Green Turtle Cay’s Island Roots Heritage Festival Wins Cacique Award

Congratulations to Green Turtle Cay’s Island Roots Heritage Festival organizing committee, who were recognized with a Cacique Award in Nassau April 8.

Congratulations to the organizing committee of Green Turtle Cay's Island Roots Heritage Festival on winning a Cacique Award, which recognizes individuals and organizations who contribute towards the Bahamian tourist industry. (Photo by Ruth Saunders.)

Annabelle Roberts Cross (left) and Trina Cooper of the Island Roots Heritage Festival with their Cacique Award. (Photo: Ruth Saunders)

The Cacique Awards recognize individuals and organizations who positively impact the Bahamian tourism industry. The award was accepted by current festival committee chairperson, Annabelle Roberts Cross. Continue reading

Ronnie Butler Jr. Gives Rare Bahamian Performance January 7 on Green Turtle Cay

Every Bahamian knows the name Ronnie Butler. Dubbed “the godfather of Bahamian music,” his calypso rhythms and satirical lyrics have been woven into the country’s cultural tapestry for more than fifty years.

What some may not realize, however, is that Butler’s son and namesake – known as Ron – is also a multi-talented entertainer. And though he has sung and acted on stages the world over, Ronnie Butler Jr. has not performed in his home country for decades.

Ronnie Butler Jr. Gives Rare Bahamian Performance January 7

Ronnie Butler Jr.

On January 7, however, he’ll perform at Green Turtle Cay’s Bluff House Beach Resort as part of An Evening to Remember, a cocktail reception and fundraiser commemorating the 40th anniversary of the island’s Albert Lowe Museum. Continue reading

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

LHBTF 2017 Green Turtle Cay Calendar Now Available

I’ve never considered myself a photographer. But when you’ve got amazing Abaco views everywhere you turn, and you shoot thousands (thousands!) of images, odds are you’ll end up with a few good photos.

After more than a decade of photographing Green Turtle Cay, and nearly three years of featuring daily images from the cay on my blog, I wanted to do something more with the pictures.

Introducing the Little House by the Ferry 2017 Green Turtle Cay Calendar

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Piggyville Residents Need Our Help

It’s that time of the year again — “off season” for tourists mean fewer visitors to No Name Cay, and less food for the inhabitants of Piggyville.

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There’s at lease one new litter of piglets on the cay, meaning more little mouths to feed and our Pig Whisperer, Craig Russell, is asking everyone to pitch in and help. Continue reading

Green Turtle Cay’s Newest Treasure

If there were an award for busiest business person on Green Turtle Cay, Lisa Farrington would be a leading contender. Granddaughter of model shipbuilder Vertrum Lowe, and great-granddaughter of Albert Lowe (for whom the local museum is named), Lisa is a one-woman Chamber of Commerce.

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Lisa Farrington with son Carter, an entrepreneur in his own right.

She and her family own and run Harvey’s Island Grill and Cruisin’ Carts golf cart rentals. And earlier this year, with the help of younger sister, Heather Sawyer, Lisa launched The Treasure Chest, a quaint, colourful gift shop. Continue reading

Party With a Purpose Raises $20,000

Congratulations to the organizers of the day-long Cheeseburger in Paradise beach party held on Fiddle Cay on Friday, July 1. Not only was it a terrific party, but it raised $20,000 to be divided between the Amy Roberts Primary School and the Green Turtle Volunteer Fire Department.

Cheeseburger in Paradise Party at Fiddle Cay, Bahamas - July 1, 2016

Photo by Mandy Bennett Roberts

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Wreckers, Rogues and Rebels: Our Adventurous Abaco Ancestors

I always look forward to Green Turtle Cay’s Island Roots Heritage Festival, but this year, I’m even more excited than usual.

13010848_10153753541368500_8267926738831053579_nFirst, I love the theme: Adventure, Enterprise and Infamy. Given the cay’s quaint and relatively conservative atmosphere, it’s hard to believe that some of our Abaconian ancestors were pirates. Many were wreckers. Others made illicit fortunes as blockade runners and bootleggers. I’m really looking forward to exploring the more adventurous (and, in some cases, infamous) sides of our Abaco forefathers.

Speaking of forefathers, if you’d like to know more about yours, the Genealogy Research Center (across from the Gospel Chapel) will be open throughout the festival. It’s a cool, quiet place to research your own Abaco ancestry and get to know some of the Bahamas’ best genealogists.

And, as always, the weekend will be full of Bahamian cuisine, crafts and entertainment, including performances by the Royal Bahamas Defense Force Marching Band, Julien Believe, Green Turtle Cay’s own Gully Roosters, the Sax Man, Sawyerboy and the New Entry Band. And of course, two of my favourites – the plaiting of the Maypole and Junkanoo.

Beyond all this, however, there’s another reason I’m excited about this year’s festival — for the first time, I’ll be giving a presentation as part of the festival lecture series.

Dr. Peter Roberts, of the Bahamas DNA Project, at the Island Roots Heritage Festival, Abaco, Bahamas.

Peter Roberts, of the Bahamas DNA Project, during his presentation at the Island Roots Heritage Festival.

Having attended lectures about Bahamian history, local conservation efforts and genealogy at past Island Roots Heritage Festivals, I’ve found them all to be interesting, entertaining and informative. The lectures are one of my favourite parts of the festival, which is why I’m so excited to be able to present one!

Entitled “Our Wrecking Ancestors: Scoundrels or Saviours?” my presentation takes place at 3:00 pm on Saturday, May 7, at the Catechist George Reckley Hall at St. Peter’s Church, across from Settlement Point.

In conducting research for the book about GTC history on which I’m currently working, I’ve developed a fascination with wrecking — arguably Green Turtle Cay’s first real industry. While some viewed wreckers as saviours, providing life-saving aid to the crews of foundering vessels, many saw them as little more than glorified pirates.

Either way, there’s no denying the vital role that wrecking played in establishing and shaping New Plymouth and other Abaco settlements. As part of my presentation, I’ll share some of the interesting tales — some amusing, others terrifying — I’ve uncovered about wrecking in Abaco.

Other lecturers scheduled for the 2016 festival series include:

  • Peter Roberts of the Bahamas DNA Project, will teach us how to use DNA and WikiTree to trace our Bahamian ancestry. (I attended Peter’s presentation on this topic at last year’s festival, and found it to be extremely helpful with my genealogical pursuits)
  • Shane Cash, history teacher at Forest Heights Academy, will provide an overview of the history of piracy, wrecking, blockade running and bootlegging in the Bahamas.

And for the full schedule of events for the 2016 Island Roots Heritage Festival weekend, click HERE.

Hope to see you there!

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