Tuesday, July 22, 2008

The Placencia BTIA Lobsterfest Raffle has become one of the most anticipated events at Placencia Lobsterfest. This raffle always has a ton of great prizes - this year there were more than 80 up for grabs.

Grand Prize:

Day Sail for 6 people - The Moorings Belize Ltd – w/ $100 Gift Certificate - Wallen’s Market, $100 Cash Prize - Joy Tours, $100 Cash Prize - Ocean’s Edge, & Ray’s case of Beer - Ray. Ticket # 342 – Mary Rudon

Packaged Prizes

1. Jungle Jaunt The Lodge at Chaa Creek- two complimentary night stay for 2 and two days of fun plus dinner, breakfast and lunch with $50 Cash Prize - Lucille’s Traveller’s Inn & $50 Cash Prize - Lydia’s Guesthouse. Ticket # 3228 Salva Zabaneh

2. Big City Getaway Radisson Fort George Hotel – 1 Night Stay for 2 including breakfast w/ 1 round trip ticket Placencia to Belize City Municipal - space available - Tropic Air, & $50 Cash Prize - Colibri Beach House Ticket # 1818 Rafael Villanueva

3. The Caye Getaway - Whipray Caye Lodge - 2 nights stay for 2 people w/ $100.00 cash prize - Miramar Apartments & 3 bottles of wine from Premium Wines & Spirits. Ticket # 666 Lynn Knight

4. Placencia Beach Stay - Miramar Apartments - 2 night stay in beachfront studio apt. (valid for 6 months after drawing) w/ Dinner for 2 (valid for 6 months after drawing) - De-Tatch Seafood Beach Grill & $50 Gift Certificate - Beach Bazaar Gift Shop. Ticket # 2779 “Patu”

5. Get Creative! South Belize Platinum Development and Design – Get Creative with a $200 voucher towards design project or consultation w/ $200 worth of building material - A.L Construction 1 Black & Decker ½” Hammer Drill Kit w/ Accessories - Habet Brothers Ltd. Ticket # 1588 Annette Vernon

6. Throw a Party!!!!Cardelli Farms – 1 (5 pound) box of jumbo shrimp with 3 bottles of wine fro m Premium Wines & Spirits, $100 Gift Certificate - Wallen’s Market. Ticket # 1919 Laurence Leslie

7. The Bakadeer Getaway - Paradise Vacation Hotel- a 2 night stay in ocean front room (value $300.00) w/ Dinner for 2 at The Crow’s Nest Café, $50 Cash Prize - Garden Cabanas - Ticket # 1296 Justin Linarez

8. Getaway with Golf? Laru Beya Villas- a 2 night stay in an Ocean View Villas. - Sleeps 2 people, plus game of mini golf on the brand new mini golf course of 14 holes. & Barefoot Rentals - one day golf cart rental (4 passenger), valid for 6 months after drawing date. Ticket # 2729 Cindy Weller

9. Business or Pleasure Maya Island Air - one round trip ticket to any destination Maya flies within the country of Belize. Seaspray Hotel - $100.00 cash prize, & Barnacle Bill’s Beach Bungalows - $50 Cash Prize - Ticket #594 Ellie Rosado

Individual Prizes

1. Miller’s Landing - 2 nights stay for 2 people Ticket # 402 Ron Spilman

2. Colibri Beach House - $50 Cash Prize Ticket # 171 Ted Berry

3. The Spa @ Robert’s Grove - 1 massage - Ticket # 2465 Kin Yount

4. La Dolce Vita Italian Restaurant - one bottle of wine (cabernet) one bottle of wine (pinot grigio) Ticket # 2658 Russel (Lynda)

5. Robert’s Grove - Weekend Stay for 2 in one of our penthouse with all meals and welcome complimentary Drink (dinner one night at Habanero Mexican Restaurant & dinner one night at the Seaside Restaurant) Ticket # 1258 Patricia Griffith

6. Paradise Pizza - 2 Extra Loaded Special Pizzas Ticket # 100 Norman Leslie

7. Premium Wines & Spirits – 1 bottle of wine Ticket # 061 Lesa Jordan

8. The Spa @ Robert’s Grove - 1 massage - Ticket # 2796 Kathy Anglin

9. Cardelli Farms – 1 (5 pound) box of jumbo shrimp - Ticket #240 Mary “Alli” Smith

10. Wallen’s Market - $50 Gift Certificate Ticket # 2368 Marybeth Knight

11. Doran’s Service - $100.00 Cash Prize Ticket # 280 Debbie Gabor

12. IndulgenZ @ Z-Touch Day Spa - $50 Gift Certificate Ticket # 1853 George Eiley Sr

13. Z-Touch Day Spa - Honey Glow Body Treatment by Ysela - Ticket # 2312 Linda Thorton

14. Barefoot Beach Bar - 2 T-shirts Ticket # 566 Henry Hamilton

15. Blue Crab - 1 large batch of original recipe Goss Chocolate chunk cookies, with milk or dark chocolate chunks - Ticket #1735 Lila Vernon

16. Karina’s Boutique - $100 Gift Certificate - Ticket # 1027 Robert Argue

17. French Connection – Dinner for 2 ($100.00 Value) - Ticket # 1905 Denise Williams

18. Goss Chocolate- a box of chocolate, milk or dark Ticket # 1629 Gareth Longsworth

19. Danube Austrian Restaurant – Dinner for 2 (value $100) - Ticket #200 Warren Cabral

20. Maya Dream Beach House - $50.00 cash prize. Ticket # 008 Jim Schable

21. Barefoot Beach Bar - $100 Bar Tab Ticket # 300 Anya Garipoli

22. TuttiFrutti Italian Ice Cream Parlor - $25 Gift Certificate Ticket #2429 Bill Stewart

23. El Papagayo Gift Shop – 1 Back Pack & 1 Document Bag Ticket # 1306 Dale Godfrey

24. Muzamanzie Photographs – Rubbermaid Snaptoppers 30 qt container Ticket # 2468 Kim Yount

25. Wallen’s Market - $50 Gift Certificate - Ticket # 1708 Maria Teul

26. Belize Bank- $250.00 Savings Account Ticket # 2187 Eden Eiley

27. Michelo’s Belgian Café – 1 lunch for 2 persons, valid for 6 months after drawing date - Ticket # 1059 Nelva Ranguy

28. Beach Bazaar Gift Shop - $50 Gift Certificate Ticket # 3174 Omar’s Creole Grub

29. El Papagayo Gift Shop – 1 Beach Bag & 1 Sarong - Ticket # 2665 Larry Rattan

30. Frisky Frog Fast Food Fix – 2 – 12”pizzas with your choice of toppings (value of $70) Ticket # 986 Slavek

31. Casa at Last - $ 50.00 cash prize Ticket # 2537 Rob Snyder

32. Danube Austrian Restaurant – Dinner for 2 (value $100) Ticket # 1740 “Polo”

33. Z-Touch Day Spa - Manicure & Pedicure by Annie Ticket # 1251 Erwin Westby

34. Palmtree Designs - $25 Cash Prize Ticket # 1477 Danilee Cadle

35. Premium Wines & Spirits – 1 bottle of wine Ticket # 2276 Annie Miller

36. Frisky Frog Fast Food Fix – 4 – Cheeseburgers w/ fries (value of $40) - Ticket # 1326 Ann Godfrey

37. Premium Wines & Spirits – 1 bottle of wine Ticket # 735 Jose Fuentes

38. Bella Maya Resort & Residences – Dinner for 2 - Ticket # 969 Walter Garbutt

39. Scotiabank $250.00 Savings account - Ticket # 312 Isha Turner

40. Lola’s Art- 1 original painting Ticket # 516 Laura Godfrey

41. Secret Garden Day Spa - one Swedish massage - Ticket # 1866 Wende Byran

42. Singing Sands Inn - Dinner for two/w cocktails Ticket # 1458 Cindy Linarez

43. La Dolce Vita Italian Restaurant- a dinner for two (1 appetizer and two main course) Ticket # 3273 Graham Cabral

44. TuttiFrutti Italian Ice Cream Parlor - $25 Gift Certificate Ticket # 686 Tizy

45. Premium Wines & Spirits – 1 bottle of wine Ticket # 2512 Herbert Coleman

46. Seahorse Dive Shop - Diving or Snorkelling trip for 2. Ticket # 1736 Lila Vernon

47. TuttiFrutti Italian Ice Cream Parlor - $50 Gift Certificate - Ticket # 3125 Conrad Villanueva

48. R & S Ltd. Take Out - 2 Free Lunches (anything on the menu) Ticket # 1949 Nick & Khadija

49. Secret Garden Day Spa - one Swedish massage Ticket # 3210 Salva Zabaneh

50. Norman’s Bakery – 1 Seafood Pizza w/ 2 Seaweed Smoothies Ticket # 1997 Elaine Garcia

51. Siripohn Thai Massage – 1 Thai Massage or Essential Oil Massage Ticket # 1822 Rafael Villanueva

52. The Placencia Breeze – 3 months of ¼ page advertising Ticket # 1791 Bruce Leslie

53. Sunova Beach Gift Shop – a $100.00 gift certificate Ticket # 054 Earl Godfrey

54. Norman’s Bakery – 1 Pepperoni Pizza w/ 2 Seaweed Smoothies Ticket # 1948 Nick & Khadija

55. Premium Wines & Spirits – 1 bottle of wine Ticket # 2133 Brice Dial

56. D’eclipse Entertainment Club - $100 Bar Tab Ticket # 1245 Erwin Westby

57. Spectarte Gallery............. $ 200 voucher in gallery - 100% Belizean art Ticket # 1927 Randolph Villanueva Jr

58. Splash Dive Shop- 1 Open Water certification (BZ$800.00) Ticket # 1019 Yoli

59. Bella Maya Resort & Residences – 1 Night stay in a Waterfront Suite - Ticket # 3282 Rhawn Godfrey

60. Premium Wines & Spirits – 1 bottle of wine - Ticket # 830 Denise Williams

61. Manatee Inn - 6 bottles of “Raices” Spanish Red Wine - Ticket # 846 Tiana Felix

62. Manatee Inn - 6 bottles of “Raices” Spanish Red Wine Ticket # 2291 Jenria Lozano

63. Hofius – 1 Ice Box Ticket # 3148 Linda Bell

64. Wendy’s Creole Restaurant & Bar – Dinner for 2 with wine or $100 Cash Prize - Ticket # 613 Norman Leslie

65. Maya Beach Hotel Bistro – 1 free breakfast, happy hour item or appetizer everyday for an entire year - Ticket # 1992 Aline Ferrel

66. Go Graphics & Go Tees – The Family T-shirt Package - Ticket # 1360 Tyson Ramos

67. D’Express – 2 Round trip tickets to Puerto Cortez, Honduras - Ticket # 2630 Sue Porter

68. D’Express – 2 Round trip tickets to Puerto Cortez, Honduras - Ticket # 1643 John Hughes

69. Anton Leslie – 1 Tattoo - Ticket # 2663 Larry Rattan

The Placencia BTIA wishes to thank everyone that supported this year’s raffle through the generous donations of prizes, the individuals who helped to sell the tickets and of course everyone that took the chance and purchased their raffle tickets. We look forward to the Placencia BTIA Lobsterfest Raffle 2009 to be held the Sunday evening of Placencia Lobsterfest 2009 – June 26, 27, & 28!!!!!

For more information call 523-4045.

photos by Muzamanzie Photographs

Friday, July 18, 2008

For the fun of it.........

People come from all over for Placencia Lobsterfest. It has become THE event that brings Placencians from abroad home for a family visit.
(Used to be Easter - now its Lobsterfest - the really lucky ones come for BOTH!!!!)
Family, friends, fun, meeting new people, catching up with people you know. Placencia Lobsterfest is just that and SO MUCH MORE!!!!

Photoss courtesy of Muzamanzie Photographs

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Tipsy Tuna Toss

The Tipsy Tuna Toss is another event that was a major hit at Placencia Lobsterfest 2006 but never happened in 2007. This year there were plenty of people who decided to "Toss the Tuna".

Imagine this - This tuna weighs close to 35 lbs and the object of this contest is to toss it as far as you can.... after you've turned around several times. You can not use the tail or the fins as handles to give you a better grip. You have to hug and squeeze this tuna like it's your boyfriend or girlfriend, husband or wife and then on your final spin you toss it as far as possible. Everyone gets three chances to throw..... farthest throw wins.

The guys were first and slow to sign up but once they got the picture we ended up with 12 guys ready to show their stuff. Each person had their own "method" of throwing -

This was a throw that went far but not quite far enough. The winning throw was a 25ft toss by Danny from the States. People had to scramble out of the way to avoid being squished by the flying 35 lb Tuna. Second place went to Anwar from Belmopan with a 23 plus ft throw.

If the guys threw far the ladies made up for distance with their entertaining antics and method.

"Little Bit" the dancing diva........ farthest throw was about 3 ft.

The first and second place in both the men & women's categories won $50 & $25 respectively and Tipsy Tuna Sports Bar t-shirts!

The Tipsy Tuna Toss was a BLAST!!!!! Can't wait to have it again at Placencia Lobsterfest 2009 - June 26th, 27th & 28th!!!

Photos courtesy of Fiona Macfarlane
Blog by Placencia Lobsterfest Rocks!!!!!!

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Who makes it happen?

Placencia Lobsterfest has grown over the years and really takes a lot of hard work and great planning to pull off. The Placencia Village Council & the Placencia Tourism Center/PBTIA are the main coordinators of the weekend. We start planning in January believe it or not.

The BTIA booth at Placencia Lobsterfest where the Lobsterfest shirts can be found and the raffle tickets for the Placencia BTIA raffle. Felisha worked all weekend long and had the help of Shieba from the Toledo BTIA office. Thanks Sheiba!

This is the drink ticket area at the Placencia Village Council bar - Phillipa & Graham worked long hours that weekend.

Cleve, from the PTC, looks relaxed but this picture caught him at the only moment he sat down that weekend. He made the long trip to the Kendal Bridge (or rather lack of bridge area) on Saturday to make sure the New Creation Band who had played Friday night got back across to the north side and Gilharry 7 made it across to the south side so they could perform Saturday & Sunday. Cleve also found the man that was heading to Placencia with the fireworks for Saturday night and brought him back.

This is the Love FM crew (minus 1 person) They come down every year to broadcast from Lobsterfest so that those throughout the country who could not make it still can feel a part of it. Usually they drive down but with the bridge out this year they FLEW in from Belize City! Now that is dedication!

Brian, village council chairman, was being interviewed by Love FM telling people all about our great festival! He started off the weekend by taking part in the 5 mile "Battle Cancer Walk" from Seine Bight Village Friday morning!

Salva, Ellie & Mr. Jack made sure the fishing tournament ran smoothly this year. Mr Jack got up each morning to check the boats before they left at 5 am!!!! That's early!

PBTIA Chairperson Bev spent several hours manning the BTIA booth along with Felisha. I think she is about to put some lucky tickets into the raffle barrel.

Dave (our tug o war official) is part of the PBTIA. He helped out throughout the weekend with different events like the Tuna Toss, the kayak race & the fishing tournament - generally whatever needed to be done. He also revamped the raffle barrel & BTIA counter front so that both were in tip top shape for the weekend.

The bartenders kept the crowds at the bar happy and well hydrated!

Perfecto, on the four-wheeler, ran ice, drinks, band equipment etc ALL weekend long. He was a round the clock trooper.

DJs kept the music and announcements coming all weekend long. Thanks guys.

There are others on the Lobsterfest Crew whose pictures have not been turned in yet but will be posted soon!!!! These include Ms. Karen, Harald, Lloydia, Doc, Jodie, Ilsa & Tanya. Also missing was Gillian, who helped big time getting the preparations for the raffle together starting as far back as January but is now off having her baby. :) Congrats Gill & Salva!

Join us next year for Placencia Lobsterfest 2009 - June 26th, 27th & 28th!!!!

Photos by Muzamanzie Photographs

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Not to be out done by the grown ups

Right after the adults had their tug o war competition two teams of youngster asked if they could compete. This spur of the moment match turned out to be the most exciting of the day and drew the largest crowd of all. These kids were evenly matched and the spectators went wild hollering in support.

In the end this was the team that won the $25 that the Tipsy Tuna Sports Bar gave for the match.

I hear they are training for next year's Placencia Lobsterfest as well!

Photos courtesy of Muzamanzie Photographs

The Fishing Tournament

The Placencia Fishermen's Day Saltwater Fishing Tournament takes place the Saturday & Sunday of Placencia Lobsterfest. This year the winds were blowing and the seas were especially rough and only nine courageous captains & crews registered to compete.

Weigh in happens at 5:30 pm on Saturday and 3:30 pm on Sunday down at the Placencia Fishermen's Cooperative main dock. This year's officials were Salva Zabaneh, Carlton "Jack" Young, & Andrew Godoy.

The tournament always has great sponsors - this year the sponsors included Shell Placencia, Belize Bank, Insurance Corporation of Belize, Tipsy Tuna Sports Bar, Marelco & Yamaha, Barefoot Beach Bar & The Secret Garden. Others that sponsored can be seen on the Placencia Lobsterfest T-shirt.

This is the scale that has been used in the past for the tournament.

This year a digital scale was used for the weigh in.

The catches were not as big as previous years but a few of the fish that did come in were real WHOPPERS!

A barracuda from the "Teresa G"

Dorado from the "Coulton's Reef"

A barracuda and the largest fish caught by a woman

A wahoo - "Coulton's Reef"

The crew of the Olivia V

Of course it is Lobsterfest so there has to be lobster - this was the largest one caught!

LoveFM never missed a beat! They reported all weekend on everything that Placencia Lobsterfest had to offer.

In the end this fishing tournament judge's shirt says it all...........

Join us for next year's tournament - June 27th & 28th!

Photos courtesy of Muzamanzie Photographs