By ALESHA CADET
Tribune Features Reporter
THE HOLIDAY season has arrived, with just under four weeks before Christmas rolls around. Bahamians are feeling in the spirit at this time to eat, drink and be merry at home, in the office and out on the town.
Christina Johnson said she promised herself she was not going to party as much this year as she did last, but with all the events planned for the holidays, her personal pledge is looking shaky.
Another holiday lovers said: “This is my favourite time of year, not just for the gifts and the warm bubbly feeling all around, but for the time I get to spend at the awesome parties with my friends.
I think people save their best celebrations for this time of year and I am not going to miss it.”
Starting as early as next weekend, the scene will be filled with art festivals, chorale concerts and parties, like the highly anticipated “Black Out”. Tribune Entertainment gathered a list of Christmas ideas to keep you engaged this holiday season.
Date: December 28th at 9pm
Location:Workers’ House Ball Room, Tonique Williams Darling Highway
If you can “twist again like we did last summer”, Club Nostalgia is the place to be for a meet up with old friends and a satisfying safe night of 60’s,70’s and 80’s music with a Tappas menu. Several charities will benefit. “Thinking outside of the box, we have expanded the concept of reunions to the theme of Club Nostalgia which will keep our generation together and keep the music that we love alive,” says organiser Pat Mortimer. This year’s Club Nostalgia will feature several guest artists including Veronica Bishop, Ira Storr and the Spank Band and DJ Gary “Super” Johnson along with a special tribute to a surprise Bahamian legendary artist.
“We are going back to a time when Bahamians looked forward to the weekend experience of musicians like Ezra Hepburn, Wendal Stuart , Smokey 007, Leon Taylor and the Roosters, Piccolo The Preacher Man, Tony Seymour, Swain, Richie Delamore and Sonnie Johnson. It was a time of the Hully Gully, the Cha Cha, Mash Potato, Splits, Twist, Robot, which give way to the Electric Slide and the Macarena,” says Mrs. Mortimer.
The Bahamas Christmas Art Festival
Date: December 1-2, 2012 at 11am - 6pm
Location: Antiquities Monuments and Museums (Collins Estate Grounds)
The Antiquities Monuments and Museums is hosting the Bahamas’ first national Christmas arts festival. The festival is designed to showcase some of the top Bahamian visual artists (fine artists and sculptors), artisans, vocalists, culinary artists, bar chefs and performing artists. Nassauvians, domestic tourists and visitors are invited to experience many of the cultural elements that make the Bahamas different from any other country on the planet.
Christmastide with the Bel Canto Singers
Date: December 2, 2012 at 6pm
Location: St Andrew’s Presbyterian Kirk, Princess Street
Under the distinguished patronage of The Governor General of The Bahamas Sir Arthur Foulkes and Joan Lady Foulkes, the Bel Canto Singers present Christmastide 2012, featuring a world class string quintet from The Peabody Conservatory of Music. Gala Night proceeds benefit the Solomon Wellington Adderley Memorial Fund, he AIDS Foundation of the Bahamas, Lignum Vitae Centre of Hope and the Unity Centre.
Nassau Renaissance Singers 2012 “Music for Christmas” Concerts
Date: December 6 and 8 at 8:00 pm
Location: Government House Ballroom
At this year’s concerts, the choir will release its new CD, which will be available for purchase. It is dedicated to the memories of E. Clement Bethel and Pauline Glasby, former Nassau Renaissance Singers Directors. The choir is under the direction of Mrs Audrey Dean - Wright, a gifted musical director, pianist, and composer. Well known pianist, Raymond Antonio will again accompany the group. Tickets for the Nassau Renaissance Singers’ concert may be purchased at Custom Computers in the Harbour Bay Shopping Plaza, East Bay Street or at its Cable Beach store. Proceeds from the concerts are to benefit the Nassau Renaissance Singers’ Scholarship Fund at the College of the Bahamas.
Adventist Men’s Church Chorale Concert
Date: December 8, 2012 at 8pm
Location: St Andrew’s Presbyterian Kirk, Princess Street
The Seventh Day Adventist Men’s Chorale accompanied by an orchestra ensemble presents 11th Annual Christmas Concert “God With Us” featuring music by Bob Chilcott, Russell Robinson, Mark Hayes, Lloyd Larson, Craig Courtney, Greg Gilpin and many others. Part proceeds donated to the Cancer Society Of The Bahamas. Tickets are $20, available at the SDA head office on Tonique Williams Darling Highway, from SDA members or at the door. For ticket delivery contact Tony Roach at: 436-0689 or 376-3488.
Jingle Ball 3
Date: December 15, 2012 at 9pm
Location: CLUB LUNA
The countdown is own to Jingle Ball 3, featuring Future and French Montana, both performing for the first time in Nassau, and Bad Boy DJ Prostyle at the Luna Nightclub, West Bay Street. Tickets go on sale Saturday, December 1 at Air Brush Junkies Mall at Marathon. General Admission: $35, VIP $60, Platinum $150.
December 2 Remember 7 “Casino Royale” Edition
Date: December 21, 2012 at 10pm-Until
Location: The Pavillion (Bacardi Road)
Slow Motion Entertainment & Booker along side The Black Point Cru Presents the seventh instalment of December 2 Remember. Music by Nassau and Black Point’s Hottest Djs.” This is the party where ladies come out in their custom made dresses and show the fellas how a real boss lady rolls. This is the party where the fellas spend lavishly to win the baller of the year trophy. The party where everyone bosses up and buy bottles like it is going out of style.” For Table Information contact: 552-6741
Christmas Masquerade Ball Boat Cruise
Date: December 22
Location: On board Lady Roselyn
Gullyside Entertainment presents Christmas Masquerade Ball for all 242 boat cruise lovers. The Lady Roselyn will be leaving from the back entrance of Charlies Night Club. Music will be available by DJ War Tanker and Lil Dwight, Outta Road King Studda and Mix Alot, as well as Selecta Fawteen. The show does not end on the boat, patrons can also join the after party at Charlies.
The BlackOut 8 “Evolve” Edition
Date: December 22, 2012 at 8pm-Until
Location: Mario’s Bowling and Entertainment Palace
On December 10, 2004, KO productions hosted its first instalment of the Blackout Series. Every year since then they have had a singular focus, to exceed the expectations of their patrons. With new changes and improvements, promoters say they are confident that they will continue to be a production company that delivers on its word and bring the most precious gift they can: safe, affordable fun.