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Off to a good start! Xmas on DeCastro St attracts 50 vendors

- Opening ceremony slated for 6:00pm today, December 6, 2019
One of the booths selling craft and other items at Christmas on DeCastro Street. Photo: VINO
The 2019 edition of Christmas on DeCastro Street has attracted some 50 booths. Photo: VINO
The 2019 edition of Christmas on DeCastro Street has attracted some 50 booths. Photo: VINO
Checking out the unique looking purses on sale at Christmas on DeCastro Street. Photo: VINO
Checking out the unique looking purses on sale at Christmas on DeCastro Street. Photo: VINO
What's Christmas of DeCastro Street without Santa! Photo: VINO
What's Christmas of DeCastro Street without Santa! Photo: VINO
Some of the delicious foods available at Christmas on DeCastro Street. Photo: VINO
Some of the delicious foods available at Christmas on DeCastro Street. Photo: VINO
A patron of Christmas on DeCastro Street wears his Christmas hat. Photo: VINO
A patron of Christmas on DeCastro Street wears his Christmas hat. Photo: VINO
Students of the Eslyn Henley Richez Learning Centre make a tour of Christmas on Decastro Street. Photo: VINO
Students of the Eslyn Henley Richez Learning Centre make a tour of Christmas on Decastro Street. Photo: VINO
Some of the delicious foods available at Christmas on DeCastro Street. Photo: VINO
Some of the delicious foods available at Christmas on DeCastro Street. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- City Manager Janice E. L. Brathwaite-Edwards said the Christmas on DeCastro Street event is off to a good start, with its largest-ever vendor turnout of 50.

The yearly event is scheduled for today Friday, December 6, 2019 and tomorrow Saturday, December 7, 2019, on Tortola and is again honouring the late legislator Honourable Delores Christopher.

“Traffic was steady, and things are going well so far. We have a lot of cruise ship passengers passing through, looking for local food and local artifacts. But I think it is going to pick up when we have the opening at 6:00pm,” she said.

Food in abundance!

“This year for sure, we have a lot more food than ever!” Brathwaite-Edwards added.

The City Manager said tonight is expected to be even greater and has called on residents to turn out in their numbers to support the event.

“This evening we have a plan for some exotic foods like alligator, lobster, rabbit…so that should be interesting and different. The bands and the performers will be coming out,” she remarked.

The annual Christmas event is expected to bring cheer and showcase the culinary, entertainment and gift-giving offerings in the Territory.

Higher price per booth

Brathwaite-Edwards said this year, because of the lack of financial support with the absence of the late Honorable Christopher, vendors had to pay an additional $50 to vend.

The fee has now moved from $350 to $400 per booth.

The City Manager said; however, that in the case of the elderly and the like, they had to do some ‘wiggle-waggle’ to facilitate them with a lower price per booth.

9 Responses to “Off to a good start! Xmas on DeCastro St attracts 50 vendors”

  • Pagan (06/12/2019, 17:54) Like (17) Dislike (4) Reply
    Pagan Holiday
    • Guest (07/12/2019, 10:07) Like (2) Dislike (4) Reply
      Then make sure you show your convictions in your belief by going work on that day
      • I love tart and Guavaberry (07/12/2019, 14:45) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
        The Christ was not even born on Dec. 25 jus like the Queen of Eng., you celebrate a birth date which is irrelevant to the truth. Quick to get offended when folks with common sense question and show lack of interest in folly. As pagans are.....hmm pagans do.
  • one eye (06/12/2019, 18:35) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
    Not on a Friday when traffic is so crazy
    • Pete’s Sake (06/12/2019, 21:01) Like (15) Dislike (0) Reply
      Take tha ting back Main St. mehson!!! You gonna block the main road thru the busiest part of the commercial district for b@lls*%t? There was a more cultural appeal in the former location and we’re already pushing for a more pedestrian friendly Main Street. Block vehicular traffic on Main St for the two days and let sensible folks conduct their business at the various banks and office places on Wickham’s Cay on a freaking Friday.
  • Mash One (06/12/2019, 21:37) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
    I couldn’t get to work today at The BVI Taxl Stand. I encountered a law enforcement officer who was very hyper so much so that I told her that I fully understand what she was saying to me,and the way that officer was carrying onI had tell her to calm down.( turn around here/ I cannot, I will turn around there , which is 6 feet away. No you turn around here which I did as demanding.Check this here I am trying to get to base Bobby block, Scotia going north blocked plus by immigration road when you get to the car wash blocked. We had to transport the public and can’t get to base because of this unreasonable traffic officer
  • resident (06/12/2019, 22:09) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    oh joy
  • Any day (06/12/2019, 22:23) Like (0) Dislike (5) Reply
    @not on a Friday. Traffic may be bad yes but let's face the fact this is good for everyone who sees beyond the congestion. Vendors have to eat also keep the economy going. The culture must stay alive in the territory and its good for us helps those who just need to relieve some stress. Go out and interact I see it as clean fun. May be twice a year along with the culture week keep it alive. Go back to old time days. I'm coming down for my guava berry tart. Please tell me who have it. Hurricane passed but we may find some still. I'm going to walk the tourist to the street tomorrow just for all you vendors. Look out I'm coming. After that I'm going craft alive look out I'm coming riding on a donkey. Ha ha
  • Get With the Program (07/12/2019, 08:59) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    At 3PM on a Friday the entrance after the round-about heading towards Bobby's was blocked with cones (no sign on the highway to indicate that the lane towards Bobby's is closed) resulting in:

    Vehicles on the left lane coming down the highway heading towards Bobby's having to merge with the vehicles in the right lane heading towards the round-about PLUS other vehicles coming around the round-about creating 3 lanes of congestion and not a Police Officer in sight though they make traffic worse).



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