News from Montserrat . August 2011 issue

August News from Montserrat W.I.

Caribbean Passport Film Crew Visit
The Montserrat Tourist Board hosted a film production team of JCD & Associates Ltd., Trinidad, from the popular lifestyle and travel programme, Caribbean Passport, for the annual week-long Calabash Festival 2011 activities.    The team spent six days on the island of Montserrat capturing some of the activities of the Calabash Festival including the Calabash Food Fair, Calabash hike, Pub Crawl and the Foam Fete Dance.   To add a more unique flavor to their popular travel programme, the team interviewed a few personalities as well as several owners of local businesses. The crew ended their assignment with an island and boat tour which captured the volcano, the buried capital, Plymouth and some of the island’s attractions and scenery. JCD & Associates Ltd. produces Caribbean Passport which is shown on 27 Television stations in 21 islands at primetime, as well as ‘Caribbean Essence’ the in-flight programme shown on board Caribbean Airlines.    Montserrat’s featured episodes on Caribbean Passport will be aired later this year on Carib Vision, channel 56.

In the Spotlight – Oriole Café  
Ideally located in the Farara Plaza Complex, opposite the Government Headquarters and next door to the Montserrat Tourist Board in Brades is Oriole Café restaurant, which attracts expats and Government workers because of its proximity to government businesses.    This restaurant has been opened for over five years and is operated by proud owner Kathleen Barzey.  Kathleen has been trained in the UK and enjoys cooking and dealing with people. With over 20 years in the food industry, Kathleen has worked at the Montserrat Spring’s Hotel, Vue Pointe Hotel and the Grandview Bed and Breakfast. Oriole Café is opened weekdays and serves Continental, Full and Traditional Breakfast.  It also provides visitors with a variety of local cuisine for lunch and dinner by reservations only.  This restaurant is not only known for its appetizing food but also for the fresh breeze and spectacular views that can be enjoyed from the verandah.  To make reservations contact Kathleen at telephone (664) 491-7144.

CD Launched to aid Montserrat National Trust 
Local calypsonian Pat “Belonger” Ryan has recently launched a CD comprising six songs to raise funds for the Montserrat National Trust.  The songs were composed over the years, all with the environment as their common theme.   Belonger sees the work of the Trust as an important one as they strive to conserve the environment and preserve historic sites and attractions for future generations to enjoy.  With the onset of volcanic activity and the resultant migration of members and supporters, the Trust lost significant resources, which is needed to aid them in their work.   The sale of the CDs will help to bring in much needed revenue.   Songs like Lets Come Clean with our Environment , Save the Trees, Living with our Volcano are some of the songs that were penned by Belonger and produced by Sun Brother Lea.  The CDs which are available for sale at the Montserrat National Trust cost EC$35.00 (US$13.00) and make an interesting gift or souvenir item.  Established in 1970 under The Montserrat National Trust Ordinance, the Montserrat National Trust is the leading Non-Government Organization (NGO) in Montserrat dedicated to the conservation and protection of the environment and to the preservation of Montserrat’s natural and historic sites. Over the past years it has contributed significantly to the education and to the enhancement of the island’s tourist attractions.  For more information on the National Trust go to or email, Tel: 664 491 3086.

Upcoming Events

Launch of Festival (Our Carnival)
October 1st, 2011

Police, Fire Search & Rescue Community Week
October 29th – November 5th, 2011

Alliougana Festival of the Word
November 11th – 13th , 2011

Volcano Half Marathon & Fun Run
November 26th, 2011