By Jeff “Laca” Conway
Jai-alai aficionado Jesus Olivera and his wife became the first to attend the remodeled the JLaca Museum earlier this month. The museum added most of the artifacts from the Mark K collection in late March to greatly enhance the overall jai-alai experience, but the Corona virus has kept the doors locked to the public since.
Completing the jai-alai weekend, Jesus made his third appearance at America’s first and only public court in St. Pete, competing against several former pros in an action-packed 2 ½ hour performance.
Jesus was actually introduced to jai-alai by his wife, who in 1982 purchased a cesta at a flea market for him, and he’s never put it down since!
You can view the J Laca collection on this website by clicking on the link. The museum and their popular gambling parties will likely resume later this spring as the vaccines make it safer.