(Revised on December 16th, 2018)
The lovely photo of our lighthouse at night on the HOME page was taken by JaySky Productions and posted on Facebook.
ALL THINGS CHRISTMAS:
“Food Glorious Food!” The HTSC traditional Christmas Dinner was held in the Clubhouse this year and was a delightfully delicious event for the 70+ members that attended. The Abaco Inn chefs (thank you Tom Hazel!) cooked up the meats, while everyone else prepared their favorite side dish, appetizer, or dessert to compliment the feast. John Oakes, Will Heyer, and Vice Commodore David Allin spent the evening carving up the delectable turkey, beef, and ham. Caroline Wight (CW) adorned the HTSC table settings with festive decorations made out of tea candles, rosemary, fruit and nuts. Commodore David & Patti Hanafourde donated the liquor that went into the scrumptious rum punch and Bobbie & Ed Collins donated bottles of champagne for each table! Thank you to all who helped to make the evening an overwhelming success, especially our hosts Marcia & Barry Talley, John & Kate Oakes, Joann & Ridge Goodwin, and Stafford Patterson. The planning and work that this involves is immense and they outdid themselves! Will Heyer summed it up best, “Great time, great food, and the best people!”
(Photos by Catherine Allin, Joann Goodwin, Will Heyer, & Carol Pahl)
18 of Santa’s elves showed up to help Dave & Carol Pahl decorate the Clubhouse for the holidays. Many thanks to the festive volunteers Bruce & Judy Wolck, Jacqueline Weber, Marcia Talley, Bob & Lorraine Morecraft, Pamela Cantrell & Ron Swezy, new members Ted & Claire Estep and Ed & Lynn Cusick, David Allin, Dena Cameron, and Rick & Kim Penning (who added their special touch by bringing Bloody Marys!).
Your help is needed! Monica Cook does an outstanding job of managing the annual Christmas Village, but she cannot do it without the help of MANY elves. If you can help in any way, either contact her directly or sign up online http://signup.com/go/QoEPePg. This year’s village will be held December 16,17, & 18 (see more info below).
Bravo Saint James Players! This year’s Christmas Play “Annie” deserved the standing ovations it received from the sold out audiences. Although Annie, played by the very talented Kailey Sweeting, was the lead character, all the cast gave outstanding performances on all three evening performances at the Community Center. These young actors rehearsed every day for 10 weeks to perfect the play and entertain us all. It couldn’t be done without the behind the scenes crew though, including scene design and painting (loved the Empire State Building and Chrysler Building in NYC), costumes, make up, choreography, music director, and stage hands, among others. Kudos to Carrie Cash & Jane Engle for their many years of directing these marvelous plays. All proceeds benefit the Bilaney Lane Orphanage and Teen Mission Trip.
(Photos by Catherine Allin & Carol Pahl)
The Hope Town Harbour Rats have worked their magic and lit up the Elbow Reef Lighthouse with festive lights. This experienced group consisted of Dena Cameron & Ted Alford, Marcia & Dan Crouch, Pamela Cantrell & Ron Swezy, Will Heyer, Bob Morecraft, David Allin, Dave & Carol Pahl, and spearheading the project was Mark Kopp. Thank you Harbour Rats for a job well done!
Sunfish Work Party: Thanks to Sue Holloway, Ron Swezy, Pamela Cantrell, Dave & Carol Pahl, Peter & Linda Eshleman, and Ed Cusick, the Sunfish have their new sails on, plus the boats have been bleached and repaired where needed!
Best of the Best! Congratulations to the A.R.S.S. crew that attended the Best of the Best Regatta in Nassau. Despite almost sinking in one of the windy races, the Lonesome Dove placed 3rd in the B Class, and It Ain’t Right placed 2nd in the C class with a jury rigged repair on the boom (bring on the pallet wood and epoxy!). Thanks to Stafford Patterson for his photos and videos on Facebook, and the regatta was also streaming live!
Congratulations and thank you to Kate Wetherby Barr & Susan Crowe who will be our new House Committee Co-Chairs beginning in January! A huge thank goes out to Patti Love & Kim Penning who have worked so hard and are retiring, but agreed to stay on until Kate & Susan take over.
Kudos to Roster Curator Carol Fillmann and her assistant Nan Dewing Fulton for getting our new rosters printed and mailed. If you have any changes in information, please contact them so it can go in next year’s directory. Also, if you have not received your copy, let Carol know. Those members with Green Cove Springs addresses have their books waiting for them in the HTSC Clubhouse.
Welcome new members Ed & Lynn Cusick and Lance Krolczyk. Click on the MEMBERSHIP title above to find out information regarding the process involved in becoming a member, plus the list of new and deceased members since the roster books were published.
Farewell to our furry friend...Lucy “the talking dog” has passed on to Rainbow Bridge at the age of 13 ½. Constant companion to Will & Muffin Heyer, she was a friend to all with a greeting that everyone looked forward to. We have such fond memories of her including seeing her waiting at the Clubhouse door (and sometimes sneaking in) at every stand-up. She will be sorely missed on board Antares, around town, and on the beach. Our heartfelt condolences go out to Will & Muffin during this difficult time.
Caesar's Ghost Dismasted! While motoring down the ICW in Ft. Pierce Florida, Di Hunter's Gemini catamaran was dismasted when the helmsman (not Di!) tried to go under a bascule bridge without it being open. The rig came down, chain plates and fiberglass were pulled out, along with the center section between the two hulls where the rolling furling attaches. Luckily no one was injured, but the boat is to be hauled out and she is awaiting insurance, rigging, and fiberglass estimates. Our hearts go out to you Di and we hope you and Caesar's Ghost will be able to return to Hope Town soon!
Check out Hope Town Junior Sailing's Summer/Fall Newsletter, including the Opti Nationals held in Harbour Island, by clicking on the JUNIOR SAILING icon at the top of this page. Also on their page is the report from the 2018 Catamaran Guru Rendezvous that the juniors helped with.
Congratulations to Kate Oakes whose article on Ellipsis, the sailboat that washed up on Hope Town’s Beach, is featured in the 2018 Summer Edition of Abaco Life Magazine! Look for it on pages 25-31. This was such a big hit that Kate has been asked to write more articles!
Attention all Hope Town Harbor Rats: Do you have any of your ‘Rats Rags’ from days gone by? When Betsy Moody visited the Holloways, she brought 46 issues of the Harbour Rats newsletter that Doug had saved. Betsy & Sue have scanned them into PDF files, including dates. Some of the issues are still missing and if you do have any of the missing ones, please contact Sue as it would be great to have the complete set for the archives. Everyone, whether they are living on land or sea, will be greatly entertained when reading the famous ‘Harbor Rats Rag’. Click HERE to check out these hilarious editions.
Hope Town Sailing and Sports Summer Camp was a huge success! This month long camp is run by Jim & Marjie Laughlin and supported through our HTSC dues. The complete array of photos and videos are on their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Hope-Town-Sailing-and-Sports-Camp-1120002431391361/ and a sampling of what fun they have had is here on the HTSC website under the 2018 SUMMER CAMP title above. Thanks also to Jessica Mann Charters who sent in photos and are included on the page. Jessica has been helping with camp since 1993 and is the daughter of past members Lucie & Sidney Mann and grandaughter of Jimmy & Ruth Bruere.
Thanks to Melissa Guinness, HTSC is now on Facebook! However, this is a HTSC MEMBERS ONLY GROUP page. Click on the link under 'other websites to visit' and ask to join.
The 20th Annual Box Cart Derby was held on November 24th at Big Hill and competition was fierce. A good time was had by all the participants and spectators, with tons of delicious food and drink served. Commemorative shirts were available for purchase and each given away with a reusable shopping bag and goodies compliments of Fredericks Agency. Many thanks to all who volunteered to make the Derby a success ,with the proceeds for this event being donated to youth programs. Results are as follows: Junior Downhill: Ryan Knowles (HG Christie-mobile), 1st, Maison Koepke (Hope Town Canvas-mobile) 2nd, Scott Debris 3rd . Junior Slalom: Maitland Lowe 1st (in Dave Pahl’s Rat Sass, and was only a couple of seconds from beating the time of the senior winner!), Maison Koepke 2nd, Ryan Knowles 3rd. Junior Showmanship: Meredith Knowles (Shark-mobile) 1st, Teddy Ziskin (Yellow Submarine) 2nd, Dawson Thompson (Hawaiian Guy) 3rd. Senior Downhill: Christian Wilhoyte (White Lightning) 1st, Andrew Wilhoyte (Hope Town Canvas) 2nd, Neil Aberle 3rd. Senior Slalom: Christian Wilhoyte 1st, Andrew Wilhoyte 2nd, Josh (Pat McCully-mobile) 3rd. This year’s King of the Hill Overall winner (Downhill, Slalom, & Showmanship combined) was Queen Ryan Knowles! Congratulations to all! Below are a sampling of the webmaster's photos...
Community spirit! The Hope Town basketball court has a new concrete pad thanks to Chris Farren, who is the promoter of the annual Combustion Music Festival held each December. Chris has donated approximately $150,000 in projects and charities throughout the community! Helpers with the labor and pouring of the concrete included Clay Wilhoyte, Todd Cash, & Cha Boyce. In keeping with the community spirit, several of the basketball players that use the court, also turned out to volunteer their time with this project. Many thanks to everyone involved and congratulations on a job well done! Be sure to attend the upcoming Music Festival which will be held this December 7th-9th (scroll down for the flyer below).
Photo by Sabine Probst
Four moorings have been replaced at Fowl Cay National Park, making a total of eleven working moorings within the park. Replacement moorings are planned for Sandy Cay in the upcoming weeks. The moorings are rated to vessels of 28' or less and one vessel per mooring. The moorings project is a partnership between Friends of the Environment, The Bahamas National Trust & Volunteers. If you wish to contribute to the Project please contact Friends of the Environment — at DiveTime Abaco.
Recycling is returning to Hope Town! Hope Town Zero Waste reports:“The new Recycling and Waste Bins have arrived for the four locations in town as part of a pilot project. Thank you Local Government for the approval! The locations are Jarret Park (i.e. Post Office Dock), the Lower Public Dock, St. James Community Centre and the Hope Town Primary School. We will be collecting aluminum drink cans only (NOT crushed) to begin with and ideally will shift this model as the recycler offers other waste streams in Nassau.” There will also be a compost bin at the recently completed community garden. Reusable food service plates and bowls have arrived and are available, along with reusable bags. Check out their website at HopeTownZeroWaste.org.
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DRESS TO IMPRESS!!! You can order items from Land's End, (including Polo shirts, sweaters, jackets, hats, luggage, etc) with the HTSC logo, in any size, any style, and any color! A US credit card & address are needed. The cost for applying any of the logos to Lands' End items is $5.95
To place an order: phone 1-800-535-30601-800-535-3060 FREE. Give item number and ask for Hope Town Sailing Club Logo to be added. The account number for the Sailing Club is 3002900. Specify which logo:
*Plain burgee logo ordering number is 922517
* 50th anniversary logo ordering number is 1340688
*There is another version for HTSC as well, set up in 2002. It is the plain burgee with the words "Hope Town Sailing Club" printed in red underneath. This logo number is 0269738
HTSC Members Only Facebook Page Click HERE
Hope Town Community Center Click HERE
Hope Town Directory Click HERE
PERC (how to make a donation to an Abaco charity that is tax deductible for U.S. taxpayers) Click HERE
Elbow Reef Lighthouse Society Click HERE
Wyannie Malone Museum Click HERE
Abaconian Newspaper Click HERE
Barometer Bob Weather Click HERE
Abaco Friends of the Environment Click HERE
Hope Town Volunteer Fire & Rescue Click HERE
Every Child Counts School Click HERE
Shutterfly Archive Photos Click HERE