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Monday, January 12, 2009

Harts is SOLD OUT

News reaching me just a few minutes ago is that Harts is now OFFICIALLY SOLD OUT (all 23 sections)!

I noticed recently that there were very few sections open so it was only a matter of time.

Now lets see which band will be next...

What a difference a week makes!!

Last Monday I was bemoaning the fact that we had six weeks left until Carnival and I was still
unprepared. Well within one week I was able to book my lash appointment, pay off for my costume, get materials to decorate my boots, source my accessories (yay!) and I FINALLY have a plan for Monday wear now it is just to get it executed (thanks Richard).

I still haven't bought my tights but Carnival Jumbie was able to secure hers by going downtown at Micles, since West Mall branch has not received their Carnival stock as yet. You can read about her adventures here. Tights is #1 on the list this week since I, like her, am not taking any chances on waiting "closer to Carnival".

While out and about this weekend getting organized, I saw Brian Mc Farlane downtown at a popular fabric store getting materials for his band Africa. There was also another kiddies band leader there who was chatting with a costume producer and I overheard her saying that things are slow this year, parents are not spending as much so they had to simplify the costumes to keep costs down and meet their targets. That echoes what another adult band leader had told me over Christmas, fears are that people are going to be holding on tightly to their purses.

I also read in the Business Express that one band so far has instituted some incentives to get masqueraders to register, Masquerade "has cut at least ten per cent of its original prices off the 2009 tag, bringing all its sections to TT$2,000 and less, all-inclusive"!

Anyway, this week on the list is getting the Monday Wear outfit sorted out fully and getting my tights and I think I am ALMOST ready; I hope you are too!

Carnival Accomodation Still Available!

A search at the Trinidad Hilton, Courtyard by Marriott and Hyatt hotels for a weeks stay during Carnival 2009 will turn up rooms, amazingly, still available! Many of the smaller guest houses have been booked solid since early 2008 as well, however I have found that "Best of Trinidad and Tobago" still has several properties still open for booking:

All these accommodations are still available for carnival 2009, but at this time of the year, close to carnival, places go fast, so whoever comes first with the down payment will get the place.

So, if you are STILL looking for a place to stay, check out Best of Trinidad and Tobago's Carnival Accommodation listing HERE.
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