The United States Ambassador in Dominican Republic, James W. Brewster and his husband, Mr. Bob Satawake, hosted a reception at their residence commemorating the two hundred and thirty eight anniversary of the United States independence.
Upon arrival, guests were received by Ambassador Brewster, Mr. Satawake, Mr. William Weissman, Acting Deputy Chief of Mission and his wife, Mrs. Elizabeth Weissman.
The celebration began with the American Flag presentation by the Marines Corps color guard, followed by the glorious notes of the national anthems of both countries. Soprano singer Antonia Chabebe sang the national anthem of Dominican Republic, followed by the national anthem of the United States of America, interpreted by Miss Crystal Shaver, Peace Corps volunteer in Dominican Republic.
The Master of Ceremony, Mrs. Tania Báez, presented the country music band “Britten and the Shakedown Authority” which delighted audiences with a country music and pop rock fusion repertoire of artists like Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson and Carrie Underwood.
During his opening remarks, Ambassador Brewster said: “Tonight we celebrate freedom and equality. These are an essential part of the American character, American tradition and the core values of who we are as a people and as a country.”
Guests were dazzled by the star-spangled decorations created by Dominican decorator, Vitico Erarte. The buffet included southern traditional dishes prepared by renowned American chef, Art Smith. Chef Smith is known for infusing his Southern style in ordinary dishes making an unparalleled gourmet dining experience.
To close the evening, guests enjoyed the traditional fireworks display in the Plaza de la Cultura.
About the Band
Britten, lead singer of the band, was born and raised in Louisiana and has a great musical influence from genres such as blues, rock and soul, a particular mix that makes a unique music style. Backup musicians are Jeff Hecht on bass, Trey Odum on guitar, Scott Seymann on drums and Ronnie Winters on guitar.
About Chef Smith
Art Smith is the executive chef and co-owner of Table 52 restaurant, Art and Soul, Southern Art and Bourbon Bar in the United States. Art Smith has received the highest accolades from the culinary profession and has been personal chef to famous celebrities, among them Oprah Winfrey, Barack Obama, Lady Gaga and Eduardo Verastegui.
Information on the 4th of July
July 4, 1776 marks the date when the Founding Fathers signed the Declaration of Independence. Since then, the date is commemorated as the United States Independence Day. Each year on this day, Americans enjoy fireworks, concerts and other festive activities. This date symbolizes progress and constant change in American culture. The Erie Canal, the Washington Monument, the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad (the first public works built in the country) all began construction on a July fourth.