Trellis Bay on the eastern end of Tortola is known for its energetic crowds and pulsating parties; particularly its full-moon fetes and New Year’s celebrations.
The same remained true on Sunday night when hundreds visited the location that lit up with fireworks in recognition of the New Year.
Like many other parts of the British Virgin Islands, Trellis Bay received its share of the devastation during the recent September hurricanes that brought the territory to its proverbial knees.
Out of the considerable number of oceanfront food and beverage businesses usually at the location, only two establishments – Marche Bar and Grille, and Trellis Bay Market Bar & Grille – managed to reopen in time to ring in the New Year.
They provided live entertainment and lit bonfires for patrons who came to share in the celebration.
Bringing normalcy to community
Speaking to BVI News, both companies expressed gratitude for being able to still host the annual event.
Trellis Bay Market Bar & Grille held what it dubbed a ‘Reset Party’ with entertainment from DJ Krusha, Contra Band, and VIBE.
“As we roll into 2018, and continue our recovery, we knew it was extremely important for the community and entire BVI to have a reset party after hurricanes Irma and Maria,” Manager at Trellis Bay Market Bar & Grille, Shamora Molly Penn said.
The establishment, which was also hit hard by the hurricanes, collaborated with another company to showcase fireworks.
“We don’t put a cost towards our fireworks,” she said when asked to disclose the price associated with the display.
“We thought it would bring some sort of normalcy to our community. That was of key importance,” she noted.
In the meantime, Head Chef at Marche Bar & Grille, Wai Chung-Chen told BVI News that despite the challenges the territory and his business faced last year, they wanted to provide the avenue for much-needed stress-relief for residents.
“This is the time of the year when people come together. You see a lot of different people. We wanted people to have fun and be happy. No matter what happened, we are still alive and we are celebrating the New Year,” he said
“We were the only two businesses who survived and we were able to host it. There isn’t a lot of electricity but we still managed to decorate the place and let people enjoy it and have fun.”
Just before the clock struck midnight, there was a countdown followed by a kaleidoscope of fireworks, which was accompanied by cheers and jubilee from patrons.
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