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Peace Walk held at the Grand Bahama Labyrinth for Haiti - Jan 26, 2010 - 1:14:36 AM

Freeport, Bahamas -On January 22nd Labyrinth walks were being conducted all over the world in response to this human suffering following the earthquakes in Haiti.  There are reports of  walks from the Pacific Northwest, to the mid west, to St. Croix, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa and our own Grand Bahama. Indeed, the labyrinth is enfolding the World in her skirts of peace, comfort and compassion.

We held our Walk yesterday in honour of Haiti on our Sacred Path in the Garden of the Groves. The Labyrinth was surrounded by low level solar lights and tiki torches set in the jasmine. 

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Global Labyrinth Prayer Walk For Haitian Earthquake Recovery - Jan 22, 2010 - 6:09:33 AM

Freeport, Bahamas - On Friday, January 22, 2010 an OPEN LABYRINTH WALK will be held at the Grand Bahama Labyrinth in the Garden of the Groves between the hours of  4 and 7 pm. Events are planned throughout the United States and also in Canada, South Africa, Japan and the Netherlands.

The walk will be facilitated by Barbara Chester, qualified Labyrinth Facilitator who was trained by Dr. Lauren Artress, author of Walking a Sacred Path and founder of the Veriditas organization. 

Persons are encouraged to offer a monetary donation at the labyrinth to the Bahamas Red Cross for Haitian Earthquake Recovery.  All Labyrinth Donations received during the month of January will be sent to the Bahamas Red Cross for Haitian Earthquake Recovery.
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Grand Bahama Bike Routes via New Blog - Dec 28, 2009 - 4:51:11 AM

A new blog has been set up for cycling routes on Grand Bahama Island by Walter Strauss. If you are a cycling enthusiast or wish to become one, this helpful blog will give you some routes to get started.

The blog, www.GrandBahamaBikeRoutes.blogspot.com offers 5 maps of routes to begin your cycling sightseeing adventures. Although most routes have no bike signage you can print the maps and follow along.

Strauss says, "Grand Bahama is one of the nicest places to bike.....if you stay off the main roads! Fortunately there are some great "through the neighborhood routes" that can get you from downtown to some great destinations like Banana Bay, Garden of the Groves, Barbary Beach, Dover Sound. All of these routes were discovered using Google Maps. The street maps of the island are not reliable as many of the streets on the maps don't exist but the Google satellite image is pretty clear.

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Christmas Caroling enjoyed on the Labyrinth - Dec 23, 2009 - 11:19:33 AM

Freeport, Grand Bahama - Despite cool weather conditions and a wind blown Christmas tree, many came out to enjoy caroling around the Grand Bahama Labyrinth on Saturday, December 19th.

The following is a message from Barbara Chester:

We righted the tree which was out of her pot lying sadly at the centre of the Labyrinth with some lost ornaments and a broken star!  With Darren's help, I had her back in place by early afternoon and, as you will see from the photos, looking bright and sparkly once again.
Gloria McGlone was her usual fabulous self.  She brought many of her Carollers (from the 'Many Moods of Christmas' production)...

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Grand Bahama Labyrinth annual Christmas Caroling Party - Dec 19, 2009 - 12:35:37 AM

Grand Bahama, Bahamas - Join us on Saturday, December 19th for the annual Christmas Caroling Party at the Grand Bahama  Labyrinth from 4 to 5pm

Taste mulled wine and minced pies. Families are encouraged to bring a blanket to sit upon.


We would remind you all that the Path of the Labyrinth is a spiritual tool for healing and peace. It represents a personal journey to our Creator, and a symbolic destination path...

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Remembrance Day 2009 at the Grand Bahama Labyrinth - Nov 12, 2009 - 4:33:57 PM
Freeport, Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas - Remembrance Day on November 11th was serenely observed at the Garden of the Groves in the beautiful, sacred setting of the Labyrinth, where all the benches were occupied by locals and visitors from around the World.  Poppies were available for everyone.
The sun shone from an exquisitely blue sky and many of our feathered friends sang to the accompaniment the quiet background music from selections of the Maastricht Salon Orchestra,  and Richard Shulman's 'Music to Walk the Labyrinth'. 
Just before noon, Barbara Chester welcomed everyone and commented on the wonderful news of the joint ceremony, held that day in France commemorating the end of the Great War conflict..
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Remembrance Day Walk for Peace on the Labyrinth - Nov 10, 2009 - 11:05:56 PM
Grand Bahama Island - In the loving spirit of peace, we welcome all who will join with us at the Labyrinth on Remembrance Day, Wednesday 11 November at 11.45a.m.
We will have a very simple Walk for Peace where you may each offer your special prayer or thoughts, silently, spoken or written.  We will hear the beautiful words of St. Francis and some gentle music provided by Ric. 
There will be a 2 minutes period of silence at 12 noon, in loving memory!
Arts & Culture
(Review) Under the Harvest Moon, a Night to Remember - Oct 22, 2009 - 8:44:28 PM

Grand Bahama Island - It happened and it was great!  'Under the Harvest Moon' originally planned for Saturday 3rd October, but moved by heavy rains to Sunday 17th, was a beautiful production from the incredibly talented duo: Ivy Elden and Gloria McGlone.  These two inspirational thespians, once again drew on our amazingly talented community who gave of their very best and gave us the very best in song, dance and true entertainment at our Labyrinth.

The show opened with a Poem, spoken in gentle tones by Ivy Elden, and ended with the lovely Susan Jensen Sweeting encouraging the audience to join her on the Labyrinth for a 'Moon Dance'  which she sang in her crystal clear voice .

The circular Labyrinth stage was, for the first time, a spectacular dance floor, all lit
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'Under the Harvest Moon' - Oct 17, 2009 - 1:30:19 PM

The Grand Bahama Labyrinth presents the Eldon-McGlone Production of "Under the Harvest Moon" will take place on Sunday, October 18th at 7pm In the event of poor weather, the show will be moved to the 24th.  All tickets will be honoured for the new date, and tickets are available at the gate.

Don't miss celebrating this beautiful production with our talented and much loved friends who have worked so hard to bring this evening of music, dance & entertainment to the Labyrinth Garden Theatre all under the harvest moon! .

The performance will take place on the Labyrinth in the heart of the beautiful Garden of the Groves. In the event of poor weather tickets will be honoured on the 24th of October.  Tickets are ony $15...

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McLean's Town Conch Cracking Competition - an International One-of-a-Kind! - Oct 12, 2009 - 9:57:49 AM

What does The Bahamas have that no other country in the world has? Well besides Junkanoo, it is our Conch Cracking Competition! Each year, McLean's Town in Grand Bahama Island hosts their Conch Cracking Contest, where people flock to the usually sleepy settlement to find out who will be crowned "Best Conch Cracker".

The one-day event usually takes place on Heroes Day (a.k.a. Columbus or Discovery Day) and this year is Monday, October 12th. Click [Read more...] to find out what Conch Cracking is all about...

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News….from the Heart of Grand Bahama… - Aug 27, 2009 - 9:03:15 PM

Grand Bahama Island - This week two noteworthy events took place at the Garden of the Groves.   The first was at the Labyrinth where we were able to plant a beautiful young Coconut Tree with a special story:  

This tree (pictured) was raised by Marina Gottlieb Sarles from a seed taken from her late Mother’s garden in Abaco.   Marina’s mother, Owanta Gottlieb von Sanden was a zoologist, who loved gardens and all creation.   She was, like her dear husband, ‘Doc’, a great ‘healer’ of creatures great and small, much loved and respected by hundreds of Bahamians. They first came to the Bahamas at the invitation of Wallace Groves who needed a good Logging-Camp Doctor. ..

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Coming Full Circle with Grace in The Bahamas - Aug 25, 2009 - 10:22:11 PM

I hoped that one day I might get the opportunity to meet Barbara Chester since only a small bit of ocean separates our two homes. Her passionate work had inspired me when I interviewed her for my article “The Grand Bahama Labyrinth” (The Spirit of Veriditas, Voices From the Labyrinth - Winter 2009, page 6).

Yet no one could have been more amazed by the Providence surrounding our meeting than me. Not until I noticed the small brown sign from my taxi’s window pointing toward “The Garden of the Groves” did I realize that our last minute family vacation had brought me full circle to a moment of Grace.

We had just two days before we needed to be back on the boat headed home to Florida. Barbara and I had only communicated a couple of times via email months before...

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Raising the stakes - Aug 8, 2009 - 7:29:12 AM

In its 1950s and 1960s heyday, Grand Bahama was a fashionable island escape, a rival to Cuba for wealthy Americans and just a 25-minute hop by light aircraft from Miami. Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr were regular fixtures in the casinos on this most northerly of the Bahamas islands, jazz star Count Basie and tycoon Howard Hughes had homes there and many more celebrities lapped up the island’s tax-free temptations.

But since Bahamian independence from Britain in 1973 Grand Bahama, dubbed “the Venice of the Caribbean” because of its canal network, has lost its lustre.

Smaller neighbouring islands have found ways to keep the tourists coming: the capital, Nassau, on the island of New Providence, has its James Bond associations...

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'We Dance' enjoyed by 200 people at the Grand Bahama Labyrinth - May 12, 2009 - 2:35:02 PM
Grand Bahama Island - Once again the Labyrinth, at the Garden of the Groves, provided the venue for a beautiful evening of Music and Dance produced by the talented, gifted and 'giving' duo of Ivy Elden and Gloria McGlone.

These two generous ladies created a thoroughly enjoyable programme in celebration of Spring and in support of the Grand Bahama Labyrinth on Friday evening 1st. May. In the magical setting of the beautiful healing gardens of the Labyrinth 'WE DANCE, opened very professionally with 'We Dance', by students from Sunland School; it went on to include Lois Seiler's Academy Students performing the exciting Spanish Dance from the Swan Lake Ballet...

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The Inaugural Children's Photographic Competition at the Garden of Groves Labyrinth - May 11, 2009 - 11:36:04 AM
Grand Bahama Island - Friday 1st May was the occasion of the Prizegiving for the First Annual Photographic Competition for Young Persons. Another 'Special First' at the Labyrinth in the Garden of the Groves.

The competition was opened at Easter at 'Spring in the Garden' to create in young people the art of seeing the beauty of creation by the eyes of the heart! Contestants were invited to buy a $3.00 entry form entitling them to submit up to three photographs taken within the twelve acres of the Garden of the Groves and depict 'Joy in Creation'. Complimentary passes were given out with the forms to enable the contestants to return and take more photos. Clicking and flashing of cameras took place until the judging on 29th April.

Lyndah Wells, Julie Hoyle, Mark Da Cunha and Derrek Carroll, four of the Island's best...

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Participate in World Labyrinth Day - May 2nd - May 2, 2009 - 8:56:55 AM

Grand Bahama Island - World Labyrinth Day takes place May 2nd.  A global celebration of the labyrinth is set for the first Saturday in May.

"Walk as One at 1"- all are invited to walk a labyrinth at 1pm in your time zone to effet a rolling wave of labyrinth walking as the earth turns. 

Come to the Grand Bahama Labyrinth on Saturday, May 2nd to join in this global initiative...

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We Dance - a Celebration of Spring - May 1, 2009 - 8:28:19 PM

The Grand Bahama Labyrinth at the Garden of the Groves proudly presents "We Dance! A Celebration of Spring" to be held on Friday, May 1st at 7pm on the Labyrinth.

'We Dance'  A Celebration of Spring has a cast of most talented  performers including Georgia's School of Dance, Lois Seiler's Academy of Dance, Bahamas Dance Academy, The Backyard Dancers and The Regency Singers. This is an Eldon-McGlone Production in support of the Labyrinth and donations are $10.

Tickets: The Garden of the Groves;  Cafe Java; Emerald Isle Cafe at Seahorse Plaza; Seventeen Shop...

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The Labyrinth meets the Saxophone - Apr 26, 2009 - 1:21:49 PM
Grand Bahama Labyrinth - A cocktail hour of Easy Listening Sax with Ric (Riccardo Major) was held on Saturday 21st March.

Despite the very heavy afternoon rains, Riccardo Major generously come to play for the Labyrinth and Saxophone devotees who had successfully gambled on the weather.  We enjoyed some really lovely music during an evening which actually brightened as the sounds of his 'gentle jazz' and 'lilting melodies' filled the air.

Riccardo musically reminded us that the saxophone is a reed instrument which sounds quite magical in the tranquil garden setting of the Labyrinth. He has promised to return later in the Year and already has a fan-club waiting to know the date!

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Book Signing for "Obama in Prophecy" - April 13th - Apr 12, 2009 - 11:06:52 PM

Grand Bahama Labyrinth - A book signing will take place on Easter Monday, April 13th at the Labyrinth for Rev. Dr. J. Emmette Weir and his book, Obama in Prophecy from 1:30pm to 4pm. The event will be followed by a "Celebration of the Resurrection" led by Rev. Weir and accompanied by a chorale. Refreshments will be served afterward with Easter Simnel Cake.

Rev. Dr J. Emmette Weir is a truly spiritual man with the purest form of love for all mankind and, indeed, all creation. He is thoughtful, caring and insightful. A family man who extends his family to embrace everyone he meets. The epitome of the Good Shepherd!

It is little wonder that a man with his academic background, deep faith and in-depth knowledge of the Bible should have written such a book...

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"Joy in Creation" Photography Competition accepting entries until April 27th - Apr 10, 2009 - 4:30:51 PM

Freeport, The Bahamas - The Garden of the Groves and the Grand Bahama Labyrinth are pleased to announce their First Annual Photographic Competition for Young Persons under the theme, "Joy in Creation". The contest is set to commence on April 11th at the Garden's big Easter Family Fun Day, SPRING IN THE GARDEN!

Junior Photographers are asked to visit the Ticket Booth during this time and register for the Photography Competition by paying $3.00 and having their Entry Form stamped. After the 11th forms will remain available at the park entrance.

This Entry Form will have to accompany their entry submission of up to three photos. Entries and must be received by 27th April at the Garden of the Groves...

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