Marsh Harbour, The Bahamas — By: R.Octavia Dean – McIntosh

December 3, 2011 was a day of Christmas spirit for both Abaconians and visitors alike. It was held in the BAIC lot across from B.E.C. Festivity permeated the air as people milled about curiously examining the many different booths. The options were of an assortment. There were many booths that served food; the choices ranged from good ole’ Bahamian dishes to alluring Chinese dishes. Delicious daiquiris in flavors such as blue raspberry and strawberry were enjoyed by all. Numerous special interest groups and service organizations had stalls; The Pilot Club of Abaco, The Rotary Club of Abaco and a garden club stall were among the many. The service organizations intended to use the funds raised for their service projects. The youth organizations were not to be left out with the two Interact Clubs of Abaco, (St.Francis de Sales and Forest Heights Academy) both having stalls along with two Junior Achievement companies: PLUSH, sponsored by Furniture Plus and LIGHTERS, sponsored by The Bahamas Electrical Company.

The moderator, Shelly Austin, kept the crowd enthralled the entire duration of the bazaar, a commendable feat. The bazaar was officially started at 3:00 p.m. with the national anthem being sung followed by Ms. Antwanae Smith, Junior Minister for Tourism, welcoming everyone. Performances and friendly competitions were the order for the day. Those attending lacked nothing to do. Additionally, the national winners of the National Arts Festival serenaded the audience with a heart-wrenching rendition of “My Heart Will Go On” in Spanish. Members of Her Majesty’s Prison Marching Band were present and did they put on a show! Spectators lined the sides of the roads to watch their dance formation to Christmas and Bahamian music. Other performances included a cultural performance by Wesley College, Grace Baptist Praise Team and Mr. Stephen Colebrook.

The beautifully decorated tree in the center of the grounds was lighted at 6:00 p.m. It genuinely felt like Christmas. During the evening, rain fell for a few minutes; however, it did not put a hamper on the celebrations at all. The rain slowed to a drizzle until finally coming to a stop. A fashion show, which is always a crowd favorite, was held under the semi-constructed building. Graceful, fierce models strutted and posed along the walkway. The celebration continued well into the night and culminated with a Junkanoo “rush-out” by the Mo-Town Shockers. The evening was truly one well spent!

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