Our friends in Cayman Brac are putting on another awesome Kids Day this Saturday, 21 April.
According to the equally-awesome Saskia Edwards, the day will explore the musical heritage of the Cayman Islands.
“Kids will learn about traditional music such as the kitchen band and how it was a very common feature of social celebrations such as weddings, boat launches and so on,” she says. “They will also learn of quadrille dancing, a few traditional local musicians, the different types of instruments that were used, along with some of the influences and the interesting stories behind a few old folk songs. We will also look at some of the new emerging musical styles and artists of the Cayman Islands.” We’ve got our conch shells and we’re ready to blow. The day is centred around the Cayman Brac Heritage House front lawn and runs from 10am to noon. So don’t be late! Parents may register their children by e-mailing [email protected] or phoning Saskia on the number below.
Also in the Brac this week you can take part in the Cayman Islands Cancer Society and Cayman Heart Fund Stride and Heart Walk. That starts at 7am at the Alexander Hotel and involves walking to the Brac Reef and back. Registration is $10.
On Tuesday, 24 April all eyes are on the Alexander Hotel for a craft session from 3.30 to 5pm. It’s all about the crochet with Franscine Conolly, we’re told.
“A member of the Sew & So Club here on the Brac, Mrs. Franscine enjoys socialising with others and sharing her craft. During one of our visitor craft sessions,” Saskia says, “Mrs. Francine helps visitors to crochet by first teaching them the basics and making a chain. She often brings some of her own items to display such as pillows, blankets, etc.
The Weekly Heritage House craft sessions allow tourists to Cayman Brac the opportunity to interact with local artisans while learning about Caymanian culture through a particular craft, Saskia says.
“During a session, guests are told about the historical significance behind the items they make and the materials that are used,” she says.
“In addition to creating a one-of-a-kind souvenir, this great social activity leaves participants with a fun, educational experience and deep appreciation for Caymanian culture.”
Call Saskia Edwards at 948-0563 for more details.