SPECIAL EVENTS

PEOPLE-TO-PEOPLE ENCOUNTER
A programme intended to give our visitors a genuine and informal view of Bahamian hospitality and culture. To register, call the People-To-People Unit, Ministry of Tourism, Nassau, telephone (242) 326-5371, (242) 328-7810, (242) 356-0435-8; fax (242) 356-0434. On Grand Bahamas Island, telephone: (242) 352-8044; fax (242) 352-2714. The People-to-People programmed is also available on Eleuthera/Harbour Island (242) 332-2142, Exuma (242) 336-2430, Abaco (242) 367-3067, Bimini (242) 347-3529 and San Salvador c/o (242) 356-0435 islands.


POMPEY MUSEUM
Within this museum there is an archival and museum exhibition gallery featuring an ongoing exhibit "THE ROAD TO FREEDOM." Artifact, historical documents and drawings recount the history of slavery, abolition and emancipation in The Islands Of The Bahamas. Museum hours: 10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Mon. - Fri.; 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. on alternate Sats. Closed Sun. and holidays. Location: Ground floor of the Pompey Museum, Bay Street, Nassau. Donation: $1.00 adults. $0.50 children under 12. For more information, telephone the Museum at (242) 326-2566/8.


PAINTINGS BY AMOS FERGUSON
[Nassau/Paradise Island] Sponsored by the Ministry of Tourism, a permanent Art Exhibition spotlighting paintings of internationally acclaimed Bahamian artist Amos Ferguson. Ferguson's "primitive" paintings are grouped under four main themes: history, religion, nature and folklore. Museum Hours: 10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Mon. - Fri.; 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. on alternate Sats. Closed on Sun. and holidays. Location: 2nd floor of the Pompey Museum, Bay Street, Nassau. Donation: $1.00 adults; $0.50 children under 12. For more information, telephone the Pompey Museum at (242) 326-2566/8.


BAHAMAS HISTORICAL SOCIETY MUSEUM
An ongoing exhibition, displaying A RESERVOIR OF HISTORY, comprising a collection and preservation of historic, anthropological and archaeological Bahamian artifacts. Hours: Weekdays, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m; Sat. 10:00 a.m.- Noon. Closed Sun. and holidays. Tours available. Admission: Adults $1.00, $0.50 children. Location: Elizabeth Avenue and Shirley Street, Nassau. For more information, telephone the Pompey Museum at (242) 326-2566/8.


PIRATES OF NASSAU
[Nassau/Paradise Island] OPENED AUGUST 31, '98. A world-class interactive, historical exhibit, dating back to the age of piracy and lawlessness in Nassau of 1716. Special exhibits of infamous pirates such as Blackbeard, Anne Bonny and Mary Read, with audio and other special effects. Composed of a pirate retail store, conference room, courtyard snack shop and full service bar -- handicap-accessible. Location: Marlborough & George Streets, downtown. Museum hours: Mon. - Sat. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Duration: A 30- to 45-minute tour. Admission: $15 adults; $8 children under 13; under 3 years free. For more information, telephone the Museum at (242) 356-3759; fax (242) 356-3951, e-mail: info@pirates-of-nassau.com, or visit www.pirates-of-nassau.com.


BALCONY HOUSE
The original design of this wooden house was a transplant of late 18th century southeast American architecture. The present design and furnishings, recently restored between 1992 and 1993, have sought to recapture the ambience of this historic period. Admission: Free, however donations are welcome. Tours are provided. Hours: 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. daily, except Thursdays. Closed Thur. & holidays. For more information, telephone Mrs. Patricia Strachan of Central Bank at (242) 322-2193, ext. 2456. Note: Re-opened October 21, 1998.


CHANGING OF THE GUARD CEREMONY
[Nassau/Paradise Island] A fortnightly tradition of pomp and pageantry marking the changing of the Guard at Government House, the residence of the Governor General, personal representative of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The internationally renowned Royal Bahamas Police Force Band proudly performs. Time: 10:00 a.m. Location: Government House Grounds, Baillou Hill Road, five minutes from downtown Nassau. For specific dates, telephone (242) 322-2020.


NASSAU BOTANIC GARDENS
[Nassau/Paradise Island] An 18-acre Botanic Garden featuring over 600 species of flora and plant life. Take the kids along to frolic in the special children’s area. Location: Chippingham Road off West Bay Street. Hours: Mon. - Fri. 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.; Sat. & Sun. 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Admission: $1 Adults; $0.50 Children. For further information, telephone (242) 323-5875.


ARDASTRA GARDENS & CONSERVATION CENTRE
[Nassau/Paradise Island] A spectacular botanic garden and zoo that showcases an array of over 300 birds, reptiles and mammals. Cameras are a must -- photograph the flamingos as they majestically march. Location: Chippingham Road off West Bay Street. Admission: Visitor Adults $10, $5 Children; Resident Adults $5, $2.50 Children. Hours: Openshows at 11:10 a.m., 2:10 p.m. and 4:10 p.m. For more information, telephone (242) 323-5806; fax (242) 323-7232.


FISH FRYS
[The Islands Of The Bahamas] Here's a taste of a true Bahamian "backyard" experience. In Nassau, at Arawak Cay, West Bay Street, daily from 9 a.m. - 11 p.m., enjoy fish cooked local-style, along with other seafood specialties, such as conch salad and fritters and native delicacies. Popular days are Fri., Sat. & Sun., with occasional planned activities that include arts & craft, music and dance. Grand Bahamas has its popular Fish Fry on Wednesdays, from 6 p.m., at Outrigger's Restaurant, Smith's Point. For more information, telephone Earl Hall in Nassau at (242) 323-2227 or Outriggers on Grand Bahamas at (242) 373-4811. There are also Fish Frys in Eleuthera: every Friday from 6 p.m. at Anchor Bay, Governor's Harbour; Abaco on Mondays from 6:30 p.m. (May - July) at Yamaha Park, Marsh Harbour; Exuma: every Wed. at the Old Navy Base from 6 p.m.


THE RETREAT
[Nassau/Paradise Island] Here at the 11-acre home of The Bahamas National Trust, environmentalists and nature lovers can enjoy and tour this natural haven of native flora. Hours: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Mon. - Fri. Tours: Commence at 11:45 a.m., for half an hour, Tue., Wed. & Thur. -- at a $2 charge. For more information, call Lyn Gape of the Bahamas National Trust at (242) 393-1317.


BIRD WALK
[Grand Bahamas Island] Bird watching enthusiasts can enjoy a walk through this bird sanctuary. Location: Rand Nature Centre. Time: The first Saturday in every month at 8:00 a.m. For further information, contact the Rand at (242) 352-5438.


MONTHLY FIELD TRIPS
[Nassau/Paradise Island] The Bahamas National Trust's Ornithology Group holds a monthly field trip. Location: Various. Meet at the Retreat, Village Road. Time: First Sat. in the month at differing times. For more details, telephone Carolyn Wardle at the Bahamas National Trust's Ornithology Group at (242) 393-1317 or (242) 362-1574.


PROFESSIONALLY GUIDED WALKING TOURS
[Nassau/Paradise Island] Visit Nassau city’s historic sites and major Points of Interest on an interesting walking tour. Tour Times: Daily 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; however, call to check on Tue., Thu. and Sun. tours. Tours depart from the Tourist Information Centre at Rawson Square, downtown Nassau, and are conducted by independent Bahamas host trained Guides. Groups can be pre-arranged. Donation: $2. For further information and group tours, telephone the Ministry of Tourism, Transportation & Tours Department at (242) 302-2055 or the Tourist Information Booth, Rawson Square at (242) 326-9772/328-7810.


CENTRAL BANK ART EXHIBITION
[Nassau/Paradise Island] Each month, during January - April, view varied artwork displayed by different Bahamian artists. Time: 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Mon. - Fri. Location: Central Bank Gallery, Trinity Place & Frederick Street, downtown Nassau. For further information, telephone Antonius Roberts at (242) 327-7562, fax (242) 327-7649.


CABARET SHOWS
[Nassau/Paradise Island] Enjoy one or both of two spectacular cabaret shows: "Caribe" Show. Location: Rain Forest Theatre, Nassau Marriott Resort & the Crystal Palace Casino, Cable Beach. Show Times: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays & Saturdays: 8:45 p.m. & 11 p.m; Thursdays & Sundays, one show only at 8:00 p.m. Admission: $39 (includes two cocktails). For reservations, further information or changes, call (242) 327-6200, ext. 6861; fax (242) 327-6459. On Grand Bahamas Island, view the "Nightlife '98" Show. Location: Princess Casino, Bahamas Princess Resort & Casino. Show Times: Nightly except Monday. 8:30 p.m. & 10:00 p.m. Admission: $10 (includes one drink). For reservations/information, telephone (242) 352-9661; fax (242) 352-7142.


NATIVE SHOWS
[Nassau/Paradise Island & Grand Bahamas Island] For exciting indigenous entertainment in Nassau, visit our native King & Knights Show, offering fire-dancing and limbo-dancing. Location: Nassau Beach Hotel, Cable Beach. Show Times: Tue.-Sat.: 8:30 p.m. (& 10:30 p.m. depending upon attendance); Sun. & Mon.: 8:30 p.m. show only. Dinner available daily from 7:00 p.m. Admission: $20 for show only, which includes one cocktail drink. Dinner a la carte. For reservations, more information or changes, call (242) 327-5321; fax (242) 327-0741. In addition, some of the larger hotels offer special local performances. On Grand Bahamas, see one of three shows: Goombaya Show, Location: Palm Pavilion, Princess Country Club. Times: Wed. & Sat. at 6:30 p.m. Admission: $39. Tel: (242) 352-9661; fax (242) 352-7142; The Yellow Bird Show, Location: Castaways Resort Times: Nightly except Sun. Admission: Show only $20, Dinner/Show from $28-$32. Tel: (242) 352-6682; Club Tropicana Show, Location: Surfside Restaurant, Times: Mon., Wed. & Fri. at 9 p.m. Admission: $20 (includes two drinks) Tel: (242) 373-1814. Or, visit Count Basie Square in Port Lucaya Marketplace's "Evening Under The Stars" on Fridays and Saturdays, where you can dance, al fresco, to Bahamian music by Lil Joe Cartwright and watch Prince Limbo perform the most daring limbo acts. Call (242) 373-8446 for more details


SPECIAL EVENTS

PEOPLE-TO-PEOPLE TEA PARTY (the last Friday in each month, January - August).
[Nassau/Paradise Island] For a delightful afternoon of tea, entertainment and good company, join guests at Government House Ballroom between 4:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. For reservations, contact the Social Hostess at your hotel or call the People-To-People Unit at the Ministry of Tourism, telephone (242) 326-5371, (242) 328-7810, (242) 356-0435-8; fax (242) 356-0434. Proper attire is required.


SPRING BREAK SEASON (February 28 - April 10)
[The Islands Of The Bahamas] A season of festivities for vacationing college and high school students. Exciting beach parties, sports meets and musical entertainment are some of the highlights of a packed Spring Break calendar. For further details, contact the Social Hostess or front desk of your hotel, or telephone the Ministry of Tourism in Nassau, at (242) 322-7500, ext. 4350; fax (242) 328-0945. Activities are also arranged on Grand Bahamas Island and the other major Islands Of The Bahamas.


DUNDAS REPERTORY SEASON (January 26 - May 30)
[Nassau/Paradise Island] Plays, executed by Bahamian artists, are held at the Dundas Centre for the Performing Arts, Mackey Street, Nassau. For more information, contact the Dundas at (242) 393-3728.


CRICKET SEASON (March - November)
[Nassau/Paradise Island] Cricket matches are played every Sat. & Sun. during Cricket Season at Haynes Oval, West Bay Street, Nassau. Games begin at 12:00 Noon. For further information, contact Jennifer Mangra of the Bahamas Cricket Association at telephone (242) 326-4720 (nights), or Greg Taylor at 325-6396. For cricket matches on Grand Bahamas Island, telephone the Lucayan Cricket Club at (242) 373-1460.


RUGBY SEASON (end of September - end of April)
[Nassau/Paradise Island] Rugby matches are played during the Rugby Season at Winton Rugby Field, off Prince Charles Drive, Nassau. For further information, call Peter Muscroft or Bill Mills of the Bahamas Rugby Football Union, Nassau, at (242) 328-7888 or (242) 326-8000, respectively; fax (242) 323-3720; e-mail:   aav@bahamasnet.bs . For matches on Grand Bahamas Island, contact the Freeport Rugby Football Club at telephone (242) 352-2952.

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