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Awards Presentation of the Labyrinth & Garden of the Groves 2nd Annual Junior Photographic Competition - Apr 28, 2010 - 1:26:52 PM

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Freeport, Bahamas - It was good to see most of the entrants together with members of their families and other supporters at the charming little prize giving ceremony on the Labyrinth on Friday 23rd April, also Shakespeare's birthday!

Our young photographers once again presented the judges with difficult choices in selecting this year's winners.  Consideration was given to all aspects of art, design, form, structure, lighting and presentation; in addition to other criteria and this year included an appropriate  Shakespearean quotation to suit each entry. Some quotations were exceptionally well chosen and prompted the judges to make an additional award for exceptionally appropriate quotations...
The Bahamas Boasts : Grand Bahama : Grand Bahama Labyrinth
2nd Annual Photographic Competition for Young Persons - Apr 12, 2010 - 6:18:35 AM

Freeport, The Bahamas - The Garden of the Groves and the Grand Bahama Labyrinth are pleased to announce their 2nd Annual Photographic Competition for Young Persons. The contest is set to commence on March 28th. Photos must be taken between March 28th and April 16th.

AND each photo must be accompanied with a quote from Shakespeare as the prizes will be given out on Shakespeare's birthday on April 23th on the Labyrinth.

Entry forms are at the Garden gate or attached below this article on TheBahamasWeekly.com...
The Bahamas Boasts : Grand Bahama : Grand Bahama Labyrinth
Grand Bahama Labyrinth founder receives special gift from local artist - Apr 6, 2010 - 4:36:13 PM
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Freeport, Bahamas - Erika Gates, proprietor or the Garden of the Groves recently made a  presentation of a special gift to Barbara Chester, founder of the Grand Bahama Labyrinth.  The gift was a painting commissioned by a dear friend of Barbara's, internationally acclaimed artist, Claudette Dean

Barbara writes, "It was an enormous honour and with great joy that I was able to follow my path and create a Labyrinth in the Garden of the Groves. I have been very blessed with enormous loving guidance from my Creator, help and  support from my friends and fellow members of our Community and especially from my dear friend Erika Gates , in whose Gardens our Labyrinth has her home..."
The Bahamas Boasts : Grand Bahama : Grand Bahama Labyrinth
A lovely little Labyrinth story... - Apr 2, 2010 - 9:00:27 AM

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Freeport, Bahamas - The Grand Bahama Labyrinth receives many visitors from all over the world, and sometimes we receive letters from those who have walked the path with us.

The following is a letter we wish to share about Elle Morris' experience since visiting the Grand Bahama Labyrinth earlier this year:

Hello Barbara,

I am one of the women that attended Nicole Scott's weekend, "Island Heart Beats" and we met you on the labyrinth.  After I bought the book,  The Expected One from the Labyrinth book shop...
The Bahamas Boasts : Grand Bahama : Grand Bahama Labyrinth
Marjoke and Friends lend magic to the Grand Bahama Labyrinth - Mar 9, 2010 - 1:38:34 PM
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Freeport, Bahamas - Saturday, March 6th on the beautiful Sacred Path in the Garden of the Groves a most appreciative audience were delighted by the magic of the ‘Evening with Marjoke and Friends’ who all performed from their hearts, vocalising the true spirit of the Labyrinth. 

 

Our Dutch Diva, Marjoke Twiest opened the show with a beautiful recital of "People", reminding us that life is all about....people!


Marjoke was joined in turn by her special 'music friends' performing some of our favourite songs... 
The Bahamas Boasts : Grand Bahama : Grand Bahama Labyrinth
Labyrinth Garden Theatre presents “An Evening with Marjoke & Friends" - March 6th - Mar 4, 2010 - 10:11:55 PM
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Freeport, Grand Bahama - Labyrinth Garden Theatre proudly presents “An Evening with Marjoke & Friends” a Dutch Divas Production at The Grand Bahama Labyrinth, Garden of the Groves.

Saturday 6 March 2010 at 8.00p.m. Tickets $15.00 (Friends of the Garden $10.00)

Pre /Apres-Show Dinner at the Garden Café, Reservations or Tickets: 374.7779


Enjoy the beautiful voices of Dalia Feldman ;Tony Lowe;Javan Hunt ;Stephan Lighters; Marjoke Twiest. The incredible dancing of Julia Geiger; Lawson Pinder and Stephan Lighters… with spectacular. Fire Dancing by Stephan and Lawson.
The Bahamas Boasts : Grand Bahama
Horsing around in the Bahamas - Feb 24, 2010 - 2:30:34 PM

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Grand Bahama, The Bahamas – Am I on The Bachelorette or is this a bad case of TV deja vu?

The pale aqua ocean, deserted beach and sleek black horse all look strangely familiar. My lithe female guide, Leo, the owner of Trikk Pony, confirms it.

Secluded Barbary Beach on Grand Bahama, the fourth-largest island in the Bahamian archipelago, is where Bachelorette DeAnna rode horses with Jesse on The Bachelorette Season 4, and I'm about to re-create the ride.

The only thing is, I'm not sure I want to. When I'd originally signed up I'd misunderstood the program and thought I'd be swimming with seahorses...

Community : Grand Bahama
The Circle of Life II a huge success!‏ - Feb 3, 2010 - 8:06:39 AM

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Freeport, Bahamas - Those who attended Circle of Life on the Labyrinth at the Garden of the Groves Saturday night enjoyed a lovely show, possibly the best yet, with some beautiful singing, dancing, poetry monologues, and a slide show of shelter animals which was beautifully accompanied by Marjoke Twiest’s rendition of “In the Arms of the Angels”.  

About 100 people were treated to a first class production with a great deal of professionalism helped by Darren Rollins working lights, sound and projection.

The weather stayed dry and the moon peeped out of its eclipse just above the trees, providing a beautiful backdrop for the end of the show...
The Bahamas Boasts : Grand Bahama : Grand Bahama Labyrinth
Circle of Life - January 30th on the Grand Bahama Labyrinth - Jan 30, 2010 - 2:18:30 PM

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Freeport, Bahamas - In aid of the Humane Society of Grand  Bahama, the Garden of the Groves is pleased to present Circle of Life - A presentation of Music, Song, Dance and Inspiration, Saturday, January 30th on the Grand Bahama Labyrinth.

This year's Show promises to be even more entertaining than the beautiful show we watched last January on our lovely Labyrinth where the sacred energy added to the magic of the enchanted evening conjured up by that great duo - Ivy Elden and Gloria McGlone.


One performance only. Tickets: Adults $15, Children 12 and under $8.  Tickets can be purchased at the Garden entrance or at the Humane Society of Grand Bahama...

The Bahamas Boasts : Grand Bahama : Grand Bahama Labyrinth
The Garden of the Groves and Grand Bahama Labyrinth Proudly present An Elden-McGlone Production: Circle of Life - Jan 26, 2010 - 10:41:27 AM

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Freeport, Grand Bahama -  The Garden of the Groves and Grand Bahama Labyrinth Proudly present An Elden-McGlone Production: Circle of Life. Saturday, January 30th 2010 at 7 pm.   A Celebration of Music, Song & Dance to Benefit the Humane Society of Grand Bahama...
The Bahamas Boasts : Grand Bahama : Grand Bahama Labyrinth
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. 

The Bahamas Boasts : Grand Bahama : Grand Bahama Labyrinth
Global Labyrinth Prayer Walk For Haitian Earthquake Recovery - Jan 22, 2010 - 6:09:33 AM

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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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10 Great Destinations in The Bahamas - Dec 28, 2009 - 12:30:23 PM

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Bahamas is also known throughout the world as one of the most great and is one of the main reasons for its pristine beaches and natural beauty. In the Bahamas, you can spend your holidays on the beach sipping a tropical drink or dive and explore life in the sea near the coast abound. Whatever the reason is surely, in the Bahamas to offer travelers everywhere a well deserved moment of rest and relaxation, and there are 10 Places you could go when visiting this island paradise.

Enclosed are details from BahamasExclusiveResort.com blog on the best beaches, Lucayan National Park, Andros Island, Pirates of Nassau, Bahamas Historical Society Museum, and more...
The Bahamas Boasts : Grand Bahama
Grand Bahama Bike Routes via New Blog - Dec 28, 2009 - 4:51:11 AM

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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.

The Bahamas Boasts : Grand Bahama : Grand Bahama Labyrinth
Christmas Caroling enjoyed on the Labyrinth - Dec 23, 2009 - 11:19:33 AM

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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)...


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

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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...


The Bahamas Boasts : Grand Bahama : Grand Bahama Labyrinth
Remembrance Day 2009 at the Grand Bahama Labyrinth - Nov 12, 2009 - 4:33:57 PM
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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..
The Bahamas Boasts : Grand Bahama : Grand Bahama Labyrinth
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

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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
The Bahamas Boasts : Abaco
(VIDEO) Green Turtle Cay, Bahamas featured in 'Islands' magazine - Oct 21, 2009 - 5:25:35 PM
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In August 2008, ISLANDS managing editor Chris Tauber visited Green Turtle Cay, nestled in the Abaco Islands in the outskirts of the Bahamas.

Based at the Green Turtle Club and Marina, he discovered the quiet beaches, explored the intriguing town of New Plymouth and, of course, ordered the famed Goombay Smash.

Overall, the island is an inviting destination for families looking for that ideal balance of accessibility and authenticity. Find out more in the upcoming November 2008 issue of ISLANDS. In the meantime, watch a video enclosed of Chris' trip...

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