Coors Light SXM Best Weekend is here and you should be excited. The summer festival promises to bring top-notch local and international performers.

The event, which started last year with just two days of partying, is a series of parties showcasing DJs and artists blending Soca and Dancehall music. It features high energy stage performances, nightclub and beach parties, and Anguilla Biggest Beach Party – August Monday.

Creator of the event, Skellet of the Red Eye Crew, is the main drive behind the Kalaboom promotion team that organizes parties all year round. Close to 1,000 visitors from the surrounding French islands will be attending. Tickets are available at Caribbean Liquors, Chippie, Livia's Boutique, Abu' Madame Estate, Promo Car, SOS Radio or just call/WhatsApp at 1 (721) 580-2611 for deliveries.

Kimsha Beach will be transformed into a festival village with booths and special VIP seating tomorrow, Saturday and Sunday. Containers will be placed around the area creating the village atmosphere, and drinks and food will be on sale.

Love is in the air at Casino Royale

Treasure Chest Thursdays has been launched at Casino Royale!

There are so many ways to have a good time at Casino Royale. Remember to win, you need to play. If you play, you stand a good chance to win!

Play with your Club Royale VIP Card and earn up to 500 slot points on Thursdays in FREE Slot Play between 1:00pm and midnight – one round per player. Please visit the VIP desk for details.

Don’t miss out on the incredible local players’ offers exclusively at Casino Royale.

Play slots today and receive a Free Slot Play offer tomorrow!

Free Slot Play Bounce Back offers are based on level of play and are valid for seven days.

Locals receive FREE Valet Parking; just pull right up to the Casino Royale entrance and they will park your car for you complimentary.

Don’t forget our birthday month offer, stop by any day of your birthday month and receive a $20 VIP card for free slot play – you must present proper ID and be of age to play.

In addition to all the fun, play anytime between 1:00 and 6:00pm, seven days a week and you will earn Double Points simply by playing with your Casino Royale VIP card!

Play more! Win more!

Casino Royale is located at Sonesta Maho Beach Resort.

Visit us at playmaho.com for more details.

~ Authentic Neapolitan Pizza ~

Hand-tossed dough makes the best crust: crisp yet soft, fragrant, tender and slightly elastic. Top that delightful base with fresh mozzarella, tomato, basil, garlic, ham, mushrooms, artichokes and whatever other items your heart desires and you suddenly understand how a simple creation has taken over the world.

There is no shortage of pizza on the island and the styles are wide and varied, but it’s not likely you’ll find anything more true to the original creation from Naples, Italy, than the Pizzeria in Plaza del Lago, Pizza Italy. All their ingredients are imported from Italy and they adhere to the rules proposed by the Original Neapolitan Pizza Association. This requires that the dough is made 48 hours in advance in order to get the special flavour and digestibility characteristics of the traditional product. Formed entirely by hand without the use of any machines or even a rolling pin, the result is that the centre of the pizza crust is not more than five millimetres thick, that is 0.12 inches! The outer crown of the crust bubbles up crisp and thin. The pizza is baked on a slab of stone for about one minute to get that fresh and fragrant effect, served to your table right away with a big smile!

We stopped in on Tuesday to enjoy the full moon rising over the mountains and couldn’t have been more satisfied with the food, service, atmosphere and ambiance. Sitting out on the sidewalk, the breeze was cool and fresh, so we settled in to some lovely wine and conversation. I had red (Merlot) and my dining companion had white (Pino Griggio). Eventually we made our choices from the menu – a bit of pizza, had to do that, and the special which our waiter described as a variation on the classic lasagne which featured arugula. The pizza was the hit of the table, a prosciutto e funghi recipe (ham and mushrooms) that was outstandingly delicious and most certainly addictive!

After a long indulgence and more delightful conversation, we asked for cappuccinos and were tempted into ordering some chocolate gelato. This proved to be just another notch on the Pizza Italy belt – I promise you this is not to be missed. Go soon, go often, and get the pizza of your dreams, then once that is achieved, treat yourself to the gelato. Tell them Lisa sent you. You can’t go wrong with this Simpson Bay fantastic eatery.

Info:

Pizza Italy

68 Welfare Road

Plaza del Lago

Simpson Bay

Phone: 544-1928

Open: 5:00pm – 10:30pm, Tuesdays through Sundays

Cuisine: Pizza, pastas, calzones, gelato.

Price range: $

Ratings:

Staff friendliness: *****

Service speed: *****

Restaurant cleanliness: *****

Food quality: *****

Value for money: ****

Ambience: ****

CC1 St. Maarten, Presidente, Yacht Club Port De Plaisance & Cadisco Gas Stations have united to bring you the Presidente 2016 SXM Poker Run! The three best hands will win up to $20,000 in cash and prizes, including a Bomberg Poker Watch provided by Little Europe Jewelers.

Are you feeling lucky? Then rev up your engines, SXM! This is a sister event of the legendary BVI Poker Run.

This exhilarating weekend launches with a Poker Tournament at Princess Casino where you can play for a chance to win in Sunday’s tournament.

Friday, August 26 – Partake in the traditional poker card game in Princess Casino; the players can play for a chance to win a hand to play the game on August 28.

Saturday, August 27 – There will be a pre-registration Beach Party at Buccaneer Beach Bar.

Sunday, August 28 – The real fun begins at Yacht Club Port de Plaisance where boaters will gather in the morning prior to the poker run for a sea and safety briefing and then will go by boat to the five stops to pick up their cards on both French and Dutch sides.

Participants return to the marina around 5:00pm for an incredible bash with live entertainment, food & beverage booths and prize giveaways! $20,000 in cash & prizes will be handed out to the winners at the event after the judges count the cards and determine the three winners.

Don’t forget to gas up at Cadisco Gas Stations for even more chances to win during the weekend of August 26, 27 & 28! This event is open to the public. Visit http://www.presidentesxmpokerrun.com for more details!

The Presidente 2016 SXM Poker Run, to be held the weekend of August 26-28, is an invigorating game of chance where participants gather aboard high-speed boats and visit five locations (called “Stops”).

Each “Stop” offers entertainment and food & drink specials as they wait excitedly for the first boats to hit their shore and draw their card in discreetly sealed envelopes.

Every Poker Run considers safety a number one concern and, as an inaugural event with charitable ends plus “fun for all” as the main goals, the Presidente 2016 SXM Poker Run has been working diligently to ensure game-day goes without a hitch from the first all the way to the last “Stop” and beyond.

This first Presidente SXM Poker Run will connect all kinds of boaters for an enjoyable game at sea, taking itself seriously as a responsible and sportsmanly competition. It also identifies with being a generous charitable enterprise.

As any Poker Run fanatic knows, the match will serve as a showcase for impressive powerboats, and has attracted sponsors who want to benefit from the exposure (bringing all to a full circle, as sponsors make these merry occasions possible). In a nutshell, the Presidente SMX Poker Run board wishes to recognize the generosity of participating sponsors and intends to pay it forward, with a portion of the proceeds going to Nature Foundation St. Maarten, a non-profit organization working to promote conservation of St. Maarten’s environment, including the beauty of the St. Maarten Marine Park, working to protect the coral reefs, marine turtles, seagrass beds and all water and ocean life in the area.

The Foundation also assists the Island Government in all issues related to environmental management and nautical preservation.

Feeling the love

I met a lovely couple, Don and Alexandra Clayton, in the studio at Island 92 with Dr. Soc. The Claytons spend about four months a year on Sint Maarten, when they are not back home in Asheville, North Carolina, or travelling the world.

A successful hotel developer and charter-company owner, Don recently retired and finally has the time to get back to his first passions; writing, creating and recording music. He sings about loving his wife, life and appreciating the good things in the world. With so many horrible events happening around the world, Don’s music puts a smile on your face and takes you to a happier place.

When did you set foot on Sint Maarten?

Don: In late 2001 I came to Sint Maarten for business and instantly thought: “Well this would be a nice place to work!” One of the things I really loved about the island was the international presence. There are so many nationalities living together, and I truly experienced it as The Friendly Island. The more we visited, the longer we stayed, and when I retired, living on Sint Maarten for part of the year was a must!

Alexandra: Don brought me to the island around 2009. The first thing I fell in love with was the crystal clear, enticing water; it captured my heart! The food, shopping and people also turned out to be fabulous. I have more of a social life here than back in North Carolina!

Describe your music.

Don: Caribbean Country that makes people smile!

Tell us about the inspirations for your music.

Don: My music is about love! I am in love with my wife, life, sailing and so much more. I want people to embrace the good things they have going on in their life. Not to be naïve, but just to appreciate the positive, instead of putting so much focus on the negative.

Alexandra: People are so disconnected nowadays. It is important to elevate your thoughts and take a moment to truly cherish who is and what is happening around you.

Don: I aim to create songs that build awareness.

How do you create these songs?

Alexandra: It’s a collaboration. Don normally comes up with music, a melody or general feeling.

Don: I often have this broad vision of this song I want to create; and Alex, with her vast imagination, matches the imagery to this idea.

Alexandra: He then compresses this story we have envisioned together to song-lyrics.

You recently shot three music videos on our island. Tell us more!

Don: While we were in Sint Maarten, last March, during our “winter break,” we thought, “Now that we have the time, lots of friends and the perfect setting, let’s bring our video-crew down.” So we flew the crew down and shot enough footage for three videos.

Alexandra: You can see one of the videos called “Lucky Man” on YouTube today; it features island artists and our favourite activities to do on the island; such as kissing and drinking champagne.

Don: The two others – Sailing and Smooth Sailing – will be released in the next few weeks.

Alexandra: We have so much to be grateful for. These three songs are about creating a sense of peace, wellbeing and being grateful for what we have. When you listen to these songs and watch the videos, we hope that people experience these emotions and feelings.

What is next for the Claytons?

Don: New songs of the new album will be released every week or so for the next few months, a bit different than releasing the whole album at once. In September, Alexandra and I are travelling to the Toamotus for an epic adventure of spiritual introspection and writing. Another project we are looking forward to being more involved in is musical education for the underprivileged, which we will be focusing on as soon as we are back.

To hear Don’s music and see Sint Maarten featured in his music videos, surf to www.donclaytonsongs.com or find him on facebook or YouTube.

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