Street fair makes an impression

POSTED: 10/1/12 12:03 PM

St. Maarten – Hundreds of people visited the first of what is to become the annual street fair for the Upper Princess Quarter Community Council Foundation. The event was organized to raise funds, foster unity and the spirit of cooperation and restore light to the district as explained by foundation President Cleophas Richardson.

Richardson said that the event achieved its objective because many visitors were heartened at the opportunity to bring the Sucker Garden area in particular out of the eerie shadow that had been cast over it as a result of negative events and negative perceptions.

The street fair began early Saturday morning and saw some twenty vendors plying natural/herbal products, clothing, food, cosmetics and even providing services such as pedicures. A yard sale gave people deep discounts on used items. From the entrance of Guana Bay on the Sucker Garden Road to the old Gebe warehouse was lined with tents, bars, stalls and people. Members of the Chinese Association supported the initiative as well.

Richardson added that the foundation would have still wished for more support but understood that other activities were also taking place all over the island at the time.

“Many people were happy we did this. They kept saying that we should make it a monthly thing because it is needed. However we still have to think about that. Based on our standards and expectations, the event was a success, though,” Richardson noted.

Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams commended the organizers for taking the initiative to host an event of that nature. She expressed the hope that other districts would follow suit and continue to work in the interest of the development of community and country.

Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, Silveria Jacobs echoed similar sentiments.

The event was officially declared open by United People’s Party parliamentarian Sylvia Olivacce-Meyers.

Throughout the day, people mingled, reflected on times past and ended the night with the pulsating rhythms of soca, zouk, kompa, dancehall, calypso and hip-hop music.

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