Folklore, royalty win run Deep at this festival
Theres no castle and no paparazzi, but tranquil Deep Bay in Pembroke will soon be the only bay in Bermuda with its own king and queen.
Stanley Morton, 77, and Joan Dismont, 83, will be crowned King and Queen of Deep Bay as part of the Deep Bay Festival organised this month by Dale Butler, of Atlantic Publishing, and Darlene Hartley, of My Thyme Productions. The festival is the offshoot of the Cool Jade festival held last year featuring musician Jade Minors. Mr Minors was a popular performer last year, and will be performing in the Deep Bay Festival.
After last years festival we wanted to put more Bermuda folklore into it and Bermudianise it, said Mr Butler. Part of our heritage is Deep Bay just below the Pembroke Community Club. We started to think of people who have some type of connection or have made a contribution to that area. We thought of Mr Morton, a former parliamentarian. He was part of the group that built the Pembroke Community Club which is right beside Deep Bay. Ms Dismont is still very active in the community.
Ms Dismont grew up in the area and often swam in Deep Bay with her family and played in caves nearby.
There are a lot of steps to walk down to get to Deep Bay, she said. It is a beautiful beach once you get there.
But if there is any octogenarian that might be able to manage 80-plus steps it would be Ms Dismont. She has walked more than 25 Catlin End-to-End Walks over the years including the one last year (when she was 82 years old). She is still the first to start dancing at family picnics, and her vivacity won her the Glamorous Granny competition in 2009. She graduated from the Bermuda College with a certificate in childcare at 70 years old. She is also a recipient of the Queens Certificate and Badge of Honour.
Mr Morton is not just known locally for his political talents, but also his musical ability. He has been singing all his life, and currently sings in the St Pauls AME Senior Choir.
I started singing when I was at Central School in Pembroke around the age of 15, he said. I am still available to sing at different functions.
Mr Butler said Deep Bay is a lovely beach, but known to have a few tricks. Many newcomers have placed their belongings on the beach before going swimming, only to look up later and see their belongings floating away. The beach disappears when the tide comes up. The steep steps and remote location are a deterrent to many people, and it is often quiet and peaceful even when other beaches on the Island are busy. Visitors that swim there are usually dropped off by tour boats.
Mr Morton said he became familiar with Deep Bay when he was part of the Sea Scouts as a child. The Sea Scout Building is very near Deep Bay.
The Sea Scouts covered the area during their outings, he said. Although I was not a good swimmer.
Mr Butler said they had been circulating leaflets about the upcoming festival. They were hoping to see a good turnout. If the event goes well they may make it an annual festival.
The festival will include performances by the Club 2000 Fever Dancers from overseas, Tony Robinson, Lavette Fuentes, Jade Minors and the Giant Steps Band. Proceeds from the festival will be used partly to send the Giant Steps Band to Cuba later this year and partly for the Music Hall of Fame organised by Mr Butler.
We are recognising our own heritage, celebrating existing entertainers and we have an international act, said Mr Butler. We are also going to be giving out two separate awards to Bermudians who have contributed to music. Having a king and queen is a way to recognise those who have contributed in many ways to Bermuda.
The event will be on January 20 at 4pm at the Pembroke Community Club. There will a light supper and raffle prizes. Tickets are $50 available from Music Box on Reid Street or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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