The beautiful parish of Portland teems with talented Jamaican artists. One of our favorites can be found at the entrance to Reach Falls and his name is Renny. He very cleverly fashions toy blow games from bamboo, wire and Styrofoam. The trick is to blow a hook on a Styrofoam ball up to a wire hoop and then to blow the needle like end back into the bamboo. It is quite tricky and Renny makes it look easy. He also sells small carvings, jewelry, Roots Tonic and is never without his broad smile.
Watch YouTube videoRenny Shows his Blow Toy
The picturesque walk down from Reach Falls is one of our favorite activities and there is no fee. On the walk you will pass Brother Lion and he may treat you to a song and a drink of jelly water. Bredda Lion runs Reach Falls RiverCamp where you can stay.
You will also pass several interesting carving stalls. Towards the top is the stall of Jah Priest's family. Jah Priest was a spiritual, quiet, very intelligent man. He gave talks and promoted the spiritual aspect of Rastafarianism.
Portland has numerous artist stalls lining the roads and beaches throughout the area. From Rock Bottoms large carving center deep in the market of Port Antonio selling all kinds and sizes of beautiful and dramatic carvings.