I was out of town for a week and held a sort of "Welcome to the Family" get together for the new Mrs. and a couple of members of her family with a whole host of members of my family. I rented a few pavilions in a private picnic grove that I have fond memories of as a youngster back in 1972. The only problem with the facilities was that nothing had been updated since before 1972. It all worked out in the end and at least there was alot of open areas and things for the young kids to run around and do. So what exactly does one provide when a group of Haitians and rural middle-class whites are meeting together for the first time? I settled on hamburgers and hot dogs for the young-uns and Jerk (Jamaican style) BBQed chicken for the adults. Everybody brought a covered dish and the menu went well. Insofar as any sort of imbibed spirits were concerned, I chose the following.....
Beer, (Venezuelan) Polar, pilsner
Beer, (Guatamalan) Famosa, lager
Rum, (Haitian) Barbancourt
And of course, cousin "Jack" came through and provided another rum de Venezuela
Rum (Venezuela) Cacique
All of this went down well for all concerned if feedback is to be believed. Thanks to Danny, Mike and Dear Old MOM for helping put together a real hootin'-anny that will be talked about for years to come.