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With at least eighteen homecomings and festivals on Eleuthera’s annual calendar of recurring island events, the huge Eleuthera diaspora have every opportunity, or ‘excuse’ to make their way home from wherever they may have settled, at least once during the year to return to the island of Festivals. Beginning during the March/April Easter holiday, with Rock Sound, Lower Bogue and James’ Cistern, all staging homecoming events, every holiday weekend on island, sees at least two festivals happening, usually on opposite ends of the island. So for someone heading home to south Eleuthera, there’s usually a good reason to take time out to visit the north as well, during the home getaway. After the excitement of the Earth Day and Jazz Festivals in April, May follows quickly with the Labour Day and Whit Monday holiday weekends, when Palmetto Point, and the Deep Creek Conch Fest beckons to their natives to head home. The ever popular Ministry of Tourism Pineapple Festival, celebrating its 31st anniversary in 2018, also takes place during the Labour Day weekend, having settled nicely into its new location north of the Gregory Town center. A slew of Festivals follow during the summer break period, beginning with events surrounding the Independence holiday in July, including, The Bluff, Savannah Sound, and Green Castle. On their heels in mid-July is the Spanish Wells Fishermen’s Fest, ahead of the opening of the crawfish season on August 1st, when community commercial fishermen head out for weeks of fishing offshore. The Bannerman town Festival rounds out events in July. August ramps up at the very start on August Monday, or Emancipation Day holiday weekend, with the twin Bay Fests that take place in Hatchet Bay, and Tarpum Bay. Goombay Summer Festival events continue during the month friends hoMecoming October and of August in varying locations. @ November serve as the closing months of festivities, with the renown North Eleuthera Sailing Regatta and Homecoming during the Heroes Day holiday weekend, The Governor’s Harbour Homecoming at iconic Anchor Bay takes place during the first weekend in November, and Green Castle wraps up the nearly year-long season of Festivals in late November.

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Out N’ About at the Rock Sound Homecoming in April 2017 for this group of young ladies who like many others use the Easter Weekend to reconnect and come out to the homecoming site in the evening at the waterfront. 2017 saw hundreds gather for this festival which occurs at the same time as the two smaller homecomings in James’ Cistern and Lower Bogue. In this group are senior students and recent graduates. In the mix have been active on the track and in Junkanoo parades as well as other events for their South Eleuthera High School, Preston H. Albury High. Its a gathering of blossoming young ladies radiating beautiful Eleuthera smiles.

by the hundreds they are ferried or flown back, each one, if only for two or three days. it’s all a way of life that binds the ties.

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