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Friday, April 30, 2010

Dia di Rincon (Rincon Day) Offers Music, Culture, Food and Fun

Today, April 30th, is traditionally known throughout the Dutch Kingdom as the Queen’s Birthday, and it is a legal holiday, but here on Bonaire, there’s cause for another type of celebration, Dia di Rincon (Rincon Day), now in its 21st year. 

Beginning around 11:00 AM and going until midnight, residents and those visitors lucky enough to be on island will rub elbows together in the streets of Rincon, enjoying the music and cultural dancing on six stages, as well as food and drink stalls, handicrafts, and a total immersion in all things Bonaire.  It’s a once-a-year festival that no one will want to miss.  To view the agenda for today and tomorrow’s festivities, click here (in Papiamentu and PDF format). (Source:  TCB-Bonaire)

Posted by Susan Davis on April 30, 2010 at 11:18am AST
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Thursday, April 22, 2010

Massage Hut Bonaire Offers New Services and Products With Bonaire Salt

The Massage Hut Bonaire at Sorobon Beach has partnered with A Place for You and is now creating and selling natural sea salt products from Bonaire.  Sea salt, also called Maris Lumis or Maris Sal, from Bonaire is know for its cleansing, detoxifying, and healing qualities.

Bonaire sea salt contains nearly 100 different minerals and other healing substances, including potassium, magnesium, and bromide. Bonaire salt evaporates from the seabeds and contains minerals used in baths to soften the water and draw impurities from the body.  These sea salts can provide relief from stress and anxiety, assist with muscle and joint pains, and treat the symptoms of more severe skin conditions. The therapeutic benefits of sea salt baths are well known and often recommended by doctors for treating a wide range of medical conditions.

The Massage Hut is now offering bath salt, body scrubs, and natural sea salt. The bath salt and body scrubs contain essential oils and come in four different scents. The bath salt is excellent for muscle relaxation, detoxification, and healing of the skin. The body scrub is a great product for ex-foliation and detoxification, and easy to use in the shower.  The natural sea salt is used for cooking as well as the above mentioned benefits.  These salt products are sold at The Massage Hut at Bonaire Windsurf Place, Lac Bay, and at several other locations around the island. More information is available at the Massage Hut’s web site by clicking here.

When next visiting the island, why not try a new, uniquely Bonairean experience:  A natural sea salt body scrub at The Massage Hut while listening to the sounds of the sea. Choices include a complete body scrub ($35.00), a foot and leg scrub ($15.00), or a hand scrub ($10.00).  For true luxury, add a scrub after your massage.  These new salt products and services are the perfect complement to the massages already offered at The Massage Hut for many years by Ann Johnson, a Certified Massage Therapist. (Source:  Massage Hut Bonaire)

Posted by Susan Davis on April 22, 2010 at 11:36am AST
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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

CIEE Offers Two New Presentations

CIEE has recently announced two new public lectures on coral reef ecology that will be conducted on Thursday, April 22, 2010 and also Wednesday, April 28, 2010, both beginning at 7:00 PM.

This first presentation on Thursday evening will be by John Ware, PhD, president of Sea Services, Inc., and he will speak on “Coral Reefs and Climate Change.” The Wednesday evening presentation will be by Ayana Elizabeth Johnson, a marine biology PhD student at Scripps Institution of Oceanography.  She’ll speak on “Fish, Fishing, Diving, and the Management of Coral Reefs.”

As usual, everyone is invited to attend, and entry is free.  These presentations will be conducted at the CIEE Research Station Bonaire, located at Kaya Gobernador N. Debrot 26 in Kralendijk. (Source:  CIEE Bonaire)

Posted by Susan Davis on April 21, 2010 at 9:54am AST
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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Bonaire’s Richter Art Gallery Holds First Open House

The Richter Art Gallery announced today that it will be holding its first “Open House” on Saturday, April 24, 2010, to introduce Bonaire’s art lovers to its newly remodeled space.  The Open House will take place from 2:00 PM until 7:00 PM on April 24th and, in addition to a range of fine art, will feature wine and snacks for those visiting. 

The Richter Art Gallery, located in Belnem, is owned and operated by local Bonaire artists, Linda Richter and Jake Richter and is located on the second floor of a specially constructed extension built onto their home.

The gallery features a variety of fine art and unique works, all created by the Richters. Linda Richter specializes in fine oil painting and has developed a special style she refers to as “Nature Portraits.” Linda has won numerous awards and accolades for her representations of the bright, colorful world around all of us. Linda has both original oil paintings as well as limited edition prints of her works for sale at the Richter Art Gallery.

Jake Richter’s experience as a nature photographer and journalist has been applied to digital media using a process he describes as “digital painting”, where he uses his photos as a starting point to create images which stir the imagination and soul. Limited edition prints of Jake’s works are also available at the gallery.

For those familiar with the works of the Richters, there will be a number of new recently created works on exhibition as well.

The Richter Art Gallery is open regularly Tuesday through Fridays, from 2:00pm until 5:30pm, and at other times by prearranged appointment. To make an appointment to visit the Richter Art Gallery, one only needs to call or e-mail. The gallery’s phone number is +599-7 17-4112 and e-mail address is info@RichterArt.com.

The Richter Art Gallery is located at Kaya R. Statius van Eps 17 (also known as the “Road to Sorobon”), in the Belnem area of Bonaire. More information about the Richter Art Gallery can also be found by clicking here (Source:  Richter Art Gallery)

Posted by Susan Davis on April 20, 2010 at 12:54pm AST
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Monday, April 19, 2010

Bonaire’s Underwater Cleanup Removes Much Trash from Kralendijk’s Yacht Anchorage

On Saturday, April 10, 2010, Bonaire experienced some cloudy skies, but that did not keep an enthusiastic group of divers and snorkelers from cleaning up the shallows of Bonaire’s Cha-Cha-Cha Beach.  All worked together as a team to remove trash from this area.  Images from this cleanup are available on-line at the Bonaire Insider Photo Gallery by clicking here.

Jake Richter of NetTech addressed the group and explained what trash should be recovered and what should be left behind, as well as how to keep from damaging any marine animals.  Shortly afterward, the divers entered the water, descended, and began to fill their bags with trash.  When filled, the bags were brought to the surface to those working as shore support.  There, Dive Friends crew and volunteers checked once again to be sure no marine creatures had been inadvertently included, counted, and tallied the trash for statistics, and then disposed of it responsibly.

It had been a year since this stretch of shallows was last cleaned, and the group was able to process an impressive amount of trash that had accumulated during this time:  25 beverage cans, bottles, 9 cup lids, 2 pieces of clothing, 15 pieces of mono-filament fishing line, 5 eating utensils, 8 pieces of plastic and rope, 2 automotive tires, as well as miscellaneous building materials, boat parts, and chemical light sticks.

After the dive, all participants and their families were welcomed back for a Pot Luck BBQ—Dive Friends Bonaire and NetTech, the sponsors of the Bonaire cleanups, provided drinks and main courses, while participants supplied side dishes.  All participants were rewarded with certificates of participation.

The next quarterly underwater cleanup is scheduled for Saturday, July 10, 2010.  Additional information about the cleanups is available by clicking here.  All are welcome to join in.  (Source:  Dive Friends Bonaire and NetTech)

Posted by Susan Davis on April 19, 2010 at 4:51pm AST
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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

The Next Classical Music Concert is April 27, 2010 Presenting Four Great Musicians

The Classical Music Board Bonaire will hold its next concert on April 27th, 2010, starting at 8:00 PM at Cacique Hall.  Four different musicians will present the evening’s collection offering superb classical music.

Alissa Margulis (violin) is a highly gifted young violinist. She has a beautiful, singing tone, excellent technique, and a strong musical personality and is a prizewinner of many competitions.  German Marcano (cello) obtained his Bachelor of Music Degree at the prestigious Surrey University, England. He has taken part in master classes with Maestros Franz Helmerson and the world-famous Mstislav Rostropovich. Back in Venezuela since 1985, Marcano occupied the principal cello chair with the Simón Bolívar Symphonic Orchestra.  Armand Simon (piano) was born in Amsterdam in 1977 of Aruban parents. As a pianist, he has performed in the Netherlands, Aruba, Curacao, Venezuela, Columbia, USA, and Belgium. In 2006, Armand Simon was asked to perform for Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, and he is the artistic director of the International Aruba Piano Festival.  The fourth musician presented will be the prize winner of the piano competition of the International Aruba Piano Festival, which will be held on April 25th, 2010.

These four musicians will provide a great variety of chamber music with a program including piano solos (three pieces by the prize winner of the piano competition on Aruba), Bach’s Cello Suite No. 1 by German Marcano, Saint-Saens’s Introduction & Rondo Capriccioso op.28 by Alissa Margulis and Armand Simon, Schubert’s Sonatina in A Minor op. 137 no. 2 by Alissa Margulis and Armand Simon, and Piazzolla’s Los Cuatro Estaciones (arranged for piano trio by José Bragato).

Cacique Hall is located at the Plaza Resort Bonaire.  Tickets are FL 35.00 per person (about $20.00) in advance, or FL 40.00 at the door (about $22.50), children accompanied by their parents pay FL 10.00 per person at the door (about $5.60) with a school identification card.  Tickets can also be ordered on line by clicking here with payment made at the door.  (Source:  Classical Music Board Bonaire)

Posted by Susan Davis on April 14, 2010 at 10:22am AST
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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Club Roomers Welcomes Back Jim Gilmour for an Evening of Contemporary Folk Music

Club Roomers will host a musical evening on Friday, April 16th, 2010, when Jim Gilmour returns to present an evening of contemporary folk music that is called, “Not your Daddy’s folk music.”

Bonaire’s own Gio Mercera will be accompanying Jim on keyboard.  The evening will begin with Hotel Roomers’ usual Happy Hour with half-price drinks from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM.  An optional full BBQ buffet (all you can eat) will be served at 6:00 PM, for FL 35.00 (about $19.70), and the concert will begin at 7:00 PM.  Admission is FL 15.00 (about $8.50) per person for a donation to the Club Roomers Charity Fund, but Club Roomers members are free.  Reservations are recommended (call 717-7488) for those who wish to enjoy the BBQ buffet.

Those interested can preview some of Jim’s tunes on his just-released CD, Flatworld, by clicking here(Source:  Roomers Bonaire)

Posted by Susan Davis on April 13, 2010 at 2:39pm AST
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Monday, April 12, 2010

Golden Reef Inn Rolls Back Pricing to 2006 for Summer and Fall Travel in 2010

Golden Reef Inn has recently announced special pricing for the Stay, Dive, & Drive Special and their Stay and Drive Special.

These 7-night packages are now priced at $549.00 per person for the Stay, Dive, & Drive Special, and $425.00 per person for the Stay and Drive Special, available from May 1st through November 1st, 2010. These packages include 7 nights accommodations, taxes, and surcharges, as well as a variety of other benefits.  Prices are based on double occupancy, but a single supplement is available at additional charge as are additional nights.  For additional information, visit their web site by clicking here. (Source:  Golden Reef Inn)

Posted by Susan Davis on April 12, 2010 at 10:50am AST
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Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Everyone Is Welcome to Join the Underwater Cleanup This Saturday, April 10, 2010

The next underwater cleanup will take place at Bonaire’s boat anchorage on Saturday, April 10, 2010.  All interested participants should meet at Dive Friends @ Dive Inn at 1:00 PM. 

Everyone is welcome and those not diving can also help, since shore support is always needed.  All participants are welcome to return at 5:00 PM at Dive Friends @ Yellow Submarine for the event’s customary BBQ; drinks and main courses will be provided by Dive Friends and NetTech, but participants are asked to bring a side dish to share.

This will be the first underwater cleanup of the year, so it’s a great time for both residents and tourists alike to pitch in and help keep Bonaire clean--underwater, as well as above the water!

For additional information about the cleanups, click here. (Source:  Dive Friends Bonaire and NetTech, N.V.)

Posted by Susan Davis on April 07, 2010 at 1:48pm AST
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Thursday, April 01, 2010

CIEE Bonaire Announces Next Public Presentation

Many times, visiting divers and snorkelers come upon sea turtles in the waters surrounding Bonaire.  Many do not realize that Bonaire has an active sea turtle conservation club.  Bruce Brabec, president of STCB (Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire) will be giving a presentation about Bonaire’s sea turtles at CIEE Bonaire on Thursday, April 8th, 2010.

The talk will begin at 7:00 PM promptly, and it will be held at CIEE’s Research Station located on Kaya Gobernador N. Debrot #26.  Everyone is invited and entry is free.  (Source:  CIEE Bonaire)

Posted by Susan Davis on April 01, 2010 at 4:29pm AST
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