The new millenium arrived with Angel Harps sitting in a familiar position, on a Panorama hattrick. Having won the previous two competitions in 1998 and 1999 they were now looking to do the treble for the first time. They had failed to win three straight on two previous occasions - in 1986 after winning in 1984 and 1985 and in 1992 after winning in 1990 and 1991. But before Panorama 2000 there was Easter 2000 and there was the Angel Harps Reunion 2000 - probably one of the biggest events organised by the band.
Conceived by Clevoy Depradine, Reunion 2000 was planned jointly by the Angel Harps family members from New York and at home in Grenada and was held over the Easter weekend and the week following in April of 2000. The event opened with a Church service and breakfast on the Sunday and was followed by a boat cruise to Calivigny Island on Easter Monday. This was followed by a Pan Symposium and Photo Exhibition at the GBSS on Wednesday evening. On Friday, the GBSS auditorium was again the scene of a moving Tribute to the Stalwarts when a number of past members of the band who had passed on to the great beyond were paid tribute by members of the band. The Tribute included a number of songs played by the Angel Harps Steel Orchestra.
The curtain came down on Saturday night when the Grand Beach Hotel was the scene of cocktails and a gala awards night. Some 129 persons, corporate entities and other groups were recognized and awarded on the night for their contribution and support to the Angel Harps over their 35 years of existence.
Reunion 2000 was a tremendous success, with a large contingent of past members coming in from New York and other parts of the USA to celebrate with the Grenada based present and past members, supporters and other friends associated with the Harps family.
To be continued.....