Ahhh...Ras Flying High ... Up Up Up and Away!

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

Tamika Williams with new partner Mark Tucci

Tamika Williams with new partner Mark Tucci

Friday December 14, 2012 was an exceptional day for Ahhh...Ras Natango Gallery and Garden.

Ras (Ian Williams) celebrated his birthday and Ahhh...Ras Gallery and Garden had its first Press Conference and Cocktail Party.

The purpose of the Press Conference was to introduce Mark and Frances Tucci, along with Ayale Williams, as new partners in Ahhh...Ras Natango Gallery and Garden

Mark and Frances Tucci are long time friends of the Williams family and recently acquired shares in the business.

Ian, Mark, Frances and Tamika were already business partners in Custom Blends Jamaica Ltd so it was natural for them to merge both businesses as well as including son Ayale as an equal partner.

Ayale's dedication has been over and above what anyone could have expected.

Now registered with the Companies Office as, Custom Blends Jamaica Ltd trading as Ahhh...Ras Natango Gallery and Garden, it was our pleasure to make this announcement to the media at the press conference.

A truly inspirational story of hard work, staying the course, believing in one's dreams and rising from the depths of the valley.

The Press Conference was a huge success as all guests invited turned out and participated. The spirit of Ahhh...Ras was evident on the faces of all present.

What better way to welcome the start of the 2012 Winter Tourist season?

Preparations leading to the big day saw every employee (now back at work after being laid off earlier this year) working with renewed vigour and gratitude.

Members of the community of Camrose also shared in the preparations, cleaning up the community square, signing on as casual labourers, and stringing lights to light the entire garden.

Miss Kathleen Cooke of JPS (a close family friend) catered for the occasion and completely outdid herself.

Crackers and cheese, bammy, chicken wings (thankfully Kathi gave me a taste when she delivered the food because I got NONE during the cocktail party), beef meat balls, pina colada bread pudding in cupcake form, and Pimento Liqueur.

I felt totally humbled because as a cook myself I know the love, time, cost and dedication she put into the catering with NO expense to the Gallery.

Then to top it all, at the last minute she was asked to be the Master of Ceremony, and did an amazing job at that too.

Thanks is not good enough Sweet Kathi!!!

Among the guests were, Miss Lilly Thompson (community member and a part of the Cottage Industry run by Ahhh..Ras Natango Gallery and Garden), Miss Beverly Thompson (Community Leader), Suzette Brown (Counsellor in the St James Parish Counsel), Aceion Cunningham (Photographer/reporter), Vanessa & Patrick representatives of Canadian Travel Agencies, Horace Gyles and family (Accountant for Ahhh...Ras), Sandra Bellinfonte and David Miller representing The Jamaica Tourist Board, the Ministry Of Tourism and Entertainment as well as TPDCO, Doc and family (Dock's Hide Away - a bed and breakfast located in the cool hills of Irindale).

Two sisters from the community ages 12 and 10 flipped the switch to light the garden.

A piece of art (Moz-Egg) created from broken egg shells was raffled, all guests wrote their names and placed in a large bottle ... Acion Cunningham was the winner.

We thank all who attended and gave positive comments.

Later this week the latest asset of the business will be revealed.

On Monday December 24, 2012 Ahhh...Ras Natango Gallery and Garden will exhibit some of its art at the world famous Tryall Golf Club.

Special thanks to Chris of Jamaica No Problem for encouraging me during the darkest hours. As busy as I might get I will always include JNP .

Happy Holidays to all and a PROSPEROUS New Year!!!!

The partners Ian, Tamika & Ayale Williams, and Mark & Frances Tucci. express their appreciation to all and request that you spread the word about this true Jamaican experience.

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Jan 08, 2013
Here's to Ahhh...Ras Natango Gallery and Garden!
by: Lin & Bob in PA

I'm so proud of your success.
Wish I could be there!
Hugs and blessings to you all!
Love, Lin

Jan 06, 2013
Ahhh...Ras Giving thanks
by: Tamika Williams

Thanks for all the positive comments.
Ahhh...Ras Natango Gallery and Garden appreciates the time you have taken to read and comment.
Please share with relatives and friends as word of mouth is indeed our BEST way of getting Ahhh...Ras known.

Jamaica-No-Problem continues to work with us in giving us this medium to voice our pleasures and positive criticisms as we forge ahead building a safer and more productive Jamaica by instilling pride in our youth.

Happy and prosperous New Year to everyone.

Dec 25, 2012
Thank you and Congratulations!
by: Papa Royce & Sista' Betty

Betty and I would like to thank Ian, Tamika, Ayale, Mark and Frances for the beautiful tour of the Garden, Gallery and property.

We were a day late for the official opening but we found our visit to be one of the highlights of our two weeks in Jamaica.

We learned so much from Tamika about all the ferns, herbs, flowers and birds.

Anyone thinking about visiting Ahhh...Ras Natango Garden and Gallery will not be disappointed.

The view from the platform is magnificent with the mountains to the east and west and down to the city and ocean below.

We only had two hours to spend at Ras but we could have spent a day, easily, soaking up the good vibes, art, and people. Truly a place to see and spend some chill time.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to both the William's and Tucci families.

See you in December!

Dec 23, 2012
Such Joy
by: Charlene Soares

Tamika, Ian Ayale, Frances & Mark,

Truly sorry I could not be in attendance but I share wholeheartedly in your joy!!!!!

Dec 21, 2012
Ahhh...Such a wonderful article!
by: Janelle Robinson-McPherson

Congrats to u Tamika & family, as well as partners. I had such a broad smile reading the entire article.
Very proud of u & happy for u all.
Wishing u continued success in this business.
Have a very happy & holy Christmas, & a prosperous new year.
Love u Tamika.

Dec 20, 2012
Thank You Doc and John
by: thank you

Doc and John ... today to have the Observer follow this with a full page feature was priceless.
My entire community has changed since the merger. Everyone is working and we look forward to inspire and motivate the youth.
Much love.

And Chris ... Much love.


Dec 20, 2012
by: Big Sister JN

Congratulations guys..all the very best for the future.
Have a merry Christmas and a happy 2013. Luv u.

Dec 20, 2012
I am truly humbled and Impressed
by: John Wyatt

I am totally humbled when I follow the activities of Ahhh...Ras and see everything you do with such determination, such enthusiasm, such commitment and professionalism! (If Emma ah read dis mi ope dem is ahl tru waad!!).

This is so good! I am also envious (sorry) not to be closer and part of the action.

Go well, Gods blessings, Happy Christmas and true prosperity in 2013. Unnu deserve it.

Dec 20, 2012
Ahhh...Ras Natango Garden and Gallery is now the #1 attraction for Montego Bay
by: Scubadoc's Apartments

It was an unforgettable evening for us. A real highlight of 2012.

We are so proud that we were able to witness this event.

Ahhh...Ras Natango Garden and Gallery is a must visit for all nature and art lovers.

Dec 20, 2012
Tamika Williams
by: Ahhh...

Myrtle, your comment made me smile. Yes you are indeed an important part of the choir. You whom much is given, much is expected. We who are busy now will be richy rewarded. Ahhh...Ras hopes to see you soon.

Katz!!! You go above and beyond.You are a special special woman in my life!

Now to the job of welcoming visitors daily!

Dec 19, 2012
I am a member of the choir
by: Myrtle Dwyer

I am so sorry that I was not in attendance. The winter season is on and am hard-pressed doing so many things.

My heart is in this progress and success has been knocking at your door for a long time.

There is no doubt that this partnership will bear much fruit.

God bless you all.

Dec 19, 2012
Ahhh! Joy!
by: Kathi Sweetcooke

It was my absolute joy to be there and to share!

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