Attendees and organizers of the first ever “Island Heart Beats Experience”, an annual event overlapping over Valentines Day to be held in Grand Bahama Island each year attended a Ministry of Tourism reception at the Martini Bar, Ferry House Restaurant on Friday, February 15th, 2008. From left to right: Josie Jones, event attendee from Texas; Wanda Edmonds, event attendee from D.C.; Eileen Littlejohn, event attendee from D.C.; Terry McMillan, best-selling author; Nicole Scott, event founder; and Betty Bethel, general manager, Groups & Special Events, MOT. (Photo: Derek Carroll)
Freeport, Grand Bahama – Best-selling author Ms. Terry McMillan of “Waiting to Exhale” and “How Stella Got Her Groove Back” was in Grand Bahama over the weekend as part of the Island Heart Beats Experience prequel, a new annual event held on Grand Bahama Island, founded by Nicole Scott of Turquoise Water Productions, a Florida based company.
The event will overlap onto Valentine’s Day each year and is designed to encourage African-American women to “take their heart on vacation” by getting away on an Island retreat to nurture ‘self’. Their activities over the long weekend include workshops, exercise, site seeing and entertainment, all allowing for an enriching, empowering and enlightening experience.
The Ministry of Tourism, along with Bacardi and the Ferry House Restaurant co-hosted a welcome reception at the Martini Bar on Friday, February 15th to meet and greet the attendees of this first ever event. Island Heart Beats Experience organizers chose the Grand Bahama Island destination because they feel The Bahamas holds a strong connection to their culture and heritage, has a great proximity for easy travel from the U.S.A., and has all the rejuvenating qualities for a restful, relaxing and rewarding vacation experience.
The group is looking forward to Island Heart Beats Experience 2009 and would like to thank all the Grand Bahamians who make their trip memorable!