On September 14, Da Blue Hole Restaurant was the venue of a “Social Mixer” aimed at giving a chance to local people to get-together during the lull caused by tourists’ departure, as well as benefitting the Marsh Harbour Fire Department, explained Chef David Thompson.
And what a get-together it was, as people representing different strata of the island population gathered there that evening. There were government officials such as Member of Parliament for Central and South Abaco, James Albury, to lawyers, doctors, and business owners to representatives of Ocean Gate, members of the Abaco Rotary Club, and of course, the presence of Fire Chief Danny Sawyer and Deputy Fire Chief Jessica Cook, among many others attendees.
Prime Minister, the Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis, was one of the first to patronize the event that started at 5 p.m., and soon after, the premises filled with guests as the last remnants of the shower that drenched Marsh Harbour earlier on disappeared, giving way to a clear evening.
From top floor to garden, the entire premises had been reserved for the function. At the top of the stairs in the bar area, there were two silent auction tables arranged displaying an array of lots donated by resorts and businesses, the proceeds of which were to help the Marsh Harbour Fire Department.
Among the lots, which were soon claimed by many interested bidders, were a designer purse, the services of a private chef, dinner for two at Shirley’s Restaurant located at Calypso Hills Hideaways Ltd, dinner for two at Da Blue Hole, prints, platters, a stay at the Abaco Inn and many more exciting items.
Finger food was passed around and a complimentary drink could be claimed at the bar.
In the downstairs dining room, people had congregated at the tables, also enjoying hors d’oeuvres and Mojitos.
In the garden area, the seats were unfortunately still wet, but it did not prevent people from frequenting the bar tended by a Bristol Cellar employee or to sample the meatballs seasoned with barbecue sauce and coconut rum offered by Chefs Jaquille Edgecombe and Diovanni Humes.
DJ Emerge (Lionel Kersaint) was getting ready to play his tunes while the musicians of the Suppa Time Band were setting up.
The Marsh Harbour Fire Department’s pink fire truck sat in the parking lot amidst a flock of balloons. Ms. Cook explained that the truck’s cabin chassis had just been repainted by Timmy McDonald. She said that with a donation, people whose loved ones had suffered from cancer could have their names or a ribbon placed on the truck.
As the evening progressed, many were enjoying the sunset from the upstairs balcony, taking photos or just watching the beautifully colored sky with big, black clouds starkly standing out against the orange background.
Chef David commented that: “It was an amazing party, very well attended. It was a great engagement for the Abaco community.”
Sponsors for the event included Jimmy’s Wines & Spirits, Bacardi, Islands By Design, Abaco Excursion, Michael Albury, The Abaconian, Abaco Signs, Abaco Imaging, Frederick’s Agency, Albury’s Trucking and the McCormick Family Group.
The Social Mixer will become an annual event.
In the meantime, Da Blue Hole will celebrate its one-year anniversary on December 21.