Washington Embassy guests enjoy “A Night in The Bahamas”

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His Excellency Dr. Eugene Newry, Bahamas Ambassador to the United States, is pictured welcoming guests to the “Night In The Bahamas” on Saturday, September 6, 2014. At left of Dr. Newry is Mr. Chet Neymour, Deputy Chief of Mission; at right of the Ambassador his wife Mrs. Francoise Torchon Newry; and far right is Miss Krissy Hanna, Second Secretary, Embassy of The Bahamas.

By Oswald Brown

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A heavy downpour of rain during the early evening forced organizers to move the opening of the event under a tent erected on the patio outside the conference room of the Embassy of The Bahamas, 2220 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W., but that did not prevent some 100 guests from enjoying “A Night In The Bahamas” on Saturday, September 6, 2014.

The evening of fun, food and dancing was organized by THINGS TO DO DC, which bills itself as “the premier social and networking organization for young professionals.” Similar events are periodically sponsored by the organization at various Embassies in Washington, D.C.

His Excellency Dr. Eugene Newry, Bahamas Ambassador to the United States, welcomed the guests to the Embassy during brief remarks and invited them to visit The Bahamas.

Guests dined on traditional Caribbean cuisine, including such Bahamian staples as peas and rice, fried plantain and conch fritters and the traditional Jamaican dish curried chicken along with an assortment of deserts. Caribbean dance music was provided by Ryan Browne (DJ PUMPKIN).

THINGS TO DO website claims that it has “an active membership of over 175,000 local young professionals” and it “produces original events that enrich your social and cultural experiences while enabling you to meet other young professionals in a friendly environment.”

“Our primary goal is to help enrich the personal and professional lives of professionals of all ages,” the website states. “We accomplish this by producing a wide variety of interactive social, educational, and cultural events that encourage our members to learn new things and meet new people. We are quite proud of what we have built in the past and are continuing to build. With your continued participation, Things To Do® will remain the consummate organization for Washington’s young professional population.”

Upcoming events include a Black Tie Venetian Ball at the Embassy of Italy Saturday, October 4, 2014.

His Excellency Dr. Eugene Newry, Bahamas Ambassador to the United States; his wife Mrs. Francoise Torchon Newry (second from right); and Miss Krissy Hanna, Second Secretary, Embassy of The Bahamas (right) are pictured with Ms. Faustine Wabwire, Senior Foreign Assistance Policy Analyst, Bread For The World Institute, Washington, D.C., at the “Night In The Bahamas” on Saturday, September 6, 2014.
Washington: "A Night in The Bahamas" - His Excellency Dr. Eugene Newry, Bahamas Ambassador to the United States; his wife Mrs. Francoise Torchon Newry (second from right); and Mr. Chet Neymour (right), Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of The Bahamas (right) are pictured with Ms. Cisa Riley (left) of 212 Degrees Realty, LLC, a real estate firm in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, at the “Night In The Bahamas” on Saturday, September 6, 2014.
Washington: "A Night in The Bahamas" - His Excellency Dr. Eugene Newry, Bahamas Ambassador to the United States; his wife Mrs. Francoise Torchon Newry (third from right); Mr. Chet Neymour (second from right), Deputy Chief of Mission, Bahamas Embassy; and Miss Krissy Hanna, Second Secretary, Embassy of The Bahamas (right) are pictured with Dr. John L. Syphax (left) of Renaissance Treatment Center, Capitol Heights, Maryland, at the “Night In The Bahamas” on Saturday, September 6, 2014.