Caymanians, ex-patriates and anyone looking for some fun flocked to Port Arthur, Texas, recently to celebrate Cayman Night.
The popular annual event, in its fourth year this year, featured local musicians Sea’n’B and Barefoot Man while other musicians joined in to provide entertainment on the night.
Presented by the Greater Port Arthur Chamber of Commerce and the Port Arthur International Seafarers’ Center, the event attracted between 700 and 800 people, the expected number for the event which has even pulled crowds up to 1,000 people in the past.
‘Cayman Night is always fun,’ said Barefoot Man, who performed again this year. ‘It’s great to see the familiar faces and the oldtimers from Cayman, the Bay Islands and Port Arthur getting together to share memories or dance a waltz or calypso.
‘It always brings back wonderful memories of days gone by at the Old Galleon Beach hotel and the Holiday Inn – days when traffic was as uncommon as seven-storey buildings.’
The event featured lively contests such as a limbo competition, while drink specials were served from under thatch-roofed tiki bars and other island-themed festive décor set the tone. Spot prizes such as Tortuga rum were offered to the crowd, who danced the night away.
Chuck and Barrie Quappe, who perform as Sea’n’B, are local performers who regularly attend the event to entertain the crowds with Caymanian music. This year, Cayman’s ‘cowboy’ Andy Martin was unable to attend, and his presence was missed.
‘The only shadow cast on this year’s event was the fact that Andy Martin was unable to make the festivities this year,’ said Mr. and Mrs. Quappe. ‘However, get well cards were on hand and signed by many to take back to Cayman and cheer Andy on.’
The duo was once again impressed with the ‘Caymanian camaraderie’ felt throughout the night.
‘Many familiar Caymanian faces were there along with newcomers curious to see what this Caymanian reunion was all about,’ they said. ‘We had so much fun performing with the legendary Barefoot Man and the very talented Earl La Pierre.
‘The people there are so friendly and so helpful, they always make us feel so welcome that we could sing for them all night.’