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Booth holder says Kishma A. Baronville doesn’t listen

- wants the VI Festival & Fairs Committee Chairperson to come down from 'high horse' & hear the voices of the people
Chairperson of the VI Festival and Fairs Committee Kishma A. Baronville. Photo: VINO/File
One of the booths under construction in the Festival Village. Photo: VINO
One of the booths under construction in the Festival Village. Photo: VINO
More booths under construction. Photo: VINO
More booths under construction. Photo: VINO
More booths under construction. Photo: VINO
More booths under construction. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – As the start date for the commencement of the Emancipation Festival activities draws closer, there is a flurry of activities at the Festival Grounds in Road Town where the Patsy Lake Festiville is being set up.

But all is not well on some fronts as there is a brewing discontent among some of the stallholders with the arrangements put in place by the new chairman of the VI Festival and Fairs Committee, Kishma A. Baronville.

One lady in particular has issues with Ms Baronville and does not believe she is doing a good job. Because of the nature of the issues, she does not want her name or photograph to appear with the story.

“I sympathise with all of the stallholders for the money that they have to spend and they bringing in outsiders and it costs us a lot. We have to learn to support our own so I am all for my own. But the reality is if certain bands are not playing people don’t come out. We can still find a way to get our food off without having to depend on bands in the night,” she said.

Making an issue out of nothing

She said her direct issue with Ms Baronville is what she called making an issue out of nothing. According to her, Ms Baronville ordered her to replace a piece of board on the floor of her booth. The board, she said, had three or four small holes.

“It have other things that is disturbing…all like this little thing that she come with…Lord have mercy suppose I don’t have a board to put down here. I have been in here for 37 years,” said the irate stall holder.

“She just come…she walking around with her phone taking pictures…and when she passed back she told me I have to take up this piece of board or get something and put in the hole. I don’t want no confusion with nobody so I will see if I can find something to put in the little holes that people heels don’t go down because I don’t want nothing with her,” she said.

“My biggest thing is selling food during the day and Ms Baronville said that she is going to lock the gate during the day that nobody can drive in during the day. That is going to hinder me like you won’t believe. When people see the gate locked and they have no parking nearby, they gone,” she lamented.

I can't take this foolishness

“And we are trying to talk to her and she just don’t come down and try to listen to our points,” the woman said.

“One thing I would suggest to the Minister [Hon Myron V. Walwyn] is that when they are having their meetings how about bringing one of the booth owners to sit in those meetings to give a little input,” she said.

“I have been in here for 37 years and believe you me I am ready to say adios. I can’t take the foolishness. I am ready to go by the laws of the police…I am ready to go by the laws of the health people, but this foolishness like that when she going come and tell me about this piece of wood here…I mean if the wood was rotten and somebody could fall through and hurt themselves, yes, but don’t come and tell me that little piece of wood there got to take up,” she stressed.

The woman is maintaining that for this year there were a lot of changes in terms of applying for liquor licence and other things.

Baronville defends actions

However, in a comment to this news site, Ms Baronville defended her actions regarding the piece of board that must be changed as just.

She also maintained that nothing has changed from the last three or four years.

“It is a public venue, so we as a committee must be concerned with safety of the persons who come in there. Sometimes while you are in party mode you are not looking out for your own safety and it is the responsibility of the Committee that persons have a safe environment,” Baronville said.

“There are construction rules…they are not new to returning vendors and we expect persons to observe those rules because they are put in place in order to safeguard the public.”

Baronville said the Committee has not restricted any booth owner from selling lunch and that vendors were free to sell their food during the day.

65 Responses to “Booth holder says Kishma A. Baronville doesn’t listen”

  • just saying.. (23/07/2015, 08:59) Like (22) Dislike (73) Reply
    Ms b girl you under fire from dem ungreatful island people
    • facts man (23/07/2015, 09:43) Like (6) Dislike (21) Reply
      Only three locals left i mean real blood local indeginious
      • Guest (23/07/2015, 14:54) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
        is it because none of them wants to follow the rules and just want to do their own stuff..? just asking
      • Gwen (23/07/2015, 17:02) Like (8) Dislike (2) Reply
        If the gates are locked for the vendors to sell lunch, then being their at lunch time is futile because the public cannot come in or park, they will take their business elsewhere and Ms. B knows that. SMH
    • island girl (23/07/2015, 17:54) Like (12) Dislike (35) Reply
      • Opinion (23/07/2015, 21:24) Like (31) Dislike (12) Reply
        Get from here with that ignorant talk if you cant find it on a map why are you here. When you are in a mans country respect his traditions because we have to do the same if we relocated to yours. Your opinion is one that you are certainly entitled too but the tone of disrespect we not tolerating. Proud bvislander
      • .... (23/07/2015, 22:34) Like (19) Dislike (1) Reply
        As small as it is you all found it though.
      • Alice (24/07/2015, 06:40) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
        @island's talk like this that really gets to me. The World cannot find us, but you certainly did! All you doing is making it more difficult for the grateful migrants and giving bad publicity about the Virgin Islands.People like you need to gowan golong!
      • @ island girl (24/07/2015, 10:23) Like (11) Dislike (8) Reply
        Respect the BVI people, I am not from here but lived here and worked here for 26 years plus, I had no problems during that time simply because I showed respect to the people and this Blessed place. I may leave one day but will always return regularly cause it has become a part of me. This is a place that has given a life to many which they would not have had if they didn't come here. And for your information when I travel almost every North American know the BVI and bigs it up, and I feel proud to say I live there. SO GET YOUR FACTS STRAIGHT.
    • Hmmm (24/07/2015, 05:07) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      The word is ungrateful....
  • virgin gorda (23/07/2015, 09:08) Like (127) Dislike (1) Reply
    For some reason i am not feeling this festival mood..politics have killed everything!
  • hmmmmmm (23/07/2015, 09:14) Like (35) Dislike (2) Reply
    She looking out for the sisters who, of course, will be wearing their stilletos. Can't bring harm to them now can you?
  • Well sir, (23/07/2015, 09:35) Like (19) Dislike (9) Reply
    Now the thing starts. What is it with "we people" that we can't listen? Listen more, speak less and we will see the difference. Ms. Baronville you are the new kid on the block you must listen.
    • @WELL SIR (24/07/2015, 08:29) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
      She is not a people person and as long as she stays in that position, festival will continue to go down hills. She walks around with her nose tuck up in the air like someone died and made her the empress. The minister made a mistake when he put that woman in charge. Might as well he had keep MB.
  • vince (23/07/2015, 09:36) Like (39) Dislike (8) Reply

    Some people just too damn ignorant!! When people don't get their own way they run straight to VINO with their petty bull%^&&. If the wood has holes in it, does it matter big or small? It is a #$%^^& liability and people can be hurt, just follow the damn rules. If there is an issue with selling during the day then get ALL booth owners to meet with the committee. I'm sure the issue is for the paying nights, some people will drive inside during the day and leave their vehicles in there and/or they just remain and catch the show, which is not fair to the promoters. Follow the f#$%^& rules or don't put another booth in there, simple. I sure where she from she can't go on with her f#$%%^y?

    • Lb (23/07/2015, 10:50) Like (14) Dislike (17) Reply
      Bullspit. What promoters? This is a celebration of freedom not oppression and incarceration. This is about culture and fun not money and ego. The girl just come! Booth owners have been making the Festival what it is for many years and sacrificing quite a lot. They should be the bosses. She should be listening to and consulting with them not forcing them to now down to her like slaves! This is emancipation from slavery season
      • vince (23/07/2015, 11:55) Like (16) Dislike (9) Reply

        LB scatter your sk**t with your bullshit. You all wonder why BVI can't get anywhere? Anytime people put a stop to foolishness they are hated. The girl is doing her job and because you people can't get your way, its a problem. The BVI will continue to got to hell because of nasty attitudes and mindsets like yourself. If it was such a problem, where are all the other booth owners complaining? Hush your sk**t man.

    • Spark Plug (23/07/2015, 11:41) Like (7) Dislike (9) Reply
      @ Vince, you sound like some of your spark plugs missing. Better go check yourself before you conk out.
    • I LAND MAN (23/07/2015, 12:52) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      She is a born ha so I don't know what you talking about where she from . get your story right. by the way what have good have done for somebody lately? try an do that.
  • west (23/07/2015, 09:46) Like (32) Dislike (2) Reply
    I only Going to carrot bay events
  • Guest (23/07/2015, 09:52) Like (19) Dislike (10) Reply
    Why not let the booth owners open during the day? That I don't get.
    • Hmm (23/07/2015, 11:43) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
      You got to be blind..?
    • feelings (23/07/2015, 17:52) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
      I hate dictators, they know not compromise--stiff Necked, selfish, know it all. Its Godly to take other people`s feelings into consideration-
  • hello (23/07/2015, 09:53) Like (28) Dislike (3) Reply
    Kishmet leave the gate open during lunch time so people can park on the outskirt of the booths to go buy their lunch. where else are they going to park?
  • de j i (23/07/2015, 10:13) Like (16) Dislike (5) Reply
    I thought that rude red dude from hog city was over the village....i guess he got no power he just like to be in thing ...oppps
  • rude (23/07/2015, 10:14) Like (21) Dislike (10) Reply

    She is a p*g for real and don't know how to talk and deal with People.

  • Lawless (23/07/2015, 10:17) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    wow @ #10 Booth
  • Exactly (23/07/2015, 10:43) Like (19) Dislike (9) Reply

    She is a new comer and her cronies are new comers but they aren't listening. Just like the NDP who put her there. How she and the Samuels girl got so high in Festival so fast without any experience, and before other more experience people, the world will wonder. People tell her to open the village from the Friday and she didn't listen. It take the booth owners to complain to MVW to get it changed so they could be open from this weekend. Why she didn't listen? These people are too bad minded. They have no respect for the people who have been sacrificing long before they got their positions of power. People like them and that Magistrate and others with chips on their shoulders you do not put in positions of power. Angel face and devil heart!

  • Blah Blah Blah (23/07/2015, 11:20) Like (8) Dislike (4) Reply
    Every year a set of whining from the booth owners. Stop building your booths if you don't like regulations - there are plenty more who will come and replace you.

    Why do people here have to argue about everything and cannot accept change.
    • SMH (23/07/2015, 11:48) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply

      When you on the outside looking in you have no clue about what's going on behind the scenes. how about you really do your homework & find out from the people what really going on. They had MB, they complain bout him but I bet you didn't see nor hear this type of foolishness going on when he was in. He must be sitting back watching and laughing his @zz off at what taking place now. You know what you have but you don't know what you will get.

    • right (23/07/2015, 11:51) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
      Exactly why people like you shouldn't be in charge of community events like this! If you notice there are less booths and even an empty spot in the village. People aren't rushing to operate under these tyrants
    • jack i tell u (24/07/2015, 10:07) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
      cause the ppl here to damn simple minded a set of one track mind $k&nts!! and when u keep things the same them complain an say "Oh nobody ain doin ntn" Hush ayu @$$! if u wan change open ayu mouth an stop lapping ayu tail when spotlight come! i love my BVI but it get some wicked ppl here that jus need to learn and ACCEPT change if u ain like it hush ayu @$$ cause ayu talking utter nonsense from thru it!!
  • SMH (23/07/2015, 11:26) Like (9) Dislike (5) Reply

    Them need to stop! I swear when you see tolians get lil position it goes to their heads and they display the biggity behavior. Them need to relax & take several seats. Festival is not about them it's about the BVI. Them attitude stinks to high heaven but guess what ppl like them who feel they chest bigger than everybody else will never stop to listen to anything anybody else has to say. Reminds me of some gov ministers.

    All the yrs Village around never once anybody decide to deny the public access from going to the village during the day to buy food but here comes ms highty tighty with that nonsense. Why? what's in it for you. Guarantee you come next year & she still chairperson more persons will drop out, hell it might not even have 1 booth all because the people can't put up with sh*tty attitude. This is only the beginning it have a lot more blasting to go.

  • yes (23/07/2015, 11:35) Like (26) Dislike (11) Reply
    Listen booth owners, you guys believe you can come to the villagers and do what you want, well there are rules put into place. If you can not follow remove you booth and keep moving, we aint got time for bullcrap...
  • kishma (23/07/2015, 11:40) Like (21) Dislike (1) Reply
    Kishma needs to go. Once she is there the festival will keep dying. Also Mr. Parrillon how did he get in the mix please revamp the committe and see how things will change. Put out an invitation to the public for peesons to join and replace those two because noone can deal with them and once they are the face of festival it will always be the pitts.
    • Sipping My Tea (23/07/2015, 12:40) Like (13) Dislike (1) Reply

      Parillon there cause nobody wants to work with K.......He's the only j**k@$$ who said since nobody will I will. will sit and continue sipping my tea.
      It look like only NDP supporters can be in position....but wait and see.

  • Father Come Quickly (23/07/2015, 11:45) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
  • Festival Lover (23/07/2015, 12:31) Like (33) Dislike (1) Reply
    Kishma no doubt has a passion for Festival, however she doesn't function well in a leadership position. Her communication style is poor and she lacks the ability to influence the masses to cooperate. She has a conquer and divide mentality. Most times she comes across as aloof, beyond reproach. Things are done haphazardly and she loses patience fast. I really am disappointed in how she has managed this year festival activities thus far.
    • Welsah (24/07/2015, 12:48) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      If that's the case why is she there then? You said it loud & clear she can't lead! See this is the problem the BVI has had, have & will continue to have. Everybody is somebody friend, cousin, sister, aunt, boyfriend, mother etc and because of that certain ppl are placed in positions they have no right being in and what happens? they F it up & never held accountable because nobody want to lose friendships nor relationships. This place will never be any different.
  • stop the madness (23/07/2015, 12:35) Like (1) Dislike (8) Reply
    Ms baronville is a nice lady i do not care what a man say, a for aron poor falla he aint ready for prime time!!
  • ok (23/07/2015, 12:41) Like (33) Dislike (1) Reply
    My lil five cents. Young political affiliates appointed by politicians have no business in Emancipation Celebrations or any matter relating to this country. Appoint people based on skill, ability, experience etc. Those operating only off of political confidence will always be exposed. The loyalty of these puppets are working well for these politicians because they will do whatever they say irregardless of right or wrong, fair or unfair.
  • bad mind (23/07/2015, 12:52) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
    why you all put here there in the first place.
  • Chairperson (23/07/2015, 13:04) Like (50) Dislike (0) Reply

    Ms. >> biggest issue is that she doesn't know how to speak to people. And she is unapproachable. I seriously wish her and this festival season well.

  • Ms. B Is Beautiful (23/07/2015, 13:25) Like (1) Dislike (8) Reply
    You People Are So Ungrateful And Have Heart. When People Try To Help And Care About Your Safety It's A Problem And Ayo Have So Much Too Say. Then When Nobody Studies The Matter Ayo Still Complaining. She Is Doing Her Best Knowing Its Her First Year Being Chairman. If Ayo Want Everything Perfect Go Join The Committee.
    • Teacher (27/07/2015, 08:44) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Did you actually stop to capitalize each word in your comment? Jeez! You ate your school fees!
  • vv (23/07/2015, 16:41) Like (0) Dislike (3) Reply
    She nice mom
  • then again. (23/07/2015, 17:06) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is a partnership adventure, not a dictatorship. I have heard so many good ideas on blogs on face book, not one of them implemented, its the same o--same oh--with two steps back ward. Opening Festival Monday night in my view is a bad Idea, the opening should be the biggest night. I don`t understand how they can over run their budget when they get a lot of thousands in sponsorship plus government money. its time we stop paying one artist 30,40 and 50 thousand dollars for two hours of work, some so boring and some are monotonous. invest more in local, it will take a time to ketch-on, local bands are good but they would have to improve their craft, and improve their recording quality, some of them recording sounds like Bees in a match box. I am certain in a matter of two- three years that investment would worth it. Then again, change start with the willingness to listen and the courage to do something different.
  • lord-o (23/07/2015, 17:56) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Is it Kishma making these rules are P. Lake? Two stubs women---woe be onto us.
  • fox (23/07/2015, 18:13) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Now this make sence
  • O brother (23/07/2015, 19:00) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Thank god for carrott bay fiesta you guys save the day after hearing all yhod drama thst id whete i headinh
  • yes (23/07/2015, 23:52) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply


  • frett yard (24/07/2015, 00:09) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    look at that photo and how she got she mouth..lord ah mussy
  • Maverick (24/07/2015, 01:24) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    We are one, let us live, love and be merry! Do not get stressed out over things over which we have little or no control.
  • Hmmm (24/07/2015, 05:23) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
    She is a NDP demon!
  • coach (24/07/2015, 13:27) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Moron and his flunkies are all power drunk and close minded. He lacks vision and not even smart enough to surround himself with those who do. Moron is worthless!
  • peace, love, & unity. (25/07/2015, 07:36) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    A lady who in road town village for many many years was denied her booth this year. For what reason only GOD knows. I understand that the head of the committee told her there was no spots for her this year. Now look what happen the person who they gave the lady spot to did not show up, what a mess. That lady don't make no trouble with now one in village since I know her. She always be #16 since I know her.That open space shouldn't be there. I don'tremember her name, but her dad works with Minister Mark Vanterpool at one mart superstore. I can tell anybody don't give away your old for new. Minister Walywin you need to look into that, reason why the Government lost 1,150:00 because of that lady and also who was behind her. You should make she pays for that empty spot that was not filled. The lady was waiting for her phone call for the approval of her booth. Ignorance don't work my dear fellows. I can tell you she helps out a lot of booth every year when they run out of stuff in the nights. So, the lady have all rights to regain back her booth. Minister the talk is out there, find out what is going on we love you and respect you a whole lot. Peace, love, and unity.
  • Time Management (30/07/2015, 09:55) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Why would you lock the gate if you know like we all know that parking is an issue.
    All you have to do is allow the gate to be open from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm and even
    at that time if the booths have any deliveries to receive from Tico, RTW or even Supa
    Valu it can be done in that time frame. Just a suggestion.

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