What better way to spend a day in paradise than attending Bobb and Patricia Henderson’s Annual Stranded Naked Cheeseburger in Paradise Party on Fiddle Cay. Considered the largest beach party in The Bahamas, the couple manage a crew of volunteers, who help to prepare and serve 1,200 -1,300 Bubba Burgers, 600 hot dogs as well as sausage and turkey burger products.
Another line offers gallons upon gallons of margaritas or rum punches, water and Kool-Aid for the children. There are also activities to work off the large intake of food and drink in the hula hoop and limbo competitions for all ages. The event is ideal for the entire family and their pets.
Compared to previous years, Henderson noted that the attendance this year had increased by 25 percent. He was not too surprised because the economy is rebounding and many people vacation in July.
“It’s been a great day, and I’ve met a lot of new people and everyone is having a great time,” he said. “Definitely the Abaco economy is picking up, there are a lot more boats than I’ve seen in the last two to three months, and people are coming here to spend money, to enjoy the beach, enjoy the sunshine and purchase fuel for their boats.”
Balancing his signature 15-pound Jimmy Buffet hat, Henderson said that he added a few more items to it from the musician’s most recent tours.
“So that’s how the whole thing started; it’s all about his music,” Henderson said in reference to Buffet.
He ended by thanking all the persons involved with organizing the event including his usual volunteers who could not attend. Sponsors included Bubba Burger, the Green Turtle Club and Lizards Bar & Grill at the Leeward Yacht Club along with U.S.-based businesses.
“But the volunteers have been great, the sponsors have been great, and like I said, it’s definitely not going to be the last year,” he promised.