Jamaica Committee to Host Fundraiser for Upcoming Port Royal, Jamaica Exhibition at the Historical Museum of Southern Florida

MIAMI – The Jamaica Committee, Inc., in collaboration with the Historical Museum of Southern Florida, will host A Pirate’s Fiesta on May 25 at 6 p.m. in the Cultural Plaza’s sculpture garden outside the downtown museum. Proceeds from the event will go toward the Port Royal, Jamaica exhibition to open at the Historical Museum in February 2007.

Port Royal, mainly remembered as the wickedest city on earth, home of the Buccaneers and Pirates remains the cause celeb of theatre and screen where the romance has not lost its appeal, although, historically, in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, Port Royal was the center of the world.

Today, Port Royal sits as a quiet fishing village on the palisade outside of Kingston, Jamaica’s capital city, but is equally important as a world historical site – the city beneath the sea – with a history that reveals tangled connections to Europe, the Americas and the new world.

“Port Royal is a sleeping gem. The Jamaica Committee is happy to help display another layer of Jamaica’s history while emphasizing the Historical Museum’s role in attracting and showcasing the various peoples that make up the wide South Florida community,” says Jacky Shepard, Director of the Jamaica Committee.

A Pirate’s Fiesta will replicate the pirate theme in dress, décor and food. Celebrity Chef Cindy Hutson of Ortanique on the Mile will tingle taste buds with her Buccaneer hors d’oeuvres, Bacardi USA, Inc. will whet guests’ whistles, while Tortuga Rumcakes will sweeten palettes as the Miami Fencing Club clash sword and saber in a swashbuckling display on the plaza.

Mr. Ainsley Henriques, Chair of the Organizing Committee of the World Archaeological Congress, will visit from Jamaica to deliver a talk on “Port Royal and the World.” A Pirate’s Fiesta will also include live music and a silent auction of premier Jamaican resorts.

Tickets for a Pirates Fiesta are $40 per person. Donations are tax deductible. To reserve by May 22, contact the Jamaica Committee at 305-829-7706 or the Historical Museum of Southern Florida at 305-375-1611.

The Jamaica Committee, Inc. is a non-profit whose members are Jamaicans and lovers of the island-nation, and is perhaps best known for its annual Pineapple Ball, which generates money to fund scholarships, programs against violence and other civic activities in Jamaica..

Since its inception in 2000, the Jamaica Committee has hosted five Pineapple Ball galas – two in Miami and three at the historic Rose Hall Great House in Jamaica, with a sixth planned for this coming November.

The Historical Museum of Southern Florida is dedicated to telling the story of South Florida and the Caribbean, in order to enhance the community’s quality of life by understanding the past, linking it to the present and building a better future. The Historical Museum hosts a permanent exhibition gallery and a special gallery with several changing exhibitions each year. In addition, the museum houses the Research Center, a non-circulating library and archives open to museum visitors, and The Indies Company, the museum’s store, which offers a unique array of Florida-themed books and gifts.

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