by Sandra Davis
June brings on weather that you can quickly get used to as trade winds bless the archipelago with summer highs between 80 and 90, with a gentle dip at night of five to seven degrees. You’ll find moorings, marinas and islands chock-a-block with visitors because of Junkanoo Rush-Out Summer festivals throughout most islands, and elaborate firework celebrations in honor of the U.S. 4th of July and The Bahamas Independence Day, July 10th.
Rake and Scrape Festival, Cat Island June 5-8
Chart your course from the Exumas toward this stepback-in-time, less-touristy island for the fabulous Rake and Scrape Festival held at the Arthur’s Town Airport. Rake and Scrape—The Bahamas’ indigenous music—is celebrated here with this annual festival. Music is made using recycled objects—a saw, a piece of wood, fishing line, a tin washtub, and a goatskin drum. The event showcases the sensuous, rhythmic vibe of the island’s premier Rake and Scrape music performed by local and national artists. It also features a gospel concert, Battle of the Rake & Scrape Bands, quadrille dancing, a children’s corner with games, and a fishermen and farmers’ market. During the festival, guests can partake of “down home” Cat Island cuisine, and purchase locally made crafts such as jewelry and straw items. Contact Mr. Allworth Rolle (242) 354-4085 for available moorings and slips.