Monthly Archives: June 2010

African Dance Performance and a Fond Farewell at the Market

  Above Images by Pepper Key Stacie
The second Saturday of every month you can find a Turks and Caicos farmer’s/artists market at the Graceway Gourmet.  Local arts and craft vendor regulars include Ginger from Sea Glass Shack, artist and handbag designer Jennifer Maude, jewelry designer Atelys Adrian, woven handcrafts from the Middle Caicos Co-Op, TCSPCA gifts and goodies,  Cheryl, the sewing machine queen, fashionable jewelry collections from Trem Jocale, yours truly and many more.  Every month we choose an island charity in need to support and this Saturday we had a very special guest performance in thanks by the Edward C. Gartland Youth Center.  This amazing group of students were led by the incredibly talented Shara Bowen (pictured in the middle of the group photo with glasses)  Shara and her husband David, the country’s Director of Culture, are a tireless, constant driving force in keeping the history of these islands, especially of the arts, alive and well in the Turks and Caicos Islands.  I applaud them both immensely.  The fruits of their labors are especially moving to watch in the young peoples performances, where the traditions of old are breathed back to life. 

Image courtesy of Meghans Africa blog

  The inspiring drumming, dancing, and singing will stay in the audiences minds, perhaps for years to come for one special viewer, Meghan O’Reilly.  Meghan took on the position of director for the Youth Center upon it’s birth in the spring of 2008 after volunteering in Southern Africa for Grassroot Soccer Org,  and she is a huge part of it’s success today.   This performance marked Meghans last as director as she leaves for a new adventure in Mauritius Island.  I think I speak for a very large part of the community when I say thank you Meghan for all your outpourings of hard work, energy, hope, and care into the center.  You will be greatly missed!  Bon voyage and best wishes!

Fleur de Lys Visitors

It has been a very busy week that began with a downpour which brought one rare species out of hiding, and one common species to a rare spot.  This bright green lizard is a beauty, I have only ever seen one other like it in seven years of living in the islands.  They must find some sanction at the villa as the first one I saw just late last year perched on our front gates, slightly larger than this one.  I will try to research more about this species and report back on my findings.

All images by Pepper Key Stacie
The visitor below we see a lot of in the Turks and Caicos.  I thought this agile crustacean was a Blue Land Crab, a favorite food in the islands, but as the shell is clearly reddish I may be mistaken. Perhaps the red color comes from it’s spiderman abilities to crawl up stone walls and nestle in corners! Again, will need to do some research to find out more about these amazing creatures.  If you happen to be reading this and know how to properly identify this weeks visitors, please leave a comment below.

Lori and Ian’s Wedding at the Gansevoort

All images by Pepper Key Stacie
The Gansevoort is one of the newest resorts in the Turks and Caicos Islands, and it’s popularity is rapidly spreading.  For starters it boasts one the most wonderfully wide and uncrowded beaches on Providenciales; a perfect location for a large beach wedding.  Planner Teresa Brunner of Tropical Destination Management Company  is a pro at coordinating hotel accommodations specific to a the guest list needs. Environmental Arts did a stunning job for this lovely couple.  They created a floral design for the ceremony of Hawaiian lei inspired curtains, a reference to the couples love of Maui.  TC Millwork took care of a custom finish on the bamboo canopy, as well as a height modification to accommodate the 6’6″ groom, and hand painted beach and tickle trunk signs in the same font as the couples brilliant programs which doubled as fans.  The modern architecture of the Gansevoort is complemented by simple and sleek surrounds true to the name New York made famous, creating it’s stand apart signature.  The pool is clearly the stylish center of the property, giving the infamous white sand beach just steps away some serious competition for guests attention.  It made for a picturesque cocktail hour.
  Environmental Arts created sophisticated florals for the reception; cascades of white orchids in tall silver vases for the interior dining area, willow branches with white cala lilies, and low white rose and blue hydrangea silver cupped arrangements adorned with the brides handmade message flags.
The fragrant floral adorned cake was created by Diane Guess.  Kissing porcelain bride and groom figurines and cake serving cutlery were family heirlooms.
Brilliant set up a self-service photo booth with a tickle trunk of pirate props Tropical DMC sourced.  Loads of laughs could be heard from this area for the entire evening, needless to say it was a huge hit! Teresa and I even took five minutes to get in on the fun. See more behind the scenes hilarity on Brilliants blog.
Image courtesy of Brilliant
Parents of the groom arranged for a couple of surprises for the lucky newlyweds; a Turks Select Cigar Bar where each individual order was hand rolled, and a spectacular fireworks display which welcomed guests arriving to the beach bonfire post reception dancing. Our congratulations to the happy couple!

Lori and Ian’s Rehearsal Dinner

Flowers by Environmental Arts
Lori and Ians wedding has been the culmination of over a year of planning for Teresa Brunner of TropicalDMC, and an event I especially looked forward to because the parents of the groom are a couple of TC Millworks favorite clients.  Lois and William built a beautiful oceanside home on Providenciales, showcasing fine woodwork and custom built cabinetry in every room.  Lois is a gem to work with as she knows exactly what she wants and her taste is exquisite (luckily for her daughter-in-law as she was a tremendous help in planning this weekends affair).  One of the homes most spectacular features is an atrium of rich mahogany overlooking a view of Turks and Caicos turquoise waters, even more welcoming when coming at dusk on dinner invitation.  We had the pleasure of meeting both sons, Justin and Ian, and Lori at that soire’ a couple of years ago so familiarization with the couple made the last few days labors that much more poignant.
  Their rehearsal dinner took place at a perfect location for a large group of over 100 attendees, OPUS Wine-Bar-Grille, by long time Turks and Caicos restaurateur Tony Arata.  The classic navy and silver interior dining opens up to an expansive outdoor terraced patio with towering palms and perfect multiple platforms for bands, dance floors, signature bars, and just about any other feature a couple should desire for their guests.  Lori and Ian’s guests enjoyed a boat ride, a sunset cocktail,  and a festive Junkanoo performance before parading to the dinner at OPUS, where they listened to live local music and danced the night away, all details arranged via Tropical DMC. 
 All Images by Pepper Key Stacie