Ahhh...Ras!!! First Guests on New Free Shuttle

by Tamika Williams
(Ahhh...Ras Natango Gallery and Garden, Camrose, St James)

Danny and Denise Richardson Arriving in Free Shuttle

Danny and Denise Richardson Arriving in Free Shuttle

Friday January 4, 2013 was a most special day for Ahhh...Ras Natango Gallery and Garden.

We had our first call for 2013 from The Half Moon Golf and Country Club to pick up a couple, Danny and Denise Richardson, in our new "FREE shuttle."

Ras Natango was prompt in arriving at the hotel.

We explained the duration of the garden tour would be 45 minutes in addition to visiting the gallery and gift shop.

With their permission we took the picture of our "first guests for 2013" as they stepped out of our shuttle.

What a delightful feeling!

I stood aside and watched as they approached the juice bar because I knew the view would be the first thing they saw, and I wanted to see their expression as they saw it for the first time.

"Wow! Amazing! Breathless!" were the words from them both as if they had rehearsed them together.

They were told a Jamaican meal was optional, costing an extra US$12 per person, before they arrived, and within a second of sitting down in front of the view they ordered the Jamaican meal.

I introduced them to the attraction, and we were all laughing and talking as they asked questions and expressed disbelief in all that we had accomplished on this rocky hillside.

The tour of the garden was magical as they touched, smelled and even tasted everything, and heard and saw birds as they sang sweetly in the bushes and trees.

They were impressed with the Gallery and Gift Shop and praised the quality of the art as well as the crafts.

I left them to look through the Gallery and Gift Shop and prepared them a meal of Steamed Fish, Sweet Potatoes , Green Banana, Jamaican Vegetables and Juice.

It was great to see them so comfortable and relaxed, and eating everything on their plates .

Danny asked if it was possible for him to walk the community, so Ian Reid, an Ahhh...Ras employee took them walking through the community, where they met many of local people and ate some jerk chicken.

A little over five hours after they arrived they were transported back to the Half Moon Hotel, but not before writing in our guest book and being interviewed but Sheena Gayle, a reporter from the Gleaner, who visited to do a feature on the Ahhh...Ras Natango Gallery and Garden and our new Shuttle.

This is what they wrote in our guest book:

"What a beautiful place. The gardens and birds are amazing. We had a wonderful lunch and enjoyed the art work in the gallery. We are thrilled we had the chance to visit. Everyone staying at the Half Moon should come here.
Danny and Denise Richardson. USA"

A great way to start 2013 with our first guests for the year enjoying our new shuttle, a cooked meal, buying some of our art and other Gift Shop items, and being the first to write in our 2013 guest book, and the first to tour our community on foot.

Ahhh... we look forward to sharing this special piece of Jamaica with you when you visit

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Feb 07, 2013
Ahhh...Awesome :-)
by: Frances Tucci

The beginning of an elegant path for the Ahhh...Ras Natango Gallery and Gardens.
Congratulations to all involved.
Thanks so much

Jan 15, 2013
Ahhh... Ras - Great start to the New Year
by: Robert Stephens

Fabulous, and may you both, and the entire community, move from strength to strength.
Have a wonderful 2013.

Jan 14, 2013
by: Marjorie Kay Browne

I'm so proud of what you've all done ... it's amazing.
It's a lot of hard, tiring, nose-to-the-grindstone work, and you all deserve the best that is yet to come.
I look forward to visiting Ahhh...Ras and meeting your family.

Love always.

Jan 14, 2013
Ahhh... Thanks Faith
by: Tamika Williams

Faith ... the Diamond has been unearthed.
We cannot stop its glow.
Thanks so much for your words.
They are appreciated more than you know.

Jan 09, 2013
by: Tamika

Thanks Chris. We appreciate all your kindness and especially the voice of JNP!!!

The Diamond has indeed been unearthed!!!!! We will continue working at what we do to empower ourselves and community .

Jan 09, 2013
by: Faith Patricia

I got goosebumps looking at the pics and reading your article. Blessings overflowing be yours forever! Amen

Jan 07, 2013
Ahhh...Ras!! Keep It Up
by: Chris

It is a pleasure to be able to help, in some small way, those who are 120% committed and determined to succeed.

You have persevered against sll odds, and developed what must be one of the most interesting, enjoyable and genuinely Jamaican attractions on barren hillside without the help and backing of big business.

Ian, Ayale and yourself are to be commended, and let us hope that, now that you are getting some good publicity in the local media, and now that you have new partners, you will get the recognition and help you deserve from the powers that be in Jamaica connected with Tourism.

You deserve it, and all Jamaicans should be proud of you.

Will continue to help in any way possible to "Unearth the Diamond".


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