10 February 2016
Saturday February 6th Marco and Jacqueline celebrated their fifth anniversary in the restaurant Parada Típica El Choco.
That is to say that they took over the restaurant that appeared a bit neglected five years ago.
In these five years, this restaurant, thanks to tireless efforts of the two Swiss, turned into a meeting place for residents of Sosúa.
Almost every week they organize various activities.
Many music groups performed at the restaurant but there is also time to celebrate the Oktoberfest, Carnival, Caribel Limit, New Year's Eve and Aperitivo Hour.
Live 4EMME the Coverband on Tour
Live 4EMME the Coverband on Tour
Marco and Jacqueline have also invited musicians from Europe to perform.
In October this year they plan to invite a brass band from Austria.
But Marco has also established his own house band in which he is the drummer and for which he invites guest singers.
During the anniversary celebration last Saturday this was Simone Zizzi from Italy.
The restaurant was filled to the last seat and the house band 4eMme played enthusiastically where Simone Zizzi stole the show with her beautiful voice.
Sunday February 14 the band plays with singer Simone Zizzi at restaurant in the Hotel Don Andres.
9 February 2016
Wednesday February 3 President Andrés Gustavo Pastoriza of the foundation ADSS (Asociación de Desarrollo y Sostenibilidad Sosúa) presented a (symbolic) check for one hundred thousand pesos to Pastor Bernardo Vasques.
The presentation of this check was done in the presence of the Board of ADSS (including Ricardo Strauss and Juan Perdomo) and representatives of neighborhood committees, associations and the local press.
The 100,000 pesos was raised at the beach party 'Sosúa - Sol and Arena' held on the beach at Mirador park on June 6, 2015.
This check is for the construction of a public hospital for Sosúa.
Priest Bernardo Vasques has worked many years for the establishment of the hospital, hence the check was handed out to him.
At least for 25 years the residents of Sosúa have requested for a public hospital.
Every time during election time presidential candidates make the same promises that the construction of the hospital will start soon.
ADSSosúa offers a symbolic check
In April 2012 the former president Leonel Fernández, during a visit to Sosúa, made the promise that the hospital would come.
In front of an audience of thousands of residents, he hit the ground with a pickaxe at the place where the new hospital was supposed to be constructed.
And after the elections nothing happens and the people are left behind with an empty election promise.
Maybe now, it is almost election time, the promises will be complied with some extra pressure from the people.
8 February 2016
Aperitivo in Jazz
Tuesday afternoon at 5 PM, during the Aperitivo hour, the famous jazz performer and bass player Dick Lupino from Portsmouth USA, together with Roberto Santana (piano) and Dennis Cook (saxophone) will let us enjoy famous jazz renditions.
Dick Lupino, born Italian, is well-known in the jazz world and played in various jazz bands.
He also released his CD Eclectic Nostalgia on his own private label.
Every Tuesday afternoon from 5 to 7, there is an 'Aperitivo'- hour held at Parada Típica El Choco.
It is an afternoon to enjoy a drink and a snack accompanied by a nice music.
The aperitivo hour is very successful and can enjoy the status of a respected 'tradition'.
The last few week, the Aperitivo hour offers live guest performances by famous and less famous musicians.
This Tuesday afternoon it is a performance by the jazz trio Dick Lupino from Portsmouth USA.
7 February 2016
On Saturday afternoon, January 23 the house of the Deyanira Sarita Hiraldo family in the small community el Batey La Unión (Holguin) Sosúa caught fire.
The house burned down completely and all their possessions went up in flames.
The aggrieved family is very poor and do not know how to live on.
Luckily there is help from the foundation 'Yolanda Valera Calvo foundation'.
This foundation, which consists of volunteers from the USA, Canada, Germany and Dominicans, brought a large amount of clothing and shoes to this family in need.
The foundation also tries to find support for the reconstruction of the burned house.
Yolanda Valera Calvo foundation
The Yolanda Valera Calvo foundation helps poor families with clothing footwear, language training, and medical and dental care.
6 February 2016
Sunday, February 7 (from 6:30 PM) it is show time again in the bars of Sosúa.
At least for the fans of American football, who can witness the final of the Super Bowl at the bars of Sosúa.
It is now in 2016 the fiftieth time this spectacle final takes place.
Besides many Americans also many Dominicans will be present at the bars in Sosúa to see the game on large LCD TV screens.
The final match between the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos will be held at the Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California.
But the game can also be seen at Midtown Restaurant, Jolly Roger, Rumba Bar, Merengue Bar, Britannia Bar and Charly's.
The Super Bowl is a major annual American sporting event.
It is the final of the major league of American football, the National Football League (NFL).
In the Super Bowl the champion of the American Football Conference (AFC) plays against the champion of the National Football Conference (NFC).
The AFC and NFC are the two divisions of the NFL.
During the break of the Super Bowl it's time for the 'halftime show'.
Rumor has it, Bruno Mars and Beyonce will perform together with Coldplay this year.