Madeiran Feast in US takes steps to avert trouble

(By Joao Ferreira, Standard-Times staff writer)

New Bedford, Massachusetts, USA — The organizers of the Madeiran Feast of the Blessed Sacrament are again stepping up efforts to shake the event’s reputation of being a beer and Madeira wine festival.

The popular Portuguese festival attracts huge crowds to its relatively compact North End grounds each year and has been riddled with alcohol-related incidents.

As part of their efforts to prevent underage drinking during the four-day festival held Aug. 2-5, feast organizers will use six age-verification machines to print unique wristbands for everyone under age 35.
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Festival do Atl̢ntico РVideos

On this page/post you will find a video collection of the fireworks display during Festival do Atlântico (Festival of Atlantic). We are searching for video entries of this happening in YouTube and place them all here. Afterwards we will choose the best (amateur) films made of the pyro-musical display.

If you are living on Madeira Island or have visited recently, and have captured one of the firework spectacle in Funchal and you want to show it here … then you only need to upload it on YouTube and tag it with the word ‘madeira‘ and ‘fireworks‘.

For those who have missed the event, this is a page on which you can keep track of all previous competition that has taken place. Bookmark / add this link into your favourites as it will be updated frequently.

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Funchal International Film Festival

The 3rd edition of Funchal International Film Festival – Madeira Islands will take place from 2 to 10 November 2007.

Funchal Festival Internacional CinemaThis festival is sponsored by the Regional Government of Madeira to promote the films, as well as to promote the Islands of Madeira and the capital city of Funchal. Its goal is to explore new trends in the art of film. The main category is the International Official Competitive Section for 35mm fiction feature films produced between 2005 and 2007. These films will compete for the “FIFF Silver Caravel” Award.

As from now the organization is accepting submissions. For more information, regulations and how to send your film, visit www.funchalfilmfest.com

Deadline for entries: 28th of September 2007

Sunny North

Last week both my wife and I went for holidays “abroad”. Actually it was not abroad … we went to the North of the Madeira Island, Ponta Delgada and Boaventura. But for those who live on Madeira will agree with me that the North of the island has different scenery … and it is as if you are on another island. Green mountain cliffs and rocky edge, a display that is interrupted by small villages and with the vast Atlantic Ocean guarding the coastline. Another beautiful side that the island proudly bears.

Although we stayed for just three days/two nights we have had the opportunity to relax to the max and enjoy quality time, thanks to the location, environment, people (locals) and, last but not least, the sunny weather that took place during our stay.

I will limit myself to mention the highlights of our visit to the North of the island:

Casa da Capelinha
Casa da Capelinha - view from apartmentWe stayed at Casa da Capelinha (Ponta Delgada) which took about 40 minutes drive to reach. Self –catering apartment’s complex that lies in the coastal part of the picturesque town of Ponta Delgada. Adjacent to the property and part of the complex is the newly restored Chapel of Reis Magos (The Three Kings), a small chapel (build in the 16th century) with a large historical interest.

From our apartment we enjoyed each day (and also evenings) of the magnificent view and the sounds of the Ocean echoing against the mountain coast. Even though we only stayed for two nights we find it a very nice place to stay.

For more information you can visit their website:
www.casadacapelinha.com

ER 101
Between Ponta Delgada and Boa Ventura is a small part of the ER 101 ring that curls like an elegant snake the island. This particular part between the two villages not only offers fantastic views from the coastline, but it also can give you a thrill as driver (and passenger also). This is one of the last (typical) road section that was the usual connection between the villages in the North coast …. narrow tunnels and two-ways road. The thrill increases when you notice that also (big) buses are common to encounter on your way.

Most people will think the most awful scenarios will take place in such an occasion, but this is truly not the case. Local drivers are most patient and helpful … they will manage their vehicles in such a way that you easily can pass through … or they will give indications, as most of them know these roads. The important thing is not to panic, be patient and take your time. Remember that buses and lorries often “meet” each other on that same road and … they manage to pass without problems.

L&L Casa de Chá and Moinho a Água
Sign Moinho a Agua We visited the village São Jorge, that is just 8 km away from Santana. There we followed the sign “Moinho e Serragem a Água” (Water mill) road next to the Farmácia and 600m we stopped at the local Tea House “L&L Casa de Chá”, which is also a Bar/Restaurant. The owners are very friendly, speak both Portuguese and English and, if you do not mind, they will join your table to have a chat and answer any question of the area. They have a large terrace with a beautiful view that overlooks São Jorge.

The Tea House is an excellent stop for those who are planning to do the splendid walk Levada do Rei (Kings Levada), of which the start is another 2km up the road.

L&L Tea House is located at Sítio Lombo do Cunha (Tel: +351 291 576 604)

Another stop that is worth to do is the Moinho a Água where the old caretaker of the water mill will explain (and show) how, who, why and when.

Levada do Rei

Some travelers visit Madeira Island … they rent a car … drive around for a week and at the end they say ‘we have seen everything of Madeira!’. Yeah sure! And I am Paris Hilton that just escaped and bought a property on Madeira.

Seriously … there is still a lot to discover on this, according to Google Earth, small island. For example today we went for a levada walk. It was a magnificent walk called Levada do Rei, which goes into the Ribeiro Bonito Valley. It is a “walk there and back” walk and took us about three hours.

See a slide show of the pictures I took during the walk. An image says more than a thousand words … in this case you can see more than 25.000 words.

    Levadas – man made irrigation channels that not only provides the island with precious and clear water, but also offers us with the joy and the awareness to respect the beauties that nature is (still) presenting us.


Dighton Rock coming to Madeira

A new Dighton Rock replica is in the making at Tillitson Pearson Inc. (TPI) in Warren, a quarter century after the first replica was created.

The replica, the fourth of its kind, symbolizes the theory of many Portuguese Americans that the Portuguese were the first to discover the New World, rather than Christopher Columbus. The theory, which was first conceived in 1918 by a psychologist at Brown University, has been affirmed and researched by retired physician and scholar, Bristol resident Dr. Manuel Luciano Da Silva.

After 40-plus years of researching the original Dighton Rock and the curious inscriptions carved on it, Dr. Da Silva is proud to be associated with the theory, and the replicas. With the first three scattered throughout Portugal, Dr. Da Silva hopes to have the new replica sent to Funchal, Madeira within the next few months.

Sending the replica to Madeira is fitting Dr. Da Silva said, because a carving on Dighton Rock mirrors the Cross of the Order of Christ on the Madeira flag.

If the 55 signers of the Declaration of the American Independence … drank Madeira wine to celebrate that historical event, it is very much appropriate that the Americans of today send a replica of an American monument, Dighton Rock, to Madeira as a gesture of friendship and thanks.

The 84-pound replica, which is made of fiberglass, is currently receiving its final touches. TPI has created and donated all four replicas.

(By Jerry Da Silva – East Bay RI)

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