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Andros Island – May 2013

 

Autec Spring Craft Fair

The first half of May was a busy one. Kicking off things was the Autec Community Craft Fair. This happens twice a year and is always highly anticipated by Androsians and Autecnics alike.

These fairs are a great opportunity for the local vendors to showcase their products and also get to enjoy themselves too.

As always, the fabulous basket weaving skills were evident, what a great skill these ladies (and gents!) have. Wood carvers from Red Bays were there along with the infamous Henry Wallace – always a pleasure to see his skill in action.

Food was abundant – Conch Fritters, Guava Duff and of course, the Conch salad stand had long lines as usual.

 Red Bays Snapper Tournament

Saturday 18th brought about the Red Bays Tournament. This annual event is eagerly anticipated by local fishermen who want nothing more than to show off their talent and knowledge of the local fishing grounds.

Red Bays is located on the most NorthWesterly tip of Andros and is home to descendants of the islands oldest inhabitants.

The local park was buzzing on Friday, with live music and lots of festivities for the opening ceremony. On the day itself, weather conditions looked perfect close in, but all reports were a bumpy day the further out boats went. A total of 7 boats entered and everyone came back with good amounts of fish. More partying on the park afterwards along with the award ceremony for the victorious winners.

 

Andros Bahamas Cancer Society Walk

 

The following Monday was a national holiday and a charity walk was organized to aid cancer victims in Fresh Creek. Turnout was good and money raised for a great cause.

 

 

 

Elsewhere in the Bahamas

The Bahamas National Trust and Partners launched their Conchservation initiative.  The aim is to raise awareness on unsustainable fishing practices and highlight the need for better enforcement of the existing regulations.  

Bahamas National Trust Conchservation

 

Read more about the BNT efforts on their Facebook page.

Bahamas National Trust Facebook Page

 

 

LPGA winner Ilhee LeeThe LPGA Pure Silk Classic made its first visit to the Bahamas this month. The tournament was played at the Tom Weiskopf-designed Ocean Club Golf Course at Atlantis Paradise Island  and despite being cut short due to severe flooding, it was well attended and won by Ilhee Lee.

 

Coming in June:

Crab fever! We have been blessed by lots of rain during the latter part of the month which is a great sign for the Crabs! The second weekend will host the 16th Annual CrabFest. 2 days of gatherings, music and everything crab.

The Tuna’s are coming!  Fishing reports are showing an increase in Tuna presence in the Tongue of the Ocean – get ready for sushi!

With water temps now hovering around 80′s, divers are also in their element.

Watch this space for the scoop!

April 2013

April News from Andros Bahamas

With April being the time when we celebrate Earth Day there is a lot of environmental focus around the islands.

So what is Earth day? According to Globio, it’s the largest, most internationally celebrated environmental event. Globio Earth Day

In Eleuthera  they have a whole 3 days of awareness and fun things happening in its honor. The children all get involved and the community atmosphere helps provide a light and relaxed way to get the message across. With DJ’s, fun runs and jammin’ sessions, it sounds like idea to us! One Eleuthera

One Eleuthera Earth Day

Jammin for Nature

 

 

RBC Environemental Awards

Grants awarded to support the National Coastal Awareness Committee and The Bahamas National Trust.

The RBC continues to do its part by awarding grants to local environmental organisations. they presented their latest awards to the National Coastal Awareness Committee and the Bahamas National Trust this month. 

Pictured received their award are Stuart Cove from the National Coastal Awareness Committee and Lynn Grape, Deputy Director of the Bahamas National Trust.

 

 

 

Andros Blue Hole

Cousteau’s Blue Hole

Of course, closer to home, the RBC awarded ANCAT with a similar grant not too long ago to aid in the Andros blue hole restoration project.

 

 

 

 

So what else happened on Andros in April?

Bone-fishing is what it’s all about at this time of year.  Although we experienced a blustery month, guests were catching good size bone fish in large numbers.  The local North Andros fishing grounds were all busy, although the beauty of this island is that even though lots of people are about and all the guides are booked solid, you still almost never see another boat!  With such a lot of great fishing grounds, from Behring Point and the North Bights all the way up to the Joulter Cays, there is no shortage of the ‘Gray Ghosts’

Not to be outdone, the deep sea fishing has also been picking up after a slow month in March.  Mahi-Mahi has been the catch of the month here and some small tuna are starting to wander down the Tongue of the Ocean.  Deep Sea, Andros style, only requires a short boat ride from most accommodations and you can usually be in deep water in less than 15 mins. from your dock.

Here are a selection of images – thanks to our contributors for these: Soloman Murphy, Small Hope Bay Lodge and the Autec community.

Coming in May

May is the month where Androsians gear up for Crab Fest – the biggest festival on the island and becoming a National phenomenon.  They are looking for rain to help the crabs ‘crawl’ and families will be spending long nights out in the bush catching crabs.

Also in May, Andros Bahamas looks forward to the Autec Community craft fare, Red Bays Snapper Tournament  High School Graduations and Mutton Snapper season.  Be sure to follow us for the latest on Andros Bahamas news.

Until next time, keep fishing, diving and enjoying Andros Bahamas.

 

 

Easter Weekend in the Bahamas

So, the Bahamas closely follows England in terms of it’s public holidays, so this weekend is the culmination of Holy week, and a time for families to join together in celebration and prayer.  Church services are especially busy and with another public Holiday on Easter Monday, it’s a long weekend for those not working in the tourism industry.

Throughout the Bahamas, this holiday has also taken on some American traditions too – Easter Egg hunts can be found throughout the islands, most notably in Nassau with a large gathering at the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas which actually took place last Saturday due to the public holidays this weekend.  Here are a few images.

Bahamas Easter Egg Hunt Bahamas Easter Egg Hunt Bahamas National Art Gallery Easter Egg Hunt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.nagb.org.bs/_m1637/Image-Gallery/NAGB-Easter-Egg-Hunt-2013

 

 

If you happen to be in Abaco this weekend, they also have an Easter Egg hunt tradition going.Abaco Easter Egg Hunt

 

Abaco Easter Egg Hunt

 

 

 

 

If you are interested in reading more about how Bahamians celebrate Easter, take a look at this great article posted in the ‘Whats On’ guide.

Bahamas Lobster Season

This weekend also marks a special event throughout the Bahamas.  It’s the last weekend of Lobster   season!  For 4 short months of the year, Spiny Lobsters are protected to enable breeding, and the taking of Lobster from Bahamian waters from April 1st – July 31st is prohibited. So if you are on Andros this weekend, take the opportunity to go with a local guide and catch some Lobster for dinner.

 

Welcome to the Site

Welcome

Welcome to our very first Blog post!  Let’s start by explaining what AndrosYourWay is all about.  Essentially, it is a single resource where readers can discover a wealth of information about North Andros, Bahamas.

Where it is, how to get there and what to do when you are there.  This website aims to bring all the pieces together to create a unique site which informs, stimulates and educates people about Andros.

We want to encourage participation in the site from both travelers and locals alike so that together, we can create a useful user experience.  The blog, Facebook page and YouTube channel, all welcome user input so please feel free to interact with us and share your stories, pictures and video.

Each post will provide readers with an update on what has been going on in North Andros, what events are upcoming or any other information of note.  In addition, we will also be exploring what is happening over the rest of the Bahamas and the travel world in general.

If there is something you are looking for or would like further information on, just ask and we’d be happy to oblige.

With all that said, let’s get on with it!

Recently, the North Andros community came together to celebrate the Junkanoo tradition.  If you don’t know about Junkanoo, check the section in our site for more information.  This colorful celebration of music and dance took place in Nicholls Town, North Andros, with participants enjoying the time honored traditions.  Groups from all over North Andros took part and danced the night away!  Watch this short clip from the parade. 

Also held in Nicholls Town, North Andros, the annual Arts & Crafts event took place at the community park.  Here is where local talent gets a chance to shine, display their work and come together.  Live music provided a lively atmosphere and prizes were awarded for a variety of categories.  Traditional basket weaving skills, artists and wood carvers, all displayed their efforts in colorful stalls.

Food, of course, was not forgotten and food vendors offered up a tasty menu of treats including of course, Conch fritters, fried fish and melt in your mouth Guava Duff. This year, Andros welcomed artists from Nassau and Freeport to join their fellow Androsians in showing off their talents.  Check out some images from the day. It was a great day for families and friends to come together and celebrate being Androsian.

Elsewhere in the Bahamas – Minister of Tourism, the Hon. Obie Wilchcombe took the opportunity whilst attending the opening of the new hotel – The Cove, in Eleuthera, to discuss the upcoming unveiling of the Bahamas Tourist Board new digital platform, which promises to focus more on the family islands. “The problem we have..is that people do not have an appreciation that we are more than just a capital city” said Minister Wilchcombe – our sentiments exactly!

The Island School and the Bahamas Reef Environment Educational Foundation (BREEF) came together last month to support teacher education on marine conservation training.  The course was made possible via a grant from the US Embassy and provided thirteen science teachers from the Family Islands with a much needed focus on the marine resources of the Islands. http://www.breef.org

With only a few weeks to go now, anticipation is building for the grand opening of the new $100 million Sports Stadium in Nassau.  The complex will support thousands of athletes and fans attending the 2013 Carifta Games marking the Bahamas as a premier sports destination, capable of hosting large events. Trials start on Friday 15th March. http://www.carifta2013.com/

Coming up:

This Saturday, March 16th, The Bahamas Kennel Club Dog Show kicks off its competitions in breed
Westminster Kennel Club Best of Breed obedience, rally and agility classes.  The event is held at the Bahamas Food Services facilities  in Nassau – move over Banana Joe!  http://www.bahamaskennelclub.org/ 

Westminster Kennel Club Best of Breed

 

 

 

On Andros, the Red Bays Snapper tournament is coming up next month.  The event is always a crowd pleaser, so watch this space for more information.