The month of June has been designated
Caribbean-American Heritage Month by President Bush to highlight
the culture and population of the region as well as to pay tribute
to the contributions of Caribbean-Americans to the U.S.
In response, the
Caribbean Tourism Development Co., comprised of the Caribbean
Tourism Organization and the Caribbean Hotel Association, will
sponsor several events throughout June.
" The Conference on the Caribbean: A 20/20
Vision, June 19 to 21 in Washington. The conference is a result of
a series of meetings between officials of the U.S. and Caricom
(Caribbean Community) earlier this year.
The confab will
seek to strengthen the relationship between the U.S. and the
Caribbean and to improve the Caribbean's relations with the
Caribbean community in the U.S.
available at www.conferenceonthecaribbean.org.
" The New York Botanical Gardens features
several exhibits through Sept. 16 that showcase Caribbean
Also, at the
Conservatory Courtyard in the Botanical Gardens will be a Caribbean
music and dance performance on June 6 at 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.; a
demonstration on the culinary history of the Caribbean on June 9 at
1 p.m.; and Caribbean storytelling and folktales on June 17 at 2:30
" Caribbean Week in New York, June
9 to 17, offers a Celebrity Cricket Match on June 9 at 11 a.m. at
Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn; a Caribbean Gospel Concert on June
9 at 7 p.m. at St. George's Episcopal Church in Manhattan, with
performances by gospel artists Lieutenant Stitchie, The Grace
Thrillers, Gerard Placide of Trinidad and Tobago, and Mya Daniel of
Barbados, among others. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased from
CTO at (212) 635-9530 or from www.caribbeanweekny.com.
Week events include a Caribbean gospel brunch on June 10 at the
Caribbean Island restaurant in the Bronx; tickets are $100, and
proceeds go to the CTO Foundation.
meetings are set for June 11 simultaneously in Brooklyn and the
Bronx with tourism ministers meeting with their New York-based
Fair & Vacation Mart takes place on June 12 from 11 a.m. to 9
p.m. at the South Street Seaport in Manhattan with 70 booths manned
by representatives from Caribbean destinations, hotels and
weddings are scheduled during the fair at 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. with
the couples receiving the gift of a honeymoon to either the British
Virgin Islands or St. Martin/Maarten.
The 34th annual
Governments of the Caribbean State Ball is set for June 15 at 7
p.m. at the Waldorf-Astoria.
As a prelude to
the Caribbean Beach Volleyball Championship Tournament, which is
scheduled for Nov. 3 and 4 in Isla Verde, Puerto Rico, a series of
qualifying matches will be played on June 16 and 17 in Long Beach,
N.Y. For qualifying-match information, visit www.eevb.net.
For details and
complete schedules, visit www.caribbeanweekny.com or call CTO at (212)
To contact reporter Gay Nagle Myers, send e-mail to [email protected].