Monday, March 26, 2012

St. Pat's Continued......

Yes, I know that St. Patick's Day was over a week ago and even the hangovers are a distant memory but we just got around to posting these photos from our celebration.  This was not due to a hangover as there were none onboard Merengue!

De Big Fish threw a great party.  Jim provided them with 5 hours of Irish music to play on the sound system.  Yes, we have lots of Irish music!

We started with green Carib........

..... and then went for the Guinness.  Ahhhhhh!

Friends showed up early to get the celebration started.

I even managed to catch the Marquette game and part of the Wisconsin game.  Sorry for being a little anti-social but that's what March Madness basketball will do to you!

The "Guinness Girls"  who kept the food and drink coming all evening.  The Fish prepared a 3 course Irish dinner for us.
First course, your choice of potato and leek soup or a rustic Reuben salad.
Second course, beer-batter fish or Steak and Guinness pie.
Third course, Bailey's Irish Cream pie or a Guinness float.
Thank you to Kim and Rikky for a wonderful evening.

Same holiday, different island.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Our tradition before we went cruising was to celebrate with a breakfast of corned beef hash and eggs at one of our favorite Irish Pubs before heading off to Milwaukee's St. Patrick's Day parade.  (Ahhhh, men in kilts!)  We were always home well before the crazy's went out for the evening.  Celebrating St. Patrick's Day with fun and frivolity seems to be more of a North American concept.  In Ireland it is a religious holiday.  Here in the Caribbean it is rarely observed.  This photo is one that Jim took in 2010 when we celebrated at Molly Malone's in St. Thomas.  Our favorite Grenadian hang-out, de Big Fish is holding a party tonight so we'll get to drink Guiness and green Carib, eat Irish influenced food and listen to some good music.  Whatever your plans are, have a great day.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Dinghy Concert

Last week was the South Grenada Regatta, a long weekend of racing and partying
 out of Le Phare Bleu Marina.  To kick-off the event, the resort/marina held a dinghy concert in Clark's Court Bay.  

A large barge or pontoon was anchored in the bay with a tug-boat rafted up to it.  The pontoon held the bar and seating for the audience.  The aft deck of the tug-boat was the stage for the band.

 A water-taxi ride out to the concert for those of us who couldn't come by dinghy.  We are anchored in Prickly Bay, several miles to the west so we came by land and then by sea.

You gotta love a floating bar!  Two cold Caribs please.

 The band was from Switzerland and is called "the Rocking Pontoons" when they play at the regatta.
The wind was cranking and the sea was rolling so the band was aptly named.

 Dinghies rafted up to the barge to listen and do a little dinghy dancing.

 Those of us on the pontoon had a little more room, seats and oh yes, did I mention the bar?

 A couple of days later and we were back to catch an afternoon of racing and then stay for the regatta party in the evening.  Unfortunately the races ended several hours early (when does that ever happen in the Caribbean!) so we arrived too late and had to settle for drinks at the marina, dinner and an evening listening and dancing to the Rocking Pontoons.  Not a hardship but it would have been fun to see some of the racing.

Guess we'll have to drown our sorrows in a blue drink from the Westerhall Rum tasting.

Here's a video of the event that Tom on S/V Farhaven shot of the band singing 
"Stuck in Grenada With You."
"Shandy's to the left of me, Carib's to the right here I am, stuck in Grenada with you...."