|Rake & Scrape performed by Bo Hog and the Rooters|
at New Bight, Cat Island, Bahamas
|Crystal on saw and Pompey on button accordion|
We'd left our anchorage at Simms, Long Island early morning with a long day of sailing ahead to Fernandez Bay, Cat Island. At 4:00 PM while planning to sail past New Bight, Cat Island Jim from Salty Paws spotted us on the horizon and hailed us on the VHF radio informing us of an impromptu concert scheduled that evening on the beach by world renowned Rake & Scrape artist Bo Hog and the Rooters. "Rake & Scrape! Where?" "At the small shacks on the beach at New Bight!" With a fast change of plans we contacted our friends Pete and Diane from Pearl with whom we were traveling and all were in agreement. It sounded like a spontaneous event not to be missed. One quick tack to starboard and we were inshore and anchored at New Bight in time for the start of the concert at 5:30 PM.
|Crystal, Pompey and Cedell band members of|
Bo Hog and the Rooters
|Pompey playing the button accordion|
|Nearly a private concert for cruising sailors|
Check out the link for a music sample. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1EvYKYqCoH4
|The baptismal font|
|Ruins of an Anglican Church, New Bight, Cat Island|
Before departure to Bennett's Harbor the next day I was able to wander about the plethora of ruins on Cat Island. We discovered an abandoned Anglican Church not far from the waterfront.
I ventured inside in spite of Joe's protests. "It's dangerous. There's broken beer bottles and rusty nails on boards everywhere. The roof might give way." Finally, with resolve, "Michele...be careful." I love ruins. I imagine the building at one time filled with life on a Sunday morning.
The pastor preaching from the pulpit. Women dressed in their Sunday best fanning themselves. Bored children wriggling in the pews gazing out windows hoping for a glance at the sea. I wonder about its demise. Why was it abandoned? Perhaps a hurricane tore the roof off. I photograph its remains.
|Ruins of Anglican Church, New Bight, Cat Island|
|Minerva Rolle of Bennett's Harbor, Cat Island|
photo by Joe Boulay