Jammin’ for Nature: Earth Day Weekend Live from Eleuthera

One Eleuthera Foundation and their partners present
Live from Eleuthera

5 Great Events, 1 Amazing Weekend

Be a part of something great this Earth Day weekend! On April 20-22, 2012, the One Eleuthera Foundation and their partners (the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, Bahamas National Trust, Leon Levy Native Plant Preserve, BREEF, Island School and The Nature Conservancy) presents “Jammin’ for Nature – Earth Day Weekend 2012 Live from Eleuthera.

There are 5 great events planned for 1 amazing weekend in Eleuthera that will be infused with music and will celebrate the heritage and culture of that Island as well as Earth Day. The list of events will delight tourists and residents of Eleuthera and other family Island residents with ties to Eleuthera are encouraged to participate.  The events are focused around family and fun and the goal is for everyone to “connect their inner soul to Eleuthera.”

There is something for everyone during this weekend!  On Friday afternoon, a 3 hour “Welcome Party” kicks off at 4 pm at The Beach House in Governor’s Harbour with focus on the beach environment and well-known artist Barbara de Vries who transforms beach trash and plastic into jewelry and clothing accessories will be featured.  The following day on Saturday, one can tour the Island with a North Loop Tour or a South Loop Tour.  Later, at Bay Front Park in Governor’s Harbour, there is the “One Eleuthera Cultural Exposé,” a heritage festival like no other that starts at noon and ends at midnight and will be filled with lots of exciting activities and entertainment. The One Eleuthera Foundation will also be launched. On Sunday, Earth Day, the Leon Levy Native Plant Preserve will be the main focus for the first part of the day where you can immerse yourself in nature. Gospel singer, Brendalee Petty will entertain while well-known Bahamian Artist, Antonius Roberts will sculpt with the Casaurina wood.  Guided tours and brunch is available. On the final event, you can join in a worldwide initiative called “Picnic for The Planet” that will take place on Receiver’s Beach in Governor’s Harbour to celebrate Earth Day.  More information on the weekend’s events is available at www.oneeleuthera.org.

 

“Jammin’ for Nature – Earth Day Weekend” - Event #1 begins on Friday, April 20th from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. with the “Welcome Party at The Beach House.

Join The Nature Conservancy and One Eleuthera for the official Welcome Party of Jammin’ for Nature. The Beach House, nestled on one of Eleuthera’s most spectacular beaches, will serve tapas, wine and cocktails. Artist/designer Barbara de Vries will show her latest collection of Plastic is Forever at the gallery with new jewelry designs, tees and accessories and there will be an exclusive screening of One Beach, a stunning documentary about global beach plastic pollution that features four artists, including Barbara de Vries and her work in Eleuthera.

Cover charge for this breathtaking barefoot event is $25
The Beach House restaurant will take reservations for dinner after the reception.

Later that evening, visitors and residents are encouraged to visit the “Fish Fry”… a local street party featuring Bahamian cuisine on Anchor Bay Beach in Governor’s Harbour and dance to the sounds of DJ music.  Or, one can visit the various restaurants in Eleuthera or catch up with family and friends.  More information is available at www.oneeleuthera.org.

“Jammin’ for Nature – Earth Day Weekend” - Event #2 on Saturday, April 21stincludes Travel on thenew Eleuthera Heritage & Conservation Trail and starts at 9:00 a.m. and ends at 1:00 p.m. (please note new finish time).
Shuttle buses will take visitors to the most intriguing sites on Eleuthera from Preacher’s Cave in the north to Lighthouse Point to the south. The One Eleuthera Foundation in Partnership with the Bahamas National Trust, BREEF, The Island School and the Nature Conservancy have designed a series of stops highlighting places of special heritage and conservation interest on the Island. The cover charge is $25.00.  Visitors from Harbour Island can take the ferry to North Eleuthera and join the tour on a bus. More information is available at the Ministry of Tourism office in Harbour Island at 242 333-2621.

 

“Jammin’ for Nature – Earth Day Weekend” - Event #3on Saturday, April 21stthis main attraction iconsidered the highlight of the weekend.Scheduled fromMidday to Midnight, the One Eleuthera Cultural Exposé will take place at Bay Front Park in Governor’s Harbour and will be filled with lots of activities involving, entertainment, cuisine, arts and crafts, games, sculling and vendors. It will emphasize the gathering of energy among local entrepreneurs and display an emerging appreciation for sustainability on the sland.   The Cultural Exposé will feature the famous Royal Bahamas Defence Force Band and other local entertainers.  Joining in will be various school bands as well as Junior Junkanoo and the All Eleuthera Rush Out

Sculling Regatta courtesy of Bahamian Brewery will dot the landscape at Bay Front Park as the various hand-madeSands’ Sculling Boats – recently built to celebrate the old timeheritage of boating in The Bahamas delights all.  The first set of races starts at 2 p.m. and continue to 3 p.m. with the final races set for 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.

During the break from Sculling, The Launch of the One Eleuthera Foundation at the Ball Park will start at 4 p.m. and ends by 5 p.m. Drawing on government and non-government partnerships as well as local and international resources, The One Eleuthera Foundation is a move that leverages Collective Impact to shape a sustainable future for Eleuthera.  More information is available at www.oneeleuthera.org.

 

“Jammin’ for Nature – Earth Day Weekend” - Event #4 on Sunday, April 22ndfeatures Birds, Bagels and Brunch from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. and kicks off “Earth Day!”  Situated at the Leon Levy Native Plant Preserve (LLNPP), it is Eleuthera’s most recent investment toward sustainability and Heritage Tourism. The LLNPP is a world-class facility where the Kirtland’s Warbler, the world’s most endangered songbird, was recently sighted! Join the One Eleuthera Foundation, The Nature Conservancy and the Bahamas National Trust for bird watching from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. or brunch from 9 a.m., to 1 p.m.  In addition to delicious local fare, guides will be available to share their expertise in birding, bush medicine and information on the various plant species found in this lovely oasis.

To enrich the experience at the LLNPP, Bahamian gospel singer, Brendalee Petty will entertain visitors.  Also renowned Bahamian artist and sculptor, Antonius Roberts, whois “a strong advocate of conservation, preservation is thrilled to be part of the Earth Day celebrations as much of what we are celebration is reflected in his work. Roberts would like “ To encourage everyone to think about the beautiful environment they have inherited in our Bahamas and how important it is to preserve it for themselves and their children.” On this celebratory occasion, Antonius Roberts will be creating a sculpture at the Leon Levy Preserve - continuing to weave the thread of our history through our islands.

Cover charge for the LLNPP venue is  $25.00.  

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A Shared Vision

The Shared Vision for South Eleuthera, which was first commissioned by Friends of Lighthouse Point to develop a sustainable plan for Lighthouse Point and other special heritage and conservation sites on Eleuthera, inspired the formation of One Eleuthera.

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