The Open House programme is presented by the Barbados National Trust.
Moon Dance, Sandy Lane is this week's Open House.
Named for a beloved Van Morrison song, Moon Dance is set in two acres of lovely gardens, which makes it a beautiful update of an older property on the Sandy Lane estate called Sun Holm. The front view, the materials and some of the details give a nod to the classic plantation house, but otherwise it is entirely modern with a breezy, open feel.
Moon Dance was designed by Ron Crebbin who, in addition to his architectural career, plays banjo in two jazz bands - The Crustaceans and VSOP. He will be on-site to answer questions.
David Hutchinson of Pangroove Entertainment will play steel pan during the afternoon.
The Lecture will take place at 3 pm and the speaker is Miguel Pena, General Manager of the Barbados National Trust.
On hand will also be Exclusive Cottons of the Caribbean, who will do a presentation on West Indian Sea Island Cotton, a.k.a. WISIC.
Alanna Grant’s Anna Rose Designs will be featured, as well as an array of the island’s finest craftspeople who will also display their work.
From Highway 1 (the west coast road) turn inland at South Road and follow Open House signs. From the south, South Road is beyond the turning to Holders Hill and into the stretch of old trees. From the north, it’s beyond Holetown and just past Sandy Lane Hotel. Please follow the parking directions of Barbados National Trust volunteers at Moon Dance.
General Bds $35.00
Children under 5 Free
BARP, AARP and CARP Members Bds $30.00
Members of the Barbados National Trust Bds $25.00 upon presentation of membership card. Also applicable to reciprocating Trusts and Societies members.
Children 12-17 y.o. and Students (BCC, UWI and Polytechnic with ID): Bds $15.00
Dress nicely casual.
No pre-booking is needed. Just follow the directions - look for the signs.
Call the Barbados National Trust at 426-2421 for more information and to ensure that the viewing is on as advertised.
Venue: Moon Dance, Sandy Lane, St. James
The Open Houses Programme is a Winter Season Tradition in Barbados presented by the Barbados National Trust (BNT). It allows visitors and residents alike access to some of the island's loveliest houses. Discover more about our island's diverse architecture and history.
The programme includes all types of houses - from the grand old plantation houses rich with centuries of history, to the newer, luxurious Bajan-style villas.
Grounds and gardens are part of the attraction. Sip your rum punch in stunning tropical settings.
The BNT sets up a bazaar with books and crafts people. Refreshments are on sale.
In addition, they provide historical and architectural information which you can take home with you at no additional cost.
At 3:15 pm, short lectures are given by the BNT's experts on heritage. These are:
Prof Henry Fraser - a past president of Barbados National Trust and the author of 'Historic Houses of Barbados' and 'Treasures of Barbados.'
Mr. Peter Stevens - BNT's current president.
The Barbados National Trust was founded in 1961 to preserve our unique heritage - be it historic buildings, place of natural beauty or out flora and fauna.
It's a very active Trust and was recently successful in achieving UNESCO International Heritage Site status for Bridgetown and its Garrison.