This year's Caribbean Beach Party, set for Friday will add a little warmth to the weekend.
In its ninth year, this festive gathering will feature limbo and tacky island shirt contests, dancing to Caribbean music and live and silent auctions featuring items from the Caribbean islands and art created by Caribbean children.
The event will take place from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at The Mill Event Hall, 1601 Gulf St.
In addition to authentic Caribbean food such as Jamaican jerk chicken, arroz con pollo, plantains and rum cake, the evening will include a salsa dip contest. Reigning champion Conga Latin Food will go up against Sluggo's Vegetarian Cafe, Ayala's Mexican Restaurant, Amigo Mexican Restaurant, La Altena, Mojo Burrito and El Meson Restaurant.
The evening's theme is "Think Global and Act Local," which ties into the mission of Caribbean SEA and TenneSEA, the sister organizations working to tackle clean water issues at the grassroots level in the Caribbean and the Tennessee Valley.
Environmental scientist and educator Mary Beth Sutton founded Caribbean SEA eight years ago in an effort to empower young people in the Caribbean countries of St. Lucia, Dominica, Belize, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Curacao and Jamaica to care about and take action to protect their water.
Sutton followed up with the Tennessee Student Environmental Alliance to show that water pollution is not only a concern of Third World countries.
Tickets for the beach party are $45 in advance, $50 at the door. Tickets may be purchased online at www.caribbean-sea.org/2013-beach-party, The Gear Closet, Leisure Time Dive & Snow Ski Center and Contemporary Portraits on Signal Mountain.
For more information, call 423-413-0471.