Punctuated with hilarious stories describing his experiences at the Academy, Dr. Talley challenged the audience with his insights about the role of music in our lives, our communities and our society. Music is a measure of a healthy culture, he offered, and it infuses every aspect of our lives.
The Abaco Inn turned into SOHO during its limited "Artist and a Lighthouse" gallery opening on the night of November 26. Renowned coastal artist, Kim Rody, was featured at the pop-up gallery opening to launch her limited edition Christmas ornaments, as well as showcase her original paintings, dinnerware and table top accessories.
The nineteenth Abaco Inn Art Show and Wine Tasting was held this year on March 26. The beautiful setting of the Abaco Inn, located on Elbow Cay, is always a popular spot for visitors, but even more so this day. Some of the finest artists and crafters of Abaco had their best work on display and for sale. Visitors were also treated to a tasting of several nice wines, donated by Bristol Cellars.
Friends of the Environment (FRIENDS) held the first of their two annual Reef Balls on Feb 7 at the Abaco Inn. The gala event raises money for FRIENDS projects which includes environmental education and the new Frank Kenyon Research Centre. Both a silent and live auction were key fund raising cornerstones of the Reef Ball.
BASRA (Bahamas Air Sea Rescue Association) held its annual Evening of Elegance on January 17 at the Abaco Inn. BASRA, and Hope Town Fire & Rescue, are non-profit, volunteer organizations that have saved many lives in Abaco over the years. One of their most recent acts of heroism included being the first responders of the recent shark bite victim off Elbow Cay.
The beautiful setting of the Abaco Inn on Elbow Cay was the venue for the March 15 multi-artist annual art show. The art display was complimented by a wine and cheese tasting, so there was a great turn-out of visitors.
The Reef Ball was held on Elbow Cay on Feb 15. This year it was held at the Abaco Inn and a second Reef Ball will be held on March 1 at the Jib Room in Marsh Harbour. A silent and live auction delighted the crowd with great prizes. Local band, “Suppa Time” brought the beats that got the crowd dancing at the end of the evening.
After a test run last year, Tropic Ocean Airways, partnering with IJet Charters, landed a seaplane full of U.S. journalists in White Sound Harbour. The Ft. Lauderdale based airline is beginning twice-weekly regular flights directly to Elbow Cay starting Feb 14. Customs and Immigration will be available at the Abaco Inn to greet and clear passengers.
The Abaco branch of the Bahamas Air Sea Rescue Association (BASRA) held their annual Evening of Elegance fundraising dinner and auction on January 25 at the Abaco Inn on Elbow Cay. BASRA is a volunteer organization that is committed to providing emergency services and saving the lives of distressed boaters and airmen in The Bahamas.
Abaco Pathfinders held an auction event on March 22 at the Abaco Inn on Elbow Cay on March 22. The event, which was well attended by second-home owners, aimed to raise funds for the scholarship foundation. Ten students were selected this year by the committee, each with their own struggles which they have overcome and each excelling to a level that demands recognition. Without the Pathfinders’ scholarship it is unlikely that either of the ten would be able to attend college.