Tag: Abaco

What Hope Looks Like

Several times over the years, I’ve written about the importance of Junkanoo to Bahamian culture.

Young Junkanoo Performer, oil painting by Alton Lowe

For well over a century, Green Turtle Cay residents have gathered on New Year’s Day to welcome in the coming year by donning colourful costumes and marching through town accompanied by a cacophony of cowbells, whistles and the infectious rhythm of goat-skin drums.

Masked Junkanoo Performer, oil painting by Alton Lowe

But when Hurricane Dorian devastated Green Turtle Cay this past September, the storm not only destroyed the island’s Junkanoo shack where residents gathered to make costumes and to practice, but it also ruined many existing costumes and instruments.

With so many locals left without homes and jobs, and with so much rebuilding to do, it seemed unlikely they’d want (or be able) to stage a 2020 New Year’s Junkanoo rush. 

Christmas Comes to Abaco

Thank you to everyone who has helped to make Christmas a little brighter for the people of Abaco. If you’re in Abaco, please feel free to drop by any of these events for some Christmas cheer. All are welcome.

On Man-O-War, a Christmas Sing-A-Long will be held tonight, Wednesday, December 18 at 7pm at the Gospel Chapel.

Adventure Cafe Bids Farewell to Green Turtle Cay With Christmas Concert

Two weeks after Hurricane Dorian devastated the northern Bahamas, the 55’ Nordhavn trawler M/V Adventure arrived at Green Turtle Cay to assist with the island’s recovery. Together with a group of friends and volunteers, vessel owners Captain Bradford and Lorraine Carlton quickly established a food kitchen, which they dubbed the Adventure Cafe.

For twelve weeks, Team M/V Adventure has served breakfast and dinner to the entire community. On November 21, the group announced that, since running water and power have been restored to many homes on the cay, they’d be serving their last meal today, December 13th.

Last Call for Donations to Abaco Toy Drive

A reminder that contributions toward Abaco Freight‘s Abaco Toy Drive must be received by this Saturday, December 14. Unwrapped gifts are still needed, especially for boys (aged 10-18).

Donations can be dropped off at or shipped to:

Abaco Toy Drive c/o Abaco Freight
10130 North Lake Blvd.
Suite 214–192
West Palm Beach, Florida
33412

If you need gift ideas, check out the toy drive’s Amazon wish list. And if you’d rather donate funds to buy toys, drop me a note and I’ll put you in touch with Kimber Mazzeo of Abaco Freight.

Thanks in advance for helping to give children throughout Abaco a wonderful Christmas.

Donations Needed for Abaco Christmas Toy Drive

The kind folks at Abaco Freight in West Palm Beach have been gathering toys to be delivered to children throughout Abaco, Bahamas the week before Christmas.

Volunteers wrap donated gifts at Abaco Freight toy drive.

A November 30 toy drive held at Wellington Mall in West Palm was quite successful, but they’re still in need of 150 or so more toys.

Abaco Urgently Needs Blankets and Warm Clothes

Despite having spent 25+ years in Canada, the coldest I think I’ve ever been was one New Year’s weekend on Green Turtle Cay.

Even Wrigley’s fur coat isn’t enough to keep him warm on cool winter nights in Abaco

There’s something about the combination of cooler temperatures, stiff ocean breezes and humidity that chills you straight through.

What Are You Doing for Giving Tuesday?

Today is Giving Tuesday – a day that encourages people to give, to collaborate and to do good deeds. Which makes it the perfect day to help the thousands of Bahamians who’ve lost their homes and livelihoods to Hurricane Dorian.

Here’s an updated list of organizations who are doing good things for our Bahamian friends and family members displaced or affected by Dorian. Some agencies are matching donations for Giving Tuesday, so your contribution will go even further.

Photos from Marsh Harbour’s Eastern Shores

Thanks to Rhonda Pearce of Rhonda’s Photography for allowing me to share these pictures she took in Marsh Harbour’s Eastern Shores.

You might assume the images were shot in early September, shortly after Hurricane Dorian. However, they were taken November 24th — nearly three months after the Category 5 devastated the northern Bahamas.

The Days After Dorian

This video of my cousin, Oswald Hall, will give you a brief glimpse into what our friends and relatives endured in the days following Hurricane Dorian.

Oswald Hall

The footage was recorded in September, but for many on Abaco and Grand Bahama, the emotions are as raw and the pain just as real nearly three months after the storm.

Ossie’s right when he says that the only way Abaconians are going to get through this experience is to pull together and make it happen. And it’s been incredibly inspiring seeing folks in Abaco do just that.

Of course, their progress to date would not have been possible without the generous outpouring of love and support from countless individuals, relief organizations and foreign and domestic NGOs.

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