The Naparima Bowl celebrated their 50th Golden Jubilee year on Monday 27th August.
In recognition of this great milestone, the Bowl held an Interfaith and Thanksgiving Service on Thursday 2nd August and also hosted a Gala event and Honorary Awards Night this past Sunday the 19th of August, 2012. Naparima Bowl presented 36 awards to individuals and organizations. Some of the honorees were: Deborah Jean-Baptiste Samuel, for her contribution to drama; Mr. Robert Montano, first Chairman of the Bowl; Eugene Joseph for his involvement in the dance community; Leroy Calliste, also known as the Black Stalin; Dennis Hall, widely known as Sprangalang and Junia Regrello of Junior Sammy Group Skiffle Steel Orchestra, among many others.
The Chairman, Mrs. Sandra Sawak-Allum delivered here welcome address followed by the Honourable Minister Carolyn Seepersad-Bachan, Minister of Public Administration who brought greetings on behalf of the Ministry. Also in attendance was the Honourable Minister Errol Mc Leod, who assisted with the presentation of awards.
Opening the programme was Xavier Strings whose performance delighted the audience. Also performing was Black Stalin accompanied by the Junior Sammy Group Skiffle Steel Orchestra whose pulsating performance was well acknowledged.
The Bowl also published and distributed their first-ever newsletter, a special ‘fifty-year’ edition which featured testimonials of significant persons, the history of the Bowl and also a photo gallery.
The celebration came to a close with a free concert to the public on August 25th, 2012 entitled “An Era in An Evening”. There was an explosion of performing arts, namely the Southernaires Choir, Arawaks Dance Group, Les Enfants Dance Company, San Fernando Theatre Workshop, among many more outstanding artistes. The event took place at the compound of Naparima Bowl located at 19-21 Paradise Pasture, San Fernando. All three events were wonderfully managed by Trinidad & Tobago Business Etiquette and Protocol Specialists Ltd.
The Naparima Bowl was officially opened on August 27th 1962, and soon became a popular venue with your-round activities. Many local acts had their beginnings at Naparima Bowl and still frequent the hall today.
We wish to thank all those who have supported us throughout the decades, and we look forward to your continued endorsement as we move into the next fifty years.
May Naparima Bowl continue to be a haven for the Arts.
Students of Point Fortin East Secondary School, Presentation College, San Fernando, and Naparima College with Mayor Navi Muradali and president of the Val Turton/Carl Osborne Foundation yesterday at City Hall, San Fernando. PHOTO: TONY HOWELL