entire event, which last about 7 hours. Dave and I brought our hiking chairs and were glad for them! I enjoyed people watching and spotted these great dreds (red shirt). Of course I can’t be sure they are his own hair. As I noticed with Jordan Hill of the Lakers, people have extensions applied to their hair. I do know that they grow very slowly because they shorten up when twisted together to form the dredlocks, so it is amazing to see such long dreds. I had a professor in college with waist-long dreds that were his own hair. I asked how long it took him to grow them and he said since childhood – and now his hair is gray! It was a fun night, but we left before the last act – the third one had nearly put us to sleep.