June 29 Book Signing Benefits the Albert Lowe Museum

The Albert Lowe Museum has invited me to appear at a book signing event at the museum on Thursday, June 29. This will be my last signing before I head back to Los Angeles for the summer, and part proceeds from every copy of Those Who Stayed sold that day will benefit the museum.

If you’re on Green Turtle Cay next Thursday, I hope you’ll drop by and say hello!

THOSE WHO STAYED Arrives in Nassau June 10th: Pre-Order Your Copy Today

I’m excited to announce that we’re introducing Those Who Stayed in Nassau on Saturday, June 10 with a book signing at Logos Bookstore.

Having been a Logos customer for years, I’m beyond thrilled that my own book will now be part of their great Bahamian history section. Plus, I’m looking forward to meeting some of you Green Turtle Cay and Abaco descendants at the event and discussing our shared ancestry!

A tip for Little House by the Ferry readers — Logos is now accepting pre-orders for the book. Given the volume of inquiries we’ve had, and since I’m bringing a limited number of books with me, I’d recommend that you drop by the store as soon as you can and get your order in. 

If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch with Logos at (242) 394-7040 or info@logosbahamas.com. And of course, you can always contact me directly.

I’d be grateful if you’d forward this blog post to anyone you think might be interested in Those Who Stayed, or in attending the June 10 event at Logos.

Hope to see you there!

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THOSE WHO STAYED Now Available at Marsh Harbour’s Sand Dollar Shoppe

For those of you who’ve asked, my new book Those Who Stayed, is now available in Marsh Harbour at the Sand Dollar Shoppe.

And, I’m excited to announce that the folks at the Sand Dollar Shoppe have invited Alton Lowe and me to appear in-store for a book signing event on Saturday, May 13th! (Which happens to be the day before Mother’s Day, so if you’re looking for a gift for Mom, come on by.)

Amanda Diedrick, author of Those Who Stayed, and Alton Lowe, whose paintings are featured in the book will appear at a book signing May 13th at the Sand Dollar Shoppe in Marsh Harbour Bahamas

The Sand Dollar Shoppe is located on Bay Street, just opposite the Abaco Beach Resort, and Alton and I will be in-store from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

For more information, contact the shop at (242) 367-4405 or get in touch with me directly.

Hope to see you May 13th!

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Those Who Stayed Goes to Show & Tell

Those Who Stayed Goes to Show and Tell A few weeks ago, I received this photo from one of my best friends in Vancouver.

Her seven-year-old daughter, Zoe, chose my book Those Who Stayed, to bring to school for show and tell. How cool is that?!

Zoe told her grade two classmates that the book was written by her mom’s friend. She explained that Those Who Stayed is about Green Turtle Cay and its history, and she showed a number of photographs from the book.

According to Zoe, the kids really liked the cover image, a painting by Bahamian artist Alton Lowe.

Zoe, I’m sooo touched that you took my book to share with your class. Tom and I can’t wait to have you come and visit Green Turtle Cay for yourself!

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Last Call for Tickets to “An Evening To Remember” January 7 on GTC

Last Call for Tickets to "An Evening To Remember" January 7 on Green Turtle CayIf you haven’t yet bought tickets for An Evening to Remember, taking place at Bluff House Beach Resort & Marina on January 7, you’ve got less than two weeks! We need to provide a final headcount a week before the event, meaning tickets will only be sold until December 31. No tickets will be available for purchase at the door.

An Evening to Remember, a 40th anniversary celebration and fundraiser for Green Turtle Cay’s Albert Lowe Museum, will include: Continue reading

A Long Overdue Visit to Green Turtle Cay’s Public Library

I have a confession to make. In all the years I’ve been coming to Green Turtle Cay, I had never been into the Public Library. There’s no special reason – I just always seem to run out of days on the cay before I run out of things to do there.

Green Turtle Cay Public Library

Determined to rectify this omission, however, I made a point of stopping by earlier this year and volunteer Aylin Zafer was kind enough to give me the grand tour. Continue reading

Introducing “Those Who Stayed”

I’m beyond excited to share this with all of you! It’s Those Who Stayed, my full-colour coffee table book about the history of Green Turtle Cay. I sent the very last few edits to the printer today and, in about five weeks, the first batch of books will arrive. On Sale Now! Those Who Stayed: The tale of the hardy few who built Green Turtle Cay.

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Daily Photo – June 1, 2016

Do you recognize these faces?

Do You Recognize The Faces In This Photo from Green Turtle Cay?

As some of you may know, I’ve spent the past several months conducting research for a book on the history of Green Turtle Cay. Many, many thanks to everyone who has sent along information and photographs.

In some cases, I’ve received great images where the sender isn’t able to identify some or all of the people in the photo.

So, every day this month, I’ll run one of these images as the daily photo in hopes that some of you may recognize yourselves, your friends or your family members.

If you spot any familiar faces, please leave a comment below, or contact me directly.

As a thank you, everyone who comments or contacts me with information about the photo subjects will folks in the photos will be entered in a draw to win a copy of the book once it’s published later this year.

And please feel free to forward a link to this page to anyone who may be able to help identify the photo subjects.

Related: Daily Photo June 2

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Wanted: Old Abaco Pics & Documents

I’ve always been interested in the history of Green Turtle Cay, but in the two-and-a-half years since I began this blog, my fascination has grown exponentially. Turns out our sleepy little cay has a surprisingly rich and intriguing past! I’ve discovered so many interesting characters and stories that I can’t wait to share.

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New Plymouth’s Settlement Creek waterfront, prior to 1932. (Photo: Albert Lowe Museum)

Over the past year, I’ve been working with artist and historian (and my cousin) Alton Lowe to gather Green Turtle Cay stories and photographs for a book about the history of the cay. We want to create a piece that will be of interest to residents, visitors and (perhaps most importantly) future generations of Abaconians.

As part of our research, we’re seeking old photographs taken in Green Turtle Cay and other parts of Abaco. There’s a good chance that some of this blog’s readers (or your parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc.) have wonderful photographs and documents stashed away in albums and attics, and we hope you’ll consider sharing them. Continue reading

Growing New Friendships with the Abaco Horticultural Society

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Abaco Horticultural Society Meeting, Green Turtle Cay

During a recent trip to Abaco, I was invited to a meeting of the Abaco Horticultural Society at Papillon, the Green Turtle Cay home of Chris Dale.

Tom and I have long admired Papillon, so I was excited to have an opportunity to see the house and explore its gorgeous English garden. Chris has designed a beautiful, meandering outdoor space with cozy seating nooks from which to enjoy dozens of colourful tropical plants and enjoy the ocean breeze. Continue reading