In celebration of Caribbean American Heritage Month and sponsored by Jamaicans.com and Kara’s Jamaican & Chinese Restaurant, jamroppo Productions presents the Out Of Many One People & Anancy Celebration. This will take the form of an interactive Caribbean children’s play date on Saturday, June 30, 2007, starting at 10:30 a.m. at Kara’s on 8120 Pines Blvd , Hollywood , FL 33024 . The event is free to the public.
There will be performances by well-known Florida-based folkloric group the Jamaica Folk Revue. Led by Ms. Norma Darby, the morning’s fun-filled activities will include Caribbean/Jamaican children’s songs and games.
Special guest author, Geoffrey Philp, will launch and read from his latest children’s book, “Grandpa Sydney’s Anancy Stories”. Set in the multicultural environment of South Florida, “Grandpa Sydney’s Anancy Stories” is about a young Jamaican-American boy, Jimmy Harrison, who loves school and his favorite subject is snack time! But when a new boy, Kevin, joins his class, he begins to bully Jimmy and the rest of the children. What’s worse, he begins to take away Jimmy’s snacks. Using the wisdom from his Grandpa Sydney’s story about “Anancy, Snake, and Tiger,” Jimmy overcomes the class bully. And for one Sunday, he reunites his family for dinner.
“Grandpa Sydney’s Anancy Stories” draws on the rich oral tradition of Anancy stories that are told and re-told in Jamaica and the English-speaking Caribbean. These Anancy stories, which originated in West Africa, are rich sources of wisdom that have been passed down from generation to generation.
“The Out Of Many One People & Anancy Celebration for children promises to be a real family affair and we’ll have goody bags for the children and door prizes for the grown-ups. A little bit of everything for everyone,” said Philp
Jamroppo is an exciting, unique and innovative concept that celebrates Jamaica’s rich and eclectic culture. It is the brainchild of Cathy Kleinhans. The winner of The Best Personality and The Best Smile awards in the Miss Jamaica (World) 1983 contest, Cathy Kleinhans, was asked the question then by the chief judge of the contest, Hector Wynter, “How would you sell Jamaica?” Kleinhans has been selling Jamaica for over 20 years. She especially enjoyed the great interaction with people from all over the world during her position as public relations manager at Sandals Montego Bay. She went on to pursue a Master’s degree in Television Production at New York Institute of Technology having completed a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors in Communications at University of The West Indies at the Caribbean Institute of Mass Communications (CARIMAC). Cathy has over 20 years of experience in the field of communications – marketing/public relations and television production. According to Kleinhans, “jamroppo is a brand. It is authentically Jamaican, unique and innovative in concept. In its pursuit of excellence and professionalism it will run the full gamut of the 21st Century marketing mix but always with personalized service which I pride myself on and with a winning smile.”
Jamaicans.com is the premiere online source for all things Jamaican. Launched in December 1995, the website has won numerous awards, special recognitions and was voted as the Number 1 Web Site on Jamaica. (Source: www.top5jamaica.com ). The success of Jamaicans.com can be attributed to the determination of its founder and moderating staff to ensure that it remains an informative, fun, clean, place to learn about Jamaica and to interact with others in a respectful setting. The site provides a Bulletin Board community for Jamaicans and Jamaican lovers residing all around the world where they exchange stories, anecdotes, grouses, recipes, and discuss their travel plans. With over 20,000 registered users Jamaicans.com has become a mainstay of the online community with its goal being to perpetuate a world of friendships and dialogue through this shared love for Jamaica, and to actively participate in productive ways towards a better Jamaica.