July 9, 2002 – Youngsters will have an opportunity to get their digital pictures taken with a big blue and yellow parrot named Rummi at his birthday party from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the Lindbergh Bay children's park. And then at least some of the images will be posted on Rummi's web site for the world to see.
The birthday bash, according to Rummi representative David Phillip, is the first in what will be a series of Saturday parties this summer for preschool tots. Rummi, a Caribbean vacation web site which has been on St. Thomas for about a year, wants to provide opportunities for young children "to learn something, along with having fun," Phillip said.
You can see an animated Rummi bouncing around his namesake web site, which is where pictures from Saturday's party will be displayed.
The birthday bash will feature free cake, soft drinks, games and prizes. The learning angle will come via a demonstration by University of the Virgin Islands Marine Science Department personnel of where pollution comes from and what damage it does. Myra Suarez, who's with the V.I. Marine Advisory Service, said there will be a model showing how runoff occurs and how pollution happens. She said coffee grounds are used to track the pollution as the runoff flows down to the sea.
Sponsoring the event along with Rummi are the UVI Marine Science Department, Coca-Cola, Kids Co., PriceSmart and Atlantis Submarine. Phillip asked that anyone interested in becoming a sponsor or getting more information visit the Rummi web site.
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