Art for the Parks, Abaco

The Bahamas National Trust was created by an Act of Parliament in 1959 to build and manage the national park system of the Bahamas. Among the many events throughout the Bahamas to promote national parks is Art for the Parks, Abaco, the annual fundraiser specifically for the six established parks in the Abacos. We enjoyed attending the event on our last trip in February, 2014 and were thrilled to be here in time for this year’s art show, now in December.

Art for the Parks, December , 2015

Art for the Parks, December , 2015

 

Since the benefit was in December this year, the theme was “Twelve Days of Christmas; Abaco Style”. Twenty local artists displayed their creations while live music played, champagne flowed, and treats were passed around among the party-goers.

 

 

 

 

The Abacos is home to six national parks that protect the land and marine biodiversity of Abaco:

  • Abaco National Park (est. 1994) 20,500 acres of pine forest in southern Abaco –  breeding and foraging areas of endangered Bahama Parrot, unique for ground nesting behavior.
  • Pelican Cays Land And Sea Park (est. 1972) 2,100 acre park, featuring undersea caves, extensive coral reefs with a rich diversity of marine life.
  • Tiloo Cay Reserve (est. 1990) 11 acres of pristine coastal shoreline important for nesting seabirds.
  • Walker’s Cay National Park (est. 2002) 3,840 acre park with stunning coral formations and marine life.
  • Black Sound Cay Reserve (est. 1988) 2 acres of dense mangroves on Green Turtle Cay, an impotant habitat for waterfowl and other birds that winter in the region.
  • Fowl Cays National Park (est. 2009) a popular recreational area for  boaters and divers with exceptional marine like and coral reef formations.

The 3-day event is held at The Pavilion and on the grounds of Abaco Beach Resort in Boat Harbor over on Great Abaco Island, near Marsh Harbor. Froggies, a local Hope Town dive shop, donates their dive boat to act as a ferry and take people there for the special Friday evening cocktail party opening.

Getting the boat ready to leave the dock.

Getting the boat ready to leave the dock.

On the boat to head over to Boat Harbor with Anthony and Annette (s/v Magnolia.) It's fun to get a little dressed up and go to an "opening"cocktail party.

On Froggies’  boat to head over to Boat Harbor with Anthony and Annette (s/v Magnolia.) It’s fun to get a little dressed up and go to an “opening”cocktail party.

Froggies dive boat travels at 14 knots to make the trip to Boat Harbor in 35 minutes. It felt really really fast to us! Double our speed.

Froggies dive boat travels at 14 knots to make the trip to Boat Harbor in 35 minutes. It felt really really fast to us! Double our speed. The splashing water was literally a blur.

An almost sunset.

An almost sunset as we make the crossing over to Boat Harbor.

The tent was festive and filled with colorful rows of displays by a varied assortment of artists and craftsmen.

Entering the tent, you are greeted by the welcome table with information about the Bahama National Trust.

Entering the tent, you are greeted by the welcome table with information about the Bahamas National Trust.

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This amazing quilt by Green Turtle quilters will be auctioned off. Each block captured something special about Bahamian life.

This amazing quilt by Green Turtle quilters will be auctioned off. Each block captured something special about Abaco life.

Hope Town's Kim Rudy was all decked out for the holiday season.

Hope Town’s Kim Rody was all decked out for the holiday season.

Our purchases at the art show were relatively small compared to the possibilities. I selected a small Kim Rudy bowl with dolphins, two little Christmas ornaments for next year's tree, and a floating key fob for the bike lock.

Our purchases at the art show were relatively small compared to the possibilities. I selected a small Kim Rody bowl with dolphins, two little Christmas ornaments for next year’s tree, and a much-needed floating key fob for the bike lock.

Al and Ben (s/v Loon)  in the back of the boat, and folks that are huddled up front to stay out of the wind.

Al and Ben (s/v Loon) sitting towards  the back of the boat, while other  folks are huddled up front to stay out of the wind.

We got back to Hope Town around 9:30 pm, a late night for cruisers! A “late” night, but lots of fun. Glad we were here to attend this event. One of the things we enjoy about the Abacos is the diversity of things to do; outside fun such as snorkeling, swimming and biking mixed with community and cultural events, too.

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