Young and old, friends and customers revelled in the Christmas wonderland created at the Elgin Avenue branch of Cayman National Bank’s parking lot Thursday evening where music, festive poems, good cheer and Santa hats abounded.
The third annual Home for Christmas customer appreciation event was perhaps the most wonderful of all, with a fast moving programme of music and carols sprinkled with presentations, poetry and prayer.
A special kiddies’ corner kept the small ones amused while the adults sat back, relaxed and enjoyed the programme of events amidst the twinkling lights that transformed the entire parking lot into a magical haven. A surprise visit by Santa was just the ticket to put the icing on the Christmas cake for the children.
The Cayman National Financial Group’s 2006 calendar, Vibrant Impressions – .A Touch of Art is a fresh take on a well established favourite within the community and those overseas. Instead of photography depicting the islands, this year it features the work of several local artists. President and CEO of the organisation Stuart Dack spoke about the importance of local art and culture and Cayman National’s dedication to the support of it. The artists featured are: Wray Banker, John Broad, Chris Christian, Nasaria Suckoo-Chollette, Randy Chollette, Kushana Gentles, Charles Long, Gordon Solomon, Bendel Hydes, Tyrone Ebanks.
Throughout the evening folks nibbled on the vast assortment of food and goodies catered by The Wharf Restaurant while much needed refreshments were on hand to wash it all down.
The evening’s music programme would put a smile on the sternest of faces. The musical selection, which included carols, instrumentals and well loved favourites was thanks to the following talented musicians: Cayman Prep and High School Choir, Nicole Barnett and Becky Jefferson, Devon Edie, Saroya Taylor, and, to end the evening on a high note, The North Side Kitchen Band.
Another special feature of the evening was the presentation of donations of $1000 each to four worthy causes: The Pines Retirement Home, the Sunrise Adult Training Centre, Cayman Against Substance Abuse and The Cayman Islands Special Olympics.
By the time customers and friends were filing out, each clutching a copy of the new calendar, souls had been soothed, bellies filled, friendships rekindled and faces adorned with smiles.