For five years a group of community minded persons have come together to raise money and spirits for the Christmas season, ensuring the town of New Plymouth is festively decorated through a number of events beginning with a Thanksgiving dinner and continuing with a golf cart parade and a soup night complete with Santa Claus, singing and Junkanoo.
While the events have been put together by James and Marilyn Saunders for the last four years this year they have stepped aside to allow someone else to take the lead. Francis Macintosh took up the mantle and kept the events going for 2013.
Ms. Macintosh said on November 28 they had a Thanksgiving Dinner along with a fun family night of Bingo. On December 14 they continued with a golf cart parade as well as the children from the school doing a torch light procession.
The final event held on December 28 was soup night and featured a visit from Santa Claus who shared gifts with the children. It also featured the singing of Greg Russell, an entertainer from the Carolinas who visits Green Turtle Cay every year. The night was concluded with a mini-Junkanoo rush.
Ms. Macintosh said that unfortunately there were not enough sign-ups for the boat parade this year and hopes for better participation in the future.
Our goal is to finish decorating the front street and include an archway for the ferry dock. “The objective is to make the town look pretty,” she said.
They also held a Christmas yard decorating contest with prizes going to the top three yards.