Cayman National Trust organisers did a good job of letting the good times roll at its ‘50s traditional dinner party held at the Bodden Town Mission House last Saturday night.
The event raised more than $7,300 for the historic Mission House, a property of the National Trust for the Cayman Islands.
A vivid and memorable setting can turn a good event into a great one, and the grounds at the Mission House did just that.
The fresh air and Cayman look and feel of the place made for a wonderful experience and journey back to an era of a ‘happy days’ generation that featured classic good-time music by such icons as Dean Martin, Pattie Page, Nat King Cole and Frank Sinatra.
Most Caymanians will say there is nothing sweeter than the ‘good old days’ – a life filled with tranquility, friendly chatter, kitchen dances and neighbourly friends and food.
It was an era of guys with slick-backed hair and gals dressed in poodle skirts and bobby socks and sporting pointy-tipped glasses.
In addition to great music played by Loxley Banks and a scrumptious buffet prepared by Welly’s Cool Spot and Elrita Seymour that was loaded with traditional dishes such as stew beef, fish in coconut milk, chicken and conch fritters, heavy cakes and salads, attendees had the opportunity to bid on a range of items during a silent auction.
The night of dancing and reminiscing about growing up in the 1950s also highlighted a number of traditional Cayman homes during a slide presentation by Cathy Frazer, a member and supporter of the National Trust, assisted by Denise Bodden, National Trust historic programmes manager.
Both Frazer and Bodden highlighted the importance in preserving historic Caymanian homes like the McCoy Villa and Merren Dale.
Among the evening’s entertainment were amazing fire breathers – The Magical Boys Omar Bron and Kevin Heath.
They made it look quite easy as they twirled balls of fire while doing the limbo under flaming sticks, all the while seeming to exhale plumes of flames.
Marlon and Jillian Nurse performed a ‘50s dance number and impressed the crowd with stylish moves.
The evening of yesteryear finished on a good note. Some audience members received prizes during a raffle draw and a gift package of books, postcards, soaps and mouse pads.