DECEMBER 26 AND JANUARY 1, JUNKANOO, Nassau and Freeport. The celebration is named after johnny Canoe, a folk hero to the early West African slaves in the Bahamas. Each day it involves a parade of fantastically costumed celebrants, dancing to the beat of cowbells, trumpets, whistles, goatskin goombay drums, bicycle horns . . .
The parades begin at 3 A.M. The judges, sensibly, hold off until nine or so.
JANUARY 8-14, VINTAGE GRAND PRIX,
Freeport and Lucaya, Grand Bahama. Vintage sports and racing cars compete, somewhat gingerly, in a series of trophy races through the city streets. A Concours d’Elegance is held midweek.
JANUARY 22-29, BAHAMAS INTERNATIONALWINDSURFING REGATTA, Cable Beach, Nassau. The richest pro-am event in the North Atlantic, attracting a world-class field of competitors.
MARCH 12, NASSAU CUP RACE. Nassau’s prestigious annual regatta.
APRIL 27-29, FAMILY ISLANDS REGATTA, George Town, Great Exuma. Sleepy George Town wakes up once a year. The race for Bahamian work sloops is the high-
light: the competition at sea is as fierce as the celebration on the harbor is friendly.
For information: Bahamas Tourist Office,
150 E. 52ndSt., New York, NY 10022. (212) 758-2777.
JANUARY 11-FEBRUARY 25, BERMUDA FESTIVAL, Hamilton. The exuberant Hubbard Street Dancers, from Chicago, will open this arts festival. Among the musicians participating are the Modern Jazz Quartet, the English Chamber Orchestra, the Beaux Arts Trio, and the pianist Emanuel Ax. Derek Nimno and a West End cast will perform an English comedy, and the New York cast of The Fantasticks will stop by on a Monday night, and then zip back home to continue setting the record, at 28 years now, for the longest-running show ever.
FEBRUARY 25, BERMUDA STREET FESTIVAL, Hamilton. What’s heard on this street—Front Street—will be steel bands. Goombay dancers and other local artists, too, will help entertain the crowd.
For information: Bermuda Department of Tourism, 310 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10017. (212) 818-9800.