Earth Today | 'Symphony in the Mountains' success
THE BLUE and John Crow Mountains National Park celebrated its 25th anniversary on February 25 with an event dubbed 'Symphony in the Mountains'.
The celebrations took place at Holywell, the national park's main recreation area, and commemorated the anniversary of the designation under the Natural Resources Conservation Authority (NRCA) Act on February 26, 1993.
The 41,000-hectare property is Jamaica's only terrestrial national park and its 26,000-hectare Core Preservation Zone was inscribed as a World Heritage Site in July 2015.
"It's a lot of work to manage this site and it has been 25 years so we thought we would have a big celebration," said Dr Susan Otuokon, executive director of the Jamaica Conservation and Development Trust (JCDT), organisers of the event.
The event was held between 10 am and 5 pm, and featured a number of exciting cultural activities and youth talent.
The mountains came to life with the sound of music from 'The Abeng Tour', a creation of Steven Woodham, director of the Immaculate Conception High School (ICHS) Symphony Orchestra that provided entertainment through instrumentals by the Jamaica Defence Force Military Band, Master Drummers from the Charles Town Maroon Drummers and vocalists from ICHS Glee Club, and the Kingston College Chapel Choir.
"I did an interview at Kool FM and heard Dianne talking about the event so we bought a few tickets and decided to support it. It has been good," said reggae singer Luciano.
He was among the 400 or so patrons who turned out, armed with their blankets, towels and folding chairs, to enjoy the offering.
Complementary nature trail tours of the park, along with booths displaying arts and craft occupied the attention of patrons between the entertainment and available food.