The cast of Joie de Noel. Left to Right: Javan Hunt, James Roker, Marjoke Twiest, Dora Brown, Nathaniel Lewis, Dalia Feldman, Anthony Hanna and Jackie Blower. Photo: The Bahamas Weekly
The Bahamas Weekly
Freeport, Bahamas - Close to one hundred people came out to the Garden of the Groves as the full moon was rising in the sky on December 21st to enjoy and participate in Joie de Noel on and around the Grand Bahama Labyrinth.
Bundled warm on a clear and chilly evening guests were treated to piping hot chocolate with whip cream served by Dalia Feldman's family. Song sheets, candles and Christmas cookies were gratefully received as people sat around the Labyrinth on the park benches.
A magical setting at Joie de Noel at the Grand Bahama Labyrinth on December 21st. Photo; The Bahamas Weekly
Dalia Feldman sings O Holy Night at Joie De Noel Photo: The Bahamas Weekly
Founder of the Labyrinth, Barbara Chester opened the evening with a heartfelt introduction about the journey that Mary and Joseph made the night the Christ child was born, and how the Labyrinth itself represents that journey. Her story-telling was so enchanting and detailed that one felt as if that night could have been the same night experienced so long ago. She definitely infused the true meaning and spirit of Christmas.
14 year old Jackie Blower sings I'll Be Home For Christmas Photo: The Bahamas Weekly
The choral group, led by Marjoke Twiest came silently onto the Labyrinth carrying lit candles as their heavenly voices sang Silent Night. Seasoned professional, Dalia Feldman sang Ave Maria to candlelight with her angelic voice filling the Labyrinth with stillness and anticipation. A large Acacia tree, deep in the ground on the side of the Labyrinth, was lit to signify the Tree of Christmas, and when done so oohs and aahs were heard from the audience.
Marjoke Twiest, choral director sings Where Are You Christmas? Photo: The Bahamas Weekly
The choral group continued with solo numbers of Christmas classics new and old. James Roker sang Peace on Earth, followed by Panis Angelicus by Dora Brown, Marjoke Twiest and Javan Hunt. The strong singing voice of Javan Hunt delivered Mary Did You Know, and after that Marjoke Twiest sang the popular modern song, Where Are You Christmas? Fourteen year old newcomer Jackie Blower confidently sang I'll Be Home For Christmas.
Javan Hunt sings Mary Did You Know Photo: The Bahamas WeeklyA star was lit signifying the Star of Bethlehem while the choral group sang We Three Kings. Next the duo of James Roker and Dora Brown delivered a delightfully played out rendition of Baby It's Cold Outside.
The crowd, eager to light their candles, did so next and the whole area became a magical place of light. The audience was invited to sing Christmas Carols along with the vocalists to complete the evening. After the carols guests were invited to send their written Christmas wishes to heaven by placing them into a lit urn in the center of the Labyrinth.
Dora Brown sings Panis Angelicus Photo: The Bahamas Weekly
Event organizers would like to thank Marjoke Twiest's son Chris, a sound technician visiting from Holland for his assistance, as well as Jerry Hill, who created the star and was responsible for providing the sound and light equipment along with operating the lights for the show. The night was a joy to behold!
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