Capital times at Bodden Town Heritage Day

There’s fun for all the family at the Bodden Town Heritage Day, which as ever will provide a great blend of crafts, skills, raffles and fun for all. 

This year’s going to be even more comprehensive, with the addition of the fine folks from Savannah to the mix as the two Caymanian areas join forces to hook you up with the good stuff. 

The celebrations begin at 10am with an official opening and a welcome by Robert Wood, president of the Bodden Town Pirates Week committee. Then there’s the sweet and fabulous sound of the Cayman National Song in the company of a talented Bodden Town Primary School student. 

At 11am the food and crafts stall opens up and runs all day at the event, which is located at Harry McCoy Sr. Park, Gun Square Road. The governor, Duncan Taylor, also arrives at 11am – no doubt enticed by some of the delicious treats on offer. 

From 1.30pm expect what’s billed as Old Time Traditions, running through until 5pm. These cultural displays include Mission House, Children’s Corner, Pettiong Zoo, Caboose Kitchen, Nurse Josie’s Senior Centre, Smoke Pans, Grease Pole Bird, Wildlife Lookout, Junkanoo, May Pole, Historical Artifacts, First Well, Quadrille, Dance, Pirates Den, Marine Exhibition and Drummond’s Wall. Plenty going on at this celebration of Cayman life and heritage. 

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Hoary old salt 

That perennial favourite, Blackbeard, and his first mate, Dee, are set to arrive at 2pm to join in the festivities and no doubt the hoary old salt will sit enthralled with the rest of us at the storytelling, poem recital and open mic entertainment, which begins at 2.30pm. 

Blackbeard and Dee will get some company, too, with those pesky Seattle Seafair Pirates invading at around 3pm. Those elaborately dressed privateers will however be in danger of being well and truly upstaged at 3.30pm when the children’s pirate costume competition gets under way. Let the youngsters show the oldies how it’s really done – these guys are the future of Pirates Week and no doubt about that. 

A live auction of local-grown produce and handmade crafts starts at 4pm – there’s going to be a whole lot of good stuff here so be sure to get stuck right into the bidding. 

At 5pm the wedding ceremony takes place – send your good vibes and join in the joy – before an Old Time Dance at 5.30pm. By this point you should be full of the excitement of this family-friendly and wholesome occasion so why not express it with some funky moves? Remember – dance like nobody’s watching and you’ll be like Prince on a hot tin roof. 

Raffle prizes are set to be drawn at 6pm sharp and then round it all off with the wonderful fireworks display at Coe Wood Beach from 7.30pm. Celebrate the treasures of Pirates Week presented by Saxon MG at the earliest settlement and first capital of Grand Cayman. Chances to connect with the past are few and far between but you know what? We could all learn a thing or two from our forebears. Join in the fun, meet some new – and old – friends. Heritage is vital to enjoying these wonderful islands and here’s our chance to get in amongst it. See you there. 

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Bodden Town has great arts and crafts. – Photo: Anne Mason
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