Launching the 14th Annual Christmas Festival on Dec. 2 at BAIC Park, Pastor Silbert Mills gave the blessing over the event spurring a series of planned activities in motion. The first activity of the day was Game Time with a Doughnut Eating contest. As moderator, Shelly Austin informed the participants …
As they all gathered on the ground, the children waited for Santa’s arrival on Christmas Eve in Cherokee Sound. It seems like they are waiting forever, but soon they hear him coming with music and lights blaring on his latest, motorized sleigh. Everyone moves in to take a photo and welcome him. He’s jolly and fat, and he quickly moved to his seat of honour by the community tree (which was exceptionally beautiful this year), to hand out the children’s gifts and have his photo taken.
The main settlement of Green Turtle Cay is decked out in style every Christmas thanks to the work of the Festival of Lights Committee who each year hold events to raise money to dress New Plymouth in lights and decorations for the season.
On December 18, 19 and 20 the Hope Town Association, with the creative direction of Monica Cook, will be designing and building the 2nd Annual Hope Town Christmas Village to celebrate the Holidays. Taylor Park on Elbow Cay will transform from a tropical oasis into a winter wonderland.
As a much-anticipated event each year, the 13th Annual Abaco Christmas Festival attracted hundreds of people to BAIC Park on Dec. 3.
For the second year in a row the residents of Scotland Cay were privileged to share their Christmas season with some of the North Abaco residents. This year the Scotland Cay homeowners were well prepared to play Santa's Elves as this was their 6th trip up the North Abaco Shore and have gotten to know some of the residents very well.
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.
Before the show, young performers were getting ready. Gluing beards, painting penguin faces, rosy cheeks for students and sparkles on the little angels’ faces. The Christmas play in Hope Town is known for its talented performers and crew.
The BAIC Park was once again transformed into a Christmas wonderland for the 12th Annual Abaco Christmas Festival on Dec. 5. Under the theme, “A Tropical Christmas,” festivities were well underway by mid-day following the blessing of the festival.
The place to be on Christmas Eve was Cherokee. A larger than usual crowd from all over Abaco, and many from off the island, gathered for the annual lighting of the Community Tree.