1 September 2015
Last Friday hurricane Erika past the north coast of the Dominican Republic.
Although hurricanes cause flooding every year, this time everybody was impatiently waiting for the rain.
In the past five months there was no rain throughout the Dominican Republic.
The fields were dry and death threatened livestock due to lack of food.
Forest fires broke out, including in the area of Sosúa.
The lack of rain was so bad that even rivers ran dry and as a consequence also the water reservoirs.
The supply of water was also in jeopardy because of the low level of groundwater.
Many hotels and private homes had to be provided of water by means of water trucks.
But Friday Hurricane Erika came by and did bring rain but not the expected quantities.
Only days before, Mayor Ilana Neumann had commissioned to clean the riverbed of river Sosúa with heavy equipment of obstacles.
She wanted to prevent that the expected heavy rains would burst its banks and would damage the adjacent cottages.
As a precaution, the mayor had also ordered schools to give the students this Friday a day off.
Usually everybody is afraid of the water, this time they were all waiting for it, but the quantity was a bit dissapointing.
31 August 2015
Saturday September 25th and Sunday, September 26th at 7 pm the Brugal Merengue Festival starts in Puerto Plata.
The festival takes place on the Malecon, the promenade of Puerto Plata.
The evening opens with a performance by a popular DJ.
Merengue Festival in Puerto Plata
Then the professional Folkloric Ballet of the Ministry of Tourism provides a performance.
Followed by performances by famous salsa, merengue and reggaeton artists.
On the first evening there are performances by Héctor Acosta (El Torito) and the Chiquito Team Band.
The second night is for the Merengue Big Band Dioni Fernández, with Aramis Camilo, Benny Sadel, Rasputin, Feny Ortiz, Diomedes Tito GAVY (Los Kenton).
Next there is a performance by the, especially among the youth, very popular reggaeton band Mozart La Para.
The two evenings end with splendid fireworks.
The entire festival is made possible and funded by the Brugal & Co. and the Ministry of Tourism.
30 August 2015
Monday evening August 24 at the 'Hard Rock Cafe, Blue Mall' in Santo Domingo a spokesman of the Ministry of Tourism and the Foundation la Fundación de Jazz (Fedujazz) presented the program for the 19th edition of the Dominican Republic Jazz Festival to the attending press.
The jazz festival is scheduled from 4 to 8 in November in Santiago, Sosúa, Puerto Plata and Cabarete.
For this festival leading jazz musicians from the United States, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Israel, Italy, France and the Dominican Republic have been invited.
Among them are Grammy Awards winners.
For Sosúa, on Thursday 5th November, the famous Israeli jazz pianist Roy Assaf has been contracted.
Sosúa10K ADSS 2015
29 August 2015
The organizing committee of the ADSSosúa foundation has scheduled, for the second year, on Sunday, October 11th a 10 kilometer long 'marathon'.
Last year (2014), hundreds of young people and the elderly participated at the run.
Sosúa10K ADSS 2015
Also there were some wheelchair users who wanted to show that they were able to speed with their wheelchairs.
Among the runners the board members of ADSSosúa were present off course.
But also the members of the council with mayor Ilana Neumann in the front, showed that they could run.
At the sporting event enthusiasts of all ages can participate.
There are several youth and adult categories, according to age.
There is also an outside category 'Open Elite.
For the winners of the various age groups cups and medals are available.
The run starts on Sunday October 11 at 8 AM in the Pedro Clisante and the finish line is also drawn in the main street Pedro Clisante.
The organizing committee encourages participants to train some miles before the run so you are prepared for the start.
Participation in the marathon costs 300 pesos.
28 August 2015
Thursday 27 August, the first edition of the National Cinema Day has been celebrated with various activities in Puerto Plata's central park.
On August 27, 1900, at the stroke of 8 in the evening, it was the first time in the history of the Dominican Republic, a film was shown.
Of course, this could only happen in Puerto Plata.
At the time, Puerto Plata had a greater international appeal than, say, Santo Domingo.
The show consisted of short silent films of the inventors of the film projector, the brothers Luis and Auguste Lumiere from Lyon, France.
The films were recorded between 1895 and 1899 and showed images of a departing train, a passing stagecoach and a battle between fake-Indians and fake-cowboys.
National Cinema Day
The fake-cowboys won the battle, which we know because the films have been preserved.
The operator of the cinema, the Italian Francisco Greco, provided the films with loud comments.