The last few weeks have been difficult ones in Abaco, with many families and communities suffering heartbreak and loss. On January 30, Green Turtle Cay lost one of its own when Reneka Cooper was killed in a boating accident.
Reneka, who worked with the Leeward Yacht Club, Bluff House and most recently, Pineapples Bar & Grill, was loved by locals and visitors alike for her infectious smile and charismatic personality. And in the wake of her tragic loss, the community is rallying around her family, particularly her 10-year-old daughter and 8-year-old son.
Yikes! I just realized that yesterday made one month until Christmas. Please note that Monday, December 10th is the deadline to order Those Who Stayedor the 2019 Green Turtle Cay calendar with guaranteed delivery before the holidays.
(Note: for orders destined for Canada, I’d suggest ordering as soon as possible, given the current issues with Canada Post.)
Want your copy of Those Who Stayed inscribed? Just send me a note and let me know to whom you’d like it inscribed and any special message.
If you’re lucky enough to be spending some or all of the holiday season on Green Turtle Cay, you’ve got lots to look forward to!
Heritage Park During GTC’s Festival of Lights (Photo: Tom Walters)
Saturday, November 25th at 5:00 pm Heritage Park (Settlement Point)
One of the highlights of Green Turtle Cay’s holiday season is the Festival of Lights – when the settlement of New Plymouth is awash in Christmas colours.
This year’s festival kicks off tonight, with a Community Family Fun Night at Heritage Park (Settlement Point) during which the town will be officially lit up for the holidays. Dinner, drinks and sweets will be available for purchase, and there’ll be games and activities for kids of all ages. Plus, you’ll enjoy the terrific classic jazz of Sax Man, Rashad Reckley.
I know. Thanksgiving is not a traditional Bahamian celebration. But in recent years, due to simple proximity as well as the influence of American visitors, many Bahamians have adopted the holiday. (An opportunity to stop and give thanks, plus a turkey dinner? Who wouldn’t want to partake?!)
If you’re on Green Turtle Cay today, you’ve got several Thanksgiving dining options…
In New Plymouth, Harvey’s Island Grill will be serving a traditional Thanksgiving turkey dinner, complete with homemade pumpkin pie. Reservations aren’t required, but they are recommended. Call Harvey’s at 365-4389 or on VHF Channel 16.
At Leeward Yacht Club, the Lizard Bar & Grill is serving a smoked turkey meal with gravy, stuffing, green beans, Bahamian macaroni and cheese and of course, pumpkin or pecan pie.
Ballyhoo restaurant at the Bluff House Beach Resort, is not only serving a traditional Thanksgiving turkey dinner, but they’re giving you the chance to burn off that extra piece of pie dancing to the New Entry Band, who’ll play from 8:30-11:30pm.