Every wedding we do is pretty special, but sometimes one comes along that is a truly wonderful affair. This boho beach ceremony is an example of such an occasion, and we weren't the only ones to think so - we are proud to announce this lovely event has just been featured on Style Me Pretty! It's amazing to see our name up there with some of the best and hardest working wedding vendors the TCI has to offer. It's a big moment for us!
Britt and Troy were a really awesome pair, and we loved being part of their big day.
“The memories of dancing barefoot with my new husband, friends and family under the stars on a Caribbean beach by a bonfire is a feeling we all will hold onto for life.”
There were so many really special touches to this wedding - the little welcome fans for guests, the cookie favors by from Scratch that were shaped like their golden retriever (so he got to be a part of the day!) - but one of the vendors we have grown especially excited to work with over the last year is Coco Vibes. If you are looking for a way to add something truly fun, delicious and made in Turks and Caicos to your big day you need not look any further than Jonathan and his coconuts. It's a simple but wonderful idea - fresh coconut milk served direct from the nut itself - with the added bonus of a touch of rum for special events! They started up a couple of years ago and have just gone from strength to strength, creating beautiful custom made coconuts for birthdays, anniversaries, weddings and any other occasion you could imagine! They were once even used in a marriage proposal! You can catch the guys every Thursday down by the Fish Fry if you want to get a little taste of their cool Coco Vibes. Check out some of their beautiful designs below or head over to their Facebook page to get in touch.
This super fun couple - Inara and Daniel - had our very own island legend and former cultural minister: David Bowen, host a mid reception dance lesson for all their guests! Using traditional socca moves and music the Bride and Groom got down to the beat of some real island rake and scrape, and introduced all their loved ones to a taste of true TCI culture. What fun they had!
Sharing is Caring
By the end of the night (12am) - tables that started with 4 or 5 friends, had doubled. And that's the secret to Friday nights at the Gansevoort. Go out. Get comfortable. Share some food, drink and good conversation and you'll be rewarded with new friends (#socialcurrency)
We are currently working on a brand new layout for our Dayoh Blog.
With so many gigs and events happening every week, we want to make sure we keep you all up to date with what we've got going on. The music, the people, the fun. Each gig is different and special in its own way, and we want to share it all with you.
Hopefully this will become a place to check out photos from gigs you've attended, see what we have coming up on the calendar, listen to some new tracks and learn about the great artists we work with locally.
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Looking back on 2013 and all the amazing events I got to be a part of, one in particular stood out for me that I haven't yet written about. The Sands Resort celebrated their 15 Year Anniversary with party a few months back and asked me personally to host the night for them. It was quite an honour to be asked as I hadn't yet done any events at the Sands but owner saw me spinning at the Aids Foundation Cocktail Party and was impressed enough to get in touch.
It was an interesting gig, partly because they require that I play a whole night of only Caribbean Music which meant I quickly had to brush up my collection of decent soca and calypso and delve back into the worlds of Barres Hamond, Biron Lee and Tito Peunte, and partly because being back in the Sands brought back a whole lot of childhood memories for me.
The event was set up as a beach award ceremony for the staff of the resort. The Hartling Group - who are responsible for a number of our most beautiful establishments on island, most notably the luxurious Palms Resort and the highly anticipated Shore Club - really pulled out all the stops to show their appreciation, with prizes such as flat screen TV's, Blackberry phones and even a trip to Parrot Cay. It was nice to see the hard workers behind the scenes letting loose and getting some recognition for everything they do to create an environment that tourists want to come back to time and time again.
Personally, for me, it was a little trip down memory lane. I remember many a family day out at the Sands as a kid, particularly one hot summer ordering fried ice cream (which is still on the menu!) swimming in the pool and later venturing down the beach with friends to sneak into the all inclusive Beaches Resort for an afternoon of free video games and fun on the water slides.
I bet everyone can remember where they were for the big Millennium New Year's - mine, I remember fondly, being spent at the Sands. I had ditched my dad to hang out with my friends, I was 12 at the time and the one thing on our minds was how we could aquire a beer to celebrate what could potentially be the end of civilization. I was nominated (probably by the teenagers) to get a beer from the bar. Bravely, (or perhaps with just a lot of bravado) I told the restaurant manager Terry (who still works there!) that I "needed a corona for my Dad" - unsurprisingly he wasn't fooled and sternly replied "I served your dad ten minutes ago, now beat it kid."
There's nothing quite like revisiting the Caribbean music of my youth, I have hazy memories of my mother shaking her hips and climbing on tables with her girlfriends much to my embarrassment at the time, but it's a rhythm that brings out the fun in everyone. And it was nothing but fun on the night at the Sands 15th Anniversary. Bringing out the classics was just as much of a blast as dropping the latest trending tracks, it even got my hips shaking a little...
The Enable Passion Team's arrival was a highly anticipated event here in the Turks and Caicos. Six kite boarders had set off from half way across the world with one goal - to kite nonstop until they reached our shores. It was to be a world record breaking feat and it's a real privilege for our little islands to be part of something so epic!
A read of their blog will show you the incredible amount of determination and passion they had to have in order to complete their journey. They struggled with low winds and shark issues - Mother nature was really not on their side - their original arrival date was pushed back by several weeks, but they never faltered. The air was literally electric the morning of the arrival. Nearly 20 kiters from the TCI gathered at the Big Blue Dock to ride out to meet the journeyers as they rode into our waters. For some of them this would be their first time riding out solo into the open ocean but it was a chance to be part of something truly amazing. A few of my very close friends were part of the greeting group and to see them bubbling with excitement totally amped me up for what I knew would be a gig to remember.
The whole day was an incredible experience for me. To be up on stage welcoming those six riders after such a feat, was an honor. I got to interview them after the celebrations had died down and they were a blast! Such friendly people, and I guess they were pretty excited to see a huge crowd of people after 26 days at sea alone together.
By the end of the night they were congratulating me on doing such an awesome job, which blew my mind - they just broke a world record! Amazing people, amazing journey, amazing day. I couldn't have asked for more.
Last night's show at Brayton Hall was a joy to attend. The Annual "Trim the Tree" affair put together by the TCFAF showcases our local dance, drama and singing groups in a pretty spectacular way. Those kids have some serious talent. As usual, the Bowen Dance Academy triumphed with a number of ballet and modern dance pieces that awed the crowd and had parents out of their seats cheering. This year the Enid Capron Primary School performed a fabulous island inspired number that had the boys and girls paired up for a traditional hip shaking dance that really pumped some fun into the evening - the grins on their faces were enough to warm even the grinches heart.
Last weekend was cram packed full of fun for DJ Dayoh and the team. I set a new record of DJing 20 hours out of 40 for the epic Blue Haven Resort and Marina Opening Party!
It was really great to be a part of such a massive community event that brought together so many different aspects of the TCI. The day was filled with the TCFAF's Annual Art and Crafts Fair, Kayaking comps organized by the Big Blue Team, the ever popular Fish Fry offering up a mouthwatering array of local tastes, the Middle Caicos Co-op, the Reef Fund Foundation, the TCIFA (Turks and Caicos Islands Football Association) youth teams battling it out for top spot, the list goes on and on. You would think, with so many activities happening on such a massive property that things would turn to chaos, but the staff of Blue Haven and Salt were super organized and did such a fabulous job of moving the crowds from one event and tent to another that the day flowed effortlessly and was a joy to be involved in.
I spent the day hosting the 2013 Budweiser Volleyball Competition and spinning some great tunes for everyone to enjoy. It was awesome to see such an eclectic and fun-loving crowd all vibing together - the sun shone, the beer flowed and everyone was down to party.
Saturday Night, the sun set and the festivities moved over to the luxuriously sexy new Fire and Ice restaurant and bar. People were pretty burnt out from two nights and a day full of partying so I took the opportunity to play a cool set of Deep House. The breeze picked up and with the party goers huddled round the fire pits, it was the perfect environment to play some loungey house beats.
We love this time of year in the Turks and Caicos - whoever says you can't get festive in a tropical climate is just plain wrong! There's so many Christmassy events going on this December we might be hard pressed to write about them all.
There are two nights in particular though that we are really looking forward to this year, to help get us in the spirit of the season.
2. This Christmas - a brand new and exciting sounding night down the docks! Turtle Cove is hosting a Boat Lighting competition, with a visit from Santa, Christmas carols and even hot cocoa! We can only imagine how beautiful the water of the marina will look with all the fairy lights twinkling away, it's sure to be a magical evening. We can't wait to see the effort each boat captain puts into their vessel - with free docking and fuel up for grabs we're sure they'll go all out!
Turtle Cove Saturday 21st December 5pm - 7pm
1. The Annual TCFAF Christmas Party and Show at Brayton Hall is always a cheery, fun night where the kids of the Edward Gartland Youth Centre get together to sing funky carols, awe the crowd with their latest ballet pieces and raise some much needed funding for the centre. We'll be there so if you can't be sure to check back here to see the pictures and hear all about it.
TCFAF Wednesday 18th December 3:30pm - 6:30pm
Artist, mother, designer, seamstress, and occasional boho DJ - Jennifer la Maudite is a woman of many hats. Last week we were lucky enough to be invited to one of her recent Art Shows at the trendy Italian restaurant Via Venetto to check out her work and mingle with 'collectors' of the TCI.
Last night some friends of ours dragged us along to the Sharkbite for the monthly pub quiz. This Fundraiser Quiz is held once a month in support for the Potcake Place - which is a Provo based dog rescue organisation dedicated to fostering, vaccinating and neutering our island strays.
In keeping with their latest success: The Free Spay and Neuter Program we called our team "Snip Doggie Dogg".
Now pub quizzes are by no means our forte but by the first round our team was ahead and we were presented with a bottle of wine to celebrate!
We proceeded to drink our winnings merrily - which may or may not have contributed to answers such as "River Lamb" when asked what a baby beaver was called... Needless to say our early peak of success descended into a rather hysterical chaos. We came no where close to winning but it was a fun night and all for a worthy cause.
One artist we are keeping our eye on this year is Atelys Adrian. Here is a name that is trending right now in the TCI, you'd be hard pressed to find someone who doesn't own a piece of her delicate artwork, her popularity has literally soared over the last year. Her handcrafted jewelery is exquisite; the custom stamping, hammered silver, and delicate use of freshwater pearls and swarovski crystal are all part of her signature, making her pieces recognizable even from a distance.
Her Facebook Page is a treasure trove of her previous and present work and with the Arts and Crafts Fair coming up this week we can't wait to see what new gems she'll be exhibiting. Check her out: Atelys Adrian
Check back here soon for pictures of the night and more on our plan to educate and spread love with good music.