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Afternoon on the Green to be an 'Inaugural Feast'

It will be food, music and a grand old time at the University of the Virgin Islands 21st annual Afternoon on the Green. The party begins at 12 noon on Sunday, March 7, on the St. Thomas campus' Herman E. Moore Golf Course. This year's theme is "An Inaugural Feast with an International Flair," celebrating the inauguration of UVI's fifth president, Dr. David Hall, and various cultures from around the Caribbean and the world.

Food is a mainstay at Afternoon on the Green. Members of the community contribute dozens of dishes for the event and for a small fee attendees get to sample a taste of their favorites. Attendees who purchase $10 worth of tickets will have an opportunity to judge the food. Judging will take place until 2 p.m. In addition to the food under the main food tent, there will be on-site grilling of burgers, hot dogs and veggie burgers.

"Afternoon on the Green will be a fun-filled day of excitement, good food and diverse entertainment," said Jacqueline Sprauve, chairperson of the event. Attendees get to meet old friends and make new friends, she added. "It is also an opportunity to see what the University has to offer in terms of academics and services," Sprauve said. "It's going to be five hours of non-stop activities."

Afternoon on the Green will begin with a mini Inaugural Parade, featuring President Hall and the Marching Cougars marching band of the VI Police Department. New this year is the Grill-Off competition. Community groups have been invited to put their grilling skills to the test as they grill chicken and ribs for the title. To cool things off, Clint Ferris of St. Croix will provide a homemade ice cream demonstration.

Entertainment will be provided by Spectrum Band, the Caribbean Ritual Dancers, the Mungo Niles Cultural Dancers, the Becca Darling Band and a duet of violinists. There will also be a children's corner with bouncers, coloring and other games for children. The academic tent will provide information about each of UVI's academic areas, along with other University areas such as the Small Business Development Center and the Reichhold Center for the Arts. UVI's Access and Enrollment Services officials will also be based under the academic tent. The Bookmobile will also be at the event.

Sprauve encourages the community to support the tradition of Afternoon on the Green by donating a dish to the event.

Afternoon on the Green's lead donor is the West Indian Company Ltd. To donate a dish or for more information call 693-1040.