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UPDATE: Caribbean flavour adds zest to Cyber Cafe Full Moon party

A young boy perched atop his dad's shoulders tries to outdo the Mocko Jumbies during the revelry at the Full Moon party, December 28, 2012. Photo:VINO
Tourists enjoying the various dishes on offer at the party. Photo:VINO
Tourists enjoying the various dishes on offer at the party. Photo:VINO
Aragorn Dick-Reid about to set alight one of his famous fireball sculptures. Photo:VINO
Aragorn Dick-Reid about to set alight one of his famous fireball sculptures. Photo:VINO
One of the revellers dancing to the beat of the drums during the Full Moon party. Photo:VINO
One of the revellers dancing to the beat of the drums during the Full Moon party. Photo:VINO
The star of the night was a fixture on the beach-turned-dance floor. Photo:VINO
The star of the night was a fixture on the beach-turned-dance floor. Photo:VINO
Attendees at a previously held Full Moon Party at the Cyber Cafe. Photo:supplied
Attendees at a previously held Full Moon Party at the Cyber Cafe. Photo:supplied
Trellis Bay, BEEF ISLAND, VI - It was a night of pure Caribbean flavour with cultural performances by the Mocko Jumbies, live fungi music by the Razor Bladez Band and the One-Man musical performance of Cave last evening, December 29, 2012 at the Cyber Café Full Moon party in Trellis Bay.

There was no doubt that the objective of providing an entertaining atmosphere for the entire family was achieved. Children of all ages, infants clutched in their parent’s arms, tots playing in the sand, teens and young adults without their favourite gadgets, all joined their parents, relatives and friends in the full moon celebration.

The moon was indeed at its fullest, shining in its splendor but at the Cyber Café, the moon’s brilliance was aided by the artist Aragorn Dick-Reid’s famous fireball sculptures which also evidently provided a warm atmosphere as it mixed with the cool wind of the surrounding sea.

Extensively attended by tourists from Europe, England and the USA, it was a colourful blend among Caribbean nationals between the swaying branches of the coconut trees and the legs of the Mocko Jumbies. The wide array of Caribbean flavoured dishes was quickly exhausted as persons flooded the food bar to grab a bite of the menu of goat curry, corn in coconut milk, bar-b-que ribs, a variety of rice, and jerk chicken.

Dancing was the order of the night; men, women and children put on a wide array of performances, dancing in their own way to the music. Upon the entrance of the Mocko Jumbies, the dancing went to another level as persons in lines pranced through their long stilt legs and some even challenged the extremely tall people in their moves.

The expression of almost everyone this news site spoke with was one that spoke to pure enjoyment, fun and frolic. The Armstrong family of five, Mother Agatha, Father Rous and their three children Seth, Myeril and Josh were all excited about the night’s experience. Seth, not older than 7 years of age, was the star of the night and the total opposite of his younger brother who for the most part, was perched on his father’s shoulders. “I can dance all night,” the lad told this news site; and that’s just what he did. There was not an activity for which he hadn’t challenged especially with his swiftly moving feet and hands.

The Morrison Couple said that the Caribbean experience was a first time for them. “We heard so much of the Caribbean that we had to come and spend part of our vocation time here,” Mr. Morrison said. He added that to read of the culture and experience it firsthand were two totally different things. “Oh the hospitality is beyond expectation, it is unbelievable how diverse a culture can be,” he said. For his wife, learning to move her waistline like the Caribbean girls was the focus. “I just like the way you women can move your waistline and I must learn how to do that before I leave here tonight,” she told Virgin Islands News Online.

“I have seen so many videos of people doing fire work and to tell you the truth I always thought it was a magical thing they were doing and it was not real. It took me coming her to realize that it’s no fake but all for real and I love every moment of it,” said Kerry Bladen, a Harvard University student who was present with a few of her peers. They had witnessed the performance of the Fire-Juggling.

2012 has been the 10th year that the management of Cyber Café at Trellis Bay, Beef Island has been hosting the full moon party for locals and tourists alike.

See previous story posted December 28, 2012:

Trellis Bay comes alive tonight with “family-oriented” Full Moon party 

TRELLIS BAY, Beef Island, VI - For many persons the full moon has its significance, for some it has some religious connotations but for others it is a time for celebration and partying with family and friends.

The latter has captured the attention of the management of the Cyber Café at Trellis Bay, Beef Island Tortola, and as the moon comes out in its full brilliance tonight; they will be hosting their annual Full Moon party in a family oriented and friendly fashion.

The event, which has grown into a favourite destination for family-orientated fun, gets started around 7 P.M. with a long range of West Indian delicacies on offer, followed by live fungi music by the Razor Bladez Band, an appearance by the gravity-defying Mocko Jumbies, Fire-Juggling and lighting of artist Aragorn Dick-Reid’s famous fireball sculptures.

According to the manager, one has to be present at the activity to grasp its true sense and enjoyment and with the festive season when school is out, it’s the perfect time for family entertainment.

When the event was first held some ten years ago it was just a small activity with one fire bowl which Mr. Aragorn-Dick Reid had made by carving from a “Moor bowl” off a ship and cut into a sculpture. Lots of figurines were placed into the bowl, filled with water and wood and then lit. Today, ten years later the café sports five of these.

A full moon occurs when the geocentric apparent longitudes of the Sun and Moon differ by 180 degrees; the Moon is then in opposition with the Sun. At this time, as seen by viewers on Earth, the hemisphere of the Moon that is facing the earth (the near side) is fully illuminated by the Sun and appears round. Only during a full moon is the opposite hemisphere of the Moon, which is not visible from Earth (the far side), completely un-illuminated.

As a lunar month is about 29.531 days long, the full moon falls on either the 14th or 15th of the lunar month in those calendars that start the month on the new moon. In any event, the period between full moons can be either 29 or 30 days. This is according to the website

18 Responses to “UPDATE: Caribbean flavour adds zest to Cyber Cafe Full Moon party”

  • kkk (28/12/2012, 10:04) Like (3) Dislike (9) Reply
    Look how dem ppl from Trills bay under mind the brother Bomba
    • ta ta (28/12/2012, 11:17) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Need a vacation.....
      • @@@@@ (29/12/2012, 01:57) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
        Woweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee. Wonder what a family oriented full moon party all about.

    • rodent (29/12/2012, 09:57) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      IF you had little kids who's full moon party would you take them to? Bomba's or the Cyber Cafe's.
    • @ KKK (29/12/2012, 10:14) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Very strong accusations , you must know these folks perfinally
    • MLK (29/12/2012, 11:51) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      1: Bomba party is about R rated activity, not family fun.
      2: One of them is East and the other is West. Not many local customers drive from East to go party West and vice versa.
      3: Most customers at Trellis are charter tourists because Trellis is a boat anchorage. If you sailing your boat, KKK man ('Burning Cross'?), and you want to go to a full moon party, where would you prefer to anchor - Trellis Bay or the surfing reef in front of Bomba?
      (hey, try the reef, see how it works for y'all)
    • shaw (29/12/2012, 12:36) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      there is enough for everyone. But can you imagine children at Bomba's?? NO! his parties are getting more XXX-rated all the time with scantily clad women, drunks, and drugs... I prefer Trellis. But that will soon be affected by any development planned for beef island and the airport extention. Be careful what you wish for- these visitors got a REAL taste of culture with sand between their toes.
    • Family Affair (29/12/2012, 15:36) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      How can you compare this? In Trellis Bay ppl can enjoy without beeing afraid to get laced punch and mushroom tea at midnight!!!
  • Mkt place (28/12/2012, 12:11) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    I was made to believe that Trellis Bay was for those who were looking for some thing family oriented and those looking for something more on the adult side ended up at Bomba. That area from cappoons bay to carrot bay needs developing. Then they wouldnt have to worry about Trellis Bay!!!!
  • the tea (29/12/2012, 09:27) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    bomba sat on his butt and wont upgrade
  • @KKKlanMan (29/12/2012, 11:38) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    With a name like that, KKK would do ANYTHING to make a couple of white boys look like the bad guys and the black man look like the hero or the victim.
    Don't study he. He must be a racist so everything he say going come down the same way, no matter wha really going on...
    • keep it real (29/12/2012, 16:02) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      TO, KKKlanMan; Here we go again with the race card when the real racist hiding behind the computer...suckteeth!
    • kkk (29/12/2012, 16:18) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
      WTH did I say that was RACIST??? Moron.
  • MLK (29/12/2012, 17:03) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    1. Your name.
    2. Your accusation that "them people" undermining "brother" Bomba. How do you know that? You check with Bomba if he feels undermined? I asked him once and he say the only thing he mind is that he never get a chance to go hang out at the Trellis party.
    3. Your miserable attitude to a positive story.
    Lighten up and stop spreading negative in our beautiful islands.
    • BVI in NY (29/12/2012, 23:42) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply

      Trellis Bay! you're looking good...I spend New Year's Eve there years ago. I'll be back next year!

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