Leslie GOMEZ at the 1st Caribbean Jam Fest
was Seine Bight native, SSG Brian Martinez. More on Les
in this issue.
Belize Tourism Supports
Joseph R. Flores
Association in Killeen/Texas
first showing for the year 2001 at the First-ever Caribbean Jam Fest in the local
with a massive display of their Beautiful and beloved country.
The fest, held on the brisk, bright
afternoon of Saturday, February 17, at the Copperas Cove Civic Center, was very
well attended. The spacious center was packed to capacity,
with hundreds of attendees, and participants.
more idyllic location couldn’t have been chosen to hold an event of this nature. Nestled in the historic hills of Central
Texas, Cove, as it is fondly called, is a friendly little
city of some 30,311 inhabitants. Mostly a residential
area, it is conveniently situated along the busy
U.S. 190 highway, a few miles south of Killeen,
and just minutes away from the main gate of Fort Hood
Army base, the Largest Military installation in the
Community is home to a diverse population of people
from all around the world, and is famous for its excellent
schools, festivals and high standards of life.
Because of all these qualities, a large number of
the people from the Caribbean in this area, have chosen
Cove to be their home away from home.
The Jam fest, which lasted from
1p.m. to 6p.m., was a fun
filled event, with the sights, sounds and aromas of the Caribbean everywhere: on stage,
in the music, from the booths, and from all those who were
there to represent, participate, and support. The result
truly lived up the theme of this years’ event:
“Come to the Islands”
The event was sponsored by the Caribbean Tea House &
Gift Shop, the Afro Caribbean Cultural Committee, the City
of Copperas Cove Parks and Recreation Department, the Cove
Super Wal-Mart Store, the Killeen Daily Herald and by the booths represented.