February 6, 2009
Rudy to bring Edutainment to North Leeward

Promoter Stewart “Rudy” Louie said that he intends to change the face of entertainment in St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) when his business at Cherry Hill is completed.{{more}}

Cherry Hill is located between Petit Bordel and Chateaubelair.

Rudy has been the driving force behind the Roses Crew outfit, and more recently, Hot Vibes Promotions which is responsible for hosting Soca Fest at Cumberland.

“They chase me from Cumberland so ah lease Cherry Hill to show them that they can’t kill a positive thing,” the promoter said.

Cherry Hill over the years has been home to estate managers, doctors and other civil servants who served the community in the 80s. It was then purchased by the Smith family of Troumaca and operated as a club for some time. But five years ago the building was totally destroyed by a wild bush fire, and remained idle until recently when it was leased by Louie.

The promoter said that he intends to provide an atmosphere of clean fun, education and entertainment – a place where families can gather and children can do their school assignments.

“You know… real edutainment,” he said with a smile.

When completed, there will be an Internet café and wireless Internet, and also televisions showing news and sports, according to Louie.

Work on the property has been progressing swiftly. The access road has been cleared, and widened, and flowers and foliage have already been planted. Louie has also started to plant vegetables and root crops; he said that he will also be planting fruit trees in the area.

The entrepreneur said that he is going to leave the old structures in place and build around them, using materials like Roseau, bamboo and coconut branches.

The main attraction, according to Louie, will be the 13 stones that are located on the ridge close to where his business would be. He has already cleared the area around the stones which are of significant importance to the heritage of SVG. The stones are said to be from pre-Columbus days, and may have

been used as calendars to mark important dates and events by the early Caribs.

Louie hopes that tourists and students will pay healthy interest in the stones, and try to unravel the mystery that surrounds them.

“We have to try to understand how our ancestors lived,” Louie, who is a Carib decendant, said.