Old time garden party a keeper

The Cayman Tourism Attraction Board’s Old Time Garden Party was a hit with locals and visitors on Sunday.

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This youngster demonstrates how large the green sea turtle grown by trying on its shell. Photo: Jewel Levy

The day’s event, held at Pedro St. James Castle enhanced cultural preservation and communication while featuring past traditional practices filled with all kinds of yesteryear activities.

Most Caymanians will say there is nothing sweeter than the good old days,- despite the hardship. This was quite evident on the faces of Caymanians as they enjoyed the special outing, which brought back memories of days gone by.

The day of fun and learning also encouraged young minds and foreign residents to imagine and see first hand from older citizens what their cultural heritage was all about.

Seniors, who had volunteered their time and expertise demonstrated traditional arts of things Caymanian such as thatch plaiting, basket weaving, cooking and needlework. A live auction demonstration of rope-making, gig spinning, kite flying, caboose cooking, cane pressing and local foods also added to the cultural highlight.

Live background music played by the North Side Kitchen Band and performances by George Town Primary School students also helped to mark the 10th anniversary of the restoration of Pedro St. James by the people of Cayman.

The day of cultural heritage featured culinary talents in local foods. Favourite Caymanian dishes such as turtle stew, fried fish, stew conch, lobster and land crab dishes plus various kinds and textures of cornbreads; cassava stick-to-your-ribs; buns, yam and corn cakes, peppermint and coconut candies were on sale.

Gilbert Connolly, CEO of the Tourism Attraction Board, expressed his pleasure with the public’s response to Sunday’s Old-Time Cayman Garden Party. ‘We have noted suggestions that have been made to improve future garden parties and plan to add more heritage activities that will make these occasions even more authentic.”