Hard to believe that today makes a month since the kickoff of this year’s Island Roots Heritage Festival in Green Turtle Cay. Where does the time go?!

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Royal Bahamian Police Force Band

Some of my favourite moments of this year’s event were the musical performances, particularly the Royal Bahamas Police Force Band, The Sax Man and the New Entry Band, as well as the Forest Heights Academy Junkanoo performers. It was great to see some of the regular festival vendors like Dot Miller, and I enjoyed meeting Ginny the Bead Lady, who creates gorgeous jewelry from sea glass.

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Ginny the Bead Lady

This year, I spent quite a bit of time attending speaker presentations at the George Reckley hall, adjacent to the festival grounds. Though perhaps not as loud or colourful as some other festival events, this year’s talks were interesting and thought-provoking for locals and visitors alike.

Several presenters discussed environmental protection and conservation efforts in the Bahamas, which I’ll cover in greater detail in a future post. We learned about the history of pirates in the Bahamas from Tim Roberts, and got the latest news about the Bahamas DNA Project from founder, Professor Peter Roberts. If you haven’t attended the festival speaker presentations in the past, do seek them out in future – they’re definitely worthwhile.

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Congratulations and thank you to the entire festival committee for all the long hours and sleepless nights that no doubt go into staging an event like this. Thanks also to the awesome group of GTC lovers and second homeowners who contributed a GoPro video camera and an iPad to be raffled off in support of the festival. Winners of the raffle, which generated close to $2,000, were Charlie Russell (iPad) and Patti Mulligan (GoPro).

Oh, and in case you were wondering, only 339 days until the 2016 festival!


2 thoughts on “2015 Island Roots Festival Recap

  • June 1, 2015 at 7:30 pm

    Amanda, what are the exact dates for the 2016 festival? I want to put it on my calendar early, and not discover too late that I have a conflict, as happened this year!

    • June 1, 2015 at 7:49 pm

      Hi, Reggie. I don’t think the 2016 festival dates have been officially announced yet. But it’s always the first weekend in May, so that’s what I went with. 🙂


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