Book Launch – “A Face in the River” by Kristine Simelda

•January 26, 2016 • Leave a Comment

The launch of “A Face in the River” — a Romance/Adventure novel by Kris Simelda — was held at Romance Cafe on Mero Beach this past Saturday, Jan 23rd, 2016. It was a wonderful celebration, featuring music by jazz musician Jussi Paavola, delicious refreshments, gorgeous weather, a reading by the author and the chance to purchase a signed copy of the book.

A Face in the River” is a novel about the adventures of a middle-aged American woman who moves to the Caribbean in search of ‘something more.’ What she finds surprises even her, and as you follow Krystal through the quagmire of life decisions and unexpected events, you get a feel for one woman’s struggle to live the dream of a Caribbean lifestyle while stretching across cultures and clashing with reality.

The book is well written and fast-paced, you will find yourself turning pages as quickly as you can.  But be careful, this novel is not for everyone! It’s full of adult humour, romance and sex; it’s a woman’s adventure novel, not for children.

 

For more information about the author, her books and short storeis, visit KristineSimelda.com

You can purchase the paperback version of “A Face in the River” online at Visit-Dominica.com

Or visit Amazon for Kindle version or  paperback.

Dominica’s Carnival ~ Official Opening Parade & Ceremony for Mas Domnik 2016

•January 16, 2016 • 1 Comment

Today in Roseau, the streets were filled with the sights and sounds of Carnival as the Official Opening Parade kicked off at 3 pm.

Here are a few snaps to give you a taste of what’s to come for Dominica’s 2016 Carnival on February 8th and 9th.

Dominica’s Carnival is both unique & traditional.  Unique in that you can get up close to experience the excitement. Traditional in terms of the old time characters you see playing mas – from the traditional Sensays and Ban Mouve, to the Darkies and Bwa Bwa — the Afrikulture Stilt Walkers are a crowd favourite!

 

 

Learn more about Carnival

Carnival 2016 Press Release from DDA – January 14, 2016

•January 14, 2016 • Leave a Comment

SPECTACULAR OPENING PARADE EXPECTED FOR MAS DOMNIK 2016

Official Ceremony to Be Held at Windsor Park Sports Stadium

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(L-R) Mrs. Kathleen Cuffy Jno.Jules, Product Promotions Manager at DDA; Mrs. Charlene White-Christian, Vice Chairperson of the Carnival Road Parade Committee; Mr. Valantine Cuffy, Carnival 2016 Promoter

Roseau, Dominica – January 14, 2016 The opening parade and official ceremony for Mas Domnik 2016 is expected to be filled with fun, color and vibrancy. The event kicks off this Saturday, January 16th 2016 from 3:00PM. Vice chairperson of the Carnival Road Parade Committee, Mrs. Charlene White-Christian, is pleading to spectators to remain on the sidewalks at all times, particularly during the parade of Bwa Bwa groups. This will not only aid in the prevention of safety mishaps but also promote the free flow of movement through the streets of Roseau. She strongly discourages the public from “cutting across streets or moving onto the [parade route] to take photos.”  Mrs. White-Christian also emphasized that there should be no “throwing of promotional items” from moving vehicles; instead designated persons should walk along the parade route to hand these items out.

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Masqueraders at Mas Domnik 2015 Opening Parade; Photo Credit: DDA

A number of groups – advertising, traditional, community, pageantry and cheerleaders – have already registered for the upcoming parade. All groups wishing to participate are encouraged to contact Dominica Festival Committee (DFC) for registration by Friday, January 15th for the latest. Those wishing to bring their own music system are advised to inform DFC ahead of time so the necessary preparations can be made. Groups are expected to assemble on Victoria Street outside of the Roseau Public Library from 1:30PM. The route for the annual parade, which begins at 3:00PM, will begin on Victoria Street, then onto Dame Eugenia Charles Boulevard followed by a right turn onto King George V Street, a left onto Great George Street, a right onto Kennedy Avenue, a left onto Bath Road, a right onto the Windsor Park Sports Stadium Link Road and finally culminating at the Windsor Park Sports Stadium for the opening ceremony. Advertising floats will not be allowed to enter the stadium. The official ceremony is a free and open event and all are invited to come and support Mas Domnik 2016 – The Real Mas.

Ms. Ferdina Frampton, FLOW’s Marketing & Communications Executive, reinstated her company’s role in sustaining Dominica’s culture by supporting various Carnival events and activities such as Calypso events, the Princess Show, Miss Teen Dominica Pageant, and various T-shirt and costume bands. Product Promotions Manager of Discover Dominica Authority, Mrs. Cuffy Jno.Jules, has urged the public to sponsor Carnival activities, whether in full or in part. Partial sponsorship can go towards part of major events, such as the National Carnival Queen pageant rounds. Potential sponsors are invited to join DDA, DFC, and private event organizers to make Mas Domnik 2016 a success.

Upcoming events this weekend include Showdown Mas Camp Calypso Tent, Stardom Tent, Pan in the Sand, Calypso semifinals and the Princess show. Visit www.facebook.com/dominicafests for Mas Domnik’s full calendar of activities.

Read the full Carnival 2016 Press Release here

To learn more about Dominica’s Carnival or to Join a Carnival Band visit avirtualDominica.com

 

Carnival Events in January

 

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Climate Change Day of Action in Dominica

•December 3, 2015 • 2 Comments
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Dominica’s Climate Change Day of Action

On November 28th, 2015 Dominicans came together to recognise Climate Change as a critical issue and to discuss what can be done: “Effect the change before the change affects you!”

The event took place in the Roseau Botanic Gardens and participants included the Waitukubuli Ecological Foundation, the Kalinago Community, Alliance Francaise de la Dominique, the Bishop of Roseau, Forestry Division, Solid Waste Management, the Dominica State College, the Catholic Church, and the Pope’s Encyclical on Climate Change.

 

 

Watch this video of the event by Link International :

Dominica’s National Gala ~ Independence Celebrations 2015

•November 6, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Of the many activities taking place over the Independence Season, the National Gala held in the Botanic Gardens is a favourite. While many of the national cultural competitions had been cancelled due to Tropical Storm Erika, this year’s event boasted one improvement – a better stage!

There were some wonderful performances, highlights included:

  • Convent High School Coral Speech “I Love You Still” (featuring ‘signing’ for the hearing impaired)
  • A Fashion Show of Creole Dress through the years
  • Karifuna performing Kalinago drumming and dancing
  • Traditional Dancing – Bele, Quadrille, and more.

For more information about Dominica’s Independence Celebrations, see avirtualDominica.com

Discover Dominica Authority Weekly Tourism News Update – October 19th – Post Tropical Storm Erika News

•October 21, 2015 • Leave a Comment

The Discover Dominica Authority (DDA) has been hard at work spreading the news that Dominicafalls is ‘Open for Business’ after Tropical Storm Erika. While there is still much work to do in certain areas of the island, the tourism season is now beginning and Dominica is ready to welcome visitors to start getting the economy back on track.

Topics in this week’s Press Release include:

  • DDA hosts US writer from Uncommon Caribbean
  • Past press trips continue to help spread awareness about Dominica post TS Erika
  • Dominica is represented at the FCCA Conference and Tradeshow 2015 in Cozumel Mexico
  • FWI Marketing Efforts Bear Fruit, Visitor Statistics Show
  • 2016 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards Open

Read the Press Release:

DDA Weekly News Update Monday Oct 19th

Dominica Announces Status of Hiking Trails – DDA Press Release on 5th October 2015

•October 5, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Dominica’s Recovery Continues ~ 5th October 2015 Update

An update on the status of Dominica’s hiking trails and attractions has just been released by the Discover Dominica Authority (DDA).

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DOMINICA ANNOUNCES STATUS OF HIKING TRAILS

Roseau, Dominica – (October 5, 2015) – Discover Dominica Authority, in collaboration with the Forestry Division of the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, today announced that a number of Dominica’s hiking trails are open.

Seven segments of the Waitukubuli National Trail, the Caribbean’s longest walking trail, are ready to welcome the adventurous hiker. Some trails were closed after the passage of Tropical Storm Erika which caused obstructions and infrastructural damage. The Forestry Division has worked tirelessly to ensure that trails are accessible. Segments Three, Four, Six, Eleven, Twelve, Thirteen and Fourteen, totalling nearly 81 kilometers (50 miles), are open to hikers. Trail users are advised to exercise caution when hiking the open segments of the trail as some landscape features may have changed.

Other popular attractions which involve some level of hiking are now accessible and operational. They include: Trafalgar Falls, Emerald Pool, L’Escalier Tete Chien, Middleham Falls, Freshwater Lake, Cabrits National Park and Syndicate Nature Trail. The trek to the famous Boiling Lake–a level 4 (difficult) hike across towering mountain ranges, hot streams, hot boiling mud, mini geysers and forests–is open and considered a “must do” for the trekking enthusiast. Guides are recommended as there are landscape changes on certain trails.  Hikers are encouraged to use appropriate hiking gear when trekking in Dominica.

The Forestry Division continues to assess the island’s hiking trails and will provide updates once assessments have been made and necessary repairs have been completed.

 
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