Road to St. Maarten Day 2017 events continue this weekend

Fred York, Jennifer Carty of Laser 101 and Minister Silveria Jacobs last week Saturday.


~ Laser 101 honoured last weekend ~

PHILIPSBURG–The events leading up to St. Maarten Day 2017 continue this weekend with the continuation of the Hurricane Heroes Social – Happy Hour edition in honour of utility company GEBE.

  The Hurricane Heroes Social kicked off at Laser 101 last Saturday, when the Laser Storm Watch team was honoured and uplifted during the event. This week, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport in collaboration with Fred York will be honouring NV GEBE as it employees have been working around the clock to restore electricity and water to all.

  Within a few days after monster Hurricane Irma, NV GEBE was able to begin restoring electricity and water, as well as dispatching water trucks into the districts. To this day, GEBE can still be observed hard at work to normalise the situation in St. Maarten and for that the community is grateful.

  Fred York and Friends will be at the GEBE parking lot in Philipsburg this Friday from 6:00 to 9:00pm playing different genres of music with local musical talent. This event is open to the public and everyone is invited to join in on this celebration.

  The Youth Debate will take place at the new Government Administration Building in the Conference Room on the ground floor Saturday from 6:00 to 9:30pm. The debate is between Hyacinth Richardson Educational Foundation versus the Joint Team of the St. Maarten Youth Parliament and Conseil Territorial des Jeunes de Saint-Martin.

  The debate’s topic will be “To be identified as a St. Martiner, cultural identity is more important than nationality” and the Ministry is inviting the public to come out and support the debaters and join the discussion.

  Ending the weekend is the Portraits and Poetry Event, in which local photographers will be given a platform to showcase their photography of St. Martin pre- and post-Hurricane Irma at the Marigot Waterfront on Sunday, November 5, from 1:00 to 5:00pm.

  The idea of this exhibition is not only to showcase the damage that St. Martin has sustained, but also how the island is already rebuilding less than two months after Hurricane Irma. These photos will show the resilience of the people of St. Martin and depict the true nature of #SXMStrong.

  The Spoken Word session will begin at 2:00pm, showcasing poets from both sides of the island, with musical interludes by various local artistes.

  There are events this weekend that everyone can enjoy and the Ministry is inviting everyone to come out and support local talents who are working very hard to entertain and uplift the community for the love of St. Maarten/St. Martin.

  For more information regarding St. Maarten Day festivities, contact Janelle Presentacion at 520-1638 weekdays between 10:00am and 3:00pm or via e-mail at

[email protected] .  

Source: The Daily Herald