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A few pictures from a memorable visit. . . .

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 2005/01/03 - Click to enlarge pictures

Sherry's Pictures of Anguilla

Sherry writes: "Here are a few photos of Anguilla that I took in Feb 2004. It's nice to see different perspectives of this quiet, gentle island that we have come to love. Our daughter was married in Anguilla on Feb. 14. We stayed for a week at Shirmel's Ville next door to a wonderful family who rented us the villa. I've kept in contact with the Richardsons for a couple of years now."

The ferry boat area and Long Bay:

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Cove Bay, and Blue Waters Beach Apts at Shoal Bay West (not east!):

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A back road to paradise, and a rural landscape of Anguillian life.

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Married on valentines day. music by Sprocka, shot of the bride, and the bride and groom at Rendezvous Bay.

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Pictures from Sherry Handfinger

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Anguilla Daily Diary

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

September 8, 2003 to October 6, 2003

Monday, January 03, 2005

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Lost Dog

Rex was lost at Rendezvous Bay, but was found at his former owner's house in Sandy Ground. What a navigator.
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Sorry for Delay in Monthly News
Anguilla Questions?
Email the Tourist Board at or the Hotel Association at

The Anguilla News should have been updated yesterday, but our internet access from Cable and Wireless was out for 2 days. This is not the first weekend that this has happened on, not even the first holiday weekend!
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Anguilla Forums:
Anguilla Forum
Carib On-line


The December 2004 AARF Newsletter is now available at or click link above.
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Christmas Lights

Janine Edwards sends these pictures of the Christmas lights of 2004.

First is the tree at Webster-Dyrud-Mitchell’s, pictured right.

Second are the decorations at NBA and Anglec:

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Next, The Valley tree lighting, which was spectacular again this year:

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And also the Anguilla Tourist Board/AHTA Office:

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Thursday, December 23, 2004

Wallblake House Web Site

Steve Donahue has taken over maintenance of the web site of the historic Wallblake House. From the updated site:

"House Tour Hours: Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 10:00 am - 2:00 PM. Don't forget our annual Fundraising Auction, which will be March 12, 2005. More details soon."
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Villas on Shoal Bay, Anguilla:
Villa La Vanda

Great web site with thought-provoking writing, exciting features and special events coverage by young people of Anguilla. Current articles include:

School Uniforms - Why? by Charla Connor: "Ok, I searched for a plausible reason for school uniforms and I couldn’t come up with any. I then asked a few students and we came to the same conclusion. A Uniform prevents discrimination amongst students!"

The Story of Island Harbour by Golda Lake: "Island Harbour, located on the eastern side of Anguilla has a history that is unique to the island. However according to Mr. Colville Petty, OBE, much of it is second hand data and no one can be positive."
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Wednesday, December 22, 2004 Article on Anguilla

Survey article about Anguilla from publishers of the National Post and other Canadian newspapers.
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Anguilla Hotels:
All the resorts/hotels/inns.

Travel Agent Molly Has Special Fares!

Molly Sumption writes to let us know that here special air rate to Anguilla is valid for 2005, but has increased slightly. $648 plus taxes and fees. It is good from any US city, but tends to work best for travelers west of the Rocky Mountains. She can only package it with accommodations. Blackouts apply.

Molly Sumption, Owner. Travel Concepts/Caribbean Concepts. Seattle. 206 686-1231. 888 918-7933-Toll Free.
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Monday, December 20, 2004

The Anguilla Chamber of Commerce is looking for a car to buy

Are you leaving the Island or have an extra car in good working condition that you would like to donate or sell to the Anguilla Chamber of Commerce? We would be grateful to any offer that may fit our budget. Please contact them at 264 497 2839 or email:
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Anguilla Restaurants:
All the restaurants and lots of menus.

Pumphouse Open for Lunch!

There are some changes at The Pumphouse - they are now open for Lunch and have a Happy Hour every day from 5PM to 6PM (Half-price wings and nachos, $12 pitcher of Stella Draft, 2 for 1 mixed drinks, $2 bottled beer, dollar shots from the well, and a daily dinner special).

Also, The Pumphouse now has Free Wired and Wireless Internet!

Live Music: OB's Improv on Wed, $5 after 8pm (Jazzy Reggae Rock Romantic). The Musical Brothers on Thu, no cover (Calypso powerhouse). Daddy Roots and the Raggae Groovers on Sat, $5 after 9pm.
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Wednesday, December 15, 2004

Christmas Extravaganza in The Valley

The Valley Community presents the 9th Annual Christmas Extravaganza...A Magical Christmas, December 15-19, 2004.

Wednesday, December 15th, 2004, 7:00pm, Opening Ceremony and Christmas Tree Lighting, Live Entertainment.

Thursday, December 16th, 2004, 7:30pm, Main Stage performance - Agricultural Grounds, Jest for Fun.

Friday, December 17, 2004, 11:00am, Fun Day and Cultural Evening, Live Entertainment.

Saturday, December 18th, 2004, 9:00pm, International Night.

Sunday, December 19th, 2004, 3:00pm, Family Evening and Movies.

Free Admission
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Special Christmas Concert

The Anglican Church and the Anguilla Tourist Board invite you to celebrate Christmas with a difference... The Moscow Ensemble XXI orchestra present the Atlantic Rim Music Festival. Two Anguilla performances only:
Friday, December 24th, 2004, 7:00pm, St. Mary's Anglican Church, The Valley
Saturday, December 25th, 2004, 6:00pm, St. Augustine's Anglican Church, East End
Admission: Adults US$15.00 Children US$ 5.00

Ensemble XXI Moscow has performed in some of the world's greatest concert halls such as the Vienna Konserthaus, Amsterdam Concertgeouw and the Sydney Opera House. Don't miss this special evening of classical and Christmas favorites. Tickets available at the Anguilla Tourist Board.
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Barrel Stay Restaurant in Sandy Ground Reopens This Week

Graham Belcher, Jill Shepherd from Slough, UK and Jacquie Ruan partner in the new Barrel Stay which will open on Wednesday at 6pm. Graham Belcher, Executive Chef, presents this new menu:

LOCAL ANGUILLIAN PUMPKIN SOUP Seared sea scallops, toasted wasabi flute$11.00
CHILLED LEEK AND WATERCRESS SOUP Crème fraiche paprika puffs, truffle oil $ 9.00
BARREL STAY LOBSTER RAVOILI Savoy cabbage lobster nage, crispy seaweed $14.00
FOIE GRAS AND CHICKEN LIVER PARFAIT Butter crust, chef’s brioche, pear chutney $15.00
FRESH ASPARAGUS AND RASPBERRY TIMBALE Baby leaf salad, parmesan drizzle $9.00
CARPACCIO OF YELLOW FIN TUNA Nicoise salad, sun blushed tomatoes $12.00
TEMPURE OF LOCAL CONCH Oriental salad, black sesame ginger and soy dressing $10.00
BARREL STAY FISH SOUP Served with rouille and crispy croutons $10.00
MAHI MAHI FILLET FENNEL AND CORIANDER RISSOTO Red pepper essence, courgette and carrot ribbons $ 28.00
LOCAL ANGUILLIAN SPINY LOBSTER Glazed with a Thermidor sauce OR simply grilled with lemon and garlic butter both served with herb mashed potatoes and fresh spinach $ 30.00 per lbs
LOCAL RED SNAPPER FILLET With crushed sweet potato sautéed island greens, tomato and basil reduction $28.00
CHAR-GRILLED US PRIME BLACK ANGUS TENDERLOIN Served with Portobello mushrooms, grilled tomatoes, hand cut fries and a mild green pepper corn sauce $ 31.00
CHAR- GRILLED US PRIME BLACK ANGUS STRIPLOIN Served withfresh vegetables, hand cut fries and a Chasseur sauce $29.00
CRISPY DUCK BREAST…. SAUCE A` L’ORANGE Shallot and potato cake panache of fresh vegetables $28.00
TOURNEDO ROSSINI AND SEARED FOIE GRAS Served with rosti potatoes truffles and Madeira jus buttered sugar snap peas $38.00
CHICKEN BREAST AND ASPARAGUS MOUSSELINE Served with braised leeks, saffron rice and a morel mushroom infused sauce $26.00
TENDER LOIN OF LAMB Pesto mash, caramalized root vegetables, rosemary scented jus $28.00
VANILLA BEAN CRÈME BRULEE Freshly baked shortbread biscuit, raspberry sorbet $9.00
WARM APPLE TARTE TATIN Crème Anglaise, cinnamon ice cream $10.00
HOMEMADE CHOCOLATE TART Mild chilli and lime sauce $ 9.00
FINE CHEESES With pear chutney $12.00
COFFEE – Espresso. Cappucino. Filter Coffee.
All prices are in US$. 15% service charge will be added.
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K Gallery Reopens - Show of Francis Eck

K Gallery in South Hill Plaza has reopened.

They invite you to the opening of a show of works by Francis Eck, Saturday December 18, 2004, 5pm-8pm.

Other artists featured this season: Igor Verrilli, Maurizio Bonfanti, Riccardo Pocci, and Nomade. Tel: 264.497.8941
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Artist from St Barths wins top prize at 2004 Arts Festival

A large number of persons were at Wallblake House on Friday evening December 3 to hear the names of the winners for this year's International Arts Festival and to see the 48 finalists in the competition. Judges this year were Garve Beckham and Suzanne Seitz and Beckham was present to announce the winners.

The winner was Jean-Pierre Ballagny from St Barths who won US$10,000. Although there were some twenty artists who were in Anguilla for the occasion he was not present.
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Second prize went to Betty Barber of St Thomas (picture below) with her painting Caribbean Carnival and she was present to receive her prize of US$2,500.00. The painting was in bright colours with lots of people and cleverly included were flags from many of the countries of the Caribbean.

Persons attending on Friday were able to vote for the People's Choice that was a prize worth US$2,500.00. There was a tie for the winner and Lynne Bernbaum, well known artist who has lived in Anguilla for many years, was one of the winners. She shared the prize with Justyna Miklaseiviez, of Poland but who is also well known in Anguilla as she has exhibited several times at CuisinArt Resort and was the resident artist there a couple of years ago.

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Anguilla Beaches:
Over 30 Anguilla beaches.

London Times on Anguilla

Bob Bermann writes that the Dec 4/5 issue had a long article on Anguilla. Here is an excerpt:

Anguilla must have been a serious disappointment to its first European visitors. Forty minutes north of Antigua, at the northern end of the Leeward Islands, it is low-lying and barren, with no natural resources but salt. Its plantation owners threw in the towel long ago, leaving to their slaves their land, their names and 33 powder-soft beaches lapped by waters the colour of blue curaçao. Bet they’re kicking themselves now.

Anguilla is just 16 miles wide by three across (Columbus named it “the Eel”), and tourism arrived late here. Consequently, the island is joyful and crime-free, and radiates unspoilt innocence. Tourists are still seen as visitors, and happy adventures are born of chance meetings with locals. It has no designer shopping malls and just a couple of nightclubs. The one-horse capital, The Valley, makes Bridgetown, on Barbados, seem positively Florentine — but then if you wanted culture, you’d go to Florence.

Sparingly developed, hard to reach and pricey, this offshore haven promises to repay your investment handsomely, and here’s the secret of a success-ful stay: find the beach that suits your soul, the accommo-dation that suits your pocket, and stay put.

Bob the bait fisherman,sprawled in the shade on Shoal Bay West, on the off chance that pilchards would pass by, put it best. “Sometimes,” he yawned, “it’s nice to have nothing to do but look at the ocean.”
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Anguilla Villas:
Private villas for rent.

Anguilla Jazz Festival - It's A Spring Thing

The Tranquility Jazz Festival may have just completed and gottern a lot of publicity, but we have another Anguilla Jazz Festival that is about to celebrate it's 5th year this spring. Organized by Valentin Davis and held at Frangipani, this season's festival is March 18-20, 2005. Cool jazz with a hot Latin flavor. For more information, email
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Today Show Wedding

To review all the details on the Today show wedding that was held in Anguilla, go to the MSNBC web site. There are video clips of Anguilla if you keep searching.
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Build A Tropic Villa:

Jadalia Villa

A new villa for your consideration. At Elsie Bay (near Little Harbour), swimming pool, three bedrooms with king beds, spectacular views of ocean and St Martin.
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Spyglass Hill Entertainment Suite

Spyglass Hill now offers the Entertainment Bedroom Suite on the lower level featuring a king-sized bed, mini fridge, separate bathroom and an entertainment area featuring a top of the line maple billiards board and electronic darts game. Annexed to the studio, with a private entrance along with one connecting from the studio, is a gym area featuring an elliptical machine and treadmill. The gym area is enclosed by sliding glass panels so our guests can enjoy full views and breezes while exercising. Click link above for pictures.
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Internet Yellow Pages:
All known Anguilla sites.

Lunch and Dinner at Spocka's

Sprocka's place by the airport now serves light dinners, and lunch too. Open Tues-Sat, live entertainment every night. Tel: 497-0882, Cel: 235 3262. Click link above menu on his web site.
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Tennis Academy News

Construction continues on the tennis academy at Blowing Point. Click the link above to see recent December pictures.

DVD Movie Release: watch for the new DVD of the Anguilla Tennis Academy. This very professional program was produced by Greg Travis of Nashville, based on footage he shot during this summer's tennis camp. If you get a chance to view it, or pick up a DVD, don't miss it.
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New Menu at Hibernia

Hibernia has updated their web site with new starts and main courses for the 2004-2005. For example:

MEDAILLON DE LANGOUSTE CROUSTILLANTE, VELOUTE DE POTIRON A LA CITRONNELLE.   Crispy lobster medallion served on a pumpkin & lemongrass velouté. 16.50 (pictured right)

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MAGRET DE CANARD POELE, FIGUES AUX FRUITS SECS ROTIES, ENDIVE BRAISEE ET JUS AU TAMARIN   Pan grilled Perigord duck breast with roasted figs & dried fruits, braised endive & tamarind jus; accompanied by couscous. 31.00 (pictured right)
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Saturday, December 11, 2004

New to Anguilla? Tips
Auction for Holiday at Frangipani

Wow! AHTA is auctioning off a vacation at Frangipani: 5 NIGHT STAY FOR TWO IN A ONE BEDROOM SUITE. Bids start at $400. Click the link above and bid!
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Monday, December 06, 2004

Real Estate for sale on Anguilla

Newspaper Article About Anguilla

The Washington Times has a long travel article entitled "A Lovely Little Island" about going to Anguilla: Anguilla's delights are that rare commodity that is measured inversely. Three traffic lights at last count, no fast-food restaurant, no long stretch of beaches gobbled up by sprawling resorts, no Gucci, no Applebee's. Anguilla is the antithesis of St. Martin, a few miles across the channel.

Thanks to Steve and Dan and Jane for sending this tip.
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Stories from the previous and earlier issues.
Out and About Sile Bay
Hair Show Today Show
November Diary October Diary

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Recommended Vacation Villas

Our villa on Shoal Bay beach: Bellamare.

And ten minutes away by small plane, our Azu villa in St Barth, that is totally secluded and private, but only a short walk to everything in St Jean, and with unbelievable views.

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