Notes Along the Way
Find Joy in the Moment
Yesterday, I was researching hotels and resorts in Jamaica for a friend who wants her annual trip with sorority sisters to be to a Caribbean destination. She read about the Wyndham Rose Hall in my coffee table book, Hotels to Remember, and was so fascinated by the story of the White Witch of Rose Hall that she wanted to visit the legendary Great House. Since my book, published in 2002, is a "Snapshot in Time", I knew the hotel was no longer a Wyndham. It is now Hilton Rose Hall Resort and Spa, a property I have not yet visited and am unable to recommend from personal experience.
While the Rose Hall change did not surprise me, other transformations in Jamaica did. I discovered that both Grand Lido Negril and Grand Lido Braco are closed and have been for several years. Grand Lido Sans Souci is no more. During many trips to Jamaica, Olen and I stayed at all three locations and have fond memories of each destination. Braco has reopened as Melia Braco Village, a Spanish-operated resort. Grand Lido Negril which closed in April 2015 is now owned by Blue Diamond Hotel Groups which is renovating and expanding the property that will reopen in Fall 2016 as the Royalton Negril.
We loved visiting Jamaica, but things change. You can never go back and expect it to be the same. Moral of the story: Stay in the present. Never take anything for granted. Find joy in the moment.
Teaching February Collage Classes
On February 3, I enjoyed teaching my collage/mixed media workshop for Arts Alive in West Point. On Saturday, February 20, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. I look forward to teaching a similar collage workshop for Arts on the Main in Gloucester. Please contact Betsy Henderson email@example.com information about registering for the workshop.
On February 8, I was honored to be the Chesapeake Bay Writers Club guest on the Neal Steele radio show. We discussed my latest novel, Evening of the Dragonfly and the art show I created for Farrah Ferand, the heroine of my book. If you would like to listen to the broadcast, here is the link to the Chesapeake Bay Members Showcase page. Go to it and hit "play": http://www.chesapeakebaywriters.org.
Evening of the Dragonfly is now available as a Nook Book from Barnes and Noble http://tinyurl.com/jbs9zam. It is also a Kindle book on Amazonhttp://tinyurl.com/kvu8ovm .
Red River Radio with Barbara M. Hodges
On Tuesday, February 16 at 6 p.m. EST, I will be a guest of Barbara M. Hodges on No Limits, Red River Radio. This blog radio show originates from California. We will discuss Evening of the Dragonfly. Here is the link go the broadcast: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/rrradio/2016/02/16/red-river-radios-no-limits-with-barbara-m-hodges
Please visit my new website: www.marymontaguesikes.com. Thank you, Steven Bryan, for all the many hours of work you have put into this project.