Ancient County prepares to celebrate NA Town Week 2018
– aims at attracting visitors to the township, and promoting culture and creativity.
– “this is a time we need to come out, socialize, and celebrate as New Amsterdamers, we worked for it” – Town Clerk
DPI, Guyana, Friday, September 14, 2018
New Amsterdam, one of Guyana’s largest towns located approximately fifty-eight miles from the capital city Georgetown, on the eastern bank of the Berbice River, will be the place for all Guyanese to visit, as the 127-year-old town celebrates a week of activity, aimed at attracting visitors to the township, and promoting its culture and creativity.
New Amsterdam Town week is expected to run from October 21-29, under the theme: “Celebrating with culture creativity and diversity in a clean, green town”.
Speaking with the Department of Public Information (DPI) on Friday in Berbice, Town Clerk of New Amsterdam, Sharon Alexander highlighted that the annual town week’s activities were planned not only for ‘jubilation’ but most importantly to foster social cohesion within the town. “This is a time we need to come out, socialise and celebrate as New Amsterdamers, we worked for it” she emphasized.
Alexander said that each programme planned by the Town Week Committee caters for residents of all ages and ethnicity and all are invited to participate.
Alexander told the DPI that while most of the activities are being repeated annually; a few changes were made for 2018. The most sought-after activity she noted will be the hosting of the Miss New Amsterdam beauty pageant which is slated for October 24. This event will give young ladies from ages 18 to 25, an opportunity to showcase their natural aptitude and to promote their hometown.
Also, on the list of activities, for October 21, there will be a joint church service at the Matthew Allen Road (New Amsterdam Stelling Road), and at noon a grand opening ceremony will be held at Main Street New Amsterdam culminating with a parade which will have the full participation of the military forces and Pathfinders from the Seventh-day Adventist church.
For the youths, a spelling bee marathon and composition writing is slated for October 23. On October 24, the Municipality will host a trade fair and exhibition for businesses from across New Amsterdam providing them with the opportunity to showcase their products and services to residents as well as visitors. In the evening, a grand Gospel Extravaganza is expected at the New Amsterdam Town Hall.
Physical and sporting activities such as an inter-school jump rope competition, a relay festival and 20/20 Cricket tournament will take the forefront on October 19, 25 and 28 respectively.
The New Amsterdam Municipality is encouraging residents to take full advantage of the events planned and “bring to the table, ideas and suggestions that will better enhance the Town”.
Story and Image: Kellon Rover