Island Living show

The Island Living Show celebrates
its ninth year with another extensive expo on Friday, 23 July and Saturday, 24
July.

The lifestyle show presents
everything related to living and working in Cayman in one venue, which like
last year will be the Arts and Recreation Centre at Camana Bay.

Last year, 4,000 visitors came
through the doors to talk to local companies about everything from buying homes
and green issues to trends in bathroom and kitchen fixtures and fittings and
gardening tips, explained Monique Hather of Cayman 27, who said they are proud
to be working with Camana Bay in the event.

“It was born a Home and Garden show
but has really blossomed into so much more. It is a great way to bring the community
together.  Exhibitors have the
opportunity to showcase their new products and services, while visitors to the
show can shop and compare, learn about some of the latest trends, win prizes
and spend time with their loved ones,” said Ms Hather.

Free admission

The event runs on Friday from 4pm
to 8pm and Saturday between 10am and 5pm. Admission is free, with plenty of
parking next to the school as well as around the Camana Bay area and free
shuttle buses running regularly from the car park near Hollywood Theatres. As
ever there will be food and drink available, plus outdoor activities led by the
Cayman National Cultural Foundation and local arts and crafts displayed at the
event which has grown to become a real centrepiece for celebrating living on
the island. The new venue is perfect for the expo, continued Ms Hather.

“The ARC is a beautiful facility,
perfect for an event such as this. The atmosphere is relaxed and inviting and
visitors can feel comfortable to speak with experts in an environment that
encourages education and discussion. Visitors can expect to spend an hour or
two with us at the show.”

These days more people are spending
more time at home for economic and lifestyle reasons. Island Living presents an
opportunity to find new, affordable ways to enhance a living space and take advantage
of some home ownership opportunities, say organisers. New products will also be
showcased and there will be a series of giveaways, demos and competitions
during the two days for all the family. Cayman27 will be giving away special
Island Living Show Green bags sponsored by Camana Bay, at the door. While
visiting the Island Living show make sure to pick up your copy of the latest
InsideOut magazine which will be distributed at the show -be inspired!

A lifestyle event

Not just a home and garden expo but
a lifestyle event, Island Living is a vital part of bringing businesses,
customers and Cayman residents of all ages together. Ms Hather said it was her
sixth year as one of the organisers but that it continued to bring great
satisfaction for everyone involved.

“My favourite part is always seeing
an exhibitor handing a business card, or explaining a service, making a sale,
shaking hands or smiling as they stand before a potential customer; participating
in a show such as this in the middle of summer, while their children are out of
school and employees are on vacation, is a task to be commended.  It takes a tremendous amount of hard work and
dedication.

“Visitors to the event love to walk
around in the cool air conditioned building, run into family and friends, learn
about new products and services available on-island and then take a few minutes
to sit in the shade outside, enjoy a cold beverage and tasty food before they
head home. For these two days every summer, as clichéd as it may sound, it
feels as though we build a small happy community. Exhibitors enjoy sharing
what’s new with visitors and visitors appreciate being able to come to one
place and learn about how businesses compare,” she noted.

One of the most popular elements is
the exciting mega-raffle led by Rotary Sunrise. There’s always a great prize,
explained Ms Hather.

People congregate

The Island Living Show itself is
but one aspect of a much wider aspect of life in Cayman as people congregate to
share their interest not only in the world of home improvement but to share
their love for the place we live and the people in it.

“Island Living creates a strong
sense of community, I think that is what is so alluring about these Islands in
particular.  When living in a small community
one must look out for their neighbour and environment, they must take pride in
their home, family and life’s work.

“The Island Living Show is all
about enhancing each of these components; we invite you to come and visit with
your neighbour, learn about the environment that surrounds you and how to care
for your home; spend the day with your family and seek to enjoy the benefits
from the work you do Monday to Friday,” concluded Ms Hather.

For further information contact Monique Hather at 745-0213 or
[email protected]

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