New Amsterdam, one of Guyana’s largest towns located approximately
fifty-eight miles from the capital city Georgetown, on the eastern
bank of the Berbice River, will be the place for all Guyanese to
visit, as the 127-year-old town celebrates a week of activity, aimed
at attracting visitors to the township, and promoting its culture and
New Amsterdam Town week is expected to run from October 21-29, under
the theme: “Celebrating with culture creativity and diversity in a
clean, green town”.
Speaking with the Department of Public Information (DPI) on Friday in
Berbice, Town Clerk of New Amsterdam, Sharon Alexander highlighted
that the annual town week’s activities were planned not only for
‘jubilation’ but most importantly to foster social cohesion within the
town. “This is a time we need to come out, socialise and celebrate as
New Amsterdamers, we worked for it” she emphasized.
Alexander said that each programme planned by the Town Week Committee
caters for residents of all ages and ethnicity and all are invited to
Alexander told the DPI that while most of the activities are being
repeated annually; a few changes were made for 2018. The most
sought-after activity she noted will be the hosting of the Miss New
Amsterdam beauty pageant which is slated for October 24. This event
will give young ladies from ages 18 to 25, an opportunity to showcase
their natural aptitude and to promote their hometown.
Also, on the list of activities, for October 21, there will be a joint
church service at the Matthew Allen Road (New Amsterdam Stelling
Road), and at noon a grand opening ceremony will be held at Main
Street New Amsterdam culminating with a parade which will have the
full participation of the military forces and Pathfinders from the
Seventh-day Adventist church.
For the youths, a spelling bee marathon and composition writing is
slated for October 23. On October 24, the Municipality will host a
trade fair and exhibition for businesses from across New Amsterdam
providing them with the opportunity to showcase their products and
services to residents as well as visitors. In the evening, a grand
Gospel Extravaganza is expected at the New Amsterdam Town Hall.
Physical and sporting activities such as an inter-school jump rope
competition, a relay festival and 20/20 Cricket tournament will take
the forefront on October 19, 25 and 28 respectively.