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The Annual Trelawny Picnic Truthful Returns to New York

A piece of the massive crowd that turned up for the annual Trelawny Picnic on Sunday Might 29 on the Rockland County State Park in Nyack, New York. (DERRICK SCOTT picture)

by Derrick Scott

[NEW YORK] – The annual Trelawny Picnic in New York, returning after a two-year COVID-enforced absence, drew greater than three thousand Trelawnyites from throughout america, Canada, and Jamaica to the Rockland County State Park in Nyack, upstate New York, this previous Sunday, Might 29.

Unbridled delight oozed from the picnic goers as they began streaming in from about 7:00 a.m., to fill the recreation website, residence to this annual Jamaican festival-like gathering for over forty years.

By noon Sunday, the numbers had swelled, the grills fired up, the aromas wafting by the park, far and large. Households, pals, and acquaintances previous and not-so-old, hailing from all corners of the parish of Trelawny in Jamaica, coming collectively to have a grand time.

They take with them tents, their ever-present Reggae music and fancy grills and equipment, in addition to their well-known Trelawny yams full of cod fish, with ackee and roasted breadfruit on the aspect within the firm of different Jamaican delicacies which many had saved up over the course of the 12 months, to boast and share with their pals and parishioners.

All Trelawny Household Affair

And, after all, nothing is ever on the market…. all is shared! It’s actually an All Trelawny Household Affair and continues because it was first conceptualized over forty years in the past when just a few pals from Falmouth – Horace Harrison, Wendell Stewart, Linval Brown, Richard Chambers, Eli Nish, Mr. and Mrs. DK Mullings and Peter HoShing – bought collectively of their yard on the Memorial Weekend Sunday. Thus, was born an annual occasion.

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Trelawny Annual Picnic
One of many founders of the Trelawny annual picnic, Richard Chambers (middle) together with (from left) Baldwin Huie, Dahlia Gordon, Oliver Huie and Paul Earle. (DERRICK SCOTT picture)

How It Began

In Richard Chambers’ telling, the picnic sprang from a Nineteen Seventies Bronx, New York, yard barbeque for individuals from Falmouth. Over time, it has been a draw for Trelawnyites from far and large. “In a short time, it turned referred to as the Falmouth picnic. We then began to ask pals from Duncans, Clarks City and different areas of the parish,” Chambers recollects.

‘Trelawny Day Picnic’

“Because the gathering grew, it took on the identify of the ‘Trelawny Day Picnic’ and has ballooned to the extent that one 12 months, we had over six thousand individuals on the upstate New York assembly place, all claiming to be from Trelawny,” says Chambers, the now Dallas Texas resident happy the occasion has not misplaced its character as a “household” affair that now boasts first- and second-generation Trelawnyites in attendance.

“The truth that I take essentially the most pleasure in is that in over forty years, we have now by no means had an incident the place we have now needed to invite legislation enforcement to be concerned,” Chambers stresses as a credit score to the individuals of the parish.

Annual Trelawny Picnic - New York
Falmouth’s Mayor Colin Gager (middle) shares a light-weight second with fellow Trelawny parishioners. From left Kenneth Bailey Charles Ramdata Alinthi Allwood Gallagher Violet Johnson Tomlin Anderson Harry Peter Johnson and Loyal Ellis Event. (DERRICK SCOTT picture)

Falmouth’s mayor and Trelawny Municipal Company chairman Colin Gager, a daily on the annual enjoyable gathering, was none too shy about making it recognized he was again Sunday, touring the grounds, greeting picnic goers with relish. “I’m right here once more on the Trelawny Reunion. Now COVID has eased and naturally we get an opportunity to promote Falmouth – and Trelawny as a complete – and that is without doubt one of the the explanation why I’m right here at this time.”

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New Hearth Station in South Trelawny

Gager doubled down on his gross sales pitch for his parish: “On June 17, we shall be having the groundbreaking of the brand new Hearth Station in south Trelawny and earlier than that, on June 16, we shall be having the handing over of the brand new repaired Market and Transportation Centre in Clark’s City. We’ve constructed a drop-in centre, which can home the homeless on a nightly foundation. This was the primary of its variety exterior of Kingston, the place we feed the homeless,” Gager defined.

Garth Wilkinson, councilor for the Falmouth Division, himself one other common, had journeyed from Jamaica, too, not eager to miss out on this excitingly Trelawny custom.

42 Yr Journey

Getting in on the act as effectively, Trelawny’s Custos Rotulorum, Hon. Hugh Gentles, despatched a message to mark the event. Thanking organisers and company for “staying the course with us for 42 years by thick and skinny. The contribution of the diaspora to Jamaica is particular.

You, as little children of Trelawny, have helped us to evolve as a parish; to develop in a sustainable method consistent with international modifications.  We will overcome social challenges successfully along with your assist and so we cherish our enduring relationship.”

By the point Sunday turned to sunset, the fact started to set in. All good issues should come to an finish. Reluctantly, however going through actuality, the diaspora Trelawny individuals pulled themselves collectively. They mustered the braveness to say goodbyes. And clearly, one will get the sense that it gained’t be lengthy earlier than the planning begins up for subsequent 12 months’s occasion – to as soon as once more showcase the pleasure of Trelawny.

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