The University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) invites the entire community to its 29th Annual Afternoon on the Green from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 24, on UVI’s Herman E. Moore Golf Course, St. Thomas Campus. The annual “friend raiser” will feature decadent food, family fun and live entertainment with proceeds going to the Edward E. Thomas Volunteer Scholarship Awards. This year’s celebration is themed “Welcome Back to the Green; Rebuilding Our Dreams in 2019.”
“The Afternoon on the Green Committee is particularly excited about Afternoon on the Green this year as we re-invite the community and supporters of the university to one of UVI’s premier events,” said Kyza A. Callwood, co-chair of the committee. “After a one-year lapse in 2018, incurred by the passage of hurricanes Irma and Maria, we are determined to make this year’s event bigger and better.”
The aromatic flavors of decadent dishes will invite patrons to the Green as the dishes are unveiled early in the afternoon. This year’s highlights will include savory dishes such as Asian dumplings, rice noodles, bonito fish and rice cook-up, and Filipino vegetable spring rolls. A wide array of Caribbean favorites will make their return, including saltfish and smoke herring cook-up, red peas soup, saltfish, chicken soup, ital soup, goat water, chicken, shrimp, lamb and beef roti. An assortment of delectable desserts — ranging from tart, southern red velvet cake, rainbow cake, Vienna cake to pecan loaf — will also be available.
To complement the food, there will be a fully stocked bar with refreshing beverages such as Popeye’s Revenge, Anegada Iced Tea, guavaberry, golden apple and much more.
For the first time at Afternoon on the Green, Reichhold Center for the Arts will host a Culture Pop-Up Tent, which will feature Virgin Islands traditions and culture. The Pop-Up will include activities such as moko jumbies performing, costume building, wire bending art, go-cart racing, traditional games, quadrille dancing, kite making and fish-pot making.
Parents are encouraged to bring their children to enjoy many activities from bounce houses and face painting to traditional games and creating balloon animals. The children’s section will feature hover ball and athletic games, hosted by UVI’s Athletics Department. As customary, cotton candy, popcorn and other delights will be the special treats for kids.
The Academic Tent will feature the many degree programs, clubs and organizations available at the university. Faculty, staff and students from the various schools and divisions will share their projects, displays and activities with prospective students and the general public.
Entertainment will be provided by Cool Session Brass, DJ Avalanche, Rum Syndicate, UVI Jazz Ensemble, Macislyn Bambola, the Mungo Niles Cultural Dancers and the Ulla Muller Bambola Dancers.
In honor of longstanding service to Afternoon on the Green, radio personality Anthony “Tony-T” Peets will be awarded for his contribution as master of ceremonies. Tony-T is known throughout the V.I. community for over 20 years, providing sterling service as a radio host at Jamz 105.3 and Kiss 96.1 FM.
Afternoon on the Green is made possible by generous sponsors which include: AT&T, Coca Cola, VI Lottery, The West Indian Company, VI Council on the Arts, VI Water and Power Authority, VI Port Authority, Paradise Chiropractic, Merchants Commercial Bank, St. Thomas Federal Credit Union, VI Waste Management Authority, Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands, First Bank, Pro Solar, Lew Henley’s Sewage Disposal, Buzz Radio station, Bellows International, Alpine, MSI, Department of Health, Department of Tourism, Greengos and Mim’s Seaside Bistro.