More to follow!
Your work is always appreciated John.
Just a small sample of the pictures taken at our family picnic on July 1st, 2017 by our resident photographer John Mills.
More to follow!
Your work is always appreciated John.
ABAT invites it's members, their friends and families as well as all Antigua and Barbuda Nationals along with ABAT's, friends and well wishers to join us as we celebrate Canada Day in the form of our Annual Canada Day Picnic on Friday July 1st, 2016.
We will be at Boyd Conservation Park (Hillview Area), located at 8739 Islington Avenue between Noon and 9:00 pm. There will be cultural foods, Children's Games, Warri, Dominoes and cake to celebrate Canada Day.
An admission fee will be charged to get entrance to the Conservation Area.
Additional information can be obtained from:
C. Abbott @ 647-870-5676, E. Delfish @ 416-570-5002, Y. James @ 416-609-9618,
J. Mills @ 905-216-6235, A. Peters @ 905-844-2008 or E. Williams @ 416-619-5920
ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA ASSOCIATION OF TORONTO (ABAT) CANADA DAY PICNIC July 1, 2015
Once again ABAT’s annual Canada Day Picnic is being held at Boyd Conservation Park. This year we join all Canadians in celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Canada's Flag. Heritage Canada has offered financial assistance which enhances our ability to celebrate our new home Canada, and to showcase the culture and heritage of Antigua and Barbuda and the Caribbean region.
See attached Flyer.
PIQUE-NIQUE DE LA FÊTE DU CANADA—JUILLET 1, 2015
ANTIGUA and BARBUDA ASSOCIATION OF TORONTO
Une fois de plus, le pique-nique annuel sera célébré à Boyd Conservation Park. Cette année, nous nous joignons à tous les Canadiens pour célébrer le 50e anniversaire du drapeau du Canada. ABAT reconnait l'aide financière de Patrimoine Canada qui améliore les possibilités de célébrer notre nouvelle maison, Canada, et de mettre en valeur le patrimoine et la culture d'Antigua-et-Barbuda et la région des Caraïbes.
Voir ci joint les détails.
The forecasters predicted heavy rains and thunderstorms for the day. By 9:00 a. m., the sky was overcast and the darkening clouds threatened. Reports of heavy thundershowers began to trickle in, and we feared that the forecasters got this one correct.
As the day progressed, and from the later reports that were being aired, it became obvious that the bulk of the stormy weather had in fact remained north and east of the Boyd Conservation Park. As the clouds lifted, the event organizers collectively breathed a sigh of relief in thanksgiving that our annual picnic will again be spared from a rain event.
Shortly after mid-day and under bright sunshine, site preparations were in full swing, and it was not long before our members, friends and guests began to arrive.
Things were in place! The flags were in place and Patches was already playing music. Glenor 's seasoned rice, conch water, red herrings and dumplings and other delicacies would soon be ready. Avon's offerings included jerk chicken, doucana and salt fish, fungee and shad and of course her sugar cake; everything spiced just right.
Other items available for sale included fish, corn, cupcakes, assorted drinks, patties, puddings, craft items and Antigua and Barbuda tee shirts.
Everything was ready. When the crowds started to arrive and both National Anthems were played, it was about 2:00 p. m.
Throughout the afternoon, Nationals and their friends came and left, even as others came. Some guests were playing Dominoes while others waited for their turn to sit at the board. Others were more interested in Warri whether just watching or actually playing, and the food vendors carried on brisk businesses.
DJ Patches' music selections were certainly instrumental in the impromptu dancing competition which turned out to be quite entertaining. Some enjoyed the music while networking or catching up with friends and other family members while others got re-acquainted with long lost friends.
Not to be left out, the kids kept busy competing against one another in various games. There were lots of prizes awarded not only to the winners of these events, but also to the participants of various activities. Special thanks must be given to Roderic Southwell and his able team for organizing the kids, for planning and executing these events, for sourcing and preparing the prizes and for presenting all the participants and winners at the prize winning ceremony.
Special thanks are also due to the staff members of Toronto 2015 who used the occasion as a vehicle to assist in the promotion of the Toronto 2015 Pan Am & Parapan American Games, by providing promotional literature, giveaways and for the opportunity, for those interested, to apply to be volunteers during the Games in Toronto in 2015.
As the evening rolled in, the music level was slowly lowered and as our guests were slowly departing, one by one and family by family, the time came to pull the plug on yet another of ABAT's July 1st Family Summer Picnic.
The tables were cleared; the garbage put in its place; the decorations taken down; the coals at the fish fry station were extinguished and the music making equipment was stowed away. After one final look around, we turned our backs on Boyd Conservation Park until July 1st, 2015 when we hope that we will be able to again host 300 of our close Antiguan and Barbudan friends and family members.