Experience sounds, flavor of Caribbean at Middle Georgia Island Festival

lshirley@macon.comJune 27, 2014 

Native Jamaican Patricia Fagon is bringing a taste of the tropics to Macon with the first Middle Georgia Island Festival, going on Saturday at Smiley’s Flea Market.

“It’s going to be a day of music, culture and love for one another; that’s our theme,” she said.

Activities include a May pole, limbo dance, folk dance and poetry. Food such as jerk chicken and pork, curry chicken and goat, beef patties, red beans and rice and stir fried rice will be available for purchase.

A real Jamaican reggae band will provide entertainment, and souvenir flags from about 10 islands will be for sale.

“We’ve also invited people from other islands to come with us and bring in their celebrations and traditions of what they do. On our money in Jamaica, it says, ‘Out of many, we are one,’ and that one love for each other, as Bob Marley sang, is what we want to portray here,” Fagon said.

While admission is free, Fagon wants to use the event to give back, so donations will be accepted for a selected charity each year, with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital being the recipient this year.

Middle Georgia Island Festival

When: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. June 28

Where: Smiley’s Flea Market, 6717 Hawkinsville Road

Cost: Free

Information: 478-952-8099

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