Committee notes economic hard times
treat for all residents and visitors this year — free admission to North
Side’s Heritage Day on Thursday, 18 Novemb
“In these economic hard times, we
want all of our people to get back to what Heritage Day is all about,” said
Archie Whittaker from the district’s Pirates Week Committee.
“Families can’t afford to pay
entrance fees for four, five, six people and then buy food and drinks,” he
said, “so we weren’t getting support from our own community, not to mention the
rest of the Island.”
The district committee was also
realistic about having its event on a Thursday — not usually the most popular
night for going out.
“You don’t get the turnout on a
weekday. People might be thinking they want to save their money for the weekend
activities,” Mr. Whittaker acknowledged. “But they can drive to our venue —
the public beach near Kaibo — and have a good time. If they carpool, the
savings from not having to pay admission will more than pay for the cost of
The committee promises all the
attractions of past years, including fireworks and live music for dancing.
District cooks will have their stalls, and traditional exhibits will be set up.
Special feature will be a plantation, based on Whistling Duck Farm, run by
Mister Willie and Miss Lee-Lee — William and Zelmalee Ebanks. A schedule will
be published closer to the day.
The free-admission policy this year
was made possible by the success of Saturday night’s North Side Heritage Queen
Costume Competition. After expenses, the event at Driftwood Bar and Beach
netted around $2,500, Mr. Whittaker reported. That does not include money bid
in the male and female auctions that were part of the entertainment.
Proceeds will be used to defray the
expenses of Heritage Day.