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38 DEPARTMENTS 22 Culture Shock Life's a Cycle Support the Sport Ride Like a Pro
28 Community Chest The Anguilla Community College
30 Interview Adrian Kobbe
34 Interview Deanna Mussington
36 Interview Donnet Philips
38 Fashion For Old Time's Sake
68 Real Estate Renovation from the Heart The Case For the Fixer Upper
72 Nature's Design Katouche Bay
76 Island Explorer
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14 Editorâ€™s Note
58 An Historic Renovation The Old Factory
62 A View To Thrill Vista Villa
16 Contributors 18 Bits & Pieces 20 Event Calendar 86 Island Map 88 Advertisers' Directory 90 Hotels & Restaurants
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78 Wine & Dine Jasper Schneider Tapa the World Before...and After Seeking Closure
COVER FEATURE 52 Wisdom...Found With the release of their latest album, British Dependency feels they've found their musical identity.
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DESIGN ANGUILLA ISSUE 06 February 2014
renovation as evolution
elcome to the sixth installment of our magazine, a renovation–centric look at Anguilla. The word conjures images of construction crews gutting, patching and painting an old (or not-so-old) house to make it new. Renovation might mean a simple coat of paint, or it could be something more dramatic, such as a partial demolition, and rebuilding, or additions. As an idea, renovation is about evolution and few cultures are more actively engaged in the practice of renovation-as-evolution than Anguilla’s. The island has seen its fair share of changes over the years—new technology, new tastes, and new realities come with changing needs. Regular readers of these pages will have noted that we are constantly evolving, and we have grown and changed to respond to the needs of our readers and also to our understanding of ourselves. As a species, we’ve evolved, if not in the controversial, physical sense, then certainly in our mental and intellectual acuity. Can you imagine if we still believed the earth was flat? New circumstances and new information are a chance to re-evaluate what we know and how we respond. That constant response is the essence of progress. People often ask, “Why are there so many unfinished homes here?” It’s a
reference to the nature of Anguillian home-building culture which is one of slow, measured progress. Here, homes grow with the needs and resources of their families. We ask about unfinished homes because we tend to crave closure—to know that something has ended so we can move on to the next thing. But when we ask this question, we miss the central point: life isn’t always like that. This issue, we look at a few literal, physical renovations and also explore the idea on a more ideological level. We see the story behind three renovations: the first, an old manufacturing and commercial property that gets a new life; the second, a waterfront home made bigger and better; the last, at an old wooden cottage-turned-boutique that seeks to retain all the charm of the hundred-year-old original. We look at the story of British Dependency, a local band that is no stranger to renovation. In their latest musical work, they feel that they finally understand themselves. We also introspect, reimagining a life and making changes for the better. Our usual culinary exploration also takes us through some revamping as we interview a chef who’s reimagined the menus in multiple restaurants of a local hotel. We hope you enjoy reading and evolving with us. Orrett H. Wynter Editor
Contributors Andy Connor Maris Edwards Charla Hobson Shellecia Brooks-Johnson Associate Editor Ellen Fishbein Cover shoot credits British Dependency: Derrys Richardson Photography Josveek Huligar Trudy Nixon Derrys Richardson Orrett H. Wynter Contact P.O. Box 5050 The Valley Anguilla, BWI e-mail: email@example.com web: www.designanguilla.com www.facebook.com/designanguilla www.twitter.com/designanguilla Advertising Inquiries firstname.lastname@example.org www.designanguilla.com/advertise Read Online www.designanguilla.com/digital Other Photo Credits Scott Hauser portrait, pg. 16: provided by Scott Hauser
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Born and raised in beautiful Anguilla, Andy is best known as the owner of Andy’s Car Rentals (www.andyrentals.com), but he is also a licensed seaman, and author of the monthly tourist publication, Let’s Talk About Anguilla. A self-proclaimed “Beach Hunter” of Anguilla’s p MARIS EDWARDS
pristine beaches, both exposed and hidden, Andy is also an
Loves writing, teaching and spinning new
avid cyclist and water-lover; fishing and sailboat racing at every
ideas. From age 7, she's been waiting for
the story line of the book she aspires to
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Chamber of Commerce Golf Tourney a success. The second annual "Around Anguilla in 18 Holes" fundraising golf tournament was another success. Held at the Cuisinart Golf Resort and Spa on December 14, 2013, all the proceeds from the event went to the Anguilla Community College for the ACOCI Scholarship Fund. Last year's tournament provided a $5000 scholarship that was presented to Wykeisha Mills, a student in the Associates Degree in Business Studies programme. http://anguillachamber.com
Miss Anguilla Pageant contestants unveiled Six contestants for the Annual Miss Anguilla pageant were unveiled on January 9 at La Vue Boutique Hotel. Shereena Richardson, Melisa Webster, Kennelva Brooks, Moralla Leduc, Taryn Gumbs and Jahia Semeria-Esposita will compete for the title of Miss Anguilla 2014 in July-August as part of the Anguilla Summer Festival. http://anguillasummerfestival.com 18
recycled fashion Made by Keria Hughes, these bold and interesting craft pieces are a novel way of approaching recycling. Her recycled pieces include purses, handbags and dresses. One of her dresses made entirely of recycled plastic water bottles was worn by Miss Anguilla 2013 Amethyst Davis, during her pageant win. She has always had an passion for art, and has dabbled in sculpture, painting and jewellery making in the past. She now aspires to complete her formal art education. Interestingly, one of her handbags was made from pages of an old issue of our magazine. We're equal parts intrigued and honored...but also a tiny bit horrified!
Tradewind aviation begins air service from puerto rico Tradewind Aviation launched its scheduled service from San Juan Puerto Rico on November 8, 2013, adding to the available options of air travel to and from Anguilla. The airline operates private and executive charters, as well as scheduled flights and already had extensive service into neighbouring islands. Flying 8-passenger Pilatus PC-12 aircraft, travel time between Anguilla and San Juan is around 45 minutes. http://flytradewind.com
MALLIOUHANA renovations CONTINUE The property was expected to re-open for the Winter tourist season, but progress has been slower than anticipated. It is expected that the property will reopen later in 2014. Artist renderings show a refreshing of the look, while retaining the feel of the original resort. http://malliouhana.aubergeresorts.com
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APR 21 Easter Monday Boatrace A - Class Egbert Connor Boatrace at Sandy Ground (2:00pm)
St. Gerard’s Garden Party Hosted on the Grounds of historic Wallblake House, showcasing food from other islands prepared by members of St. Gerard’s congregation live music and dancing.(7:30 – until)
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Festival Del Mar Celebrating all things of the sea in the beautiful fishing village of Island Harbour. Deep Sea fishing competition, swimming races, crab races and culinary competition, and live string band music are all part of the activities for this two day event. B-Class boatrace on Saturday and A-Class boatrace on Sunday (10:00 am – 11:00 pm).
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life's a cycle freedom is two wheels on an open road. Text & Photos by Orrett H. Wynter
remember my first bike: a tiny blue (or maybe it was red?) BMX. I got for my fifth birthday—a Thursday. The training wheels came off Saturday morning, and I rode to church on Sunday. Not bad for a toddler. Not many people in Anguilla cycle for transport anymore. There are no bike lanes, and safety is definitely a concern—I know I’ve been guilty on occasion of impatience towards some two-wheeled road user. In 22
my defense, I was in a rush, and they were hogging the road. The idea of kids riding to school on Anguilla’s roads would give most parents fits. That’s not to say that there is no bicycling culture in Anguilla; on the contrary, cycling has seen a renaissance in recent years. It is interesting, though. There’s an edge to it— competitiveness, seriousness. Nary has a cyclist taken to the road without full regalia: sponsor-emblazoned shirts, bike shorts, helmets and
cycling shoes with cleats. To the uninitiated, it’s downright intimidating. They all look like they’re training for the Tour de France. Though it may seem isolated, cycling culture is everywhere. There are over half a dozen cycling clubs on the island, and a number of local events appear on the calendar, the most prestigious of which is the annual John T. Memorial race held each July. Andy Connor, good friend and “Nature’s Design”
columnist (p. 72) mentioned that he was into cycling and went out 3-4 mornings each week with a group of other guys. I figured that it might be a good way to get a peek into what I saw as an exclusive Anguillian subculture. Generally, they ride for fun, but a few compete professionally, and you can tell. “We have a few elite racers who ride with us in the mornings,” Andy explains, “and all but maybe 3 of us rode continued on page 24
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professionally at one point.” The route takes them along the main road from South Hill, through Stoney Ground, and on to Welches, where I was to wait. Andy had said they’d pass by around 5:45 am. True to his word, at 5:46, I hear the light buzzing of rubber on pavement as a group around 10-strong whoosh past. I hop into my car, my wife behind the wheel, and follow, snapping photos. The latewinter sunrise means it’s still dark, but most of the guys have headlamps (some literally on their heads), and all have flashing rear lights. That’s good, I think. Safety first. We trail the group as they pedal through Welches, on to Island Harbour, and then to East End. At times, I feel we’re a nuisance more than anything. At this time of the morning, they’re used to having the roads to themselves. The core of the group has been riding together for about 15 years and switched to the current morning circuit about five years ago. A few still ride 24
competitively in local and regional races, but for the most part, this group seems to be all about fun. It's evident when they all pull up at J. W. Proctor’s Supermarket for a breather and to wait on, and poke fun at, a few stragglers. I check the time and, by my watch, we’d been on the road for only about 20 minutes and had covered roughly 20km. At the outset, I had considered riding with them—journalistic integrity and all that. But I had thought better of it, and it was a good call. I’d been crazy to think I’d be able to keep up with that kind of pace. I finally got a chance to
survey the group, a motley crew of a few older guys, a few cycling pros and one or two other guys riding with the group to get in shape. But these were hardly a bunch of middle-aged men on kids’ toys trying to escape from their
boats, cars, monster trucks, motorcycles, and even jet skis. High-performance bicycles are not much different. They have all the customization that guys like to tinker with—carbon frames, custom wheels, titanium pedals and puncture-resistant tyres. As Andy pointed out, “the bikes are very expensive, but they’re built to last.” The two stragglers finally show up, caught up in a minirace of their own. They get some good-natured ribbing from the others as the group poses for a photograph. After a few snaps, game face on, Captain Carl Thomas punctuates the morning quietness with a sharp “Let’s go, gentlemen; time is of the essence!” The Anguilla
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Air Services pilot and owner knows a thing or two about keeping schedules. With the sun peeking over the trees in the East, the riders bid their goodbyes and set off, headed west, another morning ride under their belts. They ride for the freedom. I think I can relate. I still remember the freedom I felt the morning I pedaled my tiny bicycle to Sunday school and, even now, any child is happy to receive a bicycle for Christmas. The little ones who live in the apartment next door enjoy exploring our neighbourhood on their shiny, new two-wheeled pieces of freedom. I like that.
supporting the sport an interview with Anguilla Amateur Cycling Association president Miguel leveret.
How did the Association start? It started around the time of John Thomas [John T]. He was a former footballer who fell in love with cycling. He started promoting the sport in the early 1980â€™s, organizing local races with riders invited from other islands. He also took local riders overseas to compete. The Association became formal after his death in March 1992. Evan Gumbs, President [of the Association] from 1997 to 2005 created the John T Memorial race in 2000 in his honour. How many races are there locally? We have races twice per month from February to October. Any age limits? We have three age groups; Juniors (15-18), Elite (18 and up), and then we have the Masters category (40 & up). Any programs to get school kids involved? We've tried, but it's difficult. Cycling can be very expensive. Are there any professional riders here? No, but we do have aspiring professionals. Their best option is to go to Europe. There are guys [in Europe] that race for a living: they train all day, and have all the proper facilities. It is hard to compete with that when we have very little funding. How do you get funding? We have [a benefactor] in Italy that owns a bike company. He sends us cycling gear and bike frames free of cost. We get the other parts ourselves, but it's still expensive. We get sponsorship from Digicel, and also do fundraising events to add to funds from the Government. Anything else? The sport helps to give youths positive things to do. Also, this year will be the 15th anniversary of the John T race and we want to make it really big. This year's race is again being partly sponsored by LIME, with the Government also pledging its support.
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sunglasses Think of these as wind-(and bug) shields. They should stay in place when riding and be light and comfortable. It's OK if they look cool, too.
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he Anguilla Community College (ACC) is an Anguillian success story that started in a small office with two classrooms. The institution has grown to now become a viable option for tertiary education on the island. The college’s president, Dr. Delroy Louden FRSPH, Ph.D, sees education as the foremost avenue for societal development. “With social mobility, you can address infrastructure and human resources development,” he pointed out. “With this in mind, the college has been developing programmes of study in line with the needs of the community.” The college now offers Certificate and Associates Degree programs in many disciplines, including Business, Hospitality, Education and Nursing. It has also formed alliances with institutions overseas, allowing local
students to begin degree programs here before moving abroad to complete them. “The community college is a great leveller,” Dr. Louden believes. “[with the] cost of going abroad so high, it allows most people to benefit from some tertiary education.” The college is now seeking to create an endowment fund to support its long-term growth and development. Endowment money funds research, scholarships, and the creation of new infrastructure. So far, the college has raised more money for scholarships than for its endowment. It’s a good problem to have, but the professor stressed that without an endowment fund, the college can’t make plans for the long term. “I call endowments ‘legacy gifts of the future,’” Dr. Louden said. “People who want to, can donate concrete blocks [for the new campus] or books and so forth [for a better library].”
Further afield, the college is looking to the Anguillian diaspora in the USA, Canada and the UK, encouraging them to give through the appropriate channels to reap tax benefits. The Anguilla Progressive Association of New York (APANY), for example, has become a vital conduit of U.S. support to the local community. APANY’s taxexempt status allows them to receive donations and channel these funds to local initiatives. Dr. Louden and his brothers try to lead by example—firstly setting up a Technical and Vocational scholarship in memory of their late father, a carpenter. Most recently, they contributed a substantial donation of books to the college’s early childhood
education program. Dr. Louden also pledged the royalties from his latest book “Health, Ethnicity and WellBeing – An African American Perspective” to the college. Ultimately, those who work at the college see it becoming a solution to the island’s need for trained human capital by continuing to expand on its list of academic programs and realizing the completion of the newly planned campus. Rather than duplicating the efforts of institutions in neighbouring islands, the ACC hopes to become the catalyst for developing areas of specialty to create competitive advantages for the island. “We should specialise in a number of areas, such as entrepreneurship and health tourism,” Dr. Louden comments. He also sees the Community College as a fundamental part of nation building. “People with college educations want to participate more in society,” he reasons. “They ask the questions that other people don’t want to ask and don’t take no for an answer. That can only bode well for a growing democracy.” The Anguilla Community College is already touching lives. It hopes to be a continued source of personal growth for its students who, in turn, will become a force for growth and development on the island.
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finding inner peace a bit of a renaissance man, adrian kobbe took the long route to get to anguilla. equal parts philospher and culture connoisseur, the german-born conservation architect talks about why anguilla is special, his love of cars and the guest list of his fantasy dinner party. Interview by Orrett H. Wynter
How did you end up here? My first time, I came from Tortola in 1983 to do sales at Merrywing Bay, which is now part of the CuisinArt Golf Resort and Spa. That didn't work out, so I left. When I came back I started importing orange juice, beer, cement and steel from Venezuela, where I was living before. Long before that I ran fashion
boutiques in Paris and Munich while studying philosophy. After that I moved to New York to be an art director with Condé Nast; then to California to be an art director at Paramount Studios. I ran out of money in California [laughs]. I then moved to Mexico City, working for Paymex. I didn’t like Mexico too much, so I moved to Venezuela.
I came to Anguilla for the great air quality, social harmony, nice water quality and personal safety. Today, Anguilla still provides that. I’m not concerned about the things Anguilla doesn’t have. I had enough of those things earlier in my life - fast cars, girlfriends, rock and roll. Have you done many restorations in Anguilla?
There’s not much restoration work available in Anguilla. I would love to do more, but it’s usually more expensive to restore than to flatten and rebuild. It’s always great to get a client who is willing and committed to preserving an old building. I was able to do that with Alan Gumbs when we restored Koal Keel. continued on page 32
continued from page 30 Do you think you’ve reinvented yourself? I think I progressed a lot. I’m a product of the 'Marshal Plan' [for rebuilding after the War] in post-WWII West Germany. It allowed the freedom to learn and travel. I think what Anguilla offers in a starry sky, in a beautiful sunset or sunrise can give you a lot of inner peace. Anguilla, for the right person, has a therapeutic treatment; it helps you to get out of the rat race. It helped that I had such a colourful background, to help other people to find something unique in this region [the Caribbean]. We can talk about art, cars, theatre… about culture in general. I can point out what you can’t find here; more importantly, I can point out what you can find here: a peaceful, starry night, which you might not find in a place like Philadelphia. Has Philosophy helped you better understand the world? Yes. I’ve used philosophy in my
Have you ever restore any? Yes, but it is hard to do in the Caribbean. The beauty I find in cars is when they are in the same state as when manufactured. That’s when they have the most beauty. In Colombia, I used to cover Formula 1 races for television and magazines. I still follow it, but the sport has changed. It used to be a lifestyle sport, like tennis used to be, and how polo still is. Now, F1 drivers are fit, they’re athletic. Racing is a profession now. In your free time ? Look at the stars and sea; read my books. My library at home has thousands of books. I love listening to classical music – Wagner, Mozart. One thing I’m most disappointed about is the dying of classical music. Thoughts on religion? I admire enormously, the preservation and the opportunity that the Catholic Church afforded the artist to flourish. If you go back centuries, it was the Catholic Church who was
"...what Anguilla offers in a starry sky, [and] beautiful sunset can give you a lot of inner peace." personal life a lot more than architecture. I'm not zen-like or anything, but I realized that no matter what I knew, or was good at, there was always someone better. Even in my field, I try to know as much as I can, but there’s an vast amount of things I simply don’t know, and I’m OK with that. You’re into cars…? Yes, I have two Mustangs. 32
the main provider of work for extraordinary artists. Bernini, Leonardo, etc. Their contribution to art is unique. Not just in architecture and paintings, but even in music. The greatest works of the classical composers, are at least half religious work. Mozart’s best work is the Requiem. Did he write it because he was very religious? I don’t think so. But it couldn’t
have been sold otherwise. Any regrets? Not many. I only regret not learning to play piano, or being a better swimmer. Being a good swimmer allows you to be more macho and playing piano makes you more interesting at dinner parties. Speaking of, if you could have some people over for a dinner party, living or dead, who’d you invite? Anyone? I’d invite Christopher Wren, the British architect. Leni Riefenstahl, Hitler’s art director. Iman, model, and wife of David Bowie—one of the most graceful and gorgeous people on earth. Napoleon Bonaparte; Greta Garbo, the actress. Garbo and Iman could surely talk together. I’m not sure if Napoleon and Wren would be able to talk. We need another
politician, because Napoleon would only want to talk about his conquests. We could invite T. E. Lawrence [Laurence of Arabia]. He and Napoleon are only one generation apart, so they’d be able to talk to each other. I want a musician, too…maybe Mozart. He could entertain, play the piano. It would be a great dinner; wouldn’t you and your wife like to join us? Sure! What’s on the menu? Fresh Anguillian fish, not the imported stuff. I’d bring some venison; a lot of champagne and wine; plenty of fruit from Dominica or Jamaica. We’d have the party on Rendezvous [Bay]; we’d make a big tent, like Gaddafi. If we have the money to invite all these people back from the dead, then surely we can do a nice tent!
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she's got soul aspiring songbird deanna mussington aims to build on her family's musical legacy. Interview by Deborah G. Wynter
Do you get to sing a lot? Not recently, but I sing with my dad, Darvin Mussington, in his group, The Mussingtons. When did you first become interested in singing? When I was 4, I sang in church, but as I grew, I started singing in concerts and realized I wanted to follow in my dad’s footsteps. My dad said that when I was three, Barney [the purple dinosaur] came to Anguilla. When he got to singing the ‘I Love You’ song, I ran out of my mom’s lap, grabbed the mic, told him to leave me alone and sang the whole song. Who are some of your musical influences? My main influence is my dad. Celine Dion, too, because I
talk. But I tried my best, did what I had to do, and won. Together with Deon Gumbs, I also won the St. Martin Interscholastic Idol and Ms. Valentine Pageant in 2009. Do you write your own music? I try. Right now, I still need guidance. Dion Gumbs helped me write the first single, “In My Life.” My problem is that when I sit down and start writing, another topic pops into my head, and by the time I get to the end and look at it, it’s a mixture of too many things. How did you end up singing Soul/R&B? When I was young, my dad used to sing a lot of old soul songs with me. It was his way of spending time with me. At 12, I tried soca, but stopped. I
"I get butterflies before I go on stage, but I try to turn it into energy..." really love her range, her voice, and her lyrics. I also love Bob Marley. Entered any competitions? My first was Center Stage at age 10. I sang 'Phantom of the Opera' with my face painted half woman, half man. I won. At 13 or 14, I entered Digicel’s Rising Stars. It was nerve wracking because there was so much talent. I was terrified and had to give myself a pep 34
needed to be able to pour my heart out when I’m singing, and soca didn't allow that. What is your favourite part of having a singing career? I get butterflies before I go on stage, but I try to turn it into energy instead of being scared. But when I get on stage, the feeling that I get has no words. Have you travelled for singing?
I’ve traveled to Canada, St. Martin, and other parts of the Caribbean. I’m currently working with Ivan Berry, CEO of C2W (Caribbean to the World) music. He gets writers from all over the world to come together to write songs for potential artists, records demos, and sends them to record labels. I’ve done two demos with him. Hopefully, I’ll meet some producers soon. Ever met any famous singers? Sure – Kelly Osbourne, Keri Hilson; I also met Alaine and Gramps Morgan who gave me some good advice. They’re people I look up to. I was also in the ‘Sunshine Glow’ video with Jamere Morgan. What else do you do?
I go to the gym a lot; or go to the beach and read. I love the beach [laughs]. I love surfing the net. I love learning new things from Youtube [laughs]. I also like to surround myself with mature people, especially my grandmother, because I like to learn new things and find inspiration. I love when she sits me down and tells me all her stories, her little quotes... I want to know about the history of my island. What can we expect from you in the future? Hopefully, a lot of hit songs [laughs]. I believe that if one thing doesn’t work out, there is always something better. I just want to make my family and my island proud.
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basket case They say curiosity killed the cat but for Donnet Philips it spawned the creation of her handcrafted bags. She tells how a simple basket started it all. Interview by Deborah G. Wynter
When did you start? I started in August 2013. Before that, I was intrigued by a basket I saw online, and I challenged myself to make it. When I saw the results, I said to myself, “Hey, you can turn this into a bag.” That’s how the bag came about. Have you done any other crafts besides the bags? I made a Christmas tree and a chandelier for my office for the holidays, but I used a different method for them. The tree was made from wood, and the chandelier was made from wood and small balls. I was always into creating things – growing up, my grandmother taught me how to sew, and I 36
would always make cards for my friends’ birthdays. Why did you choose to take the bag a step further? My coworker came to me one day and said she needed a bag, and I said “Ok! Don’t worry, I’ll make one for you.” So I went at, at it, at it, until I
How is it done? The basket was the piece that brought on the idea of using paper. I cut them into squares, sew them together, and wrap them in adhesive plastic. The top of the bag and the handles are made from cloth. I usually recycle the paper
“...there’s an artist in all of us...we’re never gonna know unless we try. ” got the bag done. The bottom of the bag took me at least five tries before I got it right, then from there, I was able to do the rest a bit quicker. Before that, it was a hobby; now, I’m struggling to keep up with orders!
from old magazines, but it all depends on the image clients want for their bags, so they provide pictures or materials of their choice. Have you studied art? In high school, I did some basic drawings and crafts, and
I remember making a doll out of paper-mache. Our art class was not as advanced as what they’re doing now, which I’m very sorry about. Maybe I would have been more into art if I’d had that level of training. My first love was science [laughs], but I think my grandmother brought out my love for art. She would always say, “Come, Donnett, come, let me teach you how to do this and that.” I used to make my own uniform skirts to go to school. She was the one who bought me my very first sewing machine… and my second [laughs]. She was my inspiration, especially when I watched her make a quilt. It was just beautiful. What's the best thing about your craft? It makes me feel happy to create something for someone knowing that they’re gonna get pleasure from using it. If I wanted a bag, where could I go to buy one? Right now, I’m sell them from home. I’m thinking of getting them into to the souvenir stores for tourists as well. Anything else? I just want people to know that there’s an artist in all of us, and we’re never gonna know it unless we try.
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under renovation What re-design do you have for your life? Have you been drawing up the plans? by Maris Edwards
enovating a life is hard work. Your confidence and willingness to try a different approach to living will need some hedging with introspection, research and knowledge. I tried some renovations sixteen years ago. I was alone in Paris, and I felt my difference as an outsider. No one pointed it out to me, and no one seemed to see, feel or respond to my difference, but I felt it. I began to question what it meant to be black: my skin? My hair? My history? My socialization? I was at odds with myself; I didn’t feel ‘real’. I blamed my hair. I felt that it was forcing me into a parade of wanna-bes. Uneasiness was riding me hard. I felt so inauthentic. Getting to the root of my discomfort meant confronting all the fashionably sadistic reasons I had made my hair limp. I began to realize that my own borrowed thoughts about beauty, fashion and acceptance were wearing me like a corset. I realized that I was being discomfited by constipating social opinion that had nothing to do with being a better person and everything to do with subverting this person. I needed purging. My hair and I became romantically estranged in Paris, somewhere between Gare Lazare and Rue Raspail. My hair was at odds with the color and texture of my skin, and it had to be removed. I knew that when I returned home, I would have questions to answer, and I would have to ignore, broil in or retort against uninvited feedback about our severance. Whatever the story my genes wanted to express, I was ready to accept it. I proceeded with the unthinkable. I clipped away the limp hair to unveil my kinky roots. In the chair of the coiffeuse, I felt my innards unkink, my soul breathe – and I was in love. Not all re-births are so outwardly obvious (or motivated by our preferences). Renovation can also be forced upon us. When food allergies forced renovation upon me, I learnt a few things about renovating a life. Two years ago, I was blistering, having vague flu-like symptoms, feeling bloated and suffering from fatigue. The doctor ran some tests, and the results showed that the body was fighting an infection. I went into overdrive and started reading books and googling my symptoms. I also paid keen attention to how my body was behaving. Bit by bit, I began to realize that the blisters and other symptoms would decrease and increase as the weeks went by. I finally began to narrow down the problem: milk, nuts and seeds. Over a year later, I discovered gluten was also an allergen. What a problem! Just about everything on the shelves in the supermarket contains at least one of these products. I was in for an overhaul of the pantry, my shopping list and my cooking and eating habits. continued on page 49
continued from page 49 Renovating can be expensive because of the emotional capital involved. Changing into a new mode of being takes discipline and effort. Trying to lose those extra pounds, for example, can be frustrating and depressing at times. Sometimes, it involves a battle with the wrecking ball of indulgence. You have to steel yourself against the ‘smart’ comments of friends, erecting walls against the well-intentioned advice of family who think thoughts that don’t match with the lines on your life’s plan. My battle with food allergies and deciding to completely omit animal products from my diet as a route to healing was an emotionally invested renovation. It involved not only editing foods I like but also acquiring tastes for foods I spurned. It meant re-defining what food is and is not and what a meal is. It meant teaching my condiment-perverted appetite to appreciate the simple and delight in the bland. Renovation takes work. To get to healing, cooking my own meals had to be a part of the deal. No dining out. This house of mine was rebelling against just about everything that I ate. I had to learn to cook everything from scratch (ketchup included), and with a limited number of ingredients. I had to learn about
my condition, train my thoughts with information, fortify the walls of my mind against indulgence, and work overtime to gently help others understand that this was a choice that I had to make. Renovation is creative. It’s about painting a landscape of possibilities where, from many angles, one can see only limitations. If you don’t dream about what could be, you’re wasting time. Hope and faith are powerful creative forces. Knowingly and unknowingly, we submit to untruths about ourselves, the world and life. But I choose to believe in the landscape of possibilities. I believe that nothing is unfixable. Believing this led me on an incredible journey of knowledge and renewed faith in the power of nature and God to restore and re-create a life. Renovation is rewarding. It’s been a year and a half since I became aware of what was besetting me physically and mentally. That reality called for much re-arranging in my life: trying to keep set meal times, eat simply, go to bed before 10:00 p.m., eat vegetarian and take on other immune-boosting habits. I have settled into this new lifestyle, and it’s all good now. I am at home, and I am at peace.
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FOUND with the release of their latest album, British dependency feels they've found their musical identity. on the eve of their first major tour, the band recounts the genesis of their current incarnation, their passion for music and hopes for the anguillian music scene. by Orrett H. Wynter; Photos by Derrys Richardson
t’s 2 P.M. two days before Christmas, and I’m sitting at Davon Carty’s dinner table at his home in North Hill. It had been raining non-stop for a couple of hours, and I was an hour late for my interview with the three-piece Anguillian band, British Dependency. In the background sits an amp, a drum set, and assorted guitars in what's supposed to be the band manager’s living room. Today was to be a rehearsal day, but the band agreed to meet with me just before jetting off for their first U.S. tour. issuesix
“...You cannot have a ‘day job’ and do this...the focus and energy required is just too much.”—ruel richardson I let on that I’d been listening to their recently released album Finding Wisdom. “Did you like it?” asked lead singer Ruel Richardson. I didn’t have to lie; I did. I first encountered the band back in 2010 at a local Jazz and Wine event. It was just a few months before the band’s dismantling and almost complete renovation. Darius James and Jonathon Warrington, bassist and drummer respectively, moved on to pursue other opportunities, leaving Ruel as the only remaining member. That didn’t last. Within weeks, the band was back to its full complement with Ruel’s cousin, Jaiden Fleming, joining on drums, and Joyah Gumbs taking over the bass. While Jaiden’s recruitment was straightforward, Joyah’s was a combination of fate and timing. “Davon and I were at the Dune [Preserve],” Ruel recalled. “We were talking with Josveek [Huligar, of Anguilla Access], and he said, ‘I know a female bassist.’” “No other females around here played bass, so I had an idea that it was her,” Ruel grinned. Joyah had been playing 54
for only a year when she joined the band. Her commitment is clear in her piercing eyes. The enigmatic bassist finds herself simultaneously at different ends of the band's age spectrum: she the eldest of the group but musically, she's the youngest. Not that you can tell. Three years earlier, she was a career pastry chef, but felt she had a different destiny. She credits spiritual intervention as the reason she began to play. “I started searching for my purpose,” she said. “One day, I got an answer, and it was the bass guitar.” “I just went on Amazon.com and ordered a four-string bass. I call her Miss Alpha, because she was the first.” She laughed, and added, “I also ordered The Complete Idiot's Guide to Playing Bass Guitar and started practising in my room.” If Joyah needed another sign that she made the right choice, it would come a few weeks later when she would meet Jimmy Lee Moore, who played bass for legendary funk and soul artiste, James Brown, for over twenty years. The two hit it off with Moore sharing tips with the young bassist. He
would eventually gift her his red bass guitar, which she uses now. She christened it Ras Red-I. Sitting in the middle of the trio across the table from me, Ruel is calmness personified. The band’s dreadlocked founding member’s pitch, while speaking, never reaches the levels it does when he performs. That calmness belies his intense passion for music. It comes to the fore when he mentions his musical influences. “I love all kinds of music with a guitar,” he said. “Rock, acoustic, jazz, reggae, gospel—I grew up playing gospel.” Jaiden, dressed in ball cap, hoodie and high-top sneakers, seems like he’s about to start rapping to a bass-laden hip-hop track, but he doesn’t say anything. Actually, up to this point, he hadn’t uttered a word. I asked if he was okay. “Drummers are quiet,” he smiled. We’re simpatico—if ever I were a musician, I’d like to think that I'd be a drummer, too. “Why drums? Isn’t the guitarist the one that gets all the ladies?” I joked. Ruel has a wry smile, and Joyah can barely contain herself. It seems this is actually something that musicians discuss. A fun debate ensues between the men—who gets the girls, really? Joyah recuses herself as the other bandmates understandably toe the party line with their votes. Davon, himself a drummer, breaks the deadlock, but I suspected his conclusion was also partisan. Somehow, I don’t think we learned anything. “I had family members who used to play drums,” Jaiden finally continued. “My dad plays bass guitar, so music was always in my house.” Davon describes him as an ‘open’ drummer—one without a genre limitation—which helps their cause. “I try to do intricate things,” he says of his style. “What I do makes you want to take a look. I try to mix it up so you never get too used to what I’m doing.” The talk about drumming brings Jaiden to life. His eyes light up, and he reels off a list of his favourite drummers. “I like drummers who make me want to go home and practise. If you are doing that, then you got my vote.” British Dependency’s story is compelling because each member is a character—they’re a sort of musical Three Musketeers in an ‘all for one, one for all’ act, with Davon as the D’Artagnan to their Athos, Porthos and Aramis. I was curious about the choice of three. The power trio is a rarity in Caribbean music which, at a minimum, involves a guitar, bass, drums, and a fourth rhythm instrument (usually a keyboard). The answer is simple: “For the uniqueness,” Ruel replied matter-of-factly. This uniqueness of sound makes the group hard to categorize. Taken at face value, three young, black musicians from the Caribbean would be expected to be a reggae act. It doesn’t help that in a few weeks, the group will be on tour
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“...i try to do intricate things...mix it up so you never get used to what I am doing.” – jaiden fleming
with Bob Marley’s former band, The Wailers, one of the most iconic Reggae bands of all time. But a quick scan through the band's latest album reveals an eclectic mélange of reggae, hip-hop, R&B and rock sounds. The band is reluctant to define their genre. “It’s just music,” Davon explains. Finding Wisdom was born after a pilgrimage to the mecca of Reggae music—Trench Town in Kingston, Jamaica; and what some might call its holiest temple—Tuff Gong Studios. The members consider it their first, proper album, and it’s not hard to get their reasoning. “We consider it our debut,” Ruel admits. “Our other songs were really about trying to find our identity.” This album is the finishing touch on a reinvention: now, in its third incarnation, the band has finally come of age. “Everything’s changed,” said Joyah. “The whole vibe, the sound, the way we deliver, and the way we approach [the music].” That new approach has seen all three members move 56
from moonlighting and playing local gigs, to committing to music full time. “You cannot have a ‘day job’ and do this,” Ruel explains. “The focus and energy required is just too much. Whatever you do as a daily routine is what you’re going to become.” Next up is a first for them: a multi-city U.S. tour that will take them to eight States over the course of 16 days, opening for The Wailers in 13 shows. Joyah can barely contain her excitement. “It’s like losing your virginity,” she gushes. But I also get the impression that the gig doesn’t come as a surprise and is just reward for years of hard work and planning. “We do regular local gigs and use the revenues earned to help ourselves,” Ruel explains. “We record our album, and we [work on] image, marketing, stuff like that.” The group also see themselves in a larger context of Anguillian music. They hope their success will soon encourage others. “There’s been a lot of change [in the local music scene] since British Dependency made its appearance,” Davon said. “There are acts now [for which] 90% of their repertoire is original music. That never really happened before.” They know they’re trailblazers, but they have loftier goals still, like getting the Anguilla Tourist Board involved in their travels. They plan to wrap their tour bus with Anguilla’s message of “Tranquility Wrapped in Blue”; taking the island’s imagery everywhere they go. It’s easy to get seduced by British Dependency’s potential to carry other musicians with them, ostensibly doing what Bob Marley did years ago for Jamaican music. “We’d love for a lot of young people in Anguilla who are losing the dream to understand that the dream does exist, and it can be accomplished,” Davon said. Ruel agreed. “If we are successful, more people will start looking at Anguilla musically.” After the whirlwind Wailers tour and a brief respite back home in Anguilla, they’ll be skipping across the pond to play a few music festivals in Europe. Which ones? They don’t know, and they’re quite fine with that. “We have a fantastic team who really gets the job done,” Davon explains. “We’re privileged that people who respect what we do and see the potential want to work with us to make everything you see and hear happen.” The lyrics of their song “Fly Away” sum up the band’s current ambitions: You can be what you want to be; You can go where you want to go. Fly away, fly away. Fly away, fly away. You can dream what you dream to do; You can make all the change through you. Fly away, fly away. Fly away, fly away. Wisdom… found.
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An Historic Renovation
Lots of planning and even more elbow grease allowed the one-time commercial hub of Anguilla to regain some of its former glory. by Scott Hauser; photos by Orrett H. Wynter
THIS PAGE The view from the north shows the preservation and enhancement of the streetscape of The Old Factory.
nfortunately, the economic boom that sped through Anguilla from 2004 through 2008 bypassed and neglected many of our historic buildings, one of which was the Old Factory in The Valley. As Colville Petty (Anguilla’s wellrespected, resident historian) wrote “Over the years, I watched with sadness the demise of the remains of the Old Factory…Such abuse is most demeaning to an institution which dominated Anguilla’s physical, economic and social landscape throughout the first half of the twentieth century.” When I clairvoyantly signed my master lease for the Old Factory in August 2008, I was sure my move was clear sighted— the economy was booming, and I needed more space for my real estate office as well as a few other ventures I wanted to pursue (opening a bistro and art gallery, for instance). However, by the end of September 2008, my clairvoyance began to appear myopic as the economic good times ground to a halt—nonetheless, my renovation focus remained consistent as I pursued the restoration I had initially envisioned (perhaps illogically economically, but quite rationally emotionally). The property I took over (sadly, without taking photos) comprised two buildings: the historic Old Factory and the Annex. In turn, the Old Factory was issuesix
composed of an original stone cellar (with walls of medieval castle-thickness), and a boxy, later-year addition of a concrete single-storey storage area. As noted, all of those major components were in dire straits. Extensive roof repairs were needed, leaks and seepage had to be found and stopped, all glass windows had to be replaced, pests had to be controlled, the residue left behind by the fried chicken fast food joint that ungraciously held occupancy for a while had to be detoxified, floors had to be refinished, and appropriate spaces for my envisioned businesses were to be created – all in all, a handful. I began with the exteriors, initially the roofs. On the Annex, I built a new galvanized hip roof studded above and directly over the existing galvanized roof, as I was concerned that removing the original metal would strain the wood walls too much. Happily, the ceiling was wood clad, so the rusty galvanization wasn’t visible from inside the building. On the original section of the Old Factory, we removed and replaced only a few panels – the structure was in surprisingly good shape, as synthetic panels had been used to replace the original galvanized ones before I took possession. The most innovative roof work was creating a galvanized hip roof over the flat roof of the boxy later-year addition, setting it in visual synch with the roofs of the Old Factory and Annex. We built a roof on a roof, rafting out a hip roof that we then covered with galvanized metal for streetscape homogeneity. The last roof built spanned the uncovered area between the Old Factory and The Annex to create a shaded seating area for the envisioned bistro. Thereafter, exterior wall work began. In addition to scraping and patching and painting the existing walls, we built traditional wooden West-Indian style 60
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window and door shutters to reinforce the historic aspects of the building, all of which we painted in colorful pastels to differentiate the trim from the shutter centers. Finally, externally, we brought in large pots filled with various plants to add color and life to the complex. We then moved inside to create within, a viable restaurant and boutique space and to fashion within the Old Factory a viable office and gallery space. As for the Annex, a kitchen was nestled into the eastern section; a service area was created in the western section; a boutique slotted into the center area. In the Old Factory, IM Pei’s Louvre Glass Pyramid inspired the construction of desk dividers made from treated 4x4 lumber, mahogany plywood and glass so that the divider’s construction
reinforced the look of the building’s heavy studs and wood cladding yet felt light and airy. This visual reinforcement was carried into my private office, located in the former kitchen of the fried-chicken joint. After removing layers of greaseencrusted tile, I used the same 4x4s and mahogany plywood to create walls and cover them for replicated authenticity In the stone cellar, water was the primary problem—every time it rained, the cellar flooded. After numerous trials (recaulking the windows, raising door thresholds, etc) we realized the water was seeping through the northern wall, so we poured a floor on a floor to cap the cracks and established a dry zone perfectly suited for displaying art. We then focused on the boxy later-
year addition, which was (once again) the most challenging space with the least historic appeal. Essentially, we followed the design concept of the original buildings, again using 4x4 lumber and mahogany plywood in order to create three sided suites to showcase additional art offerings. In the end, the finished product is a space of which I’m proud not only for the value generated for my business but (just as importantly) for the value garnered to Anguilla in general and to The Valley in particular. Not only does The Old Factory complex hold the noble heritage Mr Petty attributed to it, but it is also the gateway to our downtown, and its renovation was a moral and emotional boost for one and all. issuesix
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Thrill It wasn't love at first sight, but a great location was enough to convince this Scottish couple that they could turn an old house into their dream vacation home. Text and Photos by Orrett H, Wynter
e were never really in love with it,” says Pamela ClayhillsHenderson of the villa she and her husband, Christopher, bought in 2007. Located in Cul-de-Sac, at the far western end of Blowing Point, the 4-bedroom, 3-bathroom Vista Villa “was never [their] dream house at all.” Regular visitors to Anguilla over the previous 6 years, they had initially decided to build their own vacation home, but “It was the height of the real estate market, and everything was really expensive,” Pamela recalled. “The plots we were looking at were back from the water, and we weren’t happy with that.” That made them consider a fixer-upper. “It’s so close to the sea,” Pamela said, “we knew we could do quite a lot with it.”
left White, and transparent materials in the open plan provide the backdrop for pops of colour in the living room. right Large glass panels let in plenty of light, as well as take advantage of the views across to neighbouring St. Martin.
The then 3-bed, 2-bath property was in dire need of some TLC. Initially built in 1985, the home had succumbed to years of neglect, compounded by its close proximity to the ocean. Their first step was to make it liveable. “It was terribly run-down. The bath had a hole in it—it was that bad,” Pamela explained. They sourced Anguilla stone for the new bathrooms locally and shipped furniture from abroad to furnish the house with essentials. Then came the acrobatics of choosing what to build: “We wanted something manageable, since we were so far away,” Pamela said, but “my husband always wanted a double-height drawing room, so we decided to build out to the side.” Luckily, Pamela was a seasoned renovator: “I like to mix things up and change things around.” In Edinburgh, Scotland, she redesigned several properties with low-maintenance and high-style modern furnishings. The colours she chose for the Villa—mostly beige and white—come from her prior experience. “I’ve found that over the years, these colours work,” Pamela commented. “I think they’re happy colours.” In January 2013, the couple moved on to step two: taking advantage of the spectacular view of neighbouring St. Martin/ St. Maarten. Local architect Vanburn “Andy” Brookes was tasked with creating the additions. “[we wanted] to find a way to integrate the old and the new,” he explained. “to create a seamless stitch that would respect what was there before but reflect the desire of the owner.” A spacious master suite opened to the view was added atop 64
“[we wanted] to integrate the old and the new... to create a seamless stitch that would reflect the desires of the owner.” —Vanburn "ANDY" BROOKES
opposite, top The sleek, white, kitchen is a highlight of the home and typifies the modern aesthetic the owners sought for the home's renovation. opposite, middle & bottom Both the master bedroom and ensuite bath take full advantage of the expansive views. this page These Eames plastic chairs are an interesting juxtaposition around the solid wood dining table. Large sliding glass doors provide lots of light and views across the pool deck
“We did it primarily to spend more time with our children...[and] intend to have another 20-30 years of enjoying it.”—Pamela Clayhills-Henderson
opposite page, clockwise from top left Interior details run the gamut from mid-century modern decor, to more classic, old-world styling (armchair, right); playful, such as this unique clock in the master bath, to inventive, as in this vintage printer’s typeset tray used to display seashells, hanging in one of the bedroom suites this page The panoramic view across the infinity pool deck to the Caribbean Sea and St. Martin beyond underlines the choice of name of the villa.
the existing walls. To the west, large glass panels sourced from Anguilla Aluminium brings in light and the view to the added gallery-height living room. “The owners were very interested in modern architecture,” Vanburn continued, “clean lines, sharp edges, and large volumes.” Separated by an ocean, Pamela and Christopher managed the Villa’s construction closely through near-daily contact with their project manager, Brenda Fox. “It was quite a challenge doing a project from so far away, but we got photos all the time,” Pamela recalled. “It’s amazing what modern technology can allow you to do.” It helped that the couple had a clear idea of what they wanted. “I just basically gave them what they wanted,” Vanburn said. “[along with] a few pointers to enhance their ideas. I was interested in the views; how it would look from the water, how it would look on entry.” Today, had it not done so before, Vista Villa’s name starts to make sense. Just past the master suite’s sliding glass doors stretches the finest view of St. Martin in all of Anguilla. That was no accident. “We bought Vista because of the site, primarily,” explains Pamela. “You can’t build that close to the sea anymore.” Clear acrylic barstools pull up to a white engineered stone-topped island in the all-white, modern, galley kitchen. In the dining room, Eames molded plastic chairs surround a
solid wood table. In each bedroom, a trio of wrapped canvas prints of island flowers, trees and birds serenely decorate the modern spaces. The living room balances a glass-walled staircase and glass furnishings with soft brown seating and shades of white that conjure images of Anguilla’s white-sand beaches, while coloured accents in turquoise give a playful nod to the seaside. But though Anguilla “got under [Christopher and Pamela’s] skin,” the well-travelled couple shipped a chandelier into the living room from New York. Spotted en route to the Guggenheim, the piece’s crystal ornaments reminded Pamela “of the night sky in Anguilla.” The couple understood that renovating is “jolly hard work, and it wasn’t pain free.” But renovating in two phases came with an advantage—they had the opportunity to audition the team that initially built the new bathrooms and pool, and then re-contact them for the more extensive work. “They [the team] were very good, and we could trust them,” Pamela explains. “[Building] can go so horribly wrong if you have the wrong people.” Since 2007, Vista Villa has come closer to being the couple’s dream home, which they get to enjoy a few times each year. “We did it primarily to spend more time with our children, and to bring our own friends and other family as well,” Pamela said. “We intend to have another 20-30 years of enjoying it.” issuesix
renovation from the heart Vibrant colours, natural materials and lots of TLC helps to extend the life of one of Anguilla’s oldest cottages. photos by Josveek Huligar / Anguilla Access
f you’ve ever taken a drive through South Hill, you’ve seen the signs pointing to Irie Life, the boutique owned by Lynne Picard and housed in a brightly coloured 100-year-old wooden West Indian cottage. Such a well-loved building must have a story. Lynne describes her first experience of Anguilla in the mid-80s as “love at first sight.” Chicago-born, but raised in Georgia (U.S.A., not Eastern Bloc), she was living in St. Martin by then, but it would take nearly a decade before fate smiled on her and she could finally get her dream move to Anguilla. After the devastation of Hurricane Luis in 1995, she found the house, fell in love again, and decided to set up Irie Life. “Everyone said we were crazy, that we should be on the main road,” she remembers. “We all just loved this house, so we put up signs to lead to the store.” 68
Formerly owned by Calvin Richardson, the century-old house was structurally sound but almost derelict when Lynne took it over. An awning, with a railing around it were added to the front porch. Inside, she removed laminated wood partitions, exposing the structural columns. Next came the floors, which proved more challenging than expected. “We had to reinforce the floor because you could stand inside and bounce up and down,” she recalls. Floor woes continued a year later, when termites decimated the new wood. Taking no chances a second time, Lynne “bought marine ply, then had the entire space fogged.” Though seemingly drastic, it worked: “That was 12 years ago, and we’ve had no problems since,” she comments. Today, the cottage enjoys a new incarnation, complete with gingerbread trim and a bright, Rastafarian colour
scheme. Lynne explains that the choice of colours represent “the ‘Irie Life’: the colors of the Caribbean and its African heritage.” This vibe, which carries over to the owner herself, contributes to Irie Life’s success, even when the old house shows its age. “We need to replace the shutters because they are literally held together by the paint!” she jokes. Nevertheless, Lynne sees the building as an integral part of her business. “Wood is natural and warm and welcoming, as opposed to concrete, which is cold and holds no vibration,” she points out. “Walking on a suspended wood floor is easy on the feet.” Would she do it again? Emphatically, “Yes, in a heartbeat! We have never regretted that decision.” She continues, “This house has a history of love and caring, and we are privileged to carry on that tradition.
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ave you ever considered owning a vacation home in Anguilla? Hundreds of Anguilla regulars share that dream, and many have gone ahead to realize them. Buying land and building from scratch comes with the guarantee that the home will be fully suited to your needs, but that guarantee comes at a steep price. For anyone considering a vacation home in Anguilla, buying and renovating a fixer-upper is a sensible option with plenty of upside. Jackie Pascher of Island Dream Properties agrees: “A major plus is that you get a property you can live in and renovate at the same time.” The biggest truth in real estate is “location, location, location”, and you can’t match the location of many older homes. Built in the 80s and 90s by visitors who fell in love with the island, many of these houses sit on great properties, often very
close to the water. Finding comparable locations today is extremely costly or, often, impossible. Many are in move-in shape and can be enjoyed right away—a lot of the heavy lifting has been done. “Most people typically only add a pool, new windows and redo the kitchen and bathrooms,” Jackie explains. “As a bonus, mature landscaping is usually already in place.” Many owners who built their vacation homes 20-30 years ago are less able to travel or are simply no longer able to manage a home many miles away. “These people want to spend more time with their grandchildren,” Jackie points out, “or they may have health issues. They are offering their homes for sale at good prices to stimulate quick sales.” The market for fixer-uppers is starting to heat up, as the prospect of finding deals has created new interest in this
segment of the market. “The market is improving for these types of properties,” says Jackie. “People now realize they can get an excellent location and fix the house to their specifications at a good value.” Like any building project, fixer-uppers come with considerations. “There are almost always surprises when you get into a renovation,” Jackie warns. “These can easily increase the cost.” Hiring a professional to inspect for damage or structural integrity is always advisable. Neglected houses can be dangerous or cost a lot of money to repair. An older property might not match the vacation home in your mind’s eye at first, but it can house more than what you see at first glance. A renovated property in a great location can be the perfect sanctuary in which to celebrate life and enjoy Anguilla for years to come.
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three (or more)for the price of one katouche bay Is the ultimate Anguilla adventure Destination: Hiking, spelunking, swimming and camping— All in one location. by Andy Connor; photos by Orrett H. Wynter
or all you beach and hiking lovers, do I have something special for you this time around? Yes, and it’s three for one, if not more: a beautiful beach, leisurely hiking, an amazing cave, a relaxing bonfire. Here’s yet another one of Anguilla’s hidden beaches. It’s not an average hang-out-underan-umbrella beach. It’s a beach to explore. Here at Katouche Bay and Iguana Cave, you’ll find no bars, lounge chairs or ambiance. You’ll have to bring your own drinks and eats for this one, because it’s pure, unadulterated nature. But this natural beauty comes at a price. The cost is your time: you feel like you have a lot, but you don’t. So spend a day exploring. We’ll hike to a cave and see the sights for the first half of the morning, ending the day down at the bottom at Katouche Bay with a real bonfire. It’s here where time stands still. Nothing has changed in a long, long, time. On Anguilla, each cave has a story to tell. Some you can find and explore easily, but all are not open to the public. Let’s explore Iguana Cave, located somewhere between downhill of
the Rev. CL Carty Rd and uphill from Katouche Bay. There are a few “roads less traveled” on our expedition, and you’ll have a taste of each. At Iguana cave, there are hermit crabs (the largest I’ve seen on island), land turtles of all sizes, and birds of various shapes and colors. But the giant lizard that gives the cave its name is nowhere to be found. Or is it? Stories tell of large groups of Iguanas living in this cave. Still, we see none. Now, we remember that this animal is a master of disguise; you have to look for an iguana to find one. When I took this hike, I looked at a tree over my head, and there it was—a 4-foot bright green iguana, hanging, its body blended into the leaves. We spotted only two of these over the entire trip. Hopefully, on your trip, you’ll see the large numbers we didn’t. Just a few steps inside the narrow entrance to Iguana Cave hang dozens of huge fruit-eating bats. Some will fly above and around you. Don’t worry—they’re more afraid of you than you continued on page 74
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are of them. Check yourself into the cave’s special: a two-room suite. It’s not as luxurious as Cap Juluca, but it can keep you dry if the rain comes out to play. Two rooms have been eroded into the rock. In the foyer, a large fig tree stretches more than 30 feet to a hole in the ceiling of the cave, meeting the sunlight and extending another 10 feet. This tree one of Anguilla’s tallest. Katouche is also called Anguilla’s rainforest, because its forest-tall trees grow covered with hanging vines. The earth has the smell of damp, fresh rain, and the soil is a rich, dark brown. The sun barely penetrates the dense vegetation. The round trip from the beach to the cave and back, taking your time, is an hour and a half. Don’t forget drinking water and hiking shoes! Katouche is also the best place on island for an overnight campout. I’ve never done it myself, but Ronya, my wife, loves a night under the stars. After your hike and spelunk, take a swim in the warm tropical water. Here, Katouche has yet another surprise for you: it’s actually two 74
beaches, but you can see the other side only after climbing over the boulders. It’s perfect if you just want to be left alone. If you do cross over, take your time, and wear shoes— prevention is better than a cure. Restore some energy for the next phase: a bonfire campout and sleepover on the beach (Katouche is one of only a few beaches on Anguilla where bonfires are allowed). The closest most of you have gotten to a bonfire is through the TV or roasting marshmallows in your backyard, but down here, it’s fresh fish and corn on the cob, and it’s all for real. All we ask of you is to make sure the beach remains clean. Thank you in advance. Sleeping on the beach is the grand finale. Lie on your back; look up at the stars. Pick out the big and little dipper, and debate about faraway worlds with those you love. When the sun awakens you the next morning, just imagine a world of bats, hermit crabs, iguanas, birds, a cave, and even a rainforest. All this and more—on Anguilla. You realize: life is simple. It is what you make of it that makes all the difference. Get out there and explore!
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Katouche bay & iguana cave Nothing good comes easy, and finding Iguana Cave is one of those good things that you have to work for. You can either choose the low road, or take the high one: Path 1 Journeying from the unspoilt beach of Katouche Bay, follow a path to the salt pond. Stay to your left (you’ll see an old water well). Keep walking until you come to a small junction. As we go higher, the atmosphere becomes another world. Take the path to the right after the junction, and continue up the narrow slope. Path 2 The other entrance to Iguana Cave is a path downhill from the Rev. C Leonard Carty Rd. This small path is hard to find. No signs or markers indicate “This Way to The Cave,” so park the car and look for it. This narrow path is a completely different atmosphere. No cool overhead canopy of tall trees or the damp, moist, rich soil below us—the trees resembled the others on the island. The path approaches the cave from the top of the hill, looking down, but the truly adventurous can enter from the top by climbing down the large fig tree.
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hen I was invited to go fishing, I pictured myself sitting on the boat, baiting my hook, casting the rod and waiting patiently until there was a bite. The realities of this trip were a little different. The beach was relatively deserted when I arrived at Sandy Ground. A boat called Gotcha Reel Good (nice play on words!) bobbed on the water, and I introduced myself to crewmen Colonel Raymond Griffin (the Captain) and Mindell Richardson. The morning was almost perfectly silent, and I took a few minutes to observe the men as they worked with quiet efficiency, preparing all the equipment for the trip. We left the wharf around 7:15am. I declined the rum
punch from the open bar and sat back to enjoy the view. As Anguilla receded, we zipped passed a gorgeous mega yacht and tiny Sandy Island. I dragged my eyes away from the scenery and focused on Mindell as he baited the lures with ballyhoo and checked the outriggers to ensure that the lines from the four rods anchored to the boat did not tangle in a turn. Gotcha Reel Good is a sports fishing boat, and my mental image of ‘going fishing’ changed as it dawned on me that technological advances have made fishing easier and quicker. I had no complaints about that! The Colonel explained that they used a fish finder that beeps when fish were below; and that the lines ‘buzz’ when a fish bites. I joked
with my fishing companions that these fish didn’t stand a chance. To catch ‘good fish’, the boat usually goes out at least 14 miles and up to 34 miles off the coast. We arrived at the first fishing ledge about 14 miles from shore and started to trawl. 20 minutes passed. Nothing bit. Mindell changed some of the lures because the ballyhoo was no longer fresh and also because different fish are attracted to different lures. We immediately noticed that one of the ballyhoo had been bitten into – a fish had cleverly eluded capture. The boat moved further out, and almost immediately, we had a fish on the line. I sprung into action as Mindell showed me where to place my hands and feet. The fish was on one
of the outer lines, so it took a lot of reeling, which was harder than I imagined. After a few minutes, my arms and shoulder started to ache. I exerted more energy, and within another minute, Mindell was pulling the fish out of the water. It was a small barracuda. I felt good with my first catch under my belt, but there was little time to bask in glory. Mindell announced that he needed a volunteer – there was a second biter! I settled comfortably into the chair like an old pro and started to reel. I could see what seemed to be a big fish trying to escape the hook in the distance. This was a fighter. I started to reel slowly, feeling the same ache in my muscles and silently giving thanks that I
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was different when we returned. A small cruise line had just docked, taxi drivers were waiting, and some boisterous young men on the wharf were there, offering to take, cook and eat the barracudas! My first fishing trip with Gotcha Reel Good was fun because the crew was experienced, friendly, and efficient. I learned though that while finding and luring the fish has gotten easier, it still takes patience and brute strength, especially to catch a big one. Unfortunately, we didn’t catch any of my favorites — Wahoo or Mahi Mahi – as they were out of season. So, a second fishing trip is definitely on the agenda for me. Happy fishing!
was in pretty good shape. Mindell gave me some encouragement, telling me that usually, only men pulled the fish in on that line. I thought then that as a strong woman, I could certainly do this. My fishing companions were cheering me on. I refused to taste defeat. The fish came closer, inch by inch. The second barracuda was a lot bigger than the first, and I was proud that I had emerged victorious in the battle of ‘woman against fish’. With a two-fish catch, we decided to head back to shore. Large barracuda can be poisonous, so even though Mindell indicated that the smaller fish was safe to eat, we decided not to take any home. The scene on the wharf
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great food reinvented cuisinart golf resort's new executive chef, jasper schneider, takes time off revamping the menus at all the hotel's restaurants to share his background, chefs he admires and his favourite dishes. Interview by Orrett H. Wynter
Where are you from? Born in London, grew up in New York and then moved to Hawaii with my parents. I played ice hockey, which was kind of my way into college. I got into cooking when my dad and I went out to lunch at a small sandwich shop. He saw a “vacancy” sign and said, “Why don’t you go over and apply for the job?” Within 6 months, I fell in love with cooking. How does the Caribbean compare to New York? You love it [New York] because it’s such a metropolitan city. But here, it’s paradise. If your day is going wrong, just look out at the ocean, and remember, “I could be in New York—minus ten degrees and three feet of snow. No, thank you! I'd rather be in Anguilla.” What inspired the new menu? I think any chef coming in wants to throw a stamp on stuff. In each place, I want to 78
say, “This is what we do in this restaurant.” Café Mediterraneo takes on a Mediterranean approach; you see a lot more salads and healthy food, because people are sitting down at the beach. At the Beach Shack, I created more of a Caribbean feel—a little jerk chicken, and a snapper done local-style, wrapped in tin foil. I've always had a passion for Japanese food—it’s probably been in my career for 20 years. At Tokyo Bay, [We] created a more fun, hip style and a more casual experience. We've just finished creating Italia’s menu: it’s a more New York Italian experience. You’d almost think it’s a neighbourhood restaurant where you come and eat a couple of nights a week Did you keep anything? No, it’s completely different. I do the hamburger different, the pizza's different. When
long-time customers come back, I say to the staff, “They’re going to want what they’re used to getting. But at the end of the day, let them try something new.” They’ll always fall in love with something. Anything locally inspired? Mainly fish—local snapper and the local tuna up in Tokyo Bay. Most exciting new dish? I love the mahi-mahi dish – one of my sous chefs showed me a new technique with the plantains—we do the mahimahi with a roasted plantain puree. We fuse lemongrass into the sauce and a little bit of red curry to add bite to the sweetness of plantains. It was like, wow, this is something unique. I love food. As you can see [pats his tummy], I didn’t get this big from sleeping. So, you like seafood? Seafood is my passion. I worked for Éric Ripert of Le Bernardin, the 'god of seafood',
as they call him. He really showed me how to make simple dishes—instead of having 15 things in a dish, you do 3 things, and it’s genius. I’m not saying what I do is genius, but I use his philosophy: the fish is the star on the plate, everything around it should complement it. What’s your favourite dish? My wife will tell you it’s a simple steak on the grill at home; but at work I love cooking seafood. I love creating raw dishes and converting people who aren’t used to eating raw fish. What’s your style? I want people to feel like they’re eating healthy, but that there’s also a soul behind the food. I get the highest possible quality of everything, and I cook it real simple so it tastes great. Which chefs do you admire? Long list. There is Éric Ripert,
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my mentor from New York. He would take his time to talk about food, the importance of quality ingredients, and the importance of a team. When guests say they love my food, I say, “Thank you, but my staff is making me look good.” I’m not doing it all myself. There’s Michel Bras from France. Thomas Keller of the French Laundry and Per Se in New York. The great JeanLouis Palladin, who passed away many years ago, and Charlie Trotter from Chicago, who passed away recently. Ingredient that no kitchen should be without? Salt! Kitchen tool no chef should be without? Cast iron pan. Last you a lifeline. That, and a good, sharp knife. How's your Anguilla experience been so far?
To be honest with you, this is my third Caribbean island, and the hospitality here is unbelievable. Everybody is friendly. I think my 17-monthold daughter is more of a celebrity than I am. I walked into Best Buy [supermarket] yesterday, and one of the staff was like, “Hi Adele!” I’m like, “Whoa, how do you know my daughter’s name?” Do you get to eat out? I try to go out once a week and see what’s around. The first three days I was here, I lived off roadside chicken. You can’t beat it! I also just tried B&Ds last Friday – we just picked up some ribs. My daughter…you can’t get them out of her hands, she loves the ribs. We just want to embrace the island and enjoy the culture and the flavours. I think that its super important to get a local experience.
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tapa the world
the phenomenon of small dishes, or light bites has caught on in anguilla—big time.
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In Anguilla, ‘tapas’ is a catchall term for different cultural and geographical variations of food in small servings tapas, canapés, hors d'oeuvres, and a host of others. The combinations of ingredients and styles of execution are endless, but the result is the same—to offer smaller amounts of food, and a greater variety of experiences. The word ‘tapas’ comes from the Spanish word for ‘cover’ or ‘lid’, as the dishes were first served on a dish that covered a wine or cocktail glass. The idea was that bar patrons would be able to drink more if they could eat at the same time. The concept stuck: today, tapas menus are increasingly popular in bars, lounges and cocktail parties. In Anguilla, we adapt and invent new tapas selections, 80
often miniaturizing dishes that are traditionally served as full-sized meals into bite-sized ones. The presentation varies from place to place; some restaurants offer individual tapas items on their dinner menus, while others prepare separate tapas menus. Others go a step further, offering variety platters of different items and flavours—always a hit among large groups. These platters give patrons the chance to sample different items without having to commit to entrées. The inspirations for “tapas” at local eateries run the gamut and include Asian-styled dishes as well as Italian, French, American and Caribbean ones. Wherever in Anguilla you choose to have your “light bites”, you can expect innovation.
SandBar The SandBar's menu of ‘tasty tapas’ got Anguilla excited about the small bite scene—now, everyone seems to have gotten in on the act. We're looking forward to seeing what the new owners will feature on their menu. Roy’s Bayside Grill Roy's new ‘bar snacks’ menu includes some fun items such as the very English-sounding ‘chips and gravy’ and the intriguingly named ‘pig wings’. Tasty’s Restaurant The tapas at Tasty’s have a distinctly Caribbean theme (as should be expected) and include deconstructed ribs and local fish cerviche served with ‘provisions’ chips. Blue Bar at CeBlue Freshly baked on the spot in their barside brick oven, a slice of the thin crust, Italian-style pizza at the stylish Blue Bar at CeBlue is one of our favourite things to have with a cocktail. Lobby Bar at Cuisinart Golf Resort and Spa Cuisinart's Lobby Bar is a great place to enjoy a cocktail an exoticsounding light bite like mushroom flatbread with goat cheese and arugula or yummy grilled cheese bites with a shot of tomato gazpacho. They often host live entertainers. Da’Vida Restaurant Da’Vida’s fresh new 'Sushi Corner' menu is both healthy and delicious. You’ll find traditional assorted sushi, sashimi and nigiri with pickled ginger and wasabi platter.
OPENING HOURS AND & CALENDAR OF EVENTS Main restaurant opens Tuesday to Sunday. Dinner 6:00 - 9:30 pm Tapas at da’Vida lounge 5:00 - 9:00 pm Happy hour Thursday thru Saturday 6:00 - 7:00 pm Live entertainment at da’Vida Lounge Friday and Saturday Bayside Bar and Grill opens daily from 10:00 am - 5:00pm
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before...and after Everyone loves a gripping beginning and happy ending. Here are some of my favourite ways to start and end an Anguillian dining experience. by Trudy Nixon
Raw fish You can’t go wrong with sashimi, tartare or cervices made with our fresh local fish or seafood. You’ll find one on nearly every restaurant menu—my favourites include the Conch at Veya, Tasty’s and the Anguilla Great House; the tuna at Dolce Vita or Jacala; and the sushi, sashimi and rolls at the Sunset Lounge, Tokyo Bay or Da'Vida. Super Soups Being English, the fact that hearty soups are more widely eaten than salads in the sunny Caribbean first struck me as strange. Now, it just makes me happy. I love getting delicious soups all over the island, and my favourites include French onion soup at The Ferryboat Inn as well as fragrant fish soups, including the traditional fish soup at Ripples and Veya’s modern and spicy take laden with pieces of fresh tuna. I’ll also never say no to pumpkin soup in any of its guises (a special mention goes to E’s Oven for their pumpkin soup with lobster ravioli). 82
Fancy Fried Anguilla’s starter choices usually include something sautéed, battered, and crispy. Fried calamari at Madeariman is a great plate for sharing (do share, because it’s huge), and Blanchard’s lobster shrimp cakes are famous on the island.
Tempting Trolley CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa shows off its team of expert pastry chefs by rolling out a retro ‘Dessert Trolley’ at the end of meals. Take your time to peruse and choose among a colourful presentation of sweet things. Choose Chocolate For me, dessert equals chocolate. Recently added to my musteat list: StrawHat’s indulgent molten chocolate cake, filled with a melty, gooey inside and served with salted caramel ice cream. Constant in my affections for many years is the slightly spicy Mexican Chocolate Pudding at Picante. Coffee Cocktails Often, a coffee-based cocktail is even better than a dessert. I love a good espresso martini, and variations on the theme abound all over the island. My ‘regular’ is at The Pumphouse—the perfect transition from dinner to dancing.
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seeking closure The age-old wine closure debate is heating up and cork can no longer lay claim to being the undisputed choice.
ossibly the biggest development in wine culture recently has surrounded the choice of wine bottle closure. For centuries, cork was king but, in recent years, there has been growing support for using screw caps, or Stelvin closures, instead. Local wine expert Natalie le Senechal, of Les Grands Vins de France sees a lot of merit in screw caps. “If I’m looking for a ‘beach wine’ as I call it, I won't mind a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc with a screw cap,” she pointed out. “The wine keeps its freshness longer. On the practical side, who hasn't arrived at the beach and forgot to bring a corkscrew?” It wasn’t that long ago that screw caps were associated with inferior wines. That reality has changed with some of the world’s top wineries using screw caps for their premium bottles. Furthermore, there’s more democracy in wine production today, with quality wines available for all budgets. Cork is a more expensive closure, so it makes sense that Stelvins would be used for more inexpensive bottles. Scientific studies have backed up the case for screw caps, with wines under caps retaining freshness for longer periods. Cork-topped wines often fall victim to “cork taint”, a chemical reaction that results in a musty smell and taste many liken to wet cardboard. For proper aging, wines need to be able to breathe and the porosity of cork allows this naturally. For the most expensive bottles, this is a necessity. The reality, though, is that most wines (even some reds) are consumed fairly soon after production, so screw caps simply make sense. Nevertheless, it’s hard to disagree that there is a certain je ne sais quoi about the ritual that produces the signature ‘creak and pop’. It’s an experience that screw caps simply cannot replicate. For Natalie, though, only one thing matters: “I'm still making my purchases based on the juice inside, not the way the wine is topped.”
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