Let me tell you about Acklins Island. Only 550 people live here. It is desolate. My mother looked at a photo and called it “bleak”. The landscape where we are right now, the Bight of the Acklins is different from anywhere else we have been. It is bleak if you consider the rough, tan-sand beaches in comparison to the startlingly white coral sands of Long Island and the Exumas.
|Gas station ruined by hurricane|
|Government Clinic on the newly paved Queen's Highway.|
|The "road" from the ruined government jetty to Regatta Point.|
Allegro looking quite solitary.
But the landscape, the seemingly barren and dull landscape doesn't do justice to Acklins Island.Acklins Island is about the 500 people who live here.
We are lucky enough to have stumbled upon Acklins Island during the Regatta. The Acklins Regatta used to be in August, but this year they have moved it to Easter weekend. That means, the population has swelled to around 1000 to include sailors, musicians, and the folks here for “homecoming”. All the folks who grew up here return to Acklins Island to celebrate Regatta.
|Traditional Rake n Scrape band|
Consider a block party with about 100 people, food for sale, a beer tent (that also serves hard liquor) some sailboats messing around in the harbor and a band. We are outsiders here, and everyone know it. But folks who met us up at the northern end of this island group remember us and say hello. People who have never seen us before introduce themselves and wish us goodnight with a hug. It's a rough place to make a go. It's not Connecticut.