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Island fun in Hagerstown

August 21, 2008|By TIFFANY ARNOLD

Leave it to ox tails, curried goat and reggae music to make you feel irie Saturday at Wheaton Park.

"Irie" is a Jamaican term for feeling good, and good feelings are what organizers of the Jamaican Festival hope to spread.

The Jamaican Festival is a celebration of Caribbean culture, drawing from the local community of former islanders dwellers - a community that is bigger than most people think, said organizer Theodore Williams, who moved to Hagerstown from St. Thomas, Jamaica, more than a decade ago.

Up until the death of community leader Ruth Monroe in 2005, the event was a fundraiser for the Memorial Recreation Center, where Monroe served as longtime executive director, said former organizer Alesia Parson-McBean.

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Williams said food, music and fun are the focus of this year's festival, which draws between 200 and 300 people. Attendees can expect Jamaican food standards - curried goat, ox tails, jerk chicken and roast fish - and plenty of reggae, Williams said.

If you go ...



WHAT: Jamaican Festival

WHEN: Noon to 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23

WHERE: Wheaton Park, Sumans Avenue, Hagerstown. Sumans Avenue is off West North Avenue near the Memorial Recreation Center.

COST: Free admission, $8 for food.

CONTACT: Call organizer Theodore Williams, 240-520-5553

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