Monday, August 23, 2010

Assistant Editor for Destination Magazine visits Statia

St.Eustatius-Mr. Nick Marshall, assistant editor for Destination Magazine visited our historical island from August 12th to 14th.

Destination Magazine is gathering information for an article on Statia which will be published in the 2011 issue. Mr. Marshall who resides on St.Maarten had visited the island at least once before. He was accompanied by his wife and both were flabbergasted by the rich history of Statia as they went on the historical walking tour where one could see the historical buildings throughout Oranjestad and relive the scenes of each building as our tour guide Mrs. Gay Soetekouw told the most interesting stories.

They were also very impressed with the quiet way of life and the friendliness of the natives as people would greet them as they pass on the streets.
Mr. Marshall enjoyed his stay at the Old Gin House and loved the food at Franky’s Bar and Restaurant where he had Creole Conch which he said was done exactly the way he likes it. At Smoke Alley Bar and Restaurant he had Portuguese Fish for the first time and said it was absolutely wonderful.

This is not the first time Statia has been featured in Destination Magazine and based on what we have seen in the past the St.Eustatius Tourism Development Foundation look forward to seeing a spectacular spread in the 2011 issue as well.

Public Relations Officer Ms. Mitchell accompanied Mr. & Mrs. Marshall to the different outings during their visit to Statia and said the service and food received at the restaurants and car rental company I.F. Rivers was truly exceptional. She would also like to thank Mr. Marshall and Destination Magazine for their effort in spreading the good news of Statia to the outside world.

It is a true saying: “St.Eustatius! Small Island, Big Thrills.”

Friday, August 06, 2010

Mask Decorating Competition organized by PR Officer of Statia Tourist Office a Success!

The new Public Relations Officer of the St.Eustatius Tourist Office, Makeba Mitchell organized a Mask Decorating Competition on July 30. Children between the ages of 4-11 years of age could register, collect a blank face mask and take it home with them to decorate any which way they liked. This was a great way for the children to use their imaginations and create something really nice to show off. As you can see on the photos all kinds of raw food stuff were used like rice, macaroni, spaghetti, popcorn, peas, corn but some used feathers, beads, shells, paper, small toys etc.

The competition was held on July 30 2010 on the terrace at Super Burgers. Over 70 children registered so it was quite busy but Zahira Patrick did a great job keeping the children under control. Everyone received something to eat and drink and each child got to take home a gift bag containing juices, chips, sweets and raisins.
The judges consisted of Wendy Collins, Dennis Amajan and Janine Rosema and are all well known artists on the island. They had a tough time judging the masks but all agreed that there were some really nice creations and that we should hold another competition again soon.On the photos you will see an array of the winning masks.

A special thank you goes out to the members of the community who made contributions/donations towards the prizes for the winners. The prizes varied from fully packed school bags to gift certificates from different businesses, “I love Statia” School agenda’s and Youth Savings accounts from the WIB Ltd.