Return of BNT’s Jollification Kicks Off Holiday Season

Return of BNT’s Jollification Kicks Off Holiday Season

Then-BNT President Pericles Maillis with then-Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham at the signing of the Abaco National Park lease in 1994

After a successful return to their in-person fall events with the 30th Wine and Art Festival earlier this month, The Bahamas National Trust (BNT) is excited to announce their next major event: Jollification 2022.

Like Wine and Art, Jollification saw a two-year hiatus as a result of the pandemic. Now, BNT are ready to welcome eager crowds back to the beautiful Retreat Garden for their one-of-a-kind Christmas arts and crafts festival. 

Jollification is a family event featuring Bahamian-made art, crafts, food, condiments, baked goods, and holiday spirits from Bristol Wines and Spirits, Caribbean Wines and Spirits, and Jimmy’s Wines and Spirits. This year’s event will feature approximately 90 artists and vendors, live music and entertainment, a Junkanoo crafts area, and more over its two day period. Attendees can look forward to products such as asian cuisine by Konigiri; Uncle Dave’s Pepper Sauce; DaGoat Bahamian-made goat pepper products; Androsia fabric art by Ilashan; candles, diffusers, and wax melts from Pour’ed Wax Studio; original children’s clothing and accessories from Sunflower Blossoms; original straw and Androsia handbags by Color Me Artistry; Island Thread’s embroidered cushions and Christmas ornaments; uniquely designed polymer clay jewelry from Made Well by Gracie; and much more.

Jollification serves as a fundraiser for The Retreat Garden – an 11 acre botanical garden featuring an exotic collection of palms, and native biodiversity. Primary event organizer Lynn Gape said, “We’re all excited to be back to in-person events. This will allow us to move forward with lots of projects for The Retreat Garden: general maintenance, building repairs, palm cultivation, and the addition of palms to the park’s collection. 

“After two years, people seem to be looking forward to the event. Jollification is something that brings people together and acts as the kickoff for the Christmas season. It’s interesting to watch people reunite with friends they may not have seen for awhile, and we’re glad to once again host this wonderful event that allows them to do that.”

Jollification takes place November 19 and 20 from 11am to 8pm at The Retreat Garden on Village Road. Tickets can be purchased at the gate on the days of the event. BNT Members Night will be held on Friday night from 6pm – 10pm at The Retreat.

The BNT would like the public to note that the present roadworks on Village Road near the Retreat will be paused on the dates of this event, to allow the event to go on.

To learn more about the role the BNT plays to manage terrestrial and marine national parks, protect species that inhabit them, and inform environmental policy, please visit its website: and follow/subscribe to various social media channels: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube.


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About the BNT:

The Bahamas National Trust (BNT) was created by an Act of Parliament in 1959 to build and manage the national park system of The Bahamas. Possibly the only non-governmental organization in the world charged with such a responsibility, the BNT works daily to conserve and protect the natural resources of The Bahamas through stewardship and education for present and future generations. There are currently 32 National Parks managed by the BNT with more than 2 million acres of marine and terrestrial areas protected.

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