Looking for ways to save money on a wedding while still keeping it classy and romantic? You can do it if you know where to stretch your dollar and how to make a wedding “feel” more expensive that it really was! Here are some tips for a cheap wedding that will leave your guests wondering how you pulled it off!
Things that should not be skipped on are 1) the invitations, which set the mood and tone of your wedding and provides the first impression and 2) the reception music. By planning ahead you can cut costs on your wedding invitations by getting them printed versus doing them at home. Very often the ink cartridges for at home printing turn out to be much more expensive in the long run. Save on mailing costs by hand delivering the invitations to close family and friends. A hand delivered invitation should only have the name of the guest and not their address on the front. The special attention by hand delivering will be appreciated and considered thoughtful. The music will be the last impression of your wedding and will set the tone that will be carried home by your guests. These two things begin your wedding celebration and end them and should be carefully considered. For all the things in between think outside the box, plan ahead, and be willing to skip the 6 foot tall cake for one that will actually feed the number of guests you will have at your reception. A wedding is a celebration of your marriage with those you care about and care for you. If the choices you make are true to who you are then you have made the right choice.
The steelband community has recently lost two well-known pannists. Both Edwin “Eddie” Yearwood also known as Swanky Pops and Franklyn Ollivierra have passed away within a little more than a week of one another.
Franklin Ollivierra was awarded the Longest Pan Player in Panorama Award at Pan Trinbago’s 2012 ceremony held at the National Academy of Performing Arts (NAPA). He played for bands such Highlanders, Starlift and Phase 11. Pan historian Dr. Kim Johnson said, “Ollivierra was very important to the early days in the development of steelband music and played a fundamental role in helping the players of the instrument gain recognition and respect.”
Eddie Yearwood was well known throughout the steelband community for being an instrumental part of forming the Trinbago Unified Calypsonians Organization (TUCO) as well as playing a vital role in Pan Trinbago. His obituary stated that he began playing the steelpan from as early as age 13 with Tripoli and then Starlift. From there he went on to become the public relations officer (PRO) of the Third World Steel Orchestra, a band he helped form. He later moved to the Valley Harps at which he also became the PRO. Yearwood was also Pan Trinbago’s secretary for the Northern Region in the late 1970s. He worked at 91.9 FM teaching the public about pan on his program, The Original Magic of Pan.
CAISO would like to extend their condolences to the families and friends of these two great steelband musicians.
Ahhh, warm sand at your feet, the surf’s waves, distinct and delectable food, and the air filled with the rhythm of a steeldrum band. To some that is simply thought of as “paradise” while to others it describes “home” or is a part of their family heritage. Some people decide to learn to play the steeldrum because they want to learn to play the unique instrument while others learn from their fathers as it is part of their family legacy. That is how it can be described for many members of CAISO that are Caribbean-American; some being immigrants while others are first born Americans from immigrating Caribbean-Americans.
Since 2006 June has been designated as Caribbean-American Month. It began with a resolution sponsored by Congresswoman Barbara Lee to recognize “the significance of Caribbean people and their descendants in the history and culture of the United States.” Annually the White House has issued a proclamation for Caribbean-American Month since 2006 and President Obama once more made June a special month for all Americans, whether they are of Caribbean heritage or not. It is a time to celebrate for those that have special ties to the Caribbean Islands whether through birth or marriage as well as for those that want to immerse themselves into the culture and learn more about what makes the Caribbean and its people unique.
President Obama’s proclamation read, “In their pursuit of success, Caribbean Americans exhibit the traits all Americans prize: determination, a devotion to community, and patriotism. They have made their mark in every facet of our society, from art to athletics and science to service. Caribbean Americans have also safeguarded our Nation in the United States Armed Forces." Read the full proclamation here: Official Caribbean-American Heritage Month Presidential Proclamation
Congresswoman Barbara Lee stated, “Americans of Caribbean ancestry reside in every part of the country. Millions have emigrated from the Caribbean to the United States. Throughout our history, Caribbean-Americans have served our country and contributed to the heritage of the United States through the arts, science, education, business, sports, military and government. The annual resolution allows Congress to continue recognizing the important contributions of Caribbean-Americans to our nation's history."
There are celebrations and educational events being held all over the country, for more information about those events and to learn more please visit the Official Caribbean-American Heritage Month site: Official Caribbean-American Heritage Month
The Nation’s Capital will be specifically celebrating June 9-16 with the Caribbean American Festival of the Arts and Humanities. Sponsored by the Institute of Caribbean Studies, the Allspice 2012 event will bring “the nation’s capital a Taste of the Caribbean through literature, music and other arts.” For more information go here: Allspice 2012
There were some very important events in Music this past week that you don’t want to have missed and there are some important events coming up that you need to make sure to not miss. From the Diamond Jubilee Celebration of Queen Elizabeth to live performances by CAISO - we've got all the information for you. Here are the highlights:
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We hope to see you at the Mason District Park tonight, Clyde’s tomorrow or at one of our other events. You can keep up with our public performance schedule by visiting here: CAISO upcoming events or by following us on Twitter.