The CREATIVE SPACE series continues over on my Jhohadli blog. The most recent installment is the Women’s Empowerment Luncheon: Moments from Memory.
Excerpt: ‘Older by more than a decade, Singing Sandra of Trinidad, spoke of the feistiness she had to harness to plant her feet in the male dominated world of calypso. She spoke as well of the ways that women undermine each other; capping it all off with a message of self-love even and especially in the face of obstacles. Then she, who was scheduled to perform rendered two songs including several audience participation encores of “they go keep their money, ah go keep my honey, and die with my dignity” – with local calypso queen GeeBee getting in on the action and impressing Sandra, who yielded the mic to her at one point.’
That’s the fifth one for the year so far. Previously, on CREATIVE SPACE 2019, you would have read about (click ‘excerpt’ to go to the full piece)…
What’s Happening at Wallings?
Excerpt: “Wallings Nature Reserve does feel a lot less like a place that you can just drop in to and sit for a bit as some of us might have done in the past – there is a parking area, limited traffic up the hill (no more than 8 cars at a time), and there is a station at the entrance where fees are taken, information is given out, and paraphernalia like locally-made soaps are sold.”
The Arrival (re the last of the Talisker Whiskey Challenge Atlantic crossings).
Excerpt: “The nervous farewells, the careful tracking, the euphoric arrivals combined, a reminder that we can – whatever our dream, once we have clarity of purpose. Maybe not without being blown off course now and again, nor without effort beyond what we think we have to give, and perhaps injury. But we can.”
Excerpt: “The awards were staged at the lovely and elegant indoor/outdoor Fitches Creek venue La Casa Palmadita – nice ambience, great service, and delightful music from pan master Aubrey Lacu Samuel (there was after event music as well but I missed that). An all-around enjoyable and well-executed evening (for me anyway), though I imagine the athletes and associates were a little more tense as they awaited the judges’ decision. From where I was sitting though, it was a sedate event when one considers all the melee leading up to it – the Ministry’s griping about the associations’ alleged failure to submit nominations on time, some associations calling BS on that claim, and the at times contentious relationship between athletes and the Ministry – hard to hear St. John’s name for instance without remembering the time she publicly complained in the press about not being properly outfitted for an international meet (though they quickly made nice in the media after that blow up as I remember it).”
The Long Walk (a play).
Excerpt: “Their laughter is not a fault of the play which took its time building atmosphere, setting the mood, and laying out the context; and which even offered the relief of naturally humorous moments as we engaged with our uncomfortable history. So maybe the laughter was some combo of discomfort and emotional immaturity. Because the play did its work well and the audience, for the most part, seemed moved by it.”
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Featured photo of the silk cotton tree at Wallings is by Barbara A. Arrindell.
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