Bad weather interfered with the annual Man-O-War Flea Market on Feb. 15. The event, which is attended by many from various areas of Abaco, was unfortunately the victim of a very rainy Saturday. It was too late to cancel: the food had already been prepared, merchants had reserved space and Albury’s Ferry had announced special schedules and fare for the occasion. So the event went ahead. Warehouses were open to set vending tables, tents were erected and people came prepared with umbrellas and raincoats.
Despite the discouraging weather the food was as good and abundant as ever and there were more chances for people to grab a bargain.
Keeping up with tradition, the Pantry offered a huge selection of cakes, cookies, candies, dips and more. The sweets attracted people on a continuous basis.
The barbeque grill was still being manned to produce juicy hamburgers that could be complimented by the usual trimmings and there was the usual Bahamian staple food for sale. There were fluffy conch fritters as well as steaming hot bowls of chicken souse.
The Man-O-War Garden Club was there in its regular spot. Its booth was full of healthy and unusual plants.
Perhaps most popular of all was the silent auction which took place at the Dive Shop. The lots comprised small appliances, electronics, art work (in particular a large barracuda painted on drift wood attracted a lot of attention) antiques, ceramics and more. Gift certificates included luncheons at local restaurants and stays at local resorts.
With a few minutes before the 1:15pm deadline to close the bidding, a crowd had gathered around the auction board to check on their offer and add a final few dollars to their bids.
The results were announced on time for people to catch the 1:30 ferry; one of the happy bidders was Deborah Curry who went home carrying a beautiful antique brass anchor light.
In an effort to make up for the loss of income caused by the inclement weather, the organizers decided to hold a white elephant sale at the Dive Shop on Saturday, February 23.
The flea market is intended as a fund raiser for the Man-O-War Primary School. The residents usually volunteer their time, donate merchandise or contribute to a percentage of their sale.