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SHOOTING BREEZE: Great Day At The Park

  • Written by  Mike “Raffie Knowles” Mc Quilkin TVOS

It was a little of this and a little of that at St Andrew’s Park in Brooklyn on Sunday, as Grenadians came together to celebrate the annual Grenada day. Under sweltering heat that was much better than the previous days when the Eastern States had experienced a steady flow of hot and muggy weather, it was just right for the family to be out for the day.

By the thousands they came from the tri-State areas though not as huge as previous years. The day provided an opportunity for friends to meet friends to have a good chat and laugh, even going back to old time days.

It was music, good smelling and tasty menus, Clarks Court, Rivers, Mountain Dew with the straw cork from St David that had many in disbelief, and a well behaved bunch of nationals and their friends. Unlike other gatherings of other nationalities, where the presence of the lawmen and women must be shown and the closing down of venues at the exact specified time, extended time was granted because of quality behavior.  

Prime Minister Keith Mitchell and other political representatives were there, and he the PM was seen at one point taking in a little chip to the sound of a rhythm section that included Green Street Sir Stand Mathews Lus as the conductor with his special iron instrument in hand. It was ole talk here and there with lots of greetings and laughter when they went back into the old days.

One ole timer said to a female whom he had not seen for a very long time, “girl you looking good just like a Franco’s Ice Cream”, and she replied that “you are not in the distance because you are looking good too”, to which he replied, “girl Granny’s flour pap with plenty of oil down with wild meat back in Munich”. Today, it’s Kentucky and chips, that’s why they won’t ever look as good as we look when or if they reach our age. Another said that we were fit out-sprinting the watchmen having to jump from a fruit tree, all in the name of fun.

In our days even Bolt couldn’t come close to us, because we had both natural strength and plenty of speed. In another section of the park, some were heard discussing junior league cricket and football with one group saying remember when we beat you poor guys ten nil, and the reply was - what about the six sixes that Harry now in London put on you in one over, and the laughter went on again.

Credit must be given to the then Consulate General Ronald “Pappy” Charles for having the vision for such a day, but didn’t get the opportunity to launch it because of his untimely dismissal. Many came and are going to continue to come as long as there is a continuation of the day, and we all should say thank you “Pappy”. Correct me if I am wrong, and support me if I am right. I am Mike “Raffie Knowles” Mc Quilkin TVOS.

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