Merritone Goes 'Pon Di Rio Grande'

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merritone-winston-blake.jpgSunday, September 27 will be celebrated as International Tourism Day and it is a good time to spend the day in Portland, which is often considered the cradle of tourism in Jamaica.

Errol Flynn is said to have started rafting on the Rio Grande in the 1940s when he began to organise raft races. The rafters' pavilion in St Margaraet's Bay built by The Earl of Mansfield, known as Rafter's Rest, will be the venue for yet another party on Sunday, dubbed Merritone Pon Di Rio Grande Again, organised by The Country Hoppers.

Merritone Music celebrates its 65th anniversary this year with a week of activities scheduled for mid-October, and the owners have included this day in Portland as part of the celebratory activities.

The Country Hoppers, a group of five friends, is fulfilling its mandate to enhance entertainment for mature people in the parish and increase the amount of local tourists who spend at least one day per month in the area. It is hoped that eventually, through their efforts, persons will overnight in Portland.

Additional features have been added to the afternoon's activities, as patrons will be able to shop, at their leisure, from Sandra with a wide array of agricultural produce, Rockbottom with his craft items, and Phine Line the artist, fresh from his tours in Guyana.

True Brew Coffee is a staple at the party. Other sponsors of the event are ARD2K, National Pure Ice, Braham's Texaco Station (which will also be providing a spot prize) and media partners are KoolFM and StylzFM.

Part proceeds from the parties are given to The Shelton Project, a programme of Healthy Lifestyle Network, which is an organisation teaching children from infant and basic schools about planting trees, flowers, fruits and vegetables.It also informs them about healthy food choices and encourages them to eat what they plant.

Tickets are $800 presold and $1,000 at the gate. Food on sale will be by Bachelor Chef Shea Stewart.