A Snowman in Abaco


Sam the Snowman, who bore quite a resemblance to Burl Ives.

During his lengthy career, Burl Ives recorded hundreds of songs and played many notable characters.

But – at least for my generation — he’s perhaps best-known for playing Sam the Snowman, narrator of the stop-motion animated Christmas classic, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer (which, coincidentally, is the longest-running TV special in history and first aired 50 years ago this month.)

I caught a bit of the program on television a few nights ago, and it reminded me of some photos of Mr. Ives I discovered in my grandmother’s photo album.

Turns out he was an avid yachtsman who, for many years, owned a home in the Aunt Pat’s Bay area of Hope Town. Funny that a man so famous for playing a snowman should winter in Abaco — which is about as far away from flurries and frost as one can get!

P.S. Can anyone identify the man with Mr. Ives in the above photo?

  9 comments for “A Snowman in Abaco

  1. Priscilla W
    December 22, 2014 at 4:45 pm

    This is so nice! Love the photos! Burl Ives also stayed at Man O War once in the home of my great great grandmother Elizabeth “Lizzie” Albury. She had what was described to me as a type of bed and breakfast.

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    • December 22, 2014 at 5:06 pm

      Wow, Priscilla. That’s really cool. Sounds like Mr. Ives spent quite a bit of time in Abaco — and who can blame him? 🙂

    • Ralph E Hacker
      December 22, 2014 at 5:35 pm

      I always heard he owned land in White Sound, one lot of which Van Allen built a home, and another where Chuck and Janice Sutherland build “Light’n Up,”

      • January 15, 2015 at 9:14 am

        I hadn’t heard that. Thanks for the info. 🙂

  2. Robert Malone
    December 22, 2014 at 4:48 pm

    Amanda, we believe the gentleman walking with Burl Ives is Woodis Key, who would have been a Taxi Driver at that time.

    • December 22, 2014 at 5:05 pm

      Thanks, Robert! It would make sense he’d have a cab driver.

  3. go2abaco@hotmail.com
    December 22, 2014 at 7:19 pm

    Amanda we rented his house back in the early eighties

  4. December 27, 2014 at 3:52 pm

    hello little house by the ferry its dennis the vizsla dog hay dada sez he always wunderd why a snowman wood hav a mustash and a beerd and now he nos!!! ha ha ok bye

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