BNT Celebrates a Quarter Century of Wine and Art

Kirkwood Deal enjoyed Wine and Art and can't wait for the next one

Kirkwood Deal enjoyed Wine and Art and can’t wait for the next one

The Bahamas National Trust (BNT) is getting ready to kick off the holiday season at the Retreat starting with the 25th Wine and Art Festival, which will feature great food, Bristol’s fall selection of wine and live art showcases.

“Bristol Wines & Spirits is once again pleased to be a major sponsor of the Bahamas National Trust Annual Wine & Art Festival,” said Rusty Scates, Bristol Wines and Spirits. “Each year this festival provides us with an opportunity to support local artists while also supporting the good work of the Bahamas National Trust.”

This year there will be 56 wines for tasting from the Bristol Wines and 1er Cru portfolios and, as always, there are some exciting new ones included. These wines represent most of the major wine producing regions.

“Wine and Art is an important fundraiser for the BNT, providing much needed funding to support our work,” said Eric Carey, BNT Executive Director. “The event is also an important partnership with the artists, providing an opportunity for these artists to gain exposure to hundreds of festival patrons at the Retreat, one of our most beautiful national parks. We are extremely grateful to our sponsors, and hope to see many of our members, as well as the general public and visitors, at the event.”

Dion Lewis specializes in Bahamian scenes in his painitngs

Dion Lewis specializes in Bahamian scenes in his painitngs

Membership has its privileges and the Wine and Art Festival will kick off with a free members evening on Friday, October 30th where Trust members can get to experience the event first. The event opens to the public on Saturday, October 31st from 12 noon to 8pm and will be a sure treat with live performances by Emanji Circus Arts, Airbrush Junkies and Allan P. Wallace ‘The Salt Artist’ as well as 38 local artists displaying their talents during the festival.

The BNT team will also be encouraging people to join the Trust during the festival, as membership is essential to protection of our islands. Currently, the BNT is in the midst of a membership promotion where new members can win an island hop for two when they like their page on Facebook. The BNT will extend the opportunity to win the island hop to visit three national parks to those who sign up for membership at Wine and Art as well.

“Come join us this year’s 25th annual Wine and Art Festival,” said Jane Evans, BNT Events Committee. “We strive to give you fine art, wonderful entertainment and the knowledge that your contribution will help to conserve and protect our beautiful country.”

Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the gate for adults, $10 for young adults (aged 12-17) and $5 for children under 12 and can be purchased at The Retreat, Village Road; Airbrush Junkies, Mall at Marathon OR Bristol Wines & Spirits, Gladstone Road.

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