By Monique Washington
After a nine year slumber, the St. Thomas Parish Festival will take place Sept. 11-19, featuring a Teen Queen Pageant, Calypso Show, Jâ€™Ouvert and an eventful Fun Day. This yearâ€™s theme is Old, Young, East and West Untied for STT Fest.â€™ On Tuesday, Tricia Williams, festival chairperson gave The Observer a brief history on the community based festival.
The festival began in 2007, but in 2008 the chairperson moved overseas and the group did not continue, Williams explained. â€œCommunity development this year pushed the idea of a festival. We formed a committee in April.
Other committee members are: Sandreen Ceaser, Shonroy Ceaser, Judith Liburd, Nioka Bailey, Nakida Authorton, Livingston Liburd, Vernice Parry Griffin, Tristan Clarke and Jessica Scarborough.
On Sunday, Sept. 11 a church service will be held at the St. Thomas Anglican Church, Williams said. â€œThat same evening there will be a gospel concert featuring acts from the St. Thomas Parish at the St. Thomas Primary School.â€
The schedule includes:
Sept. 13, panel discussion on the influence of music at the Jessup Community Centre;
Sept. 15, the festival will be launched at the St. Thomas Primary School at 7 p.m.;
During the opening we will introduce contestants for the Teen Queen Pageant and Calypso Show, Williams said. The festivals patron Mr. Elmos â€˜Smokeyâ€™ Jeffers will be honoured during this event.