March 10' 2010 - #114
Two Pre-Stamped Envelopes For Saint Barth
This year, La Poste decided to create two pre-stamped envelopes with local Saint Barth images. One will feature the poster from the first edition of Les Voiles de Saint Barth (more about this exciting nautical event in my next article). The 5000 envelopes will be on sale in the three post offices on the island, as well as at the tourist office in Gustavia, as of mid-March. They will also be sold at La Poste’s stand at the race village on the Quai du Général de Gaulle during the week of the regatta, April 6-11.
A painting by Rose-Marie Bénédet, winner of the art competition organized by the association Saint B’Art, will adorn the second pre-stamped envelope.
Also printed in a series of 5000, these envelopes will be on sale in the post offices and the tourist office as of next month.
These envelopes are a good way to promote the island around the world.
MATCH Becomes Marché U
As of March 1, the supermarket March in St Jean changed owners and is now a Marché U. After many years as Match—and part of the Belgian group Delhaize—the market was purchased by Jean-Claude Chevreul, a food industry professional who has two stores in Mayenne, France. Not too many big changes on the horizon, but improvements range from a new computer system to the sale of Systeme U products, including a wide variety of new items, including organic.
March 8: International Women’s Day
Made official by the United Nations in 1977, countries around the world celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8, an event that has roots in the women’s rights and suffragist movement in the early 20th century in Europe and the United States. Every year, women gather annually to celebrate advances in the condition of women globally and identify areas that need work.
Each year on March 8 since 2000, the members of the Lyceum Club of Saint Barth elect a “woman of the year,” a title bestowed on a woman who lives on the island and is honored for her actions as well as her promotion of the island. This year, the strictly female members of the club elected dancer/dance teacher Sylvie Millerot, known simply as “Kim.” The award was presented to a full room at the Capitainerie in the late afternoon. After a speech by Chantal Puissant, president of the Lycéum Club, who traced Kim’s career, vice president Yves Gréaux congratulated the dancer, especially for her role as a teacher and in the cultural life of the island, as well as the many medals that the young dancers in the company “Dance With Kim,” have won in various regional, national, and European competitions. Gréaux presented Kim with the medal of the Collectivity, at which point the dancer spoke with great emotion and thanked the club for the honor.
Originally from the South of France, Kim came to Saint Barth as a member of the dancer troupe at La Banane and Jean-Marie Rivière. At the time of his death, Kim—who had been a member of the Bruno Vandelli Company in Cannes—danced at the Sereno Hotel, then opened her own dance school at ASCCO in Colombier. An end-of-the-year gala showed off her work and the artistry of her students. In addition to her school for children and adults, Kim presents a cabaret spectacle every evening at the Ti Saint-Barth, a restaurant in Pointe Milou known for its good food as well as its spectacles and festive ambiance.
The event concluded with a cocktail reception and performance of the Hymn of Saint Barthélemy, sung by the Chorale Aux Bons Chœurs.
More to come