Government Commissioner Marcolino “Mike” Franco opening Statia Day Week of Activities.
Ishn Courtar singing on stage.
ST. EUSTATIUS–The Statia Day week of activities opened with Gospel Night on Friday. Rainfall did not deter a large crowd from turning out for the event which marked the start of Statia Day Week, which runs November 9, through Friday, November 16.
Sjahairah “Lady Shorteh” Fleming was the Master of Ceremonies for the night, during which Government Commissioner Marcolino “Mike” Franco expressed his excitement to be present for the first time during Statia Day Week.
“This is a week where we do go into reflection to see where we are, where we came from and where we are heading to, a weekend where we do express ourselves in a lot of cultural expressions and festivities,” Franco said before officially opening the Week.
Headliner and award-winning international gospel artiste and evangelist Maxine Duncan performed to the delight of the crowd. She performed various songs from her latest CD “I am Committed to Jesus,” for which she has written 11 original songs. Her performance was “uplifting” and “inspiring,” members in the crowd said.
Other artistes who performed that night included Big Stone Fellowship, Ishn Courtar, The Catholic Angels, Luke Blair, as well as various students and youths.
Courtar took to the stage three times singing and preaching. At one point, he asked the crowd to join hands in a show of togetherness. Courtar said it is his desire to become a Methodist preacher.