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A quaint, yellow cottage with pastel trim catches the eye of the passerby on Crocus Hill. . . .

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Loblolly Art Gallery

The hundred year old Rose Cottage, once the home of Sea Captain Robert Benjamin Carter, now houses Loblolly Art Gallery.

Loblolly Gallery, previously located at the South Hill Plaza is a cooperative of six artists. Four of the artists live in Anguilla and two reside on the island for part of the year. They have different styles and use a variety of mediums but each piece conveys the artist's celebration of creativity and their love for Anguilla.

The gallery is open Monday through Saturday, 10am to 5pm. Telephone 497-6006.

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A Little About the Artists

Lucia Butler sometimes called "The Grandma Moses of the Caribbean" is known for her imaginative, traditional scenes of Anguilla - gingerbread cottages, meandering goats and boating scenes.

Paula Walden an artist of many mediums started painting since grade school. Paula spent part of her of career teaching art to children and teachers in Canada. Her pieces come alive with vibrant colours.

Marjorie Morani who has a studio in Island Harbour, works mostly in oil but also does some pastels and watercolours. The colour and flair of the islands come out in her figurative and landscape paintings.

Laura Scheurer captures beauty and functionality in her various pieces which she sculpts from brass, copper and steel. Her delightful works of art include lamps, chairs and decorative island scenes.

Georgia Young paints her delicate watercolour renditions of traditional Anguillian cottages as well as the soft colours of local flowers.

Sally Allexan loves to capture in acrylics the lively beach and market scenes of Anguilla.

Loblolly Gallery is definitely worth a visit. The ambience of the historic cottage is a perfect setting for the fine array of art work.

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Directions: Starting from the airport parking lot, take the only exit and turn left, then continue straight past Island Car Rental and the National Bank. Turn left at Albert's Supermarket and go past the high school and the library, through the roundabout and up Coronation Blvd into Crocus Hill. Just past Koal Keel restaurant you will see Loblolly Art Gallery is on the right, next door to Savannah Gallery.

Story by Janine Edwards, photos by Janine and Bob Green

Weather in Anguilla

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Sunny 84F 28C 64% Humidity, June 2
Low temp since last news report 77F 25C
High temp since last news report 86F 30C
Low humidity since last news report 59%
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June 1st was the official start of hurricane season, with September the month of highest hurricane danger. Read Dr. Bill Gray's forecast for this season.

Vinissimo: New Wine Boutique Opens

[Click to enlarge] Vinissimo ... a celebration of wine. The name of the recently opened wine boutique in Anguilla aptly describes what the company envisions. Vinissimo's concept is that wine is part of a lifestyle… you should not have to wait for a special occasion to enjoy wine …there's fun in the discovery of wine. The company hopes provide good value and bring wine into the reach of many. Vinissimo has a selection of wines which covers the popular price points (less than five dollars and up) as well as the more special limited selections. They also feature gift selections of wine and cognac. A Sommelier is on hand to assist with choices and wine pairing.

The boutique has the ambience of a cosy cave and it carries a wide selection of attractively displayed wines from France, USA and the New World areas such as South America.

The business grew out of a passion for wines by the owner-partners Marvin and Jean Rich and Nicolas and Sylvet Fournis. Christine Cutler manages the Anguilla boutique.

This boutique is the third of its kind to be established in the Caribbean, the other two being operated in St. Martin and St. Barths.

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The Opening Ceremony held on Saturday 28th April was kicked off with Nicolas Feuillante Champagne ... premium quality bubbly ... perfect for the occasion.

Located adjacent to the Courtney Devonish Building in West End.

Opening Hours: 10am - 12 noon and 2:00pm - 5:30pm - Monday through Saturday.

Telephone No.: 497-6812

Photos by Ian Edwards and Gaetano Di Palo.

Story by Janine Edwards

Dolphin Fantaseas

[Click to enlarge] It is magical experiencing the close interaction between dolphins and human beings. Even as a mere observer watching the swimmers feed and dive among the dolphins I felt a wave of emotion and a bond with nature.

Brimming with curiosity I headed down to Dolphin Fantaseas to meet Zeus, Ayla, Luna, Hippo, Al and Indy, two females and four males ranging between 10 and 25 years old.

I watched three swimmers experience the half-hour encounter which is held twice daily at the moment - at 11:30am and 1:30pm. The jovial trainers welcome the group and give a brief background on the aims and goals of the project and some interesting tit bits about dolphins. The swimmers then learn how to feed dolphins herring, mackerel, squid and sardines. And then ... the moment everyone has long anticipated... The swimmers clad in dive masks and life jackets wade into the 16-foot deep sea water pool to mingle with the dolphins throughout the pool. There appears to be communication going on as the dolphins and swimmers seem to share a mutual curiosity and fascination. Trainers provide the guests with entertaining stories on the life of the dolphin, interspersed by lively words of praise for the dolphins. The small numbers made the encounter very intimate and personal... three trainers, three guests and three dolphins.
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Dolphin Fantaseas is currently offering an introductory special price of US$85 per person. The programs cater for persons of five years and up, with a maximum of 3 - 4 guests per program. Reservations can be made at 264-497-SWIM (7946) or 264-498-SWIM. Email: - web page is under construction.

Dolphin Fantaseas: "Our commitment is to increase public education, maintain vital conservation and inspire individuals to obtain an appreciation for marine life. Keeping marine animals in public display facilities creates dual responsibilities natural dolphin habitat and 'real life' education for the public. We are devoted to providing the best possible social environment and physical care to our dolphin residents."

Article and photos by Janine Edwards

New Medical Facility Opens

[Click to enlarge] The recently opened medical complex on the West End Road complements the existing health services offered on the island. Dr. Lowell Hughes, a plastic surgeon and Dr. Dumisa Adams, an obstetrician/gynaecologist operate the facility. There are also plans to bring in visiting physicians of various specializations to reduce the need for persons to travel overseas for medical attention. These will include an ophthalmologist, an urologist, a gastroenterologist, an orthopedic specialist, an ENT specialist, a cardiologist and a radiologist.

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The medical centre is not a hospital and cannot cater to emergencies. The facility aims to provide elective medical care as opposed to the full range of services provided by a hospital. The complex includes an x-ray unit with ultra sound and mammogram facilities, a pharmacy, a laboratory, two operating rooms and four patient rooms for overnight patients. Provisions have been made for future expansion of the facility.

Article and photos by Janine Edwards

Royale Caribbean Resort Project

[Click to enlarge] Anguilla's own, a new resort is planned. The Royale Caribbean Resort will be a welcome addition to Anguilla's accommodation sector come the year 2004. Anguillian entrepreneur Mr. Quincy Gumbs, Owner/Managing Director of the Fairplay Group of Companies and his wife Mrs. Sonia Gumbs are taking the bold step of spearheading this hotel project which will comprise 85 - 100 rooms spread over 12.2 acres overlooking the seas at Little Harbour with the striking backdrop of the mountains of St Martin.

In speaking with Mr. Gumbs, this initiative has as much to do with patriotism as with business. Key to the project's mission is the benefit it brings to Anguilla's economy. The well-attended ground breaking ceremony was held on April 24, 2001 and construction is expected to begin shortly.

Royale Caribbean will cater to business and leisure travelers. The resort will have facilities and programs specially tailored to family vacations. Another prominent feature will be the various water attractions and botanical gardens. There are also plans to include a Spa in the development. Tennis courts, a gym and a perimeter running track will be key in the activity-oriented holiday concept.

Photo and story by Janine Edwards

Taino Wellness Center

[Click to enlarge] Jill Walker has a track record in the Spa business on Anguilla. She ran the spa at Cocolloba virtually single-handed when it reopened after Hurricane Luis, then took on the creation and management of the spa at the new CuisinArt resort. Now she has her own place, the Taino Wellness Center. "Taino" is taken from the Arawak indian language, where it means "peace".

When we dropped in, we found a house converted into a mellow spa. The main room is used for instruction (classes in massage therapy, yoga , deep tissue massage, body rolling and more), taught by Jill and a number of other guest instructors. There is a side room for smaller groups and color therapy (see the color bottles pictured below). Finally, there are two private massage therapy rooms, each decorated in a distinctive way to complement the treatment.

Andy Arden ( writes:

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I just returned May 7th-14th from our 4th Trip to the beautiful Island of Anguilla and once again had a great trip.

One thing I noticed and found out about Anguilla is there are a number of Resort Spa's and Local Spa/Massage people on this small Island. I stayed at a resort, but used Jill Walker at Taino Wellness Centre for my spa treatments. Phone (264-497-6066) or e-mail for more information.

I went to Jill's place twice - first trip I had the Sea Salt Body Glow ($ 80.00) with 1 hr massage ($ 70.00) then before I left the Island to return home, I had her Milk and Honey Wrap ($80.00) and one of the Best Seaweed Facials ($80.00) I have ever had. It was VERY RELAXING and a great way to start and end a vacation. Jill provided me with better treatments then I would have gotten at most resort spas and SPA and at a more cost effective price. I saved over $100.00 using Jill and tipping/service charge is strictly optional with Jill vs. automatic with resorts. I cannot wait until I return to Anguilla for a Vacation and more treatments from Jill.

Jill's services are mobile and she will also come to your Villa for in Villa Treatments and depending on the Hotel/Resort you are staying at, she will come to the Hotel/Resort for in Room treatments.

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The Taino Wellness Center offers massage therapy, physical rehabilitation, stress management, acupuncture, Bowen technique, Ear Coning, Sea Salt Body Glow treatment, Deep Pore Cleansing Facial, Apres Soleil Seaweed Facial, Guide meditations (chakra energizing, grounding/releasing, angel connections), cranial/sacral therapy and reflexology.

Directions: in South Hill, not far from the Irie Life shop. Starting say from Cap Juluca, return to the main road and turn right (east). Drive several miles past turn offs for Frangipani, Malliouhana, Sonesta, and CuisinArt. At the cross road after Inter-Island Hotel but before Connors Rental Cars, turn right (left takes you to Rafe's). If you come to the cross road for Irie Life and the Light House Chinese restaurant, you went one block too far. Take the next right on a dirt drive and go straight about 100 yards to the end, where you will see Taino Wellness Centre on the left. In June 2001, there were Taino signs.

Anguilla Diary: May 7 to June 3, 2001

Here is a day-by-day compendium of news items, as we gathered them - starting with the most recent.

Friday, June 01, 2001

Real Estate

Amber Woodley wins Talented Teen Pageant. As reported in The Daily Herald, this pageant had contestants from many Carbibbean islands. Read Amber's 1997 Valedictorian speech from when she graduated from Road Primary School.

Coronation Avenue project announced on Anguilla Day. As reported in The Daily Herald: "Landscaping, sidewalks, improved lighting and botanical gardens are planned for Coronation Avenue. The road, already lined with large mahogany trees, is to be further beautified with a path behind the trees with flowers, palms, park benches and decorative lighting."

De Tree Wins the Anguilla Day sailboat race.

Internet Yellow Pages:
All known Anguilla sites.

Pumphouse Summer Hours. Laurie and Gabi Gumbs ( write: we just wanted to let you know, that The Pumphouse will be closed on Sundays and Mondays from now through the summer. We still have Live Music on Wednesdays ("Happy Hits" starting 9PM), Thursdays ("Boss and friends" starting 9PM) and Saturdays ("Happy Hits" again starting at 9PM).Please come by any time and try our new Buritos, Quesadillas and Tacos.

Wednesday, May 30, 2001

Carnival and Boat Races. Summer Festival starts on Thursday August 2, 2001 and runs until Sunday August 12, 2001. Click link for a schedule of events.

Tuesday, May 29, 2001

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Anguilla Productions: Event Planning. Read about all-in-one event planning and hosting: conferences and meetings, retreats, weddings, parties, ....
Private villas for rent.

Car Wash! The Valley community is having a fund-raising car wash on Saturday, June 2, 8am to 6:30pm. Location: the Trough on Coronation Blvd (same place the Christmas Tree lighting was located).

Sunday, May 27, 2001

Beachshack: Adding Color

Mary Ann's tropical construction site has been updated with pictures and information on adding color to the buildings without using paint, which can peel. Also: coralstone, plastic gingerbread, concrete wall light sconces, and more.
Restaurants and menus.

Allamanda Beach Club: Summer/Winter Rates

Allamanda Beach Club has excellent rates all year, but the "summer" season from April 15 to December 14 is especially appealing. A studio apartment right next to the pool is only $87 dollars a night and that includes the tax and service in the summer!

Deluxe King Unit with king size bed on top floor (rooms# 3 & 4) $165 $214
Deluxe with two queen size beds Unit with two queen size beds on second floor (rooms# 9 & 10) $165 $214
Bedroom Apartment Unit with king size bed plus pull-out sofa bed on ground floor (room# 13 & 16) $165 $214
Standard Bedroom Unit with queen size bed on top (rooms# 1, 2, 5, 6) $142 $189
Standard Bedroom Unit with queen size bed on second floor (rooms# 7, 8, 11, 12) $132 $168
Studio Unit with pull-out sofa bed on ground floor (rooms# 14 & 15) $ 87 $128

Click the link above for more information and to make a reservation.

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Sandy Deep: New Charter Boat

Thomas Peabody ( of the Sandy Deep Beach Store in Sandy Ground writes: Our new boat should be in the water in 2 or 3 weeks. Her name is like the shop "Sandy Deep" and I'll use her for chartering snorkel trips, fishing and private dive guiding. Her length is 26' and was built by Rebel Marine, Anguilla. She'll be powered by twin Evinrude 90 horsepower outboards.

Click the link above to visit the Sandy Deep web site.

Bay View: Sunset Over Road Bay

Here is a photo taken inside one of the studio apartments at Bay View, showing the sunset over Road Bay and Sandy Ground village.

Off-season rate is $65 per day - high-season is $85. Click the link above to visit their web site and see more new pictures of the rooms.

Thursday, May 24, 2001
All the resorts/hotels/inns.

AHTA News. The Anguilla Hotel and Tourism Association has started their third annual Car Raffle: a white 2001 Susuki Grand Vitara, valued at US$21,700. Tickets are $25, or five for $100. The draw will be held on Friday, Sept 7, 2001. Blanchards Restaurant is extending their summer hours this year and will only be closed for the month of September. They are closed Sunday and Monday until October. Updated Again. Zack Kenworthy continues to post his sports news from The Anguillian newspaper on the web. Click the link above.

Tuesday, May 15, 2001

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Carib On-line

Announcing the 4th summer season of the Anguilla Youth Summer Theatre Program! Eleanor Stacey ( writes:

Yes, we are in business again, so clear your month of July for the Apple Theatre Company summer show. This year we will be in session from July 9th through August 2nd. Auditions will be held on Thursday, July 5th at a location yet to be announced (but watch out for more information!). Performances will be July 30th and 31st and August 1st and 2nd, 2001.

This year's summer musical is "Once On This Island" - a fantastic tale of love, loss, and redemption. Based on a novel by Trinidadian author Rosa Guy, the story surrounds the life of Ti Moune, a young girl who falls in love with a man she is not destined to have. The fable is told by a group of local people who sit together during a hurricane waiting for it to end. The story is an colourful and imaginative illustration of why they need not be afraid of the storm.

There are many interesting characters in this musical show. In addition to Ti Moune, there is Daniel (the man she loves), Ti Moune's endearing parents Mama Euralie and Tonton, a handful of mischievous and comic deities, and a whole bunch of parts that flow in and our of the story. For those who want to be in the spotlight onstage, there are many parts to play with loads of opportunities to sing, act, and dance. No experience is necessary! Just bring your interest in performance and a willingness to learn. There are parts for girls and parts for guys, and parts for people who just simply want to be onstage and be part of the group. Everyone is welcome!

Not only are there onstage parts, but this year there are also plenty of important offstage positions to fill. Ever wanted to learn to market a show, focus and run lights, build and decorate sets and costumes, or throw a great party? If so, this is your chance! These roles are just a few of the many vital administrative parts that help to put a show on its feet. Take this opportunity to work alongside theatre professionals from New York and Canada.

Everyone between the ages of 12 and 20 is welcome to take part in the production (but don't worry if you are a little outside the mark in either direction!). Past participants in the program have returned each summer out of their enthusiasm for the show and their love for theatre. One student's comment: "I never knew how much fun theatre could be before taking part in the summer program. Being in the show has opened my eyes to the world of theatre and I love it!"

Pass this on to your friends who you think might be interested, and if you would like more information, feel free to email me.

Thursday, May 10, 2001

Events, holidays, activities

Island Dreams Real Estate and Villa Rental Jackie Pascher ( has a web site for her new villa management and realty business, which is located in The Valley in the same quarters as Anguilla Travel Service (across from the Anglican church).

Tuesday, May 08, 2001

Mitchell's West Indian Bibliography: 3rd Edition Don Mitchell QC has published the 3rd Edition of his bibliography of English non-fiction publications about the West Indies. This web site is a comprehensive list of books and pamplets published since the 16th century. Invaluable for collectors and historians, fascinating for the casual browser: just dip in at any point and see what people were writing about in the past.

Monday, May 07, 2001

Anguilla Questions?
Email the Tourist Board at or the Hotel Association at

Summer Environmental Camp. Camp Be Aware is holding its 3rd annual summer camp starting July 9, 2001. Sixty primary school children will participate: viewing Anguilla's natural wonders, improving their swimming skills, painting murals on the walls of Road School. This project has a lot of community support. Sponsors include Social Security board, All Island Cable, The Chief Minister's Office, the Department of Education, American Eagle, Anguilla Printers, Cable and Wireless, the community foundation, Apex Auto, Caracasbaai and Flamboya.

American Eagle has donated two Puerto Rico round trips for a raffle. So buy lots of the US$5 tickets. 264.497.2369.

Summer Airfare to St. Kitts/Nevis. Trans Anguilla Airways has a weekend special to St. Kitts for $90 US and Nevis for $110 US. 264.497.8690.

Public Holiday. Today, Monday May 7, is Labour Day in Anguilla. Most businesses are closed. Children gather at Ronald Webster Park for "Fun Day" of sports competitions.
Over 30 Anguilla beaches.

Mother's Day Special. An important day in Anguilla - May 13, 2001. Many people go out. Lots of flowers. One option is to take your mother to the “Top of the Palms” Restaurant at La Sirena for Mother's Day Special Brunch, 12-3pm. Don’t forget to bring your swimming suit. Live Music with Boss and his Band. 264.497.6827

Stories from the previous and earlier issues.
Easter Monday Boat Races Marine Biology for Kids
Palm Garden Gallery Elsa's Restaurant
An Unusual Artist May Diary

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