The spirited community of Bahama Palm Shores (BPS) held a celebration during the evening of March 24 to mark the High Banks Volunteer Fire Service’s tenth anniversary and to thank all the people who participated in the bike-a-thon fundraiser held in February.
The event took place on the grounds and building of the fire house which has been used over the years as a community center.
The gathering was a jolly time with residents partaking of food produced by the local residents accompanied by drinks, merry socializing and line dancing.
The ladies of BPS had practiced their dancing for six weeks with expert Beverley Baker and it showed in the demonstrations they gave as a large group of them took over the fire house floor, dancing away for part of the evening.
Guests were not only residents of Bahama Palm Shores but from as far as Marsh Harbour and Great Cistern. There was also a large contingent from Little Harbour who had sponsored Dave Murlock, the oldest participant of the February bike ride.
Lavonda Smith, one of the organizers, besides Lauren Riviere and Beverley Baker, said that she was the first one to attend the line dancing lessons; several men also did, but their interest dwindled leaving just the ladies. So, as the ladies danced to the tunes of DJ Ronks, the men watched while discussing the latest fishing or political news.
Lavonda Smith explained that the evening celebration, the theme of which was “Country Music, Country Life,” “Was a mean of acknowledging and thanking all those who had supported the Bahama Palm Shore fire department’s fund raiser, organizers, riders and supporters including businesses- some of them even from New Providence- and individuals who gave in funds and kinds.”
She would like the businesses to encourage their staff to do relays in next year’s bike-a-thon to make it more feasible for those not wanting to ride a longer distance.
She is already thinking about next years’ event and is looking forward to produce a bigger and more entertaining function with a Mardi Gras theme.