Wall of Wine, good music, great food and helping the environment

What’s not to like? 


Cocktails, dinner, good friends and a great cause – it’s the National Trust for the Cayman Islands’ 25th anniversary Gala and inaugural Governor’s Conservation Awards presented by Governor Duncan Taylor, folks. 

It’s all happening at the lovely Grand Old House on Friday, 2 November with cocktails at 7pm and dinner at 8pm. 

The host is the always-entertaining Jay Erhart and excitingly this year’s event will feature the presentation of the inaugural Governor’s Conservation Awards for excellence in historic and environment conservation. There will also be an exciting wall of wine and rum raffle, live music and dancing as well as exclusive one of a kind live auctions items including: 

“Dine with the Governor” dinner for 8 at the Governor’s House; Guy Harvey original Remarque Cayman Islands map; a five-night Costa Rica Eco-adventure vacation; a three-night Key West spa vacation; a three-night Little Cayman vacation and a one of a kind photo of a scene in George Town harbour from 1974 featuring the 1948 Finland timber-built Unicorn, one of the boats used in Pirates of the Caribbean. The photo has never been reproduced until now so it’s a true treasure! 

Music comes to this Blackbeard’s, Stuarts Walker Hersant and Caledonian-sponsored occasion from Suite Elite jazz ensemble and DJ Alexi  


Wall of what? 

The Wall of Wine is an exciting first for Cayman, giving Big Daddy’s and Blackbeard’s customers the opportunity to donate a bottle of wine or rum worth $20 or more to the National Trust. Bottles will be collected at all Blackbeard’s and Big Daddy’s stores, and on the night of the gala, guests will have the opportunity to bid on bottles from the mystery Wall of Wine with all proceeds going towards the National Trust’s ongoing efforts to conserve Cayman.  

“This gives the general public the opportunity to support the Trust and raise much needed funds in a new and fun way,” says National Trust General Manager Christina McTaggart. 

“We realise that not all of our supporters may be able to attend the gala dinner, but by taking part in this fundraiser they will know they have done their part in helping the trust mark our 25th anniversary, and to make the event a success.” 

Christine noted that tickets to the gala are now on sale and one of the night’s highlights will be the presentation of the inaugural Governor’s Conservation Awards by Governor Duncan Taylor.  

“Big Daddy’s and Blackbeard’s are pleased to assist the National Trust with the Wall of Wine for their 25th anniversary gala,” adds Nancy van der Bol of Blackbeard’s. 

“Collecting the wines for the Trust is the easy work. We appreciate their effort by continuing to educate, conserve, and preserve Cayman’s environment.” 

The gala marks the quarter century of the National Trust’s work to protect the natural and built heritage of Cayman. The charity is not part of, run or owned by the government and in 25 short years has succeeded in acquiring some 5 per cent of Cayman Islands land mass which will be protected for ever. 

“The benefits of maintaining our biodiversity by allowing our rare and unique species to continue to exist in their natural habitat are not only local but global,” explains Basia McGuire of the Trust. 

“Our work raising funds and awareness has allowed us to achieve this, and this Gala is our biggest fundraiser of the year.  

“In addition we have been successful in saving and opening to the public a variety of heritage sites that welcome hundreds of visitors and school kids each year.”  


Tickets are $200 per person and tables $1,500, a saving of $100. Dress is semi-formal. Please contact Basia McGuire on [email protected] or 747-1129. 

wender Grand Old House

The National Trust’s 25th anniversary dinner will be held at Grand Old House. – Photo: File

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