Hope Town Association Fundraising Committee for charity of Elbow Cay ended 2015 with a bang. The St. James Community Center has gone from a theory to proof that all things are possible. Now onto its second phase, the St. James Community Center is backed by some of the hardest working individuals in Hope Town. The building is still under construction, however, the exterior is completed and now the works of the interior have begun. It all started with a funding-meter shaped like a coconut tree located by the Post Office lamp pole in Hope Town to start off the awareness of the funding for the Community Center. Then along came the idea of The Christmas Village by Monica Cook, Rudy Verspoor and the Hope Town Association Fundraising Committee.
The Christmas Village definitely made the holidays extra special in Hope Town. The village was set up in the middle of the settlement on the ball field. For its kickoff, everyone filled the streets heading into the downtown area of the settlement around 6pm to be a part of the festivities.
If you’re wondering how The Christmas Village is tied into the St. James Community Center then you probably do not know how Elbow Cay has quite the reputation of being a fundraising community. Most of the proceeds went to the Community Center and then the remainder to the vendors who participated in the three-night event. Each night focused on different events: the first night was the lighting of the Christmas tree to kick it off, the second night the caroling choir stopped by and serenaded everyone with Christmas songs, then for the finale night jolly ole’ jolly Saint Nicholas ready to see children of Elbow Cay.
No village is complete without goodies being sold and there were many. Vendors had different artisan booths with handmade jewelry to homemade baked goods and even Sun Dried T’s had a booth for those late Christmas shoppers who may need a hoodie or flip-flops. The resorts on island were also involved with varieties of booths. Sea Spray Resort provided true Bahamian chicken dinners on the grill. Hope Town Inn & Marina had the candied popcorn. Hope Town Harbour Lodge brought the delicious eggnog and divine hot cocoa. Firefly Sunset Resort had their specialty drinks – the Firefly Moonshine and other items from The Boutique like jams and candles for those who like to keep “fly” on the holidays.
From the funnel cake to the eggnog to the other festivities were all trimmings for the real attraction: the island style ice skating rink. Yes, an ice skating rink in Hope Town and it was indeed the talk of the town. Not only did the kids enjoy it but the grown-ups did to. On the final night when Santa was making his visit, the “Cracker Clause” who is Santa Clauses cousin from the islands and resides on Lubbers Quarters and Mrs. Clause took over the rink and ice-skated for all to see. Afterwards he distributed cookies.
Overall it was truly a trio of nights to remember and nobody could understand why Elbow Cay had never put on an event like that before, but were ever so thankful that the Hope Town Fundraising Association Committee did.
If you missed the 2015 Christmas Village then you definitely don’t want to miss out on next years as the team is already plotting and brainstorming for bigger and better plans.