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2 Places @ Once

Sunday, August 05, 2012    

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Party people have converged in St Ann and Westmoreland for the series of all-inclusive parties that have come to typify the holiday weekend. Think SPF, Dream Weekend and ATI.

Here's a quick cheat sheet on what you need to know about the people, places and things that make the two parishes go-to destinations.

Parish:

St Ann

Capital: St Ann's Bay

Hot Spots: Margaritaville; Harmony Hall

Olympians: Deon Hemmings-McCatty; Novlene Hilaire Williams-Mills; Danny McFarlane

Eat Local: Miss T's; Scotchies; Toscanini

Shopping Central: Casa de Oro; Island Village

Hometown celebs: Bob Marley; Burning Spear; Marcus Garvey; Shabba Ranks

Coveted invite: Lunch with Ernest Smatt to hear stories of his famous friends including Elizabeth Taylor and Martin Luther King.

Best Place to take out-of-towners: Dunn's River Falls, Mystic Mountain, Dolphin Cove, Margaritaville

Historical Sites: St Ann Parish Church, erected in 1871, Seville Great House, originally built in the 1700s

Annual Events: Ocho Rios Seafood Festival; SPF; Beach J'ouvert

Parish:

Westmoreland

Capital: Savanna-la-mar

Historical Sites: Court House on Great George's Street; Mannings High School (the country's second oldest secondary institution — founded in 1738); Savanna-la-mar Baptist Church, established 1829

Olympians: Trecia Smith; Kaliese Spencer

Eat Local: Fish or lobster at White House

Hometown celebs: Storm Saulter; Peter Tosh; Lady Gladys Bustamante

Coveted Invite: A special dinner whipped up by Jamaica Observer Chef of the Year, Rock House Hotel's Kevin Broderick.

Best Place to take out-of-towners: Rick's Café at West End; Roaring River Cave; Seaford Town (German Town); Royal Palm Reserve

Annual Events: Westmoreland Curry Festival; Dream Weekend; ATI

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