Dean Fraser: It would be fair to say that Dean Fraser is Jamaica’s best known saxophonist. He started playing the clarinet at age 12 and graduated to the saxophone during his 15th year. He has received the Musgrave Medal in recognition of his contribution to Jamaican music. He has done work on hundreds of recordings with artistes, including Luciano and Tarrus Riley. Fraser has recorded several instrumental albums.
Fern Gully: winds for several miles from Colgate and ends in Ocho Rios. It got its name from the several hundred varieties of ferns which are found there. The ferns cover both sides of the mountain, through which the road is cut. The road was laid down in 1907 after a massive earthquake reconfigured the landscape. An old river bed was paved and the road established.
It is doubtful that there is anywhere else in the world with as many varieties of fern in one place. I won’t stick my neck out, except to say that there is somewhere between 300-600 varieties of Fern in the gully. Another feature of Fern Gully is that craft vendors have stalls inside the gully where they sell carvings and paintings.
Friday (Good): Today the church observes Christ’s Crucifixion and death. For Catholics like myself, holy week and particularly the Pashcal Triduum means a lot of time spent around church activities (hence my spotty participation in the Challenge up to this point). Good Friday and Easter Monday are observed as public holidays. Happy Easter to those who partake in this holy season!
I'll catch up with you later this evening.