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Art displayed and sold at the Abaco Inn for good cause

A one man art show was held at the Abaco Inn on December 29. The paintings were the work of Rolf Sauer and were being sold for a worthy cause. Mr. Sauer and his wife, Susan Maxman, are second-homeowners on Elbow Cay’s North End who built their home here five years ago and now spend six months a year here. Mr. Sauer was selling his paintings to raise funds for the Bahamas Lighthouse Preservation Society.

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Artist Profile – Leanne Russell

As a self-taught Bahamian artist, Leanne Russell remembers a connection to art from an early age. She recalled a humourous story of being attached to her pacifier as a toddler. One day her mother gave her crayons, and she coloured on her pacifier. From then on she relinquished the pacifier, and became quite content to gaze upon its transformation to that of a work of art atop a shelf.

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Grand opening of Hummingbird Cottage Art Centre receives enthusiastic response

Artists from at home and abroad, art lovers and well-wishers gathered at the newly restored Hummingbird Cottage in the heart of Hope Town on January 5 for the grand opening of the Hummingbird Cottage Art Centre. Hummingbird Cottage, located in the centre of town behind the post office, is one of the most charming historic Loyalist cottages in Hope Town. It has been lovingly restored by owners Jim and Christy Young who, for many years, had a vision of opening it as an art centre. Christy, who hails from Maryland, is herself an artist who is experienced in all mediums but recently discovered a passion for oils under the tutelage of Walt Bartman who has been instrumental in assisting her with her dream of beginning this art centre. She is excited for this centre to become an educational centre for workshops and is hoping that it will be a vibrant entity which will bring people from all over the world.

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Marsh Harbour Gospel Chapel holds annual Christmas Cantata

The sanctuary of the Marsh Harbour Gospel Chapel was packed to capacity on the evening of December 16 for the Marsh Harbour Gospel Chapel’s Choir performance of their Christmas Cantata. They had already sung to a very appreciative audience the previous evening in the same location and also earlier in the month at Cherokee Sound, Treasure Cay and Guana Cay. They were scheduled to give one more performance of this wonderful cantata on Man-O War Cay within the next few days. Each year the choir presents a cantata as its Christmas gift to the community and it always marks the beginning of the Christmas season in a very joyous and poignant way.

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Sea Spray Junkanoo delights crowd and honours memory

On Friday, December 28, 2012, Sea Spray Resort and Marina, on Elbow Cay, hosted the Second Annual Junkanoo Parade. The event each year aims to honour the memory of an Abaconian who has made a difference in the community. This year Monty Albury, who in fact founded Sea Spray, was honoured. Monty’s two sons, Bradley and James Albury, were present to receive a plaque and banner in his memory. Sea Spray’s manager, Junior Mernard, and Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture- Minister Daniel Johnson - presented the award.

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New Date Set for Abaco Christmas Festival

“Christmas in the Bahamas” is this year’s theme for the very popular Abaco Christmas Festival that is slated for Saturday, December 8 from 11:00am – 10:00pm at BAIC Park in Marsh Harbour, Abaco. For the past eight years, the festival committee and the Abaco Tourist Office have brought great enthusiasm and holiday cheer to the Abaco community during the yuletide season by presenting this annual event.

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Interior decorator’s work entered in Fidelity competition

Vashti Johnson, an interior decorator and designer from Creative Designs, entered Fidelity Bank’s Independence Day competition in July. Her latest creation was featured at the bank’s Abaco location, and displayed an old-time Bahamian scene. She constructed a wooden home that contained items from as far back as the 1920s.

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15th Cacique Awards ceremony to be held

The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism is now receiving nominations for their 15th Cacique Awards Ceremony which will be held on January 27, 2013. Any member of the public may cast a nomination for the general awards, the Minster of Tourism’s Hospitality Award or the Clement T. Maynard Lifetime Achievement Award. They may nominate as many persons as they wish. The same person may also be nominated for more than one award if he/she is making a contribution in more than one area.

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St. Ambrose Band visits Abaco communities

Popular gospel music and the old, familiar notes of church hymns rang out from the instruments of St. Ambrose Community Band members during their tour of Abaco in mid-July. The members visited the island from July 13-15, and stopped in two North Abaco communities before ending their tour in Central Abaco at St. John the Baptist Anglican Church. It was an ideal location for the band’s demonstration as they received full support from church members and attracted the attention of passing motorists.

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